BSNLEU organised a highly successful “Young Workers’ Convention” at Bhopal, yesterday the 30-09-2018. The Madhya Pradesh circle union of BSNLEU, had made praiseworthy arrangements for the success. Accepting the call of BSNLEU, young workers from various circles, attended this Convention in good numbers. Many circle secretaries, CHQ office bearers and district secretaries too were present in the Convention. The programme started with the Flag hoisting. Com.Prabir Purkayastha, General Secretary, Delhi Science Forum, hoisted the National Flag and Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, hoisted BSNLEU’s Red Flag. Com.Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU, presided over the Convention. Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, delivered the welcome address. Com.Prabir Purkayastha, who is having a long connection with the telecom sector, explained how the government is helping the private companies, in the telecom sector, as well as in other sectors, through it’s policy interventions. He suggested that the BSNL trade union movement should put forth an alternative telecom policy among the people, against the anti- Public Sector and pro-private policies of the government. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, who spoke next, gave an introduction to the young delegates, about the BSNL trade union movement. He explained about the each and every step taken by the government, to weaken BSNL and to strengthen the private telecom companies. He also recalled the united struggles, conducted by the Unions and associations of BSNL, to protect BSNL, as a result of which the Company is surviving as a 100% government undertaking. Further, he explained about the steps taken by BSNLEU, to resolve the grievances of the directly recruited employees. After the lunch break, the delegates’ session started. 20 delegates energetically participated in the deliberations and gave many valid suggestions regarding demands of the employees, as well as about improving the services of BSNL. Finally, Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, summed up the discussion, by replying to the issues raised by the delegates. Com.Prakash Sharma, circle secretary, proposed vote of thanks. The Convention came to a close, with thunderous slogans, raised to strengthen BSNL and to strengthen the trade union.
Com.H.P.Singh, Dy.General Secretary of BSNL OA, retired on superannuation on 30-09-2018. A function was organised at BSNL MS office on 29-09-2018, to felicitate Com.H.P.Singh. Leaders of various organisations participated in the meeting and felicitated Com.H.P.Singh. On behalf of BSNLEU, Com.Balbir Singh, President, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, participated in the function. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, while addressing, recollected the contributions of Com.H.P.Singh, in the various united struggles organised under the banner of Forum and the AUAB. On behalf of BSNLEU, Com.Balbir Singh, President, offered a shawl to Com.H.P.Singh and honoured him. BSNLEU wishes long, hale and healthy retired life to Com.H.P.Singh.
BSNLEU is organising an All India BSNL Young Workers Convention at Bhopal tomorrow the 30.09.2018. Young Workers, numbering around 250, coming from all over the country, to participate in this Convention. Apart from BSNLEU’s President, General Secretary and Dy. General Secretary, Com.Prabhir Purkayasta, General Secretary, Delhi Science Forum, is also addressing the Convention. The Madhya Pradesh circle union is making excellent arrangement to make the Convention a memorable one.
A few months back, BSNL Corporate Office has issued letter to All the CGMs, directing to retrench 30% of the contract workers, in the name of reducing the expenditure of the Company. Since then, BSNLEU is seriously taking up the issue with the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR) for the reengagement of the retrenched contract workers. BSNLEU has suggested that these retrenched contract workers can be redeployed in sales and marketing activities, thereby creating a win-win situation for both the workers and the Company. Unfortunately, Corporate Office has taken belated action on the suggestion of BSNLEU, and has forwarded the letter of BSNLEU to the circles, calling for their views. The efforts of BSNLEU will continue till the contract workers are re-engaged.
It is already decided that the AIC of BSNLEU will be held at Mysuru, from 8th to 11th January, 2019. However, the Central Trade Unions have given call yesterday, for a two day strike, to be organised on 8th and 9th January, 2019. It is needless to say that, BSNLEU has to make the strike successful in BSNL. Hence, we cannot conduct our AIC, as per the dates decided earlier. In view of this, the All India Centre meeting held today, has decided to prepone the dates of the AIC. Accordingly, the All India Conference will now be conducted on 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th December, 2018. The Pre-AIC CEC meeting will be held on 16.12.2018. All CEC members, delegates and observers are requested to book their journey tickets accordingly. The inconvenience caused in this regard to our comrades, is highly regretted by the CHQ. All the comrades are requested to cooperate with the CHQ, in this regard.
The Central Trade Unions of the country, together with the Federations and Associations of Workers and Employees, organised a National Convention of the Workers in Mavlankar Hall at New Delhi today. INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF and UTUC organised this convention. BSNLEU participated in his convention, with a good number of delegates. The Convention reviewed the situation, with regards to the ongoing struggles against the anti-worker and pro-corporate Neo-Liberal policies of the government. Privatisation of the Public Sector Undertakings, changing of the labour laws of the country in favour of the big corporates, are the important components of the Neo-Liberal policies, being implemented by the governments. It was recollected that a massive three day Mahapadav, participated in by lakhs of workers, was organised against these policies in last November. The Convention is of the considered opinion that, not even the slightest change has come in the thinking of the government, with regards to the demands off the working class. After serious deliberations, the Convention unanimously called upon the working masses of this country to go on a two day strike on 8th and 9th January,2019.
The 6th meeting of the Joint Committee on wage negotiation of the Non-Executives, was held today. All the members of the Staff Side, as well as the Management Side, were present. Discussion continued on finalising the pay scales. Based on the live cases received by the Staff Side, demand was raised in today’s meeting, that the maximum of the NE-4 and NE-5 should be modified, so as to give the provision for one more increment. This is necessary to avoid stagnation. The Management Side accepted to examine the demand of the Staff Side. Further, the Staff Side demanded that, the agreement on pay scales can be signed and sent immediately, for the approval of the DoT. To this, the Management Side replied that, the inputs regarding the financial implication for revision of allowances and perks also has to sent to the DoT, along with the proposal of revision of pay scales. In view of this, it is decided to discuss the revision of allowances and perks in the next meeting to be held on 09.10.2018.
It is learnt that IDA will increase from 128% to 135.6%, w.e.f.1st October 2018. Thus, the net increase in IDA will be 7.6%.
The Staff Side of the Joint Wage Negotiating Committee is taking maximum care to ensure that none of the Non-Executive should face the problem of stagnation, after the 3rd Wage Revision. The CHQ of BSNLEU is doing extensive home work in this regard. A lot of live cases are being studied in this regard. It is being ensured that even Non-Executives in the top most pay scale, i.e., NE-12, and also with long years of service, do not suffer the problem of stagnation. We are providing two such sample cases, for the information of our comrades. Even at this stage, CHQ requests our comrades to send live cases if any, wherein the problem of stagnation is expected to arise.
A meeting of the Staff Side of the Joint Wage Negotiating Committee was held yesterday the 25.09.2018, at NFTE’s office. The meeting was attended by Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, Com. Chandeshwar Singh, GS, NFTE, Com. Islam Ahmed, President, NFTE, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU, Com. K.S. Sheshadri, Dy.GS, NFTE, Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President, BSNLEU and A. Rajamouli, Treasurer, NFTE. The meeting took stock of the progress of the ongoing wage negotiation. Especially, once again the pay scales proposed by the Management Side were scrutinised. No live case has come to the notice of the Staff Side, wherein stagnation is likely to arise. The meeting is also of the opinion that the agreement on the pay scales should be signed expeditiously, for onward submission for the approval of the DoT. Further, it is also decided that the negotiation on allowances and perks should be started immediately. It should be noted that the approval of the DoT is necessary only for the pay scales. So far as the perks and allowances are concerned, they need not go to the approval of the DoT, since the BSNL Board itself is empowered to approve them.
It is reported that the DoT is set to conduct “special audits” of the accounts of the private telecom companies for the period from 2011-2012 onwards. It is a well known fact that private telecom companies continuously cheat the government of Annual Licence Fee and Spectrum Usage Charges, by understating their revenue. It is reported that the Annual Licence Fee and Spectrum Usage Charges, paid to the government, got reduced by 23% in 2017. In view of this, the DoT has decided to conduct Special Audits of the accounts of all the private telecom companies. It is noteworthy to mention that the DoT conducted a Special Audit for the years 2006 to 2008 and found out that the private companies had cheated the government an amount Rs.1,846.51 crore. Thereafter, the CAG conducted a Special Audit for the period from 2007 to 2010, wherein it was founded that the private companies had cheated the government an amount of Rs.12,488.93 crore.
(Source: Economic Times dated 25.09.2018)
“BSNL at your door steps” was inaugurated yesterday in the BSNL Corporate Office, by Mary Kome, the Brand Ambassador of BSNL. Leaders of the Unions and Associations, including Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, Com. Chandeshwar Singh, GS, NFTE, Com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA and Com. Ravi Shil Verma, GS, AIGETOA were present on the occasion. From the Management Side, Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, other Directors of BSNL Board and Chief General Managers of all the circles were present.
“BSNL at your door steps” is the brain child of the AUAB. It has been planned to increase the revenue collection of the Company, which has started sinking, due to the ongoing price-war. According to the decision of AUAB, each and every Non-Executive and Executive should participate in sales and marketing activities, by going to the door steps of the public.
"BSNL At Your Doorstep" being inaugurated by BSNL's Brand Ambassador, Ms.Mary Kome.
The decisions taken by the AUAB, with regards to the implementation of the “BSNL at your door steps” movement, is reproduced hereunder once again, for the benefit of our comrades.
In the AUAB meeting held on 04.07.2018, under the Chairmanship of Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, took the following decisions, with regards to the implementation of “BSNL at your door steps” movement.
The CHQ of BSNLEU requests all circle and district secretaries to take immediate steps, to implement the decisions of the AUAB, in close coordination with the other constituents of the AUAB.
The whole country is aware that, Bishop Franco Mulakkal has been accused of raping a nun. He has been arrested and has been remanded in judicial custody for 12 days. The arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal has come only after the nuns conducted street-protests. No person, whichever religion he may belong to, is above the law. But, it is unfortunate that, the Church in Kerala is defending the disgraced Franco Mulakkal. The Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council (KCBC), in a statement issued yesterday, has stated that the nuns are being used by the enemies of the Church, to destabilise and malign the Church. The statement of the Church is nothing, but defending the culprit Franco Mulakkal. Actually, the Church should have gone to the rescue of the helpless nun, who has been raped by Franco Mulakkal. Instead, it is shocking that, the Church is maligning the nuns who have come to the streets, seeking justice.
The price of petrol in Mumbai crossed Rs.90/- per litre yesterday. It was sold at Rs.90.08. At Nanded in Maharashtra, petrol was sold at Rs.91.66. No doubt, soon the price of petrol is going to touch Rs.100/- per litre. The price of crude oil in the international market, is being sold at $80 per barrel. It is interesting to note that in 2012, the price of crude oil in international market was $120, whereas the price of petrol in India at that time was only Rs.65/- per litre. This shows the price of crude oil in the international market has got nothing to do with the steep increase in the price of petrol and diesel in India. The government has levied hefty taxes on petrol and diesel. Both the Central and State governments should immediately reduce their taxes to ensure that the common man does not suffer.
The deal of the Indian government, to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault Aviation of France, has raged a very big controversy. In this deal, Dassault Aviation has tied up with Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence. It is a well known fact that Anil Ambani has no background of any defence manufacturing. Further, it is also a well known fact that, Anil Ambani is almost in a bankrupt situation. Under these circumstances, it is being widely believed that, the Modi government has helped Anil Ambani to become the Indian partner of Dassault Aviation. The former French President, Francois Hollande confirmed few days back that, it was as per the direction of the Indian government that, Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence is made the Indian partner of the Rafale jet manufacturer. The French government has not denied this. It has only stated that it was the decision of Dassault Aviation to induct Reliance Defence as it’s partner. But, the question arises, why the Dassault Aviation should select the bankrupt and inexperienced Reliance Defence as it’s partner? Further, it should also be noted that the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., the public sector aircraft manufacturer of India, was not made the partner, in the purchase of Rafale fighter jets. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is maintaining a big silence. He should give a reply to the nation.
The District Conference of BSNLEU, Bangalore Telecom District was held on 21st & 22nd September, 2018. Com. Kempegowda, District President, presided over the meeting. Com. H.V. Sudharshan, District Secretary, welcomed every one. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, inaugurated the delegates session on 21.09.2018 and explained about 3rd wage revision, issues connected with the financial revival of BSNL, Subsidiary Tower Company and the settlement of long pending issues of the Non-Executives. The delegates session was also addressed by Com. C.K. Gundanna, CS, Com. M.C. Balakrishna, CP and many others. A very impressive open session was held on 22.09.2018, addressed by Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Shri Janardhan Rao, PGM, BGTD and Com. Prakash, CITU, greeted the conference.
While concluding his speech in the District Conference of Bangalore Telecom District, on 22.09.2018, Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, called upon the delegates to liberally donate for the 9th All India Conference, to be held at Mysuru from 08th to 11th January, 2019. He told the delegates that the total expenditure for the All India Conference, which is estimated to be around Rs.90 lakhs, has to be collected only from the members of BSNLEU. Responding to the call of the General Secretary overwhelmingly, the delegates attending the District Conference, immediately came forward and announced their donations to the AIC. It was a very inspiring scene to note that the delegates were competing with each other, to come to the dias, for announcing their donations. Within no time, an amount of Rs.2,75,000 was announced. It is very important to note that none of the donation announced in the Conference, was less than Rs.5,000/-. This shows the loyalty of the comrades to the organisation. The comrades who donated for the AIC, took photos with the General Secretary and other leaders, which are uploaded herein under.
FNTO which is already rejected and sidelined by the BSNL employees, is frantically trying to come back to the lime-light by spreading lies and slanders. Especially, when the BSNL employees are very anxious about their wage revision, FNTO is trying to exploit this anxiety of the employees, by telling cock and bull stories.
When the wage revision was implemented, these TTAs suffered wage loss, since the benefit of 50% DA merger was taken away. However, BSNLEU and NFTE continuously fought on this issue, inside and outside the National Council. As a result of this, the DR TTAs, appointed on or after 01.01.2007, and who suffered wage loss, got one extra increment, with arrears of more than Rs.1 lakh also.
FNTO which sheds crocodile tears today, did not do anything to settle this problem. It is highly ridiculous that without even knowing all these facts, the great brains of FNTO are trying to tell some cock and bull stories to the employees, for creating confusion.
Executives got 2nd Pay Revision, w.e.f. 01.01.2007, as per the recommendations of the 2nd PRC. Their order for pay revision was issued prior to the wage revision of the Non-Executives. It is an undeniable fact that Executives were given only 68.8% IDA merger. They did not get 78.2% IDA merger. Citing this, Management offered only 68.8% IDA merger for the Non-Executives. But BSNLEU did not accept that.
Only because of the struggles conducted by BSNLEU, the Management was compelled to include a clause in the wage revision agreement of the Non-Executives that, 78.2% IDA merger would be given to the Non-Executives, as and when it is given to the Executives. It is because of this clause ensured by BSNLEU, in the wage revision agreement, the door for the settlement of 78.2% IDA merger was kept open. Only because of this, subsequently, all the Unions and Associations gave indefinite strike notice, as a result of which 78.2% IDA merger was settled.
BSNLEU wishes to once again state that, after the 2nd wage revision, BSNL Non-Executives got more pay then the Bank employees. This is not because of the mercy of Minister A. Raja, or the Management. It was achieved because of the glorious struggle of BSNL employees, in which FNTO was a black leg. History will never forget the betrayal of FNTO.