The Strike called by the GDS Unions and Postal unions continues for the fifth day. The only demand raised is the favourable implementation of the Kailash Chandra Commission report on the service and wage conditions of the Gramin Dak Sevaks numbering about three lakhs and who are manning more than 1,29,500 Post Offices through out the country and providing yeomen services to the rural and urban population. The GDS have to work for the whole day, but are not paid even the minimum wages ordered by the Chief Labour Commissioner. Many of them are treated as part-time, although they are compelled to work whole day, because of the duty arrangements. They are denied pension. If the favourable recommendations of the Kailash Chandra Committee are implemented, they will get some benefits. But he BJP government is taking a negative attitude and despite the fact that the recommendations were submitted in November 2016,it is not implemented.
The strike is fully justified. National and International trade unions, including World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) have extended support and solidarity to the struggle and demanded the government of India to concede the demands and settle the strike.
We demand the central government to immediately discuss and settle the issues. We fully extend solidarity and support to the struggle of the GDS and Postal workers.