Saturday, March 29, 2014

Framing of Recruitment Rules for the post of Master Craftsman (MCM) and Chargeman both in the same GP of Rs.4200/-

INDWF/RRs/MCM/2014                                                                                  Date 18.03.2014

To
DGOF & Chairman
Ordnance Factory Board,
Ayudh Bhawan,
10A, S.K.Bose Road,
Kolkatta 700 001.
                                                Kind Attention to Director/IR
            Sub: Restructuring of Cadre of Artisan Staff in Defence Establishments in
                   modification of recommendation of 6th CPC- framing of Recruitment
                   Rules for the post of Master Craftsman (MCM) and Chargeman both in
                   the same GP of Rs.4200/-
            Ref: (i) MOD ID No.11 (5)/2009-D (Civ-I) Dated 23rd January, 2014.
                    (ii) OFB Letter No.NGO/Cadre Review/A/GB/10 Dated 03.03.2014
 Sir,
            We are in receipt of the copy of OFB letter cited under reference (ii) above alongwith M of D letter dt 23.01.2014 regarding framing of Recruitment Rules for the post of Master Craftsman (MCM) and Chargeman both in the same Grade Pay of Rs.4200/-.
            Since Defence Finance and DOP&T have not agreed to grant 3rd MACP to MCM on completion of 30 years of regular service on the reasons that the feeder grade and promotion grade stands remain in the identical Grade Pay.  Further, it was also not agreed to grant one increment on their re-designation from MCM to Chargeman (T).  Based on this refusal, DOP&T suggested to M of D to create separate channel for promotion to MCM and Chargeman (T) and accordingly a model proposal was suggested by M of D and circulated to all Directorates and Federations asking views and comments for further action.
            While forwarding the model proposal by OFB vide your letter Dt 03.03.2014 to all Ordnance Factories, you have mentioned in para (3) giving your views about the changes and its functional implications and impacts on the career prospects of other categories.
            Giving your proposals and impacts on the changes on model proposal it appears that OFB is having prejudice on the matter which shows that OFB itself is not interested in agreeing to the views of M o D.
           We therefore, are totally oppose to the comments of OFB mentioned in your letter, whereas INDWF is firmly support to the proposed model of M of D which will be benefited to the organisation as well as to the individuals.
a)    MCM till they become JWM will continue to work as workman by which we shall be getting their services of workmen (MCM) to work.
b)    Chargeman (T) all will be with the background of having Diploma both through DR & LDCE.
c)    The prospects of promotion of Chargeman will not affect at any cost to others.
d)    The MCM can become only after 25 to 30 years of service only at the end of their long service.
Therefore, the model proposal may please be accepted and a favourable decision may please be forwarded to M of D so that MCM can be considered for 3rd MACP.
Yours Sincerely,
(R.SRINIVASAN
General Secretary.

ACP/MACP to Labourers



Friday, March 28, 2014

Appointment of Ex-Trade Apprentices of ORdnance Factories in OFs

INDWF/Ex-TA/BHEL/Court Case/2014                                                                17.03.2014

To
DGOF & Chairman
Ordnance Factory Board,
Ayudh Bhawan,
10A, S.K.Bose Road,
Kolkatta 700 001.
                                                Kind Attention to Director/IR
            Sub: Forwarding the copy of the judgement order dt 29.01.2009 by
                   Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in SLP (Civil) ND(S) 10815-10816 of
                   2013.
Sir,
            I am enclosing the copy of the judgement passed by Hon’ble Supreme Court of India Civil Appeal nos 10815-10816 of 2013 against the WP No.9639/2007 of BHEL               Ex-Apprentices Assn, Trichy.
            Originally a unit of BHEL at Ranipet, near Chennai appointed Ex-Trade Apprentices on completion of their successful training whereas BHEL management at Trichy did not consider the Ex-Trade Apprentices for providing employment on completion of their training.  Against this the BHEL Ex-Trade Apprentices Association, Trichy filed WP Hon’ble High Court of Madras and got the judgement in their favour.
            Against Hon’ble High Court of Madras judgement, Management BHEL filed SLP and the decision of the Special leave is enclosed for your information and we would like you to consider the same to take benefit to appoint the ex-trade Apprentices of Ordnance Factories.
Yours Sincerely,


(R.SRINIVASAN)

General Secretary

Monday, March 3, 2014

DECISION OF JCM III AT OFB

14.      CADRE REVIEW
Cadre Review proposal for Para-Medical staff was forwarded by OFB to Ministry of Defence.
15.      Revised Pay slip was issued.  We have demanded that the Bank Account number to be included.
16..   One time relaxation from Labourers.  The issue was referred to DOP&T to grant MACP Rs.2800/-.
17.      For granting ACP in promotional Hierarchy to Durwans, it was demanded to merge Durwans with Subedar Durwan.  This would be considered.
18.      RELIEVING STAGNATION TO STOREKEEPING STAFF
A proposal given by the Staff side JCM to Divert the Direct Recruitment, LDCE vacancies of Chargeman (T) and Chargeman (NT) one time to relieve the stagnation of Storekeeper and Supervisor stores is being considered about the feasibilities.  Now the DR and LDCE vacancies for this year have already been released but it would be considered in the next year.
19. Leather Machinist will be considered for promotion to Chargeman (Leather) based on the recommendation of the Sub-committee report.

20.  Due to court cases, Cadre Re-structuring was delayed and the promotions were granted at a later date.  It is demanded that all financial benefits should be granted retrospectively instead of notionally.
Yours Sincerely,
               sd/-               
(R.SRINIVASAN)
General Secretary

DECISION OF JCM III AT OFB

10.      OF DAY GIFTS
It was demanded to Chairman that during OF Day celebrations on 18th March of every Year the employees should be given gift and at the same time there should be uniformity in the Factories would be decided by OF Board.
11.      CENTRAL RECRUITMENT BOARD FOR OFB
OFB proposed long back to form a OFB Recruitment Board for recruitment of Group ‘C’ posts.  Still the appointment of the Board has not been approved by Secretary, DDP. Since more number of posts are lying unfilled by recruitment by many factories and GMs are reluctant to carry out the process of recruitment.  5 Factories have been identified and will be entrusted the responsibilities of Direct Recruitment for various Group ‘C’ posts.  The vacancies factory wise will be notified through advertisement and written test will be conducted on one day in various centres throughout the country and selected candidates list will be sent to the nearest factories of the candidates which will avoid migration from one place to another.
12.      VIJAYANTA SR.SECONDARY SCHOOL OF HVF
HVF Vijayanta Sr. Secondary School requires major repairs and renovation including providing better amenities.  Member/Per assured he will visit and sanction necessary funds. Provided the factory submit the proposal. Member A/V also agreed and supported the claim of INDWF.
13.      VII CPC CELL FORMATION AT OFB

At OFB, Cell was formed to prepare a proposal to the 7th CPC.  A meeting was convened on 26.2.2014 at OFB with all the Federation and Association representatives a report has been asked to submit to the OFB.

DECISION OF JCM III AT OFB

7.     HAPP – Work Load
Within the powers of OF Board, Rs.50 Crores have been sanctioned for the RGB 6 & 12 project considering the huge requirements.  It is temporarily suspended but it will be restored soon.  FSAPB – Mark III, PMT etc huge requirements are there and HAPP will have more work load.
8.  JWM Transfers
Against 600 applications seeking transfers, in one sitting about 100 applications were cleared.  The remaining will be cleared on stages by Member/Per with the assistance of NG Section Officers very soon.  Further the pending transfer order which were cancelled will be restored.
9.    ONE TIME RELAXATION TO UDC & OS AND CADRE REVIEW
The issue was already taken up with DOP&T for obtaining One time relaxation.  Further, Cadre Review proposals for clerical Cadre has been referred to M of D with the following proposals vide OFB letter Dt 13.02.2014 to DPP


Post
Existing Sanction
Proposed Strength
Proposed Sanction Excluding Chargeman
Proposed Percentage
Existing Percentage
LDC
1682
1700
1700
31%
27.5%
UDC
2125
1700
1700
31%
35%
OS
1857
1600
1600
29%
30%
JWM
NT/OTS
466
946
(480 + 466)
480
9%
7.5%
Total
6130
5946
5480
100%
100%

DECISION OF JCM III OFB

4.  INCENTIVE For EXAMINERS
Indian National Defence Workers Federation raised this point granting of Incentive for Examiners which is pending for long.  Production employees are getting Piece work, Maintenance Employees are getting Incentive but whereas the Examiners are not getting any financial benefit.
Chairman said that the Council of Quality General of India in its meeting to consider the proposal for granting incentive.  Necessary policy is to be framed and will be taken up with Secretary, Department of Defence Production who is also in favour of considering.
5.CONSIDERING DIPLOMA OBTAINED THROUGH DISTANCE EDUCATION FOR LDCE TO CHARGEMAN
Indian National Defence Workers Federation insisted that the Diploma obtained through Distance Education needs to be considered as the employees cannot acquire qualification through full time Diploma.  Also employees working in remote areas do not have any facility near to them.  Further acquiring Diploma/Degree is only eligibility, and not they will be automatically selected unless they pass the written examination and qualify for the same.  Therefore, the Diploma/Degree obtained through distance education should be considered eligible for appearing to Chargeman post through LDCE Quota both for Tech and Non-Tech.
Chairman while replying said that on this distance education we need to take a longer view and settle the matter at the earliest.

6..  On IR matters when raised by INDWF about HE Factory violating safety norms etc harassing workers, extending probation periods etc.  Chairman, OFB said instructions will be issued to GM’s to avoid any gap between Unions and administration to maintain harmonious Industrial Relations.  On HE Factory issue a feed back was asked to submit on building No.37 where safety norms are totally violated.

DECISIONS OF JCM III OF OFB AT KOLKATTA

IMPORTANT ISSUES DISCUSSED AND ITS OUTCOME IN THE JCM III LEVEL MEETING OF OFB HELD ON 24.02.2014 AND 25.02.2014 AT KOLKATTA
DECISIONS
1.     PIECE WORK CO-RELATION ON VI CPC PAY BAND & GRADE PAY
        After discussions held on 06.02.2014 at M of D, the proposal to grant Piece work Profit on Rs.5200 PB-I and Grade Pay Rs.1900 total Rs.7100/- as minimum of pay + Increment separately paid.  After approval by Defence Minister, it was sent to OF Board for getting Draft Government Letter (DGL) and the same was prepared and sent to Secretary, Department of Defence Production for issue of Government letter.  Orders will be issued in the first week of March 2014.  M of D said that the Co-relation will be effective from prospectively.  But it was demanded retrospectively which will be considered separately.
2.  GRANTING OF DEPARTMENTAL OVERTIME FOR 3 ¼ Hours (Saturdays) for PIECE WORKERS.
Departmental OTA for Piece workers for 3 ¼ Hrs working on Saturdays was stopped by OFB w.e.f 01.04.2006 whereas the same is being paid to Day workers, Maintenance Workers as well as Non-Industrial Employees.  This issue was discussed with M of D and at OFB.  The file was now submitted to OFB seeking justification.  The proposal from OFB with proper justification is about to be sent to M of D and Defence Finance for payment of OTA on Single Rate to Piece Workers for working on Saturday 3 ¼ Hrs.
3.                MANPOWER
For 2013-14 issue of sanction for Manpower was delayed but sanction was issued.

For 2014-15, after collecting the data about the requirements from the factories, proposal will be taken up with Secretary, DP and necessary sanction will be issued.



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

STRIKE DEFERMENT PAGE NO.8

33.
Settle all the 6th CPC Anomalies and all Cadre review proposals before 7th CPC starts functioning
Detailed reply was given in the item No.10.
34.
Accept all the terms of reference of 7th CPC submitted by the Staff side of National Council (JCM) to the DOP&T.
As being done previously, Staff side may be consulted before submitting the proposal to VII CPC on common issues.
35.
Implement the revised comprehensive pay package for the Central Government Employees as on 01.01.2014
National Issue not discussed
36.
To consider the demand of merger of Dearness Allowance/Dearness Relief with Basic Pay and Basic Pension and also grant of interim relief.
National Issue not discussed
After the meeting, Addl Secretary (A), Chairman of the meeting appealed to the Federations that considering the discussions and decisions taken in the meeting, the Federations may please consider to withdraw their proposed Indefinite Strike action.
            The representatives of the Federations expressed the hope ot get the minutes of the meeting by 11th February, 2014 so as to enable them to take a final decision on the proposed strike.
            Accordingly, the Three Federations after receiving the minutes of the meeting held on 06.02.2014, met on 12.02.2014 and decided to defer the Strike based on the positive approach of M of D in resolving the issues and action taken and submitted a letter to the Defence Secretary, Addl. Secretary M of D to defer the strike during our meeting held with them on 12.02.2014.         
            Therefore, the Unions are advised/directed to issue a letter to their Head of organisations about deferment of Indefinite Strike from 17.02.2014.
            Further developments will be informed on these demands.
            We thank all the affiliated taking necessary action in organising the employees for an indefinite strike.

Yours Sincerely,
                                                                                                                                    SD/-
(R.SRINIVASAN)
General Secretary


  

STRIKE DEFERMENT PAGE NO.7

26.
Grant of Compassionate Appointment 100% as being granted by the Railway Ministry
The matter may be taken up with DOP&T at higher level.
27.
No reduction of sanctioned strength of the ordnance Factories based on Sourab Kumar Committee Report.
Comments noted
28.
Regular meeting with the recognised Federations by the M o D and other Directorates should be ensured.
Staff side was advised to submit a calendar on the line of action which was submitted on 12.01.2014.  Meeting with Federations, regularly holding JCM, M of D, Directorate level JCM III meetings.
29
Three meetings of the Departmental Council (JCM) and four meeting of the JCM –III Level council as per the constitution of the JCM Scheme should be ensured.
Timely meetings may be ensured
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31.





32.


Grant of Trade Unions rights to all the non-gazetted employees working in the Defence Establishments as being given in the case of Railway (Upto to Rs.4200/-)

Grant of Trade Unions rights to the Employees of Hospitals and Training Establishments under M o D since these Establishments are already recognised as Industry by the Labour Ministry.

Grant of Trade Union Rights to the Defence Civilian Employees posted at area declared under SRO – 17E
A meeting will be held on receipt of the comments from Federations.