A meeting of the Joint Committee on Wage Revision of the Non-Executive was held today. All the members of the Staff Side, as well as the Management Side, were present and Shri H.C Pant, Chairman, presided. Discussion continued on the revision of pay scales. The demand of the Staff to increase the maximum of NE 4 and NE 5 pay scales, was not accepted by the Management Side. Hence, the pay scales proposed by the Management Side, in the meeting held on 10.09.2018, were agreed upon.
Thereafter, discussion started on revision of Allowances and Perks. As the first item, discussion on Revision of HRA started. The Management Side stated that, the BSNL Board had already sent proposal to the DoT, on the pay revision of the Executives, wherein payment of HRA is frozen as of 31.12.2016. They also stated that the same would be made applicable for the Non-Executives also. It means, HRA revision will not be given to the Non-Executives, and whatever HRA is being drawn now, would continue. The Management Side justified this, by citing the Company’s weak financial position. They also stated that, if HRA Revision, which comes to Rs.570 crores, is also included in the proposal for Wage Revision, then the DoT would not give it’s approval for the Wage Revision.
However, the Staff Side unanimously and strongly rejected the proposal of the Management Side and stated that they would not surrender HRA Revision. They told in one voice that, HRA is part of pay and hence it should not be frozen. They strongly demanded that HRA of the Non-Executives should be revised based on the new pay. With this deadlock, today’s meeting came to an end.
Frequently news papers are reporting that people in various parts of the country are dying out of starvation. Very recently, media reported that, three small girls died in the National Capital, due to starvation. Such deaths are being reported from many states. Today’s Times of India has reported in the front page, about starvation death, taking place in Gorakhpur district, the home district of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath. The report says that, people belonging to the Musahar caste in Kushi Nagar district, are eating rats and snails, and that many people have died in the recent days out of starvation. Our rulers, belonging to both the Congress and the BJP parties, are keep on claiming that, India is the fastest growing economy in the world. They also say that the economy of the country has grown by leaps and bounds, after the implementation of the Neo-Liberal Economic Policies. It is already 27 years since the Neo-Liberal Policies are implemented. The number of Indian billionaires has increased dramatically. At the same time, a vast majority of the toiling masses continue to rot in poverty. Under the Neo-Liberal Economic Policies, the subsidies that were being given earlier, for food, health, education and agriculture, to the poor people, were steadily cut down. On the other hand, big concessions are being given to the Indian and multinational corporates.
Construction of multistorey buildings is a flourishing business in our country. But, the millions of labourers, who are involved in the dangerous work of constructing these skyscrapers, do not have any security for their lives. Four construction labourers were crushed to death at Noida yesterday, while engaged in construction work. The scaffolding of an 18 storey building under construction has collapsed, and the four labourers were pathetically crushed to death. Nobody knows what compensation their families are going to get. This is the precarious condition of the construction workers throughout the country. These labourers are part of the unorganised sector in the country. Government’s own statics say that, 96% of the Indian workers are in the unorganised sector. Neither minimum wage nor any social security measures have been extended to them. It is the important demand of the Central Trade Unions that these unorganised workers should be provided not only the minimum wages, but also with social security schemes. Neither the Congress led UPA government which ruled the country for ten years, nor the BJP led NDA government which is ruling the country since 2014, has accepted the demand of the Central Trade Unions in respect of these unorganised workers.
The All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) is continuously taking actions to settle the wage revision, pension revision and other important issues connected with the revival of BSNL. Only because of the struggles conducted by the AUAB, the Hon’ble MoS(C) has agreed to take the matter of wage revision for the approval of the Cabinet. Only because of the efforts taken by the AUAB, negotiations for wage revision of the Non-Executives have reached the final stage. The AUAB organised three day relay hunger strike in July, 2018, demanding speedy implementation of the assurances given by the Hon’ble MoS(C). The leaders of the AUAB also met the Hon’ble MoS(C) in the Parliament on 01.08.2018 and have demanded speedy action. The AUAB is meeting on 08.10.2018, to decide the future course of action. In the meanwhile, some mischief-makers are spreading lies and rumours to confuse the workers. BSNLEU is continuously updating the true status on it’s website. Circle and district secretaries are requested to take these updatings to the workers.
One rumour, being spreaded by a mischief-maker is that, Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications has directed the DoT, not to prepare the Cabinet Note for the wage revision of BSNL employees. This is totally a wrong information, intended to confuse the workers. It is confirmed by the Director (PSU) of the DoT, to the General Secretary, BSNLEU, that no such instruction has been issued by the Hon’ble MoS(C) to the DoT. The Director (PSU), DoT, also confirmed that preparation of the Cabinet Note is in the final stage. The AUAB is extremely unhappy over the delay in sending the Cabinet Note, for which meeting is convened to decide programme of action.
The AUAB has already complained about the lavish expenditures being incurred by the top officers of the Company. A copy of this complaint has been sent to the Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary in the PMO and to the Secretary, DoT. The AUAB has strongly demanded the CMD BSNL to implement ‘Austerity Measures’ in respect of the top officers of the Company. The AUAB will continue to fight on this issue, to protect the interests of BSNL.
CHQ has received the district wise break-up figures of quota received for the years 2016 & 2017, from Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab and UP (West) circles. Based on this, the number of delegates eligible to each of the district of these circles is enclosed.
As per the data released by the TRAI, Reliance Jio has beaten Airtel and has become the second biggest Company in terms of AGR (Adjusted Gross Revenue) for the quarter ended in June (for the period of April, May, June). AGR is the revenue earned by a Company from the services it gives. According to the data of the TRAI, the AGR of Reliance Jio grew by 14.6%, while the AGR of Airtel has gone down by 5.1%. But, the most interesting news for us is that, BSNL is the only telecom company, other than Jio which has recorded growth in it’s AGR. BSNL’s AGR has grown by 6.8% amounting to Rs.2,273 crore. Vodafone’s AGR has gone down by 9.2% and IDEA’s AGR has gone down by 7.2%.
[ Source : The Economic Times ]
ऑल यूनियन्स एंड एसोसिएशन्स ऑफ बीएसएनएल (AUAB) वेज रिवीजन, पेंशन रिवीजन और बीएसएनएल के रिवाइवल से जुड़े अन्य महत्वपूर्ण मुद्दों के निराकरण हेतु सतत रूप से प्रयत्नशील है। *यह AUAB द्वारा किए गए संघर्षों का ही परिणाम है कि माननीय संचार राज्य मंत्री वेज रिवीजन का मुद्दा कैबिनेट से अनुमोदित करवाने के लिए सहमत हुए हैं। AUAB द्वारा किए गए निरंतर प्रयासों की वजह से ही नॉन एग्जीक्यूटिव्ज की वेज रिवीजन वार्ता लगभग अपने अंतिम चरण में पहुंच चुकी है।* AUAB द्वारा माननीय संचार राज्य मंत्री द्वारा दिए गए आश्वासनों को त्वरित इम्पलीमेंट कराने हेतु जुलाई 2018 में तीन दिवसीय क्रमिक भूख हड़ताल की गई थी। AUAB के लीडर्स ने 01.08.2018 को माननीय संचार राज्य मंत्री से पार्लियामेंट में मुलाकात कर त्वरित कार्यवाही की मांग भी की थी।
इस संबंध में आगामी कार्यक्रम की रूपरेखा तय करने हेतु AUAB की 08.10.2018 को मीटिंग होने जा रही है। इसी बीच कुछ दुष्प्रचारक तत्व कर्मचारियों को भ्रमित करने के लिए झूठ और अफवाहें प्रसारित कर रहे हैं। BSNLEU द्वारा लगातार अपनी वेबसाइट के माध्यम से वस्तुस्थिति (सच्चाई) से अवगत कराया जा रहा है। परिमंडल व जिला सचिवों से आग्रह है कि वें सभी कर्मचारियों को सत्य स्थिति से रूबरू कराएं।
दुष्प्रचारकों द्वारा एक अफवाह फैलाई जा रही है कि माननीय संचार राज्य मंत्री श्री मनोज सिंन्हा द्वारा बीएसएनएल कर्मियों के वेज रिवीजन हेतु प्रस्तुत किए जाने वाले कैबिनेट नोट न बनाने के DOT को निर्देश दिए हैं। यह पूर्ण रूप से गलत खबर है, जिसका उद्देश्य कर्मचारियों को भ्रमित करना मात्र है। *DoT के डायरेक्टर (PSU) ने बीएसएनएल ईयू के महासचिव को स्पष्ट किया है कि इस तरह के कोई निर्देश माननीय संचार राज्य मंत्री द्वारा DOT को नही दिए गए हैं। साथ ही, डायरेक्टर (PSU) ने यह भी कन्फर्म किया है कि कैबिनेट नोट बनाने का कार्य अंतिम चरण में है।*
AUAB कैबिनेट नोट के प्रेषण में की जा रही देरी से व्यथित है और शीघ्र ही आगामी रणनीति/प्रोग्राम ऑफ एक्शन तय करने के लिए मीटिंग आहूत की जा रही है।
*कंपनी (बीएसएनएल) के उच्च अधिकारियों द्वारा मितव्ययिता बरतने की AUAB की मांग पर अमल किया जाए*
कंपनी के *उच्च अधिकारियों द्वारा किए जा रहे अनाप शनाप शाही खर्च की शिकायत AUAB द्वारा की जा चुकी है*। इस शिकायत की एक एक प्रति कैबिनेट सेक्रेटरी, प्रधान मंत्री कार्यालय में प्रिंसिपल सेक्रेटरी और डीओटी सेक्रेटरी को भेजी जा चुकी है। *AUAB ने CMD BSNL से ऑस्टेरिटी मेझर्स इम्पलीमेंट कर उच्च अधिकारियों द्वारा किए जा रहे अंधाधुन्द खर्च पर रोक लगाने की मांग* की है। बीएसएनएल के हितों की रक्षा हेतु AUAB अपनी लड़ाई जारी रखेगी।
A meeting of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) will be held at 03:30 pm on 08.10.2018, in NFTE’s office. The meeting will take stock of the developments on crucial issues such as wage revision, pension revision, payment of pension on actual basic pay, allotment of 4G spectrum, superannuation benefits of the DR employees and other issues, and will also take decision on trade union actions for expediting the settlement of these issues.
Representatives of BSNLEU and NFTE met the CMD BSNL today and discussed certain important issues. Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, Com. Chandeshwar Singh, GS, NFTE, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU and Com.K.S. Sheshadri, Dy.GS, NFTE, took part in the discussion. The following issues were discussed:-
The representatives expressed their extreme unhappiness over the delay in seeking relaxation from the Affordability Clause of the recommendations of the 3rd PRC. They pointed out that despite their best efforts, neither the Hon’ble MoS(C) nor the Secretary, DoT, has cared to meet the representatives of the AUAB. Under these circumstances, they told that, they are left with no other option, but to take some hard decision for settling the demands.
The AUAB has already requested the CMD BSNL that, the amount collected from BSNL employees, for Kerala Flood Relief, should be handed over to the Chief Minister of Kerala, by the CMD BSNL himself, and have pointed out that such a development will boost the image of BSNL. In today’s meeting, the representatives enquired what decision has been taken on this issue. The CMD BSNL replied that, the matter has been referred to the DoT, together with the demand of the unions and associations that the amount should be handed over to the Kerala CM by the CMD BSNL. He has said that BSNL is waiting for the decision of the DoT.
The representatives informed the CMD BSNL that, the agreement on new pay scales is almost reached, and that the issue of revision of allowances and perks has to be taken up for discussion shortly, by the Wage Revision Committee. The representatives strongly demanded that the allowances and perks of the employees should be revised and that, the same should not be denied, citing the financial condition of the Company. In the last meeting of the Staff Side members of the Wage Revision Committee, participated in by the representatives of BSNLEU and NFTE, it has been decided that, the issue of revision of allowances and perks should be discussed with the CMD BSNL in advance. This decision was taken, in view of the fact that, the BSNL Board has already informed the DoT that, the HRA of Executives would be frozen as on 31.12.2016.
The BSNL's Board of Directors meeting is held today. Two HR issues of the Non-Executives were on the agenda. One is grant of one extra increment to the left out Non-Executives who faced wage loss after 01.01.2007. The other issue is implementing Gratuity for the casual labourers. It is understood that the Board has taken a positive decision on both the issues. Even though the issue of implementation of Gratuity to the casual labourers is not an issue of the Non-Executives, BSNLEU has actively taken up this issue.
BSNLEU has been pressurising the Corporate Management to mitigate the sufferings of the Sr.TOAs, who are downgraded from the pay scale of 7100 to the pay scale of 6550, consequent to their opting for the NEPP. The CMD BSNL and the Director (HR) have in principle accepted to settle this issue. Consequent to this, a series of discussions are held with the Establishment Branch. The issue is once again discussed by Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS with the DGM(Estt.). In today’s meeting, it was agreed that the Union will provide live cases to the Management, so as to enable them issue necessary letter on the matter. Hence, CHQ calls upon the circle and district secretaries to send the live cases, with complete details of the loss incurred by the Sr.TOAs who have been downgraded. The circle and district secretaries are requested to treat this as urgent.
The Circle Executive Committee meeting of Assam circle was held at Silchar on 29.09.2018, presided over by Com. B.K. Kakati and Com.B.C. Roy. Com.Bijoy Deka, circle secretary, presented the report on activities and initiated the discussion of the subjects committee. In connection with this circle executive committee meeting, a mass meeting was also organised at Silchar on 29.09.2018. It was addressed by veteran leader Com.M.R. Das, Com. Gakul Borah, Treasurer (CHQ) and Com.Bijoy Dekha, circle secretary. Com.Gakul Borah, Treasurer (CHQ), explained the latest developments related to the wage revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, 4G spectrum issue, pension revision and pension payment on actual basic pay. He also explained about the achievements of BSNLEU in settling the issues of the Non-Executives, such as promotion to the E1 pay scale, relaxation for JE LICE, gratuity to casual labourers, change of designations, undoing the downgradation of Sr.TOAs from 7100 to 6550 pay scale, one time relaxation of the 10th standard qualification for appearing in the Telecom Technician LDCE, etc. Further, he called upon the executive committee members to actively take part in the “BSNL At Your Doorstep” movement, called on by the AUAB.
The Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of NE-II circle was held on 28.09.2018, at the Dimapur. The union red flag was hoisted by Com.Pradip Deb and floral tributes were paid at the martyrs column. A minute’s silence was observed to the departed leaders. Com.K. Sahib Singh, Circle Secretary, welcomed everyone. He presented the report on activities and initiated the discussion of the subjects committee. Com. Gakul Borah, Treasurer (CHQ), addressed the meeting and explained the recent struggles on the issues of wage revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, pension revision, allotment of 4G spectrum and payment of pension on actual basic pay. He called upon the Executive Committee members to actively participate in the “BSNL At Your Doorstep” movement, called on by the AUAB. The meeting seriously deliberated on the agenda items and took decisions to strengthen the organisation and to successfully implement the call of the AUAB.
It may be recollected that, after assuming charge as the President of the United States, Donald Trump has dishonoured the agreement signed between the US and Iran. He has also imposed inhuman sanctions on Iran. The International Court of Justice, which is the highest court of the United Nations has ordered today that the United States should lift it’s sanctions on Iran, which are affecting the import of humanitarian goods and also products and services connected to the safety of Civil Aviation. It is a matter to be observed, whether Trump will implement this order or not.
On the occasion of BSNL's Foundation Day, BSNLEU conveys it's best wishes and warm greetings to the entire Non-Executives and Executives. On this day, let us rededicate ourselves for improving the quality of BSNL's services and thereby increase customer satisfaction. On this day, let us also resolve to strengthen the unity of the employees, to fight against the retrograde policies of the government, so as to safeguard and strengthen BSNL.
CHQ is saddened to inform that our Assistant General Secretary, Com.Saibal Sengupta's mother has passed away yesterday. She had been unwell for some time and had been admitted in hospital. CHQ conveys it's heartfelt condolences to Com.SaibalSengupta and to all the members of his family.