Comrades V.A.N.Namboodiri, President and Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF met the Chief Labour Commissioner Shri Anil Kumar Nayak today, 27th October 2016, and presented the issues of the casual and contract Labour in BSNL. The representatives of the Federation brought to the notice of the CLC that neither minimum wages are being paid, nor EPF and ESI implemented in many places, despite clear government and CMD BSNL orders in this respect. CLC stated that he had issued instructions to the State labour commissioners in this respect earlier and will also send a reminder to ensure that the labor laws are got implemented. The case of implementing the Group D pay scales for the casual labour was also pointed out. . The representatives submitted their memorandum on the Gazette Notification on Minimum wage which proposed Rs. 350 per day. BSNLCCWF demanded Rs.650 per day and also upgradation of categories considering the number of years etc. CLC gave a patient hearing to the representatives.
The Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) has issued orders on 30-09-2016 revising the Variable DA for contract workers w.e.f. 01-10-2016. Accordingly, the unskilled contract worker in ‘C’Class cities will get Rs. 250 as daily wage. For the semi-skilled, skilled and highly skilled as also in B class and A class cities, the daily wages will be higher.
The order is published in the BSNLCCWF website: bsnlccwf.com
Almost every day, the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation as well as BSNLEU are getting complaints from their units that the contract workers are not being paid the Minimum Wage as per the government orders, EPF and ESI are not implemented, wages are not paid through cheques or to the SB accounts of the worker etc.
The BSNL C.O. has issued clear orders on 5th november 2008 itself regarding payment of minimum wages and on EPF, ESI etc.after the issue was taken up by BSNLEU. Even after five years of the issue of the order and regular reminders by the C.O., the field units are not implementing the same. It seems that the CMD and other Directors and top management have no control over their GMs.Otherwise why they are blatantly violating the orders of the C.O.?
Or is there a secret understanding between the top management and SSA heads that though orders are issued by C.O., the field level officers need not implement them? Or is it an understanding between the field level officers and the contractors ?
The brutal exploitation of the tens of thousands of contract workers by the BSNL Management-Contractor nexus has resulted in loss of more than Rs. 50 crores to the contract workers. The BSNL Management should be ashamed that such exploitation is continuing in BSNL, a Public Sector Unit, with out any change.
The only way seems to be to organise mighty struggles to put an end to this exploitation and get justice to the toiling contract workers. Their due wages can not be allowed to be cheated by the nexus of some corrupt officers and the contractors.
Let us prepare for a serious struggle for getting justice to the contract workers engaged in BSNL.
The Labour Ministry, Government of india, vide No. 1/11(2)/2013-LS-II dated 19-09-2013 has revised the minimum wages, which shall come effect from 01-10-2013.
Accordingly the Minimum wages per day to be paid will be as follows:
work above ground / below ground
Unskilled Rs.207.00 / Rs. 257.00
Semi-skilled Rs.257.00 / Rs. 310.00
Skilled Rs.310.00 / Rs. 360.00
Highly skilled Rs.360.00 / Rs. 410.00
The full orders will be published later.