Com.A.K.Padmanabhan, President, CITU, has issued the following statement:
CITUSupports the Strike in BSNL
CITUcongratulates the 2.25 lakhs of employees of BSNL, including 40,000 executives
for their successful countrywide united strike for 48 hours on 21st and 22nd April
The strike call given by the Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations, an umbrella
organization of all the unions and association of employees and executives. It was after
4 months of their strike notice, they have gone on strike.
The issues raised by the Forum are the issues of saving the public sector telecom
enterprise which is being derided of all support from the Government and at the same
time the private players in the sector are favoured and supported.
It is unfortunate that the employees of a telecom PSU are forced to go on a 48 hour
strike for procurement of equipments like mobile lines, broadband modem etc. All the
demands including filling up of vacancies are aimed at strengthening the enterprise.
It is condemnable that the concerned Minister or the Department Secretary did not
even call the unions for a discussion on their demands.
CITU urges the Government to take necessary steps to save this crucial PSU. CITU
assures all support to the employees and executives in their struggle in defence of the
PSU and calls upon them to be prepared for united actions of all public sector
employees in defence of public sector undertakings in the country.