The wage negotiation in BSNL has started after serious agitation and pressure. Now it is necessary that a favourable agreement is reached early for obvious reasons. The workers can not wait long. The BSNL management should come forward for a favourable settlement early, in the interest of the company and the workers.
Com.K.G.Jayaraj General Secretary met Shri.S.K.Jain, DDG (Estt), Department of Telecom on 20-08-2018 and discussed the issue of immediate pension revision from 01-01-2017 with 15% fitment recommended by the 3rd PRC and approved by the government, delinking the wage revision in BSNL.
The DDG stated that on our demand of pension revision without waiting for wage revision, necessary approval was sought from Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare. However DOP& PW has replied seeking certain clarifications which will be dealt with in due course.
AIBDPA, the Association of Pensioners in BSNL, has extended full solidarity and called upon its members to participate in full strength in the programme.
After sustained agitations, strike and meeting with the Communications Minister by the AUAB, the wage negotiation committee has been formed and the wage negotiation is expected to start from 20th July 2018. The wage revision is due from 01-01-2017. One and half years have already passed. As such, the BSNL management should take up the matter seriously and ensure that the negotiation is reached its logical conclusion as already demanded by the AUAB. (Courtesy: BSNLEU website)
After much protest and persuasion, the BSNL Management has restored the Medical Allowance without voucher for out-door treatment. But the management has reduced the quantum. This is not acceptable.
The Management should restore the Medical Allowance for pensioners as earlier. Otherwise it will be treated as an insult and against senior citizens as provided in the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007.
AIBDPA General Secretary has already taken up the case with the CMD BSNL.
The direction of the NITI Ayog to the government to privatise MTNL is a warning to BSNL also. There are 29,000 employees in MTNL and about 1,75,000 employees and about one lakh contract workers in BSNL. What will happen if the PSUs are privatised? Not even half will be able to save their jobs.
It is not the time to mourn and sit idle. It is the time to act. Powerful agitations have to be organised with maximum propaganda amongst the people. Privatisation of these PSUs will increase the telephone / mobile bills of each and all at least 10 times of the present as per international rates. All those using mobile / telephone will suffer. It is the time to not only to organise the workers for action but to go to the people and get their help in avoiding a crisis. A big battle is ahead. ‘Do or Die’ is the slogan.
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.