Following the Call Attention Day, observed by BSNLEU today, a letter is written to the CMD BSNL, demanding immediate action to curb wasteful expenditures. The CHQ of BSNLEU has called for views from it’s functionaries on the ways and means to curtail wasteful expenditures. The views and suggestions received from the field units have been sent to the CMD BSNL, through this letter. If any more valid views are received, they will also be sent to the Management. BSNLEU will continue to pressurise the Management to curtail wasteful expenditure.
BSNLEU is continuously insisting upon the Management to issue letter, for the extension of the facility of payment of medical allowance, without voucher, to the retired employees. The matter is already discussed by BSNLEU with the CMD BSNL and the GM (Admn.), BSNL CO. In continuation of this, BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), demanding extension of the facility without further delay.
Immunity from transfers has been granted to certain identified office bearers of the Recognised Unions. Violating these orders, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Vadodara district, has been transferred out of the district. Efforts made by the circle union to ensure implementation of the Corporate Office orders has failed. Hence, CHQ has written to the GM(SR), BSNL CO., seeking his intervention to solve the issue.
Citing the financial stress of BSNL, the Management has not made timely remittance of the premium amount, deducted from the salaries of the employees, to the LIC. BSNLEU, through it's letters and discussions with CMD BSNL, has repeatedly raised this issue. Now, it is reported by our Palanpur District Union, Gujarat, that, the Palanpur LIC Branch is demanding interest, together with the GST amount, for the belated payment of LIC premium. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, seeking his intervention for the expeditious settlement of this issue, in a uniform basis throughout the country.
The 8th Membership Verification was held on 16th September, 2019. Consequent to this, the reconstitution of the National Council has to be done. 4 months have already elapsed after the holding of the 8th Membership Verification. BSNLEU has already submitted it’s list of Staff Side members to the Management. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR) requesting him to ensure the reconstitution of the National Council without further delay.
BSNL contract workers are not being paid salary for the past 6 months and the families of these contract workers are in starvation. Despite BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF are continuously taking up this issue with the Management, no improvement has come. In the meanwhile, news has come that 5 contract workers have so far committed suicide in West Bengal and Kolkata circles, unable to face the crisis created due to non-payment of wages. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, communicating these tragedies and demanding immediate action for payment of wage arrears.
The JE LICE, under 50% quota, was scheduled to be held on 07.04.2019 as an ‘online’ exam. However, as per the demand of BSNLEU, the Management agreed to hold the exam as an ‘off-line’ exam. As a result of this, the JE LICE, scheduled to be held on 07.04.2019 was postponed. However, thereafter, the Corporate Office has not taken any action to hold the exam. BSNLEU has already written four letters on this issue. Once again, BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), demanding to hold the JE LICE without further delay.
The tenure of the BSNL Staff Welfare Board and the BSNL Sports and Cultural Board, functioning at the Corporate Office level, has expired in March, 2020. So far, the Corporate Office has not taken any action for the reconstitution of both these Boards. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL today, demanding early reconstitution of both these Boards.
Consequent to the decision of the Corporate Management, to increase the number of Staff Side representatives in the Joint Committee for negotiating wage revision, the All India Centre of BSNLEU, has decided to nominate the President, General Secretary, Deputy General Secretary, Com.P.Asokababu, Vice-president (CHQ) and Com.Animesh Mitra, Vice-president (CHQ), as BSNLEU's representatives in the Joint Committee.
As per the decisions taken in it’s meeting held yesterday the 06.02.2020, the AUAB has issued notice for the agitational programme, to Shri Anshu Prakash, Secretary, Telecom and to Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD BSNL. The notice is for holding demonstrations on 11.02.2020 and hunger strike on 24.02.2020.
A serious situation has arisen at the field level, with regards to the payment of salary to the employees. For months together, the amounts being deducted from the salaries of the employees, on account of GPF, bank loans, society dues, HBA, LIC, Income Tax, PLI, etc., are not being remitted to the concerned organizations / agencies. This is because, corporate Office is allotting funds to the circles, only for payment of take home salaries of the employees, and not for payment of gross salary. BSNLEU has already written / discussed in this regard with the CMD BSNL and the Director (Finance). Once again, BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL in this regard.
The CEC meeting, held at New Delhi in November,2017, has decided to hold a CEC meeting, to conduct a "Mid-term Review". It means, the implementation of all the decisions taken in the last All India Conference, as well as the decisions taken in the Thiruvananthapuram and New Delhi CEC meetings will be reviewed in the forthcoming CEC meeting. Accordingly, the CHQ has decided to conduct the CEC meeting at Agartala in Tripura, on 3rd, 4th and 5th April, 2018, and notification is issued.
Quoting the letter written to the Hon'ble Prime Minister, on the matter of Merger of BSNL with MTNL, the DoT has replied, that presently there is no proposal for merger of BSNL and MTNL.
The BSNL Corporate Office has issued letter on 07.09.2018, introducing certain changes in the functioning of the councils. BSNLEU is of the strong opinion that the Staff Side of the councils should function democratically. However, it is undesirable that the Management is issuing letters every now and then, weakening the functioning of the Negotiating Councils. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), seeking her intervention to set right the matter.