CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT
EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS.
Manishinath Bhawan A-2/95 Rajouri Garden
New Delhi. 110 027.
E mail. Confederation06@yahoo.co.in
Dated: 11th August, 2009.
Anomaly and Standing Committee meetings.
There had been no formal or informal meeting with the Government either to discuss the anomalies or issues emanating from the implementation of the 6th CPC so far.
We had placed the items the staff side had sent for the consideration of the National anomaly committee (first instalment) on our website. The second and final set of items is likely tobe submitted in a day or two. As and when the same is finalized we shall place copy thereof on our website. We have received innumerable number of letters from our affiliates requesting us to take up the department specific anomaly items in the National Council. It is difficult to individually respond to these letters. Department specific items are to be pursued at the Departmental Anomaly Committees. Complaints have been received by us that many Ministries have so far not set up anomaly committees. We shall take up this issue with the Department of Personnel.
TUI PAE Conference at Brasilia.
The TUI PAE Conference was held this time at Brasilia in Brazil and Com. Sebastiano Soares has been elected as the General Secretary. We had placed a brief report of the Conference immediately after the inaugural session. We were awaiting for a full report from the newly elected Secretary General along with the resolutions and declarations adopted. But so far we have not been favoured with such a report from him. We therefore place below a brief resume of the deliberations at the Conference along with the declaration here below.
National Council meeting.
The National Council of the Confederation is due to be held in this month as indicated in our last communication. The available members of the National Secretariat of the Confederation met at New Delhi and it has been decided to convene the Council meeting either by the end of November, 2009 or in the first week of December, 2009 as per the availability of the hall etc The Council meeting will be held at New Delhi. The affiliates have been informed by our earlier communication of the subscription dues. However, none has chosen to make remittance. We shall once again request that the due may please be cleared immediately.
All India Convention of workers:
14th September, 2009.
The Sponsoring Committee of Central Trade Unions along with INTUC and BMS has decided to convene a National Convention on14th September, 2009. The main theme of the convention is to harness the support of the entire working class in the country against the neo liberal economic policies and the anti labour attitude of the Government. The extract from the communication we have received in this regard is given hereunder.
The meeting of the Central Trade Unions held on 19th July, 2009 at the INTUC H.qrs. at New Delhi expressed serious concern over;
*rising prices of essential commodities including food grains and vegetable creating severe hardship for the mass of the people
*continuing job losses resulting in loss of livelihood to millions of workers across the sectors owing to recession and economic slowdown
*non implementation of and rampant violation of basic labour laws pertaining to minimum wages, working hours, social security safety in workplace and trade union rights etc. throughout the country adding to the sufferings of the entire toiling people
*extreme inadequacy of the provisions and schemes under the un-organized workers sector workers including the contract workers owing to the restrictive provisions under the schemes and absence of any national fund for the un-organized sector(NAFUS) as recommended by the NCEUS and Parliamentary Standing committee on labour
*move of the Government for disinvestment of shares in profit making central public sector enterprises
The Central Trade Unions call upon the workers and employees and their unions irrespective of affiliation to unitedly highlight the concern over the above mentioned burning issues facing them and at the same time urge upon the Government to take urgent remedial corrective measures to address the aforesaid concerns of working people effectively.
The Central Trade Union decides to submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister on the aforesaid issues and hold a National convention of Trade Unions at Delhi in September, 2009 to chalk out common future programme.
Further details of the convention as to the Number of delegates the Confederation would be entitled to depute etc. will be available in our next circular letter.
The World congress of trade union international of public & allied employees affiliated to WFTU [world federation of trade unions] commenced in Brasilia the capital city of Brazil on 28th june 2009.150 delegates representing more than 30 countries participated in the world congress.The WFTU leader inaugurated the congress.
Confederation of CG employees was represented by comrades K.K.N. Kutty Secretary General and K.Ragavendran Secretary General of NFPE .
Four major trade union centres of public & allied employees organisations of Brazil have come forward to unitedly host the congress in Brasilia and the inaugural session of the congress had a presidium panel consisting of the TUI President and leaders of these four organisations.
The congress inaugural session had the flavour and fervour of recent revolutionary changes undergoing in several countries of Latin America. The congress was a befitting reply from the employees organisations of public services to the challenges thrown by the neo-liberal policies as well as the recent international economic crisis unleashed on the people.
The general secretary of TUI comrade Sukomal Sen had presented his report covering all details of recent economic turmoil and its impact on the employees and the future task of building a stronger TUI in order to defend the rights and privileges of public & allied employees.
The delegates from all countries participated in the deliberations on the report of the General Secretary. The debate a comprehensive resolution on future action plan was adopted at the congress on 30th June, 2009 besides electing a new set of office bearers to the TUI
The Confederation delegation placed the situation in india of the impact of neo-liberal policies on central government employees of india on 30th. The full text of the speech of com. K.K.N. Kutty. Secretary general. Confederation is placed hereunder.
The conference re- elected com. Lulamile Sotaka of South Africa as president. Com.Sebastiao Soares of Brazil was elected as the new Secretary General of TUI PAE in the place of com. Sukomal sen. Com. K.K N. Kutty was elected as one of the vice presidents to represent the Asian continent. Com. Zia syed of Pakisthan has been elected as the secretary finance.
Speech delivered by Com. K.K.N. Kutty, Secretary General, Confederation of the Central Govt. Employees and workers at the TUI Conference at Brasilia on 30th June, 2009
Com. President, distinguished comrades on the dais, Comrade Delegates and observers to the TUI Conference,
I represent the Confederation of Central Government employees and workers,, an apex level Trade Union organisation of employees and workers of various departments/Ministries of the Government of India. The Federal Government has about 2.8 million employees, of which the Confederation has about 1 million employees as its members. The organisations of employees and workers other than in the Ministry of Defence and Railways are affiliated to the Confederation. Before I proceed further, let me take this opportunity to gratefully acknowledge and place our gratitude to the comrades of the host country, Brazil and especially the organising committee CSPB. We thank you comrades for the excellent hospitality and arrangement you have provided to us on our arrival at Brasilia.
The Government of India adopted the neo liberal economic policies in the year 1991. It impacted the working conditions of the employees in general and there had been sizable reduction in public employment in our country. In 1997, the Government of India had in its employment 3.8 million employees and workers. Today, it is just about 2 million only. A continuous exercise (as a corollary to the economic polidcies of globalisation) of outsourcing of regular governmental functions of permanent and perennial nature, informalisation of regular jobs have resulted in depletion of the work force. The Indian Trade Union Movement had been spearheading struggles against these policies and between 1991 and 2009, twelve nationwide strike actions have been organised by the Indian Working class. The Government employees, both federal and provincial, were part and parcel of this struggle. There had been a continuous prohibition of recruitment in Government Service since the inception of neo liberal economic policies.
Besides, various attempts were made to privatize the Governmental organisations. Telecom services in this process which was in the public domain was open to private entrepreneur. The Public sector Telecom organisation which has been making enormous profits has been allowed to suffer.
Despite the enormous rise in the revenue resources of the Government of India, which registered about 400% in the decades between 1997 and 2007, the Federal Government does not pay even the prescribed minimum wage to its employees at the lower level while hiking up the salary, benefits and perks of the top civil servants fabulously.
The Service Sector in India has contributed 68% of its GDP growth between 2003 and 2007. But still the informalisation of regular jobs has been increasing. Of the 483 Million work force we have in our country only 7% are in the organised sector. In 2008 alone, there had been a decline of 1.5% of work force in the organised sector- In the informal sector, no job security, no social security, no severance compensation, no insurance against the inflation exist. The Government of India makes such enactment that makes closures of factories legal and easy for the entrepreneurs. Tax holidays are offered to multinational corporations to shift factories from metropolis to rural areas to enable the exploitation of labour.
It is diffcult to catalogue various facets of the neo liberal policies of globalisation enunciated by our Government at the instance of IMF World Bank etc. Suffice it to say that the scenario of globalisation is no different from one country to another. The distinction is only in micro details. One other important policy decision that Indian Government took as part of this policy perception is to introduce pension reforms. The statutorily defined benefit pension scheme which was in vogue for the government employees for more than half a century has been decided to be converted into contributory scheme whereby the funds are made available for stock market speculative operations. There had been strong opposition and bitter struggles waged by the government employees against this reform ably supported by the left parties. Because of the incessant struggles of the government employees and the stubborn opposition by the left parties, the government could not make the enactment in the Parliament paving way for privatisation of pension funds. However, the recent general elections in our country have strengthened the ruling party enabling it to reintroduce the reforms and get it passed in the Parliament.
We fully endorse the report submitted by the General Secretary for discussion and approval at this conference. The report has detailed elaborately the financial crisis that has gripped the capitalist world today.
The General Secretary has also outlined the necessity of strengthening the TUI in this context. The necessity of developing international consciousness amongst the working class has been rightly emphasised. The TUI bulletin which is being published gives a picture of struggles of various public service organisations affiliated to TUI and others against the economic policies of globalisation. The social charter which the General Secretary has presented in his report pinpoints the necessity of fighting against the global unemployment, application of modern technology without taking into account the interest of the workers, the question of remuneration, the working hours, the labour protection methods, the case of the non-regular employees, promoting women to trade union leadership, social security and pensionary benefits, trade union rights, the role of public employees in the governmental administration etc.
The TUI in this Congress, in our opinion must chalk out a sustained Programme of Action taking advantage of the new world situation of the capitalist crisis and the down fall of the market drawn economic development to bring home the trade union point of view amongst the working class in the world. Serious attempts must be undertaken by all organisations to bring in more and more affiliates into the TUI. We are very happy to note that this Congress is being held in Brazil and congratulates the Latin American workers for bringing about a transformation of society in Latin America. It is no doubt due to the intensive trade union action unleashed by the working population that the right wing governments in many of the Latin American countries could be thrown out and pro-worker governments established. We in India has noted these developments with happiness and appreciation.
The proponents of globalisation could make favourable public opinion in many developing countries citing the increasing inefficiency and corruption in public services. It is necessary on our part to address this phenomenon to counter it effectively, to educate our members and bring home the managerial deficiencies in running public services and the collusion of the political authorities in making the public services inefficient.
The global financial crisis has opened up vistas for an onward surge on our part to consolidate and march ahead with determination. The deliberations in the Congress, we hope will help in concretising our approach in this regard.
Thank you comrades for the patience with which you have heard me,
Declaration of the XI international congress of the Trade Union International of the Public and Allied Employees held at Brasilia, Brazil from 28th to 30th June, 2009
The XI International Congress of the Trade Union International of the Public and Allied employees –TUI Public service held in Brasillia at the Educational training centre of the national confederation of Industry Workers which counted the presence of 160 delegates from more than 30 countries, highlights a historical moment since it was the first time an event of this nature were set in Brazil.
In exactly 20 years ago, the representatives of global financial system gathered in Washington decided in response to the crisis that hit the socialist system to establish the rules of the global economic order and to impose a “a financial consensus” to nations and people world wide, especially to emerging and underdeveloped countries.
These rules were marked by the imposition of social and economic deregulation, privatization of companies and public services, opening market to products and services provided by the transnational companies the adoption of high tax policy, the floating rate and primary surplus in order to encourage the production and reproduction of financial capital valuing mostly the market and disregarding social interest.
These measures adopted widely since the 90’s, especially by the countries whose governments were politically and ideologically linked to the North American Empire were responsible for the mass unemployment and the dissemination of hunger and misery; for the criminal destruction of national and natural resources; for the unprecedented concentration of income and wealth on the hands of a few; for the destruction of great part of the national; industry and national economy, and the mediocre growth of these economies; for the remittance of high pay offs obtained by exploratory action taken by the major international monopolies for its head offices; and also for the sterilization of billons and billions of dollars on financial speculation which were totally put aside of the real economy.
Those times announced the end of social system of production and the triumph of monopoly capitalism and market.
However twelve years were enough for the world to see the collapse of this system based on market dictatorship and destruction of the national state and the public services.
This crisis the world is going through is the most service of all times and busted in the heart of capitalism tearing apart all neo-liberal principles. With the collapse of the north -American financial system the bankers were obliged to rely on again the State.
The public service and, consequently, the public employees from all sectors, were the most harmed by the neo-liberal politics since they resulted in mass unemployment, low work conditions and also lead to an extensively disseminated outsourcing policy.
Nevertheless, as of lately we are living a new moment. Many countries from all continents, in face of the collapse of the Washington Consensus, through great popular mobilization and revolutionary activities were able to get rid of puppeteer imperialist governments, opening up to new possibilities struggling to retake economic and social development and achieve income equality in these countries. In every country, the role of the state is of main importance to permit the democratic exchange and discussion between institutions aiming to ensure basic services to the population. Thus in this current crises, it is the “invisible hand” of the state that is preventing the system from falling apart.
The crisis put public employees in front of a challenge and a possibility. The challenge is to resist the monopoly policy imposed worldwide through pressure and threats to reduce wage and subtract rights, under the pretext of safeguarding jobs. The international organization forecast charts estimate that, ever since the crises started, at least 20 million workers have already lost their jobs, and other 30 million are on the verge of losing theirs as well until the end of 2009. The possibility is to resist these pressures, overcome these policies and retake the part of the National state as a vital instrument on the income distribution and guarantee to all better living conditions and full access to public services of quality, including education, security and entertainment.
Secure the role of state to ensure social justice. That is the world of order as it also means to recognize the importance of the role of public employees, without whom these policies are not capable of attending the people in its real and increasing needs and demands. It means, at least, to value public employees whose organization must fight in all countries for better wages and working conditions, for the right to unionize and to go on strike, for collective negotiation to recover the rights that were ripped off from them by the criminal hands of neo-liberal governments.
This is the compromise that TUI-Public Service assumed on its XI congress that took place in Brazil, in Latin America, continent which meets great neo-liberal policies resistance, where people victoriously struggle against them in electing by democratic and popular vote, their national governments. However the advance to rescue the role of the state and defeat monopoly politics will only succeed and only be effective if it counts with the increasing and irreplaceable workers unity and mobilization, in which public employees plays a strategic part.
Therefore, we present to every public employee around the world this great task: the State must be at people service and work for the national interest and not at the service of the greedy and selfish great monopoly.
The crisis opened a historical possibility to introduce throughout the world a new economic world order, based on nation progress, social justice and international solidarity.
Public employees, united we win!