No ban on creation of new posts. Fill up all vacant posts: Item No. 2 – Explanatory Notes – Charter of Demands – All India Strike 2nd Sep, 2015

No ban on creation of new posts. Fill up all vacant posts: Item No. 2 – Explanatory Notes – Charter of Demands – All India Strike 2nd Sep,

Item No. 2. Containing unemployment through concrete measures for employment
generation. No ban on creation of new posts. Fill up all vacant posts.

The rate of unemployment in the country has been on the increase ever since the
new economic policies were sought to be implemented. Not only no new industry
could be established, the maximization of profit mantra sapped all regular
employment opportunities in organized sector. A sizeable segment of the jobs in
the organized sector was informalised. The regular workers were replaced by
contract labour. In some of the industries, the entire enterprise was contracted
out, the management retaining a very few supervisory or managerial positions.
Presently in all big industrial undertakings in the country, majority of the
workforce are either contract workers or workers engaged on daily rated basis.
The Government not only encouraged the anti-labour practices but also adopted
the same policy in the fully owned public Sector undertakings as also in the
Government Departments. There had been very little job opportunities created
during the last two and half decade except in the Service Sector. Whatever job
opportunities were created in the so called special economic zones, the denial
of trade union rights to the workers ensured that they were no better than
contract workers. What have we seen in the Governmental Sector is the return of
casual and daily rated workers , a system which was in vogue in the early 50s
but was forced out through constant trade union struggles. We give hereunder the
details of various methods adopted by the Government of India to reduce its own
workforce thereby rendering itself as a model for the others to follow.
The VI-CPC had recommended the abolition of Gr. D. posts numbering about 9.4
lakhs. The CPC raised all the Gr. D employees existing in the Govt. sector to
the status of a skilled worker and placed them in Gr. C pay scale. The suggested
pay scale of the up-graded personnel is analogous to the pre-revised pay of Rs
2750-70-3800-75-4400. In fact they said pay scale was the fourth grade of pay
suggested by the V-CPC for the unskilled workers. In para 3.7.7 of the Pay
commission recommendations the commission has observed that:
“Increasingly basic work relating to cleaning, sweeping, maintenance etc. is
being outsourced. This is a welcome trend that needs to be encouraged by
bringing about systematic changing in the existing scheme so that the employees
in Govt. are only utilized for requiring a certain levels of skills”.
It is a fact that majority of the functions presently carried out by the Gr. D.
employees across the Board is unskilled. What had actually been done by the
Commission is to abolish the unskilled functions in the Governmental sector to
pave way for more and more contractorisation of these jobs while the existing
employees (whose working strength has become less than 50% of the sanctioned
strength) might be classified as Gr.’C. and assigned to do functions which are
of skilled nature with lesser emoluments than what it could have been even as
per the V-CPC recommendations. It is therefore, a pernicious recommendation. In
the days to come the unskilled nature of jobs would be either outsourced or
would be contractorised. This recommendation therefore, is not for the benefit
of the existing employees who are recruited as unskilled workers. Recruitment
will hereafter become unavailable in the Governmental sector for those who are
in the lower strata of the society who could not afford or who are not provided
even the primary education even though the universal primary education is stated
to be the objective and goal of a welfare Government. In fact they are being
punished for the Government abdicated its responsibility to provide them with a
decent standard of living or the nascent requirement of primary education. The
recommendation is therefore, a by-product of the neo-liberal economic policies
which we have been fighting against all these years. As has been feared, the
Government has now decided to ensure that all unskilled jobs are to be
contractorised. The guidelines issued by the Department of Personnel for the
Mutlti-tasking staff makes it mandatory that the future recruitees in government
service must have a minimum educational qualification of matriculation. The
recruitment will be done through the Staff Selection Commission. These personnel
may not be deployed for the unskilled jobs like sweeper, farash, mali, watchmen
etc. The Department of Personnel has already advised all concerned to go in for
contractorisation of these functions. The workers so recruited by the
contractors are not to have any job security as they will be liable for
termination without assigning any reason whatsoever. As per the information now
made available in the floor of the Parliament, the number of contract workers
engaged by various public sector undertaking and Governmental organisations is
more than 21,12 715.
In the background of the continuing ban on recruitment, many of the Government
organizations has resorted to outsourcing of their functions which are of
permanent and perennial nature to agencies on fixed rates. The very fact that
the Government has made available funds for the Departmental heads to resort to
outsourcing establishes the intention of the Government. The functions being
carried out by the Group C employees and the Group B Non gazetted officials are
liable to be outsourced. Once the outsourcing becomes hassle free, there will be
no likelihood of any fresh creation of posts in these cadres. The large scale
computerization has helped the outsourcing as a feasible proposition.
(viii) No labour reforms which are inimical to the interest of the workers.
(i) Effect wage revision of the Central Government Employees from 01.01.2014 accepting memorandum of the staff side JCM; ensure 5-year wage revision in future; grant interim relief and merger of 100% of DA; Include Gramin Dak Sevaks within the ambit of 7th CPC. Settle all anomalies of 6th CPC.
6. Stoppage of disinvestment in Central/State PSUs. . Stoppage of contractorisation in permanent perennial work and payment of same wage and benefits for contract workers as regular workers for same and similar work.
(v) No outsourcing, contractorisation, privatization of governmental functions; withdraw the proposed move to close down the printing presses, the publications, form stores and stationery departments and medical stores Depots; regularize the existing daily-rated/casual and contract workers and absorption of trained apprentices.
(vi) Revive the JCM functioning at all level as an effective negotiating forum for settlement of the demands of the Central Government Employees.

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