Thursday, February 28, 2013
EDITORIAL POSTAL CRUSADER: MARCH-2013
The two days historic strike that shook the country is over. About twelve crores workers participated in the strike. About ten lakhs Central Government employees including five lakhs postal and RMS employees joined the mass upsurge of the Indian working class. In many states the strike turned into total bundh and in other parts of the country also it affected all the sectors of industry and other service sectors.
The total unity and commitment exhibited by the entire trade unions has no parallel in the history of our country.
The Central Government tried to ignore or underestimate the strike in the initial stage. But the largest mobilistaion of the workers throughout the length and breadth of the country, compelled the Government to negotiate with the leaders at last minute. The first round discussion held with the cabinet Minister for labour, Sri Mallikarjun Kharge and second round discussion with the Group of Cabinet Ministers headed by Sri. A. K. Antony, Defence Minister, failed as the Government simply sought more time and was not ready to settle any of the demands raised by the unions and appealed the leaders to call off the strike.
The Secretary, Department of Posts also made a similar appeal to call off the strike, even when the main demands raised by the Postal JCA (NFPE & FNPO) remained unsettled.
In addition to the demands raised by the Central Trade Unions, the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers and the Postal JCA has raised the demands of constitution of seventh Central Pay Commission, merger of 50% DA with pay, removing the restriction on compassionate appointments, filing up of all vacant posts, Departmentalization of GDS and related issues, Revision of wages of casual labourers and regularization, scrapping of PFRDA bill, raising the bonus ceiling limit, grant of five promotions, OTA revision, abolition of posts, outsourcing, contractorisation, privatization, cadre restructuring etc. also in the strike notice served to the Government and the Department of Posts. Government was not ready to settle any of the above demands and hence the question of calling off the strike did not arise at all.
In the Postal the strike was conducted under the banner of Joint council of action (JCA) comprising NFPE & FNPO. The Strike was near total in majority of the circles and about 60 to 80% in the remaining circles. The entire Postal and RMS services were paralysed for two days. Both Departmental employees and Gramin Dak Sevaks exhibited perfect unity in the strike. NFPE and its affiliated unions including GDS had already conducted a one day strike on 12th December 2012.
Naturally, there was apprehension about successfully organizing two days strike within a short span of two months. But the mass scale participation of the employees in the two days strike proved that workers are ready even for still higher form of action, if the Government is not ready to settle their genuine and legitimate demands.
What next is the question before us and working class of our country. Even though the two days strike is over, we have no other go, except carrying forward the struggle with added vigour taking inspiration from the mass sanction and determination of the workers at large.
There is no short cut.
As correctly pointed out by Late Com. K. G. Bose who revolutionized the P&T Trade union movement- “the organized trade union movement has drawn lessons that all illusions about the Government policies should be given up and has come to the conclusion that it is not a question of appealing to the sense of injustices of the Government, but the relative strength of the organized movement and the forces combating it, which will decide their future”.
The Government and the ruling class will try their best to implement their policies by retaining the power and their supremacy over the people of the country and working class. But history has taught us that they cannot continue their anti-people, anti-worker policies forever. A day will come and the balance of power will definitely change in favour of the toiling masses of this country and the ruling class and their neoliberal policies will be thrown to the dustbin of history and an alternative force with alternative policies shall emerge defeating the policies of the present day ruling class. The alternative policy will never be the imperialist globalization polices. It will be a policy which will lead us to the path of socialism. That day shall come, no sooner than later. Such a change is not easy. We have to suffer and be ready for bigger sacrifices. NFPE is committed to this task.
The power-that-be should not be under the illusions that the working class will not go for another strike in the near future. They should clearly understand that-“the fire that is burning with flames and the fire that is burning beneath the ashes, are both fire”. The fire beneath the ashes may burst out at any time again as a wild fire. The growing anger, protest and discontentment among the common people and workers may burst out at any time. No Government on earth can withstand such a mass upsurge of the common people and the toiling masses. Government should take note of the writings on the wall. Brutal killing of the workers, severe victimizations and using the force to suppress the protest, may not succeed.
Comrades, the path before us is not full of roses, but full of obstacles and of sufferings. But we are sure that at the end of the tunnel, there will be light. If winter comes, can they prevent the onset of the spring? Let us move forward unitedly with the working class of our country and let us loudly proclaim without any hesitation that –
“We are on the right path”.
Reproduced from nfpe.blogspot.com
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
1st Circle Conference of AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) A.P Circle has been held in (Com.D. Ramasubbareddy Nagar) Tulja Bhawan, Kachiguda, Hydeabad-500 027.
Flag hoisting program : NFPE, AIPEUGr.C., P-IV and GDS flags were hoisted by Com.K.V.Sridharan, Com.R.Sivannarayana, Com.Sk.Humayun & P.Pandurangarao respectively.
On 24th February, Open session has been conducted under the Presidentshp of Com.V.Vijayakrishan, President of GDS NFPE, Com.T.Suresh Kumar, General Secretary, Reception Committee invited all the leaders and guests to the dias. Welcome speech made by Chairman, Reception Committee for Circle conference, Com.M.Janardhanreddy, Chairman, AP Public Sector Employees Federation. Session was inaugurated by Com.R.Sudha Bhaskar, General Secretary, CITU, A.P., and Com.K.V.Sridharan, Former General Secretary, AIPEU Gr.C (CHQ) & Leader, JCM Staffside made an elaborated speech about the history of ED system and the present situation of GDS and future of GDS in the Postal Department besides narrated the struggles conducted for GDS by NFPE in befitting manner.
Com.R.Sivannarayana, General Secretary, AIPEU-Gr.C, Com.S.K.Humayun, Preisedent (CHQ) & Circle Secretary, AIPEU PM&MTS/Gr.D., Com.D.A.S.V.Prasad, Circle Secretary, Gr.C., Com.V.Murukan, Financial Secretary, GDS(NFPE) CHQ and Com.B.Padmavathi, President, AP Postal Women Committee are present and addressed the session.
On 25th Subject Committee has been held with the participation of nearly 300 GDS comrades representing from 37 Divisions and 18 branches of AIPEU GDS (NFPE) in the Circle.
Com.P.Mohan, General Secretary, AIPCPCCWF, Com. R.J.Madhusudanarao, Circle Secretary, AIRMS MMSEU Gr.C were also present and addressed the session.
The following office bearers were elected unanimously for AIPEU GDS (NFPE) A.P Circle.
President : Com.V.Vijayakrishna, Srikakulam Division
Vice President : Com.K.Manohar, Anakapalli Division
: Com.N.Sammaiah, Warangal Division
: Com.S.Narasimhulu, Proddatur Division
Secretary : Com.P.Pandurangarao, Gudur Division
Asst. Secretary : Com.S.Venu, Narasaraopet Division
: Com.K.Jaganmohan reddy, Ongole Division
: Com.K.Nageswararao, Rajahmundry Division
: Com.M.Srinivasarao, Guntur Division
Treasurer : Com.K.N.Chary, Secunderabad Division
Orgg. Secretary:Com. C.H.A.S.N.Murthy, Bhimavaram Division
: Com.E.Munikannaiah naidu, Tirupati Division
: Com.A.Jalapathi, Adilabad Division
: Com.K.Muktar Ahmed, ‘Z’ Dn, Hyderbad
CHQ, GDS NFPE conveys its heartfelt congratulations and greetings to all comrades of A.P circle.
Friday, February 22, 2013
This is our sincere request to respond SPEEDILY & POSITIVELY towards the appeal made by the Reception Committee for 1st All India Conference of AIPEU-GDS(NFPE)
TIME TO ACT FAST
APPEAL TO COMRADES
There is hardly one month left for the All India Conference of GDS [NFPE] Union from today. We tried to impress upon you the need for funds collection for successfully holding the AIC in Chennai. Unfortunately, the response from you is not encouraging and very slow. We have many deadlines to meet with the arrangements of the Conference including payment of rent etc as per conditions. Many other arrangements purely rest on the collection of desired level of donations from staff, donations from public as well as most importantly the advertisements for the Souvenir.
It seems most of the divisions are yet to commence any serious preparations for either collecting the 100/- donations from staff and other collections from the public. Since we are facing certain deadlines as explained, it is the requirement that all of you act with seriousness and speed.
The Reception Committee is fully dependent on the cooperation of all of you from divisions and branches. The Reception Committee once again appeal to all Divisional and Branch Secretaries of NFPE Unions to come forward to fulfil the task immediately. This is most urgent.
APPEAL FOR EXPEDITING COLLECTION OF ADVERTISEMENTS AND DONATIONS
Reception Committee requests all Divisional and Branch Secretaries from all Circles except Tamilnadu to expedite sending at least one Advertisement to the Souvenir as per the Tariff already sent to all by the Reception Committee.
Divisional and Branch Secretaries of NFPE Unions in Tamilnadu Circle are kindly requested to complete the donation collection of Rs.100/- from every employee and remit the same before 15th of February, 2013. Similarly all are requested to expedite to collect maximum donations from members of public as well as Advertisements for Souvenir at the earliest.
Time is running out. The Reception Committee is in dire need of arrival of collections for fulfilling all arrangements for the successful conduct of the All India Conference.
All are requested to act quickly.
Cheques and DDs to the Reception Committee to be drawn as follows:
“ Reception Committee, AIC, AIPEU GDS [NFPE]”
Donation cash collected from the members as well as from our employees may be remitted to the Reception Committee SB Account. The SB Account Number of Reception Committee operated jointly by the General Secretary and Treasurer of the Reception Committee is given below. Comrades who want to remit cash to the Reception Committee are requested to deposit to this SB Account and send the details of the remittance through E-Mail to the Reception Committee
SB Account Details:
Account in name of :
Reception Committee, AIC, AIPEU GDS [NFPE]
Dena Bank, Purasawalkam Branch, Chennai – 600084
SB Account No: 103010024763
IFSC Code No: BKDN0621030
MICR No: 600018012
Dear Comrades, All are once again requested to expedite collection of donations and advertisements in order to successfully host the first AIC of the AIPEU GDS[NFPE].
(Editorial - GDS CRUSADER)
The three lakh Grameen Dak Sevaks remains as the symbol of British colonialism and still exploited even after the independence of the Nation. The "Extraneous Departmental Agents" which was the nomenclature of the GDS during the British regime and equated with the Government employees became the “extras” of the Department after Independance. Justice Talwar has declared that they are holders of Civil Posts as per the Supereme Court Judgment and should be called as Grameen Dak Karmchari with departmental status. But the Govt. of India has chosen the nomenclature as "Grameen Dak Sevak" not as Karmachari.
The GDS Rules were subsequently amended in 2001 and 2011 and made the GDS as holder of Civil Post “outside the civil service” and applied only for the Disciplinary rules which is also not a statutory one. They have been denied the prorata wages at par with the Departmental employees. The pay has been termed as Time Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA). All the positive recommendations of Justice Talwar Committee were buried after the implementation of R.S.Natarajamuthy Committee. The GDS are now equated with the part time workers. The Bonus which was granted at par with Departmental employees was snatched away and files were constructed in such way to deny all the benefits to GDS permanently. The Officer who was associated with the Nataraja Murthy committee has given the responsibility of implementing his own recommendations!! But there was no protest at that time from the so called recognized GDS union. A static silence due to obvious reasons of the leadership.
There is a clear discrimination between the regular and GDS officials and we lost many things during this last thirteen years. Wages have been reduced. Protection of pay granted in 1986 was freezed. Now after one year there is no protection and the reduction will take place. Bonus ceiling reduced to Rs.2500 from Rs.3500. The GDS workload norms were tightened. The vacant GDS posts have not been filled up. The indiscriminate combination of duties is the order of day and there is no prorata wages to GDS as per the Sixth CPC. The 100% promotional avenues enshrined for the GDS in MTS and Postmen recruitment rules were modified and open market recruitment is resorted to. The relaxation of standard in the question papers have been withdrawn and now tightened with the pattern of CBSE Xth standard resulting many vacancies were not filled up and will go to the open market, thus the GDS will be deprived of fair chances.
All these adverse effects had taken place during the last 13 years and the so called recognized union remained as mute spectator under the chauvinist leadership of GDS who was always taking position against NFPE. Now we have to revive our activities by united approach under the NFPE with the total cooperation of departmental and GDS comrades and fight against all these exploitation and discrimination and undo all the injustices caused to us. We have to act swiftly in unifying all the GDS comrades under one plartform of NFPE and formulate our demands in particular for the departmentalization of GDS for which the unity among the GDS is a must. We are not chauvinistic but really practical; we will put ourselves into constructive criticism of our activities.
Comrades, we are meeting shortly in Chennai in our first All India Conference from 21.03.2013 to 22.01.2013. We are going to discuss and debate all our issues dispassionately and decide our future course of action. We should evolve the strategy for the future programme of action in mitigating the GDS problems and also on our organisational advancement.
We are now an “Associate Member” of NFPE and NFPE leadership has assured us to extend whole hearted support and join with us in all the struggles including strike.
Let us meet in Chennai, discuss, deliberate and decide our future course of action by fullest mobilization. Let all GDS comrades march forward to Chennai and make the 1st AIC a historic success.
SPECTACULAR SUCCESS OF TWO-DAYS STRIKE BY C.G.EMPLOYEES ALONGWITH WORKING CLASS OF INDIA
CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS
About 8 lakhs Central Government employees took part in the 48 hour (two day) general strike yesterday and today organised by the Indian working class as per the call of the Joint platform of 11 Central Trade Unions of the country. Besides 5 lakh Defence Civilian employees are also reported to have participated in this historic action.
The Strike was total and cent per cent in Income tax and Postal departments. The participation ranged from 60 to 90% in other Government of India organisations except in the Central Secretariat. As per the report, the strike was total in Assam, Tripura, West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and 60 to 70% in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and partial in other States.
In Delhi, the Income tax and RMS offices of the Postal Department virtually remained closed. Not a single employee reported for duty in these offices. Many offices of the Civil Accounts and Post offices in Delhi also did not function on these two days.
Many establishments of Printing and Stationery, Indian Bureau of Mines, Geological Survey of India, Medical Depots, Customs, Ground Water Board, ISRO, Directorate of Marketing Inspection, Civil Accounts, Central Public Works Department remained closed throughout the country on both the days.
The National Secretariat of the Confederation places on record its sincere gratitude and appreciation of the efforts undertaken by the State/Branch level leaders to make this historic action of the Indian working class a resounding success by eliciting the total participation of the Central Government employees. The success of the two days strike action will no doubt embolden the employees and workers to chalk out intensified action programme including indefinite strike action to compel the Govt. to rescind the anti-people economic policies pursued since 1991.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
TWO DAYS STRIKE
EXHIBITED THE TOTAL UNITY
POSTAL & RMS EMPLOYEES
Entire Postal and RMS services came to a standstill
We (NFPE & FNPO) once again extend our warm greetings and congratulations to all Postal and RMS employees who made the two days nationwide strike a thundering success. About 1,50,000 Postal and RMS offices including Branch Post offices remained closed for two days. About more than five lakh employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks struck work. Though the strike will be over tonight, the struggle against the anti-worker policies will continue.
Let us keep this unity and fighting spirit intact.
Unity for Struggle
struggle for unity
Thank you, Thank you all
M. Krishnan D. Theagarajan
Secretary General Secretary General
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
CONGRATULATIONS & RED SALUTE
TO ALL GDS COMRADES FOR THEIR ENMASSE PARTICIPATION OF STRIKE FOR THE FIRST DAY IN ALL CIRCLES
ENCOURAGING AND ENTHUSIASTIC INFORMATION REACHED CHQ THAT THE RESPONSE TO THE 48 HOURS STRIKE FROM ALL CORNERS OF COUNTRY IS ACTION PACKED BY STAGE DHARNA, PROTEST RALLY, MEETINGS ETC.
REPORT ON CLOSING OF BRANCH OFFICES IS AMAZING AND THE UPROAR OF RESENTMENT OVER ANTI- WORKING CLASS POLICIES OF THE GOVT. AND EXPLOITATION OF THE DOWN TRODDEN GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS SHOWN WELL AND WITH EVERY HOPE THIS WILL DEFINITELY BE A RESULT ORIENTED HISTORIC STRUGGLE
THANKING ONE AND ALL
THE SAME SPIRIT WILL BE CONTINUED FOR SECOND DAY EVEN WITH MORE AND MORE EXPRESSIONS AND MAKE IT A HISTORICAL ONE.
February 20, 21 General Strike
Discussion with Government again failed
Central Trade Unions rejected the Government’s, appeal to call off the strike.
10 Crores workers will participate in the strike.
13 lakhs Central Government employees including 5.5 lakhs Postal employees joining historic two days strike. Entire Postal and RMS offices including Branch Post offices will be completely closed for two days. Ensure cent per cent success.
February 20, 21 Strike
Against the exploitation of the virtual capitalism,
It’s the expression of our inner tumult.
Against the commodifying everything,
It’s for changing everything.
Against the apolitical disintegration,
It’s the moulding of the common man and working class of India.
If winter comes, can spring be far behind?
Let us join the mass upsurge on Feb 20, 21 and continue the fight
to change the capitalist-oriented Imperialist globalization policies
Working Class Unity Zindabad
Monday, February 18, 2013
On 17-02-2013 AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) Convention has been held at Com. D.P.Diwakar Memorial Hall (Bansi Bhawan), Beawar town, Beawar under the Presidentship of Com.Pusaram Chaudhary, Circle President, Gr.C., Rajasthan Circle.
Com.N.M.Shrimali, Divisional Secretary, Gr.C., Beawar Division welcomed all the Guests and delegates to the Convention and anchored the meeting in a befitting manner.
Com.R.Sivannarayana, General Secretary, AIPEU Gr.C., Com.Ishwar Singh Dabas, General Secretary, AIPEU PM&MTS/Gr.D., Com.Giri Raj Singh, General Secretary, AIRMS MMSEU Gr.C., Com.P.Pandurangarao, General Secretary,AIPEU GDS NFPE, Com.Balwinder Singh, Financial Secretay, Gr.C (CHQ) were attended as Chief Guests and addressed the GDS NFPE comrades of Rajasthan Circle.
Shri NorathMali, Supdt. of Post Offices, Beawar Division invited as Guest of Honour and addressed the GDS session. Com.Hari Parasad Diwakar, Circle Secretary, Gr.C., Com.Kumar, Circle Secretary, P-IV were also present and organized the meeting.
About 250 GDS comrades representing from 13 divisions attended and graced the formation of Circle Union of AIPEU-GDS(NFPE), Rajasthan Circle.
A 15 member Organizing body has been constituted for AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) Circle Union, Rajasthan Circle.
President : Com.Ramchander, Chahar, Jhunjunu
Vice President: Com.Naval Shrimalik, Beawar dn.
Com.Azizkhan, Sirohi dn.
Com.Arunkumar, Jaipur city dn.
Secretary: Com.Roshanlal Meena, Udaipur dn.
Asst Secretary: Com.Kishan dutt pujari, Bewar dn.
Com.Lokesh sharma, Jaipur dn.
Com.Chetanlal pali, Pali dn.
Com.Narendersingh, Jodhpur dn.
Com. Omprakash rajpurohit, Pali dn.
Fin. Secretary : Com.Mukeshmeena, Ajmer dn.
Asst.Treasurer: Com.Mahendrakumar Tammar,Jaipur dn.
Orgg Secretary: Com.Hemanthkumar Meghwal, Udaipur
Com.Ramanand, Jhunjunu dn.
Com. Gorab singhwi, Chitturgarh dn.
AIPEU-GDS(NFPE), Bewar Division Union is also formed and a new set of office bearers were elected unanimously.
AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) CHQ conveys its heartfelt greetings and congratulations to all the Comrades of NFPE and GDS, Rajasthan.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS DECIDE
TO GO AHEAD WITH
THE TWO DAYS STRIKE
= Cabinet Minister for Labour Shri Mallikarjun Kharge and Minister of State for Labour Shri Kodikkunnil Suresh held discussion with Trade Union Leaders on 13-02-2013 on the Charter of Demands.
as Govt. is not ready to concede the demands.
All Trade Union Leaders unanimously decided to go ahead with the strike
Greeting to all Comrades,
You are well aware that the 1st All India Conference of AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) is going to be held on 21st & 22nd March 2013 in Chennai (Tamilnadu). The arrangements are going on to make it successful and a historic one.
In the mean time it is our sincere responsibility to share the appreciation for its memory, need to cooperate with the Reception Committee.
I hope that already a Circular with its importance has been reached all most all the branch & divisions of Gr.C, P-4 and GDS in all the Circles. A request for financial support by way of advertisement to the souvenir has also been in the hands of our comrades. The time is too short and requires your sincere efforts to meet all the positive expectations of the Reception Committee to go ahead with hectic arrangements for such a large gathering in the City like Chennai.
I have the honour to apply for your kind attention on the immediate task of collection of advertisements from our respectful organizers / well-wishers / like-minded organizations / Institutions / reputed personalities for their contribution to our GDS All India conference.
Required details can be obtained through :
Hopefully seeking to push positive response at the earliest from all our fraternal comrades.
Jharkhand neither qualifies as a state, which generates maximum money orders, nor as one that receives too many money orders like Punjab and Bihar, which have long earned the distinction of doing so. This could well have been the reason behind the delay in the launch of the mobile money order service (MMOS) that was launched in Bihar and Punjab much earlier in May 2011.
Jharkhand office of India Post is gearing up for the modern facility that is expected to make money transactions easier for those who do not have an account in a bank or post office.
"A requisition is pending with of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) for registration of SIM card to be used in this service. BSNL is acting as a partner in the project. We expect the service to be launched for the customers in Jharkhand within a month," said an officer of the business development section in Ranchi.
The postal department nationally has entered into an agreement with BSNL to provide MMOS using mobile phones. For this purpose, necessary input based on the requirements of the department was furnished to BSNL for development of software.
Under MMOS, money can be transferred to any location in the country once the service is made available in post offices across the country. Sources in the postal department said, "For transactions up to Rs 5000, the postal department charges a fee of 5%, which includes the share of service provider (in this case, BSNL).
While the customers can possess SIM cards of any mobile service provider, BSNL helps generate a code in the post office where a customer deposits money along with a form. The form should contain details of the receiver along with a valid mobile number.
Once deposit is made in the post office, a machine-generated code is messaged to the recipient's mobile. The recipient, after producing this code and a of identity, can collect the money from any designated branch of the post office.