Removal of Bonus ceiling: Item No. 7 – Explanatory Notes – Charter of Demands – All India Strike 2nd Sep, 2015

Removal of Bonus ceiling: Item No. 7 – Explanatory Notes – Charter of Demands – All India Strike 2nd Sep,

Item No. 7. Removal of Bonus ceiling.

Barring the Railways, Defence production units and Postal Department, Bonus is
paid to the Central Government employees on adhoc basis. The 30 days adhoc bonus
is the maximum that is provided to them. The 4th and 5th Central Pay Commissions
had recommended the introduction of productivity linked bonus scheme to all
Departments as is presently the case in the three Departments mentioned above.
Even the scheme of PLB is not uniform in as much as the Postal Department
introduced an artificial ceiling of 60 days on the entitled number of days of
bonus whereas no such ceiling exist either in the Railways or in the Defence
Production organizations. The Government is yet to implement the above
recommendations of 4th & 5th CPCs even though several rounds of discussions on
the subject were held. There is no reason whatsoever, as to why this
recommendation could not be implemented. There had been no rise in the adhoc
bonus for past a decade even though there had been considerable amount of
increase in the case of PLB over the years. The Department of Personnel and
Expenditure must finalize the PLB scheme without further delay for those who are
in receipt of adhoc bonus. Even though Bonus Act is said to have no application
or relevance to the Productivity linked Bonus or adhoc bonus, the provisions of
the said Act is employed to deny the entitled bonus to the Government employees
on the basis of their emoluments. The bonus entitlement in both the cases is
restricted to the computation based on the notional emoluments of Rs. 3500.
Presently even a casual worker is entitled to get a monthly wage of more than Rs.
3500. The minimum wage as on 1.1.2006 determined by the 6th CPC in respect of
Central Government employees is Rs. 7000. By artificially linking the
restriction of emoluments stipulated by the Bonus Act, the employees are denied
their legitimate entitlement of Bonus. The Bonus entitlement must be computed on
the basis of the actual emoluments of an employee.

(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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