The Government and Ministers are repeatedly declaring from the roof-top that, BSNL is a national asset of strategic importance and that it would not be privatised / disinvested. At the same time, the government has already decided to handover BSNL’s 14,917 mobile towers to the private. It is also stated in the National Monetisation Policy that, the mobile towers and optic fibre of BSNL and MTNL would be handed over to the private. Under these circumstances, the BSNL Corporate Office has issued a letter on 20.06.2022, endorsing the government’s (Department of Investment and Public Asset Management Disinvestment – DIPAM) order dated 01st June, 2022. As per this order of the DIPAM, the government has given powers to the Board of Directors of all the Public Sector Enterprises for recommending or for undertaking the process for disinvestment. It is also stated in that letter that, the disinvestment can be by way of strategic disinvestment or sale of minority shares. The Corporate Office order dated 20.06.2022 has also directed all the Chief General Managers to take necessary action to implement the decision of the government, communicated through the above mentioned DIPAM letter. BSNLEU is telling from the beginning that, BSNL will also be privatised one day, if powerful struggles are not organised against the government’s policy of destroying the Public Sector, through disinvestment and privatisation.
Britain is witnessing the biggest strike by railway employees in 30 years. Inflation in Britain has risen to 10% and the railway employees are demanding pay increase. The 1st phase of the strike took place on 21st June, 2022. Again, the railway employees went on strike on 23rd and 25th June, 2022. In addition to this, the London Under-ground Metro was also closed down due to a separate strike. As a result of these strikes, rail services came to a standstill. The railway unions of Britain have said that more sections of the employees like teachers, medics, waste disposal workers and even barristers would go on industrial action, due to the unprecedented inflation.
[Source: Times of India dated 22.06.2022]
9th Joint Circle Conference of BSNLEU, NE-I & NE II circle was held at Shillong on 17th and 18th June, 2022 very successfully. The conference started with hoisting of National flag by the Chairman of the Reception Committee, Com J.L.Das, President of MJCTU&A and union flag hoisted by Com D.A.Shylla, Circle President of BSNLEU, NEI followed by offering of floral tributes to martyr's column. The inaugural session of the conference was held in the morning on 17th June in the KJP Synod Auditorium, Shillong presided over by Com D.A.Shylla, Circle President, NE-I. Com J.L.Das, Chairman of the Reception Committee gave a welcome address. Com Shivjee Ray, Circle Secretary, NE-I & Vice-president, CHQ gave his introductory speech. Com Swapan Chakraborty, Chief Patron of NE-I & former Dy.GS delivered his inaugural address. The meeting was also addressed by Shri K.S.Madanpuri, CGM, NE-I & NE II as Chief Guest, Com.M. Kula Singh, VP, NE-II, Com. Ksh Saheb Singh, CS, NE-II & Org Secy, CHQ, Ms. D.Giri, PGM, CM, NE1, Shri Shivendra Nath, GM, HR, Shri R.S.Ram, GM, Meghalaya(BA), Shri S.S.Agarwal, GM, Core Network & Transmission, NER, Shillong, Shri V .K.Singh, Jt. GM, HR, Com.Narayan Chakraborty, former president of BSNLEU, NE I, Com. Rakesh Sharma, CS, SNEA, NE-I, Com. Anant Kumar Sinha, CS, AIGTEOA, NE-I, Com Supriya Dhar, GS, CRU, Shillong Unit, Com. Gopal Das, CS, AIBDPA, Com. Sankar Malakar, CS, BSNLCCWF, NE-I. Vote of thanks was given by Com M.V.Makhiew, ACS, NE- I.
Yesterday, the Corporate Office has issued a letter, with cooked-up figures, to show that, the country wide dharna organised by the AUAB on 21.06.2022, is a failure. It is a pity to note that, the Management has stooped so low to damage the image of the unions and associations, as well as the AUAB. Instruction is also given in that letter, to impose pay cut on the participants of the dharna. The AUAB issued notice for this agitation 16 days in advance. However, the Management did not care to hold any discussion on the charter of demands. The Supreme Court of the country has already passed orders on many occasions, holding that it is the fundamental right of the citizens to participate in peaceful agitations, for expressing their protest. Still, the Management does not want to allow even a peaceful dharna in BSNL. This only shows the dictatorship of the BSNL Management. BSNLEU strongly condemns this letter and demands it’s immediate withdrawal.
On 22.06.2022, General Secretary, BSNLEU, has once again written letter to the CMD BSNL, with detailed reasonings for holding the JTO LICE with the vacancies that were available as on 31.01.2020. Based on this, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri Saurabh Tyagi, PGM(Estt.) yesterday and discussed the issue. He pointed out that, when JTO to SDE promotions have been given considering the vacancies of 2019, 2020 and 2021, the JTO LICE, to be held on 07.08.2022, should also be conducted with the vacancies of 2019, 2020 and 2021.
BSNLEU has already written a detailed letter, demanding immediate issuing of Presidential Orders to 140 RMs of Darbhanga district, Bihar circle. These RMs were issued with Temporary Status prior to the formation of BSNL and were appointed as Regular Mazdoors in 2002. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri Saurabh Tyagi, PGM(Estt.) yesterday. The General Secretary explained the issue in detail to the PGM(Estt.) and demanded that the BSNL Corporate Office should immediately take up the issue with the DoT for the early issuing of Presidential Orders to all 140 Regular Mazdoors of Darbhanga district.
BSNLEU is continuously demanding that, the JTO LICE and all other LICEs of the Non-Executives should be conducted, based on the vacancies that were available as on 31.01.2020 (i.e., prior to the implementation of VRS). BSNLEU is raising this demand based on the fact that, the JTO to SDE promotions were given based on the posts that were available prior to the implementation of the VRS, i.e., 31.01.2020. Today, the Corporate Office has sent a reply to the General Secretary, BSNLEU, wherein it is stated that due to abolition of large number of posts through VRS and Restructuring, no JTO LICE vacancies are available for 2018 and 2019.
The Central Government has introduced the “Agnipath Scheme”. According to this scheme, soldiers will be recruited to the armed forces on contract basis. As per this scheme, unemployed youth will be recruited to the armed forces for a period of 4 years and thereafter they will be sent to home. By way of introducing the Agnipath Scheme, the Central Government is going to deny pension and other retirement benefits to the soldiers. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha has already given call to observe protest day against the Agnipath Scheme. Now, the Central Trade Unions have also come out in protest against the Agnipath Scheme.
The AUAB leaders of Berhampur have submitted memorandum today the 24.06.2022, to Shri Chandrasekhar Sahu, Hon’ble MP, Berhampur Loksabha Constituency, Odisha. The leaders appealed to the Hon’ble MP to take up the 3rd Pay Revision / Wage Revision issue with the government for an early settlement.
The leaders of AUAB, Jalgaon, met Shri Unmesh Patil, Hon’ble MP, today and submitted memorandum demanding settlement of 3rd Pay Revision / Wage Revision. They appealed to the Hon’ble MP to intervene for the early settlement of the issue.
The AUAB leaders of Tirupur, Tamil Nadu circle, met Shri Subbarayan, Hon’ble MP, today and submitted the memorandum seeking settlement of the 3rd Pay Revision / Wage Revision. The leaders explained the issue in detail and sought the intervention of the Hon’ble MP for it’s early settlement.