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No.NC/JCM/2014 Dated: December 16, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary,
(Government of India),
Sub: Functioning of Joint Consultative Machinery
Since assuming charge of Secretary(Staff Side), National Council(JCM), I have repeatedly demanded to
convene a meeting of the National Council(JCM). It is, however, regretful to point out that, despite all out
efforts made by me and requesting you in person to hold the meeting, no meeting of the NC/JCM has been
convened till date.
It may be appreciated the Joint Consultative Machinery(JCM) at the National level, conceived as an
effective Negotiating Forum, has virtually become defunct as no meeting of this forum has been held during
the last four years, with the result that, a number of major grievances of the Central Government
employees continue to remain unresolved, because of which they are badly agitated.
The procrastinated discussions in the National Anomaly Committee did not proceed to settle any tangible
anomaly item. Even after reaching agreement, the government has refused to issue orders on some
issues. This apart, the demands raised by the Staff Side for grant of Interim Relief and Merger of DA
with Pay have been refused by the government. One of the vital segments of the Central Government
Employees, i.e. Grameen Dak Sewaks of the Postal Department, are kept outside the ambit of the 7th CPC.
Unilateral decisions were taken to induct FDI in the Railways, Privatize the Railway and Defence
Production Units; closure of the Printing Presses, Publication and Stationery Departments; contractorise
the medical store functions; corporatize the Postal Organization and outsource various governmental
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Under these circumstances, all the constituents of the National Council(JCM)(Staff Side) had to hold
a “National Convention” on 11th December, 2014 in New Delhi, wherein after detailed deliberations and
taking stock of the situation, a detailed programme of struggle has been chalked-out. In case there is no
positive response from the Official Side, it will ultimately lead to indefinite strike.
A copy of the Declaration of the above-mentioned Convention is enclosed herewith, which is self- explanatory.
We do fervently hope that negotiation is possible even at this late stage and would therefore urge upon you
to take concrete steps in that direction. We also hope that you will be able to appreciate that any decision
of the government which affects the job security of the employees adversely need to be discussed and
agreement reached at the JCM Forum.
I would, therefore, request you to personally intervene in the matter, being the Chairman of the National
Council(JCM), so as to avoid serious unrest and disturbance to industrial peace in the Central Government
Services and hold discussions with the Staff Side, NC/JCM on these vital issues at your earliest.
Encl: As above
Copy to: All Constituents of National Council(JCM), for information.
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NATIONAL CONVENTION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT
EMPLOYEES’ ORGANISATIONS PARTICIAPTING IN JCM
11TH DECEMBER 2014
The National Convention of Central Government Employees organizations participating in the
JCM, being held at New Delhi on 11th December, 2014, adopted the following declaration after
detailed deliberations and discussions.
D E C L A R A T I O N
2. The Central Government employees have a glorious past of struggles and
sacrifices. The first indefinite strike action in the independent India by employees and
workers of Central Civil Service was in the 1960s. The July 1960 strike was due to the
denial of the legitimate demand of the Central Government employees for the grant of
Minimum wage as per the norms laid down by the 15th ILC. Brutal repression, unheard
in the history of workers struggles, was unleashed by the then Government of India to
suppress the movement. It was in the wake of that unprecedented strike action, the
Government recognised the need to have a negotiating machinery to look into the
grievances of the Central Government employees and set up the JCM.
3. After the 1968 one day strike and the 1974 tumultuous indefinite strike by the
Railwaymen and others, the organisations participating in the JCM strived their best to
create a conducive and peaceful atmosphere to settle the demands and grievances
through discussions at the JCM. The continuous dialogue in the forum of JCM helped
immensely in avoiding confrontation, struggles and strike actions as the discussions
brought about settlement on issues, thanks no doubt to the positive role and attitude
of the Government in power then.
4. Unlike the provincial Civil Service, 85% of the Central Government employees
are industrial or operational workers, covered by the Industrial disputes Act. Peace
and tranquillity in workplaces provided for increased production, productivity and
efficiency. The Railways, the defence production units, the postal services and other
industrial establishments and employees of administrative offices played a vital role in
bringing about the significant turnaround in the employer-employees relationship.
5. However, the scenario underwent a vast change in the latter part of 1990s.
Government promulgated the new Recognition Rules making it necessary for the
Unions to seek fresh recognition. After the initial hiccups, the employees’ organisations
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