A well attended meeting of BSNLEU was held at Telephone Exchange premises,Salem on 30th December 2013. The meeting was presided over by Com. Tamil Mani,President of the District Union. Comrade E.Gopal, District Secretary, BSNLEU,welcomed all. Coms. V.Narayanasamy, Asst. Circle secretry, BSNLEU, Com.Alagiri, District Secretary, Dharmapuri, Com. Baskar, District Secretary, BSNLCCWF, Com. P.Krishnamurthy, District Secretary TEPU, Com. Madusamy District President SEWA BSNL and other leaders addressed. Com. P.Ramasamy, senior leader of the P and T TU movement was present on the dais.
The meeting was held at short notice to utilise the opportunity of the family visit of Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF at Yercaud, near Salem. Com. VAN, before his speech, inaugurated the website, bsnleusalem@blogspot.in, of the District Union in the Union office. Com. VAN was given a hearty welcome by the house. The District Union handed over Rs.15,000 to Com.Namboodiri towards Donation to KG Bose Bhawan Fund.
Com. Namboodiri paid homage to the memory of the recently departed senior BSNLEU leaders Com. S.R.Nayak, Circle Secretary, MP Circle, T.S.Rajan, former Dy. General Secretary and Circle Secretary T.Nadu of T.III Union and Com. D.Purkayastha, AGS of BSNLEU. Since the time was short, he answered the questions raised and clarifications sought for by the participants with regard to stagnation of pay of RMs, wage deduction of post-2007 recruitees, the retirement benefits of BSNL recruited employees, 78.2% for pensioners, modifications to NEPP, declaration of results of JTO in T.Nadu Circle, next wage revision and many other points and the action taken by BSNLEU to settle the issues.
He explained in detail about the issues of the casual and contract workers and the action taken by the BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF. It was reported by the District Secretaries that the minimum wage on the basis of the unskilled, semiskilled, skilled etc. are not being paid. President assured that this will be taken up with the management.
The problems of the Pensioners and the need to fight against the anti-worker PFRDA Act were explained.
The urgent need to strengthen BSNL and to provide a better service to the Nation and the efforts made by BSNLEU and the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations in this connection was pointed out. He congratulated the management and workers for making the Salem district a profitable one. He thanked the workers and leaders of Salem for the hearty reception. Com. M. Narayanasamy, gave a brief account of the speech in Tamil.