The government is in the final stage of finalising decisions on the recommendations of the VII CPC for the CG employees after the latter has decided for a strike, which has been deferred for the present after certain assurances from the Finance and Home Minister.

The III Pay Revision Committee has been formed for the pay revision of executives in all PSUs, including BSNL, with effect from 01-01-2017 and it has started functioning.

What about the non-executives in BSNL? Their wage revision from 2017 is to be done through wage negotiation between the management and the recognised unions. Last time, it took about three years, hard bargaining, two strikes and many struggles to achieve a very good agreement, which largely benefit-ted the workers.

It is high time that the management starts the negotiations with out delay. The recognised unions should take the initiative.