Red Salute to Comrade Jyoti Basu!

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It is nine years since Comrade Jyoti Basu, former Chief Minister of W.Bengal for 23 years, PB Member of CPI(M) since its formation in 1964, and also a veteran trade union leader, passed away on 17th January 2010. He was not only an ideologue but a practical communist, who worked for the upliftment of the people. As the Vice-President of the CITU for a long period, he gave correct direction to the trade union movement.

I had been fortunate to meet and discuss with on two-three occasions, mainly on the issue of BSNL. At the 2005 Party Congress at Delhi, I could meet him and discuss about the developments in BSNL and the need for all the state government departments taking up BSNL connections only. He fully supported the idea and assured that there will be full support from the W.Begal government.

Red salute to Comrade Jyoti Basu!

 

Meeting between CMD BSNL and the AUAB on 3rd Pay Revision issue.

In the meeting held on 10.01.2019, the Additional Secretary, Telecom, directed the AUAB to hold a discussion with the BSNL Management on the 3rd Pay Revision issue, and to come back to him for a meeting in the following week. Accordingly, a meeting took place between the AUAB and the CMD BSNL today. The Director (HR) was also present in the meeting. From the AUAB, Com.P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Convenor, Com.Chandeshwar Singh, GS, NFTE & Chairman, Com.K.Sebastin, GS, SNEA, Com. Prahlad Rai, GS, AIBSNLEA, Com.Ravi Shil Verma, GS, AIGETOA, Com. Suresh Kumar, GS, BSNL MS, Com. Rewati Prasad, AGS, ATM and Com.H.P. Singh, Dy.GS, BSNL OA, were present. Discussion took place on the issue of 3rd Pay Revision. The AUAB representatives categorically demanded that 3rd Pay Revision should be settled with 15% fitment. The CMD BSNL also stated that the BSNL Management sticks on to it’s earlier position that 3rd Pay Revision should be settled with 15% fitment. The AUAB pointed out that the notification for Parliament election would be issued any time in the month of March, and that the available time for the settlement of 3rd Pay Revision was very less. The representatives also pointed out that the AUAB would be constrained to restart the agitation, if no favourable settlement comes on time.

(BSNLEU Website)

Defence Employees Strike on 23-25 January 2019.

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All the three Federations of the Defence employees have called upon the defence employees to organise total strike for three days on 23-25 January 2019 to protest against and resist the most dangerous and disastrous move of the government of India to gradually dismantle the defence production network consisting of 42 Ordnance factories, DRDO, numerous Military Engineering Service (MES) Centres, Army Station Workshops etc through outsourcing more than 275 products so long being produced by the Ordnance factories in favour of private corporates, both foreign and domestic. This move of the government of India has already rendered half of the Ordnance Factories redundant, paving way for their closures or sell-out. Many defence procurement deals are also being hurriedly concluded or going to be concluded with foreign companies for supply of aircrafts, naval frigates etc giving rise to big scams and huge loss to the national exchequer.

The strike is to defend the national interests and national security in particular. This struggle must have the support and solidarity from the entire people.
Solidarity and Support to the Struggle of the Defence Workers.

Don’t Merge Public Sector Banks – CPI(M)

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New Delhi, January 15: The Polit Bureau of Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

The Polit Bureau is deeply concerned at the un-seemly haste with which the government of India has been going ahead with the merger/amalgamation process of three nationalized banks viz., Vijaya Bank, Bank of Baroda and Dena Bank ignoring the collective opposition of the employees and officers together of the entire industry.

The merger of banks is being justified by the Government on ground of strengthening and consolidating the concerned banks; but in reality, such a merger will further weaken all the three banks post merger. Problems of public sector banks emanate from the deliberate default in loan-repayment by the big corporate houses. The solution lies in stern action by the Government for outright recovery of the huge loan amounts from these defaulter corporates with penalty instead of the futile exercise on merger.

However, the Government has been displaying a totally indulgent attitude to the defaulter corporates and through the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) procedure public sector banks are being forced to accept big reduction of the defaulted loan amount.

Such merger of banks, instead of addressing their basic problems, will actually result in squeezing the banks’ operational areas through inevitable closure of several branches seriously affecting employment. It also affects the spread and availability of banking services for common people particularly in comparatively remote areas.

The CPI(M) opposes the harmful exercise of merger of banks and calls upon the government to desist from such moves.

Modi Government utterly failed on settling unemployment problem

One area where the Modi government has utterly failed is tackling the unemployment issue. During the election campaign in 2014, Modi focussed on settling the unemployment problem by creating 2 crore jobs every year. Leave alone two crore, the government has been unable provide at the rate of two lakhs employment every year. Such a low position on employment was never there.

It is certain that Modi and BJP will announce so many election promises this time also. But nobody is going to believe. Many of those who voted him last time is certain to vote against him on employment, farmers’ issues etc. etc.

Letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on non-payment of wages to contract labour for one year in U.P.

Respected Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji,

In your own constituency Varanasi and in most districts of U. P. where your party runs the Government, BSNL contract workers are being paid a monthly wage of Rs. 1500 to Rs. 2000 only, whereas the minimum wage prescribed by the central government is Rs. 10,500. But the most pitiful fact is that they have not been paid even that meagre amount for the last one year, though they continue to work. Their families are starving for months. Continuous representations, including by the unions, did not achieve any fruitful result.
I sent your kind self a letter months back and I got acknowledgment also, but the miserable condition continues.
I would request your kind self once again to urgently look in to the matter and ensure justice to them by getting full wages paid to them with arrears for the whole period.

Yours Sincerely,
V. A. N. Namboodiri
President, BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation, at Kozhikode -673011.

(Prime Minister Office Acknowledgement No. PMOPG/E/2019/0021697 dated 13th January 2019)

Pay wages to Casual/contract labour in BSNL.

Most of the casual, contract labour in BSNL has not received their wages for months. BSNL management is taking the plea that there is no funds to pay the wages. This is atrocious. After putting hard work, how can they be denied wages on the above plea. All the officers and employees   are paid wages, but the lowest section of workers are denied the same.   This can  not be accepted.

We demand that the wages of the casual, contract labour be paid with arrears without further delay.

BSNL Employees Union is always in the front of struggle

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BSNL Employees Union always was in the forefront of the strikes called by the Central trade unions. There were 18 general strikes including the 48 hours strike on 8-9 January 2019, against the anti-people anti- worker neo-liberal policy of the government since 1991.The dates of the strikes are given below:

  1. 29th November 1991
  2. 16th June 1992
  3. 9th September 1993
  4. 29th September 1994
  5. 11th December 1996
  6. 11th May 2000
  7. 12th March 2001
  8. 16th April 2002
  9. 24th February 2004.
  10. 29th September 2005
  11. 14th December 2006
  12. 20th August 2008
  13. 7th September 2010
  14. 28th February 2012
  15. 20-21 February 2013
  16. 2nd September 2015
  17. 2nd September 2016
  18. 8-9 January 2019

The strike was participated by the mainstream of the P and T workers since 1991, the first strike. After formation of BSNL, the workers participated as per the call of BSNL Employees Union. In the first strike, about 2 crore workers participated and in the last strike  it was participated by more than 20 crores.

The struggle goes on!

STRUGGLE FOR UNITY,

UNITY FOR STRUGGLE  and

UNITY AND STRUGGLE FOR PROGRESS!

 

Pension Revision of BSNL retirees

It is more than one month that the pension revision of BSNL retirees was delinked from the wage revision of BSNL employees. But so far the same has not been done. There is already a system of Pension revision as was done in the 2007 pension revision. Now the pension revision is delinked, the government need not delay but should be done as done last time. The precedent is there.