Petrol and diesel prices have increased for the 11th day in a row. In many cities the petrol price has crossed Rs.80/-. For example, in Mumbai the price is Rs.85.65, in Kolkata Rs.80.47, in Chennai Rs.80.80, in Hyderabad it is Rs.82.45 and so on. Taxes are a major component in the prices of petrol and diesel. Even when the price of crude oil was very low, during the past few years, the government looted the people by levying taxes to the tune of lakhs of crores of rupees. Now, when the crude oil price has started increasing in the international market, there is no other go for the government, but to immediately cut down the taxes to give relief to the common man.
The All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) is consistently conducting struggles, demanding the rolling back of the Subsidiary Tower Company. The question of taking recourse to legal action, against the Subsidiary Tower Company, was discussed in the meetings of the AUAB. Finally, in the meeting held on 08.05.2018, after threadbare discussion, the AUAB decided to file a case in the Hon’ble Delhi High Court. Due to certain tactical reasons, it was decided that the case shall be filed in the name of the Executive Associations, and that all the constituents of the AUAB shall extend financial support. Accordingly, the case has been filed, and it came up for hearing today in the Hon’ble Delhi High Court. The Hon’ble Court admitted the case, and it also stated that the operation of the Subsidiary Tower Company shall be subject to the out come of this case. The next hearing of the case will take place on 25.09.2018.
Based on the notice issued today, by the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, for organising walk-out and rallies on 28-05-2018, the CMD BSNL invited the leaders of the AUAB for talks. The talks started at 16:30 hrs. and lasted for almost two hours. In the meeting, the CMD BSNL informed the AUAB leaders that the item of Subsidiary Tower Company is not there in the agenda for the BSNL Board meeting to be held at Hyderabad on 28-05-2018. He also made an appeal to withdraw the struggle. Thereafter, a meeting of the AUAB was held. In view of the information given by the CMD BSNL, the meeting unanimously decided to defer the call for organising walk-out and rallies on 28-05-2018.
Comrades of BSNLEU, MP Circle participated in programme organised under umbrella organisation of more than 100 organisations JEJAA. A big number of workers, social activists, artists, women comrades, students, peasants, trade unionists, LIC, Bank, BSNL employees etc from more than 50 organisations gathered at Neelam Park, Bhopal on 23.5.2018. An appreciable number of BSNLEU Comrades from Bhopal and adjoining SSAs participated in the "Pol Khol Halla Bol" agitataion. Representing BSNLEU, Com. Prakash Sharma, Circle Secretary, MP Circle addressed the gathering & attacked vehemently on the pro rich, pro corporate & anti workers and anti PSU policies of the Government. All Speakers, many of them women leaders, expressed their anger on unemployment, sky rocketing prices of petrol-diesel & essential commodities, increasing unrest amongst youths, peasants, attacks on women, scholars, social activists etc. CITU State level leaders Com. Badal Saroj, Com. Pramod Pradhan, Com. Sandhya Shaili, led the agitation. Before concluding, the meeting condemned incidence of death of innocents in police firing at Tutikorin in Tamil Nadu who were demanding the poisonous copper smelter plant of Vedanta. Respectful homage paid to them by observing two minutes silence.
As per the call given by the All India Union for participating in the Jan Andolan rally on 23.5.2018 in all State Capitals by trade unions, organisations of peasants, agricultural labor, women, students, youth, teachers etc against the anti people economic policies of Modi Government and against the communal forces spreading hatred among the people in the name of religion etc, the BSNL Employees Union AP Circle has participated in the Jan Andolan rally at Vijayawada on 23.5.2018. Around 50 members have participated. Altogether 5000 have participated from various sectors.
Com. Moni Bose memorial convention was held at Kumbakonam under the presidentship of Com.S.Chellappa on 22.05.2018. Com.Berlin song a martyrs song. Com.A.Babub Radhakrishnan, CS, briefing the objectives of this convention and welcomed all. Well known economist Com.Venkatesh Adhreya former professor in Economics of Bharathidasan University gave a lecture on the impacts of Liberalisation and Com.R.Badri of Bharathi Publications gave a lecture on Trade union in the unity of people. Com. P.Indra Convener, BSNL WWCC greeted the convention. Com.S.Chellappa AGS addressed briefly on 3rd wage revision and Struggle against STC. Around 200 comrades including 50 contract workers throughout the state participated in this well organised convention. After resolving to conduct demonstrations on 23.05.18 at all branches against the police firing on the publics who are protesting against the retrograde Sterlite factory, Com.M.Gurusamy. DS Kumbakonam SSA thanked all.
The AUAB organised a spirited lunch hour demonstration today at the BSNL Corporate Office, after serving the notice for the walk-out, rallies, etc. to be organised on 28-05-2018. The meeting that ensued the demonstration, was addressed by Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS,BSNLEU, Com.Mahabir Singh, Secretary, NFTE, Com.G.L.Jogi, Chairman,SNEA, Com.Prahalad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com. Madhu Trivedi, Vice-President(CHQ), FNTO and Com.N.D.Ram, GS, SEWA BSNL addressed the meeting. The leaders severely criticised the government and the BSNL Management for taking steps to make the Subsidiary Tower Company operational. In one voice, the leaders demanded that the government should roll back the Subsidiary Tower Company.
The AUAB served notice on the Secretary,DoT and the CMD BSNL, for organising the Walk-Out, Rallies, etc., on 28-05-2018, demanding the rolling back of the Subsidiary Tower Company. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, Com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS, BSNLEU, Com.Mahabir Singh, Secretary,NFTE, Com.Rajmouli, Treasurer,NFTE, Com.GL.Jogi, Chairman, SNEA, Com.A.A.Khan, President,SNEA, Com.Prahalad Rai, GS,AIBSNLEA, Com.Sivakumar, President, AIBSNLEA, Com.N.D.Ram, GS, SEWA BSNL, Com.Madhu Trivedi, Vice-President (CHQ), FNTO, and Com.Mohinder,CS, FNTO, NTR were present in the team of the leaders of the AUAB, who delivered the Notice for the agitation.
The leaders of the All Unions and Associations have given a joint appeal to the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL to make the walk-out and rallies a grand success. In the appeal, the leaders have regretted that, the BSNL Management is holding the Board meeting at Hyderabad, to give approval for the decision of the DoT, to make the Subsidiary Tower Company operational. The leaders have called upon the employees to make the struggles a total success.
BSNL Board of Directors meeting has been scheduled to take place at Hyderabad on 28.05.2018. So far, all the BSNL Board of Directors meetings have taken place only in the Corporate Office at New Delhi. The intention of the Management to hold the Board of Directors meeting at Hyderabad on 28.05.2018, may be to implement the directive of the DoT, with regards to making the Subsidiary Tower Company operational. Hence, with a view to hold the meeting peacefully, and without any interruption, this Board of Directors meeting is being held at Hyderabad. An emergency meeting of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL was held at New Delhi, at 14:00 hrs. today, in NFTE’s office. Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, presided over by the meeting. After taking stock of the entire scenario, the meeting unanimously took the following decisions:-
The CHQ of BSNLEU calls upon all the circle and district unions to coordinate with the other constituents of the AUAB, and to effectively organise the walk out and rally on 28.05.2018.
In yet another incident, which shows that the government machinery will go to any extent to defend the interests of the big corporates and the multinational companies, 10 innocent people have been killed, and more than a hundred people are seriously injured in the police firing yesterday, at Tuticorin, in Tamil Nadu. The people in and around Tuticorin town have been conducting struggles, demanding closure of a copper smelter unit, belonging to the Sterlite company. This company is a part of the multinational Vedanta Group. This smelter unit has been causing serious health hazards to the people of Tuticorin city. Serious health problems like cancer, kidney ailments are being caused due to the pollution created by this smelter unit. This is yet another example which shows that big corporates have no care for the environment or the health of the people, but making big profits is only their ambition. BSNLEU strongly condemns the Tamil Nadu government for this brutal police firing. BSNLEU also strongly demands the immediate closure of Sterlite smelter unit at Tuticorin and appropriate compensation to the families of the victims and injured.
Those killed in the police firing at Tuticorin.
The Tamil Nadu circle union of BSNLEU, and Tamil Nadu Telecom Contract Workers Union (TNTCWU) have given call to conduct protest demonstrations throughout Tamil Nadu, today, condemning the brutal police firing in Tuticorin, in which 10 innocent people are killed and more than 100 people are seriously injured.
Kerala circle union organised Com.Moni Bose memorial lectures at Trivandrum, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Kozhikode on 19.5.2018. The lectures were, on ‘Neo-Liberal policies and ‘communal harmony’. At Trivandrum, the lecture was delivered by Com.M.Krishnan (Secretary General, Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers). At Alappuzha, Com. R.Aravindakshan Nair (All India Treasurer, AIBDPA), delivered the lecture. At Ernakulam and Kozhikode, the lectures were delivered by Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Founding General Secretary, BSNLEU, and Com.K. Damodaran, Director, Keluvettan Padana Kendram. CHQ heartily congratulates the Kerala circle union for organising these lectures.
The Andhra Pradesh circle union organised Com Moni Bose Memorial Lectures on 19th, as a part of it's circle executive committee meeting, held at Vijayawada. The lecture on “Neo-Liberal Economic Policies and the Alternative” was delivered by Com A.V.Nageswara Rao, State Secretary, CITU, AP. The lecture on "Communal Harmony and secularism" was delivered by Com.M.V.S.Sarma, Editor, Prajasakti and Ex.MLC. Com J. Sampath Rao, Circle Secretary, Telangana Circle, also addressed the meeting. CHQ heartily congratulates the Andhra Pradesh circle union for successfully organising Com.Moni Bose Memorial Lectures.
All the four GDS Unions (AIPEU-GDS, AIGDSU, NUGDS & BPEDU) are on an indefinite strike from today the, 22 May 2018. All the postal employees’ unions have supported the strike. As per reports the strike is total and 1,29,500 Branch Post Offices remained closed. More than 60% of the employees of the Postal Department are GDS and more than 80% of the Post Offices are GDS Branch Post Offices. Major revenue of the department comes from GDS. Still, they are not treated as Postal employees and are paid a pittance. The Gramin Dak Sevaks have a great legacy of struggles and whatever facilities they are enjoying at present is the result of their bitter struggles along with the postal employees. This strike was forced by the NDA government which not only denied to address the long pending demands of the Gramin Dak Sevaks for regularisation as government employees, but refused to implement the recommendations of Kamalesh Chandra Committee Report on the service conditions of the GDS. BSNLEU expresses solidarity with the striking employees and demands that the NDA government must immediately settle the issue by agreeing to the just demands of these grass root level workers who deliver valuable service to the common people.
Telangana circle union of BSNLEU, conducted a meeting, to commemorate the 8th death anniversary of Com.Moni Bose, on 19-05-2018, in the Union office at Hyderabad. Com.Ramachandrudu, District President of Hyderabad Telecom District, presided over the meeting. Com.M.N.Reddy, General Secretary, All Pensioners Associations, Telangana State, spoke on Neo Liberal Policies and its impacts. Com.G.Sambasiva Rao, ACS also addressed the meeting.
The Karnataka Circle Union of BSNLEU, organised Com.Moni Bose memorial lectures at Davangere, on 19-05-2018. Dr.Chandra Poojari, Professor, Department of Development Studies, Kannada University, Hampi, delivered the lecture on Neo liberal policies and Communal Harmony. District Secretaries, Presidents, Circle Executive Committee members and branch members from Bangalore and Davangere participated in the program. The contributions of Com. Moni Bose, the doyen of P&T trade union movement, as well as the General Secretary of the AITEU CL III, was remembered. The participants and resolved to march ahead in the path shown by Com.Moni Bose.
The circle executive committee meeting of Chennai Telephones circle was held today the 21.05.2018. Com.P.Abhmanyu, GS and Com.S.Chellappa, AGS, attended the meeting. Com.E.Natarajan, circle president, presided over the meeting. Com.M.Kanniappan, circle secretary, welcomed everyone and placed his report on activities before the house. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and spoke at length on various important issues like wage revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, revival of BSNL, 5th September Worker Kisan Sangarsh Rally at New Delhi, etc. Com.S.Chellappa,AGS, also addressed the meeting and spoke on important issues. Serious discussions by executive committee members took place, regarding strengthening the democratic functioning of the Union and streamlining the functioning. The meeting decided to send 200 comrades to the 5th September New Delhi rally and to conduct a young workers convention soon in Chennai circle. Com.S.Hemavathy, circle treasurer, proposed vote of thanks.
The circle executive committee meeting of Andhra Pradesh circle is held in Vijayawada in a jubilantly. More than 250 comrades, including 50 lady comrades, participated. The meeting was presided over by Com. K.Prabakar Rao, Circle President. Com.N.Ramarao, DS, Vijayawada, welcomed everyone. Com.S.Chellappa, AGS, addressed the meeting and reported on the decisions of the Agartala CEC meeting. He also explained about the government's Neo-Liberal Policies, Wage Revision and the Subsidiary Tower Company issues. Discussion took place on the report submitted by the Circle Secretary. A Seminar on "Revival of BSNL and Draft National Digital Communication Policy was held. Shri Y.Ravindrnath, GM(HR) and Com. P.Asoka Babu, Vice-President (CHQ) spoke on it. The CEC meeting was also addressed by Com.K.Dharmarao, CS, BSNLCCW, Com.Ramadevi, Member, BSNLWWCC and Com.K.S.C.Bose, CS,AIBDPA.