It is extremely shocking to know that, the Faridabad district administration has issued notice to six Assistant Telecom Technicians, for sending them out on premature retirement. Unfortunately, this matter has come to the notice of the CHQ very belatedly. This notice has been issued under the provisions of Rule 55 (ii)(b) of BSNL CDA Rules-2006. This particular provision was incorporated into the BSNL CDA rules, from the FR 56(j), which is a rule of the Central Government. At that time of it's introduction itself, BSNLEU has strongly opposed this provision. However, Management ignored our opposition. This Rule was only on paper all these years. After the Narendra Modi government came to power, strict instructions were sent to all Central Government departments, as well as to Central Public Sector Undertakings, to vigorously implement the rule, and to "weed out" non-performers, etc. The Central Government is also continuously pressurising the PSU managements to submit action taken report on this matter. BSNLEU has written a detailed letter to the CMD BSNL, demanding immediate intervention to undo the injustice meted out to the six ATTs is Faridabad SSA. BSNLEU assures that all possible steps would be taken to save the six comrades.
Many circle unions have raised the issue with the CHQ, demanding that the forthcoming JE LICE should be conducted as an " Off-Line" exam, since most of the candidates appearing the exam belong to the Telecom Technician cadre, who have very less, or no knowledge in computer operations. CHQ has written to the Director(HR), requesting to hold the forthcoming JE LICE as an off-line exam.
It has already been intimated that a meeting of the BSNL Working Women's Coordination Committee, would be held at New Delhi on 05-11-2017. The Convenor of the BSNL WWCC has issued the formal notification for this meeting. BSNL WWCC members may kindly note that the venue for the meeting is Hotel Dakha International, Karol Bagh, New Delhi-1. The staying accommodation for the Committee members is also arranged in the same place for 4th and 5th November, 2017.
BSNLEU is continuously insisting upon the Corporate Management to hold the JE LICE under 50% quota. As a result of this, the Corporate Office has already conveyed it's approval for holding the exam. However, the requisite notification for holding the exam, is not yet issued by the Corporate Office. BSNLEU has already taken up the issue with the GM(Estt) of the Corporate Office. Once again, BSNLEU had written to the GM(Estt.) to issue the notification without further delay.
Major unions and associations have served a notice on 11-10-2017, to the Secretary, DoT and the CMD BSNL, for launching agitational programme, including a two day strike, on the issues of 3rd Pay Revision and Subsidiary Tower Company. However, some unions and associations have not signed this notice for the agitation. This is due to the fact that, those unions and associations are not parties to the decisions taken in the all union/association meetings, held on 26.09.2017 & 04.10.2017. At the same time, it is a must that all those unions and associations are also brought into the struggle, to ensure a total success. Hence, BSNLEU, being the Major Recognised Union of BSNL, has taken the initiative in this regard. BSNLEU has written to all the unions and associations which have not signed the notice for the agitation, requesting them to join the struggle. We hereunder reproduce a copy of one of the letters for the information of our comrades.
The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) and the ten Trade Union Internationals affiliated to it, held a two day meeting at Kolkata on 09th and 10th October, 2017. The meeting conducted detailed discussions on the attacks being carried out on the working class in various countries, and also the struggles being organised to defeat those attacks. At the end of the discussions, the meeting has passed the following declaration.
As per the decisions taken in the meeting held at New Delhi on 04-10-2017, the All Unions and Associations of BSNL have served notice today, to the Secretary, DoT and CMD BSNL, for conducting agitational programme on the issues of Wage Revision and Subsidiary Tower Company. All circle and district secretaries are requested to seriously mobilise the employees, for making the struggles successful.
The BSNL Management has already been insisted for payment of this year’s PLI. The issue is already discussed twice with the CMD BSNL. However, the Management has so far not taken any decision for payment of PLI. At a time when unity of all unions and associations is achieved, BSNLEU very much wants a united action programme to be conducted on the PLI issue. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the major unions and associations for united action.
BSNLEU is seriously pursuing the issue of payment of PLI. The issue is already discussed with the CMD BSNL twice. Further, BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR & Finance), demanding appropriate action on this issue.
BSNLEU has sought an informal meeting with the Director (HR), to discuss the following long pending HR issues. These issues remain unresolved even after discussion on a number of times with the Director (HR), GM (Estt.), as well as in the National Council. These issues are:- 1) HR issues lying pending in the BSNL Board.
The Restructuring Branch of the Corporate Office has sent it?s proposal for monthly contribution of Rs.500/-, Rs.600/-, Rs.700/- and Rs.800/-, to be made by the Non-Executives, towards the Benevolent Fund. This amount is exorbitant. Earlier, BSNLEU had suggested monthly contribution of Rs.30/- from each Non-Executive. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the GM (Restg.), demanding to include representatives of the Recognised Unions and associations in the ?Committee?, so that a collective decision could be arrived at.
The Corporate Office intends to hold online examinations for Telecom Technician LDCE and Junior Engineer LDCE. This has been conveyed by the GM(Rectt.&Tng.). Hence, BSNLEU has written to the GM(Rectt.&Tng.) strongly opposing online exam for Telecom Technician LDCE and Junior Engineer LDCE.
BSNLEU has long been taking up settlement of the transfer cases of the TTAs posted in North Eastern circles. Bottle neck is created now, on the TTAs becoming JTOs. BSNLEU has written to the Director(HR), suggesting a way out, as well as demanding immediate settlement of the transfer cases.
The Department of Personnel & Training, vide it’s OM No.13018/4/2004-Estt.(L) dated 31-03-2006 has granted Child Adoption Leave for 135 days to female government servants for adoption of a child upto the age of one year, on the lines of Maternity Leave admissible to natural mothers. After implementation of the 6th Central Pay Commission recommendations, the Maternity Leave was enhanced from 135 days to 180 days. Subsequently, the DoP&T has enhanced the Child Adoption Leave also from 135 days to 180 days. However, BSNL has so far not implemented this. CHQ has written to the Corporate Office, demanding implementation of the DoP&T order for the enhancement of the Child Adoption Leave.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU and com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL today, and demanded withdrawal of victimisations imposed in the leaders of the associations of the Executives. They pointed out that imposition of the wage cut for demonstration and dharna is not acceptable. They also demanded withdrawal of the disciplinary action initiated against the leaders of the Executives to restore normalcy in BSNL, so that the Executives, together with the Non-Executives can single mindedly concentrate in the revival of BSNL. The CMD BSNL told that the request of BSNLEU and NFTE would be looked into.
Forum of BSNL unions and associations has written a detailed letter to the Prime Minister of India, responding to the letter of the Prime Minister’s Office, addressed to the Secretary, DoT, calling for report on the implementation of the Niti Aayog's report, for the closure / transfer to states / status, etc., of BSNL and ITI. The unions and associations of BSNL have to chalk out agitational programme without delay, against the covert moves being made by the Niti Aayog and the Government of India, for the disinvestment through strategic sale / privatisation / closure of BSNL, which is being seriously contemplated by the Niti Aayog and the Government of India.