A joint convention was organised by four representative federations of State and Central government employees here on Tuesday.
The participants chalked out future course of action to oppose the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill tooth and nail. Delegates representing the State Government Employees Federation, Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, All India Defence Employees Federation and All India Railway Employees Federation participated in the convention.
The convention resolved to organise mass signature campaign, to approach the standing committee for a hearing by the participatory organisations, to organise joint State-level convention, to organise March to Raj Bhavan and Parliament, and to organise a nationwide strike in October.
Addressing the delegates, president, South Indian Railway Employees Union (SIREU) R. Ilangovan dubbed the PFRDA Bill as a conspiracy hatched by the international financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.
Impact on staff
Terming the Bill a “total illegal authority”, he said that the Bill would have wide impact on the future of employees. “The SIREU had filed a case against the PFRDA in the Administrative Tribunal, Chennai, and got interim relief”, he said.
Giving details about the impact of the Bill on employees, Mr. Ilangovan observed that the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill had not got the consent of the President of India, and it was being pushed through a circular of Finance Department.
President, Central Government Employees Coordination Committee, K. Raghavendran, accused the Centre of dividing the employees by way of fixing two different cut-off dates of appointment for State and Central Government employees. “Besides the staff in service, the provisions of the Bill will also affect pensioners”, he noted.