Saturday, 11 July 2015

How wage revision negotiations in LIC are progressing? (Updated)

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.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Joint Front – Programmes of agitation
A joint call has been given by unions to observe following programmes of agitation to press the (LIC) management for early settlement of a reasonable wage-revision and allied matters:
17th & 24th June 2015 : Lunch-hour demonstrations before all offices
1st July 2015 : Badge wearing and Lunch-hour demonstrations
7th July 2015 : Lunch-hour demonstrations
8th July 2015 : One day strike
Vide their joint appeal dated June 10, 2015; the unions have requested all classes of employees to participate in above programmes of agitation very actively and make the programmes very successful so that a decent wage-revision (etc.) and another pension option can be achieved.
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Strike of 8th July deferred
As per decisions taken earlier by joint front of unions in LIC, officers and employees were to go on one day strike on 8th July 2015 besides other agitational programmes to secure a good wage revision and one more pension option.
On 29th June 2015, LIC management wrote to unions requesting them to withdraw the July 8 strike as they (the management) were making all out efforts to get the approval of the government for an early and satisfactory wage settlement.
The unions considered the request of the management and came to unanimous decision to defer the proposed strike (on 8th July) in view of management's positive response.
The unions will meet again later in the month of July to review the developments and plan for the next course of action.
However, it has been decided to hold demonstrations during lunch recess and submit a memorandum by the delegation of all Zonal leaders of the unions to the Zonal Managers on 8thJuly 2015 impressing upon the need for an early settlement of wage revision and other allied issues.
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015
NOINO meets ED(Personnel)
A NOINO delegation led by Shri Dattaraj Prabhukhanolkar, GS and Shri Ganesh Kamath, Chief Advisor met Shri Neeraj Agrawal, ED(Personnel) on 6.7.2015. Smt. Trupti Brahme and Smt. Neeta Prabhavalkar, both NOINO EC members were also present.
We discussed following issues along with particular individual cases.
1. One more option for pension :- We once again raised this issue & enquired about the status of this long-pending demand repeating all our arguments in favour of settlement of the issue. ED said that till now the management was NOT successful in convincing the concerned authorities but would continue its efforts.
2. Wage revision :- We conveyed the resentment & frustration prevailing in the minds of all (officers and) employees due to delay in the negotiations. We appealed management to expedite the talks and come with proposal as per expectations of the employees.
We also opposed the linkage of our wage-revision with that of Banks and reiterated our demand to pay as per paying capacity of LIC.
ED promised to once again take up the issues with Govt of India for early negotiations & settlement.
3. Anomaly in fixation after computer increment :- NOINO is the only union who has been raising this issue and following up the same vigorously. The details were discussed and ED assured to look in this issue and address it in near future by whatever possible means.
4. Five days' week :- We once again raised the voice of all employees to implement 5 days’ week (ALL SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS OFF) in LIC. It was brought to the notice of the management that other insurers(GIC) enjoy this benefit since long. ED assured to pay attention on it favourably.
5. Sabbatical/ Child care leave ;- We once again raised this issue. ED has assured to put up this before the Board and get it approved at the earliest.
NOINO assures to follow up the issues regularly and force management to take decisions in favour of employees. It also appeals to all employees to co-operate & participate whole-heartedly in the Joint Front programmes.
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Friday, July 10, 2015
NOINO MEETS AMIT SHAH, PRESIDENT, BJP
A NOINO delegation led by Shri Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister & President, NOINO met Shri Amit Shah, President, BJP yesterday i.e. 9th July evening at 4.10 pm at Bandra, Mumbai. Shri Javadekarji was accompanied by Shri Ganesh Kamath, Chief Advisor, NOINO & Shri Ketan Purandare, All India EC member, NOINO.
The delegation basically drew Shri Shah's attention to two points – viz. delinking of Insurance Industry from that of the Banking Industry, particularly with regards to wage-revision & the attitude of the officials in the Finance Ministry who were blocking the legitimate demands of LIC employees. We urged him to intervene in this matter.
The delegation also handed over a memorandum which contained our demands relating to:-
1. Wage revision commensurate with LIC’s paying capacity,
2. One more(final) option for pension,
3. 5 days week (all Saturdays & Sundays off), and
4. Anomaly after computer increment.
Shri Amit Shah listened to us patiently. He recalled his association with LIC when he was a crorepati agent. He also assured the delegation to look into the issues raised by it.




UPDATE ON JULY 22, 2015






JULY 28, 2015
Joint Forum of Unions in LIC met at Mumbai today the 28th July, 2015 and decided to observe the following programme of action to realise Wage Revision and one more option to join 1995 Pension Scheme.
1. Letter to the Chairman signed by unions to commence wage negotiations and settle the same to the satisfaction of employees.on 1 St August 2015.
2.Lunch hour demonstrations on 5th August before all offices
3.Lunch hour gate demonstrations on12th August and NO WORKING AFTER OFFICE HOURS from that date.

4. Lunch hour demonstrations
ON 19th August, 2015.
On 19th August the Joint Forum of Unions will meet at Mumbai to decide further programme of agitation with a perspective of 1 day strike and Intensification of agitational programme there after.
Dattaraj Prabhukhanolkar
GS, NOINO

UPDATE ON 31ST JULY, 2015


Update on August 3, 2015


August 5, 2015

***NOINO delegation visits Delhi to break deadlock on wage-revision***
5.8.15.
Continuing its efforts, today, on 5th August 2015, a NOINO delegation led by Shri Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister & President NOINO met Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley to break deadlock on wage revision and one more option for pension.
The delegation consisted of Shri Ganesh Kamath, Chief Advisor, Shri Dattaraj Prabhukhanolkar GS along with Shri S. K. Saini, EC member & Shri Yashpal Singh, Zonal Secretary, NZ unit.
Meeting was essentially an attempt to break the stalemate on the wage revision & the pension option issues. We have expressed emphatically that LIC employees deserve a wage revision that is commensurate with its paying capacity. We firmly expressed our opposition to our linking with the banking industry. Jaitleyji patiently heard us & assured to look into the matter. The delegation also submitted memorandums on the issues of 5 days' week & anomaly after computer increment.
The delegation also met Amitji Shah, President BJP once again(after our meeting on 9th July) as in the previous meeting he had invited us to Delhi for further talks. We once again urged Amitji to ensure the delinking of LIC from the Banking Industry as also to reign in the bureaucrats who were scuttling the just demands of LIC employees.
Detailed circular follows.
NOINO will continue to make efforts to resolve the pending issues of the LIC employees. We also appeal to all the employees to follow all the agitation programmes given by the joint front
Dattaraj Prabhukhanolkar
GS, NOINO

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