Circular/Letter

 

HMS/DEL/           /2017                                                                     September  8   , 2017

Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar

Hob’ble Minister of State I/C

Labour & Employment.

Respected Sir,

Let me congratulate you on behalf of millions of workers of the nation on being appointed as Minister of State I/C Ministry of Labour and Employment. Which is not new to you as have looked after labour earlier also.

The working class of the country is looking up on you with great hopes and expectations. There are so many burning issues which need personal attention from the Hob’ble Minister. The Central Trade Unions have submitted a 12 point Joint Charter of Demands. Group of Ministers was formed by U.P.A Government and after the change of Government a group of 5 Ministers was appointed by N.D.A which had two meetings but nothing positive could emerge out of those meetings.  In addition to above the issue of labour laws amendment, scrapping of 44 central labour laws framing four labour codes, introducing 100% FDI in core sectors like Railway, Defence Production etc. Disinvestment from public sector undertaking, introducing small factories bill, fixed term employment, raising workers ceiling from 100 to 300 for obtaining prior permission for lockout closure under ID Act raising ceiling of workers from 20 to 40 in factories Act etc non implementation of agreed decisions of previous ILCS are some of the vital issues.

The Hind Mazdoor Sabha not only hopes but is confident that under your matured, experienced and dynamic leadership these issues would be discussed without any bais and amicable solution to the long pending genuine demands of the working class be arrived which will ensure harmonious industrial relations, Improved quality and productivity and may ultimately achieve the pride of being fast growing youngest nation of the world by 2022.

 Assuring our fullest cooperation.   

 With kind personal regards                                                                Yours faithfully

 

                                                                                                Harbhajan Singh Sidhu

                                                                                                  General Secretary

 

 

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NATIONAL CONVENTION OF WORKERS

8th August 2017, Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi

Adopted Declaration

The National Convention of Workers being held today, the 8th August 2017, in Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi jointly called by the ten Central Trade Unions, in association with all independent  National Federations of Workers and Employees of both Industrial and Service sectors, expresses serious concern over the deteriorating situation in the national economy due to the pro- corporate, anti-national and anti-people policies pursued by the Narendra Modi Government, grievously impacting the livelihood of the working people across the country.

This National Convention unanimously condemns in strongest terms the conspiratorial and authoritarian attack of the BJP Govt. to deprive the biggest Central Trade Union in the country, the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) from all representations in the tripartite and bipartite forums and committees, including in the international forum. This is nothing but a severe and heinous onslaught on the rights of the entire trade union movement. It will be unitedly fought back and national convention pledges for that.

The Convention notes with utter dismay that the Government has been continuing to arrogantly ignore the 12 point Charter of  Demands on minimum wage, social security, workers’ status and pay and facilities for the scheme workers, against privatization and mass scale contractorisation etc. being jointly pursued by the entire trade union movement of the country. Despite numerous nationwide joint strike actions, the most prominent being those of 2nd September 2015 and 2nd September 2016, participated by crores of workers against the policies of the Governments, the ruling regime at the centre has been increasing onslaught on the rights and livelihood of the working people of the country. Both the organized as well as unorganized sectors are victims alike.

Unemployment situation is getting aggravated with employment generation practically turned negative even in the most labour intensive sectors. The phenomenon of closure and shut-down of industries and the forecast of huge job-loss in the IT sector is adding fuel to the fire. Price-rise of essential commodities including public transport, electricity, medicines etc is mounting pressure on daily life of the people in general leading to widening as well as deepening impoverishment. Hasty implementation of GST has added fuel to fire.  Drastic cut in Government expenditure in social sector and various welfare schemes has made the conditions of workers, particularly those in unorganized sector more precarious.

The anti-labour authoritarian character of the Government is all the more evident in their refusal to implement even the consensus recommendations (in which the Government was also a party) of the successive Indian Labour Conferences in respect of equal pay and benefits for equal work for the contract workers, formulation of minimum wage on the norms agreed by 15th ILC/Supreme Court Judgment and workers status for the scheme workers viz., Anganwadi, Mid-Day-Meal and ASHA etc. Shockingly Modi Government is even refusing to implement the recent Judgments of the Supreme Court of the country on the most genuine issue of “equal wage and benefits for same work” and on EPS, 1995 on contribution and calculation of pension on actual pay and dearness allowance.

Despite opposition of all the trade unions in the country irrespective of affiliations, the Government has been aggressively pushing through its programme of pro-employer and utterly anti-worker labour law reforms which is aimed at imposing the condition of slavery on the working people. The latest onslaught is the move to evolve a ’Social Security Code’ by dismantling and demolishing the existing statutory Social Security infrastructure under Employees Provident Fund Organization, Coal Mines Provident Fund and Employees State Insurance Corporation and many others welfare statutes, abolition of welfare related cess, and usurp the huge social security fund subscribed by the workers amounting to more than Rs.20 lakh crore and make them available for the speculation in share market under the most deceptive and fraudulent camouflage of ‘universalisation of social security’.

Privatization of all strategic PSUs, including Defence Production, Public Sector Banks and Insurance and also Railways, public road transport, oil, power etc through disinvestment, strategic sale, outsourcing in favour of private sector, promoting 100 per cent FDI in many vital and strategic sectors are increasing day by day. Moreover stripping all the cash rich PSUs from the investible cash reserves are added assaults. In fact Defence Sector privatization move is actually designed to destroy manufacturing capability and Research initiatives developed by the country over last six and half decades. The worst and most dubious is the game plan to outsource more than 50 per cent products including weapons and critical equipments, so long being produced by the Ordinance establishments. Complete privatization of the Railways, step by step, are going on. Operating private trains in the existing tracks built by Railways is being permitted. Moreover free access to railway yards, sheds and workshops for maintenance of private coaches, wagons and engines etc are being offered to private operators. Already 23 railway stations in all metro cities have been shortlisted for privatisation. Railway employees shall be worst victims of privatization in terms of job security, democratic trade union rights and protection of achievements in the areas of pay, perks, social security etc. Like Central Electricity Regulatory Authority (CERC), a Railway Development Authority (RDA) has been created. Given the sky-rocketing increase in electricity tariff by CERC, under RDA railway fare and goods freight is poised to be hiked hurting the common people and benefiting the private profiteers.

Public sector Banks are under attack through various legislative and executive measures. The ultimate target of the Government is privatization and to extend undue favour to the same private corporate crooks, whose default of paying back the loan has put the banking sector in severe difficulties. The retrenchment of contractual employees has been resorted to already in some banks. Insurance sector is also under such attack. Legislative measures to pave the way of privatization of our major ports are also in the advanced stage. CPSUs even including the core and strategic sectors like Energy, Petroleum, Telecom, Metal, Mining, Machine Building, Road, Air and Water Transport, Port & Dock and more are under the privatization onslaught of the Government. The Convention notes that workers of these industries are fighting sectoral battle unitedly. United struggles have been launched by the workers and employees of Government Services Sector including the Scheme Workers as a whole. The Convention extends full support to these struggles.

Attempts are being made by the state governments to dismantle Public sector road transport by issuing route- permits to private parties. The central government intends to get the new Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2017 hastily passed in the current session of parliament which will allow wholesale privatisation of road transport. The convention while taking note of the protest action by transport workers, condemns the state govts. and central govt’s anti people and anti worker moves in the transport sector.

The National Convention of Workers extends full solidarity to the fighting farmers in various states as well as under the Joint National Forums of Peasants’ Organizations. It is the same set of pro-corporate, pro-landlord policies which have created a severe crisis in agriculture, biggest livelihood provider in the economy leading to continuing increase in spate of suicides.

This National Convention of Workers records its strong denunciation against the communal and divisive machinations on the society being carried on with the active patronage of the Government machinery under the present polity. The peace loving secular people in the country are facing a stark situation of terror and insecurity all around. Communal forces are cultivating an atmosphere of conflicts within the society on non-issues. It is disrupting the unity of the workers and the toiling people in general, so vital to carry forward the ongoing struggles based on our 12-point Charter of Demands as detailed above. Working class must raise their strong voice of protest.

The situation before the nation is the deepening all round attack on the rights and livelihood of the working class and the toiling people in general by the private corporate friendly Government of the day. On the other hand the working class has achieved solid unity of the trade union movement and also achieved unprecedented response in the ongoing struggles including the strikes actions opposing such suicidal anti-people policies.

The task before the Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions and independent national federations is to further intensify the surging struggles in various sectors through a concerted united agitation and mobilization at national level to be followed by countrywide general strike action as a culmination and consolidation of all sectoral struggles. The National Convention of workers therefore adopts the following programmes:

1.        To work for achieving and accelerating united struggles in all the sectors of the economy on respective demands, which has already begun

2.        To Organize Block/District/Industrial Centres/State level massive campaign, mobilisation and convention in preparation to central mobilization to be followed

3.        Massive three days dharna at National Capital on 9th,10th and 11th Nov. to be attended by lakhs of workers from all over the country.

4.        The National Convention calls upon the working people to prepare for indefinite countrywide strike action against the anti people, anti national activities of the Govt.

The National Convention calls upon working people across the sectors and throughout the country irrespective of affiliations to make the above programmes a total success. 

        INTUC                 AITUC                       HMS                         CITU                AIUTUC

        TUCC                  SEWA                    AICCTU                     UTUC                   LPF

And Independent Federations of Workers and Employees

 

 

 

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RESOLUTION ADOPTED IN THE MEETING OF TEN CTU’s on 20th July, 2017

(INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, UTUC, LPF, SEWA).

Ten Central Trade Unions of India express their deep concern and strongest anguish on the indifferent, reluctant attitude of the Union Government and the Ministry of Defence towards long pending genuine demands of millions of civilian employees of Defence across the country who with their sincere, honest, dedicated, committed services ensure the soldier on front line timely, adequate back support they need by providing quality goods manufactured by State owned Ordnance Factories with no interference what so ever from any private, corporate or multinational companies.

The present Government under pressure of Domestic/Global Corporate Houses has taken decisions which are making “U turns”. The labour friendly provisions of various labour legislations which were achieved after decades of struggle and discussions and were generally in conformity of International Standard are being diluted /amended or snatched. Sometimes in the name of “Ease of doing business”. Sometimes for bringing more FDI and on some occasions to promote PPP.

The present Government decided to introduce 100% FDI in Defence Production, Railways and other such vital industries. Despite joint protest by the unions, the Govt. has gone ahead for implementation. The govt. has de-notified around 182 items produced by defence units as noncore and out sourced these items to private parties. It will put more than 22000 workers and their families on street. The government has an eye on vast land available with defence organisation for its commercial use by private players. It is learnt that a set of another around 100 defence products is under scanner.

Ten Central Trade Unions have been opposing, protesting against privatisation of PSUs, disinvestment, FDI in these sectors .The unions have raised the issue at all levels National and International.

Four lakh civilian defence employees under the banner of All India Defence Employees Federation have been fighting for redressal of their long pending genuine demands which include.

  • No privatisation, FDI or outsourcing in Defence
  • Roll back order identifying 182 items ordnance factorie’s products as “Non core”
  • Filling up of all vacancies.
  • Scrap NPS. etc.

Civilian Defence employees have been raising these issues since long. They have exhausted all peaceful democratic means of protest like demonstration, meeting, sending memorandum, meeting with higher authorities but the Government is not heeding.

The Civilian employees of defence are so disciplined that even with thumping support from across the country and sister workers organisations they have not lost the patience and decided to hold a “relay hunger strike” with effect from 3rd July 2017 to 14th August, 2017 at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi to signal how much the defence employees are attached with their demands.

The Relay Hunger Strike programme was inaugurated by Shri. Sharad Yadav M.P and former Vice President of AIDEF. Com Harbhajan Singh Sidhu General Secretary HMS, Com Amarjeet Kaur, Secretary, AITUC, Com. Tapan Sen M.P, General Secretary, CITU, Com. Shiva Gopal Mishra, General Secretary, AIRF, Com. D.Raja, MP, Com. Jayadevan M.P, Shri Digvijay Singh M.P, Champa Verma HMS, Dr. B.V. Vijyalakshmi AITUC, Vidya Sagar Giri, secretary, AITUC, S. Sudhakar Reddy, former MP, and general secretary CPI, Hannan Mollah former MP, and several other prominent persons have also addressed the Relay hunger strike.

Other sectoral unions/ federations/ associations, such as from banks, insurance, telecom etc. have also visited the strikers and addressed them.

Ten Central Trade Unions of the country deplore the reluctant anti workers attitude of Government towards genuine long pending demands of civilian employees of defence, salute the brave, disciplined civilian defence workers across the nation for their active participation and involvement in the programme chalked out by All India Defence Employees Federation. Activists of Ten Central Trade Unions are fully involved to make the programme a grand success an eye opener to the Government.

Central trade unions appeal to all the industrial federations/ associations and other unions and all the sections of the society to render their support to the movement of civilian defence employees. 

 Sd/            

INTUC  AITUC      HMS       CITU    AIUTUC       AICCTU     TUCC       UTUC

SEWA LPF

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HMS/DEL/            /2017                                                                      July 22, 2017

Hon’ble Minister of Defence,

Government of India,

South Block,

New Delhi.

Sub: Redressal of long pending genuine demands of civilian employees of Defence protest against privatization of Defence Product.

 Respected Sir,

You may be aware that more than 4 lakh defence civilian employees of the nation are aggrieved by indifferent attitude of Government of India, Ministry of Defence for their long pending genuine demands and instead of solving the problems the Government unilaterally started privatization of Defence product. So far around 182 Defence Products manufactured by Ordnance Factories have been notified as “none core” and out sourced to private players putting lakh  of civilian defence employees engaged in 41 Ordnance Factories and their family on street.

The civilian defence employees are on relay Hunger Strike ;since 3rd of July 2017 upto 14th August, 2017 under the Banner of All India Defence employees Federation prior to this step they have exhausted all other peaceful, democratic means of expressing their resentment, anguish and very high degree of confidence to fight the injustice. Even today the lot is peaceful and disciplined.

The Relay Hunger Strike has got immense support from all sections of the society including Parliamentarians, Media, Trade Unions, NGOs and others.

It was only on 18th July that Secretary  Defence, Shri   Sanjay Mitra met a delegation of all India Defence employees Federation but nothing positive could emerge out of the meeting. However, the Defence Secretary assured further discussions on the issues.

Sir, it has been established during last more than six months and specially since 3rd July 2017 that how close to heart of  civilian employers of Defence is the issue of privatization of Defence Production.

I, on behalf of Hind Mazdoor Sabha request your goodself for your personal intervention in the matter and to sort out the burning issues.

With high regards,  

                                                                                                              Yours faithfully,

                                                                                                            

                                                                                                     (Harbhajan Singh Sidhu)

                                                                                                           General Secretary

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HMS/DEL/        /2017                                                                                  20 July, 2017

Shri Narender Modi,

Hon’ble Prime Minister of India

South Block, New Delhi – 110011.

 

Sub:- Riders attached for revision of wages of central P.S.U employees regarding.

 Respected Sir,

 

            The 3rd P.R.C has submitted it’s recommendations way back in Dec. 2016 but the same have not yet been implemented nor wage negotiation for non executive employees of  Central Public Sector under takings have started so far, probably for want of approval and necessary guide lines from D.P.E.

            It is also learnt that the committee of secretaries in a meeting held in the month of May 2017, proposals of 3rd P.R.C were accepted and recommended. The most derogatory part of 3rd P.R.C report attached with the recommendation was a clause of “Affordability condition”.

            This condition is against the interests of the workers and will in long run be detrimental to the interests of the industry too. Only workers cannot be held responsible for decline in profit or decline in getting orders or for that purpose decline in quality of product as they are not having any say or control on the factors affecting orders. Material to be purchased, timely supply of standard material, quality check system, there is no role of monitoring for workers in “entire tender process”. Planning of the work etc. It will be unfair to held responsible any party for a laps where it has no say.

            It has been made clear in para VII of chapter IV of wage polices issued during 7th round of wage negotiation for unorganised workers in CPSUS w.e.f 1.1.2017 para 6 of annexure 11 of DPE letter No 2(49)/98-DPE (WC) dated 25.6.99 also recognises revision of wages of PSU in losses also

            It is submitted that such conditions if enforced will demoralise the employees, an environment of misunderstanding, suspicion, collision will develop which will ultimately reflect on the quantity, quality, cost and production of the unit adversely that may have telling effect on national economy.

            Your good self not only believe but are engaged to give adequate pace and direction to the economy of the country. I am sure would never like or support any such hindrance which may put P.S.U in back gear.

            May therefore request your kind self for your immediate personal interference to save the workers from demoralisation and so also the industries from going sick.

With kind personal regards,                                                                  Yours sincerely       

                                                                                                           

                                                                                                     Harbhajan Singh Sidhu

                                                                                                          General Secretary

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23rd June 2017

INTUC                                    AITUC                                    HMS                           CITU

AIUTUC         AICCTU          TUCC              UTUC             SEWA                        LPF

NATIONAL CONVENTION OF WORKERS ON 8TH AUGUST 2017

The joint meeting of Central Trade Unions held on 2nd June 2017 at INTUC Office, New Delhi expressed serious concern over the anti-worker and anti-people policies of the Central Govt in the form of rampant violation of labour laws coupled with aggressive move to change all the labour laws completely in favour of employers, attack on trade union rights, mass scale contractorisation of and casualisation of workforce, desperate move of privatization of all public sector units in the strategic and core sector of the economy and important public utilities, drastic cut in expenditure on all welfare schemes and at the same denial of statutory minimum wages and basic social security benefit to the Scheme workers viz., anganwadi, mid-day-meal, ASHA etc, reckless entry of 100% FDI and private corporate sector in the strategic sectors like Railways, Defence, Port & Dock and Coal non-revision of minimum wages as per consensus recommendations of Indian Labour Conference etc  and their severe impact on the working people of the country in the form of increasing unemployment and joblosses, closure of industries, increasing retrenchments, increasing prices of essential commodities, increasing attack on trade union and labour rights and many other ways. The CTUOs also reviewed the suggestions surfaced in the consultation meeting of the major employees Federations from all the sectors of economy, industries and services. It was noted that already united struggles are taking place in different industries and service sectors against the same policies of the Govt and its impact on the concerned sectors.

 

The CTUOs condemns the Govt for non-implementation of commitments given to the organizations of central govt employees, including Railways, Defence and Postal on their wages,allowances and service related issues. 

 

The CTUOs expressed solidarity to the ongoing struggles in various sectors and conceived the urgent need of deciding the programme of united countrywide movement and joint preparatory campaign for the same.

 

It was decided that a massive National Convention of Workers will be held on 8th August 2017 at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi from 11 am onward to discuss and decide the course of joint campaign and countrywide united struggle. 

 

The CTUOs call upon all the trade unions and workers in general irrespective of affiliations to join and participate in the National Convention of Workers on 8th August 2017 to decide the next course of united struggles.

 

 

INTUC                                    AITUC                                    HMS                           CITU

 

AIUTUC           AICCTU          TUCC                UTUC                            SEWA                      LPF

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Press Statement

Central Trade Unions

Condemns the Govt for inflicting Miseries on the PeopleThrough Unprepared Demonitisation Calls Upon Trade Unions and Workers to Agitate and Protest

The joint meeting of the Central Trade Unions  held in INTUC Office at New Delhi on 22nd November 2016 expressed grave concern over the disaster on common peoples’ life owing to  current drive of demonitisation of Rs 500/- and Rs 1000/- currency notes in most irresponsible manner without adequate preparation by the Govt of India.

The Govt of India claimed the action of demonitisation has been for  curbing black money economy and corruption. The Central Trade Unions have also been demanding concrete and effective action against black-money which is being generated through evasion and non-payment of due taxes and various unfair business practices like over-invoicing and under-invoicing in trade and exchanges, speculative practices etc including depriving the workers and common people of their legitimate dues being carried on by the big-business and corporate houses, both domestic and foreign with active patronage of the Govt. The CTUOs also have demanded concrete action on recovering  of huge accumulation of black money created within the country and stashed in foreign banks and stringent exemplary punishment of the concerned offenders to which present Govt is commitment bound. Nothing has been done yet in that direction.  

Instead of that, sudden cancellation of 85% of the currency in circulation with effect from 8th November 2016 midnight and utter failure of the Govt to fill up the void created in respect of currency availability created disaster and unimaginable miseries in the life and livelihood of the common people enmasse. It has been causing irreparable loss of employment as well as earned wages to crores of working people mainly of unorganised sector workers, agricultural workers and daily earners; creating compulsion for farmers, mainly small, marginal and even middle level farmers to make distress sale of their produce for daily need of hard currency, creating problems for procuring essential agricultural inputs; affecting cooperative sector including and due to non-supply of currency notes to cooperative banks; non-availability of essential goods including food items to overwhelming majority of the poor and common people who depend on cash transaction for meeting their daily needs for survival and also non-accessibility to  healthcare and medicines to the ailing people. It has also been causing huge loss of livelihoods to self-employed street vendors, small traders and daily wagers who are integral part of the vast informal sector workforce in the country and also non-payment of wages to workers of small factories owing to currency problem.

Mass of the common people including women, old, disabled and sick persons are being subjected to severe harassment and intimidation while exchanging their own legitimate demonitised currency notes in banks while standing in long queue for days together and at other places and while withdrawing their own meagre savings from ATMs and banks.

It has also been causing unimaginable stress and long hours of work till midnight for the Bank employees attending the people in long queue for withdrawing/exchanging their own money and yet failing to satisfy them for no fault of theirs but owing to failure of the Govt to maintain of supply of currencies to banks.

Already 74 people including number of bank employees died during last twelve days’ ordeal owing to stress and strain in queue, for lack of appropriate and timely medical care-all due to non-availability of expendable currency in hand despite having white money either in banks or in demonitised form.

The irresponsible and unprepared action of the Govt on the plea of curbing black money has in essence held the lives and livelihood of workers, peasants and common people none of them are from black money community, to ransom.

The CTUOs condemns the insensitive, insulting comments and casual behaviour of the central ministers including the Prime Minister and the ruling party leaders on the sufferings of the people caused by the failed government on the plea of controlling black money, on which Supreme Court and the High Courts have also made critical comments. Prescription for using credit card and other forms of plastic currency to the suffering millions from the highest position of governance is cruel joke to their daily miseries, hunger and nightmare.

The CTUOs demand upon the Govt to allow the demonitised currency notes of Rs.500 and Rs.1000 to continue till the crisis is abated and arrangement is made to ensure adequate availability of new currency notes and ensure  appropriate compensation for those who died owing to this ordeal.

The CTUOs also called upon the workers and their trade unions irrespective of affiliations to stand by the suffering people and organise agitations throughout the country to raise their voice of protest against the miseries inflicted on them by a reckless and insensitive Government.

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 INTUC                        AITUC             HMS               CITU                           AIUTUC 

 TUCC             AICCTU          UTUC             LPF                 SEWA  

                                                                                               

 

 

 To

Hon’ble Prime Minister of India

New Delhi

Dear Sir,

The joint meeting of the Central Trade Unions  held in INTUC Office at New Delhi on 22nd November 2016 expressed grave concern over the disaster on common peoples’ life owing to  current drive of demonitisation of Rs 500/- and Rs 1000/- currency notes in most irresponsible manner without adequate preparation by the Govt of India.

The move of demonitisation is claimed to be for curbing black money economy and corruption. But in reality it has inflicted unimaginable miseries on the mass of the common people who all survive on white money only and are the real victim of black-money economy.

The Central Trade Unions have also been demanding concrete and effective action against black-money which is being generated through evasion and non-payment of due taxes and various unfair business practices like over-invoicing and under-invoicing in trade and exchanges, speculative practices etc including depriving the workers and common people of their legitimate dues being carried on by the big-business and corporate houses, both domestic and foreign. The CTUOs also have demanded concrete action on recovering huge accumulation of black money created within the country and stashed in foreign banks and stringent exemplary punishment of the concerned offenders to which present Govt is commitment bound. But nothing has been done yet in that direction. Rather, indulgence to continuing tax evasion by big business/corporate and also pilferage to national assets by the same community is reflected in huge accumulated direct tax dues every year on the one hand and equally huge loan default by them from the Nationalised Banks on the other.    

Instead of that, sudden cancellation of 85% of the currency in circulation with effect from 8th November 2016 midnight and utter failure of the Govt to fill up the void created in respect of currency availability created disaster and unimaginable miseries in the life and livelihood of the common people enmasse. It has been causing irreparable loss of employment as well as earned wages to crores of working people mainly of unorganised sector workers, agricultural workers and daily earners; creating compulsion for farmers, mainly small, marginal and even middle level farmers to make distress sale of their produce for daily need of hard currency, creating problems for procuring essential agricultural inputs; affecting cooperative sector including and due to non-supply of currency notes to cooperative banks; non-availability of essential goods including food items to overwhelming majority of the poor and common people who depend on cash transaction for meeting their daily needs for survival and also non-accessibility to  healthcare and medicines to the ailing people. It has also been causing huge loss of livelihoods to self-employed street vendors, small traders and daily wagers who are integral part of the vast informal sector workforce in the country and also non-payment of wages to workers of small factories owing to currency problem.

Mass of the common people including women, old, disabled and sick persons are being subjected to severe harassment and intimidation while exchanging their own legitimate demonitised currency notes in banks while standing in long queue for days together and at other places and while withdrawing their own meagre savings from ATMs and banks.

It has also been causing unimaginable stress and long hours of work till midnight for the Bank employees attending the people in long queue for withdrawing/exchanging their own money and yet failing to satisfy them for no fault of theirs but owing to failure of the Govt to maintain of supply of currencies to banks.

Already 74 people including number of bank employees died during last twelve days’ ordeal owing to stress and strain in queue, for lack of appropriate and timely medical care-all due to non-availability of expendable currency in hand despite having white money either in banks or in demonitised form. In essence, lives and livelihood of the common people have been held in ransom.

The CTUOs are shocked over the insensitive, insulting comments and casual behaviour of the central ministers and ruling party leaders on the sufferings of the people caused by the failed government on the plea of controlling black money, on which Supreme Court and the High Courts have also made critical comments. Prescription for using credit card and other forms of plastic currency to the suffering millions from the seat of governance is a cruel joke to their daily miseries, hunger and nightmare.

The CTUOs demand upon the Govt to allow the demonitised currency notes of Rs.500 and Rs.1000 to continue till the crisis is abated and arrangement is made to ensure adequate availability of new currency notes and ensure appropriate compensation for those who died owing to this ordeal.

Urging for urgent corrective actions as suggested above,

                                                                                                Yours sincerely,

 

 

INTUC                        AITUC                        HMS                CITU                           AIUTUC 

 TUCC                         AICCTU                      UTUC             LPF                             SEWA  

                                                                                               

 

 

HMS/DEL/         /2016                                                                                      November 12, 2016

The Chairman Cum Managing Director

B.H.E.L Corporate Office

Sub:- Agenda to be discussed in special session of BHEL Joint Committee 17-18 Nov. 2016 Bengaluru.

 Sir,

While Thanking you for proposing a special session of the Joint Committee on challenges being faced by the company and other corporate level issues concerning the workmen on 17-18 Nov. 2016 at Bengaluru, Hind Mazdoor Sabha would suggest that following issues   taken as agenda items in the meeting.

 v Payment of special incentive/Bonus which is already delayed.

v Appointment on compassionate ground a uniform policy be finalized.

v Wage revision is due w.e.f 1.1.2017 process to be started.

v Universal policy for transfer on request be finalized also on humanitarian ground. 

v New policy be formulated to give option to the servicing employees for getting retirement on request after completing 50 years age and 20 years regular service. In liew of that the unemployed ward would be given employment in the company as per their qualification. This policy in the name of LARGESE i.e liberalized agreed retirement and guaranteed employment for “Service Employees” was accepted and implemented in Indian Railways on the demand of Railway employees union. Original scheme and related papers have already been forwarded to BHEL corporate Management for consideration. 

v Work should be assigned to all workers as per their efficiency it’s the responsibility of the Management.

v Election of Joint Committee of BHEL Vishakhapatnam unit.

v  

PENDING ISSUES:

v T.S.W appointed on or after 1.1.2009 getting Rs. 11000/- where as those appointed prior to 1.1.2009 are getting Rs. 5500/-. This discrepancy has been brought to the notice of the Management earlier also, it should be removed.    

v Payment of Arrears to those who have completed 2½ year D.R and later got notional payment for one year.

v Change of Designation, artizens which was agreed but not done so far.

v Issue of Welding Allowance.

v Regularization of contract workers was agreed in the meeting held at Nagpur on 11.09.2010. No progress. On the contrary deployment of contract workers on perennial nature of work on increase.

 CURRENT ISSUES:

v Discussion on “fortunes of the company” as explained by CMD in point No. 3,4 at Page No 3-4. Supplemented by the Director H.R under point 8 and 13 at Page 6 of Minutes of the meeting of Joint Committee of BHEL held at New Delhi on 15th Sept. 2016.

v It is learnt that company has paid 20% dividend to it’s share holders but hesitates in payment of Bonus to it’s workers who contributed their level best to attain the present position.

v Letter No.AAHR:LHI dt. 14th October 2016 regarding encashment of HPL be reviewed.

v BHEL Jhansi was all set to manufacture 200 Locomotives but now India Railways orders were placed to foreign companies.

v After election Plant councils and other committees are not formed at BHEL Jagdishpur by the Management.

v It was reported that because of chilling plant not working properly ICE worth Rs. 5000/- per day was purchased in BHEL Jagdishpur unit to test insulators. This wasteful expenditure may be adding to financial crisis with no fault of workers. The matter reported to H.Q but no action taken up to till now.

v Due to shortage of Heaters the quality of Transformer adversely affected in BHEL, Jhansi again for no fault of workers matter already reported to Corporate Office but no action has been taken.

v In Jhansi Unit approximately 2000 contract workers are employed even then off loading of work is done (again no involvement of workers). It adds to the cost, due to wrong planning.

v It is reported that because of shortage of cement, work had to be stopped for months together. Old substandard cement was used. When protested by workers the company supplying cement was changed in Jagdishpur Unit (Matter already brought to the notice of Corporate Office). Such actions on part of local management do hamper the overall performance of the Company (with no involvement of workers).

v It is reported from Jagdishpur Unit that some surplus uniforms for the last year were sold by the Management to employees ignoring rules in this regard.

In the same Unit rejection of insulators because of chipping has gone to approximately 30%  

v  BHEL Goindwal Sahib, Punjab Unit is located in the area where most of the workers are Gurumukhi knowing with working knowledge of Hindi. While posting Senior Official it should be ensured that they may understand and interact in Hindi/Gurumukhi – otherwise it leads to communication gap. The matter has been brought to the notice of Corporate Office.

v Lot of expenditure is incurred in procuring gases in cylinders from outside agencies and there are chances of corruption earlier these gases were produced in house in Hyderabad unit. The same may be reintroduced.

v All sub-committees should immediate be constituted. 

v 100% D.A should be merged in pay.

v 20% HRA be given to employees of BHEL Haridwar unit as the city has been upgraded and circulated by the Government.

v Recruitment for technical and non technical post should be done.

v Ratio of engineer, supervisor, employee should 1:4:100

v New recruitment should be done on vacant post against those retired w.e.f April 2012 up to till now.

v All entitled applicants of Vth Phase be given land

v Doctors and Para medical staff should be appointed in BHEL Haridwar Hospital.

v In cashment of earned leave be calculated on the basis of 26th days and not on 30th days.

v New incentive scheme for all workers be introduced to increase production.

v The cap for Medical dependency be raised to Rs. 15000/- per month.

v Ban on sports in all units be lifted to encourage workers. 

v Unilateral anti worker amendments in CDA Rule 1975 such as compulsory Retirement, termination of service due to long illness (6 or more months) be withdrawn.

v Employment of contract workers on permanent nature of work be stopped, contract worker should be regularized and till their regularization they should be given pay, allowances and other benefits at par with regular employees specially in the light of recent Hon’ble Supreme Court Judgement.     

Rudrapur :-

v Shri Praveen Kumar Pandey be transferred from Navi Nagar site to any department at BHEL Rudrapur plant.

v Company residences New LIG flats 285 should immediately be allotted to the eligible employees.

v School Bus has been withdrawn w.e.f 15 Nov. 2016 should be restarted. It’s withdrawal is in human. 

v Empanelment of Doctors be done with in Rudrapur treatment for BHEL workers and their family. 

v The charge sheet given to Nitin Hirway be withdrawn.

v More than 6 months have passed no facility to recognize union has been given at Rudrapur.

v Pending major Penalty charge-sheet against the employees of BHEL Haridwar on the charges of violence on 1 Day strike 2nd Sept. 2015 be withdrawn. 

You are requested to discuss the above issues in the special session as these concern workers and a decision at Corporate Office will expedite the implementation.

 With regards,                                                                                                     yours sincerely

 Harbhajan Singh Sidhu

General Secretary

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September 16, 2016

All HMS affiliates of BHEL

Sub:  Plant Performance Payment for the year 2015-16

Dear Comrades,

Joint Committee Meeting of BHEL was held on 15th September, 2016 at New Delhi wherein the issue of Plant Performance Payment for the year 2015-16 was discussed.

On the outset the Management proposed “Holiday” for Plant Performance Payment linking turn over to Budget depicting poor financial picture as it recorded decline of 17%.

Management’s view was contested by the workers representatives. The Management came forward with a proposal of Rs.5000/- as lump sum payment. After detailed discussions the Management agreed to make an adhoc payment of Rs.15,000/- (Rupees Fifteen Thousand only) for the year 2015-16. Comrade Harbhajan Singh Sidhu, General Secretary, Hind Mazdoor Sabha played vital role in convincing the Management for payment.

With greetings,

Yours Sincerely,

Harbhajan Singh Sidhu

General Secretary

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All MEMBERS OF THE

HMS WORKING COMMITTEE,

PERMANENT AND SPECIAL INVITEES,

GENERAL SECRETARIES OF HMS

STATE COUNCILS AND INDUSTRIAL FEDERATIONS

 

 

Sub: National Convention of workers at New Delhi – 30th March 2016

 

Dear Comrades,

 

As you are aware that all Central Trade Unions have decided to hold a National Convention of workers on 30th March, 2016 in Mavlankar Hall, V.P.House, Rafi Marg New Delhi from 10A.M to 4 P.M. as communicated by our circular No. 5 dated 3.3.2016. All HMS affiliates and National Federations General Secretaries/Presidents are requested to make it convenient to attend the same with important office bearers.

 

Joint  Declaration to be adopted in the convention is also attached.

 

You are requested to reach the venue by 10 A.M sharp.

 

With greetings,

 

Encl: as above

 

Yours comradely,

 

Harbhajan Singh Sidhu

General Secretary

 

NATIONAL CONVENTION OF WORKERS

MAVLANKAR HALL, NEW DELHI: 30th March 2016

 

DECLARATION

 

This National Convention of Workers organized by the Joint Platform of the Central Trade Unions (CTU) of the country along with Independent National Federations of employees of different Industries and Services congratulates the workers for the resounding historical success of the strike on 2nd September 2015 and also for their huge participation in the countrywid

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