Friday, August 7, 2015

NOINO delegation meets Amit Shah & Arun Jaitley

Continuing its efforts, on 5th August 2015, a NOINO delegation led by Shri Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister & President NOINO met  Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley to break deadlock on wage revision and one more option for pension.

The delegation consisted of Shri Ganesh Kamath, Chief Advisor;  Shri Dattaraj Prabhukhanolkar, General Secretary; Shri  S. K. Saini, EC member & Shri Yashpal Singh, Zonal Secretary, NZ unit.

Meeting was essentially an attempt to break the stalemate on the wage revision & the pension option issues. We have expressed emphatically that LIC employees deserve a wage revision that is commensurate with its paying capacity. We firmly expressed our opposition to our linking with the banking industry. Jaitleyji patiently heard us & assured to look into the matter. The delegation also submitted memorandums on the issues of 5 days' week & anomaly after computer increment.

The delegation also met Amitji Shah, President BJP once again (after our meeting on 9th July) as in the previous meeting he had invited us to Delhi for further talks. We once again urged Amitji to ensure the delinking of LIC from the Banking Industry as also to reign in the bureaucrats who were scuttling the just demands of LIC employees.

NOINO will continue to make efforts to resolve the pending issues of the LIC employees. We also appeal to all the employees to follow all the agitation programmes given by the joint front.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Letter to the Chairman on 1st August

As per decision taken in the joint-front meeting on 28th July 2015, the unions wrote the letter (jointly) to the Chairman on 1st August 2015. The letter is reproduced below which is self explanatory:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Joint Forum of Unions in LIC met at Mumbai today the 28thJuly, 2015 and decided to observe the following programme of action to realise Wage Revision and one more option to join 1995 Pension Scheme.

1. 01.08.2015 : Letter to the Chairman signed by unions to commence wage negotiations and settle the same to the satisfaction of employees.

2. 05.08.2015 : Lunch hour demonstrations before all offices.

3. 12.08.2015 : Lunch hour gate demonstrations and NO WORKING AFTER OFFICE HOURS from this date.

4. 19.08.2015 : Lunch hour demonstrations.

On 19th August the Joint Forum of Unions will meet at Mumbai again to decide further programme of agitation with a perspective of 1 day strike and intensification of agitational programme thereafter.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Joint Front meeting tomorrow, 28th July 2015

The unions of Joint Front in LIC are meeting tomorrow i.e. 28th July 2015 at Mumbai to discuss future course of action to achieve a respectable wage-revision and other allied matters.

It is worth mention that unions had decided to postpone the 8th July strike on request of LIC management and hoped a positive talk in July itself which did not occur.

Tomorrow’s meeting is in this background.

Friday, July 10, 2015


A NOINO delegation led by Shri Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister & President, NOINO met Shri Amit Shah, President, BJP yesterday i.e. 9th July evening at 4.10 pm at Bandra, Mumbai. Shri Javadekarji was accompanied by Shri Ganesh Kamath, Chief Advisor, NOINO & Shri Ketan Purandare, All India EC member, NOINO.

The delegation basically drew Shri Shah's attention to two points – viz. delinking of Insurance Industry from that of the Banking Industry, particularly with regards to wage-revision & the attitude of the officials in the Finance Ministry who were blocking the legitimate demands of LIC employees. We urged him to intervene in this matter.

The delegation also handed over a memorandum which contained our demands relating to:-

1. Wage revision commensurate with LIC’s paying capacity,
2. One more(final) option for pension,
3. 5 days week (all Saturdays & Sundays off), and
4. Anomaly after computer increment.

Shri Amit Shah listened to us patiently. He recalled his association with LIC when he was a crorepati agent. He also assured the delegation to look into the issues raised by it.

NOINO will continue to follow-up the pending issues at all levels.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

NOINO meets ED(Personnel)

A NOINO delegation led by Shri Dattaraj Prabhukhanolkar, GS and Shri Ganesh Kamath, Chief Advisor met Shri Neeraj Agrawal, ED(Personnel) on 6.7.2015. Smt. Trupti Brahme and Smt. Neeta Prabhavalkar, both NOINO EC members were also present.

We discussed following issues along with particular individual cases.

1. One more option for pension :- We once again raised this issue & enquired about the status of this long-pending demand repeating all our arguments in favour of settlement of the issue. ED said that till now the management was NOT successful in convincing the concerned authorities but would continue its efforts.

 2. Wage revision :- We conveyed the resentment & frustration prevailing  in the minds of all (officers and) employees due to delay in the negotiations. We appealed management to expedite the talks and come with proposal as per expectations of the employees.

We also opposed the linkage of our wage-revision with that of Banks and reiterated our demand to pay as per paying capacity of LIC.

ED promised to once again take up the issues with Govt of India for early negotiations & settlement.

3. Anomaly in fixation after computer increment :- NOINO is the only union who has been raising this issue and following up the same vigorously. The details were discussed and ED assured to look in this issue and address it in near future by whatever possible means.

4. Five days' week :- We once again raised the voice of all employees to implement 5 days’ week (ALL SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS OFF) in LIC. It was brought to the notice of the management that other insurers(GIC) enjoy this benefit since long. ED assured to pay attention on it favourably.

5. Sabbatical/ Child care leave ;- We once again raised this issue. ED has assured to put up this before the Board and get it approved at the earliest.

NOINO assures to follow up the issues regularly and force management to take decisions in favour of employees. It also appeals to all employees to co-operate & participate whole-heartedly in the Joint Front programmes.

Monday, July 6, 2015

NOINO completes 13 yrs of existence – memories invited

NOINO was formed on 29th June 2002. As such, with the close of 28th June 2015, NOINO completed 13 years of a very purposeful existence.

Dear office bearers, activists and members of NOINO; many of you might have been with NOINO since inception. Some of you may have joined later.

On this occasion, we invite articles from you. We intend to compile & publish these depending on the response. You may write something about NOINO. You may also share your experience.

While sending the article, please take care of following points:

1. The article should be preferably in ENGLISH & not exceeding 20 sentences.

2. The article should be sent ONLY by email in a Microsoft Office Word document as an attachment. The articles should contain the details of the sender {name, designation, posting, post in NOINO(if any)}.

3. The articles should be sent LATEST by 7th July to:

We expect a positive response from you.

Strike of 8th July deferred

As per decisions taken earlier by joint front of unions in LIC, officers and employees were to go on one day strike on 8th July 2015 besides other agitational programmes to secure a good wage revision and one more pension option.

On 29th June 2015, LIC management wrote to unions requesting them to withdraw the July 8 strike as they (the management) were making all out efforts to get the approval of the government for an early and satisfactory wage settlement.

The unions considered the request of the management and came to unanimous decision to defer the proposed strike (on 8th July) in view of management's positive response.

The unions will meet again later in the month of July to review the developments and plan for the next course of action.

However, it has been decided to hold demonstrations during lunch recess and submit a memorandum by the delegation of all Zonal leaders of the unions to the Zonal Managers on 8th July 2015 impressing upon the need for an early settlement of wage revision and other allied issues.

The joint statement issued in this regard by the unions is reproduced below:

Friday, June 26, 2015

Subscription fees of NOINO raised

As per decisions taken in EC meeting of NOINO at Kolkata on 21st & 22nd June 2015, the subscription fees of NOINO have been raised. The Yearly Subscription Fee is now Rs.400/- per year whereas the Life Membership Fee has been raised to Rs.3000/- one time (earlier these were Rs. 250/- & 2500/- respectively). The new rate is applicable w.e.f. 1st July 2015.

Non-members and existing yearly members may utilize the opportunity to become members and life-members respectively at old rates of subscription fees (250/- & 2500/- respectively) by 30th June 2015.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Joint Front – Programmes of agitation

A joint call has been given by unions to observe following programmes of agitation to press the (LIC) management for early settlement of a reasonable wage-revision and allied matters:

17th & 24th June 2015 : Lunch-hour demonstrations before all offices
1st July 2015 : Badge wearing and Lunch-hour demonstrations
7th July 2015 : Lunch-hour demonstrations
8th July 2015 : One day strike

Vide their joint appeal dated June 10, 2015; the unions have requested all classes of employees to participate in above programmes of agitation very actively and make the programmes very successful so that a decent wage-revision (etc.) and another pension option can be achieved.