Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers (CCGEW) organized two days Study Camp on 15th & 16th November 2013 at CLI Auditorium, Central labour Institute, Sion, Mumbai. The Camp was inaugurated by Com. Tapan Sen, MP, and the General Secretary of CITU, New Delhi. The inaugural lecture by Com. Tapan Sen was on “Two decades of Globalisation policies and the Task of the Trade Unions”. Com. Tapan Sen narrated in detail about the impact of gloabalisation in the country in general and specifically on working class. In this era of globalisation regular workers are becoming minority and contract workers and casual workers became majority. Hence, he called upon the entire work force to work for bringing change in policies of the Government and also change in the composition of the forces in the parliament so that there shall be enough strength in the parliament for progressive forces to take decisions in favour of working class. He concluded his presentation with a call to all to prepare their organization in such a manner so that the above message shall reach to everybody by motivating and convincing them on the issues and to prepare them mentally and physically to participate in campaign programme as well as in the agitational programme including strike for changing the neo-liberal economic policies and for bringing an alternative policy in its place.
Thereafter Com. Vivek Monterio, Secretary CITU Maharashtra State Committee spoke on the “impact of Globalisation in the Contracturisation”. He opined that the issue of the contract labour system is no longer an incidental issue of the working class movement. Today it has become a core concern of the Indian trade union movement. Due to the government’s so called policy of ‘non recruitment’, the number of permanent workers is steadily decreasing. They are replaced by contract workers. While concluding his speech he appealed to all to work for the cause of the unorganized workers rising to the occasion. The time is ripe for our more active intervention on matters of labour and economic policy. We must use our influence on different political parties to prevent retrograde policies. We must conduct joint struggles at national level. We must move forward confidently to reassert, reaffirm and reestablish the relevance of our Constitution and its Directive Principles as a guide to our nation’s future.
Com. M.S. Raja Working President CCGEW presided over the pre lunch session.
Post-lunch session started with presentation by Com. S.K Vyas, Adviser CCGEW on “Joint Consultative Machinery & the Pay Commissions”. In his presentation he elaborately explained the back ground of the introduction of Joint Consultative Machinery for bilateral discussion with the Government and its role in formation of service rules and facilities for Central Government Employees. He also narrated the history of all the pay commissions and the role played by the CCGEW. He made it clear that without organizing agitational programmes backing the demands, the JCM body will become an ineffective one.
The session was presided by Com. Giri Raj Singh Vice President CCGEW.
After tea break Com. Ashok Dhawle, Secretary All India Kisan Sabha presented paper on the “Alternative Policy to the Present Crisis”. Com. Dhawle explained the crisis facing the world in general and our country in specific. He projected the co-relation of political – economical – and class character of the ruling class and emphasized the need for change in the policies to overcome the crisis facing today.
Com. KKN Kutty, President CCGEW presided over the session. After the class by Com Ashok Dhawle the workshop adjourned for next day.
On 16th November 2013 the sessions started with the lecture by Dr. A Raghu Kumar, Advocate on the “Impact of Globalisation on Labour laws & Service Rules”. Dr. Raghukumar mentioned that the present study attempts to understand the changing patterns of labour and service law jurisprudence in Indian courts, in three phases of India’s legal history i.e., from 1950-1975, 1975-1990 and 1991-2000. These three periods show certain discernible patterns, and raises certain important questions on labour and service jurisprudence. In the first phase (1950-1975) we find the expressions of Constitutional ‘socialism’, welfare-State ideas, beneficial or liberal constructions of law, reflecting the anti-colonial mood of nascent free-State, and its anxiety to get rid of ‘common law’ theories. In the second phase (1975-1990), marked by more discussion about ‘socialism’ inserted into the Constitution by virtue of the 42nd Constitutional amendment, where we find in the judgments of the courts reverberating with the invocations of ‘socialist’ justice, giving pre-eminence status to ‘Directive Principles of State Policy’ over and above the idea of ‘Fundamental Rights’. The third phase (1991- till date), has began with the introduction of the New Economic Policy of the Government in 1991, and internationalization of the Indian economy (Globalization, liberalization and privatization).He explained in detail all the three phases and opined that after 1990s the court has again tended to be in of favour of rich! He concluded his speech with a call to be beware of the situation and to react.
Com. Jayaraj. K.V, Assistant Secretary CCGEW presided over the session.
After the tea break Com. A.D. Golandaz, Vice President AITUC Maharashtra spoke on the subject of “Need of unity in TU movement in the Present scenario”. He elaborately explained the joint struggle in the recent past carried out in the country against the neo liberal policies and how it slow down the government attempt on implementing the policies under the dictates of IMF & World Bank. He called upon to all Central Government Employees to join in the united trade union movement.
Com. R.P Singh, Organising Secretary CCGEW presided the session.
After lunch Com. K.K.N Kutty, President CCGEW presented paper on the “history of Central Government Employees movement”. Com. Kutty explained the back ground of the formation of Confederation of Central Government Employees, situation prevailed immediately after the independence era, the approach of the Jawaharlal Nehru Government on central government employees & Workers, the State of affairs of Civil Service Unions in 1950s, the second pay commission and the strike in 60s, and one day strike in 1968 and bonus struggle during 70 & 80s, struggle in the era of globalization initiated by confederation. He focused the role of CCGEW in formulating the agenda for the struggle for Government Employees and opined that always the Confederation took lead for campaign, agitation and struggle on issues.
The concluding session started with the presentation of Com. M. Krishnan on “Building up of the organisation and future tasks”. Com. Krishnan emphasized the need of the militant organisation. He also said that to build an organisation it is necessary to strengthen the organisation ideologically and politically. To become such an organisation this type of workshop, seminar, etc are necessary and the leadership should actively take part in it, apart from the day-to-day activities of the organisation. He further said to work unitedly to achieve our task. He emphasized the need for bringing younger generation into the leadership of our organizations as otherwise we will be failing in our durty towards building up a vibrant and class-oriented militant organisation. Confederation of CG Employees & Workers already placed 15 points charter of demand and started campaign prgrammes and agitations right from 2011. Government was forced to declare 7th CPC. Credit goes to confederation. To carry forward the agitation, more and more unions and association should be brought under the banner of CCGEW. The inactive organizations should become functional. In various sectors we have to move further. The role of the CCGEW become important in the present scenario and we should take all steps to unite & strengthen the movement. Without fighting the policies of the Government which intends to dismantle the government sector and public sector, we cannot protect our hard earned benefits.
Com. P. M. Worlikar, President CCGEW Mumbai presided in the post lunch session.
The Camp was hosted by Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers Mumbai. The participants were the leaders of various Central Government Employees’ organizations. Eight lectures were organized during the two days camp in which more than 250 delegates representing about 45 organizations of 25 Ministries and Departments from various part of the country took part. Com. K. V. Jayaraj, Asst. Secretary, CCGEW, presented the credential report.
The camp concluded with the resolve to strengthen the movement of Central Government Employees making it capable of organizing struggles and participating in the trade union movement of the working class against the ruling class to abandon the anti people Economic Policies pursued by the successive Governments since 1991. Com M. Krishnan Secretary General CCGEW while concluding the study camp assured of organizing such camps in different parts of the country and appropriate struggle programme on the need for merger of DA, Interim Relief, including of the GDS in the ambit of 7th CPC, reversal of New Pension Scheme, etc. will be decided at the National Executive Meeting of CCGEW slated for 28th November 2013.
Com. R.P Singh, Secretary CCGEW Mumbai welcomed the participants. & Com. P.M Worlikar, President CCGEW Mumbai given Vote of thanks. The Confederation CHQ thanks and congratulates the C-O-C Mumbai for making excellent arrangements for the successful conducting of the two day National Camp.