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.
The next Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU is being held at Vadodara, on 6th and 7th March, 2020. The CHQ has issued the requisite notification today, for holding this CEC meeting. Since this meeting will be discussing and taking important decisions connected with the post VRS scenario, all the Circle Secretaries and Central Office bearers are requested to attend the meeting without fail.
The Sanchar Sewa Padak Award-2018 was held in the BSNL Corporate Office on 27.12.2019. Since, trade unions play constructive role in improving the efficiency of the services and customer satisfaction, it goes without saying that Recognised Trade Union should be invited to these functions in the appropriate manner. However, the Corporate Office is in the habit of only giving last minute telephonic invitation to the Recognised Union. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, expressing it's displease and requesting to ensure that Recognsied Trade Union is invited in the appropriate manner.
CHQ has issued guideline to the circle and district unions regarding implementation of the Union Constitution utilising union funds. It has become necessary for the CHQ to issue such guideline, since instances has been brought to the notice of the CHQ about diversion of Union funds. Circle and district unions are requested to strictly adhere to the instruction.
Shri K.C.G.K. Pillai retired in November, 2013, from the post of Director (Finance), BSNL. Ever since then, the Director (Finance), BSNL post is lying vacant. When every effort is being taken to ensure the financial revival of BSNL, the Director (Finance) post cannot remain vacant. BSNLEU has written to the Hon’ble Minister of Communications, requesting to take the needful action, for filling up the post at the earliest.
BSNL’s revival package was announced with much fanfare. Through the VRS-2019, nearly 80,000 employees are going to be sent home by January, 2020. Government has also allotted 4G spectrum to BSNL. However, the vendors, viz., ZTE, Nokia, etc., are not coming forward to upgrade BSNL’s BTSs, since BSNL has not paid the outstanding amount of around Rs.3,800 crores to these companies. BSNL is also not having the cash flow to pay electricity bills, clear contractors’ bills and contract workers’ wages, salary on time to the employees, remittance of the dues already deducted from employees’ salaries, etc. The next 3 to 4 months are going to be crucial for BSNL. The Company needs short term financial help to tide over this financial strain. Otherwise, BSNL’s revival will remain as a distant dream, despite the revival package given by the government. BSNLEU has written to the Hon’ble Minister of Communications, soliciting his immediate intervention for helping BSNL to overcome the hiccup.
CHQ has printed posters in English, for organising the one day General Strike to be held on 8th January, 2020 and the same has been despatched to the various district unions today. On getting delivery of the posters, District Secretaries are requested to immediately make arrangement for their display. Further, Circle Secretaries are also requested to get the posters translated in the regional languages. Uploading of the posters in the CHQ website can be used for this purpose.
As per the decision of the CEC meeting held at Ghaziabad on 12th & 13th October, 2019, BSNLEU is participating in the one day General Strike to be held on 08th January, 2020. Accordingly, BSNLEU has issued the strike notice today. Together with the demands finalised by the Central Trade Unions, the following demands of BSNL employees are also included in the strike notice.
A good number of retired Sr.TOAs in Maharashtra circle are aggrieved, with regards to their settlement of pension. The CCA, Maharashtra circle is raising objection to the pay fixation done to these Sr.TOAs, on their promotion under OTBP. Under the OTBP scheme, the pay scale of a Sr.TOAs was upgraded from 5700-160-8100 scale to 7100-200-10100, on completion of 16 years of service. This is being objected to by the CCA, Maharashtra. According to them, on completion of 16 years of service, the pay scale of Sr.TOA should be upgraded only to 6550-185-9325 and not to 7100-200-10100. This is a wrong interpretation. BSNLEU has written to the Member (Finance) of the Telecom Commission, requesting to issue the needful instruction to the CCA, Maharashtra circle on this matter.
Out of the 1030 candidates appeared in the JTO LICE held on 26.05.2019, only 154 candidates have got qualified, which comes to only 14.95%. Besides not even a single candidate have passed from six circles including Andhra Pradesh, UP(West), Himachal Pradesh and J&K. Management has not considered the demand of BSNLEU for granting of full marks to the questions with wrong, multiple and ambiguous answers and also out of syllabus questions. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to grant a relaxation of 10% for Group ‘A’ and 15% for Group ‘B’ and 15% in aggregate.
BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), demanding immediate action by the BSNL Corporate Office, for the expeditious issuing of Presidential Orders to such of those TSMs who were directly promoted as Telecom Mechanic after 01.10.2000, without getting regularised as RMs.
Through it’s order issued on 06.11.2019, the BSNL Corporate Office has stopped the Special Duty Allowance being paid to the employees posted in the North East Region. In lieu of it, a Hardship Compensation @12.5%, with a ceiling of Rs.1,000 pm, has been introduced. BSNLEU has mentioned in it’s letter that this is violation of the decision of the BSNL Board and has demanded restoration of the Special Duty Allowance.