The Corporate Office has issued the letter for the sanctioning of special casual leave, to the Circle Secretaries and Central Office Bearers, for attending the CEC meeting of BSNLEU, to be held online on 02.11.2020.
CHQ has already issued notification, for holding the online CEC meeting on 02.11.2020. CHQ has already written to the Corporate Office, for the granting of special casual leave to the CEC members. However, so far the Corporate Office has not issued the letter to the CGMs, for the granting of special casual leave. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, discussed the matter today, with the officers in the SR Branch. It is learnt that, the Director (HR) is out of Delhi, due to which the issuing of letter by the Corporate Office is being delayed. However, the CEC members are requested to apply for their special CL on time.
The CHQ of BSNLEU is organising a Facebook live programme at 06:00 pm today. Com.Tapan Sen, General Secretary, CITU, will be addressing the BSNL employees, through this Facebook live programme. The subject matter is the General Strike to be held on 26-11-2020. The CHQ has already sent the link of the Facebook account of the CHQ, through which the live address will take place. CHQ requests the circle and district secretaries, as well as the CHQ office bearers, to take the last minute efforts, to ensure that the Facebook live address is viewed by a maximum number of comrades.
CHQ has already issued notification for holding the online Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, on 02.11.2020. In this connection, the CHQ wants to inform that, this online CEC meeting will be organised through Zoom. Hence, all circle secretaries and central office bearers are requested to download the Zoom app on their mobile phones. Further to ensure good quality of the online meeting, all CEC members are requested to use FTTH connectivity, or at least broadband connectivity, since mobile signal may not be strong enough to support the video conferencing.
(1) Andhra Pradesh Circle – Rs.18,000/-
(2) Punjab circle (including donations sent directly to the CHQ, by district unions) – Rs.12,660/-
(3) UP(West) – Rs.10,100/-
(4) NE-II Circle – Rs.4,000/-
(5) A&N Circle – Rs.1,040/-
(6) Haryana Circle:
GMTD, Ambala – Rs.1,060/-
CGM(O) District – Rs.420/-
(7) UP(East) Circle:
Lucknow – Rs.1,000/-
Barabanki – Rs.500/-
Sultanpur – Rs.500/-
Pratapgarh – Rs.500/-
(8) Punjab circle:
Pathankot – Rs.700/-
Bhatinda – Rs.500/-
CHQ heartily thanks and congratulates the above mentioned circle and district unions, for responding to the call of the CHQ. Only a few more circles have not sent the donation for the WFTU Fund. They are also requested to immediately send the same to the CHQ.
The WFTU (World Federation of Trade Unions), the militant international body of the fighting trade unions, gave call for the collection of funds, to overcome it’s strained financial condition. Com.George Mavrikos, Secretary General of the WFTU, addressed the leaders of it’s affiliated unions in India, on 14.10.2020. BSNLEU seriously took the call of the WFTU, for Fund collection. It widely circulated the contents of the speech of Com.George Mavrikos among it's leaders and members.
The All India Centre of BSNLEU gave the call to collect donations, at the rate of Rs.20/- per member. The circle and district unions of BSNLEU also took the matter seriously and plunged into action. The response has been magnificent. Within two weeks, the CHQ received Rs.2,21,000/- (as on 26.10.2020) as donations for the WFTU Fund. Out of this, BSNLEU has remitted Rs.2,20,000/- today, as WFTU Fund. This comes to 2,500 Euros. CHQ really feels proud of this achievement and it heartily thanks and congratulates the circle and district unions for accomplishing this great task.
BSNLEU, Rajasthan Circle, successfully conducted it’s online executive committee meeting today. Com.Kamal Singh Gohil, circle president, presided over the meeting. Com.Ashok Pareek, circle secretary, welcomed everyone and presented a brief report on activities. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, delivered the inaugural address of the meeting. He explained in detail about the decisions of the CEC meeting, as well as about the General Strike to be organised on 26th November, 2020. Com.John Verghese, AGS, greeted the meeting. 25 circle executive committee members participated in a lively debate. Finally, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, replied to the all India level issues raised in the meeting. Com.Ashok Pareek, delivered the summing up address. The meeting decided to successfully organise the General Strike on 26th November, 2020.
सप्ताह भर, कर्मचारियों से मिलने एवं पैम्फलेट वितरण हेतु अभियान चलाएं....
CHQ द्वारा नवंबर में हड़ताल आयोजित करने हेतु पैम्फलेट छपवा कर प्रेषित कर दी गई है। 4G टेक्नोलॉजी से वंचित कर BSNL को खत्म करने का षड्यंत्र और साथ ही अन्य मांगों को इस पैम्फलेट में विस्तार से समझाया गया है। CHQ द्वारा हिंदी और अंग्रेजी में पैम्फलेट छपवा कर भिजवा दी गई है। गैर हिंदी भाषी सर्किल यूनियन्स को पूर्व में निर्देशित किया जा चुका है कि पैम्फलेट क्षेत्रीय भाषा मे अनुदित कर छपवाएं।
सर्किल और डिस्ट्रिक्ट यूनियन्स कृपया यह सुनिश्चित करें कि ये पैम्फलेट्स प्रत्येक BSNL कर्मी को प्राप्त हो।अतः, निवेदन है कि पैम्फलेट्स बांटने व जिन मांगों को लेकर हड़ताल की जा रही है, उन मांगों को समझाने हेतु प्रत्येक कर्मचारी से संपर्क करने हेतु सप्ताह भर का अभियान आयोजित करें। सप्ताह भर का यह अभियान पैम्फलेट्स प्राप्त/ प्रिंट होने के तुरंत पश्चात शुरू करें। सभी जिला सचिव सुनिश्चित करें कि पूर्ण सप्ताह का यह अभियान प्रभावी रूप से आयोजित हो।
Eight trade unions and associations, viz., BSNLEU, NFTE BSNL, FNTO, BSNL MS, SNATTA, BSNL ATM, TEPU and BSNL OA, have decided to jointly organise the General Strike on 26.11.2020. In accordance with this decision, posters are being printed at Delhi in Hindi and English. These posters will be despatched to all the circles shortly. The non-Hindi speaking circles are requested to print these posters in their local languages. These posters should be used widely to organise the strike.
The CHQ has already printed and despatched pamphlets, for organising the strike in November. The conspiracy to kill BSNL, by way of denying 4G technology, as well as other demands, are well explained in this pamphlet. CHQ has printed this pamphlet in English and Hindi, and they are already despatched. The circle unions of the non-Hindi speaking circles are already directed to translate the pamphlet into regional languages and to print the same.
Circle and District secretaries are requested to kindly ensure that these pamphlets reach the hands of each and every BSNL employee. Hence, it is requested to organise a Week Long Drive for meeting each and every employee, by the office bearers, for distributing the pamphlets and for explaining the demands on which the strike is being organised. The Week Long Drive has to start immediately after the pamphlets are received / printed. All the district secretaries are requested to ensure that this Week Long Drive is effectively organised.
Com.Sunil J. Thakar, District Secretary, Kutch, Gujarat Circle, has sent Rs.2,222/-, as his personal donation to WFTU Fund. CHQ appreciates the spirit of Com.Sunil J. Thakkar and heartily thanks him for the donation.
As already informed, the WFTU had given call for donations from affiliated organisations. The All India Centre has decided to collect Rs.20/- per member as the WFTU Fund. This call of the CHQ has been excellently responded by the circle unions. Most of the circle unions have sent the donation amount, while in some circles, the donation is directly sent to the CHQ by the district unions.
Till today, the CHQ has received Rs.2,21,222/- towards the fund. Out of this, Rs.1,80,000/- is being sent to the WFTU. Some circles have not sent the donation. The remaining collection will be sent as donation to the Trade Union International (TUI), Transports and Communications. The list of donations received by the CHQ so far, is enclosed. CHQ heartily congratulates all the circle and district unions for the donations. It also requests the remaining circles to send the donation without delay.
Outage of backbone links has become a regular feature, especially on holidays. The AUAB, Assam, has taken this issue seriously. The representatives of the AUAB, met the CGM, Assam, on 19.10.2020 and discussed this issue. They demanded an early solution to the media instability and insufficient media bandwidth issues. The AUAB also demanded reopening of the Agartala International Gateway and also the leasing of 2 nos. of additional 10G links from PGCIL, to cater to the increased data demands of Assam and North East region. The CGM, Assam, assured to take up this issue with the Corporate Office. The CHQ of BSNLEU also will take up this issue with the Corporate Management.
CHQ thankfully acknowledges the receipt of donations for WFTU Fund, as per the following details.
(1) Gujarat circle – Rs.18,000/-
(2) Assam circle – Rs.12,000/-
(3) Rajasthan circle – Rs.10,000/-
(4) Uttarakhand circle – Rs.3,300/-
(5) Jharkhand circle – Rs.2,000/-
(6) Srinagar SSA (J&K circle) – Rs.1,500/-
(7) Jammu SSA (J&K circle) – Rs.1,000/-
(8) Solan SSA (Himachal Pradesh circle) - Rs.1,000/-
(9) Udhampur SSA (J&K circle) - Rs.300/-
CHQ heartily thanks and congratulates the above circle and district unions for their donation and wonderful response. CHQ requests the remaining circle unions also to remit the WFTU Fund immediately, since we have to send the amount within two / three days.
The Modi government has become notorious for manipulating data. The government has already robbed the DA of the Central Government employees and Central Government pensioners for one and half years, starting from January, 2020. Now, the government has taken step to benefit the employers, by denying the industrial workers, of their legitimate Industrial Dearness Allowance(IDA). To achieve this, the base year for computing the Consumer Price Index for the Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) has been changed from 2001 to 2016. All the Public Sector employees, including BSNL employees are going to face loss due to this manipulation.
While changing the existing base year from 2001 to 2016, the Labour Bureau, functioning under the Ministry of Labour, has done many manipulations to deprive the workers, of their legitimate DA. The CITU has issued a detailed press statement, exposing these manipulations done to compute the Industrial Dearness Allowance. We have enclosed the press statement hereunder. Comrades are requested to give wide publicity for the same.
In the ongoing collection of WFTU Fund, Madhya Pradesh circle union has donated Rs.13,000/-. Similarly, Gurgaon district union of Haryana circle has donated Rs.1,020/-. CHQ heartily thanks and congratulates both Madhya Pradesh circle union and Gurgaon district union.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and his government keep on showing that, the US President, Donald Trump, is very close to them. We have seen how many times Prime Minster, Narendra Modi, hugged President, Trump, in the "Namaste Trump" rally, held at Ahmedabad, on 24th February, 2020. The BJP government has completely changed India into a junior military partner of the United States. India has joined the QUAD (Quadrilateral Group) military alliance against China. The other members of the Quad are the US, Australia and Japan.
However, Donald Trump never hesitates to insult India, whenever he gets a chance. In the Presidential election campaign going on in the US, a few weeks back, Donald Trump openly told that India is hiding the number of people infected and died of Corona Virus. In yesterday’s Presidential campaign meeting, he has told that the air in India is filthy. However, do not worry. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will continue to be loyal to President, Donald Trump.
In the name of Revival of BSNL, everything is being done by the government and the BSNL Management, to kill BSNL. 79,000 employees have been forced to go on VRS. In addition to this, the contract workers who had been carrying out crucial operations, are also retrenched. In the place, Management is blindly outsourcing the maintenance works of landlines and broadbands.
CHQ has already received complaints, invariably from all circles that, BSNL’s landline and broadband services have gone to the dogs after outsourcing, resulting in massive disconnections. The AUAB has already taken up this issue with the BSNL Management. However, the BSNL Management is in deep sleep. As per the TRAI data, reported by the ET Telecom dated, BSNL has lost some 1.54 lakh connections in the month of July, 2020 alone. Will the BSNL Management get up from it’s deep sleep.
Recently, the Parliament has passed three Labour Codes. One Labour Code had already been passed earlier. All these four Labour Codes, passed in the Parliament by the Modi Government, are taking away the hard-won rights of the workers, as well as trade unions.
The CITU has published articles in English and Hindi, explaining how the Labour Codes passed in the Parliament are going to convert the workers into slaves. Both the articles, in English and Hindi are enclosed herewith. At least, leading comrades should read these articles.