Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), met Shri H.C. Pant, CGM(Legal) & Chairman of the Joint Committee on Wage Negotiations of the Non-Executives yesterday. The representatives expressed their unhappiness at the slow phase in which the wage negotiations are proceeding. They pointed out that in view of the impending Lok Sabha election, there is an urgent need to conclude the Wage Revision within the shortest possible time. The Chairman gave a patient hearing to the views of the Union representatives and assured to expedite the talks on wage revision.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), met Shri A.M.Gupta, GM(SR) and requested him to do the necessary coordination between the members of the Management Side of the Joint Committee on Wage Negotiation, with a view to expedite the wage settlement. They also requested the GM(SR) to ensure that the 37th meeting of the National Council is held within September, 2018, as per the commitment given in the National Council meeting. The GM(SR) assured to do the needful.
Big corporate houses enter into mega mergers, with a view to maximise their profits. But, it is a bitter truth that employees become victims due to these mergers. This is once again proved in the recent Vodafone Idea merger. Recently, telecom giants, Vodafone and Idea entered into a mega merger. Thus, the merged entity, viz., Vodafone Idea has become the biggest telecom service provider in the country. It is reported that 10 billion dollars would be gained due to the synergies to be achieved due to this merger. However, the merger is not good so far as the employees are concerned. Media reports say that, 2,500 employees have become surplus in Vodafone Idea. Their future is hanging fire now.
A delegation from AUAB met shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Hon'ble Minister of State, Parliamentary Affairs at his residence at Delhi today, the 8th September 2018 and submitted a memorandum demanding settlement of Wage Revision, Pension Revision, Pension contributions on actual basic and for allocation of 4G Spectrum to BSNL by the government. After giving patient hearing to the delegation, Hon'ble Minister informed that he will arrange a meeting of the AUAB with MOC(S), shri Manoj Sinha by tomorrow evening or latest by next day, since the MOC(S) is busy today. He also confirmed that he also will accompany the delegation to the MOC(S). On behalf of BSNLEU, Com. Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS was present, since Com. P.Abhimanyu, was at Bangalore to attend CEC of Karnataka circle for AIC preparation.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, headed by Derek O’Brien, MP, has given it’s recommendation against the privatisation of Air India. The report of the Committee has pointed out that Air India’s market share has gone down mainly due to the anti-Air India measures taken by the government like allotment of lucrative routes to private airways. The Committee has also has recollected the service rendered by the Air India, during times of natural calamities and in evacuating Indian’s from war zones. The Committee has recommended that Air India’s massive debts should be written off, and the Company should be given a five years’ time for it’s revival.
[Source: Times of India 06.09.2018]
The price of petrol is sky-rocketing every day. At Mumbai, today’s petrol price is Rs.87.39. Similarly, the price of diesel is also galloping, as a result of which the prices of essential commodities are shooting up. The Hindu dated 06.09.2018 has published the following cartoon on this.
The value of Indian Rupee has fallen down into unprecedented depths. Consequent to this, the prices of petrol and diesel are galloping to new heights. As a result of this, the prices of essential commodities are skyrocketing. The Times of India, in a cartoon published yesterday, states that the Central Government, is raising the issue of 'Urban Naxalisim', only to divert the attention of the people from these burning problems.
Workers and peasants, who came from the nooks and corners of the country, participated in lakhs in the Mazdoor Kisan Sangarsh Rally, held at New Delhi yesterday the 05.09.2018. The rally culminated in to a massive meeting in the Parliament Street. Leaders of Trade Unions, Kisan Sabha and Agricultural workers, addressed the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU, addressed the meeting and exposed the governments pro-private and anti-BSNL policies.
CHQ is extremely happy to inform that more than 3,000 BSNL employees and their leaders participated in yesterday’s Mazdoor Kisan Sangarsh Rally. The BSNL employees, first gathered at the Eastern Court. From there, the colourful rally of BSNL employees started and went through Janpath and Tolstoy Marg and converged in the main rally. Thousands of BSNL employees took part in this spirited rally, with the banners and flags of BSNLEU. They also carried play-cards, highlighting the demands of the Mazdoor Kisan Sangarsh Rally. BSNL employees from the nearby circles of UP(West), UP(East), Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab participated in large numbers. From other circles also, sizable number of comrades participated. CHQ conveys it’s heartfelt thanks to all the circle unions, as well as to the participants.
The glorious one day strike, organised by the Central Government Employees on 19th September, 1968, has found a prominent place in the history of the working class movement in India. The P&T trade unions have played a significant role in that strike. Severe repression was let loose on the employees, by the then government. We thankfully acknowledge that, many of the fruits being enjoyed by the Central Government Employees today, are the result of the sacrifices done by many leaders and front line functionaries in that one day strike. It is the duty of our trade union to explain about that heroic struggle and the sacrifices of our fore fathers, to the present day generation. Hence, the Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU, has called on the circle and district unions to organise special meetings and seminars throughout the country on 19th September, 2018, to observe the 50th anniversary of the glorious one day strike of 1968. CHQ requests all the circle and district unions to effectively implement this decision.
The Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU is taking place at New Delhi today. The meeting, is taking place at K.G.Bose Bhawan. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, hoisted the Union’s Red Flag. Com.Swapan Chakraborty, moved the condolence resolution. The house stood in silence for a minute and paid homage. Com.Balbir Singh delivered the Presidential address. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, presented the note for discussion. In his speech, the General Secretary explained the developments on Wage Revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, assurances given by the Hon’ble MoS(C) on Pension Revision, Pension Contribution on actual basic pay, allotment of 4G spectrum and settlement of the long pending issues of the Non-Executives. The Central Office bearers are participating in the deliberations.
As has already been announced, the Mazdoor Kisan Sangarsh Rally will be held at New Delhi on 05.09.2018. BSNLEU is taking part in this rally. Leaders and members of BSNLEU are coming from all parts of the country to participate in this rally. On 05-09-2018, the main rally will start from the Ramlila Maidan and will reach the Parliament Street police station. As regards the participation of BSNLEU is concerned, it is decided that BSNLEU’s rally will start from the Eastern Court and will join the Main Rally at the Parliament Street. Hence, the leaders and comrades of BSNLEU, coming from various circles are requested to assemble at the Eastern Court, sharply at 09:30 hrs. Circle and district secretaries are requested to make note of this and guide their members accordingly. CHQ has arranged for the banners, flags and play cards, which will be distributed at Eastern Court.
The CHQ BSNLEU informs with deep sorrow and grief that, Com.R.S.Yadav, a veteran leader of our movement, has passed away yesterday, at Lucknow. He was the circle secretary of the E3 union (AITEU CLIII) of the undivided Uttar Pradesh circle, consisting of UP(West), UP(East) and Uttarakhand circles for long years. He worked shoulder to shoulder with Com.K.G.Bose and other senior leaders of our movement. Com.R.S.Yadav selflessly dedicated his entire life for strengthening the trade union movement, with the correct working class orientation. The CHQ of BSNLEU dips it's banner and pays it's respectful homage to the departed leader. It also conveys it's heartfelt condolences to his family members, friends and relatives.
The BSNL Board of Director’s meeting was scheduled to be held today. However, the same has been postponed, due to unavoidable reasons. We reliably know that, two issues of the Non-Executives, viz., One extra increment to the left out Non-Executives and Promotion to the Non-Executives in E1 pay scale, and also the issue of Gratuity to the casual labourers, are in the agenda of this Board meeting. We are hopeful that these issues would be duly considered, when the Board meeting takes place next.
The Tamil Nadu circle union enthusiastically conducted it’s executive committee meeting at Madurai today. Com.S.Chellappa, circle president and AGS, delivered the presidential address. Com.Babu Radhakrishnan, CS, welcomed everyone and presented the report on activities. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, elaborately addressed the executive committee meeting, and explained about the issues on which the 5th September ‘Mazdoor Kisan Sangarsh Rally’ is taking place at New Delhi. He also explained about the current issues of wage revision, pension revision, subsidiary tower company, pension contribution on actual basic pay and allotment of 4G spectrum. The issues of the Non-Executives, which are currently under settlement, were also explained by the GS. Thereafter, the circle executive committee members participated in the deliberations. It is revealed from the deliberations that 260 comrades are attending the 5th September Delhi rally from Tamil Nadu. The meeting also resolved to send 30 comrades for the All India Young Workers Convention, to be held at Bhopal.
BSNL Corporate Office issued letter yesterday, for deduction of one day’s basic pay from employees, as contribution to Kerala’s flood relief, from the salary for the month of August. However, again letter is issued, stating that due to operational difficulties, the deduction would be made in the salary for the month of September. In the meanwhile, we have informed the CMD BSNL and the Director(HR), that the amount deducted from the salary of the employees should be sent directly to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund, so that the relief amount will instantaneously reach the food-affected people of Kerala, without any delay. We hope that the Management will take the right decision in this regard.
In the meeting of the Joint Committee on Wage Revision, held on 27-08-2018, the Staff Side expressed it’s unhappiness over the slow phase in which the Wage Negotiations are progressing. In order to speed up the negotiations, the Staff Side also suggested informal discussions also between the Staff Side members and the Management, apart from official meetings. This was accepted, and the meeting is taking place today.
The Maharashtra police and Central Agencies have arrested human rights activists in Maharashtra and other parts of the country. Draconian rules have been invoked by the government, to detain them. They were accused of instigating the Bhima Koregaon unrest and of planning to kill the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Supreme Court of India has severely criticised the government and has directed that the human rights activists could be kept under house arrest. Democratic forces throughout the country have criticised the government, and have demanded the release of the detainees. BSNLEU joins them in condemning the government’s action and demanding the immediate release of the detainees.