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The working class across the world is in a big preparation to celebrate MAY DAY, the International Day of working class solidarity.  The May Day 2014 comes in the background of   unprecedented challenges for the global working class.  The capital has launched fiercest attack on the rights and lives of the working class across the world.   Therefore, May Day today is not an occasion to just recapitulate the glorious traditions and sacrifices associated with the movement of the working class, but it is an opportunity in real sense to reinvent the strategies to develop class struggles to push back the offensive of capital and to take the society towards peace, progress and equality. 
The global capitalism shows no signs of recovery from the depression in the aftermath of the financial meltdown in 2008.  It is one of the longest periods of crisis in the history of capitalism. The crisis has hugely impacted the life and living of the working class across the globe.  Unemployment levels are at an all-time high. The global youth unemployment is at a record level at a time when the world has the largest number of youth population in history. The crisis has pushed millions below the poverty levels.  The conservative estimates of the World Bank suggest that more than one billion people are living below the poverty levels today.
While the burden of this crisis is shifted on to the working class, the banks and financial institutions that were responsible for bringing this crisis are rewarded with huge public funds by the States. The billionaires continued to record massive increase in their wealth but the pensions and other social security benefits of the workers are attacked in the name of austerity.  Inequalities have registered massive increase both within the nations and between the nations. 
The Indian economy is also caught in this crisis.  The projected growth in agriculture has not taken place.  Industrial production is constantly on the decline.  The services sector has considerably slowed down. The neo-liberal policies pursued so vigorously in the past decade has heaped enormous burden on the working and toiling people.  The country is home to the largest number of poor, hungry and malnourished in the world. During this period the Indian State has been transferring the wealth and natural resources of the nation to the big corporate houses unabashed. While any scheme to give some relief to the common people is criticized, we are given sermons by the apologists of capitalism that the dole out to corporate houses should not be seen as cronyism as it helps the business environment and results in the growth of the economy.
This 2014 is a very important year for a large section of the global working class.  In this year, along with India, South Africa and Brazil will vote for new governments.  The discontent arising out of the economic crisis is being utilized by the right reactionary forces to consolidate in all the three countries. The outcome of these elections will largely shape the future of these countries.  The stakes are very high for the working class and therefore it should spare no effort to prevent the take-over of the States by the right reactionary forces.
The Indian democracy is under great threat today.  The parliamentary elections have been turned into a presidential form of election.  Narendra Modi is being projected as the saviour having solutions to the myriad problems of the nation. The Corporate world which sees in him a ruthless implementer of neo-liberalism has come out openly in his support. The projection of one individual on the pretext that India needs a strong leader can be good for the corporate sector but surely it will damage democracy and raises fear of dictatorship and emergence of fascism. Don’t we have the example of Germany and Italy which craved for a strong leader and exposed the world to the ruthlessness of fascism?  The deliberate attempts to polarize the nation on the basis of religion for the success of the savior chosen by the corporate sector have the potential to harm the unity and integrity of the nation.
The working class has to play an important role in defending secularism and national unity. They have to fight hard to prevent the take-over of the Indian State by the right reactionary forces. The Left alone is capable of fighting both neo-liberalism and communalism.   It must be remembered that parliamentary elections for the Left is a means of mobilizing the people and is not an end in itself.  The true strength of the Left lies in its capacity to wage class struggles. There cannot be any doubt the Left exerts larger influence in the Indian society through its struggle in comparison to its parliamentary strength. The global struggle of the working class cannot be confined to just resisting the attacks of capital. Capitalism can never be humane and it will always be ruthless in its pursuit of profits. 
This May Day, the working class must take serious steps to reinvent class struggles.  It is only through class struggle and its success that we can hope to reshape the world. AIIEA greets the entire working force across the globe on this glorious May Day.  AIIEA also extends its revolutionary greetings to the Indian Working Class and wishes all success in its struggle to defend the unity and integrity of the nation.

MAY DAY 2014 - OCCASION TO REINVENT CLASS STRUGGLES



The working class across the world is in a big preparation to celebrate MAY DAY, the International Day of working class solidarity. The May Day 2014 comes in the background of unprecedented challenges for the global working class. The capital has launched fiercest attack on the rights and lives of the working class across the world. Therefore, May Day today is not an occasion to just recapitulate the glorious traditions and sacrifices associated with the movement of the working class, but it is an opportunity in real sense to reinvent the strategies to develop class struggles to push back the offensive of capital and to take the society towards peace, progress and equality.

The global capitalism shows no signs of recovery from the depression in the aftermath of the financial meltdown in 2008. It is one of the longest periods of crisis in the history of capitalism. The crisis has hugely impacted the life and living of the working class across the globe. Unemployment levels are at an all-time high. The global youth unemployment is at a record level at a time when the world has the largest number of youth population in history. The crisis has pushed millions below the poverty levels. The conservative estimates of the World Bank suggest that more than one billion people are living below the poverty levels today.

While the burden of this crisis is shifted on to the working class, the banks and financial institutions that were responsible for bringing this crisis are rewarded with huge public funds by the States. The billionaires continued to record massive increase in their wealth but the pensions and other social security benefits of the workers are attacked in the name of austerity. Inequalities have registered massive increase both within the nations and between the nations.

The Indian economy is also caught in this crisis. The projected growth in agriculture has not taken place. Industrial production is constantly on the decline. The services sector has considerably slowed down. The neo-liberal policies pursued so vigorously in the past decade has heaped enormous burden on the working and toiling people. The country is home to the largest number of poor, hungry and malnourished in the world. During this period the Indian State has been transferring the wealth and natural resources of the nation to the big corporate houses unabashed. While any scheme to give some relief to the common people is criticized, we are given sermons by the apologists of capitalism that the dole out to corporate houses should not be seen as cronyism as it helps the business environment and results in the growth of the economy.

This 2014 is a very important year for a large section of the global working class. In this year, along with India, South Africa and Brazil will vote for new governments. The discontent arising out of the economic crisis is being utilized by the right reactionary forces to consolidate in all the three countries. The outcome of these elections will largely shape the future of these countries. The stakes are very high for the working class and therefore it should spare no effort to prevent the take-over of the States by the right reactionary forces.

The Indian democracy is under great threat today. The parliamentary elections have been turned into a presidential form of election. Narendra Modi is being projected as the saviour having solutions to the myriad problems of the nation. The Corporate world which sees in him a ruthless implementer of neo-liberalism has come out openly in his support. The projection of one individual on the pretext that India needs a strong leader can be good for the corporate sector but surely it will damage democracy and raises fear of dictatorship and emergence of fascism. Don’t we have the example of Germany and Italy which craved for a strong leader and exposed the world to the ruthlessness of fascism? The deliberate attempts to polarize the nation on the basis of religion for the success of the savior chosen by the corporate sector have the potential to harm the unity and integrity of the nation.

The working class has to play an important role in defending secularism and national unity. They have to fight hard to prevent the take-over of the Indian State by the right reactionary forces. The Left alone is capable of fighting both neo-liberalism and communalism. It must be remembered that parliamentary elections for the Left is a means of mobilizing the people and is not an end in itself. The true strength of the Left lies in its capacity to wage class struggles. There cannot be any doubt the Left exerts larger influence in the Indian society through its struggle in comparison to its parliamentary strength. The global struggle of the working class cannot be confined to just resisting the attacks of capital. Capitalism can never be humane and it will always be ruthless in its pursuit of profits.

This May Day, the working class must take serious steps to reinvent class struggles. It is only through class struggle and its success that we can hope to reshape the world. AIIEA greets the entire working force across the globe on this glorious May Day. AIIEA also extends its revolutionary greetings to the Indian Working Class and wishes all success in its struggle to defend the unity and integrity of the nation.


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The people of India will elect their representatives to the 16th Lok Sabha by middle of May, 2014. The election commission has already announced the dates of elections to the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies during 7th of April to 12th May, 2014. The results of   this election shall be declared on 16th May, 2014 as per schedule drawn by the Election Commission.

 The Congress led UPA II government in last 10 years has pushed the Indian economy to an abysmal point. The neo liberal economy embraced by Congress in consonance of the dictum of IMF/World Bank is the cause for this tragedy witnessed by the people of our country. In fact the reforms introduced by Congress in 1991 and pursued by the following governments was the platform that opened up Indian Economy to the needs of indigenous and foreign capital’s greed to loot the wealth of the country. Economy was further liberalised by BJP led NDA government in 1999. This only confirmed that Indian politics and political parties excepting the Left competed with each other to show their subservience to the dictates of finance capital. This philosophy altered the course of the government policies from interventionist policy to market-driven policy. This understanding of the ruling classes thus accepted the dictum ‘it is not the business of the government to be in business’.  It further boasted that the duty of the government is only to govern the country. The government totally abdicated its responsibility to intervene on behalf of the common man and gave a free ticket to the rich to further their profits. This theory enabled privatisation of government and public services. Government detached itself from providing subsidy to the people in the areas of basic necessities. The Indian ruling class totally neglected the agriculture sector. Shifting the primary lending away from agriculture sector resulted in suicides of more than 2.8 lakh farmers in this country during the period of reforms. The ever increasing inflation resulted into continuous and unprecedented price rise.
 
The consecutive governments since 1991 were shamelessly chanting the mantra of Privatisation. They said privatisation alone will lift the Indian economy to greater heights and in turn distributes the wealth of the country to its people.  This enabled privatisation of all public sectors in this country for a throw away price to both Indian and foreign private entrepreneurs. This led to the unbridled loot of public wealth by these private corporates. India today is home to 60 $billionaires and is ranked fifth in the world in number of billionaires. The combined wealth of these Indian billionaires comes to a staggering $390 billion which is almost 1/3rd of the total GDP of the country. All the scams in post reform era stand testimony to this obnoxious design of ruling classes. The policy of privatisation led to more attacks on working people of this country. The unemployment increased. The contract employment replaced the permanent employment. Reforms in pension sector resulted in the defined pension being replaced by defined contribution.  The Indian trade union movement led by left had to launch struggles against this anti worker and anti people policies. India witnessed 15 general strikes in the last 20 years.  Today we witness more inequality among the people due to the economic reforms in this country.
 
It is in this background that AIIEA has protected the public sector LIC and General Insurance Companies in the last two decades. Despite the attempts of successive governments since 1999 to weaken the public sector insurance industry, the sustained campaign and struggle unleashed by AIIEA could not only protect our industry but also helped the industry to reach commanding positions. Without doubt the public sector insurance companies are market leaders today. Our campaign against the LIC (Amendment) Bill 2009 finally succeeded in protection of LIC. The campaign against Insurance laws (Amendment) bill 2008 could so far stall the government’s attempts and the campaign should continue. This bill not only allows increase in foreign direct investment from the present 26% to 49% but also enables privatisation of public sector general insurance companies. This attempt of government is nothing but to hand over the savings mobilized by the public sector insurance industry to the private hands. AIIEA’s struggle could so far keep the government at bay on this Bill.

The Elections 2014 are definitely going to shape the future of public sector insurance industry. The two major political parties viz., the Congress and the BJP have already stated that once they come to power in 2014, their priority will be to further liberalize the financial sector.

Therefore, this election is very important for every employee working in public sector insurance industry. If we have to guard this industry, we must act decisively in this crucial election. The time has come to think and decide on whose side we should stand by. Do we have to elect such political formulations which are against the public sector and the public sector insurance industry? Do people of India have to elect such political parties whose economic policies are anti- poor, anti-worker and anti-people?  Should the people elect such governments who shun their responsibility towards majority people’s aspirations?

The 23rd General Conference of AIIEA while answering these questions called upon the people of this country to change ‘THE NEETI NOT NETA ALONE’. The discussion in media that who is our next PM – “ IS IT MODI OR RAHUL “ is no use to the people of this country because both represent the same economic philosophy of  FREE MARKET ECONOMY. Their parties unashamedly represent the corporate world.  This being the reality, the conference of AIIEA beckoned people of this country to “REJECT CONGRESS led UPA and DEFEAT BJP led NDA. In this background we call upon insurance employees to support the Left, secular, progressive and democratic political parties and save the economic independence of India. Let us all fulfill this task without any let up and be proud partners for a better India tomorrow.

With warm greetings,       

Comradely yours,
General Secretary

 

(Please download the attached AIIEA Circular No.06/2014 dated 25th March 2014)


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Dear Comrades,


Please download the attached Circular No.05/2014 dated 15 February 2014.


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Dear Comrades,


Please download the attached Circular No.04/2014 dated 13 February 2014.


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Dear Comrades,


Please download the attached Circular No.03/2014 dated 5 February 2014.


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Dear Comrades,


Please find Cir No.02/2014 in the attachment.


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LIC Central Office issued guidelines for deputing the LIC employees for election duties.

CO circular no. CO/Per/ER-A/054/2014 dated 15th January 2014 is available on the website of the Personnel Department of Jeevan Sanchar.

These instructions quote the guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India which inter alia state that employees of Banks and LIC may be drafted on election duty to the minimum extent possible, and that care should be taken to ensure that the business of these institutions is not hampered.

Please go through the circular of Central Office which places the whole issue in a detailed manner.


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Dear Comrades,


Please find Cir No.01/2014 in the attachment.


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Dear Comrades,

MASSIVE PARTICIPATION OF WORKERS IN THE MARCH TO PARLIAMENT ON 12TH DECEMBER 2013

Around four lakh workers from across the country participated in the massive MARCH TO PARLIAMENT on 12th December 2013. There were flags/banners of all colours, from all parts of the country, from all unions and associations indicating the representation of the whole working class.

The rally started from Ramlila Maidan at 10.30 am and the workers were still reaching the venue of the meeting near Parliament till 1.30 noon. The march, organised by the Central Trade Unions along with independent federations and associations witnessed a huge participation of women who came in big numbers, carrying their luggage on head, clutching kids in arms and walking on the streets shouting slogans.

No to reforms, Control price-rise, Universalise public distribution system, Create   more jobs, Enforce labour laws, provide universal social security cover for all workers, Provide minimum wages of Rs 10,000, Stop contractualisation of jobs, and Stop Privatisation of public sector  were among the major demands raised by the workers all along the rally.

Around 2000 insurance employees joined this historic rally.  While insurance employees across the country participated in the rally, Delhi I/Delhi II/Delhi III, Chandigarh, Rohtak, Karnal, Kanpur, Lucknow, Aligarh, Allahabad, and Meerut units of AIIEA contributed to major mobilization of the employees. Coms. K.  Venu Gopal, P. Bagchee, J Gurumurthy, RC Sharma, A.K. Bhatnagar, M. Kunhikrishnan, Jayant Mukherjee, Clement Xavier Das, Ashok Tewari, Sanjeev Sharma, and NK Pachauri, were among the leadership of the AIIEA who led the delegation of AIIEA in the rally.

The mammoth rally which culminated at the Parliament Street was addressed by Com. Tapan Sen, CITU, Com. Gurudas Dasgupta, AITUC, and senior leaders from BMS, INTUC, HMS and other Central Trade Unions. In the evening the leaders of central trade unions met the Prime Minister and apprised him of the major demands of the workers.

In fine the March to Parliament on 12th December 2013, sent a clarion call to the workers across the country that the working class demands a change in the policies in their favour  and not a mere change in the government.


With greetings,
Comradely yours,


General Secretary.


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Dear Comrades,

AIIEA SECRETARIAT DECIDES TO CONTINUE CAMPAIGN AGAINST INSURANCE LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL

The Secretariat of the AIIEA met, as scheduled, at Hyderabad on 12th November 2013. Com. Amanulla Khan, President AIIEA, chaired the meeting.

The Secretariat reviewed the campaign against the proposed FDI hike in the insurance sector since last Secretariat meeting and also the move to disinvest the public sector general insurance companies. The meeting noted with satisfaction that our units across India met 445 Members of Parliament and important personalities from different political parties and impressed upon them the need to resist FDI hike in the insurance sector and the disinvestment of the public sector general insurance companies.  The meeting further reviewed the intentions of the government to push the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill in the winter session of the Parliament which will commence form the 5th of December 2013.

There was a serious discussion in the meeting relating to our campaign in the general insurance sector too. The Secretariat was convinced that the proposal to allow public sector general insurance companies to raise equity through markets tantamount to privatisation of these companies.  These companies are adequately capitalised and have control over massive assets.  Therefore, they have the ability to generate internal resources if required to meet the capital adequacy and there is no justification in permitting these companies to approach the markets to raise equity capital. Instead, the Secretariat demanded the merger of the four companies.  

Given the enormity of the danger of the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill being passed in the winter session, the meeting called upon the units to intensify the campaign. Apart from continuing with the conventional forms of the campaign like conducting Seminars, Conventions, Jathas and meeting MPs, the Secretariat called upon the units to hold lunch hour demonstrations on the opening day of the winter session of Parliament i.e. 5th December 2013. The Secretariat also reiterated AIIEA's earlier decision to go for One Day Strike Action in the event of the Insurance Bill being passed in Parliament.

ONE MORE OPTION FOR PENSION AND CHARTER OF DEMANDS:

The secretariat reiterated its demand for one more option for Pension. While noting the assurance of the LIC management and the GIPSA to seriously pursue the issue with the government, the Secretariat decided to follow up the matter for an early solution.

The Secretariat of the AIIEA also discussed the issue relating to the wage revision in the LIC and PS General Insurance Companies.  The public sector insurance industry performed extremely well in a sluggish economic situation.  LIC has established total market dominance both in premium income and number of policies.  The productivity of employees in Public sector insurance industry increased. Therefore, the demand for 40 percent wage hike is justified.  The Secretariat decided to demand for an early dialogue to settle this legitimate issue of the employees.

The Secretariat while appreciating that the Government had cleared LIC’s scheme for up-gradation of the Regular Part-time sweepers, demanded an early issuance of the administrative instructions. The Secretariat noted that due to efforts of AIIEA, recruitment in the Class III cadre to the extent of 2600 has taken place in the four Public Sector General Insurance Companies.
 
The meeting noted that the Indian economy is in a deep crisis today. The crisis is both due to the external and internal factors. The crisis is due to the mindless pursuit of neo-liberal policies leading to lack of demand in the economy. The BJP wanted to utilise this opportunity, despite their economic philosophy being no different from that of Congress, and wanted to encash the situation when India is due for its Parliamentary elections in the next five to six months.

Therefore, the Secretariat noted that the proposed March to Parliament on 12th December 2013 by the working class of this country is an opportunity to broaden our struggle by making common cause with other sections of the toilers. It was, therefore, decided that each zone would send two representatives to the Parliament March.  The units which are in the vicinity of Delhi should mobilise employees in a big way to make this programme of action a big success. All Units should undertake Rallies/ Demonstrations in co-ordination with the local democratic movements at their respective centres.

23RD GENERAL CONFERENCE OF AIIEA:

The Secretariat of the AIIEA made a detailed review of the preparations being made for the ensuing 23rd General Conference of the AIIEA to be held at Nagpur from 20th to 24th January 2014. Com. H.I.Bhatt, General Secretary of WZIEA reported on the preparations being made for the Conference and informed that a Reception committee under the Chairmanship of eminent Economist Dr. Shriniwas Khandewale was formed on 15.10.2013.  Com. Bhatt informed that the Divisional Unit of Nagpur is making all efforts to make the conference every success. The Secretariat called upon all its Units to help Nagpur divisional unit in all possible ways including financial support for the smooth conduct of the conference.

SIGTUR:

The Secretariat noted with immense satisfaction the fact that Com. Amanulla Khan, President AIIEA had been nominated by the CITU (Centre of Indian Trade Unions) to take charge of South Asian chapter of SIGTUR (Southern Initiative on Globalisation and Trade Union Rights).  Com. Amanulla Khan will be heading a thirteen member Indian delegation to the ensuing SIGTUR conference at Perth, Australia from 2-6 December 2013. Com. V. Ramesh, Joint Secretary AIIEA will be a part of the Indian delegation on behalf of the insurance sector.

The Secretariat of AIIEA appealed to all the employees in public sector insurance industry to observe all programmes of action of the organisation successfully to protect the industry and to strengthen the working class struggles to defeat the neo-liberal policies.


With greetings,
Comradely yours,


General Secretary.


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