The Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, held at Mysuru, has decided to organise a “Meet the Employees Campaign” from 06.09.2022 to 13.09.2022. During this week long campaign, the circle, district and branch level office bearers of BSNLEU have to form teams and meet each and every employee, both Executives and Non-Executives. The hurdles being wantonly created by the government in the launching of BSNL’s 4G service, handing over of BSNL’s towers and optic fibre cable to the private in the name of National Monetisation Pipeline, the agenda of the Management to retrench another 35,000 employees through VRS, threatenings to dismiss the employees under FR 56(J), attempts of the Management to increase the working hours up to 12 hours per day and the overall pro-corporate and anti-people policies of the Government should be campaigned against the employees during this week long campaign. CHQ will release a pamphlet matter, which should be handed over to each and every employee. CHQ calls on the circle and district unions to successfully organise this week long “Meet the Employees Campaign”.
The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) has given call to observe 1st September, 2022, as “Trade Union Action Day for Peace”. The day is being observed throughout the world, demanding to stop the imperialist wars. The Mysuru CEC meeting of BSNLEU has decided to implement the call of the WFTU. Accordingly, West Bengal circle union has organised the programme at Kolkata.
The JE LICE for the vacancy year 2020 is going to be conducted on 16.10.2022. BSNLEU strongly demanded that, this JE LICE should be conducted as an off-line exam. This issue was discussed with the Director(HR) also. However Management did not accept BSNLEU’s demand. So, the JE LICE is going to be conducted as online exam. In this connection, the Corporate Office has issued a letter yesterday the 31.10.2022, directing the CGMs to organise computer familiarisation training for the JE LICE candidates, to enable them to appear in the online exam. The circle and district secretaries are requested to make use of this opportunity. They should ensure that the Corporate Office direction is implemented and computer familiarisation training is given to the JE LICE candidates.
Stop imperialist wars.
“Action Day of Trade Unions for peace” to be organised on 01st September, 2022 .
September 01st is the day on which the 2nd World War started, when Germany attacked Poland. Hence, the working class is observing 1st of September, as a day against war. In accordance with this, the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) has given call to the trade unions throughout the world, to observe “Action Day of Trade Unions for Peace” on 01stSeptember, 2022. Wars devastate nations and ruin the lives of millions of people. Wars or or against growth and development mankind. Hence, the WFTU has given the call to observe the 1st of September as the “Action Day of Trade Unions For Peace”. To implement the call of the WFTU, the Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, held at Mysuru, has decided to organise special meetings at Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
The All India Conference of NFTE BSNL, which was held at Ranchi on 28th, 29th & 30th August, 2022, has got successfully concluded. The Conference has unanimously re-elected Com.Islam Ahmed as President, Com.Chandeshwar Singh as General Secretary and Com.Rajamouli as Treasurer. BSNLEU heartily congratulates these leaders. BSNLEU also heartily congratulates all other office bearers elected in this All India Conference.
The JTO LICE was held on 07.08.2022. The results of this exam has been announced. BSNLEU heartily congratulates all the candidates who have emerged successfully.
One of the important grievances of the retired employees is the non-settlement of their medical bills from March, 2019 onwards. Both BSNLEU and the AIBDPA have been actively taking up this issue. BSNLEU has written many letters to the CMD BSNL and has discussed the issue with the CMD BSNL on various occasions. We are happy to inform that, the Corporate Office has allotted funds to the circles for settling the medical bills of the retired employees up to 31.03.2022. We hope the Management will make up to date payment of the medical bills of the retired employees hereafter. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the retired employees, who have suffered a lot due to the non-payment of medical bills. The Corporate Office letter on the matter is enclosed.
Only the launching of 4G service without delay, is going decide whether BSNL will survive or going to die. However, on this most important issue, the CMD BSNL could not give any concrete information, in his speech made in the All India Conference of NFTE.
All that the CMD BSNL had said was, “4G equipment purchase is in the final stage”. This is a very vague statement, which is being made for a very long time. Especially,
Earlier, it was reported that, the Prime Minister would announce the launching of BSNL’s 4G service on 15th August. Later, it was told that, the Prime Minister would make a “Limited launching of BSNL’s 4G service on 15th August. But, all these did not happen. All these clearly indicate that, there are serious problems in the supplying of 4G equipments to BSNL by TCS.
Without 4G service, BSNL will not be able to earn money for it’s survival. Without 4G service, BSNL cannot compete with other operators. Already customers have started leaving BSNL in a big way. 5.3 lakh customers have already left BSNL in the month of May,2022 and another 13 lakh customers have gone in June,2022. At a time when all the private operators are launching their 5G service, it is worrying that, even the CMD BSNL cannot say concretely, when BSNL will launch it’s 4G service.
The 3 day All India Conference of NFTE started at Ranchi, yesterday. The Conference was inaugurated by Com. Amarjit Kaur, General Secretary, AITUC. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, addressed the opening session of this Conference. In his speech, the GS, BSNLEU, explained about the hurdles being created by the Government in BSNL’s 4G launching and also the hollow claims being made in respect of the 2nd Revival Package. He condemned the threatenings of dismissing the employees under FR 56(J), to increase the working hours up to 12 hours per day and also making the employees scapegoats for the failures of the Management and the Government. The GS, BSNLEU, underscored the need for BSNLEU and NFTE joining together to protect the future of BSNL and the employees. The Open Session was also addressed by Com.Md. Wasi Ahmed, GS, AIGETOA, Com.M.S. Adasul, GS, SNEA, Com.N.D. Ram, GS, SEWA BSNL, Com.V. Shaji, GS, AIBSNLEA and Com.Suresh Kumar, GS, SNATTA. BSNLEU wishes the Conference all success.
On 28-08-2022, Shri P.K.Purwar, CMD BSNL, addressed the All India Conference of NFTE at Ranchi. It was surprising and shocking to see that, the CMD BSNL came to the Conference with the protection of a gunman.
In the 22 years history of BSNL, we have never seen the CMD BSNL coming to the trade union conference, with the protection of a gunman.
Undoubtedly, we, the functionaries of the trade union movement, have utmost concern for the safety and security of the top officers of BSNL. Whenever they came to address our conferences, we have treated them not only with courtesy, but with love and affection. This is the tradition of the trade unions and associations in BSNL. Not a single untoward incident has happened in the conference of any BSNL union or association so far.
What has happened now? What has made Shri P.K.Purwar to come with a gunman, to address the conference of a trade union? We do not know. But, this is certainly a disrespect to the BSNL trade unions.
The Extended CEC meeting of BSNLEU, which started in the Zonal Training Centre at Mysuru yesterday, got successfully concluded today. The meeting started with the hoisting of National Flag and the Union Flag. Com.H.V. Sudharshan, CS, Karnataka, delivered the welcome address. Com. Animesh Mitra, President, presided over the meeting and delivered his presidential address. Apart from the Central Office bearers and circle secretaries, 135 district secretaries participated in this Extended CEC meeting. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, delivered the speech on the second Revival Package, hurdles created by the Government in BSNL’s 4G launching, threats of dismissal under FR 56(J) and increasing workload at 12 hours. He also spoke in detail about the Union’s approach in the 9th Membership Verification campaign. 67 district secretaries participated in the deliberations that followed. Thereafter, Com.John Verghese, Dy.GS, addressed the house. Finally, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, delivered the summing up address. He also briefed the district secretaries on the decisions taken in the CEC meeting held on 25.08.2022 and called on the district unions to successfully implement the decisions. He also appreciated the Karnataka circle union for making excellent arrangements for the meeting. Finally, the meeting got concluded in the midst of sloganeering.
In the Guwahati All India Conference, Com.Stanzin Delex Gyalpo, DR JE, as well as the District Secretary of BSNLEU, Leh district, was elected as the Organising Secretary (CHQ). Due to family circumstances and also due to the fact that Leh is located in the far away China border, Com.Stanzin had expressed his inability to full-fill his duties to the Organisation, as the Organising Secretary (CHQ). Further, Com.Stanzin, had also magnanimously given the suggestion that, his post of Organising Secretary (CHQ) could be better utilised, if it is given to some comrade, who can provide better performance. The CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Mysusu yesterday, considered the letter of Com.Stanzin and appreciated his spirit towards the betterment of BSNLEU. The CEC meeting accepted the offer of Com. Stanzin, and has relieved him from the post of Organising Secretary (CHQ). Further, the CEC meeting elected Com.Ashwin Kumar, DR JE, Meerut, as the Organising Secretary (CHQ). Com. Ashwin Kumar is a dynamic organiser and the CHQ of BSNLEU heartily congratulates him for his election as the Organising Secretary(CHQ).
The one day Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU started enthusiastically in the Zonal Training Centre at Mysuru today. Com.Animesh Mitra, President, is presiding over the meeting. After paying homage to the martyrs, the meeting started with the welcome address of Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and Com.H.V. Sudharshan, CS, Karnataka circle. Com.Animesh Mitra, delivered the presidential address. The report on activities was presented by Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS. Thereafter, debate by the CEC members started. All the CEC members appreciated the functioning of the Central Head Quarters and approved the decisions taken by the All India Centre on all the issues. The meeting is continuing. The Extended Central Executive Committee meeting will be tomorrow and day after tomorrow.
As has already been informed, the Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU will be held at Mysuru tomorrow the 25-08-2022. The CEC meeting will be followed by the two day Extended CEC meeting, which will be held on 26-08-2022 and 27-08-2022. The following is the venue of both these meetings:-
Zonal Training Centre
(Old RTTC ), Thonchikoppal,
Near Kamakshi Hospital,
The All India BSNL & DOT Pensioners Association (AIBDPA) has given call for a March to Sanchar Bhawan today, demanding Pension Revision and settlement of other burning problems of the pensioners. Hundreds of comrades have come from the nooks and corners of the country, to participate in this rally. The programme started with a massive inaugural meeting at the Eastern Court.
Com.V.A.N. Namboodiri, Advisor, presided over the meeting. Com.A.R. Sindhu, Secretary, CITU, delivered the inaugural speech. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU addressed the meeting. In his speech, the General Secretary greeted all the AIBDPA comrades, who had earlier worked in BSNLEU. He congratulated everyone for being in active trade union life and fighting for the cause of the pensioners, serving employees and also for the revival of the BSNL. As regards the pension revision w.e.f. 01.01.2017, the General Secretary firmly told that, no one can stop it for ever. On the recent Revival Package for BSNL, the General Secretary exposed it with facts and figures. Further, he solicited the support of the pensioners in all the struggles to be organised against the nefarious game plans of the Government, to weaken BSNL and to hand it over to the private. Others who addressed the meeting included Com.K.K.N.Kutty, SG, NCCPA, Com.R.N.Parashar, SG, Confederation, Com.K.Ragavendiran, GS, Postal Pensioners Association and others. The March to Sanchar Bhawan programme was cancelled in the last minute, since the police was determined not to allow it, due to the promulgation of section 144. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the AIBDPA for organising a highly successful programme at New Delhi.
BSNLEU has already written to the CMD BSNL, yesterday, demanding that, the premium amount for the Group Health Insurance Policy of the employees should be paid by the Company. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, discussed this issue with Shri Arvind Vadnerkar, Director (HR) today. The General Secretary, pointed out that, more 10,000 employees have joined the Group Health Insurance Scheme, as a result of which the medical expenditure of the Company had come down. The GS, BSNLEU, demanded that this benefit should be passed on to the employees. He demanded that, on behalf of the employees, the Company should pay the premium amount of the Health Insurance Policy. The Director (HR) assured that, the demand of BSNLEU would be looked into.