The State Coordination Committee of Central Government Employees and Workers, Odisha arranged a grand strike meeting in the premises of Bhubaneswar GPO at 6 PM on 23.01.2014 with active participation of hundreds of members from NFPE and other Central Govt. establishments stationed in Bhubaneswar.
The meeting was organized by the Divisional JCA, Bhubaneswar leaded by Com. B Samal, Divisional Secretary, AIPEU, Group-C and assisted by Com. S K Swain, Divisional Secretary, AIPEU, Postman & MTS and Com. G S Panda, AIPEU GDS ( NFPE ).
The meeting was presided by Com. M M Samal and the welcome speech was given by Com. R N Dhal, President and General Secretary, Odisha State CoC respectively.
The meeting was addressed by Com. M Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation , Com. N Somaiah, General Secretary, CGWB and Com. R C Mishra, Circle Secretary, AIPEU, Group-C, Odisha Circle and Vice-President, CHQ.
Addressing the meeting Com. Somaiah criticized the neoliberal policy of the UPA-II Govt. leaded by Congress and gave a clear picture of the negative attitude of the present Govt. towards the legitimate demands of the Central Govt. employees. Citing the attitude and silence of the Railway and Defence Federation to join in the coming 2-days strike on 12th & 13th February, 2014, Com. Somaiah told that the Confederation of Central Govt. employees will not wait for anybody and will proceed ahead at the right time to achieve the genuine demands of the Central Govt. employees. Since ahead there is Lok Sabha election, it is the right time to go on strike before the code of conduct is announced and hammer the present Govt. in the coming Parliament Budget Session. It will be seer foolishness to wait for the new Govt. to come and put forth our demand, Com. Somaiah said. “An employee having a fear in his mind has no right to go on strike since the Confederation believes in real fight with brave hearts. Confederation never teaches to beg but to snatch away one’s legitimate right with rigorous struggle” – Com. Somaiah told. He appealed the gathering to bring roaring success to the forth coming two-days strike in Odisha.
Narrating briefly the history of Confederation’s struggle movements, Com. M Krishnan told that while other organizations walk with the time, Confederation walks ahead of the time creating history. Due to the sincere efforts of the Confederation only, Central Pay Commissions are being set up and not only the Central Govt. employees but the State Govt. employees are being benefited. From constitution of 2nd CPC till 6th CPC, Confederation has played a definite role. And this time, while other organizations are quite reluctant for 7th CPC, it is the Confederation which has decided for compelling the Central Govt. for constitution of the same with pay revision in every 5 years. Confederation demanded for automatic promotion and we got it in the name of ACP. Confederation demanded for three promotions, we got in the name of MACP. Every time, Confederation has fought sincerely and got the benefits. Confederation has given us, defined working hours, leave, D A, bonus, OTA and such other benefits which we are enjoying. It had never waited for any other organization earlier either to join or help in its struggle movements and thus, in spite of no response from Railway and Defence Federation, Confederation is committed to work for the entirety of Central Govt. employees. Both mathematically and logically, Com Krishnan justified the demands. Citing the example of Latin American countries, Com. Krishnan told that it is quite possible to compel the Congress Govt. to stay away from the neoliberal policies. It is possible to achieve every demand provided we go for a united struggle under the banner of the Confederation. Employees are afraid of not joining in strikes due to two reasons – fear of victimization or fear of loss of pay. So far as victimization is concerned, it is baseless and an apprehension only. When this Confederation has already fought several times against the powerful Govt. with full majority in the House leaded by Pandit Neheru and Indira Gandhi, this weak UPA Govt. will not commit a mistake in victimizing the striking employees in any manner since the Confederation keeps the power and strength to paralyze the Govt. with the support of all the Central Trade Unions. And the fear of loss of pay is nothing in comparison to the benefit we achieved. Thus, he appealed all the Central Govt. employees to join enmasse in the forth coming two-days nation-wide strike and bring a thundering success in Odisha Circle. Few years back, there was no satisfactory conductance of agitational programmes called by the Confederation in Odisha Circle. But now , Odisha is at par with Kerala and West Bengal etc. Giving advance congratulation to the Comrades of Odisha Circle, Com. Krishnana expected successful conductance of the two-days strike.
Lastly, while Com. R C Mishra, Circle Secretary, AIPEU, Group-C, Odisha Circle assured the Confederation leadership for total success of the two-days strike in Odisha Circle, Com. D B Mohanty, Circle Secretary, AIPEU, Postman & MTS, Odisha Circle gave the vote of thanks.