Sunday, March 23, 2014
Postal Trade Union movement has always been in the forefront of the struggle against the anti-labour and anti-people policies of the ruling class. During the Britishraj it fought many a battle against imperialism and for the freedom of our great nation. Many Postal leaders and workers sacrificed their entire life for the nation and for the workers. Right from freedom struggle, the Postal trade union movement has been a part and parcel of the progressive forces of our country and always solidly stood with the mainstream of the working class upholding the traditions of progressive, democratic, socialist and secular forces and also for the principles enshrined in the Constitution of India. We are proud that NFPE still keep up this tradition.
After Independence we have been fighting for the cause of the working class in general and Postal employees in particular. In that saga of struggle many of our comrades lost their lives, many dismissed from service and severely punished for participating in strikes against the policies of the Government. We learn lessons from our past experiences and move forward uniting the entire postal employees including Departmental employees, Gramin Dak Sevaks and Casual, Part-time, Contingent and Contract workers. We always fought for changing the policies of the Government and are still in the battle field.
All of us are aware that unless and until we succeed in our attempt to change or defeat the neo-liberal globalisation policies of the ruling class, the future of the Central Government Employees including five lakhs postal employees will be in danger and ultimately the private sector may take over major portion of the service sector and Government functions, just as it happened in Telecom sector.
It is a fact that we have defeated the attempt of the Government to close down 9797 Post offices and about 300 RMS offices by putting up stiff resistance under the banner of Joint Council of Action. We succeeded in compelling the Government to lift the ban on recruitment and to fill up all the direct recruitment vacancies and promotional quota vacancies. But we should not forget that the policy of downsizing, outsourcing, contractorisation and privatisation is still hanging as a democles sword over our head. The draft bill for amendment to the Indian Post Office Act to grant licence to the multi-national private couriers is still kept pending and not dropped. Our demand for inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks under the purview of Seventh Central Pay Commission is not accepted, though the recognised GDS Union leader has signed an agreement with the Department of Posts accepting separate committee for GDS thereby admitting that GDS are not Government employees (Civil Servants). Our demand for DA merger, Interim Relief etc. are also pending. Revision of wages of casual labour is long overdue. The New Pension Scheme introduced by NDA Government and legalised by UPA Government has snatched away the right for statutory pension to those employed on or after 01-01-2004.
When it comes to the question of implementation of imperial neo-liberal globalisation policies, those supporting the capitalist class join together to protect their class interest. Our past experience has taught us that change of Government alone cannot change the plight of the working class and common people and it is the change of policies that matter. We believe that only those forces which oppose the anti-labour, anti-people neo-liberal imperialist gloablisation policies can safeguard the interest of the working class and the common people of our country. Let us strengthen those progressive, democratic and secular forces and strive hard for a better tomorrow along with the manstream of the working class.
ALL INDIA POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION GROUP ‘C’
CHQ: Dada Ghosh Bhawan, 2151/1, New Patel Road, New Delhi - 110008
Ref: P/4-4/Operations & Norm Dated – 21.02.2014
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001
Sub: - Unprovided norms and compulsory duties prescribed to the Postmasters – request for norms and relief.
At present, the postmasters and supervisors are entrusted with enormous technical tasks and duties alongwith their day today work which are not at all coming under the norms for supervisors.
Daily Checks to be carried out by a Postmaster
1. COC web application for complaints check/print/reply/transfer/updation.
2. e-Post login every hours prescribed for printing epost messages for delivery.
3. e-Mail login at frequent intervals to check/reply/circulate mails received from HO
4. Run epayment/R net/e MO client/Speed Net Communication periodically.
5. Send Account MIS to central server.
6. Reports thro email on New Accounts Opened for the day/sales report of Retail post items.
7. Clearing and updation of cheques received under epayment
8. Sending DPF files to Technology section of the circle.
9. CBS office file updation in CBS web and CBSMON file to dopmonitoring section of tech branch.
10. Daily check in MIS/emo/epayment/speednet other web applications to check transfer of office data and updation for the previous day
11. Any other daily reports prescribed by the concerned Divisions.
12. Daily Data entry is CBS site relating to SB accounts and File transfers.
Weekly / Fortnightly / Monthly duties
1. Submission of Annexure II, Business Development consolidated for the month with screen shots of all the supporting figures.
2. Submission of Sub Postmaster Monthly report
3. MNOP Speed Post Delivery report monthly
4. Speed Post missent consolidated report (vary from division to divisions)
5. Speed Post extension counter report (where extension counter is provided)
6. Consolidated monthly report relating to retail products sold at office
7. Updation of DB analyser and clearing to discrepancies
The above are not exhaustive and vary from region to region or Circle to circle based on the tastes of the heads. The above duties consume heavy work time of the supervisors and Postmasters and clearly justify for further augmentation of supervisory posts and Asst. Postmasters if proper time norms are fixed for these additional work.
It is therefore requested that these additional technical supervisory works should be brought under norms and uniform application in all circles and should reflect in the establishment norms. Action for sanctioning justified additional supervisory posts may also be taken.
A line in reply about the action taken is highly solicited.
Friday, March 7, 2014
The Union Cabinet approved the Finance Ministry’s proposal on terms of reference of the 7th CPC. We have placed the full text of the same on our website. None of the suggestions made by the Staff Side was accepted by the Government.
However, our concern over the date of effect seems to have been taken note of. The terms of reference has left the effective date of its recommendations to be decided by the Commission itself. A united stand backed up by struggles will enable us to clinch this demand in our favour. Undoubtedly it has been our endeavours and the two days strike action that has compelled the Government to have a rethinking on their earlier stand of Decennial (Ten years} wage revision for Central Government employees and the date of effect as 1/1/2016
Unlike on the earlier occasion, the Government has not decided to grant Interim Relief and merger of Dearness allowance. Nor has it asked the Commission to consider and make appropriate recommendation in this regard specifically. As pointed out in our earlier communication, inclusion of a labour representative in the Commission being not an idea the UPA Government cherishes, for it is diametrically opposite to its economic policies and ideology, they have stuck to the position of sandwiching the Honourable Judge with bureaucrats. In the light of the agreement penned by Com. Mahadeviah, the General Secretary of the recognised GDS union with the Postal Board to the effect that a separate one man committee will look into the service conditions of the Grameen Dak Sewaks, it is not surprising that the Government chose to ignore our demand to cover them within the ambit of the 7th CPC. Our demands for parity between the past and present pensioners and scrapping of the new pension scheme also stand rejected.
As you are aware, the 6th CPC (and the earlier Commissions also) had refused to entertain the demand for removal of anomalies despite Government referring the same to the Commission specifically. Therefore, the omnibus clause in the terms of reference requiring the Commission to submit interim reports may not be of any help to us to raise the anomalies before the 7th CPC.
At the conclusion of the meeting held on 24/10/2013 by Secretary, DoPT, with the staff side on terms of reference of the 7th CPC, it was agreed that the Government will consider our suggestion in the matter and will convene another meeting with the presence of Secretary (Expenditure) to iron out the differences, if any, and explore the possibilities of an agreement in the matter. But no such meeting was convened and no attempt was made by the official side to arrive at an agreed Terms of Reference.
We must now react to the arbitrary and unilateral decision of the Government. We appeal all the State Secretaries, District Secretaries and Branch Secretaries of the affiliated organisations and the State/District COCs to immediately send the following Savingram to the Prime Minister.
THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES WORKING IN THE ....... (NAME OF THE STATION)/ OFFICE OF...........................CONDEMN THE ATTITUDE OF THE GOVERNMENT IN NOT HONOURING ITS COMMITMENT OF HOLDING DISUCSSION WITH THE STAFF SIDE JCM NATIONAL COUNCIL BEFORE FINALISING THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE 7THCPC AND DEMAND IMMEIDATE ACCEPTANCE OF :
While the National Convention scheduled to be held at Nagpur will chalk out detailed and phased programmes of action, we call upon our State Committees and Affiliated Unions to organise massive demonstration in front of all offices and important centres on 7th March, 2014 (Friday) or any other immediate convenient date. Kindly instruct all the Branches to mobilise their members so that the demonstration has the participation of cent per cent of the membership of the concerned branch. The State Units and affiliated Unions may issue pamphlets and posters and ensure its wide circulation throughout the country.
As already declared by the National Secretariat of the Confederation, we shall have to go for an indefinite strike action immediately after the General Election if our demands are to be settled.