Day Strike of the Non-Executives
settlement of the genuine and long pending demands
of the Non-Executives.
and District Secretaries are requested to organise
the strike effectively by arranging meetings and
co-ordination with other constituents of the JAC is
very essential. Being the Major Recognised
Representative Union, the Circle and District
Secretaries of BSNLEU have major responsibility on
each and every employee at the grass-root level is a
must for the 100% success of the strike.
President flies in economy class. BSNL’s top officers fly
in business class.
Joko Widodo, the newly
elected Indonesian President, surprised every one
yesterday, when he travelled in an economy class flight to
Singapore. The President said that he did not prefer to
fly in his official VIP jet, since he was going to
Singapore on a family visit. We just compare Joko Widodo
to the top officers of BSNL. Our officers fly in only in
business class and stay only in star hotels. But, when the
employees demand settlement of their very genuine
problems, they say Company is running in loss. It is
highly hypocritical that our top officers are reminded of
Company's financial position, only when the employees
demand settlement of their genuine grievances. They don't
remember it when they travel in business class or stay in
of accommodation in K.G. Bose Bhawan at New Delhi.
Accommodation is being
provided to our comrades in K.G. Bose Bhawan at New Delhi.
The demand for providing accommodation is increasing fast.
While decision is already taken to arrange more number of
rooms, we have also to consider the request of maximum
number of comrades. It is observed that at present
requests being received for providing accommodation up to
10 days at a stretch. In view of the limited number of
rooms available, it is informed that accommodation can be
provided for three days only. Extension for more number of
days will be done based on availability of vacant rooms.
This will help us to provide accommodation to maximum
number of comrades. Circle and District Secretaries are
requested to keep this in mind, while forwarding requests
to the CHQ.
four more days left for the strike. Put in maximum efforts
and make the strike a resounding success.
Dear comrades, only four
more days are left for the one day strike. CHQ requests
all the circle and district secretaries, as well as the
active comrades to put in maximum efforts to make each and
every employee to participate in the strike. For the first
time after formation of BSNL, all the major unions and
associations are going on strike for the settlement of the
burning problems of the Non-Executives. Hence, make the
strike 100% success. The Management should understand that
they cannot continue to ill-treat the Non-Executive
employees any more.
seeks the intervention of the Hon’ble Minister of Labour,
Govt. of India.
BSNLEU has written to the
Hon’ble Minister of Labour, Govt. of India, inviting his
attention to the road blocks being created by the BSNL
Management, for the peaceful settlement of the burning
problems of the Non-Executives, across the negotiating
once again writes to the Management, demanding grace
marks/relaxation for the candidates who appeared JTO LICE
of the Hon’ble CAT, Chandigarh, on revaluation in
hour demonstrations and gate meetings conducted
successfully throughout the country.
As per the call of the
JAC, Lunch hour demonstrations and Gate meetings have
taken place very successfully throughout the country.
Leaders have explained in detail about the justified
demands of the Non-Executives to the employees as well as
about the negative and unhelpful attitude of the
Management. CHQ requests all the circle and district
secretaries to gear up the preparations and make the
strike a historic success.
conducts successful March to Sanchar Bhawan.
All India BSNL and DoT
Pensioners Association (AIBDPA) conducted a very
successful March to the Sanchar Bhawan yesterday the
20.11.2014, demanding early settlement of pension revision
based on 78.2% IDA merger, as well as other justified
demands of the retirees. More than 1000 pensioners
participated in the rally and raised slogans, pressing
settlement of the issues. The March was addressed by com.
S.K. Vyas, Secretary General of BCPC and NCCPA, com.
V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor, AIBDPA, com. K.G. Jayaraj,
General Secretary, AIBDPA and com. Balbir Singh,
President, BSNLEU. CHQ heartily congratulates AIBDPA for
conducting the successful March to Sanchar Bhawan.
decides not to participate in today’s talks with
An emergency meeting of
the JAC was held at New Delhi today. Com. Chandeswar
Singh, President, presided over the meeting. Com. P.
Abhimanyu, Convener welcomed every one and explained the
purpose of the meeting. The invitation letter of the
Management, inviting only the Recognised Unions for the
talks to be held today the 21.11.2014, to discuss the
strike demands, was placed before the house. The meeting
unanimously decided not to participate in the talks.
Further it is also decided to take all out efforts to make
the strike a historic success.
writes to the CMD BSNL, demanding to hold talks with the
JAC, on the demands contained in the strike notice.<<view
Office letter on four hours daily off to sportspersons
selected to represent BSNL.<<click
Office letter on 10th meeting of BSNL Sports &
of the Management, inviting for talks, on the demands
contained in the charter of demands for the strike notice.
Letter of the Management,
inviting both the Recognised Unions, to discuss the
charter of demands contained in the strike notice for the
One Day strike is received. But, once again the Management
has mischievously invited only the two Recognised Union,
whereas the strike notice was served by the JAC. It is
also mentioned that, as per Rules, Management will hold
discussion only with the Recognised Unions. This is a
clear-cut attempt of the Management to break the unity of
the Non-Executives. Whether to participate in the talks or
not, will be decided after consulting the constituents of
for indefinite Strike from 3rd February, 2015
by BSNL Executives and Non-Executives.<<view
for indefinite strike served on CMD BSNL.
The Forum of BSNL Unions
and Associations have already taken decision to go on
indefinite strike w.e.f. 03.02.2015, demanding action by
the government, as well as by the BSNL Management, for the
revival of BSNL. The notice for the indefinite strike was
served on the CMD BSNL today the 19.11.2014.
circle conference started at Udaipur.<<click
Circular No.1 - Hindi.<<click
writes to the Hon'ble Home Minister, Govt. of India, on
extending relaxed standards to the SC/ST employees, who
appeared in promotional exams from 22.07.1997 to
08.09.2000, or whose results were declared during this
invites the JAC for talks.
BSNL Management has
proposed to hold talks with the JAC, on the demands
contained in the charter of demands for the one day
strike, that is to take place on 27-11-2014. The talks are
expected to take place at 1500 hrs on 21-11-2014, for
which notice is likely to be issued today.
of the JAC meeting held at New Delhi on 18-11-2014.
A meeting of the National
level JAC was held at New Delhi today the 18-11-2014. The
meeting was presided over by Com . Chandeswar Singh,
President of the JAC. Com.P.Abhimanyu, Convener, JAC,
welcomed every one and briefed the house regarding the
preparations done so far to conduct the strike
effectively. The meeting reviewed the preparations being
made in various circles in this regard. After detailed
discussions, the following decisions are taken
1) Reports received
from various circles are very encouraging and show that
preparations are going on very seriously in all circles.
JAC requests that the remaining days should also be
utilised to make the strike 100% successful.
2) The lunch
hour demonstrations and gate meetings, to be held
on 20-11-2014, should be organised massively, since it
will help to make the strike successful.
3) It was decided
that the strike shall be a stay - out strike, and it will
take place from 0000 hrs to 0000 hrs on 27-11-2014.
demonstrations should take place in front of all the
offices on the day of the strike, ie., on 27-11-2014. This
will take the message to the people about our strike.
5) It is decided
that the JAC should give appeal to all the associations of
the Executives, requesting them to extend cooperation and
solidarity. This appeal should be given at the All India,
Circle and District levels.
Office letter on modification sought in transfer policy.<<click
writes to GM (Rectt.) on
switching over to online exam.<<view
to all CGM's from Shri Anupam Shrivastava, Director
(Consumer Mobility), BSNL.<<view
recovery: Corporates are disappointed.
corporates and their media
were painting a rosy picture before the Parliament
elections, that the country’s economy will be revived if
Narendra Modi becomes Prime Minister. But the Economic
Times, the mouth piece of the corporates, has published a
news today the 17.11.2014, that the initial euphoria, that
arose after Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister in
May, has started to fade away. The ET has given an example
that the sale of passenger vehicle this year will be 2
lakh lesser than the vehicles sold in 2012. This is
happening despite the steep fall in the fuel price.
Narendra Modi is also following the same Neo Liberal
Policies followed by the Congress, and soon it is going to
be proved that he has no solution for the economic
problems of the country.
not close down loss making / sick PSUs.
It is reliably learnt
that the Narendra Modi government has taken steps for the
closure of PSUs like Hindustan Photo Films, HMT Watches,
Hindustan Cables, Thungabatra Steel, etc. These closure is
being done under the pretext that these PSUs have become
sick. It is also reported that the govt. has planned to
close down another 15 loss making PSUs in the next round.
We know how the profit making BSNL was converted into a
loss making PSU. Thus, PSUs become loss making or sick
only because of the anti-PSU policies of the government.
Hence, the govt. should take appropriate steps to revive
the loss making/sick PSUs, instead of closing them down.
circle and district level JACs tomorrow.
The National JAC, which
met on 13.11.2014 at New Delhi, has directed that all
circle and district level JACs should meet on 18.11.2014,
for the purpose of effectively organising the one day
strike that is to take place on 27.11.2014. Hence, CHQ
requests all the circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU
to ensure that the JAC meetings are conducted in all
circles and districts.
Office letter on purchase of diaries.<<click
membership particulars expeditiously to the CHQ.
CHQ has already requested
the circle unions, to provide with district wise
membership of BSNLEU, as well as all of other unions and
associations. Some circles have sent the requisite
particulars. But the details have not come from most of
the circles. Hence, CHQ requests the remaining circle
secretaries also to immediately send the membership
details to the CHQ.
may provide BSNL with Rs.11,000 crore loan, for merger
The huge amount of loan
that MTNL is having, is one of the reasons why the unions
and associations in BSNL are opposing the proposed merger
of BSNL and MTNL. Rs.14,600 crore is said to be MTNL's
debt. A report that has come in the media says that the
government is proposing to give a soft loan to the tune of
Rs.11,000 crore to BSNL, to overcome this problem. Even if
this report is correct, why BSNL should take over the
burden of such a huge loan? Is this not tantamounts to
transferring MTNL's loan burden to BSNL? Further, why BSNL
should be burdened with the repayment of this loan and
waves sharing and trading.
In the name of scarcity
of spectrum, spectrum sharing has become one agenda to DoT.
The private telcos are now very much eager for their cost
minimisation with an ulterior motive to make more profit.
As such, now question has been raised about non
availability of sufficient spectrum which causes low Broad
band speed. One presentation from DoT reveals that Govt.
is thinking about consolidation of telecom players which
is one step towards felicitating sufficient spectrum to
the private operators. The usual practice of giving
benefit to the private telcos has become more predominant
in the reign of the present BJP Govt.
decides to conduct massive campaign among employees and
among the public, to make the indefinite strike
already decided to go on an indefinite strike from
03.02.2015, demanding actions for the revival of BSNL.
A meeting of the Forum took place at New Delhi yesterday
the 13.11.2014 and chalked out campaign programme for
effectively organising the indefinite strike. The meeting
also decided to conduct a massive campaign among the
public, and also to collect lakhs of signatures from them,
in favour of revival of BSNL. The programme is as
2014 - Demands Day.
11th to 20th
December, 2014 - Campaign among public & collection
2014 - March to Parliament.
6th to 8th,
January, 2015 - Dharna.
pays it's richest tributes to Jawaharlal Nehru on his 125th
Today is the 125th
birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, the architect of
modern India. Nehru was a great secularist and played a
major role in making India a Secular and Democratic
Republic. His vision has helped India to maintain it's
unity in diversity till today. In contrast, Pakistan chose
to identify itself with a particular relegion, and became
an Islamic country. But relegion could not keep that
country united. Within 25 years, it got devided and
Bangladesh was born. Nehru also gave birth to the Indian
Public Sector. He envisioned that the Public Sector is the
foundation for India’s self - reliance and economic
independence. Today, both his concepts of secularism and
Public Sector are under attack. RSS, which is the mother
organisation of the ruling BJP, has openly declared that
India is the country of the Hindus. The Narendra Modi
government, in persuance of the Neo-Liberal Economic
Policies, is determined to kill the Public Sector. While
paying our richest tributes to Jawaharl Nehru on his 125th
birth anniversary, let us resolve to defend secularism and
the Public Sector.
do the children go missing?
It is Children's Day
today. This day is being celebrated on 14th November every
year, which is also the birth anniversary of Jawaharl
Nehru. Let us see how children are being taken care in
this country. A shocking news has come in today's
newspapers that 12,591 children have gone missing in the
states of Bihar, Assam, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh,
since 2011. Mind it, this figure relates only to four
states. Then, one can imagine what will be the number of
children who had gone missing from the remaining states.
It is also true that in a good number of cases the police
just don't care to register FIR. Recently, the Supreme
Court summoned the Chief Secretary and the DGP of police
of Bihar, and pulled them up for refusal of filing FIRs in
Bihar, on missing children. From this, we can easily come
to the conclusion that the number of missing children is
abominably higher than the official figure. Now, where do
these missing children actually go? On their own, these
children do not go missing. The spine chilling fact is
that, they are being kidnapped by criminal gangs and are
being forced in to activities like prostitution, begging,
drug trafficking, etc. Mafia gangs, having pan Indian
networks, are involved in these horrifying crimes. It is
sickening to note that the government machinery has
totally and miserably failed all these years, in
curtailing these mafia and to provide safety to children.
Board meeting to be held on 10.12.2014.
BSNLEU has long been
demanding that the meeting of the Sports Board should be
held without further delay. Management has now decided
that the meeting would take place on 10.12.2014.
Circular No.1 - Make the One Day Strike on 27.11.2014 a
writes to CMD BSNL on
non-payment of pension commutation
amount as well as DCRG amount to the retirees in Varanasi
demands Rs.200 SIM card to the employees working in MTNL
BSNLEU is insisting that
the Rs.200/- SIM card facility should be extended to the
BSNL employees posted in MTNL areas also. Similarly, the
Union is demanding that calls should also be permitted to
other networks. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri A.K.
Singhal, GM (Admn.), yesterday the 12.11.2014 and had
detailed discussion. The GM (Admn.) has assured to do the
with the GM (Estt.) in BSNL CO.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri R.K. Goyal, yesterday the
12.11.2014 and discussed the following issues.
Wage loss of the employees appointed on or after
The GM (Estt.) told that the proposal for one additional
increment has been approved by the Management Committee.
(In the National Council meeting held on 25.09.2014, the
Staff Side has categorically told that one increment is
not enough and that they would continue to press for 30%
CGA cases of Andhra Pradesh circle.
The General Secretary insisted that Group ‘C’ appointment
should be given to the candidates who had already acquired
graduation. The GM (Estt.) assured that the issue would be
discussed with the CMD.
Settlement of victimisations in Varanasi.
The GM (Estt.) replied that the issue is already taken up
with CGM, UP (East) and assured to settle soon.
Declaration of JTO LICE results in Gujarat circle.
CHQ has already demanded that the JTO LICE results,
withheld in Gujarat circle due to reason connected with
educational qualification, should be released. The GM (Estt.)
replied that the issue is already taken up with the CGM,
meeting has decided to intensify the mobilisation for the
One Day Strike on 27.11.2014.
A meeting of the JAC was held today the 13.11.2014 at New
Delhi. Com. Islam Ahmed presided. Com. P. Abhimanyu,
Convener welcomed all and briefed on the preparations made
so far. The following decisions are taken.
The circle and district JACs should take every possible
step to completely mobilise the Non-Executives in the
With a view to make the planning effective, the JAC calls
upon that all the circle and district JACs throughout the
country shall hold their meetings on 18.11.2014 and shall
discuss about the manners in which effective mobilisation
is to be made, to make the strike a total success. The JAC
also calls upon the conveners of the circle and district
JACs to ensure the participation of the entire
constituents of the JACs, especially smaller organisations.
Massive lunch-hour demonstrations, as well as gate
meetings are to be organised throughout the country on
20.11.2014, to gear up the mobilisation for the strike.
All circle and district secretaries are
requested to fully implement the decision.
settlement of 30 point charter of demands.<<click
Casual / Contract Labours.<<click
Filling up of top Posts
Revision of Labour Laws.<<click
wage revision and merger of DA.<<click
strike from 3.2.2015 for saving BSNL.<<click
participate in the National Protest Day programme
on 5th December, 2014 called by Central Trade Unions.<<click
Office letter on method
of pay fixation in IDA pay scale in respect of absorbed
officials of BSNL.<<view
Office letter to all CGMs on formation of Works Committees
at SSA level.<<view
of JTO LICE results in Tamil Nadu circle.
Results of the JTO LICE exam, conducted last year, has so
far not been declared in Tamil Nadu Circle due to court
case. There is a strong feeling among the affected
employees that the Management has let them down. BSNLEU
has discussed this issue a number of times with the
concerned authorities in the Corporate Office. Again this
issue was discussed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, with shri
R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.), yesterday the 12.11.2014. The
General Secretary expressed his unhappiness strongly in
this regard. The GM (Estt.) gave the following briefing on
the action taken.
(i) Corporate Office
has already instructed the GM (Admn.) in the CGM Office,
Tamil Nadu circle to file the necessary miscellaneous
petition in the Court to expedite the settlement.
(ii) The Corporate
Office has also instructed the GM (Admn.), Tamil Nadu to
engage additional counsels, for effectively arguing the
BSNLEU assures that it will persue the case further with
Committees: What required is action and not letters alone.
Forum and BSNLEU are
continuously focusing that the Works Committees remain
only on paper. It is functioning only in a few places.
Perhaps, the SSA level Management does not want to conduct
the meetings of the Works Committees, due to the fear that
they may be faced with embarrassing questions connected
with the failing quality of services. This issue was
effectively focused once again in the seminar conducted on
08.11.2014, in the All India Conference of BSNLEU, which
was attended by two Directors of the BSNL Board. May be
due to this, Corporate Office has issued one more “run of
the mill” letter on 11.11.2014, to all the CGMs. What
required is action and not only letters.
the newly elected office bearers of BSNL Employees Union
to the BSNL Management.<<view
writes to CMD BSNL, demanding immediate re-engagement of
the four contract workers vindictively disengaged in Bidar
SSA, Karnataka Circle.<<view
note given by the Recruitment Branch of the Corporate
Copy of the ‘consultation
note’ provided by the Management, in the all union meeting
held on 11.11.2014, to discuss the issue of switching over
to “ON LINE” exams in BSNL. Circle Secretaries and CHQ
office-bearers are requested to convey their views to the
on Telegraph Services
BSNLEU and the Forum of
BSNL Unions / Associations had strongly opposed the
closure of Telegraph Services, but BSNL Management did not
agree and closed the same on 15th July, 2013. The Forum
later asked the Management vide it’s letter dated
02.05.2014 to establish a “Museum on Telegraph Services”
with a brief history of Telegraph Services as also the
various equipments used during its existence.
Now the BSNL Corporate
Office vide letter No.11-2/2014/T-I dated 29.10.2014 has
intimated that such a “Museum on Telegraph Services” has
been set up in Kolkata (West Bengal Circle). We express
our appreciation for accepting our request and opening the
Evidence against Kumar Mangalam Birla and P.C. Parakh,
former Coal Secretary.
Court appointed Special public Prosecutor R.S. Cheema, has
told the CBI special court, that these is prima facie
evidence to proceed against industrialist Kumar Mangalam
Birla and former Coal Secretary P.C. Parakh, in coal block
allocation scam. It may be recollected that, the CBI filed
FIR, against Kumar Mangalam Birla and P.C. Parakh in
October last year. Immediately, all the corporates of
India and their media cried foul. They certified that
Kumar Mangalam Birla was a clean-handed person. Similarly,
the former CAG Vinod Rai certified that P.C. Parakh was a
man of integrity. Later on, the CBI closed down those FIRs.
But now, the Supreme court appointed Special Public
Prosecutor, as well as the Lawyers representing the CBI,
have said that there are enough evidence to proceed
against both these persons.
on holding online exams.
Management has proposed
to hold all Departmental exams, as well as exams for
direct recruitments, through online hereafter. A
consultation with unions and associations was conducted
today by the GM (Recruitment), BSNL CO. Com. P. Abhimanyu,
GS, represented BSNLEU in the meeting. He strongly opposed
the proposal of the management to hold online exams for
Telecom Mechanic LDCE, TTA LDCE and UDC LDCE. As regards
JTO LICE and JAO LICE, he said that the view of the Union
will be conveyed within two days. Further, Management
wanted to collect Rs.300/= as fees from the Non-
Executives for appearing online exam. They also want to
fix age limit as 50 (for OC) and 55 (for SC/ST). Both
these proposals are also strongly opposed by GS, BSNLEU.
Circle Secretaries and CHQ office-bearers are requested to
send their views immediately regarding online exams for
JTO LICE and JAO
calling the pot black.
Massive scams took place
during the rule of the UPA, like the 2G, Coal Gate etc.
The BJP took full advantage of this scams in the
Parliamentary election campaign. The BJP said that it
would end corruption if it comes to power. Narendra Modi
even said that he would form a fast track court to punish
the guilty politicians. But those words are gone with the
election campaign, it seems. It is reported in the media
that the new minister, Shri Y.S. Chowdhury, who joined
Narendra Modi’s cabinet a few days back has defaulted
repayment of Rs.317.6 crore to the Central Bank of India.
Is this the way the BJP and Narendra Modi are going to
off to the 'Bengal
Advance equivalent to 3 months' pay, to the flood affected
employees of Kashmir.
BSNLEU has been insisting
that BSNL Management should sanction Pay Advance,
equivalent to 3 months' pay,to the flood affected
employees of Kashmir. This issue was also taken up by the
Staff Side, in the last National Council meeting.
Thereafter, repeatedly this was taken up with the CMD and
GM( Estt.). Corporate Office is issuing letter today, on
rally and massive public meeting held.
In connection with the
7th All India Conference, an impressive rally and a
massive public meeting were held on the first day of the
Conference, i.e., on 06.11.2014. The Public meeting was
held in Rani Rashmoni Avenue, Kolkata. Com. Animesh Mitra,
Joint General Secretary of the Reception Committee
welcomed everyone. The meeting was addressed by com. Tapan
Sen, General Secretary, CITU, com. Shyamal Chakraborty,
President, CITU, West Bengal State Committee, com. V.A.N.
Namboodiri, President and com. P. Abhimanyu, General
of the meeting>>
Kumar Ghosh, General Secretary, BSNLCCWF addressed the 7th
Com. Tapas Kumar Ghosh,
General Secretary, BSNL Casual and Contract Workers
Federation addressed the 7th All India Conference on the
third day. While thanking BSNLEU for the helping hand that
it is extending in taking up the issues of the casual and
contract workers, com. Tapas also requested all the circle
secretaries to ensure forming the BSNLCCWF in the
remaining circles also. Amidst big applause, he announced
the decision of the BSNLCCWF to go on One Day strike
on 27.11.2014, demanding settlement of the problems of the
casual and contract workers.
relinquished the post of President, BSNLEU.
V.A.N. Namboodiri, the chief architect of BSNLEU, who has
been holding the post of the President of the Union since
2010, relinquished it in the 7th All India Conference held
at Kolkata, paving way for a younger comrade to take over
that responsibility. Under the stewardship of
com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, BSNL has been saved from the
onslaughts of the government, like unbundling,
disinvestment, VRS, etc. Also under his able leadership,
the financial status of the BSNL employees improved many
fold, through an excellent wage revision, better
promotional avenues, etc. Throughout his trade union life,
com. V.A.N. Namboodiri has undergone immense
sacrifices, for the wellbeing of the workers. The 7th All
India Conference has elected him as the Patron of the
Union. The new team of office-bearers will carry forward
the unfinished tasks of com. V.A.N. Namboodiri.
of the All India Conference released.
The Reception Committee
released the Souvenir of the 7th All India Conference. The
Souvenir was released by com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President
and the first copy was received by Com. P. Abhimanyu,
General Secretary. The CHQ greatly appreciates the hard
work put in by the Reception Committee for its prompt
releasing of the souvenir. <<view
containing the write ups of com. Moni Bose released.
In the inaugural
session of the 7th All India Conference, a book containing
the writings of com. Moni Bose was released. The book was
brought out by the Coordination Committee of BSNL circle
Unions/Associations, West Bengal circle. It also contains
the write ups by com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and
com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, about com. Moni
Bose. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri released the book and the
first copy was received by com. Jyotsana Bose, wife of
com. Moni Bose.CHQ appreciates the efforts taken by the
massive seminar, on the revival of BSNL was held in the
All India Conference of BSNLEU on 08.11.2014. Top
Management of the Company as well as the prominent leaders
of the BSNL trade union movement participated in it. The
gathering in the seminar was so massive, that it surprised
all the guests. Shri A.N. Rai, CMD BSNL could not
participate, since he had gone to South Korea. Shri N.K.
Gupta, Director (CFA) and shri Anupam Srivastava, Director
(CM) represented the Corporate Management. Com. Animesh
Mitra, Joint General Secretary of the Reception Committee,
welcomed every one. Com. V.A. N.Namboodiri, President,
presided over and delivered the presidential address.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary delivered the key note
a dress. Thereafter, the two Directors of the BSNL Board
addressed. This was followed by the speeches of com.
Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com . Prahalad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA,
com.Seshadri, AGS, NFTE BSNL, com. Alok Nandi, Dy.GS,
FNTO, com. R.C.Pandey, GS, BTEU, com.Suresh Kumar, GS,
BSNL MS and com.R.Venkataraman, GS, TEPU. Finally,
com.Saibal Sengupta, Joint General Secretary of the
Reception Committee proposed vote of thanks. It is
everyone's opinion that this seminar, held in the 7th AIC
of BSNLEU, will greatly strengthen the ongoing efforts of
the Forum, to revive BSNL. The following are the views of
of the seminar>>
of office-bearers, elected in the All India Conference,
held at Kolkata, from 6th to 9th November, 2014.<<view
upbeat 7th All India Conference of BSNLEU concluded with a
The 7th All India
Conference of BSNL Employees Union ended yesterday the 9th
November, with a fitting finale. The delegates' session
came to an end at around 1600 hrs. Totally, 87 delegates
participated in the debate, that took place on the report
submitted by the General Secretary. In the end, com. P.
Abhimanyu delivered the summing up speech, replying
elaborately to the issues raised by the delegates.
Thereafter, the report was adopted unanimously. The
audited accounts were also adopted unanimously. A number
of resolutions were passed on various issues. The
amendments to the Union Constitution were also adopted
unanimously. Finally, unanimous election of office bearers
took place. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri is elected as the Patron
of the Union. Key office-bearers of the Union are as
follows. Com. Balbir Singh (Punjab) is the President, com.
P. Abhimanyu is the General Secretary, com Swapan
Chakraborty (NE-1 circle) is the Deputy General Secretary
and com. Saibal Sengupta (Kolkata) is the Treasurer. The
entire proceedings of the Conference has given a new tempo
to the Organisation. The entire delegates and observers
have left the Conference venue, filled with enthusiasm as
well as full hope for a bright future. More reports on the
Conference will follow.
lively women's convention conducted in the 7th All India
Conference of BSNLEU.
A lively women's
convention was conducted in the 7th All India Conference
of BSNLEU on 07.11-2014. Hundreds of women comrades
attended the convention, apart from the male delegates who
were attending the Conference. The Convention was presided
over by a 3 member presedium, consisting of com. P. Indira
(Tamil Nadu), com. Bhagyalaksmi (Kerala) and com.Banani
Chattopadyay (West Bengal). Presidential address was
delivered by all the 3 members of the Presedium. Com.
Jagmati Sangwan, General Secretary, All India Democratic
Women’s Association (AIDWA) who came to address the
Convention, was cheered and warmly welcomed by the entire
house. Com. D. Shylla (NE 2), com. Sushmita Roy (West
Bengal), com. Jothilakshmi (Kerala), com. Rathnambal
(Andaman), com. Rani Beena Prasad (Chennai), com. Sandiya
(Pune), com. Sulochana Basu (Kolkata) and com. Maya Verma
(UP-East) participated in the deliberations. Thereafter,
com.Jagmati Sangwan, GS, AIDWA, delivered a sparkling
speech, in which she elaborated the problems being faced
by the working women at home and in work places,
especially in this era of Globalisation. She severely
criticised the atrocities being heaped on women throughout
the country, especially in the state of West Bengal, and
called upon the democratic forces to fight against them.
Com. Jagmati also lambasted the communal forces for
creating the bogey of "Love Jihad", which in essence
curtails women's right, to their choice of marriage.
Finally, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the convention
and stressed the necessity to form working women's
coordination committees in all circles. He also assured to
take up the issues of the women employees, focussed in the
convention,with the Management. The Convention came to an
end with com. Monisha Biswal Kolkata), proposing the vote
Secretary's Report on Activities presented in the 7th All
The delegates session of
the 7th All India Conference started yesterday the
07-11-2014. Soon after the session started,the agenda of
the Conference was unanimously approved by the house.
Thereafter, com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, delivered his
presidential address. On completion of his address, the
President requested the General Secretary to present the
report on activities to the house. Com.P.Abhimanyu,
General Secretary, addressed the house, presenting the
salient points contained in the report. He dwelt at length
on the struggles conducted by the Union in the murder case
of com.Sukendar Pal Singh, introduction of the New
Recognition Rules, victory achieved in the 6th Membership
Verification, revival of BSNL, struggles conducted by the
United Forum on the demands of the Non-Executives,
settlement of the 78.2% IDA merger, formation of the JAC
and the calls for united struggles, circle level
conventions on Neo Liberal Policies etc., trade union
class conducted by the K.G.Bose Memorial and Educational
Trust, ITS absorption issue, management of the K.G.Bose
Memorial and Educational Trust, issues of the casual and
contract workers and strengthening of the BSNLCCWF, issues
of the pensioners and strengthening of the AIBDPA, merger
of BSNL and MTNL and the retrograde recommendations of the
Deloittee Committee. Com. K. G . Jayaraj, General
Secretary, AIBDPA, addressed the session and greeted the
Conference. He underscored the necessity for close
cooperation between BSNLEU and AIBDPA, for the settlement
of the issues of the retired employees. In the post lunch
session, the delegates started deliberating on the report
presented by the General Secretary.<<view
All India Conference of BSNLEU started in Kolkata.
The 7th All India
Conference of BSNLEU started enthusiastically in Panchvati
Holiday Resorts at Howra, Kolkata, yesterday the
06-11-2014. The Conference started with flag hoisting.
National Flag was hoisted by com. V.A.N . Namboodiri,
President. The Red Flag of BSNLEU was hoisted by Com. P.
Abhimanyu, General Secretary. Floral tributes were paid at
the martyr’s column. Revolutionary welcome songs were sung
by the cultural troupe of the Union. The Inaugural session
was presided over by com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President. A
minute's silence was observed to pay homage to the
martyrs. Com. Sisir Bhattacharji, President, Reception
Committee, welcomed every one. Amidst applause, Com. A.
K. Padmanabhan, President, CITU, inaugurated the
Conference. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Raj Bahadur Rawal,
President, Telecom Employees of Nepal (TEAN), com. M.
Krishnan, SG, Confederation, com. V. Ramesh, General
Secretary, AIIEA, and com. Saibal Sengupta, Joint
Convener, Reception Committee, addressed the Conference.
A book, containing writings on com. Moni Bose, written by
various leaders was released in the Conference. A massive
rally took place after lunch, which culminated into a
massive public meeting.<<view
meeting of BSNL Employees Union started at Kolkata.
The 7th All India
Conference of BSNLEU is starting in the Historic city of
Kolkata tomorrow the 06-11-2014. As a prelude to this
Conference, the Central Executive Committee meeting of the
Union has started at Kolkata today. The meeting started
sharp at 10:00 hrs, which is being presided over by
com.V.A.N. Namboodiri, President of the Union. Com.
Animesh Mitra, Joint General Secretary, Reception
Committee and com. P . Abhimanyu, GS, welcomed all the CEC
members. The meeting stood in silence for a minute, and
paid homage to the leaders who have passed away, since the
last All India Conference. Com . V.A.N . Namboodiri,
President, delivered the Presidential address. Thereafter,
the presentation of the report on activities started and
is going on.
<<Views of the meeting>>
India Ltd. (CIL) unions to go on strike.
The trade unions of Coal
India Ltd. (CIL) are going on a one day strike on
24.11.2014, opposing disinvestment, as well as the
decision of the government to allow private companies into
commercial coal mining. The Narendra Modi government has
already taken a decision to sell 10% shares of the CIL,
through which the government expects to get Rs.23,600
crore. Further, the government has also passed an
ordinance to allot coal blocks to private companies
through e-auctioning. All these steps are nothing, but
privatising CIL. Against these, the unions in CIL have
decided to go on strike. BSNLEU congratulates the CIL
Anderson and the champion of human rights.
Warren Anderson, the
Chief of the Union Carbide has died. The accident that
took place on 3rd December, 1984, in the Union Carbide
plant in Bhopal, killed 10,000 people. More than 5 lakh
people were injured. Most of these people subsequently
died due to lung cancer, liver disease, kidney failure,
etc. However, even when such a mass killing had taken
place, Warren Anderson was able to get bail immediately
after this disaster and left India and went back to US. He
never returned, when Indian court summoned him. Thus, a
person responsible for such a mass murder was able to
escape even without the slightest punishment. Indian
government could not even touch him. This is because, he
had the protection of the US government. It is a shame
that the US government protected this butcher. And still,
the US government calls itself as the champion of human
with GM (Estt.)
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and
com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS met shri R.K. Goyal, GM(Estt.),
yesterday and requested him to take expeditious action on
the following issues.
Ground Appointment in AP Circle, commensurating to the
educational qualification of the candidates.
(ii) Releasing of the pension commutation amount
and TTA promotion, to shri Shyam Narayan Yadav, TM and
shri Jammeyjay Lalak Rai, TM, of Varanasi respectively,
against whom fake FIRs, have been launched by the then
(iii) Immediate payment of three month’s pay
advance to the flood affected employees of Kashmir.
(iv) Immediate releasing of the JTO LICE result of
shri Poppat Pradeepkumar, TTA, Gujarat, which has been
(v) Immediate settlement of HRA cases of Raniganj
(M) and Domohani (CT) at par with Asansol, West Bengal.
The GM (EStt.) assured to
take appropriate action on these issues.
with Sr.GM (Restg.)
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and
com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS met Smt. Madhu Arora, Sr.GM (Restg.),
yesterday and launched the Union’s strong protest, for
merger of Civil and Electrical Wings with the SSAs, in
Kerala Circle. This is being done as per the order of CGM,
Kerala. The leaders demanded to immediately stop this
process. The Sr.GM (Restg.) assured to do the needful.
Further, the leaders proposed that the PLI and Designation
Committee meetings can be held in the 2nd or 3rd week of
demands implementation of the National Council decision on
immunity from transfer.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and
com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS met shri Shameem Aktar, Sr.GM
(SR) yesterday and demanded immediate implementation of
the National Council decision on immunity from transfer.
In the last National Council meeting, the Staff Side
demanded that the office-bearers of Non-Executive unions
should also get immunity from transfer for three years, as
is being given to the Executives. They also requested him
to release the National Council minutes without further
delay. The Sr.GM (SR) agreed to do the needful.
Office sanctioned Welfare grant for the flood affected
employees of Kashmir.
Corporate Office has
issued letter for Welfare grant of Rs.7,000/- to each of
the flood affected employees in Kashmir. BSNLEU has been
insisting for Rs.7,000/- Welfare grant to the employees.<<view
Charge as Director (HR), BSNL for shri A.N. Rai extended for six
months w.e.f. 04.06.2014.<<view
Office sends reminders to CGMs for providing information
regarding SC/ST backlog vacancies in the cadres of
TTA and TM.
writes to the CMD on Compassionate Ground Appointments in
Andhra Pradesh Circle.<<view
writes to the CMD on vindictive actions in many SSAs as
well as on the indifferent attitude of the
CGM, Karnataka Circle.
Chhattisgarh Circle Conference.<<view
of Deloittee Committee's recommendation, put on hold in
Consequent upon the
severe protest launched by the unions and associations of
Maharashtra circle, against the decision of the Management
to implement Area Offices, as recommended by the Deloittee
Committee, the CGM, Maharashtra has written to the
Corporate Office, asking to keep the decision under
abeyance. The CGM has also written to the unions and
associations in Maharashtra circle to give their views in
writing. Further, the CGM is also calling a meeting of the
unions and associations shortly, to discuss this issue.
decides to launch indefinite strike in February, 2015, on
the issue of revival of BSNL.
A meeting of the
Forum was held New Delhi today the 28-10-2014. Com.Islam
Ahmed, presided over the meeting. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri,
Convener, welcomed all. The meeting expressed it’s serious
concern over the deteriorating condition of BSNL'S
financial position. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, the new
Minister of Telecommunications, assured of providing
necessary infrastructure support for BSNL. But, nothing
has come. Instead, attacks like merger of BSNL and MTNL,
implementation of the retrograde recommendations of the
Deloittee Committee, formation of a separate tower
company, etc., are coming one after another. Hence,
today's Forum meeting decided that it is a "do or die"
situation for us. In one voice, today's meeting decided to
launch an indefinite strike from3rd February, 2015. The
meeting also decided to launch countrywide programme like
signature campaign, propaganda among the public, meeting
the MPs, etc are to be carried out in a massive scale,
prior to the strike. Core Committee of the Forum will
meet on 12-11-2014 and the Forum will again meet
on 13-11-2014, to finalise the charter of demands, strike
notice, etc. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions
to ensure that this struggle becomes a historic success.<<<view details>>>
writes to the Corporate Office, demanding to stop the
transferring of civil and electrical staff in Kerala
Circle, in the name of merging civil and electrical wings
with the SSAs.<<view
circle conference started at Durg.
The circle conference of
Chhattisgarh circle started at Durg today, the 27.10.2014.
The Union Red Flag was hoisted by com. P.Abhimanyu,GS. A
seminar on revitalisation of BSNL followed this.
Com.S.C.Bhattacharya,CS, welcomed everyone. The Seminar
was addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com.Dharmaraj
Mahapatra, secretary, CITU, shri K.S.Madanpuri, GM, Durg,
and many others. After lunch, the delegates session
started and is going on.
and faulty implementation of ERP in circles.
The ERP is being
implemented in circles in a very hasty and faulty manner,
due to which the employees are being subjected to
unnecessary harassments. The issue is separately discussed
with the CMD, as well as with the Senior GM(CIT). Further,
the issue was also taken up and seriously discussed in the
National Council meeting held on 25-09-2014. However,
the Management has not taken sufficient steps to implement
a fool-proof ERP. CHQ has once again written to the CMD on
delay in releasing minutes of the National Council
The last National Council
meeting was held on 25-09-2014. Even after the lapse of
one month, the Corporate Office has not released the
minutes. Com.P.Abhimanyu, Secretary, Staff Side, has
sought the intervention of the CMD, for getting the
minutes released without further delay.
BSNL management learn lessons from the Infosys CEO?
Vishal Sikka, who has
taken over as the CEO of the software giant Infosys in
August, is engaged in a number of team building exercises,
for revitalising the company. We feel that the BSNL
Management should learn some lessons of management from
the Infosys CEO. The most important step taken by Sikka
is, engaging with the employees intensely, through emails.
He has even allocated a separate budget for employee
engagement, to sharpen focus on team - building efforts.
Contrary to this, the BSNL management never wants to
discuss matters related to the development of the Company,
with the trade unions, even though the BSNL trade unions
are known for their steadfast struggles for strengthening
the Company. Trade unions are the representatives of the
employees in BSNL. It is very unfortunate that even on
very important issues, like the implementation of the
decisions of the Deloittee Committee, the Management does
not want to take the trade unions into confidence.
Secondly, Sikka is giving much importance to re-training
and re-skilling the employees, instead of hiring new
employees. In BSNL, requirement is there for fresh
recruitment of employees. At the same time what about
re-training the existing work force? Management has
totally forgotten about it. All that BSNL management is
doing for the revival of the Company is, engaging and
re-engaging consultants, spending huge money.
inputs from the Business Line dated 25-10-2014]
Infrastructure Investment Bank formed.
Asian countries, including India and China, have joined
together and have formed the Asian Infrastructure
Investment Bank (AIIB). The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
for this was signed on 24.10.2014 at Beijing by the
representatives of the 21 countries. The United States is
unhappy about the formation of the AIIB, since this will
reduce the dependence of member countries of AIIB on World
Bank. The World Bank is dictating terms to the third world
countries, at the behest of multi national companies. The
US has stated that the formation of the AIIB is ambiguous
in nature and lacks transparency. We can understand the
unhappiness of the US.
[With inputs from The Hidu dated 25.10.2014]
join protest actions in Spain, against austerity measures.
of students, lecturers and parents participated in the
countrywide protest actions, that took part in Spain
yesterday the 24.10.2014. They protested against the
austerity measures, increase in university fees as well as
other changes being made in the education system. The
European governments are still reeling under the economic
crisis that started in 2008. However, they are spending
billions of dollars to bail out the corporates and are
shifting the burdens of the crisis, on the working people,
in the name of austerity measures.
[With inputs from the Business Line dated 25.10.2014]
of the Coal mines.
The Narendra Modi
government has issued an ordinance on 20.10.2014, to
allocate coal blocks to private companies through
“e-auctions”. It may be recollected that the Supreme Court had
cancelled the 214 coal blocks, allocated by the UPA-II
government, showing favouritism to private companies.
However, the decision of the Narendra Modi govt. to
reallocate this coal blocks to private companies through
e-auctioning is nothing but
de-nationalisation of the coal
mines, which were nationalised in 1973, through the “Coal
Nationalisation Act of 1973”. Under this circumstance a
strong demand is being raised, even within the Coal
Ministry, that the coal blocks should be allocated to the
State government owned mining companies and State owned
[With inputs from the Business Line dated 25.10.2014]
of Forum with Secretary, DOT on Revival of BSNL and on
78.2% IDA Fixation for Pensioners
Convener, Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations, met
Secretary DOT, Sri Rakesh Garg today and discussed about
the Revival of BSNL and connected matters. Com. Namboodiri
pointed out the need for urgent financial assistance to
BSNL from the government so that it can purchase
equipment, develop and expand the services. He stated that
it was because of the equipment crunch from 2006 onward,
due to the cancellation of the 45 million mobile tender,
that BSNL started down sliding. He requested that the
refund of spectrum charges coming to more than Rs. 6,000
crores and also the USOF allotment of Rs. 1,250 crores in
lieu of ADC may be paid at the earliest. Secretary DOT
stated that the government will certainly help BSNL for
its revival and the issues stated will be taken care of.
At the same time, he mentioned that there are several
complaints about the services to the public, which have to
be improved a lot. He mentioned his own experience while
in UP as also in Delhi. He appreciated the workers of
Kerala for better service and profit. Com. Namboodiri
explained in brief about the action and propaganda being
made among the workers by the Forum for improving the
services through which the services are improving.
Com. Namboodiri placed
before the Secretary DOT about the hardship of the BSNL
pensioners due to delay on settlement of the 78.2% IDA
fixation for pre-2007 as also post-2007 pensioners. He
requested that the Cabinet Note as required by the
Department of Expenditure be prepared early and submitted
to the cabinet for taking a decision. Secretary agreed to
look in to the matter and expedite the same. Com.
Namboodiri thanked the Secretary DOT for the meeting and
requested that such meetings may be granted in future
Meets CMD BSNL on
Convener, Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations met Shri
A.N.Rai, CMD BSNL and discussed about the Revival of BSNL
and connected matters. He asked the CMD not to implement
the M/s Deloittee Committee recommendations with out
discussing with the Forum and unions/associations. He also
requested to keep in abeyance the orders issued for
implementing the concept of SSAs in Maharashtra. CMD
assured that a meeting with the Forum will be held shortly
to discuss the issues in detail. Com.Namboodiri pointed
out the non-implementation of labour laws with regard to
the casual and contract workers and requested to ensure
their implementation. Com.Namboodiri requested for grant
of liberal assistance to the employees of Jammu and
Kashmir who have lost all in the recent drastic flood. CMD
assured that whatever assistance is given by the state
government to its employees will be given to the BSNL
employees by the management.
India Conference - Circle Secretaries are requested to
come with membership details.
One of the important
tasks that the forthcoming All India Conference will
undertake will be, to assess the strength of BSNLEU in
various circles and also to decide ways and means to
strengthen the same. Hence, Circle Secretaries are
requested to come to the AIC with the district wise
details of BSNLEU’s paid members and also the paid members
of other unions and associations. Circle Secretaries are
requested to collect these informations well in advance
from the District Secretaries, and to come to the AIC with
India Conference rally- Circle and District Secretaries
are requested to come with banners.
A powerful rally will
take place in the All India Conference at Kolkata. The
rally will be held on 06.11.2014. It will culminate into a
public meeting, which will be addressed by com.Tapan Sen,
General Secretary, CITU, and other leaders. To make the
rally impressive and colourful, the Circle and District
Secretaries are requested to come with their banners.
Office letter on providing name, mobile no., phone/fax
no., email-id of the signing authority while making
correspondences with BSNL Corporate office.<<click
per cent of the winners in Haryana assembly election are
83 per cent of the
winners in the Haryana assembly election are crorepatis.
75 of the total 90 newly elected MLAs are crorepatis. BJP
is leading this list. BJP's Faridabad MLA is the richest
of all the MLAs with Rs.106 crore asset worth. 40 out of
the 47 BJP MLAs are crorepatis. Similarly, 14 out of the
15 MLAs of the Congress and 13 INLD MLAs are crorepatis.
Average asset value of the BJP MLAs is Rs.10.50 crore.
Average asset value of the Congress MLAs is Rs.12.45 crore.
Average asset value of the INLD MLAs is Rs.13.01 crore.
Let us hope that all these crorepatis will work in the
interest of the poor of this country.
Office asked details of casual labours including TSMs from
pilots on strike.
German airlines giant,
Lufthansa had to cancel 1,450 flights last Sunday, as the
pilots of the airlines are on strike, as per the call of
the Pilots Union of Lufthansa. The strike is to oppose "an
early retirement scheme" to be implemented by the
Company. It is reported that this is the eighth strike in
this year, by the Lufthansa pilots. It is also reported
that millions of Germans were stranded last week, due to
the strike of train drivers. Germany is the strongest
economy in Europe. However, the rulers want to transfer
the burdens of the economic crisis on the shoulders of the
working class. Hence the struggle.
Unions oppose implementation of the recommendation of
Deloittee Committee in Maharashtra circle.
BSNL Corporate Office has
issued letter to introduce Area Offices in Maharashtra
circle, based on the recommendation of the Deloittee
Committee. A meeting of the Forum, Maharashtra circle, was
held yesterday the 20-10-2014, at Mumbai. It was
participated by all the major organisations of Forum. The
meeting unanimously decided to stop implementation of Area
Offices in Maharashtra circle. Later on, they met the CGM
and expressed their protest. The CGM has assured that Area
Offices will not be implemented in Maharashtra circle.
Com.N.K.Nalawade, circle secretary, BSNLEU, Maharashtra,
as well as Convener of Forum, Maharashtra, has informed
this to the CHQ.
Office releases grant for circles Sports and Cultural
of wages to contract workers should be made only through
account payee cheque or online, says Corporate Office.<<view
Office letter on verification of first salary & GPF
details in ERP.<<view
Office letter on setting up Staff Grievance cells in
circles and SSAs.<<view
notice issued by BSNL Casual & Contract Workers Federation
for one day strike on 27.11.2014.
of diesel price.
The Narendra Modi
government has decided to decontrol diesel price from 1st
November, 2014. Simultaneously, it has also cunningly
reduced the price of diesel by Rs.3.37 per liter. This has
given a wrong message to the people that the price of
diesel has come down due to the decontrolling. It is not
correct. The price of diesel has come down, since the
price of crude oil has considerably come down in the
international market. As a result of the deregulation of
diesel price, hereafter the price of diesel will not be
decided by the government, but will be decided by the
market. Normally, the price of crude oil keeps on
increasing in the international market. Hence, the price
of diesel will also keep on increasing. This will result
in an all round increase in the prices of all essential
commodities. By ways of deregulation of diesel price,
hereafter government need not give subsidy for diesel and
it will save Rs.1,40,000 crore annually. Thus, the main
intention of the govt. is to withdraw the subsidy being
given, to keep the diesel price under control. Now this
money will be given as subsidy to the capitalists. BSNLEU
strongly opposes the decision of the govt. to deregulate
the price of diesel.
Office issued letter for sanctioning special casual leave
of CEC and 7th AIC.
The Corporate Office has
issued letter to all CGMs, for sanctioning special casual
leave for the CEC members, for attending the CEC meeting
to be held on 05.11.2014, and to all the CEC members and
delegates for attending the 7th All India Conference to be
held from 6th to 9th November, 2014.
and Open Session of the All India Conference to take place
The Reception Committee
of the 7th All India Conference has decided, that the
rally and Open Session will take place on 06-11-2014. One
rally will start from the venue of the AIC, i.e., Telecom
Factory, Alipore. Another rally will start from
R.N.Mukherjee road, Dalhousie. Both the rallies will meet
at Rani Rashmoni avenue, Esplanade, where the Open Session
will take place.
Committee meeting of the 7th All India Conference held at
The Reception Committee
meeting of the 7th All India Conference was held in the
CTO Telecom Institute hall at Kolkata. The meeting was
presided over by com.Sisir Bhattacharji, President of the
Reception Committee. Com.A.K Bhattacharji, Patron of the
Reception Committee was present. Com.Animesh Mitra and
com.Saibal Sengupta, Joint General Secretaries of the
Reception Committee, welcomed all. The meeting was
addressed by com.Sisir Bhattacharji, com.A.K. Bhattacharji,
com.Animesh Mitra, com.Adhir Kumar Sen (Working President)
com.Saibal Sengupta, com.Omprakash Singh (Treasurer ) and
com.Paritosh Dutta, Convener, Food Committee. Finally,
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the comrades. The
preperations being done for the 7th All India Conference
was reviewed. The members of the Reception Committee are
enthusiastic and are hopeful of making the Conference a
historic success. The following are the views of the
struggle in Maharashtra circle, to stall the
implementation of Deloittee Committee's recommendations.
BSNL Corporate Office has
taken arbitrary decision to implement the recommendations
of the Deloittee Committee in Maharashtra circle. Neither
the unions and associations at the All India level, nor at
the circle level, are consulted in this regard. BSNLEU,
Maharashtra circle union, has already written to the CGM,
Maharashtra, expressing it's strong protest. It has also
demanded to keep the implementation under
abeyance, pending consultation with the unions. Further,
the unions and associations of Maharashtra circle are
meeting at Mumbai on 20-10-2014, to chalk out agitational
programme, to stall the implementation of the Deloittee
N.Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh,
appreciated BSNL, for the excellent service rendered by
it, in the flood hit areas.
Vishakapatnam and it's
surrounding areas were severely damaged, when the cyclone
Hud Hud hit coastal Andhra Pradesh. From the media we were
able know the extent of damage caused by the cyclone.
Services like telecommunications, electricity etc. were
damaged in a massive scale. However, BSNL, Andhra Pradesh,
plunged into action, and telecom services were restored
very quickly, and also much ahead of other private telecom
operators. This helped the government authorities in a big
way, to carry out relief and rehabilitation works. BSNL
was appreciated by all, including the media. More
importantly, shri N.Chandrababu Naidu, Chief
Minister, spoke to shri V.Srinivasan, CGM, AP, personally
and conveyed his appreciation. This is a matter of pride
for the entire BSNL family. CHQ appreciates the entire
employees, as well as the officers of Andhra Pradesh
Circle, for this great performance. We reproduce
hereunder, the sms sent to our circle secretary,
com.J.Sampathrao, in this regard, by shri V.Srinivasan,
Office seeks the views of the circles, on the demand of
the Staff Side, National Council, to modify the Transfer
Secretary attending meeting of the Reception Committee
of the 7th AIC.
A meeting of the
Reception Committee of the 7th All India
Conference of BSNLEU, is being held at Kolkata tomorrow
the 18.10.2014. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, is attending the
meeting and will be reviewing the preparations being made
for the All India Conference.
of the Reception Committee of the 7th AIC.
The Reception Committee
of the 7th All India Conference of BSNLEU has
opened a website and has been linked with the CHQ website.
The web address is
Comrades are requested to visit the site.
severely condemns the decision of the Management to
implement the recommendation of Deloittee Committee in
The BSNL Management has
taken decision to implement the recommendation of the
Deloittee Committee, to convert the SSAs into Area
Offices. Of course, it is stated in the letter that this
recommendation is being implemented on pilot basis. It is
most condemnable that the Management has taken this
decision without making any consultation with the Unions.
BSNLEU, together with other Unions and Associations will
fight this out.<<view
subscriber base crosses
The number of telephone
subscribers in India has increased from 946.4 million in
July, 2014 to 951.84 million in August, 2014, according to
the statement of TRAI. In this, share of the private
telecom operators has crossed 90%. The market share of
BSNL and MTNL put together comes to 9.84%. However, both
the PSUs dominate the landline segment, with 76.41% market
is the first to restore services in the Hud Hud cyclone
“After severely hit by
the Hud Hud cyclone in the north coastal Andhra Pradesh,
telecom companies are restoring their services in phases.
While the Public Sector BSNL was the first to restore the
services, Airtel and Vodafone have said that they are able
to revive the services in some parts.”
[-The Business Line dated
Office letter on corrective action in the matter of pay
fixation of serving / retiring and retired officers.<<view
Office letter on recognition of majority representative
Association of serving executive employees in BSNL.<<view
Muslim unity and inter-marriage.
Communal forces are
active, dividing the people of the country, in the name of
religion. A “Hindu-Muslim” divide is being created by
communal forces, for political gains. Such a communal
divide leads to violence and blood-shed. It divides the
working masses and weakens the working class unity
irreparably. “Love Jihad” is an issue taken up by the
communal forces, in their agenda to divide the people.
Saif Ali Khan, a noted film artiste has written an article
on this issue, in the Indian Express dated 15.10.2014.
Apart from inter-marriage, he has discussed a host of
other issues connected with communal harmony. We reproduce
the article, for the benefit of our leaders.<<view
suffered a loss of Rs.400 crore in the Kashmir floods.
BSNL has suffered a loss
of Rs.400 crore in the recent Kashmir floods. This is
disclosed by Shri D.K. Agarwal, GMTD, Kashmir. He has
stated the 95 landline exchanges out of 99 exchanges have
since been restored. As regards mobile service, the GMTD
stated that out of 477 BTS in Kashmir, currently 340 BTS
Casual Contract Workers Federation conducted powerful
March to Corporate Office.
The BSNLCCWF conducted a
powerful March to the Corporate Office today the
15.10.2014. Casual and Contract Workers participated in
large numbers who had come from various circles. The
programme started at the Eastern Court, with a
demonstration and meeting. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri,
President, BSNLCCWF, presided over it. Com. A.K.
Padmanabhan, President, CITU delivered the inaugural
address. The meeting was addressed by Com. V.A.N.
Namboodiri, President, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com.
Tapas Ghosh, SG, BSNLCCWF and com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS,
BSNLEU. Thereafter, the March to Corporate Office started.
On reaching Corporate Office, an effective demonstration
took place. A memorandum on the burning problems of the
Casual and Contract Workers was presented to Shri A.N. Rai,
CMD BSNL, by a delegation consisting of com. V.A.N.
Namboodiri, President, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com.
Tapas Ghosh, SG, BSNLCCWF, com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS,
BSNLEU, com. S.C. Bhattacharya, Treasurer, BSNLEU and com.
Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, BSNLEU. The programme ended with
another round of demonstration at Eastern Court. BSNLEU
congratulates the hundreds of contract and casual workers
who came from the nooks and corners of the country to
participate in the programme.<<view
Office calls for particulars related to implementation of
EPF, ESI etc., from CGMs.
Based on the complaint of
the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation, to the
Parliamentary Standing Committee on labour, in the meeting
held on 29.09.2014, that EPF and ESI are not being
implemented for the contract workers in BSNL, Corporate
Office has called for particulars in this regard from CGMs.<<view
greets the office-bearers elected in the All India
Conference of NFTE, held at Jabalpur.
The 4th All India
Conference of NFTE BSNL was held at Jabalpur from 10th to
12th October, 2014. Com. Islam Ahmed and com. Chandeswar
Singh have been reelected as the President and General
Secretary, respectively. Com. A. Rajmouli has been elected
as the new treasurer. BSNLEU heartily congratulates all
Committee on reservation for OBCs held at Chennai.
Committee on reservation for OBCs was held at Chennai
yesterday the 13.10.2014. Parliament members of the
Committee as well as top officers from BSNL Corporate
Office attended the meeting. A review is learnt to have
been made in the meeting, as to whether the mandatory
reservation quota for OBC is being implemented in BSNL.
Assistance to the flood affected employees of J&K Circle.
The Staff Side, National
Council has already demanded payment of 3 months salary as
pay advance to the flood affected employees of J&K circle.
BSNLEU has demanded that financial assistance of
Rs.7,000/- each from Welfare Board should be paid to the
J&K employees. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met the CMD on
08.10.2014 and urged to make the payment expeditiously.
Com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met the GM (Estt.) and the
GM (Admn.), today the 14.10.2014 and insisted early
payment of the above mentioned relief.
office letter to CGMs for completing Establishment Review,
for the purpose of Compassionate Ground Appointments.<<click
Nadu circle conference decides to conduct a massive
convention on communal harmony.
have taken place in the 3 day conference of Tamil Nadu
circle union, that concluded on 13th October. It has taken
important decisions to strengthen the Union as well as the
BSNL in the circle. A significant decision in this
direction is to conduct seminars in all SSAs, to improve
the viability of BSNL, by concretely discussing the
challenges being faced at the SSA level. The conference
has also decided to take concrete steps to effectively
organise the forthcoming one day strike, to be held
on 27.11.2014, as per the call of the JAC. Another
important issue that was seriously discussed, is the
threat being posed by the communal forces, to the unity of
the working class. So, the Conference has decided to
organise a massive convention on communal harmony, in
January 2015. The Madurai district union has accepted to
host the seminar.
endorsed the Gazatte Notification on enhancement of
statutory wage ceiling to Rs.15,000/- from existing limit
Office letter on vacancy position in the grade of Junior
Accounts officer as on 30.09.2014.<<click
Nadu circle union donates
Rs.1 lakh to the CHQ.
The 3 day conference of
Tamil Nadu circle union is going on at Trichy. Today is
the last day. An amount of Rs. 1 lakh is donated by the
Tamil Nadu circle union, to the CHQ today. Com.P.Abhimanyu,
GS, received the amount and expressed CHQ's sincere thanks
to the Tamil Nadu circle union.
heartily congratulates Kailash Satyarthi and Yousafzai
Malalaa for jointly winning Nobel prize for peace.
This year's Nobel Prize
for peace is awarded to India's Kailash Satyarthi and
Pakistan's Yousafzai Malalaa. It is a great news that both
the winners belong to the Indian sub continent. Both of
them will share the prize money of £ 6,99,000.
Kailash Satyarthi belongs to Madhya Pradesh. He is a
children's rights activist. His NGO is fighting against
child labour and trafficking of children. He is the second
Indian to receive the Nobel Prize for peace, after Mother
Yousafzai Malalaa is a 17 year old Pakistani girl, and was
living in Pakistan's Swat Valley. She defied the ban
imposed by the Taliban, that girls should not go to
school. As a result, she was shot at the head by the
Taliban. However, she escaped that attack and is presently
studying in the UK. She symbolises girls' right to
Tamil Nadu circle conference of BSNLEU started at Trichy.
circle conference of Tamil Nadu circle started
enthusiastically at Trichy today, the 11.10.2014. More
than 1100 delegates and observers participated the
Inaugural Session of the Conference. The National Flag was
hoisted by com.M.Narayanasamy, ACS, and the Union Red Flag
was hoisted by com.C.Palanichamy, ACS. The Conference is
being presided over by com.K.Marimuthu, circle president.
Com.Balachander, Chairman, Reception Committee and
com.Aslam Basha, General Secretary, Reception Committee
welcomed everyone. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, inaugurated the
Conference. Com.P.Sampath, President, Tamil Nadu
Untouchability Eradication Front and com.S.Chellappa,
circle secretary, also addressed the Inaugural Session. At
1000 hrs, the seminar on the revival of BSNL took place. It
was addressed by shri G.V.Reddy, CGM, Tamil Nadu circle,
shri Raju, PGM, Trichy, com. S.Chellappa and
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS. The subjects committee of the
Conference started in the post lunch session.<<view
Office issues order on revised IDA rates w.e.f. 01.10.2014.<<click
India Conference of NFTE started at Jabalpur- Com.Swapan
Chakraborty, AGS, greeted.
The 4th All
India Conference of NFTE BSNL started at Jabalpur today
the 10.10.2014. The Open Session of the Conference was
held today morning. Com.Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, addressed
the session and greeted the Conference, on behalf of
writes to CMD BSNL, demanding withdrawal of the Corporate
Office letter which bans demonstrations,
issued orders for IDA increase w.e.f. 01.10.2014.<<click
Bengal circle conference started at Krishnanagar.<<click
Bengal circle union donated Rs.1,00,000 to the CHQ.
The West Bengal circle
union has donated Rs.1,00,000 to the CHQ. The amount has
been remitted to the CHQ, through NEFT, on 24.09.2014.
CHQ heartily thanks the West Bengal circle union for the
Office letter to all CGM's on shortage of SIMs in the
Office letter to all Heads of Circles on details of Casual
served strike notice on CMD BSNL, to go on One Day strike
As per the decision taken in yesterday’s JAC meeting, the
leaders of the JAC served the strike notice on CMD BSNL
today the 08.10.2014. Since the CMD was not available in
the office, the notice was delivered in his office. All
the major Unions and Associations of the Non-Executives
have signed this strike notice. Some organizations could
not reach Delhi to sign the strike notice. However, they
will also be serving the strike notice separately.<<view
India Centre meeting of BSNLEU held.
A meeting of the All
India Centre of BSNLEU was held today the 07.10.2014. The
meeting reviewed the preparations being made for
conducting the 7th All India Conference at Kolkata. The
meeting reiterated the decisions of the CEC meeting held
at Rajkot and the Central Secretariat meeting held at New
Delhi, to admit only elected delegates and permitted
observers in the forthcoming All India Conference.
decides to go on One Day strike on 27.11.2014.
A meeting of the JAC took
place at New Delhi today the 07.10.2014. It was presided
over by Com. Chandeswar Singh, President, JAC. Com. P.
Abhimanyu, Convener, JAC, welcomed everyone and initiated
the discussion. The meeting reviewed the dharna held on
23.09.2014 and the 2 hour walkout conducted on 30.09.2014,
and congratulated the entire Non-Executives, as well as
the leaders, for making both the struggles successful. The
meeting expressed its extreme unhappiness over the adamant
and negative attitude of the BSNL Management towards
settlement of the genuine demands. The meeting decided to
give call for One Day strike on 27.11.2014. The strike
notice will be served on CMD BSNL tomorrow the 08.10.2014.
Office letter on calculation of monthly contribution
towards cost of pension payable in respect of BSNL
circular on 7th Al India Conference to be held
Kolkata from 6th to 9th November,
writes to Corporate Office on the delay in implementation
of the decision of the National Council, in respect of
payment of pay advance to the employees of J&K Circle.<<view
writes to Corporate Office on granting financial
assistance from Welfare Board to the flood affected
employees of J&K Circle.<<view
wishes and warm greetings on the occasion of Bakrid.
Bakrid is the festival of
sacrifice. On this occasion, BSNLEU conveys it’s best
wishes and warm greetings to all the comrades. Let this
festival instil the spirit of selflessness and sacrifice
in the minds of all the people, to serve mankind.
circle union donates Rs.1 lakh to the Reception Committee
of the 7th AIC.
It is informed by
com.Balbir Singh, CS, Punjab, that the Circle Executive
Committee meeting of Punjab, that was held recently, has
decided to donate Rs.1 lakh to the Reception Committee of
the 7th All
India Conference, to be held at Kolkata. CHQ heartily
congratulates the Punjab circle union.
of advertisements, for the souvenir to be released in the
The Reception Committee
of the 7th All
India Conference, to be held at Kolkata, has decided to
release a souvenir at the time of the Conference. Tariff
coupons, for collection of the advertisements, have
already been distributed to all the circle unions. CHQ
requests all the circle unions to extend their helping
hand to the Reception Committee, by collection of
advertisements. After collection of the advertisements,
the same may be sent to the Reception Committee promptly.
meeting of the JAC to be held on 07-10-2014
The next meeting of the
Joint Action Committee of the Unions and Associations of
the Non-Executives (JAC), will take place at New Delhi
on 07-10-2014. The meeting will review the dharna
programme conducted on 23-09-2014, as well as the 2 hour
walk out that took place on 30.09.2014. The earlier
meeting of the JAC, that was held on 05.09.2014, had
already decided that a one day strike would be organised
in the month of November, if there is no improvement in
the settlement of the issues. Hence, the JAC meeting, that
is to be held on 07.10.2014 is a crucial one.
Office letter on Compassionate Ground Appointment - Change
is International Day of Action today.
International Day of
Action is being observed all over the world, as per the
call of the World Federation of Trade Unions ( WFTU ),
highlighting one of the most burning issues being faced by
mankind, viz., unemployment. Endorsing the call of the
WFTU, the BSNLEU has called on the circle and district
unions to observe International Day of Action, by
conducting special meetings at Circle and district levels.
In such of those Places where the Central Trade Unions
organise this programme, our comrades shall join them in
large numbers. Circle and district unions are requested to
effectively organise the programme and send reports and
photos to the CHQ.
wishes a very happy Dassera / Pooja to all the comrades.
CHQ conveys best wishes
and warm greetings to all the comrades and their families
on the occasion of Dassera / Pooja. Let these festivals
bring joy to all the people, and peace and progress to the
the change that you wish to see in the world."
The nation is celebrating
the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi today. BSNLEU
joins the nation to pay it's respectful homage to the
Mahatma. At the same time, we wish to remind all, the
golden words that Mahatma told about change. He told, " Be
the change that you wish to see in the world." Following
this message will be the fittest tribute that we can pay
to the Mahatma. Let us become part of the change, that we
wish to see in the world.
with CMD BSNL
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS,
met Shri A.N. Rai, CMD BSNL, today the 01.10.2014 and
discussed the following issues.
GS sought the immediate intervention of the CMD BSNL, in
the victimizations being caused to the members of BSNLEU
in Varanasi District, of UP (East) Circle, for
participation in trade union action. He pointed out that
DCRG and pension commutation of retirees are being with
held and promotion is denied to the officials who have
passed TTA exam and completed training. The CMD assured to
make necessary intervention.
GS pointed out that payment of three months salary advance
to the flood affected employees of Kashmir, as was assured
in the National Council meeting held on 25.09.2014, has
not yet been made. Further the GS also demanded that
welfare grant of Rs.7,000/- should also be paid to the
flood affected employees of the Kashmir. (This is as per
the decision of the latest meeting of the Welfare Board.)
Office keeps the gag order under abeyance.
As per the assurance
given by the Director (HR) in the National Council meeting
held on 25.09.2014, the SR Branch letter, banning
demonstrations, dharna etc. is kept under abeyance. We
heartily thank Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR).<<view
writes to Corporate Office, requesting to grant special
casual leave to the CEC members and delegates for the 7th
All India Conference and CEC meeting.<<view
writes to CMD requesting for intervention to settle cases
related to victimizations in Varanasi SSA.<<view
for holding meeting of the K.G. Bose Memorial and
for holding CEC meeting as a prelude to the 7th All
is learnt that IDA increase w.e.f.01.10.2014 will be 6.8%.
With this the total IDA payable will become 98.1%.
walk out in BSNL Corporate Office.
The call for two hour
walk out received a very good response in the BSNL
Corporate Office also. The CHQ, as well as the circle
office bearers of BSNLEU and NFTE, did very good campaign
for the walk out. As a result, employees participated in a
large number in the walk out as well in the demonstration.
CHQ heartily congratulates the comrades of the Corporate
hours walk-out: a tremendous success.
The call of the JAC, for
a two hour walk-out today, got a overwhelming support from
the Non-Executives. The walk-out has become a resounding
success throughout the country. Reports have come from
Andaman & Nicobar, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Assam, Chennai,
Rajasthan, UP (West), Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh,
Kolkata, West Bengal, Kerala and Odisha circles, where
almost the entire Non-Executives have participated in the
walk-out. The pattern is the same in other circles also.
CHQ salutes all the circle and district unions for this
writes to CMD BSNL, regarding the non-implementation of
the decisions taken in the National Council meeting.<<view
issues notification for the 7th All
India Conference to be held at Kolkata from 6th to
2 hour walk out successfully tomorrow.
As per the call of the
JAC, a 2 hour walk out by the Non-Executives of BSNL will
take place tomorrow the 30.09.2014, between 1100 hrs and
1300 hrs. CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to
take the last minute efforts, to make the walk-out a grand
success. During the walk-out, effective demonstrations may
also be organized. Reports and photos may be sent to the
hour walk-out on 30.09.2014. Make it 100% success.
The day long dharna by
the JAC, held on 23.09.2014, has become a resounding
success. However, the Management continues to turn a
“deaf-ear” towards our genuine demands. Under this
circumstance, we are left with no other option, but to
intensify our struggle. Circle and district secretaries
are requested to contact other constituents of the JAC and
make all out efforts to make the 2 hour walk-out 100%
with the Parliamentary Standing Committee on labour.
Standing Committee on Labour, met the delegation of BSNL
Casual Contract Workers Federation (BSNLCCWF) today the
29.09.2014. The meeting took place in the Parliament
building. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, com. P.
Abhimanyu, Vice-President, com. Tapas Ghosh, SG and com.
Animesh Mitra, Vice-President participated in the
delegation. They discussed the issues of non-payment of
minimum wage, gratuity, Non-implementation of EPF, ESI
schemes of the casual and contract workers, with the
Standing Committee. The Standing Committee also met the
officers DoT and BSNL including the CMD BSNL.
writes to Corporate Office, suggesting alternative to
introduction of a new shift in Telecom Factory (Mumbai).<<view
social activist hanged in full public view by ISIS.
Salih Ali al-Nuaimy was an Iraqi woman and an advocate by
profession. She was a crusader for women rights, and human
rights. The ISIS which has captured Mosul, the second
biggest city of Iraq, arrested Nuaimy and accused that she
was functioning against the principles of Islam. She was
tried in the court of ISIS, which sentenced her to death.
On 22nd September,
Nuaimy was hanged to death in full public view. There is
no place for human rights or civil rights in the rule of
religious fundamentalists. The United Nations has stated
that, “educated, professional women seem to be
particularly at risk in regions captured by the ISIS.”
Powers are responsible for the crisis in the Middle-East.
democratic forces through out the world are worried about
the extraordinary situation prevailing in the Middle-East
countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria etc., where the
ISIS and other terrorist groups have unleashed a reign of
terror, in the name of Islam. Nicholas Maduro, the
President of Venezuela, who addressed the ongoing 69th General
Council meeting of the United Nations, has accused that
the US and other Western Powers are fully responsible for
this situation. He stated that it was the US and Western
Powers which provided arms, money, training etc., to
various terrorist outfits in the past, to topple the
progressive/anti-American governments in this region.
National Companies are happy with Modi sarkar.
Rating agency, ‘Standards and Poors’
gives good conduct certificate.
companies are really happy with the measures being taken
by the Narendra Modi govt. Within 4 months of it’s coming
to power, the Modi govt. has given big concessions to
foreign capital. Decisions are taken by the govt. to
increase FDI up to 49% in Insurance, to allow FDI in
railways, defence, to curtail subsidies being given to the
poor, to curtail the rights of workers by amending labour
laws, etc., etc. Earlier, the Standards & Poors had given
“Negative” rating, when the UPA-II govt. was in power.
platforms like JAC and Forum are very relevant.
In the 31st National
Council meeting, held on 25.09.2014, the GM (SR),
questioned the necessity of having joint platforms like
JAC and Forum. His view is that, when Recognised Unions
are there, there is no need for any JAC or Forum. In fact,
it is his firm opinion that Management should not
negotiate with the JAC and the Forum. Com. P. Abhimanyu,
Secretary, Staff Side gave a fitting reply for this. He
told that when Shri A. Raja was the Telecom Minister, he
cancelled BSNL’s 45 million line GSM tender. When BSNL
Management was in a helpless position, it was the Forum
which went on one day strike on 11.07.2007, as a result of
which BSNL got 23 million lines. Further, he told that it
was the Forum, which went on 3 days strike in December
2010, opposing the cancellation of the 93 million line
tender. It is the Forum which is struggling to get refund
of BWA spectrum charges to BSNL, calculation of it’s
pension contribution on basic pay, adequate compensation
for BSNL’s rural land line telephony, said com. P.
Abhimanyu. Finally, he emphatically told that it is only
because of the struggles of all the Unions and
Associations, which is being spear headed by the Forum,
that BSNL is still surviving.
gets one time relaxation to appear proficiency test – case
of Shri M.K. Gamit, Valsad, Gujarat.
CHQ took up the issue of
granting one time relaxation for shri M.K. Gamit, Sr.TOA,
Valsad SSA, Gujarat, for appearing the mandatory
proficiency test. Considering the fact that shri M.K.
Gamit is a Compassionate Ground Appointee, belonging to ST
Community, CHQ took special efforts and got the issue
settled. CHQ is happy that it is able to help a person
belonging to the most oppressed section of the society.
CHQ expresses it’s gratitude to shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.)
for settling the case. The District Union, BSNLEU, Valsad,
has expressed it’s thanks to the CHQ.<<view
More loyal than the King?
The TRAI has questioned
the government, why private companies are not involved in
implementing the Rs.21,000 crore NOFN project. The
government has entrusted the job of laying optic fibre for
the NOFN project to 3 PSUs, viz., BSNL, Power Grid
Corporation and the RailTel. In August last, Rahul Khullar,
TRAI chairman, had asked the government why private
companies are not involved in the project. Now, TRAI has
released a consultation paper, wherein it has invited
suggestions of involving private companies to speed up
NOFN. This clearly shows the bias of the TRAI, in favour
of the private companies. In the past also the TRAI has
taken a series of pro-private decisions and against BSNL.
When a person with pro-private bias like Rahul Khullar is
the Chairman, how can we expect that the decisions of TRAI
will be fair and just.
Office guidelines to the circles on commonly committed
mistakes in implementation of ERP and the resolutions for
brief note on the discussions held in the National Council
meeting, took place on 25.09.2014.<<click
issues duplicate SIM free of
costs in flood hit areas of J&K Circle.<<view
Office letter on Rule 8 transfer being considered at
Council meeting held.
The 31st National
Council meeting is held today, the 25.09.2014. Shri A.N.
Rai, Director (HR), presided over the meeting. The meeting
paid homage to the victims of the unprecedented floods
that took place in Kashmir, by observing a minute’s
silence. Various issues were discussed in the meeting, a
gist of which will be placed in the CHQ website tomorrow.
months’ salary advance to be paid to the flood affected
BSNL employees of Kashmir.
In the National Council
meeting held today, the Staff Side members strongly
demanded that 3 months’ salary should be paid to the flood
affected employees of Kashmir, as pay advance, to tide
over the hardships caused by the recent floods. The
Director (HR) accepted the demand and assured that the
advance would be paid immediately.
Branch letter, banning demonstrations, dharnas, etc., in
BSNL is kept under abeyance.
On 18.09.2014, the SR
Branch of Corporate Office issued a gag order, banning
peaceful trade union actions in BSNL, such as
demonstrations dharnas, etc. The Staff Side vehemently
opposed this order in the National Council meeting held
today, and demanded it’s immediate withdrawal. In the face
of stiff resistance from the Staff Side members, the
Director (HR) instructed that the said order should be
kept under abeyance. BSNLEU expresses it’s sincere thanks
to Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) for keeping the order
Council Staff Side members demand the Director (HR) to
restore normalcy in Kerala Circle.
The Staff Side members of
the National Council drew the attention of the Director
(HR) to the ongoing indefinite fast by the SNEA leaders,
and also expressed their serious concern over the abnormal
situation created due to the adamant vindictive attitude
of the CGM, Kerala. They demanded that the CMD should
immediately intervene to stop the situation from
congratulates the Indian scientists for their marvelous
“Mangalyaan”, the Indian
space craft sent to probe Mars, has successfully entered
into the orbit of that planet yesterday, after traveling
65 crore kilometers. Thus, India has become the first
country, to achieve this feat, on it’s first attempt. This
is a moment of pride for the entire Indians. BSNLEU
heartily congratulates the ISRO and it’s scientists for
this marvelous feat.
Office letter on holding of LICE for promotion of UDC to
the grade of Assistant Manager in BSNL Corporate Office.<<view
of the Staff Side of the National Council held.
As a prelude to the
National Council meeting to be held tomorrow the
25.09.2014, a meeting of the Staff Side, National Council,
was held at New Delhi, today the 24.09.2014. Members of
the Staff Side participated in the meeting and made a
thorough discussion of the items to be discussed with the
Management in tomorrow’s National Council meeting.
Branch of Corporate Office imposes blanket ban on
demonstrations, dharna, etc.
The SR Branch of
Corporate Office, vide it’s letter dated 18th September,
2014, as issued direction to all the CGM’s to impose
dies-non on the employees who participate in protest
actions such as demonstration, dharna etc. CHQ vehemently
condemns this authoritarian attitude of the SR Branch,
which wants to take away the fundamental right enshrined
in the Constitution of the India, viz., Right to Assembly.
This case will be appropriately taken up with the
massive rallies to the offices of CGMs as per the call of
the BSNL CCWF.
BSNL Casual Contract
Workers Federation (BSNL CCWF), has called upon to hold
rallies to CGM offices tomorrow the 25.09.2014. The
Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU held on 20.07.2014
at New Delhi has endorsed this call and has called upon
the circle and district unions of BSNLEU to mobilise the
regular employees massively in this march. CHQ once again
calls upon all the circle and district secretaries to make
tomorrow’s “March to CGM Office” programme a grand
writes to Corporate Office for issuing Presidential Orders
to the 38 left out RMs of Assam Circle.<<<view
writes to CMD BSNL protesting the imposed ban by SR Branch
on demonstration, dharnas etc.<<<view
Office letter on holding of Special Recruitment Drive (SRD)
for filling up backlog vacancies of JTO
(Telecom/Civil/Electrical) for persons with Disabilities (PWD)-JTO(SRD).<<click
dharna organized at Corporate Office.
As per the call of the
JAC, an impressive dharna was organized at Bharat Sanchar
Bhawan (Corporate Office). The UP (West) Circle Union and
the Haryana circle union of BSNLEU, had mobilised a large
number of comrades for the dharna. Com. C. Singh,
President, JAC, presided over the dharna and delivered his
speech. Com. P. Abhimanyu, Convener, JAC, addressed the
gathering and explained in detail, about the demands and
the negative attitude of the Management, towards them. The
dharna is also addressed by com. V.A.N. Namboodiri,
President, BSNLEU, com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, com.
Sunil Gautam, Dy. GS, SNATTA, com. K.G. Jayaraj, GS,
AIBDPA, com. Mallikarjun, leader, BSNL MS, com. Swapan
Chakraborty, AGS, BSNLEU, com. R.K. Kohli, GS, NFTBE, com.
B.D. Sharma, Acting GS, FNTOBEA and com. R.K. Ram, GS,
BTU. Com. Naresh, SNATTA, proposed vote of thanks.<<views
of the dharna>>
programme successfully held throughout the country.
Accepting the call of the
JAC, dharnas have been organized very effectively in all
the circles. Karnataka, Kerala, Rajasthan, Assam, Gujarat,
NE-1, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, UP (West), Odisha,
Maharashtra and Telecom Factory (Richhai) circles have
sent reports of holding the dharna programme successfully.
CHQ congrats all the circle and district unions, for
implementing the call successfully.<<views
of the dharna>> <<views
of the dharna>>
leaders met the CMD and demanded immediate intervention to
restore normalcy in Kerala circle.
The leaders of the JAC of
the Non-Executives met Shri A.N. Rai, CMD BSNL and Shri
N.K. Gupta, Director (CFA) and discussed about the
deteriorating situation in Kerala circle. The leaders
pointed out that due to the adamant and arrogant attitude
of the CGM, Kerala, an abnormal situation has arisen, as a
result of which services are deteriorating day by day. The
CMD assured that he would make necessary intervention.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, Convener, JAC, com. C. Singh,
President, JAC, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU,
com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, BSNLEU, com. Suresh Kumar,
GS, BSNL MS, com. R.K. Kohli, GS, NFTBE, com. Mallikarjun,
BSNL MS and com. R.K. Ram, GS, BTU are the JAC leaders who
met the CMD. Earlier, the leaders met the SNEA leaders,
who are on indefinite fast, and expressed their
bulletin for observing International Day of Action.
BSNLEU has released
bulletins in English as well as in Hindi, for observing
International Day of Action. These bulletins have already
been dispatched to all the circle and district unions. If
required, these bulletins can also be downloaded from the
website for making photo copies.<<English>>> / <<Hindi>>
writes to the CMD BSNL seeking his immediate intervention
to arrest the deteriorating situation in Kerala circle.<<<view
nationwide dharna programme today! Hold it massively!!
As per the call of the
JAC, nationwide dharna programme is taking place today,
demanding immediate settlement of the long pending demands
of the Non-Executives. CHQ calls upon all the comrades to
organise the programme massively and to send the right
message to the Management. Send report and photos
immediately to the CHQ. Congratulations in advance.
two day conference of BSNLEU, Chennai Circle, started
writes to the Corporate Management, demanding to sort out
the financial liability and disinvestment issues of MTNL
BSNL and MTNL Managements
arranged for a discussion with the unions and associations
in BSNL on 12-09-2014, on the interse seniority issue,
which is likely to arise consequent to the merger of BSNL
and MTNL. BSNLEU, as well as all the unions and
associations participated in theat meeting, refused to
hold any discussion on the subject, and demanded that the
important issues such as the financial liability and the
disinvestment issues of MTNL should be first discussed and
sorted out. In continuation of this, BSNLEU has written to
the Corporate Management, demanding to first sort out the
financial liability and disinvestment issues of MTNL,
before talking about the merger of BSNL and MTNL.<<<view
two day circle conference of BSNLEU, Karnataka, ended with
The two day circle
conference of BSNLEU, Karnataka, came to an end today,
with unanimous election of office bearers. Com.B.P.Narayan,
com.C.K.Gundanna and com.J.V.Keshav were unanimously
reelected as President, Circle Secretary and Treasurer,
respectively. Earlier in the day, shri R.K.Mishra, CGM,
Karnataka, addressed the Conference and spoke in detail on
the steps being taken to make BSNL profitable in
Karnataka. CHQ heartily congratulates the unanimously
elected circle office bearers of Karnataka.
Circular No.9 - Observe International Day of Action on 3rd October,
2014. Conduct special meetings at Circle and SSA levels.<<click
to probe the role of
P.Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis case.
The CBI has said in its
charge sheet that it is investigating the “circumstances”
of the FIPB (Foreign Investment Promotion Board) approval
granted by then Finance Minister P Chidambaram in
connection with the Aircel- Maxis deal. The charge sheet
filed before the special court said the CBI is probing the
“circumstances” of Chidambaram’s approval to Maxis
subsidiary Global Communication Services Holdings Ltd for
investing $800 million in Aircel Ltd in 2006. The CBI is
also investigating all other “related issues” with regard
to the FIPB approval, it said. The CBI said the Cabinet
Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) was the “competent”
authority to grant approval for the $800 million foreign
investment — which was not obtained — and the Finance
Minister was “competent” to grant approval for investments
up to Rs.600 crore only.
Office letter on provision of in-service training on
"Marketing & Sales" to BSNL Officers / officials.<<click
two day conference of BSNLEU, Karnataka circle, took off
to a colourful starting at Madikeri.<<click
Office letter, regarding the eligibility of TTAs, Drivers
and LDCs, for promotion under NEPP, is not acceptable to
BSNLEU has been demanding
for a long time that the pay scale upgradations of TTA and
Drivers, as well as the conversion from LDC to TOA, should
not be treated as promotion under NEPP, and that they
should be given 1st promotion on completion of 4 years.
The JAC has also included this issue in it's 30 point
charter of demands. On this issue, Corporate Office has
issued a letter, on 17-09-2014, stating that the TTAs,
drivers and the LDCs will be granted promotion as per NEPP,
on completion of 4 years, provided they forego the pay
scale upgradations/conversion, that they have already
been given. This letter is not acceptable to us. Without
putting such a conditionality, the TTAs, Drivers and LDCs
should be given 1st promotion under completion of 4 years
under NEPP. We will get this issue settled through
R.C.Bhattacharya, elder brother of com.S.C.Bhattacharya,
CHQ Treasurer, passed away today at Raipur, due to a
massive heart attack. Shri R.C.Bhattacharya was 70 years
old and has been ailing for sometime. CHQ conveys it’s
heartfelt condolences to com.S.C.Bhattacharya, as well as
to the other members of his family.
Office issues clarification regarding claiming medical
reimbursement under BSNLMRS.
The Punjab Circle
Administration has imposed a condition, that claims for
medical reimbursement should be made in the same financial
year, in which the treatment is taken. This is against the
order of the Corporate Office, which states that claims
for reimbursement should be submitted within six months.
CHQ took up the issue with the Corporate Office for which
necessary clarification has now been issued.<<click
Office letter on settlement of grievances arisen due to
implementation of Non-Executive Promotion Policy (NEPP).<<click
Office letter on Backlog
vacancies in SC/ST/OBC categories in TTA and Telecom
Mechanic cadres - Furnishing of information.<<click
to address the seminar to be held in the Kolkata AIC.
has finalised, in consultation with the Reception
Committee, that a seminar on the “Revival
of BSNL” will be held
in the AIC on 8th November. Top officers in the Corporate
Management and leaders of the unions and associations of
BSNL will address the seminar. Com. .Abhimanyu, GS and
com.Swapan Chakraborty, AGS met shri A.N.Rai, CMD, today
the 18-09-2014, and invited him to address the seminar.
The CMD has accepted the invitation and has
International Day of Action on 3rd October, 2014.
The World Federation of
Trade Unions (WFTU) observes 3rd October of every year, as
the International Day of Action. Issues related to the
wellbeing of the working class, are being highlighted on
this day. The WFTU has decided that UNEMPLOYMENT shall be
the subject of the International Day of Action to be
observed in 2014. Unemployment is a serious social
problem, being faced by the working class. BSNLEU is an
affiliate of the WFTU. Hence, the All India Centre
meeting, held on 13-09-2014, has decided that the circle
and district unions of BSNLEU should observe this day very
effectively, by holding special meetings in all districts,
as well as at circle levels. It is also decided that if
the programme is organised by the Central Trade Unions in
a district, our comrades shall participate in it. CHQ
calls upon all the district and circle unions to observe
International Day of Action very effectively and send
reports to the CHQ.
of delegates and observers in the 7th All India
Conference, to be held at Kolkata.
CHQ has already intimated
all the district unions, about their eligibility for
delegates and observers, based on the remittance of quota,
for admission in the 7th All India Conference to be held
at Kolkata. Some district unions have written to the CHQ,
requesting to allot more number of observers for their
district. Some district unions have even sent their list
of delegates and observers, which is many times more than
the observers allotted by the CHQ. In this regard CHQ
wishes to make it very clear that only the number of
delegates and observers, as has already been allotted by
the CHQ, will be admitted in the All India Conference this
time. More number of observers will not be admitted in the
Conference. This is the decision taken in the CEC meeting
held at Rajkot. All the district unions have to respect
and implement this decision of the CEC.
the dharna programme on 23-09-2014 successfully.
The JAC of the unions and
associations of the Non - executives has called upon the
employees to conduct massive dharnas on 23-09-2014,
demanding the immediate settlement of the 30 point charter
of demands. The JAC has already printed posters in English
and Hindi and has already dispatched them to the
districts. Only a few more days are left for the programme.
Hence, CHQ requests all the circle and district unions to
immediately start making the Mobilisation, so that the
programme is conducted very effectively.
for the forthcoming struggles of dharna and 2
of anomaly in pension of BSNL employees retired within ten
months of their absorption in BSNL w.e.f. 01.10.2000.<<click
excels in the flood ravaged J&K.
The Press Trust of India
(PTI) has reported today that BSNL stands in the fore
front, in the flood ravaged J&K, in restoring
telecommunication services. The agency reports that as on
15.09.2014, BSNL had restored up to 85% of the service.
Out of it’s total 1173 Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) in
the state, BSNL restored 934 BTSs as on 15th itself.
BSNLEU heartily congratulates the BSNL employees and
officers, as well as the Management, for this excellent
cannot be closed down “just like that”
News has appeared in a
section of the media that the Cabinet Secretary, shri Ajit
Seth convened a meeting of some top officers to consider
the closing down of loss making Pubic Sector Companies,
including BSNL, MTNL and Air India. CHQ wants to make two
points clear in this regard.
1. We have long been
telling that the ultimate aim of the govt. is to privatise
/ close down BSNL. Only with this target in mind, the
govt. has continuously taken steps to weaken BSNL.
2. The entire trade
unions of the country are up in arms against the
government’s move to sell the PSUs. In the All India
Convention of Central Trade Unions, held at New Delhi on
15.09.2014, even BMS, which is close to BJP, has declared
that it will join the united struggle to defeat
privatization of PSUs. So, it is not easy for the govt. to
sell / close down BSNL “just like that”. The united trade
union movement will defeat the game plan of the govt.
Comrades need not panic.
Telephones circle union conducted a highly successful
Kolkata Telephones circle
of BSNLEU conducted an impressive seminar on 16-09-2014,
on the issue of revival of BSNL. The seminar, which was
conducted in the premises of the Telecom Factory at Alipur, was
presided over by com. Ash Mohammed Khan, circle president,
BSNLEU, Kolkata Telephones. A large number of comrades
attended the meeting. Com. Saibal Sengupta, circle
secretary, welcomed every one and initiated the discussion
on the subject. The seminar was addressed by Com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS, shri K. K. Sapra, CGM, Kolkata Telephones,
com. Animesh Mitral, Dy.GS, shri Amit Bhattacharya, PGM,
Kolkata Telephones and leaders of SNEA, AIBSNLEA, BSNLCCWF,
NFTE, SEWA BSNL, etc., addressed the seminar.
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, while addressing the seminar
explained how the anti-PSU policies of the government,
scuttling of BSNL's equipment procurement by vested
interests, and the inefficient Management have contributed
to the present precarious financial condition of the
Company. He called upon the employees to stoutly resist
the attempts of the government to make BSNL irrelevant and
also to urgently and radically improve their work culture.
CHQ heartily congratulates the Kolkata Telephones Circle
Union for organising a very successful seminar.
and the TNTCWU score a magnificent victory in Tamil Nadu
BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu circle
union and the Tamil Nadu Telecom Contract Workers Union
(TNTCWU) scored a big success yesterday the 16-09-2014.
The leaders of BSNLEU and TNTCWU started an indefinite
fast at the Tamil Nadu CGM's office on 15-09-2014,
demanding the immediate reengagement of the 140 contract
workers who have been removed from work in the Vellore SSA
of Tamil Nadu. On 16- 09-2014, both the Unions conducted a
massive dharna at the GGM's office, by mobilising more
than 1500 regular employees and contract workers from all
over the circle. Simultaneously, the contract workers
throughout the circle went on strike.
For the past two months
the CGM, Tamil Nadu circle had been maintaining a stiff
position that he would not discuss the issues of contract
workers with the BSNLEU. However, as a result of this
struggle, he was compelled to invite the leaders of BSNLEU
and the TNTCWU for negotiation. In the negotiation an
agreement is reached. According to this, 85 contract
workers would immediately be taken back for work. The
remaining workers would also be taken for work
expeditiously, in a phased manner. This struggle is a
classic example for the unity of the regular employees and
the contract worker. CHQ heartily congratulates both the
BSNLEU and the TNTCWU, as well as the entire comrades of
Tamil Nadu circle, for the magnificent victory. <<view
printed for JAC forthcoming struggle.
JAC has printed posters
in English and Hindi for the forthcoming struggles of
dharna and 2 hours walk out. CHQ of BSNLEU has already
dispatched the posters to all the circle and district
secretaries. Comrades are requested to use the posters for
effectively organising the struggles.
has issued notice to the CMD BSNL for the forthcoming
JAC has issued
notification to the CMD BSNL for the forthcoming struggle.
In the letter, the JAC has briefly mentioned the
circumstances under which the struggle is being resorted
view letter >>>
with GM (Estt).
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and
com.Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri R.K.Goyal, GM (Estt)
yesterday the 15-09-2014 and discussed the issues of
Compassionate Ground Appointments, date of implementation
of the EPF, allowing casual labourers to appear Telecom
Mechanic LDCE and other issues. The GM (Estt.) assured
that the needful would be done.
and TNTCWU conducting massive dharna, in front of Tamil
Nadu CGM office at Chennai.
BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu circle
and Tamil Nadu Telecom Contract Workers Union (TNTCWU) are
conducting a massive dharna at the office of the CGM,
Tamil Nadu circle. More than 1500 workers, who have come
from all the districts of Tamil Nadu, are participating in
the struggle. Contract workers are on strike in the
circle. The struggle has been launched, demanding
reengagement of the 140 contract workers who have been
removed from work. CHQ has demanded the CMD BSNL to
immediately take back the retrenched workers. CHQ salutes
the BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu circle union and the TNTCWU for
conducting this militant struggle.
with GM (CIT) on implementation of ERP in Telecom Stores
Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and
com . Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri Ramchand, GM
(CIT) and discussed about the redressal of the problems
being faced by the employees of Telecom Stores Circle,
due to the implementation of ERP. The GM (CIT) apprised
the leaders, of the actions being taken by the Management,
to avoid the recurrence of the problems faced by the
employees in the drawal of salary.
passed in the National Convention of Workers, held at New
Delhi, today the 15.09.2014.
per the decision taken in the Forum meeting held on
12.09.2014, the Convener, Forum has given letter to the
CMD, proposing to deduct one day basic pay towards the
flood relief of J&K Circle.
and Contract Workers Union on struggle in Tamil Nadu.
reengagement of the 140 contract workers, who had been
terminated in the Vellore SSA of Tamil Nadu, the circle
union of BSNLEU and Tamil Nadu Telecom Contract Workers
Union have started struggle. Leaders of the BSNLEU and
TNTCWU have started indefinite fast in front of the Tamil
Nadu CGM office at Chennai. A massive dharna will be held
in this venue tomorrow. CHQ Congratulates the Tamil Nadu
letter addressed to CMD>>
circle conference of Haryana successfully held at Bhiwani.
The 6th circle conference
of Haryana circle was successfully held at Bhiwani on
14.09.2014. The Conference started with the hoisting of
the Union flag by com .V.A.N. Namboodiri, President. The
Open Session was held in the morning. It was addressed by
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President
and shri S.P. Tripati, GM, Rohtak. The delegates session
was held in the afternoon. Com. M.S. Kadian, CS, Presented
the report on activities. A good number of comrades
participated in the discussion. Thereafter, com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS, spoke, explaining the various issues being
taken at the All India Level and also about the struggle
call by the JAC. The report and the accounts were passed
unanimously. At the end, com. Naresh Kumar and com. M.S.
Kadian were unanimously reelected as the President and
Circle Secretary respectively. <<Views
of the Conference>>
Convention of Workers held at New Delhi.
A National Convention of
Workers, organized by the Central Trade Unions was held at
New Delhi today the 15.09.2014. The Convention was held in
the Constitution Club and was jointly presided over by all
the National Presidents of the Central Trade Unions. Apart
from the representatives of the Central TUs,
representatives of the federations of various industries
also attended. From BSNLEU Com. V.A.N Namboodiri,
President, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Swapan
Chakraborty, AGS attended the convention. It was addressed
by com. Tapan Sen, GS, CITU, com. Gurudas Dasgupta, GS,
AITUC, com. Brajesh Upadhyay, GS, BMS, Dr. Sanjiva Reddy,
President, INTUC and many others. The Convention passed a
declaration and has decided to conduct the following
programme of action.
1. State level joint
conventions in September and October. Wherever possible
district and industry level joint conventions may be
2. National Protest Day to
be observed on 05.12.2014, on which massive
demonstrations are to be held. Demonstration at Delhi
will be held with workers from states nearer to Delhi.
Linked Incentive (PLI) – our demand is justified.
The demand of the JAC on
the issue of PLI is very justified. For the past so many
years Management has been denying PLI to the BSNL
employees on the plea that the Company is not earning
profit. We had shown to the Management, the DPE
guidelines, wherein it is categorically stated that PLI is
not linked with the profit of a PSU. In the talks held
between the JAC and the Management on 27.06.2014, the JAC
demanded that PLI should not be linked with profit, as per
the DPE guidelines. It was accepted by the Management.
According to the decision taken in that meeting, the Joint
Committee on PLI is in the process of finalising the “New
PLI formula”, based on the productivity of the Company.
However, it will take a few more months to finalise the
same. Under these circumstances, the JAC has raised the
demand that one month’s pay should be paid as Adhoc PLI,
before Pooja, pending finalisation of the New PLI formula.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, as well as the Convener of
the JAC, has met the CMD twice and has demanded payment of
adhoc PLI. If this justified demand is rejected, then the
employees will be left with no other option, but to go on
BSNL employees are left with no
other option, but to hit back.
The next few months are
going to be a period of serious struggles in BSNL. The
genuine demands of the Non-Executives, including PLI are
being rejected by the Management. The E-1 pay scale and
the Revised Recruitment Rules of the JTO, are already
approved by the Management Committee. However, the BSNL
Board of Directors refuses to give approval to both these
issues, on the plea that the Company is running in loss.
This attitude of the Board of Directors cannot be
accepted. On one side the Management and the govt. are
doing nothing to revive the financial condition of the
Company. The suggestions given by the Forum, in this
respect, are thrown into the dustbin. On the other side,
the Deloittee Committee’s recommendations and the move to
merge BSNL & MTNL are threatening the very future of the
employees and the Company. Under these circumstances, the
employees of BSNL are left with no other option but to hit
back. Yes comrades, we have to hit back strongly.
beckon us! Let us march ahead!!
The JAC of the
Non-Executives has given call for dharna on 23.09.2014,
two hours walk out on 30.09.2014 and one day strike in the
month of November. These struggles have become inevitable
because our justified demands have been rejected. The
Forum has decided to give call for indefinite strike
against the merger of BSNL & MTNL, recommendations of the
Deloittee Committee as well as demanding concrete steps
for the revival of BSNL. The date of this strike will be
finalised in the next meeting of the Forum, which is
meeting shortly. In short, the next few months are going
to be a period of struggles and turbulence in BSNL. We are
left with no other option, but to hit back. CHQ requests
all the Circle and District Secretaries are requested to
get fully prepared to meet the situation. They are
requested to take the initiative to strengthen the unity
of the Non-Executives, as well as the entire employees of
BSNL. JAC and Forum should immediately be formed in
whichever district and circle where they are not formed.
Without unity we cannot save BSNL and also cannot win over
our justified demands. Yes comrades. Struggles beckon us!
Let us march ahead!!
Side members express protest, in the meeting of the
Sub-Committee formed to discuss “interse-seniority” issue,
connected with the merger of BSNL & MTNL.
A meeting of the
Sub-Committee, formed to discuss the “interse-seniority”
issue, connected with the merger of BSNL & MTNL, was held
today. As per the decision taken in the meeting of the
Forum, the Staff Side members informed the Management that
they would not discuss the interse-seniority issue, unless
and otherwise the other major issues like the financial
liability and disinvestment issues of MTNL are first
discussed and sorted out. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU,
explained this decision in detail, before the BSNL & MTNL
officers. Other representatives of the unions and
associations also took the same stand and demanded that
govt. should first discuss the major issues connected with
the merger. Hence, no discussion on the interse-seniority
issue took place today. Finally, the Management Side said
that the Staff Side views can be given in writing, which
would be forwarded to the govt.
decides to organise struggle to stop merger of BSNL & MTNL,
without settling the major apprehensions of the employees.
A meeting of the Forum
took place today the 12.09.2014, the following decisions
were taken unanimously.<view
employees will donate one day salary for Jammu & Kashmir
relief - Forum press release.<<<click
of the FORUM held on 12th September 2014.<<<click
meeting decides that one day basic pay of the employees
will be donated as relief to the flood affected people of
Jammu & Kashmir.
The Forum meeting that
was held today the 12.09.2014, has taken the decision that
a proposal shall be given to the Management, that an
amount equivalent to one day’s basic pay shall be deducted
from the salary of the employees, and the same shall be
donated as relief to the people of Jammu & Kashmir who are
very badly affected by floods. Since the people of J&K are
facing a natural calamity that has not taken place during
the past 100 years, all employees are requested to
co-operate and agree to donate one day’s basic pay.
with CMD on 11.09.2014.
Com. P. Abhimnayu, GS and
com. M.C. Balakrishna, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met shri A.N.
Rai, CMD BSNL, yesterday the 11.09.2014, and discussed the
with GM (Estt.) on 11.09.2014.
Com. P. Abhimnayu, GS and
com. M.C. Balakrishna, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met shri R.K.
Goyal, GM (Estt.), and discussed the following issues.
labourers working in BSNL, with the requisite
qualification should be allowed to appear the Telecom
of implementation of EPF, in respect of casual labourers
in BSNL, should be compulsorily from 01.10.2000, and not
from any later date.
The pay scale upgradations of the TTA and Driver cadres,
from 01.10.2000, should not be treated as the first
upgradation under NEPP and they should be given first
upgradation w.e.f. 2004.
writes to the CMD BSNL, demanding payment of financial
assistance to the flood ravaged circle of Jammu & Kashmir.<<<view letter>>>
circular no. 5 - JAC decides to intensify the struggle.<<<click
& Kashmir limping back to normalcy.
Jammu & Kashmir, which is
devastated by unprecedented floods, is limping back to
normalcy. The floods have started to recede. Relief and
rescue operations are being carried out by the armed
forces in full swing. After many days, early this morning,
the General Secretary was able to contact com. Bashir
Ahmed Khan, District Secretary, Srinagar. He told that the
floods have started receding, however, the fate of
employees are not known, as communication continues to
remain paralysed. Still, the circle secretary, com. Nisar
Ahmed could not be contacted. BSNLEU, while assuring the
Management of all cooperation, has demanded immediate
financial relief to the BSNL employees of J&K circle.
to become a 100% multi national company.
Uninor, which is
operating in 7 circles with 30 million subscribers, is all
set to become a 100% multi national company. Norwegian
multi national company, Telenor, is have 74% stake in
Uninor. The remaining 26% is being held by Lakshdeep
Investments. Telenor has clinched a Rs.7.8 billion deal to
purchase the 26% stake from it’s partner. It has already
got the approval of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board
Modi govt.’s big step to kill the Public Sector.
The Narendra Modi
government has taken a drastic decision on 10.09.2014 to
kill the Indian Public Sector. The govt. has taken
decision to disinvest the shares in three PSUs for a
whopping Rs.45,000 crore. The three PSUs are Coal India
Ltd. (CIL), ONGC and National Hydroelectric Power
Corporation (NHPC). In CIL, the govt. has decided to sell
10% stake, while the figure is 11.3% in NHPC and 5% in
ONGC. In addition to this, the govt. has already decided
to sell 10% stake in the SAIL. Undoubtedly the BJP govt.
ruling at the Centre is also following the same
Neo-Liberal Policy, which was followed by the previous
Congress led UPA govt. Let the working class muster
strength and launch serious struggles to safeguard the
Conference of the Corporate Office held.
The Circle Conference of
the Corporate Office circle branch was held today the
10.09.2014. Com. Rajiv Kumar Singh, presided over the
meeting. Com. Kamal Dev Sah, Circle Secretary, welcomed
all and placed his report. The members participated in the
discussion and raised the issues of the Corporate Office
employees. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the
conference. He appreciated the efforts being taken by the
Corporate Office Circle Union for increasing union
membership. He explained the audience about the present
condition of the Company, for which the pro-private
policies of the govt., as well as inefficiency of the
Management are responsible. The efforts being taken by the
JAC to resolve the problems of the Non-Executives, was
also explained. Finally, election of office-bearers took
place. The list of office-bearers with Com. Pratap Singh
Bist, LDC, com. Kamal Dev Sah, LDC and com. Sunil Kumar,
LDC were unanimously elected as the President, Circle
Secretary and Treasurer respectively. CHQ conveys its
congratulations to the newly elected circle office bearers
of Corporate Office circle union branch.
Office letter on
issue of Presidential Order to RMs who were having
temporary status as on 30.09.2000 and regularised in
pursuance to DoT letter No.269-94/98-STN-II dated
29.09.2000 - Clarification.<<<click
writes to the CMD BSNL, demanding appointments under
compassionate ground, according to the educational
qualifications of the candidates.<<<view letter>>>
writes to the CMD BSNL, demanding handling of the issues
of casual and contract workers by the Establishment Branch
of Corporate Office.<<<view letter>>>
writes to the CMD BSNL, demanding implementation of
gratuity to the casual labourers.<<<view letter>>>
Office letter on holding meeting with unions and
associations on HR integration of BSNL and MTNL.<<<click
6th Joint Circle Conference of Assam, NE1 and
NE2 culminated in a massive rally and open session.
Joint Circle Conference of Assam, NE1 and NE2 circles,
that started on 06-09-2014, and was going on for the last
three days, came to an end with a colourful rally and an
open session. Hundreds of employees enthusiastically
participated in the procession.
At the end an impressive
open session was held in the Rabindra Nath Tagore
Centenary Memorial Hall. It was addressed by Com. Manik
Sarkar, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tripura, Com. P.
Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU and shri D.P. Singh, CGM, NE-1
Circle. The Hon’ble Chief Minister and the General
Secretary criticised the Neo-Liberal Policies and insisted
for strengthening of the struggles against those policies.
They also reiterated the necessity to fight against
communal forces. In the meeting, the Hon’ble Chief
Minister released the souvenir of the Joint Circle
circular, on the decision of the JAC to intensify the
struggle on the demands of the Non-Executives.<<click
Office letter to CGMs on shortage of SIMs.<<click
thankfully acknowledges the receipt of special donations,
from the following comrades, as well as Circle and
badly affected in worst ever flood after Independence.
Unprecedented flood has
crippled life in Kashmir. The Capital Srinagar itself is
stated to be badly affected. This is said to be the worst
ever flood, seen after Independence. So far, 175 people
are reported killed in flood and landslides. However, it
is feared that more number of people might have been
killed in landslides in isolated and far flung areas. The
Army has deployed 23,000 personnel, who have so far
rescued more than 23,000 people. Telecommunication
services are totally disrupted and we are not able to
contact our comrades. In this hour of crisis, we pledge
our whole hearted support and solidarity to our brothers
and sisters who are facing the fury of nature in Kashmir.
We also convey our heartfelt condolences to the people,
who have lost their near and dear. Hope normalcy will be
District Union donated Rs.20,200/ towards CHQ fund.
Rs.20,200 was donated
towards CHQ Fund, in the ongoing Assam circle conference
being held at Agartala. This donation is collected by the
Jorhat District Union. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, received the
donation and congratulated the Jorhat comrades.<<click
seminar held in the joint circle conference of Assam, NE 1
& NE 2.<<click
Joint Circle Conference of Assam, NE-1 and NE-2 circles
took off at Agartala, with an enthusiastic inaugural
takes decision to go on strike.
A meeting of the JAC was
held yesterday the 05.09.2014. Com. C. Singh, President,
JAC, presided over the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu,
Convener, JAC welcomed every one and briefed on the
Demands Day programme that have taken place and the status
of the various issues. He told that even issues like E-1
pay scale and new RR of the JTO are lying pending, since
the Board of Directors has not approved them. Thereafter,
detailed discussion took place on the agenda.
Representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, BSNL MS, TEPU, SNATTA,
BTEU, FNTOBEA, BTU and BSNL WRU took part in the
discussion. The following decisions were taken
meeting expressed it’s extreme displeasure and resentment
since no improvement has taken place on any of the issues
on which discussion took place between the JAC and the
Management on 27.6.2014.
(ii) In order to intensify the struggle, a one day
dharna is to be conducted at the Corporate Office, circles
and SSAs on 23.09.2014.
(iii) Two hour walk out is to be conducted on
30.09.2014 from 1100 hrs to 1300 hrs.
(iv) One day strike will take place in November,
the date of which will be decided in the next JAC meeting
to be held on 04.10.2014.
taken in the BSNL Staff Welfare Board meeting
held on 04.09.2014.<<<click
Office letter on declaration of assets and liabilities by
the public servants for the each year and placing the same
in public domain of the Ministries/Departments -
Instructions with regard to Non-Executives equivalent to
Group C employees of BSNL.<<<click
writes to the Hon'ble Minister of Telecom, demanding
immediate discussion with unions on the issue of merger of
BSNL and MTNL.<<<view letter>>>
Office letter on organisational structure
implementation in ERP for CM Vertical.<<<click
selects Celltick for home screen marketing service (BSNL
BZZ) to its subscribers - press release.<<<click
Office letter on floating of tenders by Circles / SSAs.<<<click
with GM (Estt.).
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS,
held discussion with Shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) today the
04.09.2014, during which he reminded many issues that have
already been discussed on earlier occasions, such as
problems connected with NEPP, fixation of pay after
01.10.2000, Compassionate Ground Appointments, Telecom
Mechanic promotion to the officials who have already been
qualified and completed training, Allowing casual
labourers to appear the Telecom Mechanic LICE, and also
the gratuity and EPF issues of the casual labourers. The
GM (Estt.) assured that action is being taken on most of
moving on fast track on the issue of merger of BSNL and
It is widely reported in
the media, that the DoT is moving fast on the issue of
merger of BSNL and MTNL. As per reports, the DoT has fixed
June, 2015 as the deadline for the merger, for which it
will move a Cabinet Note in April, 2015. However, the DoT
wants to hold discussion with the Unions and Associations
on this matter only in March, 2015. From the above time
schedule it is clear that by the time the DoT holds talk
with the unions, the merger of BSNL and MTNL would have
become a fait accompli. We will not allow this to happen.
The unions and associations, under the banner of Forum,
will meet shortly and will finalise their strategy.
Office letter on recruitment of Junior Hindi Translators
through Limited Internal Competitive Examination (LICE) to
be held on 9th November, 2014.<<<click
Office circular on rationalisation of the tariff under
prepaid mobile services.<<<click
Office letter on suspension of all the activity related to
manufacturing of CAT-5 cable by Telecom Factories.<<<click
Board meeting held.
meeting of the Staff Welfare Board was held today at New
Delhi today. The meeting was presided over by shri A.N.Rai,
CMD BSNL. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, represented BSNLEU in the
meeting. At the outset, Com.P.Abhimanyu expressed his deep
anguish over the extreme delay in holding the Welfare
Board meeting. The last meeting was held in
February, 2011. The CMD BSNL assured that the meeting will
be held without delay hereafter. A note on the discussions
held on the agenda item will be put on the website
writes to CMD BSNL, demanding expeditious redressal of the
problems being faced by the employees of Telecom Stores,
due to the hasty implementation of the ERP .<<<
Office letter on early settlement of pre-2006 pension