Nationwide Protest and Struggle – Confederation Circular
Dated – 01.08.2019
1. All National Secretariat Members.
2. All Affiliated organisations
3. All State/District C-O-Cs.
CONFEDERATION’S CALL FOR NATIONWIDE PROTEST AND STRUGGLE
* Scrap New contributory Pension Scheme (NPS). Restore old defined benefit pension scheme (OPS). Guarantee 50% of the last pay drawn as minimum pension.
* Honour assurances given by Group of Ministers (GoM) to NJCA Leaders on 30-06-2016. Increase Minimum Pay and Fitment formula. Stop the proposed move to modify the existing time-tested methodology for calculation of Minimum Wage. Grant Option-I parity recommended by 7th CPC to all Central Govt. Pensioners.
* Stop corporatisation/privatisation of Railways, Defence and Postal Departments. Withdraw closure orders of Govt. of India Printing Presses.
* Fill up all six lakhs vacant posts in Central Govt. Departments within a time frame.
* Regularise Gramin Dak Sevaks and Casual/Contract Workers.
* Withdraw the anti-worker Labour/Wage codes and other anti-worker labour reforms.
* Scrap draconian FR56(j) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972.
* Settle 10 points charter of demands of Confederation.
PROGRAMME OF ACTION
1st Phase – 05-09-2019 (5th September 2019, Thursday)
Submission of Memorandum with charter of demands to Hon’ble Prime Minister, Cabinet Secretary, Heads of all Departments. Copy of the Memorandum to be submitted to all Head of Offices at State/District level holding mass demonstrations.
2nd Phase – 15-10-2019 (15th October 2019, Tuesday):
Mass Dharna in front of all important offices and at all major centres at State/District level.
National Secretariat meeting of the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers held at New Delhi on 04-07-2019, after reviewing the entire scenario prevailing in the Central Government Employees sector, has decided to organise phased programme of action for settlement of the long pending demands of the Central Government Employees and Pensioners. The “Big Bang” neo-liberal reforms that are being unleashed by the BJP-led NDA Government has seriously jeopardised the job security, wage security, social security and Trade Unon rights of the Central Govt. employees and other sections of workers in general.
Our efforts to organise joint programme of action of all Central Govt. employees (including Railways and Defence) under the banner of NJCA has not yielded positive response from the dominant leadership of the NJCA. All the Defence employees Federations have joined together and given notice to Govt. for one month long definite strike from 20-08-2019 to 19-09-2019 demanding withdrawal of the move to corporatise/privatise Ordnance Factories. Eventhough the major Railway Federations viz; AIRF & NFIR has not yet given call for serious agitational programmes against the proposed move of the Government to Corporatise/Privatise Railway Production Units (Coach factories etc.), closure of Railway Printing Presses and introduction of private passenger trains in selected routes through Public Private Partnership (PPP), all other Unions/Associations like All India Loco-Running Staff Association (AILRSA), Guard Council, Dakshin Railway Employees Union (DREU) etc. had already given call for nationwide agitational programmes. All the Central Trade Unions (except BMS) has also given call for joint protest demonstrations and Rallies against the anti-worker labour law reforms and privatisation spree of the Modi Government. Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Workers, being a part of the mainstream of the working class of our country, shall join all the programmes announced by the Central Trade Unions. Further National Secretariat has decided to extend full support and solidarity to the struggles of Railway, Defence, BSNL employees and the agitational programmes conducted by the affiliates of Confederation.
Confederation calls upon all the Affiliated organisations and State/District level C-O-Cs to organise the above mentioned two phased agitational programmes on 5th September 2019 and 15th October, 2019 and conduct campaign programmes among all Central Govt. employees to educate them on the impending dangers of the neo-liberal reforms vigorously pursued by the NDA Govt. and be ready to jumb into higher form of trade union action, if situation warrants. Wide publicity may be given through print, electronic and social media. Confederation’s 10 point charter of demands is enclosed to this circular. Next course of action will be decided by the next National Secretariat meeting scheduled to be held in October/November 2019. Copy of the memorandum to be submitted to the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 05-09-2019 will be published in the Confederation website. Copies of the same may be submitted to all Head of Departments and Head of Offices at All India/State/District level by the affiliated organisations and C-O-Cs.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE CONFEDERATION:
Next National Conference of the Confederation of Central Govt. employees & workers will be held at NAGPUR (Maharashtra) on 07-02-2020 and 08-02-2020 (7th and 8th February, 2020, Friday & Saturday). Delegate fee per head is fixed as Rs.1000/- (Rs. One thousand only). C-O-C, Vidarbha Region of Maharashtra, Nagpur will be hosting the National Conference. Preparations for the successful conduct of the Conference already commenced by C-O-C, Nagpur. Contact Number – Com: Nilesh Nasare, General Secretary, C-O-C, Nagpur & All India Organising Secretary, Confederation CHQ – Mob: 09850354898. Women’s Sub Committee of the Confederation will be re-constituted in the Conference and New Office bearers will be elected. All Affiliated organisations and C-O-Cs are requested to ensure maximum participation of delegates/visitors including maximum number of lady comrades. Names and Mobile numbers of delegates/visitors attending the National Conference should be intimated to Reception Committee on or before 31-12-2019.
NUMBER OF DELEGATES AND QUOTA REMITTANCE:
Number of eligible delegates of each Affiliated Organisation and C-O-C will be decided based on the quota remitted for the three year period ending 31-03-2019. Com Vrigu Bhattacharjee, Financial Secretary, Confederation CHQ (Mob: 09868520926) will be publishing the details of quota remitted and dues shortly. All affiliated organisations and C-O-Cs are requested to clear full quota dues for the period ending 31-3-2019 on or before 30-11-2019 (30th November 2019) and ensure full representation of delegates in the Conference.
2019 SEPTEMBER 19th – 51st ANNIVERSARY DAY OF 1968 SEPTEMBER 19th CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES HISTORIC ONE DAY STRIKE – OBSERVE AS “MARTYRS DAY”
2019 September 19th is the 51st Anniversary day of historic 1968 September 19th one day All India Strike of Central Govt. Employees demanding Need Based Minimum wage and 100% Neutralisation of DA. Govt. has unleashed brutal force of Military, CRPF and Police and as a result, 17 comrades lost their lives in Police firing, lathi charge etc. About 40000 employees were suspended and dismissed. Thousands of leaders and workers jailed. Thousands suffered due to severe punishments and vindictive transfers. Recognition of all Federations and Unions participated in the strike was withdrawn and Govt. sponsored organisations were given recognition. Confederation National Secretariat calls upon all Affiliated organisations and C-O-Cs to observe 19th September 2019 as “Martyrs Day” remembering those valiant fighters who laid down their life for the posterity. Gate meetings, flag hoisting, slogan shouting and honouring martyrs by erecting martyrs columns etc. may be organised. Last year we have celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1968 September 19th strike, throughout the country in a most befitting manner.
Enclosures: Charter of Demands.
10 POINTS CHARTER OF DEMANDS OF CONFEDERATION
1. Scrap New Contributory Pension scheme (NPS). Restore Old defined benefit Pension Scheme (OPS) to all employees. Guarantee 50% of the last pay drawn as Minimum Pension.
2. Honour assurance given by Group of Ministers (GoM) to NJCA leaders on 30-06-2016. Increase Minimum Pay and Fitment formula. Withdraw the proposed move to modify the existing time-tested methodology for calculation of Minimum wage. Grant HRA arrears from 01-01-2016. Withdraw “Very Good” bench mark for MACP, Grant promotional hierarchy and date of effect from 01-01-2006. Grant Option-I parity recommended by 7th CPC to all Central Govt. Pensioners. Settle all anomalies arising out of 7th CPC implementation.
3. Stop corporatisation/privatisation of Railways, Defence and Postal Departments. Withdraw closure orders of Govt. of India Printing Presses. Stop proposed move to close down Salt Department. Stop closure of Govt. establishments and outsourcing.
4. Fill up all six lakhs vacant posts in the Central Government Departments in a time bound manner. Reintroduce Regional Recruitment for Group B & C posts.
5. (a) Regularisation of Gramin Dak Sevaks and grant of Civil servant status. Implement remaining positive recommendations of Kamalesh Chandra Committee report.
(b) Regularise all casual and contract workers including those joined on or after 01-09-1993.
6. Ensure equal pay for equal work for all. Remove disparity in pay scales between Central Secretariat staff and similarly placed staff working in field units of various departments.
7. Implement 7th CPC Wage Revision and Pension revision of remaining Autonomous bodies. Ensure payment of arrears without further delay. Grant Bonus to Autonomous body employees pending from 2016-17 onwards.
8. Remove 5% condition imposed on compassionate appointments. Grant appointment in all eligible cases.
9. Grant five time bound promotions to all Group B & C employees. Complete Cadre Review in all departments within a time-frame.
10. (a) Withdraw the anti-worker wage/labour codes and other anti-worker Labour reforms. Stop attack on trade union rights. 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.