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.
Compassionate Ground Appointments in BSNL, have been kept under abeyance 09-04-2019. At that time itself, BSNLEU has opposed this and has demanded it’s restoration. It is already two years since the Compassionate Ground Appointments are kept under abeyance. In the meantime, VRS has been implemented and half the employees have already been retired under the scheme. Under these circumstances, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to take steps to restore the Compassionate Ground Appointments.
BSNLEU is continuously writing letters to the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR), raising various important grievances of the employees. However, due to the lock-downs and the subsequent restrictions imposed in the movement of the citizens, the CHQ is unable to meet the top officers of the BSNL Management, to discuss those issues. Hence, the CHQ has requested the Director (HR) to arrange an online Formal Meeting to BSNLEU, to discuss certain important staff issues.
In the Joint Committee for Wage Revision of the Non-Executives, negotiations are taking place between the Staff Side and the Management Side, for reaching a settlement on Wage Revision of the Non-Executives. In the meeting of the Joint Committee held on 27-08-2018, discussions started on the construction of the new pay scales. As regards arriving at the maximums of the new pay scales, the Management Side’s proposals are not acceptable to the Staff Side. The Management Side wants to keep the maximums of the new pay scales as low as possible. By doing so, the Management Side wants to keep the expenditure on Pension Contribution as low as possible. But, they are forgetting the fact that the 3rd Pay Revision Committee (3rd PRC) has given 43 years of span. The Staff Side tried to make the Management Side to understand that once again the problem of “Stagnation” will raise it’s ugly head after the Wage Revision, if the Maximums of the new pay scales are not kept sufficiently high. Still, the Management Side is not prepared to consider the demand of the Staff Side. Hence, BSNLEU has written a letter to the Chairman of the Joint Committee, furnishing a live case and explaining how the problem of stagnation will come. BSNLEU has demanded that, 43 years of span should be provided for all the new pay scales, as is given in the revised E1 pay scale.
Even at the time when the BSNL Management contemplated to introduce Group Term Insurance (GTI) to the Executives, BSNLEU strongly demanded that, the same should be implemented to the Non-Executives also. The issue was also raised in the 37th National Council meeting, held on 20th November, 2018. It was replied in that meeting that, the GTI would be implemented to the Non-Executives, soon after it was implemented to the Executives. GTI is already implemented to the Executives in 2019. Still, it is not implemented to the Non-Executives. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), expressing it’s deep resentment over the non-implementation of the GTI to the Non-Executives and has demanded it’s immediate implementation.
JAO LICE was held on 17.07.2016. This exam was held belatedly in J&K circle. 14 candidates emerged successful in this exam. However, still they are not deputed for training. The NATFM says that it cannot start a training batch with only 14 candidates. BSNLEU has written to the GM (Trng.), urging upon him to take expeditious action to solve this problem.
AUAB has demanded meeting with the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications and the Secretary, DoT, to review the action taken on the issues of wage revision, pension revision, left out issues of 2nd PRC, payment of pension contribution on actual basic pay, rolling back of the Subsidiary Tower Company, etc.
In the 36th meeting of the National Council, Com. P. Abhimanyu, Secretary, Staff Side, raised certain issues in his initial remarks. The Chairperson of the National Council responded to those issues. BSNLEU has written to the GM (SR) for inclusion of these in the minutes, and also for follow up action by the Corporate Office.
Consequent to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circles, two batches of Non-Executives are forcibly transferred from CGM Office, Hyderabad to CGM Office, Vijayawada. Due to the efforts taken by BSNLEU, the 3rd batch, consisting of 10 employees, are retained in Hyderabad till 31st May, 2018. Under these circumstances, the CGM Office, Hyderabad is experiencing staff shortage. In view of this, BSNLEU has demanded that no more employee should be transferred from CGM Office, Hyderabad to CGM Office, Vijayawada, and that the 3rd batch of 10 officials should be retained at CGM Office, Hyderabad.
BSNLEU has written to Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR), seeking a formal meeting to discuss certain pressing issues. They are:-
The DoT has written to the CMD BSNL, expressing it’s concern over the non-payment of salary to the ITS officers on time. It is also stated in the letter that, as per the terms and conditions of deployment of ITS officers in BSNL, it is the responsibility of the Company to make payment of salary to the ITS officers on time. We are surprised to note that the DoT is not worried about the non-payment of salary to the Executives and Non-Executives of BSNL. They are also not worried about the deductions made from the salary of the Executives and Non-Executives, not being sent to the concerned organisations, by BSNL. Further, the contract workers of BSNL are not paid wages for the past 10 months. But, the DoT is not worried about all these, but wants prompt payment of salary to the ITS officers. BSNLEU has written to Shri Anshu Prakash, Secretary, Telecom, cautioning that such partisan attitude will disturb industrial peace in BSNL.
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.
The results of the JE LICE has been declared. The results are very poor. The questions have been so tough that in AP Circle, against 493 vacancies, only 6 candidates have passed. In the Telangana Circle, against 491 vacancies, only 5 candidates have passed. It is learnt that no one has passed the exam in some circles. Conducting such an exam, with questions of very high standard, is nothing but a crude joke on the employees, who have been aspiring to pass this exam. BSNLEU has demanded relaxation for the candidates, as it has been done in the case of DR TTA exam held in 2008.