JCM Staff Side Secretary Writes to PRIME MINISTER
No.NC/JCM/2016/CS/PM Dated 14.06.2016
Sub: Non-settlement of our demands – Decision to go on “Indefinite Strike” commencing from 11.07.2016 – Request for your intervention and support.
I write this on behalf of the apex level body of all Central Government Employees Organizations who are participating in the Negotiating Forum; called the Joint Consultative Machinery. The JCM as a Negotiating Forum was conceived and implemented in 1966 after the prolonged discussions with the Staff Associations and Federations in the Central Services in the wake of the first industrial action in 1960. The idea of setting up the JCM was in realization of the absence of a platform to discuss, deliberate and settle the demands / issues / grievances / problems of the Civil Servants. Up to 1995-96 the JCM, which has a three level negotiating platform was functioning well, meetings were regular. However, after the promulgation of the new recognition rules in 1993, the meetings at the Ministry level became few and far between and at the national level, the deterioration steped in a little later. The National Council, which was to meet thrice in a year, did not meet even once in a year. The last meeting of the National Council was held on 15.05.2010. The organizations participating in the JCM were demanding the meeting to be held, but the pleas were ignored by the successive Cabinet Secretaries. The Charter of Demands (copy enclosed), in pursuance of which the strike is decided to be organized, has arisen due to long neglect of the grievances of the employees / workers.
When the 7th CPC was set up in February, 2014, no announcement for Interim Relief or DA Merger was made by the then Government, which had all along been the practice whenever the Government had set up the Pay Commissions earlier. We fully cooperated with the Commission, submitted a memorandum detailing the issues and explained the reasoning behind each demand. The 7th CPC submitted report on 19.11.2015 to the Government. In our communication dated 10.12.2015 (copy enclosed), we sought improvement / amendment over the recommendations of the 7th CPC and explained our demands both in writing and orally before the Empowering Committee. Most of the meetings were monologues except perhaps the last one. What we have understood, is that, the Empowering Committee might not come forward to make any major changes. A fruitful meeting is supposed to be a dialogue where both parties at the negotiating table exchange their understanding, views and difficulties and reach a mutually acceptable position. In 1998, when the then Cabinet Secretary decided not to have such a dialogue with the Staff Side and unilaterally issued the Government Notification on the 5th CPC recommendations, the then Government did set up a Committee of Group of Ministers. The GoM held discussions on all issues and averted the strike action. The 1998 situation establishes, without an iota of doubt, that the Staff Side has always taken reasonable stand on all the issues and paved way for settlement.
The one and only recommendation made by the 7th CPC was to provide some relief to the past old pensioners. The Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare has unfortunately recommended to the Cabinet Secretary that, even that recommendation must be rejected on the specious plea that the requisite relevant records might not be available.
These developments have caused anguish, anxiety and anger amongst the workers. It is now more than six months that the Commission submitted its report. If the Government comes forward to hold a meaningful discussion with the leaders of the NJCA, a mutually acceptable settlement can be brought about and the impending strike, slated to commence from 11.07.2016, can ultimately be avoided.
We seek your cooperation, supports and intervention in this matter.
Shiv Gopal Mishra
Secretary (Staff Side) NC/JCM
Copy to: Hon’ble Speaker Lok Sabha; Hon’ble Finance Minister; Hon’ble Home Minister; Hon’ble External Affairs Minister; Dr.Jithendra Singh Hon’ble Minister of State PMO & DOPT, Cabinet Secretary and All constituents of NC/JCM Staff Side – for information.