Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Circular 29

Dear Comrades
Please find Circular 29-2011 posted below.
Yours fraternally
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-29/2011                                                              Dated:  6th December 2011



Unit Secretaries,

Members & Spl. Invitees – NE &

Members of Women's Committee


Dear Comrades,



Nearly 30000 government employees and BSNL employees and pensioners gathered at Jantar Mantar at New Delhi at the call of Steering Committee of Organisations on PFRDA bill on 25th November 2011 demanding scrapping of the bill altogether. One will have to accept that the wider unity displayed by organisations of government employees – state as well as central including railways and defence – and pensioners and BSNL employees is a welcome development which if nurtured could become a very potent force in the days to come.


Considering the number of organisations involved, the mobilisation could have been better.


A delegation consisting of Coms SK Vyas, Convener Steering Committee, KKN Kutty Secretary General, Confederation, Shiv Gopal Mishra, General Secretary AIRF, Sukomal Sen, Sr Vice President, AISGEF, SN Pathak, President, AIDEF, Rajendran General Secretary STFI met the Prime Minister and submitted the memorandum. The delegation was led by Comrades Basudev Acharya MP and Com Tapan Sen MP (General Secretary, CITU).


Confederation Circular is attached.


Signatures campaign, it should be accepted grudgingly, did not match the enthusiasm on 25th November – hardly 21 lakh signatures could be collected of which Confederation share was 3.25 lakhs. Of these 21 lakhs of signature nearly 50% came from two states, Kerala and West Bengal.


Share of All Audit & Accounts Association in this whole mobilisation has improved compared to the participation in the March to Parliament on 23rd February 2011, but nowhere near the quota allotted to the units.


Very few units have sent the report on the signature campaign but the reports received from the State Committees of Confederation on the role of many of our units are not at all encouraging.


Though many a stations were represented in the March to Parliament, units such as Orissa, Allahabad (UP), Gwalior (MP), Punjab and Haryana were absent in the Parliament March against PFRDA Bill. West Bengal (39), Shimla (HP) 20 and Chennai (Audit) 19 was the best mobilisation.


The March to Parliament has brought home a reality that many of the unit level leadership is yet to realise the danger of losing pension in the old age. This had a big impact on the overall mobilisation for the Parliament March on 25th November 2011 and the signature Campaign against PFRDA bill.


These shortcomings are to be addressed and corrected for the movement to go on.




11 Central Trade Unions – including INTUC and BMS – have decided for a nationwide strike. The 11 central TUs re-iterated the five demands formulated earlier vis,

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.


In addition the CTUs also demand immediate action by the Government of India to ensure:

1.       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.

2.       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/-

3.       Remove all ceilings on payment and eligibility of Bonus, Provident Fund; increase the quantum of gratuity.

4.       Assured Pension for all

5.       Compulsory registration of Trade Unions within a period of 45 days and immediate ratification of the ILO Convention nos 87 & 98.


With regards

Yours fraternally





Secretary General






A-2/95,Manishinath Bhawan, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi-110 027

Tel: 011-2510 5324:  Mobile: 98110 48303


Circular No: 23                                                                                             Dated 03-12-2011



 Dear Comrades,


                The hard work put in by all concerned paid dividends on 25th November, 2011.  There was impressive gathering of all sections of CGEs as also pensioners in the March to Parliament against PFRDA Bill. The rally commenced at 10.00 A.M and went on up to 3.00 P.M.  The fog which had disrupted the train services, especially in and around Delhi created difficulties for those who came from distant destinations.

                The steering Committee's ambitious objective  to have 10 million signatures did not however come about.  While Kerala and West Bengal did contribute immensely to the endeavour, in so far as Confederation is concerned the vigour and efforts were not so visible at other places.  The target was not at all impossible.  The idea was to make the campaign reach the grass root level workers and their friends and relatives.  Had it been given a little more importance by our leaders and cadres, the target could have been achieved.  The break-up of figures, organisation wise is as under:

AISGEF- 10,64,071, AIRF- 2,37,312, CONFDN.- 3,25,022. TEACHERS- 2,74,123. PENSIONERS, 97,864, AIDEF- 69,020, BSNLEU. 10,180. OTHERS- 1841. TOTAL- 20,79,018.

                We enclose herewith the Press statement issued by the Convenor, Steering Committee on 25th.  As you know, the Parliamentary Standing Committee had unanimously recommended for specifying a guaranteed minimum Pension to protect the subscribers and employees from the vagaries of equity market.  The Cabinet had unfortunately rejected it.  The delegation consisting of Com. Sukomal Sen (Sr. Vice President, AISGEF,) Com. S.K.Vyas, (President, Confederation and General Secretary, NCCPA and Convenor, Steering Committee) Com. Shiv Gopal Mishra, (AIRF) Com. K.K.N. Kutty. (Secretary General, Confederation), Com. Rajendran, (General Secretary, STFI) Com. S.N. Pathak, (President. AIDEF) Who met the Prime Minister on 25th had harped on this issue and told the PM that  the rejection of the Standing Committee's recommendation to have a guaranteed minimum pension to all subscribers  had no tenable basis.  This apart,  the delegation also pointed out that even while making the pension fund available to private entrepreneurs  the  USA, Britain  and other western countries  had protected the subscribers by providing a minimum pension benefit irrespective of what happens to the investment made on behalf of the subscriber.  The delegation also brought to the notice of the Prime Minister that the Bhattacharya Committee and the committee set up by the 6th CPC both  too had recommended the need to have a provision for a minimum  pension guaranteed by the Government, for the Government has the moral and legal responsibility as in the scheme of things the government collects the subscription from the contributors.

The delegation was accompanied by Com. Basudev Acharya, MP and leader of CPI(M) in Lok Sabha and Com. Tapan Sen, MP(Gen. Secretary, CITU) Both of them requested the Prime Minister to have a relook into the matter and accept at least those recommendations of the standing committee on which there had been unanimity of opinion amongst different political parties.

                While asserting that his Govt. Is not at all against the interest of workers and are bound to protect them, the Prime Minister said that the new pension scheme would be providing better returns to the employees than the defined benefit scheme.  When pointed out that if that be the case, as to why not the Govt, make the new scheme optional, the PM said that he will get the contentions made in the petition examined and considered by the Finance Ministry.         

The National Council Meeting

The National Council as already intimated will meet at Kochi on 16th December, 2011. The National Secretariat members, the Chief Executive of all affiliates and the State Committee Secretaries of Confederation, the Chairman and Convenor of the  Women  committee constitute the council. The meeting will be held at the following venue:


Near Ernakulam Junction (Ernakulam South Railway Station)

Chittoor Road

KOCHI. 682016


Accommodation has been arranged for 3 days 15th, 16th and 17th December, 2011.  The rooms are to be vacated on 17th.  All National Council Members are requested to kindly intimate Com. Sasindran or Com.Krishnan whose mobile numbers are given hereunder of the date and time of their arrival and departure:

                Com.Sasindran:  09447355334                                    Com.M.Krishnan: 09447068125

Central TU decides for another one day strike on 28th Feb. 2012

                The joint committee of Central Trade Unions in the meeting on 24th November, 2011 has proposed to organise a one day's strike on 28th February, 2012 against the neo-liberal policies and in pursuance of the 5 point charter of demands.  Both BMS and INTUC have agreed to this proposal and the strike when it takes place will be the largest worker participated strike in the country.  The National Council inter alia will deliberate as to how the CGEs could be participants in this great national struggle action.

                With greetings,


Yours fraternally,


K.K.N. Kutty

Secretary General