As per the decision taken in meeting held yesterday, letter has been written to Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications, by the AUAB, communicating it's unhappiness over the delay in the settlement of the 3rd Pay Revision issues. In the letter, the AUAB has stated that it would be compelled to go on strike, if no positive outcome comes on the issue. The letter was delivered by hand to the Private Secretary to the Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications today, by the AUAB representatives.
BSNL Management, vide it’s letter dated 08.01.2019, has granted relief to the left-out Non-Executives, appointed between 01.01.2007 and 07.05.2010, and who suffered wage loss. Vide the above mentioned letter, the actual wage loss suffered by the employees will be compensated. Whereas, the same BSNL Management has granted one extra increment to the TTAs, who were appointed between 01.01.2007 and 07.05.2010, and who suffered wage loss. Thus, the BSNL Management has adopted discriminatory approach in respect of the left-out Non-Executives. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to end this discrimination, by granting one extra increment to the left out Non-Executives also.
BSNLEU is continuously demanding that the TSMs regularised after 01.10.2000 should be granted 1st promotion under NEPP, on completion of four years. In this connection, BSNLEU is also continuously pressing upon the BSNL Management to implement the Court order. Once again BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL on this issue.
BSNLEU has already demanded review of the results of the failed SC/ST candidates of the JE LICE, held on 28-01-2018, based on the DoT order no.22-5/91-NCG dated 28-12-1992. In the meanwhile, based on the serious efforts taken by BSNLEU, and especially based on the discussion that BSNLEU held with the CMD BSNL on 10.07.2018, Management has given relaxation of qualifying marks to the candidates of all the categories, for the JE LICE held on 28-01-2018. Citing this relaxation given to all the candidates, Management has rejected any further relaxation to the SC/ST candidates. The stand of the Management is unacceptable. SC/ST candidates should get relaxation based on the DoT order no.22-5/91-NCG dated 28-12-1992. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), strongly demanding review of the results of the failed SC/ST candidates of the JE LICE held on 28-01-2018.
The 9th All India Conference of BSNLEU, held at Mysuru, has unanimously passed the resolution, seeking modification to the Non-Executives’ Recognition Rules. The Conference has demanded removal of the provision in the Non-Executives’ Recognition Rules, which stipulates that no second union will be recognised, if the first union gets 50% votes. The Conference has taken this decision, to strengthen the unity of the unions of the Non-Executives. To implement the decision of the Conference, the CHQ has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding amendment to the Recognition Rules, by explaining the circumstances.
In the last National Council meeting, held on 20.11.2018, Com.P. Abhimanyu, Secretary, Staff Side, demanded that the JE LICE should be conducted as an “offline” exam. He raised the above issue in his initial remarks. He cited the poor results of the last JE LICE, held on 28.01.2018, wherein only 111 candidates, out of the total 1,800 candidates who appeared in the exam, got qualified. He pointed out that most of the candidates who appear the JE LICE are from the line staff, who did not possess any working knowledge in computer. He also demanded that all Non-Executive to Non-Executive exams should be conducted as “offline” exam. Further, he suggested that, a full-fledged computer training should be imparted to the qualified candidates, so as to make them fully fit to handle the computer-related jobs. The Director (HR) who is also the Chairman of the National Council, appreciated that the suggestions and assured that, the issue would be revisited. In continuation of this, BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), reiterating it’s demand that JE LICE should be conducted as an “offline” exam.
The AUAB has already expressed it's strong opposition to the proposal of the BSNL Management, made secretly to the DoT, to reduce the retirement age of the BSNL employees from 60 years to 58 years. In continuation of this, the AUAB has written to the CMD BSNL, cautioning that the AUAB would be forced to go on struggles, if the BSNL Management tries to violate the decision of the Government of India, as well as the assurance of the Hon'ble MoS(C) on the matter.
The Sanchar Soft server at Trichy crashed nearly a week ago, resulting in distruption of BSNL's SIM sales, MNP, etc. The matter was promptly taken to the notice of the CMD BSNL. Now, we are reported that the Sanchar Soft has started functioning partially. BSNLEU has again written to the CMD BSNL to ensure early and total restoration of the Sanchar Soft.
Talks were held between the CMD BSNL and the AUAB on 02-12-2018. Assurance was given by the CMD BSNL that the Pension Contribution by BSNL Management, in respect of the Directly Recruited BSNL employees, would be increased by 3% by March, 2019 and the remaining portion would be increased in the next instalment. However, no Record of discussion has been issued by the Corporate Office, for this assurance, despite repeated reminders to the CMD BSNL. Hence the AUAB has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to issue the Record of discussion without further delay.
In the meeting held between the Hon’ble MoS(C) and the DoT on 03.12.2018, it was assured that an Institutional Mechanism would be put in place, for periodical interaction between the AUAB and the DoT. The AUAB has written to the Secretary, Telecom, demanding constitution of this mechanism at the earliest. The AUAB has also demanded that the said Institutional Mechanism should be headed by the Additional Secretary, Telecom and not by a junior ranking officer of the DoT.
The AUAB has already protested the unlawful detention of two BSNL officers, for more than 5 hours on 04.12.2018, by the Jharkhand police. This violation of human right has been committed at the behest of the Chief Minister of Jharkhand. The AUAB has written to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, with copy to the Hon’ble Home Minister, the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, etc., demanding appropriate and expeditious action on the perpetrators of this crime.