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Sunday, 5 June 2016

Over 3.2 mn central govt employees to go on strike from 11 July

More than 3.2 million employees of the central government would go on indefinite strike beginning 11 July protesting what they call “retrograde and negative” recommendations of the seventh central pay commission.

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR)
General Secretary M Raghavaiah -- who is also the Chairman of the National Joint Council for Action for all central government employees – said the government’s response to the charter of demands submitted by the trade unions in December 2015 was disappointing and casual. “Consequently, the organizations of the central government employees – Railways, Defence, Postal, Income Tax, Central Customs & Excise etc – whose number is over 32 lakh, have taken unanimous decision on 3 June 2016 to go on indefinite strike from 11 July 2016,” NFIR said in a statement. The rail trade union and its affiliate organizations, which represent more than 90 per cent of the railways 1.3 million workers, have also decided to serve strike notice on the General Managers of various railway zones and production units on 9 June in support of the charter of demands. NFIR was compelled to decide to serve the strike notice, even as it was keen for a negotiated settlement, due to the “procrastination of matters” by the government, NFIR Press Secretary Somnath malik said. He added the pay panel’s recommendations are required to be modified through settlement with employees’ federations in order to maintain industrial relations. The trade unions’ demands include rejecting all the “retrograde” recommendations of the seventh pay commission; improving minimum wage to Rs 26,000; scrapping the New Pension Scheme; Scrap the recommendations of the Bibek Debroy committee for modernization of Indian Railways; recalling the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) notification of issued in August 2014 in construction, operation and maintenance of railways. The unions have also demanded the government should scrap all agreements entered into with foreign companies as well as national companies which are detrimental to the interests of railways; scrap the “anti-worker” amendments made in the labour laws; and ensure pay parity in pay structure and promotional scope for all workers in the central ministries.

Read at http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/over-3-2-mn-central-govt-employees-to-go-on-strike-from-11-july-116060400705_1.html

GPF, CPF interest rate for 2016-17 announced by Govt

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Allowances General Provident Fund and other similar funds shall carry interest at the rate of 8.1% for the period from 1st April 2016 to 30th June 2016 Dept of Economic Affairs resolution says that PF interest will be 8.1% (Eight point one per cent) w.e.f. 1st April, 2016 to 30th June, 2016. This rate will be in force w.e.f. 15th April, 2016

F. No. 5(1)-B(PD)/2016
Government of India Ministry of Finance Department of Economic Affairs (Budget Division) New Delhi,
Dated the 2nd June, 2016.

RESOLUTION It is announced for general information that during the year 2016-17, accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the General Provident Fund and other similar funds shall carry interest at the rate of 8.1% (Eight point one per cent) w.e.f. 1st April, 2016 to 30th June, 2016. This rate will be in force w.e.f. 1st April, 2016. The funds concerned are:

1. The General Provident Fund (Central Services).
2. The Contributory Provident Fund (India).
3. The All India Services Provident Fund. 4. The State Railway Provident Fund.
5. The General Provident Fund (Defence Services).
6. The India Ordinance Department Provident Fund.
7. The Indian Ordinance Factories Workmen’s Provident Fund.
8. The Indian Naval Dockyard Workmen’s Provident Fund.
9. The Defence Services Officers Provident Fund.
10. The Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund.

2. Ordered that the Resolution be published in Gazette of India.

(H. K. Srivastav) Director (Budget)

7th CPC: Demanding better pay hike, central govt employees to go on indefinite strike from July 11

New Delhi: As a last-ditch effort to get a better pay hike under the 7th Pay Commission, central government employees have decided to go on strike from July 11. The government employees had protested 23 percent pay hike recommended by the 7th Pay Commission report released in November. The Finance Ministry had then set up an Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by Cabinet Secretary to review the recommendations of the 7th pay commission.  MUST READ 7th Pay Commission: Central govt employees to get salary hike from next month The Secretary General of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers M Krishnan posted on the union's blog that employees have "decided to serve strike notice on June 9, 2016. Indefinite strike will commence from July 11". The union has been demanding a minimum salary of Rs 26,000 as against Rs 18,000 recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission. However, as per sources, the Empowered Committee of Secretaries, who is reviewing the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, is likely to propose a minimum salary anywhere between Rs 21,000 to Rs 24,000 per month. The National Council-Joint Consultative Machinery, Staff-side has been seeking negotiated settlement with the government on the demands raised by the union. "If government adopts delaying tactics or issue unilateral orders rejecting our demands, then confrontation shall become inevitable","M Krishnan had said earlier. The Secretary "informed that Staff-Side has already made their stand clear to go on strike from April 11, 2016 if their demands are not considered and no amicable settlement happens", the Minutes said. Earlier, NJCA had planned to go on strike from April 11, but due to assembly election scheduled in five state, the strike was deferred to July 11. First Published: Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 17:50

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