A meeting between the CMD BSNL and the Core Committee, consisting of the General Secretaries of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA and AIBSNLEA, is taking place at 11:00 hrs on 11.06.2018. Issues connected with the developmental activities of BSNL will be discussed in this meeting.
It is already intimated that a meeting of the Staff Side would be held on 11.06.2018. The timing of this meeting is changed, and it will now be held at 15:00 hrs at Dada Ghosh Bhawan.
The All India BSNL Working Women’s Coordination Committee (BSNLWWCC) meeting is being held at Bengaluru on 30.06.2018. Together with this meeting, a seminar of the working women is also being organised on the same day. Com. Sudha Sundaraman, former General Secretary of the All India Democratic Women’s Association is addressing this seminar.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL today and discussed in detail, certain important issues. The details are as follows:-
The Union pointed out that, there is undue delay in constituting the Joint Committee for Wage Negotiation, even after the necessary clearance is given by the DoT. The Union urged upon the CMD BSNL to ensure the immediate constitution of the Committee.
The three HR issues, viz., promotion to the Non- Executives in E1 pay scale, One Extra increment to the Sr. TOAs and other left out Non- Executives, at par with the JEs (erstwhile TTAs), who suffered wage loss and implementation of Gratuity to the casual labourers, are lying pending with BSNL Board of Directors for a long time. The Union urged upon the CMD BSNL to ensure early approval for these issues, by the Board.
The Union pointed out to the CMD BSNL that, out of the 1800 candidates who appeared in the JE LICE held on 28.01.2018, only 111 candidates got qualified. The CMD BSNL is told that, the question paper was of very high standard. Further, the Corporate Office did not accept the demand of BSNLEU that the exam should not be “Online”, the Union told. The Union further demanded that, the Management should grant relaxation to the candidates who appeared in this JE LICE, as was given in the DR TTA Exam, held in 2008.
The Union pointed out to the CMD BSNL, that the casual labourers in BSNL are being paid wages, based on the lowest of the CDA pay scales, and that their wages were not revised based on the lowest CDA pay scale recommended by the 7th CPC. The Union urged upon the CMD BSNL to revise the wages, based on 7th CPC pay scale.
BSNLEU has already submitted it’s views for the curtailment of wasteful expenditures. A meeting between the unions / associations and the GM BFCI & GM (SR) has been held. In today’s meeting, BSNLEU demanded appropriate action, on the suggestions given by it.
The CMD BSNL listened to the presentation of the GS and Dy. GS attentively and responded positively. He assured that needful actions would be taken on these issues.
Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, met Ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR) today, and demanded to ensure early approval by the Management Committee, for the alternative new designations, finalised in the Designations Committee meeting held on 31.05.2018. The Director (HR) responded positively and assured to do the needful.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, after their meeting with the CMD BSNL today, met shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR). They briefed him about their discussion with the CMD BSNL, about the formation of the Joint Committee for Wage Negotiations. A copy of one of the minutes, issued at the time of last Wage Negotiation, was handed over to the GM (SR). The Union urged upon him to initiate without delay, formation of the Joint Committee in the similar line. The GM (SR) assured to take the needful steps.
BSNLEU is saddened to know that Com.G.L.Dhar has passed away. He had been one of the dedicated leaders of the Central Government employees trade union movement. Subsequently, Com.G.L.Dhar got elected as the Secretary of the AITUC and served the working class movement. In the death of Com.G.L.Dhar, the trade union movement has lost a dedicated leader. BSNLEU pays it's respectful homage to Com.G.L.Dhar, and conveys it's heartfelt condolences to his family members.
Due to the total strike organised by the organisations of the Grameen Dak Sewaks (GDS), the Central Government has been compelled to accept the recommendations of the Kamalesh Chandra Committee, regarding the pay revision of the GDS. The Union Cabinet meeting, which took place under the chairmanship of Prime Minster Narendra Modi, has taken the decision for this. Consequent to this, the indefinite strike of the GDS has been called off. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the Grameen Dak Sewaks. BSNLEU also congratulates the leadership of the GDS unions for their united struggle.
In almost all the circles, GPF payment is already taken over by the DoT cell. Whereas, the CCA, Himachal Pradesh, is wantonly not taking over this, since his demand for allotment of more office space is not accepted by the BSNL circle administration. BSNLEU has written to the Director (Finance) demanding appropriate action.
BSNLEU writes to Shri A.M.Gupta, GM (SR) on 19-12-2017, pointing out that the discussion and decision taken in the National Council was not reflected in the minutes. The GM (SR) is urged to take action
BSNL Corporate Office writes to Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU, rejecting the demand for implementation of the Rs.429 mobile plan to the Non-Executives of BSNL and stating that the Rs.200/ SIM would continue.
BSNLEU writes to the Director (HR) on 12-03-2018, expressing it's unhappiness and disappointment, over the dishonouring of the decision of the National Council, by the Admn. Branch, in the matter of extending Rs.429 mobile plan to the Non-Executives. BSNLEU has pointed out that all the mobile operators had already implemented unlimited free voice call, and demanded that the same should be implemented to the BSNL Non-Executives. BSNLEU also suggested in this letter that, a tailor-made mobile plan, equivalent to Rs.429 plan, should be implemented to the Non-Executives of BSNL.
BSNLEU once again writes to the Director (HR) on 14-05-2018, demanding implementation of a tailor-made mobile plan to the Non-Executives of BSNL, equivalent to the Rs.429 mobile plan. BSNLEU also exposes the lame excuses of the Admn. Branch of the Corporate Office, for denying the Rs.429 plan to Non-Executives. BSNLEU also questions the denial of the Rs.429 plan to the Non-Executives, even though the Company will not be incurring any extra expenditure to implement the same.
The Supreme Court has ordered yesterday that, reservation in promotion to SC/ST employees would be “in accordance with law”. The back ground of this judgement is as follows:-
Reservation in promotions are allowed since 1955. However, in 1992, the Supreme Court held that, such promotions are unconstitutional. In 1995, the law was amended to allow quota in promotions. Again this was challenged in the Supreme Court in 2006. However, this time, the Supreme Court held that, framing any law on the matter should satisfy the test of (1) backwardness (2) inadequate representation and (3) overall efficiency. Based on this, many high courts gave judgements, denying reservation in promotions. To face this situation, the UPA government introduced a bill in the Parliament, stating that, all SCs and STs shall be deemed backward. This bill is yet to be passed by the Parliament. It is under these circumstances that yesterday, the Supreme Court allowed reservation in promotions, till it decides legality of the law.
On 04-06-2018, BSNLEU has written to the Director(HR), demanding to hold the JTO LICE. Today, BSNLEU has submitted a corrigendum to that letter, specifically demanding that the JTO LICE should be held for the vacancies of 2016-17 and 2017-18
The All India BSNL Working Women's Coordination Committee is being held at Bengaluru on 30-06-2018. The venue of the meeting is:-
BSNL Employees Union Office
CTO Building Telephone House,
Rajbhavan Road, Minsk Square,
Bengaluru 560 001.
(Land Mark: Next to Cubbon Park Metro Station)
Together with the Committee meeting, a seminar is also being organised. Com.Sudha Sundararaman, AIDWA, is addressing the seminar.
A Grievance Redressal Cell for the retired employees of BSNL has become operational under SR Cell of the Corporate Office. For redressal of their grievances, retired employees can fill up the form available at the *link* below:
The progress of the cases will be monitored by SR Cell, to ensure prompt redressal of the grievances. The SR Branch has informed that, those who have already sent their grievance in hard copy or through Email, may also submit once again through the *online link given above* for better monitoring. Retired employees are requested to avail this mechanism for redressal of their grievances.
In the 35th meeting of the National Council, Com.P.Abhimanyu, Secretary, Staff Side, demanded in his initial remarks that, the Rs.429/- mobile plan should be implemented for the BSNL Non-Executives, in the place of Rs.200/- SIM. This was immediately accepted by the Chairperson of the National Council. However, a letter was given to the GS, BSNLEU later on, by the Admn. Branch of the Corporate Office, stating that the Rs.429/- plan is not a permanent plan, and hence cannot be implemented for the Non-Executives. Thereafter, BSNLEU wrote to the Director (HR), demanding that a "tailor-made" plan, similar to that of the Rs.429/-, should be implemented for the Non-Executives. In continuation of this letter, BSNLEU continuously discussed this issue with the Director (HR) and the GM (Admn.). BSNL Management was unable to brush aside the logic of BSNLEU's demand and has finally issued letter today. According to this plan, BSNL Non-Executives will get Unlimited Free Voice Call Facility, as well as 1GB data per day, with 90 days validity. BSNLEU heartily thanks Ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR), as well as the Chairperson of the National Council, for accepting and implementing BSNLEU's demand. BSNLEU also heartily congratulates all the Non-Executives, for getting this facility.