An online meeting of the AUAB was held today. Representatives of all the major organisations, viz., BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, FNTO, BSNL MS, SNATTA, BSNL ATM, TEPU and BSNL OA, participated. The meeting expressed it's anguish and resentment over cancellation of BSNL's 4G tender. Delay in the implementation of the assurances given in the Revival Package and deteriorating quality of BSNL’s services, we're also taken serious note of. The non-payment salary on the due date, as well as non-availability of cashless treatment for the employees, at a time when the COVID-19 is spreading fast, were deliberated in depth. Finally, the meeting has taken decisions for an agitational programme. A detailed circular of the AUAB will be issued tomorrow.
Com.Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNL CCW and Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU met Shri P.K. Purwar, CMD BSNL, today and presented a memorandum on the issues of the contract workers. Both the representatives urged upon the CMD BSNL to release funds for payment of wages of the contract workers. They also requested the CMD BSNL to review the retrenchment of contract workers. They demanded that the BSNL Management should continue with the present Labour Contract System, instead of switching over to the Job Contract System. The CMD BSNL replied that he would look into the issues.
The lockdown has set off a banking revolution. Irrespective of which bank you have an account with — in a city or a village without a branch—you can call the local post office and ask it to deliver cash. In as little as 10-15 minutes, the postman or postwoman will reach your home. For this, you need not have an account with the post office.
Between March 24 and April 23, post offices across India delivered Rs 412 crore in over 21 lakh such transactions, mostly in rural and unbanked areas, through a network of 1.36 lakh post offices which have been equipped with 1.86 lakh handheld AePS devices.
[Courtesy : Times of India.com dt. 25-04-2020]
AUAB की आज एक ऑनलाइन बैठक आयोजित की गई । जिसमे AUAB से जुड़े सभी प्रमुख संगठनों ने जैसे BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, FNTO, BSNL MS, SNATTA, BSNL ATM, TEPU और BSNL OA के प्रतिनिधियों ने भाग लिया। इस बैठक में BSNL के 4 G टेंडर को रद्द करने पर सभीने अपनी नाराजगी जताई तथा रोष व्यक्त किया गया। पुनर्जीवन (Revival) पैकेज में दिए गए आश्वासनों के कार्यान्वयन में देरी और BSNL की सेवाओं की गुणवत्ता में आई भारी गिरावट को भी गंभीरता से लिया गया। निर्धारित तारीख पर वेतन का भुगतान न होना, साथ ही कर्मचारियों के लिए कैशलेस मेडिकल उपचार की व्यवस्था न होना, वह भी ऐसे समय में जब COVID -19 तेजी से फैल रहा है, ऐसे लगता है कि यह जानबूझकर किया गया था। आखिर में, सभीं ने मिलकर बैठक में एक आंदोलनकारी कार्यक्रम (Agitational Program) करने का निर्णय किया हैं। इस संबध में AUAB द्वारा एक विस्तृत परिपत्र (Circular) कल जारी किया जाएगा।
In their meeting with the CMD BSNL, Com.Animesh Mitra, President and Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS urged upon the CMD BSNL to ensure immediate payment of salary. They also pointed out that Holi festival is fast approaching, before which payment should be made. The CMD BSNL replied that he is taking all out efforts to make early payment of the salary.
As per the call of the CHQ, West Bengal circle union has collected Rs.11.60 lakh from 1264 comrades. This is a commendable job and CHQ salutes the West Bengal comrades. Now, distribution of food materials to the contract workers is being carried out in that circle. A brief report of the relief distribution work is as follows :-
20th April, 2020 : Food materials were distributed among 25 contract workers jointly by BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA, at Rampurhat, Bolpur and Sinthia under Suri District. In Ktwa Branch union under Burdwan district of BSNLEU and AIBDPA distributed food materials among the contract workers.
In Memary Tele. Exchange under Burdwan district food materials were distributed among contract workers jointly by BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA.
23-04-2020: Relief in the shape of food materials were distributed at Balurghat among the contract workers under the leadership of BSNLEU and BSNLCMU.
23-04-2020: Food materials were distributed jointly by BSNLEU and BSNLCMU to the security guards and contract workers at Fulia Tele exchanges under Ranaghat Branch of Krishnagar District. Similarly, on the same day, food materials were distributed to contract workers at Badkulla , Pairadanga and Birnagar under Ranaghat branch of Krishnagar district.
24th April, 2020: BSNLEU and BSNLCMU jointly distributed food materials among the 20 contract workers at Raiganj. Similarly, in Alipurduar, BSNLEU and BSNLCMU jointly distributed food materials among the 14 contract workers of that branch.
In Tamluk food materials were distributed among the contract workers. In Haldia, financial help was made to the contract workers. Both Tamluk and Haldia come under Kharagpur district.
Food materials were distributed among the contract workers and security guards at Jagatballavpur, Amta, Namkhana, Bangaon, Tarakeswar, Chanditala and Kalachara under Kolkata district.
Today is the 100th birth anniversary of our great leader, Com. K.G.Bose, who had immensely contributed in transforming the Central Government Employees trade union movement in general and the P&T trade union movement in particular. Through his struggles and sacrifices, Com.K.G. Bose awakened the P&T employees and showed a new path to their trade union movement.
At a very early age, Com. K.G.Bose lost his father and his elder brother. Therefore, he had to struggle hard to earn a livelyhood for the family. Soon after his appointment as a clerk in the office of the Divisional Engineer, Telegraph, Calcutta, in 1941, Com.K.G.Bose became a sincere trade union activist. He emerged as a leader in the historic stike of the P&T workers in July1946 strike, which is inscribed in the history of the freedom struggle.
He was arrested and dismissed from the service, in connection with the proposed strike in 1949. However, despite his dismissal from service, Com.K.G.Bose continued to serve the P&T trade union movement, till he breathed his last in 1974.
In 1954, Com.K.G.Bose played a pivotal role in forming the National Federation of Postal & Telegraph Employees (NFPTE). Thereafter, he significantly contributed to the formation of the Confederation of Central Government Employees. Com.K.G.Bose played leading role in organising the Central Government employees' strikes in 1960 and 1968.
As a part of his trade union activities, Com.K.G.Bose gave much significance in educating the workers ideologically. In this process, Com.K.G.Bose inspired and created a large number of leaders. He attached much importance to the democratic functionig of trade union and in developing collective leadership. He emphasised that, a trade union worker should be morally clean and firm in ideology. They must be sincere in their official duties and should love their fellow workers.
Com.K.G.Bose raised the popular slogan of " Unity for Struggle and Struggle for Unity". He concentrated much in building up united struggles. This was manifested in the formation of the "12th July Committee", a platform consisting of the workers, employees and teachers in WestBengal, spearheading united struggles.
Today, when the country is facing the disastrous situation created by the anti-people, antiworker and pro- corporate policies of the Modi government, the teachings of Com.K.G.Bose, assume much significance. BSNLEU marches ahead in the path shown by Com.K.G.Bose, upholding his slogan of "Unity for Struggle and Struggle for Unity". BSNLEU has become a part and parcel of the struggles being organised by the mainstream trade union movement of the country.
The Central Secretariat of BSNLEU, which met on 15th June, 2020, has decided to observe the Birth Centenary of Com.K.G.Bose, for one full year, starting from 7th July, 2020. During this period, various programmes will be organised, to educate the employees of the teachings of Com.K.G.Bose.
Com.Animesh Mitra, President and Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR) today and urged upon him for the immediate reconstitution of the National Council. Both the Recognised Unions have already submitted their lists of Staff Side nominees. The GM(SR) assured that letter for the reconstitution will be issued in a day or two.
The AUAB meeting held yesterday the 06.07.2020 has decided to call on the BSNL employees to organise lunch hour black flag demonstrations on 16.07.2020. It is also decided that the employees should wear black badge on that day. The following are the agitational programme and charter of demands, as decided in yesterday’s meeting.
All the circle and district unions are requested to coordinate with the other constituents of the AUAB and to make the agitational programme a total success. Circle and district secretaries are requested to go through the AUAB circular for full details.
BSNLEU is continuously pressing the Corporate Management to re-constitute the National Council without further delay. The matter was discussed again with the GM(SR), BSNL CO, once again yesterday. Since we have been assured that the re-constitution of the National Council will be done immediately, the Staff Side has to promptly submit the agenda items to the Management, to ensure that the National Council meeting is not delayed because of the Staff Side. Hence, all the circle secretaries and central office bearers are requested to immediately send items to the CHQ, for the submission of agenda items.
The Industrial Relations Code, 2019, being introduced by the Narendra Modi government, is virtually taking away the right of the Trade Unions to go on strike. This Code states that, workers will not be allowed to go on strike, once the conciliation process is started. No strike can take place till the completion of the conciliation process. No one can tell, when the conciliation process will be completed. Thus, if the Industrial Relations Code, 2019, is passed in the Parliament, then all strikes in our country will remain banned. Hence, the Central Trade Unions have made petitions to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour, which is presently looking into the Industrial Relations Code, 2019.
[Source: The Economic Times dated 03.03.2020]
In implementation of the call of the CHQ, the Sangli District Union of BSNLEU (Maharashtra), provided relief to 12 Contract workers on 19-04-2020 , in the form of food materials. Com. Narayan Bodas, District Secretary, supplied the materials to the workers. CHQ appreciates the Sangli District Union.
The birth centenary of the revolutionary leader, Com.K.G. Bose, was observed enthusiastically throughout the country. Union flag was hoisted and Com.K.G.Bose’s portrait was garlanded in the circle and district union offices. CHQ heartily congratulates the circle and district unions for organising this programme successfully, even amidst difficulties experienced on account of the lock-down and related restrictions. BSNLEU has decided to observe the birth centenary for one full year, organising various programmes.
There is no move to bring down the retirement age of central government employees, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said on Sunday, refuting reports in a section of media that there was a proposal to retire the employees early. Central government staff retire at the age of 60. Strongly refuting the reports that the government has moved a proposal for reducing the retirement age of government employees to 50 years, the minister said, “There is no such move to reduce the retirement age nor (there) has been such a proposal discussed or contemplated at any level in the government,” according to an official communique.
[ Courtesy : Financial Express dt. 26-04-2020]
Ms. Yojana Das, is selected as the Director (Finance) of BSNL, in the Search-cum-Selection Committee meeting held today. She will be appointed as the Director (Finance), BSNL, after her selection is approved by the Competent Authority. Ms. Yojana Das is an experienced officer, who has served in the BSNL Corporate Office for long years. BSNLEU congratulates Ms. Yojana Das.
At a time when the government has launched an attack on the Central government employees and pensioners, by 'snatching away' their DA increase for one and half years, another interesting development has taken place. Some 50 young IRS (Indian Revenue Service) officers have gave a suggestion to the government, about ways and means for mobilising money, to fight the Corona Virus crisis. In their suggestion, the young officers have given the following 3 suggestions :-
(1) To raise the Income Tax from 30% to 40%, in respect of those with income above Rs.1 crore.
(2) Levy wealth tax on those with over Rs.5 crore annual income.
(3) Levy “ a COVID Relief Cess" of 4%, on those with taxable income of more than Rs.10 lakh.
What is wrong in giving such suggestions? The Finance Ministry has directed the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Chairman, P.C.Mody, to seek explanation from these officers for writing such ‘ill-conceived views’ in public, without having any authority to do so. The Finance Ministry has observed that it was not part of their duty to prepare such a report. The government cannot even tolerate the idea of increasing the tax of "well-to-do" persons.
[Source: News18.com, dated 26.04. 2020]
News is being prominently spread by the corporate media (Economic Times dated 06th July, 2020) that, Tech Mahindra will bid in BSNL’s tender for the supply of 4G equipments. It is also being reported that, Tech Mahindra will partner with the ITI, in supplying 4G equipments to BSNL. There is no doubt that, Tech Mahindra is the 5th largest Software Company in India. But, it is not having the technology to manufacture 4G equipments. We also know that, ITI has been working only as an agent, for earning commission, in buying Telecom equipments from MNCs and supplying it to BSNL. ITI is also not having any technology in the manufacturing of mobile equipments.
Under these circumstances, the corporate media is only trying to fool the general public. Such wrong news is being spread, only to justify the government’s action of cancelling BSNL’s 4G tender. The corporate media should come out and tell the people which Indian Company has developed 4G technology and is capable of fulfilling BSNL’s requirements in rolling out 4G network.
The anti-BSNL and pro-private policies being continuously adopted by the government, has pushed BSNL into a deep crisis. The unions and associations in BSNL are continuously fighting to save BSNL and also to protect the interests of it’s employees. In this direction, many strikes and other forms of agitations have been organised by the unions and associations. However, BSNL’s financial position has become very critical and employees are not getting salary on time. Contract workers are not paid wages for the past 10 months. Utilising this frustrating situation, certain mischievous elements are continuously trying to tarnish the image of the trade unions and it’s leaders. Trade Unions and it’s leaders have become soft target. Recently, two audio clips have been made viral in the social media, to tarnish the images of BSNLEU and it’s General Secretary, Com.P.Abhimanyu. The anti-BSNLEU forces have circulated these audio clips in a big way, among the employees. The All India Centre of BSNLEU discussed this issue and has decided to file defamation cases against person who prepared these audio clips and four other persons who have widely circulated these audio clips, together with derogatory remarks. Accordingly, steps have been taken to file defamation cases against these five persons in the Tis Hazari Court at Delhi. Notices have been sent to all these five persons. Case will be filed on receiving replies from them.