As scheduled in the last meeting held on 22nd February 2018, a meeting was held between BSNLCCWF and Labour Commissioner in Delhi on 22.03.2018 and discussion held. It is stated by the leaders that after instructions from labour commissioner, the BSNL Management has not implemented the Gazette Notification for the contract workers throughout the country except few circles. Leaders of BSNLCCWF have lodged a complaint before the labour commission that though the BSNL Management has endorsed the Gazette Notification revised wages for the contract labourers but at the same time, the management has issued the order for 50% curtailment of the contract labourers to minimize the expenditure. It is also mentioned that social security measures like EPF, ESI, Gratuity has not been implemented. Further, they have also taken a negative stand to implement the 7th CPC for the casual labourers wages. He has ordered the management to give a specific reply on writing on the issues of the 7th CPC recommendation for the casual labourers. The Labour commissioner also slapped the BSNL Management on the issue of regularization and the gratuity for the casual and contract workers. Labour commissioner has remarked in the discussion that Uma Devi Judgement should not misuse to harass the casual and contract workers. In reply, on behalf of the BSNL Management, has submitted the written statement before the ALC(C) regarding the agenda of BSNL Casual and Contract workers where in it is stated that the revision of the wages of the Casual Labour will be determined at the time of 3rd PRC on which leaders of the BSNLCCWF has strong protest for this delay practice of the management. Com Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF and Tapas Kumar Ghosh, Working President was present in the meeting and 5 officers of BSNL were present in the meeting. After hearing, ALC(C) has advised to the Federation to give the reply of the statement of the BSNL Management earliest so that a decision can be taken by BSNL in the next meeting which will be fixed on 27.04.2018.(BSNLCCWF Website)
The contract workers engaged in BSNL have not been paid the Bonus for this year. The plea that there are no funds is not tenable. Bonus is a right of the workers as per Bonus Act and BSNL is liable to pay it.
BSNL Casual and Contract Workers federation has taken up the case with the management. The BSNL Management should look in to the matter urgently and ensure that the same is paid early.
An important CEC Meeting of the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation will be held at Meerut on 22-23 July 2017. There is a big agenda before the meeting. Implementation of Minimum Wage and social security measures life EPF, ESI etc. are some of the most important items. Despite several acts of the Parliament, Government orders and BSNL orders, these are not fully implemented so far. The Contractors and some of the corrupt officers are exploiting the contract workers, denying them due wage etc.
Another issue is about the regularisation of the casual contract workers. On the plea of a Supreme Court order, regularisation is being denied since 2006. A serious struggle will be required in the matter.
Reception Committee members under the leadership of Coms. Upender Singh, Circle Secretary BSNLEU, Ansar Ali, Circle President BSNLCCWF, Naresh Pal, Circle secretary BSNLCCWF and other senior leaders, all preparations for the conduct of the CEC is being arranged.
I am herewith quoting a report received from Com. Naresh Lal, CS, BSNLEU Jharkhand and leader of BSNLCCWF on a successful negotiation on the payment of wages to contract workers. The Dy CLC directed the BSNL management to pay Rs. 60,24,282 as wages to workers within three months. Our Hearty congratulations to the workers and leaders of Jharkhand.
“On 23.06.2017 a tripartie meeting held in the chamber of the Dy CLC(Central) Dhanbad amongst BSNL Dainik Bhogi Mazdoor Sangh Jharkhand
under leadership of Com Bhawan Singh the President of Union, BSNL Management Jharkhand represented by the Superintending Engineer
(Electrical) and Executive Engineer (Electrial) and the Labour Department.
This meeting was held to decide wage payment and also less wage payment to contract workers in Electrical wing in Jharkhand .
A claim for Rs. 60,24,282/- (Sixty lac twenty four thousand two hundred and eighty two) was raised for which management wanted a time slot for six months which was denied by the Dy CLC and granted three months to pay wage arrears and also difference of already paid less wage . Retrenchment two workers in Ranchi SSA was also raised which could not be discussed because non representation of the GMT BSNL Ranchi SSA. For this another date ,10.07.2017 , was fixed with intimation to the GMT Ranchi SSA .”
A special Convention of Casual contract workers in BSNL was held at Kannur, Kerala, on 8th May 2017 under the auspices of Kerala BSNL CCLU. More than 100 comrades participated. Com. P.V.Rajan, District President presided. Com.V.V.Krishnan, District Secretary welcomed. The Convention was inaugurated by Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, All India President, BSNLCCWF. He explained the developments with regards to the demand of the workers, the latest order on minimum wage, VDA, issue of reguarisation etc. Coms. K.Ashokan, District Secretary, CITU, K.Mohanan, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, P.Manoharan, Asst. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Janardhanan, CWC member and other leaders addressed. It was decided to strengthen the organisation by bringing all the workers in the organisation.
Kannur is one of the strongest centre of CCLU.
Variable DA for contract workers have been increased w.e.f. 01-04-2017 and the orders have been issued by the Chief Labour Commissioner(Central) on 20-04-2017. The orders are put in the website of BSNLCCWF, bsnlccwf.com
Accordingly an unskilled worker in C class city will now get Rs. 359 per day. For semiskilled, skilled and highly skilled as also in B class and A class cities it will be higher. A skilled worker in A class city will get Rs. 653 per day.
Since BSNL Corporate Office has already issued order that there is no necessity to endorse such orders to the circles as they are government orders. Circle Secretaries of BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF should see that these orders are got implemented in full.
All preparations are going on for making the Parliament March on 22nd February to be successful. About 2,500 workers will be participating. The March will start from Eastern Court, BSNL Corporate Office, and will culminate in a Rally at Jantar Mantar / Parliament Street. Coms. A.K.Padmanabhan, Vice-President CITU and Tapan Sen, M.P., General Secretary CITU will address the rally. All circle secretaries should inform Secretary General BSNLCCWF (Mob. No. 9433009450) about the actual number of participants from their circle and the dates of their arrival and departure.
Leaders of BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF met Smt. Madhu Arora, GM(Estt.), BSNL Corporate Office on 16th February 2017 and discussed the various issues of the casual labours.
1. Regularisation – The unions demanded that a scheme be formulated for the regularisation of the casual labour as suggested by the unions.
2. The casual labour be paid the minimum pay of the CDA pay ie. Rs.18,000. GM told that a Committee has been formed and that its report is being studied. The union stated that there should not be any delay in the matter.
2. DA to Casual labour – Orders have been issued. But the union representatives wanted that a direction be issued to the order stating that this is applicable to casual labour also, as some of the circles are not implementing. It was agreed by the GM.
Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, Balbir Singh, President BSNLEU, Animesh Mitra, SG BSNLCCWF, Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS BSNLEU and Tapas Ghosh, Working President, BSNLCCWF participated in the discussions.
Massive preparation is going on for the programme of March to Parliament to be held on 22nd February 2017. It is reported that about 5,000 casual and contract workers will participate coming from 20 circles in this programme. BSNLEU has extended full support to the March and their members will also participate along with BSNL casual and contract workers. State level Conventions, Rallies, March to CGMT office, Labour Commissioner etc. are being organised in preparation of the Parliament March. Good response is being received from the casual contract workers for donation collection to meet the expenditure of the March.
BSNLCCWF has arranged accommodation at Garhwal Bhawan, Kali Bari and Ambedkar Bhawan for the outstation participants for 21st February only. The March will start at 10.00 AM from Eastern Court after submission of Memorandum to CMD BSNL and will march to Parliament Street / Jantar Mantar. Com. Tapan Sen M.P., General Secretary CITU, P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU, Animesh Mitra, Secretary General BSNLCCWF will address and Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri President BSNLCCWF will preside.
Please join the March en mass with the Union Red Flag, festoons, Banners etc. with the demands.
Centre has printed and circulated posters in Hindi and English for wide campaign amongst the members.
Make the Parliament March a big success.
Secretary General BSNLCCWF
BSNL Casual and Contract Workers along with BSNL employees will March to Parliament on 22nd February 2017 on the demands of Regularisation, Implementation of Minimum Wage, EPF, ESI, Gratuity, Govt. minimum pay scale for casual labour etc. About 2000 workers are expected to participate coming from all parts of the country.
This is a fight for justice to the exploited workers. All BSNL employees and executives should support the fully justified struggle.
Make March to Parliament a big success!