Wednesday, April 30, 2014
DRAFT REPLY TO 7TH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION QUESTIONNAIRE - SUGGESTION, ADDITION AND ALTERATION, IF ANY, CALLED FOR.
We place hereunder the draft reply to the questionnaire issued by the 7th CPC. We want you to go through the same and make suggestions to enrich it further. We propose to place the same at the staff side meeting of the National Council on 6th May, 2014. The final version as formulated by the Staff Side will also be published on7th May. 2014. We have to arrive at a consensus taking into account all shades of opinions.
The replies are drafted to make it as brief as possible. It covers only common issues. The staff side National Council will be submitting a detailed memorandum later as and when it is called for by the 7th CPC. The said memorandum will be drafted taking into account the views of all organizations including pensioners organisations. Department specific issues are to be covered by the memorandum submitted by the respective departmental organizations. Since there will be very short time available for submission of memorandum, in view of the overall time frame of 18 months all affiliates are requested to finalize their approach and prepare the memorandum and keep it ready for submission without loss of time.
It will be our endeavor that on common issues, complete unanimity of opinion emerges amongst all Federations of Central Govt. employees.
Suggestions may be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
S. K. Vyas K. K. N. Kutty M. Krishnan
Advisor President Secretary General
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MAIN TASK FOR TODAY TO ALL OUR DIVISIONAL / BRANCH SECRETARIES
TODAY (30/04/2014) is the last date for enrolment of membership for this year. Before close of today, all Divisional Secretaries will submit membership forms duly filled in properly to the Divisional Head concerned without fail. This task is much important to strengthen our union. DON’T FORGET TO ACT TODAY.
== M.Krishnan Secretary General NFPE
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
HIGHER PAY SCALE FOR POSTMASTER CADRE
There is a clause in the Cadre Restructuring agreement that – “in respect of Postmaster Grade I, Grade II and Grade III posts, once the recommendations of this committee are implemented, the matter will be examined in the light of the same”. Many officials have sought clarification on this clause. Hence the following clarification is given.
As already mentioned by us in our letter given to the Chairman of the Cadre Restructuring committee after the last meeting (published in Website) and also in the circular dated 28.04.2014, the staff side has tried its best to get higher pay scale to Post Master cadre official. Official side took a firm stand that first promotion from PA cadre in General line and Post Master cadre should be to the G.P. 2800/- and rejected our plea for 4200 G. P.
Second argument placed by us is that as all the LSG Post offices/posts are agreed to be upgraded to HSG II, the grade pay of the officials working in those General line posts will be 4200 (eventhough official working in that post is promoted from LSG with G. P. 2800)
Postmaster Grade I officials are working in LSG offices (converted as Grade I). When LSG Post offices are upgraded to HSG II status, Post Master Grade I post offices are also to be upgraded to HSG II status with grade pay of 4200. Inspite of our repeated argument and submission the administration side did not agree to grant G.P. 4200 to PM Grade I. Finally it is agreed to examine the case again once the present proposal is approved by the Government.
If the proposal is approved by the Government, there is every possibility of getting higher pay scale for Post Master grade officials, on the principle of “equal pay for equal work”, as their counter parts working in LSG post offices upgraded to HSG II will be in 4200 G.P. By signing the cadre restructuring agreement, we have already created a strong ground for getting higher pay scale to Postmaster Grade officials. If the proposal signed is rejected by DOP&T and Finance, we have to present our case before 7th CPC. Hence in the interest of both General line and Postmaster Cadre officials, implementation of the present proposal is most important.
EDITORIAL - POSTAL CRUSADER
MAY DAY MANIFESTO
The voice, which was strangulated and silenced long long ago in the distant city of Chicago, is now echoing in the hearts and throats of millions of workers and common people across the continents, manifesting the burning desire to fight for the rights. The struggle for ‘working hours’, which shook the world, transcended and transformed into a symbol of struggle for establishment of egalitarian society and fighting spirit of working class across the nations. May Day beckons us to get inspired and imbibe that spirit of struggle and sacrifice!
The natural resources, the collective property of mankind, are being swallowed by the capitalists with the aid and abetment of Ruling Class in the guise of Globalization and Economic development. They have engulfed the permanent jobs and are extracting the work from the manual labour in the name of Contractorisation and casualization at dead cheap rates. The sweat of farmers and workers has no value in the eyes of these exploiters. The Gobble’s campaign that there is no substitute for Capitalism has had its great ill effect on the workers and employees! Parallel campaign that the Socialism has failed and that it is not visible even in the distant vicinity is being thrust into the psyche of the general public.
We have to recapitulate the famous verses of Sri Sri, the great telgu poet of this century, which are to be engraved in ebony permanently. “The Kingdoms built on earth, the artificial Statutes enacted by the Monarchs and by the egoistic, have crumbled like a palace of playing cards, with the tsunami of forces of working class, far and near” This reminds every one that any system which is inimical and exploitative is bound to crash and collapse.
The motive and end of Capital is to earn profit. The capitalism will never hesitate to denude the Mother Earth and green nature for the sake of profit. The un-quenching greed of capitalists for profit has become hazardous to the environment resulting in the pollution of air and water bodies. The global –warming is causing disorders in environment and, in effect, posing danger to the very existence of mankind. The changes in the environment due to pollution are pushing the agriculture and the farmers into catastrophe.
The accumulation of wealth in a few hands, the growth of corporate sector and the fall in the purchasing capacity of the workers and employees are the indication of the growing unrest and degradation of the society. Education and medical facilities are unreachable to the common man. A place to dwell in is still a distant dream to so many employees and workers.
At this juncture, the Central Government employees should discharge their duty with full awareness and understanding. To regain the lost pension right, to retain the health facilities, to ensure the periodical wage revision for every five years, to get the DA merger, to achieve status to the Grameen Dak Sevaks, etc., the Central Government employees have no other alternative but to tread the path of struggle in the coming days on the face of adversarial political and economic policies.
Oppose the neo-liberal economic policies, which intend to privatize every Sector and mortgage the future of employees and common people to the Capitalists. As enlightened sections of the society we have to pin down and expose the deceit perpetrated on the people and Working Class in the name of Globalization and Development. With all the unity, awareness and conscientiousness, we the Central Government employees, should resist and stop these anti-employee and anti-people policies. Let’s take pledge on this May Day to strive hard for Better life and brighter tomorrow for all and to demand our rightful share as a stakeholder in the process of development, defeating the nefarious designs of the protagonists of neo-liberal economic policies.
Monday, April 28, 2014
CADRE RESTRUCTURING AGREEMENT- UNIONS SIGNED TODAY
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANISATION
CENTRAL HEAD QUARTERS, NEWDELHI
* CADRE RESTRUCTURING AGREEMENT SIGNED *
At last after several round of protracted negotiations with the administration, JCM Staff side, Departmental council ( NFPE & FNPO) has signed the cadre restructuring proposal. The staff side has tried to the best of its ability to make maximum improvement in the proposal. In spite of our hard bargaining we could not achieve 100 percent success. Our demand for separate higher pay scale for PO& RMS Accountants, Creation of separate cadre for System Administrators or grant of special pay/allowance, bringing MTS also under cadre restructuring etc is not accepted by the administration. Regarding Postmaster Cadre after much bargaining, it is agreed to examine our claim for higher pay scale after the present proposal is approved by the government.
As Govt has already appointed 7th CPC and the Pay Commission has already published the questionnaire, any further delay in completing the cadre restructuring will adversely affect the interest of Postal employees. We will take up the remaining issues, which are not agreed by the administration in the cadre restructuring committee with the 7thCPC in our memorandum and make one more effort to get a favourable recommendation.
Taking into consideration all the above aspects and also keeping in mind the larger interest of the employees, we have decided to sign the agreement
Copy of the agreement is published below.
The Salient features of the agreement are as follows :
1. Number of LSG posts will increase from 8 % to 22 %
2. Number of HSG II posts will increase from 2 % to 12 %
3. Number of HSG I posts will increase from 1.5 % to 4 %
4. After completion of 2 years in HSG I the official will be promoted to 4800 GP (Non-functional Basis)
5. The above proposal will be applicable to RMS, Circle Office and SBCO in the same ratio
6. Postman/Mail guard will get the same ratio of promotion.
The present proposal is to be approved by Postal Board, DoPT & Finance Ministry. We will make all out effort to get the proposal implemented at an early date.
Secretary General Secretary General