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Friday, December 12, 2014

CHQ  CIRCULAR
No. R-III/Circular-15/2014                                                                                       Dated 11-12-2014

To
            All Circle Secretaries, CWC Members,
Divisional Secretaries and Branch Secretaries.

Dear Comrades,
                        HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL.                                   
All India RMS & MMS Employees Union Group `C` CHQ congratulates and Red Salute to  CWC members, Circle /Divisional /Branch Secretaries , office bearers and members for participating and making  a grand success Parliament March on 4th December, 2014, called by Postal JCA and on 5th December, 2014 called by Trade Unions.
NFPE DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATION:-  Was held at  Rukamani Nagar Dwarka (Gujarat) from 23rd to 24th November, 2014 under the Presidentship of Com. Giri Raj Singh President NFPE on 23rdh November, 2014. Afternoon Open Session and Trade Union Seminar was held and inaugurated by Com. Sukomal Sen Vice President CITU & AIS GEF. Shri Hiranmay Pandya Vice President BMS, Sh. Nilesh son of Shri Pabhubha  Manek MLA Dwarka. Com. Shiv Gopal Mishra Secretary Staff Side National Council JCM and General Secretaty AIRF addressed this Session. All the leaders were honoured by Reception Committee with shawl & momento.Vote of thanks was given by Com. Asha Ben Joshi C/S GDS NFPE. On 24th November, 2014,a seminar was held on the subject “ India Post-challenges and Opportunities” Shri S.K. Sinha Member (HRD) attended as Chief Guest and he presented the key Note on the subject.Com. R.N. Prashar  Secretary General NFPE Presided this Session and vote of thanks was given by Com. R.D. Purohit.             43 All India leaders of All Unions of NFPE were honoured by garlanding & presenting shawls and Momento  by All India leaders of Central Trade Unions, Confederation & NFPE.
                                    On 24th November, 2014 A/N Convention was organized which was Presided by Com.Giri Raj Singh President NFPE. Com. R.N. Prashar S/G NFPE delivered introductory speech. Coms. Sukomal Sen V/P CITU, S.K. Vyas Patron Confederation, K.K.N. Kutty Prsident Confederation,M.S.Raja S/G Audit & Accounts, K.P. RajGopal S/G ITEF, V. Bhattacharjee S/G Civil Accounts, M. Krishnan S/G Confederation addressed and elaborately spoke on the issues related to working class, C.G. Employees, 7 CPC, and policies of Government and stressed the need of united struggles to achieve the demands raised by Confederation and NFPE and appealed to all to mobilize rank & File to participate and make it a grand success.
A Souvenir was also released by Com. S.K Vyas Advisor confederation and first copy was presented  to Com. M. Krishnan S/G Confederation.
This Session was concluded by the Vote of thanks given by Com. R.N. Prashar S/G NFPE on behalf of NFPE and R.D. Purohit on behalf of Reception Committee.
CHQ R-III extends warm greetings to comrades of Gujarat Circle and Reception Committee for making excellent arrangement in all respects.



R-III CWC MEETING:- Central Working Committee of All India RMS & MMS Emp. Union Group `C` was held at Rukmani nagar Dwarka (Gujarat) from 23rd to 24th November, 2014 under the  Presidentship of Com. R.K. Gupta Working President CHQ R-III. All the Circles except H.P.,Punjab and Bihar participated. General Secretary placed the report before the house. Com. M.Krishnan S/G Confederation and Com. R.N.Prashar S/G NFPE addressed the CWCThe CWC reviewed the  agitational programnmes called by CHQ R-III, Postal JCA and Confederation and preparations of 4th & 5th  December,2014 Parliament March called by Postal JCA & Trade Unions. This CWC appealed to all Circle Secretaries and CWC members to mobilize rank & File  and make a serious campaign to make a grand success the coming agitational programmes including indefinite strike.
POSTAL JCA MEETING:-Postal JCA Meeting was held on 3rd December, 2014 in NFPE office under the Presidentship of Sh. D Theagarajan S/G FNPO and reviewed the agitational programmes and preparations of 4th December, 2014  Parliament Mach and took the decision of Nation wide  Indefinite Strike from 6th May, 2015.
4TH DECEMBER, 2014 HISTORIC PARLIAMENT MARCH:-  Postal JCA of NFPE & FNPO launched a Historic Parliament March on 4th December, 2014. More than 15000 Postal,RMS,MMS Employees including GDS , Casual Part Time Contingent Employees  under the banner of Postal JCA  (NFPE, FNPO, AIPEUGDS & NUGDS ) from all 22 Circles participated in the Massive Historic March with colourful banners, Flags and caps for the settlement of 39 Point Charter of Demands . Com. A.K. Padmanabhan President CITU  inaugurated the Rally. Sh. M. Raghavaiya and leader JCM National Council, Com. Shiv Gopal Mishra G/S AIRF & Secretary Staff Side National Council JCM, S.K. Vyas Advisor Confederation , M. Krishnan S/G Confederatioin, R.N. Prashar S/G NFPE, D. Theagarajan S/G FNPO , M.S. Raja S/G Audit & Accounts , V. Bhattacharjee S/G  and K Ragavindran  Ex S/G NFPE addressed the Rally. Com. Giri Raj Singh Presdient NFPE and Sh. T.N. Rahate, President FNPO presided this Rally. G/S  of all affiliated unions /Associations of NFPE & FNPO and G/S AIPEU GDS (NFPE) , NUGDS had lead the Parliament March.

  Postal JCA declared Nationwide Indefinite Strike from 6th May, 2015, if the Govt. is not ready to settle demands before that date.The date of Strike was fixed as 6th May, 2015 taking into consideration the fact that JCM National Council Convention is to be held on 11th December, 2014 will be declaring series of agitational programmes during the month of February, Mach & April, 2015.

5th DECEMBER PARLIAMENT MARCH:- Was organized by 11  Trade Unions on 5th December, 2014.More than 1 lakh participated.
6% DA EXPECTED FROM 1-1-2015:- Expected increase in DA for Central Govt. Employees from 1-1-2015 shall be 6%.
DEPARTMENTAL COUNCIL JCM MEETING:- JCM Departmental Council Meeting will be held on 16-12-2014.

 JCM (NC) STAFF SIDE CONVENTION :- National Council Staff Side Convention was held at MPCU Shah Auditorium Civil Lines Delhi 54 on 11th December, 2014. Shri M. Raghavaiah  Leader Staff Side National Council JCM & G/S NFIR delivered welcome speech and addressed. Com. Shiv Gopal Mishra Secretary Staff Side & G/S AIRF placed the Draft Declaration and addressed. Coms. S.N. Pathak President AIDEF, R.Das Gupta President AIRF, Guman Singh President NFIR, K.K.N. KUtty President Confederation, Giri Raj Singh President NFPE, Ashok Singh President INDWF presided and addressed the Convention. Coms. S.K. Vyas Advisor Confederation, Shiv Kumar G/S AIDF, Srinivas G/S INDWF. M. Krishnan S/G Confederation , R.N. Prashar S/G NFPE and Devender Kumar C/S FNPO addressed and support the placed Declaration. Com. K.K.N. Kutty President Confd. Addressed and gave vote of thanks. This Convention passed the Declaration and decided the programmed of Action for the settlement of 10 Point Charter of Demands. Press Statement, Declaration, Charter of Demands  & Action programmes are given below.

All Circle /Divisional/Branch Secrtaries and office Bearers are requested to mobilize rank & file to participate and issue separate circular and ensure the massive participation of RMS & MMS Employees in above noted programmes including Indefinite Strike. Please start intensive  campaign & preparation now onwards.
Make it a grand Success. Get ready for Indefinite Strike if demands are not settled.
With best wishes.


Yours comradely


(Giri Raj Singh)
General Secretary

NATIONAL CONVENTION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT
EMPLOYEES’ ORGANISATIONS PARTICIPATING IN JCM
11TH  DECEMBER, 2014
NEW DELHI
The National Convention of Central Government Employees organizations participating in the JCM, being held at New Delhi on 11th December, 2014, adopted the following declaration after detailed deliberations and discussions.
DRAFT DECLARATION
2. The Central Government employees have a glorious past of struggles and sacrifices. The first indefinite strike action in the independent India by employees and workers of Central Civil Service was in the 1960s. The July 1960 strike was due to the denial of the legitimate demand of the Central Government employees for the grant of Minimum wage as per the norms laid down by the 15th ILC. Brutal repression, unheard in the history of workers struggles, was unleashed by the then Government of India to suppress the movement. It was in the wake of that unprecedented strike action, the Government recognised the need to have a negotiating machinery to look into the grievances of the Central Government employees and set up the
JCM.
3. After the 1968 one day strike and the 1974 tumultuous indefinite strike by the Railwavmen and others, the organisations participating in the JCM tried their best to create a conducive and peaceful atmosphere to settle the demands and grievances through discussions at the JCM. The continuous dialogue in the forum of JCM helped immensely in avoiding confrontation, struggles and strike actions as the discussions brought about settlement on issues, thanks no doubt to the positive role and attitude of the Government in power then.
4. Unlike the provincial Civil Service, 85% of the Central Government employees are industrial or operational workers, covered by the Industrial disputes Act. Peace and tranquility in workplaces provided for increased production, productivity and efficiency. The Railways, the defence production units, the postal services and other industrial establishments and employees of administrative offices played a vital role in bringing about the significant turnaround in the employer-employees relationship.
5. However, the scenario underwent a vast change in the latter part of 1990s.
Government promulgated the new Recognition Rules making it necessary for the Unions to
seek fresh recognition. After the initial hiccups, the employees’ organisations abided by the
Government directive and carried out all stipulations and conditions required for the grant of
recognition. Despite that, the recognition has eluded some organisations while in the case of many others Government took years to grant recognition. During this period, the JCM was virtually closed down at the Departmental levels. The National Council which as per its own constitution is to meet thrice in a year seldom met in the last four years, Even when the Standing Committee or the Anomaly Committee met, it was an exercise in procrastination. The Government unilaterally took various decisions viz, closure of departments, outsourcing, banning recruitment and creation of posts, untenable restriction on compassionate appointments; referring the decisions of the Board of Arbitration to the Parliament for rejection; introduction of large scale contractorisation and above all withdrawal of the age old defined benefit pension scheme and introduction of a defined contributory annuity scheme etc. In the process of this hegemonic approach of the Government, the common employees lost confidence in fair play and the efficacy of JCM as a forum to settle their demands. Consequently, litigation is being resorted to by the common employees with high degree of success. Despite four rounds of discussion in the National Anomaly Committee, which was set up after the 6th CPC recommendations were implemented, no settlement could be brought about on any issue. They found the situation elsewhere not different and aligned themselves with the common trade union movement of the country in fighting against the new economic policies.
6. The workers in general and the Central Government employees in particular were and continue to be the victims of severe economic offensive of the successive Governments that came to power in the country since the new economic policies were ushered in 1991. Systematic downsizing and outsourcing of Governmental functions; closure of Government departments;; privatization of public enterprises, amending labour laws to facilitate exploitation; lowering interest rate, unbridled inflation, allowing the foreign and domestic monopoly capital to loot and plunder the indigenous resources had been some of the visible characteristics and impacts of the reforms undertaken.

7. The liberalisation and globalisation policies of the successive Governments, which came to power since 1991 and which received the backing and support of the dominant opposition parties and elite in the society accentuated unemployment, dismantled the Public Sector Undertakings, allowed unhindered entry of foreign capital, destroyed the livelihood of the farmers and agricultural labourers; raised the prices of all essential food items beyond the purchasing capacity of the common people; granted huge tax concessions to corporate houses;; siphoned off the poor man’s earnings into the hands of a few rich; These measures ultimately drove the majority of Indians to be below the poverty levels. Indian youths were driven to be beggars at the doorsteps of transnational corporations of the developed Nations.

8. At the General elections for the 16th  Lok Sabha, the Indian Common men handed the Indian National Congress, who led the IJPA II regime the worst ever defeat in its history. Those who came to power over the defeat of the century old party, i.e. the NDA led by the Bharatiya Janata Party have no different approach on policies or governance. They had in fact supported the UPA Government to intensify the neo liberal policies. But for their solid support the PFRDA bill could never have been passed by the UPA. The conglomeration of Corporate houses and the corporate controlled media supported the BJP to the hilt in the election process for they were certain that BJP shall be more pliant and compliant to them. Through various policy pronouncements the new Government has made its intentions clear and loud. A complete ban on recruitment in Governmental organizations has been instituted; privatization of the Railways and Defence is on the anvil; FDI has been allowed to have its entry into these two vital sectors, which had been excluded due to public opinion by the UPA; the New pension scheme will replace all existing defined benefit pension dispensations; decided to close all Government of India Printing Presses; handed over the functions of the Medical Depots to private contractor firms rendering thousands of workers redundant and jobless; withdrawn the guidelines regulating the prices of essential and life saving medicines; proposed to reduce the number of subsidized gas cylinders; announced the PPP model of infrastructure development in Railways; declared further disinvestment of the profit making PSUs and closure of all loss making enterprises; introduced legislation to drastically amend the labour laws to harm the interest of workers especially in small establishments; indicated to give further concessions to corporate houses on taxation and to increase the indirect taxes to reduce fiscal deficit; made legislation to increase the FDI in Insurance and effect further reforms in the Banking Sector; dismantled the Planning Commission, include GDS in 7 CPC  and above all has taken tacit steps to disrupt the secular social fabric of the country.

9. It is in the backdrop of this National scenario that the Central Government employees must look up for settlement of their demands. The Central Government employees had been active participants in the struggles and strike actions of the Indian Working Class in the last two decades against the neo liberal policies. They have marched to the Parliament house shoulder to shoulder with other segments of the working people on several occasions and more recently on 5th December, 2014 to register and demonstrate the emphatic protest and opposition to the Government’s economic policies. They will be enthusiastic participants in future struggles and strike actions chalked out by the united platform of the Central Trade Unions in the country. While being part of the common struggles of the working class, they will have to chalk out programmes to ensure that the Ban on recruitment in Governmental institutions is lifted; the decision to close down the Printing Presses and the Medical stores is rescinded; growing contractorisation, privatization and outsourcing of the Governmental functions are halted; the proposal to allow FDI and privatize the Railways and Defence Establishments is nipped in the bud itself; the proposed labour reforms are taken back; that the casual and contract labourers and GDS are paid the minimum wage; a scheme drawn up for their regularisation within a stipulated time frame and the social security measures presently available to the workers in the form of defined benefit pension scheme is retained.

10. They must simultaneously endeavour to ensure that the JCM functioning is revived; periodicity of its meeting is increased to conform to the rules; the meeting of the Councils at the Departmental level are convened; the unions are recognized as per the rules; the National Anomaly Committee items are taken to its logical end and the awards of the Board of Arbitration are implemented.
11. Above all, they must strive immediately that the Government takes a decision on the date of effect of the Wage revision as 1.1.2014; the ambit of the 7” Central Pay Commission covers the most exploited segment of civil servants, i.e the Grameen Oak Sewaks ; that the wage structure of GDS is not allowed to be at the whims and caprices of Postal bureaucrats; that the Central Government employees are granted interim relief at the rate of 25% of their pay plus GP; the Dearness allowance which stood at 100% of pay as on 1.1.2014 is merged to become Dearness Pay and the 7rh CPC adheres to its time frame of 18 months and all the JCM participating organization are given sufficient opportunity to present their case before the Commission.

12. The Convention, on the basis of the discussions amongst the participating organizations, formulates a charter of demands containing the following important issues. The Convention also adopts the following programme of action to culminate in an indefinite strike action if the demands are not negotiated and settled.

13. The Convention sets up a National Joint Council of action with the representatives of the participating organizations to spearhead the movement. The JCA wilt prepare a detailed pamphlet to explain each of the demands in the Charter and to circulate the same amongst the mass of the employees for an intensive campaign. The NJCA at the National level will monitor the implementation of the programme. The Convention directs the participating Federations/Unions and Associations to form such Joint Committee in all States to ensure that the programme of action is carried out in all States uniformly.

14. The Convention calls upon all Central Governments employees and their Unions and Federations to be active participants in all the programmes of action to bring about a satisfactory settlement of the demands.

Charter of demands.
1. Effect wage revision of Central Government employees from 1.12014 accepting the memorandum of the staff side JCM; ensure 5-year wage revision; grant interim relief and merger of 100% of DA. Ensure submission of the 7th CPC report with the stipulated time frame of 18 months; include Grameen Dak Sewaks within the ambit of the 7th CPC. Settle all anomalies of the 6th  cpc.
2. No privatisation, PPP or FD1 in Railways, Postal and Defence Establishments.
3. No Ban on recruitment/creation of post.
4. Scrap PFRDA Act and re-introduce the defined benefit statutory pension scheme.
5. No outsourcing; contractorisation, privatisation of governmental functions; withdraw the proposed move to close down the Printing Presses and Medical Stores Depots; regularise the existing daily rated/casual and contract workers and absorption of trained apprentices;
6. Revive the JCM functioning at all levels as an effective negotiating forum for settlement of the demands of the CGEs.
 7. Remove the arbitrary ceiling on compassionate appointments.
8. No labour reforms which are inimical to the interest of the workers.
9. Remove the Bonus ceiling;
10. Ensure five promotions in the service career.


PROGRAMME OF ACTION

1. Organise State/District/Divisional level Joint convention to popularize the declaration before Feburary, 2015.
2. To organize massive dharna/rally at all State Capital/major Defence centres jointly by all the participating Unions in March, 2015.
3. To organize campaign fortnight throughout the country in the first two weeks of April, 2015.
4. To organize Rally before the Parliament house in the month of April when the house will be in budget session to declare the date for the commencement of the indefinite strike action and the programme and date of serving strike notice.

PRESS STATEMENT.

A National Convention of Central Government Employees Organisations participating in the Joint Consultative Machinery was held at New Delhi today (11.12.2014) at MPCU Shah Auditorium, Civil Lines, New Delhi to deliberate upon the demands and problems of Central Government Employees remained unsettled for several years. The Joint Consultative Machinery conceived as a forum for negotiation of demands of Central Government Employees in the wake of the indefinite strike action of 1960s has almost become defunct as its National Council which was to meet thrice in a year has not met even once for the last four years. The wage revision which was due in 2011 has not come about even though 7 CPC was set up a few months back. The demand for Interim Relief, merger of DA with Pay which normally accompanies the announcement of the pay commission were not granted by the government, the demand for inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks within the purview of 7th CPC was also rejected. Immediately on assumption of power, the new government has declared a total ban on recruitment, 100 % FDI in Railways and its privatisation, increasing FDI to 49% in Defence sector, closure of the Printing Presses, Publication, Stationery and forms offices and Medical Store Depots, corporatisation of Postal Services, amended the labour laws against the interest of workers and many other anti-worker policies. The Convention has adopted a declaration (copy enclosed) and decided upon various programmes of action culminating in indefinite strike if settlement is not brought about on the 10 point charter of demands adopted by the Convention. More than 800 delegates representing the two Federations in Railways (AIRF and NFIR), two Federations in Defence (AIDEF and INDWF), two Federations in Postal Services (NFPE and FNPO), Confederation of Central Govt Employees & Workers and many other organisations participated in the Convention. The indefinite strike decision and various other action programmes were approved by the Convention unanimously. The Convention set up a 14 member National Joint Council of Action with Shri M. Raghavaiah, General Secretary, National Federation of Indian Railwaymen as its Chairman and Shri. Shivgopal Mishra, General Secretary, All India Railwaymen Federation as Convener to spearhead the indefinite strike and other action programmes. The convention was conducted by a Presidium consisting of S/s Rakhaldas Gupta (AIRF), Guman Singh (NFIR), S.N Pathak (AIDEF), K.K.N. Kutty (Confederation), Giriraj Singh (NFPE) and Ashok Singh (INDWF).
SHIV GOPAL MISHRA
CONVENER


CLICK HERE to view the Press statement & Declaration


Shiv Gopal Mishra GS AIRF presenting the Declaration of the National Convention
M.Raghavaiah GS NFIR
A view of Delegates
Galaxy of leaders on Dais
AIPRPA leaders in the Convention

S.K.Vyas
Giriraj Singh
Devendra Kumar FNPO
Srikumar AIDEF GS
M.Krishnan SG Confederation
R.N.Parashar SG NFPE
K.K.N.Kutty President Confederation

AMENDMENT TO RULE 3 OF CCS (CONDUCT) RULES, 1964, NEED FOR CODE OF ETHICS AND VALUES OF CIVIL SERVICES. (Click the link below for details)