The Membership verification of non-executive unions in BSNL is over and the results are declared. Out of the total unions, BSNLEU and NFTE have been granted recognition as the first and second union. The month long campaign meetings are over.

Now it is the time to join ranks and fight against the anti-BSNL policies of the government and save BSNL. Contract workers have not been paid wages for the last 7 months. How, they and their families can manage their daily life without any money? Regular employees are not getting salary in time. This month, it was paid only on 19th. The govt, although denied in the Parliament, is going with the reduction of retirement age from 60 to 58. Contract workers are being retrenched. In the name of VRS, proposal for retrenchment of regular workers are in the pipeline. Without allotting 4G Spectrum, the development and expansion of BSNL services are blocked. Overt and covert all round favouritism is shown for Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio, violating all orders.

United struggle by all the unions/associations is the need of the hour. Keeping away the temporary differences, all has to come jointly for struggle to save BSNL.

In 2005-07, such a move for unbundling of cables, disinvestment, VRS for about one lakh employees – could be utterly defeated by all the 18 unions/associations of executives and non-executives jointly, after sustained struggles.

BSNL, with its 30,000 of offices/exchanges, infrastructure, training centres, vast plots of lands, telecom factories has got the biggest infrastructure than any other telecom company. This is the asset of the people and can not be handed over to the private corporates. United hard struggles with the full support of the people is the only remedy.