Talks were held between the CMD BSNL and the AUAB on 02-12-2018. Assurance was given by the CMD BSNL that the Pension Contribution by BSNL Management, in respect of the Directly Recruited BSNL employees, would be increased by 3% by March, 2019 and the remaining portion would be increased in the next instalment. However, no Record of discussion has been issued by the Corporate Office, for this assurance, despite repeated reminders to the CMD BSNL. Hence the AUAB has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to issue the Record of discussion without further delay.
The Corporate Office has issued letter, clarifying that Disciplinary / Vigilance cases arising after the due date of the EPP (Executive Promotion Policy) should not affect the granting of upgradation under EPP. BSNLEU has written to the Sr. GM (Estt.), BSNL Corporate Office, demanding that similar guideline should be issued to the Non-Executives also.
Major unions and associations have served a notice on 11-10-2017, to the Secretary, DoT and the CMD BSNL, for launching agitational programme, including a two day strike, on the issues of 3rd Pay Revision and Subsidiary Tower Company. However, some unions and associations have not signed this notice for the agitation. This is due to the fact that, those unions and associations are not parties to the decisions taken in the all union/association meetings, held on 26.09.2017 & 04.10.2017. At the same time, it is a must that all those unions and associations are also brought into the struggle, to ensure a total success. Hence, BSNLEU, being the Major Recognised Union of BSNL, has taken the initiative in this regard. BSNLEU has written to all the unions and associations which have not signed the notice for the agitation, requesting them to join the struggle. We hereunder reproduce a copy of one of the letters for the information of our comrades.
BSNLEU has already demanded the Management to implement the court judgement, regarding promotion under NEPP, to the TSMs regularised on or after 01.10.2000. It is BSNLEU’s demand that the TSMs regularised on or after 01.10.2000 should be treated as DoT recruitees, since they have already been issued with Presidential Orders, by the DoT. Hence, according to the NEPP, the first promotion should be given to them on completion of 4 years. But the BSNL Management is treating them as BSNL recruitees, and is granting first promotion on completion of 8 years. It is already 3 years since the court order has come in favour of the employees. But the Corporate Office has not implemented the same, on the plea that the requisite inputs have not come from the circles. For how many more years the affected employees have to wait? Hence, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, seeking his intervention to break the deadlock.
In reply to the letter dated 06th December, 2019 of the SR Branch of BSNL Corporate Office, BSNLEU has expressed it’s protest regarding taking decisions by the SR Branch arbitrarily and without discussing the matter with the Recognised Unions of the Non-Executives. BSNLEU has agreed as a one time measure, to skip the option to change the union of choice by the Non-Executives during the forthcoming December / January, in view of the ongoing implementation VRS. BSNLEU has also given it’s consent that, the Non-Executives could be given option once in a year to change their union of choice. However, BSNLEU has strongly opposed the proposal of the SR Branch that the Non-Executives should hereafter change their union of choice only through the ERP. BSNLEU has stated that a good section of the Non-Executives are not conversant with computer operation. Hence, the Union has demanded that the existing system of changing the union of choice should continue.
The Sanchar Soft server at Trichy crashed nearly a week ago, resulting in distruption of BSNL's SIM sales, MNP, etc. The matter was promptly taken to the notice of the CMD BSNL. Now, we are reported that the Sanchar Soft has started functioning partially. BSNLEU has again written to the CMD BSNL to ensure early and total restoration of the Sanchar Soft.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.) today, and discussed this issue. They pointed that the TT LICE and JE LICE were not held last year (2016). Hence, it was urged that the Recruitment Branch should immediately issue notification to the circles for holding TT LICE and JE LICE. The representatives also pointed out that the Corporate Office has so far not issued calendar for examinations for this year and demanded that the same should be issued without further delay. The GM (Rectt.) assured to do the needful.
The MoU signed between BSNL and Union Bank of India, for extending various loans to BSNL employees has expired on 31.12.2016. BSNLEU has written to the GM (T&BFCI), Corporate Office, demanding to renew the MoU.
As per the decision already taken in the meeting of AUAB, notice is served today to the Secretary, DoT and CMD BSNL, for holding protest demonstrations infront of Sanchar Bhawan, as well as at circle and district head quarters on 27.03.2018 (Tuesday), opposing the moves being made by the government to operationalise the Subsidiary Tower Company.
BSNLEU is continuously insisting upon the Corporate Management to hold the JE LICE under 50% quota. As a result of this, the Corporate Office has already conveyed it's approval for holding the exam. However, the requisite notification for holding the exam, is not yet issued by the Corporate Office. BSNLEU has already taken up the issue with the GM(Estt) of the Corporate Office. Once again, BSNLEU had written to the GM(Estt.) to issue the notification without further delay.
BSNLEU has once again written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to ensure the immediate payment of salary to the employees. BSNLEU has also mentioned in the letter that, Management comes forward to make payment of the salary, only when the employees organise agitational programmes. The Union has urged upon the Management to immediately arrange payment of salary for the month of August, 2020 and also to ensure payment of salary on the last date of every month.
Resolutions passed in the CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Vadodara, on 6th & 7th March, 2020, have been sent to the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR) of BSNL, with the requests to take necessary action on those resolutions.
BSNL employees can retain their quarters up to a period of 2 months, from the dates of their retirement, at the normal rate of Licence Fee. Thereafter, they have to pay double the Licence fee. Many of the officials who recently retired in BSNL are unable to vacate their quarters and take houses on rental, due to the restrictions imposed on account of the lock-down. Thus, they are under compulsion to retain their quarters and pay double the Licence Fee. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding as a onetime measure, to allow the officials to retain their quarters upto 6 months after their retirement, for the payment of normal Licence Fee.
BSNLEU has demanded review of the results of the JAO LICE held on 17th July, 2016. Management formed an internal committee to conduct the review. The committee has already submitted it’s report. However, a final call on the review is yet to be taken by the Management. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR) demanding expeditious decision on this issue.
The process of Consolidation of Business Areas is being implemented in various circles, without addressing the problems that are likely to be faced by the employees in future. Hence, BSNLEU has demanded to put the process of Consolidation of Business Areas on hold, pending discussion.
The Management has introduced the “Comprehensive Renting-Out Policy” (CROP-2020). In accordance with this new policy, the rent of the retired employees and employees having quarters other than their place of posting, has been increased in a big way. The revised rent is applicable from 01.09.2020. Considering the increase in the rent, the retired employees cannot leave their BSNL quarters, since getting a rental accommodation during this COVID-19 pandemic situation is next to the impossible. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, requesting to reduce the burden on account of revision of the rent.
The qualified candidates of the JAO LICE, held on 17.07.2016, belonging to Haryana circle are not yet sent for training. Judgement of the Hon’ble CAT, Chandigarh Bench, delivered on 28.11.2016, is yet to be implemented by Haryana circle. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), demanding expeditious implementation of the court verdict.
Consequent to the talks held between the representatives of the AUAB and the Director (HR) and CMD BSNL, decision has been taken to defer the struggles. Accordingly, the AUAB has sent letter, communicating it’s decision to defer the struggles.