WFTU strongly condemns the murder of 12 protesters in India

The WFTU strongly condemns the murder of 12 protesters in India
23 May 2018ASIA, INDIA
The World Federation of Trade Unions, representing more than 92 million workers in 126 countries of the 5 continents strongly condemns the murder of at least 12 protesters who demanded the closure of the copper smelter of «Sterlite Copper» company. The company is an affiliate of the British monopoly “Vedanta” in southern India.

The protesters demanded the cancelation of the Sterlite-Copper’s plant opening which has been shut for more than 50 days and will remain closed until at least June 6 because the local pollution regulator did not allow it to operate due to environmental reasons.

Once again bourgeoisie ranks the people’s health and life lower than its profits and the riot-police defended these profits by murdering workers. The WFTU demands the definitive closure of the plant and the immediate punishment of the responsible ones for these murders.

The Secretariat


The GDS workers, the most exploited section in the Department of Posts are compelled to start an indefinite strike from 22-05-2018 against the treacherous approach of the central government . They constitute 60% of the total postal employees and 80 per cent of the post offices are manned by them. They are not granted civil servant status and was not included in the 7th Pay Commission and instead a committee, Kamalesh Chandra Committee, was appointed to recommend their wages and other service benefits. The committee submitted its reports many months ago but the government is delaying the implementation of the positive recommendations without any valid justification.

It is under these circumstances that all the unions, AIPEU-GDS, NUGDS,AIGDSU and BPEDU , gave a notice for indefinite strike from 22-05-2018. The central government, as in the case of other strikes, did not intervene to avert the strike through a meaningful discussion and has again shown its anti- worker face. So the GDS workers had no other option other than to start the strike and the reports received from all parts of the country indicate that the strike is a tremendous success.

AIBDPA wholeheartily supports the strike and extends our sincere solidarity to the striking heroes. AIBDPA requests all its units to go to their respective post offices and organise demonstrations in the coming days and help the striking workers by all means.


The circle branches of Kolkata Telephones, West Bengal, Telecom Factory & Stores,Kolkata and the affiliate, Centre of Retired Telecom Officers (CORTO) have taken up the responsibility of holding the 3rd Triennial All India Conference at Kolkata in March, 2019. A well attended meeting of representatives of various organisations held at Subarna Banik Samaj Hall, Kolkata on 22-05-2018 has formed an extensive Reception Committee for the successful conduct of the AIC.

The meeting was controlled by a presidium of Coms.Susanta Ghosh, Supriya Mitra and D.Basu. The Chief guest and main speaker was Com. Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharjee, an eminent lawer and Ex-Mayor of Kolkata, Municipal Corporation. Com.Sanjib Banerjee, Circle Secretary, Kolkata Telephones welcomed all the participants. A host of leaders including Coms. A.K.Bhattacharjee, Animesh Mitra, Biplab Das, Saibal Sengupta, Sisir Roy, Adhir Kr Sen, O.P.Singh, Arup Sarkar, Akhilesh Banerjee addressed the meeting. Com.Pijush Chakraborty, Circle Secretary, West Bengal presented the draft list of office bearers of the Reception Committee and approved by the meeting.

The main office bearers, elected, are as follows:

Chairman : Com. Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharjee

Working Chairmen : Coms. D. Basu, Susanta Ghosh and Supriya Mitra

Joint General Secretaries : Coms. Sanjib Banerjee and Pijush Chakraborty

Treasurer : Com.Adhir Kumar Sen.

Assistant Treasurers : Coms. P.M.Das and P.K.Nandi


The decision of All Unions and Associations of BSNL to organise walkout and rally on 28-05-2018 against separate tower company has been deferred after the CMD, BSNL gave a categorical assurance to the AUAB leaders in the discussion held on 24-05-2018 that tower company is not an item in the proposed Board meeting at Hyderabad on 28-05-2018.

Corporates are anti-people

Corporates pollute the environment – Do not care for the lives of the common people – brutal firing by police in Tamil Nadu, killing ten and seriously injuring more than hundred.
In yet another incident, which shows that the government machinery will go to any extent to defend the interests of the big corporates and the multinational companies, 10 innocent people have been killed, and more than a hundred people are seriously injured in the police firing yesterday, at Tuticorin, in Tamil Nadu. The people in and around Tuticorin town have been conducting struggles, demanding closure of a copper smelter unit, belonging to the Sterlite company. This company is a part of the multinational Vedanta Group. This smelter unit has been causing serious health hazards to the people of Tuticorin city. Serious health problems like cancer, kidney ailments are being caused due to the pollution created by this smelter unit. This is yet another example which shows that big corporates have no care for the environment or the health of the people, but making big profits is only their ambition. BSNLEU strongly condemns the Tamil Nadu government for this brutal police firing. BSNLEU also strongly demands the immediate closure of Sterlite smelter unit at Tuticorin and appropriate compensation to the families of the victims and injured. (Courtesy: bsnleu website)

‘No propsal to merge BSNL-MTNL – Communications Minister

“There is no proposal to merge BSNL and MTNL. We had appointed a consultant to revive MTNL, who has given some recommendations. We are working on it,” the Communications Minister stated on the sidelines of a conference here.
But what is your plan for reviving both BSNL and MTNL? Naturally, no reply.

The government should plan to strengthen both the BSNL and MTNL, its own companies.

Remembering Com. Moni Bose

19th May 2018 is the 8th death anniversary of Com. Moni Bose, veteran leader of P and T employees and the first patron of BSNLEU. He left us on 19th May 2010.

Since his entry in the the P and T department in 1945, he has been fully engaged with  the union activities along with his elder brother and historical figure Com. K.G.Bose. He was terminated in connection with the 1949 strike and was never taken back in service. But his life was fully dedicated to the service of the P and T workers and led the movement as Circle Secretary of E.III Union W.Bengal Circle. In 1991, he was elected as the General Secretary of  E.III Union, defeating Com.O.P.Gupta, who has been the GS Of the union since its inception in 1954. Later he was elected as the President in 1994. Com. Moni fought for the correct policy and against revisionism.

I had been closely connected with Com. Moni Bose for more than four decades. After death of Com.K.G.Bose in 1974,  the leadership of the progressive section in the union fell upon Com. Moni and he led the movement for years. We were elected All India President and General Secretary in the Bhopal Conference in 1991 and had a close relation in our fight for the right of the workers. Com. Moni returned to Calcutta in 1996 after vacating the post of All India President, but continued his activities there. He was appointed as a member in the Pay Commission appointed by W.Bengal government for the state employees.  (Life history of Com. Moni Bose and his activities  are narrated in the book ‘Great Leaders of P and T TU Movement’ authored by me).

Moni Bose Day is being observed all  over India as per the call of BSNLEU by organisisng meetings, seminars, trade union class etc.

On his 8th death anniversary, we remember him and pay our respects. Red Salute to Com. Moni Bose.

Nepal Communist Party formed after merger – A welcome Move


In a very welcome move,  Nepal’s two major Communist  parties declared their unification and launched the new communist party on Thursday.

The ruling Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist) (CPN-UML) and Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) announced their unification as Nepal Communist Party at a press conference at City Hall in Kathmandu Thursday evening.

CPN-UML Chairman K.P. Sharma Oli and Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal signed the agreement and declared the merger and formation of a single communist party in the Himalayan country.

The new party has been registered at the Election Commission after the CPN-UML and the CPN Maoist Centre dissolved their respective central committees.

The latest political development came after the seven-point party unification deal which was formally signed by the top leaders of both parties in Feb. 20. (based on press reports)

Rs 11,330 crore for the Network for Spectrum (NFS) project, over and above Rs 13,334 crore already allotted

The government approved higher budget allocation for laying of alternate communication network for defence services in turn for release of spectrum held by the armed forces, as part of the decisions taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday.

The committee approved enhancement of budget by Rs 11,330 crore for the Network for Spectrum (NFS) project, over and above Rs 13,334 crore already approved by the Cabinet Committee on infrastructure in July 2012.

Stop this horse trading in Karnataka – CPI(M)


The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly opposes the time being given to the BJP to indulge in naked `horse trading’ and the use of money power to muster a majority in the Karnataka Assembly when the officially declared results have shown that the BJP does not have a majority in the recently-concluded elections.

The Governors appointed during the current BJP government’s tenure have, in the past, followed the principle of swearing in a government on the basis of post-election arrangement between parties which have a majority in the Assembly. In the elections to the Goa Assembly in March 2017, which has a strength of 40, the Congress won 17 while the BJP won 13. The BJP, however, was invited to form the government after a post-election coalition with other parties. Likewise, in the Manipur Assembly elections in 2017, which has a strength of 60, Congress had won 28 and BJP won 21 seats. But BJP was asked to form the government on the basis of a post-poll arrangement. In the elections to Meghalaya Assembly in March 2018, out of the total strength of 60, Congress had 21 while the BJP had only 2. The BJP, however, was invited to form the government by the Governor on the basis of a post-poll arrangement which showed a majority.

In this instance in Karnataka, post-poll Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) alliance has a clear majority in the Assembly of 222 MLAs elected. The same principle must be adopted in Karnataka like it was done in the above state elections and the Chief Minister-designate of the post-poll coalition must be sworn-in and asked to prove the majority on the floor of the House in accordance with the verdicts of the Supreme Court immediately. Delaying this would only mean that the Constitutional office of the Governor is being misused to buy time for naked `horse trading’. This is blatantly anti-democratic.