As regards the Wage Revision of the Non-Executives, both the Management and the Recognised Unions have to sign an agreement, after holding negotiations. In view of this, both the Recognised Unions are pressing the Management hard to start the wage negotiations without further delay. However, Management maintains that the wage negotiations cannot be started without the DoT issuing a clearance for it. This issue was once again discussed in the recently held Standing Committee meeting. In this connection, the Corporate Office has written to the General Secretaries of both the Recognised Unions of the Non-Executives, giving a status on the matter.
Leaders of All Unions and Associations of BSNL met yesterday, the 31st January, 2018 at New Delhi and reviewed the Satyagraha, as well as the "Indefinite Work According to Rule" struggles. The meeting expressed it's satisfaction over the determined manner in which the struggles are being organised in various circles. The meeting decided that the struggles should be conducted more effectively, in the days to come. Hence, all circle and district secretaries are requested to intensify the struggles, in close coordination with the other constituents.
The three day Kerala circle conference of BSNLEU, started at Ernakulam today, with great enthusiasm. Com.A.V.Kuriakose, circle president hoisted the Union Red flag. Floral tributes were paid at the martyrs’ column. This was followed by a brief, but rich cultural programme. Thereafter, Com.K.Mohanan, CS, and Com.Peethamabaran, DS, Ernakulam, welcomed the delegates and the invitees. Com. Elamaram Kareem, General Secretary, CITU, Kerala, inaugurated the Conference. He spoke at length, explaining the national and international developments. The Conference was also addressed by Dr.P.T. Mathews, CGM, Kerala, Com..V.A.N.Namboodiri, former General Secretary of BSNLEU, Com.M.Krishnan, Secretary General of Confederation, com.Kunnikrishnan, vice-president,AIIEA, com. Nandakumar,president,BEFI, Com.Santosh Kumar, CS,SNEA and Com.Guruprasad, CS,AIBDPA. Veteran leader, Com.P.V.Chandrasekaran, Com.Pratap Kumar, AGS and Com.Vijayakumar, Organising Secretary(CHQ) were present in the dias. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, inaugurated the Subjects Committee, that started after the lunch. In his speech, the General Secretary explained in detail, the issues connected with the ongoing Satyagraha and Indefinite Work According to Rule struggles. He also spoke on the action taken by the CHQ, on various issues of the Non-Executives.
The three day circle conference of BSNLEU, Kerala circle, is starting at Ernakulam tomorrow the 01.02.2018. Kerala circle continues to be the number one profit making unit of BSNL in the whole country. BSNLEU's contribution in this is very crucial. Similarly, BSNLEU has defeated all the attempts made by vested interests, to weaken the Union, during the last few years. The three day circle conference will discuss and finalise the road-map to further strengthen the Union, as well as the Company, in the years to come. Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, will attend the Conference on all the three days, and will guide the deliberations.
Today is the second day of the Satyagraha struggle. The first day programme was an overwhelming success. In the same spirit and vigour, the second day Satyagraha is also being observed throughout the country. CHQ requests the circle and district unions to maintain the tempo till the final day of the programme. Employees should be massively mobilised on each day of the programme.
Valsad comrades (Gujarat circle) started the Satyagraha programme in a novel way. Before starting the Satyagraha, the comrades of All Unions and Associations of BSNL, went in a two wheeler procession to Dandi. All of us know that Mahatma Gandhi started his world famous "Salt Satyagraha" at Dandi, as a symbol of disobedience and challenging the authority of the brutal British imperialism. At Dandi, the Valsad SSA Comrades paid homage to the Mahatma, by garlanding his statue. Thereafter, the Satyagraha programme is started. CHQ heartily congratulates Com. M.K.Dave,AGS, BSNLEU, as well as all the Valsad Comrades, for implementing the Satyagraha programme in a lively manner.
Reports are pouring in from various parts of the country, regarding the Satyagraha struggle that has started today. The BSNL Non-Executives and Executives are expressing their deepest anger and protest against denial of Wage Revision and attempts of the government to kill BSNL.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, addressed a huge gathering at CGM office, Tamil Nadu circle today. The General Secretary is in Chennai today, on his way to Ernakulam, to attend the circle conference of BSNLEU, Kerala circle. Utilising his visit, the General Secretary was invited to address the Satyagraha, being organised in the CGM office, Tamil Nadu circle. Com. Duraiarasan, CS, AIBSNLEA, presided over the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, spoke elaborately, and explained all the details connected with the charter of demands and the struggle. He asserted that we would settle Wage Revision and also will compel the government to roll back the Subsidiary Tower Company and other retrograde anti-BSNL and anti-employee measures. The General Secretary's speech was well received by the gathering.
Satyagraha programme, called on by the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, started at Corporate Office, New Delhi, from 10 am today the 30th January 2018. As is already decided earlier, the Satyagraha started with paying Sardhanjali to the Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi at his Samadhi at Rajghat. CHQ leaders from all unions and associations reached Gandhi Samadhi and paid Shardhanjali. There after all leaders seated in the front gate of Gandhi Samadhi with banner and raised slogans on the demands. From BSNLEU, Com Swapan Chakraborty Dy GS, Com R.S.Chauhan, Vice-president &CS, NTR, Com. Upender Singh Teotia,CS, UP (W) and com R.S. Nagar, CP, NTR, participated in the programme. As per the decision, Satyagraha will continue for five days.
The Satyagraha and Work According to Rule struggles, as called on by the All Unions and Associations of BSNL's, are to start from tomorrow the 30-01-2018. Circle and district unions are requested to ensure that maximum number of employees participate in the Satyagraha agitation, on all the five days. Similarly, "Work According to Rule" struggle should be strictly conducted from tomorrow onwards. Doing extra work should be completely stopped. For queries, circle secretaries are requested to contact the CHQ.
In 2016-17, MTNL's revenue from operations is Rs.3,070 crores. It's expenditures are Rs.6,498 crores. Net loss is Rs.2,491 crores. The net worth of MTNL has turned negative, and it stands at Rs. (-) 3,366 crores. MTNL has been classified as an Insipient Sick company. It is with this MTNL that the government wants to merge BSNL's !
Model poster for the Satyagraha and Work According to Rule struggles has been prepared. Circle and district secretaries are requested to print copies and use for organising the struggles.
As per the decision of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, 5 day Satyagraha and Work According to Rule struggles are to be organised from 30-01-2018, at all levels. Pandals have to be erected for the Satyagraha, and each and employee should be made to participate in the Satyagraha. Comrades should understand that this is not a normal situation. It is a "Do or Die" situation. If we are not able to create sufficient pressure on the government at this juncture, then the future of BSNL and the employees is going to be doomed for ever. Hence, do anything and everything to make the struggles a total success. CHQ may be contacted telephonically for any clarification.
The Director (HR) had invited General Secretaries of BSNLEU and NFTE for a discussion today, in connection with the call given for Sathyagraha and indefinite Work According to Rule. Accordingly, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, and Com. Rajamouli, Treasurer, NFTE, attended the meeting. The Director (HR) appealed to the representatives not to do anything that would further deteriorate the already strained financial condition of the Company. Com.P.Abhimnayu, GS, told the Director (HR) that the employees are in a do or die situation, in view of formation of Subsidiary Tower Company and denial of wage revision to the employees. The Unions and Associations of BSNL are left with no other option, but to go ahead with the Sathyagraha and Work According to Rule struggles, as has already been announced, told the GS, BSNLEU. The Director (HR) informed that a similar meeting would be held with the Executive Associations on Monday.
In the meeting held with the Director (HR) today, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, expressed his serious concern over the non-implementation / dilution of the decisions taken in the National Council meeting. The GS pointed out that decisions taken in respect of the items like stopping the illegal recovery of employees contribution of EPF arrears, granting Group ‘B’ status and pay scale to the Senior Accountants, violation of Corporate Office orders on contract workers, etc., are cited as examples. The GS told that he would give a note to the Management in this regard. The Director (HR) felt unhappy and assured that needful remedial action would be taken.
The first meeting of the Standing Committee was held today, chaired by Shri A.M.Gupta, GM(SR). Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, Com.Balbir Singh, President and Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS represented BSNLEU in the meeting. Implementation of all the decisions taken in the 35th meeting of the National Council were reviewed in the meeting.
A meeting of “All Unions and Associations of BSNL” was held at New Delhi today. Com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, presided over the meeting. General Secretaries / Representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, FNTO, SEWA BSNL, BSNL MS, BSNL ATM and BSNL OA, participated in the meeting. The following decisions are taken:-
The meeting decided to effectively organise the Indefinite Work According to Rule from 30.01.2018. This programme is to be effectively organised in all circles.
Full day Sathyagraha agitation is to be effectively organised for 5 days from 30.01.2018 at Corporate Office, circle and district levels.
Steering Committees (consisting of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA and AIBSNLEA) are to be formed in all circles and districts to effectively plan and organise the struggles. The Steering Committees will meet as and when required for giving necessary guidance.
Poster will be designed and uploaded on the websites of the Unions and Associations. These posters shall be printed by the circle unions (in the regional languages if necessary) and distributed to all the stations.
Three and half years ago, Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India. He told the people of this country that he had come from poor, family and that, he would take every effort to help the poor. However, let us see, who is benefited from the policies and efforts of the Narendra Modi government. Ahead of the World Economic Forum meeting being held at Davos, the Oxfam has released it’s report. According to this report, 73% of the total wealth generated in our country in 2017, has gone to the richest 1% Indians. At the same time, the bottom 67 crore Indians have got only 1% of the wealth increase. The wealth of these richest 1% Indians has increased by Rs.20,913 billion in last year. Further, in 2017 alone, 17 new dollar billionaires have come up in India. Now the total number of dollar billionaires in India is 101. Internationally, 82% of the new wealth created in 2017 has gone to the richest 1% people. Everyday two new dollar billionaires have come up in the world. Now, let the ruling BJP and it’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, tell the people of this country, how their economic policy is different from the economic policy of the Congress Party. Whatever pro-corporate and anti-worker policy that was followed by the Manmohan Singh government from 2004 to 2010, is being followed with more vigour by the Narendra Modi government.
[Inputs from Times of India – 23.01.2018]