NFPE has called upon all its divisional branches to organise day long mass dharna on 27th April 2017 demanding implementation of the Kailash Chandra Committee report on the Gramin Dak Sevaks. The report has been submitted on 24-11-2016, but so far it is not implemented citing the various procedure. There are certain recommendations which will benefit the GDS. The government has to take an early decision and implement the favourable recommendations.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor, AIBDPA met the new Communications Minister Shri Manoj Sinha and congratulated him and paid respects. He mentioned about the role of the unions in the improvement of BSNL services and gave some suggestions also in the matter. He thanked for the settlement of 78.2% IDA pension fixation by the government. He further requested that the pension revision issue of the BSNL retirees with out going to the Cabinet needs to be settled early.
Com. Namboodiri met the Minister along with NFPE leaders Com. Giriraj Singh, President and Com. R.N.Parashar Secretary General, who were also there to meet the Minister. They congratulated the Minister and focused the issues of the Postal Services and how it can be made profitable. Certain operational requirement were also mentioned by them.
The Communications Minister patiently heard all and assured that he will study all issues and will do the needful.
“Great Leaders of P and T Movement”, a book on the life and activities of 9 leaders of the Posts and Telegraphs Trade Union movement will be released on 24th November 2015, the 61st anniversary of the formation on NFPTE. The 9 leaders are Babu Tarapada Mukherjee, Henry Barton, V.G.Dalvi, B.N.Ghosh, K.G.Bose, N.J.Iyer, K.Adinarayana, O.P.Gupta and Moni Bose. The author is Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron of BSNLEU.
The book reveals how the unions were formed in the P and Telegraphs, how much difficulty and victimisation they had to face, the growth of the organisation, formation of UPTW and NFPTE and the historic strikes of 1946, 1947, 1960, 1968, 1974 etc. as also the formation of BSNL.
The Joint Action Committee of the Postal Federations, NFPE, FNPO and GDS have unanimously decided to go on agitation demanding that the VII CPC should include recommendations on Gramin Dak Seva (GDS) employees, new recruitment should take place etc. The following programme of action has been decided:
1. Observe protest day on 19th August 2015 by lunch hour demonstration in front of all Divisional, Regional and Circle offices.
2. One Day Dharna on 26th August 2015 at all Divisional, Regional and Circle Offices.
3. One Day Dharna by All India Leaders of PJCA (NFPE+FNPO+AIPEU GDS (NFPE) + NUGDS) in front of Dak Bhawan (Postal Directorate) New Delhi on 22nd September-2015).
The struggle is fully justified. We should give full support to the struggle of the Postal workers.
PROPOSED INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 06TH MAY, 2015 BY POSTAL WORKERS STANDS DEFERRED BASED ON THE ASSURANCES GIVEN BY HON`BLE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS DURING THE MEETING HELD WITH BOTH THE SECRETARY GENERALS OF NFPE & FNPO IN PRESENCE OF SECRETARY (P), MEMBER (HRD) & DDG (SR) AT SANCHAR BHAWAN NEW DELHI AT 1 PM TODAY DATED 05.05.2015 (Courtesy: NFPE Website)
Our Hearty Congratulations to the unity and determination of the Postal workers!
The inauguration of the renovated P and T House at Thiruvananthapuram will take place on 11th March 2015. This has been the office of the P and T Co-Ordinating Committee since 1960s. Now it is the office of both the Postal Unions Co-Ordinating Committee and BSNL Employees union.
P and T house has got a great tradition. It has always been a centre for all unions of workers to come and discuss their problems. It continues as such now also. It has been the centre where many many agitations have been planned and implemented successfully.
I have four years of happy memory of P and House, when I used to work in Thiruvananthapuram as the Circle Secretary of the All India Telecom Employees Union Class III.
Now the building has been renovated and more facilities for office and residence are provided.
My Hearty Congratulation and Best Wishes to the Kerala Postal and BSNL Union movement and the leaders who keep the unity still intact!
I am quoting below three paragraphs from the inspiring Presidential address of Babu Tarapada Mukherjee delivered at the Lahore Conference of All India (including Burma) Post Office and RMS Union, held from 9th to 11th October 1921. Com. Tarapada, one of the Pioneers of the P and T Trade Union movement, was charge sheeted for the speech and demanded for apology by the DG P and T. Babu Tarapada defended each and every word of his speech and gave reply. He was dismissed from service, but continued to lead the movement till his death on 20th September 1929.
“Ah! Brothers, workers are not beggars; they are the salt of the earth, they are the only people who produce wealth. Wealth consists of the labour imprinted on material substance; and in the absence of workers where is the labour to come from which is necessary to create wealth? Those who do not work are parasites sucking like vampire the life blood of society and are fattening on the wealth produced by the workers. It is not amusing that the wealth produced by workers should be appropriated and then the producers of wealth be called beggars and a pittance doled out to them, so that they may keep the body and soul together for further production of wealth for the benefit of others.
“Consider, Brothers, what this world would be, were the workers to stop work.Not a grain of cereals would be produced, not a yard of yarn would be spun and woven, not a brick would be laid, not a tenement would be built. Those bloated, over-indulged, finely draped figures, airing their base manners to their own class would have no food to allay hunger, no clothes to cover the body, no home to afford shelter; and they would soon cease to exist to call workers beggars. Brothers, shake off the hypnotic spell, the somnambulism of past life, wake up and be self-conscious, apprise your value at its real worth, do not remain forgetful of the dignity of labour, realise your own strength and March on double quick to the goal, “ Heart within and God overhead”…..
“Take it from me, Brothers, that petitions and memorials and supplications, will count for nothing so long as you do not organise yourselves in a manner to convince the government that you will no longer stand non-sense. This organisation when perfected will be ten times more powerful than the Telegraph Association. But there are difficulties in the way. We have scattered units spread over the breadth and length of this country; and so much stronger must be our efforts to enthuse them with the spirit of Association and secure them to the service of the common cause. The spirit of the Association is already in the air, there is a universal awakening in the Post Office, spirit of unrest has captured the entire Postal Service, everyone is eager to contribute his mite for the furtherance of the common cause. The ground is ready; only some daring spirits are wanted to sow the seed and reap abundant harvest”.
Let us remember those great leaders who fought against the British and the Administration with courage and determination and also sacrificed all for the cause of the workers.
Thousands of Postal Employees organised a massive Parliament March today, 4th December 2014, focusing the long pending demands of the workers and demanding settlement of the same as per the call of NFPE, FNPO and unions of GDS. They marched towards parliament and was stopped at Parliament Street, where the meeting was held. Com. A.K.Padmanabhan, CITU President, inaugurated the same. Central trade Union leaders, leaders of Confederation and Postal Unions addressed the rally.
More than 20,000 Postal workers are expected to March to the Parliament today, 4th December 2014, to press their major demands, which are pending for long time and which the government have either rejected or is delaying in taking decisions. The March has been called by both NFPE and FNPO as also Unions of Gramin Dak Sevaks, affiliated to NFPE and FNPO, the two recognised Federations in the Department of Posts.
The demands include inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks under 7th Central Pay Commission and grant of status of civil servants, Casual Wage Revision, Merger of DA with Pay, Grant of Interim Relief, Scrap New Pension Scheme, Compassionate Ground Appointments, Cadre Restructuring, Filling up of Vacant Posts etc.
It is stated by the Postal Federations that decision has been taken to go for Indefinite Strike in February 2015, the dates for which will be announced in the Parliament March.
We fully support the demands of the Postal Workers and extend all solidarity. We also demand the government and Department of Posts to accept the fully justified demands raised by the Postal Federations.
The Postal Joint Council of Action, including both NFPE and FNPO along with the concerned GDS Associations have decided to organise a Parliament March on 4th December 2014, demanding settlement of long pending issues.
The government has been completely ignoring the demands of the Postal workers and also that of the Gramin Dak Sevaks (former ED Employees). Hence the Parliament March.
We fully support and express solidarity to the programme!