Monday, July 27, 2015

2015 SEPTEMBER 2nd ONE DAY STRIKE INDIA WORKING CLASS UNITEDLY DEMANDS CHANGE OF POLICY




On 26th May, The day Modi Government at the Centre completed one year in office, Workers National Assembly at the Mavlankar Auditorium in the National Capital, New Delhi, in one voice condemned BJP-led NDA Government’s anti worker, anti-peasants, anti-people and pro-corporate, pro-MNC one year’s rule and declared country wide united protests and resistance through General Strike on 2nd September 2015 against these policies and to pursue 12 points charter of demands.

The unanimous declaration of the National Convention, organized by All the eleven Central Trade Unions and National Federations of Employees of all sectors and services condemned the Modi Government for bringing sweeping changes in the Land Acquisition Act permitting forcible acquisition of land from the farmers and drastically curbing farmer’s right to land and agricultural worker’s right to livelihood, bringing sweeping changes in the labour laws in favour of the employers, attack on the existing social securities like EPF, ESI benefits, cutting budgetary allocations to scheme which benefit the poor like MNREGA, dismantling of the Public Distribution System, disinvesting profit making public sector undertakings, Not implementing tripartite decisions of the successive Indian Labour Conferences (ILCs), Ignoring the 10 point demands submitted earlier by the Central Trade Union pending since UPA Government etc.

The Central Government Employees are the worst sufferers due to the policy offensives of the Government. No DA Merger, No Interim Relief, No retrospective date of effect to 7th CPC from 01.01.2014 as demanded by JCM Staff Side, refusal to include Gramin Dak Sewaks under 7th CPC, denial of revision of wages and regularization of casual labourers, non implementation of Cadre Restructuring agreement signed by Postal department and Postal federations, 5% condition on Compassionate appointment, non revision of bonus ceiling, non implementation of arbitration awards, non convening of JCM National Council are the one year balance sheet of the Modi Government in the Central Government employees sector. Over and above this, policy offensives like Task Force Committee Report on Postal Corporatisation, Bibek Debroy Committee Report on Railway privatisation, corporatisation of the 41 Ordinance factories in the defence sector, move to close down printing, stationery and publication department and Medical store depots, non filling up of vacancies, downsizing, outsourcing, contractrisation, privatisation, are also being implemented in an aggressive manner.

The atrocious attack on the working people of the country including Central Government employees should be combated resolutely. The anti worker character of the neo liberal policies and the capitalist class interest behind these policies must be thoroughly exposed. It is to resist and repulse these attacks on the working class that the united trade union movement gave a call for a country wide general strike on 2nd September 2015.

From 1991 onwards, when the Congress government started implementing these policies, Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers has been opposing it and had joined the main stream of the working class in resisting the onslaught of imperialist globalization policies. Confederation National Executive had decided to join the one day strike on 2nd September 2015.

This strike must act as a strong warning to the BJP-led Government that the working class of the country, which has a great history of struggles and sacrifices, is not going to let these attacks pass. We call upon the entire Central Government employees to join the strike en-masse and make it a grand success.

source: Confederation of Central govt. employees & worker, New Delhi

NGOs' Association expresses concern over transfer/posting of existing/newly promoted Personal Assistants



The Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association, Andaman and Nicobar Islands expressed concern over the transfer/posting of existing/newly promoted Personal Assistants of A & N Administration. Shri T.S.Sreekumar, General Secretary, Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association, in a letter to the Secretary(Personnel), A & N Admn. drew the attention towards keeping in abeyance the transfer/posting order including the posting order of newly promoted Personal Assistants on “Administrative Reasons”. The Association pointed out that  certain newly promoted Personal Assistants will be adversely affected sustaining financial losses as they are prevented from joining their promoted post.
          The Association had requested the Secretary (Perl) to review the decision and issue the posting orders of the newly promoted Personal Assistants at the earliest.

NGOs' Association expresses concern over the delay in awarding timely promotion of HGCs & Head Clerks

The Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association has expressed concern over the delay in awarding timely promotion of HGCs and Head Clerks in the AC Cadre of Andaman and Nicobar Administration. In a letter, addressed to the Secretary(Personnel), the Association has drawn attention towards a good number of HGCs and Head Clerks waiting for their promotion since a long period. It was also pointed out that in spite of clear cut vacancies in the post of Head Clerk and Office Superintendent, the promotion to these employees are delayed stating the reason of providing required training. It is a well known fact that the responsibility for conducting the required training lies with the Administration and it is a complete injustice that the promotions to these deserving employees are delayed stating such a reason.
The Association has also suggested for imparting training to Head Clerks on seniority basis and also providing a one-time exemption of regular promotion to the Office Superintendents who are on ad-hoc basis.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

One Day Strike on 2.9.2015 & Indefinite Strike from 23.11.2015 – Confederation News with Charter of Demands

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi – 110001
Website: WWW. Confederationhq.blogspot.com
Email: Confederationhq@yahoo.co.in

No.CONFDN/GENL/2015
Dated - 13.07.2015

2015 SEPTEMBER 2
NATIONWIDE ONE DAY STRIKE AS PER THE CALL OF ALL CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS AND INDEPENDENT FEDERATIONS

2015 NOVEMBER 23
NATIONWIDE INDEFINITE STRIKE AS PER THE CALL OF NATIONAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION OF ALL JCM NATIONAL COUNCIL STAFF SIDE ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING RAILWAY, DEFENCE & CONFEDERATION.

CONFEDERATION NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING DECIDED TO MAKE BOTH THE STRIKES A GRAND SUCCESS.
START INTENSIVE CAMPAIGN AND PREPARATIONS NOW ONWARDS.
CONDUCT GENERAL BODY MEETINGS, CONVENTIONS, OFFICE-TO-OFFICE CAMPAIGN AND GATE MEETINGS
CIRCULATE NOTICES, PAMPHLETS, POSTERS AMONG ALL EMPLOYEES. EXHIBIT IN ALL WEBSITES.
STRIKE NOTICE FOR 2ND SEPTEMBER STRIKE SHOULD BE SERVED BY ALL AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS ON 11TH AUGUST 2015.

Dear Comrades, The National Executive Committee meeting of the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers was held at New Delhi on 12.07.2015. Affiliated organizations, General Secretaries of State Committees (COCs) and CHQ office Bearers attended the meeting. Com. K. K. N. Kutty, National President, Confederation, presided. After detailed deliberations for about six hours, the meeting took the following important decisions.

(I) 2nd SEPTEMBER 2015 NATIONAL STRIKE:
1. Confederation and all its affiliated organizations shall participate in the Nationwide one day strike on 2nd September 2015 as per the call of all Central Trade Unions and independent Federations.
2. Charter of demands on which the strike is being organised on September 2nd by Confederation shall include
(1) 12 point common charter of demands affecting all sections of the Indian working class and
(2) 10 point charter of demands of the central government employees formulated by the National Joint Council of Action.
(See Charter of demands attached – Annexure-I)
3. Intensive campaign should be conducted among all Central Government Employees by each individual organisation by holding General body meetings, conventions, office-to-office campaign and gate meetings. Notices, pamphlets and posters should be printed and circulated to all offices and employees. Wide publicity should be given through print and electronic media. All websites of affiliates shall exhibit the campaign details, photos etc.
4. Confederation CHQ Leaders shall visit all important centres throughout the country between August 16 to 31st and address Joint Conventions/meetings of the employees. Meetings should be organised by the state/District level units of the Confederation (C-O-Cs). Advance planning should be made by the C-O-Cs to make the campaign programmes of Al India Leaders a grand success, by ensuring maximum participation of employees from all affiliated organisations (Details of the campaign programme will be published in the website within two days.)
5. State/District Units of the Confederation shall plan and organize their own campaign programmes at state/District level.
6. Strike notice will be served by Confederation CHQ to the Cabinet Secretary, Government of India on 11th August 2015. On the same day each individual affiliated organsiation of the Confederation should also serve strike notice to their respective Departmental heads. Demonstrations in front of all important offices should be held on 11th August 2015. Copy of the strike notice served by each organisation should be sent (email) to confederation CHQ.
7. All affiliated organisation shall make maximum efforts to ensure participation of maximum number of employees in the 2nd September strike. More than 10 crores organised and unorganised workers will be participating in the strike.
8. All affiliated organizations should issue their own separate circulars to all the lower units directing the Branch/District/Divisional/State/Circle level leaders to start campaign work immediately and also to ensure maximum participation of employees in the strike.

(II) 23rd NOVEMBER INDEFINITE STRIKE:
1. Confederation and all its affiliated organizations shall commence their own independent intensive campaign especially among grass-root level workers from now onwards.
2. At the same time Confederation state/District level leadership (C-O-Cs) should take initiative to organize joint conventions of National Joint Council of Action at maximum possible centres.
3. Immediately after the 2nd September strike and after submission of report by 7th CPC, the Confederation National Executive will meet again and decide further programmes to intensify the campaign programme for the success of 23rd November indefinite strike.
4. A Resolution adopted by the National Executive regarding 2nd September one day strike and 23rd November indefinite strike is enclosed herewith.

(III) OTHER DECISIONS:
1. The All India Two days Women’s Workshop of Confederation will be held at Hyderabad on 9th & 10th October 2015. About 150 lady delegates from all affiliates and C-O-Cs will attend the workshop. Quota fixed for each affiliate and C-O-Cs will be circulated shortly. Delegate fee per head is fixed as Rs. 500/- (Rs. Five Hundred only). All affiliated organizations and C-O-Cs are requested to ensure maximum participation in the workshop. Travel tickets of the delegates may be booked well in advance.
2. Next National Conference of the Confederation will be held at Chennai (Tamilnadu) before September 2016. The Tamilnadu state Committee of the Confederation (C-O-C) shall finalise the dates/month in consultation with CHQ. Efforts may be made to hold the Conference in July itself.
3. Financial position of the Confederation CHQ was reviewed. It is noticed that many affiliates have not remitted their due quota. It is decided to instruct all affiliates to clear their quota arrears before 31st August 2015. Delegates to the National Conference will be fixed based on the quota remitted by each affiliated organizations and C-O-Cs. Needless to say that for smooth functioning of the CHQ and also for undertaking campaign programmes funds is a must.
4. Decided to nominate Com. R. Seethalakshmi, Convenor, Women’s Sub Committee, Confederation to the Women’s Committee of the Trade Union International (TUI)-Public an allied services functioning under world Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU)
5. Decided to grant affiliation to the following organizations
(a) Forest Survey of India Employees Association Dehradun (Uttrakhand).
(b) Employees Association of Directorate of Forest Education Dehradun Staff, Dehradun (Uttrakhand)
6. Decided to extend full support and cooperation for the successful conduct of the Asia-pacific region meeting of the Trade Union International (TUI) – Public and Allied Services at Delhi during the month of November 2015.

Meeting ended at 5 PM.

M. Krishnan 
Secretary General

ANNEXURE – I

2ND SEPTEMBER 2015 STRIKE CHARTER OF DEMANDS

PART-I
1. Urgent measures for containing price-rise through universalisation 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 measure for violation for labour laws.
4. Universal social security cover for all workers
5. Minimum wages of not less than Rs. 15,000/- per month with provisions of indexation.
6. Assured enhanced pension not less than Rs. 3000/- P.M. for the entire working population.
7. Stoppage of disinvestment in Central/State PSUs.
8. Stoppage of contractorisation in permanent perennial work and payment of same wage and benefits for contract workers as regular workers for same and similar work.
9. Removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund; increase the quantum of gratuity.
10. Compulsory registration of trade unions within a period of 45 days from the date of submitting applications; and immediate ratification of ILO Convention C 87 and C 98.
11. Against Labour Law Amendments
12. Against FDI in Railways, Insurance and Defence.

PART-II
1. Effect wage revision of the Central Government Employees from 01.01.2014 accepting memorandum of the staff side JCM; ensure 5-year wage revision in future; grant interim relief and merger of 100% of DA; Include Gramin Dak Sevaks within the ambit of 7th CPC. Settle all anomalies of 6th CPC.
2. No Privatisation, PPP or FDI in Railways, Defence Establishment and no corporatization of Postal services.
3. No ban on creation of new posts. Fill up all vacant posts.
4. Scrap PFRDA Act an re-introduce the defined benefit statutory pension scheme.
5. No outsourcing, contractrisation, privatization of governmental functions; withdraw the proposed move to close down the printing presses, the publications, form stores and stationery departments and medical stores Depots; regularize the existing daily-rated/casual and contract workers and absorption of trained apprentices.
6. Revive the JCM functioning at all level as an effective negotiating forum for settlement of the demands of the Central Government Employees.
7. Remove arbitrary ceiling on compassionate appointment.
8. No labour reforms which are inimical to the interest of the workers.
9. Remove the ceiling on payment on bonus
10. Ensure five promotions in the serve career.

ANNEXURE-II

RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE CONFEDERATION HELD ON 12.07.2015 AT NEW DELHI.

1. The National Executive of the Confederation which met at New Delhi on 12.07.2015 decided unanimously to endorse the call of the Central Trade Unions and independent Federations in the country for organizing one day nationwide strike on 2nd September 2015 to oppose the ongoing aggressive neo-liberal economic policies of the Government of India. The National Executive has decided to call upon all its affiliates to organise intensive mobilization campaign to reach out to each and every Central Government employees. The National Executive has also decided to deploy the National and state leaders of Confederation for a wider campaign amongst the Central Government employees in all states and District capitals of the country.

2. The meeting also noted with grave concern the rejection of a 5 years wage revision for Central Government Employees by the 7th Pay Commission and consequent demand of the benefit of merger of DA an Interim Relief. The meeting also noted the advisory articles appearing in the corporate/controlled media against the wage revision of Central Government Employees to influence the recommendation of the 7th CPC. The meeting noted with grave concern the negative attitude of the Government towards three lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks of the Postal Department by refusing to include them in the 7th CPC. The meeting decided to exhort the affiliates to bring the contents of the memorandum of the staff side JCM once again to the employees and prepare them for the proposed indefinite strike action of the CGEs including Railways and Defence workers from 23rd November 2015. It was also decided that besides the National charter of demands of prepared by the Central Trade Unions, the 10-point Charter of demands of the JCM staff side National Council shall form the combined charters of demands of the Central Government employees for the strike action on 2nd September 2015.

3. The meeting decided to appeal to all state committees and affiliated organizations to take active part in all meetings and conventions organised by Central Trade Unions, jointly with state Government Employees Federation, Bank, Insurance and other public sector undertakings. The Confederation and its affiliates shall serve strike notice for the 2nd September strike on 11th August 2015 by holding massive demonstrations at the respective work places.

Source: Confederation

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

NGOs' Association demands proper functioning of SBI ATMs

The Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association, Andaman and Nicobar Islands has expressed concern over the non-functioning of ATMs installed at various places in the Port Blair town.  In a letter sent to the Regional Manager of the State Bank of India at Port Blair, Shri TS Sreekumar, General Secretary of the Association while drawing  the attention of the  Regional Manager   on the hardship being faced by the general public and govt. employees due to the non-functioning of the ATMs of State Bank of India at Port Blair and surrounding areas said that most of the ATMs in the Port Blair city are in ‘Out of Order’ state and customers who are at receiving end, are facing difficulty in getting money on time due to the lethargy shown by the State Bank of India to repair their ATMs timely.  Shri Sreekumar pointed out that the ATMs at Raksha Vihar, Airport, Dairy Farm, Aberdeen (CCS), Delanipur, etc., are not functional and some of them are in unserviceable condition for the last few months. Long queue of customers are a common site in front of ATMs at Junglighat and e-corner, Port Blair.  People in need of urgent cash are the worst sufferers who are forced to use the ATMs of other banks for getting money, the Association pointed out.  He further said that it is a matter of serious concern that State Bank of India which is always claiming ‘better service’ is not taking the required initiatives for the upkeep of these ATMs.  The Association asked the Regional Manager to take immediate measures for the urgent repairing of all the unserviceable ATMs to ensure better service to the customers of the largest nationalized bank.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Delegation meets Prof. Ramshankar Katheria, Hon'ble Union Minister of State (HRD)



A delegation of the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association, Andaman and Nicobar Islands led by Shri H L Prasad, President & Shri T.S.Sreekumar, General Secretary, met                 Prof. Ramshankar Katheria, Hon’ble Union Minister of State, Human Resource Development, Govt. of India who is on a visit to these islands on today (27.06.2015) at Port Blair. The delegation submitted a memorandum containing some of the issues of teachers which are pending with the Govt. of India. The issues include Grant of Part-B upgraded pay to the left-out categories of teachers, grant of ISDA during summer vacation and enhancement of Medical Allowance.
The delegation brought to the notice of the Hon’ble Minister the undue delay in extending the Part-B upgraded pay to certain categories of teachers viz., HM(P) & HM(M), Librarians, PETs, Craft Instructors, etc., working in these islands. The Hon’ble Minister was also requested to intervene in the issue of grant of ISDA to teachers during summer vacation which is already cleared by the Finance Ministry, Govt. of India. The delegation further invited the attention of the Hon’ble Minister to demand for the hike in Medical Allowance from Rs. 75/- to Rs.1000/- and requested him to take up the issue with the concerned Ministry.

            The Hon’ble Minister after giving a patient hearing to the delegation assured that the issues raised by the Association shall be taken up with the appropriate authority. The delegation of the Association also included Shri R.Surendran Pillai, Secretary and Shri S.L.Vinjit, Joint Secretary, of the South Andaman Teachers’ Branch. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Happy News for Teachers on ISDA issue

As per a reliable information, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India has conveyed its concurrence to MHRD for the grant of Island Special Duty Allowance (ISDA) to the teachers during summer vacation. Around 6000 vacation staff of Education Department and Lecturers of various colleges will be benefited by the decision if MHRD process the matter and issue necessary orders.
The  Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers' Association has been taking up this issue with the Ministry of Finance, MHRD and Ministry of Home Affairs since 2009. The Secretary-cum-Director of Education genuinely deserve appreciation for timely action with Govt. of India

REVISION OF TIME LIMIT FOR SUBMISSION OF FINAL CLAIMS FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF MEDICAL EXPENSES UNDER CS (MA) RULE, 1944-REGARDING


No. S. 14025/19/2015-MS
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Nirman Bhagavan, New Delhi
Dated : 27th May, 2015
OFFICE MEMORANDUM
Subject: Revision of time limit for submission of final claims reimbursement of medical expenses under CS(MA) rules, 1944 – regarding.
The undersigned is directed to refer to OM No. F. 29-40/68-MA dated 15.10.1968 in which it was laid down that submission of final claims for reimbursement of medical expenses of Central Government servants in respect of a particular spell of illness should ordinarily be preferred within 3 months from the date of completion of treatment.

2. A representation was received from National Council (Staff Side) to extend the time limit for submission of such medical bills from 3 months to 6 months. The matter was examined in the Ministry and it has been decided that the period of 3 month s for submission of medical claims be revised to 6 months. Henceforth, only the cases in which the bills are submitted after 6 months from the date of completion of medical treatment/discharge of the patient from the hospital are required to be taken up for condonation. The power of condonation of such delays and other terms and conditions woukld be same as enumerated in the OM No.S.14025/8/99/-MS dated 25.05.1999.
3. The issue with the approval of the competent authority.
(Sunil Kumar Gupta)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Source : mohfw.nic.in