The National Council is the highest forum where the grievances of more than one lakh Non-Executives are discussed. However, it is a matter of serious concern that, the Corporate Office does not care to hold this meeting. The Corporate Office will think about holding the National Council meeting, only after completing it’s all other works / meetings. As per Corporate Office’s own order, the National Council meeting should take place once in three months. However, due to it’s “Don’t Care Mindset”, only two meetings of the National Council have taken place during the last 29 months. If the rule of the Corporate Office is violated by the CGMs and GMs, we can complain the matter to the Corporate Office. But, if the Corporate Office itself violates it’s own order, then with whom we can make the complaint.
BSNLEU had strongly opposed the holding of the JE LICE as an online exam. BSNLEU had already made it very clear to the Management that all internal examinations, for promotion from Non-Executive cadre to Non-Executive cadre, should be conducted as ‘off-line’ exams only. Despite this, the Management conducted an online JE LICE on 28.01.2018. The results are there for all of us to see. Out of the 1,800 candidates who appeared in that exam, only 111 candidates got qualified. This extremely poor results was due to the online exam. Accepting the demand of BSNLEU, the Management reviewed the results, by granting relaxation marks. However, without learning any lesson from the experience of holding JE LICE as an online exam, the Management has once again notified to hold the JE LICE as an online exam. The BSNL Management argues that, the JE is the highest Non-Executive cadre, and hence the candidates who appear for the JE LICE should compulsorily possess computer knowledge. We have already told the Management that most of the candidates appearing for the JE LICE are Telecom Technicians, whose day to day duties are not connected with computer operations. We have also told the Management that, the successful JE LICE candidates will certainly acquire knowledge in computer operations, if the requisite training is given to them. But, our reasonings have fallen on deaf ears, and once again Management wanted to hold the JE LICE as an online exam. Hence, BSNLEU has written a strong letter to the CMD BSNL, requesting to make necessary intervention to settle this issue.
BSNLEU is continuously demanding the implementation of the judgement of the Hon’ble CAT, Lucknow, dated 05.05.2016, regarding the pay scale and status of Sr. Accountants in BSNL. The DoT has also issued letters, directing the BSNL Management to settle issue. When the issue was raised in the National Council, the Director (HR) agreed to settle the issue, based on the instructions given by the DoT. At the same time, the CGM, UP (East) circle, has filed an appeal in the Hon’ble High Court, against the judgement of the Hon’ble CAT. This action of the BSNL Management is against the directions given by the DoT on the matter. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding withdrawal of the appeal filed in the Hon’ble High Court, against the judgement of the Hon’ble CAT, which will pave the way for the settlement of the issue by the Corporate Office.
BSNLEU is continuously demanding the BSNL Management that the MT Exams, both for Internal and External candidates, notified and subsequently postponed, should be conducted. BSNLEU is also demanding that the RR of the MT Exam should be amended, so that the Non-Executives, having the requisite qualification, could also appear in the exam. BSNLEU has once again written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to do the needful on the matter.
As per the decision taken in it’s meeting, the AUAB has written letter to Shri Pon Radhakrishnan, Hon’ble Minister of State for Finance, seeking his intervention for the settlement of the long pending problem of payment of pension contribution by BSNL employees. The AUAB has also sought a meeting with the Hon’ble Minister of State for Finance, for discussing this issue.
BSNLEU is demanding for a long time that the Jr. Accountants should be given promotion as Sr. Accountants, as a one time measure, based on the judgements of Hon’ble CAT, Ernakulam and Hon’ble High Court of Kerala. The case going on in the Hon’ble Supreme Court has come to an end. The demand of the Jr. Accountants is rejected. Still, BSNLEU writes to the Director (HR) demanding settlement of this grievance on humanitarian grounds.
The BSNL Corporate Office has issued letter on 07.09.2018, introducing certain changes in the functioning of the councils. BSNLEU is of the strong opinion that the Staff Side of the councils should function democratically. However, it is undesirable that the Management is issuing letters every now and then, weakening the functioning of the Negotiating Councils. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), seeking her intervention to set right the matter.
Employees of BSNL residing in MTNL areas are provided with residential connections by MTNL and the bills are being reimbursed at the rate of concession entitled to the BSNL employees. From 01.01.2017, MTNL has enhanced Fixed Monthly Charge from Rs.250/- to Rs.310/- along with GST in place of service charges. In view of this, BSNLEU has written to the Corporate Office demanding to revise the amount for reimbursement of MTNL bills.
Notification for the Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, to be held on 22nd & 23rd October, 2018, at Ghaziabad, UP (West), has been issued by the CHQ. All CEC members are requested to book their journey tickets immediately.
The Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU, held at New Delhi on 04.09.2018, has taken serious note of the non-implementation of the assurances given by the Hon’ble MoS(C) in the meeting held on 24.02.2018, between the AUAB and Hon’ble MoS(C). The Central Secretariat meeting has passed a resolution, urging upon the Hon’ble MoS(C) to ensure early implementation of the assurances. This resolution has been sent to the Hon’ble MoS(C), Secretary, DoT, and the CMD BSNL.
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.