Confederation of central government employees and workers | explanatory note on demands
There are about 17 awards of the Board of Arbitration given in favour of the employees. On the plea that the implementation of these awards would result in heavy financial outflow, the Govt. has moved resolutions in the Parliament for the rejection of these awards. The fact is that the financial burden on account of acceptance of these awards is meagre. The figures quoted by the official side included the arrears that have become due to the delay in taking decisions. The financial implication is normally computed as a total outlay for a period of a year. The official side has in fact only tried to mislead the Parliament in order to obtain a rejection of the award. A few years back, the staff side agreed to alter the date of implementation of these awards in order to reduce the financial implication. The official side discussed the issue on several occasions but did not conclude with the result that these awards are still pending acceptance of the Government. It is rather unethical and untenable that the Government has chosen to invoke the sovereign authority of the Parliament to deny the legitimate dues of its own employees. Prior to 1998, the Government has not chosen to approach the Parliament once the award is given in favour of the employees and implemented every one of them except in a very few cases. The Government must accept these awards and implement the same for such a direction will bring in confidence in the efficacy of the negotiating forum and a sense of reasonableness in the decision making process.