The glorious one day strike, organised by the Central Government Employees on 19th September, 1968, has found a prominent place in the history of the working class movement in India. The P&T trade unions have played a significant role in that strike. Severe repression was let loose on the employees, by the then government. We thankfully acknowledge that, many of the fruits being enjoyed by the Central Government Employees today, are the result of the sacrifices done by many leaders and front line functionaries in that one day strike. It is the duty of our trade union to explain about that heroic struggle and the sacrifices of our fore fathers, to the present day generation. Hence, the Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU, has called on the circle and district unions to organise special meetings and seminars throughout the country on 19th September, 2018, to observe the 50th anniversary of the glorious one day strike of 1968. CHQ requests all the circle and district unions to effectively implement this decision.
The Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU is taking place at New Delhi today. The meeting, is taking place at K.G.Bose Bhawan. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, hoisted the Union’s Red Flag. Com.Swapan Chakraborty, moved the condolence resolution. The house stood in silence for a minute and paid homage. Com.Balbir Singh delivered the Presidential address. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, presented the note for discussion. In his speech, the General Secretary explained the developments on Wage Revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, assurances given by the Hon’ble MoS(C) on Pension Revision, Pension Contribution on actual basic pay, allotment of 4G spectrum and settlement of the long pending issues of the Non-Executives. The Central Office bearers are participating in the deliberations.
As has already been announced, the Mazdoor Kisan Sangarsh Rally will be held at New Delhi on 05.09.2018. BSNLEU is taking part in this rally. Leaders and members of BSNLEU are coming from all parts of the country to participate in this rally. On 05-09-2018, the main rally will start from the Ramlila Maidan and will reach the Parliament Street police station. As regards the participation of BSNLEU is concerned, it is decided that BSNLEU’s rally will start from the Eastern Court and will join the Main Rally at the Parliament Street. Hence, the leaders and comrades of BSNLEU, coming from various circles are requested to assemble at the Eastern Court, sharply at 09:30 hrs. Circle and district secretaries are requested to make note of this and guide their members accordingly. CHQ has arranged for the banners, flags and play cards, which will be distributed at Eastern Court.
The CHQ BSNLEU informs with deep sorrow and grief that, Com.R.S.Yadav, a veteran leader of our movement, has passed away yesterday, at Lucknow. He was the circle secretary of the E3 union (AITEU CLIII) of the undivided Uttar Pradesh circle, consisting of UP(West), UP(East) and Uttarakhand circles for long years. He worked shoulder to shoulder with Com.K.G.Bose and other senior leaders of our movement. Com.R.S.Yadav selflessly dedicated his entire life for strengthening the trade union movement, with the correct working class orientation. The CHQ of BSNLEU dips it's banner and pays it's respectful homage to the departed leader. It also conveys it's heartfelt condolences to his family members, friends and relatives.
The BSNL Board of Director’s meeting was scheduled to be held today. However, the same has been postponed, due to unavoidable reasons. We reliably know that, two issues of the Non-Executives, viz., One extra increment to the left out Non-Executives and Promotion to the Non-Executives in E1 pay scale, and also the issue of Gratuity to the casual labourers, are in the agenda of this Board meeting. We are hopeful that these issues would be duly considered, when the Board meeting takes place next.
The Tamil Nadu circle union enthusiastically conducted it’s executive committee meeting at Madurai today. Com.S.Chellappa, circle president and AGS, delivered the presidential address. Com.Babu Radhakrishnan, CS, welcomed everyone and presented the report on activities. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, elaborately addressed the executive committee meeting, and explained about the issues on which the 5th September ‘Mazdoor Kisan Sangarsh Rally’ is taking place at New Delhi. He also explained about the current issues of wage revision, pension revision, subsidiary tower company, pension contribution on actual basic pay and allotment of 4G spectrum. The issues of the Non-Executives, which are currently under settlement, were also explained by the GS. Thereafter, the circle executive committee members participated in the deliberations. It is revealed from the deliberations that 260 comrades are attending the 5th September Delhi rally from Tamil Nadu. The meeting also resolved to send 30 comrades for the All India Young Workers Convention, to be held at Bhopal.
BSNL Corporate Office issued letter yesterday, for deduction of one day’s basic pay from employees, as contribution to Kerala’s flood relief, from the salary for the month of August. However, again letter is issued, stating that due to operational difficulties, the deduction would be made in the salary for the month of September. In the meanwhile, we have informed the CMD BSNL and the Director(HR), that the amount deducted from the salary of the employees should be sent directly to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund, so that the relief amount will instantaneously reach the food-affected people of Kerala, without any delay. We hope that the Management will take the right decision in this regard.
In the meeting of the Joint Committee on Wage Revision, held on 27-08-2018, the Staff Side expressed it’s unhappiness over the slow phase in which the Wage Negotiations are progressing. In order to speed up the negotiations, the Staff Side also suggested informal discussions also between the Staff Side members and the Management, apart from official meetings. This was accepted, and the meeting is taking place today.
The Maharashtra police and Central Agencies have arrested human rights activists in Maharashtra and other parts of the country. Draconian rules have been invoked by the government, to detain them. They were accused of instigating the Bhima Koregaon unrest and of planning to kill the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Supreme Court of India has severely criticised the government and has directed that the human rights activists could be kept under house arrest. Democratic forces throughout the country have criticised the government, and have demanded the release of the detainees. BSNLEU joins them in condemning the government’s action and demanding the immediate release of the detainees.
BSNLEU has been consistently demanding relaxation in the qualifying marks for the candidates of JE LICE 50% exam held on 28.01.2018, in view of the poor results. BSNLEU demanded that the Management should give relaxation in qualifying marks, as was given for the DR TTA exam held in 2008. An order was issued on 01.06.2009 by the Corporate Office, granting the relaxation of 10% marks for each part and 10% marks for the aggregate. Our demand is that, when relaxation was given for DR TTA exam in 2008, similar relaxation should be given to the candidates of the JE LICE held on 28.01.2018 also. This issue was prominently discussed in the meeting held with the CMD BSNL on 10-07-2018. BSNLEU told the CMD BSNL that 1800 candidates appeared the JE LICE for 9185 vacancies, but only 111 candidates got qualified. The CMD BSNL responded positively to our demand and assured to do the needful. Thereafter, BSNLEU continuously followed up the issue with the Director (HR) and the GM(Rectt.). Finally, the Management has accepted our demand. The revised results will be announced soon. We express our sincere thanks to the Management for settlement of our just demand.
An amount of Rs.2.15 crore was handed over to Shri Pinarayi Vijayan, chief minister of Kerala, today, by the AUAB leaders and Dr. P.T.Mathew,CGM, Kerala, towards flood relief. This amount is deducted from the salary of BSNL employees, Kerala circle. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the employees and the AUAB of Kerala circle.
The 3rd meeting of the Joint Committee on Wage Revision of the Non-Executives took place yesterday the 27-08-2018. Shri H.C.Pant, Chairman of the Committee presided. All the Committee members, both from the Staff Side and the Management Side, were present. The Staff Side has already submitted it’s note on the structures of the new pay scales before the last meeting of the Committee. In yesterday’s meeting, the Management Side spelt out their proposals regarding the new pay scales.
Management Side proposed that, the minimum of the new pay scales should be arrived at, by multiplying the minimum of the existing pay scales by 2.4. Accordingly, they proposed the minimum of the new NE 1 pay scale as RS.18,600. However, the Staff Side did not accept this. They demanded that the multiplication factor should be 2.44. Accordingly, the minimum of the new NE1 pay scale comes to Rs.18,934 and that it should be rounded off to Rs.19,000. They also demanded that the 2.44 multiplication factor should be applied to arrive at the minimum of all the new pay scales. The Management Side agreed to examine these proposals of the Staff Side.
As regards the maximum of the new pay scales, the Staff Side has already proposed that they should be arrived at, by providing 43 years of span. But, the Management Side stated that this would result in heavy expenditure on account of payment of Pension Contribution. The Staff Side demanded that the spans of the pay scales should be provided in sufficient numbers, so that no Non-Executive would suffer from the problem of stagnation after the Wage Revision. It is decided to continue with the discussion in the next meeting, to be held on 10-09-2018.
The Staff Side members expressed their unhappiness that the talks are going on very slowly. They also stated that at this speed, the talks could not be completed expeditiously. They demanded that the meetings of the Committee should take place more frequently.
BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle, organised an impressive Young Workers' Convention on 25.08.2018 at Kolkata. 120 young workers participated enthusiastically from all over West Bengal. The young comrades were greeted with Red Rose by the circle leadership. Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary welcomed every one. Com. Subrata Misra, Asstt. Circle Secretary initiated the proceedings and delivered the introductory speech. 13 young comrades, from different SSAs, deliberated inspiringly and delivered their speeches. They expressed their views in different angles regarding the the revival of BSNL, Wage Revision, etc. In the recess period Com. Sudeshna Chakraborty entertained the audience with her song. Com. Saibal Sengupta, Asstt. General Secretary, BSNLEU (CHQ) and Com. Om Prakash Singh, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU (CHQ) delivered inspiring speeches. Finally, Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary &Vice-President(CHQ) addressed the Convention and explained about the various issues raised by the comrades. He thanked the young comrades for taking part in the convention in a good number. He expressed his happiness and gratitude to the young comrades for their deliberations. He declared that the convention was a great success, since the young comrades showed the positive attitude towards all the issues. The convention was conducted by Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Assistant Circle Secretary.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, met Ms.Sujata Ray, Director(HR) today and discussed certain important issues being pursued by BSNLEU. The details of the discussion are as follows:-
In view of the very poor results, BSNLEU has been continuously insisting upon the Corporate Management, for giving relaxation to the candidates who appeared in the JE LICE held in January. This issue was raised in the last National Council meeting also, for which Director (HR) responded positively. It appears that the Management has taken some action in this, but final decision has not been taken. This issue was discussed by the GS with the Director (HR) in today’s meeting. She reported that the GM (Rectt.) has gone for training and a final decision will be taken on her return in the first week of September.
As a cost-cutting measure, the Corporate Office has directed retrenchment of contract workers to the extent of 30%. This instruction has already been implemented in most of the circles and contract workers have been retrenched. In the meanwhile, BSNLEU has demanded that these retrenched contract workers could be re-engaged and could be gainfully utilised in the marketing. This issue has been discussed with the CMD BSNL, who responded positively. This issue was again discussed with the Director (HR) in today’s meeting. The Director (HR) assured that needful action would be taken.
Corporate Office has already issued letters to all the Chief General Managers, for deduction of BSNLEU’s subscription at the enhanced rate, and also that the CHQ quota should be directly sent to the CHQ. Still, this has not been implemented in some of the circles. This issue was raised with the Director (HR) in today’s meeting. She directed the GM(SR) to speak with the GM (HRs) of such of those circles, for taking necessary corrective measures.
This issue was discussed with the CMD BSNL in the meeting held on 10.07.2018. The CMD BSNL has assured to settle this issue. Consequently, the Establishment Branch of the Corporate Office is taking needful steps for the final settlement of the issue. In today’s meeting, the GS requested the Director (HR) to issue early orders to bring the sufferings of the affected Sr.TOAs to an end. The Director (HR) assured that needful action would be taken expeditiously.
Former Cricket Star, Imran Khan, has recently assumed office as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. On last Friday, Imran Khan announced that first class Air Travel is banned for government officials. This ban is applicable to all leaders and government officials including the President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice, Ministers, etc. Imran Khan has told that this step is being taken as a part of the austerity measures being implemented by the government. In Pakistan, austerity measures are implemented even for the President and the Prime Minister. However, in BSNL even the officers of CGM rank are flying in Business Class. The AUAB has already demanded that, austerity measures should be implemented for the top officers of BSNL. However, so far no action has been taken. Our BSNL Management should take a leaf from the book of Pakistan.
Due to the devastations caused by the unprecedented floods that hit Kerala recently, “Onam” festival is not being celebrated by Keralities this year. On this occasion, BSNLEU conveys it’s best wishes to the people of Kerala, for an early recovery from the tragedy. Happy Onam to all.
CHQ deeply regrets to inform that, Smt. Debala Sahani, w/o Com.P.R. Das, former Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Odisha, has passed away on 19.08.2018. She was 73 years old. CHQ conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to Com.P.R. Das and his family members.
A meeting of the functionaries of Haryana circle was held at Gurgaon on 22.08.2018. All the district secretaries, circle office bearers and a good number of active workers attended the meeting. Com.J.S. Dahiya, district president, Gurgaon, presided over. Com.M.S. Kadian, circle secretary, welcomed everyone. Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and spoke on the significance of the worker-peasant rally, to be organised at New Delhi on 05th September, 2018. He explained how the Neo-Liberal policies, being pursued by the government is affecting the toiling masses. He called upon the comrades of Haryana circle to massively participate in the 05th September rally to be held at New Delhi. The General Secretary also explained about the status of Wage Revision, Pension Revision, Payment of pension contribution on actual basic pay, allotment of 4G spectrum and other issues.
The AUAB meeting held yesterday, unanimously decided to suggest to the Management, to deduct one day's basic pay from the willing employees and to send the same to the Kerala Chief Minister's Disaster Relief Fund. Accordingly, the AUAB leaders met the CMD BSNL today, and conveyed the decision. The CMD BSNL assured to take the needful action on this matter.
As per the decision taken in yesterday's meeting of the AUAB, the leaders of the AUAB met Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, today. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, BSNLEU, Com.Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, Com.Padmanabha Rao, AGS, SNEA, Com.Ravi Shil Verma, GS, AIGETOA, Com.Mallikarjuna, President, BSNL MS, Com.Revti Prasad, AGS, ATM and Com. H.P.Singh, Dy.GS, BSNL OA attended the meeting. The leaders expressed their deep anguish to the CMD BSNL, about the non-implementation of the assurances given by the Hon'ble MoS (C), on wage revision, pension revision, pension contribution and allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL. The leaders demanded the CMD BSNL to arrange a meeting between the AUAB and the Secretary, DoT. A letter of the AUAB in this regard, was also handed over to the CMD BSNL. Detailed discussion took place between the leaders and the CMD BSNL, on all the issues. The meeting lasted for 50 minutes. The leaders expressed their deep concern that time was running out fast, and that expeditious actions need to be taken to settle the wage revision without delay. On the issue of Superannuation benefits of the DR employees, the leaders demanded that expedtious action should be taken to increase Management's contribution to the Pension Fund. On all the issues, the CMD BSNL shared the concern of the leaders and assured to take necessary action.