The Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers had in its Extended Meeting held on 10/1/2014 at New Delhi had unanimously decided to organize two days strike from zero hours on 12/2/2014 to zero hours on 14/2/2014. The FNPO has also extended its support for strike action and also will participate in the strike programs demanding immediate constitution of the 7th CPC by the Central Government and accepting 15 charter of demands of the Confederation of Central Government Employees which also includes implementation of the terms of reference agreed by the Staff Side of the JCM. The main demands are date of effect of the 7th CPC from 1/1/2014, DA merger, filling up vacant posts, rectification of pay anomalies, inclusion of GDS Employees in 7th CPC etc.
The basic thing is the price rise which has affected us very badly, the inflation is around 11%, the prices of all commodities have increased by over 250% the DA we have got is just 100%(As on January 2014), the difference between actual price rise and actual DA is over 150%. In order to bridge this gap the DA merger and the 7th CPC are very much vital and also Non filling up of vacant post is a important demand.
The Central Government Employees were forced to go on strike action on 12/12/12 and Feb 20th & 21st of 2013 for immediate constitution of the 7th CPC by the Central Government and accepting 15 charter of demands of the Confederation of Central Government Employees, which also includes the main demands are date of effect of the 7th CPC from 1/1/2011, DA merger, filling up vacant posts, rectification of pay anomalies etc. The two strikes were very successful as more than 90% of the Central Government Employees who were affiliated to the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers participated in the strike action.
The Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers were preparing for more strike action by announcing the strike ballot in October 2013 and also Railway unions both AIRF and NFIR had also declared strike ballot. Which was conducted in December 2013, in which 96% of the Railway Employees have voted for conducting of strike.
The Government sensed these mood of the Central Government Employees & Workers and agreed to appoint the 7th CPC on 25th September 2013 by making an announcement in public ahead of elections, “Prime Minister approved the constitution of the 7th Pay Commission. Its recommendations are likely to be implemented with effect from January 1, 2016″, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said in a statement. Which will go into the salaries, allowances and pensions of about 80 lakh of its employees and pensioners. Apart from Central Government Employees many State Governments and undertakings are following the Central Government pay structure. Hence more than 150 lakhs of Employees are benefited from the 7th CPC.
After one month after its announcement a meeting was held on 24.10.2013 at 3.00 PM in Committee Room No 190, North Block under the chairmanship of Dr S.K.Sarkar, Secretary DOP&T to discuss the possible Terms of Reference (TOR) for the 7th Central Pay Commission, which is going to be set up by the Government, with the representatives of the Staff Side of JCM. The Staff Side of the JCM presented its terms of reference which includes date of effect of the 7th CPC from 1/1/2014, DA merger, rectification of pay anomalies, better health scheme etc.
Since then two and half months have passed the Central Government has not constituted the 7th CPC nor communicated to the Staff Side of the JCM regarding the constitution of the 7th CPC nor agreed to the demands of the Staff Side of the JCM and accepting 15 charter of demands of the Confederation of Central Government Employees. The Government is very much silent on these issues.
Central Government Employees had hopes after declaration of assembly results on 6th December 2013 the Central Government will announce the constitution and approval in cabinet meeting and issue of notification etc. Since past one month or so after the elections there is no move on the Central Government to appoint 7th CPC and issue necessary notifications .
The Confederation of Central Government Employees cannot be silent on the common issues of Central Government Employees. The Parliament session will commence from 6th February 2014 till 16th February 2014 to pass vote on account. The Parliament elections is likely to be held in April and May 2014, that means the model code of conduct will apply from March 2014. Hence what so ever action is to be taken it should be before 20th of February 2014.
If the Central Government doesn’t accept the demands of the staff side by 10th February 2014 or the Central Government only constitutes the 7th CPC without accepting the demands of Central Government Employees then also Central Government Employees should participate in the proposed 48 hours strike on 12th February 2014 and 13th February 2014 and this is the right time for Central Government Employees to go on strike that too when the Parliament is in session. This action will force the Central Government do accept the justified demands of the Central Government Employees. Which includes main demands are date of effect of the 7th CPC from 1/1/2014, DA merger, filling up vacant posts, rectification of pay anomalies etc. The above issues are very important to the Central Government Employees.
If the Central Government Employees do not call for industrial action then the whole demand of the 7th CPC and DA Merger issues will have to be settled by next new Government that means for next 9 months time the whole thing will be in cold storage.
Hence Comrades it is right time for us to unite and make the proposed 48 hours strike on 12th February 2014 and 13th February 2014 a grand success. Which will force the Central Government to accept our demands on the eve of central elections. Let us mobilize the rank and file for the strike action to get our justified demands it is now or never should be our slogan.