ALL INDIA POSTAL EXTRA DEPARTMENTAL EMPLOYEES UNION
(Central Head Quarter)
President: D.N. Giri
General Secretary S.S. Mahadevaiah
GDS/CHQ/1/1 /2012 Dated: 23-10-2012
1. All Circle/Divisional/Branch Secretaries
2. CWC members,
Revolutionary Greetings and Hearty congratulations to all GDS comrades who have participated in the struggle of INDEFINITE STRIKE, went for 7 days, with strong conviction and dedication. We also sincerely thank those who have extended their support for the cause.
As per the collective decision of the highest forum of AIPEDEU that is Central Working Committee and All India convention, the notice for Indefinite strike was issued. Accordingly there was tremendous response from the GDS this time all over the country. There was no strike in Kerala Circle and in West Bengal Strike it was partial for the first time in the history of Struggles. No federation, including Confederation of Central Government where Com.S.S.Mahadevaiah, General Secretary AIPEDEU is one of the All India office bearers, Asst Secretary, supports this justified cause. Even moral support was also NOT extended till the end of the Strike. Despite the fact GDS employees exhibited extraordinary courage during the strike period and conducted the programme of INDEFINITE STRIKE beyond our imagination. It was almost total in most of the circles, cent percent in good many divisions. Hats off to one and all for their timely action in making the struggle a thundering success. We need to know the correct picture of the number of participants’ division wise of each circle for publishing the same in the next Rural post, in the following format.
Name of the Division: Total GDS in the Division: No. of GDS participated in strike:
Total percentage division wise and circle wise:
We had four rounds of discussion on Strike Charter during Strike. Director (SR), DDG(EST), Member(P) and Secretary from department and Com.D.N.Giri, Com.S.S.Mahadevaiah, Com.B.V.Rao,Com.Raju Diwakar, Com.Lakwinder Singh,Com.Rambbir Singh,Com.Ram Singh, Com.S.S.Manjunath from the union side have participated in the discussion.
On 15.10.2012, during first round of discussion Protection of TRCA of BPM was handed over to us. We appreciated the positive reaction of the department and thanked for the same.
When the Strike went 3rd day, the department requested us to withdraw strike on the basis of the order dated 15.10.2012. There was no consensus on Strike Charter and we insisted that at least a Committee may be set up to examine the major No.1 demand of Departmentalisation of GDS employees. We have submitted a document, RTI information revealing the facts about extracting work of GDS up to 8 hours. The document is under examination. However it was suggested to take up the issue with the next pay Commission. Our suggestion to constitute a committee including staff side on this issue was not agreed to. Since the issue of Bonus was rejected by Finance for the last 4 years we insisted that it should be resolved immediately. Thus we had no other way but to continue Strike.
The Strike was intensified and we also sought the help of various MPs, Ministers and Union leaders in order to bring pressure upon the Department and the Finance Ministry.
A good number of GDS from neighboring circles arrived at the Delhi headquarters and staged demonstration on 18th and 19th of this month before Dak Bhavan and later in Jantar Mantar, New Delhi. Since it was a peaceful strike we did not allow them to resort to violent action.
Some local officers in the divisions/circles started issuing notices to the GDS participating in the strike. Misleading activities to dilute Struggle was also seen during Strike. But the GDS employees were firm on their stand and continued to be in struggle till the end.
When the Strike entered 7th Day, we tried to meet Minister for Communication in vain as he was in tight schedule at Sanchar Bhavan. Our efforts to bring pressure from MPs, Minister for Home, Labour etc. continued. Reviewing the entire situation of Strike and possibility of consideration of demands like Bonus, regularization of GDS etc., it was decided to enter into an agreement with the department. Accordingly another meeting was held with departmental officers who were cordial and discussion was with open mind. We finally decided to call off the strike.
ON STRIKE DEMANDS:
1. Departmentalisation of GDS- Grant of Status: Not agreed, asked to take up with the next Pay Commission. We already have a demand of 7th Pay Commission for GDS and reviewing it at our level. We also explore other remedies also.
2. Bonus ceiling of Rs: 3500/- - Finance ministry approval is awaited positively soon
3. Health scheme – RSBY expected soon
4. Abolition and filling up of posts – Department releasing instructions
5. Compassionate appointment – note from union demanded and will be examined.
6. VP Singh’s committee on Cash handling, pay protection, Cash conveyance etc. - Order on protection issued for BPMs and another order for other under examination, other issues still under consideration.
7. New recruitment of Rules – Already under process, not agreed to.
8. Casual labors – Being looked into.
We once again thank the organizers, well-wishers and GDS employees who have made the event possible for EFFECTIVE STRUGGLE, THE ULTIMATE FORM OF DIRECT ACTION A THUNDERING SUCCESS. This struggle is a milestone in the history GDS TU movement. We shall advance with same commitment and determination towards realizing our justified DEMANDS.
LONG LIVE WORKER’S UNITY, AIPEDEU ZINDABAD, GDS UNITY ZINDABAD.
With warm revolutionary Greetings,
Sd/- S.S.MAHADEVAIAHGeneral Secretary