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)
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.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, discussed the issue of implementation of the Minimum Wages to the contract workers as per the Gazette Notification of January 2017 with Shri Ashuthosh Gupta, GM (Restructuring) BSNL Corporate Office. He assured that necessary orders may be issued by next week based on the Gazette Notification increasing the wages of the contract workers. The file is be put to the management for the same.
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, Presidnt BSNLCCWF met Smt. Sujata Ray, Director (HR) BSNL on 3rd October 2016 and discussed issues of casual and contract workers including payment of bonus, Implementation of gratuity to casual workers, wages for the casual labour on the basis of government decision on VII CPC recommendations etc. Com.Namboodiri met Smt. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) also and discussed the same issues. Both of them assured that favourable action is being taken for settling the issues. With regard to the pay of casual labour, the Remuneration Committee is looking in to the matter. The gratuity issue will be put in the next board meeting, the date for which is yet to be fixed. It could not be discussed in the meeting held on 28th September.
Kingfisher owner Vijay Mallya left the country not only cheating the PSU Banks, but also cheated his own employees. While he cheated the PSU Banks thousands of crores of rupees by not repaying the loans, he cheated the workers about more than Rs. 300 crores by not paying their due wages.
The more than 3000 workers have not received their salaries for many months. While the workers do not get their salaries, the owners manage with out losing any single paise and escape to safety. Government looks on without taking any action.
The Central Trade Unions have been strongly demanding for the last few years for equal wage and benefits for the contract workers just like regular workers. The NDA government had also moved in that direction. But now due to strong pressure from the employers and corporates, the government seem to be backtracking.
According to a survey about 55%in public sector and 45% in private sector jobs are got done by the contract workers. They are being exploited in wages as well as working conditions.
The Central Trade Unions have opposed the present move of the government and have warned that they will never agree to any such condition.
The issue of regularisation of casual and contract labour, wages of both casual and contract worker, EPF, ESI, Gratuity etc. have been taken by BSNLCCWF in the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour for the last few years. Now BSNL Board has decided to start EPF facilityto be implemented for casual labours from 01-10-2000 (the date of formation of BSNL), but the orders are yet to be issued, since CMD BSNL has written to the Central EPF Commissioner requesting waival of penalty.
Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, today met Shri R.K.Goyal, GM (Estt.) and discussed all these issues and demanded issue of early orders. He stated that once the reply from Central EPF Commissioner is received orders on EPF will be issued. Regarding Gratuity and revised govt. wages, these are being examined.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF met Shri R.K.Goyal, GM (Estt.) and discussed about the need to increase the wages of TSM and Casual Labour engaged in BSNL. It was demanded that the minimum of the pay of BSNL ie. Rs. 7,760 should be given instead of the present Rs. 6,600, which is based on the DOT scale. It was also pointed out by the union that even Rs. 6,600 was not the pay to be given as per the government pay, it should be Rs. 7,000 ( Rs. 5,200 pay and Rs. 1,800 Grade pay). The necessary orders and instructions were also furnished. But the management did not commit anything, instead justified the decision already taken.
The Union also demanded that the EPF contribution for the Casual labour should be from the date of employment. The GM (Estt.) assured that a decision will be taken within a few weeks and orders issued in this matter.
Major issues of the casual and contract workers in BSNL were discussed between the Joint Action Committee of BSNL Non-Executive unions with Director (HR) BSNL today, 27th June. Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President and P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary represented BSNLEU. The following issues were discussed:
1.Regularisation of TSMs/Casual labour: The JAC demanded that all the left out TSMs/Casual labour be regularised at an early date, as was done in Income tax, Customs etc. on a one time basis. In this connection, the DOP and T orders can be followed. There are about 3,350 TSM/CL, most of them in W.Bengal. The Management continued their position that since the Supreme Court orders against regularisation is there, they can not be regularised.
2.Payment of minimum Wage and implementation of ESI, EPF etc. for contract workers: The JAC pointed out that the Govt. as well as BSNL orders are not being implemented at field level. They cited many examples. The management stated that they will issue again directives to the CGMs/GMs in this matter.
3. Revision of wages of the casual labour and TSM based on the IDA pay scale : JAC leaders pointed out that the TSM/Casual labour are at present paid only the minimum of the CDA scales and it should be revised to IDA scale. The management did not agree. The JAC also pointed out that even the revised minimum of the CDA is not being paid. This will be examined.