Delhi Strike a big success.

The Industrial Strike of today (20.7.2018) on the justified demands of the workers & employees of Delhi was a thunderous success. The strike call was given by 11 Central Trade Unions (INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC, LPF, MEC) against the anti-labor & anti-people policies of both the Kejriwal government of Delhi as well as the Modi government at the centre. Main demands of the strike were:

1. Pay the minimum wages as declared by the Delhi Government.

2. Ensure safety and security of workers at work place.

3. Regularise the Contract Workers.

4. Start the registration of Construction Workers.

5. Stop attacking the livelihood and harassment of the self employed street vendors.

6. Stop ignoring the Trade Unions and honor the commitments made to them.

7. Start Recruitment in MCD and other departments of Delhi government.

8. Implement the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission.

9. Withdraw the provision of Fixed Term Employment.

In Narela industrial area of Delhi workers started their picketing from 7.00 am onwards and around 10,000 workers participated as the day progressed. In Badli around 8000 workers participated in the strike action as the industrial area remain closed. In Rajasthani industrial area there was a worker’s march with 3000 participation and overall 12,000 workers participated in the strike. The same number for Wazirpur industrial area was 2500 and 10,000 respectively. In GT Karnal road industrial area the workers demonstration had participation of 1000 and strike participation was 5000. (Courtesy : Press report)

Meeting with Prime Minister “Not Satisfactory” – Kerala Chief Minister

New Delhi, Jul 19 : An all-party delegation from Kerala, led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, said their meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi today over issues related to the state’s development was “not satisfactory”.
The delegation met the prime minister in the Parliament complex and submitted a memorandum raising various issues including reiterating the demand for a rail coach factory, enhancing allocation of food grains for the state, and a relief package in view of the damage caused by the ongoing monsoon there.
“We feel that the response with regard to the matters concerning Kerala was not satisfactory,” Vijayan told reporters here.
State Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala, who was also part of the team, expressed disappointment and said that the delegation failed to get any favourable response from the prime minister.
“Until reaching here, our hopes for a coach factory at Palakkad was alive. But now it was clear the Centre has no such plans. We explained the need for such a project to the Prime Minister,” Vijayan said.
The delegation also sought enhancement of the allocation of food grains for the non-priority sector to 11.22 lakh million tonnes (MT) per annum by providing additional allocation of 72,3476.88 MT of food grains to Kerala as the state has very low food grain production and mainly depends on Centre and other states.
“The prime minister said that it was not possible to enhance the allocation of food grains for the state alone. He said Kerala will get its part as per the Food Security Act,” Vijayan said.
The all-party team also demanded that Angamali-Sabari railway line be constructed to facilitate those visiting Sabarimala temple.
The delegation was informed that the Centre would take appropriate steps to tackle the monsoon woes of the state.
“Kerala is experiencing heavy rains leading to the catastrophic loss to life and property in 965 villages. Over 30,000 individuals have been relocated, 90 lives have been lost, crop loss in 10,000 hectare and 350 houses have been fully damaged and over 9,000 houses are partially damaged,” the delegation told Modi in the memorandum.
The state leaders urged the Centre to consider deputing a central team at the earliest to assess the damages caused by the ongoing southwest monsoon.
The delegation has also asked the Centre not to sell its stake in the Hindustan Newsprint Limited, a subsidiary of Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL).
Earlier, the Kerala legislative Assembly had unanimously passed a resolution requesting the Centre to retain the unit under public sector.
It has also informed the prime minister that the state was willing to take over its assets through mutual discussions.
However, the delegation failed to get a favourable decision in this regard also, Chennithala said.
The delegation also comprised state Congress chief M M Hassan, state ministers P Thilothaman, Kadannapalli Ramachandran, G Sudhakaran, MPs E T Mohammed Basheer, Jose K Mani (Kerala Congress-Mani) among others.
The chief minister had earlier expressed displeasure over the manner in which his previous requests to meet the prime minister were turned down.
Vijayan was allegedly denied an appointment on June 21 to meet Modi for the fourth time in a row.(PTI)

Birth Centenary of Nelson Mandela, the legendary leader of South Africa

Speaking in a Programme ,today (18-07-2018) in Kolkata , to commemorate the Birth Centenary of Legendary South African Statesman Nelson Mandela, CPI(M) Politbureau Member Prakash Karat has hailed the life and works of Nelson Mandela and termed him as a liberator at par with liberators like Mao Tse Tung , Fidel Castro or Ho Chi Minn. He lamented that Nelson Mandela when he came out of the Jail , it was changed circumstance for him as the 60’s realities of the presence of Soviet Union , was absent. Still he negotiated the Freedom of his country, and at the same time had instructed the ANC leadership not to withdraw the armed struggle until a certain stage of discussion has been reached . He was Liberator who believed in Marxism and dialectical materialism. Along with other ANC stalwarts like Walter Cislu and Ahmad Cathrada , he led the valiant fight with the Bastion of imperialism , the apartheid South Africa , whose policy of racial segregation is even today being followed by the oppressors of the Palestinian people . He also said that 20th Century being the century of liberation struggle from the clutches of the imperialism and colonialism , the last major struggle of liberation of the Century had been led by Mandela, while Palestinian struggle is still unfinished.

BSN Wage Negotiation meeting starts on 20th July 2018

At last, after a lapse of more than one and half years, the wage negotiation for BSNL non-executives starts tomorrow. Sustained agitational programmes were organised, including strike, to compel the Management and the DOT to agree for negotiation, who were refusing the same on the plea that BSNL is in loss for the last three years. But at last the BSNL management has conceded for discussion and DOT had also given approval. Hard bargain is unavoidable. The representatives from the staff side are eight with five from BSNLEU and three from NFTE.

Let us hope for a good agreement.

Telecom Trade Union Movement – A Saga of Struggles, Sacrifices and Achievements (3) Bhopal All India Conference, Start of A New Era. (contd)

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The Annual Report of was presented by General secretary Com. O.P.Gupta. As usual, the report was lengthy, more than one hundred pages with many unnecessary comments about other leaders and also about comrades who don’t agree with him. It took about two hours to read the same, which was done by Assistant General Secretaries and other All India office bearers.
The discussion on the report was explosive. The delegates who spoke severely criticised the agreement reached by the union with the management of restructuring of cadres by agreeing to the dictates of the DOT by surrendering more than one and half lakh vacancies, conceding that higher qualification is required for promotion instead of seniority as hitherto. These are well known tactics for the privatisation of the telecom services, they accused.
The delegates also accused the CHQ leadership of removing those workers and leaders who opposed the top leadership and their wrong policies. Comrades Moni Bose (W.Bengal), J.Renganathan (Chennai) and V.A.N.Namboodiri, (Kerala) who had resigned their all India posts of Vice- Presidents and Asst. General Secretary respectively, explained the reasons for their resignations, which itself was an indictment of the CHQ. Comrades M.N.Reddy (Andhra), Ananta Battacharjee (Calcutta), R.S.Yadav (U.P.), Shivdas Banerjee (W.Bengal) and other leaders also exposed the wrong policies of Com. O.P.Gupta, General Secretary and expressed their viewpoints effectively. As usual, this writer, with well prepared notes with facts and figures exposed the pro-government decisions and actions of the GS which was against the interests of the workers. The dictatorial attitude of the GS was tooth and nail opposed. Though the President, Com. Homi Daji, tried to cut short the speeches, the delegates were able to present their points in an effective manner.
The open session was held on the third day which was addressed by Minister of State for Communications, Shri Venkaiah Naidu. The demands of the workers were presented before him by the leaders.
While the conference was going on, our comrades utilised the opportunity to meet the delegates of all the circles and tried to convince the correctness of our stand on demands and requested them to oppose the anti-worker agreements. We sat for hours together in these discussions and many comrades were fully convinced.
In the same way our senior comrades sat together in the morning, noon and evening to review the discussions, its effect on the delegates etc. In one of the meeting, this writer suggested that not only we oppose the wrong actions of the CHQ, but should contest the elections, which was readily accepted by our comrades and work started for the same. Though our comrades were in the leadership in seven circles only, as OPG used to ridicule us, we could find out there were many comrades in other circles who agreed with us. Some comrades pointed out that left unity will suffer in case of contest, but this isolated suggestion was dismissed. The general opinion was that either we will win or at least get substantial votes.
The next issue was that who will contest the posts. Com. Moni Bose suggested that Com. VAN should contest as General Secretary on the point that I have been functioning as Asst. General secretary at CHQ and is well aware of the problems of the workers. I proposed Com. Moni Bose, as he was the senior most leader who should contest against veteran leader Com. O.P.Gupta. My suggestion was accepted and it was decided that Com. Moni will contest for General Secretary and myself for the post of President. Leaders for the other posts were also finalised. All these discussions and decisions were strictly kept secret, as we were fully aware that, if the news is out, Com. Gupta will ensure that the either the election is not held or the election is manipulated.
The surprise
Com.O.P.Gupta and his supporters were under the impression that after the heated discussion and protests, all will become calm and the election will be unanimously conducted as is the tradition for many years. Nobody was prepared to invite the wrath of the powerful leadership. So, when the President Com. Homi Daji, invited nomination for the post of All India office-bearers, the first panel received was one with Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri as President and Com.Moni Bose as General Secretary. Com. OPG also submitted his panel. When both the lists were read out, there was complete silence in the hall. Com. Homi Daji, though was included as President in Gupta’s panel, withdrew from the contest and name of Com.K.L.Sharma(Rajasthan) was put in his place. OPG approached for a unified list, but as we, knowing his clever tactics, did not agree and the contest became unavoidable. (To be continued)

Current Parliament Session Must Enact Law Against `Mob Lynching’ – CPI(M)

CPI(M) PB issued the following statement:

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the brutal attack on Swami Agnivesh in Pakur, Jharkhand. The guilty are identified as belonging to the BJP Yuva Morcha. As has now become the norm, the BJP state government can be expected to treat them with great leniency. The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) demands that proper and adequate medical attention be provided to Swami Agnivesh and that the culprits be punished immediately.

This attack on Swami Agnivesh happened despite the severe indictment of mob violence by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court observations on mob lynching have held up a mirror to the Prime Minister and the BJP Central Government under whose watch such crimes are being committed and private armies are allowed to rule the roost. The very fact that the culprits, even when identified, go unpunished speaks volumes of the patronization provided by RSS/BJP to them.

Following the Supreme Court verdict, the Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) demands that a comprehensive law be enacted in the current session of Parliament to meet the apex court direction: “It is the duty of the State to ensure maintenance of law and order so as to protect secular ethos and prevent mobocracy.” (CPI(M) Press release)

‘Horrendous acts of mobocracy’ can not be allowed – Supreme Court issues directions to Central Government

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The Supreme Court today asked Parliament to consider enacting a new law to effectively deal with incidents of mob lynching, saying “horrendous acts of mobocracy” cannot be allowed to become a new norm.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also passed a slew of directions to provide “preventive, remedial and punitive measures” to deal with offences like mob violence and cow vigilantism.
The bench, which also comprised justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said it was the duty of state governments to ensue law and order in society, besides ensuring that the rule of law prevailed.
“Citizens cannot take law into their hands and cannot become law unto themselves,” the bench said.
“Horrendous acts of mobocracy cannot be allowed to become a new norm and has to be curbed with iron hands,” it said, adding that states cannot turn a deaf ear to such incidents.
The bench asked the legislature to consider enacting a new penal provision to deal with offences of mob violence and provide deterrent punishment to such offenders.
The top court passed the order on a plea seeking formulation of guidelines to curb such violent incidents in the country.
The bench has now posted the PIL filed by persons like Tushar Gandhi and Tehseen Poonawalla for further hearing on August 28 and asked the Centre and state governments to take steps to deal with such offences in pursuance of its directions.
The CJI, who pronounced the verdict in a packed courtroom, did not read out measures directed by the court to deal with such offences.
The SC had earlier dubbed the cases of lynching by vigilantes as a crime and not merely a law and order problem and had taken serious note of mob violence.
During the earlier hearing, senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for Mahatma Gandhi’s great grandson Tushar Gandhi, had said that lynching by cow vigilantes was happening despite the top court’s orders directing states to appoint nodal officers in each districts.
Additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha had said the Centre was alive to the situation and trying to deal with it.
On September 6 last year, the apex court had asked all states to take stern measures to stop violence in the name of cow protection, including appointment of senior police officers as nodal officer in every district within a week and acting promptly to check cow vigilantes from behaving like they are “law unto themselves”.
The apex court had sought response from Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments on a plea seeking contempt action for not following its order to take stern steps to stop violence in the name of cow vigilantism.
A contempt petition was filed by Tushar Gandhi, saying the three states have not complied with the top court order of September 6 last year. (Courtesy: PTI)

Wage Revision, Pension Revision etc. AUAB calls for Hunger Strike on 24, 15, 26 July 2018.

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AUAB has called for 3 days Relay Hunger Strike in front of Offices on the demands of Wage revision, Pension Revision, Allocation of 4 G Spectrum to BSNL etc.

AIBDPA, the Association of Pensioners in BSNL, has extended full solidarity and called upon its members to participate in full strength in the programme.

Wage Negotiation for wage revision for BSNL Non-Executives will start on 20th July 2018.

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After sustained agitations, strike and meeting with the Communications Minister by the AUAB, the wage negotiation committee has been formed and the wage negotiation is expected to start from 20th July 2018. The wage revision is due from 01-01-2017. One and half years have already passed. As such, the BSNL management should take up the matter seriously and ensure that the negotiation is reached its logical conclusion as already demanded by the AUAB. (Courtesy: BSNLEU website)