New Delhi: 27th November, 2015:– As per decision taken in the meeting of the National Joint Council of Action(NJCA), held on 20th November, 2015, all the constituents of the NJCA, including the Railwaymen, observed “Black Day” today, i.e. 27th November, 2015, organising massive demonstrations, gate meetings, dharnas,  bearing black badges across the country against the retrograde recommendations of the VII CPC, such as (i) Against the demand of the Staff Side, National Council(JCM) for Minimum Wage Rs.26,000, the VII CPC has recommended Rs.18,000, thereby widening the gap between Minimum and Maximum Wage as 1:13.8 while our demand was to keep this ratio not more 1:8, (ii) The present rate of HRA, i.e. 30%, 20% and 10% has been reduced to 24%, 16% and 8% respectively, (iii) The number of interest-free advance, like Festival Advance, etc. have been recommended to be stopped, (iv) Instead of removing the existing anomalies in the MACPS, the Pay Commission has introduced examination for granting MACP benefit, (v) The Pay Commission has also refused to make any recommendation against the NPS, (vi) In case of Child Care Leave for women employees, leave wage shall be reduced to 80% for second spell of 365 days CCL.

 Giving above referred to details here, Shri Shiva Gopal Mishra, General Secretary, All India Railwyamen’s Federation and Convener, NJCA, said, “almost all the Central Government employees have joined today’s protests and have pledged for sustained struggle”.

 He further said, “if the Central Government does remove retrograde recommendations of the VII CPC and resolve long pending genuine demands of the employees, more than 30 lakh employees working in the Railways, Defence, Postal and other Central Government Organisations, will be forced to go for indefinite strike”.

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