National Joint Council of Action
4, State Entry Road, New Delhi – 110055
No.NJC/2016/7th CPC June 4, 2016
All Constituents of NJCA
We hope you must have gone through our communication dated 26.5.2016 detailing the brief discussions, we had with the Cabinet Secretary. We had, as you are aware, done everything possible at our end to bring about a negotiated settlement on the charter of demands, we submitted to the Government immediately after the submission of the report by the 7th Central Pay Commission. i.e. on 19th November, 2015. On 19th May, 2016, we have crossed the six months period since the Commission submitted the report to the Government. You are aware that the Commission had concluded their deliberations and prepared their report in Feb. 2015 itself but was delayed by the unwarranted intervention of the present Government. Even on the first occasion when we met the authorities after the submission of the report by the 7th CPC we had conveyed the anguish and anxiety of the employees over the delay especially in the background of the denial of the interim relief and merger of DA. We had pointed out that unlike in the post the employees had not been granted any financial help in the form of interim relief or DA merger even in the face of the unprecedented erosion of the real value of wage due to the high level of inflation in the economy. We had then requested the Government the need to take an expeditious decision over the recommendations of the 7th CPC, at-least on the core issues pertaining to wage revision.
In the absence of any formal meetings or fruitful negotiations which had been the practice at all earlier occasions, the rumour mongers who represent none, had a field day. The NJCA had been in constant touch with the authorities. You will recall that at the request of the Cabinet Secretary, when we met him on Ist March, 2016, we deferred our decision to go on strike in April, 2016. The empowered Committee set up by the government could have met the JCA leaders during the months of April and May and could have discussed the various pros and cons so that by the end of May, certain views could have emerged on all matters.
It was in this background that the National JCA met on 3rd at the Staff Side office. The meeting considered the piquant situation that has emerged due to the wanton inaction on the part of the Government, despite the NJCA agreeing to defer the strike action. The meeting, therefore, came to the inescapable and inevitable conclusion unanimously that in the face of the nugatory attitude of the Government, we must adhere to our earlier decision to tread the path of struggle and serve the strike notice on 9th June, 2016 to commence the indefinite strike action on 11th July, 2016. The meeting also decided to exhort the constituent organizations to mobilize their members without losing any time as the time available for preparation being very short i.e. hardly a month. I am also to convey to all of you the following decision taken at the meeting and appeal to you to create a vibrant situation throughout the country to convey the impression to all concerned that we stand united with determination.
1. Every Association/Federation/Union and all its units will serve the strike notice on 9.6.2016 by holding massive demonstration at all work places. The strike notice shall have the 11 point charter of demands (copy enclosed) and the respective organizations can include their department-specific demands as Part B of the charter of demands.
2. The Constituents will plan and execute a massive mobilization campaign to cover each and every employee/worker in which all the National and State leaders must take part.
3. The Unions/Federation/Associations will suspend immediately all ongoing negotiations with their departmental heads/authorities and concentrate on the mobilization campaign.
4. On 24th June, 2016, a massive united demonstration under the auspices of the NJCA will be held before the Parliament. The constituent organizations will decide upon the quota for each State Unit and communicate the same so that the state units can take necessary steps to ensure that their members reach Delhi on 24th.
5. The NJCA (CHQ) will write to the leaders of all the Political parties as also the Central Trade Unions seeks their support and solidarity as also explaining as to why the NJCA had to take the extreme step of organizing the strike action.
6. All the Constituent organizations and the State Units shall write such letters to the members of Parliament of their respective States and shall make efforts to meet them in person to seek their support.
7. All the State Units of the Constituent organizations either jointly or independently organize Press Conferences to cover the Print and Electronic media.
8. The NJCA(CHQ) will hold such a Press Conference at Delhi on 23rd June, 2016 i.e. just one day prior to the mammoth demonstration planned before the Parliament.
9. The Constituent organizations will get in touch with the Associations/Federations of the retired personnel both at the All India and State levels to seek out their support for the strike action and enlist their participation in all demonstrative programmes organized by the working employees in support of the strike. The Pensioners organizations may be informed of the Government decision to reject the recommendation of the 7th CPC to provide Option No. 1 to the Pensioners as an alternative pension fitment formula.
10.The constituents will also seek the participation of those organizations in their respective organizations who are not associated with the NJCA being not participants in the JCM Scheme.
We appeal to all constituents and through them each and every member of the Central Government employee’s community to take all out efforts to make this historic decision an all time memorable event, which must go into the history as the largest participated strike action of the Central Government employees and workers. We must consider this as a really historic moment provided to us by the harsh turn of events and as an opportunity to reassert our strength, unity and determination not only to win laurels today but to function as an effective bargaining entity for years to come.
We are fully aware of the enormous task ahead and equally aware of the possible response, a brutal Government might take in the circumstances. Without minimizing the impact of such as retaliatory action on the part of the Government (from our experience in the past) we know that no power on earth will be able to subdue our unity and determination and we shall march forward well realizing that the ultimate victory in all struggles belong to the working class.
Shiv Gopal Mishra.