01 Jun, 2018 7:44a.m.

Postal strike withdrawn. Demands to be considered within a month

The joint action council of postal employees has withdrawn their indefinite stir. The strike which was on since 21st, was temporarily called off on Thursday following discussions between employees’ organisations and Director of Postal Services, Sayeed Rasheed, on the directives of the Chief Post Master General. The decision to call off the strike was taken by the NFPE (National Federation of Postal Employees) and FNPO (Federation of National Postal Organisation).

The strike had affected postal services across the State. The postal employees, both regular staff and Grameen Dak Sevaks, were demanding pay revision for Grameen Dak Sevaks (rural India Post staff). They had been seeking implementation of the recommendations of the Kamlesh Chandra Committee on the pay revision of the GDS.

The strike was nearly total in 23 postal divisions and three RMS divisions in the State.

Grameen Dak Sevaks had been struggling for decades, they said. Each time they protested, some allowances would be made, but no permanent solution had been found for their grievances till date. “The Kamlesh Chandra Committee had submitted its report to the Union government in November 2016, but it was sitting on the recommendations,” they alleged. Even the Bharatiya Postal ED Union, affiliated to the BJP, was on strike, they had said.

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