Monday, May 1, 2017
A joint biennial divisional conference of Khammam Division (Telangana Circle) has been conducted on 30-04-2017 under the Presidium of Com.T.Ruben, Com.M.Ramarao, Com.G.Srinivas, President of Gr.C., P4 & GDS respectively in Khammam HO.
Com.P.Pandurangarao invited as Cheif Guest. Com.Ch.Pratapreddy, President, Gr.C., Com.S.S.R.A.Prasad, Offg. Circle Secretary, Gr.C., Com.Omprakash, Circle Secretary, P4 & Com.T.Sureshkumar, President, AIPCPCCWF Telangana Circle, Com.Narashimharao, CITU were also present and addressed.
Senior Comrades Com.Ramasasthry, Hon'ble President, Gr.C., Com.D.Nageswararao, ex-D/S, Gr.C., and many other leaders from Khammam & Kothagudem are graced the meeting.
A new set of office bearers were elected unanimously for Gr.C., P4 & AIPEU-GDS, Khammam division for the ensuing period.
2017 May Day- Challenges Before the Working Class
“The Day will come when our Silence will be more powerful than the voices you are throttling today”
These are the words engraved on the Haymarket Monument in Chicago. The origin of May Day is related to workers struggle for shorter working hours. In the 19th century, in the United States of America, this struggle for shorter hours gained momentum after August 1866 when the National Labour Union at its founding conference voted for action to secure legal enactment of the 8 hour day. Later, the American Federation of Labour was formed which in its convention in 1885 took a decision for strike on May 1, 1886. Preparations started for the strike. The 8-hour movement culminating in the strike on May First 1886 became in itself a glorious chapter in the fighting history of the American working class.
On May 4, a demonstration was held at Hay Market in Chicago to protest against the brutal attack of the police on a meeting of striking workers at the McCormic Reaper Workers on May 3rd, where six workers were killed and many wounded. The meeting was peaceful and about to be adjourned when the police again launched an attack on the assembled workers. Somebody threw a bomb, killing a police man. A battle ensued with the result that seven police men and four workers were dead.
After a farce of legal proceedings, workers leaders – Albert Parsons, August Spies, George Engel, Adolph Fischer and Louis Lingg were sentenced to death, while three others, Samuel Field on, Oscar Neebe and George Schwab were awarded 15 years in jail. Parsons, Spies, Engels and Fischer were hung to death. Lois Lingg committed suicide the night before. Fieldon, Neebe and Schwab were pardoned six years later by Governor Altgeld who publicly termed the judgment as a travesty of justice.
On November 11, 1887, the prisoners were brought to the hangman’s platform. Albert Parsons, August Spies, George Engel and Adolph Fischer stood before the crowd with hoods covering the faces. And then Spies spoke: “The day will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you are throttling today”.
In June 1893, a monument was unveiled in Chicago’s Waldheim Cemetery in the honour of these May Day Martyrs.
It was at the first congress of the Second International, held at Paris in 1889, that May First was set aside as a day upon which the workers of the world organized in their political parties and trade unions, were to fight for the demand of 8-hour day. Since then, the working class in countries all over the world started celebrating the May Day.
May Day was first celebrated in India on May 1, 1923 in Chennai. Founder of Labour Kisan Party and one of the founders of the Communist Party of India, Malayapuram Singaravelu Chettiar was the spirit who organized the May Day celebration for the first time in India. The red flag – now a symbol of left movement –was used for the first time during the event, held on the beach opposite Madras High Court.
This Indian working class is now facing a very adverse situation. Their hard won rights are under attack. Whatever legal protections and rights the Indian working class got after almost ten decades of struggles and sacrifices in the form of various labour laws are being diluted in the name of labour laws are being diluted in the name of labor law reforms.
Contract work and outsourcing of work has become the order of the day. Violating all norms of law and even violating the principle of “equal pay for equal work” has become a norm. Regular nature of work is carried out through contract /casual workers who are paid much less than a regular workers despite doing the same work. Labour laws are being violated with impunity. The right to organize a union is under attack. The right to collective bargaining is under attack. Some workers, especially all those in the information technology sector are not allowed to form a union. Concerned government officials just refuse to register unions. Union workers are victimized. Workers are prompted by the employers not to join the union. Social securities are being diluted. So much so that the right to assured pension has been curtailed for government servants and others, and a new pension scheme, which does not assure pension and is share market linked, has been imposed. Public sector units are being sold at a song. Contract /casual workers as also many regular workers are forced to work for more than 10, even 12hours a day without any compensation. The workers in the information technology sector are the worst victim of this, most of whom are engineers and they are forced to work more than 10 and even 12 hours a day.
Against this, the working class is mobilizing and uniting itself to face this challenge. It has organized several protest actions and nationwide strikes to defend its rights. The last such big action was the all India strike on September 2, 2016, which was unprecedented in terms of participation of workers, its spread and mobilization. But despite all such united and country wide protest actions and strikes the government is going ahead with its anti-working class stance and continues taking more and more decisions against the interests of the working class.
The May Day calls for carrying out more struggles to counter the offensive of the government. The central trade unions realize the serious challenge before the Indian working class. They are organizing a massive convention workers in Delhi sometime in the last week of June or first week of July to chalk out an action programme.
Long live May Day! Workers of the world unite!!
Saturday, April 29, 2017
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shri Anant Narayan Nanda, IPoS (1982) as Secretary, Department of Posts, vice Shri Boyapati Venkat Sudhakar, IPoS (1981).
Profile of Shri B.V.SUDHAKAR, Secretary & Chairman Postal Board Dept of Posts : India
Shri Boyapati Venkata Sudhakar, IPoS (1981 batch) has been joined as Secretary, Department of Posts, India. He is the first Telugu person to assume the apex post in the Department of Posts. Earlier he was the Member (Technology) in the Department of Posts at New Delhi during which period he has involved himself in the introduction of Core Banking, Rural ICT programme in the Department of Posts so as to enable to reach the services of the Department to the rural masses.
Shri Sudhakar was born on 18-04-1957 in Kammapalem Village, Nellore District to Smt Anasuyadevi and Shri Yanadaiah.
The schooling of Shri Sudhakar was held at All Saints High School & St. Paul’s High School at Hyderabad. He has completed his Intermediate studies at Alia Junior College, Hyderabad. He has completed his B.Sc graduation from New Science College, Hyderabad and did Post graduation in M.Sc (Physics), M Phil & MBA through Osmania University, Hyderabad.
Before joining the Department of Posts, he worked as Manager at A.P. Cooperative Bank, Hyderabad during 1978-81.
He has been selected to the Indian Postal Service in 1981. Subsequently he has served the department in various capacities in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamilnadu, Maharashtra, West Bengal & New Delhi.
Further he worked as Regional Film Sensor Board Officer, Hyderabad; Director of Postal Accounts ; Commissioner, Employment & Training, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad; and Secretary, Information Commission, Andhra Pradesh on deputation.
He has introduced so many innovative schemes, products, services in the Department of Posts and in other Departments where he was on deputation. Some of the schemes like’ Aaseervachanam (TTD prasadam)’, Sale of TTD tickets through Post Offices, Sale of Haleem through Post Offices during Ramzan season, Introduction of ‘Nanyatha’ scheme to monitor Letter box clearance, sale of Godavari sacred water – ‘God jal’, Mechanised Delivery, Same day delivery, Introduction of new Application softwares like ‘Jabardast’ were the contributions of Shri Sudhakar to the Department as well as for the society. He has ensured the prompt filling-up of vacancies of the Postal Department which were unfilled for so many years. He has initiated to ensure compassionate appointments periodically rather monthly, in the interest of the families of diseased employees.
Shri B.V.Sudhakar retired from Govt Service as Secretary, Department Posts on super annuation (i.e.,30-04-2017)
Shri B.V.Sudhakar retired from Govt Service as Secretary, Department Posts on super annuation (i.e.,30-04-2017)
RECEPTION COMMITTEE INVITATION
IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO THE PARTICIPANTS
IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO THE PARTICIPANTS
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001
Phone: 011.23092771 e-mail: email@example.com
Mob: 9868819295/9810853981 website: http://www.nfpe.blogspot.com
Ref:PF/Agitation/17-18 Dated – 26.04.2017
All General Secretaries/NFPE Office bearers
All Circle/Divisional and Branch Secretaries
First of all I would like to congratulate you all for making the 16th March one day strike a grand success in Postal. The Strike has clearly exhibited the anger of employees against betrayal by the Govt. on 7th CPC related issues and not fulfilling the assurances given by Group of Ministers on Minimum wage and fitment formula. Besides this the report of Committees to look in to allowances, advances, Pension, NPS, Anomalies etc. has also not been declared. We have to continue our agitation further.
The National Secretariat of Confederation held on 13th April 2017 in New Delhi has decided the following programme of action.
(1) Protest Demonstration in front of office of Finance Minister on 23.05.2017.
(2) Formation of human chain at all important centres to exhibit our protest on 22.06.2017.
For protest demonstration in front of office of finance Minister at North Block, New Delhi, Confederation has allotted quota to NFPE – 500.
Therefore it is allotted to all affiliates as below.
P3- 200, P4-150, R3-100, R4-50,
Admn-20, Postal Accounts-20 SBCO-20, GDS-100
NFPE appeals to all to come with placards and assemble at NFPE office North Avenue by 10 AM on 23.05.2017.
CONFEDERATION TRADE UNION EDUCATION CAMP, TRIVANDRUM
As already informed the Confederation Trade Union Education Camp will be held at Trivendrum from 6th to 7th May 2017 from 10 AM. Venue - BTR Bhavan, Melai Thempanoor, Near Gandhari Amman Kovil, Manjalikulam Road, Trivendrum – (Walkable Distance from Railway Station & Bus Stand)
Delegate Fee – Rs.800/-
Quota of 100 Delegates was allotted to NFPE which we have already allotted to all of our affiliates.
All are requested to attend the camp well in time.
NATIONAL CONVENTION ON NPS AT NEW DELHI ON 10TH JUNE 2017
Confederation and All India State Govt. Employees Federation have decided to organize National Convention on NPS on 10 June 2017 from 2 PM to 6 PM at MPCU Shah Auditorium, Club Road, Ludlow Castle, Civil Lines, New Delhi – 110054 (Near Civil lines Metro Station).
Quota of 200 delegates has been allotted to NFPE Accordingly it is allotted to affiliates as under.
P3-60, P4-40, R3-30, R4-20,
Admn-20, Postal Actts.-20 SBCO-20
Delegate Fee – Rs.100/-
All General Secretaries are requested to allot quota to nearby circles and ensure their participation well in time.
NFPE-FEDERAL EXECUTIVE ON 12th MAY 2017 AT NEW DELHI
NFPE Federal Executive will be held at NFPE office North Avenue, New Delhi in which some serious programme action can be taken against non-settlement of long pending problems of Postal Employees.
With fraternal greetings,
(R. N. Parashar)
Friday, April 28, 2017
CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
CENTRAL HEADQUARTERS, NEW DELHI-110 001.
CELEBRATE MAY DAY IN A BEFITTING MANNER
HOIST FLAGS IN FRONT OF ALL CENTRAL GOVT. OFFICES.
CONDUCT JOINT RALLIES & MEETINGS
CONDUCT JOINT RALLIES & MEETINGS
From time immemorial relentless battles are being waged against the slavery and misery of the humanity. The rebellious flag of Spartacus against the Roman Empire, the heroic fight of Africans for generations together in search of Freedom from slavery, the flutters of red flag to save the human values which are under deadly attack on the anvil of industrial revolution.... all are noble struggles to stop the human exploitation. 19th Century stood mute witness to the bloody human history writ with oppression and suppression to maximize the profit at the cost of human lives. Later part of the19th Century ushered in a new creed of slavery to machines. The madness for profits peaked and the workers were reduced to the state of machines and the worker in the factory was a mere tool to earn profit for his master. There were no definite working hours. There were no respect for labour. There was no value for labourer. It is not exaggeration to say that the smoke ridden factories sucked out the life of a labourer at the young age of mere 20 years. This was the state of condition of workers world over.
Many dreamt a great society free from exploitation; many wished for a society of eternal source of full realization of human potential in a pleasant and healthy environment; respect for labour, equal opportunities are the hall marks of a new ideal society. Many dedicated their lives to realize their dream society. Many more risked their lives to realize and reach that goal. Every defining moment, every upheaval in the history was the result of the struggles waged by progressive minds. These are the struggles that steered and decided the course of history of mankind.
At its national convention in Chicago, held in 1884, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labour Unions (which later became the American Federation of Labour), proclaimed that “eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labour from and after May 1, 1886.” Working class heroes of Hey Market embraced the hanging noose with smile on their lips. The fight for eight-hour working day spread like a wild fire throughout the Continents. European and Russian workers jumped into strikes and walked out of their factories. In India for the first time Howrah Railway workers went on strike for working hours in the year 1882. Later on Indian workers struck the work for more than 25 times on the demand of working hours between 1882 - 1890. Eight-hour work; Eight-hour recreation; Eight-hour sleep had become the slogan of the workers worldwide.
The struggle for eight-hour work has become a stepping-stone for future architect of a new society. The thought itself is horrifying that, had those struggles not happened and but for their sacrifices what would have been our condition in the present day society! How degrading it would be to have no control on our own lives? The struggle for eight-hour work challenged that de-humanizing state annihilating all the atrocities, laid a solid foundation for building a better future society. Thus, the struggle which appears simple and of no consequence for this generation, stood as a single cause for sweeping changes in the present day society.
This May Day is the occasion for remembering reverently all the sacrifices and prepare to shoulder the responsibilities. Still the exploitation is continuing. Only deference is that the exploiter and exploitation has wrapped in sophistication! The form of exploitation changed but the reason and essence remains the same. This situation encompasses all the countries in the world. The three decades of implementation of so called omnipotent new economic policies destroyed the economic fabric of our country. The country became dependent on foreign powers. Our agriculture sector doomed. Monopoly of our farmers on their own seeds ceased. Health and education is not within the reach of common man. Wealth of the nation has been handed over to the private corporates for plundering. Corporate Sector dented the jealously guarded right of 8-hour work. Now we will find casual and outsourced labour working for 12 hours a day. Technology has not ceased the drudgery of the worker. Instead workload increased due to the ban on filling up of vacancies. Unemployment and under-employment increased alarmingly. Central government employees are facing onslaught on their dignity by not honouring the assurance given on the minimum pay, fitment factor and allowances. Attempts are afoot to weaken and render the unions and working class irrelevant.
As the conscious workers, employees and citizens of this country, this May Day has manifolded our responsibilities. The silenced voice of the Chicago Martyrs should explode in reverberation in the raised fists, throats and thoughts of millions of workers. Let’s march in unison with the inspiration of May Day! Let’s protect our own rights and be part of that great effort to build a society of equality, justice and usher in peace and prosperity to the toiling millions of our countrymen.
A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today among BBNL, Department of Posts and BSNL for providing broadband connectivity of BharatNet to Post Offices in rural areas. The MoU signed under the chairmanship of Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha is the first tri-partite agreement to provide broadband connectivity to about 1.3 lakh, post offices in rural areas and 25,000 sub-post offices for high speed internet connectivity to the rural masses.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Sinha said that the first phase of connecting about one lakh Gram Panchayats is nearing its completion and in the remaining one and a half lakh Gram Panchayats 100 mbps broadband connectivity will be completed by December, 2018. In reply to a question, the Minister said that BharatNet is one of the 9 pillars of realising the Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India.
Shri Sinha said that provision of citizen services is the focus of BharatNet and in the agreement signed today, BSNL is the service provider, that would provide broadband services, the cost of setting up of infrastructure and the operational expenses would be paid by the Department of Posts. Since the BharatNet is the National Network, BBNL would facilitate and coordinate this entire operation. In future, MoUs with other Government Departments are also proposed to be signed.