All want to enjoy the holidays. My blog also will be on vacation for a few days. You can expect us back by about 15th of September. Good Night!
The casual & contract workers in W.Bengal are sitting on 48 hours dharna at Kolkata demanding regularisation of the left-out casual labours (numbering 2270 in WB alone), wages as per the government orders etc. The dharna is being held from 29th August onwards. Leaders of BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF have discussed the above issues several time with the management but without any results. Hence the Dharna. Coms. Animesh Mitra, Vice-President, BSNLCCWF and Dy.GS, BSNLEU, Tapas Ghosh, Secretary General BSNLCCWF and others are leading the dharna. We demand the management to discuss with the union and settle the issue without further delay.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLCCWF and BSNLEU has sent message to Shri A.N.Rai, Directort (HR), BSNL demanding to intervene and to settle the issues.
As per the call of All India BSNL-DOT Pensioners Association (AIBDPA), massive dharnas participated by hundreds of pensioners were held in each and every SSA demanding settlement of issues raised by the association in it’s Charter of Demands.
In Bangalore TD, hundreds of pensioners participated in the dharna held before the CTO complex premises. District Secretary Com. Prakash and other leaders led the dharna. Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor AIBDPA as also President, AIBDPA addressed and spoke about the latest position of the 78.2% IDA fixation for pensioners, medical allowance issues etc. etc.
The rupee is devalued to such an extent that it becomes unbelievable. As per latest information, Rupee has come down to 68 for a dollar and 106 for pound. Same way with other foreign currencies. It is reported that a such a thing never happened for the last 20 years. The present period is compared to the 1991 situation.
Is this crisis man made, government made? It seems so. Because the Finance Minister is not worried and say there is no need to panic. In fact, it is almost very clear that the government is going to utilise the present crisis to bring further reforms to benefit the corporates and the MNCs. Already proposals are being mooted to hand over land at low price to the corporates, restrict the existing labour laws to suit the requirement of the big business and so on.
The Finanace Minister of India is turning himself in to the Finance Minister of the corporates and big business!
The 16 days complete strike of casual-contract workers of Kerala from 12th August supported by the BSNLEU through work-to-Rule from 26th August was settled after the management agreed to certain important demands. The salient points of the agreement as intimated by the Circle Secretaries BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF are given below:
“The indefinite strike of the contract and temporary workers of Kerala circle ended on the 16th day with a reasonable agreement with the management on 27-08-2013 at 5 pm. Almost all the workers participated in the strike called by BSNL Casual Contract Labours Union. Enhancement of wages, implement EPF & ESI and other social security measures, payment of Bonus, issue of ID card, desist from the move to implement work contract system etc. were the important demands raised by the union. The strike was total and badly affected the service.
The strike was supported by BSNLEU by giving call to work to rule agitation from 26-08-2013. The left and democratic forces, trade unions, service organizations etc. had also supported the strike. The management was adamant but later compelled to come down and to settle the demands.
The salient features of the settlement are:
1. The employees engaged for Cable/Line maintenance will be paid @ Rs.258/- + DA
2. All other workers will be paid @ Rs.236/-+DA
3. EPF and ESI will be implemented.
4. Work less than 4 hours will be treated as part time and ESI & EPF will be implemented
5. Payment of Bonus will be considered and provision will be included in the Tender
6. ID card certified by BSNL officer will be issued
7. The system of Work Contract will not be implemented at present.”
This is the first time that a uniform wage structure has been implemented throughout the state and there will not be any victimization against the workers participated in the strike.”
This is a good agreement. We congratulate the casual contract Workers Union as also BSNLEU of Kerala for the historic strike and agreement!
A report from PTI says that facing all round attack over the
bad state of the economy, Government today said unleashing of
more reforms was the way to deal with the situation and
pressed for ending the “impasse” in coal and iron ore sectors
to push growth.
Finance Minister P Chidambaram listed ten steps including
promoting of manufacturing sector and exports to boost
faltering growth, which needs to be raised to its potential
rate of 8 per cent.
What are the ‘more reforms’? Giving more concession to the corporates and MNCs, giving a free hand to the corporates for mining of Iron ore, coal etc. and probably taking away the restrictions on FDI. This will only help the MNCs and Corporates and not the country and the people. It will only worsen the situation, since the purchasing power of the vast majority of people. The argument for reduction of government expenditure has already come. These all shows how the economy of the country is going down.
Don’t implement more the so called reforms. It is taking the country to further economic crisis.
The Chief Labour Commissioner has called both the Forum and the BSNL Management for conciliation on 29th August 2013 on the demands raised by the Forum on the proposed strike of 12th June ( which was withdrawn after settlement with management). The meeting will take place at 11.00 AM at Shram Shakti Bhawan.
More than 1,000 casual and contract workers sat on dharna in front of the office of CGM,Karnataka Circle on 28th August 2013 demanding immediate settlement of long pending issues including payment of minimum wage, implementation of social security measures like EPF and ESI, reinstatement of retrenched workers etc. The participant came from all the SSAs in the circle, on the call of the BSNL Non-Permanent Workers Union, which is affiliated both to CITU and BSNLCCWF. The CGM office compound was completely full by the agitators, which included a good number of women workers.
Coms. C.K.Gundanna, President of NPWU and also BSNLEU, Karnataka Circle, K.Mahantesh, General Secretary, NPMU, Cheluvaraj, Vice-President, NPWU, Muddiah, senior leader, Sudershan, DS, BSNLEU, Bangalore Telephone District and other leaders addressed the rally. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, All India President of both BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF congratulated the workers and the leaders for the massive dharna and conveyed the revolutionary Greetings of the All India Unions. He briefed the rally about the issues taken the CHQ, deliberations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour to which the issue of casual contract labours has been petitioned by BSNLCCWF, the meeting with the Labour Minister etc. with regard to the demands of the Casual-Contract workers.
A Memorandum by the Circle Union was presented to Shri Chandra Mouli, GM (HR), who assured that the issues will be favorably considered.
My Hearty Congratulation to the Karnataka leaders and workers for the excellent dharna and the unity shown by the regular employees and the contract workers.It is also to be mentioned that the Karnataka workers have improved their wages through sustained struggles and unity. But more are still to won and the unions will jointly work for the same.
BSNL and DOT Pensioners will be sitting on Dharna on 29th August 2013 at SSA/Circle levels demanding settlement of their long pending issues. The dharna is being organised as per the call of All India BSNL-DOT Pensioners Association(AIBDPA). The demands include pension revision with 78.2% IDA revision to both pre-2007 as also post-2007 retirees, increase in Medical Allowance and other demands already brought to the notice of the BSNL Management and DOT.
The 78.2% IDA Pension revision has been included as an important item in the Charter of Demands of BSNLEU and United Forum of BSNL Unions, which have called for one day strike on 27th September.
All the SSA/Circle Units are requested to participate in the dharna in a massive way.
The 16 day strike of the casual and contract workers of Kerala Circle has been withdrawn after successful agreement with the Management. The Wages are to be increased and other demands also agreed. The proposal of the management for Works contract instead of labour contract has been stopped. The BSNL Employees had started Work-to-Rule from 26th in support of the strike.My Hearty Congratulations to the Kerala Workers!