Monday, January 27, 2014

JAC Circular - 3/2014

JOINT ACTION COMMITTEE OF
ACCOUNTS & AUDIT EMPLOYEES & OFFICERS ORGANISATIONS
17/2 – C, P & T Quarters, Kali Bari Marg, New Delhi: - 110001
Email: v.aicaea@mail.com

No: JAC/ Circular-3/2014                                                                              Date: 24th January, 2014
                                                                                                            
To
            Chief Executive of Constituent Organizations             
            and Conveners, local JACs,

Dear Comrades,
            It has been learnt that, as as decided by us,  the constituents of apex JAC while serving the strike notice on 21st January 2014 for 48 hours strike on 12th and 13th February 2014 submitted the Charter of Demands adopted by apex JAC as Part – II of the Charter of Demands. We request all the Chief Executives of constituents of apex JAC to forward the copy of the strike notice served to apex JAC Headquarters.

HOLD CONSTITUENT WISE DHARNA ON 29TH JANUARY 2014

            In pursuance of the decision taken in the Joint National Executives meeting of constituents of apex JAC held on 11th January 2014, all constituents are requested to direct their Units/Branches to hold day long Dharna on 29th January 2014 independently.
            All conveners of local JACs are requested to hold meeting of constituent organizations, co-ordinate with all local constituents and ensure that the programme is implemented by all the constituents. They are also requested to send a report after the Dharna to apex JAC headquarters.
            Places/stationswhere the local JACs are not functioning, local constituents are requested to come in touch with each other by taking initiative on their own and form local JAC immediately and ensure implementation of the programme of 29th January 2014. However, if they find that, due to pancity of time, local JAC would not be possible to be formed immediately, adhoc arrangement may be made and the full-fledged local JAC may be formed in a later date after the Dharna.
            Leaders of Co-ordination Committees may be invited to address the lunch hour meeting of Dharna. They may be requested to extend solidarity and support to the struggling Accounts and Audit Employees & Offices and also explain the necessity of participating and making the 48 hours strike on 12th& 13th February, 2014 successful.
            A Resolution may be adopted in the launch hour meeting and forwarded to all concerned. The next of the resolution to be adopted is furnished elsewhere in the circular.

With warm greetings,
Yours fraternally

(V. Bhattacharjee)
Convener


RESOLUTION

            The lunch hour meeting of the members of ___________________________________(name of Association) held today the 29th January 2014 as a part of the Day long Dharna which was organised in response to the call of the apex level joint Action Committee of the Accounts and Audit Employees and Officers Organizations urges upon the government of India to settle the following demands of the employees & officers of Accounts and Audit Organizations.

1.      Payment of arrears of Pay from 1st Jan 1996 to 18th Feb 2003 as directed by Courts to audit & accounts cadres.
2.      i) Upgradation of LDC as Audit/Accounts Assistant and merge Auditor/Accountant and SA
ii) Granting following pay scales to Audit & Accounts Cadres
                                                Audit/Accounts Asstt  - GP 2400. PB 1
                                                SA                                 - GP 4600, PB2
                                                AAO                                - GP 5400, PB2
                                                AO                                 - GP 6600, PB3
                                                SAO                                 - GP 7600, PB4
iii) GrantingMACP on departmental hierarchy basis
iv) Granting one increment and Grade pay of Rs: - 5400 from the day of passing AAO/SOG examination
  v) Granting three increments on passing departmental confirmatory examination.
         3. Implementation of Arbitration Awards
                The meeting also endorses the call of 48 hours strike on 12th and 13th February 2014 given by the confederation of Central Government Employees and workers demanding settlement of 15 point Charter of Demands relating toDA merger, Interim Relief, Statutory Pension for All, Civil Servant status for GDS (Postal) Employees, Regularization and Revision Of Wages Of Casual/Contract Laborers, Removal of condition for compassionate appointment, settlement of 6th CPC Anomalies, Proper Function Of JCM, Implementation of Arbitration award, Containing Price rise, Stoppage of Privatisation and Contractorisation, Five promotions for all, Trade Union right to CG Employeesand vacation of all victimization etc. and calls upon the members of the Association to participate and make the strike a grand success.

            The meeting further resolves to forward the copies of the resolution adopted to the

1.                  Hon’ble Finance Minister, Govt. of India, North Block. New Delhi.
2.                  Hon’ble Secretary Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
3.                  Head of the Organization.
4.                  Convener, apex level JAC of Accounts & Audit Employees & Officers  
                 Organization.
5.                  Secretary General/General Secretary.



President of the meeting

Monday, January 20, 2014

STRIKE NOTICE

Dear comrades,
Please find the copy of strike Notice below.
This Notice would be served by HQr on 21st Jan 2014.  
Strike notice should be served by each organization on the same date to their Head of the Departments.

ALL INDIA AUDIT & ACCOUNTS ASSOCIATION
CSV WARRIER BHAWAN
15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, DT. GHAZIABAD, U.P – 201012
auditflag.blogspot.com
B-1/09/2014

21st January 2014
 To
The Comptroller & Auditor General of India,
9, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg,
New Delhi – 110124


Subject: 2- day strike on 12-13 February 2014 – reg. 

Sir,      
The Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers has decided to organise 2- day strike on 12-13 February 2014 in pursuance its Charter of Demands.

The National Executive Committee of All India Audit & Accounts Association, an affiliate of Confederation of Central Government Employees &
Workers, that met at New Delhi on 9,10, 11 January 2014 decided to participate in the 2-day strike.

The Charter of Demands in pursuance of which the employees would go on two day strike on 12-13 February 2014 is given below.

CHARTER OF DEMANDS

Part- 1

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.

Part – 2

1. Pay arrears of Pay from 1st Jan 1996 to 18th Feb 2003 as directed by Courts to audit &
accounts cadres.
2.       i) Upgrade LDC as Audit/Accounts Assistant and merge Auditor/Accountant and SA

ii)  Grant the following pay scales to Audit & Accounts Cadres

 Audit/Accounts Asstt - GP 2400, PB 1
                                                       SA -  GP 4600, PB 2
                                                    AAO - GP 5400, PB 2
                                                       AO - GP 6600, PB 3
                                                     SAO - GP 7600, PB 4
3)      Grant ACP on departmental hierarchy basis
4)      Grant one increment and Grade pay of Rs: - 5400 from the day of passing AAO/SOG
          Examination
5)      Grant three increments on passing departmental confirmatory examination
6)      Implement Arbitration Award

This is for information, please.

     Thanking you in anticipation,
Yours faithfully,

(M. S. Raja)
Secretary General

Friday, January 17, 2014

Deepest condolence on the sad and untimely demise of Com.K.N.Vijayakumar.


Com.K.N.Vijayakumar
(02/03/1963 - 16/01/2014)

He was the General Secretary of Accounts Association (Category II) & Convenor of All India Audit & Accounts Association, Kerala Unit.  He was also the State Committee Member of the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers of Kerala.  He led the Agitation against outsourcing of One Rank One Pension works in the Principal Accountant General’s Office(A&E),  Kerala during 2006.  His increments were barred and was reverted for leading the agitation.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

CIRCULAR-4/2014

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

Reference: AIA/Circular-04/2014                                                          Dated: 15TH January 2014

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

Dear Comrades,
JAC CALLS FOR INTENSIFIED AGITATION

The National Executive Committees of the constituent organisations of Joint Action Committee of Accounts and Audit Employees and officers Organisations held a joint meeting on 11th January 2014 at New Delhi.

The meeting endorsed the call of Confederation to organise 2-day strike in pursuance of the Charter of demands that include pay revision from 1.1.2014pay revision from 1.1.2014, DA merger, Interim relief, rescinding of PFRDA Act etc.

The meeting decided to continue with the organisational actions to pursue the charter of demands adopted by the Apex JAC in its meeting of 27th November 2013. The meeting is of the firm view that unless and until we educate and mobilise the employees and officers on these demands we cannot force the government to concede the demands. 

All the units are requested to ensure that one day Dharna 0n 29th January 2014 by EC members in each office in pursuance of the charter of demands finalised by the JAC meeting be implemented in toto, holding a massive lunch hour meeting (ie demonstration), adopting the given resolution.

Apex JAC Circular is enclosed.

CENTRAL WORKING COMMITTEE MEETING AT SHIMLA ON 12-13 MARCH 2014

The Central Working Committee meeting of the Association shall be held at Shimla, Himachal Pradesh on 12-13 March 2014. The notification for the CWC is enclosed.

The CWC shall especially discuss the organisational problems. The issue of pursuance of Charter of demands would also be discussed and decided.

The Co-ordination Committee of Audit & Accounts Associations, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh has informed that the accommodation would be available one day prior to CWC and one day later. The host Unit has proposed a delegation fee of Rs 1000/- per delegate/observer. The HQr has given approval for the proposal.

All the units are requested to make advance bookings – to and fro. The arrival details should without fail be intimated to the host Unit. Lack of intimation may definitely cause inconvenience not only to the host unit but to the visiting comrades also.

The host unit would be issuing circular on other details. Units may contact Coms KL Gautam (9418685108), Jagmohan Thakur (9816035486), Dharam Pal Sharma (9418150017) for details.

2-DAY STRIKE

ALL THE UNITS ARE REQUESTED TO START PREPARING FOR THE 2-DAY STRIKE IN THE RIGHT EARNEST.

Only the united movement and united display of our anger would make the powers that be to see reason and force them to come to senses. The government that has ‘foregone’ 32 lakh crores of rupees for the few corporates cannot have excuses in denying DA merger, Interim Relief and wage revision from 1.1.2014. A fraction of this amount would be sufficient to give last pay drawn as pension for life to the entire government employees for all the time.

Mobilise the employees for the success of the strike and work for total strike on 12-13 February 2014.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally



(M.S.Raja)
Secretary General


















JOINT ACTION COMMITTEE OF
ACCOUNTS & AUDIT EMPLOYEES & OFFICERSORGANISATIONS
17/2 – C, P & T Quarters, Kali Bari Marg, New Delhi: - 110001
Email: v.aicaea@mail.com

No: JAC/ Circular-01/2014                                                                    Date: 14th January 2014
                                                                                                            
To
            Chief Executive of Constituent Organizations                  
            and Conveners, local JACs,

Apex JAC
Wishes you and all members
A Happy & Prosperous New Year!


Dear Comrades,

JOINT MEETING OF NATIONAL EXECUTIVES CALLS FOR

·        DHARNA BY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ON 29TH JAN ‘14
·        JOINT DHARNA IN THE 3RD WEEK OF MARCH ‘2014
·        SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN IN APRIL/MAY ‘14
·        NATIONAL CONVENTION IN JUNE/JULY 2014

The joint meeting of the National Executives of All India Audit & Accounts Association, All India Civil Accounts Employees Association, All India Civil Accounts Employees Associations Category II, All India Postal Accounts Employees Association and All India Defence Accounts Employees Association met on 11th January 2014 at New Delhi. Majority of the National Executive members from different constituents attended the meeting ignoring the chilly cold condition of city of Delhi. The meeting was presided over by Com MS Raja, Chairman, Apex JAC. Com SK Vyas was present throughout. All India Audit & Accounts Officers Association had intimated about its inability to attend the meeting. It assured of total commitment the decisions taken.

The meeting was convened to decide on the future course of action in pursuance of the charter of demands that was finalised by the apex JAC on 27th November 2013.

As per reporting made in the meeting, very few stations have implemented the decision to hold demonstration demanding settlement of charter of demands on 20th December 2013. Some stations like Mumbai and Hyderabad. Hyderabad implemented the call but on a different date due to situations prevailing at the station.

The deliberations made it clear that the JAC has ceased to function at the field level affecting the effective implementation of the call of apex JAC. It was hence decided that the leaders of the constituent organisations during their visit to different stations would make it a point to have the meeting of the constituents of the JAC at the station and help revive the local JAC.

The meeting endorsed the Charter of Demands modified and finalised by the apex JAC in its meeting on 27th November 2013 and decided to mobilise the rank and file on the charter of demands. The forthcoming elections shall not be a hindrance in our efforts to galvanise the membership through various agitational programmes. The government is only prohibited from taking policy decisions during the election time. What we are demanding is the implementation of court decisions and policy decisions that were taken in the past.

The meeting also endorsed the 48 hours strike call on 12th and 13th February 2014 given by the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers’ in support of its 15 point Charter of Demands and appealed upon the Accounts and Audit Employees and Officers of the country to participate and make the strike a stupendous success.

The meeting therefore decided that:

-          The charter of demands of the apex JAC shall be annexed as PART – II CHARTER OF DEMANDS by the constituents of apex JAC and its Units and Branches while serving the Strike Notice on 21st January 2014 (as per the decision of the Confederation) by them to their departmental authorities (text being circulated).

-          All the constituents and its units/branches shall independently hold one day dharna by the executive committee on 29th January 2014. The meeting shall adopt a resolution during the lunch hour meeting and handover the same to the head of the department/office for onward transmission to the Prime Minister.

-          Joint Dharna by all the constituents of the station in the 2nd or 3rd week of March 2014. (Date shall be communicated later)

-          Massive signature campaign would be held during April/March (the format for signature campaign would be circulated later)

-          National Convention would be held in June/July at New Delhi

Charter of Demands adopted by the meeting is given below.

1.      Pay arrears of Pay from 1st Jan 1996 to 18th Feb 2003 as directed by Courts to audit & accounts cadres.
2.      i) Upgrade LDC as Audit/Accounts Assistant and merge Auditor/Accountant and SA
ii) Grant the following pay scales to Audit & Accounts Cadres
                                                Audit/Accounts Asstt - GP 2400. PB 1
                                                SA                                - GP 4600, PB2
                                                AAO                                - GP 5400, PB2
                                                AO                                - GP 6600, PB3
                                                SAO                                 - GP 7600, PB4
iii) Grant ACP on departmental hierarchy basis

iv) Grant one increment and Grade pay of Rs: - 5400 from the day of passing AAO/SOG examination

  v) Grant three increments on passing departmental confirmatory examination.

         3. Implement Arbitration Award

            The meeting further decided to contact AIRF and NFIR leadership so as to involve Railway Accounts employees.

            All the constituent organisations are requested to circulate these decisions to their field formations and ensure the total involvement of their local leadership in each station in reviving the local JAC as well as in implementing the above decisions.

            All the constituents are further requested to endorse a copy of their circular to apex JAC HQr. for information.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally



(V. Bhattacharjee)
Convener










Monday, January 13, 2014

CIRCULAR-03/2014

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

Reference: AIA/Circular-03/2014                                                          Dated: 12th January 2014

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

                                   
·         IMPLEMENT 7 CPC FROM 1.1.2014
·         MERGE DA UPTO 1.1.2014 WITH PAY – FOR ALL PURPOSES
·         GRANT INTERIM RELIEF
·         SETTLE 15-POINT CHARTER OF DEMANDS

MASSIVE DHARNA BY CONFEDERATION IN FRONT OF PARLIAMENT

CONFEDERATION CALLS FOR 2-DAY STRIKE ON 12-13 FEBRUARY 2014

NATIONAL EXECUTIVE OF THE ASSOCIATION ENDORSES THE CALL;
CALL UPON ALL UNITS AND MEMBERS TO ENSURE 100 % PARTICIPATION

Dear Comrades,

The Confederation of Central Govt Employees and Workers held a Massive Dharna on 9th January 2014 at Jantar Mantar. The Secretariat Members of the Confederation and leaders of the affiliates participated in the dharna which was inaugurated by Com SK Vyas, the seniormost leader of Central Govt employees and workers. The dharna was addressed by Com. AK Padmanabhan, President, CITU and the leaders of affiliates of the Confederation.

The meeting of the Confederation Secretariat on 9th Jan ‘14 and meeting of extended National Executive of Confederation held on 10th January 2014 reviewed the situation after the Secretariat meeting held on 28th November 2013. The meetings took note of the fact that the government has not convened the meeting to discuss the proposed terms of reference of 7th CPC indicating its intention of going ahead unilaterally without considering or conceding the demands of the Staff Side, JCM on date of effect of 7 CPC, DA merger, IR etc. it is not even clear as of now whether the present government would even constitute the 7th CPC, the meeting noted.

The extended National Executive Meeting of Confederation decided to organise 2-day (ie 48-hour) strike on 12-13 February 2014 in pursuance of the charter of demands adopted by the Secretariat meeting on 28th November 2013.

Strike Notice would be served on 21st January 2014 after holding massive demonstrations in the work place.

Confederation Circular is enclosed, along with Charter of Demands.

NE MEETING ENDORSE THE CONFEDERATION CALL         

The National Executive Committee of the Association that met on 9th, 10th and 11th January 2014 held an extensive discussion on the decision of the Confederation and unanimously resolved to go all out for the success of the 2-day strike on 12-13 February 2014.

The meeting decided that Secretariat would visit as many stations possible during the limited time available.

The National Executive called upon every Unit to start preparation for the strike in the right earnest and ensure its success.

Each unit is requested to circulate the charter of demands amongst the membership and educate the membership and prepare them for a historic strike on 12-13 February 2014. This should be followed by group meetings, explaining the charter of demands.

Strike Notice

All the Units may hold lunch hour meetings and adopt the strike notice and hand over the same to the heads of offices/departments on 21st Jan 2014. The draft copy of the Strike Notice would be circulated.

Copy of the notice served may be mailed to HQr.

With greetings,
Yours fraternally



(M.S.Raja)
Secretary General











CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi – 110001
Website: WWW. Confederationhq.blogspot.com

Circular No. 11                                                                                                       Dated 12.1.2014 

Workers are not Beggars

Dear Comrades,

Confederation declared 48 hours nationwide strike of Central Government Employees on 12th &13th FEB 2014 demanding settlement of 15 point Charter of Demands including  DA Merger, Interim Relief, Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sewaks in 7th CPC, Regularization & Revision of wages for casual labours , Date of effect of 7th  CPC as 1/1/2014, Rescind the PFRDA Act etc.

Start campaign and preparation now onwards. Each Affiliated organizations should issue separate circulars to all the state and district units and conduct department wise campaign. Strike notice should be served by each organization to their Head of the departments.

      MAKE THIS STRIKE A THUNDERING SUCCESS

MASS DHARNA AT JANTAR  MANTAR. NEW DELHI  on 9th JANUARY, 2014

In culmination of the first phase of our agitation programme a mass dharna was organized at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi  on 9th January, 2014 in pursuance of the 15 point charter of demands.   As per the decision of the National Sectt., all Secretariat members along with the leaders and workers of Delhi State was to take part in the Dharna.  However, quite a number of comrades from various other parts of the country volunteered to participate in the programme, despite the chilling weather conditions of Delhi, which reflected the growing determination of the rank and file of the workers to fight for the demands and to win the same. Com.KKN. Kutty National President presided. The Dharna was inaugurated by Com. S.K. Vyas,  Adviser , Confederation which preceded by a welcome speech delivered by Com. Vrigu Bhattacharya, Secretary, Delhi State Committee.  Leaders of almost all major affiliates of the Confederation and other Sectt. Members addressed the participants.  Com. A.K. Padmanabhan, President, CITU while greeting the participants in the Dharna, stressed the need for a long and sustained struggle to win the demand.  While concluding and congratulating the participants for the large turnout, Com. Secretary General said that a meeting of the National Executive of the Confederation is scheduled to meet on the next day.  He added that National Executive will evaluate the developments of the last few months and will decide upon the date of commencement of the impending strike action. The Dharna programme which was commenced at 11.00 AM was concluded at 3.00PM, when Com. Parashar on behalf of the National Sectt. thanked the participants and the Delhi State Committee. 

National Sectt. Meeting on 9.1.2014.

The  Sectt. Members who took part in the Dharna programme met in an emergent meeting at 5.00PM to finalise the proposal to be presented to the extended meeting of the National Executive the next day.  Com. Vyas narrated the efforts undertaken by him and the President to interact with the leaders of the AIRF and AIDEF to bring about a common approach both in the matter of 7th CPC and other issues in the charter.  When the Staff Side of the National Council met to finalize draft terms of reference, there had been few takers for the five year wage revision proposed by the Confederation.  He explained as to how the Confederation representatives had to agree with a compromise formula for the date of effect being 1.1.2014 (instead of 1.1.2011), with the clear understanding that the question of periodicity of wage revision of CGES must be a matter of contention before the 7th CPC.  Despite the overwhelming response from the Railway workers, (more than 90% is reported to have voted in favour of strike in the strike ballot conducted by AIRF) Com. Vyas said that the leaders of the Railway Federation have not indicated their willingness to pursue the demands with a strike action.  The Defence Federation leaders have also indicated that it would be difficult for them to pursue the issues with strike action, unless the same is organized under the auspices of a joint platform of all Federations of Central Government employees.

In the deliberations that followed the introductory remark of Com. Vyas, the following points emerged:
(a)   The announcement of the setting up of 7th CPC by the UPA Government was to be considered as a ploy to obtain electoral mileage ;
(b)   The compulsion has been brought about by the Confederation through sustained struggles including the one day (12.12.2012) strike action.
(c)    The need for organizing strike action before the commencement of the election process
(d)   The leaders of the Confederation might make another attempt with the Railway and Defense Federations before the NE meeting.
(e)   The possibility of inordinate delay in the setting up of the 7th CPC if not done before election Is notified
(f)     Apprehension was expressed by the participating comrades that the Government might go ahead and issues the requisite notification without taking into account the view points of the Staff Side contained in the draft terms of reference submitted.
The meeting, therefore, came to the conclusion that(a) the strike action is the need of the hour and must be organized before the election process commences;(b) the indefinite strike for which  the Secretariat had earlier taken decision must be attempted under the auspices of the joint platform of all CGE organizations; (c) the Secretary  General might make a proposal for two days strike in the first fortnight of the February for the consideration of the National Executive.(d) A few comrades were of the view that in view of the paucity of time for campaign etc, the proposed strike action might be in the last week of Feb. (e) fear of the election code of conduct coming into operation immediately after the Parliament session was also expressed by some comrades at the meeting.

The Secretariat authorized the Secretary General to present the proposal for two days strike in the first fortnight of Feb.2014 to the extended meeting of the National Executive. 


Extended meeting of the National Executive  and decisions.- 10.1.2014

The extended meeting of the National Executive was held at MP Club, North Avenue, New Delhi on 10.1.2014.  In the inaugural address, com. S.K. Vyas, Advisor briefly placed the developments after the announcements of the setting up of the 7th CPC by the Government.  He particularly referred to the electoral reverses of the UPA in the five State Assembly elections held in November/December, 2013. He considered the electoral reverses as an expression of anger of the common man against the policies pursued by the UPA II Government. He advised the members to take note of the inescapable conclusion emanating from the election result that the common man given an opportunity will throw out the perpetrators of injustice and anger agony on them.  According to him, whoever follows the neo liberal policies are bound to be the victim of the ire of the working people. 

He then narrated the course of discussions on the terms of reference both at the staff side meeting as also at the official meeting chaired by the Secretary Personnel.  In his opinion, the Government may not accept any of the suggestions made by the Staff Side unless it is backed up by sustained struggles. The very announcement of the Pay Commission itself was due to the compulsion brought about by the Confederation and its affiliates through struggles.  He reminded the comrades that the Government had consistently refused to meet in the JCM at the National and Departmental levels.  The negotiating machinery has almost been closed down.  He said that whenever the meeting takes place, it was with a clear view to defer decisions on the legitimate demands of the employees.  He also explained the efforts undertaken by the Confederation leaders to bring about a united platform of all organizations participating in the JCM in the background of the nugatory attitude of the Government and its failure.  He added that in the given circumstances,  hoping for the emergence of a joint platform would be a grave mistake and the Confederation as had been its historical approach, must pursue the charter of demands, which include the setting up of the 7th CPC, through a strike action. 

Com. Secretary General presented the proposal emerged at the meeting of the Secretariat a day before, i.e. on 9th and the various viewpoints that came up for consideration at the meeting.  While presenting the proposal he asserted that the announcement of the  7th CPC has come about only on account of the initiative taken by the Confederation. He recalled how the Confederation leaders were ridiculed in 2011 when the demand for the 7th CPC and five yearly wage revision was first raised.  He said that the common employees who are members of the affiliates of the Confederation deserve congratulation for the magnificent response to the call for the March to Parliament on 26th July, 2012 and the subsequent one day strike action on 12th December, 2012.  He cautioned that the draft terms of reference prepared by the Staff Side would remain in paper if the same is not pursued by militant actions.  He told the participating members that the Confederation should not allow the setting up of the 7th CPC without a labour representative and must ensure that its Chairman is not one who is obsessed with the neo liberal economic reforms.  He explained that the proposed struggle was not only for wage revision, though that being an important issue, but also to ensure that the neo liberal policies are not allowed to be pursued whoever comes to power. He reminded the comrades that the 15 point charter of demands include the important and significant issues like (a) withdrawal of the new contributory pension scheme, (b) stoppage  of contractorisation, outsourcing, privatization etc, (c) regularization of daily rated workers and GDS, (e) to bring the GDS within the ambit of the 7th CPC treating them as Civil servants, (f) revival of appointments on compassionate ground without conditions (g) filling up of vacant posts (h) functioning of the negotiating machinery and above all (i) arresting the ever rising prices of essential commodities.  He requested the members to appreciate the position explained and decide upon an inevitable strike action before the election process is begun.

 Thereafter the house deliberated upon the proposal placed on behalf of the Secretariat.  Several Comrades took part in the discussions.  The decision to go on strike was welcomed by one and all.  Some comrade forcefully pleaded that the Confederation must give a call for an indefinite strike action.  In the end, the house adopted a resolution indicating the following course of action to pursue the 15 point charter of demands.  (Full Text of the resolution, the press statement issued after the meeting, the details of the campaign programme at the National level will be placed on the website within a day or two.)

(i)      Strike will be of 48 hours ( 2 days) duration.
(ii)    The two days strike will commence on 12th February, 2014 at 00 hours and will be concluded at 00 hours on 14th. i.e. Strike will be on 12th and 13the Feb. 2014.
(iii)    Strike notice will be served by the Confederation on Cabinet Secretary; all affiliates on their respective heads of Departments and copy of the same will be handed over to the respective heads of offices on 21st January, 2014. Prior to the serving of notice to the heads of offices, the unions will organize massive demonstration with cent per cent participation of members in front of all offices on 21.1.2014.
(iv)   Nationwide campaign will be organized covering all State Capitals and other important cities and towns in January, 2014.
(v)     State Committees will organize state wise campaigning programme covering all District Head Quarters in the first week of Feb. 2014.
(vi)   Hold Press conferences; issue press statements and take steps to ensure media converge for the ensuing strike action.

The resolution received unanimous approval of the house, which was followed by thunderous slogan shouting. 

Com. Secretary General then informed the house that the FNPO has agreed to synchronize their strike action for two days on the same dates and with the same charter of demands. 

The house then took up the applications received from ARIES Employees Confederation (ARYABHATTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF OBSERVATIONAL SCIENCES) DEHRADUN and the DOT Employees Association of India, KOLKATA for grant of affiliation.  The house approved the proposal for the grant of affiliation to the two organizations.

Com. President before declaring the closure of the session requested the affiliates to take immediate steps to clear off the subscription dues for lack of finance should not hinder the functioning of the CHQ.  Com. Parashar on behalf of the Sectt. had welcome the participants in the beginning.  Com. Seethalakshmi, Convener, Women Sub Committee of the Confederation and the newly elected General Secretary of All India Postal Employees Union, Postmen, and MTS/ Group D proposed vote of thanks.

            With greetings,
Yours fraternally,



M.Krishnan
Secretary General
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.
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