The circle executive committee meeting of Himachal Pradesh is held at Dharamshala today. Com.Amarjit Singh, circle president, presided over. Com.K.C.Panwar, circle secretary, welcomed everyone and placed his report on activities before the house. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, inaugurated the meeting and elaborately spoke on the decisions of the Agartala CEC meeting. He also explained about the current issues of Wage Revision, Subsidiary Tower Company,etc. Thereafter discussion by the Committee members started. Implementation of the decisions of the All India and circle unions are reviewed. The meeting took many constructive decisions to strengthen the Organisation in the circle. One among such decisions is to strengthen democratic functioning by strictly following the provisions of our Union Constitution. The Treasurer submitted the financial report, which was approved by the house. At the end, the General Secretary replied to all the All India level issues raised by the Committee members. The GS greatly appreciated the functioning of the new team of circle office bearers, who took charge in the last circle conference, and assured the fullest cooperation of the CHQ.
BSNLEU has already taken up the demand with Director (HR), for reviewing results of the recently held JE LICE. The matter is already discussed with the GM (Rectt.). But it seems Management is not inclined to accept our demand. Hence, CHQ has already called upon the circle secretaries to provide details to the CHQ, regarding the number of JE LICE vacancies existing in each circle, and also the number of candidates qualified in the recently held exam. These details will help us to take up the case strongly with the Management. All circle secretaries are requested to immediately send the inputs to the GS, through SMS / Whatsapp or through E-mail.
Smt. Devi Padmanabhan, wife of the late Com.N.P. Padmanabhan, one of the stalwarts of the P&T trade union movement, as well as former Secretary of the NFPTE, passed away at 05:00 AM today, at Ernakulam. She had been unwell for some time. She is survived by two daughters and a son. The cremation takes place at 04:00 PM today. BSNLEU conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to her family members, friends and comrades.
The Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, NE-I circle was held at Shillong on 11.05.2018. Com. D.A.Shylla, Circle President, presided over. Com. Shivjee Ray, Circle Secretary, welcomed everyone and made the inaugural remarks. Com. Gakul Borah, Treasurer (CHQ), addressed the meeting and reported on the decisions taken in the Agartala CEC meeting. He also spoke on the various important current issues like Wage Revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, BSNL’s revival, etc.
The Circle Executive Committee meeting of BRBRAITT Jabalpur, was held at Jabalpur on 05/05/2018. The meeting was presided over by Com. Abdul Kadeer, Circle President. Com. Basant Lal CS, welcome all & also presented report on activities. Com. Jagdish Singh Vice President (CHQ) spoke at length on the current scenario. He spoke on the decision taken in Agartala CEC. He also spoke on wage revision, Subsidiary Tower Company and Pension Revision etc. The CEC members participated in the deliberations. The CEC unanimously resolve to implement Agartala CEC decisions to observe as per AUAB call.
The DoT has issued a letter on 27th April, 2018, to the CMD BSNL, on the wage revision of Non-Executives of BSNL. The crux of this letter is that, BSNL Management could take steps for wage settlement of the Non-Executives in BSNL, through negotiations. Certainly, this is a welcome development. At the same time, we wish to state that all hurdles for wage revision are not removed. For instance, the DPE, even in it’s recent letter dated 18th April, 2018, has categorically mentioned that BSNL does not fall under the category of PSUs which are eligible for wage revision. It is also stated in that letter that, Cabinet approval is required for BSNL’s wage revision. In the talks held between the AUAB and the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications on 24.02.2018, it has been agreed by the Hon’ble Minister that the issue of BSNL’s wage revision would be taken for the approval of the Cabinet. Presently, the DoT is taking steps for the implementation of the Hon’ble Minister’s assurance. Under these circumstances, the DoT has issued clearance to the BSNL to start negotiations for the wage revision of the Non-Executives. BSNLEU will utilise this letter for the commencement of negotiations for wage revision between the Recognised Unions and Management.
BSNLEU, CGM office Mumbai, organised a very impressive meeting today, addressed by Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS. Apart from the members of the CGM office, leaders and active members from nearby SSAs also attended the meeting. It was also addressed by Com. Vijay Gosavi, Secretary, NFTE, Com.M.S.Adasul, Dy.GS, SNEA and Com.G.K.Patil, Asst.circle secretary, AIBSNLEA. In his address, Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, dwelt on the issues of 3rd Pay Revision and Pension Revision, the need to fight against the Subsidiary Tower Company, Allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL and other issues related to the revival of BSNL, settlement of Pension Contribution, need to curtail the wasteful expenditures of BSNL, and the other issues. The General Secretary also called upon the employees to firmly fight against the anti-BSNL and anti- PSU policies of the government, so that BSNL can be protected. Finally, he also replied to the various questions raised by the participants. CHQ heartily congratulates the Mumbai CGM Office district union for organising a very effective meeting.
In the meeting held between the Management and the unions / associations yesterday the 9th May, 2018, on curtailment of wasteful expenditures, the following decisions are taken on the basis of the suggestions given by the Unions / Associations representatives:-
A state level committee will be formed to decide on –
Expenditure on vehicles:
DGR security guard to be withdrawn by engaging watch and ward staff.
Another meeting will be conducted within 15 days based on the suggestions given by the Unions / Associations.
In the all union / association meeting, called on by the Management yesterday, to discuss the ways and means to curtail wasteful expenditures, severe protest was expressed by the representatives of various unions and associations, for the steps being taken by the Management to curtail the existing medical facilities of the serving and retired employees. They asked whether medical facilities being given to the serving and retired employees are wasteful expenditures? In the face of stiff opposition from the unions and associations, the Management Side assured that the existing medical facilities would not be curtailed. They also assured that the medical allowance with out vouchers for the retired employees, due from 1st April 2018, would be processed.
As per the data released by the TRAI, BSNL is far ahead of Airtel, Vodafone and Idea, as far as the customer growth rate is concerned. In 2017, Airtel has added 24.26 million new mobile customers, and it's growth rate is 9.13%. Vodafone has added 7.84 million new customers and it's growth rate is 3.83%. Idea cellular has added 5.98 million new customers and it's growth rate is 3.14%. Whereas, BSNL has added 11.13 million new customers and it's growth rate is 11.50%. Reliance Jio has added 87.93 million new customers and it's growth rate is a stunning 121.86%. It is a matter of pride for all of us that BSNL's growth rate is far ahead of Airtel, Vodafone and Idea cellular. When all the private telecom companies are wilting under the pressure of Jio, it is only BSNL, which is putting up stiff challenge to it. Let us put in our entire energy to bring BSNL out of loss and make it India's number one telecom company. CHQ requests all our functionaries to give maximum publicity to this news among the public, through our ongoing Street Corner Meetings.
The All India Convention of Central Public Sector Trade Unions is being held at New Delhi on 30.05.2018. The Convention is being called to oppose the disinvestment / privatisation moves of the government, to oppose the fixed term employment ordinance and demanding immediate settlement of wage revision of the Public Sector employees. The All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU, held today, has decided that all the circle secretaries of BSNLEU should participate in this Convention. Hence, CHQ requests the circle secretaries to attend the meeting without fail.
The meeting called on by the Management to discuss the issue of curtailment of wasteful expenditures, is held today. Representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, FNTO, BSNL ATM and BSNL OA participated. From the Management Side, Shri A M.Gupta,GM(SR) and Shri Y.N.Singh, GM(BFCI) participated. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, represented BSNLEU. Representatives of BSNLEU presented the note on curtailment of wasteful expenditure, that has already been submitted to the CMD BSNL. In the meeting BSNLEU strongly demanded that the existing medical facilities of the employees should not be curtailed, in the name of curtailing expenditure. It’s representatives also pointed out that the retrenchment of contract workers will affect restoration of faults and will also affect the companies marketing activities. The Management assured that the suggestions given by BSNLEU, in it’s note submitted to the Management, would be looked into.
Street Corner Meetings are continuing for the 3rd today, against Subsidiary Tower Company and anti-BSNL / anti-Public Sector policies of the government. The photos of the programme, received from various parts of the country, are really encouraging. Despite the extremely hot climate prevailing all over the country, the Street Corner Meetings are getting intensified day by day. CHQ heartily congratulates the leaders of AUAB for taking the pains to organise the programme.
The Street corner meetings, against the Subsidiary Tower Company, and against the anti-BSNL / anti-PSUs policies of the government are going on throughout the country. Some views of the programme are given below:-
A meeting of the All Unions and Associations was held today at New Delhi, in the AIBSNLEA office. Com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, presided over. Representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, FNTO, SEWA BSNL, AIGETOA, BSNL MS, BSNL ATM and BSNL OA, participated. The meeting called upon the circle and district level leaders of the AUAB to organise the Street Corner Meetings more intensively. The meeting directed that the issue of Subsidiary Tower Company, anti-BSNL and anti-Public Sector policies of the government should be thoroughly exposed amongst the general public. As regards, the All India Convention against the Subsidiary Tower Company, the meeting decided this convention should be organised between 5th & 20th June, 2018, depending upon the availability of the hall.