Wednesday, 20 February 2019

UPU News : Clivaz calls on Africa to participate in remuneration talks

19.02.2019 - UPU Deputy Director General Pascal Clivaz has urged African countries to consolidate their views on ongoing discussions on postal remuneration and present them during the UPU’s April Postal Operations Council (POC) and Council of Administration (CA) meetings.

UPU Deputy Director General Pascal Clivaz met with South African Deputy Minister for Communication Pinky Kekana in Durban.
Addressing the 7th Annual Southern Africa Postal Operators Association Postal Business Forum in Durban, South Africa, Mr. Clivaz called on players in the region to take part in the review.  
“I would urge Africa to actively participate in these discussions that have the potential to greatly impact the role of the Union as well as international postal business,” he said.
Mr. Clivaz said that, following a decision by the Council of Administration last October, working groups of the POC and CA have been carrying out discussions on the remuneration of small packets and that he hoped they would arrive at an amicable decision on their proposals by April.
For her part, South Africa’s Deputy Minister for Communication Pinky Kekana said there was a need for the Post to adapt to new realities in the market guided by best international practices.
“It is important that postal operators should be able to cover their costs. However, it is equally important that whatever outcome is agreed upon does not create a situation that will make the UPU’s [member] postal operators uncompetitive in potentially profitable market segments,” she said.
The Deputy Minister called upon UPU members to ensure that the current discussion on remuneration does not affect the status of the Union.
We should continue to support and strengthen the multilateral system. I believe the current challenges facing the UPU can be solved and that it should not be necessary for any country to leave the UPU,” she said.
At the same time, Mr. Clivaz informed forum participants that preparations for the Abidjan World Postal Strategy were underway with regional round table meetings expected to begin soon.
“Our initial reflection at the International Bureau is to come up with a strategy that encourages the creation of new products and services that would make the Post more competitive in the market,” he said.

Sidebar: Inside the Universal Postal Union

15.02.2019 - Sandrine Diffo is a quality assurance systems lead software developer in the UPU’s cutting edge Postal Technology Centre (PTC). Her vital work includes monitoring and controlling the quality of electronic data interchange messages or EDI. EDI uses a standard known as EDIFACT, which allows the international postal system to exchange mass data on the dispatch of postal items, carrier consignments and other important information.

PTC is the operational arm of the Telematics Cooperative assisting Posts globally in how to use new technologies and improve and expand their services. The centre develops technological applications and software solutions for UPU member countries. PTC also applies advanced technology to promote the efficiency of postal operators in an increasingly competitive market.
Aside from its other projects, the centre manages three main activities: Post*Net, enabling the world’s postal operators to exchange standard EDI messages; the International Postal System, an integrated international mail management system; and the International Financial System, a software application for international money order services.

I was raised as a child, not as a girl: An interview with UPU’s Sandrine Diffo

15.02.2019 - “It has always been difficult to study the hard sciences because girls were not supposed to become scientists,” says Sandrine Diffo, a quality assurance lead software developer at the Universal Postal Union’s (UPU) Postal Technology Centre. Sandrine studied in Cameroon and later received her Masters in France studying IT Security. Even in France, she recalls, there were only five girls among 40 students in her class. She sees this as further proof that there are far fewer girls pursuing science careers.

Acknowledging that she never felt blocked at any stage of her career, Sandrine does note that one of the main barrier’s for girls in Africa is people’s surprise at women wanting to work in the IT industry. “That always made me laugh because it is just a job.”
Questioned about her motivation for wanting to become a scientist, Sandrine says she was influenced by her eldest sister who was the only girl at a polytechnic in Cameroon and one of the best among many other science students. “I was interested in being an engineer and I picked the first education institution that accepted me. This is how I discovered ICT. If I went back in time, I would still make the same choice because it matches my personality and way of thinking perfectly.”
Sandrine also points to her parents as another catalyst. “I was lucky to have parents who believed you could achieve anything if you work hard for it. They taught my five brothers, four sisters and I to believe in ourselves. My father used to say, ‘I don’t have boys and girls. I have children.’”
UNESCO figures show that only 30 percent of researchers and developers worldwide are women. Asked why she thinks so few women pursue this path, the software developer sees a number of factors preventing girls embracing science.
“The most important one is how we raise our girls. We tend to convince them that there are things they cannot achieve and science is one of them. IT jobs are often regarded as unfeminine and therefore girls often grow up with the idea that they should find a more suitable career path,” she explains. “There should not be any reason to stop girls from being scientists,” Sandrine adds after pausing.  
Replying to a question on women in the STEM-related fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Sandrine points to the great female scientists in history: physicist and chemist Marie Curie and NASA Astronaut Mae Jemison, among many others. “However, globally, people tend to believe women in STEM cannot be as good as men. That is stereotypical thinking, which is wrong because talent does not depend on gender,” says Sandrine.
She also contends that if you are able to contribute, then gender should not matter. “What really matters is your talent. Are you creative? Can you be innovative? You should be able to do what you are passionate about and the best way to achieve this is to work without bias. Brains do not have a gender.”
Challenged about solutions, Sandrine says we need to remove the barrier that “You cannot do this because you are a girl.” She feels girls need to believe they can do anything, and it does not matter what industry you choose so long as you feel passionate about it.
Of course, she notes, both girls and boys should be encouraged to chase their dreams. “We have to allow children to believe in themselves and to help them build confidence by encouraging them to try the subjects they prefer. Then from there, I am sure, more girls will be interested in science.”
On her own work, Sandrine explains that she works as project manager for the UPU’s quality of service programmes, which member countries use to measure the quality of their international postal exchanges and performance.
She adds that the team creates web-based applications for these programmes and that her dream is to have mobile apps for each of them. “I also take part in other activities like customer care, quality assurance and continuous improvement of IT processes. I have been at the UPU for eight years but it does not seem that long because of how interesting and diverse my work is.”
Returning to the question of gender, Sandrine calls for societies to value competence and knowledge, irrespective of gender. Everyone, she argues, must be given an equal chance to perform in their chosen field. “I am glad that I have passed to my daughter the same principle my father taught me: “Whatever your passion is, go as far as possible and make it perfect.”
(The above interview was undertaken to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11 February.)

Deputation of postal employees on Election Duty - Latest Development on our request to Circle administration


Dear Comrades,
As you know, we have severally approached to our Circle head to appraise the State Election Commission and to our CHQ to write to the Directorate requesting the Secretary (Posts) to appraise the Election Commission of India to exempt the postal employees from election duty. In this regard this Circle Union letter No. P3NFPE-Odisha/06 - 09/2018, dated 10.09.2018 and No. P3NFPE-Odisha/02 - 02/2019, dated 15.02.2019 may be seen already produced in the website elsewhere.

This apart, as per facts and figures available with us, we discussed the issue on 18.02.2019 in the last four monthly meeting with Chief PMG, Odisha Circle  who took a serious note of it and directed the DPS(HQ), Bhubaneswar to contact the State Election Commission in person to appraise him the actual difficulty in relieving huge number of postal employees from operational side which may lead to closure of post offices and Circle administration is not in favour of closing post offices for election duty which will directly affect the public service also.

Accordingly, as ascertained over phone from the DPS(HQ), on 20.02.2019, he personally met the State Election Commission who could be convinced and asked the postal administration to write them accordingly so that they may consider exemption of postal employees from election duty to the maximum extent possible.

As assured by DPS(HQ) to this Circle Secretary, a letter is being issued today (20.02.2019) to all Divisional / Unit heads directing them to meet their respective  District Election Officers and appraise the problems accordingly with request for exemption.

Let’s hope for the best.

= B  SAMAL =
Circle Secretary

Cabinet approves release of an additional instalment of DA to Central Government employees and DR to Pensioners, due from 1.1.2019

Cabinet

Cabinet approves release of an additional instalment of DA to Central Government employees and DR to Pensioners, due from 1.1.2019

Posted On: 19 FEB 2019 9:22PM by PIB Delhi
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval to the release of an additional instalment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees, and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners w.e.f. 1.1.2019 representing an increase of 3% over the existing rate of 9% of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise. This increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC). The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both DA and DR would be Rs. 9168.12 crore per annum and Rs. 10696.14 crore in the FY 2019-20 (for a period of 14 months from January 2019 to February, 2020).This will benefit about 48.41 lakh Central Government employees and 62.03 lakh pensioners.


Regulation of LTC claims when portion of journey are performed by private transport ....


Regulation of LTC claims when portion of journey are performed by private transport
Regulation of LTC claims when portion of journey are performed by private transport

Confederation extends solidarity & support to BSNL Nationwide three days strike from 18th February 2019

Confederation Circular Dated 16.02.2019





  
MOST IMPORTANT

URGENT

Circular Dated 16.02.2019

DECISIONS OF THE NATIONAL SECRETARIAT MEETING OF CONFEDERATION

National Secretariat Meeting of Confederation held at New Delhi on 15.02.2019, after detailed deliberations, took the following important decisions. Com. K. K. N. Kutty, National President, presided.

Confederation National Secretariat Strongly Condemned the barbaric attack on Indian security forces by Pakistan sponsored terrorists, killing 40 Jawans. Confederation conveys its deepest Condolences to the bereaved family members of the Jawans who sacrificed their life for the nation.

CONFEDERATION DECLARES THREE PHASE CAMPAIGN AND STRUGGLE.

FOR WORKING CLASS, ELECTIONS ARE ALSO PART OF STRUGGLE.

CHANGE IS INEVITABLE.

The BJP-led NDA Government is going to complete its five years tenure. General Elections to the Parliament is going to be declared shortly. Based on our five years experience, Central Govt. Employees and Pensioners and their families have to take a position and use our right to vote to protect our interest and the interest of the Nation at large. We should remember that “Ballots are more powerful than bullets” in a democratic country.

As far as 32 lakhs Central Government employees and 33 lakhs Central Govt. Civilian Pensioners are concerned this five year period is the worst in the post-independence period. None of our demands are favourably considered by the NDA Government, rather we have been betrayed and our hopes ended is despair. The same is the case with three lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks of the Postal department and thousands of casual, contingent and contract workers.

Even though the Group of Cabinet Ministers headed by Shri Rajnath Singh, Home Minister and Shri Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister had given categorical assurance on 30.06.2016 that Minimum Pay and Fitment formula will be increased, in 2018 December, Govt. made it clear in the Parliament that “no such proposal is under consideration of the Government, at present”. Much publicity was given for the Constitution of “NPS Committee”, but the demand to “Scrap NPS &; Restore OPS” is rejected and even the demand for ensuring guaranteed Minimum Pension (i.e., 50% of the last pay drawn or Rs.9000/- whichever is higher) was also turned down. Again, Govt. replied in Parliament that the demand to scrap NPS & Restore OPS cannot be considered favourably due to various reasons. NPS employees are retiring every month with a megre amount of Rs.1000/- to 3000/- as annuity pension. Retirement of each NPS employee is just like a death due to uncertainty about the future life of NPS Pensioner and the family dependent on him/her.

HRA arrears from 01.01.2016 to 30.06.2017 was denied and each employee lost an average Rs. One Lakh. MACP Bench mark, date of effect from 01.01.2006, promotional hierarchy, everything fell on deaf ear. None of the anomalies of 7th CPC are settled. Option-I parity recommended by 7th CPC to Pensioners is mercilessly rejected. Revison of wages and pension of many Autonomous bodies are still pending. Compassionate appointment has become a cruel joke, as majority of the cases are rejected. Trade Union rights are under attack and pro-BJP Unions are given undue favours. All negotiating forums including National Council JCM are either defunct or ineffective.

More than six lakhs posts are lying vacant due to undeclared ban on recruitment. Three lakhs low-paid Gramin Dak Sevaks are cheated by denying arrears of pay for 30 months to be calculated proportionately on the basis of pay scales recommended by the Kamalesh Chandra Committee. Many positive recommendations are either rejected or diluted. Thousands of Casual, part-time, contingent, daily rated mazdoors and contract workers are denied equal wage for equal work. Regularisation of GDS and Casual/Contract workers has become a mirage. None of the 10 points demands of Confederation is settled including sectional demands of various cadres. None of the demands raised by JCM National Council Staff Side and National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) are also settled.

More and more attacks on existence of Central Govt. departments and employees are made. Privatisation of various functions of Railway department, outsourcing of more than 200 items in Defence sector, fast move to corporatize Postal, Closure of 12 out of 17 Govt. of India Printing Presses etc. are threatening the very existence of thousands of employees.

In short, under the BJP led NDA Government our wages and allowances are under attack, our job security and existence is under attack, our social security and pension is under attack, and our trade Union rights and facilities are under attack.Shall we vote for continuation of aggressive implementation of this destructive policies. No, not at all. It is in the above background Confederation National Secretariat has decided to implement the following campaigns and agitational programmes.

I.  I. CAMPAIGN FORTNIGHT FROM 2019 MARCH 15TH TO 30TH CULMINATING IN MASS RALLIES AT ALL STATE HEADQUARTERS AND DISTRICT HEAD QUARTERS.

Intensive campaign among the employees, pensioners and their families and also among the public should be conducted during the fortnight. General body meetings, conventions, group meetings, office to office campaign, seat to seat campaign etc. are to be organized by each COC and each affiliated organization. As a culmination of the campaign programmme mass rallies of employees and pensioners are to be organized in an impressive manner at all state Head Quarters and District/Divisional Head Quarters. Notices, leaflets, posters, boards etc. are to be printed and widely circulated. Maximum publicity through print and electronic media and also through websites and other social media is to be given. 10 point charter of Confederation, of which the 1st and the most important demand is “Scrap NPS & RESTORE OPS”, shall be the basis of the campaign and mass rallies. Wherever Confederation units (COC) are not there, NFPE Divisional Secretaries shall jointly take the responsibility to organize the above programme and also below mentioned other programmes.

II.      II. TWO PROGRAMMES EXCLUSIVELY ON NPS

(1)           Day Long Mass Dharna on 11th April 2019 (Thursday) at all Centres – state and District Head Quarters.

(2)           “Candle light protest” on 23rd April 2019 (Tuesday) at all Centres at state and District head Quarters.


In the Central Government employees sector Confederation is the only organisation which has been continuously organizing struggle programmes against NPS, including strikes. It is decided to organize the above two programmes, exclusively on one demand i.e., “Scrap NPS & Restore OPS”. These programme are to express our protest and anger against the totally negative attitude of the NDA Government and also to build pressure on other political parties to compel them give top most priority to the above demand. In both the programmes, maximum participation of employees and pensioners is to be ensured. Candle light programme is to be arranged in such a manner, so that maximum public attention and media attention will be received. In both the above programmes, like-minded political Leaders, trade Union leaders, important personalities etc. may also be invited to participate and address. Candle light procession is not required. Maximum mobilization at a selected place is enough on the evening of 23rd April 2019 (Tuesday).

III.      III. NJCA PROGRAMMES

National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) met after a long gap. Eventhough Confederation Leadership reiterated our earlier stand i.e; revival of the deferred indefinite strike, the Railway Leadership (AIRF & NFIR) are reluctant to give a call for strike, for their own reasons. Finally it is decided to organize the following two programmes.

1.     13th March 2019 – NPS Dharna and Demonstration at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

A massive demonstration – cum – dharna will be organized under the auspices of National JCA to highlight and focus the demand for the withdrawal of New Pension Scheme and restoration of old Pension Scheme for Central Govt. Employees. The National JCA will simultaneously write to all Political parties to make their stand clear on the issue of New Pension Scheme in their respective manifestos. The National JCA will spearhead a campaign amongst the employees for acceptance of the demand by the Political Parties. The dharna will be at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, and the same will be participated by the employees of Railways, Defence and Confederation working in and around Delhi besides NJCA Leaders. On the same day similar dharnas and demonstration will be held in front of the all Central Govt. offices throughout the country. The employees will also be requested to wear black badges projecting the demand for withdrawal of NPS.

Confederation National Secretariat calls upon all COCs and affiliated organisations to mobilise maximum number of Central Govt. employees from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Bihar on 13.03.2019. Dharnas and demonstrations may be organized in all major centres of other states, if possible jointly with Railways and Defence or Confederation alone.

  
   2.   28TH MARCH 2019 – FOR REVIVAL OF JCM FORUMS

A protest day long dharna will be organised at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, on 28.03.2019, in which all National Council Members will take part, to highlight the need to revive the JCM forums, thus ensuring constant and continuous interaction between the Government and the employees. It will also focus the intolerable attitude of the official side even in issuing orders, where Supreme Court has given the verdict in favour of the employees. The Cabinet Secretary will be informed of this decision well in advance. A huge demonstration will also be organized on the same day in front of dharna venue in which employees working in and around Delhi will participate.

National Secretariat of Confederation calls upon the Delhi C-O-C and affiliated organisations to ensure maximum participation of employees from Delhi in the above programme on 28.03.2019.

IV.NCCPA PROGRAMME – PENSIONERS DEMANDS – 15TH MARCH 2019 – NEW DELHI

National Coordination Committee of Pensioners Associations (NCCPA) will be organizing a mass dharna at New Delhi on 15.03.2019 demanding early settlement of Charter of demands submitted by NCCPA to Govt. National Secretariat Members of Confederation, COC Delhi and all affiliated organisations are requested to mobilise maximum employees from Delhi to participate in the NCCPA dharna on 15.03.2019.

V.   A resolution on important demands of Central Govt. employees and Pensioners

is adopted in the National Secretariat meeting which is to be circulated widely among the Central Govt. employees and Pensioners during the campaign fortnight. Copy of the resolution will be exhibited in the Confederation website shortly.

VI.INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY ON 8TH MARCH 2019

National Secretariat decided to celebrate International Womens Day on 8th March 2019 in a befitting manner alongwith likeminded organisations wherever possible or separately by Confederation. Confederation Womens Sub Committee office bearers Com. Usha Bonepalli (Chairperson) Com. R. Seethalakshmi (Convenor) Com. Gita Bhattacharjee (Joint Convenor) had attended the National Secretariat meeting. An article written by Com. Usha Bonepalli on the theme of the 2019 Women’s Day and also about the importance of International Womens Day will be published shortly in the Confederation website.

VII.    NEXT NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF CONFEDERATION

National Secretariat decided to conduct the next National Conference of Confederation at Nagpur (Maharashtra). COC Nagpur will convene their meeting immediately and fix the dates and venue of the Conference. A preparatory committee will also be formed at Nagpur shortly to commence the preliminary work in connection with the National Conference.

VIII. ALL INDIA TRADE UNION CAMP

All India Trade Union Camp, as already decided in the last National Secretariat meeting will be organized after General Elections.

IX.  FINANCIAL REVIEW

National Secretariat decided to request all affiliated organisations and COCs to remit their quota arrears before 15.03.2019. Details of quota and arrears is already sent to all by Financial Secretary Com. Vrigu Bhattacharjee. As the Financial position of Confederation CHQ is precarious, all affiliates and COCs are once again requested to remit the quota and arrears before 15.03.2019.

Fraternally yours,

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Confederation
Mob & WhatsApp: 09447068125
Email: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com

Friday, 15 February 2019

Invitation to the Open Session of 10th Circle Biennial Conference of AIPEU, Gr-C, Odisha


BSNL may be closed


Minutes of the bimonthly meeting of DPS (HQ) held with NFPE representatives on 22.01.2019





Circle Union writes to Chief PMG, Odisha on deputation of Postal employees on Election Duty


No. P3NFPE-Odisha/02 - 02/2019
Dated at Cuttack the 15th February, 2019
To
Dr. S K Kamila, IPoS
Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle
Bhubaneswar – 751 001

Sub:-  Deputation of Postal employees on Election Duty – reg. 

Respected Sir,
This has a kind reference to this Circle Union letter No. P3NFPE-Odisha/06 - 09/2018, dated 10.09.2018 on the above subject.

Now, it has come to the notice of this Circle Union that the Collector and District Election Officer in the District of Koraput, Samablpur and Mayurbhanj have already served Appointment Orders of polling personnel for their respective districts through our Divisional Heads.

As per information made available with us so far, 255 officials (IP / DPM / APM / SPM / Postmaster / Accountant / Postal Assistant / Cash OS/SBCO staff) of Sambalpur District, 24 such officials of Koraput District and 88 of Mayurbhanj District have been issued with such appointment orders and required training has been started for the purpose. As seen, most of the employees ordered as such are working as SPM in Single-handed Post Offices which compelled SPOs, Mayurbhanj Division for personal appraisal of the practical position (with regard to huge relieving arrangements and running the post offices which cannot be closed under any circumstances) to the DEO, Mayurbhanj who revised the order and reduced the number of such officials from 88 to 10 only.

Therefore, this Circle Union would like to request you once again for kind appraisal to the State Election Commission, Odisha for instructing all DEOs to exempt the postal employees from attending election duties or guide the Divisional Heads to appraise the practical position in person to their respective DEOs for restricting the same to the barest minimum wherever it is not possible to exempt fully.

A line of reply on the action taken in the matter is highly solicited.

Awaiting your kind cooperation, Sir.

With regards.
Yours faithfully,
 
(BRUHASPATI  SAMAL)
Circle Secretary

National Policy for Domestic Workers

Ministry of Labour & Employment

National Policy for Domestic Workers

Posted On: 13 FEB 2019 5:24PM by PIB Delhi
The Central Government has not   enacted any separate law to protect the interest of domestic workers. However, the Ministry of Labour & Employment is considering to formulate a National Policy on Domestic Workers which is in the draft stage.   The salient features of the proposed draft National Policy on Domestic Workers are as under:
(i) Inclusion of Domestic Workers in the existing legislations.
(ii) Domestic workers will have the right to register as unorganized   workers. Such registration
     will facilitate their access to rights & benefits.
(iii) Right to form their own associations/unions
(iv) Right to minimum wages, access to social security
(v) Right to enhance their skills
(vi) Protection of Domestic Workers from abuse and exploitation
(vii) Domestic Workers to have access to courts, tribunals for grievance redressal
(viii) Establishment of a mechanism for regulation of private placement agencies.
(ix)  Establishment of a grievance redressal system for domestic workers.

The Unorganized Workers’ Social Security Act, 2008 has been enacted for providing social security to all unorganized workers including domestic workers. The Act provides formulation of social security schemes viz life and disability cover, health and maternity benefits & old age protection. The State Governments are mandated under the Unorganized Workers’ Social Security Act, 2008 to formulate suitable welfare schemes for the unorganized sector workers including domestic workers relating to provident fund, employment injury benefits housing, education schemes for children, skill up gradation of workers, financial assistance & old age homes.
The State Governments of Andhra Pradesh,  Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerela, Odisha, Rajasthan, Haryana,  Punjab, Tamilnadu and Tripura have  included domestic workers in the schedule of Minimum Wages Act and the Workers are also entitled to file  case before the concerned authorities in  case of grievance in this   regard. The matter of constitution of State Domestic Workers Board is under the jurisdiction of the State Governments.

This information was given by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.