In the Joint Committee for Wage Revision of the Non-Executives, negotiations are taking place between the Staff Side and the Management Side, for reaching a settlement on Wage Revision of the Non-Executives. In the meeting of the Joint Committee held on 27-08-2018, discussions started on the construction of the new pay scales. As regards arriving at the maximums of the new pay scales, the Management Side’s proposals are not acceptable to the Staff Side. The Management Side wants to keep the maximums of the new pay scales as low as possible. By doing so, the Management Side wants to keep the expenditure on Pension Contribution as low as possible. But, they are forgetting the fact that the 3rd Pay Revision Committee (3rd PRC) has given 43 years of span. The Staff Side tried to make the Management Side to understand that once again the problem of “Stagnation” will raise it’s ugly head after the Wage Revision, if the Maximums of the new pay scales are not kept sufficiently high. Still, the Management Side is not prepared to consider the demand of the Staff Side. Hence, BSNLEU has written a letter to the Chairman of the Joint Committee, furnishing a live case and explaining how the problem of stagnation will come. BSNLEU has demanded that, 43 years of span should be provided for all the new pay scales, as is given in the revised E1 pay scale.
BSNL employees, posted in the Kashmir Valley, have been extended with certain concessions, at par with the Central Government employees. However, period for which these concessions were granted has got expired. Now, the DoP&T has issued letter, granting extension of time for these concessions. The DoT has also endorsed this letter. BSNL Management has to implement this letter of the DoP&T. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri Sourabh Thyagi,GM(Estt.) today and requested him to endorse the DoP&T letter to the CGM,J&K circle. He handed over BSNLEU’s letter on this. The GM(Estt.) assured to do the needful.
BSNLEU is seriously trying to settle the problem of downgradation of the Sr. TOAs, from 7100 pay scale to 6550 pay scale. Discussion with the CMD BSNL in this regard, has broken the ice. Follow up discussions are taking place with the Establishment Branch of the Corporate Office. In this connection, BSNLEU has demanded settlement of this issue, by utilising clause 6.4 of the NEPP, which states that all pay scale upgradations given under OTBP/ BCR/ ACP, after 01-10-2000 and before introduction of NEPP, shall be treated as upgradation under NEPP.
BSNL’s pension contribution issue remains to be unsettled. Despite the assurance given by Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble MoSC, on 24.02.2018, that the Government of India Rule will be made applicable in respect of BSNL, the issue remains unresolved. BSNLEU has written to Shri Piush Goyal, Finance Minister, drawing his attention to this issue, and demanding to take immediate decision for payment of pension contribution by BSNL, based on the actual basic pay, instead of maximum of the pay scale.
Kerala state is facing the fury of nature. It is being hit by torrential rains, which the state has never witnessed during the last 50 years.79 people have lost their lives so far. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has visited the state and has assessed the losses caused by the flood. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding immediate action by the Management for extending relief to the employees.
Due to the continuous rains and floods in Kerala circle, BSNL’s cables, equipments and installations are severely damaged. To manage the power cut situation, diesel engines are being extensively used. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding allotment of sufficient funds to Kerala circle for repairing the damaged cables, equipments, etc., and also to procure sufficient diesel to keep the services running.
It is already two months since BSNLEU wrote to the Management, demanding to hold the JTO LICE, under 50% quota. The matter was discussed in detail with all the concerned officers in the Corporate Office. Still, the Management has not taken any decision on this issue. Hence, BSNLEU has once again written to the Director (HR) demanding to hold the JTO LICE without further delay.
There are certain officials, who are issued with TSM status prior to 01.10.2000, and they are subsequently promoted directly as Telecom Mechanics. BSNLEU has been demanding that these officials should also be issued with Presidential Orders. However, the Establishment Branch of the Corporate Office has called for inputs from various circles, and only few circles have responded. The issue is lingering on for a very long time. BSNLEU has once again written to the Director (HR) demanding to immediately intervene on this issue.
BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR) demanding to reduce the tenure from 3 years to 2 years, in respect of the officials transferred on bifurcation to Vijayawada. BSNLEU has also demanded that five woman officials, transferred on bifurcation to Vijayawada, should be immediately repatriated to Hyderabad, without insisting for any substitute.
BSNLEU has already opposed the Corporate Office letter No.BSNL/Admn.I/15-22/14 dated 13.07.2018, vide which the 50% ceiling for payment of medical allowance without voucher, to the retirees, has been reduced to 25%. BSNLEU has once again written letter to the Director (HR) demanding restoration of the 50% ceiling.
As per the MoU signed between the Secretary, DoT, and the CMD BSNL on 30th September, 1999, the assets of Department of Telecom Services (DTS) and the Department of Telecom Operations (DTO) are handed over to BSNL. However, the DoT is frequently issuing letters to BSNL, directing it to hand over it’s buildings and office premises. In this manner, a lot of BSNL’s buildings and office premises are already taken over by the DoT. BSNLEU has already taken up this issue with the Secretary, DoT. Again BSNL has written to the Prime Minister now, seeking his intervention for stopping the DoT from violating the provisions of the MoU signed on 30.09.1999.