The 48 hour strike called by the Confederation of CGEs and Workers has began from midnight of February 11 to go on till February 13. The major demands of for which the strike is called are are:
a) Withdrawal of the new Contributory Pension Scheme and re-introduction of the Statutory defined Benefit Pension Scheme for all government employees.
b) Dispensing with the Contract/Casual System of employment in government service
c) Merger of DA with pay, Grant of Interim Relief and hold negotiations and settle the terms of reference for the seventh CPC.
K.K.N. Kutty, President, Confederation of CGE and Workers said, “Over the eight-year period, since the last wage revision, the prices of all essential commodities have soared by almost three times. Compared to the rate of inflation, the dearness compensation had been meagre. The erosion of the value of wages was phenomenal during this period. The government refused to revise wages even though it permitted such wage revision for PSU workers every five years. The fifth CPC was set up when the DA crossed over 50 per cent”.
Presently, the rate of DA has almost reached 100 per cent. Almost one third of the Central Government workforce is casual and contract workers. The government has shown scant regard to the existing labour laws in contravention of which the workers are employed. It is with this background that the demand for scrapping the Contract Labour System has been raised by the employees.
Kutty added, “If no settlement is brought about on these vital demands immediately, the Confederation will be constrained to intensify the agitation by calling upon the employees to organise an indefinite strike by the end of February 2014”.
The Confederation has also called for an urgent meeting of the National Secretariat which is to be be held at Confederation H.Q. at 1st Floor North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110001 on 18th February-2014 at 11 AM. The agenda points for the meeting are listed as
1. 2014 February 12th & 13th Strike Review.
2. Organizational matters.
3. Any other items with the permission of chair.