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Saturday, August 19, 2017

IMPORTANT – DECISIONS OF NATIONAL SECRETARIAT MEETING OF CONFEDERATION

CIRCULAR DATED 16-08-2017

NATIONAL SECRETARIAT DECISIONS DATED 09-08-2017

1.      National Secretariat Meeting of the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers held at Income Tax Bhavan Auditorium, Bengaluru on 09-08-2017, under the Presidentship of Com. K. K. N. Kutty, took the following decisions.  Out of 39 National Secretariat members (including Women’s Sub Committee office bearers) 28 attended the meeting.  The following National Secretariat members were absent.

          1.   Com. Balasundaram (Leave)             2.    Com. Gurpit Singh
          3.   Com. Subir Majundar                          4.    Com. Subhash Chandra Pandey
          5.   Com. Mani Achari                                6.    Com. Jayasreeraj
          7.   Com. Manisha Majunder                    8.    Com. Nageswara Rao
          9.   Com. P.Panduranga Rao                   10. Com. Saritha Divakaran
          11. Com. Shantanu Bhattacharjee

          The meeting decided that the names of those National Secretariat members who are continuously absent from the National Secretariat Meetings for more than 50% meetings, without any valid reason, need not be considered for election as National Secretariat members to be elected in the next National Conference of Confederation.

2.      7th CPC related issues - Review of agitational programmes organised by Confederation and the present position of the various demands raised in the charter of demands - Future course of action.The National Secretariat reviewed various agitational programmes independently organised by Confederation viz: Massive Parliament March on 15-12-2016, one day nationwide strike on 16-03-2017, Mass Dharna organised in front of Finance Minister’s Office on 23-05-2017, Human Chain of Central Govt. employees on 22-06-2017 and Burning of the HRA orders on 25-07-2017.  It is reported by all National Secretariat members that the employees and pensioners had participated in large number in all the above programmes.

                The Government has already implemented Revised Pay Scales, Revised Allowances and Revised Pension based on 5th CPC recommended parity formula for pre-2016 pensioners.  The assurances given by Group of Ministers on 30-06-2016 regarding increase in Minimum Pay and Fitment formula still remains unimplemented.  Govt. has not considered the demand to restore HRA rate to 30%, 20% and 10% and implement  it from 01-01-2016.  All revised allowances are implemented prospectively from 01-07-2017 thereby denying arrears from 01-01-2016.  The Option-I parity for pensioners recommended by 7th CPC is rejected by the Government, instead 5th CPC recommended parity is extended to all pre-2016 pensioners.  The “very good” bench mark condition imposed for grant of MACP is not yet modified.  Even though NPS Committee constituted by Govt. for streamlining NPS has submitted its report to Government, its recommendations are still not made public.  The demand for withdrawal of Contributory Pension Scheme and guaranteeing minimum pension (50% of the last pay drawn) is still pending.  All other demands raised in the confederation and NJCA charter of demands are also remaining unsettled.

                Unfortunately, inspite of the totally negative attitude and non-honouring of the assurance given to NJCA by the BJP-led NDA Government, the dominant leadership of NJCA is not in favour of reviving the deferred indefinite strike and no serious agitational programmes was organised after 6th July 2016 (i.e. after deferring the strike) under the united banner of NJCA, which compelled the Confederation to demarcate and organise independent struggle programmes as mentioned above including one day nation-wide strike.

                The National Secretariat meeting took note of the above situation and decided to request once again the Railway Federations which are leading the NJCA as Chairman (NFIR) and Convenor (AIRF) to chalk out serious agitational programmes including strike under the banner of NJCA.  Confederation National Secretariat strongly felt that to make the Govt. to honour its assurance on Minimum Pay and Fitment formula, to grant enhanced rate of HRA from 01-01-2016, to get Option-I parity implemented for pre-2016 pensioners, to modify the retrograde bench mark condition for MACP, to scrap NPS and ensure guaranteed minimum pension, to settle the justified demands of Gramin Dak Sevaks and Casual, Contract Workers, a united indefinite strike under the banner of NJCA (Railway, Defence & Confederation) is the need of the hour.
         
          In the absence of a united struggle under the banner of NJCA, the Confederation National Secretariat decided to organise the following agitational programmes in a phased manner.

             1.    Mass dharna at all District headquarters demanding settlement of modified charter of demands of Confederation on 19th September 2017 (Tuesday).
             2.    Mass dharna at all state capitals on 17th October, 2017 (Tuesday).
            3.  Three days massive relay dharna in front of Parliament from 9th November to 11th November 2017 along with Central Trade Unions.
             4.    Indefinite strike in 2018 jointly along with Central Trade Unions.  (Date will be finalised by the Central Trade Unions and independent Federations including Confederation).

          All affiliated organisations and COCs are requested to make the above programmes a grand success. As the NDA Government is aggressively implementing the neo-liberal policies in all sectors, it is our responsibility to join hands with the entire trade unions and unitedly resist the onslaught.  If the Govt. is not ready to change its destructive policies, the workers have no option but to embark upon a prolonged struggle jointly with the suffering common people of our country, to change the Government.  It is in this background Confederation National Secretariat decided to join with the 3 days mass dharna at New Delhi and indefinite strike.  In the meantime, if NJCA meets and take decisions for any agitational programmes, confederation shall implement the programmes of NJCA also.  Modified charter of demands of the Confederation is also enclosed herewith. 

3.   2017 June 10th National Convention of Central and State Govt. Employees (Confederation and All India State Government Employees Federation) on “NPS & Outsourcing” - Review and implementation of the decisions taken by the National Convention.

                 The National Secretariat decided to implement the following decisions of the 2017 June 10th National Convention on “NPS & Out sourcing” jointly organised by Confederation and AISGEF. Confederation C-O-Cs should contact the AISGEF leaders of their respective states and chalk out detailed plan for implementing the decisions.  Large scale participation of employees on behalf of Confederation should be ensured in all the programmes:
1.      State level joint conventions by 31-08-2017 (date may be extended if required).
2.      District /Taluk level joint conventions before 31-10-2017.
3.      Mass Joint dharna at all important Centres including State Capitals on
21-11-2017 (21st November 2917 Tuesday).
4.      Raj Bhavan March (Date will be finalised later).
5.      Nationwide campaign Jatthas covering all states.  (Dates to be finalised later)
6.      Massive Parliament March (date to be finalised later).

4.         (a)     WFTU-TUI meeting at Kolkata on 2017 October 9th & 10th and (b) Asia Pacific Regional meet and World Secretariat meeting of Trade Union International (TUI) Public Services at Thiruvananthapuram on 2017 September 11th & 12th.

             (a)     Meeting of a team of WFTU Secretariat led by Com. George Mavrikos, General Secretary and all TUIs (Trade Union Internationals) Presidents/General Secretaries will be held at Kolkatta on 2017 October 9th & 10th .
             (b)     Asia-Pacific Regional meet and World Secretariat meeting of TUI (Public Services) will be held at Thiruvananthapuram on 2017 September 11th  (TUI meet) and  September 12th (Secretariat meeting).
                   The Total expenditure for the above two meet is to be borne by the organisations which are affiliated to WFTU- TUIs from India. Confederation’s share amount is fixed as Rs.300000/- (3 Lakhs). After detailed discussion the National Secretariat decided that each affiliates of the confederation shall donate share amount as shown below.

1.      National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE)                               100000
         (all affiliates).
2.      Income Tax Employees Federation (ITEF)                                            50000
3.      All India Audit & Accounts Employees Association                             30000
4.      Karnataka C-O-C (including/personal donations                                  30000
                    offered by NFPE leaders)
5.      National Federation of Atomic Energy Employees                              15000
6.      All India Civil Accounts Employees Association                                   15000
7.      All India Ground  water Board Employees Association                     15000
8.      Geological Survey of India Employees Association                           10000
9.      COC Tamilnadu                                                                                              10000
10.    COC Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow)                                                                  10000
11.    COC West Bengal                                                                                           5000
12.    COC Kerala                                                                                                       5000
13.    National Sample Survey Organisation Employees Association        3000
14.    IBM Employees Association                                                                       5000
15.    All other affiliates                                                                           Rs.500/- each

The above amount should be remitted to the Confederation Financial Secretary before 31-08-2017.
Bank Account details of Confederation CHQ are furnished below.
Bank                          -         Indian Overseas Bank, Gole Market Branch, New Delhi-01Account Number  -         084001000015586IFS Code                  -         IOBA0000840

5.       National  Convention of workers held on 8th August 2017 at New Delhi-Implementation of decisions.
              All   the Central Trade Unions and Independent Federations (other than BMS) had Organised a massive National convention of workers on 8th August 2017 at Talkatora Stadium New Delhi against the anti-Labour and anti-people polices of NDA Govt. Confederation being a part of this convention, National Secretariat meeting unanimously decided to implement the following programmes decided by the National convention of workers.
(a)         To Work for achieving and accelerating united struggles in all sectors of the economy on respective demands, which has already begun.
(b)       To organise Block/District/Industrial Centres/States level massive campaign mobilisation and convention in preperation to Central mobilisation to be followed.
(c)          Massive three days dharna at National Capital on 9th, 10th, & 11th November 2017 to be attended by lakhs of workers from all over the country.
(d)          To prepare for indefinite countrywide strike action against the anti-people, anti-worker and anti-national policies of the NDA Government.
              The following Central Trade Unions have participated in the Convention in addition to independent federations of various sectors including Confederation.
              INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC, LPF.
              The National Secretariat decided that charter of demands adopted by the National convention of workers will be part-I charter of demands and confederation charter of demands will be part-II charter of demands for campaign and mobilisation of Central Government employees and also for the proposed indefinite strike.

6.           All India Women’s Trade Union  Workshop-2017
              The National Secretariat decided to organise ''All India Women’s Trade Union Workshop-2017'' in the month of November/December 2017.  C-O-C Maharashtra (Mumbai) is requested to discuss and inform their readiness to hold the workshop at Mumbai as there is larger concentration of women employees in Mumbai.  In order to reduce the financial burden of the Reception Committee it is decided that delegate fee will be Rs.1000/- (Rs. One thousand only) per head.  As the train reservation commences four months before, the decision of the C-O-C Mumbai  should be communicated to the CHQ before 21-08-2017.  On confirming the place only quota to each organisation and C-O-Cs etc. are to be fixed.  The C-O-C Mumbai is requested to communicate their decision immediately.

7.           Holding of a special convention/meeting of Autonomous body employees organisations and Autonomous body pensioners organistions.
              The National Secretariat discussed the situation arising out of abnormal delay in revision of pay of Autonomous body employees and also non-issuing of orders for revision of pension of autonomous body pensioners by the concerned Autonomous bodies/Administrative Ministries.   In the case of Autonomous body employees, eventhough the Finance Ministry has issued orders extending the 7th CPC pay scales to autonomous body employees on 13-01-2017, the orders   are not implemented in 95% of the autonomous bodies due to the stringent conditions imposed by the Finance Ministry. In the case of Autonomous body pensioners, the stand taken by Finance Ministry and Pension Ministry is that they will not issue any orders for revision of pension or grant of Dearness Relief to Autonomous body pensioners.  Earlier during 5th CPC and 6th also they have not issued any separate orders, Once Govt. issues orders for revision of pension and grant of dearness relief toCentral Govt. Pensioners, it is upto the autonomous bodies to issue orders based on that orders, in consultation with their Administrative Ministries.  But no Administrative Ministry has taken action for revision of pension and grant of dearness relief to Autonomous body pensioners.  In short a serious crisis has developed regarding revision of pay scales  of Autonomous body employees and Revision of  Pension and grant of dearness relief to Autonomous body pensioners.
             In the view of the above it is decided to convene a special meeting of all Autonomous body employees organisations and Autonomous body pensioners organisations to discuss and decide future course of action.  Date and venue of the meeting will finalised shortly.

13.         Problems of affiliated organisations  of confederation.
              Issues relating to the following departments are discussed and suitable decisions taken.
 (1)     Geological Survey of India
 (2)     Printing, Publications & stationary.
 (3)     Ground water Board.
 (4)     DAVP
 (5)     Civil Accounts
 (6)     Passport
              Meeting Commenced at 11 AM and ended at 6 PM.
              Fraternally yours,
                                                                                                            M.KRISHNAN
                                                                                                      Secretary General
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CHARTER OF DEMANDS

1.      Honour the assurance given by the Group of Ministers to NJCA on 30th June 2016 and 6th July 2016, especially increase in minimum wage and fitment factor. Grant revised HRA at the rate of  30%, 20% and 10% with effect from 01-01-2016. Settle all anomalies arising out of implementation of 7th CPC recommendations, in a time bound manner.
2.      Implement option-I recommended by 7th CPC regarding parity in pension of pre-2016 pensioners.
3.      Scrap PFRDA Act and Contributory Pension Scheme and grant pension and Family Pension to all Central Government employees recruited after 01.01.2004, under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.
4.      Treat GraminDakSewaks of Postal department as Civil Servants, and extend all benefits like pay, pension, allowances etc. of departmental employees to GDS.
5.      Regularise all casual, contract, part-time, contingent and Daily rated mazdoors and grant equal pay and other benefits.
6.      No Downsizing, Privatisation, outsourcing and contractorisation of Government functions.
7.      Withdraw the arbitrary decision of the Government to enhance the bench mark for performance appraisal for promotion and financial upgradations under MACP from “GOOD” to VERY GOOD” and also decision to withhold annual increments in the case of those employees who are not able to meet the bench march either for MACP or for regular promotion within the first 20 years of service. Grant MACP pay fixation benefits on promotional hierarchy and not on pay-level hierarchy. Personnel promoted on the basis of examination should be treated as fresh entrants to the cadre for grant of MACP.
8.      Withdraw the draconian FR 56 (J) and Rule 48 of CCs (Pension) Rules 1972 which is being misused as a short cut as purity measure to punish and victimize the employees.
9.      Fill up all vacant posts including promotional posts in a time bound manner. Lift ban on creation of posts. Undertake cadre Review to assess the requirement of employees and their cadre prospects. Modify recruitment rules of Group-‘C’ cadre and make recruitment on Reginal basis.
10.    Remove 5% ceiling on compassionate appointments and grant appointment in all deserving cases.
11.    Grant five promotions in the service carreer to all Central Govt. employees.
12.    Abolish and upgrade all Lower Division Clerks to Upper Division Clerks.
13.    Ensure parity in pay for all stenographers, Assistants, Ministerial Staff in subordinate offices and in all organized Accounts cadres with Central Secretariat staff by upgrading their pay scales. Grant pay scale of Drivers in LokSabha Secretariat to Drivers working in all other Central Government Departments.
14.    Reject the stipulation of 7th CPC to reduce the salary to 80% for the second year of Child Care leave and retain the existing provision.
15.    Introduce Productivity Linked bonus in all department and continue the existing bi-lateral agreement on PLB wherever it exists.
16.    Ensure cashless, hassle free medical treatment to all Central Government employees & Pensioners in all recognized Government and Private hospitals.
17.    Revision of Overtime Allowance (OTA) and Night Duty Allowance (NDA) w.e.f 01.01.2016 based on 7th CPC pay scale.
18.    Revision of wages of Central Government employees in every five years.
19.    Revive JCM functioning at all levels. Grant recognition to the unions/Associations under CCS (RSA) Rules 1993 within a time frame to facilitate effective JCM functioning.
20.    Implementation of the Revised Pay structure in respect of employees and pensioners of autonomous bodies consequent on implementation of CCS (Revised Pay) Rules 2016 and Revised Pension  Rules  in respect of Central Government employees and pensioners.
21.    Implementation of the “equal pay for equal work” judgment of the Supreme Court in all departments of the Central Government.
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Friday, August 11, 2017

IMPORTANT – MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF STANDING COMMITTEE OF NATIONAL COUNCIL (JCM) STAFF SIDE HELD ON 3RD MAY, 2017 UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF SECRETARY (P)

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NATIONAL CONVENTION OF WORKERS




PRESS STATEMENT

WORKERS TO STORM DELHI ON 9,10&11 NOVEMBER 2017

CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS CALL FOR COUNTRYWIDE INDEFINITE STRIKE

AGAINST ANTI PEOPLE ANTI LABOUR POLICIES OF NDA GOVERNMENT

            The National Convention of Workers held today, 8th August 2017 decided to organise a ‘three day dharna’ on 9th, 10th and 11thNovember 2017 before Parliament mobilizing lakhs of workers followed by indefinite General Strike against the anti people anti labour policies of the NDA Government.
            The convention was organised by the joint platform of all the central trade unions- INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC and LPF and national Federations of State and Central Government employees, Banks, Insurance, Defence, PSUs, Railways, Telecom, Electricity, Coal, Steel, Energy, Petroleum, Road transport, Air transport, Water transport, Port and Dock, Metal and Mining, IT, Scheme Workers, Pharmaceuticals, Construction, Plantation etc.
            The Convention noted with utter dismay that the Government has been continuing to arrogantly ignore the 12 point Charter of Demands on minimum wage, social security, workers’ status and pay and facilities for the scheme workers, against privatization and mass scale contractorisation etc. being jointly pursued by the entire trade union movement of the country, through numerous nationwide joint strike actions participated by crores of workers. Instead, the ruling regime at the centre has been increasing onslaught on the rights and livelihood of the working people of the country.
            Unemployment situation is getting aggravated with employment generation practically turned negative even in the most labour intensive sectors. The Government has been aggressively pushing through its programme of pro-employer and utterly anti-worker labour law reforms. The latest onslaught is the move to evolve a ’Social Security Code’ by dismantling and demolishing the existing statutory Social Security infrastructure.
            Privatization of all strategic PSUs, including Defence Production, Public Sector Banks and Insurance and also Railways, public road transport, oil, power etc through disinvestment, strategic sale, outsourcing in favour of private sector, promoting 100 per cent FDI in many vital and strategic sectors are increasing day by day. Public sector Banks are under attack through various legislative and executive measures. The central government intends to get the new Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2017 hastily passed in the current session of parliament which will allow wholesale privatisation of road transport.
            The National Convention of Workers extended full solidarity to the fighting farmers in various states as well as under the Joint National Forums of Peasants’ Organizations.  The National Conventionstrongly denunciated the communal and divisive machinations on the society being carried on with the active patronage of the Government machinery under the present polity.
            The situation before the nation is the deepening all round attack on the rights and livelihood of the working class and the toiling people in general by the private corporate friendly Government of the day.
The Convention decided
1.    To work for achieving and accelerating united struggles in all the sectors of the economy on respective demands, which has already begun
2.    To Organize Block/District/Industrial Centres/State level massive campaign, mobilisation and convention in preparation to central mobilization to be followed
3.    Massive three days dharna at National Capital on 9th,10th and 11th Nov. to be attended by lakhs of workers from all over the country.
4.    The National Convention calls upon the working people to prepare for indefinite countrywide strike action against the anti people, anti national activities of the Govt.

            The convention was presided by Ashok Singh(INTUC),Ramendra Kumar (AITUC) S N Pathak(HMS), Dr. K Hemalata (CITU), Satyavan Singh(AIUTUC),Lata (SEWA),Uday Bhat (AICCTU),Satrujit Singh(UTUC), V Subbaraman(LPF) and addressed by G Sanjeeva Reddy (INTUC), Amarjeet Kaur(AITUC), Harbhajan Singh Siddu(HMS),  Tapan Sen(CITU), Shankar Saha( AIUTUC), Manali(SEWA), Rajeev Dimri(AICCTU),   Ashok Ghosh( UTUC) and M Shanmugam ( LPF).

Issued For
INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC, LPF
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NATIONAL CONVENTION OF WORKERS
8th August 2017, Talkatora Indoor Stadium,New Delhi
DECLARATION

            The National Convention of Workers being held today, the 8th August 2017, in Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi jointly called by the ten Central Trade Unions, in association with all independent  National Federations of Workers and Employees of both Industrial and Service sectors, expresses serious concern over the deteriorating situation in the national economy due to the pro- corporate, anti-national and anti-people policies pursued by the Narendra Modi Government, grievously impacting the livelihood of the working people across the country.

            The Convention notes with utter dismay that the Government has been continuing to arrogantly ignore the 12 point Charter of  Demands on minimum wage, social security, workers’ status and pay and facilities for the scheme workers, against privatization and mass scale contractorisation etc. being jointly pursued by the entire trade union movement of the country. Despite numerous nationwide joint strike actions, the most prominent being those of 2ndSeptember 2015 and 2nd September 2016, participated by crores of workers against the policies of the Governments, the ruling regime at the centre has been increasing onslaught on the rights and livelihood of the working people of the country. Both the organized as well as unorganized sectors are victims alike.

            The National convention unanimously condemns in strongest term the conspiratorial and authoritarian attack of the BJP government to deprive the biggest central trade union in the country, the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) from all representations in the tripartite and bipartite forums and committees including in the international forum. This is nothing but a severe and henous onslaught on the rights of the entire trade union movement. It will be unitedly fought back and national convention pledges for that.

            Unemployment situation is getting aggravated with employment generation practically turned negative even in the most labour intensive sectors. The phenomenon of closure and shut-down of industries and the forecast of huge job-loss in the IT sector is adding fuel to the fire. Price-rise of essential commodities including public transport, electricity, medicines etc is mounting pressure on daily life of the people in general leading to widening as well as deepening impoverishment. Hasty implementation of GST has added fuel to fire.  Drastic cut in Government expenditure in social sector and various welfare schemes has made the conditions of workers, particularly those in unorganized sector more precarious.

            The anti-labour authoritarian character of the Government is all the more evident in their refusal to implement even the consensus recommendations (in which the Government was also a party) of the successive Indian Labour Conferences in respect of equal pay and benefits for equal work for the contract workers, formulation of minimum wage on the norms agreed by 15th ILC/Supreme Court Judgment and workers status for the scheme workers viz., Anganwadi, Mid-Day-Meal and ASHA etc. Shockingly Modi Government is even refusing to implement the recent Judgments of the Supreme Court of the country on the most genuine issue of “equal wage and benefits for same work” and on EPS, 1995 on contribution and calculation of pension on actual pay and dearness allowance.

            Despite opposition of all the trade unions in the country irrespective of affiliations, the Government has been aggressively pushing through its programme of pro-employer and utterly anti-worker labour law reforms which is aimed at imposing the condition of slavery on the working people. The latest onslaught is the move to evolve a ’Social Security Code’ by dismantling and demolishing the existing statutory Social Security infrastructure under Employees Provident Fund Organization, Coal Mines Provident Fund and Employees State Insurance Corporation and many others welfare statutes, abolition of welfare related cess, and usurp the huge social security fund subscribed by the workers amounting to more than Rs.20 lakh crore and make them available for the speculation in share market under the most deceptive and fraudulent camouflage of ‘universalisation of social security’.

            Privatization of all strategic PSUs, including Defence Production, Public Sector Banks and Insurance and also Railways, public road transport, oil, power etc through disinvestment, strategic sale, outsourcing in favour of private sector, promoting 100 per cent FDI in many vital and strategic sectors are increasing day by day. Moreover stripping all the cash rich PSUs from the investible cash reserves are added assaults. In fact Defence Sector privatization move is actually designed to destroy manufacturing capability and Research initiatives developed by the country over last six and half decades. The worst and most dubious is the game plan to outsource more than 50 per cent products including weapons and critical equipments, so long being produced by the Ordinance establishments. Complete privatization of the Railways, step by step, are going on. Operating private trains in the existing tracks built by Railways is being permitted. Moreover free access to railway yards, sheds and workshops for maintenance of private coaches, wagons and engines etc are being offered to private operators. Already 23 railway stations in all metro cities have been shortlisted for privatisation. Railway employees shall be worst victims of privatization in terms of job security, democratic trade union rights and protection of achievements in the areas of pay, perks, social security etc. Like Central Electricity Regulatory Authority (CERC), a Railway Development Authority (RDA) has been created. Given the sky-rocketing increase in electricity tariff by CERC, under RDA railway fare and goods freight is poised to be hiked hurting the common people and benefiting the private profiteers.

            Public sector Banks are under attack through various legislative and executive measures. The ultimate target of the Government is privatization and to extend undue favour to the same private corporate crooks, whose default of paying back the loan has put the banking sector in severe difficulties. The retrenchment of contractual employees has been resorted to already in some banks. Insurance sector is also under such attack. Legislative measures to pave the way of privatization of our major ports are also in the advanced stage. CPSUs even including the core and strategic sectors like Energy, Petroleum, Telecom, Metal, Mining, Machine Building, Road, Air and Water Transport, Port & Dock and more are under the privatization onslaught of the Government. The Convention notes that workers of these industries are fighting sectoral battle unitedly. United struggles have been launched by the workers and employees of Government Services Sector including the Scheme Workers as a whole. The Convention extends full support to these struggles.

            Attempts are being made by the state governments to dismantle Public sector road transport by issuing route- permits to private parties. The central government intends to get the new Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2017 hastily passed in the current session of parliament which will allow wholesale privatisation of road transport. The convention while taking note of the protest action by transport workers, condemns the state govts. and central govt’s anti people and anti worker moves in the transport sector.

            The National Convention of Workers extends full solidarity to the fighting farmers in various states as well as under the Joint National Forums of Peasants’ Organizations. It is the same set of pro-corporate, pro-landlord policies which have created a severe crisis in agriculture, biggest livelihood provider in the economy leading to continuing increase in spate of suicides.

            This National Convention of Workers records its strong denunciation against the communal and divisive machinations on the society being carried on with the active patronage of the Government machinery under the present polity. The peace loving secular people in the country are facing a stark situation of terror and insecurity all around. Communal forces are cultivating an atmosphere of conflicts within the society on non-issues. It is disrupting the unity of the workers and the toiling people in general, so vital to carry forward the ongoing struggles based on our 12-point Charter of Demands as detailed above. Working class must raise their strong voice of protest.

            The situation before the nation is the deepening all round attack on the rights and livelihood of the working class and the toiling people in general by the private corporate friendly Government of the day. On the other hand the working class has achieved solid unity of the trade union movement and also achieved unprecedented response in the ongoing struggles including the strikes actions opposing such suicidal anti-people policies.

            The task before the Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions and independent national federations is to further intensify the surging struggles in various sectors through a concerted united agitation and mobilization at national level to be followed by countrywide general strike action as a culmination and consolidation of all sectoral struggles. The National Convention of workers therefore adopts the following programmes:

1.    To work for achieving and accelerating united struggles in all the sectors of the economy on respective demands, which has already begun
2.    To Organize Block/District/Industrial Centres/State level massive campaign, mobilisation and convention in preparation to central mobilization to be followed
3.    Massive three days dharna at National Capital on 9th,10th and 11th Nov. to be attended by lakhs of workers from all over the country.
4.    The National Convention calls upon the working people to prepare for indefinite countrywide strike action against the anti people, anti national activities of the Govt.

            The National Convention calls upon working people across the sectors and throughout the country  irrespective of affiliations to make the above programmes a total success.  

12 POINT CHARTER OF DEMANDS

 1.     Urgent measures for containing price-rise through universalisation of public distribution system and banning speculative trade in commodity market

2.   Containing unemployment through concrete measures for employment generation

3.   Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws.

4.   Universal social security cover for all workers

5.  Minimum wages of not less than Rs 18,000/- per month with provisions of indexation

6.   Assured enhanced pension not less than Rs.3,000/- p.m. for the entire working population

7.    Stoppage of disinvestment in Central/State PSUs and strategic sale

8.    Stoppage of contractorisation in permanent perennial work and payment of same wage and benefits for contract workers as regular workers for same and similar work

9.   Removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund; increase the quantum of gratuity.
 10.  Compulsory registration of trade unions within a period of 45 days from the date of submitting application; and immediate ratification of ILO Conventions C 87 and C 98
 11.   Against Labour Law Amendments
 12.   Against FDI in Railways, Insurance and Defence


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