CHQ office bearers, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President and com. M.K. Dave, AGS, met shri Keshav Rao, GM (Estt.) today, and discussed the following, with regards to the implementation of the decisions taken on certain issues, in the 35th meeting of the National Council:-
BSNLEU is continuously pressing upon the Management that a one time relaxation should be given for the 10th std. qualification, for appearing the Telecom Technician LDCE. In this regard, the Union representatives pointed out that the Management Side had agreed in the National Council meeting, to examine this issue after assessing the TT vacancies in the circles. They pointed out that so far no action is taken in this regard.
With regards to the implementation of the 7th CPC recommended CDA pay scale to the casual labourers of BSNL, it was pointed out that the Management Side agreed in the National Council meeting to take a re-look of the issue, within the shortest possible time. It was also pointed out that there is no progress in this case.
It was pointed out that the Management Side informed the National Council meeting that the issue was being examined and that, a decision would be taken within one month time. However, no progress is made in this issue, pointed out the Union representatives.
It was pointed out that the Management Side has assured that the Establishment Branch would take appropriate action to hold the exam, and that no progress is made, pointed out the Union representatives.
The Union representatives pointed out that in the National Council meeting, Management Side assured to re-examine the Cadre Restructuring of Non-Executives in Telecom Factories, whereas no action has so far been taken.
Since, shri Keshav Rao, has taken over the charge of GM (Estt.) only a few days back, the Union representatives explained him about the complete details of the above mentioned issues, as well as the discussions taken place in the last National Council meeting on these issues. The GM (Estt.) keenly listened to the Union representatives and assured that needful action would be taken for the speedy implementation of the decisions taken in the National Council meeting.
When 78.2% IDA merger was settled in 2013, Management issued order, stating that allowances would be continued to be paid on basis of 68.8% IDA merger only. However, unions and associations have time and again demanded that all the allowances should be paid on the basis of 78.2% IDA merger. Yesterday, the Management has issued letter, stating that 78.2% IDA merger should be taken into account, for calculating the ceiling for reimbursement of outdoor treatment bills. However, while doing so, the Management has arbitrarily reduced the number of days, from 25 to 23, for calculating the ceiling. Recognised trade union was not consulted in this respect. BSNLEU condemns this arbitrary decision.
It is learnt that Shri Amit Yadav IAS, who is currently serving as the Joint Secretary (Admn.), DoT, is appointed as the CMD of the much opposed Subsidiary Tower Company. The entire Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL went on a two day strike on 12th and 13th December,2017, stiffly opposing the formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. Inspite of this, the Modi government has taken this step. The government did not even bother to call the unions and associations for talks. We have to understand that the government is hell-bent to kill BSNL. BSNLEU strongly condemns this move of the government. The meeting of All Unions and Associations of BSNL, taking place on 08-01-2018, will take an appropriate decision on this matter.
A WhatsApp message is being circulated, regarding the appointment of the CMD of the Subsidiary Tower Company. Without mentioning the name of any union or association, the message indirectly says that sufficient action is not taken to stop the formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company. It also says that this issue could have been used as a "bargaining tool" to settle wage revision.
It means, we could have told the government that, "we accept Subsidiary Tower Company, and you give us wage revision". Without understanding the "poison" contained in this message, many of our comrades are also innocently forwarding this message. In this regard, the CHQ wishes to state the following:-
BSNLEU requests not only it's members, but also the entire the Non-Executives and Executives, to remain careful about the "cheats" and their deceptive messages. If you receive such messages, please do not forward it to anyone.
BSNLEU has demanded that the reconstitution of the Standing Committee of the National Council should be done expeditiously, for the effective monitoring of the implementation of the decisions taken in the National Council. In this regard, the SR Branch of the BSNL CO., has issued the following letter.
A meeting of the All India Coordination Committee of Working Women (CITU) and the women’s subcommittees of various fraternal organisations such as, BSNLEU, AIIEA, Confederation of Central Government Employees, AISGEF, FMRAI, etc., is taking place at New Delhi on 16th January,2018. The venue will be BTR Bhawan, New Delhi. The meeting will discuss the present day problems of the working class in general, and the problems being faced by working women in particular. BSNL Working Women's Coordination Committee (BSNLEU) is invited for this meeting.
As per the resolution adopted in the Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, held at New Delhi, on 7th and 8th November, 2017, the circle conference of BSNLEU, Himachal Pradesh Circle, is being held at Shimla on 10th and 11th January, 2018. The venue of the Conference is Kalibari Mandir Hall, Mall Road, Shimla. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, com.Balbir Singh, President and com.R.S.Chauhan, Organising Secretary(CHQ) are attending the conference, from the CHQ. Com. Prem Gautam, General Secretary, CITU, Himachal Pradesh, will be greeting the Conference.
Com. Om Prakash Singh, Circle Secretary of Telecom Factory, Kolkata and Org. Secretary (CHQ) BSNLEU, retired from service on superannuation, on 31st December, 2017, after completing 37 years of service. A well arranged felicitation function was organised by Telecom Factory Kolkata Circle, to honour Com. Om Prakash Singh. Com. Sekhar Bhattacharjee, President of TF Kolkata, presided. Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President(CHQ), Com. Saibal Sengupta, AGS, Com. Sekhar Bhattacharjee - President of TF Kolkata Circle and many comrades addressed. Shri A.K.Kundu, CGM, TF, Kolkata, Shri R.K.Upadhayaya, GM and other senior officers also addressed the function and greeted Com. Om Prakash Singh.
The All Unions and Associations of BSNL, Chattishgarh circle, met shri Manoj Sinha, Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications, at Raipur today, and submitted the Memorandam, demanding Wage Revision and opposing formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. The Hon'ble Minister assured to look into. The CHQ of BSNLEU heartily congratulates the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, Chhattisgarh circle, for taking the initiative to meet the Hon'ble Minister.
The year 2017 is coming to an end. The year has been eventful for the BSNL employees. They took to the struggle path, to fight against the denial of 3rd wage revision. Two glorious strikes have taken place, demanding settlement of wage revision. This is the year in which the unions and associations buried their differences and decided to fight unitedly, under the single banner of "All Unions and Associations of BSNL". This is also the year in which the unions and associations of BSNL decided not to surrender in the matter of Subsidiary Tower Company, even after the Union Cabinet decided to form the same. Above all, even when big private telecom companies, like Vodafone and Idea run 'helter skelter', BSNL continues to add 20 lakh new mobile customers every month, and challenge Reliance Jio. While bidding good bye to 2017, we resolve to step into 2018, carrying forward all it's positivities.
BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu circle union and TNTCWU are jointly conducting agitation, against non-payment of wages to the contract workers. These two unions have taken this issue to the Deputy Chief Labour Commissioner. The Dy.CLC has written to the CGM, Tamil Nadu circle, and has stated that the onus to ensure payment of wages to the contract workers, is exclusively on the Principal Employer, and that failure to make payment by the 7th of every month, may result in a penalty of maximum 10 times of the actual wages.
BSNLEU wishes a very Happy New Year 2018 to all the comrades. The united struggle of All Unions and Associations of BSNL, for settlement of wage revision, is sure to succeed in this year. BSNLEU calls upon the entire Non-Executives and Executives to get ready for serious struggles to achieve wage revision and financial revival of BSNL.
As per the decisions of the CEC meetings, BSNLEU's circle and district unions should take up the problems of the contract workers. CHQ is getting information from various circles that payment of contract workers wages are being inordinately delayed in many circles. As per the Act, wages of contract workers has to be paid by 7th of every month. In Tamil Nadu, wages for the month of November is still not paid. BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu circle union, together with the contract workers union (TNTCWU) have conducted a two day dharna. On discussion with the officers in the Corporate Office, it has come to be known that funds are not being allotted by the Corporate Office, since Tamil Nadu circle has already spent Rs.6 crores more than their budget estimate. CHQ has handling this issue. Similarly, wherever payment of wages of contract workers is delayed, circle and district unions are requested to discuss with the Administration. If the intervention of the CHQ is required, then the matter may please be brought to the notice of the CHQ with all details.
The contract workers unions of Kerala circle have issued notice to the Management for going on strike. Notice has been issued, after all efforts taken by the unions to settle the issues through negotiation. Non-implementation of the earlier agreement, non-implementation of the revised wages, as notified by the Central Ministry of Labour and Employment, recategorisation of contract workers, payment of bonus, etc., are the issues.
As per reports, it is learnt that the IDA will increase by 2.6%, from 1st January 2018. Together with this total IDA shall be 126.9% w.e.f 01.01.2018.
Utilising the General Secretary's private visit to Bangalore, the Bangalore Telecom District union organised an effective active workers meeting in the Union Office at the CTO compound, Bangalore. Even though the meeting was organised only at a few hours notice, more than 100 office bearers and active workers attended the meeting and listened to the General Secretary with rapt attention. Com.Kempe Gowda, district president, BGTD, presided over the meeting. Com.H.V.Sudharshan, Organising Secretary (CHQ) & District Secretary, BGTD welcomed everyone. Com.C.K.Gundanna, circle secretary, addressed the meeting and explained about the impact of the recently held two day strike in Karnataka circle. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and spoke elaborately about the wage revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, reduction of retirement age from 60 to 58, merger of BSNL and MTNL, and more importantly about future struggle. He told that the wage cut being imposed by the Management cannot deter the employees from going into more serious forms of struggles. Further, the General Secretary emphatically declared that the New Year 2018 will be prosperous for BSNL employees, and that wage revision will surely be settled in the New Year. The meeting came on end with emotional slogan shouting by the comrades.
As per the Act, the wages of the contract workers should be paid by the 7th of every month. But, in no circle this is being implemented. Payment of wages on time is one of the important demands of the BSNL Casual Contract Worker’s Federation. The wages for the month of December,2017, is still not paid in Tamil Nadu circle. The issue was discussed many times with the circle administration, by BSNLEU and the Tamil Nadu Telecom Worker’s Union. Since, no breakthrough came, both the organisations conducted a two day “Day and Night Dharna” at the SSA level, on 27th and 28th December. It is understood that certain “procedural wrangling” is the reason behind the non-allotment of funds by the Corporate Office. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, took the issue to the notice of the Director(HR) and the GM(BFCI). We hope that the problem would be sorted out early. CHQ heartily congratulates both the BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu circle and the TNTCWU for organising the struggle.