(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
November 20, 2011
JAMMU & KASHMIR
Employees Decide to Fight New Pension Bill, Privatisation
rain and cold weather, hundreds of employees and workers
joined a mass rally
session started at 4 p m on the same day, after the flag
place at the well decorated Youth Hostel in
The conference had had the participation of 215 delegates and 17 observers, representing 16 departmental associations and unions of government and semi-government employees.
The conference was conducted by a Presidium consisting of Md Maqbool, Haji Ghulam Mohammad, Hasina Sofi and Thodu Ram.
Ahamad Banday, chairman of the reception committee, delivered
address in which he outlined the historical background of
The conference adopted two condolence resolutions --- one on the killing of innocent people during the turmoil and the loss of human lives during the recent natural calamities, and the other on the death of prominent personalities and veteran trade union leaders like Dr M K Pandhe, E Balanandan,Benazir Bhutto, Jyoti Basu, Harkishan Singh Surjeet, M F Hussain, Maulana Shaukat and Jagjeet Singh.
CITU vice president and senior vice chairman of the All India
Government Employees Federation, inaugurated the
conference. In his
address he outlined the international background of the
and economic crisis which has caused deep recession, huge
on social security measures like pension, wage cuts and
retrenchments all over
the world, particularly in the
JKCCTU president Md Maqbool made the presidential address, outlining the situation in the state, with particular reference to the working class in general and the government and semi-government employees in particular. He also made some concrete suggestions for building a strong trade union moment in the state.
Ali Mohamad Bhat placed the secretary’s report in which he explained the major activities during the past three years, and the challenges facing the employees’ movement at present. The latter include privatisation of pension, outsourcing, casualisation, contractisation and privatisation of jobs, growing corruption, nepotism and favouritism in the administration and the threats to the democratic and trade union rights of the working people. He then suggested a seven-point action plan regarding the future struggles and to overcome the present weaknesses in order to make the organisation more effective to face the present challenges.
Gurmeet Singh placed the constitution of the JKCCTU while JKCCTU vice president Hasina Sofi presented the resolution on major demands.
In total, 19 delegates including four women delegates participated in the discussion and, after the reply from the secretary, unanimously adopted the constitution, the secretary’s report and the resolution on major demands.
adopted resolutions on intensifying the struggle
against the new pension bill, against the policy of
and privatization, and for regularisation of the
services of casual,
contract, Anganwadi, ASHA and consolidated workers. Some of
were on the need of a wage policy for temporary employees, on
trade union rights and on human rights violations, and on
implementation of the
labour laws. A resolution was on building of a union office at
Through an important resolution, the conference severely condemned the decision of the state government to start a “fixed salary mode” which amounts to cheating the employees by taking advantage of the high rate of unemployment.
The conference elected a 45 member state executive committee with 13 office bearers unanimously, with Md Maqbool Gania as president and Gurmeet Singh as general secretary. An advisory team of five members, headed by Haji Nisar Ahmad Banday, and an eight-member working women’s subcommittee were also elected unanimously.
The conference concluded with a speech by Md Maqbool, the newly elected president, on October 23.