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.
Tata Teleservices, the telecom unit of Tata Sons, is preparing to close down it's business. With a debt burden of Rs.30,000 crores, Tata Teleservices is unable to sustain, in the ongoing cut-throat competition. In it's 149 years of history, this is the first time that a major unit of the Tata Sons is getting closed down. The Company is preparing various schemes for the termination of the services of it's employees, including the issuing of notices to it's employees, varying from 3 months to 6 months. Severance packages and voluntary retirement scheme, are the other routes.
Sometime back, the Andhra Pradesh circle was bifurcated into Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circles. In continuation of this, employees were compulsorily transferred from Telangana circle, for manning the newly formed CGM office of Andhra Pradesh circle at Vijayawada. Now, again the Management wants to transfer more employees from Telangana circle to the CGM office at Vijayawada. BSNLEU, Telangana circle has strongly opposed this, because sufficient number of employees, from the neighbouring districts of Vijayawada, are willing to move and work in the CGM office. However, without considering the requests of such willing employees, the Management wants to transfer employees from Telangana to Vijayawada in AP circle. Hence, BSNLEU, Telangana circle, has warned the Telangana circle administration, that it would be compelled to launch serious agitations, if the Management goes ahead to transfer employees compulsorily.
The venue of the next meeting of the All Unions and Associations, to be held on 23.10.2017, may be read as SEWA BSNL office, near CTO Sabhagarh, Eastern Court.
Gujarat circle union organised an enthusiastic seminar on the Centenary of the Great October Revolution today, at Vadodara. A large number of comrades attended the seminar from all the districts of Gujarat circle. Com. Deepak Trivedi, circle president, presided over the seminar. Com. D. K. Bakutra, circle secretary, welcomed everyone. The house paid homage to the martyrs, by observing silence for a minute. The seminar was addressed by com. K. Hemalata, President, CITU and com. P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary. Both the speakers highlighted the achievements of Soviet Union, under the leadership of the working class. The seminar drew very good appreciation from the participants. The Gujarat circle union and the Vadodara district union have made excellent arrangements for the programme. CHQ heartily congratulates both for successfully conducting the seminar.
As per media reports, nearly 1,50,000 direct and indirect jobs are likely to be wiped out in the telecom industry. This is due to the ongoing crisis, being witnessed in the telecom sector. Each telecom company is cutting down it's tariff rates, in a bid to safeguard it's customer base. This tariff war was triggered by the entry of the Reliance Jio. According to sources, Rs. 8 lakh crore is the debt of the various telecom companies. Till some time back, telecom was considered to be one among the top five employment generators of the country. According to the Annual Report of the Department of Telecom for the year 2016-17, the telecom sector was contributing for 6.5% of the GDP, which was equivalent to 140 billion US dollars, and it was employing 40 lakh employees, directly and indirectly.
Com.K.R.Yadav, Vice-President(CHQ) has retired on superannuation on 30-09-2017. A farewell function was organised by the SSA administration. The PGMTD, Lucknow, felicitated com.K.R.Yadav and presented him with a shawl. Many leaders also greeted him. CHQ congratulates com.K.R.Yadav,VP(CHQ) on his retirement and wishes him a long, healthy and peaceful retired life.