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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2009 FOR ALL



NFPE EXTENDS A VERY WARM GREETINGS TO ALL OFFICE BEARERS OF NFPE - GENERAL SECRETARIES OF AFFILIATED UNIONS - SISTER UNIONS - ALL CIRCLE / DIVISIONAL / BRANCH UNIONS OF NFPE - ALL MEMBERS AND EMPLOYEES ON THIS DAY OF DAWN OF HAPPY NEW YEAR 2009.
K.Ragavendran
Secretary General

NFPE CIRCULAR NUMBER 15

PREPARE WITH ALL SERIOUSNESS
 
Dear Comrades! The Circular Number 15 of NFPE has already been despatched to all Circle Secretaries of NFPE Unions on 29th December 2008 along with the photostat copy of Strike Notice for submission to the Chief Postmaster General of respective circles by the Circle Unions after holding a rally on 5th or 6th January 2009. For the benefit of all the copy of the above Circular and proforma of Strike Notice are placed hereunder:
 

Email: www.nfpehq@gmail.com

Website: www.nfpe.blogspot.com

                            NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES

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

 

 

PF-1(e)/15/2008                                                                                             Dated 29TH December 2008.

 

To

All NFPE Office Bearers

All General Secretaries of NFPE Unions

All Circle Secretaries / Divisional / Branch Secretaries through Circle Secretaries.

 

Dear Comrades!

 

PREPARE WITH ALL SERIOUSNESS

 

The Strike Notice for commencing an Indefinite Strike from 20.01.2009 on a common charter of demands of CG Employees and also of Postal Employees will be served on the Government and the Department of Posts on 2.1.2009. There will be a massive rally of CG and Postal Employees in Jantar Mantar on 2nd January and at the end of the rally the leaders of Confederation will serve strike notice on the Cabinet Secretary and the NFPE serve notice to the Secretary Department of Posts.

 

There will be two charters of demands. One related to pay commission and common CG Employees pending for long in the JCM National Council. The other will be the Charter of Demands of regular and GDS as finalized by the All India Convention of NFPE Unions held at Guntur on 29th November 2008.

 

At Circle level also a mass rally is to be organized on 5th or 6th January [according to convenience of circles] and the copy of the Strike Notice served by the All India Organization should be served on the Chief Postmaster General. [Copy of Strike Notice is enclosed]. Demonstrations at divisional level also are to be organized all over the country.

 

Circle Unions are requested to organize division / branch wise strike preparatory meetings to be addressed by Circle Union Office bearers. The campaign material available in our websites may be used for enlightening the masses by our speakers in those meetings. All Circle and Divisional leaders are requested to appraise the CHQ / NFPE on the level of preparations made and the response of membership through telephone calls or emails. The rank and file is requested to follow our websites for any updates on day to day basis regarding strike developments.

 

ACTION INEVITABLE

 

Elections are round the corner. Once the Election Commission announces General Elections Notification, then the code of conduct will come into play. No demands could be negotiated and no struggle could be organized. As we know that the pay commission related demands are all already placed before the Standing Committee of JCM National Council but not at all considered before accepting recommendations of pay commission for implementation. The absence of merger of DA with basic pay in future at any point of time would be hard hitting our real wages after five years or so. Unless we could ensure a minimum of 40% fixation of pay for all sections of employees, the adverse impact of denial of merger of DA with pay in future cannot be offset. Similar is the importance of minimum wages of a Group D which should have been 10,000. Unless we raise these issues now through a strike notice and prepare for an industrial action, all the issues related to pay commission would be finished for the next 10 or 12 years.

 

The Postal Charter of Demands contains many important and basic issues like cadre restructuring and exemption from Screening Committee etc. The Department of Posts unfortunately ignores our demands and issues without our constantly agitating now and then. For example the Sectional Charter of Demands submitted by NFPE - FNPO Federations and Unions jointly on 15.02.2008 did not even evince a response of acknowledgement from the Department,  leave alone negotiations and settlement. Without struggle there appears to be no alternative. These are the compulsions for strike notice.

 

 GDS ISSUES

 

The GDS issues also though submitted by us before the Senior Officers Committee and the Committee exhibited positive response on many issues and that the Department has assured in writing that adequate opportunity would be provided for presenting our case, we cannot afford to take any risk that all the modifications would be incorporated and that all the negative recommendations would be rejected. We may not be able to organize a separate strike action for GDS once again. So the strike charter of Confederation as well as the NFPE includes the GDS issues also.

 

UNITY EFFORTS

 

NFPE has discussed with the Secretary General FNPO for launching the strike action unitedly under the banner of Postal JCA for dealing with the sectional issues of postal employees.  An organizational decision by FNPO is awaited. NFPE has written to General Secretary GDS Union requesting for joint action for launching 20th January Strike action and for serving the strike notice on 2nd January either jointly with NFPE affiliates or separately. A joint platform will be to the interest of all employees including GDS.

 

MOBILISATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS

 

NFPE and Confederation have taken the decision for organizing the strike in right earnest and convened State level Conventions as well as Regional level strike campaign meetings to be attended by All India leaders. Detailed Campaign Materials of Common Charter and Postal Charter are already placed in the websites. A Core Committee is proposed to be set up consisting of leaders of Confederation in Delhi and the Secretary General NFPE, who will remain in the headquarter after the campaign, which will be responsible for taking instant decisions.

 

Circle and Divisional and Branch level leadership are to take the preparations very seriously and commence strike campaign and meetings. Without sound preparations there cannot be any meaningful negotiations with the Government. Therefore the rank and file leadership is requested to take the preparations very seriously and prepare for a massive strike action irrespective of the fact that we have gone on two days strike action in solidarity with the GDS Union. This is our historical task.

 

NFPE is confident that the rank and file will gigantically rise up to the occasion once again and will play its due role in winning the demands of the CG and Postal Employees.

 

With regards,

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Sd/- 

[K.Ragavendran]

Secretary General

 

COPY OF STRIKE NOTICE

 

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES

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

 

PF-12(e)/2009                                                                      Dated 2nd January 2009

 

To

 

The Director General 

Department of Posts

Dak Bhawan

New Delhi – 110001

 

 

NOTICE

 

Sir / Madam,

 

In accordance with the provisions of Sub Section (1) of Section 22 of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, we hereby notify that all the Postal / RMS / MMS / Administrative / Postal Accounts Employees will go on indefinite strike from 20.01.2009. The demands for acceptance on which the employees embark upon this Indefinite Strike are detailed in the Charter of Demands enclosed.

 

 

 

                                                         Sd/-

                                              [K.Ragavendran]

                                      Secretary General - NFPE

 

 

               Sd/-                                                                                        Sd/-

[K.V.Sridharan]                                                                          [Ishwar Singh Dabas]

    General Secretary                                                                General Secretary

     AIPEU Group 'C'                                                           AIPEU Postmen & Gr. 'D'

 

              Sd/-                                                                                        Sd/-

         Giriraj Singh                                                                             P.Suresh

  General Secretary                                                                  General Secretary

AI RMS&MMS EU Group 'C'                        AI RMS&MMS EU Mailguards & Gr.'D'

 

              Sd/-                                                                                        Sd/-

   [S.P.Mukherjee]                                                                       [P.Rajanayagam]

General Secretary                                                                  General Secretary

AIPAOEU Group C & D                                                                   AIPAEA

 

 



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K.Ragavendran
Secretary General NFPE

NFPE TAKING EFFORTS FOR UNITY

NFPE IS TAKING EFFORTS FOR UNITY OF ALL POSTAL EMPLOYEES
 
NFPE AND FNPO SECRETARIES GENERAL ARE DISCUSSING POSSIBILITIES OF JOINT ACTION
 
NFPE HAS WRITTEN TO GENERAL SECRETARY GDS UNION ON THE NEED FOR JOINT ACTION AND DISCUSSED WITH HIM ALSO.
 
Dear Comrades!
 
NFPE has sent an email to Comrade S.S.Mahadevaiah, General Secretary, GDS Union in order to forge unity of all employees on a common charter of demands containing both regular and GDS. The email sent is reproduced below for information of our members:
 

Dear Comrade Mahadevaiah – Greetings. Our Indefinite Strike has ended with the assurance of the Department of Posts that the modifications sought for by us would be sympathetically considered by the Gopinath Committee and that the Staff side would be provided with adequate opportunity for placing our view points before the final proposals are sent to Cabinet for acceptance.

 

Our experience before the Senior Officers Committee was that the Committee exhibited positive approach on many issues. The Report of the Committee is likely to be submitted before the end of this month.

 

While we will know exactly the amount of modifications the Committee and the Department will be agreeing to make in the Report of Nataraja Murti Committee, it would be better to be vigilant and be prepared. If the positive approach of the Committee of Senior Officers and the assurance of the Department are translated into practice it will be welcome and if not there would be need to struggle once again but with enough preparations. With the experience of a strike behind us, we shall be better placed if there is total preparation and unity between all sections of postal employees and the GDS.

 

As you already know, the NFPE has finalised a Sectional Charter of Demands of GDS and regular postal employees as per the decision of Guntur NFPE All India Convention and the Confederation has also finalised a common Charter of Demands , as per the decision of its National Executive, which too contain the basic demand of the GDS. The decision of the Confederation and the NFPE is that we will mobilise a big rally in Jantar Mantar on 2.1.2009 and submit Notice for Indefinite Strike from 20.01.2009. NFPE also will be submitting a Notice for Indefinite Strike to the Department of Posts after the rally on 2.1.2009. Intensive strike campaign programmes from the platform of Confederation of Central Government Employees as also from the Federation is circulated through the Circular of NFPE. I am enclosing a copy of the same circular along with this email as an attachment for your kind information.

 

We are taking efforts for converting this programme as a joint programme of Postal JCA of NFPE and FNPO. Things would be clear before 2nd January 2009.

 

We would request you to consider the following:

 

  1. GDS Union also submitting a strike notice along with the NFPE and its affiliated Unions on 2.1.2009 after the Jantar Mantar Rally either separately or jointly.

 

  1. GDS Union may consider preparing a Sectional Charter as like all unions and associations that was suggested to you in the month of February 2008 itself when the NFPE and FNPO submitted their charter of demands on 15.02.2008. Such a sectional charter may also form part of the demand charter for strike even though the basic issue of Status, Pension, Modifications of Nataraja Murti Committee and improvement thereon stand incorporated in both the Charter of demands of Confederation and NFPE. We can make any change in the demands charter with regard to GDS issues as warranted and as the GDS Union want before submission of Strike Notice.

 

  1. GDS Union's CHQ Office bearers may also join in all the State Capitals and Regional Centres where the Strike Campaign State Conventions and Meetings are being organised. You may kindly intimate the name of the CHQ leader attending these meetings for communicating to the respective circles. [The details of campaign meetings are available in the NFPE Circular attached with this email].

 

Our united approach will always bring better results.

 

With regards,

 

Comradely Yours,

K.Ragavendran

Secretary General

26th December 2008

 



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K.Ragavendran
Secretary General NFPE

Friday, December 26, 2008

GOVERNMENT ORDERS REMOVAL OF PENSION ANOMALY

CONFEDERATION TOOK UP THE ANOMALY IN PENSION FIXATION FOR POST-1.1.2006 PENSIONERS AND GOVERNMENT ISSUED ORDERS

GOVERNMENT ISSUES ORDERS GRANTING THE BENEFIT OF 'WHICHEVER IS GREAY' BETWEEN 'LAST PAY DRAWN' OR 'AVERAGE OF 10 MONTHS PAY' FOR OFFICIALS RETIRED BETWEEN 1.1.2006 TO 1.9.2008

HOWEVER THIS GRANT IS RESTRICTED TO THOSE OFFICIALS COMPLETED 33 YEARS OF QUALIFYING SERVICE ONLY

THE TEXT OF THE GOVERNMENT ORDER CAN BE DOWNLOADED BY CLICKING ON THE RAPIDSHARE LINK BELOW:

KRNFPE has stored files for you on our platform.
Download link: http://rapidshare.com/files/178703413/Pension_Order_6th_CPC_11th_December.pdf
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K.Ragavendran
Secretary General NFPE

MOBILISE MASSES FOR 2nd AND 5th PROGRAMME FOR STRIKE NOTICE SERVING

NFPE & CONFEDERATION WILL SERVE NOTICE FOR INDEFINITE STRIKE ON 02.01.2009
 
MASS RALLY IN JANTAR MANTAR NEW DELHI BY CG AND POSTAL EMPLOYEES OF DELHI AND ADJOINING CIRCLES
 
CIRCLE UNIONS WILL SERVE COPY OF STRIKE  NOTICE TO CIRCLE HEADS ON 05.01.2009 BY ORGANISING RALLIES IN CIRCLE HEADQUARTERS
 
DEMONSTRATIONS IN ALL DIVISIONS / BRANCHES ON 5.1.2009 
 
Dear Comrades! 
 
Elections are round the corner. Once the Election Commission announces General Elections Notification, then the code of conduct will come into play. No demands could be negotiated and no struggle could be organised. As we know that the pay commission related demands are all already placed before the Standing Committee of JCM National Council but not at all considered before accepting recommendations of pay commission for implementation. The absence of merger of DA with basic pay in future at any point of time would be hard hitting our real wages after five years or so. Unless we could ensure a minimum of 40% fixation of pay for all sections of employees, the adverse impact of denial of merger of DA with pay in future cannot be offset. Similar is the importance of minimum wages of a Group D which should have been 10,000. Unless we raise these issues now through a strike notice and prepare for an industrial action, all the issues related to pay commission would be finished for the next 10 or 12 years. 
 
The Postal Charter of Demands contain many important and basic issues like cadre restructuring and exemption from Screening Committee etc. The Department of Posts unfortunately ignores our demands and issues without our constantly agitating now and then. For example the Sectional Charter of Demands submitted by NFPE - FNPO Federations and Unions jointly on 15.02.2008 did not even evince a response of acknowledgement from the Department,  leave alone negotiations and settlement. Without struggle there appears to be no alternative. These are the compulsions for strike notice.
 
The GDS issues also though submitted by us before the Senior Officers Committee and the Committee exhibited positive response on many issues and that the Department has assured in writing that adequate opportunity would be provided for presenting our case, we cannot afford to take any risk that all the modifications would be incorporated and that all the negative recommendations would be rejected. We may not be able to organise a separate strike action for GDS once again. So the strike charter of Confederation as well as the NFPE includes the GDS issues also.
 
NFPE and Confederation have taken the decision for organising the strike in right earnest and convened State level Conventions as well as Regional level strike campaign meetings to be attended by All India leaders. Detailed Campaign Materials of Common Charter and Postal Charter are already placed in the websites.
 
Circle and Divisinal and Branch level leadership are to take the preparations very seriously and commence strike campaign and meetings. Without sound preparations there cannot be any meaningful negotiations with the Government.
 
PREPARE FOR 2nd AND 5th RALLIES FOR SERVING STRIKE NOTICES.
 
MOBILIZE FOR STATE LEVEL CG CONVENTIONS AND REGIONAL LEVEL STRIKE MEETINGS.
 
ORGANISE INTENSIVE STRIKE CAMPAIGN BY CIRCLE OFFICE BEARERS IN ALL DIVISIONS
 
TRANSLATE CAMPAIGN MATERIALS IN REGIONAL LANGUAGES FOR MEMBERS
 
UNIFY THE RANKS - MOVE AHEAD - COMMENCE PREPARATIONS - VICTORY WILL BE OURS!

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K.Ragavendran
Secretary General NFPE

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

CAMPAIGN MATERIAL FOR POSTAL AND CG EMPLOYEES CHARTERS FOR STRIKE

CAMPAIGN MATERIAL FOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND POSTAL EMPLOYEES DEMANDS RELEASED BY CONFEDERATION AND NFPE
 
STRIKE CAMPAIGN SPEAKERS AND CIRCLE / DIVISIONS MAY USE THE MATERIAL FOR CAMPAIGN
 
TRANSLATION INTO REGIONAL LANGUAGES WILL HELP CAMPAIGN EFFECTIVELY
 
CIRCLE / DIVISIONAL / BRANCH UNIONS ARE REQUESTED FOR DOING WIDE CIRCULATION OF CAMPAIGN MATERIAL AMONG EMPLOYEES
 
STRIKE TOUR MEETINGS OF CONFEDERATION AND NFPE MAY BE ORGANISED WITH ALL SERIOUSNESS
 
DELHI AND SURROUNDING CIRCLES ARE REQUESTED TO MOBILISE EMPLOYEES IN THOUSANDS FOR 2nd JANUARY JANTAR MANTAR RALLY BEFORE SERVING STRIKE NOTICES TO ALL DEPARTMENTS AND CABINET SECRETARY
 
CAMPAIGN MATERIALS ARE AS UNDER:
 

Campaign Material – brief on charter of demands of Confederation of Central Government Employees

 

1.       Grant Rs 10000 as minimum wage as per 15 ILC Norms.

 

The Demand of the Central Govt. employees before the wage revision Commissions, when such a Commission had been set up was for the grant of minimum age as per the formula made by 15th ILC to which the sovereign Govt. was a party.  The 15th ILC as early as in 1957 had suggested that the workers in the country was entitled for a need based minimum wages, if not a fair  or living wage as enshrined in the constitution itself.  Once such a need based minimum wage is determined on the basis of the computation formula prescribed by Dr. Aykroyd and accepted by all concerned, the wage structure for all categories and cadres is to be constructed on the basis of a pre-determined ratio between the minimum wage so determined and the desirable level of maximum wage in the bureaucracy.

 

Before the 6th CPC too, the staff side had formulated the minimum wage on the basis of the said need based minimum wage formula..  ..  The successive pay commissions had been considering this demand and rejecting the same on the specious plea of the incapacity of the Govt. to afford such a wage structure.  The underdeveloped state of economy, the financial constraints on account of ridiculously low tax resources,  the huge outlay required for the development of key infrastructure facilities, the need for setting apart funds for the upliftment of poor etc. had been often cited as reasons for the illegitimate denial of the need based minimum wage.

 

The 6th CPC well knowing that such being not the state of Indian economy presently and a parrot like repetition of the phraseology employed by the earlier Commissions shall not hold water resorted to mutilation of the formula itself, whereby retail prices of essential commodities of day to day consumption were manufactured (not obtained from the retail market) by a presumptive addition of just 20% over the whole sale prices and  removing the 25% addition prescribed and later approved by the Supreme Court as essential for human sustenance and reducing the10% addition stipulated as a necessary ingredient for making the housing requirement of an employee.  The commission thus arrived at an absurd amount of Rs 5479 against Rs 9730 computed on a scientific basis in application of the Dr. Akroyd formula.  While this became the premise for the construction of wage structure in respect of the Gr.C and D employees and even to a great extent for Gr. B Officers too, a different yardstick was adopted for determination of salary for Group A Officers, with the result the wage differential between the employees and others widened.

 

Any discernible observer could find that the wages determined by the 6th CPC is thus lower than even what had been decided upon by the 5th CPC.  Rejecting the demand for the Need based wages on the plea of incapacity to pay on account of lack of tax revenue resources, the 5th CPC had stipulated that the minimum wage in Civil service should be computed on the basis of a percentage average increase of the Net National Product over a period of 10 years.  The NNP increase over a decade ending in 2003 was 56.2% above what it was in 1992, to which the 5th CPC minimum wage had been related to.  Had that been the principle of wage determination, the minimum wage ought to have been Rs 7400/ as against Rs 5479 determined by 6th CPC and finally raised to Rs 6606 by the Govt.

 

Once the imaginary feel good factor arising from the disbursement of the accumulated arrears of salary, withheld for the past two and half years, on account of the denial of the interim relief, the grim reality of depressed wage structure and stark fact of a factual wage reduction shall emerge. The correction required in the computation and determination of minimum wage cannot be denied on any valid ground and deserves to be fought out.

 

 

2.         Grant minimum fitment benefit of 2.625 times of pre-revised basic pay to bring about uniform rise of 40% in emoluments and raise grade pay to 50% of the maximum of the pre-revised scales in respect of PB 1,2 & 3 as has been done in the case of PB 4.

 

The point to point fixation, a methodology adopted by the 2nd CPC for fixation of wages of individual employees in implementation of the Commission's report had been the constant demand of the employees before all successive commissions.  The inability to realize the demand, the  denial of which was not only illegitimate but also depriving the benefit of wage revision for  the senior employees, had been the curse continuously heaped upon the employees who do not belong to the officer category in organized Group A or All India Services.  The tragic exposure of this phenomenon with no attempt to address or rectify gave rise to the widespread discontent amongst vast sections of senior employees in 1986. A repetition of it in 1997 by the 5th CPC became the central point for agitation forcing it to be the focal point of negotiation.  Alternative formulation had to be presented, for the demand for point to point fixation was rejected right at the beginning on the ground of huge financial outlay.   The application of multiplication factor of 3.25 universally applied for the construction of Pay scales by the 5 CPC itself was presented as an effective alternative to the point to point fixation.  During the discussion the employees organization put fourth alternatively  a uniform addition of 50% of the pre-revised basic pay, the conceding of which would have brought about near total uniformity in the financial benefit if not equivalent to point to point fixation.  It has to be stated in this context that point to point fixation is the demand constantly negotiated and settled in the wage negotiations of all PSU workers. Ultimate settlement of 40% rise in pre-revised basic pay after a four day long procrastinated negotiation with the Group of Ministers in 1997 brought about a great amount of satisfaction amongst the widest section of employees in 1997.  Having rejected the point to point fixation by the 6th Pay Commission for no genuine or valid reasoning the consensus emerged at the meeting of the Staff Side was to strive for the dispensation of atleast a minimum benefit of 40% rise in emoluments on the lines of the settlement brought about in 1997.  The conceptual formulation of incorporation of the clause "subject to a minimum of 2.625 time of the pre-revised basic pay" into the fitment formula evolved by the 6th CPC was the product of the thinking process to ensure that the senior employees do get justice. The replacement of the multiplying factor of 1.74 by 1.86 has not brought about the desired and required uniformity in the dispensation of financial benefit on revision of Pay.  It continues to be at variance between 23% to 87%, the top echelons in PB 3 enjoying the top crest in the percentage elevation.   We know our demand for a minimum rise in emoluments is not a substitute for the point to point fixation a benefit negotiated and settled at all times by our comrades in the Public Sector undertaking.  What is attempted is to ensure that no employee gets lesser than 40% rise in his emoluments while recognizing the fact that the top officials do benefit by double of it even under the existing dispensation.. This therefore, does not brook denial or delay and needs to be focused and fought out.

 

3.         No abolition of Gr.D. Posts and functions. Lift ban on recruitment, fill up all vacant posts and scrap screening Committee.

 

The VI-CPC has recommended for the abolition of Gr. D. posts numbering about 9.4 lakhs in the Government of India..  The CPC raised all the Gr. D employees existing in the Govt. sector to the status of a skilled worker and placed them in Gr. C pay scale.  The suggested pay scale of the upgraded personnel is a pre-revised pay of Rs 2750-70-3800-75-4400.  In fact the said pay scale was the fourth grade of pay suggested by the V-CPC for the unskilled workers.  In para 3.7.7 of the Pay commission recommendations the commission has observed that:

 

"Increasingly' basic work relating to cleaning, sweeping, maintenance etc. is being outsourced. This is a welcome trend that needs to be encouraged by bringing about systematic changing in the existing scheme so that the employees in Govt. are only utilized for requiring a certain levels of skills".

 

 It is a fact that majority of the functions presently carried out by the Gr.D. employees across the Board is unskilled.  What had actually been done by the Commission is to abolish the unskilled functions in the Governmental sector and pave way for more and more contractorisation of these jobs while the existing employees (whose working strength has become less than 50% of the sanctioned strength) might be classified as Gr.C. and assigned to do functions which are of skilled nature with lesser emoluments than what it could have been even as per the V-CPC recommendations.  It is therefore, a disastrous recommendation.  In the days to come the unskilled nature of jobs would be either outsourced or would be contractorised.  This recommendation therefore, is not for the benefit of the existing employees who are recruited as unskilled workers.  Now the recruitment will hereafter become unavailable in the Governmental sector for those who are in the lower strata of the society who could not afford or who are not provided even the primary education even though the universal primary education is stated to be the objective and goal of a welfare Government as per our constitution..  In fact they are being punished for the social inability or abdication of the responsibility on the part of the Government to provide them with a decent standard of living or the nascent requirement of primary education.  The recommendation is therefore, a by-product of the neo-liberal economic policies pursued by the Govt. since 1991 which we have been fighting against all these years alongwith other segment of the working class.

 

4.         Grant 10% of pay+ Grade pay as minimum benefit on promotion or financial up gradation.

 

The financial benefit on promotion is presently governed by FR 22.  As per the extant provisions of the said rules a person who is promoted/appointed  on regular basis to a post which carry  higher responsibility will have the benefit of fixation of pay at the rate of one increment and fixation at next higher stage in the scale of pay of the post to which he is promoted.  This is subject to the grant of a minimum benefit of Rs 100/- in all cases of such promotions.  The present dispensation as per the recommendations of the VI CPC is only to grant a 3% increase in the pay and grade pay to persons who are promoted to a post with higher responsibility.  Since most of the employees in Gr. C & D do get their promotion after a long waiting period exceeding even 10 years, they usually do not get their pay fixed at the minimum of the pay scale or pay band of the cadre to which he is promoted whereas the personnel in Gr. A services being assured of time bound promotions do go into a different pay scale and placed at the minimum of the pay scale of the promoted grade, the financial benefit of which would be far in excess of the increase of 3% of the pay.   It was to ensure that everybody gets a reasonable rise in emoluments on promotion; the demand for a minimum benefit of 10% rise in the pay was placed by the staff side. This was in fact in consonance with the extant provisions in the fundamental rules. Rejection of this particular demand has no valid or genuine reason.  In the absence of any explicit reason, it is unreasonable.  In the cases where such promotions are accompanied by transfer It was pointed out by  staff side during discussions that often employees are transferred from one station to another on promotion and for various reasons, they are to suffer drop in emoluments on such transfer on promotion. This is therefore, an issue on which settlement has to be brought about.

 

 

5.         Fix the date of effect of all allowances as 1.1.2006.

 

The word 'Pay' connotes pay and allowances. Naturally, Pay revision has to invariably involve revision of pay and allowances. But separating these pay and allowances the 4th CPC proposed different dates for the implementation of its report – 1.1.86 for revised pay and a later date from all allowances. The Board of arbitration to which this was referred to after disagreement was recorded in the National Council, JCM awarded in favour of employees – the date of implementation of the report with respect to pay as well as allowances has to be from the same date, i.e. 1.1,986. The Government accepted this arbitration award in 1990 and implemented it.

 

Despite this development, 5th CPC also adopted the same dichotomy- separating allowances from pay (where as Dearness Allowance is revised from the date pay is revised).  Again the matter was referred to Board of Arbitration and the board of arbitration gave a verdict in favour of the employees – that HRA & CCA to be paid in old rates, but on new, revised pay scales.  This award is yet not implemented.

 

The 6 CPC has given scant regard to the two awards given in favour of the employees as regards grant of allowances from the day the pay revision comes into effect. In the present case, it will have to be from 1.1.2006.

 

 

6.         No performance related pay or bonus scheme

 

The Commission has recommended to replace the present scheme of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB), as also the adhoc bonus system (where productivity was either described to be not measurable or for the non evolution of the parameters)  with a new system called the Performance Related Incentive Scheme (PRIS).  In Chapter 2.5 of the CPC report the PRIS has been detailed.  The Commission has quoted extensively the study that has been made by the IIM, Ahmedabad in this regard.  However, no concrete proposals to objectively assess the performance of either individuals or groups have been evolved.  It has ordained the concerned organizations to bring about a scheme immediately to replace the PLB within a stipulated time frame and in the case of adhoc bonus it is to be immediately dispensed with paving way for PRIS.  It is in fact the inability of the Govt. to prescribe certain well defined parameters for the evolution measurement of productivity that the system of adhoc bonus remained as it is despite the recommendations to do so by the IV & V CPCs.  A glance through the recommendations made in the chapter 2.5 gives the impression that  the Departments are supposed to make considerable savings through out-sourcing, right sizing, re-engineering, delayering, simplification of procedure etc. and such savings so generated are to be used for the payment of the PRIS to its employees and those in the management too  It in other words, the commission wanted to replace the incentive bonus scheme presently available to the workers and savings so generated to be shared by those who are charged with the responsibility of management.  This apart, no where in the CPC report the word performance has been attempted to be defined in clear and unambiguous terms to make it understandable.  The incentive bonus in Governmental sector has been a product of struggle and negotiation.  The inbuilt infirmity if any is the product of an inefficient evolution of a formula.  The correction or amendment of which lies in the lap of management.  An abrupt closure of a scheme evolved through the process of negotiations and discussions backed up by  a prolonged struggle to be replaced by an ambiguous  or vague formulation couched in a high sounding phraisography  cannot be the method of going about either increasing the performance or productivity of any organization.  The CPC recommendation therefore is  unacceptable and if attempted to be implemented by force of  authority will have to be resisted with all the powers at command of the organized movement of the workers.  

 

 

7.         Revise the Transport and daily allowances as demanded by the staff side JCM National Council

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As per OM No 19030/3/2008-E.IV date 19th November 2008, Daily Allowance in monetary terms is no longer admissible to central government employees on tour. The OM further states that only the actual expenditure incurred with in the prescribed limits will only be reimbursed.

This will put vast majority of touring personnel into financial loss as it is near impossible to get receipts for meals and conveyance.

It is therefore a must that self certification be accepted to the extent of claims on food and conveyance expenditures.

Further, the DA rates may be revised with regard to those drawing Grade pay of 4200 to 4800 and below 4200 in the following manner as the rates prescribed by the 6 CPC and accepted by the government quite insufficient and unscientific.

 

Rs. 4200 to 4800 – Reimbursement of hotel accommodation of upto Rs 1000/- per day;  reimbursement of travel charges upto Rs 150 per diem for travel with in city and reimbursement of food not exceeding Rs 200 per day. The reimbursement of travel and food charges may be made on self certification.

     

Below Rs. 4200 - Reimbursement of hotel accommodation of upto Rs 700/- per day; reimbursement of travel charges upto Rs 150 per diem for travel within city and reimbursement of food not exceeding Rs 200 per day.

 

Transport allowance.      The recommendation of the Commission is to subsume the CCA in the Transport allowance and raise the existing Transport allowance by 4 times.  This has  reduced the proportionate benefit to certain grades and categories of employees.  It is therefore necessary that  no condition should be imposed for the grant of this allowance since the CCA has been subsumed in this allowance.  It is also necessary that taking into account that some of the employees might get reduced benefit due to  the 'across the board rise at the rate of 4 times' the rates need to be revised as under:.

 

Employees drawingGrade Pay

A-1 / A Class Cities

Other Places

5400/- & Above

3200/-+DA

2400/-+DA

4200/- to 4800/-

2400/-+DA

1800+DA

Below 4200/-

1600/-+DA

1200/-+DA

 

                 

8.         Remove the condition of 6 months for applying the uniform date of 1st July as increment dates.

 

The CPC recommendation to bring about a uniform date of increment is not per se objectionable. The only demand placed by the employees had been that in respect of those whose increment date falls between 1st Feb. 2006 and June 2006 as per the extant stipulation will suffer a postponement of their increment beyond 12 months.  It cannot be the conscious stipulation of the commission but can only be an accidental outcome of rationalization of a scheme.  The suggestion made was to provide a one time benefit of awarding of an increment for all those whose increment date falls between Feb. and June 2006 consequent upon which  postponement of increment could be avoided and whatever financial outflow emerges shall only  be a one time phenomenon and not a recurring feature.  This is the only methodology to address the difficulty that emerged in the exercise of a rationalisation.This suggestion has been turned down obviously not for any sound or logic reason.

 

9.         ACP to be on hierarchical system obtaining in each department.

            

The scheme of Assured career progression was demanded by the Confederation in a separate memorandum before the 5 CPC to compensate and assuage the employees who have no chance of regular promotion in their long career spanning  nearly 35 years. The 5 CPC had accepted this contention and proposed ACP. Before 6 CPC Confederation had demanded 3 ACPs.

 

The decision of the Government to grant 3 ACPs but not on hierarchy has taken away the charm of the ACP  itself and it defeats the very purpose and spirit behind ACP. Further, it would accentuate the feeling of discrimination of those who did not benefit out of the 2 ACP scheme as they would still be placed below – even if they are seniors – what their juniors have drawn.

 

Also, granting a pay that does not even exist in one's department actually defeats the very purpose of ACP ie to compensate for the absence of promotional avenues

 

10.       Retain and improve CGHS and make insurance scheme optional

 

The Central Govt. Health Scheme with all its difficulties and infirmities, is considered to be the best available health care system both by the serving employees and pensioners.  The urge for its closure on the ground of increasing financial out-flow has  often been raised by the Government and became a strident proposal after the recommendations of the Expenditure Reforms Commission.  Insurance scheme was thought of an alternative for its replacement.  The pensioners who are not covered by the CGHS and who have settled down in towns and places beyond the ambit of CGHS do feel that they do not have a viable system of inpatient treatment when such exigency arises.  They feel that the insurance coverage might bring about a certain amount of improvement  in the situation where no facility exists presently whereas the CGHS beneficiaries rightly assumes that a better existing benefit is bring replaced by a subsidiary and less beneficial system.  It is in this context that the employees demanded the retention of the CGHS system and making the insurance scheme optional.  No decision has been taken or is being taken and the said indecision either as a means of design or a product of inefficiency debilitate the health care scheme for the CG Employees.  It is therefore, necessary that the Govt. should come to a finality in this matter as early as possible.

 

11.       Implement flexitime working hours for women/disabled employees as recommended by the 6 CPC and remove clause (iv) of OM No.13019/2/2008-Estt.(L) dated 18th Nov. 2008 on Child Care Leave.

 

The provision of flexi time facility for women employees was a recommendation made in the right direction by  the VI-CPC.  The resolution of the Govt. of India in not  accepting the recommendation is sans a cogent argument. Had it been accepted it would have gone a long way in providing the required relief for women employees in discharging their natural responsibility of looking after their children and family without compromising the requirement of an efficient functioning of the organization in which they are employed.

 

The order in acceptance of the recommendation for the grant of Child Care Leave (CCL) was issued by the Department of Personnel on   11th Sept.. 2008 enabling the women employees to avail the said leave.  However, vide OM No. 13019(2)/L/Estt/ dated 18.11.2008 the Govt. imposed certain condition for the grant of such leave. Condition No. iv of that OM reads as under:

 

"CCL can be sanctioned only if the employee concerned has no Earned Leave at her credit".

 

The very purpose for which the Child Care Leave (CCL) was conceived would be defeated if above condition is insisted upon.  The accumulation of Earned Leave is meant for meeting certain exigencies that happen in the service career of an employee.  If such leave is not allowed to be accumulated or exhausted the concerned employee will be in dire difficulties.  It is therefore, incomprehensive why such a condition is imposed by the Govt. It appears to be an afterthought.  It is a fact that due to the depletion of the No. of employees on account of continuous ban on recruitment, a blanket ban imposed without any rhyme or reason by the DOPT with the sole objective of reducing the manpower, the work load would further increase for the employees if the women employees are allowed to go on leave.  The denial of the leave cannot be a solution to the problem which has actually been created by the insensitive decision on the part of the Department of Personnel.  What is needed is that the DOPT should immediately withdraw the arbitrary  mposition on ban on recruitment and simultaneously withdraw the condition No.iv in the OM cited to enable the women employees to avail the CCL who are in dire need of it.

 

12.       Direct all the Departmental Heads to settle 6th CPC related department specific demands/problems within a stipulated time.

 

As result of the implementation of the 6 CPC report, one will find numerous anomalies – common to all central government employees and specific to certain departments. The anomalies common to all CG employees will come up for discussion the National Council, JCM.

 

The departmental level anomalies have to be settled at the departmental levels, through the appropriate forums. The experience after 5 CPC was that majority of the Departments did not take any step to settle these anomalies as the JCM at that level was made non functional. Even today in many departments, the meting of the Departmental Council of the JCM either do not take or convened at irregular interval. Not only the anomalies are to be settled within a time frame and in case of disagreement between the official and staff side a mechanism should be evolved to bring about resolution to the issue.

 

13.       Grant civil servant status and Pension to 'Gramin Dak-Sevaks.'

 

The Government constituted Natraja Murti Committee [a retired Postal Officer] to go into the pay and allowances and other issues of three lakhs of Gramin Dak Sewaks in the Department of Posts as against the demand of constitution of a Judicial Committee. The Report of the above GDS Committee contains a lot of negative recommendations. Not only the Status of a Civil Servant is denied to them but several other established procedures like fixing the pro-rata wages on comparison with the related category of regular employees like Mail Overseer Postman for GDS Postmasters; Postman for GDS Mail Deliverer; Minimum scale of pay in CG Services for the Group D type of GDS is denied this time. The demand for statutory pension as recommended last time by the Justice Talwar Committee is also diluted this time and a service discharge benefit scheme is recommended with certain conditions. There are recommendations to cut the strength of existing GDS in a drastic manner through various recommendations for abolition, relocation, tightened standards etc. The GDS Committee had gone out of its terms and references and recommended various curbs on the trade union rights of this cadre. The GDS Union went on an indefinite strike supported by the NFPE and the department has assured adequate opportunity for discussion before proposals are finalized to be sent to Cabinet after the Senior Officers Committee constituted to finalize the stand on the recommendations of GDS Committee. The NFPE and the GDS Union have before the Senior Officers Committee and discussed on their Note submitted seeking modifications and improvement. By the time we go on strike, this issue would be very clear as to whether the Senior Officers Committee and the Department would agree to modify the recommendations of GDS Committee as demanded by the Staff Side including Civil Servants status and statutory pension. Since modifications are very essential to avoid serious attacks on the existing rights and privileges of three lakhs of GDS, this demand attains very much significance. 

                                  

14.       No reduction in the commutation value and restoration of full pension after 12 years.

 

The 5th CPC had indicated that the Government should review the period by which the commuted value of pension is returned to the pensioner.  This was due to the fact that the commuted value of pension is fully recovered along with interest by the Government within a period of 10 years. There is, therefore,  no justification for restoration period being 15 years.  The 6th Pay Commission has recommended that the table of commutation should be revised taking into various factors.  The Government has decided to implement the said decision without lowering the restoration period. While the official side had been eloquent on the need for the revision of the table they had no response for the justified plea for the reduction of the restoration period, when the matter was subjected to discussion first with the Secretary Personnel and later with the Cabinet Secretary.  There had been hardly any justification for the reduction in the commutation value.   Having reduced the commutation value it is but necessary that the Government issue orders for restoration of the commuted value after 12 years. 

 

15.       Compute the pension entitlement on the basis of notional pay as on 1.1.1996

 

The 5th pay commission had accepted the principle of parity in pension between pre 86 and post 86 retirees. This principle is required to be extended to pre-96 retirees. For this purpose the pay of the pre 96 retirees may have to be  first be fixed in the revised pay scales of 5th CPC. The notional pay thus arrived at has to be treated as emoluments and pension determined accordingly for those who retired from service prior to 31.12.2005.  The very principle of parity in pension brought about by the Supreme Court judgment has been violated by the denial of acceptance of this demand.

 

Part II

 

Demands pending settlement for long in the National Council JCM.

 

The demands included in this part has been the subject matter of discussion and campaign on many occasions in the  past.  Therefore, no attempt is being made to elucidate these issues in detail, except in a brief manner.

 

  1. No outsourcing or Contractorisation of Govt.. functions.

 

Even though we could make the Group of Ministers of the UF Government of 1997 agree for the non implementation of the 5th CPC recommendations on outsourcing, privatization, contractorisation etc, the subsequent Govt. which came to power appointed the Geethakrishnan Committee, which you are aware made recommendations for the closure of many departments and outsourcing of very many functions hitherto carried out by the Government employees.  In one way or other most of the Departments were affected adversely in implementation of the said committee's suggestion. The 6th CPC suggestions are to accentuate this process and coupled with the ban on recruitment, the situation in most of the organizations is bound to be precarious.

 

  1. Grant statutory defined pension scheme to the employees recruited after 1.1.2004 and withdraw the PFRDA Bill from Parliament.

 

The present defined benefit scheme of pension was introduced replacing the then existing contributory system.  As part of the neo liberal economic policies, the Government decided to reconvert the same into contributory and make the fund available for the stock market operations. It is the vagaries of the stock market which will determine the pension returns from this fund.  Before the introduction of the PFRDA bill, the Government had set up a committee under the chairmanship of Shri Bhattacharya, Chief Secretary of the State of Karnataka. The bill has been drafted and presented to the Parliament disregarding even the recommendation of the said committee to the effect that the Govt. should consider introducing a hybrid system by which the employees will have a defined benefit, if they choose to be satisfied with the said return.  The Bill could not be passed in the Parliament as the Left Parties took the principled position that they would not support a proposal detrimental to the interest of the employees.  Despite the non passage of the bill and the consequent absence of a valid law to support the Pension Regulatory authority, the Govt. has converted the existing pension scheme into a contributory one and invested a percentage of the fund so generated from the employees contribution in the Stock market, whose index has crashed to one third of the value at the time of investment.
 

Pension is earned by an employee by rendering service and therefore there is no requirement of any payment by the employee for earning pension. This statutory right of the employee is enforceable through courts.. The supreme court has declared pension as one of the fundamental rights. The government should therefore retrace from its avowed position, which is detrminetal to the interest of the employees and ensure that the employees recruited after 1.1.2004 is covered by the existing statutory defined benefit scheme by withdrawing the PFRDA bill from the Parliament.

 

  1. Implement the Board of Arbitration Awards.

 

The Joint Consultative machinery was concerned as a forum for meaningful discussion and negotiation of the day to day problems and issues of the Government employees to ensure that industrial peace exist. The arbitration was conceived in the scheme as a measure to resolve the issue on which agreement could not be reached between the staff side and official side through discussion.  The Board of Arbitration is chaired by an High Court Judge assisted by a representative each from the Staff and official sides. It is agreed upon that the awards of the Board of Arbitration are binding on both the parties and are to be implemented.  That had been the case till 1992.  There are sixteen awards of the Board of Arbitration given in favour of the employees while scores of references made to the Board had been rejected and thus reached finality as the employees have no forum for appeal.  However, the Govt. has chosen to approach the Parliament to get these awards given in favour of the employees under the sovereign power of the highest legislative forum of the country.  Even the Parliament is entitled to reject the same only on extreme financial implication which affect the National economy . None of these awards deserve such rejection.  In the wake of the strike notice, the Government decided to review its earlier decision and withdrew the resolution from the Parliament and the matter has been discussed on several occsasions in the Standing Committee without reaching any settlement even after the Staff side indicating its readiness to forego the arrears in order to reduce the financial outflow for the Govt. may be implemented in the light of disscussions held and modifications proposed by the staff side.

 

  1. Remove the arbitrary 5% ceiling and 3 years condition on compassionate appointment and withdraw court cases and absorb all waitlisted RRR .

 

On the pretext of the directive of the Supreme Court, Govt. introduced the concept of a 5% ceiling on the compassionate appointment.  The fact was that there had been no such directive from the Honourable Supreme Court.  There had been no rhyme or reason for this stipulation.  Despite the repeated discussion on the subject at the National Council and its Standing Committee and the solemn assurance given by the Cabinet Secretary in the wake of the last strike action,  nothing has been done in this regard to resolve the issue.  It is pertinent to mention in this connection that the compassionate appointments in the Railways continue to be operated without any such ceiling. Moreover in the Department of Posts hundreds of compassionate appoinement candidates selected by Selection Committee are being denied jobs and attempt to oust them is on. Through legal stay orders these candidates known as RRR Candidated are fighting the battle. The Government should withdraw the SLP filed against them and absorb them all as regular employees.

 

  1. Implement the revision of bonus ceiling @ 3500/- in the case of all personnel employed by the Government including casual/contingent and daily ratedworkers and Grameen Dak Sewaks. Replace adhoc bonus with the PLB and remove the 60 days ceiling.

 

Even after the amendment to the Bonus Act and despite the issuance of orders raising the computation ceiling of Rs. 2500 to 3500 for regular employees in Governmental organizations, the casual and daily rated workers and the Gramee Dak Sewaks of the Postal Departments continue to be discriminated against.  Their bonus is still being calculated at the old ceiling limit of Rs. 2500. The Government should issue necessary clarification to cover these employees within the ambit of its orders raising the ceiling limit to Rs. 3500.
 
CAMPAIGN MATERIAL FOR POSTAL CHARTER OF DEMANDS

 

 

CAMPAIGN MATERIAL – POSTAL CHARTER OF DEMANDS

 

  1. Modify and improve the recommendations of Nataraja Murti Committee and reject the retrograde recommendations.

 

The Government constituted Natraja Murti Committee [a retired Postal Officer] to go into the pay and allowances and other issues of three lakhs of Gramin Dak Sewaks in the Department of Posts as against the demand of constitution of a Judicial Committee. The Report of the above GDS Committee contains a lot of negative recommendations. Not only the Status of a Civil Servant is denied to them but several other established procedures like fixing the pro-rata wages on comparison with the related category of regular employees like Mail Overseer Postman for GDS Postmasters; Postman for GDS Mail Deliverer; Minimum scale of pay in CG Services for the Group D type of GDS is denied this time. The demand for statutory pension as recommended last time by the Justice Talwar Committee is also diluted this time and a service discharge benefit scheme is recommended with certain conditions. There are recommendations to cut the strength of existing GDS in a drastic manner through various recommendations for abolition, relocation, tightened standards etc. The GDS Committee had gone out of its terms and references and recommended various curbs on the trade union rights of this cadre. The GDS Union went on an indefinite strike supported by the NFPE and the department has assured adequate opportunity for discussion before proposals are finalized to be sent to Cabinet after the Senior Officers Committee constituted to finalize the stand on the recommendations of GDS Committee. The NFPE and the GDS Union have before the Senior Officers Committee and discussed on their Note submitted seeking modifications and improvements. By the time we go on strike, this issue would be very clear as to whether the Senior Officers Committee and the Department would agree to modify the recommendations of GDS Committee as demanded by the Staff Side including Civil Servants status and statutory pension. Since modifications are very essential to avoid serious attacks on the existing rights and privileges of three lakhs of GDS, this demand attains very much significance. 

 

  1. Refix the wages of Paid Substitutes – RRR Candidates – Part Time / Contingent w.e.f. 1.1.2006 on the basis of 6th CPC Revised Pay Scales.

 

The wages of the above sections should have been enhanced on the basis of the Revised Pay Scales of 6th CPC. The issue was taken up by the NFPE with the Department immediately after the implementation of pay commission. The wrong decision the Department had made after the 5th CPC in fixing the wages of Paid Substitutes etc by excluding the quantum of HRA / CCA etc was also pointed out to the department. It was also pointed out that Honourable Madras High Court had given judgment for including HRA/CCA in calculation of wages for Paid Substitutes and the Department also implemented the Court Judgment by paying arrears to all Paid Substitutes who have gone to Court w.e.f. 1.1.1996. Now therefore we have demanded that the date of effect should be from 1.1.2006 and that the daily wages should include the quantum of HRA / Transport Allowance etc. RRR Candidates wages also to be regulated as per the above method only. The wages of Part Time, Contingent also to be enhanced according to 6th CPC pay scales. Despite the letters and the discussions with the Department there appears to be no seriousness on the part of the Department of Posts to settle the issue.

 

  1. Exempt Postal Department from the purview of Screening Committee and fill up all vacant posts in all cadres immediately.

 

This issue had always been focussed as a very prominent demand in all our programmes. The Department was made to understood that the abolition of 2/3rd direct recruitment posts each year under the mechanical application of Screening Committee has very severely affected the efficiency of our operative department. Despite assurances from the department that this matter has been taken up at the level of the Minister himself, no relief is so far in sight. The 6th Pay Commission has also recommended that such mechanical abolition of posts is bad and should be given up. The Government has not come forward to lift the Screening Committee. It has ordered a cumbersome procedure for getting exemption through two Committees headed by the DOPT Secretary and Cabinet Secretary. We do not know as to when we would get exemption. The shortage of staff is so acute that our staffs are unable to perform their day to day duties peacefully. The inhuman workload on one hand and the mistakes we commit due to acute shortage is not pardoned but punished without mercy. We cannot continue to live under such an environment any more and we demand that immediately as a special case the Department of Posts should be completely exempted from the purview of Screening Committee and all vacant posts in all cadres should be filled up without any delay.

 

  1. Hold Periodical Meeting and JCM Departmental Council / RJCM Regional Council meetings as per the schedule.

 

Even after the grant of recognition to the Federations in the Department of Posts, the Periodical meetings with the Federation and all India Unions / Associations have not resumed. The last Periodical Meeting was held as far back as on 4.1.2006 and for years thereafter there is no meeting. Similarly the Departmental Council JCM was reconstituted but not even once it was convened. The periodicity of R-JCM is also not being maintained in many circles and after the reconstitution of R-JCM, many Councils are yet to be convened. These are the important and only available negotiating forums to the Staff Side to place and discuss and sort out the issues of employees. The entire discussions with the Department at the highest level are purely informal basis and as such there can be no files and no follow ups and no progress on many issues. This sorry state of affairs has to end immediately and all negotiating forums should function as per the fixed periodicity.

 

  1. Implement all issues of April 2007 Strike Settlement.

 

The Indefinite Strike call was called off following a settlement in April 2007. Unfortunately many issues agreed to by the Department in the settlement are still remaining unsettled. Despite assurances that the scheme of Franchisee was only a pilot project and that after six months the issue would be reviewed by discussing with the Staff Side, there was no seriousness to discuss with us by the Postal Board. On the other hand the dangerous scheme is being expanded to many places and now the department is unilaterally talking about expanding to urban areas and through agencies and co-operative societies etc. This has to be resisted. It was agreed upon earlier that no RMS office would be closed down or merged if 10000 mails traffic is available but now large scale violation is taking place and offices are being closed down without any consultation with the circle unions. The regularisation of casual and part-time and contingent assured to be examined is also kept pending. It was agreed to fill up all residual vacancies in all circles but still not done in some circles. The issue of notional promotions is yet to be settled in some other circles. The non grant of notional promotions and then the higher promotions to HSG-II / HSH-I is still an issue in some circles after April 2007 settlement. The pending bills like OTA/TA/Medical/RPLI Commission etc was assured to be cleared but even today lot of bills remain unpaid to employees. An assurance was held out to consider compassionate appointments and absorbing the RRR Candidates but no progress has been made so far. Therefore these issues are to be settled as agreed upon in the strike settlement.

 

  1. Negotiate and settle the sectional charter of demands submitted by Federations and unions on 15.02.2008.

 

A list of 111 [One hundred and eleven] pending issues and demands was drawn up on 15.02.2008 by the Federations and All India Unions of NFPE and FNPO and submitted to the Department for meaningful negotiations and settlement. It was also at that time intimated to the department that the employees will be forced to undertake trade union action if attention is not given to those problems. The list of issues called as the Sectional Charter of Demands are not attended to and not even discussed with the Staff Side till this date despite lapse of 10 months period.

 

  1. Finalise Cadre Review for all cadres – creation of a separate establishment for System Administrators and redressing their current problems.

 

The Staff Side held discussions with the Department immediately after the 6th CPC and took up all the pay commission related anomalies. During the course of discussion it emerged that a Cadre Review to over come the problem of LSG / TBOP being placed in PB-1 as well as increasing the promotional avenue of all cadres will be taken up on submission of our proposals. The problems of PO&RMS Accountants, System Administrators, Marketing Executives, MMS staff etc were also discussed and our proposals were submitted. The MMS Drivers and Workshop staff pay scales have to be improved through cadre restructuring since they are all handling new technology based vehicles and computer knowledge is basic in attending to the work. Cadre Review can overcome all such problems. The Staff Side proposals have been submitted in many cases. The System Administrators have all justification to be made a separate establishment / cadre with higher pay scale and as a promotional cadre to Postal Assistants. No progress in this matter could be seen so far despite sympathetic lips now and then. The System Administrators are facing innumerable day to day problems also in the field including heavy work load and lack of proper amenities and lack of proper compensation to travelling expenses etc. A detailed list containing their problems was already addressed to the department by the unions. Action is much wanting on the part of the department to address these important problems.

 

  1. Improve ACP and make it applicable to Postal Employees.

 

The Staff Side has accepted the ACP Scheme in replacement of TBOP/BCR Scheme. Thereafter no progress could be seen from the department side on this important issue. Meanwhile we are hearing that the orders of the DOPT are being delayed over some controversy of as to when the next ACP should be made available to the employees. The MOF is reportedly arguing that a residency period of 10 years is must for getting the next ACP from the earlier ACP. This would be a negative approach and for postal employees who are switching over to ACP, this negative approach would spell doom as we would get the third ACP only after 36 years of service for those who are already in BCR. We therefore demand that the ACP Scheme to be improved and made available to the Postal Employees.

 

  1. Remove all trade union victimisation in all Circles and end irrational application of Contributory Negligence orders.

 

The trade union victimisation resorted to by officers in different circles are on the galore. The Rule 37 victimisation on the Circle President of Postal Accounts of Bihar Circle who was transferred to Ahmedabad; the Rule 14 Charge Sheets to the office bearers including the Circle Secretary of Patna Postal Accounts; Rule 37 victimisation transfer to Divisional Secretary P3, Mangalore Division, Karnataka; Rule 37 victimisation transfer to divisional secretary and other office bearers, P3, Bullandsahar, U.P; Rule 37 victimisation transfer to Divisional Secretary P3, Ahmedabad GPO;  are only examples of the victimisation activities of the officers. In U.P Circle Postal Accounts officials are being victimised in the name of non-checking of outsourced work by fixing unilateral out-turn. The financial punishment by way of ordering huge sums to the tune of lakhs of rupees in the name of contributory negligence has to end. Recoveries now ordered from the Accountants and PAs working in Accounts Branches for over payment of pay to Postmen is a glaring example for misuse of provisions of contributory negligence rules. Punishing the innocents and allowing the culprits to go scot free in almost all cases of frauds has become the order of the day. Proper guidelines and change of attitude on the part of the administration is absolutely warranted.

 

  1. Do not introduce new schemes without consultations with the staff side.

 

It has been raised by the staff side time and again that whenever a new scheme is to be introduced the staff side is to be taken into confidence. This is as a rule violated by the Department. Numerous problems are being faced by the staff due to sudden introduction of new schemes and projects without any prior preparations and training and also not taking the ground realities into account. The members of public also put into lot of sufferings due to such ill-thought out introduction of schemes. The pilot projects introduced with the faith that the results would be reviewed in consultations with the staff side are seldom  honoured by the department. This situation must change.

 

  1. Withdraw SLP against the RRR Candidates and absorb them immediately.

 

The RRR Candidates are the compassionate appointment candidates selected on the basis of the decision of the Circle Selection Committee in Tamilnadu and some other places. These candidates went to Court when the department tried to oust them and got the orders of the department stayed. The appeal of the Department in the Honourable High Court of Madras also rejected by the Court and instead of honouring the judgment the Department has gone to Supreme Court on SLP. This is most unjustified. Assurances were held out in the past that there cases would be considered favourable but attempts are only being made to send them out of department. There are more than 600 such RRR Candidates in Tamilnadu alone who were recruited in PA/SA, Postman and Group D cadres. The stand of the department is irrational, inhuman and unjustified. We demand absorption of all such RRR Candidates immediately by withdrawing the SLP from the Supreme Court. In addition it is seen that in most of the circles, the Circle Selection Committee has not met since 2005 for approval of fresh cases when numerous fresh applications are pending for approval.

 

  1. Grant immediate fixation of higher scale as per 6th CPC to TBOP/BCR Postmen / Mailguards.

 

The 6th CPC has granted a higher pay scale of pre-revised 3200-4900 and fixed in PB-1 with 2000/- Grade Pay. Naturally the TBOP / BCR Postmen / Mailguard should have been fixed in Grade Pay of 2400/- and 2800/- respectively. Such a natural thing also is not being done till date because of non-issuance of clarificatory orders by the Directorate. The argument of the department that as to whether we want to remain in TBOP/BCR scheme or want to go over to ACP scheme cannot be the justified grounds to not to grant appropriate Grade Pay to TBOP/BCR Postmen/Mailguard. In many circles all the Postmen, TBOP Postmen and also the BCR Postmen are fixed with the same grade pay of 2000/-. No action is forthcoming from the administration despite our efforts to convince the situation. The approach and the stand of the Directorate is most retrograde.

 

  1. Grant higher pay scales to Head Mail Peons at par with Postman /Mailguard.

 

There was parity in pay scales between the Postmen/Mailgurad and the Head Mail Peons in the department. After the V CPC this was disturbed. Now again after 6th CPC, the scale of pay of Postmen and the Head Mail Peon is kept at variance. Both should have been paid with the same pay with Grade Pay of 2000/-. This is not paid by the department.

 

  1. Grant notional fixation for Artisan Grade I in MMS w.e.f. 1.1.1996 at par with the Railways and Defence.

 

The workshop cadre of Artisans should be treated alike by the Department whether they work in Railways or Defense or Postal. Unfortunately this parity is not maintained by the department. The Artisans Grade I in MMS were placed at a lower level than their counterparts in Railways and Defense since 1.1.1996. We demand that notional fixation should be granted to this cadre w.e.f. 1.1.1996 to end the discrimination. 

 

  1. Redistribute the LSG/HSG-II/HSG-I posts for Circle Offices including DPLI Kolkata.

 

With the span of time the importance of staff of circle administrative offices have increased manifold. The postal assistants of circle administrative offices have been functioning with multi skill efficiency. In spite of sanction of HSG-II and HSG - I posts by the postal directorate circle administrative offices could not avail the required number of posts due to inherent limitations in the norms. Norms are required to be modified to ensure better and efficient supervision by the circle administrative offices over the subordinate offices by providing for more Supervisory officials of LSG/HSG-II/HSG-I in circle administrative offices including DPLI office, Kolkata.

 

 

  1. Withdraw decentralisation of PLI/RPLI functions.

 

The Department of Posts had earlier rolled back the decentralisation of PLI/RPLI functions on our continued protest and also taking into account the failure of the desired results due to decentralisation of Circle Office functions to Divisional Offices. Now the whole PLI/RPLI functions are being modernized to the maximum including establishing a central server and thus networking the entire operations. Due to this technological advancement there is hereafter no need for any decentralisation since it will become easier and convenient for the Circle Office staff to deal the entire business. Unfortunately the Department of Posts has again resorting to decentralisation of PLI/RPLI functions from Circle Offices to Divisional Offices. The work load and under staffing of divisions notwithstanding the department is interested to decentralise without any augmentation of staff in divisions. This is unscientific and unwarranted. There is no need for any decentralisation of PLI/RPLI functions.

 

  1. Stipulate periodicity of deputationists to Circle Offices and recruit new incumbents.

 

There is no recruitment of staff in Circle Offices for years together. The work load is being managed just through deputations from divisions. This measure leaves the divisions also further reduced with their working strength where already the staff shortage is very acute. Not only the deputationists are not sent back to divisions even after years but the department is not fixing any time limit for such deputations also. We demand that there should be a maximum time frame for deputations and that there should be a change of policy from managing the work of circle offices through deputations to recruitment of new employees.

 

  1. Ensure integration of all Accounting streams in DOP under PA Wing and stop the proposed move to decentralise Postal Accounts.

 

The SBCO was supposed to have been under the Audit wing only despite their place of work shifted to Head Post Offices. But the SBCO was totally brought under the cadre control of the divisional offices and thus the functions of SBCO as a potential audit functioning section has been compromised. This also resulted in their declining promotional avenue. This SBCO shall be brought under the PA Wing to ensure this character. Similarly the PO&RMS Accountants who are performing the functions supportive of the PA Wing were recommended to be inducted into the organised accounts by the Radha Nanjunath Committee in the year 2000. The induction of PO&RMS Accountants in the organised accounts would not only strengthen the accounting functions of this vital cadre but also would result in improved promotional avenues to them.

 

  1. Restore the 3 year periodicity for promotion to Senior Accountant cadre.

 

The periodicity of 3 years for promotion to Senior Accountants was arbitrarily and unilaterally modified as 6 years by the Department of Posts in the year 2006. This move is totally unjustified since no other organised accounts in any other departments have done this. It continues to be 3 years elsewhere. More over the extended periodicity of 6 years is causing keeping many posts of Senior Accountants vacant since it is 80% of the total posts. The discrimination against the Postal should be ended and parity to be restored on the matter of periodicity of promotion to Senior Accountants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


--
K.Ragavendran
Secretary General NFPE