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Major issues of the casual and contract workers in BSNL were discussed between the Joint Action Committee of BSNL Non-Executive unions with Director (HR) BSNL today, 27th June. Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President and P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary represented BSNLEU. The following issues were discussed:

1.Regularisation of TSMs/Casual labour: The JAC demanded that all the left out TSMs/Casual labour be regularised at an early date, as was done in Income tax, Customs etc. on a one time basis. In this connection, the DOP and T orders can be followed. There are about 3,350 TSM/CL, most of them in W.Bengal. The Management continued their position that since the Supreme Court orders against regularisation is there, they can not be regularised.

2.Payment of minimum Wage and implementation of ESI, EPF etc. for contract workers: The JAC pointed out that the Govt. as well as BSNL orders are not being implemented at field level. They cited many examples. The management stated that they will issue again directives to the CGMs/GMs in this matter.

3. Revision of wages of the casual labour and TSM based on the IDA pay scale : JAC leaders pointed out that the TSM/Casual labour are at present paid only the minimum of the CDA scales and it should be revised to IDA scale. The management did not agree. The JAC also pointed out that even the revised minimum of the CDA is not being paid. This will be examined.