JAC decides for One Day Strike on 10th October 2011

The meeting of the JAC held on 21st September 2011 discussed all the above issues and decided to organise agitational programmes including strike for settlement of the present issues. The following  programmes were decided:

  1. One Day Fast on 29-09-2011  2. One Day Strike on 10-10-2011

It was also proposed to meet as many members of Parliament as possible and seek their support for the demands and agitation. The strike noticee was issued on 22-09-2011 with the following demands:

1.No VRS  2. Immediate payment of Bonus (PLI)  3. Restoration of Medical Allowance, Leave encashment and LTC  4. Immediate conclusion of the process of ITS absorption 5. 78.2% IDA fixation   6. Immediate procurement and supply of equipment including GSM, BB Modem, Cables, Trans SMS, MLLN etc and implementation of important business projects like ERP, NGN and transmission NMS. 7. Government policy issues: a) Compensation for loss making rural services according to policy commitments. b) Pension Contribution to DOT only on actual basic pay  instead of maximum of the pay scale.  c) Refund of Rs. 8,313 crore paid towards non-standard BWA spectrum band  d) Grant of flexibility in selecting circles choice for 3 G spectrum  e) Access Deficit Charge (ADC) should be quantified through adequate and appropriate mechanism and paid to BSNL  f) Reimbursement of Licence Fee as assured at the time of corporatisation  g) Refund of “Notional Loan” of rs. 7,500 crore with interest to BSNL collected by DOT h) Discontinue all telecom Advisory Committees.

The Strike notice was signed  by Comrades V.A.N.Namboodiri, Convener, JAC, P.Abhimanyu (BSNLEU), G.L.Jogi (SNEA), P.Venugopal (AIBSNLEA), V.Subburaman (TEPU), Suresh Kumar (BSNL MS), R.K.Ram (BTU BSNL), Gajendra Kumar (BTEU), S.C.Gaur ( BSNLOA), N.D.Ram (SEWA BSNL), and R.K.Kohli (NFTBE).

As per the decision, massive dharnas were held on 27th September 2011 at SSA/Circle /C.O levels successfully.

Strike postponed for broader unity

The JAC contacted NFTE and FNTO leaders who were keeping away from the JAC for some time and requested that they may join JAC and also participate in the one day strike proposed on 10th October. Both unions agreed to join the strike. It was postponed so that they will get the time to prepare. Accordingly the strike was postponed to 15th  December. The fresh Strike Notice was issued on 17-11-2011 signed by Comrades V.A.N.Namboodiri, Convener JAC, P.Abhimanyu (BSNLEU), G.L.Jogi (SNEA), Prahlad Rai (AIBSNLEA), V.Subburaman (TEPU), Suresh Kumar (BSNL MS), R.K.Kohli (NFTBE), Kanchilal (SEWA BSNL), R.K.Ram (BTU BSNL) and G.S.Gaur (BSNLOA). NFTE and a few other unions will issue separate notice and participate in the strike.

Outsourcing / leasing of tower, Optical Fibre opposed.
JAC in its meeting on 04-10-201 strongly opposed the above outsourcing and addressed a letter to the CMD BSNL and also a Press release issued.

Strike preparation in full swing
The preparation fr the strike was in full swing. JAC issued a circular signed by all the unions. Press releases were issued. Many M.P.s were contacted and their support sought.An appeal was prepared and sent to all M.P.s. Wall posters were printed and circulated. Campaign meetings were held in all places to make the strike successful. In this context, BSNL Management under the Chairmanship of Shri A.K.Garg Director (HR) held discussion with JAC leaders.All the issues in the strike notice were discussed but no satisfactory decision was taken by the management. JAC leaders informed that since no agreement has been reached the strike will take place as decided. Rallies in preparation of the one day strike was organised at SSA/Circle/CO levels on 8th December 2011 with good participation. A conciliation meeting held by the CLC on 15-12-2011 could not resolve the issue.

One Day Strike on 15th December 2011
The strike on 15th December was a great success. Though FNTO did not participate and also issued statement opposing the strike, it did not have any effect. The strike was completely participated by the workers. The reports from all places indicated that the workers were aware of the serious situation and had come forward to participate in the strike and save BSNL and the workers. Many Federations / Unions supported and extended solidarity to the struggle of the BSNL employees.

This was the end of 2011. In this year alone 25 meetings of the JAC were held and important decisions taken. (to be continued)