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Friday, August 26, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The Joint Convention on PFRDA was organised by All karnataka State Govt Employees Federation(Okkutta) , All India Defence Employees Federation, Co ordination Committee of Central government Employees(COC) and Railway Employees (DREU) at Secretariat club, Cubbon Park on 23.08.2011.
Com. R Elangovan Working President DREU( Dhakshina Railway Employees union) and Com. K Raghavendran Working President Confederation of CG Employees New Delhi ,They have explained how this PFRDA bill is against the working class and need for 7th CPC constitution and formation of District COC , etc.
Friday, August 19, 2011
M. K. Pandhe (Madhukar Kashinath Pandhe) (June 11, 1924 - August 20, 2011) was a Politburo member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) from 2002  and is also the General Secretary of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), one of the largest Trade Unions in India. He breathed his last, at Ram Manohar Lohya Hospital, New Delhi at the age of 86.RED SALUTE TO COM. M. K. PANDHE.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
This attack is an eye-opener for democratic forces and trade union movement across the country and is a warning to toiling masses that their fight for decent living wages and right to live with dignity would also be met with similarly. Confederation is therefore of the firm view that all employees and workers should protest against this action of the government of denying the constitutionally guaranteed fundamental right to protest peacefully.
Confederation calls upon every government employee to join the protest in their station along with other trade unions and democratic forces against the attack on the right to protest and ensure that such attacks are not repeated. Units of Confederation may arrange protest demonstration in all work places today itself.
Confederation further calls upon every unit to manifest solidarity with the movement against corruption at all levels.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
On 23rd August 2011 at 1 pm.
Withdrawal of the PFRDA Bill,
Constitute 7th Central Pay Commission for Central Govt. Employees.
Merge DA with pay for all purposes including pension as the DA rates crossed the 51% .
State Govt.(Okkuta) leaders
All are welcome, Attend in large numbers ,Make this convention a grand sucess
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
DRAFT PETITION FOR MASS SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN.
Collect signatures from all ( Friends, Relatives, Govt servants, Employees etc) each employee should collect a minimum of 10 signatures and submit it to Karnataka COC before 1st September 2011, take print out and circulate it.
The Prime Minister of India,
Sub: Request for Scrapping of PFRDA Bill
We submit this petition to bring to your kind notice certain aspects of the re-introduced PFRDA Bill which will have an extremely adverse impact on the pension and retirement benefits of the Government employees. We may also state in this connection that the contributory pension scheme will be a drain on the exchequer.
The guiding principle adopted in determining the pay package of civil servants is to spread out the wage compensation over a long period of time because of which the wages during the work tenure is low to enable pension payment on retirement. This makes the pension a ”deferred wage”, which the Supreme Court has upheld as such in their landmark judgment in the case of D.S. Nakara Vs. Union of India. As the bill does not provide implicit or explicit assurance of a minimum pension except marked based guarantee, the civil servant even after contributing huge sums to pension fund may end up with no annuity if the invested company become bankrupt or the equity market crashes. Moreover the annuity which would be the pension under the new scheme being not cost indexed will make it difficult for the pensions to make the both ends meet.
The Committee set up by the 6th CPC has concluded that the new contributory pension scheme will increase the outflow from the exchequer from Rs. 14,284 Crores to Rs. 57088 Crores by 2038. The Committee has also observed that the pension liability of the Government which was 0.5% of the GDP in 2004-05 under the defined benefit scheme is likely to decline if the same is not replaced by the contributory pension scheme as envisaged in the PFRDA bill. The Committee has ultimately recommended that the existing “Pay as you go” pension which is presently in vogue will be ideal and may be continued.
Since the new scheme is neither in the interest of the country as it increases the outflow on account of pension liability nor to the Civil Servants for it does not guarantee a minimum pension, we appeal to you kindly cause withdrawal of the PFRDA Bill from the Parliament immediately.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
RMS Strike: DIRECTIONS HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO CPMG KARNATAKA CIRCLE TO DISCUSS THE ISSUE WITH THE STAFF UNIONS TO FIND OUT A SOLUTION.See COC Web site for details
Pl Click here for strike details
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
PARLIAMENTARY PANEL RECOMMENDS HIKE IN THE RATE OF GPF<><><><> <><><><>
Hike rate of return on GPF, panel advises govt
Press Trust of India / New Delhi August 02, 2011, 19:32 IST
Dear Comrades! you are aware that the Confederation has been demanding for the enhancement of the interest rate on the GPF of Central Government Employees and this had been one of the demands of the CG Employees Charter. Now according to the PTI, a Parliamentary Panel headed by the former Finance Minister Sri. Yashwant Sinha has recommened hike to the GPF interest rates. We are reproducing the news item [courtsy: Central Government Employees News]:
A Parliamentary panel today asked the Central government to increase the rate of return on provident fund for its employees in the light of rising bank rates and EPFO's decision to hike its rate to 9.5% for 2010-11.
"The rate of interest on General Provident Fund (GPF) which is pegged at 8% may be reviewed so that government employees are not put to any disadvantage more so now when the interest rates for bank deposits has also been raised," the Standing Committee on Finance suggested in its report.
If the suggests of the panel finds favour from the government, over 50 lakh Centre's employees will stand to benifit.
The panel headed by former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, pointed out that retirement fund body Employees Provident Fund Organiation has also increased rate of interest on PF deposits to 9.5% for 2010-11 from 8%.
The EPFO had been paying 8.5% interest on PF deposits since 2005-06. In September last year, it had recommended an increase in interest rate to 9.5% for 2010-11 after discovering Rs 1,731 crore surplus in their books of accounts.
In the present scenario, the bank rates are also increasing. Reserve Bank of India has increased its short term lending and borrowing rates by half a percentage point to 8 and 7%, respectively in its recent quarterly review unveiled on July 26.
Following the central bank's rate hike, some private and public sector have also hiked their rates.
Monday, August 1, 2011
National Secretariat meeting and its decisions.
The meeting of the National Secretariat of Confederation was held at Chennai on 30th July, 2011. Comrade S.K.Vyas President was in Chair. The following decisions were taken.
1. The campaign for popularising the charter of demands adopted at the National Council meeting held at Mumbai on 1st December, 2010 could not be undertaken in an effective manner as the major affiliate NFPE had to be busy with the preparation of the indefinite strike action.
2. The meeting decided that prior to any action programme; an intensive campaign is a pre requisite. Accordingly the following programmes were chalked out.
(a) Every affiliate will circulate the charter of demands along with the explanatory note amongst the employees. Meetings will be organised in front of all offices to explain the demands to the members. Report of such meetings will be sent to the Confederation CHQ directly. These meetings are to be organised between 5th and 10th September, 2011.
(b) Between 10th and 20th September, 2011 the State Committees of the Confederation will ensure that district level conventions are held and one of the State Committee member deployed to attend such convention in each district. The Sate Committees will send the report of these conventions to the CHQ.
(c) On 28th September, 2011 a massive Dharna programme will be organised in all State Capitals, district and divisional offices. At the State Capitals, a minimum number of 100 comrades will sit in Dharna. Lunch recess demonstrations will also be organised on the same date at the Dharna venue. One of the National Secretariat Members will attend the Dharna programme in each State Capital.
(d) All affiliates will organise a department level convention eliciting participation of the State level Executive on a date convenient to them but before 10th October, 2011. One of the National Secretariat members will make it convenient to attend such conventions.
(e) Rally and demonstration will be held in front of the office of the Chairman, Welfare Co-ordination Committee or any other central located place jointly by all the CGEs in all state capitals on 20th October, 2011.
(f) Immediate steps will be taken by all affiliate to circulate the petition to the Prime Minister on PFRDA bill. Copy of the petition will be handed over to each member to obtain his signature as also his family members and friends. The State Committee will hold a review meeting on 10th October, 2011 to monitor the progress and take necessary steps to expedite the campaign.
(g) The National Secretariat will meet at Bangalore on 22nd October, 2011 to review the implementation of the programme of action including the signature campaign and take necessary action to remove deficiencies if any noticed.
(h) The Confederation will mobilise 10000 employees to participate in the ensuing march to Parliament (date will be finalised by the Steering Committee by end of August, 2011).
(i) To organise a day's strike jointly by all the organisations which participated in the 22nd July convention. The date for the strike will be finalised by the steering committee.
The declaration adopted at the convention, the draft letter to the Prime Minister demanding withdrawal of the PFRDA Bill, campaign leaflet on PFRDA Bill are sent herewith. (Copies of the same are also placed on our website).
Points taken up in Confederation meeting at Chennai by Com P.S.Prasad. General Secretary
1) Providing Transport Allowance for field staff.
2) CGHS Ward entitlement as per grade pay instead of basic pay, minimum of semi private ward for all employees.
3) CGHS hosipital rates to be increased
4) Pension cases, Allotment of GPF Numbers to earlier Group ‘D’ , verification of Service books pending in PAO offices due to shortage of staff, more staff to be posted at PAO offices.
5) Parity with CSS cadre in pay scales of Stenographer, UDC, Assistant & Drivers etc.
6) CPWD quarters allotment as per old basic pay.
National Women Committee of Confederation met at Chennai.
The Women committee constituted by the National Women Convention held at Kolkata met at Chennai on 30th July, 2011. The Committee took the following decision. The meeting was presided over by the Chairperson, Com. Geeta Ghoshal and the proceedings were initiated for discussion by Com. C.P. Shobhana, Convenor.
1. To organise the International women's day on 8th March, 2012 at all State Capitals by organising a seminar on the subject "impact of the neo-liberal economic policies on women and women workers in particular"
2. To organise a State level Convention of women employees of the Central Government during September/October, 2011. The State Committees of the Confederation will take necessary steps to hold the convention.
3. To hold a demonstration in a prominent Central Government office by women workers in all State Capitals against the unabated price rise of essential commodities. The date will be finalised and intimated later. Steps will be taken to have massive participation of all women employees of Central Government in this programme by the State Committees.