BSNL employees, both executives and non-executives coming to about two lakhs are on continuous agitation for about one year demanding that their wages be revised with effect from 01-01-2017, ten years after the last wage revision. A Joint strike participated by almost the entire work force was also organised. The latest is the ‘Satyagraha’ for 5 days and the ‘work according to rule’ programme which is continuing.

BSNL, which was in loss for 5-6 years had started picking up with the initiative of the unions/associations and is in operative profit for the last three years.  Even otherwise the profitablity alone can not be considered in a PSU like BSNL, which implementing the policy of the government for full connectivity to the nation, which entails loss to the PSU.

BSNL Management has already intimated Department of Telecom that it is prepared for wage revision. But the DOT and the Communications Minister is keeping silent.

This is unfortunate and completely not acceptable. The minister should take necessary decision and start the process of implementing the wage revision in discussion with the unions/associations.