Nationwide strike by Central Government employees on September 2
The Central Government employees Federation has announced that it will conduct a nationwide strike on September demanding the fulfillment of 11 demands, including Date of implementation of the 7th CPC, ending privatization, 5 promotions in serve career and cancellation of the new pension scheme (Scrap PFRDA Act).
While addressing the media at Chennai, the association’s general secretary Duraipandi said that the government must implement a 40 percent salary hike, which has been a long-term demand of the employees. He also said that the strike was being conducted in order to put pressure on the government to stop the privatization of public sectors, and to cancel the new pension scheme.
He said that the association expects the participation of nearly 2 lakh Central Government employees from Tamil Nadu and more than 3 crore employees nationwide.
CHARTER OF DEMANDS
1. Urgent measures for containing price-rise through universalisation of public distribution system and banning speculative trade in commodity market.
2. (a) Containing unemployment through concrete measures for employment generation.
(b) No ban on creation of new posts. Fill up all vacant posts.
3. (a) Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measure for violation for labour laws. Withdraw the anti-worker Labour Law Amendments
(b) No labour reforms which are inimical to the interest of the workers.
4. (a) Universal social security cover for all workers
(b) Scrap PFRDA Act and re-introduce the defined benefit statutory pension scheme.
5. (a) Fix minium wage with provisions of indexation.
(b) Effect wage revision of the Central Government Employees from 01.01.2014 accepting memorandum of the staff side JCM; ensure 5-year wage revision in future; grant interim relief and merger of 100% of DA; Include Gramin Dak Sevaks within the ambit of 7th CPC. Settle all anomalies of 6th CPC.
6. (a) Stoppage of disinvestment in Central/State PSUs. Stoppage of contractorisation in permanent perennial work and payment of same wage and benefits for contract workers as regular workers for same and similar work.
(b) No outsourcing, contractorisation, privatization of governmental functions; withdraw the proposed move to close down the printing presses, the publications, form stores and stationery departments and medical stores Depots; regularize the existing daily-rated/casual and contract workers and absorption of trained apprentices.
7. Removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund; increase the quantum of gratuity.
8. (a) Compulsory registration of trade unions within a period of 45 days from the date of submitting applications; and immediate ratification of ILO Convention C 87 and C 98.
(b) Revive the JCM functioning at all level as an effective negotiating forum for settlement of the demands of the Central Government Employees.
9. (a) Against FDI in Railways, Insurance and Defence.
(b) No Privatisation, PPP or FDI in Railways, Defence Establishment and no corporatization of Postal services.
10. Remove arbitrary ceiling on compassionate appointment.
11. Ensure five promotions in the serve career.