Saturday, July 30, 2011

D.A. chart for Bankers for Aug, Sep, Oct 2011

RATE OF D.A.   0.15% Per Slab   (  360 X 0.15% ) 54% 
 Difference in excess of  points   2836 Points 1440.04
 D.A.paid for the previous quarter on (i.e. 352×4) =1408.00
 Increase in number of Slabs=08.01

Payable for the YearPayable for the monthsAverage CPINo. of slabs% of pay
2011 Aug Sept Oct4276.0436054

Based on the above increase the D.A. chart for Officers, Clerical staff and substaff are calculated for your convenience. It may kindly be remembered that actual notification from IBA is still awaited as on today[30.07.11] and hopefully it may be expected early next week.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Central D.A. will be @ 7%,AICPIN for the month of June 2011 released

D.A @ 7%
All India Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) on base 2001=100 for the month of June, 2011 increased by 2 points and stood at 189 (one hundred & eighty nine) .
Calculating the last 12 months average it is almost certain that Central employees are likely to get 7 % Dearness Allowance with effect from 1st July 2011.
The index no. for Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr & May 2011 was 188, 185, 185, 186 & 187 respectively.


Increase of 8 slabs over existing level 
Click here to view the D.A. chart

DA for Bank workmen and Officers are calculated based on average Consumer Price Index Numbers (Base 1960=100) for the months of April, May and June 2011.
Ministry of Labour and Employment ,Govt of India has released the CPI(IW) figure for the month of June 2011 today. Accordingly confirmed CPI(IW)figures are as follows:
BaseYear (2001=100) (Base Year 1960=100)

APRIL         186            4245.61
MAY           187            4268.44
JUNE          189            4314.09
Average index figure comes to 4276 points with an increase of 360 slabs over 2836 points
resulting an increase of eight slabs over existing level.
Therefore, DA payable for Bank Employees for the months of August,September & October '11,will be at the rate of 54 %
-Submitted by-Mohan.P
(Note: While predicting the figure earlier it is also mentioned that maximum percentage may go up to 2%. ) 

West Bengal declares holiday on 8th August for Tagore’s death anniversary

UPDATE : Holiday declared in N.I. Act
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday declared Aug 8 a holiday to mark the death anniversary of poet Rabindranath Tagore.
Banerjee also appealed to the central government to declare a national holiday to mark the occasion, and said she would write to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in this regard.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

MACP : View Railway Board's clarification

Railway Board has yesterday issued clarification regarding criteria and benchmark of MACP to AIRF :
"....However, the Modified ACP Scheme, which has superseded the earlier ACP Scheme and effective from 1.9.2008, prescribes that financial upgradation would be subject to fitness in the hierarchy of the Grade Pay with in the PB-1. Thereafter, the benchmark of ‘Good’ till the Grade Pay of Rs.6600 in PB-3 and the benchmark of ‘Very Good’ to the Grade Pay of Rs.7600 and above would be applicable for financial upgradation. As such, the MACPS criteria for upgradation are different from the ACP Scheme......:"
View the Clarification {Courtesy : AIRF}

August is the month of strike and protest

In the month of August, a number of countrywide strike is scheduled.
On 5th August Bank employees and officers are on strike against move of Govt. of India for further deregulation/privatization of the banking sector . The strike is called under the banner of UFBU
From August 8 to 10, all major unions of Coal India Ltd including CITU, INTUC, AITUC, HMS and BMS called strike for 3 days demanding early wage negotiation and against privatization/outsourcing/disinvestment.
On 17th August Medical Sales Representatives are going to strike for their demands pertaining to service conditions and trade union rights at the call of FMRAI.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Inflation Index for D.A. calculation : inflated ? Expert suspects.

There could be a systemic over-estimation of the retail inflation as measured by the consumer price index for industrial workers, or CPI-IW, as it forms the basis for revision in the dearness allowance of central government employees.
This retail measure of inflation has generally shown a wide divergence with the widely followed wholesale price index (WPI) inflation. "Since the people who collect data for the CPI get their salaries indexed by the same index it actually feeds into some tendency to bloat that," said Kaushik Basu, Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance. The CPI-IW is compiled by the Labour Bureau and investigators are employed by state governments — directorate of economics and statistics —to collect the prices.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

J & K employees to strike on 5th and 6th August

Jammu Tawi, July 22
Government employees under the banner of Jammu and Kashmir Government Employees Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) condemned the police action on the government employees and declared to observe two days strike from August 5. This was announced here today by senior leader EJAC, Ram Kumar Sharma in a joint press conference of all the three factions of EJAC.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Air India employees may face wage cut

Air India employees may have to take a wage cut as part of the struggling national carriers turnaround plans. Civil aviation minister Vayalar Ravi has told the 14-odd employee unions of the airline that the government expects employees to contribute towards reviving the loss-making airline.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Coal India wage talk to start within a month

Coal India Ltd is expecting to set the stage for wage negotiations within a month. The negotiation will define the company's wage bill on nearly 400,000 workers for next five years.
While the negotiation is delayed due to infighting within the dominant Indian National Trade Union Congress, one of the factions led by the general secretary, Mr Rajendra Prasad Singh has threatened to go on a strike from August 8 to 10, in protest against the delay.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Supreme Court stays newspaper wage board recommendations

The Supreme Court Monday asked the central government not to go ahead with the implementation of the recommendations of Justice Majathia Wage Board for working journalists and other newspaper employees for the next two weeks.

Punjab police personnel and nursing staff to get enhanced pay scales,

The Punjab Government today issued notification revising the pay scales of over 70000 constables of Punjab Police as per the recommendation of 5th Punjab Pay commission.  The constables would get revised pay scale from 1st September, 2011.
The Punjab government has decided to implement the revised pay scales of nursing staff as per the recommendations of 5th Pay Commission.

Employees' Strike Affects Work in Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir government employees Monday went on strike, affecting work in most offices in summer capital Srinagar, and held rallies to press for their demands.
The employees have been demanding payment of arrears of their salaries enhanced on the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, raising the retirement age from the present 58 to 60, regular employment to daily wagers and ad hoc employees, and hike in emoluments for Anganwari workers.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Karnataka employees want interim relief and early implementation of pay commission

Members of the district unit of Karnataka State Government Employees Federation staged a protest demonstration on Friday urging the government to implement the recommendations of Sixth Pay Commission immediately. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Cabinet meeting cancelled : Matijhia wage proposals yet to be discussed.

The Prime Minister had cancelled the scheduled meeting of the Union Cabinet and decided to fly to Mumbai to take stock of the situation barely hours after Home Minister P Chidambaram left following an assessment of the magnitude of the tragedy and review of the security arrangements. 
Earlier news :
The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) and various unions of journalists have a lot of work these days. The Justice Majithia wage

B Ed must for Bengal teachers

Candidates without degree to be allowed to sit for SSC with 2-year window 
The state government has made BEd compulsory for teachers of secondary and higher-secondary schools but offered a two-year window from the day of joining to new recruits without the degree.
The announcement was made today in accordance with the provisions of the Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, and will come into effect from this year.
Although the government will allow those without BEd to appear for the West Bengal School Service Commission (SSC) test, “those with the degree will be given priority in selection”, said school education secretary Vikram Sen.

CBEC Cadre Restructure Proposal returned by DOPT. Possibility of early implementation stands remote.

Following are the excerpts from the service association of Central Excise Inspectors.
"Cadre restructuring going to be Central Excise Superintendent & Inspectors’ nightmare, we depended on Chairman and ex- ADG HRD and present Member ( P&V) but now every one of them denying what ever they have promised till date. To add more spices to it now it has came back once again from DOP&T with query on the increase in entry level gr. ‘A’ post. D.O.P&T categorically told to our office bearers that the increase in no.of post  proposed by CBEC may experience a sea change at the time of finalization. We can well assume that the assurances given by F.M. to ADG ( HRM) may not fetch any betterment for this poor cadre. However, we are trying to finalise a meeting with F.M.soon and after that  we are planning for parliament rally followed by fasting unto death. All the office bearers and zonal and unit representatives should start widespread campaign on the subject matter."
Source : All India Central Excise Inspectors Association

RBI wants all PSBs to have uniform pension provision

After coming down heavily on banks for not making adequate provision for increased pension liabilities arising out of wage revision, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) now wants all public sector banks to have uniform pension liabilities.
According to sources in the banking industry, the central bank sees no reason why each public sector bank should have different pension liabilities, since the inputs which go into calculation of pension provision are nearly the same.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bengal minister proposes "mutual transfer system" for teachers, to do awaw with exams till class VIII

Observing that teachers who are posted away from their homes spend a lot of time in travelling to and from school, which reduces their effectiveness, Basu proposed introduction of a "mutual transfer system".

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Distribution and collection of phone bills of BSNL through line staff

 BSNL has allowed line staff to distribute and collect telephone bill on the incentive rate of  Rs.2/- (Two) per bill for delivery and Rs.3/- (Three) per bill for collection, on certain terms and conditions as indicated therein. 

Friday, July 8, 2011

Nationalised Bank pay hike from Dec 12 (10th B.P.S) : Process initiates.

IBA likely to ask banks to provide for expected wage hike

Public sector banks are likely to start building up provisions for next wage revision starting December 2012. The Indian Banks Association has sent this proposal to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) seeking the regulator's approval. 

Update : Nov'2012 : Negotiation Begins

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Journalist's wage board proposal : Cabinet nod likely next week.

Update on Majithia Wage Board proposal

A decision on the recommendations of Justice Majithia Wageboard for newspapers and news agency employees is likely next week with the Union Cabinet today deciding to take it up at its next meeting.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Expected D.A. for bank employees in August 2011

Only nominal increase of 4 slabs ?

DA for Bank Employees are calculated based on average Consumer Price Index Numbers (Base 1960=100) for the months of April, May and June 2011.
CPI(IW) for the months of April and May have already been released by Labour Bureau,Govt of India.Confirmed CPI(IW) figure is 186 and 187 for April and May respectively.Exact increase of DA cannot be worked out based only on past two months figures.
However assuming that the index figure of June may be at same level of May ie. At 187 points it can be expected that there will be only nominal increase of 4 slabs in August '11 to take the DA figure to 53.40% from existing 52.80%
Considering the past few months movement of CPI figures, in spite of recent hike in fuel prices etc chance for increase of 2-3 points is remote ,and enen then the same may add about 2% only.
View the calculation.

(Base 2001=100) (Base 1960=100)
April 186 4245.61
May 187 4268.44
June 187( Not confirmed) 4268.44

Average 4260.83
Less Merged point 2836
= 1424.83
Slab 356
Increase 4 slabs (from 352)
@ 53.40%
It is only assumption, Kindly keep in mind.
Submitted by one of our old good friend, Mr. Mohan P, \

Coal strike threat over wage pact delay

Coal unions have called a strike from August 8 to August 10 over the delay in the formation of a panel on wages.
The strike call by five central trade unions comes at a time Coal India Ltd is struggling to increase production.
In a joint notice served to the chairmen of Coal India and Singareni Collieries Company (SCCL), leaders of the five central trade unions said they would go on a three-day strike if their demands, including one on a new wage agreement, were not met soon.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Journalist wage board : Minister denies of seeking any fresh clarification

Union Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday clarified that his Ministry had not sought any clarification from the Law Ministry following a writ petition filed in the Supreme Court challenging the recommendations of the Wage Boards for Working Journalists and other Newspaper Employees headed by Justice G.R. Majithia.
Contradicting reports, Mr. Kharge said the question of seeking fresh clarification from the Law Ministry did not arise at all as the court had not stayed the board recommendations. 
Source : The Hindu.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Majithia Wage board for journalists notification likely to be delayed further

The Cabinet approval and issue of notification of the recommendations of the Wage Boards for journalists and other employees of the newspapers/news agencies are likely to get further delayed. The Labour Ministry has once again sought the opinion of the Law and Justice Ministry, in view of a petition filed in the Supreme Court challenging the recommendations.

RBI Unions demand pension at par with Central Govt.

The employees' union of Reserve Bank of India demand equal pension benefits on par with those of their counterparts working in central government departments.
A chalking-a-strategy meet organized by joint body of all the unions operating in the country's apex bank is to be held on July 7 in Chennai, which in later stages would be followed by a protest march on Tuesday.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Postal strike postponed.

Indefinite strike of the Postal employees which was to start from 05.07.2011, has been postponed, following an agreement reached between the Postal Department and the Postal Unions.
View the discussions with management.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Journalists meet PM over wage board notification

Anguished over the inordinate delay in notifying recommendations of Justice Majithia wage boards, leaders of journalists and non-journalists organisations today sought personal intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to get it implemented immediately.

BSNL news : Clarification on Leave encashment on LTC & Revision of pension for pre 2007 retirees.

Encashment of Earned Leave along with Leave Travelling Concession (LTC) for the staff of BSNL (absorbed, directly recruited & un-absorbed employees) without deducting the same from the overall accumulation limit of 300 days - 
Revision of pension of pre-2007 Pensioners / Family Pensioners of BSNL
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BSNL IDA : no increase from July 2011

No change of IDA rate w.e.f. 01.07.2011 (No increase / No decrease) for both revised and pre-revised pay / pension. It is as per price index released by Labour Bureau. (GOI)

Bank strike deferred to 5th August.

The proposed July 7 nationwide bank strike has been deferred to August 5, the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), which is spearheading the strike, said today. “The UFBU met today in Chennai. Since the monsoon session of Parliament will begin from August 1 (instead of July), the proposed strike on July 7 is postponed to August 5,” UFBU convener C.H. Venkatachalam said.
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