The three day National Conference of All India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organizations (AIFUCTO) held at Bangalore has resolved to resort to country wide indefinite strike, in case the VI UGC Pay Review Committee Report is not suitably modified and implemented by the Central Government immediately. The Conference was highly critical of certain recommendations of the Pay Review Committee which would totally upset the existing parity between college / university teachers and class I Officers of the Central Government. A 17 point charter of demands has been prepared by the General Council of AIFUCTO, attended by more than 2000 delegates from all the states and union territories in the country. The Conference has authorized the AIFUCTO Secretariat to try for a negotiated settlement with MHRD on the outstanding issues and to issue strike notice with immediate effect, if negotiations fail. The most important demands include assured three promotions for all teachers, inclusion of Readers/Selection Grade Lecturers in pay band four, professorship in both Post Graduate and Undergraduate departments, rectification of anomalies in respect of CAS in the last pay revision, the benefit of enhanced increment for all teachers and full parity between teachers and librarians/directors of physical education.A delegation of AIFUCTO led by Prof. Thomas Joseph, President and Prof. Asok Barman, General Secretary will meet Shri. Arjun Singh, HRD Minister to present the charter of demands and seek its acceptance and immediate implementation. The AIFUCTO Conference also appealed to all affiliates to contribute liberally to Bihar Chief Ministers’ Flood Relief Fund. The Conference further decided to hold country wide awareness programmes against the culture of violence and menace of terrorism aided and abetted by fundamentalist forces.
Asok Barman, Thomas Joseph Gen.Secretary, AIFUCTO President, AIFUCTO