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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

All India Central Council of Trade Unions - Press statement

New Delhi, 25 March 2008: The recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission have been submitted with the govt. They are very retrograde and discriminatory and have come as a rude shock to the Central Government employees. The recommendations are biased towards IAS officers, especially those at joint secretary level or above. While a secretary will get a hike of about 65% in his emoluments and a joint secretary would get a hike to the tune of 47% the hike to a group 'D' will be only 21% and that to upper Division clerk would be only 26%. The ratio between lowest and the highest Pay has gone up from 1: 10.66 to 1: 13.33 if compared to the pay of the secretary and to 1:15.57 when compared to the pay of the cabinet secretary, further widening the wage gap which is characteristic of the UPA Government which favours the rich. The Pay Commission has dealt a heavy blow by recommending abolition of Group 'D' Posts, which also pays way to contractualisation of work of this category. It has further suggested withdrawal of all holidays except the three national holidays, and has suggested grant of 8 restricted holidays-a retrograde step again. It has also recommended withdrawal of bonus and OTA and wants every thing to be linked with performance. i.e. leaving employees on whims of the bureaucracy. It has further recommended health insurance scheme for central govt. employees which will ultimately pave way for dismantling of CGHS.

Very clearly these recommendations suggest that the largest employer i.e. the govt. is shirking from its social responsibilities and converting govt. deptts. into some corporate kind of companies run by CEOs. These recommendations have further opened the way for downsizing and contractorisation.

The AICCTU registers its strong protest against such discriminatory and anti-lower-level employees' recommendations, and demands of the Government to correct the distortions. The AICCTU calls upon all sections of employees to join hands to fight out the injustice.

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