Central employees’ union to observe ‘black day’ on Friday against pay commission report
New Delhi: The Seventh Pay Commission recommendation met with strong opposition from central government employees’ union which has given a call for observing “black day” on Friday across the country.
“We have decided to observe black day on Friday all over the country by wearing black badges,” said Shiv Gopal Mishra, Convener, National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) of central government employees.
Terming the Seventh Pay Commission report as a “width pay gap discrimination between employees and higher officers”, Mishra said, “We hope that government will think about us before accepting it.”
In its report, the Pay Commission has recommended to increase the pay gap between the minimum and maximum from existing 1:12 to 1: 13.8 which is more than our demand of ratio of 1: 8, he added.
The fifth and sixth Central Commissions have given a pay rise of 40 per cent, while this Pay Commission has only given a pay increase of 14.29 per cent,’’ he also said.
He pointed that the pay commission has recommended for abolition of various allowances like risk allowance, small family allowance, festival advance, motor cycle advance.
The employees’ union also pointed that the pay commission reduced the House Rent Allowance (HRA) from existing 30 per cent to 24 per cent, 20 per cent to 16 per cent and 10 per cent to 8 per cent. This is against the interests of central government employees.
Through the protest rallies all over the country, central government employees with wearing black badges will demand to improve the pay gap ratio in the recommendation of the pay commission and for non-implementation of some of the adverse recommendations of the Pay Commission.
However, the Finance Ministry said the Ministry will examine the report and only then a decision will be taken at ministry level before cabinet nod.
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