The BSNL Management is taking a number of steps regarding the reorganisation of the Company. Project and maintenance circles are merged. Telecom factories are merged with territorial circles. Training centres are also being reorganised. However, the Management does not take the Recognised Unions into confidence, before taking decisions. BSNLEU, in it’s meeting with the CMD BSNL, has emphasised the need to take the views of the Recognised Unions on such matters. In continuation of this, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding consultation with the Recognised Unions on such matters.
The issue of implementing the Group Term Insurance (GTI) to the Non-Executives of BSNL was taken up in the 37th National Council meeting held on November 20, 2018. Management agreed to implement the scheme to the Non-Executives also. However, action is yet to be taken by the Management in this regard. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR) requesting for speedy implementation of the decision of the National Council.
BSNLEU has already demanded that, full marks should be granted for all the questions with multiple correct answers, for the JTO LICE held on 26.05.2019. The Director (HR) has assured that the matter would be looked into positively. However, even after one month, nothing has happened. Hence, BSNLEU has once again written to the Director (HR), demanding to settle the issue.
BSNLEU, in it’s meeting held with Director (HR) on 21.01.2020, has already demanded that full marks should be granted for all the 10 questions with multiple correct answers, in the JTO LICE held on 26.05.2019. The Director (HR) was kind enough to assure to do the needful. However, the Corporate Office has so far not issued any letter to resolve the problem. Hence, BSNLEU has once again written to the Director (HR), demanding to grant full marks to all the 10 questions, with multiple correct answers.
The contract workers in BSNL are facing extreme hardships, due to the non-payment of wages for the past 10 months. The matter is already discussed with the Management a number of times. However, the Management is of the mindset that, payment of wages to the contract workers is the last priority. Besides, the Corporate Office has issued letters, retrenching a large number of contract workers. It is needless to state that, in the wake of the implementation of VRS and the heavy shortage that has arisen due to this, the experienced contract workers will prove to be very useful in the maintenance of the BSNL’s services. However, the Corporate Office has issued letters to get BSNL’s works done through the “Job Contract System”, in the place of the present “Labour Contract System”. This decision of the Management has jeopardised the future of all the contract workers presently working in BSNL. In view of the foregoing, both BSNLEU and BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation (BSNL CCWF) have decided to organise a March to Corporate Office on 03.03.2020, demanding favourable actions from the BSNL Management, on the above issues. The All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU, held yesterday the 11.02.2020, has decided to mobilise maximum BSNL employees to this rally, from the nearby circles of UP(West), Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and UP(East), apart from NTR and Corporate Office circles. CHQ has written to all the above mentioned circle secretaries requesting to make maximum mobilisation for the rally.
BSNLEU has already written to the Member (Finance) explaining about the difficulties being faced by Sr.TOAs of Maharashtra circle in getting proper fixation of pension. The CCA, Maharashtra circle has objected to the Sr.TOAs upgraded to 7100-200-10100 pay scale under OTBP. GS, BSNLEU, has written to the Member (Finance), requesting for an early meeting to discuss this issue.
As per the decisions taken in it’s meeting held yesterday the 06.02.2020, the AUAB has issued notice for the agitational programme, to Shri Anshu Prakash, Secretary, Telecom and to Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD BSNL. The notice is for holding demonstrations on 11.02.2020 and hunger strike on 24.02.2020.
The JE LICE, under 50% quota, was scheduled to be held on 07.04.2019 as an ‘online’ exam. However, as per the demand of BSNLEU, the Management agreed to hold the exam as an ‘off-line’ exam. As a result of this, the JE LICE, scheduled to be held on 07.04.2019 was postponed. However, thereafter, the Corporate Office has not taken any action to hold the exam. BSNLEU has already written four letters on this issue. Once again, BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), demanding to hold the JE LICE without further delay.
The 8th Membership Verification was held on 16th September, 2019. Consequent to this, the reconstitution of the National Council has to be done. 4 months have already elapsed after the holding of the 8th Membership Verification. BSNLEU has already submitted it’s list of Staff Side members to the Management. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR) requesting him to ensure the reconstitution of the National Council without further delay.
The BSNL has Corporate Office has already issued letter on the "Policy on outsourcing model for maintenance and provisioning of landline and broadband for external plant of copper network". It is stated in that policy that the works of Testing / jumpering at the MDF for fault repair, pair change, new LL/BB connections, would be done by the outside agency. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, opposing this. BSNLEU has stated that this work should be done by our own TTs and ATTs, or else it will lead to manipulation by the outside agency.
It has been reported that the unions and associations of Karnataka circle have submitted an agenda to the CGM, Karnataka, for discussing the manpower and network maintenance issues in the post-VRS scenario, and that the CGM, Karnataka, is unwilling to have discussion on these issues. GS, BSNLEU, has written to the CMD BSNL demanding his intervention to ensure that the CGM, Karnataka, discusses the issues with the unions and associations. GS, BSNLEU, has also requested the CMD BSNL to issue a general guideline to all the heads of the circles, to discuss the manpower management and network maintenance issues with the unions and associations, at the circle and SSA levels.
The Corporate Office has issued letter for the merger of the non-territorial project and maintenance circles. Accordingly, STP and STR circles are merged and it is named as CGM Core Network Tx-South. When the well established CGM offices of both STR and STP are functioning in Chennai for many decades, surprisingly the head quarters of CGM Core Network Tx-South is shifted to Bengaluru. After merger, the head quarters of CGM Core Network Tx-East, CGM Core Network Tx-West and CGM Core Network Tx-North are retained in the existing places, viz., Kolkata, Mumbai and Delhi, respectively. However, the head quarters of CGM Core Network Tx-South alone is shifted to Bengaluru. BSNLEU has strongly written to the CMD BSNL, demanding the retention of the head quarters of CGM Core Network Tx-South at Chennai itself.
As per the new guidelines issued by the Corporate Office, for the outsourcing of works, the danger of the existing contract workers being thrown out of job, is looming large. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to ensure job security, minimum wages and social securities to them.
From May, 2019 onwards, the subscription money deducted from the members of the unions and associations, have not been handed over by the Management. BSNLEU has already written to the CMD BSNL on 24.09.2019 and 16.10.2019 demanding to hand over the union subscription money. Presently, the functioning of the unions and associations at the district and circle levels is paralysed due to this reason. Hence, BSNLEU once again written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to hand over the union subscription money.
BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to take the needful action for the resumption of the wage negotiations, for finalising an early wage settlement. It is pointed out in the letter, how the DoT had given approval for starting the wage negotiations and how the wage negotiations have reached an advanced stage, after formation of the Joint Wage Negotiating Committee. It has also been pointed out that the Corporate Office had assured prior to the Membership Verification that the Wage Negotiations would resume once recognition to the unions were granted after completion of the Verification.
BSNLEU, vide it’s letter no.BSNLEU/604(DEV) dated 19.12.2019, had written to Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister of Communications, demanding to take action for filling up the post of Director (Finance), BSNL, which is lying vacant for the past so many years. A copy of the letter had been endorsed to the Principal Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office. BSNLEU has now received a copy of the communication made by the PMO, to the Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, for taking appropriate action on BSNLEU’s letter.
So far as Punjab circle is concerned, a lot of court cases are going on in the matter of JTO LICE. Results of the JTO LICEs held in December, 2016 and May, 2019 have not been declared. Further, candidates qualified in the JTO LICE held in September, 2016 have not been sent for the training. Both the candidates, as well as the Company, are suffering due to the court cases. Under these circumstances, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, seeking his intervention to bring the court cases to an end, based on the affidavits already submitted by the candidates to the Punjab circle administration.
The Management is moving in the direction of having "Further Consolidation of SSAs into Business Areas". This means reduction in the number of the present 198 Businesses Areas. This will have implications in the transfer liability of the Non-Executives. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, opposing any such move, and requesting to hold prior talks with the Recognised Unions, before taking any final decision on the matter.