BSNL employee unions claimed that the govt has not allotted spectrum for 4G services to BSNL in order to prevent it from competing against Reliance Jio. The Union said in a statement, "Whole telecom industry is in a crisis due to the predatory pricing of Reliance Jio." It alleged that Reliance Jio will steeply raise call and data tariffs once the entire competition is wiped out.
Blaming Reliance Jio for financial woes of the telecom sector, employee unions of BSNL on Wednesday alleged that the government was favouring the latest entrant over other firms and said they will go on an indefinite strike from December 3.
The employee unions claimed that the government has not allotted spectrum for 4G services to BSNL in order to prevent it from competing against Reliance Jio.
Reliance Jio did not comment on the allegations. "As of now, the whole telecom industry is gripped with a crisis...All these have happened due to the predatory pricing of the Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Jio. The whole game plane of Reliance Jio is to wipe out its competitors, which includes the state owned BSNL," BSNL unions said in a joint statement.
All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) alleged that with its huge financial muscle, Reliance Jio is offering services at 'below-cost' rates. It said that private telecom companies like Aircel, Tata Teleservices, Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Communications and Telenor have already closed their mobile service businesses.
It alleged that Reliance Jio will steeply raise call and data tariffs once the entire competition is wiped out. "It will loot the people by steeply raising the call and data charges. It is a matter of deep concern that, Reliance Jio is being openly patronised by the Narendra Modi government," the statement said.
No immediate comments were received from the Prime Minister's Office. AUAB said the public sector firm has been demanding allotment of 4G spectrum but "the government has turned a deaf ear to this demand, with the ulterior motive of preventing the public sector company from putting up an effective competition to Reliance Jio".
All officers and workers of BSNL are going on an indefinite strike from December 3, 2018, the AUAB said. "Demands of the strike include the immediate allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL for rolling out its 4G service, implementation of the government rule in respect of payment of pension contribution by BSNL, wage revision of the employees and pension revision of the retirees, from January 1, 2017," the statement said.
It also alleged that whosoever tried to act against Reliance Jio had to pay the price, including former telecom secretary J S Deepak. "JS Deepak wrote to the TRAI demanding action on Reliance Jio, for adopting predatory pricing. As a result, JS Deepak was instantaneously shunted out of the DoT... This was a clear signal given by the Narendra Modi government, as to what would happen to any one who dares to speak against Rliance Jio," the unions alleged. Deepak was named India's Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) when he was abroad to attend the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Spain.
The unions said that BSNL was in a loss of more than Rs 8,800 crore in 2011-12 but due to the combined efforts taken by the employees and the management, the PSU posted an operating profit of Rs 672.57 crore in 2014-15. "BSNL's improved performance is reflected in the expansion of it's customer base also. It must be remembered that all these achievements are made by BSNL without 4G technology and with only 2G and 3G technologies, while all the private companies are armed with 4G technology," the statement said.
Apart from the allotment of 4G spectrum, the AUAB is also demanding the implementation of the government's rule in the matter of BSNL's payment of pension contribution. "It is atrocious that, the Narendra Modi government is violating it's own rule, and is fleecing a huge amount from BSNL every year, in the name of Pension Contribution. This is seriously affecting the financial health of the Company," the unions said.
[Courtesy: Times of India, Business Standard and ET Telecom dated 29.11.2018]
The AUAB, Punjab circle, organised a very effective meeting at Bharat Nagar telephone exchange, Ludhiana today, to mobilise the employees for the 3rd December indefinite strike. Com.Surjeet Singh, CS, NFTE & Chairman, AUAB, presided over the meeting. Com.Balbir Singh, CS, BSNLEU & Convenor, AUAB, welcomed everyone and conducted the meeting. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Convenor, AUAB, Com.Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE & Chairman,AUAB, Com.Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA and Com. Ravi Shil Verma, GS, AIGETOA addressed the gathering and explained the demands. The anti-BSNL and pro-private policies of the Narendra Modi government was explained in detail, and the employees were called on to go on a protracted struggle to safeguard the future of the Company and he future of the employees.
All the Central Trade Unions of the country, including INTUC, AITUC, CITU, HMS, etc., have written letter to Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications, demanding his immediate intervention for the settlement of the demands raised in the notice for indefinite strike from 03-12-2018. AUAB heartily thanks the Central Trade Unions.
An effective lunch hour gate meeting was organised at BSNL Corporate Office today, to mobilise the Corporate Office employees for the forthcoming indefinite strike. The meeting was addressed by Com. Chandeshwar Singh, GS, NFTE & Chairman, AUAB, Com.Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com. R.S. Chauhan, Org. Secretary (CHQ), BSNLEU, Com. Ravi Shil Verma, GS, AIGETOA and Com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS. The leaders explained the charter of demands for the indefinite strike and urged upon the employees to massively participate in the strike.
The Rajasthan circle AUAB organised a huge meeting at Jaipur on 27th November, 2018, for the preparation of the Indefinite Strike from 3rd December,2018. More than 500 employees from Rajasthan attended the meeting. The meeting was presided over by com Dikshit, President of AUAB and circle secretary of NFTE-BSNL. Com. Ashok Pareek, Convenor of AUAB, Rajasthan delivered welcome address. Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU, Com.A.Rajmouli, Financial Secretary, NFTE-BSNL, Com.Prahllad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com.Suresh Kumar, BSNLMS, Com.R.R.Sharma, Circle President, SNEA, Rajasthan, Com.Ajit Kumar, Advisor, AIGTEOA, Com.Ashok Gupta, CS,BTEU BSNL Com.Rashid Khan, AGS, TEPU and Com.H.P.Singh, Dy.GS, BSNLOA addressed the meeting. All leaders touched upon the points related to the decisions of All Unions and Associations on Indefinite Strike from 3rd December and appealed to employees to participate in the indefinite strike with determination.
An impressive convention for the preparation of the indefinite strike was organised at Shimla on 26-11-2018, by the AUAB, Himachal Pradesh. It was held in the CTO Sabhagar Shimla. More than 170 comrades, including a good number of women employees, participated. Com.Nand Lal Sharma, Chairman, AUAB and Com.K.C.Panwar, Convenor, AUAB, Himachal Pradesh, jointly presided over the Convention. Com. Balbir Singh, President BSNLEU, Mohinder Singh, Vinay Raina, Vice Presidents, NFTE, Com.R.D.Share, Circle Vice President, SNEA, Com. Chander Negi, CS, AIGETOA, Com.K.C. Panwar, CS, BSNLEU and Com. Nand Lal Sharma, CS, NFTE, addressed the Convention. AUAB, leaders, elaborately explained the strike issues, including Wage revision of BSNL Employees, from 01-01-2017, 4-G spectrum for BSNL, Pension revision for retired BSNL, employees, from 01-01-2017, Pension contribution on actual basic pay and superannuation benefits of the directly recruited employees. The successful Shimla convention has foretold the success of the indefinite strike.
CHQ has received the district wise break-up figures of quota received for the years 2016 & 2017, from Bihar and Jharkhand circles. Based on this, the number of delegates eligible to each of the district of these circles is enclosed.
A massive strike preparatory meeting was organised at Lucknow today, under the banner of the AUAB, UP(East) circle, at Kaiserbagh telephone exchange compound. Com.Sanjay Dhube, CS, NFTE & Chairman,AUAB, UP(East) circle, presided over the meeting. Com. R.K.Mishra, CS, BSNLEU & Convenor, AUAB, UP(East) circle, welcomed everyone and conducted the programme. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Convenor, AUAB, Com.Chandeswar Singh, GS,NFTE & Chairman, AUAB, Com.S.Sivakumar, President, AIBSNLEA, Com.Ajay Kumar, President, BSNL MS, A.K.Mishra, ACS, SNEA, Com.R.N.Mishra, CS, AIGETOA, Com.R.K.Gupta, CS, TEPU, Com.A.K.Verma, CS, AIBSNLEA and Com.Sanjay Dhube, CS, BSNL MS addressed the meeting and elaborately explained about the demands. The leaders also exposed the pro-corporate and anti-BSNL / anti- Public Sector policies of the government and called upon the Non-Executives and Executives to make the indefinite strike from 03-12-2018 a total success.
The AUAB of Gujarat circle organised a huge strike preparatory meeting at Ahmedabad today. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Convenor, AUAB, Com. Chandeshwar Sigh, GS, NFTE & Chairman, AUAB, Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS and circle secretaries of the constituents of the AUAB addressed. The leaders elaborately explained the strike demands, as well as the pro-private and anti-BSNL / anti-public sector policies of the Nrendra Modi government. The speeches of the leaders evoked tremendous response from the 500 and odd Non-Executives and Executives who had come from throughout Gujarat circle. The meeting was presided over by Com.N.J.Bhatia, CS, NFTE & Chairman, AUAB, Gujarat. Com. D.K. Bakutra, CS, BSNLEU & Convenor, AUAB, Gujarat, welcomed everyone and conducted the proceedings.
BSNLEU, Uttarakhand circle union successfully conducted it’s conference at the press club, Dehradun, yesterday the 25-11-2018. The conference got kick-started with the hoisting of the Union Red Flag by Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary. Com.G.P.Kala, circle president, presided over the conference. Com. K.S.Soun, circle secretary, welcomed the delegates, leaders and the guests. Com. P.B.Dobhal, former CHQ office bearer and Com.P.C.Kandpal, former circle secretary, adored the conference with their presence. As a part of the conference, a lively open session is held in the morning session. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, spoke at length and explained in detail the issues on which the indefinite strike from 03-12-2018 is being organised. The audience got swayed by the speech of the General Secretary and vowed to make the strike a historic success. The session was also addressed by Shri.A.K.Shrivastav, PGM, Dehradun, who gave a confidence with facts and figures that, BSNL will certainly win the race. Shri.K.R.Bharti,GM(Finance), Com. Anand Bihari Uniyal, CS,NFTE, Com. Jai Vikram, CS,SNEA and Com. Dhyani, CS,AIBSNLEA also graced the session with their impressive speeches. The subjects committee was held in the post lunch session. Report on activities and audited accounts were submitted. A lively debate took place. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, addressed the subjects committee and explained about the issues involved for the 2 day General Strike to be held on 8th and 9th January, 2019, and called on the circle and district unions to prepare the employees for that struggle also.
An impressive meeting was organised at the GMT office of Ambala, Haryana, on 24-11-2018, for making the indefinite strike from 3rd December, 2018 successful. Com. M.S.Kadian, CS, BSNLEU, welcomed everyone and addressed. Com. Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU, Com. S.P.Malhan, Vice President, NFTE, Com.Shiva Kumar, President, AIBSNLEA, Com.Ramesh Chand Sharma, Organising Secretary (CHQ), BSNLEU, Com.Hari Shankar Tiwari, Vice President, AIGETOA and Com.Surinder Sandhu, CS, SNEA, addressed the Convention. The strike issues, including 3rd Pay Revision, Allotment of 4G spectrum, Pension Revision, implementation of Government Rule for payment of pension contribution by BSNL and implementation of 30% superannuation benefits to the DR employees were explained with all the details by the speakers. The meeting evoked good response among the employees.
The AUAB of Madhya Pradesh organised a massive strike preparatory meeting at Bhopal today. Com.Habeeb Khan, CS, NFTE and Chairman,AUAB, MP circle, presided over. Com.Prakash Sharma, CS, BSNLEU and Convenor, AUAB, welcomed everyone. The meeting was addressed by Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Convenor, AUAB, Com.Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE & Chairman, AUAB, Com.Dutta Majumdar, CS, SNEA, Com.Md.Parvesh Khan, CS, AIBSNLEA and Com.Devendra Saini, CS, AIGETOA addressed the meeting. Within a very short notice, the AUAB of MP circle organised this excellent meeting. The response of the employees for the meeting was tremendous. AUAB heartily congratulates the AUAB of MP circle.
01.12.2018 से नुक्कड़ सभाएं आयोजित कीजिए- अनिश्चितकालीन हड़ताल को आम नागरिकों से व्यापक सहयोग मिले, यह जरूरी है।
AUAB की 20.11.2018 को सम्पन्न मीटिंग ने सभी यूनियन्स व एसोसिएशन्स को हमारी डिमांड्स और अनिश्चितकालीन हड़ताल के समर्थन में आम नागरिकों से व्यापक सहयोग प्राप्त करने का आव्हान किया है। मीटिंग ने निर्णय लिया कि इस हेतु 01.12.2018 से हड़ताल खत्म होने तक लगातार नुक्कड़ सभाएं आयोजित की जाए। विशेष रूप से, मीटिंग में यह निर्णय लिया गया कि 03.12.2018 से नुक्कड़ सभाओं में सभी एग्जीक्यूटिव्ज व नॉन एग्जीक्यूटिव्ज बड़े पैमाने पर शामिल हों। आम नागरिकों के बीच हमें यह अभियान प्रभावी रूप से चलाना है कि बीएसएनएल का पब्लिक सेक्टर कंपनी के रूप में अस्तित्व इस देश के नागरिकों के लिए कितना जरूरी है। सरकार की बीएसएनएल विरोधी और निजी समर्थक नीतियां, विशेष रूप से रिलायंस जियो के समर्थन में सरकार का सहयोग, प्रभावशाली तरीके से आम जन के बीच रखना चाहिए। बीएसएनएल ईयू के सभी सर्किल और डिस्ट्रिक्ट सेक्रेटरीज से अनुरोध है कि वें AUAB के अन्य घटकों से सामंजस्य कर इस अभियान को जनता के बीच ले जाने की पहल करे।
BSNLEU conveys best wishes and warm greetings to all on the occasion of Guru Nanak Dev ji’s jayanthi..
The AUAB meeting held on 20.11.2018, has called on the unions and associations to mobilise public opinion massively, in favour of the indefinite strike and it’s demands. The meeting has decided that street corner meetings should be organised from 01.12.2018, till the end of the strike. Especially, the meeting has decided that, from 03.12.2018 onwards, the entire Non-Executives and Executives should participate in the street corner meetings in a big way. We have to make effective campaign among the general public that, the existence of BSNL, as a public sector company is very essential for the people of this country. The anti-BSNL and pro-private policies and actions, especially the actions being taken by the government in favour of Reliance Jio, should be effectively publicised among the people. All circle and district unions of BSNLEU are requested to coordinate with the other constituents of the AUAB and to take the initiative for organising this campaign among the general public.
The AUAB has already served the strike notice for the indefinite strike from 03.12.2018. The five point charter of demands is included in the strike notice. Now, the AUAB has submitted a detailed explanatory note to the Secretary, DoT and the CMD BSNL, wherein the demands are explained elaborately.
The meeting of the AUAB, held at New Delhi on 20.11.2018, made serious discussions, in respect of organising the indefinite strike from 03.12.2018 very effectively. Many important decisions are taken in the meeting. All circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU, are requested to go through the circular and implement the decisions meticulously.
The AUAB has designed posters in English and Hindi, for the indefinite strike from 03.12.2018. These poster designs can be utilised for printing posters by the circle and district unions. It is a must that posters are printed by the circle and district level AUABs, so that our message is effectively taken among the employees and the general public. These posters can also be printed by translating the matter into regional languages.
The AUAB, in it’s meeting held at New Delhi on 20.11.2018 has decided to make a whirlwind tour throughout the entire country, for organising the indefinite strike from 03.12.2018. Accordingly, the AUAB has finalised the tour programme, which is linked herewith. It may kindly be noted that, the time at our disposal is extremely short. However, the All India tour programme has to be organised to make the strike success. Hence, all circle secretaries are requested to kindly cooperate and organise the meetings with maximum participation of the Non-Executives and Executives. Certain strong circles are exempted from this tour programme, due to paucity of time. CHQ requests the circle unions to organise massive meetings in each and every district to mobilise the employees.