The All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) was formed in October, 2017. Ever since then, it has successfully organised many struggles, including the two day strike in December, 2017 and the massive March to Sanchar Bhawan on 23.02.2018. However, so far it functioned without a Chairman and Convenor. This issue has been discussed in many earlier meetings of the AUAB. Again, it came up for discussion in yesterday’s meeting of the AUAB. Yesterday's meeting has taken unanimous decisions on this issue. Com. Chandeshwar Singh, GS, NFTE, is elected as the Chairman and Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, is elected as the Convenor. The meeting also decided that in all circles and districts, the AUAB should be formed immediately and also the Chairman and Convenor should be elected on the similar pattern followed at the All India level.
After yesterday’s discussion with Secretary, Telecom, the AUAB, in it’s review meeting, came to the conclusion that the progress made in the matter of wage revision is not satisfactory. Hence, it is decided to go ahead with the agitational programme, and to effectively organise rallies at Corporate Office, Circle and District levels on 14.11.2018. Circle and district unions are requested to closely coordinate with the other constituents of the AUAB and to take maximum efforts to organise the rallies. Flex boards and placards should be prepared in sufficient numbers for the rallies, for effectively conveying our message to the public during the rallies.
After yesterday’s talks with the Secretary, Telecom, was over, the GS, BSNLEU and GS, NFTE BSNL, told the CMD BSNL that a deadlock has arisen in the wage revision talks of the Non-Executives, since the Management Side did not want to give HRA revision. They pointed out that Staff Side cannot accept the proposal of the Management Side to freeze HRA as of 31.12.2016. Both the General Secretaries requested the CMD BSNL to intervene in this matter and to give appropriate directions to the Management Side members, so that the wage revision agreement could be signed without delay. The CMD BSNL listened to the view of the Staff Side and told that he would look into it.
A meeting between Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Telecom, and the representatives of the AUAB is taking place at 17:00 hrs. today, in Sanchar Bhawan. Issues contained in the charter of demands of the AUAB, for the ongoing struggle, will come up for discussion in this meeting. Top officers of the DoT and BSNL will also be present in this meeting. As a prelude to this meeting, representatives of the AUAB are meeting at 14:00 hrs. today, to workout their strategy for the meeting.
The two day Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, WB Circle was held at Katwa, Burdwan, on 27th& 28th October, 2018. The meeting started with the hoisting of the Union Red flag by Circle President Com. Nazes Nouroz. Homage was paid to the legendary leader, Com.K.G.Bose, by garlanding his statue. Com. Anjan Chatterjee, President, CITU, Burdwan (East) district, inaugurated the Conference.
After the inaugural session, the subjects committee started. 20 districts Unions, 36 Branch unions and 14 circle office bearers participated. Asstt. Circle Secretary, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay presented the report on activities. Com. Madhusudan Saha, Circle Treasurer placed the un-audited statement of accounts.
Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, in his speech, emphasised the need to join the two day General Strike to be held on 8th and 9th January, 2019 and also the strike to be organised in BSNL, as per the call of the AUAB, for settling the 3rd PRC to the BSNL Employees. He appealed to the delegates that a powerful campaign should be organized at the grass root level to make the strikes successful. Com. Banani Chattopadhyay, Joint Convener, Working Women Coordinating Committee, reported on the functioning of the Committee in the circle. Decisions were taken to organise the struggle programme called on by the AUAB very effectively, and also to organise trade union classes throughout the circle, to educate the cadres. As regards the betterment of services, it was decided to effectively implement the "BSNL at your door step" movement with all seriousness. A rally and public meeting were also organised effectively, in connection with the meeting.
The 3 day Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of CITU, started today at Visakhapatnam. Com.K.Hemalata, President, CITU, is presiding, and delivered the presidential address. Com.Tapan Sen, General Secretary, CITU, presented the report on activities. In his detailed presentation, Com.Tapan Sen explained about the anti-PSU and pro-Corporate policies of the BJP rule. He called on the CWC meeting to make the 2 day General Strike, to be held on 8th and 9th, January, 2019, a great success. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, who is a special invitee to this meeting, addressed and gave a detailed picture of developments taking place in BSNL, and also about the united struggles going on to save and strengthen BSNL.
Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Telecom has told media persons that the DoT has formed committees, including the one to look into the demand of the private telecom companies, for reduction of spectrum price and to reduce other taxes. It is relevant to mention that, in the India Mobile Congress, held a few days ago, Sunil Mittal Bharti, chief of Airtel, complained that the taxes and levies in the telecom sector is very high and Rs.37 out of every Rs.100 earned by the companies are being paid as tax. Now that the Secretary, Telecom, has stated that a committee would look into this complain. When the government pays so much attention to the grievances of the private companies, why can’t it look into the grievances of BSNL also?
Com.Irfan Pasha, Assistant Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Karnataka circle, has donated Rs.40,000/-, which is his one month's take home salary, as his contribution for the 9th All India Conference of BSNLEU, to be held at Mysuru, from 17th to 20th December, 2018. The cheque for Rs.40,000/- was handed over to Com.J.V.Keshav, Treasurer of the 9th AIC Reception Committee today, in the presence of Com.C.K.Gundanna, circle secretary, Karnataka. CHQ heartily congratulates Com.Irfan Pasha, and hope that his generous contribution will set a good example for other comrades also to follow.
The 37th meeting of the National council has become due long before, and there is inordinate delay in holding the same. BSNLEU has already written to the Director(HR), expressing it’s unhappiness over the delay in holding the National Council meeting. The SR Branch of the Corporate Office has informed the General Secretary, BSNLEU today that, the meeting is proposed to be held on 20-11-2018. We hope that at least the meeting will be held this time, without any postponement.
*सेक्रेटरी टेलीकॉम और AUAB की 02.11.2018 को मीटिंग की संभावना...इसी बीच, BSNLEU का कर्मचारियों से हड़ताल हेतु तैयार रहने का आव्हान*
बीएसएनएल कॉर्पोरेट ऑफिस द्वारा सूचित किया गया है कि श्रीमती अरुणा सुंदराराजन, सेक्रेटरी टेलीकॉम की AUAB के प्रतिनिधियों के साथ 02.11.2018 को 17.00 hrs पर मीटिंग होगी। मीटिंग में AUAB द्वारा आंदोलन कार्यक्रम में अधिसूचित मुद्दों पर चर्चा होगी। ज्ञातव्य है कि AUAB सेक्रेटरी, टेलीकॉम को सूचित कर चुकी है कि 30.11.2018 तक डिमांड्स का निराकरण न होने की स्थिति में AUAB द्वारा हड़ताल की जाएगी।
बीएसएनएल ईयू सीएचक्यू यह भी बताना चाहेगा कि सेक्रेटरी टेलीकॉम और AUAB के मध्य मीटिंग का होना अच्छा संकेत है। फिर भी हमारे साथियों को यह मान कर नही चलना चाहिए कि 02.11.2018 को होने वाली मीटिंग में सभी डिमांड्स का निराकरण हो जाएगा। हमने देखा है कि विगत 8 माह से माननीय संचार राज्य मंत्री द्वारा दिए गए आश्वासनों पर बगैर कोई कार्यवाही किए DOT ने उन्हें ठंडे बस्ते में डाल रखा है।
अतः हम हमारे अनुभवों के आधार पर कह सकते हैं कि हमारी 3rd वेज रिवीजन, 4G स्पेक्ट्रम का अलॉटमेंट, वास्तविक मूल वेतन पर पेंशन कॉन्ट्रिब्यूशन का भुगतान, पेंशन रिवीजन और डायरेक्ट रिक्रूट कर्मियों के लिए सुपरएन्युअशन बेनिफिट्स से संबंधित 2nd PRC की अनुशंसाओं का पूर्ण अनुपालन जैसी मांगों के निराकरण हेतु सभी कर्मचारियों को हड़ताल और जरूरी होने पर अनिश्चितकालीन हड़ताल के लिए भी तैयार रहना चाहिए।
Dharna programme is being massively organised throughout the country today, as per the call of the AUAB. This programme is being organised to highlight the road-blocks being created by the DoT, in the implementation of the assurances given by Shri Manoj Sinha ji, the Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications, in the meeting held with the AUAB on 24-02-2018, on the issues of Wage Revision, allotment of 4G spectrum, pension revision, payment of pension contribution based on the actual basic pay and settlement of the left out issues of the 2nd PRC. The CHQ of BSNLEU heartily congratulates all the comrades for successfully organising the programme.
The AUAB had called upon the unions and associations to organise press meets throughout the country yesterday the 29-10-2018, to explain about the non-implementation of the assurances given by the Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications. The AUAB had also circulated a press release, to be issued to the media, exposing the road-blocks being created by the DoT, in the settlement of wage revision and other issues. As per this call, press meets are organised in many parts of the country. CHQ heartily congratulates the circle and district unions which have taken efforts to organise the press meets. Here are some of the views of the press meets.
As per the decision of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB), dharna was organised at Corporate Office today the 30th October 2018, demanding implementation of the assurances given by shri Manoj Sinha Ji , Hon'ble MoC(S). There was massive participation in the dharna, which started at 10:00 am. It was addressed by Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS,BSNLEU, Com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE BSNL, Com. G.L.Jogi,Chairman, SNEA, Com.Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com.Ravi Shil Verma, GS, AIGTEOA, Com.Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS and Com. H.P.Singh, Dy.GS, BSNL OA. All the leaders spoke at length on the demands of the employees and appealed to the employees to totally participate in all the forthcoming coming programmes, including the indefinite strike, if the issues are not settled.
It is informed by the BSNL Corporate Office that, a meeting will be held at 17:00 hrs on 02-11-2018, between Ms.Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Telecom and the representatives of the AUAB. The meeting will discuss the issues notified by the AUAB, for the agitational programme. It may be recollected that the AUAB had already informed the Secretary, Telecom that, the AUAB would go on strike, if the demands are not settled by 30th November, 2018.
The CHQ of BSNLEU wishes to state that it is a good development that a meeting is going to be held between the Secretary, Telecom and the AUAB. However, our comrades should not be under the impression that all the demands are going to be settled in the meeting to be held on 02-11-2018. It is our experience that, the DoT is sitting on the assurances given by the Hon'ble MoS(C) for the past 8 months, virtually not taking any action to implement them. Hence, our common sense tells that the employees should continue with all preparations for a strike, including an indefinite strike, to settle our demands of 3rd wage revision, allotment of 4G spectrum, payment of pension contribution on actual basic pay, pension revision and total implementation of the recommendation of the 2nd PRC on the superannuation benefits of the DR employees.
BSNLEU wishes to inform all the circle and district unions that the agitational programme of the AUAB is taking place as per the schedule. There is no postponement of the agitational programme. As usual, the Corporate Office has made an appeal for the calling off of the agitation. This is a routine affair. The representatives of the AUAB discussed about the developments today, and have decided to go ahead with the agitation. All the circle and district secretaries are requested to organise tomorrow’s dharna programme in the most effective way.
The GM(SR), BSNL Corporate Office, telephonically informed the GS, BSNLEU, at 10:00 hrs. yesterday, ie., on 28-10-2018 Sunday, that there would be a meeting between the Secretary, DoT and the representatives of the AUAB, at 10:30 hrs on 29-10-2018, to discuss the issues on which the AUAB has given call for agitation. However, once again the GM(SR), BSNL CO, contacted the GS,BSNLEU, at 13:30 hrs, and informed that, the Secretary, DoT, wanted to hold the meeting on 28-10-2018 itself and that,the meeting could not be organised due to the communication gap. Surprisingly, a letter was issued by the Corporate Office yesterday evening, stating that the meeting between the AUAB and the Secretary,DoT, could not take place on 28-10-2018, due to the non-availability of the AUAB leaders for the meeting. The DoT and the BSNL Management do not care to inform the AUAB leaders suffficiently in advance about the meeting. They want to hold the meeting by giving information to the AUAB leaders in the last minute. But, still, they want to make the AUAB leaders scape goats for the fiasco.