Parliament March of Casual Contract Workers in BSNL on 22nd February 2017

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All preparations are going on for making the Parliament March on 22nd February to be successful. About 2,500 workers will be participating. The March will start from Eastern Court, BSNL Corporate Office, and will culminate in a Rally at Jantar Mantar / Parliament Street. Coms. A.K.Padmanabhan, Vice-President CITU and Tapan Sen, M.P., General Secretary CITU will address the rally. All circle secretaries should inform Secretary General BSNLCCWF (Mob. No. 9433009450) about the actual number of participants from their circle and the dates of their arrival and departure.

Wage revision in PSUs – Why DPE is silent?

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Next wage revision for PSU employees is due from January 2017. The III Pay Revision Committee for Executives has already submitted its report, on which decision is yet to be taken. But the wage negotiation for the non-executives has not started yet. This is completely un-acceptable.

The DPE should direct the PSUs to start the wage negotiations immediately. The Central Trade Unions and the Federations in the PSUs should urgently take up the issues seriously.

All Profit making PSUs to be listed

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The Central government has taken decision to list all the PSUs making profit for the last three years in the market for disinvestment / strategic sale.The expected amount to the government through strategic sale /disinvestment for the next financial year is a whooping Rs. 72,500 crore. There are 71 PSUs making profit continuously.

The Modi government is aggressively continuing its ‘selling the family silver’ to benefit the private corporates and big business. Whatever disinvestment or strategic sale so far done has shown how the people’s wealth is being handed over to the corporates for paltry sums.

Not only the trade unions, but a massive movement by the people is needed to stop this anti-national move of disposing of the nation’s wealth.

One more first for Kerala State

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Kerala State is first in many spheres including literacy. Now the Central Government has congratulated the state government for best implementation of free lunch to school children. As per the report 90% school children in the Primary level and 90% in the Upper Primary level are being supplied lunch, the highest in any state. Congratulations to Kerala Government and people!

Heritage Connaught Place buildings in danger.

The recent collapse of two buildings in New Delhi’s Connaught Place has created doubt about the heritage Connaught place buildings. Now the Expert Committee with representatives from NDMC, IIT, CPWD, Sub Divisional Magistrate and others have stated that about 900 buildings in Connaught Place are in danger of collapse.

This is serious. Connaught is in the centre of th Capital and is visited by lakhs of people every day including foreign tourists. These are also heritage builds of Leuton’s Delhi. Immediate renovation is needed.

Meeting with GM(Estt.) on Casual Labour issues

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Leaders of BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF met Smt. Madhu Arora, GM(Estt.), BSNL Corporate Office on 16th February 2017 and discussed the various issues of the casual labours.

1. Regularisation – The unions demanded that a scheme be formulated for the regularisation of the casual labour as suggested by the unions.

2. The casual labour be paid the minimum pay of the CDA pay ie. Rs.18,000. GM told that a Committee has been formed and that its report is being studied. The union stated that there should not be any delay in the matter.

2. DA to Casual labour – Orders have been issued. But the union representatives wanted that a direction be issued to the order stating that this is applicable to casual labour also, as some of the circles are not implementing. It was agreed by the GM.

Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, Balbir Singh, President BSNLEU, Animesh Mitra, SG BSNLCCWF, Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS BSNLEU and Tapas Ghosh, Working President, BSNLCCWF participated in the discussions.

Wages of contract workers as per Gazette Notification

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Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, discussed the issue of implementation of the Minimum Wages to the contract workers as per the Gazette Notification of January 2017 with Shri Ashuthosh Gupta, GM (Restructuring) BSNL Corporate Office. He assured that necessary orders may be issued by next week based on the Gazette Notification increasing the wages of the contract workers. The file is be put to the management for the same.

A Pleasant Get-Together

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It was a pleasant ‘get together’ held at T-12, Atul Grove Road (Office of BSNLEU NTR), New Delhi in the after noon of 16th February in connection with the shifting of Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Founder General Secretary of BSNLEU from Delhi to Calicut (Kerala). Almost all the leaders of the various Unions/Associations in BSNL, MTNL and NFPE and also CGE participated. Leaders of BSNLEU from Uttarakhand, Haryana and nearby stations attended.They shared tea and snacks and exchanged pleasantries and union matters sitting in the warm sunshine.

Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri and wife Smt. Pankajam were garlanded and honourd with shawls etc. Comrades P.Abhimanyu, GS BSNLEU, Bagchi, Convener, Joint Forum of MTNL Unions/Associations, C.Singh, GS NFTE, S.S.Nanda, MTNL Pensioners Assn., R.N.Parashar, SG NFPE, Mohinder Singh FNTO, Balbir Singh, President BSNLEU, Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS BSNLEU, Rasheed Khan, TEPU and other leaders spoke. Comrades Suresh Kumar GS BSNLMS and R.S.Chauhan, CS NTR BSNLEU conducted the proceedings and spoke. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri and Smt. Pankajam spoke expressing thanks and mentioned the united struggles that have been waged for defending BSNL and MTNL, the call of the CG employees for the strike on 16th March 2017 and other important issues. He assured the house that he will continue the ties with all and will be part of the ensuing struggles in the CGE sector and PSUs.

It was indeed a pleasant evening to be remembered.

Cabinet Approved Merger of Affiliated Banks with SBI

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Despite strong opposition from the bank employees and their unions, the Cabinet has reiterated its decision today, 15th February 2017, to merge the following 5 affiliated banks with State Bank of India:

1. State Bank of Travancore
2. State bank of Mysore
3. State bank of Hyderabad
4. State Bank of Patiala
5. State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur.

The decision of the Cabinet is to be strongly opposed since it is against the interest of the customers, the banks and the employees. This is part of the neo-liberal policy of India and intended to help the private banks. This will result in closure of many branches of the affiliated banks and retrenchment of many employees through VRS or CRS.

Our full support to the struggle of the bank employees against this anti-worker anti-PSU decision.