Public Sector General Insurance (PSGI) employees staged sit in dharna and held lunch hour demonstrations in front of the regional office of United India Insurance Company Limited, at Shankar Nagar Square in the city demanding immediate settlement of their wage revision, which is pending since August 2017 on the line of LIC of India. The aggrieved employees shouted slogans against the Government and General Insurers (Public Sector) Association of India (GIPSA).
The agitation programme was held on the appeal of Joint Forum of Trade Unions and Associations (JFTU) in PSGI companies. PSGI employees all over India held similar dharna. Besides wage revision, pension for all under 1995 scheme by Scrapping National Pension System (NPS), till then increase in company’s contribution to 14 per cent towards NPS, uniform family pension at the rate of 30 per cent without any capping, updation of pension, merger of PSGI companies as proposed earlier by Government and repeal GIBNA amendment Act –paving way of Privatization are the other demands of the employees.
At the time of conclusion of dharna in Nagpur huge demonstrations and gate meeting were held. On the occasion, Rajendra Saroj of NICOA condemned GIPSA for giving a meager offer of wage increase in the talks held on June 2. Swapnil Kohle of UIICOA said the employees will not take any thing lesser than LIC of India.
Anil Sakharkar of GIBCEWA said that GIPSA and Department of Financial Services (DFS) have insulted PSGI employees by giving offer of 2 per cent arrears. He further said, “we have to fight unitedly to get our demands.” Ashish Virkhare of BVKS stated that PSGI employees who have worked hard in a pandemic are disappointed and frustrated, they may lose their tempo of working due to the attitude of GIPSA and DFS towards employees.
Prashant Dixit, General Secretary of General Insurance Employees’ Union-Western Zone (GIEU WZ) stated that the constant struggles compelled GIPSA to call for talks on Wage Revision. “But, they have not given an offer like LIC and hence their offer was rejected,” he added. JFTU constituents had given letter to GIPSA demanding improved offers like LIC till June 30. As GIPSA did not respond to the demand, call of Dharna and one-day strike on July 11 are being given by JFTU.
Vinod Sakhare of AIGISCSTEWP; Pradeep Dharamthok, President GIEU WZ; Sumit Tiwari, Vinay Karpe, Chandrakant Deshpande, Anil Nimje, Ashish Kutemathe, Arun Kulkarni, Omkar Shende, Deepak Gotmare, Homraj Adey and Sunil Tambey were present.