A meeting of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL was held today. Com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, presided over. Details connected with the March to Sanchar Bhawan, to be held on 23.02.2018, were discussed. After discussion it is decided that March to Sanchar Bhawan will start from Eastern Court, Janpath, at 11:00 AM. It is also decided to invite leaders of the Central Trade Union, to address the rally.
At a time when thousands of BSNL employees are gearing up to participate in the March to Sanchar Bhawan, the DoT has written to the BSNL Management, conveying their stand on the various demands raised by the All Unions and Associations of BSNL. In this letter, the DoT has mentioned that, since BSNL is continuously running into loss, it’s employees are not eligible for wage revision. As regards pension revision, the DoT has stated that pension revision would be done only if wage revision is implemented. On the issue of Subsidiary Tower Company, the DoT has stated that the Tower Company has already started functioning. The reply of the DoT only shows it’s high handedness as well as anti-BSNL stand. Under these circumstances, we are left with no other option, but to intensify our struggles further.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and Com.John Verghese, AGS, met Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, today and discussed the following issues.
Payment of Medical Allowance, without voucher, to the BSNL retirees, is implemented initially for 6 months. However, the same is not extended further. The Union representatives urged upon the CMD BSNL, to ensure that the letter for extension of the same is issued without further delay. The CMD BSNL responded positively and assured to do the needful.
The Union representatives told the CMD BSNL that the BSNL Staff Welfare Board meeting has not been held for a very long time, as a result of which staff welfare issues could not be discussed. They urged upon him to hold the meeting at the earliest. The CMD BSNL assured to do the needful.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and Com.John Verghese, AGS, met Shri S.K.Sinha, GM(Admn.) today and insisted the early issuing of letter by the Corporate Office, for the extension of payment of Medical Allowance, Without Voucher, to the BSNL retirees. They also insisted upon the GM(Admn.) to expeditiously implement the Rs.429 mobile plan to BSNL employees, in lieu of the Rs.200/- SIM, as has already been agreed in the 35th meeting of the National Council. The GM(Admn.) assured that the needful would be done.
On behalf of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS,BSNLEU, Com.K.Sebastin,GS,SNEA and Com.Prahalad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, met Ms.Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary,DoT, today, and insisted that the demands raised by the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, should be settled. The representatives specifically drew her attention to the issues of 3rd Pay Revision and Pension Revision. It was a brief meeting. However, the Secretary,DoT, keenly listened to the views of the representatives, and assured that the issues would be looked into.
Utilising the visit of Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, to Visakhapatnam, the district union of BSNLEU, organised a special meeting of BSNL employees at Visakhapatnam yesterday the 18.02.2018. Com.G.S.N.Raju, district president, BSNLEU, presided over. Com.Sagar, district secretary,BSNLEU, welcomed all. Even though it was Sunday yesterday, more than 200 comrades enthusiastically attended the meeting. Com.Latchi Raju, Circle VP, BSNLEU, and leaders of SNEA, AIBSNLEA and SEWA BSNL were also present in the dias. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and explained about the ongoing struggle of "All Unions and Associations of BSNL" as well about the current status of the issues of Wage Revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, Pension Revision, rolling back the retirement age from 60 to 58, and left out issues of the 2nd PRC. The General Secretary called upon the employees to make the "March to Sanchar Bhawan" programme a grand success, and also to effectively implement the call for Work According to Rule struggle. The speech of the General Secretary evoked very good response among the employees, and they expressed their determination to intensify the struggles.
A meeting of the contract workers, belonging to the three districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam was held at Visakhapatnam yesterday the 18-02-2018. More than 200 contract workers participated. Com.Latchi Raju, circle vice president, BSNLEU, AP circle, presided over the meeting. Com. Sagar, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Visakhapatnam, welcomed all the comrades. com.Narasinghrao, President, CITU, AP state and Com.Dharma Rao, Circle Secretary, BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Union, AP circle, addressed the meeting. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, addressed the workers elaborately and explained about the problems presently being faced by the contract workers, and about the solutions to them. Com.Narasingh Rao, President,CITU, AP state, translated the speech into Telegu. Com.G.S.N.Raju, district president, thanked all the participants.
The Steering Committee of the Public Sector Trade Unions (CITU) is meeting at Visakhapatnam on 19.02.2018. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, who is a member of this Steering Committee, is participating in this meeting. The meeting will be discussing important issues being faced by the Public Sector trade unions, including Wage Revision, and the steps being taken by the BJP government to kill the Public Sector.
After the introduction of ERP, CHQ quota is being remitted in bulk by the CGM offices, without giving the break-up figures of quota related to each district union. The last CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at New Delhi in November, 2017, has directed the circle secretaries to provide information to the CHQ, about the district wise quota remitted from their respective circles, in the year 2016 and 2017. So far, these particulars have been provided only by Odisha, Gujarat and NE-II circles. Hence, it is reminded that all the remaining circle unions should immediately send the requisite particulars without further delay.
The mega bank fraud, in which diamond merchant Nirav Modi has cheated the Punjab National Bank to the tune of Rs.11,300 crore has shaken the country. This scam has dented the image of the Modi government, which had been claiming that no major scam has taken place in it’s rule. While the Congress Party is utilising this scam to attack the BJP government, the latter is trying to escape by saying that, the fraud actually started during the rule of UPA government. But, what is more important to note here, is the policy of economic liberalisation followed by the UPA government, and which is being implemented more aggressively by the BJP government now. It is this economic policy, which has enabled the big corporates to loot the natural resources of the country, including the hard earned money of the people. The Modi government takes pride in claiming that it has implemented “Ease of Doing Business”. This has become “Ease of Looting” for the big corporates.
As per the call given by the CHQ, the various circle unions of BSNLEU have informed that comrades are participating in the March to Sanchar Bhawan programme, from their respective circles, as per the following details. These figures do not include the number of comrades coming to the March to Sanchar Bhawan, from the neighbouring circles of UP (West), Haryana, NTR, Rajasthan and Punjab, from where BSNLEU is mobilising a huge number of comrades. CHQ has already arranged staying accommodation for 2 days, i.e., 22nd & 23rd February, 2018, for all the 940 comrades. It is informed that staying accommodation cannot be arranged to other than these 940 comrades.
The final meeting of the Designations Committee was held on 26.09.2017, in which the new Designations of the left out Non-Executive cadres were finalised. However, while releasing the minutes of this meeting, the Management Side inserted a paragraph, wherein it is stated that the job description (duties and responsibilities) could also be changed, due to the change in designations. This was strongly protested by GS, BSNLEU, since such a condition was neither discussed in the meeting, nor accepted by the Staff Side. BSNLEU gave a complaint to the Director (HR), protesting the unfair practice of the Management. Consequent to this, a meeting of the Designations Committee is convened today. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Balbir Singh, President, participated. Com. John Verghese, AGS, was present as observer. Representatives of BSNLEU strongly objected to the manipulated draft minutes, released for the meeting held on 26.09.2017. Consequent to this, it was decided in today’s meeting, to release the minutes, by deleting the above stated paragraph. It is also decided in today’s meeting that, the Technician Grade II (Telecom Factory) is to be redesignated as Telecom Technician.
A meeting of the PLI Committee meeting was held today. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Balbir Singh, President, represented BSNLEU. Com. John Verghese, AGS, was present as observer. Representatives of BSNLEU strongly demanded that employees should be paid PLI for the year 2015 – 16. Members of the Management Side stated that, the revenue of the Company should be taken into consideration, to decide this issue. It was pointed out by the representatives of BSNLEU that, revenue of the Company has gone down due to competition from Reliance Jio, demonetisation and introduction of GST, for which the employees are not responsible. At the same time, they also pointed out that despite the challenges from Reliance Jio, BSNL is steadily increasing it’s customer base, due to the contribution of the employees, for which they should be rewarded with payment of PLI. After discussion, it was decided to collect data related to revenue collection, increase in customer base and staff strength, for the years 2014-15 ; 2015-16 and 2016-17. The next meeting of the PLI committee will be held on 09.03.2018.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Balbir Singh, President and Com. John Verghese, AGS, met Shri Y.N. Singh, GM (BFCI), and discussed the issue of non-allotment of funds to the circles, for payment of wages to the contract workers. It was pointed out that wages of contract workers were not paid for the month of December and January in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu circles. The GM (BFCI) stated that this was due to lack of cash-flow in the Corporate Office. However, he assured that the funds would be allotted next week.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Balbir Singh, President and Com. John Verghese, AGS, in their discussion with Shri Y.N. Singh, GM (BFCI) today, expressed their unhappiness about the Corporate Office’s direction to the circles, to reduce the strength of contract workers, as a measure of curtailing expenditure. The GM (BFCI) explained that last year, BSNL’s revenue has gone down by Rs.6,000 crore, and also the DoT has imposed a ban on BSNL’s taking bank loans for operational expenditures, which have warranted reduction in the strength of contract workers. The representatives suggested that the Company needs to reduce it’s expenditure on electricity, car rental, etc., instead of reducing the strength of contract workers. This issue will be further discussed at the higher levels of the Management.
BSNLEU is extremely pained to hear that Com.Md.Amin, former General Secretary of CITU, passed away yesterday (12.02.2018). He was 89 years old. He had been a minister in the West Bengal Left Front government and had also been member of the Rajya Sabha twice. Com.Md. Amin had been a great friend of BSNLEU, and had addressed many of it's CEC meetings and also All India Conferences. BSNLEU pays it's respectful homage to the departed leader, and offers heartfelt condolences to the members of his family.
Com.P.Indira, Convenor, BSNL Working Women’s Coordination Committee, retired from BSNL service on superannuation, on 31-01-2018. A well organised felicitation meeting was held at Nagercoil yesterday, to honour Com.P.Indira. Com.S.Chellappa, AGS, presided over the meeting and briefly recollected the contributions of Com.P.Indira. The meeting was addressed by a host of leaders, belonging to various walks of public life, including Com.A.V.Bellarmin, Trade union leader and former Lok Sabha member, Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS BSNLEU, Com. P.Sampath, a former trade union leader and presently President of the Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front, Com.Karumaliyan, Secretaty,CITU, Tamil Nadu, and many other trade union leaders. In his address, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, paid glowing tributes to Com.Indira. He recollected how Com.P.Indira, with her brilliant oratory skill and untiring tours, had worked together with him and other contemporary leaders of Tamil Nadu for more than three decades, to shape a militant trade union movement in the telecom sector.The GS honoured her by offering a shawl.
It is shocking to note that the biggest bank of the country, State Bank of India, went into a loss of RS.2416 crore, in the quarter ended December,2017. In comparison, State Bank of India earned a net profit of RS.1582 crore in the previous quarter ended September, 2017. What has gone wrong with the SBI ? It must be noted that in 2017 alone, the SBI has written off an amount of RS.20,339 crore as bad loans. This is the amount borrowed, mostly by the big corporates and not repaid. Bad loans, created by the big corporates, is the real disease which ails the government banks.
Recently, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused in the Parliament that, the policies pursued by the previous Congress led UPA government was responsible for the huge amount of bad loans, which is killing the government sector banks. It is correct. At the same time, the present Narendra Modi government is also equally responsible for this. The Congress party led government helped the big corporates to get huge loans from Public Sector banks. Now, the BJP led government, instead of making the corporates to repay the loans, allow them to escape, by writing off those loans. Why the Narendra Modi government is not taking action against the big corporates, who are cheating the Public Sector banks, and swindling thousands of crores of people’s money?
Tamil Nadu circle organised a state level trade union class for the contract workers at Nagercoil today. TNTCWU and BSNLEU jointly organised it. 135 students participated in the class from all the districts of Tamil Nadu circle. Com.M.Murugaiah, President,TNTCWU, presided. Com.Vinod Kumar, General Secretary, TNTCWU, welcomed. Com.S,Chellappa, AGS, BSNLEU and Com.Babu Radhakrishnan, circle secretary, BSNLEU, briefly addressed about the recently conducted circle level struggles and developments on the issues of the contract workers. This was followed by the trade union class, conducted by Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, on the topic “ Experiences of the past and the tasks for the future.” At the end questions raised by the students were replied by Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS and Com.S.Chellappa, AGS. The class evoked very good response from the students. BSNLEU and TNTCWU district unions, Nagercoil, had made excellent arrangements for the class.