Almost all the DOT officials, who absorbed in BSNL will be retiring by 2025. They will get government pension, whatever be the future challenges. But survival and strengthening is most important to the BSNL recruitees since they will be in service for about 20 years more. Their future is most important to the unions and associations. They are the future of the company.
Clearly discriminating against the new recruits, DOT and BSNL management wanted to break the unity of the workers. That is why the unions/associations are working hard to ensure justice to the BSNL recruitees. The central government has introduced the New Pension Scheme for all PSUs. It is also introduced to the state and central employees from 2004. NPS is nothing but No Pension Scheme in effect. That is why the Central Government employees have gone on strike demanding withdrawal of PFRDA and NPS.
In BSNL, the unions /associations are trying to get 30% pensionary benefits to the newly recruits, which was only 18% earlier. Now it is increased after sustained struggles, but not yet reached 30%. The struggle is going on. Immediate wage revision w.e.f. 01-01-2017 is another important demand which has to be settled urgently.
United struggles are required to settle these issues. The young generation has to come forward and lead the struggles along with the veterans. That will be the key to success.