More than 12 lakh government employees went on strike throughout the country on 16th March 2017. The strike saw participation of workers from various government services including postal services, income tax services, RMSCGWB, postal account, civil account, survey of India, census services. The strike took place in support of the 20 point charter of demands released under the banner of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers. The strike took place successfully throughout each part of the country.
Main points in the charter of demands:
- Regularise casual, contract, part-time, contingent and daily wage labourers.
- End the new pension scheme and reapply the old pension scheme.
- Enroll village postal workers as government employees and give them salaries, pension and allowances as given to department employees.
- No privatisation or outsourcing of Government functions.
- Fill up all vacant posts and creation of new posts.
- Five promotions to be given to all central government employees during their service time.
- Lower divisional clerks to be made upper divisional clerks.
- Equal pay for corresponding posts across various cadres of all sectors including to drivers.
- Productivity linked bonus to be provided in all sectors.
- Cashless medical facility to be provided in all private recognised hospitals for government employees and pensioners.
- Over time and night duty allowance rates should be determined based on the provisions of the 7th Pay Commission.
- Revision in the salary of the central government employees every five years.
- All departments of the central government should abide by the Supreme Court judgment of “equal pay for equal work”.