Thursday, May 21, 2015

Unions in LIC come together

A joint meeting of the Unions / Associations in LIC was held on 14th May 2015 i.e. Thursday at Bengaluru to discuss the issues of wage-revision, one more option for pension and other allied matters. The unions which participated in this meeting were NOINO, Class-I Federation, NFIFWI, AIIEA, Class-III Federation, BVKS, NOIW(BMS) & NOIW. Other unions also joined subsequently.

The meeting unanimously decided to fight unitedly to achieve a decent wage-revision and offer of one more option for pension. It was decided to address a joint letter to the Chairman, LIC on the issues which was written and signed by the participating unions then and there. The unions also released a joint statement on 18.05.2015 requesting all Officers, Development Officers and Employees of the Corporation to participate whole heartedly in the agitational programmes as chalked out by the unions jointly. As per decision, one day strike will be observed in July 2015 preceded by conventional programmes. The actual date of the strike will be decided later on.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

NOINO Protest Demonstration turns into Maharally

The Protest Demonstration called by NOINO on 29th April 2015 at Yogakshema turned into a Maharally as a very large no. of officers gathered to vent their anger against anti-officer policies of LIC management. More than 1000 officers from different Divisions of the country gathered to press the vital demands of officers at large in LIC of India.



As already stated earlier, the demands were:
1. ONE MORE OPTION FOR PENSION
2. IMMEDIATE DISCUSSIONS ON WAGE-REVISION
3. 5-DAY WEEK
4. RECRUITMENT IN CLASS III/IV
5. SCRAPPING OF ANTI-OFFICER PROMOTION/POSTING POLICY

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Protest Demonstration at Yogakshema on 29th April 2015

NOINO has decided to hold protest demonstration at Yogakshema during lunch hour on 29th April 2015 i.e. Wednesday to oppose anti-officer policies of LIC management and inordinate delay in wage revision settlement.

The main demands are:

1. Withdrawal of unjust guidelines on transfer & posting, unilaterally declared by CO

2. One more option for pension to LIC employees outside wage settlement

3. Immediate discussion on wage revision & early settlement of charter as per paying capacity of LIC

4. Five days’ week

5. Large scale recruitment of class 3 & 4 employees to be made immediately

Officers are requested to gather in large number to oppose anti-officer policies of LIC management.

Monday, April 20, 2015

NOINO submits protest letter on transfer / posting norms

NOINO submitted a protest letter to the ED(Personnel) today, i.e. 20.04.2015 on the recently issued transfer/posting norms. The letter is reproduced below:

20.4.2015.

The Executive Director(Personnel),
L.I.C. of India.

Dear Sir,

Re: Norms for Transfers & Postings-2015-16

           We have information that certain norms have been specified vide Instructions dated 8.4.2015 sent to all Zonal Managers. After reading those, we have concluded that the management is bent on implementing the draft transfer policy that had been proposed & circulated to the unions/associations on 24.1.2015. In the subsequent individual discussions with the unions/associations on 11.2.2015, we had raised several objections regarding many clauses of the draft transfer policy & opposed the haphazard implementation of the same. We were given an assurance that the matter will be once again discussed with us & our suggestions would be taken into account while finalizing the policy.

       However, it seems that the management has gone back on its word & has decided to implement the policy which will neither benefit the Officers nor the Corporation. We consider this decision as arbitrary & high-handed. We strongly protest this attitude & demand that these norms should be withdrawn immediately.

      Let us examine some of the ‘norms’ that have been specified:-

  1. No retention on promotion in the same station except for officers aged 58 & above:-. Since this does not specify the cadre, it is implied that this is for all cadres. This is bound to discourage officers from accepting the promotion. E.g. whether an officer of the age 55 will be posted out of station on his promotion as AO? We have time & again made our views clear on this matter. Till now, though there was some displacement on promotion, officers by & large accepted it since the displacement was not out of their bounds (except if it was out of Zone).  We fail to see what would be achieved by such massive displacement. A disturbed mind cannot be effective in work.
  2. Request transfers to be considered after 3 years at a station for male officers:-  We strongly differ with this. Request transfers in the case of male officers should be considered after 2 years. In the case of request transfers of female officers, the Zone-wise practices should be followed which have been in vogue till now but not exceeding two years.
  3. Officers working in ZO/DO for more than 5 years to be transferred from their positions/departments:- We have made our views clear on this subject too. Transfer just for the sake of transfer will not help. No purpose will be served by this. We strongly oppose this move.

  These are only some of our objections. The point is that without discussing with the unions/associations this policy is sought to be implemented. We strongly protest this & once again demand to withdraw such instructions immediately.

Sd/-
Dattaraj Prabhukhanolkar
GS, NOINO

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Circular on NOINO's meeting with FM on 13th April 2015


16.04.2015

NOINO DELEGATION MEETS FINANCE MINISTER SHRI ARUN JAITLEY

NOINO delegation led by its President & Union minister Shri Prakash Javadekarji met Union Finance minister Shri Arun Jaitley on 13.4.2015. He was accompanied by All India GS Shri Dattaraj Prabhukhanolkar & senior NOINO leader Dr. S.B. Sharan.

The delegation pointed out the inordinate delay in settlement of wage revision & also insisted that the wage revision should be according to the paying capacity of LIC. Jaitleyji discussed the issue in detail with our delegation. He inquired about the minimum percentage rise that we expect.

We apprised him about our legitimate demand of 40% rise to LIC Class I Officers. We also briefed him in nutshell the capacity of LIC management to pay the desired wage rise.  While discussing Shri Jaitley mentioned that Banks had been given 15% rise, so, 40% or like that would not be possible. He enquired the percentage of increase in last wage revision and showed indications of thinking somewhat nearer to that. We clarified that the wage-revision in the Banks has been finalized at 15% which is on salary slip components only. This does not take into consideration the retirement & other benefits which were being considered while giving any offer till the previous wage-revision. If these are added, the total goes up to 21 to 22%.  LIC has performed far better than others in the teeth of stiff competition and hence we deserve much more than the banking industry.

The Finance minister listened to all our arguments positively. We expect favourable results soon.

We also strongly insisted on the demand for one more (final) option for pension & also that it should be settled outside wage revision. This demand was also viewed seriously by Finance minister and Javadekarji emphasized that a small few percentage of employees & officers have remained to opt for pension option. LIC management has shown their interest in settling this demand.

Shri Arun Jaitleyji has assured to look into these issues positively and also insist management to start the discussions for wage settlement immediately.

NOINO will continue its efforts till the legitimate demands of employees are met.

 Dattaraj Prabhukhanolkar
 GS, NOINO

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NOINO meets ED(Personnel)

A delegation of NOINO led by its Working President Shri Pulak Kumar Dey met ED(Personnel) Shri M R Kumar today. The Working President was accompanied by Shri Ganesh Kamath, Chief Advisor; Smt. Trupti Bramhe & Smt. Neeta Prabhavalkar, both All India EC members.

It was a courtesy visit by our Working President who is based at Kolkata. However, wage revision and allied matters were discussed briefly. The delegation also apprised ED(P) regarding NOINO’s meeting with Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley on 13th April 2015.

The delegation requested for early resumption of wage-revision talks as also allowing one more option for pension. The ED(P) replied that wage-revision talks would resume after the current promotion-transfer round was over. He further informed that the management was following up these issues (including one more pension-option) with concerned authorities.

NOINO will continue to pursue these matters.

Monday, April 13, 2015

NOINO delegation meets Finance Minister

A NOINO delegation led by its President & Union Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar met Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley today i.e. 13th April 2015. Shri Javadekar was accompanied by NOINO’s General Secretary Shri Dattaraj Prabhukhanolkar and senior leader Dr S.B.Sharan.


The delegation submitted a memorandum pointing out the inordinate delay in settlement of wage revision and requested for early settlement. The delegation insisted that the wage revision in LIC should be according to the paying capacity of the Corporation.

The delegation also submitted a separate memorandum demanding one more option for pension. NOINO strongly insisted that this option be given separate from wage revision.

Shri Jaitley was positive in his responses on both issues and assured to look into these.

The NOINO President also discussed with the Finance Minister other miscellaneous issues related to the industry.

NOINO will continue its efforts till the legitimate demands of employees are met.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

NOINO writes to ED(P) on working on holidays etc.

NOINO today wrote to ED(P) demanding compensation for late sitting and working on Sundays & holidays. The letter is reproduced below:

7th April, 2015

The Executive Director (Personnel)
Central Office,
Mumbai

Respected Sir,
                                   
                        Sub: Late sitting & working on Sundays & holidays

            You are aware that for the last several years, late sitting as well as working on Sundays & Holidays have become a regular feature in our Corporation. NOINO has been demanding for regulated hours of working since long. We have suggested some measures to curb this menace on one hand & have also suggested certain measures to compensate for such late sitting & working on Sundays & Holidays. We have also drawn your attention to the security issue while working late in the office as well as travelling back home at unearthly hours. We regret to say that precious little has been done to recognize & address this problem which affects the family life & the mental/physical health of the officer/employee.

To some extent, one can understand the need for such late-sitting as well as working on Sundays & Holidays at the time of year-end closing. However, it should not be the case for almost all the year. There is no compensation whatsoever to the overburdened officers. Adding fuel to the fire is the browbeating & arm-twisting tactics adopted in many divisions to compel the officers to attend even on Festivals of religious importance.

Two recent instances can be quoted. A large part of the country celebrated Hindu New year (known by several names according to the region) on 21st March 2015. However, the officers were threatened in some divisions saying that if they don’t attend the office on this day, they should give it in writing and/or talk to the SDM of the division. The petrified officers had to fall in line against their wishes. We strongly protest such tactics which are also an affront to our religious beliefs as we are not allowed to celebrate.

The officers were also called on Sunday, 5th April 2015 for DCB closing (for submission). Then again they were asked to report on time on the next day, i.e. Monday to complete further regular jobs. Such type of work without respite or relief is dangerous. However, our officers have endured it for the cause of the Corporation. They should be compensated & rewarded for it.

We, therefore, demand that compensation worth overtime should be paid to all the officers who have worked late & on Sundays & Holidays. We request you to issue immediate instructions in this regard.

Yours faithfully


Dattaraj Prabhukhanolkar
GS, NOINO

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NOINO Gandhinagar Divisional Unit formed

We are pleased to announce that NOINO Gandhinagar Divisional Unit (Gujarat, WZ) has been formed.
The following office bearers have been elected:
1. President : Shri B F Parmar, AO, DTC
2. Divl Secretary : Shri K D Makwana, AO, P&GS Unit
3. Org. Secretary : Shri V P Parmar, AO, Mahesana B O
4. Vice President : Shri R D Chavda, AO, Chanasma B O
5. Vice President : Shri H D Chauhan, AO, Palanpur-II B O
6. Jt. Secretary : Shri A M Solanki, AAO, Chankheda B O
7. Jt. Secretary : Shri B B Dafda, AAO, Prantij B O
8. Treasurer : Shri K A Rathod, AAO, Direct Marketing
9. E C Member : Shri V B Parmar, AO, Kadi B O
10. E C Member : Shri R V Solanki, AAO, SO Gandhinagar B O
11. E C Member : Shri H H Makwana, AAO, Sidhpur B O

Congratulations to all the office bearers and Zonal team!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

20th EC meeting of NOINO

It has been decided to hold 20th EC meeting of NOINO at Kolkata (Eastern Zone). The meeting will be for one day on 22nd June 2015.

All Central office-bearers and EC members are eligible to attend this meeting. All Zonal Presidents have also been invited to attend this meeting.

Communications have been sent to all eligible office-bearers. They are requested to please book their tickets for to & fro journeys. Their travel details may please be sent to All India Working President & General Secretary.

Venue details and Agenda will be sent and published in due course.