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Friday, October 24, 2014

COC Meeting on 29/10/14

To
All Affiliates
COC Karnataka

Comrade,
                  The meeting of the COC Karnataka will be held at ITEF room, Income tax office Bangalore  on 29th October 2014 (Wednesday) at 6.30 pm to discuss the following agenda.

1) Preparations  for study camp including formation of committees.
2) Mass Dharna  program on 18th November 2014.
3) JCM convention at New Delhi on 11th December 2014 on DA merger , IR, Date of effect of 7th CPC.
4) Financial position of COC.

           All members are requested to participate in the COC meeting at ITEF room on  29th October 2014 (Wednesday) at 6.30 pm .

Comradely Yours

(P.S.Prasad)
General Secretary 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

INDIA TRADE UNION WORKSHOP AT BANGALORE

CONFEDERATION ALL INDIA TRADE UNION WORKSHOP AT BANGALORE ON 5TH & 6TH JANUARY 2015.


Two days All India Trade Union Workshop of Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers will be held at Bangalore on 5th & 6th January 2015. COC Karnataka will host the workshop. Total number of delegates will be 200. Affiliated organization-wise delegate quota will be published shortly. Delegate Fee is fixed as Rs. 600 (Rupees Six hundred only) per delegate. Meeting of the COC held at Bangalore was attended by Confederation CHQ leaders Coms: S. K. Vyas, K. K. N. Kutty, M. Krishnan, M. S. Raja, Vrigu Bhattacharjee, Giriraj Singh, R. N. Parashar, P. Suresh, R. Seethalakshmi etc. Detailed circular will follow.


M. Krishnan
Secretary General

NATIONAL CONVENTION ON 11TH DECEMBER 2014.

JCM STAFF SIDE NATIONAL CONVENTION ON 11TH DECEMBER 2014 AT NEW DELHI. WILL DECLARE JOINT PROGRAME OF ACTION ON CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES COMMON DEMANDS.


JCM Staff Side leadership has decided to organize a National Convention of all Central Government Employees (Railway, Defence & Confederation) on 11th December 2014 at New Delhi from 12 PM to 4 PM. Convention will adopt a joint resolution on the common demands of the Central Government Employees viz; Merger of DA, Interim Relief, Inlcusion of GDS under 7th CPC, Scrap New Pension Scheme etc and will declare joint programs of action. Further details regarding number of delegates to be participated from each affiliated Organisation & State C-O-Cs of Confederation will be published shortly.

M. Krishnan
Secretary General
Confederation

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

COC Meeting on 13th October 2014 at RMS


To
All Affiliates
COC Karnataka

Comrade,
                The COC Karnataka meeting will be held on 13th October 2014 at 6.30 pm at City RMS Bangalore to discuss the preparation of study camp to be held at Bangalore  in January  2015 and 7th CPC issues especially on DA merger and IR issues. The Central leaders will be addressing the COC meeting including Com M.Krishnan Secretary General Confederation of   CG Employees and Workers, Com KKN Kutty President  Confederation of   CG Employees and Workers and other Confederation leaders. 

               In this connection all Comrades are requested to attend the COC meeting on 13th October 2014 at 6.30 pm at City RMS Bangalore without fail.

                In the Meeting of the COC Karnataka held at city RMS Office on 3rd September 2014 it was decided to conduct the all India study camp at Bangalore in November 2014, the proposed study camp has been postponed to first week of January  2015. 

  I request all to affiliates to co-operate in smooth conduct of   all India study camp at Bangalore during Jan 2015.              

Comradely yours

(P.S.Prasad)
General Secretary 

 

Minutes of JCM meeting with Secretary (Pension) held on 25.9.2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

CGHS Medicines Issue Revised Orders Issued

7th Central Pay Commission – Interim Report Demand


"Presently, we consider the interim report as essential due to the important reasons given below:
1. The 50% DA merger that was allowed in the 5th Pay Commission is not made available now for Central Government employees after 6th CPC report was implemented.
2. Also the inflation rate is the range of 7 to 11 % in last 8 years is very high.” The actual price rise is more than 200% and DA we got as on 1/1/14 is 100%. we are not fully compensated by DA , what should have been 100% neutralization, now it is just 50% neutralization of price rise. Price rise is happening in every sector not only in food items, the rise is more in housing & service sector.

The terms and references of the 7th Central Pay Commission was approved by the cabinet on 28.02.2014. In the terms and references document, in paragraph (h), it has been said that if needed an interim report can be recommended.


“h) To recommend the date of effect of its recommendations on all the above.

The Commission will make its recommendations within 18 months of the date of its constitution.  It may consider, if necessary, sending interim reports on any of the matters as and when the recommendations are finalised.″

After the 7th Central Pay Commission was set up, it obtained terms and references from various stakeholders using the 1st phase of interactions. Now, through the 2nd phase of interactions, inputs are received through meetings held in various important cities of India.
The expectation of many Central government employees now is: “is there a possibility of the 7th Central Pay Commission interim report being released?” In the 5th Pay Commission, considering the inflation rates, when the DA reached 50%, it was merged with the basic salary. If 50% DA is merged there will be an increase of 20 to 30% in salary will be there by DA Merger alone. which have immediate effect on salary structure. The basic salary increase should be more than 3.5 times considering 100% DA merging into it and current price rise. 

National Council JCM Staff Side has made a demand to 7th PAY Commission for Interim Relief and Merger of DA with Basic Pay on 21/8/2014 on this issue.    CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.

However, in the 6th Pay Commission, nothing about the 50% DA merger has been mentioned. Moreover, comparing the DA increase due to inflation in the 5th Pay Commission, the DA that was given during the 6th Pay Commission taking into account the inflation rate is much higher. I have attached a table below to explain this.

5TH CPC DA
6TH CPC DA
01.01.1996
0%
01.01.2006
0%
01.07.1996
4%
01.07.2006
2%
01.01.1997
8%
01.01.2007
6%
01.07.1997
13%
01.07.2007
9%
01.01.1998
16%
01.01.2008
12%
01.07.1998
22%
01.07.2008
16%
01.01.1999
32%
01.01.2009
22%
01.07.1999
37%
01.07.2009
27%
01.01.2000
38%
01.01.2010
35%
01.07.2000
41%
01.07.2010
45%
01.01.2001
43%
01.01.2011
51%
01.07.2001
45%
01.07.2011
58%
01.01.2002
49%
01.01.2012
65%
01.07.2002
52%
01.07.2012
72%
01.01.2003
55%
01.01.2013
80%
01.07.2003
59%
01.07.2013
90%
01.01.2004
61%
01.01.2014
100%
01.03.2004
DA Merger

NO DA Merger
01.07.2004
14%
01.07.2014
107%
Total %  DA 
75%
Total %  DA 
107%

Presently, we consider the interim report as essential due to the important reasons given below:
1. The 50% DA merger that was allowed in the 5th Pay Commission is not made available now for Central Government employees
2. Also the inflation rate in the 6th Pay Commission is very high.
Due to these factors all the Central Government employees naturally expect if they could get any interim relief through an interim report of the 7th Central Pay Commission w.e.f 1/1/2014. For this we should mobilize and educate our members for more struggles. Which will make Government & 7th CPC  to rethink  and grant us DA merger and interim relief  from 1/1/2014.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bakrid Holiday on 6th October 2014

The State government has issued a notification rescheduling the holiday for Eid-ul-Adha festival to Monday, October 6.
Earlier, the holiday had been scheduled on Sunday. However, following the suggestion by the Central Moon Committee, the government has rescheduled the holiday for Monday as the festival is being celebrated on that day

DA and CPI -August 2014

 All India Consumer Price Index Number (AICPIN) increased by one point in Aug 2014 now stands at 253 points. DA as on  September 2014 is 109.63%, expected DA as on Jan 2015 is between 113% to 114%.  



Thursday, September 25, 2014

No holiday on October 2nd Govt Officers to take cleanliness pledge.

All central government officers have been asked to be present in their offices on October 2nd 2014 to take cleanliness pledge as part of the government's 'Clean India' campaign.

CLICK HERE 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

REMEMBRANCE OF A STRIKE


By Com. V.V. Jacob Ex-Secretary, Class III Service Association,
Survey of India, Bangalore.
Sep 17, 2008
In the history of workers in struggle in India the nationwide strike of Central Govt. Employees on 19th. September, 1968 has a prominent place.  As we observe 40th. Anniversary of that historic struggle, we pay our respectful homage to the martyrs who laid down their life in the struggle. The main demand of employees was “Need Based Minimum Wage” as recommended by 15th. Indian Labour Conference. When the Govt. refused to settle the demands through discussion and negotiation, the employees organisations under the auspicious of “Joint Action Council” decided to go on one day token strike on 19th. Sept.1968.  Accordingly a strike notice was served on Government.

The response of government was unprecedented.  An ordinance namely “Essential Service Maintenance Ordinance” (ESMO) was issued.  The strike was banned under the ordinance.  The ordinance contained many draconian provisions that could be evoked against the strikers or the so called instigators.  As the day of strike approached, many leaders at different parts of the country were arrested and put behind bars. Many leaders had to remain underground to lead the strike.  Demonstrations and rallies of employees in various places were dispersed by lathi charge and police firing.  In places like Pathankot in Punjab scores of Railway workers fell victims to police bullets.  Government unleashed misleading propaganda against the strike.  Attempted to engineer rift in major organisations like NFPTE.  Rival leaders were propped up. 

In spite of such brutal suppression, misleading propaganda and attempt to divide, the employees at large struck work on 19th.  Wherever the leaders wavered the strike was not successful.  The lesson to be learnt was that an unwavering and committed leadership can galvanise into action the rank and file in most adverse situation.

Massive victimisation followed.  More than 50,000 employees were dismissed or terminated.  All those arrested were suspended and prosecution continued.  Break in service (later converted to dies-non) and wage cut imposed on all strikers.  It took a few years sustained agitations and legal battles to get most of these victimised employees re-instated.  The dies-non remained.

At Bangalore the preparations for strike was well done under the dynamic leadership of Com. P. R. Chabaque who was the convenor of the Joint Action Committee here. Intensive campaigning was done through pamphlets and office centric meetings. A massive rally was held in Railway Institute ground behind City Railway station.

Some arrests under ESMO were made at Bangalore. Four of us in Survey of India were arrested and prosecuted. I was arrested on the 17th evening while coming out of office at Richmond road after office hours. Though surprised I was not shaken. I was a temporary employee then, having three years of service and an ordinary member of the Class III Service Association. On 17th, around noon our officer-in-charge called a staff meeting and exhorted the staff not to participate in the strike and threatened of severe consequences if any one does. Com. P. R. Chabaque, who was the Secretary of the Class III Service Association, spoke in justification of the strike and I supported him. This infuriated the O.C. And he abruptly ended the meeting. This may be the reason for my arrest. Police waited for Com. P.R.C. also, but he left the office in disguise and evaded the arrest till 20th. I was taken to Shoolay police station and kept there till the next day. Meanwhile the house I was staying at Sampangiramnagar was raided and searched. Com. K.P. Nair, President of our Association was arrested early morning on 18th from his house near Commercial street. Both of us were produced before the court in Mayo Hall and remanded and taken to Bangalore Central Jail. Com. A.K.P. Pillai was arrested on the 19th morning when moving on the road near the office. Com. Chabaque was arrested on 20th and took out bail immediately. We were in jail till 21st. We had a few comrades from Railway as inmates. Com. Jayaram, Kopeswar Rao and Namboothri are few names I could recollect. Though for few days in jail it was an experience in life.

We were bailed out on the 21st. The prosecution continued and charge-sheet under ESMO was filed against us. Renowned advocate K.S. Subbarao argued our case. We were suspended from service immediately after arrest. The case continued for more than 18 months. In the end we were all acquitted of charges and our suspensions revoked. Our colleagues supported us financially and morally during our suspension. Similar suspensions and persecutions took place in Railways, RMS etc.. I recollect a few names of leaders who were leading the movements then. Coms. Raghothaman, CV Ananda, N Bhaskaran, Muthu Subramanian (RMS), MM Farooqui (Telegraph), BN Prakash (Postal), Sastri, MS Nagaraj (AGS).There were others whose names I am not able to recollect. Strike in Bangalore was moderately successful. Some offices like RMS and Survey of India had near total strike.

Though the Central Govt. employees could not get the demand of need-based minimum wage conceded, the strike made an impact on future developments on their wage structure and service condtions. The III Pay Commission appointed after this strike had to seriously discuss this demand in their report. No struggle goes in vain. The long term impact of a struggle for a genuine cause should be understood properly. The benefits of past struggles often accrues to the present/future generation.

Let us salute the martyrs of past struggles.
Let us remember with gratitude all those who suffered immensely in the past struggles.
Let us carry forward the proud legacy left behind them.

Long live workers unity.