Monday, October 11, 2010

Congrats! Wage-revision achieved




Dear brothers & sisters,

At last the wait is over. For over three years the employees & officers of LIC were pushing for a good charter & considering all the factors, we have achieved a good rise in our pay-scales. Though there are some irritants which continue & remain to be solved, the goal of achieving a handsome wage-rise in our pay-scales has been attained. Now we can concentrate on other pending issues like Pension, benefit on securing promotion, removal of anomalies, LTC, Housing loan, fighting out the draconian conditions with the meal coupon scheme etc.

The major credit of the success achieved should undoubtedly go to the unity shown by the employees & officers through the joint front. However, we would also like to humbly highlight the role played by NOINO. Success has many fathers. Tall claims will be made by many though these claims cannot be substantiated by solid proof. NOINO, however, would like to give the exact date-wise contribution made by it. “Seedhi baat, No Bakwas”:-


23.7.2007----First to submit Charter of demands complete with running scales before it was due i.e. 1.8.2007.
20.2.2008----Massive demonstrations at Yogakshem for initiating talks
16.5.2008----Meeting with ED (P) on the issues of charter, housing loan, forced de-rotation of marketing officials, PLLI etc.
26.5.2008----NOINO takes initiative (first among all constituents) & writes letter to all unions to form a joint front on charter & other pending issues.
17.7.2008----Information sharing meeting with management. Raised several issues like wage-revision, housing loan, one more pension option etc.
13.9.2008----Meeting with Chief (Personnel) Shri Rajkumar. Raised several issues like charter, Housing loan, ITSG-1 payment, recruitment in Class III etc.
22.12.2008/23.12.2008-----NOINO/NOIW delegation under the leadership of NOINO President Shri Prakash Javadekar, Rajyasabha MP meets Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Minister of State, PMO; Shri Pawankumar Bansal, MOS, Finance; & Shri Arun Ramnathan, Secretary, Finance, to break deadlock on Charter & to demand Navratna status. Management took immediate cognizance & informed unions on 24.12.2008 inviting for first round of wage negotiations on 5th & 6th January 2009.
5.1.2009/6.1.2009----First round of wage negotiations. NOINO summarily rejects meagre 12% wage-rise offer.
27.5.2009----NOINO/NOIW delegation meets Shri Dinesh Mehrotra, MD, on the issue of Charter & Ace Competition.
9.6.2009-----Huge demonstrations at Yogakshema on the issues of Charter, Ace Competition & Key Performance Indices.
16.6.2009/17.6.2009----Information sharing meeting. NOINO rejects 15% wage-rise offer. Raises other issues like injustice in ACE Competition, Navratna status, election duty, late sitting, 5 days week, KPI, Housing loan etc
24.7.2009----Dharna by NOINO/NOIW activists at Yogakshema on Charter & against the injustice in the issue of ACE Competition.
24.7.2009---NOINO delegation under the leadership of NOINO President Shri Prakash Javadekar, Rajyasabha MP, meets Chairman Shri T S Vijayan & MD (Shri A K Dasgupta) on the issues of Charter, Navratna status & ACE Competition.
13.8.2009----Meeting with ED (P) on issues like Charter, Pension, housing loan & PLLI.
8.9.2009----NOINO delegation meets MD, Shri A K Dasgupta on issues of PLLI, Housing loan, Charter, Election duty etc.
7.10.2009------NOINO delegation met ED(P) Smt D. Vijayalakshmi on the issues of Charter, Housing loan, One more pension option & other issues like transfer policy.
12.10.2009---NOINO delegation led by our President Shri Prakash Javadekar along with our NZ ZS Shri S B Sharan, our NZ ZP Shri S K Saini & NZ VP Shri H K Dhiman met Minister of State for Finance Shri Namonarain Meena & Secretary, Finance Shri Ashok Chawla on issues of Charter, de-linking of Charter from that of banking industry, Granting of Navratna status to LIC, Pending issues in LIC like Housing loan etc. Within a week, LIC management invited unions for wage-revision talks on 3rd November, and the LIC Board cleared the long pending “Revised Housing Loan Scheme” on 17.11.2009.
3.11.2009----Talks on wage revision. Management offers 17.5% rise. NOINO summarily rejects the offer. Improvements as per NOINO demand in GI such as inclusion of DAB & enhancing of limits.
3.11.2009----Joint front of AIIEA, NOIW, NOINO, NFIFWI, LIFE, BVKS, INTUC formed. Joint action plan decided in this meeting.
18.11.2009------A chart showing the comparison between LIC & banks with clear proof that LIC was ahead of all banks including SBI was submitted to ED(P)
8.12. 2009-----NOINO President Shri Prakash Javadekar raised issue of our charter in RS. Shri Namonarain Meena, MOS, Finance replied that the matter was under consideration & management was discussing the issue with unions. Management invited the unions immediately on 16th Dec 2009.
16.12.2009----Management repeated the old offer of 17.5%. Joint front immediately decided to boycott the individual sessions as a mark of protest. Massive demonstrations at Yogakshema gate.
22.12.2009----1 hour walkout strike to secure a handsome charter.
6.1.2010-----Massive demonstrations of joint front in front of all divisional offices for a handsome charter.
13.1.2010-----Massive demonstrations of joint front in front of all divisional offices for a handsome charter.
20.1.2010---- Massive demonstrations of joint front in front of all divisional offices for a handsome charter.
21.1.2010-----1 day strike for a handsome charter observed all over India.
18.2.2010----All India delegation of NOINO meets ED (P), ED (Mktg), ED (CRM), & ZM, WZ to discuss various issues like Charter, transfer policy, delay in housing loan instructions, perquisites tax, cashless mediclaim, and implementation of E-FEAP etc.
6.3.2010-----Massive central Dharna of joint front in Delhi. NOINO was successful in roping in former Cabinet minister (labour) Satyanarayan Jatiya, BJP MP & Shri Rudranarayan Pani, BJP MP from Orissa who attended the Dharna & promised their total support for LIC employees.
8.3.2010 to 12.3.2010----Signature campaign among employees.
15.3.2010 onwards------‘No extra co-operation’ agitation commences. Management had to take cognizance & immediately invited the unions.
19.3.2010------Discussions with management on the issue of charter & agitation. MD & Chairman reiterated in separate meetings that employees’ aspirations of a satisfactory wage-revision would be met. Joint front meets in the evening to decide further strategy.
20.3.2010----MD gives written assurance to unions reiterating management’s resolve to grant a satisfactory charter. Joint front again met in the evening & decided to suspend agitation in the light of the written assurance.
23.3.2010----Joint front delegation met Chairman & handed over a letter urging him to take immediate steps for delivering the assurance given to the employees on a satisfactory wage-revision.
26.3.2010-----Meeting with ED (P) for follow-up of charter issue.
APRIL 2010---Branch/group meetings at 91-T, Oriental building (922/901/931), Gulestan building (905/921/927), United India building (895/906/90-A), 880, Bombay Mutual building (881/884/908), Yogakshem (twice), union office, Vile-Parle to explain why we took the decision of suspending the agitation.
3.4.2010-----NOINO delegation meets MD on issue of charter, housing loan, tax on perquisites.
19.4.2010----Meeting with ED (P) for follow-up of charter issue.
12.5.2010----Meeting with ED (P) for follow-up of charter issue.
2.6.2010-----NOINO President Prakash Javadekar discussed the issue of charter with Finance Secretary Ashok Chawla for early resumption of charter talks & wage-rise as per paying capacity of LIC.
12.6.2010---Group meeting of members at Yogakshem to brief about the status of charter.
19.6.2010-- Group meeting of members at union office to brief about the status of charter.
26.6.2010---- Group meeting of members at union office to brief about the status of charter.
19.7.2010----Management invites unions & gives revised wage-proposals substantially increasing the pay-scales. The consensus of the joint front was the revised proposals were satisfactory.
July to October 2010-----Group meetings at Yogakshem, Parle, Jogeshwari, Malad, Borivli, Jeevanvihar, 902, Bombay Mutual, Oriental bldg, Chowpatty branches, Gulestan, Khadi Bhandar, JeevanPrakash building to explain & analyze the revised charter proposals.
20.9.2010---- NOINO delegation led by our President Shri Prakash Javadekar met the Finance Minister, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. The delegation consisted of our NZ Secretary Shri S B Sharan; Shri S K Saini, our NZ President & Shri H K Dhiman, VP, NZ. The delegation insisted the speedy expedition of our notification & approval of parameters of PLLI. The FM assured to do the same after the return of Shri Gopalan, Secretary (Insurance) from abroad on 22nd. True to his word, the wage-proposals were cleared on 22nd itself thus paving the way for notification.

From the above, it is clear that NOINO played a very significant role in the entire wage-revision concentrating on all the four fronts viz., Management, Government, bureaucracy & the employees. It may also be observed that Shri Prakash Javadekar, the dynamic President of NOINO continuously took up the wage-revision issue with the Government & each time he took up the issue, a breakthrough was achieved. Out of 4 talks on wage revision, before the final one in July 2010, 3 talks took place only due to initiative of NOINO. Even the delay in final approval of wage-revision & PLLI by the finance ministry could be reduced only due to efforts of NOINO. Thus, the role of NOINO in this wage-revision can clearly be assessed.


NOINO has given a call of donation of 2% of net arrears (NET OF PF & INCOME-TAX) which again is a reasonable expectation. The point to be noted here is that only the BMS affiliated organizations are in the fore-front in taking up all the issues concerning employees like (Election duty, Census duty, Meals Coupon, Ace Competition, Delay due to Back-up, Circular 144, Jeevan-Aastha extension, Tax on Perquisites etc in addition to Charter issue) The donation would strengthen NOINO which in turn would be able to take up the issues more vigorously on behalf of the Class I Officers.

Yours brotherly,

Ganesh Kamath

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