Deepavali, the festival of lights, signifies the victory of the good and the virtuous, over the evil. This festival is being celebrated on 18th (tomorrow) in some parts of the country and on 19th on some other parts. BSNLEU conveys it's best wishes and warm greetings to everyone. BSNLEU also strongly wishes that the evils of poverty, hunger, illiteracy, diseases, hatred, enmity, etc., should be wiped out once for all from the face of this planet.
The unified trade union movement of BSNL, under the single banner of “The Unions and Associations of BSNL”, is taking on the government today, demanding settlement the 3rd wage revision and to stop the formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. Today's demonstration is only a wake up call to the government. It has to ensure peaceful settlement of the issues, by accepting the justified demands. Otherwise, the employees of BSNL will be left with no other option, but to intensify the struggles. Settlement of both the demands, is a must for the future of the employees, and for the prosperity of the BSNL. Hence, CHQ calls upon our leaders and active comrades to leave no stone unturned, for the total success of the struggles. Unity is the only weapon in our hands, while the government has many weapons. Hence, all our comrades are requested to take utmost care and efforts to strengthen unity.
BSNLEU has given notice to the Management demanding payment of PLI for the year 2015-16 and observed nationwide demonstrations on 13th October 2017. As such the Director(HR) called both the recognised unions,i.e. BSNLEU and NFTE on 16th October and discussed the issue. Com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com R.S.Chouhan, Vice President attended the meeting,since ,com P.Abhimanyu, GS is out of station. After detailed discussion, the Director (HR ) instructed the GM(SR) to hold the meeting of the PLI committee and to finalise the permanent formula for the payment of PLI including the pending PLI for the year 2015-16.
All Unions and Associations in BSNL in the meeting held on 4th October, 2017 decided agitational programmes demanding 3rd PRC with 15% fitment benefit from 21.01.2017 and to stop formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. The programme is begin with lunch hour demonstrations at Corporate Office, Circle and SSA HQs on 16th October, 2017. A powerful demonstration is held at BSNL Corporate Office at lunch hour on 16th October, 2017. The meeting is presided over by Com. R.S. Chauhan, Vice-President (CHQ) and Circle Secretary in NTR of BSNLEU. The meeting is addressed by Coms. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU, C. Singh, GS, NFTE, K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, N.D. Ram, GS, SEWA BSNL, Mohindar Singh, CS, FNTO, Badri, AIGETOA and S.P. Singh, Dy.GS, BSNLOA. All the leaders appealed to the workers to be united to intensify the struggles in the coming days on both the issues and to be ready for 2 days strike on 12th & 13th December, 2017 and also for Indefinite Strike till the wage revision is settled.
As per the call of the " All Unions and Associations, powerful demonstrations were conducted throughout the length and breadth of the country by BSNL employees, demanding settlement of wage revision and opposing the formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the entire employees. If the government remains adamant, and refuses to settle the demands, then the employees will be forced to intensify the struggles, as per the decisions of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL.
India has a ‘serious’ hunger problem. The country has slipped from the 97th place to 100th place, among 119 countries, on the Global Hunger Index (GHI), 2017. Now India is worse than countries like North Korea, Bangladesh, and Iraq, as far as the problem of hunger is concerned. Not only that, over a period of three years' duration, India has gone down by 45 positions in the Global Hunger Index. India was in the 55th place in 2014. But, in 2017, India's position is 100. However, media report says that the rankings are not strictly comparable, as the current formula was introduced in 2015. The earlier formula was used to calculate GHI scores from 2006 to 2014. The primary difference is that the new formula standardises indicator values, and the ‘child underweight’ parameter has been replaced by ‘child stunting’ and ‘child wasting’.
[Business Standard 12-10-2017]
The "All Unions & Associations of BSNL" has called on the employees of BSNL to organise massive demonstrations on 16-10-2017 (next Monday), demanding settlement of pay revision and to drop the government's decision to form a Subsidiary Tower Company. Practical difficulties may be there in organising the programme in full swing, since Diwali is only a few days away. However, considering the significance of the issues, CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to take all out efforts to mobilise maximum number of employees, by coordinating with all other unions and associations.
BSNLEU has given call for holding demonstrations today, demanding immediate payment of PLI. Circle and District unions are requested to mobilise maximum number of employees in the demonstrations and make the programme a success. Send reports and photos to the CHQ.
Today morning at 08:30 hrs, GS, BSNLEU, got a call from the DGM(SR), stating that a discussion on PLI issue would be held at 12:30 hrs today, with the GM(SR). General Secretary is in Kolkata, attending the circle conference of Kolkata Telephones circle. The Dy. GS is also not in Delhi. Hence, General Secretary has requested the GM(SR) to hold the discussion on Monday, i.e., on 16-10-2017. Management must try to call the unions for discussion, by giving sufficient notice, and to avoid eleventh hour intimations.
Successful demonstrations were conducted today in all circles, as per the call of BSNLEU, demanding immediate payment of PLI. CHQ heartily congratulates all the circle and district unions, for making the programme successful at a very short notice.
BSNLEU, Kolkata Telephones circle started it's three day circle conference at Shyam Nagar, Barrackpore district. Com.Sisir Roy, circle president hoisted the National Flag. Com. Saibal Sengupta, circle secretary & AGS hoisted the Union Red Flag. Floral tributes were Paid at the martys' column. The conference was presided over by com. Sisir Roy, CP and com. Saibal Sengupta, CS, welcomed everyone. The conference was inaugurated by com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary. In his speech, the GS exposed the economic policies of the government, and explained how attacks are being made on the public sector, and also how the sufferings of the toiling masses are increasing unabatedly. He also explained at length about the issues of wage revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, PLI, etc. The session was also addressed by com. Anantha Bhattacharji, President, AIBDPA. After lunch, a seminar on the revival of BSNL was held. It was addressed by shri. S.P.Tripati, CGM, Kolkata circle, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, com.Animesh Mitra, VP(CHQ)and others addressed.
BSNLEU has kept our comrades informed about the developments taking place in the wage revision issue of Coal India Ltd. We are glad to inform that the wage revision agreement is signed yesterday the 10-10-2017, between the unions and the Coal India Ltd Management. According to the agreement, the workers will be benefited with Minimum Guaranteed Benefit (MGB) of 20% (fitment) with extra 4% Special Allowance and other benefits. 2 lakh 90 thousand workers of Coal India will be benefited by this agreement. Major Central Trade Unions of INTUC, BMS, AITUC, CITU, HMS, etc., have unitedly negotiated and clinched this wage settlement. Earlier, these Central Trade Unions have threatened to on a three day strike from 19th to 21st June, 2017. It is only in the backdrop of the preparations for united struggles by all Central Trade Unions, the wage revision of Coal India Ltd. has been settled. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the Coal India Ltd. trade unions, as well as the entire workers.
West Bengal circle union conducted a convention at Kolkata today, on issues related with improving quality of services, wage revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, attacks on BSNLEU in West Bengal circle and other issues. Around 350 comrades participated enthusiastically in this convention, from the various parts of West Bengal circle. Com.Nazes Nauroz, circle president, presided over. Com.Amitav Chattopadyay, ACS, welcomed every one and initiated the discussion. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.Animesh Mitra, circle secretary and vice-president (CHQ) addressed the convention. Both the comrades explained in detail about the various issues connected with the wage revision, unity and struggles, Subsidiary Tower Company, improving the quality of services, attacks being mounted on BSNLEU by Trinamool goons, etc., A good number of comrades participated in the discussion. The convention took many decisions on the subjects mentioned above. CHQ heartily congratulates the West Bengal circle union for conducting a very effective convention.
The issue of implementation of the Hon'ble Lucknow CAT judgement, on pay scale and for the conferment of Group B status to the Sr.Accountants, is being seriously taken up by BSNLEU. In the 35th meeting of the National Council, it was agreed that the BSNL Management would approach the DoT, for issuing fresh Presidential Orders, for the conferment of Group B status to these officials. After the National Council meeting also, BSNLEU continuously pursued this issue with the GM(FP) of the Corporate Office. Finance officers of the Corporate Office have also held meetings with the DoT officers, for the issuing of fresh POs. The issue was once again discussed with Shri Sunil Rajput,DGM(FP) yesterday, by Com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS. We are informed by the DGM that the CGM, UP(E) has obtained a stay order from the Hon'ble Allahabad High Court, against the order of the Hon'ble Lucknow CAT. This is surprising. When a decision is already taken by the National Council, to implement the Hon'ble Lucknow CAT order, we are at loss to understand how a circle administration can go against that decision. This issue will be taken up with the top Management of BSNL.
BSNLEU has strongly demanded payment of this year's PLI to the employees. It has written letters to the CMD BSNL, as well as to the Director ( HR & Fin.). The issue is discussed twice with the CMD BSNL. However, Management is not willing to pay PLI. As usual, the Company's financial position is being cited as the reason, for the Management's inability to pay PLI. BSNLEU does not agree with this. Hence, BSNLEU calls upon the employees to conduct demonstrations on 13-10-2017, demanding payment of PLI to BSNL employees. Due to certain unavoidable reasons, the call is being given at a very short notice. CHQ requests our circle and district unions to make the programme successful and also send reports and photos to the CHQ.
BSNLEU has tried for united action to settle the PLI issue. However, somehow it did not materialise. Hence, BSNLEU had to give call for demonstration on 13-10-2017. Still, PLI being a common issue, BSNLEU has sent message to the general secretaries of all the unions and associations, appealing to them to extend their support for the demonstration.
BSNLEU is organising a seminar on Great October Revolution at New Delhi on 23.10.2017. Com. Tapan Sen, MP & General Secretary, CITU and com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, will address the seminar. The All India Centre meeting held on 07.09.2017, has decided that the neighbouring circles should mobilise comrades for the seminar as per the following allotment:-
UP (West) – 50 ; Haryana – 50 ; Rajasthan - 50 ; Punjab – 50 ; NTR – 50 ; UP (East) – 20 ; Corporate Office - 20 ; Uttarakhand – 20 ; Himachal Pradesh - 10 ; J&K – 5 ; ALTTC - 5.
The venue of the seminar is Garhwal Bhawan, near Jhandewalan Metro Station, New Delhi – 01. The seminar will start sharply at 3:00 PM. All circle secretaries are requested to mobilise comrades and cooperate for the success of the seminar.
As per the call of the Central Trade Unions, a massive 3 day dharna will be held at New Delhi, from 09th to 11th November, 2017. The dharna is being organised, demanding settlement of the 12 point charter of demands of the Central Trade Unions, as well as to express opposition to the anti-worker and pro-corporate policies of the NDA government. The All India Centre meeting held today has decided to massively mobilise our comrades from the neighbouring circles. Accordingly, the following quota has been allotted to the neighbouring circles, for mobilising our comrades for the dharna:-
UP (West) – 300 ; Haryana – 200 ; Rajasthan - 100 ; Punjab – 100 ; UP (East) – 100 ; NTR – 75 ; Uttarakhand – 50 ; Corporate Office - 25 ; Himachal Pradesh - 20 ; J&K – 5 ; ALTTC - 10.
CHQ earnestly requests the circle unions of all the above mentioned circles, to fulfil the quota allotted to their circles.
Kolkata is hosting the two day Annual Meeting of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) and the ten Trade Union Internationals(TUIs) affiliated to the WFTU. The venue of this International Meet is Hotel "Pride Plaza". Office bearers of the WFTU, as well as that of all the ten TUIs, who have come from various parts of the world, are participating in a this session. Com.K.Hemalata, President,CITU and Member of the Presidential Council of the WFTU, welcomed all on behalf of the Reception Committee. Com.George Mavricos, General Secretary,WFTU, delivered an inspiring inaugural speech. This session will continue today and tomorrow. An open session will be held tomorrow, which will be addressed by Com.George Mavricos,GS,WFTU and Com.Tapan Sen,GS,CITU. It is a privilege for BSNLEU that, the Union is a part of the Reception Committee of this International Event. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS and com.Animesh Mitra, vice-president (CHQ) are attending this session as observers.