SEVEN recognised trade unions of the Madhya Pradesh Postal Circle, which are affiliated to the National Federation of Postal Employees Union, have called for a state-level demonstration on February 9.
As a token of protest against the ‘unilateral decisions and rigid attitude’ of chief post master general (CPMG), MP Postal Circle, Madhu Narayan, postal union members and employees will stage demonstrations at divisional, regional and circle offices.
According to All-India Postal Employees’ Union Group C state secretary SC Jain, despite giving a deadline of January 31 to the CPMG towards resolving the 19 demands of postal employees, the same had not yet been redressed.
Among the demands are distribution of medicines to postal staff from P&T dispensary, referring patients to recognised hospitals for further treatment, severe shortage of staff and maintenance of computers. “Apart from February 9, we’ll also stage a big demonstration on February 23 in which we will announce the date of our indefinite strike against the management’s anti-employee attitude,” Jain told the Hindustan Times.
He added that despite repeated requests to the CPMG on making medicine distribution regular instead of only in fixed dates, the same has not been accepted.
Issuing a press release, the CPMG office has refuted the allegations levelled by the postal unions and stated that there was not a single demand on which action has not been initiated.
The CPMG office has termed the demonstration call as a move to ‘malign the image’ of the postal department and cause inconvenience to the public. The CPMG office has also ensured that the demonstration would have no effect on regular functioning of postal services.