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BSNLEU CHQ NEWDELHI, 23rd November, 2017 [11:45 Hrs]  

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Text Box: BSNL List  of Holidays Calendar - 2017

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

 

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

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

 

BSNL Employees Union (CHQ), New Delhi

Last Updated on 23.11.2017 [16:40 hrs]

[23.11.2017]More views of the New Delhi Human Chain programme.<<<views of the programme>>>

 

[23.11.2017]Human Chain programme is a historic success in the National Capital.

The Human Chain programme, called on by the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, became a historic success in the National Capital, New Delhi. Never before, the Non-Executives and Executives of BSNL Corporate Office, NTR and NTP circles had participated so massively in any programme. Totally, around 1,000 employees participated in this programme, and stood along Janpath, in a very disciplined manner, to make the programme a success. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the NTR, NTP and Corporate Office circle secretaries of all the unions and associations.

 

[23.11.2017]Massive joint meeting of West Bengal state,  for organising the two day strike.

A massive state level joint meeting of the BSNL Unions and Associations of West Bengal was held at Kolkata yesterday the 22nd November, in the Institute Hall, CTO, Kolkata. Very good mobilisation has been made by all unions and associations. A presidium of circle secretaries of all  major unions and associations in Kolkata Telephones circle  conducted the meeting. It was addressed by Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS,BSNLEU, Com. C.Singh, GS,NFTE- BSNL, Com.Tapas Ghosh, CS, SNEA,West Bengal, Com.Prasun Mukherjee, Organising Secretary, AIBSNEA, Com. Alok Nandi,Dy.GS, FNTO, Com.Ashok Acharaya,Jt.Secretary, AIGETOA,  Com.Ajay Singh, President, BSNLMS, Com.Jitendra Balmiki,CS,SEWA BSNL, Com.Praveen Kumar,SNATTA and Com. Soumya Basak, CS,AIBSNLOA addressed the convention.  Com. Animesh Mitra,VP(CHQ) BSNLEU proposed vote of thanks.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[23.11.2017]Memorandum submitted to Sri Y.V.Subba Reddy MP by All Unions and Associations, Ongole SSA, AP circle.

 

[22.11.2017]Meeting with CMD BSNL.

Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS and com.S.Chellappa,AGS met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL today, and discussed the following issues.

 

(a)    Resolutions of the CEC meeting of BSNLEU, held at New Delhi.

The GS and AGS handed over to the CMD BSNL, copies of the important resolutions passed in the meeting of BSNLEU, held at New Delhi on 7th and 8th November, 2017. Especially, the resolutions pertaining to attacks on trade union rights in BSNL, fresh recruitment of staff and implementation of court order on counting RTP service, were discussed.

 

(b)   Victimisation of com.K.Mohanan, CS, BSNLEU, Kerala.

The attention of the CMD BSNL was drawn to the attempts being made to victimise com.K.Mohanan, circle secretary, BSNLEU, Kerala.

 

(c)    Taking over of BSNL buildings / space, by the TERM Cell.

The attention of the CMD BSNL was drawn to the attempt being made by the TERM Cell, to take over BSNL's building / space in Jammu.

 

The CMD BSNL assured that appropriate actions would be taken on all the above mentioned issues.

 

[22.11.2017]Decision of the Union Cabinet, in respect of the wage revision of the Non-Executives of Public Sector Undertakings, as reported in the Press Information Bureau.<<click here>>

 

[22.11.2017]All Unions and Associations of Bihar circle conducted an inspiring meeting at Patna.

The All Unions and Associations of Bihar circle conducted an inspiring meeting yesterday, to mobilise the employees for the human chain and two day strike. A large number of comrades attended the meeting. Com.B.P.Singh, CS, BSNLEU, presided over the meeting. Com.Animesh Mitra,VP(CHQ), BSNLEU, com.Chandeswar Singh,GS, NFTE, com.K.Sebastin,GS,SNEA, com.Prasun Mukopadyay, Org.Secretary, AIBSNLEA, com.Washi Ahmed, Dy.GS,AIGETOA, and com.Ajay Singh, President, BSNL MS, addressed. CHQ of BSNLEU heartily congratulates the Unions and Associations of Bihar circle, for conducting this successful meeting.<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

[22.11.2017]Red salutes to com. Sukomal Sen.

We are extremely sad to inform that, Com.Sukomal Sen, former General Secretary of the All State Government Employees Federation ((AISGEF), General Secretary of the Trade Union International - Public Services (TUI PS), as well as Member of the Rajya Sabha, passed away today morning, in a hospital at Kolkata. He was one of the senior most trade union leaders of the country. Com.sukomal Sen was also a great teacher, and his contributions in the field of educating the working class will ever be remembered. BSNLEU dips it's banner and pays respectful homage to com.Sukomal Sen, and conveys it's heartfelt condolences to his family members, friends and comrades.

 

[21.11.2017]BSNL Corporate Office issues corrigendum to the model examination notice for the JE LICE.<<view corrigendum>>

 

[21.11.2017]Make the human chain programme a grand success.

As a prelude to the two day strike to be held on 12th & 13th December, 2017, the Unions and Associations have decided to conduct a human chain on 23.11.2017. Each and every Non-Executive and Executive should be involved in this human chain. All the circle and district secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to take the initiative and to conduct the programme in the most successful manner, in coordination with other unions and associations.  

 

[21.11.2017]Submission of memorandum to MPs – An important ground work for the settlement of 3rd pay revision and stopping formation of Subsidiary Tower Company.

Submission of memorandum to the MPs is a very important ground work, for the settlement of our demands, viz., 3rd Pay Revision and stopping formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. The All Unions and Associations have already finalised the memorandum to be submitted to the MPs. As has already been announced, the last date for submission of memorandum is 30.11.2017. All circle and district secretaries are requested to complete this task successfully. Dharmapuri district in Tamil Nadu circle, is the first to submit the memorandum to the MP. On behalf of all the unions and associations of Dharmapuri district, memorandum is submitted today, to shri K. Ashok Kumar, Hon’ble MP of Krishnagiri constituency. CHQ heartily congratulates the unions and associations of Dharmapuri district. 

Memorandum is submitted today, to shri K. Ashok Kumar, Hon’ble MP of Krishnagiri

 

[21.11.2017]BSNLEU demands implementation of 200 point roster for JE LICE to be conducted in UP East Circle.

As per the orders of DoP&T, 200 point roster is to be implemented in recruitments, for implementation of SC/ST reservation. But this being denied in UP (East) circle for the JE LICE to be conducted on 28.01.2018. Some other wrong methodology is being adopted by UP(East) circle administration, which affects the interest of SCs and STs. BSNLEU has taken up this issue with Corporate Office, demanding it’s intervention for the implementation of 200 point roster in the JE LICE to be conducted in UP (East) circle.<<view letter>>

 

[21.11.2017]Resolutions passed in the Central Executive Committee meeting held at New Delhi on 07th & 08th November, 2017.

 

(1)    On two day strike on 12th and 13th December, 2017 - Make it a total success! <<Click here>>

(2)   On the issue of spectrum for BSNL.<<Click here>>

(3)  On Recruitment of fresh staff. <<Click here>>

(4)  On the curtailment of legitimate trade union rights in BSNL. <<Click here>>

(5)   On common struggles of the working class in the country.<<Click here>>

(6)  On regularisation of RTP service. <<Click here>>

 

[20.11.2017]Corporate Office issues letter to count training period also as residency period for appearing in the JE LICE.

According to the Recruitment Rules, an official should have completed 5 years’ of service in the 9020-17430 pay scale, for appearing in the JE LICE. BSNLEU has taken up the demand that the pre-appointment training, undergone by the Non-Executives, should also be counted to calculate this residency period. This issue was discussed by the leaders of BSNLEU, with Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Estt.), on 17.11.2017 also. The GM (Estt.) accepted the demand and assured that order will be issued shortly. Accordingly the letter has been issued by Corporate Office today.<<view letter>>

 

[20.11.2017]BSNL endorsement of special benefits in cases of death and disability in service - Revision of Disability Pension/Family pension under CCS(EOP)Rules of Pre-2016 disability pensioners/ Family Pensioners in implementation of recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission.<<click here>>

 

[20.11.2017]BSNLEU writes to the Management demanding expeditious training for successful JAO candidates of J&K circle.

JAO LICE was held on 17.07.2016. This exam was held belatedly in J&K circle. 14 candidates emerged successful in this exam. However, still they are not deputed for training. The NATFM says that it cannot start a training batch with only 14 candidates. BSNLEU has written to the GM (Trng.), urging upon him to take expeditious action to solve this problem.<<view letter>>

 

[20.11.2017]All India tour programme to organise the two day strike – circle secretaries are requested to organise the meetings strictly as per the decision.

An All India tour programme, to be addressed by the General Secretaries / leaders of All Unions and Associations has already been finalised, for organising the forthcoming two day strike to be held on 12th & 13th December, 2017. This tour programme is already updated on CHQ website. All the circle secretaries are requested to take this decision seriously, and organise the tour programme strictly as per the schedule.  

 

[20.11.2017]Wealth of 101 Indian Billionaires equals 13% of GDP.

We have been telling that inequality is widening rapidly after the implementation of Neo-Liberal policies. A very big portion of the wealth that is being generated in the country, is being garnered by the big corporates. Statistics say that 1% of the Indian population is having 58% of the Nation’s wealth. Now, one more evidence has come to prove our claim that, the rich is growing richer. According to the Forbes 2017 Billionaires list, 101 Indian Billionaires are having wealth which is equivalent to 13% of India’s GDP. It must also be noted that simultaneously news are coming from many states reporting starvation deaths.

[Source: Times of India dated 20.11.2017]   

 

[18.11.2017]All India tour programme of CHQ leaders .

The All Unions and Associations of BSNL has decided an All India tour programme, to organise the 2 day strike to be held in December, 2017. The All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU held yesterday, has decided the places to be addressed by the CHQ leaders, which is as follows:-

 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, General  Secretary            -     Lucknow, Patna, Pune, Ahmedabad, Jaipur

 

Com. Balbir Singh, President                                -     Ludhiana, Bhopal

 

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. General Secretary -  Kolkata & Guwahati

 

Com. P. Asokababu, Vice President                             -  Hyderabad & Bengaluru

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Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice President                            -   Bhubaneswar

 

Com. S. Chellappa, Asst. General Secretary              -   Chennai

 

[18.11.2017]Memorandum to be submitted to the MPs.

The memorandum to be submitted to the MPs, as per the decision of the Unions and Associations of BSNL, is attached herewith. All circle, as well as district secretaries, are requested to take the initiative, to complete the task of submitting this memorandum to the MPs, in coordination with other unions and associations. This task should be completed by 30-11-2017. <<< view memorandum >>>

 

[18.11.2017]An effective seminar on great October Revolution, organised at Kolkata.

A very inspiring seminar on the Great October Revolution was organised at Kolkata today. The four circle unions of West Bengal, Kolkata, Telecom Factory and Telecom Stores, organised the seminar. A large number of comrades attended. Com. Sisir Roy, CS, Kolkata, presided over and com. Animesh Mitra CS, West Bengal &VP (CHQ) welcomed all. Com. Tapan Sen, GS, CITU and com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, addressed the meeting and explained about the achievements of the Soviet Union, under the leadership of the working class. They also linked the relevance of the Great October Revolution, in solving the present day problems. CHQ heartily congratulates all the four circle unions, for organising today's programme successfully.<<< view of the seminar >>>

 

 

[17.11.2017]Meeting with GM (Estt. & Rectt.)

Com P.Abhimanyu, GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, com.S.Chelappa, AGS and com.Ramesh Chand,Organising Secretary (CHQ) met Ms. Anima Roy, GM(Estt & Rectt), BSNL CO today, and discussed the following issues:

 

 

(1) Wrong fixation of qualifying marks for SC/ST candidates in the forthcoming JE LICE under 50% quota to be held on 28.01.2018.

 

The union representatives pointed out to the GM (Estt & Rectt ) that in the model notification, it is mentioned that the qualifying marks for SC/ST candidates would be 20% in each section and 30% in aggregate. Whereas, according to the orders of the Corporate Office, the qualifying marks for SC/ST are prescribed as 20% in each section and there is no provision for aggregate marks. Therefore, the union urged that in the notification the minimum marks for SC/ST candidates should be fixed without any aggregate marks.

 

The GM informed that the qualifying marks for SC/ST candidates are not changed, and that, the order issued earlier is for review of the results of the failed SC/ST candidates. She further clarified that, while reviewing the results of the failed SC/ST candidates, no minimum aggregate marks would be required.

 

(2) Conducting off line examination for JE LICE.

The union has already written to the Management for conducting the LDCE/ LICE from Non-Executive to Non- Executive through off line. Since, the proposed JE LICE is from the Non-Executive to Non-Executive, it should be conducted off line only.

 

The GM replied that the JE is the highest Non- executive technical cadre and SOP also framed based on the technical support, therefore, the Management has decided to conduct the said LICE on line. The GM assured that necessary action would be taken to conduct mock tests to familiarise the candidates with the process of on line exams. The union representatives urged that necessary instructions should be issued from the Rectt. cell to the circles to conduct mock test every week before the exam, for which the GM agreed.

 

 

(3) On the issue of changing the cut off date from 1st July 2016 to 1st July 2017, for the JE LICE, the GM informed that since the exam is being held for 2016 vacancies, the cut off date could not be extended to 1st July, 2017.

 

However, she assured that the Union's demand for counting training period for qualifying service is accepted, and necessary instructions would be issued soon.

 

[17.11.2017]Telengana circle union on struggle path.

Consequent to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circles, the Management is forcibly sending unwilling Non-Executives from Telengana to AP circle. The suggestions given by BSNLEU to amicably solve the issue, is ignored by the Management. Hence, the Telengana circle union is on agitation.<<< view images >>>

 

[17.11.2017]Hold meeting of circle secretaries in all circles tomorrow the 18-11-2017.

The meeting of All Unions and Associations of BSNL, held at New Delhi on 14-11-2017, has decided that meeting of circle secretaries of all unions and associations should be held in each and every circle, on 18-11-2017. This decision is taken to ensure elaborate preparations for the human chain programme, as well as for the two day strike, and also to ensure better coordination between all unions and associations at the circle level. CHQ requests the circle secretaries to take the initiative to hold the meeting.

 

[17.11.2017]CHQ circular.

CHQ has issued circular, consisting of the important decisions of the New Delhi CEC meeting, the New Delhi meeting of the All India BSNL Working Women's Coordination and the meeting of "All Unions and Associations of BSNL", held at New Delhi on 14-11-2017. <<< view circular >>>

 

[16.11.2017]Meeting with GM (SR).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, com. S. Chellappa, AGS and com. Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR) today and discussed the following issues. 

 

(1)    Releasing of the National Council minutes on time.

The Union representatives urged upon the GM (SR) to release the minutes of the adjourned 35th meeting of the National Council, held on 13.11.2017. It was pointed out that releasing of the minutes of the meeting held on 11.05.2017, was considerably delayed as a result of which, the decisions taken in that meeting were not implemented on time. The GM (SR) assured that the minutes would be released on time.

 

(2)    Issuing of notice for pre-mature retirement to 6 officials of Faridabad SSA.

BSNLEU has already written to the CMD BSNL and Director (HR), vide letter no. BSNLEU/310 (HAR) dated 02.11.2017, opposing the pre-mature retirement notice issued to 6 officials of Faridabad SSA, and has demanded withdrawal of the notices. The Union representatives enquired about the status of this case. The GM (SR) informed that the case is being amicably settled.

 

(3)    Preparation of a false minutes of the Designations Committee meeting.

BSNLEU has already protested that the Management Side had inserted in an unfair manner, certain portion, which is not part of the discussion that took place in the meeting of the Joint Committee for Change of Designations of the Non-Executives, held on 26.09.2017. The Union representatives requested the GM (SR) to intervene in this matter, for which he responded positively.

 

[16.11.2017]BSNLEU protests preparation of a false minutes of the Designations Committee meeting.

Management has prepared the draft minutes of the meeting of the Joint Committee on Change of Designations of the Non-Executives, that was held on 26.09.2017. In that minutes, it is stated that the duties and responsibilities of the Non-Executives can be changed after change of designations. It is also mentioned in the draft minutes that this was mutually agreed to by, both the Management and Staff Side. Such a discussion has not at all taken place in the Joint Committee meeting, and the Staff Side has not agreed for any change in duties and responsibilities, after change of designations. BSNLEU has written to the GM (Restg.) protesting against this unfair practice of the Management Side.<<view letter>>

     

[16.11.2017]Inauguration of com. P. Ramamurthy Bhawan.

As already informed through our website, CITU has constructed a Trade Union Education & Research Centre at Saket, New Delhi. This Trade Union School is named after the founder General Secretary of CITU, com. P. Ramamurthy. The inauguration of P. Ramamurthy Bhawan is taking place on 15th December, 2017. The CITU has invited BSNLEU to participate in the inaugural function.<<view invitation>>

 

[16.11.2017]Idea Cellular’s second quarter loss rises to Rs.1,107 crores.

The Idea Cellular, one of the major telecom company, has already gone into loss. The Company’s loss for the second quarter has risen to Rs.1,107 crores. It is also reported that Idea Cellular’s revenue has fallen by 19.7% in the second quarter. It’s revenue collection in the second quarter of 2016 was Rs.9,300 crores. Whereas, it’s revenue collection for the second quarter in 2017 is only Rs.7,465 crores.  

 

[16.11.2017]Mukesh Ambhani’s family beats the Lees of Samsung, to become the richest in Asia.

The family of Mukesh Ambhani, who is the richest person of India, has now become the richest in Asia. Mukesh Ambhani’s family has beaten the Lees of the Samsung, to become the richest in Asia. The net worth of the Ambhanis has increased from 19 billion US dollars to 44.8 billion US dollars. The net worth of the Lees is 40.8 billion US dollars. It must be noted that the policies of the Modi government has greatly helped Mukesh Ambhani to reach this position. We saw how the government’s policies helped Mukesh Ambhani’s Reliance Jio. Similarly, in the Oil industry also, which is one of the biggest business of Mukesh Ambhani, the government’s policy has greatly helped him. For example, the price of petrol in India was sold at Rs.65/- per litre in 2014, when the price of one barrel of crude oil was sold at 120 US dollars in the international market. But, when the price of crude oil in the international market has come down to only 50 US dollars per barrel, the price of petrol in India has increased to Rs.70/- per litre. Mukesh Ambani is greatly benefited by this. This is only one example of how the government, through it’s policy interventions, make the rich to become richer.  

 

[16.11.2017]BSNLEU once again writes to the Management justifying the demand to conduct JE LICE as an off line exam.

On receiving the letter from BSNL CO, rejecting the demand of BSNLEU to conduct the JE LICE as an off line exam, BSNLEU has once again written to the Corporate Office, justifying it’s demand for an off line exam for the JE LICE.<<view letter>>

 

[16.11.2017]BSNL Corporate Office replies to BSNLEU that JE LICE would not be conducted as an off line exam.

BSNLEU has already demanded that the JE LICE should be conducted not as an online exam, but it should be conducted as on off line exam. This demand is raised in view of the fact that most of the candidates appearing the JE LICE are belonging to the line staff category, who do not possess the working knowledge of computer. The Recruitment Branch of Corporate Office has rejected the demand.<<view letter>>

 

[15.11.2017]Corporate Office calls for inputs related to financial implication of the anomalies issue – Circle Secretaries are requested to take action.

BSNLEU is continuously pursuing the settlement of anomalies, which arose in the 1st wage revision w.e.f. 01.10.2000. This issue was once again discussed with the GM (Estt.) by the GS, BSNLEU on 09.11.2017.  In that meeting it was told by the Management Side that, the DoT wants to know the financial implication of this issue. BSNL Corporate Office has written to the CGMs yesterday, requesting to send the requisite inputs in the format that is enclosed. All circle secretaries are requested to take up this issue with their respective CGMs, and arrange to send the requisite inputs to the Corporate Office at the earliest.<<view Corporate Office letter>>

 

[15.11.2017]75,000 jobs lost in just one year, in the Indian telecom sector.

The Indian telecom sector has lost 75,000 jobs in just one year. Major private telecom companies are facing a crisis after the entry of Reliance Jio. Many smaller telecom companies are getting closed down. Bigger companies like Vodafone and Idea have gone into loss, and are getting merged. Due to these closures and mergers, job loss is taking place in a big way. 75,000 jobs are already lost in just one year.

 

[15.11.2017]Tour programme of All India leaders is crucial for organising the strike successfully.

The meeting of All Unions and Associations of BSNL, held on 14-11-2017, has prepared a schedule for the tour programme of the All India leaders. We are aware that our circle unions may face some problems in organising the programme at such a short notice. Still this is very much required for the success of the strike. Hence, circle unions are requested to give utmost importance to organise the meetings, in coordination with other unions and associations.

 

[14.11.2017]Decisions of the CEC meeting of BSNLEU held at New Delhi on 07th & 08th November, 2017.

The CEC meeting of BSNLEU held at New Delhi on 07th & 08th November, 2017, has taken important decisions with regards to the issues of the employees and the Union. Due to severe work load and continuous pre-occupation, there is a delay in uploading the decisions on our website. CHQ sincerely regrets for this delay.<<view decisions>>

 

[14.11.2017]Corporate Office reviews the results of the failed SC / ST candidates of the 3 JTO LICEs conducted in 2016.

BSNLEU is extremely happy to inform that the Corporate Office has reviewed the results of the failed SC / ST candidates of the JTO LICEs (under 50% quota), conducted on 22.05.2016, 24.09.2016 & 11.12.2016. This review has been done based on the implementation of the DoT order no.22-5/91-NCG dated 30.11.1992, in BSNL. BSNLEU has already informed through it’s website that in the 35th meeting of the National Council held on 11.05.2017, the demand of BSNLEU to implement the above mentioned DoT order was accepted. The Corporate Office implemented this DoT order in BSNL vide letter no.9-2/2016-Rectt. dated 28.08.2017. Based on this letter of the Corporate Office, results of the failed SC / ST candidates in the JAO LICE, held on 11.07.2016, are already reviewed. Now, the results of the failed candidates of the 3 JTO LICEs conducted in 2016 are reviewed. Copies of the Corporate Office letter are attached.

<view attachment>> <<annexure-1>> <<annexure-2>> <<annexure-3>>

 

[14.11.2017]Decisions taken in the meeting of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, held at New Delhi on 14.11.2017.<<view decisions>>

 

[14.11.2017]Date of the human chain changed.

All circle and district secretaries are requested to note that the date of the human chain programme is changed. It will now take place on 23.11.2017. The meeting of All Unions and Associations of BSNL, held today, has made this change, with a view to facilitate more time for the mobilisation. It is also decided that the human chain should be organised during lunch hour on 23.11.2017. Further, it is also decided that placards, containing our demands on wage revision and subsidiary tower company, should be prominently displayed during the human chain, with a view to take our message effectively to the public. CHQ requests all the circle and district unions to organise the programme effectively, in coordination with other unions and associations.

 

[14.11.2017]Meeting of the circle secretaries of All Unions and Associations should be held on 18.11.2017.

The meeting of All Unions and Associations of BSNL, held today, has taken the decision that a meeting of all the circle secretaries of the unions and associations should be held on 18.11.2017. In that meeting, ways and means of effectively organising the human chain, as well as the two day strike, should be discussed and decisions should be taken. This decision has been taken since complaints are being received that there is no proper coordination between the circle secretaries of the unions and associations in some circles. Circle secretaries of BSNLEU are requested to take the initiative and to organise the meeting successfully, and to develop cordial relationship and better understanding between all the unions and associations. This is a must for strengthening our unity. Our unity and struggle alone can achieve wage revision, and can stop BSNL being broken to pieces, by forming a Subsidiary Tower Company. 

 

[14.11.2017]Strike notice for the two day strike to be served on 23.11.2017.

In the meeting of the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, held today, it is decided that the strike notice for the two day strike to be held on 12th & 13th December, 2017, will be served on the CMD BSNL and the Secretary, DoT, on 23.11.2017. 

 

[14.11.2017]Last date for submission of memorandum to the Hon’ble MPs changed to 30.11.2017.

The last date for submission of memorandum to the Hon’ble MPs has been changed. Now the memorandum will be submitted to the Hon’ble MPs before 30.11.2017. A copy of the memorandum will be circulated within a day or two. All circle and district secretaries are requested to make note of this and arrange to submit the memorandum to the Hon’ble MPs, in coordination with all unions and associations.

 

[13.11.2017]BSNL Plan Rs.429/- is to be implemented to the Non-Executives, in the place of Rs.200/- SIM.

In today’s National Council meeting, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Secretary, Staff Side, demanded in his initial remarks that the Management should implement Plan Rs.429/- to the Non-Executives, in the place of Rs.200/- SIM. As per plan Rs.429/-, unlimited voice calls and 1 GB data per day are being given for a period of 3 months. The Director (HR), who is the Chairperson of the National Council accepted this demand.

 

[13.11.2017]Highlights of today’s National Council meeting.<<click here>>   

 

[13.11.2017]Tragedy during Mahapadav - contract worker from Bidar, Karnataka, passed away due to heart attack.

CHQ is the extremely pained to inform that com.Musthafa, a contract worker from Bidar, Karnataka, who had come to New Delhi to participate in the Mahapadav, passed away on 11.11.2017, due to heart attack. He was only 36 years old. CHQ got all the police and medical formalities completed, and airlifted the body to Hyderabad at 21:30 hours yesterday, the 12.11.2017. Com.Shamburao Sagar, DS, BSNLEU, travelled in the same flight, and from Hyderabad the body was taken to com.Musthafa's native place in Bidar district. CHQ expresses it's heartfelt condolences to all the family members of com.Musthafa.

 

[11.11.2017]BSNLEU once again insists for one time relaxation, for the candidates who do not possess 10th std. qualification, for appearing in the TT LDCE.  

BSNLEU has long been insisting the Management to give one time relaxation for the 10th std. qualification, required for appearing in the Telecom Technician LDCE. The demand of BSNLEU is that, even the officials who are not having 10th std. qualification, should be allowed to appear in the Telecom Technician LDCE, as a one time measure. This issue was once again discussed with Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Estt.) on 09.11.2017, by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS. Shri A.K. Singh, DGM(Pers.IV) was also present. The Management is totally unwilling to give any relaxation to the minimum educational qualification, in view of the induction of high technology and also competition with the private operators. After prolonged discussion, the GM (Estt.) agreed to look into the option of holding a “Screening Test”, to those who do not possess 10th std. qualification, for appearing in the TT LDCE.  

 

[11.11.2017]Inordinate delay in the settlement of anomalies – detailed discussion takes place between GS, BSNLEU and GM (Estt.).

The settlement of anomalies, which arose in the 1st wage revision is being continuously persued by BSNLEU. The matter is lying pending with the DoT now. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, had a detailed discussion with Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Estt.), on 09.11.2017. Shri Shiv Shankar Prasad, DGM (Estt.), was also present. The GM (Estt.), expressed her helplessness, since the DoT is not giving clearance, and keeps on asking queries. After detailed discussion, the GM (Estt.) agreed to once again write to the DoT, with the requisite inputs. 

 

[11.11.2017]Payment of arrears of employees EPF contribution – GS, BSNLEU discusses with GM (Estt.).

The payment of arrears of employees’ EPF contribution, in respect of those for whom GPF was implemented initially, and EPF was implemented subsequently. This case was discussed in the last National Council meeting. However, the decision of the National Council is not yet implemented. This issue was discussed by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS with Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Estt.) on 09.11.2017. Dealing of this case has recently been transferred to the Establishment branch, by the Corporate Accounts branch. The GM (Estt.), assured to look into the case and to do the needful.

 

[11.11.2017]The three day Mahapadav successfully came to an end.

 

                     

                     

The Mahapadav (relay dharna), called on by the Central Trade Unions, as well as by the Independent Federations and Unions, successfully came to an end today. Today’s participation in the Mahapadav, by the workers, is more than the first day and the second day. Especially, women workers massively participated in today’s programme. Around 1,000 members of BSNLEU participated today. CHQ heartily congratulates the various circle unions of BSNLEU, for massively mobilising the workers in the Mahapadav. <<more views>>   

 

 

Mahapadav on 09.11.2017

 

[10.11.2017]Meeting of "All Unions and Associations of BSNL" to be held on 14.11.2017.

A meeting of the "All Unions and Associations of BSNL" will be held on 14.11.2017. The meeting will be held at 11:00 hrs, in SEWA BSNL office, near CTO Sabhagarh, at Eastern Court. The forthcoming human chain, two day strike on 12th and 13th, December, and other issues will be discussed.

 

[10.11.2017]Second day of the successful Mahapadav.

The Mahapadav, organised by the Central Trade Unions and independent Federations and Unions, was held massively and successfully for the second day today. Tens of thousands of workers participated in the Mahapadav. Leaders of the Central Trade Unions addressed. Totally, 996 comrades of BSNLEU participated in today's Mahapadav.

 

[09.11.2017]Teething problem in the new website.

BSNLEU has launched a new website, on in the CEC meeting held on 09.11.2017. The web address of the new website is bsnleu.in. CHQ has already informed that, both the existing website (bsnleuchq.com) and the new website (bsnleu.in) will be operated for some time. However, it is observed that the new website (bsnleu.in) is having some teething problem. The same would be rectified soon.    

  

[09.11.2017]IT employees of Karnataka succeed in forming trade union, and getting registration.

There are around 40 lakh employees working in the IT sector throughout the country. Like the workers of other sectors, the workers of IT sector are also facing serious problems like, heavy work load, insecurity of job, etc. However, forming of trade union has been totally prohibited in the IT sector. Under these circumstances, the IT employees of Karnataka State have finally succeeded in forming a trade union, and also getting certificate from the Labour Commission. Karnataka State IT / ITES Employees Union has got the certificate from the Labour Commission of Karnataka, under the Trade Union Act 1926, and Karnataka Trade Unions Regulations, 1958. It is significant to note that, Karnataka State is the largest IT hub of the country, with 15 lakh employees. The KITU is presently having only 250 members. But it is for sure that, in future, the trade union movement in the IT sector will grow from strength to strength, because of the existence of high a degree of exploitation in the IT sector. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the KITU.

[Inputs from the Economic Times]

 

[09.11.2017]Three day relay dharna by working class started at New Delhi - Parliament Street turns red.

The three day relay dharna by the working class, started at New Delhi today. Tens of thousands of workers have assembled, from all over the country, and the Parliament Street, the venue of the dharna, has turned red. Slogans are being raised against the anti-worker and anti-people policies of the government. All the Central Trade Unions, as well as the independent trade unions of various sectors are participating in this dharna. On behalf of BSNLEU, more than 1,500 employees are participating in this dharna, from all the circles.<<<views of the dharna>>>

[08.11.2017]Corporate Office letter on Pre Examination Training to SC/ ST/ Minorities candidates appearing in JE Examination.<<view letter>>

 

[08.11.2017]BSNLEU - CHQ's new website is inaugurated.

 

 

BSNLEU - CHQ has designed a new website for the Union. The present website is designed many years ago. Hence, it is the requirement of the movement also to design a new website, utilising the advancements that have come. The web address of the new website is bsnleu.in. In today's meeting of the CEC, the new website is formally inaugurated by one of the senior most leaders of our Union, Com.J.Sampath Rao, circle secretary, Telangana, amidst loud applause of the CEC members. The new website, as well as the existing website will function parallely for some time. Thereafter, the new website alone will be there. CHQ heartily congratulates com.John Verghese, AGS, who had taken sincere efforts to get the new website designed.<<<views>>>

 

[07.11.2017]Com.C.K.Gundanna,CS, Karnataka, felicitated in the CEC meeting.

As all of us are aware, com.C.K.Gundanna, CS, Karnataka, is conferred with the Karnataka Rajyotsav award. In today's CEC meeting, the CHQ honoured com.C.K.Gundanna, for this. Com.C.K.Gundanna, was offered with the shawl by com.V.A.N.Namboodiri. Com.A.K.Padmanabhan,VP,CITU, presented a memento. Both the leaders and com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, spoke briefly and congratulated com.C.K.Gundanna.<<<views of the felicitation>>>

[07.11.2017]More views of the CEC meeting.<<views of the meeting>>

[07.11.2017]DO letter from Dir.(CM) to The CGMs, All Telecom Circles/Districts regding SIM sales in October 2017 and Target for November 2017.<<<view letter>>> <<<annexure-1>>>  <<<annexure-2>>>

[07.11.2017]BSNLEU started it's two day CEC meeting at New Delhi.

                          

BSNLEU started it's 2 day Central Executive Committee meeting at New Delhi, today. Com.Balbir Singh, President, is presiding. Com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS, welcomed every one. Com.A.K.Padmanabhan, vice-president, CITU, inaugurated the meeting with an inspiring and informative speech. The meeting was greeted by com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, former general secretary. Com.Gundanna, CS, Karnataka, who was recently conferred with the Karnataka state Rajyotsava Award, was honoured in the meeting. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, offered him the shawl and com.A.K.Padmanabhan, presented the memento. The subjects committee started with a detailed presentation of the report, by com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary. Deliberation by the CEC members is going on.

 

[06.11.2017]Venue of the dharna to be held at New Delhi from 09th to 11th November, 2017.

The National Convention of Workers held at New Delhi on 08.08.2017, organised by the Central Trade Unions and independent trade unions, including BSNLEU, has decided to organise a massive dharna at New Delhi from 09th to 11th November, 2017. The dharna is to oppose the anti-worker and anti-people policies of the government and also demanding settlement of the 12 point charter of demands of the Central Trade Unions. The venue of the dharna is Parliament Street. All comrades coming to participate in the dharna are requested to reach the area near Parliament Street police station.

 

[06.11.2017]Corporate Office letter on information on engagement details of Casual Labourers (including TSMs) who have retired / left organization / expired during the period from 01.10.2000 till date in the requisite format for extending the benefit of gratuity.<<view letter>>

 

[06.11.2017]The 2 day CEC meeting of BSNLEU starts at New Delhi tomorrow.

The CEC meeting of BSNLEU is being held at New Delhi tomorrow and day after tomorrow. Hotel Dakha International, Karol Bagh is the venue of the meeting. The meeting is expected to discuss the important issues of wage revision and Subsidiary Tower Company, and to work out the strategy of the Union. Many other important organisational matters will also be discussed. Com.A.K.Padmanabhan, veteran trade union leader and vice-president of the CITU has kindly consented to inaugurate the meeting.

 

[06.11.2017]BSNL Working Women's Coordination Committee successfully holds it's first meeting at New Delhi.
BSNL 'Working Women's Coordination Committee', a sub-committee of BSNLEU, was formed in the women's convention, held at Hyderabad on 8th July, 2017. The first meeting of this Committee was held at New Delhi yesterday the 05-11-2017. The CHQ of BSNLEU has made the arrangements for the meeting.12 Committee members, out of 17, attended the meeting. Com.Sunithi Chowdhari, Organising Secretary (CHQ), presided over the meeting. Com.P.Indira, convenor of the Committee, welcomed all and presented the note for discussion. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS,BSNLEU, addressed the meeting and explained the decisions of the Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, with regards to the functions and responsibilities of the BSNL WWCC. He also explained in detail about the wage revision and Subsidiary Tower Company issues and also about the decisions of the "All Unions and Associations of BSNL" to go on struggles. All the Committee members participated in the discussion. Com.Balbir Singh, President, com.Swapan Chakraborty,Dy.GS and senior leader of the Union and circle secretary of Telengana, com.Sampath Rao, greeted the meeting.  Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, spoke on the wage revision and Subsidiary Tower Company issues, as well as about the struggles decided upon by the "All Unions and Associations of BSNL", on these issues. Com.P.Indira, Convenor, summed up the discussions and explained about the future functioning of the Committee. The Committee has decided to conduct a powerful campaign among the women employees, to successfully organise the 2 day strike on 12th and 13th of December.  The Committee has also given important suggestions to the CHQ of BSNLEU, with regards to the problems of the women employees. Com.D.A.Shylla, NE I circle, proposed vote of thanks. CHQ heartily congratulates the BSNL WWCC for it's successful meeting.<<views of the meeting>>

 

[03.11.2017]Retirement of Com. Bhag Lal koundal, Circle President, Punjab circle.

Com. Bhag Lal Koundal, circle president BSNLEU, Punjab and former Assistant Treasurer of the CHQ, retired from service on 31st October, 2017 on his superannuation on completing 38 years of service. A well-arranged felicitation function was organised by Chandigarh Comrades to honors Com. Bhag Lal Koundal. Com. Balbir Singh Circle secretary, Iqbal Singh Dhillon ACS, Budh Singh, Circle Treasurer, Kamaljit Singh, ACS, H.S. Dhillon, DS, Chandigarh, Tarsem Singh, DS, Ferozpur, all District Committee members and branch secretaries, BSNLEU, Chandigarh attended the felicitation. Shri J.S. Sahota, PGM, Chandigarh, and other senior officers also attended the function and greeted Com. Bhag Lal.

 

 

[02.11.2017]Corporate office letter on extending 30% superannuation benefit to the BSNL recruited employees along with revision in date of implementation from the beginning.<<view letter>>

 

[02.11.2017]Com.K.R.Yadav, Vice-President (CHQ) felicitated.

The circle conference of BSNLEU, UP(East) circle, going on in Jaunpur, felicitated com.K.R.Yadav, Vice-President(CHQ), who retired from BSNL service, on superannuation, on 30-09-2017. Senior leaders, including com.R.K.Mishra, circle secretary and com.D.N.Tripati, circle president, praised the services rendered to the Union, by com.K.R.Yadav,VP(CHQ). Speaking on the occasion, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, vividly recollected the contributions of com.K.R.Yadav,VP(CHQ), right from the Lucknow All India Conference, held in 2003. He also cited a few occasions, on which com.K.R.Yadav,VP(CHQ), rose to the occasion, to defend the Organisation.<<<view felicitation>>>

 

[02.11.2017]Com.C.K.Gundanna honoured by shri Siddaramaih, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Karnataka.

We have already announced that com.C.K.Gundanna, circle secretary, BSNLEU, Karnataka circle, has been conferred with the "Rajyotsava" award, by the government of Karnataka. The award giving ceremony took place at Bengaluru yesterday, and shri Siddaramaiah, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Karnataka, handed over the citation, cash award and the gold coin. The Hon'ble Chief Minister also honoured com.C.K.Gundanna in the traditional way. It is really a great honour for com.C.K.Gundanna. BSNLEU, and it's entire members and leaders feel proud of com.C.K.Gundanna.

 

 

 

[02.11.2017]Six Non-Executives of Faridabad SSA, Haryana circle, are issued notice for being sent out on premature retirement.

It is extremely shocking to know that, the Faridabad district administration has issued notice to six Assistant Telecom Technicians, for sending them out on premature retirement. Unfortunately, this matter has come to the notice of the CHQ very belatedly. This notice has been issued under the provisions of Rule 55 (ii)(b) of BSNL CDA Rules-2006. This particular provision was incorporated into the BSNL CDA rules, from the FR 56(j), which is a rule of the Central Government. At that time of it's introduction itself, BSNLEU has strongly opposed this provision. However, Management ignored our opposition. This Rule was only on paper all these years. After the Narendra Modi government came to power, strict instructions were sent to all Central Government departments, as well as to Central Public Sector Undertakings, to vigorously implement the rule, and to "weed out" non-performers, etc. The Central Government is also continuously pressurising the PSU managements to submit action taken report on this matter. BSNLEU has written a detailed letter to the CMD BSNL, demanding immediate intervention to undo the injustice meted out to the six ATTs is Faridabad SSA. BSNLEU assures that all possible steps would be taken to save the six comrades.<<view letter>>

 

[01.11.2017]2 day circle conference of BSNLEU, UP(East) circle enthusiastically started at Jaunpur.

The 2 day circle conference of BSNLEU, UP (East) circle started enthusiastically at Jaunpur today. The National Flag was hoisted by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and the Union Flag was hoisted by com. D.N. Tripati, circle president. Floral tributes were paid at the martyr’s column. The conference was presided over by com. D.N. Tripati, CP, and it was inaugurated by com. P. Abhimanyu, GS. In his speech, the General Secretary explained how the economic policies of the Narendra Modi government is helping big corporates and how the Public Sector is systematically being weakened. The conference was also addressed by com. Premnath Rai, General Secretary, CITU, Uttar Pradesh. A seminar on revival of BSNL was held in the post lunch session.<<view of the conference>>

 

[01.11.2017]Corporate Office letter on revision of Pension of BSNL pensioners/Family pensioners as per 78.2% IDA.<<<view letter>>>

 

[01.11.2017]Corporate Office letter on revision of pension of pre-2016 CDA pensioners as per 7th CPC in pursuance to DoP&PW OM No.38/17/2016-P&PW(A) dated 12.05.2017.<<<view letter>>>

 

[01.11.2017]BSNLEU demands that the forthcoming JE LICE should be conducted as an off-line exam.

Many circle unions have raised the issue with the CHQ, demanding that the forthcoming JE LICE should be conducted as an " Off-Line" exam, since most of the candidates appearing the exam belong to the Telecom Technician cadre, who have very less, or no knowledge in computer operations. CHQ has written to the Director(HR), requesting to hold the forthcoming JE LICE as an  off-line exam.<<<view letter>>>

 

[31.10.2017]Corporate Office letter on sexual harassment of Women Employees at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act-2013 – Reconstitution of Internal Complaints Committee.<<<view letter>>>

 

[31.10.2017]What will happen after formation of BSNL's Subsidiary Tower Company???

At a time when the government is trying to separate BSNL's 70,000 mobile towers, despite severe opposition from the employees, and to hand it over to a Subsidiary Tower Company, the BSNL employees have to understand what actually is happening in the telecom tower business. 

 

"Indus Towers" is the Indian telecom infrastructure company, and it is one among the biggest tower companies in the world, having 1,23,000 towers.   It is being jointly owned by Bharti Infratel (42% shares), Vodafone India (42% shares) and Idea Cellular (11.15% shares). Airtel, India's largest telecom company, is the owner of Bharti Infratel. On it's own, Bharti Infratel is already having 39,264 towers.  Now, Bharti Infratel has initiated the process of buying out the remaining 52% shares in Indus Towers. Thus, Indus Towers is going to be taken over by Airtel soon. If this acquisition materialises, then, almost the entire Indian tower business will go into the hands of Airtel.  

 

But, experts say that, this is only the first part of a two part deal. The second part of the deal is coming soon. In that second part, the entire tower business of Airtel will be taken over by a multinational consortium, for 11 billion US dollars. That multinational consortium is being led by an US company called KKR, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board(CPPIB), Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and GIC of Singapore. So, it is very clear that, the telecom tower business in India is slipping into the hands of multinational companies. In such a scenario, it is not difficult to understand that, the so called BSNL's Subsidiary Tower Company, will also be taken over by multinational giants. The BSNL employees have to sharpen their struggles, to stop such a disaster, and to save BSNL.

 

[Inputs from the Economic Times dt. 31-10-2017]

 

[31.10.2017]Corporate Office letter on LICE for promotion to JE(RY 2016).<<<view letter>>>

 

[31.10.2017]Com.C.K.Gundanna, circle secretary, BSNLEU, Karnataka, conferred with "Rajyotsava Award", by the Karnataka government.

CHQ is greatly pleased to know that com.C.K.Gundanna, circle secretary, BSNLEU, Karnataka, is awarded with the " Rajyotsava Award", by the government of Karnataka. Apart from being in the fore-front of the trade union movement, com.C.K.Gundanna has also been a stage artiste for long, taking progressive ideas to the mass of the people. The government of Karnataka has conferred this award to com.C.K.Gundanna, in recognition of his contributions to the society, as a stage artiste. CHQ heartily congratulates com.C.K.Gundanna.

 

 

[30.10.2017]Venue of the 3 day dharna to be held at New Delhi from 9th to 11th November,2017.

 

The Central Trade Unions have given call for a three day dharna, to be organised against the anti-worker and anti-people policies of the Narendra Modi government, at New Delhi, from 9th to 11th November, 2017. The venue of this 'Mahapadav' is Parliament Street. All participants are requested to make note of the venue.

 

[30.10.2017]Com. P.Ramamurty Trade Union Education and Research Centre to be inaugurated on 15th December,2017.
Com.P.Ramamurty, a doyen of the Indian trade union movement, was the first general secretary of the CITU. As a long time member of the parliament, he had also effectively raised the issues of working class in the parliament. To recognise the contributions of com.P.Ramamurty, the CITU has constructed a trade union school at Saket, New Delhi, in the name "com.P.Ramamurty Trade Union Education and Research Centre". The inauguration of this trade union school is taking place on 15-12-2017. BSNLEU is invited for this inaugural function.

 

[28.10.2017]The government takes step for more looting of people's money, by big corporates.

Recently, finance minister, Arun Jaitley announced a scheme of "Capital Infusion" of Rs.2.11 lakh crores, to the Public Sector banks. An impression is being created that the government banks are not performing well, as a result of which the government is spending a huge amount of the people's tax money, to save those "sarkari banks". But, what is the fact? The Public Sector banks are suffering from a very big disease of "bad loans" which is also called as "Non-Performing Assets". What is this? This is the loan amount not returned by the big corporates. According to estimates, this amount comes to more than Rs. 10 lakh crores. The government should have taken action to realise this amount from the corporates. But, the government has not taken any such action. Rather, during it's 3 year rule, the BJP government has "written off"  Rs. 2 lakh crores of this bad loans. Now, the government is putting Rs. 2 lakh crores of the people's money into the Public Sector banks. It is very important also to note what the Finance Minister told. Ha said that, this "capital infusion" will enable the Public Sector banks to give further loans to corporates, which will help fresh investments, employment and economic growth. So, the whole intention of the government in infusing Rs. 2.11 lakh crores into Public Sector banks, is to help the corporates to get further loans from the Public Sector banks. There cannot be a better way for the government, to allow the big corporates to loot people's money. When the government will take action to confiscate the properties of those corporates, who have cheated the government banks?

 

[28.10.2017]Unions and Associations of BSNL's call for human chain on 16-11-2017 - Circle and district unions are requested to make the fullest mobilisation.

The Unions and Associations of BSNL have given call to organise a human chain on 16.11.2017. The purpose of this programme is to take our message on Wage Revision and Subsidiary Tower Company issues, to the mass of the people of this country. Hence, it is a must that the entire BSNL employees are mobilised in this programme. CHQ requests the circle and district secretaries to immediately take the preparatory steps, for organising the human chain programme massively, by coordinating with all other unions and associations.

 

[27.10.2017]BSNLEU is allotted with alternative quarters in Kalibari Marg.

Earlier, BSNLEU was having a quarters at Gole Market. Since it was taken over by the government, we were allotted two small quarters at Atul Grove road. We told the Management that BSNLEU being the Major Recognised Union, it should be allotted with a Type IV quarters. Management accepted our demand, but there was delay in re-allotment. Today, CHQ received letter from the Management, stating that BSNLEU is allotted with a Type IV quarters in Kalibari Marg. We thank the Management.

 

[27.10.2017]Only united and decisive struggles will get wage revision to BSNL employees. 

Many comrades are contacting the CHQ and are enquiring about the decision taken by the BSNL Board of Directors, in it's meeting held on 24-10-2017, with regards to the 3rd wage revision. Unconfirmed sources say that the Board of Directors has approved the proposal to give wage revision to the employees, with 15% fitment. If this news is true, we welcome it. We also thank the BSNL Management for their efforts in this regard. At the same time, we would like to caution our comrades. They should not develop any illusion that wage revision is going to be settled, because the Board has taken a decision in favour of it. Even earlier, the BSNL Management has recommended wage revision to the employees, with 15% fitment. But, it was rejected by the government. As per the decision already taken by the Union Cabinet, BSNL employees are not eligible for 3rd wage revision. Hence, CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to strengthen the unity of all the unions and associations, and to prepare the employees for serious struggles. Only united and decisive struggles will get wage revision to our employees.

 

[26.10.2017]Tamil Nadu circle union presents an iPad to the General Secretary.

In the meeting held at the circle union office at Chennai yesterday, the Tamil Nadu circle union presented an apple iPad to the General Secretary. On behalf of the Tamil Nadu circle union, com. S.Chellappa, AGS & CP and com. Babu Radhakrishnan,CS, handed over the iPad to com.P.Abhimanyu,GS. "Our CHQ is maintaining a very effective communication with the circle and district unions, through website, email and Whatsapp, and this apple iPad will enable the General Secretary to maintain the communication in a more effective manner", said com. S.Chellappa, AGS & CP, while presenting the gadget. CHQ sincerely thanks the Tamil Nadu circle union for presenting this iPad and assures that the CHQ will live up to the expectations of the members.<<<view image>>>

 

[26.10.2017]Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed a well attended meeting at Tamil Nadu circle union office.

Utilising the visit of com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, to Chennai, the Tamil Nadu circle union organised a well attended meeting yesterday, in the circle union office, located within the CGM office compound. The meeting was organised, mainly to explain about the status of the wage revision issue, and that too in the backdrop of the meeting of the Public Sector trade unions, held at Hyderabad, on 22-10-2017. Com.S.Chellappa, AGS and circle president, presided over the meeting. Com.Babu Radhakrishnan, circle secretary, welcomed everyone and explained the purpose of holding the meeting. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, addressed the meeting and explained about the decisions of the Hyderabad work shop of Public Sector trade unions, on the wage revision issue. He also explained about the decisions of the All unions and associations, to conduct united struggles, including the 2 day strike on 12th and 13th December,2017. He emphatically told that the wage revision could be settled only by breaking the retrograde recommendations of the 3rd PRC, and called upon the employees to get prepared for that.<<< view images >>>

 

[26.10.2017]Meeting with GM (Estt. & Rectt.), BSNL CO.

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and Com. Ramesh Chand Sharma, Org. Secretary, met Ms. Anima Roy, GM (Estt. & Rectt.), BSNL CO on 25.10.2017 and discussed on the following issues:-

 

(1)   Change of cut off date from 1st July, 2016 to 1st July, 2017 for eligibility of 5 years service for the JE LICE 50% to be held on 28.01.2018.

The union representative handed over the letter from the union addressed to the Management for change of cut off date from 1st July, 2016 to 1st July, 2017 to determine 5 years service eligibility condition to appear the JE LICE 50% to be held on 28.01.2018 and demanded that since the vacancies upto 31st March, 2017 are taken into account for the aforesaid examination, the cut off date should also be changed to allow candidates who are completing 5 years service on 1st July, 2017 to appear the exam. The GM informed that as per provisions cut off date would be 1st July of the particular financial year for determining the service conditions and as such 1st July, 2016 is fixed for the said exam. The union representatives informed the GM that since the TM exams in earlier days were not conducted in time, a good number of candidates are not having 5 years of service conditions as on 1st July, 2016 but would be eligible if the cut off date is changed to 1st July, 2017. Considering that a large number of vacancies are available in the departmental quota for JE, where as a very few officials are available to appear the exam. After a detailed discussion, the GM assured to look into the matter.

 

(2)   To modify the condition of qualifying marks for SC/ST candidates from 20% to 20% for SC and 15% for ST and to delete 30% aggregate marks for the forthcoming JE LICE 50% notification.

The union representatives informed the GM that the earlier conditions of qualifying marks for SC/ST candidates 20% and 30% in aggregate is modified in 2016 where the aggregate marks condition is withdrawn and after the 35th National Council, the conditions for qualifying marks are further reduced to 20% for SC and 15% for ST candidates, hence the notification should be modified. The GM is assured to examine the matter.

 

(3)   Settlement of pay aberrations of the seniors to that of the juniors in Non-Executive cadres consequence to conversion of CDA to IDA pay scale from 1.10.2000.

The union representatives informed the GM (Estt.) that they have informed from the Establishment Section of DoT that the issue of pay aberrations of the seniors with the juniors in Non-Executive cadres due to conversion of CDA to IDA pay from 01.10.2000, which was forwarded to DoT by BSNL is returned to BSNL to give the details of financial implications in this matter. The GM confirmed that the matter and informed the union representatives that the Establishment Section would collect informations from the circles on financial implications in that matter and will reply to DoT. The union representatives made request to the GM that since the issue is lingering for last 16 years and most of the affected seniors are already retired, the Management should not merely writes to the circle to give the above cited informations, which may further delay in settlement of the long pending issue. Therefore, the BSNL Management may take up the issue with the DoT alongwith informations available with BSNL Corporate Office instead of waiting for informations from the circles. The GM (Estt.), after hearing the details from the union representatives, assured that she will personally discuss the matter with the DDG (Estt.), DoT and will see what best can be done at the earliest.

 

[26.10.2017]NCCPA conducted Mass Dharna at Delhi on 25.10.2017 on 10 point charter of demands.

National Coordination Committee of Pensioners’ Association of Central Government Employees in which AIBDPA is also a constituent has arranged a Mass Dharna on 25.10.2017 at Delhi on 10 point Charter of Demands of the Central Government Pensioners. Since, permission was not given to hold the Dharna at Jantar Mantar, it was shifted to Meghdoot Bhawan, Jhandewalan. The meeting was presided over by Com. Shiv Gopal Mishra, President of NCCPA. Com. K.K.N. Kutty, General Secretary, NCCPA welcome all. The dharna was inaugurated by com. Tapan Sen, MP & General Secretary, CITU. The meeting was addressed by com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Advisor, NCCPA, M.S. Raja, President, Confederation of Central Government Employees and others. On be half of the BSNLEU, com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, addressed the meeting and briefed about the wage revision of BSNL employees and on revision of pension from 1st January, 2017.<<views of the dharna>>

 

[26.10.2017]Corporate Office letter on LICE for promotion to the cadre of JAO under 40% quota held on 17.07.2016 - Approval for utilization of resultant vacancies arised due to declining of some candidates for the left out qualified candidates.<<<view letter>>>

 

[25.10.2017]Notification for holding the BSNL Working Women's Coordination Committee meeting at New Delhi.

It has already been intimated that a meeting of the BSNL Working Women's Coordination Committee, would be held at New Delhi on 05-11-2017. The Convenor of the BSNL WWCC has issued the formal notification for this meeting. BSNL WWCC members may kindly note that the venue for the meeting is Hotel Dakha International, Karol Bagh, New Delhi-1. The staying accommodation for the Committee members is also arranged in the same place for 4th and 5th November, 2017.<<<view notification>>>

 

[25.10.2017]Violation of BSNL and DoT orders on reservation to SC/ST employees, in the JE LICE to be conducted - BSNLEU demands Management to take necessary corrective action.

Due to the continuous efforts taken by BSNLEU, the Corporate Office has already announced vide letter no.250-22/2013-Estt.III dated 28.07.2016 and letter no.9-1/2016-Rectt. dated 05.04.2017 that, for the examinations within Non-Executive cadres, the qualifying marks for SC/ST candidates shall be 20% in each section. Further, in the above two letters, no minimum aggregate mark, to be taken by the SC/ST candidates, has been laid down. However, in the model notification issued by the Corporate Office for holding the JE LICE under 50% quota, the minimum mark to be scored by SC/ST candidates in each section is fixed as 20% and the aggregate mark to be taken, is fixed as 30%. This is a clear violation of the Corporate Office decisions already taken on the matter. 

 

Further, based on the demand raised by BSNLEU in the National Council, for the implementation of the DoT order on reservation to SC/ST employees in internal examinations conducted in BSNL, Corporate Office has already issued instruction, vide letter no.9-2/2016-Rectt. dated 28.08.2017, stating that the qualifying marks for SC employees will be 20% and for ST employees, it will be 15%. In that letter also, no stipulation has been laid down for aggregate marks, since no such provision is there in the original DoT order. Thus, the condition laid down in the model notification is violation of BSNL and DoT orders. Inserting a condition for minimum aggregate marks to be taken by SC/ST employees, will harm their interests. Hence, BSNLEU has written to the GM(Estt.) to make necessary corrections to the model notification.<<<view letter>>> 

 

[25.10.2017]JE LICE under 50% quota - BSNLEU once again demands to change the cut-off date for determining eligibility to 31-07-2017.

The Corporate Office has already issued the model notification for holding the JE LICE under 50% quota. In that letter, it is stated that the vacancies are to be calculated for the period upto 31.03.2017. At the same time, the cut off date for determining the eligibility conditions of the candidates is fixed as 1st July, 2016. BSNLEU has already demanded that the cut off date should be changed as 1st July, 2017. In this connection, BSNLEU has once again written to the Corporate Management.<<< view letter>>>

[25.10.2017]Corporate Office guidelines on incorporating the provisions in BSNL CDA Rules, 2006.<<<click here>>>

[24.10.2017]Seminar at New Delhi on the Centenary of the Great October Revolution.

As a part of the own going programme of BSNLEU, to celebrate the Centenary of the Great October Revolution, an inspiring seminar was organised by the CHQ at New Delhi on 23.10.2017. Comrades from UP (West), Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, UP (East), Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, NTR and Corporate Office participated in this seminar. Com. Balbir Singh, President, presided over. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, welcomed everyone. Addressing the seminar, com. Tapan Sen, MP and General Secretary, CITU, gave an account of the developments that led to the Great October Revolution in Russia, under the leadership of the working class. He also explained in great detail about the achievements made by the socialist government of the Soviet Union in various fields. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the seminar and also spoke on the achievements made in the Soviet Union. Finally, com. R.S. Chauhan, Vice President (CHQ), delivered vote of thanks.<<<views of the seminar>>>

 

[23.10.2017]Recognised Union has the right to nominate members of it's choice, to the councils. BSNLEU tells the Management.

Citing the case going on in the Hon'ble Kerala High Court, BSNL Management was not accepting nomination of non-members to the councils. However, the court case has already come to an end. Thereafter, BSNLEU nominated com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, to the National Council. Recently, Management has rejected this nomination, stating that com. Suresh Kumar's union has not obtained 7% votes in the last membership verification. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, met shri A.M.Gupta, GM(SR) today, and discussed this issue. The GS pointed out that the Management has rejected BSNLEU's nomination by giving a wrong interpretation. 7% vote criteria does not apply to this case, told the GS. He further told that, from the time of the first membership verification onwards, Management had been accepting nomination of non-members, and the problem was created only after an interim order given by the Court. Now that the court case has already come to an end, Management should accept BSNLEU's nomination, argued the GS. Finally, the GS demanded a full-fledged discussion on this issue with the Director(HR), in the presence of GM(Legal) and GM(SR). BSNLEU will further seriously pursue this issue. 

 

[23.10.2017]BSNLEU demands prompt constitution of a Joint committee, to discuss payment of this year's PLI. 
BSNLEU is seriously pursuing payment of this year's PLI. It has conducted country wide demonstrations on 13-10-2017, demanding immediate payment of PLI. Thereafter, in the meeting held between the Recognised Unions and Director(HR), it has been decided to discuss the issue in the PLI Committee meeting. This decision, to discuss the issue in the Committee, should not become a method of delaying the matter. Hence, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri A.M.Gupta, GM(SR) today, and demanded immediate constitution of a Joint Committee, consisting both the Management Side and Staff Side representatives. The GM(SR) assured prompt action in this regard.

 

[23.10.2017]National Workshop on wage revision of Public Sector employees, held at Hyderabad.

A National workshop, on wage revision in the Central Public Sector Undertakings, was held in the Sundaraiya Vigyan Kendra at Hyderabad, on 22-10-2017. It was jointly organised by INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, LPF, JAF of the Bengaluru based Public Sector trade unions and the Coordination Committee of the Hyderabad based Public Sector trade unions. Independent trade unions / federations of various sectors, including BSNLEU, also participated. Dr. Sanjeeva Reddy, president, INTUC, inaugurated the Seminar. Com.Tapan Sen, MP, General Secretary, CITU, com.H.Mahadevan(AITUC), com. Ellaiah(HMS) and com. Shanmugam(LPF) addressed. This was followed by deliberations by the delegates.


The main focus of the discussion was wage revision. However, serious concerns were expressed about the mad drive of the Narendra Modi government, for disinvestment and privatisation of the Public Sector, increasing contractualisation of permanent jobs, need for fresh recruitment, wage revision of the contract workers, etc. It was also strongly insisted that the trade unions should not accept 10 year wage agreement and should fight for 5 year settlement.


Participating in the debate, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, highlighted the one day strike held in BSNL on 27.07.2017, on wage revision issue and the decision of the entire unions and associations of BSNL to go on a two day strike in December, demanding wage settlement and opposing formation of the Subsidiary Tower Company. He also explained how successfully the BSNL employees are facing the cut throat competition of Reliance Jio. Com.Ramanandan, Secretary, CITU, explained the wage settlement reached in the Coal India Ltd. The Seminar decided that the Public Sector trade unions should closely coordinate among themselves to successfully settle the wage revision and against disinvestment and privatisation.<<<views of the meeting>>>

[21.10.2017]Tamil Nadu circle union conducted an inspiring seminar on the Centenary of the Great October Revolution.
As per the decision of the last All India Conference, the Tami Nadu circle union of BSNLEU conducted a very inspiring seminar on the Centenary of the Great October Revolution at Madurai today. Com.S.Chellappa,CP & AGS presided over the seminar. Com.Babu Radhakrishnan, CS, welcomed all. The seminar was addressed by com.A.K.Padmanabhan, vice-president,CITU and com.P.Abhimanyu,GS. Both the leaders explained at length, the achievements made under the leadership of working class, in the Soviet Union, after the Great October Revolution. They also explained how the working masses are being exploited today, under the capitalist system, and said that Socialism is the only alternative to put an end to the exploitation of man by man. A large number of comrades attended the seminar and the Madurai district union had made excellent arrangements.<<<views of the seminar>>>

[21.10.2017]Tamil Nadu conducts an inspiring Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting.

The Tamil Nadu circle union of BSNLEU conducted an Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting today at Madurai, addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu,GS. Com.S.Chellappa, circle president & AGS presided over the meeting and addressed. Com.Babu Radhakrishnan, circle secretary, welcomed everyone and initiated the discussion. Addressing the meeting, the General Secretary spoke in detail on the current issues, such as 3rd wage revision, pension revision, formation of Subsidiary Tower Company, attacks on trade union rights in BSNL, PLI, revival of BSNL, contract workers issues, etc. The meeting resolved to successfully organise the agitational programme, called on by the "All Unions and Associations of BSNL".<<<views of the meeting>>>

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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


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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

[14.10.2017]India's hunger problem.

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

[Business Standard 12-10-2017]

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

v  212 start up companies are closed down in 2016.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

[29.09.2017]CMD BSNL meets unions and associations.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

  

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

[26.09.2017]Meeting with GM (Estt.).

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

 

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

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

 

(b)   Issuing notification for holding JE LICE.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

            Reception Committee comrades with the CHQ leaders.

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

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

 

BSNL staff union blames Centre

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM,SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 00:00 IST

UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 04:41 IST

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

[15.09.2017]Meeting with GM (Estt.).

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

    

[15.09.2017]Meeting with GM (Restg.)

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

 

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

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

 

(2) Creation of Benevolent Fund.

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

June – 23,96,993 new connections.

July – 17,75,953 new connections.

August – 17,18,080 new connections.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

    

                             

 

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

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

[Source: The Hindu dated 13.09.2017] 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

[11.09.2017]General Secretary addressed special meeting at Nagercoil.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

[05.09.2017]Status of Coal India wage revision.

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

 

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

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

[Source: The Hindu dated 02.09.2017]

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

[04.09.2017]Meeting between BSNLEU and Director (HR)

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

 

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

 

1)  HR issues pending with the BSNL Board.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

4)  Relaxation in qualification for appearing the TT LDCE.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

6) Non- settlement of anomalies.

 

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

 

7)  Wrongful implementation of NEPP in Cuttack district.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

1)    HR issues lying pending in the BSNL Board.

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

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

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

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

 

<<view letter>>

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

[31.08.2017]Daily Pricing Mechanism or Daily Looting Mechanism?   

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

 

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

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

[Source: Times of India dated 30.08.2017]

 

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

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

 

[Source: The Hindu dated 30.08.2017]

 

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

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

 

[30.08.2017]Only Indian made phones for Defence Officials.

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

[Source: The Hindu dated 30.08.2017]

 

[30.08.2017]Revised JAO results, based on retotalling.

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

<<View letter>>

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

(6)   Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

(7)   Karnataka

(8)   Tamil Nadu

(9)   Chennai

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

[22.08.2017]Superannuation benefits of the Directly Recruited employees.

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

[21.08.2017]Exploitation of the PSUs should stop. 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

(1)   New Delhi                   (6) Benguluru

(2)   Kolkata                        (7) Andhra Pradesh & Telangana    

(3)   Ahmedabad                (8) Chennai

(4)   Bhopal                         (9) Tamil Nadu

(5)   Guwahati

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

BSNLEU wishes a very Happy 71st

 Independence Day.

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Courtesy: Economic Times dated 12.08.2017]

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

Circle   –        Rs.10/-

District –        Rs.18/-

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

 

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

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

 

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

Indefinite strike to follow.

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

 

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

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

 

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

The 10 central trade unions, viz., INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC and LPF, together with independent federations of employees and workers, conducted a massive National Convention of Workers at New Delhi today. Thousands of workers participated in the convention, which was held at Talkatora Indoor Stadium. The participation in the convention was so massive that, thousands of workers could not enter the stadium, since it had become full. A presidium, consisting of the presidents of all the 10 central trade unions, presided over the convention. It was addressed by Dr. G. Sanjeeva Reddy (INTUC), com. Amarjit Kaur (AITUC), com. Ta