7th Pay Commission implementation: Central Government staff Unions Confederation serves strike notice for February 15
All the excitement and wait in the first half of the 2016 for the 48 lakh employees and 55 lakh pensioners, over the implementation of the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Panel recommendations at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.02 lakh crore with 23.55 per cent hike in pay and allowances, has died down. The positive sentiments have now become negative with the employees threatening a full-fledged strike over the delay or impasse on the unsettled issues on allowances.
The Federation of the Central Government employees and Pensioners now says it feels betrayed by NDA Govt. by breach of assurance given by Group of Cabinet Ministers including Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitely and Suresh Prabhu regarding increase in Minimum Pay and Fitment formula.
According to the Federation Secretary General M. Krishnan, this is the worst pay revision after 2nd CPC report in 1960. Government implemented the report without any modification suggested by Staff side (JCM). In 1960, the employees went on five days strike.
He maintains that the Central Government Pensioners and Family Pensioners betrayed by NDA Government by not implementing Option-I (parity) recommended by 7th CPC and accepted by Cabinet. He claims that three lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks of the Postal Department feel betrayed by NDA Government by not extending the benefits of 7th CPC to them and also by not publishing the separate one-man committee report already submitted to the Government.
In a call for the strike he has conveyed to the employees that thousands of casual, part-time, contingent employees, daily rated labourers and contract workers have been betrayed by the NDA Government by not regularizing their services and by not revising their wages on the principle of âEqual Pay for Equal Workâ.
7th CPC Submitted its report after 21 months on November 19, 2015. Even after 13 months, the NDA Government the issue related to allowances remains unresolved.
Mr. Krishnan has maintained that there is no negotiated settlement on Confederationâs 21 Point Charter of demands which includes increase in minimum pay, Fitment formula, no reduction of HRA rate, Revision of all allownaces, Restoration of abolished Advances, Option-1 for pensioners, Scrap New Pension System, Autonomous bodies wage revision, GDS Issues, Casual Labour issues, MACP promotional hierarchy and âVery goodâ bench mark, filling up of vacancies, removal of 5% compassionate appointment restriction, Five promotions, LDC/UDC pay upgradation, Parity in pay scales with Central Secretariat Staff, removal aof CCL adverse condition, equal pay for equal work.
According to him, on persistent demand of the staff side (JCM), the Group of Ministers assured that the issue of increase in the Minimum wage and Fitment formula will be referred to a High Level Committee and the Committee will submit its report to the Government within four months. Now six months are over but there is no high level Committee report.
The centre had set up a `Committee on Allowancesâ which met last month under the chairmanship of Secretary, Finance (Expenditure) with representatives of the Central government unions. National Council/Joint Consultative Machinary for Central government employees say the unions are getting restive over several issues. "