EDITORIAL POSTAL CRUSADER –MARCH: 2016
GET READY FOR INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 11th APRIL-2016
The 7th Central Pay Commission has submitted its report to Government of India. The recommendations given by the Pay Commission are most retrograde. The Chairman, Pay Commission did not consider even a single demand of unions. The demand of minimum wage as per Dr. Aykhroyid formula has been negated totally. The National Council JCM demanded minimum wage as Rs. 26000/- but the Pay Commission has recommended only Rs. 18000/-. Other demands like rate of increment as 5% , upgraded pay scales to the various cadres of Postal Department , 5 promotions , Deletion of Bench Mark in MACP, Revision of wages and other service conditions of GDS ,wage revision of Casual part time and contingent employees, cashless hassle free Medical facility , One time LTC to visit abroad, Removal of ceiling of 5% on compassionate appointments, Scrapping of New Pension Scheme , 67% of pay as pension on superannuation along with other demands have not been considered .Beside this the Pay Commission has recommended to abolish 52 existing allowances and advances like HBA, Festival Advance , TA Advance and Medical Advance. The percentage of HRA has been reduced as 24%, 16%, 8% instead of 30%, 20% & 10%.
This Pay Commission is one of the worst Pay Commission ever seen. It has recommended only 14.29% increase like 2nd Pay Commission.
The NJCA after detailed discussions in several Meetings with all constituents organizations of National Council JCM has submitted memorandum and Charter of demands to the Government of India with the warning that if the same is not settled , NJCA (Railway, Defence, Confederation) will be forced to go on indefinite strike from 11th April -2016 for which the notice will be served to Cabinet Secretary along with all heads of departments and at all levels on 11th March, 2016.
The Government has set up implementation Cell in Finance Ministry which will work as Secretariat to Empowered Committee headed by Cabinet Secretary for processing and implementation of recommendations of 7th Pay Commission. First meeting has been taken by the Chairman implementation Cell with NJCA leaders on 19th February, 2016. NJCA leaders have very clearly told that Employees will go on indefinite strike from 11th Apeil, 2016.
The Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers and national Federation of Postal Employees along with Postal JCA have endorsed the decision of NJCA.
All Central leaders will address rallies in the Capital Cities to popularize the strike demands and to mobilize the employees for which campaign programme has been chalked out and circulated among all.
29th March -2016 will be observed as Solidarity day throughout the country by all constituents of NJCA.
We as NFPE being on the forefront of all struggles have more responsibility to carry on all agitational programmes more successfully.
Keeping in view all the above mentioned facts NFPE appeals to the entirety of Postal, RMS and GDS employees to make all the agitational programmes cent per cent success and make all efforts to make the indefinite strike from 11th April-2016 a historic success to achieve the genuine and justified demands.
We have won on so many occasions and this time also we will win.
Unity for struggle and struggle for unity.
Workers unity Zindabad.