1 . Shri Shiv Gopal Mishra 2. Shri M. Raghavaiah 3. Shri Rakhal Das Gupta 4. Shri Ch. Sankara Rao 5. Shri J.R. Bhosle 6. Shri Guman Singh 7. Shri R.P. Bhatnagar 8. Shri K.S. Murty 9. Shri K.K.N. Kutty 10. Shri C. Srikumar 11 . Shri R. Srinivasan 12. Shri M. Krishnan 13. Shri M.S. Raja
Subject: Implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission — 2nd meeting of the E-CoS
A meeting of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS) was held on 1 st March, 2016 in the Cabinet Secretariat under the chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary to discuss issues raised by Staff„side of JCM
2. Welcoming the members of E-CoS and JCM Staff side, Cabinet Secretary observed that the meeting had been called to take a note of concerns of Stäff-$ide of JCM regarding recommendations of the 7th CPC and invited the members Of Staff-side of JCM to share their views on the recommendations.
3. Opening the discussion, representative of Staff-side of JCM expressed gratitude to Cabinet Secretary for inviting them for interaction regarding the recommendations of the 7th CPC and requested that more frequent interactions of JCM may be held to resolve outstanding issues across the table. It was expressed that 7th CPC has recommended a meager increase of 14% in the minimum pay as against increase ranging up to 54% during previous Pay Commissions. It was further stated that the recommendations on minimum pay, allowances, advances etc. will cause difficulty to employees. Representative of Staff-side informed that they have already submitted a charter of demands to the Cabinet Secretary bringing out the issues. These have also been discussed in the meeting of JS (IC) with Staff-side of JCM held on 19.02.2016.
4. Major concerns expressed by JCM Staff-side were as under:
The minimum pay of Rs. 18000/- p.m. recommended by the Commission is on lower side and needs to be revised upward by taking into account the prices of commodities as on 01.07.2015 and appropriately factoring in for social obligations & housing.
(ii) New Pension Scheme should be done away with. Persons governed by the NPS are deprived of Family Pension and do not have provision of provident fund. As a result they are at a disadvantageous position as compared to the persons governed by the old system.
(iii) Recommendations on allowances need to be properly examined before taking a decision.
(iv) Fixed Medical Allowance should be increased from existing Rs. 500 p.m. to Rs. 2000 p.m. as majority of cities are not covered under CGI-IS and people residing outside the CGHS covered area are unable to meet their medical needs with meager amount of Rs. 500 p.m.
(v) Recommendation regarding withdrawal of non-interest bearing advances may not be accepted.
(vi) Outsourcing of services should be discouraged as the contract workers are being exploited by contractors and at the game time the service delivery is being compromised due to inefficiency and lack of accountability of low aid contractual staff.
(vii) Enhancement in contribution towards Group Insurance Scheme, is not justified as this would reduce the actual increase in take home salary considerably. If the rates are to be raised, the Government should bear the insurance premium
(viii) The recommendation regarding grant of only 80% of salary for the second year of Child Care Leave need not be accepted as this would deter women from availing of CCL, which was introduced as a welfare measure.
(ix) Annual increments be granted @ 5% instead of existing 3% and increments may be granted on two dates viz., 1 st of January and 1 st of July of every year as in the present system of grant of increment on 1 st July of every year, employees joining/promoted after 1 st January, who do not complete 6 months services as on 1 st July, have to wait for up to 18 months for grant of increment.
(x) The Commission’s recommendation of downgrading the Assistants of Central Secretariat for bringing in parity with their counterparts in the field offices is not appropriate.
(xi) Recommendation regarding PRIS need not be accepted as no scientific mechanism has been devised to assess the performance of employees and the same could ecourage favoritism.
5. Issues regarding financial upgradation under MACPS in promotional hierarchy without grading stipulation. grant of two increments on promotion introduction of Productivity Linked Bonus, treating Grameen Dak Sevak as Government employees, removal of pap of 5% on compassionate appointment 8i full pay and allowances In case of Work Related Illness and Injury Leave improving promotional avenues for technical and supervisory staff etc. were also raised by members of JCM.
6. During the discussion, representatives of JCM also suggested that the Nodal Officers nominated by various Ministries/Departments may hold interactions with recognized Staff Associations and other stakeholders under their purview so as to identify issues specific to those Ministries/Departments for redressal.
7. After hearing the participants, Cabinet Secretary observed that the deliberations have helped E-CoS in understanding the major concerns of the Staff-side and said that all issues have been taken note of. He assured that fair consideration will be given to all points brought out by JCM before taking a final view. He further stated that the E-CoS needs to examine the Report of the Commission in entirety as well as the issues raised by JCM in consultation with all other stakeholders. As such, it may take some time to take a final call on the recommendations of the Commission.
8. Cabinet Secretary also advised the members of E-CoS to hold interactions with their Staff Associations and other stakeholders under their purview preferably within a week.
9. Meeting ended with vote of thanks to the chair.
The Government hiked dearness allowance (DA) by 6 per cent, benefiting over 1 crore central government employees and pensioners. The hike, which will cost the exchequer an additional Rs 14,724.74 crore annually, will take effect from January 1, 2016,
Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters after the meeting of the Union Cabinet which took the decision.
The DA, which will benefit, 50 lakh central government employees and 58 lakh pensioners, will go up from the existing 119 per cent to 125 per cent.
The Central Government Employees are
waiting for the implementation of Seventh Pay Commission. As per the reports received,
the 7th Pay Commission Pay recommendations may be notified in June after the model
code of conduct of states polls which in place is in place till 21st
May 2016, which is being considered as cut off point for the notification of
pay commission. To be on safer side, Government most likely will release
notification regarding the latest pay commission only after 21st May
Implementation cell of the Empowered Committee
of Secretaries is examining the grievances of employees. After giving final
touch to report, Empowered Committee will send recommendations to PMO for its
nod. Once PMO will through the report, it will be placed before the Cabinet for
final approval. The whole process will take another three months.
But the larger question
remains in the minds of the Central Government Employees, whether the Empowered
Committee of Secretaries will consider the demands raised by the Staff side JCM.
The Empowered Committee of Secretaries under the chairmanship of the Cabinet
Secretary had one round of discussion with the staff side JCM. The Staff side
JCM has clearly informed the Empowered Committee of Secretaries that the Central
Government Employees are not satisfied with 7th CPC report and wants
major changes before implementation of the 7th CPC report by the Central
Government. Especially on the minimum wage, fitment formula, pay matrix and
The Empowered Committee of
Secretaries was also informed that the Central Government Employees are ready
for strike action, if the demands of the
Central Government Employees are not met by the Empowered Committee of
Secretaries and the Central Government.
The Empowered Committee of
Secretaries may call the staff side JCM for more discussions, if the talks fail
then the Central Government Employees should prepare for the indefinite strike
from July 11th for which the staff side JCM has given the call.
Comrades, these three
months are very crucial to the Central Government Employees, we should not relax
waiting for the talks with the Central Government, instead prepare for the
action for achieving a better wage hike.
Comrades during the 5th
CPC we had similar situations, we had
got better wage hike after struggles, similarly this time also the similar situation
has arisen due to the lowest pay hike recommended by the 7th CPC and
also reduction of the number of allowances.
Hence Comrades it is high
time we educate each and every employee of the Central Government about the 7th
CPC wage hike and our demands , this is help us to prepare for struggle and get
better wage hike.
1.NJCA INDEFINITE STRIKE DATE AND STRIKE NOTICE SERVING DATE POSTPONED TO 11TH JULY 2016 & 09TH JUNE 2016
NJCA meeting held at JCM (NC) staffside office on 07th March 2016, after detailed deliberations has decided to postpone the indefinite strike date of 11th April 2016 and strike notice serving date of 11th March 2016 to 11th July 2016 and 09th June 2016 respectively. The following are the reasons which necessitated the change in dates.
a)While summing up the discussion on Charter of demands held on 1st March 2016 by Empowered Committee of Secretaries (ECoS) with JCM National Council Standing Committee members, Cabinet Secretary has stated that reasonable time should be given to the Government for a fair consideration of all the demands raised in the Charter of demands, since the issues concern inter-departmental consultations.
b)After declaration of the Election schedule in five State Assemblies, the Election Code of Conduct has come into effect. Further there will be polling on 11th April 2016 (strike commencement date) in West Bengal and Assam.
c)As per Section 22 of Industrial Disputes Act 1947 with regard to the validity of strike notice is not more than six weeks from the date of serving the strike notice. Even if we give strike notice on 11th March 2016, for commencement of indefinite strike after the election dates (ie 20th May 2016), the six weeks period will be over by that time and we have to serve fresh strike notice again.
Considering all the above aspects, the meeting took the following decisions:-
1.The indefinite strike shall commence from 6am on 11th July 2016.
2.Strike notice would be served on 09th June 2016.
3.Massive demonstration shall be held in all workplace on 11th March 2016 in support of the charter of demands and strike decision.
4.The decision of the NJCA would be communicated to the Cabinet Secretary.
5.Detailed mobilization programmes would be given later on.
Copy of the NJCA Circular dated 07th March 2016 and letter addressed to Cabinet Secretary dated 07-03-2016 are enclosed herewith.
In view of the above decisions, the state C-O-C level joint meeting of office bearers / committee members of C-O-Cs and affiliated organizations of Confederation scheduled earlier will be rescheduled after NJCA mobilisation programme is finalised. Department-wise campaign and mobilisation on charter of demands (Common demands plus Department specific demands) shall continue.
2.CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS DECIDES TO HOLD NATIONAL CONVENTION OF WORKERS IN NEW DELHI ON 30TH MARCH 2016
The Central Trade Unions in their meeting held on 27th January 2016, besides deciding to stage All India Protest Day on 10th March 2016, also decided to hold National Convention of Workers towards the end of March in New Delhi to discuss and decide on next courseof action programme against the anti-people and anti-labour policies by the Govt. The convention will now be held on 30th March 2016 at Mavalankar Hall, New Delhi. The convention will commence at 10.30 am on 30th March 2016.
All C-O-Cs and affiliated organisations of Confederation are requested to make the 10th March 2016 All India Protest Day a grand success jointly with other Central Trade Unions. Regarding National Convention on 30th Marfch 2016 the C-O-Cs in and around Delhi are requested to ensure maximum participation of Central Govt Employees in the Convention. National Secretariat members of Confederation, who are available in Delhi shall also attend the Convention.
Copy of the joint statement issued by Central Trade Unions is enclosed herewith.
3. WFTU- TRADE UNION INTERNATIONAL – PUBLIC AND ALLIED SERVICES - WORLD DAY OF STRUGGLE AGAINST PRIVATISATION ON 4TH APRIL 2016
The Trade Union International Public and Allied Services – World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) has given a call to observe 4th April 2016 as “World Day of Struggle against Privatisation”, focusing mainly on the following issues:-
1.To demand modern, efficient, quality, universal and free public services, to answer the real needs of the workers and people, against their outsourcing or privatization, refusing its use for the accumulation of profits by the oligarchy.
2.To demand the repeal of all rules affecting the rights of Public Administration workers in the countries where they are imposed.
3.To demand improvements in the working and living conditions of the Public Administration workers, namely better wages and work times compatible with their personal and family life.
4.The end precariousness of employment contracts and have guarantees of stability in public employment to ensure the independence from Capitalist Governments, either in the central, regional and local administrations and in the State – owned business sectors
5.To exercise the right of Trade Union freedom (association, meetings, demonstration, participation etc) in all workplaces and the right to negotiation and collective bargaining.
6.To implement social policies that answers the interest of the people and workers for a fairer distribution of wealth, with the rejection of charitable social policies.
7.For the rejection of all neo-liberal policies and austerity that in various parts of the world seek to destroy the labour and social rights of workers and people.
8.To struggle for peace and internationalist solidarity against war, militarism, aggression, interference and blockades that undermine the interests of the wokers and people – in defence of national sovereignty, for the people to freely decide their destiny.
Confederation National Secretariat call upon all C-O-Cs and Affiliated organizations to observe 4th April 2016 as “World Day of Struggle against Privatisation” along with All India State Government Employees Federation (AISGEF) and Bank / Insurance Associations and Federations.
Following a backlash, both in and outside Parliament, for dipping into retirement savings of the working class, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday announced the withdrawal of the budget proposal of taxation of EPF.
In the month of August in 1910, a meeting (organized by the
International Women’s Conference) of the Socialist Second International
was held in Copenhagen to establish the yearly celebration of the
International women’s day. Finally, the annual celebration of
International Woman’s Day was established by the support of American
socialists and German Socialist Luise Zietz. However, no particular date
was decided in that meeting. The event celebration was decided to
promote the equal rights for all women.
It was first celebrated on 19th of March in 1911 by the
millions of people in Austria, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland. Variety
of programs was held like demonstrations, women parade, banners and
etc. Another demand of voting, holding public office and removing sex
discrimination in employment was kept in front by the women. It was
celebrated in America as a National Women’s Day to the last Sunday of
the February every year. It was first celebrated by the Russian women in
1913 at last Sunday of February. A rally by the women (members of the
Australian Builders Labourers Federation) was held in Sydney in 1975.
International women’s day celebration of 1914 was held on 8th of March. From then, it was started celebrating everywhere on 8th
of March. The 1914 event celebration in the Germany was especially held
for the women’s right to vote. During the 1917 year celebration, women
of Saint Petersburg demanded the “Bread and Peace”, end of the World War
I as well as Russian food shortage. Gradually, it was started
celebrating in various communist and socialist countries such as in
China from 1922, in Spanish communists from 1936 and etc.
Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed
by Cabinet Secretary has held first round of discussion with JCM National
Council Standing Committee members on
strike Charter of demands on 1st March 2016. Staff Side explained
the justification of each and every demand
and conveyed the large scale resentment among the Central Government Employees
to the Cabinet Secretary . Cabinet Secretary has not made any commitment on any
demand. He informed that this is only a preliminary interaction with the Staff Side.
Com. M. Raghavaiyya Leader Staff Side, Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra Secretary Staff Side
and other Standing Committee members attended.
Confederation was represented by
Coms. KKN Kutty , M. Krishnan & M.S. Raja .
Meeting commenced at 0645 P.M. &
ended at 0845 P.M.