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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Sunday, April 17, 2016

CIRCULAR - 09/2016

15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012
Reference: AIA/Circular-09/2016                                                          Dated:  13th April 2016

To
Unit Secretaries,
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &
Members of Women’s Committee

Dear Comrades,

No Let up in Preparations for the Indefinite Strike, Please

Deferment of commencement of indefinite strike to 11th July 2016 should not lead to a situation where-in we relax thinking that there is much time in our disposal for the preparations.

We must not forget that the preparations for the strike such as issuance of handbills, holding of group meetings explaining in detail the different aspects of the 7 CPC report and our objection and aversion to the recommendations of the 7 CPC is equally important as the strike itself.

In the group meetings we should explain to the mass of employees what had been the demand of the Staff Side, JCM before the 7 CPC, the basis for the minimum wage of Rs 26000/- to MTS, the principle/rationale guiding the demand for need based minimum wage, ratio between the minimum and maximum etc and the recommendations of the 7 CPC – fixing of minimum wage at Rs 18,000, faulty basics for computation of minimum wages, mutilation of the principle of need based minimum wages and dilution of the Supreme court directive on improvement to the 1957 formula, higher weightage for higher cadres leading to a higher ratio between minimum and maximum wages etc.

The denial of the 7 CPC to discuss the issue of denial of pension and any social security measures to the post 2004 recruited personnel is an issue that should agitate one and all.

The media reports that the government is considering appropriating 50% of the increased wages the employees would get after the implementation of 7 CPC recommendations for the purpose of creating a “recapitalisation fund” for the banks which are looted by big corporates by lakhs of crores of Rupees.

Media will not make such a report – not by one media, but by many that also on regular basis – without a basis, without getting an inkling of what is going on within the government.
Ambanis, Bajajs et all will loot the public exchequer and the workers will be made to pay for it – this seems to be the guiding principle. All along the worker was made to pay for the misdeeds of these powerful crooks but it was discreetly, now it seems the loot and the exploitation of the worker/labour is getting quite naked and accepted norm.

These dangers are also to be taken to the mass of employees. Only enlightened, well informed members will be able to understand the gravity of the situation and thus be able to make the strike a grand success.

The months of April and May are by and large considered as months of vacation where many employees leave their station with family once the school vacation starts. The continuous and sustained campaign will ensure that all the employees are covered and educated, preparing one and all for the indefinite strike from 11 July 2016. The serving of strike notice on 9th June 2016 itself should make the government sit up and take note of the growing anger amongst the central government employees. We have no time to lapse; we will have to be on our job without any let up with all vigour and earnestness.

47TH CONFERENCE

As intimated earlier, the 47th Conference of All India Audit & Accounts Association would be held at Nagpur. The Nagpur Associations have confirmed the dates of the Conference – from 8th August to 11th August 2016. Formal notification will be issued in the month of June only. All the Units are requested to reserve the tickets to and from Nagpur without waiting for formal notification.

All the Units are requested to include atleast one woman comrade as delegate, more are most welcome. We should do everything to improve the participation of women comrades in the organisational activities and try to develop them into leadership. Women Convention would be held during the conference.

Audit & Accounts Pensioners’ Association

Confederation had directed all its affiliates to organise the pensioners departmentally, bringing it under the banner of National Co-ordination Committee of Pensioners Associations (NCCPA) in the same pattern of Confederation. Postal, Income Tax etc have already formed their organisations. We are left behind. During the 47th Conference at Nagpur, we may also take steps to form IA&AD Pensioners Association.

With greetings,

Yours fraternally
 





(M.S.Raja)

Secretary General

Monday, April 4, 2016

CIRCULAR - 08/2016

15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012
Reference: AIA/Circular-08/2016                                                          Dated:  30th March 2016

To
Unit Secretaries,
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &
Members of Women’s Committee

Dear Comrades,

CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS CALL FOR SUSTAINED STRUGGLE;
GENERAL STRIKE ON 2ND SEPTEMBER 2016
            10 Central Trade Unions - INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU,            UTUC,          LPF – and All India Federations of Banks, Insurance, Defence, Railways, Central/State Government Employees and other Service Establishments met at Mavlankar Hall, New Delhi in a “National Convention of Workers” on 30th March 2016.

The National Convention of Workers came to the inescapable conclusion that considering the aggressiveness with which the present day government is going ahead with the regressive policies including the latest decision of the government to allow 100% FDI in retail e-commerce, the workers are left with no option but to mount a sustained resistance of a higher level. The Convention therefore called upon the workers and the toiling masses of the country to vigourously campaign and mobilise the people at large for various agitational programmes including one day general strike on 2nd September 2016 – exactly one year after the last year’s strike – in pursuance of the 12 point charter of demands. Declaration adopted in National Convention of workers is enclosed.

The National Convention has given the following programmes
1. Joint conventions and campaigns during June-July 2016 in states, districts and at industry level and take initiative to involve peasants, Agri labour and mass of the people in the campaign.
2. Day-long ‘Mass Dharna/Satyagraha in the Capital of the States and Industrial Centres preferably on the auspicious day on 9th August 2016 (Quit India Day) in preparation for the strike.
3. ALL INDIA GENERAL STRIKES ON 2ND SEPTEMBER 2016.
            All our Units are requested to educate the membership on the above programme and prepare them for the struggles.

INDFENITE STRIKE – ONLY RESCHEDULED, NOT DEFERRED FOR EVER
            As is known by now, the NJCA in its meeting held on 7th March 2016 after assessing the situations – the statement of the Cabinet Secretary during the meeting held on 1st March 2016 that ‘11th April is not the appropriate timeline for strike’, declaration of polling dates in West Bengal and Assam coinciding with 11th April and ‘code of conduct’ enforced due to the starting of election process in 5 states – decided to reschedule the indefinite strike and serving of strike notice to June-July 2016 – serving of strike notice on 9th June and commencement of indefinite strike from 6 am on 11th July 2016.

The NJCA has further decided to hold state level conventions/meetings during April-May 2016. The details such as date, station, names of leaders attending the convention/meeting etc will be finalised and intimated to all in few days.

All of us we will have to guard against any let up in the campaign and mobilisation for strike – the education campaign should be done in a very systematic manner, the two months time should be utilised gainfully in this direction.

It is proposed that Units may organise camps/classes on the 7 CPC – our memorandum, the report of 7 CPC and the policies of the successive governments. HQr will ensure that one of the HQr leader do attend such camp/meetings.

COURT CASES

Both the cases have now been posted to 14th July 2016 ie after court vacation.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally
 





(M.S.Raja)

Secretary General

NATIONAL CONVENTION OF WORKERS
MAVLANKAR HALL, NEW DELHI: 30th March 2016

DECLARATION
The National Convention of Workers organised by the Joint Platform of the Central Trade Unions (CTU) of the country along with Independent National Federations of employees of different Industries and Services congratulates the workers for the resounding historical success of the strike on 2nd September 2015 and also for their huge participation in the countrywide National Protest Day on 10th March 2016. This massive unity of the working people in the joint actions has to be further widened and strengthened in the process of struggle against the anti-worker, anti-people policies of Governments.
The Convention notes that attitude of the Government is profoundly negative and hugely challenging to the working class. Despite readiness expressed by the CTUs through joint letter to the Government after the 2nd September 2015 strike for commencement of dialogue on the 12 point charter of demands (CoD), the Government did not respond at all thus arrogantly ignoring the message of such a huge strike by crores of workers pressing for their demands unanimously formulated by all the CTUs. The issues in the CoD relate to basic interest of country’s economy and also issues concerning the livelihood of the toiling people of both organised and unorganised sectors including the scheme workers.
The Government has not taken any meaningful step to curb price rise of essential necessities and to generate employment except making tall baseless claims through sound-bites in the media. Instead of universalizing public distribution system, the Government is trying to scuttle it through the inherently anti-poor targeting mechanism called ‘Direct Benefit Transfer’ resulting further exclusion of the common and needy people. The huge does of additional duty on diesel, doubling of cess on coal, and increased in direct taxes in the latest Budget (2016-17) and the recent increase in price of all petro products are bound to fuel further spiraling rise in prices of daily necessities.
The Government is mysteriously silent on the question of retrieving the black-money stashed abroad. This Government is equally unconcerned on recovering the Rs.4.04 lakh crore of Bad Debts, euphemistically called Non-Performing Assets (NPA) of Public Sector Banks and almost similar amount on account of unpaid direct tax. Rather in the Union Budget, it allowed further relaxations to both loan defaulters and tax defaulters. And at the same time, the common and marginal people are being strangulated through huge increase in the burden of indirect tax and cut in allocations on social sectors etc.
Whole range of social security measures are under severe attack. The EPF and the ESI schemes are proposed to be made optional by the Government to pave the way for their ultimate demolition. Post 2004 entrants in Government services, defence, railways etc have been subjected to notorious new pension scheme. And for the vast unorganised sector workers, old schemes are being repackaged and renamed, without providing for funds and implementation-machinery to just befool the people.
Although the Government had to roll back their retrograde budget proposal to tax the EPF withdrawal, they have launched atrocious attack of drastic cut in interest rate on small savings instruments like PPF, Postal saving deposits, Girl Child savings scheme, Sukanya Samridhhi Yojana, Kisan Vikas Patra, National Savings Certificate and even senior citizens’ deposit schemes and monthly income scheme. This retrograde move would hit the common and marginal people very hard, more particularly those living on interest income only after retirement.
Totally ignoring the united opposition of the workers, the Government has been moving fast to demolish existing labour laws thereby empowering the employees with unfettered rights to “hire and fire” and stripping the workers and trade unions of all their rights and protection provided in laws. As follow up to the PMO’s written communication to the Chief Secretaries of States, state governments are being directed to carry out Rajasthan type pro-management amendments in labour laws. The Labour Secretary, Government of India has issued executive order on this 12th January granting exemption to so called Start-up Enterprises from inspection and application of 9 major labor laws, thereby legitimizing violations.
The proposed Small Factories (Regulations of Service conditions) Bill prescribes that major 14 labour laws will not apply to factories employing up to 40 workers. Labour Code on Wages Bill and Labour Code on Industries Relations Bill under the cover of amalgamation, seek to make registration of unions almost impossible, making retrenchment and closure almost free for the employers’ class. These bills have been put in public domain totally ignoring the trade unions thereby violating the provisions of ILO Convention 144 on Tripartite Consultation. All these amendments are meant to exclude 90% of the workforce from application of labour laws thereby allowing the employers to further squeeze and exploit the workers. all rights-components in all the labour laws are being demolished to impose conditions of slavery on the working people. Simultaneously, almost in all the states, the work-place level struggles of the workers are being sought to be crushed through repression including intimidation and arrests by the Government machinery as is being nakedly visible in Rajasthan, Haryana, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat etc in recent times.
Along with, the Peasantry and Agri Labourers are also under severe attack. Through sweeping changes in the Land Acquisition Act, Farmers’ Right to Land and Agri-Workers’ Right to Livelihood were sought to be drastically curbed, which ultimately could be stalled temporarily through popular struggles but the danger still remains.
Attack on public sector has been pushed to unprecedented height. Not merely disinvestment, the Government will now go for ‘mega strategic sale’. The main target is the Maharatna CPSUs and those amongst the top profit making CPSUs including banks/insurance. The ownership control and management of our shinning CPSUs are being sought to be handed over to the private corporates, both domestic and foreign. Along with, almost unlimited FDI is allowed in strategic sectors like Railways, Defence and Financial Sector as complementary to the move of privatisation/PPP etc.
The anti-worker and authoritarian attitude of the Government is also nakedly reflected in their refusal to implement the consensus recommendations of 43rd, 44th and 45th Indian Labor Conferences on formulation of minimum wages, same wage and benefits as regular workers for the contract workers and granting status of workers with attendant benefits to the scheme workers like Anganwadi, mid-day meal, ASHA, para-teachers etc. on the contrary, the Government drastically curtailed budget allocations to all those centrally sponsored schemes meant for poor peoples’ welfare. The legislation on the issue of Street Vendors is not being implemented appropriately.
The convention reiterates the demand for strict implementation of labour laws and a total scrap of its proposal of so called “labour-law-reforms”, halting mass scale unlawful contractorisation, minimum wages at not less than Rs.18,000 per month with indexation and universal social security benefits and pension for all including the unorganised sector workers, etc. The demands also include compulsory registration of Trade Unions within 45 days and ratification of ILO Conventions 87 and 98.
The Convention urges the Government to reverse the direction of the ongoing economic policy regime which has landed the entire national economy in distress and decline affecting the working people the most. The Convention also extends support to the struggles of the Government employees, Railways and defence sector employees bank & insurance employees, coal, telecom and transport sector employees etc on their just demands and against the policy regime.
The Convention calls upon all the trade unions, federations across the sectors to widen and consolidate the unity at the grass-root level and prepare for countrywide united movement and observe the following programme of agitation and action:
1. Joint conventions and campaigns during June-July 2016 in states, districts and at industry level and take initiative to involve peasants, Agri labour and mass of the people in the campaign.
2. Day-long ‘Mass Dharna/Satyagraha in the Capital of the States and Industrial Centres preferably on the auspicious day on 9th August 2016 (Quit India Day) in preparation for the strike.
3. ALL INDIA GENERAL STRIKES ON 2ND SEPTEMBER 2016.
The Convention once again expresses its readiness for arriving at an acceptable settlement to the 12 points Charter of Demands through discussion with the Government, Effective implementation forthwith the consensus recommendations of successive Indian Labour Conference on minimum wage, on contract workers and the Scheme workers is crucial for the CTUs to prepare for dialogue with the Government.
The National Convention of Workers calls upon the trade unions and working people irrespective of affiliations to unite and make the countrywide General Strike a massive success. Unity of working people and masses have to be defended and strengthened through the process of struggles only. Convention also appeals to the Peasants, Agriculture Labour and the rural and urban toiling people to support and participate in the strike on 2nd September 2016.

BMS                INTUC           AITUC                       HMS              CITU          AIUTUC

TUCC               SEWA                           AICCTU                 UTUC             LPF    

AND ALL INDIA FEDERATIONS OF BANKS, INSURANCE, DEFENCE, RAILWAYS, CENTRAL/ STATE GOVERNMENTS EMPLOYEES AND OTHER SERVICE ESTABLISHMENTS

Monday, February 29, 2016

CIRCULAR - 07/2016

15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012

Reference: AIA/Circular-07/2016                                                 Dated: 28th February  2016

To
Unit Secretaries,
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &
Members of Women’s Committee

Dear Comrades,
OBSERVE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Universally, 8th March is observed as International Women’s Day.

International Women's Day honors working women and women’s struggle everywhere. The International Women's Day originated in honor of two all women strikes which took place in the U.S.
First all women strike was on March 8, 1857 when the garment workers in New York City marched and picketed, demanding improved working conditions, a ten hour day, and equal rights for women. Their ranks were broken up by the police. The second all women strike was fifty-one years later, (again) on March 8 in 1908, when the women in the needle trades in New York marched again, honouring the 1857 march, demanding the vote, and an end to sweatshops and child labor. The police were present on this occasion too.
The first National Woman's Day was observed in the United States on 28 February, 1909. The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honour of the 1908 garment workers' strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.
The Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen in 1909, established a Women's Day, international in character, to honour the movement for women's rights and to build support for achieving universal suffrage for women. The proposal was placed by German socialist Clara Zetkin which was greeted with unanimous approval by the conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, which included the first three women elected to the Finnish Parliament. This Copenhagen initiative finally traversed to today’s International Women’s Day as given below.
           
  • 1911   As a result of the Copenhagen initiative, International Women's Day was marked for the first time (19 March) in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one million women and men attended rallies. In addition to the right to vote and to hold public office, they demanded women's rights to work, to vocational training and to an end to discrimination on the job.
  • 1913-1914   International Women's Day also became a mechanism for protesting World War I. As part of the peace movement, Russian women observed their first International Women's Day on the last Sunday in February. Elsewhere in Europe, on or around 8 March of the following year, women held rallies either to protest the war or to express solidarity with other activists.
  • 1917   Against the backdrop of the war, women in Russia again chose to protest and strike for "Bread and Peace" on the last Sunday in February (which fell on 8 March on the Gregorian calendar). Four days later, the Czar abdicated and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote.
  • 1975 During International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day on 8 March.
  • 1995 The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments, focused on 12 critical areas of concern, and envisioned a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.
  • 2014 The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) – the annual gathering of States to address critical issues related to gender equality and women’s rights — focused on “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”. UN entities and accredited NGOs from around the world took stock of progress and remaining challenges towards meeting the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs have played an important role in galvanizing attention on and resources for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The Observance of the International Women’s Day should be utilised to enhance the social and trade union consciousness of the women employees in our offices, all the while ensuring that the men colleagues are also part of it.

It would be quite appropriate to organise Debates, Seminar etc on the Day with some eminent personalities working on the social arena on women issues being invited. The whole idea should be to ensure women participation at grass root level as well as at leadership level, raising the level of consciousness to fight the social depravation that women are subjected to. The women employees should be equipped through this process to fight the patriarchal system and obscurantist ideologies that would like to confine the women in the four walls of kitchen.

MEETING WITH EMPOWERED COMMITTEE OF SECRETARIES

As you have learnt by this time, Standing Committee of JCM will have discussion, on the charter of demands submitted, with the Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by the Cabinet Secretary at 6.45 pm on 1st March 2016. The meeting initially convened for 26th February 2016 was rescheduled as per the request of the Staff Side as many of them who were out of station found it difficult to reach on time.

It would be wrong to expect too much from this single meeting. We should enter into negotiation with the government with the backing of the mobilisation and preparation for strike from 11th April 2016. Any let up by us in the preparation of the indefinite strike from 11 April 2016 would have serious repercussions. All the units are requested to prepare the rank and file for the serving of strike notice on 11th March 2016.

SERVE STRIKE NOTICE ON 11TH MARCH 2016

The NJCA has decided to serve the strike notice on 11th March 2016 to the respective Heads of Department with massive demonstration at New Delhi as well as at every station.

We may take special care to ensure that the discussions with the Govt do not dilute our enthusiasm and earnestness in the preparation for the indefinite strike and the serving of strike notice on 11th March 2016.

Every unit may please ensure that the strike notice is served to the respective PAG/DG/AG/PD/Director/Dy Director with massive meetings during lunch hour. HQr would serve strike notice to CAG at New Delhi. The format of strike notice will be posted in our blog and mailed too by 8th March 2016.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally

 

 Sd/-
  
(M.S.Raja)

Secretary General



Sunday, February 7, 2016