GDS/CHQ/41/2/2010 Dated: 28.05.2010
Department of Posts,
New Delhi 110001
Sub; Payment of II installment of arrears (60%) payable to Gramin
Dak Sevaks reg.
Second installment of arrears is due to be paid to the GDS employees for which the poor GDS officials are waiting for. The parliament has already made budget provisions for 2010-11.
This is high time that much delayed dues of the neglected class is paid at the earliest for which we shall be highly grateful. Needless to mention here that the Gramin Dak Sevaks have been working hard for all round development of this great department.
Hence it is once again requested to bestow your personal interest and cause to issue early orders for payment of II installment of arrears to GDS.
GDS/CHQ/4/2/2010 Dated: 03.06.2010
Shri. Subhash Chander
Director (SR & Legal)
Department of Posts
New Delhi – 110001
Sub: Recommendations of Nataraja Murti Committee on Gramin Dak Sevaks in the
matter of recognition of service associations and grant of trade union facilities – Views thereon.
Ref: Your letter No.4-1/2007-SR Dated 14th May, 2010
Our comments on the specific recommendations of Nataraja Murti Committee are submitted hereunder. However, we are of the strong opinion that the matters related to trade union facilities were not the part of 'terms of reference' allotted by the Government to the GDS Committee and therefore there is no binding on the Government / Department of Posts on such recommendations, especially if such recommendations are in variance of any Statutory Rules in existence on the matter of Recognition of Unions / Associations for GDS. Our comments are therefore submitted with this factor in mind.
Recommendations of GDS Committee
Comment of our Federation / Union
A channel of correspondence to effectively address the problem of GDS at Divisional, Regional, Circle and Directorate level needs to be ensured.
Effective Channels of correspondence for GDS already exist at the level of Division, Region and Circle. Such a channel is absent only at the level of the Directorate since the stoppage of Committee meetings. To restart the Committee meetings and ensuring its periodicity would fill up the gap at that all India level for GDS.
Formal meetings to discuss unresolved issues through correspondence be held once in three months at Divisional level, once in four months at Regional level and once in six months at Circle and Directorate level.
Formal meetings are already taking place monthly at Divisional level and Bi-monthly meetings at the level of Regions and Four-monthly meetings at the level of the Circle. The recommendation of the GDS Committee is diluting the existing arrangement, which is retrograde and not acceptable to us. The Directorate level Committee Meetings once in four months instead of once in 6 months would be the better option for effectively discussing unresolved issues.
The cost of a substitute wherever it is necessary to engage be met from the Department up to 2 members of periodical meetings subject to the provision that the combination of the duties is not feasible.
The cost of engaging the substitutes for three GDS Union Office Bearers at the Divisional level meetings and two GDS Union Office Bearers at all other higher levels must be met by the Department.
The present periodicity of holding All India Conference may be reviewed to 3 years with a grace period of six months.
This recommendation is out of limit for the GDS Committee since holding the AIC at a particular periodicity is left to the concerned organisations in tune with their bye-laws and constitutions. More over suggesting for a longer duration gap is an undemocratic approach.
Formal regular meetings with Recognized GDS Unions once in six months at Directorate level and Member [P], as Chairman, the participation of concerned Dy. Directors General with Director [SR] as the convener be conducted. The unresolved issues in six monthly meeting with Member (P) if any may be placed before Secretary Posts for perusal and action as deemed necessary.
The periodicity of Committee Meetings at Directorate level shall be once in 4 months and not once in 6 months. The Member [P] is proposed as the Chairman of the said meetings, but that may terminate or reduce the interactions between the Secretary [P] and the GDS Union. We therefore propose to restore the earlier arrangement of GDS Committee with Secretary [P] as the Chairman.
The Department may consider amending the existing Rule 4(d)(i) of EDAs [RSA] Rule, 1995 for the purpose of recognizing second association. The existing percentage of 15% of membership may be revised to 30,000 verifiable membership.
This recommendation is out of limit of GDS Committee. The provisions of EDA [RA] Rules 1995 were finalized on par with the CCS RSA Rules, 1993 with regard to the percentage of membership required for recognising first as well as second union / association. There is no need for effecting any change in this Rule. If no union or association is in a position to register even 15% of verifiable membership then there is no need for a second union, since there is no void existing in the presence of a first recognised union registering more than 35% membership that can ventilate all problems of GDS cadre.
POSTAL JCA WILL SUBMIT THIS STRIKE NOTICE TO DEPARTMENT OF POSTS ON 4.6.2010 - CIRCLE UNIONS AND DIVISIONAL / BRANCH UNIONS ARE REQUESTED TO TAKE DOWN A COPY OF THE SAME AND SUBMIT IT AT THEIR RESPECTIVE LEVEL ON 4th JUNE, 2010 BY ORGANISING EFFECTIVE DEMONSTRATIONS AS ALREADY CALLED BY
POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION.
POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANISATIONS
ALL INDIA POSTAL EXTRA DEPARTMENTAL EMPLOYEES UNION
NATIONAL UNION OF GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS
JCA/2010 Dated 4th June, 2010
The Director General
Department of Posts
New Delhi – 110001
In accordance with the provisions of Sub Section (1) of Section 22 of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, we hereby notify that all the Postal/RMS/MMS/Administrative & Postal Accounts Employees and the Gramin Dak Sewaks will go on indefinite strike from 13.07.2010. The demands for acceptance of which the employees embark upon this indefinite strike are detailed in the Charter of Demands enclosed.
Secretary General NFPE Secretary General FNPO
General Secretary P3 NFPE General Secretary P3 FNPO
Ishwar Singh Dabas T.N.Rahate
General Secretary P4 [NFPE] General Secretary P4 [FNPO]
Giri Raj Singh D.Theagarajan
General Secretary R3 NFPE General Secretary R3 FNPO
General Secretary R4 NFPE General Secretary R4 FNPO
Pranab Bhattacharjee O.P.Kanna
General Secretary Admn NFPE General Secretary Admn FNPO
General Secretary AIPAEA NFPE General Secretary NUGDS
General Secretary AIPEDEU
CHARTER OF DEMANDS
1. Drop the move to outsource any function of the DoP including on the recommendations of McKinsey – Cancel the decision to close down 'C' Class Post Offices – Cancel the orders for down gradation of EDSOs into ED BOs and closure of EDBOs - Roll back steps of privatisation of speed post processing and mail conveyance and data entry work.
2. Stop violations in the Agreements on Status Quo of RMS & MMS as well as the merger of RMS with less than 10,000 mails – Create scientific norms for the work in CRC, Speed Post, Logistics and EPP – Cancel the orders for replacing the General Line HSG-I by ASPOs in Mail Offices.
3. Holding of JCM Departmental Council meetings; Periodical Meetings with Federations; Sending of the issue of discrimination of pay scales between the Telecom TBOP/BCR and Postal TBOP/BCR w.e.f. 1.1.1996 to Board of Arbitration; and Holding of GDS Committee Meetings periodically with GDS Unions.
4. Stop harassment of staff under Project Arrow – No extraction of work against Rules – No extraction of work beyond 8 Hours – No drafting of staff on duty and for Training etc on Sundays and Holidays – No harassment in the name of 100% Delivery – Withdrawal of all Punishments awarded to Postmen for minor non-delivery of articles.
5. Fill up all vacant posts: [a] Undertake reassessment of vacancies in PA/SA cadre to rectify mistaken calculation of vacancies in all circles; [b] Fill up all vacant posts in all cadres in Department of Posts [Postal, RMS, MMS, Admn, DPLI, Postal Accounts, SBCO, Civil Wing etc] as on 31.12.2009; [c] Allow local recruitment as one time measure in Postal Accounts similar to 1997 at Sundernagar.
6. Comprehensive Cadre Restructuring of Group 'C' employees in PA/SA Cadre; [b] Withdrawal of unilateral orders on piecemeal cadre restructuring of Postmasters' cadre until comprehensive Cadre Restructuring of PA/SA cadre is completed; [c] Comprehensive Cadre Restructuring of LDC, Sorters & DEOs in Postal Accounts by amalgamation into a single Accounts Assistants cadre in the pay of Pb-1 with 2400 GP; [d] Comprehensive Cadre restructuring in PA CO cadre in CO/RO/DPLI; [e] Comprehensive cadre Restructuring of PA/SA cadre in SBCO; and [f] Comprehensive cadre restructuring of Postmen/Mailguard/Multi Task Staff.
7. Grant of Pension, Departmental status to GDS extending the all benefits such as HRA/CCA, ACP etc, including Trade Union rights and welfare measurers – Remove discrimination on Bonus ceiling – Modify the 20,000 unilateral imposition of cash handling work points for GDS BPMs – Withdraw orders denying revised TRCA w.e.f. 1.1.2006 in respect of BPMs – Compute work norms to all types of work performed including NREGS, PLI,RPLI, Pension Payments etc to GDS – Implement enhanced Social Security to GDS like Ex-Gratia Gratuity and Severance Amount w.e.f. 1.1.2006.
8. Grant of Parity in Pay Scale [PB-1 with GP 2400/-] for MMS Drivers on par with Drivers of Parliament Secretariat – Recruitment of adequate number of Drivers – Sanction of OSA for the long distance logistics van drivers of MMS – Technology training to Work Shop staff and grant of Data Entry Operators scale of pay to Work Shop Staff.
9. Implement Supreme Court Orders for revision of wages from 1.1.2006 [6th CPC wages] to all RRR Candidates, Casual Labourers, Contingent staff, GDS Substitutes etc – Grant Temporary Status to eligible Full Time Status Casual labourers; Convert Part Time into Full Time; Absorb Full Time, Part Time, contingent in vacant GDS Posts.
10. Fill up all vacancies of Postmen and Mailguards - Roll back the unscientific scheme of Single Postman Beat System – Modify certain unscientific work norms of Postmen / MTS finalised by Work Study Unit - Enhance the Postman Double Duty Allowance as per the recommendations of 6th CPC.
11. Remove all local anomalies in MACP Scheme like application of benchmark for the period prior to introduction of MACP Scheme; Grant MACP on 'Average' benchmark like Department of Railways; Denial of MACP for acts of denial of regular promotion earlier to introduction of MACP; Denial to grant PB-2 while upgradation to Grade Pay 4200 and above to Group 'C' Officials etc.
12. Creation of System Administrators Cadre with higher pay scales and absorption of all System Administrators in the new cadre during initial composition – Uniform Norms for System Administrators including work hours, number of systems, distance factor – Financial compensation for special and extra work performed by System Administrators.
13. Early finalisation of Recruitment Rules for upgraded Group 'C' in PB-1 with 1800 GP – Ensure present system of absorption of GDS and TS CLS in Group 'D' posts into the new RR without insisting for the educational qualification – Filling up all the posts of Multi Tasking Staff without any delay.
14. Amalgamation of Group 'C' Accounts Cadres of DoP and DoT.
15. Roll back of the Decentralisation of PLI/RPLI work – Augment required staff strength in PLI branch of CO/RO/DPLI –Maintain centralized accounting system through the Office of DPLI Kolkata – Fill up the vacant posts of COs/ROs/DPLI Kolkata to manage huge shortage;
16. Parity of scale of pay of Ministerial Cadre in Postal Civil Wing on par with the Postal Assistants and upgradation of posts of Works Clerk Grade –II/Grade-I/Head Clerk – Filling up of all vacant posts of technical as well as ministerial posts – Creation of one Civil Wing Circle for each Postal Circle.
17. Regularise the HSG-I, HSG-II, LSG arrangements and grant Officiating Pay & Allowances to all Officials holding the posts.
GDS CHARTER OF DEMANDS
Grant of Pension, Departmental status to GDS extending the all benefits such as HRA/CCA, ACP etc, including Trade Union rights and welfare measurers – Remove discrimination on Bonus ceiling – Modify the 20,000 unilateral imposition of cash handling work points for GDS BPMs – Withdraw orders denying revised TRCA w.e.f. 1.1.2006 in respect of BPMs – Compute work norms to all types of work performed including NREGS, PLI,RPLI, Pension Payments etc to GDS – Implement enhanced Social Security to GDS like Ex-Gratia Gratuity and Severance Amount w.e.f. 1.1.2006.
Retirement benefits like ex-gratia and severance amount which were enhanced as recommended by the GDS Committee should be paid w.e.f. 1.1.2006 since all retirement benefits to regular employees on the recommendations of 6th CPC were implemented not from a prospective date but from 1.1.2006. Comprehensive schemes for departmentalisation of GDS by allocating proper work norms for PLI/RPLI, NREGS, Pension MOs and Bill Payments etc to enhance the work hours of GDS for facilitating departmentalisation should be worked out. Now with the large scale of expansion of PLI/RPLI as well as NREGS work coming up in a big way, there shall be change of approach towards GDS System to comprehensively departmentalise them. Grant of Pension, Grant of all benefits, Grant of Trade Union facilities, Grant of Welfare measurers etc to GDS shall be considered. The discrimination perpetrated in the name of GDS Committee to deny the parity on the matter of PLB Ceiling of 3500/- should be removed. The unscientific tightening of BPM work norms by enhancing the quantum of cash handling to 20,000/- per point should be modified.