Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Ghulam Nabi Azad, Left party leaders D Raja and Sitaram Yechury, Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) chief Sharad Yadav, DMK MP Tiruchi Siva and others at Srinagar airport, Saturday, Aug 24, 2019. A delegation of opposition leaders who visited Srinagar to assess the situation in the Kashmir Valley were sent back from the airport by J&K authorities.
The Central Trade Unions (CTUs) namely INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC in their meeting on 21st August 2019, at Delhi congratulated the defense employees for successful strike from 20th August in all industrial, non-industrial (Clerical, office staff) defense production units,Junior Officers, Charge Hands have walked out of 41 ordnance factories (OF) as declared almost a month back, against Modi Government’s plans to corporatize and then to privatise them. This move of the Government will put national security at risk and hence is anti-national.
The Government wants these 41 Indian Ordnance Factories to produce Rs. 30,000 Cr worth of goods by 2024. The Unions have accepted the challenge, but want the government to assure them that the plans to corporatize the ordnance factories will be shelved.
The workmen in essential services like fire-fighting, water and electric supply, hospitals in the Ordnance Factories colonies have also struck work, but are back manning those services voluntarily, foregoing the salaries for the days of strikes.
This massive strike has been peaceful, except in West Bengal, where the oldest ordnance factories are situated. There are reports that the Police lathi-charged the striking workers, injuring scores of them, four seriously. We condemn this unprovoked lathi-charge.
The CTUs call upon the Modi Government to pay heed to the voice of these soldiers behind the lines, who have struck work not for any of their immediate financial demands but for guaranteeing the supply lines to our Armed Forces. The Government’s plans of corporatization of ordnance factories will jeopardize just that guarantee.
CTUs also extended their support to the agitations being carried out for almost a month against the move of corporatisation of production units in Railways with an eye on its huge lands and resources actually to pave way for privatisation to benefit corporate houses. It is hearting to note that the family members of the affected employees are also participating in these agitations.
We call upon all our affiliated unions and Independent Federations/Associations to organise solidarity action programmes on 27th August throughout the Country in support of striking defense employees and agitating railway employees.
INTUC AITUC HMS CITU AIUTUC
TUCC SEWA AICCTU LPF UTUC
[Date : 23 – Aug – 2019]
The VIII Membership Verification for grant of recognition to the union of non-executives is going to take place on 16th September 2019. Out of the 7 verifications already conducted since formation of BSNL, BSNL Employees got first position and recognition in all the verifications, except in the first, and got continued recognition. From 2nd to 7th verifications, BSNLEU got more than 50% of the votes polled.
The situation has not changed. BSNLEU throughout the period as recognised union had made efforts and settled many of the major issues. Of course, there are many more issues to be settled including the wage revision w.e.f. 01-01-2017.
In this verification, there is no doubt that BSNLEU will as earlier. It is also necessary that the workers are approached to get increased support.
The reported decision of the central govt to reduce the retirement age of BSNL employees from 60 to 58 is against the assurance of the central government that the opted employees will not be at any disadvantage in BSNL. This was clearly stated at the time of the formation of BSNL. The retirement age for CG employees is 60 now, and it can not be reduced for the BSNL employees.
Further, the employees have planned so many arrangements like marriage of sons/daughters, construction of houses, refund of loans and other financial dealings taking in to consideration that they will be getting salary till they complete 60 years. All these plans will be smashed, if the retirement age is reduced from 60 to 58.
Further, more than 20,000 employees will be retiring in the next two years even without reducing the retirement year. Then why this unusual haste.
The amount which will be required immediately for the pensionary benefits can be utilised for the development/expansion of BSNL.
The BSNL Unions/Associations have strongly protested against the move to reduce retirement age and organised massive protest demonstrations. Further programmes are on the anvil.
The govt should drop the decision.
It was reported earlier that about 2 lakh jobs have been lost in automobile industry including the house of Tatas. But the latest information is more serious. The job loss is more than three lakhs, it is stated. It is also stated that the demand is lowest in the last ten years.
Banks are planning to reduce the interest for the SB Accounts. This will hit the ordinary people who put their savings in the banks.
Is it going to an economic crisis?
My Best Wishes and Greetings to all on the 73rd Independence Day!
Hundreds of BSNL employees and casual-contract workers will march to the Labour Officers in their respective places on 13th August demanding intervention for payment of wages to contract workers and their arbitrary retrenchment by the contractor/BSNL. Despite the issues taken with the CMD BSNL and other authorities, no favourable decision has been taken so far. The issue was brought to the notice of the CLC also, but no result. It is in this context that the March to Labour Office is being organised. Let us fully participate and make the programme a full success.
( Due to floods and landslides etc. the programme in Kerala Circle is postponed.)