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.
BSNL employees of Himachal Pradesh circle have not been paid GPF advance, from January, 2018 onwards. This is due to the non-allotment of funds by the Corporate Office, despite repeated requests made by BSNLEU. Hence, CHQ has written to the GM (BFCI), requesting him for an early allotment of funds.
J&K circle is facing acute shortage of optical fibre cables, for carrying out the projected works. CGM, J&K has written to the Corporate Office, more than one month back, requesting for the supply of OFC. No action is taken by the Corporate Office. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the Director (CFA), demanding early action.
The Corporate Office is proposing to hold the next Membership Verification through the check-off system. The GM(SR) has written a letter to all the CGMs, unions and associations, calling for their views on the matter. Seven Membership Verifications have already been successfully conducted in BSNL. No complaint from any quarters. Then what is the problem of the Management? Financial crisis of the Company is the reason, according to the Management. Let them stop shedding crocodile tears about the financial crisis of the Company, and come forward to hold meaningful talks with the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, to curtail wasteful expenditure. BSNLEU will oppose the check-off system tooth and nail, because it will give room for maneuverings and malpractices. A letter to this effect is given to the Management. If it does not pay heed, BSNLEU will go in the offensive to stop it.
The DoT has issued letter, stating that the additional charge of Director (Finance), BSNL, given to Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR), is extended for another six months, w.e.f. 01.03.2018.
Many DR JEs are also selected as JTO (T) through GATE. BSNL has decided that during the period of pre-appointment training in the JTO (T) cadre, the DR JEs shall be paid salary of the JE cadre, and not stipend.
The Corporate Office has formed an internal committee, to formulate guidelines related to the facility of immunity from transfers to the office bearers of the Recognised Union. BSNLEU has submitted it’s views to the committee, on the subject.
The CGM, Gujarat is running “Tughlak Dharbar”. Recently, he has issued two orders. The first order says no weekly-off or leave should be granted to the employees till 31st March, 2018. The second order says, officers can issue 25% of the transfer orders according to their whims and fancies, and the remaining 75% transfers according to rules. Due to opposition from Union, the CGM has subsequently diluted both the orders. The CGM, Gujarat must understand that he has no powers to play such gimmicks. BSNLEU has seriously protested both these letters and written to the Director (HR).