MAGNIFICENT RESPONSE TO THE STRIKE CALL OF CONFEDERATION
- Circular From Confederation
- Report from State Committees & Affiliates
- Press Statement
- Statement of Com.Basudeb Acharya M.P in Lok Sabha on 12.12.12
- Notice for Confederation National Secretariat.
The one day strike on 12.12.12 in pursuance of the 15 point charter of demands elicited magnificent response from the Central Government employees. As per the reports received at the Confederation Headquarters from the State Committees and Affiliates, near about 70% of the CGEs whom the Confederation represents is reported to have participated in the strike action
On behalf of the Secretariat, we convey our sincere gratitude and thanks to all our State/District/Branch level leaders and through them to all the members who participated in the strike. We reproduce the Press statement issued by us on 12th which is reflective of the extent of participation state-wise and organisation-wise. During the three months long campaign and mobilisation programmes undertaken by our leaders, we could convincingly bring to the understanding of the rank and file of our membership the pernicious impact of the neo-liberal economic policies pursued by the Government since 1991. The employees could realise more than ever before the need for united, organised and sustained struggles and responded admirably to the call.
We were no doubt apprehensive of our decision to organise a day's strike sans the major section of the CGEs i.e. Railways and Defence Federations. We were also aware of the erosion of the efficacy of the Confederation came about in the background of prolonged confabulations and negotiations in the JCM sans struggles. It, therefore, goes to the credit of the leaders of the affiliates and members of the State Committees that we could successfully overcome our weakness and bring about vibrancy and cohesiveness and enthuse our members for a decisive action. The crowning success in our endeavour which was considered by many as adventurously risky in the beginning will embolden us to go ahead and chalk out much more intensive struggles in the days to come.
The issues which we have projected through this highly successful strike action are of paramount importance and require to be settled without delay. We firmly believe that in the action programmes that will unfold in the coming months, those who did not have the courage to walk along with us on 12th December, 2012 will join and this Government will be compelled to reverse its policies or perish. We will ensure through sustained struggles and with unwavering determination that the PFRDA bill is withdrawn, the outsourcing, privatisation, contractorisation is ended; there are no informal, daily rated workers, the Grameen Dak Sewaks enjoy the status, privileges , perks and salary of a regular employee; discrimination on various matters like the compassionate appointment, overtime allowance, Bonus entitlement etc., is removed; that the Government employees enjoy the trade union rights, i.e. right to collective bargaining and strike,; that posts are created as per the work requirement; a decent career advancement scheme is evolved to all employees and above all revision of wages is effected through the setting up of the 7th CPC together with the merger of 50% DA with Basic Pay for all purposes.
We know there are innumerable problems, hurdles and difficulties. We also know that nothing is insurmountable. Let us with determination go ahead and intensify our campaign to make the next struggle, the two days strike on 20th and 21st February a grand success.
We must record our appreciation over the efforts of the State Committees in organising Press media meet and conferences, which immensely helped in getting widest possible coverage for the strike. We thank those comrades who could persuade the honourable Members of Parliament to take up our problems with the Government. Our communication to the Political Parties, Central Trade Unions, Federations and Associations has helped in bringing our demands and problems within the knowledge of the cross section of our countrymen. We shall intensify our efforts in this regard. The strike action was covered extensively and widely by the Regional Electronic and Print Media and as usual was spurned by the National Media owned by the rich corporate houses.
We express our gratitude to Com. Basudeb Acharya, Member of Parliament, Leader of the CPI(M) in Lok Sabha and a very senior leader of the CITU for raising our demands in the Parliament on 12th December, 2012. His submissions as it appeared in the Lok Sabha records are reproduced.
` The National Secretariat of the Confederation will meet on 2nd January, 2013 at New Delhi. Notice is issued separately and copy is enclosed. We shall review the strike participation at the meeting with a view to remove the weakness manifested in certain areas during this struggle. To help us to evolve the appropriate strategy to make the future struggles significantly of a higher dimension we request you to kindly favour us with a report in the following format.
For State Committees:
1. Name of the State.
2. Names of associations/Federations, which participated in the strike with percentage of participation.
3. Name of the Associations/Federations, which did not take part in the strike.
4. Names of those organisations which participated in the strike whose CHQ had not taken part in the action.
5. Name of the Stations visited by the State leaders as part of the campaign.
1. Name of the Federation/All India association.
4. Names of the Units which did not take part in the strike.
5. Specific reasons advanced by the Units for non participation.
6. Names of the Units visited by the Leaders.
Dated: 12th December, 2012
Nearly Ten lakhs Central Government employees took part in the one day token strike today, the 12th December, 2012 on the call of the Confederation of Central Government employees and workers, paralyzing the governmental functions in various departments throughout the country. The strike was to protest against the continued efforts of the Government to enact the PFRDA Bill, whereby the existing defined benefit pension of Government employees is sought to be converted into a defined contributory pension scheme. Every reason, the Government advanced at the time of the introduction of the new scheme is found to be incorrect and misleading by the Experts Committee set up by the Government itself.
Besides, the employees had been demanding wage revision by setting up the 7th Central Pay Commission, filling up large number of vacant posts, regularization of the service of Grameen Dak Sewaks/Casual/daily-rated workers, revival of the negotiating machinery i.e. JCM, removal of restrictions on compassionate appointments, introduction of Public Distribution system to arrest the ever increasing prices of essential commodities, stoppage of outsourcing, contractorisation, privatization etc.
As per the report received the strike was total in Assam, Tripura, West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Kerala, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand and beyond 80% in Maharashtra, Karnataka, U.P. Bihar, and about 60% in other States. The Postal, Income tax, Groundwater Board departments came to a grinding halt in all States, as the offices could not be opened at all. In Income tax Department, the promotee officers also joined the strike paving way of a complete closure. Many establishments of Atomic Energy, Printing and Stationery, Defence accounts, Medical Depots, Audit and Accounts Departments, Civil Accounts, CGHS, Indian Bureau of Mines, Directorate of Marketing Inspection, Geological Survey of India, Archaeological and Botanical Survey of India etc. remained closed.
The organizers of the Strike have asserted that they will make the general strike of workers slated for 20th and 21st February, 2013 a grand success by enlisting participation of all sections of the Central Government employees.
The Confederation will strive to organize an indefinite strike in pursuance of the 15 point charter of demands in 2013 if no settlement is brought about by the Government by then.
Their demand is the constitution of Seventh Pay Commission....(Interruptions) It is due from Ist January, 2011 but the Government of India has not yet constituted the Seventh Pay Commission to consider the revision of Pay and allowances to the Central Government employees. They are agitating....(Interruptions) After acceptance of the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations, there are several anomalies in their pay scales. A Committee was constituted but that committee has failed to address the problem of anomalies in regard to their pay scales.........(interruptions)
Mr. Chairman. Hon. Members, Please go back to your seats. Other Hon. Members are raising their issues. ...(.Interruptions.)
Mr.Chairman: Hon. Members, I will call your leader. Please take your seats...........(Interruptions)
SHRI BASUDEB ACHARIA (BANKURA). Sir, there is a joint consultative machinery to address the problem of Central Government employees but this JCM has become non functional...........(Interruptions) Their meetings are not being held. As a result of that, the problems of Central Government employees are not being resolved. .............(Interruptions)
Mr. Chairman. Shri P.K. Biju is associating with the matter raised by Shri Basu Deb Acharia.
Notice is hereby given for a meeting of the National Secretariat on 2nd January, 2013 at Manishinath Bhawan, New Delhi. 110027. The meeting will commence at 14.30 hours. The following shall be the agenda for discussion.
1. Review of the participation in the 12th December, 2012 strike and steps to be taken to enlist the participation of certain organisation in the future struggles.
3. Finalisation of the venue for the national conference of the Confederation.
4. Any other matter with the permission of the chair.
All the Secretariat members.