Starting from 16 August, 2017 the strike called by the rural postal workers is continuing across India. This strike has been called under the banner of All India Gramin Dak Sevak Union (AIGDSU).
According to the reports and press releases appearing in the media the strike began on 16 august and is continuing in all the regions across India. Huge protest demonstrations are being organised on district headquarters. The strike has impact the postal service in Many states including Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Gujarat, West Bengal, and Uttarakhand. Due to absence of staff in the rural postal offices, the work has come to a standstill.
It must be noted that instead of negotiating with the workers to find an amicable solution to long pending issues, the government has issues notice to the worker with an aim to break the strike. The notice issued by the central government and various state governments, has threatened the workers against participating in the strike by declaring “No Work. No pay” and other action to penalize the workers.
Over 3 lakh postal employees work in nearly 1.32 lakh rural post offices spread across the country. Comrade Bajarang Das Bairani, President, Malwa Division of AIJDSU said that the postal sevaks are forced to work all through the day at a measly basic wage of Rs. 3,500-4,500 per month, while the sevaks have to take various schemes floated by the government like the postal bank account, term deposit, Sukanya scheme, etc., to each and every village in the country.
On 19 August, AIGDSU issued a press release stating that our strike is continuing, and will continue further if the government does not agree to our demands by this Monday.
The demands of the rural postal workers include:
- the positive recommendations of the GDS committee report should be implemented immediately including the suggestion given by AIGDSU
- the rural postal workers should have 8 hour working day and they should be regularized in the department.
- rural postal workers should be eligible for pension. According to the orders issued by the honorable central and Madras benches, GDS also should be eligible for pension.
- GDS should not be harassed in the name of targets, and the camp should be organised only once a year, and GDS should be given adequate TA and DA.