As per the call of the AUAB, a very enthusiastic demonstration was organised at BSNL Corporate Office today, demanding implementation of the assurances given by the Hon’ble MoS(C), on wage revision, 4G spectrum, pension contribution and pension revision issues. A large number of employees of the Corporate Office participated in this demonstration. This programme was conducted throughout the country yesterday. However, it is organised in the BSNL Corporate Office only today, in view of the Sanchar Shri award giving ceremony held at the Corporate Office yesterday. Both the GS,BSNLEU and the Dy.GS, BSNLEU are out of Delhi, and Com.Ramesh Chand, Organising Secretary(CHQ) participated.
The call given by the AUAB, for conducting demonstrations throughout the country today, demanding implementation of the commitments given by the Hon’ble MoS(C), on wage revision, pension revision, 4G spectrum and pension contribution, was organised successfully. As per the report received from various circles, the Non-Executives and Executives throughout the country have participated in the demonstration enthusiastically. The CHQ of BSNLEU heartily thanks all the constituents of the AUAB for the excellent response. Photos of the programme, received from various circles will be uploaded on CHQ website tomorrow.
Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS,BSNLEU addressed a largely attended meeting of BSNL employees at Guwahati on 9th July 2018. The meeting was organised by the Local Co-Ordination Committee of BSNLEU, Guwahati infront of CGMT,Assam office during lunch hour for the preparation of incoming agitational programme called by All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) on 11th July demonstrations infront of CCA office, Relay Hunger Strike on 24th to 26th July demanding settlement of 3rd PRC, pension contributions on actual basis, allotment of 4G spectrum etc. As assured by the Hon'ble MoS(C) and also to start the programme "BSNL at your door step" called by AUAB. The meeting was presided over by com Subrata Nath, president, LCC. Com Bijoy Deka,CS,BSNLEU, Assam gave introductory speech. Com Sailen Sharma,CS, AIBDPA spoken. Addressing the meeting com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, narrated in details on the background of taking agitational programmes by the AUAB on Wage Revision, pension contributions on actual basis, pension revision, allotment of 4G spectrum etc. He appealed to all employees to participate in the marketing programme called by the AUAB considering present financial crisis of the company to ensure payments of wage revision benefits to each and every employee. Vote of thanks given by com Prasanta Baruah,DS,BSNLEU, CGM office. A large number of Non-Executives and Executives attended the meeting.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), held two separate discussions with Shri Anupam Shirvastava, CMD BSNL and Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR) today. They held serious discussions with regards to the non-settlement of the outstanding issues of the Non-Executives. The representatives pointed out that recently BSNL Management has effected promotions to a large number of Executives, which has created an anxiety in the minds of the Non-Executives, that the Management shows interests only in the settlement of the issues of the Executives and that the issues of the Non-Executives are being ignored. In today’s meeting, the Union representatives told the CMD BSNL and Director (HR) that the Management should take immediate action to settle the issues of the Non-Executives which do not have any financial implication at all, or very minimal financial implication. Both the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR) listened to the presentation attentively. Both of them have assured that these issues would be sorted out without delay.
Issues which were discussed in today’s meeting.
Issues with no financial implication.
It was pointed out that the Sr.TOAs, who had already been promoted under OTBP, were down-graded from 7100-100-10100 to 6550-185-9325 pay scale, when they opted for NEPP. This has created serious loss to those employees. BSNLEU is demanding that this issue should be settled without further delay.
At present, 10th Std. qualification is a must for appearing in the TT LDCE. In some backward circles like Assam, NE-I, NE-II, J&K, etc., Telecom Technician posts, under 50% LDCE quota, are lying vacant, since candidates with 10th Std. qualification are not available. BSNLEU is demanding that one time relaxation should be given to the non 10th Std. officials to appear in the TT LDCE.
Out of the 1,800 candidates who appeared in the JE LICE held on 28.01.2018, only 111 candidates were qualified. Totally, 9,185 JE vacancies are existing throughout the country. BSNLEU is demanding that relaxation should be given to the candidates of the JE LICE held on 28.01.2018, as was given for the DR TTA exam held in 2008.
Issues with minimal financial implication.
As per the agreement reached between BSNLEU and the Management, the eligible Non-Executives should be given promotion in E-1 pay scale. This is approved by the Management Committee, however the BSNL Board has so far not approved this. BSNLEU is demanding that this issue should be settled expeditiously.
To mitigate the wage loss of the DR TTAs, appointed between 01.01.2007 and 06.05.2010, BSNL has granted one extra increment. However, this one extra increment is not considered for the Non-Executives, who were appointed during the same period, under Compassionate Ground and Sports quota. BSNLEU has been pressing to grant one extra increment to the left out Non-Executives also. This issue is also approved by the Management Committee, but not yet approved by the BSNL Board. BSNLEU is demanding that this issue should also be settled soon.
The AUAB has given call to the BSNL employees, to organise demonstrations throughout the country tomorrow the 11.07.2018, demanding implementation of the assurances given by the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications on 24.02.2018, with regards to the settlement of wage revision, pension revision, allotment of 4G spectrum and payment of pension contribution as per Government Rules. At the circle level, these demonstrations should be organised in front of the offices of the CCA. All circle secretaries are requested to organise this programme successfully, in coordination with the other constituents of the AUAB.
BSNL Management is organising the function at Corporate Office on 11.07.2018, to distribute Sanchar Sree Awards. The Hon’ble Minister of State, Shri Manoj Sinha, is participating in this function. To facilitate the peaceful conducting of this award giving ceremony, to the meritorious employees of BSNL, the AUAB has decided to hold the demonstration at Corporate Office on 12.07.2018, instead of 11.07.2018. As regards, the demonstrations at circle level, it would be organised on 11.07.2018, as per the schedule.
The AUAB, in it’s meeting held on 26.06.2018, has unanimously decided to organise demonstrations on 11.07.2018 and relay hunger strike on 24th, 25th and 26th July, 2018, demanding implementation of the assurance given by the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications. This meeting was attended by General Secretaries / representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, FNTO, AIGETOA, BSNL MS, TEPU and BSNL ATM. Com. Mohinder Singh, represented FNTO in this meeting. According to the unanimous decision taken in the meeting, notification was issued to the DoT and BSNL, for holding the agitational programme. In accordance with the practice being followed in AUAB, the letter has been sent with the signatures of the General Secretaries of all the Unions and Associations taking part in the AUAB. However, it is a matter of deep regret and serious concern that the GS, FNTO and GS, SEWA BSNL, have written to the DoT and BSNL Management, dissociating themselves from these programme. Circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to effectively organise the demonstration and the relay hunger strike with the other constituents of the AUAB.
In June last year, a person called Alimuddin Ansari, who was a coal trader, was beaten to death at Ramgarh in Jharkhand, by a mob of cow vigilantists. Subsequently, a fast track court found 11 persons guilty for the murder and sentenced them to life imprisonment. 8 of them got bail from the Jharkhand High Court last week and had come out. These 8 convicts visited the residence of Union Minister, Jayanth Sinha, on 06th July, 2018. The Minister welcomed all the 8 convicts and garlanded them. They also took a group photo with the Minister. What Jayanth Sinha has done is nothing but patronising mob lynchers. At a time when innocent people are being killed by cow vigilantists across the country, the open garlanding of murder convicts, by the Union Minister, has sent a very wrong signal to the entire country. We severely condemn the action of Jayanth Sinha.
The BSNL Management has already taken steps for the constitution of the Joint Committee for wage negotiations. BSNLEU has been directed to nominates it’s five representatives to the Joint Committee for wage negotiations. BSNLEU has already sent it’s nominations. Today’s Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), met Shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR), and demanded that the meeting of the Joint Committee should be conducted immediately, desirably in the 3rd week of July itself. The GM(SR) assured to take the needful action.
From the very beginning, the casual labourers in BSNL are being paid wages based on the lowest of the CDA pay scale. However, their wages are not revised after the implementation of the 7th CPC pay scales. BSNLEU and BSNL CCWF are continuously taking up this issue with the CMD BSNL and Director (HR). The issue was raised in the 36th meeting of the National Council also, held on 12.06.2018, for which the Director (HR) responded positively. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), met Shri Sourab Tyagi, Sr.GM(Estt.) today and insisted for the early implementation of the 7th CPC scale for the casual labourers. The Sr.GM(Estt.) assured to do the needful.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), met Shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR) today and discussed certain issues related to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circles. In the last National Council itself, it was demanded that the soft tenure given to those who were sent to Vijayawada, should not be a one time affair, but should be perpetual. It was agreed in the National Council meeting itself. In today’s meeting it was demanded that the period of the soft tenure should be reduced from 3 years to 2 years. Further, it was also demanded that the officials retiring shortly, should be sent back to Hyderabad, otherwise it will create difficulties in the payment of their pension.
CHQ has already intimated that, the BSNL Welfare Board meeting would be held on 03.08.2018. CHQ has also requested the CEC members and other interested comrades to send items, to be taken up for discussion in the Welfare Board meeting. Since the time is running out, CHQ requests that, the items may please be submitted by 15.07.2018.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, in the meeting held with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL today, discussed the following issues;-
Unsatisfactory quality of mobile service in many circles.
Of late, it is observed that there is a steady decline in the quality of BSNL’s mobile voice calls. During his recent tour in Karnataka circle also, this complaint was brought to the notice of the GS by many comrades. In today’s meeting with the CMD BSNL, the GS, insisted that this complaint should be looked into and immediate remedial measures should be taken up.
Shifting of CGM’s office, J&K circle at Jammu, from the rented building to Company’s own building.
The CGM office, J&K circle, is presently functioning in a rented building at Jammu. All the Unions and Associations of J&K circle are pressurising the circle administration to shift the CGM office to BSNL’s own building. Even though suitable and sufficient space is available in BSNL’s own building, the CGM, J&K circle is not accepting this shifting proposal, as a result of which, a huge amount of the Company is going into the drain. BSNLEU has already written to the CMD BSNL, on this issue. In today’s meeting, the GS, insisted upon the CMD BSNL to intervene in this matter.
Allotment of sufficient number of mobile towers to Leh SSA, J&K circle.
During the recent visit of the GS to Leh, the employees brought to his notice about the acute shortage of mobile towers. There are 125 mobile towers in Leh SSA, out of which only 51 are 3G. Leh SSA is having 28,000 mobile customers and it has earned a net profit of Rs.17 crore in the last financial year. The GS has been told that at least 100 more mobile towers are required for Leh SSA. This issue is raised by the GS, with the CMD BSNL, in today’s meeting.
Reliable optic fibre medium between Srinagar and Leh.
Srinagar and Leh are connected by optic fibre. The distance is 430 KMs. This optic fibre goes through a route on high mountains. It is has been brought to the notice of the GS that, this optic fibre remains faulty at least for 120 days in a year, as a result of which the customers in Leh SSA suffer a lot. The maintenance of this route is still being done by the SSAs, and not by the NTR. A new optic fibre has already been laid between these two places, but it is yet to be commissioned. In today’s meeting, the GS, requested the CMD BSNL to ensure the expeditious commissioning of the new optic fibre route, and also the taking over of it’s maintenance by the NTR.
Reengaging of the retrenched contract workers in marketing activities.
The AUAB has given the call for launching intensive marketing and sales of BSNL’s products through the drive called “BSNL at your door steps”. This call has been given to improve BSNL’s cash flow, which has badly gone down due to the predatory pricing of Reliance Jio. Recently, BSNL Management has retrenched 30% of the contract workers, as an economy measure. In today’s meeting, the GS, suggested to the CMD BSNL that, these retrenched contract workers could be taken back, to be engaged in the marketing activities. This will help both the retrenched contract workers as well as the Company.
The CMD BSNL attentively listened to the views expressed by the GS and assured to take needful action on all the issues.
The decision of the AUAB to launch “BSNL at your door steps” movement has been appreciated by Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL. He has also expressed the desire of the Management to jointly implement this movement with the AUAB. If accepted by the AUAB, “BSNL at your door steps” movement would be implemented jointly by the AUAB and the BSNL Management, as “Service With A Smile” movement was implemented.
A meeting of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) was held yesterday the 04-07-2018, under the chairmanship of Com.Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA. The meeting seriously discussed about the steep fall in the revenue collection of the Company, due to the predatory pricing of Reliance Jio. It is felt that this is an undesirable situation, especially when the employees are awaiting the 3rd wage revision. Hence, the meeting seriously felt the need to take urgent steps, to immediately boost the sales and revenue collection of the Company. The meeting decided to take the following steps, to implement the call.
All circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to take immediate steps, in coordination with the other constituents of the AUAB, for the immediate implementation of the above stated decisions. Meeting of the AUAB must be convened immediately at all circle and district levels, and the decisions should be implemented vigorously.
In the meeting with the CMD BSNL on 11-06-2018, the General Secretaries of BSNLEU, NFTE,SNEA and AIBSNLEA bitterly complained that many of the top officers, at the circle and district levels, are not going out of their offices, for the purpose of marketing. They pointed out that marketing by top officers is very much required for roping in high-end customers. The CMD BSNL fully agreed with this view, and told that there is a need to implement a “KAMRA CHHODO ANDOLAN”( Quit the office room movement), by the top officers at the circle and district levels. The AUAB meeting held yesterday, has decided that the spirit of the CMD BSNL’s call for “KAMRA CHHODO ANDOLAN” should be implemented at the circle and district levels, especially when the Non-Executives and Executives are taking efforts to boost the sales and revenue collection of the Company. The AUAB at the circle and district levels should meet the top officers, and urge upon them to go out and carry out marketing activities.
In continuation of the discussion held with the GM (Rectt.), on the issue of holding JTO LICE, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri Saurab Tyagi, GM (Estt.) today and urged upon him to initiate the process for holding the JTO LICE without delay. The GM (Estt.) replied that in the wake of the Corporate Office’s contemplation of implementing the CPSU hierarchy, the views of the Personnel Branch of the Corporate Office has been sought on this matter. The GS pointed out that the JTO LICE has to be conducted for the vacancies of 2016 – 17 and 2017 – 18, whether or not the CPSU hierarchy is implemented. He urged upon the GM (Estt.) to expeditiously issue the letter for holding the JTO LICE. The GM (Estt.) assured to do the needful.
As a result of the discussion that BSNLEU representatives held with Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR), yesterday, it is informed by the GM(SR) to the GS,BSNLEU today that, the Corporate Management has agreed to increase the strength of the Staff Side representatives, as demanded by BSNLEU. Further, he also informed the GS,BSNLEU that, BSNLEU will have five representatives and NFTE will have three representatives in the Joint Committee.