Central Govt staff protest against pay panel recommendations

The Central Government employees on Friday protested against the Seventh Pay Commission and observed a black day.

Shiva Gopal Mishra, General Secretary, All India Railwaymen’s Federation and Convener, NJCA, said “almost all the Central Government employees have joined today’s (Friday) protests and have pledged for sustained struggle”.

He further said, “If the Central Government does not remove retrograde recommendations of the VII CPC and resolve long-pending genuine demands of the employees, more than 30 lakh employees working in the Railways, Defence, Postal and other Central Government Organisations, will be forced to go for indefinite strike”.

Against the demand for a minimum wage of ₹26,000, the commission has recommended ₹18,000, thereby widening the gap between minimum and maximum wage.

Additionally, the present rate of house rent allowance — of 30, 20 and 10 per cent — has been reduced to 24, 16 and 8 per cent respectively.

The Pay Commission has also refused to make any recommendation against the New Pension Scheme. In case of Child Care Leave (CCL) for women employees, leave wage shall be reduced to 80 per cent for second spell of 365 days CCL.

Meanwhile, there is also a demand by the National Federation of Indian Railwaymen for better facilities for railway employees who are exposed to riskier working conditions.


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