Despite continued demands, the ITS officers absorption in BSNL was not settled. The meeting of the Forum on 04-09-2012 decided to organise Lunch Hour demonstration on 18th September 2012 and the same was effectively implemented.
The Forum leaders met Secretary DOT and also CMD BSNL on the implementation of 78.2%IDA fixation and ITS absorption issue. But there was no progress. Hence the Forum decided that the court case for getting intervention in the ITS absorption issue in the Delhi Court to be pursued effectively. We should demand the BSNL management and government that the repatriation issue should be settled as er Govt. DPE guide lines. Failing the above, all absorbed employees should demand for repatriation to DOT.
In order to settle the demands, it was decided to organise Savingram Campaign demanding immediate repatriation of ITS. A dharna to be organised on 15th October. Parliament march to be organised on 26th October and relay Hunger Strike from 29th October to 3rd November 2012.
As per decision, savingrams were sent to Prime Minister, Communications Minister, Cabinet secretary, Secretary DOT and CMD BSNL. Massive dharnas were also organised. In the meanwhile the unions/associations in MTNL were also contacted since the ITS absorption was a common issue to both PSUs.
Joint Forum of BSNL , MTNL Unions/Associations
The meeting of the Joint Forum of BSNL MTNL unions/associations was held on 25th October presided by Com.M.K.Bagchi, Convener of the United Forum of MTNL unions/associations. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Convener, Joint Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations reported the latest developments. It was decided that a Joint Forum of BSNL MTNL Unions/Associations be formed with Com.Bagchi as Chairman and Namboodiri as Convener. The Parliament March earlier decided will be made a joint action by both BSNL and MTNL employees. In preparation for the parliament March, Joint demonstrations were held in Delhi and Mumbai on 8th November 2012.
Mammoth Parliament March on 22nd November 2012.
On the day of the Parliament March, workers started reaching from early hours. Hundreds of workers from nearby states came. Wall posters were pasted on the BSNL MTNL buildings. A mighty demonstration took before the BSNL MTNL offices before the March started. The March was led by the leaders of JF. The workers held placards, banners and flags of all unions in large numbers. March participated by thousands of workers went through the town towards parliament, but was stopped at the Parliament Police station by the police with barricades. March was converted in to a rally there which was addressed by Parliament members, Com. Basudeb Acharya and Shri Arjun Meghbal. Leaders of the JF and unions/associations also spoke. Chairman and Convener, Coms. M.K.Bagchi and V.A.N.Namboodiri went and presented the memorandum to the Prime Minister.
Murder of Com. Sukhender Singh, District Secretary, BSNLEU, GHaziabad.
The meeting of the Joint Forum held on 25th October 2012 condemned the murder of Com. Sukhender Singh DS BSNLEU Ghaziabad by the GM Ghaziabad and demanded the BSNL Management to take immediate action against the GM by suspension/transfer and filing FIR. (to be continued).