Memorandum submitted to Shri Prahallad Joshi, Hon'ble MP, Hubli, Karnataka.
In the wake of leading private telecom companies like Airtel, Idea and Vodafone, complaining against the predatory pricing by Reliance Jio, the TRAI has issued definition for predatory pricing. This definition is given by making an amendment to the "Telecommunication Tariff order".
According to this, a tariff will be considered predatory, if in a “relevant market”, a telecom operator with over 30 per cent market share, offers services at a price which is below the average “variable cost”, with a view to reduce competition or eliminate the competitors in the “relevant market”, as per an amendment made by TRAI in the Telecommunication Tariff order.
Under the new rules, TRAI will impose financial disincentive of up to Rs 50 lakh per circle on operators if their service rates are found to be predatory in nature.
(Source : PTI dated 27-02-2018)
The All Unions and Associations of BSNL, had decided to conduct week long campaign programme throughout the country, from 7th to 11th May, 2018, demanding the rolling back of the Subsidiary Tower Company, as well as opposing the anti-BSNL and anti- Public Sector policies of the government. In accordance with this call, the programme of conducting street corner meetings has started throughout the country in right earnest. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to effectively organise this programme and send report and photos to the CHQ.
The Corporate Office has recently issued letter for retrenching 30% of the contract workers, for cutting down the expenditures of the Company. BSNLEU has already demanded the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR) that, the retrenched contract workers could be gainfully re-engaged in sales and marketing activities. Several rounds of discussions have already taken place with the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR). Eventhough, the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR) have already accepted the proposal of BSNLEU, no letter has been issued so far for the re-engagement of the retrenched contract workers. In today’s meeting with the GM(SR), the representatives of BSNLEU demanded early implementation of the assurance given by the Director (HR). The GM(SR) assured that necessary action would be taken in this regard.
All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) of Jharkhand circle conducted a preparatory meeting at Ranchi on 29th November 2018 in the telephone exchange for the indefinite strike from 3rd December 2018. The meeting was addressed by Com. Swapan Chakraborty Dy.GS, BSNLEU, Com.Mahavir Singh, National Secretary and Circle Secretary of NFTE-BSNL, Com.B.Narayan, former Vice-President of BSNLEU (CHQ), Com. Sashikant Prasad, CS, AIBSNLEA, Jharkhand, Com.Ajai Kumar, DS, SNEA, Com.Arvind Kumar, CS, AIGTEOA and Com.Maheswar Prasad, CS,BSNL MS. Addressing the meeting the leaders explained in detail the background of taking decision for the agitational programme by the AUAB and appealed to all employees to participate in the indefinite strike from 3rd December till the issues are settled. All employees expressed their concern and assured that the strike will be complete in the circle and agreed to sacrifice the wages for the Indefinite Strike.
Consequent to the call that has been given for conducting protest demonstrations tomorrow, against VRS, Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR), called the concerned unions and associations for talks today. Representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, AIBSNLEA, BSNL MS and BSNL OA participated in the talks. Com.Swapan Chakraborty represented BSNLEU. The Director (HR) appealed to the representatives of the unions and associations to call off the demonstration. However, this was not accepted. As per the call, protest demonstrations will be held tomorrow, as per schedule.
BSNLEU और BSNLCCWF द्वारा 16.07.2019 को कॉर्पोरेट ऑफिस और सर्किल हेडक्वार्टर पर विशाल धरना आयोजित किया जाएगा...
BSNLEU और BSNLCCWF ने निर्णय लिया है कि 16.07.2019 को कॉर्पोरेट ऑफिस और सर्किल हेड क्वार्टर पर कॉन्ट्रैक्ट वर्कर्स के वेजेस के एरियर्स का शीघ्र भुगतान करने और कॉर्पोरेट ऑफिस द्वारा जारी कॉन्ट्रैक्ट वर्कर्स की छटनी के निर्देश को वापस लिए जाने की मैनेजमेंट से मांग करते हुए विशाल धरना आयोजित किया जाएगा। BSNLEU की सभी सर्किल यूनियन्स से अनुरोध है कि वें सर्किल हेडक्वार्टर में विशाल धरना आयोजित करने हेतु हर संभव प्रयास करें। BSNLEU के सभी सर्किल और डिस्ट्रिक्ट सेक्रेटरीज से अनुरोध है कि वें कॉन्ट्रैक्ट वर्कर्स यूनियन्स (BSNL CCWF) से संपर्क कर अधिक से अधिक संख्या में कॉन्ट्रैक्ट वर्कर्स की भी धरने में सहभागिता सुनिश्चित करें।
Com.Balbir Singh, Vice President, addressed a well attended election campaign meeting at GMTD office Bhopal on 04th September, 2019. The meeting was presided over by Com. Rashid Ali, District President. Com. Salamat Ali, District Secretary welcomed all. Com. Balbir Singh, explained about the present financial crisis of BSNL, it's reasons and the role of AUAB, particularly, the role of BSNLEU, in the revival of BSNL were explained. VRS, reduction of retirement age from 60 years to 58 years, 4-G spectrum for BSNL, and other staff issues were also explained. He clarified the rumours being spread on the issue of wage revision and told that the struggle for wage revision will continue. The meeting was also addressed by Com. Prakash Sharma CS & AGS, Com. B.S Raghuvanshi, Circle President, Senior leaders, Com. H.S.Thakur and S.C Shrivsatva.
The Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Bihar circle, was held at Patna on 13th November, 2019. The meeting was presided over by Com.Ramsobhit Singh. Com. B.P.Singh, Circle Secretary, presented the report on activities of the circle. Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, reported the decisions of the Ghaziabad CEC meeting. He explained in detail about BSNL's Revival Package approved by the cabinet, issues related to the VRS and the General Strike to be held on 8th January 2020. He also replied to the queries raised by the members on VRS. Com.Sunithi Choudhury, BSNLCCW & ACS, BSNLEU, Bihar, also addressed the meeting. All circle executive committee members and district secretaries submitted their views and participated in the discussions. The Circle Executive Committee decided to make the General Strike total in Bihar circle.
As a part of BSNLEU’s ongoing efforts to provide relief to the contract workers, 15 contract workers were provided with food material packets in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh circle. Each worker was provided with food materials costing Rs 1,500/-. CITU leaders, Com Netaji and Com Nalini Kant, Com P. Suresh, DS BSNLEU, Com Enoch, DS AIBDPA and leading comrades of BSNLEU and AIBDPA participated in this programme.
The All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU, held online today, decided to hold the Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU on 10th & 11th September, 2020. Due to lock-down and other restrictions on movement, this CEC meeting will be held online. Central Executive Committee members participating in this meeting will be entitled for availing special casual leave as per Rules.
Leaders of BSNL unions and associations, submitted memorandum to shri R.S. Bharati, Hon’ble MP, Chennai.
The circle conference of BSNLEU, Andaman and Nicobar circle, was held enthusiastically at Port Blair, yesterday the 06-05-2018. A&N is a very small circle, far away from the Indian mainland. However, the militant comrades of this circle, keep the BSNLEU flag flying high, despite many adversities. The circle conference also truly reflected this picture. Comrades working in the remote Diglipur, the northern most part of the Islands, as well as the comrades working in the far off Campbell Bay, the southern most part, enthusiastically participated in the Conference. The Union Flag was hoisted by Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary. Com.S.P.Kalairajan, circle secretary, welcomed everyone. Com.Rajagopal, circle president, presided over. The inaugural address was delivered by Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS. He dealt at length on the issue of wage revision, and other issues of the Non-Executives. Deliberations took place on the report submitted by Com.S.P.Kalairajan, CS. An impressive Open Session was held in the post-lunch session. It was addressed by Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, Shri V.Jagadeesan, CGM, Com.D.Ayyappan, GS, Gazetted Officer's Association, Com.K.G.Das, former GS, NGO's Association, Com. Vinod Krishna, CS, SNEA, addressed it. Unanimous election of office bearers was held. Later in the evening, Com.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed a meeting of the Contract Workers and explained about their various problems and the steps being taken by BSNLEU and the BSNLCCWF.
A meeting of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) was held yesterday the 04-07-2018, under the chairmanship of Com.Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA. The meeting seriously discussed about the steep fall in the revenue collection of the Company, due to the predatory pricing of Reliance Jio. It is felt that this is an undesirable situation, especially when the employees are awaiting the 3rd wage revision. Hence, the meeting seriously felt the need to take urgent steps, to immediately boost the sales and revenue collection of the Company. The meeting decided to take the following steps, to implement the call.
All circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to take immediate steps, in coordination with the other constituents of the AUAB, for the immediate implementation of the above stated decisions. Meeting of the AUAB must be convened immediately at all circle and district levels, and the decisions should be implemented vigorously.
Some of the candidates who have direct degree qualification from Open University, without 10+2, were allowed to appear in the TTA LICE held on 07.06.2015 based on an interim order of the CAT, Hyderabad. While in it’s final order, the CAT dismissed the OA. The candidates appealed to the Hon’ble High Court of Hyderabad and the court directed to select those candidates as TTA if found otherwise eligible. The CGM, Telangana circle has written letter to the Corporate Office on 28.06.2018, seeking guidelines in this regard. Earlier the Management instructed the AP circle to file an SLP in the Supreme Court. But due to the efforts taken by BSNLEU, in taking up the issue with the Director (HR), Sr.GM(Estt.) and also taking up the issue in the forthcoming 37th meeting of the National Council, the Management has finally decided to withdraw the proposal of filing SLP. As a result, the qualified candidates will now be promoted to JE.
The AUAB of AP Circle organised a strike campaign meeting at Vijayawada on 29.11.2018. 500 employees have attended from Vijayawada SSA and neighbouring SSAs. Com. Ch. Chandrasekhara Rao, Circle AUAB Chairman & CS NFTE presided. Com.S.Chellappa, AGS, BSNLEU, Com.K.S.Seshadri, Dy.GS, NFTE, Com B. Srinivasulu Reddy, AGS, AIBSNLEA, Com.S.S.T.Sayi, Circle Treasurer, SNEA, Com. Fazal Ahmad, CWC Member, AIGETOA, Com S.M.Ali, AGS, BSNL ATM, Com. P.Asokababu, Convener, Circle AUAB & CS, BSNLEU, Com. J.S.Anwar Basha, DS, SNEA, Com. A. Koteswara Rao, CS, AIBSNLEA, Com.Ch.Venkateswarlu, CS, FNTO and Com P.Koteswara Rao, CS, BSNL ATM, addressed the gathering and explained the necessity to make the indefinite strike 100% successful and also the necessity to go to the people meeting them at street corners, offices, parks etc and get their support for our struggle to save BSNL and to settle our demands. The meeting was enthusiastic and expressed determination to make the indefinite strike a grand success.
CHQ wishes to caution our comrades about the rumours being spreaded by mischievous elements. Many rumours are being floated by these miscreants, against the AUAB, demands and the strike. The intention of these black-legs is to sabotage the united movement, which is mobilising the employees for the strike. CHQ fervently appeals to our comrades not to help these miscreants, in spreading rumours. Any message which is not sent by the district, circle unions or the CHQ, should not be forwarded to anyone. If this is followed strictly, the mischief mongers will fail in spreading the rumours. CHQ requests all the comrades to kindly cooperate.
Mighty demonstrations are taking place throughout the country in BSNL today, against the arbitrary decision of the government to retrench BSNL employees in the name of VRS. BSNLEU, NFTE, AIBSNLEA,BSNL MS, BSNL ATM, TEPU and BSNL OA have given the call for this demonstration. All circle and district secretaries are requested successfully or to send reports and photos of the programme.