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(The Recognised Union in BSNL)
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Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri

 [President]

 

Com. P. Abhimanyu

[General Secretary]

 

Com. P. Asokababu

[Deputy General Secretary]

 

Com. S.C. Bhattacharya

[Treasurer]

 

 
       
 

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[02.01.2014]In the name of God and religion!!! 

All religions, whether it is Hinduism, Islam or Christianity, preach love, fraternity and peace. But, men, in the name of religion kill each other. Religious fanatics are in the back ground of most of the killings that are taking place in the world today. Central African Republic is a country which got it’s independence from France in the year 1960. This is a country, which is very rich in natural resources, including diamonds, gold and petroleum. With such abundant natural resources, this country should be flourishing. But what is happening is to the contrary. A civil war is going on in that country between Muslims and Christians, as a result of which thousands of people are being butchered. The information recently given by the UNICEF (United Nation’s International Children’s Emergency Fund) is extremely shocking. Both the fighting sides are aiming at, and are killing the boys of their rival group. Such the killings may be aimed at the elimination of the future generation of their rival group. What can be more cruel than this? And remember, this is taking place in the name of God and religion.

 

[02.01.2014]Corporates clash in finalizing new SUC. 

At present, all telecom companies are paying 3% to 8% of their Annual Gross Revenue (AGR) as Spectrum Usage Charge (SUC) to the government. As regards Broadband service, Jio Reliance which has got All India license and BWA spectrum in 2010, the SUC payable is 1%. On this, what the TRAI has recommended is, to fix the SUC at a flat rate of 3% for mobile as well as Broad Band service operators. Mobile operators have welcomed this, since the SUC paid by companies like Airtel and Vodafone will be reduced by Rs.400/- crore. But Jio Reliance promoter Mukesh Ambani has opposed this, since the SUC in his case will increase from 1% to 3%. The Telecom Commission and Group of Ministers are expected to take a final view on this issue shortly. 

 

[02.01.2014]Cash rich PSUs may be told to buy the shares of other PSUs.
Media reports say, that the government may ask the cash rich PSUs to buy the shares of other PSUs, in order to achieve it's target in disinvestment. So far in this financial year, the government is able to raise only Rs.1, 325 crore, as against it's budgeted target of Rs.40, 000 crore, through disinvestment. This was due to the stiff resistance to government's disinvestment programme. According to the new proposal, a government may ask cash rich PSUs to buy the shares of other PSUs, with which they are having business links. For example, Coal India Limited (CIL) may be asked to pick up the shares of power sector PSUs like NTPC, Power Grid, etc.

 

[02.01.2014]Full fledged MNP may be delayed.
National level implementation of the MNP facility is likely to be delayed further. Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is already introduced. However, this is limited to the circle level and not available at All India level. In September 2013, the TRAI has mandated that mobile companies should implement National MNP within a period of 6 months. However, it is reported that the DoT has not accepted the conditions laid down by the TRAI in this regard. As a result, implementation of National level MNP is going to be delayed further.

 

[01.01.2014]The New Year Resolution. 

The New Year is born. This is the period when the unions and associations in BSNL are straining every nerve to save and strengthen the Company. While fighting against the anti-BSNL policies of the government, we also have to improve the quality of our services. Improving our work culture is very essential to save BSNL. Hence, let each and everyone of us take the New Year resolution to improve our work culture.

 

[31.12.2013]IDA increase is 5% from 01-01-2014.

It is learnt that the IDA increase, that has become due w.e.f. 01.01.2014 is 5%. With this IDA increase, the total IDA that has become payable from 01.01.2014 will be 90.5% (85.5% + 5 %).

 

[31.12.2013]CHQ wishes happy retirement to com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, com.R.L.Moudgil,AGS and Com.P.C. Kandpal, CS, Uttarakhand.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, com.R.L.Moudgil, Assistant General Secretary and Com.P.C. Kandpal, Circle Secretary, Uttarakhand Circle are retiring from service today, on superannuation. CHQ wishes a very happy retirement to all the leaders. CHQ also wishes a long, happy and healthy life to all the leaders.

[30.12.2013]Homage paid to com.T.S.Rajan on behalf of CHQ of BSNLEU.
On hearing the death of com.T.S.Rajan, BSNLEU comrades from Maharashtra circle, as well as Mumbai Telecom Factory went to Anushakthi Nagar, Mumbai and paid homage to the departed leader. Com.Purushottam Gedam, circle Secretary,  Maharashtra circle, placed wreath and paid respectful homage to the late leader, on behalf of the Central Head Quarters of BSNLEU. They also offered condolences to the family members of com.T.S.Rajan.

[28.12.2013]Veteran P&T Trade Union Leader, com.T.S.Rajan passed away.
Com.T.S.Rajan, veteran P&T Trade Union leader, passed away today the 28th December, 2013. He had been unwell for sometime and breathed his last at Mumbai today morning. Com.T.S.Rajan was former Tamil Nadu circle secretary, as well as the Deputy General Secretary of the AITTEU Class lll (T3 union). He has played a crucial role in strengthening the P&T trade union movement not only in Tamil Nadu, but at the  All India level as well. Com.T.S.Rajan was known for his simplicity and dedication to the working class movement. He was a symbol of sacrifice who had drawn a number of leaders into the trade union movement.  BSNLEU dips it's banner and pays it's respectful homage to the leader. It also conveys it's heartfelt condolences to his family members.

[27.12.2013]Reception Committee formed to conduct CEC meeting at Rajkot.
The Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU is being held Rajkot (Gujarat) on 7th 8th and 9th February, 2014. The Gujarat Circle Union and the Rajkot District Union are taking all out efforts to conduct the CEC meeting successfully. To effectively plan and conduct the meeting, a reception Committee has been formed, of which com.P.K.Thakkar is the Chairman, com.D.K.Bakutra is the General Secretary and com.N.J.Desai is the Treasurer. All CEC members are requested to attend the meeting without fail.

[27.12.2013]Pension of MTNL Staff cleared.

The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved that the erstwhile all categories of employees of the government absorbed in MTNL may be given similar treatment in the matter of payment of pensionary benefits as available to the absorbed employees of BSNL.

[Source: The Hindu, dated 27.12.2013]

 

[24.12.2013]A National Council meeting in the changed scenario. 

After the two unions were recognised as per the New Recognition Rules, the first meeting of the National Council was held on 23.12.2013. This was the first time in the history of BSNL that two recognised unions participated in the National Council. 9 Staff Side members – 5 from BSNLEU and 4 from NFTE – participated in the meeting. The remaining 5 members could not participate since some nominations made by the recognised unions were not accepted by the Management, citing the case going on in the Hon’ble Kerala High Court. The meeting was presided over by Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR). Both com. P. Abhimanyu, Secretary, Staff Side and com. Islam Ahmed, Leader, Staff Side led the deliberations of the Staff Side members. The discussions were very fruitful, even though many justified issues were not accepted by the Management Side, citing the deteriorating financial position of the Company. There was total unity among the Staff Side members in their approach towards various issues. This was because, the items were submitted to the Management only after mutual discussion between the two recognised unions. Similarly, prior to the National Council meeting, a Staff Side meeting was held on 22.12.2013 to create a unified understanding among the Staff Side members of both the recognised unions. This helped both the unions to speak in one voice before the Management in the National Council meeting. It is needless to say that such a unified approach between the two Recognised Unions will go a long way in solving the issues of the employees and also to safeguard BSNL from the attacks of the government.

 

[24.12.2013]Formation of Local Councils where only one Recognised Union is existing.

It is reported that in some of the districts, only one Recognised Union is existing. So, the question has arisen, whether local councils can be formed or not in those districts. The issue was discussed in the National Council meeting held yesterday. It was decided that whichever Recognised Union that is existing in such districts will form the local council, with the number of seats allotted to that union (BSNLEU = 9 and NFTE = 5). That Union will also get both the Leader and Secretary, Staff Side, posts. Subsequently, if the other Recognised Union also forms it’s district branch, then it will also participate in the council with the number of seats allotted to that union and also with Secretary / Leader post. 

 

[24.12.2013]Formation of councils – Circle and District Secretaries to note please.

Eight months have already passed since recognition was granted. However, it is observed that still many district unions have not sent their nominations for formation of local council. This is a very regrettable condition. Hence, district secretaries who have not sent nominations are requested to immediately send the same to the CHQ, through their respective circle secretaries. 

 

[24.12.2013]Wage reduction issue of the employees who are appointed after 01.01.2007.

The issue of wage reduction of the employees who are appointed after 01.01.2007 was seriously focused in the National Council meeting held yesterday. Both com. P. Abhimanyu, Secretary Staff Side and Com. Islam Ahmed, Leader Staff Side, in their opening remarks urged the Management to immediately find a solution to this issue, which is said to be under the active consideration of the Management.

 

[24.12.2013]CBI to probe into the irregularities connected with the privatization of Hindustan Zinc Limited.

It was the BJP led NDA government under Vajpayee, which started implementing disinvestment and privatization in full swing. The Vajpayee government privatized Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL), Bharat Alluminium Company Limited (BALCO), Hindustan Zinc Limited (HZL) etc. at throw away prices. The CBI has now started probing the irregularities involved in the sale of HZL to the Sterlite Company of Anil Agarwal. The CBI has registered a preliminary enquiry against Anil Agarwal. It is told that the exchequer lost hundreds of crores of rupees in the privatisation of HZL.

 

[23.12.2013]Congress party wants to make the capitalists more happy. 

Instead of learning proper lessons from the defeat suffered in the recent elections held to four state assemblies, it seems the Congress Party has decided to make the capitalists of this country more happy. Rahul Gandhi who addressed a meeting of the FICCI on 21st November, 2013, has assured to bring in the labour law reforms, as is being demanded by the capitalists. These labour law reforms are being demanded by the capitalists to increase their profit and also to exploit the working class more ruthlessly.

 

[23.12.2013]1st National Council meeting held after 6th Membership Verification. 

The 1st National Council meeting after 6th Membership Verification took place today the 23.12.2013. It was chaired by Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR). All the Staff Side members were welcomed by the Chairman, with bouquets. All the Staff Side members effectively participated in the discussion. The details of the discussion will be given separately. 

 

[21.12.2013]Bharati and Vodafone threaten to Boycot the forthcoming spectrum auction. 

Bharati and Vodafone have threatened to boycott the forthcoming spectrum action. Both these private operators demand that the present “Cascading Spectrum Usage Charge” regime should go. They demand that the “Flat Spectrum Usage Charge” system, as recommended by the TRAI, should be implemented. 

 

[21.12.2013]Staff Side meeting National Council meeting to be held on 22nd and 23rd respectively. 

The 29th National Council meeting is being held on 23.12.2013. As a prelude to this the Staff Side meeting is being held on 22.12.2013. 

 

[21.12.2013]BSNL cannot cater the requirements of the security agencies in tapping telephones. 

The law enforcing agencies of the country are not getting the required support from BSNL, in tapping telephone lines by the Central Monitoring System (CMS). This is because, the BSNL has not upgraded it’s equipments. As a result only 1500 calls are being monitored now, as against the requirement of tapping 5000 calls per day.

 

[20.12.2013]E1 pay scale approved by the Management Committee.
Settlement on the E1 payscale was reached between the United Forum and the BSNL Management in the talks held on 18-10-2013. It is learnt that the Management Committee, in it's meeting held yesterday the 19-12-2013, has given it's approval for this promotion. Now the issue will go for the approval of the BSNL Board. CHQ is continuously pressurising the Management to expeditiously implement the E1 payscale.

[20.12.2013]SR Cell of the Corporate Office arbitrarily drops 7 of the items given by the Staff Side, for discussion in the forthcoming National Council meeting.
Staff side of the National Council had submitted 17 items for discussion in the forthcoming meeting of National Council. However, the SR Cell of the Corporate Office had unilaterally dropped 7 of those items and had notified only 10 items for discussion.  The SR Cell has no power to arbitrarily drop any of the item submitted by the Staff Side for discussion. Com.P.Abhimanyu, Secretary, Staff Side has protested this and has requested the Chairman of the National Council to ensure that discussion takes place on all the items submitted by the Staff Side.

[20.12.2013]Vodafone gets Rs 3700 crore tax bill from income tax department. 

The income-tax department issued a demand notice of Rs,3,700 crore against the Indian arm of Vodafone on Wednesday, opening yet another front in the epic tussle between the British telecom company and the tax department. The company has been given a time-frame of 30 days to comply with the I-T proceedings or approach the appropriate forum for relief. This development is part of the assessment proceedings for 2008-09 and follows an earlier draft transfer pricing order that sought to add Rs 8500 cr to the company's taxable income.

 

[20.12.2013]Telephone users down to 90.45 crore in October: Government. 

The number of telephone users in the country declined over 3 per cent in 12 months to 90.45 crore as of October-end, Parliament was informed today. At the end of the same month last year there were 93.51 crore phone users in the country. The decline was due to the removal of inactive mobile telephone connections and high tele-density in urban areas, Minister of State for Communications and IT Milind Deora said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

 

[19.12.2013]Shri Anupam Srivastava, Director (CM) is all set to take over as the next CMD of BSNL.
Shri Anupam Srivastava, Director (CM) of BSNL, is all set to take over as the next CMD of BSNL. At the end of the interview conducted today, by the Public Enterprises Selection Board(PESB), the name of shri Anupam Srivastava is recommended for the post of CMD. BSNLEU heartily congratulates shri Anupam Srivastava.

 

 

[19.12.2013]Meeting with CGM Karnataka Circle.

Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Presidnt BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF along with Coms. C.K.Gundanna, Circle Secretary BSNLEU and President BSNLCCWF Karnataka Circle, Mahantesh, Circle Secretary BSNLCCWF, Praveen Badager, Dist. Secretary, BSNLCCWF Belgaum and Mustak Nadaf met Shri R.K.Misra, CGM BSNL, Karnataka Circle and discussed about the development, expansion and improvement of the services. Com.Namboodiri appreciated the efforts made by the CGM in improving the services and the good relation and co-ordination with the staff unions. Though not in profit, Karnataka Circle has improved its revenue in the last financial year. The Union representatives also discussed about the nonpayment of minimum wages in Belgaum, Raichur etc. as also the non-engagement of the entire 284 contract workers in Belgaum. CGM assured that he will ensure payment of minimum wage as also implementation of social security measures etc. 

 

[19.12.2013]Meeting with Dy. Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), Karnataka.

Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Com. C.K.Gundanna, Com.K.Mahantesh and other comrades met Shri Viswanath, Dy. Chief Labour Commissioner (C), Karnataka and brought to his notice about the problems of the Casual/Contract workers in BSNL Karnataka Circle. He assured to enquire and do the needful in the matter. He also explained to the representatives about the provisions of the Contract Labour etc.

 

[19.12.2013]BSNL Board approves United Forum's agreement with Management on average entries for promotions under NEPP.

The United Forum reached an agreement with the Management on 18.10.2013, for the settlement of the problem caused by ‘average’ entries under NEPP. It is learnt that the BSNL Board meeting, held yesterday the 18.12.2013, has given its approval to the proposal of the Management to solve this problem.

 

[18.12.2013]CAG says DoT caused loss of Rs 1,649-crore to Government.

The national auditor has accused the telecom department of causing a loss of nearly Rs 1,649 crore to the government, alleging that it failed to charge nine quashed licensees for offering telecom services beyond what was allowed by the apex court.

[Source: Economic Times, dated 18.12.2013]

 

[17.12.2013]Banking employees are “one day strike” on 18.12.2013.

Bank employees are going nationwide one day strike on 18th December, 2013 called by United Forum of Bank Unions. The strike issue is to oppose Banking Reforms Bill which is aimed at weakening the public sector and strengthening the hands of the private sector in the banking industry, as well as demanding wage revision.

 

[17.12.2013]Meeting with GM (Estt.) on pending issues.

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, BSNLEU met Shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.), today, and held discussion on implementation of the settlement already reached with the Union, like NEPP issues, anomalies, wage reduction, E1 pay scale, etc. He demanded issuing of orders without further delay.

 

[16.12.2013]CHQ demands Corporate Office to immediately allot fund for payment of GPF advance.

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, BSNLEU met Smt. Yojana Das, GM (BFCI), BSNL and requested to allot sufficient funds immediately to the circles so that payment of GPF advance can be made to the employees before Christmas. The GM (BFCI) expressed that Corporate Office is not able to allot sufficient fund to circles as there is acute shortage of cash flow in the Corporate Office from circles. But AGS strongly demanded that fund should allot on time so that employees can celebrate Christmas. CHQ will persue the case further.

 

[16.12.2013]Renewal of MoU with Union Bank of India and Canara Bank.

The issue was discussed with the GM (BFCI) by Com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS. The union was told that the renewal of MoU with Union Bank of India and Canara Bank is being speedily processed by the Corporate Office, and the banks have also been approached in this regard. The Union requested to speed up the same.

[16.12.2013]Andaman & Nicobar circle union donated Rs.20, 000 towards CHQ fund.
Andaman & Nicobar circle union donated Rs.20, 000 towards CHQ fund. The cheque for this amount was handed over by the leaders of the A&N circle union, to com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, in the circle conference held at Port Blair on 15-12-2013. Eventhough A&N circle is small in terms of the number of Employees, the trade union spirit of the comrades of this circle is very big. CHQ salutes the comrades of A&N circle union.

[14.12.2013]Meeting with CMD BSNL

Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU met Shri R.K.Upadhyay, CMD BSNL, on 13th December, and discussed about the developmental and expansion activities. He also pointed out about need to specially attend to the Jharkhand Circle. Com. Namboodiri, requested the CMD to be present in the first meeting of the National Council after the VI Membership Verification, as is the practice earlier. The CMD agreed to look in to all the matters pointed out.

 

[14.12.2013]Meeting with Director (HR)

Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLEU along with Coms. R.S.Chouhan, CHQ Org. Secretary and Naresh Pal, Circle Secretary, Jharkhand met Shri A.N.Rai, Director (HR) and discussed about the maintenance situation of BTS etc. in Jharkhand. Almost half of the BTS in the circle are not working for thousands of hours due to various reasons.  The representatives also brought to the notice of the Director about the bogus recruitment activities some private parties in the name of BSNL Corporate Office and collecting money for the same. The necessity of taking back the retrenched contract labours in Jharkhand, especially in Hazaribag and Jamshedpur, was also pointed out. Director (HR) assured to look in to the matters.

 

[12.12.2013]BSNLEU leaders asked the Director (HR) to stop the vindictive actions of the GMs of Cuttack and Jamshedpur.

Com.Animesh Mitra,  Dy.GS, together with com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President,  met shri.A.N.Rai, Director (HR) today,  and discussed about the vindictive actions of the Cuttack (Orissa) and Jamshedpur (Jarkhand) district administrations against BSNLEU. The leaders explained in detail how the GMs of the above mentioned two districts are not listening to the advice of their respective CGMs and are spoiling the industrial peace.  They also pointed out that the Sports Board meeting is not held for a very long time. The Director (HR) assured to do the needful on these issues.

 

[12.12.2013]BSNLEU massively participate in the March to the Parliament.
Leaders and members of BSNLEU participated in the March to the Parliament in a big number. Especially, the comrades from the circles of NTR, Corporate Office, as well as from the circles which are adjacent to Delhi like Haryana, UP (West), Rajasthan and  Punjab took part in the rally in a big way. Comrades had also come from far off circles like West Bengal, Kolkata, UP (East), Madhya Pradesh, Chennai, etc. All the comrades of BSNLEU assembled in the Eastern Court at 10:00am. From there, they went in a procession and joined the rally of the Central Trade Unions. <<< view photos >>>

 

[12.12.2013]Working class conducted historic March to Parliament.

The working class of India conducted a mammoth March to the Parliament today the 12th December, 2013. The call for this March was jointly given by all the central trade unions of the country, irrespective of their political shades. This rally was part of the ongoing struggle of the working class, highlighting the burning problems of the working masses of this country. The March, started from the Ramlila Maidhan and reached the Parliament street, where a massive meeting was conducted. It was addressed by com.Tapan Sen, GS, CITU, com.Gurudas Dasgupta, GS, AITUC, com.B.N.Roy, GS, BMS and a host of other leaders.<<< view photos >>>

 

[10.12.2013]Problems connected with the implementation of NEPP – Corporate Office has called for live cases – Circle Secretaries are requested to act immediately.

BSNLEU has been demanding settlement of some problems that have arisen in the implementation of the NEPP. This was one of the important demands for the one day strike that was to be held on 25.10.2013. Among the issues raised, the demand connected with ‘average entries’ is going for the approval of the Board. The other issues are (i) treating TTA and Driver pay scale upgradations as 1st promotion under NEPP (ii) Down gradation of OTBP promotees in Sr.TOA cadre from 7100 scale to 6550 scale (iii) Treating LDC to TOA conversion as 1st promotion under NEPP. 

 

Director (HR) has accepted to settle all these issues and they are being processed. Now Corporate Office has asked for live cases connected with the above mentioned problems. Circle Secretaries are requested to immediately send such live cases to the CHQ. They should also interact with the CGMs and arrange to send the information immediately to the Corporate Office. This is very urgent. 

 

[10.12.2013]JTO LDCE results of AP Circle.

On the intervention of BSNLEU Corporate Office is taking action to release the JTO LDCe results of Andhra Pradesh Circle. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, has requested to Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) to expedite the releasing of the results.

 

[09.12.2013]Meeting of the Joint Committee, for finalising new PLI formula, held today.
The first meeting of the Joint Committee,  for finalising the New PLI Formula, was held today the 09-12-2013. The Staff Side was represented by com.P.Abhimanyu, Secretary, Staff Side and com.Islam Ahmed, Leader Staff Side. The Management Side was represented by the GM (Estt.), GM (SR), GM(Restg.) and GM (EF). Staff Side representatives strongly argued that PLI should not be linked with the profitability of the Company. Management Side said that PLI should be based on performance. They said that the "GPMS"  (Group Performance Management System) can be the basis for payment of PLI. However,  the Staff Side pointed out the flaws existing in the GPMS. For example, Kerala, which is the number one profit making circle, has secured lesser score than Chhattisgarh circle in GPMS. Finally,  the Staff Side said that it wanted to fully study GPMS. In this regard, Management also agreed to give a presentation. The next meeting of the Committee will be held in January, 2014.

 

[09.12.2013]Statue of the legendary trade union leader, com.K.G.Bose, is to be inaugurated in the Union building at New Delhi on 11-12-2013.
It is informed with great pleasure, that BSNLEU is inaugurating the statue of the legendary trade union leader, com.K.G.Bose, in the Union building at New Delhi, on 11-12-2013. 11th December is the death anniversary of com.K.G.Bose. The statue that is being inaugurated is donated by the West Bengal circle union. The function will start exactly at 10:00 am, in K.G.Bose Bhawan in West Patel Nagar. The address of K.G.Bose Bhawan is as follows:-
           No.64, 28th Block, Near Gurudwara, West Patel Nagar, New Delhi-110008.

 

[09.12.2013]Kamrup District Union donated Rs.38, 500/- towards CHQ fund.
Kamrup District Union handed over a cheque for Rs.38, 500, to com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, in the trade union class held at Guwahati on 07-12-2013, towards CHQ fund. It may be noted that the Kamrup District Union was reorganised some time back, in view of the anti-union activities going on in that district. The newly elected leadership of Kamrup District Union is functioning effectively. For the first time in many years CHQ is getting donation from that District Union.<<view photo>>

 

[09.12.2013]Assam circle union conducted a successful 2 day trade union class at Guwahati. 

Assam circle union of BSNLEU conducted a successful 2 day trade union class at Guwahati, on 7th and 8th December, 2013. Very good arrangements have been made for the class by the circle union. More than 200 comrades enthusiastically participated in the class from all the districts of Assam circle.  Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, conducted a class on the first day, on the topic, "The impact of the Neo-Liberal Economic policy in the Telecom Sector and the role of the trade union". Classes were conducted on two more topics on the second day. Undoubtedly the programme will help to improve the class-consciousness of the employees.  It is the need of the hour that the other circle unions also conduct such trade union classes. <<views of the class>>

 

[07.12.2013]Assam circle conducts an impressive seminar on revival of BSNL

BSNL Employees Union of Assam circle conducted an impressive seminar on revival of BSNL in Guwahati today, the 07-12-2013. The seminar, which was conducted in the premises of the CGM office, was attended by more than 700 employees. Com. H.S.Raja, circle president, BSNLEU, presided over the programme. Senior leader and chairman of the Reception Committee, com.M.R.Das, as well as com.Bijoy Deka, circle secretary, BSNLEU, welcomed the officers and the employees who attended the seminar. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, shri S.L.Singh, CGM, Assam circle, com.Amitabh Nath, CS, AIBSNLEA, com.I.H.Mondal, CS, SNEA and com.P.Patgiri, CS, NFTE addressed the seminar. Com.S.N.Sarma, Ex.CS, AITEU CLIII, shri T.Venkatram, GM (Admn.),  shri P.Chetia, GM, Kamrup, shri Abraham,  GM (CFA), shri Naturam Singh, GM (Marketing) and com.Bikas Barua, CS, BSNLC&CWF also attended the seminar. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS elaborately spoke on the anti-BSNL policies of the government, which have weakened BSNL, the failures on the part of the Management, the struggles headed by the Forum of BSNL unions and associations to safeguard BSNL and the need to urgently improve the work culture of the officers and the employees to revive BSNL. CHQ heartily congratulates the Assam circle union for it's hard work, which has made the seminar a huge success.

 

[06.12.2013]BSNLEU pays it's respectful homage to Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela, the revolutionary who fought against racist oppression is no more. He has passed away at the age of 95. He got freedom and self respect for the Black majority in South Africa, who had been subjected to apartheid by the Whites. In that struggle, Mandela had to make immense sacrifice and had to spend the prime part of his life in jail. He was an iconic freedom fighter who inspired the revolutionary forces world over, who were fighting for liberation from the oppressions of imperialist forces. In the death of Mandela, the world has lost a great revolutionary who stood for freedom and equality. BSNLEU dips it's banner and pays its revolutionary greetings to Nelson Mandela. BSNLEU also conveys it's heartfelt condolences to his family members and to the people of South Africa.

 

[06.12.2013]21st anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid.

Today is the 21st anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid by the Communal forces. The founding fathers of our great nation, including Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabhai Patel, Moulana Abdul Kalam Azad and B.R.Ambedkar decided that India should be a secular country, wherein people belonging to all the religions could live peacefully. That is why they enshrined secularism as the foundation of our Constitution. What was demolished on 6th December, 1992, was not only Babri Masjid, but the sacred ambition of the great leaders who got freedom for all of us. Even today, for their narrow political gains, the communal forces are trying to divide the people in the name of religions. On this day, let us take the fervent resolution that we will fight against communal forces to defend the secular fabric enshrined in our Constitution.

 

[06.12.2013]Status of 78.2% IDA merger for pensioners.

Earlier, the DoT had recommended 78.2% IDA merger for pensioners and had sent it for the approval of the Dept. of Pension. A query had been raised by the Dept. of Pension, whether the approval of the Dept. of Expenditure had been obtained for this. We learn that the DoT has already replied for this query.

 

[05.12.2013]BSNL is awarded  "Excellent" grade for Corporate Governance. 
The DPE, vide it's letter dated 27-11-2013, has awarded Excellent grade for BSNL. The DPE is awarding grades to Central Public Sector Enterprises, on the basis of their compliances with guidelines on Corporate governance. For the year 2012-13 BSNL is awarded Excellent grade since it has scored 100%. <<view letter>>

 

[05.12.2013]DoT slaps Rs.600 crore penalty on Idea Cellular.

Violation of rules and license conditions has become the regular practice of private telecom companies.  Now, in one such case the DoT has slapped a penalty of Rs.600 crore on Idea Cellular, in connection with it's merger deal with Spice Communications.  As per government of India regularisations a telecom company cannot hold more than 10% shares in another telecom company, operating in the same circle. But in 2008, Idea Cellular has acquired 41.09% shares in Spice Communications.  Later, both the companies merged in 2010. 

 

[05.12.2013]Relaxation in NEPP in respect of "average entries"

It is the demand of BSNLEU that average entries made prior to the implementation of NEPP, should not be a bar for promotions under this scheme. In the talks held on 18-10-2013, Management agreed to settle this issue. Accordingly, amendment to the Recruitment Rules have been approved by the Management Committee. This will shortly go to the approval of the BSNL Board. We expect approval by the Board soon.    

     

[05.12.2013]Other modifications to the NEPP, accepted by the Management, are under process.

Other modifications to the NEPP, as was accepted by the Management in the talks held on 18-10-2013, are being processed in the Corporate Office. CHQ is closely monitoring it. These include retention of the Sr.TOAs in the 7100 payscale, on opting for NEPP, eligibility  for promotion under NEPP, in respect of the TTAs and drivers whose payscales were upgraded and LDCs who were converted to TOA. CHQ will take all steps for early orders on these issues. 

 

[05.12.2013]Regular promotion of the Officiating JTOs.

The demand of BSNLEU, that all the Officiating JTOs should be given regular JTO promotion was accepted by the Management in the talks held on 18-10-2013. This issue is also being actively processed by the Corporate Management. CHQ is also pursuing this case and will ensure early releasing of the order.

 

[03.12.2013]Communal agenda will plunge the Nation into chaos and backwardness.

BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is assuring the people that he will bring growth and good governance to the Nation, if elected to power.  But, while addressing a meeting at Jammu, he had called for a debate on the extent to which Jammu & Kashmir state has been benefited from article 370 of the Constitution. Article 370 grants special status to J&K, which has been conferred due to historical reasons. It is one of the demands of the BJP that this provision should be scrapped. In fact, it is a part of the communal agenda of the BJP, which will not ensure growth and good governance to the nation, but will plunge it into chaos and backwardness. Is it not a double talk on the part of Narendra Modi, to assure growth and good governance on one side, and to support the demand of scrapping article 370 on the other side?

 

[30.11.2013]Management conducted all union/ association meeting on developmental issues.
The BSNL Management conducted an all union /association meeting today the 30-11-2013, on issues connected with BSNL's development of business as well as improvement of services in the Corporate Office. Almost all the unions and associations participated in the meeting.  BSNLEU was represented by com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary and com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, president. The Management Side was represented by the CMD, Director (HR) Director (CFA), Director (Finance) and other top officers from the Corporate Office. The Management Side gave a detailed presentation on the current financial position of the Company, action plan connected with mobile & landline services and also on a host of other issues related to the development of the Company. The CMD informed the Union representatives that such meetings will be conducted periodically.

 

[29.11.2013]Shri K.C.G.K. Pillai, Director (Finance) retired. 

Shri K.C.G.K. Pillai, Director (Finance) retired today on superannuation. Shri Pillai had been sympathetic towards the problems of the employees. He took a very positive stand on the issue of 78.2% IDA merger, which helped us to sign the agreement on 12.06.2012. He is a sincere and honest officer. BSNLEU conveys it’s hearty congrats to shri K.C.G.K. Pillai and wishes him a long, healthy and happy retired life.

 

[29.11.2013]India not to succumb to the WTO pressures to cut down Food subsidy. 

The Union Cabinet took the decision yesterday the 28.11.2013, to oppose the move in the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Bali meeting, to reduce India’s food subsidy. The developed countries, headed by the United States, are continuously pressurising the developing nations to cut down their food subsidies. In the on going WTO meeting at Bali, India is being pressurized to accept a 10% ceiling on food subsidies. If this is accepted, it will result in the government’s withdrawal of subsidies on food items which will adversely affect the poorer people in our country. Developing countries like India are being pressurized to cut down their food subsidies, with a view to benefit the multi national food companies. It is a good news that the Indian government has decided to protect it’s right to give food subsidy to it’s needy people. 

 

[29.11.2013]Agreement on payment of minimum wages to workers lead to formation of a coalition government in Germany. 

Angela Merkel is set to become the Chancellor of Germany for the third time, by forming a coalition between her Christian and Social Democratic Union and the Socialist SPD Party. Germany is without a proper government since the elections were held on 22nd September. Merkel clinched the deal with the Socialist SPD Party, by accepting their demand of paying a minimum wage of 8.50 Euros per hour, to the workers. It is relevant to mention here that Germany has no law for minimum wage to it’s workforce. As a result, the German’s workers are extremely low paid. By paying such abysmal wages to it’s workers, the German capitalists are amassing their wealth.  

 

[29.11.2013]12th December March to Parliament - Circle Secretaries to note please. 

Circle Secretaries are requested to give the number comrades who are coming from each circle to attend the inauguration of com. K.G. Bose’s statue on 11th December and the March to Parliament to be held on 12th December, so as to enable CHQ to make arrangements. It is informed that the comrades who are coming should come with sufficient warm clothings, since it will be extremely cold in the north, in mid December. Especially, the circle secretaries of the Southern Circles are requested to advise the participants accordingly.

 

[28.11.2013]Meeting of the Forum of BSNL Unions & Associations held.

A meeting of the Forum was held at New Delhi yesterday the 27.11.2013. Com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, presided over the meeting. The meeting reviewed the National Convention held at New Delhi on 04.08.2013, as well as the All Union meeting called on by the Management, which is to be held on 30.11.2013. The following decisions are taken.

 

1. The decision of the National Convention on BSNL’s on viability, to conduct similar circle level conventions should be implemented without further delay.

2. The deficit in the expenditure for holding the National Convention at Delhi, is to be shared by all the constituents.

3. In the meeting to be held on 30.11.2013, the unions and associations should focus on procurement of mobile equipments and others materials and about improvent of the business of the company.

[28.11.2013]Statue of com. K. G. Bose to be installed in K. G. Bose Bhavan, New Delhi on 11.12.2013.

11th December is the death anniversary of the legendary trade union leader com. K.G. Bose. The K.G. Bose Memorial Trust, in it’s meeting held in July 2013, has decided that a statue of com. K.G. Bose should be installed in the K.G. Bose Bhavan at New Delhi. Accordingly, a function to install the statue will be held at 1000 hrs on 11.12.2013 in the K. G. Bose Bhavan. Comrades who are coming to attend the 12th December rally may attend this function.

 

[28.11.2013]Council Nominations lying pending with the CHQ – District/ Circle Secretaries to note please.

Some of the nominations for Local Councils are lying pending with the CHQ, since they are not sent as per the guidelines of the CHQ. For example, some District Secretaries have directly sent the Local Council nomination to the CHQ, without getting the signature of their circle secretary. Some other nominations are sent by Fax. Such nominations are kept pending. In whichever places the approved nominations are not received from the CHQ, the concerned District/ Circle Secretary may kindly contact the CHQ immediately, for necessary action.

 

[28.11.2013]National Council Staff Side to meet on 22.12.2013.

As a prelude to the National Council meeting to be held on 23.12.2013, a meeting of the Staff Side will take place at 1000 hrs on 22.12.2013. The venue will be announced shortly. All members of the Staff Side of the National Council are requested to make it convenient to attend the meeting.

 

[27.11.2013]BSNLEU AND BSNLCCWF conduct massive rally at Kolkata. 

BSNLEU and BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation (BSNLCCWF) conducted a massive rally at Kolkata on 25-11-2013, highlighting the demands of the December 12th March to Parliament, as well as issues of casual contract workers. The rally culminated into a mass meeting, which was presided over by com. Saibal Sengupta, Omprakash Singh and com.Gobinda Das. The rally was addressed among others by com.Tapan Sen, MP, com. Animesh Mitra and com.Tapas Ghosh. Earlier in the day, a delegation of BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF leaders met the Chief Labour Commissioner and submitted a memorandum on regularisation of casual labourers, violation of labour laws, revision of wages of casual labourers, based on IDA payscales, etc.<<view photos>>

 

[27.11.2013]Meeting with the GM (Estt.). 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.), yesterday the 26.11.2013 and discussed the following issues:- 

(1)   Stagnation: We demanded that the officials who are facing stagnation should be placed in the next higher pay scale, as is being done in the case of Central Govt. employees. (Detailed letter was submitted) 

(2)   Early releasing of JTO LDCE results: We demanded early releasing of JTO LDCE results in respect of circles like Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, NE-II etc. The details are separately up dated on the website. 

(3)   Wage reduction issue: The Management Committee note, based on the recommendation of the Committee, is submitted for approval. After approval, it will go to the Management Committee.

[27.11.2013]Meeting with the Director (HR). 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS met shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR), yesterday the 26.11.2013 and discussed the following issues. The issues raised and replies given are as follows:- 

(1)   Stagnation: We demanded that the officials who are facing stagnation should be placed in the next higher pay scale, as is being done in the case of Central Govt. employees. (Detailed letter was submitted) 

(2)   Early releasing of JTO LDCE results: We demanded early releasing of JTO LDCE results in respect of circles like Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, NE-II etc. The details are separately up dated on the website. 

(3)   New Designations: We are told that the proposal based on our agreement is being placed before the next meeting of Management Committee. 

(4)   Additional nominations to the National Council: We strongly, demanded that Management should review it’s decision and accept our additional nominations, since they are strictly in accordance with the Hon’ble Court direction. 

(5)   Staff Side representation in the Joint Committee to evolve PLI formula: We strongly insisted for equal representation for the Staff Side vis-à-vis the Management Side. We also demanded that the DoT and DPE letters on the subject should also be part of the terms of reference. (Detailed letter was submitted)

[27.11.2013]Renewal of MoUs with Canara Bank, Union Bank of India and Indian Bank. 

The MoUs signed by BSNL with Canara Bank, Union Bank of India and Indian Bank have since expired. CHQ has taken up the case for renewal of MoUs with these banks with the Management. We are assured of early measures for the renewal. 

 

[27.11.2013]Releasing of JTO LDCE results. 

JTO LDCE results have not been released in circles like Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, NE-II etc. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS discussed the issue with the Director (HR) and the GM (Estt.) and strongly demanded to release the results. It was agreed that the results of AP Circle would be released immediately. This is in view of the fact that the Hon’ble Court has given the direction that vacancies upto 2001 should be kept aside and that the results in respect of these vacancies should not be declared until final disposal of the case. In the case of other circles, Management did not accept our demand, in view of the fact that the Recruitment Rules are challenged. However, they assured us to expedite the court cases for early releasing of the results. CHQ will continue to take up the case vigorously. Concerned circle secretaries are requested to provide CHQ with additional input, if any.

 

[23.11.2013]Strike of Uttar Pradesh State Govt. employees. 

“Strike period should be treated as ‘Earned Leave’ and no penal action should be initiated” – says Hon’ble Allahabad High Court. 

 

An interesting turn has taken place in the strike of the Uttar Pradesh State Govt. employees. Nearly 16 lakh employees went on strike since 11th November, 2013, demanding higher grade pay, increased DA, modifications in Assured Career Progression, etc. On 22nd November, 2013, the Lucknow Bench of the Hon’ble Allahabad High Court has given a direction to the UP State Govt., wherein the Hon’ble Court has directed that the strike period should be treated as ”Earned Leave”  and that there should not be any victimisation. The Hon’ble Court has also stated that it would monitor the talks to be held between the unions and the government. Following this directive, the employees have called off their strike. Next date for the hearing will be 3rd December, 2013.

 

[23.11.2013]A king or ruler cannot differentiate between his subjects on the basis of birth, caste or community – shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. 

In a meeting held at Gwalior on 21.11.2013, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate shri Narendra Modi has told that the former Prime Minister shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee had taught him Rajdharma, which he (Narendra Modi) had followed. The following is the message given by shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the then Prime Minister, to Shri Narendra Modi, in the wake of the Gujarat riots in 2002. It says what is Rajdharma. 

“Abide by Rajdharma (duties of a ruler). A king or a ruler cannot differentiate between his subjects on the basis of birth, caste or community.” 

Whether shri Narendra Modi followed the Rajdharma, as taught shri Vajpayee or not, only the people of this country can say. 

[Source: Times of India 23.11.2013]

 

[23.11.2013]Base price of 2G spectrum reduced up to 53%. 

The govt. has reduced the base price of 2G spectrum in the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands by 25% to 53%. This reduction is made with reference to the base price on which action was done in March, 2013. The auction for selling this spectrum will be held in January 2014, through which the govt. expects to earn Rs.30,000/- to Rs.40,000/- crore. It may be noted that the TRAI has earlier recommended a reduction of price up to 60%. Later, the Telecom Commission recommended an increase of 18% to 25%, over the price recommended by TRAI.

 

[22.11.2013]High delegate turnout, healthy debate and unanimous election of office bearers, mark the beginning of a new era in J&K circle. 

The two day circle conference of J&K circle, that was held in Srinagar on 20th and 21st November, ended with unanimous election of office bearers. Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS and com.R.L.Moudgil, AGS, attended the conference from the CHQ and guided the J&K comrades to conduct a democratic, disciplined and a highly successful conference. It was very encouraging and heartening to note that, all the comrades set aside their differences and participated in the conference with a firm resolve to strengthen our organisation in the circle. As a result, the participation of delegates in the conference was very big and extremely useful debate took place in the subjects committee of the conference. A lot of delegates participated in the debate and the deliberations were of high quality. General Secretary and Assistant General Secretary were present all through the conference and clarified the issues raised by the delegates in a satisfactory manner. The report of the Circle Secretary and the audited accounts were approved unanimously. Amidst thunderous applause from the delegates, the unanimous election of the new team of office bearers was announced. Com. Narayan Singh Manhas, com. Mir Nisar Ahmed and com.Zuhur Ahmed Bhatt are elected as the President, Circle Secretary and treasurer respectively. CHQ sincerely thanks all the comrades of J&K circle for conducting a highly successful conference and for strengthening the unity of our great organisation in the circle.

 

[20.11.2013]Status of pension revision, based on 78.2% IDA merger.

CHQ is continuously persuing the case of pension revision, based on 78.2% IDA merger. The DoT has recommended revision of pension, based on 78.2% IDA merger and has sent the case for the approval of the Department of Pension.

 

[19.11.2013]Sanction pay advance to the cyclone affected employees of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh Circles. 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS has once again discussed with the Director (Finance), today the 19.11.2013, the issue of sanctioning pay advance to the Phailin cyclone affected employees of Odisha and AP circles. The Director (Finance) has assured to do the needful. 

 

[19.11.2013]Central and State Govt. departments and their PSUs should use only BSNL and MTNL services. 

It is the strong demand of the Forum that the Central and State government departments, as well as the PSUs of central and State governments and their officers should avail the services of only BSNL and MTNL for their communication requirements. This will be very helpful for the revival of BSNL and MTNL. The Forum has gone on strikes on this demand. It is reliably learnt now, that the DoT has now worked out such a proposal and has sent it for inter-ministerial approval. If this is approved, then the proposal will go to the Group of Ministers for taking appropriate decision. 

 

[19.11.2013]Constitution of councils – Circle / District secretaries to urgently note please. 

Corporate Office has repeatedly sent circulars, insisting constitution of Local and Circle councils without delay. But in some places councils could not be constituted due to the fact that any one of the two Recognised Unions has not sent the nominations. It is reliably learnt that Corporate Office may soon issue a circular, with the guideline that the council can be constituted even if one union has not sent it’s nominations. Hence, the circle and district secretaries of the places where councils are not yet constituted, are requested to immediately send nominations to the CHQ, for forwarding the same to the concerned level. If nomination is not received from the CHQ on time, then there may be some defect in the proposal. Hence such district/circle secretary is requested to immediately contact the Central office-bearer available in the CHQ and get the guidance. This is very urgent.

 

[19.11.2013]7th All India Conference of BSNLEU to be held at Kolkata in November, 2014. 

The 7th All India Conference of BSNLEU is slated to be held in the city of Kolkata in November 2014. The All India Centre of the Union has requested the West Bengal, Kolkata Telephones, Telecom Factory and Telecom Stores Circles to jointly host the All India Conference.

 

[14.11.2013]CBI Director should be sacked for making filthy remark on rape.

BSNLEU condemns Ranjit Sinha, CBI Director, in the strongest term and demands that he should be sacked forthwith for the filthy remark that he has made about rape. It is more shocking that Ranjit Sinha has made such a remark in a CBI conference, held on 12.11.2013. It speaks volumes about the mindset of the head of the CBI. A person having such a mindset is unfit to head the key law enforcing agency. Hence, we demand that he should be sacked forthwith.

 

[14.11.2013]Children’s Day.

It is the Children’s Day today. CHQ conveys it’s warmest greetings to all the Children on this day. It is also a day for all of us to think about those less fortunate children who are not able to get proper food, dress, education and health-care. Even after 66 years of Independence, crores of children are deprived of these basic needs. It is a matter of shame that a large section of the children of our country are forced to earn their livelihood by working, whom we call child labour. It is time for all of us to think as to why this pathetic condition still continues in our country.

 

[18.11.2013]Why disciplinary action not initiated on Adesh Kumar Gupta, GM? – Dy. Chief Labour Commissioner questioned BSNL Management. 

The conciliation meeting, connected with the one day strike held on 16.11.2012, on Com. Sukendar Pal Singh’s murder, took place today with the Deputy Chief Labour Commissioner, New Delhi. Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU and Com. Thomar, AGS, BSNLMS participated. Management Side informed that shri Adesh Kumar Gupta, GM, is transferred from Ghaziabad. Based on this, it was suggested that the conciliation procedure could be concluded. However, the Union representatives strongly pleaded that the transfer is not sufficient and Management should initiate disciplinary action on Adesh Kumar Gupta. They also demanded in addition to this that the ward of com. Sukendar Pal Singh should be given appointment on compassionate ground on priority basis and the family of the deceased leader should be given lumpsum cash compensation. Upon this, the Deputy Chief Labour Commissioner questioned the Management Side why even a preliminary enquiry was not conducted in this case and asked to clarify the matter. Management Side asked for time to submit their reply. The next conciliation proceeding will take place on 23.12.2013. 

 

[18.11.2013]BSNLEU delegation discuss the issues of Telecom Factories with Director (EB), at Kolkata on 16.11.2013. 

BSNLEU is continuously taking action to pressurize the Management for the revival of telecom factories. In this back ground, a delegation of BSNLEU, consisting of com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, Com. Adhir Kumar Sen, Vice-President (CHQ) and com. Om Prakash Singh, CS, TF, Kolkata, met shri A.N. Rai, Director (Enterprise Business) at Kolkata on 16.11.2013 and discussed issues related to the factories as well as that of the staff. The Director (EB) assured to do the needful.

 

[13.11.2013]Receipt of CHQ donation.

CHQ acknowledges the receipt of CHQ donations as detailed below. CHQ heartily thanks the concerned District/Branch Secretaries and comrades for collection of the donations. Publishing some of the details of the donations on CHQ website is delayed, for which CHQ regrets.<<click here>>

 

 

[12.11.2013]Hold National Council meeting at the earliest - General Secretary urged the Director (HR). 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR), today the 12.11.2013 and requested him to hold the meeting of the National Council without further delay. He also requested the Director (HR) to hold the meeting of all unions on improving BSNL’s financial position, at an early date. 

 

[12.11.2013]Hold the meetings of the Sports and Cultural Board and Welfare Board without further delay - General Secretary urged the Sr.GM (Admn.). 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri A.K. Sangi, Sr.GM(Admn.), today the 12.11.2013 and urged him to hold the meetings of Sports and Cultural Board and Welfare Board at the earliest, since holding of the same is getting inordinately delayed. The Sr.GM (Admn.) assured to do the needful in this regard. 

 

[12.11.2013]Grant grace marks to the JAO part-II exam – General Secretary urged the Director Finance. 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS met shri K.C.G.K. Pillai, Director (Finance), today the 12.11.2013 and urged him to consider granting grace marks to the JAO Part-II exam. It may be noted that CHQ has already discussed this issue a number of times, both with the Director (HR) and Director (Finance). But the Management is reluctant to accept our demand on the fear that it will invite a large number of court cases. However, the GS has once again requested the Director (Finance) to consider our demand.

 

[12.11.2013]My gross monthly salary has crossed rupees half lakh. It is because of BSNL Employees Union.

The Kerala circle conference was held at Kottayam from 6th to 8th October. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS attended and addressed this conference. After addressing the conference, he requested the delegates to give slips regarding the doubts/issues that were to be further clarified. Many slips came, requesting the General Secretary to clarify a host of issues. One among such slip was given by one com. K.K. Vijaya, Sr.TOA, Palakkad. She did not ask the GS to clarify any issue, but has expressed her gratitude to BSNL Employees Union. The slip read thus:- 

“Comrade, my gross monthly salary has now crossed Rs. half lakh. I have not even dreamed in my life that one day my salary will reach rupees half lakh. This has become possible only because of BSNL Employees Union.” 

 

The General Secretary was moved on seeing the slip. He heartily congratulated com. K.K. Vijaya for her acknowledgement and said that she is reflecting the spirit of the ordinary employee of BSNL.

 

 

[11.11.2013]General Secretary addressed the All India Conference of AIBSNLEA.

Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the All India Conference of AIBSNLEA today. The Conference is being held at Nashik. The open session of the Conference was held today the November 11. It was also addressed by the CMD BSNL, Director (Finance), Director (CFA), com.Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com. Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO and many others. In his speech, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, recalled the achievements of the Forum of BSNL unions and associations and emphasised the necessity to strengthen it's unity. He underscored the necessity to improve the work culture of the Executives and Non-Executives of BSNL simultaneously, when fighting against the pro-private and anti-PSU policies of the government.<<<view photo>>>

 

[09.11.2013]Revised Guidelines on Compassionate Ground Appointments to be released soon.

As a follow up action to the assurances given to the United Forum in the talks held on 18.10.2013, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Animesh Mitra, Dy. GS met shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.), yesterday the 08.11.2013, and ascertained the action being taken by the Management on issues such as NEPP, E-I pay scale, wage reduction, anomalies, superannuation benefits, Compassionate Ground Appointments, etc. The GM (Estt.) briefed the leaders of the processes that are being made. In this context, the leaders are informed that Revised Guidelines for Compassionate Ground Appointments are to be released by the BSNL Corporate Office soon.

 

[09.11.2013]Management urged to hold National Council meeting without delay.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Animesh Mitra, Dy. GS, met shri Neeraj Verma, GM (SR) yesterday the 08.11.2013 and urged him to hold the meeting of the National Council without delay. The GM (SR) replied that he would fix an early date for the meeting, in consultation with the Director (HR).

 

[09.11.2013]Adesh Kumar Gupta, GM, Ghaziabad, is finally transferred.

The Corporate Management has finally transferred Adesh Kumar Gupta, involved in the murder of com. Sukendar Pal Singh, out of Ghaziabad. This is the outcome of the continuous pressure being exerted by the Union on the Corporate Management. In the last National Council meeting, the entire Staff Side staged a walk out, demanding transfer of Adesh Kumar Gupta. It may be noted that conciliatory proceedings are still going on in the office of the Chief Labour Commissioner at New Delhi, in connection with the One Day strike conducted by the United Forum on 16.11.2012, demanding action on Adesh Kumar Gupta. In the conciliation meeting conducted by the Deputy Chief Labour Commissioner on 17.10.2013, the union representatives grilled the Management Side on this issue. The next conciliation meeting is taking place on 18.11.2013. In this background, Adesh Kumar Gupta, who has completed only two and half years of service in Ghaziabad, has been transferred.

 

[08.11.2013]Second day of the Kerala circle conference - General Secretary appreciated the work culture of employees of Kerala Circle. 

On the second day of the ongoing Kerala circle conference, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, replied to the All India level issues raised by the delegates in the deliberations. The General Secretary explained in detail the steps taken by BSNLEU as well as the latest status of all those issues. 

 

In his speech, the General Secretary praised the work culture of our employees in Kerala Circle. Kerala is not only a profit making circle, but also increasing the net profit year by year. The dedication of our employees is keeping BSNL, as the most preferred brand in the circle, as far as telecom services are concerned. The General Secretary also said that this high standard of work culture should be emulated by the employees of other circles also.

 

 

[08.11.2013]Management is calling an All Union meeting to improve the financial position of BSNL.

In the talks held with the Management on 18.10.2013, on the demands for the One Day Strike, the GS, BSNLEU unhappily pointed out that the Management discusses about the huge losses that the Company is making, only when the Union demands settlement of the genuine demands of the employees. Instead, Management should make it a routine practice, to discuss with the unions and associations, regarding improving the revenues as well as quality of services, he pointed out. GS, BSNLEU strongly demanded that Management should immediately convene an all union meeting to discuss about improving the financial position of the Company. This demand was readily accepted by the Director (HR). We are informed by the Director (HR) that an all union meeting will be convened shortly, which will be attended by the CMD BSNL and other top officers. We sincerely thank the Director (HR) for this initiative.

 

[08.11.2013]Kerala circle union donates Rs.6 lakh as CHQ fund. 

As per the decision of the Ludhiana AIC, the Kerala circle union has collected Rs.100/- donation from each member. Rs.6 lakh, thus collected, was handed over to com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, yesterday the November 7, in the ongoing Circle Conference being held at Kottayam. CHQ heartily thanks the Kerala circle union for meticulously implementing the decision of the AIC. CHQ also heartily thanks all the members of Kerala Circle, who have generously given the donation.<<view photo>>

 

[07.11.2013]CHQ conveys greetings on "November Revolution Day". 

This is the day on which the first Socialist Government, led by the working class, was established in Russia, in the year 1917. It was called the Soviet Union. It put an end to the 'exploitation of man by man'. The crisis that is being faced by the United States and the developed countries in the European Union prove that Capitalism is not the solution. The slogan raised by the "Occupy Wall Street Movement" that 99% of the Americans are being exploited by 1% of the Americans, exposes the cruel face of Capitalism. CHQ conveys greetings to all, on this November Revolution Day.

 

[07.11.2013]Payment of arrears and revision of pension based on 78.2% IDA merger.

On the issue of 78.2% IDA merger, the BSNL Management and the unions & associations signed an agreement on 12-06-2012, that the arrears would be paid when the financial position of the Company improves. Whereas, the DoT, in it's order dated 10-06-2013 has stated that no arrears would be paid. This is not agreeable to BSNLEU. As a Union which has played key role in the settlement of 78.2% IDA merger, BSNLEU is continuously taking up the issues of payment of arrears as well as revision of pension with the DoT and BSNL. This issue was one of the demands for the one day strike that was to take place on 25-10-2013. In the talks held on 18-10-2013, the BSNL Management agreed to take up these issues strongly with the DoT. Based on this, the CMD BSNL has written a DO letter to the Secretary, DoT, strongly recommending payment of arrears as well as revision of pension. BSNLEU will continue to persue these issues vigorously.

 

[06.11.2013]CHQ leaders meet GM (SR).

Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS and com.R.S.Chouhan, Organising Secretary, met shri Neeraj Verma,GM (SR) yesterday the November 5, and requested him to hold the meeting of the National Council without further delay. They also pointed out, that based on the direction of the Hon'ble Kerala High Court, BSNLEU has submitted additional nominations to the Staff Side, which has not been accepted by the Management so far. They requested the GM (SR) to reconstitute the Staff Side of the National Council immediately, based on the additional nominations.  The leaders also requested the GM (SR) to immediately issue order on change of designations in respect of RM and TM cadres, as per the agreement signed and as has been accepted in the talks held on 18.10.2013.

 

 

[05.11.2013]Kerala circle conference to be held at Kottayam from 6th to 8th November, 2013.

The 7th circle conference of BSNLEU, Kerala circle, is to be held at Kottayam, from 6th to 8th November, 2013. The conference will be inaugurated by com.M.A.Baby, MLA. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, is participating in the Conference, and will inaugurate the subjects committee. The Reception Committee has made elaborate arrangements for holding the Conference. In line with the tradition of Kerala circle, activities such as seminar, cultural programme, rally etc., are also being organised. 

 

[05.11.2013]CHQ donation - attention of the circle and district secretaries is invited.

The Ludhina All India Conference has given call to collect Rs.100/- from each member, as CHQ donation, to overcome the financial problem that the All India Union is facing, consequent to the purchasing of Union building at New Delhi. The AIC also decided that this donation should be collected at the time of payment of 78.2% IDA merger. However, CHQ regrets to say that only very few circle and district secretaries have paid attention to this task. So far, CHQ has received this donation only from a few district unions. Hence, CHQ requests all the circle and district secretaries to pay attention to this and immediately take action for completing the collection of this donation within the shortest possible time.

 

[04.11.2013]Height of hypocrisy.

The criticism that was made by BSNLEU on it's website, regarding the double role being played by NFTE BSNL, on bonus issue, has made some of their leaders nervous. We wish to make it clear to the reasonable and sensible comrades of NFTE BSNL, that BSNLEU was compelled to make this criticism, only when it was unnecessarily criticised by NFTE BSNL on it's website. We are aware that some in NFTE BSNL have become nervous, as a result of which they have started spreading blatant lies about BSNLEU. Chennai circle union of NFTE BSNL has posted a blatant lie on it's website. It is mischievously reported on that website, that com.P.Abhimanyu, GS,  who addressed a meeting at Chennai on 29-10-2013, has told that bonus will not be paid to the employees hereafter, since  the Company is running into loss. This statement is a total lie, intended at maligning BSNLEU and com.P.Abhimanyu, GS. In that meeting, com. P.Abhimanyu has categorically spelt out the line of BSNLEU on PLI issue. That is, Management should frame a new PLI formula, based on the letter of DPE, which states that PLI is not connected with the profitably of a PSU, and pending finalisation of this new formula, the employees should be paid one month's pay as PLI. But, this demand was not accepted by the Management. BSNLEU has honestly told it's members that the Union is unable to settle this demand for the time being, but will seriously persue it and settle it in the days to come. Whatever written on Chennai NFTE BSNL website is their own imagination.

 

Tail piece :-
We feel that it is pertinent to mention here some thing about the credibility of the above mentioned website. When the agreement on 78.2% IDA merger was signed on 12-06-2012 at New Delhi, by the Forum leaders, this website called it as a betrayal and sell-out. This website told the workers that the leaders have cheated, and that BSNL workers will never get 78.2% IDA merger. In this connection, this website called the National President of NFTE BSNL, as a person who frequently changes his union, as he changes his shirts.

 

[02.11.2013]BSNLEU is the real champion of trade union democracy.

Everyone knows that BSNLEU demanded the New Recognition Rules, based on proportionate representation, and it has taken all out efforts for the implementation of the rule. However, for one full year after BSNLEU demended the new rule, the BSNL Management was dragging it's feet and did not take any meaningful action. Meanwhile the 6th Verification was fast approaching and the recognition period of BSNLEU was also about to expire. The Management has not taken any concrete step to frame the New Recognition Rule. NFTE BSNL openly told that heaven would not fall if the Verification was delayed by a few months. Because,  they wanted the recognition of BSNLEU to expire and was waiting for a situation where no recognised union would be there. They wanted such a situation to come, so that they could start playing their nefarious games. But BSNLEU did not want a situation wherein no recognised union would be there. Such a vacuum would be detrimental to the 2 lakh Non Executives. It was in that situation, that BSNLEU demanded conducting of the 6th Verification,  as per the existing Code of Discipline. It was only after this, that the BSNL Management swung into action and put the new rules in place. NFTE BSNL is  comfortably hiding these details and is trying to accuse BSNLEU. But the employees know that BSNLEU is the real champion of trade union democracy.    

 

[02.11.2013]Who is self-praising ?

NFTE BSNL, in it's website has stated that BSNLEU is self- praising. BSNLEU never indulges in self-praising. As a matter of fact, NFTE BSNL is indulging in self-praising. We can give an example. In the talks held on 18-10-2013, between the United Forum and the BSNL Management, many issues related to NEPP were settled. They are, denial of promotions due to  average entries, denial promotions to TTAs and drivers due to payscale upgradations, as well as conversion from LDC to TOAs. The details of this settlement are updated on 19-10-2013 itself on BSNLEU website. However, in the editorial of Telecom, November 2013, it is written as if it is a settlement of NFTE BSNL. This is self-praising.

 

[02.11.2013]What is the demand of NFTE on bonus?

What is the demand of NFTE BSNL on bonus ? It is a tragedy that their leadership themselves do not know it. They say that bonus should be given to BSNL employees as deferred wage. Deferred wage means it comes under Bonus Act. Does NFTE BSNL leadership know that none will get bonus in BSNL, if it is paid under the Bonus Act ? They should better try to know that there is a ceiling for eligibility of  bonus, as per the Act. Still worse is the fact that NFTE BSNL does not know what BSNLEU demanded in the charter of demands for the One Day strike. BSNLEU did not demand Rs.10, 000, as mentioned in NFTE BSNL website. It demanded framing of a new Productivity Linked Incentive (PLI ) formula, and pending this, one month's pay should be paid as PLI. This is BSNLEU's demand. NFTE BSNL leadership does not know what is it's demand, and also  what is the demand of BSNLEU.

 

[02.11.2013]Bonus-NFTE BSNL lacks honesty.

BSNLEU did not start the debate on bonus. NFTE started it by accusing that BSNLEU meekly accepted the arguement of the Management. Anyway, it is good that a debate has started. BSNLEU never degrades struggles of workers. We only say that NFTE BSNL leadership is cheating the workers by giving bogus assurance.  They told the workers in the last verification that they would get bonus, if NFTE BSNL is recognised. Is it not cheating the workers? Is it not a false assurance? If it is a honest assurance,  then NFTE BSNL should settle it. They can't settle it. Workers ask what happened to the assurance they gave in the last verification. So to save their skin,  NFTE BSNL blames BSNLEU and also  conducted an eyewash hungerstrike.  BSNLEU never gave such a false assurance. However, it has seriously taken up the issue and has gone on struggle. BSNLEU honestly admitted that the demand could not be settled at present and has assured to persue it further. But it is a matter of regret that NFTE BSNL lacks this honesty.

 

[01.11.2013]BSNLEU is not the loser due to New Recognition Rule.
NFTE BSNL has stated, that BSNLEU is the loser due to the introduction of new recognition rules. Everyone knows that it is only because of the consistent efforts of BSNLEU, the New Recognition Rule is introduced in BSNL. Certainly NFTE BSNL cannot claim this credit because, that union has been demanding recognition to the second union, based on a new rule, ever since December 2004, when it lost in the 2nd verification. However, NFTE BSNL could not bring a new rule. But, BSNLEU, passed resolution in it's Jaipur CEC meeting, held in September 2011, demanding New Recognition Rules, based on proportionate representation. It was only due to the pressure of BSNLEU, that Management has introduced the new rules. When BSNLEU demanded proportionate representation, it knew that it's seats would be reduced. Still it demanded proportionate representation because, council seats alone are not everything. The seats of BSNLEU in the councils might have got reduced. But BSNLEU does not consider it as a loss. Of course, the leaders of NFTE BSNL cannot understand all these things. What can we do?

 

[01.11.2013]Bonus issue - NFTE BSNL's escape route.

At the time of the 6th Membership Verification, NFTE BSNL conducted a malicious propaganda, that BSNLEU is responsible for the denial of bonus to the employees. They declared from roof-top, that they would ensure payment of bonus to the employees, if NFTE BSNL is granted recognition. Not only that. NFTE BSNL even assured the employees, that LTC and Medical Allowance would also be restored if they are granted recognition. Now 6 months are already over, since NFTE BSNL is granted recognition, and that too at par with BSNLEU. Festival season has already come. Workers have started cornering NFTE BSNL as to what happened to Bonus. That union does not know what reply to give. They conducted an 'eye-wash' hunger strike, and that too only in some parts of the country (according to the information available on their website.) But workers are not prepared to accept this drama. They are asking one question to NFTE BSNL: "You categorically assured the workers that bonus would be restored if you are recognised. Now you have already got recognition. Where is bonus?" Alas! The condition of NFTE BSNL is pitiable.  What reply can they give to the workers? So, conveniently they have found an escape route. They are saying that "BSNLEU meekly accepted the argument of the Management on bonus issue." But workers are asking, "what happened to NFTE BSNL's assurance of restoring bonus?" That union is having the moral duty to answer this question.

 

[01.11.2013]CEC meeting of BSNLEU is to be held on February 7th, 8th and 9th.

CHQ has already announced that the CEC meeting of BSNLEU will be held at Rajkot, Gujarat circle, on February 21st, 22nd and 23rd. Now, due to unavoidable reasons, the dates of the CEC meeting are changed to February 7th, 8th and 9th. There is no change in the venue. CHQ regrets for the inconvenience caused to the CEC members in this regard, and requests them to book their journey tickets, as per the new time schedule.

 

[31.10.2013]BSNLEU, Bangalore Telephone District donated Rs.1.75 lakh to the CHQ.

BSNLEU, Bangalore Telephone District has donated Rs.1.75 lakh to the CHQ. A cheque for this amount was handed over to the General Secretary, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, by com.H.V.Sudharshan, DS, BGTD, on October 28, in the seminar that was held in Bangalore. CHQ heartily thanks and congratulates the comrades of BGTD.

 

[31.10.2013]BSNLEU, Chennai Telephones Circle, donated Rs.1 lakh to the CHQ.

BSNLEU, Chennai Telephones Circle has donated Rs.1 lakh to the CHQ. The Circle Union has already sent Rs.50,000 to the CHQ earlier. Another Rs.50,000 was handed over to com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, in the Extended Circle Executive Committee meeting,  held at Chennai on October 29. CHQ heartily thanks and congratulates the Chennai circle comrades. 

 

[28.10.2013]Denial of promotions under NEPP, due to 'Average' entries- Management Committee approves the agreement reached on 18-10-2013, between the United Forum and the Management. 
BSNLEU has been seriously taking up with the Management, the issue of denial of promotions under NEPP, because of the 'Average' entries made in the CRs of the employees.  This was one of the demands for the one day strike, that was to take place on 25-10-2013, called on by the United Forum. In the talks held on 18-10-2013, Management gave a proposal to solve this problem, which was accepted by the United Forum. The details of this proposal is already uploaded on CHQ website on 19-10-2013.  It is learnt that this proposal is approved by the Management Committee of BSNL, in it's meeting held today the 28-10-2013. BSNLEU sincerely thanks the Management, for fulfilling the assurance that it gave to the United Forum during the talks.

 

[28.10.2013]BSNLEU, Pune District Union donates Rs.2 lakh as CHQ donation. 

The Pune District Conference of BSNLEU was held on 18.10.2013. In the conference, a cheque for Rs.2 lakh was handed over to com. John Verghese, by com. Nalavade, District Secretary, Pune, as CHQ donation. CHQ heartily congratulates the Pune District Union, for the donation.<<view photo>>

 

[26.10.2013]Privatise Air India – Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh echoes the voices of the World Bank and the Multi National Companies. 

The World Bank and Multi National Companies are persistently pressurizing the govt. of India to privatize all the Public Sector Companies, so that the Indian big capitalists and multi national companies can loot the people. Recently, Civil Aviation Minister, Ajit Singh has echoed the demand of the MNCs. He has said that the government should not be in the services sector such as airlines or hotels and any future regime could consider privatization of Air India. Praful Patel, the predecessor of Ajit Singh, converted the Air India into a loss making company. Now Ajit Singh wants it to be privatized. It is not known whether these ministers are loyal to the nation or to the capitalists.

 

[26.10.2013]Next CEC meeting to be held at Rajkot, Gujarat, on 21st, 22nd and 23rd February, 2014. 

The next Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU will be held at Rajkot, in Gujarat Circle, on 21st, 22nd and 23rd February, 2014. The Gujarat circle union has accepted the request of the CHQ to host the next CEC meeting. CHQ heartily thanks the Gujarat circle union and the Rajkot district union. All members of the CEC are requested to book their journey tickets in advance. 

 

[26.10.2013]Reliance Jio Infocomm to start providing telecom services shortly. 

Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. of Mukesh Ambani, got it’s Unified License on 21st October, 2013. RJIL has become the first telecom operator to get a pan-India Unified license. This Unified License will allow RJIL to offer all telecom services, including voice telephony under a single license. It is likely to start it’s service soon.

 

[25.10.2013]Mukesh Ambani continues to be the richest man of the country with $18 billion personal assets.

Mukesh Ambani continues to be the richest man of India with personal assets of $18 billion personal assets.  This is followed by the London based L.N.Mittal, with personal assets of $15.9 billion. Third comes Sun Pharmaceuticals' founder Dilip Sanghvi, whose personal assets increased by 66% in a year. Wipro's Azim Premji comes fourth with $12 billion personal assets and fifth comes shiv Nadar of the HCL Technologies, with $8.6 billion. Kumar Mangalam Birla is the sixth in the list with $8.4 billion and Adi Godrej is the seventh with $8.1 billion. This details are give by the China based Hurun India Rich List. 

 

[25.10.2013]Melody king Manna Dey passed away.

Manna Dey, one of the finest singers of Indian cinema and who enthralled the people of the sub-continent for many decades, passed away in Bangalore yesterday.  He was 94.  The fact that he  has sung 3500 songs in 16 Indian languages speaks volumes about his popularity. The country has passed one of the greatest artists. We pay our respectful homage to the late singer. 

 

[25.10.2013]BSNLEU thanks the CMD BSNL for taking up the pension revision issue with the DoT and urged him to persue the same seriously.

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, met shri R.K.Upadhyay, CMD BSNL today and thanked him for taking up the issue of pension revision with the Secretary,  DoT. They urged him to persue the issue seriously, so that the retired employees get the benefit of 78.2% IDA merger without further delay. The leaders also demanded that BSNL should grant interest free advance equivalent to one month's salary to the cyclone affected employees of Odisha circle, as well as the employees of the cyclone affected districts of Andra Pradesh circle.

 

[24.10.2013]Reconstitute the National Council, by incorporating the additional nominations given by BSNLEU- Leaders urged the GM (SR).

Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS and com.Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS met shri Neeraj Verma, GM (SR) yesterday the 23rd October,  and urged him to immediately reconstitute the National Council, by incorporating the additional nominations given by BSNLEU. The leaders pointed out to the GM (SR) that the additional nominations were given in accordance with the order of the Hon'ble High Court of Kerala. They also requested him to reconstitute the National Council before the next meeting is held. The GM (SR) stated that the matter has already been referred to the legal cell and an opinion is expected within the next few days, based on which action will be taken. 

 

[24.10.2013]BSNL Management will shortly call an all union meeting to discuss about issues connected with the Company's financial viability.

BSNLEU has been demanding the Corporate Management for some time, to convene an all union meeting, to discuss about issues connected with the Company's financial viability. This is in view of the fact that the financial position of the Company is deteriorating rapidly. In the talks that were held between the United Forum and the Management on 18-10-2013, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, emphatically raised this demand, and shri A.N.Rai, Director, assured that this demand would be considered. The Director (HR) informed the GS and Dy.GS, who met him yesterday the 23rd October, that Management has decided to conduct an all union meeting shortly and that it would be attended by the top Management, including the CMD. The Management and the employees have to urgently join hands, to lift the Company out of the crisis. 

 

[24.10.2013]Next Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU is to be conducted in Gujarat.

The All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU, held yesterday the 23rd October, has decided to conduct the next CEC meeting in mid February. The CHQ has already requested the Gujarat Circle Union to host this meeting. The venue of this meeting will be finalised within a day or two, after which the notification for the meeting will be issued. All members of the CEC are requested to make note of this. 

 

[24.10.2013]12th December 'March to the Parliament.'

All the Central Trade Unions of the country have given call to conduct a massive 'March to the Parliament', on 12-12-2013, demanding settlement of the important demands of the working masses. This is in continuation of the two day General Strike held on 20th and 21st February this year. BSNLEU, being part and parcel of this movement has decided to fully participate in the rally. The All India Centre meeting,  held yesterday the 23rd October, has decided to mobilise our comrades massively for this rally from the adjacent circles of UP (West), Haryana, UP (East), Punjab, Rajasthan. At the same time comrades from all other circles should also participate in this rally. 

 

[24.10.2013]Observe 'Demands Week' from 18th to 23rd November, 2013, to campaign on the demands of the March to Parliament.

'The All India Centre meeting held yesterday the 23rd October, has underscored the necessity to effectively campaign among the employees, on the demands of the Central Trade Unions for which the 12th December March to Parliament is taking place. Since continuous struggles are being called on this demands, it is understood that the Central Trade Unions will give call for the next phase of the struggle, after the forthcoming March to the Parliament. It should be self-critically accepted that the two day General strike held in February was not very successful in BSNL, because of the inadequate campaigning conducted among the employees on the demands. So, to overcome this shortcoming, a 'Demands Week' must be observed from 18th to 23rd November, 2013.  District and Branch level mass meetings should be conducted during this period and the demands of the Central Trade Unions, on which the12th December March to Parliament is being conducted, should be explained. This preparation will be really helpful for conducting the future struggles. 

 

[24.10.2013]Revised guidelines for Compassionate Ground Appointments.

BSNLEU and the United Forum have been pressing the Corporate management hard to issue revised guidelines for giving appointments on Compassionate Ground. One reason for this is that the employees are getting their pension, gratuity, leave encashment etc., on revised pay scales.  Whereas, the existing system of awarding weightage points is meant for the pre-revised wages. This demand is raised by BSNLEU a number of times in the National Council. This was one of the demands for which the call for the one day strike was also to take place on 25-10-2013. Now, Corporate Office has issued instruction on 22-10-2013, to award the weightage points for pension of the pre-revised pay and not of the revised pay. Our efforts to change the guidelines further will continue.

[23.10.2013]CMD BSNL has written to Secretary, DoT, on payment of arrears for 78.2% IDA merger as well as revision of pension based on that.
The United Forum has demanded in the character of demands for the One Day strike, that the clause in the DoT order dated 10-06-2013, which denies payment of arrears on 78.2% IDA merger, should be removed, and also revision of pension based on that, for the employees who retired in between 01-01-2007 and 10-06-2013. In the talks held between the United Forum and the Management, it was agreed that BSNL would take up both the issues with DoT. Accordingly, CMD BSNL has written a DO letter to the Secretary, DoT, on 21-10-2013, recommending payment of arrears when the financial position of the Company improves, and also revision of pension based on 78.2% IDA merger. BSNLEU conveys it's sincere thanks to the Management, for taking up the issue.

[21.10.2013]Promotion of the left-out 'Telecom Mechanic trained' officials- Circle Secretaries to note please.

Promotion of the left-out 'Telecom Mechanic trained' officials is one of the important demands for the One Day strike, that was to take place on 25.10.2013. A good number of RMs, who have completed Telecom Mechanic training, could not be promoted due to the non availability of posts. Hence, we have demanded that all the trained officials should be promoted through personal upgradation. Our demand was not accepted.  However, Management has assured to do the best to resolve this problem and has demanded to provide them with the informations regarding the number of trained officials in each circle.  Hence, Circle Secretaries are requested to immediately gather the information pertaining to their respective circles, regarding the number trained officials, who have not yet been promoted as Telecom Mechanics, and send the same to the CHQ without delay, for taking up with the Management.

 

[19.10.2013]One Day strike postponed.

The United Forum meeting was held today the 19-10-2013, and reviewed the talks that were held yesterday the 18-10-2013, between the United Forum representatives and the BSNL Management. The meeting expressed it's overall satisfaction over the settlement of the issues in the given circumstances. The meeting also felt that the issues which were not accepted by the Management, need to be persued further for final settlement. Under these circumstances the meeting unanimously decided to postpone the one day strike. The meeting appreciated the employees as well as all the constituents of the United Forum, for their readiness to go on struggle, which has facilitated the settlement.

 

 

[18.10.2013]Communal riots in UP: 128 riots in 21 days and 62 are killed. 

With the view to get political gains out of the 2014 Parliamentary elections, the Sangh Parivar is spreading communal hatred on a large scale in many parts of the country. Especially, they are concentrating in Uttar Pradesh, the state with the largest number of parliamentary seats. The Muzaffarnagar riots are the fallout of this. The UP government has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, giving the details of the riots that took place in and around Muzaffarnagar. According to this, the communal riots went on for 21 days in Muzaffarnagar and in the surrounding districts of Shamli, Meerut, Baghpat and Shaharanpur. Totally 62 people were killed in the riots, out of which 46 are Muslims and 16 are Hindus. In connection with the riots, the police have arrested 246 persons, out of which 183 are Hindus and 63 are Muslims.

[- Source: Times of India dated 18.10.2013]

 

[17.10.2013]CBI files FIR against Kumar Mangalam Birla and former Coal Secretary. 

In a stunning move, the CBI has filed FIR against Aditya Birla Group Chairman, Kumar Mangalam Birla and former Coal Secretary, P.C. Parekh, in the Coal Gate scam. The CBI has accused that Kumar Mangalam Birla got coal blocks allotted to his company, Hindalco, by entering into a criminal conspiracy. By filing the FIR, the CBI has sent shock waves both to the UPA Ministers, as well as to the Indian capitalists. Union Minister Anand Sharma has praised that Kumar Mangalam Birla is an iconic figure for the country. HDFC chairman, Deepak Parekh has said that Kumar Mangalam Birla was “as clean as a whistle and had always walked the straight line.” The capitalists, with the connivance of the bureaucrats, have looted the coal reserves of the country, to the tune of Rs.1,86,000 crore. It is noteworthy that only after the Supreme Court pulled up the CBI, the latter started seriously investigating the Coalgate scam. 

 

[17.10.2013]Airtel, Idea and Vodafone hike 2G internet rates. 

Close on the heals of increasing the tariffs of ISD calls, the private companies have hiked the tariffs of 2G internet also. Airtel, Idea and Vodafone have hiked their 2G internet tariff by 25%. These three companies are having 53 percent market share with them. Till recently, these companies were offering 1GB internet usage for about Rs.125/-. After the fare hike, Airtel customers will have to pay Rs.156 for 1GB, while the Idea and Vodafone customers have to pay Rs.154 and Rs.155 respectively. The fact that all the three companies have hiked their tariffs simultaneously proves that they have formed a ‘cartel’ among themselves.

 

 

[15.10.2013]Meeting with Director (Finance) on relaxation to JAO results and prompt allotment of funds for payment of GPF advance.


Relaxation to JAO results:- Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, and com.R.L.Moudgil, AGS, met Shri  K.C.G.K.Pillai, Director (Finance), and demanded relaxation to the JAO results. They requested to grant grace marks, in view of the facts that this is the last exam under old syllabus and also a large number of posts remain unfilled in most of the circles. They also requested the Director (Finance) to look into specific complaints given by the Union on discrepancies in respect of question papers as well as correction in some of the circles.

Allotment of funds for payment of GPF advance:-
The leaders took to the notice of the Director (Finance), the hardships being experienced by the employees, due to the delay in the allotment of funds to the circles, by the Corporate Office, for payment of GPF advance. They demanded prompt allotment of funds to circles by the Corporate Office.

 

 

[15.10.2013]¼ of the world’s hungry people live in India. 

According to the Global Hunger Index (GHI) the number of hungry people in the world are 842 million in 2011-13. It is shocking to know that a quarter of the world’s hungry, or 210 million, are in India alone. The Global Hunger Index 2013 is prepared from inputs taken from 120 countries. It is extremely shameful that India is placed in the “Alarming Category” of countries, which include Ethiopia, Sudan, Congo, Niger etc. Statistics say that the Indian economy has grown 16 times since 1991, after the implementation of the New Economic Policy. But this growth has not helped in the eradication of hunger. Because, the fruits of the economic growth have been garnered by the big capitalists.

 

        The rich grow richer!  The poor grow poorer!   This is the New Economic Policy.

 

[14.10.2013]General Secretary meets Director (HR) and expresses serious concern over the dead-lock in the negotiated settlement of the strike demands. 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) and expressed his serious concern over the dead-lock that is prevailing in the negotiated settlement of the problems, enlisted in the charter of demands for the one day strike. The GS pointed out that virtually there was no progress on the assurances given in respect of the issues that were discussed on 17.09.2013. The Director (HR) assured that he would look into the matter and would do the needful. 

 

[14.10.2013]Next round of talks on strike demands to be held on 18.10.2013. 

The next round of talks on the strike demands will take place on 18.10.2013. This was informed by the Director (HR) to Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, during the discussion held today.

 

[14.10.2013]Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation (BSNL C&CWF) postponed. 

In view of the enormous damage caused in Odisha by the Phailin cyclone, the meeting of the Central Executive Committee, scheduled to be held on 19th and 20th at Bhubaneswar, stands postponed. The next dates of the meeting will be announced shortly.

 

[14.10.2013]Airtel and Idea raise ISD tariffs up to 80% and 25% respectively. 

Private telecom companies, Airtel and Idea, have raised their ISD tariffs. This has been effected from October 10. Both Airtel and Idea have raised their tariff to the US, UK and Canada by 25%. As a result, the call charge to these countries is increased from Rs.6.40 per minute to Rs.8.00 per minute. Airtel has raised it’s tariff for special services in Australia by 80%. The reason for this increase is said to be the depreciation of rupee. 

 

[14.10.2013]Over 50% of the internet users are mobile customers. 

Over 50% of the internet users are doing it from mobile phones in India. Out of the 160 million internet users, 86 million users go online through their mobile phones. This is probably the highest in the world. Even in advanced countries only 20 – 25% internet users access internet on their mobile phones. It is said that during the last 3 to 4 years, the number of users who access internet on 3G has grown to 22 million. Whereas, the broadband connections still remain at 15 million. 

 

 

[12.10.2013]Super cyclone set to strike Odisha and Andhra Pradesh states. 

The super cyclone Phailin is set to strike Odisha and Andhra Pradesh states today. The cyclone is expected to cross the coastal areas of these states at 1800 hrs. today. While crossing the coast, the speed of the cyclone is predicted to be 220 kms. The cyclone is expected to cause widespread damage. CHQ has requested the Odisha and Andhra Pradesh circle unions to ensure the fullest cooperation of the employees to the administration, in maintaining telecommunication services, so that unhindered relief and rescue works can be carried out. 

 

[12.10.2013]Manmohan Singh is equally guilty in the 2G scam – says DMK. 

The DMK has alleged that Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh is equally guilty in the 2G spectrum allotment, since he was fully aware of the functioning of 2G spectrum licensing system. T.R. Baalu, MP of the DMK, who is a member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probing the 2G scam, has submitted his dissent note to the Committee. In the note, T.R. Baalu has stated that the report of the JPC, which was approved on September 27 by way of a 16:11 voting, has made A. Raja a scape goat. BSNLEU, along with the right minded sections of the country, has always been maintaining that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was fully aware of the happenings in the 2G spectrum allotment and that he remained as a silent spectator for political reasons.

 

[11.10.2013]United Forum talks with Management postponed. 

The talks between the United Forum and BSNL Management could not be held as per the schedule today, since shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) was emergently summoned by the Home Ministry, together with the CMD, to discuss about the measures to be taken to handle the situation which is likely to be caused in Odisha, by the cyclone Phailin. The date for holding the talks will be fixed next week. 

 

[11.10.2013]Fixation of pension, based on 78.2% IDA merger, in respect of retirees of Punjab Circle settled due to CHQ’s intervention. 

The CCA of Punjab circle has been denying fixation of pension, based on 78.2% IDA fixation, to the retirees of Punjab Circle under some wrong pretext. CHQ took up this issue with the DoT due to which the problem has been resolved now. <<view letter>>

 

[11.10.2013]Massive rally and demonstrations at Ludhiana, by the entire Non-Executives and Executives of Ludhiana, against corruption and black-mailing by the corrupt contractor. 

Hundreds of Non-Executives and Executives of Ludhiana, went on a massive rally to day the 11.10.2013, and conducted demonstrations, demanding action against Rohit Sabharwal, the corrupt contractor of BSNL. The said corrupt contractor has been black-mailing the union leaders, including the district secretaries of BSNLEU and SNEA, who are exposing his corrupt activities. Powerful demonstrations were conducted in front of the offices of the Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of Police and submitted memorandum, demanding filing of FIR against the corrupt contractor. The programme was conducted under the banner of Forum. All unions and associations, including BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, NFTBE, SEWA BSNL and AIGTOA participated in the rally and demonstrations. Among other leaders, Com. Balbir Singh, CS, BSNLEU, addressed the rally and demonstrations. CHQ heartily congratulates the Ludhiana comrades and assures the fullest cooperation of the All India Union, on this matter.<<<view photos>>> 

 

[10.10.2013]Talks between the United Forum and BSNL Management to take place tomorrow the 11.10.2013.

The United Forum leaders will hold talks with the BSNL Management for the second time tomorrow the 11.10.2013, on the issues contained in the charter of demands of the one day strike, that is now scheduled for 25-10-2013. The talks will take place at 1600 hrs. 

                                

[10.10.2013]Forum decides to observe hunger strike on bonus issue.

A meeting of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations took place yesterday the 09.10.2013. In that meeting, it was decided that the General Secretaries would sit on a hunger strike, demanding payment of bonus to the BSNL employees.  The date, etc., of the programme will be finalised within a day or two.

 

 

[07.10.2013]Com.D.Purkayastha, Assistant General Secretary, BSNLEU, passed away.
It was with great shock and agony, that the CHQ received the news yesterday that com.D.Purkayastha, Assistant General Secretary, BSNLEU, passed away in a Guwahati hospital. He was 55 years old. Com. D.Purkayastha had been suffering from severe chicken pox and was admitted to a hospital at Guwahati, when his condition became critical. He expired at 06:45 hrs yesterday the 06.10.2013. The cremation of the mortal remains of com.D.Purkayastha took place yesterday evening. Com.D.Purkayastha is survived by his wife and two children. We pay our respectful homage to the departed leader. We also pay our deepest condolences to his family members, relatives, friends and all the comrades of Assam circle.

 

[07.10.2013]BSNLEU has lost a dedicated leader. Let the Union flag fly in half mast for three days.

BSNLEU has lost a dedicated leader in the death of com.D.Purkayastha.He was elected as the Assistant General Secretary of BSNLEU only in the last All India Conference,  held at Ludhiana. Prior to that, he had served the organisation in the capacity of the District Secretary of the CGM Office District Union, as well as the Assistant Circle Secretary of Assam Circle Union. By nature, com.D.Purkayastha was a calm person. At the same time he was a militant and an uncompromising fighter in defending the interests of the working class. He has played a significant role in safe guarding the organisation, when disciplinary action was taken by the CHQ against certain anti-union elements in Assam circle last year. Com.D.Purkayastha had been a shinning example of a committed and dedicated leader of the working class movement. CHQ salutes com.D.Purkayastha.  CHQ has already given a direction yesterday, to the Circle, District and Branch Unions to fly the Union flag in half mast for three days, to pay our respect to our beloved leader.

 

[05.10.2013]CEC meeting of AIBDPA being held at Jaipur.

The CEC meeting of AIBDPA, is being held at Jaipur from today and tomorrow. Com.A.K.Bhattacharji, President, is presiding over the meeting.  The open session of the CEC took place at 1530 hrs. today. The meeting was addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU.  He spoke at length about the efforts being taken by BSNLEU,  together with the Forum,  to settle pension revision,  based on 78.2% IDA merger, as well as other problems being faced by pensioners.  The meeting was also addressed by com.K.G.Jayaraj, GS, AIBDPA, com.S.K.Vyas, GS, NCCPA, com.Ravinder Shukla, GS, CITU, Rajasthan, and many others. The meeting will continue tomorrow also and will deliberate on the important issues of the pensioners. <<<view photos>>> 

 

[03.10.2013]International Action Day is being observed all over the world today. 

As per the call of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), International Action Day is being observed world over today the 03.10.2013, demanding Food, Housing, Health Care, Education and Drinking water to the working people. BSNLEU has already given call to observe the Day, in a befitting manner. Circle Secretaries are requested to send report, with photos on the programme. 

 

 

 

[02.10.2013]We pay our respectful homage to Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Nation.

Today is the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of our nation. On this day, BSNLEU pays it's respectful homage to Bapuji. Gandhiji's unique contribution to the freedom struggle was that, he successfully  mobilised millions and millions of the ordinary people of this country into the freedom struggle. However, it is an irony that the rulers of the day are spreading red carpets to imperialist countries and their multinational companies to come and loot the wealth of our country. Further, Gandhiji strove to strengthen Hindu-Muslim unity, till he breathed his last. Ultimately, he was killed by a religious fanatic. Today, religious fundamentalists are sparing no effort to divide the people and spread communal riots for their narrow political gains. So, while paying our respectful homage to Bapuji, let us resolve to fight against imperialist designs to loot the wealth of our country and also to fight against communal forces and maintain unity of the working people belonging to all religions.

 

[01.10.2013]CHQ conveys warm greetings on BSNL Day.
It is the 13th Foundation Day of BSNL today. It is a matter of great pride, that BSNL is continuing as a Public Sector Company even today, despite the serious efforts taken by the government to start disinvestment,  under pressure from the World Bank and multinational companies. This has been possible, only because of the united struggles conducted under the banner of JAC/Forum. While still the necessity is there to continue with the united struggles against the wrong policies of the govt., the urgency is also there to improve the work culture of the employees. This is urgently required to improve the quality of the services, as well as customer care. Let us put in our best efforts to revive and rejuvenate our beloved BSNL. CHQ coveys it's warm greetings to all on this occasion.

 

[30.09.2013]IDA increase is 6.6% from 01-10-2013.

It is learnt that the IDA increase, that has become due w.e.f. 01.10.2013 is 6.6%. With this IDA increase, the total IDA that has become payable from 01.10.2013 will be 85.5% (78.9% + 6.6 %).
 

[30.09.2013]Massive dharna programme started in West Bengal circle.

West Bengal circle union has launched a massive dharna programme today, for the settlement of long pending demands of the employees of West Bengal circle. The dharna programme is going on in front of the CGM office, as well as in all SSAs. Hundreds of employees are participating in this dharna programme, which will continue till the issues are settled. CHQ congratulates the West Bengal comrades for their fight for justice.

 

[30.09.2013]Immediately complete collection of CHQ donation @ Rs.100 per member.

It is the decision of the Ludhiana All India Conference, to collect Rs.100 from each and every member as CHQ donation,  when payment of 78.2% IDA Merger is made. CHQ is extremely sorry to point out that, so far only a few district unions have completed this collection. It was amply clarified in the AIC itself,  that this collection of donation is very essential for the CHQ to tide over it's financial crisis, that has been created because of the purchasing of union's own building in New Delhi. Hence,  circle and district secretaries are requested to pay serious attention to this job and gear-up the collection of donation immediately.  The collected amount should be promptly remitted to the CHQ.

 

[30.09.2013]Hold the executive committee meetings of each and every district within the shortest possible time.

It is the decision of the CEC meeting held at Kolkata, that meetings of all the circle executive committees and district executive committees throughout the country should be conducted within the shortest possible time, and the decisions of the Kolkata CEC should be reported in those meetings. It is a matter of great pride, that within two/three months all the circle executive committee meetings have been conducted,  except two or three circles. This sort of organisational gearing up has never taken place before. CHQ heartily thanks and congratulates the circle secretaries and central office bearers for this feat. However, CHQ wishes to point out that the next round of organisational gearing up has got to be done. That is, holding the district executive committee meetings and reporting the decisions of the Kolkata CEC meeting and thereby taking the message to the grassroot level. This is an important task and the circle unions have to complete this task also within the shortest possible time.

 

[30.09.2013]No let up in the preperations for the one day strike.

The one day strike that was scheduled to take place on 27.09.2013 has been deferred to 25.10.2013. This deferral has been done in view of the talks that were held with the Management on 17.09.2013, and also in view of further talks to be held on 04.10.2013. The United Forum is for finding  an amicable solution to the burning problems of the employees. However, if a reasonable settlement is not reached in the talks to be held on 04.10.2013, then we have to go ahead with the strike on 25.10.2013.  Circle and district secretaries are reminded of the fact that the strike is only deferred and not called off. Hence, they are requested to continue with the mobilisation for the strike in full swing.  Our functionaries are requested to approach each and every employee, irrespective of their union affiliation, explain about our charter of demands and mobilise them for the strike.

 

[30.09.2013]International Action Day to be observed at New Delhi on 03-10-2013.

As per the call of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), International Action Day is being observed world over on 03-10-2013, demanding provision of basic necessities, such as housing, food, education, health-care and drinking water to the working people. The CHQ has also called upon our circle and district branches to observe the day in a befitting manner. As a part of this programme,  a meeting is being organised jointly  by CITU, AITUC, etc., at Rajendra Bhavan, near ITO. BSNLEU is taking part in this programme. CHQ has called upon the nearby circle unions also to mobilise our comrades for this programme.

 

 

[27.09.2013]Discussion with GM (Estt.) on stagnation in the cadres of RM, Gr.’D’, Industrial Workers etc. 

Com. P. Abhimanuyu, GS, met Shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) yesterday the 26.09.2013 and held discussion on certain issues. Prominently, the stagnation in the cadres of RM, Gr.D, Industrial Workers, etc. was discussed. The GS handed over a letter, on the proposal of merging the payscales from NE-2 to NE-5. He also handed over a copy of the DoT order, according to which merger of payscales were done in 1995, and demanded that in the same analogy merger of pay scales could be done now. He also gave the suggestions of the Union for implementation of the E-1 payscale and demanded that the same should be done without further delay.

 

[27.09.2013]Meeting with Director (HR) regarding the vindictive actions of the CGM Kerala. 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR), yesterday, the 26.09.2013 and discussed about the vindictive actions being taken by the CGM, Kerala, to victimize the trade union leaders and impose restrictions on trade union activities. The GS pointed out how BSNLEU, Kerala Circle, is rallying and motivating the entire work force, as a result of which Kerala remains as the top profit earning circle. The GS further told that the high-handed actions of the CGM is going to demotivate the work force and jeopardize the efficiency of the services. The Director (HR) assured the GS to intervene in the issue.

 

[27.09.2013]CEC meeting at NTR Delhi. 

The CEC meeting of Delhi NTR Circle was held at New Delhi on 26.09.2013 chaired by Com. H.L. Makkar, Circle President. Coms. R.S. Chauhan, Circle Secretary cum All India Org. Secretary, Chiddu Singh, Circle Vice-President, Malhotra, Circle Vice-President and others addressed. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, All India President, briefed the CEC about the decisions of Kolkata Central Executive Committee as also on the demands raised by the United Forum and the action programme. The discussion with Management on 17th September and the deferment of the strike to 25th October was also reported. The CEC decided to strengthen the organization and bring more workers in to the union.

 

[26.09.2013]Formation of 7th Central Pay Commission announced for the Central Government employees. 
Finance Minister,  P.Chidambaram has announced that the Government has taken decision for the formation of the 7th Central Pay Commission. He has stated that Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh has given his approval for the formation of the Pay Commission,  and that the report of the Commission would be implemented from January 2016. He has further stated that 50 lakh Central Government employees as well as 30 lakh pensioners would be benefited from the recommendations of the Commission.

 

[25.09.2013]Observe International Action Day on 3rd October, 2013. 

Due to the implementation of the pro-corporate and anti-working class policies world over, there is severe attack on the basic necessities of the working people. They are being denied a decent living, with proper housing, food, water, health care and education. The burdens of the economic crisis are being shifted on to the shoulders of the working people. The rich and the affluent enjoy the massive concessions being given by the governments. 

Hence, the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) observe International Action Day on 3rd October of every year, demanding food, water, medicine, books and housing to all. The Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU, held at New Delhi on 26th August, 2013, has called upon our circle and district unions to observe International Action Day, together with the Central Trade Unions, on 3rd October, 2013. CHQ calls upon the Circle and District Unions to organize meetings, rallies, demonstrations, etc. and observe the International Action Day on 3rd October, 2013. 

WFTU Zindabad !Inquilab Zindabad !!

 

[25.09.2013]Posters for observing International Day of Action on 3rd October, 2013. 

With a view to take the message of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) regarding observance of the International Action Day, to the widest sections of employees of BSNL, two posters are attached herewith. CHQ requests all the circle and district unions to ensure that these posters are downloaded (preferably in colour Xerox) and displayed on all the notice boards of BSNLEU in each and every SSA. <<poster No.1>>   <<poster No.2>>

 

[25.09.2013]Circle Executive Committee meeting of UP (West) Circle, held at Agra.

The meeting was held in UP (West) Circle on 18th September, at Agra. About 60 members including District Secretaries participated in the meeting. Com. Ansar Ali, Circle President, presided over the meeting. Circle Secretary, Com. R.S. Fauzdar placed the report for the discussion and Com. V.K. Sharma placed the accounts. Com. R.S. Fauzdar, CS, explained the background of holding the Circle Executive Committee meeting. About 22 District Secretaries and Circle Office bearers participated in the discussion. It was decided that next Circle Conference will be held after puja. Com. Sukhbir Singh, CHQ, Org. Secretary reported on the decisions of Kolkata CEC meeting. Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, highlighted the present scenario after 6th Membership Verification, background for giving call for the 27th strike, 3rd & 6th all TU conventions held in Delhi etc. He also explained the charter of demands for the 27th September strike. The Meeting was concluded at 7 pm after presidential speech of Com. Ansar Ali. <<<View photos>>>

 

[24.09.2013]United Forum decides to postpone the one day strike to 25.10.2013.
In view of the assurances given by the Management on certain issues in the talks held on 17.09.2013, and also in view of the talks to be held on 04.10.2013, the United Forum meeting held today has decided to defer the one day strike to 25.10.2013.

 

[24.09.2013]BSNL is writing to DoT on the issues of payment of arrears and revision of pension, consequent to the merger of 78.2% IDA merger.
In the talks that took place on 17-09-2013, on the charter of demands for the One Day Strike, the United Forum leaders strongly objected to the provision in the DoT order dated 10-06-2013, which states that no arrears would be paid for the 78.2% IDA merger. The leaders pointed out that this was contrary to the agreement signed between the unions and the Management, which has created problem in the revision of pension of those who retired after 01-01-2007. They demanded that BSNL should write to the DoT for cancellation of this clause, as well as for revision of pension based on 78.2% IDA merger. This issue was followed up by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, yesterday.  He was told that BSNL is writing to DoT, on both these issues, as has been agreed in the talks held on 17-09-2013.

 

[24.09.2013]Payment of HRA, at par with Central Govt.employees at Shillong and Port Blair.
BSNL Management is persuing with the DoT, the issue of payment of HRA, in respect of BSNL employees working in Shillong and Port Blair,  at par with the Central Govt.  employees. It is expected that the DoT will soon issue the order for this.

 

[23.09.2013]United Forum meeting tomorrow the 24.09.2013, to review the preparations for the One Day Strike.

The United Forum is meeting tomorrow the 24.09.2013, to review the preparations for the One Day Strike to be held on 27.09.2013. The meeting will be held at 1600 hrs in the Office of BSNL MS.

 

[23.09.2013]Web address of AIBDPA changed.

AIBDPA has informed that it’s web address is changed. The new web address is www.aibdpa.com.

 

[23.09.2013]BSNLEU conducts demonstration at Ludhiana, against corruption.

BSNLEU conducted a powerful demonstration at Ludhiana, on 19.09.2013, against the huge corruption going on in that SSA. A large number of employees participated in the demonstration. Com. Balbir Singh, Circle Secretary and Com. Balwinder Singh, District Secretary addressed the gathering. It is an open secret that corruption is going on in a massive way in BSNL, even when the Company is in a serious financial crisis. Unscrupulous elements and contractors are swindling money. BSNLEU has already taken to the notice of the Management that a large amount of money is being looted in Ludhiana by contractors. However, no action has been taken. It is an appreciable step that BSNLEU, Punjab, has taken the bold decision to fight out the ongoing corruption. CHQ heartily congratulates the Punjab Circle Union and the Ludhiana District Union for the bold step. <<view photo>>

 

[21.09.2013]General Secretary addressed the enthusiastic executive committee meeting of Maharahtra Circle, held at Solapur.

Maharashtra circle union conducted an enthusiastic executive committee meeting at Solapur today, the 21-09-2013. Com. Nagesh Nalavade, circle president, presided over meeting and delivered the presidential address. com. Purushottam Gedam, circle secretary,  welcomed all and presented his report on activities. 31 out of the 35 district secretaries and 16 out of the 21 circle office bearers attended the meeting. Apart from this, a good number of active members also attended the meeting. Com. John Verghese, Organising Secretary (CHQ) addressed the meeting and focused on the issues on which the United Forum is conducting the struggle. Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, in his speech, elaborately spoke on the decisions of the Central Executive Committee meeting held at Kolkata, the Central Secretariat meeting held at New Delhi, demands included in the charter of demands of the forth coming one day strike, decisions of the Forum to strengthen the viability of BSNL, etc. The meeting overwhelmingly decided to make the forthcoming one-day strike into a historic success. <<<View photos>>>`

 

[21.09.2013]Conduct powerful demonstrations/ dharnas/ satyagrahas in state capitals on 25-09-2013, demanding implementation of the 10 point charter of demands of the Central Trade Unions. 

The National Convention held at New Delhi, on 06-08-2013, by the Central Trade Unions, including CITU, AITUC, INTUC, BMS, HMS, etc., has given call to conduct powerful demonstrations/ dharnas/ satyagrahas in the state capitals on 25-09-2013, to demand implementation of the 10 point charter of demands. The demands include, containing of price rise, stoppage of disinvestment in Public Sector Undertakings, minimum wages of Rs.10,000/, assured pension to all, removal of all ceilings on bonus, strict implementation of labour laws, etc. CHQ calls upon all circle unions of BSNLEU to immediately contact the Central Trade Unions in their respective circle head quarters and to make preparations for the successful implementation of the call. It is also requested that maximum mobilisation should be made from BSNLEU's side. 

 

[20.09.2013]Coal India Limited workers going on a heroic 3 day strike from 23rd September, against disinvestment and attempts of the govt. to kill the public sector coal company in the name of Restructuring.

The entire Coal India Limited (CIL) workers are going on a three day strike from 23rd September, 2013, against disinvestment. The strike is also against the moves of the govt. to weaken the CIL, in the name of restructuring. Obviously, this is to kill the CIL, so that the Indian corporates and multi national companies can loot the coal reserves of our country. It is heartening to note that the entire trade unions in the Coal industry, viz., CITU, AITUC, INTUC, BMS and HMS are joining this strike. It is very important to note that the ruling Congress Party and the BJP are supporting the disastrous Neo Liberal Economic Policies. At the same time, the INTUC, which is pro Congress Party and the BMS, which is pro BJP, are joining this strike against disinvestment.  It must also be noted that disinvestment/ privatisation of Public Sector Undertakings is an important component of the Neo Liberal Economic Policies. BSNLEU salutes the trade unions of CIL. CHQ calls upon all the circle and district unions to conduct solidarity demonstrations on 23-09-2013, in support of the 3 day strike of the coal workers.

 

[19.09.2013]J&K Circle of BSNLEU resolves to make the 27th September, 2013 strike a success.

An emergent Circle Working Committee meeting of BSNLEU, J&K Circle was held at Jammu on 17th September, 2013. Circle President presided over. Com. M Nisar Ahmed explained the agenda of the meeting and briefed about the latest development. Com. R. L. Moudgil, Assistant General Secretary explained the issues contained in the strike notice and background of all the items. He narrated in details the proceedings and decisions of the Kolkata C E C to the house. He also spoke in details about the convention of Forum of BSNL Unions & Associations, held in Mavalankar Hall, at New Delhi on 3rd August, 2013. The house unanimously resolved to make the strike a grand success and assured the CHQ that J&K circle will mobilize all the employees to join the strike.  

 

[19.09.2013]General Secretary opened Madhya Pradesh circle union office at Bhopal.
Madhya Pradesh circle union office of BSNLEU had been functioning from Jabalpur, since the former circle secretary, com.S.R.Nayak was stationed there. Now that com.H.S.Takur has assumed charge as the circle secretary, it is decided to shift the circle union office also to Bhopal. Accordingly, BSNLEU circle union is allotted with office accommodation at Bhopal. The office was opened by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, on 18.09.2013. Com.Jagdish Sigh, Vice-President (CHQ) and other senior leaders of the circle union were present in the function. The following are the views of the function.<<<view photos>>>

 

[18.09.2013]Madhya Pradesh circle executive committee meeting held enthusiastically in Bhopal.

The Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Madhya Pradesh, was held at Bhopal today the 18-09-2013. The meeting started with the hoisting of the Union flag by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS. This is the first circle executive committee meeting after the death of com.S.R.Nayak, who played a pioneering role in establishing and strengthening BSNLEU in Madhya Pradesh circle. The meeting was presided over by com.B.S.Raghuwanshi, circle president.  The house stood in silence for a minute and payed it's respectful homage to com.S.R.Nayak. Com.H.S.Takur, acting circle secretary, presented the report on activities. Thereafter, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the house. He spoke elaborately on the decisions of the Kolkata CEC meeting, as well as on the decisions of the Central Secretariat meeting held at Delhi. He explained in detail about the charter of demands for the one day strike to be held on 27-09-2013, and also on the discussion held between the United Forum and the Management on 18-09-2013. The house unanimously decided to successfully launch the one day strike, if the Management remains indifferent to the burning problems of the employees.  The meeting unanimously elected com.H.S.Takur as the circle secretary, since the post had become vacant due to the death of com.S.R.Nayak. After detailed deliberations by the members of the executive committee, the house unanimously took several decisions to strengthen the organaisation. The following are the views of the meeting. <<view photos>>

 

[18.09.2013]Com.Mukundan, one of the founding leaders of BSNLEU in Karnataka circle passed away.

CHQ is saddened to hear the news that com.Mukundan, one of the founding leaders of BSNLEU in Karnataka circle, passed away today the 18-09-2013. He had been unwell for the past few months and breathed his last at 1230 hrs today. Prior to the formation of BSNLEU, com.Mukundan played a key role, together with com.Sadanand, in organising AITEU Class lll (N) in Karnataka circle. He also widely toured the circle, together with the All India leaders, to organise our movement in various districts. Com.Mukundan was very simple and soft spoken, but was very stubborn and committed to the working class ideology. He had been a selfless soldier of the movement. CHQ dips it's banner and pays it's respectful homage to the departed leader. It also pays it's heartfelt condolences to his family members as well as to the comrades of Karnataka circle.

 

[17.09.2013]"I will not allow strikes"- says Ms.Mamata Bannerjee. 

Ms.Mamata Bannerjee,the Chief Minister of West Bengal, has shown her real face. She has declared yesterday, that she would not allow strikes to take place in West Bengal. She has branded that strikes and bhands are destructive activities. Further,  she has also given the statistics that during the previous Left Front government, 74 lakh man days were lost due to strikes and bhands, while no man day is lost during her regime due to such activities. We know that it is the long time demand of the capitalists of this country that strikes should be banned. The declaration of Ms.Mamata Bannerjee is nothing, but the fulfillment of this long time desire of the Indian Capitalists. Ever since capturing power in West Bengal, the goons of Trinamool Congress have launched murderous attacks on the leaders and cadres of the working class movement in West Bengal, in which hundreds of comrades have lost their lives. As a climax of this, Ms.Mamata Bannerjee has now declared that she would not allow strikes. We would only like to say one thing to Ms.Mamata Bannerjee. The right to go on strike is the hard earned right of the working class. It will not allow this right to be snatched away by the people like Ms.Mamata Bannerjee.

 

[16.09.2013]Strike preparation campaign programme in full swing, Management has invited Forum on 17th for discussion on strike issue.

Strike preparation campaign programme has started in full swing throughout the country. All circle Unions has started the strike preparation programme in good manner. Most of the circles have completed their Circle Executive Committee meeting. CHQ office bearers are also attending these CEC meetings, some of the circle unions have also chalked out their tour programme in the division and branches. Mass meetings of general workers are also being conducted by the circle unions. To enrich the campaign programme CHQ has also published the poster for 27th September 2013, Strike and it is being dispatched to the District and Branch Unions. General members have also expressed their satisfaction to the charter of demands of strike programme.

 

At last, Management has also taken the initiative for holding one meeting with the forum leaders on strike issue. Management has invited the forum leadership for discussion on strike issue on 17th September 2013, at 3 PM, at Corporate Office, forum leaders will discuss on the charter of demands for immediate settlement.

 

[12.09.2013]Holding of meeting of BSNL Sports Board. 

Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, met the GM (Admn.) on 10th September and expressed unhappiness over not holding meeting of BSNL Sports Boards in spite of commitment made in the last meeting of National Council. No meeting has convened during 2012. After discussion, the GM (Admn.) assured that the meeting of the Sports Board to be convened shortly.

 

[12.09.2013]HPC to consider applications of Compassionate Ground Appointment upto August’ 12. 

The GM (Estt.) informed com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS that cases pending with Corporate Office upto August 2012 has been finalised by the H.P.C. Com. Mitra has also discussed issues relating to upgradation of HRA, Presidential Order for TSMs etc. The GM (Estt.) assured to look into the matters on priority basis.

 

[11.09.2013]Circle secretaries to note please- Immediately hold Circle Executive Committee meetings.

It is the decision of the Kolkata Central Executive Committee meeting, that all the circle unions should immediately hold their executive committee meetings, for planning to effectively organise the one day strike to be held on 27-09-2013. While many of the circle unions have either conducted their executive committee meetings, or have already fixed the date for the same, it is observed that some of the circle unions have not so far finalized the date for their executive committee meetings.  CHQ wishes to inform that the circle unions which have not yet fixed date for their executive committee meetings, should immediately fix the date, in consultation with their Central office bearer allotted to their circles.  This is very emergent.

 

[07.09.2013]Successful demonstrations held throughout the country on the issues of contract workers.

BSNLEU conducted successful demonstrations throughout the country yesterday the 06-09-2013, demanding an immediate end to the retrenchment/victimisation of contract workers. Contract workers demanding implementation of orders of the BSNL Corporate Office, in respect of payment of minimum wages as well as implementation of EPF, ESI, etc., are being subjected to retrenchment/victimisation in many circles. We hope the Corporate Office will make the necessary intervention. If not the struggles will have to be intensified. Circle Secretaries are requested to send report to the CHQ on yesterday's programme.

 

[06.09.2013]Hon'ble Kerala High Court gives favourable order, on nominations to councils.

The order of the Hon'ble Kerala High Court,  on nominations to councils, has come. The Hon'ble Court has reiterated it's earlier order, which states that the union/association which has not secured a minimum of 7% votes cannot make nominations to the councils. At the same time, it has not put any restriction on the the Recognised Union to make nominations to councils.  In other words, the Recognised Union has the liberty to nominate whomever it wants to councils. The relevant portion of the order reads thus:-

"If the qualified Union gives any such nomination, it shall be open to BSNL to take appropriate decision in the matter".

Since the Recognition Rules which are in vogue in BSNL have not put any restriction in making nominations to councils, the Recognised Union is free to nominate whomever it wants. BSNLEU has taken a principled stand on the matter which has been vindicated by the Hon'ble Court.

Truth has won!

Opportunism has bitten the dust!!

 

[06.09.2013]Circle Conference of Telecom Factory, Mumbai. 

The Circle Conference of Telecom Factory, Mumbai was held on 5th September, 2013 in the factory premises. Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS attended and addressed the conference. He explained the decisions taken in the CEC Kolkata including the call of one day strike on 27th September, 2013 demanding settlement of burning and long pending demands. The demands include survival of Telecom Factories also. The conference was well attended by the workers and employees. Com. S. Tendulkar and Com. S.D. Chaudhary elected as President and Circle Secretary respectively from the conference.

 

[05.09.2013]Anti-worker Pension Bill passed in the Parliament. Left Parties tooth and nail opposed. BJP supported.

Despite stiff opposition from the working class, the Congress led UPA government has passed the anti-worker pension bill in the Parliament yesterday. Called as the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Bill, 2011 (PFRDA), it has taken away the guarantee of payment of fixed amount as pension. Instead, the contributions of the workers will be invested in the share market. The payment of pension to the workers depend upon the profit made from investments in the share market. It may be remembered that in the European countries, the entire pension funds invested in the share markets were wiped out, when those countries were caught in economic crisis. Provisions are also made in the PFRDA Bill, for multi national companies to loot the pension fund. The Left Parties opposed the Bill tooth and nail. However, the BJP, which is criticising the UPA government for the economic problems, has supported this bill. BSNLEU severely condemns the UPA government, for this retrograde step.

 

[04.09.2013]Status of Court case on nominations to councils

Hearing took place today in the Hon'ble Kerala High Court, in the matter of making nominations to the councils.  Arguments of both sides were heard. Judgement is expected to be delivered tomorrow. Our argument in the Hon'ble Court is that the Recognised Union has the right to nominate any one, including non-members, to the councils and no restrictions should be imposed for this. As per the information given by our advocate, we hope to get a positive judgement.

 

[04.09.2013]March on, march on! Struggle ahead march on.

The one day strike, called on by the United Forum, demanding settlement of the burning problems of the Non-Executive employees, is taking place on 27-09-2013. As per the decisions taken in the Central Executive Committee and Central Secretariat meetings of BSNLEU, serious preperations are going on in all the circles, to make the strike a historic success. The Main Recognised Representative Union has taken sincere efforts  to find an amicable settlement of the problems, across the negotiating table. However,  no positive response is received from the Management so far.  This only shows that the Management is not interested in an amicable settlement. Hence, CHQ appeals to all the circle and district unions to swing into action. They are requested to make the widest mobilisation for the strike. Each and every employee should be approached, irrespective of whether they are member or non-member, and should be convinced to participate in the strike. 
                                        Our demands  are  genuine. Our struggle is justified. 

                                                              Our victory is sure.

 

[04.09.2013]Strike notice is to be issued within a day or two.

As has already been announced, the historic 'One Day Strike' of the BSNL employees is going to take place on 27-09-2013. Hectic preparations are going on throughout the country. As per requirements of the Industrial Disputes Act, strike notice will be served on the Management within a day or two,  by the partners of the United Forum.

 

[04.09.2013]Posters are being designed for the strike

 

Posters are being designed by the United Forum, for the forthcoming One Day strike, which is taking place on 27-09-2013. The posters will be containing all the demands of the strike and they will be in the languages of English and Hindi. Within a day or two, they will be uploaded on the CHQ website. Circle Unions are requested to get them printed and sent to all the district unions for organising the strike. CHQ also requests all the functionaries to make widest publicity of the demands among the employees. This is very essential for the success of the strike. 

        

[03.09.2013]Airtel raises call rates.

Airtel has raised its call charges for certain categories from September 8th. The rate of Advantage 199, one of it's per minute billing plans, is increased from 50 paise to 60 paise. Local and STD rates of 50 paise per minute to Airtel mobiles is increased from 50 paise to 60 paise and the calls to landlines is increased from 60 paise to 90 paise.

 

[03.09.2013]United States is spying the telephone lines, E mails and cell phone messages of the Presidents of Brazil and Mexico.

The Guardian News Paper of Britain has exposed that the National Security Agency (NSA) is spying the telephone lines, E-mails and cell phone messages of Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff as well as that of Enrique Pena Nieto, President of Mexico. It may be remembered that the whistle blower, Edward Snowden has exposed to the entire world as to how the US is spying on other countries, including it's own allies in Europe, by tapping their computer and telephone networks. However, top leaders of the US tried to cover-up their dirty games by saying that what the US is doing is only "looking at the patterns of communications". Now, Glenn Greenwald, the journalist of the Guardian has exposed how the US is spying on the Brazilian and Mexican presidents. On one side the US is posing itself as the champion of democracy and human rights. But, actually what it is doing on the other side is totally violating human rights and trampling on democracy.

 

[31.08.2013]Hold meetings of circle executive Committees before 15th September.

The Central Executive Committee meeting, held at Kolkata has decided that meetings of all circle executive committees should be conducted immediately,  and the decisions of the CEC should be reported. The Central Secretariat meeting, held at New Delhi, has finalised the list of Central Office bearers who will be attending the various circle executive Committee meetings. Since the date of the proposed one day strike has been decided as27th September,  all the circle secretaries are requested to ensure that their circle executive committee meetings are completed before 15th September, 2013, so that the preparations for the one day strike can be carried out on time. All the circle secretaries are requested to immediately coordinate with the Central Office bearers allotted for their circles and  fix the date for the meetings.

 

[30.08.2013]Nominations to the councils - Status of the case in the Hon'ble Kerala High Court.

The case that has been filed by FNTO in the Hon'ble Kerala High Court, came up for hearing yesterday the 29-08-2013. BSNLEU has already filed it's counter affidavit and it's counsel was ready for the argument.  However, no argument could take place since the counsel for FNTO asked for some more time. Hence, the hearing has been adjourned and the next date for the hearing is fixed as 03-09-2013. We hope the hearing will take place as per the schedule and that we will get justice. 

 

[30.08.2013]Casual and contract workers of West Bengal circle are on 48 hours dharna.

The casual and contract workers of West Bengal circle are on a 48 hours dharna since yesterday.  This struggle is going on, demanding important demands of the casual and contact workers, which includes regularisation of the left out casual labourers of the circle. Eventhough the Corporate Management has given many assurances in the floor of the National Council, regarding this important and burning issue, no result has come so far. This is an important demand in forthcoming one day strike of the BSNL employees to be held on 27-09-2013. CHQ congratulates the West Bengal comrades for the struggle and assures to take up the demands actively at the National level. 

 

[30.08.2013]The 16 day old strike of the Kerala casual and contract worker's strike ended with an excellent settlement.

The strike of the casual and contract workers, that has been going on in Kerala, for the past 16 days has come to an end with an excellent settlement. The demands of the strike included uniform as well as enhanced wages, bonus, implementation of EPF and ESI, issuing of ID cards, etc. The strike was total with 100% of the casual and contract workers participating in it. Further it was fully supported by BSNL Employees Union. The circle administration was adamant and did not come forward to settle the genuine demands of the workers. Instead, it adopted all methods to break the strike. As a result, the BSNLEU announced work to rule by the regular employees from 26-08-2013 onwards. The combined struggle of the casual and contract workers as well as the regular employees compelled the circle administration to accept the demands by reaching an agreement with the unions. As a result of the agreement, the wages of the workers have increased substantially and for the first time, uniform wages are being implemented throughout Kerala circle. Other issues, such as bonus, implementation of EPF&ESI, issuing of ID cards etc. have also been settled. As a result of the settlement, the struggle is deferred. CHQ heartily congratulates the Casual and Contract Workers Union of Kerala and it's members for conducting the 16 days struggle.  CHQ also salutes the BSNLEU Circle Union of Kerala for extending stubborn support to the struggle of the casual and contract workers. <<<view photos >>>

 

[27.08.2013]Hold country wide protest demonstrations on 06.09.2013, against victimization / retrenchment of contract workers in various circles. 

In most of the circles, minimum wage is not being paid to the contract workers, as laid down in the Corporate Office orders. A sizeable portion of their wages, as well as EPF & ESI contributions are being looted by the contractors and unscrupulous offices. When the workers go on struggle, demanding their due wages, as well as EPF & ESI benefits, they are mercilessly being retrenched. This is going on in many circles. All the efforts taken by BSNLEU, to take this to the notice of the top offices in Corporate Office, have fell on deaf years. In this circumstance, the Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU, held on 26.08.2013, has called upon the circle and district unions of BSNLEU, to hold protest demonstrations on 06.09.2013, demanding to take back the workers retrenched in various circles, to end victimizations being heaped on them, and also demanding implementation of Corporate Office orders on minimum wage, EPF, ESI etc. CHQ requests the circle and district secretaries to hold the programme powerfully.

 

[27.08.2013]One Day Strike to be held on 27.09.2013. 

The Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU, held on 26.08.2013 has suggested that the one day strike, demanding settlement of burning and long pending demands of the employees shall be held on 27.09.2013. In consultation with the constituents of the United Forum, it has now been decided that the one day strike will take place on 27.09.2013. Notice for this strike will be issued shortly. All the circle and district secretaries are requested to make serious mobilization for the strike. 

 

[27.08.2013]Convention at Moradabad by BSNLEU & BSNLCCWF. 

A convention on the “Financial Viability of BSNL” and “Issues of Casual & Contract Workers” was jointly held at Moradabad on 25th August 2013. More than 400 participated. Coms. Rajkaran Yadav and Jatashankar Pathak, Presidents of BSNLEU & BSNL CCWF constituted the presidium. Com. A.K. Verma, District Secretary welcomed. Shri Vinay Aggerwal, Sr.GM, BSNL, Moradabad, Coms. Sharif Ali (CITU), Chandrapal Azad (CITU), Ashok Mishra, District Secretary, BSNL CCWF, R.S. Fauzdar, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, UP(W) Circle and other leaders addressed. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, presenting the subject, spoke in detail about the National Convention on “Revival of BSNL” as also the proposals given by the Forum for improving the financial viability of BSNL. He also spoke on the demands of BSNL regular employees as also casual and contract workers. Earlier, Coms. V.A.N. Namboodiri and R.S. Fauzdar were received at the Railway Station and brought to the conference hall in a big procession through the centre of city. The convention has given confidence and strength to the unions and the workers.

 

[27.08.2013]Violation of the Labour Laws in BSNL – BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation - discussed with Labour Minister and Director (HRD). 

A delegation team consisting of Basudev Achariya, M.P, Lok sabha, Com. Janardan Pati, President, CITU, Odisha, Com. V. A. N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF,   Com. Animesh Mitra, Deputy General Secretary, BSNLEU, Com. S. Biswal, Circle Secretary, BSNL Kamachari Sangha, Odisha, Com. Tapas Kumar Ghosh, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF met with Minister of labour, Government of India on 19th August, 2013 and submitted the memorandum. It is highlighted before the Minister that BSNL is violating the labour laws though there are specific order of wages and social security for casual and Contractual workers. As a principal employer, BSNL is ignoring it’s duty. Minister assured us to look into the matter and instructed his officer to take necessary action. On the next day, Com. V. A. Namboodiri, Com. Animesh Mitra, Com. S. Biswal, Com. Tapas Kumar Ghosh met with Director (HR), Sri A. N. Rai and discussed on the demand of casual and contract workers. It is mentioned that reinstatement of the retrenched workers, proper implementation of wage and social security order, revision of the wages of Casual/ TSM as per  revised pay scale issued by the GoI, regularization of the left out causal/ TSM, opportunity to sit the departmental examination to the Casual / Contract workers are the issues which require early settlement. In the discussion Union leaders has mentioned that the grassroot workers have already started the agitational programme in Kerala, West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Calcutta Telephones etc. against the exploitation of these workers. The leaders requested the Director (HR) to look into these issues and do the needful.

  

[24.08.2013]Send detailed report on the 3 day relay dharna.

Circle Secretaries are requested to send a detailed written report on how the decision of the 3 day relay dharna was implemented in their respective circles. Also they are requested to send the photos of the dharna programme for publication in the journal. 

 

[24.08.2013]Central Secretariat of BSNLEU is meeting at New Delhi on 26.08.2013.

The first meeting of the Central Secretariat of BSNLEU is meeting at New Delhi on 26.08.2013. (The Central Secretariat is created by amending the Constitution of the Union in the last All India Conference, held at Ludhiana.) All the Central office-bearers will participate in this meeting. 

The meeting will take stock of the current situation in respect of the organization as well as settlement of the demands of the employees and will do detailed planning in respect of the forthcoming one day strike.

[23.08.2013]CHQ congratulates one and all for the overwhelming success of the 3 day relay dharna.

Expressing their strong protest and condemnation towards the lethargy of the Corporate Management and the undue delay in the settlement their burning problems, the employees throughout the country observed a three day relay dharna. Accepting the call of the United Forum, they employees have massively participated in the dharna. CHQ heartily congratulates the employees for their spontaneous response to the call and participating in the dharna overwhelmingly. CHQ also congratulates the circle, district and branch secretaries for effectively organizing the programme. 

 

[23.08.2013]Start earnest preparations for the one day strike.

After the successful implementation of the 3 day relay dharna, CHQ calls upon the Circle, District and branch Unions to seriously prepare for the one day strike, that will take place in the month of September. BSNLEU is taking sincere efforts for an amicable and negotiated settlement of the problems of the employees. But so far the Management has not responded to our efforts, except giving a routine stero type appeal. If our efforts to find an amicable solution to the burning problems do no succeed, then the one day strike in September will become unavoidable. Hence, CHQ requests the circle, district and branch secretaries to start all out preparations for the one day strike from now onwards. 

 

[23.08.2013]Anil Ambani became hostile in the 2G scam hearing.

Anil Ambani of the Reliance Group is one of the main beneficiaries in the illegal allotment of 2G licences by A. Raja. Swan Telecom is nothing but a ‘front company’, floated by the Reliance Group, of which Anil Ambani is the Chairman. Swan Telecom is one of the companies to which A. Raja illegally allotted 2G licences. Subsequently, Anil Ambani earned millions of dollars by selling the shares of Swan Telecom. Hence, Anil Ambani and his wife Tina Ambani were summoned as prosecution witnesses in the on going hearing before the CBI court. Anil Ambani tried to dodge appearing before the court. However, his attempts failed and finally he appeared as a prosecution witness, in the CBI court yesterday the August 22. But he became hostile and retracted from whatever statement he had given to the CBI earlier. The CBI lawyer said that now he would cross examine him.

 

[22.08.2013]Corporates wilfully misappropriating public money, says CBI Director. 

The CBI Director, Ranjit Sinha has told that the Public Sector Banks suffer to a great extent due to the default in the repayment of loans by corporate majors. He said that the corporates are wilfullying misappropriating public money. The default of 30 corporate majors alone runs into thousands of crores of rupees. The CBI Director was addressing the 5th annual conference of the CVO s of Public Sector Banks and Financial Institutions. He further told that as per government estimates, the bad debts (called as non-performing assets) of the PUS banks increased from Rs.59, 924 crore in 2010 to Rs.1, 17, 262 crore in 2012.

 

[21.08.2013]Coal India Limited workers to go on 3 day strike, against disinvestment. 

All the 5 unions of Coal India Limited are going on a 3 day strike from 23rd September, against the decision of the government to disinvest 5% shares. Earlier, the CITU had decided to go on 3 day strike against the disinvestment. However, in the all union meeting held at Ranchi on 18.08.2013, it was decided by all the 5 unions of CIL to go on strike. The Unions have also stated that they would go on an indefinite strike, if the 3 day strike did not yield any result.

[21.08.2013]General Secretary and President met Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR). 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President met shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR), yesterday the 20.08.2013 and discussed the following issues.

 

i)         Payment of bonus / PLI.

Citing the letters of the DoT and the DPE, the leaders argued that bonus/PLI should not be linked with the profitability of the Company and demanded that a minimum bonus/PLI of one month’s pay should be paid to the employees, pending finalization of a new formula.

 

ii)        Increasing the quantum of Festival Advance.

The leaders strongly demanded that the quantum of Festival Advance should be increased to Rs.15,000/-, from the present amount of Rs.5,000/-.

 

iii)       Transfer Policy.

The leaders pointed out the overlapping jurisdiction existing in the Corporate Office, as regards the monitoring of the implementation of Transfer Policy, and demanded that this should be streamlined.

 

iv)       Continuing high handed behaviour of the GM, Jamshedpur.

The leaders pointed out the unruly and high handed behaviour of the GM, Jamshedpur, as well as vindictive retrenchment of contract workers in Jamshedpur.

 

v)        Denial of admission to candidates for appearing JTO LICE in Punjab Circle.

The leaders pointed out that a few eligible candidates were not allowed to appear the JTO LICE in Punjab Circle, since they did not carry BSNL ID Cards, which is unfair.

 

The Director (HR) gave a patient hearing to the leaders and assured that needful would be done.

 

[21.08.2013]Director (HR) appeals to defer the agitation. 

Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) appealed to Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, when they met him yesterday, to defer the dharna programme and assured that a discussion would be held within a few days, on the demands raised by the Union. Both the leaders appreciated the gesture of the Director (HR). At the same time they pointed out that it was almost 30 days since the notice was served, but the Management did not call the Union for any discussion. They also stated that it was not possible to defer the dharna at the eleventh hour.

 

[21.08.2013]Massive response for the call for 3 day relay dharna programme.

The three day relay dharna programme, called on by the United Forum, took to an excellent start throughout the country today. As per reports received from the circle secretaries, there is massive response from the employees for the dharna call. At the same time, it is also reported that the Management is involved in unnecessary provocations in some places. Circle and district secretaries are requested to peacefully organise the struggle for the next two days also, and to make effective propaganda among the employees.

 

[20.08.2013]Nominations to circle and local councils – circle and district secretaries to note please:- 

In view of the interim order given by the Hon’ble Kerala High Court, CHQ has already directed circle and district secretaries, not to nominate members of Alliance Partners to the councils. CHQ has also direct to keep the seats meant for Alliance Partners vacant. However, it is observed that many nominations are coming to the CHQ, with names of members of Alliance Partners. Such nominations cannot be sent to the Management, as per the Hon’ble Court order. 

 

Further CHQ has also directed the district secretaries not to send nominations to local councils without the signature of the concerned circle secretary. However, some of the district secretaries are sending nominations, without the approval of the concerned circle secretary. CHQ wishes to say that nominations to the local councils, without the approval of the circle secretary will not be approved by the CHQ. 

 

Hence, CHQ requests all circle and district secretaries to kindly resend all such nominations, in accordance with the directions of the CHQ.

 

[19.08.2013]General Secretary and President attended the meeting of the Coordination Committee of Public Sector Trade Unions. 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary and Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, attended the meeting of the Coordination Committee of Public Sector Trade Unions, held at Ranchi on 18.08.2013. Many serious issues confronting the Public Sector Companies and their employees, such as disinvestment anti-PSU policies of the government which weakens the PSUs, the menace of contractorisation of the work force, next round of wage revision etc., were seriously discussed and many important decisions are taken. Both the General Secretary and President participated in the discussion.

 

[19.08.2013]Serious efforts being taken by BSNLEU to vacate the stay of the Hon’ble Kerala High Court, on nominations to councils.

BSNLEU, is taking serious steps to vacate the interim order issued by the Hon’ble Kerala High Court, imposing restrictions in the nomination of staff side members to the councils. Both, an ‘Interlocutory Application’ to vacate the interim order, as well as the Counter Affidavit opposing the claim of NUBSNLW for allotment of seat in the councils, are already filed on behalf of BSNLEU. We hope to get justice.

 

[17.08.2013]Burial ground denied for a converted woman.

All religions preach peace and love. All religions tell people to love other human beings. But in real life what happens is altogether a different thing. Many times, people do cruel things to others in the name of religion. Here is the tragic story of a Hindu woman, who got converted to Christianity. Even after 36 hours after death, her body was denied place for burial /cremation, both by Hindus as well as Christians. Kanti Lakra of Hazaribag in Jharkhnad was a Hindu. Later on she converted into a Christian. She died due to kidney ailment on 12th August. Her husband decided to bury her body as per Christian tradition at their village burning ghat, because there is no cemetery in the village. However, the Hindus stopped him from doing so, and told that they could allow only a Hindu funeral in the ghat.  Thereafter, four churches also denied permission for burial of the body in their cemeteries, due to the reason that the deceased lady had only converted to Christianity. Thereafter, the administration arranged burial of the body in a government land. 

 

[17.08.2013]Smartphones beat feature phone sales.

For the first time, the sale of smartphones has surpassed the sale of feature phones, at the global level. According to reports, in the second quarter of 2013, smartphones accounted for 51.8% of the mobile phone sales. During this period 435 million mobile phones were sold worldwide.

 

[16.08.2013]Stoppage of recovery, in respect of officials who are promoted before 01-10-2000 and who got their pay fixation on DNI, after 01-10-2000. 

CHQ is seriously taking up the issue of protecting the pay fixation of the officials, who got their promotion before 01-10-2000, but opted for pay fixation on DNI, after 01-10-2000. Due to our persuasion, Corporate Office has agreed to once again take up the issue with the DoT. Meanwhile, CHQ has been requesting the Corporate Office, to stop effecting recovery from the officials who got their pay fixation after 01-10-2000. The issue was discussed by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, with the GM(Estt.) of the Corporate Office today. The GM(Estt.) has kindly consented to look into our request for with holding the recovery.

 

[14.08.2013]Dark days of Emergency in BSNL?

BSNL Corporate Office, vide it’s letter no. BSNL/7-9/SR/2013 has given direction to all the CGMs of BSNL not to allow demonstration, dharna strike and other forms of protests in BSNL premises. The letter says that such protests can be held only in a designated place. This is nothing but an attempt to stifle the voice of the trade union movement in BSNL. The order of the Corporate Office unfailingly reminds us of the dark days of emergency, promulgated by Smt. Indira Gandhi. We cannot allow such restrictions. We have expressed our protest to the CMD BSNL. We hope he will take appropriate decision.

 

[14.08.2013]Meeting with CMD BSNL, urging for a negotiated settlement of the issues contained in the charter of demands.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President met Shri R.K. Upadhyay, CMD BSNL and expressed our willingness for a negotiated settlement of the demands contained in the United Forum’s notice for trade union action, so that the issues can be sorted out amicably. The CMD BSNL assured to do the needful.

 

[13.08.2013]BSNL to enter into agreement with two state owned companies of Bangladesh. 

As per media reports, BSNL is to enter into an agreement with two state owned telecom companies of Bangladesh, viz., Bangladesh Telecommunications Co. Ltd (BTCL) and Bangladesh Subamarine Cable Co. Ltd (BSCCL), to establish optical fibre cable connectivity between India and Bangladesh. This decision is taken in a meeting held at Dhaka on 30.07.2013, between the govt. officials of the two countries. As per reports, BSNL plans to lease nearly 100 gigabytes of international bandwidth from the two Bangladeshi companies, to route a chunk of it’s overseas call and data traffic. This agreement will reduce BSNL’s dependence on Tata Communications for routing it’s international traffic.

[12.08.2013]Participation in the 2013 World Conference Against Nuclear Weapons – a wonderful experience. 

Dear comrades, 

I returned to New Delhi at 1730 hrs. yesterday the 11.08.2013, after attending the 2013 World Conference Against Nuclear Weapons, held in Japan from 3rd to 9th August. Being 10 days in Japan, gave me a wonderful experience. I got the unique opportunity of interacting with a good number of international delegates, many of whom are involved in the working class movement. Also, we have many things to learn from the industrious people of Japan. It is really a great exposure, which will be really helpful to the movement. I avail this opportunity to thank all the comrades who greeted and congratulated me through calls, SMS and E-mails.

- P. Abhimanyu,

General Secretary

[10.08.2013]Take all out efforts to make success the 3 days dharna programme. 

Circle and District Secretaries are requested to take all out efforts to make success the 3 days Dharna programme at SSA/Circle level scheduled to be start on 21st August,2013. This Dharna programme will also take place at Corporate Office. It is a decision of Kolkata CEC meeting and CHQ has intimated it to all Circle & District Secretaries through circular. We have got a good response on 30th July, by staging demonstration programme all over the country. We have published the charter of demands and resolutions taken in CEC meeting in our journal. Try to publish this charter of demands in regional language in your circle. Poster may be also published by every circle union in local language. We have submitted the 29 point charter of demands to CMD BSNL on 22.07.2013. Management has not taken any initiative to hold any meeting on the memorandum submitted by CHQ. So, take all preparations for holding massive Dharna on 21, 22 & 23 August, at SSA, Circle & Corporate Office. We have to compel the management to settle the issues of the workers without further delay.

 

[08.08.2013]Comrade S.R.Nayak passed away

Com. S.R.Nayak, veteran trade union leader and Circle Secretary of BSNL Employees Union, M.P.Circle passed away early morning at 01.30 AM today at the AIIMS Hospital, New Delhi. He was 69 years old. He was admitted to the AIIMS about two weeks back due to high fever. CHQ Comrades V.A.N.Namboodiri, S.C.Bhattacharjee, Animesh Mitra and K.G.Jayaraj had there been at the hospital to visit Com.Nayak, yesterday night also.

 

Com. S.R.Nayak was one of the old guards of the P&T Trade Union movement. In bringing the BSNLEU to the present position, he played a great role at Circle as well as all India level. He was functioning as the President of the AIBDPA also. The body is being taken to Jabalpur from Delhi and the cremation is expected to be done tomorrow morning. The time will be decided after the family reaches Jabalpur.

 

Com.Nayak is survived by his wife, two daughters and son. All of them had been at the hospital during the period of treatment. We convey our deep condolences to all of them. In his departure, there will be a great void in the organisation. It will be some time that we will be able to make up for the loss of this veteran leader. On behalf of BSNLEU, CHQ, we dip our banner in the memory of Com.Nayak. We will continue to work in the path shown by him.

Red Salute to Com. S.R.Nayak!

[08.08.2013]Meeting with GM (Estt.) on some burning issues:-

(1) Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, Animesh Mitra, Acting General Secretary, S.C.Bhattacharjee, Treasurer, R.S. Chauhan, Org. Secretary, BSNLEU and Com. K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary, AIBDPA met Shri R.K.goyal, GM (Estt.) on 7th August, and discussed some burning issues of the workers. The leaders had a long discussion on the approach of Management related to CGA cases pending at Corproate Office. They cited the example of Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Kerala, West Bengal etc. where despite of vacancies and the applicants getting more than 55 points, cases were not settled. The GM (Estt.) stated that management has taken a decision not to reopen any case which had been rejected by HPC CO. The leaders disagreed on this and other views expressed by the GM. However, he agreed to communicate the cause for rejection to the concerned CGMT, if necessary. 

(2)   Stagnation, pay anomaly and pay loss issues were also discussed with the Management. Management desired to get some proposal to settle the issue. Union leaders told in the meeting some proposal which can settled the issue. Management is trying to settle the issue on priority based as it was told by GM (Estt.). 

(3)   Another important discussion took place on the issues related to provisions of superannuation benefits to directly recruited employees. Management has told some suggestions on the issue. The representatives told that BSNLEU will give its suggestions in the next week. 

(4)   The union leadership demanded in the meeting that EPF contribution for the left out casual labours should be from the date of engagement of casual labour strictly, as a follow-up of labour laws and wage based on IDA pay scale. GM (Estt.) stated that decisions can be taken in Management Committee.

[08.08.2013]Benefit of 78.2% DA merger for the pensioners – BSNL will give reply to DoT

Now, BSNL will give reply to the questionnaires raised by the DoT on the issue of 78.2% DA merger for the pensioners. DoT has raised some questions to BSNL vide letter No.40-13/2013-Pen(T) dated 28.06.2013. Again one reminder was issued by DOT on 05.08.2013, to get the reply. BSNL Employees Union and AIBDPA leadership met with Shri V. Umashankar, Jt. Secretary (T), Ms.Nirmala Pillai, Advisor (Finance) and Shri S.C.Sharma, DDG (Estt) on 6th August and Shri S.C.Misra, Member (Services), Shri PrachishKhanna, Director (Estt.) DOT and Shri R.K.Goyal, GM(Estt.) BSNL on 7th August 2013. Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU,  Com. Animesh Mitra, Acting General Secretary, BSNLEU, Com. K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary, AIBDPA and Com. S.C.Bhattacharjee, Treasurer were in the delegation who have discussed with the Management on the issue. 

Leadership has discussed the issue for issuing order for 78.2% IDA fixation for both the pre-2007 and post-2007 pensioners. The DoT officers told the leaders that the matter is being processed and orders can be issued only after receipt of clarification sought from BSNL. The relevant documents including the letter sent to BSNL was also handed over to the union leaders. Again, we met with GM (Estt.), on 7th August who committed to send the reply to DOT on 8th August, 2013. It is expected that after receiving the reply from BSNL, the DOT will issue necessary order without further delay. 

Further, on the issue of anomaly in pension to those retired within ten months of formation of BSNL, the official side informed that the file is still pending with the AO (Finance). They have assured that the case will be further pursued with the Member of Finance.

 

[07.08.2013]Hold Circle Executive Committee meeting to implement the decisions and programme taken in CEC meeting in Kolkata.

It was a decision of CEC meeting held in Kolkata that Circle Executive Committee meeting will be organized in all circles in the presence of CHQ Office bearers. We have already started the trade union programme on the Charter of Demands adopted in the CEC meeting. Dharna Programme will be organized on 21 to 23 August throughout the country.  In the meantime, the National Convention of the Forum has given a Call to organize State / SSA level conventions on the issue of Revival of BSNL. Circle Secretaries are requested to hold circle executive meeting to discuss the programme decision taken in the last CEC meeting without delay.  Intimation should reach to the CHQ well in advance so that the office bearers can be present in the meeting.

 

[02.08.2013]Meeting with GM/TF on issue of Telecom Factories

Today CHQ leadership met GMTF Shri Rajesh Kumar on the issue of Staff Problems of the Telecom Factories in West Bengal. A delegation Team of Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, Com. Animesh Mitra Dy. GS, Com Om Prakash Singh Circle Secretary Kolkata TF and Com. Asim Banerjee Vice-president, TF Kolkata, have discussed with GM/TF Corporate Office about the unsettled staff Problems which were discussed in the last National Council Meeting on the issue of Telecom Factories. Circle Secretary Kolkata Telecom Factory has demanded for posting of permanent CGM for Kolkata Telecom Factory Circle. The leadership has expressed strong resentment on the delay for the proposal of revival of Telecom Factories which is pending at Corporate Office since long. The GM has assured that the staff sentiment will be conveyed to the higher authority and action will be taken thereof.           

 

[02.08.2013]Full preparation is going on to make the National Convention a grand success. 

A meeting of the Forum of Unions / Associations in BSNL, held on 30th July, 2013, to review the preparation of National Convention to be held in Delhi. Leadership of the Forum has taken this initiative for survival of BSNL which will be held on 3rd August, at Mavlankar Hall. It is reported that full preparation is going on throughout the country to make the convention a grand success. About 1000 delegates will come from every corner of the country in this convention. All Unions & Associations have taken full initiative to make a big gathering in the convention. Forum also have finalized the declaration for the convention on which leaders will express their views on the issue of survival of BSNL. Central Trade Union leaders have also given their consent to address in the convention. BSNL Employees Union has also taken all out effort to make this convention a historic one.

 

[31.07.2013]Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, will function as General Secretary from 01.08.2013 to 11.08.2013.

Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, will function as the General Secretary, from 01.08.2013 to 11.08.2013. This arrangement is being made, since Com. P. Abhimnayu, GS, will be away from New Delhi, for attending a Conference in Japan. 

 

[31.07.2013]Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, leaving for Japan, to attend the 2013 World Conference against Nuclear Bombs.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary is leaving for Japan tomorrow the 01.08.2013, to attend the 2013 World Conference against Nuclear Bombs, to be held at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in Japan, from 03.08.2013 to 09.08.2013. He is attending the Conference as a delegate of the CITU. ‘Zenroren’ (Confederation of Trade Unions of Japan), which is a part of the Organising Committee of the Conference, has extended the invitation. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, will be returning on 11.08.2013.

 

[30.07.2013]Another round of discussion held today on the issue of stagnation in the cadres of RM, Group ‘D’, etc.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS met Shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) and his team of officers today the 30.07.2013 and discussed the issue of stagnation of the employees in the cadre of RM, Group ‘D’, industrial workers, etc. As desired by the Management, the Union leaders submitted live cases of the problem, based on which the discussions took place. Both the leaders requested the Management to take an early decision on the issue, since nearly 80% of the employees in the cadres of RM, Group ‘D’, industrial workers are facing stagnation. 

 

[30.07.2013]Meeting with Director (HR).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) and discussed various issues. They include, opportunity for Non-Executives to appear the Management Trainee exam, abnormal delay in the implementation of transfers (under Transfer Policy) in Andhra Pradesh Circle, adequate representation to the Main Recognised Representative Union in various committees, victimization of the contract workers in Jharkhand Circle etc. The Director (HR) assured to take appropriate action on these issues. 

 

[30.07.2013]Meeting with GM (SR).

Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri Neeraj Verma, GM (SR) and discussed about providing adequate representation to the Main Recognised Representative Union in various committees, abnormal delay in the implementation of transfers (under Transfer Policy) in AP Circle etc. The GM (SR) assured to look into these issues.

 

[30.07.2013]Nationwide demonstrations conducted by the United Forum throughout the Country today the 30.07.2013.

Massive demonstrations were conducted throughout the country today the 30.07.2013, as per the call of the United Forum. The demonstrations were conducted, demanding the immediate settlement of the long pending and justified demands of the employees, as contained in the charter of demands submitted to the Corporate Management, by the United Forum. CHQ heartily thanks all the circle and district unions of BSNLEU, as well as the constituents of the United Forum, for successfully implementing the call.

 

[30.07.2013]Next phase of the struggle is 3 days’ relay dharna on 21st, 22nd and 23rd August.

After the successful implementation of today’s nation-wide demonstrations, CHQ wishes to remind our functionaries, that the next phase of the agitation is conducting relay dharna for three days, on 21st, 22nd and 23rd August, 2013. Circle and District Secretaries are requested to make widest publicity among the employees, about the charter of demands and start making maximum preparations for the relay dharna. 

 

[29.07.2013]Hold massive demonstrations tomorrow the 30-07-2013, highlighting the demands of BSNL Employees. 

The United Forum of BSNL Unions has given call to conduct demonstrations on 30-07-2013, at Corporate Office, Circle and District levels, highlighting the vital and long-pending demands of the BSNL employees. CHQ calls upon the circle and district secretaries to organise the demonstrations in a massive way, together with the other constituents of the United Forum, effectively highlighting the demands. CHQ also requests to send report on the programme.

 

[29.07.2013]Central Trade Unions holding National Convention at New Delhi on 06.08.2013. 

The Central Trade Unions are consistently fighting against the wrong economic policies of the government. They have placed before the government, concrete demands, which will give relief to the working masses of this Country. Protecting the Public Sector is one of the important demands. They organized 48 hours strike on 20th and 21st February, 2013, which was participated in by 12 crore workers. Now, to decide about the future course of action, the Central Trade Unions are holding a National Convention on 06.08.2013, in the Mavlankar Hall at New Delhi. BSNLEU is participating in the Convention and will fully implement the decisions.

 

[27.07.2013]Stagnation in the cadres of RM, Group ‘D’ etc. – Circle, District and Branch Secretaries to note please.

A large number of employees in the cadres of RM, Group ‘D’, industrial workers etc are facing stagnation. They will not be getting the benefits of 78.2% IDA merger also. CHQ is seriously taking up this issue with the Corporate Office. On 25th and 26th July, 2013, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS seriously discussed this issue with shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt) and his team of officers and put across the suggestions of BSNLEU. The GM (Estt) finally called for some live cases, for studying the issue further. CHQ has already collected live cases and the same will be discussed with the Management next Week. Our circle and district Secretaries are requested to take this message to the notice of the affected comrades since a lot of dissatisfaction is prevailing among them.

 

[27.07.2013]Accommodation for delegates coming to attend National Convention on revival of BSNL.

 

  • CHQ has arranged staying accommodation for delegates, coming from far away circles, to attend the National Convention only for 03.08.2013. The accommodation is arranged in Chug Dharamshala in Gole Market.

 

  • If accommodation is required for 02.08.2013 also, the concerned circle secretaries may please contact com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS (mobile No.09868071626 & 09436701412) so that accommodation can be arranged.

 

  • All delegates who want to avail the accommodation should compulsorily come with their ID card and a photo copy of the ID card.

  • The address is: -

                                        CHUG DHARAMSHALA,NO.8, UDAYN MARG, GOLE MARKET,

                                        NEAR CNG PUMP, NEW DELHI – 110001, Telephone: 011-23743261

 

 

[27.07.2013]Delegates coming to attend the National Convention on Revival of BSNL, to be held at New Delhi, on 3rd August, 2013 to kindly note please. 

The National Convention on Revival of BSNL is being held at New Delhi, on 3rd August, 2013. The venue of the Convention is Mavalankar Hall, situated inside the compound of VP House, near Parliament. All the delegates of BSNLEU are requested to assemble in the Hall sharp at 10:00 AM. Prior to that, all the delegates of BSNLEU should compulsorily register themselves with the CHQ, and get their badges. Lunch packets will be supplied for all the delegates, free of cost, by the Forum.

 

[26.07.2013]Meeting with GM (Estt.) on implementation of Transfer Policy in Andhra Pradesh Circle.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) yesterday the 25.07.2013 and discussed about the problems in the implementation of Transfer Policy in certain SSAs of Andhra Pradesh Circle. They explained to the GM (Estt.), with facts and figures, as to how the implementation of Transfer Policy is being hampered in the circle. The GM (Estt.) noted our views and assured to do the needful. 

 

[26.07.2013]Making amendments to the Recruitment Rules of TM, TTA, JTO and JAO.

BSNLEU has long been demanding that the Recruitment Rules for the cadres of TM, TTA, JTO and JAO should be amended, so that the many restrictions that are existing in the RRs, and that are creating road blocks for more number of officials appearing the examinations, can be removed. In the discussions that the GS and AGS had with the GM (Estt.), yesterday the 25.07.2013, it was agreed to look into the amendments. CHQ has already given amendments to the RRs. Still, if any comrade is having suggestion, the same can be sent to the CHQ by E-mail, within a week.

 

[25.07.2013]Wage reduction issue of officials appointed after 01.01.2007.

The issue of wage reduction of the officials who are appointed after 01.01.2007 has long been taken up by BSNLEU in various fora, including the National Council. We have demanded that the officials should be given extra increments, instead of personal pay, to compensate the wage reduction. Management has constituted an internal committee, consisting of the GM (Estt.), GM (SR) and the GM (EF) on the issue. One meeting of the Committee has taken place and it is expected to take a decision soon. We have demanded that the views of the Major Recognised Representative Union must be taken into consideration, before taking a decision.

[25.07.2013]Stagnation in the cadres of RM, Gr.‘D’ etc.

BSNLEU has long been demanding that the stagnation being faced by the officials in the cadres of RM, Group ‘D’. Industrial Workers etc. should be settled. The issue was discussed many times in the National Council. The Management has now decided to form an internal committee, consisting of GM (Estt.), GM (SR) and GM (EF) to solve the issue. We welcome the decision of the Management. BSNLEU has demanded that the views of the Major Recognised Representative Union must be heard by the Committee. 

[25.07.2013]Demonstrations against 100% FDI in telecom and increasing FDI in Defence.

As per the call of the Forum, demonstrations and badge-wearing are conducted throughout the country today against allowing 100% FDI in Telecom and increasing FDI in Defence. CHQ congratulates all the comrades for implementing the decision successfully. Circle Secretaries are requested to send report about the programme. 

[25.07.2013]National Convention at New Delhi on revival of BSNL.

The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations is taking all out efforts to make the National Convention on revival of BSNL, a success. The Core Committee of the Forum met today and reviewed the preparations. The Central Trade Union leaders who will address the convention are as follows:- 

Dr. Sanjeeva Reddy, M.P., President, INTUC,

Com. Gurudas Dasgupta, M.P., GS, AITUC,

Com. Swadesh Dev Roye, Secretary, CITU,

Com. Baidyanath Rai, GS, BMS,

Dr. Udit Raj, AIC, SC/STO,

Com. T.K.S. Elangovan, M.P., LPF. 

 

[25.07.2013]Poster for the National Convention on revival of BSNL.

Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations has designed a poster for the National Convention on revival of BSNL. Circle and District Secretaries are requested to print the posters as per their requirement. <<View poster>>

 

[25.07.2013]Demonstration conducted in BSNL Corporate Office, against FDI in Telecom and Defence.

 A very good lunch hour demonstration took place in BSNL Corporate Office today, against the decision of the government to allow 100% FDI in Telecom and also to increase the quantum of FDI in Defence. The meeting was presided over by com.Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE BSNL. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Convener, Forum addressed in detail about the repercussions of allowing 100% FDI in Telecom and also increasing the quantum of FDI in Defence sector. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. K.Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com.Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, com.Hari Singh, SG, BTU and a large number of comrades from the Corporate office participated in the meeting. CHQ congratulates the Corporate Office comrades for organising the demonstration effectively.

 

[25.07.2013]Conduct powerful demonstrations against FDI increase in Telecom and Defence.

The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations have given call to conduct demonstrations and badge-wearing today, opposing 100% FDI in Telecom and FDI increase in Defence manufacturing sector. Conduct the demonstrations powerfully and send report to the CHQ.

 

[25.07.2013]Corporates have cheated Rs.43,815 crore over 15 years.

It has been brought to light that the corporates of India have made cheatings (frauds) to the tune of Rs.43,815 crore during the past 15 years, i.e. between 1997 and 2012. ‘Thought Arbitrage and Global Compact Network India’ has gone through various FIRs court judgements etc. and found out this, in their 72 page report. The average size of the corporate fraud from 1997 to 2008 was Rs.282 crore. But after 2009, the average size of the fraud increased to Rs.502 crore. Every year the government is giving concessions in the budget to the corporates to the tune of Rs.5,00,000 crore. In addition to this, the corporates have made such huge cheatings. However, the govt. wants to give more and more concessions to them in the name of liberalization and privatization. 

 

[25.07.2013]Rs.650 crore penalty, imposed on Airtel by DoT, stayed by TDSAT.

The TDSAT has given a stay order on DoT’s Rs.650 crore penalty notice on Airtel, till August 21. This penalty was slapped on Airtel, for offering it’s customers a service called ‘Subscriber Local Dialling’ during the period 2002-05. Under this service, a subscriber would be able to get all incoming calls as a local call, while on roaming. According the DoT, this has caused revenue loss to the govt. in the form of lower license fee from Long Distance Operations.

 

[24.07.2013]Nominees of BSNLEU for the National Council.

The All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU was held today. The meeting finalized the nominees of BSNLEU to the National Council. The following shall be the National Council members of BSNLEU. 

Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President

Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary

Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy. General Secretary

Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Assistant General Secretary

Com. C.K. Gundanna, Circle Secretary, Karnataka. 

 

[24.07.2013]Meeting of the Central Secretariat of BSNLEU to be held on 26.08.2013.

The Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLEU will be held at New Delhi on 26.08.2013. As per the amended constitution of BSNLEU, all the CHQ office-bearers are members of the Central Secretariat. The venue of the meeting will be K.G. Bose Bhawan, New Delhi. All CHQ office bearers are requested to immediately book the tickets to attend the meeting.

 

[22.07.2013]Meeting with CMD BSNL.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, met shri R.K. Upadhayay, CMD BSNL, and brought to his notice that regular SSA heads are not available in many circles, including in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and  Srinagar SSA of J&K circle, which is hampering the developmental activities, as well as the settlement of staff grievances. CMD assured to do the needful expeditiously.

 

[22.07.2013]Meeting with Director (CFA)

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, met shri N.K. Gupta, Director (CFA) and discussed about the problem that has arisen in the payment of salary, based on 787.2% IDA fixation, due to the introduction of ERP in Karnataka circle. The Director (CFA) said that the matter would be looked into.

 

[22.07.2013]Organise badge – wearing and demonstration on 25.07.2013, against FDI in telecom and Defence.

The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations has decided to hold demonstrations and badge wearing, against allowing 100% FDI in telecom and also against increasing FDI in the defence sector. All circle, district and branch secretaries are requested to organise the programme successfully and send report to the CHQ.

Wordings to be printed on the badge.

"DROP DECISION TO INCREASE FDI IN TELECOM AND DEFENCE."

 

[22.07.2013]Take all out efforts to make the National Convention on revival of BSNL a grand success.

The National Convention on revival of BSNL, is being held at New Delhi, on 03.08.2013. The Convention will start at 10:30 hours and is being held in the Mavalankar Hall. All circle secretaries of BSNL are requested to ensure the participation of the number of delegates allotted to each circle.  Further the delegates are requested to reach the Hall atleast by 1000 hours. Let us make the Delhi convention a grand success. 

 

 

[20.07.2013]Court summons Anil Ambani and his wife Tina Ambani in the 2G scam case.

The special CBI court, which is hearing the 2G spectrum scam case, has summoned Reliance ADAG Chairman Anil Ambani and his wife Tina Ambani to give their testimony in the case. Swan Telecom was favoured with the allotment of 2G licences by the erstwhile minister A. Raja. Subsequently, it was found out by the CBI that Swan telecom is nothing but a ‘shell company’ floated by Reliance ADAG, to get undue favour from A. Raja, in the allotment of 2G spectrum. 

 

[20.07.2013]Vodafone loosing in Europe and gaining in India.

Vodafone, which is the second biggest mobile company in the world, with 454 million customers, is growing fast in India, whereas it’s performance in Europe is steadily decreasing. In the first quarter of the year, Vodafone’s revenue dropped by 5.1% in Germany, 4.5% in Britain, 10.6% in Spain and 17.6% in Italy. This fall in revenue is not only due to competition, but also due to regulator ordered price-cuts in those countries. But in India, Vodafone is being taken care by the Govt. Even when Vodafone cheated income tax to the tune of Rs.11500 crore, the Govt. of India is trying to settle it through a compromise, obviously by giving concessions to the British giant. Only through such concessions MNCs like Vodafone are flourishing in India. 

 

[20.07.2013]Walmart violated Reserve Bank and FEMA regulations – says CBI.

Even when the Govt. welcomes multi national companies into India, by giving them red-carpet reception, those MNCs keep on cheating the Govt. and the people of this country. It is proved in the recent CBI investigations, that Walmart, a US multi national giant, has pumped in Rs.455.8 crore into a subsidiary company of Bharati Ventures in 2010, through the Mauritius route, by violating the Reserve Bank and FEMA regulations. It may be noted that it was only to facilitate the entry of MNcs like Walmart into India, the govt. has allowed 100% FDI in retail trade. Despite such policy support by the Indian govt., the MNCs never hesitate to cheat India and it’s people.

 

[19.07.2013]Reliance Communications cuts down it’s 3G rates in all circles.

The country’s 3rd largest telecom operator, Reliance Communications, has cut down it’s 3G data tariffs by 50%, with effect from yesterday, the 18.07.2013. This brings down the 3G data tariffs of RCOM, at par with it’s 2G mobile internet prices. RCOM’s president and CEO said that it’s tariff cut is real and not a ‘gimmickry’ as was done by Vodafone and Idea. 

 

[19.07.2013]Tata Teleservices, Reliance Communicatios, Aircel and Loop sign intra-circle roaming agreements for 2G voice services.

Four small private telecom companies, viz., Tata Teleservices, Reliance Communications, Aircel and Loop have signed a string of intra-circle roaming agreements for 2G voice services. All these companies are continuously making loss and are unable to face the competition from the big players, viz., Airtel, Vodafone and Idea. These four companies are together having a market share of 20%. Whereas, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea together are having two thirds of the market share.

 

[18.07.2013]Call of the United Forum - Hold demonstrations on 30.07.2013.

CEC of BSNLEU, held at Kolkata decided to go on agitational programme for the settlement of long pending problems. This programme includes demonstration on 19th July, 2013. However, the United Forum meeting which took place yesterday the 17.07.2013 has decided to hold the demonstrations on 30.07.2013. Thus, CHQ calls upon the circle, district and branch secretaries to take initiative to hold the demonstrations on 30.07.2013, under the banner of United Forum. <<<View list of demands>>> 

 

[18.07.2013]Com. Samar Mukherjee, former General Secretary of CITU passed away.

Com. Samar Mukherjee, freedom fighter, parliamentarian and one of the prominent leaders of the CPI(M) passed away in Kolkata today. He was 101 years old. Com. Samar Mukherjee served as the General Secretary of the CITU for a long time and has rendered invaluable service to the working class movement in India. BSNLEU dips it’s banner and pays it’s respectful homage to the great leader.

 

[17.07.2013]Forum decides to hold protest demonstrations and wearing of badges on 25-07-2013, demanding to drop the decisions to increase FDI in Telecom and Defence.

The Forum meeting which took place today at New Delhi, strongly condemned the decision of the UPA government to increase the quantum of FDI in Telecom, from 74% to 100% and in the Defence manufacturing sector from 26% to 49%. Further, the meeting decided to demand the government to drop it's decisions, by holding nationwide badge-wearing and demonstrations on 25-07-2013.

The words in the badge will be as below:

DROP DECISION TO INCREASE FDI IN TELECOM AND DEFENCE.

All are requested to implement the decision with full mobilisation.

 

[17.07.2013]The UPA government increases telecom FDI to 100% 

The Congress Party led UPA government took decisions yesterday, to incerase the quantum of FDI in various sectors, which will have far reaching impact on the sovereignty of the country. In the telecom sector, the FDI limit is increased from 74% to 100%. Similarly the government has decided to increase the present FDI limit in the defence sector from 26% to 49%. In the insurance sector also, the present limit of 26% will be increased to 49%. BSNLEU strongly condemns these decisions of the government. A meeting of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations is taking place today evening, to decide about the course of action to be adopted on this issue.

 

[16.07.2013]Allotment of funds to circles for payment of GPF advance.

Corporate Office has not so far allotted funds for payment of GPF advance. The matter is discussed with the GM (BFCI) today, by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS. It is reported that Corporate Office is having acute shortage of funds. However, it is assured that funds will be arranged within the next two or three days.

 

[16.07.2013]Tamil Nadu Circle Union conducts convention of 6 Southern Districts. 

Tamil Nadu circle union conducted a convention of the six southern districts today, the 16.07.2013 at Virudhunagar. The district office bearers and branch secretaries of the six southern districts of Tamil Nadu circle, viz., Madurai, Karaikudi, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli, Nagercoil and Virudhunagar attended the convention. Com.K.Marimuthu, circle president, presided over and com.S.Ravindran, District Secretary, Virudhunagar, welcomed all.

 
Com.S.Chellappa, circle Secretary, briefly spoke on the purpose of holding such a convention. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, spoke at length about the opportunities and challenges that have emerged in the post 6th Membership Verification period, as well as about the decisions of the Kolkata CEC meeting.
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[16.07.2013]The heroic indefinite strike of NLC employees against disinvestment called off.

The heroic 13 day old strike of the NLC employees against disinvestment, was called off yesterday. The 5% shares being disinvested by the Central Government is to be acquired by 5 public sector undertakings of the Tamil Nadu government. BSNLEU salutes the NLC trade unions and the employees for conducting a glorious struggle, to defend the public sector of our country.

 

[15.07.2013]Telegram Service stands withdrawn from today onwards.

BSNL Management has withdrawn the 163 year old telegram service from today onwards, unmindful of the stiff opposition from BSNL Employees Union. BSNLEU strongly condemns the action of the Management, since it did not even consider review of the decision, based on the suggestions given by the Union. BSNLEU equally condemns the UPA government, since it gave green signal to BSNL Management, for closing down the telegram service, without having any regard for the common man who requires the service.

 

[13.07.2013]Striking NLC employees to go on indefinite fast from today.

The entire employees of NLC are on indefinite strike since 3rd July, against the retrograde decision of the UPA government to disinvest 5% shares in that Navaratna PSU. But, even after 10 days, the government has not accepted the demand of the employees. Despite total strike by the workers, electricity generation is being maintained at the normal level, since the are sufficient stock of Lignite. 2, 300 MW electricity is being produced now, against the installed capacity of 2, 400 MW. Under such a situation, the striking NLC employees have decided to launch indefinite fast from today.

 

[11.07.2013]“Well done West Bengal !”

The Central Executive Committee meeting held at Kolkata, is a landmark meeting in many respects. It has taken important decisions on settling the long pending demands of the employees as well as on strengthening the organization. The meeting is conducted in the most business – like and orderly manner. This became possible only because of the excellent manner in which the arrangements were made by the Reception Committee. Even though it was decided to conduct the meeting in Kolkata at a very short notice, the organizational skills of the West Bengal Circle Union made the event very successful. CHQ conveys it’s hearty thanks to the West Bengal Circle Union under the leadership of Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS & Circle Secretary.

 

[10.07.2013]Birth Centenary of com.Jyoti Basu celebrated in the Kolkata CEC meeting. 

The history of Bengal is filled with martyrs, revolutionaries and intellectuals. Com.Jyoti Basu is one of the tallest personalities among them. 8th July, 2013, was his Birth Centenary. It was the second day of our Kolkata CEC meeting. The entire CEC paid respect with reverence, to com.Jyoti Basu. His portrait was garlanded by the leaders and the CEC members paid floral tributes. The contributions of com.Jyoti Basu to the Indian Working class Movement and his struggles for the upliftment of the toiling masses were recollected by com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President and com.Animesh Mitra, Dy.General Secretary. Com.A.K.Padmanabhhan, President, CITU, while inaugurating the CEC on the previous day, paid glowing tributes to com.Jyoti Basu. The CEC resolved to work for the ideals, for which com.Jyoti Basu dedicated his life.<<view photos>>

 

[10.07.2013]Kolkata CEC meeting decides to launch struggles for the settlement of long pending problems. 

The Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNL Employees Union, held at Kolkata, from 7th to 9th July, 2013, expressed serious concern about the non-settlement of many of the genuine problems of the Non-Executives, due to the negligence and lethargy of the Corporate Management. These problems are continuously discussed meeting after meeting in the National Council and decisions are taken. But the decisions of the National Council are simply being put into cold storage. Persistent discussions with the concerned officers at the Corporate Office don't yield any result. Issues such as Anomalies, injustices done in the NEPP, wage reduction of the employees appointed after 01-01-2007, stagnation in the cadres of RM, Group D, etc., change of designations, compassionate ground appointment, regularisation of left out casual labour, pensionary benefits to the BSNL recruited employees, relaxation in qualifying marks for SC/ST employees in departmental promotion exams as per DoP&T orders and relaxing eligibility conditions for appearing TM, TTA, JTO & JAO exams remain unsettled for a long period. As regards contract workers, orders of the Corporate Office on minimum wages, and social security measures are not being implemented in most of the circles, and they are being exploited to the core.

 

After threadbare discussions, it is decided in the CEC meeting to immediately launch the following struggles, for the settlement of the long pending problems. 

1)  Demonstrations on 19-07-2013.

2)  Relay dharna at the Corporate Office, Circle and SSA levels on 20th, 21st and 22nd

        August, 2013.

3)  One day strike on 04-09-2013. 

Circle, District and Branch Secretaries are requested to seriously prepare for the successful implementation of the struggles. 

 

[10.07.2013]An emotional moment in the Kolkata CEC. 

It was an emotional moment in the Kolkata CEC meeting, when com.Jyotsana Bose, wife of our late beloved leader com.Moni Bose, came to meet the comrades. Com. Gautam Bose, son of com Moni Bose, accompanied her. Leaders received them with warmth and affection. All the comrades enquired about her health. Com.Jyotsana Bose addressed the CEC meeting for while and greeted all the comrades. We are very grateful to her for taking the pains to come over to the CEC meeting and for greeting us. We wish her good health.<<view photos>>

 

[10.07.2013]The Kolkata CEC meeting paid glowing tributes to com.K.G.Bose, on his birth anniversary. 

Com.K.G.Bose is one of the legends of the Indian Trade Union Movement. He is a great visionary and path-finder, who changed the course of the P&T trade union movement of our country. The first day of the Kolkata CEC meeting, i.e., 7th July, was also the birth anniversary of com.K.G.Bose. On that day, the meeting remembered him in a befitting manner. The leader's portrait was garlanded by the leaders. All the CEC members paid floral tributes. Com A.K.Padmanabhan, President, CITU, com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President and com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, recollected the contributions and sacrifices of com.K.G.Bose. All the CEC members while subsequently deliberating in the subjects committee, expressed their resolve to strengthen the movement in the path shown by com. K.G. Bose.<<view photos>>

 

[09.07.2013]Conduct powerful demonstrations today, against 100% FDI in the Telecom sector and opposing disinvestment in Neyveli Lignite Corporation.

CHQ once again calls upon the Circle, District and Branch unions to powerfully implement the call of the Forum to conduct demonstrations today, against the proposal of the Telecom Commission to increase the FDI limit in Telecom sector to 100% and against disinvestment in the Neyveli Lignite Corporation. Hold the programme effectively, together with the other constituents of the Forum and also to send report to the CHQ.

 

[09.07.2013]Conduct dharna at Corporate Office, Circle and District levels on 12-07-2013, against the arbitrary decision of the BSNL Management, to close down telegram service from 15-07-2013 - Send telegrams to CMD BSNL- Call of the Kolkata CEC. 

BSNL Management has taken the arbitrary decision to close down the telegram service from 15-07-2013. It is not even having the courtesy to hear the views of the Recognised Union, on an issue which will affect the employees as well. The argument of the Management, that the telegram service is causing heavy losses to BSNL is unfounded and imaginary. Even if it is true, BSNLEU has given suggestions to overcome it. Management should have the honesty to discuss the issue with the Union with the relevant records. But it did not do so. Immediately after the decision was taken, representatives of BSNL Employees Union met the top officers of BSNL, including the CMD BSNL and discussed the issue. But all the suggestions given by the Union, for the continuation of the service, have fallen on deaf ears. BSNL is not a private company. It is a government company, and is having the social obligation to serve the people. Despite the advent of high technology, certain sections of the society are still availing the telegram service. Thus, the decision of the BSNL Management to close down the service is nothing but a high-handed action. Management says that the govt. has approved the closure of the telegram service. We know that the govt. is interested to serve only the corporates and the affluent, but not the ordinary man. Hence, the Kolkata CEC meeting of BSNLEU has called upon the BSNL employees to conduct dharna programme on 12-07-2013, at the Corporate Office, Circle and District levels, opposing the closure of the telegram service. The Circle and District Secretaries should also send telegrams to the CMD BSNL, demanding to give up the decision to close down the telegram service.

 

 

[05.07.2013]Central Executive Committee meeting taking place from 7th to 9th July, 2013, at Kolkata.

The Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNL Employees Union is taking place at Kolkata, from 7th to 9th July, 2013. The Inaugural Ceremony is taking place at 10:00 hrs on7th July. The CEC meeting is expected to discuss and take decisions on many important issues, including the viability of BSNL. The Open Session is taking place at 14:30 hrs on9th July. Com.Basudev Acharya, MP, and other leaders are addressing.

 

[04.07.2013]The slavish mindset of the UPA government.

The US is snooping (spying) the entire countries in the world. Through it’s high-tech equipments, the US is collecting informations from telephone and computer networks. India is the 5th among the most intensively spied countries. Thus, the US is violating the sovereignty of other countries and the privacy of the citizens of those countries. This action of the US is being protested. Even the Western Countries, which are the close allies of the US, have protested this action. However, the govt. of India has justified that what the US is doing is not snooping. Salman Kurshid, the Foreign Minister has stated that “the US doing computer analysis of patterns of calls and emails sent”. What Salman Kurshid has said only reveals the UPA government’s slavish mindset.

 

 

[04.07.2013]Discussion with the GM (Estt.) on option for pay fixation on promotion, on the date of next increment, which falls after 01.10.2000.

CHQ is persistently pressing upon the Corporate Management on the above mentioned case. Today once again com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) and discussed the issue. The GM (Estt.) replied that BSNL is merely following whatever order is issued by DoT, which in turn is following the orders of the DPE. However, finally he accepted the request of the GS to refer the case to DoT.

 

[04.07.2013]Forum of Tamil Nadu and Chennai Circles conducted demonstrations against disinvestment in NLC.

Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations of Tamil Nadu and Chennai Circles conducted powerful demonstrations today, against the govt.’s decision to disinvest shares of NLC. The demonstrators also supported the indefinite strike of the NLC workers, that is going on from yesterday. While the demonstration took place in front of the CGM office at Chennai, it was conducted in all the SSA head quarters, as well as infront of the CGM(O) in Tamil Nadu. CHQ congratulates the comrades of Tamil Nadu and Chennai circles.

 

[04.07.2013]A.K. Antony, Defence Minister opposes FDI increase in Defence Sector.

When Manmohan Singh, P. Chidambaram, Anand Sharma etc. vehemently propose to increase FDI in Telecom, Defence, Civil Aviation, media, etc. A.K. Antony, Defence Minister has strongly opposed FDI increase in the Defence Sector, from 26% to 74%. In a letter written to Anand Sharma, Commerce Minister, A.K. Antony has stated that the deliberated view of the Defence Ministry is that FDI in the Defence Manufacturing sector should remain at 26%. He has also stated that wherever FDI limit beyond 26% is likely to result in access to modern and state-of-the-art technology into the country, decision can be taken to allow FDI on a case by case basis.

  

04.07.2013]BSNLEU salutes the NLC workers.

The entire unions, with 27,000 regular workers and 13,000 contract workers of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC), in Tamil Nadu, are on an indefinite strike, opposing the UPA govt.’s decision to disinvest shares of that Public Sector Company. The strike which started yesterday the 03.07.203 is total. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the NLC workers and the unions for their struggle against disinvestment/privatization. This strike will definitely boost the forces fighting against the retrograde Neo Liberal Policies of the Congress led UPA govt.

 

[03.07.2013]Com. Jaiveer Singh (53 years), Sr. TOA, O/o A.O. (P.C.), Noida, UP (West) and his wife Smt. Rajesh Devi (51 years) have gone to Uttarakhand and have gone missing. They contacted their son over mobile on 16th June, 2013 night, when they were at Ramwara near Kedarnath. Since than they are not reachable. If any one has any information about them, they may kindly inform our CHQ or Com. S.P. Singh, DS, BSNLEU, Noida (09412846333).<<click here>>

 

[03.07.2013]Telecom Commission approves 100% FDI in telecom sector. 

It is a matter of great concern that the Telecom Commission has recommended to increase FDI in telecom sector from 74% to 100%. This decision will pave the way for the total take over of the Indian private telecom companies by multi national companies, which will create a serious security threat to the nation. The Telecom Commission has not taken this decision on it’s own. A committee under Arvind Mayaram, Economic Affairs Secretary in the Finance Ministry has, recommended in June last, to increase the FDI limits in many sectors. But it is important to note that the Home Ministry has already expressed it’s concern over increasing FDI in sensitive sectors such as Telecom, Defence, Media and Civil Aviation. But people like Manmohan Singh, P. Chidambaram etc., are hell bent to serve the multi national companies, even at the cost of the security of the nation. BSNLEU vehemently opposes the decision of the Telecom Commission.

[02.07.2013]Conduct new membership enrolment drive very vigorously.

In the 6th Membership Verification, the BSNL employees have crowned BSNLEU as the “Major Recognised Representative Union”. They have rejected all the ill-motivated wrong propaganda against BSNLEU. The Unions which tried to mislead the employees, citing the denial of bonus, LTC, Medical Allowance are sidelined. Employees have understood that BSNLEU is their real saviour. In this back ground all our circle, District and Branch Unions are requested to vigorously enroll new members into BSNLEU, for which 15th July is the last date. All the office-bearers at various levels are requested to give utmost importance to the membership drive and further strengthen the mighty BSNLEU.

[02.07.2013]DoT to set up Security Lab to test network equipments.

It is learnt that the DoT is likely to set up a state-of-the art Security Lab, for testing the switch gears and other network equipments, to ensure that no “spy-ware” or “mal-ware” are installed in the telecom networks. This project is part of the government’s objective to ensure India’s telecom networks are free from malicious software that may be used remotely for spying.

 

 

 

 

 

[28.06.2013]Postal Department to start Banking Service.

 

The department of posts has applied for a license before the Reserve Bank of India, for starting a full-fledged banking service. Initially it will start 50 branches of the ”Posts Bank", which will be increased to 150 branches within 5 years. The Postal Department is already running a Savings Bank Service and that experience will help it to run the new Posts Bank. This shows that the Postal Department is exploring new possibilities to improves its finances, which is a good example for BSNL to emulate, i.e., exploring new avenues for augmenting it's revenue. It may be recollected that till a few years back, BSNL was simply sitting on a massive cash reserve of Rs.30, 000 crore, without utilising it for the expansion of it's business interests. 

 

 

[28.06.2013]NLC employees to go on indefinite strike from 3rd July, 2013, against disinvestment.

 

The Joint Action Committee of the trade unions of NLC (Neyveli Lignite Corporation), has given call for indefinite strike from 03.07.2013, against the decision of the Central Government to disinvest it's shares in this Navaratna PSU. The tripartite talks held yesterday, to avert the strike has failed. It has become certain now, that the indefinite strike will start as scheduled. As a prelude to the strike, the NLC employees wore black badges yesterday. Gate meetings are being conducted today and tomorrow. On 02.07.2013, there will be a massive hunger strike. Meanwhile, a proposal made by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, that 5% shares of NLC could be sold to the State Government organisations, was flatly rejected by the JAC. BSNLEU congratulates the trade unions of NLC, who had taken a firm position against disinvestment. It also conveys its revolutionary greetings to the NLC employees, who are on a warpath against the disastrous policy of privatisation of the UPA government.

 

 

 

[27.06.2013]Reinstate retrenched contract workers of Jamshedpur.

In Jamshedpur SSA of BSNL, about 45 casual/contract workers are victimised for going on agitation for getting their due minimum wage. The contractors and BSNL Management together were exploiting the workers by denying the minimum wage and other rights of the workers violating the EPF, ESI Act etc. The workers went on strike and got implementation of some orders on the above, but the many workers were retrenched as revenge. 

 

BSNL is a fully owned government PSU. But the field level management is violating the acts of Parliament like Minimum Wage Act, EPF Act, Contract Labour Act, ESI Act etc. with impunity. When they are compelled to implement these orders of the government and can not continue their exploitation, they victimise the workers. By retrenching so many workers the maintenance and repair works are also seriously affected. To what extend the ethics and law-abiding has gone down with these officers of BSNL. 

 

The BSNL top management has to take immediate remedial action to restore normalcy and also for a human face, which the Prime Minister has called for.

 

[26.06.2013]All India Convention on BSNL’s viability is to be held on 03.08.2013.

The All India Convention, for improvement of BSNL’s viability will be held on 03.08.2013 (date confirmed). The convention, which is being organized by the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations, will be held in the Mavlankar Auditorium, New Delhi. Prominent Central Trade Union leaders, Members of Parliament, as well as the All India leaders of the BSNL Unions and Associations will address the Convention. It is the decision of the Forum that the delegates from all the circles should participate in the convention.

 

[26.06.2013]Salute to the brave-hearts in Uniform.

The soldiers and officers of the Air force, Army and the ITBP are showing exemplary courage in carrying out the relief and rescue works in the flood ravaged Uttarakhand. In doing so, they are subjecting their lives to high risk. An Air force helicopter engaged in rescue works got crashed yesterday, due to which around 20 people, including the flood victims are killed. We condole the death of the flood victims who are killed in the crash. We pay our respectful homage to the Indian Air Force, ITBP, NDRF Personnel, killed in the mishap. We salute those brave hearts in uniform who sacrificed their lives for the nation.

 

[25.06.2013]Delhi’s Street children collect Rs.20, 000 for Uttarakhand relief fund.

A group of street children of Delhi, have collected Rs.20, 000, for Uttarakhand relief fund. This fund will be handed over to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund today. It should be noted that these street children are rag-pickers. They run an association called “Badhte Kadam,” which has collected the donation. This amount is donated to ensure that the homeless children stuck in Uttarakhands floods and landslips are evacuated safely.

 

[24.06.2013]Vodafone dictates terms to the govt. 

Ten days after the Indian govt. conveyed it’s willingness to Vodafone, for an out of court settlement (non-binding conciliation) in the Rs.11,200 crore tax – cheating case, Vodafone has written to the govt., stating that it needs some more time to reply to the govt.’s proposal. According to reports, the govt. is willing to waive certain component of interest and penalty. But, Vodafone wants the entire penalty, interest, as well as a portion of the tax to be waived. Moreover, Indian govt. has stated that the conciliation would be done under the Indian Arbitration Law. But, the Vodafone wants the conciliation under United Nation’s Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). It is a matter of deep regret that a foreign company that has cheated the Indian govt. to the tune of Rs.8500 crore, tries to dictate terms and the Indian govt. is meekly surrendering.

 

 

[24.06.2013]Meeting of Forum at Mysore.

 

A meeting of the BSNL employees was organised under the platform of BSNL Unions/Associations at Mysore GM office premises on 21st June in connection with the visit of Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, National Convener of the Forum.

 

 

More than three hundred workers were present. The meeting was presided over by the Chairman of the Forum Com.B.S.Venkatesh, Circle President SNEA. Coms. Krishna Gowde, Circle Vice-President, AIBSNLEA, M.C.Balakrishna, All India org. Secretary, BSNLEU, M.Mahadevappa, Dist. Secretary, BSNLEU, Lingaraju, DS SEWA BSNL, B.V.Ramachandra,DS AIBSNLEA, MahadeveGowda, DS NFTE, Basavaraju DS AIBDPA and other leaders were present in the dais. Com. Ganesh, Convener, Forum welcomed all. Shri K.L. Jayaram, Sr.GM, addressed the meeting and appreciated the work being done by the Forum to improve the services. He assured that he will make maximum efforts for improving BSNL. Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri,Convener, Forum and President BSNL Employees Union spoke mainly on the need to strengthen BSNL and the proposals given by the Forum to the Group of Ministers looking in to the revival of BSNL. The action taken by the Forum in this connection was briefed. He congratulated the workers for the excellent support in the recent proposed strike due to which the DOT / Management was compelled to issue orders on 78.2% IDA fixation.

 

[22.06.2013]Women employees of Writers' Building stage protest march against rapes and killings in West Bengal.

Protesting against the growing atrocities against women in West Bengal, a section of the women employees of the state government, conducted a protest march on 18.06.2013. The more important part of this news is that, this protest march went through the corridors of the Writer’s Building (Secretariat of West Bengal Government). They carried placards and shouted slogans against the ever increasing atrocities against women in West Bengal. “We who work in the Writer’s Building are not feeling safe any longer, after the incidents of rape at Barasat and Gede, over the past few days”, said one of the protesting employees.” It may be remembered that a college girl was brutally raped and murdered at Barasat in 24 Parganas district, a few days back. “We think that as a woman, she (the Chief Minister) will understand our plight better”, said another employee.” However, when the protesters went to meet the Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee, she refused to meet them or receive their memorandum.<<click here>> 

[Source: The Hindu dated 19.06.2013.]

 

[22.06.2013]Now, Private Telecom Companies demand revival package. 

At a time when the govt. has formed a GoM under shri P. Chidambaram, to recommend about the revival of BSNL and MTNL, the private telecom companies have started demanding a revival package. In a presentation given to the DoT, the COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India) has stated that debts of private telecom companies have doubled. It was Rs.82,726 crore in 2008-09, and has increased to Rs.1,85,720 crore in 2011-12. It has further stated that the margin of the private telecom companies has also reduced from 33.8% in 2008, to 28.9% in 2012. In India, the levies and taxes are also very high, compared to other Asian countries, said the COAI – for example the levies and taxes come to 30% of the revenue, whereas it is only 15% in other Asian countries. Thus, to come out of this crisis, the COAI has demanded that 100% FDI should be allowed, and also the license fee should be reduced to 1 to 2% of annual revenue.

 

[22.06.2013]Settlement of anomalies – Circle Secretaries to note please.

 CHQ is pressing the Corporate Management hard, to settle the anomalies that arose in the 1st wage revision. In this regard, CHQ is insisting for the implementation of the judgement of the Hon’ble CAT, Ernakulam Bench, wherein it is stated that the pay of the senior should be stepped up at par with junior. The Corporate Management, in turn, has called for certain inputs from the Circles. Two reminders were also written to the CGMs in this regard. But so far only 2 Circles have given the input. Corporate Management says that the case cannot be processed with these little inputs. Hence circle secretaries are requested to pressurize their respective CGMs to immediately send the necessary inputs to the Corporate Office at the earliest. Copies of the letters, written by the Corporate Office to the CGMs on this subject are enclosed.<<CO letter>> <<reminder-1>>  <<reminder-2>> 

 

[21.06.2013]Appeal for relief fund, to the suffering people of Uttarakhand. 

Dear Comrades, 

For the past few days we are viewing through TV Channels, the unprecedented devastations that have been caused by floods in Uttarakhand. More than 70,000 pilgrims got trapped in inaccessible terrains. Large portions of roads and many bridges have been washed away. The people of Uttarakhand are facing untold miseries. The airforce and the military are struggling to evacuate the affected people. However, it is impossible for the government alone to mitigate the sufferings of the people of that state. It is the duty of every citizen to extend their helping hand to the suffering people of Uttarakhand. The All India Centre meeting held today the 21.06.2013, has decided to request the BSNL Management to deduct Rs.200/- from the salary of the employees (one time deduction) and to remit the same to the relief fund of the people of Uttarakhand. CHQ appeals to all the comrades to ensure implementation of the decision. 

[Foot-note: According to the constitution amendment, the Central Secretariat of BSNLEU is now renamed as All India Centre].    P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary

 

[21.06.2013]Review of JAO part-II exam results. 

CHQ has already requested the Management to review the results of the recently held JAO Part II exam, by granting grace marks. Our demand is based on the fact that this is the last exam under the old syllabus. Moreover, large number of posts remain unfilled in many circles. We feel that if the CGMs also write to the CO, for review, with the details like no. of candidates passed and number of vacancies unfilled, it will be helpful. Hence, circle secretaries are requested to approach their CGMs for writing to the CO, in this regard.

[20.06.2013]Meeting with CMD BSNL. 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri R.K. Upadhyay today the 20.06.2013 and discussed the following issues.<<click here>> 

 

[20.06.2013]Meeting with the Director (Finance). 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri K.C.G.K. Pillai, Director (Finance) and demanded that 78.2% IDA merger should be the basis for payment of those allowances which are paid as a percentage of basic pay (other than HRA, PU allowance etc.) The Director (Finance) agreed to consider it. 

 

Review of JAO results. 

The Union representatives strongly demanded that the results of the recently held JAO part II exam should be reviewed by granting grace marks, since a large number of vacancies remain unfilled.

 

 

[19.06.2013]Collect Rs.100/- donation for CHQ. 

It is the decision of the 6th All India Conference, held at Ludhiana, to collect Rs.100/- from each member and to send it to the CHQ, towards donation for All India Union. This decision was taken to tide over the financial hardship that the All India Union is experiencing, especially after purchasing a building for our Union at New Delhi. Comrades may keep in mind that CHQ is paying Rs.1,32,000 as interest every month, for the bank loan of Rs.1.40 crore, that has been taken to purchase the Union building. Hence, Circle and District Secretaries are requested to ensure that Rs.100/- is meticulously collected from each and every member and that the same is sent to the CHQ without delay.

 

[19.06.2013]Com. Ruma Chattopadhyay, National Cycling Coach and Vice-President of BSNLEU, Head Quarters District Branch, Kolkata died in a road accident at Noida. 

Com. Ruma Chattopadhyay, Cycling Coach of India and Honorary Board Member of Cycling Federation of India, died in a road accident yesterday morning, at Noida. A car hit her, when she was coaching the trainees at Noida. She was taken to the Kailash Hospital, Noida, where she was declared dead. Com. Ruma was a senior Accountant in Kolkata telephones and was the vice-president of BSNL Employees Union in the Head Quarters District Branch. On hearing the news, CHQ swung in to action. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, rushed to the hospital. Com. S.P. Singh, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Noida was informed and he sent a team of comrades to the hospital, eventhough he was out of station. Our comrades remained there till the post mortem was completed in a govt. hospital. The Sports Authority of India undertook the responsibility of sending the body of Com. Ruma to Kolkata. CHQ pays homage to Com. Ruma Chattopadhyay and offers heartfelt condolences to her family members as well as the comrades of Kolkata Telephones. CHQ also sincerely thanks the comrades of Noida District Union of BSNLEU, for their cooperation and support.

 

[18.06.2013]Meeting with Sr.GM (TS) on the closure of Telegram Service.

Based on the letter given by BSNLEU, against closure of Telegram Service, a discussion took place between Union representatives and shri Shameem Aktar, Sr.GM (TS). Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, com. R.S. Chouhan, Organising Secretary (CHQ) and com. Chiddu Singh, ACS, NTR Circle participated in the discussion. BSNLEU representatives strongly opposed the closure of telegram service and gave alternative suggestions to overcome the Rs.135 crore loss incurred during 2012-13. The issue will be further persued by BSNLEU. 

 

[18.06.2013]Discussion with GM (Estt.) on introduction of E1 pay scale to the Non-Executives, as well as payment of all allowances based on 78.2% IDA merger.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met shri R.K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) and urged upon him to take steps for early implementation of the E1 pay scale to the Non-Executives, as has been agreed in the last National Council meeting. The GM (Estt.) assured to take expeditious action. Further, the GS explained about the agreement signed on 12.06.2012 and demanded that all allowances should be paid, based on 78.2% IDA merger. The issue will further be discussed with the Director (HR) and CMD BSNL.

 

[18.06.2013]BSNLEU Mumbai Meeting oppose closure of telegram services.

The meeting of the BSNLEU CTO District Branch Mumbai held on 17th June 2013 at the CTO Conference Hall expressed its strong protest against the decision of BSNL Management to close the telegram services from 15th July 2013. It demanded the management to cancel the ill-motived and ill-timed decision. More than 300 comrades participated including a good number of ladies. 

Comrades Purushotham Gedam, Circle Secretary Maharashtra, S.S.Ubhe, Dist. Secretary, CTO, Dist. Secretary, Raighar and other leaders addressed. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLEU and Convener, Forum of BSNL Unions / Associations spoke in detail and briefed the house about the decision of BSNLEU and Forum to oppose the decision of Management. He also spoke on the recent settlement of 78.2% IDA pay fixation, movement of Forum for Revival of BSNL and for better Service and the memorandum submitted to the GoM. He called upon the workers our task to improve the services.

A Press conference was held after the meeting at the Press club. Coms.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Purushotham Gedam and S.S.Ubhe told in detail about our opposition to the closure of Telegram services. It was also told to the press about the decision of the Forum to organise an All India Convention on ‘Revival of BSNL’ and its memorandum to ‘GoM’.

 

[18.06.2013]Anand Sharma wants to increase FDI in telecom to 100%

Anand Sharma, Commerce and Industry Minister has said that the proposal to increase the FDI up to 100% in Telecom, would soon come before by the Cabinet. The FDI in Telecom Sector is already increased to 74%. On one side, the government is saying that importing telecom equipments from China will create security problems for the nation. But on the other side, it wants to allow 100 FDI in telecom, which will lead to multi national companies taking over the Indian telecom industry. Does it mean that there is no threat to the nation from the Western Powers?

 

 

[17.06.2013]Forum leaders of Pondicherry present memorandum to shri V. Narayanaswamy, Hon’ble Minister and Member of the GoM on revival of BSNL and MTNL.

 

The leaders of Forum, Pondicherry, met shri V. Narayanaswamy, Hon’ble Minister and a member of the Group of Ministers, formed for the revival of BSNL and MTNL, on 15-06-2013. They have presented a copy of the memorandum, already submitted to the GoM. The Hon’ble Minister has assured to look into it and do the needful.

 

 

[15.06.2013]Govt. initiates conciliation with Vodafone in the Rs.11, 200 crore tax cheating case.

 

The UPA govt. has initiated the conciliation process with Vodafone, in the Rs.11, 200 crore tax cheating case. Last week, the Union Cabinet took decision to have a ‘non-binding conciliation’ with vodafone, under the ‘Indian Arbitration and contract Act’. Following this, the Income Tax Department has formally written to Vodafone, conveying it’s readiness for conciliation. According to media reports, Indian govt. is agreeable to waive off certain component of the interest and penalty. But Vodafone wants the entire interest and penalty, as well as a part of the principal, to be waived off. It is a matter to be waited and seen, what the govt. is going to do.

 

 

[15.06.2013]78.2% IDA merger – Pensioners will also get the benefit.

 

CHQ is getting calls from pensioners, anxiously asking whether they will also get the benefit out of the 78.2% IDA merger. Our Circle and District Secretaries have to tell the pensioners that the Forum is taking all necessary steps to get the benefit extended to the pensioners also. The attention of the Secretary, DoT, Member (Finance) and DDG (TPF) is already drawn towards this issue. Follow up action will be taken meticulously by the forum.

 

 

[15.06.2013]Expeditiously submit copies of Memorandum to the MPs.

 

Forum has already given the call to submit copies of the memorandum (submitted to the Group of Ministers) to all the MPs. However, it appears that only in few places, the memorandum has been submitted. The Core Committee meeting reviewed this and decided to appeal to the leaders at the circle and district levels, to immediately approach the MPs and submit the memorandum.

 

 

 

[14.06.2013]Meeting with Director (HR), on non-settlement of anomalies.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri A. N. Rai, Director (HR) and expressed their unhappiness in respect of the acute delay in the implementation of the judgment of the Hon'ble CAT, Ernakulam, regarding settlement of anomalies. The Director (HR) replied that the requisite inputs, as sought by the Corporate Office, has not come from the circles, due to which the processing of this case is being delayed. The Union representatives pointed out the assurance given in the National Council, by the Chairman, that the case would be processed, taking into consideration the inputs received from circles upto 31-03-2013. They also strongly demanded that the Corporate Office should issue order in this regard without further delay.

 

 

[14.06.2013]Core Committee of the Forum meets.

The Core Committee of the Forum met today the 14-06-2013, and discussed about the implementation of the decisions taken by the Forum in it's meeting held yesterday. Com. V. A. N.Namboodiri, com. P. Abhimanyu, com. Chandeswar Singh, com. K. Sebastin, com. Prahalad Rai, and com. K. Jayaprakash participated in the meeting. The following decisions are the decisions:-

 

 1) To hold the National Convention at New Delhi, tentatively on 03-08-2013. It will be held in the Mavlankar Hall. Delegates from all the circles should attend the Convention. Prominent trade union leaders and members of the Parliament will be invited. Other details will be finalized by the Core Committee shortly.

 

 2) Members of the Core Committee should meet the Group of Ministers immediately and present our case on BSNL's viability.

 

 3) Members of the Core Committee should meet the concerned Directors of BSNL Board as well top officers of the Corporate Office and discuss about increasing the revenue, improving quality of the services, etc.

 

 

[14.06.2013]Forum opposes the discontinuation of the telegram service.

 

The Forum meeting held yesterday the 13-06-2013 seriously discussed the unilateral decision of the BSNL Management to discontinue the Telegram Service from 15.07.2013. It was unanimously decided to oppose the decision of the Management and also decided to stop the discontinuation of the Telegram Service, through all possible means.

 

 

 

[14.06.2013]Forum decides to launch a powerful nationwide movement to strengthen BSNL.

A meeting of the Forum took place at New Delhi yesterday the 13-06-2013, to essentially discuss about the ways and means to improve the financial viability of BSNL. A very useful and constructive debate took place. It was decided in the meeting, to launch a nationwide powerful movement, involving the employees, to improve the financial viability BSNL. The following decisions are taken in this direction:- 

1)  To continue to unwaveringly fight against the wrong and anti-BSNL policies of the government.

2)  To continue to take action with a view to pressurise the BSNL Management for timely procurement of equipments and all essential items for improvement of the quality of services.

3)  To conduct a campaign among the employees for the improvement of their work culture as well as their interactions with the customers.

4)  To continuously keep a watch on the wasteful expenditures being incurred by the Management and to stop it.

 

 

[14.06.2013]Core Committee of the Forum formed.

In the Forum meeting held yesterday the 13-06-2013, the question of improving the functioning of the Forum was discussed. With a view to take timely decisions and interventions, it was decided to form a Core Committee. The following comrades are the members of the Core Committee. Com. V. A. N. Namboodiri, Convener, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE BSNL, com. K. Sebastian, GS, SNEA, com. Prahalad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, com. K. Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO and com. N. D. Ram, President, SEWA BSNL.

 

[14.06.2013]Forum decides to conduct conventions at National, Circle and District levels.

With a view to effectively launch the nationwide campaign to strengthen the viability of BSNL, it is decided by the Forum to conduct conventions at the National, Circle and District levels. The National Convention will be held at New Delhi, in the first week of August, 2013.The conventions at the Circle and District levels will also be conducted expeditiously.

 

[13.06.2013]Meeting with shri R.K.Goyal, GM (Estt.) on the issue of stagnation in the cadres of RM, Gr.D, etc.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri R. K. Goyal, GM (Estt.) and discussed at length the issue of stagnation in the cadres of RM, Gr. D, etc. The leaders pointed out that these employees are not getting benefit in promotion and demanded early solution for the problem. GM (Estt.) assured to find out a remedy.

 

[13.06.2013]Meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) on revival of BSNL and MTNL, held.

The GoM met yesterday the 12.06.2013 and discussed about the revival of BSNL and MTNL, as per media reports. The DoT has made a presentation to the GoM and has strongly demanded the refund of Rs. 12, 846 crore to BSNL and MTNL for the surrender of BWA spectrum. The DoT has also pleaded that a large portion of MTNL’s pension liability, amounting to Rs.7500 crore, should be shared by the government. The meeting is inconclusive and has not taken any decision. The next meeting of the GoM is expected to take place soon.

 

[11.06.2013]BSNL Management is expected to issue the order today. Thereafter, Forum will meet to decide about the strike.

 

The BSNL Management is expected to issue the order on 78.2 % IDA merger today the 11-06-2013. Thereafter, the forum of BSNL Unions and Associations will meet to take a decision about the strike.

 

[10.06.2013]Meeting with CMD BSNL on the date of effect of 78.2% IDA merger.

Forum leaders, consisting of com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Convener, com. G.L. Jogi, President, SNEA, com. Prahalad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA and com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, met shri R.K. Upadhyay, CMD BSNL and expressed their thanks for helping to resolve the 78.2% IDA merger issue. In the meeting the leaders strongly demanded that the 78.2% IDA merger should be implemented atleast from the date on which BSNL Board gave approval of 78.2% IDA merger. However, CMD BSNL expressed that it could be implemented only from the date on which Presidential Directive is issued, i.e. 10-06-2013, according to the decision of the DoT.

 

[10.06.2013]78.2% IDA merger settled. DoT issued Presidential Directive. Hearty congratulations to one and all.

The order on 78.2% IDA merger has finally been issued today the 10-06-2013, by the DoT. BSNL will issue the order tomorrow. It is a matter of great joy and relief that one of the most burning problem of the BSNL employees has finally been settled. Undoubtedly, the call for indefinite strike and the total determination of the entire employees to fight out the demand has settled the issue. The credit goes to the unity of the employees. CHQ congratulates the entire employees as well as the all the unions and associations for this great achievement. Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations has once again done a commendable job by uniting all, which made the settlement possible.  CHQ also heartily thanks the Secretary, DoT, CMD BSNL, Director (Finance) and Director (HR) for trying their best to bring in a settlement and also for avoiding the indefinite strike. It is also a matter of great joy that the retired comrades will get their pension refixed based on 78.2% IDA.

 

[10.06.2013]Central Executive Committee meeting to be held at Kolkata from 7th to 9th July, 2013.

At the time when our CEC meeting takes place at Kolkata, it will be raining heavily. Hence, the Reception Committee has informed that it would be difficult to make arrangements for visitors. Hence, CHQ requests the circle secretaries not to bring any visitor.

 

[07.06.2013] Flash News!

Dear Comrades, At 18-45 hrs. today, it was informed by the CMD,BSNL that the  DoT has taken decision to approve 78.2% IDA merger and that the order will be issued today or on  Monday, by the DoT. As far as CHQ is concerned, nothing is confirmed, unless order is issued by the DoT. Hence, let us wait for the order to be issued and till then there should not be any let up in the preparations for the strike.

[07.06.2013] “Our approval for 78.2% IDA merger is not necessary”, says BRPSE.

Com. P. Abhmanyu, GS, together with other leaders of the Forum, met the Director, BRPSE (Board for Reconstruction of Public Sector Enterprises) regarding 78.2% IDA merger. The Director,BRPSE, categorically informed the leaders that for 78.2% IDA merger, the approval of BRPSE is not necessary and that the DoT itself can take the decision.

 

[07.06.2013]Forum meeting decides to intensify the preparations for the indefinite strike.

 

A meeting of the Forum took place yesterday, the 06-06-2013. Com. Islam Ahmed presided over it. Com. P. Abhimanyu briefed the members on the discussion that took place with the Secretary, DoT, earlier in the day. Thereafter a thorough discussion took place, in which all the developments, including the discussion with the Secretary, DoT and the 5th June dharna, were reviewed. Finally, the meeting unanimously decided to intensify the preparations for the indefinite strike. The following decisions were taken in this regard.

 

1) Press meets are to be conducted at circle and district levels on 10-06-2013.

 

2) With a view to mobilise the employees, massive Lunch Hour Demonstrations are to conducted on 11-06-2013.

 

3) To meet the Secretary, BRPSE tomorrow the 07-06-2013 and to discuss the issue.

 

In view of the above developments and decisions, CHQ calls upon all the Circle, District and Branch Unions to fully gear up the mobilisation for the strike and to make it a resounding success.

 

[06.06.2013]Forum leaders meet shri M.F.Farooqui, Secretary, DoT.

Leaders of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations met Shri M.F.Farooqui, Secretary, DoT, today the 06-06-2013. They handed over a copy of the memorandum, already submitted to the GoM, on the revival of BSNL and discussed it's salient points. Thereafter, the leaders solicited the intervention of the Secretary, DoT, for an early solution to the 78.2% IDA merger issue. He heard the views of the leaders patiently and assured that he would take all necessary steps for the early settlement of the issue. He also said that he would like to meet the leaders again in this regard within a day or two. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, represented BSNLEU in this meeting.

 

[05.06.2013]Forum meeting to be held tomorrow the 06-06-2013 to review the preparations for the indefinite strike.

A meeting of the Forum, is taking place at New Delhi tomorrow the 6-06-2013. The meeting will review  the preparations so far done throughout the country for the indefinite strike from 12-06-2013, and will also find out ways and means to intensify them further.

 

[05.06.2013]Meeting with Secretary, DoT, tomorrow the 06-06-2013, on 78.2% IDA merger issue.

The leaders of the Forum are having a meeting with the Secretary, DoT, tomorrow the 06-06-2013, on the 78.2% IDA merger issue. The leaders will seek the intervention of the Secretary, DoT, for an amicable settlement of the issue.

 

[05.06.2013]Massive dharnas conducted throughout the country, demanding immediate approval by DoT, for 78.2% IDA merger.

As per the call of the Forum, massive dharnas were conducted throughout the country today, the 05-06-2013, demanding immediate approval of DoT, for 78.2 % IDA merger. The response is realy overwhelming every where. CHQ heartily thanks every on and calls upon to seriously prepare for the indefinite strike from 12-06-2013.

 

[04.06.2013]JTO LICE is over - a great task accomplished.

The JTO LICE has taken place on 02-06-2013. The exam has been held after years of delay. BSNLEU appreciates the BSNL Management for accomplishing this great task. At every point of time, BSNLEU had taken serious and sincere efforts for holding the exam, in a manner which will benefit the employees. The completion of this exam will help BSNL in a big way, since thousands of JTO posts are going to be filled up, which will ultimately result in the improvement of BSNL's services. Certain categories of employees who aspired to appear the exam could not do so, due to non- availability of provisions in the RR. BSNLEU will sincerely try to bring modifications to the RR, so that such employees can also compete in the exam. BSNLEU congratulates in advance, all those candidates who are going to emerge successful in this exam.

 

[04.06.2013]Organise daylong dharna massively tomorrow - Let message go to the Management and the DoT, that strike will be total from 12-06-2013.

 

CHQ calls upon the District, Circle and Branch unions to organise massive daylong dharna tomorrow, the 05-06-2013, demanding immediate approval by DoT for 78.2% IDA merger. Let the maximum number of employees participate in the dharna. Tomorrow's programme should be so massive, that it sends a clear message to the BSNL Management and the DoT, that the indefinite strike from 12th June will be total, if 78.2% IDA merger is not settled by then.

 

[04.06.2013]Reception Committee formed for the next CEC meeting, to be held at Kolkata.

 

The West Bengal Circle Union is making all out efforts for successfully holding the next CEC meeting, to be held at Kolkata. A Reception Committee has been formed for the purpose.

 

Com. Pijush Chakraborty is the President, com. Swapan Chand and com. Anindya Sarkar are the Joint Secretaries and com. Gobinda das is the Finance Secretary. 21 committees and 7 sub committees have also been formed to make the CEC meeting a grand success.

 

[04.06.2013]Vodafone once again slapped a fine of Rs.1263 crore, for cheating the government.

 

 

At the time when Telecom Minister, Kapil Sibal, is trying his best to bail out Vodafone, through an out- of-court settlement, in the Rs. 11, 200 crore tax cheating case, the DoT has slapped another fine on Vodafone, for Rs.1263 crore, for cheating license fee and spectrum charges. It has been found out by the DoT, that during the period from 2008-09 to 2010-11, Vodafone had cheated the government of license fee and spectrum charges, by under stating it's revenue. License Fee and Spectrum Charges are levied on Telecom companies, based on the Adjusted Gross Revenue of each company. To avoid paying License Fee and Spectrum Charges, Vodafone had under stated its revenue. Without showing any lenience, the government should ensure that Vodafone pays the fine amount.

 

[01.06.2013]BSNL is entrusted by the Govt. to erect 2199 towers in Naxal affected areas for mobile coverage.

The central government has cleared the long pending proposal of erecting 2199  towers in the naxal affected areas in A.P., Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, M.P.,Odisha, UP and West Bengal in order to cover the so far not-covered areas by mobile connections. The proposal has been pending for some years. The recent drastic attack by the naxalites and killing of senior leaders of Congress in Chattisgarh have woken up the sleeping ministry which took the decision now.

 

The 3,046.12 crore project will be funded from USOF and no tender need be floated. BSNL will be entrusted with the work. Of course, the government very well know that no private telco will take up this dangerous task in the naxalite areas.

 

BSNL is dedicated to the nation and it will take up the responsibility. The Government should remember that it is only BSNL which it can depend upon any emergency and security of the nation and the people.

 

[01.06.2013]Discussion held with GM (Estt.) on 30-05-2013, on important pending staff problems:-

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and com.Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, held discussion with Shri R. K. Goyal, GM (Estt.), on some important pending staff problems. The details of the discussion are as follow:-

 

1) Reduction of salary of the employees appointed on or after 01-01-2007:-

 

Union representatives insisted that as per the assurance given in the National Council, the Establishment section should re-examine this issue afresh. After discussion, the GM (Esstt) stated that a further discussion can be held on the issue next week.

 

2) Introduction of E1 payscale to the Non-Executives:-

Union representatives insisted that the decision of the National Council, to introduce E1 payscale to the Non-Executives should be implemented expeditiously. It was agreed to process the case expeditiously.

 

 

3) Settlement of anomalies:-
Union representatives insisted upon the demand raised in the National Council, to implement the judgement of the Hon'ble CAT, Ernakulam, to all the affected seniors. Based on the inputs so far received from the circles, it was agreed process the case.

 

4) Promotion under NEPP should not be denied based on  average entries made prior to the implementation of the NEPP:-

Union representatives insisted that the above decision of the National Council should be implemented without further delay.It was agreed to take up the issue for the approval of the MC and the Board.

 

 

5) Revision of guidelines for compassionate ground appointments:-
Union representatives demanded that revised guidelines should be issued for compassionate ground appointments, based on the decision of the National Council. It was agreed that the same can be discussed after 10 days.

 

 

 6) Revision of Telecom Mechanic RR, for making industrial workers eligible for the exam (LDCE):-

It was agreed to do the same, after the present exam is completed in the remaining circles also.

 

 7) Raising the upper age limit for appearing the Telecom Mechanic exam( LDCE

The issue was discussed at length. GM (Estt) pointed out the as per RR, there is no upper age limit for appearing the LDCE. However, the Union representatives pointed out that a number of circle administrations have taken a position that 40 is the upper age limit, and hence the Corporate Office should issue a clarification on this.

 

[31.05.2013]Age limit for appearing Telecom Mechanic exam (LDCE).

As per the Recruitment Rules (RR), there is no age limit for officials to appear the Telecom Mechanic LDCE. But many circles have taken the stand that 40 years is the age limit. This is totally wrong. Age limit is only for the Direct Recruitment and for departmental exam (LDCE) there is no age limit. Hence, in such of those circles where the administration is creating problem, the circle secretaries may request the concerned officer to get the matter clarified by the Corporate Office. CHQ. Is also trying to get a clarification issued by Corporate Office.

 

[30.05.2013]Forum leaders to meet Secretary, DoT on 06-06-2013, on the issue of 78.2% IDA merger.

Leaders of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations are meeting the Secretary, DoT, on 06-06-2013, to discuss the issue of 78.2% IDA merger. now, whether BSNL employees will get 78.2% IDA merger or not, fully depends upon our mobilisation for the indefinite strike w.e.f.12-06-2013. Hence, let us totally mobillise the employees to make the strike successful. In this connection, the dharna to be held on 05-06-2013 is to be made a total success. CHQ calls upon the circle, district and branch unions to gear up and take all out efforts to make the dharna as well as the strike a historic success.

 

[30.05.2013]Dot proposes to fine Airtel Rs.650 crore for cheating.

Yet another cheating done by Airtel, has come to light. The DOT has proposed to fine Airtel to the tune of Rs. 650 crore for providing ‘Subscriber Local Dialling ‘ (SLD) in 13 circles between 2003 and 2005, which facilitated the subscribers to avoid paying roaming and STD charges. By allowing SLD to it’s customers, Airtel did manipulation and thereby avoided paying levy to the government for long distance calls. DOT will soon issue show cause notice to Airtel in this regard. Similar action will be taken on Vodafone also (the then Hutch). However, Airtel will pay this fine or it will be let off, is a mater to be waited and seen. It is to be noted that already Airtel as well as all the private telecom companies are imposed penalties worth rupees thousands of crores which they have never paid.

 

[31.05.2013]Age limit for appearing Telecom Mechanic exam (LDCE).

As per the Recruitment Rules (RR), there is no age limit for officials to appear the Telecom Mechanic LDCE. But many circles have taken the stand that 40 years is the age limit. This is totally wrong. Age limit is only for the Direct Recruitment and for departmental exam (LDCE) there is no age limit. Hence, in such of those circles where the administration is creating problem, the circle secretaries may request the concerned officer to get the matter clarified by the Corporate Office. CHQ. Is also trying to get a clarification issued by Corporate Office.

 

[30.05.2013]Forum leaders to meet Secretary, DoT on 06-06-2013, on the issue of 78.2% IDA merger.

Leaders of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations are meeting the Secretary, DoT, on 06-06-2013, to discuss the issue of 78.2% IDA merger. now, whether BSNL employees will get 78.2% IDA merger or not, fully depends upon our mobilisation for the indefinite strike w.e.f.12-06-2013. Hence, let us totally mobillise the employees to make the strike successful. In this connection, the dharna to be held on 05-06-2013 is to be made a total success. CHQ calls upon the circle, district and branch unions to gear up and take all out efforts to make the dharna as well as the strike a historic success.

 

[30.05.2013]Dot proposes to fine Airtel Rs.650 crore for cheating.

Yet another cheating done by Airtel, has come to light. The DOT has proposed to fine Airtel to the tune of Rs. 650 crore for providing ‘Subscriber Local Dialling ‘ (SLD) in 13 circles between 2003 and 2005, which facilitated the subscribers to avoid paying roaming and STD charges. By allowing SLD to it’s customers, Airtel did manipulation and thereby avoided paying levy to the government for long distance calls. DOT will soon issue show cause notice to Airtel in this regard. Similar action will be taken on Vodafone also (the then Hutch). However, Airtel will pay this fine or it will be let off, is a mater to be waited and seen. It is to be noted that already Airtel as well as all the private telecom companies are imposed penalties worth rupees thousands of crores which they have never paid.

 

 

[29.05.2013]Central Executive Committee meeting to be held at Kolkata, from 7th to 9th July, 2013.

The next Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU will be held at Kolkata on 7th, 8th and 9th July, 2013. West Bengal circle is hosting the meeting. The venue of the CEC meeting is Cooperative Hall, Ultadanga, Kolkata. Open Session of the CEC meeting will be held at Mahajati Sadan. This is an important CEC meeting, being held after the 6th Membership Verification. Hence, all CEC members are requested to attend the meeting without fail. Comrades are also requested to book their tickets in advance.

 

[28.05.2013]JTO LDCE - Confusion regarding counting of vacancies.

It seems that the letter issued by Corporate Office on 14-05-2013 has created some confusion regarding calculation of vacancies for the forthcoming JTO LDCE. The issue was discussed with the Establishment section of the Corporate Office, which is the nodal section for this purpose. We are categorically told that the vacancies from the year 2000 onwards will have to be counted for the forthcoming exam. Confusion in this regard has been created in some circles, including Tamil Nadu circle. CHQ will ensure that necessary corrective letter is issued by corporate office at the earliest.

 

[28.05.2013]Settlement of anomalies- implementation of the assurance given in the National Council.

The issue of settlement of the anomalies created in the 1st wage revision is being long perused by CHQ. It is our demand that the order of Hon'ble CAT, Ernakulam, should be implemented in respect of all the affected seniors.The issue was again discussed in the last National Council meeting, held on 31-01-2013. We were told that a decision in this regard would be taken after 31-03-2013. However, so far no action is taken.The issue was discussed with GM (Estt.) and it was insisted that order in this regard should be issued without further delay.

 

[28.05.2013]Non-implementation of the agreement signed on designations change.

An agreement was signed between the BSNLEU and the Management, on 31-01-2013, regarding change of designations in respect of the cadres of Regular Mazdoor and Telecom Mechanic. However, the same is not yet implemented, for the reasons best known to the Corporate Management. CHQ has launched a bitter complaint in this regard to the Director (HR) a few days ago. Again the matter has been discussed with the GM (SR). We have categorically told him, that implementation of the agreement will not be left to the 'mercy' of the officers in the Corporate Office. We have made it clear that struggle will become imminent, if the agreement is not implemented immediately.

 

[28.05.2013]Holding of the meeting of the Sports and Cultural Board.

Meeting of the Sports and Cultural Board has not taken place for the past 2 years. Important decisions have been taken, without holding the Board meeting. BSNLEU has made a strong complaint in this regard to the CMD BSNL. Now, Management has started moving, and items have been called for. The last date for submission of the items is fixed as 31-05-2013. CHQ will ensure that the Board meeting takes place expeditiously.

 

[28.05.2013]'Average' entries made in the CRs, prior to 23-03-2010, should not be taken into account for giving promotions under NEPP.

The above issue was discussed a number of times with the Management. In the last National Council meeting, this issue was again discussed and we were assured that it would be taken up with the Management Committee / BSNL Board, for necessary relaxation. However, nothing is done so far. The issue is discussed with GM (Estt.), and was insisted that necessary action should be taken expeditiously.

 

[28.05.2013]Meeting with CMD BSNL- 27-05-2013.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri R.K.Upadhyay, CMD BSNL, yesterday the 27-05-2013 and discussed the following issues.

 

 

1)   78.2% IDA merger - CMD replied that the matter is being actively perused by him with the Secretary, DoT. The Union representatives urged upon the CMD to find an amicable solution before the commencement of the indefinite strike.

 

 

2)   The Union representatives requested the CMD to intervene in the agitation that is going on in Jamshedpur. CMD contacted the CGM, Jharkhand and directed him to find solution to the demands raised in the struggle.

 

 

3)   The Union representatives once again raised the demand that the CMD should preside over the National Council meetings. They also requested that a constitution be framed for the functioning of the councils and that a mechanism should be put in place to find solution to the issues which are not settled in the National Council. CMD assured to look into the demands.

 

[28.05.2013]Meeting with Sr GM (Admn) - 27-05-2013.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, AGS, met shri A.K.Sangi, Sr.GM (Admn.), yesterday and discussed the following issues.

 

1)  Non-payment of minimum wages to contract workers at Jamshedpur, as per the Corporate Office order as well as non- implementation of EPF and ESI schemes- The Sr.GM (Admn.) assured that the issue would be looked into.

 

 

2)    Implementation of the agreement reached in the National Council, on the demand that officials should be given option to include divorced/ widowed/ separated daughters and sisters as dependents for the purpose of BSNLMRS. The Sr.GM(Admn) assured to take action on this.

 

[27.05.2013]“CAG is only an accountant.” – Kapil Sibal.

An angry Kapil Sibal has stated that the Comptroller and Auditor General was only an accountant and he cannot criticize the 2G auctioning. Vinod Rai, CAG, who retired recently, had become a crusader in the fight against corruption. He had recently stated that the 2G auctioning conducted by the govt., last year was destroyed by the private mobile companies by forming a cartel among themselves. Kapil Sibla became very furious due to this and has said that the CAG ultimately was only an accountant and that be could not comment about the auction conducted by the government. Now, the question is, why Kapil Sibal should become so angry on Vinod Rai?  The CAG has only criticized the private telecom companies, and not the government or the minister. Is it because of the love that Kapil Sibla is having for the private companies? Or is it because Vinod Rai exposed the massive scams of the UPA govt., like the 2G, Coal Gate, Commonwealth, etc.?

 

[27.05.2013]BSNL added 2.9 lakh new customers, while all major private companies lost their customers sizeably, during October to December 2012.

According to the TRAI report, BSNL gained 2.9 lakh new customers during the period from October to December 2012. During the same period, all major private operators lost lakhs of their customers. As a result the market share of BSNL increased from 10.99% in September 2012 to 11.56% in December 2012.

Number of customers lost by private operators from September 2012 to December 2012-

Reliance                   -           16.32 million

Tata Tele Services -           8.80   million

Vodafone                 -           5.19    million

Airtel                         -           4.02   million

Aircel                         -           3.26   million

Sistema Shyam       -           1.71   million

Idea                            -           1.52   million

 

[23.05.2013]GS meets Director (HR).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, met Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) and sought his intervention to find a solution to the ongoing struggle in Jamshedpur SSA of Jharkhand Circle. The Director (HR) assured to do the needful. The GS demanded immediate implementation of the agreement on change of designations. He also requested the Director (HR) to accept the demand of the Union to modify the Transfer Policy, so as to reduce the qualifying service to two years for out of SSA / Circle transfers. The Director (HR) told that it would be looked into.

 

[22.05.2013]Massive demonstrations conducted, demanding implementation of the agreement on 78.2% IDA merger.

Responding to the call of the Forum, massive demonstrations are conducted throughout the country, demanding immediate implementation of the agreement signed on 78.2% IDA merger. CHQ heartily congratulates all the comrades. Further, CHQ calls upon all the Circle and District Secretaries to fully gear up to successfully hold dharna on 05.06.2013 and indefinite strike from 12.06.2013.

 

 

[21.05.2013]Registrar of Trade Unions approve amendments to the Union Constitution.

The amendments passed by the Ludhiana All India Conference, has duly been submitted by the CHQ, for the approval of the Registrar of Trade Unions. CHQ is glad to inform that those amendments have now been duly approved by the Registrar of Trade Unions.

 

[17.05.2013]78.2% IDA fixation - BRPSE says that the matter has not been referred to it. 

On enquiry, the Secretary, BRPSE has stated that the DoT has so far not referred the 78.2% IDA merger issue to it. Further, he has also stated that the matter need not be referred to BRPSE, since BSNL has not yet been declared as a sick PSU, and hence the DoT itself is empowered to take a decision on the matter. The reply given by the Secretary, BRPSE, clearly shows that there is a planned effort by some vested interests to confuse the employees and to also to deny them 78.2% IDA merger. Hence, CHQ calls upon all the comrades to immediately start making serious preparations to make the indefinite strike a total success.

 

[20.05.2013]Article of the People's Democracy, on the memorandum submitted by Forum, to the Group of Ministers.

People's Democracy has written an article on the memorandum submitted by the Forum, to the Group of Ministers, on the revival of BSNL. We reproduce the article hereunder. We sincerely thank People's Democracy for supporting the demands of the Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations, on the revival of BSNL.<<click here>>

 

[20.05.2013]Shri P.R.Natarajan, M.P. writes to shri P.Chidambaram, on the memorandum submitted by the Forum.

Shri P.R.Natarajan, Member Parliament, (Lok Sabha member, Coimbatore) has written to shri P.Chidambaram, Chairman of the Group of Ministers, supporting the demands of the Forum, on the matter of BSNL's revival. We sincerely thank shri P.R.Natarajan, for taking the matter seriously with the GoM.<<click here>>

 

[18.05.2013]Red salute to com.Moni Bose, on the occasion of his third Death Anniversary. 

Tomorrow the 19th May, 2013, is the third Death Anniversary of com.Moni Bose, the veteran leader of the P&T Trade Union movement, as well as the former General Secretary of the AITEU Class lll. The life of Com.Moni Bose is a classic example for selflessness and sacrifice. He had been the symbol of unity and struggle. Till he breathed his last three years ago, com. Moni Bose had been the guiding force of BSNLEU. On this occasion, let us resolve to carry forward the ideals for which com.Moni Bose struggled all throughout his life. BSNLEU dips it's banner and pays respectful homage to the great leader.

 

[16.05.2013]Arvind Kejriwal criticizes Kapil Sibal in the Vodafone tax case. 

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal has criticized Law Minister Kapil Sibal for favouring Vodafone, in the Rs.11,000 crore tax cheating case. Kejriwal has questioned Kapil Sibal’s haste, for agreeing for an “out of court settlement”, within 24 hours of taking charge as Law Minister. He has accused that Kapil Sibal’s Lawyer-son is appearing for the Company. Kejriwal has further stated that the proposal for an out of court settlement is violation of an Act passed by the Parliament.

 

[15.05.2013]Meeting with Shri Neeraj Verma, GM (SR). 

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, discussed the following issues with shri Neeraj Verma, GM (SR), today the 15.05.2013:- 

 

(i)   GS demanded immediate restoration of BSNLEU’s office accommodations in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat Circles. The GM (SR) spoke to the GMs (HR/Admn.) of all these circles and directed them to immediately restore the office accommodation to BSNLEU, in such of those districts, where it has been vacated. 

(ii)  GS requested that Corporate Office should immediately issue order, for provision of office accommodation to the Recognised Unions. GM (SR) replied that the issue is under active consideration of the Corporate Office and order will be issued shortly. 

(iii) GS requested that the agreement signed in respect of change of designations to RMs and TMs should be implemented immediately and that discussion should start without delay for changing designations of other cadres also. GM (SR) replied that this would be seriously looked into. 

(iv) GS requested that Corporate Office letter on allotment of council seats to the Recognised Unions should be issued without further delay. GM (SR) assured that Management would take an early decision. 

[15.05.2013]Meeting with Sr.GM (Recruitment) on implementation of DoP&T orders on reservation of SC/ST employees. 

Based on the discussion held in the last National Council meeting, BSNLEU has already submitted a note to the Sr.GM(Rectt.), and has held a detailed discussion in respect of implementing DoP&T orders on reservation to SC/ST employees. The Sr.GM(Rectt.) replied that he has gathered information that a high level committee, formed by BSNL Management in this regard has already taken decisions on this, and assured that a copy of the same would be provided to the Union soon. CHQ would further persue this issue.

 

[15.05.2013]Meeting with Director (HR) on Casual / Contract Labour issues. 

Com. V.A.N Namboodiri, President and Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy. GS, BSNLEU met Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) on 14.05.2013 and discussed about the regularization of the Casual Labour. The union representatives demanded that the issues of the contract workers in Jamshedpur, who are on strike for the last one month against retrenchment etc. be settled. Director (HR) said he will speak to the CGM, Jharkhand.

 

[15.05.2013]Kapil Sibal proposes out of court settlement with Vodafone in the Rs.11,000 crore tax cheating case.

As per media reports, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal will soon approach the Cabinet, seeking it’s approval for an out of court settlement with Vodafone in the Rs.11,000 crore tax cheating case. Vodafone cheated govt. to the tune of Rs.8,500 crore in income tax in 2007. Since Vodafone refused to pay the amount, legal battle is going on for the past so many years. When Pranab Mukherjee was the Finance Minister, he brought changes in the Income Tax Law, to ensure that Vodafone does not escape. The total amount payable by Vodafone now is Rs.11,000 crore, which includes the interest. However, Kapil Sibal and the UPA govt. have become very kind to Vodafone now and want to settle the tax dispute out of court. Now, the question is, why Kapil Sibal and UPA govt. don’t have such kindness towards BSNL?

 

 

[14.05.2013]Forum leaders meet shri R.K. Upadhyay, CMD BSNL and presented a copy of the memorandum submitted to the GoM.

The Forum leaders met shri R.K. Upadhyay, CMD BSNL and Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) today, and presented a copy of the memorandum already submitted to the Group of Ministers. The important issues of the memorandum were also discussed. The CMD agreed with most of the points and assured that those issues would also be taken by BSNL. Coms. V.A.N. Namboodiri (Convener) com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, com. K. Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA and com. Rajmouli, Secretary, NFTE, participated in the meeting. 

 

[14.05.2013]CMD BSNL assures to persue 78.2% IDA merger.

In the meeting with the CMD BSNL today, the Forum leaders expressed their serious concern over the referring of 78.2% IDA merger issue to the BRPSE. The CMD BSNL shared the concern of the leaders and assured to seriously persue the case with the DoT and BRPSE. 

 

[14.05.2013]BSNLEU leaders met CMD BSNL.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS discussed the following issues with Shri R.K. Upadhyay, CMD, today the 14.05.2013. 

i)    Immediate releasing of letter by Corporate Office, with regards to the eligibility of council seats to the Recognised Unions. BSNLEU leaders demanded seats should be allotted strictly according to the Recognition Rules and no deviation from it. 

ii)   National Council meetings should be presided over by the CMD BSNL and all the Directors of the Board should be part of the official side. 

iii)  Leaders expressed their utter dissatisfaction and resentment over the inaction of the Corporate Management, in the murder case of Com. Sukendar Pal Singh, Ex.DS, BSNLEU, Ghaziabad. 

iv)  The leaders demanded to immediately hold the meeting of the Sports Board. 

 

The CMD assured to look into the above mentioned issues seriously and to take appropriate action. 

[14.05.2013]Meeting with Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS met Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) and demanded the immediate implementation of the agreement signed between the Recognised Union and the Management on change of designations. Director (HR) assured to do the needful. 

 

[14.05.2013]Submitting of Memorandum to the MPs by the Circle and District Secretaries.

The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations has already submitted a detailed memorandum to the Group of Ministers, on the revival of BSNL. This memorandum has to be submitted to all the MPs and their intervention is to be sought, so that the Group of Ministers take appropriate decisions to revive BSNL. Hence, all Circle and District Secretaries have to meet all the MPs immediately, together with other leaders of the Forum, and submit copies of the memorandum. (The memorandum is uploaded on the CHQ website on 10.05.2013). All Circle and District Secretaries are requested to take up this very seriously and submit the memorandum within a week, since the GoM is likely to take their decision very soon.

 

[14.05.2013]Political interference and administrative bungling are the reasons for BSNL’s abysmal state of affairs.

“It is true that a combination of political interference and administrative bungling over the years, and not the employees per se, is what that has led to the abysmal state of affairs”. 

- The Business Line in its editorial dated 14.05.2013, on the revival of BSNL and MTNL.

 

[13.05.2013]All Circle Secretaries are requested to send their e-mail IDs to CHQ.

It is very essential that all Circle Secretaries should have their e-mail IDs, for effective communication with CHQ. Circle Secretaries who don't have e-mail IDs are requested to immediately open the same and e-mail it to CHQ (chqbsnleu@sify.com). Those Circle Secretaries who are already having e-mail IDs are requested to once again send them to the CHQ.

 

[13.05.2013]BSNLEU welcomes the victory of democracy in Pakistan.

The results of the elections conducted to the Parliament in Pakistan has come. The PML-N is set to from the next government and Nawaz Sharif is set to become the Prime Minister of Pakistan for the third time. It is heartening to note that despite a boycott call given by the Taliban, 60% of the eligible voters have voted in the elections. This is the first time after independence of Pakistan that power is being handed over by one elected government to another elected government. (This is because the Pakistani military used to overthrow the elected governments and capture power.) During his election campaign, Nawaz Sharif has announced that Pakistan should move towards better relations with India, to resolve the remaining issues through peaceful means, including the Kashmir problem. He has also promised to investigate the role of the ISI in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. Definitely these are good signs for better relations between India and Pakistan. 

 

[13.05.2013]Public Sector banks write off Rs.15,000 crore bad loans every year.

More than Rs.83,000 crore loan, that was given to the Corporates, have become bad loans during the past one and half years, according to the report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance. According to the report, every year the Public Sector Banks are writing off an average of Rs.15,000 crore. As a result of these bad loans, the profiles of the Public Sector banks get dwindled. The looting of the Public Sector Banks by the Corporates and Industrialists is taking place for a very long time. The government is permitting it by remaining as a silent spectator.

 

[11.05.2013]Next meeting of the Central Executive Committee.

The Central Secretariat meeting, held today the 11.05.2013, has decided to hold the next meeting of the Central Executive Committee in the first week of July. West Bengal Circle has consented to host the meeting. The exact venue and date of the CEC meeting will be announced shortly.

 

[10.05.2013]Meeting with Director (Finance).

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS met Shri K.C.G.K. Pillai, Director (Finance) and discussed about the general financial position of BSNL. During the discussion, they requested the Director (Finance) to allot funds on time, for the payment of GPF advance as well as for payment of wages to the casual and contract workers.

 

[10.05.2013]Meeting with Member Services.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, met Shri S.C. Misra, Member (Services) and discussed the following issues, which have already been taken up with DoT by BSNLEU. 

 

i)           Issuing of presidential orders to the employees who were recruited and sent for training before 01.10.2000, but whose appointment took place after 01.10.2000. 

 

ii)   Treating the TSMs, who were regularized after 01.10.2000 (but were issued with presidential orders) as DoT recruitees for the eligibility of promotions under NEPP. 

 

As regards the first item, the Member (Services) conveyed the decision of the DoT, that this category of employees would be treated only as BSNL Recruitees. 

 

As regards the second item, he advised the Union to once again take up and discuss the issue with the BSNL Management.

 

[10.05.2013]Memorandum submitted to the Group of Ministers (GoM).

The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations has submitted a memorandum to the Group of Ministers (GoM), which has been formed to revive BSNL & MTNL, headed by Finance Minister Shri P. Chidambaram. The memorandum speaks in detail about the measures to be taken by the Govt., for the revival of BSNL. It has been prepared after in depth discussion by the Forum. Circle and District Secretaries are requested to give vide publicity for this memorandum among the employees. We can say that the demands contained in this memorandum shall be the charter of demands of the entire BSNL employees, for future struggles for the revival of BSNL.<<click here>>

 

[10.05.2013]GM (SR) meets Recognised Unions.

Shri Neeraj Verma, GM (SR) held a meeting with BSNLEU and NFTE today the 10.05.2013. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and Com. Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, represented BSNLEU. The GM (SR) solicited the support of the Unions, for improving the health of the Company. Both the Unions expressed their whole hearted support and cooperation for strengthening the Company. Some concrete proposals were given by the Unions in this respect. The GM (SR) assured that the proposals would be finalized after discussion in the Management.

 

[10.05.2013]DoT submits it’s note to the GoM on revival of BSNL & MTNL.

BSNL’s revenue for the financial year 2012-13 is around Rs.26,396 crore, while it’s expenditure is around Rs.34,590. Thus, it’s net loss will be around Rs.8,194. BSNL’s outstanding loans come to Rs.4,264 crore. These are the informations furnished by DoT, in it’s note submitted to the Group of Ministers (GoM), headed by P. Chidambaram, according to media reports. As per reports, DoT has also suggested that govt. should support BSNL to implement the VRS and also govt. should bear the cost, supposed to be paid by BSNL for the 2G spectrum that it is having beyond 4.4 MHz and CDMA spectrum, beyond 2.5 MHz. DoT has also recommended repayment of BWA spectrum charges to BSNL.

 

[09.05.2013]FORUM TAKES DECISION TO GO ON INDEFINITE STRIKE, DEMANDING IMMEDIATE SETTLEMENT OF 78.2% IDA MERGER. 

The meeting of the Forum, which took place today the 09-05-2013, has taken the historic decision to go on indefinite strike, demanding the immediate settlement of 78.2% IDA merger. The issue of 78.2% IDA merger was sent to the approval of DoT. However, the DoT, instead of giving it's approval, has referred the matter to the BRPSE ( Board For Reconstruction of Public Sector Undertakings).This is nothing but putting 78.2% IDA merger in the cold storage. 

 

After discussing the issue threadbare, the Forum has decided to give call for the following agitational programme. Today's meeting was attended by com.V.A.N.Namboodiri (Convener) com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, com.C.Singh, GS, NFTE, com.K.Sebastin, GS, SNEA, com.Prahalad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, com.Jayaprakash, GS, FNTO, com.Suresh Kumar, GS BSNL MS, and com.S.P.Sharma, President, WRU. 

AGITATIONAL PROGRAMME:- 

                      1) Demonstrations on 22-05-2013. 2) Dharna on 05-06-2013. 3) Indefinite Strike from 12-06-2013. 

CHQ calls upon the circle, district and branch level organisations to immediately swing into action to make the agitational programme hundred per cent success. The joint appeal of all the general secretaries will be issued tomorrow.

 

[09.05.2013]Contract workers Union formed at ALTTC, Ghaziabad. 

BSNL Contract Workers Union has been formed at ALTTC, Ghaziabad. On 8th May, 2013, a meeting of the contract workers was held at ALTTC presided over by Com. R.S.Sagar, Circle Secretary of BSNLEU. About 60 comrades participated. Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF, S.C.Bhattacharjee, Treasurer, BSNLEU and Circle Secretary Chhattisgarh, L.D.Shukla and other leaders addressed and spoke about the issues of the contract workers. A few contract workers spoke pointing out their problems. 

 

After discussion, it was decided to form BSNL Contract Workers Union at ALTTC. Office bearers with Coms. L.D.Shukla (President) and R.S.Sagar (Circle Secretary) were elected unanimously.

 

[08.05.2013]Forum submitting memorandum to the Group of Ministers.

Govt. has formed a Group of Ministers (GoM), under the chairmanship of Shri P. Chidambaram, Finance Minister, to give recommendations regarding the survival of BSNL and MTNL. Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations has decided to submit a memorandum to the GoM. In this memorandum, the Forum is enunciating the policy decisions/steps to be taken by the Govt. for the revival of BSNL. The memorandum is likely to be submitted tomorrow.

 

[08.05.2013]BSNL’s loss has started coming down. 

It is a great news for the entire BSNL family that the losses of the Company has started coming down. Till last year (2011-12), BSNL’s losses were increasing by leaps and bounds. But this jump in the losses has been arrested now. It has started coming down. In the year 2011-12, BSNL’s loss was Rs.9000 crore. According to reliable sources, the loss for the last Financial Year (2012-13) will be around Rs.8200 crore only. Undoubtedly, we, the employees have played a significant role in this. Our united struggles, under the banner of JAC/Forum, have forced the Management to procure the requisite equipments, modems, CLIP instruments, cable, OFC, etc. This has helped the improvement of our services. Definitely we can make BSNL into a profit making company once again. By unitedly fighting against the anti-BSNL policies of the government and by improving our work culture, we can achieve it. Let us do it. 

 

[07.05.2013]Mindless disinvestment of Manmohan Singh government continues. 

The Manmohan Singh government has decided to disinvest another 10% shares of Coal India Ltd. This round of disinvestment is expected to fetch around Rs.20,000 crore to the govt. and is expected to be completed by September, 2013. It is sure that this move of the govt. is likely to be resisted by the trade union movement. 

 

[07.05.2013]Reliance increased mobile charges by over 20%. 

Reliance Communications has increased it’s mobile phone tariff by over 20%, w.e.f. 04.05.2013. It is pertinent to mention that only in October last Reliance Communications raised it’s tariff by 25%, i.e., from 1.2 paise  per second to 1.5 paise per second. Following Reliance Communications, other private operators are also expected to raise their call charges.

 

[06.05.2013]Meeting with Director (HR) and GM (SR) on constitution of councils.

Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, and Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, met Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) and Shri Neeraj Verma, GM (SR), today the 06.05.2013, and urged upon them to immediately issue instructions regarding the constitution of councils, based on the results of 6th verification.

 

[04.05.2013]Sexual Harassment – GM Faridabad transferred.

BSNL Management was compelled to transfer P.K.Shrivastava, Sr GM, Faridabad (Haryana) to Ranchi (Jharkhand) in the face of strong protest from the workers against the sexual harassment of one women executive at Faridabad for the last few years. Her complaint to the higher officers were of to no avail. 

 

Yesterday, about 100 officials from Faridabad and Corporate office, a good number of them women workers, gate-crashed to the office of the Director (HR) and demanded immediate action against the Sr.GM for his harassment of the official, including 13 local transfers within a span of 2 years! At last the Director (HR) agreed to transfer the Sr.GM immediately and the order was issued then and there transferring him to Ranchi. The demand of the unions for suspension was also agreed, which will be issued after approval from the controlling authority, in this case, Minister. The Unions/Associations also demanded that the Sr.GM should be repatriated to DOT immediately. 

 

Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLEU along with Com.M.S.Kadian, Circle Secretary, Haryana, Com. Kuldeep Singh, Asst. Treasurer, CHQ were also present along with the General Secretaries of AIGETOA, SNEA etc. 

 

Hearty Congratulations to the workers for their relentless fight and success!

 

 

[02.05.2013]May Day celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm world over. 

May Day was celebrated yesterday with traditional zeal and enthusiasm throughout the country. The Circle, District and Branch level organisations of BSNLEU have celebrated May Day in a big way throughout the country. Especially, the working class of Europe who has been hit by rampant unemployment and declining living standards, took to the streets throughout Europe. Countries like France, Russia, Spain, Italy, etc., witnessed massive rallies. In Greece, a powerful strike was organized against the austerity measures of the government.<<click here>>

 

[02.05.2013]Supreme Court criticizes the centre for providing Z category security to Mukesh Ambani. 

The Supreme Court of India has criticized the Govt. of India, for it’s decision to provide Z category security to Mukesh Ambani. On 01-05-2013, the Court asked why such people were being given Z category security, when the common people are feeling unsafe. The Court also remarked that a five year old girl would not have been raped, had there been proper security in the capital.

 

[29.04.2013]Constitution amendments

The amendments to the Union Constitution, passed in the Ludhiana All India Conference, have been duly submitted for the approval of the Registrar of Trade Unions. CHQ has been continuously taking follow up action for the early approval of the amendments. It is expected that the approval by the Registrar is likely to be issued this week.

 

[29.04.2013]Shri Anupam Shrivastav is the new Director (CM)     

Director (CM), shri R.K,Agarwal, is retiring tomorrow the 30-04-2013. In his place, shri Anupam Shrivastav is assuming charge as the new Director (CM) on 01.05.2013.

 

[27.04.2013]Observe May Day in the most befitting manner.

CHQ calls upon all Circle, District and Branch Unions to observe the forthcoming May Day in the most befitting manner. Multi national companies and the Indian Corporates, are exploiting the working people to the hilt and are crushing their democratic and trade union rights. The government of India is not only closing it’s eyes to these attacks, but is also providing more and more concessions to the MNCs and Corporates. The Indian working class has to unitedly resist these attacks. The May Day celebrations, while glorifying the sacrifices of the May Day martyrs, have to strengthen the Working class unity for more militant united struggles that are to come in the near future. 

 

[27.04.2013]Hold meetings of the steering Committees of the United Forum at the circle and SSA levels immediately and finalise nominations to the councils.

BSNL Corporate Office has issued orders for granting recognition. Now, CHQ has to send nominations to the councils at various levels. Hence, CHQ requests all the circle and district secretaries to immediately finalise their nominations by holding meetings of the Steering Committees of the United Forum. The nominations have to be finalized strictly in accordance with the agreement signed by the CHQ of BSNLEU with the Alliance Partners of the United Forum.

 

[27.04.2013]WFTU - May Day Message.<<click here>>

 

[26.04.2013]Meeting with Director (HR) on issues of Casual & Contract Labour.

Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU & BSNLCCWF met Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR), BSNL on 26th April and discussed in detail about regularization of casual labour and other issues of Casual & Contract labour. 

 

Com. Namboodiri pointed out that not a single casual labour was regularized in West Bengal Circle since formation of BSNL and they should be regularized as done in other departments. The wages have to be modified as per IDA scales. With regard to regularization, Director (HR) stated that he will enquire about how regularization was done in other departments as per DoP&T order. He also agreed to examine the payment of wages on IDA scale. Further meetings will be held on the issues of Casual & Contract Workers.

 

[25.04.2013]Com. Mrinal Kanti Dasgupta, Veteran Telecom Leader passed away.

BSNLEU CHQ expresses its deep grief at the sad demise of Com. Mrinal Kanti Dasgupta (82), Veteran leader of Telecom Movement on 25.04.2013. He was the Circle President of E-III, Calcutta Telephones Circle as also, 12th July Committee, CGCC and Pensioners Organisations. His contributions in building up E-III (N) Union and BSNLEU is well known and appreciated. CHQ conveys its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, comrades and friends.

[25.04.2013]Reply from Shri Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble Communications Minister & IT to com. Brinda Karat, former Member of Parliament (RS), regarding child care leave.<<click here>>

[23.04.2013]Casual/Contract Workers on Hunger Strike in West Bengal.

More than one thousand Casual/Contract Workers are on Indefinite Hunger Strike in front of CGM Office, West Bengal, demanding regularization, payment of IDA wages instead of CDA Wages, payment of wages for the last few months etc. Coms. Tapas Ghosh, General Secretary, BSNL CCWF, Animesh Mitra, Vice-President, BSNL CCWF & Circle Secretary, BSNLEU and other leaders addressed the workers and met the CGM West Bengal. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNL CCWF & BSNLEU met Shri A.N. Rai, Director (HR) and demanded for settling the issues, failing which a serious situation may arise. Director (HR) agreed to urgently examine the case.

 

[20.04.2013]BSNLEU deeply mourns the passing away of com. C. Kuppusamy, Ex. MP & All India President of TEPU.

 

BSNLEU is extremely sorry to inform that Com. C. Kuppusamy, All India President of TEPU, has passed away last night. Com. C. Kuppusamy was a former MP, who had dedicated his entire life for the upliftment of the working class. BSNLEU pays it's respectful homage to the departed leader and heartfelt condolences to all the comrades of TEPU.

 

[19.04.2013]BSNLEU solemnly assures.

 

BSNLEU has never discriminated between the DoT recruitees and the BSNL recruitees. Under the strained financial condition of the Company, BSNLEU had tried it’s best to settle the grievances of all categories of the employees. It is heartening to note that both the DoT recruitees as well as the BSNL recruitees have overwhelmingly voted for BSNLEU, in the 6th verification. BSNLEU heartily thanks all of them. BSNLEU solemnly assures that it will leave no stone unturned to settle the grievances/demands of each and every category of the employees.

 

[19.04.2013]BSNLEU thanks and congratulates the partners of the United Forum. 

BSNLEU heartily thanks and congratulates all the partners of the United Forum – TEPU, BSNL MS, SEWA BSNL, NFTBE and FNTOBEA – who had tirelessly worked for the magnificent victory of BSNLEU in the 6th Verification. BSNLEU looks on to function with better cohesion and coordination with the Alliance Partners, in the days to come.

 

[19.04.2013]BSNLEU flag flying high in Ghaziabad. 

Many thought that BSNLEU will be demolished in Ghaziabad, after the murder of Com. Sukendar Pal Singh. But CHQ never let the Ghaziabad comrades to get demoralized. CHQ gave rock like support to the Ghaziabad District Union. In the 5th verification, BSNLEU lost by 7 votes in Ghaziabad. But in the 6th verification, BSNLEU has secured 441 votes and has won by 162 votes. CHQ salutes the brave-hearts of Ghaziabad, under the leadership of Com. Upendar Singh Teotia, the new District Secretary. They have set an example for the entire country.

 

[19.04.2013]The beginning of a New Era. 

The era in which a single union was recognized, has gone. A New Era has begun, in which more than one union will be recognized. After prolonged debate within the organization, BSNLEU had consciously demanded the New System, in which more than one union will be recognized, with proportionate representation. Let us not be afraid of the challenges. Let us change the challenges into stepping stones to reach new heights. BSNLEU heartily congratulates NFTE and looks on to work with close coordination with it, for the betterment of the employees and the Company. BSNLEU also congratulates FNTO and BTEU BSNL who will get Limited Trade Union Facilities. Let us all move unitedly for a better future. 

[19.04.2013]6th Verification results at a glance

 v             Votes secured:- 

BSNLEU        =  99,380   (48.6%)

NFTE             = 61,915  (30.28%)

FNTO            = 14,088    (6.89%)

BTEU BSNL  =   4,508     (2.2%) 

v           In the 5th Verification BSNLEU had won in 23 circles. However, in the 6th Verification, BSNLEU has won in 28 circles. This time BSNLEU has won in 5 more circles where it lost last time. 

v          Compared to the last verification, BSNLEU has increased its percentage of votes from   46.57 to 48.6, i.e., BSNLEU has increased it’s share of votes by 2.03%

v            NFTE’s percentage of votes has reduced from 34.96 to 30.28, i.e., NFTE’s share of votes is reduced by 4.68%.

v           FNTO’s percentage of votes has reduced from 7.38 to 6.89, i.e., FNTO’s vote share is reduced by 0.49%.

 v           As per the results of this verification, BSNLEU gets the status of Main Recognised Representative Union.

 v           NFTE gets the status of Second Recognised Representative Union.

 v          FNTO and BTEU BSNL will get Limited Trade Union Facilities.

 

 

[17.04.2013]ITS Repatriation case coming up in the Principal CAT tomorrow.
The case filed by BSNLEU, SNEA and AIBSNLEA, on the ITS repatriation issue is coming up for hearing in the Principal CAT tomorrow the 18-04-2013. The case is against the action of the government, which circumvented the order of the Hon'ble Delhi High Court. The order of the Hon'ble Court was that all the unabsorbed ITS officers should be repatriated to DoT.

 

[16.04.2013]PEACEFUL 6TH MEMBERSHIP VERIFICATION - SINCERE THANKS TO THE VOTERS & HEARTY CONGRATS TO THE FUNCTIONARIES.
The polling for the 6th Membership Verification has taken place in a totally peaceful atmosphere. The voter turn out is also reported to be very high. No untoward incident is reported from any part of the country. All these show the high level of the maturity of the BSNL employees, as well as their firm belief in democracy. The CHQ of BSNLEU sincerely thanks the entire Non-Executives of BSNL for this. The pattern of voting, as reported from most parts of the country, strongly indicates that BSNLEU is poised to win this election with a high margin. The entire leaders and cadres of BSNLEU have put in months of systematic and hard work to achieve this. CHQ sincerely thanks and heartily congratulates all of them. The BSNL Management has ensured a very fair election. Hence, it deserves a high degree of appreciation. In short, all of us have become part of a great democratic exercise, for which we can genuinely feel proud of.

 

[16.04.2013]Voting for 6th Membership Verification has started. Brisk polling is reported from all Circles. BSNLEU will win with a huge margin.
Voting has started for the 6th Membership Verification. Brisk polling is reported from all circles. Since morning employees have turned out in large numbers to cast their votes. Much enthusiasm is seen among the voters. There is no doubt that BSNLEU will win the election with a huge margin. However, there can be no room for complacency. Leaders and cadres of BSNLEU have to ensure that each and every member / supporter is brought to the polling booth and made to cast his/ her vote. Victory is our's.

 

 

BSNLEU wishes Revolutionary May Day Greetings.

 

BSNLEU wishes it’s Revolutionary May Day Greetings to all the comrades. It pays it’s respectful homage and  glowing tributes   to the May Day Martyrs, who laid down their lives in the struggle to put an end to the cruel and inhuman exploitation of the Capitalist Class.  On this day, BSNLEU also rededicates itself to the struggle to put an end to the exploitation of man by man.

 

Poster of 6th Membership Verification.

<<Poster-English>> <<Poster-Hindi>>  <<small poster>>

 

 

[15.04.2013]Please ensure that all the Members / Supporters cast their votes on Mobile Symbol.

Almost the past three months have witnessed a very hectic election campaign. Leaders of BSNLEU, from the CHQ to the Branch level have done an excellent job, mobilising the mass of the employees in favour of BSNLEU. CHQ salutes each and every one for this marvelous job. However, the climax of this campaign is getting the votes polled in favour of BSNLEU. Kindly remember the saying "there are many a slip between the cup and the lip." Kindly do not give any chance for such slips. We have to ensure that each and every member/supporter casts his/ her vote on mobile symbol. CHQ requests all the leaders and cadres to execute this job meticulously to gain maximum votes in tomorrow's election.

 

[15.04.2013]BSNLEU will come out of the 6th Verification in flying colours.

As per the reports coming from the length and breadth of the country, BSNLEU is poised to win the 6th Membership Verification with a landslide margin. Employees know which is the union that struggled for the past 8 years to safeguard BSNL and their future. Similarly, employees know who are the opportunists and turn coats, who supported the government on crucial issues of Corporatisation, Privatisation, VRS, etc. Hence, employees have decided to massively vote in favour of BSNLEU. CHQ salutes the entire leaders at various levels for tirelessly working for the past several months to ensure BSNLEU's 5th consecutive victory.

 

[15.04.2013]Meeting at Delhi.<<click here>>

[15.04.2013]Vote BSNLEU and save BSNL and its workers!<<click here>>

[15.04.2013]A huge election campaign meeting held at Sector-34 Chandigarh.<<click here>>

 

[15.04.2013]Chandigarh will create history by increasing the margin of votes.<<click here>>

 

[15.04.2013]Whirlwind tour of AGS BSNLEU, Com. R. L. Moudgil, in Sangrur & Bathinda SSA,s of Punjab Circle.

Com. R. L. Moudgil, AGS addressed a very disciplined and impressive meeting at Sangrur GM, office compound on 12th April, 2013. He explained the issues concerning BSNL and employees in details. Com. P. C. Bagha, CS, SEWA BSNL condemned the threatening and abusing of SC employees/leaders by NFTE in frustration. More and more people are extending support to BSNLEU including DRTTAs. Com. Sukhwinder Singh, District President, BSNLEU, Com. Mewa Singh, District President, SEWA BSNL, Com. Rameshwar Dass, DS, BSNLEU, Darshan Singh Dardi, DS , SEWA BSNL, Com. Gurmel Singh Circle Org. Secretary, BSNLEU, Com. Harvinder Singh, Finance Secretary  SEWA BSNL, also addressed the meeting.

 

[15.04.2013]Bathinda SSA Organises very enthusiastic gathering on a holiday.

A very impressive meeting was organised in the hall of Teachers Home on 2nd Saturday i.e. 13th April, 2013. More than 100 members attended the meeting including 9 ladies staff members on a holiday. It is a small SSA but staff was very enthusiastic and spared time to know the activities of Union.  Com. R. L Moudgil, AGS, spoke for one hour and explained each and every issue relating to survival of BSNL, our struggles, and issues of staff and future tasks. Com. P. C. Bagha, CS, SEWA BSNL spoke in details the anti employees role of NFTE, and appealed to all the employees to teach them a lesson. Coms. Piara Singh, Dy. Circle Secretary, SEWA BSNL & NTR, Bihari Lal, DS, SEWA BSNL, Gurmeet Singh, District President, SEWA BSNL, Om Raj, Asst. Circle Secretary, SEWA BSNL, Charhat Singh, Asst. Circle Secretary, SEWA BSNL, Hari Chand, District President, BSNLEU, Manohar Lal, DS, BSNLEU  also addressed the meeting. 

 

[15.04.2013]Spectacular Election Meeting at Warangal.<<click here>>

 

[13.04.2013]NFTE is building castles in the air.                            

NFTE, in it’s website updating dated 10-04-2013, has made a false claim that the JTO (O) Association is  supporting NFTE in the circles of MP, Kerala, Karnataka and West Bengal. This is a totally wrong and mischievous propaganda. The General secretary of JTO (O) Association has refuted this claim in his website. Moreover, most of the officiating TTAs are the members of BSNLEU and they will vote for BSNLEU. NFTE is building castles in the air. Let them do it.

 

[13.04.2013]An inspiring election campaign meeting held at Nadiad (Gujarat) on 12.04.2013.

Com P.Abhimanyu,GS, addressed one more huge and inspiring election campaign meeting at Nadiad, in Gujarat circle on 12-04-2013. More than 500 employees attended the meeting which took place in the telephone exchange. Com.T.V.Gelani, DS, Nadiad welcomed every one. Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, addressed the audience and explained as to how BSNLEU has spearheaded united struggles during the last 8 years, to save BSNL from the retrograde measures of the govt., such as disinvestment, privatization, unbundling, cancellation of the mobile tenders, VRS, etc. He also explained with data as to how BSNLEU has improved the financial status of the Non-Executives, through a magnificent wage revision, a new land mark promotional policy, etc. The meeting was also addressed by com.D.K.Bakutra, CS, BSNLEU, com.P.K.Rathod, CS, BSNL MS, com.M.B.Chaniara, CS, AIBDPA and many others of the meeting. The following are some of the views.<<click here>>

[13.04.2013]Views of the enthusiastic election campaign meeting held at Surendranagar on 11-04-2013.<<click here>>

[13.04.2013]Views of the massive election campaign meeting held at Rajkot on

11-04-2013.<<click here>>

 

[13.04.2013]Kanpur will bring big victory.

This time Kanpur, one of the big cities in UP (E) will bring a surprise with big majority for BSNLEU /United Forum. This is what the massive meeting of the United Forum participated by more than 600 workers held on 12th April has assured the All India leaders who attended the meeting. Com. K.S. Chouhan, Dist. President, BSNLEU presided. Com. K.N. Tripathy, Circle president and District Secretary BSNLEU welcomed all. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU and Convener UF spoke in detail about the achievements of BSNLEU and the sustained struggles organised to defeat the proposals of government to disinvest and privatise BSNL as also against VRS. Com. N.T. Sajwani, All India President, NFTBE, Com. K.R. Yadav, Vice-President, BSNLEU, Com. Sharad P. Agerwal, Confederation, Smt. SusheelaGautam, SEWA BSNL, Coms. Jiyalal, Shukla and other leaders addressed.

 

[13.04.2013]Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed one more massive election campaign meeting in Gujarat Circle, held at Vadodara.<<click here>>

 

[13.04.2013]Election Campaign-Scooter rally in Vijayawada, on 12..4..2013.<<click here>>

 

 

[12.04.2013]Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed one more massive election campaign meeting in Gujarat Circle, held at Vadodara. 

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed another massive election campaign meeting in Gujarat circle, held at Vadodara, today the 12-04-2013. The meeting was held in the City Telephone Exchange, which was presided over by com.B.D.Baria, District President, Vadodara. More than 600 employees attended the meeting. Com.M.Z.Khan, District Secretary, welcomed everyone. Apart from com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, the meeting was also addressed by com.D.K.Bakutra, CS, BSNLEU, com.A.M.Patel, Org.Secretary (CHQ), SEWA BANL, com.P.K.Rathod, CS, BSNL MS, com.Bharatbhai Purbia, CP, BSNL MS, com.M.B.Chaniara, CS, AIBDPA, com.K.P.Pande, CS, NFTBE, com.J.M.Prajapati, Ex CS, BSNLEU, com.Gurucharan Kori, CVP, BSNLEU, and com. K.R.Verma, COS, BSNLEU. In his speech which lasted for 1 hour and 45 minutes, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, gave a detailed account of the achievements of BSNLEU, in respect of protecting BSNL and also in respect of ameliorating the service conditions of the employees. He also exposed the betrayals of NFTE on crucial issues, which have seriously impacted the Company and the employees.

 

[12.04.2013]Massive election meeting at Jabalpur.<<click here>>

 

[12.04.2013]Patiala SSA all set to cross 50 % mark - NFTE gets frustrated.<<click here>>

 

[12.04.2013]Election meeting held at Jodhpur<<click here>>

 

[12.04.2013]Com.Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, addressed largely attended meetings in UP (East) Circle.<<click here>>

 

[12.04.2013]Rajkot (Gujarat) once again proved to be the bastion of BSNLEU- General Secretary addressed a huge gathering on 11-04-2013.

A huge gathering of more than 900 employees attended the mammoth election campaign meeting, addressed by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, held at Rajkot yesterday the 11-04-2013. It included a large number of women employees. The meeting took place in the Jubilee Bagh Telephone Exchange, which was presided over by com. P.U. Rathod, District President.

 

Com. P. K. Thakkar, District Secretary as well as circle President, welcomed every one. In his speech, com. P.K. Thakkar pointed out that, a large number of employees have joined BSNLEU, from NFTE, FNTO and other unions after the last Membership Verification due to which the strength of BSNLEU has considerably increased in Rajkot. Apart from the General Secretary, the meeting was also addressed by com. D.K. Bakutra, CS, com. K.V. Patel, ACS, com. Y.M. Raval, ACS, com. D.S. Teraiya, CVP, com. Dabi, COS, SEWA BSNL and com. N.G.Parmar, DS, SEWA BSNL. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, in his speech, high lighted the achievements of BSNLEU and nailed down the mischievous propaganda of NFTE leaders, being made against BSNLEU. He also gave a list of important issues, on which NFTE betrayed the workers and joined hands with the Management / Government.

 

[11.04.2013]BSNLEU will win in Gujarat Circle with a big margin. 

BSNL Employees Union in Gujarat circle is surging ahead. As is happening in other circles, meetings addressed by CHQ leaders are drawing a large number of employees. Employees appreciate the hard work done by BSNLEU during the last eight years, in protecting the Company from the onslaughts of the anti- BSNL policies of the government, as well as improving the service conditions of the employees. Hence, BSNLEU is sure to win in Gujarat circle, in the 6th Membership Verification, with a big margin.

 

[11.04.2013]An enthusiastic election campaign meeting at Surendranagar, Gujarat. 

Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed an enthusiastic election campaign meeting today, at Surendranagar, in Gujarat Circle. Eventhough it is a small SSA with only 294 Non-Executive employees, the paid membership of BSNLEU is 212. And today's meeting was attended by around 200 employees. Com. Magan Vania, District President presided over the meeting. Com. Md. Ataullah, District Secretary, welcomed all. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, addressed the meeting and elucidated on the various achievements of BSNLEU. He also threw light on the united struggles led by BSNLEU through which disinvestment, privatisation, unbundling, VRS, etc., were stopped. The meeting was also addressed by com.D.K.Bakutra, CS, BSNLEU, com.K.V.Patel, ACS, com.Y.D.Pathan, Circle Organising Secretary and com.M.K.Alam, Ex.DS.

 

[11.04.2013]Massive and inspiring election meetings in Hyderabad. <<click here>>

 

[10.04.2013]Election campaign meeting at BSNL Corporate Office.

A Lunch Hour election campaign meeting took place in the BSNL Corporate Office. A good number of Corporate Office employees attended the meeting, which was presided over by Com. Kamal Dev Sah, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU. The meeting was addressed by Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, Com. Kuldeep Singh, Assistant Treasurer (CHQ), BSNLEU and Com. Arvind Kumar, Leader, Local Council, addressed the meeting. The speakers high lighted the achievements of BSNLEU as well as pro-government and pro-Management stands of NFTE.

[10.04.2013]Massive Election meetings at Gowliguda, CGMT Office and Charminar in Hyderabad.<<click here>>

[10.04.2013]Whirlwind tour of Com.R.L Moudgil, AGS, BSNLEU in Ludhiana.<<click here>>

 

[10.04.2013]All 18 members of Dhuri Branch of Sangrur SSA, Punjab, join BSNLEU. 

All the 18 NFTE members of Dhuri Branch of Sangrur SSA in Punjab Circle have joined BSNLEU, under the leadership of Com. Ranjit Singh. CHQ congratulates and welcome all the comrades into BSNLEU. 

 

[10.04.2013]BSNLEU, SNEA and AIBSNLEA filed case in Principal CAT, on the ITS repatriation issue. 

BSNLEU, SNEA and AIBSNLEA have filed case in the Principal CAT, New Delhi, challenging the orders of DoT dated 11.03.2013, on the ITS repatriation issue, circumventing the orders of Hon’ble Delhi High Court on the matter.

 

[09.04.2013]General Secretary addressed a huge gathering at Nagpur.<<click here>>

 

[09.04.2013]DPE issued order for IDA revision.<<click here>>

 

[09.04.2013]Very impressive meetings at Kandaghat and Solan in H P Circle.<<click here>>

 

[09.04.2013]Com P.Asokababu, Vice President (CHQ) addressed 3 well attended election meetings in Hyderabad.<<click here>>

 

[09.04.2013]Election campaign meeting at Rewari SSA, Haryana.<<click here>>

 

[09.04.2013]Election campaign meeting at Rourkela (Odisha).<<click here>>

 

[08.04.2013]Massive turn out for General Secretary’s election campaign meeting at City Telephone Exchange, Bangalore. << click here>>

 

[08.04.2013]Meeting at ALTTC, Ghaziabad 

The election campaign meeting at ALTC Ghaziabad was held on 8th April 2013. About 100 workers attended. Com. R.S. Chauhan Circle President presided. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU spoke on the need to vote for BSNLEU with the great achievement of the Union during the last 8 years of recognition. Coms. R.S. Sagar, Circle Secretary, ALTTC, Upender Singh District Secretary, Ghaziabad, senior leader R.C. Malhotra and Surender Singh addressed.

[08.04.2013]Election Campaign in Tumkur and Kolar (Karnataka)<<click here>>

[06.04.2013]Jaipur meeting proved beyond doubt, the supremacy of BSNLEU in Rajasthan circle.<<click here>>

[06.04.2013]General Secretary addressed well attended meeting at Agra.<<click here>>

[06.04.2013]Very large gatherings at Bijnor and Moradabad campaign meetings. <<click here>>

[06.04.2013]Campaign meeting at Bhubaneswar. <<click here>>

 

[06.04.2013]Election Campaign in Davanagere SSA (Karnataka) <<click here>>

 

[05.04.2013]A massive election campaign meeting took place in Lucknow.<<click here>>

 

[05.04.2013]Election Campaign in Hubli Dharwad SSA (Karnataka).<<click here>>

 

[04.04.2013]Impressive election campaign meeting at Muzaffarnagar 

A very impressive election campaign meeting was organised in Muzaffarnagar. Com. Onkar Sharma, District President presided over the meeting. Com. Inderpal, District Secretary, BSNLEU initiated the proceedings with welcome of CHQ and circle leaders. Coms. R. L. Moudgil, AGS BSNLEU, Sukhbir Singh, Org. Secretary and Com. R S Fauzdar, Circle Secretary, UP (West) addressed the meeting. Com R L Moudgil explained in details the issues like survival of BSNL and role played by BSNLEU with the cooperation of United Front and Joint Forum, Financial viability of BSNL, losses in BSNL with details all details of reasons for loss and the way out and our efforts. He also explained in details issues like historical Wage revision. NEPP, 78.2% IDA issue status and background. About 140 employees attended the meeting. The district Secretary assured more than 50% votes from Muzaffarnagar SSA in ensuing verification. 

 

[04.04.2013]Massive Election Campaign Meeting at Saharanpur

A massive election campaign meeting was organised at Saharanpur in General Manager Office compound. More than 150 employees including ladies staff attended the meeting. Com. Ansar Ali, Circle President and District Secretary welcomed the CHQ and Circle leaders. Com. M J Khan, District President conducted the proceeding. Com. Pritam Singh, Circle Council member presided over the meeting. Coms R. L Moudgil, AGS, CHQ, Com. Sukhbir Singh, Org Secretary, Com. R S Fauzdar, Circle Secretary, UP (West) addressed the meeting. Com Moudgil explained in details all the issues concerning employees and BSNL. He explained how the BSNL is under attack from government and private operators and failure of the management in running the affairs of BSNL. He explained how BSNLEU alongwith others Unions/Associations has been conducting series of struggles during this period to save BSNL. He also explained why BSNL is going in loss for the last three years and what are steps taken by BSNLEU alongwith Joint Forum to revive it.

 

[04.04.2013]Where West Bengal is going to?

It is utterly shocking to know that a student union leader was mercilessly beaten up and killed by the police in Kolkata. The victim, Sudipto Gupta, a State Committee member of the Students Federation of India (SFI), died yesterday, succumbing to grievous head injuries. Sudipto was one among the students, on whom the police launched a brutal attack, when they were peacefully demonstrating at Esplanade in Kolkata, demanding student elections in the State.  We are at loss to understand what is happening in West Bengal. At the time of the General Strike, held on 20th & 21st February, the ear of a worker, who joined the strike, was chopped off by the Trinamool Congress goons. Earlier, a poor peasant was arrested and put in the jail for raising a question to the Chief Minister Mamata Bannerji, in a public meeting. Likewise, a Jadavpur University professor was put in jail, for drawing a cartoon on Mamata Bannerji. Where West Bengal is going to? Is this the democracy that Mamata Bannerji assured for the people of West Bengal?

 

[04.04.2013]Massive Election meetings at Bellary and Koppala (Karnataka) on 03.04.2013.<<click here>>

 

[03.04.2013]Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU along with Coms. Suniti Choudhari, All India Organising Secretary and B.P. Singh, Circle Secretary addressed election campaign meetings at Patna and Hajipur on 1st and 2nd April.

 

[03.04.2013]Tour of Jharkhand.<<click here>>

[03.04.2013]Dy.General Secretary addressed a huge gathering in Silchar.<<click here>>

[03.04.2013]Election Campaign Meeting at UP (West) Circle.<<click here>>

 

[03.04.2013]Excellent election meeting at Raichur (Karnataka).<<click here>>

 

[03.04.2013]NFTE District President of Raichur joined BSNLEU.<<click here>>

 

[02.04.2013]General Secretary indisposed.                

Com.P.Abhimanyu,General Secretary is indisposed. As a result, his tour programme scheduled for 1st, 2nd and 3rd April are cancelled. He is expected to resume his election campaign in the meeting to be held on 4th at Lucknow.

 

[02.04.2013]Testimony for employees’ satisfaction, due to the introduction of NEPP.<<click here>>

[02.04.2013]BSNLEU conducted massive meeting at Salem on 30-03-2013.<<click here>>

[02.04.2013]Virudhunagar District Union once again proved it’s ability to mobilize<<click here>>

[02.04.2013]Madurai conducted a mammoth election campaign meeting on 28.03.2013.<<click here>>

[02.04.2013]Bihar workers behind BSNLEU

 The one day tour by Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri at Patna and Hajipur were attended by hundreds of workers who assured that BSNLEU will win in Bihar despite many hurdles created by vested interests.


The meeting at Hajipur at 1100 hours was presided by District President Com. A.K.Singh. Dist.Secretary Com.Janak Rai welcomed. Coms.B.P.Singh, Circle Secretary and Suniti Choudhari All India Org. Secretary addressed. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, All India President in his speech touched upon the new recognition rules, achievements of BSNLEU, fight against privatisation etc. He called upon the workers to vote and elect BSNLEU. The next meeting was held at Patna presided over by Com. B.P. Singh Circle Secretary. Com.Namboodiri spoke in detail.

 

 

[02.04.2013]Shri M.F. Farooqui, IAS, has taken over charge as the new Secretary, DoT.

Shri M.F. Farooqui, IAS, has taken over charge as the new Secretary, DoT, on 1st April, 2013. He has succeeded shri R.Chandrashekar, who retired on 31st March, 2013. Shri M.F.Farooqui, a Tamil Nadu cadre IAS officer of the 1978 batch, had also served as the secretary of the Dept. of Heavy Industries.   

                                                 

[02.04.2013]Com.Bagwan Dass, NFTE District President of Hisar, Haryana, joined BSNLEU.

Com.Bagwan Dass, NFTE District President of Hisar, Haryana, joined BSNLEU on 01-04-2013, in the presence of com. M.S.Kadian, circle Secretary, com.Naresh Kumar, circle president and com. Kuldeep Singh, Asst.Treasurer(CHQ). CHQ congratulates and welcomes com.Bagwan Dass into BSNLEU.

[02.04.2013]United Forum conducted mammoth election campaign meeting at Chennai on 26-03-2013.<<click here>>

[02.04.2013]Election campaign at Bidar and Gulbarga (Karnataka).<<click here>>

[30.03.2013]Excellent election campaign meeting at Tirunelveli.<<click here>>

[30.03.2013]BSNLEU, Tamil Nadu Circle, donated Rs.1 Lakh to the Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front.<<click here>>

[30.03.2013]Election campaign of Com P.Asokababu, Vice President(CHQ) in Hyderabad.<<click here>>

[30.03.2013]BSNLEU, NE-II Circle will come up with maximum support in the 6th membership verification.<<click here>>

[29.03.2013] IDA INCREASE 3.4%  FROM 01-04-2013.
IDA increase is 3.4% w.e.f. 01-04-2013. The total IDA, thus payable comes to 74.9% ( 71.5% +3.4% =74.9%).  Similarly, the IDA increase on pre-revised pay scales is 5.8% and the total IDA payable on pre- revised pay scales comes to 195.3% ( 189.5% + 5.8%= 195.3% )

[29.03.2013]General Secretary's tour programme for  the week ending 06.04.2013.
The following is the tour programme of com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, for the week ending 06-04-2013. Circle and District Secretaries are requested to organise the meetings very effectively. Details of the programme:-

                       01-04-2013- Jammu.
02-04-2013- Meerut.
03-04-2013- Jabalpur.
04-04-2013- Lucknow.
05-04-2013- Agra.
06-04-2013- Jaipur

[28.03.2013]Unprecedented massive gathering greeted the General Secretary at Vellore in Tamil Nadu.<<click here>>

[28.03.2013]Puducherry conducted inspiring election campaign meeting, addressed by General Secretary.<<click here>>

[28.03.2013]Overwhelming turn out for General Secretary's meeting at Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu Circle.<<click here>>

[28.03.2013]Whirl wind tour of Com P.Asokababu, Vice President (CHQ) in Vijayawada.<<click here>>

[26.03.2013]Agreement reached between BSNLEU and SEWA BSNL

We are glad to announce that agreement is reached between BSNLEU and SEWA BSNL regarding the 6th Membership Verification. Copy of the agreement is as follows.<<click here>>

 

[26.03.2013]Balance Welfare Fund to be allotted shortly. 

BSNLEU has demanded that the balance of the Welfare Fund allotment to the Circles, should be made without delay. It is accepted and the fund is likely to be allotted within a few days.

[26.03.2013]Telephone Subscribers' Base in India for the month of Jan' 2013.<<click here>>

[26.03.2013]Com P.Asokababu, Vice President (CHQ) addressed a best attended election meeting at Kukatpalli Housing Board Colony in Hyderabad.<<click here>>

[26.03.2013]Campaign meeting in Rajasthan.<<click here>>

 

[25.03.2013]Massive Election Meeting at CGMT Office, Bhopal.<<click here>>

[25.03.2013]An inspiring election campaign meeting at Kolkata Telecom Stores, addressed by General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary.<<click here>>

[23.03.2013]It is a forgone conclusion that BSNLEU will comfortably win the 6th Membership Verification with more than 50% votes. 

It is ridiculous to note that a Union which is not even having 50, 000 paid members, is shouting from roof top that it would win the 6th Verification with more than 50% votes. Every thing would become clear once when the ballot boxes are opened on 18-04-2013. It is now a foregone conclusion that BSNLEU will win the forthcoming Verification with more than 50% votes. This claim is borne out of the fact that BSNLEU itself is having a solid paid membership of 1,14,534. This is based on records and no one can deny that. The total voters in the 6th Verification is 2,04,796. So, BSNLEU is having more than 50% of the voters as it's paid members. Hence, BSNLEU once again emerge as the sole recognised union of BSNL in the 6th Verification. The following are the circle wise figures of total number of employees and the paid members of BSNLEU.<<click here>>

[23.03.2013]NFTE District Secretary of Kamrup, in Assam circle, issued with notice for swindling BSNLEU's money.
Shri Ambika Bejbarua is at present the NFTE District Secretary of Kamrup District, in Assam circle. Earlier, he was the District Secretary of BSNLEU. However, the Central Secretariat of BSNLEU took disciplinary action against him and derecognised him, for the reasons of swindling union money, strike-breaking and other serious violations of union discipline. However, soon after his removal from the post of district secretary in BSNLEU, he was taken into NFTE and was made the District Secretary of NFTE in Kamrup district. BSNLEU gave complaint to the Management that he had illegally taken payment of the BSNLEU Circle Union quota of Rs.53,514/- from the Management, with the help of some officers. Now, the Administration has issued notice to shri Ambika Bejbarua to immediately pay Rs.53,514/-, either to the BSNLEU Circle Union, or to the Administration, failing which action will be taken against him.

[23.03.2013]Upbeat Branch Secretaries convention of Assam Circle addressed by General Secretary.<<click here>>

[23.03.2013]General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary addressed one of the biggest ever meetings at Kolkata yesterday, the 22-03-2013.<<click here>>

[23.03.2013]Campaign tour of Com. Namboodiri in Karnataka.<<click here>>

[23.03.2013]Excellent Meetings at Indore (Madhya Pradesh) on BSNLEU Day, 22.3.2013.<<click here>>

[23.03.2013]General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary made whirlwind tour in Kolkata. 

Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary and com.Animesh Mitra, Deputy General Secretary made whirlwind tour in Kolkata yesterday the 22-03-2013, and addressed meetings in Alipore Telecom Factory, Telecom Stores and at Telephone Bhavan. Workers gathered in large numbers in all the three meetings and assured the leaders of BSNLEU's resounding victory in the 6th Membership Verification. Despite attacks on trade union rights in West Bengal state by the ruling Trinamul Congress, the forthcoming Verification will prove once again that West Bengal and Kolkata circles are the fortress of BSNLEU.

 

[23.03.2013]Massive election campaign meeting held at Alipore Telecom Factory.<<click here>>

Revolutionary Greetings on the 12th Anniversary of BSNLEU's Foundation.

CHQ conveys its revolutionary greetings to all the comrades on the occasion of the 12th anniversary of BSNLEU's foundation. Twelve years ago, it was on this day, that the foundation stone was laid for this great organisation. Within twelve years, BSNLEU has grown into a mighty organisation, capable of pushing back the evil designs of the government, whether it is disinvestment aimed at privatisation, reduction of workforce through VRS, Unbundling, etc., through united struggles. Even today, BSNL survives as a Public Sector Undertaking, only because the initiatives and leadership role played by BSNLEU for the past eight years, as the Recognised Union BSNL. Thus, BSNLEU has become the symbol of unity and struggles. It has vastly improved the living conditions of the BSNL employees through an excellent Wage Revision, introduction of improved promotional avenues, etc. Let us all take a solemn resolution on this glorious day, that we will leave no stone unturned, including the improving of our work culture, to protect and strengthen BSNL and to once again make it a viable and profit making Company.

 

[22.03.2013]Election campaign meeting in Gujarat <<click here>>

[22.03.2013]Com.P.Abhimanyu,General Secretary addressed a large gathering at Patna.<<click here>>

[22.03.2013]Election Campaign in Bhopal.<<click here>>

[21.03.2013]Meetings at Rohtak and Hissar (Haryana) <<click here>>

[21.03.2013]Massive Election Meeting at Gwalior <<click here>>

[21.03.2013]Massive meeting at Pune on 14.03.2013, addressed by com.Animesh Mitra,Dy.GS.<<click here>>

[20.03.2013]Excellent response for General Secretary’s election campaign at Ranchi.<<click here>>

[20.03.2013]Mass meeting of BSNLEU at Udaipur (Rajasthan) on 19.03.2013.<<click here>>

[20.03.2013]General Secretary addressed meetings at Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.<<click here>>  

[20.03.2013]Godhara District, BSNLEU is united. 

District Secretary Godhara SSA, Gujarat intimated that not a single member of BSNLEU has defected to any other union. All are working hard to achieve a overwhelming majority for BSNLEU in Godhara SSA.

 

[20.03.2013]BSNLEU, Rajasthan Circle vows to ensure 80% votes in favour of BSNLEU in the 6th Membership Verification.<<click here>>  

 

[20.03.2013]Development in ITS repatriation case 

Writ petition 1803/2013 filed jointly by SNEA(I), BSNLEU and AIBSNLEA praying for quashing the order of DoT dated 11.3.2013 to deploy unabsorbed ITS to BSNL came up for hearing in the Hon Delhi HC. Hon HC while maintaining that the order of DoT dated 11.3.2013 is a clear infringement of the judgment of the Hon HC in WP 22515/2005 and CM 16683/2013(Application filed by SNEA(I), BSNLEU and AIBSNLEA), however advised the applicants to move applications seeking similar relief at appropriate forum. Hon bench during the course of argument observed that passing any order in the instant writ petition might prejudice contempt proceedings already initiated by the Hon Delhi High Court.  

 

We engaged Senior Advocate Sri. Neeraj Kaul and heated arguments took place. UOI represented by Addl. Solicitor General and BSNL by Sr. Advocate Sri. V. K. Rao. We will be taking further course of action in the coming days.

 

[20.03.2013]Meeting with Joint Secretary (T), DOT 

Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President BSNLEU, Adhir Kumar Sen, Vice-President and K.G. Jayaraj, General Secretary, All India BSNL – DOT Pensioners Association met Shri Uma Shankar, Joint Secretary (T), DOT on 19th  March  and discussed about certain issues. The representatives demanded that the 78.2% IDA fixation, which has been approved by the BSNL Board, be approved by the DOT so that the benefit will accrue to the employees.  He assured that all steps are being taken for grant of 78.2%. The union leaders wanted the refund of the amount (charges) of BWA Spectrum surrendered by it. Further the Rs.1, 500 approved by DOT in lieu of loss making village telephones etc. is to be paid. Joint Secretary (T) assured that speedy action will be taken in these matters. 

 

[19.03.2013]United forum meeting held on 18-03-2013.

The United Forum meeting was held yesterday the 18-03-2013 at New Delhi. The meeting was presided over by Chairman of the UF, com. Suresh Kumar. The meeting was attended by com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Convener, com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU. Com.R.Venkataraman, President, TEPU, com.N.D.Ram. President, SEWA BSNL, and com.R.K.Kohli, SG, NFTBE. Com.P.Andiappan, GS, FNTOBEA, had earlier intimated his inability to attend the meeting on health grounds. Issues connected with seat sharing, methodology for nomination of the council members etc., were discussed and finalized. The meeting resolved to unleash a powerful election campaign and to make BSNLEU to win the 6th Verification with more than 50% votes. 

 

[19.03.2013]Forum meeting postponed.

The Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations meeting had been notified to be held yesterday, the18-03-2013. However, some Unions and Associations, including NFTE, SNEA  and AIBSNLEA could not attend the meeting due to unavoidable reasons. Hence, the meeting was postponed.

 

[19.03.2013]Andhra Pradesh circle union on struggle path.

In Andhra Pradesh circle, 8 districts are functioning without General Managers. Whereas, 8 General Managers are posted in the CGM(O) at Hyderabad, against 3 sanctioned GM posts. Due to this discriminatory postings of GMs, services are suffering in a big way and staff grievances are not being redressed. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, discussed this issue with the Director (HR), yesterday the 18-03-2013 and requested his intervention. Demanding the immediate filling up of the vacant GM posts, the AP Circle Union of BSNLEU is conducting a massive day long dharna in front of the CGM office at Hydrabad today. Lunch hour demonstrations are conducted in all districts. CHQ heartily congratulates the AP Circle Union for launching the trade union action.

 

[19.03.2013]Celebrate BSNLEU’s Foundation Day in a befitting manner. 

The 12th Foundation Day of BSNL Employees Union is falling on 22.03.2013. During the last 12 years, BSNLEU has grown from strength to strength and has become the saviour of the employees as well as of the BSNL. It has improved the financial status of the employees and has defended BSNL from the onslaughts of the hostile government policies. The CHQ calls upon the Circle and District Unions to celebrate BSNLEU’s Foundation Day in a befitting manner, by hoisting Union flag, distributing sweets, and of course, by organizing social/welfare activities like blood donation, etc.

 

[18.03.2013]Contempt petition admitted. 

The contempt petition, filed by BSNLEU, SNEA and AIBSNLEA, against the Secretary, DoT and CMD BSNL, on the ITS repatriation issue, is admitted in the Hon’ble Delhi High Court. Notice is being issued to the Secretary, DoT and CMD BSNL.