The two day circle conference of Himachal Pradesh circle, started at Shimla today. The Conference got kick-started with the hoisting of the Union flag by Com. Balbir Singh, President. Com.K.C.Panwar, district secretary, Shimla, welcomed every one. A presidium, consisting of Com.Balbir Singh, President and Com. R.S.Chauhan, Vice-President, presided over the Conference. Com.Prem Gautam, General Secretary, CITU, Himachal Pradesh, greeted the Conference. Members of the Presidium briefly addressed. Thereafter, Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, addressed the Conference and explained about various current issues. He fervently called upon the delegates to make the struggle of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL a total success, for the settlement of Wage Revision, rolling back of the Subsidiary Tower Company, stopping the reduction of the retirement age from 60 to 58, etc. He also touched upon certain unhealthy trends in our union in Himachal Circle, and appealed for taking the necessary corrective steps. After lunch, the delegates session started, and is going on.
The Tamil Nadu circle union of BSNLEU took the unique initiative of organising a convention of the Directly Recruited JEs. It was held at Pondicherry on 07-01-2018. 100 DR JEs had given their commitment for attending the Convention. However, the lightning indefinite strike started by the State Bus Transport workers threw a very big problem. Virtually, the bus transport came to a standstill. Private bus operators were charging exorbitant rates from the passengers. It was under these circumstances that the Convention took place. Despite the odds, 49 DR JEs attended the Convention. Com.S.Chellappa, AGS & Circle President, presided over and addressed. Com.Babu Radhakrishnan, circle secretary, and Com.A.Subramanian, district secretary, welcomed every one. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, addressed the Convention. He explained about the efforts taken by BSNLEU, to overcome the road blocks created by the Minister and the DoT, in the recruitment of 2,700 DR JEs. He also explained in detail, how BSNLEU settled many serious problems of the DR JEs( erstwhile DR TTAs) in the past, like reducing the qualifying service, from 10 years to 5 years, for appearing in the JTO exam, changing the designation from TTA to JE, ensuring opportunity to appear in the MT Exam, etc. Following the GS's speech, discussion by the DR JEs took place. Twelve DR JEs participated beautifully in the discussion, and put forth very valid views. Many of them expressed serious concerns, about the problems being faced, in improving the quality of service. General Secretary assured that the issues would be taken at the appropriate level, including the Board of Directors and the CMD BSNL. The Convention came to an end with the vote of thanks. CHQ heartily congratulates the Tamil Nadu circle union, for it's superb initiative.
The Satyagraha Programme will be conducted for five days from 30-01-2018. It should be organised at the All India, Circle and District levels. Separate instructions will be given by the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, regarding how to conduct the programme. All Circle and District Secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to organise the programme massively, in coordination with the other constituents of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL.
As per the decision of the meeting of All Unions and Associations of BSNL, held yesterday, the representatives of All Unions and Associations met Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, today and registered their strong protest against formation of Subsidiary Tower Company and appointment of Shri Amit Yadav, Jt. Secretary (Admn.), DoT, as CMD of Subsidiary Tower Company. Representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, FNTO, BTEU, BSNLMS, TEPU, SEWA, BSNLOA, TOA BSNL and BSNL ATM participated in the discussion. The Unions and Associations in one voice expressed their severe protest for the appointment of an IAS officer as the CMD of the Tower Company. The Unions and Associations informed the CMD BSNL that they had already observed two strikes, against the decision of the Central Cabinet to form Subsidiary Tower Company. Still, the government has not reversed it's decision, and hence the Unions and Associations, have decided to intensify their struggles demanding the rolling back of Subsidiary Tower Company. The CMD BSNL could not give any convincing reply to the questions of the representatives. Further, the representatives pointed out that according to the decision of the government, to appoint Shri Amit Yadav as the CMD of the Tower Company, and the functional directors of BSNL would be the members of the Board of that Company, the status of BSNL Board is also downgraded. The CMD BSNL kept silent on that point. Since, General Secretary, BSNLEU, Com. P. Abhimanyu, has proceeded to Shimla to attend the circle conference of Himachal Pradesh. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, represented BSNLEU in this meeting.
BSNLEU has sought for a formal meeting with the Director (HR) to discuss some burning issues and also some outstanding issues, lying pending for a long time. The meeting is held today in the chamber of the Director (HR). Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS and Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS participated in the meeting. From the Management Side, Ms.Sujata Ray, Director (HR), Shri Keshav Rao,GM(Estt.), Shri A.M.Gupta, GM(SR), Shri Ashuthosh Gupta,GM(Restg.), Shri P.D. Chirania, GM(CA) and Shri S.K.Sinha,GM(Admn.) and Shri Sunil Kumar,GM(FP).
The following issues, which are already notified to the Director (HR), were taken up for discussion:-
BSNLEU has been demanding that the Joint Committee for wage negotiation should be formed, subsequent to the releasing of guidelines by the DPE, for revision of wages of the Non-Executives. The Director (HR) stated that BSNL had already written to the DoT, for the issuing of necessary clearance by the Administrative Ministry. It was further stated that, BSNL would once again send a reminder to the DoT.
BSNLEU bitterly complained that the decision taken in this regard, in the National Council meeting held on 11.05.2017, is yet to be implemented. The Director (HR) assured that the new GM (Estt.) would take immediate action on this issue. BSNLEU was requested to handover a copy of the letter of the EPF Commissioner, to the Management.
It was stated by the Director (HR) that the Company is undergoing a severe financial crisis and that the financial year 2018 is going to be very tough. In view of this, it would be extremely difficult for the Management to accept any demand which would result in substantial financial outgo, said the Director (HR). She directed the GM (Estt.) to discuss the grievances with BSNLEU, keeping the overall financial condition of the Company into consideration.
The Director (HR) directed the GM (Estt.) to collect the requisite inputs from the circles expeditiously, say within a period of 10 days. After collection of the inputs, Management will take decision on the demand of BSNLEU.
BSNLEU is continuously pursuing this case. The DoT, vide it’s letter no.37-25/2016-SEA-(Legal) dated 31.10.2017, has informed BSNL that the Senior Accountants should be conferred with Group B status. In today’s meeting BSNLEU demanded that the Management should immediately take action to confer Group B status and to give upgraded pay scale to the Senior Accountants. The Director (HR) stated that the GM (FP) would do the needful speedily for the implementation of the demand.
The GM (Admn.) stated that only a week back he has received necessary communication from the SR Branch, with regards to the decision of the National Council on the subject. He stated that extension of Rs.429/- mobile plan to the Non-Executives is under process and would be done within 10 days.
BSNLEU bitterly complained that the Management Side had unethically included certain aspects in the draft minutes, which were actually not accepted by the Staff Side in the meeting. These details are already given on our website. In today’s meeting, the Director (HR) assured that the corrected draft minutes would be released within a week’s time.
BSNLEU heartily thanks the Director (HR) and the officers present in today’s meeting for taking positive decisions to resolve the pending issues.
BSNLEU has already informed through website that settlement of this issue is lying pending with the DoT for a very long time, because BSNL has not provided the requisite inputs to the DoT. On hearing BSNLEU’s complaint, the Director (HR) seriously instructed the new GM (Estt.) to gather the requisite inputs from the circles and to send the same without delay to the DoT.
Recently, Management arbitrarily issued letter reducing the ceiling for medical reimbursement with voucher, from 25 days to 23 days. BSNLEU has already strongly protested this arbitrary reduction. In today’s meeting with the Director (HR), the GS and Dy.GS raised this issue and expressed their bitter opposition to the arbitrary action of the Management. The Director (HR) agreed to the view of BSNLEU and assured that the reduction of the ceiling would be positively reviewed.
“The All Unions and Associations of BSNL”, held it’s meeting at New Delhi today to discuss about the steps to be taken for intensifying the struggles for the settlement of 3rd Pay Revision and to ensure the ‘rolling back of the creation of Subsidiary Tower Company’. The meeting was attended by the General Secretaries / Representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, FNTO, BTEU, SEWA BSNL, AIGETOA, BSNL MS, TEPU, BSNL ATM and TOA BSNL. The meeting was presided over by Com. K. Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO. The following decisions are taken unanimously for intensifying the struggles to achieve the demands.
Charter of demands
As per the call of “The All Unions and Associations of BSNL”, powerful protest demonstrations held throughout the country against the creation of Subsidiary Tower Company and appointment of an IAS officer as it’s CMD. As the reports received from various circles, it is learnt that the Non-Executives and Executives have massively and aggressively participated in these demonstrations throughout the country.
BSNLEU has been continuously insisting upon the BSNL Management to reconstitute the Standing Committee of the National Council, and also to convene it’s meeting at the earliest, so that the implementation of the decisions taken in the National Council meeting could be reviewed. Earlier, the SR Branch tentatively agreed to conduct this meeting on 18.01.2018. However, in view of the GM (HR)s’ Conference to be held at BSNL Corporate Office on 22.01.2018, the SR Branch sought for a change of date. In yesterday’s discussion with the representatives of BSNLEU and the GM (SR), it was decided to hold the meeting on 24.01.2018.
The Tamil Nadu circle union of BSNLEU has taken the initiative to organise a convention of the DR JEs. This convention is being held at Pondicherry on 07.01.2018. DR JEs from all over Tamil Nadu circle are participating in this convention. Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, is addressing this convention. The current problems is being faced by the recently appointed DR JEs, as well as their future promotional prospects will be discussed with focus in this convention. CHQ heartily congratulates the Tamil Nadu circle union for taking this excellent initiative.
The representatives of BSNLEU who met Shri Keshav Rao, GM (Estt.), explained in detail to him about how the settlement of anomalies has been put into cold storage by the DoT, due to the inaction of BSNL Management. The issue is lying pending with the DoT for a very long period, since the BSNL Management has not sent the necessary inputs sought by the DoT. The BSNL Corporate Office had already written to all the CGM’s, calling for the number of affected employees in each circle. However, this feedback has not been given by the circles. Hence, BSNL is not able to reply to the DoT, and the settlement of anomalies issue is hanging fire. The GM (Estt.) assured that this issue would be discussed in the ‘GM (HR)s’ Conference’, to be held at BSNL Corporate Office on 22.01.2018.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), met Shri Keshav Rao, GM (Estt.), yesterday and expressed BSNLEU’s objection over the arbitrary reduction of the ceiling for outdoor medical claim without voucher, from 25 days to 23 days. The representatives recorded their strong protest that the Management had arbitrarily curtailed the medical facility of the employees, without discussing the issue with the Recognised Union. They pointed out that the reduction in the ceiling might save a few crore rupees to the Company, but it would deprive the needy employees of getting their outdoor medical expenditure sufficiently reimbursed. The GM (Estt.) assured that the objection and protest of BSNLEU would be taken to the “appropriate authority” of the Management for redressal.
A meeting of the Designations Committee was held on 26.09.2017, wherein agreement was reached between the Management and the Staff Side, with regards to the new designations of the left out Non-Executive cadres. However, when the draft minutes of the meeting was released, a clause was inserted in that, by the Management Side, stating that duties and responsibilities of the Non-Executives would change, due to change in designations. This was objected to by Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and he declined to sign the draft minutes. Citing this as a reason, the Management Side has not released the minutes so far. BSNLEU has given a complaint to the Director (HR) that the Management Side was involved in an unethical practice of manipulating the minutes, and was inserting issues which were actually not discussed in the meeting and also not accepted to by the Staff Side. However, so far no action has been taken on this issue and the final minutes of the meeting was not yet released. As a result of this, the Change of Designations agreed to in the meeting held on 26.09.2017, are yet to be implemented. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), met Shri Ashutosh Gupta, GM (Restg.), yesterday, and expressed the extreme unhappiness of BSNLEU on the undue delay in releasing the “corrected” minutes of the meeting. The GM (Restg.) fully agreed with the Union representatives and assured that needful action would be taken to release the “corrected” minutes within a week’s time.
BSNLEU is continuously taking up the issue of anomalies with the BSNL Management, as well as with the DoT. However, the matter is stuck-up in the DoT. BSNLEU has requested the Director (HR) to take needful action for the early resolution of the problem.
The “All Unions and Associations of BSNL” has already given call to hold protest lunch hour demonstrations on 08.01.2018, against the appointment of an IAS officer as the CMD of the Subsidiary Tower Company. AIBDPA has called upon the pensioners to join these protest demonstrations. Circle and district secretaries are requested to note this and coordinate with the circle and district secretaries of AIBDPA, for the effective mobilisation of the pensioners in the protest demonstration.
BSNLEU has sought for a formal meeting with the Director (HR), for which letter was given in the last week of December. Since, no date was fixed, Com. P. Abihmanyu, GS, met the Director (HR) on 03.01.2018, and discussed about the delay. Consequently, the date for the formal meeting has been fixed as 08.01.2018.
The “All Unions and Associations of BSNL” is meeting at New Delhi on 08.01.2018. The meeting will take place in the office of FNTO. Next course of action to be taken in the wage revisions issue will be decided in this meeting. Importantly, this meeting is taking place after the appointment of an IAS officer as the CMD of the Subsidiary Tower Company. The meeting is expected to chalk out suitable action programme on this issue also.