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7th Pay Commission: Central Employees Strike Deferred

New Delhi: The National Joint Council Action (NJCA), a confederation of 3.3 million central government employees has deferred the nation-wide indefinite strike from July 11 , as the central goverment has formed a committee of Ministers to negotiate with union leaders on their demands including hike in minimum pay from Rs 18,000, which was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and was approved by the cabinet on June 29.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley promised that government will announce 7th Pay Commission award soon.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley assured that the minimum pay issue is going to be referred to one of two committees.

“Since the Prime Minister has intervened and initiated the process of negotiation, the top leaders of NJCA have decided to differ from the indefinite strike which was planned from July 11 and further talks will be carried out,” said N Kanniah, NJCA convener (South Zone).

It may be noted that the NJCA had earlier announced plans to go on nation-wide indefinite strike from July 11, followed by cabinet approval of 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

The Cabinet ditto with the 7h Pay Commission recommendations, the commission recommended 23.55 per cent hike in salaries, allowances and pensions and a 14.27 per cent increase in basic pay for Central government employees, the lowest in 70 years.

The cabinet has increased the minimum pay from existing Rs 7000 to Rs 18,000 while NJCA is demanding minimum pay Rs. 26,000.

“They have fixed the minimum wage at a meagre Rs. 18,000 in the 7th Pay Commission. In the 6th Pay Commission, the basic pay was Rs. 7,000. They took fitment factor 2.57. We are demanding 3.68 fitment fitment factor,” said Shiv Gopal Mishra, General Secretary of the National Joint Council of Action.

The government has come under intense pressure on indefinite strike of central government employees and dedided to hike the minimum pay of central government employees beyond Rs 18,000.

Accordingly, Three top ministers of Union government- Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Railways Minister called NJCA leaders at Rajnath Singh’s house on June 30 and assured that the minimum pay issue is going to be referred to one of two committees that the government is setting up to rectify any anomalies in the pay commission recommendation implementation with a better and reasonable offer of pay increase and expedite the settlement at the earliest.

The decision regarding going on strike will be taken at the meeting of NJCA today but speculations were rife that the NJCA will defer the July 11 indefinite strike after government heeded to their demand of increasing minimum pay to over Rs 25,000 from Rs 18,000 fixed after considering the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

The indefinite strike of NJCA will be tentatively postponed from July 11. If the negotiations with the government are fruitful, there will be no strike from July 11, top leaders of NJCA said before today’s meeting. However, a final decision will be taken only after consultations with all six central government employees unions, they added.

The six major Unions of the central government employees formed NJCA, including Confederation of Central Government Employees (CCGE), All India Defence Employee Federation and National Coordination Committee of Pensioners Association, which had called for the indefinite strike from July 11, protesting 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

Read at  http://www.livemint.com/Politics/NrcFhRrIBx4bGYlXj3pToI/Seventh-Pay-Commission-Central-government-staff-unions-meet.html

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5 comments

Shashy said…
Wats the point??? There's no need for repeated threatening for indefinite strike by the unions. Its very much apparent from the activities of the union leaders that they could no more hold on to their grounds as its always the Mighty government which is making the final call. Now even the govt is aware of the present fate of the unions and likewise making the unions dance to its tune. Post 7 months of constituting a high level committee what is the need of constituting one more committee, to which the unions have surprisingly agreed to..isn' t it something strange!! Actually, even if they don't threaten to go for strike the government will in increase the salary by somewhat %. The main agenda is to delay the implementation. So the unions should actually know that like them, every people know what's the actuall plot.
Shashy said…
Wats the point??? There's no need for repeated threatening for indefinite strike by the unions. Its very much apparent from the activities of the union leaders that they could no more hold on to their grounds as its always the Mighty government which is making the final call. Now even the govt is aware of the present fate of the unions and likewise making the unions dance to its tune. Post 7 months of constituting a high level committee what is the need of constituting one more committee, to which the unions have surprisingly agreed to..isn' t it something strange!! Actually, even if they don't threaten to go for strike the government will in increase the salary by somewhat %. The main agenda is to delay the implementation. So the unions should actually know that like them, every people know what's the actuall plot.
Anonymous said…
Vah kya baat hai. We r burdened with more committees. These committees will take ample time, enjoy the good status and their recommendations will be cornered. After few months it will be announced that there is no conclusion hence the pay Commission report is to be implemented as originally submitted. Our leaders would take credit that "dekha hamne kitna barha kaam kiya". The only sufferers is common employee.
rao said…
this is ridiculous. the seventh pay commission proposals opposed by the unions and the government set empowered committee to study the demands. after lapse of 4 months the same recommendations were proposed by government. unions decided to go on strike from july 11 and it is informed by the unions that strike is deferred as government going to set a committee with ministers to discuss the demands. now the question is what are the suggestions given by the first formed empowered committee? what they have done for all the 4 months? this is wasting of time and government money. government should disclose what the empowered committee done and how much money spent on the empowered committee. this kind of cheap delayed tactics government should adopt. when MPs want to increase their salary they approve as their will and wish within days but when it comes to employees they are adopting cheap tricks.
Lalit said…
Every political organization does politics and continue passing time making fool to public. BJP/Modi is not far away from these points. Refer justice modi ke boll that 'mazdooro and IAS i.e. padhe likhe logo me pay ka difference to hona chahiye'. Aisi soch justice ki
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