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.
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.