Monday, August 31, 2015

Make the 2nd September 2015 All India Strike a historic success.

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS.
First Floor, North Avenue Post Office,
New Delhi. 110 001.

Website: confederationchq.blogspot.com.
Dear Comrades,                                                                 31st August,2015

                We have placed on our website the synopsis of the discussion the leaders of the Central Trade Unions had with the Group of Ministers on the 12 point charter of demands. The Central Trade Unions evaluated the Government’s response to the strike call and have come to the conclusion that in the absence of any tangible result, the strike action must take place.  The only issue on which there had been a concrete proposal from the Government was on the question of raising the bonus ceiling.  In fact such an assurance has been given by the earlier Government also.  Due to the pressure exerted by the employing class, the said assurance could not be translated into reality.  To have the assurance to be put into practice, the Bonus Act has to be amended and that is possible only in the next session of the parliament.  In other words, if one is to believe the assurance held out by the Government on the question of raising the ceiling for bonus computation, it can only have prospective effect i.e. for the next year 2016.  We firmly believe that the corporate would not allow the present government to give effect to this assurance.  The acrimonious ceiling on bonus while allowing unlimited extraction of profit for the companies is to be fought out through bitter struggles.
                There had been no word from the Government on the question of rolling back its proposals on the labour reforms. The proposed labour reforms will hurt the working class most.  The regularization of contract workers, payment of minimum wage, ensuring statutory Pension benefit, the registration or recognition of trade unions within a stipulated time limit to enable the workers to have the right to collective bargaining, the non implementation of the agreements reached at the various tripartite Labour conferences were some of the significant issues on which the working class sought settlement. Introduction of 100% FDI in Railways, 49% in Defence, corporatisation & privatisation of government entities, end for contract/casual temporary employment also met with stoic silence or rejection.  The Group of Ministers has successfully eluded the issues. The BMS unions have declared that they would withdraw from the strike action.  Their decision being political based is understandable, but is difficult to appreciate. We can only hope against hope that they would realize the reality of the situation in the days to come and become part of the joint struggles very soon.
                The 7th CPC has sought further time to submit its report.  They are now likely to submit their report by 31st December, 2015.  Given the way the commission had acted on this vital issue, we are not certain of it.  It is on the specious plea that they would be submitting their report within the stipulated time, they had rejected our demand for interim relief.  They ought to have submitted an interim report to the Government before seeking further time on the memorandum submitted by the Staff Side on merger of DA and Interim relief.  Even if the report is submitted say by 31st December, 2015,  which we feel is unlikely, the Government is bound to take another six months to take a view on the Commission’s recommendations.   It is incumbent upon the National JCA to meet immediately and take appropriate decision in the light of the unexpected step taken by the Commission in seeking further time to submit its report.  They must go ahead with the decision to go on strike from 23rd November, 2015 demanding the Commission to submit urgently an interim report on merger of DA and Interim relief. 
                There had been no positive steps taken by the government to revive the functioning of the JCM at National or Departmental levels.  There appears to be no intention on their part to cause discussion on our charter of demands.   In this background we must revitalize and rejuvenate the functioning of our   Organizations at all levels.  We have received excellent reports of the strike preparation from all over the country.

DO EVERYTHING NEEDED TO MAKE THE 2ND SEPTEMBER, STRIKE A STUPENDOUS SUCCESS.

With greetings,

Yours fraternally,


M.Krishnan
Secretary General

Saturday, August 29, 2015

FLASH NEWS
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 44th Indian 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 2nd September 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.
                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                          Tapan Sen

                                                                                                                                                          General Secretary CITU

Friday, August 28, 2015

Happy  Raksha Bandhan 



रक्षा बंधन के शुभावसर पर हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं। 
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

WISH YOU A HAPPY ONAM


EXTENSION OF THE TERM OF THE 7th CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION 
            The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for the extension of the term of the 7th Central Pay Commission by four months up to 31.12.2015.
Background:

            The 7th Central Pay Commission was constituted by the Central Government on 28.2.2014. According to the Resolution dated 28.2.2014, by which the Commission was constituted, it is to make its recommendations within 18 months of the date of its constitution that is by 27th August, 2015.
            In view of its volume of work and intensive stake-holders' consultations, the 7th Central Pay Commission had made a request to the Government for a four month extension up to 31.12.2015. 
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NW/AKT/NT/SH
(Release ID : 126354)(26.08.2015)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

RECONSTITUTION OF SCOVA (Click the link below for details)

27TH MEETING OF STANDING COMMITTEE OF VOLUNTARY AGENCIES (SCOVA) IS SCHEDULE TO BE HELD SHORTLY UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF HON`BLE MOS (PP)(Click the link below for details)



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SEVENTH PAY COMMISSION MAY RECOMMEND 

PERMANENT PAY PANEL


The four-member Seventh Central Pay Commission 
team headed by its Chairman Justice A K Mathur (second from right siting).

            New Delhi: The Seventh Pay Commission is likely to recommend the government to form a permanent pay panel to give recommendations to the government from time to time on issues pertaining to pay structure of central government employees.

            The permanent pay panel would recommend regular salary hikes in keeping with the rate of inflation.

            The formation of the permanent pay panel would help raise the salaries and allowances of central government officials and employees, an official of the pay panel said.

            He added the permanent pay panel would recommend salary and allowance hikes in keeping with the rising inflation rate, which will be implemented by the government. “Then it will not be necessary to form a new commission during the next several years for central government employees.”

            However, the Seventh Pay Commission got one month extension to submit its recommendations.

            Accordingly it is expected to submit its report by the end of September. The time allotted for the commission ends this month.

            The government appointed the Seventh Pay Commission on 28 February 2014 under chairman, Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur, with a time frame of 18 months to make its recommendations

            “There are some data points that are missing, which we hope to get by this month end. We are trying to submit the report by 20 September,” the official of the pay panel also said.

            The government’s salary bill will rise by 9.56% to Rs 1,00,619 crore with the implementation of the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission, according to a statement tabled in Parliament by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on August 12.

            The recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission, is likely to be implemented in April, next year.



Wednesday, August 19, 2015

OBSERVANCE OF SADBHAVANA DIWAS ON 20TH AUGUST, 2015


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

REVISION OF PENSION/FAMILY PENSION OF PRE-2006 PENSIONERS OF ALL INDIA SERVICES. Click here to view



Monday, August 17, 2015

ISSUE OF IDENTITY CARDS TO CENTRAL GOVERNMENT PENSIONERS – PENSIONERS PORTAL ORDERS. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS


Friday, August 14, 2015

Happy Independence Day



Thursday, August 13, 2015

PAID LEAVE FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT VICTIMS 
((PMIN OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES & PENSIONS
            Instructions have been issued by this Department vide Office Memorandum dated 27.11.2014 regarding Alignment of Service Rules with the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013. As per para 6 of the said Office Memorandum, the Complaint Committee will have the powers to recommend to the employer (a) to transfer the aggrieved woman or the charged officer to any other workplace; or (b) to grant leave to the aggrieved woman up to a period of three months, which will be in addition to the leave she would be otherwise entitled to.
            As per Section 9 of Chapter IV of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013, any aggrieved woman may make, in writing, a complaint of sexual harassment at workplace to the Internal Committee within a period of three months from the date of incident and in case of a series of incidents, within a period of three months from the date of last incident. 
            The Committee may, for the reasons to be recorded in writing, extend the time limit not exceeding three months, if it is satisfied that the circumstances were such which prevented the woman from filing a complaint within the said period.

            This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri P.Nagarajan and Shri B. Vinod Kumar in the Lok Sabha today. 

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KSD/PK/BK/RS
(Release ID :124861) 12th August,2015

Monday, August 10, 2015

BRIEF OF THE MEETING HELD 7th AUGUST 2015 WITH THE VII CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

GRANT OF TRANSPORT ALLOWANCE TO CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS


Friday, August 7, 2015

FREE HEALTH CHECK-UP CAMP FOR THE BENEFIT OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND THEIR DEPENDENTS(AT DELHI) (Click the link below for details) http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02adm/012015.pdf

Thursday, August 6, 2015

2015 SEPTEMBER 2nd ALL INDIA STRIKE - COPY OF THE CONFEDERATION STRIKE NOTICE

All affiliated organisations shall also serve strike notice to their respective departmental heads on 11.08.2015.


Click here to view Stike Notice & Charter of Demands

Government of India has started a RTI online web portal whereby Right to Information (RTI) applications can be filed online by Indian citizens, including those who are living abroad. The detailed procedure in filing of on-line RTI application is as under:

            An Indian citizen can file RTI application online through RTI online web-portal, having Uniform Resource Locator (url) www.rtionline.gov.in. The prescribed fee for RTI application can also be paid online through a payment gateway of State Bank of India by way of internet banking of State Bank of India and its associate banks and by using Rupay card, debit/credit cards of Master/Visa. This facility at present is available for 431 Public authorities of Government of India.

            All the States have been requested vide this Department’s letter dated 3rd December, 2013 to explore the feasibility of implementing online RTI in their respective States. National Informatics Centre (NIC) has been requested to provide technical support such as software and source code to the State Governments who desire to replicate the web portal for online filing of RTI applications at state level.

            This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia and Adv. Joice George in the Lok Sabha today.


Source : PIB

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

FACILITIES TO DIFFERENTLY ABLED AT GOVERNMENT OFFICES

            The Department of Personnel and Training has informed that as per information submitted on-line by 71 Departments/Ministries, as on 01.01.2013, there were 9341 number of persons with disabilities who were employed in the Departments/Ministries of the Central Government.  State/UT-wise information is not compiled.

             As per section 46 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, the appropriate Governments and the local authorities are required to provide for-

 (a) ramps in public buildings;
(b) adaptation of toilets for wheel chair users; 
(c)  braille symbols and auditory signals in elevators or lifts;
(d) ramps in hospitals, primary health centers and other medical care and rehabilitation institutions.

             All the Ministries/Departments have been requested to comply with this provision. The Ministry of Railways provides concessional fare for various classes of persons with disabilities as under:

 S.No.
Category of Persons
Percentage of Concession
1
Orthopaedically Handicapped/Paraplegic persons who cannot travel without escort –for any purpose
  • 75% in 2nd , Sleeper, 1st Class, 3AC, AC chair Car
  • 50% in 1AC and 2AC
  • 25% in 3AC & AC Chair Car of Rajdhani/Shatabdi trains
  • 50% in Monthly Season Ticket & Quarterly Season Ticket
  • One escort is also eligible for same element of concession
2
Mentally retarded persons who cannot travel without escort- for any purpose.
3
Blind persons travelling alone or with an escort- for any purpose
4
Deaf & Dumb persons (both afflictions together in the same person) travelling alone or with an escort- for any purpose.
· 50% in 2nd , Sleeper and 1st Class
· 50% in Monthly Season Ticket & Quarterly Season Ticket
· One escort is also eligible for same element of concession.

            Similarly, State Governments have their own schemes for providing concessional fare for persons with disabilities while travelling by the buses owned by State transport undertakings.

             As per Section 33 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, every appropriate Government are required to  appoint in every establishment such percentage of vacancies not less than three per cent for persons or class of persons with disability of which one per cent each is reserved for persons suffering from blindness or low vision; (ii) hearing impairment; (iii) locomotor disability or cerebral palsy, in the posts identified for each disability.

            This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

 Source: PIB Release, 04.08.2015


Monday, August 3, 2015

JEEVAN PRAMAAN AN AADHAAR BASED LIFE CERTIFICATION SYSTEM HAS BEEN LAUNCHED TO FACILITATE SUBMISSION OF LIFE CERTIFICATE BY PENSIONERS.CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS