The meeting of all the unions / associations in BSNL held today to discuss about struggles to be organised against starting of Subsidiary Tower Company and demanding Wage Revision is in the correct step. United struggles are most important in achieving both these crucial demands.
Long ten years are over after the last wage revision for employees in BSNL. It is only because of the hard and dedicated work of the employees that BSNL could withstand of the onslaught of the private telcos and improve the service and increase the connections. Even after the colossal efforts of Reliance Jio with its deep pockets to drown all other telecom companies, BSNL has maintained and improved its position by the joint efforts of the management and the workers. The ITS officers in BSNL has already got pay revision on the basis of the VII CPC. III PRC has recommended pay revision for the executives in PSUs. But no discussion has started yet on the wage revision of the non-executives. This will demoralise the workers who are putting all efforts for the improvement of the company.
It is good that the BSNL management has recommended to the government for implementation of wage revision for executives with 15% as recommended by the III PRC. It is only logical that the management should start wage negotiation for the executives. BSNL Management should seek and get approval for starting wage negotiations at the earliest.
The last wage settlement in BSNL was w.e.f. 01-01-2007. Ten long years have passed. While the demand raised during the last wage revision was five years, it was not accepted. In many PSUs Five Year agreement is being made. But in BSNL, even after ten years, the management has not taken any action for the same.
The plea of the management is that no guidance has been received from the DPE for starting discussion. Secondly, as per the III Pay Revision Committee report for the PSU executives, there will be no pay revision for loss making companies. The ‘Affordability Clause’ in the PRC is another hindrance. Despite demand from the union for starting wage negotiation, the management is silent.
What is the justification for wage revision? What is to be done in this situation?
1. 10 years are over after last wage settlement. As well as practice as also to move with the times, a fresh wage settlement is required.
2. The workers are not the culprits for the loss of the company and hence they should not be punished with wage-freezing. The Government and the Management are fully responsible for the present situation of the company. The details are well known to the workers as well as the management.
3. BSNL is a PSU converted from the government. It was assured at the time of corporatisation that all assistance will be given by the government to BSNL. Now the assistance required is funds for the wage revision. The government which gives huge subsidies to the corporates should also ensure assistance to its own company.
4. Since last wage revision, the pay bill for BSNL has not increased as large number of workers are being retired and there are only very few recruitment.
5. The company is gradually coming towards profit making. As per CMD BSNL, it may be profitable by 2017-18 or next year.
6. If the employees did not get absorbed in BSNL, the government would have made pay revision as granted to ITS.
7. The salary Bill will not increase much due to the large number of officials retiring.
Similar and further justifications are there.
It is necessary that the workers are mobilised for action. All effort should be made to bring all unions in the struggle.This only will make the government to concede the demands.
Delay will be suicidal.
The DOT and the Communication Ministry is yet to grant permission to the CMD BSNL to hold wage negotiation w.e.f. 01-01-2017 to the non-executive employees. The III PRC report for the executives have been accepted by the government, but on the plea of the “affordability” clause in the report that loss making PSU can not be grated wage revision, the DOT has not granted any permission to start wage negotiation. It is understood that DOT and Minister are against wage revision in BSNL.
What neither the DOT nor the Ministry realise is that the employees in BSNL who got absorbed from DOT, were government employees, they were compelled get absorbed in BSNL with much assurances including high wages. To deny them wage revision now is a violation of the agreement made at the time of corporatisation.
Communication Minister and Secretary DOT have to rethink in the matter. The right of the employees for wage revision after long ten years can not be rejected.
We demand the government to direct BSNL Management to start wage negotiation at the earliest. This is only justice to the hard working employees.
The government decision of the III PRC is already issued. In the case of BSNL, the DOT and Government should decide for wage revision immediately, taking in to consideration the fact that BSNL is having operational profit and the same is increasing, productivity is high, the loss is due to policy decision of the government on universal service and the workers were government servants earlier, where the pay revision is not connected with profit and loss etc. The affordability clause should be removed in case of BSNL for wage revision.
The success of the strike on 27th July has already shown that the workers are ready for further action for getting wage revision. Without making the workers to go on further agitational programmes, the government should take positive decision.
Despite the fact that the recognised unions in BSNL have been continuously demanding for wage negotiation to start, the DPE has not given any direction to the DOT/BSNL for the same. This is completely unacceptable.
Already it is more than 10 years after the last wage revision in 2007. As per the last agreement, the next wage revision is to take place from 01-01-2017. The report of the III Pay Revision Committee for the Executives is already released months back.
Even after starting the negotiations, it will take some time for the wage settlement. Why the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and the Central Government is keeping silence over the issue. Strong protest should erupt against this injustice!
Next wage revision for PSU employees is due from January 2017. The III Pay Revision Committee for Executives has already submitted its report, on which decision is yet to be taken. But the wage negotiation for the non-executives has not started yet. This is completely un-acceptable.
The DPE should direct the PSUs to start the wage negotiations immediately. The Central Trade Unions and the Federations in the PSUs should urgently take up the issues seriously.
BSNL Employees are eligible for wage revision from 01-01-2017. The revision for executives is done through the recommendations of the Pay Revision Committee, which is to be appointed by the Department of Public enterprises and which is applicable for the executives in all PSUs. For the non-executives in BSNL, it is through the wage negotiation between the BSNL Management and the reeognised union/s.Since the negotiation takes place only after the DPE guidelines in the matter, the management should immediately take up the matter with the DPE.
In such a case, both the unions/associations in BSNL have to take up the matter with DPE for appointment of the Pay Revision Committee for the executives and the issue of guidelines for the non-executives to start the wage negotiation.