Monday, May 4, 2015
15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt.
(U.P), PIN-201012 GHAZIABAD
Reference: AIA/Circular- 12/2015 Dated: 3rd May 2015
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &
Members of Women’s Committee
MASSIVE RALLY ON 28TH APRIL 2015 BY CG EMPLOYEES IN FRONT OF PARLIAMENT;
INDEFINTE STRIKE TO COMMENCE FROM 23RD NOVEMBER 2015
More than 50000 Central Government employees assembled at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on 28th November 2015 declared in one voice that if the 10 point charter of demands that includes statutory pension for all and revival of all forums under JCM are not negotiated and settled in a time bound manner, the 30-lakh strong central government employees – including Railway and Defence workers – would be compelled to commence indefinite strike from 23rd November 2015.
The rally adopted a resolution moved by Com KKN Kutty, President of Confederation on behalf of the National Joint Council of Action listing the grievances of the employees and also pointing out the disastrous policies accelerated by the present day government.
Every speaker from each of the constituent organisation spoke about perilous impact of the policies of the government in their sector and committed their resolve to ensure the success of the indefinite strike from 23rd November 2015. (Railway and Defence Federations have to conduct strike ballot before embarking upon any industrial action, as per the Industrial dispute act under which they are recognised.)
The resolution adopted by the rally is enclosed with this Circular.
SUBMISSION OF MASS SIGNATURE TO CAG ON 29TH APRIL 2015
Delhi police refused permission to us to hold demonstration before CAG office citing the ongoing Parliament session and proposed that we hold the programme at Jantar Mantar. Instead we chose to hold the demonstration at the DGACR premises on 29th April 2015.
More than 200 comrades from stations participated in the demonstration on 29th April and more than 10000 (ten thousand) signatures were collected from the personnel of IA&AD across the country. The demonstration at DGACR was addressed by Com M Duraipandian, President, V Nageswara Rao and KL Gautam, both Addl Secretary General, Com Subhash Pandey, Vice President in addition to the Secretary General. Com Anilkumar, Asstt Secretary General and Gen. Secretary, Civil Audit Association, Delhi welcomed all the comrades while Com Veer Singh, President, CAA, Delhi offered vote of thanks.
A delegation comprising of Coms M Duraipandian, MS Raja, Subhash Pandey, KL Gautam, Nageswara Rao, V Sreekumar and Anilkumar met DG/Personnel and submitted the petition addressed to the CAG. There was a detailed discussion following the submission of the petition and we insisted that the grievances listed therein be addressed. The issue of vicitmisations at various units was also taken up. DG/P assured to attend to the pressing issues and do her best to resolve them.
MANIFEST SOLIDARITY WITH POSTAL STRIKE FROM 6TH MAY 2015
More than 5 lakhs postal workers would be going on indefinite strike from 6th May 2015 under the banner of Postal JCA, comprising of NFPE and FNPO, demanding roll back of the move to corporatise and privatise postal services, bringing GDS under the ambit of 7 CPC, implementation of cadre restructuring agreement etc. Confederation Sectt that met on 28th April 2015 decided to manifest solidarity with the strike of postal comrades.
Our units are requested to hold lunch hour demonstration and take out rally to the post offices in support of the strike. All the units may also implement the decisions of the local COC in this regard.
CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi – 110001
President Secretary General
K. K. N. Kutty M. Krishnan
1. All National Secretariat Members.
2. All Affiliated organisations.
3. All General Secretaries C-O-Cs.
As you are aware, more than five lakhs Postal and RMS employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks and Casual, Part-time, Contingent employees, under the banner of Postal Joint Council of Action (PJCA) comprising National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE), Federation of National Postal Organisations (FNPO), All India Postal Employees Union GDS (NFPE) and National Union of GDS have decided to go on nationwide indefinite strike from 6th May 2015. Main demands are (1) No Corporatisation or privatisation of Postal Services, (2) Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks under 7th CPC and grant of Civil Servants status with all benefits. (3) Implementation of Cadre-Restructuring agreement and (4) Settlement of other cadre-related issues.
Confederation National Secretariat meeting held on 28-04-2015 at New Delhi, has decided to extend full support and solidarity to the Postal strike. Accordingly the following decision was taken:
ALL CENTRAL GOVT.EMPLOYEES BELONGING TO ALL AFFILIATED FEDERATIONS/UNIONS/ASSOCIATIONS OF CONFEDERATION SHALL CONDUCT HALF-A-DAY’S WALK-OUT PROGRAMME AND SHALL ORGANISE MASS DHARNA AND DEMONSTRATIONS IN FRONT OF SELECTED POST OFFICES/RMS OFFICES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY ON 7TH MAY 2015 THURSDAY ie; THE SECOND DAY OF THE STRIKE. If the strike is prolonged due to the negative attitude of the Government, the Confederation shall decide and declare further course of action.
All affiliated organisations and C-O-Cs are requested to take necessary action to implement the above programme successfully at all centres.
NATIONAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
4, STATE ENTRY ROAD,
RESOLUTION ADOPTED AT THE MASSIVE RALLY AT JANTAR MANTAR (PARLIAMENT STREET) ON 28 APRIL 2015
The massive congregation of the representatives of Central Govt Employees who have come from various parts of the country held at Jantar Mantar before the Indian Parliament on 28-04-2015 decided to commence the indefinite strike action from 23rd November 2015 from 6 AM having failed to elicit any positive response from the Government in settlement of the 10 point Charter of Demands submitted months back. It was also decided that the Railways and Defence organizations will conduct the strike Ballot as per the provision of the Industrial Disputes Act and Recognition Rules before commencing the strike from 23-11-2015.
The massive gathering adopted the resolution unanimously exhorting the central Govt. Employees to prepare for the eventual strike action in all earnestness and make it a historic one.
The meeting congratulates the employees for forging exemplary unity and carrying out various programmes chalked out by the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) after the national convention on 11th December 2014. Even though the Govt. was compelled to set up the 7th CPC on account of the sanctions generated through the action programmes, Govt. has refused to grant Interim Relief and merger of DA and excluded the Gramin Dak Sewaks of the Postal Department from the ambit of the 7th CPC.
It is a matter of regret that in spite of public admission of non-privatisation of Indian Railways by Prime Minister of India and assurance of Minister of Railways on various occasions, including Parliament, Dr. Deb Roy Committee had submitted a report which is a clear roadmap for privatisation of IR.
The meeting noted that the Government has purposely ensured the closure of Joint Consultative
Machinery, the negotiating forum set up in 1966 for Central Government Employees to discuss and bring about settlement of their demands.
The meeting chaired by Secretary (Personnel) on 25th February 2015 did not bring about settlement on any single issue of the Charter of Demands.
The meeting unanimously decided to demand before the Government to convene the meeting of National Council, JCM immediately and settle the following charter of demands, if at all it wants to avoid confrontation with its own employees.
CHARTER OF DEMANDS:
1. Effect wage revision of the Central Government Employees from 01.01.2014, accepting the memorandum of the Staff Side JCM; ensure 5-year wage revision in future; grant Interim Relief and Merger of 100% of DA. Ensure submission of the 7th CPC report within the stipulated time frame of 18 months; include the Grameen Dak Sewaks within the ambit of the 7th CPC. Settle all anomalies of the 6th CPC.
2. No privatisation, PPP or FDI in Railways and Defence Establishments and no corporatisation of postal services.
3. No Ban on recruitment/creation of post.
4. Scrap PFRDA Act and re-introduce the defined benefit statutory pension scheme.
5. No outsourcing; contractorisation, privatisation of governmental functions; withdraw the proposed move to close down the Printing Presses; the publication, form store and stationery departments and Medical Stores Depots; regularise the existing daily rated/casual and contract workers and absorption of trained apprentices.
6. Revive the JCM functioning at all levels as an effective negotiating forum for settlement of the demands of the CGEs.
7. Remove the arbitrary ceiling on compassionate appointments.
8. No labour reforms which are inimical to the interest of the workers.
9. Remove the ceiling on payment of Bonus.
10. Ensure five promotions in the service career.
The meeting authorized the National JCA to take appropriate and necessary steps needed to make the indefinite strike beginning from 23rd November 2015 an unprecedented and grand success.
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
28.04.2015 National Joint Council of Action
Sunday, April 12, 2015
15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt.
(U.P), PIN-201012 GHAZIABAD
Reference: AIA/Circular-11/2015 Dated: 11th April 2015
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &
Members of Women’s Committee
OBSERVE ASSOCIATION DAY
On 15 April, 1923 few of our predecessors met at Nagpur to submit memorandum to the ‘visible god’ CAG pointing out the down-gradation of the Department by the Islington Commission which for the first time since the establishment of the institution of CAG granted lower pay scale to the UDCs of the Department from that of the Assistants in the CSS, at par with UDCs of subordinate offices and requesting for the restoration of Parity between UDCs of IA&AD and Assistants of CSS. They formed a forum – the fore-runner of All India Audit & Accounts Association - that met every year to repeat demand.
But it was never a part of any of the movement of the working class till the middle of ‘50s. The perpetuation of the injustice by the 1st CPC by not restoring the parity in pay scales – by then the Superintendents (today’s AAO) and Assistant Accounts Officer (AO/SAO of the day) were also downgraded – generated anger amongst the new generation recruits who were very much influenced by the independence movement and the various struggles going around in and out of India. Coupled with the arrogance of IA&AS and the insults heaped on the UDCs and Superintendents by these bureaucrats, the resentment grew giving a new shape to the forum that was formed in 1923 – moulding it into a vibrant and then militant All India NG Civil Accounts Association, which later became All India Audit & Accounts Association. We should not forget that when Confederation of Central Govt Employees & Workers was formed in September 1956, the Association was not a party, though it joined the Confederation in few months’ time.
The rest is part of glorious history – a history of heroic struggles and countless sacrifices scores of valiant comrades across the country.
The audit movement has seen many ups and downs – resurrection in 1950s, the chillness after the 1960 strike, the disruption in late 1960s, de-recognition after 1968 and 1974 strikes, the chaos after departmentalisation of accounts during 1976-78, the restructuring of cadres in 1984 and resultant disruptions, the victimisations and witch hunting after the Mass Casual leave on 8th April 2010.
The Association has gone through many turbulent days – compulsory retirement of Com EX Joseph, the then Secretary General at the age of 28, reorganisation of AG P&T in late 1960s, dismissal of Com Thrivikraman Pillai and 9 others in Kerala, dismissal of 8 comrades in (the then) Madras, dismissal of Com Biswas in West Bengal, the recent attack on democratic rights of the employees in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Rajkot, dismissal of Com Manuel and Anil in Kerala and many other victimisations in many Units.
Time is ripe for us to rise to the occasion. We should realise that we cannot just live on repeating the sacrifices of our predecessors. The struggle of the day to carry the legacy forward is a must. The tasks at hand should be clearly understood and acted upon.
The situation at national level is alarming. The policies of the central government are really a concern for all. The enactment of PFRDA Act (i.e. legalising the new pension scheme), the allowing of FDI in crucial sectors such as Railways and Defence, outsourcing and contractorisation of functions etc along with attempts to divide the working people and the people at large on religious, caste and regional lines are the real dangers that we as part of the working class has to be aware of and fight against.
At the same time, we should also appreciate that the CAG administration has for the first time taken a step that endorses our views before the 7 CPC. Also some of the issues that we have been pursuing for sometime like the one on the promotional prospects of DEOs have taken concrete and positive steps to address them. As a result of our sustained struggles, new recruitment is taking place in the Department.
Proposal for cadre restructuring has been submitted to CAG. We are on the process of mobilising the employees and officers of IA&AD on these demands; the signature campaign on this charter of demands is going on. We are to submit these signatures to CAG on 29th April 2015.
The formation of NJCA with all participating organisations in JCM to fight the retrograde policies of the government and better treatment to the employees and workers is a very encouraging development. It is the bounden duty of our comrades in every station/unit to be part of the movement, playing a leading role.
This Association Day should be observed to ensure continuity in the organisational activities through campaigns and agitations and also to mobilise the employees on the charter of demands. All the units may hoist Assocaition flag and hold mass meetings to commemorate the Assocaition Day on 15th April. The history, the sacrifices of our seniors and the achievements may be briefed to all. Focus may also be given on the March to Parliament on 28th April and the submission of the petition to CAG on 29th April and also on the forthcoming indefinite strike under the NJCA. The demands may be explained in detail. We should try with all sincerity to bring back those who strayed away from the common movement of audit & accounts fraternity and the central government employees and the working class.
All the Units are requested to send the report on the observance of Association day in writing.