Kerala State CGPA Conference held at Tirur discussed the annual report presented by the General Secretary and accounts presented by the treasurer and approved the same. Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron NCCPA and Member Technical Committee, Trade Union International (Pensioners and Retirees), affiliated to WFTU and M.Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation of CG Employees and Workers addressed the session and guided the debate. Office-bearers with Justice(Retd).Smt. D.Sreedevi as President and Com.T.I. Sudhakaran as General Secretary was unanimously elected. The Conference thanked the reception Committee for all the arrangements made for the conference.
The Pensioners’ Union in Athens, Greece, is on agitation on the pension issue. They conducted massive protest demonstration in Athens against pension cuts on 4th April 2017. A report from Athens is given below:
“Tuesday, April 4, Athens Unions pensioners staged a massive demonstration against the new pension cuts, SYRIZA provided by the Government and the EU-IMF-ECB Agreement.
Retired unions protested to the Ministry of Labor, where they met with the Deputy Minister. The unions denounced the planned cuts and demanded the restoration of all the losses they had in their income in recent years.
The unions called for all pensioners to continue the fight, with the following manifestations station PAME on April 7 ”
AIBDPA expresses its solidarity and support to the struggles of the Pensioners of Athens!
A Report from Greece on the great strike organised on 4th February 2016
‘A great strike organized today in Athens, Greece by PAME. Over 50,000 workers and people Took part in one of the greatest Demonstrations in Athens the last years. With great success PAME organized mobilizations Present in more than 70 major cities of Greece. In Athens, in Syntagma square comrade Valentin Pacho addressed the Demonstrators and Expressed solidarity of the WFTU and Its 92 million members in 126 Countries Struggling to the people of Greece.’
We congratulate the workers of Greece and their great organisation PAME for the General Strike. We convey our support to the struggle!
The State Bank Group Banks are in the process of recruiting more than 7,600 clerical staff. Applications have already been called for by State Bank of Hyderabad ( 2,566 vacancies), State Bank of Patiala (1,541), State Bank of Travancore (1,527), State Bank of Jaipur and Bikaner ( 1,188) and State Bank of Mysore (852). The State Bank of India had already recruited about 5,500 during the last year.
Despite the introduction of new technologies, the Banks have found out that fresh blood is required to run the services and serve the customers. Hence the recruitment.
Will BSNL Management realise that it also require fresh blood for a better service? Even after 1,30,000 employees have retired, mainly from the lower cadres, during the last thirteen years, these vacancies have not been filled up. Recruitment is an urgent requirement in BSNL.
New Delhi, Sept 25 In order to remove uncertainty over the payment of minimum Rs 1,000 monthly pension under the Employees’ Pension Scheme 1995 (EPS-95) beyond March 31, the government will amend the scheme to make it a permanent feature.
“When we have planned that (Rs 1,000 minimum monthly) pension will be given, then it would not be for one year. That would be done,” Labour Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said when asked if there is a move to amend EPS-95 to make the entitlement perpetual.
The government order currently provides that the pension under the EPS-95 scheme, run by the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), will be implemented from September 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015.
In the present scenario, for paying minimum pension of Rs 1,000 under EPS-95, either the government would re-notify the decision again and again for a specified period or bring an order to make it a permanent feature of the EPS-95.
Tomar said: “We still have time to do that. The minimum pension will be an entitlement for a time-frame. You can ask about it if we don’t do it within the set time-frame (till March 31).”
The minister said that under the scheme around 32 lakh pensioner under the scheme who get less than Rs 1000 every month as pension would be immediately benefited. There are 49 lakh pensioners under the scheme at present.
According to him there are about 13 lakh pensioners under the scheme who get even less than Rs 500 every month as pension.
Marking the launch of a guaranteed minimum pension of Rs 1,000 per month, the central government has decided to organise functions in every office of the EPFO across the country on September. EPFO has over 120 offices in India.
The minister said: “It has also been decided that in 37 locations, the Union Ministers will preside over the functions and felicitate the pensioners whose pension is getting increased.”
Among the union ministers who would be present at 37 different locations include Home Minister Rajnath Singh (Lucknow), Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (Kolkata), Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda (Manglore), Water Resource Minister Uma Bharti (Allahabad).
Labour Minister will attend the similar function at Gwalior. The list provides names of two union ministers, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to preside over the function at Delhi in view of medical treatment of the former.
During this simultaneous launch of the entitlement, the EPFO’s field offices would have a separate time slot for redressing grievances of pensioners and pension claim applicants during the event.(PTI)
The Resume of Com. Alain Rodriguez, Propaganda Secretary is given below:
Alain RODRIGUEZ’s resume
Propaganda secretary at the international grouping of unions ( UIS ) of pensioners and retirees of the global union federation ( FSM )
Alain RODRIGUEZ, born June 26, 1949 in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
My father was Spanish. He arrived in France in 1939 as a political refugee and victim of Francoism. He occupied at first the position of lumberjack, then farmer, then municipal employee in Issoire. My mother was a French farmer.
I have the French and Spanish citizenship. I stopped my studies at 14 to work as a farm laborer until the age of 18.
In 1967, the national railway company (SNCF) hired me as an equipment agent. In 2004, I took my retirement at age 55.
I held several union positions at the Railway managers and technicians Federation from 1967 to 2004:
– organizing secretary of the union of Clermont-Ferrand
– Member of the area office at Clermont-Ferrand
– Secretary of the equipment agents collective at Clermont-Ferrand
– Executive member of equipment agents national collective at the railway federation
– Secretary of the committees of establishment of equipment agents at Clermont-Ferrand and Montlucon
– Secretary of committee on health, safety and working conditions (CHSCT) of equipment agents at Clermont-Ferrand
– staff representative for the equipment agents at Clermont-Ferrand
– Member of work committee at Clermont-ferrand’s area
Since 2004 :
– Member of the Clermont-ferrand’s union’s retirees.
– Member of the grouping of retiree’s unions (USR)
– Treasurer at the local union of Issoire’s railway federation ( CGT )
– Secretary of Communist Youth in Issoire from 1964 to 1969
– officer of the French section of the Communist Party of Issoire 1964-1979
– member of the section committee of the French communist party of Clermont-Ferrand from 1979 to 1995
– Treasurer of the railway unit from 1982 to 1985
– delegate to the Congress of the French Communist Party (PCF) in 1994
In 2007, I have joined the Revolutionary Communist League (LCR)
In 2009, I participated in the creation of the New Anti-capitalist Party (NPA) which I am still a member.
April 19, 2014