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The Income Tax office wears a deserted look due to the strike called by the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers on Wednesday.
Work at central government offices here was affected on Wednesday as employees started their two-day all-India strike demanding inclusion of the employees’ confederation in the recently set up 7th central pay commission.
Employees in nearly 40 central government departments, including postal, rail mail service, income tax, central excise, audit and accounts, Survey of India and census, stayed away from work as per the strike call given by the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers (CCGEW).
While most central government offices in the city were affected, the impact was more in the districts, said P.S. Prasad, general secretary of CCGEW, Karnataka State unit. “The strike had maximum impact in the rest of the State, especially in the coastal districts,” he added.
Work in the Postal Department seems to have been worst hit. A large number of post offices across the State were closed. “Postal delivery, money orders and postal accounts have been affected. Normal services will be restored only on Friday,” Mr. Prasad said.
In all, about 15,000 employees and workers in the State, including about 6,000 in Bangalore, took part in the strike, which will continue on Thursday.
The confederation has placed a 15-point charter of demands before the government. In this, it has urged the government to accept the terms of reference submitted by the staff for the 7th pay commission, ensuring revision of wages of the employees every five years, compassionate appointment, filling up of all vacant post, and stopping downsizing, outsourcing and privatisation of government work.
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STAR OF MYSORE
Caption: The postal employees are seen staging a dharna in front of the Head Post Office in city this morning. [Pic. by Pragathi Gopalakrishna]
Mysore, Feb. 12- Even as the two-day nationwide Bank stir seeking fulfilment of various demands of Bank employees, which had badly affected banking services across the country, ended yesterday, the Postal employees launched a two-day stir in city this morning as part of a nationwide strike called by the Postal Unions pressing for meeting their several demands.
The postal employees representing the 5 Postal Unions — Postal Joint Council of Action (PJCA), National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE), Federation of National Postal Organisation (FNPO), All India Postal Employees Union (AIPEU) and National Union of Postal Employees (NUPE) — who gathered at the Head Post Office in Nehru Circle here this morning, raised slogans demanding fulfilment of their 11-point charter of demands.
Their demands include: Bringing rural postal employees under the ambit of the 7th Pay Commission; Implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations with retrospective effect from Jan. 1, 2014; Termination of the new pension policy; Revision of wages of temporary/ part-time employees; Dropping of discriminative recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission; Five promotions to all employees and treating rural employees on par with other Central Govt. employees.
Postal services across the city was badly hit on account of the strike. The protestors were led by C.R. Deenabandhu, Secretary-PJCA and President, NUPE-P3, Mylarappa, President-PJCA, Shivashankar Rao, President, AIPEU-P3, H.S. Nagaraj, Secretary, AIPEU-P3, Venkatesh, Secretary, NUPE-P3, Subramanya, President, AIPEU-P4, R. Mahdev, Secretary, NUPE-P4, Sundaraiah, Secretary, AIPEU-P4, Krishnaswamy, President, NUPE-P4 and others.
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NewsKarnataka - Bangalore:
Bangalore: The Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers - Karnataka State, has announced a 48-hour nationwide strike to be held on February 12 and 13.
According to a press release, the employees of Postal, Audit, Accounts, Income Tax, Ground Water Board, Survey of India, Central Excise, Geological Survey of India, among 40 Central Government departments will be participating in the protest.
The General Secretary of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers Karnataka State S Prasad has stated that the employees are demanding the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations with effect from January 1, 2014.
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