A meeting of All Unions and Associations of BSNL(AUAB) is held yesterday the 22nd March,2018, in FNTO’s office. Representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, FNTO, SEWA BSNL, BSNLMS, BSNLOA participated. The meeting reviewed the developments that had taken place after the meeting with the Hon’ble MoS(C) that was held on 24th February,2018. It is observed that the government is moving fast to operationalise the Subsidiary Tower Company from the 1st of April, 2018, totally ignoring the strong opposition from the entire employees of BSNL. In view of this, the meeting decided to launch agitational programme to stop the same. Decision is taken to conduct “lunch hour demonstrations” on 27th March,2018, in front of Sanchar Bhawan, New Delhi, as well as at circle and SSA head quarters, throughout the country. A memorandum, opposing the Subsidiary Tower Company will be submitted to the Hon’ble MoS(C) at Sanchar Bhawan. Same memorandum will be submitted to the respective CGMs and the state governors, to be forwarded to the MoS(C). CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to successfully implement the call. (BSNLEU Website)
It is reported that the Government has decided to close down 12 out of its 17 Government of India Presses. It is to be mentioned here that the decision is against the recommendations of the Standing Committee of Parliament consisting of 32 M.P.s of different parties. It is understood that the government rejected the committee recommendations and decided to close down.
Day after day the BJP government at the centre is closing down/privtising / selling PSUs and implementing the capitalist corporate agenda, as demanded by the MNCs and Indian corporates. Already 17 lakhs job has been lost due to demonetization etc and the closure will result in further loss of jobs.
Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers have called upon all C-O-Cs and Affiliates to organise protest demonstrations at all Centers and Dharnas in front of all Government of India Presses and send resolutions to Prime Minister.
Our full support and solidarity to the fighting comrades!
It seems that the Modi Government will go to any extent for helping the corporates and the big private business. The latest is the government order making it mandatory for any metro rail project to have private participation.
The Central Cabinet has adopted a new policy for expanding and regulating metro rail projects, in which it is mandatory for private participation. The success of the metro projects in Delhi, Kolkata and other metro cities and the collections being received has been in the eyes of the corporates and private business for some time. The central government, which is always for enriching the corporates has now made this new policy of mandatory private participation in metro projects. It is to be read in connection with the privatisation of the hundreds of railway stations and handing over the huge land assets to them for minting money.
The policy also stipulates for profitable projects. Of course, when private participation is there, it should be profitable, since the corporates should not be made to lose their funds for social responsibility.
While Modi Government is praising itself on more employment in the country during the last three years of its rule, the daily reports coming in the press give a completely different picture.
The government is not filling up the vacant posts due to retirement in the central departments like Railway, Posts, Income Tax etc. etc. Public Sector Units have been directed not to fill up the vacancies. In the private sector, the situation is not different. Infoysis, Wipro, Cognizant, IBM, Ford – all these MNCs have started retrenching workers in thousands. The decision of USA, Gulf countries etc. to restrict migrant job seekers is one of the reasons.
Government of India has to take urgent steps to ensure that the young people get jobs.
As part of implementing the Bibek Debroy report, central government is proposing to privatise many railway stations in the name of modernisation, providing more facilities etc. Chennai and Kozhikode are two of these railway stations.
The intention is to hand over the railway stations to the private so that the latter can utilise the land, construct buildings, do their business and garner huge profit. They will loot the travellers by increasing price for everything in the station, including food. The hard experience of the privatisation of airports is before us.
This attack on the Railways and the public/travellers has to be opposed and defeated as was done in the case of privatisation of Chennai and Kolkata airports by the people of T.Nadu and W.Bengal. It is appreciated that the trade unions, on the initiative of the railway unions, have opposed the anti-worker anti-people decision.
It is reported in Economic Times that Reliance Jio will register a loss of Rs 19,600 crore in 2017-18 and Rs 11,500 crore in 2018-19.
Jio has got about 100 million customers. It has got a deep pocket and is trying with all the help from the government to ride over all other telecom companies. Once the other companies are put down, then the charges will be increased and the loss will be made up.
Of course, corporates have no respect for law and ethics. Profit is their only motive. And Reliance tops the list.
After the associated banks have been merged with it, SBI has started VRS for thousands of employees. About 450 temporary/ casual employees of the former State Bank of Travancore has already been retrenched. Afraid of retrenchment, many officials are opting for VRS, which really is CRS (Compulsory Retirement Scheme).
The retrenched employees have demanded fr their reinstatement and some of them have already started agitational programmes.
It is reported that about 400 branches of SBI has been closed and some more are going to be closed, in the name of reducing expenses and on the plea that there are many branches in the same city itself. It is also stated that this is being done on the basis of the recommendations of a committee.
This decision to close the SBI branches is completely anti-worker, anti-customer and anti-SBI. There is no justification for the same except to reduce the business of SBI and to help the private banks. Instead of taking strong measures to recover the NPAs (bad loans) coming to lakh of crores of rupees from the corporates and big business, closing of the customer friendly branches will not do any good.
It is against such anti-people, neo-liberal policies that the crores of workers are going on a massive strike on 2nd September 2016. Make the strike a big success and a slap on the face of the government!
In order to favour the Corporates and the MNCs, the NDA government is attacking the hard earned rights of the workers. The latest is the decision of the central government to exempt the workers from the EPF facility in the textile industry.
The government’s anti-worker decisions have to be exposed and defeated.
Organise the 2nd September 2016 strike called by the Central Trade Unions with maximum participation!
The Central Trade Unions, CITU, BMS etc. have expressed their strong protest against the increase of FDI in the strategic sectors like Defence. Civil Aviation etc. making them completely under the control of the MNCs. The decision has to be withdrawn in the interest of the nation.