Severe criticism and protest have come against the action of the Jammu & Kashmir government (which is under the governor’s rule) for appointing Aseem Sawhney, advocate, as the Additional Advocate General of the State. This is because, Aseem Sawhney had appeared as the lawyer of the accused persons earlier, in the gang rape and murder of the 8 year old Asifa Bano at Kathua. It may be remembered that two BJP Ministers had also participated in the rally, supporting the criminals who committed the rape and murder of Asifa Bano.
A meeting of BSNLEU’s members of the Wage Revision Committee is held at New Delhi today. Elaborate discussions took place with regards to the construction of the new pay scales. The main aspect of the discussions is to avoid the stagnation problem. The proposals finalised in today’s meeting will be placed for discussion in the meeting of the Wage Revision Committee members of BSNLEU and NFTE, to be held on 03.08.2018. Finalising the new pay scales is one of the important tasks of the Joint Committee on Wage Revision. BSNLEU is taking all out efforts to complete this task at the earliest.
BSNLEU heartily congratulates the entire BSNL employees, their unions and associations. Yes comrades. We are nearing the achievement of the impossible. 3rd Pay Revision Committee said that BSNL employees are not eligible for Wage Revision w.e.f 01-01-2017. The Union Cabinet also approved it. The DoT issued letter on 21-02-2018, stating that BSNL employees are not eligible for Wage Revision and it's pensioners are not eligible for Pension Revision. Still, our consistent struggles, efforts and wise strategies have started giving results. The one day strike on 27-07-2017, two days strike on 12th & 13th December, 2017, the massive March to Sanchar Bhawan on 23-02-2018, submission of memorandums to around 200 MPs, and numerous other struggles have made the Wage Revision of BSNL employees a reality today. Yes comrades, the negotiations for the settlement of Wage Revision of the Non-Executives is starting today. Still we have a long way to go to complete the Wage Revision. Still, the commencement of the Wage Revision itself is a great achievement. We have done it. Our unity and united struggles have made it possible. Congratulations to all.
The first meeting of the Joint Committee for negotiating wage settlement of the Non-Executives was held in a cordial atmosphere today. Shri H.C. Pant, CGM (Legal), Chairman of the Joint Committee, presided over the meeting. Other Management Side members of the Joint Committee who participated in today’s meeting are Shri Sourabh Tyagi, Sr.GM(Estt.), Ms. Smiti Chaudhary, GM(EF), Shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR) and Shri A.K. Sinha, DGM(SR). The following comrades participated from the Staff Side.
BSNLEU NFTE BSNL
(1) Com. Balbir Singh, President (1) Com. Islam Ahmed, President
(2) Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS (2) Com. Chandeshwar Singh, GS
(3) Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS (3) Com. K.S. Seshadri, Dy.GS
(4) Com. Asokababu, Vice President
(5) Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President
At the outset, Shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR), welcomed everyone to the meeting. The Staff Side members expressed their thanks to the Management, for expeditiously convening the first meeting of the Joint Committee. They also ensured their fullest cooperation for the finalisation of the wage settlement, within the shortest possible time.
Thereafter, the Management Side explained in detail about the provisions contained in the guidelines issued by the DPE, vide it’s letter dated 24.11.2017, with regards to the wage revision of the Non-Executives. In this connection, the Staff Side sought a clarification. In para (vi) of the DPE guidelines, it is advised by the DPE that, the CPSEs could adopt graded DA nutralisation and / or graded fitment, to avoid conflict of pay scales between the Executives and Non-Executives. The Management Side replied that necessary clarification in this regard would be obtained from the DPE.
The Staff Side suggested to the Management Side that, meetings should be conducted in quick succession, so that the agreement on wage revision could be signed by 31st August, 2018. The Management Side responded positively and assured it’s fullest cooperation in this regard.
It is decided that the next meeting of the Joint Committee for negotiating wage settlement will be held at 15:30 hrs. on 09.08.2018. The item of construction of the new pay scales will be taken up in that meeting.
After completion of today’s Joint Committee meeting, the Staff Side members of the Committee, met and discussed about the strategy to be adopted, for finalising the wage settlement within the shortest possible time. It was unanimously decided that, both the Recognised Unions should work in close coordination to finalise the wage settlement within the shortest possible time, and with the maximum benefits to the employees. The various aspects connected with the construction of the new pay scales are discussed in this meeting. It is decided that, both the Recognised Unions should hand over a joint proposal to the Management, on the new pay scales, in the next meeting of the Joint Committee, to be held on 09.08.2018. To finalise this proposal, a meeting of the Staff Side members will be held at 10:00 AM on 03.08.2018, at NFTE’s office.
The AUAB has already called on the BSNL employees, to organise a 3 day Relay Hunger Strike on 24th, 25th & 26th July, 2018, demanding immediate implementation of the assurances given by the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, in the meeting held on 24.02.2018. This issue was discussed in the meeting held between the leaders of BSNLEU and NFTE today. It was decided to powerfully organise this 3 day Relay Hunger Strike at the BSNL Corporate Office, by making maximum mobilisation.
As has already been intimated, the AUAB is organising a 3 day Relay Hunger Strike on 24th, 25th & 26th July, 2018. This country wide programme is being organised, demanding immediate implementation of the assurances given by the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, to the AUAB leaders on 24.02.2018, with regards to 3rd Pay Revision, Pension Revision, allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL and Pension Contribution by BSNL as per government rule. CHQ calls upon all the circle and district secretaries to take the initiative to organise this programme in the most successful manner. Since this is a 3 day programme, sufficient efforts should be taken, in coordination with the other constituents of the AUAB, to muster sufficient strength on all the 3 days of the Relay Hunger Strike.
The Corporate Office has issued letter today, constituting the Joint Committee to negotiate wage settlement of the Non-Executives. Chairman of this Joint Committee is Shri H.C. Pant, CGM (Legal) of the BSNL Corporate Office. There are 5 members from the Management Side, including the Chairman. From the Staff Side, 8 members are there. In this, 5 are from BSNLEU and 3 are from NFTE. As we have already informed through the website yesterday, the first meeting of this Joint Committee is taking place at 11:00 hrs. tomorrow.
The Kerala circle union of BSNLEU has launched agitational programme, demanding improvement of the deteriorating services of BSNL, as well as seeking settlement of the outstanding staff grievances. The CHQ of BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), demanding her immediate intervention for the settlement of the issues.
Inflation at wholesale level has reached a 4 year high. This is according to the official data released by the government last Monday. The real upward push in the wholesale inflation has taken place in the crude petroleum and natural gas segments. It is interesting to note that, internationally, the price of crude oil fell steeply, after the present government came to power in May, 2015. However, in India, the price of petrol and diesel kept on rising due to the frequent and huge taxes imposed by the government on petrol and diesel.
[Courtesy: The Hindu dt. 17-07-2018]