Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Trade Unions Reject PM's Appeal to Call off Strike

Trade Unions Reject PM's Appeal to Call off Strike
Trade unions have rejected Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's appeal to call off the all-India strike on Tuesday.
Dr. Singh reportedly got in touch with the Congress-backed Indian National Trade Union Congress president G. Sanjeeva Reddy and urged him to convey his appeal to the apex body of the unions coordinating the strike.

It is the first time since independence that trade unions of all hues have got together to register their protest on a wide range of issues stemming out of the liberalisation policy.
“The appeal of the Prime Minister 48 hours before the proposed strike has no meaning. We are going ahead with the strike. If the government is seriously interested in resolving the concerns of the workers, it should call leaders of all trade unions for talks after the strike,” general secretary of the All India Trade Union Congress Gurudas Dasgupta told The Hindu .
In a statement, Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said: “Most of the issues relating to labour raised by the central trade unions have already been addressed to a substantial extent. However, I do assure all them that I am always open to discussions on any of the issues relating to labour at any time and resolve the same amicably through consultations.”
Workers of all 11 recognised unions (to be recognised, a union has to have 4 lakh members on its rolls) and 5,000 un-affiliated unions would strike work on Tuesday. It will impact the banking, postal, ports and government sectors.
The demands of the unions include strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption, stringent punitive measures for violation of labour laws, universal social security cover for the unorganised sector workers without any restriction, and the creation of a National Social Security Fund.
The charter also seeks stoppage of disinvestment in Central and State profit-making Public Sector Undertakings.
The trade unions want the government to step in against giving on contract work of permanent/perennial nature and to ensure payment of wages and benefits to contract workers on a par with those to regular workers of the industry/establishment.
Their other demands include amendment of the Minimum Wages Act to ensure universal coverage irrespective of the schedules, fixation of statutory minimum wage at not less than Rs. 10,000, removal of all ceilings on payment and eligibility of Bonus and Provident Fund, and increase in the quantum of gratuity and assured pension for all.
Mr. Dasgupta said that despite several representations in the past few months, the government had been unmoved on the major concerns of the working people.
The annual Indian Labour Conference on February 14 and 15 in the presence of Dr. Singh articulated most of the demands and conveyed to him why the workers were compelled to take recourse to strike.
However, there was no response either from him or the Labour Minister.

·  Government should call leaders of all unions for talks after the strike to address concerns”

·  Unions demand strict enforcement of all labour laws without exception

Source :  dtd 27/02/2012

Monday, 27 February 2012

All trade unions to strike work on Tuesday....' THE HINDU' SPEAKS

THE  HINDU ...   ENGLISH  DAILY .......NEW DELHI, February 26, 2012

All trade unions to strike work on Tuesday

Special Correspondent 

In an unprecedented show of unity, all trade unions in the country have come together on the same platform and given a call for a general strike on February 28.

This is the first time since Independence that trade unions, cutting across ideological and political affiliations, have joined hands to register their protest on a wide range of issues arising out of the liberalisation policy.

“The liberalisation and new economic policies unveiled since 1991 have undermined the interests of workers to such an extent that trade unions representing the Left, Right and Centrist parties have been forced to come together. Such unity was not witnessed even during or after Emergency,” All India Trade Union Congress general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta toldThe Hindu .

Workers of all 11 recognised unions (to be recognised, a union has to have four lakh members) and 5,000 un-affiliated unions will strike work, affecting banking, postal, port and government operations. The unions have come together on a five-point charter, which seeks strict enforcement of all basic labour laws without any exception or exemption and stringent punitive measures for violation; a universal social security cover for unorganised sector workers without any restriction and creation of a National Social Security Fund.

According to the convener of the coordinating committee of the unions and president of the Congress-affiliated INTUC, G. Sanjeeva Reddy, and CITU general secretary Tapan Sen, things have come to such a pass in some States that even registration of new trade unions is not being allowed.

எட்டு  மணி வேலை கேட்டு ... உழைப்பவர்க்கு  உரிமை  கேட்டு
சிகாகோ வின் வீதியிலே   ரத்தம் சிந்திய தோழர்கள் அன்று !
ஈரெட்டு மணி நேரம் ஆனாலும்   ணி முடித்து 
இல்லம் திரும்ப முடியாத தோழர்கள் இன்று !

தொழிலாளர் நலச் சட்டங்கள் கூட  தொலைந்து இங்கே  போனது
தொழிற் சாலைகள் எல்லாம் தனியாருக்கும் அந்நியருக்கும்  
சொந்தம் என   ஆனது !  -  அஞ்சலிலும் 'MCKENSEY' புகுந்தது !
சொந்தத் தபால் கூட - 'அஞ்சலில் தாமதம்'  என்று  கூரியருக்கு போனது ! 

ஆதர வற்றோருக்கும், முதியோருக்கும் ஓய்வூதியம்அரசின் கடமை
அரசுக்கு உழைத்தோருக்கு ஓய்வூதியம்  - சமுதாயக் கடமை
இன்றோ - அரசு ஊழியரின்  பென்ஷன்  பங்குப்  பணம் கூட  
அன்னியரின்  சூதுச சந்தையிலே  -  நம் சிந்தையிலே  இது வருமா  ?

போர்க்குணமாய் தொழிலாளி எழுகிறான் - தேசமெங்கும்
போர் முரசு அறைகிறான் - காங்கிரசு, BJP, கம்யூனிஸ்ட், தி.மு. என
பேதமின்றி  ஓரணியில் சேர்கிறான் - பிப்ரவரி 28  இல்
நாடெங்கும் வேலை நிறுத்த களம் நோக்கி செல்கிறான் !

என் அஞ்சல் தோழா !   மேலே  பார் !   அருகே  பார்
உன்னைச் சுற்றி என்ன நடக்கிறது என்று நீ பார் !
அகலக் கண் விழிஇல்லையேல்  உன் விழி மூடப் படும் !
உனக்கும்  ஒரு பாட்டு .... உன் உள்ளம் தெளிய ஒரு பாட்டு ......

இதோ ......  ஈழத்து கவிஞர் காசி ஆனந்தனின் கவிதை .....

கொம்பிருப்பதை மறந்தும்  வண்டி இழுக்கும் மாடுகளாய்
குவித்த செந்நெல் விளைத்த கரங்கள் தமதென்று அறிந்திருந்தும்
கும்பிட்டுக் கூழைகளாய் - விதி வழி   இது வென்று
மதிகேடாய் - நடைப் பிணமாய் - எத்தனை நாள் என் தோழா ?

வந்த வழி  திரும்பிப்  பார் -   கண்ட களம் தெரியும்  பார்
கொண்ட   வெற்றி  புரியும்  பார் - சிங்கமென சிலிர்த்து எழுஉன்
துன்ப விலங்குகள் தூளாகும் - முட்டித் திற கதவுகளை
வெற்றி உந்தன் முழந்தாளில்  !

வேலை நிறுத்த களம் நோக்கி -  வீணர்களை விலக்கி
விரைந்து நீ வா  !   விரைந்து நீ வா !

...... J.R.   மாநிலச் செயலர் .

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Post Office Savings Schemes at a glance......

Interest payable, Rates, Periodicity etc.
Investment limits and Denominations
Salient features including Tax Rebate
4.0% per annum on individual/ joint accounts.
Minimum INR 50/-.
Cheque facility available.  Interest Tax Free.
On maturity INR 10/- account fetches INR 738.62/-. Can be continued for another 5 years on year to year basis.
Minimum INR 10/- per month or any amount in multiples of INR 5/-. No maximum limit.
One withdrawal upto 50% of the balance allowed after one year. Full maturity value allowed on R.D. Accounts restricted to that of INR. 50/- denomination in case of death of depositor subject to fulfillment of certain conditions. 6 & 12 months advance deposits earn rebate.
Interest payable annually but calculated quarterly.
Period          Rate
1 yr. A/c      7.70%
2 yr. A/c      7.80%
3 yr. A/c      8.00%
5 yr. A/c      8.30%
Minimum INR 200/- and in multiples thereof. No maximum limit.
Account may be opened by individual.   The investment under this scheme qualify for the benefit of Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961 from 1.4.2007.
8.2% per annum   w.e.f. 01.12.2011
In multiples of INR 1500/- Maximum INR 4.5 lakhs in single account and INR 9 lakhs in joint account.
Maturity period is 5 years. Can be prematurely encashed after one year with some conditions.  No Bonus   is admissible on maturity in respect of MIS accounts opened on or after 01.12.2011.
8.6% per annum w.e.f. 01.12.2011
Minimum INR. 500/- Maximum INR. 1,00,000/- in a financial year. Deposits can be made in lumpsum or in 12 installments.
Deposits qualify for deduction from income under Sec. 80C of IT Act. Interest is completely tax-free. Withdrawal is permissible every year from 7th financial year. Loan facility available from 3rd Financial year. No attachment under court decree order.
INR. 100/- grows to INR 150.90 after 5 years.
Minimum INR. 100/- No maximum limit available in denominations of INR. 100/-, 500/-, 1000/-, 5000/- & INR. 10,000/-.
A single holder type certificate can be purchased by an adult for himself or on behalf of a minor or to a minor. Deposits qualify for tax rebate under Sec. 80C of IT Act.
The interest accruing annually but deemed to be reinvested will also qualify for deduction under Section 80C of IT Act.
INR. 100/- grows to INR 234.35 after 10 years.
Minimum INR. 100/- No maximum limit available in denominations of INR. 100/-, 500/-, 1000/-, 5000/- & INR. 10,000/-.
A single holder type certificate can be purchased by an adult for himself or on behalf of a minor or to a minor.

Interest on these certificates shall be liable to tax under the Income-Tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961, on the basis of annual accrual specified in rule15, but no tax shall be deducted at the time of payment of discharge value.
9% per annum, payable from the date of deposit of 31st March/30th Sept/31st December in the first instance & thereafter, interest shall be payable on 31st March, 30th June, 30th Sept and 31st December.
There shall be only one deposit in the account in multiple of INR.1000/- maximum not exceeding rupees fifteen lakh.
Maturity period is 5 years. A depositor may operate more than a account in individual capacity or jointly with spouse.  Age should be 60 years or more, and 55 years or more but less than 60 years who has retired on superannuation or otherwise on the date of opening of account subject to the condition that the account is opened within one month of receipt of retirement benefits. Premature closure is allowed after one year on deduction of 1.5% interest & after 2 years 1% interest. TDS is deducted at source on interest if the interest amount is more than INR 10,000/- p.a.  The investment under this scheme qualify for the benefit of Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961 from 1.4.2007.

source:- indiapost

Monday, 20 February 2012

Working Class Prepares for Historic General Strike

Working Class Prepares for Historic General Strike
A K Padmanabhan
THE working people of our country have by now in full gear to go on a one-day historic general strike on February 28. All sections of Indian workers, in every corner of the country, have been preparing for this united action for the last three months.
The decision to go on a day’s strike, as is well known, was taken in a national convention of central trade unions and industrial federations in New Delhi on September 7, 2011. On that day, all the central trade unions recognised by the government of India came to a joint platform for the first time in the history of independent India, to announce a day’s general strike. This was to press for an agreed charter of demands which covered policy issues as well as immediate demands of workers, both in the organised and unorganised sectors.
 This call was fully endorsed by independent federations of those working in various sectors, like state and central government employees and teachers, bank and insurance employees, defence production, telecommunication, petroleum and natural gas, electricity employees etc.
 All these organisations began vigorous preparations during December 2011. Joint meetings and campaigns began by the end of that month.
 Central leaders of all trade union organisations went to various state centres and also attended sectorial meetings at the national level in order to prepare for the strike.
 A meeting at Mumbai on December 30 saw the national and also state level leaders of central trade unions planning joint initiatives. When approached, leaders of Bharatiya Kamgar Sena also participated. Various sections of employees and workers joined the meeting.
The series of state level conventions began with a successful and massive convention in Hyderabad on January 5, with more than 2500 representatives from all over the state attending it.
 Dr Sanjeeva Reddy (president, INTUC), B N Rai (general secretary, BMS), Gurudas Dasgupta (general secretary, AITUC), Tapan Sen (general secretary, CITU) and other central leaders along with state leaders addressed the convention. Leaders of the Telugunadu Trade Union Council (TNTUC) also attended.
January 9 saw an open air massive convention of all sections of workers in Kolkata, calling upon the workers of West Bengal to make the proposed strike a big success. National and state leaders of all central trade unions attended the convention.
 In Kerala, a massive convention was organised on January 17, in which 18 organisations, central trade unions and various state level organisations, were represented. Addressing the convention, state leaders of these organisations approved a detailed programme of campaigns all over the state, and also sectoral programmes. These included district conventions, dharnas, vehicle jathas etc.
 A mass meeting at Kochi on February 1 was addressed by central leaders including Gurudas Dasgupta (AITUC), Saji Narayan (BMS), A K Padmanabhan (CITU), Chandrasekhar (INTUC) and others.
State level conventions were also held in Haryana, Maharashtra, Orissa, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Tamilnadu. All these conventions were well attended, with national and state level trade union leaders addressing them.
Reports received from various states showed that district and regional or local level conventions were also being organised in every part of the country, and that workers from various unions are participating therein with much enthusiasm.
One important development is that huge preparations had been going on at sectoral level.

The central trade unions organised a convention of central public sector unions at Bangalore on January 13, and it evoked response from unions all over the country. This was the first time that such a convention was organised by all central trade unions. Among those who addressed were Dr Sanjeeva Reddy, B N Rai, Gurudas Dasgupta, Tapan Sen, R A Mittal (HMS) and M Shanmugan (LPF), apart from leaders of the Joint Action Forum of Bangalore PSUs and Coordination Committee of Hyderabad PSUs. 
The convention adopted a declaration, calling for massive participation of PSU workers in the strike. It was circulated among PSU workers in large numbers.
This successful initiative prompted various unions in PSUs, like coal, petroleum and natural gas, NTPC, powergrid, telecom, etc, to come together and issue joint appeals. These were signed by national leaders of industrial federations or representatives in the national level negotiating bodies.
A national convention of workers of oil and natural gas PSUs was held in Delhi on February 4. It was organised by All India Petroleum Workers Federation, National Federation of Petroleum Workers, and Petroleum and Gas Workers Federation of India. These unions served a joint strike notice on the managements of all oil and gas PSUs. Countrywide campaigns were planned.
 All the five federations in the port and dock sector, including those led by the HMS, CITU, INTUC and AITUC, issued a joint statement. Joint preparations for the success of the February 28 strike followed.
Leaders of national federations in public as well as private road transport sectors met at New Delhi and issued a joint statement. Regional and zonal level preparations are also made.
In the defence production sector, AIDEF, INTUC and BMS affiliated federations were jointly organising campaigns all over the country for the success of the strike.
 In the telecom sector, all the workers’ and employees’ unions including the BSNLEU, NFTE and FNTO came together to plan countrywide campaigns to make the strike complete.

Sectoral conventions and meetings were also held in various states. In Kerala, a massive convention of unions in central and state PSUs was held at Kochi on February 2, where state level campaigns were planned. Similar campaigns were planned in other states also.
 As has been the practice, all unions in the banking and insurance sector will participate in the strike en masse. Countrywide campaign meetings were held in these sectors.
Held at Hissar in December, the national conference of the All India State Government Employees’ Federation, the largest organisation of state government employees in the country, unanimously decided to participate in the strike. Its leadership at all levels has been making all necessary preparations for a successful strike.
The Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, representing all sections of central government employees including postal employees, has also called for turning the strike into a massive action of protest. The confederation leadership chalked out a countrywide tour programme for the campaign to ensure that the message and demands of the strike were taken down to the central government employees at all levels.
The recent united struggle of postal employees against the threat of closure of RMS and post offices in the country achieved success when the government was forced to give a written assurance not to close any office for the next three years at least, due to which the proposed indefinite strike was withdrawn. Now the postal employees’ unions are fully involved in preparations for the success of the February 28 all-India general strike. Leaderships of the NFPE, FNPO and GDS unions jointly went on a countrywide campaign among the postal employees to ensure complete strike in the postal department.
A meeting of unions in the Southern Railway, including the DREU (CITU), SRES (INTUC), DRKS (BMS), AISMA, AILRSA, SRLU, SREF and others, conducted a campaign in the divisional headquarters in the zone and also among the passengers to explain the demands. Demonstrations will be held in all the divisional centres on February 28, and all workers will wear badges on the day.

Apart from posters, millions of handbills have already been circulated and more are being brought out. Wall writings are going on in various parts of the country..
Thus, with reports still pouring in from different states about the massive ongoing preparations for the strike, one may be pretty sure that the strike on February 28 will see an unprecedented participation, that men and women workers in the country will make it a historic one in all aspects. Firmly united, the working class is on the move and will be out in the streets to challenge the policies of the ruling classes.