Thursday, June 30, 2011

Circular 14-2011

Dear Comrade
Please find Circular 14-2011 posted below

M. S. Raja
Secretary General
15/1089-90, VASUNDHARA, VASUNDHARA (P.O.), Dt. GHAZIABAD (U.P), PIN-201012
Ph: 0120-2881727/4101593/ 0 – 98681 45667

Reference: AIA/Circular-14/2011
Dated: 29th June 2011

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

Dear Comrades,


• Demonstration on 5th July 2011 in the workplace
• Dharna in front of Post Office as decided by Confederation locally
• Send telegram/savingram on 8th July 2011

The Postal employees will be on indefinite strike from 5th July
2011against the move of the Postal directorate to implement the
recommendations of Chicago-based multi-national Consultancy called

The strike is called by Joint Council of Action comprising of
National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE), Federation of National
Postal Organisations (FNPO), All India Postal Extra Departmental
Employees Union (AIPEDEU) and National Union of Gramin Dak Sevaks
(NUGDS)' representing 95% of the employees.

There are about 1,55,000 Post Offices , 392 Railway Mail Service
Sorting Offices. Collection, Processing, Conveyance and delivery of
Postal articles including Speed Post , Registered Post, Parcels,
Periodicals, Ordinary letters etc. is the main function of the Postal
Department. In addition to this the INDIA POST is running the largest
Bank called Post offices Savings Bank and also Postal Life Insurance
including Rural Postal Life Insurance, as the agency functions of the
Finance Ministry, Govt. of India. There are about 5,50,000 employees
working in the Postal Department out of which 3,00000 are Gramin Dak
Sevaks mostly in the rural Post Offices.

The Postal department has issued instruction to all Chief Postmaster
Generals for closure and merger of 9797 urban post offices in the name
of optimization. The existing 366 mail sorting offices will be closed
and 89 first class mail hubs will be introduced. Delivery bubs
covering 5 or 6 revenue districts would be formed and the staff
including the low paid employees would be transferred to those hubs –
causing a lot of displacement.

The efforts of the Postal JCA to negotiate and settle the issue has
not met success as the government of the day is more concerned about
the profit for few than the service to the people.

Confederation has called upon every central government employee to
support the strike of the postal employees from 5th July against
privatization and dismantling of the postal services in India.
Confederation circular is enclosed.

We endorse the call and call upon every unit to hold demonstration in
support of the postal strike on the first day ie 5th July 2011 and to
join the dharna in large numbers on 8th July in front of the Post
office under the banner of Confederation.

With regards
Yours fraternally

Secretary General

A-2/95, Manishinath Bhawan, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi-110 027
Conf/12/2011 dated 28th June, 2011

Dear Comrade,
Kindly see our website. We have placed a copy of our letter seeking
solidarity and support of our sister organizations and affiliates to
the postal workers who will commence the indefinite strike action from
5th July onwards. We request all our affiliates and State Committees
to organize Lunch –recess demonstration at the respective work spots
on 5th July, 2011. The State Committees must ensure that a massive
demonstration is organized at the CPMG offices of the State Capital
eliciting participation of all CGEs on 8-7-2011 and send the following
telegram/savingram to the Secretary-Post, Government of India, Dak
Bhawan, New Delhi-110 001 as also to the Communication Minister. Shri
Kapil Sibal, Hon'ble Minister for communications, 107, First Floor,
Sanchar Bhawan, New Delhi-110 001.

"We express our solidarity with the striking Postal employees. Urge
upon you to hold negotiations with the organizations and settle their

The affiliates may kindly issue necessary instructions to all their
Branches to carry out the above programme. Copy of the said
communication may please be endorsed to the Confederation CHQ
The National Secretariat of the Confederation will meet on 30th July,
2011 at Chennai and the first meeting of the National Women's
convention will also be held on the same day. Copies of notices are
placed hereunder.
The Government could successfully introduce the PFRDA Bill in the
last session of the Parliament with the help of the BJP and others in
the opposition. The Bill might come up for discussion and enactment in
the monsoon session. In the wake of the attempt in this direction by
the UPA-I Government, we had taken the decision to organize a day's
strike jointly with AISGEF, the School and University Teachers
Federations and the AIDEF. We have been in touch with all these
organization for venturing into another serious campaign against the
present Bill to culminate in an industrial action. Accordingly we have
decided to hold a joint convention on PFRDA Bill at New Delhi on 22nd
July, 2011. The venue of the convention will be :
M.P.C.U Shah Auditorium,
Shree Delhi Gujarati Samaj,
No.2, Raj Niwas Marg,
Civil lines, Ring Road,
New Delhi-110 054 (next to Civil lines Metro Station- Yellow Line)

The convention will commence at 11-30 AM and shall be concluded at
3-30 PM. The convention have the participation of the representatives
from AISGEF, Confederation, AIDEF, School and University teachers
Federations, and DREU. Other details will be conveyed in our next

With greetings
Yours fraternally,

KK.N. Kutty,
Secretary General
A-2/95, Manishinath Bhawan, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi-110 027
Tel: 011-2510 5324: Mobile: 98110 48303
Dated: 23rd June 2011
Dear Comrade,

We write this to solicit your support and solidarity for the postal
workers of the country who are preparing to go on indefinite strike
action from 5th July 2011 onwards. The National Federation of Postal
employees (NFPE), All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union
(AIPEDEU), the two affiliates of the confederation has under the
banner of the Joint Council of Action with the Federation of National
Postal Organizations (affiliated to INTUC) and the National Union of
Gramin Dak Sewak (affiliated to INTUC) have served the Strike notice
on 14th June 2011 on the Postal Board. The Strike action will
commence on 5th July, 2011.
The Issues
1. Some time back, the Department of Post, appointed the World
(in)famous Transnational Corporation, Mckinzey Consultancy to make
recommendations to it as to the manner and methodology to be adopted
to restructure the century old postal system of the country. While
the avowed objective was to modernize the system and make it a profit
making venture, the real intent was to reorganize the department in
such a manner so as to equip itself viable for
privatization/corporatization. Earlier the Postal Department had made
several attempts to privatize its functions and in the process large
scale outsourcing was also resorted to. With the prime objective of
eroding the efficacy of the Postal department, various steps were
undertaken like, closure of sorting units, cutting down the staff
strength despite widening business ventures, pegging down the overtime
rates by linking it to pre-1986 pay scales etc. Thrice the Government
made attempts to introduce legislation in the parliament to grant
license to courier service providers. The stubborn resistance of the
M.Ps especially of the left parties and a few others in the parliament
and the struggles organized by the employees at the work spot
thwarted it successfully till date. However, systematically and
meticulously the Department had been creating conditions whereby the
customers moved away to patronize the private courier services, run
illegally without any licence whatsoever. Surprisingly even Government
Departments, which are to communicate with large number of people
often became customers of such illegally run private courier service
providers The Mckinzey consultancy who is yet to make its final
report, has however, suggested certain measures in the name of Mail
Network optimization project which the postal department has now
decided to implement without causing any discussions whatsoever with
any of the stake holders, especially the unions. Their suggestions
(a) Closure/merger of about 9797 post offices in the urban area
(b) Reduce the number of Speed Post Centre from 315 to 89.
(c) Reduce the RMS sorting centres from 412 to 84
(d) To redeploy the postman staff in the newly created "Delivery hubs"
2. The major chunks of the postal workers are Gramin Dak Sewaks
or Extra-departmental Agents. The EDA was the system developed by the
British Government to spread the postal communication system to far
flung rural areas of the country . They were simply agents or
franchisees and were appointed so for pittance of a remuneration.
Their cause was taken up by the unions of regular employees, the NFPE
and its constituents and the FNPO, in the post-independent era and
through sustained struggles fetched them very many concessions,
benefits and privileges and brought them nearly on par with the
regular employees. When the 5th CPC was set up in 1993, the Postal
department was forced to appoint a Judicial Commission (The Talwar
Commission) to go into the wage-structure and other service conditions
of the Extra Departmental Agents, presently called the Gramin Dak
Sewaks. The committee made far reaching recommendations, a good
number of which the Government had to accept and implement, (except
civil servant status and pension) thereby improving the lot of these
employees considerably. However, the committee set up in the wake of
the 6th CPC, the Natarajamurthy committee headed by a retired Postal
bureaucrat, ensured that the EDAs were reduced to casual part time
workers reversing in the process, decisions taken on the basis of
Talwar Commission suggestions. Most of the committee's recommendations
were in sync with the neo-liberal economic policies. The rules
governing their service conditions have now been unilaterally amended
whereby they may not be even termed as "employees" hereafter. The
very caption of the regulatory rules which was GDS-Conduct and
Employment rules have now been changed to GDS- Conduct and engagement
rules, reducing them to the status of a Contract Worker.
In the negotiations which took place on 6th and 7th June, 2011 the
Postal authorities have stuck to their stand of implementing the
decision to create Speed Post and First Class mail hubs, despite their
inability to contradict the fact presented by the staff side that the
creation of such hubs has resulted in abnormal delay in the delivery
of articles benefiting the private operators. It has, therefore,
become unambiguously clear that without organizing sustained struggles
and eliciting the support of the entire section of the working people
and garnering public opinion, the reversal of the decision would not
come about. The undeniable fact that Government and the Postal
department armed with the recommendation of the Mckency consultancy
are determined to demolish the existing postal system in the country
to pave way for the unhindered entry of private operators has to be
We therefore once again request you to extend your co-operation,
support and solidarity to make the proposed indefinite strike
successful to compel the Government to rescind their decision to act
upon McKenzie recommendations in the Postal Department
With greetings,

Yours fraternally

K K N Kutty.
Secretary General