Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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Payment of dearness relief to re-employed pensioners and employed family pensioners: Clarification thereof.
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Monday, March 12, 2018

International Women’s Day – 8th March 2018

WE WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN

Usha Bonepalli.
Chairperson,
Women’s Committee,
Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers


Dear comrades, 

Hearty wishes to every one of you on International Women’s Day 2018. We celebrate this day in honour of the great struggles that are waged by women, throughout the history of working class. We also mark this occasion to acknowledge and appreciate the wonderful roles that women play in making this world habitable, livable and lovable place of living. We utilize this occasion to reflect on the problems that prevent women from achieving gender parity, oppressions faced by them, and work out measures that lead to progress of women in all spheres of life. 

One of the first organized struggles for women in modern times was held at Lowell Cotton Mills in Massachussets in 1834. Women worked for 14 hrs per day in mills in confinement, noise, lint filled air, for 1/3rd wages as compared to men. When these wages were also cut, they organized and went on strike. Women in several other mills joined them and an organised movement started for the first time in history. A second strike followed in 1836. Both the strikes were crushed by management, but that is how pioneering struggles start. Defeat gives spirit for better and more organized action. Women began Labour Reform Associations and started huge petition campaigns and political action, asking the Massachussets state legislature to cap working hours in mills at 10 hours. In 1847, New Hampshire became the 1st state to pass a 10 hour working day. This was the first success for organized working women in any part of the world. This success fuelled organized women movements throughout the world’s working class. Today, we remember that struggle with a sense of pride and honour. 

The first National Womens Day was held in NewYork in 1909 to commemorate the 1908 garments workers strike. On 8th March 1908, 15000 women garment workers marched through Union Square to demand economic and political rights. The three month strike against Triangle Shirtwaist and other mills became hugely successful. This success was celebrated throughout Europe and Soviet. Clara Zeitkin, a German socialist proposed designating a day as ‘International Women’s Day’ at International Socialist Congress in Copenhagen in 1910. From 1911, we are observing International Womens Day. From 1975, UNO began celebrating International Womens Day on March 8th

Comrades, the working conditions and safeguards that are available to women today, are a result of many such glorious struggles across the world. We have an 8 hour working day, equal pay for equal work, at least in the government sector, and statutory framework for women like Maternity Benefit Act 1961, Factories Act 1948, Equal Remuneration Act 1976, Sexual Harrassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013 etc. None of these acts were made by way of compassion, but were a result of prolonged struggle of the working women. The latest Act in 2013 against sexual harassment at workplace was a result of Supreme Court guidelines in the Visakha case. Everyone knows that women are subject to sexual harassment in all spheres of life, but it took till 2013, and only after a long and concerted legal struggle before the Supreme Court, that guidelines were issued and Government found it fit to pass an Act on this issue. We should keep this in mind that nothing could be achieved unless we organize and wage struggles. We should realize that, though the working women’s movement has achieved significant results, there is a lot lot more to be achieved. 

Nagaland, which went to polls recently, did not have a single woman MLA in its 54 years of statehood and 12 assembly elections. The situation is not much rosy in other states and even in the Parliament. Women representation in Lok Sabha is barely 11.3 % - 62 women out of 543 MPs. Take any elected body, including the trade unions, the presence of women in leadership positions is barely minimum. There are two reasons, resistance to give opportunities to women as men are entrenched in leadership positions, and lack of enough strength from women to push themselves ahead. Let us address the second issue, which is the only way to repulse the first issue. 

Women are bogged down by multiple commitments, they have the inescapable responsibility of household duties. A working woman needs to get up early, cook food, pack lunches for everyone, layout breakfast and clothes for the boys, then commute to work, spend the day in office, and commute back to home, to cook again, help in homework, and then retire to bed, trying to look beautiful. This is the story of every working woman, either in Postal department, or in Dept of Atomic Energy, either as a clerk or in a higher cadre. There is no CL or EL to this duty. Good health or bad health, there is no escape from this routine. Added to this, women face stigma, violence and harassment at workplace, in society, on the streets, during commute, and some times, even at home. Women face deficit in respect in all walks of life. Media and commerce address women as a commodity. They stereotype women, erect standards of medieval morality and even resort to body-shaming. The invisible chains that tie up women are too heavy and too arresting, to unshackle. It’s a herculean task for any woman to unshackle herself, free herself and make her voice count, in public discourse and organized struggles. But we have to realize, and there is no better day that today, that struggle is the only way. It is only because of our organized struggles that we have achieved so far. 

One way to derive inspiration and strength to unshackle ourselves is to celebrate the success stories of women, big or small, in all walks of life. Look around for icons and celebrate them. When our daughters submit a project in school and get two stars, lets celebrate that at home, with all the vigour. When Harmanpreet Kaur hits 171 in 115 balls in Cricket World Cup, lets put her posters (over Sachin’s posters) in our rooms and celebrate that with joy. When we come to know that global Chairman/MD/CEOs of General Motors, Pepsico, IBM, Lockheed Martin are all women, lets celebrate that. When we realize that the superstar of male-centric Bollywood during 1980s was not a man but a woman, lets celebrate that. Every woman who achieved something in life, would have achieved against all odds, facing many difficulties. Lets be proud of all of them, lets gain inspiration from them. And lets help our colleagues, our relatives, our neighbours, our fellow women, in whatever they are aspiring to achieve. And stand by her in all her difficulties. Unless a woman supports a woman, no one supports her. 

Another way to unshackle ourselves is to resist media stereotypes. Media is obsessed with stereotyping women as loud viragoes. Social media is obsessed with posting comments on women in the form of jokes, which insult and denigrate the attitude of women. And the commercial industry insults women by portraying women as beautiful only if they are slim or if they have certain body statistics. Why is a man’s figure or his tummy not an object of shame but a woman’s figure or tummy is shamed. A woman becomes a mother, has a rebirth herself when she gives birth to children, undergoes many body changes and fights to come back to normal. Whatever shape she eventually has, the society should make her feel proud of it, not ashamed of it. But because of the intense media standards on what is beautiful and what is not, women are psychologically forced to follow some fad diets, starve themselves and spoil their health. Even school going girls are doing dieting. This is a very dangerous trend. Yes, we need to have fitness. We should do exercise or yoga if it fits in our daily routine, or at least some walking, but beauty doesn’t mean looking like a pencil. We need a movement, first in our minds, and then in the society, to stop this trend. Because of our workload at home and at workplace, women need to eat well, be healthy, and feel confident about whatever shape they are in. One report says that 80 % of present day women above 40 are cases for bone related ailments like osteoporosis. So I request all women to take your health seriously, get some sunlight for Vit D, have iron and calcium supplements and above all, eat well. Don’t starve. We are ourselves. We will not allow the media to judge us. 

Friends, the sure way to unshackle ourselves is to develop the confidence in our abilities. Seek responsibilities, take active part in leadership positions in your workplace, in administration, and in unions. If you develop the will and confidence, there is nothing that a woman cannot do, as good as, if not better than, her male counterpart. We have an immense task cut out before us. Once women gain employment, they should be endowed with right to equality, right against discrimination in workplace. Women should be assured dignity of labour, equal wages, beneficial facilities and additional safeguards which compensate for their lack of level playing field. These safeguards and benefits should be made statutory, institutionalised, and implemented thoroughly. We should make relentless fight for safegaurds that we are yet to achieve. We should be very vigilant. Because there will always be attempts to mock, sneer, and trample on the safeguards and the genuine benefits that we rightfully deserve.

"Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world." These are the words of our present UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. In recognition of this ‘unfinished business’ and ‘greatest human rights challenge’, the campaign theme for International Women’s Day for 2018 is selected as ‘Press for Progress’. The campaign requires that the following activities are taken up: 

a.   Maintain a gender parity mindset (question any lack of womens’ participation, identify alternatives that are more inclusive, nominate women for opportunities, always include and support women, think 50/50 as goal),
b.    Challenge stereotypes and bias (question assumptions about women, challenge statements that limit women, always use inclusive language, work to remove barriers to women’s progress, bur from retailers who position women in positive ways),
c.    Forge positive visibility of women (identify ways to make women more visible, extend opportunities to women first, assume women want opportunities until declined, select women as spokepersons and leaders, support visible women),
d.    Influence others’ beliefs/actions (supportively call-out inappropriate behavior, campaign for equality in meaningful ways, lead by example via inclusive actions, be a role model for equality, actively contribute to change the status quo) and
e.    Celebrate women’s achievements (believe achievement comes in many forms, value women’s individual and collective success, ensure credit is given for women’s contributions, celebrate women role models and their journeys, support awards showcasing women’s success).


Lets do that comrades. As Chairperson of the Womens Committee of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, I call upon everyone to join hands and rededicate ourselves to this call – Press for Progress. We will make it happen.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

JOINT CAMPAIGN OF CONFEDERATION & AISGEF AGAINST NPS AND OUTSOURCING – SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN FEBRUARY 10TH TO MARCH 10TH – COPY OF MEMORANDUM TO BE SUBMITTED TO PRIME MINISTER AFTER OBTAINING SIGNATURE


To

The Hon'ble Primie Minister of India

We, those who signed in this memorandum are state and central Government Employees of the country . We may submit the following burning issues of the state and central Government Employees for your kind consideration and disposal.

The system of pension as a social security benefit to the employees in Government sector in India has been existing since the early British days. After independence the pension system was further improved and family pension was also introduced . The Defined pension scheme for the government employees is a well-built scheme as the best of all social security benefits for the employees and they are not required to contribute anything for pension.

Government of India introduced contributory pension to employees those who entered in government service on or after 1.1.2004 .Majority of the state Government s also introduced the same for their employees. The Contributory Pension Scheme is totally depend on the profit and loss in the share market and Government have no control on the fund and it has nothing to do with the welfare of the employees or any individual or even Government finances.

The concept of pension as elaborated by the 4th Central Pay Commission, is 'Pensions to the former members of armed forces and civilian employees of Central Government is not by way of charity on an ex-gratia payment, or a purely social welfare measure was totally changed by . It is in the nature of a “right” which is enforced by the law”. Later the concept was further strengthened by the Land mark Judgement delivered by the Supreme Court in 1982 in a Writ Petition filed by D.S.Nakara Vs the Union of India. Supreme court declared that the Pension is not only compensation for loyal service rendered in the past but has also a broader significance in that it is a measure of socio-economic justice which inheres economic security in the fall of life .The PFRDA Act is against the earlier ruling of the Supreme Court on the employees' Right to Defined Benefit Pension as cited earlier.

There is no assurance, for getting pension ,except market based guarantee in NPS. The stock markets have never remained consistently strong over a long period of time. This volatility of stock market is a cause of serious concern about the sustainability of the National Pension Scheme itself.

The transition from this Defined Benefit Pension System to the Defined Contribution Pension System will make civil services more unattractive. Majority of State Governments are reluctant to remit the employer’s contribution to the pension fund. There is no assurance in getting the pension to the employees and workers.

For all these reasons, particularly the cut in salary and pension of the employees, absence of Government guarantee for retirement benefits in the National Pension Scheme and the distinct possibility of a sustainable Defined Benefit Pension System along with extension of social security system for the unorganised sector, we are not in a position to accept the National Pension Scheme. We strongly urge that a more in depth factual and analytical discussion is essential on National Pension System.

Contract Labour is one of the acute form of unorganized labour. Under the system of contract labour, workers are employed on the contract basis. The contract worker is a daily wager or the daily wages are accumulated and given at the end of the month. Contract workers are paid much lower wages than they would be entitled to under direct employment. This system led to whole-scale exploitation of labour, and a series of demands were made before tribunals for the abolition of contract labour system.

The system of employing contract labour is prevalent in civil service and in the services sector. The civil service has a major role in the smooth functioning of a Democratic Government. As part of overall development of the society and increase in population, the civil service also must be extended its wing. Education, Health, Public Transport, Communication, Welfare measure to women and children are all developed much. Numerous job opportunities have created round the world in Government Service.
The regular appointment to government sector ceased. Instead contract employment started. As such it is seen that the number of regular employees in the civil service are decreasing day by day, whereas the number of daily waged/contract/outsourced employees are increasing . By this time all the centrally sponsored schemes also emphasis on contract appointment. All the flagship programmes of Government of India are implementing with Daily waged/Contract/Casual appointment.

Bypassing UPSC and State Public Service Commission and Employment Exchanges which are the main recruitment agencies for central and State Governments, Unemployment among the educated youth is the main reason for Contract Employment. On contract employment the appointment is for limited monthly income. This is a kind of exploitation of labour.

The Supreme Court of India in a Land mark Judgment ruled that temporary employees performing similar duties and functions as discharged by permanent employees are entitled to draw wages at par with similarly placed permanent employees. The principle must be applied in situations where the same work is being performed, irrespective of the class of employees. The constitutional principle of 'equal pay for equal work' has been upheld by the Supreme Court of India.

Hence we appeal to the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India to take urgent measures to repeal the National Pension system and ensure defined pension to all employees and to regularise all Contract / Casual Employees and ensure equal wages for equal work for all employees including contract and casual employees. We appeal the Government of India to heed the demands of the employees in the country and take appropriate action in this regard.


Monday, February 5, 2018

Grant of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to Central 

Government Civil Pensioners residing in areas not covered 

under CGHS (Click the link blow to view)

Thursday, February 1, 2018

DECISION OF THE NATIONAL SECRETARIAT MEETING OF CONFEDERATION HELD AT NEW DELHI ON 24-01-2018

*        NATIONAL CONVENTION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AT HYDERABAD DURING MAY/JUNE, 2018.

*        INTENSIVE CAMPAIGN AND STRUGGLE PROGRAMMES ON 10 POINTS CHARTER OF DEMANDS CULMINATING IN STRIKE.

*        ALL INDIA WOMEN’S TRADE UNION WORKSHOP WILL BE CONDUCTED IN UTTAR PRADESH.  VENUE AND DATE WILL BE FINALISED SHORTLY.

*        JOINT CAMPAIGN AGAINST NPS & OUTSOURCING BY CONFEDERAITON AND ALL INDIA STATE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES FEDERATION (AISGEF) - SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2018 MEMORANDUM TO BE SUBMITTED TO PRIME MINISTER.  MASS JOINT DHARNA AT ALL DISTRICT HEAD QUARTERS ON 27-3-2018.

*        PROTEST HUNGER FAST AT NEW DELHI AND IN FRONT OF ALL GOVT OF INDIA PRINTING PRESSES DEMANDING STOP CLOSURE OF PRINTING PRESSES.  (DATES TO BE FINALISED IN CONSULTATION WITH NATIONAL FEDERATION OF PRINTING, PUBLICATIONS AND STATIONERY EMPLOYEES).

*        COM. S.K.VYASJI REMEMBRANCE DAY ON 13-02-2018 - ALL C-O-CS TO ORGANISE REMEMBRANCE DAY PROGRAMMES.

*        PROBLEMS OF CENTRAL GROUND WATER BOARD EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYEES OF SALT DEPARTMENT ALSO DISCUSSED AND DECIDED TO INTERVENE.

*        INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY ON 2018 MARCH 8th - C-O-CS TO TAKE INITIATIVE TO ORGANISE PROGRAMMES OF WOMEN EMPLOYEES/WORKERS JOINTLY WITH LIKE-MINDED WOMEN ORGANISATIONS.

Dear Comrades,

          The National Secretariat meeting of the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers held at ITEF Headquarters, NewDelhi on 24-01-2018, took the following decisions.  Com.K.K.N.Kutty, National President,Confederation presided over the meeting.

I.      CONFEDERAITON CHARTER OF DEMANDS AND FUTURE COURSE OF ACTION:
        The meeting noted with grave concern the totally negative attitude of the Central Govt. towards the  genuine and legitimate demands of the Central Govt. Employees including increase in Minimum Pay and Fitment formula, withdraw NPS, Implement Option-I for pensioners, Regularise GDS and Casual/Contract Labourers, Revision of Wages and pension of Autonomous body employees and pensioners, grant of equal pay for equal work and parity in pay scales, compassionate appointments etc.  The meeting further noted the reluctance of the dominant organisations of NJCA to revive the deferred indefinite strike or to organise any serious agitational programmes on 7th CPC related issues.  The meeting noted that the independent struggles programmes organised by Confederaiton including Parliament March on15th December 2016, One day nationwide strike on 16-3-2017, Mass protest dharna in front of Finance Minister’s office on 23-05-2017, Human Chain on 22-06-2017,  Burning of HRA orders on 25-07-2017, One day dharna at all district headquarters on 19-09-2017, Mass dharna at all state headquarters on 17-10-2017, has its own impact and the entire Central Govt. Employees are agitated and supporting the demands raised by Confederation.  Govt. responded in a negative manner, by imposing ban on conducting dharnas and demonstration by Confederation on 19-09-2017 and 17-10-2017.  Inspite of the ban orders, dharnas were conducted in a massive manner at all district headquarters and state headquarters. 

        After detailed review of the whole situation, the National Secretariat decided to intensify the campaign and struggle for realisation of the demands raised in the charter of demands.  National Secretariat decided to organise a National Convention of Central Govt. Employees at Hyderabad during the month of May/June 2018.  Date and Venue of the convention will be declared shortly in consultation with the C-O-C Andhra & Telangana states.  In the convention resolution will be adopted on the following 10 point charter of demands and phased programme of action culminating in strike will be declared.  Details of draft resolution, phased programme of action and date of strike etc. will be finalised by the National Secretariat before the convention.

CHARTER OF DEMANDS:
1.     Settle 7th CPC related issues including increase in Minimum Pay and Fitment formula, HRA arreas, MACP Bench mark, Option-I for pensioners etc.
2.     Withdraw Contributory Pension Scheme (NPS).  Ensure defined pension under CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 to all employees appointed on or after 01-01-2004.
3.     Fill up all vacant posts, Create justified posts for excess work.  Evolve proper mechanism for Regional Recruitment.  Stop engagement of retired persons.
4.     (a)   Regularise Gramin Dak Sevaks and grant Civil Servant Status.  Implement positive recommendations of Kamalesh Chandra Committee Report on GDS.
        (b)   Regularise Casual and Contract Workers. Evolve a new scheme for regularisation of Casual and Contract Workers.
5.     Ensure equal pay for equal work as per Supreme Court Judgement and grant parity in wages and pay scales.
6.     Stop closure of Govt. establishments.  Withdraw closure orders of Govt. of India Presses.  Stop outsourcing and privatisation of Govt. functions.
7.     Avoid abnormal delay in extending the benefits of 7th CPC to Autonomous body employees and pensioners.
8.     Remove 5% condition imposed on compassionate appointments. Grant appointment in all deserving cases.
9.     Grant five time-bound promotions to all on completion of 8,7,6,5 & 4 years.
10.   (a)   Stop attack on Trade Union rights.  Avoid delay in conducting Verification of membership under CCS (RSA) Rules, declare results and grant recognition in a time-bound manner.  Ensure prompt functioning of various negotiating forums under the JCM scheme at all levels.
        (b)   Withdraw the draconian FR 56(j) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 which is misused as a short-cut to punish and victimise employees.

II.     JOINT CAMPAIGN OF CONFEDERATION AND ALL INDIA STATE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES FEDERATION (AISGEF) AGAINST NPS AND OUTSOURCING:
        It is decided to conduct signature campaign in the month of February 2018 and mass dharna at all District headquarters on 27-03-2018.  The memorandum to be submitted to the Prime Minister of India in which the signatures are to be obtained will be published in the Confederation website shortly.  All C-O-Cs and affiliates are requested to implement the above two programmes jointly with the AISGEF. If in any place AISGEF is not participating, the programmes may be implemented by Confederation.
 
III.    PROTEST HUGER FAST AT NEW DELHI AND IN FRONT OF ALL GOVT. OF INDIA PRESSES JOINTLY BY CONFEDERATION AND FEDERATION OF PRINTING, PUBLICATION AND STATIONERY EMPLOYEES (NFPPSE).
        Inspite of the intervention of MPs inside and outside Parliament, inspite of two-times unanimous recommedations of the Parliamentry Standing Committee, inspite of the protest programmes organised by Confederation and NFPPSE the Govt. is not ready to withdraw its decision to close down 12 Govt. of India Presses.  Com. Tapan Sen, MP, raised the issue in Rajya Sabha and about 12 MPs supported his demand.  Secretary, JCM National Council staff side also took up the issue and held discussion with the top-level officers, but they expressed helplessness as it is a Cabinet decision.  Eventhough stay orders are granted by High Courts and CATs in various states against closure, the Govt. may try to get the stay vacated.  National Secretariat after detailed discussion decided to organise hunger fast at New delhi and in front of all Printing Presses.  It is decided to finalise the programme in consultation with the NFPPSE. Details will be intimated later.

IV.   COM. S.K.VYASJI REMEMBRANCE DAY ON 13-02-2018:
        National Secretariat decided to organise Com.S.K.Vyasji Remembrance Day at all C-O-C level on 13-02-2018 in a befitting manner.  All C-O-Cs and affiliates are requested to organise the Remembrance Day programmes in memory of our great legendary leader who sacrificed his entire life for the Central Govt. Employees and Pensioners.

V.    ALL INDIA WOMEN’S TRADE UNION WORKSHOP IN UTTAR PRADESH:
        The National Secretariat noted the difficulties faced by our Women comrades due to the cancellation of the Womens Camp notified at Mumbai during January 2018, due to the inability expressed by the C-O-C Mumbai, at the last minute.  It is decided to conduct the All India Women’s Trade Union Education Camp in the state of Uttar Pradesh.  Venue and dates will be finalised in consultation with the C-O-C, Uttar Pradesh.

VI.   2018 March 8th - International Women’s Day:
        National Secretariat decided to celebrate the International Women’s Day on 08-03-2018 jointly with like-minded organisations.  All C-O-Cs and affiliates are requested to organise the programme under the banner of Woman Sub-Committees in a befitting manner.
VII.  National Secretariat also discussed the problems relating to the following affiliates and suitable decision taken.
        (a)   Problems of Central Ground Water Board Employees and AICGWBEA.
        (b)   Problems of the employees of the Salt Department.
VIII. All C-O-Cs and affiliates of Confederation are requested to implement the above decisions of the National Secretariat.
         
Yours fraternally,
 
M.Krishnan
Secretary General,

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


SUBMISSION OF ACTION – TAKEN REPORT REGARDING 

ABOLITION OF POSTS OF VACANT FOR MORE THAN 05 YEARS 

– REG.  (click here to the view)

Monday, January 29, 2018

TRAVEL ENTITLEMENTS OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES FOR 

THE PURPOSE OF LTC POST SEVENTH CENTRAL PAY 

COMMISSION - CLARIFICATION REG(Click the link below to view)