Tuesday, October 21, 2014
JCM STAFF SIDE NATIONAL CONVENTION ON 11TH DECEMBER 2014 AT NEW DELHI. WILL DECLARE JOINT PROGRAME OF ACTION ON CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES COMMON DEMANDS
JCM Staff Side leadership has decided to organize a National Convention of all Central Government Employees (Railways, Defense & Confederation) on 11th December 2014 at New Delhi from 12 PM to 4 PM. Convention will adopt a joint resolution on the common demands of the Central Government Employees viz; Merger of DA, Interim Relief, Inlcusion of GDS under 7th CPC, Scrap New Pension Scheme etc and will declare joint programs of action. Further details regarding number of delegates to be participated from each affiliated Organisation & State C-O-Cs of Confederation will be published shortly.
DIAMOND JUBILEE AND TASK AHEAD
One year long nationwide Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE) which commenced on 24th November 2013 at New Delhi is coming to a grand finish on 23rd and 24th November 2014 at Dwarka (Gujarat). NFPE has already celebrated the Golden Jubilee of Postal Trade Union movement in the year 2004 at Thiruvananthapuram, marking the 100th year of establishing “Postal Club” at Kolkata by Late Com. Babu Tarapada Mukherjee, the founder father of Postal Trade Union, which was later on converted by him as All India Postal and RMS Employees Union. NFPTE was formed on 24th November 1954, in a massive convention held at Vinay Nagar, New Delhi. After bi-furcation of Postal and Telecom, the name of Postal Federation is changed as NFPE.
When we celebrate 60th year of our glorious organisation, we should pledge to re-dedicate ourselves not only for fighting for the cause of five lakhs Postal and RMS employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks but also for the cause of entire Central Government employees and the suffering masses of our country and the world.
We should inherit the legacy of our great leaders and follow their footsteps - their dedication, commitment, sacrifice, knowledge, militancy, courage, honesty, concern and respect for the fellow workers and seniors, giving topmost priority to individual grievances, democratic and transparent functioning, oraganisational discipline, building up trade union consciousness, social consciousness, political consciousness and above all class consciousness.
We have been fighting against the neo-liberal policies of the Government, right from its beginning from 1991 onwards. We conducted many heroic struggle against downsizing, outsourcing, contractorisation and privatization. We succeeded in compelling the Government to lift the ban on recruitment and filling up of all vacancies, we succeeded in preventing the Government from implementing its order for closure of 9797 Post offices, we succeeded in halting Mckinsey recommendations and Mail Network Optimisation Project (MNOP) for closure of about 300 RMS Offices. We could successfully prevent the Government from amending the Indian Post Office Act and giving license to multi-national courier services. Our fight for emancipation of three lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks has not yet reached its finality. We have to complete our unfinished task.
Seventh Central Pay Commission has commenced its work. Our demands for DA merger, Interim Relief, Inclusion of GDS under 7th CPC, date of effect from 01-01-2014, scrapping of new pension scheme, parity in pension etc. are still pending. Government, whether it is UPA or NDA, is totally negative to our genuine demands. Our struggle under the banner of NFPE and Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers is to be further intensified.
Eventhough we have submitted detailed memorandum to 7th CPC for better wages and service conditions, neither the 7th CPC nor the Government shall concede our demands, unless we mobilize the workers at all levels in a serious and determined manner and create sanction behind our demands.
Monday, October 20, 2014
The Union Minister of Labour & Employment, Steel and Mines, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar called upon industry and trade unions to strike a balance in dealing with labour issues. Chairing a tripartite consultation meeting on Amendment to the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 here today, he said that there is a need to maintain a balanced approach towards the welfare of labourers.
Shri Tomar said that the Government is committed to protect the interests of labourers so that they remain at the heart of country’s growth story. In his address, the Minister said, “We want to increase the purchasing power of the labourer. When production from industrial units increase, the purchasing power of the labourer also increases”.
The Minister informed that eligibility limit and calculation ceiling under Sections 2(13) and 12 of the Act, were last revised from Rs. 3500/- to Rs. 10000/- p.m. and Rs 2500/- to Rs. 3500/- respectively in the year 2007 and made effective w.e.f 1.4.2006. He said, “I am aware that a long time has passed since then and these ceilings have lost their relevance presently”.
Shri Tomar said that the present system of two wage ceiling for reckoning entitlement should be suitably enhanced from time to time. In view of changing scenario and price rise, the Minister asked the participants to deliberate upon the Ministry’s proposal to amend the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965, by enhancing the eligibility ceiling under section 2(13) of the Act form Rs. 10,000/- per month to Rs. 18,000/- per month and calculation ceiling under section 12 from Rs. 3500/- per month to Rs. 6000/- per month. He said that this was recommended by the Standing Committee on Labour in its 46th Session held on 31st January 2014.
The Payment of Bonus Act was enacted in the year 1965 (25th September, 1965) to provide for the payment of bonus to persons engaged in certain establishments on the basis of profits or on the basis of production and for matters connected therewith. The Act is applicable to whole of India.
The Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 provides for payment of bonus to the employees of ‘factories’ and ‘establishments’ employing 20 or more persons, excluding some categories of employees in Life Insurance Corporation, Seamen, Dock Workers, University employees, as per section 8 of the Act, every employee shall be entitled to be paid by his employer in accounting year, bonus, in accordance with the provisions of this Act, provided he has worked in establishment for not less than thirty working days in that year.
Present on the occasion were Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Smt. Gauri Kumar, senior officials of various central ministries, representatives of the State Governments, SCOPE, Industries and central trade unions.
Surat:Oct 19, 2014
A Judicial Magistrate of the city has been accused of harassing a girl. The victim has alleged that the judge has sent her over 37000 inappropriate messages in more than one year.
She also said that accused judge Nilesh Chauhan used to call her in order to harass her.
The local court rejected the anticipatory bail of Chauhan in connection to the case on Saturday. The court also agreed to arrest the accused.
Now, he will be arrested any time soon. Commenting on the case, the court ruled that if the judicial magistrate will behave like 'Romeo', it will send the wrong message to the society.
According to information, the victim and Chauhan has been old classmates. Currently, the girl is working as a yoga trainer. However, after marriage, both lost contact and went their separate ways.
The girl has alleged that Chauhan not only harassed her but also tortured her mentally and physically. The past year, Chauhan had managed to get the anticipatory bail in the case.
Everything went normal for sometime but once again he started harassing the girl. Thereafter, on the complaint by the girl, the police registered a case against the judicial magistrate.