A massive state level joint meeting of the BSNL Unions and Associations of West Bengal was held at Kolkata yesterday the 22nd November, in the Institute Hall, CTO, Kolkata. Very good mobilisation has been made by all unions and associations. A presidium of circle secretaries of all major unions and associations in Kolkata Telephones circle conducted the meeting. It was addressed by Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS,BSNLEU, Com. C.Singh, GS,NFTE- BSNL, Com.Tapas Ghosh, CS, SNEA,West Bengal, Com.Prasun Mukherjee, Organising Secretary, AIBSNEA, Com. Alok Nandi,Dy.GS, FNTO,Com.Ashok Acharaya,Jt.Secretary, AIGETOA, Com.Ajay Singh, President, BSNLMS, Com.Jitendra Balmiki,CS,SEWA BSNL, Com.Praveen Kumar,SNATTA and Com. Soumya Basak, CS,AIBSNLOA addressed the convention. Com. Animesh Mitra,VP(CHQ) BSNLEU proposed vote of thanks.
The Human Chain programme, called on by the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, became a historic success in the National Capital, New Delhi. Never before, the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL Corporate Office, NTR and NTP circles had participated so massively in any programme. Totally, around 1,000 employees participated in this programme, and stood along Janpath, in a very disciplined manner, to make the programme a success. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the NTR, NTP and Corporate Office circle secretaries of all the unions and associations.
We are extremely sad to inform that, Com.Sukomal Sen, former General Secretary of the All State Government Employees Federation ((AISGEF), General Secretary of the Trade Union International - Public Services (TUI PS), as well as Member of the Rajya Sabha, passed away today morning, in a hospital at Kolkata. He was one of the senior most trade union leaders of the country. Com.sukomal Sen was also a great teacher, and his contributions in the field of educating the working class will ever be remembered. BSNLEU dips it's banner and pays respectful homage to com.Sukomal Sen, and conveys it's heartfelt condolences to his family members, friends and comrades.
The All Unions and Associations of Bihar circle conducted an inspiring meeting yesterday, to mobilise the employees for the human chain and two day strike. A large number of comrades attended the meeting. Com.B.P.Singh, CS, BSNLEU, presided over the meeting. Com.Animesh Mitra,VP(CHQ), BSNLEU, com.Chandeswar Singh,GS, NFTE, com.K.Sebastin,GS,SNEA, com.Prasun Mukopadyay, Org.Secretary, AIBSNLEA, com.Washi Ahmed, Dy.GS,AIGETOA, and com.Ajay Singh, President, BSNL MS, addressed. CHQ of BSNLEU heartily congratulates the Unions and Associations of Bihar circle, for conducting this successful meeting.
Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS and com.S.Chellappa,AGS met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL today, and discussed the following issues.
Resolutions of the CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at New Delhi.
The GS and AGS handed over to the CMD BSNL, copies of the important resolutions passed in the meeting of BSNLEU, held at New Delhi on 7th and 8th November, 2017. Especially, the resolutions pertaining to attacks on trade union rights in BSNL, fresh recruitment of staff and implementation of court order on counting RTP service, were discussed.
Victimisation of com.K.Mohanan, CS, BSNLEU, Kerala.
The attention of the CMD BSNL was drawn to the attempts being made to victimise com.K.Mohanan, circle secretary, BSNLEU, Kerala.
Taking over of BSNL buildings / space, by the TERM Cell.
The attention of the CMD BSNL was drawn to the attempt being made by the TERM Cell, to take over BSNL's building / space in Jammu.
The CMD BSNL assured that appropriate actions would be taken on all the above mentioned issues.
Submission of memorandum to the MPs is a very important ground work, for the settlement of our demands, viz., 3rd Pay Revision and stopping formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. The All Unions and Associations have already finalised the memorandum to be submitted to the MPs. As has already been announced, the last date for submission of memorandum is 30.11.2017. All circle and district secretaries are requested to complete this task successfully. Dharmapuri district in Tamil Nadu circle, is the first to submit the memorandum to the MP. On behalf of all the unions and associations of Dharmapuri district, memorandum is submitted today, to shri K. Ashok Kumar, Hon’ble MP of Krishnagiri constituency. CHQ heartily congratulates the unions and associations of Dharmapuri district.
As a prelude to the two day strike to be held on 12th & 13th December, 2017, the Unions and Associations have decided to conduct a human chain on 23.11.2017. Each and every Non-Executive and Executive should be involved in this human chain. All the circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to take the initiative and to conduct the programme in the most successful manner, in coordination with other unions and associations.
We have been telling that inequality is widening rapidly after the implementation of Neo-Liberal policies. A very big portion of the wealth that is being generated in the country, is being garnered by the big corporates. Statistics say that 1% of the Indian population is having 58% of the Nation’s wealth. Now, one more evidence has come to prove our claim that, the rich is growing richer. According to the Forbes 2017 Billionaires list, 101 Indian Billionaires are having wealth which is equivalent to 13% of India’s GDP. It must also be noted that simultaneously news are coming from many states reporting starvation deaths.
[Source: Times of India dated 20.11.2017]
An All India tour programme, to be addressed by the General Secretaries / leaders of All Unions and Associations has already been finalised, for organising the forthcoming two day strike to be held on 12th & 13th December, 2017. This tour programme is already updated on CHQ website. All the circle secretaries are requested to take this decision seriously, and organise the tour programme strictly as per the schedule.
The memorandum to be submitted to the MPs, as per the decision of the Unions and Associations of BSNL, is attached herewith. All circle, as well as district secretaries, are requested to take the initiative, to complete the task of submitting this memorandum to the MPs, in coordination with other unions and associations. This task should be completed by 30-11-2017.
A very inspiring seminar on the Great October Revolution was organised at Kolkata today. The four circle unions of West Bengal, Kolkata, Telecom Factory and Telecom Stores, organised the seminar. A large number of comrades attended. Com.Sisir Roy, CS, Kolkata, presided over and com.Animesh Mitra CS,West Bengal &VP(CHQ) welcomed all. Com.Tapan Sen, GS,CITU and com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, addressed the meeting and explained about the achievements of the Soviet Union, under the leadership of the working class. They also linked the relevance of the Great October Revolution, in solving the present day problems. CHQ heartily congratulates all the four circle unions, for organising today's programme successfully.
The All Unions and Associations of BSNL has decided an All India tour programme, to organise the 2 day strike to be held in December, 2017. The All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU held yesterday, has decided the places to be addressed by the CHQ leaders, which is as follows:-
Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary - Lucknow, Patna, Pune, Ahmedabad, Jaipur
Com. Balbir Singh, President - Ludhiana, Bhopal
Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. General Secretary - Kolkata & Guwahati
Com. P. Asokababu, Vice President - Hyderabad & Bengaluru
Com.Animesh Mitra, Vice President - Bhubaneswar
Com. S. Chellappa, Asst. General Secretary - Chennai
The meeting of All Unions and Associations of BSNL, held at New Delhi on 14-11-2017, has decided that meeting of circle secretaries of all unions and associations should be held in each and every circle, on 18-11-2017. This decision is taken to ensure elaborate preparations for the human chain programme, as well as for the two day strike, and also to ensure better coordination between all unions and associations at the circle level. CHQ requests the circle secretaries to take the initiative to hold the meeting.
Consequent to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circles, the Management is forcibly sending unwilling Non-Executives from Telengana to AP circle. The suggestions given by BSNLEU to amicably solve the issue, is ignored by the Management. Hence, the Telengana circle union is on agitation.
Com P.Abhimanyu, GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, com.S.Chelappa, AGS and com.Ramesh Chand,Organising Secretary(CHQ) met Ms. Anima Roy, GM(Estt & Rectt), BSNL CO today, and discussed the following issues:
(1) Wrong fixation of qualifying marks for SC/ST candidates in the forthcoming JE LICE under 50% quota to be held on 28.01.2018.
The union representatives pointed out to the GM (Estt & Rectt ) that in the model notification, it is mentioned that the qualifying marks for SC/ST candidates would be 20% in each section and 30% in aggregate. Whereas, according to the orders of the Corporate Office, the qualifying marks for SC/ST are prescribed as 20% in each section and there is no provision for aggregate marks. Therefore, the union urged that in the notification the minimum marks for SC/ST candidates should be fixed without any aggregate marks.
The GM informed that the qualifying marks for SC/ST candidates are not changed, and that, the order issued earlier is for review of the results of the failed SC/ST candidates. She further clarified that, while reviewing the results of the failed SC/ST candidates, no minimum aggregate marks would be required.
(2) Conducting off line examination for JE LICE.
The union has already written to the Management for conducting the LDCE/ LICE from Non-Executive to Non- Executive through off line. Since, the proposed JE LICE is from the Non-Executive to Non-Executive, it should be conducted off line only.
The GM replied that the JE is the highest Non- executive technical cadre and SOP also framed based on the technical support, therefore, the Management has decided to conduct the said LICE on line. The GM assured that necessary action would be taken to conduct mock tests to familiarise the candidates with the process of on line exams. The union representatives urged that necessary instructions should be issued from the Rectt. cell to the circles to conduct mock test every week before the exam, for which the GM agreed.
(3) On the issue of changing the cut off date from 1st July 2016 to 1st July 2017, for the JE LICE, the GM informed that since the exam is being held for 2016 vacancies, the cut off date could not be extended to 1st July, 2017.
However, she assured that the Union's demand for counting training period for qualifying service is accepted, and necessary instructions would be issued soon.
The family of Mukesh Ambhani, who is the richest person of India, has now become the richest in Asia. Mukesh Ambhani’s family has beaten the Lees of the Samsung, to become the richest in Asia. The net worth of the Ambhanis has increased from 19 billion US dollars to 44.8 billion US dollars. The net worth of the Lees is 40.8 billion US dollars. It must be noted that the policies of the Modi government has greatly helped Mukesh Ambhani to reach this position. We saw how the government’s policies helped Mukesh Ambhani’s Reliance Jio. Similarly, in the Oil industry also, which is one of the biggest business of Mukesh Ambhani, the government’s policy has greatly helped him. For example, the price of petrol in India was sold at Rs.65/- per litre in 2014, when the price of one barrel of crude oil was sold at 120 US dollars in the international market. But, when the price of crude oil in the international market has come down to only 50 US dollars per barrel, the price of petrol in India has increased to Rs.70/- per litre. Mukesh Ambani is greatly benefited by this. This is only one example of how the government, through it’s policy interventions, make the rich to become richer.
The Idea Cellular, one of the major telecom company, has already gone into loss. The Company’s loss for the second quarter has risen to Rs.1,107 crores. It is also reported that Idea Cellular’s revenue has fallen by 19.7% in the second quarter. It’s revenue collection in the second quarter of 2016 was Rs.9,300 crores. Whereas, it’s revenue collection for the second quarter in 2017 is only Rs.7,465 crores.
As already informed through our website, CITU has constructed a Trade Union Education & Research Centre at Saket, New Delhi. This Trade Union School is named after the founder General Secretary of CITU, com. P. Ramamurthy. The inauguration of P. Ramamurthy Bhawan is taking place on 15th December, 2017. The CITU has invited BSNLEU to participate in the inaugural function.