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.
Consequent to the talks held between the representatives of the AUAB and the Director (HR) and CMD BSNL, decision has been taken to defer the struggles. Accordingly, the AUAB has sent letter, communicating it’s decision to defer the struggles.
The BSNL Corporate Office has issued notification for holding the 36th meeting of the National Council on 12.06.2018.
As per the DoT letter no.22-5/91-NCG dated 30.11.1992 and BSNL CO letter no.9-2/2016-Rectt. dated 28.08.2017, SC candidates securing 20% in each paper, and ST candidates securing 15% in each paper, should be considered as qualified in the LICEs. As per these letters, there is no provision for aggregate marks. However, for the recently conducted JE LICE, aggregate marks is prescribed as 30%, which is not applicable for the SC/ST candidates. In view of this, BSNLEU has written to the GM (Rectt.) of the BSNL Corporate Office, demanding review of the results of the failed SC / ST candidates of the recently conducted JE LICE, strictly in accordance with the DoT and BSNL CO letter numbers cited above.
BSNLEU is continuously persuing settlement of the anomalies / aberrations issue for the past so many years. Many developments have taken place in this regard. The present position is that, the BSNL Management has sent a proposal for the settlement of the issue. In turn, the DoT called for certain inputs from the BSNL Management. Since, the CGMs did not provide the requisite inputs on time, BSNL Corporate Office was also not able to furnish the same to the DoT. Due to the repeated interventions of BSNLEU, the BSNL Corporate Office has recently sent the needful inputs to the DoT. In continuation of this, BSNLEU has written to Shri Amit Yadav, Joint Secretary (Admn.), DoT, urging upon him for an early settlement of the issue.
BSNLEU has played crucial role in getting the Central Government’s Child Care Leave implemented in BSNL. From time to time, BSNLEU is also taking the initiative for the implementation of all amendments issued by the DoP&T, in the Child Care Leave. The DoP&T has issued office memorandum on 01.04.2016, that in the case of disabled children, the Child Care Leave can be availed without any age limit. This order of the DoP&T is yet to be endorsed by the BSNL Corporate Office. BSNLEU has written to the GM (Estt.) of BSNL CO, demanding that the letter should be immediately endorsed.
As per the orders of the Corporate Office, National Council meeting has to take place once in every three months. However, after the 7th Membership Verification, which was held in 2016, only one meeting of the National Council has taken place. Despite certain dates suggested jointly by both the Recognised Unions, the meeting has not taken place. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), drawing her attention to the inordinate delay, and requesting to hold the meeting without further delay.
Consequent to the clearance given by the DoT, for commencing negotiations for the settlement of wage revision of the Non-Executives in BSNL, BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), demanding the immediate constitution of the Joint Committee for Negotiating Wage Settlement, as well as the immediate commencement of negotiations.
BSNL Management has not extended the facility of Payment of Medical Allowance Without Voucher, to the retired employees, beyond the initial 6 month period. BSNL Management has also written to the Recognised Unions / Associations, for withdrawal of this facility to those retired employees residing in cities covered by CGHS. In the All Union Association meeting held on 09.05.2018, severe opposition was expressed to the proposal to curtail medical facilities. In this backdrop, BSNLEU has demanded the Director (HR) to ensure the extension of the facility of Payment of Medical Allowance Without Voucher, to the retired employees, beyond the initial 6 month period.
The issues of giving promotion to the Non-Executives in the E1 pay scale, granting of one extra increment to the Non-Executives appointed prior to 01.01.2007 and implementation of gratuity to the casual labourers are approved by the Management Committee years ago, but are put in the cold storage by the BSNL Board. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, expressing it’s extreme unhappiness for neglecting the Non-Executives. The Union has demanded that the above mentioned three issues, already approved by the Management Committee, should immediately be cleared by the BSNL Board also.
In the 35th National Council meeting held on 13.11.2017, the Secretary, Staff Side, demanded that BSNL’s Rs.429/- mobile tariff plan should be extended to the Non-Executives. This was accepted by the Chairperson of the National Council. However, subsequently, the Admin Branch of the Corporate Office has intimated BSNLEU that this Rs.429/- tariff plan could not be extended to the Non-Executives, citing lame excuses. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), expressing it’s unhappiness over the non-fulfilment of the commitment given by the Chairperson of the National Council.
The Staff Side has already submitted the items for discussion in the forthcoming 36th meeting of the National Council. However, the SR Branch of the Corporate Office is repeatedly writing to the Secretary, Staff Side, for limiting the number of items to 14 (fourteen). BSNLEU has written to the GM (SR) stating that it is unfair on the part of the Management to impose limit on the Staff Side items, after the same are submitted.