Saturday, November 30, 2013
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE WRITES TO FA, DoPT
While going through the letter of the Ministry of Finance, as given below, it has become more clear that the Ministry of Finance is not willing to consider the genuine case of Lakhs of LDC & UDC of the Government of India Offices. It appears, the Ministry of Finance proposes Ministry/Department wise restructuring(with the provision of reduction of number of posts while applying matching/saving) of the posts. the proposal is not practical since the LDC & UDC are common cadres and spread over the entire Government of India Offices of various Ministries unless the MoF/DoPT clarifies the position further. In this context, the matter was discussed in the National Executive Meeting of the Confederation and the decision taken in it is given below. Thus all of us should prepare for the action as proposed by the Confederation. I feel it would be better if we exibit our unity/strength in the proposed Nation wide Mass Dharna called by the Confederation on 9th January 2014 at Delhi. I have discussed the matter with some like minded Associations who will also attending the Dharna Programme. All our friends are requested to give their valuable comments/opinion so that we may take the appropriate action on the matter.
Copy of the letter received from Ministry of Finance is exhibited below. Com. T. K. R. Pillai, General Secretary, All India Association of Ministerial Staff (NG) has raised this issue in the National Secretariat meeting of the Confederation held at New Delhi on 28.11.2013. After detailed deliberations Com. S. K. Vyasji, Advisor, Confederation & JCM National Council, Standing Committee member has opined that eventhough this issue is a part of Anomaly Committee, due to non-holding of the Committee no finality has been reached till now. As Government has announced 7th CPC there is every possibility of Government referring the anomalies to 7th CPC. Hence he advised Com. T. K. R. Pillai to seek legal remedy also while continuing our efforts to settle the issue in the Anomaly Committee.
(M. Krishnan)Secretary General
Friday, November 29, 2013
CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi – 110001
Ref: Confdn/EC/2013 Dated - 29.11.2013
NOTICE FOR THE EXTENDED MEETING OF THE CONFEDERATION
NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
It is hereby notified that the Extended National Executive Committee meeting of the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers will be held at New Delhi on 10th January 2014 (10.01.2014 Friday) from 10:00 AM to 5 PM. All National Secretariat Members (office Bearers), Chief Executives of affiliated organizations, General Secretaries/Representatives of all C-O-Cs should attend the meeting WITHOUT FAIL.
1. Review of the campaign and agitational programmes conducted and declaration of the strike and finalization of the duration of the strike in case Government refuse to accept the demands raised in the modified Confederation Charter of Demands.
2. Any other demands with the permission of the chair.
CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi – 110001
CIRCULAR NO. 10 DATED – 29.11.2013
GET READY FOR STRIKE
CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT DECIDES TO ORGANIZE PHASED AGITATIONAL PROGRAMMES CULMINATING IN STRIKE
NO COMPROMISE ON THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF 7th CPC SUBMITTED BY THE STAFF SIDE
1. The National Secretariat of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers met at New Delhi on 28.11.2013 and reviewed the situation arising out of the Government’s announcement of Seventh Central Pay Commission and the subsequent developments thereon.
2. Eventhough Government has announced constitution of 7th Central Pay Commission, the appointment is yet to take place. In the meanwhile one round of discussion was held with Secretary, DOP&T on terms of reference. Subsequently, the staff side, JCM National Council has submitted a unanimous proposal on the items to be included in the terms of reference of the 7th CPC, which includes (i) date of effect as 01.01.2014 (2) merger of DA with pay (3) grant of interim relief (4) inclusion of GDS under the ambit of 7th CPC (5) statutory pension for those entered into service on or after 01.01.2004 (6) settlement of anomalies of 6th CPC (7) cashless/hassle-free medicare facilities etc.
Government while announcing the 7th CPC has made it clear that the date of effect will be 01.01.2016. Further nothing has been mentioned about DA merger and interim relief. Regarding GDS the declared stand of the Government is that GDS are not civil servants and in the past also every time when CPC is appointed, the Government refused to include them in the Pay commission. Last time also inspite of the strong protest and agitational programmes conducted by NFPE and Postal JCA, the Government has appointed a bureaucratic committee. Regarding statutory pension to those who entered into service on or after 01.01.2004, the Government’s stand is well known and it may refuse to include this item also in the terms of reference.
This being the position, our past experience shows that unless and until the demands raised in the staff side proposal submitted to Government on terms of reference of the CPC is backed by serious agitational programmes, rallying the entire Central Government Employees and create compulsion on the Government to accept our justified stand, there is every possibility of Government rejecting the above proposal.
Further all of us are aware that the political situation in the country is gradually getting in election mode. This is bringing forth before the working class movement a crucial task of front-loading our class issues in the ensuring political battle. We have to keep in mind that the corporate class and corporate controlled media has started making effort for relegating the working class issues and the economic policy related issues in particular to the background. It is our duty to bring the demands of the working class to the fore-front and conduct intensive campaign against those policies and also against those who are supporting the neo-liberal globalization policies. Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers being the part and parcel of the mainstream of the working class of our country has got an added responsibility to rally the entire Central Government Employees in the joint struggle against the anti-people and anti-worker policies of the Government which shall ultimately lead to a change in the political equation ensuring implementation of pro-people, pro-worker alternative policy.
Taking into Consideration all the above facts and circumstances, the National Secretariat of the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers met at new Delhi on 28.11.2013 took a unanimous decision to go for strike if the Government refuse to accept the staff side proposal on terms of reference. Confederation further decided to organize series of phased programme of action and campaign from now onwards so that the employees will be ready to go for strike on short notice.
It is further decided that Confederation shall not go for any compromise on the demands raised in the proposal submitted by the JCM Staff side on terms of reference of 7th CPC.
3. The following are the important decision of the National Secretariat.
1. The earlier decision to defer the strike ballot after the announcement of the 7th CPC by the Government is ratified. Under the given circumstances the decision taken to defer the ballot was perfectly right.
2. The modification made in the Confederation Charter of Demands regarding date of effect of the 7th CPC (i.e. from 01.01.2011 to 01.01.2014) is approved as it was necessitated for arriving at unanimity among the staff side on term of reference which will strengthen further the unity of all Central Government organizations including Railways and Defence.
3. Approved the modified Charter of Demands of the Confederation which includes the terms of reference submitted by the Staff side to the Government (copy enclosed Annexure – I)
4. Decided to conduct the following phased programme of campaign and agitational programmes.
(a) Convening the Managing bodies/Executive Committees of all affiliated organizations to discuss and ratify the Confederation decision to go for agitational programmes culminating in strike.
(b) Sector-wise/organisation-wise intensive campaign among the employees by conducting squad work, General body meetings, conventions, postering and issuing printed pamphlets, lunch hour meetings etc, explaining the demands raised in the charter of demands and also the necessity to go for strike if our demands on terms of reference are not accepted. All India/State Leaders of the affiliated organizations shall under-take extensive tour as part of campaign programme.
(c) The campaign tour programme finalized by the Secretariat meeting earlier is to be implemented. Whereever State level and C-O-C level conventions are yet to be held, it should be held before 20.12.2013. All State Committees and C-O-Cs are requested to organize conventions immediately. The name of the Confederation National leaders who are attending the conventions is given in the enclosed circular. Date of the Conventions may be fixed in consultation with the concerned comrade.
(d) Decided to conduct nationwide day-long dharna programme at maximum centres, particularly at the state capitals on 2013 December 19th (19.12.2013) with massive participation of employees. Effort is to be made for maximum media coverage of the programmes.
(e) Decided to organize mass rallies at all State capitals (and if possible at District Capitals also) before 31.12.2013. National leaders of the Confederation and other trade Union leaders may be invited to address the rallies. All effort should be made to make the rally a grand success ensuring maximum participation of employees.
(f) Decided to conduct press conferences at all State capitals (other centres also if possible) by the State committees/C-O-Cs to explain the justification of demands and also the proposed strike action.
(g) Decided to organsie nationwide five days relay dharna at various centres of each city during the period from 30thDecember 2013 to 3rd January 2014 (30.12.2013 to 03.01.2014)
(h) Mass dharna at New Delhi on 9th January 2014 by All India Leaders of Confederation and leaders of all affiliated organizations and C-O-Cs and also maximum number of employees from Delhi and nearby states.
(i) Extended National Executive meeting of Confederation will be held at New Delhi on 10.01.2014 (10th January 2014) for declaration of the strike date and also the duration of the strike. All the National Secretariat members of the Confederation, All the C-O-C Representatives and all the Chief Executives of the affiliated organizations of Confederation shall attend the mass dharna on 9th January and the Extended National Executive meeting on 10thJanuary 2014 WITHOUT FAIL. (Please book the up and down ticket immediately to ensure the participation on both days i.e. on 9th & 10th January 2014) If any organisation or C-O-C wants participation of more comrades in the extended National Executive as observers it will be allowed subject to a maximum of five) Participation in the Dharna is allowed without any limit.
5. Decided to extend full support and solidarity to the proposed strike action of NFPE & FNPO on demands of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) and Casual, Part-time, Contingent employees. It is decided to request the Postal JCA to adjust the date of the strike so that it will be a strike of all Central Government Employees.
6. Decided to file a case in the Kolkata High Court challenging the PFRDA Bill passed by the Parliament jointly with the All India State Government Employees Federation (AISGEF). The methodology for raising funds for meeting the expenses for the conducting of the case up to Supreme Court will be decided in the next meeting. C-O-C West Bengal is authorized to assist the National Secretariat in completing the formalities for filling the case in the Kolkata High Court in consultation with AISGEF.
7. Decided to mobilize maximum employees for participating in the 12th December Parliament March organized by the Central Trade Unions against the anti-people, anti-worker policies of the Central Government. C-O-C Delhi and C-O-Cs of nearby states and also all affiliated organizations are requested to ensure large scale participation of the employees in the 12th December Parliament March. It is decided that each organisation shall conduct workers meeting at all important centres in Delhi and nearby states for mobilizing maximum employees to participate in the march.
8. Decided to extend maximum support and solidarity to the 11th December 2013 Parliament March organized by the AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) demanding settlement of GDS demands. Delhi C-O-C is requested to extent maximum support for the successful conduct of the GDS Parliament March.
9. The National Secretariat placed on record its sincere thanks to all the state committees/C-O-Cs and also all the affiliated organisations for making the All India Trade Union Education Camp conducted at Mumbai on 14th & 15thNovember 2013 and also the All India Women’s Convention held at Delhi on 25th & 26th November 2013 a grand success, especially to the C-O-C Mumbai and C-O-C Delhi for providing all the infra-structural facilities in an excellent manner.
10. Decided to appeal to all affiliated organisations to clear the quota dues towards Confederation CHQ before 31.12.2013. Financial Secretary shall issue separate notices to each organisation indicating the total dues to be remitted.
11. It is decided that Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General shall represent the Confederation as an official delegate in the International Congress of Southern Initiative on Globalisation and Trade Union Rights (SIGTUR) to be held at Perth, Australia from 2nd to 6th December 2013.
The National Secretariat meeting was presided over by Com. K. K. N. Kutty, the National President. Com. S. K. Vyasji, Advisor, was present and gave his valuable guidance for arriving at correct conclusion and decisions on each agenda items. Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General, presented the organizational report.
ANNEXURE – I
MODIFIED CHARTER OF DEMANDS OF CONFEDERATION
1. Accept the terms of reference of 7th CPC, submitted by the staff side, National Council JCM.
(a) To examine the existing structure of pay, allowances and other benefits/facilities, retirement benefits like Pension, Gratuity, other terminal benefits of various categories of Central Government Employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of Postal Department.
(b) To work out the comprehensive revised pay packet for the categories of Central Government employees including GDS as on 1.1.2014.
(c) The Commission shall determine the pay structure, benefits, facilities, retirement benefits etc. taking into account the need to provide minimum wage with reference to the recommendation of the 15th Indian Labour Conference (1957) and the subsequent judicial pronouncement of the honorable Supreme Court there-on, as on 1.1.2014.
(d) To determine the Interim Relief needed to be sanctioned immediately to the Central Government employees including GDS.
(e) To determine the percentage of Dearness allowance/Dearness Relief immediately to be merged with Pay and pension including GDS.
(f) To settle the anomalies raised in various fora of JCM.
(g) To work out the improvements needed to the existing retirement benefits, like pension, death cum retirement gratuity, family pension and other terminal or recurring benefits maintaining parity amongst past, present and future pensioners and family pensioners including those who entered service on or after 1.1.2004.
(h) To recommend methods for providing cashless/hassle-free Medicare facilities to the employees and Pensioners including Postal pensioners.
2. Ensure every five year revision of wages of Central Government Employees in future.
3. (a) Regularisation of Gramin Dak Sevaks of the Postal Department and grant of Civil Servant status, statutory pension and all other benefits at par with regular employees.
(b) Regularisation and revision of wages of casual and contract workers.
4. Compassionate appointment – removal of restrictions imposed by Government.
5. JCM and Anomaly Committee Functioning.
6. Fill up all vacant posts and creation of new posts wherever justified.
7. Stop downsizing, outsourcing, contractorisation and privatization of Government functions.
8. Stop the move to introduce performance related Pay (PRP) system, Extend PLB Bonus for all, removing bonus ceiling.
9. Revise OTA and Night Duty Allowance rates and clothing rates.
10. Implement arbitration awards.
11. Five promotions to all.
12. Rescind the PFRDA Act. Ensure statutory Pension for all.
13. Stop price rise. Revive and extend public distribution system for all.
14. Stop trade Union victimization.
15. Ensure Right to strike.
ANNEXURE - II
CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT MEMBERS DEPLOYED FOR CAMPAIGN PROGRAMME
Territorial area to be covered
Name of CHQ Office Bearers
K. K. N. Kutty,
C. P. Sobhana
Karnataka & Goa
K. K. N. Kutty
B. Krishna Gaud
K. K. N. Kutty
Ashok B Salunkhe,
R. P. Singh,
K. P. Rajagopal
I. S. Dabas,
K. V. Jayaraj
K. P. Rajagopal
I. S. Dabas
M. S. Raja
Ashok Kr. Kanojia,
K. K. N.Kutty
S. K. Vyas,
R. N. Parashar,
K. P. Rajagopal
K. K. N. Kutty
K. K. N. Kutty,
Meghalaya & Tripura
K. P. Rajagopal
Haryana & NCR (Gurgaon, Faridabad, Gaziabad, Noida, Meerut etc.)
A. K. Kanojia
I. S. Dabas
K. K. N Kutty
S. K. Vyas
M. S. Raja
Sunday, November 24, 2013
CONFEDERATION: ALL INDIA TRADE UNION EDUCATION CAMP-2013-MUMBAI
Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers (CCGEW) organized two days Study Camp on 15th & 16th November 2013 at CLI Auditorium, Central labour Institute, Sion, Mumbai. The Camp was inaugurated by Com. Tapan Sen, MP, and the General Secretary of CITU, New Delhi. The inaugural lecture by Com. Tapan Sen was on “Two decades of Globalisation policies and the Task of the Trade Unions”. Com. Tapan Sen narrated in detail about the impact of gloabalisation in the country in general and specifically on working class. In this era of globalisation regular workers are becoming minority and contract workers and casual workers became majority. Hence, he called upon the entire work force to work for bringing change in policies of the Government and also change in the composition of the forces in the parliament so that there shall be enough strength in the parliament for progressive forces to take decisions in favour of working class. He concluded his presentation with a call to all to prepare their organization in such a manner so that the above message shall reach to everybody by motivating and convincing them on the issues and to prepare them mentally and physically to participate in campaign programme as well as in the agitational programme including strike for changing the neo-liberal economic policies and for bringing an alternative policy in its place.
Thereafter Com. Vivek Monterio, Secretary CITU Maharashtra State Committee spoke on the “impact of Globalisation in the Contracturisation”. He opined that the issue of the contract labour system is no longer an incidental issue of the working class movement. Today it has become a core concern of the Indian trade union movement. Due to the government’s so called policy of ‘non recruitment’, the number of permanent workers is steadily decreasing. They are replaced by contract workers. While concluding his speech he appealed to all to work for the cause of the unorganized workers rising to the occasion. The time is ripe for our more active intervention on matters of labour and economic policy. We must use our influence on different political parties to prevent retrograde policies. We must conduct joint struggles at national level. We must move forward confidently to reassert, reaffirm and reestablish the relevance of our Constitution and its Directive Principles as a guide to our nation’s future.
Com. M.S. Raja Working President CCGEW presided over the pre lunch session.
Post-lunch session started with presentation by Com. S.K Vyas, Adviser CCGEW on“Joint Consultative Machinery & the Pay Commissions”. In his presentation he elaborately explained the back ground of the introduction of Joint Consultative Machinery for bilateral discussion with the Government and its role in formation of service rules and facilities for Central Government Employees. He also narrated the history of all the pay commissions and the role played by the CCGEW. He made it clear that without organizing agitational programmes backing the demands, the JCM body will become an ineffective one.
The session was presided by Com. Giri Raj Singh Vice President CCGEW.
After tea break Com. Ashok Dhawle, Secretary All India Kisan Sabha presented paper on the “Alternative Policy to the Present Crisis”. Com. Dhawle explained the crisis facing the world in general and our country in specific. He projected the co-relation of political – economical – and class character of the ruling class and emphasized the need for change in the policies to overcome the crisis facing today.
Com. KKN Kutty, President CCGEW presided over the session. After the class by Com Ashok Dhawle the workshop adjourned for next day.
On 16th November 2013 the sessions started with the lecture by Dr. A Raghu Kumar, Advocate on the “Impact of Globalisation on Labour laws & Service Rules”.Dr. Raghukumar mentioned that the present study attempts to understand the changing patterns of labour and service law jurisprudence in Indian courts, in three phases of India’s legal history i.e., from 1950-1975, 1975-1990 and 1991-2000. These three periods show certain discernible patterns, and raises certain important questions on labour and service jurisprudence. In the first phase (1950-1975) we find the expressions of Constitutional ‘socialism’, welfare-State ideas, beneficial or liberal constructions of law, reflecting the anti-colonial mood of nascent free-State, and its anxiety to get rid of ‘common law’ theories. In the second phase (1975-1990), marked by more discussion about ‘socialism’ inserted into the Constitution by virtue of the 42nd Constitutional amendment, where we find in the judgments of the courts reverberating with the invocations of ‘socialist’ justice, giving pre-eminence status to ‘Directive Principles of State Policy’ over and above the idea of ‘Fundamental Rights’. The third phase (1991- till date), has began with the introduction of the New Economic Policy of the Government in 1991, and internationalization of the Indian economy (Globalization, liberalization and privatization).He explained in detail all the three phases and opined that after 1990s the court has again tended to be in of favour of rich! He concluded his speech with a call to be beware of the situation and to react.
Com. Jayaraj. K.V, Assistant Secretary CCGEW presided over the session.
After the tea break Com. A.D. Golandaz, Vice President AITUC Maharashtra spoke on the subject of “Need of unity in TU movement in the Present scenario”. He elaborately explained the joint struggle in the recent past carried out in the country against the neo liberal policies and how it slow down the government attempt on implementing the policies under the dictates of IMF & World Bank. He called upon to all Central Government Employees to join in the united trade union movement.
Com. R.P Singh, Organising Secretary CCGEW presided the session.
After lunch Com. K.K.N Kutty, President CCGEW presented paper on the “history of Central Government Employees movement”. Com. Kutty explained the back ground of the formation of Confederation of Central Government Employees, situation prevailed immediately after the independence era, the approach of the Jawaharlal Nehru Government on central government employees & Workers, the State of affairs of Civil Service Unions in 1950s, the second pay commission and the strike in 60s, and one day strike in 1968 and bonus struggle during 70 & 80s, struggle in the era of globalization initiated by confederation. He focused the role of CCGEW in formulating the agenda for the struggle for Government Employees and opined that always the Confederation took lead for campaign, agitation and struggle on issues.
The concluding session started with the presentation of Com. M. Krishnan on“Building up of the organisation and future tasks”. Com. Krishnan emphasized the need of the militant organisation. He also said that to build an organisation it is necessary to strengthen the organisation ideologically and politically. To become such an organisation this type of workshop, seminar, etc are necessary and the leadership should actively take part in it, apart from the day-to-day activities of the organisation. He further said to work unitedly to achieve our task. He emphasized the need for bringing younger generation into the leadership of our organizations as otherwise we will be failing in our durty towards building up a vibrant and class-oriented militant organisation. Confederation of CG Employees & Workers already placed 15 points charter of demand and started campaign prgrammes and agitations right from 2011. Government was forced to declare 7th CPC. Credit goes to confederation. To carry forward the agitation, more and more unions and association should be brought under the banner of CCGEW. The inactive organizations should become functional. In various sectors we have to move further. The role of the CCGEW become important in the present scenario and we should take all steps to unite & strengthen the movement. Without fighting the policies of the Government which intends to dismantle the government sector and public sector, we cannot protect our hard earned benefits.
Com. P. M. Worlikar, President CCGEW Mumbai presided in the post lunch session.
The Camp was hosted by Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers Mumbai. The participants were the leaders of various Central Government Employees’ organizations. Eight lectures were organized during the two days camp in which more than 250 delegates representing about 45 organizations of 25 Ministries and Departments from various part of the country took part. Com. K. V. Jayaraj, Asst. Secretary, CCGEW, presented the credential report.
The camp concluded with the resolve to strengthen the movement of Central Government Employees making it capable of organizing struggles and participating in the trade union movement of the working class against the ruling class to abandon the anti people Economic Policies pursued by the successive Governments since 1991. Com M. Krishnan Secretary General CCGEW while concluding the study camp assured of organizing such camps in different parts of the country and appropriate struggle programme on the need for merger of DA, Interim Relief, including of the GDS in the ambit of 7th CPC, reversal of New Pension Scheme, etc. will be decided at the National Executive Meeting of CCGEW slated for 28th November 2013.
Com. R.P Singh, Secretary CCGEW Mumbai welcomed the participants. & Com. P.M Worlikar, President CCGEW Mumbai given Vote of thanks. The Confederation CHQ thanks and congratulates the C-O-C Mumbai for making excellent arrangements for the successful conducting of the two day National Camp.