ALL INDIA POSTAL EMPLOYEES UNION
POSTMEN, MSE/GROUP ‘D’
(CENTRAL HEAD QURTERS, NEW DELHI)
STRUGGLES - NEGOTIATION – SETTLEMENTS
2010, 2011 and 2012 we have mobilized the entire postal workers under banner of
JCA for indefinite strike and the Department was compelled to negotiate with us
to avoid the indefinite strikes. Through continuous struggles, mobilization,
negotiations and settlement, the postmen union has been able to settle many
long pending issues. On other issues also favourable decision has been arrived
at and orders are expected to be issued soon.
the first time in the history of Department was compelled to constitute a DDG
level committee with staff side representatives, to examine the issues relating
to postmen/MTS and to take final decision. JCM Departmental council was revived
and most of our issues are discussed in that forum also. During the discussion
on strike charter of demands also many of our issues were discussed. The final
outcome of the continuous effort made jointly by the Postal JCA, in respect of
the postmen, MTS and Group ‘D’ demands are furnished below.
During the 2010 July strike discussion the Department agreed to fill up all the
vacant posts of Postmen and MTS for the year 2009 and 2010 and also
thereafter/Backlog unfilled posts, if any, are also agreed to be filled up
(other than screening Committee abolished posts). Accordingly Directorate has
given instructions to all Chief PMGs to conduct Postmen examination in all
circles to fill up vacancies upto the year 2010 December. Orders for filling up
of MTS vacancies was also issued Thus about 12000 vacant postmen posts were
filled up by promoting eligible GDS employees and about 4000 MTS posts are also
filled up by GDS promotion. Never before such mass-scale promotion of GDS has
Departmental issues New Recruitment Rules for filling up postmen and MTS posts
from 2011 onwards. We have objected the 25% outside recruitment in Postmen
cadre. Department finally agreed to modify the postmen Recruitment Rules to
avoid 25% outside recruitment in the postmen cadre. Revised recruitment Rules
of Postmen and MTS will be issued within one month and immediate action will be
taken to fill up all the vacant posts of postmen and MTS for the year 2011 and
Department issued orders abolishing all sorting postmen posts. During the 2011
July strike discussion the Department was compelled to cancel that order and
revised orders restoring the nomenclature of sorting postmen and also restoring
all the abolishing/Sorting Postmen posts were issued. This is one of the
greatest achievement of joint struggle.
Department agreed to issue instructions to all Chief PMG to fill up all vacant
posts of sorting Postmen (after reviving the abolished posts) and also mail
overseer, cash overseer and Head Postmen Posts. Member (personnel), Postal
Services Board, will be writing D.O. letter to all Chief PMGs this month
Regarding uniforms, Chappals, umbrellas etc our demand for cash payment is not
agreed as it is a Govt. of India
decision applicable to other departments of Central Government also Postal
Board alone cannot take a decision in this regard. However our demands to
ensure supply of good quality uniforms and kit items is agreed and Postal Board
has already issued instructions to all chief PMGs in this regard. Instructions
are also issues that before selection the uniforms and other/kit items union
representation should also be involved in the process and those items selected
by the union representative may be supplied.
Our long pending demand of grant of full TA and DA to mail overseer instead of
Night Halt Allowance (NHA) was finally agreed by the department and orders
already issued. Again this is a great achievement. This item was pending for
the last more than 20 years.
Removal of the distance conditions for grant of cycle maintenance allowance was
also agreed and orders issued. This was also a long pending item.
Regarding creation of more promotional avenues for Postmen and MTs, it was
assured that this item will be discussed in the cadre Restructuring committee.
The proposal of the cadre restructuring committee will be finalized before
April 2012. We will make maximum efforts to get more promotional posts for postmen
and MTS through our negotiation in the cadre restructuring committee.
Regarding extraction of data entry work from postmen staff department has
agreed to provide time factor for this work equal to the time factor now being
given to Postal Assistants. As some postmen find it difficult to make computer
data entry, it is also agreed to impart necessary computer framing to the
postmen. As knowledge in computer will be an additional qualification for
getting better pay scale for postmen in future, we are not totally opposing the
data entry work.
Regarding irregular computation of norms and working hours of postmen working
in field units, the department has agreed the following points.
Higher time factor will be provided for delivery of unregistered articles in
multi-storied buildings where separate post boxes are not provided in the
For person-specific speed post articles, the norms provided for registered
article will be provided.
Time factor provided for travelling distance by foot and by bicycle in the
hilly and mountainous terrains of less congested areas needs to be relaxed in
view of the extra physical effort and time involved in covering such areas.
Department agreed to consider this aspect and to issue orders early.
The staff side pointed out that as per the original order issued by the
Department in the year 1975, area having a density of population of 2500 per Sq. Miles or 1000 per Sq. Kilometer may be taken as
congested area. But in the subsequent orders it is wrongly shown as 2500 per
Sq. Kilometers staff side produced a letter received from postal Training
centre Mysore under RTI, confirming the argument of the staff side. Finally
Department agreed to re-examine the whole case and agreed to correct the mistake
committed, if the above mistake is
corrected then an area having a density of 1000 per Sq. Kilometer will be treated as congested area instead of
2500. At present the time factor given for congested and less congested area is
Distance travelled Congested
mts. Per Km. 12 Mts. Per Km.
mts. Per Km. 06 Mts
will be justification for more number of postmen posts in congested areas when
the above mistake is corrected by the department.
Regarding timely payment of incentive to Postmen for delivery of speed post
articles it is agreed to issue suitable instructions to all Chief PMG to the
effect that all payments of speed post delivery incentive bills pertaining to
postmen must be cleared by 31.03.2012.
Regarding the question of unjustified beat length of postmen in many circles,
it is agreed to issue instructions to all chief PMGs. To examine all such cases
at circle/Divisional level and remedial measures should be taken staff side has
give the examples of many circles in writing.
After detailed discussion it was agreed that combination of beats should be
resorted to only by exception as it adversely impacts the delivery efficiency.
Instructions in this regard will be issued by the Directorate.
It was pointed out during discussion that Postmen face difficulty in delivery
of registered parcels weighing more than 5 Kgms each and EPP articles for which
the maximum weight of 35 Kgms per articles has been fixed. It was highlighted
that either some reasonable rate and mode of conveyance for delivering EPP
articles should be fixed or the rate of mazdoor charges fixed in the past
should be revised for efficient delivery of registered parcels. It was agreed
to issue necessary instructions to all chief PMGs in this regard.
As per the new postmen Recruitment rules there is 25% seniority quota for MTS.
MTS are compelled to accept the seniority promotion. If they declined they are
not granted MACP promotion in the MTS cadre. After detailed discussion
department agreed to issue clarification that before issues seniority quota
promotion, willingness from the eligible MTS should be obtained so that the
question of declining will not come.
16. The following items are also discussed
but decisions pending and we are pursuing the cases
filling up of all LR posts – we demanded that instructions should be issued to
all circles to fill up eligible percentage of LR posts. Member (P) informed
that instructions already exist in this regard and chief PMGs can take action
to fill up LR posts.
Restoration of double beat systems in metro cities.
OTA for excess work for more than 8 hours for postmen
Higher incentive for delivery of Adhar cards.
Keep all measures of abolition/reduction of Postmen posts based on the old
standards until the revised standard as agreed in the postmen committee are
Providing time factor for many left out items – List of the left out items
already submitted to the department.
Reintroduce the “enquiry” remark and “further enquiry” remark to facilitate
postmen elucidate proper addressees before affecting delivery or returns of
articles as undelivered. Time factor may be provided for this job. Remarks of
the postmen written on the undelivered articles may be accepted instead of
compelling them to write only remarks framed by department. Postmen should not
be sent out for the delivery of same article for so many times on the same day
of remarks given.
shall take follow up action in all the above cases and shall try our level best
to settle all our genuine demands. We will not hesitate to organize agitational
programmes if the departmental fails to implement the assurances given in a
time bound manner or if any abnormal delay take place in issuing orders on
Let us move onward and forward unitedly. We
will not rest, until all our justified demands are settled.
MACP RELATED ISSUES
MACP our main demand is that the promotion earned through/passing the limited
competitive examinations should not be adjusted towards MACP promotion. The
MACP orders are issued by the Government of India, Department of Personnel
& Training. MACP rules are applicable to all Central Government
departments. Any change it the existing MACP rules can be made by the
Government of India, DOP&T, only. Postal Board has not powers to modify the
MACP orders. Hence we have taken up the above case with the Department of
Personnel & Training (Government of India) through confederation of Central
Government Employees and workers. A decision at the Government level is
required as the employees of the other Ministries/Departments are also facing
the same problem. However we are continuing our efforts to settle the above