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Text Box: BSNL List  of Holidays Calendar - 2017

 
  
   
Pioneer of the P&T Trade Union Movement : Coms. Henry Barton, Babu Tarapada Mukherjee, Dada Ghosh, K.G. Bose, N.J. Iyer & K. Adinarayana

 

           Henry Barton    Babu Tarapada Mukherjee   Dada B.N. Ghosh          Com. K.G. Bose           

Com. N.J. Iyer          Com. K. Adinarayana

 

BSNL Employees Union (CHQ), New Delhi

Last Updated on 20.10.2017 [14:40 hrs]

[20.10.2017]New Delhi seminar on the Centenary of Great October Revolution is taking place on 23.10.2017.
As has already been informed, the CHQ of BSNLEU is organising a seminar on the Centenary of Great October Revolution at New Delhi on 23-10-2017. Comrades from UP(West), Haryana,   Rajasthan, Punjab, UP(East), Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, NTR circle, Corporate Office and ALTTC, Gazhiabad are participating in this seminar. Com. Balbir Singh, President, will be presiding over and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. General Secretary, will welcoming. Com. Tapan Sen, MP & General Secretary, CITU and com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary are addressing the seminar. Com. R.S.Chauhan, Vice-president(CHQ) & circle secretary, NTR circle will be proposing vote of thanks. Garhwlal Bhawan, near Jandewalan metro station is the venue. The CHQ is making elaborate arrangements for the success of this seminar.

 

[20.10.2017]Central Trade Unions meeting at Hyderabad on 22-10-2017, to finalise strategy on Wage Revision issue.

The Central Trade Unions, including INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AICCTU, LPF, etc., are organising a work-shop at Hyderabad on 22-10-2017, on the issue of Wage Revision. The common strategy to be adopted, against the anti-worker recommendations of the 3rd PRC, are expected to be prominently discussed in this work-shop. All the top leaders of the Central Trade Unions are taking part. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary is representing BSNLEU.

 

[20.10.2017]Tamil Nadu circle union organising seminar on the Centenary of the Great October Revolution, on 21-10-2017.
As per the decision of the last All India Conference of BSNLEU, the Tamil Nadu circle union, is organising a seminar on the Centenary of the Great October Revolution. The seminar is being held at Madurai tomorrow the 21-10-2017. Com.S.Chellappa, AGS & Tamil Nadu circle president, is presiding. Com. Babu Radhakrishnan, circle secretary is welcoming. Veteran trade union leader, Com.A.K.Padmanabhan, vice-president,CITU and com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU are addressing the seminar.

 

[20.10.2017]Reliance Jio raises the tariff of it's most popular plan -   A clear indication of the end of tariff war. 

After the entry of Reliance Jio on 5th September last year, the incumbent telecom companies took a beating. All of them suffered drastic fall in their revenues. Even major telecom giants like Vodafone and Idea went into loss. BSNL also seriously suffered. Through it's tariff war, Reliance Jio wanted other telecom companies to close down their business, so that it would become a monopoly in the telecom sector and loot the people.


It is in pursuance of this strategy that, Reliance Jio continued with it's promotional offers, even beyond the prescribed 90 days period, of course with the tacit support of the TRAI and the government. But, the question is, how long Reliance Jio can continue with it's very low tariffs? We know that the management of Jio is answerable to it's share holders, regarding the mounting losses to the Company, and hence cannot continue with low tariffs for a long time. What we foresaw has proved to be correct. News has come now that, Reliance Jio has raised the tariff of it's most popular plan. 

 

So far the plan was available for Rs.399 for 84 days. But, now the tariff will now be available only for Rs.459. Those subscribers who want to continue with the same rate will get the pack for 70 days instead. This change is effective from October 19th. This is a clear indication that, Jio cannot continue for long, with it's predatory pricings.

 

[18.10.2017]BSNL launches Bharat phone with unlimited calling and data for Rs 97 per month

BSNL launched a new scheme called Bharat phone with unlimited calling and a data plan for Rs 97 a month in partnership with Micromax. The phone is priced at Rs 2,200. It will support 3G connection as well. "I am glad that BSNL has come with 2 new schemes. This will not only increase BSNL's subscribers, but also strengthen their financial position. I believe that BSNL will get a special spot in the ongoing competition in the sector", said shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Communications, while launching the service.

 

[17.10.2017]More views of the demonstration, held at various circles on 16.10.2017.<<click here>>

 

[17.10.2017]Corporate Office letter on reviewing the result of failed SC/ST candidates in LICEs/LDCEs etc. – clarification.<<view letter>>

 

[17.10.2017]Corporate Office issues notification for holding JE LICE under 50% quota.

BSNLEU has been continuously demanding the Corporate Office Management to issue the notification for holding the JE LICE under 50% quota. Repeatedly, the issue was discussed by BSNLEU, at the level of the Director(HR) and the GM(Estt.). Even yesterday, BSNLEU wrote a letter to the GM(Estt.) of the Corporate Office. Due to the persistent efforts of BSNLEU, the Corporate Office has issued the necessary communications to the CGMs for holding the examination. According to this letter, the online JE LICE will be conducted on 28-01-2018. The respective CGMs have to issue the notification for their circles latest by 30-11-2017. Online registration for the exam will start on 15-12-2017 and will be over on 15-01-2018.<<view notification>> <<annexure-1>> <<annexure-2>> <<annexure-3>> <<annexure-4>>

 

[17.10.2017]Notification for holding of adjourned 35th meeting of National Council.<<view notification>>

 

[17.10.2017]Message of CMD BSNL to all CGMs.<<view message>>

 

[17.10.2017]Corporate Office letter on allotment of BSNL Quarters- Preparation of waiting list regarding.<<view letter>>

 

[17.10.2017]Corporate Office letter on revision of pension of BSNL pensioners / family pensioners, who retired prior to 10.06.2013 by allowing the benefit of merger of 50% DA/DR with Basic Pay / Pension.<<view letter>>

 

[16.10.2017]Mighty show of strength by BSNL employees throughout the country.

As per the call of the " All Unions and Associations, powerful demonstrations were conducted throughout the length and breadth of the country by  BSNL employees, demanding settlement of wage revision and opposing the formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the entire employees. If the government remains adamant, and refuses to settle the demands, then the employees will be forced to intensify the struggles, as per the decisions of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL.<<< views of the demonstrations >>>

 

[16.10.2017]Powerful demonstration in BSNL Corporate Office by all Unions and Associations demanding 3rd PRC with 15% fitment benefit and to stop formation of Subsidiary Tower Company in BSNL.

All Unions and Associations in BSNL in the meeting held on 4th October, 2017 decided agitational programmes demanding 3rd PRC with 15% fitment benefit from 21.01.2017 and to stop formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. The programme is begin with lunch hour demonstrations at Corporate Office, Circle and SSA HQs on 16th October, 2017. A powerful demonstration is held at BSNL Corporate Office at lunch hour on 16th October, 2017. The meeting is presided over by Com. R.S. Chauhan, Vice-President (CHQ) and Circle Secretary in NTR of BSNLEU. The meeting is addressed by Coms. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU, C. Singh, GS, NFTE, K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, N.D. Ram, GS, SEWA BSNL, Mohindar Singh, CS, FNTO, Badri, AIGETOA and S.P. Singh, Dy.GS, BSNLOA. All the leaders appealed to the workers to be united to intensify the struggles in the coming days on both the issues and to be ready for 2 days strike on 12th & 13th December, 2017 and also for Indefinite Strike till the wage revision is settled.<<<views of the demonstrations>>>

 

[16.10.2017]Director(HR) called both BSNLEU & NFTE on PLI issue and discussed.

BSNLEU has given notice to the Management demanding payment of PLI for the year 2015-16 and observed nationwide demonstrations on 13th October 2017. As such the Director(HR) called both the recognised unions,i.e. BSNLEU and NFTE on 16th October and discussed the issue. Com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com R.S.Chouhan, Vice President attended the meeting,since ,com P.Abhimanyu, GS is out of station. After detailed discussion, the Director (HR ) instructed the GM(SR) to hold the meeting of the PLI committee and to finalise the permanent formula for  the payment of PLI including the pending PLI  for the year 2015-16.

[16.10.2017]Corporate Office letter on Restoration of without voucher facility to Retired employees under BSNLMRS.<<<view letter>>>

[16.10.2017]Corporate Office letter on final Welfare Grant 2016-17.<<<view letter>>>

 

[16.10.2017]Beginning of united struggles today, for settlement of wage revision and for stopping the Subsidiary Tower Company.

The unified trade union movement of BSNL, under the single banner of “The Unions and Associations of BSNL”, is taking on the government today, demanding settlement the 3rd wage revision and to stop the formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. Today's demonstration is only a wake up call to the government. It has to ensure peaceful settlement of the issues, by accepting the justified demands. Otherwise, the employees of BSNL will be left with no other option, but to intensify the struggles. Settlement of both the demands, is a must for the future of the employees, and for the prosperity of the BSNL. Hence, CHQ calls upon our leaders and active comrades to leave no stone unturned, for the total success of the struggles. Unity is the only weapon in our hands, while the government has many weapons. Hence, all our comrades are requested to take utmost care and efforts to strengthen unity.

 

[16.10.2017]BSNLEU once again writes to the GM(Estt.), demanding to issue the notification for holding the JE LICE under 50% quota.

BSNLEU is continuously insisting upon the Corporate Management to hold the JE LICE under 50% quota. As a result of this, the Corporate Office has already conveyed it's approval for holding the exam. However, the requisite notification for holding the exam, is not yet issued by the Corporate Office. BSNLEU has already taken up the issue with the GM(Estt) of the Corporate Office. Once again, BSNLEU had written to the GM(Estt.) to issue the notification without further delay. <<<view letter>>>

 

[14.10.2017]More views of the demonstrations conducted yesterday, the 13.10.2017, in all circles, as per the call of BSNLEU, demanding immediate payment of PLI.<<<views of the demonstrations>>>

 

[14.10.2017]Organise massive demonstrations on 16-10-2017 - call of "All Unions & Associations of BSNL"

The "All Unions & Associations of BSNL" has called on the employees of BSNL to organise massive demonstrations on 16-10-2017 (next Monday), demanding settlement of pay revision and to drop the government's decision to form a Subsidiary Tower Company. Practical difficulties may be there in organising the programme in full swing, since Diwali is only a few days away. However, considering the significance of the issues, CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to take all out efforts to mobilise maximum number of employees, by coordinating with all other unions and associations.

 

[14.10.2017]India's hunger problem.

India has a ‘serious’ hunger problem. The country has slipped from the 97th place to 100th place, among 119 countries, on the Global Hunger Index (GHI), 2017. Now India is worse than countries like North Korea, Bangladesh, and Iraq, as far as the problem of hunger is concerned. Not only that, over a period of three years' duration, India has gone down by 45 positions in the Global Hunger Index. India was in the 55th place in 2014. But, in 2017, India's position is 100. However, media report says that the rankings are not strictly comparable, as the current formula was introduced in 2015. The earlier formula was used to calculate GHI scores from 2006 to 2014. The primary difference is that the new formula standardises indicator values, and the ‘child underweight’ parameter has been replaced by ‘child stunting’ and ‘child wasting’.

[Business Standard 12-10-2017]

 

[14.10.2017]BSNLEU writes to those unions and associations, which have not signed the agitation notice, requesting them to join the struggle.

Major unions and associations have served a notice on 11-10-2017, to the Secretary, DoT and the CMD BSNL, for launching agitational programme, including a two day strike, on the issues of 3rd Pay Revision and Subsidiary Tower Company. However, some unions and associations have not signed this notice for the agitation. This is due to the fact that, those unions and associations are not parties to the decisions taken in the all union/association meetings, held on 26.09.2017 & 04.10.2017. At the same time, it is a must that all those unions and associations are also brought into the struggle, to ensure a total success. Hence, BSNLEU, being the Major Recognised Union of BSNL, has taken the initiative in this regard. BSNLEU has written to all the unions and associations which have not signed the notice for the agitation, requesting them to join the struggle. We hereunder reproduce a copy of one of the letters for the information of our comrades.<<<view letter>>>

 

[13.10.2017]CHQ heartily congratulates all for conducting successful demonstrations.

Successful demonstrations were conducted today in all circles, as per the call of BSNLEU, demanding immediate payment of PLI. CHQ heartily congratulates all the circle and district unions, for making the programme successful at a very short notice.<<< views of the demonstrations >>>

 

[13.10.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Director (HR) regarding meeting on PLI issue.<<<view letter>>>

 

[13.10.2017]Declaration of the WFTU - TUI meeting held at Kolkata.

The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) and the ten Trade Union Internationals affiliated to it, held a two day meeting at Kolkata on 09th and 10th October, 2017. The meeting conducted detailed discussions on the attacks being carried out on the working class in various countries, and also the struggles being organised to defeat those attacks. At the end of the discussions, the meeting has passed the following declaration.<<<view declaration >>>

 

[13.10.2017]Management calls for talks on PLI issue, in the eleventh hour.

Today morning at 08:30 hrs, GS, BSNLEU, got a call from the DGM(SR), stating that a discussion on PLI issue would be held at 12:30 hrs today, with the GM(SR). General Secretary is in Kolkata, attending the circle conference of Kolkata Telephones circle. The Dy. GS is also not in Delhi. Hence, General Secretary has requested the GM(SR) to hold the discussion on Monday, i.e., on 16-10-2017. Management must try to call the unions for discussion, by giving sufficient notice, and to avoid eleventh hour intimations.

 

[13.10.2017]Effectively organise today's demonstration, demanding immediate payment of PLI.

BSNLEU has given call for holding demonstrations today, demanding immediate payment of PLI. Circle and District unions are requested to mobilise maximum number of employees in the demonstrations and make the programme a success. Send reports and photos to the CHQ. 

 

[12.10.2017]The three day conference of Kolkata Telephones circle started at Shyam Nagar in Barrackpore district. 

BSNLEU, Kolkata Telephones circle started it's three day circle conference at Shyam Nagar, Barrackpore district. Com.Sisir Roy, circle president hoisted the National Flag. Com. Saibal Sengupta, circle secretary & AGS hoisted the Union Red Flag. Floral tributes were Paid at the martys' column. The conference was presided over by com. Sisir Roy, CP and com. Saibal Sengupta, CS, welcomed everyone. The conference was inaugurated by com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary. In his speech, the GS exposed the economic policies of the government, and explained how attacks are being made on the public sector, and also how the sufferings of the toiling masses are increasing unabatedly. He also explained at length about the issues of wage revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, PLI, etc. The session was also addressed by com. Anantha Bhattacharji, President, AIBDPA. After lunch, a seminar on the revival of BSNL was held. It was addressed by shri. S.P.Tripati, CGM, Kolkata circle, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, com.Animesh Mitra, VP(CHQ)and others addressed.<<<views of the conferences>>>

 

[12.10.2017]CHQ Hindi circular no.7 dated 10th October, 2017.<<view circular>>

 

[11.10.2017]All Unions and Associations of BSNL serve notice for agitation.

As per the decisions taken in the meeting held at New Delhi on 04-10-2017, the All Unions and Associations of BSNL have served notice today, to the Secretary, DoT and CMD BSNL, for conducting agitational programme on the issues of Wage Revision and Subsidiary Tower Company. All circle and district secretaries are requested to seriously mobilise the employees, for making the struggles successful.<<< view notice >>>

[11.10.2017]Corporate Office letter on extension of scheme of reimbursement, facility, awards and incentive for sales team in Consumer Mobility (Project Vijay).<<<view letter>>>

[11.10.2017]BSNLEU, West Bengal circle conducted an inspiring convention at Kolkata.

West Bengal circle union conducted a convention at Kolkata today, on issues related with improving quality of services, wage revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, attacks on BSNLEU in West Bengal circle and other issues. Around 350 comrades participated enthusiastically in this convention, from the various parts of West Bengal circle. Com.Nazes Nauroz, circle president, presided over. Com.Amitav Chattopadyay, ACS, welcomed every one and initiated the discussion. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.Animesh Mitra, circle secretary and vice-president (CHQ) addressed the convention. Both the comrades explained in detail about the various issues connected with the wage revision, unity and struggles, Subsidiary Tower Company, improving the quality of services, attacks being mounted on BSNLEU by Trinamool goons, etc., A good number of comrades participated in the discussion. The convention took many decisions on the subjects mentioned above. CHQ heartily congratulates the West Bengal circle union for conducting a very effective convention.<<views of the convention>>

 

[11.10.2017]United Coal India Ltd. trade unions settle wage revision with 20% fitment with 5 year period.

BSNLEU has kept our comrades informed about the developments taking place in the wage revision issue of Coal India Ltd. We are glad to inform that the wage revision agreement is signed yesterday the 10-10-2017, between the unions and the Coal India Ltd Management. According to the agreement, the workers will be benefited with Minimum Guaranteed Benefit (MGB) of 20% (fitment) with extra 4% Special Allowance and other benefits. 2 lakh 90 thousand workers of Coal India will be benefited by this agreement. Major Central Trade Unions of INTUC, BMS, AITUC, CITU, HMS, etc., have unitedly negotiated and clinched this wage settlement. Earlier, these Central Trade Unions have threatened to on a three day strike from 19th to 21st June, 2017. It is only in the backdrop of the preparations for united struggles by all Central Trade Unions, the wage revision of Coal India Ltd. has been settled. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the Coal India Ltd. trade unions, as well as the entire workers.

[11.10.2017]Corporate Office letter on revised IDA rates @ 124.3% w.e.f. 01.10.2017.<<view letter>>

[10.10.2017]BSNLEU has appealed to all the unions and associations to support the demonstration on PLI issue.
BSNLEU has tried for united action to settle the PLI issue. However, somehow it did not materialise. Hence, BSNLEU had to give call for demonstration on 13-10-2017. Still, PLI being a common issue, BSNLEU has sent message to the general secretaries of all the unions and associations, appealing to them to extend their support for the demonstration.

[10.10.2017]BSNLEU writes to the CMD BSNL, intimating it's call to the employees for conducting demonstrations on 13-10-2017, demanding payment of Rs.7,000/- as this year's PLI.<<<view letter>>>

[10.10.2017]Conduct demonstrations on 13-10-2017, demanding payment of PLI.

BSNLEU has strongly demanded payment of this year's PLI to the employees. It has written letters to the CMD BSNL, as well as to the Director ( HR & Fin.). The issue is discussed twice with the CMD BSNL. However, Management is not willing to pay PLI. As usual, the Company's financial position is being cited as the reason, for the Management's inability to pay PLI. BSNLEU does not agree with this. Hence, BSNLEU calls upon the employees to conduct demonstrations on 13-10-2017, demanding payment of PLI to BSNL employees. Due to certain unavoidable reasons, the call is being given at a very short notice. CHQ requests our circle and district unions to make the programme successful and also send reports and photos to the CHQ.

 

[10.10.2017]CHQ circular on joint struggle on the issues of Wage Revision and Subsidiary Tower Company.
CHQ has issued the following circular, on the successful formation of "All Unions and Associations of BSNL", for conducting joint struggles on the issues Wage Revision and Subsidiary Tower Company. All circle and district secretaries are requested to take up the guidelines of the CHQ very seriously, for the successful implementation of the joint call of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL".<<<view CHQ circular >>>

 

[10.10.2017]Status of implementation of the Hon'ble Lucknow CAT order on Sr.Accountants.

The issue of implementation of the Hon'ble Lucknow CAT judgement, on pay scale and for the conferment of Group B status to the Sr.Accountants, is being seriously taken up by BSNLEU. In the 35th meeting of the National Council, it was agreed that the BSNL Management would approach the DoT, for issuing fresh Presidential Orders, for the conferment of Group B status to these officials. After the National Council meeting also, BSNLEU continuously pursued this issue with the GM(FP) of the Corporate Office. Finance officers of the Corporate Office have also held meetings with the DoT officers, for the issuing of fresh POs. The issue was once again discussed with Shri Sunil Rajput,DGM(FP) yesterday, by Com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS. We are informed by the DGM that the CGM, UP(E) has obtained a stay order from the Hon'ble Allahabad High Court, against the order of the Hon'ble Lucknow CAT. This is surprising. When a decision is already taken by the National Council, to implement the Hon'ble Lucknow CAT order, we are at loss to understand how a circle administration can go against that decision. This issue will be taken up with the top Management of BSNL.

 

[09.10.2017]BSNLEU, Telangana Circle Union, warns to go on agitation, if more employees are compulsorily transferred to Vijayawada.

Sometime back, the Andhra Pradesh circle was bifurcated into Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circles. In continuation of this, employees were compulsorily transferred from Telangana circle, for manning the newly formed CGM office of Andhra Pradesh circle at Vijayawada. Now, again the Management wants to transfer more employees from Telangana circle to the CGM office at Vijayawada. BSNLEU, Telangana circle has strongly opposed this, because sufficient number of employees, from the neighbouring districts of Vijayawada, are willing to move and work in the CGM office. However, without considering the requests of such willing employees, the Management wants to transfer employees from Telangana to Vijayawada in AP circle. Hence, BSNLEU, Telangana circle, has warned the Telangana circle administration, that it would be compelled to launch serious agitations, if the Management goes ahead to transfer employees compulsorily.

 

[09.10.2017]Tata Teleservices getting ready to close down it's services.      

Tata Teleservices, the telecom unit of Tata Sons, is preparing to close down it's business. With a debt burden of Rs.30,000 crores, Tata Teleservices is unable to sustain, in the ongoing cut-throat competition. In it's 149 years of history, this is the first time that a major unit of the Tata Sons is getting closed down. The Company is preparing various schemes for the termination of the services of it's employees, including the issuing of notices to it's employees, varying from 3 months to 6 months. Severance packages and voluntary retirement scheme, are the other routes.

 

[09.10.2017]The two day Annual Meeting of WFTU and TUIs started at Kolkata.

Kolkata is hosting the two day Annual Meeting of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) and the ten Trade Union Internationals(TUIs) affiliated to the WFTU. The venue of this International Meet is Hotel "Pride Plaza". Office bearers of the WFTU, as well as that of all the ten TUIs, who have come from various parts of the world, are participating in  a this session. Com.K.Hemalata, President,CITU and Member of the Presidential Council of the WFTU, welcomed all on behalf of the Reception Committee. Com.George Mavricos, General Secretary,WFTU, delivered an inspiring inaugural speech. This session will continue today and tomorrow. An open session will be held tomorrow, which will be addressed by Com.George Mavricos,GS,WFTU and Com.Tapan Sen,GS,CITU. It is a privilege for BSNLEU that, the Union is a part of the Reception Committee of this International Event. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS and com.Animesh Mitra, vice-president (CHQ) are attending this session as observers.<<< views of the meeting >>>

 

[09.10.2017]DPE orders on IDA increase from 01.10.2017.<<<click here>>>

 

[07.10.2017]BSNLEU writes to the other unions and associations for united action on PLI issue.

The BSNL Management has already been insisted for payment of this year’s PLI. The issue is already discussed twice with the CMD BSNL. However, the Management has so far not taken any decision for payment of PLI. At a time when unity of all unions and associations is achieved, BSNLEU very much wants a united action programme to be conducted on the PLI issue. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the major unions and associations for united action.<<letter to NFTE BSNL>> <<letter to other unions and associations>>

 

[07.10.2017]Mobilisation for the Delhi seminar on Centenary of Great October Revolution.

BSNLEU is organising a seminar on Great October Revolution at New Delhi on 23.10.2017. Com. Tapan Sen, MP & General Secretary, CITU and com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, will address the seminar. The All India Centre meeting held today, has decided that the neighbouring circles should mobilise comrades for the seminar as per the following allotment:-

 

UP (West) – 50 ; Haryana – 50  ; Rajasthan  - 50  ; Punjab – 50 ; NTR – 50 ; UP (East) – 20 ; Corporate Office  - 20 ; Uttarakhand – 20 ; Himachal Pradesh  - 10 ; J&K - 5  ;  ALTTC  - 5 .

 

The venue of the seminar is Garhwal Bhawan, near Jhandewalan Metro Station, New Delhi – 01. The seminar will start sharply at 3:00 PM. All circle secretaries are requested to mobilise comrades and cooperate for the success of the seminar.

 

[07.10.2017]Mobilisation for the 3 day dharna to be held at New Delhi from 9th to 11th November, 2017, as per the call of the Central Trade Unions.

As per the call of the Central Trade Unions, a massive 3 day dharna will be held at New Delhi, from 09th to 11th November, 2017. The dharna is being organised, demanding settlement of the 12 point charter of demands of the Central Trade Unions, as well as to express opposition to the anti-worker and pro-corporate policies of the NDA government. The All India Centre meeting held today has decided to massively mobilise our comrades from the neighbouring circles. Accordingly, the following quota has been allotted to the neighbouring circles, for mobilising our comrades for the dharna:-

 

UP (West) – 300 ; Haryana – 200  ; Rajasthan  - 100  ; Punjab – 100 ; UP (East) – 100 ; NTR – 75 ; Uttarakhand – 50 ; Corporate Office  - 25 ; Himachal Pradesh  - 20 ; J&K - 5  ; ALTTC  - 10.

 

CHQ earnestly requests the circle unions of all the above mentioned circles, to fulfil the quota allotted to their circles.

 

[06.10.2017]Indian telecom sector set to lose 1,50,000 direct and indirect jobs.

As per media reports, nearly 1,50,000 direct and indirect jobs are likely to be wiped out in the telecom industry. This is due to the ongoing crisis, being witnessed in the telecom sector. Each telecom company is cutting down it's tariff rates, in a bid to safeguard it's customer base. This tariff war was triggered by the entry of the Reliance Jio. According to sources, Rs. 8 lakh crore is the debt of the various telecom companies. Till some time back, telecom was considered to be one among the top five employment generators of the country. According to the Annual Report of the Department of Telecom for the year 2016-17, the telecom sector was contributing for 6.5% of the GDP, which was equivalent to 140 billion US dollars, and it was employing 40 lakh employees, directly and indirectly.

 

[06.10.2017]Gujarat circle union organises an enthusiastic seminar on the Centenary of the Great October Revolution.
Gujarat circle union organised an enthusiastic seminar on the Centenary of the Great October Revolution today, at Vadodara. A large number of comrades attended the seminar from all the districts of Gujarat circle. Com. Deepak Trivedi, circle president, presided over the seminar. Com. D. K. Bakutra, circle secretary, welcomed everyone. The house paid homage to the martyrs, by observing silence for a minute. The seminar was addressed by com. K. Hemalata, President, CITU and com. P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary. Both the speakers highlighted the achievements of Soviet Union, under the leadership of the working class. The seminar drew very good appreciation from the participants. The Gujarat circle union and the Vadodara district union have made excellent arrangements for the programme. CHQ heartily congratulates both for successfully conducting the seminar.<<<views of the seminar>>>

 

[06.10.2017]Venue of the next meeting of All Unions and Associations of BSNL.

The venue of the next meeting of the All Unions and Associations, to be held on 23.10.2017, may be read as SEWA BSNL office, near CTO Sabhagarh, Eastern Court.

 

[06.10.2017]DO letter from Director (CM) to the CGMs of all Telecom Circles/Districts regarding SIM sales in September, 17 and Target for October 17.<<<click here>>> <<<annexure-1>>>  <<<annexure-2>>>

 

[05.10.2017]Job loss is a big concern in the ongoing economic slowdown.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has angrily reacted to the criticism that the Indian economy is slowing down. There is no use in becoming angry, but needful actions, to put the economy on the right track, are required to be taken. Narendra Modi came to power, by assuring to create 1 crore jobs. It was not achieved. To the contrary, the Demonitisation and introduction of GST have killed a large number of jobs. Some details are as follows:-

 

v  67 textile units are shut down between 2015 and 2017, which have resulted in the loss of 17,600 jobs.

v  L&T has laid off 14,000 staff in the first 2 quarters of 2017. 

v  HDFC Bank’s net jobs losses in 2017 are 3,230.

v During the first 3 months of the Financial year 2017-18, TCS work force went down by 1,414; Infosys went down by 1,811 and Tech Mahindra went down by 1,713.

v  Suzlon Energy Ltd, ReGen retrenched over 1,500 workers in the last 6 months.

v  212 start up companies are closed down in 2016.

[Courtesy: Indian Express, dt.03-10-2017]

 

[05.10.2017]Com.K.R.Yadav, Vice-President(CHQ) retired on superannuation.

Com.K.R.Yadav, Vice-President(CHQ) has retired on superannuation on 30-09-2017. A farewell function was organised by the SSA administration. The PGMTD, Lucknow, felicitated com.K.R.Yadav and presented him with a shawl. Many leaders also greeted him. CHQ congratulates com.K.R.Yadav,VP(CHQ) on his retirement and wishes him a long, healthy and peaceful retired life.

 

[05.10.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Director (HR & Finance) on the PLI issue.

BSNLEU is seriously pursuing the issue of payment of PLI. The issue is already discussed with the CMD BSNL twice. Further, BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR & Finance), demanding appropriate action on this issue.<<view letter>>

 

[05.10.2017]Corporate Office letter on implementation of revision of pre-2006 pensioners/ family pensioners.<<view letter>>

 

[04.10.2017]Candle March at New Delhi on Wage Revision issue.

AIBSNLEA, supported by other unions and associations, organised a candle march at New Delhi today, demanding settlement of wage revision. The March started at BSNL Corporate Office and ceased at Jantar Mantar. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS and com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS, together with the BSNLEU comrades of NTR and Corporate Office circles participated in the programme.

 

 

[04.10.2017]Corporate Office issues letter approving sanction of special casual leave for the Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, to be held at New Delhi on 07th & 8th November, 2017.<<view letter>>

 

[04.10.2017]Historic decision taken in the all union/association meeting, held at New Delhi today.

CHQ is extremely glad to inform that historic decision is taken in the all union/association meeting, held at New Delhi today, to settle the Wage Revision issue and to stop the Subsidiary Tower Company. General Secretaries/Representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, FNTO, AIGETOA, SEWA BSNL, BSNL MS, BSNL OA, ATM and TOA BSNL participated in the meeting. Marathon discussion took place, on the ways and means to strengthen unity. It was felt by all that unity should be strengthened to settle Wage Revision and also to stop the formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. Finally, unanimous decision was taken to function under the single banner of “All Unions and Associations of BSNL”. Other decisions taken in today's meeting are as follows:- <<<view decisions>>>

 

[03.10.2017]International Action Day for Migrants and Refugees & Common Struggles against Poverty and War observed.

On the Foundation day of World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) today, i.e., 3rd October 2017, International Action Day for Migrants and Refugees, as well as Common Struggles against Poverty and War was observed at New Delhi. CITU, AITUC, UTUC, AIUTUC, AICCTU, TUCC organised this programme, as a person the call of the WFTU. A rally of workers culminated into a meeting at Raja Ram Mohan Roy Bhawan at ITO. It was addressed by coms.Tapan Sen, MP & GS, CITU, Amarjit Kaur, President, AITUC and others. From BSNLEU, com P.Abhimanyu,GS and com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS participated in the programme.<<<view of the programme>>>

 

[03.10.2017]Mumbai High Court refuses to grant stay on IUC cut.

Private telecom operators Bharati Airtel and Idea Cellular have challenged the TRAI’s decision to cut down the Inter Connect Usage Charge (IUC) by 57%, in the Mumbai High Court. Recently, the TRAI has cut down the IUC from 60 paise to 14 paise. Airtel, Vodafone and Idea put together have 60% of the customer base. Hence, these companies will face a combined loss of Rs.5,000 crore per annum. Reliance Jio, the new comer will stand to gain most, due to the reduction of IUC. Hearing the argument of the petitioners, the Mumbai High Court refused to grant stay.  

 

[03.10.2017]Reliance Communications (RCom) calls off merger with Aircel.

Reliance Communications (RCom), which is having a huge debt of around Rs.47,000 crore, was trying to seek a merger with the Aircel. Both the companies have signed agreement for the merger and have already moved the papers. However, due to procedural delay, the merger has not materialised so far, and both the companies have agreed by mutual consent, to allow the agreement to lapse.

 

[29.09.2017]CMD BSNL meets unions and associations.

A meeting between shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL and unions and associations took place today. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA and com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, participated. The CMD BSNL briefed the union / association representatives on the various developments such as network expansion, competition between various operators, BSNL’s marketing strategy, etc. During the meeting, the CMD BSNL informed that BSNL is going to shortly issue mobile connections, bundled with handsets for Rs.2,200/-. In this scheme, called Bharat-1, BSNL will be providing unlimited voice and data for Rs.97/- per month. Reliance Jio is providing handset and mobile connection at Rs.1,500/-. Whereas, Jio’s customer has to pay Rs.150/- per month. CMD BSNL said that BSNL’s scheme will be more attractive and beneficial to the customers.

 

[29.09.2017]BSNL is my only competitor – says Mukesh Ambhani.    

During the India Mobile Congress, held at New Delhi day before yesterday, Reliance Jio promoter Mukesh Ambhani appreciated shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, for the stiff competition that is being offered to Reliance Jio, by BSNL. Mukesh Ambhani has also told CMD BSNL that, BSNL is the only competitor of Reliance Jio. This is because, BSNL is the only Company which continues to increase it’s market share, even after the entry of Reliance Jio. All other private players have lost their market share, while BSNL has increased it’s market share from 8.6% in March to 8.84% in July. This was informed by the CMD BSNL in today’s meeting. The entire Non-Executives and Executives share this credit together with the BSNL Management.

 

[29.09.2017]Excellent spade work done by the finance officers of BSNL Corporate Office, offsets the crisis created by the GST introduction.

July, 2017, wherein GST was introduced, was the worst month for BSNL. The Company’s revenue collection went down to - 67%. BSNL was compelled to take over draft (OD) from bank to pay the July salaries of employees. Immediately a team of finance officers of BSNL were rushed to all the four zones. They coordinated with the IFAs of the circles, and did the necessary spade work, to overcome the hurdles created by the introduction of GST. As a result of this, 98.8% of BSNL’s bills have been cleared in the month of August, 2017. This is disclosed by the CMD BSNL in today’s meeting. BSNLEU heartily appreciate the good work done by the finance officers.

 

[29.09.2017]BSNL will be starting 4G service in Kerala and Odisha circles soon.

In today’s meeting, the CMD BSNL informed that BSNL will be starting 4G service in Kerala and Odisha circles within 2 or 3 months. BSNL will be purchasing spectrum in the 2100 MHz for providing this service. Gradually the 4G service will be started in other circles also.

 

[29.09.2017]Secretary, DoT and CMD BSNL would be meeting the Hon’ble MoS(C) on the wage revision issue.

The proposal passed by BSNL’s Management Committee, for giving wage revision to BSNL employees with 15% fitment, has been sent to the DoT also, pending it’s approval by the BSNL Board. When the CMD BSNL has recently met Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, DoT, she has suggested that both she and the CMD BSNL should meet shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications on the wage revision issue. This was disclosed by the CMD BSNL in today’s meeting.

 

[29.09.2017]Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, strongly urges the CMD BSNL for payment of PLI.

At the end of today’s meeting between the CMD BSNL and unions & associations, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, strongly urged upon the CMD BSNL to make payment of PLI. The CMD BSNL argued that the revenue collection of the Company has been badly affected due to Demonetisation and the introduction of GST, and hence it would be difficult to pay PLI. However, the GS, BSNLEU, pointed out that only because of the best performance put on by the employees, BSNL has not gone down due to the onslaughts of the Reliance Jio juggernaut, while all the private operators have been beaten badly. He demanded that the Management should appreciate the efforts taken by the employees and should pay PLI. He urged upon the CMD BSNL to consider the demand.

 

[29.09.2017]Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, demands fair representation for the recognised unions and associations in the trusts.

BSNL Management has formed trusts for governing the Pension Fund and the Gratuity Fund. However, the recognised unions and associations are not fairly represented in these trusts. The recognised unions and associations should have been given option to nominate their representatives in the trusts. BSNLEU has already taken up this issue with the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR). However, this issue still remains unsettled. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, raised this issue in today’s meeting with the CMD BSNL and criticised the indifference of the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR) towards this issue. He strongly demanded that fair representation should be given to the recognised unions and associations, so that the interests of the Non-Executives and Executives are safeguarded, so far as the functioning of the trusts are concerned.   

 

[29.09.2017]IDA increase is expected to be 5.3% w.e.f. 01-10-2017.

As per our information, IDA increase is expected from 119% to 124.3%. Accordingly, the net IDA increase is expected to be 5.3% from 01-10-2017.

 

[28.09.2017]Corporate Office letter on implementation of Superannuation Pension Scheme for BSNL Recruitees.<<view letter>> <Rules>>

 

[28.09.2017]Where is the Gujarat model of development? - (Article of Telecrusader October, 2017).<<Click here>>

 

[28.09.2017]Government wants to give more relief to the private telecom operators.

Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Telecommunications, stated yesterday in the sidelines of the Indian Mobile Congress that, the government wants to give more relief to the telecom sectors who are facing financial crisis. The Minister stated that the Inter Ministerial Group (IMG) has recommended that the period of payment for spectrum could be extended from 10 years to 16 years. However, the Telecom Commission the highest decision making body has asked the IMG to comeback with more relief to the telecom sector, said the Minister. Here telecom sector means, virtually private telecom operators.

 

[28.09.2017]BJP leader and former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha’s views on the economy of the country.

Sector after sector of the economy is in distress. Demonetisation has proved to be an unmitigated economic disaster. A badly conceived and poorly implemented GST has played havoc with business.

 

  

[28.09.2017]Pakistani terrorists dined and wined in the White House – Says Pakistan’s foreign minister.

The US President, Donald Trump, has criticised Pakistan last month for it’s support to terror groups. In reply to this, the Pakistani foreign minister Khawaja Asif as stated that it was the United States which helped and strengthened these terror groups. In a meeting held at New York, Khawaja Asif has stated as following:-

 

“ Don’t blame us for the Haqqains (the Haqqani terror network) and don’t blame us for the Hafiz Saeeds (chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa terror group), These were the people who were your darlings just 20 to 30 years back. They were being dined and wined in the White House and now you say go to hell Pakistanis because you are nurturing these people.”

[27.09.2017]Corporate Office letter on recruitment of Junior Engineer (Erstwhile TTA) in BSNL for the year 2015 from the open Market-For closure of Merit List/Waiting List.<<Click here>>

[27.09.2017]Corporate Office letter on recruitment for the post of “Direct Junior Accounts officers (JAO)” in BSNL from open market through online competitive examinations-2017---Addendum.<<Click here>>

[27.09.2017]Corporate Office letter on Tele-density and Market Share Report as on 31.07.2017.<<Click here>>

[27.09.2017]Fight against formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company.<<Click here>>

[26.09.2017]All union / association meeting on wage revision issue.

An all union / association meeting was held today, at NFTE office. Representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, AIGETOA, BTEU, SEWA BSNL, BSNL MS, BSNL OA and TOA (BSNL). Detailed discussions took place on the issues of wage revision and Subsidiary Tower Company. All the General Secretaries / Representatives expressed their desire for strong and united struggles, for the settlement of wage revision and to stop the formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. Further, most of the unions and associations expressed their desire that, to ensure solid unity, the struggles to settle wage revision and to stop formation of Subsidiary Tower Company, should be conducted under a single platform. Discussions were inconclusive. A meeting will be held at 11:00 AM on 04.10.2017, for taking final decision.

 

[26.09.2017]Decisions of the Joint Committee for Re-designation held today.

A meeting of the Joint Committee for Re-designation of Left Out Non-Executives, was held today. Com. P. Ahhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir Singh, President and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, participated in the meeting. The Management Side was represented by Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Estt.), shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR), shri Ashutosh Gupta, GM (Restg.) and shri Keshav Rao, GM (Trng.). The following agreements are reached.

 

(a)  The cadres of Jamadar, Telegraph Overseer, Lineman, Telegraphman, Carpenter, Mason, Plumber, Painter, AC mechanic, Sewerman, Welder, Technician (TF), Wireman, Pump Operator, Lift Operator, AC Operator and Operator (E&M) are to be Re-designated as Joint Telecom Technician (JTT).

 

(b)   TOAs of all the 4 streams are to be Re-designated as Junior Office Associate (JOA).

 

(c)   If any left out cadres are there, the staff side members shall inform the Management latest by 10th October, 2017.

 

All circle and district secretaries are requested to inform the CHQ, before 10.10.2017, if any cadre is left out from re-designation.

 

[26.09.2017]Meeting with GM (Estt.).

Com. P. Ahhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir Singh, President and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Estt.) and discussed the following issues.

 

(a)   Downgradation of Sr.TOAs from 7100 pay scale to 6550 pay scale.

Once again the union representatives explained the issue in detail and insisted the GM (Estt.) to take prompt action, to mitigate the hardship of the affected employees. The GM (Estt.) assured to look into the case.

 

(b)   Issuing notification for holding JE LICE.

Once again the GM (Estt.) was urged to ensure prompt issue of notification for holding the JE LICE. The GM (Estt.) replied that the requisite input has not come from the circles of West Bengal and Kolkata. She was urged upon, to obtain the information expeditiously and also to issue the notification without further delay.

 

[26.09.2017]Holding the adjourned meeting of the National Council.

Com. P. Ahhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir Singh, President and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR) and once again urged upon him to hold the adjourned 35th meeting of the National Council without further delay. BSNLEU has suggested that the meeting could be held either on 30th or 31st October, 2017. The GM (SR) assured to do the needful.

 

[26.09.2017]BSNLEU urges upon the GM(T&BFCI) to release funds for the long delayed payment of wages of contract workers in Tamil Nadu circle.

Com. P. Ahhimanyu, GS met shri Y.N. Singh, GM(T&BFCI) and urged upon him to allot necessary funds for the long delayed payment of wages of the contract workers of Tamil Nadu. He also requested the releasing of funds for advanced payment of salary in NE-1 and NE-II circles. The GM(T&BFCI) assured to do the needful.

 

[26.09.2017]Implementation of the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, on recovery of over payment – Circle secretaries to note please.

BSNLEU is continuously taking up the issue of implementation of the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, on recovery of over payment. After our discussion with the Director (HR) on 04.09.2017, and subsequent discussion with the GM (Estt.), Corporate Office has issued guidelines to the CGMs vide letter no.1-6/2016-PAT (BSNL) dated 19.09.2017. As per this letter, decision on recoveries of over payment, which were made prior to the issuing of DoP&T letter on 06.02.2014, could be taken by the CGMs themselves. Recoveries which were made after 06.02.2014, should be referred to the Corporate Office. In today’s discussion with the GM (Estt.) also, the representatives of BSNLEU have insisted for requisite action by the Corporate Office. Hence, circle secretaries are requested to take up with their respective CGMs, all cases in which recoveries were made prior to 06.02.2014. Similarly, they should ensure that cases in which recoveries were made after 06.02.2014, are immediately forwarded to the Corporate Office.

 

[25.09.2017]Notification for Work Shop on Wage Revision issue, by the Central Trade Unions.

As has already been informed through our website, a work shop on the wage revision issue, is being organised by the Central Trade Unions at Hyderabad. The work shop will be held on 22.10.2017. The notification for this work shop has been issued.<<< view notification >>>

 

[25.09.2017]Karnataka Circle Executive Committee meeting held at Tumkur.

The Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Karnataka circle union was held at Tumkur on 23rd & 24th September, 2017. Com. M.C. Balakrishna, CP, presided over the meeting. Com. C.K. Gundanna, CS, presented the report on activities. Com. Keshav, Circle Treasurer, presented a statement on the financial position of the circle union. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and explained about the status on wage revision, Subsidiary Tower Company and various issues of the Non-Executives. The meeting was also addressed com. H.V. Sudharshan, Org. Secretary (CHQ), com. Muddaiah, CS, AIBDPA, com. B.P. Narayan, patron, etc. Detailed discussions were made by members of the Executive Committee on various issues including organisation, our strategy on wage revision and Subsidiary Tower Company.<<views of the meeting>> 

 

[25.09.2017]Kerala circle conducts an enthusiastic convention of the BSNL Working Women’s Coordination Committee.

An enthusiastic convention of the BSNL Working Women’s Coordination Committee (BSNL WWCC), Kerala circle, was held at Trissur on 23rd September, 2017. 164 delegates attended it from all the SSAs. Com. K.N. Jothilakshmi, ACS, welcomed every one. Shri K.P. Mohanan, Secretary, Kerala Sahitya Academy inaugurated the convention. Com. P. Indira, Convenor, BSNL WWCC, delivered the key note address. Com. K. Mohanan, CS, BSNLEU, presented the note for discussion. Com. V. Baghyalakshmi, Convenor, BSNL WWCC, Kerala circle, initiated the discussion. A very good discussion of the delegates ensued. Com. Pratap Kumar, AGS, BSNLEU, com. M. Vijaya Kumar, Org. Secretary (CHQ), BSNLEU, and com. A.V. Kuriakose, CP, BSNLEU, addressed the convention. Com. Ponnamma Thankan, Circle Org. Secretary, proposed vote of thanks. CHQ heartily congratulates the Kerala BSNL WWCC for conducting an inspiring convention.<<views of the convention>>

 

[23.09.2017]Karnataka circle union organises a lively seminar to observe the Centenary of the Great October Revolution. 

Karnataka circle union of BSNLEU organised a lively seminar today at Tumkur, to observe the Centenary of the Great October Revolution. A large number of employees attended it. Com.M.C.Balakrishna, CP, Karnataka, presided over. The Seminar was addressed by Justice Nagamohana Das, former judge of the Karnataka High Court, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, Com.K.N.Umesh, Secretary, CITU, Karnataka and com. H.V.Sudharshan, Organising Secretary(CHQ). The speakers impressed upon the audience by highlighting the achievements of the Soviet Union in putting an end to the exploitation of man by man, as well as eradicating poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, diseases, etc. The General Secretary heartily congratulated the Tumkur district union of BSNLEU for making excellent arrangements for the seminar.<<<views of the seminar>>>

 

[23.09.2017]General Secretary addressed the felicitation meeting of com. S. Lingamurthy, Joint General Secretary of FNTO.

Com. S. Lingamurthy, Joint General Secretary of FNTO, retired from BSNL service on 31.08.2017. A function was arranged at Chennai on 21.09.2017, for felicitating him. Leaders of Political and trade union organisations participated in the function and felicitated com. S. Lingamurthy. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, addressed the meeting and greeted the leader. In his speech, the General Secretary pointed out the attacks being mounted on BSNL, by the Modi government, like extending undue favours to Reliance Jio, formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company, denial of wage revision to the employees, merger of BSNL and MTNL, etc. He urged that all the unions and associations of BSNL should unitedly fight, to defeat the onslaughts against BSNL and to settle wage revision w.e.f. 01-01-2017. The meeting was also addressed by shri M.Krishnaswamy, former president, Tamil Nadu State Congress Committee, Ms. Kalavathy, CGM, Chennai, Com.K.Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO, com.K.Vallinayagam, former General Secretary of FNTO, com. Babu Radhakrishnan, CS, BSNLEU, TN circle, com.M.Kanniappan, CS, BSNLEU, Chennai and many others.<<< views of the meeting >>>

 

[22.09.2017]No wage cut or disciplinary action for the strike - Madras High Court gives direction to the Tamil Nadu State government.

The Tamil Nadu state government employees and teachers went on an indefinite strike from 7th September, 2017 onwards, demanding implementation of the recommendations of the 7th CPC, withdrawal of the New Pension Scheme, etc. The strike was withdrawn on 15th September, as per the direction of the Madras High Court. Yesterday, hearing a petition in this connection, the High Court gave direction to the State government that, no wage cut should be imposed for the strike period, and also that no disciplinary action should be initiated for the strike action. The Court further directed that the Committee formed by the State government to study the recommendations of the 7th CPC, should submit it's report by 30th September and that the State government should take a final decision on this by 13th October, 2017. Failing this, the State government should grant an interim relief of 20% to the employees, directed the Court.

[22.09.2017]Corporate office letter on implementation of revision of pension of pre-2016 Pensioners/Family Pensioners under Seventh CPC in pursuance to DoPPW OM No:38/27/2016-PandPW(A) Dated 12.05.2017 and MoF(Department of Expenditure) OM No:1(13)EV/2017 Dated 23.05.2017.<<view letter>> 

21.09.2017]Corporate Office notification on joint committee for change in designation of left out Non-Executive cadres.<<view notification>> 

[21.09.2017]Corporate Office letter on amendment to the provisions of General Provident Fund (Central Service) Rules, 1960.<<covering letter>> <<Enclosure -1>> <<Enclosure -2>> 

[21.09.2017]Corporate Office letter on Implementation of Supreme Court judgement on recovery of excess/wrongful payments made to employees in BSNL.<<view letter>>

[21.09.2017]Message of Director (HR) to all CGMs.<<view message>>

[21.09.2017]BSNL Management Committee approves proposal to settle Wage Revision with 15% fitment. 

After the One Day Strike, held on 27.07.2017, in a meeting held with the unions and associations, shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, told that the BSNL Management would once again send a proposal to the government, recommending settlement of Wage Revision to BSNL employees, w.e.f., 01.01.2017. Accordingly, it is learnt that the BSNL Management Committee has now approved a proposal to be sent to the government. As per this proposal, the Management wants to give Wage Revision to the employees with 15% fitment and the allowances are to be frozen (means allowances will not be increased, based on Wage Revision.) This is really a positive step taken by the BSNL Management. This proposal will go to the BSNL Board for approval. We sincerely appreciate the CMD BSNL, as well as the Management Committee, for taking such a step. At the same time, we also like to caution the employees. They should not have any illusion that, the Wage Revision is going to be automatically settled, based on this proposal of the Management. We wish to emphatically tell the employees that the government is firm in not settling Wage Revision for BSNL employees. Only through serious united struggles, we can get Wage Revision. Let us get prepared for that.

 

[21.09.2017]Fall in GDP growth is going to further worsen the unemployment problem - Warns the Economic Times.

Decline in GDP growth is going to further worsen the unemployment problem of the country, says the Economic Times. According to an Economic Survey, the total jobs available in organised sectors, as on March 31, 2012, are 46.8 million. At the same time, every year, 2-3 lakh jobs get created in the formal sector, while the total number of additional people entering the job market every year is 1.2 crore to 1.3 crore. The BJP led NDA government, which promised to create 1 crore jobs per year, has miserably failed in fulfilling it's promise. In the meanwhile, the country’s GDP growth has gone down by 2% to 5.7% in the June quarter of 2017, compared to 7.9% in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. As a result, the unemployment situation is going to worsen.

[Source: The Economic Times dt. 21-09-2017]

 

[21.09.2017]Status regarding issuing notification for the JE 50 % LDCE. 

BSNLEU is consistently perusing to the BSNL Management for conducting JE 50% LDCE. In our last discussion with the GM (Rectt.), we are assured that necessary action would be taken after ascertaining the number of vacancies from circles. In continuation of this, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com Gokul Borah, Treasurer met Ms.Anima Roy, GM (Rectt.) yesterday and discussed the matter. The GM (Rectt), informed that the Rectt. Cell is taking steps on daily basis to ascertain the vacancies from circles. As of now, only 5 circles, viz., AP, NTR, Kolkata Telephones, UP(East) and West Bengal have not sent the inputs.  Our Circle Secretaries of the above circles are requested to take up the issue with the CGMs concerned and to ensure that the requisite information is sent without further loss of time.

 

[20.09.2017]Central Trade Unions to organise joint meet at Hyderabad on 22-10-2017, to discuss the Wage Revision issue. 

The 3rd PRC has done a very big injustice to the employees of the public sector undertakings, by submitting retrograde recommendations. Despite fervent appeals from the trade unions, for relaxing the stringent conditions of the 3rd PRC, the Narendra Modi government disappointed the employees, by accepting the recommendations of the 3rd PRC in toto. BSNL employees have conducted a very successful strike on 27-07-2017, demanding wage revision w.e.f 01-01-2017. BSNLEU has already written to the General Secretary of the CITU, requesting him to take the initiative for organising united struggles of the employees of all the affected PSU employees. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, has also had a very serious discussion with com. Tapan Sen, General Secretary, CITU, in this connection. In this background, the Central Trade Unions, including INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, etc., have decided to organise a Joint National Workshop of the Public Sector trade unions at Hyderabad on 22-10-2017, to discuss the Wage Revision issue. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the Central Trade Unions for this initiative. BSNLEU will participate in this workshop and will place concrete suggestions for united struggles of all the affected unions of the CPSUs, to settle the Wage Revision issue.

 

[20.09.2017]All union /association meeting postponed to 26th September, 2017.

The all union association meeting, that was scheduled to take place today, to discuss the Subsidiary Tower Company issue, has been postponed to 26th September, 2017. Today's meeting has to be postponed, since some of the major organisations could not attend. The meeting will now be held at 11:00 hrs on 26-09-2017.

 

[20.09.2017]TRAI cuts down interconnect charges from 14 paise per minutes to 6 paise per minute.

In a move, that is viewed to benefit newcomer Reliance Jio, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, has cut down the Interconnect Usage Charges (IUC), from the present 14 paise per minute to 6 paise per minute. The TRAI has also stated that the IUC will totally be abolished from January 2020. IUC is paid by the operator on whose network the call originates, to the operator on whose network the call terminates. Since the top 3 operators, viz., Airtel, Vodafone and Idea are having 60% the total customers, they are getting maximum benefit from the system of payment of IUC charges. However, the TRAI has brushed aside the arguments of these 3 operators that IUC charge should continue.

 

[20.09.2017]All union /association meeting today to discuss Subsidiary Tower Company issue.

The entire Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL have conducted Lunch Hour Demonstration on 15th September, to oppose the Union Cabinet's decision to form the Subsidiary Tower Company. To decide upon the follow up action, to stop the formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company, an all union/association meeting is taking place at New Delhi today.

 

[19.09.2017]BSNL is tying up with handset makers Lava and Micromax, to supply handsets at Rs.2,000/-

As per media reports, BSNL is said to be entering into tie up with Lava and Micromax, to supply feature phones, bundled with facilities such as free calls. The price of these handsets may be in the price range of Rs. 2,000/-. Reliance Jio is already supplying handsets at Rs.1,500/-. Airtel is also coming up with such a scheme. It is important to note that, BSNL's 10.5 crore mobile customers are mainly in semi urban and rural areas.

 

[19.09.2017]BSNLEU requests the Director (Finance) to disburse salary in advance to BSNL Employees in the Eastern India, before Pooja.

Durga Pooja, which is the main festival of Eastern India starts this year from 27th September and will continue upto 30th September. All the banks in that region will remain closed from 27th September to 2nd October. Hence, employees will face difficulties, if the salary of BSNL Employees is not paid by 26th September. Coms Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS, Animesh Mitra,VP(CHQ) and Gakul Borah, Treasurer met Ms Sujata Ray, Director(Finance), BSNL today and requested for making salary disbursement in advance, i.e., by 26th September. The Director (Finance) assured to look into the matter.<<view letter>>

 

[19.09.2017]Corporate Office letter on method of pay fixation in IDA Pay Scales in respect of absorbed officials of BSNL, who were promoted after 01.10.2000 and opted for IDA Pay Scales from the date of their promotion/retirement.<<view letter>>

 

[18.09.2017]Sincere thanks and hearty congrats to the Rajasthan circle union.

The Reception Committee of the recently conducted Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU at Jaipur, received the overwhelming appreciation of the comrades who participated in the meeting. Arrangements for stay, meeting hall, transport, food arrangements, etc., had been made in a manner, which exceeded the expectations of all. The team under the leadership of com. Ashok Pareek,CS, com. Kamal Singh Gohil,CP, com. Vijay Singh, Org. Secretary (CHQ), com.P.K.Jain, DS, Jaipur, com.M.K.Nagpal, CS, AIBDPA and com.S.K.Vijay has inspired all the participants of the meeting with their dedicated and disciplined work. CHQ heartily thanks and also congratulates the Rajasthan comrades.

            Reception Committee comrades with the CHQ leaders.

[18.09.2017]Media reporting about General Secretary's observations.

Recently com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, was in Trivandrum. The following is a media reporting, on the General Secretary's observations made in a meeting there.

 

BSNL staff union blames Centre

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM,SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 00:00 IST

UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 04:41 IST

 

The BSNL Employees Union on Tuesday blamed the Central government’s pro-corporate policies for the decline of the national service. Union’s all India general secretary P. Abhimanyu said the Modi government was unabashedly anti-public sector. The Centre was for privatising the country’s key information infrastructure and opening the door for the entry of MNCs.

 

[18.09.2017]BSNLEU pays respectful homage to Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh.

Indian Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh, nation's oldest serving military officer, passed away on Saturday last, at the age of 98. Arjan Singh, hero of the 1965 India-Pakistan war, was the only Air Force officer to be promoted to five-star rank.  His body was accorded a state funeral today at Brar Square in New Delhi. The national flag is flying at half-mast at all government buildings in Delhi, in the honour of the late war hero. BSNLEU pays it's respectful homage to Airforce Marshal Arjan Singh and conveys it's heartfelt condolences to the members of his family.

 

[16.09.2017]Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU started enthusiastically at Jaipur.

The Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU started enthusiastically at Jaipur at 10:00 am today. The Rajasthan circle union has made wonderful arrangements for the meeting. Com. Ashok Pareek, CS, Rajasthan, warmly welcomed everyone. Com. Balbir Singh, President, is presiding over the meeting. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, moved the condolence resolution. The session started after adoption of the agenda. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, presented the note for discussion. In his speech, the General Secretary elaborately explained about the 27th July One Day Strike, decision of the Cabinet to form a Subsidiary Tower Company, settlement of SC/ST reservation in internal exams, withdrawal of cooperation, seminars on Great October Revolution, etc. He elaborately explained about the failures of the Modi government to solve the problems of the working people, and called upon the Central Secretariat members to make massive mobilisation for the 3 day dharna, to be held at New Delhi. After the speech of the General Secretary, the members of the Central Secretariat have started their deliberations.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[16.09.2017]Lunch hour demonstrations held at various circles, opposing the Cabinet decision for forming the Subsidiary Tower Company.<<<views of the programme>>>

 

[15.09.2017]United and powerful lunch hour demonstrations conducted throughout the country, opposing the Cabinet decision for forming the Subsidiary Tower Company.

Powerful lunch hour demonstrations were conducted throughout the country today, by the Non-Executives and Executives, opposing the Union Cabinet's decision for forming the Subsidiary Tower Company. All the unions and associations have given call for the programme. At the Corporate Office, a well attended lunch hour demonstration was addressed by all the general secretaries. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, while addressing the gathering, congratulated the leaders for conducting the programme unitedly, by setting aside their differences. He expressed his desire that this unity should be further strengthened, to stop Subsidiary Tower Company and to settle Wage Revision.<<< views of the programme >>>

 

[15.09.2017]Lunch hour demonstration at BSNL Corporate Office opposing Subsidiary Tower Company.<<< views of the programme >>>

 

[15.09.2017]BSNLEU urges upon the CMD BSNL for the payment of Rs.7,000/- as PLI.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL today and urged upon him to immediately announce payment of Rs.7,000/- as PLI. The Union representatives gave full justification for this demand. They stated that BSNL continues to put up a strong performance, despite challenges from Reliance Jio, Demonetisation and the introduction of the GST. All these have become possible only because of the contribution of the employees, stated the representatives. They requested the CMD BSNL to take an early decision on this issue. The CMD BSNL, however, stated that last month's salary itself was paid to the employees, by taking over draft from the bank, in view of the severe fall in revenue collection, due to the entry of Reliance Jio, demonetisation and introduction of GST. But, the Union representatives strongly demanded that the Management should consider payment of PLI before the onset of the festival season.<<view letter>>

 

[15.09.2017]Agreement reached between BSNLEU and the Management, on the issue of outsourcing Customer Service Centre activities.

Based on the strong opposition conveyed to the BSNL Management, by BSNLEU, in the matter of outsourcing the activities of Customer Service Centres, a discussion took place today between the Management and BSNLEU. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, represented BSNLEU. Shri N.K. Mehta, Director (EB), who is holding additional charge as Director (CFA) and shri Anil Jain, CGM NC NGN, represented the Management. BSNLEU expressed it’s protest for taking such a serious decision, without consulting the Recognised Union. They also expressed their concern that, the proposed outsourcing of CSC activities would render a large number of employees surplus. Further, they strongly demanded that the Management should give up the proposal of outsourcing and should make fresh recruitment of staff to face the shortage. From the Management Side, it was replied that there was urgent need to upgrade the ambience of the Customer Service Centres, at par with that of the private telecom companies. They also justified the outsourcing by stating that the employees are retiring at a very fast phase and told that sufficient staff was not available in many places to man the Customer Service Centres. After prolonged discussion, the following understanding is reached.

 

(1)  Management will keep under abeyance it’s decision to outsource Customer Service Centre activities throughout the country.

(2)  To experiment it’s decision of outsourcing, the Management will outsource three customer service centres in each of the four zones.

(3)  Meanwhile Management will collect the data about the total number of employees working in all the customer service centres throughout the country and their age profile.

 

Further talks will take place between the Union and the Management, based on the data collected as mentioned in para (3) above.   

 

[15.09.2017]BSNLEU makes final break through in settling the grievances of 74 Telecom Mechanics of Cuttack, who were denied extra increment on promotion under NEPP.

74 RMs of Cuttack, who were initially placed in the Lineman pay scale were subsequently promoted as Telecom Mechanics. These officials were denied 2nd promotion under NEPP, and their Telecom Mechanic promotion is treated as 2nd promotion under NEPP. BSNLEU took up this issue many times with the Director (HR) and the GM (Estt.). This issue was once again discussed with Director (HR) and GM (Estt.) on 04.09.2017. Ms. Anima Roy, who has recently assumed charge as GM (Estt.) took a positive step on this issue and has promptly issued letter, settling the issue. BSNLEU heartily thank the Director (HR) and GM (Estt.) for settling the issue. <<view Corporate Office letter>>

 

[15.09.2017]Meeting with GM (Estt.).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Estt.), and discussed the following issues.

 

 (1)  The Union representatives thanked the GM (Estt.) for settling the problem of 74 Telecom Mechanics who were not benefited on getting 1st promotion under NEPP. BSNLEU has been taking up this case for quite some time, and Corporate Office has issued letter settling this issue.

 

(2)   Settlement of the grievance of the Sr.TOAs who were downgraded from 7100 pay scale to 6550 pay scale, while switching over to the NEPP.

This issue is being taken by BSNLEU for a very long time. The erstwhile GM (Estt.) has totally rejected the demand of BSNLEU. However, once again it was taken up with the Director (HR), in the meeting held on 04.09.2017. In this backdrop the Union representatives requested Ms. Anima Roy, who has recently taken over as the GM (Estt.), to consider this issue in a humanitarian basis. The Union representatives also informed the Management that some of the affected employees have expressed even to forego the financial benefit, if their 7100 pay scale is restored retrospectively.<<view letter>>

 

(3)   Stopping recovery of over payment, based on the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

BSNLEU gave a fresh letter to the GM (Estt.), and demanded that Corporate Office should issue letter to the CGM’s with the direction not to recover the over payment from the terminal benefits of the employees who are retiring.<<view letter>>

 

(4)  Stopping recoveries, on account of employees EPF contribution arrears.

This issue was discussed in the 35th National Council meeting. Chairperson of the National Council clearly gave the direction that the EPF Act should be followed in this regard. The ‘Corporate Accounts Section’, which has been handling this case has recently handed over it to the Establishment Branch. The Union representatives emphasised that as per the EPF Act, arrears of the employees’ EPF contribution should not be recovered from the employees. They insisted the GM (Estt.) to issue direction to the CGM’s.<<view letter>> 

 

(5)   Conducting special JTO Civil / Electrical 50% LICE for the left out Draughtsman.

It has already been agreed by the Management in the 28th meeting of the National Council to hold one more special JTO Civil / Electrical 50% LICE for the left out Draughtsman. However, this decision has been put in cold storage and is not implemented. The Union representatives demanded that the decision of the National Council in this regard should be implemented.<<view letter>>

 

The GM (Estt.) gave a patient hearing to the observations made by the representatives and assured to look into the issues positively.

    

[15.09.2017]Meeting with GM (Restg.)

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri Ashutosh Gupta, GM (Restg.) today and discussed the following issues.

 

(1) Creation of Business Areas in Andhra Pradesh circle.

Accepting the demand of BSNLEU, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, FNTO, AIGETOA, etc., the CGM, AP circle has written to the Corporate Office, recommending not to merge Srikakulam with Vizianagaram and Ongole with Guntur. The Union representatives urged upon the GM (Restg.) to issue letter for stopping the proposal.  

 

(2) Creation of Benevolent Fund.

BSNLEU has already written to the GM (Restg.), opposing the hefty amount suggested as contribution from employees to the Benevolent Fund. Today the Union representatives urged upon the GM (Restg.) to finalise the scheme without delay and also to consult BSNLEU before taking a final decision.

 

The GM (Restg.) assured to do the needful on both the above mentioned issues.

 

[14.09.2017]Forum of BSNL unions and associations, Karnataka circle, meet Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, DoT, and discuss wage revision and Subsidiary Tower Company issues.

The leaders of the Forum of BSNL unions and association, Karnataka circle, met Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, DoT, at Bengaluru today. They submitted a memorandum to her demanding settlement of the wage revision and also dropping the decision to form the Subsidiary Tower Company. The Secretary, DoT, cordially discussed and gave a patient hearing to the presentation made by the Forum leaders. She said that she was sympathetic to the demands of the employees. Com. C.K. Gundanna, CS, BSNLEU, com. S.B. Nagavi, CS, SNEA, com. S.K. Hiremath, CS, AIBSNLEA, com. H.V. Sudharshan, Org. Secretary, BSNLEU (CHQ), com. K. Sundararaj, CS, AIGETOA, com. Mahalingaiah, CS, FNTO, com. B.S. Shivalingappa, SEWA BSNL, com. B.D. Mahadevan, CS, BASE(I) and com. K.Y. Prasanth, CS, SNATTA, took part in this delegation. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the leaders of Forum Karnataka circle, for this excellent initiative to discuss crucial issues with the Secretary, DoT.

 

 

[14.09.2017]Performance of BSNL in the mobile segment during the months of June, July and August, 2017.

The following is the performance of BSNL, in the mobile segment during the months of June, July and August, 2017. These figures are provided as per the letters issued by the Director (CM), BSNL, copies of which are available on our website.

 

June – 23,96,993 new connections.

July – 17,75,953 new connections.

August – 17,18,080 new connections.

 

[14.09.2017]BSNLEU invited for talks with Director (CFA) on the issue of outsourcing activities of Customer Service Centres.

BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, strongly opposing the steps being taken by the Corporate Management, to outsource the activities of Customer Service Centres. BSNLEU has also criticised the Corporate Management, for going a head with such a measure, without holding any discussion with the Recognised Union. Now, Corporate Office has invited BSNLEU for a discussion of this issue. The meeting will take place tomorrow, between BSNLEU and shri N.K. Mehta, Director (EB), who is holding additional charge of the Director (CFA).

 

[14.09.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Secretary, DoT, opposing formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company.

BSNLEU has written to the Secretary, DoT, opposing the decision of the Union Cabinet to form BSNL’s Subsidiary Tower Company, and also intimating the nation wide protest lunch hour demonstrations to be conducted tomorrow against Subsidiary Tower Company. BSNLEU has also informed the Secretary, DoT, that struggles would be intensified if the government does not reverse it’s decision.<<view letter>>

 

[14.09.2017]Organise powerful lunch hour demonstrations tomorrow against Cabinet’s decision to form Subsidiary Tower Company.

CHQ has already informed that a lunch hour demonstration would be organised by all the unions and associations tomorrow, against the recent decision of the Union Cabinet, to form a Subsidiary Tower Company. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to organise these lunch hour demonstrations with the maximum participation of the employees. Circle and district secretaries should coordinate with other unions and associations for organising the demonstration effectively. 

 

[14.09.2017]Same gun used to kill Govind Pansare, M.M. Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh – Says forensic experts.

Forensic experts have confirmed that the 7.65 mm country made pistol, used to kill journalist Gauri Lankesh, is the same gun used to kill scholar M.M. Kalburgi. He was shot dead in August, 2015, in his Dharwad residence. Further, forensic reports have already established that the pistol used to kill M.M. Kalburgi was the same pistol used to kill communist leader Govind Pansare at Kholapur in Maharashtra, a few months earlier. So it is confirmed that a same organisation has planned the killing of Govind Pansare, M.M. Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh. All the three victims, Govind Pansare, M.M. Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh, worked for communal harmony and opposed communal forces. Undoubtedly, it is the communal forces which have killed all the three progressive minded persons.

 

[14.09.2017]Rally at Bengaluru condemning the killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh.

    

                             

 

[14.09.2017]It is a matter of shame. Government of India loots it’s people by increasing petrol and diesel prices when crude oil price is falling – Petrol much cheaper in Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The government of India continues to loot the people, by increasing the prices of petrol and diesel. For example, the price of petrol in Delhi has increased by Rs.5/-, since the introduction of Daily Pricing Policy on 16th June, 2017. It is needless to say that the increase in the price of diesel results in the price increase of all commodities, especially the essential commodities. In the international market the price of crude oil is falling. However, the government of India keeps on increasing the price of petrol and diesel. The price of petrol in India was Rs.65/- when crude oil was sold at 120 US dollars in 2012. However, today the petrol price per litre is Rs.70/- when the crude oil price in the international market has fallen to 50 US dollars. It is the government which is looting the people by selling petrol and diesel at high prices, even when the crude oil price is becoming cheaper and cheaper in the international market. It is very important to note that, the excise duty collection of the government from petroleum products was Rs.99,184 crore in 2014. This excise duty collection of the government has increased to Rs.2,42,691 crore in 2017. Thus, the government has doubled the excise duty on petroleum products. It is a matter of shame that petrol is sold at over Rs.70/- in India, when it is sold at Rs.40.80/- in the neighbouring Pakistan and Rs.49.80/- in Sri Lanka.

[Source: The Hindu dated 13.09.2017] 

 

[13.09.2017]Hold powerful lunch hour demonstrations on 15.09.2017, opposing Union Cabinet’s decision to form Subsidiary Tower Company.

As all of you are aware, the Union Cabinet has taken decision yesterday, to form a Subsidiary Tower Company. This decision, if implemented, will ruin BSNL. It’s 70,000 mobile towers would be snatched away. Without it’s mobile towers, BSNL will become more or less a skeleton. It is the duty of each and every Non-Executive and Executive, to stop the formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company. As a first step against formation of Subsidiary Tower Company, powerful lunch hour demonstrations would be conducted throughout the country on 15.09.2017. All unions and associations are participating in this programme. Circle and District secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to coordinate with all the other unions and associations and to organise the programme very effectively.  

 

[13.09.2017]All union / association meeting to be held on 20.09.2017, to decide about the next course of action, against Subsidiary Tower Company.

An all union / association meeting will be held at New Delhi on 20.09.2017, to discuss about the next course of action, against formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. The meeting will take decisions regarding the ways and means to stop implementation of the Cabinet decision on formation of Subsidiary Tower Company.  

 

[13.09.2017]All union / association meeting to be held on 26.09.2017, to discuss about action programme to settle wage revision.

An all union / association meeting will be held at New Delhi on 26.09.2017, to discuss and finalise about the action programme to be adopted for the settlement of wage revision. All unions and associations will participate in this meeting.   

 

[13.09.2017]BSNLEU urges upon the GM (SR) to expeditiously hold the adjourned 35th meeting of the National Council.

The 35th meeting of the National Council, held on 11.05.2017, had to be adjourned due to non-availability of time to discuss all the items. The adjourned meeting, however, is still not held. Com. P. Abhimanyu, Secretary, Staff Side, met shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR) today, and urged upon him to hold the adjourned meeting without further delay. In view of the important festivals coming in the near future, the Staff Side has suggested 24th October, 2017, as the date for the next National Council meeting. The GM (SR) stated that the date will be finalise in consultation with the Director (HR).

 

[13.09.2017]BSNLEU deeply condoles the death of com. T. Muthukrishnan, former General Secretary of SC/ST Employees Welfare Association.

BSNLEU is saddened to hear the news that com. T. Muthukrishnan, former General Secretary of the SC/ST Employees Welfare Association has passed away. He had been unwell for a few days and was given treatment in a hospital. Despite best treatment, com. T. Muthukrishnan has passed away. BSNLEU deeply condoles the death of this veteran leader. BSNLEU also offers it’s heartfelt condolences to his family members, friends and comrades.

 

[12.09.2017]BSNLEU strongly condemns the decision of the Narendra Modi government to form a Subsidiary Tower Company.

The Union Cabinet meeting, presided over by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has decided today to form a Subsidiary Tower Company. It means, the nearly 70,000 mobile towers of BSNL will be taken away, and will be handed over to the Subsidiary Tower Company. BSNLEU strongly condemns this decision. This is nothing, but a strategy to slowly kill BSNL. It may be remembered that the entire Non-Executives and Executives went on a one day strike on 15.12.2016, opposing the formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company. Inspite of this stiff opposition, the Modi government has decided to form the Subsidiary Tower Company. BSNLEU calls upon the entire unions and associations of BSNL to come forward and oppose this move of the government.<<< view Press Information Bureau report >>>

[12.09.2017]Corporate Office letter on holding of online LICE for Junior Engineer under 50% quota for RY 2016.<<view letter>>

[12.09.2017]General Secretary addressed well attended meeting in P&T house at Thiruvananthapuram.

Utilising the visit of com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, to Thiruvananthapuram, a meeting is organised at the P&T house today. Even though it is a holiday on account of shri Krishna Jayanti, a good number of employees attended this meeting. Com. P. Gopakumar, presided over the meeting. Com. K. Mohanan, CS, welcomed everyone. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, addressed this meeting and elaborately spoke on the retrograde economic policies of the government, wage revision from 01.01.2017, withdrawal of cooperation, issues of the Non-Executives, ETC. The General Secretary also replied to various questions raised by the comrades. Com.K.Mohanan, CS, translated the speech into Malayalam. The meeting was also addressed by com. S. Pratap Kumar, AGS, com. T.Santosh Kumar, CS, SNEA, com. S. Saheer, CS, AIGETOA, com. Vamadevan, DS, BSNLCCWF and com. Vikraman Nayar, DS, AIBDPA. Finally, com. Jothilakshmi, Asst.Circle Secretary, proposed vote of thanks. <<<view of the meeting>>> 

 

[12.09.2017]TUI PS conducted it's Secretariat meeting at Thiruvananthapuram.

The Asia Pacific Regional Meeting of the Trade Union International, Public Services (TUI PS) was held at Thiruvananthapuram yesterday. In continuation of this, the Secretariat meeting of the TUI PS, is held at Thiruvananthapuram today. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU and Member of the Directive Committee of the TUI PS, participated in this meeting. Com. Punya Prasad Dhakal, Vice-President, TUI PS, presided over the meeting. Com. Pierpaolo Leonardi, General Secretary of the TUI PS, presented his report on activities. Serious debate took place about improving the functioning of the TUI PS, strengthening of it's financial position, admission of new organisations, holding of the 13th Congress of the TUI PS, etc., were discussed and decisions were taken.<<<view of the meeting>>>

 

[11.09.2017]BSNL to add 40,000 BTSs in the next two years.

CMD BSNL has told the media that BSNL will spend Rs.6,000 crore in the next two years, for adding 40,000 BTSs. BSNL has started the tendering process for this, and Nokia and ZTE have emerged as the L1 and L2 bidders respectively, said the CMD BSNL. At present BSNL is having 1,30,000 BTSs and after this expansion, the number will increase to 1,70,000.

(Source: Telecom Lead dt.09-09-2017)

 

[11.09.2017]General Secretary addressed special meeting at Nagercoil.

Utilising General Secretary's visit to Tiruvananthapuram, to attend the meeting of the Trade Union International PS, the neighbouring district of Tamil Nadu, Nagercoil, organised a special meeting, to be addressed by him. Even though it was holiday for the GM office, on account of second Saturday, a good number of employees attended the meeting. Com. George, district president, presided over the meeting. Com. Raju, district secretary welcomed everyone. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and explained in detail, about the economic policies of the government, wage revision, issues of the Non-Executives and the contract workers. The meeting was also addressed by com. P. Indira, Convenor, BSNL Working Women's Coordination Committee, com. C. Palanisamy, AGS, BSNLCCWF and com. Soosai, district secretary, Tirunelveli.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[11.09.2017]Asia Pacific Regional Meeting of Trade Union International, Public Services (TUI PS), started at Tiruvananthapuram.

The Asia Pacific Regional Meeting of the Trade Union International, Public Services (TUI PS), which is an affiliate of the World Federation of Trade Unions, started at Tiruvananthapuram today. The meeting started at 10:00 am. The meeting is being presided over by com. Punya Dakal, Vice-President, of the TUI PS. Com. Pierpaolo Leonardi, General Secretary, TUI PS addressed the meeting. He vividly explained about the scenario prevailing in the international working class movement. Thereafter, deliberations by the delegates started and is going on. A 6 member team of BSNLEU is participating in this meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, is participating as delegate and com. Balbir Singh, President, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, com. Gakul Borah, Treasurer, com. P. Indira, Convenor, BSNL WWCC and com. Mohanan, CS, Kerala are participating as observers. BSNLEU is one of the organisations, which are hosting this international event. The following are the views of the meeting.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[09.09.2017]Assam's BJP government makes major amendment to Labour Law - empowers employers to retrench upto 300 workers without government approval.

The Assam's BJP government has made a major amendment to the Labour Law. Last Thursday, the Assam assembly passed a bill, called "Industrial Disputes(Assam Amendment) Bill, 2017". According to this, in industries engaging upto 300 workers, the employers can retrench workers without any approval of the government. It is important to note that this is one of the important demands of the corporates. According to this amendment, in 70% of the industrial units, the employers will be in a position to retrench workers, without any restrictions of the government. It means, the employers can implement "Hire & Fire" policy in 90% of the industries. When the Central Trade Unions are offering stiff resistance for the Modi government to legislate any such act at the Centre, the BJP ruled states, one after another, are fulfilling the demand of the corporates. On one side, the Modi government refuses to accept Central Trade Unions' demand of implementing Rs.18,000 as the minimum wage to the workers. But, on the other side, it is trying it's best to implement the demands of the corporates. This is why we call it an "anti-worker and pro-corporate government".

 

[08.09.2017]Claims for the implementation of DoT order no. 22-5/91-NCG dated 30-11-1992.

BSNLEU is the only Union which has been continuously fighting for the implementation of the DoP&T orders, with regards to lesser standards of evaluation for SC/ST employees in the Internal Examinations. As a result of the efforts taken by BSNLEU, an Internal Committee was formed by BSNL Management, which gave it’s recommendations on 29.12.2014. However, as per the recommendations of this committee, only the aggregate marks of the Telecom Mechanic and TTA LDCEs were reduced. Even this reduction in aggregate marks were not given for the JTO and JAO LICEs. Hence, BSNLEU once again took up the issue, as a result of which one more Internal Committee was formed. Based on the recommendations of this committee, again only the aggregate marks were reduced. Hence, BSNLEU continued to demand for implementation of DoP&T orders. Under these circumstances, in the National Council meeting held on 11.05.2017, BSNLEU demanded implementation of the DoT order no. 22-5/91-NCG dated 30-11-1992. BSNLEU leaders argued convincingly in that National Council meeting, which made the Director (HR) to accept BSNLEU’s demand. Following this, Corporate Office issued letter stating that 20% and 15% are the qualifying marks for SC and ST employees respectively. Only BSNLEU demanded implementation of the DoT order no. 22-5/91-NCG dated 30-11-1992. No one else has raised this demand. Workers can understand whose achievement is this. This is the time, which warrants unity of the entire unions and associations in BSNL, for the settlement of wage revision. Hence, we avoid making any remark which will create controversy.  

 

[08.09.2017]Redesignation of left out Non-Executives - Circle and District secretaries to note please.

The next meeting of the Joint Committee for Change of Designations of the left out Non-Executives will be held on 26.09.2017. In that meeting, discussion will take place with regards to the change of designation of the following 15 cadres. Most of these cadres belong to Civil Wing and Telecom Factories. However, mainstream cadres of Lineman and Telegraphman are also there. All these cadres are in the NE-5 pay scale. Already Telecom Technician designation is given to the Telecom Mechanic cadre, which is in NE-6 pay scale. Similarly, Assistant Telecom Technician designation is already given to the RM and Group ‘D’ cadres. Under such circumstances, what can be the new designation of the Lineman, Telegraphman and other cadres which are in NE-5 pay scale. If suggestions are given in this regard, it will be helpful to the CHQ. Circle and district secretaries and other active comrades are requested to send their views. The 15 cadres are as follows:- 

 

Lineman, Wireman (Civil Wing / Electrical), Telegraphman, Carpenter, Mason, Plumber, Painter, A/C Mechanic, Sewerman, Welder, Technician (TF), Pump Operator, Lift Operator, A/C Operator and Operator (E&M).  

 

[08.09.2017]Restore normalcy in West Bengal circle – BSNLEU urges upon the Director (HR).

BSNLEU leaders and active members are continuously coming under attack in certain parts of West Bengal circle. Together with some BSNL employees, outside goons are also involved in these attacks. The West Bengal circle administration has not taken needful action to provide protection to the employees. This is encouraging the unruly elements. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR), and explained the entire developments that are taking place in West Bengal circle. The General Secretary demanded immediate action to restore normalcy in the circle. The Director (HR) assured to do the needful. 

 

[08.09.2017]Render justice to the victimised BSNLEU district secretary of Jamshedpur – BSNLEU urges upon the Director (HR).

Com. Ram Naresh Prasad, District Secretary, BSNLEU, has been imposed with a punishment, causing a huge monthly financial loss. Originally, he was given compulsory retirement by the then corrupt General Manager of Jamshedpur, shri B.N. Singh. Due to the struggle conducted by the CHQ, com. Ram Naresh Prasad was taken back for duty. However, he was inflicted with the punishment which causes a huge financial loss to him. In his meeting with Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR) today, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, requested the Director (HR) to look into the case of com. Ram Naresh Prasad and render justice to him. The Director (HR) assured to do the needful.

 

[08.09.2017]Cancel the decision to create Business Areas at Vizianagaram and Guntur – Demands BSNLEU.

BSNLEU, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, AIGETOA, etc., of Andhra Pradesh circle are agitating against creation of Business Areas, by clubbing Srikakulam to Vizianagaram and Ongole to Guntur. As a first phase, demonstrations are being conducted throughout the circle. The agitating unions are intending to further intensify the struggle. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, discussed this issue with shri Ashutosh Gupta, GM (Restg.), BSNL CO, today. The General Secretary demanded immediate withdrawal of the Corporate Office letter, on creation of BAs at Vizianagaram and Guntur. The GM (Restg.) assured to look into the matter and to take appropriate action.

 

[08.09.2017]Ensure implementation of payment of minium wages and other social security measures in Tamil Nadu and Punjab circles - BSNLEU tells the GM (Rest.) BSNL CO.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, in his discussion with shri Ashutosh Gupta, GM (Restg.), pointed out the non-implementation of Corporate Office orders on minimum wage, as well as social security measures. He told the GM (Restg.) that BSNLEU and the contract workers union are going to conduct massive 72 hours continuous hunger strike, at the CGM Office, Tamil Nadu, on 12th, 13th & 14th September, 2017. Similarly, the General Secretary also pointed out that wages are not paid for the contract workers in Punjab circle for the past 3 months. He demanded that immediate intervention of the Corporate Office, for the settlement of problems in both the circles. The GM (Restg.) assured to do the needful.

 

[08.09.2017]Corporate Office issues letter approving sanction of special casual leave for the Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU, to be held at Jaipur on 16th September, 2017.<<view letter>>

 

[08.09.2017]Corporate Office corrigendum on decisions taken in 11th meeting of BSNL Sports and Cultural Board. <<click here >>

 

[07.09.2017]Corporate Office is in the process of filling up 69 posts of sports persons.

As per the demand raised by BSNLEU, to expeditiously fill up the vacant posts under sports quota, and also as per the decision taken in the last Sports and Cultural Board meeting, BSNL Corporate Office is processing to fill up 69 posts of sports persons. The file has been submitted to the Director (HR). BSNLEU is pursuing the issue. 

 

[07.09.2017]CHQ writes to the Corporate Office on non-implementation of orders on contract workers in Tamil Nadu circle.

It was assured by the Chairman of the National Council, in the 35th meeting held on 11.05.2017, that needful action would be taken by the Management, if the union brings to the notice of the Corporate Office, about the violations and non-implementation of Corporate Office orders with regards to contract workers. BSNLEU has written to the Corporate Office about the violation of Corporate Office orders in Tamil Nadu circle.<<view letter>>

 

[07.09.2017]DPE replies to BSNLEU’s demand for exempting BSNL from the Affordability Clause of the 3rd PRC.

On 17.06.2017, BSNLEU wrote to shri Anant Geete, Hon’ble Minister for Heavy industries, demanding relaxation to BSNL, from the affordability clause of the 3rd PRC. After a lapse of two and half months the DPE, coming under Ministry of Heavy Industries, has written to BSNLEU stating that the DPE has already issued letter, implementing the recommendations of the 3rd PRC. It is implied in this letter that, the decisions of the DPE, communicated vide it’s letter no.O.M. No.W-02/0028/2017-DPE(WC)-GL-XIII/17 dated 03.08.2017, “cannot be modified”. <<view letter>> 

 

[07.09.2017]Corporate Office letter on restoration of without voucher facility to Retired employees under BSNLMRS.<<view letter>>

 

[06.09.2017]BSNL Working Women’s Coordination Committee to meet at New Delhi on 05.11.2017.

A BSNL Working Women’s Coordination Committee was formed in the All India BSNL Working Women’s Convention, held at Hyderabad on 08.07.2017. The Committee has 17 members, with a convenor. It has also been decided that, this Committee will act as a sub-committee of BSNLEU. The All India Centre of BSNLEU has decided to convene a meeting of this BSNL Working Women’s Coordination Committee at New Delhi on 05.11.2017. Separate intimation will be sent to the members of the Coordination Committee. All Committee members are requested to make it convenient to attend the meeting.

 

[06.09.2017]Notification issued for holding the CEC meeting of BSNLEU at New Delhi, on 07th & 08th November, 2017.

As has already been intimated through our website updating, the CEC meeting of BSNLEU will be held at New Delhi on 07th & 08th November, 2017. A notification for this meeting is issued today. All CEC members are requested to make it convenient to attend the meeting without fail and on time. It may also kindly be noted that only CEC members will be permitted to participate in the meeting. Hence, CEC members are requested kindly not to bring any visitor with them.<<view notification>>

 

[06.09.2017]BSNLEU demands the intervention of GM (Admn.), BSNL Corporate Office, for immediate payment of medical allowance without voucher, to the retired employees.

As has already been informed, the payment of medical allowance without voucher, to the retired employees, has not been made anywhere. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri S.K. Sinha, GM (Estt.), today, and demanded the intervention of the Corporate Office, for making the payment without any further delay.  

 

[06.09.2017]Corporate Office letter on sanction of Sports grant for different circles.<<view letter>>  

 

[06.09.2017]Inordinate delay in payment of medical allowance without voucher to the retired employees.

Due to the consistent efforts taken by BSNLEU, the Corporate Office issued letter on 11.04.2017, for payment of medical allowance, without vouchers, to the retired employees. However, it is noticed that, even after nearly five months of issuing of this letter, payment has not started anywhere in the country. BSNLEU writes to the GM (Admn.), BSNL CO, urging upon him to immediately make the payment.<<view letter>>  

 

[06.09.2017]Ms. Gouri Lankesh, progressive journalist, killed by communal forces.

One more progressive journalist has fallen to the bullets of communal forces. Ms. Gouri Lankesh, senior journalist was killed yesterday at her residence in Bengaluru. The assailants fired 7 bullets at her, which killed her instantaneously. Ms. Gouri Lankesh is a progressive thinker and writer, who firmly stood for communal harmony and courageously fought against the Hindutva forces. The following is the write-up made by The Hindu newspaper, in the news that it published today on Ms. Gouri Lankesh’s killing. 

 

“In recent years, 55-year-old Gauri Lankesh was among the strongest critics of Hindutva politics in Karnataka... There were threats, defamation cases and controversies galore, but she fought them with courage. Gauri called herself an “activist-journalist” without hesitation and took up issues that went beyond her calling as a journalist and hard-hitting stories she published.” 

 

BSNLEU strongly condemns the cowardly killing of Ms. Gouri Lankesh. The union pays it’s respectful homage to the courageous journalist. It also demands the Karnataka government to leave no stone unturned to nab the culprits.   

 

[05.09.2017]Holding of JTO (Civil & Electrical) LICE.

BSNLEU has long been insisting that a special JTO (Civil & Electrical) LICE should be conducted for the left out Draftsmen. However, due to the negligence of some officers, the decision taken in the National Council is not implemented till date, despite repeated reminders given by BSNLEU. The issue was discussed with Ms. Anima Roy, who is holding Additional Charge as the GM (Estt.). Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir Singh, President and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met her today and expressed their serious concern over the non-implementation of the National Council decision on this matter. The GM (Estt.) shared the concern of the Union and assured to look into the case.

[05.09.2017]Meeting of the Joint Committee for change of designations of the left out cadres.

The meeting of the Joint Committee for finalising redesignations of the left out Non-Executives was held today. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Balbir Singh, President and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, represented BSNLEU in the meeting. The following decisions are taken:- 

(a) Draftsman cadre is to be redesignated as JE Civil. This decision is arrived at, in view of the fact that, the entry level qualification of Draftsman cadre is diploma.

(b)  Chargeman cadre in the Telecom Factories is redesignated as JE (TF). This decision is taken in view of the fact Chargeman is a promotional cadre in the NE-9 pay scale.

(c)  Discussion took place regarding the redesignation of the following 15 cadres, belonging to NE-5 pay scale. They are Lineman, Wireman (Civil Wing / Electrical), Telegraphman, Carpenter, Mason, Plumber, Painter, A/C Mechanic, Sewerman, Welder, Technician (TF), Pump Operator, Lift Operator, A/C Operator and Operator (E&M).    

No final decision is taken. Further discussions will take place in the next meeting of the Committee to be held on 26.09.2017.  

[05.09.2017]DoT is totally against any wage revision to BSNL employees.

It is learned from reliable sources that, the DoT is totally against giving any wage revision to BSNL employees, based on the recommendations of the 3rd PRC. Even though, BSNL has sent a favourable note to the DoT, recommending wage revision to BSNL employees with 15% fitment, the DoT has taken a strong position that BSNL’s financial position does not permit the Company to give any wage revision to it’s employees. It is also learned from reliable sources that the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications is also totally convinced by the arguments of the DoT, against wage revision to BSNL employees. BSNLEU has been firmly telling that, wage revision to BSNL employees is not possible, without serious and sustained struggles. But, leaders of some of the unions and associations joined hands with the BSNL Management, and were telling the workers that the DoT and the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications were very positive towards settlement of wage revision in BSNL. However, such leaders are remaining silent nowadays. BSNLEU wishes to once again tell that, united, serious and sustained struggles alone can ensure wage revision to BSNL employees.  

[05.09.2017]Corporate Office / DoT letters on revision of pension of the Pre-2016 pensioners.<<view CO letter>> <<view DoT letter>>

[05.09.2017]Madhya Pradesh circle union donates Rs.15 lakh to the CHQ.

CHQ acknowledges with gratitude, the receipt of Rs.15 Lakh from the Madhya Pradesh circle union of BSNLEU. This amount has been collected by the Madhya Pradesh circle union, under the leadership of the late leader com. S.R. Nayak, for construction of a union building. In view of practical reasons, the Madhya Pradesh circle union has decided to donate this amount to the CHQ, which will be utilised for the modification of K.G.Bose Bhawan. The K.G.Bose Memorial Trust meeting, held at Thiruvananthapuram on 11.06.2017, has already decided to name the Conference Hall in the K.G. Bose Bhawan, at New Delhi, as com. S.R. Nayak Conference Hall. CHQ regrets to make this acknowledgement belatedly.

 

[05.09.2017]Corporate Office issues letter to CGMs, to review the results of JAO LICE 40% and 10%, based on DoT letter no.22-5/91-NCG dated 30.11.1992.

In the 35th meeting of the National Council, held on 11.05.2017, BSNLEU demanded the implementation of the DoT letter no.22-5/91-NCG dated 30.11.1992 in BSNL, with regards to lesser standards of evaluation for SC/ST employees in Departmental Examinations. In this DoT letter, qualifying marks for SC employees is fixed as 20% and for ST employees it is fixed as 15%. This demand of BSNLEU is accepted and the Corporate Office, vide letter no.9-2/2016-Rectt dated 28.08.2017, has circulated it to all the CGMs. Now, the Recruitment Branch of the Corporate Office has directed all the CGMs to review the last held JAO LICE 40% and 10% results, based on the above mentioned DoT letter. All circle secretaries are requested to ensure the review of results of the SC/ST employees of the JAO exam.<<Forwarding letter>> <<review>>

 

[05.09.2017]Status of Coal India wage revision.

The Coal India wage revision talks have reached a final stage. All the unions, including the BMS, are unitedly bargaining with the Management. The unions demanded 25% fitment. However, Management started with only 10% offer. As on 31st August, 2017, an understanding is reached between the Management and the unions for 20% fitment with 5 year period. However, agreement was not signed due to the compassionate ground appointment issue. Management wants to give only cash payment and not compassionate ground appointment. However, unions are demanding that compassionate ground appointment system should continue. Agreement was not signed on 31.08.2017, since understanding is not reached on this issue. Next round of talks will take place on 18.09.2017.

 

[05.09.2017]Adani to manufacture fighter jets, in collaboration with multinational companies.

The Narendra Modi government is moving fast to privatise the entire defence manufacturing units of the Government of India. The unions of the defence sector are fighting against this move. Privatisation of the defence sector, and allowing Indian and multinational corporates in defence manufacturing, will have serious implications in the security of the nation. The people of India may ask why Narendra Modi wants to privatise the government’s defence manufacturing units. Answer is very simple. Only to help the corporates. On 1st September, 2017, Gautam Adani, chairman of the Adani Group, has announced that his company has finalised collaboration with the multinational company, SAAB, of Sweden, to manufacture fighter jets for the Indian Air Force. Now, people will understand why the Modi government is moving fast to privatise the PSUs.

[Source: The Hindu dated 02.09.2017]

 

[05.09.2017]It is a shame on the government - Postal Departments is selling Reliance Jio SIM.

We were shocked to come across the above advertisement, made by the Postal Department, at GPO, Lucknow, for selling SIM cards of Reliance Jio. CHQ contacted com. R.K. Mishra, circle secretary, UP (East). He told us that the matter was enquired with the GPO authorities by our circle union. The GPO authorities have told that the Postal Department has entered into an agreement with the Reliance Jio, for selling it’s SIM cards in Post Office counters. It is a matter of shame, that the government is taking such moves to promote Mukesh Ambani’s telecom business. It’s seems Modi government has forgotten the fact that Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries has stolen Rs.10,000 crore worth of gas from the ONGC block, in the Krishna Godhavari Basin. By allowing the sale of Reliance Jio SIMs in Post Office counters, the government is giving credibility to the services of Reliance Jio. Has the government ever taken any such step to promote the business of the Government owned BSNL? It is really a matter of shame.    

 

[05.09.2017]Government withdraws Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s access to VIP lounges at Airports.

The Dera Sacha Sauda chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is proved to be a criminal by the court, and has been sentenced to 20 years in jail. However, the people will be wondered to know that, this criminal has all along been patronised by the governments. After the conviction of Gurmeet Singh, the Government of India has withdrawn his access to the VIP lounges at Airports. He was one among the 51 VIPs in the country, who had been enjoying access to VIP lounges at Airports. Further, till his conviction, Gurmeet Singh had also been provided with ‘Z’ category security cover by the Haryana government.          

 

[04.09.2017]Meeting between BSNLEU and Director (HR)

A meeting took place today, between BSNLEU and Ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR). Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS participated. Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Estt.) and shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR) also participated from the Management Side.

 

At the outset, the Union representatives thanked the Director (HR) and the GM for promptly issuing letter on relaxation to SC/ST employees in internal examinations. The following issues are discussed: -

 

1)  HR issues pending with the BSNL Board.

 

Three HR issues, viz., Promotion to the Non- Executives in E1 pay scale, One Advance Increment to the left out Non- Executives and Gratuity to casual labourers, are lying pending with the BSNL Board for more than 2 years. We are aware that the DoT nominee in the BSNL Board is stalling settlement of these issues, by linking it with the HR plan of the Company. After discussion, the Director (HR) assured to write to the Secretary, DoT in this regard.

 

2)  Downgradation of the pay scale of the Sr. TOAs from 7100-200-10100 to Rs.6550- 185- 9325.

 

The Union pointed out that this issue was discussed a number of times and that the former GM (Estt.) has finally rejected it’s settlement. It was demanded to consider the Union’s proposal on the matter.

 

3)  Violation of NEPP agreement, in respect of pay scale upgradation of TTAs.

 

As per the NEPP agreement signed between BSNLEU and the Management, only pay scale upgradations given after 01.10.2000 should be treated as promotion under NEPP. But, Management has violated this, and has treated the TTA pay scale upgradation given from 01.10.2000 promotion under of NEPP.

 

4)  Relaxation in qualification for appearing the TT LDCE.

 

BSNLUE is continuously demanding that a one time relaxation should be given, so that RMs without 10th standard qualification, can also appear in the Telecom Technician LDCE.  It was pointed out that no money is required to settle this issue.

 

5)  Non- implementation of Hon’ble Supreme Court order, on recovery of over payment.

 

The issue was explained in detail and early implementation of the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court was demanded.

 

6) Non- settlement of anomalies.

 

BSNL has already referred the matter to the DoT. It was pointed out that its settlement is being delayed, since BSNL is not seriously pursuing it with the DoT.

 

7)  Wrongful implementation of NEPP in Cuttack district.

 

74 Telecom Mechanics are affected and are drawing lesser salary than their juniors. Corporate Office is requested to send necessary guidelines.

 

On hearing the views of BSNLEU on the above issues, the Directory (HR) directed the GM (Estt.) to seriously look into them for an early and amicable settlement. She also requested the Union to have further discussion with the GM (Estt.), if so required by the latter.

 

[04.09.2017]Gruesome road accident kills two of our comrades in Tamil Nadu - BSNLEU pays it's respectful homage.

CHQ is extremely shocked and grieved to know that a DR JE and a contract worker were killed in a gruesome road accident, that took place near Dharmapuri, in Tamil Nadu, last Saturday. Com. Jeeva, DR JE and com.Gajendiran, contract worker, were killed when a tourist bus collided with the tempo traveller, in which our team was going to attend a cable fault. The motor driver, one JTO and two Telecom Technicians are also injured, but they are out of danger. CHQ has immediately taken this to the notice of the CMD BSNL and the Director (HR). Both of them have assured all possible help to the families of the victims. BSNLEU salutes both the comrades who have laid down their lives to serve BSNL. It also expresses it's heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.

 

[01.09.2017]An SC/ST employee can be member of SEWA BSNL, as well as member of a trade union - Corporate Office circulates it’s letter, addressed to the GS, SEWA BSNL, to all the CGMs.

Based on the objection of BSNLEU, the Corporate Office, vide it’s letter no.65-3/2015-SCT(Pt-I) dated 10.03.2017, has withdrawn it’s earlier letter, vide which dual membership of SC/ST employees has been denied. According to that earlier letter, an SC/ST employee who is a member of SEWA BSNL, cannot become member of a trade union. BSNLEU raised strong objection that, this was denial of basic trade union rights to the employees of SC/ST. However, SEWA BSNL continued to demand that an SC/ST employee, who is a member of SEWA BSNL, should not become member of any trade union. Finally, the Corporate Office, vide it’s letter no.65-3/2015-SCT(Pt-I)/202 dated 26.04.2017, rejected the demand of SEWA BSNL. This letter is now circulated to all the CGMs for implementation.<<view letter>> 

 

[01.09.2017]Settlement of immunity from transfer case of Assistant District Secretary, BSNLEU, WTR.

Corporate Office orders on immunity from transfers to union office bearers is violated in WTR, Ahmedabad. Com. H.S. Menat, Assistant District Secretary, BSNLEU, WTR, working in Ahmedabad, has been transferred out of Ahmedabad, even though he is having immunity from transfers, as per the Corporate Office orders. After repeated intervention by the CHQ, at the level of GM (SR), BSNL Corporate Office, the case has now been settled.

 

[01.09.2017]Correction to website updating on the results of JAO 40% LICE.

Corporate Office has recently reviewed the results of certain candidates, for the JAO 40% LICE, held on17-07-2016. These results are done, based on retotalling, in respect of the candidates who had represented. In this regard, in our website updating dated 30-08-2017, it is mentioned as "19 candidates are declared as passed." This should be corrected and read as, "results of 19 candidates are announced".

 

[01.09.2017]GDP growth rate comes down to a 3 year low.

The Prime Minister and other ministers of the NDA government never miss a chance to boast about their economic reforms. It is often being claimed that the BJP led NDA government has made India as the fastest growing economy in the world. However, statistics repeatedly prove that the claims being made by the government is not true. Once again, the data released by the CSO (Central Statistics Office), shows that the GDP growth during the first quarter of this financial year, i.e., April to June, has gone down to a 3 year low of 5.7%. The GDP growth during the previous quarter, i.e., January to March, was 6.1%. The GDP growth in the first quarter, i.e., January to March, 2016 was 7.9%. The economic policies being followed by the Modi government, to make the rich richer, and the poor poorer, is the reason behind this decline.

 

[31.08.2017]BSNLEU seeks formal meeting with the Director (HR) to discuss long pending HR issues.

BSNLEU has sought an informal meeting with the Director (HR), to discuss the following long pending HR issues. These issues remain unresolved even after discussion on a number of times with the Director (HR), GM (Estt.), as well as in the National Council. These issues are:-

 

1)    HR issues lying pending in the BSNL Board.

2)    Down gradation of the pay scale of Sr.TOAs from Rs.7100-200-10100 to Rs.6550-185-9325.

3)    Non-implementation of the Hon'ble Supreme Court order on recovery of over payment.

4)    Inordinate delay in the settlement of pay aberration of seniors due to point to point  conversion of CDA scale to IDA scale as on 01.10.2000.

5)    Wrongful implementation of NEPP – Request for necessary correction.

 

<<view letter>>

 

[31.08.2017]BSNLEU strongly opposes outsourcing of Customer Service Centre functions.

BSNL Corporate Office has taken decision to outsource the functions of Customer Service Centres. The Corporate Office has sent ‘Bid Documents’ to all the CGM’s for implementation. Outsourcing functions of Customer Service Centres will have serious impact on the existing work force. Management cannot take such decision without consulting the Recognised Unions. BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, strongly opposing the decision, and demanding to put it on hold, pending discussions with the Recognised Unions.<<view letter>>

 

[31.08.2017]Committee to decide quantum of monthly contribution towards Benevolent Fund – BSNLEU demands inclusion of representatives of Recognised Unions and associations for taking collective decision.

The Restructuring Branch of the Corporate Office has sent it’s proposal for monthly contribution of Rs.500/-, Rs.600/-, Rs.700/- and Rs.800/-, to be made by the Non-Executives, towards the Benevolent Fund. This amount is exorbitant. Earlier, BSNLEU had suggested monthly contribution of Rs.30/- from each Non-Executive. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the GM (Restg.), demanding to include representatives of the Recognised Unions and associations in the ‘Committee’, so that a collective decision could be arrived at.<<view letter>>

 

[31.08.2017]Daily Pricing Mechanism or Daily Looting Mechanism?   

The biggest advantage being enjoyed by the Modi government is the steep fall in the price of crude oil, in the international market. The price of crude oil was more than 100 US dollars before 3 years. But, in the past 2 years, price of crude oil has steeply fallen and it is being sold at around 50 US dollars. For example, the price of crude oil in the international market was 54.10 US dollars in December, 2016, 50.41 US dollars in July, 2017 and 50.93 US dollars on 18th August, 2017 (source: marketrealist.com). Thus, the Modi government has saved billions of US dollars, by way of importing crude oil from international market. However, in our country, the prices of petrol and diesel are continuously being increased by the government, and the people are being silently looted. For example, the Hindu dated 30.08.2017 has reported that in the past 2 months alone the price of petrol has increased by Rs.6.02 per litre and the price of diesel is increased by Rs.3.89 per litre. The price of petrol in Chennai on 30.08.2017 is Rs.71.62 per litre and price of diesel is Rs.60.02 per litre. Of course, the government has invented a novel method to loot the people, by introducing the “Daily Pricing Mechanism”. As a result of the introduction of this method, common people are unable to understand how much the price has changed. The steady increase in the prices of petroleum products, increases prices of all the essential items, and the common people are suffering. Where is the assurance given by the Modi government to control price rise?   

 

[31.08.2017]Foreign agencies have got access to the ‘Aadhaar Data’.

In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court has recently ruled that ‘Privacy’ is a fundamental right of the citizen. However, in practice, this fundamental right to privacy stands totally violated by the government. The Aadhaar Data of each and every citizen, such as date of birth, address, mobile number, e-mail ID, finger prints, iris scan information, etc., taken by the government for Aadhaar scheme, are shared with multinational companies. The US based biometric service provider, L-1 Identity Solutions Operating Co Pvt Ltd. is one such company. This information has been obtained by Bengaluru-based Col Matthew Thomas, through an RTI question. Col Matthew Thomas is one of the petitioners in the right to privacy case on which recently the Supreme Court gave it’s judgement. Contrary to the assurances given by the government that, the Aadhaar Data is being kept very secret, it is proved now that, foreign agencies are having access to the private details of Indian citizens. Those foreign agencies can misuse these private data of Indian citizens at any time.  

[Source: Times of India dated 30.08.2017]

 

[31.08.2017]99% of the Rs.1,000/- and Rs.500/- notes came back into the banking system – says Reserve Bank report.

The Annual Report of the Reserve Bank of India, for 2016-17, says that 99% of the demonetised Rs.1,000/- and Rs.500/- notes have already come back into the banking system. The value of the demonetised Rs.1,000/- and Rs.500/- notes is Rs.15.44 lakh crore. Out of these, only Rs.16,000/- crore has not come back into the banking system. Ever since Demonetisation was made in 8th November, 2016, the Modi government has been claiming that black money holders are given a severe blow. But, the report of the RBI which says that, 99% of the demonetised rupee notes have come back, only shows that the Demonetisation is a total failure in unearthing black money. However, in his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, declared from the Red Fort that, through the Demonetisation, Rs.3 lakh crore black money has been caught. No one knows from where the Prime Minister has got this figure? 104 people have died due to the hardships caused by Demonetisation. The Reserve Bank which was once India’s prestigious organisation, became a ‘joker’ in the process of Demonetisation.

 

[Source: The Hindu dated 30.08.2017]

 

[30.08.2017]Night Free Calling Facility extended to serving employees, due to continuous efforts of BSNLEU.

When Night Free Calling Facility was introduced to the subscribers, BSNLEU was the only union which demanded it’s extension to the employees and retirees. BSNLEU discussed it with the CMD BSNL and wrote letters several times. However, Management introduced the facility only to the retirees. Again BSNLEU continuously pressurised the CMD BSNL and other officers, for extension of the facility to the serving employees. The issue was raised in the 35th meeting of the National Council, held on 11.05.2017. After continuous persuasion, Corporate Office has issued letter today, extending the Night Free Calling Facility to the serving employees. << View letter>>

 

[30.08.2017]Only Indian made phones for Defence Officials.

Our leadership has consistently opposed the entry of private and foreign companies in the telecom sector. We have continuously told that the security of the nation will be compromised, due to the entry of private and foreign companies. We have conducted many struggles and movements, opposing the entry of private and multi- national companies. After formation of BSNLEU, the Union has strongly opposed increasing FDI. The previous Congress and BJP led governments did not listen. Now, realising that the security of the nation is under threat, the government is thinking to mandate use of only Indian made mobile phones and also provide a secure e-mail service to the defence personnel.

[Source: The Hindu dated 30.08.2017]

 

[30.08.2017]Revised JAO results, based on retotalling.

The JAO 40% LICE was held on 17.07.2016 and results were declared on 01.02.2017. There after review was also done, as per which revised results were declared. Still, some candidates made complaints, and BSNLEU took up the issue with the Corporate Management. Based on this, the Corporate Office has made retotalling, for rectifying the errors, and has declared the revised results, in which 19 candidates are declared as passed. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the candidates.

<<View letter>>

 

[30.08.2017]Wage Revision talks in Coal India Ltd (CIL) in final stage.

BSNLEU has already reported about the ongoing talks for wage revision in CIL. “The Hindu” newspaper has reported that a 5 year wage revision agreement, with 20% fitment, may be signed between the CIL management and the unions, before 31st  August, 2017.

 

[30.08.2017]Hutchison told to Pay Rs.32,000 crore.

As all of us know, Vodafone was told by the Income Tax department in 2007, to pay Rs.7,900 crore. This is the tax amount on capital gains, which should have been paid by Hutchison company, when it sold it’s assets in India, to Vodafone. The Income Tax Department told that Vodafone should have deducted the tax amount, while making payments to Hutchison, which it did not do. However, Vodafone did not pay the amount till date, and has dragged the Indian government to the ‘International Arbitration Panel’. The amount thus to be paid to the Income Tax department has now swelled to Rs.20,000 crore. Under this situation, the government of India has now told the Hong Kong based Hutchison Company to pay Rs.32,000 crore, as tax on capital gains. Will Hutchison pay the amount?

 

 

[29.08.2017]Meeting with the Director(HR) - BSNLEU responds to the Corporate Office letter.

The SR Branch of Corporate Office has written to the General Secretary of BSNLEU, and has conveyed intention of the Director (HR) to have a meeting with BSNLEU. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, spoke to the GM(SR) today, and informed the probable dates for the meeting.

 

[29.08.2017]CMD BSNL unaware of the charge sheet issued to com.K.Sebastin, GS, SNEA?

According to the website updating of SNEA, the CMD BSNL is not aware of the charge sheet issued to com. K.Sebastin, GS, SNEA. If the head of BSNL is not aware of the charge sheet issued to the General Secretary of the Recognised Association of the Executives, it only reflects the anarchic situation prevailing in the top Management of the Company. We do not know where BSNL is heading for.

 

[28.08.2017]Corporate Office letter, calling for inputs to finalise the scheme of Benevolent Fund.<<< view letter >>> 

 

[28.08.2017]Once again it is proved that, BSNLEU is the champion of SC/ST employees.

It is once again proved beyond doubt that, BSNLEU is the champion of defending the rights of the SC/ST employees. DoP&T orders on SC/ST reservation are not fully implemented in BSNL. BSNLEU is continuously fighting for the past several years, for the implementation of DoP&T orders. As a result of BSNLEU's efforts, orders were issued, first on 29.12.2014 , and once again on 28.07.2016, reducing the qualifying standards of SC/ST employees, for the departmental examinations. However, BSNLEU continued to press for the total implementation of the DoP&T orders on SC/ST reservation. In the 35th National Council meeting held on 11-05-2017, BSNLEU demanded implementation of DoT letter no 22-5/91-NCG dated 30-11-1992. This DoT letter is almost equivalent to the DoP&T orders on SC/ST reservation. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, handed over a copy of that DoT letter to the Chairperson of the National Council. On reading the letter, the Chairperson immediately directed the Management Side to consider implementation of the DoT order. After the 35th National Council meeting, BSNLEU has twice written to the Management, reminding to implement the decision of the National Council. As a result of these persuasions of BSNLEU, the Corporate Management issued order today, vide letter no. 9-2/2016-Rectt dated 28-08-2017, reducing the qualifying marks of SC employees to 20% and that of ST employees to 15%, as envisaged in the DoT letter no 22-5/91-NCG dated 30-11-1992. These reduced qualifying marks are applicable from 28-07-2016. BSNLEU congratulates the SC/ST employees. BSNLEU also heartily thanks the Management for issuing the letter.<<< view letter >>> 

 

[28.08.2017]Manohar Lal Khattar government surrendered to mob, for political gains – says Punjab and Haryana High Court.

36 people were killed in the violence let loose by the goons of the Dera Sacha Sauda, following the conviction of it’s chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, on rape charges. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has indicted that the Manohar Lal Khattar government allowed the violence to take place, for vote bank politics. The Court has also condemned the statement of Manohar Lal Khattar that, the violence was committed by anti-social elements, and not by the followers of the DSS. The Court has stated that the Haryana government allowed the followers of the DSS for seven days, to gather in large numbers at Panchkula, and damage public property. While the High Court has so severely condemned the Manohar Lal Khattar government, it is shocking to note that the BJP has given a clean chit to him.

 

[28.08.2017]99% of the banned Rs.1,000/- notes have come back to the banks – where is the black money?

As per the data provided on the website of the Reserve Bank of India, 99% of the banned Rs.1,000/- currency notes have already come back to the banks. Surajit Mazumdar, professor of economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University has stated that, when 99% of the Rs.1,000/- notes have come back to the banks, similarly 99% of the Rs.5,00/- notes would have also come back to the banks. It means, 99% of the banned Rs.1,000/- and Rs.5,00/- currency note have already come back to the banks. Then, where is the black money caught by way of Demonetisation? The truth is that no black money has been caught through Demonetisation.

[Source : Times of India dated 27-08-2017]

 

[28.08.2017]Aadhaar data leaked to the CIA? Where is the privacy?

Only a few days back, the Supreme Court has ruled that, Privacy of a citizen is a fundamental right. Close on the heels of this landmark judgment of the Supreme Court, it is shocking to learn that the data of Indian citizens, provided to the government for entering in the Aadhaar card, have been leaked to the CIA, The notorious intelligence agency of the United States. It may be recollected that the CIA has been instrumental in toppling governments in many countries. This leakage has been exposed by the ‘Wikileaks’

[ Source: Times of India dated 27-08-2017]

 

[28.08.2017]Most Indians’ living area is smaller than prison cells.

The survey conducted by the government agency, NSSO, says that, the majority of the Indian population, both rural and the urban, lives in homes with space smaller than the minimum floor area recommended for prison cells. The report says that 80% of the rural population and 60% of the urban population, is living in space, lesser than that of the prison cells.

[Source : Times of India dated 28-08-2017]

 

[26.08.2017]BSNLEU demands implementation of the DoT order dated 30.11.1992, regarding relaxing qualifying marks for SC/ST employees.

BSNLEU is demanding implementation of the DoT, letter no.22-5/9-1-NCG dated 30.11.1992, as per which the qualifying marks for Scheduled Caste candidates shall be 20% and that of the Scheduled Tribe candidates shall be 15% in each paper. BSNLEU took up this issue in the 35th National Council meeting held on 11.05.2017. Even though the chairperson of the National Council directed the Management Side to examine the implementation of the above stated DoT order, no development has taken place. BSNLEU has once again written to the Management, demanding implementation of the DoT order. Yesterday, com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Ms.Anima Roy, GM(Rectt.) and demanded immediate implementation of the DoT order. 

 

 

[26.08.2017]Hold JE LDCE (TTA) immediately - BSNLEU demands.

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met the GM (Rectt.) yesterday and demanded to issue notification for conducting JE LDCE (TTA) immediately, since all other exams are over, including the latest TT LDCE which was held on 20th August, 2017. The GM (Rectt.) replied that the Recruitment Cell is awaiting inputs from circles, on the vacancy position. She further told that she would wait till 31st of August, 2017, after which steps would be taken to issue the notification for the LDCE.

 

[25.08.2017]Corporate Office proposes meeting between BSNLEU and the Director(HR).

BSNLEU has received a letter from the HR cell of the Corporate Office, stating that the Director(HR) wishes to have a meeting with BSNLEU, in the first week of September, on a mutually agreed date and time. <<<view letter>>>

 

[25.08.2017]Supreme Court declares privacy is a Fundamental Right.

In it’s judgment delivered yesterday, the Supreme Court has declared that privacy is a fundamental right, enshrined in the Constitution. A nine member bench of the Supreme Court has struck down it’s own judgments delivered in 1954 and 1961, which have stated that privacy of a citizen is not a fundamental right. Democratic forces have welcomed this judgment. Further, this judgment is also considered to be a set back to the Narendra Modi government, whose Attorney General has argued in this case that, privacy is only the concern of a few.

 

[24.08.2017]Corporate Office letter on Revision of Labour Rates- Govt. of India Gazette notification; Extraordinary, dated 19.01.2017, issued from Ministry of Labour and Employment.<<view letter>> 

 

[24.08.2017]Seminars on Centenary of the Great October Revolution.

As per the decision of the 8th All India Conference held at Chennai, the All India Centre meeting has decided to organise seminars in the following 9 centres. The names of the circles which shall participate in each of these centres are given below. All circle secretaries are requested to make note of this and accordingly participate in the seminars.

 

(1)  New Delhi – UP (West), Haryana, NTR, Corporate Office, ALTTC, Rajasthan, Punjab, UP (East), Uttarakhand, J&K and Himachal Pradesh.

(2)    Ahmedabad – Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telecom Factory, Mumbai.

(3)   Bhopal – Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Telecom Factory, Jabalpur.

(4)  Kolkata – West Bengal, Kolkata, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Telecom Factory, Kolkata and Telecom Stores.

(5)   Guwahati – Assam, NE-I and NE-II

(6)   Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

(7)   Karnataka

(8)   Tamil Nadu

(9)   Chennai

 

[24.08.2017]Com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, issued with charge sheet for imposing major penalty – BSNLEU strongly condemns the vindictive action of the Management.

BSNL Management has issued a charge sheet to com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, for imposing major penalty. This charge sheet has been issued to com. K. Sebastin, for organising agitational programme, for the settlement of grievances of the employees. BSNLEU strongly condemns the BSNL Management for trying to victimise com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA. A similar charge sheet has already been issued to com. Ravi Shil Verma, GS, AIGETOA, com.Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, has also been issued with a show cause notice earlier. BSNLEU demands that the Management should withdraw all the charge sheets and show cause notice.

 

[24.08.2017]BSNLEU Assam circle takes initiative for giving relief to the flood affected people.

Due to torrential rains, Bihar, Assam and North Eastern states are severely affected. Hundreds of people have died in these floods. BSNLEU conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. BSNLEU Assam circle has written to the Management, suggesting to deduct Rs.300/- from the salary of the employees, to be utilised for giving flood relief to the affected people. CHQ heartily congratulates Assam circle union.

 

[24.08.2017]BSNLEU nominates com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, to the Staff Side of the National Council.

The All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU has decided to nominate com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, to the Staff Side of the National Council, in the place of shri Sunil Gautam, JTO. Accordingly, CHQ has written to the GM (SR), BSNL CO, nominating com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, to the Staff Side of the National Council.

 

[24.08.2017]Implement DoT letter no.22-5/9-1-NCG dated 30.11.1992, on relaxing qualifying marks for SC/ST employees – BSNLEU writes to the GM (Rectt.), BSNL CO.

In the 35th National Council meeting held on 11.05.2017, BSNLEU has demanded that the DoT letter no.22-5/9-1-NCG dated 30.11.1992, should be implemented, with regards to relaxing qualifying marks for SC/ST employees. The Chairperson of the National Council directed the Management Side to examine the demand. BSNLEU has once again written to the GM (Rectt.), BSNL CO, demanding implementation of the DoT letter.<<view letter>> 

 

[24.08.2017]Stop illegal recovery of EPF contribution arrears from employees.

BSNLEU has demanded in the 35th National Council meeting held on 11.05.2017, that EPF contribution arrears should not be recovered from the employees, in respect of whom initially GPF was implemented wrongly. It was pointed out that such recovery is illegal as per the EPF & MP Act. The Chairperson of the National Council has directed the Management Side to implement the Act. BSNLEU has once again written to the GM (CA), BSNL CO, to implement the decision of the National Council.<<view letter>> 

 

[24.08.2017]Notification for the Central Secretariat meeting to be held at Jaipur on 16.09.2017.<<view notification>>

 

[24.08.2017]BSNLEU West Bengal circle organises a convention at CTO building.

Yesterday, the 23rd August, 2017 a convention on the subject "To Make BSNL WBT Circle Profitable" was held jubilantly at the call of BSNLEU, West Bengal in TI hall, CTO building. The convention was held in a jam packed hall. Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS placed the draft proposal before the house. Circle Secretary and AGS, BSNLEU Com. Saibal Sengupta along with Circle Secretaries of NFTE(BSNL) and SNEA and  leaders of SNATTA and CGCC attended and deliberated their speech on the subject.  Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary and VP BSNLEU  was the main speaker. He pointed out some of the aspects in regard to development and profitability of WBT circle. He also pointed out about the atrocities going on throughout West Bengal circle. he called upon the workers to work for the development of the circle and at the same time to fight against the atrocities. The house unanimously accepted the draft proposal. Later the decision / gist of the convention was handed over to CGMT, WB circle followed by a rally.<<views of the convention>>

[23.08.2017]70 years of Independence -- Achievements and failures. (Article of Telecrusader September, 2017).<<view article>>

[23.08.2017]Corporate Office letter on implementation of Revision of Pension of Pre-2016 Pensioners /Family Pension under 7th CPC.<<view letter>>

[22.08.2017]Superannuation benefits of the Directly Recruited employees.

The issue of implementing the government orders on superannuation benefits of the Directly Recruited employees, is lingering on for a long time. As per government orders, Management should contribute 30% of the pay of the DR employees, as superannuation benefits. The Management has already contributing 18% towards EPF, DCRG, Post Retirement Medical Benefits, etc. So the remaining 12% should be made as pension contribution. But, the Management has so far not implemented this. They were proposing to make 3% as pension contribution, in view of the financial crisis of the Company. However, BSNLEU and other unions and associations did not accept this. In the one day strike held on 27.07.2017, this was one among the four demands. After the strike, Management started proposing 5% as pension contribution. Under these circumstances, Management had invited BSNLEU for a discussion on this subject. Accordingly, a discussion took place today between BSNLEU and the Management. Shri Sheo Shankar Prasad, DGM (Estt.), represented the Management. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, participated in the discussion. The DGM (Estt.) conveyed the proposal of the Management, for making 5% as pension contribution to the DR employees. BSNLEU made it very clear to the Management that the union wants implementation of 30% superannuation benefits. However, keeping in mind, the inordinate delay in the implementation of the pension scheme for the DR employees, BSNLEU told the Management that it can proceed with the implementation of it’s proposal of contributing 5% pay, towards the Pension Fund. At the same time, BSNLEU made it very clear that it will continue to raise the demand that the Management should implement the government orders on contributing 30% pay towards the superannuation benefits of the DR employees.

 

[22.08.2017]Minimum wage fixed by Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India is applicable to casual labourers also.  

The Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India has already revised the minimum wages, which has been notified in the Gazette on 19.01.2017. These minimum wages are applicable to the contract workers engaged in BSNL. So far as the casual labourers working in BSNL are concerned, they are being paid wages based on the lowest CDA pay scale. Under these circumstances, a letter is issued by the BSNL Corporate Office today stating that, the minimum wages fixed by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India is applicable to the casual labourers also. It means, in whichever circle, the minimum wages fixed by the State Government is higher than the lowest CDA pay scale, then the casual labourers should be paid the minimum wages fixed by the State Government.<<view letter>>

 

[22.08.2017]Corporate Office letter on tele-density and Market Share report as on 30.06.2017.<<click here>><annexure>>

 

[22.08.2017]Unions and associations write to the CMD BSNL on the decline in productivity of the Company.

The unions and associations have withdrawn all their cooperations to the Management, w.e.f. 01.07.2017, in view of the attacks launched by the BSNL Management, on the rights of the unions and associations, even to conduct peaceful agitational programme. In a letter to the Management, the unions and associations have informed that the Non-Executives and Executives will not do any extra work w.e.f. 01.07.2017, but will only perform their normal duties. It is unfortunate that, the Management has not held any talks with the unions and associations on this issue, even after the lapse of more than one and half months. As a result of this withdrawal of cooperation the productivity of the Company has considerably declined. Even after the entry of Reliance Jio, BSNL has been consistently providing more than 20 lakh new mobile connections every month. For example, in the month of June, 2017, BSNL had provided 26,96,993 new mobile connections. However, the new mobile connections provided by BSNL in the month of July, 2017, has got reduced to 17,75,953. This clearly shows that the performance of BSNL has significantly declined in the month of July, 2017. Unions and associations has once again written to the CMD BSNL, demanding to solve the deadlock through discussions.<<view letter>>

 

[22.08.2017]Wage Revision talks in Coal India Limited – Lessons for BSNL.

Negotiations for wage revision have already started in the Public Sector Company of Coal India Ltd. All the Central Trade Unions, including the BMS, have joined together and are negotiating unitedly with the Management. The unions demand 25% fitment. However, the Management offered to give 10% only. Having seen that all the unions have joined together, Management is now compelled to give an offer for 18% fitment. However, unions have not accepted this offer and are insisting for more fitment. It is also to be noted that the unions in the Coal sector demand 25% fitment for a period of 5 years. As per our information, the unions may achieve more than 20% fitment, for a 5 year period. It is also significant to note that as per the recommendations of the 3rd PRC, maximum fitment is only 15% for a period of 10 years. 3rd PRC recommendations are applicable to Coal India Ltd. also. However, through their unity, the Coal India Limited Unions are going to achieve more than what is recommended by the 3rd PRC, in terms quantum of fitment and periodicity. Unions and associations of BSNL have to learn lessons from the unity of the trade unions of Coal India Ltd.

 

[21.08.2017]CHQ Hindi circular no.6 dated 19th August, 2017.<<view circular>>

 

[21.08.2017]Exploitation of the PSUs should stop. 

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is reported to have given instructions to his ministers not to stay in 5 star hotels and also not to avail any undue facilities from the PSUs coming under their respective ministries. This instruction has been given based on the reports received by the Prime Minister that his ministers have the tendencies to stay in 5 star hotels and avail various facilities from the PSUs under their ministries. Certainly, the Prime Minister has taken a welcome step. However, the same Modi government recently directed all the central PSUs, including BSNL, to spend huge amounts to publicise throughout the country, the 3 year achievements of the NDA government. The government and the ministers should totally stop exploiting the Public Sector companies.

 

[19.08.2017]CHQ circular no.6 dated 19th August, 2017.<<view circular>>

 

[19.08.2017]Next CEC meeting of BSNLEU is to be held at New Delhi on 07th & 8th November, 2017.

The All India Centre meeting held yesterday has decided to re-schedule the dates of the next Central Executive Committee meeting. As per this decision, the CEC meeting will be held at New Delhi on 07th& 08th November, 2017. These dates are final. All the CEC members are requested to kindly book their journey tickets in advance.

 

[19.08.2017]Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU to be held on 16th September, 2017, at Jaipur.

The Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU will be held at Jaipur on 16th September, 2017. The Rajasthan circle union has kindly consented to host this Central Secretariat meeting. This meeting will be attended only by the Central Office bearers. Hence, all central office bearers are requested to attend the meeting without fail and also to book their journey tickets at the earliest.  

 

[19.08.2017]Centenary celebrations of the Great October Revolution – BSNLEU decides to hold seminar in nine centres.

The 8th All India Conference of BSNLEU, held at Chennai, has resolved that the union should celebrate the Centenary of the Great October Revolution. Accordingly, one seminar has already been conducted at Thiruvananthapuram. These celebrations come to a close on 7th November, 2017. The All India Centre meeting held yesterday, has decided that seminars should be conducted in the following 9 centres before 7th November, 2017. These centres will be:-

 

(1)   New Delhi                   (6) Benguluru

(2)   Kolkata                        (7) Andhra Pradesh & Telangana    

(3)   Ahmedabad                (8) Chennai

(4)   Bhopal                         (9) Tamil Nadu

(5)   Guwahati

 

The circle unions are requested to make note of this, and to do the needful for the successful completion of the seminars before the due date. 

 

[19.08.2017]Massive 3 days’ continuous dharna at New Delhi on 09th, 10th & 11th November, 2017.

The National Convention of workers, organised by the Central Trade Unions and independent federations & unions (including BSNLEU), was held at New Delhi on 08.08.2017. This convention, after elaborate discussion, has decided to organise a massive 3 days’ continuous dharna of workers at New Delhi on 09th, 10th & 11th November, 2017. It is the decision to mobilise lakhs and lakhs of workers in this dharna on all the 3 days, and to show a mammoth opposition to the anti-worker and pro-corporate policies of the Narendra Modi government. The All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU, held yesterday, has decided to massively mobilise the BSNL employees also in this 3 days’ continuous dharna. All the circle unions are requested make note of this and to mobilise maximum number of employees in this dharna, from their respective circles. The circle secretaries should take the initiative to book the journey tickets of the participants in advance and also to give intimation to the CHQ.

 

[18.08.2017]NDA governments media publicity, on wage revision of the Public Sector Employees, based on the recommendations of the 3rd PRC.

The recommendations of the 3rd PRC are already implemented vide DPE’s letters dated 03rd August and 04th August, 2017. Now, the DPE has issued another letter to all the Administrative Ministries of the Central Public Sector Undertakings, about giving media publicity on the wage revision of the PSU employees.<<view letter>>

 

[18.08.2017]AIBSNLEA positively responds to BSNLEU’s desire for united approach and struggle on the issue of wage revision.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, vide his letter no.BSNLEU/103(Forum) dated 10.08.2017, has written to com. Prahlad Rai, General Secretary, AIBSNLEA, expressing BSNLEU’s desire for a united approach and struggle to settle the wage revision of BSNL employees. Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, has favourably responded to this letter.<<view letter>>

 

[18.08.2017]BSNL’s revenue collection is not reduced due to the cut-throat competition from Reliance Jio – Says CMD BSNL.

The revenue collections of all the private telecom companies have sizably got reduced due to the cut-throat competition from Reliance Jio. BSNL’s revenue collections are also severely hit by Reliance Jio’s predatory pricising. However, it is an appreciable aspect that the revenue collection of BSNL has not got reduced. Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, has told this to the media persons. According to his information, the revenue collection of BSNL was Rs.28,449 crore for the financial year 2016, whereas the revenue collection for 2017 is Rs.28,477 crore. 

 

[18.08.2017]Do not transfer unwilling Non-Executives of Telangana circle to Andhra Pradesh circle – BSNLEU writes to the Corporate Management.

After bifurcation of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh circle into Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, unwilling Non-Executives were transferred from Telangana circle, to be posted in the CGM Office of Andhra Pradesh circle at Vijayawada. Under this condition, the BSNL Corporate Office wants to transfer more Non-Executives from Telangana circle to the CGM Office at Vijayawada in the name of “staff shortage”. Surprisingly, the Corporate Office is not prepared to consider the request of the Non-Executives, working within Andhra Pradesh circle, for posting at the CGM Office, Vijayawada. BSNLEU has written to the Corporate Management, demanding not to disturb any unwilling Non-Executive from Telangana circle, but to consider the request of the willing Non-Executives of Andhra Pradesh circle, to be posted at the CGM Office, Vijayawada.<<view letter>> 

 

[18.08.2017]BSNL Management constituted an Internal Committee on the issue of wage revision.

In the discussion held between the unions & associations and the CMD BSNL on 09.08.2017, it was disclosed by the CMD BSNL that an Internal Committee of the Management would be formed on the issue of wage revision. The task of this Committee would be to give recommendations to the Management, on how the wage revision issue could be taken up with the government, in the wake of the letter issued by the DPE in it’s letter dated 03.08.2017.<<view letter>> 

[18.08.2017]Corporate Office notification on meeting of Joint Committee to suggest Change in Designation of left out Non-Executive Cadres.<<view notification>>

[18.08.2017]Corporate Office letter on concessional telephone facility to retired / retiring employees of BSNL.<<view letter>>

[17.08.2017]BSNLEU demands the Corporate Office to release funds for the payment of contract workers' wages in Tamil Nadu circle.

It has been brought to the notice of the CHQ that this month's wages of contract workers in Tamil Nadu circle, are not paid so far. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS and com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS met shri Y.N.Singh, GM(T&BFCI) today and demanded immediate releasing of the requisite funds for the payment. The GM(T&BFCI) assured to do the needful.

 

[17.08.2017]The State Department of the United States, in it's annual international report notes increase in violence related to religious intolerance.

The Narendra Modi government is very close to the United States, both during the previous Obama administration and the present Trump administration. Hence it is very important to know what the US government has reported about the Narendra Modi government on the spreading of communal violence. The U.S. State Department noted the following in its annual International Religious Freedom Report released on 15th August, 2017. 

 

"India has recorded a spike in violence related to religious intolerance in 2016 and the authorities have routinely refused to take action against cow vigilantes. Authorities frequently did not prosecute members of vigilante 'cow protection' groups who attacked consumers, or traders of beef, usually Muslims, despite an increase in attacks compared to previous years,” the report said, listing the series of violent incidents in India last year. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) reported 751 conflicts between religious communities, which resulted in 97 deaths and 2,264 injuries in 2015, jumping from 644 communal incidents, resulting in 95 deaths and 1,921 injuries the previous year".

[Source : The Hindu dated 16-08-2017]

 

[17.08.2017]BSNLEU demands holding of 50% JTO (TF) LICE.

There is acute shortage in the cadre of JTO (TF). Filling up of these vacancies will greatly help to improve the efficiency and productivity of our Telecom Factories. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), pointing out that no JTO (TF) LICE has taken place after the formation of BSNL and has demanded to immediately hold the 50% JTO (TF) LICE.<<view letter>>

 

[16.08.2017]Minutes of the 35th meeting of the National Council held on 11th May, 2017.<<click here>>

 

[16.08.2017]Corporate Office sanctioned final Welfare grant 2016-17 to BRBRAITT circle.<<click here>>

 

[16.08.2017]BSNLEU demands the Director (HR) to hold the adjourned 35th meeting of the National Council without further delay.

The 35th meeting of the National Council was held on 11.05.2017. Only 12 agenda items could be discussed on that day, due to paucity of time. The meeting was adjourned, and the Management Side assured to hold the adjourned meeting shortly. However, even after the lapse of three months, the adjourned meeting has not been held. Com. P. Abhimanyu, Staff Side, Secretary, has written to the Director (HR) demanding to hold the adjourned meeting without further delay.<<view letter>>

 

[16.08.2017]BSNL seeks 2 years’ extension of the validity of it’s mobile licence.

BSNL was issued with the mobile licence in the year 2000. As such, it will expire in the year 2020. Under these circumstances, BSNL Management has written to the government, demanding extension of it’s licence for 2 more years. BSNL’s justification for this demand is as follows. BSNL was issued mobile licence in the year 2000, subject to finalisation of terms and conditions based on the recommendations of the TRAI. BSNL made it’s first rollout in 2002. Therefore, the effective date of the licence should be 2002. If this is accepted, then BSNL’s licence will be valid till 2022.

 

[16.08.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Director (HR), demanding release of the minutes of the National Council meeting, held on 11.05.2017.

The minutes of the 35th meeting of the National Council, held on 11.05.2017 are yet to be released. It is already 3 months since the meeting was held, and the important decisions taken in that meeting are not implemented, due to the non-releasing of the minutes. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR) demanding early releasing of the minutes.<<view letter>>

 

[16.08.2017]Corporate Office letter on revised flat rate of licence fee applicable for General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) throughout the country w.e.f. 01.07.2017.<<view letter>>

 

BSNLEU wishes a very Happy 71st

 Independence Day.

 Our great nation has completed 70 years of it’s independence, and is stepping into the 71st year tomorrow. BSNLEU conveys best wishes and warm greetings to all our comrades, as well as all the citizens of our country. 70 years ago, when the nation was celebrating it’s freedom, Mahatma Gandhi did not participate in those celebrations. He was sitting on hunger strike, calling upon the people of the country, to stop the killings taking place due to Hindu-Muslim riots. The Mahatma was forced not to participate in the celebrations, but to undertake a hunger strike, because lakhs of people were killed in the Hindu-Muslim riots that shook the nation during the partition. 

India is a Union of States. The different states of the Indian Union have different languages, religions, cultures and food habits. The Indian Union will remain strong so long as the languages, religions, cultures and food habits of different states are respected. This is what called unity in diversity. If the language, religion, culture and food habit of one state is imposed on another state, then the unity of our great nation will also be weakened. Intolerance is the greatest enemy of our nation. Celebrated scientists, social activists and even retired officers of the armed forces have protested the increasing violence and the growth of intolerance in the recent years. On the occasion of the 71st Independence Day, let us resolve to respect the language, religion, culture and food habits of others, and strengthen the unity of the Indian Union.

 

 

[14.08.2017]Meeting with the new GM (Trng.).

Shri Keshav Rao has taken over as the new GM (Training) in the BSNL Corporate Office. Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, met him today and welcomed him on behalf of BSNLEU. During the discussion, the GS demanded commencement of early training for the Directly Recruited JTOs, whose recruitment took place recently, through the GATE. The GM (Trng.) replied that their training is scheduled to start on 28th August, 2017.

 

[14.08.2017]Immediately release minutes of the National Council meeting held on 11.05.2017 and also hold one more meeting to discuss the pending items – Demands BSNLEU.

The 35th meeting of the National Council was held on 11.05.2017. That meeting could not complete the discussion of all agenda items, due to shortage of time. Thus, it was decided to hold another meeting of the National Council shortly. However, even after the lapse of 3 months, neither the adjourned meeting is conducted, nor minutes of the meeting held on 11.05.2017 has been released. BSNLEU has already met the GM (SR) several times and demanded to hold the meeting and also to release the minutes. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, once again met shri A.M. Gupta, GM(SR) today and demanded to release the minutes without further delay, and also to conduct the adjourned meeting of the National Council. The GM (SR) assured to look into the matter.

 

[14.08.2017]Inordinate delay in constituting local and circle councils – Management attracts the attention of the Union.  

In the meeting held today, between the GS, BSNLEU and the GM (SR), BSNL CO, it was pointed out that councils have not yet been constituted in many districts, as well as in some circles. It was told that this is due to non-submission of nominations from the Staff Side. It is already more than a year since the 7th Membership Verification was conducted. It is very unfortunate that still Staff Side nominations are not submitted in many district and circles, as a result of which councils are not constituted. CHQ directs such of those district unions as well as circle unions, where councils are not yet nominated, to immediately send their proposal for nominations.  

 

[12.08.2017]Tragedy in Gorakhpur - 63 children die within 5 days in the government hospital.

It is horrifying to hear that, 63 children have died within 5 days in the government BRD Medical College hospital at Gorakhpur. More heart breaking is the news that 30 children have died within 48 hours. Social activist and Nobel Laureate, Kailash Vidhyarthi has called this a massacre. Media reports that the death is due to the stoppage of oxygen supply in the emergency wards. The company which was supplying oxygen is said to have disconnected oxygen supply, due to non-payment. However, the government maintains that the deaths are due to medical reasons and not due to stoppage of oxygen supply. Whatever may be the reason, it is a very big tragedy of the recent times. One thing important to note is that, Gorakhpur is the place of the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, shri Yogi Adityanath. BSNLEU conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to the parents, family members and relatives of all the dead children.  

[12.08.2017]Holding of LICE for Junior Engineer under 50% quota for the year 2016 – Corporate Office calls for category wise break up figures of vacancies.<<view letter>>

[12.08.2017]Corporate Office letter on revision of norms for sanction of sports grant for All India BSNL Tournaments / Meets.<<view letter>>

[12.08.2017]Industrial production fell to a 4 year low.

The Prime Minister and Finance Minister are continuously making tall claims that the Indian economy is growing fast, and soon it is going to become the no.1 economy in the world. However, the truth is the other way round. According to government’s own statistics, the industrial production of our country has come down to a 4 year low in the month of June, 2017. Especially, the production of Capital Goods has come down by 6.8% in the month of June. The production of Consumer Durables has come down by 2.1% in the same month.

[Courtesy: Economic Times dated 12.08.2017]

 

[12.08.2017]Supreme Court stays Government of India’s ban on livestock trade.

Some time back, the Government of India had issued a rule, banning the sale of livestock, like cows, bulls, buffalos, etc. The government rule says that it’s intension is to stop the sale of livestock for slaughter. After issuing of this order, people, especially Muslims and Dalit’s were attacked and killed by “cow vigilantes”, in many parts of the country, on the allegation that they were carrying beef. After some time, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court stayed certain provisions of this rule. Yesterday, the Supreme Court had imposed a total stay on the above mentioned rule of the Central Government. During the course of the hearing, Justice J.S. Khehar, the Chief Justice of India, asked the government, “Why are you always presuming that animals are cows or bulls? It could be chicken”. He further asked “Why can’t a man take it home and eat it?” The Chief Justice also made a remark that “slaughter is not a cruelty”.         

[11.08.2017]BSNLEU urges upon the CMD BSNL to fill the GM(Estt.) post in the Corporate Office, with a suitable person.
The GM(Establishment) post in the Corporate Office has become vacant. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS and com. John Verghese,AGS, met shri Anupam Shrivastava,CMD BSNL today urged upon him to fill up the post with a suitable person. They explained that the GM(Estt.) in the Corporate Office is responsible for handling the HR issues of the entire Non-Executives, and such the Management should post a suitable person in that post. The CMD BSNL gave a patient hearing and assured to do the needful.

[11.08.2017]Night Free Calling facility for serving employees, has gone for the approval of the Management Committee.

BSNLEU is continuously demanding that the Night Free Calling facility, which is already implemented for the retired officials, should be implemented for the serving employees also. We are continuously pursuing this case. The GM(Admn.) told com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS and com.John Verghese, AGS, today that, the file has gone to the Management Committee, for it's approval. 

 

[11.08.2017]Implementation of the National Council decision on payment of arrears of employees EPF contribution.
In the case of some employees appointed after 01-10-2000, Management has wrongly implemented GPF, instead of implementing EPF. Subsequently, after many years, Management told those employees that they were not eligible for GPF, and that they had to pay the arrears of employees EPF contribution. In the last National Council meeting, held on 11-05-2017, BSNLEU took up this case. BSNLEU demanded that, as per EPF Act, the employees need not pay the arrears, since it was the mistake of the Management in wrongly implementing GPF, instead of EPF. Finally, the Chairman gave the direction that EPF Act should be implemented. However, so far no action has been taken by the Management. Today, com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com.John Verghese,AGS, met, Shri Chirania, GM(CA) and discussed the issue. After discussion, the GM(CA) replied that decision of the NC meeting would be implemented, soon after receipt of the minutes of the 35th meeting of the National Council.

 

[11.08.2017]BSNL Independence Day offer: Voice, SMS, and combo vouchers will now be free on roaming.

BSNL users will now be able to enjoy voice, SMS, Special Tarrif Voucher (STV), and combo vouchers benefits even when they are bon national roaming. The feature will go live on Independence Day on PAN India basis. The plan is likely to benefit people who travel frequently. Currently, BSNL's STV are only valid in home state/ Licencee Service Area (LSA). Starting, August 15, these benefits will continue even outside home LSA. National roaming is already free on BSNL's network.

 

[10.08.2017]BSNLEU writes to the General Secretary, AIBSNLEA, on united struggles to settle the wage revision.

AIBSNLEA has made a website updating, on yesterday’s meeting between CMD BSNL and unions and associations. At the end of the updating, the General Secretary, AIBSNLEA, has insisted that all the unions and associations should set aside their differences and should unitedly conduct “decisive struggles” to settle wage revision. BSNLEU has written to the General Secretary, AIBSNLEA, welcoming their stand, and assuring to take best efforts to bring everyone together for a united struggle.<<view letter>>  

 

[10.08.2017]CEC meeting of BSNLEU is to be held at New Delhi, tentatively on 05th & 06th October, 2017.

The All Centre meeting of BSNLEU was held yesterday the 09.08.2017. A brief review of the one day strike was made. It is decided to make a full-fledged review in the CEC meeting, after getting district wise strike particulars from all the circles. As regards, further action programme to settle the wage revision, the meeting decided to hold a meeting of the Central Executive Committee meeting, for making detailed discussion and to know the view points of the circles. It is also decided that the tentative dates for the CEC meeting shall be 05th & 6th October, 2017. The dates will be finalised on booking the hall, accommodation, etc. 

 

[10.08.2017]BSNL’s performance declines in July, 2017.

Protesting against the attacks being made by the Corporate Management on the rights of the unions and associations to conduct even peaceful agitational programme, the unions and associations have withdrawn all cooperatoins w.e.f. 01.07.2017. Consequent to this withdrawal of cooperation, the performance of BSNL has gone down in the month of July, 2017. This is known from the performance in the mobile segment. Even after the entry of Reliance Jio, BSNL was giving more than 20 lakh new mobile connections every month. In June, 2017, BSNL provided 23,96,993 new mobile connections. However, in July, 2017, BSNL was able to provide only 17,75,953 new mobile connections. Obviously the performance in other segments like landline and broadband would have also gone down. 

 

[10.08.2017]BSNLEU rejects cash payment in lieu of supply of uniforms.

BSNL Management has constituted a Joint Committee to decide about the supply of uniforms and also the revision of the rates of other supply items. In the meeting of the Joint Committee held on 23.02.2017, the Management Side proposed to stop the supply of uniform clothes and to make cash payment. BSNLEU told the Management Side that, a decision could be taken only after ascertaining the views of the circle unions. This issue was discussed in the CEC meeting of BSNLEU held at Thiruvananthapuram in June, 2017. Further discussions were made in the All India Centre meeting held yesterday. Finally, it is decided not to accept the proposal of the Management for payment of cash, in lieu of supply of uniform clothes. Further, it is also demanded to insist for supply of good quality uniform clothes. CHQ has written to the Management, communicating this decision.<<view letter>> 

[10.08.2017]Corporate Office letter on decisions taken in 11th Board meeting of the BSNL Sports and Cultural Board.<<view letter>>

[09.08.2017]Corporate Office letter on implementation of Govt. decision on the recommendation of the 7th CPC - Revision of pension of pre-2016 Pensioner / Family Pensioner under 7th CPC.<<view letter>>

[09.08.2017]All India Protest Day to be observed tomorrow on the issues of casual contract workers.

The BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation has given call to observe All India Protest Day tomorrow, against retrenchment of contract workers in various circles and non-implementation of the revised minimum wages for contract workers. It is also decided to submit memorandum to the local administration on the above issues. CHQ of BSNLEU calls upon the circle and district unions to ensure active participation of BSNLEU members in this struggle.

 

[09.08.2017]Meeting between CMD BSNL and unions and associations.

As per the invitation of the CMD BSNL, a meeting between him and the unions and associations took place today. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com.K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA and com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, participated. Discussion took place on the wage revision and revival of BSNL issues. GS, BSNLEU, explained in detail about the letter issued by the DPE on 03.08.2017, which had closed all the doors for settlement of wage revision in BSNL. However, he told that the struggle to settle wage revision in BSNL would be intensified, till it is achieved. The CMD BSNL assured that the Management would continue to take all out efforts to secure wage revision. He also requested that the employees should ensure that the financial position of the Company is improved.

 

[09.08.2017]Corporate Office issued letter, increasing union subscription.

The Chennai All India Conference of BSNLEU passed an amendment to the Constitution, for increasing the Union subscription. The same is approved by the Registrar of Trade Union. The BSNL Corporate Office has issued letter today, intimating to all the CGMs, about the increased rate of subscription. Accordingly, the new rate of subscription is as follows:-

 

CHQ   –         Rs.17/- [ In this Rs.5/- for All India Conference ]

Circle   –        Rs.10/-

District –        Rs.18/-

Total  =          Rs.45/-  <<view letter>>

 

[09.08.2017]Trade union registrar approves amendments to the constitution of BSNLEU.

The last All India Conference, held at Chennai, passed certain amendments to the Constitution. Even though CHQ took immediate action to get the approval of the Registrar of trade unions, there was delay in getting the same. However, the same is approved. The same is enclosed for the information of members.<<view letter>>

 

[08.08.2017]Massive 3 day dharna at New Delhi from 9th to 11th November, 2017.

Indefinite strike to follow.

In today’s National Convention of Workers, held at New Delhi, path-breaking decisions have been taken to fight against the pro-corporate and anti-poor economic policies of the Narendra Modi government. Accordingly, a massive three day dharna will be organised at New Delhi from 9th to 11th November, 2017. According to the decision, lakhs of workers will participate on all the three days of the dharna. As per today’s decision, an indefinite strike will also be organised throughout the country after the three day dharna. The above decisions show the determination of the central trade unions to bitterly fight against the pro-corporate and anti-poor economic policies of the NDA government. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the central trade unions for taking such path-breaking decisions, to counter the anti-working class policies of the government. CHQ will plan for the effective participation of BSNLEU in both the programme.

 

[08.08.2017]Declaration of today’s National Convention of Workers.

The massively attended National Convention of Workers, held at New Delhi today, has unanimously passed a declaration. Circle and district unions are requested to give wide publicity to this declaration. It may be translated in regional languages and may be printed in circle union magazines, apart from printing pamphlets.<<view declaration>>

 

[08.08.2017]Massive National Convention of Workers came down heavily on the anti-poor and anti-worker policies of the NDA government.

The 10 central trade unions, viz., INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC and LPF, together with independent federations of employees and workers, conducted a massive National Convention of Workers at New Delhi today. Thousands of workers participated in the convention, which was held at Talkatora Indoor Stadium. The participation in the convention was so massive that, thousands of workers could not enter the stadium, since it had become full. A presidium, consisting of the presidents of all the 10 central trade unions, presided over the convention. It was addressed by Dr. G. Sanjeeva Reddy (INTUC), com. Amarjit Kaur (AITUC), com. Tapan Sen (CITU), com. H.S. Siddhu (HMS) and many others. The speakers severely criticised the economic policies of the Narendra Modi government, which is only enabling the corporates and the rich to maximise their profits. Failure to generate employment, control price rise and attacks on the public sector came under severe criticism. The speakers also unleashed bitter criticism on the government and the ruling party, for dividing the working masses in the name of religions. Finally, the convention unanimously adopted a declaration, laying the blue print for fighting against the anti-poor and anti-worker economic policies of the government.<<views of the programme>>   

[08.08.2017]Minutes of the 11th meeting of the BSNL Sports and Cultural Board. <<click here>>

[08.08.2017]Corporate Office sanctioned final Welfare grant 2016-17 to various circles.<<click here>>

[08.08.2017]Corporates steal money from nationalised banks.

Com. Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary of the CPI(M) has demanded an explanation from the government on corporate loan waiver. According to media reports, the government banks have written off Rs.81,683 crore bad loans in 2016-17. A major chunk of this Rs.81,683 crore is the loan taken by big corporates and not repaid. This is a novel method of stealing public money. Big corporates take lakhs of crores of rupees as loans from nationalised banks and do not refund them. Finally, the government silently write off these loans. Thus, the government itself is helping the big corporates to steal public money from the nationalised banks. Before taking charge as Prime Minister, shri Narendra Modi, assured the people of this country, that he would serve the poor if elected to power. But, after getting elected as Prime Minister he is only serving the corporates.

 

[08.08.2017]Varnika Kundu created history.

A girl, named Varnika Kundu, has created history in fighting violence against women. Vikas Barala and his friend tried to kidnap Varnika Kundu at Chandigarh in the midnight recently. After being chased by the two men, the girl had dialled 100 and called the police. Had she not acted sensibly, she would have become another victim like Nirbhaya. It is interesting to know that Vikas Barala is the son of Haryana BJP President, Subash Barala. We salute Varnika Kundu. She not only got the two men arrested, but also has bravely told the media that she did not want to keep her identity a secret. Another BJP leader, Ramveer Bhatti, BJP state Vice President, instead of condemning the crime, had questioned why a girl should go out alone at midnight? Ramveer Bhatti’s question only exposes the feudal mindset of the ruling party, which is trying to teach moral lessons to the entire people of this country. BSNLEU salutes Varnika Kundu. She has set an example in fighting crimes against women.

 

[08.08.2017]Mob lynchings in India sending a wrong message internationally - Noted economist Kaushik Basu.
Noted economist, Kaushik Basu has said that, the mob lynchings that are taking place in India, are sending a wrong message to the international community, about our country. Basu said that we are proud of our heritage, but, it is equally important that, our country should become modern and economically strong.

[Source: Kaushik Basu's interview in NDTV today]

 

[08.08.2017]Com.H.Munilingappa, veteran leader of BSNLEU, Karnataka, passed away.

CHQ is saddened to hear that, com.H.Munilingappa, a veteran leader of BSNLEU, Karnataka, has passed away. He had held various positions in BSNLEU, at the circle level, like ACS, vice- president, etc. He was also circle secretary of SEWA BSNL for long years. Till he breathed his last, com.Munilingappa remained as an ardent supporter of BSNLEU. CHQ pays it's respectful homage to the departed leader and offers heartfelt condolences to his family members, friends and comrades.

 

[07.08.2017]Sending strike particulars to the CHQ - circle secretaries to note please.

Following the One Day Strike, held on 27-07-2017, CHQ has requested the circle unions to send district wise strike particulars. It is regretted to inform that still a good number of circle secretaries have not send the report. All such circle secretaries are requested to immediately send the report, without further delay.

 

[07.08.2017]Narendra Modi government gives reward to the Public Sector employees - Cuts down the HRA rates.

The Narendra Modi government has given a very big reward to the public sector employees, who are carrying out Nation building works. The government (DPE) has issued letter for cutting down the HRA rates of the Public Sector employees. The 30% HRA has been reduced to 24%, 20% reduced to 18% and 10% reduced to 8%. These are the new HRA rates prescribed by the 3rd PRC and accepted by the government. The new rates will come into effect from the date of issue of the Presidential Directive.

 

[07.08.2017]Rajasthan circle conference was held jubilantly.

The Rajasthan circle conference of BSNLEU was jubilantly held at Bikaner, on 23rd and 24th July,2017. The Bikaner district union had made excellent arrangements for the Conference. Com.Kamal Singh Gohil, president, presided over the conference. A seminar was held in the first day morning, which was addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, shri Bhanwar Singh Bhati, MLA, com.Ravindra Shukla, GS,CITU, Rajasthan, shri.Mathur PGM,Bikaner, and shri Shashi Kant,GM( Admn), Rajasthan. Com. Ashok Pareek, CS, presented the report on activities. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the subjects committee and explained about the wage revision issue, the need to effectively organise the One Day Strike and other issues of the Non-Executives. Serious deliberations took place in the conference. Election of office bearers took place unanimously.<<views of the conference>>

 

[05.08.2017]DoT / Corporate Office letters on payment of GPF advance by the DoT.<<<view letter>>>

 

[05.08.2017]Corporate Office letter on implementation of the facility of immunity from transfers to the office bearers of the Recognised Unions.<<<view letters>>>

 

[05.08.2017]National Convention of Workers being held at New Delhi on 08-08-2017.

A National Convention of Workers is being held at New Delhi on 08-08-2017. The Convention is being organised by the Central Trade Unions, to chalk out action programme against the anti-worker and pro-corporate policies of the NDA government. BSNLEU is participating in this Convention with 15 delegates.

 

[04.08.2017]Manufacturing and Service sector activities fall down sharply.

The Prime Minister and the Finance Minister keep on telling that the economy of our country is growing fast, due to the steps being taken by the government. However, the truth is contrary. Reports say that activities of the Service and Manufacturing sectors have fallen down sharply. The Nikkei India Services PMI Business Activity Index fell to 45.9 in July this year.  This is reported to be a 4 year low. Similarly, the Nikkei Index for the Manufacturing sector fell to 46.

[Source: The Business Line dt. 04-08-2017]

 

[04.08.2017]BSNLEU strongly refutes the charges of the BSNL Management.

The one day strike that has been conducted on 27.07.2017, is a huge success. Besides, the strike has been totally peaceful, without any untoward incident, involved by the leaders/members of the unions and associations. But, the Corporate Office is hell-bent to malign the strike. In a letter issued to the General Secretaries of BSNLEU and SNEA today, the SR Branch of the Corporate Office has alleged that members of unions and associations had involved in gross indiscipline in various circles, and also offices are not functioning normally in Assam circle, from the day of the strike. These are baseless allegations. The Non-Executives and Executives of Assam circle are carrying out their duties normally, after the day of the strike. However, the CGM of Assam, is trying to malign the unions and associations, to hide his total inefficiency, incompetence and lack of devotion to the Company. Unions and associations will give a fitting reply to this letter of the Corporate Office.

 

[04.08.2017]DPE issued letter on implementation of the recommendations of the 3rd PRC.

The DPE has finally issued letter regarding the implementation of the recommendations of the 3rd PRC. This letter is based on the decision of the Union Cabinet, held on 19.07.2017, which had accepted the recommendations of the 3rd PRC, without any major change. As per the letter issued by the DPE, it has become clear now that, BSNL employees are not eligible for wage revision. This letter has also now exposed the rumours being spread by some top officers of BSNL, as well as some unions and associations, that the Minister and the government are favourably considering the wage revision of BSNL employees. The unions and associations will meet soon to decide about the next course of action. <<<view letter>>>

 

[03.08.2017]Payment of Medical Allowance to BSNL retirees not effected due to non creation of template in ERP - BSNLEU urged GM (Admn), BSNL CO to intervene. 

BSNL Corporate Office issued order to restore Medical Allowance to BSNL retirees from 01.04.2017, as per the decision taken in the National Council. It is reported by our members that the payment of Medical Allowance to BSNL retirees is not yet effected, due to non-creation of template in ERP. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, discussed this issue with the GM (Admn.),BSNL CO, today and urged to intervene. The GM (Admn.) assured to do the needful.

 

[03.08.2017]CGM, NETF, apologises for the unwarranted police action at Guwahati, on the day of the strike.

On 27-07-2017, when the employees went on strike, more than 400 Non-Executives and Executives were taken into police custody in Guwahati. The CGM, Assam and CGM, NETF (North East Task Force) are responsible for the unwarranted police action. Protesting this police excess, the unions and associations launched a massive demonstration at Guwahati on 28.07.2017. Hundreds of Non-Executives and Executives participated in this demonstration and expressed their anger over the police action. Following this, shri R.N.Jha, CGM, NETF, has apologised in writing, for being responsible for the police action.

 

[03.08.2017]Corporate Office decides to fill up unfilled DR JE vacancies.

In the DR JE recruitment done by BSNL last year, vacancies are not filled up in many circles, due to the non-reporting by the selected candidates, and also many selected DR JE candidates becoming JTOs. BSNLEU had taken this to the notice of the Management. Now, the Management has taken decision to fill up these vacancies from the waiting list.<<<view letter>>>

 

[02.08.2017]BSNLEU demands to allow candidates having higher qualification from open university to appear in TT (TM) LDCE.

In Andhra Pradesh circle, Non-Executives who have higher qualification from Open University are not being allowed to appear in the TT (TM) LDCE to be held on 20.08.2017. The circle administration maintains that higher education, obtained from open university will not be accepted. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS discussed the matter with the PGM (Estt.), BSNL CO, Ms. Madhu Arora, today, and demanded to allow such candidates to appear in the LDCE to be held on 20.08.2017. However, the PGM(Estt.) maintained that no such case is referred by the CGM, AP, and assured to look into such cases, as and when referred  to the Corporate Office.

 

[02.08.2017]BSNLEU demands publication of JTO LICE results, in cases of Sr.TOAs who were allowed to appear the exam through judicial intervention.

Some of the Sr.TOAs from Kerala circle, who were earlier in the OTBP pay scale of 7100-10100, but who were reverted to the pay scale of 6550-9320 after opting for NEPP, were not allowed to appear the JTO LICE, irrespective of their educational and other qualifications.  Some of them went to the court and obtained interim orders to appear the exam held on 11.12.2016. However, the Corporate Office has with held publication of the results of such candidates. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, discussed this issue with the GM (Rectt.), Ms. Anima Roy today, and demanded to declare their results. The GM (Rectt.), intimated that the Management will go through the judgement of the court and will do the needful.

 

[02.08.2017]The GM (Rectt.) is requested to issue notification for the LDCE of 50% JE (TTA).

In continuation of the discussion with the PGM (Estt.) yesterday, com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, discussed this issue with the GM (Rectt.) today, and requested her to issue the notification for the LDCE of 50% JE (TTA) without waiting for information from circles, relating to vacancy position. The GM (Rectt.) assured the Dy.GS that necessary action will be taken soon in this regard.  

 

[02.08.2017]Meeting with PGM (Estt.).

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met Ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.), BSNL CO, yesterday, the 1st August, 2017 and discussed the following. 

 

(1) Implementation of the Guwahati High Court order on regularisation of casual labours of Tezpur SSA, Assam.

Casual labours with Temporary Status of Tezpur, Assam, were converted to casual labours by the BSNL Management in 2011 vide a speaking order with reference to a judgement issued by the CAT, Guwahati. Those casual labours made appeal to Guwahati High Court, which has quashed the CAT order and directed the BSNL Management to restore the Temporary Status to those casual labours. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, discussed the matter with PGM (Estt.), BSNL CO and demanded to cause to issue necessary instructions to the circle to restore Temporary Status to those casual labours as per Hon’ble High Court, Guwahati direction. The PGM (Estt.), assured to do the needful. 

 

(2)   To issue notification for the 50% JE LDCE immediately.

It was decided earlier to hold 50% JE LDCE in BSNL. The Recruitment Cell is to issue the notification. BSNLEU has already discussed the matter with the GM (Rectt.), BSNL to issue the notification. The GM (Rectt.) informed that they are waiting for the number of vacancies to be informed by the Establishment Cell. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, discussed the issue with the PGM (Estt.) and demanded that the Establishment Cell may intimate the Recruitment Cell that necessary notification may be issued without waiting for the total number of vacancies, since promotions to eligible candidates will be conferred based on upto the available vacancies only. The PGM (Estt.) assured to take up the issue with the GM Recruitment.

 

[02.08.2017]Dr.P.M.Bhargava, a renowned scientist has passed away.

Dr.P.M.Bhargava, an internationally renowned molecular biologists and molecular physicist, has passed away.  Apart from being a scientist, he had been a great patriot and progressive minded human being. Dr.P.M.Bhargava had inspired thousands of rationalists in the country and instilled courage and steadfastness among the people to stand firm and fight against obscurantism, irrationality, superstition, pseudoscience and communal forces. Protesting against the growing intolerance in the country, the great scientist had returned his Padma Bhushan award.  BSNLEU pays it's respectful homage to the great scientist.

 

[02.08.2017]Arvind Panagariya, vice-chairman of Niti Ayog resigns.

Arvind Panagariya, the vice-chairman of the Niti Ayog, has resigned. Under Arvind Panagariya, the Niti Ayog became an instrument in the hands of the Narendra Modi government to attack the Public Sector. It may be remembered that recently, the Niti Ayog recommended the privatisation of the Air India. Prior to becoming the VC of the Niti Ayog, Arvind Panagariya had worked in the World Bank, IMF and the WTO. Hence, after taking over as the VC of the Niti Ayog, Arvind Panagariya completely implemented the dictates of the World Bank and IMF to kill the Indian Public Sector.

 

[01.08.2017]Com. Kamla Singh, Circle Vice President, BSNLEU, Jharkhand, passed away.

CHQ is extremely sorry to inform that Com. Kamla Singh, Circle Vice President, BSNLEU, Jharkhand, has passed away. CHQ pays it's respectful homage to the departed leader and offers it's heartfelt condolences to his family members, friends and comrades.

 

[01.08.2017]Unions and associations write to the Director (HR), in reply to her messages.

The messages to the employees, by Director (HR) are being uploaded on BSNL’s intranet. In those messages a picture is being sought to be painted, as if the Company is getting affected due to the agitations being conducted by the unions and associations. In the letter, it is explained how BSNL became a loss making Company due to the discriminatory policies / measures of the government and how the agitations of the unions and associations have strengthened the Company.<< View Director (HR)’s message>> <<view letter of the unions and associations>>

 

[01.08.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Management, demanding withdrawal of Rule 55(A)(1) and (2), inserted in to the CDA rule.

BSNL Management has recently amended the CDA Rules. The existing provision of Rule 55(ii)(b) is deleted and Rules 55(A)(1) and (2) are inserted. The new Rule 55(A)(1) says that the Company has the absolute right to retire an Executive who had entered service before attaining the age of 35 years, and who has attained the age of 50 years. It is also stated that in other cases an official can be retired on attaining the age of 55 years. Para (2) of the newly inserted provision says that the Company has the absolute right to retire any employee after he has completed 30 years of service, by giving him a notice of not less than 3 months in writing, or by paying 3 months pay and allowances, in lieu of such notice. BSNLEU has demanded that the nearly inserted Rules 55(A)(1) and (2) should be withdrawn.<<view letter>>

 

[31.07.2017]One third of BSNL’s lands valued at Rs.65,000 crore.

The book value of BSNL’s landed properties are pegged at Rs.975 crore. However, the recent valuation of BSNL’s landed properties reveal that, the value of one third of BSNL’s landed properties alone come to Rs.65,000 crore. These one third landed properties are located in the major cities of the country. The land at New Delhi in which the Corporate Office is located alone is valued at Rs.2,500 crore. This valuation was done as per the new “Indian Accounting Standard”, for which the consultant KPMG was engaged by BSNL.  This information was disclosed to the PTI by shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL. 

 

[31.07.2017]Military veterans write to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, condemning attacks on Muslims and Dalits.

More than 100 officers, who had retired from the Army, Air-force and Navy have written a letter to Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, condemning the attacks on Dalits and Muslims, in the name of protecting cows. In the letter they have stated that, they were witness to unprecedented attacks on society at large by the relentless vigilantism of self appointed protectors of Hinduism. Muslims and Dalits have been the worst hit by cow vigilantism, they have stated. The letter has also expressed concern over the climate of fear and suppression of dissent. It is very significant that more than 100 retired officers of the armed forces, who may be belonging to different religions, have raised their voice against the killings that are taking place in the name of “cow vigilantism”. 

 

[31.07.2017]Taslima Nasreen not allowed to enter Aurangabad.

Taslima Nasreen, the noted writer, who landed at Aurangabad on 30.07.2017, was not allowed to enter the city. She had gone to Aurangabad to visit Ajanta and Ellora. Muslim protestors, belonging to the AIMIM party, led by it’s MLA, Imtiyaz Jaleel, gathered outside the Aurangabad Airport, shouted slogans “Taslima go back”. The protestors said that Taslima Nasreen had “hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims across the world”, and hence would not be allowed to step on Aurangabad soil. The protestors had also gathered out side the hotel where Taslima was to stay. Sensing trouble, the police advised Taslima to leave Aurangabad, which was accepted by her, and she went back to Mumbai. The protest of AIMIM of not allowing Taslima Nasreen to enter Aurangabad is undemocratic and condemnable. Certainly, they have right to protest against Taslima’s writings, if they feel that they are objectionable. But, they have no right to flex their muscle and to stop any one from entering the city. It is relevant mention here that Taslima Nasreen, a Bangladesh national, was sent out of that country, in 1994, by Muslim fundamentalists.

 

[31.07.2017]Com. R. Muthusundaram, President, All India State Government Employees Federation (AISGEF), passed away.

Com. R. Muthusundaram, former General Secretary of the AISGEF and the sitting President of that organisation has passed away. He has also served as the General Secretary of the Tamil Nadu Government Employees Association. Com. R. Muthusundaram had been unwell for some time. His death is an irreparable loss to the AISGEF. BSNLEU pays it’s respectful homage to the departed leader and conveys it’s heart felt condolences to the family members, friends and comrades of com. R. Muthusundaram.

 

[29.07.2017]Inter Ministerial Group on Telecom to submit it's report soon.

As per media reports, the Inter Ministerial Group (IMG), formed by the government, to suggest solutions to the financial problems being faced by the private telecom companies, is likely to submit it’s report to the government soon. The government formed the IMG on 16th May of this year, after the private telecom companies, viz., Airtel, Vodafone and Idea, approached the government, complaining that their revenues were severely hit by the predatory pricings of Reliance Jio.

 

[29.07.2017]Airtel's net profit fell by 75% in Q1.

Airtel’s profit for the 1st Quarter (Q1), i.e., during April to June, 2017, fell by 75%. The companies profit during the same period in 2016 was Rs.1,462 crore. However, it came down to Rs.367 crore this year.

 

[29.07.2017]Idea's net loss Rs.617 in Q1.

Idea went into a loss of Rs.617 crore during the first Quarter (Q1) i.e., from April to June, 2017. It earned a profit of Rs.497 crore during the same period in 2016.

 

[29.07.2017]More views of the one day strike, held at various circles on 27.07.2017.<<click here>>

 

[28.07.2017]District wise strike particulars should be sent to the CHQ by tomorrow evening.

The one day strike called on by the unions and associations yesterday, is a huge success. BSNLEU, SNEA, FNTO, AIGETOA, BSNL MS, BSNL ATM and BSNL OA very successfully organised this strike. Employees have participated in the strike massively. CHQ of BSNLEU has already given call to all the circle secretaries to send district wise strike particulars. This report has to reach the CHQ, latest by tomorrow evening. So far, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telecom Factory (Kolkata) and Telecom Factory (Jabalpur) have sent the report. The remaining circles are also requested to send the report immediately. 

 

[28.07.2017]West Bengal circle protested attack by Trinamool goons.

We have informed yesterday that com. Animesh Mitra, VP (CHQ) & CS, West Bengal and some other comrades were attacked by the Trinamool goons at CTO Kolkata, yesterday. Despite wide spread hooliganism being unleashed by the Trinamool goons in various parts of West Bengal circle in the recent month, the one day strike has taken place very successfully in West Bengal circle. A protest demonstration was held today at the entrance of CTO building, Kolkata, where the attack took place yesterday, to condemn the cowardly act of the Trinamool goons. Com. Animesh Mitra and other leaders addressed.

                        

                                    Protest demonstration held today, at CTO building, Kolkata.

 

[28.07.2017]Massive protest demonstration at Guwahati against the highhandedness of shri M.K. Seth, CGM, Assam and shri R.N. Jha, CGM, NE Taskforce.

A massive protest demonstration was conducted in the BSNL complex at Pan Bazar, Guwahati, against the highhandedness of shri M.K. Seth, CGM, Assam and shri R.N. Jha, CGM, NE Taskforce. Without any provocation, these two CGM’s called in the police and paramilitary forces to the CGM office at Pan Bazar, yesterday, and got more than the 400 striking employees taken in to police custody. All the 400 employees were later on let off by the police. To condemn the highhanded action of both the CGM’s, hundreds of employees participated in the protest demonstration held in Pan Bazar today.

           

                                    Protest demonstration held today, at Guwahati.

 

[27.07.2017]A new zeal and enthusiasm are seen among the employees.

Tomorrow’s strike will be a massive success.

The Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL, led by the unions and associations of BSNL, are all set to create a new history tomorrow. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, the tempo among the employees is tremendous and unprecedented. The whirlwind campaign conducted by BSNLEU, throughout the country, during the past three weeks, has created a new awareness among the employees. They are determined to settle wage revision and pension revision, superannuation benefits and restoration of trade union rights. The fact that some unions and associations are not with the employees in tomorrow’s strike, has not created any vacillation. The Corporate Management continuously unleashed threatenings against the employees going on strike. However, the employees are undeterred. A new zeal and enthusiasm are seen among the employees in fighting against the injustices, meted out to them, by the DoT and the NDA government. BSNLEU heartily congratulates all the employees ahead of tomorrow’s grand success.   

 

[27.07.2017]BSNLEU heartily congratulates all for the massive success of today’s strike.

The one day strike today, called on by the unions and associations, has become a massive success. The Non-Executives and Executives have told the government and the BSNL Management in no uncertain terms that, they will not tolerate the nonsense. The success of this strike also indicates that more serious forms of struggles, including an indefinite strike, will become imminent, if the government and BSNL Management does not come forward to settle the wage revision, pension revision, superannuation benefits and removal of restrictions on trade union activities. The CHQ of BSNLEU heartily congratulates the unions and associations for making this strike a historic success. The CHQ also congratulates the circle and district unions, which have toiled for the past one month, for the success of this strike. 

 

[27.07.2017]Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), attacked by Trinamool goons.

The Trinamool goons have continuously been trying to weaken BSNLEU in West Bengal circle. However, BSNLEU continues to be as strong, as it was earlier. The one day strike today is very successful in West Bengal circle. Angered by the success of the strike, the Trinamool goons have attacked com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ) & circle secretary of West Bengal circle and some other comrades today. The attack has taken place at the entrance of the CTO Building, Kolkata. BSNLEU strongly condemns this cowardly act. 

 

[27.07.2017]400 comrades were taken into police custody in Guwahati.

The strike in Assam circle is total. However, the CGM of Assam circle has called in police and paramilitary forces to the BSNL complex in Panbazar, Guwahati. 400 of our comrades have been taken into police custody. However, later on they have been let out. Despite this threatening, strike is total in Guwahati, as well as in all other districts of Assam circle. CHQ of BSNLEU conveys it’s revolutionary greetings to the brave comrades of Assam circle.  

[27.07.2017]Press release issued by unions and associations on successful one day strike in BSNL.<<view press statement>>

[27.07.2017]Massive demonstrations conducted throughout the country.

For the first time, the unions and associations called on the employees to conduct demonstrations on the day of the strike. As per this call, massive demonstrations have been conducted throughout the country. These demonstrations have got very good media coverage. CHQ of BSNLEU heartily congratulates the unions and associations for organising such huge demonstrations. We attach some of the views herewith.<<views of the strike>> <<more views of the strike>>

 

 

[27.07.2017]BSNLEU pays respectful homage to Professor U.R. Rao and Professor Yash Pal.

 

                   

                         Professor U.R. Rao                                                                                 Professor Yash Pal

 

Two reputed scientists of India have passed away on 24.07.2017. The one is internationally renowned space scientist and former ISRO Chief, Professor U.R. Rao, and the other is Professor Yash Pal. Both are Padma Vibhushan award winners. Dr. U.R. Rao, has made great contributions in making India as one of the leading nations in space technology. Professor Yash Pal, on the other hand, has played a leading role in taking science to the common man, explaining the scientific facts behind various happenings. It is sad that the country has lost two of it’s great sons. BSNLEU pays it’s respectful homage to both these scientists and offers heartfelt condolences to their family members and friends.  

 

[27.07.2017]Circle secretaries are requested to send strike figures to the CHQ by 18:00 hrs. today.

Circle secretaries are requested to send district wise number of the Non-Executives and Executives who participated in the strike by 18:00 hrs. today. This is very important and all circle secretaries are requested to send the report. Further, it is requested that, the photos of today’s strike and demonstrations may be sent through e-mail to the CHQ. Kindly avoid sending the photos through Whatsapp, since we have problem in uploading photos sent through Whatsapp, on the website. 

 

[27.07.2017]Tremendous response to the one day strike call.

The one day strike, called on by the unions and associations of BSNL, has received tremendous response from the Non-Executives and Executives. The strike started at 00:00 hrs. today. As per the reports pouring from various circles, employees are massively participating in the strike. CHQ of BSNLEU heartily congratulates all the employees who are participating in the strike.

 

 

[26.07.2017]Hectic campaign for the strike done in the Corporate Office.

The leaders of the unions and associations made a hectic campaign among the Non-Executives and Executives of the Corporate Office today. They went to the employees, seat by seat and appealed to them to join tomorrow’s strike. The employees are convinced and assured the leaders to join the strike.  

 

[26.07.2017]Conciliation conducted by the Regional Labour Commissioner.

Based on the notice served by the unions and associations for tomorrow’s strike, the Regional Labour Commissioner (Central), conducted a conciliation meeting today, between the BSNL Management and the unions & associations. On behalf of the unions & associations, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, com. Mohinder, CS, FNTO, com. H.P. Singh, Dy.GS, BSNL OA, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU and com. Harnam Singh Thomar, Dy.GS, BSNL MS participated. No meeting point was reached between the Management and the unions & associations. The unions & associations informed the Regional Labour Commissioner that tomorrow’s strike will take place.  

 

[26.07.2017]Pune district union organised huge felicitation meeting for com. N.K. Nalawade.

 

          

 

The Pune district union of BSNLEU conducted a huge meeting yesterday, to felicitate com. N.K. Nalawade, Circle Secretary, Maharashtra, who is retiring on superannuation on 31.07.2017. A large number of comrades, both from Pune as well as from other districts of Maharashtra circle, had gathered in the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, veteran leader and com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President (CHQ), participated in the meeting and felicitated com. N.K. Nalawade. Addressing in the meeting, com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, highly appreciated the contributions of com. N.K. Nalawade, for the growth of BSNLEU in Maharashtra circle. Utilising the occasion, the General Secretary explained how the BSNL employees are being betrayed by the DoT and the government in the matter of wage revision. He called on the huge gathering to make the strike total in Maharashtra circle. The response of the gathering showed that the strike will be a grand success.<<More views of the meeting>>

 

[26.07.2017]Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of Andaman & Nicobar Circle resolves to make the one day strike a grand success.

Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU Andaman & Nicobar Telecom Circle was held on 23.07.2017 at BSNLEU Union Office Telephone Bhawan Port Blair. The Union Flag was hoisted by Com. S.P.Kalairajan Circle Secretary BSNLEU. Com.Parimal Chander welcomed all. Com.C.N.Banerjee, Working Chairman, presided the meeting. Com. S.P. Kalairajan, CS, inaugurated the meeting by elaborately discussing about the issues connected with the one day strike for wage revision. The meeting was also addressed com. Vinodh Krishna, Circle Secretary, SNEA, com. Srikumar, General Secretary, NGO Union and com. K. Rethinambal and the issues were explained. The meeting decided to make the one day strike on 27.07.2017, a grand success. Com.H.B.Debnath Branch Secretary Rangat, proposed vote of thanks.<<views of the meeting>>

[25.07.2017]BSNL employees to go on one day strike on 27.07.2017 - View Media Report. <<The Hindu>> <<Business Standard>>

[25.07.2017]SNATTA Circle level committees have decided to participate one day strike on 27.07.2017. <<View some of the circles decisions>>

 

[25.07.2017]Verification of signature by controlling officer, in the case of officials filling up forms for deduction of union subscription.

It seems some unions have demanded that when an official fills up declaration form, for deduction of union subscription, his / her signature need not be verified by the controlling officer. We do not know which union has made such a demand. Corporate Office has sought our view on this matter. If this condition is cancelled, then it will pave the way for committing malpractices. Hence, BSNLEU has informed the Management that verification of signature by the controlling officer is a must, and there is no reason to change this clause.<<<view letter>>>

 

[25.07.2017]Question and answers in connection with the Wage Revision.

Question :   According to the 3rd PRC recommendations, BSNL is not eligible for Wage Revision. On 19-07-2017, the Cabinet meeting, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has already fully approved the recommendations of the 3rd PRC. Under these circumstances, whether the DoT has power to allow BSNL to give Wage Revision to it's employees? 


Answer : Certainly, the DoT, being the Administrative Ministry for BSNL, is having a major role to play in the Wage Revision of BSNL employees. However, we should understand that, right from the beginning, the DoT is playing a negative role in the matter of wage revision to BSNL employees. The unions and associations, as well as the BSNL Management have demanded exemption from the Affordablity Clause of the 3rd PRC. But, the the government will not accept this, unless it is recommended by the DoT. 


On 12-0
5-2017, the Committee of Secretaries meeting took place under the chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary, to take it's final decision on the recommendations of the 3rd PRC. Shri Sivasailam, Additional Secretary, who attended that meeting on behalf of the DoT, did not demand that BSNL should be exempted from the Affordability Clause of the 3rd PRC. Thus, the Committee of Secretaries decided not to give exemption to any PSU. So, we must understand that the DoT itself is not in favour of giving any exemption to BSNL, from the recommendations of the 3rd PRC.


Thereafter, the draft Cabinet Note, prepared by the Committee of Secretaries, came for the vetting of the DoT. Thus, the DoT got one more opportunity to help BSNL. This opportunity should have been utilised by the DoT, to get it's recommendation incorporated in the Cabinet Note, that BSNL should be exempted from the Affordablity Clause of the 3rd PRC. But, the DoT did not do so. Thus, it is very clear that the DoT itself does not want to give Wage Revision to BSNL employees. So, if anyone says that the Cabinet might have given power to the DoT, to consider Wage Revision to BSNL employees, they are only fooling themselves and fooling the employees. Only the powerful struggles of the BSNL employees can compel the DoT and the NDA government to settle the Wage Revision. 
<<click here for Hindi version>>

 

[25.07.2017]The press statement issued by com.P.Abhimanyu, on behalf of the unions and associations has got very good response from the media. The following is the coverage made by the Economic Times.

NEW DELHI: Employees of state-owned telecom firm BSNL have called a day-long nationwide strike on July 27 for not being given wage hike by the third pay revision committee. The committee recommends hike on the basis of performance of public sector firms. "BSNL became a loss making entity not because of the employees but because of the anti-BSNL policies and measures adopted by the government. BSNL was not allowed to procure equipments for its mobile network expansion from 2006 to 2012," BSNL Employee Union convenor P. Abhimanyu said in a statement. 

 

The recommendation of the third Pay Revision Committee was approved by the Cabinet on July 19. As per the affordability clause of the recommendations, only those public sector undertakings (PSUs) which have earned profit during the last three financial years are eligible to give wage revision to their employees. "The officers and workers of BSNL are going on a one day strike on July 27, 2017, demanding wage revision. The next round of wage revision has become due for the entire public sector employees from January 1, 2017," the statement said. Abhimanyu alleged that tenders floated by BSNL to procure mobile equipments were cancelled one after another by the government to benefit the private telecom companies. 

 

 "As a result of this blockade created by the government in the procurement of equipments, BSNL was not able to take advantage of the exponential growth witnessed in the mobile segment, during this period," he said. BSNL Management started procurement of equipments from 2013 onwards and thereafter, significant improvement has been made to the BSNL's quality of services. As a result of all these efforts, a significant change has come in the financial position of the company, the statement said. BSNL had incurred Rs 691 crore operational loss in the year 2013-14, whereas it earned an operational profit of Rs 672 crore in 2014-15 and Rs 3,854 crore in the year 2015-16.

 

"Even in the midst of cut-throat competition from Reliance Jio, BSNL is adding 20 lakh new mobile customers every month. BSNL is sure to become a profit making PSU within next 2-3 years," the statement said. Abhimanyu said that BSNL officers and workers have significantly contributed in bringing the company on revival path and BSNL employees should be given wage revision with 15 per cent fitment. "The unions and associations will be compelled to resort to more serious forms of struggles, if the government does not respond favourably to the demand of the employees," he said.

 

[24.07.2017]Hold massive demonstrations on the day of strike.

The unions and associations which have given call for one day strike on 27.07.2017, have also decided to call upon the employees to conduct massive demonstrations in all places on the day of the strike. Such demonstrations will certainly bring media focus and the message about the strike will reach far and wide among the people. Hence, CHQ of BSNLEU calls upon the circle and district unions to take steps for effectively organising the demonstrations massively on the day of the strike.

 

[24.07.2017]BSNLEU expressed solidarity for the struggle of AIDEF.

The All India Defence Employees Federation is conducting dharna at New Delhi from 3rd July to 14th August, against the privatisation of Defence production.  BSNLEU leaders and comrades visited the dharna pandal today and expressed their support and solidarity for the fighting defence employees. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS, com.Animesh Mitra,VP(CHQ), com.R.S.Chouhan, Organising Secretary (CHQ) and com.P.S.Bist, circle secretary, Corporate Office and NTR circle and Corporate Office participated in the programme. On behalf of AIDEF, com.Gopal Rao, Joint Secretary, thanked the BSNLEU comrades.<<<views of the programme>>>

 

[24.07.2017]One day strike to start at 00:00 hrs. on 27.07.2017 to 00:00 hrs. on 28.07.2017.

The time of the one day strike that is going to be held on 27.07.2017, shall be as follows. The strike will start at 00:00 hrs. on 27.07.2017 and will be over at 00:00 hrs. on 28.07.2017. All circle and district secretaries are requested to convey this everybody.  

 

[24.07.2017]Press statement on the one day strike to be held on 27.07.2017.

A press statement has been issued by the unions and associations today, on the one day strike being organised on 27.07.2017. Circle and district secretaries are requested to kindly arrange for getting this press statement published / telecasted in the state level and local news papers / TV channels.<<view press statement>>

 

[24.07.2017]Designation Committee meeting postponed.

The meeting of the Joint Committee on Change of Designations of the left out Non-Executive cadres was to be held on 31.07.2017. However, without assigning any valid reason, the Management has postponed this meeting.<<view letter>>

 

[22.07.2017]Night Free calling facility for serving employees, to be introduced shortly.

BSNLEU is continuously pursuing the demand of introducing Night Free calling facility for the serving employees. The case was being processed in the CFA Branch. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, discussed this issue once again with shri A.K. Sinha, GM (Admn.) yesterday, who replied that the file has come from the CFA Branch. He also assured that letter, extending the facility to the serving employees, would be issued shortly.

 

[22.07.2017]SR Branch urged to release the minutes of the 35th meeting of the National Council.

The minutes of the 35th meeting of the National Council, held on 11.05.2017, is still not released, even though the draft minutes is already vetted by the Secretary, Staff Side. Com. P. Abhimanyu, Secretary, Staff Side, met shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR), yesterday and pointed out that the decisions taken in the NC meeting held on 11.05.2017, are not being implemented, since minutes of the meeting is not yet released. He urged upon the GM (SR), to release the minutes without further delay. The GM (SR), replied that it would be released next week.

 

[22.07.2017]BSNLEU demands prompt implementation of DoT order number 22-5/91-NCG dated 30.11.1992, on reservation to SC/ST employees in Internal Examinations.

BSNLEU is the only Union which is continuously fighting for the implementation of the DoP&T order in BSNL, for the relaxation to be given to SC/ST employees in Internal Examinations.  As a result of the efforts taken by BSNLEU, twice Management formed Internal Committees and based on the recommendations of these Committees, some concessions were given. However, the Government of India orders on this matter are not fully implemented. This issue was once again raised by BSNLEU in the National Council meeting held on 11.05.2017. The Staff Side demanded that the DoT order number 22-5/91-NCG dated 30.11.1992, which is similar to the DoP&T orders, should be implemented in BSNL. According to this order, 20% is the bench mark for SC employees and 15% for ST employees. The Chairman of the National Council responded positively and assured that implementation of the above stated DoT order would be examined. This issue was discussed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, with Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Rectt. & Trg.) yesterday. She replied that action in this regard would be initiated, soon after receipt of the minutes of the NC meeting.

 

[22.07.2017]Meeting with PGM (Estt.).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.) yesterday, and discussed the following issues.

 

(1)  Implementation of court order on settlement of Anomalies.

In the National Council meeting held on 11.05.2017, BSNLEU complained that this issue is not being actively pursued by the BSNL with the DoT. In reply, it was assured that it would be taken up with the DoT seriously. In yesterday’s meeting, the PGM (Estt.), replied that two meetings have taken place between BSNL and DoT on this issue, after the National Council meeting, wherein the DoT has requested the BSNL to provide details with regards to the court order on this matter, and also how the stepping up of the pay of the senior at par with the junior, was done by BSNL, in implementation of the court order. Corporate Office has called for some particulars from circles in this regard, and the same would be forwarded to the DoT as early as possible.

 

(2)  Non-implementation of the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court on recovery of over payment wrongly made in the past.

Even after the National Council meeting, BSNLEU has taken several cases to the notice of the Corporate Office, demanding implementation of the Hon’ble Supreme Court order. However, the Corporate Office has not done anything, except issuing some vague letters to the circles. This issue was discussed yesterday, to which the PGM (Estt.) told that the financial implication for the Company will be huge on this matter, and hinted that it would not be possible for BSNL to implement the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court. Now, we will look into the legal options for the implementation of the order.

 

 (3)   Relaxing the educational qualification for appearing Telecom Technician LDCE.

In the last National Council meeting, BSNLEU has demanded that the 10th Std. qualification, for appearing Telecom Technician LDCE, should be relaxed as a one time measure. The Management Side replied that, the demand would be looked into, after ascertaining the vacancies available in various circles. In yesterday’s meeting, the PGM (Estt.), replied that the circles have been told to give vacancy details. On receipt of the same, further action would be taken.

 

[22.07.2017]BSNLEU urges upon the PGM (Estt.) for early issuing of Presidential Orders to the TSMs who are directly promoted as Telecom Mechanics.

BSNLEU has already demanded that the TSMs who were directly promoted as Telecom Mechanics, after 01.10.2000 should also be issued with Presidential Orders, and should be treated as DoT recruitees. Even though, the Management has already accepted this, the cases are not sent to DoT, for approval. This issue was discussed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, with Ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.) yesterday. She replied that only after getting the number of such officials from all the circles, BSNL could take up the case with DoT. It was also replied that many circles still have not sent the details. CHQ requests the circle secretaries to kindly ensure that the requisite details are sent by the circles, to the Corporate Office, without further delay.

 

[22.07.2017]BSNLEU urges upon the PGM (Estt.), for the early implementation of court order on conferring 1st promotion after 4 years, in cases of TSMs regularised after 01.10.2000.

BSNLEU has already demanded the Management to implement the court order, which states that TSMs regularised as RMs after 01.10.2000 are also DoT recruitees, and hence should be conferred with 1st promotion under NEPP, on completion of 4 years. In yesterday’s meeting, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, expressed his concern to the PGM (Estt.), that the issue is not still settled. The PGM (Estt.), replied that the matter is already taken up with the Management Committee and, approval of the same is awaited.

 

[22.07.2017]PGM (Estt.) takes negative stand on settlement of grievances in implementation of NEPP.

BSNLEU has been seriously trying to settle the two injustices done to the Non-Executives, in the implementation of NEPP. One is the down gradation of Sr.ToAs from 7100 pay scale to 6550 pay scale. The other one is treating the pay scale upgradation of the TTAs w.e.f. 01.10.2000, as 1st promotion under NEPP. In the recent months, BSNLEU has discussed this issue several times with the Director (HR) and the PGM (Estt.). However, no final decision has been taken by the Management. Both these issues were once again discussed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, with Ms. Madhu Arora, PGM (Estt.) yesterday. It was astonishing, that in yesterday’s meeting, the PGM (Estt.) told that it would be very difficult for the Management to reopen both these cases at this stage. We will not give up and will try to settle these issues by all means.

 

[22.07.2017]SNATTA’s inconsequential withdrawal from strike.

We have come across a letter of SNATTA, wherein the association has withdrawn from the one day strike to take place on 27.07.2017. It is true that SNATTA is a signatory to the strike notice. However, both the GS and Dy.GS of SNATTA have not participated in the dharna held on 20.06.2017 and the hunger strike held on 13.07.2017. Moreover, BSNLEU came to know that com. Anup Mukherjee, GS, SNATTA, has got elected as President of the Executives Association called Bharatiya BSNL Officer’s Association (BBOA). Com. Sunil Gautam, is elected as the Deputy General Secretary of this Executives Association. This BBOA says it has applied for affiliation to BMS. It is astonishing that they have withdrawn from the strike, when the Cabinet decision is detrimental to the wage revision of BSNL employees. <<view BBOA letter>> <<BBOA list of office bearers>>

 

[22.07.2017]Enthusiastic Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of Haryana, resolves to make the strike a resounding success. 

The Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Haryana, was held on 21st July 2017 at Rohtak enthusiastically and jubilantly. The meeting decided to participate in the strike on 27th July, called by unions and associations of BSNL, for 3rd Pay Revision with 15% fitment benefit without any condition for the executives and non-executives from 01.01.2017. The meeting was presided over by com Naresh Kumar, Circle President, BSNLEU. Com M.S.Kadian, CS BSNLEU, Haryana gave his introductory speech and welcomed all. The meeting was inaugurated by com V.A.N.Namboodiri, veteran leader and founder GS of BSNLEU. Com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU, in his speech explained all the developments on wage revision and other issues and appealed to all employees to participate in the strike on 27th July, irrespective of union / association affiliations. Com.Arvind Pal Dhaiya, Jt. Secretary, SNEA, com.Ramesh Chand Sharma, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, com. Pushpa Sharma, AGS, BSNLMS, com. Harginder Singh, CS, AIGTEOA, com.Gulab Singh, CS, BSNLMS, com.Kuldeep Singh, Organising Secretary, AIBDPA  (CHQ) and President, BSNLCCWF, Haryana and many other leaders also addressed.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[21.07.2017]

Only serious and sustained struggles can settle wage revision.

All the false propaganda, that have been made regarding the wage revision to BSNL employees, are exposed now. The BSNL Management has been making a high voltage propaganda that the DoT and the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications are positive and favourable towards the wage revision of BSNL employees, and that they would definitely get wage revision. The employees were also being told that some unions and associations were unnecessarily creating problems in the settlement of wage revision, by going on unwarranted agitations. Appeal after appeal of the top Management were uploaded on BSNL’s intranet, requesting the employees not to join the agitation. The SR Branch of the Corporate Office was also issuing weekly bulletins stating that everything is moving in the right direction and that BSNL employees will get wage revision. It is very very very very unfortunate that some of the unions and associations were also telling that the DoT and the Minister were positive and there was no necessity to go on strike at this juncture. However, the Union Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday, has exposed all the lies and rumours that were being spread in the matter of wage revision to BSNL employees. The Cabinet has approved the recommendations of the 3rd PRC. Accordingly, the employees of loss making PSUs like BSNL are not eligible for wage revision. It is very important to mention here that the DoT, which is the Administrative Ministry of BSNL, did not make any attempt to tell the government that BSNL should be exempted from the Affordability Clause of the 3rd PRC. We have been telling from the very beginning that wage revision could not be settled without serious and sustained struggles. We call upon the entire Non-Executives and Executives to join the one day strike to be held on 27.07.2017, and to make it a resounding success. Let us tell the government in one voice that we will fight till the last, to settle wage revision.

 

[21.07.2017]CHQ Hindi circular no.5 dated 17th July, 2017.<<view circular>>

 

[21.07.2017]Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of Chhattisgarh circle.

A good meeting was held at Raipur, Chattishgarh, on 19-07-2017. About 75 delegates were there. Leaders from SNEA, FNTO, SNTTA and AIBDPA spoke in the meeting. Com. Dani presided over the meeting and com. Bhatt initiated the discussion. The meeting started at 11:30 hrs. at Gass hall after flag hoisting. Com.Animesh Mitra, Vice-President, CHQ, explained the charter of demands in detail. At the concluding part of the meeting at 4 pm the contract labours and conveyed their full support to the strike.<<<views of the meeting>>>

[21.07.2017]CHQ writes to the PGM (Estt.), on non-implementation of the order of Hon’ble Supreme Court on recovery of over payment.<<view letter>>

[20.07.2017]Conferment of Group ‘B’ status to Senior Accountants, as per judgement of Hon’ble CAT, Lucknow.

The above mentioned issue was taken up in the 35th National Council meeting, held on 11.05.2017. In that meeting, the demand of the Staff Side was accepted that, the Corporate Office would take up the issue with the DoT, for the issuing of fresh Presidential Orders, to the Senior Accountants, with Group ‘B’ status. The follow up action taken by the Corporate Office in this regard, was discussed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, today, with shri Sunil Kumar, GM (FP). The GM (FP) replied that a meeting on this issue was held between the BSNL and DoT officers on 13.07.2017, and that the DoT has agreed to issue fresh / modified Presidential Orders to the Senior Accountants. The General Secretary requested the GM (FP) to take the necessary follow up action.  

 

[20.07.2017]BSNL Employees resolved to hold successful strike on 27th July in the Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU in UP (East).

UP (East) circle union conducted an impressive extended Circle Executive Committee meeting on 19th July at Lucknow for the preparations of one day strike on 27th July, 2017. Other than the circle executive committee members, district secretaries, branch secretaries, a good number of activists from different districts were also participated the meeting. The meeting was presided over by com D.N.Tripathi, circle president. Com R.K.Mishra, circle secretary out lined the discussions for the meeting. The open session that held in the afternoon was addressed by com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU. In his speech he severely criticised the anti PSU policies of the government and expressed that a united and strong struggles of all unions and associations only can only save the BSNL from the attack. He also narrated the developments of 3rd PRC and appealed to all employees to participate in the strike on 27th July irrespective of unions and associations affiliations. Com.Ajai Trivedi, CS, SNEA, com.Sankar Saran, CS, AIGTEOA, com.Mrs.Maya Verma, Member of BSNL Working Women's Coordination committee and com K.R.Yadav, Vice President, BSNLEU CHQ also addressed the meeting. The extended circle executive committee meeting took a resolution to conduct the one day strike on 27th July, 2017 in the UP(East) circle  successfully.<<<views of the meeting>>>

[20.07.2017]Cabinet understood to have approved recommendations of the 3rd PRC.

Strike will take place on 27.07.2017. Take all out efforts to make it a historic success.

As regards the implementation of the recommendations of the 3rd PRC, no official information is available, about the decisions of the Cabinet meeting held yesterday. Even the media is not having access to the decisions of the Cabinet meeting. However, it is reliably learnt that, the Cabinet has approved the major recommendations of the 3rd PRC, including it’s “Affordability Clause”. Accordingly, employees of loss making PSUs, including BSNL, may not be eligible for wage revision. Thus, the decision of the unions and associations of BSNL to go on one day strike on 27.07.2017, to create compulsions on the government, proves to be correct and justified. Hence, circle and district secretaries are requested to take maximum efforts to ensure participation of each and every employee in the one day strike. This is our life and death matter. Hence, no question of going back from the decision to conduct the strike. One Day Strike will take place on 27.07.2017, as per schedule. Through our struggles, we will compel the government to change it’s decision with regards to the 3rd PRC.

 

[20.07.2017]Approval of 3rd PRC report by the Union Cabinet.

We have learnt from some news papers that, the Central Cabinet has approved the decisions of the 3rd PRC yesterday. However, details of the decisions of the Cabinet are not available any where. Most importantly, we are unable to ascertain the information regarding BSNL. Correct information is not available even on the government’s website - “Press Information Bureau”. CHQ is trying to collect information. Further communication will be made by the CHQ, after obtaining exact information.

 

[20.07.2017]Cabinet clears pay hike for CPSE employees.

The Cabinet today cleared a 15 per cent hike in salaries for public sector company employees. The Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved implementation of the recommendations of the 3rd Pay Commission for central public sector enterprises’ (CPSE) employees, an official said here. 

 

The commission had recommended a 15 per cent increase in emoluments, the lowest so far. Higher wages are effective from January 1, 2017. The previous commission had given a 37.2 per cent rise in 2007 and the first commission had given between 24 per cent and 30 per cent increase.

[Courtesy: BusinessLine dated 19.07.2017]

 

[19.07.2017]Revision of rates for uniform and other supply items – Circle secretaries and CHQ office bearers are requested to note.

The Corporate Office has already formed a Committee for the revision of the rates of uniform and other supply items. A meeting of this Committee was held on 23.02.2017. In that meeting, the Management Side offered “cash payment”, in lieu of “supply of uniform”. This issue was discussed in the CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at Thiruvananthapuram. However, in view of the prominence given to the wage revision issue and the one day strike to settle wage revision, no final decision could be taken on the uniform issue, in the CEC meeting. A meeting of this “Committee on uniform and other supply items” is likely to take place shortly. In view of this, all circle secretaries and CHQ office bearers are requested to inform the CHQ immediately whether the present system of supply of uniform should continue, or we can accept the proposal of the Management for cash payment. As far as possible, the views of district secretaries may also be ascertained on the matter. This matter is urgent and the circle secretaries and CHQ office bearers are requested to compulsorily convey their view to the CHQ within one week. 

 

[19.07.2017]No recovery from salary of an employee, without giving notice – BSNLEU expresses it’s protest to the order issued by Corporate Office.

The Establishment Branch of the Corporate Office has issued an instruction to the field units, with regards to the precaution to be followed at the time of fixation of pay of employees. According to this instruction, a mention should be made in the pay fixation order that, overpayment if any, detected at a subsequent date, would be recovered without any further notice. BSNLEU has expressed it’s protest to this order. The Union has stated that no recovery could be made from the salary of an employee, without giving them notice and opportunity to express their view. A letter in this regard is written to the PGM (Estt.) of the Corporate Office.<<view BSNLEU letter>> <<view Corporate Office letter>>

 

[19.07.2017]Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises replies to com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, with regards to the 3rd PRC.

BSNLEU has written a detailed letter, addressed to shri Anand Geete, Hon’ble Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. In that letter, BSNLEU had sought the intervention of the Hon’ble Minister, for issuing an instruction to the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), for giving exemption to BSNL, from the “Affordability Clause” of the 3rd PRC. The Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, has replied to BSNLEU, stating that the recommendations of the 3rd PRC are under the consideration of the government.<<view letter>> 

 

[19.07.2017]Staff Welfare Board of Andhra Pradesh is bifurcated.    

The erstwhile Andhra Pradesh circle has been bifurcated into two circles, viz., Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The two circles have started functioning in a full-fledged manner from April 2017. However, the Staff Welfare Board is not bifurcated. BSNLEU is has written to the Corporate Management, demanding bifurcation of the Board. The Corporate Office has now issued letter, for the bifurcation of the Board w.e.f. 01.04.2018.<<view letter>> 

 

[19.07.2017]Corporate Office letter on implementation of revised minimum wages – Circle / District secretaries are requested to utilise this letter for the implementation of revised minimum wages.

The Ministry of Labour and Employment has already issued Gazette notification on 19.01.2017, revising the minimum wages. Corporate Office also has issued letter on 30.06.2017, directing the circles to implement the minimum wages. In some circles the revision of minimum wages has taken place. Whereas, the same is not implemented in the majority of the circles. Now, the Corporate Office has issued a letter to all the CGMs, directing them to send a compliance certificate, with regards to the implementation of the revised minimum wages. In whichever circle the revised minimum wages are not implemented, the circle / district secretaries are requested to make an intervention utilising this Corporate Office letter, for implementation of the revised minimum wages.<<view letter>>

 

[19.07.2017]Dy.GS addressed an instant general body meeting of BSNL Employees at Faizabad. 

After attending the Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of Uttarakhand, com Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS was on his way to Lucknow by train to attend the Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of UP (East) circle to be held on 19th July. On the way, the Dy.GS was requested by the employees of Faizabad to address a meeting. This instantly organised meeting was held in the GMTD office, which was presided over by com. Ramchet Yadav, District President, BSNLEU. In his hour long speech com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS explained all issues related to the 3rd PRC, and appealed to the employees to participate the strike on 27th July irrespective of union and association affiliations. Coms Tilak raj Tiwari, DS,BSNLEU, S.S.Pandit, AGM,Shiv Sahay Singh DS, AIBDPA and leaders from different unions and associations were on dias. All employees declared that the strike on 27th July will be total.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[18.07.2017]Unprecedented enthusiasm generated in the Bihar Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting, foretells that the One Day Strike will be a great success.

The Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of Bihar, held in the UPTRC Hall, Patna, today, witnessed an unprecedented enthusiasm among the participants. Apart from branch secretaries, a good number of active workers also attended the meeting, from each and every district of Bihar circle. Com.M.K.Singh, CP, presided over the meeting. Com.B.P.Singh, CS, welcomed everyone and outlined the purpose of holding such an Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting, explained about all the issues connected with the wage revision, and called upon the employees of Bihar circle to make the One Day Strike an unprecedented success. Com.Ratish Kumar, CS, SNEA and com. Wasi Ahmed, AGS, AIGETOA both made inspiring speeches and roused the audience. Com. Sunithi Choudhary, Organising Secretary(CHQ), BSNLEU, com. Ranjan Kumar, CP, SNEA and com. N.K.Srivastava, CS, AIBDPA  also addressed the meeting. In short, today's meeting has generated a huge enthusiasm among the employees to make the strike a success.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[18.07.2017]West Bengal Circle Extended Executive Committee meeting resolves to make the One Day Strike a historic success.

The two day extended circle EC meeting of West Bengal circle union was held on 16th & 17th July, 2017 at Durgapur. About 100 delegates (Circle office bearers, District secretaries and Branch secretaries) attended. The meeting started with the hoisting of the Union Red flag by Circle president Com. Nazes Nouroz. Com. Dhananjoy Ganguly, Veteran Leader of Telecom movement, inaugurated the meeting. Com. Siunil Garai, District Secretary, Durgapur welcomed the delegates. Com. Santosh Deb Roy, Local MLA greeted the the meeting. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary addressed the meeting, placed a report on activities of the last six months after the circle conference, and on the tasks before us. Com. Saibal Sengupta, AGS, attended the meeting and spoke on the issues. He appreciated the preparation and determination of the delegates to make the one day strike on 27th July, 2017 a total success. Com. Pijush Chakraborty, Circle Secretary, AIBDPA, WB Circle, also greeted the meeting. Totally, 50 delegates and 4 Circle office bearers participated in the deliberations. The meeting unanimously decided with determination to make the one day strike on 27th July, 2017 a grand success under any circumstance.<<views of the meeting>> 

 

[17.07.2017]CHQ circular no.5 dated 17th July, 2017.<<<view circular>>

 

[17.07.2017]Extended CEC meeting of Assam Circle held at Guwahati.

Assam, the traditional strong hold of BSNLEU, conducted it's strike preparatory Extended CEC meeting at Guwahati on 15-07-2017. The programme got kick-started with the hoisting of Union's Red Flag and paying of floral tributes at the martyr's column. 150 comrades, including circle EC members, branch secretaries and active functionaries participated in the meeting. Com. Bijoy Deka CS, welcomed all and gave the introductory speech. Com.Gakul Borah, Treasurer, CHQ, spoke at length and explained about the recommendations of the 3rd PRC as well as the attitude of the government towards the Public Sector. He called on the employees to make the One Day Strike a resounding success in Assam, to win over wage revision, pension revision, superannuation benefits and to safeguard the trade union rights in BSNL. Com M. R.Das, VP, CHQ, AIBDPA, addressed and explained about the glorious tradition of Assam, as far as struggles are concerned. Detailed discussion took place and the road map for making the One Day Strike a total success was drawn.<<views of the meeting>> 

 

[17.07.2017]Spectacular joint convention of AP Circle - enthusiastic delegates resolve to make the One Day Strike a total success.

The Unions & Associations of AP Circle conducted a joint convention on 16.7.2017 at Makineni Basavapunnaiah Vignana Kendram, Vijayawada. Com L.Rameshbabu ACS BSNLEU invited the speakers to the dais. The convention was presided over by Com Chandrasekhar AGS, SNEA. 250 delegates attended from all the SSAs in the Circle. Com Ch.Venkateswarlu CS FNTO, Com J.Umamaheswara Rao CS SNEA, Com D.Venugopal CS AIGETOA, Com KSC Bose CS AIBDPA addressed the convention explaining the necessity for the one day strike on 27.7.2017 on wage revision. Com P.Asokababu Vice President (CHQ) & Convener of the Circle Forum of the BSNL Unions & Associations spoke in detail explaining the demands, the attitude and policies of the Government and the necessity for all non-executives & executives in BSNL to participate in the strike on 27.7.2017 on wage revision and the necessity to further intensify the struggle. The convention has resolved unanimously to make the strike a grand success.<<views of the meeting>> 

 

[17.07.2017]A mighty show of unity and strength by the Unions and Associations of MP circle.

A massively attended Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Madhya Pradesh was held on 15.07.2017 at Com. S.R Nayak Hall, Community Centre Bhopal. The meeting was presided over by Com. B.S Raghuwanshi, Circle President.  Apart from the Circle Executive Committee members and Branch Secretaries, a large number of active members of all the unions and associations also attended the meeting.Com. Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU, explained in detail the strike issues including wage revision, pension revision, superannuation benefits and withdrawal of corporate office letter, banning trade union activities. He called upon the workers to make the strike a grand success. Com. Badal Saroj, Vice President, CITU, MP, threw light on the prevailing political, social and economic situation of the country. He wished the strike a grand success and extended full support to the strike.  The meeting was also addressed by com. Jagdish Singh, Vice President, BSNLEU (CHQ), com. Prakash Sharma, CS, BSNLEU, MP Circle, com. S.Dutta Mazumdar, CS, SNEA, com. Sonkusare, CS, AIGETOA, com. Alok Namdeo, as CS, SNATTA, com. S.C Shrivastav, President, AIBDPA,MP, com. H.S Thakur, Circle President, AIBDPA, com. Aga khan, CS, FNTO, MP. Com. Meena Choradia, All India BSNL Working Women’s Coordination Committee member also addressed the meeting. The speakers assured total strike in Madhya Pradesh Circle. The meeting concluded with thunderous slogans.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[17.07.2017]The militant Kolkata Telephones Circle decides to massively campaign among the employees, through posters, leaflets, flex banners, mass meetings, group meetings, man to man campaign, etc., to make the One Day Strike a total success.

The militant Kolkata Telephones Circle organised an Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting on 14th July 2017.  Com. Sisir Roy presided over the meeting, which was held in the Subarna Banik Samaj auditorium. Office bearers and activists of the Circle, District and Division level, participated in the meeting in large numbers. Com. Saibal Sengupta, Circle Secretary, initiated the discussion on the One Day Strike to be held on 27-07-2017. Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President, CHQ  spoke in detail, and explained the issues related to Wage Revision, Pension Revision, Superannuation Benefits and attacks on trade union rights in BSNL. He declared that workers will make the 27th July strike a historic success. Com. Soumen Ghosh, Assistant Circle Secretary SNEA explained the need for raising strong protest by the workers and expressed the total support from SNEA for the strike. Decisions were taken to massively campaign among the workers through posters, leaflets, flex banners, mass meetings, group meetings, man to man campaign, etc., to make the One Day Strike a total success.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[17.07.2017]Uttarakhand circle gears up to make the One Day Strike a grand success.

To gear up the preparations to make the One Day Strike successful, the extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of the BSNL Employees Union held on 16th July, 2017 at Dehradun. The meeting was presided over by com G.P.Kala, Circle President, BSNLEU, Uttarakhand. At first com K.S.Soun, Circle Secretary, submitted the draft activities report. Addressing the meeting, com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, explained in detail about the entire developments connected with the 3rd PRC issue. The meeting was also addressed by com. P.B. Dhobal, veteran leader and patron of BSNLEU, Uttarakhand, com Sitaram, CS, FNTO, com. Kailash Sonkar, Circle President, FNTO, com. P.B.Kothari, BSNLEU, com. P.S.Bist, BSNLEU and others. The meeting decided to mobilise entire employees to participate in the strike on 27th July, 2017 in Uttarakhand and to make it a cent percent success. It was also decided to approach all unions and associations of BSNL in Uttarakhand to build unity for further struggles to get the PRC with 15% fitment benefit settled with out any pre-conditions. Although it was Sunday and was raining torrentially, 100 delegates attended the meeting enthusiastically.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[15.07.2017]Tamil Nadu Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting generates huge enthusiasm for the success of the One Day Strike.

Tamil Nadu circle union conducted a very impressive Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting, at Tirunelveli today. The Tirunelveli District Union had made wonderful arrangements for the meeting. A large number of Branch Secretaries of BSNLEU enthusiastically participated in this meeting, from the various districts of Tamil Nadu. The Union Red Flag was hoisted by the General Secretary, amidst thunderous slogans. Com.Soosai Maria Anthony, District Secretary, Tirunelveli & General Secretary, Reception Committee welcomed everyone. Com. Babu Radhakrishnan, CS, introduced the Note for discussion. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, addressed the meeting and spoke at length, explaining the various aspects connected with the wage revision issue. The meeting was also addressed by com.R.Rajasekar, CS, SNEA, com. Vinod Krishna, Circle Organising Secretary, AIGETOA and com. Vinod Kumar, CS, TNTCWU. The meeting has generated huge enthusiasm among the participants. They have pledged to relentlessly work for the success of the strike.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[14.07.2017]Gist of today's Sports and Cultural Board meeting. 

BSNL Sports and Cultural Board meeting was held today. CMD BSNL presided over. Com.John Verghese, BSNLEU representative, participated. Decisions of the meeting are as under:-  

 

Recruitments under sports quota (ratio of men and women 60: 40) will be put on fast track. Recruitment will be done for National meets. Promotion and increment pending will be processed on fast track. All India event total 8. In AIBSNL tournament, rates of breakfast and lunch revised to 75 and Rs.125. Kit money enhanced to AIBSNL meet Rs.3,000/- and for PSU Rs.4,000/. Honorarium for circle treasurer increased to Rs.4,000/-. Corporate sports fund increased to 2.5 Crs. Refreshment allowance increased to Rs.300/-.

 

[14.07.2017]Start preparations for the One Day Strike in right earnest.

The unions and associations have successfully organised the dharna on 20th June and the hunger strike on 13th July. Now, the next phase of the struggle is One Day Strike on 27th July. The massive support being given by the employees for the agitational programme of the unions and associations is heartening. It shows that the decision to go on strike is fully justified. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to immediately gear up the preparations for the One Day Strike on 27th July. Conduct meetings in all offices, exchanges and work places. Meet each and every employee, irrespective of their union/association affiliation, and convince them to join the strike. Take all out efforts to make the Strike a historic success. 

 

[14.07.2017]Hunger strike a grand success - CHQ congratulates all the comrades.

The hunger strike, called on by the unions and associations, was observed with overwhelming enthusiasm yesterday. The photos received by the CHQ show that, the call has received massive support from the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL. Even in remote, as well as small stations, employees have participated in good numbers. The success of the hunger strike indicates that the employees will make the One Day Strike a historic success. CHQ heartily congratulates the leaders of the unions and associations for successfully organising the programme.

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[14.07.2017]Views of the hunger strike held at Tamil Nadu circle on 13.07.2017-<<click here>>

[14.07.2017]Corporate Office letter on direct recruitment in the post of Junior Telecom Officer (JTO) in BSNL from open market through valid GATE Score-2017. <<<click here>>>

[14.07.2017]Corporate Office endorsed the orders of DoT on bearing on Pension and Pensionary benefits.<<<view letter>>>

[13.07.2017]FNTO decides to join the One Day Strike on 27-07-2017.

The One Day Strike to be held on 27-07-2017, demanding wage revision and other issues, has received a boost. FNTO, in it's Central Executive Committee meeting, held at Patna on 7th & 8th July,2017, has firmly decided to join the One Day Strike. BSNLEU heartily congratulates FNTO leadership for taking this right decision. BSNLEU will have close coordination with FNTO in the days to come, for settling the issues of the employees. 

 

[13.07.2017]Unions and associations have demanded a meeting with the Directors of BSNL Board.

The unions and associations of BSNL, have written to the Management, demanding a meeting with the Directors of BSNL Board. This letter is written to seek the intervention of the Board of Directors, in the matter of arbitrary and whimsical attacks being made on the rights of the employees to go on even peaceful agitational programme.<<<view letter>>>

 

[13.07.2017]Massive hunger strike conducted in Corporate Office - Leaders resolve to massively organise the one day strike on 27-07-2017.

A massive hunger strike was organised at BSNL Corporate Office today, as per the decision of the unions and associations. A large number of employees participated in the programme. Com.K.Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO, presided over this hunger strike, which was held in the Eastern Court. It was addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, BSNLEU, Com.G.L.Jogi, Chairman, SNEA,  com. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, com.Lakshman Banoth, President, AIGETOA and com. S.D.Sharma, GS, ATM. In his speech, com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, elaborately spoke on the recommendations of the 3rd PRC, the conclusion of the Committee of Secretaries, need for more united and intensified struggles to achieve wage revision, attacks being launched the NDA government to demolish the Public Sector, need to unitedly fight to protect BSNL, etc.  The participants of the meeting expressed their strong resolve to make the one day strike 27-07-2017, a massive success. Com.Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, came to the hunger strike pandal and greeted the agitation.

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[13.07.2017]Hunger Strike, demanding settlement of wage revision and other issues started.

As per the call of the unions and associations of BSNL, hunger strike has started throughout the country in the right earnest. News is pouring in from various parts of the country that, the Non-Executives and Executives are participating in today's hunger strike with great enthusiasm. At New Delhi, the hunger strike started at the Eastern Court of the Corporate Office. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU,  com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com. K Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO, com. Lakshman Banoth, President, AIGETOA, com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS and com.S.D.Sharma,GS, ATM, are leading the hunger strike.

 

 

[13.07.2017]Extended circle executive meeting at Odisha Circle Bhubaneswar

Odisha circle union conducted a very enthusiastic Extended Circle Executive Committee Meeting on 12th July 2017 at old CGM building conference hall Bhubaneswar. Apart from the circle & district level leader's, a large number of Branch secretaries participated. Com S C Bhattacharjee circle president presided over the meeting. Com S R Das Circle Secretary Odisha welcomed everyone & briefly addressed. Com Animesh Mitra All India vice-president addressed the meeting in his speech he elaborately explained the demands of strike. Meeting was also addressed by Com B C Biswal Circle Secretary SNEA, Com. P K Mohanty Circle President AIGETOA, Com RK Gahan C.S FNTO & Com N. Moharana CS BSNLMS.<<views of the meeting>> 

[12.07.2017]UP(West) circle union conducted a rousing Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting at Meerut.
UP(West) circle union conducted a rousing Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting at Meerut today. Apart from circle and district level leaders, a large number of branch secretaries enthusiastically participated. Com.Ansar Ali, circle president, presided over the meeting. Com. Upendar Singh Teotia, CS, UP(West) circle, welcomed every one and briefly addressed. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting. In his speech, the GS explained about the demands, report of the 3rd PRC and the need to go on strike. The participants gave a rousing applause to the decision to go on strike, on the wage revision issue. Meeting was also addressed by com.R.P.Sharma, CS,SNEA and com. Farooqi, circle president, AIGETOA.<<views of the meeting>> 

[12.07.2017]Extended CEC meeting of BSNLEU NE-II Circle resolves to make the strike successful.

Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, NE-II Circle, was held yesterday under the presidentship of com. Prodip Deb. The meeting started with the hoisting of union flag. Floral tributes were offered to the martyrs. The welcome address was delivered by com. R.K. Das, DS, Nagaland SSA. Com Gakul Borah, Treasurer(CHQ), elaborately explained the issue of 3rd PRC and called upon the employees to make the One Day Strike on 27.07.2017, a 100% success. The other speakers were com. Sukhai Sema, AIBSNLEA, com. P.R. Kuma, DS, NFTE, com. K. Saheb Singh, CS, NE-II Circle. In spite of heavy rain and disruption of transport facilities, most of the branches including three district secretaries were present and participated in the deliberations. The meeting ended after the presidential speech by com. Pradip Deb and vote of thanks by com. N.A. Ahamaed, Br. Secy. External, Dimapur.<<views of the meeting>>