The circle conference of BSNLEU, Andaman and Nicobar circle, was held enthusiastically at Port Blair, yesterday the 06-05-2018. A&N is a very small circle, far away from the Indian mainland. However, the militant comrades of this circle, keep the BSNLEU flag flying high, despite many adversities. The circle conference also truly reflected this picture. Comrades working in the remote Diglipur, the northern most part of the Islands, as well as the comrades working in the far off Campbell Bay, the southern most part, enthusiastically participated in the Conference. The Union Flag was hoisted by Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary. Com.S.P.Kalairajan, circle secretary, welcomed everyone. Com.Rajagopal, circle president, presided over. The inaugural address was delivered by Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS. He dealt at length on the issue of wage revision, and other issues of the Non-Executives. Deliberations took place on the report submitted by Com.S.P.Kalairajan, CS. An impressive Open Session was held in the post-lunch session. It was addressed by Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, Shri V.Jagadeesan, CGM, Com.D.Ayyappan, GS, Gazetted Officer's Association, Com.K.G.Das, former GS, NGO's Association, Com. Vinod Krishna, CS, SNEA, addressed it. Unanimous election of office bearers was held. Later in the evening, Com.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed a meeting of the Contract Workers and explained about their various problems and the steps being taken by BSNLEU and the BSNLCCWF.
Circle Executive Committee Meeting of Uttarakhand, Circle was held at Dehradun on 06.05.2018. The meeting was presided over by Com. Ganesh Prasad Kala, Circle President. Com. K.S Soun, presented the report on activities and explained about the implementation of decisions of AIC Chennai, CEC meetings of Trivandrum and New Delhi. Com. Balbir Singh, President, explained the decisions of Agartala, CEC, meeting and briefed the further agitational programmes. The sustained struggle against the subsidiary "Tower Company of BSNL" and for wage revision of BSNL Employees were also explained. He called upon the comrades to conduct the Massive campaign against formation of Tower Company from May 7th to 11th, 2018.The CEC, seriously noted that the Uttarakhand, Circle Management is indulging in wasteful expenditures. Uttarakhand comrades assured to implement all the agitational programmes of BSNLEU and the AUAB. Com. P.B Dobhal, former CHQ office bearer also addressed the meeting. Com.J.P.Kothari, Vice President gave vote of thanks.
A special convention, called on by BSNLEU, AIBDPA and Contract Workers Union (CTTMU), Kolkata Telephones, was held yesterday the 04-05-2018, in the CTO hall Kolkata. The Convention was called to discuss about the ways and means to improve the quality of service, and in that process, to make Kolkata Telephones a profit making circle. A presidium consisting of Com. Supriya Mitra, Com. Prabir Dutta and Com.Tapas Banerjee presided over the Convention. Com.Sisir Roy, CS, BSNLEU, welcomed everyone and addressed the Convention. Shri S.P. Tripathi, CGM, Com. Subhasis Mitra, CS, AIBSNLEA, Com. Sanjib Banerjee, CS, AIBDPA, Com. Arup Sarkar, CS, CTTMU, Com. Biplab Das, Secretary, BSNLCC, Com. Jitendra Balmiki, CS, SEWA BSNL etc., addressed the Convention. Many important decisions were taken in the Convention to immediately improve the quality of quality of services. CHQ heartily congratulates the Kolkata telephones circle union for taking the initiative.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, who is presently in Port Blair, for attending the circle conference of Andaman and Nicobar circle, met Shri V.Jagadeesan, CGM, yesterday. Com.S.P.Kalairajan, Circle Secretary and other circle leaders accompanied. The GS discussed about the developmental activities of BSNL in the circle. During the discussion, the GS seriously raised the issue of acute shortage of staff in A&N circle, especially in the Non-Executive cadres. The GS suggested that the circle administration should raise this issue with the Corporate Office. BSNLEU has already raised the issue with the Corporate Management. Once again the issue will be raised vigorously.
The AUAB has given call to conduct Street Corner meetings, from 7th to 11th May,2018. CHQ of BSNLEU calls upon the circle and district unions, to coordinate with the other constituents of the AUAB, and to successfully conduct this week-long campaign. The main purpose of this campaign is to go to the people and tell them about the anti-BSNL and anti-Public Sector policies being adopted by the government. Main focus of this campaign should be the issue of Subsidiary Tower Company. The government's game-plan, to kill BSNL by breaking it to pieces, through formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company, should be well explained to the people. Flex banners carrying slogans against Subsidiary Tower Company should be displayed prominently, throughout the campaign. The flex banners, used by the AUAB, in the demonstration held in front of Sanchar Bhawan, is once again uploaded on the website. Similar flex banners can be printed and used.
The Circle Executive Committee meeting of Haryana circle was held at Kurukshetra on 04th May, 2018. Com. Naresh, Circle President, presided over the meeting. At the outset, Com. M.S. Kadiyan, CS, explained the background for holding such a meeting, as per the decision the CEC meeting, held at Agartala. Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), explained the decisions of the CEC meeting, held at Agartala. He called upon the district secretaries to effectively organise the Call Attention Day on 3rd May, the Street Corner meetings from 7th to 11th May, 2018, as well as to implement the other decisions of the CEC. Com. Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ), also spoke on the subject. In the morning the CGM, Haryana addressed and explained about the ongoing developmental activities in Haryana circle.
Utilising the visit of Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, to Srinagar, leaders of the unions and associations of BSNL met him, and impressed upon him the need to accelerate BSNL's developmental activities in J&K circle. It is worth mentioning that J&K is a profit- earning circle of BSNL. Despite various constraints, J&K circle earned a profit of Rs 11 cores in 2015-16. In the financial year 2016-17, this amount increased to Rs. 29 cores. The results of 2017-18 are awaited. BSNLEU, J&K circle union is taking keen interest in improving the quality of services. The circle union has attracted the attention of the CMD BSNL, by presenting a memorandum on important issues like shortage of staff , Non-availability of and equipments and materials, etc.
According to the decision taken in the meeting of the Public Sector Trade Unions, held at Ernakulam on 08-04-2018, an All India Convention of the Public Sector Trade Unions will be held on 30th May 2018, at New Delhi. The venue of the convention is Ghalib Institute, near ITO Metro Station, New Delhi.
The convention is being conducted on the following issues:-
Since the seats allotted to each trade union is limited, the comrades who will be attending this Convention, on behalf of BSNLEU will be informed shortly.
127 people have been killed in the thunderstorms that lashed Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and other North Indian states, on Wednesday night. Hundreds of people are injured and thousands have lost their homes. Such strong winds and rain are unusual. BSNLEU pays homage to the innocent people, who have lost their lives. The concerned state governments should provide immediate relief to the affected people.
BSNLEU conducted Call Attention Day throughout the country today. Lunch Hour demonstrations were conducted by employees, wearing black badges. Slogans were raised, demanding immediate action by the BSNL Management, to stop indiscriminate outsourcing of BSNL’s works, curtailment of wasteful expenditures, to stop curtailment of existing medical facilities, to stop retrenchment of contract workers and demanding fresh recruitment in the cadre of Sr.TOA. The CHQ of BSNLEU heartily congratulates the circle and district unions for effectively organising the programme.
As per the decision of the Agartala CEC meeting, Call Attention Day is observed in Eastern Court today the 3rd May. It was organised by the Circle Union, BSNLEU, NTR. The meeting was presided over by com R.S.Chouhan,Vice-president of CHQ and Circle Secretary, NTR. The meeting is addressed by com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com Animesh Mitra, Vice-president, CHQ. Both of them explained in details on the demands of the programme. A good number of serving and retired employees participated in the programme.
The Executive Committee meeting of MP Circle was held at Indore on 02.05.2018, which was presided over by Com.B.S. Raghuwanshi, Circle President. After offering floral tributes at martyr's column meeting started. Com Prakash Sharma, CS, welcomed all and also presented detailed report on activities comprising mid term review of the struggles and other activities organised in the Circle. Com. K.R. Yadav, Vice President (CHQ), spoke at length on the current issues viz., wage revision, subsidiary tower company, pension revision etc. He also elaborated on decisions taken in Agartala CEC. District Secretaries and CEC members participated in the deliberations. CEC unanimously resolved to implement Agartala CEC decisions, to observe Call Attention Day on 03.05.2018 and to organise street corner meetings between 7th to 11th, May, 2018, instant as per AUAB call. Decision was taken to form women's coordination committee in June, 2018. It was also decided to hold District & Branch conference, wherever overdue, by 31.07.2018. Resolutions were passed condemning atrocities on women, to give minimum support price to farmers and to stop outsourcing. Proceedings were conducted by Com. Hemant Dubey, GS, Reception Committee.
Com.M. Mani, Telecom Technician and Branch Secretary of BSNLEU, posted at Coimbatore airport, retired on 30.04.2018 from service. He was working as TT in the Coimbatore Airport for last twelve years. During his service, Com.M.Mani provided exemplary service to the airport. The quality of service, provided by Com.M.Mani can be understood from the fact that, 110 BSNL connections are working in the Coimbatore airport, while only two connections of the private operators are working there, and that too as standby connections. On the day of his retirement, Com.Mani is honoured by the Airports Authority of India, with a shield. In the Tamil Nadu circle executive committee meeting of BSNLEU, held at Coimbatore on 28th and 29th April, 2018, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, felicitated Com.M.Mani. BSNLEU is proud of comrades like M.Mani.
On 02.09.2017, a gruesome road accident took place in the Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu circle, when a BSNL team was proceeding to restore a fault. Com.M.Jeeva, DR JE and Com.T.Gajendran, contract worker, were killed on the spot. The Executives and Non-Executives of Dharmapuri district formed a Relief Committee, to collect relief to the comrades killed in the road accident. The Relief Committee consisted of the GM,BSNL, Dharmapuri, and all the unions and associations. The Relief Committee did an excellent job and raised a little more than Rs. 15 lakh from Tamil Nadu circle. Com.Jeeva, DR JE is survived by his parents and a sister, who are employed. Com.T.Gajendran, contract worker, is survived by his aged parents, wife and two children. His wife was conceived for the third time at the time of his death. Considering the financial background o& both the diseased comrades, the Relief Committee decided to donate Rs.9,95,000/ to the family of Com. T.Gajendran, Contract Labourer and Rs.5,55,000/ to the family of Com M.Jeeva. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the members of the Relief Committee, for doing this excellent job.
BSNLEU has called on to observe a Call Attention Day tomorrow the 03-05-2018, by conducting lunch hour demonstrations, wearing black badges. Circle and District unions are requested to organise the programme effectively, by mobilising maximum number of employees. The demands for the programme are already uploaded on the CHQ website. Reports and photos may please be sent to the CHQ through email.
BSNLEU has given the call to observe Call Attention Day on 03-05-2018. Lunch hour demonstrations have to be conducted on that day, by wearing black badges. Wearing Demands badges, with black ribbons, will be very effective to observe the Call Attention Day. A model badge, printed by Karnataka Circle, is given here. Similar badges with demands printed there on, and with black ribbons, may be arranged in all places, to observe the Call Attention Day. CHQ calls upon all the circle and district unions to mobilise maximum number of employees in the demonstrations and make the call successful.
On the occasion of May Day, BSNLEU salutes the May Day martyrs. BSNLEU dips it's banner and pays it's respectful homage to all the comrades who had laid down their lives, in the struggle against exploitation. Capitalist and imperialist forces are intensifying their exploitation of the working masses. "Fixed Term Employment", by the Narendra Modi government, is the latest of such offensives against the Indian working class. While conveying it's revolutionary May Day greetings to all the comrades, BSNLEU reaffirms that it will continue to remain in the forefront of all struggles against exploitation.