New Delhi: The National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE) has called for a one-day long nationwide strike on August 23 to press for implementation of benefits suggested by the Gramin Dak Sevaks committee and revise in allowances as per the 6th and 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).
Secretary general of NEPE R N Parashar told PTI, "The GDS committee submitted report in November 2016 for the welfare of gramin dak sevaks (GDS) but the management is holding it back without any genuine reason."
The GDS committee has recommended 2.5 per cent hike in basic pay of rural postal employees along with maternity leave benefits for women employees, proper space to work and all other welfare benefits that are given to regular employees, Parashar claimed.
There are over 1.55 lakh post offices, including 1.3 lakh rural post offices.
There are around 2.7 lakh GDS who handle operations such as money remittances, delivery of Aadhaar and MGNREGA payments in rural post offices, an AIGDSU official said.
The NFPE is also demanding filing up of various vacant positions, payment of revised wages and arrears to casual, part-time, contingent employees and daily rated mazdoors as per 6th and 7th central pay commission (CPC).
Besides, the union is demanding provision of CGHS facilities to postal pensioners, implementation of five-day week for operative staff, among others.