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Strike Notice by NFIR Unions on the GMs of Zonal Railways Charter of Demands NFIR


National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
No. II/95/Part VIII
Dated: 31/05/2016
The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Unions of NFIR
Brother,
Sub: Service of Strike Notice by NFIR Unions on the GMs of Zonal Railways/ Production Units-reg.
Ref: (i) NFIR’s letter No. IV/NFIR/76′ CPC/CORRES(MoF) dated 13/12/2015.
(ii) NFIR’s letter No. IV/NJCA(N)/2014/Part I dated 25/12/2015.

(iii) NFIR’s letter No. IVINJCA(N)/20141Part I dated 09/01/2016 & 09/02/2016
(iv) NFIR’s letter No. II/95/Part VIII dated 22/02/2016.
(v) NFIR’s letter No. IV/NJCA(N)/2014/Part I dated 07/03/2016.
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Attention of affiliates is invited to the correspondence cited under reference on the subject.
Affiliates may be recollect that NFIR vide its letter No. II/95/Part VIII dated 2 2/0212 0 1 6 forwarded Model Strike Notice (on Form L prescribed under Rule 71 of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947) in accordance with the provisions mentioned in Sub-section (1) of Section (22) of the ID Act required to be served to the respective General Managers of the Zones/Production Units on 11th March 2016. In the said letter it was also mentioned that 11th April 2016 (6: AM onwards) shall be the date of commencement of Strike for the reasons mentioned in the Annexure to the said Strike Notice.
The affiliates may also recollect that thereafter the situation was assessed in the NJCA meeting held on 7th March 2016 in the wake of request of Cabinet Secretary suggesting that the Government be given more time to consider the demands contained in theCharter of demands as inter-departmental consultations would be necessary which was also communicated vide Federation’s letter dated 07/03/2016. In the said letter the affiliates were also advised about the NJCA decision to serve Strike Notice on 09th June 2016 (instead of 11th March 2016) and Indefinite Strike shall commence from 11th July 2016 at 6:00 AM onwards in the event of no negotiated settlements on the Charter of Demands.
In this connection, the Federation conveys that there has been no significant development on Charter of demands which necessitates the affiliates of the NFIR to serve Strike Notice on 09th June 2016 for launching Indefinite Strike from 11th July 2016 at 6:00 AM onwards. The Federation therefore conveys the affiliates to take steps as below:
The Strike Notice on Form L (prescribed under Rule 71 of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947) in accordance with the provisions mentioned in sub-section (1) of Section (22) of the I.D. Act 1947 be served on the respective General Managers of the Zonal Railways/Production Units on 1 I th March 2016 without fail.
The Strike Notice should clearly mention the date of commencement of indefinite strike i.e. 11th July 2016 (6.00 A.M. onwards) and the reasons mentioned in the Annexure to the said strike notice (i.e. Charter of Demands).
The Strike Notice is required to be signed and served by the General Secretary of the Union. Five workmen who are Office-Bearers of the Union are also required to counter-sign the Strike Notice as provided in the Act.
According to the provisions of the constitution of respective affiliates, the competent body (General Council, General Body, Working Committee as the case may be) has to approve for resorting to Indefinite Strike. Wherever necessary the affiliates may convene emergency meetings for obtaining the approval for “Indefinite Strike” in order to serve Strike Notice on 9th June 2016 as decided by NJCA.
Copy of the Strike Notice (duly counter signed by the five office bearers of the Union who are serving employees) and Annexures i.e. Charter of Demands is required to be addressed and sent to the following functionaries of the Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India.
(i) Assistant Labour Commissioner (Central …………….. (here enter office address of the Assistant Labour Commissioner (Central) in the local area concerned)
(ii) Regional Labour Commissioner (Central) ……….. Zone.
(ii) Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), New Delhi.
A copy of the Strike Notice along with its enclosures served on the GM and others as mentioned above should be endorsed to the NFIR and sent by e-mail latest by 10th June 2016 (hard copy be sent through speed post).
Wide publicity on the Charter of Demands needs to be given among Railway employees through pamphlets and posters in Hindi, English & other regional languages to mobilize the staff to go on strike.
The NFIR’s and NJCA’s Charter of Demands (11+11) covers all issues. These may be attached to Strike Notice as enclosure
Federation trusts that the affiliates would take all steps to mobilize Railway employees for launching Indefinite Strike.
DA/As above
Yours fraternally
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary/

CHARTER OF DEMANDS

1. Re-compute the minimum wage on the basis of the actual commodity prices as on 1.7.20I5 and factor the Dr. Aykroyd formula stipulated percentages for housing and social obligations, children education etc. Revise the fitment formula and pay levels on the basis of the so determined minimum wage;
We arc not in agreement with the methodology adopted by the 7th CPC in computing the minimum WAGE. We given here under briefly the reasons thereof.
(i) The retail prices of the commodities quoted by the Labour bureau is irrational, imaginary and even absurd in respect of certain articles at certain places. The Staff Side had objected to the adoption of those rates in its meeting with the Commission on 9th June, 2015.
(ii) The adoption of 12 monthly average of the retail price is contrary to Dr. Aykroyd formula. Same is the case with the reduction effected by the Commission on housing and social obligation factors. The house rent allowance is not a full compensation of the expenditure incurred by an employee for obtaining an accommodation. Therefore, no reduction on that count in arriving at the minimum wage is permissible. We may cite the minimum wage computation made by the 3”a CPC in this regard. The employees were in receipt of HRA even at that time. But still the 3`d CPC, and rightly so, adopted the 7.5% as the factor for housing. In respect of the addition to be made for children education and social obligation as per the Supreme Court Judgment, (25%) the Commission has reduced the percentage to 15% on the specious plea that the Commission has reduced the percentage to 15% on the specious plea that the employees are separately given children education allowance. The Children education allowance is not a full reimbursement of the expenses one has to incur. After the liberalization of the Education Sector where private parties were allowed to set up universities and colleges, the expenses for education had increased heavily. No concession or allowance is granted to the employees for educating the children beyond the higher secondary levels. The earlier Pay Commission has only tried to compensate a little in the increasing cost of education and that too at the primary level, since even the Governmental institutions had started charging abnormal tuition and other fees.
(iii) The website maintained for the Agriculture Ministry depicts the retail prices of commodities which go into the basket of minimum wage computation. Even though the rates quoted by them vary from the real retail prices in the market, it provides a different picture. If one is to take the rates quoted by them for different cities and make an all India average of the prices as on 1.7.2015, it will work out to Rs. 10810. It will result in the computation of the minimum wage of Rs. 19880. Adding 25% for arriving at the MTS scale, it will rise to Rs. 24850. To convert the same as on 1.1.2016, 3% will be added as suggested by the 7th CPC. The final computation will be Rs. 25,596, when rounded off shall be Rs. 26000.
(iv) The Andhra Pradesh State Pay Commnission in its report has taken the commodity prices at Rs. 9830as on 1.7.2013 which works out to a minimum wage of Rs. 18080. The wage of MTS will then be Rs. 22600 as on 1.7.2013. The corresponding figure for 1.1.2016 shall be Rs. 26758, rounded off to Rs. 27000.
(v) The Staff Side had computed the minimum wage as on 1.1.2014 at Rs. 26,000, taking the commodity price at Rs. 11344. The rates were taken on the basis of the actual retail prices in the market as on 1.1.2014 (average prices of 8 cities in the country) substantiated by the documentary evidence of Cash bill obtained from the concerned vendors. As on 1.1.2016, the minimum wage work out to Rs. 29339, rounded off to Rs. 30,000.
(vi) The 5th CPC adopted the rate of growth in the economy (as reflected in the increase in the per capita net national produce at factor cost) over a period of ten years to arrive at the increase required to be made to arrive at the minimum wage. The per capita NNP at factor cost registered an increase of 65.28% over a period of ten years in 2013-14. If we apply the same percentage to the emoluments (Pay+DA) as on 1.1.2016 (assuming that DA will be 125% as on that date), the minimum wage as on 1.1.2016 for an MTS will have to be Rs. 26030, rounded off to Rs 27000.
In para 4.2.9 of the report, the Commission has given a table depicting the percentage increase provided by the successive Pay Commissions, according to which the 2°d CPC had made a paltry increase of 14.2%. The 3rd CPC have a rise of 20.6, 4th 27.6, 5th 31.0 and 6th CPC 54%. While the percentage increase had been in ascending order all along, the 7th CPC has sought to reverse that trend ostensibly for reasons unknown. It is was the meager increase of 14% provided for by the 2″ CPC that triggered the volatile situation in the civil service and led to all India Strike encompassing all employees which lasted for 5 days in 1960. We do not know whether the 7th CPC really intend to create such a scenario once again.
(vii) In the case of Bank, Insurance and many other Public Sector Undertakings wage revision takes place once in 5 years. In the recently concluded agreement, Bank employees were provided more than 15% increase.
(viii) After the implementation of the Pay Commissions Report the AP State Employees have been given a wage structure based on a minimum wage far above the level of Central Government employees. In their case also wage revision does take place once in 5 years.
It could be seen from the above that the computation of minimum wage by the 7th CPC is prima facie wrong and computed on untenable premises and incorrect data. The minimum wage therefore requires re-computation and revision. Once the minimum wage gets revised, the fitment formula, the multiplication factor applied for determining the pay levels and the pay matrix itself will have to consequently revised.
Determination of Pay Level Minimum
It is seen that the 7th CPC has applied varying multiplication factors for different pay levels. The Gtr, CPC has taken the emoluments in the private sector to hike the salary of officers by applying different yardstick to compute the pay bands disturbing the vertical relativity while the 7th CPC has further accentuated the gap of differences in wages between officers and employees. This being unacceptable we urge upon adoption of uniform multiplication factor for determining pay levels.
2. Revise the pay matrix basing upon the revised minimum wage and rounding off the stages to the next hundred. Accept the suggestion made by the Staff Side in its memorandum to 7 CPC for de-layering viz, to abolish the pay levels pertaining to GP 1900, 2400 and 4600.
In our memorandum to 7th CPC the Staff Side had requested for de-layering by abolition of Grade Pay of Rs 1900, 2400 & 4600. The pay levels pertaining to GP 1900, 2400 and 4600 may be abolished and merged with the next higher levels.
3. Revise the rate of increment to 5 % and Grant two increments in the feeder cadre levels as promotion benefit.
The rate of increment has been pegged down to 3% by the 7th CPC. At this rate an employee will not be able to double his pay even after 30 years. The demand of the staff side to increase the rate of increment to 5% to be accepted.
Promotion from one cadre to another is a rare phenomenon in Government services especially in lower grades. If one to be awarded only an increment mounting to 3% of pay, it might not become a sought after affair and will in fact act as a de-motivating
factor. This apart, in most of the Government Departments, promotion is followed by posting to a different location. Those who are posted to unclassified cities or from Metro cities to towns will financially suffer due to such mandatory transfer on promotion. This is because of the fact that the rate HRA, Transport Allowance etc., vary from one station to another. The financial benefit on promotion must be, therefore, at least two increments i.e. 10% of the pay.
4. Fill up all vacant posts by holding special recruitment drive.
5. MACP to be treated as financial up-gradation, without any grading stipulation; to be provided on the basis of the promotional cadre hierarchy of the concerned department; increase the number of MACP to five on completion of 8, 15,21,26 and 30th years of service. Reject the Efficiency Bar stipulation made by 7th CPC. Personnel promoted on the basis of Examination should be treated as fresh entrants to the cadre.
6. Upgrade the LDCs in all departments as UDCs for it is stated by the Commission that the Government has stopped recruiting personnel to this cadre.
The cadre of LDC, after the introduction of MTS has presently overlapping functions. Most of the specific functions have also become obsolete on introduction of computerized diarizing and maintenance register. There is no specific need for this cadre in any of the offices. While future recruitment can be stopped, which the government has conveyed to the Commission, what has to be done to the existing cadre is not mentioned. It is therefore necessary that the existing incumbents be promoted as UDCs by upgrading all posts of LDC as UDCs.
7. a) Parity to be ensured for all Stenographers, Assistants, Ministerial Staff in subordinate offices and in all the organized Accounts cadres with Central Sectt. By upgrading their pay scales (and not by downgrading the pay scales of the CSS).
b) Drivers in all Government offices to be granted pay scale on par with the drivers of the Lok Sabha.
The question of Parity, as has been rightly mentioned by 7th CPC, is a settled matter. It is the Department of Personnel which the cadre controlling Department for CSS cadre that unsettles the parity every time. The recommendation to downgrade the CSS is however not acceptable. at is required is to grant higher pay levels at par with CSS ministerial and stenographer cadres and other similarly placed cadres in the field/subordinate offices and IA&AD & Organized Accounts cadres.
8. To remove existing anomaly, the annual increment date may be 1st January for those recruited prior to 30tf’ June and 1st July in respect of those recruited prior to 31st December.
9. Wage of Central Government Employees be revised in every 5 years.
10. Treat the GDS as Civil Servant and grant them all pay, allowances and benefits granted to regular employees on Pro -rata basis.
11.Contract/casual and daily rated workers to be regularized against the huge vacancies existing in various Government offices.
12.Introduce PLB in all departments.
13.Revise the pension and other retirement benefits as under:
(a) Parity between the past and present pensioners to be brought about on the basis of the 7th CPC recommendations with the modification that basis of computation to be the pay level of the post or grade from which one retired.
(b) Pension to be 60% of the last pay drawn in the case of all eligible persons who have completed the requisite number of years of service.
(c) The family pension to be 50% of the last pay drawn.
(d) Enhance the pension and family pension by 5% after every five years and 10% on attaining the age of 85 and 20% on attaining the age of 90.
(e) Commuted value of pension to be restored after 10 years or attaining the age of 70, whichever is earlier. Gratuity calculation to be on the basis of 25 days in
the month as against 30 days as per the Gratuity Act.
(f) Fixed medical allowance for those pensioners not covered by CGHS to be Rs. 2000 p.m.
(g) Provide one increment on the last day in service if the concerned employee has completed six months or more from the date of grant of last increment.
14. Exclude the Central Government employees from the ambit of the National Pension Scheme and extend the defined benefit pension scheme to all those recruited after 1.1.2004.
15. In the absence of any recommendation made by 7 CPC, the Government must withdraw the stipulated ceiling on compassionate appointments.
16.Revise the following allowances/advances as under in place of the recommendations made by the 7th CPC:
The 7th CPC has recommended to abolish large number of allowances and interest free advances without going into the exact relevance in certain departments where the
allowances are provided for. The allowances which arc stated to be subsumed and which are clubbed with others also require consideration. If these allowances arc withdrawn, it might affect adversely the very functioning of the Department itself in certain emergent situation. Of the allowances mentioned in the report for abolition, we have mentioned hereunder those pertaining to civilian employees which require to be retained.
In respect of advances the Commission appears to have taken a shylock view of the matter. Most of the under mentioned advances are required to meet out contingencies which the employees cannot manage to organize. The advances are, therefore, to be retained.
(I) Allowances
(a) Retain the rate of house rent allowance in place of the recommendation of the Commission to reduce it.
(b) Restructure the transport allowance into two slabs at Rs. 7500 and 3750 with DA thereof removing all the stipulated conditions.
(c) Fixed conveyance allowance: This allowance had no DA component at any stage.. This allowance must be enhanced to 2.25 times with 25% DA thereon as and when the DA crosses 50%.
(d) Restore the island Special duty allowance and the Tripura Special compensatory remote locality allowance.
(e) The special duty allowance in NE Region should be uniform for all at 30%. {f) Overtime allowance whenever sanction must be based upon the actual basic pay of the entitled employee.
(g) Cash handling/Treasury allowance. The assumption that every transaction in Government Departments are through the bank is not correct. There are officials entrusted to collect cash and therefore the cash handling allowance to be retained.
(h) Qualification Pay to be retained.
(i) Small family nouns allowances.
{j) Savings Bank allowance.
(k) Outstation allowance.
(1) P.O. & S. Accountants special allowance.
(m) Risk allowance.
(n) Break-down allowance.
(o) Night patrolling allowance.
(p) Special Compensatory hill area allowance.
(q) Special allowance for Navodaya Vidyalaya Staff.
(r) Restore the allowances abolished for the reason that it is either not reported or mentioned in the Report by the Commission.
(s) Dress Allowance ceiling to be raised to Rs 20,0001- p. a.
(t) Nursing Allowance to be raised to 2.25 times of Rs 4800/-.
(u) All fixed allowances must be raised to 2.25 times as per the principle enunciated by the Commission.
(v) The erroneous statement in Para 9.2.5 to be conected. Vide OM No. 1301 81112009-Estt (L) dated 22.07.2009, DOP, P&W, the leave period for Child adoption has been increased to 180 days.
17. Advances.
Restore the following advances and revise the same to 3 times.
a. Natural calamity advance;
b. Festival Advance
c. LTC and TA advances
d. Medical advance
e. Education advance.
f. Vehicle advances including cycle advance
18.The stipulation made by the 7th CPC to grant only 80% of salary for the second year of CCL be rejected and the existing provisions may be retained.
19.50% of the CGEIS premium to be paid by the Government in respect of Group B and C employees.
20.Health insurance to be introduced in addition to CGHS and CCS(MA) benefits and the premium to be paid by the Government and the employee equally.
21.Reject the recommendations concerning PRIS.
22.Full pay and allowances to be provided for the entire period of WRII.
23.The conditions stipulated in clause (4) & (5) under Para 9.2.37 be removed.
24.Reject the recommendation made by the 7th CPC in Para 8.16.9 to 8.16.14 concerning dress allowance to PBOR as otherwise the five Ordinance Equipment factories under OFB will have to be closed down.
25.Set up a group of Ministers’ Committee to consider the anomalies including the disturbance of the existing horizontal and vertical relativities at the National level and Departmental/Ministry level with provision for referring the disputed issues to the Board of Arbitration under the JCM scheme.
26. To increase the promotional avenue for Technical and other Supervisory staff.
Specific Railway issues:
27. Merger of Technician Grade II (GP 2400/-) with Technician Grade-I (GP 2800/-).
28. Placement of Mail/Express Loco Pilots in GP 4600/- (PB-2) w.e.f. 01/01/2006.
29. Upward revision of kilometrage rates of running staff and other related issues.
30. Replacement of GP 4600/- with GP 4800/-.
31.Expedite decisions on Fast Track Committee’s conclusions.
32.Rectify MACPS anomalies.
33.Reduction of duty hours of Running staff and other safety categories staff.
34.Up-gradation of Apex level Group `C’ posts to Group `B’ Gazetted (3335 posts to be up-graded) as per agreement.
35.Medical facilities to dependent parents of Railway employees (serving/ retired).
36.Allot Grade Pay Rs. 5400/- to the Group `B’ Gazetted.

NFIR’s Charter of Demands

1. Improve minimum wage of Rs. 18,000/- and multiplying factor. Reject all retrograde recommendations of VII CPC.
2. Scrap New Pension Scheme (NPS) and restore old pension scheme to he made applicable to those employed on & after 1.1.2004.
3. Settle NFIR”s Charter of Demands submitted to the Government and Ministry of Railways on 24.12,2013, 28.01.2014, 03.07.2014, 07.07.2014, 11.09.2015 & 10.12.2015 which include removal of anomalies of VI CPC, implementation agreements reached for merger of Technicians, grant up-gradation of Apex Group `C’ posts to Group `B’ Gazetted, replacement of Pay Band & GP of various categories, removal of salary calculation ceiling for ensuring payment of PLB on actual wages, grant of parity in case of stenographers with those working in Central Secretariat Services, reduction of duty hours, improvement in Railway Quarters, Medical facilities, creation of New Posts for New Assets/Services without insisting on matching surrender etc., Ensure career improvement of Safaiwalas/Safaiwalies in Railways SPAD definition to be reviewed to prevent harassment of victimization of Running & Safety staff, Absorption of Quasi-Administrative Units/Offices Staff against GP Rs. 1800/- (PB-1), Setting up of multi-disciplinary training institute to impart training in rail related electronic technologies to the wards of Railway employees, Induct Course Completed Act Apprentices against Safety vacancies etc.
4. Scrap report of Bibek Debroy Committee & implement positive recommendations of High Power Committee (Running & Safety).
5. Recall FDI notification of Government of India dated 22″d August, 2014 in construction, operation & maintenance of Indian Railways and scrap all agreements entered into with foreign Companies as well as National Companies which are detrimental to the interests of Railways & Nation.
6. Stop anti-worker amendments of labour laws.
7. Injustice done to Railway Employees like Technicians, Technical Supervisors, Loco and Traffic Running Staff, Operating Staff, Medical categories etc., in respect of allotment of 7th CPC Pay Matrix levels and promotional scope should be done away with and justice administered.
8. Ensure parity in pay structure & promotional scope for common categories with those working in the Central Secretariat/Ministries.
9. Retain existing allowance/advances.
10. (a) Constitute Joint Committees at each Ministry/Departmental level to resolve the VII CPC anomalies/aberrations/injustices within the prescribed time frame, empowering them to resolve. (b) Set up National Joint Committee to discuss and resolve VII CPC anomalies/aberrations/injustices within the prescribed time frame.
11. Ensure payment of P.L. Bonus at the rate of Rs. 7000/- p.m. for the year 2014-15 as was done in October, 2008 when the salary calculation limit was revised from Rs. 2500/- to Rs. 3500/- p.m.

NJCA’s updated Charter of Demands

1. Settle the issues raised by the NJCA on the recommendations of the 7th CPC sent to Cabinet Secretary vide letter dated 10th December 2015.
2. Remove the injustice done in the assignment of pay scales to technical/safety categories etc., in Railways & Defence, different categories in other Central Government establishments by the 7th CPC.
3. Scrap the PFRDA Act and NPS and grant Pension/Family Pension to all CG employees under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 & Railways Pension Rules, 1993.
4. i) No privatizationloutsourcinglcontractorisation of governmental functions ii) Treat GDS as Civil Servants and extend proportional benefit on pension and allowances to the GDS.
5. No FDI in Railways & Defence; No corporatization of Defence Production Units and Postal Department.
6. Fill up all vacant posts in the government departments, lift the ban on creation of posts; Regularize the casual/contract workers.
7. Remove ceiling on compassionate ground appointments.
8. Extend the benefit of Bonus Act, 1965 amendment on enhancement of payment ceiling to the adhoc Bonus/PLB of Central Government employees with the effect from the Financial year 2014-15.
9. Ensure five promotions in the service career of an employee.
10. Do not amend Labour Laws in the name of Labour reforms which will take away the existing benefits to the workers.
11.Revive JCM functioning at all levels.
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