Thursday, July 30, 2015

29th  JULY  2015 : 69th  ANNIVERSARY  OF  THE  HISTORIC  MOVEMENT  OF  WORKERS  AND  LABOURERS  OF  BENGAL  &  ASSAM

     29th July 1946 ---- it is the red letter day in the history of the working class in India. In support of the ongoing strike called by All India Postmen and Lower Grade Staff Union, which started all over the country from 11th July 1946 and later spread to all over the country, the working class of Bengal and Assam observed a general strike and Hartaal. The strike was called demanding settlement of 12 demands comprising of wage revision and other better service conditions and pension etc., to which Govt was reluctant. The steep rise in price-index and inflation in post-world war days jeopardised honourable social living by the Postal staffs. The strike started from 11th July 1946.

  From the beginning, leftist leaders and all intellectuals of Bengal were deeply involved with the strike. Com. Jyoti Basu issued a statement in 'Swadhinata Patrika' supporting the strike. 40,000 Postal & Telegraph employees of Bengal and Assam joined the strike since 21st July 1946. A proposal in support of strike was adopted by Bengal Assembly on 24th July led by Kiran Shankar Roy. Within 18th July Rs.80,000/- was collected in strike fund. National media like Indian Express and international daily like Chicago Tribune described that the nation was almost crippled by the effct of the strike.

        At least 3,50,000 workers and labourers were assembled in 'Maidaan' area of Kolkata on 29th July 1946. Salil Chowdhury wrote and sang the famous movement-ballad --- 'Dheu Uthchhe Kara Tutchhe...', Poet Sukanta Bhattacharya wrote --- 'Bidroho Charidike Bidroho Aaj...', Poet Subhas Mukhpadhyay wrote the poem 'Maidaan Chalo'. Thousands of workers formed rallies from different parts of the state to reach the meeting at 'Maidaan'.

       In the meeting at 'Maidaan' the speakers were Dada Ghosh, Mrinalkanti Basu, Bankim Mukherjee, Abdul Momin and many more who apparently had no connection with Postal movement. All leftist political parties, viz. --- Socialist Party, Communist Party, Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), Forward Block, Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and trade union leaders came forward in support. Com. Dada Ghosh wrote in his diary--- 'In the British Regime of 200 years, it was the biggest meeting of the workers and labourers in the city of Kolkata.' 

       The effect of 29th July hartaal was immense on the Postal Strike and administration. In the rest of the country the strike was called off on 3rd August 1946, but in Bengal & Assam it continued till 6th August 1946. Many demands were accepted by the Govt. and a Good-Conduct Pay was granted to the Postal Workers.

       
    In the entire episode, the role and opinion ofthe Indian National Congress was unclear. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru issued a statement in which he condemned Govt's inability and negligence to handle the demands and the situation, but he did not make clear whether he supported the demands or the strike. Satyanarayan Sinha, Chief Whip of Congress in Central Assembly, issued a statement against the strike. Obviously, they were more interested in smooth transfer of power which was imminent.

      To commemorate the day, South Kolkata Division called a Working Committee meeting of their Group-C Union. They decided to hold a session of speech on '29th July 1946 ---- The Perspective of strike : Then and Now'. Com. Bijan Chakraborty, Asstt. Circle Secretary, Group-C, attended the meeting and delivered brief accounts of the 1946 strike, the glorious 29th July and our coming strikes on 2nd September and from 23rd November 2015.  

    Let us all pay our tribute to the leaders and participants of strike of 1946, and remember that it is our historic duty to carry the legacy forward.   

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

HOLD  DEMONSTRATION  IN  ALL  DIVISIONS  TOMORROW  ----  SEND SAVINGRAMS  DEMANDING  SETTLEMENT  DEMANDS

     As per the decision of the extended CWC meeting on 11.07.2015, tiffin-time demonstration should be staged in all divisions tomorrow demanding immediate settlement of the charter of demands submitted to the Chief PMG, W.B.Circle, during the program at the C.O. on 27-28 May 2015.

     A savingram should be sent to the Chief PMG, W.B.Circle and respective regional PMG in the following text :

    ==== PLEASE REFER TO THE 15-POINT CHARTER OF DEMANDS SUBMITTED BY OUR CIRCLE UNIONS DURING THE STAY-IN DEMONSTRATION AT THE C.O. ON 27-28 MAY 2015 XXXX ENTIRE CROSS-SECTION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES IN THIS CIRCLE ARE AGGRIEVED DUE TO NON-SETTLEMENT OF THE DEMANDS CITED THEREIN  XXXX THE ADMINISTRATIVE APATHY TOWARDS STAFF-PROBLEMS ARE SEVERELY CONDEMNED THROUGH THIS DEMONSTRATION  XXXX  IMMEDIATE SETTLEMENT OF THE ISSUES OF THE CHARTER IS DEMANDED ====     
Circle office issued Postmaster Grade – I / Grade – II / LSG memo on 20.7.2015.













Monday, July 20, 2015

PA/SA  SELECTED  CANDIDATES  OF  2013-14  BATCH ---- ATTENTION  PLEASE

   It is now almost three months that the joining procedure of the candidates have been stayed by the Directorate. We have been constantly pursuing the matter since then and the stay is expected to be lifted shortly. 

   Still in our opinion we should not leave the matter on assurances and better pursue further course. We are aware of the agony which the candidates and their families are passing through and also sent a resolution to the DG(Posts) and Chief PMG on 11.07.2015. To discuss on the next phase, we request the candidates to please meet us at Circle Union office (Tarapada Memorial Hall, 37, Ganesh Chandra Avenue, Kolkata-13) on 22.07.2015 at 4 P.M.

   Circle Secretary (now also Deputy General Secretary, CHQ) Com. Janardan Majumder will remain present. Please make it convenient to attend the meeting as per the above schedule.   

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Due to some action from administrative side in case of South Hooghly Division, Programme at Circle Office scheduled tomorrow (16/07/2015) has been postponed. We are keeping watch over further consequence. However programme at Branch/Division on 22/07/2015 stands unchanged

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

JOINT  EXTENDED  CIRCLE  WORKING  COMMITTEE  MEETING  ON  11.07.2015  ----  DISCUSSIONS  &  DECISIONS

       The Joint Extended Circle Working Committee meeting recorded an excellent presence of secretaries/their representatives from all divisional unions of the Circle. The meeting was presided over by comrades Tapan Dasgupta, Sukumar Mondal, Asit Das and Ashis Dutta. 

     The meeting was inaugurated by Com. Tapan Dasgupta. All Circle Secretaries also spoke at different times during the meeting. A work paper featuring the main points was placed by Circle Unions for discussions over it. 9 divisions, viz. --- Coochbehar, Malda, Kolkata GPO, Howrah, Nadia South, Burdwan, Asansol, Tamluk and Birbhum division spoke, the last with special emphasis on ensuing Circle Conference and collection of advertisements for the souvenir. The Circle Unions also endorsed their request. 


      The deliberations were mainly based on our preparation of strikes on 2nd September 2015 and from 23rd November 2015, membership verification, administrative attacks (especially in divisions like South Hooghly, Howrah, Tamluk etc.), infrastructural problems at offices and administrative reluctance, LSG transfer memo, Postmaster cadre transfer memo etc. The problem of non-payment of Part-time employees in most of the divisions was also discussed with importance. The meeting called upon everyone to remain vigilant in the process of membership verification and the point of possibility of announcing GDS membership verification in October 2015 was also discussed. 


      The meeting adopted 3 resolutions ---- one on the problems of Part-time employees, one on administrative vindication on members of NFPE and the third one on the stay on appointment procedure of selected candidates in PA/SA cadre of 2013-14 batch. 


    The Circle Union is deeply concerned about the stay imposed by the department on their appointment procedure. The copy of the resolution will be sent to the Postal Directorate, New Delhi, demanding lifting the stay order. A program for proceeding to New Delhi with some of the selected candidates is also under discussion for finalisation.

 Apart from the programs mentioned in the work paper, the following programs were finalised :


  1. On 22nd July 2015 demonstration will be held in all divisions on 15-point demands submitted earlier to Circle Administration. A resolution will be adopted from the demonstration (will be given in this blog soon).
  2. If no effective action is taken by Circle Administration against the atrocious officers as demanded by Circle Unions, continuous relay hunger-fast will be started at the C.O. from 3rd August 2015.
  3. Exhaustive preparation and campaigning will be launched to make 2nd September through working committees, zonal meetings, badge wearing, participation in programs called by 12th July Committee etc.  
    All comrades are requested to deploy maximum efforts for the success of the above programs.