The Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers has called for a National Convention on the proposed nationwide strike on 23 & 24 February 2022. (Read: Nationwide general strike called during budget session on Feb 23 & 24) The convention will be held on 12th January 2022. The convention is being held jointly by the Confederation and National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE) with leaders of various central trade unions addressing.
The Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions and Independent sectoral All India Federations and Associations has called for a nationwide general strike on 23 and 24 February 2022 with various demands, A joint statement issued by the joint platform that the strike is against the anti-people, anti-worker and anti-national destructive policies of the BJP Government at the centre. The strike will carry the message "Save the People, Save the Nation," as per the statement.
The confederation has published the charter of demands for the nationwide strike.
CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS
CHARTER OF DEMANDS
- Payment of Arrears of DA/DR withheld from January -2020 to June-2021.
- Scrap New Contributory Pension Scheme (NPS). Restore old defined benefit Pension Scheme (OPS) to all employees. Guarantee 50% of the last pay drawn as minimum pension.
- Scrap the draconian FR 56((j) & (i) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972. Stop terrorizing and victimising employees.
- Withdraw the attack against the recognised status of Associations and Federations.
- Withdraw the anti-worker Wage/Labour codes and other anti-labour reforms.
- Stop attack on trade union rights.
- Implement five-year wage revision and Pension revision to Central Government employees and Pensioners. Appoint 8th Central Pay Commission and revise the Pay, Allowances and Pensionary benefits of Central Government employees and Pensioners with effect from 01-01-2021.
- Honour the assurance given by the Group of Ministers (GoM) to NJCA leaders on 30-06-2016. Increase minimum pay and fitment formula recommended by 7th CPC. Grant HRA arrears from 01-01-2016.
- Withdraw “Very Good” benchmark for MACP, grant promotional hierarchy and date of effect of MACP from 01-01-2006.
- Grant Option-1 parity recommended by 7th CPC to all Central Govt. Pensioners. Grant one notional increment to those who retired on 30th June.
- Settle all anomalies arising out of the 7th CPC implementation.
- Stop ban on creation of new posts. Fill up all seven lakhs vacant posts in Central Government departments in a time-bound manner. Scrap National Recruitment Agency and introduce Department wise recruitment and Regional recruitment for Group B and C posts.
- Stop Corporatisation and privatisation of Railways, Defence, Printing & Stationery Department and Postal Departments. Withdraw closure/merger orders of Govt. of India Printing Presses and Postal Stores depots/Postal Stamp depots. Stop proposed move to close down the department. Stop outsourcing and closure of Govt. establishments.
- Regularisation of Gramin Dak Sevaks and grant of Civil Servants status. Implement remaining positive recommendations of the Kamalesh Chandra Committee Report.
- Regularise all casual and contract workers including those who joined service on or after 01-09-1993.
- Settle all Covid-19 related issues pertaining to Central Govt. employees and Pensioners on a top priority basis. Treat the period of absence during the lockdown as a duty. Grant full wages to casual, part-time, contingent and contract workers during the lockdown period. Payment of Compensation Rs. 20 lakh to the family of deceased who died due to Corona.
- Grant equal pay for equal work for all. Remove disparity in pay scales between Central Secretariat Staff and similarly placed staff working in field units of various departments.
- Implement 7th CPC wage revision and pension revision to remaining Autonomous body employees and pensioners. Ensure payment of full arrears without further delay. Grant Bonus to Autonomous body employees pending from 2016-17 onwards.
- Remove arbitrary 5% ceiling imposed on compassionate appointments. Grant appointment in all eligible cases.
- Grant five time-bound promotions to all Group B & C employees. Complete cadre review in all departments in a time-bound manner.
- Ensure prompt functioning of various negotiating forums under the JCM Scheme at all levels.
(R. N. Parashar)