In the 36th meeting of the National Council, Com. P. Abhimanyu, Secretary, Staff Side, raised certain issues in his initial remarks. The Chairperson of the National Council responded to those issues. BSNLEU has written to the GM (SR) for inclusion of these in the minutes, and also for follow up action by the Corporate Office.
Due to unavoidable circumstances, the dates of the forthcoming All India Conference, to be held at Mysuru, have been changed. The news dates are 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th January, 2019. All comrades are requested to kindly make note of the change in dates. As usual, the pre-All India Conference CEC meeting will be held on 07th January, 2019. CEC members are requested to book their journey tickets accordingly.
As per the study of the French Tech Firm, Capgemini, the number of High Networth Individuals (HNI) in India has increased by 20% in the year 2017. An High Networth Individual is defined as the one who is having investable assets of over 1 million US Dollars. According to this report, the number of such Dollar Millionaires in India comes to 2.6 lakh people. Their asset worth is a whopping 1 trillion US Dollars! It is also worth mentioning here that, the International Rights Group, Oxfam, has reported that in India, 73% of the wealth created in 2017, has reached the hands of the top 1% of the population, whereas the bottom 67 crore Indians have got only 1% of this wealth. This is how the Narendra Modi government is serving the poor people of this country.
(Source: Times of India dated 20.06.2018)
Accusing that the United Nations Human Rights Council is biased against Israel, the US has left the Council. The US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley has also criticised that the UN Human Rights Council is a ‘cesspool of political bias’. The United Nations Human Rights Council is continuously criticising Israel for it’s forcible occupation of Palestine territories, and also for violation of human rights in those territories. By quitting the UN Human Rights Council, the real face of the US has been exposed. This has also strengthened the criticism that US is the worst violator of human rights. It may also be recollected that the US, under Donald Trump, has also left the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, met Shri Saurabh Tyagi, GM (Estt.) today and discussed the following outstanding issues.
This issue had already been discussed with the Director (HR) and the GM (Estt.) a number of times. However, settlement of this issue has already been rejected by the Management. Under these circumstances, suggestion has come to the CHQ, from some of the affected Sr. TOAs. They have stated that they are prepared to forego any arrears that will accrue, due to the settlement of this problem. The GM (Estt.) was requested to consider settlement of the problem, with this condition. He assured to look into.
This issue was also discussed with the Management a number of times, but was rejected. In today’s meeting, the GM (Estt.) was once again requested to consider the demand, to help the candidates of backward circles like Assam and the North East, where vacancies are existing, but qualified officials are not available. The GM (Estt.) agreed to revisit the issue.
From time to time, the government of India is issuing various modifications / guidelines to the Child Care Leave. But, these government orders are not being endorsed by BSNL promptly. BSNLEU has already taken up this issue with the Management. In today’s meeting, with the GM (Estt.), BSNLEU once again raised the issue. After discussion the GM (Estt.) agreed to issue an instruction that all government orders on Child Care Leave, should be suo moto followed in BSNL.
The issue of BSNL’s buildings and office spaces being taken over by the DoT, is already taken up by BSNLEU, with the CMD BSNL. In continuation of this, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, met Shri H.C. Pant, Company Secretary today, and discussed the issue. The legal position on this issue was explained by the Company Secretary. Necessary inputs were also taken. BSNLEU will now take up this issue with the higher level of the government.
BSNLEU is vigorously pressurising the BSNL Management, to form the Joint Committee for Wage Negotiations. The issue is already discussed with the CMD BSNL and Director (HR). Further, this issue was raised in the recently held 36th meeting of the National Council also. Under these circumstances, the BSNLEU representatives who met Shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR) today, once again insisted for early constitution of the Joint Committee. Finally, the GM (SR) assured that the Committee would be constituted, latest by next week.
BSNLEU has already urged upon the CMD BSNL to hold the Welfare Board meeting. However, so far, no notification has been issued for the meeting. The BSNLEU representatives who met Shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.) today, once again insisted to issue notification for the meeting. The GM (Admn.) assured to do the needful at the earliest.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, addressed a largely attended contract workers meet at Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu circle, yesterday the 17-06-2018. It was organised by the Tamil Nadu Telecom Contact Workers Union (TNTCWU). The General Secretary explained about the various issues related to the revival of BSNL, the government's game-plan to weaken BSNL and the role of the contract workers in strengthening the Company. He also dealt with the various problems of the contract workers, and the efforts being taken by BSNLEU and the BSNLCCWF to settle them. The meeting was also addressed by Com.Vinod Kumar, General Secretary, TNTCWU, Com.P. Palanisamy, AGS, BSNCCWF, Com. K.T.Sambandam, DS, BSNLEU, and many others.