11th December 2019 is the 45th death anniversary of Com.K.G.Bose, the revolutionary leader of the central government and P and T employees. He left us on 11th December 1974 at the comparatively young age of 54 at a London hospital, where he was getting treated for cancer, an incurable disease at that time.
Krishna Gopal Basu, born on 7th July 1921, entered the Posts and Telegraph Department in 1941 as a clerk in the Divisional Engineer, Telegraphs office at Calcutta at a salary of Rs. 45 per month. Father having passed away early, as the eldest son of the family, he has to look after the family and getting a government job was a relief. From the start he was connected with the trade union movement and became an active worker of the then Indian Telegraph Association, formed by Mr. Henry Barton, one of the pioneers of the P and T trade union movement.
In the historic 1946 Postmen strike organised by Com.V.G.Dalvi, Coms. Dada Ghosh and K.G.Bose organised the entire P and T employees in Bengal and Assam making it a complete success. KG was arrested and jailed for months in connection with the declared 1949 strike. He was later dismissed from service and was never taken back. His younger brother, Com.Moni Bose who was working in the same department was terminated in connection with the same strike and never taken back.
K.G.Bose, took an important role in formation of Union of P and T Workers (UPTW) formed in 1947, uniting most of the existing various unions in the department and later National Federation of P and T Unions (NFPTE) on 24th November 1954, with 9 all India Unions affiliated to it. He worked as Circle Secretary of Engg. III and Postal III unions in W.Bengal for a long time. He was also President of the Postal Class Union. His prominent role in the struggle for introduction of Festival Advance for employees along with Dada Ghosh and Sisir Bhattacharjee was well appreciated.He played a vital role in organising the historic strikes central government employees in 1960 and 1968.
K.G.Bose was leader of the progressive section in NFPTE, along with Comrades N.J.Iyer, K.Adinarayana and others. He was elected as the President of NFPTE in 1970 defeating the revisionist leadership led by Com.O.P.Gupta. He toured all over India and organised the workers for struggles. During these years I could meet him several times and his advices were carried out by me.
Continuous journey and hard work resulted in deterioration of his health. He was sent to London for better treatment and passed away there on 11th December 1974. The first building in his memory, “K.G.Bose Bhavan” was constructed in Calicut.
The memory of Com.K.G.Bose will continue to inspire many generations of CG and P and T employees.
Again very very sad news.
CCom. Ramakrishnan, a BSNL contract labour in Kerala, put an end to his life by committing suicide in the Telephone Exchange,Nilambur, where he was working. Wages were not paid to him for the last 10 months as in the case of other contract workers. He is a differently abled worker and was somehow managing his family with the low wage being paid. Now even that wage is not paid for 10 months. His wife has no job and they are having two children. The mental agony being unable to look after the family might have made him to commit suicide.
This is the 7th suicide by BSNL contract workers in the country after the BSNL stopped paying wages on the plea of no funds. Even after these suicides, neither the government, nor the BSNL has taken any steps to pay the wages. Further, more and more contract workers are being retrenched. The Chief Labour Commissioner has directed the CMD BSNL to pay the wages but BSNL has not implemented so far. It was reported that the DOT has asked BSNL to pay the delayed salaries of the ITS officers immediately. The govt is worried about only the ITS and not others.
The government, which write off lakhs of crores rupees of NPAs of the corporates, reduce the income tax % of the corporates has no money to pay the wages of the poor contract workers who have worked for years together to give better service to the people. The govt can allot funds to retrench employees through VRS, but no funds to pay wages! It shows that the govt is not at all worried about the condition of the poor contract workers.
We strongly protest and demand the govt and the BSNL Management to urgently pay the wages with arrears to all the contract workers. Suitable compensation should be given to the family of the deceased.
The contract workers in Kerala and elsewhere are on strike and on various forms of struggles for the last many months. The govt and BSNL management is looking the other way. This is nothing but inhuman.
We express our deep sorrow in the tragedy. We convey our condolences to the bereaved family, friends and comrades.
GREETINGS ON DUSSERA, PUJA, VIJAYA DASHAMI TO ALL OUR FRIENDS, COMRADES AND WELL WISHERS!
Decisions of the meeting of unions and associations, held yesterday the 07-10-2019.
A meeting of the unions and associations was held at New Delhi, yesterday the 07-10-2019. General Secretaries / representatives of BSNLEU, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, AIGETOA, FNTO, BSNL MS, BSNL ATM and BSNL OA attended the meeting. Com. K. Sebastin,GS, SNEA, presided over. The meeting reviewed the issues of non-payment of salary to the employees for the month of September, non-payment of wages of the contract workers / electricity bills, as well as the issue of revival of BSNL. The meeting resolved that there is a pressing need for intensifying the struggle, without delay. Various options for struggles / campaign were discussed. Finally, it was decided to announce the next course of action on 11-10-2019, after discussing with the other unions and associations.
[Date : 08 – Oct – 2019 – BSNLEU website]
When BSNL was profitable Central govt got thousands of crores of rupees as dividend, bonus, taxes, spectrum charges etc. When BSNL is in financial difficulties, govt does not help, does not allow to take loan, does not allot 4 G Spectrum etc. A profitable BSNL is profitable to the government.
The govt allotted 3G Spectrum at lower cost to private companies with liberal number of installments to pay the cost. But in the case of BSNL, it was allotted very late, the amount was much more and payment was insisted on one installment.
4G Spectrum is allotted to private companies 3-4 years back, but not allotted to BSNL so far. The file is going from department to department with the only intention to deny or delay at least.
The private companies will never part with their profit. They will ensure that due taxes, charges for spectrum are not paid or paid later when there is no other way. They take loan from the banks and never repay.
By discriminating BSNL and favouring private companies, especially Reliance Jio, the Modi government is giving a clear signal: It is not worried about the profit and benefit to BSNL and to Government. It is only interested in ensuring more and more profit for Reliance Jio. It is to be mentioned here that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photo was the star attraction in the newspaper advertisements of Reliance Jio. It was an open declaration to the public and consumers that the Prime Minister of the country is the Brand Ambassador for Reliance Jio, the teleco owned by the richest Indian, Mukesh Ambani.
Of course it is well known that Modi Government is government of the corporates, for the corporates and by the corporates. SAVE BSNL, SAVE NATION!
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.
SAVE BSNL – SAVE NATION!
BSNL Employees Union has been elected as the majority union once again. Congratulations!
This the consecutive 7th time that BSNLEU has won as the majority union in the secret ballot election held on 16th September 2019. It got 48127 votes with 43.44 % of the total votes of non-executive employees. It is a great success. Congratulations to all the comrades who voted for BSNLEU as also who campaigned for it.
The victory of BSNLEU is the victory of the correct line taken by BSNLEU in defending the workers and fighting against the anti-worker policies of the government.
The workers have given clear mandate to BSNLEU. It is the duty of the organization to unite the workers for improving the services as also the condition of workers.
SAVE BSNL – SAVE NATION!
ONAM GREETINGS TO ALL COMRADES. FRIENDS AND WELL WISHERS!
31st August 2019 was the the third death anniversary of Com. V.V.Dakshinamoorthy Master, veteran Communist , who passed away this day last year. He was the Editor of ‘Deshabhimani’ for many years, have been Member of the State Assembly, District Secretary of CPI M), Kozhikode, State Committee Member and so on. He was a good speaker and writer. But most importantly he was an expert in teaching Marxism- Leninism to more than two generations. He was simple and his dealings with others were also comradely. I had close connection with Murthy Master for more than 3-4 decades. When he used to come to Delhi for committee meetings, he used to come to my residence there.
Red Salute to Comrade Murthy Master!