BSNLEU has sought for a formal meeting with the Director (HR) to discuss some burning issues and also some outstanding issues, lying pending for a long time. The meeting is held today in the chamber of the Director (HR). Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS and Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS participated in the meeting. From the Management Side, Ms.Sujata Ray, Director (HR), Shri Keshav Rao,GM(Estt.), Shri A.M.Gupta, GM(SR), Shri Ashuthosh Gupta,GM(Restg.), Shri P.D. Chirania, GM(CA) and Shri S.K.Sinha,GM(Admn.) and Shri Sunil Kumar,GM(FP).
The following issues, which are already notified to the Director (HR), were taken up for discussion:-
BSNLEU has been demanding that the Joint Committee for wage negotiation should be formed, subsequent to the releasing of guidelines by the DPE, for revision of wages of the Non-Executives. The Director (HR) stated that BSNL had already written to the DoT, for the issuing of necessary clearance by the Administrative Ministry. It was further stated that, BSNL would once again send a reminder to the DoT.
BSNLEU bitterly complained that the decision taken in this regard, in the National Council meeting held on 11.05.2017, is yet to be implemented. The Director (HR) assured that the new GM (Estt.) would take immediate action on this issue. BSNLEU was requested to handover a copy of the letter of the EPF Commissioner, to the Management.
It was stated by the Director (HR) that the Company is undergoing a severe financial crisis and that the financial year 2018 is going to be very tough. In view of this, it would be extremely difficult for the Management to accept any demand which would result in substantial financial outgo, said the Director (HR). She directed the GM (Estt.) to discuss the grievances with BSNLEU, keeping the overall financial condition of the Company into consideration.
The Director (HR) directed the GM (Estt.) to collect the requisite inputs from the circles expeditiously, say within a period of 10 days. After collection of the inputs, Management will take decision on the demand of BSNLEU.
BSNLEU is continuously pursuing this case. The DoT, vide it’s letter no.37-25/2016-SEA-(Legal) dated 31.10.2017, has informed BSNL that the Senior Accountants should be conferred with Group B status. In today’s meeting BSNLEU demanded that the Management should immediately take action to confer Group B status and to give upgraded pay scale to the Senior Accountants. The Director (HR) stated that the GM (FP) would do the needful speedily for the implementation of the demand.
The GM (Admn.) stated that only a week back he has received necessary communication from the SR Branch, with regards to the decision of the National Council on the subject. He stated that extension of Rs.429/- mobile plan to the Non-Executives is under process and would be done within 10 days.
BSNLEU bitterly complained that the Management Side had unethically included certain aspects in the draft minutes, which were actually not accepted by the Staff Side in the meeting. These details are already given on our website. In today’s meeting, the Director (HR) assured that the corrected draft minutes would be released within a week’s time.
BSNLEU heartily thanks the Director (HR) and the officers present in today’s meeting for taking positive decisions to resolve the pending issues.
BSNLEU has already informed through website that settlement of this issue is lying pending with the DoT for a very long time, because BSNL has not provided the requisite inputs to the DoT. On hearing BSNLEU’s complaint, the Director (HR) seriously instructed the new GM (Estt.) to gather the requisite inputs from the circles and to send the same without delay to the DoT.
Recently, Management arbitrarily issued letter reducing the ceiling for medical reimbursement with voucher, from 25 days to 23 days. BSNLEU has already strongly protested this arbitrary reduction. In today’s meeting with the Director (HR), the GS and Dy.GS raised this issue and expressed their bitter opposition to the arbitrary action of the Management. The Director (HR) agreed to the view of BSNLEU and assured that the reduction of the ceiling would be positively reviewed.
“The All Unions and Associations of BSNL”, held it’s meeting at New Delhi today to discuss about the steps to be taken for intensifying the struggles for the settlement of 3rd Pay Revision and to ensure the ‘rolling back of the creation of Subsidiary Tower Company’. The meeting was attended by the General Secretaries / Representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, FNTO, BTEU, SEWA BSNL, AIGETOA, BSNL MS, TEPU, BSNL ATM and TOA BSNL. The meeting was presided over by Com. K. Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO. The following decisions are taken unanimously for intensifying the struggles to achieve the demands.
Charter of demands
As per the call of “The All Unions and Associations of BSNL”, powerful protest demonstrations held throughout the country against the creation of Subsidiary Tower Company and appointment of an IAS officer as it’s CMD. As the reports received from various circles, it is learnt that the Non-Executives and Executives have massively and aggressively participated in these demonstrations throughout the country.
BSNLEU has been continuously insisting upon the BSNL Management to reconstitute the Standing Committee of the National Council, and also to convene it’s meeting at the earliest, so that the implementation of the decisions taken in the National Council meeting could be reviewed. Earlier, the SR Branch tentatively agreed to conduct this meeting on 18.01.2018. However, in view of the GM (HR)s’ Conference to be held at BSNL Corporate Office on 22.01.2018, the SR Branch sought for a change of date. In yesterday’s discussion with the representatives of BSNLEU and the GM (SR), it was decided to hold the meeting on 24.01.2018.
The Tamil Nadu circle union of BSNLEU has taken the initiative to organise a convention of the DR JEs. This convention is being held at Pondicherry on 07.01.2018. DR JEs from all over Tamil Nadu circle are participating in this convention. Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, is addressing this convention. The current problems is being faced by the recently appointed DR JEs, as well as their future promotional prospects will be discussed with focus in this convention. CHQ heartily congratulates the Tamil Nadu circle union for taking this excellent initiative.
The representatives of BSNLEU who met Shri Keshav Rao, GM (Estt.), explained in detail to him about how the settlement of anomalies has been put into cold storage by the DoT, due to the inaction of BSNL Management. The issue is lying pending with the DoT for a very long period, since the BSNL Management has not sent the necessary inputs sought by the DoT. The BSNL Corporate Office had already written to all the CGM’s, calling for the number of affected employees in each circle. However, this feedback has not been given by the circles. Hence, BSNL is not able to reply to the DoT, and the settlement of anomalies issue is hanging fire. The GM (Estt.) assured that this issue would be discussed in the ‘GM (HR)s’ Conference’, to be held at BSNL Corporate Office on 22.01.2018.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), met Shri Keshav Rao, GM (Estt.), yesterday and expressed BSNLEU’s objection over the arbitrary reduction of the ceiling for outdoor medical claim without voucher, from 25 days to 23 days. The representatives recorded their strong protest that the Management had arbitrarily curtailed the medical facility of the employees, without discussing the issue with the Recognised Union. They pointed out that the reduction in the ceiling might save a few crore rupees to the Company, but it would deprive the needy employees of getting their outdoor medical expenditure sufficiently reimbursed. The GM (Estt.) assured that the objection and protest of BSNLEU would be taken to the “appropriate authority” of the Management for redressal.
A meeting of the Designations Committee was held on 26.09.2017, wherein agreement was reached between the Management and the Staff Side, with regards to the new designations of the left out Non-Executive cadres. However, when the draft minutes of the meeting was released, a clause was inserted in that, by the Management Side, stating that duties and responsibilities of the Non-Executives would change, due to change in designations. This was objected to by Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and he declined to sign the draft minutes. Citing this as a reason, the Management Side has not released the minutes so far. BSNLEU has given a complaint to the Director (HR) that the Management Side was involved in an unethical practice of manipulating the minutes, and was inserting issues which were actually not discussed in the meeting and also not accepted to by the Staff Side. However, so far no action has been taken on this issue and the final minutes of the meeting was not yet released. As a result of this, the Change of Designations agreed to in the meeting held on 26.09.2017, are yet to be implemented. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), met Shri Ashutosh Gupta, GM (Restg.), yesterday, and expressed the extreme unhappiness of BSNLEU on the undue delay in releasing the “corrected” minutes of the meeting. The GM (Restg.) fully agreed with the Union representatives and assured that needful action would be taken to release the “corrected” minutes within a week’s time.
BSNLEU is continuously taking up the issue of anomalies with the BSNL Management, as well as with the DoT. However, the matter is stuck-up in the DoT. BSNLEU has requested the Director (HR) to take needful action for the early resolution of the problem.
The “All Unions and Associations of BSNL” has already given call to hold protest lunch hour demonstrations on 08.01.2018, against the appointment of an IAS officer as the CMD of the Subsidiary Tower Company. AIBDPA has called upon the pensioners to join these protest demonstrations. Circle and district secretaries are requested to note this and coordinate with the circle and district secretaries of AIBDPA, for the effective mobilisation of the pensioners in the protest demonstration.
BSNLEU has sought for a formal meeting with the Director (HR), for which letter was given in the last week of December. Since, no date was fixed, Com. P. Abihmanyu, GS, met the Director (HR) on 03.01.2018, and discussed about the delay. Consequently, the date for the formal meeting has been fixed as 08.01.2018.
The “All Unions and Associations of BSNL” is meeting at New Delhi on 08.01.2018. The meeting will take place in the office of FNTO. Next course of action to be taken in the wage revisions issue will be decided in this meeting. Importantly, this meeting is taking place after the appointment of an IAS officer as the CMD of the Subsidiary Tower Company. The meeting is expected to chalk out suitable action programme on this issue also.
As per the decision of the last CEC meeting, the next CEC meeting of BSNLEU is to be held at Agartala, Tripura state. The All India Centre has finalised the date of the Agartala CEC meeting as 03rd, 04th and 05th April, 2018. Notice for this meeting will be issued shortly. All circle secretaries and central office bearers are requested to immediately book their journey tickets. It is also to be noted that, other than CEC members, no one else would be allowed in the CEC meeting.
CHQ is saddened to hear that Smt. Bhagawati Devi, aged 85, mother of Com. Ramesh Chand, Organising Secretary, CHQ, has passed away today. CHQ conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to Com. Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ) and to all his family members.
BSNLEU has been insisting upon the Management to reconstitute the Standing Committee of the National Council. The issue was once again discussed with Shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR), yesterday, by the representatives of BSNLEU, consisting of Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President and Com. M.K. Dave, AGS. During the discussion the GM (SR) agreed to conduct the meeting of the reconstituted Standing Committee in the 3rd week of January, tentatively on 18.01.2018.
The unions and associations of BSNL are continuously opposing the formation of a Subsidiary Tower Company. A one day strike on 15.12.2016 and a two day strike on 12th & 13th December, 2017, have already been organised against the formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. Despite the stiff opposition from the entire BSNL employees, the government has appointed the CMD of the Subsidiary Tower Company. Further, it is shocking that an IAS officer is appointed as the CMD. This clearly shows that the Subsidiary Tower Company will remain under the control of the government and not under the control of BSNL. Hence, it is proved that through the Subsidiary Tower Company, the government is snatching away the entire mobile towers of BSNL. To express our immediate protest, “The All Unions and Associations of BSNL” have decided to organise protest lunch hour demonstrations on 08.01.2018, at the Corporate Office, Circle and District levels. Memorandum, addressed to the Secretary, DoT, shall also be submitted to the CGM’s on that day. The All Unions and Associations of BSNL is holding it’s meeting at 15:30 hrs. on 08.01.2018, to decide about the next course of action. Circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to effectively organise the lunch hour demonstrations, in coordination with the other constituents of “The All Unions and Associations of BSNL”.
BSNL Corporate Office has released the figures related to the achievement of targets in the mobile segment for the month of December, 2017. Some circles have performed extremely well were as many circles have not done so. We heartily congratulate the Kolkata circle which has achieved 279% of the target. The other circles which have done well are Chhattisgarh – 142% : Assam – 123% : Madhya Pradesh – 119% : Himachal Pradesh – 118% : A&N circle – 116% : Jharkhand – 114% : West Bengal – 105 % and J&K – 104%.
Contract workers unions of Kerala circle had issued notification for going on indefinite strike from 05.01.2018, on the issues of wage revision as per the Labour Ministry order, recategorisation of works, payment of bonus, etc. Consequent to the agreement reached between the unions and the circle administration, this struggle has been deferred.
In Tamil Nadu circle, BSNLEU and TNTCWU conducted massive “Day and Night Dharnas” at the SSA level, on 27th and 28th December. Subsequently, indefinite hunger strike was started by BSNLEU and TNTCWU at the CGM Office from 02nd January, 2018. TMTCLU union also joined this struggle on 03rd January, 2018, onwards. Talks were held with Shri Y.N. Singh, GM (BFCI), who returned from leave today the 04.01.2018. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), Com. Rajamouli, Treasurer (NFTE) and Com. K.S. Kulkarni, AGS (NFTE), participated. The GM (BFCI) agreed to release the requisite funds tomorrow. At the circle level also, the CGM, Tamil Nadu circle held discussion with the leaders. Following this, the struggle has been deferred.