No.AIRF/03 Dated: January 14, 2013
Sub: Resolutions unanimously adopted by the 88th Annual Conference of AIRF
The 88th Annual Conference of All India Railwaymen’s Federation, which was held at Visakhapatnam from 18-20 December, 2012, while deliberating in detail socio-economic problems of the Railwaymen, also considered overall situation in regard to long pending genuine demands of the Railwaymen which are being acceded to for quite some time.
The Conference also took serious note of the fact that the Railway Board(Ministry of Railways) is reluctant in issuing orders even on the issues which have already been settled in the Negotiating Fora with All India Railwaymen’s Federation, viz. cadre restructuring, unanimous recommendations of the Joint Committee on Package and Career Progression of Trackmen in letter and spirit, dispensation of Written Test from LARSGESS, merger of Technician II into Technician I, upgradation of apex level Group `C’ posts as Group `B’ posts and allotment of GP Rs.4800 in place of Grade Pay Rs.4600 to Senior Supervisors, grievances of the Running Staff(allotment of higher pay scale, payment of arrears of Running Allowance w.e.f. 1.1.2006, improvement in ALK, 25% enhancement in their mileage, allotment of GP Rs.4600, reduction in duty hours, provision of Additional Allowance to Running Staff working on goods trains, improvement in the conditions of the Running Rooms), certain agreed upon anomalies of the VI CPC in Departmental Anomalies Committee, etc. etc. which are causing deep sense of frustration and serious resentment among the Railwaymen on this account. The mass agitation on above issues throughout the year and massive demonstration on the Parliament could also not create any sense in the Railway Board for any negotiating settlement of the demands.
Detailed resolutions have, therefore, been passed unanimously by the above-mentioned Conference of the AIRF; copies of which are being enclosed herewith for your ready reference, wherein it has been resolved to move for strike ballot if Railway Ministry fails to resolve various pending issues without further loss of time .
Any further delay in settlement of agreed upon issues would definitely impair industrial relations on the Indian Railways, therefore, it is quite necessary that these issues may be addressed at the earliest possible in the interest of industrial harmony.
I would, therefore, like to draw your personal intervention in the matter so that genuine long pending demands of the Railwaymen are resolved without any further delay.
Copy to: Member Staff, Railway Board, along with a copy of above cited resolutions – for necessary action please.
Copy to: Addl. Member Staff, Railway Board, along with a copy of above-mentioned resolutions – for necessary action please.
Copy to: E.D.E.(IR), Railway Board, along with a copy of above-mentioned resolutions – for necessary action please.
Copy to: General Secretaries, all affiliated unions – for information.
ALL INDIA RAILWAYMEN’S FEDERATION
RESOLUTION NO.1 – SOCIO ECONOMIC PROBLEM
This 88th Annual Conference of All India Railwaymen’s Federation, held at Visakhapatnam from 18th to 20th December, 2012, notes with concern that wide socio-economic disparities are not only prevailing but aggravating day-by-day causing social tension. The Government vouched of inclusive growth. The growth should be shared and pro-poor. Growth should be coupled with equal opportunities. Poverty is a crime, it must be eliminated. Where there is economic poverty, there is socio–cultural poverty as well and they interlinked. Educational empowerment can uplift a person financially, which in turn, exhumes their socio- cultural status. Price stability, financial stability and growth are interlinked and cannot be compromised on any of them. Unemployment, poverty, illiteracy, corruption, nepotism, favouritism need to be addressed. The inclusive growth cannot be viewed in terms of progress in social and financial inclusion. A large part of the population, particularly segments like landless agricultural labours, marginal farmers, Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes and other Backward Classes continue to suffer social and financial exclusion. There is demographic divide. There are regional imbalances.
The GDP of India at constant price on 2004–2005 has been increased from Rs.45,07,637 crore to Rs. 48,85,954 crore during the year from 2009–2010 to 2010–2011. Per capita income rose from Rs.53,331 to Rs.60,972 during the period 2010–2011 and 2011–2012, people at the bottom level live on Rs.16.78 per day in villages and Rs.23.40 per day in cities. This is as per 68th round of the National Sample Survey conducted during 2011–2012, sample based on 7,391 villages in 59,070 households where the top billionaires are holding assets up to $ 21 billion. What a stark disparity?
The Government had appointed number of committees to determining poverty line. According to Arjun Sengupta Committee, 77% of the people in our country are poor. Suresh Tendulkar Committee appointed for the purpose laid down that persons earning below Rs.32 in Urban and Rs.26 in Rural Area are considered as Below Poverty Line. The Government in its affidavit before the Hon’ble Supreme Court has also upheld the position. But the Planning Commission has revised and laid down that persons whose daily income is less than Rs.28.65 in Urban and Rs. 22.40 in Rural Areas are to be considered as person living Below Poverty Line. The Planning Commission has reduced the calorie intake for person from 2400 to 1800 to arrive at the revised figure. The Government has almost stopped supply of food articles to the persons living Below Poverty Line. The Government was considering to bring Food Security Bill, but come-up with a proposal to pay the subsidy in cash through the banks. The persons for that matter should have registered themselves in ADHAAR. Large number of people living Below Poverty Line will not be able to register their name in this process and they will be deprived of having their minimum necessaries at subsidized rate. The Government wanted to implement the system as a part of report of Kelkar Committee who has recommended to reduce the burden of subsidy through various means.
Due to steep rise in price of all the essential commodities, it has become impossible for the poor and lower middle class to maintain their family budget.
The Public Sector Banks are providing loan to the Corporate Houses most generously while they are very strict in respect of granting loan to downtrodden needy persons. For non-payment of loan, the downtrodden persons are to face confiscation of their poor assets, while there is Debt Tribunal to deal with the loans of Corporate Houses. Banking loan due to Corporate Houses rose from Rs.1,41,151 core during 2010–2011 to Rs.2,05,692 crore during the year 2011– 2012, i.e. an increase of 45.71%. Their approach is before the Corporate Debt Restructuring Cell of Banks is for restructuring of their debts. Because of these, Non-Performing Assets of the Public Sector Banks has been increased from Rs.52,807 crore during the year 2002–2003 to Rs.1,11,664 crore as on March, 2012.
Business houses are evading payment of Income Tax. It is only service holders who are captive of the circumstances and are paying Income Tax correctly. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance has recommended to raise the ceiling of Income Tax from Rs.1.8 lakh to Rs.3 lakh. This conference strongly feels that the recommendation should be implemented to give relief to the service holders.
Survey on Child and Mother Nutrition in Rural India during the period 2010- 2011 released by a person no less than the Prime Minister 1.42% child under 5 years of age are under Nutrition, 3.6% mothers are under nutrition and 5.5.% mothers are anemic.
In the matter of education, private schools have been flourishing and running of school became a big business. Data collected for 558 rural districts, over 1600 villages, 3.3 lakh household and 6.3 lakh children, it has been found that 50 percent schools are run by private bodies. Poor people are unable to bear the hefty fee and education of their children is suffering despite enactment of Right to Education Act. Government schools are unable to provide minimum facilities to the students.
On 3rd October, 2012, Hon’ble Supreme Court had directed all the State Governments to equip all the schools with appropriate facilities, such as toilet, drinking water, classrooms and teachers within six months to ensure that schools meet the standard set by ‘Right to Education Act’.
Number of unemployed persons is on the increase. Out of total population of 121 crore, 46.88 crore are in the working age group. Only 41.49 crore of them are employed fully or partially and rest 5.39 crore are unemployed. Out of these 41.49 crore, only 1.79 crore are employed in Organized Public Sectors while 1.08 crore are in Organized Private Sector. Women folk are discriminated against in respect of employment. Even in Organized Sector, the total share of women workers is only 20.80 percent. The persons working in the Unorganized Sector are being denied even the Statutory Minimum Wage, they are bereft of social security and are free for hire and fire. Large number of unemployed and under-employed persons is causing social tension.
As per Human Development Index, framed by United Nations Development Programme(UNDP), India stands at 134 position out of 187 countries. The main ingredients of determining Human Development Index are: Health, Education, Housing, availability of potable water, sanitation etc. The expenditure of Central Government, both planned and non-planned on social services, as percentage of total expenditure were 4.28 percent during 2006–2007, has come down to 4.24 percent during 2010–2011. Similarly, for health and family welfare, this has been reduced from 1.87 percent to 1.83 percent during same period.
Public Sector Undertakings(PSUs) are one of the strongest pillars in the matter of economic stability of the country. 158 PSUs have earned a profit of Rs.1.13 lakh crore during 2010–2011, major being ONGC, NTPC, Coal India etc. The decision of disinvestment of the PSUs is quite detrimental to the interest of the country as a whole. These PSUs are generating employment and also putting coffer for boosting the economy. The Government had taken decision to secure Rs.40,000 crore through disinvestment of PSUs during the year 2011–2012 and for the year 2012–2013, the programme for disinvestment is for Rs.13,000 crore. The decision of disinvestment of Public Sector Undertakings has been taken by the Government ignoring tooth and nail protest by all the Central Trade Unions.
Black money is being parked in tax heavens. The black money is generated by evading taxes and by acquiring them unlawfully. On 6th February, 2012, the ex-CBI Director has said that Rs.24.6 lakh crore black money has been parked of Swiss Banks. There was pressure to implement General Anti Avoidance Rule vigorously to arrest the incidence of black money. But an Expert Panel, appointed by the Government, headed by Shri Partha Sarathi Shome, has recommended to defer implementation of General Anti Avoidance Rule for a period of three years. The Government is not serious to arrest the incidence of Black money, reason best known to the Government.
Corruption and criminalization are eating away the vital parts of the country. There has been nexus between the politician and bureaucrats in the matter of siphoning of country’s wealth. Natural resources has become soft target for the purpose. The CAG in its report, submitted on the floor of the Parliament on 17th August, 2012, has held that coal block option, numbering 142, has rendered loss of Rs.1.85 lakh crore to the exchequer. There has been continuous violation in the iron ores. Pending cases of corruption in different courts have gone up from 6,000 to 11,000 within a period of last 5 years. The trial of the corruption cases is badly delayed. Hon’ble Supreme Court has asked the Government to complete trial of corruption cases within a period of one year. Hon’ble Supreme Court has also said that the Government should sanction prosecution of the officials within a period of 4 months from the date the same is sought for, so that trial can be completed within a reasonable time. On 31st January, 2012, Hon’ble Supreme Court further directed the Government to amend Section 19 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 so that Government takes the maximum time of 4 months in sanction prosecution against erring officials and Hon’ble Supreme Court further observed that if, no decision is taken within time limit of 4 months, the same will be deemed to have been granted, and the process of prosecution should be continued.
The Government has decided to embark on major reform. On 13th September, 2012, price of diesel has been increased by Rs.5 per liter and decision has been taken to reduce the supply of LPG to a maximum of 6 cylinders in a year at subsidized rate. On the next day, Government announced its decision that 51% share of retail market will be thrown open to Foreign Direct Investment(FDI). It has also been decided that overseas investment in Aviation will be 49% and FDI on Broadcasting has been decided to be increased from 49% to 74%. FDI in Power Sector has also been decided to be increased. There was heated exchange in respect of FDI in retail on the floors of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Due to volte-face of certain political parties, the proposal for FDI in retail remain unaffected. Thus, the market is being opened for Walmart and Caryfort, who have lost their credibility in their home land. There was demonstration on 16th November, 2012 against Walmart by its own employees.
This Conference decides to continue and intensify struggle:-
- For inclusion of ‘Right to Employment’ in Part – III of the Constitution where Fundamental Rights have been enshrined.
- To stop disinvestment of Public Sector Undertakings.
- For improvement in Education, Health and other Social Welfare Schemes.
- To protect and improved Public Distribution System.
- To provide social security to the workers of all sections in general and Unorganized Sector in particular.
- To arrest corruption and criminalization
- To resist all anti-poor and anti-people steps by the Government in the name of so called reform.
RESOLUTION NO.2 – PROBLEMS OF THE RAILWAYMEN
This 88th Annual Conference of All India Railwaymen’s Federation, held at Visakhapatnam from 18th to 20th December, 2012, notes with serious concern that despite representations at all levels, more than 2.5 lakh posts in different categories of the Indian Railways are lying vacant for an indefinite period, of which 1.26 lakh belongs to Safety Categories. The Safety Review Committee, headed by Dr. Anil Kakodkar, has also raised a serious concern on the large number of posts lying vacant in Safety Categories and recommended in its report that Safety Categories posts should be filled up at least within three months.
To meet the public demand, new trains are being introduced and new assets are being created, but additional posts are not being created on the plea of Matching Saving not being available. All these have put extra burden to all the categories of staff. Due to non-filling up of posts in Safety Categories, Running Staff, Operating Staff and other staff belonging to the Safety Categories are being compelled to work longer hours, beyond their normal duties, their periodical rest is abrogated without rest and their due leave are being refused. Classification of Duty Hours of staff are downgraded from “Intensive” to “Continuous” and “Continuous” to “Essentially Intermittent” without any job analysis and posts are being surrendered on thumb rule, causing safety hazard for the travelling public and safety of the staff themselves.
Perennial nature jobs in thousands are being outsourced, violating the provisions of the Contract Labour(Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970. Contract labours are being exploited in the matter of wages, working hours etc. and they have no service security.
New Pension Scheme has been introduced from 01.01.2004 at the teeth of opposition of AIRF. This has straight away reduced the wages of the persons appointed on or after 01.01.2004 by 10% than their counterparts appointed earlier. Although the deduction is defined, but the benefit is not defined. Nobody knows what amount of pension one will get. There is no provision for family pension. This conference feels strongly that the New Pension Scheme should be scrapped and all the staff, irrespective of their date of appointment, are covered under the Old Pension Scheme.
Grievance Machineries, like PNM and JCM, have been made ineffective. Meetings are not being held at regular intervals and whenever held, even the agreed decisions are not being implemented making a mockery of negotiated machineries.
After the report of 6th CPC, Anomaly Committees have appointed both at the National and Departmental levels. Agreed decisions of the Departmental Anomaly Committee have resting in cold storage of Finance Ministry. National Anomaly Committee meetings were held on 12.12.2009, 27.03.2010, 15.02.2011, 05.012012 and 17.07.2012. Except a few cases, like annual increment, option for fixation of pay on promotion, no other issue could be resolved, causing serious frustration amongst the Railwaymen.
The 6th Pay Commission has recommended for widening the promotional scope of different categories of staff through the process of Cadre Restructuring Committee. Cadre Restructuring Committee has been set up and meetings of the Cadre Restructuring Committee were held on 08.12.2009, 04.06.2010, 20.05.2011, 17.10.2011 and 11.04.2012. Decision on restructuring of most of the categories have been agreed upon by the Anomaly Committee, but except orders for Asstt. Loco Pilot, no other order has been issued, causing serious resentment amongst the Railwaymen.
Trackmen, Gatemen, Trolleymen, Keymen, Mate etc. are exploited a lot. After years long struggle of the AIRF, a Joint Committee for the purpose of addressing their grievances was appointed and the committee has submitted its unanimous recommendation to Ministry of Railways on 28th June, 2011. In utter dismay, it is seen that orders have been issued diluting the recommendations in respect of restructuring the cadre. AIRF had to register its strongest protest against this arbitrary action and had to observe “Black Week” throughout the country demanding implementation of the report in to to.
AIRF has been demanding job for the wards of the Railwaymen. The demand was partially conceded in the year 2004 in the shape of “Safety Related Retirement Scheme”, later on modified and renamed as “Liberalised Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment of Safety Staff”. On the demand of AIRF, Physical Efficiency Test has been excluded, but Written Examination is yet to be dispensed with. AIRF also demanded to extend the scope of recruitment of the wards of the Railwaymen in all other categories as well.
After 34 years long struggle, Bonus in the shape of Productivity Linked Bonus has been agreed upon and implemented. The ceiling limit of Rs.3500 is yet to be removed.
Patient Care Allowance and Hard Duty Allowance are yet to be doubled and Transport Allowance, Special Duty Allowance etc. are yet to be exempted from the purview of Income Tax.
Payment of T.A., O.T., N.D.A. etc. are not being paid on the plea of fund crunch. This tells upon badly on the family budget of the staff.
Medical facilities are too inadequate. There is acute shortage of medical and paramedical staff. Staff being compelled seek outside medical assistance, but medical reimbursement is being denied. The staff working at road side stations and ganghuts are being denied even the available medical facilities. The announcement of former Railway Minister for treatment to the parents is yet to see the light of the day. Fixed Medical Allowance of Rs.300, as has sanctioned to Retired Railwaymen living beyond 2.5 km away from the Hospital/Health Units, is too inadequate. Orders for issuing Smart Card to RELHS beneficiaries are yet to be implemented in many places.
Various Welfare Schemes announced by the earlier Minister for Railways for the benefit of Railway employees, their wards and families, have also not seen the light of the day.
Problems of the Running Staff, Operating Staff, Artisan Staff, Technical Supervisor, Ministerial Staff, Medical Staff, staff of the Stores Department are yet to be addressed. Condition of the Railway quarters, colonies has been deteriorating day-by-day. Due to non-maintenance, the staff are being compelled to stay in the quarters which are not habitable. When staff refused to take such inhabitable quarters, the payment of HRA is denied to them.
This Conference notes with anger that if the following burning grievances of the Railwaymen are not resolved in a time- bound programme, AIRF would be compelled to conduct strike ballot as a first step for a decisive struggle.
- Filling-up all vacant posts.
- Sanction additional posts in commensurate with increase in the number of trains and workload.
Stop outsourcing of perennial nature jobs, violating the provision of Contract Labour(Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970.
- Scrap New Pension Scheme and cover all the staff with pension and family pension scheme as available to staff appointed prior to 01.01.2004.
- Implement recommendations of Cade Restructuring Committee.
- Remove all the anomalies of the 6th CPC as agreed upon in the meeting of Departmental Anomaly Committee and resolve all the anomalies pending before National Anomaly Committee.
- Recommendations of the Joint Committee constituted to study the Career Progression and Package for Trackmen has been diluted arbitrarily. The recommendation should be implemented in to to.
- Merger of grades of Technician Gr. II and Gr. I duly granting GP of Rs.2800.
- Provision of GP of Rs.4800 in place of Rs.4600 to all Senior Supervisors.
10. Upgradation of 15% apex level Group `C’ posts to Group `B’.
11. Grievances of the Running Staff, such as granting of Running Allowance w.e.f. 01.01.2006 duly improving ALK, reduction in Duty Hours, Provision of Additional Allowance to Running Staff working in Goods Trains and also to Traffic Running Staff working as Goods Guards and Passenger Guards, improvements in the condition of Running Rooms etc.
12. Upgrade all categories of staff in Grade Pay of Rs.2400 to Rs.2800.
13. Parity of grade pay to Stenographers between the field staff and the staff working in Secretariat.
14. Reckoning of 100% Casual Labour Service rendered as Qualifying Service for seniority and pensionary benefits is still pending in spite of Hon’ble Supreme Court judgment.
15. Stepping up of pay of seniors who are drawing less pay than the juniors consequent on fixation of pay due to implementation of VI CPC recommendations between the direct recruits and promotees.
16. Stepping up of pay of senior employee on par with junior employee consequent on modification of ACP Scheme as MACP is pending with the Railway Board.
17. Safety Related Voluntary Retirement Scheme has been modified as LARSGESS permitting the Railway employees in Safety Categories to give Voluntary Retirement so as to enable their wards getting appointed. Lot of conditions were imposed diluting the intention of this scheme by introducing Written Examination.
Large number of wards of the employees who have applied for appointment under LARSGESS in 2010 cycle have failed in the PET. Later, PET was abolished for the wards appearing under LARSGESS 2012.
AIRF has demanded waival of PET for failed candidates of LARSGESS 2010 and requested the Board to issue necessary orders to Zonal Railways for absorbing them in the Railways. The matter is yet to be resolved at Board’s level.
18. Granting of one increment for the employees in the categories like MCMs, Loco Running Staff, SMs, P. Way Supervisors etc. when they get horizontal promotions without reckoning the same as “Promotion” for the purpose of granting financial upgradation under MACP.
19. The demand of recruitment of wards of Railwaymen as Substitutes has not been implemented by the GMs of the Zonal Railways due to several restrictions imposed in the orders of the Railway Board.
20. Welfare Schemes announced in the Railway Budget, such as opening of Nursing Colleges, Medical and Engineering Colleges, Polytechnics, Kendriya Vidyalas for the children of the Railwaymen, extension of medical facilities and pass to both dependant father and mother of Railway employees etc. are yet to be implemented by the Board. The announcement of the scheme – “House to All” has also not seen the light of the day.
21. Entitlement of Privilege Passes to travel by “Duronto Express” trains is yet to be finalized.
22. As per decision taken in the DC/JCM Meeting, 5% of the sanctioned strength of the Section Officers in the pre-revised scale of Rs.6500-10500 was earmarked to non-qualifying Appendix III Accounts Assistants. Consequent upon implementation of VI CPC recommendations, the same was revised to 1% of the combined strength of SOs & SO(A)s , reducing the percentage. The demand of increasing the same to 5% on the combined strength of SOs and SSO(A)s is still pending with the Railway Board.
23. Grievances of AC Mechanics and AC Attendants deputed to work on trains is yet to be resolved by the Board.
24. Running Allowance should be paid to medically de-categorized Running Staff kept on supernumerary posts.
25. Even though technical categories working in Electrical, Mechanical, Civil Engineering(Works), erstwhile Mistries and supervisors have been merged in the cadre of JE, in the Civil Engineering the Senior P. Way Supervisors are rotting in their category without merger with JE category. This issue is pending with the Railway Board.
26. Even though several times the issue of absorption of quasi-administrative offices staff was discussed, no orders have been issued so far for the absorption of quasi-administrative offices staff in the Railways.
27. Improvement in the conditions of Railway Hospitals and filling up of all the vacancies of Doctors, Nurses and Paramedical Staff. Provide medical facilities to the staff posted at roadside stations and ganghuts.
28. Increase the amount of Fixed Medical Allowance and issue Smart Card to all RELHS beneficiaries.
29. Grant parity in pension and family pension to the staff/family retired prior to 01.01.2006.
30. Revise the rates of Patient Care Allowance and Risk Allowance and grant Patient Care Allowance to the staff of Medical Department working in Kitchen, Store, Watching duties etc.
31. Exempt Transport Allowance and Special Duty Allowance for the purview of Income Tax deduction.
32. Raise the ceiling limit of Rs.3500 for the purpose of payment of PLB.
33. Raise the ceiling of Income Tax deduction from Rs.2.00 lakh to Rs.3.00 lakh, as recommended by the Standing Committee on Finance.
34. Repair quarters, roads, drains and do not compel staff to stay in inhabitable quarters and pay House Rent Allowance to such staff.
35. Limit duty hours of the staff to a maximum of 7 hours a day.
36. Scrap classification of duty hours as “Essential Intermittent” and “Excluded”.
37. Pay T.A., O.T., N.D.A., National Holiday Pay etc. regularly.
38. Increase the rate of Special Duty Allowance by 25% with retrospective effect from 01.01.2011.
RESOLUTION NO.4 – CONSTITUTION OF THE SEVENTH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION
The report of the 6th Pay Commission has been implemented from 1st January, 2006, which has failed to do justice to the Railwaymen in the matter of granting minimum remuneration, pay scales and allowances, promotional scopes etc. Large number of anomalies of the 6th CPC could not be resolved even after formation of Anomaly Committees both at Departmental and National levels in the year 2009.
Due to stiff rise in prices of all essential commodities, the rates of Dearness Allowance had reached 51% as on 01.01.2011. According to the report of the 5th Pay Commission when Dearness Allowance reached 50%, the same was treated as Dearness Pay and on the Dearness Pay all allowances and pension were enhanced by 50%, whereas this time, only some allowances have been increased by 25% only from 01.01.2011 when rates of Dearness Allowance reached 50% and there is no increase in basic pension as was done on the recommendation of the 5th CPC.
The Railwaymen are Industrial Workers and they got a raw deal by the 6th Pay Commission. The wages and allowances of the industrial workers working in Public Sector Undertakings are being revised in every five years. The Railwaymen also should be considered alike for revision of salaries, allowances and other benefits.
The Fifth Central Pay Commission had specifically recommended that the salaries of the Central Government Employees need to be revised every 10 years duration to neutralize market inflation and to ensure parity with other Government of India Undertakings etc. The recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission came into effect from 01.01.2006, and to affect revision of salaries after 10 years as per recommendations of the Fifth Central Pay Commission, i.e. w.e.f. 01.01.2016, there is urgent need that the Central Government should constitute Seventh Central Pay Commission. It is more necessary because salaries of the workers of the Public Sector are revised every 5 years.
This 88th Annual Conference of the All India Railwaymen’s Federation, held at Vishakhapatnam from 18th to 20th December, 2012, demands that the Seventh Central Pay Commission should be appointed for the revision of pay and allowances, widening of promotional scope, improvement in retirement benefits bringing all Railwaymen, irrespective of date of appointment, in the ambit of Pension and Family Pension and for improvement of other fringe benefits etc. keeping in view the parity of pay of wages of the Railwaymen with other industrial workers working in Public Sector Undertakings.
RESOLUTION NO.5 – PROGRAMME OF AGITATION DRAWN BY THE CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS – EXTENDING SUPPORT THERE FOR
This 88th Annual Conference of All India Railwaymen’s Federation, held at Vishakhapatnam from 18th to 20th December, 2012, reiterate its all out support to the programme drawn in the National Convention of all the Central Trade Unions held on 4th September, 2012 at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi.
It is gratifying to note that the affiliated unions of All India Railwaymen’s Federation have participated in the programmes of agitation drawn by in the above cited National Convention of the Central Trade Unions.
This Conference extends its solidarity and moral support to the countrywide two days general strike on 20th and 21st February, 2013.
This Conference calls upon the Government of India to take immediate action on the following demands formulated in the above-mentioned National Convention of the Central Trade Unions.
- No contractorisation of workS of permanent/perennial nature of wages and benefits to the contract workers at the same rate as available to the regular workers of the industry/establishment.
- Amendment of Minimum Wages Act to ensure universal coverage irrespective of the schedules and fixation of statutory minimum wage at not less than Rs.10,000 linked with Cost Price Index.
- Remove all ceilings on payment and eligibility of Bonus, Provident Fund; Increase the quantum of gratuity.
- Assured pension for all.
- Compulsory registration of the Trade Unions within a period of 45 days and immediate ratification of the ILO Conventions Nos.87 and 98.
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