Saturday, August 29, 2015
28t h August 2015
COUNTRYWIDE GENERAL STRIKE ON 2ND SEPTEMBER STANDS
CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS REASSERT THE CALL FOR UNITED ACTION
MARCH AHEAD UNITEDLY, MAKE THE COUNTRYWIDE GENERAL STRIKE ON 2ND SEPTEMBER A MASSIVE SUCCESS
After two rounds of discussion between the Group of Ministers and the central trade unions on the 12-point charter of demands of the trade unions held on 26th and 27th August 2015, the GoM headed by Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley sent an appeal through the press release dated 27-08-2015 (Press Information Bureau) after 10 pm urging upon the trade unions to reconsider the call for countrywide general strike on 2nd September 2015 claiming that the Govt has given concrete assurance to consider most of the demands of the trade unions and that the trade unions agreed to consider the Govt’s proposals. Similar appeal was also made in the meeting of 27th August. Both the claims of the Govt are totally incorrect.
To put the facts straight, the joint platform of central trade unions have been pursuing with successive governments at the centre with their basic demands since 2009 and observed three rounds of countrywide general strike since 2010, the last being for two days in February 2013. In the two rounds of meeting between the CTUOs and the Group of Minister, nothing transpired in concrete terms except vague statements by the ministers on steps to be taken or being taken on some of the issues, that too not in the right direction.
The Govt’s press release mentioned, inter alia, certain issues in support of their unfounded claim.
1. The Govt stated about “appropriate legislation for making formula based minimum wages mandatory and applicable” for all. But despite concrete pointers made by the trade unions that such formula should be what has already been unanimously recommended by the 44thIndian Labour Conference in 2012 and again reiterated by 46th Indian Labour Conference in July 2015 in which the Govt of India is also a party, the Ministers did not give any concrete commitment on the same. In fact said formulae recommended by 44th ILC in 2012 and reiterated by 46th ILC in July 2015, makes minimum wage around Rs 20000/- at 2014 price level and the Trade Unions demanded only Rs 15,000/. The Ministers’ vague formulation does not ensure even half of that. Is such a position worth consideration?
2. On contract workers, the Govt assured that they will be guaranteed minimum wages. What is there to assure except spreading deliberate confusion? Existing laws of the land lawfully ensures payment of minimum wages to contract workers. The Govt’s statement regarding “sector specific minimum wages for the contract workers” also does not make any sense. The trade unions demanded “same wages and other benefits as regular workers in the concerned industry/establishment to be paid to contract workers.” The 43rd Indian Labour Conference held in 2011 recommended the same and 46th ILC unanimously reiterated the same in 2015, in which, again, the present Govt is a party. How could they deny the unanimous recommendation of the highest tripartite forum in the country like Indian Labour Conference?
3. The steps taken by the Govt on Labour Law amendments, are meticulously designed to throw out more than 70% of the workers on industries and other establishments from the purview and coverage of almost all basic labour laws and also to eliminate almost all components/provisions of rights and protections of the workers. This was supplemented by more aggressive steps already taken by a good number of state governments to already amend the labour laws in the similar lines. On this issue, the Govt stated only that they will hold tripartite consultation before taking such steps. The trade unions demanded scrapping of such proposals by the central govt and also not to give assents (through President) to the unilateral amendments made by the state governments. Even in all the tripartite consultations held on some of the proposals of the Govt, the trade unions’ unanimous suggestions has been ignored by the Govt in favour of loud supportive applauds of the employers. Once these retrograde changes in labour laws totally dismantling the rights and protection measures for the workers and also throwing more that 70% of the workers out of the purview of labour laws are enacted, thereby rendering the almost entire working people a right-less entity in their workplace, what would ensure even payment of minimum wage and other social security benefits for them, even if those provisions are improved ? Can any trade union, worth its name accept such a machination designed to impose conditions of virtual slavery on the working people ?
4. Despite repeated insistence by all the trade unions, the Govt refused to concede to the demand for recognizing the Scheme workers, viz., Anganwadi, Mid-day meal, ASHA, Para-teachers and others as “worker” with attendant rights of statutory minimum wages and other benefits in gross violation of the unanimous recommendation of the 45th Indian Labour Conference in 2013, reiterated again by the 46th ILC in 2015. These workers and all the schemes have been put to further crisis threatening their existance owing to drastic cut in budgetary allocations for those schemes. In such a situation, does the assurance of the Govt to “extend social security measures” and “working out ways” for the same carry any meaning?
5. On bonus issue, the Govt has assured to revise the eligibility and calculation ceiling to Rs 21000/- and Rs 7000/- respectively from existing Rs 10000/- and Rs 3500/-. Trade Unions’ demand has been that since there is no ceiling on profit, all ceilings in the Payment of Bonus Act should be removed altogether. Trade unions also demanded substantial upward revision of the formula for gratuity calculation and remove the ceiling on gratuity payment. The Govt has negated the demands.
6. On price rise situation, claim of the Govt that it has gone down does not match with ground reality in respect of commodities for daily necessities of the common people. The demands of the trade unions for putting a ban on speculation/forward trading in essential commodities and services along with universalisation of public distribution system throughout the country have been totally ignored.
7. Trade Unions demanded stoppage of disinvestment in public sector undertakings playing crucial and supportive role in advancement of the national economy. Govt totally ignored the same, rather has been going on aggressively in disinvestment route in all the major PSUs much to the detriment of the interest of the country’s economy. On the demands for stoppage of further FDI in defence, railways and financial sector, the stance of the Govt is continuing to be a total denial. Rather, the Govt has been aggressively pursuing deregulation and privatization in strategic sectors like electricity, Port & Docks, Airports etc in a big way.
There are other issues as well, statement of Govt continued to be totally vague and their claim is unfounded. How can anybody, rather any trade union worth its name can consider above stands taken by the Govt on vital demands of the workers as a positive development and move out from the programme of united strike action ?
Therefore, there is absolutely no reason for reconsidering the decisions of the Central Trade Unions for countrywide general strike on 2nd September 2015. Rather, the situation demands that there should be no vascillation in carrying forward the call for general strike on 2ndSeptember 2015 throughout the country in all sectors of the economy with firm determination.
The Central Trade Unions appeal to all working people irrespective of affiliations to make the call for countrywide general strike against the anti-worker, anti-people policies of Govt a massive success.
General Secretary CITU
Posted by All India Postal Accounts Employees Association (AIPAEA) at 8/29/2015 06:45:00 AM
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JOIN THE SEPTEMBER 2nd 2015 ONE DAY NATIONWIDE STRIKE AND REGISTER YOUR STRONG PROTEST AGAINST THE
The National Convention of Workers consisting of BMS, INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC, LPF and All India Federations of Banks, Insurance, Defence, Railways, Central/State Government Employees and other Service Establishments held on 26-05-2015 under the banner of joint platform of all the Central Trade Unions of the country along with independent national Federations of all Sectors and establishments expressed deep concern over the anti worker, anti people and pro-corporate actions of the present Government at the Centre in pursuance of the LPG policies. The government’s aim to push the sweeping changes in the labour laws of the country is nothing but to neck the large chunk of the workers out of the protective net of the existing labour laws and drastically abridge the Trade Union Rights. Empowering the management with the right to ‘hire and fire’ is the hidden intention behind these proposed amendments of the labour laws. The pro-corporate, and pro-MNC policies will only bring misery to the majority of the people. The entirety of the working class of the country, keeping aside the banner affiliations came together and gave a call for one day nation wide strike on 2nd September 2015 to warn the Government to keep off this dangerous path of development model which is anti-worker, anti-peasants and anti-people.
The Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers took a conscious decision to take part in this historical nationwide protest. The Central Government Employees are the worst sufferers due to the policy offensives of the Government. No DA Merger, No Interim Relief, No retrospective date of effect to 7th CPC from 01.01.2014 as demanded by JCM Staff Side, refusal to include Gramin Dak Sewaks under 7th CPC, denial of revision of wages and regularization of casual labourers, non implementation of Cadre Restructuring agreement signed by Postal department and Postal federations, 5% condition on Compassionate appointment, non revision of bonus ceiling, non implementation of arbitration awards, non convening of JCM National Council are some of the policy offensives against the Central Government employees. Over and above this, policy offensives like Task Force Committee Report on Postal Corporatization, Bibek Debroy Committee Report on Railway privatization, corporatization of the 41 Ordinance factories in the defence sector, move to close down printing, stationery and publication department and Medical store depots, non filling up of vacancies, downsizing, outsourcing, contractrisation, privatization, are also being implemented in an aggressive manner.
There are enough indications from the Government about the fate of the pay revision of the Central Government employees. While the 7th CPC is busy in drafting the recommendations, the Finance Ministry has released the Medium Term Expenditure Framework and put the probable annual burden in expenditure due to 7th CPC at around 15%. This paltry increase for the next 10 years, if takes place, is no increase at all. Unless, the Central Government employees determinedly fight it out we cannot realize the demand of pay fixation at the rate of 3.75 times. Hence, it is the need of the hour that the entirety of the Central Government employees joins the Working class of the nation in this historical nationwide strike.
All India Postal Accounts Employees Association appeals all the Postal Accounts employees to join this one-day strike and be part of the movement to repulse and resist the anti-people and anti-employee policies.
CHARTER OF DEMANDS
1. Urgent measures for containing price-rise through universalization of public distribution system and banning speculative trade in commodity market.
2. (a) Containing unemployment through concrete measures for employment generation. (b) No ban on creation of new posts. Fill up all vacant posts.
3. (a) Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measure for violation for labour laws. Withdraw the anti-worker Labour Law amendments (b) No labour reforms, which are inimical to the interest of the workers. 4. (a) Universal social security cover for all workers (b) Scrap PFRDA Act and re-introduce the defined benefit statutory pension scheme. 5. (a) Fix minimum wage with provision of indexation. (b) Effect wage revision of the Central Government Employees from 01.01.2014 accepting Memorandum of the Staff Side JCM; ensure 5-year wage revision in future; grant interim relief and merger of 100% of DA; Include Gramin Dak Sevaks within the ambit of 7th CPC. Settle all anomalies of 6th CPC. 6. (a) Stoppage of disinvestment in Central/State PSUs. Stop contractorisation in permanent perennial work and payment of same wage and benefits for contract workers as regular workers for same and similar work. (b) No outsourcing, contractorisation, privatization of governmental functions; withdraw the proposed move to close down the printing presses, the publications, form stores and stationery departments and medical stores Depots; regularize the existing daily-rated/casual and contract workers and absorption of trained apprentices. 7. Remove all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund; increase the quantum of gratuity. 8. (a) Compulsory registration of trade unions within a period of 45 days from the date of submitting applications; and immediate ratification of ILO Convention C 87 and C 98. (b) Revive the JCM functioning at all level as an effective negotiating forum for settlement of the demands of the Central Government Employees. 9. No Privatization, PPP or FDI in Railways, Insurance and Defence Establishments; and no corporatization of Postal services.10. Remove arbitrary ceiling on compassionate appointments. 11. Ensure five promotions in the service career.
UNITE – FIGHT – RESIST – REPULSE
WITH STRUGGLE GREETINGS
Posted by All India Postal Accounts Employees Association (AIPAEA) at 8/21/2015 09:49:00 PM
POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION DEMANDS:
· Include GDS in 7th CPC for wage revision and other service related matters.
· Implement cadre Restructuring proposals in all cadres including Postal Accounts and MMS in Department of Posts.
· Fill up all vacant posts in all cadres of Department of Posts (i.e. PA,SA, Postmen, Mail Guard, Mail Man, GDS Mail Man, MMS Driver & other staff in MMS, PA CO, PA SBCO , Postal Accounts, PO Accounts & Civil Wing Staff)
AIPAEA JOINS THE DHARNA ON 26-08-2015 BEFORE CIRCLE OFFICES/REGIONAL OFFICES WITH NFPE.
NEXT PHASE OF PROGRAMME:
· One Day Dharna by All India Leaders of PJCA (NFPE+FNPO+AIPEUGDS (NFPE) + NUGDS) in front of Dak Bhawan (Postal Directorate) New Delhi on 22nd September-2015)
Postal JCA appeals entire rank and file to make all efforts to make all agitation programmes a grand success to give a strong message to Government of India and Department of Posts that if our genuine demands are not settled the Postal Employees including GDS will be compelled to go on Indefinite Strike.
Posted by All India Postal Accounts Employees Association (AIPAEA) at 8/21/2015 08:41:00 PM