Central Govt Employees to go On Indefinite Strike from July 11
A MASSIVE parliament march and rally of about 20,000 central government employees was held at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on June 24, 2016. The rally was organised by National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) of central government employees comprising railways, defence, confederation and postal organisations demanding modification in the recommendations of Seventh Central Pay Commission including minimum wage and fitment formula. Other demands are scrapping of new contributory pension scheme, no FDI in railways and defence, grant of civil servant status to gramin dak sevaks, filling up of vacancies, enhancement of bonus ceiling, no outsourcing, downsizing, contractorisation and corporatisation etc. The NJCA had already given strike notice to the government on June 9, 2016. The Modi government is not ready for a negotiated settlement with the employees. The rally called upon the entire central government employees to intensify the campaign and preparations and make the strike on July 11 a total success. The rally was presided by N Raghavaiah (general secretary, NFIR and chairman NJCA), Shiv Gopal Mishra (general secretary, AIRF and convenor NJCA), Sreekumar (secretary general, AIDEF) M Krishnan (secretary general, Confederation) R N Parashar (secretary general, NFPE) Guman Singh (president, NFIR), Rakal Das Gupta (president, AIRF) K K N Kutty (president, Confederation) B C Sharma (NFIR) S K Tyagi (AIRF), Champa and Gita Pandey addressed the rally. About 33 lakh central government employees will participate in the strike. 40 lakh central government pensioners have declared their solidarity with the strike. Central Trade Unions had also extended their full support. State Government Employees Federations have cautioned the central government that they will also be compelled to join the strike if it refuses to settle the demands relating to Seventh CPC recommendations as majority of the state governments are implementing the central pay parity to their employees also.