The CVO has informed BSNL Management that it has been decided to with hold vigilance clearance of VRS optees, against whom personal court cases (other than Departmental) are pending.
The All India Centre of BSNLEU met today and reviewed the decision to hold “badge wearing and gate meeting”, programme to be held on 23.03.2020, against CAA, NPR and NRC. Considering the extraordinary situation prevailing in the country, due to the spread of Corona Virus, the meeting has decided to defer this programme.
As per the call given by the CHQ, relief materials worth Rs.1,700/- were distributed to each of the 32 contract workers on 02.05.2020, at Ranipet and Ambur SDCAs of Vellore SSA, in Tamilnadu Circle. Com.Velayudham, BS, BSNLEU, Com.Sivaraj, BS, TNTCWU and Com. Raja, BS, AIBDPA and other office bearers participated in Ranipet. Com.M.Dhamodharan, ADS, BSNLEU, Com.D.Rajendran, AIBDPA and other comrades participated in Ambur.
BSNLEU is continuously pressing the Management hard to settle this issue. BSNLEU is demanding that full marks should be given to all the questions with multiple right answers. Today also, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, spoke to Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR) and requested for an early solution of this case. Alternatively, the General Secretary demanded that, what was suggested by the Director(HR), in the meeting held with BSNLEU in January, 2020, should be implemented. The Director (HR) responded positively and assured to look into it.
A National workshop, on wage revision in the Central Public Sector Undertakings, was held in the Sundaraiya Vigyan Kendra at Hyderabad, on 22-10-2017. It was jointly organised by INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, LPF, JAF of the Bengaluru based Public Sector trade unions and the Coordination Committee of the Hyderabad based Public Sector trade unions. Independent trade unions / federations of various sectors, including BSNLEU, also participated. Dr. Sanjeeva Reddy, president, INTUC, inaugurated the Seminar. Com.Tapan Sen, MP, General Secretary, CITU, com.H.Mahadevan(AITUC), com. Ellaiah(HMS) and com. Shanmugam(LPF) addressed. This was followed by deliberations by the delegates.
The main focus of the discussion was wage revision. However, serious concerns were expressed about the mad drive of the Narendra Modi government, for disinvestment and privatisation of the Public Sector, increasing contractualisation of permanent jobs, need for fresh recruitment, wage revision of the contract workers, etc. It was also strongly insisted that the trade unions should not accept 10 year wage agreement and should fight for 5 year settlement.
Participating in the debate, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, highlighted the one day strike held in BSNL on 27-07-2017, on wage revision issue and the decision of the entire unions and associations of BSNL to go on a two day strike in December, demanding wage settlement and opposing formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company. He also explained how successfully the BSNL employees are facing the cut throat competition of Reliance Jio. Com.Ramanandan, Secretary, CITU, explained the wage settlement reached in the Coal India Ltd. The Seminar decided that the Public Sector trade unions should closely coordinate among themselves to successfully settle the wage revision and against disinvestment and privatisation.
The BSNL Working Women's Coordination Committee, West Bengal circle, organised a women's convention at the CTO, Building, Kolkata, on 12th & 13th December, 2017, to make mobilisation for the two day strike. Com.Shibani Das presided over. Com. Banani Chottopadhyay, National Joint Convener of the Committee, Com Jhumur Bandyopadhyay and Com. Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU, WB, addressed the Convention and appealed to the workers to make the strike a grand success. Com. Banani also reported on decisions of the recently held, BSNL Working Women's Coordination Committee, held at New Delhi.
The first meeting of the Standing Committee was held today, chaired by Shri A.M.Gupta, GM(SR). Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, Com.Balbir Singh, President and Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS represented BSNLEU in the meeting. Implementation of all the decisions taken in the 35th meeting of the National Council were reviewed in the meeting.
The CEC meeting of BSNLEU discussed in depth, and passed a resolution about the ways and means for the financial revival of BSNL, in a scenario wherein the technology is changing fast.
The AUAB, Karnataka circle organised a huge joint GB meeting at Bengaluru on 2nd January 2019. Around 300 comrades attended. Com.A.C.Krishna Reddy, Chairman, AUAB, presided. Com.C.K. Gundanna, Convenor, welcomed all and briefed about the importance and necessity of holding the General Body meeting of AUAB. Com.K.S. Sheshadri, Dy.Gen.Secretary, NFTE BSNL, Com.H.V. Sudharshan, Dist.Secretary, BSNLEU, BGTD, Com. S.P. Jagadale, CS, SNEA, Com. S.K. Hiremath, CS, AIBSNLEA, Com.S.S. Prasad, CS BSNL MS, Com. Chandan, ACS AIGETOA and Com.Raghu, All India Org.Secretary, ATM, addressed the house and explained in detail about the decisions taken in the meeting held between the Hon'ble MoS(C) and the AUAB on 03-12-2018, based on which the Indefinite Strike has been deferred.
As per the ‘State of Working India 2018’ report’, the country has the highest rate of unemployment in 20 years. According to the report released by the Centre for Sustainable Employment of the Azim Premji University, shockingly, 82% of male and 92% per cent of female workers earn less than ₹10,000 a month. It is very important to note that, ₹18,000 per month is the minimum salary recommended by the Seventh Central Pay Commission. This suggests that a large majority of Indians are not being paid, what may be termed as living wage. In the 1970s and 1980s, when GDP growth was around 3-4%, employment growth was around 2% per annum. Since the 1990s, and particularly in the 2000s, GDP growth has accelerated to 7% but employment growth has slowed to 1% or even less.
[Source: Times of India.com dt. 01-02-2019]
A meeting of the AUAB was held yesterday the 16.05.2019, attended by the representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, AIGETOA, BSNL MS, BSNL ATM and TEPU. Com.Chandeshwar Singh, Chairman, presided over. Com.P.Abhimanyu, Convenor, welcomed everyone and presented the agenda. In-depth discussions took place with regards to the strategy to be adopted, for the settlement of the charter of demands, in the changing political scenario. The AUAB has issued a circular containing the decisions.
The All India Centre of BSNLEU has finalised a tour programme for the Central Office bearers of BSNLEU, for the forthcoming 8th Membership Verification. The circle secretaries are requested to immediately contact the respective central office bearers allotted their circles, and organise the meetings very effectively. The Central Office bearers are also requested to contact the concerned circle secretaries, for effectively organising the tour programme.
SEWA BSNL तमिलनाडु सर्किल ने BSNLEU महासचिव को मानहानि का नोटिस दिया....
SEWA BSNL तमिलनाडु सर्किल ने BSNLEU के महासचिव और साथ ही BSNLEU तमिलनाडु के सर्किल सेक्रेटरी और सर्किल प्रेसिडेंट को मानहानि का नोटिस दिया है। नोटिस में उल्लेखित किया गया है कि BSNLEU तमिलनाडु सर्किल की वेबसाइट पर SEWA BSNL को अपमानित करते हुए एक लेख प्रकाशित हुआ है। नोटिस में यह भी कहा गया है कि SEWA BSNL को रु 10 लाख का मुआवजा दिया जाए। CHQ द्वारा स्पष्ट किया जाता है कि नोटिस में लगाए गए आरोप पूर्णतः निराधार है और BSNLEU द्वारा इससे वैधानिक रूप से और उचित तरीके से निपटा जाएगा।
Chairman of a multinational company has been sentenced to 1 ½ years in jail, for obstructing formation of a trade union. Don’t be surprised. It has not happened in India but in South Korea. Lee Sang-Hoon, Chairman of the Samsung Electronics, has been sentenced to 1 ½ years in jail for obstructing formation of a trade union. This has happened in 2013, when Lee Sang-Hoon was the Chief Finance Officer of Samsung Electronics. The punishment has been awarded by the Seoul Central District Court.
Com.Elamaram Kareem, MP, as well as the National Secretary of the CITU, has written to Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister, expressing his deep concern over the attempts being made to disrupt BSNL’s equipment procurement. Enclosing a copy of the AUAB’s letter on the subject, Com.Ealamaram Kareem,MP, has stated that, BSNL’s tender is very important for the survival of the Company and for the thousands of it's employees, who are serving the nation with utmost sincerity. He has stated that, if media reports are true, the Department of Commerce and Department of Telecommunications are defeating BSNL’s revival plan, which is being carried out by the Government of India. Com.Elamaram Kareem,MP, has requested the Hon’ble Prime Minister to favourably act on the concerns raised by the AUAB and to do the needful to allow BSNL to go ahead with the tendering process. The AUAB sincerely thanks Com.Elamaram Kareem, MP, for making a timely intervention on this issue.
BSNLEU has already written to the Director (HR) about the officials who are held up in their native places or in some other distant places, due to the imposition of lock-down and who are unable to return to their places of duty. BSNLEU has demanded that their period of absence should be treated as on duty since they were unable to return to their places of duty, due to non-availability of any mode of transport during lock-down.
Today, Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary spoke to Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR) and insisted for an early settlement of this issue. Director (HR) assured to look into this case. Thereafter, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, spoke to Shri Saurabh Tyagi, Sr.GM(Estt.), BSNL CO., also and requested for speedy processing of the demand raised by BSNLEU. He too assured to the needful.
BSNLEU is seriously pursuing payment of this year's PLI. It has conducted country wide demonstrations on 13-10-2017, demanding immediate payment of PLI. Thereafter, in the meeting held between the Recognised Unions and Director(HR), it has been decided to discuss the issue in the PLI Committee meeting. This decision, to discuss the issue in the Committee, should not become a method of delaying the matter. Hence, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri A.M.Gupta, GM(SR) today, and demanded immediate constitution of a Joint Committee, consisting both the Management Side and Staff Side representatives. The GM(SR) assured prompt action in this regard.
As per the call of the Unions and Associations of BSNL , West Bengal, a rally was held in Kolkata today, in support of 2 day strike. The rally was massive and more than four thousand workers and officers took part in it. After the rally, a meeting was held at Esplanade where the leaders of BSNLEU, NFTE, AIBSNLEA, SNEA, SNATTA, AIGETOA, TEU, FNTO and SEWA BSNL addressed the huge gathering. They appealed to the workers to make the two day strike a historic success. Com Sisir Roy, CS, CTD presided over the meeting. From BSNLEU, com.Animesh Mitra, VP(CHQ) and com. Omprakash Singh, Organising Secretary (CHQ) addressed.
According to our sources, the IDA is likely to increase by 0.3% w.e.f. 01/04/2018. This increase, with the already existing IDA of 126.9%, will take the IDA payable to the employees, from 01.04.2018 to 127.2%.
The acute shortage in equipments, for providing FTTH connections, is being raised by our comrades time and again. BSNLEU has already written to the CMD BSNL in this regard, and has discussed also. Today, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, raised this issue with shri A.K. Jain, CGM NC NGN. He replied that the BSNL Management has already taken action to overcome short supply of equipments. He told 1.7 lakh FTTH connections were provided in 2017-18 and Management has fixed 36 lakh as the target for 2018-19. The ARPU of FTTH is Rs.1,600, which is a significant amount. For providing 36 lakh FTTH connections, Management has taken many steps. For example, action is being taken for the procurement of OLT and ONT equipments, by the CGMs, without tenders, based on the rates prescribed in GEM portal. Further, for the last mile, cable operators are being roped in. All circle and district unions are requested to take all steps, to ensure that the target of giving 36 lakh FTTH lines are achieved in 2018-19.