As a follow up to the telephonic discussion that the General Secretary had with the Director (HR) today, the CHQ has written the following letter to him, furnishing the details and demanding expeditious settlement of the issues.
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.
On 19-01-2018, BSNLEU wrote to the CMD BSNL, complaining about the indifferent attitude of the BSNL authorities at circle and district levels, in the matter of our cables being damaged. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, met shri Anupam Shrivastava on 19.01.2018, and seriously raised the issue. The General Secretary told the CMD BSNL that the general impression is that none will bother, if BSNL's cable is damaged, and this the reason why BSNL's are being damaged mindlessly. He demanded that BSNL authorities at various levels should take sufficient deterrent actions immediately, to stop widespread damages being caused to the Company's cables. The CMD BSNL has taken BSNLEU's complaint seriously. Letter has been addressed to all the CGM's, directing them to take suitable action on this matter. Together with this, letters written by BSNLEU, to the CMD BSNL, as well as to the then MoC & IT, are also attached. Utilising this step taken by the Corporate Office, circle and district secretaries are requested to take up this issue with their respective levels of the Management, so that necessary measures are taken to safeguard our cables.
BSNL Management, vide it’s letter dated 08.01.2019, has granted relief to the left-out Non-Executives, appointed between 01.01.2007 and 07.05.2010, and who suffered wage loss. Vide the above mentioned letter, the actual wage loss suffered by the employees will be compensated. Whereas, the same BSNL Management has granted one extra increment to the TTAs, who were appointed between 01.01.2007 and 07.05.2010, and who suffered wage loss. Thus, the BSNL Management has adopted discriminatory approach in respect of the left-out Non-Executives. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to end this discrimination, by granting one extra increment to the left out Non-Executives also.
GPF advance / withdrawal is not paid to the employees this month. BSNLEU has already drawn the attention of Director (Finance), as well as the GM (BFCI). Further, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding action on this issue. GS, BSNLEU, has also drawn the personal attention of the CMD BSNL on this matter.
The SR Branch of the Corporate Office has sought the view of BSNLEU, with regards to the discontinuation of separate local council for the Civil & Electrical Wing staff. BSNLEU has written to the GM (SR), stating that a review need not be made at this point of time, but can be discussed on the eve of the next Membership Verification.
The statement of Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Honb’le Minister of Communications and IT, has instilled hope in the minds of all those, who desire that the BSNL should be revived. He has stated that BSNL and MTNL should remain healthy in the interest of the Nation. Welcoming the statement of the Honb’le Minister, BSNLEU has written to him, drawing his attention to some of the crucial issues, being faced by BSNL and it’s employees.
This issue was discussed in the 35th meeting of the National Council held on 11.05.2017. However, no decision was taken in view of the appeal, said to have been filed in the Hon’ble High Court. BSNLEU is in receipt of DoT orders, wherein clear cut direction is given by the DoT for implementation of pay scale and for according of Group ‘B’ status to the Senior Accountants. Letter is written to the Director (HR) for early implementation of the DoT orders.
BSNL’s pension contribution issue remains to be unsettled. Despite the assurance given by Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble MoSC, on 24.02.2018, that the Government of India Rule will be made applicable in respect of BSNL, the issue remains unresolved. BSNLEU has written to Shri Piush Goyal, Finance Minister, drawing his attention to this issue, and demanding to take immediate decision for payment of pension contribution by BSNL, based on the actual basic pay, instead of maximum of the pay scale.
As per the decision taken in meeting held yesterday, letter has been written to Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications, by the AUAB, communicating it's unhappiness over the delay in the settlement of the 3rd Pay Revision issues. In the letter, the AUAB has stated that it would be compelled to go on strike, if no positive outcome comes on the issue. The letter was delivered by hand to the Private Secretary to the Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications today, by the AUAB representatives.
The Corporate Office has issued revised guidelines for running the Business Areas. Therein, it is stated that SSAs are merged and that Non-Executives can be transferred out of the SSA. No consultation has been held with the Recognised Unions, before issuing such a letter, having far reaching consequences. BSNLEU has strongly protested the contents of this letter and has demanded modification of the letter immediately.
In the 35th meeting of the National Council held on 11.05.2017, the Staff Side demanded that illegal recovery should not be made from the employees on account of EPF contribution arrears. A direction was given by the Chairperson that the provisions of the EPF Act should be implemented in this regard. However, even after 7 months, Corporate Office has not taken any decision. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR) for implementation of the decision.
The BSNL Management has issued notice to certain leaders, for imposition of break-in service, under FR 17A, for participation in the 3 day strike, held in February, 2019. The AUAB has already demanded withdrawal of these notices, since FR 17A is not a part of the BSNL CDA Rules. The AUAB has once again written to the CMD BSNL, demanding an early solution of the issue.
The Designations committee, in it’s meeting held on 15.02.2018, had finalised the new designations for the left out Non- Executive cadres. However, they were not accepted by the Management Committee. There after, alternative designations were finalised in the meeting, held on 31.05.2018. The BSNLEU representatives who met the CMD BSNL today, urged upon him to ensure early approval of the Management Committee, for the new designations suggested alternatively. The CMD BSNL assured to do the needful.
BSNL Management is contemplating to issue break-in-service, under FR 17A, for participation in the 3 day strike. AUAB has written to the CMD BSNL, opposing this move. The AUAB has stated that, FR 17A is not part of BSNL CRA Rules, and hence break- in -service under FR 17A cannot be imposed on BSNL employees.
In the backdrop of the indefinite strike, that was to start from 03-12-2018, talks were held between the CMD BSNL and the AUAB on 02-12-2018. In that talks, it was agreed by the CMD BSNL, for increasing the Management's contribution to the Superannuation benefits of the Directly Recruited employees. It was agreed to increase the contribution by 3% by the end of the financial year, and to increase the remaining portion in the subsequent financial year. However, this commitment is yet to be fulfilled. Hence, the AUAB has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding implementation of the assurance.
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.
BSNLEU is taking continuous steps to settle the case of lesser fixation of pension, of some retired Sr.TOAs of Maharashtra circle. This problem has arisen due to the wrong interpretation of rules, related to the OTBP promotions of the Sr.TOA, given some 15 years ago.
Recently, the Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare has given a guideline that, the correctness of past emoluments, related to a period earlier than a maximum of 24 months, should not be looked into. Based on these guidelines of the DoP&PW, BSNLEU has once again written to the Member (Finance), DoT, demanding an early settlement of the case.