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Reference: AIA/Circular-32/2011 Dated: 25th December 2011
Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &
Members of Women's Committee
PFRDA BILL DEFERRED TO NEXT SESSION OF PARLIAMENT
The Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority (PFRDA) bill slated to come up for approval of the Lok Sabha in the last week has been deferred to the budget session. The massive march to parliament and the lakhs of signatures that we submitted to the Prime Minister demanding the withdrawal of the bill did not have enough impact as what has happened is just a deferment not withdrawal.
The Prime Minister who assured to the delegation of the Steering Committee led by Com Basudev Acharya and Com Tapan Sen MPs that his Government will consider the submission made out in the memorandum and stated that his government is not against the workers. Of course, he did not say that his government is for the workers!
The government of the day understands the language of street power – of
Anna Hazare type. The big question before us is whether the government employees could create such a situation. The fact of the day is that only if we could create such a situation, we could save the Pension.
The agreement between the government and the principal opposition party on the PFRDA bill has once again brought to light the unholy alliance in favour of the corporate finance capital – Indian and foreign. How the today's principal opposition party not be a party to snatching away of the hard earned pension of the government employees when it is they who in 2003 first brought the new pension scheme through an ordinance.
The employees have to see through the game of the two big political formations and ensure that both are forced to retract from the stated anti-employee, pro-corporate slant.
Let us not forget – the bill has only been deferred, not withdrawn. We have some more time to accelerate the movement to defend pension.
CONFEDERATION NATIONAL COUNCIL MEETING
ENDORSES STRIKE CALL ON 28TH FEBRUARY 2012
National Council of Confederation that met at Ernakulam, Kerala on 16th December 2011 endorsed the decision of the Central Trade Unions to go on one day strike on 28th February 2012. The Demands on which the strike has been decided are:
1. Concrete measures to contain price rise
2. Concrete measures for linkage of employment protection with the concession/incentive package offered to the entrepreneurs
3. Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws
4. Universal social security cover for the unorganised sector workers without any restriction and creation of a National security Fund with adequate resources in line with the recommendation of NCEUS and Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour and
5. Stoppage of disinvestment in central and state profit making PSUs.
6. No contractorisation of work of permanent/perennial nature and payment of wages and benefits to the contract workers at the same rate as available to the regular workers of the industry/establishment.
7. Amendment of Minimum Wage Act to ensure universal coverage irrespective of the schedules and fixation of statutory minimum wage at not less than Rs 10,000/-
8. Remove all ceilings on payment and eligibility of Bonus, Provident Fund; increase the quantum of gratuity.
9. Assured Pension for all (Scrap PFRDA bill/NPS; ensure pension for all).
10. Compulsory registration of Trade Unions within a period of 45 days and immediate ratification of the ILO Convention nos 87 & 98.
The Steering Committee of Government Employees Organisations on PFRDA Bill in its meeting held on 20th December 2011 decided to modify the Demand at No 9 as "Scrap PFRDA bill/NPS; ensure pension for all".
The National Council upon detailed discussion decided for a Massive March to Parliament and one day strike on the 14- point charter of demands formulated by the National Council meeting held at Mumbai in December 2010. The Secretariat which would meet after the one day strike on 28th February 2012 was authorised to decide the follow up actions and the date of strike.
Confederation Circular is enclosed.
NATIONAL EXECUTIVE MEETING
The National Executive of the Association would meet at New Delhi on 25-26 January 2012 to take appropriate decisions.
NATIONBAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE MEETING
After a gap of nearly a year the National Anomaly Committee meeting is being held on 5th January 2011. Whether it would resolve any of the anomalies raised is yet to be seen. The government is not habituated to hear peaceful pleadings and of late the central government employees' movement has learnt the art of peaceful pleading.
Only strong united movement of the employees would force the government to negotiate and settle any of the outstanding issues of the employees.
CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
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Conf/No 24/2011 Dated: 24.12.2011
National Council meeting and decisions.
The National Council meeting as scheduled was held at Gananam Hotel Conference hall, Ernakulam, Kochi, Kerala on 16th December, 2011. The National Council was inaugurated by Com. P. Rajiv, M.P. and was presided over by Com. Narasimhan, Vice President. The meeting commenced with observance of two minutes silence to condole the death of comrades who passed away during the period between December, 2010 and December, 2011. The meeting specially moved and adopted a resolution to condole the death of Com. M.K. Pandhe, Member of the Polit bureau of CPI (M) and former General Secretary and President of CITU.
Com. Secretary General presented a brief report to the Council meeting touching upon the events of importance both at national and international arena. He also submitted a work report for the consideration of the house. Decisions taken at the meeting on various agenda items are briefly as under:
Agenda Item Nos 1 to 4. These agenda issues were discussed together. The following were the conclusions.
(a) Review of 25th March to Parliament Programme and the signature campaign
The meeting evaluated the participation of CGE in the programme as very good. It however felt that had some State Committees and the affiliates taken a little more efforts to comply with the quota fixed, the target could have been achieved. The campaign for eliciting the participation of large number of comrades from nearby stations in Delhi had not been properly undertaken.
Reviewing the efforts undertaken by the affiliates and state Committees in the matter of signature cam0paign, the meeting decided to record its disappointment over the laxity in the matter shown by many affiliates and State Committees. The Committee praises on record the endeavour of the Kerala State Committee in the matter as that State alone accounts for almost 1/3rd of the total 3.5 lakhs signatures collected.
(b) Subscription: The Secretary General informed the house that no improvement has been registered in the matter of remittance of subscription to CHQ by the affiliates. He assured to present the receipt and payment position since the last conference to the next National executive. The non-payment of subscription, he added, had a cascading effect in as much as the decision to start a journal, to effect intensive campaign on demands amongst the mass of the employees, the setting up of District level Committees etc., could not be implemented. The Council asked the Sectt. to get in touch with each affiliate to ensure remittance.
(c) Com. R.P. Singh informed the house that the Maharashtra State Committee will try to host the next Conference at Mumbai. No final decision in the matter could be taken at the Council.
(d) The Council felt that the charter of demands must be pursued with action programmes. However, taking into account the fact that the Central Trade Unions have decided to organise a day's strike on 28th Feb. 2012, the National Sectt. of the Confederation was authorised to chalk out campaign programme to popularise the demands and organise agitational programmes culminating in a day's strike action in the monsoon session of the Parliament (i.e. July- August, 2012). The earlier decision to organise a massive march to Parliament on the charter of demands was reiterated. The date will be finalised by the National Sectt. The campaign on the charter of demands will commence after 28th Feb. 2012.
(e) The Steering Committee's decision to organise two hour walk out and demonstration on the next day of the taking up the PFRDA Bill in the Parliament was reiterated. It was also decided that campaign on the ill effects of the Bill must be brought to the notice of all MPs and they may be requested to oppose the Bill. Taking into account the unanimous decision of the Standing Committee to incorporate a minimum guaranteed pension, the Council decided to emphasise that the Central Government employees must be ensured with the guarantee of Minimum pension of 50% of the last pay drawn, family pension benefit and such other facilities as are presently available.
Agenda Item No. 5.
Participation in the ensuing strike action on 28th Feb. 2012.
The Council unanimously endorsed the decision of the Central Trade Unions to organise a day's strike action on 28th Feb. 2012 and a resolution was adopted to call upon all CGEs organisations affiliated to Confederation to take strenuous efforts to ensure the participation of all members in the strike action on 28th Feb. 2012.
Agenda Item No. 6, National anomaly committee - Secretary General informed the council that the National Anomaly Committee is slated to meet on 5th Jan. 2012. He however, informed the members that no settlement on serious issues is likely to come out in the said meeting.
Agenda Item No.7
The Council adopted a resolution to be submitted to the Cabinet Secretary demanding the revival of the functioning of the Departmental Councils of Various Ministries.
Another resolution was adopted to extend the solidarity and support of the Confederation to the Postal Employees who have decided under the auspices of the Joint Council of Action of Postal organisations to embark upon indefinite strike in Jan. 2012 for the Postal Board did not honour the commitment made earlier especially in the matter of closure of RMS offices as per the suggestion of the McKenzie Committee report.
The Council decided to deplore through a resolution the terror attacks on T.U. Activists going on in West Bengal after the last general election.
The Council also adopted a resolution demanding grant of regular recognition to NFPE enabling it to be represented in the NC of JCM.
The Kerala State Committee had made excellent arrangements for the conduct of the Council meeting and for the stay of the Council members. On behalf of the National Secretariat Com. KV Sreedharan, Vice President, Confederation profusely thanked the State Committee and the volunteer comrades who made it possible. Com PG Saseendran, Secretary, Ernakulam District Committee of Confederation offered vote of thanks.