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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Meeting with Secretary, Department of Posts

Today (31-08-2016) AIPEU-GDS General Secretary Com. P. Pandurangarao and Com. R.N. Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE met  Shri B.V.Sudhakar, Secretary, Department of Posts in Dak Bhawan, New Delhi.

AIPEU-GDS conveyed warm welcome and greetings to the Hon’ble Secretary, Posts and discussed on verification of membership in GDS cadre and many other items of GDS.


Secretary, Posts responded positively on all the issues and assured to take all necessary measures to resolve them at the earliest.

=P.Pandurangarao
General Secretary

Sri M.Sampath PMG Vijayawada will hold current charge of CPMG, AP circle

It was ordered by Postal Directorate vide memo dated 30.08.2016 that Sri M.Sampath, PMG, Vijayawada region will hold current charge of CPMG, AP circle in addition to his own duties on relinquishment of charge of the CPMG, AP circle by Sri Y.P.Rai. This arrangement will be effective till further orders.

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2nd SEPTEMBER NATIONWIDE GENERAL STRIKE

Go Ahead  ! 

Organise the 2nd Septermber Strike in full swing  !!

More than 20 Crores of Workers will participate in the Strike. No change in Strike Decision.Please do not believe rumours. Make all efforts to ensure 100%  participation of Central Government Employees. 

- M.Krishnan 
Secretary General 
Confederation - 

Trade union strike on Sept 2:

Narendra Modi govt faces biggest strike since coming to power

New Delhi |  August 30, 2016:
  
women in garment industry A fixed minimum wage between Rs 15,000 and Rs 18,000 per month has been on top of the CTUs’ 12-point charter of demands. (Reuters)

The government’s effort to dissuade 10 central trade unions (CTUs) from going ahead with the September 2 strike did not succeed on Monday as the minimum wage advisory board (MWAB) meeting remained inconclusive.

A fixed minimum wage between Rs 15,000 and Rs 18,000 per month has been on top of the CTUs’ 12-point charter of demands. A positive outcome of the MWAB meeting, which was preponed from the earlier scheduled on September 6, could have saved the government from the embarrassing labour stir.

With the meeting failing to reach a consensus, RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), which unlike 10 other CTUs is yet to give their strike call, may also join the stir. This would make it the biggest-ever labour strike since the new government under Narendra Modi assumed office in May, 2014.

Talking to FE earlier in the day, BMS general secretary Virjesh Upadhyay said the trade union would take part in the strike if the government gives orders and not just written assurances on majority of their 12-point charter of demands that includes a minimum wage of Rs 15,000 per month.

At its three-day Kendriya Karya Samiti (KKS) meeting in Bhopal earlier this month, BMS had resolved to declare the strike on September 2, but left the onus of taking the final call on its president B N Rai and Upadhyay.

Currently, minimum wage for an unskilled worker in the central sector is Rs 211 per day or Rs 5,486 a month.

FE had earlier reported that the government has proposed a steep 60-95% hike in the minimum wages for its contract/temporary workers in 45 scheduled employment categories, ranging from agriculture to construction and mining, to Rs 9,150 per month. The minimum wage in a state is fixed by the state only.

AITUC national secretary D L Sachdeva, who attended the MWAB meeting, said the unions demanded that there should be uniformity in the minimum wage across the country for all workers — be it domestic help or the industry worker, and the amount should not be less than the monthly starting pay of Rs 18,000 for the central government staff as per the 7th Pay Commission.

“We have demanded that a national minimum wage should be fixed below which no state will fix the minimum wages. Developed states can fix higher wages than the national minimum wage. The strike call stands,” he added.

Another official who was present during the meeting, said employers’ representatives also agreed to the idea that the minimum wages should be hiked, but there was resistance from their side on making it as high as Rs 15,000 since that will cost them dearly.

A government official said on the condition of anonymity that the central government does not have the legislative power to fix the minimum wage for a state since labour is in the concurrent list. The proposed monthly minimum wage of Rs 9,150 for an unskilled farm worker in Class C areas (as against Rs 211 now) has been arrived at after taking into account his four-member family’s energy need for 2,700 k cal a day as well as clothes, fuel, power, educational, medical and rental expenses, the official added.

Meanwhile, though CTUs ruled out postponing the strike, they were expecting some favourable outcome from the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya late on Monday.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

2nd September 2016 - Nationwide One day Strike - Make it grand success

MAKE INTENSIVE PREPARATIONS AND CAMPAIGN TO MOBILIZE ENTIRE POSTAL WORKERS TO MAKE THE 2ND SEPTEMBER, 2016 ONE DAY STRIKE A HISTORIC SUCCESS.

WORKING CLASS UNITY ZINDABAD              INQUILAB ZINDABAD

2nd SEPTEMBER -2016  ONE DAY  ALL INDIA GENERAL STRIKE ON CALL OF ALL CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS & INDEPENDENT FEDERATIONS INCLUDING  CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES  AND WORKERS AND NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES.

2016 September 2nd General Strike 12 Point Charter of Demands of Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions submitted to government

PART – A

      1.     Urgent measures for containing price rise through universalization 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 wage of not less than 18000/- per month with provisions of indexation (for unskilled worker).
      6.     Assured enhanced pension not less than 3000 p.m for the entire working population (including unorganized sector workers).
      7.     Stoppage of disinvestment in Central/state public sector undertakings.
      8.     Stoppage of contractorisation in permanent/perennial work and payment of same wage and benefits for contract workers as that of regular workers for the same and similar work.
      9.     Removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund and increase in 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 & C-98.
      11.No FDI in Railways, Defence and other strategic sectors.
      12.No unilateral amendment to labour laws.

PART – B:  (CGE & POSTAL DEMANDS)

      1.   Avoid delay in implementing the assurances given by Group of Ministers to NJCA on 30thJune 2016, especially increase in minimum pay a fitment formula. Implement the assurance in a time bound manner.
      2.     Settle issues raised by the NJCA, regarding modifications of the 7th CPC recommendations, submitted to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2015.
      3.     Scrap PFRDA Act and New Pension System (NPS) and grant Pension/Family Pension to all Central Government employees under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.
      4.     No privatization, outsourcing, contractorisation of Government functions.
      5.     (i) Treat Gramin Dak Sevaks as Civil Servants and extend all benefits on pay, pension and allownaces of departmental employees.
(ii) Regularise casual, contract, contingent and daily rated workers and grant equal pay and other benefits.
      6.     Fill up all vacant posts by special recruitment. Lift ban on creation of new posts.
      7.     Remove ceiling on compassionate appointments.
      8.     Extend benefit of Bonus Act amendment 2015 on enhancement of payment ceiling to the Adhoc bonus/PLB of Central Govt. employees with effect from the financial years 2014-15. Ensure payment of revised bonus before Pooja holidays.
      9.     Revive JCM functioning at all levels.
10.   Implement Cadre restructuring in left out categories of Postal Department. i.e RMS,MMS,PA CO, SBCO & Postal Accounts etc..
11.  Settle the problems related CBS, CIS & stop harassment and Trade Union victimization.

     MAKE THE STRIKE A HISTORIC SUCCESS IN DEPARTMENT OF POSTS.
                                                       
  (R.N. Parashar) Secretary General, NFPE   

EDITORIAL POSTAL CRUSADER -- SEPTEMBER-2016


Working Class Resistance in 25 Years of
Neo-Liberal Reforms

            THE working class is a prime target of attack under the neo-liberal regime in the country.From the initial days of the policy pronouncements in 1991, ruling class and policy makers have been targeting the working people and their hard earned rights.

            Even while discussing about more investments, industrialisation, creation of employment opportunities, those in the authority could only identify rigidity and multiplicity of labour laws along with the `mushrooming’ of trade unions as hurdles. Along with this were the slogans of `flexibility’ and `downsizing’ which were presented as the way out of the crisis engulfing the country.

            The experience of the Indian working class, during the last 25 years, confirms the apprehensions expressed by the trade unions in the country, though at that time they were not a united voice.  Only those of the Left spectrum had an understanding  of the catastrophe that would happen if these policies were implemented.

            The efforts for implementation of the `reforms’ had begun in 1991 itself.  The labour laws in the country, product of the long drawn battles of the working people, were targeted.  This included the right to form a union of the workers’ choice.  The Trade Union Act in the country was enacted in 1926.  It is also a fact that despite this legislation being enacted during the British regime, the republic of India could not even to-day guarantee the right to collective bargaining for the workers, by making  it mandatory at the  national level for the employers  to recognise a trade union.

            The implementation of the ‘reforms’, as far as the labour laws were concerned had various components like non-implementation of existing laws; dismantling of the enforcement machinery of the government and new amendments to the existing laws against  the interests of workers. But, the resistance movements including the massive strikes and also the overall political situation in the country and the coalition governments at the centre with the major party not having majority of its own were hurdles to these efforts.

            While the attacks on the democratic and trade union rights have been continuing for the last 25 years, major amendments could not be passed. The right to form unions was denied almost fully in the new Industries in various parts of the country.  Not only the multinational companies, but the Indian corporates who had to recognise this right in their establishments earlier, started emulating the MNCs.

            In this situation, the employers could easily get rid of the job security of workers.  Casualisation and contractorisation of regular jobs became the rule.  Extreme cases of not having a single regular worker in factories which went on production schedules for years came to light when workers came out to form unions to fight the exploitation.

            The result of this was that more than 60 percent of the work force in the organised sector is denied even statutory minimum wages and social security benefits like ESI and EPF.  More than 50 percent of workers in the public sector and around 70 percent in private sector are contract workers.  These workers under different nomenclature are employed in permanent, perennial and continuous jobs in total violation of Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act and other labour laws.  12 hours work has become the order of the day in many establishments.

            Another aspect of this is that the share of wages in industrial sector has been continuously declining from around 30 percent in 1982-83 to 12.9 percent in 2012-13.  This has been falling further while the share of profits increased from around 20 percent to 50 percent during the above said period.
The situation from 1991 continued upto 2013 in the same trajectory, though under different regimes.  The situation has changed for the worse with the NDA government under Narendra Modi coming to power after the general elections in 2014. The Modi government is moving aggressively, creating a devastating impact on the lives and livelihood of the working people of the country.

            With the employment opportunities receding, the exploitation has increased manifold.  Working people in all the sectors – organised, unorganised, public, private – are facing a critical situation.  Along with them are those working in the governmental schemes categorised as volunteers who are paid only an honorarium, and who number more than ten millions.

            A series of amendments have been proposed by the government of India during the last 26 months.  While the government has announced its decision to convert 44 Labour laws into five labour codes, removing all the rights and protection clauses for labour, the drafts of Wage Code Bill and Industrial Relation Code are ready to be introduced in parliament.  The Factories Amendments Bill is already in parliament and the government has rejected all the recommendations of the standing committee and is going ahead with more retrograde amendments.  Simultaneously a new Bill – Small Factories Bill – is being readied.  The net result of these two Bills related to factories is that more than 75 percent of the factory workers will go out of coverage of the Factories Act and also 14 other basic labour laws including Minimum Wages Act, Maternity Act, ESI and EPF Acts.

            In total, in the name of ending inspection raj the enforcement machinery has been dismantled, the basic right to form a union of workers choice is being denied and all the existing labour laws are being amended to deprive workers even the minimum guarantee, which existed earlier. The net result is that of increasing the exploitation of workers and converting them literally to bonded labour.

            Not only the central government, but many of the state governments, especially those under the BJP have gone ahead and amended the labour laws, mainly on the lines of the central government's proposals. In fact, with the Rajasthan government taking the lead in enacting the anti-worker amendments, the Prime Ministers Office had written to all the state governments to follow the Rajasthan government.

            The working people in the country have been organising resistance against these policies from 1991 itself.  Despite large-scale victimisation, threats of outright dismissals, physical attacks by police and goondas for making efforts to form unions, there have been powerful fight backs in almost all the major industrial centres in the country.  These have happened even without formal unions being formed and sometimes resulting even in violence at work places. There have been strikes and struggles mainly related to these basic policy related issues at unit, sectoral and state levels, in addition to the country wide general strikes.

            It is to the credit of the organised trade union movement in the country, that the Central Trade Unions and National Federations have been on a joint platform to struggle against these neo-liberal policies.  The charter of demands included not only the work related issues, but demands of all sections of people.  Though from 1991 it was the Left unions – Central Trade Unions and also National Federations – which went on campaigns and struggles, total unity of Central Trade Unions and National Federations could be achieved from September 2009.  A common charter of demands, which was developed into a 10 point charter and later to a 12 point charter were submitted to the government of India.  None of the governments at the Centre took up these demands for serious consideration.

            From 1991, there were 16 countrywide general strikes of 17 days in total.  In the sixteenth general strike on September 2, 2015 the BMS withdrew at the last minute, saying that the government should be given time to implement their assurances. All others went ahead with the strike in which 15 crores of workers and employees had participated.  It is to be noted that 40 percent of those who had participated in the strike were not members of any union.  This could be achieved because of the widespread anger among the workers, especially among sections like road transport workers and workers in the industrial clusters in many states.

After the strike on September 2, 2015, the Modi government has speeded up the `reforms’ in many sectors.  The latest was to announce the `fixed term employment’, which the Vajpayee government had introduced and the Left parties and TUs had forced the UPA government to drop. Fixed term employment will result in the end of job security of workers, resulting in a situation of hire and fire with a legal sanction.

            It is in such a situation that the Central Trade Unions and National Federations are preparing for the seventeenth country wide strike in the 25th year of neo-liberalism, on September 2, 2016.

            It is a fact that the trade unions still have a long way to go in reaching out to all sections of working people.  But the local, sectoral and national level struggles in India against neo-liberal policies are an important component of the world wide struggle of the working people against the offensive of the capitalist class.

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Bonus ceiling raised to Rs.7000- to Central Govt. Employees - MoF order

ONE MORE STRIKE DEMAND SETTLED

Bonus ceiling raised to Rs.7000/- from Rs.3500/-  with effect from 01.04.2014 – orders issued.

Earlier Gratuity order for NPS pensioners issued.

Intensify campaign & make the 2nd September 2016 strike a thundering success.

Government Understands the language of struggle and strike only.


M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Confederation


Saturday, August 27, 2016

51 post offices in TS, AP to be payments bank branches - NEWS

Hyderabad: A total of 51 Post Offices (POs) in Telangana State and Andhra Pradesh have been identified for functioning as payments bank branches, providing a slew of services, including distribution of financial products. These offices - 34 in Andhra Pradesh and 17 in Telangana - will operate as branches of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB). 

IPPB came into existence after it received certificate of incorporation from the Registrar of Companies, setting the stage for the new bank to start operations in 2017. Similarly, 17 POs have been identified for IPPB branches in Telangana. Of these, Hyderabad GPO will be operational as IPPB branch by March 2017 and remaining 16 by September 2017, Rai said.

The benefits of IPPB include doorstep banking through postmen and Grameen Dak Sewaks, distribution of third party financial products like loans, insurance, pension products, mutual funds, international and domestic remittances, payment of utility bills, municipal dues, fees, government payments, taxes, DBT and MNREGA disbursements, among others.

"IPPB will drive the benefits of financial inclusion by bringing a host of financial products to suit the needs of different strata of society with special focus on the marginalised sections rural areas," Rai added.

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2nd September 2016 -- One day General Strike --

NFPE & AIPEU-GDS served strike notice on 12th August 2016 to the department to participate in 2nd September 2016 one day General Strike along with all employee' working class and Trade Unions.

All the members of AIPEU-GDS are requested to mobilize, organize the GDS comrades and participate in the one day General Strike on 2nd September 2016 in all Divisions of all Circles.


2016 September 2nd General Strike 

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12 Point Charter of Demands
  
PART – A  

(Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions submitted to Government)

1.    Urgent measures for containing price rise through universalization 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 wage of not less than 18000/- per month with provisions of indexation (for unskilled worker).
6.    Assured enhanced pension not less than 3000 p.m for the entire working population (including unorganized sector workers).
7.    Stoppage of disinvestment in Central/state public sector undertakings.
8.    Stoppage of contractorisation in permanent/perennial work and payment of same wage and benefits for contract workers as that of regular workers for the same and similar work.
9.    Removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund and increase in 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 & C-98.
11.  No FDI in Railways, Defence and other strategic sectors.
12.  No unilateral amendment to labour laws.

PART – B  :  

(Demands of the Central Govt. employees including Postal)

1.    Avoid delay in implementing the assurances given by Group of Ministers to NJCA on 30thJune 2016, especially increase in minimum pay a fitment formula. Implement the assurance in a time bound manner.
2.    Settle issues raised by the NJCA, regarding modifications of the 7th CPC recommendations, submitted to Cabinet Secretary on 10th December 2015.
3.    Scrap PFRDA Act and New Pension System (NPS) and grant Pension/Family Pension to all Central Government employees under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.
4.    No privatization, outsourcing, contractorisation of Government functions.
5.    (i)Treat Gramin Dak Sevaks as Civil Servants and extend all benefits on pay, pension and allownaces of departmental employees.
(ii)     Regularise casual, contract, contingent and daily rated workers and grant equal pay and other benefits.
6.    Fill up all vacant posts by special recruitment. Lift ban on creation of new posts.
7.    Remove ceiling on compassionate appointments.
8.    Extend benefit of Bonus Act amendment 2015 on enhancement of payment ceiling to the Adhoc bonus/PLB of Central Govt. employees with effect from the financial years 2014-15. Ensure payment of revised bonus before Pooja holidays.
9.    Revive JCM functioning at all levels.
10.  Implement Cadre restructuring in left out categories of Postal Department. i.e RMS,MMS,PA CO, SBCO & Postal Accounts etc.
11.  Settle the problems related CBS, CIS & stop harassment and Trade Union victimization.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Promotion and Postings of SAG officers to HAG of IPoS Group A and transfers / postings of regular HAG officers

1. Brig. B. Chandrashekhar (lPoS-1987) CPMG, UP Circle  is transferred and posted as CPMG, Telangana Circle Against vacant post (newly created).

2. Sh. Y.P. Rai (IPoS 1984) CPMG, Andhra Pradesh Circle is transferred and posted as CPMG, UP Circle vice Sri B.Chandrasekhar transferred.

Chief Postmasters General for ODISHA, DELHI, PUNJAB, GUJRAT, MAHARASHTRA, KERALA, J&K.....

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Promotion and Posting of Junior Administrative Grade (JAG) officers of Indian Postal Service, Group 'A' to the Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) of the service - order dated 26th August 2016

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Transfer / Postings in the Junior Administrative Grade (JAG) of Indian Postal Service, Group 'A' - order dated 26.08.2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

GDS Pay Committee visited Karnataka Circle on 23-08-2016

It is reported by the Asst. Genl. Secretary (CHQ), AIPEU-GDS Com.B.R.Jagdish in Karnakata Circle that the GDS Pay Committee called Unions for interaction meeting in Bangalore on 23rd Aug 2016.

The Representatives of AIPEU-GDS Viz., Raju B. Patil, Circle President, Com.Ramesha, Com.Bannesha, Com.Kantharaju met the GDS Pay Committee along with NFPE leaders viz., Com.R.Seethalakshmi, General Secretary, P4 (CHQ), Com.Javarigowda, President, Gr.C., Com.Nagarajarao, Fin. Secretary, Gr.C., and Com.Mallikarjuna, Circle Secretary, P4  presented the GDS issues to the Pay Committee Members.

A Brief Note has been submitted to the GDS Committee by the NFPE & AIPEU-GDS Delegation.

Hon'ble Chief Postmaster General & other officers of Circle Administration were also present.





CHQ conveys heartfelt thanks to the leaders of NFPE for their support and cooperation to AIPEU-GDS and GDS comrades for their participation in the meeting with GDS Committee.




ONLINE SELECTION PROCEDURE FOR GDS POSTS - DEVELOPING SOFTWARE IN THE TECHNOLOGY SECTION OF AP/TELANGANA CIRCLES

Letter addressed by Directorate to the Chief Postmaster General, AP/Telangana Circles:

Sub: Proposal for introduction of on line selection procedure for all categories of Gramin Dak Sevaks - developing software - Reg.





RPLI- Bonus rates for the year 2014-15



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