As all of us are aware, com.C.K.Gundanna, CS, Karnataka, is conferred with the Karnataka Rajyotsav award. In today's CEC meeting, the CHQ honoured com.C.K.Gundanna, for this. Com.C.K.Gundanna, was offered with the shawl by com.V.A.N.Namboodiri. Com.A.K.Padmanabhan,VP,CITU, presented a memento. Both the leaders and com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, spoke briefly and congratulated com.C.K.Gundanna.
BSNL 'Working Women's Coordination Committee', a sub-committee of BSNLEU, was formed in the women's convention, held at Hyderabad on 8th July, 2017. The first meeting of this Committee was held at New Delhi yesterday the 05-11-2017. The CHQ of BSNLEU has made the arrangements for the meeting.12 Committee members, out of 17, attended the meeting. Com.Sunithi Chowdhari, Organising Secretary (CHQ), presided over the meeting. Com.P.Indira, convenor of the Committee, welcomed all and presented the note for discussion. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS,BSNLEU, addressed the meeting and explained the decisions of the Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, with regards to the functions and responsibilities of the BSNL WWCC. He also explained in detail about the wage revision and Subsidiary Tower Company issues and also about the decisions of the "All Unions and Associations of BSNL" to go on struggles. All the Committee members participated in the discussion. Com.Balbir Singh, President, com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS and senior leader of the Union and circle secretary of Telengana, com.Sampath Rao, greeted the meeting. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, spoke on the wage revision and Subsidiary Tower Company issues, as well as about the struggles decided upon by the "All Unions and Associations of BSNL", on these issues. Com.P.Indira, Convenor, summed up the discussions and explained about the future functioning of the Committee. The Committee has decided to conduct a powerful campaign among the women employees, to successfully organise the 2 day strike on 12th and 13th of December. The Committee has also given important suggestions to the CHQ of BSNLEU, with regards to the problems of the women employees. Com.D.A.Shylla, NE I circle, proposed vote of thanks. CHQ heartily congratulates the BSNL WWCC for it's successful meeting.
The CEC meeting of BSNLEU is being held at New Delhi tomorrow and day after tomorrow. Hotel Dakha International, Karol Bagh is the venue of the meeting. The meeting is expected to discuss the important issues of wage revision and Subsidiary Tower Company, and to work out the strategy of the Union. Many other important organisational matters will also be discussed. Com.A.K.Padmanabhan, veteran trade union leader and vice-president of the CITU has kindly consented to inaugurate the meeting.
The National Convention of Workers held at New Delhi on 08.08.2017, organised by the Central Trade Unions and independent trade unions, including BSNLEU, has decided to organise a massive dharna at New Delhi from 09th to 11th November, 2017. The dharna is to oppose the anti-worker and anti-people policies of the government and also demanding settlement of the 12 point charter of demands of the Central Trade Unions. The venue of the dharna is Parliament Street. All comrades coming to participate in the dharna are requested to reach the area near Parliament Street police station.
Com. Bhag Lal Koundal, circle president BSNLEU, Punjab and former Assistant Treasurer of the CHQ, retired from service on 31st October, 2017 on his superannuation on completing 38 years of service. A well-arranged felicitation function was organised by Chandigarh Comrades to honors Com. Bhag Lal Koundal. Com. Balbir Singh Circle secretary, Iqbal Singh Dhillon ACS, Budh Singh, Circle Treasurer, Kamaljit Singh, ACS, H.S. Dhillon, DS, Chandigarh, Tarsem Singh, DS, Ferozpur, all District Committee members and branch secretaries, BSNLEU, Chandigarh attended the felicitation. Shri J.S. Sahota, PGM, Chandigarh, and other senior officers also attended the function and greeted Com. Bhag Lal.
We have already announced that com.C.K.Gundanna, circle secretary, BSNLEU, Karnataka circle, has been conferred with the "Rajyotsava" award, by the government of Karnataka. The award giving ceremony took place at Bengaluru yesterday, and shri Siddaramaiah, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Karnataka, handed over the citation, cash award and the gold coin. The Hon'ble Chief Minister also honoured com.C.K.Gundanna in the traditional way. It is really a great honour for com.C.K.Gundanna. BSNLEU, and it's entire members and leaders feel proud of com.C.K.Gundanna.
The circle conference of BSNLEU, UP(East) circle, going on in Jaunpur, felicitated com.K.R.Yadav, Vice-President(CHQ), who retired from BSNL service, on superannuation, on 30-09-2017. Senior leaders, including com.R.K.Mishra, circle secretary and com.D.N.Tripati, circle president, praised the services rendered to the Union, by com.K.R.Yadav,VP(CHQ). Speaking on the occasion, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, vividly recollected the contributions of com.K.R.Yadav,VP(CHQ), right from the Lucknow All India Conference, held in 2003. He also cited a few occasions, on which com.K.R.Yadav,VP(CHQ), rose to the occasion, to defend the Organisation.
The 2 day circle conference of BSNLEU, UP (East) circle started enthusiastically at Jaunpur today. The National Flag was hoisted by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and the Union Flag was hoisted by com. D.N. Tripati, circle president. Floral tributes were paid at the martyr’s column. The conference was presided over by com. D.N. Tripati, CP, and it was inaugurated by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS. In his speech, the General Secretary explained how the economic policies of the Narendra Modi government is helping big corporates and how the Public Sector is systematically being weakened. The conference was also addressed by com. Premnath Rai, General Secretary, CITU, Uttar Pradesh. A seminar on revival of BSNL was held in the post lunch session.
CHQ is greatly pleased to know that com.C.K.Gundanna, circle secretary, BSNLEU, Karnataka, is awarded with the "Rajyotsava Award", by the government of Karnataka. Apart from being in the fore-front of the trade union movement, com.C.K.Gundanna has also been a stage artiste for long, taking progressive ideas to the mass of the people. The government of Karnataka has conferred this award to com.C.K.Gundanna, in recognition of his contributions to the society, as a stage artiste. CHQ heartily congratulates com.C.K.Gundanna.
At a time when the government is trying to separate BSNL's 70,000 mobile towers, despite severe opposition from the employees, and to hand it over to a Subsidiary Tower Company, the BSNL employees have to understand what actually is happening in the telecom tower business.
"Indus Towers" is the Indian telecom infrastructure company, and it is one among the biggest tower companies in the world, having 1,23,000 towers. It is being jointly owned by Bharti Infratel (42% shares), Vodafone India (42% shares) and Idea Cellular (11.15% shares). Airtel, India's largest telecom company, is the owner of Bharti Infratel. On it's own, Bharti Infratel is already having 39,264 towers. Now, Bharti Infratel has initiated the process of buying out the remaining 52% shares in Indus Towers. Thus, Indus Towers is going to be taken over by Airtel soon. If this acquisition materialises, then, almost the entire Indian tower business will go into the hands of Airtel.
But, experts say that, this is only the first part of a two part deal. The second part of the deal is coming soon. In that second part, the entire tower business of Airtel will be taken over by a multinational consortium, for 11 billion US dollars. That multinational consortium is being led by an US company called KKR, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board(CPPIB), Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and GIC of Singapore. So, it is very clear that, the telecom tower business in India is slipping into the hands of multinational companies. In such a scenario, it is not difficult to understand that, the so called BSNL's Subsidiary Tower Company, will also be taken over by multinational giants. The BSNL employees have to sharpen their struggles, to stop such a disaster, and to save BSNL.
[Inputs from the Economic Times dt. 31-10-2017]
Com.P.Ramamurty, a doyen of the Indian trade union movement, was the first general secretary of the CITU. As a long time member of the parliament, he had also effectively raised the issues of working class in the parliament. To recognise the contributions of com.P.Ramamurty, the CITU has constructed a trade union school at Saket, New Delhi, in the name "com.P.Ramamurty Trade Union Education and Research Centre". The inauguration of this trade union school is taking place on 15-12-2017. BSNLEU is invited for this inaugural function.
The Central Trade Unions have given call for a three day dharna, to be organised against the anti-worker and anti-people policies of the Narendra Modi government, at New Delhi, from 9th to 11th November, 2017. The venue of this 'Mahapadav' is Parliament Street. All participants are requested to make note of the venue.
The Unions and Associations of BSNL have given call to organise a human chain on 16.11.2017. The purpose of this programme is to take our message on Wage Revision and Subsidiary Tower Company issues, to the mass of the people of this country. Hence, it is a must that the entire BSNL employees are mobilised in this programme. CHQ requests the circle and district secretaries to immediately take the preparatory steps, for organising the human chain programme massively, by coordinating with all other unions and associations.
Recently, finance minister, Arun Jaitley announced a scheme of "Capital Infusion" of Rs.2.11 lakh crores, to the Public Sector banks. An impression is being created that the government banks are not performing well, as a result of which the government is spending a huge amount of the people's tax money, to save those "sarkari banks". But, what is the fact? The Public Sector banks are suffering from a very big disease of "bad loans" which is also called as "Non-Performing Assets". What is this? This is the loan amount not returned by the big corporates. According to estimates, this amount comes to more than Rs. 10 lakh crores. The government should have taken action to realise this amount from the corporates. But, the government has not taken any such action. Rather, during it's 3 year rule, the BJP government has "written off" Rs. 2 lakh crores of this bad loans. Now, the government is putting Rs. 2 lakh crores of the people's money into the Public Sector banks. It is very important also to note what the Finance Minister told. Ha said that, this "capital infusion" will enable the Public Sector banks to give further loans to corporates, which will help fresh investments, employment and economic growth. So, the whole intention of the government in infusing Rs. 2.11 lakh crores into Public Sector banks, is to help the corporates to get further loans from the Public Sector banks. There cannot be a better way for the government, to allow the big corporates to loot people's money. When the government will take action to confiscate the properties of those corporates, who have cheated the government banks?
Many comrades are contacting the CHQ and are enquiring about the decision taken by the BSNL Board of Directors, in it's meeting held on 24-10-2017, with regards to the 3rd wage revision. Unconfirmed sources say that the Board of Directors has approved the proposal to give wage revision to the employees, with 15% fitment. If this news is true, we welcome it. We also thank the BSNL Management for their efforts in this regard. At the same time, we would like to caution our comrades. They should not develop any illusion that wage revision is going to be settled, because the Board has taken a decision in favour of it. Even earlier, the BSNL Management has recommended wage revision to the employees, with 15% fitment. But, it was rejected by the government. As per the decision already taken by the Union Cabinet, BSNL employees are not eligible for 3rd wage revision. Hence, CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to strengthen the unity of all the unions and associations, and to prepare the employees for serious struggles. Only united and decisive struggles will get wage revision to our employees.
Earlier, BSNLEU was having a quarters at Gole Market. Since it was taken over by the government, we were allotted two small quarters at Atul Grove road. We told the Management that BSNLEU being the Major Recognised Union, it should be allotted with a Type IV quarters. Management accepted our demand, but there was delay in re-allotment. Today, CHQ received letter from the Management, stating that BSNLEU is allotted with a Type IV quarters in Kalibari Marg. We thank the Management.
National Coordination Committee of Pensioners’ Association of Central Government Employees in which AIBDPA is also a constituent has arranged a Mass Dharna on 25.10.2017 at Delhi on 10 point Charter of Demands of the Central Government Pensioners. Since, permission was not given to hold the Dharna at Jantar Mantar, it was shifted to Meghdoot Bhawan, Jhandewalan. The meeting was presided over by Com. Shiv Gopal Mishra, President of NCCPA. Com. K.K.N. Kutty, General Secretary, NCCPA welcome all. The dharna was inaugurated by com. Tapan Sen, MP & General Secretary, CITU. The meeting was addressed by com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Advisor, NCCPA, M.S. Raja, President, Confederation of Central Government Employees and others. On be half of the BSNLEU, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, addressed the meeting and briefed about the wage revision of BSNL employees and on revision of pension from 1st January, 2017.
Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. Ramesh Chand Sharma, Org. Secretary, met Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Estt. & Rectt.), BSNL CO on 25.10.2017 and discussed on the following issues:-
1. Change of cut off date from 1st July, 2016 to 1st July, 2017 for eligibility of 5 years service for the JE LICE 50% to be held on 28.01.2018.
The union representative handed over the letter from the union addressed to the Management for change of cut off date from 1st July, 2016 to 1st July, 2017 to determine 5 years service eligibility condition to appear the JE LICE 50% to be held on 28.01.2018 and demanded that since the vacancies upto 31st March, 2017 are taken into account for the aforesaid examination, the cut off date should also be changed to allow candidates who are completing 5 years service on 1st July, 2017 to appear the exam. The GM informed that as per provisions cut off date would be 1st July of the particular financial year for determining the service conditions and as such 1st July, 2016 is fixed for the said exam. The union representatives informed the GM that since the TM exams in earlier days were not conducted in time, a good number of candidates are not having 5 years of service conditions as on 1st July, 2016 but would be eligible if the cut off date is changed to 1st July, 2017. Considering that a large number of vacancies are available in the departmental quota for JE, where as a very few officials are available to appear the exam. After a detailed discussion, the GM assured to look into the matter.
2. To modify the condition of qualifying marks for SC/ST candidates from 20% to 20% for SC and 15% for ST and to delete 30% aggregate marks for the forthcoming JE LICE 50% notification.
The union representatives informed the GM that the earlier conditions of qualifying marks for SC/ST candidates 20% and 30% in aggregate is modified in 2016 where the aggregate marks condition is withdrawn and after the 35th National Council, the conditions for qualifying marks are further reduced to 20% for SC and 15% for ST candidates, hence the notification should be modified. The GM is assured to examine the matter.
3. Settlement of pay aberrations of the seniors to that of the juniors in Non-Executive cadres consequence to conversion of CDA to IDA pay scale from 1.10.2000.
The union representatives informed the GM (Estt.) that they have informed from the Establishment Section of DoT that the issue of pay aberrations of the seniors with the juniors in Non-Executive cadres due to conversion of CDA to IDA pay from 01.10.2000, which was forwarded to DoT by BSNL is returned to BSNL to give the details of financial implications in this matter. The GM confirmed that the matter and informed the union representatives that the Establishment Section would collect informations from the circles on financial implications in that matter and will reply to DoT. The union representatives made request to the GM that since the is lingering for last 16 years and most of the affected seniors are already retired, the Management should not merely writes to the circle to give the above cited informations, which may further delay in settlement of the long pending issue. Therefore, the BSNL Management may take up the issue with the DoT alongwith informations available with BSNL Corporate Office instead of waiting for informations from the circles. The GM (Estt.), after hearing the details from the union representatives, assured that she will personally discuss the matter with the DDG (Estt.), DoT and will see what best can be done at the earliest.
Utilising the visit of com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, to Chennai, the Tamil Nadu circle union organised a well attended meeting yesterday, in the circle union office, located within the CGM office compound. The meeting was organised, mainly to explain about the status of the wage revision issue, and that too in the backdrop of the meeting of the Public Sector trade unions, held at Hyderabad, on 22-10-2017. Com.S.Chellappa, AGS and circle president, presided over the meeting. Com.Babu Radhakrishnan, circle secretary, welcomed everyone and explained the purpose of holding the meeting. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, addressed the meeting and explained about the decisions of the Hyderabad work shop of Public Sector trade unions, on the wage revision issue. He also explained about the decisions of the All unions and associations, to conduct united struggles, including the 2 day strike on 12th and 13th December,2017. He emphatically told that the wage revision could be settled only by breaking the retrograde recommendations of the 3rd PRC, and called upon the employees to get prepared for that.