The meeting called on by the Management to discuss the issue of curtailment of wasteful expenditures, is held today. Representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, FNTO, BSNL ATM and BSNL OA participated. From the Management Side, Shri A M.Gupta,GM(SR) and Shri Y.N.Singh, GM(BFCI) participated. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, represented BSNLEU. Representatives of BSNLEU presented the note on curtailment of wasteful expenditure, that has already been submitted to the CMD BSNL. In the meeting BSNLEU strongly demanded that the existing medical facilities of the employees should not be curtailed, in the name of curtailing expenditure. It’s representatives also pointed out that the retrenchment of contract workers will affect restoration of faults and will also affect the companies marketing activities. The Management assured that the suggestions given by BSNLEU, in it’s note submitted to the Management, would be looked into.
Some mischievous elements are trying to confuse the workers by spreading rumours that the recognised unions are trying to finalise Wage settlement with less than 15% fitment. We know that these mischievous elements are trying to get some cheap publicity for themselves, by spreading such rumours. Still, it is our duty to tell the workers that both the recognised unions are determined to get 15% fitment in the wage revision. Both the recognised unions will not sign any agreement with less than 15% fitment. All the employees who were on service as on 01-01-2017, will get 15% fitment.
At the same time, pay scales are different. Whatever formula, the 3rd PRC has adopted to determine the minimum of the Executive pay scales, will also be made applicable, for the Non-Executive pay scales. Confusing the fitment formula, with the formula adopted to create the pay scales, only shows the ignorance and hollowness of these mischievous elements.
After the 2nd Wage Revision settled by BSNLEU, BSNL employees were drawing higher salary than the bank employees. This is an undeniable fact. BSNLEU organised a two day nation wide strike to achieve that wage settlement. But, in that strike, FNTO stabbed on the back of the employees. It wrote letter to the Management saying that, the union was not participating in that strike. Employees have not forgotten all these facts.
This lunch hour meeting was addressed by Com P.Asokababu, Vice President, BSNLEU (CHQ), Com.Kamaraj, Secretary, NFTE, Com C.K.Gundanna Convener Circle AUAB & CS BSNLEU, Com. Hiremath, CS, AIBSNLEA on 30th November 2018. The meeting was enthusiastic and resolved to make the indefinite strike from 3.12.2018 a grand success. In the evening a largely attended meeting was held at PGM BTD Office, attended by 250 comrades. Com.H.V.Sudharshan, Convenor, AUAB and Organising Secretary (CHQ) BSNLEU welcomed all and briefed about the Indefinite Strike. Com P.Asokababu Vice President BSNLEU, Com Kamaraj, Secretary, NFTE, Com Hiremath CS AIBSNLEA, Com Murali SNEA,Com C.K.Gundanna Convener Circle AUAB & CS BSNLEU addressed the meeting. The leaders explained the necessity of the indefinite strike and campaigning among the people by organizing street corner meetings etc., for achieving our demands and for saving BSNL.
In yesterday’s meeting between the AUAB and BSNL Management, leaders of the AUAB enquired about the status of 3rd Pay Revision, which is lying pending with the DoT presently. From the reply given by the Management, it is understood that, the DoT is not prepared to consider 3rd Pay Revision even with 0% fitment. It only reveals the anti-BSNL and anti-employee mindset of the DoT. Hence, we are left with no other option but to organise the strike massively..
BSNLEU pays it's respectful homage to Dr.B.R.Ambedkar, on the occasion of his 128th birth anniversary. He was the architect of the Indian Constitution, as well as one of the greatest crusaders against social discrimination that the world has seen. We pledge to tread on the path shown by him, to end social discriminations.
Despite the severe financial crunch being faced by BSNL, and despite not having 4G technology, BSNL continues to increase it’s mobile connections month after month. In June, 2019, BSNL has added 15,21,319 mobile connections. BSNLEU heartily congratulates all the officers and employees for this achievement. Chennai circle deserves special appreciation since it has achieved 249% of it’s target. Similarly, J&K circle has achieved 114% of it’s target. Our hearty congrats to both these circles.
An election campaign meeting at Rewari was arranged by the district union of BSNLEU on 08-09-2019. Most of the Non-Executives were present. The meeting was presided over by Com.Rajender Bhalkhi, District President. Com.Ramesh Chand Sharma,Organising Secretary(CHQ) & District Secretary, gave introductory speech and briefed about present issues on BSNL and also the achievements of BSNLEU. Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, detailed on present financial crisis of BSNL and struggles of the AUAB and the union. Com.Vipin Soni, DR JE, and ADS of the union also addressed.
Circle Executive Committee Meeting of BSNLEU, MP Circle was organised at Bhopal on 17.11.2019. In the beginning, floral tributes were paid to Late Com S R Naik. Com.B.S. Raghuwanshi, Circle President, presided over and delivered welcome speech. Com.Prakash Sharma, Circle Secretary presented the report on activities. As CHQ representative, Com.Prakash Sharma, AGS, addressed the meeting and explained in detail about the decisions taken in Ghaziabad CEC, pros and cons of VRS, other issues included in revival package and 3 days relay fast. He also spoke on post VRS scenario in absence of roadmap for smooth functioning and upkeep of services. Necessity of joining 08.01.2020 general strike was also discussed. Meeting decided to start campaign for awareness of issues included in agenda of general strike. Total 19 comrades spoke in the meeting. Veteran Com.S.C. Shrivastav felicitated Com.Prakash Sharma, AGS with shawl, srifal and memento. Vote of thanks was delivered by Com.H.S.Thakur, ACS.
Distribution of food materials to the contract workers from the “BSNL Contract Workers Relief Fund '' is being carried out in Andhra Pradesh circle. The details of the programme conducted in this regard, in Vizianagaram, Srikakulam and Bobbili, are given hereunder: -
Vizianagaram: - Food materials costing Rs.1,500/- were distributed to each of the 80 contract workers at Vizianagaram on 18.06.2020. Com A.B.K. Ramesh, Senior leader of BSNLEU, Com. Y.H.S. Papa Rao, District Secretary, Com. A. Venkatarao, District President, Shri M.Srinivasarao, DGM, Shri Tata Prasadarao, AGM, and many others participated in this programme.
Srikakulam: - Distribution of food materials and cash were made to 58 contract workers at Srikakulam on 17.06.2020. Food materials worth Rs.500/- and Rs.1,000/- cash were distributed to each one of the workers. Shri B.V.V. Nagesh, DGM, Com. T. Tirupathi Rao, CITU leader, Com. N.Kasavaiah, District Secretary, Com. M. Govardhanarao, District President, Com. H. Jagannayakulu, District Secretary, AIBDPA, Com. K. Gopalrao, DS, SNEA, Com. Venkatarao Panigrahi, DS, AIBSNLEA and many other leaders participated in the programme.
Bobbili: - Under the BSNL Contract Workers Relief Fund, 27 contract workers were given food materials on 17.06.2020 at Bobbili, in Vizianagaram District. Each worker was provided with food materials worth Rs.1,500/-. Com. T.Ramamohana Rao, Branch Secretary and the SDE, Bobbili and many other comrades participated in this programme.
CHQ heartily congratulates the Srikakulam and Vizianagaram district unions for organising the distribution of the food materials.
जुलाई के वेतन हेतु सर्कल्स को फण्ड एथोरायजेशन प्रेषित...
कॉर्पोरेट ऑफिस द्वारा जुलाई के वेतन हेतु सर्कल्स को फण्ड एथोरायजेशन दे दिए गए हैं। कॉम पी अभिमन्यु, जीएस द्वारा जुलाई के वेतन के संबंध में श्री पी सी भट्ट, सीनियर GM(CBB) से आज चर्चा की गई थी। सीनियर GM(CBB) द्वारा बताया गया कि सर्कल्स को फण्ड एथोरायजेशन भेज दिया गया है।
Leaders of BSNL unions and associations, submitted memorandum to Hon'ble MP, shri Suresh Angadi, Belagavi, Karnataka.
Street Corner Meetings are continuing for the 3rd today, against Subsidiary Tower Company and anti-BSNL / anti-Public Sector policies of the government. The photos of the programme, received from various parts of the country, are really encouraging. Despite the extremely hot climate prevailing all over the country, the Street Corner Meetings are getting intensified day by day. CHQ heartily congratulates the leaders of AUAB for taking the pains to organise the programme.
Kolkata Telephones circle union organised a memorable event, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the one day strike, held on 19th September, 1968. Com.Prabir Dutta, circle president, presided over the function. Com.Sisir Kumar Roy, circle secretary, welcomed everyone. The meeting observed a minute’s silence, and paid homage to the 17 martyrs, who sacrificed their lives in the one day strike. Nearly 60 veteran comrades who took part in the one day strike, including Com.Jyotsana Bose, wife of Com.Moni Bose, graced the occasion, by attending the programme. All of them were felicitated with bouquets and flowers. On behalf of those who participated in the one day strike, veteran leader, Com.Anantha Bhattacharji, addressed the meeting and shared his memories. Thereafter, Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, addressed and vividly explained about the developments that led to the one day strike, the demands and about the unforeseen repression unleashed by the government, to suppress the strike. He also explained about some present day developments and explained how BSNLEU is marching ahead in the path shown by the 1968 one day strike. CHQ congratulates the Kolkata circle union, for organising this memorable programme.
News has appeared in today’s Times of India, wherein details are given as to how the government wants to deal with BSNL. In this regard, the Times of India report says that, one of the options that the government is considering, is to close down BSNL. The government has one more option also. That is to hand over a sizable shares of BSNL, to any corporate, and to induct that corporate as BSNL’s partner. This is called strategic sale. So, finally the cat has come out of the bag. The government has made naked of it’s proposal to close down BSNL or to hand it over to some corporates. Now it is for the BSNL employees to decide. We will not surrender, comrades. For 18 long years, we have fought and have safeguarded BSNL as a 100% government company. We will continue to fight, to protect BSNL. Participate enmasse in the 3 day strike which is starting from 18.02.2019. Make the government understand that we will not accept the demolition of BSNL, lying down. We will fight with all our might, against government's sinister game to liquidate BSNL.
For more than last 2 years, BSNL is approaching the Modi government with a begging bowl, requesting to allot 4G spectrum. According to the proposal of BSNL, 50% of the cost of this spectrum would be paid by BSNL and the remaining 50% should be borne by the government through capital infusion. Capital infusion is nothing but only book adjustment. For this, the government need not spend even a single naya paisa out of it's pocket. Despite this being the case, Modi government is not allotting 4G spectrum to BSNL. At the same time, it is reported that the Modi government has written off Rs 5.5 lakh crore bank loans during the last 5 years. Further, it is also reported that out of these Rs.5.5 crores of the loans written off by the Modi government, Rs 1.56 lakh crore has been written off during the last one year alone, just when the Parliament elections are approaching. It is needless to say that only the big corporates are benefited out of the writing off of Rs.5.5 lakh crore. This is the economic policy of Modi government. Begging bowl for BSNL and crores of rupees loan waiver for big corporates.
A meeting of the AUAB was held yesterday. Com.K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, presided over. General Secretaries / representatives of BSNLEU, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, BSNL MS and ATM attended the meeting. The meeting expressed it’s severe protest over the taking over of the ALTTC and other properties of BSNL, by the DoT. The meeting also discussed about the developments related to the monetisation of BSNL’s vacant lands, towers and fibre. After in-depth discussions, the following decisions are taken unanimously:-
BSNLEU, Baroda district union, organised a well attended election campaign meeting today, despite intermittent rain. Com.G.S. Rai, DP, presided. Com.Anand Singh, DS, welcomed everyone. Com.D.K.Bakutra, CS, Com.M.K.Dave, Vice President (CHQ), Com.M.Z. Khan, veteran leader and Com.Javed Sindhi, Patron, addressed the meeting. Finally, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, spoke and elaborately explained about all the current issues viz., BSNL’s revival, VRS, 58 year, Wage Revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, as well as the issues taken up / settled by BSNLEU during the last 3 years. Despite intermittent rains, the meeting was very effective.
Com.Animesh Mitra, President and Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR), today, and requested the early payment of wage arrears of the contract workers. They pointed out that, 10 months wages remain pending to be paid to the contract workers and demanded early payment of the same. They discussed about the letters issued by the Corporate Office, for the retrenchment of contract workers, through outsourcing and also through switching over to the ‘job contract system’. The Union demanded that the existing contract workers should be utilised for the efficient maintenance of the services, in the wake of the large scale retirement under VRS. The Director (HR) gave a patient hearing and assured to look into the demand of the Union.