The working class of India is organising the 19th General Strike on 08.01.2020, against the pro-corporate and anti-worker Neo-Liberal policies of the government. BSNLEU has already decided to participate in this strike. All the circle and district unions are requested to take the last minute efforts to organise the General Strike successfully.
08.01.2020 की आम हड़ताल सफलता पूर्वक आयोजित करने के लिए अंतिम क्षणों तक प्रयास करें..
सरकार की कॉर्पोरेट परस्त और कर्मचारी विरोधी नव उदारवादी नीतियों के खिलाफ देश के वर्किंग क्लास द्वारा 08.01.2020 को 19 वीं आम हड़ताल की जा रही है। BSNLEU द्वारा भी इस हड़ताल में शामिल होने का निर्णय लिया जा चुका है। सभी सर्किल और डिस्ट्रिक्ट यूनियन्स से अनुरोध है कि आम हड़ताल सफलता पूर्वक आयोजित करने के लिए अन्तिम क्षणों तक प्रयास करें।
The All India Centre has decided that rallies / human chains should be organised throughout the country on 07.01.2020, for mobilising the employees for the General Strike to be held on 08.01.2020. This has already been communicated to all. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to organise the rallies / human chains successfully tomorrow.
कल, 07.01.2020 को रैलीज, मानव श्रृंखला आयोजित करें...
ऑल इंडिया सेंटर द्वारा निर्णय लिया गया है कि 08.01.2020 की आम हड़ताल में शामिल करने हेतु कर्मचारियों को संगठित करने के लिए देश भर में 07.01.2020 को रैलीज, मानव श्रृंखला आयोजित की जाए। इसकी सूचना सभी को पूर्व में दी जा चुकी है। CHQ सभी सर्किल और डिस्ट्रिक्ट यूनियन्स का कल रैलीज, मानव श्रृंखला सफलता पूर्वक आयोजित करने का आव्हान करता है।
It is shocking to know that masked goondas, armed with iron rods, sledgehammers, etc., have organised a brutal attack on the JNU students yesterday, inside the campus. 35 students have been injured seriously in the 3 hour attack. It is reported the students belonging to the Left Student Unions were targeted. 15 stitches are made on the injury sustained by the President of the JNU Students' Union. Even the teachers who came to protect the students have been attacked. The JNU Students Union has accused that police and security guards stood as silent spectators, when the attack took place. Recently, the JNU Students have organised massive struggles in Delhi, against the fee hike. The JNU students also remain in the forefront of the struggles presently taking place against the CAA. Hence, the attack on JNU students is an attempt to scare them from participating in democratic movements. It is an attempt to strangle the voice of democracy. BSNLEU strongly condemns this cowardly attack on the JNU students.
Com.Animesh Mitra, President and Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met the DoT officers of the Establishment Section on 3rd January, 2020. The details of the discussion are as follows.
The DoT informed the union representatives that in the particular issue, Member (Services), DoT has given reply on 06.02.2019 to BSNL, wherein it is mentioned that DoT has issued orders on pension to this particular officials who were TSM upto 29.09.2000 and who have been regularised on or after 01.10.2000 is treated as DoT recruitees. Regarding giving promotion under NEPP, it is BSNL who has formed the promotion policy. If the PSU (BSNL) wanted to extend the benefits to such employees, they may go for modification / amendments in their promotion policy, for which DoT has nothing to do. Further, BSNL has made another correspondence on 04.09.2019 in the same matter, for which DoT has given it’s reply on 17.09.2019, mentioning the stand of DoT. It is also mentioned that several CAT, High Courts have given judgements in the above issue and the SLP of BSNL has been rejected by the Hon’ble Supreme Court, hence, DoT feels that BSNL may go for a settlement on the basis of the earlier letters from DoT to avoid further court cases.
The DoT officers informed that, the matter is sub-judice since 2012. In one case of Shri Bhawan Kumar, Rajasthan, a Civil Leave Petition is pending in the Hon’ble Supreme Court vide No.CL 51/2016. The Hon’ble Supreme Court is to form a 3 judges bench to hear the case, which is not yet decided.
Qassim Soleimani, the top Army General of Iran was killed yesterday, while he was in the Baghdad Airport. He was killed in a sophisticated air attack by the United States. An MQ-9 Reaper drone of the US, fired missiles at the Baghdad Airport, killing Suleiman on the spot. Killing the top Army General of Iran is nothing but openly declaring a war on that country by the United States. Undoubtedly, this is a terrorist act. This killing has triggered tension around the world. Many countries including France, China and Russia have condemned this provocative action of the United States.
Because of the continuous efforts of BSNLEU and BSNL CCWF, Corporate Office has allotted funds to all the circles, for payment of wages of contract workers. As regards Kolkata circle, the Corporate Office has allotted Rs.9 crore for payment of wages to 220 workers, as per court order. However, only a paltry 1.6 crore rupees has been allotted to the remaining thousands of contract workers. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, spoke to Shri P.K.Purwar, CMD BSNL today telephonically and requested that requisite fund should be allotted to Kolkata circle for payment of contract workers’ wages, at par with other circles. The CMD BSNL assured to look into the matter and to do the needful.
Com.Animesh Mitra, President and Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, in their meeting with Ms.Samitha Luthra, GM(Rectt.) today, expressed their strong resentment regarding the non-holding of JE LICE. The exam was postponed in March, 2019, and thereafter the Management has not taken any effort to hold the exam. The Union representatives demanded that the JE LICE should be held immediately. The GM(Rectt.), informed, that the Management will do the needful for holding the exam, in consultation with Establishment Branch of the Corporate Office.
Com.Animesh Mitra, President and Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Ms.Samitha Luthra, GM(Rectt.) today the 03.01.2020. They raised the issue of granting relaxation to the failed JTO LICE candidates, with Ms. Samita Lutra, GM(Rectt.), today. They expressed the disappointment of BSNLEU, since the issues raised by the Union, regarding the review of the results of the JTO LICE, held on 26-05-2019, were not properly looked into, by the Management. In this connection, BSNLEU has also written to the CMD BSNL, on 26-05-2019, they pointed out. They told the GM(Rectt.) that, after implementation of VRS, a lot of young and energetic JTO’s are required to run the network, and in this background the Management should take a review of the whole situation. They appealed to the GM(Rectt.) that the demand made by BSNLEU for granting relaxation, should be considered in the right perspective. They further requested the GM(Rectt.) to hold the JTO LICE for the VY-2018-19 without further delay. The GM(Rectt.) assured to look into the matter.
Circle union of BSNLEU, BSNL Corporate Office Branch, held it's Circle Executive Committee meeting today the 03.01.2020. The meeting was held for the preparation of the General Strike to be held on 8th January, 2020. Com.Kamal Kishore, Circle President, Presided over the meeting. Com.Pankaj Atri, Circle Secretary, Corporate Office welcomed all and initiated the discussion. The meeting was addressed by Com.Animesh Mitra, All India President and Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS. Both of them explained in detail, the issues connected with the General Strike and appealed the Executive Committee members to make full mobilisation for the General Strike, to be held on 08th January, 2020. They also highlighted the issues that will arise in the post VRS situation.
“The Hindu” news paper has published the above cartoon on the New Year Day. The cartoon vividly portrays the present day India. The communal forces try to divide the country on the basis of religion and take it back to the Dark Age. At the same time, the progressive Forces try to stop this and take the country forward to the future. Communal forces weaken the unity of the people, most importantly, the unity of the working people. BSNLEU, being an organisation of the working class, will remain with the progressive forces and will oppose the communal forces from dividing the people.
The government has decided that all the telecom equipments suppliers could participate in the 5G spectrum trial. This includes, The Chinese companies, viz., Huawei and ZTE. However, the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch, the economic wing of the RSS, has opposed this. It has written to the government, expressing it’s opposition to the admission of Huawei and ZTE for the 5G spectrum trials. It has told that, the participation of the Chinese companies in the 5G technology roll out would compromise the security of the nation. The opposition of the RSS is nothing but the echo of Donald Trump’s voice. The US President has told that all countries should boycott the Chinese Companies in the rolling out of 5G networks. On the other hand, it is an open secret that, the US imperialism is utilising it’s companies, viz., Google, Facebook, etc., to spy all other nations, including India. The RSS has never raised it’s voice against the US’s spying activities. This only shows the biased world view of the RSS and it’s outfits.
[Source: The Economic Times dated 01.01.2020]
Telecom operators have been directed by the DoT, to apply within the next 10 days, for 5G spectrum trials. 5G spectrum will be allotted to the telecom operators for a period of 6 months for this trial. The government has earmarked the 3300-3600 MHz band for 5G trial. Apart from this, 700 MHz and 26 GHz bands can also be used by the operators for the 5G spectrum trial. The trials would be conducted both in the urban and rural areas.
[Source: The Economic Times dated 01.01.2020]
CHQ has already called upon the circle and district unions to organise a “Meet the Workers" programme from 30.12.2019 to 06.01.2020, for mobilisng the employees to participate in the General Strike being held throughout the country on 08.01.2020. The leaders and active workers have to meet all the workers during this period, distribute pamphlet and canvas them to join the General Strike. The anti-worker and pro-corporate policies of the Narendra Modi government should be explained to the employees during this campaign programme. Similarly, the CHQ has also called upon the circle and district unions to organise rallies / human chains on 07.01.2020 as a mobilisation for the General Strike. All the circle and district secretaries are requested to organise the above mentioned programme effectively and to send reports and photos to the CHQ.
The IDA is reported to have increased by 5.3% w.e.f 01.01.2020. Accordingly, the total IDA from 01-01-2020 will be 157.3%.
The year 2019 is coming to a close. This year witnessed many struggles, movements and campaigns, by BSNL employees, for the revival of BSNL. Despite the invoking of ESMA, BSNL employees went on a glorious 3 day strike in February, 2019. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the employees for their participation in these struggles. 2019 also witnessed the allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL, by the government, which is undoubtedly due to the impact of the struggles. Undoubtedly, this will go a long way in the financial revival of BSNL. At the same time, 2019 also witnessed the implementation of VRS and 50% of the employees opting for it. The year 2020 is going to be challenging for BSNL and it's employees. The united trade union movement has to change the challenges into stepping stones for the revival of BSNL and for a better future of the employees.
“Salaries (for November) for the employees have been released today and the amount will be credited to their accounts by today-end or tomorrow morning," PK Purwar, Chairman and Managing Director, BSNL told reporters here. Speaking on the sidelines of an event here, Purwar said that ₹1,700 crore to its vendors have also been released through internal accrual and bank loans recently. When asked about when will the salaries start coming on time and stabilise, he said it will take three to four months.
[ Courtesy : Business Line dt. 30-12-2019]
The government has formed one more Group of Ministers (GoM) in connection with the revival of BSNL and MTNL. It is reported that this GoM will expedite the implementation of the Cabinet decisions already taken, in connection with the revival of BSNL and MTNL. Members of this new GOM are Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal and Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
[ Source : PTI dt. 28-12-2019]