7th Pay Commission: Government to study demands raised by employee unions

| July 9, 2016

Seeking better pay and higher allowances, at least 33 lakh central government employees threatened to go on strike on July 11.

Central government employees are likely to get their revised salaries based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission, by July end. In Picture: Chairman of the Seventh Pay Commission, Justice A.K. Mathur submitting his report to Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Arun Jaitley, in New Delhi on Nov. 19, 2015.PIB India

In Picture: Chairman of the Seventh Pay Commission, Justice A.K. Mathur submitting his report to Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Arun Jaitley, in New Delhi on Nov. 19, 2015.

The Central Government Wednesday assured representatives of employee unions to look into the issues raised by them, following the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.

Seeking better pay and higher allowances, at least 33 lakh central government employees threatened to go on strike on July 11.

The union members expressed unhappiness over the Government’s decision to increase the minimum pay to just Rs 18,000. They are currently demanding that the pay be raised to at least Rs 26,000 at a fitment formula of 3.68.

 The government on its part has setup a High Level Committee to review the demands. The employees are also demanding withdrawal of the new national pension scheme (NPS), which came into effect from October 2004.
Expressing dissatisfaction over the recommendations of the Pay Commission, various central government employees’ unions have threatened to go on an indefinite strike from July 11.

Earlier in the day, representatives of various unions met Home Minister Rajnath Singh for deliberations over their concerns after which the government termed the talks as “positive”.

On 06.07.2016 unions met second time with the government on the issue. Earlier, they had met the Group of Ministers chaired by Singh on June 30. The GoM includes Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

The Unions had asked the government to set up a committee to look into issues raised by them in relation to the pay scales and other recommendations of the Pay Commission.

“The Ministers assured the Union leaders that the issues raised by them would be considered by a High Level Committee,” the Finance ministry said in a statement late in the evening.

The National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) of central government employees’ unions including Railways, Post and Telegraph and Defence have announced an indefinite strike from July 11 against the “unilateral” announcement of the Central government on implementation of 7th Pay Commission’s awards.

A number of employees’ unions have extended support to the proposed strike call by NJCA.

The unions have said the recommended pay hike was the lowest in the last 70 years. They have also accused the government of announcing the awards “unilaterally” without any consultation with them.

The Central Trade Unions will be meeting tomorrow to chalk out an action plan and express their solidarity with the government employees.

RSS affiliate Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) and other trade unions have rejected the recommendations, contending that it would increase disparity between the minimum and maximum pay.

Maintaining that the government has “disappointed” the employees, BMS has announced country-wide protests on July 8 against the decision and warned implementation of the 7th pay commission’s recommendations may lead to industrial unrest.

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