ALL INDIA AUDIT & ACCOUNTS ASSOCIATION
15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012
Reference: AIA/Circular-21/2010 Dated: 28th July 2010
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &
Members of Women's Committee
The reports from the units show that almost all the Units have held demonstration and sent telegram against the chargesheeting of leaders of Hyderabad Unit, including Additional Secretary General of All India Audit & Accounts Association, though some units held the demonstration on a later date.
We have to educate and mobilise the membership against the obdurate stand of the administration that raising the victimisation of leaders and activists of Kerala and Hyderabad is unwelcome – rather invite more actions. The administration has no regard for the Constitution of India or nor to the democratic system prevailing in India. It is this anti-democratic psyche that is to be fought and corrected.
CONFEDERATION CALL FOR DHARNA IN SUPPORT OF OUR STRUGGLE
Confederation has decided to extend total support to our cause and given a call for one day dharna before offices of Accountants General through out the country on 5th August 2010 against the massive victimisation of our leaders and activists in various stations. The Confederation Circular is enclosed.
We endorse the call of the Confederation and call upon every unit to join the Dharna on 5th August 2010. Our units should contact the leaders of units of Confederation affiliates where the COC is not functioning. The dharna may be held outside the office premises, but before the office. The membership may be mobilised in toto for the lunch hour demonstration on 5th August 2010. Our comrades should join the dharna after availing leave.
50th ANNIVERSARY OF 1960 STRIKE
Commemorating the historic indefinite strike of 1960 by central government employees a convention was held at Mavalankar Hall at New Delhi on 16th July 2010. The Convention was arranged jointly by AIRF, AIDEF and Confederation.
The Convention decided to observe the year 16 July 2010 to 16 July 2011 as commemorative year by holding conventions, seminars etc. through out the country. The declaration adopted is enclosed.
CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS CALLS FOR ONE DAY STRIKE ON 7TH SEPT 2010
National Assembly of Workers held jointly by nine Central Trade Unions – including INTUC - at Mavalankar Hall at New Delhi on 15th July 2010 decided to go for a one day strike on 7th Sept 2010 in pursuance of 5 point charter of demands vis
1. Price rise of essential commodities to be contained through appropriate corrective and distributive measures like universal PDS and containing speculation in commodity market.
2. Concrete proactive measures to be taken for linkage of employment protection in the recession stricken sectors with the stimulate package being offered to the concerned entrepreneurs and for augmenting public investment in infrastructure.
3. Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws.
4. Steps to be taken for removal of all restrictive provisions based on poverty line in respect of eligibility of converge of the schemes under the Unorganized Workers Social Security Act 2008 and creation of National Fund for the Unorganized Sector to provide for a National Floor Level Social Security to all unorganized Sector to provide for a National Floor Level Social Security to all unorganized workers including the contract/casual workers in line with the recommendation of National Commission on Enterprises in Unorganized Sector and Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour.
5. Disinvestment of shares of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) is not resorted to for meeting budgetary deficit and instead their growing reserve and surplus is used for expansion and modernization purpose and also for revival of sick Public Sector Undertakings.
The declaration adopted in the Convention would be published in the Auditlekha Samanvay.
CONFEDERATION ENDORSES THE JOINT TU CALL
The secretariat of Confederation that met immediately after the Convention on 16th July 2010 endorsed the call of the Trade unions to go for one day strike on 7th Sept 2010. Confederation further decided to conduct joint campaigns with AISGEF and AIDEF on the following (in addition to the 5 point charter adopted by the 15th July Convention)
6. Fill up all existing vacancies in all Government departments.
7. Stop outsourcing/contractorisation of Governmental Functions
8. Regularise all Daily rated workers/employees and Grameen Dak sevak and remove ceiling on compassionate appointments
9. Withdraw PFRDA Bill and extend statutory defined benefit pension scheme to all Government employees
10. Guarantee right to strike as a fundamental right of employees.
All Units may start preparation for mobilizing the employees for the one day strike on 7th Sept 2010. NE would meet on 12-13 August 2010 to consider enabling decision in this regard.
CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT
EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS
Manishinath Bhawan, A/2/95 Rajouri Garden,, New Delhi. 110 027
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The National Secretariat of the Confederation met at New Delhi (at Mavalankar Hall, Rafi Marg) on 16th July, 2010 at 3.30 PM immediately after the convention organized jointly by the AIRF, AIDEF and Confederation to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 12th July, 1960 indefinite strike action of the Central Government employees. The meeting took the following decisions.
A. (i) To participate in the strike action slated for 7th September, 2010, for which call was given by the Central Trade Unions at the Convention, held at New Delhi on 15th July, 2010. The Convention was attended by the representatives of all Central Trade Unions, barring BMS and the independent Federations and Associations (including the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Workers). The Confederation and its affiliates will serve the strike notice after the National Executive Committee meeting scheduled to be held at New Delhi on 11.8.2010. (Copy of the declaration adopted by the Convention is enclosed. Annexure A)
(ii) The Strike Charter will include the 5 demands adopted by the 15th July convention of the Central Trade Unions and another 5 demands which are common to all Central and State Government employees. (The charter of demands is enclosed. Annexure F)
(iii) The campaign for the strike action will be jointly organized by the Confederation, All India State Government employees Federation and the All India Defence Employees Federation.
(iv) For making the campaign effective, joint conventions will be organized at all State Capital and other important centres in which the National leaders of all the three Organizations will take part.
(v) The dates for the proposed State Conventions is being finalized and the same will be intimated in a few days' time.
B. The Secretariat has decided to convene the National Executive Committee meeting of the Confederation on 11th August, 2010 at New Delhi to give impetus to the campaign for the strike preparation. The meeting will be held at the Gandhi Peace Foundation Auditorium, Deendayal Upadhyay Marg, (Near ITO) New Delhi. (Notice for the meeting is enclosed. Annexure B)
C. (i) The meeting considered a report from the Secretary General of the all India Audit and Accounts Association on the brutal vindictive actions taken by the Audit Bureaucracy against the employees who participated in the 8th April, 2010 Mass Casual leave programme. According to him about 20,000 comrades have been issued with the charge sheet invoking Rule 14 and 16 of the CCS(CCA) Rules. He also informed the house that there had been no respite to the ongoing victimization against the union functionaries in Kerala, Rajkot, Kolkata and other places. Penalties like reduction in rank, reduction in emoluments, withholding of increments, stoppage of increments etc. were being awarded to a large number of employees, especially in Kerala in culmination of the disciplinary proceedings initiated, besides the dismissal of two comrades who were office bearers of the Kerala Unit. The Accountant General, Shri Ravindran who was the cadre controlling authority in Kerala and who was responsible for the mayhem created in Kerala is presently the Principal Accountant General, Hyderabad and it was reported that he has continued his anti union activities in Andhra Pradesh. The Union in A.P has not been allowed to hold its General Body meeting, the Union is not allowed to function at all, 300 comrades have been issued with charge sheet besides serving show cause notice under Rule 14 and 16 to all the comrades who participated in the Mass Casual leave programme. The meeting has come to the inescapable conclusion that the Audit bureaucracy has replanted itself to the mindset of the 17th Century and is presently carried by the insensitive bureaucrats like Ravindran The meeting has, therefore, decided to adopt a resolution to place before the Prime Minister, Finance Minister and the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. (Copy of the resolution adopted is enclosed. Annexure C)
(ii) In view of the developments reported by the Secretary General of the All India Audit and Accounts Association, the meeting has decided to call upon the State Committees to organize massive dharna programme on 5th August, 2010 at all State Capitals in front of the office of the respective Accountant General. It was also decided that a minimum number of 300 comrades must participate in the Dharna programme in each centre of which 100 must be from the IA & AD department. All Affiliated Association./Federations of the Confederation should deploy comrades (the number decided by the State committee) to participate in the Dharna. The Honourable Members of Parliament of the respective State may be invited, apprised of the situation, requested to address the Dharna and take up the issue of victimization with the Government and the C& AG. The Note detailing the vindictive actions in the I A & A. Department as prepared by the Secretary General, All India Audit and Accounts Association is enclosed.(Annexure D) The State Committees will send the following telegram to the Comptroller and Auditor General on 5th August, 2010 after holding a massive demonstration at the Dharna Venue in which the participation of large number of the Central Government employees may be ensured.
VACATE VICTIMISATION IN ALL OFFICES OF THE IA & AD
. (iii) The National executive Committee which is scheduled to meet on 11th August, 2010 will decide upon the date of the National Dharna Programme before the Office of the C & AG at New Delhi. The National Dharna programme will have the participation of minimum one thousand activists drawn from different affiliated Associations/Federations of the Confederation.
ON 16TH JULY, 2010 AT MAVLANKAR HALL, NEW DELHI
As was informed in our circular No.14, the National Convention to commemorate the 50thanniversary of the 12th July, 1960 All India indefinite strike action of the Central Government employees was held at Mavalankar hall, Rafi Marg, New Delhi on 16th July, 2010. The convention was jointly organized by the All India Railway men Federation, All India Defence Employees Federation and the Confederation of Central Govt. employees and workers. The convention was presided over by a presidium consisting of Com. Umraomal Purohit, President, AIRF, Com. S.K.Vyas, President, Confederation of Central Government employees and workers, Com. Sailo Bhattacharya, General Secretary, All India Defence Employees Federation. More than 1000 delegates participated in the convention. On behalf of the Presidium, Com. Umraomal Purohit made the introductory speech, followed by the presentation of the Declaration by Com. K.K.N. Kutty, Secretary General, and Confederation. In his presentation, Com. Kutty highlighted the issue of Minimum wage, the concept of DA and the extreme brutality with which the Government suppressed the strike.Com. Srikumar, Secretary General, AIDEF seconded the declaration. Com. Pathak, President, AIDEF presented the Hindi version of the declaration. Com. Shiv Gopal Misra, General Secretary, AIRF, Com. Harbhajan Singh, from AIRF, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU, Com. M.S. Raja, Secretary, Confederation, Com. Parasar, Officiating Secretary General, National Federation of Postal Employees addressed the convention. Thereafter the following veterans were honoured.
Com. J.D. Suryavanshi, AIDEF, Com. Sadasiva Misra, AIDEF, Com. U.M. Purohit (AIRF), Com. Rakhal Das Gupta (AIRF), Com.S.K. Vyas (Confdn.), Com. K.L. Gupta (AIRF), Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri (BSNLEU), Com. R.L. Bhattacharya. (NFPE), Com. Diwakar (NFPE), Com. Rajnath Srivastava, (Confdn) and Com. Pabitra Ranjan Chakraborty (BSNLEU)
Te convention unanimously adopted the enclosed declaration and decided to observe the year commencing from 16th July, 2010 to 15th July, 2011 as the commemorative year of 1960 strike. The State Committees may take necessary action to carry out the directive contained in the declaration. (Annexure E)
The house observed two minutes silence in memory of those comrades who led the 1960 struggle who passed away and specially in respectful memory of those who laid down their life being the victims of the police brutality.
Resolution adopted at the meeting of the
National Sectt. Of the Confederation on 16.07.2010.
This meeting of the National Secretariat of the Confederation of Central Government employees and workers, held at New Delhi today the 16th July, 2010 notes with distress the spree of vindictive action pursued by various Accountant Generals against the employees of the I A & AD Department. It notes that more than 20000 employees have been proceeded against under Rule 14 or 16 of the CCS(CCA) rules. The resort to such vindictive action has been taken by the Administration of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India for the simple reason that the employees together decided to be on mass casual leave demanding the vacation of victimization of the Union functionaries in Kerala, Rajkot, Gwalior, Kolkata, Nagpur etc. The very fact that large number of employees participated in the Mass Casual leave programme is indicative of the fact of the growing discontent against the highhandedness of the Administration.
The authorities in the IA & AD have not been permitting the genuine trade union functions for the last several years. No meeting of the employees is allowed if the same is held under the auspices of the recognized Associations, whereas permission to hold cultural shows even during office hours are granted. In the name of discipline, objections howsoever genuine they are, are not being tolerated. Despite repeated plea made by the All India Audit and Accounts Association, the Comptroller General of India did not deem it to fit to intervene and set right the high handed behavior of the Accountant General Kerala. On his promotion as Principal Accountant General, he was transferred to Hyderabad, where, as per the report, he has continued with his intolerant attitude towards the Association. Permission to hold the General Body meeting, a constitutional requirement and a necessity to abide by the stipulations made by the CCS(RSA) Rules, 1993, was denied to the recognized Association in Andhra Pradesh. The General Secretary of the Association has been proceeded against under Rule 16 for holding the General Body meeting during lunch break.
The meeting taking into consideration of this unprecedented situation created by the authorities under the Comptroller and Auditor General has decided to appeal to the Honourable Prime Minister and Finance Minister of the country and the Cabinet Secretary to kindly intervene in the matter and direct the concerned to hear the grievances of the employees and settle the same in an amicable and peaceful atmosphere. In order to create a conducive atmosphere for talks, the authorities may be asked to withdraw all punitive and vindictive actions against the employees who had gone on Mass casual leave as a means of protesting against the inordinate delay in settling issues and to give vent to their feeling of anger against the vindictive actions of various Accountant Generals, especially the Accountant General, Kerala.
The meeting also decided to send a copy of this resolution to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India with an appeal that the vindictive and punitive measures against the union functionaries may please be halted and the Associations, which are recognized to present and pursue the problems and demands of the employees may be permitted to function.
Convention of Central Government Workers and employees 16th July, 2010
This National Convention of the Central Government workers and employees being held at Mavalankar Hall, New Delhi today to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first indefinite strike action of Central Government employees, declares that it was an epoch making event. The strike action, led by the All India Railway men Federation, All India Defence Employees Federation and the Confederation of Central Government employees and workers which commenced at the midnight of 11th July, 1960 (at Zero hours of 12th July, 1960) was called off on 16th July, 1960. It was an historical event in as much as the issues raised for settlement were basic and fundamental to the process of collective bargaining. The grant of minimum wage to the workers; dearness compensation to meet the erosion in the real wages due to inflation in the economy; setting up a negotiating body to address to the day to day problems of employees at the workplace; to recognise the Unions and Association through a process of secret ballot; to replace the hire and fire system or arbitrary termination of service or retrenchment or dismissal with a legally acceptable procedure recognising the principles of natural justice; the need to have bilateral negotiation for wage settlement were the main issues that were projected, the non settlement of which resulted in the commencement of the strike. The five days of strike action became glorious for the indomitable spirit and courage with which the striking workers faced the unprecedented and uncivilised brutal repression unleashed by the then Government of India to crush the strike. The strike action was characterised by the then Prime Minister of the country as a civil rebellion; made special enactments called the Essential Services Maintenance Ordinance; issued executive directives under the Armed Forces Emergency Duty Act to specify that P & T, Railways, Aviation, Ports, Defence establishments, Mint, Security Press as vital organs of the country and banning any disturbance to its functioning as unlawful activities; arresting the leaders and activists; convicting them to rigorous imprisonment through summary trials; employing the Police and Army to brutalise, whereby 14 comrades including five comrades of Dahod (Western Railways) Com. Ranjit Singh, Sakharam, Sitaram, Kripashankar and Khaderan alias Giridhar were killed by the Police firing; initiating vindictive and punitive actions by arresting about 18000 activists, suspending 27000 employees, terminating the services of 6000 workers, dismissing another 6000 employees from service; awarding various punishments like reduction in rank and emoluments; transferring persons who participated in the strike to distant places; de-recognising all Unions and Federations, which had served the strike notice etc. The strike was glorious, for the workers faced and challenged this tyranny, the abuse and misuse of state power for long five days with determination. It became glorious for the issues that were raised by the workers in 1960 had to be addressed by the Government and accept most of them in later years.
This convention salutes the comrades who built the trade union movement of Central Government employees and workers in various departments and industrial units by facing these challenges and conquering them with the greatest sense of sacrifice and tenacity so as to have their colleagues and comrades a better tomorrow. This convention calls upon all organisations of Central Government employees to hold joint seminars and conventions in all State and District Head Quarters and other workplaces to honour those valiant comrades who made the 1960 strike possible and glorious. This convention considers it as incumbent upon all who are active in the movement of the Central Government employees to derive proper lessons from the glorious action of 1960 and inspire the younger generation of employees and workers to build a militant movement capable of ensuring that the country never witness such brutalities and with that objective calls upon all concerned to observe the period of one year commencing from today as the golden jubilee year of the glorious strike of Central Government employees.
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