ALL INDIA POSTAL ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES’ EMPLOYEES’ UNION GROUP ‘C’ & ‘D’
Affiliated to NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES Central Headquarters: 30/3 - D, P&T Quarters, Kali Bari Marg,
No. AU/CHQ/Circular/2013, Dated 11.02.2013
All Circle Secretaries/Regional Secretaries/CHQ Office Bearers
Sub: February 20th & 21st (Two Days) General Strike
At the call of Central Trade Unions & Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers, postal JCA - both National Federation of Postal Employees & Federation of National Postal Organizations (FNPO), India and world will be witnessing one of the biggest strike of the united working class on February 20th & 21st, for the first time in the history. All the Central Trade Unions including INTUC, BMS, AITUC CITU, HMS etc. , Employees Central & State, Teachers Federations, public sector organizations, are participating in the strike. The main demand is reversal of the anti-Labour, anti-people, neo-liberal economic policies of the Central government. Campaign of confederation’s National leaders is going on in all the stales.
Endorsing the decision of the Central Trade Unions and Federations, Strike Notice has been served by the confederation to the Cabinet Secretary. After parliament March on 26th July, 2012 & submission of Memorandum to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on 26th July, 2012 through this clarion call of Strike on 20th & 21st February, practically, the Central govt. Employees are as a whole, in the continuous process of movements & struggles as we had already joined nationwide Strike in the 1st phase on 12th December, 2012.
In Postal, both NFPE & FNPO are participating in the nationwide strike under the banner of Joint Council of action for achieving the Goal.
The demand for appointment of 7th CPC and merger of 50 % DA, is still pending. We must continue our struggle till these demands are accepted by the Govt. of India.
In addition to the common charter of demands, postal JCA has raised the Postal oriented demands also, including wage revision, DA merger, against abolition of posts, National Postal Policy, GDS demands, Casual Labour issues, Cadre restructuring, revision of OTA rates & compassionate appointments. The joint strike notice has been served to the Secretary, Department of Posts on 22.01.2013. Copy of the strike Notice and charter of demands have already been published in the websites and also in the journals of all unions and Federations. As part of the campaign programme, all India leaders of NFPE & FNPO jointly addressing the campaign programmes in all Circles.
Globalization & Neo-Liberal policies through the processes of in formalization and casualization, is reducing the size of employment in the Government Sectors and expanding that in the unorganized and informal sectors. With the growing contracting out of jobs of the Government Sectors and public sectors, the prospects of EMPLOYMENT GROWH in the government and public sectors, are becoming bleak. Since adoption of Neo-Liberal policies in 1991, Govt. & public sectors have lost almost 50 % of the total work force in 20 years in a situation when our current enrolment of younger generation for higher studies ( above 12th class standard) per year, is more than 1.5 Crore. Further when, technological changes are always invited, but that should not result in unemployment in a country like ours where several crores of educated youths are seeking jobs. So, the nation must have control over the pace of technological changes.
That is why, we have been asking for filling up of the vacant posts and creating of posts on functional requirements. We are demanding stop downsizing, out sourcing, contractorization, cooperation & privatization of Govt. functions.
We are demanding for removal of the anomalies in the MACP scheme, for FIVE PROMOTIONS to all employees as is provided for in the case of Group-A services, for withdrawal of the PFRDA Bill, for scrapping of the New contributory pension scheme & demanding the right to strike to be treated as a legal and fundamental right of the Government employees on par with other sections of the working class.
We believe that strong labour Institutions/Unions and State intervention are essential for building industrial systems based on the principles of equity and justice.
Neo- Liberal policies are in full swing operating to exclude the working class from the national politics by privatization and casualization of works in government and public sector undertakings. Thus, we, the working class are in danger of being eliminated as a significant social institution. We, the working class, will have to show & prove that they (can) strongly organize in defence of their interests through Nationwide strike on 20th & 21st of February, 2013.
Friends, our path of struggles were never strewn with the flowers of popular applause. Our ancestors have always played a great role in mobilizing the working class for festival advance, improved rate of DA, for formation of 2nd CPC in 1958, 3rd CPC, 4th CPC, 5th CPC & 6th CPC, for weekly off, better & improved pay scale, increment and better fixation formula, Two promotions-Three promotions, Bonus and Child Care Leave. Many senior comrades were jailed, dismissed severely punished by reduction upto 2-3 stages, reverted to Lower cadres and even died of firing to achieve those demands. Presently, whatever we are enjoying, are the resultant effects of their struggles, sacrifice, atrocities and blood-shed. So, comrades, definitely, wake up to the call of two days’ nationwide strike on 20th & 21st February, 2013 and victory will be ours.
For two days’ strike, Multi-Tasking staff would face wage cut for 2 days ranging from Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000 per day depending upon length of service & PACO & supervisors would face wage cut ranging from Rs. 750 to Rs. 1600 depending upon the length of service. Whereas for non merger of 50 % of DA with Basic Pay, one MTS is getting a wage loss ranging from Rs. 2000 (approx) to Rs. 4000 per month & that of PACO & Supervisor varies between Rs. 3000 to Rs. 6500 per month since 01.07.2012. Banks & LIC employees are losing their wages for 4 to 6 days or more in a year at a regular measure and as a result of that Senior most employees have gained more than us.
So, comrades, it is not the question of losing our two days’ wages. We must fight together as obedient soldiers under the call of Central JCA for making the strike of 20th & 21st February, 2013 a glorious success & face the threat of extinction. Keep close contact with all the Regional secretaries over phone so that they do not feel isolated & make them aware of this circular & involve them in a massive scale to join the strike.
Please make an appeal to all members to join the strike enmasse & under no circumstances strike days should be compromised by submitting any kind of appeal or petition or medical certificates etc.
With revolutionary greetings.