The Hunger Strike by the CCLU leaders in Kerala has reached the 23rd day. Both the CCLU and BSNLEU leaders are on Hunger Strike demanding increased minimum wage, upgrading the workers to skilled cadres etc. No fruitful discussion has taken so far. Instead victimization is continuing. BSNLEU comrades been issued with dies-non and show cause notices. SNEA District Secretary has been transferred for supporting the agitation. Circle office-bearers of BSNLEU are being victimised.
On the other hand more and more support and solidarity is coming for the fully justified struggle from the workers and from many other trade unions. Many comrades sitting on hunger strike have been hospitalised. The struggle is getting more and more momentum.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF and Patron BSNLEU, who is in UK contacted Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL today and intimated the serious situation in Kerala due to the adamant stand taken by the CGM and asked to intervene and settle the issue. CMD stated he has already spoken to the CGM in the matter. He stated that the CGM has been asked to discuss with the union to settle the issue.