TWO DAYS GENERAL STRIKE OF THE WORKING CLASS ON 20TH AND 21ST FEBRUARY , 2013
Many many thanks for active participation of yours in the nationwide strike of 12th December, 2012. Except a few circles, the strike was successful.
Now, another important phase of struggle of the working class starts. On 20th and 21st February, 2013. Under the call of Postal Joint Council of Action comprising of NFPE, FNPO, AIPEUGDS (NFPE) and NUGDS(FNPO), postal workers throughout the country will go on strike on 20th and 21st February, 2013.
The demands in the form of “Charter of Demands”, Part-I and Part-II are enclosed for your doing the needful.
We must convey to our comrades during the campaign that so long as the present economic policies remain the governing principle of governance, there will great injustice towards the employees and meaningful solution can be done only on the basis of strength, unity and struggle.
We must articulate our demand for the abolition of the present pay band and grade pay system and bring back the pay scale structure in the next wage revision.
The 7th CPC must not be allowed to water down the computation of minimum wage. The 7th C.P. Commission should also have the requisite authority to go into various anomalies created by the 6th CPC and address those anomalies in consultation with the staff side.
This strike demands emphatically to bring back the defined pension scheme in replacement of the contributory scheme introduced with effect from 1st January , 2004.
This strike demands Departmentalisation of Gramin Dak Sewaks & enhancement of their bonus ceiling to Rs 3500. Demands five promotions to all employees.
However , We must strive hard to make the strike a great success.
CHARTER OF DEMANDS
PART – I
1. Take Concrete measures to contain price rise.
2. Take Concrete measures for linkage of employment protection with the concession/incentive package offered to the entrepreneurs,
3. Ensure Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws,
4. Universal social security cover for the unorganized sector workers without any restriction and creation of a National Social Security Fund with adequate resources in line with the recommendation of NCEUS and Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour.
5. Stoppage of disinvestment in central and state PSUs.
6. No Contractorisation of work of permanent/perennial nature and payment of wages and benefits to the contract workers at the same rate as available to the regular workers of the industry/ establishment
7. Amendment of Minimum Wages Act to ensure universal coverage irrespective of the schedules and fixation of statutory minimum wage at not less than Rs 10,000/-.
8. Remove all ceilings on payment and eligibility of Bonus, Provident Fund; Increase the quantum of gratuity.
9. Assured statutory Pension for all
10. Ensure Compulsory registration of trade unions within a period of 45 days and immediate ratification of the ILO Conventions nos 87 and 98
PART – II
1. Appoint Seventh Central Pay Commission for revision of wages of Central Government Employees including Gramin Dak Sewaks. Grant merger of 50% of DA with pay for all purposes, including GDS.
2. Stop abolition of posts and restore all abolished posts with immediate effect.
3. Grant Civil Servant status to Gramin Dak Sewaks and extend all benefits of regular employees to GDS also. Enhance GDS Bonus ceiling from 2500/- to 3500/- . End discrimination in wages and other service conditions.
4. Revise the wages of Casual, Part-time & contingent employees with effect from 1.1.2006 at par with the minimum pay scale implemented as per 6th CPC recommendations. Regularisation of the services of casual labourers.
5. Drop the proposal for privatization of Postal Sector and retrograde clauses of the National Postal Policy 2012.
6. Revision of OTA rates as per the Arbitration award.
7. Complete the cadre restructuring and honour the assurance given to staff side.
8. Remove arbitrary restrictions imposed on compassionate appointments.