Coal Workers will go on Five day Strike from January 6th, 2015


PTI Report

New Delhi, Dec 17 Employee unions of state-owned CIL and SCCL today threatened to go on a five-day strike beginning January 6 to press for demands including roll-back of the “process of denationalisation of coal sector” and stopping “disinvestment and restructuring” of Coal India.

The coal workers Coal India Singareni Collieries Company (SCCL) will observe five days all India strike with effect from January 6,” four central trade unions –BMS, INTUC, HMS and AITUC–said in a joint statement.

The strike call comes at a time when the country is grappling with coal shortages and as many as 43 thermal power plants are facing significant fuel deficit.

The charter of demands include stopping or withdrawing “process of denationalisation of coal sector” and stopping “disinvestment, restructuring of CIL” (Coal India) among others.

The demands also includes extending National Coal Wage Agreement (NCWA) wages and other benefits to existing and prospective captive coal workers and lifting the ban on general recruitment.

Regularising contract workers engaged in mining jobs in underground as well as open cast mines is another demand. (PTI)


“PENSION DAY’ Observed all over the country



Very good reports are coming from the circle unions about the observation of the “Pension Day”. AIBDPA units in most of the SSAs have observed the day in a befitting manner by holding rallies, meetings, jathas etc.  Social service events have also been organised in some places. Full reports are yet to come.

AIBDPA CHQ conveys its greetings and congratulates the leaders and members for the well organised programmes.


Ensure one crore signature in the Memorandum to Prime Minister



The Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations of Non-Executives and Executives has decided to submit a Memorandum to the Prime Minister on the day of the Parliament March on 25th February 2015, signed by one crore people demanding actions from the government for the Revival of BSNL, the telecom PSU, fully owned by the Government of India, the people of this country.  The people  want the service of BSNL, as they had been accustomed for the last one and half century from the P and T Department.

How to get the one crore signature? BSNL workers are only about 2.3 lakhs. It means that each employee has to meet  people and after convincing them about the issues of BSNL, get their signature in the memorandum. You can sit near the Railway Station, Bus Stand, at meeting places – wherever people are there, you go and explain to them and get the signature. For this purpose alone. you can have separate meeting of the trade unions, explain the situation and get the signatures. Go to the offices of Central and State government, PSU employees and get their signature. Like this there are so many methods, how you can contact the public and make the issue very relevant. Prepare yourself with our main demands for the revival of BSNL and give wide publicity through the media. Organise press conferences and get the news published. Meet your MLA/MP and other representatives of the people and request them to raise the issue in the various forums. There are so many methods by which the issue can be propagated. Do all these and organise the people in our support. You will certainly get not one crore signature, but more than that.

The Forum in the circle must have a target of at least 50 times or more signatures of their staff strength. Then only we will be able to reach the target. Plan accordingly.

The time is very limited only two months for the Parliament March. Start immediately. All the collected signatures have to be brought  with you at the time of the Parliament March, so that it can be handed over to the Prime Minister.


BSNL still rules in Landline and Broadband

Though the market share of BSNL has gone down below 10% of the total of wireline and wireless connections combined, it still rules in the Landline and broadband.

As per TRAI report as on 31-10-2014, BSNL has got 7.8 crore landlines (63.13%) and 7.69 crore Broadabnd connections. In Braodband,m both wireless and wired, BSNL leads with 24.15 %.

BSNL has to maintain its first position in Landline and broadband and catch up with private operators on the mobile connections. Then only BSNL will be saved.


DOT may suggest names for CMD BSNL and MTNL

It seems that the pressure put by the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations is having some positive results. The names for the two posts of Directors of BSNL are being finalised. The proposal for the post of CMD BSNL and MTNL will be proposed by DOT by the month end. It is also reported that Shri A.N.Rai may be granted two months extension in the post of CMD.

The non-filling up of the poss of Directors, including that of CMD has been creating a  vaccum with works not being done. Now at least the proposals have started moving.

Meeting with Joint Secretary (T), DOT


Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Convener, Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations met Shri V.Umashankar, Joint Secretary, DOT and discussed about the issues connected with Revival of BSNL. The demands included in the Memorandum of the Forum were pointed out by the Convener and requested that these may be fabourably considered to save BSNL. He also pressed for early forwarding of the cabinet note to other departments.

Forum is trying to meet the Secretary, DOT,  on the issues of BSNL Revival.

Meeting with GM (CA) on Gratuity to Casual labour



Com. VAN Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF today, 16th December 2014, met Shri M.N.Punde, GM (CA), Corporate Office and discussed about provision of Gratuity to the families of expired casual labour as also to the casual labour who has completed sixty years and will be retiring. The details were explained. GM(CA) assured to look in to the matter.

A New Disinvest Commission in the offing?


It is reported that the Parliament Standing Committee on Finance, chaired by Shri Veerappa Moily has recommended that a new Disinvest Commission should be set up to review the disinvestment process and give recommendations for the future.

The last Disinvest Commission was set up in 2001. The Parliamentary Committee has pointed out that during the last few years, instead of the target of Rs.1.5 lakh crore revenue, on Rs. 75 lakh alone could be collected, resulting in a wide gap. This should be made up, the report says.

Whether it is the UPA or NDA government, there is no difference as regarding the implementation of the neo-liberal policy and selling of the PSUs. They are two sides of the same coin, as every body knows.

Only a sustained struggle by the working class with the solid support of the people will be able to stop this madness.


Warm Greetings on Pension Day, 17th December 2014



Today, 17th December, is being celebrated as “Pension Day” by pensioners and their organisations all over the country. it was on this day 32 years earlier, in 1982, that the Supreme Court delivered its historic  judgement in ‘Nakara case’, declaring that pension as the inalienable  right of the retired employees.

AIBDPA has called upon all of its units to observe the day in a fitting manner.

My Hearty Greetings and Best Wishes to all the pensioners! We shall continue to fight for the rights of the pensioners and the senior citizens!

We Condemn the Peshawar School Attack and Murder of children

The attack on the Peshawar School and the massacre of more than hundred children by the Taliban today is most horrible and inhuman. The lives and dreams of many families are shattered for ever. Many children are in hospital with serious wounds due to gun shots.

We condemn this inhuman attack on the innocent children. It is the duty of all the nations to condemn this dastardly attack and ensure the lives of the people and children from such terrorists.


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