FNTO is spreading rumours that the pay of the Non-Executives, who are appointed on or after 01.01.2017, is going to be reduced, because of the new pay scales being finalised by the Joint Wage Negotiating Committee. This is not correct. None of the Non-Executive appointed on or after 01.01.2017 is going to be affected. Presently, recruitment is being made in NE-1 pay scale (RM / Gr.D) ; NE-7 pay scale (Sr.TOA) and NE-9 pay scale (JE). We have worked out the basic pay drawn by the employees of these three cadres in the pre-revised pay scale as well as basic pay they are going to get in the revised pay scale. These calculations prove that the great brains of FNTO are unnecessarily trying to scare the newly recruited employees.
The CMD BSNL held a meeting today, with the major unions and associations. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA and com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA attended. Com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE is out of Delhi. The following issues were discussed.
CMD BSNL should present the flood relief amount to the CM, Kerala.
The AUAB has already requested the CMD BSNL to deduct one day’s basic pay from willing officials. In today’s meeting the representatives requested that the deducted amount should be handed over by the CMD BSNL, to the Chief Minister of Kerala. They told that, this would give a very good publicity to BSNL. The CMD BSNL agreed to look into this.
“BSNL At Your Door steps” will be launched on 24.09.2018.
The AUAB has already taken decision to conduct “BSNL At Your Doorsteps" movement, to boost BSNL’s revenue collection, by stepping up sales and marketing of the Company. The AUAB has also desired that, this movement should be jointly launched by the AUAB and the Management. This issue was discussed in today’s meeting.
Finally, the following decisions are taken.
Delay in allotment of 4G spectrum.
The representatives expressed their concern over the undue delay in the allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL and also over the network congestion prevailing in many parts of the country. They drew the attention of the CMD to media reports, which have quoted the Hon’ble MoS(C) as saying that, 4G spectrum would be allotted to BSNL only in December, 2018. The CMD BSNL told that, he is taking all out efforts for the early allotment of 4G spectrum.
Little scope for Subsidiary Tower Company.
The AUAB is opposing the Subsidiary Tower Company tooth and nail. Decision has been taken to stall the Board meeting, and also for total walk out by the Executives and Non- Executives, in case Board meeting is scheduled, for giving approval for the appointment of CMD of Subsidiary Tower Company. This issue came up for discussion today.
Consolidation is taking place in a big way in the telecom industries. All the small operators have closed down their business. After the recent merger of Vodafone and Idea, there are only 4 operators in each circle. BSNL, Jio, Airtel, and Vodafone - Idea. Under these circumstances, there will be very less business for the Subsidiary Tower Company. The BSNL Management has informed this to the government, through it’s letter, written a week ago. This was disclosed by the CMD BSNL in today’s meeting.
Outsourcing of passive maintenance of BSNL’s towers.
The representatives expressed their concern at the outsourcing. The CMD BSNL replied that at present the “uptime” of BSNL towers is only 80% - 85%. The uptime will increase to 97%, due to this outsourcing. Further, BSNL will save Rs.100 crore by way of maintenance expenditures. While the active maintenance of towers would be continued to be done by BSNL, only the passive maintenance, including provisioning of batteries, engine alternators, diesel, payment of EB bill, etc., would be done by the outsourced party. The total payment for this will be Rs.6, 633 crores. The CMD BSNL further told that, the cases filed in the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court, against this outsourcing, by vested interests, are already dismissed.
BSNL’s CSCs to be used by UIDAI
The CMD BSNL informed that the UIDAI has decided to utilise BSNL’s CSCs for Aadhaar authentication. For this, the UIDAI will give money for Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) and Operational Expenditure (OPEX) to BSNL. The CMD BSNL told that this would help BSNL.
50th anniversary of the one day strike, held in 1968, has been observed in the following places.
Some mischievous elements are trying to confuse the workers by spreading rumours that the recognised unions are trying to finalise Wage settlement with less than 15% fitment. We know that these mischievous elements are trying to get some cheap publicity for themselves, by spreading such rumours. Still, it is our duty to tell the workers that both the recognised unions are determined to get 15% fitment in the wage revision. Both the recognised unions will not sign any agreement with less than 15% fitment. All the employees who were on service as on 01-01-2017, will get 15% fitment.
At the same time, pay scales are different. Whatever formula, the 3rd PRC has adopted to determine the minimum of the Executive pay scales, will also be made applicable, for the Non-Executive pay scales. Confusing the fitment formula, with the formula adopted to create the pay scales, only shows the ignorance and hollowness of these mischievous elements.
After the 2nd Wage Revision settled by BSNLEU, BSNL employees were drawing higher salary than the bank employees. This is an undeniable fact. BSNLEU organised a two day nation wide strike to achieve that wage settlement. But, in that strike, FNTO stabbed on the back of the employees. It wrote letter to the Management saying that, the union was not participating in that strike. Employees have not forgotten all these facts.
Kolkata Telephones circle union organised a memorable event, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the one day strike, held on 19th September, 1968. Com.Prabir Dutta, circle president, presided over the function. Com.Sisir Kumar Roy, circle secretary, welcomed everyone. The meeting observed a minute’s silence, and paid homage to the 17 martyrs, who sacrificed their lives in the one day strike. Nearly 60 veteran comrades who took part in the one day strike, including Com.Jyotsana Bose, wife of Com.Moni Bose, graced the occasion, by attending the programme. All of them were felicitated with bouquets and flowers. On behalf of those who participated in the one day strike, veteran leader, Com.Anantha Bhattacharji, addressed the meeting and shared his memories. Thereafter, Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, addressed and vividly explained about the developments that led to the one day strike, the demands and about the unforeseen repression unleashed by the government, to suppress the strike. He also explained about some present day developments and explained how BSNLEU is marching ahead in the path shown by the 1968 one day strike. CHQ congratulates the Kolkata circle union, for organising this memorable programme.
Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the glorious one day strike of 19th September, 1968. BSNLEU pays it’s respectful homage to the martyrs of the 1968 strike, and salutes the entire participants. BSNLEU vows to carry forward the fight against exploitation.
Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the glorious one day strike held on 19th September, 1968. The Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU, held at New Delhi, on 04.09.2018, has given call to the circle and district unions to hold meetings and seminars, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that one day strike. CHQ has already given the call for this programme. Once again CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to organise the programme effectively tomorrow, and send report with photos to the CHQ.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR), yesterday and discussed about some of the outstanding issues.
It was pointed out by the Union that, certain instructions issued by the Corporate Office recently, are diluting the existing rules with regards to the functioning of the councils. It was also pointed out that the Secretary, Staff Side, should have been also taken into confident before issuing such instructions. The Director (HR) directed the GM(SR) to take necessary remedial measure.
30% of the contract workers are recently retrenched, by way of a letter issued by the Corporate Office. BSNLEU has already demanded that these retrenched contract workers should be re-engaged for deployment in sales and marketing. The CMD BSNL has already welcomed this proposal. Thereafter, the Director (HR) instructed the Establishment Branch to take the needful action to implement the demand of BSNLEU. However, no action is taken so far. In yesterday’s meeting, the issue was discussed once again with the Director (HR). Accepting the demand of the Union, the Director (HR) directed the GM (Restg.) to issue necessary guidelines for the re-engagement of the retrenched contract workers.
BSNLEU has long been demanding that a one time relaxation should be given to the non- 10th standard officials, to appear in the Telecom Technician (erstwhile Telecom Mechanic) LDCE. It was pointed out that the issue is lingering on for a very long time without any solution. The Director (HR) directed the Sr.GM(Estt.), to arrange for an internal discussion on the matter.
BSNLEU has long been demanding that the wages of the casual labourers should be revised based on the lowest of the 7th CPC pay scales. It was pointed out in yesterday’s meeting that the number of existing casual labourers, it’s only around 3,300 and that the additional expenditure on this count would be negligible. It was strongly demanded that the Management should settle this issue at the earliest. The Director (HR) assured to examine.
It was assured in the 36thmeeting of the National Council that, the next meeting would be held in September itself. However, no date has been finalised so far. The Union demanded that the date for the meeting should be fixed without further delay. The Director (HR) assured that the next meeting would be held in the first week of October, 2018.
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It has already been announced that the 9th All India Conference of BSNLEU will be held at Mysuru from 08th to 11th January, 2019. The All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU, held today has finalised the allocation of delegates to various district unions, based on the quota received by the CHQ. District unions are requested to elect their delegates and observers on this basis.
(The All India Centre has been able to finalise the allocation of delegates only in respect of 20 circles, from where CHQ has received district wise break up figures of the CHQ quota. In respect of the remaining circles, allocation of delegates can be made only when those circles send the district wise break up figures of the CHQ quota.).
It is already informed that BSNLEU is organising an All India Yong Workers Convention at Bhopal on 30.09.2018. The venue of the Convention has been changed and it will now be conducted at Maha Maya Garden, Hoshangabad Road, Bhopal.
5th meeting of the Wage Revision Committee held today. Chairman of the Committee, Shri H.C. Pant, presided over. All the members of the Joint Committee are present in the meeting. Discussion took place on the new pay scales which were proposed by the Management Side in the last meeting. The Staff Side told the Management Side that, they have made detailed study of the new pay scales, with live cases, and that the pay scales are broadly acceptable to them. However they requested that they should be given a week's time, to suggest changes to the pay scales if any, based on the live cases that may be received by the Staff Side. The Management Side agreed to this demand. It was decided that the next meeting of the Joint Committee would be held on 28.09.2018. Thereafter, a meeting of the Staff Side was held. Discussions took place with regards to the other items to be discussed in the next meeting of the Joint Committee. It is decided that one more meeting of the Staff Side shall be held on 25.09.2018, to discuss about the future course of action.
Criticism is being done by certain vested interests that the Recognised Unions are not demanding higher new pay scales. These vested interests are doing nothing for the settlement of wage revision of BSNL employees, but are only trying to confuse the workers and take advantage out of that. It may be recollected that both the Recognised Unions have demanded that the new pay scales should be created by multiplying the existing minimum of the pay scales by 2.52 multiplication factor. But the Management did not accept this. They citied that the 3rd PRC has created the new E-1 pay scale by multiplying the minimum of the existing E-1 pay scale only by 2.4 multiplication factor. With this, the minimum of pay in NE-I pay scale, proposed by the Management, was only Rs.18,600/-. However, both the Recognised Unions have demanded that 2.44 multiplication factor should be applied to determine the minimum of the new pay scales. Both the Recognised Union demanded that the minimum of NE-I pay scale should be Rs.19,000/-, which is more than 2.44 multiplication factor. This is likely to be accepted. We would like to remind the arm-chair critics that in the 2nd wage revision done w.e.f. 01.01.2007, the multiplication factor applied to determine the minimum of the new pay scales was only 1.91 (both in BSNL, as well as in all the PSUs). The arm-chair critics are telling much higher minimum pay scale has been given for the Port and Dock workers. We can only laugh at their ignorance. Port and Dock is a profit making PSU, which cannot be compared with BSNL which is running in loss from 2009 –10. Modi government has declared that BSNL is a loss making PSU, and hence is not eligible for wage revision w.e.f. 01.01.2017. Only through sustained united struggles of the BSNL employees, the DoT finally has given clearance for starting wage negotiations in respect of the Non-Executives of BSNL. Even today, we have not crossed all the hurdles in the settlement of wage revision. Under such circumstances, comparing BSNL with other profit making PSUs is nothing but laughable. Both the Recognised Unions are determined, as well as more interested, about protecting the interests of all the serving BSNL employees.
Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Balbir Singh, President, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice-President, met Shri Manish Kumar, who has taken over charge recently as the GM(Restg.) in BSNL Corporate Office. Till recently, shri Manish Kumar was functioning as the Joint GM (Pers.). The Union representatives congratulated Shri Manish Kumar for his elevation of the GM (Restg.) During the discussion, they drew the attention of the GM(Restg.) to the issue of non-implementation of BSNL Corporate Office orders in respect of contract workers. They pointed out that the major problem is the non-implementation of minimum wage and EPF and demanded immediate steps need to be taken. Shri Manish Kumar assured his co-operation and stated that needful action would be taken.
The representatives of BSNLEU, who met shri Manish Kumar, GM(Restg.) today, requested him to take expeditious steps for the early completion of re-designation of the left out Non-Executive cadres. They told him that the proposal of the Joint Committee, for new designation in respect of certain left out Non-Executive cadres was not accepted by the Management Committee. The GM (Restg.), in response, stated that he would try to convene a meeting of the Joint Committee before the end of September, for finalising alternative new designation for the left out cadres.
The representatives of BSNLEU met Shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR) today and insisted for the early conducting of the next National Council meeting. The Staff Side has already submitted it’s items for discussion. The Director (HR) has assured in the floor of the last National Council meeting that, the next meeting would be conducted before the end of September. However, so far date for the meeting has not been finalised. The representatives of BSNLEU urged upon the GM(SR) to hold the meeting before the end of September, 2018. The GM(SR) assured to fix an early date.
The Corporate Office has recently issued letter for retrenching 30% of the contract workers, for cutting down the expenditures of the Company. BSNLEU has already demanded the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR) that, the retrenched contract workers could be gainfully re-engaged in sales and marketing activities. Several rounds of discussions have already taken place with the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR). Eventhough, the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR) have already accepted the proposal of BSNLEU, no letter has been issued so far for the re-engagement of the retrenched contract workers. In today’s meeting with the GM(SR), the representatives of BSNLEU demanded early implementation of the assurance given by the Director (HR). The GM(SR) assured that necessary action would be taken in this regard.
Some of the candidates who have direct degree qualification from Open University, without 10+2, were allowed to appear in the TTA LICE held on 07.06.2015 based on an interim order of the CAT, Hyderabad. While in it’s final order, the CAT dismissed the OA. The candidates appealed to the Hon’ble High Court of Hyderabad and the court directed to select those candidates as TTA if found otherwise eligible. The CGM, Telangana circle has written letter to the Corporate Office on 28.06.2018, seeking guidelines in this regard. Earlier the Management instructed the AP circle to file an SLP in the Supreme Court. But due to the efforts taken by BSNLEU, in taking up the issue with the Director (HR), Sr.GM(Estt.) and also taking up the issue in the forthcoming 37th meeting of the National Council, the Management has finally decided to withdraw the proposal of filing SLP. As a result, the qualified candidates will now be promoted to JE.
BSNLEU is organising an All India Young Workers' Convention at Bhopal on 30-09-2018. CHQ and Madhya Pradesh circle union are taking every effort to make the Convention a success. The Convention will be addressed by Dr.Prabhir Purkayasta of the Delhi Science Forum, apart from the leaders of the CHQ of BSNLEU. All the circle secretaries are requested to mobilise young workers for the Convention, as per the target fixed by the CHQ. Further, circle secretaries are requested to inform the CHQ without delay, about the number of the young workers coming from their circle, and also about the timings of their arrival and departure for the Convention.