LET US ORGANISE IN SUCH A WAY THAT
FROM JULY 13TH ONWARDS
THE ENTIRE POSTAL AND RMS OFFICES COME TO A STANDSTILL
STRIKE TO SURVIVE
The entirety of five lakhs Postal and RMS Employees of INDIA POST will be on indefinite strike from 13th July 2010, as per the call given by the Joint Council of Action comprising of National Federation of Postal Employees, Federation of National Postal Organisations and the Gramin Dak Sevaks Unions. Hectic preparations are going on in every circle and there will be total strike all over India. Functioning of the INDIA POST will be completely paralysed.We are compelled to resort to indefinite strike action as we have been pushed to the wall. The attitude of the Government and the Postal Board is totally negative. All negotiating forums are defunct for the last many years. Negotiation takes place only when strike notice is served. No formal meetings, No JCM Departmental Council Meetings. No consultation with Unions on important issues affecting the employees. It seems that the Postal Administration is not ready to accept the reality that in a democratic setup issues can be resolved only through negotiations with all stakeholders including the Unions.About one lakh posts has been abolished during the last ten years in the name of downsizing. Employees are reeling under the pressure of excess workload. The shortage of staff has adversely affected the efficiency of the INDIA POST. Thousands of posts in all cadres are lying vacant. Closure of offices, large scale outsourcing, downgradation of EDSOs, violation of RMS agreement, harassment of staff in Project Arrow offices, abnormal delay in cadre restructuring, negative and inhumane attitude towards Gramin Dak Sevaks, denial of pay parity to MMS Drivers, Non-grant of revised wages to Casual Labourers, anomalies in MACP Scheme, total neglect towards the system Administrators, unilateral decentralization of RPLI/PLI work, denial of merger of Group – C Accounts cadre in DOP & DOT – all these long pending issues are agitating the minds of the employees and resentment is mounting day by day.The indefinite strike from July 13th is to protect the INDIA POST and also to protect the interest of its five lakhs workforce. Downsizing, outsourcing, privatisation, closure of offices are against the interest of the INDIA POST. Only workers can protect the legacy of INDIA POST. Battle line is drawn and it is upto the Government and Postal Board to decide whether there should be an indefinite strike or not. The ball is in their court. Let us unite together with determination and make the strike a tremendous success. Let the five lakhs Postal and RMS employees all over India standup and declare in one voice – we shall fight unitedly, come what may. We are confident that success will ours.Remember UNITY IN ACTION is our watch word.
M. KRISHNAN(Secretary General, NFPE)