Meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour  at Mumbai on 12th October 2015

A meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour was held at Oberoi Hotel, Mumbai, on the Issues of casual and contract labour in BSNL. The meeting was attended by Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, John Verghese, Asst. General secretary, BSNLEU and N.K.Nalwade, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Maharashtra. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Virendra Kumar, M.P., Chairman of the Committee and was attended by more than 15 Members of Parliament. The Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), The Central EPF Commissioner and the Central ESI Commissioner were also present.

The union leaders pointed out that despite many efforts on the part of the union, the BSNL Management has not taken any effort for the regularization of the more than 4000 left out casual labours. Either they can be regularized in the same way as done by the Customs, Income Tax, Central Excise etc. as per the directions of the DOP and T or by preparing a scheme as proposed in the SC judgment itself. The EPF has been implemented w.e.f. 01-10-2000 for Casual labour and the same should be made applicable to the contract labour also. The wages of the casual labour should be fixed as the minimum scale of BSNL, instead of DOT since they are working in BSNL for the last 15 years.

Minimum Wages should be ensured to the contract, which is not implemented in many states. Specific instances like UP, Maharashtra Circles were pointed out.  The brutal exploitation of contract labour was explained with detailed information. Social Security measures like ESI and EPF are not implemented in most of the places. The regularization of contract labour was also raised. The unions also requested for an inquiry in the matter of non-implementation of the labour laws. A detailed Memorandum on all the issues was presented to the Chairman, Standing Committee with copy to all the MPs and Labour Officers along with a copy of the book published by the BSNLCCWF on the casual contract workers.

The Chairman and other Members of the Committee appreciated our points and stated that they will discuss the same with the Management.

After the evidence of the Unions, the BSNL Management was called. CMD BSNL, Director (HR), GM(Estt) and other senior officers attended the meeting from the management side.