Move to impose VRS defeated
Shri A,K,Sinha, then outgoing CMD BSNL, told the media on 31-07-2007 that BSNL management was proposing to bring in Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) to send out 20,000 employees. This was strongly opposed by the Joint Forum and a strong protest letter was sent to the CMD against the proposal. This was the second time that the management was mooting the idea. It was first brought in 2003, which was agreed to by the then recognized union NFTE, but which was dropped later by the strong opposition of the new recognized union BSNLEU in 2005.
Protest Demonstration on 9th August 2007 against VRS
BSNL employees organized massive demonstrations on 9th August against the proposed VRS demanding that the anti-worker proposal be dropped.
Meeting with the CMD on 10-08-2007
The newly appointed CMD Shri Kuldeep Goyal met the leaders of the Joint Forum on 10-08-2007. The main issue was the proposal for VRS to 20,000 workers, which the unions strongly opposed. After detailed discussion, the CMD assured that no VRS will be implemented without discussing with the unions. Thus the second wave of VRS was also defeated. ( To be continued)