The Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, NE-I circle was held at Shillong on 11.05.2018. Com. D.A.Shylla, Circle President, presided over. Com. Shivjee Ray, Circle Secretary, welcomed everyone and made the inaugural remarks. Com. Gakul Borah, Treasurer (CHQ), addressed the meeting and reported on the decisions taken in the Agartala CEC meeting. He also spoke on the various important current issues like Wage Revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, BSNL’s revival, etc.
The Circle Executive Committee meeting of BRBRAITT Jabalpur, was held at Jabalpur on 05/05/2018. The meeting was presided over by Com. Abdul Kadeer, Circle President. Com. Basant Lal CS, welcome all & also presented report on activities. Com. Jagdish Singh Vice President (CHQ) spoke at length on the current scenario. He spoke on the decision taken in Agartala CEC. He also spoke on wage revision, Subsidiary Tower Company and Pension Revision etc. The CEC members participated in the deliberations. The CEC unanimously resolve to implement Agartala CEC decisions to observe as per AUAB call.
The DoT has issued a letter on 27th April, 2018, to the CMD BSNL, on the wage revision of Non-Executives of BSNL. The crux of this letter is that, BSNL Management could take steps for wage settlement of the Non-Executives in BSNL, through negotiations. Certainly, this is a welcome development. At the same time, we wish to state that all hurdles for wage revision are not removed. For instance, the DPE, even in it’s recent letter dated 18th April, 2018, has categorically mentioned that BSNL does not fall under the category of PSUs which are eligible for wage revision. It is also stated in that letter that, Cabinet approval is required for BSNL’s wage revision. In the talks held between the AUAB and the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications on 24.02.2018, it has been agreed by the Hon’ble Minister that the issue of BSNL’s wage revision would be taken for the approval of the Cabinet. Presently, the DoT is taking steps for the implementation of the Hon’ble Minister’s assurance. Under these circumstances, the DoT has issued clearance to the BSNL to start negotiations for the wage revision of the Non-Executives. BSNLEU will utilise this letter for the commencement of negotiations for wage revision between the Recognised Unions and Management.
BSNLEU, CGM office Mumbai, organised a very impressive meeting today, addressed by Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS. Apart from the members of the CGM office, leaders and active members from nearby SSAs also attended the meeting. It was also addressed by Com. Vijay Gosavi, Secretary, NFTE, Com.M.S.Adasul, Dy.GS, SNEA and Com.G.K.Patil, Asst.circle secretary, AIBSNLEA. In his address, Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, dwelt on the issues of 3rd Pay Revision and Pension Revision, the need to fight against the Subsidiary Tower Company, Allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL and other issues related to the revival of BSNL, settlement of Pension Contribution, need to curtail the wasteful expenditures of BSNL, and the other issues. The General Secretary also called upon the employees to firmly fight against the anti-BSNL and anti- PSU policies of the government, so that BSNL can be protected. Finally, he also replied to the various questions raised by the participants. CHQ heartily congratulates the Mumbai CGM Office district union for organising a very effective meeting.
In the meeting held between the Management and the unions / associations yesterday the 9th May, 2018, on curtailment of wasteful expenditures, the following decisions are taken on the basis of the suggestions given by the Unions / Associations representatives:-
A state level committee will be formed to decide on –
Expenditure on vehicles:
DGR security guard to be withdrawn by engaging watch and ward staff.
Another meeting will be conducted within 15 days based on the suggestions given by the Unions / Associations.
In the all union / association meeting, called on by the Management yesterday, to discuss the ways and means to curtail wasteful expenditures, severe protest was expressed by the representatives of various unions and associations, for the steps being taken by the Management to curtail the existing medical facilities of the serving and retired employees. They asked whether medical facilities being given to the serving and retired employees are wasteful expenditures? In the face of stiff opposition from the unions and associations, the Management Side assured that the existing medical facilities would not be curtailed. They also assured that the medical allowance with out vouchers for the retired employees, due from 1st April 2018, would be processed.
As per the data released by the TRAI, BSNL is far ahead of Airtel, Vodafone and Idea, as far as the customer growth rate is concerned. In 2017, Airtel has added 24.26 million new mobile customers, and it's growth rate is 9.13%. Vodafone has added 7.84 million new customers and it's growth rate is 3.83%. Idea cellular has added 5.98 million new customers and it's growth rate is 3.14%. Whereas, BSNL has added 11.13 million new customers and it's growth rate is 11.50%. Reliance Jio has added 87.93 million new customers and it's growth rate is a stunning 121.86%. It is a matter of pride for all of us that BSNL's growth rate is far ahead of Airtel, Vodafone and Idea cellular. When all the private telecom companies are wilting under the pressure of Jio, it is only BSNL, which is putting up stiff challenge to it. Let us put in our entire energy to bring BSNL out of loss and make it India's number one telecom company. CHQ requests all our functionaries to give maximum publicity to this news among the public, through our ongoing Street Corner Meetings.
The All India Convention of Central Public Sector Trade Unions is being held at New Delhi on 30.05.2018. The Convention is being called to oppose the disinvestment / privatisation moves of the government, to oppose the fixed term employment ordinance and demanding immediate settlement of wage revision of the Public Sector employees. The All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU, held today, has decided that all the circle secretaries of BSNLEU should participate in this Convention. Hence, CHQ requests the circle secretaries to attend the meeting without fail.
The meeting called on by the Management to discuss the issue of curtailment of wasteful expenditures, is held today. Representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, FNTO, BSNL ATM and BSNL OA participated. From the Management Side, Shri A M.Gupta,GM(SR) and Shri Y.N.Singh, GM(BFCI) participated. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, represented BSNLEU. Representatives of BSNLEU presented the note on curtailment of wasteful expenditure, that has already been submitted to the CMD BSNL. In the meeting BSNLEU strongly demanded that the existing medical facilities of the employees should not be curtailed, in the name of curtailing expenditure. It’s representatives also pointed out that the retrenchment of contract workers will affect restoration of faults and will also affect the companies marketing activities. The Management assured that the suggestions given by BSNLEU, in it’s note submitted to the Management, would be looked into.
Street Corner Meetings are continuing for the 3rd today, against Subsidiary Tower Company and anti-BSNL / anti-Public Sector policies of the government. The photos of the programme, received from various parts of the country, are really encouraging. Despite the extremely hot climate prevailing all over the country, the Street Corner Meetings are getting intensified day by day. CHQ heartily congratulates the leaders of AUAB for taking the pains to organise the programme.
The Street corner meetings, against the Subsidiary Tower Company, and against the anti-BSNL / anti-PSUs policies of the government are going on throughout the country. Some views of the programme are given below:-
A meeting of the All Unions and Associations was held today at New Delhi, in the AIBSNLEA office. Com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, presided over. Representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, FNTO, SEWA BSNL, AIGETOA, BSNL MS, BSNL ATM and BSNL OA, participated. The meeting called upon the circle and district level leaders of the AUAB to organise the Street Corner Meetings more intensively. The meeting directed that the issue of Subsidiary Tower Company, anti-BSNL and anti-Public Sector policies of the government should be thoroughly exposed amongst the general public. As regards, the All India Convention against the Subsidiary Tower Company, the meeting decided this convention should be organised between 5th & 20th June, 2018, depending upon the availability of the hall.
The All Unions and Associations of BSNL is continuously organising struggles, demanding the rolling back of the Subsidiary Tower Company. At the same time, the AUAB meeting held on 27.03.2018, decided to explore the possibility of taking legal action on this issue. The responsibility for making legal consultations was given to Com. G.L. Jogi, Chairman, SNEA and Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA. Based on the suggestions given by these two comrades, the AUAB meeting held today, after threadbare discussion, decided to take legal action against the Subsidiary Tower Company.
The two-day CEC, meeting of BSNLEU, Rajasthan, started at Sawai Madhopur today with National flag Hoisting by Com. Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU and Union flag hoisting by Com. Kamal Singh, Gohil, Circle President. In the forenoon session a Seminar on, "Present Challenges, Before BSNL, and its solutions" was conducted. At the outset Com.Gansham, Meena, District Secretary, Sawai Madhopur, welcomed the participants. Com. Ashok Pareek, Circle Secretary, initiated the debate on the subject matter. Com. Balbir Singh, President elaborately explained the anti BSNL, policies of successive Governments which are responsible for the present problems of BSNL. He said that defeating these policies is the only solution to improve the present position of the BSNL. The Principal, General Manager Telecom, Shri S.S Aggarwal, GM(HR) Shri B.L Meena, Rajasthan Circle and GMTD, Sawai Madhopur, represented the Rajasthan Circle Management in the Seminar. Com.Vijay Singh, Organising Secretary (CHQ), Com.Kamal Singh Gohil, Circle President, BSNLEU, also addressed the Seminar. Com. P.K.Jain, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Jaipur, conducted the programme. Com. V.P. Sharma, former Circle President, BSNLEU, Rajasthan, gave vote of thanks.
The All Unions and Associations of BSNL, had decided to conduct week long campaign programme throughout the country, from 7th to 11th May, 2018, demanding the rolling back of the Subsidiary Tower Company, as well as opposing the anti-BSNL and anti- Public Sector policies of the government. In accordance with this call, the programme of conducting street corner meetings has started throughout the country in right earnest. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to effectively organise this programme and send report and photos to the CHQ.