The BSNL Corporate Office has issued instruction to all the Chief General Managers for the retrenchment of the contract workers, even without paying their 14 month wage arrears. The Tamil Nadu Telecom Contract Workers Union is conducting a series of struggles, opposing the retrenchment and demanding payment of the wage arrears. The Tamil Nadu Telecom Contract Workers Union has raised a dispute in this connection with the Regional Labour Commissioner (C), Chennai. The RLC(C), Chennai, has issued directions to the CGM, Tamil Nadu circle, to maintain status quo, as per Section 33 of the ID Act, 1947.
The farmers, especially in Punjab and Haryana, are conducting agitations, to protest against the bills undemocratically passed in the Parliament recently. The new Laws have thrown the farm sector to the ruthless exploitation of Indian and Foreign corporates. During one such agitations in Punjab, the farmers have burned Jio SIMs, as a token of their opposition to the exploitations of the corporates. Kizan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee’s, state General Secretary, Shri Sarwan Singh Pandher said, “First corporates will try to lure us with good offers. But, later on they render us helpless.”
The statement of this Kizan leader very much applies to the business tactics being adopted by Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio.
The online National Convention of Workers, organised by the Central Trade Unions and Sector-Wise trade unions (including BSNLEU), yesterday the 02nd October, 2020, has given a clarion call to the working class of the country to organise a nationwide General Strike on 26th November, 2020. The Charter of Demands for this strike is as follows: -
Charter of Demands:
1) Cash transfer of Rs 7500 per month for all non-income tax paying families.
2) 10 kg free ration per person per month to all needy.
3) Expansion of MGNREGA to provide 200 days’ work in a year in rural areas, at enhanced wages; extension of employment guarantee to urban areas.
4) Withdraw all anti farmer laws and anti-worker Labour Codes.
5) Stop privatisation of the Public Sector including the financial sector and stop the corporatisation of Govt. run manufacturing and service entities like Railways, Ordnance Factories, Ports etc.
6) Withdraw the draconian circular on forced premature retirement of Government & PSU Employees.
7) Provide Pension to all, scrap NPS and restore earlier Pension, improve EPS-95.
An online National Convention of Workers, was organised by the Central Trade Unions, including the Sector-Wise Trade Unions, yesterday the 02nd October, 2020. Dr. G. Sanjeeva Reddy, President, INTUC, presided over the Convention. A good number of comrades, including the General Secretary, CHQ Office Bearers and Circle Secretaries of BSNLEU also participated in this online Convention. The massive privatisation moves being made by the Narendra Modi government, the recent 3 labour codes passed in the Parliament, replacing the existing 44 Labour Laws and the bills passed by the Parliament, throwing the Indian agriculture into the grip of Indian and foreign corporates, were severely criticised by the speakers. The efforts taken by the government to kill BSNL, by denying 4G service, was sufficiently highlighted in the Convention. Ultimately, the Convention adopted a declaration, calling on the working class of India to organise nationwide General Strike on 26th November, 2020. Apart from Dr.G. Sanjeeva Reddy, President, INTUC, the Convention was addressed by Com.Amarjit Kaur, GS, AITUC, Com. Harbhajan Singh, GS, HMS, Com.Tapan Sen, GS, CITU, Com.Sankar Dasgupta, GS, UTUC, Com.Devarajan, Secretary, TUCC, Com.Sonia George, GS, SEWA, Com.Santosh Rai, AICCTU, Com.Shanmugam, GS, LPF and Com.Chitrujit Singh, UTUC. The declaration passed in the Convention is enclosed hereunder.
BSNLEU joins the nation in paying it's respectful homage to the Father of the Nation, on his 151st birth anniversary. Mahatma Gandhi strongly advocated the unity of the people belonging to all the religions. He firmly believed that, India belongs to the people of all the religions, viz., Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, etc.,etc. It is exactly for this reason that, Mahatma Gandhi was murdered by religious fanatics. On this day, BSNLEU takes the oath that, it will stand up to defend the unity of the people, and the secular character of the Constitution.
Dr. P.D. Vaghela, IAS, Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals is appointed as the Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). He will be succeeding the incumbent, R.S. Sharma. It must be noted that it is under the chairmanship of R.S. Sharma, that the Indian Telecom Industry had gone into a huge crisis. All the telecom companies, except Reliance Jio, had gone into loss making. The total debt burden of the telecom industry is Rs.8 lakh crore. The biased steps taken by R.S. Sharma, like allowing predatory pricing, cutting down the IUC (Interconnection Usage Charge)etc., benefited Reliance Jio in a big way, while all other companies, including BSNL went to the dogs.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi considers the US President, Donald Trump, as his special friend. India has become a junior partner to the US, and implements whatever directive given by the world’s super power. It may be remembered that Prime Minister, Narendra Modi accorded a massive reception to Donald Trump, at Ahmedabad, in February this year. In that programme, both Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and US President, Donald Trump, hugged each other many times, to demonstrate their closeness to the world. However, yesterday, Donald Trump has stated that India's figures of death, due to Corona Virus Disease, are not reliable. We do not know what is the response of the Indian Prime Minister, to this remark made by the US President.
[ Source : The Indian Express dt. 30-09-2020]
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, spoke to Shri Saurabh Tyagi, Sr.GM(Estt.), today and urged upon him to approve the Compassionate Ground Appointment cases sent from Andhra Pradesh circle. The Corporate Office has imposed a ban for Compassionate Ground Appointments for the posts created after 01.04.2018. Whereas, the two cases, belonging to AP circle, relate to the officials killed in accidents while on duty, in the years 2016 and 2017. The General Secretary pointed out that the ban does not apply to these cases and urged upon the Sr.GM(Estt.) to accord necessary approval to both the CGA cases, which are already referred to the Corporate Office, by the CGM, AP circle. The Sr.GM(Estt.) assured to do the needful.
BSNL employees are observing Black Day throughout the country today, which is the 20th anniversary of BSNL’s foundation. As a part of observing this Black Day, employees are wearing black-badges and are observing hunger strike today. This Black Day is being observed to express the anguish and mental agony of the employees to protest against the sinister moves being made by the government to kill BSNL. The atrocious cancellation of the 4G tender floated by BSNL, is nothing but a part of the conspiracy to stop BSNL from launching it’s 4G service and thereby to ensure that the telecom PSU never gets revived.
The CHQ of BSNLEU is promptly informing the employees, about the changes that take place in the IDA. The comrade who enables the CHQ to do this job is Com.Mihir Dasgupta, former Assistant General Secretary of BSNLEU. He keeps doing his homework regularly and also keeps the CHQ informed about the changes. CHQ appreciates the commitment of Com.Mihir Dasgupta, former AGS and heartily thanks him for his contributions.
Based on the consumer price index, issued by Shimla Labour Bureau on 30/09/20, 5.5% IDA increase has become due w.e.f. 1st October 2020. The current IDA is 159.9%. With the 5.5% increase, the total IDA will become 165.4%.
The SR Branch of the Corporate Office has given some new proposals, for changing the existing practice of submitting authorisation by an employee, for the deduction of union subscription. If the changes are implemented, it will create a chaotic situation. The proposals will also give leverage to the unscrupulous officers at the field level, to meddle into the affairs of the unions. Hence, BSNLEU has submitted it’s views, strongly opposing the new proposals.
The Narendra Modi government has hurriedly passed the anti-labour bills in the Parliament to amend the already existing Labour Laws. This is only to favour the employers. The Modi government wants to convert workers into slaves.
Similarly, unprecedented attacks are being launched on the Public Sector. Through these privatisations, huge wealth of the people are being handed over to the big corporates.
The Central Trade Unions have decided to organise militant struggles against the anti-labour and pro-corporate policies of the Modi government. In this direction, the Central Trade Unions are organising a massive online National Convention of Workers at 03:00 pm on 02nd October, 2020. Lakhs of workers are participating in this convention.
CHQ requests the All India, Circle and District level leaders of BSNLEU to massively participate in this Convention. The links for this online convention on Facebook and YouTube are given in the above posters.
कार्यरत और रिटायर्ड नॉन एग्जीक्यूटिव कर्मचारियों के निवास पर कन्सेशनल FTTH कनेक्शन हेतु BSNLEU की मांग...
BSNL मैनेजमेंट द्वारा JAG लेवल से नीचे के कर्मचारियों को उनके निवास पर कन्सेशनल ब्रॉडबैंड कनेक्शन उपलब्ध कराने का निर्णय लिया जा चुका है। किन्तु, अभी तक, कर्मचारियों को कन्सेशनल FTTH कनेक्शन उपलब्ध कराने के संबंध में कोई निर्णय नही लिया गया है। BSNLEU ने, कार्यरत और रिटायर्ड BSNL नॉन एग्जीक्यूटिव कर्मचारियों के निवास हेतु 50% छूट के साथ FTTH कनेक्शन उपलब्ध कराने की मांग करते हुए CMD BSNL को पत्र लिखा है।
The BSNL Corporate Office has already issued a letter on 27.08.2020, regarding Consolidation of Business Areas and rationalisation of work and delegated powers. CHQ is receiving requests / queries regarding Consolidation of Business Areas. In this connection, the CHQ requests the circle secretaries and the CHQ office bearers to go through the above mentioned order and to submit their suggestions / views to the CHQ, so that CHQ can consolidate the same and take up with the Corporate Office instead of taking up the issues in a piece-meal manner.
The validity of the BSNL MRS card, in respect of the retired employees had already been extended up to 30.09.2020. Now, based on the requests received from the unions and associations, the validity has been extended up to 31.03.2021.
The Andhra Pradesh Circle Executive Committee meeting is held online today. Com.K.Prabhakar Rao, Circle President, presided over the meeting. Com.P. Asokababu, Circle Secretary, welcomed everyone. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, delivered the inaugural address and explained the decisions of the Central Executive Committee meeting, as well as the attacks being launched by the Modi government on the public sector, and on the democratic rights of the people. Com.K. Ramadevi, Vice President (CHQ) greeted the conference. The report on activities was presented by Com.P.Asokababu, CS. 19 comrades participated in the deliberations. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary replied to the All India level issues raised in the meeting. Finally, Com.P. Asokababu, CS, summed up the discussions and replied to the important issues raised in the meeting. CHQ heartily congratulates the Andhra Pradesh circle union for successfully organising a fruitful executive committee meeting.
The Chennai Circle Executive Committee meeting is held online today. Com.E. Natarajan, Circle President, presided over the meeting. Com.D. Parandhaman, Assistant Circle Secretary, welcomed everyone. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, addressed the meeting and explained about the recent developments that have taken place at the national level, as well as at the circle level. Com.S.Chellappa, AGS, greeted the meeting. All the 16 comrades who participated in the meeting took part in the deliberations. The meeting took decisions to successfully organise the call of the AUAB, to observe Black Day on 01st October, 2020. The meeting also decided to successfully organise the campaign programme, as per the decision of the Central Executive Committee meeting. Finally, the meeting conducted elections to fill up the circle office bearers' posts, which have become vacant due to the resignations.