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Wednesday 14 December 2011

Indefinite strike from 17.01.2012 by postal employees

No.GDS/CHQ/1/5/2011                               Dated 14-12-2011
All Circle/Divisional/Branch Secretaries,
All CWC Members, A.I.P.E.D.E.U.     

Dear Comrades,
We are furnishing hereunder some recent developments concerning the postal employees in general and GDS employees in particular.
Indefinite strike from 17.01.2012 by postal employees
The Joint Council of Action consisting of the NFPE, FNPO and its AIPEDEU took a dispassionate review of the entire developments and came to the conclusion that a direct action has become unavoidable before further damage is done. The JCA, therefore, decided that an indefinite strike has become absolutely necessary to meet the situation squarely. A charter of demands consisting of broad based issues of all sections of postal employees and GDS demands. Grant status as Central Government Civil Servants to Gramin Dak Sevaks employees for all purposes including service matters, pay scale, increment, allowances, pension, promotion, leave, bonus, trade unions rights and other terminal benefits. Scrap the new Recruitment rules for appointment of postmen by 25%outside recruitment which curtails the promotional avenues of GDS and restore the previous Recruitment rules. Enhance the bonus ceiling of GDS to 3500/- at
par with regular employees. Withdraw the tightened norms for cash handling, stamp sale, and other norms for assessing the workload of BPMs, stop reduction of TRCA in case of reduction in workload. Modify the orders restricting compassionate appointment of GDS. Scrap the newly notified "GDS Conduct &Engagement Rules" and restore the previous "GDS Conduct and Employment Rules". Fill up all GDS Mailmen Posts in RMS. Providing norms for NREGS and RPLI. Inspite of assurances to reconsider the orders, no favourable orders have been issued so far, hence a CHARTER OF DEMANDS was prepared and a well thought decision was taken to serve notice for indefinite strike to begin on 17.01.2017 at 6.00 AM, if the demands are not met by that time, which alone would be able to thwart the aggressive moves of the administration which are hitting the interests of the employees and the department hard. Strike notice will be served on the Secretary Department of Posts on 15.12.2011. Copies of the strike notice and the charter of demands are enclosed.
Comrades, this is time that serious preparations are made to make the strike a total success. Some guidelines which are only illustrative and not exhaustive are laid down here under. More programmes and activities may be devised locally:
The Compilation (Van Guard to GDS Ruling Book)
We Happy to inform you that the CHQ Releasing the Compilation (Van Guard to GDS ruling book) of rules and an instruction, especially relating to the matters consisting of sixteen sections on all the GDS rules, This compilation is not a collection of instructions – obsolete and extant, but it contains only such rules and instructions which are operative and in vogue. The chronology of subjects has been meticulously worked out so that the reader is not confused in the multiplicity of perplexing varieties. Each heading contains all the rules and clarificatory orders issued subsequently.

This compilation, in addition to GDS related matters, also contains rules of recruitments to several cadres in the Department of Posts, where-in G.D.S. employees have a stake. This effort is particularly praise-worthy because it offers an opportunity to the G.D.S. employee to plan his career in a befitting manner. This is an effort not to grab the laurels of the G.D.S. employees, but it is sincere effort to offer sufficient guide to the GDS employees to know all about himself.  In first week of January it will be published, Edition: 2012   Book Price ` -100/- It is in Hindi and English, Please Indent now.

All the CWC Members/Circle/Divisional/Branch Secretaries are requested to populise among the GDS staff and also requested to fill up the proforma furnished in the last and forward it to CHQ immediately so that we can assess the requirement and order copies for printing. We seek your immediate positive response.

PA Recruitment Rules:

           PA Direct recruitment for the vacancies up to 2011 December may be scheduled in the month of April 2012 and the revised recruitment Rules will be brought in to effect. Directorate has initiated the process. Our CHQ requested to further impartment as suggested below for awaiting services of the best talents. (A)GDS employees up to age of 40 years should be eligible for writing the test along with the departmental LGOs for appointment as PAs/SAs. (B)The minimum service as GDS required to be put in should be three years instead of 5 years. (C)The GDS employees with 10+2 qualification and below the age of 30years with no service restriction should be eligible to write the examination along with outside conditions. Such GDS employees should apply through the Recruiting units.

Postman Recruitment Rules:  

Based on our demands to modify the Postman Recruitment Rules and also to have a discussion about this with staff side, a meeting with DDG (P) was held on 2.12.2011 at Directorate, but no decision was taken, our stand that department should scrap new rules. The Postmen Recruitment Rules have been made to go against the interests of GDS staff as our quota has been curtailed. A very glaring discrimination is that while everyone not only in our department but also in other departments is enjoying three automatic promotions, there is none for the GDS employees. All these are glaring examples of crude discrimination. We shall have to find a way out of this. We are looking forward to your suggestion 
Revision of norms for opening of Post Offices in rural and urban areas.
          The Department constituted committee for Revision of norms for opening of Post Offices in rural and urban areas. Our chq suggested following same of issues, The Branch Offices, now-a-days, perform a variety of business and quite strongly, in case of several items of business neither time factors have been provided or clear yard sticks assess revenue denied from the services have been fixed. The social requirements served by the B.O.s by translating several schemes have to be compensated through proper calculation of revenue. And where the revenue factor has settled and the working norms have been finalized, any one of them will provide clear yard stick for opening of P.O.s in rural areas, because business and revenue are inter related. PLI, RPLI, old age Pension, MNAREGA payments, acceptance of electric bills and Telephone bills etc are several items for which norms of work and revenue are required to be objectively fixed and calculated. The norms for opening of P.O.s in rural areas should be realistic and presumptive to slice the existing facilities provided in the rural areas.

Casual Labourers:

The Committee constituted to consider about application of revision of wages and also the future of the existing casual labourers/contingents has sought information from various circles. The finalisation of Committee, it is leant, will take more time WHICH IS UNBELIEVABLE.  FOR GETTING INFORMATION TO ANSWER A PARLIAMENT QUESTION ETC. WILL BE WITHIN NO TIME.  BUT DELAY IS COMMON FOR ISSUES OF OPPRESSED AND LOW PAID CLASS.  ALL CONCERNED TO THINK AND ACT IMMEDIATELY, BEFORE EXPLOSION!

The CHQ calls upon All the CWC Members/Circle/Divisional/Branch Secretaries and active members to make the indefinite strike from 17.01.2012 a programme of resounding success. It is requested to arrange press conference and other publicity to popularise our demands. A report may also be sent to the CHQ.
We request you kindly to translate this circular letter in local language and circulate among the staff. This fact may be explained to the membership through group meetings and general body meetings.
With salutations and greetings for a happy New Year.
Yours fraternally,

General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union


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