Thursday, December 27, 2012
GROUP-C CIRCLE WORKING COMMITTEE ON 19th JANUARY 2013 AT CHINSURAH, HOOGHLY
The next Group-C Circle Office Bearers' Meeting will be held at the union office at Chinsurah in North Hooghly Division on 19.01.2013 at 10 A.M. Emphasis will be given in discussion of review of the strike on 12th December 2012, preparation of the strike on 20-21 February 2013 and our responsibilities in the ensuing All India Conference.
Comrades are requested to attend the meeting with the branch / zone-wise report of the 12.12 strike, its impact and other information and the suggestions on the ensuing two days' strike. Information regarding no. of delegates, status of reservation / journey to the AIC in respective zones should also be furnished by all comrades in the meeting.
Please act accordingly.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
HOLD DEMONSTRATION IN ALL DIVISIONS ON 28th AS PER THE CALL OF CENTRAL JCA AGAINST ORDER OF ABOLITION OF 17093 POSTS
Comrades are already in knowledge of the order of the Postal Directorate for abolition of 17093 departmental posts in our department and the call of holding countrywide demonstration by the Central JCA (NFPE & FNPO) on 28th December 2012 against it. It is needless to mention that our comrades will observe the program with maximum seriousness.
We would like to get it noted that this order should be identified as another blow on the entire working class and the unemployed youth of our country. More than 17000 youngsters would have earned their bread, with a smile on the lips on their anxious families, had the finance ministry and communication ministry not ordered to abolish these posts. This is an integral part of the policy adopted by the Central Government against the security and livelihood of its own citizens. Please highlight and connect this root of the present order during the demonstration.
The Circle Unions sincerely wish that everywhere in West Bengal, the program should be observed jointly by NFPE & FNPO. But we have doubts from our earlier experiences whether in all places in our Circle FNPO would come forward for a united movement. Our Comrades are requested to take preparation to hold the demonstration through huge gathering on our own strength so that the move of the department can be protested as per the call of th JCA. Please ensure sending the savingram given in the NFPE blog.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
COURAGEOUS COMRADES WHO IGNORED ASSAULTS AND CREATED HISTORY ON 12th STRIKE
In addition to the report given below in earlier blogs regarding the success of the strike and the attacks on our comrades, Divisional leadership of South Hooghly Division has reported us another incident of courageous fight by our comrades to make the strike successful ignoring all threats.
Some local political goons threatened the staffs of Chapadanga Sub-Post Office (under South Hooghly Division) before the strike and directed them not to join the strike. But our committed comrades did not betray the unity and the clarion call of the strike and kept the office closed on 12th. The next day (13th), en route to the office, the SPM Com. Rabindranath Nandy and accompanying Postman Com. Kartik Chandra Kundu were interrupted on the way and both were severely assaulted physically. Another P.A. of the office, Com. Amitava Bera, was also abused.
Comrades, please narrate these incidents during the recess hours' gate meeting today and convey these inspiring events to the last comrade of your division. These should strengthen our resolve more. The history of Postal movement is built up on the monument of such innumerable sacrifices and commitments. Let us reply back with our unity and make the coming strike in February an unprecedented success. Let us also identify the political power in our state that is acting violently against the interests of workers and common people.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
OBSERVE GATE MEETING TOMORROW AT ALL DIVL HQs TO REPORT THE SUCCESS OF THE STRIKE AND THE COURAGE OF COMRADES UNDER POLITICAL ATTACKS
Please go through the complete strike report below. Circle Unions request all Divl Secretaries to hold gate meetings tomorrow at recess hours to report the achievement of our organisation to make yesterday's strike successful, as reported below.
Yesterday's strike was made even more glorious by the courage and bravery of our comrades and their resolve to remain the office closed ignoring threats.
Another event has taken place today. There were threats by local political goons against the strike at Nona Chandanpukur S.O., North Presidency Division. All the comrades of the office still resolved to strike as per the call. During the strike, those political miscreants tried but failed to open the office, and stuck posters, political flags on the office wall and gate against the staff. Apprehending attack, our SPM (Postmaster, Grade-I) Com. Arunabha Dey intimated the Police today morning and the Police visited the office while opening. But after the Police left, at about 10:30 A.M., a long political rally entered the office and gheraoed Com. Arunabha Dey. Though he was not physically attacked, there was flood of abusive language, condemnation and threats. The miscreants left about after an hour leaving the office environment jeopardized.
We would request our comrades to bring this event into knowledge of all members to identify the political power actually acting against the workers' interest and in favour of the Central Govt in disguise. We also congratulate and thank Com. Arunabha and all staffs of Nona Chandanpukur S.O. as well as Divl leadership for their success to keep the office closed yesterday participating in the strike despite knowing the possible attack. Their commitment will inspire lakhs of workers in our country.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
12.12.2012 ALL INDIA STRIKE OF CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES ----- ANOTHER DAY IN RED LETTERS IN THE HISTORY OF TRADE UNION MOVEMENTS IN WEST BENGAL
The strike called by the Confederation in the Central Govt Departments in the country has set another history as the comrades and compatriots protested the anti-people anti-worker action and policies of the Central Govt through massive participation and a strike of grand success.
Our comrades took up exhaustive efforts since last few months for the success of the strike and held countless meetings throughout the circle in different shapes and forms. The pain and agony of the workers have been reflected today through spontaneous participation in the strike.
As the strike approached, there were floods of misleading news, malign and false propaganda against it. Today, literally the Postal service in West Bengal Circle came to a halt as our brave comrades appeared in front of the offices with slogans, banners and festoons from the morning, as early as 7 A.M. The presence and support of the senior leaders and comrades of Pensioners' Association like Com. R.L.Bhattacharya, Com. Binoy Chakraborty, Com. Manab Sen Sharma encouraged us. Comrade Shib Sankar Roy was day long busy in travelling in different offices and encouraging comrades of far-flung offices over phone.
In Kolkata City Divisions, the strike was remarkable as usual. Kolkata GPO was completely paralysed. Police Force was posted there and created pressure, but our dedicated comrades ignored it. No TD plied today from Kolkata RMS. At Circle Office, only 12 members of other organisations joined at work, none else. In suburban divisions, the strike was even better than the one on 28th February. In North Bengal Region, the strike was successful despite presence of police and political interference. In Sikkim and Andaman, the strike was 100%.
At many offices, local political miscreants made the Police to come to our offices with the intention to fail the strike. At Jalpaiguri, Purulia, Kalyani H.O., Kolkata GPO Police came and tried to disperse the gathering of our comrades, but the courageous and daunting comrades remained firm and continued the strike and achieved success.
In divisions like Tamluk, Contai, Midnapore, Bankura, Purulia where political atrocities and vindications are frequent, comrades did not budge despite facing threats and attacks. In Tamluk, Com. Sambhunath Ghorai, Vice-President, Divl P-IV Union, was manhandled. In Nadia South Division, while conducting the strike at Kalyani, Divl Gr-C Secretary Com. Kaushik Roy and Com. Anup Biswas were manhandled by local political goons. These miscreants stayed there day long with continuous provocation, but our comrades continued the strike at Kalyani.
It is our experience today that though a section of administration conspired in connivance with anti-strike and anti-movement pro-government organisations in our department and during the strike, manifested their intentions through intrigues of variety, they failed to rally even their own membership. A large part of postal workers, though not our members, expressed their support to the 15-point demands openly and did not open their office. We also felt that a large part of the administration was convinced about the justification of the demands and were sympathetic to the plights of the workers.
Massive strike was noted in Income Tax and Central Excise departments. Good strike had been recorded in Central Form Stores and Stationary. We also noted that branches of many Nationalised Banks and Insurance Offices displayed banners in support of today's strike.
Circle Union congratulates all Divisional and Branch Secretaries, our brave and sacrificing comrades, Fraternal Organisations, our compatriots and supporters of the strike in West Bengal who contributed immensely for its grand success. Dedication of our leaders, united response of our members have shown today our readiness for the bigger strike on 20-21 February 2013 strike.
But the immediate task is to carry the news of success of this strike and bravery of our comrades to the farthest office. All Divl / Branch Secretaries are requested to congratulate and encourage all of our comrades by arranging tours to different offices and also by publishing leaflets. This is urgently required to hold the confidence and the spirit of the comrades high for preparation of stronger battle in coming days.
RED SALUTE COMRADES.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Gr-C Circle Secretary Com. Janardan Majumdar has requested all the PAs recruited against the vacancies of 2005 -2008 to attend a meeting at Circle Union office on 18-12-2012 at 5.00 p.m. on some important and urgent issues. All the Divisional Secretaries are requested to inform the candidates to attend the meeting called by Group C secretary and ensure their presence.
STRIKE! STRIKE!! STRIKE !!!
12TH DECEMBER 2012 - ALL INDIA CENTRAL
GOVT. EMPLOYEES STRIKE
13 lakhs Employees unitedly demand the Central Government to
CHANGE THE POLICIES
“WORKERS ARE NOT BEGGARS”
“Organise if you want real living wages,
Organise if you want to have your working hours reduced,
Organise if you desire better treatment from you superior officers,
Organise if you want that the authorities should consult and consider your
opinion in all administrative measures affecting you”.
- Babu Tarapada Mukherjee, 1921 Lahore Speech
“We must therefore, determine to have our pay increased and working hours reduced. We must fight and fight and fight strenuously to secure what alone can make life worth living. We must make up our minds whether we shall continue to live as human cattle or “take up arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing, end them”.
- Babu Tarapa Mukherjee, 1921 Lahore Speech
JAWAHARLAL NEHRU ON 1946 P&T STRIKE
“We have a very big gap between the cost of living and wages, and it is that gap which causes hunger and distress and ultimately strike. The point is that all over India there is that gap today and unless that gap is bridged, there will be industrial troubles. These can be bridged either by lowering the prices or by raising the wages. I see today vast fortunes accumulated in the hands of a few. On the other hand, the vast number of people are being faced with a heavy burden of prices. How are we to meet this question of strike? It is not possible or desirable to use the powers of the state (Govt.) against the strike”.
(Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru -Address to the Associated chamber of India in Kolkata on 12-12-1946).
“UNITY FOR STRUGGLE & STRUGGLE FOR UNITY”
“When the living conditions of the employees have been made critical by the accentuating economic crisis and the Govt’s persistent efforts to make the employees bear the burden of such crisis, when the discontentment among the employees are generating due to Govt’s refusal to come to the succor of the employees in such a critical living condition and when this discontentment is on the point of bursting out on surface particularly centering around the issue of Pay Commission - a great urge for unity among the employees and workers is being increasingly found manifest. The urge being found expression whenever call for united mass actions have been initiated in recent times to defend the living conditions and democratic rights of the workers and employees. Struggle for building up unity at the grass roots level, which can alone can ensure success at our struggles for higher wages for better living conditions and for democratic rights, is the key-task today”.- K.G.Bose - 1973 - Article
Thursday, December 6, 2012
GENERAL BODY MEETING AND POSTMASTER CADRE SUB-COMMITTEE MEETING IN ASANSOL DIVISION
A G.B. Meeting of the Asansol Divisional Unions was held at Asansol H.O. on 2nd December 2012 in preparation of the ensuing strike on 12.12.2012. More than 300 comrades were present in the meeting with great enthusiasm. From Circle Unions Comrades Janardan Majumdar, Asit Bangabas (P-III), Mukul Das (P-IV) and Ashis Das (GDS-NFPE) attended and deliberated in the meeting.
A meeting of the Circle Union's Postmaster Cadre Sub-Committee was also held at Asansol on the same day. 7 sub-committee members out of 10 attended the meeting, apart from 4 from Asansol Division and the Joint Convener Com. Asit Bangabas. Group-C Circle Secretary Com. Janardan Majumdar was also present. While discussing the positions of the problems, it has been decided that after the ensuing strike, a general body meeting of the Postmaster Cadre in West Bengal Circle will be organised and presence of All India leadership will also be ensured. 3 or 4 comrades belonging to this cadre will participate in ensuing Group-C All India Conference (March 2013) to focus the problems. Two of the problems have been selected as major ones ---- 1) Allowing Gr-II officials to officiate in Grade-III posts and Grade-I officials in Grade-II posts, 2) Allowing to appear in Inspector (Posts) and PSS Group-B examinations for better prospects.
Circle Union congratulates Asansol Division for grand success of both the programs.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
CIRCLE UNION WRITES TO CHIEF PMG FOR DEFINITIVE SENIORITY TO 2005-08 P.A.s
Group-C Circle Union has written the above letter to the Circle Head for clear determination of seniority to the P.A.s recruited against the vacancies of 2005-08, who happened to complete their training but was not allowed to join till court order. The Circle Union is following up the matter continuously. Copy of this letter has also been sent by post to all Divisional Secretaries for wide intimation among all.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
STRIKE INTIMATION TO BE SERVED TOMORROW, KOLKATA CITY DIVISIONS ON 23rd
All suburban divisions will serve strike intimation tomorrow holding huge gatherings at respective divisional headquarters. Circle Unions will serve intimation to the Circle Office, all secretaries of Kolkata City Divisions are requested to attend the C.O. with large number of comrades.
Strike intimation will be served by Kolkata Divisions on coming 23rd November, the day on which half-day's sit-in demonstration has also been called by CGCC, West Bengal.
POSTMASTER CADRE SUB-COMMITTEE MEETING ON 2nd DECEMBER 2012
A meeting of the Circle Union's Postmaster Cadre Sub-Committee has been convened on 2nd December, Sunday, at Asansol Head Post Office. All Sub-Committee members are requested to please ensure their presence. Com. Janardan Majumdar, Circle Secretary Group-C, will rem,ain present in the meeting.
A MEETING OF THE AVAILABLE CIRCLE OFFICE BEARERS HAS BEEN CONVENED TOMORROW EVENING AT THE CIRCLE UNION OFFICE. CIRCLE OFFICE BEARERS OF KOLKATA AND NEIGHBOURING DIVISIONS ARE TO ENSURE THEIR PRESENCE. OTHERS ARE ALSO REQUESTED TO PLEASE MAKE EFFORT TO REMAIN PRESENT.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
ENSUING PROGRAMS & ORGANISATIONAL NEWS
- The CGCC, West Bengal, has called to hold half-day's sit-in demonstration on 23.11.2012 for 12th Dec '12 strike campaigning . All Branch / Divl unions are requested to organise it at headquarters with all seriousness.
- A meeting at the call of CGCC will be held centrally in Kolkata on 4th December 2012 at Y-Road (near Curzon Park and Esplanade) at 5 P.M. in support of the ensuing strike.
- A rally in support of the strike has been scheduled by CGCC on 10th December 2012 in Kolkata. The details of the route will be notified shortly.
- Some comrades expressed unwillingness to accept promotion as per the LSG memo published in April 2012 by the Circle Office. Circle Union is pursuing the cases and disposal is expected shortly.
- Regarding the issue of implementation of seniority of P.A.s recruited against the vacancies of 2005-08, although the order has been released, the implication is not clear apart from securing position in gradation list. Negotiation is going on with the Circle Administration for issuing a speaking order for clear benefits. Circle Union will notify the comrades at the right moment if anything formal in writing is required to be submitted to the administration. Comrades are requested to remain in close contact with Divisional Leaderships.
Monday, November 12, 2012
All comrades are requested to note that the intimation for the strike on 12th December 2012 is to be served in all Branches and Divisions on 19th November 2012 at recess hours organising huge gathering of our comrades at all Branch / Divisioanl Headquarters.
Please also follow the blogs of Federation (NFPE) and our Group-C (CHQ) for regular updates and instructions regarding strike.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Comrade Goutam Roy, P.A., Kolkata GPO and former Assistant Secretary of Kolkata GPO, who was on deputation as an instructor, PTC Mysore now, died with his wife and daughter, Ushri, today early in the morning on his way for a trip to Goa from Mysore. He was only 38.
Comrade Roy succeeded in IPO examination of the department few years back but chose not to join the IPO cadre. With his knowledge of rulings, he helped many of our comrades and the Branch and Circle Union on quite a few occasions. He contributed in preparing many proposals to the Gr-C CHQ and also interacted with Circle and All India Union frequently with queries and suggestions. He took prominent role in the movements of Kolkata GPO against the administrative attacks. Both his parents also were our comrades, staffs of North Presidency Division.
We do not have adequate words to express our condolence to the members of his family, to all his close acquaintances and comrades. Let us pay our respect to his memory by contributing our organisation and department.
15th STATE CONFERENCE OF CGCC, WEST BENGAL, ENDS WITH THE VOW TO FIGHT OUT THE ANTI-WORKER ANTI-PEOPLE NEO-LIBERAL POLICIES
The 15th State Conference of Coordination Committee of Central Govt Employees and Workers has been held with a grand success at Sarat Sadan, Howrah, from 4th to 6th Nov 2012, followed by a State Convention of Working Women on 7th.
The conference was inaugurated by Com. Dr. Pravat Pattanayak, the eminent economist of international repute. Com. K.K.N.Kutty, Secretary General, Confederation and Com. Sukomal Sen, an international leader of trade union movements, spoke on the second day. On 6th, Com. Basudeb Acharya, M.P. and a co-fighter of the trade unionists in India addressed the house. Com. Kali Ghosh, General Secretary, C.I.T.U. also spoke on 6th. The reportings will be appearing in the upcoming issues of 'Coordination' Patrika. In the open session, the Chairperson of Howrah Municipality, who also was the President of the Reception Committee, Com. Mamata Jaiswal and the District Sabhadhipati Com. Mina Ghosh Banerjee were present along with other leaders from Bank, Railways etc. on different dates for expressing their solidarity.
About 750 delegates and visitors attended the conference altogether belonging to all age groups, caste and creed. It was a harmony of the working class against the attacks of neo-liberal policies unleashed on the workers, employees and common people of India by the rulers of the country enslaving the capitalists. The house assessed the situation thoroughly through deliberations of 60 comrades and resolved firmly to set an unprecedented record in the ensuing strikes on 12th December 2012 and 20-21 Feb 2013.
The conference equivocally elected the following body of office-bearers of CGCC for the next term :
- President: Com. Tapan Dasgupta (Postal).
- Vice-President: Com. Mahesh Bhattacharya
- Com. Nirmal Dey (Postal)
- Com. Sandhya Das (Postal)
- General Secretary: Com. Pijush Roy (Civil Accounts)
- Asstt. Gen. Secy. : Com. Sumit Bose (ITEF)
- Finance Secretary: Com. Aninda Mitra (Audit)
- Secretary (Journal): Com. Soumen Roy (RMS)
- Secretary (Office): Com. Subhas Dasgupta (RMS)
- Organising Secretary(HQ): Com. Ujjwal Hore (ITEF)
- Organising Secy (District): Com. Uttam Sarkar (Postal)
- Organising Secretary: Com. Tapan Pal (Customs)
- Com. Shyamalendu Ghosh (NICED)
- Com. Bijan Chakraborty (Postal)
The Advisory Council has been constituted with following members :
Comrades Goutam Pramanik, Sumitra Goswami, Tarun Dutta, Pradip Roy and Pradi Gupta.
The report of Women's Convention will come up shortly.
Friday, November 2, 2012
ALL INDIA POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION GROUP – C
ALL INDIA POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION POSTMEN & MSE / GORUP-D
ALL INDIA POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION, GDS ( NFPE )
WEST BENGAL CIRCLE BRANCH
37, Ganesh Chandra Avenue, Kolkata – 700 013
No. PC –34/ Branch Conference / 2012. Dated: 28.10.2012
1. Com. Stephen Fernandez.
AIPEU, Group –C
2. Com. Biswajit Das
AIPEU, Postmen & MSC/ Group D
3. Athunu Bhattacharjee
AIPEU, GDS ( NFPE )
We, on behalf of our Circle Unions convey our comradely greetings and best wishes to all the delegates and leaders attending 6th Bi-ennial conference of your division. We also wish your conference a grand success. Had we been in persons amongst you, we could share and exchange our experiences over the present scenario now prevailing in Postal Department as well as our Country. However, we think that this letter will surely fill up our absence in your conference and also make a bridge between our beloved employees of Andaman & Nicobar Islands and ourselves. Taking this opportunity. we are also expressing our proud feelings that all the employees, including GDS, of your division are strongly united under NFPE and there is no existence of any other organization in Andaman & Nicobar Island. You have taken lessons through experience that for existence there is only NFPE.
You are well aware of the facts that specially after introduction of Neo Liberal economic policies we have been lying under severe threat of existence. We are experiencing that in the name of economic reforms, the Govt. of India, has been imposing all the crisis of our country on common people. Unprecedented hike in prices of petroleum goods, essential commodities including food grains, frequent reduction of Govt. subsidy in agriculture and service sectors, disinvestment of Public Sectors under takings are the rules of the day. Like other service sectors we, the postal employees are not lying beyond this attack. Central Govt. is trying to privatize and downsize our department at the cost of the interests of the employees, common
people as a whole. Everyday, there is a new scheme in Postal Department, though thousand and thousand vacant posts in every cadre are not being filled up. Not only that, our Part time
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employees, GDS employees are being deprived of their legitimate rights year after year in one hand, while on the other, the rights including trade union rights achieved so far through incessant struggle are being badly curbed by the Govt. Under the banner of NFPE, all cross section of Postal employees have already built up united struggle against the impact of economic policies of the Govt. sometimes inside our department and sometimes outside jointly with united forums of mass organization across the country. The all India general strike on 28th Feb’2012 was such a glorious example in which the employees of Andaman & Nicobar also took a valiant role like all previous strikes and movements. Again at the call of Central Govt. Confederation we are going to take part in one day Strike on 12 Dec 2012 on 15 points charter of demands. We believe that our organization of Andaman & Nicobar will again take an important role for wide campaigning on 15 points charter of demands to make the forthcoming strike a grand success.
You know that the tradition of Postal Trade Union movement, from the very day of its inception, is the total unity of the entire Postal employees and Central Govt. Employees – whether they are called Departmental Employees or Extra Departmental Employees. Late Comrades : Tarapada Mukherjee, Dada Ghosh, K. G. Bose, N J Iyer, K Adinarayana, and all those great leaders stood for the unity of the entire Postal workers. Unfortunately, of late, deliberate attempt is being made repeatedly, from certain quarters, mainly from the GS of previous GDS organization to split and weaken the rock – like unity of Postal employees. Shall we allow such leaders to break the unity of Postal workers by stabbing from the back ? Shall we allow the Government to break our unity by joining hands with such leaders ? No, we shall not. We shall expose those disruptors and at any cost, shall uphold the unity of the Postal workers and march forward under the banner of NFPE for protecting the interest of the Postal employees including Gramin Dak Sevaks. Let us fight against the policy of the Government and make the 12th December Strike a thundering success. And to this direction,we believe that your conference will take an important role and achieve a grand success.
With warm greetings and RED SALUTE .
S/d S/d S/d
BIJOY GOPAL SUR NIRMAL DEY JANARDAN MAJUMDAR
Circle Secretary Circle Secretary Circle Secretary
AIPEU, GDS ( NFPE ) AIPEU, Postmen & MSE/Gr-D AIPEU, Group – C