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Saturday, November 18, 2017

CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS CALL UPON THE WORKING CLASS

NFPE WRITES TO THE SECRETARY (POST) FOR NON SETTLEMENTS OF LONG PENDING DEMANDS

National Federation of Postal Employees
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001
Phone: 011.23092771                                                    e-mail: nfpehq@gmail.com
       Mob: 9868819295/9810853981                      website: http://www.nfpe.blogspot.com


  No.PF-01(a)/2017                                                              Dated: 10th November, 2017

To

            Shri A.N Nanda
            Secretary, Department of Post
            Dak Bhawan
            New Delhi -110001

Subject: - Non Settlements of long pending demands- call of agitational                            programs - regarding

Sir,

            The Federal Secretariat meeting of NFPE with available General Secretaries and NFPE office bearers held at NFPE office North Avenue Post Office, Building New Delhi has reviewed the whole situation arisen out of so many policy offensive and attacks unleashed by the Government of India by the way of authorizing  nationalized banks and private banks for doing business of National small savings schemes, making  the IPPB (India Post Payment Bank) as a corporate entity, proposal of closure of A.P.S, appointment of out sourced Postal Delivery  agents, cancellation of G.D.S membership verification, Delay in implementation of  GDS Committee  Report , Amendment in Rectt. rules of P.A. Non filling up of vacant posts in all cadres, non implementation of  cadre restructuring  proposals for other categories and non declaration of result of regular membership verification and so many other issues.

            After a detailed and threadbare discussion the Federal Secretariat  has reached to a conclusion that it is the need of hour to resist all these policy offensives and attacks by way of struggles and serious agitational  programmes culminating in to indefinite strike.

            The federal secretariat has decided the following programme of action to achieve the demands as mentioned in charter of demands.

1. Two days Relay hunger fast in front of all Divisional offices on 28th and 29th November 2017 (All Employees will wear Black Badges containing demands and will send resolution addressed to Prime – Minister).

2. Mass Dharna in front of All C.P.M.G offices on 20thDecember 2017

3. 5 Days Relay Dharna in front of Parliament from 12th to 16th February 2018. (All Circles will participates in Dharna day wise).

4. After that Indefinite Strike will be declared

CHARTER OF DEMANDS

1. Implementation of positive recommendations of Kamlesh Chandra Committee Report for GDS

2. Membership verification of GDS and declaration of result of regular membership verification.

3. Filling up of all vacant posts in all Cadres of Deptt of Post i.e P.A.S.A, Postmen, Mail guard, mailmen, MTS,MMS Drivers and artisans, P.A CO. P.A SBCO, Postal Actts and GDS. Drop the move of amendment in P.A. S.A., P.A.CO & P.A. SBCO Recruitment Rules.

4. Implement CSI, and RICT only after providing all required infrastructure including band width and stop harassment , victimization in the name of new schemes   , technology induction, under contributory negligence factor and trade union victimization.

5. Stop out sourcing privatization and Corporatization.

6. Payment of revised wages and arrears to the casual, part time, contingent and daily rated mazdoors as per  6th& 7th CPC  and settle other issues of Casual Laboures.

7. Implement cadre restructuring for left out categories i.e. RMS, MMS, PACO, PASBCO Postmaster Cadre, Postal Actts etc and accept the modifications suggested by federation before implementation of cadre restructuring in Postal Group ‘C’.

8. Withdraw N.P.S (contributory Pension Scheme) Guarantee 50% of last pay drawn as minimum pension.

9. Implement 5 days week in Postal Operative offices.

10.  Stop move of diversion of business of P.O SB Schemes to Banks (Nationalized and Private)

11. Stop move of closure of Army Postal Service.

12. Grant OSA and OTA to RMS staff and special allowances for P.O & R.M.S Accounts.

13. Finalization of Recruitment Rules of AAOS IN Postal Accounts with 40% S.C.F quota as approved by DOPT.

14. Status of Audit to SBCO.

15. Benefit of SDBS to retried GDS employees.
Yours Comradely,
                                                                                                     (R N Parashar)

Secretary General

MINIMUM RATES OF WAGES

Inviting comments on definition of 'Operational Staff' which would be eligible for Overtime Allowance.

LATEST POSITION REGARDING MINIMUM PAY AND FITMENT FORMULA

IMPORTANT

LATEST POSITION REGARDING MINIMUM PAY AND FITMENT FORMULA -- GOVT INFORMED STAFFSIDE NATIONAL COUNCIL JCM THAT INCREASE IN MINIMUM PAY AND FITMENT FORMULA WILL NOT COME UNDER ANOMALY COMMITTEE ITEM.

During the last 2 - 3 months both print and electronic media are continuously reporting that increase in 7th CPC Minimum Pay and Fitment Factor is under serious consideration of the Govt. and National Anomaly Committee will give its recommendation to Govt. and orders for increased Minimum Pay and Fitment Formula will be given effect from April 2018. We are reproducing below a letter from Govt. dated 30.10.2017 addressed to Secretary, Staff Side , National Council JCM  stating that the demand for increase in Minimum Pay and Fitment Formula will not come under the purview of National Anomaly Committee. Further Govt. has not yet constituted the HIGH LEVEL COMMITTEE for increasing Minimum Pay and Fitment Formula as assured by the Group of Ministers including Home Minister Sri Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley on 30.06.2016. The so-called Senior Officers Committee has also not discussed this agenda even though staff Side has repeatedly demanded discussion and settlement as per the assurance given by Senior Cabinet Ministers. Now 17 months are over. 32 lakhs Central Govt. Employees and 33 lakhs Pensioners are being continuously betrayed by the NDA Govt.    



M. Krishnan 
Secretary General 
Confederation 
Mob. & Whats App:  09447068125





Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission - Implementation of decision relating to the grant of Children Education Allowance



Posting of regular Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) officers of Indian Postal Service, Group 'A'

Circle Union requests all its office bearers and Divisional Secretaries to suggest on identification of posts allotted to Odisha Circle afresh




No. P3NFPE – Odisha / 09 – 11 / 2017
Dated at Bhubaneswar the 14th November, 2017
To
All the Divisional Secretaries / Circle Union Office bearers

Sub:-  Suggestions regarding re-identification of LSG/HSG-II/HSG-I posts under Cadre Restructuring of Group-C postal employees.

Ref.-   Directorate’s letter No.25-04/2012-PE-I (Vol-II), dated 10.11.2017

Dear Comrades,
This has a reference to Directorate’s letter under reference on the above subject which has already been forwarded to you requesting your comments.

You are sincerely requested to go through the following analysis deeply before offering your comments since I may not be correct in all aspects.

As you know, during the Cadre Restructuring Committee meeting held on 02.08.2017 in Dak Bhawan, New Delhi, on behalf of the Staff Side, this Circle Secretary has strongly raised the issue of short allotment to Odisha Circle against HSG-I and LSG posts which has now been acceded to by the Directorate in allotting additional 13 HSG-I posts {now allotted 96 ( 86+10 nonfunctional) instead of 83 ( 75+8 nonfunctional) allotted earlier including nonfunctional posts} and 114 LSG posts (now allotted 1045 instead of 931 allotted earlier).

Contradictorily, the number of HSG-II posts has been reduced by 15, i.e from 189 to 174 and thus 15 such posts earlier upgraded to HSG-II will now remain as LSG.

Due to short allotment of HSG-I posts earlier, 9 posts of HSG - II which could not be upgraded to HSG – I as per instructions contained in Directorate’s letter dated 27.05.2016, will now be upgraded to HSG - I out of the additional 13 HSG - I now allotted vide Directorate’s letter under reference and thus rest 4 posts of existing HSG-II will be upgraded to HSG-I.

Further, due to short allotment against LSG posts earlier vide Directorate letter dated 27.05.2016, 45 numbers of ‘C’ Class Post Offices in Odisha Circle could not be upgraded to LSG which will now be done as per instructions contained in Para 4.1(v) and (xii) of the Directorate’s letter referred to above. Further, in the meantime 5 other single-handed S O have been opened during the period after issue of the Cadre Restructuring order on 27.05.2016 which also be upgraded to LSG.

Again, keeping the number of LSG posts constant to 1045, Odisha Circle actually got only 49 LSG posts additionally for allotment after adjustment of the shortfall of 45 LSG, 5 newly created and 15 to be downgraded from HSG-II to LSG, i.e.  {114 – (45+5+15)}.

Now question arises regarding creation of additional 4 HSG-I posts and 49 posts of LSG posts in Odisha Circle.

As per instructions contained in Para 4.1 of the Directorate’s letter referred to above, after upgrading all the posts of SPMs of ‘B’ and ‘C’ Class offices, remaining LSG posts will be utilized as per  functional requirements as follows.

i.              Post of Accountants in Divisional Office.
ii.            Some Accountant post in HOs where there is more than one such post.
iii.           LSG posts in HPOs and MDGs
iv.           LSG posts in PM Grade-III/ HSG-I HOs
v.            PM Grade-II/HSG-II HOs
vi.           PM Grade-III/HSG-I MDGs
vii.          PM Grade-II/HSG-II MDGs/SOs
viii.        In-Charge of CPCs, Foreign Post, PSD, CSD
ix.           Limited number of Posts in Divisional Office and important delivery office.

But the fact is that if upgradation of the posts of Accountants in all the Divisional Offices and HOs will be considered, the figure will be more than 49 ( 18 Divisional Offices + 35 HOs). Thus, we have to be very careful and suggest suitably to Circle Administration.

Therefore, at this moment, you are sincerely requested to offer your comments / suggestions so that a proper feedback may be given to Circle Office before issue of allotment orders.

Please expedite.

With greetings.

Yours Comradely,

B SAMAL
Circle Secretary

CHANGE THE ANTI - PEOPLE ANTI - WORKER POLICIES OR ELSE THE PEOPLE & WORKERS WILL CHANGE THE GOVT.

CONFEDERATION NEWS
The unprecedented joint trade union ‘mahapadav’ of workers concluded in the evening of 11th November 2017 with a clarion call to the working class of the country to intensify the struggle against the anti worker, anti people and anti national policies of the BJP led government.
The huge mass of workers who gathered from all over the country and from all sectors of the economy enthusiastically endorsed the unanimous call of the leadership of the joint trade union movement, made in the light of the 8th August 2017 national convention, to prepare for an indefinite country wide general strike if the government does not change tack and heed the voice of the working class. The trade unions decided to chalk out a prolonged course of agitations and actions towards that objective.
The string of actions will start with district level joint conventions to be completed by the first week of January 2018 followed by joint ‘Satyagraha’/ courting of arrest at the district headquarters in the last week of January. The common date for the courting of arrest in all districts in the state will be decided by the joint meeting of the state leadership of the trade unions.
In case of any anti worker measures being announced in the Union Budget, joint protest demonstrations will be held on the same day all over the country. The central trade unions will meet soon after the presentation of the Union Budget and decide upon the next course of action.
Along with this programme, the central trade unions also decided to go into joint industry/ sectoral strike whenever the government takes measures at privatisation. The national federations of scheme workers affiliated to the central trade unions will go on strike before the presentation of the Union Budget on their own demands. The date of the strike will be decided in their joint meeting.
The three days ‘mahapadav’ was significant in many ways. This was the first time that ten central trade unions and independent industrial federations jointly organised dharna in the national capital continuously for three days mobilising tens of thousands of workers on each day. The participation of women workers, not only the scheme workers, but also from other sections like beedi, construction, domestic workers, street vendors, home based workers etc was very huge, particularly on the third day. The participation of young workers was also remarkable.
Another significant feature is the participation of several state level trade unions. Some of them are part of the state level joint trade union platforms in states like Kerala, Telangana etc. In addition around 3000 transport workers, owners cum drivers of trucks etc from different states, who are not affiliated to any central trade union, participated at the initiative of the All India Road Transport Workers’ Federation.
The workers displayed extraordinary resolve to participate in the ‘mahapadav’ overcoming many difficulties. The air pollution in Delhi received wide coverage in the media all over the country. Delhi’s description as a ‘toxic gas chamber’ with a situation of ‘public health emergency’ created scare, particularly among those coming from the southern states. The banning of demonstrations and mobilisations at Jantar Mantar by the National Green Tribunal also raised questions on whether the ‘mahapadav’ will be allowed at all.
Many trains were running inordinately late and several were cancelled. Thousands of workers, including women workers from remote villages who travelled all the way to the nearest railway station had to go back after finding that the train they were to travel was cancelled. Thousands refused to go back despite knowing that their train was late. They just wanted to participate in the ‘mahapadav’ even for a little while. On each of the three days thousands arrived at the venue just as the dharna was about to conclude or after it was adjourned for the day. Around thousand women workers reached Delhi in the night of 11th November!
Attempts were made to create confusion among the workers. The BMS which has deserted the joint trade union movement on the eve of the country wide general strike on 2nd September 2015, the first one after the BJP led Modi government came to power certifying that the government was positive to the demands of the workers, gave a call for a rally in the national capital on 17th November. Rumours were floated that the ‘mahapadav’ has been cancelled. The government, which has been totally ignoring the 12 point charter of demands of the trade unions during the last over two years, called a meeting on 3rd November 2017 sending a notice of less than 48 hours. It did not invite the INTUC, one of the major trade unions and a constituent of the joint movement. When the trade unions protested and refused to attend the meeting unless INTUC was also invited, the government called another meeting but on the same day when three other central trade unions were called to depose before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour in Mumbai. After the trade unions again protested against the casual attitude of the Ministry of Labour, ultimately theo meeting was fixed on the evening of 7th November. But the government had nothing to offer. The trade unions stuck to their programme. The workers brushed aside all these machinations to confuse, divide and disrupt their unity and participated in the ‘mahapadav’ in large numbers.
The discipline displayed by the workers, belonging to different organisations and different states, during the entire duration of the three days’ ‘mahapadav’ was exemplary. Majority of the workers sat throughout the day and showed eagerness to hear the speakers – not less than 30 of them, in three sessions, every day! They responded with enthusiasm whenever a call was given to intensify the struggle.
However all this was of no consequence to the corporate media. The corporate controlled mainstream print and electronic media chose to black out the ‘mahapadav’ and the demands of the workers, the backbone of our economy. All that they could capture was some poor street vendors ‘doing hectic business’ selling shoes and books and the long lines near the public toilets!
But the ‘mahapadav’ and the issues raised by it received wide publicity in the social media and some pro people television channels. Several teams active in the social media talked to the workers and union leaders and uploaded them in the websites.
The struggle and the demands of the workers also received huge support from various organisations within the country as well as from outside. The two major international organisations of the working class, the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) sent messages of solidarity. In addition, national trade union organisations from different countries including Greece, Nepal etc expressed solidarity. The joint platform of over 100 kisan organisations and several women’s organisations came out in support of the ‘mahapadav’. 50 eminent personalities including writers, university professors, scientists, researchers, artists and social workers, signed a letter to the Prime Minister demanding that the issues raised by the joint movement of the workers be addressed immediately. There were many more such expressions of support to the struggle of the workers.
The three days ‘mahapadav’ makes one thing certain. Discontent against the policies being pursued by the government is growing among all sections of the working class – unorganised sector workers, organised sector workers, those in the public sector and in the private sector, the scheme workers, contract workers and all others. Even large sections of the middle class employees who have voted for BJP are becoming disillusioned with the government’s policies. It has shown that the workers are ready to fight. What is necessary is to make them aware that alternatives to the disastrous neoliberal policies exist; to make them aware that it is the working class which has to lead the struggle for such an alternative; and create confidence among them that they can do it through their organised strength and by uniting with other sections of toiling people like the peasants and agricultural workers.

Donate Rs 200 each for Flag Day, DoPT tells govt staff

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, November 13
With Armed Forces Flag Day being round the corner, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has issued an advisory to all Central ministries and departments directing that all government employees donate a minimum of Rs 200 out of their salaries for the month of November.

The Flag Day fund, generated out of donations from citizens, is a major source of funding for welfare and rehabilitation of war widows, ex-servicemen and dependants.  

The Department of Personnel and Training  advisory stems from an appeal from the Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare in this regard. December 7 is observed as the Armed Forces Flag Day to commemorate the sacrifices of men in uniform. 

Last year, Rs 58.84 lakh were collected, a marginal dip over Rs 59.85 lakh collected in 2015, according to the Ministry of Defence figures. The fund has a corpus of about Rs 290 crore and out of the interest earned on this, 7.5 per cent is deposited back in the corpus and the remaining amount is used to fund welfare schemes.