Wednesday, November 30, 2011
UK crawls as millions go on strike against pension cuts
The strike had been planned weeks in advance, after talks between Mr. Cameron’s government and unions broke down over increases to pension costs, part of a huge scaling-back of public services as part of an austerity program designed to slash borrowing dramatically.
· Two million public sector workers in Britain went on strike on Wednesday over changes to their pensions in the biggest walkout for decades,
· The strike had broad public support, with polls published by the BBC, the Guardian and the Daily Mail finding that a strong majority (61, 79 and 90 per cent, respectively) said they “support” the strikes.
· British teachers, hospital workers join one-day public sector strike
Most kids didn’t go to school today – 58 per cent of public primary and secondary
schools are closed completely, and only 13 per cent are fully staffed. Hospitals are
only taking emergency cases, as most nurses are on strike. In fact, the school where
Mr. Cameron and one of his top cabinet ministers, Michael Gove, send their
children, St. Mary Abbots Primary School in Kensington, was largely shut down,
with only two classes open.
· At Manchester Airport, only 26 of 176 scheduled international flights arrived today.
· Garbage collectors, social workers, street cleaners, and some workers at museums and children’s centers also closed.
“I think the public realizes that the reason this strike is going ahead is because of the intransigence from the government and their determination to simply force changes through,” said Brendan Barber, head of the Trades Union Congress. “This is a tax on working-class people to pay for a crisis caused by the failure of the banks. Why are the bankers not being taxed and still receiving their bonuses?”
Posted by All India Postal Accounts Employees Association (AIPAEA) at 11/30/2011 09:22:00 AM
Monday, November 28, 2011
STEERING COMMITTEE PRESS STATEMENT AND MEMORANDUM TO PRIME MINISTER DEMANDING WITHDRAWAL OF PFRDA BILL
STEERING COMMITTEE OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ORGANISATIONS ON PFRDA BILL
C/o AIRF, 4, State Entry Road, New Delhi – 110001
Thousands of State and Central government employees, Railway workers, Defence workers, BSNL, University and School teachers today participated in a massive March to Parliament against the PFRDA Bill and to submit a petition to the Prime Minister to which millions of employees have subscribed their signature. The rally was addressed by the leaders of various organizations of employees and several Members of Parliament.
A seven member delegation consisting of Coms. S K Vyas, (Convenor, Steering Committee) Shiv Gopal Mishra, (General Secretary, AIRF), KKN Kutty, (Secy. General, Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers) S.N. Pathak, (President, AIDEF) P. Abhimanyu (General Secretary, BSNLEU) Rajendran (General Secretary, STFI) and Sukomal Sen (Sr. Vice President, AISGEF) met the Hon'ble Prime Minister today along with Com Basudeb Acharya, MP and Com. Tapan Sen, MP and General Secretary of CITU. The delegation appealed to the Prime Minister to reconsider the government's policy of privatisation of pension funds and withdraw the PFRDA bill which seeks to replace the existing defined benefit Pension Scheme of government employees. The concern and anxiety of the government employees over the financial security in the evening of their life was also brought to the notice of the Prime Minister.
The petition to the Prime minister elaborated the various reasons as to why the present bill will be neither in the interest of the employees nor will benefit the Government Exchequer (Copy enclosed).
The Hon'ble Prime Minister assured the delegation of the consideration of the petition and the feasibility of providing a guarantee for a minimum pension which the Standing Committee had recommended but unfortunately not found approval of the Cabinet. The Prime Minister informed the delegation that his Government would not do anything to harm the interest of the employees.
The rally was concluded at 2.30 PM. On behalf of the Steering Committee, Com. Vyas announced that the employees will organize two hour walk out on the next day the Parliament takes up the PFRDA Bill for consideration.
Posted by All India Postal Accounts Employees Association (AIPAEA) at 11/28/2011 09:24:00 AM
Friday, November 25, 2011
DRAFT COPY OF SAVING GRAM FOR THE THIRD PHASE OF CAMPAIGN - PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND MAKE THE PROGRAMME FROM 28-11-11 TO 02-12-11 A GRAND SUCCESS
ALL INDIA POSTAL ACCOUNTS EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION
1. Ms. Manjula Prasher,
Secretary Department of Posts,
New Delhi – 110 001.
2. Ms. Yesodhara Menon,
Department of Posts,
New Delhi – 110 001.
3. Ms. Annie Moraes,
Joint Secretary & Financial Advisor,
Department of Posts,
New Delhi – 110 001.
4. Sri. Manish Sinha,
Deputy Director General (PAF),
Department of Posts,
New Delhi – 110 001.
It is brought to your kind notice the anguish of the Postal Accounts employees over the staff shortage, implicating the innocent Accounts employees and making them responsible for the frauds committed at field units, move to decentralize the PAOs in the name of accrual accounts, non-settlement of issues relating to the promotion of Gr.D officials directly to the LDC cadre under seniority cum fitness overlooking the promotional hierarchy thereby causing injustice to the seniors in the Sorting cadre which is a higher cadre, and non-grant of Gr.B status to Senior Accountants in spite of declaring them so by the Department of Posts following the DOP&T instructions on the subject. The resolutions dated 22-09-2011 & 13-10-2011 sent by the General Body of this Association on the above issues, imploring your kind attention are brought to your notice and request your favourable intervention to settle these issues.
Name & Designation
Posted by All India Postal Accounts Employees Association (AIPAEA) at 11/25/2011 08:01:00 AM
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Meeting with Senior officers, Directorate
On 24. 11.2011, Com. M. Krishnan, Secretary General NFPE and President CHQ, General Secretary Com. K. V. Sridharan and Com. T. Satyanarayana, General Secretary, Postal Accounts met the Secretary and discussed the issues. The need for review meeting on the decision arrived on strike demands and convening JCM Departmental Council meeting was discussed and stressed. Secretary (P) Ms. Manjula Prashar assured to convene the meeting shortly.
Thereafter, Secretary General & General Secretary P3 met Member (P), DDG (P) and other senior officers and discussed various issues. The following are the outcome and information, we gathered from the Directorate.
1. LGO Exam: - Decision has been taken ignore the language papers and exam result will be decided based on the marks secured in Arithmatic Paper (25 X 2) communication will be sent to CMC for valuation of arithmetic paper and finalise results.
2. IPO Exam: A Committee has been constituted to review the out of syllabus questions on law paper. The Committees report is expected within a forthnight Threafter decision will be taken about the valuation of IPO exam papers. It seems that it will take atleast a month’s time for finalistion.
3. HSG I Recruitment Rules: At last, the UPSC approved the Recruitment Rules for HSG I, the file will be forwarded to Law Ministry for approval of draft for Gazette notification of HSG I Recruitment Rules and it will be finalized within a month.
4. Postmaster Grade III: - The Issue will be finalized within a month as the file relating to HS GI Recruitment Rules had been approved. Volunteers will be called for among the HSG I after releasing DPC for HSG I and the posts will be filled first with the HSG I officials opted for postmaster Grade III. The remaining posts will be filled as per the Recruitment Rules of Postmasters.
5. Cadre review: - DDG (P) assured that he will finalise a draft from the Department side and discuss the same in the first weak of December 2011. We explained the urgency and the need for the earliest finalization of this major demand.
6. Postman Recruitment Rules : - Based on our strike demands to modify the Postman Recruitment Rules and also to have a discussion about this with staff side, a meeting with DDG (P) will be held on 2.12.2011 at 11.00 hours at Directorate.
7. Allowance Committee: - The Committee constituted for review of allowances has finalized its recommendation and is expected to submit before the end of this month. Our CHQ views, as learnt, has taken note of while considering the issues. Orders may be expected.
8. GDS Demands: - i) Despite strong recommendation by the Department, JS (FA) has once again return the file with some objections relating to the case of reduction of point from Rs. 20,000/- to Rs. 10000/- we should exert more pressure.
(ii) Similarly the enhancement of Bonus ceiling file was also returned by the internal finance stating that the GDS are doing duties less than 5 hours. This should also be taken vigorously
9. 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, there are 21000 contingent part time casual labourers. We may think of suggesting to convert such posts as GDS or may be absorbed in the unfilled vacancies of GDS which were kept under skeleton.
10. Postmaster Grade I: - The declined vacancies have been filled up with the remaining successful candidates of all the circles except five circles from which no informations were received. They have been addressed. No examination was held in Kerala Circle due to court cases.
11. PA Recruitment: - 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.
12. Confirmation Exam: - In the revised PA recruitment rules, the confirmation examination has been removed. There is no examination hereafter. All will be confirmed by DPC committee as per 6 (i) (12) of the said rules. This is a major achievement so far our P3 Comrades.
13. Rules 9 Cases/Review petitions: - Member (P) Ms. Yasodhara Menon informed that time bound action has been initiated to clear all pending Rule 9 Cases/Review petitions. She assured result-oriented action on other issues also.
CENTRAL JCA MEETING
An urgent meeting of the Central JCA will be held on 03.12.2011 (3rd December 2011) Saturday at 11 AM at NFPE office, North Avenue, New Delhi to decide future course of action on pending demands.
Posted by All India Postal Accounts Employees Association (AIPAEA) at 11/24/2011 07:44:00 AM
Posted by All India Postal Accounts Employees Association (AIPAEA) at 11/24/2011 06:19:00 AM
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
ACCOMMODATION FOR PARTICIPANTS IN PARLIAMENT MARCH
ON 25TH NOVEMBER-2011
1 ARYA SAMAJ MANDIR – KAROLBAGH, NEW DELHI.
2. SHIV MANDIR, FAIZ ROAD, KAROLBAGH, NEW DELHI.
(For West Bengal & Odisha Circles)
3. LAXMI NARAYANA DHARMSHALA, CHHAPPAR WALA CHOWK,PYARELAL ROAD,NEAR BANK STREET , KAROLBAGH , NEW DELHI.
4. CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY HALL, DELHI GPO COMPOUND.
5. RMS BHAWAN, REST HOUSE, NEAR DELHI GPO.
6. 17/4 C P&T QUARTER KALI BARI MARG, NEW DELHI
COMRADES FROM POSTAL ACCOUNTS MAY PLEASE GO TO ARYA SAMAJ MANDIR, KAROL BAGAH FOR STAY
Posted by All India Postal Accounts Employees Association (AIPAEA) at 11/22/2011 09:09:00 AM