Saturday, October 25, 2014
Some leaders are advocating isolationism to the members of the GDS union.
They are frustrated …..…………. confused …………. demoralized…. antagonized.....
Their methodology and concept is not clear and transparent ….......
One side demanding departmental status to GDS and other side propagating they would not be affiliated to any federation or becomes members of departmental unions.
This is except provocation to establish the deviation from the unity of GDS and departmental employees and postal working class as well.
If it's so, why such conceptual leadership filed case against the NFPE for GDS affiliation.
The ambiguous strategy of such leaders giving advantage to the anti-GDS forces this time also. Because of their mischievousness and immature behaviour the GDS are facing untold troubles and miserable conditions.
Dear GDS comrades, don’t caught by the fangs of such leadership…..
By losing all the abilities and to suppress their incapability creating much noise to divert the attention of the structural and strategic methodology of NFPE.
This is the time for a decision and determination.
LET US MARCH FORWARD WITH NFPE AND CONFEDERATION
When prime minister Narendra Modi unveiled some steps towards labour reforms, he was responding to long pending demands from business houses and international institutions such as the World Bank; but the critical question is if he has found the fine balance between the needs of the industry and labour.
A highlight of his announcement was the reform of the “inspection raj” in which labour inspectors visited industries according to their will. According to the new arrangement, the process will be automated, which will prevent inspectors from selecting the units to be inspected locally, while inspection reports have to be uploaded within 72 hours.
According to Modi, the old system harassed businesses while the new one will bring in transparency and ease in dealing with the government.
Another point is the announcement of an universal account number for labourers which will allow easy transfer of their Provident Fund accounts. Apparently, about Rs 27, 000 crore is lying idle because of the earlier immovability. "I need to return this money to the poor," Modi said, adding that it was a part of his vision. The reforms will also make paperwork easy - instead of 50 forms, companies will now need to fill only one form, that too online.
At first sight, Modi seems have combined the demands of the industry and welfare of the labourers, but going by the contradictory reactions from both, he certainly has a long way to go.
While ASSOCHAM complimented the "government for initiating the labour law reforms as it will create a conducive environment for growth of Trade and Industry and bring transparency in social security benefits to help workers,” Tapan Sen, General Secretary CITU and Rajya Sabha member said: “it’s only cheating of workers, as while the Government is launching these schemes, simultaneously it is changing the labour laws to push out the labour from their purview”.
Similarly, both FICCI and CII welcomed the measures, while Gurudas Gupta, General Secretary, AITUC, said: “the PM is going in for drastic changes which will ultimately benefit the employees to carry out a hire-and-fire policy and harm working people.
This is being done to give a free hand to the Corporates. This will depress wage levels and shall create a situation for low paid apprentices in place of permanent labour and even contract workers”.
Whether it’s the Modi government or the previous UPA government, labour reforms have mostly been seen as reforms of the labour laws, which the country and states (labour being a concurrent subject) have in plenty. In fact, the UPA had initiated amending many of the labour laws, with a view to helping Indian industries to compete in the global market. In 2005, a tripartite discussion under the then common minimum programme had agreed that “the management would require operational flexibility which includes power to right-size the work force”
The myriad labour laws and the extremely disempowered conditions of labour, a majority of which is in the unorganised sector, makes labour reforms a very complicated endeavour. For instance, writing for the BBC Economist Kaushik Basu, highlights the case of the Industrial Disputes Act (IDA), 1947, which he says “is a good example of a well-meaning policy that is founded on antiquated economics and a handsome misunderstanding of the way markets function.”
“In fact an amendment made to the IDA in the mid-1980s requires that any firm employing more than 100 workers needs to get permission from the State Government before retrenching workers (and in practice that permission is seldom given), he adds.
His point is that IDA makes firing of workers very hard, which limits the flexibility of free contracting.
From the perspective of industries, and even from the point of view of the prospects of short term contracts for manufacture that companies undertake which require short term workers, it may be true; but from the point of view of labourers, it affects their welfare and security. There may be certainly some justification on tweaking laws to make more trained labour easily available to the industries, without considerable legal hassles, but then the labour also has a right to feel secure. It may also be true that because of the rigidity of some of our laws, companies are unable to expand and innovate. Experts such as Basu point out that labour data from the 1980s show that companies employing more than 100 people have gone down because of the labour laws.
While the labour unions fear a free hire and fire policy, what reformists want is the ability to write different types of contracts - some short term, some long term and an easy regime from the government in terms of controls and supervision.
Will Modi be able to convince both the businesses and the labour that he stands for growth as well as welfare?
A planning commission working group document that contributed to the 11th Plan (during the UPA) is worth a revisit in the present context, it said: “The UPA rejects the idea of automatic hire and fire. It recognizes that some changes in labour laws may be required but such changes must fully protect the interests of workers and families and must take place after full consultation with trade unions. The UPA will pursue a dialogue with industry and Trade Unions on this issue before coming up with specific proposals. However, labour laws other than the Industrial Disputes Act that creates an Inspector Raj will be re- examined and procedures harmonised and streamlined.
The UPA government firmly believes that labour-management relations in our country must be marked by consultations, cooperation and consensus, not confrontation.
Tripartite consultations with Trade Unions and Industry on all proposals concerning them will be actively pursued. Rights and benefits earned by workers, including the right to strike according to law, will not be taken away or curtailed.”
This sounds reasonable and sound in principle. Perhaps, this is the line that the Modi government should also pursue while pushing for reforms.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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.