Friday, 30 September 2016
EDITORIAL POSTAL CRUSADER OCTOBER-2016
MESSAGE OF Xth FEDERAL COUNCIL
Xth Federal Council of National Federation of Postal Employees was held at Guwahati (Assam) from 7th September to 9th September, 2016. A galaxy of Trade Union leaders admired the struggling nature of NFPE moving on the path with a slogan “Unity for struggle and struggle for unity”. The Federal Council reviewed the Political, economical and social condition of India and its impact on working class. It was discussed in detail that during the period under review, higher administration of the Department of Posts and Government of India tried to make some structural changes in the Department of Post which was fought by NFPE and defeated and NFPE established its might. There is significant change in the mindset of Bureaucracy and our membership has gained faith a lot in union which has been reflected in last membership verification.
The Federal Council reviews the recommendations of 7th CPC and it was the view of most of the delegates that the recommendations of 7th CPC are most retrograde and disappointing. More anomalies are appearing in implementation of the 7th CPC. The Committees formed on allowances, advances, NPS and so called High Power committee to review the minimum wage and consequently change in pay matrix , have to submit their reports within 4 months i.e. upto 31st Oct, 2016.
It was the view of most of the delegates that NJCA should take proper action to achieve the demands and without breaking the unity, Confederation and NFPE should also chalk out their separate programme of action in phased manner.
It was also discussed and decided that we as NFPE should also launch agitational programmes in phased manner to achieve our sectional demands i.e. Cadre restructuring for left out Categories, Filling up of vacant posts, enhancement of ceiling of bonus to GDS . GDS Committee,streaming the functioning of NCJCM, DCJCM and RJCM. Regularization and wage revision of casual labourers, All Cadre related problems, problems arising out of implementation of CBS and CSI and to oppose the move to outsource any function of Postal services.
Policy and programmes resolution was also adopted in the Federal Council unanimously in which it is decided that the NFPE being in the main stream of working class will fight against the neo-liberal economic policies which are adversely affecting the life of all working people and common man.
This Federal Council viewed with grave concern the growing right Wing offensives under NDA Government and aggressive activities of the communal forces and deliberate efforts to divide the people including workers on the basis caste and religion and took unanimous decision to defeat such move by organizing united struggles and shall stand finally with the secular and democratic forces.
Thus the Xth Federal Council has given a very common message to the Postal workers particularly and common worker in general that NFPE will march forward on the path of struggle to save the interests of workers and achieve the genuine and justified demands by united struggle.
The Xth Federal Council has also adopted a resolution on common and specific demands of Postal Employees and decided further course of agitaional programmes in phased manner
NFPE calls upon the entire Postal, RMS, and MMS employees to get ready for future struggles to achieve the genuine demands and resists the attacks and dangers unlashed by the Department of Post and Government of India which are against the Postal Workers.
LIST OF NEWLY ELECTED OFFICER BEARERS OF NFPE ELECTED IN Xth FEDERAL COUNCIL HELD AT GUWAHATI (ASSAM) FROM 07th to 09th 2016 : APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF POSTS.
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
Dak Bhavan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi- 110001.
Dated the 28th September, 2016.
1. All Heads of Postal Circle.
2. All Postmasters General.
3. Director of Postal Staff College, Ghaziabad (UP).
4. CGM, PLI Directorate, Chankyapuri PO, New Delhi.
5. CGM, (BD&M) Directorate, Dak Bhavan, New Delhi.
6. Postmaster General, Foreign Mails, Mumbai.
7. All Directors, Postal Training Centres.
8. Directors Foreign Mails, Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi.
9. All Directors/Dy. Directors of Accounts (Postal).
Subject:- List of new office bearers of National Federation of Postal Employees elected in 10th Federal Council of the said federation held at Guwahati (Assam) from 07-09-2016 to 09-09-2016.
I am directed to state that fresh election of National Federation of Postal Employees has been conducted and a list of new office bearers elected in 10th Federal Council of the said union held at Guwahati (Assam) from 07-09-2016 to 09-09-2016 is as under:-
Name of the Office Bearer (Shri/Smt.)
Official Designation & Working Place
Sh. Giri Raj Singh
SA (MACP-III) R-3 (Delhi).
Sh. A. Manoharan
1. Sh. K.K. Sharma
Mail Man, S.J. Stg. Office Air Mail Stg. Dn. New Delhi.
2. Sh. Umashankar Chakraborti
Supervisor (HSG-II), O/o DPLI Kolkata.
3. Sh. S.B. Yadav
Sr. Accountant, O/o DA (P) Lucknow (U.P.)
Sh. R.N. Parashar
APM Accounts, Mathura HO (U.P.).
Deputy Secretary General
Smt. R. Seethalakshmi
Post woman, Bangalore City H.O.-560002 (Karnataka).
Asstt. Secretaries General
1. Sh. S. Raghupathy
ASPM, Perambur Barracks P.O., Chennai (TN)
2. Sh. Janardhan Mazumdar
PA, Princep Street PO Kolkata (WB)
3. Sh. M.V. Janardanan
Postman, Kannur H.O. (Kerala).
Sh. Raj Kumar
Stg., Postman, Karol Bagh P.O., New Delhi – 110005.
2. This is for information and taking necessary action as per existing instructions on the subject.
ADG (SR & Legal/ Pension)
Copy to: 1.Secretary General, National Federation of Postal Employees, 1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi – 110001.
2 All Sections in the Department of Posts.
ADG (SR & Legal/ Pension)
Thursday, 29 September 2016
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Regarding grant of enhanced bonus of 7000 to GDS, Com. R. N. Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE discussed with Chairman, GDS Committee, Shri Kamalesh Chandra today (29.09.2016). Chairman informed that he had recommended for payment of bonus to GDS at the enhanced calculation ceiling of Rs. 7000/- and the file returned to Postal Board. (Last time Nataraja Murthy Committee has recommended that GDS should not be paid enhanced bonus and their bonus should be reduced to 50% of the departmental employees). Now that, GDS committee has recommended 7000, Postal JCA has demanded Postal Board to issue bonus orders of GDS with calculation ceiling of 7000/- without any further delay.
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi - 110001
NFPE FEDERAL SECRETARIAT MEETING
The Federal Secretariat meeting of NFPE was held at New Delhi on 27.09.2016 under the presidentship of Com. Giriraj Singh, President, NFPE. Representatives of all affiliated organisations attended the meeting. Com. M. Krishnan, Ex-Secretary General & Secretary General, Confederation also attended and guided the discussion and decisions. Com. R. N. Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE reported the non-grant of enhanced bonus to GDS and the efforts made by NFPE leadership to settle the issue. He also reported the non-settlement of payment of arrears to casual Labourers inspite of orders issued by Directorate. Com. Parashar, reported the details discussion he had with Shri. D. Theagarajan, Secretary General FNPO and placed the following proposal of PJCA before the Secretariat meeting.
1. Phase programme of action culminating in two days nation wide strike on 9th & 10th November 2016 exclusively on the bonus demand of GDS and revision of wages of casual labourers.
2. The Secretariat after detailed discussion decided to implement the decision of PJCA. Accordingly the Federatl Secretariat calls upon all Branch/Divisional/Circle Secretaries of NFPE affiliated Unions/Associations and also AIPEU-GDS to make the agitational programmes and two days strike cent percent success. (NJCA Circular published separately)
HOMAGE TO COM. DES RAJ SHARMA
Before commencement of the meeting, the National Secretariat paid respectful homage to Late Com. Des Raj Sharma, Ex-General Secretary, P-IV CHQ & Ex-Deputy Secretary General, NFPE. The Secretary General and all other participants mentioned about the unforgettable contributions made by Com. Des Raj Sharma and also his sufferings for strengthening P-4 Union, NFPE and Confederation. The National Secretariat expressed it heart-felt condolences and offered two minutes silence.
DEPARTMENTAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE – DEPARTMENT OF POSTS
Secretary General reported the communication received from the Department regarding constituition of Departmental Anomaly Committee. The following will represent NFPE in the Committee against the 5 seats allotted to NFPE. Com. R. N. Parashar (SG & GS – P3), Com. Giriraj Singh (GS-R3) Com. R. Seethalakshmi (GS-P4), Com. P. Suresh (GS-R4) Com. Pranab Bhattacharjee (Admin Union).
It is decided that all General Secretaries should submit the items to be included in the agenda of the Anomaly Committee to Com. Giriraj Singh, Secretary, JCM (DC) staff side on or before 15.10.2016. Branch/Divisional/Circle Secretaries should submit the items to their respective General Secretaries before 12.10.2016.
FINAL MEETING WITH CHAIRMAN GDS COMMITTEE
Chairman GDS committee has invited NFPE for final interaction before finalizing the recommendations. Accordingly, Com. R. N. Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE and Com. P. Panduranga Rao, General Secretary, AIPEU-GDS, shall attend the meeting on 7th October 2016.
(R. N. Parshar)
COM. DES RAJ SHARMA – THE UNCOMPROMISING FIGHTER
M. Krishnan. Ex-Secretary General, NFPE
Secretary General, Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers
On 24th September I was at Chennai, on the way to Gudur (AP) to attend the Circle Conference of AIPEU Postmen & MTS Union. At about 09.25 PM, Com. R. Seethalakshmi, General Secretary, P-IV union called me and informed – “Com. Des Raj Sharma passed away.” After a few minutes Com. V. A. N. Namboodri also called. On the previous day, i.e., on 23.09.2016, at 11.30 AM myself and Com. Seethalakshmi had visited Com. Des Raj Sharma at his house at Karol Bagh, New Delhi and was with him for about 2 hours. He had a heart attack and had undergone angioplasty surgery for removal of five blocks. He was recovering fast. He discussed with us about Com. Adi and his association with many great leaders of P&T Trade union movement. He recollected his experiences while he was in the movement and also after his retirement. As he was continuously talking, I asked his wife who was sitting near, whether doctor has advised to restrict talking. His wife told no such restriction. When we were about to leave, both of us told him to take care of his health as per the advice of the doctor. Then Com. Des Raj Sharma smilingly made a comment – “Don’t worry about my health. Doctor has given me another five years guarantee. Now I am seventy one”. But while completing the sentence his sound was shaken and eyes were full of tears. May be, he was aware that death is nearing. We tried to console him and wished him long life. Next day when the sad news came I was really shocked.
Com. Desraj Sharma was a symbol of dedication, commitment and an uncompromising fighter. He truly represented the tradition of Postmen, Group D & ED staff union lead by Com. Adi. He worked as a CHQ office bearer under the dynamic leadership of the legendary leader Com. K. Adinarayana for a long time. He stood firmly with Com. Adi during the periods of trials and tribulations. It is Com. Adi who moulded Com. Desraj Sharma as a leader.
Com. Desraj Sharma never compromised with the enemies of NFPE and sometimes openly burst out against those who want to break the unity of NFPE. In the Kolkata Federal Council, it is the P-IV union which saved NFPE from a split and also helped NFPE to get recognition. He succeeded in vacating all the stay orders against conducting the Federal Council and also ensured rock-like unity among the P-IV Federal Councilors. He was outright and never say one thing and act another. The enemies of NFPE were afraid of Com. Desraj Sharma and they turned their guns against him always
After his taking over as the General Secretary of P-IV union, he concentrated in streamlining the organisational functioning of the union and helped the Branch/Divisional and Circle Unions to overcome their weaknesses. He effectively intervened and settled all the organizational disputes existed in many circles and consolidated the organizational unity and militancy of P-IV union. He championed the cause of not only Postmen and Group-D but his service was fully dedicated to the cause of GDS employees and for their emancipation. As Deputy Secretary General of NFPE he fought for safeguarding the unity of NFPE and also for settling the genuine demands of the entire Postal employees. He was also in the forefront of all activities of Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers. In the negotiations with the administration he never compromised and was very particular about result-oriented settlement.
Com. Desraj Sharma cannot be compared with any other leader of Postal Trade union movement. “Desraj Sharma is Desraj Sharma”. He will remain forever in the minds of the Postal employees and Central Government employees.
Long Live Com. Desraj Sharma!
Long live, Long live!
Tuesday, 27 September 2016
9th Joint Divisional Biennial Conference of AIPEU, Group-C & AIPEU, Postman & MTS, Koraput Divisional branch conducted successfully in Jeypore (K) on 25.09.2016
The 9th Joint Divisional Biennial Conference of AIPEU, Group-C & AIPEU, Postman & MTS, Koraput Divisional branch conducted successfully at Vedika in Jeypore (K) on 25.09.2016 with participation of hundreds of members.
The Open Session was inaugurated by Com. Ramesh Chandra Mishra, Circle Secretary, AIPEU, Group-C and Vice-President CHQ with lighting of lamp and the State Song of Odisha, “Bande Utkal Janani……….” under the musical guidance of Com. Sukumar Suna, SPM, Nawarangpur Bazar S O and Sri Nihar Mohanty.
The following dignitaries addressed the Open Session.
1. Sj. Daitary Rana, SSPOs, Koraput Division
2. Com. Debabrata Mohanty, Circle Secretary, P-IV, Odisha Circle
3. Com. B Samal, Vice-President, AIPEU, Gr.- C, Odisha Circle
4. Com. H K Sial, Org. Secretary, AIPEU, Gr.- C, Odisha Circle
5. Com. Nisamani Sahoo, Treasurer, P-IV, Odisha Circle
While the programme was presided by Com. Uma Maheswar, the stage was nicely managed by Com. Sunita Dash, SPM, Jeynagar S O.
AIPEU, Group-C, Bhubaneswar Division headed by its Divisional Secretary was fortunate to attend the above Conference with the following members.
1. Com. Pramod Kumar Pattnaik, President
2. Com. Anil Kumar Mohanty, Vice-President
3. Com. Lingaraj Sahoo, Vice-President
4. Com. Diptiranjan Mohanty, Asst. Secretary and
5. Com. Nihar Ranjan Pattnaik, Organizing Secretary.
The arrangement made and hospitality rendered by Koraput Division are worth praising.
Sunday, 25 September 2016
Govt is actively considering central D.A. increase from 01.07.2016
- Sources close to Finance Ministry told that the initial installment of DA to central government employees on the revised pay structure w.e.f 1.7.2016 is under consideration.
- There is a confusion about percentage of D.A. payable from 1st July 2016 to Central Govt. employee and pensioners. There may be a hike of 2 to 3 percentage point, which is to be announced very soon, probably in this week.
- Meanwhile Govt asked the Pay Research Unit to calculate exact financial implication for every percentage of D.A. increase, which is a routine matter.
Com.Desraj Sharma. Ex.Dy.S.G.
NFPE and former G.S. P-4 union expired on 24th September 2016 at his Delhi Residence. He was a very good organiser and fighter. His contribution towards Trade Union movement and NFPE will ever be remembered. P IV Odisha Circle conveys heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and pray eternal peace to the departed soul.
P IV Odisha Circle dips its banner in respect of Com. Des Raj Sharma.
Saturday, 24 September 2016
Understanding Minimum Wages and Bonus
September 24, 2016
24-September-2016 10:35 IST
Understanding Minimum Wages and Bonus
A minimum wage is the lowest remuneration that employers may legally pay to workers or it is the price floor below which workers may not sell their labour.
The concept of minimum wages first evolved with reference to remuneration of workers in those industries where the level of wages was substantially low as compared to the wages for similar types of labour in other industries. As far back as 1928, the International Labour Conference of International Labour Organization, at Geneva, adopted a draft convention on minimum wages requiring the member countries to create and maintain a machinery whereby minimum rates of wages can be fixed for workers employed in industries in which no arrangements exist for the effective regulation of wages and where wages are exceptionally low. Also, at the Preparatory Asian Regional Labour Conference of International Labour Organisation held at New Delhi in 1947 and then at the 3rdsession of the Asian Regional Labour Conference, it was approved that every effort should be made to improve wage standards in industries and occupations in Asian Countries, where they are still low. Thus, the need of a legislation for fixation of minimum wages in India received an impetus after World War II, on account of the necessity of protecting the interest of demobilized personnel seeking employment in industries.
The justification for statutory fixation of minimum wage is obvious. Such provisions which exist in more advanced countries are even necessary in India, where workers’ organizations are yet poorly developed and the workers’ bargaining power is consequently poor.
To provide for machinery for fixing and revision of minimum wages a draft Bill was prepared and discussed at the 7th session of the Indian Labour Conference in November, 1945. Thereupon the Minimum Wages Bill was introduced in the Central Legislative Assembly. The Minimum Wages Bill having been passed by the Legislature received the assent on 15th March, 1948. It came on the Statute Book as the Minimum Wages Act, 1948.
The Act provides for fixation by the appropriate Governments of minimum wages for employments covered by Schedule to the Act. The Central Government is the appropriate Government in respect of 45 scheduled employments in the Central Sphere. The minimum wages fixed for Central sphere are applicable to the scheduled employments in the establishments under the authority of Central Government, railway administrations, mines, oil-fields, major ports or any corporation established by a Central Act. Employments other than the scheduled employment for Central Sphere come under the purview of the State Government and accordingly State Government wages are applicable in such employments. The minimum wages for Central Sphere are revised from time to time based on the increase in Consumer Price Index effective from April and October.
According to Section 3(1)(b) of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, “the appropriate government shall review at such intervals, as it may think fit, such intervals not exceeding five years, the minimum rates of wages so fixed and revise the minimum rates if necessary.
The norms recommended by the Indian Labour Conference, in 1957, fox fixing the minimum wages are: (a) consumption units for one wage earner; (b) minimum food requirements of 2700 calories per average Indian adult; (c) clothing requirements of 72 yards per annum per family; (d) rent corresponding to the minimum area provided for under Government’s Industrial Housing Scheme; and (e) fuel, lighting and other miscellaneous items of expenditure to constitute 20% of the total minimum wage.
In 1991, the Hon’ble Supreme Court delivered a historic judgement and directed that children’s education, medical requirement, minimum recreation including festivals/ceremonies, provision for old age, marriage etc. should further constitute 25% of the minimum wage and be used as a guide in fixation of minimum wage.
The Act envisages appointment of an Advisory Board, by the appropriate Government, for the purpose of advising the appropriate Government in the matter of fixing and revising minimum rates of wages.
The Central Government revises the wages in the scheduled employments from time to time in accordance with the provisions of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948. Draft Notifications for all the Scheduled Employments in the Central Sphere were issued on 1st September, 2016 simultaneously, in fact for the first time. The basic rate of minimum wages for an unskilled worker in the scheduled employment other than agriculture has been proposed at Rs.350 in Area ‘C’ from the current minimum wage (basic wage + variable dearness allowance) of Rs.246 resulting in an increase of about 42%. The basic rate of minimum wages for an unskilled worker in the scheduled employment “agriculture” has been proposed at Rs.300 in Area ‘C’ from the current minimum wage (basic wage + variable dearness allowance) of Rs.211 resulting in an increase of about 42%.
The proposed revision in the rates of basic minimum wages would indeed provide much needed solace to the labour fraternity.
Bonus payment is an extra payment given for doing one's job well also known as performance-related pay or pay for performance.
The practice of paying bonus in India appears to have originated during First World War when certain textile mills granted 10% of wages as war bonus to their workers in 1917. In certain cases of industrial disputes demand for payment of bonus was also included. In 1950, the Full Bench of the Labour Appellate Tribunal evolved a formula for determination of bonus. A plea was made to raise that formula in 1959. At the second and third meetings of the eighteenth Session of Standing Labour Committee (G.O.I) held in New Delhi in March/ April 1960, it was agreed that a Commission be appointed to go into the question of bonus and evolve suitable norms. A Tripartite Commission was set up by the Government of India to consider in a comprehensive manner, the question of payment of bonus based on profits to employees employed in establishments and to make recommendations to the Government. The Government of India accepted the recommendations of the Commission subject to certain modifications. To implement these recommendations the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 was enacted, which came into force on 25-9-1965.
The objective of the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 is to provide for the payment of bonus to the persons employed in certain establishments on the basis of profits or on the basis of production or productivity and for matter connected therewith.
It applies to (i) Every Factory; and (ii) Every other establishment in which 20 or more persons are employed on any day during an accounting year subject to the exemptions under section 32. Every employee shall be entitled to be paid by his employer in an accounting year, bonus, in accordance with the provisions of this Act, provided he has worked in the establishment for not less than thirty working days in that year. While the minimum bonus is 8.33% of the salary or wage earned by the employee during the accounting year, the maximum bonus is 20% of such salary or wage.
Two ceilings are available under the said Act generally known as eligibility limit and calculation ceiling respectively. Clause 13 of Section 2 of Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 defines an employee based on salary or wage per mensem. This is usually taken as the “eligibility limit” for computation of bonus. Similarly, Section 12 of the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 provides for calculation of bonus of an employee based on salary or wage per mensem. This is known as “calculation ceiling”.
The two ceilings are revised from time to time to keep pace with the price rise and increase in the salary structure. At present, the calculation ceiling has been enhanced to Rs.7000 or the minimum wage for the scheduled employment, as fixed by the appropriate Government, whichever is higher and the eligibility limit has been enhanced to Rs.21,000/-.
Due to this revision, additional 55 lakh workers would be benefited. This would indeed, be a good gesture on the part of the Government towards the labour fraternity.
*Author is Minister of State (Independent Charge) Labour and Employment, Government of India
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