The All Centre meeting of BSNLEU, held at New Delhi yesterday, has decided that the Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU, will be held at New Delhi on 04.09.2018. All members of the Central Secretariat (CHQ office-bearers) are requested to book their journey tickets at the earliest. Notification for the meeting is issued today.
BSNLEU has already informed that an All India Young Workers Convention would be held at Bhopal on 09.09.2018. Due to certain unavoidable reasons, it is decided that the All India Young Workers Convention would be held on 30.09.2018. All circle and district unions are requested to make note of the change in date and act accordingly.
The All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU, held yesterday has decided to conduct the next Central Executive Committee meeting on 22nd & 23rd October, 2018. The venue of the CEC meeting will be informed shortly. All circle secretaries and CHQ office-bearers are requested to make note of this.
Pension revision has become due for BSNL retirees w.e.f. 01.01.2017. DoT stated in it’s letter no. 24-1/2018/SR dated 21.02.2018, that pension revision would be taken up only after the wage revision of the employees (subsequently this letter was withdrawn). In the meeting held with the Unions and Associations of BSNL on 24.02.2018, Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, assured that pension revision would be done for the BSNL retirees. However, no action has been initiated by the DoT till date, for revising the pension of BSNL retirees. Perhaps, the DoT is still holding on to it’s line of “pension revision only after pay revision”. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the Prime Minister, demanding his intervention for the immediate settlement of pension revision to BSNL retirees.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, presented a detailed letter to the Director (HR), explaining the total non-implementation of Corporate Office orders with regards to implementation of minimum wage, social securities, etc., to the contract workers in UP (East) circle. The Director (HR) gave a patient hearing to the details explained by the Union, and assured that needful action would be taken.
The Kerala circle union of BSNLEU has launched agitational programme, demanding improvement of the deteriorating services of BSNL, as well as seeking settlement of the outstanding staff grievances. The CHQ of BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), demanding her immediate intervention for the settlement of the issues.
BSNLEU has written to the Director(HR), demanding implementation of open-ended pay scales for the Non-Executives, in the forthcoming Wage Settlement. In the last Wage Revision, implemented from 01.01.2007, the Management kept the maximum of the pay scales as low as possible, with the view to keep the expenditure on Pension Contribution also low. This in turn, resulted in stagnation, especially for the employees in the lower pay scales. Now, that the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications has directed the Secretary, Telecom, in the meeting held on 24-02-2018, to implement Government of India Rule, for collection of Pension Contribution from BSNL, this problem is going to be solved once for all. Hence, BSNLEU has demanded implementation of open ended pay scales for the Non-Executives.
BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding immediate implementation of the 30% Superannuation Benefits to the Directly Recruited employees. In this respect, the Union has demanded full implementation of the recommendation of the 2nd Pay Revision Committee.
With view to overcome it’s severe shortage in cash flow, the BSNL Corporate Office has recently issued direction to the field units to retrench contract workers. In many circles upto 30% of the contract workers are retrenched. In his meeting held with the CMD BSNL on 06.07.2018, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, has suggested that those retrenched contract workers could be taken back and be engaged in the marketing activities. This will bring extra income to the Company, while providing livelihood to the retrenched contract workers. The CMD BSNL appreciated this suggestion, and assured that it would be looked into. In continuation of this discussion, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, insisting for the consideration of it’s suggestion for the reengagement of the retrenched contract workers.
The All India BSNL Cultural Meet 2018 is going to be held at Ahmedabad. In this regard, Corporate Office has issued instructions, according to which various events of music, dance and instrumental have been mixed up. Traditionally, these events found their place separately in the All India Cultural Meet. BSNLEU has written to the Corporate Management, demanding to maintain the categorisation of events that have been followed hitherto.
In it’s meetings held on 26.06.2018 and 04.07.2018, the AUAB has called on the BSNL employees to organise demonstration on 11.07.2018 and relay hunger strike on 24th to 26th July, 2018, demanding immediate implementation of the assurances given by the Hon’ble MoS(C) on 24.02.2018, with regards to 3rd Pay Revision, Implementation of Government of India Rules for payment of Pension Contribution by BSNL, Allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL and Pension Revision. The AUAB issued notice today to the Secretary, DoT and CMD BSNL, for this agitation.
Consequent to the decision of the Corporate Management, to increase the number of Staff Side representatives in the Joint Committee for negotiating wage revision, the All India Centre of BSNLEU, has decided to nominate the President, General Secretary, Deputy General Secretary, Com.P.Asokababu, Vice-president (CHQ) and Com.Animesh Mitra, Vice-president (CHQ), as BSNLEU's representatives in the Joint Committee.
The Corporate Office has written to the General Secretary, BSNLEU, for nominating 3 representatives to the Joint Committee for Wage Negotiation. BSNLEU has pointed out that this is insufficient representation, and has demanded representation equivalent to the one given in the National Council. BSNLEU has also demanded that the Union should be given the liberty for nominating those who are not members/office bearers.
BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding the withdrawal of the Corporate Office letter, which has postponed the date of salary payment of the Non-Executives. BSNLEU has objected that, this decision had been taken unilaterally, without consulting the Recognised Unions. Further, BSNLEU has pointed out that, in the name of improving financial position of the Company, only facilities of the lower level employees are being withdrawn, whereas none of the facilities being enjoyed by the top officers of the Company is withdrawn. The Management has also not taken any concrete step, for the curtailment of wasteful expenditures, based on the letters given by unions and associations.
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.