On the issue of wage revision, the DoT had raised queries as to how the BSNL Management intends to manage the additional expenditure that will arise, due to the implementation of Wage Revision. It is understood that the total expenditure that will arise due to the implementation of Wage Revision from 01.01.2017 upto 31.03.2019 would come to around Rs.1,400 crores. It is understood that the Corporate Office has given a very detailed and convincing reply to the query raised by the DoT, with regards to managing the expenditure.
Kerala circle has earned a net profit in 2017-18. Income of the circle for the financial year 2017-18 is Rs.2,641 crores and expenditure is Rs.2,268 crores. Net profit for the year 2017-18 is Rs.373 crores. CHQ heartily congratulates the employees and Management of Kerala circle, for this great achievement.
Com. Balbir Singh, President, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR), today and discussed the following issues:-
As BSNLEU has already written to the Management, demanding more representation for the Staff Side in the Committee, the representatives of BSNLEU insisted upon the Director (HR) today that, allotment of 3 seats for BSNLEU in the Committee is inadequate. They pointed out that the wage revision is a complexed issue, which warrants sufficient representation of Staff Side leaders in the Committee. The Union demanded representation in the Joint Committee should be provided, as has been given in the National Council.
The Union also demanded that the Wage Negotiation should be completed well in advance so that the schedule for the 2019 Parliament election does not create any problem. Shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR), was also present in the discussion. The Director (HR) assured to look into the demands of BSNLEU sympathetically.
BSNLEU is consistently demanding that the results of the JE LICE should be reviewed, in view of the fact that the questions were of very high standard, and that the online examination also created difficulties for the candidates, especially for the Telecom Technicians. This issue was raised in the National Council, and the Chairperson of the National Council assured to personally look into the matter. The representatives of BSNLEU raised this issue with the Director (HR) today and requested her to look into the detailed letter given by the Union in this regard. The Director (HR) assured to take an expeditious decision.
BSNLEU has already strongly protested the letter issued by the Corporate Office for deferment of payment of salaries. In today’s meeting, the representatives of BSNLEU once again raised the issue and pointed out that the deferment of salary date would create difficulties to the Non-Executives. They demanded that the salary of the Non-Executives should be disbursed on the last day of the month, as has been done hitherto. The Director (HR) responded very positively to the concerns expressed by BSNLEU. She told that the Management is aware of the difficulties. She also pointed out that the salary date for the month of June, 2018, was not deferred and the employees got the salary on 30th June, 2018 itself. She also assured that all possible steps would be taken to disburse the salary on the last day of the month.
Com. Balbir Singh, President, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Ms. Samita Luthra, GM (Rectt.), today and discussed the following issues:-
In continuation of the discussion held with Director (HR) today on the subject, the representatives of BSNLEU met Ms. Samita Luthra, GM (Rectt.) and discussed the issue of review of results of the JE LICE. They referred to the assurance given in the National Council, by the Chairperson of the NC, and requested to take a positive decision expeditiouly. The GM (Rectt.) responded positively and assured that the issue would be discussed with the Director (HR) and needful action would be taken expeditiously.
BSNLEU has already demanded the Management to hold the JTO LICE for the vacancies of the years 2016 – 17 and 2017 – 18. The issue was once again discussed with the GM (Rectt.) in today’s meeting. She replied that the initiative in this regard has to be taken by the Establishment Branch, for which she has already sent letter. She assured that the issue would be further persued. BSNLEU will pursue this issue further, and ensure early conducting of the JTO LICE.
The All India BSNL Working Women’s Coordination Committee (BSNLWWCC) convened a very inspiring seminar of the women employees at Bengaluru on 30.06.2018. The Karnataka circle union of BSNL has made excellent arrangements for the seminar, which was held in the Karnataka Government Secretariat Hall. Com. P. Indira, Convenor, BSNLWWCC, presided over the seminar. Challenges before the Indian Working Women was the topic. Com. C.K. Gundanna, CS, BSNLEU, Karnataka, welcomed everyone. Com. Sudha Sundararaman, Vice President, All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), delivered a very educative speech, explaining the present condition of Indian women. In his address, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, explained about the important issues being faced by the BSNL employees. Com. H.V. Sudarshan, Organising Secretary (CHQ), was present on the dias. Com. Latha Kamlakar, Member, BSNLWWCC, proposed vote of thanks. The CHQ of BSNLEU heartily congratulates the BSNLWWCC, as well as the Karnataka circle union of BSNLEU, for successfully conducting this seminar.
BSNLEU Karnataka circle union, organised a very enthusiastic circle level convention of the young workers, at Bengaluru on 01.07.2018. It was inspiring to note that a large number of young workers attended the convention enthusiastically, from various parts of the circle. The convention is held in the PGM Office, auditorium. Com. M.C. Balakrishna, Circle President, presided over. Com. C.K. Gundanna, CS, delivered the introductory speech. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, addressed the seminar and explained about BSNL’s present condition, it’s background details, efforts of the trade union to improve BSNL’s quality of services, the role of the young workers in strengthening BSNL and the trade union, their problems, etc. Com. H.V. Sudarshan, Org. Secretary (CHQ), also addressed the convention. Thereafter, a good number of young workers participated in the deliberations. It was heartening to note that most of them concentrated on the issues related to the improvement of services. Finally, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, delivered the summing up address, and replied to the various issues raised by the young workers. CHQ heartily congratulates the Karnataka circle union for effectively organising the enthusiastic convention.
The All India BSNL Working Women’s Coordination Committee meeting is held at Bengaluru today. Com.Latha Kamalakar, Committee member from Karnataka, presided over the meeting. Com.C.K.Gundanna, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Karnataka, welcomed all the Committee members. The Committee stood in silence for a minute, to pay homage to Com.Jyotsana Mokashi, Committee member from Maharashtra, who passed away recently, and also to the leaders and comrades who passed away since the last meeting. Com.P.Indira, Convenor of the Committee, presented the report on activities. She briefed on the formation of circle level coordination committees, conferences conducted,etc. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and spoke on the need to make the functioning of the BSNL Working Women’s Coordination Committee more vibrant, need to bring the directly recruited employees and contract workers into the fold of the Committee, and to actively raise the voice against the problems of women employees. All the Committee members participated in the discussion. They reported on activities like celebration of International and Women’s Day, participation in the two day strike, street corner meetings & other programme of BSNLEU and AUAB, day to day issues of women employees taken up by the Committee in their respective circles,etc. Finally, Com.P.Indira summed up the discussions. The Committee has taken many important decisions.
Chennai Circle Executive meeting was held today under the presidentship of Com. E. Natarajan, Circle President. Com. M. Kanniappan, CS, welcomed everyone and placed the report on activities. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and S. Chellppa, AGS, attended the meeting and addressed about the latest position pertaining to the employees and the Company. Serious discussions took place, on the improvement of the organisation and also successfully implement calls of the AUAB, as well as various decisions of the CHQ.
It is learnt that IDA increase by 0.8% from 01st July, 2018. With this the total IDA shall be 128% w.e.f. 01.07.2018.
The All India BSNL Working Women’s Coordination Committee meeting is taking place at Bengaluru on 30.06.2018. A seminar is also been held in this connection. Com. Sudha Sundararaman, Vice President, All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) and Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, are addressing.
Consequent to the continuous struggles conducted by the Non-Executives and Executives, under the banner of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB), talks were held with the Minister on 24.02.2018. In that meeting the Hon’ble MoS(C) assured to take the wage revision issue for the approval of the Cabinet. As regards, the issue of payment of Pension Contribution by BSNL, the Hon’ble MoS(C) assured that Government Rules would be implemented. He also assured that BSNL would be allotted with 4G spectrum expeditiously, based on the proposal of BSNL Management. The AUAB meeting held yesterday the 26.06.2018, expressed it’s concern that the DoT is not taking prompt action in preparing Cabinet Note, on the wage revision issue. Similarly, the assurances given by the Hon’ble MoS(C), in respect of Pension Contribution and Allotment of 4G spectrum are also not getting implemented. Hence, the AUAB meeting has decided to organise the following agitational programme:-
All circle and district unions are requested to organise the programme effectively in coordination with the other constituents of the AUAB.
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.