Wednesday, April 18, 2018

UIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION OF
CHILDREN EDUCATION ALLOWANCE CLAIM

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Payment of dearness relief to re-employed pensioners and employed family pensioners: Clarification thereof.
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CONSTITUTION OF FORMULARY COMMITTEE FOR NEW EDITION OF POSTAL FORMULARY FOR THE YEAR 2018-2020 – REG(Click here to view)

PROPOSAL OF THE STAFF SIDE TO RECORD DISAGREEMENT OF THE UNSETTLED 6TH CPC ANOMALIES AND TO REFER THE SAME  ARBITRATOR.(Click here to View)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

FIXATION OF PAY OF GROUP D OFFICIALS PROMOTED TO POSTAL ASSISTANTS

Ref: Confdn/Genl/2016-19                                                                                       Dated – 14.03.2018
“DEFEAT THE DISASTROUS NEO-LIBERAL POLICIES
DEFEAT THE ANTI-LABOUR RULING CLASS POLITICS BEHIND IT”
10th JUNE 2018-HYDERABAD
STRIKE DECLARATION NATIONAL CONVENTION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
Venue             :           SUNDARAIYYA VIGNANA KENDRAM, BAGALINGAMPALLY, HYDERABAD
Time                :           10 AM to 5 PM
Dear Comrades,

Attack on the working class and peasants as a whole and Central Government Employees in particular are mounting day by day. The entire working class and peasantry are on struggle path. The farmers long march in Maharashtra is the latest mass struggle. None of the 7th CPC related demands of Central Government Employees are settled. The assurance given by the Group of Ministers to the NJCA leaders regarding increase in Minimum Pay and Fitment formula is in paper even after a lapse of 20 months. Now the Finance Minister has replied in Parliament that “no change in Minimum Pay and Fitment formula is at present under consideration”. Employees who joined service after 01.01.2004 are retiring with a megre pension of 1000 to 2000 rupees only under the NPS Scheme. In effect, New Pension System has become No Pension System. Six lakhs posts are lying vacant for the last many years and now Govt. has issued orders to abolish all posts lying vacant for more than five years. HRA arrears, MACP Bench mark, Option-I for pensioners – Govt. is not ready to reconsider their stand. Three lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks of the Postal department are waiting for two years for their legitimate wage revision. Exploitation of Casual and contract workers continue and equal pay for equal work is denied to them. Large scale outsourcing and privatization has become the order of the day. Privatisation of Railways and outsourcing of the work done by Defence employees are in full swing. 12 out of 17 Govt. of India Printing Presses are ordered to be closed. Same is the fate with other departmental printing presses including Railway printing presses. Autonomous body employees and pensioners are denied their rightful wage revision and pension revision due to the stringent conditions imposed by the Finance Ministry. Compassionate appointments have become a mirage.

Trade Union rights are denied. Orders banning dharna and demonstrations are issued. The draconian FR 56 (j) and Pension Rules 48 are misused as a short-cut to punish and victimize employees. JCM forums have become mere talking shops without any positive results. Recognition under CCS (RSA) Rules are delayed and Departmental Councils have become dead in many departments. Govt. sponsored unions are given undue patronage. Recognition of fighting organisations are withdrawn on flimsy grounds and trade union facilities are denied to the Chief Executives of recognised Associations.

It is in this background the National Secretariat of Confederation of Central Government employees & Workers has decided to fight back these retrograde policies by mobilizing the entire Central Government employees by unleashing intensive campaign throughout the country culminating in strike. To declare the compaign programme and the strike, a “National Convention of Central Government Employees” will be held at Hyderabad on 10th June 2018 Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Eminent trade Union leaders will attend the Convention. Venue of the National Convention is Sundaraiyya Vigmana Kendra, Bagalingampally, Hyderabad. About 1000 delegates from all states will attend the Convention.

The following quota is fixed for affiliates and COCs outside Andhra and Telangana. C-O-C Andhra & Telangana shall mobilise 500 delegate.
Sl.
Name of affiliate/COC
No. of delegates – quota fixed
1.
National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE)
150
2.
Income Tax Employees Federation (ITEF)
50
3.
All India Audit & Accounts Association
20
4.
All India Civil Accounts Employees Association
30
5.
National Federation of Atomic Energy Employees
10
6.
All India Ground Water Board Employees Association
10
7.
Geological Survey of India Employees Association
10
8.
All other affiliated organisations
           5  each
9.
C-O-C Delhi
5
10.
C-O-C Utter Pradesh
5
11.
C-O-C West Bengal
10
12.
C-O-C Kerala
10
13.
C-O-C Tamilnadu
10
14.
All other C-O-Cs
          5 each
15.
Andhra & Telangana C-O-C
500
All affiliates and COCs are requested to issue separate circulars fixing quota to each organisation/units.

All delegates may be instructed to book their up and down travel tickets immediately as train tickets reservation commences four months before. Food and Accommodation to delegates will be arranged by the C-O-C Andhra & Telangana, Hyderabad. Delegate fee is fixed as Rs.500/- (Rs. Five hundred only) per head. For other details C-O-Cs and affiliates are requested to contact the following.

1.      Com. Azeez, GS, C-O-C                                         -           09848082697
2.      Com. V. Nageswara Rao, Presidnet, COC              -           09912348233
3.      Com. Usha Boneppalli, ITEF                                  -           08985971009
4.      Com. Balakrishna, ITEF                                         -           08985970999 
As Hyderabad is a Famous tourist centre, those delegates who want to go for sightseeing should arrange it on 9th or 11th June. Everybody should attend the convention on 10.06.2018 from 10 AM to 5 PM without fail.
CHARTER OF DEMANDS

1.      Settle 7th CPC related issues including increase in Minimum Pay and Fitment Formula, HRA arrears, MACP Bench Mark, Option-I for pensioners etc.
2.      Withdraw contributory Pension Scheme (NPS). Ensure defined pension under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 to all employees appointed on or after 01.01.2004.
3.      Fill up all vacant posts. Withdraw the orders to abolish all vacant posts lying vacant for five eyars. Create justified posts for excess work. Evolve proper mechanism for Regional recruitment. Stop engagement of retired persons.
4.      (a) Regularise Gramin Dak Sevaks and grant Civil Servant status. Implement positive recommendations of Kamalesh Chandra Committee report.
(b) Regularise all casual and contract workers. Evolve a new scheme for regularization of Casual and Contract Workers.
5.   Ensure equal pay for equal work as per Supreme Court judgment and grant parity in wages and pay scales.
6.   Stop closure of Govt. establishments. Withdraw closure orders of Govt. of India Presses. Stop outsourcing and privatization of Government functions.
7.   Avoid abnormal delay in extending benefits of 7th CPC to Autonomous body employees and pensioners.
8.   Remove 5% condition imposed on compassionate appointments. Grant appointment in all deserving cases.
9.   Grant five time-bound promotions to all employees on completion of 8, 7, 6, 5 & 4 years of service.
10. (a) stop attack on Trade Union rights. Avoid delay in conducting verification of Membership under CCS (RSA) Rules 1993. Declare results and grant recognition in a time-bound manner. Ensure prompt functioning of various negotiating forums under JCM scheme at all levels.
      (b) Withdraw the draconian FR 56(j) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 which is misused as a short-cut to punish and victimize employees.
NATIONAL SECRETARIAT MEETING ON 9TH JUNE 2018-3 PM
National Secretariat meeting of the Confederation will be held on 09.06.2018 at Hyderabad at 3 PM to finalise the campaign programme and strike. All National Secretariat members are requested to attend the meeting WITHOUT FAIL. Please book your travel tickets accordingly.
STOP CLOSURE OF GOVT. OF INDIA PRINTING PRESSES
MASS PROTEST DHARNA
NEW DELHI – 27.04.2018 – 10 AM

National Federation of Printing, Stationery & Publications Employees (NFPSPE) and Confederation Delhi State Committee will jointly organize a mass protest Dharna at New Delhi (Venue will be decided later) on 27th April 2018 at 10 AM. Available National Secretariat Members at New Delhi shall also attend the Dharna programme. It is also decided to have another round of discussion with authorities through JCM (NC) staff side at the earliest.
ALL INDIA WOMEN’S TRADE UNION WORKSHOP

C-O-C Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow) will decide the Venue and dates of the workshop in consultation with CHQ. Details will be informed later.

Fraternally your’s


(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Mob: 09447068125
Email: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

NO PROPOSAL IS UNDER CONSIDERATION
TO ABOLISH SYSTEM OF PAY COMMISSION
IN FUTURE

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA
STARRED QUESTION NO: 568
ANSWERED ON: 06.04.2018
Pay Commission Reports
Question*568. JOSE K. MANI

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the reports of successive Pay Commissions have been increasing the burden on Government finances/ exchequer in partially accepting their recommendations for increase in wages and if so, the details thereof;
(b) whether the last Pay Commission has suggested productivity linked pay hike to the deserving employees to eliminate below average or mediocre performance and if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether such periodic hikes in wages resulting from Pay Commission recommendations trigger similar demands from the State Government/public utility employees, imposing burden on already strained State finances and if so, the details thereof; and

(d) whether the Government is considering an alternative for increasing the salaries and allowances of Central Government employees and pensioners in future instead of forming Pay Commission and if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE (SHRI P. RADHAKRISHNAN) 
(a) The financial impact of the recommendations of the Central Pay Commission, as accepted by the Government, is normally more pronounced in the initial year and gradually it tapers off as the growth in the economy picks up and fiscal space is widened. While implementing the recommendations of the last Central Pay Commission, i.e., the Seventh Central Pay Commission, the Government staggered its implementation in two financial years. While the recommendations on pay and pension were implemented with effect from 01.01.2016, the recommendations in respect of allowances have been implemented with effect from 01.07.2017 after an examination by a Committee. This has moderated the financial impact of the recommendations. Moreover, unlike the previous 6th Pay Commission, which entailed substantial impact on account of arrears, the impact in the year 2016-17 on account of element of arrears of revised pay and pension on the present occasion of the 7th Central Pay Commission pertained to only 2 months of the previous financial year of 2015-16.
(b) The Seventh Central Pay Commission in Para 5.1.46 of its Report proposed withholding of annual increment in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the benchmark either for Modified Assured Career Progression (MACP) or regular promotion within the first 20 years of their service.

(c) The service conditions of employees of State Governments fall within the exclusive domain of the respective State Governments who are federally independent of the Central Government. Therefore, the concerned State Governments have to independently take a view in the matter.

(d) No such proposal is under consideration of the Government.
Source – Lok Sabha



FIXATION OF PAY : CAT ERNAKULAM BENCH



Monday, April 16, 2018


xi  sigtur  congress
buenos aires, argentina
2018 april 3rd to 5th
          11th Congress of Sigtur (Southern Initiative on Globalisation and Trade Union Rights) was held at Buenos Aires, a Capital City of Argentina from 3rd to 5th April 2018.  Delegates from the following countries attended the Congress - Argentina, Australia, India, Japan, Brassil, South Korea, South Africa, Malaysia, Fillipines, Tunesia, Paraguay and Uruguay.  The leaders from the Canada and United States Trade Union movement also addressed the congress. Indian delegation was represented by Com: Pradip Biswas (BEFI), Com.M.Krishnan (Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers) and Com. Sreekanth Misra (AIIEA). The host organisation was CTA Autonoma Argentina (Confederation of Workers of Argentina - Autonomous).
               The opening session of the Congress was held on 3rd April 2018 at 3 PM.  Leaders of the delegations of each country made a brief address in opening session. On behalf of India, Com. Pradip Biswas addressed. The delegate session of the Congress commenced on 4th April at 10 AM.  In the begining, “country reports” were presented by the laders of each delegation.  Com: Pradip Biswas, leader of Indian delegation presented the country report of India.  In the brief report about Indian situation, the slow down of the economy, unemployment, job loss, decline in real income, price rise of essential commodities, agricultural crisis, widening disparity between rich and poor, privatiation of public sector undertakings and Government departments, Labour reforms, attack on social security, large scale outsourcing and contractorisation etc. are explained. The united resistance of the Trade Union movement against the neo-liberal policies including seventeen All India Strikes, the three days maha dharna with the participation of lakhs of workers which stormed the capital city, New Delhi, country-wide struggle of the farmers with special mention of Mumbai March was also reported.
               After the presentation of country reports, a presentation on global campaign on Asbestoes-free world was made by the Australian delegation with power-point presentation explaining the ill-effects of Asbestoes and demanding complete ban on use of Asbestoes in all countries.  A resolution was also adopted in the Congress extending the full support of the SIGTUR for the campaign against asbestoes and for an Asbestoes free world.
               In the afternoon session, the CTA - Autonomous and the representative of Labour Ministry of Argentina, made a presentation on the subject - “G-20 in Argentina: Perspective and Challenges.  The agenda of the Argentina Presidency and the Labour 20 role”.  The paper presented in the session on this topic stated as follows:
               “One decade after the last big crisis of contemporary capitalism, it seems the leadership of the G-20 in the international system could barely guarantee a relative stabilisation of the financial system, but could not achieve substantial changes in order to improve workers lives.  We now-a-days assist to a context of wealth concentration and growing inequality even in the advanced economies.  G20 proposals in favour of “Structural reforms” actually mean a direct attack to worker’s rights, disintegration of collective negotiation, increase in working hours-labour flexibility and hostility towards Trade Unions.
               G-20 is both a challenge and an opportunity:  trade unions have the chance for presenting their agenda and promote global policies with real effectiveness for workers welfare.  We also must select the best strategies to work together in this context of technological change and social relations transformation.  The G-20 events in Buenos Aires constitute a historical opportunity to think on new alternatives against Neo-liberalism that goes on concentrating wealth and marginalizing the people”.
               The SIGTUR Congress also adopted a resolution to organise massive rally of workers at Buenos Aires during the G-20 sumit protesting against the neo-liberal policies.
               The concluding session of the 2nd day was presentation of the futures Commission booklet “Challenging Corporate Capital: Creating an Alternative to Neo-liberalism”.  The Futures Commission report was based on the key issues identified by the 2013 SIGTUR Conference.  The contents of the booklet included Alternative to neo-liberalism, Labour and Tax justice.  From free trade to fair trade, Democracy-driven public sector transformation, Alternative Conceptions for a “just transition” from fossile fuel capitalism and movement of the dispossessed.  The presentation of the Future’s Commission booklet was made by Robert O’Brien of Canada.
               The third day of the Congress mainly devoted to panel presentation and discussions.  Three countries were included in each panel and one to chair the session.  The first panel presentation was on the subject - “Reduction of working hour without income or rights reduction”.  The need for reorganisation of Trade Unions according to global value chains and the role of the SIGTUR was also discussed. On behalf of Indian delegation Com: Sreekanth Misra participated in the discussion.
               The second panel discussion was on the subject - “Universal Basic Income”.  On behalf of Indian delegation Com.M.Krishnan presented the view points for discussion.  In the discussion introduction of maximum income and ideas to tackle inequality was also focussed.
               The third panel discussion was on the subject - “The impact of 4th Industrial revolution and the role of labour plays in it”.  The panel discusion was chaired by Com: Pradip Biswas, leader of Indian delegation.
               The final session included building a plan of action for the next years based on a resolution called SIGTUR XIth Congress resolution and also discussion about implementation/plan of action based on XI Congress resolutions.  The following resolutions are adopted in the Congress.
1.     Common resolution covering all the main issues discussed in the Congress and Programme of action for the future.
2.     Resolution demanding immediate release of Com. Lula, Ex-President of Brazil from jail and allowing him all democratic rights as none of the charges against him are proved.
3.     Resolution demanding immediate release of Korean Trade Union leaders who are imprisoned for participation in Trade Union activities.
4.     Resolution condemning the fascist, undemocratic Government of Phillipines and demanding restoration of peoples democratic rights. 
5.     Resolution on campaign for Universal ban on Asbestoes.
               In the paper circulated by the organisors of the Congress the main theme of the XI SIGTUR Congress is summarised as follows:
               “Since the beginning of discussions, the ILO agenda on the future of work has been dominated by the northern, industrialised countries, in conjunction with increasing participation from employers group.  There are two main scenarios being debated in this context: a threat to job creation due to advance of technology; and an increase in labour flexibility due to changes in the organisational work.
               For our perspective, coordination like SIGTUR should be able to intervene on this debate and take a stance, from the south, regarding the future of work we want.  This stance should include radical proposals that strengthen labour and trade union rights, and that place decent work at the centre of the debate.
               For the upcoming XI Congress, the broad framework for discussion will be based on the idea of “Another work is possible”.  This title intends to centre debates not on whether there will be work available in the future, but rather to put forward the kind of society we want to live and where work will be placed in that society”.
               A photo session was arranged and all the delegates participated in the photo session with the play-card written “Free Lula”.
               The XI SIGTUR Congress was a serious business and the topics it discussed are of universal importance.  Intellectual and educative debate took place on each subject affecting the working class.  The host organisation, CTA - Autonomous made excellent arrangements for the accommodation, food, transportation and conference halls, cultural programme etc.  No doubt the XI SIGTUR Congress will be a milestone in the struggle of the working class against the neo-liberal globalisastion policies and also for the protection of trade union rights.
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