“Forward ever, backward never: onwards with Breaking Through”
Let us remember the Red Letter Day of 11th July 1960

During the year 1960, Central Government employees organized a nation-wide strike against the meager increase of pay of 14.2%. The role played in the above strike by our founder leader KR and others is given below.
KR issued an appeal to all workers exhorting them to be prepared for all sacrifices and sufferings to secure a better tomorrow. KR was arrested on the mid night of 11thJuly 1960 and interned in Tihar Jail in Delhi. The strike was called off unconditionally after 5 days on 16-7-1960. 45,945 employees who took part in the strike were proceeded against under departmental proceedings. 27,098 were suspended. 17,771 were proceeded against in courts of law and more than 800 were dismissed or removed due to court convictions. 976 were dismissed due to departmental proceedings. 11 were compulsorily retired. 2137 were discharged from service. Termination notices were issued to 7589 officials.
It is a pity that KR was handcuffed chained both arms and legs and brought to court.
Let us remember the sacrifices of our old leaders and take pledge to follow their foot-steps in the coming days.
Our  sincere salute to the sacrificed leaders of the past.

Cabinet ignored key suggestion of Pay Commission

No more pay commissions should be set up, the panel had recommended in report.

Concerned over possible backlash from unions, the Union Cabinet has chosen not to act on the most significant and progressive recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission — that no more pay commissions should be set up and instead a more performance-linked appraisal system must be put in place.Though it sent the set of recommendations aimed at rationalising the pay structures to the Department of Personnel and Training last week, no deadline or directions for further processing the suggestions were specified. “The reforms recommended by the pay commission are effectively killed … an opportunity to rationalise pays and link them to performance, and introduce meritocracy has been lost,” a top Finance Ministry source told The Hindu.
Wide gaps
The Commission’s report highlighted wide gaps between the pays of Central government employees and their counterparts in the private sector. A study it commissioned found that while a driver in the private sector typically earns around Rs. 12,000 a month, an entry-level driver in government service takes home nearly Rs. 25,000. Similarly, while government doctors with an MBBS degree get Rs. 80,500 a month, their counterparts in the private sector earn only Rs. 50,000. But remuneration of private sector doctors with an MD or MS degree and 15 years experience exceeds that of their counterparts in government: Rs. 3,70,000 per month as compared to Rs. 1,60,000 in the government sector.
Other recommendations forwarded to the DoPT seek to establish parity between the officers of the Indian Administrative Service and the rest of the cadres on both pays and promotions.

Bank unions to go ahead with strike on July 12-13

New Delhi, Jul 10:  
Bank employees will go ahead with their nationwide strike on July 12-13, a top AIBEA official said.
This follows the conciliation meeting convened by the chief labour commissioner failing to yield any results, C H Venkatachalam, General Secretary, All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) told BusinessLine.
On the first day, July 12, all the employees of five associate banks will strike work. Next day, employees from all banks will participate in the strike, Venkatachalam added.
The strike call had been given to oppose the closure of associate banks and their merger with State Bank of India. Bank unions are all opposed to proposed privatisation of IDBI Bank.