It is reported that BSNL has added more than 4 million subscribes in March 2018. Congratulations to the workers and the BSNL Management who made it possible through their hard work and well planning!
Workers are rising to new heights. It should continue and improve.
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)
The human chain programme organised by the All Unions and Associations in BSNL with the support of sister trade unions was a great success all over the country. The demand included the dropping of formation of tower company and immediate wage revision of the employees w.e.f. 1st January 2017. Tens of thousands of workers participated including the pensioners and the casual and contract workers. Congratulations to all the comrades.
The government should accept the demands failing which the workers will go on a two days strike on 12-13 December 2017.
AIBDPA leaders Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor and Com. R.A.Nair, Treasurer met Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL on 26th October 2017 and discussed about the urgency of revising the pension of the BSNL retirees on the basis of the accepted recommendations of the III Pay Revision Committee with 15% fitment. They pointed out that they have already discussed the matter with Secretary DOT and requested the CMD also to take up the matter. The justification of the demand was fully explained and the CMD appreciated the point.
They also pointed out that early wage revision in BSNL will further help in implementation of the Option I / III for the BSNL pensioners.
Coms.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Advisor, K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary and R.A.Nair, Treasurer, AIBDPA had a fruitful meeting with Smt.Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, DoT on.25-10-2017. The delegation handed over a detailed letter on Pension Revision of BSNL retirees with 15% fitment on IDA pattern. They also pointed out that since the pension is being fully paid by the government, the same need not wait for the wage revision of the workers. The Secretary agreed to do the needful in the matter.
The representatives also brought to her notice a very heart breaking case in Tamil Nadu Circle wherein the Principal CCA has returned the files of 687 Pensioners for 78.2% IDA pension revision with the directive to resubmit by deducting the extra increment already calculated for pension revision on 68.8%.The Secretary stated that she will examine the case.
The recently published book “P and T Trade Union Movement – A Saga of Struggle and Sacrifice” written by Com. V.A.N.Nambbodiri was presented to her which she appreciated much.
BSNL employees under the leadership of ‘All Unions and Associations’ in BSNL, has started a series of agitational programmes demanding wage revision from 01-01-2017 and also against formation of separate tower company. The second demand is for saving BSNL and the first is for doing justice to the hard working employees, who have flown the flag of BSNL high and strong.
THE FIRST PROGRAMME WAS ORGANISED TODAY, 16th OCTOBER BY HOLDING MASSIVE DEMONSTRATIONS IN FRONT OF BSNL OFFICES/EXCHANGES. Despite the anti – BSNL stand of the government and the cut-throat competition by the biggest corporate in the country, Reliance, BSNL continues to march ahead only with the whole hearted dedication of the workers and the management. The stand of the DOT and the Communications Minister denying wage revision is not acceptable. The justifications for the wage revision have been fully submitted to the DOT and government by the Unions and Associations.
The government should not forget that despite its decision to disinvest and sell shares of BSNL, it could not be implemented due to the strong opposition of the workers. It is the same with the VRS which the government wanted for one lakh workers. The latter completely rejected VRS. The government could not implement its decision to unbundle its copper cables before the strong protest of the workers. Though the management and the government tried to deny a decent wage revision to employees w.e.f. 01-01-2007, through continuous struggles, they could achieve the same. This is the glorious history of BSNL workers.
If the government/DOT/Management do not concede the demands, the entire BSNL workers will be on war path. Unity and further unity is required to win the big battle. If no wage revision takes place, the future of the existing employees, the present and future pensioners and the BSNL direct recruitees will be bleak. Hence not only the employees, but the pensioners also have to completely join the struggle being organised by the workers. Of course, the government need not wait for grant of pension revision to the BSNL pensioners on the basis of the III PRC, since the pension is fully paid by the government and not the BSNL.
STRUGGLE FOR UNITY, UNITY FOR STRUGGLE AND UNITY & STRUGGLE FOR ADVANCEMENT.
It is understood that Bonus for CG Employees have been decided for 30 days taking the pay as Rs.7,000. Postal employees will get 60 days and the railway employees 68 days on the same pattern.
What about the Bonus for BSNL employees? BSNL Employees Union has demanded for early declaration and payment of Bonus. Festival season is arriving and the management has to take early decision.
Throughout the nation, BSNL employees, as per the call of BSNL unions and associations, organized mighty demonstrations in front of their offices/exchanges protesting against the decision of the government to form a separate Tower Company by hiving away the 64,000 towers of the BSNL. This is part of the government conspiracy to disable and weaken BSNL and prepare for disinvestment or strategic sale as recommended by NITI Ayog.
The union leaders demanded the government to stop the process of forming the separate Tower Company failing which further united struggles will be organised. They said that they will never allow the government to dismember BSNL.
The DOT and the central government have always been moving to share the infrastructure of BSNL for the benefit of the private telcos. Years back, DOT gave permission to private telecom companies to construct/install their towers on the BSNL buildings. It was defeated by the workers by blocking the private telecoms from entering the premises and strong protest from the unions.
Next, there was move to unbundle the valuable copper cable all over India and share it with the private operators. A complete strike was organised and the DOT was compelled to give a written assurance that there will be no unbundling and no disinvestment.
Now the government has decided to form the Tower company, which will cripple BSNL and its revenue. Further, once the company is formed, it will be independent and will take decisions which will be completely in the interest of the private companies. It will be just like the priority given to private airlines in the routes ignoring Air India, the PSU. BSNL will get the least benefit from the new Tower company, which will be at the behest of the private companies as per the direction of the government.
The story of the Arab and the Camel, where the former was completely kicked out of the tent by the latter, will be the result. The united force of the workers saved our copper cables and in the same way we should be able to save our towers.
The decision of all the unions/associations to meet on 15th and discuss the issue and plan the course of action is timely. The government move to form the Tower Company should defeated at the initial stage itself.
The telecom services under Department of Telecom was bifurcated in to three companies as part of the neo-liberal policies as the first step towards privatisation. The first company, Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL) is already privatised by handing over to Tata and is now Tata Telecommunications. The second is Mahanagar Telephones Nigam Limited (MTNL), which the government has made it loss making for years. More than 44% shares are also sold, staff is ridiculously reduced through VRS, and the government may move for privatisation at any time. The third company, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is bifurcated in to another company BBNL earlier. Now the Cabinet has taken a decision to convert the tower assets of BSNL in to a separate company with the intention of sharing the tower assets with other telecom companies. Although the move has started in 2015, it could not be implemented due to the strong protest of the workers and their unions under the leadership of Forum. Now the Cabinet has taken decision today to form the separate Tower Company. This will be a great tragedy for BSNL with the revenue from the towers going to a different company. This is a tactic of the government to make BSNL further loss making to justify its strategical sale.
The time has come for bitter struggle to save BSNL and its workers. BSNL, which was having about 3.5 lakh workers at the time of formation has been reduced to almost one lakh and eighty thousand due to non-recruitment in vacant posts. Every month it is being reduced.
The central government is cleverly reducing BSNL to a position in which it will not be able to come back. But they are forgetting the workers and their unions, who have fought and defeated unbundling of the valuable copper cables, disinvestment, VRS also cancellation of mobile tenders etc. tried by the government and saved BSNL.