EDITORIAL POSTAL CRUSADER MAY-2017
INTENSIFY FUTURE STRUGGLE
Three years of Modi Government are going to be passed. The issues related to working class are not in the priority of agenda of Central Government. Ten months have passed after notification of 7th CPC Report. Committees formed to look in to issues of allowances, advances, pension, NPS and anomalies with the assurances that these Committees will submit it’s report within four months but after lapse of 10 months no positive signal is visible from the side of Government. NJCA was assured by the group of Ministers comprising Shri Raj Nath Singh , Home Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley , Finance Minister, Shri Suresh Paphu, Railway Minister and Shri Manoj Sinha, State Minister Railways and Communications that a high level committee will be formed to look in to the matter of minimum wage and fitment factor and it will also submit its report within four months. But nothing is visible on this issue also. Based on the assurances of Group of Minister NJCA had deferred indefinet strike on 11th July, 2016.
After lapse of 4 months period the Confederation of CGE&W and NFPE demanded the NJCA leadership to revive the strike but the Major constituents e.g. Railway and Defence were not ready to revive the decision of deferred strike , so Confederation and NFPE took the decision to march forward on the path of struggle which is our legacy. We conducted a very successful Parliament March on 15th December-2016 in which besides all odds and adverse conditions like fog in the North and Cyclone in South and cancellation and abnormal delay of large number of trains and flights, the participation of C.G. employees and NFPE Members was admirable. During the Parliament March one day strike on 15th February-2017 was declared as mark of protest against non-fulfillment of assurances given by the Government of India Due to Assembly election in 5 States the strike was postponed to 16th March-2017. This Strike was a grand success in Postal Department as well as in the other Central Government Departments and the participation of the employees was higher from any other previous strike. With this strike a clear message has been given to the Government that the Central Government employees are very much agitated and dissatisfied and feel cheated and betrayed by the Government and they have expressed their anger with these two major programmes including other protest programmes.
Further there is need to intensify the struggle to put more pressure on the Government and therefore two programmes have been decided by the National Secretariat of Confederation and NFPE has endorsed these .First protest demonstration in front of office of the Finance Minister at North Block , New Delhi on 23.05.2017 and after that formation of Human Chain by Central Government Employees on 22.06.2017 at all important centres.
NFPE appeals all Postal, RMS and GDS Employees to make maximum efforts to make both programmes historic success by maximum participation of employees so that the clear message should reach to the Central Government Employees and members of Confederation and NFPE cannot remain silent spectators and this is our legacy and heritage that we have achieved everything by struggle and in future also we will achieve our legitimate rights and demands and protect whatever achieved earlier.
We have to work on the Mantra of “Unity for struggle and struggle for Unity”
With this we have to intensify future struggle.