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Sunday, May 15, 2016

AIIPA DECISION A WELCOME CHANGE


AIIPA decision to involve in the legal battle indicates a significant change in their strategy.

In many meetings they decried the attempt of finding a legal solution and emphasised their belief in negotiation and struggle. 


They reportedly engaged in serious negotiation with LIC regarding pensioners problem and claimed but for the cases in courts, the pensioner's problem would have been solved long back as LIC, during negotiations, advanced sub judis arguments.

When one of their Joint Secretaries was elected to Parliament and again when their ideological bosses were powerful partners of UPA, nothing was done to solve the pensioners problem.

AIIPA's change of strategy is welcome but I am afraid it is rather late and may cause delay.

I appeal to AIIPA to consider to convince their parent organisation AIIEA to jump into the fray directly, call upon LIC to negotiate pensioner's problem, give a call for token strike in LIC and follow it with a notice of indefinite strike.

We have seen when the SBI pensioners were agitating for equal treatment of all pensioners, how the then Central Government came down within days of serving employees gave a notice of indefinite strike.


Sampath Iyengar