It is already 17th of September, 2021. However, salary for the month of August, 2021, is not yet disbursed. Only on 14th September, 2021, the Co-ordination Committee of BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCCWF has organised countrywide protest demonstrations and one of the important demands of the programme was immediate disbursement of salary. But the Management continues to be insensitive to the sufferings of the employees. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL today, demanding immediate disbursement of the September salary and also payment of salary on the due date of every month.
In the All India Conference of BSNLEU, held at Mysuru, decision was taken to increase the monthly subscription of BSNLEU from Rs.45/- to Rs.70/-. However, the CHQ of the Union had decided to keep this decision pending. After implementation of VRS, the membership of the Union has decreased by almost 50% and the receipt of subscription money has also decreased by 50%. As a result, the Circle and District unions are finding it extremely difficult to implement the various calls being given by the CHQ of BSNLEU, as well as by the AUAB. This issue was discussed in the CEC meeting held at Hyderabad and it was unanimously decided to implement the decision of the All India Conference to increase the monthly subscription of BSNLEU, from Rs.45/- to Rs.70/-. The Corporate Office has issued letter today, to increase the monthly subscription. BSNLEU is taking up each and every problem of the employees and is fighting to defend their interests. Hence, it is the duty of all the members of BSNLEU to extend their fullest cooperation and support in implementing the decision of increasing the Union subscription.
The BSNL Management has formed a Committee to review the “Cluster Based Outsourcing System”. The Management has done this, only due to the pressure from unions and associations. However, the Management wants only to do some ‘eye-wash review’. BSNLEU has been called to present it’s views on the matter yesterday the 08-09-2021. Shri Rahul Patel, GM (NWP-CFA) and other officers were present. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and Com.Anand Kumar Singh, AGS, gave a detailed presentation of the views of BSNLEU. They submitted a three page letter, giving details of how BSNL is being looted by the contractors, without doing much work. BSNLEU has demanded the scrapping of the “Cluster Based Outsourcing System” and to do the works by engaging workers through the Labour Contract System. BSNLEU’s letter is enclosed.
The Corporate Office has issued letter on 27.08.2021, imposing severe restrictions on temporary transfers. This will seriously affect the young employees, who are posted in far away circles at the time of their initial appointment. Till recently, the Director (HR) was empowered to sanction temporary transfers for genuine cases. However, hereafter employees can get Temporary Transfers only on two grounds. One ground is for the employee to join with husband / wife. The other is medical grounds. Under medical grounds, employees can get temporary transfer only in cases of serious ailments like cancer, kidney failure, etc. The employee will not get a temporary transfer even if his / her parents get heart attack. Further, in the case of accidents, temporary transfer will be granted only if the official sustains disability. And even in such cases, the certificate has to be issued by the CMO of the government hospital. Till recently, officials were getting temporary transfers up to 5 years. However, hereafter, temporary transfers will be granted only up to 2 years. The Management is not able to pay salary to the employees on the due date. Medical bills of the employees are pending for the past many years. Most of the employees are suffering from stagnation. The Management is not taking any action to redress such genuine grievances of the employees. However, Management wants to deny whatever little concessions the employees are getting presently. The BSNL Management wants to convert the employees into slaves. This should not be allowed. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, expressing it’s strong objections. All the unions and associations should come forward to oppose this arbitrary action of the Management.
All are aware that, BSNLEU filed a case in the Hon’ble Kerala High Court, against the freezing of IDA for the Non-Executives in BSNL. The Hon’ble Court gave order that the IDA freezing is not applicable for the Non-Executives of BSNL. Now, the DPE has announced the percentage of IDA increase, that has taken place w.e.f. 01.10.2020, 01.01.2021 and 01.04.2021. BSNLEU is continuously pressurising the Management to pay the IDA arrears to the Non-Executives without delay. However, so far, Management has not paid the arrears. Hence, once again BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to immediately pay the IDA arrears to the Non-Executives of BSNL.
As regards, disbursement of July, 2021 salary, the Corporate Office sent funds to the circles on 16.08.2021 itself. Salary disbursement was made to the employees on 17.08.2021. However, in Kerala circle, it was delayed and salary was credited to the accounts of the employees only today afternoon. It is also brought to the notice of the CHQ that, this sort of problem has taken place in June and July, 2021 also. Hence, CHQ has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to take up the issue with the Union Bank of India for redressal of the problem.
Payment of the medical bills of the serving and retired employees, is remaining pending for a very long time. For the serving employees, bills have been settled only up to March, 2020. Whereas, the medical bills of the retired employees are not settled after March, 2019. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding payment of the pending medical bills without further delay.
BSNL Employees Health Insurance Policy is going to be implemented w.e.f. 01st September, 2021. The New India Assurance Company has communicated to the BSNL Management, the list of empanelled hospitals throughout the country under this Health Insurance Policy. However, it is observed that, no empanelled hospitals are available in NE-I and NE-II circles. This will create very big problems to the BSNL employees posted in NE-I and NE-II circles and who opt for the Insurance Policy. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the GM(Admn.), BSNL Corporate Office, and has demanded that empanelled hospitals are made available in NE-I and NE-II circles.
The Ministry of Finance has issued a directive that the salary for the month of August, 2021, should be paid on 19.08.2021 itself, to the Central Government employees posted in Kerala, in view of the Onam festival. But in BSNL, so far, even the salary for the month of July, 2021, has not been paid to the employees. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL that, in accordance with the spirit contained in the Ministry of Finance letter, salary for the month July, 2021, should be paid to all the employees immediately. Further, BSNLEU has demanded salary for the month of August, 2021, should be paid to the BSNL employees posted in Kerala circle, on or before 19.08.2021.
BSNLEU is continuously taking up the various issues connected with the Restructuring process. It has submitted it’s suggestions to the Management, on the proposed strength of the cadres of TT, Sr.TOA, JE and JTO. BSNLEU has also opposed Management’s proposal to declare the Sr.TOA and the ATT cadres as Dying Cadres. While the Director (HR) has agreed to retain Sr.TOA cadre as a Live Cadre, he did not agree to keep the ATT also as a Live Cadre.
Hence, BSNLEU has once again written to the CMD BSNL, to retain the ATT cadre as a Live Cadre. For this, BSNLEU has suggested that the educational qualification of the ATT cadre could be increased. Alternatively, BSNLEU has suggested that, a "Multi Tasking Cadre" could be created.
BSNLEU has pointed out that, after VRS, the situation in BSNL is still very fluid. Hence, the Union has demanded that, all decisions taken regarding Restructuring, should compulsorily be reviewed after one year. BSNLEU has also demanded that no final decision should be taken regarding the strength of TT, Sr.TOA, JE and JTO cadres without holding discussion on the proposals already submitted by BSNLEU.
The New India Assurance Company Limited has informed the terms and conditions for the BSNL Employees Health Insurance Policy. However, the list of empanelled hospitals is not given by this Insurance Company. This information is very vital for the employees to choose the right hospital. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the GM(Admn.), BSNL CO., demanding to ensure that the list of empanelled hospitals is informed by The New India Assurance Company Limited.
BSNL Management had given it’s proposals for the future manpower strength in various cadres (Restructuring). BSNLEU, in turn has given a detailed note on the future requirement of manpower in various Non-Executive cadres. However, it is learnt that, the Management is taking hasty steps to implement Restructuring. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding that no unilateral decision should be taken in the matter of Restructuring.
BSNLEU has already demanded that, the Non-Executives (JOA, SOA, AOS and OS) should be provided with passwords in the E-Office. The Director (HR), in the meeting held with BSNLEU on 24.03.2021, has agreed for providing passwords to the 25% of the Non-Executives. However, it has been brought to our notice that, passwords have not been provided to the Non-Executives so far. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), demanding to immediately implement the assurance given to BSNLEU.
After a long waiting, the DPE has issued letter for IDA increase for the Public Sector Employees, w.e.f. 01.10.2020. Everyone knows that, in the writ petition filed by BSNLEU, the Hon’ble Kerala High Court has ordered that the IDA freezing is not applicable to the Non-Executives of BSNL. As a result of this court order, obtained by BSNLEU, the Non-Executives of BSNL will get arrears of the IDA w.e.f. 01.10.2020. Accordingly, arrears for 5.5% IDA increase will be paid w.e.f. 01.10.2020. From 01.01.2021, IDA has increased by 6.3%. So, arrears for 11.8% IDA will be paid from 01.01.2021. Since, IDA is reduced by 1.2% w.e.f. 01.04.2021, IDA arrears for 10.6% will be paid from 01.04.2021. This payment of IDA arrears is a great achievement of BSNLEU. Today, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL to take steps for payment of the IDA arrears without any delay. The CHQ of BSNLEU heartily congratulates all the Non-Executives who are going to be benefitted.
Based on the demand of BSNLEU, the BSNL Management has implemented the “BSNL Employees Health Insurance Policy, 2021”. As per the notification, this Insurance Scheme will become operational from 01.09.2021. In that case, the premium amount has to be paid to the Insurance Company in the month of August, 2021, itself. It means, the premium amount has to be deducted from the salary of August, 2021. But normally, the monthly salary of the employees is being paid belatedly. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL demanding that the August, 2021 salary should be paid on the due date. Alternatively, BSNLEU has demanded that, the premium amount should be paid to the Insurance Company in advance by the BSNL Management.
The DPE, vide it’s letter issued on 19.11.2020, froze the IDA of the Central Public Sector Employees that is to be paid w.e.f. 01.10.2020, 01.01.2021 and 01.04.2021. According to that letter, the frozen instalments of IDA are to be paid w.e.f. 01.07.2021. It is already 31st July, 2021 today. However, so far the DPE has not notified to the Central Public Sector Enterprises, about the quantum of IDA that has become due w.e.f 01.10.2020, 01.01.2021, 01.04.2021 and 01.07.2021. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the Secretary, DPE, demanding to immediately notify the increase in the IDA rates for the above mentioned period.
The Management has given it's proposals, regarding the future manpower (future staff strength in various cadres) of the Company. In that, the Management has intimated that the Sr. TOA cadre will become a dying cadre. BSNLEU immediately wrote to the Director (HR), strongly opposing this. In the meeting, held between the Director (HR) and the Unions on 20.07.2021, BSNLEU raised this issue and strongly demanded that, the Sr.TOA cadre should continue to be a live cadre. After detailed discussion, the Director(HR) accepted BSNLEU's demand. Due to the efforts taken by BSNLEU, the cadre of Sr. TOA shall continue to remain as a live cadre. Following this, BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR) today, demanding to give the Management's proposal for the norms for the Sr.TOA cadre. Thereafter, BSNLEU will submit it's views on it.
BSNLEU has long been telling the Management that, the cluster-based outsourcing system has sharply increased the expenditure, while the quality of service has declined drastically. Moreover, massive disconnection of landline and broadband connections is taking place after the outsourcing. Hence, once again BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL with fact and figures to prove that, the cluster-based outsourcing system is a total failure and has demanded a thorough review of this outsourcing system.
On 19.06.2021, BSNLEU had an online Formal Meeting with the Director (HR). The SR Branch of the Corporate Office, has issued a casual and careless minutes for this meeting. For example, the minutes has got no letter number or date. Further, on important items like resumption of the wage negotiations, the minutes has carried either vague or irrelevant replies. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), raising the issues and has requested to issue modifications to the minutes.