Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF met Shri R.K.Goyal, GM(Estt.) and discussed about the casual workers’ issues, including the regularisation of TSM and Casual workers, implementation of IDA wages to casual workers etc. The issue of Presidential orders for the TSM promoted TMs was also discussed. Com. Namboodiri wanted that a scheme be prepared for the regularisation of the TSM and casual workers. The GM was sympathetic but did not give any assurance.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLEU and Convener Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations met Shri Anupam Shrivastava, Director (CM) BSNL today, 29th April 2014, and discussed about the improvement of BSNL Services and how to market our services effectively. The suggestions/proposals submitted by the Forum were explained briefly by Com. Namboodiri. Director (CM) assured that the Management make all out efforts for making the company financially viable and the unions’ suggestions are always welcome.
The 28 countries affiliated European Union has temporarily banned import of Indian Mangoes,eggplant, taro plant, bitter gourd,snake gourd etc. stated that these are contaminated by pests. According to the Euro Union, these pests will contaminate and adversely affect their vegetable crops.
Whether it is because of the pests or a trick by the Euro Union to reduce the imports. The Government India have to clear the issue. Govt. of India has to take immediate action in the matter to find out the real reason and restore the import.
In this connection, it is to be remembered that when the export of Indian clothes to US was increasing, the latter forced a ban on import stating that the Indian Clothes will catch fire and is a risk.
1st May, the International Day of Working Class, is here again. The May Day is being observed and celebrated through out the world by the workers and other toiling masses. The memory of the Chicago workers who were hanged for demanding and agitating for the 8 hours working day inspire the working class. It is through such struggles and strikes that the working class have been able to achieve many gains and victories.
May Day 2014 comes at a time when the working class are facing many challenges. The neo-liberal policies being implemented by the imperialist and capitalist class has created misery and heavy burden on the people. For maximising the profits, the corporates and financiers can go to any length, as we have seen. At the same time struggles are going on in many countries against these anti-people policies.
It is not different in India. The Central Trade Unions are unitedly fighting against the neo-liberal policies of the government. Independent Federations of workers are also in the struggle.This will continue and will be strengthened.
The struggle to save BSNL has started and many things are to be done in this respect. We have to make BSNL stronger and give a better service to the people.
BSNLEU has to be strengthened and converted in to a militant organisation to fight and achieve the demands of the workers. The organisations of the Pensioners, viz. AIBDPA and that of casual-contract workers viz. BSNLCCWF, have to be strengthened and their issues focussed and exploitation ended.
Let us pledge to march forward with determination and dedication.
Unity for Struggle! Struggle for Unity !
Unity and Struggle for Progress !
Revolutionary greetings on May Day!
As per the decision of the Rajkot CEC meeting of BSNLEU, a well attended Circle Convention was held at Rohtak on 28th April 2014 to focus on the issues of anti-worker neo-liberal policies of the government with special reference to BSNL, Communal Harmony and the Charter of demands of the Central Trade Unions. The meeting was held at the spacious Jat Convention Hall. Com. Naresh Kumar, Circle President, BSNLEU presided. Com.M.S.Kadian, Circle Secretary welcomed all those present and briefed about the decision of the CEC to hold the convention etc.
All the District Secretaries present as also some of the Circle Executive Committee members spoke and raised certain issues connected with the subject. Coms. Kuldeep Singh, All India Asst. Treasurer and Hari Krishan Sharma, Circle Secretary AIBDPA greeted the Convention.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, All India President, BSNLEU spoke about the neo-liberal policies being implemented by the government which has put more and misery on the workers and the need to fight it with all might of the workers. He condemned the communalistic propaganda from certain quarters and the need for communal harmony and also about BSNL issues and the demands raised by the Central Trade Unions on which sustained struggles are going on. He also called upon the district secretaries to take initiative to form the BSNLCCWF and AIBDPA, wherever not yet formed.
Com. M.S.Kadian, Circle Secretary handed over Rs. 37,500 to Com. Namboodiri as donation to the KG Bose Bhawan Building Fund.
Comrades P.P.Anandan and M.Achuthan became martyrs in the struggle for freedom of Mahe (Mayyazhi) from the French on 27th April 1954.
Mayyazhi, a small area between the present Kannur and Kozhikode district was given to the French by the local Raja centuries back. The French constructed a fort there. During the several wars between British and France, Mahe was taken over by the British. But after agreements the same was given back to France. Since 1816, Mahe continued to be in the hands of the French.
When India got Independence on 15th August 1947 from the British after a long and sustained freedom struggle, Mahe still remained in the hands of French. Despite several demands by the Govt. of India, the French did not vacate. It is at this juncture that the people of the French colonies in the country, Pondicherry, Mahe, Karikkal, Yanaon, Chandernagor and Trincomalee started agitations demanding vacation of the territories by the French.
The French Government reacted and used force to crush the struggle. It was during this struggle that Coms. Anandan and Achuthan were killed and became martyrs.Before the mass upsurge, the French could not continue their rule. They had no other way but to leave.
The entire French colonies in India including Mahe got freedom in 1954 itself. Chandernagore got freedom two years earlier in 1952.
Today is the 60th death anniversary of the above martyrs. Our revolutionary homage to these martyrs who fought and laid their lives at the altar of freedom!
Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha (64) has sworn in as the 41st Chief Justice of India today, 27th April 2014. He will have a short tenure of 5 months and will retire on 27th September 2014.
The Supreme Court in the recent period has been taking an active role against corruption as also putting its feet on hasty and irregular decisions of the government which are politically motivated.
We hope the new Chief Justice will also continue the same path.
My Best Wishes and Congratulations to the new Chief justice!
On the auspices of the Federation of Bahujan Telecom Organisations and SEWA BSNL a meeting was held on 25-04-2014 at CTO Dormitory Hall, New Delhi to pay homage to Bharat Ratna Dr. B.R.Ambedkar in connection with his death anniversary observation. Shri Ram Snehi Secretary General FBTO presided. Many prominent persons addressed and mentioned about the achievements of Babasaheb Ambedkar. Shri Anupam Srivastava, Director (CM), BSNL, Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU and others also paid homage to the great leader who fought for the uplift of the downtrodden.
BSNLEU Haryana Circle is organising the BSNLEU Circle Convention as per the call of the Rajkot CEC Meeting against neo-liberalisation policy of the government, on communal harmony and on the Charter of Demands of the Central Trade Unions on 28th April 2014 at Rohtak. Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, All India President, BSNLEU will be attending the Convention. Comrades M.S.Kadian, Circle Secretary, Haryana and Kuldeep Singh, CHQ office-bearer and other leaders from Haryana are making all arrangements for the success of the convention.