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.
Following the Call Attention Day, observed by BSNLEU today, a letter is written to the CMD BSNL, demanding immediate action to curb wasteful expenditures. The CHQ of BSNLEU has called for views from it’s functionaries on the ways and means to curtail wasteful expenditures. The views and suggestions received from the field units have been sent to the CMD BSNL, through this letter. If any more valid views are received, they will also be sent to the Management. BSNLEU will continue to pressurise the Management to curtail wasteful expenditure.
Com. Sarabjit Singh, district secretary of BSNLEU, Amritsar, is issued with two charge sheets, years ago. The charge sheets are issued for his fighting against the misuse of official vehicles, and for fighting against the pick and choose transfer orders, issued by the GM, Amritsar, in violation of the Corporate Office Transfer Policy. The Amritsar district administration is dragging on the disciplinary proceedings for years together, which is a violation of rules. This is a way of harassing the union functionaries. CHQ has written to the Director (HR), seeking her intervention, for an early conclusion of the disciplinary proceedings.
AUAB has demanded meeting with the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications and the Secretary, DoT, to review the action taken on the issues of wage revision, pension revision, left out issues of 2nd PRC, payment of pension contribution on actual basic pay, rolling back of the Subsidiary Tower Company, etc.
Consequent to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circles, two batches of Non-Executives are forcibly transferred from CGM Office, Hyderabad to CGM Office, Vijayawada. Due to the efforts taken by BSNLEU, the 3rd batch, consisting of 10 employees, are retained in Hyderabad till 31st May, 2018. Under these circumstances, the CGM Office, Hyderabad is experiencing staff shortage. In view of this, BSNLEU has demanded that no more employee should be transferred from CGM Office, Hyderabad to CGM Office, Vijayawada, and that the 3rd batch of 10 officials should be retained at CGM Office, Hyderabad.
The results of the JE LICE has been declared. The results are very poor. The questions have been so tough that in AP Circle, against 493 vacancies, only 6 candidates have passed. In the Telangana Circle, against 491 vacancies, only 5 candidates have passed. It is learnt that no one has passed the exam in some circles. Conducting such an exam, with questions of very high standard, is nothing but a crude joke on the employees, who have been aspiring to pass this exam. BSNLEU has demanded relaxation for the candidates, as it has been done in the case of DR TTA exam held in 2008.
The Central Public Sector Trade Unions (CPSTU) conducted it’s meeting at Ernakulam on 08.04.2018. One of the important decisions of the meeting of the CPSTU, is to conduct country wide campaign programme among the people, from 07th to 11th May, 2018, against privatisation and strategic sale of the Public Sector Undertakings. BSNLEU has suggested that the AUAB could also join this week long campaign programme, by conducting street-corner meetings throughout the country from 07th to 11th May, 2018.
The J&K circle union of BSNLEU has demanded that sufficient BTS equipments should be supplied to the circle, for provisioning effective communication facilities to the Amarnath Yatra 2018. Unfortunately, the J&K circle administration is handling this case with slackness. The CHQ of BSNLEU has written to the Director (CM), BSNL, demanding adequate supply of BTS equipments immediately.
As per the decision already taken in the meeting of AUAB, notice is served today to the Secretary, DoT and CMD BSNL, for holding protest demonstrations infront of Sanchar Bhawan, as well as at circle and district head quarters on 27.03.2018 (Tuesday), opposing the moves being made by the government to operationalise the Subsidiary Tower Company.
The All Unions and Associations of BSNL, have written to Ms.Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, DoT, demanding for a meeting. In the meeting held between the AUAB and the Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications on 24-02-2018, certain commitments were given, regarding settlement of the issues of the employees, as well as the issues related to the revival of BSNL. The AUAB wishes to hold a review of the implementation of the decisions taken in the meeting, held with the Hon'ble Minister.
One of the facilities extended to the casual labourers with Temporary Status (TSMs), is their eligibility to the GPF scheme. All along, GPF subscription was being deducted from their monthly wages. However, after the introduction of ERP, this has been stopped. The reason is, there is no provision in the ERP, for the deduction of GPF subscription from TSMs. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the GM (Estt.), BSNL CO., demanding appropriate action for the removal of the hurdles.