Saturday, February 1, 2014



12th&13th Feb, 2014 Two Days Strike
Dear Comrades,

The extended meeting of the National Executive of Confederation of Central Government employees and workers held at New Delhi on 10th January, 2014 had deliberated upon the course of negotiation the Staff Side of the JCM National Council had with the Government on the terms of reference of the proposed 7th Central Pay Commission and noted that despite assurance, the Government had not convened the meeting to finalise the same. The meeting recalled the discussions at the 24th National Conference of the Confederation held at Kolkata in May 2013 and the consequent resolution on Policy and Programme adopted at the Conference. Through the said resolution which was adopted after analysing and evaluating the political and economic situation in the country and various other factors, the Conference had directed the National Executive for the 48 hours nationwide strike and on the basis of resolution adopted at the extended meeting of the national executive of confederation of central government employees & workers held at new delhi on 10th jan. 2014, joint strike notice was served to the Department from both NFPE and FNPO.

1.      Accept the terms of reference of 7th CPC, submitted by the staff side, National Council JCM.
(a)    To examine the existing structure of pay, allowances and other benefits/facilities, retirement benefits like Pension, Gratuity & other terminal benefits of various categories of Central Government Employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of Postal Department.
(b)   To work out the comprehensive revised pay packet for the categories of Central Government employees including GDS as on 1.1.2014.
(c)    The Commission shall determine the pay structure, benefits, facilities, retirement benefits etc. taking into account the need to provide minimum wage with reference to the recommendation of the 15th Indian Labour Conference (1957) and the subsequent judicial pronouncement of the honorable Supreme Court there-on, as on 1.1.2014.
(d)   To determine the Interim Relief needed to be sanctioned immediately to the Central Government employees including GDS.
(e)   To determine the percentage of DA/DR immediately to be merged with Pay and pension including GDS.
(f)     To settle the anomalies raised in various fora of JCM.    
(g)    To work out the improvements needed to the existing  retirement benefits, like pension, death cum retirement gratuity, family  pension and other terminal or recurring  benefits maintaining parity amongst past, present and future pensioners and family pensioners including those who entered service on or after 1.1.2004.
(h)   To recommend methods for providing cashless/hassle-free Medicare facilities to the employees and Pensioners including Postal pensioners.
2.       Ensure every five year revision of wages of Central Government Employees in future.
3.       (a) Regularisation of Gramin Dak Sevaks of the Postal Department and grant of Civil Servant status, statutory pension and all other benefits at par with regular employees.
(b) Regularisation and revision of wages of casual and contract workers.
4.       Compassionate appointment – removal of restrictions imposed by Government.
5.       JCM and Anomaly Committee Functioning.
6.       Fill up all vacant posts and creation of new posts wherever justified.
7.       Stop downsizing, outsourcing, contractorisation and privatization of Government functions.
8.       Stop the move to introduce performance related Pay (PRP) system, Extend PLB Bonus for all, removing bonus ceiling.
9.       Revise OTA and Night Duty Allowance rates and clothing rates.
10.   Implement arbitration awards.
11.   Five promotions to all.
12.   Rescind the PFRDA Act. Ensure statutory Pension for all.
13.   Stop price rise. Revive and extend public distribution system for all.
14.   Stop trade Union victimization.
15. Ensure Right to strike.
Remember UNITY IN ACTION is our watch word.

The Indian ruling class continued with their obsession and pursuance of the neo-liberal policy of Globalisation, despite the crisis. The phasing out of all welfare measures, divestment of PSUs; the systematic withdrawal from large areas of governance, privatisation of Government organisations; closure of Industrial establishments; outsourcing; Contractorisation; curtailment of Trade Union rights, allowing unbridled entry of foreign capital; the ruination of indigenous industries, consolidation of land and wealth in a few people’s hand; privatisation of health care and education, unfettered permission to exploit the water sources of the country to the soft-drink giants were a few of the things, the Government did during this period to pauperise the Indian people.

While this being one side of the picture, we are witness to the surging protest actions by the common people against the capitalist exploitation and imperialism. The political upheaval in Latin America, in West European Nations, in the Middle East, North African countries provides us not only courage and enthusiasm but also a sense of confidence that we are not alone.

In this scenario, we must strive our best to forge unity with the broadest mass of the working people as we must know that we cannot fight against this menace single handedly. We must realise that unless we remain united and build joint struggles along with the suffering millions of our countrymen, the situation is bound to be worse. We have taken the resolve that we shall stand firm against the Neo-liberal policies; against the divisive forces; against the forces of religious fundamentalism; against the caste and communal organizations and we have lived up to that solemn pledge. The 24th conference asserts that the Confederation and all its affiliates will be in the forefront of all struggles against the neo-liberal economic policies of Globalization.

We had been proud partners in the struggles of the working class against these policies. In all the Strike actions, rallies demonstrations and other trade union actions, the central Government employees have taken part and we are proud of our commitment and involvement. Along with the State Government employees, Defence workers, School and University Teachers, we fought against the PFRDA Bill and pension fund privatisation.

We made independent initiative and organized series of agitational actions, including one day strike on 12th December 2012. The large scale participation of our members in these struggles must embolden us to pursue the 15 point charter of demands with much more intensity.

The Government in its press statement issued in September, 2013, had indicated that the 7th CPC recommendations would be effective only from 1.1.2016, which had been in direct contravention of the demand for a five year wage revision in the Government sector, as is the case of Public Sector workers and the employees in Banking and Insurance Industry and in most of the private Sector firms. The Government has been silent on the demand of the employees for merger of Dearness allowance and interim relief, a practice normally follows the setting up of the Pay Commissions. No indication has been given by the official side during the first round of discussion as to its stand on the demand of the Staff Side to bring the Gramin Dak Sewaks of Postal Departments within the ambit of the 7th CPC treating them as Civil Servants as per the observation of the Supreme Court. The Government has also not responded so far to the demand for inclusion of a labour representative in the Commission, a practice followed upto the setting up of the 4th Central Pay Commission, but discarded from the 5th CPC onwards. The non-inclusion of a labour representative, the meeting noted, resulted in suppression of wages of the low paid employees whereas hefty pay packets were awarded to the personnel in Group A cadres both by the 5th and 6th CPCs.

No Pain No Gain, 
No Strike No Pay Commission

We are not cowards, Let’s Fight Brave

We will no longer remain silent

The meeting noted that the very announcement of the intention of the Government to effect wage revision of Central Government employees was to obtain political mileage in the scenario of the five States going for election in November/December, 2013 The Central Government employees and their suffering family members have however emphatically registered their anger and protest over the gimmicks as was evidenced from the election results, especially of Delhi where large number of Central Government employees are located. The meeting took note of the fact that the Indian Parliament has passed the PFRDA Bill, which the ruling class could not do for the past ten years due to the stiff opposition of the Left Parties inside the Parliament and the workers outside. The UPA II Government could get it passed in the Parliament by soliciting the support of the main opposition party in the country, the BJP. The PFRDA Act now contains the provision empowering the Government/Authority to extend the ambit of the contributory pension scheme to those who are presently stand exempted i.e. the Government employees recruited prior to 1.1.2004 and the defence personnel.

Inspite of the recommendation of the Standing Committee of the Parliament, the Government has refused to guarantee a minimum pensionary benefit to the contributors. This apart, the Government has gone ahead and allowed 49% FDI in Pension fund permitting not only the Indian business men but also the foreign monopoly companies to access the huge pension fund created through the savings of Indian working Class.

It was pointed out by most of the speakers at the meeting that the JCM conceived as an instrument for negotiation and ongoing consultation with the employees have been made totally non functional by the official side. The National Council has not met for several years. No different is the situation at the Departmental level. The 6th CPC anomalies despite several rounds of discussions spanning a period of more than 5 years have remained unsettled.

No demand of the employees, be it the compassionate appointment, regularisation of GDS/daily rated workers or even trivial issues like fixation of pay etc. was addressed by the Government during the 9 years it was in office, whereas various functions of the Government were outsourced, contract labour system was introduced to replace the jobs carried out by the lower strata of employees, pruned the size of the Government machinery by resorting to abolition of posts, ban on recruitment, winding up, privatisation etc.

The meeting also noted that no intervention was made by the political authority despite repeated pleadings in the matter of unprecedented vindictive measures and actions initiated by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India against the employees and leaders of the Association for legitimate trade union actions.

The meeting recorded its appreciation and gratitude to lakhs of Central Government employees who took part in the various struggles organised by the Confederation during the period, especially on 12th December, 2012 one day strike which alone was instrumental in compelling the Government to announce the 7th CPC.

It also took note of the yeomen efforts on the part of the State Committees and affiliates in educating and mobilising the rank and file of the membership to tread the path of struggle. The meeting after listening to the leaders of the efforts undertaken by them to forge unity of all Central Government employees and taking into account the futility in waiting indefinitely for the unity to emerge decided that the ongoing phase of struggle must be intensified.


The meeting decided to caution the Central Government employees that both the UPA with Indian National Congress as the leading partner and the NDA which is led by the BJP, if voted to power will certainly pursue the neo-liberal policies, which will further pauperise the working people in the country. The meeting taking into account the above stated facts and with a clear understanding that incessant struggles alone can bring a revolutionary change calls upon the Central Government employees to organise 48 hour strike (two days) on 12th and 13th February, 2014, when the present Parliament is expected to be in its last session.

Comrades, in the wake of the unprecedented unity of the working class of our country, as per the direction of CHQ it has been decided to ensure that every member do take part in this historic strike on 12th & 13th Feb, 2014. Let us again prove our strength in form of our unity by making the said strike a grand success. All are requested to participate in the strike whole-heartedly.  

Let us unite together with determination and make the strike a tremendous success. Let the five lakhs Postal and RMS employees all over the India stand-up and declare in one voice – we shall fight untidily, come what may.  

We are confident that success will be ours.

History will remember only those who fight for the cause of our fellow comrades.

There is no other way left for us except the strike.

Remember the words of our great founder leader Com. Tarapada Mukherjee

Take it from me, comrades, that petitions and memorandums and supplications will count for nothing so long as we do not organize ourselves in a manner to convince the Government ………… The ground is ready, only some daring spirits are wanted to sow the seed and reap abundant harvest.
DA Merger, Interim Relief, Statutory Pension for all,
Civil Servant status for GDS (Postal) Employees, Regularisation of Casual Labourers,  Removal of conditions for Compassionate appointment,  Settlement of VI-CPC Anomalies, Proper Functioning of JCM, Implementation of Arbitration Awards, Contain price rise, Stop Privatisation, contracturisation, Revise OTA, NDA etc.,  Five promotions for all, Trade Union rights to CG Employees,  Vacate all victimisation etc.

Com. Rajesh Ku Raypalli   

Asst. Circle Secretary 

Com. Purna Chandra Maharana
Divisional Secretary

Com. P Suresh Kumar
Org. Circle Secretary


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