It has already been announced that the 9th All India Conference of BSNLEU will be held at Mysuru from 08th to 11th January, 2019. The All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU, held today has finalised the allocation of delegates to various district unions, based on the quota received by the CHQ. District unions are requested to elect their delegates and observers on this basis.
(The All India Centre has been able to finalise the allocation of delegates only in respect of 20 circles, from where CHQ has received district wise break up figures of the CHQ quota. In respect of the remaining circles, allocation of delegates can be made only when those circles send the district wise break up figures of the CHQ quota.).
It is already informed that BSNLEU is organising an All India Yong Workers Convention at Bhopal on 30.09.2018. The venue of the Convention has been changed and it will now be conducted at Maha Maya Garden, Hoshangabad Road, Bhopal.
5th meeting of the Wage Revision Committee held today. Chairman of the Committee, Shri H.C. Pant, presided over. All the members of the Joint Committee are present in the meeting. Discussion took place on the new pay scales which were proposed by the Management Side in the last meeting. The Staff Side told the Management Side that, they have made detailed study of the new pay scales, with live cases, and that the pay scales are broadly acceptable to them. However they requested that they should be given a week's time, to suggest changes to the pay scales if any, based on the live cases that may be received by the Staff Side. The Management Side agreed to this demand. It was decided that the next meeting of the Joint Committee would be held on 28.09.2018. Thereafter, a meeting of the Staff Side was held. Discussions took place with regards to the other items to be discussed in the next meeting of the Joint Committee. It is decided that one more meeting of the Staff Side shall be held on 25.09.2018, to discuss about the future course of action.
Criticism is being done by certain vested interests that the Recognised Unions are not demanding higher new pay scales. These vested interests are doing nothing for the settlement of wage revision of BSNL employees, but are only trying to confuse the workers and take advantage out of that. It may be recollected that both the Recognised Unions have demanded that the new pay scales should be created by multiplying the existing minimum of the pay scales by 2.52 multiplication factor. But the Management did not accept this. They citied that the 3rd PRC has created the new E-1 pay scale by multiplying the minimum of the existing E-1 pay scale only by 2.4 multiplication factor. With this, the minimum of pay in NE-I pay scale, proposed by the Management, was only Rs.18,600/-. However, both the Recognised Unions have demanded that 2.44 multiplication factor should be applied to determine the minimum of the new pay scales. Both the Recognised Union demanded that the minimum of NE-I pay scale should be Rs.19,000/-, which is more than 2.44 multiplication factor. This is likely to be accepted. We would like to remind the arm-chair critics that in the 2nd wage revision done w.e.f. 01.01.2007, the multiplication factor applied to determine the minimum of the new pay scales was only 1.91 (both in BSNL, as well as in all the PSUs). The arm-chair critics are telling much higher minimum pay scale has been given for the Port and Dock workers. We can only laugh at their ignorance. Port and Dock is a profit making PSU, which cannot be compared with BSNL which is running in loss from 2009 –10. Modi government has declared that BSNL is a loss making PSU, and hence is not eligible for wage revision w.e.f. 01.01.2017. Only through sustained united struggles of the BSNL employees, the DoT finally has given clearance for starting wage negotiations in respect of the Non-Executives of BSNL. Even today, we have not crossed all the hurdles in the settlement of wage revision. Under such circumstances, comparing BSNL with other profit making PSUs is nothing but laughable. Both the Recognised Unions are determined, as well as more interested, about protecting the interests of all the serving BSNL employees.
Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Balbir Singh, President, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice-President, met Shri Manish Kumar, who has taken over charge recently as the GM(Restg.) in BSNL Corporate Office. Till recently, shri Manish Kumar was functioning as the Joint GM (Pers.). The Union representatives congratulated Shri Manish Kumar for his elevation of the GM (Restg.) During the discussion, they drew the attention of the GM(Restg.) to the issue of non-implementation of BSNL Corporate Office orders in respect of contract workers. They pointed out that the major problem is the non-implementation of minimum wage and EPF and demanded immediate steps need to be taken. Shri Manish Kumar assured his co-operation and stated that needful action would be taken.
The representatives of BSNLEU, who met shri Manish Kumar, GM(Restg.) today, requested him to take expeditious steps for the early completion of re-designation of the left out Non-Executive cadres. They told him that the proposal of the Joint Committee, for new designation in respect of certain left out Non-Executive cadres was not accepted by the Management Committee. The GM (Restg.), in response, stated that he would try to convene a meeting of the Joint Committee before the end of September, for finalising alternative new designation for the left out cadres.
The representatives of BSNLEU met Shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR) today and insisted for the early conducting of the next National Council meeting. The Staff Side has already submitted it’s items for discussion. The Director (HR) has assured in the floor of the last National Council meeting that, the next meeting would be conducted before the end of September. However, so far date for the meeting has not been finalised. The representatives of BSNLEU urged upon the GM(SR) to hold the meeting before the end of September, 2018. The GM(SR) assured to fix an early date.
The Corporate Office has recently issued letter for retrenching 30% of the contract workers, for cutting down the expenditures of the Company. BSNLEU has already demanded the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR) that, the retrenched contract workers could be gainfully re-engaged in sales and marketing activities. Several rounds of discussions have already taken place with the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR). Eventhough, the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR) have already accepted the proposal of BSNLEU, no letter has been issued so far for the re-engagement of the retrenched contract workers. In today’s meeting with the GM(SR), the representatives of BSNLEU demanded early implementation of the assurance given by the Director (HR). The GM(SR) assured that necessary action would be taken in this regard.
Some of the candidates who have direct degree qualification from Open University, without 10+2, were allowed to appear in the TTA LICE held on 07.06.2015 based on an interim order of the CAT, Hyderabad. While in it’s final order, the CAT dismissed the OA. The candidates appealed to the Hon’ble High Court of Hyderabad and the court directed to select those candidates as TTA if found otherwise eligible. The CGM, Telangana circle has written letter to the Corporate Office on 28.06.2018, seeking guidelines in this regard. Earlier the Management instructed the AP circle to file an SLP in the Supreme Court. But due to the efforts taken by BSNLEU, in taking up the issue with the Director (HR), Sr.GM(Estt.) and also taking up the issue in the forthcoming 37th meeting of the National Council, the Management has finally decided to withdraw the proposal of filing SLP. As a result, the qualified candidates will now be promoted to JE.
BSNLEU is organising an All India Young Workers' Convention at Bhopal on 30-09-2018. CHQ and Madhya Pradesh circle union are taking every effort to make the Convention a success. The Convention will be addressed by Dr.Prabhir Purkayasta of the Delhi Science Forum, apart from the leaders of the CHQ of BSNLEU. All the circle secretaries are requested to mobilise young workers for the Convention, as per the target fixed by the CHQ. Further, circle secretaries are requested to inform the CHQ without delay, about the number of the young workers coming from their circle, and also about the timings of their arrival and departure for the Convention.
जॉइंट कमिटी ऑन वेज रिवीजन ऑफ द नॉन एग्जीक्यूटिव्ज की चतुर्थ मीटिंग आज सम्पन्न हुई। आश्चर्यजनक रूप से मैनेजमेंट साइड ने मीटिंग की शुरुआत से ही नकारात्मक तरीके से बातचीत शुरू की। उन्होंने कहना शुरू कर दिया कि DoT शायद 15% फिटमेंट को न स्वीकारे और संभवतः 0% या 5% फिटमेंट पर सहमत हो। इस पर स्टाफ साइड ने स्पष्ट रूप से प्रतिक्रिया व्यक्त करते हुए कहा कि 15% फिटमेंट से कम हमें किसी भी सूरत में स्वीकार नही होगा। विगत तीन मीटिंग्स में स्टाफ साइड के लीडर्स ने मैनेजमेंट साइड को स्पष्ट रूप से बता दिया है कि किसी भी नॉन एग्जीक्यूटिव कर्मी के प्रकरण में स्टेग्नेशन की स्थिति निर्मित न हो इस हेतु नॉन एग्जीक्यूटिव के पे स्केल के न्यूनतम और अधिकतम में माकूल अंतर होना चाहिए। इसके बावजूद, आज की मीटिंग में मैनेजमेंट साइड ने यह तर्क दिया कि न्यूनतम और अधिकतम में जितना संभव हो सके अंतर कम से कम रखा जाना चाहिए जिससे कि मैनेजमेंट को अनावश्यक रूप से पेंशन कॉन्ट्रिब्यूशन के भुगतान में अधिक खर्च न करना पड़े। इसका स्टाफ साइड ने विरोध किया। पुरजोर विरोध करते हुए स्टाफ साइड ने तर्क प्रस्तुत किया कि जब मैनेजमेंट एग्जीक्यूटिव के लिए पेंशन कॉन्ट्रिब्यूशन हेतु बड़ी राशि के भुगतान हेतु तैयार है तो उन्हें केवल नॉन एग्जीक्यूटिव के भुगतान की ही चिंता क्यों है। स्टाफ साइड ने मैनेजमेंट की मानसिकता की निंदा की और कहा कि वे इस बात को कर्मचारियों के समक्ष रखेंगे और मैनेजमेंट साइड द्वारा अपनाए जा रहे दोहरे मापदंड को एक्सपोज़ करेंगे। इसके बाद जॉइंट कमिटी के चेयरमैन श्री एच सी पंत ने हस्तक्षेप कर आश्वस्त किया कि वेज रिवीजन में नॉन एग्जीक्यूटिव के हितों का ध्यान रखा जाएगा। तत्पश्चात उन्होंने GM (SR) को नए पे स्केल से सम्बंधित मैनेजमेंट के प्रस्तावों को प्रस्तुत करने के निर्देश दिए। आज की मीटिंग में मैनेजमेंट साइड द्वारा प्रस्तावित नए पे स्केल्स निम्नानुसार है।
The Staff Side members of the Joint Committee on wage revision for the Non-Executives, are meeting today. The meeting will take place in NFTE’s office at 15:00 hrs. The meeting will discuss about the new pay scales proposed by the Management Side, in the meeting held yesterday.
The Staff Side members of the Joint Committee on wage revision for the Non-Executives met today and analysed the pay scales offered by the Management Side in the Joint Committee meeting held yesterday. Caution was taken to ensure to ensure that, the problem of stagnation does not arise to any Non- Executive, after implementation of the new pay scales. Whatever live cases that have come to the notice of the Staff Side members, were analysed in today’s meeting. Next meeting of the Joint Committee will be held on 14.09.2018. Based on the new scales already proposed by the Management Side, details of the cases which may involve the problem of stagnation, may be send to the CHQ, by the circle and district secretaries, as well as the active comrades.
Media reports state that the government has decided to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL, based on the proposals submitted by BSNL to the government. As per the report of the ET Telecom dated 11th September, 2018, Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, has told the media that the government has decided to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL. The Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, Shri Manoj Sinha, has put the issue on a fast track, and has set a time frame of 80 days, for the finalisation of the entire process of allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL, says ET Telecom.
A meeting of the Reception Committee of the forthcoming All India Conference of BSNLEU was held at Mysuru on 08.09.2018. All the district secretaries, circle office bearers, attended. In addition to this many district level and Branch level office bearers from Mysuru, as well as from various other districts enthusiastically participated in this meeting. Com.M.C. Balakrishna, President of the Reception Committee presided over the meeting. Com. C.K. Gundanna, General Secretary of the Reception Committee welcomed everyone. He also explained about the various measures being taken by the Reception Committee, to make the All India Conference successful. Com. H.V. Sudharshan, Working President of the Reception Committee was present. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and explained in detail about the various current issues, including wage revision, settlement of the issues of the Non-Executives, etc. He urged upon the leaders and frontline functionaries of Karnataka circle to leave no stone unturned, to make the forthcoming All India Conference a landmark in the history of BSNLEU.
The banner of the 9th All India Conference of BSNLEU, to be held on 08th, 09th, 10th & 11th January, 2019, at Mysuru, was released by the General Secretary in the meeting held on 08.09.2018, amidst thunderous slogans raised by the participants. Thereafter, the receipt books, printed by the Reception Committee, for collection of voluntary donations from members of BSNLEU, was released. A lot comrades enthusiastically came forward and announced their donations for the 9th AIC. They also assured their fullest involvement in raising the funds for the All India Conference.
In the Reception Committee meeting held at Mysuru on 08.09.2018, a lot of comrades came forward and announced their voluntary donations for the forthcoming AIC. During this process, everyone was enthused when Com.C.K. Gundanna, Circle Secretary, Karnataka, announced that he was donating his one month’s pension amount, i.e., Rs.28,500/-, as his contribution for the All India Conference. This was followed by Com.J.V. Keshav, Circle Treasurer, Karnataka, who came forward and announced that he was donating Rs.25,000/- as his donation for the AIC. Com.Shiva Sankarappa, District Secretary, Hubli, announced Rs.25,000/- as his donation for the AIC. Com. Durgad, a senior comrade from Hubli came forward and announced Rs.28,000/- as his donation for the AIC. These announcements came as a pleasant surprise for the comrades who had gathered in the meeting. They greeted these senior comrades with an uproarious applause. CHQ also heartily congratulates Com.C.K. Gundanna, CS, Com.J.V. Keshav, Treasurer, Com. Shiva Sankarappa, DS, Hubli and Com.Durgad, for setting an example for the collection of donations for the AIC.
The 4th meeting of the Joint Committee on wage revision of the Non-Executives took place today. Shri H.C. Pant, Chairman of the Joint Committee, presided over the meeting. All the members of the Staff Side were present. Surprisingly, the members of the Management Side started talking in a negative way, right form the beginning of the meeting. Members of the Management Side started telling that the DoT may not accept 15% fitment, and may agree for only 0% fitment or 5% fitment. To this, the entire Staff Side reacted and told that nothing short of 15% fitment would be accepted by them. In the last three meetings, the Staff Side leaders have already emphatically told the Management Side that, the gap between the minimum and maximum of the pay scales of the Non-Executives should be sufficiently long, so as to avoid stagnation to any one of the Non-Executives. However, in today’s meeting, the Management Side members started arguing that the gap between the minimum and the maximum should be kept as short as possible, so that the Management need not unnecessarily spend huge amount towards payment of pension contribution. The entire Staff Side opposed this view. The Staff Side opposed this vehemently and argued that, when the Management is prepared to pay huge amount as pension contribution for the Executives, why should they worry about the amount to be paid only in respect of the Non-Executives. The Staff Side strongly criticised the mindset of the Management Side, and told that they would be compelled to go to the workers and expose the double standards being adopted by the Management Side. Thereafter, Shri H.C. Pant, Chairman of the Joint Committee, intervened and assured that the interests of the Non-Executives would be protected in the wage revision. Further, he directed the GM(SR) to spell-out the proposals of the Management with regards to the new pay scales. The following are the new pay scales proposed in today’s meeting, by the Management Side.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), met Shri Saurabh Tyagi,Sr.GM(Estt.), yesterday and discussed the following issues.
BSNLEU is insisting the Management, for the past several months, to hold the JTO LICE. A decision in this regard is yet to be taken by the Establishment Branch of the Corporate Office. In view of the impending implementation of the CPSU hierarchy, the Establishment Branch has sought some clarification from the Personnel Branch of the Corporate Office on the matter. However, it is understood that, no clarification has come from the Personnel Branch. The BSNLEU representatives who met the Sr.GM(Estt.) yesterday, expressed their serious concern on the inordinate delay in holding the JTO LICE, and insisted that the Establishment Branch should issue the necessary notification without further delay. The Sr.GM(Estt.) shared the concern of the representatives and assured that needful action would be taken immediately.
This issue was once again discussed yesterday by the representatives of BSNLEU. They pointed out that the settlement of this issue is getting delayed. The Sr.GM(Estt.) has replied that, certain clarifications issued by the Corporate Office on this subject earlier, need to be scrutinised, before taking a final decision. He replied that the Establishment Brach is on the job and that necessary action would be taken expeditiously.
BSNLEU is pressuring the Corporate Management for a very long time, to give one time relaxation to the non-10th standard candidates for appearing in the Telecom Technician LDCE. The Corporate Office has called for certain inputs from the circle on the subject. It seems response has not come from any circles. Under this circumstance, the representatives of BSNLEU insisted upon the Sr.GM(Estt.) to send the proposal for the approval of the BSNL Board without further delay. The Sr.GM(Estt.) assured to do the needful.