One of the strongest units of the BSNL Employees Union, Kerala Circle held its Circle Conference from 2nd to 4th December 2015. The Conference was organised in the same way as the All India Conference. A lot of preparations and campaigns were organised before the start of the Conference. Five seminars on various social and trade union topics were held with hundreds of people and important personalities participating in the nearby stations within the Kozhikode SSA. Hundreds of pamphlets on telecom development issues were circulated.
On 1st December, one day before the Conference, two processions participated by hundreds of BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCCWF comrades reached the Mudalakkulam maidan, near the Telephone exchange bringing the Union Flag and the Flag mast which were received Coms. MV Sadananadan and K.Sarojini, senior leaders and by a large number of workers. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron of BSNLEU hoisted the union flag. The Conference was being held in the aftermath of the heroic 4 month agitation on the casual-contract labour issues, against corruption and against victimisation.
The conference was inaugurated by Com. A.K.Padmanabhan, All India Presidet, CITU, who spoke in detail about the 2nd September strike and the tasks of the working class. During the three days Conference, in addition to the delegates session, Inaugural Session, Cultural Session, Cultural programmes, Trade Union Session and Open Session were held participated by prominent trade union leaders, leaders of friendly organisations, cultural luminaries etc. The participants of the cultural programmes were BSNL Employees themselves. A session was held to honour the All India and Circle leaders of the union who have recently retired, including Coms. R.Muralidharan Nair, former AGS.
Delegates actively participated in the discussions on organisation and also the issues of the telecom workers. Com.P.Abhimanu, General Secretary BSNLEU, inaugurated the Delegates Session and was through out in the Conference afterwards. He explained the all India issues and connected matters and replied to the questions raised by the delegates. Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron, P.V.Chandrasekharan, Senior leader, K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary, AIBDPA, N.R.Somasekharan Nair, Secretary, BSNLCCWF (CCLU) and other leaders were present and addressed the Conference.
The Report and the Accounts presented by Coms. K.Mohanan, Circle secretary and S.Pratap Kumar, Circle Treasurer were approved after discussion. A good number of delegates effectively participated in the discussions.
Coms. A.V.Kuriakose, K.Mohanan and S.Pratapkumar were unanimously re-elected as President, Circle secretary and Treasurer respectively.
The conference was held in Com.S.K.Vyas Nagar (Tagore Centenary Hall), where excellent arrangements were made for the holding of the conference. The Reception Committee headed by Com.Pradeep Kumar, MLA, M.Bhaskaran, K.V.Jayarajan, District Secretary, M.Vijayakumar, All India org. Secretary, K.G.Sanjeevan, DS AIBDPA and other leaders made all arrangements for the successful conduct of the conference.
An amount of Rs. 40,000 on the spot donated by the delegates to the Chennai Flood Relief was handed over to Com. P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU.
The 8th Circle Conference of BSNLEU Kerala Circle was memorable on all counts.