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.
BSNLEU has written to the Director(HR), demanding implementation of open-ended pay scales for the Non-Executives, in the forthcoming Wage Settlement. In the last Wage Revision, implemented from 01.01.2007, the Management kept the maximum of the pay scales as low as possible, with the view to keep the expenditure on Pension Contribution also low. This in turn, resulted in stagnation, especially for the employees in the lower pay scales. Now, that the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications has directed the Secretary, Telecom, in the meeting held on 24-02-2018, to implement Government of India Rule, for collection of Pension Contribution from BSNL, this problem is going to be solved once for all. Hence, BSNLEU has demanded implementation of open ended pay scales for the Non-Executives.
BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding immediate implementation of the 30% Superannuation Benefits to the Directly Recruited employees. In this respect, the Union has demanded full implementation of the recommendation of the 2nd Pay Revision Committee.
With view to overcome it’s severe shortage in cash flow, the BSNL Corporate Office has recently issued direction to the field units to retrench contract workers. In many circles upto 30% of the contract workers are retrenched. In his meeting held with the CMD BSNL on 06.07.2018, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, has suggested that those retrenched contract workers could be taken back and be engaged in the marketing activities. This will bring extra income to the Company, while providing livelihood to the retrenched contract workers. The CMD BSNL appreciated this suggestion, and assured that it would be looked into. In continuation of this discussion, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, insisting for the consideration of it’s suggestion for the reengagement of the retrenched contract workers.
The All India BSNL Cultural Meet 2018 is going to be held at Ahmedabad. In this regard, Corporate Office has issued instructions, according to which various events of music, dance and instrumental have been mixed up. Traditionally, these events found their place separately in the All India Cultural Meet. BSNLEU has written to the Corporate Management, demanding to maintain the categorisation of events that have been followed hitherto.
In it’s meetings held on 26.06.2018 and 04.07.2018, the AUAB has called on the BSNL employees to organise demonstration on 11.07.2018 and relay hunger strike on 24th to 26th July, 2018, demanding immediate implementation of the assurances given by the Hon’ble MoS(C) on 24.02.2018, with regards to 3rd Pay Revision, Implementation of Government of India Rules for payment of Pension Contribution by BSNL, Allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL and Pension Revision. The AUAB issued notice today to the Secretary, DoT and CMD BSNL, for this agitation.
Consequent to the decision of the Corporate Management, to increase the number of Staff Side representatives in the Joint Committee for negotiating wage revision, the All India Centre of BSNLEU, has decided to nominate the President, General Secretary, Deputy General Secretary, Com.P.Asokababu, Vice-president (CHQ) and Com.Animesh Mitra, Vice-president (CHQ), as BSNLEU's representatives in the Joint Committee.
The Corporate Office has written to the General Secretary, BSNLEU, for nominating 3 representatives to the Joint Committee for Wage Negotiation. BSNLEU has pointed out that this is insufficient representation, and has demanded representation equivalent to the one given in the National Council. BSNLEU has also demanded that the Union should be given the liberty for nominating those who are not members/office bearers.
BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding the withdrawal of the Corporate Office letter, which has postponed the date of salary payment of the Non-Executives. BSNLEU has objected that, this decision had been taken unilaterally, without consulting the Recognised Unions. Further, BSNLEU has pointed out that, in the name of improving financial position of the Company, only facilities of the lower level employees are being withdrawn, whereas none of the facilities being enjoyed by the top officers of the Company is withdrawn. The Management has also not taken any concrete step, for the curtailment of wasteful expenditures, based on the letters given by unions and associations.
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.
The representatives of BSNLEU, who met the GM (FP) today, insisted for the implementation of the amendments to the JAO RR, as has already been demanded by BSNLEU. The Union has demanded the following amendments:-
The GM(FP) who has recently taken over the charge of this portfolio, assured to look into this and to do the needful.
The BSNL Management has already sent a proposal to the Recognised Unions, for abolishing the Civil / Electrical Local Councils. This issue was elaborately discussed in the Agartala CEC meeting of BSNLEU. Based on that deliberation BSNLEU representatives, who met Shri A.M.Gupta, GM(SR) today, firmly told that separate Local Councils for Civil / Electrical wings should continue, till the Civil / Electrical administrations are fully merged with the SSA administrations. The GM(SR) assured that the view of BSNLEU would be duly considered.
The Designations committee, in it’s meeting held on 15.02.2018, had finalised the new designations for the left out Non- Executive cadres. However, they were not accepted by the Management Committee. There after, alternative designations were finalised in the meeting, held on 31.05.2018. The BSNLEU representatives who met the CMD BSNL today, urged upon him to ensure early approval of the Management Committee, for the new designations suggested alternatively. The CMD BSNL assured to do the needful.
As per the decision of the Union Cabinet, the assets and liabilities of the erstwhile Department of Telecom Services (DTS) and that of Department of Telecom Operations (DTO), were already transferred to BSNL, w.e.f. 01.10.2000. However, the DoT is forcibly taking over BSNL’s buildings and office spaces in many circles. In today’s meeting with the CMD BSNL, BSNLEU urged upon him to ensure that no more building or office space is taken over by the DoT, and also to ensure that all the lands and buildings, transferred from DTS and DTO, are registered in BSNL’s name without further delay. The CMD BSNL assured to do the needful.
J&K circle is suffering from acute shortage of staff in the cadre of Sr.TOA. The issue was taken up by the Union in the Circle Council, as a result of which, the Circle Administration has written to the Corporate Office, demanding a Special Recruitment Drive. Based on that, BSNLEU has written to Director (HR), demanding a Special Recruitment Drive in the cadre of Sr.TOA, for J&K circle.
In the year 2016, three JTO LICEs were conducted. Exams have been conducted for the vacancies upto the year 2015-16. Therafter, no exam is conducted for the vacancies of 2016-17 and 2017-18. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), demanding to take action for holding the next JTO LICE.
Inordinate delay in effecting mutual Transfers of DR JEs.
CHQ writes to the circle secretaries for intervention.
Many of the newly recruited DR JEs, who joined duty in 2017, have applied for mutual transfers. It is learnt that, in many places, their applications are being held up by the local administration, and are not being forwarded to the CGM office. This issue was brought to the notice of the General Secretary, in the DR JE convention of Punjab circle, held at Ludhiana on 27.05.2018. As a matter of rule, mutual transfers cannot be denied. Hence, circle secretaries are requested to look into this issue. CHQ has written to Pujab, Karnataka, Kerala and Chennai circle secretaries.