BSNLEU has been consistently demanding relaxation in the qualifying marks for the candidates of JE LICE 50% exam held on 28.01.2018, in view of the poor results. BSNLEU demanded that the Management should give relaxation in qualifying marks, as was given for the DR TTA exam held in 2008. An order was issued on 01.06.2009 by the Corporate Office, granting the relaxation of 10% marks for each part and 10% marks for the aggregate. Our demand is that, when relaxation was given for DR TTA exam in 2008, similar relaxation should be given to the candidates of the JE LICE held on 28.01.2018 also. This issue was prominently discussed in the meeting held with the CMD BSNL on 10-07-2018. BSNLEU told the CMD BSNL that 1800 candidates appeared the JE LICE for 9185 vacancies, but only 111 candidates got qualified. The CMD BSNL responded positively to our demand and assured to do the needful. Thereafter, BSNLEU continuously followed up the issue with the Director (HR) and the GM(Rectt.). Finally, the Management has accepted our demand. The revised results will be announced soon. We express our sincere thanks to the Management for settlement of our just demand.
An amount of Rs.2.15 crore was handed over to Shri Pinarayi Vijayan, chief minister of Kerala, today, by the AUAB leaders and Dr. P.T.Mathew,CGM, Kerala, towards flood relief. This amount is deducted from the salary of BSNL employees, Kerala circle. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the employees and the AUAB of Kerala circle.
The 3rd meeting of the Joint Committee on Wage Revision of the Non-Executives took place yesterday the 27-08-2018. Shri H.C.Pant, Chairman of the Committee presided. All the Committee members, both from the Staff Side and the Management Side, were present. The Staff Side has already submitted it’s note on the structures of the new pay scales before the last meeting of the Committee. In yesterday’s meeting, the Management Side spelt out their proposals regarding the new pay scales.
Management Side proposed that, the minimum of the new pay scales should be arrived at, by multiplying the minimum of the existing pay scales by 2.4. Accordingly, they proposed the minimum of the new NE 1 pay scale as RS.18,600. However, the Staff Side did not accept this. They demanded that the multiplication factor should be 2.44. Accordingly, the minimum of the new NE1 pay scale comes to Rs.18,934 and that it should be rounded off to Rs.19,000. They also demanded that the 2.44 multiplication factor should be applied to arrive at the minimum of all the new pay scales. The Management Side agreed to examine these proposals of the Staff Side.
As regards the maximum of the new pay scales, the Staff Side has already proposed that they should be arrived at, by providing 43 years of span. But, the Management Side stated that this would result in heavy expenditure on account of payment of Pension Contribution. The Staff Side demanded that the spans of the pay scales should be provided in sufficient numbers, so that no Non-Executive would suffer from the problem of stagnation after the Wage Revision. It is decided to continue with the discussion in the next meeting, to be held on 10-09-2018.
The Staff Side members expressed their unhappiness that the talks are going on very slowly. They also stated that at this speed, the talks could not be completed expeditiously. They demanded that the meetings of the Committee should take place more frequently.
BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle, organised an impressive Young Workers' Convention on 25.08.2018 at Kolkata. 120 young workers participated enthusiastically from all over West Bengal. The young comrades were greeted with Red Rose by the circle leadership. Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary welcomed every one. Com. Subrata Misra, Asstt. Circle Secretary initiated the proceedings and delivered the introductory speech. 13 young comrades, from different SSAs, deliberated inspiringly and delivered their speeches. They expressed their views in different angles regarding the the revival of BSNL, Wage Revision, etc. In the recess period Com. Sudeshna Chakraborty entertained the audience with her song. Com. Saibal Sengupta, Asstt. General Secretary, BSNLEU (CHQ) and Com. Om Prakash Singh, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU (CHQ) delivered inspiring speeches. Finally, Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary &Vice-President(CHQ) addressed the Convention and explained about the various issues raised by the comrades. He thanked the young comrades for taking part in the convention in a good number. He expressed his happiness and gratitude to the young comrades for their deliberations. He declared that the convention was a great success, since the young comrades showed the positive attitude towards all the issues. The convention was conducted by Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Assistant Circle Secretary.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, met Ms.Sujata Ray, Director(HR) today and discussed certain important issues being pursued by BSNLEU. The details of the discussion are as follows:-
In view of the very poor results, BSNLEU has been continuously insisting upon the Corporate Management, for giving relaxation to the candidates who appeared in the JE LICE held in January. This issue was raised in the last National Council meeting also, for which Director (HR) responded positively. It appears that the Management has taken some action in this, but final decision has not been taken. This issue was discussed by the GS with the Director (HR) in today’s meeting. She reported that the GM (Rectt.) has gone for training and a final decision will be taken on her return in the first week of September.
As a cost-cutting measure, the Corporate Office has directed retrenchment of contract workers to the extent of 30%. This instruction has already been implemented in most of the circles and contract workers have been retrenched. In the meanwhile, BSNLEU has demanded that these retrenched contract workers could be re-engaged and could be gainfully utilised in the marketing. This issue has been discussed with the CMD BSNL, who responded positively. This issue was again discussed with the Director (HR) in today’s meeting. The Director (HR) assured that needful action would be taken.
Corporate Office has already issued letters to all the Chief General Managers, for deduction of BSNLEU’s subscription at the enhanced rate, and also that the CHQ quota should be directly sent to the CHQ. Still, this has not been implemented in some of the circles. This issue was raised with the Director (HR) in today’s meeting. She directed the GM(SR) to speak with the GM (HRs) of such of those circles, for taking necessary corrective measures.
This issue was discussed with the CMD BSNL in the meeting held on 10.07.2018. The CMD BSNL has assured to settle this issue. Consequently, the Establishment Branch of the Corporate Office is taking needful steps for the final settlement of the issue. In today’s meeting, the GS requested the Director (HR) to issue early orders to bring the sufferings of the affected Sr.TOAs to an end. The Director (HR) assured that needful action would be taken expeditiously.
Former Cricket Star, Imran Khan, has recently assumed office as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. On last Friday, Imran Khan announced that first class Air Travel is banned for government officials. This ban is applicable to all leaders and government officials including the President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice, Ministers, etc. Imran Khan has told that this step is being taken as a part of the austerity measures being implemented by the government. In Pakistan, austerity measures are implemented even for the President and the Prime Minister. However, in BSNL even the officers of CGM rank are flying in Business Class. The AUAB has already demanded that, austerity measures should be implemented for the top officers of BSNL. However, so far no action has been taken. Our BSNL Management should take a leaf from the book of Pakistan.
Due to the devastations caused by the unprecedented floods that hit Kerala recently, “Onam” festival is not being celebrated by Keralities this year. On this occasion, BSNLEU conveys it’s best wishes to the people of Kerala, for an early recovery from the tragedy. Happy Onam to all.
CHQ deeply regrets to inform that, Smt. Debala Sahani, w/o Com.P.R. Das, former Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Odisha, has passed away on 19.08.2018. She was 73 years old. CHQ conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to Com.P.R. Das and his family members.
A meeting of the functionaries of Haryana circle was held at Gurgaon on 22.08.2018. All the district secretaries, circle office bearers and a good number of active workers attended the meeting. Com.J.S. Dahiya, district president, Gurgaon, presided over. Com.M.S. Kadian, circle secretary, welcomed everyone. Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and spoke on the significance of the worker-peasant rally, to be organised at New Delhi on 05th September, 2018. He explained how the Neo-Liberal policies, being pursued by the government is affecting the toiling masses. He called upon the comrades of Haryana circle to massively participate in the 05th September rally to be held at New Delhi. The General Secretary also explained about the status of Wage Revision, Pension Revision, Payment of pension contribution on actual basic pay, allotment of 4G spectrum and other issues.
The AUAB meeting held yesterday, unanimously decided to suggest to the Management, to deduct one day's basic pay from the willing employees and to send the same to the Kerala Chief Minister's Disaster Relief Fund. Accordingly, the AUAB leaders met the CMD BSNL today, and conveyed the decision. The CMD BSNL assured to take the needful action on this matter.
As per the decision taken in yesterday's meeting of the AUAB, the leaders of the AUAB met Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, today. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, BSNLEU, Com.Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, Com.Padmanabha Rao, AGS, SNEA, Com.Ravi Shil Verma, GS, AIGETOA, Com.Mallikarjuna, President, BSNL MS, Com.Revti Prasad, AGS, ATM and Com. H.P.Singh, Dy.GS, BSNL OA attended the meeting. The leaders expressed their deep anguish to the CMD BSNL, about the non-implementation of the assurances given by the Hon'ble MoS (C), on wage revision, pension revision, pension contribution and allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL. The leaders demanded the CMD BSNL to arrange a meeting between the AUAB and the Secretary, DoT. A letter of the AUAB in this regard, was also handed over to the CMD BSNL. Detailed discussion took place between the leaders and the CMD BSNL, on all the issues. The meeting lasted for 50 minutes. The leaders expressed their deep concern that time was running out fast, and that expeditious actions need to be taken to settle the wage revision without delay. On the issue of Superannuation benefits of the DR employees, the leaders demanded that expedtious action should be taken to increase Management's contribution to the Pension Fund. On all the issues, the CMD BSNL shared the concern of the leaders and assured to take necessary action.
A meeting of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) was held yesterday, the 23.08.2018, at BSNL MS office. The meeting was presided over by Com. Ravi Shil Verma, GS, AIGETOA. The meeting was attended by:-
BSNLEU : Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, and Com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS.
NFTE : Com.Chandeswar Singh, GS, Com. K.S.Sheshadri, Dy.GS and Com.A.Rajamouli.
SNEA : Com.K.Sebastin, GS.
AIGETOA : Com.Ravi Shil Verma,GS.
BSNLMS : Com.Suresh Kumar, GS, Com.Mallikarjuna, President.
ATM BSNL : Com.Revti Prasad, AGS.
BSNL OA : Com.H.P.Singh, Dy.GS.
The meeting observed one minute’s silence to condole the death of the people, who have lost their lives in the recent floods in Kerala.
The following decisions are taken in the meeting.
Leaders of the AUAB, Kerala circle, met Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, DoT today at Thiruvananthapuram. They submitted a memorandum to her, demanding financial support to BSNL, to rebuild it’s infrastructure devastated in the floods. They also demanded settlement of 3rd pay revision, pension revision, Pension Contribution on actual basic pay, allotment of 4G spectrum, and rolling back of the Subsidiary Tower Company. CGM, Kerala and other top officers of Kerala circle were also there in the meeting. The Secretary, DoT gave a patient hearing and assured to look into the issues.
A meeting of the AUAB is taking place today. This is, as per the decision taken in the last meeting of the AUAB, held on 02-08-2018. The meeting will mainly review the developments in the issues of Wage Revision, Pension Revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, allotment of 4G spectrum, etc. It will also discuss about BSNL employees' contribution to Kerala.
CHQ has already informed about the discussion held with the CMD BSNL, on the long pending issues of the Non-Executives, such as promotion to E-1 pay scale for Non-Executives, downgradation of the Sr.TOAs from 7100-6550 scale, one additional increment to the left out Non-Executives and implementation of gratuity to the casual labourers. CHQ has also informed that, after discussion held with CMD BSNL, prompt actions were being taken by the various Branches of the Corporate Office, for the resolution of these long pending issues.
Today, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. S. Chellappa, AGS, met Shri Sourabh Tyagi, Sr.GM(Estt.), and enquired about the status of these issues. It was informed by the Sr.GM(Estt.) that Board Memos have already been sent on the issues of one additional increment to the left out Non-Executives and implementation of gratuity to the casual labourers, for the approval of the Board. As regards, promotion in E-1 pay scale to the Non-Executives, it was informed by the Sr.GM(Estt.)that, Board Memo is being prepared on this issue, to be sent for the approval of the Board of Directors. The meeting of the Board of Directors is taking place at the end of this month.
As regards the problem of downgradation of the Sr.TOAs from 7100 pay scale to 6550 pay scale, further discussion took place today between the BSNLEU representatives and the Sr.GM(Estt.). It was strongly demanded by the Union that the promotion given to the Sr.TOAs, under OTBP, before the implementation of the NEPP, should be treated as first promotion under NEPP, with a view to avert the downgradation. The Sr.GM(Estt.) responded positively. Further discussion in this connection will be taking place within the next few days. The Union representatives demanded that a settlement of this issue should also be sent for the approval of the forthcoming meeting of the Board of Directors.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. S. Chellappa, AGS, met Shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR) today, and demanded that the next meeting of the National Council meeting should be held in September, as has been assured by the Chairperson of the National Council. They also demanded that the date for this meeting should be finalised shortly. The GM(SR) assured to do the needful.
Since the Chairperson of the National Council has already committed to hold the next meeting of the National Council in September, which is being insisted by BSNLEU, all circle secretaries and CHQ office bearers are requested to immediately send items for the next National Council meeting.
The BSNLEU representatives who met Shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR) today, insisted for the prompt resolution of certain issues related to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, which are already taken up by BSNLEU. They insisted the sending back of women employees, covered by the Child Care Leave, reduction of the 3 year tenure to 2 years, and also sending back of the employees who are retiring within one year. The GM(SR) replied that action is being taken on the 2nd and 3rd issues, while the views of the circle administrations of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have been sought in respect of the first issue.
BSNLEU representatives met Ms. Smiti Chaudhury, GM(FP) today and discussed about the amendments already demanded by BSNLEU, in respect of the JAO Recruitment Rules. The GM(FP) replied that action is being taken to get the approval of the Board of Directors, for the proposed amendments.
The BSNLEU representatives, who met Shri Y.N. Singh, GM(BFCI), today, demanded immediate allotment of funds, as sought by West Bengal and Tamil Nadu circle administrations, for the payment of contract workers wages. The GM(BFCI) assured to take the needful action.