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Thursday, November 22, 2007

SECRETARY GENERAL NFPE WRITES TO CIRCLE SECRETARIES

Dear Comrades! The Secretary General NFPE has addressed a circular to all our Circle Secretaries of affiliated Unions and the copy is exhibited hereunder for the information of all comrades. It is my strong hope that all comrades would rise up to the occassion -
K.Ragavendran
Secretary General NFPE
 

                                                                                                    Phone: 23092771

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES

     1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi – 110001

 

 

 

 

PF/01[e]/2/2007         Dated 19th November 2007

 

 

To

 

All Circle Secretaries

NFPE Unions.

 

Dear Comrade,

                          

 

            I would like to share with you the developments that are taking place on various issues since our 7th Federal Council Session in Kolkata. I have convened the first Federal Executive of NFPE also on 1 st of December 2007 in the headquarters to take organisational decisions to tackle the issues we are facing today. However as the leader of the membership of your union at your circle I would like to share these issues with the hope that you would be able to play a crucial role in educating our membership and overcoming our hurdles to build a stronger organization to deliver to our mass of workers.

 

Let me Congratulate:

 

At the outset let me congratulate your great efforts to carry out the call of one-day strike on 30 th October 2007. The response of Postal and RMS workers all over the country was stupendous. The participation is better than earlier strikes and no doubt the platform of unity established by us as well as the demands like pension privatization – pay commission and GDS Committee related issues – gripping the imagination of our employees were mainly responsible for the spontaneous involvement of workers. The strike has put pressure on many in several quarters. It has put pressure on the Government; on the Pay Commission itself; on many other CG Employees Organisations who stayed away from the strike of Confederation; and on the Postal Department. They cannot ignore the magnificent response and continue as though nothing has happened! We are very much enthused by the mammoth response of workers and would be focusing our issues in that background. The total credit goes to you and our other rank and file comrades for the grand success of the strike. Let me once again congratulate you on this feat.

 

An empty handed beginning:

 

I would like to inform you that the new team of Office Bearers elected in the 7 th Federal Council at Kolkata with Comrade D.K. Rahate as the President and me as the Secretary General have assumed charge of the Federation. But we are beginning to shoulder our new responsibility with empty hands. The mighty federation is in a state of financial crisis. The legal battles the federation was forced into had taken its toll.   There are many smaller organizations with not even one third of our total membership but with a sound finance functioning in the headquarters. We are the only organization with lakhs of membership in a state of financial crisis struggling to meet the day-to-day running expenses of the federation.

 

 

We have the ongoing legal expenditure also to be tackled in order to win the recognition to the NFPE as otherwise it will be once again a serious set back at the time of recommendations to be submitted by another pay commission. The Secretary General and other Office Bearers whenever needed are to be brought on Foreign Service to headquarters to efficiently manage the affairs; the office staff of federation is to be paid their monthly allowances; the monthly organ of our federation 'Postal Crusader' is to be regularly released. The call for collection of NFPE Fund from all our members @ 10/- per member is yet to be received by the federation from many branches and divisions of your circle. The completion of that task would definitely take the federation out of its present crisis. Moreover I would like to request you to take steps to remind our divisional and branch secretaries of their constitutional responsibility of sending due quota to the federation and all other higher bodies.   Only a regular in-flow of funds can ensure smooth functioning of the federation at the present crucial time.

 

Finance Minister is negative:

 

The entirety of central government employees is eagerly awaiting the announcement by the Government for the announcement of enhancement of bonus ceiling from 2500/- to 3500/-. It is only natural that every time the government had amended the bonus act, the cabinet subsequently had decided to extend the benefit to CG Employees also with the same date of effect. The Staff Side Secretary of National Council JCM wrote the DOPT Secretary and Finance Secretary.   But the Finance Minister is reluctant to take any positive stop in this matter. The anxiety of the workers is growing. The Confederation gave a call and the Postal JCA of NFPE and FNPO also endorsed it to organise protest demonstrations and dharna all over the country and send telegrams to the Union Finance Minister. But still the matter is not settled.. The Confederation is now writing to the Prime Minister of India and also seeking help from senior Members of Parliament to intervene with the Prime Minister for taking a positive decision immediately. The Railway leaders attempts to get the benefit for railway workers are yet to succeed. The Confederation has to call upon for spontaneous industrial action if the bonus ceiling is announced for railways and not for the rest of the CG Employees; The Confederation would have to jump into a major industrial action if the Railway leaders go into any action in this matter. However the issue cannot be allowed to weaken and the Confederation has decided to discuss in depth in its National Executive meeting scheduled to meet on 9 th December in Bangalore. I only would like to request you to ensure that all branches and divisions in your circle carry out the present phase of programme of protest demonstration and dharna and sending telegram to Finance Minister without fail to step up pressure on the Government.

 

Let us review the progress of our issues:

 

The intention of calling the Federal Executive of NFPE is also to analyze the progress made in the charter of demands on the basis of the settlement reached in April 2007. We find progress was achieved on some issues like filling up the promotions of LSG, HSG-II, HSG-I; revision of syllabus for LGO Examination; action on filling up of residual vacancies in all circles etc. But on many major issues like constitution of judicial commission for GDS after dissolving the officer headed committee; absorption of RRR candidates; scrapping the dangerous Franchisee System; getting exemption from the Screening Committee to protect us from the continued abolition of posts; regularization of casual and part-time contingent workers etc the stand of the Government and the Department is negative. The Department of Posts is dragging its feet from many of its strike commitments. The Federal Executive therefore will have to deeply go into all such issues and to take appropriate decisions for joint struggles. I hope you would also appraise the federation about the field level realities and sentiments of workers to help the Federal Executive of NFPE take correct decisions on all such matters.

 

Let us use technology:

 

Comrades! The communications technology is revolutionized by the modern scientific development. Let us not fall behind in making use of the new technology. The traditional methods of functioning alone are not sufficient in the present day fast world. We have to mould ourselves to the changing technologies to improve our organisational functioning. Let me express my happiness that for the fist time we are organising a countrywide protest demonstrations by exhibiting the call in the NFPE web site. I only request you to educate our entire rank and file to visit our web site and get the developments then and there. The email communications are also to be utilized for better communication-link. The email addresses and the web site addresses are reproduced below for your ready reference.

 

NFPE E-mail ID :   www.nfpehq@gmail.com

                               www.nfpe_hq@hotmail.com

 

Web Site of NFPE : www.nfpe.blogspot.com

 

 Let us dedicate once again:  

 

The Calcutta Postal Club, which was founded by the father of the P&T trade Union movement Babu Tarapada Mukherjee, has completed its 100 years of formation. It is time that we celebrate this great and historic event in a most befitting manner and re-dedicate ourselves to work for the betterment of all our workers in general and to the weak and the downtrodden in particular. I finally request you to organise the Centenary celebration of Calcutta Postal Club to commemorate the event and the legacy of our trade union movement in a befitting manner as decided by the 7 th Federal Council of NFPE.

 

With Fraternal Greetings,

 

 

Yours Comradely,

Sd/-

[K.Ragavendran]

Secretary General    

Copy:  [1] All Office Bearers of NFPE

           [2] All General Secretaries of NFPE Unions.

 

 

 


--
K.Ragavendran
Secretary General NFPE

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

CONFEDERATION AND POSTAL JCA CALL FOR NATIONWIDE PROTEST

Dear Comrades!
 
The Postal JCA of NFPE and FNPO call upon the entirety of Postal and RMS workers to organise protest demonstrations and dharna as per the call of the Confederation of CG Employees demanding the immediate orders for raising the bonus ceiling from 2500/- to 3500/-. The Postal JCA call and call of the Confederation are available below:
 
K.RAGAVENRAN
SECRETARY GENERAL
National Federation of Postal Employees
 

POSTAL JCA OF NFPE & FNPO

CALLS UPON TO ORGANISE NATIONWIDE

PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS / DHARNA

 

DEMANDING IMMEDIATE ORDERS BY FINANCE

FOR RAISING THE BONUS CEILING TO 3500/-

 

Dear Comrades!

 

The Central Government had already through its Ordnance amended the Bonus Act to raise the bonus ceiling from Rs.2500/- to Rs.3500/- and the same was Gazette notified also.

 

The Staff Side Secretary to the National Council JCM had already wrote letters to the Secretary Expenditure and the Secretary DOPT demanding immediate orders to raise the same in respect of all Central Government Employees also.

 

The leaders of the Confederation also have been moving with the Finance Ministry to get the orders issued by the Ministry of Finance but the issue is being delayed unnecessarily. We are given to understand that the file is on the table of the Honourable Finance Minister who will decide about the course of action to be taken in this matter.

 

The Central Government Employees all over the country are very eagerly awaiting the orders and the delay is causing lot of resentment and anxiety. It was anticipated that the orders will be issued before Diwali Festival but even after the festival no orders are forthcoming from the Ministry of Finance. The Central Government Employees cannot be ignored when the Bonus Act had already been amended by the Government with retrospective effect from 1.4.2006 and all other section of the workers are being paid the bonus at the enhanced level.

 

The Confederation of Central Government Employees has therefore issued a call to all its affiliates to organise immediate protest demonstrations and dharna all over the country by mobilizing the entirety of our work force and send Telegrams / Savingrams to Shri. P.Chidambaram, Honourable Finance Minister, Government of India, North Block, New Delhi – 110001. The Call of the Confederation and the text of the Telegram are reproduced below. The Postal JCA of NFPE and FNPO calls upon all its affiliated Unions / Circle Unions / Divisional and Branches to launch the above programme of action with all our might. The Circle Secretaries are requested to circulate this call to all their branches requesting them to hold the programme successfully as and when they receive the circular from the Circle Secretaries. [Please note that there is no specific date to hold the programme] This method is resorted to considering the urgency of the issue.

 

  

 

Comradely Yours

 

K.Ragavendran              D.Theagarajan

SG – NFPE                           SF- FNPO

 

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT

EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS

A/2/95 Rajouri Garden,

New Delhi. 110 027.

E mail: confederation06@yahoo.co.in

Phone: 2510 5324

President:                     Com.S.K. Vyas:            9868244035

Working President.            Com.C.C. Pillai:             9811213808

Secretary General:            Com.K.K.N.Kutty             9811048303

Dated: 13th November, 2007

Conf.D-11/11/2007

 

Dear Comrades,

 

As you are aware., the Government took the decision to raise the bonus ceiling for the purpose of computation from Rs 2500 to Rs 3500 after more than a decade.    As per the Press Information Bureau release, this decision of the cabinet is applicable to the bonus payable to the workers for the FY 2006-07 onwards.    The Adhoc and productivity linked bonus in the case of  CG Employees were declared and paid in Sept. Oct. 2007.

 

Confederation has taken up this issue with the Government.   The Secretary of the Staff Side of the JCM National council had also written to the Secretary, Expenditure and  Secretary Personnel, indicating the need for making this applicable to the CGEs. for the year 2006-07 and revise the orders issued in respect of PLB and adhoc bonus.    We have been informed by the Officials in the Finance Ministry that the proposal is awaiting the approval of the Finance Minister.  Perhaps   this may require the sanction from the cabinet too as that has been the procedure adopted in the earlier occasion.  Since the matter is being unduly delayed for no ostensible reason as the Finance Minister was party to the earlier cabinet decision for raising the ceiling limit to Rs 3500,the Confederation desires that Demonstration/Dharna should be organized in front of all Offices and send the following telegram/Saving gram   to Shri P. Chidambaram, Finance Minister, Govt. of India, North Block, New Delhi- 110 001. The  programme of action may be carried out immediately on receipt of this letter by the Units of all affiliates.    The affiliates are requested to kindly convey the decision to their branches and units so that the programme will have wider participation and create sanction to compel the Govt. to take an expeditious and positive decision in this matter.    We are sending this communication through our e-mail and copy of the same has been  placed in our web-site.  Programme may be carried out as and when the message is received by the State/Divisional/Branches.  Confederation has also sent  SMS to all the National Executive Members.

 

Text of Telegram

KINDLT EXTEND THE BENEFIT OF THE DECISION TO RAISE THE BONUS CEILING LIMIT FROM 2500 TO 3500 TO CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES.

With greetings,                                                                                             
 Yours   fraternally,

 

K.K.N.Kutty,

Secretary General.

 



 
 

Saturday, November 10, 2007

REVISION OF BONUS CEILING

LATEST ON BONUS CEILING

 

Confederation Secretary General and Chairman met the JS [Per] and ascertained that the file on enhancement of bonus ceiling from Rs.2500/- to Rs.3500/- to the CG Employees is sent to the Honourable Finance Minister for decision. It is informed to our leaders that on both the earlier similar occasions the decision to extend the benefit to the CG Employees was taken by the Cabinet only. However the Finance Minister will take a decision as to whether the issue should go to the Cabinet for approval. It is gathered that the Railway Ministry is also sending the issue to the Cabinet for taking a decision in this matter. Our leaders have pointed out to the authorities concerned that the issue for all CG Employees be decided without any delay.

 

The Confederation is trying to meet the Honourable Finance Minister or at least contact him over phone through MPs to request him for expediting release of orders in this matter.



--
K.Ragavendran
Secretary General NFPE