NFIR requests the Chairman, Railway Board to consider the 26 point charter of demands and call for further discussion on retrograde recommendations of 7th Pay Commission
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen made a request to the Chairman, Railway Board to consider their Charter of demands submitted and to settle the issues.
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI – 11 O 055
Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)
No. IVNFIR/7th CPC/CORRES (R.B.)
Sub: Serious staff resentment against retrograde recommendations of 7th CPC-reg.
Ref: (i)General Secretary, NFIR’s letter No. IV/NFIR/7th CPC/CORRES (MoF) dated 13/12/2015 addressed to the Hon’ble MR and copy endorsed to CRB etc.
(ii) General Secretary, NFIR’s letter No. IV/NFIR/7th CPC/CORRES (R.B.) dated 24/12/2015 addressed to the Hon’ble MR and copy endorsed to CRB etc.
Kind attention is invited to the above cited communications addressed to the Hon’ble MR and copy endorsed to Railway Board (CRB etc.). However, copies of the said letters are enclosed for ready reference.
NFIR once again brings to your kind notice that there is all-round unrest and dissatisfaction among Railway employees over the negative recommendations of 7th CPC. Besides these, many issues contained in NFIR’s 55-Point Charter of demands are yet to be resolved by the Government/Ministry of Railways. Although meetings were held under the Chairmanship of CRB on 23rd August 2013, 7th February 2014 & 1st October 2015 and assurances were given in those meetings, many issues continued to remain unresolved.
The National Joint Council of Action (consists of JCM constituents) has decided to launch Indefinite Strike from 1st Week of March 2016 in the event of failure on the part of Government to reach negotiated settlement on the 26 Point Charter of demands. The affiliates of NFIR have conducted protests, demonstrations on 30th December 2015 and presented the Charter of demands to the respective administrations for onward transmission to the Railway Ministry and Government of India.
In the above context, NFIR brings to your kind notice that the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure have sent a communication to various ministries vide D.O. No.1-4/2012-E III(A) dated 21st November 2015, to obtain views/comments of the recognized Federations/Associations on the 7th CPC recommendations and formulate opinion and send the Ministry’s views/comments to the Ministry of Finance. It is however unfortunate to note that the Railway Board have so far not interacted with the Federations on the recommendations of 7th CPC.
It is also sad to note that the Railway Ministry has failed to project the facts relating to agreement reached with Federations on improvement/replacement of VIth CPC Grades Pay while explaining Railways case before 7th CPC, which has resulted in grave injustice to the large sections of staff in the Railways. In the case of JEs/SSEs, the Railway Ministry have placed views before 7th CPC contrary to the commitment given to the Federations during formal/informal meetings. The Railway employees are extremely unhappy with the Railway Board’s negative attitude and are also strongly resenting against 7th CPC recommendations relating to abolition of Allowances, Advances & reduction in the percentage rates of HRA.
The Railway employees are deeply frustrated over the fitment formula due to the fact that in several cases the take Home Pay will be less than what is received on date. During the meeting with the Hon’ble MR on 23rd December 2015, I have briefly explained this fact and I am sending a separate note to the FC as desired by him.
NFIR, therefore, requests you to kindly intervene and issue instructions to the Railway Board to discuss with the Federations before formulating views on 7th CPC recommendations so that the proposals of Federations can also be taken into consideration for the purpose of sending comments to the Ministry of Finance.
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)