Friday, May 18, 2018
AIPEU GDS : Views submitted to the Department
ALL INDIA POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION-GDS
(An associate member of National Federation of Postal Employees)
CHQ: Dada Ghosh Bhawan, 2151/1, New Patel Road, New Delhi – 110008
President: Virendra Sharma e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
General Secretary: P. Pandurangarao Website: http:www.aipeugdsnfpe.blogspot.com
Department of Posts
New Delhi – 110 001
Sub:- Indefinite strike of AIPEU GDS from 22-05-2018 – reg.
We are very much thankful to the Department for arranging a meeting to discuss on the charter of demands included in the notice given for an indefinite strike by AIPEU GDS from 22nd May 2018.
This Union would like to present their views on the demands as follows:
Kamalesh Chandra Committee for Gramin Dak Sevaks in the Department of Posts submitted its report on 24th Nov 2016. Nearly 18 months are over and the recommendations are yet to be implemented
The Pay Commission for 32 lakh Central Govt Employees, 33 lakh pensioners and few lakhs of Defence personnel submitted report on 29-11-2015. The implementation of the 7th CPC recommendations took place on 25-07-2016. The CPC covers various departments, cadres, allowances and many other issues regarding Central Govt employees, it has taken only 8 months.
The GDS Committee report covers only one category i.e.Gramin Dak Sevaks, that too 3 lakh employees; for studying and submitting report taken one year and for implementation it is 18 months. This type of situation never took place in the past.
Even then we have been told and some RTI information revealed that pay & allowances have processed and sent to Central Cabinet for approval. All other recommendations viz., leave, retirement benefits, welfare issues are pending. It may take another one or two years for processing it.
It is learnt that Finance Department is objecting to grant revised pay as recommended by the Committee. Departmental employees given revised pay from 01-01-2016 itself and allowances from 01-07-2017. In case of GDS atleast that should be followed. Perhaps stand taken by the Govt in delaying the case of GDS to deny the enhanced allowances and arrears from 01-01-2016.
We feel that in our department, GDS are totally discriminated and they are not given any importance and being treated as third rate citizens.
The GDS committee categorically mentioned that major revenue come from GDS Post Offices. Regarding expenditure for them is only 15%. GDS are for productivity and profit for the Department and GDS are working day & night for our department. As per records, GDS maximum working hours are 5 hrs., but now a days they are canvassing for PLI, RPLI, Various schemes of the Department & Business Development activities which takes more than 5 hours. Inspite of all these, the department is not giving any consideration for GDS. GDS are totally disappointed and agitated.
AIPEU GDS in its 3rd All India Conference held at Allahabad on 16th & 17th March 2018, the entire delegates are agitated and finally decided to go for an indefinite strike. For that we have extended the date maximum for the Cabinet approval.
Regarding the Membership verification process in GDS cadre :
In GDS cadre, the last verification took place in 2010 and results announced in April, 2011.
As per the DoP&T guidelines, the membership verification should be conducted for every 5 years and after 5 years, the recognition has to be lapsed. AIPEU GDS is requesting for membership verification from 2012 onwards after its formation. Even though there is special provision for reverification, the department has not considered our demand.
The recognition period of 5 years end by April 2016. Department issued notice for calling applications from the participant unions during March 2016 itself. After that it was detained on various reasons even getting all appropriate information from our Unions viz., formation of Branches, details of Authorized representatives etc., in the divisions. Notification issued during July 2017 and the process of verification completed by September 30th, 2017. Suddenly it was stopped and department told that further notification will be issued soon. No further progress on the issue even after 8 months.
We feel that there is a deliberate attempt to deny recognition for AIPEU GDS, may be because of the pressure of other unions. But there is no justification for continuing the recognition period for others after 2 years of stipulated period.
AIPEU GDS strongly demanding that notification should be issued immediately or otherwise provisional recognition may be granted on the basis of ‘Letter of Authrozation’ submitted as on 30th September 2017 and make recovery of subscription from the GDS members as it was already made for September 2017 with trade union facilities till further notification for membership verification is issued.
We shall be very thankful to the department and all such necessary action may be taken on the demands at the earliest to maintain peace and tranquility amongst GDS in the department.