BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation has expressed it’s strong resentment to the CMD BSNL for the decision taken by the Management to continue the casual labours wages based on 6th CPC lowest pay scale. Today, 26th October 2017, morning, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, Com. Animesh Chandra Mitra, Secretary General and Tapas Ghosh, Working President, met CMD BSNL in his chamber and submitted the letter on this subject. Com. Animesh Mitra has told to CMD BSNL that how the casual labours will accept to continued in 6th CPC pay scale when the High Rank Officers in BSNL are drawing the 7th CPC pay scale. They have also reminded the fact to CMD that it was a practice for BSNL to endorse the CPC recommendation to make the calculation of casual labour wages. The casual labours are getting the wages based on CPC scale since DoT period. The representatives demanded that justice be done by paying the minimum of the VII CPC scales. After hearing patiently, the CMD assured to look into the matter afresh. (Courtesy: BSNLCCWF website)
There are about 3,000 casual labour, mostly recruited through employment exchange in DOT and now working in BSNL, who have completed about 25 to 30 years of service and are still not regularised. They were fully eligible to be regularised as per the agreement between the Federations and the government at the time of formation of BSNL in 2000. It was only due to the delay and negligence of the field level management in sending the details to the corporate office that these casual labours were denied regularisation. The plea of the Corporate office that they can not now be regularised in view of the Supreme Court judgment in a 2006 case is without substance. Casual labour have been regularised as a special case in many central government departments even after 2006. BSNL can also do the same.
It is only justice and correct that all these casual labour should be regularised with out further delay so that they will get better wages and pensionary benefits for their long period of serving the nation.
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.
Casual workers recruited in DOT and working in BSNL are being paid the lowest of the DOT (Govt.) wages. BSNLCCWF had earlier demanded that they should be paid the lowest wages in BSNL. The demand was not accepted by the BSNL Management stating that since they are recruited by DOT, they will be aid the government wages only. Now that the government has implemented the VII CPC recommended pay scales and the lowest wage is Rs.18,000, the same should be paid to the casual workers. It is also demanded that the CDA also should be paid.
The BSNL Management has so far not implemented the same. Instead a committee is appointed to look in to the matter. Management has agreed to pay the CDA, but so far no order is issued.
BSNLCCWF is continuously making efforts get both the above implemented at the earliest.
Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLCCWF met Smt. Sujata Ray, Director (HR), BSNL on 31st August and discussed about the implementation of the new pay/wages for the casual labour and TSM in BSNL. The central government has issued orders on the recommendations of the VII CPC, according to which the lowest wage in central government is Rs. 18,000. This should be implemented for the TSM and Casual labour in BSNL as per existing rules. Director (HR) assured that this will be done. Smt. Madhu Arora GM(Estt.) was also present.
Com. Namboodiri also brought to the notice of the Director (HR) about the regularisation of Com.P.J.Sebastian, TSM, Kerala, who have passed the examination, but the posting was delayed. The management went on appeal to the Supreme Court against the decision of the Kerala High Court to post him as Telecom Mechanic, but the appeal was dismissed. Director(HR) stated that the letter from the GMT Kerala has been received and it is being examined.
After continued demand of the BSNLCCWF and BSNLEU, the BSNL Management agreed for implementing Gratuity to the casual labour and the Management Committee also approved. But when the issue was placed before the BSNL Board for decision, it has returned the same to the management asking for full details of number of employees, financial implications etc. Corporate office has asked the circle heads to immediately furnish the details for again submitting to the BSNL Board.
Circle secretaries of BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF are requested to ensure that the details are got furnished to the corporate office by the circles at the earliest so that decision is taken for grant of gratuity to casual labour.
Coms.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLCCWF and K.G.Jayaraj, GS AIBDPA met Smt. Madhu Arora GM(Estt.) and discussed about the issues of the casual workers in BSNL. As per existing orders casual labour are eligible for Bonus as per CG employees, as their wages are being paid on the basis of the CDA pay scale. GM(Estt.) agreed to look in to the matter. On the issue of Gratuity to casual labours, GM stated that most probably it will be cleared in the next meeting of the BSNL Board.
The Remuneration Committee of BSNL has approved the Gratuity Scheme for the casual workers engaged in BSNL. BSNLCCWF has taken the issue with the Parliamentary Standing Committee, after which the BSNL Management started the process. The BSNL Management Committee after approving the scheme has sent it to the Remuneration Committee which has adopted the same. Now the next meeting of the BSNL Board is expected to approve the same after which orders could be issued.
According to the scheme the benefit will be available w.e.f. 01-10-2000. the date on which BSNL was formed. This is a great achievement for the casual labours.
After continuous effort on the part of BSNLCCWF, the BSNL Management Committee has approved grant of Gratuity to the casual labour engaged in BSNL. Before issue of orders, BSNL Board has to approve the same. Com.VAN Namboodiri, President BSNLCCWF, met GM(Legal), GM(Estt) and also Director (HR) and discussed the issue. It was assured that the next Board meeting will consider the above. Before that, the Remuneration Committee formed from members of the Board will discuss and approve the same.
We hope that the assurances will be honoured.
BSNLCCWF and BSNLEU have been putting pressure on the management for implementation of gratuity for casual labour. It is now approved by the BSNL Management Committee. But before placing the same to the BSNL Board, the financial implications are to be found out and for this purpose all the CGMs have been asked to inform the necessary details. Since some of the circles are yet to submit the details, the Corporate Office has reminded on 19-08-2015 the circles to furnish the information. The order is placed in the BSNLCCWF website.
Circle Secretaries of BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF are requested to check with the concerned CGMs whether the details have been furnished to the C.O. or not. In case, it is not so far submitted, ensure that it is done without any further delay. THIS IS TO BE TREATED AS MOST URGENT.