Thane, Aug 27 : Over 17,000 employees of the Provident Fund office in the entire country will participate in a one-day token strike on August 28, for their long-pending issues. The agitation has been launched nationwide under the guidance of MP NK Premchandran, Secretary-General of the All India EPF Staff Federation R Krupakaran and in Maharashtra, under Secretary General Rakesh Acharya. The first phase of the agitation was launched on August 1 by Thane unit of PF, under the leadership of Secretary, EPF Staff Union. Regional Office K Vijaya Rama Rao and Vice President Manoj Kumar started the nationwide agitation from August 19 to 23.
According to Mr Rao, the staff members of EPFO worked hard to give their best to all the stakeholders, yet they were deprived of their legitimate rights and demands by the EPFO management, which included promotion, recruitment, financial upgradation and filling group B, C & D cadres, while extending benefits consequent upon implementation of cadre restructuring report. The benefits of Cadre restructuring were assured and approved by the Minister of Labour and Employment, besides the Chairman of the Central Board of Trustees, with effect from December 9, 2015, in it's 210th Meeting.
However, due to the adamant attitude of the Management, the Cadre restructuring was passed with effect from December 27, 2016, that too partially, without yielding any monetary benefits to the staff of Group B, C & D, who were the actual workforce of the Department, Mr Rao alleged. As the Central Provident Fund Commissioner is adamant to even hold a dialogue with the leaders of AIEPF Staff Federation, as such there is no other alternative, but to observe a token strike on August 28 in all the offices of EPFO nationwide, he added.UNI