The AUAB meeting held yesterday the 26.06.2018, noted with serious concern that the facilities of the lower level employees are being withdrawn by the Management, citing the financial crisis that the Company is undergoing. At the same time, the luxuries being availed by the top officers of the Company, and also the lavish expenditures being incurred by them, are not being restricted. Any austerity measure or restriction in facilities, should be implemented right from the top upto the bottom. It is unfair that the facilities of the lower level employees are curtailed, while the top officers continue to enjoy all the luxuries and indulging in lavish expenditures. This has to be stopped. Hence, as a first step, the AUAB meeting, has decided to give a letter to the BSNL Management, demanding immediate implementation of austerity measures for the top officers. If this is not done, the AUAB will take recourse to other measures.
India is considered to be the most dangerous country in the world for women, according to a survey conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. This report was published on 19th June, 2018. The survey says, India is more dangerous for women then Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria. The Foundation got the views of 548 global experts on women’s issues. Among them, 43 experts belong to India. They were asked questions on health care, access to economic resources and discrimination, customary practices, sexual violence, non-sexual violence and human trafficking. India is considered to be worst overall, and specifically worst for sexual violence, human trafficking and in relation to cultural, religious and tribal traditions. It is very important to note that in the survey conducted by the same Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2011, India was ranked 4th and was ahead of Pakistan. However, this time Pakistan is in 6th place and is considered to be safer for women, then India. In a country where human beings are being mercilessly killed, in the name of giving protection to cows, and when the government is remaining as a silent spectator, how can we expect safety for women?
[Source: Times of India dated 26.06.2018]
An enthusiastic & very impressive convention of Madhya Pradesh BSNL Working Women was conducted by the circle union of BSNLEU at Indore on 26.06.2018. Com.B.S. Raghuwanshi, Circle President, presided over. Com.Prakash Sharma, Circle Secretary, presented the report elaborating on women's issues and active participation of Working Women in union activities in MP circle. Com. P. Indira, Convenor, AIC, BSNL WWCC, presented keynote address in the seminar on "Role of women power in strengthening BSNL". She also presented a note on working women activities and anti people, anti worker, anti-PSU policies in the post lunch session. Chief Guest of the seminar Dr. Mahesh Shukla, CGMT, delivered special address. PGMs Indore Shri M.R. Rawat and Shri Suresh Babu Prajapati, AIC member Com. Meena Choradia, COS, Com. Chitra greeted the convention. Besides this Young lady JEs and other Comrades participated in deliberations. 11 member committee with 5 joint convenors and Com.Mamta Bhavsar as convenor elected as WWCC MP Circle. With this, MP Circle became the 5th circle to form WWCC. Despite incessant rain 180 women and 40 male Comrades enthusiastically participated. Convention was a big success with very fine arrangements made by reception committee led by Com. Hemant Dube. CHQ heartily congratulates the MP circle union and the newly elected BSNL WWCC, MP circle.
Ever since the Company plunged into crisis, the employees are being targeted. One after another, the facilities of the ordinary employee is being taken away, in the name of managing the financial crisis of the Company. PLI, LTC and Medical allowance of the employees were taken away. Even now, employees are not being paid PLI, under pretext that the Company is running in financial crisis. Medical facilities of the employees have come under further attack. The latest in the attacks is the postponement of the date of salary payment. We want to ask one simple question. Why the ordinary employees alone are being targeted, in the name of financial crisis of the Company, when the top officers of the Company, including the CMD BSNL and the Board of Directors, continue to enjoy all their facilities? Frequent foreign tours, five star hotel stay, Executive health check-up, Gymkana Club membership, First Class / Business Class air travels and various other types of luxuries are still being enjoyed by the top officers. At the time of their retirement, these top officers are taking home luxury cars, laptop / computers, costly furnitures, etc., at only 30% of the cost of those items. This is nothing but day light robbery. None of these luxuries has been stopped for the top officers. At the same time, they will keep on making non-stop preachings that, the ordinary employees should tighten their belts for the sake of the Company. This deception cannot continue any longer. The employees have already sacrificed a lot for the Company. Now, it is the turn of the top officers to sacrifice.
A Meeting of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) will be held at 14:30 hrs., at BSNL MS office. The meeting is expected to discuss many serious issues, including the one to improve the sales and marketing of the Company.
BSNL Casual Contract Federation has given call to observe ‘Anti Retrenchment-Day’, to be organised on 28.06.2018. This programme is against retrenchment of contract workers, based on the order of the Corporate Office. BSNLEU has also opposed the retrenchment of contract workers and has pointed out that this will seriously affect the maintenance of services, as well as revenue collection of the Company. BSNLEU has included this as one of the items in the Call Attention Day observed on 03.05.2018. CHQ calls upon all the circle and district unions to massively mobilise the regular employees in the demonstrations to be held on 28.06.2018.
After completing the J&K circle executive committee meeting and seminar at Srinagar, Com. P.Abhimanyu,GS, Com. Basheer Ahmed Khan,CS and Com.G.K.Dandroo, Organising Secretary (CHQ) left for Leh, by road. After crossing high mountains amidst heavy rains, the comrades reached Kargil at 20:00 hrs yesterday. Despite heavy delay, Com.Tashik Tundup, Branch Secretary, BSNLEU, Kargil, was waiting with the active comrades. The General Secretary addressed them, explaining about important issues, including Wage Revision, Subsidiary Tower Company and the need to bring an early turn around of BSNL. The GS also enquired about the condition of the contract workers in Kargil.
Leh district in J&K circle is one place where all the strikes are being organised with 100% success. Further, BSNLEU is the only union existing in this district. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed a well attended meeting in Leh today, together with Com. Basheer Ahmed Khan, CS, J&K and Com. G.K.Dandroo, Organising Secretary (CHQ). Women employees and DR JEs attended in good number. Com. Sonam Chespal, district president, presided over. Com. Tsering Dorjay , district secretary welcomed everyone. Com. Stanzin Denex Gyanlpo, district vice president, presented the local problems. In his address, the General Secretary spoke in detail about the wage revision, Subsidiary Tower Company and BSNL's revival issues.
CHQ is pursuing two important issues related to the officials who are granted with Temporary Status prior to 01-10-2000.
Both the cases were raised in the National Council, and the Management has agreed to resolve them. However, these cases are lying pending with the Corporate Office, since many of the CGMs have not provided the inputs, which have been called for. Hence CHQ calls upon the circle secretaries to immediately discuss these issues with their respective CGMs, and arrange to send the required inputs within two weeks. All circle secretaries are also requested to give intimation to the CHQ in this regard.
BSNLEU, Jammu & Kashmir circle union organised a lively and inspiring seminar, on the revival of BSNL, yesterday the 21-06-2018. Even though J&K is a small circle, BSNLEU circle union has taken serious efforts to organise a largely attended seminar. Incidentally, a bandh was observed in J&K yesterday. Inspite of this, the turnout of the employees in the seminar was very encouraging. Com. Krishan Lal, circle president, delivered the presidential address. Shri S.K.Batra, GM(HR), J&K circle and Shri M.G.Mufti, GMTD, Srinagar, addressed the seminar and shared the management's views. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressing the seminar explained the steps taken by the government to weaken BSNL, and the efforts taken by the united trade union movement of BSNL, for defending and strengthening BSNL. He also explained about the cut throat competition unleashed by Jio, and about the efforts being taken by the employees to salvage BSNL. Com.Basheer Ahmed Khan, CS, BSNLEU, spoke briefly on the J&K scenario. Com.Abdul Majid Malik, District President, Srinagar, proposed vote of thanks. This seminar will go a long way in motivating the J&K work force of BSNL, for bringing an early turn around for the Company.
The J&K circle union of BSNLEU is conducting it's executive committee meeting at Srinagar. Com. Kishan Lal, circle president, is presiding over the meeting. Com.Bashir Ahmed Khan, circle secretary, welcomed everyone. Report on activities was also placed before the house, by him. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and reported on the decisions of the Agartala CEC meeting. He also spoke in detail about the important issues of Wage Revision, need to fight against the Subsidiary Tower Company, other issues related to the revival of BSNL. Com.Gulam Kadhir Dandroo, Organising Secretary (CHQ) also addressed the meeting. Thereafter, discussion by executive committee members started.
Due to unavoidable circumstances, the dates of the forthcoming All India Conference, to be held at Mysuru, have been changed. The new dates are 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th January, 2019. All comrades are requested to kindly make note of the change in dates. As usual, the pre-All India Conference CEC meeting will be held on 07th January, 2019. CEC members are requested to book their journey tickets accordingly.
As per the study of the French Tech Firm, Capgemini, the number of High Networth Individuals (HNI) in India has increased by 20% in the year 2017. An High Networth Individual is defined as the one who is having investable assets of over 1 million US Dollars. According to this report, the number of such Dollar Millionaires in India comes to 2.6 lakh people. Their asset worth is a whopping 1 trillion US Dollars! It is also worth mentioning here that, the International Rights Group, Oxfam, has reported that in India, 73% of the wealth created in 2017, has reached the hands of the top 1% of the population, whereas the bottom 67 crore Indians have got only 1% of this wealth. This is how the Narendra Modi government is serving the poor people of this country.
(Source: Times of India dated 20.06.2018)
Accusing that the United Nations Human Rights Council is biased against Israel, the US has left the Council. The US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley has also criticised that the UN Human Rights Council is a ‘cesspool of political bias’. The United Nations Human Rights Council is continuously criticising Israel for it’s forcible occupation of Palestine territories, and also for violation of human rights in those territories. By quitting the UN Human Rights Council, the real face of the US has been exposed. This has also strengthened the criticism that US is the worst violator of human rights. It may also be recollected that the US, under Donald Trump, has also left the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, met Shri Saurabh Tyagi, GM (Estt.) today and discussed the following outstanding issues.
This issue had already been discussed with the Director (HR) and the GM (Estt.) a number of times. However, settlement of this issue has already been rejected by the Management. Under these circumstances, suggestion has come to the CHQ, from some of the affected Sr. TOAs. They have stated that they are prepared to forego any arrears that will accrue, due to the settlement of this problem. The GM (Estt.) was requested to consider settlement of the problem, with this condition. He assured to look into.
This issue was also discussed with the Management a number of times, but was rejected. In today’s meeting, the GM (Estt.) was once again requested to consider the demand, to help the candidates of backward circles like Assam and the North East, where vacancies are existing, but qualified officials are not available. The GM (Estt.) agreed to revisit the issue.
From time to time, the government of India is issuing various modifications / guidelines to the Child Care Leave. But, these government orders are not being endorsed by BSNL promptly. BSNLEU has already taken up this issue with the Management. In today’s meeting, with the GM (Estt.), BSNLEU once again raised the issue. After discussion the GM (Estt.) agreed to issue an instruction that all government orders on Child Care Leave, should be suo moto followed in BSNL.
The issue of BSNL’s buildings and office spaces being taken over by the DoT, is already taken up by BSNLEU, with the CMD BSNL. In continuation of this, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, met Shri H.C. Pant, Company Secretary today, and discussed the issue. The legal position on this issue was explained by the Company Secretary. Necessary inputs were also taken. BSNLEU will now take up this issue with the higher level of the government.
BSNLEU is vigorously pressurising the BSNL Management, to form the Joint Committee for Wage Negotiations. The issue is already discussed with the CMD BSNL and Director (HR). Further, this issue was raised in the recently held 36th meeting of the National Council also. Under these circumstances, the BSNLEU representatives who met Shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR) today, once again insisted for early constitution of the Joint Committee. Finally, the GM (SR) assured that the Committee would be constituted, latest by next week.
BSNLEU has already urged upon the CMD BSNL to hold the Welfare Board meeting. However, so far, no notification has been issued for the meeting. The BSNLEU representatives who met Shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.) today, once again insisted to issue notification for the meeting. The GM (Admn.) assured to do the needful at the earliest.