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Tuesday, November 27, 2012


        How the 12/12/12 strike will   

                    affect us?

       

1.  12/12/12 strike is called by the Confederation first time since 1968. All the strikes we joined earlier were organized jointly by the Central Trade Unions/Confederation. This is the strike called exclusively for meeting the Central Government Employees issues.

2.  The success of the strike will bring us 7th Pay Commission, 50% merger, 5 promotion formula and several other important demands.

3.   Confederation has called the strike and we are affiliate of the Confederation and as such no action except deduction of one day’s pay will be there.

4.  Losing one day’s pay is an investment. We will get it back with interest while implementing 7th CPC/Merger of DA etc.

5.  This strike is not to be linked with the dispute of the recognition of the Association which is pending with the Department.   

 

Please do not come under fear/influence of the Administration on the issue of joining the strike by the Administrative Staff. Join the strike enmass to achieve the desired result of the 12/12/12 strike.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

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ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF (NON GAZETTED)
MINISTRY OF STATISTICS & PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION
GOVERNMENT ON INDIA
Web Site: www.aiamshq.blogspot.com
e-mail: aiams06@yahoo.co.in
Hall No. 201 & 205, Vijay Stambh,
Zone I, Maharana Pratap Nagar,
Bhopal, dated 21/11/12

All Units/members are requested to visit the web site regularly to know the latest position of the issues related to the Administrative Staff.



Dear friends,

As you are aware that the issues related to the Administrative Staff of the NSSO have been bringing to the authorities from time to time by this Association but the details of the same could not be communicated to you. However, we are maintaining a popular web site with around 1.5 lakh visitors so far in which common issues of the Administrative Staff have been posted.

12-12-12 strike of Central Government Employee:      
Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers first time since 1968 has called Central Government Employees’ own strike on 12-12-12.  For quite some time Staff side was trying to persuade the Government on the issues of 7th CPC w.e.f. 1.1.2011; Merger of 50% DA; Extension of 5 promotion to Group B & C Staff; National & MACP Anomaly issues; Withdrawal of new pension Bill etc. (See the 18 point charter of demands in annexure I). But the Government has not been bothered to heed. The JCM machineries become defunct. Meanwhile, Confederation was organized a massive rally of Central Government Employees’ at Delhi on 26th July on the issues. And now, one day nationwide strike on 12/12/12. It is a ‘do or die’ fight. If performed in its right spirit we will be benefitted; otherwise we will be losers forever. Friends, this is the strike, called by the Confederation and we join it as an affiliate of the Confederation. And as such no action except deduction of one day’s pay will be there. The recognition case of our Association is pending with the Ministry and as such none can be claim that our Association is not recognized. Please come forward!  

Recognition of the Association.
As already said in our previous circular CCS (RSA) Rules 1993 provide same interest group of staff irrespective of their group viz. group B, C or D to identify as a distinct category for recognition of Staff Associations. According to which the Ministerial Staff including Assistants had been identified as same interest group and granted recognition in the year 1998. But on the basis of DoPT letter dated 9/4/2009, classifying the post holding Rs. 4200 Grade pay as group B, the MoS & PI has re-identified a distinct category of group C vide letter dated 29/10/2009 and asked this Association to remove the Assistants from the member ship. Since the Ministry has already identified the Assistant as same interest group in the year 1998 and granted recognition, the re-identification done by them was not in accordance with the CCS (RSA) Rules. Thus we stood firm for the recognition of the entire Administrative staff as a same interest category and passed constitution/resolution at Mumbai GB Meeting in the month of Sept. 2011. But, even though one senior officer in the Ministry had orally agreed to set aside the distinct group re-identified’ and the case was put up in favour, but it has not culminated in its desired result at least for the time being. In this respect the latest letter received from the Ministry has been replied (See annexure II). Simultaneously, the information sought under RTI act from DOPT is awaited (See Annexure III).

Since this Association enjoys the support of more than 80% Administrative Staff in NSSO and more than 95% in FOD the Ministry cannot close its eyes and ears on our grievances. Thus all issues put up by us are processed timely. All Units are requested to please keep the units activity as usual.

Restructuring of Administrative Staff:      
The proposal for the restructuring in respect of FOD is under consideration of Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Finance. We are getting full co-operation from the FOD Administration on the issue. Meanwhile, it is learnt, the case of DPD & SDRD is in its final stage of implementation. If things are going smoothly the proposals for the restructuring of the Ministerial Staff shall be in the stage of implementation within few months.

Combined Seniority of LDC & UDC for promotion to the post of Assistant.
Association has been taking up the issue for the last two years and finally it was put up one of the demand on which the 28th February strike was observed. Accordingly recruitment rules have been framed and sent for approval (A copy of the letter received in this respect is enclosed in annexure IV)

Filling up of the post of Assistant in FOD Offices.
Copy of the latest letter on the issue sent to the FOD is enclosed in annexure V.

Merger of the posts of LDC & UDC and Upgrtadation of Grade Pay.
The minutes of the anomaly committee meeting held on 17th July is posted on the Association web site. According to the assurance given by the Government to the Staff Side a separate meeting would be conducted to discuss the additional anomaly items, the issue of LDC & UDC are placed under additional items. Shri S.K. Vyas, who represent, Confederation has informed me that the issue of merger of LDC & UDC will be discussed in the final meeting of the Anomaly Committee. We are awaiting the meeting and its decision.

Filling up of the post of UDC/LDC in FOD Offices:
The posts of UDC are to be filled up by promoting the LDCs from the state seniority list and the vacancies of the LDC are to be filled through SSC directly for which no special approval from FOD is needed. If there is inordinate delay in filling the vacancy through SSC these posts can be filled up on contract basis till the SSC provide candidate, as per the guide lines issued by the FOD for the same. Besides, our request to consider the promotion of educationally qualified MTS to the vacant post of LDC as a onetime measure is also under consideration of DOPT (copy of the latest letter is enclosed in annexure VI).

Restructuring of Hindi Staff:
As you are aware that simultaneously to the sending of restructuring proposal of Administrative staff, the demand of restructuring of Hindi Staff was raised. Accordingly, a proposal for sanction of Hindi Staff in all FOD Regions and creation of the post of Assistant Director at Zonal level was sent for acceptance. DPD unit was also asked to raise the issue on the line. Now the case is in its final stage and we expect its immediate acceptance.

As regards parity in the grade pay of the Hindi Staff of Central Secretariat & subordinate staff, while replying the items put up in the National Anomaly Committee, the official side has said that orders for the parity and grade pay for official language personal with the Central Secretariat have already been issued. Wherever, the same is not implemented or different decision taken, the same may be brought to the notice of the Department of Expenditure for appropriate decision.

Implementation of the order granting of Rs. 4200 grade pay to 30% UDC in Central Secretariat
The case has been taken up by the Confederation in the National Anomaly Committee as additional item and also put up in the National JCM.

With warm regards,
Sincerely Yours,

(TKR Pillai)
General Secretary

 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


STRIKE NOTICE SERVED

ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF (NON GAZETTED), MINISTRY OF STATISTICS AND PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION HAD SERVED STRIKE NOTICE TO THE SECRETARY, MOS&PI ON 19.11.2012 FOR THE 12th DECEMBER 2012 ALL INDIA STRIKE. THIS IS AN EFFORTS OF THE CONFEDERATION FOR THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR OUR 15 POINTS GENUINE DEMANDS, THE SUCCESS OF THE STRIKE WILL BRING 7TH PAY COMMISSION, 50% MERGER, 5 PROMOTION SCHEME, RESPECTABLE   NEGOTIATION ON THE ANOMALY ISSUES, SCRAPING OF NEW PENSION SCHEME ETC. IN CASE THE STRIKE IS FAILED, THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT CONSIDER ANY OF OUR DEMANDS AND WILL STAND ON THEIR PRESENT STAND OF "NO FUTURE PAY COMMISSIONS, NO MERGER, NO DECISION ON ANOMALY ETC."  THUS THIS IS THE TIME TO TAKE DECISIONS. NO ACTION WILL BE THERE EXCEPT ONE DAY'S PAY UNDER "NO WORK NO PAY" AS PER SUPREME COURT RULING.  

NO GOVERNMENT CAN TAKE ACTION AGAINST 12 LAKH CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES FOR RESORTING ONE DAY STRIKE ACTION

COPY OF THE STRIKE NOTICE AND DETAILED CIRCULAR ARE SENT THROUGH POST.



Monday, November 19, 2012

12.12.12 ONE DAY'S STRIKE-WHY?



COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR REVISION OF WAGE STRUCTURE AND OTHER DEMANDS

Com. S.K.Vyas

The  Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers have submitted a 15-point Charter of Demands to the Government of India through a mass deputation on 26-07-12 in which more than 20 thousand Central Government employees from all over the country had joined in the march to Parliament in support of this Charter. The Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers is organizing a country wide campaign by holding meetings / District and State level Conventions etc. to prepare the employees for a strike action on 12-12-2012.

Why should we wait for ten years for wage revision?
The revision of the existing wage structure by appointing 7 CPC effective from 01-01-2011 is the most pressing and urgent demand. There are four major considerations on which this demand has been made. In the first place wage revision in all the Public Sector Undertakings and in other Sectors usually takes place every 5th year. The next revision in the Public Sector Undertakings is due from 01-01-2012, the last being w.e.f.01-01-2007. Why should Central Government employees have to wait for a longer period of 10 years before the next revision becomes due? It is on this consideration that the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers has demanded the setting up of 7th Central Pay Commission immediately to revise the wage structure w.e.f. 01-01-2011. 

The existing wage structure revised by 6th CPC and which has been implemented from 01-01-2006 is not only most anomalous, but also totally irrational and inadequate. It is anomalous because by giving a system of wage band and Grade Pay and grouping together some of the time scales, what has actually been done is that, the highest minimum pay in the group which is also the minimum of the other pay scales in the group, has been reduced to the revised minimum of the lowest pay scale resulting in a very anomalous situation that a person promoted to any post in the group is fixed below the deemed minimum of that post. 

There is no scientific determination of fitment benefit. Normally fitment benefit is equal to the amount which is equal to the difference between the revised and pre-revised minimum and is expressed in terms of percentage of pre-revised minimum. What this CPC has done is that they have given 40% of pre-revised maximum as Grade Pay / fitment benefit. This system of fitment benefit is not a uniform benefit, for one who is at the minimum or lower stage will get a higher benefit and one who is at the higher stage in the pre-revised pay scale will get lesser benefit. It can’t be called a fitment benefit, as it is not related to the difference between the revised and pre-revised minimum. 

The Pay Band is in fact nothing but pay plus DA which was admissible in the lowest pay scale in the band and which has been made applicable for all the pay scales in that band. The only increase which has been provided is represented by the Grade Pay i.e. 40% of pre-revised maximum. This increase as per the computation done will be subsumed by way of difference in the DA increases by the end of the year 2012. In other words, from 01-01-2013 the employees will begin to get lesser Pay and Allowances than what they would have got in terms of 5th CPC wage structure. 

Therefore, the increase provided as a result of revision of 6th CPC is quite inadequate and another revision has become due. The existing wage structure is irrational because it is not based upon any principle of wage determination like need based minimum norms or fair comparison with outside rates, which is universally applicable in all the other countries of the world. We want that our wage structure should be on the basis of scientifically devised principles of wage revision. Another principle of wage determination is that a revised minimum is fixed at the level of unskilled worker and other pay scales in the pyramid of the Pay Scales are determined, keeping in view the well established and evolved vertical and horizontal relativities. The wage structure given by 6th CPC has totally smashed the existing relativities.  

The lowest minimum wage has not been fixed for unskilled worker. It has been fixed at the level of skilled worker, who is a matriculate. The result is that all unskilled workers who have not acquired matriculation have been debarred from the Govt. employment. Such a wage structure is not acceptable to the people of India because large number of rural youth who do not acquire the matriculation are languishing in the employment market. But they have no opportunity in the Government Sector because of this recommendation. The existing relativity between unskilled and skilled worker was 50% at the level of the skilled worker, the minimum of the unskilled worker being Rs. 2550 and that of skilled worker being Rs.3050. In the existing arrangement the relativity is represented by Grade Pay which is Rs.1800 at the minimum level and Rs.1900 at the next level. 

That means the vertical relativity is reduced to 20% from existing 50%. General recommendation regarding Pay Band is that it should be 1.86 multiple of the existing pre-revised minimum so that it represents the existing Pay and Allowances as admissible on 01-01-2006. The Government of India however, has given higher multiple of three times of pre-revised minimum in PB 4 without offering any explanation for this unrelated increase. The demand of the employees that at least 2.625 times of the existing wages may be uniformly provided, if not three times, which has not been accepted by the Government. If this has been accepted every Government employee would have been granted 41% increase in their pre-revised wages uniformly. 

The 5th CPC has revised the entire wage structure by applying a common multiple of 3.25. A Class IV employee whose minimum was Rs.750 therefore, got Rs. 2550 and Cabinet Secretary, whose pay was Rs.9000 was revised to Rs.30000. Such a common multiplying factor has not been provided by the 6CPC. Therefore, it has recommended a wage structure which gives inflated benefit to Class I Officer and very reduced and inadequate benefit to the rest of the employees. These are the reasons on which the employees have to be granted another wage increase through the 7th CPC w.e.f 01-01-2011.

The 6th CPC bid good-bye to the concept of merger of DA
Next important demand in the Charter is merger of 50% of DA as Dearness Pay. If we go through the effort 
put in by the CG employees movement for achieving this demand we will find that way back in 1962, when the 2nd CPC had not given any formula for DA and Government had imposed a very retrograde DA formula 
by not providing 100% neutralization, the Confederation has raised a demand for indexing of the wages annually as is being done in other countries like Great Britain etc.  The Gadgil Committee appointed by the Government recommended for the merger of total  DA with Pay for the purposes of pension. Third CPC, then recommended that, as soon as the Cost of living Index crosses 272 points , the DA then admissible should be merged with pay for the purpose of pension. 

Later on, the employees’ organizations further negotiated and obtained merger of DA up to 320 points, not only for the purpose of Pension but also, for the purpose of Pay and Allowances. The next merger of DA up to 468 points (148% DA ) was done by Government before appointing the 4th CPC. Employees Organizations then demanded that the system of merger should be regulated and should happen automatically as and when the DA increased by 50%. 

To achieve this demand and other demands, like setting up of 5th CPC, grant of IR, increasing the bonus ceiling etc, entire Central Government employees represented by Confederation, AIRF and AIDEF had to join together and gave a call for indefinite strike. The Govt. then negotiated a settlement by merging 20% DA and referring the rest of DA merger to the 5th CPC and conceding all other demands. The 5th CPC merged 98% DA which was then admissible and recommended that as and when the DA increase of 50% takes place, it should be merged with the Pay. 

Thus we had achieved a well regulated merger of DA with pay as and when it is increased by 50%. The 6th CPC has undone this achievement; rather it snatched away this benefit from our hands, for reasons which are totally absurd. Therefore, we cannot but insist for continuation of the system of merger which has recommended by the 5th CPC and accepted by the Government. No Movement will tolerate if the already achieved benefit is taken away from it. Hence, we press for this demand.

Our fate tied to the vagaries of Stock Market
Another important demand is withdrawal of PFRDA bill and restoration of the statutory pension scheme to all the employees who entered the service on or after 01-01-2004. For the present, the new contributory pension scheme, which is a defined contribution as opposed to defined pension benefit scheme, has been introduced in respect of the employees who joined service on or after 01-01-2004. At the first place, pension is the liability of the Government. 

The Supreme Court of India ruled that a pension has been earned by an employee while he is serving and therefore is in the nature of deferred wage which can be claimed by an employee by way of Fundamental Right to Property. By a convention of ILO every employer is bound to provide an appropriate fund to finance the social security to an employee after his retirement. Some employers provide it through Contributory Provident Fund, which consists of one month wage each year to be funded by the employer. Some have a system of monthly payments after retirement instead of one time lump sum payment. 

In both cases, the benefit is well defined, whether it is in the nature of pension or contributory Provident Fund. And it is the liability of the employer/Government. In the NPS what is defined is not the benefit but the amount which will be contributed by the employee. 

According to this scheme, the fund contributed by the employee with matching contribution by the Government will be invested in the Equity Market. If the wealth, thus accumulated is enough, 40% of this will be invested in annuity, when the employee quits the service. And his pension will be what that annuity provides. It cannot therefore be a defined benefit, namely 50% of last pay drawn. In most of the cases, the return is much less than 50% of last pay drawn. The benefit given by such schemes which are in operation elsewhere, on an average, not exceeded 20% to 30% of last pay drawn. In USA there were several such funds operated not only by various States of US but also by many big companies.  

As a result of the recession in the year 2008 in USA, many big companies declared bankrupt with the result that about more than 3.5 trillion dollars of pension wealth was wiped out. The workers not only lost their pension but also their employment.  Besides this, such a scheme is needed only in countries where major portion of the population is too old to earn. So far as India is concerned, it is a country in which, the youth capable of earning are more than 70%. And therefore, such a scheme is not at all warranted. Various experts have undertaken projections of the pension liability in coming years. 

They have found that excepting periodical escalation caused as a result of wage revision, the pension liability in the Government Sector tends to be below 1% of GDP, which the country can well afford. On this ground also, this NPS is uncalled for and has to be rescinded.  In PFRDA Bill a provision has been made empowering the Government/Authority to extend the operation of this scheme to all workers who are presently  exempted, like those who are in service prior to 01-01-04 and Defence personnel. Thus, the danger of they being also sucked into this scheme is always there. The Authority has also been empowered to alter the Scheme of the Statutory 

Pension in order to bring it at par with the NPS. And therefore, we have to fight for withdrawal of PFRDA bill. We have to continue this fight even if this law is enacted and persist in struggle till such time this law is repealed. So this demand is going to survive even after a settlement is reached on other demands. 

Denying Right to Strike is attacking our Collective Bargaining power 
Collective bargaining right i.e. Right to Strike is one of the fundamental rights which have been recognized by the ILO in its various Conventions like 85, 98 & 115. It is understood that the imperialist Government of Britain, when they were Rulers of this country did not bestow this right to the labour employed by them because they treated them as slaves. But Independent India cannot deny us this right , which is being enjoyed by other workers. Because, by denying this right to us (Public Servants), the Government is practicing discrimination which is unconstitutional. We claim this Right as a Right flowing from the principle of rights to all Citizens. It is another thing that we will continue to exercise this right as and when needed. 

And we are not beggars before the Government for bestowing this right. Here it will be apt to mention that even Sri. Jagjivan Ram in the year 1966 while addressing the inaugural meeting of the National Council of JCM had advocated that the Central Government employees should have the Right to Strike, because if, it  is not there, the Government as an employer will also not respect the employees Organizations and not address their aspirations. Therefore we demand that all the collective bargaining rights including Right to Strike should be bestowed to the employees. 

Compassionate Appointment is a Sacred Obligation
We have been insisting since 1994 in the forum of JCM that restriction on the compassionate ground appointments to 5% should go.  Railways the biggest employer, employing more than 50% of the C.G. employees, is not imposing this restriction. Why others should be denied?  The Standing Parliamentary Committee of DOP&T has declared that this system of Compassionate appointments gives a standing assurance   to every new entrant in Government service that if he dies in harness, his family will not be left in lurch. And therefore, it is a sacred obligation on the Government to honour it by offering employment to a family member of the deceased Government Servant. It had now been also recognized by the Law Department that there is no such restriction imposed by the Supreme Court of India. This restriction has been imposed through an executive order which Railways has not been following. And therefore, just like in the case of Railway employees, we should also get compassionate appointment without any limitation of 5% quota in vacancies. And also there is no such quota in the Roster. An employee who is given such an appointment belongs to OC/ SC/ST /OBC will be adjusted in the respective quotas. 

A cruel exploitation of the Society
Outsourcing/downsizing / off- loading/contractorisation and corporatization will continue to be opposed by us for very obvious reasons. We don’t share the belief of the Government that the entire work in the Government to implement the social reforms like education should be handed over to the private hands. And the Government should be confined to Law and Order and Administration of Justice. The Government has therefore resorted to huge downsizing over a period of last two decades, resulting in a situation in which most of the Departments have become nonviable. The spree of downsizing has to be resisted and fought. One method adopted to downsize is that they will off load the work which is being done. Even in Departments like Audit , many of the Auditing units are being exempted from Audit. In other places the annual audit has been converted into biennial/triennial Audit. Quantum of Audit has been restricted to reducing manpower. Outsourcing is another form of downsizing. For achieving this downsizing, many functions are either being given to NGOs, Societies or from on Department to another Department. The work of filing the IT Returns has been handed over to Postal Department. System of Franchisee in Postal Department for sale of stamps is multiplying. This type of outsourcing has resulted in a system which is not accountable to anybody. And therefore, undesirable irregularities are multiplying. And even Government revenue is passing into private hands. Uncontrolled corruption is being practiced by these private agencies to which the functions have been outsourced. Contractorisation is very rampant in Public Sector undertakings. 80% of the workforce is contract workers. It is now discreetly creeping into Government Services. 

The 6th CPC has recommended the contractorisation of Watch and Ward Staff and other unskilled labour. This is a conspiracy whereby the Formal Sector employment with decent wages and perks is being converted into informal Sector with indecent fixed wages and no perks or even social security measures like pension and Medicare. Obviously we cannot but oppose such policies. Corporatization is an indirect method of eventual privatization. BSNL is the latest example. With the Government Telecom was earning about Rs. 8000 crores. In other words, highest revenue was generated. Today it is running into losses as a corporate entity of BSNL. Workers are not getting Bonus for the last two years. Medicare scheme has been withdrawn. Employees have been persuaded to go on VR and then seek reemployment on fixed lower wages. An employee drawing Rs. 50,000 after being paid VR amounts is being re-employed at Rs. 8000 p.m. At this rate, the day is not far off when the entire corporation is sold to some private entity in order to pay back the ADB loan. Obliviously, we the Central Government employees along with other workers will continue to oppose these policies which are anti people and anti worker policies. 

How long they will remain Exra-Departmental?
Postal Department is keeping the half of its work force out of the boundaries of the Department. They are labeled as Extra Departmental Workers and denied the status of Government employees, in spite of the favourable judicial pronouncement from the highest Court of the land that, they are the civil servants. They were kept out of the purview of the Central Pay Commission. They are denied pension, medical facilities, equal bonus etc. Hence, it is being demanded that the GDS employees should be brought under the purview of 7th CPC. It is utmost important to seriously press for the status of holders of civil posts for these large chunk of the workforce by dismantling the Extra Departmental system.

Five time-bound promotions on par with Gr.A Officers  
The system of time bound promotions twice in a career was first introduced in CPWD Department for engineers, then in the P&T, and also for the Drivers. The Confederation pleaded before the5
th CPC for a scheme of three time bound promotions in respect of all employees. The Commission recommended two Financial up-gradations in the existing hierarchy, which was implemented by the Government in 1990. 

The 6th CPC modified the said scheme by providing for two financial up-gradations uniformly in the Grade Pay hierarchy as opposed to promotional hierarchy. The Government of India provided for three Financial up-gradations after 10,20,30 years of service. The net result is that in most of the cases two Financialupgradations in ACP scheme were far better than three MACPs in Grade Pay hierarchy. When, however we examined the existing scheme of promotions in the Gr. A Services, we find that they have been assured of 5 time bound promotions in their career spanning 20 to 25 years. Comparatively therefore, Gr. C employees were only getting three MACPs which are below par to two ACPs of 1999. The employees have therefore right to demand equal treatment of five time bound promotions which only Gr. A employees are enjoying today. We are guaranteed equality of opportunity in our Constitution and therefore we have to get 5 time bound promotion opportunities, as is presently available to the Gr. A Officers. 

Ceiling on Bonus – a mockery of Justice
The existing ceiling for entitlement of bonus is Rs. 3500. The term ceiling connotes something higher than the base. Today the base wage is in around 10 to 12 thousand. How can there be a ceiling of Rs. 3500, which is obviously at the lower altitude than the base? It can never be called a ceiling. As a matter of fact, the so called ceiling has become the base of the underground and the basic salary the base at ground level. We therefore demand that this concept of ceiling may be scrapped. Bonus should be paid on the basis of the wages itself. And if at all ceiling is to be prescribed it should at the higher rate than the average pay which is now being paid.

Lofty ideals of JCM gone to wind
Joint Consultative Machinery was conceived as a grievance settlement scheme, as opposed to normal bilateral negotiations which may or may not result in settlement. It was specifically provided in the scheme that the issues raised in the JCM meeting will be concluded in the very meeting itself and not left for a later decision by the Government. It was also provided that if the issues could not be discussed fully in a meeting, it will be remitted to smaller Joint Committee, which would conclude the discussion and submit the report to next meeting in which it will be settled. These days there are items pending in the various fora of JCM for number of years . There are instances where a disagreement reached in the meeting was finally recorded after a lapse of 4 years as the Government took time to take a final decision in the matter. In other words, this JCM scheme has ceased to be an instant settlement mechanism. The frequency of meetings prescribed was minimum three meetings in a year.  Meetings are now held not once in four months as prescribed, but once in three to four years. The result is that grievances of the employees have been kept pending and accumulated. The JCM scheme was a 3-tire Scheme. One at National, Second at Departmental level and Third at Office level. Since 1993 after promulgamation of Recognition of Service Association Rules, the Departmental Councils in most of the Departments stopped functioning. Even after the 6th CPC report manyof these Departmental Councils have not at all been revived. Many Organizations have not at all been accorded fresh recognition since 1995. Therefore, most of the second tire Departmental Councils have ceased to exist. For these reasons we have demanded effective operation of the scheme of JCM at all the levels. The employees belonging to Gr-C and  D have been given coverage under JCM in 1966. Over a period of time on account of periodic wage revision in the year1973, 1986, 1996 and 2006 the status ofmany of Gr-C employees has been upgraded to Gr-B employees, merely because of the higher wages andnot on the basis of additional functions. The present situation is that even a post up to the level ofAssistant who is educated up to graduation has no supervisory functions and is being classified as Gr-B . And all such upgraded employees have been taken out of the coverage of JCM. There cannot be therefore, any grievancesettlement mechanism for all these employees. On a rough assessment only a 30% of total employees now remain under the coverage of JCM. Our demand is that all the govt. employees irrespective of classification should be given coverage in JCM. And at least those categories who are under the coverage of JCM at the time of the inception of JCM should continue to be under JCM regardless of change of the classification.

We have inherited the Struggle path
A question will arise why confederation has decided to go on direct action in support of these common demands, why they have not waited for Railways and Defence workers to join in such a call. It is our observation that over a period of time the initiatives in the direction of finalization of the Charter and direct action had always been taken in the first instance by the Confederation. In 1957 we decided to go on indefinite strike on the demand of Second Pay Commission. Railways and Defence workers did not at all join it. But we achieved this demand, because we stood firm by our decision to go on strike. Even in 1960 the campaign to go on strike, was initiated by the Confederation , JCA was constituted much later and joint action by the entirety of Central Government  employees was successfully implemented the five day long strike. The same story has been repeated at the time of the 4t , 5th and 6th CPCs . Therefore, only when we go ahead on the struggle path, the leadership of Railwaymen and Defence workers gets interested and eventually joins. The other aspect of this initiation is that it has been our experience that the Governments of the day whichever formation of the party it may belong have always tended to ignore the demands of the employees. The 2nd CPC was established only when we decided to go on strike. The 4th 5th and 6th CPCs were also set up only after the Central Government employees united under the banner of JCA and gave a call of indefinite strike. Strike notices were served by holding rallies throughout the country and the Government came down to negotiation table and settled our demands. In the year 1993 Confederation and National Federation of Postal Employees had to organize six days strike to force the government to extend bonus to all non-gazetted employees, which was initially extended to only Railway employees. It is on the basis of these experiences that we have not only to decide to go on strike but also prepare ourselves for implementing this decision of the strike. Every Government  employee should draw a lesson from the aboveexperience that if he wants to settle the common demands, he has to take an individual decision to join the call given by the Organization. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

ONE DAY'S PAY OR 16 DEMANDS? YOU HAVE TO DECIDE!


12.12.12 ALL INDIA STRIKE-WHY?

NEGOTIATING MACHINERIES BECOME DEFUNCT!

GOVERNMENT IS NOT WILLING TO LISTEN THE STAFF SIDE
THE BURNING ISSUES OF CG EMPLOYEES

7TH PAY COMMISSION, MERGER OF 50% DA, EXTENTION OF 5 PROMOTIONS TO GROUP C & B OFFICIALS,
NATIONAL- MACP ANOMALY….
ALL WERE GONE UNHEARD

WHEN ALL DOORS ARE CLOSED

FIRST TIME SINCE 1968

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CONFEDERATION

DECIDED TO ORGANISE ONE DAY STRIKE ACTION

TO GET REALISED THEIR STRENGTH

ON
12.12.12

REMEMBER:
THE SUCCESS OF THE STRIKE IS THE SUCCESS OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

JOIN THE STRIKE EN MASSE
AND DECIDE YOUR OWN FATE

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

STRIKE WORK ON 12.12.12 FOR OURSELVES

12.12.12 ALL INDIA STRIKE- WHY?
REAL WAGES
ERODED
WAGE REVISION/MERGER OF 50% DA
OVERDUE
CAREER PROGRESSION
PREJUDICED
UPGRADATION OF LDC/UDC
UNRESPONSIVE
PRICE INDEX
FAULTY
PRICES
RISING
UNEMPLOYMENT  
INCREASING
GROWTH
JAMMED
ARBITRATION AWARDS
DISRESPECT
FUNCTIONING OF JCM
FAILING & DEFUNCT
CADRE RESTRUCTURING
DELAYED/
DETERIORATED
OUTSOURCING, CONTRACTORISATION
RAMPANT
CCS(RSA)RULES
DISREGARDED
NEW PENSION SCHEME
TRADE & GAMBLING
COMPASSIONATE APPOINTMENT
REFUSAL
OVERTIME ALLOWANCE
MISERABLE
CASUAL LABOUR WAGES
NOT REVISED
BONUS CEILING
UNREASONABLE
TRADE UNION VICTIMISATION
VENGEANCE
RIGHT TO STRIKE
STILL DENIED

WHAT IS THE WAY OUT – STRUGGLE,
ONLY STRUGGLE

STRIKE!   STRIKE!!   STRIKE!!!

ALL INDIA ASSOCIATION OF ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF (NG)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Wish a very happy & prosperous Diwali to all of you







12/12/12 ONE DAY STRIKE ON 15 POINT CHARTER OF DEMANDS


CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS
CIRCULAR  NO. 19 DATED: 10th NOVEMBER, 2012.

Dear Comrade,

We have already placed on the website the format of the strike notice to be served on all Heads of Departments/Offices on 19th November, 2012. The strike notice must have the charter of demands as an enclosure. In order to ensure that the charter of demands is uniform in all respects, we give hereunder the same. Kindly incorporate the same in all the strike notices to be served on 19th November, 2012.


We once again request the Sectt. Members, who were assigned the responsibility for undertaking campaigns in different states that the same may be undertaken with all seriousness and in the event of any difficulty, the same may be brought to the notice of the CHQ. November, being the festival months, the programmes, if not already completed, must be organised in the 3rd and 4th weeks. As per the decision of the National Executive, evening dharnas are to be organised continuously from 20th to 23rd i.e. immediately after the serving of notice. The first week of December will be utilised for the circulation of pamphlets to all the members explaining the issues and demands contained in the charter.
The Sectt .Members who are assigned with the task of undertaking review meeting in different State Capital must be in touch with the concerned State Committee Secretaries and finalise the programme. The Secretaries of the State Committees are requested to please contact the concerned Sectt. members and ensure that the campaign programme as chalked out by the National Executive is carried out to make the strike participation on 12th a grand success.

We have sought the support and solidarity for the strike action slated for 12th December, 2012 from various Central Government organisations in Defence and Railways and FNPO. Similar letters are being addressed to all such organisations. On serving the strike notice on 19th November, we shall approach the Central Trade Unions and other Independent Federations seeking their support to make the strike total on 12th December, 2012. Copy of our letter is placed hereunder. 


We have also written to the Secretary General, Confederation of Central Government Officers seeking their support and requesting them to kindly explore the possibility of joining with us in the strike on 12th December, 2012. (copy of the letter is enclosed)
We place hereunder the copies of letters the Confederation has written on various issues for your information.


With greetings,


Yours fraternally,

K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General


CHARTER OF DEMANDS.


1. Revise the wages of the Central Government employees with effect from 1.1.2011 and every five years thereafter by setting up the 7th CPC.

2. Merge DA with pay for all purposes with effect from. 1.1.2011.

3. Remove 5% restriction imposed on compassionate appointments and the discrimination on such appointments between the Railway workers and other Central Govt. employees.

4. (a) Revive the functioning of the JCM. Convene the meeting of the Departmental Councils in all Ministries/Departments. Settle the anomalies raised in the National Anomaly Committee as also in the Departmental Anomaly Committees. Hold National Council meetings as specified in the JCM constitution. (b) Remove the anomalies in the MACP Scheme.(c) Grant recognition to all Associations/Federations, which have complied with the formalities and conditions stipulated in the CCS(RSA) Rules.

5. Fill up all vacant posts and creates posts n functional requirements.

6. Stop downsizing outsourcing, contractorization, corporatization and privatisation of Governmental functions.

7. Stop price rise; strengthen the PDS.

8. (a) Regularise the daily rated, contingent, casual workers and introduce a permanent scheme for periodical regularisation; (b) Promote all eligible Grameen Dak Sewaks of Postal Department against 50% Postmen Vacancies and 100% MTS vacancies without resorting to direct recruitment. (c) Raise the Bonus ceiling of GDS employees on par with other workers in the country.

9. (a) Stop the proposal to introduce the productivity linked wage system; (b) discard the performance related pay structure;(c) introduce PLB in all Departments; (d) remove the ceiling on emoluments for bonus computation.

10. Revise the OTA, Night duty allowance and clothing rates.

11. Implement all arbitration awards;

12. Make the right to strike a legal and fundamental right of the Government employees on par with the other section of the working class.

13. Grant 5 functional promotion to all employees as is provided for in the case of Group A services.

14. (a) Withdraw the PFRDA Bill. (b) Rescind the decision to allow FDI in pension sector;(c) Scrap the new contributory pension scheme (d) Extend the existing statutory defined pension scheme to all Central Govt. employees irrespective of their date of entry in Government service.

15. Vacate all Trade Union victimisation, and more specifically in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department.
  


CONFEDERATION PRESIDENT WRITES TO STAFF SIDE SECRETARY


S.K. VYAS
PRESIDENT;

 Dated: 10th November, 2012.

          Com. Umraomal Purohit,
          Secretary, Staff Side, National Council, JCM\
          13-C Ferozeshah Road,
          New Delhi 110 001

Dear Comrade,

Kindly recall the discussions, I had with you two days back about the meeting held under the Chairmanship of JS(E) 27thJuly, 2012 on MACP issues. As intimated to you, the minutes of the said meeting was prepared and circulated by the official side without causing any discussion with the Staff Side, which had been the practice all along with the result there had been serious omissions in the conclusions indicated therein. However, on the basis of our discussions, we suggest the following proposals:

 (a) On our demand for giving effect to the MACP scheme from 1.1.2006.

 Our suggestion at the meeting was that if not for the entire personnel, the Govt. may consider to grant the benefit of MACP scheme to the personnel retired between 1.1.2006 and 31.8.2008 effective from. 1.1.2006. This suggestion was made with a view that the personnel who were in service after 1.9.2008, no doubt get the MACP benefit, though belatedly. Only those who retired between the above crucial dates are denied the said benefit for ever. In my opinion, we may even go further and suggest that even in the case of those retired, the benefit may be made only notional, in as much as they may not be entitled to receive arrears of salary due to the revision of pay. They become entitled only the increased pension benefit and that too with effect from. 1.9. 2008.

(b) MACP on promotional hierarchy:


There had been no logical arguments placed by the official side for denying the option to be exercised by the individual employee as to whether he would like to retain the existing scheme of ACP or switch over to MACP. In the light of strong contention made by the Staff Side, it was in fact agreed that the official side will consider this proposal which was made by the Staff Side in fact as an alternative to the demand for masking MACP on the basis of promotional hierarchy in replacement of Grade Pay hierarchy. As large number of employees would be affected adversely if this just demand is denied, we feel that this issue must be pressed for acceptance.

We request you to kindly take up the above two formulations at the appropriate level as you deem fit and bring about a settlement at an early date.


With greetings,


Yours fraternally,

sd.
S.K.Vyas.
President.


Copy of Confederation's letter addressed to the Secretary Generals of
AIDEF, INDWF, AIRF, NFIR and FNPO

Dear Comrade,

The Confederation of Central Government employees and workers in its last National Council meeting decided to call upon its members to organise a day's strike on 12th December, 2012 in pursuance of a 15 point charter of demands, which include inter alia setting up of the 7th CPC for wage revision, withdrawal of PFRDA Bill and extension of the defined benefit pension scheme to all Central Government employees irrespective of date of their entry into Government service, removal of conditions imposed on compassionate appointments', stopping outsourcing contractorisation, five promotions in the service career as is provided to the organised group A services , merger of DA with pay, acceptance and implementation of arbitration awards, revival of the JCM functioning etc., etc.


We shall be grateful if you will take appropriate decision to extend the solidarity and support for our strike action slated for 12th December, 2012.


With greetings,

Yours fraternally,
Sd/-
K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General.

  
Copy of letter addressed to the Secretary General,
Confederation of Central Government Gazetted Officers organizations.


Dear Comrade,


The Confederation of Central Government employees and workers in its last National Council meeting decided to call upon its members to organise a day's strike on 12th December, 2012 in pursuance of a 15 point charter of demands, which include inter alia setting up of the 7th CPC for wage revision, withdrawal of PFRDA Bill and extension of the defined benefit pension scheme to all Central Government employees irrespective of date of their entry into Government service, removal of conditions imposed on compassionate appointments', stopping outsourcing contractorisation, five promotions in the service career as is provided to the organised group A services , merger of DA with pay, acceptance and implementation of arbitration awards, revival of the JCM functioning etc. .
We enclose herewith a copy of the 15 point charter of demands in pursuance of which we have decided to organise the one day strike action on 12th December, 2012. 
We shall be grateful if you will kindly explore the possibilities of joining with us in the strike action. In case such a decision is not feasible, we seek your solidarity and support for making our strike action a grand success. 


With greetings,


Yours fraternally,
sd/-
K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General.
To
Com. Rajesh D. Menon
Secretary General,
Confederation of Central Govt. Gazetted Officers Federation.
Mumbai.

CONFEDERATION WRITES TO SECRETARY PERSONNELON REVIVAL OF JCM FUNCTIONING


D/16/2012 Dated: 10th November, 2012.

 
To
The Secretary (Personnel)
Department of Personnel and Training,
Government of India
North Block,
New Delhi. 110 001

Dear Sir,
  
Sub: Revival of the JCM functioning- Departmental level- Regarding:

We solicit your kind reference to the discussions at the National Anomaly Committee meeting held on 17thJuly, 2012 when the leader and Secretary Staff Side and other members of the Staff Side brought to your kind notice that the JCM at the Departmental Council level in most of the Ministries other than Railways and Defence have become defunct. The Staff Side also informed you that the recognition of Service Association, despite the submission of the requisite applications and adherence to conditions stipulated under the CCS(RSA) Rules, 1003 are denied by the heads of departments for no legitimate reasons. The attitude of the Official Side in this regard has resulted in the virtual shutting out any discussion on issues of concern to employees in various Ministries. You had been good enough to assure us that concrete steps would be taken to revive the functioning of JCM at all levels and in all Ministries.

 We are to bring to you kind notice that the status quo as obtained at the time of the said National Anomaly Committee meeting is in existence even today without any improvement. We shall be grateful if you could kindly direct the concerned to take steps so that the functioning of the councils could be revived without further loss of time.
  
Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,


Sd/-
K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General. 


CONFEDERATION WRITES TO SECRETARY PERSONNEL ON
FIXATION OF PAY ON PROMOTION


D/16/2012 Dated: 10th November, 2012.

To


The Secretary (Personnel)
Department of Personnel and Training,
Government of India North Block,
New Delhi. 110 001

Dear Sir,


Sub: Fixation of pay on promotion:


It was agreed in the meeting of the National Anomaly Committee held on 17th July, 2012 that wherever there is a provision of direct recruitment in the Recruitment Rules, pay on promotion would be fixed at the prescribed minimum of the entry pay as provided for the direct entrants in the revised pay rules. However a formal order in implementation of this order is yet to be issued.

We shall be grateful if necessary directions are issued for the issuance of formal orders in the matter.


Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,
K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General.


CONFEDERATION WRITES TO SECRETARY DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE ON
FIXATION OF PAY ON PROMOTION CARRYING SAME GRADE PAY


D/16/2012 Dated: 10th November, 2012.


To

 The Secretary,
Department of Expenditure,
Ministry of Finance,
Government of India, North Block
New Delhi. 110 001

Dear Sir,

Sub: Fixation of pay on promotion to a post carrying the same Grade pay.

It was agreed in the last National Anomaly Committee meeting held on 17th July, 2012( as could be seen from the minutes issued in this regard) that in cases where promotion to a post carrying the same grade pay, benefit of one increment would be considered subject to the condition that the promotional post carries higher duties and responsibilities under FR 22 and fixation benefit under FR 22 (1)(a)(i) was available prior to the implementation of the 6th CPC report and the merger of the two grades was not on functional considerations. However, in implementation of this agreement, no formal orders were issued so far.

We, therefore, request that necessary instruction may kindly be caused to be issued to grant one increment benefit to all those employees who are promoted where the feeder cadre and the promotion cadre carry the same grade pay, provided the promotional grade is declared to be a post carrying higher responsibilities. All those who were promoted during the period between 1.1.2006 and the date of issue of the instruction may also be covered by the said instruction specifically


Thanking you,
Yours faithfully
K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General.