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Saturday, April 21, 2007

24th April 07 Strike Deferred by JCA






Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan. Sansad Marg,
New Delhi - 110 001.

No.8-1/2007-SR dated the April 20,2007
1.
The Secretary General,
National Federation of Postal Employees,
1st Floor, North Avenue Post office Building,
New Delhi -110001.

2.
The Secretary General,
Federation of National Postal Organisations,
T-24, Atul Grove Road,
New Delhi -110001.

Subject:Gist of discussions of the meeting taken by the Secretary (P) on19.4.2007 with the Staff side to discuss on the charter of demands.
Sir,
I am directed to enclose a copy of the gist of discussions of the meeting taken by the Secretary (P) on 19.4.2007 on charter of demands for information and necessary action.

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
(SubhashChander)
Director (SR & Legal)



Gist of discussions of the meeting taken by Secretary(Posts)
19.04.2007 with N.F.P.E./F.N.P.O. to discuss the Charter of Demands.

A meeting with Secretary (Posts) and the Staff side was held on 19.04.2007 to discuss the Charter of Demands submitted by the N.F. P.E. and F.N.P.O. on 09.04.2007. At the very outset, Secretary (Posts) impressed upon the Staff side to present a united front in view of the stiff competition that the Department is facing from the couriers and the challenges from other vested interests as well. Secretary (Posts) stressed that any disruption in the services at this stage would distract from our efforts to strengthen and expand the postal business in the country. Secretary (Posts) thereafter, discussed the Charter of Demands with the Staff side. The gist of discussions is as under:

With most of the issues mentioned in the Charter of Demands, having been resolved, the Secretary (Posts) expressed the hope that the Staff side would continue to extend their cooperation in furthering the growth of postal services in the country.

CHARTER OF DEMANDS
Item No.1- ­
Appointment of Judicial Committee I Commission for GDS and grant status and Pension to GDS Employees.

Staff side was apprised that in view of special status of GDS, they were out of the purview of JCM scheme which also takes them beyond the scope of 6th Central Pay Commission. However, the Staff Side insisted on another attempt to be made for consideration of GDSs issues by the 6th CPC, set up for Central Government Employees. The request of the Staff Side that the matter may be referred to 6th Central Pay Commission by the Department has been considered. The Department will make the request to the Government that 6th Central Pay Commission may look into GDS also. ­

Item NO.2- ­
Exempt Department of Posts from the purview of reduction of staff strength and fill up all vacant posts in all cadres in Postal/RMS/MMS/Circle/Regional Offices/Postal Accounts and GDS including residual vacancies.

All efforts will be made by the Department to seek exemption of Department of Posts from the purview of the Screening Committee. Action will be taken to fill up the residual vacancies in various cadres. Heads of Circles will be advised to fill up residual vacancies in a time bound manner. . This will be monitored in the Directorate. In addition, it is also proposed to review the LGO examinations syllabus etc., to bring it in line with requirements of the job and thereby improve the success rate. An additional LGO examination will also be conducted with the revised syllabus.

Item No.3 ­
Drop Franchising of Posta1 Scheme, stop closure of Post Offices' RMS Offices, Transit Sections' Relocation & merger of offices and Divisions, stop combination of beats of Postmen' stop curtailment of Postal deliveries, Outsourcing of PAO functions etc.

With regard to the Franchising of Postal Outlets, it was explained that as already discussed with the Staff Side, the Scheme is being introduced as a pilot project in those areas where the Department has not been able to reach and extend postal facilities. The Scheme also provide for a review after six months of its introduction the results of which will be shared with the Unions.

With regard to closure of RMS offices, Staff Side was informed that the Mail Offices will be rationalized in accordance with the agreement reached with the Federation. The isolated case of Bihar Circle pointed out by Staff Side will be reviewed. Secretary stated that intention is to compete with the couriers and not curtail delivery.

Item No.4- ­
Ensure monopoly of collection, conveyance and delivery of letter mail by the--Department of Posts as recommended by the Parliamentary Standing Committee. ­

It was explained that adequate care is being taken to safeguard the monopoly of the Department while proposing amendment to IPO Act.

Item No.5 ­
Regularize Casual Labourers /Full Time/Part Time Contingency paid.

Staff Side stated that the part time casual labourers may be considered against the GDS vacancies. This will be examined.

Item No.6 ­
Filling up of all norm based LSG / HSG-II / HSG - I posts & Restore periodicity of Junior Accountant promotion to Senior Accountant as 3 years.

Information has been collected from all Circles on the number of LSG/HSG-IIIHSG-I posts lying vacant. Action has already been taken to promote HSG-II officials in HSG-I as per the relaxation granted by DOP&T. All Heads of Circles will be addressed to take time bound action to ensure that LSG/HSG-II posts are filled up without any delay. Action taken to fill up the post will be monitored by the Directorate. Issues on bench mark for LSG etc., will be examined. The issue regarding periodicity of promotion as Sr. Accountant will be got examined.

Item No.7 ­
Encashment of all pending bills OTA / TA / Medical/ RPLI Commission etc.

Instructions have already been given to all the Heads of Circles to clear the pending liabilities with the funds already allocated to them and intimate to Head Quarters the status of pending liabilities for release of additional funds where required. It was further decided to write to all Heads of Circles that wherever justified as per rules/guidelines, OTA will be paid to Post Office staff.

Item No.8 ­
Grant of compassionate appointments to eligible candidates and absorb all approved candidates.

All eligible candidates for- compassionate appointment will be considered in accordance with the rules on the subject. Regarding certain cases pending in a few Circles, the matter will be examined separately.

Item NO.9 ­
Complete take over of POSB and PLI by the Postal Department and accord full Autonomy to the Postal Board as in the case of Railway Board.

It was stated that the matter relating to Investment of P.O. Insurance Fund is under consideration of Government As regards POSS, the suggestions of Staff Side will be looked into.

Item No. 10 ­
Recognition of Federations and setting up of councils at all level.

Subject to certain changes I inclusions in the Constitution of NFPE, the proposal has been agreed by Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension. The Federation is being addressed in this regard.

Monday, April 16, 2007

CHQ NEWS

No. GDS/CHQ/5/1/2007                                         Dated: 16 April 2007

 To,

 

All Circle/Divisional/Branch Secretaries,

All CWC Members A.I.P.E.D.E.U.       

 

Dear Comrades,

 

We are furnishing here under the recent developments concerning the postal employees in general and ED employees in particular.

 

v      DEFERMENT OF CWC MEETING

Based on the requests received from various quarters to defer the CWC meeting to later date in order to enable Circle Secretaries / CHQ Office bearers to have intensive tour in their circles, the CWC meeting is deferred.   The date of the meeting will be intimated later.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  However, we could find more time to mobilise the rank and file for the effective participation in the indefinite strike from 24-04-2007.

 

v      09-04-2007. STRIKE NOTICE SERVED!!

The strike notice was served on 09-04-2007 to the Department of Posts.   The team was led by Com. C.C. Pillai, Secretary General.  Our uncompromised on the issues like formation of Judicial Committee, shortage of staff, privatising the postal services etc. were explained before the Secretary.

 

v      TOTAL UNITY – GO AHEAD WITH FULL PREPARATIONS

The Government is reluctant and not willing to settle our genuine demands. The JCA, as a whole is totally united and very firm in their commitments, the Bhartiya Federation & Unions have also served strike notice to the department and organising their cadres for the indefinite strike from 24-04-2007.   There is a total unity.

 

v      ROUMER MONGERS – BE AWARE!

As usual, there was a rumour floated by some vested interests that the strike notice had been withdrawn on 11-04-2007 and we were in receipt of spate of phone calls. We explained and confirmed the strike from 24-04-2007 over phone.  

 

v      NEGLECTED GDS! LAST STRAW ON CAMELS BACK

We have been treated as slaves all along.   All our genuine grievances are either delayed or protracted.  Nothing new issue was settled after 1998.  Whatever be the demand, we have been replied by the department in a sterio typed reply that "17-12-98 order is the fullest and final settlement of ED Demands."   Our legitimate demands on Social Security schemes, maternity leave to women employees are being denied.  Instead of processing our scheme for the GDS, the department desired to implement through UTI which we rejected summarily.

 

v      ENOUGH PATIENCE

If the next committee is not headed by a Judicial Member, all the recommendations of the Justice Talwar Committee will be buried once for all. We have lost our patience and our patience is as our misconstrued inability to fight against injustice.

 

v      LAST RESORT – AGITATE, ACT & ADVANCE

Strike is the last resort.  This strike is being threshed on the shoulders of the postal comrades. Under the existing shortage of staff, all staff are suffering without availing any leave. They are not being compensated for the excess work.   As such, we have no other alternate except to agitate, advance and achieve our demands.

 

v      CLARION CALL – 24-04-2007—BEGINNING OF INDEFINITE STRIKE

Let us prepare for the good show down from 24-04-2007 and continue our agitation till our genuine demands are mitigated.   Let us fight unitedly against all evils and injustice and win the battle.

 

With struggle greetings,

Yours fraternally,

 

 

S.S. Mahadevaiah

General Secretary 

Saturday, April 7, 2007

RPE April, 2007

Editorial

 

heads I win tails you lose

 

      In the great epic, the Ramcharitmanas, Goswami Tulisi Das has said that the powerful person is beyond any sort of wrong doing. Similar is the saying: the king makes no mistakes. These sayings hold good ever today as ever. There may be no king in stricter sense of the term, but the kingship remains and the powerful do assert that what they say 'the rule'. All justifications, all legalities fail to make the powerful see the reason. So, the king and the kingship remain intact- the powerful politician behaving like kings and the kingship resting with the powerful bureaucrats.

 

            Probably, our memory is not that short. Sometime back, the Hon'ble Minister for Communications while replying to a letter from some MP said that Justice Talwar Committee did not recommend merger of DA with Pay. When the actual recommendations of Justice Talwar Committee read with the recommendations of the 5th CPC were pointed out and explained, the power-that-be took to another track and very cleverly offered to appoint a committee of bureaucrats. Know On 12.02.07 the CHQ received a letter from the Directorate sent by Shri Harinder Singh, Member (P), vide D.O. No.F.6-1/2006-PE.II (Pt ) in which it was mentioned that the Dept had already appointed a GDS Committee to look in to the grievances of GDS employees. The Committee is headed by a Chairman and Sri A.K. Sharma, DDG (Estt.) is functioning as the Member Secretary. It is not revealed the name of Chairman of the Committee.

 

Thus the Dept. has decided to negate our request in formation of judicial committee for GDS demands. We are demanding the same only in order to revive and review the positive recommendation of Justice Talwar Committee which is the Magna corta of GDS workers. If we desire equality with Govt. staff, Pensionery benefits, regularisation, better service conditions, the recommendation of the justice Talwar Committee should not be buried by the subsequent committee appointed for this purpose.   Its out of 42 recommendations several positive recommendations like departmentalisation, prorata basis, Social Securities like DCRG at par with regular employees, Pension, Family Pension, Maternity leave to Women employees, Leave facilities, HRA, CCA, Transport Allowance, loans and advances, Medical facilities, transfer, TA/DA facilities, Leave Travel Concessions etc., the Department has considered and implemented only five of its recommendations on 17-12-98 and closed the entire chapters of the other recommendations of the committee by repeatedly saying that the same is the full and final settlement of the recommendations. The Govt did not implement the recommendations of the Justice Talwar Committee and decided to continue the exploitation of the Rural Postal Workers. This paved way in denying the justified grant of 50% DA merger to GDS employees resulting in a continuous erosion of wages every month to the GDS for more than Rs. 100/- within these two years.     

 

            The committee or the bureaucracy can trust the things in the way it likes. If Justice Talwar Committee did not recommend the merger, it will not be given. If such merger and regulation of DA was recommended by Justice Talwar Committee and even if the same has been accepted, ever then it will not be given. Why? Because the powerful do not accept anything against what it thinks. They only win-heads or tails.

 

 

 

 

National Federation of Postal Employees

1 st Floor, North Avenue, Post Office Building, New Delhi-110001

Federation of National Postal Organisations

T-24, Atul Grove, New Delhi –110001

 

No.JCA/12(C)/2007                                                                                Dated: 09th April 2007

 

To

            The Secretary,

            Department of Posts,

            Dak Bhawan,

            New Delhi – 110001

 

Sir,

 

            In accordance with the provisions of Sub Section (1) of section 22 of the Industrial Dispute Act, 1947, we hereby notify that the employees of the Postal, RMS, MMS, Administrative, Postal Accounts and Gramin Dak Sevaks will go on indefinite strike from 24th April 2007. The demands for acceptance on which that employee will embark upon a total indefinite strike are detailed in the Charter of Demands enclosed.  

 

                                     (C.C.Pillai)

   Secretary General, NFPE

 

(D. Theagarajan)

     Secretary General, FNPO

                 

 

 

(K.V. Sridharan)

General Secretary, 

AIPEU Gr. 'C'     

 

 

 

(Des Raj Sharma)     

General Secretary,

AIPEU Postmen & Gr. 'D',  

     

 

 

      (D. Kishan Rao)

      General Secretary,

         NUPE Gr. 'C'

 

(Giri Raj Singh)

General Secretary,     

AIRMS & MMS EU  Gr. 'C'

 

 

(D. Theagarajan)

General Secretary,

NURMS & MMS E Gr. 'C'

 

 

(T.N. Rahate)

General Secretary,

NUPE Postmen & Gr. 'D'

 

 

(P.Suresh)  

General Secretary,  

AIRMS &MMS EU MGs & Gr.'D'       

 

 

                  

(S.P. Mukherjee)

General Secretary,

AIPAOEU Group 'C' & 'D'

 

 

 

(S. Noor Ahamed)

General Secretary,

NURMS & MMS E MGs & Gr. 'D'

 

 

(S.S. Mahadevaiah)

 General Secretary, AIPEDEU

 

 

               

 

 

(P. Rajanayagam)

General Secretary, AIPAEA   

 

 

(P.U. Muraleedharan)

General Secretary, NUED Employees


      Charter of Demands  

 

1.          Appointment of Judicial Committee / Commission for GDS and grant status and Pension to GDS Employees.

 

2.          Exempt Department of Posts from the purview of Reduction of staff strength and fill up all vacant posts in all cadres in Postal / RMS / MMS / Circle / Regional Offices / Postal Accounts and GDS, including residual vacancies.

 

3.          Drop Franchising of Postal Scheme, stop closure of Post Offices / RMS Offices, Transit Sections / Relocation & merger of offices and Divisions, stop combination of betas of Postmen / stop curtailment of Postal deliveries, Outsourcing of PAO functions etc.

 

4.          Ensure monopoly of collection, conveyance and delivery of letter mail by the Department of Posts as recommended by the Parliamentary Standing Committee.

 

5.          Regularize Casual Labourers / Full Time / Part Time Contingency paid.

 

6.          Filling up of all Norms based LSG / HSG –II / HSG-I posts & Restore periodicity of Junior Accountant promotion to Senior Accountant as 3 years.

 

7.          Encashment of all pending bills OTA / TA / Medical / RPLI Commission etc.

 

8.          Grant Compassionate appointments to eligible candidates and absorb all approved candidates.

 

9.          Complete take over of POSB and PLI by the Postal Department and accord full Autonomy to the Postal Board as in the case of Railway Board.

 

10.        Recognition of Federations and setting up of councils at all level.

 

 

(C.C. Pillai)

Secretary General   

National Federation

of Postal Employees                       

            (D. Theagarajan)

           Secretary General

Federation of National

                    Postal Organisations

 

  POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION

National Federation of PostalEmployees

1 st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110001

Federation of National Postal Organisations

T-24, Atul Grove, New Delhi –110001

 

No.PF-12 (C)/JCA / 2007                                                                                       Dated: 1st April, 2007

                                                                                                                                               

CIRCULAR

To,

 

1.    All General Secretaries of NFPE   & FNPO

2.    All Office Bearers of NFPE & FNPO Unions

3.    All Circle Secretaries of NFPE & FNPO

4.    All Branch / Divisional Secretaries through Circle Secretaries

 

Guidelines for conducting Strike

 

Dear Comrades/ Friends,

 

            The Postal Joint Council of Action has already expressed its dissatisfaction on the negative approach of the Postal Department towards the problems faced by the Postal Workers and JCA in its meeting held on 20 th  March 2007 has already decided and calls upon all Postal Employees to participate and make the Countrywide Indefinite Postal Strike from 24 th April, 2007 a grand success. The strike Notice would be served to the Secretary Department of Posts on 9 th April, 2007. Lunch Hour Demonstration and Rallies has to be organized all over the country at all work places by the JCA on 9 th April, 2007. Effective campaign and propaganda has to be continued by the JCA at all levels till the commencement of Strike. JCA may be formed at all levels if it is not already done.

 

Campaign Tour by Central JCA   Leaders

 

            Central JCA has decided to organize tour to all Circle/ Regional Headquarters. Federations and CHQs leaders of NFPE / FNPO will participate and address the meetings at all Centres. Circle /Divisional/Branch Unions are to organize meetings under JCA. Moblise entirety of Postal Staff in all meetings. All are requested to vigorously campaign for successful conduct of the indefinite strike for settlement of long pending demands of 5.5 lakh Postal Workers. Copy of strike notice which would be served to the Secretary Department of Posts, and Charter of Demands are enclosed herewith. Tour Programme of JCA Leaders are already Circulated to all Branches, by the respective Circle Secretary. All CHQ Office Bearers of NFPE/FNPO and its affiliates who are not deputed for All India campaign tour programme are requested to join the campaign meetings in their respective Circles .Follow the guide lines strictly for the success of the strike.

 

Guidelines for conducting Strike

 

1.         Ensure formation of Joint Council of Action at Circle/Divisional/Branch level and complete this task without further delay.

 

 

2.         The Indefinite Strike should commence at 6A.M. on 24-04-2007. In RMS Strike will commence from the commencement of duty on 24th  April, 2007.  

 

3.         The Department through field officers may ask each employee to submit a declaration to state whether he/she is going to participate in the Strike or not. The declaration be returned to the Head of the Office with a statement of the concerned official that he/she will act as per the directive/decision of the Postal Joint Council of Action.

 

4.         The Government may resort to punitive measures. All these attempts be foiled by mobilizing the entire work force in favour of the indefinite strike.

 

5.         All who are in-charge of office and Joint Custodian should keep the keys with them. However if the Department wants surrender of those keys, the same should be done on proper quittance.

6.         Employees on strike need not come to the office premises.

7.         The office of the respective CHQ / Federation will function round the clock from 23-04-2007 and all Circle/Divisional/Branch level information be communicated over Telephone and also to ascertain the required information and direction. The Telephone, Mobile and Fax numbers of Federations/ CHQ are noted below:-

 

 

NFPE and affiliates     

 

 

 

 

NFPE           

23092771

09811213808

23369106

P-III          

25706040    

09811488400  

25896278

P-IV          

23368085   

09811602772  

23341333

R-III

23743667   

09818801178  

23369106

R-IV

65592288   

09885077451

 

E. D.

23697701   

09811577701  

23697701

Admn

23363334   

09433028964

 

Postal Accts        

65949635   

09868451466

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FNPO and affiliates    

Telephone

Mobiles

  Fax

 

FNPO

23321378    

09444841440     

23321378

NU P-III                       

 

09440065675/  09810523638

 

NU P-IV                       

 

09869121277

 

NU R-III    

23321378    

09444841440     

23321378

NU R-IV

 

09444442041   

 

NU E. D.                      

 

09446436592

 

 

8.         Hand written Posters in regional languages be exhibited in all offices. A proforma of such posters is being published in our journals.

 

9.         Intensive campaign be started immediately by holding General Body meetings/ gate meetings/Lunch hour meetings in each and every work places jointly.

 

10.       Daily demonstration before opening of the office/ set during lunch hour between     two shifts be arranged from 16-04-2007 to 23-04-2007. During the period eminent personalities / MPs/MLAs be contacted to get their solidarity and support to our struggle.

 

11.       All rumors through media/Press /Interested quarters be ignored and nobody should believe such news unless it is verified from respective CHQ/Federations.

 

12.       Do not be frightened with adverse criticism of the Government made in the Press and Electronic Media let loose to sabotage our struggle.

 

13.       Ensure collection of strike fund and remit its share to the respective Circle/CHQ/ Federation immediately.

 

                        Yours Fraternally,       

 

 


POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION

National Federation of Postal Employees

1 st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110001

Federation of National Postal Organisations

T-24, Atul Grove, New Delhi –110001

 

No.PF-12 (C)/JCA / 2007                                                                                                    Dated: 20th March, 2007

 

CIRCULAR

 

To,

 

1.    All General Secretaries of NFPE   & FNPO

2.    All Office Bearers of NFPE & FNPO Unions

3.    All Circle Secretaries of NFPE & FNPO

4.    All Branch / Divisional Secretaries through Circle

       Secretaries

 

Indefinite Strike from 24 th April, 2007

 

Dear Comrades and Friends,

 

            The National Postal Joint Council of Action comprising National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE) and Federation of National Postal Organizations (FNPO) and its affiliated Unions met on 20th March 2007,, 5 P.M. at NFPE Office and reviewed the developments on the Charter of Demands submitted to the Secretary Department of Posts on 29th January, 2007. Com. D. Theagarajan, Secretary General, FNPO presided over the meeting.

 

            The Department of Posts vide their letter No. 8-1/2007-SR (Pt) dated 22 nd  February, 2007 communicated to the Federations item wise position of our Charter of Demands. The reply has been reviewed by the JCA. The JCA has expressed dissatisfaction on the negative approach of the Department towards the problems faced by the Postal Workers. The Dept. has not taken serious efforts to resolve the problems.

 

            The JCA has therefore, decided : -  

 

·            to launch indefinite strike from 24th April 2007 .

·           The strike notice would be issued to the Secretary Department of Posts on 09 th April 2007.

·           Lunch hour demonstration has to be organized all over the country at all work places by the JCA on 09 th April, 2007.

·           Effective campaign and propaganda has to be continued by the JCA at all levels till the commencement of strike.

 

            National JCA has decided an All India Campaign Tour programme. The tour programme of JCA leaders are enclosed herewith. All Circle Unions under the JCA has to organize massive meetings at places where leaders attended the meeting. Federations and CHQ Leaders of affiliated unions of NFPE and FNPO who are not listed for tour programmes are requested to participate in all campaign meetings in their respective Circles.

 

            JCA at all levels are requested to ensure effective and vigorous campaign among the employees for successful conduct of indefinite strike for settlement of our justified demands.

 

            JCA may be formed at all levels if it is not already done.

 

 

With greetings.