The BSNL workers are compelled to continue agitation in the start of the new year itself due to the negative and anti-worker attitude of the Department of Telecommunications, Government and the BSNL Management on the issue of wage revision of the employees, as also against the formation of a separate Tower Company by bifurcating the BSNL Towers. The government has already appointed an IAS officer as the CMD of the newly to be formed company. So far there is no IAS officer in BSNL, according to our information. This means that Tower company will not be under BSNL, but a separate company and once formed, even BSNL will have to pay rent for the use of towers. This has happened earlier in the case of underwater international cables. Further, the government may be thinking that with less staff in the new company, it can be privatised without delay, ignoring the opposition from the staff.
The double-talk of government is well known. On the one side issue statements and replies in the Parliament about the government’s intention of improving and assisting BSNL, but on the contrary making all steps to either privatise or close it.
It is against all these attacks that the ‘All Unions and Associations in BSNL’ has called for a Protest day on 8th January 2018 by organising lunch hour demonstrations. AIBDPA, the mighty organisation of the DOT BSNL Pensioners, has called upon its members to fully participate in the demonstrations along with the workers.
Fully participate demanding wage revision and for dropping the move to form Tower Company. Send reports and photos to AIBDPA HQ,