20 Dec 2016 Ferado

Wage-based employees on hunger strike

Lumbini, Dec 20: The wage and contract-based employees at the Lumbini Development Trust have launched fast-unto-death to protest the management’s apathy towards their demands.

Armed with a five-point demand, the contract employees have set up tents in front of the Trust’s office as the venue for the strike.

Among the demands put forth by the employees include expulsion of Trust Member Secretary, Ajitman Tamang, immediate availability the wages of three month and 15 days – the time during which the contract employees had been on agitation, availability of wages of the months of Asoj, Kartik and Mangsir (mid September to mid December) and promotion of all the neglected employees and other facilities.

The employees have also demanded an end to irregularity and corruption dogging the Trust and legal action against those involved in corruption. They have also called for putting an end to discriminative action against the employees.

20 Dec 2016 Ferado

Bonanza for Central government employees: 7th Pay Commission recommendations rolled out

New Delhi: The government had in January 2016 had set up the high-powered panel to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which will have bearing on the remuneration of nearly 50 lakh central government employees and 58 lakh pensioners.

The Union Cabinet on June 29 cleared the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission headed by AK Mathur in respect of the hike in basic pay and pension. However, the decision on 7th Pay Commission suggestions relating to allowances had been referred to a Committee headed by the Finance Secretary.

The Committee will complete its work in a time bound manner and submit its reports within a period of 4 months. Till a final decision, all existing allowances will continue to be paid at the existing rates.

The 7th Pay Commission examined a total of 196 existing allowances and, by way of rationalization, recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming of 37 allowances. Given the significant changes in the existing provisions for allowances which may have wide ranging implications, the Cabinet decided to constitute a Committee headed by Finance Secretary for further examination of the recommendations of 7th CPC on allowances.

On 29 June 2016, Government accepted the recommendation of 7th Pay Commission Report with meager increase in salary of 14 percent after six month of intense evaluation and successive discussions. The Finance Minister of India claimed it historical increase of salaries due to little knowledge of Sixth Pay Commission.

The new scales of pay provide for entry-level basic are now up from Rs 7,000 per month to Rs 18,000, while at the highest level i.e. Secretary, it would go up from Rs 90,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh. For Class 1 officers, the starting salary will be Rs 56,100.

The recommendations will benefit over 1 crore employees. This includes over 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the defence forces.
Here are the Key Highlights

Gratuity ceiling doubled to Rs 20 lakh
Housing loan allowance hiked from Rs 7.5 lakh to Rs 25 lakh
Minimum pension increased from Rs 3,500 to Rs 9,000
7th Pay Commission recommendations to be implemented within 6 months from due date
Existing rates of monthly contribution towards Group Insurance to continue
Total annual burden of pay, pensions and arrears of 7th Pay Commission recommendations: Rs 1, 02,100 crore
7th Pay Commission recommendations on allowances to be referred to a Committee headed by Secretary
Based on minimum pay, fitment factor of 2.57 approved for revising pay of all employees uniformly across all level
Minimum pay fixed at Rs 18,000 per month; maximum pay at Rs 2.25 lakh
The Cabinet approval will benefit nearly 50 lakh central government employees and 58 lakh pensioners
Pay hike to be implemented from January 1, 2016
Budgetary allocation

While the Budget for 2016-17 fiscal did not provide an explicit provision for implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, the government had said the once-in-a-decade pay hike for government employees has been built in as interim allocation for different ministries. Around Rs 70,000 crore has been provisioned for it.

20 Dec 2016 Ferado

Ashulia RMG factories closed despite ministers’ assurance of salary review

BANGLADESH: They demand a minimum Tk 16,000 as monthly salary instead of the current paltry Tk 5,300.The resentment has been growing over the last eight days.

Amid the tension, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed recently promised to keep house rents unchanged for the next three years in Ashulia, the area that houses these garment factories on the outskirts of Dhaka.

At a meeting on Monday, the labour leaders proposed requesting the wage board for reviewing the demand of pay hike, said Garments Workers’ Trade Union General Secretary Khairul Mamun Mintu.

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque attended the meeting held at the residence of Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan.

“The labour leaders have informed these decisions to the workers, but they do not seem to take them seriously,” said Mintu.

The workers’ movement is yet to gain momentum as the leaders have not joined them, but they appear united to continue their agitation, Mintu added.

Workers of at least 25 factories walked out in Ashulia on Monday as a token of protest.

The unrest had been growing among the workers of factories located in Jamgorha, Norshinghopur and Beron areas of Ashulia industrial area.

“The workers want an immediate announcement of a pay hike,” said Garment and Industrial Workers Federation President Rafiqul Islam Sujan.

They have refused to return to work even after the ministers requested them to do so, he said

20 Dec 2016 Ferado

Workers, farmers protest outside Kohar’s residence

INDIA: On a call given by labourer and farmer unions, many activists gathered to hold a protest outside the residence of Punjab Cabinet Minister Ajit Singh Kohar.

The labourers and farmers staged protests across the state outside the residences of the SAD-BJP ministers for the unaddressed demands of labourers, including atrocities at Jaloor Kand.

Speaking at a dharna outside the house of Cabinet minister Kohar, leaders said the state government was again spending crores of rupees to dupe people in the name of development ahead of the elections, while at the ground level, farmers and labourers were forced to commit suicides.

They said for the past 10 years the state government had not been able to fulfill the promise of residential plots and work through MNREGA to labourers. Other demands of labourers like compensation for farmers, debt-laws in favour of labourers-farmers, cancellation of false cases against labourers and workers, solving of the problem of stray animals were also not being addressed.

They said the government was rather imposing unannounced restrictions on dharnas of farmers/labourers and resorting to lathicharge, arrests and registration of false cases against workers.

They said in villages, the rich landlords were also committing atrocities against Dalits, the latest example of which was the incident at Jaloor village in Sangrur.

They said the administration was also adopting a dilly-dallying approach on the demands raised in the Sangrur incident.

Tarsem Peter from the Pendu Mazdoor Union Punjab, Harmesh Malri from the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, Santokh Singh Tangar from the Kirti Kisan Union and Surinder Singh Bains, Harpal Bittu, Balwinder Singh Bhullar, among others, were present on the occasion.