The Staff Side of the Joint Wage Negotiating Committee is taking maximum care to ensure that none of the Non-Executive should face the problem of stagnation, after the 3rd Wage Revision. The CHQ of BSNLEU is doing extensive home work in this regard. A lot of live cases are being studied in this regard. It is being ensured that even Non-Executives in the top most pay scale, i.e., NE-12, and also with long years of service, do not suffer the problem of stagnation. We are providing two such sample cases, for the information of our comrades. Even at this stage, CHQ requests our comrades to send live cases if any, wherein the problem of stagnation is expected to arise.
A meeting of the Staff Side of the Joint Wage Negotiating Committee was held yesterday the 25.09.2018, at NFTE’s office. The meeting was attended by Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, Com. Chandeshwar Singh, GS, NFTE, Com. Islam Ahmed, President, NFTE, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU, Com. K.S. Sheshadri, Dy.GS, NFTE, Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President, BSNLEU and A. Rajamouli, Treasurer, NFTE. The meeting took stock of the progress of the ongoing wage negotiation. Especially, once again the pay scales proposed by the Management Side were scrutinised. No live case has come to the notice of the Staff Side, wherein stagnation is likely to arise. The meeting is also of the opinion that the agreement on the pay scales should be signed expeditiously, for onward submission for the approval of the DoT. Further, it is also decided that the negotiation on allowances and perks should be started immediately. It should be noted that the approval of the DoT is necessary only for the pay scales. So far as the perks and allowances are concerned, they need not go to the approval of the DoT, since the BSNL Board itself is empowered to approve them.
It is reported that the DoT is set to conduct “special audits” of the accounts of the private telecom companies for the period from 2011-2012 onwards. It is a well known fact that private telecom companies continuously cheat the government of Annual Licence Fee and Spectrum Usage Charges, by understating their revenue. It is reported that the Annual Licence Fee and Spectrum Usage Charges, paid to the government, got reduced by 23% in 2017. In view of this, the DoT has decided to conduct Special Audits of the accounts of all the private telecom companies. It is noteworthy to mention that the DoT conducted a Special Audit for the years 2006 to 2008 and found out that the private companies had cheated the government an amount Rs.1,846.51 crore. Thereafter, the CAG conducted a Special Audit for the period from 2007 to 2010, wherein it was founded that the private companies had cheated the government an amount of Rs.12,488.93 crore.
(Source: Economic Times dated 25.09.2018)
“BSNL at your door steps” was inaugurated yesterday in the BSNL Corporate Office, by Mary Kome, the Brand Ambassador of BSNL. Leaders of the Unions and Associations, including Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, Com. Chandeshwar Singh, GS, NFTE, Com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA and Com. Ravi Shil Verma, GS, AIGETOA were present on the occasion. From the Management Side, Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, other Directors of BSNL Board and Chief General Managers of all the circles were present.
“BSNL at your door steps” is the brain child of the AUAB. It has been planned to increase the revenue collection of the Company, which has started sinking, due to the ongoing price-war. According to the decision of AUAB, each and every Non-Executive and Executive should participate in sales and marketing activities, by going to the door steps of the public.
"BSNL At Your Doorstep" being inaugurated by BSNL's Brand Ambassador, Ms.Mary Kome.
The decisions taken by the AUAB, with regards to the implementation of the “BSNL at your door steps” movement, is reproduced hereunder once again, for the benefit of our comrades.
In the AUAB meeting held on 04.07.2018, under the Chairmanship of Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, took the following decisions, with regards to the implementation of “BSNL at your door steps” movement.
The CHQ of BSNLEU requests all circle and district secretaries to take immediate steps, to implement the decisions of the AUAB, in close coordination with the other constituents of the AUAB.
The whole country is aware that, Bishop Franco Mulakkal has been accused of raping a nun. He has been arrested and has been remanded in judicial custody for 12 days. The arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal has come only after the nuns conducted street-protests. No person, whichever religion he may belong to, is above the law. But, it is unfortunate that, the Church in Kerala is defending the disgraced Franco Mulakkal. The Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council (KCBC), in a statement issued yesterday, has stated that the nuns are being used by the enemies of the Church, to destabilise and malign the Church. The statement of the Church is nothing, but defending the culprit Franco Mulakkal. Actually, the Church should have gone to the rescue of the helpless nun, who has been raped by Franco Mulakkal. Instead, it is shocking that, the Church is maligning the nuns who have come to the streets, seeking justice.
The price of petrol in Mumbai crossed Rs.90/- per litre yesterday. It was sold at Rs.90.08. At Nanded in Maharashtra, petrol was sold at Rs.91.66. No doubt, soon the price of petrol is going to touch Rs.100/- per litre. The price of crude oil in the international market, is being sold at $80 per barrel. It is interesting to note that in 2012, the price of crude oil in international market was $120, whereas the price of petrol in India at that time was only Rs.65/- per litre. This shows the price of crude oil in the international market has got nothing to do with the steep increase in the price of petrol and diesel in India. The government has levied hefty taxes on petrol and diesel. Both the Central and State governments should immediately reduce their taxes to ensure that the common man does not suffer.
The deal of the Indian government, to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault Aviation of France, has raged a very big controversy. In this deal, Dassault Aviation has tied up with Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence. It is a well known fact that Anil Ambani has no background of any defence manufacturing. Further, it is also a well known fact that, Anil Ambani is almost in a bankrupt situation. Under these circumstances, it is being widely believed that, the Modi government has helped Anil Ambani to become the Indian partner of Dassault Aviation. The former French President, Francois Hollande confirmed few days back that, it was as per the direction of the Indian government that, Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence is made the Indian partner of the Rafale jet manufacturer. The French government has not denied this. It has only stated that it was the decision of Dassault Aviation to induct Reliance Defence as it’s partner. But, the question arises, why the Dassault Aviation should select the bankrupt and inexperienced Reliance Defence as it’s partner? Further, it should also be noted that the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., the public sector aircraft manufacturer of India, was not made the partner, in the purchase of Rafale fighter jets. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is maintaining a big silence. He should give a reply to the nation.
The District Conference of BSNLEU, Bangalore Telecom District was held on 21st & 22nd September, 2018. Com. Kempegowda, District President, presided over the meeting. Com. H.V. Sudharshan, District Secretary, welcomed every one. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, inaugurated the delegates session on 21.09.2018 and explained about 3rd wage revision, issues connected with the financial revival of BSNL, Subsidiary Tower Company and the settlement of long pending issues of the Non-Executives. The delegates session was also addressed by Com. C.K. Gundanna, CS, Com. M.C. Balakrishna, CP and many others. A very impressive open session was held on 22.09.2018, addressed by Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Shri Janardhan Rao, PGM, BGTD and Com. Prakash, CITU, greeted the conference.
While concluding his speech in the District Conference of Bangalore Telecom District, on 22.09.2018, Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, called upon the delegates to liberally donate for the 9th All India Conference, to be held at Mysuru from 08th to 11th January, 2019. He told the delegates that the total expenditure for the All India Conference, which is estimated to be around Rs.90 lakhs, has to be collected only from the members of BSNLEU. Responding to the call of the General Secretary overwhelmingly, the delegates attending the District Conference, immediately came forward and announced their donations to the AIC. It was a very inspiring scene to note that the delegates were competing with each other, to come to the dias, for announcing their donations. Within no time, an amount of Rs.2,75,000 was announced. It is very important to note that none of the donation announced in the Conference, was less than Rs.5,000/-. This shows the loyalty of the comrades to the organisation. The comrades who donated for the AIC, took photos with the General Secretary and other leaders, which are uploaded herein under.
FNTO which is already rejected and sidelined by the BSNL employees, is frantically trying to come back to the lime-light by spreading lies and slanders. Especially, when the BSNL employees are very anxious about their wage revision, FNTO is trying to exploit this anxiety of the employees, by telling cock and bull stories.
When the wage revision was implemented, these TTAs suffered wage loss, since the benefit of 50% DA merger was taken away. However, BSNLEU and NFTE continuously fought on this issue, inside and outside the National Council. As a result of this, the DR TTAs, appointed on or after 01.01.2007, and who suffered wage loss, got one extra increment, with arrears of more than Rs.1 lakh also.
FNTO which sheds crocodile tears today, did not do anything to settle this problem. It is highly ridiculous that without even knowing all these facts, the great brains of FNTO are trying to tell some cock and bull stories to the employees, for creating confusion.
Executives got 2nd Pay Revision, w.e.f. 01.01.2007, as per the recommendations of the 2nd PRC. Their order for pay revision was issued prior to the wage revision of the Non-Executives. It is an undeniable fact that Executives were given only 68.8% IDA merger. They did not get 78.2% IDA merger. Citing this, Management offered only 68.8% IDA merger for the Non-Executives. But BSNLEU did not accept that.
Only because of the struggles conducted by BSNLEU, the Management was compelled to include a clause in the wage revision agreement of the Non-Executives that, 78.2% IDA merger would be given to the Non-Executives, as and when it is given to the Executives. It is because of this clause ensured by BSNLEU, in the wage revision agreement, the door for the settlement of 78.2% IDA merger was kept open. Only because of this, subsequently, all the Unions and Associations gave indefinite strike notice, as a result of which 78.2% IDA merger was settled.
BSNLEU wishes to once again state that, after the 2nd wage revision, BSNL Non-Executives got more pay then the Bank employees. This is not because of the mercy of Minister A. Raja, or the Management. It was achieved because of the glorious struggle of BSNL employees, in which FNTO was a black leg. History will never forget the betrayal of FNTO.
FNTO is spreading rumours that the pay of the Non-Executives, who are appointed on or after 01.01.2017, is going to be reduced, because of the new pay scales being finalised by the Joint Wage Negotiating Committee. This is not correct. None of the Non-Executive appointed on or after 01.01.2017 is going to be affected. Presently, recruitment is being made in NE-1 pay scale (RM / Gr.D) ; NE-7 pay scale (Sr.TOA) and NE-9 pay scale (JE). We have worked out the basic pay drawn by the employees of these three cadres in the pre-revised pay scale as well as basic pay they are going to get in the revised pay scale. These calculations prove that the great brains of FNTO are unnecessarily trying to scare the newly recruited employees.
The CMD BSNL held a meeting today, with the major unions and associations. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA and com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA attended. Com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE is out of Delhi. The following issues were discussed.
CMD BSNL should present the flood relief amount to the CM, Kerala.
The AUAB has already requested the CMD BSNL to deduct one day’s basic pay from willing officials. In today’s meeting the representatives requested that the deducted amount should be handed over by the CMD BSNL, to the Chief Minister of Kerala. They told that, this would give a very good publicity to BSNL. The CMD BSNL agreed to look into this.
“BSNL At Your Door steps” will be launched on 24.09.2018.
The AUAB has already taken decision to conduct “BSNL At Your Doorsteps" movement, to boost BSNL’s revenue collection, by stepping up sales and marketing of the Company. The AUAB has also desired that, this movement should be jointly launched by the AUAB and the Management. This issue was discussed in today’s meeting.
Finally, the following decisions are taken.
Delay in allotment of 4G spectrum.
The representatives expressed their concern over the undue delay in the allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL and also over the network congestion prevailing in many parts of the country. They drew the attention of the CMD to media reports, which have quoted the Hon’ble MoS(C) as saying that, 4G spectrum would be allotted to BSNL only in December, 2018. The CMD BSNL told that, he is taking all out efforts for the early allotment of 4G spectrum.
Little scope for Subsidiary Tower Company.
The AUAB is opposing the Subsidiary Tower Company tooth and nail. Decision has been taken to stall the Board meeting, and also for total walk out by the Executives and Non- Executives, in case Board meeting is scheduled, for giving approval for the appointment of CMD of Subsidiary Tower Company. This issue came up for discussion today.
Consolidation is taking place in a big way in the telecom industries. All the small operators have closed down their business. After the recent merger of Vodafone and Idea, there are only 4 operators in each circle. BSNL, Jio, Airtel, and Vodafone - Idea. Under these circumstances, there will be very less business for the Subsidiary Tower Company. The BSNL Management has informed this to the government, through it’s letter, written a week ago. This was disclosed by the CMD BSNL in today’s meeting.
Outsourcing of passive maintenance of BSNL’s towers.
The representatives expressed their concern at the outsourcing. The CMD BSNL replied that at present the “uptime” of BSNL towers is only 80% - 85%. The uptime will increase to 97%, due to this outsourcing. Further, BSNL will save Rs.100 crore by way of maintenance expenditures. While the active maintenance of towers would be continued to be done by BSNL, only the passive maintenance, including provisioning of batteries, engine alternators, diesel, payment of EB bill, etc., would be done by the outsourced party. The total payment for this will be Rs.6, 633 crores. The CMD BSNL further told that, the cases filed in the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court, against this outsourcing, by vested interests, are already dismissed.
BSNL’s CSCs to be used by UIDAI
The CMD BSNL informed that the UIDAI has decided to utilise BSNL’s CSCs for Aadhaar authentication. For this, the UIDAI will give money for Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) and Operational Expenditure (OPEX) to BSNL. The CMD BSNL told that this would help BSNL.
50th anniversary of the one day strike, held in 1968, has been observed in the following places.
Some mischievous elements are trying to confuse the workers by spreading rumours that the recognised unions are trying to finalise Wage settlement with less than 15% fitment. We know that these mischievous elements are trying to get some cheap publicity for themselves, by spreading such rumours. Still, it is our duty to tell the workers that both the recognised unions are determined to get 15% fitment in the wage revision. Both the recognised unions will not sign any agreement with less than 15% fitment. All the employees who were on service as on 01-01-2017, will get 15% fitment.
At the same time, pay scales are different. Whatever formula, the 3rd PRC has adopted to determine the minimum of the Executive pay scales, will also be made applicable, for the Non-Executive pay scales. Confusing the fitment formula, with the formula adopted to create the pay scales, only shows the ignorance and hollowness of these mischievous elements.
After the 2nd Wage Revision settled by BSNLEU, BSNL employees were drawing higher salary than the bank employees. This is an undeniable fact. BSNLEU organised a two day nation wide strike to achieve that wage settlement. But, in that strike, FNTO stabbed on the back of the employees. It wrote letter to the Management saying that, the union was not participating in that strike. Employees have not forgotten all these facts.
Kolkata Telephones circle union organised a memorable event, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the one day strike, held on 19th September, 1968. Com.Prabir Dutta, circle president, presided over the function. Com.Sisir Kumar Roy, circle secretary, welcomed everyone. The meeting observed a minute’s silence, and paid homage to the 17 martyrs, who sacrificed their lives in the one day strike. Nearly 60 veteran comrades who took part in the one day strike, including Com.Jyotsana Bose, wife of Com.Moni Bose, graced the occasion, by attending the programme. All of them were felicitated with bouquets and flowers. On behalf of those who participated in the one day strike, veteran leader, Com.Anantha Bhattacharji, addressed the meeting and shared his memories. Thereafter, Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, addressed and vividly explained about the developments that led to the one day strike, the demands and about the unforeseen repression unleashed by the government, to suppress the strike. He also explained about some present day developments and explained how BSNLEU is marching ahead in the path shown by the 1968 one day strike. CHQ congratulates the Kolkata circle union, for organising this memorable programme.
Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the glorious one day strike of 19th September, 1968. BSNLEU pays it’s respectful homage to the martyrs of the 1968 strike, and salutes the entire participants. BSNLEU vows to carry forward the fight against exploitation.
Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the glorious one day strike held on 19th September, 1968. The Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU, held at New Delhi, on 04.09.2018, has given call to the circle and district unions to hold meetings and seminars, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that one day strike. CHQ has already given the call for this programme. Once again CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to organise the programme effectively tomorrow, and send report with photos to the CHQ.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR), yesterday and discussed about some of the outstanding issues.
It was pointed out by the Union that, certain instructions issued by the Corporate Office recently, are diluting the existing rules with regards to the functioning of the councils. It was also pointed out that the Secretary, Staff Side, should have been also taken into confident before issuing such instructions. The Director (HR) directed the GM(SR) to take necessary remedial measure.
30% of the contract workers are recently retrenched, by way of a letter issued by the Corporate Office. BSNLEU has already demanded that these retrenched contract workers should be re-engaged for deployment in sales and marketing. The CMD BSNL has already welcomed this proposal. Thereafter, the Director (HR) instructed the Establishment Branch to take the needful action to implement the demand of BSNLEU. However, no action is taken so far. In yesterday’s meeting, the issue was discussed once again with the Director (HR). Accepting the demand of the Union, the Director (HR) directed the GM (Restg.) to issue necessary guidelines for the re-engagement of the retrenched contract workers.
BSNLEU has long been demanding that a one time relaxation should be given to the non- 10th standard officials, to appear in the Telecom Technician (erstwhile Telecom Mechanic) LDCE. It was pointed out that the issue is lingering on for a very long time without any solution. The Director (HR) directed the Sr.GM(Estt.), to arrange for an internal discussion on the matter.
BSNLEU has long been demanding that the wages of the casual labourers should be revised based on the lowest of the 7th CPC pay scales. It was pointed out in yesterday’s meeting that the number of existing casual labourers, it’s only around 3,300 and that the additional expenditure on this count would be negligible. It was strongly demanded that the Management should settle this issue at the earliest. The Director (HR) assured to examine.
It was assured in the 36thmeeting of the National Council that, the next meeting would be held in September itself. However, no date has been finalised so far. The Union demanded that the date for the meeting should be fixed without further delay. The Director (HR) assured that the next meeting would be held in the first week of October, 2018.
Speaking at NDTV's youth conclave, yoga guru Ramdev said rising prices of the petrol and diesel can cost the Modi government dearly. Some of his views expressed in the Youth Conclave are reproduced hereunder:-