No. PF-01(e)/2015 Dated – 31.10.2015
All General Secretaries/NFPE Office Bearers/All Circle, Divisional & Branch Secretaries of NFPE affiliated Unions
NFPE along with AIPEUGDS (NFPE) has taken decision to go on 48 hours strike on 1st & 2nd December, 2015 on the four point\s charter of demands.
NFPE had requested Secretary (P) in writing and by meeting personally to resolve the issues which are pending since long. But it is a very sorry state of affairs on the part of Department of Posts that neither any issue is settled nor even a single line in reply is being given.
As you all are aware that NFPE along with PJCA had declared indefinite strike from 6th May-2015 onwards. On most of the items Secretary (P) gave positive assurance in writing in the meetings during negotiations on agenda of strike Charter of demands and the minutes were circulated among all and were published in all union journals. On 5th May Honourable Minister Communication also called meeting with both Secretary Generals NFPE & FNPO and he also gave positive assurances including GDS wage revision by 7th CPC and for Cadre restructuring he told that he has signed the file after approving the proposals and handed over to Secretary Post.
But after a lapse of 6 months period no progress is being noticed in any of the matter.
Earlier National Joint Council of Action of Constituent Organizations of National Council JCM had taken decision to go on indefinite strike from 23rd November -2015 in which our main demand of inclusion of GDS was also included in the Charter of demands
It was expected that Pay Commission will submit its report upto 30th September, 2015. Pay Commission requested to grant 2 months extension to bind up the office but the Government of India was very much generous to grant 4 months extension to Pay Commission. Pay Commission has completed its task but now Government is interfering and Secretary Finance Ministry has directed Pay Commission to give recommendations keeping in view the fiscal condition of the country and it should not give such recommendations which cannot be implemented. NJCA had deferred the decision of strike from 23rd November, 2015. We as NFPE told in the meeting of NJCA that we are going on indefinite strike in Postal. NJCA leadership requested to review and reconsider the decision and change the date as NJCA has given call of a grand Dharna by All India leaders of NJCA at Jantar Manter, New Delhi on 19 November,2015. Some of our Confederation leaders and senior leaders of NFPE also advised to review the decision. Accordingly NFPE Federal Secretariat meeting was held at Hyderabad on 11.10.2015 and reviewed the situation and unanimous decision was taken to organize 48 hours strike on 1st & 2nd December, 2015 on the following 4 points of Charter of demands:
(i) Include GDS in 7th CPC for wage revision and other service related matters.
(ii) Implement cadre Restructuring proposals in all cadres including Postal Accounts & MMS.
(iii) Fill up all vacant posts in all cadres of Department of Posts (i.e. PA, SA, Postmen, Mail Guard, Mail Man, GDS Mail Man, MMS Driver & other staff in MMS, PA CO, PA SBCO, Postal Accounts Staff, Civil & Electrical Wing Staff, as per actual sanctioned strength.
(iv) Stop all types of harassment in the name of implementation of various new services and schemes and Trade Union Victimization.
BRIEF OF JUSTIFICATION OF DEMANDS
(i). INCLUDE GDS IN 7TH CPC FOR WAGE REVISION AND OTHER SERVICE RELATED MATTERS.
Gramin Dak Sewaks constitute 50% of Work Force in Department of Post. They run 89% Post Offices in Rural Areas. Since 2nd Pay Commission, every time a Committee headed by bureaucrats has been constituted to look into the wage revision and other service related matters except at the time of Vth Pay Commission when Justice Talwar Committee was formed which gave very favourable recommendations to the GDS but Government did not implement 25% of its recommendations. This time NFPE raised the issue to include GDS in 7th CPC and this was supported by Confederation and National Council JCM. But Government has not given any attention towards this demand. During the negotiation on Strike Charter of demands, Secretary (Post) assured to refer the matter to Government of India again third time with strong recommendations and on 05.05.2015 , Hon`ble Minister Communication had also assured to use his influence to get the GDS included in 7th CPC but nothing has been done so far. It is coming to the notice by some sources that Department of Post is going to form bureaucratic Committee again. We have requested several times that when Pay Commission complete its task than this matter should also be given to him . Now Pay Commission has been allowed to sit idol for 3 months. This period might have been utilized for the wage revision of GDS. But Government of India is not at all concerned about this poor deprived and exploited section of working class. We cannot tolerate this state. So we have to go to agitation to fight this injustice and discrimination.
(ii). CADRE RESTRUCTURING
Cadre Restructuring proposals were finalized by the Committee 2 years before. On 5th May 2015 Minister also approved. JS&FA also cleared the proposals. DOP&T has not raised any objection and suggested to take clearance from Finance Ministry. There is no more financial implications even that Finance Ministry has not cleared the proposal. We have asked Department of Post several times but nothing has been done so far. If it is not implemented before implementation of 7th CPC report. It will be of no use.
(iii). FILL UP ALL VACANT POSTS IN ALL CADRES OF DEPARTMENT OF POSTS.
Though Recruitment is going on in the Department of Posts here and there. But there is acute shortage of staff in all cadres because recruitment is not being done as per actual sanctioned strength. If recruitment is made as per actual sanctioned strength and shortage is met out then 50% problems will be solved automatically.
(iv). STOP ALL TYPES OF HARASSMENT IN THE NAME OF IMPLEMENTATION OF VARIOUS NEW SERVICES AND SCHEMES AND TRADE UNION VICTIMIZATION.
Our staff in all cadres is facing so much harassment and victimization. Every day any new service or scheme is being launched without proper infrastructure and sufficient man power. CBS and CSI biggest problem for P-III, 100% delivery for Postmen. Harassment of staff in RMS on OTA, More problems in Circle Office, Postal Accounts and Civil Wing and Electrical Wings are being faced due to staff shortage. If any Trade union leader raises his voice against these onslaughts, he is victimized. Holding of Melas and Meetings on every Sunday and Holiday has become the regular practice against the directions given by Secretary (Post).
So keeping in all these we have to fight against all these onslaughts and wrong policies of department of Posts and Government of India.
Whatever we have achieved that is due to struggle only. We have achieved so many things in past by struggles only. If we fight unitedly we will win sure.
For making the strike 100% successful please follow the following instructions:
1. Campaign programme of All India leaders have been declared and published in websites, all circle secretaries of NFPE affiliated unions are requested to consult each other and make all arrangements for the meetings of All India leaders. If any change is needed, can be made with consultation of all.
2. All India leaders should attend the programmes compulsorily.
3. Maximum publicity should be given to the campaign programme.
4. Strike notice will be served on 06.11.2015 to the Secretary (Posts) by NFPE leaders.It should be served at all levels by organizing mass demonstrations.
5. Joint campaign programme should be conducted by all Circle/Divisional Secretaries in their respective Circles and Divisions and make maximum efforts for grand success of strike by organizing Gate meetings and General Body meetings.
6. Circulars/Pamphlets /Hand bills and Posters should be published and send to all. These should be published in regional language also.
7. Please leave no stone unturned for success of strike.
8. Give Wide Publicity in local Press and Media.
(R. N. Parashar)