All Unions and Associations of BSNL, Jammu (J&K), organised a well attended meeting for the preparations of “indefinite strike by the BSNL Employees from December, 3rd, 2018. Com.Krishan Lal, Circle President, BSNLEU, presided over the meeting, Com. M.K Kaul, DS, BSNLEU, CGMT, office conducted the proceeding of the meeting. Com. Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU, Anil Sharma, Circle Secretary, SNEA. Ravi Mukhi, Circle president, NFTE, Amrik Singh, Circle Secretary, AIGETOA and Com. Manjit Singh, DS, BSNLEU, Jammu, addressed the meeting. The leaders, told the participants that all the efforts and struggles to settle the burning issues of the BSNL, employees, have failed and hence the call for indefinite strike from 3rd December,2018, demanding wage revision, etc., AUAB, Leaders also explained the latest developments taking place on the issues of workers including the meetings held with, CMD and Director (HR), BSNL. The leaders told that the BSNL has become the victim of anti public sector and pro-private sector policies, pursued aggressively by the Modi, Government. In fact, the govt. wants to finish off BSNL, to benefit the private Telecom Operators particularly the ‘Reliance Jio”. The leaders emphasized that the existence of BSNL, is necessary for the people of the country. The meeting concluded with slogans to make the indefinite strike call a grand success.
CHQ is saddened to inform that Shri Pritam Singh, father of Com.Balbir Singh, President, passed away at Ludhiana yesterday the 02-12-2018. CHQ offers it's heartfelt condolences to Com.Balbir Singh, and to his family members.
Talks are held between the Secretary, Telecom, and the AUAB, today the 02-12-2018. It is observed that improvements are there in the issues of allotment of 4G spectrum, Pension Revision and Payment of Pension Contribution by BSNL as per government rule. However, deadlock is prevailing in the issue of 3rd Pay Revision. The AUAB is not convinced with the reply given by the Secretary, Telecom, on the status of this issue.
Under these circumstances, with the view to ensure an opportunity for having a discussion with the Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications, the AUAB has decided to defer the indefinite strike for one week. In case a fruitful settlement does not arise in the meeting with the Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications, the indefinite strike will start from 00:00 hours on 10-12-2018.
A massive strike preparatory meeting was organised by the Maharashtra AUAB, at CGM office, Mumbai, today. The meeting was unprecedentedly massive, attended by more than 1,000 comrades belonging to the CGM office, Mumbai, Telecom Factory, Mumbai and other districts of Maharashtra. Com. Ranjan Dhani, CS, NFTE & Chairman, AUAB, Maharashtra, presided over. Com.N.K.Nalawade, CS, BSNLEU & Convenor, AUAB, Maharashtra, welcomed everyone. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Convenor, AUAB, Com. Chandeshwar Singh, GS, NFTE & Chairman, AUAB, Com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, Com. John Verghese, AGS, BSNLEU, Com. Vijay Gosavi, AGS, NFTE and Com.K.P. Nair, AGS, AIBSNLEA, addressed the meeting. The demands of the AUAB, the anti-BSNL and pro-private policies of the government were explained. Responding to the speeches of the leaders, the gathering unequivocally expressed it’s resolve to make the indefinite strike a total success.
A very impressive, Convention of AUAB, UP(W) was organised at Meerut, on 30-11-2018. More than 400 employees attended the Convention. Com. Upender Singh Teotia, Convenor, AUAB, & CS, BSNLEU, welcomed all. Com.Som Pal Saini, Chairman, AUAB & CS, NFTE, presided over the convention. Com, Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU, Com.A.Raj Mouli, Treasurer, NFTE, Sukhvir Singh, Org. Secretary, BSNLEU, Davesh Sharma, Organising Secretary, AIBSNLEA, Sanjay Choudhry, CS, AIGETOA, Ansar Ali, Cirle President, BSNLEU, Inder Singh, CS, BMS, BSNL, and Com.Janardhan Yadav, CS, BSNL OA, addressed the Convention. The leaders explained in detail the demands of indefinite strike, including wage revision for BSNL employees, pension revision for retired employees, 4G spectrum for BSNL, pension contribution on actual basic pay as per Govt. orders and left out issues of 2nd PRC. The leaders called upon the workers to fully participate in the strike and to organise street corner meetings. On gauging the pulse of employees it is observed that a glorious strike will take place in UP(W).
As per the decision of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL(AUAB) a preparatory meeting was held at Patna Sanchar Parishar on 30th November 2018, organised by the AUAB of Bihar circle. The meeting was presided over by com B.P.Singh, President of AUAB, Bihar and circle secretary, BSNLEU. Com.Swapan Chakraborty Dy.GS, BSNLEU, Com.Mahavir Singh, National Secretary of NFTE- BSNL, Com.Md Washi Ahamed, Dy.GS, AIGTEOA, Com.Sunithi Choudhury, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU(CHQ), Com.Krishna Kumar,CS,AIBSNLEA, Com.Ambastha, circle representative of SNEA Com.Com. Ramlakhan Singh, DS, NFTE addressed the meeting and explained the demands. Com Ratnesh Mishra, veteran leader, proposed vote of thanks.
The AUAB Telangana circle organised a strike campaign meeting at Hyderabad on 30.11.2018. Nearly 400 employees attended the meeting from throughout Telangana circle. Com G.Sambasiva Rao, ACS BSNLEU welcomed the leaders of AUAB. Com.J.Sampath Rao, circle AUAB convenor & CS BSNLEU presided the meeting. Com.Chellappa, AGS, BSNLEU, Com.Seshadri, DGS, NFTE, Com. Srinivasulu reddy, AGS AIBSNLEA, Kabirdas, GS BSNLOA, Anilkumar, President, BSNL ATM, G.Mohan Reddy, Organising secretary, BSNLEU, Jaganmohan Reddy, Circle President, SNEA, Veerabhadra Rao, CS, AIGETOA, G.Saigoud, CS AIBSNLEA, Muthu, NFTE and Com. Yellamaiah, CS BSNLATM addressed the meeting and explained the necessity to make the indefinite strike 100% successful.
The AUAB at the all India level, as well as at the circle levels, are leaving no stone unturned, for organising the indefinite strike from 03.12.2018. The leaders of the AUAB have visited various parts of the countries for this. Everywhere, the leaders are getting tremendous response from the Executives and Non-Executives. Especially, employees are coming in very big numbers and support the decision taken by the AUAB to go on indefinite strike. Only two more days are left for the strike. Hence, circle and district level leaders are requested to approach each and every Non-Executive and Executive and to ensure 100% success of the strike.
Our government and it’s ministers are boasting that India is the fastest growing economy in the world. However, a vast section of the Indian people continue to reel under poverty, hunger, unemployment, etc., etc. Report after report are saying that crores of Indian children are malnutritioned and are stunted (children not with the normal height for their age). Once again The New Global Nutrition Report 2018 has stated that 46.6 million stunted children are living in India. This is 1/3 of the population of stunted children in the world.
The Andhra Pradesh circle union of FNTO has decided to join the indefinite strike from 03.12.2018. Com.Ch. Venkateswarlu, Circle Secretary, NUBSNLW (FNTO), vide his letter no.NUBSNLW/A.P./2018/5 dated 28.11.2018 has written to the CGM of Andhra Pradesh circle union stating that, NUBSNLW (FNTO), Andhra Pradesh circle union is joining the indefinite strike from 03.12.2018 as per the strike notice issued by the AUAB vide it’s letter no.UA/2018/44 dated 15.11.2018. Com. Ch. Venkateswarlu, has stated in his letter that he is joining the strike since the demands are common to all BSNL employees and retirees. BSNLEU heartily congratulates Com.Ch. Venkateswarlu. It is important mention that Com.Ch.Venkateswarlu participated in the strike preparatory meeting held at Vijayawada on 29.11.2018.
The AUAB of AP Circle organised a strike campaign meeting at Vijayawada on 29.11.2018. 500 employees have attended from Vijayawada SSA and neighbouring SSAs. Com. Ch. Chandrasekhara Rao, Circle AUAB Chairman & CS NFTE presided. Com.S.Chellappa, AGS, BSNLEU, Com.K.S.Seshadri, Dy.GS, NFTE, Com B. Srinivasulu Reddy, AGS, AIBSNLEA, Com.S.S.T.Sayi, Circle Treasurer, SNEA, Com. Fazal Ahmad, CWC Member, AIGETOA, Com S.M.Ali, AGS, BSNL ATM, Com. P.Asokababu, Convener, Circle AUAB & CS, BSNLEU, Com. J.S.Anwar Basha, DS, SNEA, Com. A. Koteswara Rao, CS, AIBSNLEA, Com.Ch.Venkateswarlu, CS, FNTO and Com P.Koteswara Rao, CS, BSNL ATM, addressed the gathering and explained the necessity to make the indefinite strike 100% successful and also the necessity to go to the people meeting them at street corners, offices, parks etc and get their support for our struggle to save BSNL and to settle our demands. The meeting was enthusiastic and expressed determination to make the indefinite strike a grand success.
All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) of Jharkhand circle conducted a preparatory meeting at Ranchi on 29th November 2018 in the telephone exchange for the indefinite strike from 3rd December 2018. The meeting was addressed by Com. Swapan Chakraborty Dy.GS, BSNLEU, Com.Mahavir Singh, National Secretary and Circle Secretary of NFTE-BSNL, Com.B.Narayan, former Vice-President of BSNLEU (CHQ), Com. Sashikant Prasad, CS, AIBSNLEA, Jharkhand, Com.Ajai Kumar, DS, SNEA, Com.Arvind Kumar, CS, AIGTEOA and Com.Maheswar Prasad, CS,BSNL MS. Addressing the meeting the leaders explained in detail the background of taking decision for the agitational programme by the AUAB and appealed to all employees to participate in the indefinite strike from 3rd December till the issues are settled. All employees expressed their concern and assured that the strike will be complete in the circle and agreed to sacrifice the wages for the Indefinite Strike.
BSNL employee unions claimed that the govt has not allotted spectrum for 4G services to BSNL in order to prevent it from competing against Reliance Jio. The Union said in a statement, "Whole telecom industry is in a crisis due to the predatory pricing of Reliance Jio." It alleged that Reliance Jio will steeply raise call and data tariffs once the entire competition is wiped out.
Blaming Reliance Jio for financial woes of the telecom sector, employee unions of BSNL on Wednesday alleged that the government was favouring the latest entrant over other firms and said they will go on an indefinite strike from December 3.
The employee unions claimed that the government has not allotted spectrum for 4G services to BSNL in order to prevent it from competing against Reliance Jio.
Reliance Jio did not comment on the allegations. "As of now, the whole telecom industry is gripped with a crisis...All these have happened due to the predatory pricing of the Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Jio. The whole game plane of Reliance Jio is to wipe out its competitors, which includes the state owned BSNL," BSNL unions said in a joint statement.
All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) alleged that with its huge financial muscle, Reliance Jio is offering services at 'below-cost' rates. It said that private telecom companies like Aircel, Tata Teleservices, Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Communications and Telenor have already closed their mobile service businesses.
It alleged that Reliance Jio will steeply raise call and data tariffs once the entire competition is wiped out. "It will loot the people by steeply raising the call and data charges. It is a matter of deep concern that, Reliance Jio is being openly patronised by the Narendra Modi government," the statement said.
No immediate comments were received from the Prime Minister's Office. AUAB said the public sector firm has been demanding allotment of 4G spectrum but "the government has turned a deaf ear to this demand, with the ulterior motive of preventing the public sector company from putting up an effective competition to Reliance Jio".
All officers and workers of BSNL are going on an indefinite strike from December 3, 2018, the AUAB said. "Demands of the strike include the immediate allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL for rolling out its 4G service, implementation of the government rule in respect of payment of pension contribution by BSNL, wage revision of the employees and pension revision of the retirees, from January 1, 2017," the statement said.
It also alleged that whosoever tried to act against Reliance Jio had to pay the price, including former telecom secretary J S Deepak. "JS Deepak wrote to the TRAI demanding action on Reliance Jio, for adopting predatory pricing. As a result, JS Deepak was instantaneously shunted out of the DoT... This was a clear signal given by the Narendra Modi government, as to what would happen to any one who dares to speak against Rliance Jio," the unions alleged. Deepak was named India's Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) when he was abroad to attend the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Spain.
The unions said that BSNL was in a loss of more than Rs 8,800 crore in 2011-12 but due to the combined efforts taken by the employees and the management, the PSU posted an operating profit of Rs 672.57 crore in 2014-15. "BSNL's improved performance is reflected in the expansion of it's customer base also. It must be remembered that all these achievements are made by BSNL without 4G technology and with only 2G and 3G technologies, while all the private companies are armed with 4G technology," the statement said.
Apart from the allotment of 4G spectrum, the AUAB is also demanding the implementation of the government's rule in the matter of BSNL's payment of pension contribution. "It is atrocious that, the Narendra Modi government is violating it's own rule, and is fleecing a huge amount from BSNL every year, in the name of Pension Contribution. This is seriously affecting the financial health of the Company," the unions said.
[Courtesy: Times of India, Business Standard and ET Telecom dated 29.11.2018]
The AUAB, Punjab circle, organised a very effective meeting at Bharat Nagar telephone exchange, Ludhiana today, to mobilise the employees for the 3rd December indefinite strike. Com.Surjeet Singh, CS, NFTE & Chairman, AUAB, presided over the meeting. Com.Balbir Singh, CS, BSNLEU & Convenor, AUAB, welcomed everyone and conducted the meeting. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Convenor, AUAB, Com.Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE & Chairman,AUAB, Com.Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA and Com. Ravi Shil Verma, GS, AIGETOA addressed the gathering and explained the demands. The anti-BSNL and pro-private policies of the Narendra Modi government was explained in detail, and the employees were called on to go on a protracted struggle to safeguard the future of the Company and he future of the employees.
All the Central Trade Unions of the country, including INTUC, AITUC, CITU, HMS, etc., have written letter to Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications, demanding his immediate intervention for the settlement of the demands raised in the notice for indefinite strike from 03-12-2018. AUAB heartily thanks the Central Trade Unions.
An effective lunch hour gate meeting was organised at BSNL Corporate Office today, to mobilise the Corporate Office employees for the forthcoming indefinite strike. The meeting was addressed by Com. Chandeshwar Singh, GS, NFTE & Chairman, AUAB, Com.Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com. R.S. Chauhan, Org. Secretary (CHQ), BSNLEU, Com. Ravi Shil Verma, GS, AIGETOA and Com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS. The leaders explained the charter of demands for the indefinite strike and urged upon the employees to massively participate in the strike.
The Rajasthan circle AUAB organised a huge meeting at Jaipur on 27th November, 2018, for the preparation of the Indefinite Strike from 3rd December,2018. More than 500 employees from Rajasthan attended the meeting. The meeting was presided over by com Dikshit, President of AUAB and circle secretary of NFTE-BSNL. Com. Ashok Pareek, Convenor of AUAB, Rajasthan delivered welcome address. Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU, Com.A.Rajmouli, Financial Secretary, NFTE-BSNL, Com.Prahllad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com.Suresh Kumar, BSNLMS, Com.R.R.Sharma, Circle President, SNEA, Rajasthan, Com.Ajit Kumar, Advisor, AIGTEOA, Com.Ashok Gupta, CS,BTEU BSNL Com.Rashid Khan, AGS, TEPU and Com.H.P.Singh, Dy.GS, BSNLOA addressed the meeting. All leaders touched upon the points related to the decisions of All Unions and Associations on Indefinite Strike from 3rd December and appealed to employees to participate in the indefinite strike with determination.
An impressive convention for the preparation of the indefinite strike was organised at Shimla on 26-11-2018, by the AUAB, Himachal Pradesh. It was held in the CTO Sabhagar Shimla. More than 170 comrades, including a good number of women employees, participated. Com.Nand Lal Sharma, Chairman, AUAB and Com.K.C.Panwar, Convenor, AUAB, Himachal Pradesh, jointly presided over the Convention. Com. Balbir Singh, President BSNLEU, Mohinder Singh, Vinay Raina, Vice Presidents, NFTE, Com.R.D.Share, Circle Vice President, SNEA, Com. Chander Negi, CS, AIGETOA, Com.K.C. Panwar, CS, BSNLEU and Com. Nand Lal Sharma, CS, NFTE, addressed the Convention. AUAB, leaders, elaborately explained the strike issues, including Wage revision of BSNL Employees, from 01-01-2017, 4-G spectrum for BSNL, Pension revision for retired BSNL, employees, from 01-01-2017, Pension contribution on actual basic pay and superannuation benefits of the directly recruited employees. The successful Shimla convention has foretold the success of the indefinite strike.
CHQ has received the district wise break-up figures of quota received for the years 2016 & 2017, from Bihar and Jharkhand circles. Based on this, the number of delegates eligible to each of the district of these circles is enclosed.
A massive strike preparatory meeting was organised at Lucknow today, under the banner of the AUAB, UP(East) circle, at Kaiserbagh telephone exchange compound. Com.Sanjay Dhube, CS, NFTE & Chairman,AUAB, UP(East) circle, presided over the meeting. Com. R.K.Mishra, CS, BSNLEU & Convenor, AUAB, UP(East) circle, welcomed everyone and conducted the programme. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Convenor, AUAB, Com.Chandeswar Singh, GS,NFTE & Chairman, AUAB, Com.S.Sivakumar, President, AIBSNLEA, Com.Ajay Kumar, President, BSNL MS, A.K.Mishra, ACS, SNEA, Com.R.N.Mishra, CS, AIGETOA, Com.R.K.Gupta, CS, TEPU, Com.A.K.Verma, CS, AIBSNLEA and Com.Sanjay Dhube, CS, BSNL MS addressed the meeting and elaborately explained about the demands. The leaders also exposed the pro-corporate and anti-BSNL / anti- Public Sector policies of the government and called upon the Non-Executives and Executives to make the indefinite strike from 03-12-2018 a total success.