Central government employees and workers have yet again decided to go on a one-day strike commencing on February 15, 2017, against the promises made by the Union Cabinet for salary hike from January 1, 2017, as per the recommendation of 7th Pay Commission. The Confederation strike notice was sent to the Cabinet Secretary, Government of India, where it was mentioned that the demands are in pursuance of which employees and workers will render upon the one-day strike.

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Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers for not accepting their demands set as per the recommendations made by 7th Pay Commission

The demands are related to the recommendation made by the Centre under the 7th Pay Commission which stays intact and adjusted in the list sent to the government body dated as of 29 December 2016. It includes the demands raised by National Joint Council of Action where the modification had been submitted to the Cabinet Secretary on and before December 10, 2015. The following notice majorly emphasises upon ‘equal pay for equal work’ judgement made by the Supreme Court which was later on implied in the recommendation made in 7th Pay Commission.

The assurance was given to the central government employees by the Centre for an increase in the minimum wage, fitment factor, granting revised HRA at the existing percentage of 10%, 20% and 30%, accepting the proposal of transport allowance, along with settle all the previous anomalies as per the 7th pay commission recommendations. It also includes implementation of parity in pensions for pensioners before 2016, settles the pension-related issue, discontinues PFRDA Act and New Pension System (NPS) as well as granting family pension to those recruited after 1/1/2004.

Apart from this, financial upgradation and promotion on the category of ‘Good’ and ‘Very Good’ has been asked to be withdrawn along with abolishing Lower Division Clerk group as the wages given are minimal in amount. The central workers have also urged the Centre to provide cashless medical treatment to the permanent employees as well as the pensioners in leading government and private hospitals.

The respective notice has been issued to the Cabinet Secretary and will take the matter in hands from January 1, 2017, as per the stated rules set by the Government of India. As of now, no verdict or response has been recorded from the Union Cabinet on this matter.

 

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