Confederation Circular on Charter of Demands and Next Phase of agitation
Circular dated 07-09-2017
1. Confederation Charter of Demands – Organise Next Phase of agitation with large partcipation of employees & Pensioners:
(1) 19th September 2017 (Tuesday) – Mass dharna at all District Headquarters.
2) 17th October 2017 (Tuesday) – Mass dharna at all State Capitals.
(3) 2017 November 9th, 10th & 11th – Three days “Maha Dharna” at New Delhi along with Central Trade Unions and other independent Federations.
(4) Indefinite strike in 2018 jointly with Central Trade Unions and other independent Federations.
2017 November 9th, 10th, 11th – Delhi Maha Dharna:
The following quota is fixed for Delhi Maha Dharna for each day. All affiliated organisations and C-O-Cs are requested to ensure participation of employees as per quota fixed. Quota fixed is minimum and maximum effort may be made for participation of employees more than the quota.
For Delhi Maha dharna and indefinite strike (2018) the following 12 points charter of demands approved by the National Convention of Workers will be Part-I and Confederation’s 21 Point Charter of demands (see circular dated 16-8-2017 published in website and also sent by post) will be Part II of the Charter of demands.
Part-I – 12 point Common Charter of Demands of all workers:
1. Urgent measures for containing price rise through universalization of public distribution system and banning speculative trade in commodity market.
2. Containing unemployment through concrete measures for employment generation.
3. Strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation of Labour laws.
4. Universal social security cover for all workers.
5. Minimum wages of not less than 18000/- per month with provisions of indexation.
6. Assured enhanced pension not less than Rs.3000/- per month for the entire working population.
7. Stoppage of disinvestment and strategic sale in Central/State Public Sector Undertakings.
8. Stoppage of Contractorisation in permanent periennial work and payment of same wage and benefits for contract workers as regular workers for same and similar work.
9. Removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of bonus, provident fund; increase the quantum of gratuity.
10. Compulsory registration of Trade Unions within a period of 45 days from the date of submitting application and immediate ratification of ILO Conventions C-87 and C-98.
11. Against Labour law amendments.
12. Against FDI in Railways, Insurance and Defence.
PART II – 21 POINT CHARTER OF DEMANDS OF CONFEDERATION
Please see Circular dated 09-08-2917.
Add the following:
Item (6) – (a) No Downsizing, Privatisation, Outsourcing and contractorisation of Government functions (b) Stop the proposed move to close down Govt. of India Presses.
Item (8) – (a) Withdraw the draconian FR 56(J) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules 1972 which is being misused as a short-cut as purity measure to punish and victimise the employees.
(b) Withdraw all trade union victimisation and attack on trade union facilities.
Conventions, General Body Meetings, gate meetings etc. may be held in all offices/departments/state and intensive campaign and mobilisation work may be organised to make the above programmes a grand success. Notices and leaflets may be printed and circulated. Publicity may be given through local media and maximum use of social media may also be made.
Comrades, to defeat the anti-worker and anti-people policies of the NDA Government, maximum unity of the working class is the need of the hour. Only through a united struggle of the entire working class of the country these policies can be halted. Confederation being an organisation which is in the forefront of all struggles against the neo-liberal policies and also being the one and the only organisation which is continuously fighting for the demands of the entire Central Govt. employees and pensioners, has an added responsibility to make the struggle of the entire working class a grand success. An alternative policy is possible and only the working class can lead the struggle for an alternative policy and save the workers and also the common people of our country. Let us be proud to be part of such a patriotic struggle.
2. Towards 50th Anniversary of 1968 September 19th historic one day strike of Central Government Employees:
2018 September 19th (next year) is the 50th anniversary of 1968 September 19th strike. Before independence and after independence, the Central Government employees had conducted many strikes. But 1968 September 19th strike is written in red letters in the history of Indian Working Class. It is because that the strike had raised the demand for a scientific wage revision based on the Need Based Minimum Wage formula approved by the 15th Indian Labour Conference held in 1957. Central Govt. employees fought for the demand of entire working class of India ie. Need Based Minimum Wage. The ruling class of India understood that if the demand of the Central Govt. employees is accepted, all other section of the working class including those in private sector shall go on struggle for implementation of Need Based Minimum Wage to them also and ultimately it will result in changing their pro-capitalist economic policy itself, which they never want to change. The ruling class let loose all destructive forces and repressive measures at their command to crush the strike. The Central Government employees had to pay a heavy price -seventeen (17) comrades had been brutally murdered by the ruling class. In addition 40000 suspensions, 64000 termination notices, arrets, imprisionment, chargesheets , heavy punishments, transfers etc. Even today, the Central Government employees and other sections of the working class are on struggle path demanding Need Based Minimum Wage.
To make the beginning of the 50th anniversary of the historic strike, this year’s Martyrs day on 19-09-2017 should be organised in a befitting manner at all places by hoisting flags, paying homage to martyrs etc. Before the 50th anniversary day on 2018 september 19th, seminars, honouring of those who are victimized in the 1968 September 19th strike etc may be organised at all important centres. The details of other programmes to be organised in connection with the 50th anniversary will be decided in the next National Secretariat meeting of the confederation to be held at Mumbai on 10-01-2018.
3. All India Women’s Trade Union Workshop.
As already decided in the National Secretariat meeting, the All India Women’s Trade Union workshop will be held at Mumbai. The C-O-C Maharashtra (Mumbai) has decided to hold the workshop on 11th & 12th January 2018 (Thursday and Friday) . Details of venue etc will be finalized later.
The delegate fee is fixed as Rs. 1000/- (Rs one thousand only) per head. Food and accommodation will be provided by the Reception Committee. (Accommodation from 10th forenoon to 13th 6 AM. Food on 11th & 12th only). The following quota is fixed for each affiliated organisation and C-O-Cs for participation of delegates in the workshop. Each organisation and C-O-C is requested to ensure participation of delegates as per quota fixed. As train reservation commences four months before and there is every likelihood of heavy rush for Mumbai trains, all delegates may be instructed to book their travel tickets immediately. Non-availability of confirmed tickets should not be an excuse for non-attendance of delegates as per quota fixed. Dates of the workshop is declared well in advance, to facilitate booking of confirmed travel tickets. All affiliates should send their delegates without fail as per quota fixed.
Quota for the All India Women’s Trade Union Workshop to be held at Mumbai on.11th & 12 th January 2018.
1. National Federation of Postal Employees – 80
2. Income Tax Employees Federation – 30
3. All India Audit & Accounts Association – 15
4. All India Civil Accounts Employees Association- 15
5. National Federation of Atomic Energy Employees- 10
6. All other affiliated organisations (minimum) – 3 each
7. C-O-C Delhi – 5
8. C-O-C-West Bengal – 10
9. C-O-C Kerala – 10
10. All other state level C-O-CS – 5 each
11. C-O-C Mumbai – 50
The Women’s sub committee members of Confederation should compulsorily attend the workshop. There will be a meeting of the women’s sub committee on the first day evening of the workshop. All affiliated organisations should inform their women sub committee members nominated by them immediately. Confederation CHQ is not sending the circulars to the women sub committee members as only two organisations have furnished the full address of their nominees to the women sub committee.
Hold state level women’s convention and constitute women’s sub committees at state level before the Mumbai workshop.
All C-O-Cs and Affiliated organisations are requested to organise state level women’s convention before the Mumbai workshop. State level women’s sub committees may be constituted in the convention. A state level convention was organised at Hyderabad in connection with the state Conference of Andhra/Telangana C-O-C and a state level Women’s sub committee was formed. Com Usha Boneppalli, Chairperson of the confederation, All India Women’s sub committee attended the state level convention and took initiative for formation of state level women’s sub committee.
4. National Secretariat Meeting of confederation 10-01-2018-Mumbai
National Secretariat Meeting of the Confederation will be held at Mumbai on 10-01-2018 (10th January 2018 Wednesday) from 10.30 AM onwards. All National Secretariat Members and Women sub-committee office bearers (Office bearers only) are requested to attend to meeting in time. Detailed notice will be issued later. Please book your travel tickets early.
5. NPS & OUTSOURCING – JOINT PROGRAMME OF CENTRAL AND STATE GOVT EMPLOYEES (CONFEDERATION AND ALL INDIA STATE GOVT EMPLOYEES FEDERATION)
All C-O-Cs are requested to keep in touch with State Govt. Employees Federation leaders and ensure implementation of the following decisions of the 2017 June 10th joint National Convention.
1. State level Joint conventions.
2. District/Taluk level joint conventions
3. Mass Dharna at all important centres including state capitals on 21-11-2017 (Tuesday).
Dates of Rajbhavan March, All India Jathas, Parliament march etc. will be decided later. State level joint conventions are already held in Kerala, West Bengal and Odisha.
6. WFTU-TUI MEET AT TRIVANDRUM AND KOLKATA
Those organisations and C-O-Cs which have not yet remitted the quota fixed by the National Secretariat are requested to remit the same immediately. Trivandrum meet is on 11th & 12th September and Kolkata meet is on 9th & 10th October 2017.
Those who are remitting the money in the Bank Account of Confederation CHQ, should intimate the full details of remittance such as name of remitter, date of remittance, amount remitted etc to Com .Vrigu Bhattacharjee, Finance Secretary, confederation CHQ (Mob & WhatsApp 09868520926) Email ID- [email protected] Otherwise it is not possible to issue receipt for the remittance, as Bank has informed that the full particulars of the remitters is not available with them.
Please remit the amount fixed without fail.
7. UPDATING THE MOBILE, WHATSAPP AND E-MAIL ID OF ALL AFFILIATES AND C-O-CS.
1. All affiliates and C-O-Cs are requested to send by email or whatsApp or SMS the following particulars before 15-10-2017.
(a) Name of Organisation/C-O-C’
(b) Mobile Number
(c) WhatsApp number
(d) Email ID.
2. All National Secretariat members are also requested to furnish the following details.
(b) WhatsApp number
(c) Email ID.
3. Inspite of repeated reminders only two organisations have given the full postal address (with pincode) of women sub-committee members of confederation nominated by each affiliate. All affiliates are one again requested to send the full address (with pincode) of the Women sub committee members nominated by them. At present for want of correct address, Confederation CHQ is not sending circulars by post to women sub committee members. Some Women sub committee members have complained non-receipt of circulars by post.
Yours Fraternally you,
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