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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Indefinite Postal Strike from 05th July-2011

POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES

FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANISATIONS

ALL INDIA POSTAL EXTRA DEPARTMENTAL EMPLOYEES UNION

NATIONAL UNION OF GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS

NEW DELHI – 110001

No. JCA/Postal/2011                                  Dated : 28.06.2011

To,

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Sir,

Sub:   Indefinite Postal Strike from 05th July-2011.

            The Postal Services in India is the biggest in the world, with a tradition of serving the people of this country for the last 150 years. There are about 1,55,000 Post Offices , 392 Railway Mail Service Sorting Offices. Collection, Processing, Conveyance and delivery of Postal articles including Speed Post , Registered Post, Parcels, Periodicals, Ordinary letters etc. is the main function of the Postal Department. In addition to this the INDIA POST is running the largest Bank called Post offices Savings Bank and also Postal Life Insurance including Rural Postal Life Insurance, as the agency functions of the Finance Ministry, Govt. of India. There are about 5,50,000 employees working in the Postal Department out of which 3,00000 are Gramin Dak Sevaks mostly in the rural Post Offices.

            The Postal Joint Council of Action comprising National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE) , Federation of National Postal Organizations (FNPO), All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union (AIPEDEU) and National Union of Gramin Dak Sevaks(NUGDS)' representing 95% of the employees, has decided to go on Indefinite All India Strike from 5th July 2011. The Bhartiya Postal Employees Federation (BPEF) affiliated to BMS has also given separate notice for indefinite strike from 6th July, 2011. The memorandum regarding the decision for indefinite strike was given to the Secretary, Department of Posts, on 20th February 2011 it self and the formal Strike Notice was served on 14.06.2011.Three rounds of discussions with Secretary, Department of Posts, took place on 06.06.2011, 07.06.2011 and 27.06.2011, but failed due to the adamant position taken by the Postal authorities.

            The Postal Board has appointed the Chicago-based multi-national Consultancy called Mckinsey for optimizing the mail network of INDIA POST. The Department has now started implementing the Mail Network Optimization Project (MNOP) recommended by the Mckinsey. As a first step speed Post hubs are introduced. As per this scheme the existing 315 National Speed Post Centres (NSPC) has been reduced to 89 speed post hubs. Speed post articles booked for delivery in the same district or nearby districts are unnecessarily

dispatched to hubs situated hundred of miles away for processing. From there articles are again back-routed to the delivery post offices. This has resulted in heavy delay in transmission and delivery of speed post articles. Articles which are delivered on the next day earlier are now delayed for 2 to 5 days. Time bound and speedy delivery could not be ensured and this has resulted in erosion of the customer faith in the Postal services which in turn has resulted downfall in the number of speed post articles booked and also in the revenue realized through speed post.

            In-spite of the failure of the Speed Post hub experiment, the department is not ready to revert back to the old system. Instead the Postal Board now proposes to introduce hub system for first class mails including registered articles and also for delivery. The existing 366 mail sorting offices are to be closed and 89 first class mail hubs are to be introduced, just like speed post articles first class mails including registered articles of 5 or 6 revenue districts are to be pooled in hubs situated hundreds of miles away and from there they are processed and back-routed for delivery. Similarly the delivery of letters in urban areas at present done from town sub post offices are to be withdrawn and it will be concentrated in delivery hubs. The department also issued instruction to all Chief Postmaster Generals for closure and merger of 9797 urban post offices in the name of optimization. The introduction of first class mail hubs, delivery hubs and closure of offices will further aggravate the delay in transmission and delivery of postal articles and curtailment of postal facilities to the public. Naturally public will loose their faith in the postal services and will be compelled to depend upon courier services.

            The JCA has demanded the Postal Board to roll back the speed post hubs and also to reject the proposal to introduce first class mail hubs and delivery hubs and stop closure of offices. But the Postal Board has taken an adamant stand and is unilaterally going ahead with the implementation of Mckinsey recommendations.

            The JCA has also demanded the Postal Board to concede the legitimate sectional demands of the Gramin Dak Sevaks, Casual Labourers and other cadres of the Postal department such as Postal Assistants, Sorting Assistants, Postmen, Mail guard, Multi-tasking Staff, System Administrators, PO & RMS Accountants, Postal Accounts Employees, Administrative Staff, SBCO Staff, MMS and Civil Wing employees. The 25 point Charter of demands submitted to the Secretary, Department of Posts, is enclosed herewith

            As employees of all the Federations and Unions irrespective of their union affiliations are participating in the strike, the entire postal services will be paralyzed from 5th July, 2011.

            We earnestly solicit your support for the justified demands of the Postal employees and intervention at Government level for settlement of the demands raised in the Charter of Demands.

Yours Sincerely

 

M. Krishnan

Secretary General, NFPE

D. Theagarajan

Secretary General, FNPO

S. S. Mahadevaiah

General Secretary

AIPEDEU

P.U.Muralidharan

General Secretary

GDS – NUPE

 
 
 
 
 
JULY 5,2011 INDEFINATE STRIKE NOTICE

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S.S.Mahadevaiah
General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union

INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 05 JULY-2011 UNITE, ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE & MAKE GRAND SUCCESS

INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 05.07.2011
 
PLEASE CLICK BELOW LINK FOR NOTICE COPY
 

 

The decision of Indefinite STRIKE w.e.f 05th July, 2011 came in the wake of workers, particularly postal are facing series of attacks from various corners.  It is the need of the hour to organize STRIKE which is the LAST RESORT TO REALISE OUR JUSTIFIED DEMANDS.  GDS are denied their due benefits all through and their continued patience should not be mistaken.  It is time to ORGANISE, ORGANISE AND ORGANISE FOR TOTAL SUCCESS OF THE STRIKE PROGRAMME.

 

DEMANDS FOR SETTLEMENT:

Retirement benefits like ex-gratia and severance amount which were enhanced as recommended by the GDS Committee should be paid w.e.f. 1.1.2006 since all retirement benefits to regular employees on the recommendations of 6th CPC were implemented not from a prospective date but from 1.1.2006. Comprehensive schemes for departmentalisation of GDS by allocating proper work norms for PLI/RPLI, NREGS, Pension MOs and Bill Payments etc to enhance the work hours of GDS for facilitating departmentalisation should be worked out. Now with the large scale of expansion of PLI/RPLI as well as NREGS work coming up in a big way, there shall be change of approach towards GDS System to comprehensively departmentalise them. Grant of Pension, Grant of all benefits, Grant of Trade Union facilities, Grant of Welfare measurers etc to GDS shall be considered. Grant status as Central Civil Servant to GDS employees for all purposes            including service matters, pay scale, increment, allowances, pension, promotion           and other terminal benefits, leave, bonus and trade union facilities. Scrap new         recruitment rules for appointment as postmen which curtails promotional avenues     – restore previous rules and withdraw tighten norms assessing BPM's work. Drop    reduction of allowances in case of reduction of workload.

 



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S.S.Mahadevaiah
General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union

Monday, June 27, 2011

Today JCA Meeting with DoP Talks were failed

INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 5.7.2011

The decision of Indefinite STRIKE w.e.f 5th July 2011 came in the wake of workers, particularly postal are facing series of attacks from various corners. It is the need of the hour to organize STRIKE which is the LAST RESORT TO REALISE OUR JUSTIFIED DEMANDS. GDS are denied their due benefits all through and their continued patience should not be mistaken. It is time to ORGANISE, ORGANISE AND ORGANISE FOR TOTAL SUCCESS OF THE STRIKE PROGRAMME.



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S.S.Mahadevaiah
General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union

Saturday, June 18, 2011

CENTRAL WORKING COMMITTEE MEETING RESOLVE

CENTRAL WORKING COMMITTEE  MEETING RESOLVE

The CWC meeting held at Nakeerar Hall, egmore Chennai today the 18th June,2011 resolved unanimously to endorse the INDEFINTE STRIKE scheduled to be commenced from 5th July,2011.  Further the committee urges the General Secretary AIPEDEU and the JCA not to withdraw STRIKE till achievement of 2nd major  demands of GDS employees such as Grant of status, Bonus ceiling at par with other postal employees, terminal benefits w.e.f 1.01.2006 , Removal of tightened norms for grant of TRCA to BPM, promotions and other benefits etc. 



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S.S.Mahadevaiah
General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union

Saturday, June 11, 2011

CLARIFICATION ON SDB SCEHME FOR GDS


SDB SCEHME FOR GDS CLARIFICATION ON TRAINING AND IMPLEMENTATION
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S.S.Mahadevaiah
General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Give higher returns on PPF, post office savings: Panel

Give higher returns on PPF, post office savings: Panel

NEW DELHI: There is some good news for millions of investors who depend on small savings instruments such as post office savings and public provident fund scheme.

A committee set up by the finance ministry has recommended that the annual PPF limit be enhanced from the present level of Rs 70,000 to Rs 1 lakh besides changing the interest rate structure. Unlike the present system where rates have not changed during the UPA regime, the panel headed by RBI deputy governor Shyamala Gopinath has suggested the return on all small saving schemes, other than post office savings account, be linked to the rate paid on government securities.

So, in a rising interest rate environment like at present, investors would benefit and would not merely have to pay higher EMIs.

The committee, which submitted its report to finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, has recommended that the rate of interest be at least 25 basis points higher than the g-sec yield. For senior citizens the spread should be at least 100 basis points higher. If the proposal is accepted, based on the present interest rate, PPF accounts would be close to 8.5%, instead of 8%. In case of senior citizens, the returns would be 9.25%. In both cases, it would be tax free.

For post office savings accounts, the interest rate is proposed to be enhanced from 3.5% to 4% to bring it in line with the returns on savings bank accounts with banks.

The panel has recommended that these rates may be notified by the government at the start of the financial year based on the average yields on government securities in the previous calendar year.

Along with higher returns, the committee has also recommended the abolition of commission payment to agents on PPF and Senior Citizens' Savings Scheme. The standardized agency commission is proposed to be halved to 0.5% as part of a plan to reduce the overall cost of the small savings fund run by the government.

There is, however, bad news for those investing in Kisan Vikas Patras, as the instrument is proposed to be discontinued.

For those parking funds in National Savings Certificates there is good news as well as bad news. First the bad news, the tenure of the standard product is proposed to be cut from six years to five. The good news is there will be a new product with 10 year maturity with interest rate which is 50 basis points higher than g-sec with a similar maturity. So, the interest rate on offer would be 8.3% based on the 10-year benchmark government bond.

In addition, the committee has also suggested that states be burdened with only half the funds they raise under small savings schemes instead of 80% at present.

While there have been several committees that have looked at restructuring the small savings schemes, the recommendations were rejected as they would have upset popular sentiment. But unlike the previous reports, the present one actually recommends a market-linked interest rate regime, which would be more palatable for the investors as well as the government.

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S.S.Mahadevaiah
General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union

JCA CIRCULAR

POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES

FEDRATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANISATIONS

ALL INDIA POSTAL EXTRA DEPARTMENTAL EMPLOYEES UNION

NATIONAL UNION OF GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS

NEW DELHI

 

No. JCA/2011                                                                                                                        Dated – 07.06.2011

 

DISCUSSION WITH POSTAL BOARD ON

CHARTER OF DEMANDS FAILED

CENTRAL JCA DECIDES TO GO AHEAD WITH THE STRIKE PREPARATIONS.

STRIKE NOTICE WILL BE SERVED ON 14.06.2011

INTENSIFY THE CAMPAIGN AND MAKE

INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 5TH JULY COMPLETE SUCCESS

 

Dear Friends and Comrades,

 

The Secretary, Department of Posts, along with the other Members of the Postal Services Board and Senior officers held discussion with the Central JCA Leaders on the Charter of demands on 06.06.2011 and 07.06.2011 at Dak Bhawan. On 6th some of the items in the charter was discussed. 7th discussion was mainly confined to the issues relating to the mails. The Postal Board took a stand that the reorganization initiated in the mails sector such as speed post hubs, first class mails hubs, delivery hubs etc are to be continued and they sought the full cooperation of the staff side. The staff side made it clear that we strongly oppose the implementation of speed Post hubs, first class mails hubs, delivery hubs etc which are being implemented as per Mckinsey recommendations. We made it clear that public mail is being badly delayed and the confidence of the public is eroding day by day due the unscientific restructuring of mails sector. The Postal Board went on repeating its arguments justifying the hub experiment. No consensus could be arrived AND HENCE THE TALKS FAILED.

 

The Central JCA leaders met after the discussion and took the following decisions.

 

1.      No compromise can be made on issues affecting the very existence of the Postal Department. No closure of any office or introduction of Mckinsey recommendations in the mails sector such as hub system can be allowed as it will completely ruin the Postal department and will facilitate for the growth of private courier services.

2.      Other demands of the charter of demands should also be settled to the satisfaction of the staff side.

3.      The strike preparations should be intensified in all circles and divisions.

4.      Strike notice will be served on 14.06.2011.

5.      All India Joint Convention of JCA on 19.06.2011 at Chennai should be made a grand success. All Circle secretaries of NFPE, FNPO and GDS Union and also All India office Bearers should attend the All India Convention without fail. The venue of the convention is Sree Padmam Kalyana Mandapam, No. 6/2, Radhakrishnan Street, T. Nagar, Chennai – 600017, Near Pondy Bazar Bus stop, T. Nagar HPO.

6.      The Central JCA will meet again at Chennai on 19.06.2011

 

 

with struggle greetings,

 

Yours fraternally,

 

 

M. Krishnan                                                                                                                      D. Theagarajan

Secretary General, NFPE                                                                                  Secretary General, FNPO

 



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S.S.Mahadevaiah
General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

ADMISSIBILITY OF EX-GRATIA GRATUITY TO GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS ON DISCHAGE CLARIFICATION REGARDING

ADMISSIBILITY OF EX-GRATIA GRATUITY TO GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS ON DISCHAGE CLARIFICATION REGARDING
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S.S.Mahadevaiah
General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union