It is reported that Com. K. Sebastin, General Secretary of SNEA and Com. Prahlad Rai General Secretary of AIBSNLEA have been been issued charge sheet by the management for trade union activities. We condemn this unwarranted victimisation of trade union leaders and demand the management to drop the same without any delay.
After 5 months of militant struggle, in which leaders of BSNLEU and SNEA were suspended, transferred and charge-sheeted, the Kerala BSNL contract workers have won their demands for higher wages. As the orders issued on the basis of the agreement reached between the union and the circle Management, the new rates are as follows:
- Unskilled Labour : Rs.318 ( Rs. 236 earlier)
- Semiskilled Labour: Rs. 343 (Rs. 258 earlier)
- Skilled Labour : Rs. 351 (Rs. 258 earlier)
- Out door workers will get Rs.17/- as transport allowance.
- Variable DA will be in addition.
- These rates will be implemented from 1st August 2015.
- These rates are based on the minimum wages for Kerala State.
We congratulate the BSNLEU, BSNLCCWF and SNEA leaders and workers who organised the struggle and fought to the end. Com.K.Mohanan, Circle Secretary BSNLEU and Circle President BSNLCCWF, N.R.Somasekharan Nair, CS, BSNLCCLU and George Verghese, then CS SNEA along with the other leaders in the circle led the militant struggle. Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, P.Abhimanyu, GS BSNLEU and K.Sebastin, GS SNEA and other leaders from CHQ negotiated with the BSNL Management at each and every stage.
Congratulations for the casual contract workers of Kerala for their great victory!
As per call of BSNLEU, SNEA and BSNLCCWF, protest demonstrations were held in the CGM office premises protesting against the victimisation of union leaders and demanding the immediate transfer of Kerala CGM MSS Rao, against whom corrupt charges are alleged. Kerala Telecom workers in struggle for the last one and half months against the CGM’s wrong actions and on the demand of the casual and contract workers. They are starting Satyagraha and Non-cooperation movement from tomorrow in Kerala Circle.
In Corporate Office, BSNL, New Delhi, also demonstrations were held. Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, Swapan Chakraborty, Offg. GS BSNLEU, G.L.Jogi, Chairman SNEA, A.A.Khan, President SNEA and K.Sebastin, General Secretary SNEA addressed.
After the demonstration, the union leaders served notice on the BSNL Management intimating their decision to go on Hunger Strike from 17th September on the above issues and demonstration in Circle/SSA Offices.
M.P.s from Kerala, S/Shri K.N.Venugopal, who is also President of CCLU Kerala, C.P.Narayanan, T.N.Seem, K.K.Ragesh and K.V.Thomas met Communications Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad on 4th August 2015 and informed the grave situation in Kerala Telecom Circle due to the anti-worker actions of the CGM Kerala and demanded immediate intervention. They told the Minister that the 7,000 and odd contract workers are on strike for the last two days and the entire work is paralyzed. Circle Secretaries of BSNLEU and SNEA are on Indefinite hunger Strike against victimisation of union leaders and workers and demonstrations are going on. The action of the CGM is creating a situation, due to which the the services in Kerala, which is the circle which one profit circle in the BSNL, is deteriorating.
Minister stated that immediate action will be taken and directed the CMD BSNL, who was also present to do so.
Despite the assurance, no talks with the unions is held and the strike and the hunger strike is continuing. Large number of workers are conducting dharna. Leaders of many central trade unions and federations are visiting the hunger strike premises and extending solidarity and support. All the news papers in Kerala have given wide publicity for the justified struggle.
The high handed anti-worker and the most provocative bureaucratic attitude of the CGMT, Kerala is spoiling the industrial relations in Kerala Circle. No doubt, this will certainly affect the services adversely. Kerala is the only Circle which has achieved a profit of Rs.400 crore and CGMT shamelessly is not prepared to give credit to anybody else for the same . It is a well known fact that the profit could be earned due to the collective hard work of the entire staff including the casual/contract workers.
The casual/contract workers were compelled to resort to agitational programmes as the Circle Administration did not care to discuss their genuine demands including wage hike and implementation of the agreement by the circle administration consequent on a glorious strike of 16 days in August,2013. BSNL CCLU leaders had started an indefinite fast from 9th July,2015 as the CGMT continued his negative attitude. Meanwhile a number of BSNLEU leaders including the Circle Secretary have been victimized with dies-non, show cause notice etc alleging that the have helped the CCLU agitation. Of late, one of the SNEA leader is transferred when most of the earlier cases of victimization during the SNEA agitation have not been settled despite specific directive from the BSNL corporate office.
All these compelling circumstances have contributed to launch an indefinite strike by the BSNL CCLU in Kerala Circle and BSNLEU and SNEA an indefinite fast before the CGMT office, Thiruvananthapuram from 3rd August, 2015. The Strike of the casual contract workers is full in all over the Circle.
Com.K.Mohanan, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU and Com.K.Sudheer, Circle President, SNEA have started the indefinite fast at 10AM on 3rd August. Com.M.Chandran M L A inaugurated the fast. Com.P.V.Chandrasekharan, All India Patron,AIBDPA presided. Com.K.Mohanan spoke initially detailing the developments which made the agitation imperative.Com.G.Premkumar, Circle Treasurer, Com.T.Santhosh Kumar, District Secretary, SNEA, Com.R.Muraleedharan Nair, Former AGS,BSNLEU and Com.S.Ashok Kumar, District Secretary, Confederation addressed.There was an unprecedented gathering of workers with large number of lady comrades reflecting the anguish and anger against the negative approach of the CGMT.(Courtesy:AIBDPA)
BSNLEU and SNEA (I) To launch joint agitational programme in Kerala circle.
BSNLEU and SNEA (I), Kerala circle unions have decided to launch joint agitational programme in Kerala circle, demanding immediate settlement of the victimisations imposed by the CGM, Kerala, as well as the settlement of the demands of the contract workers. The decision has been taken in the joint circle executive committee meeting of both BSNLEU and SNEA (I), held on 28-07-2015. The agitational programme is as follows.
(1) Demonstrations in all SSAs from 03.08.2015.
(2) Indefinite Hunger Strike in front of CGM Office from 03.08.2015.
(3) Non-cooperation from 10.08.2015.
CHQ heartily congratulates the Kerala comrades.(BSNLEU Website)