Thirteen lakhs Central Government Employees participated in the nationwide one day strike on 8th January 2020
Dated 8th January, 2020
About thirteen (13) lakhs Central Govt. Employees participated in the nationwide one day strike on 8th January 2020 as per the call given by Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers. The main demand of the strike is “Scrap New Contributory Pension Scheme (NPS) & Restore Old defined Pension Scheme (OPS)”. The strike is also to express the anger and protest of the Central Government employees and Pensioners against the neo-liberal policies being implemented by the Central Government in the Central Government services, as a result of which the job security, wage structure, social security and the trade union rights of the employees are in danger. None of the 10 points Charter of Demands submitted to the Government by Confederation are settled.
In Postal department about four and half lakhs employees participated in the strike all over the country. 1,55,000 Post Offices and about 400 RMS offices remained closed. Gramin Dak Sevaks of rural post offices also went on strike. Delivery work also affected as Postmen joined the strike.
In Income Tax Department the strike is total in all the States. Work of all Income Tax Offices came to a standstill. Employees of Audit & Accounts department, Civil Accounts, Atomic Energy, Geological Survey of India, Customs and Central Excise, Survey of India, Botanical Survey of India, Postal Accounts, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Printing and Stationery, Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), AGMARK, Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), Medical Stores Depots, Film Division of India, Indian Council for Medical Research, Indian Council for Agricultural Research, Central Food Processing Laboratory, Census Department, National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), Defence Accounts, Rehabilitation Department, Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Canteen Employees, Institute of Physics, LNCPE, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences, Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), Passport Department, Zoological survey of India, Patent Office, Central Drug Laboratory, NADMO, National Library, Marketing Inspection, Commercial Intelligence, Homeopathy Department, Archeological Survey of India and various other autonomous and Scientific Research Institutions participated in the nationwide strike.
Strike is near total in Kerala, West Bengal, Tamilnadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Assam, North Eastern States including Tripura. 70 to 80% participation in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. 60 to 70% strike in Uttarakhand, Bihar, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Gujrat and J & K.
Solidarity demonstrations and dharnas are conducted by Central Government Pensioners Organizastions in various states.
National Secretariat of the Confederation thanked and congratulated the Central Government employees for their massive participation and for making the one day nationwide strike a resounding success.