The AUAB organised a spirited lunch hour demonstration today at the BSNL Corporate Office, after serving the notice for the walk-out, rallies, etc. to be organised on 28-05-2018. The meeting that ensued the demonstration, was addressed by Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS,BSNLEU, Com.Mahabir Singh, Secretary, NFTE, Com.G.L.Jogi, Chairman,SNEA, Com.Prahalad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com. Madhu Trivedi, Vice-President(CHQ), FNTO and Com.N.D.Ram, GS, SEWA BSNL addressed the meeting. The leaders severely criticised the government and the BSNL Management for taking steps to make the Subsidiary Tower Company operational. In one voice, the leaders demanded that the government should roll back the Subsidiary Tower Company.
The 3 day relay hunger strike, organised at the BSNL Corporate Office, has turned out to be an extraordinarily successful programme. Apart from the employees of NTR and Corporate Office, comrades of BSNLEU from UP(West) and Haryana circle participated in large numbers on all the 3 days of the Relay Hunger Strike. Especially, the large number of comrades came and participated in the hunger strike today, from both the circles, despite rains. BSNLEU places on record, it’s hearty thanks to the comrades of UP (West) circle and the Haryana circle, for making the 3 day Relay Hunger Strike at the Corporate Office a great success.
A lot of queries are being raised by our comrades, with regards to the outsourcing of the maintenance of passive infra of mobile towers. BSNLEU and the AUAB is paying serious attention to this issue. In the meeting held with the CMD BSNL on 20.09.2018, the General Secretaries of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA and AIBSNLEA questioned the wisdom of BSNL Management to spend such a huge amount, for outsourcing the maintenance of BSNL mobile towers. The CMD BSNL replied that the maintenance of BSNL mobile towers will remain with the Company. Only the maintenance of passive infra, has been outsourced. This includes maintenance of power plants, installing new batteries, payment of electricity bills, purchasing of diesel, etc. The CMD BSNL also told that the Company would save Rs.100 crore per annum, through these outsourcing. The meeting of the AUAB, which took place on 08.10.2018, reviewed this issue thoroughly. The meeting observed the amount to be paid for this outsourcing is very huge, which does not commensurate with the quantum of works. It was decided that a detailed letter is to be written to the CMD BSNL, expressing the view of the AUAB, as to how spending such huge amount for the outsourcing is not justified. The meeting also decided to demand the CMD BSNL to put the outsourcing on hold, pending a discussion with the AUAB.
The 14th Congress of the TUI - WFTU of the trade unions of Transport and Communications, started at Istanbul, the capital of Turkey, yesterday. The Turkish trade union, Nakliyat ls, is hosting the Congress, and has made excellent arrangements for the Congress. 80 delegates from 25 countries are participating in the Congress. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the Congress yesterday. He explained about the recent 3 day strike of the BSNL employees, demanding wage revision, pension revision and against the anti- BSNL measures of the government. He also spoke on the international scenario, on development of telecom technology, and how imperialist countries are trying to monopolise it, for their exploitations. He underscored the urgent need to unite the telecommunication workers throughout the world, under the banner of the WFTU, to fight against the imperialist designs. Com.George Mavericks, General Secretary of the WFTU, will be addressing the Congress today.
The Jharkhand circle conference of BSNLEU was held at Ranchi on 23.02.2019. Election of office bearers was adjourned in that conference, due to the irregularities found in the accounts of the circle union, and consequent non-approval of the accounts. The adjourned circle conference was held at Ranchi today, in the Chhagan Lal Jain Smriti. Com.Omkar Nath Prasad, one of the senior most members of the union presided over. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, Com.Animesh Mitra, President and Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, attended the conference from the CHQ. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, welcomed everyone and explained about the background of the conference. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and Com.Animesh Mitra, President, addressed the conference and explained about the important issues such as wage revision, pension revision, issues related to the revival of BSNL, etc. Finally, election of office bearers was held unanimously. Com.Omkar Nath Prasad, Com.Azad Kumar Prasad and Com.Jitendra Prasad are elected as Circle President, Circle Secretary and Circle Treasurer, respectively. The CHQ heartily congratulates the newly elected team of office bearers.
The three day Extended CEC meeting of BSNLEU concluded jubilantly today. Deliberations by the district secretaries started day before yesterday and continued for the whole of yesterday. Totally, 83 district secretaries participated in the deliberations. By and large, all of them agreed with a line of approach, as was spelt out in the presentation of the General Secretary. Today, ie., the 3rd day, the meeting was addressed by the senior leaders of the Central Executive Committee. Ultimately, Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, summed up the discussions. In his speech, he explained about the achievements made by BSNLEU during the past three years. He also called upon the district secretaries to strengthen the unity of the Executives and Non-Executives, to fight against the anti-BSNL policies of the government, for strengthening BSNL. Overall, the Extended CEC meeting has generated a very big enthusiasm and hope among the participants. The excellent arrangements made by the Reception Committee, under the leadership of Com.N.K. Nalawade, CS, Maharashtra & VP (CHQ), were appreciated by all. The meeting came to an end with jubilant slogans.
VRS has been implemented in BSNL and 78,569 employees have already been retrenched. Before implementing VRS, the Management has not made any scientific study, as to how many employees are required to maintain the services. BSNL is not a private company, but a company of the people of India, which has to fulfil it’s social obligations like generation of employment. The mindset of the BSNL Management to outsource the entire works will undoubtedly pave the way for corruption. Hence, the CEC meeting of BSNLEU held at Vadodara has passed resolution demanding recruitment of fresh staff in BSNL.
1) Shri Dilip Siram, GMTD, Tripura - Rs.5,000/-
2) Com. Sajal Datta, AGM, Tripura, Agartala - Rs.4,000/-
3) Com.Bikash Sarkar, DGM, Tripura, Agartala - Rs.1,000/-
4)Com. Alpana Baidya, BSNLEU Member, Agartala, Tripura - Rs.1,000/-
5) Com. Sushankar Sarkar, BSNLEU Member, Agartala - Rs.1,000/-
6) Com. Putul Rani Sarkar, BSNLEU Member, Agartala - Rs.1,000/-
7) Com. Gopal Das, C/S AIBDPA, NE1 Circle, Shillong - Rs.1,000/-
8) Com. Smriti Das Majumder, BSNLEU Member, Agartala - Rs.1,000/-
9) Com. Satyajit Roy, Assistant Branch Secretary, Agartala - Rs.1,000/-
10) Com. Kishan Bhowmik, BSNLEU Member - Rs.650/-
11) Com. Biplab Debnath, Assistant Branch Secretary, Agartala - Rs.500/-
12) Com. Pratima Debbarma, Asstt. Branch Secretary, Agartala - Rs.500/-
13) Com. Babita Debbarma, Org. Secretary, Agartala - Rs.500/-
14) Com. Jayanti Debnath, BSNLEU Member, Agartala - Rs.500/-
15) Com. Jaya Bhattacharjee, Branch Secretary ETR, Agartala - Rs.500/-
16) Com.Sajal Bhowmik, JAO, Agartala - Rs.500/-
17) Com. Sajal Das, JAO, Agartala - Rs.500/-
18) Com.Nirmal Bhowmik, JAO, Agartala - Rs.500/-
19) Com. Mintu Chandra Bhowmik, DS, AIBDPA, Agartala - Rs.500/-
The Indian economy, which is already in shambles, due to the wrong policies of the government, is further getting battered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Study shows that the GDP growth for the current year may be in the negative area. This is revealed by the latest round of economic survey, carried out by the FICCI. The survey indicates that, the median GDP growth of India, for the current financial year of 2020-21, will be at (-)4.5%. The survey has put the minimum GDP growth at (-)6.4% and the maximum at 1.5%.
[Source: Economic Times dated 12.07.2020]
The All India Committee meeting of BSNL Working Women's Coordination Committee was held enthusiastically yesterday the 13.09.2020. Out of the 14 members of the Committee, 12 members participated in the meeting. Com. Banani Chattopadyay, Joint Convener, presided over the meeting. Com.Amita Naik, (Goa, Maharashtra), moved the condolence resolution. Com.V. Bhagyalakshmi, Joint Convener, welcomed everyone. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, inaugurated the meeting. The meeting was greeted by Com.Animesh Mitra, President, Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com.Gakul Borah, Treasurer. Com.P. Indira, Convener, presented the report on activities. A very good discussion took place. Many decisions, to strengthen the BSNL WWCC, as well on the issues related to BSNL and the employees, were taken in the meeting. A detailed report on the meeting is enclosed.
Leaders of BSNL unions and associations, submitted memorandum to Hon’ble MP, shri Kinjarapu Ram Mohan Naidu, Srikakulam.
Demonetisation has brought sufferings to millions of people. Unorganised workers have lost their jobs massively. Those who continue with their jobs do not get their wages. Agriculturalists have suffered in a big way. But, the Prime Minister and the Home Minister continue to make tall claims about the benefits to the economy, brought by demonetisation. Now, news has started coming, how badly the economy is hit. Today’s Economic Times has reported that sales of automobiles have fallen 18.66% in the month of December. In this, sales of two wheelers got reduced by 22.04% and sales of three wheelers have got reduced by 36.23%. The paper reports that this is the steepest fall since 2000 in the automobile industry. The paper has also reported that home sales has got reduced by 23% during the period from July to December, 2016. Only Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to say why the nation is made to suffer so much due to demonetisation?
The Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Karnataka, was held at Bangalore today. The programme started with the hoisting of Union flag by Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS. Sweets were distributed to all, on account of the Foundation Day of BSNLEU. Com.C.K.Gundanna, circle secretary, welcomed every one. Com.M.C.Balakrishna, circle president, presided over. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, inaugurated the meeting. In his speech, the General Secretary explained about the present status of the important issues of wage revision, pension revision, allotment of 4G spectrum, pension contribution, etc. He further made a detailed analysis of the economic policies being pursued by the government, which results in the accumulation of wealth in the hands of corporates, and pauperisation of the working masses. He also cautioned about the efforts being taken to divide the working class on communal lines. Com.C.K.Gundanna, CS, presented report on activities, based on which deliberations were made by the members. The meeting unanimously resolved to request the All India Union to permit Karnataka circle to host the next All India Conference.
The AUAB served notice on the Secretary,DoT and the CMD BSNL, for organising the Walk-Out, Rallies, etc., on 28-05-2018, demanding the rolling back of the Subsidiary Tower Company. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, Com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS, BSNLEU, Com.Mahabir Singh, Secretary,NFTE, Com.Rajmouli, Treasurer,NFTE, Com.GL.Jogi, Chairman, SNEA, Com.A.A.Khan, President,SNEA, Com.Prahalad Rai, GS,AIBSNLEA, Com.Sivakumar, President, AIBSNLEA, Com.N.D.Ram, GS, SEWA BSNL, Com.Madhu Trivedi, Vice-President (CHQ), FNTO, and Com.Mohinder,CS, FNTO, NTR were present in the team of the leaders of the AUAB, who delivered the Notice for the agitation.
Based on the memorandum received from the AUAB, Karim Nagar, Telengana, Shri Vinod Kumar, MP, has written to Shri Narendra Modi, Hon'ble Prime Minister, demanding immediate allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL, and settlement of the other demands, raised by the AUAB. Especially, the MP has brought to the notice of the Hon'ble Primer Minister that the DoT is not implementing the assurances given by the Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications. BSNLEU heartily thanks Shri Vinod Kumar, MP.
Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, Com.Animesh Mitra, President and Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Shri K.K. Thakur, CGM, Jharkhand, today. They were accompanied by the newly elected President, Circle Secretary and Treasurer of Jharkhand circle. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, introduced the newly elected officer bearers to the CGM, Jharkhand. The CHQ office bearers sought the cooperation of the circle administration of Jharkhand for the smooth functioning of the Jharkhand circle union. The CGM, Jharkhand, assured his cooperation.
Posters for the campaign for the 8th Membership Verification were released in the Extended CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Pune today. The attractive posters are printed in Hind and English. Senior leaders of the Union released the posters today, amidst thundering slogans.
Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD BSNL, has written a letter to all the General Secretaries of the applicant unions, thanking them for their constructive role in successfully completing the 8th Membership Verification, as well as soliciting their cooperation for the betterment of the Company.
Based on the approval given by the DoT, the BSNL Management started Wage Negotiations for the Non-Executives, with the Recognised Unions. The Wage Negotiations have reached an advanced stage when the BSNL Management abruptly stopped it. Thereafter, the Management informed that Wage Negotiations would resume after Membership Verification. It is already 6 months since the Membership Verification is held. However, the Management has not resumed the Wage Negotiations. The CEC meeting of BSNLEU held at Vadodara has passed resolution demanding immediate resumption of the Wage Negotiations.