BSNL EMPLOYEES UNION Recognised Union in BSNL (Registered Under Indian Trade Union Act 1926. Regn.No.4896) CHQ:Dada Ghosh Bhawan, Opp. Shadipur Bus Depot., New Delhi – 110008 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: bsnleuchq.com P. Abhimanyu Phone: (O) 011-25705385 General Secretary Fax : 011- 25894862 BSNLEU/102 (Circular No.7) 07th August, 2015
To All Circle Secretaries, Central Office bearers & District Secretaries
. Dear Comrades, Make the 2nd September General Strike a resounding success. CHQ has already communicated to all, through the journals, circulars and website updatings about the General Strike is being organised on 2nd September, 2015, against the anti-worker and pro-corporate policies of the Narendra Modi government. A unanimous resolution has been passed in the Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, held at Dalhousie, from 16th to 18th June, 2015, which has called upon the entire BSNL employees to participate in the General Strike. CHQ has already directed that all circle unions should immediately conduct their Executive Committee meetings and plan for making the General Strike a grand success. Similarly, all the District Unions have also been directed to hold their Executive Committee meetings for the purpose of organising the strike. As per reports received, most of the circles have already started the strike preparations in right earnest. CHQ of BSNLEU is trying to organise a combined campaign programme of all the Unions and Associations which are participating in the Strike. Meanwhile, taking into consideration that only a very less time is available for the campaign, CHQ leaders of BSNLEU have already started touring various circles for effectively organising the Strike. CHQ has already informed the Circle Secretaries about the tour programme. Apart from the meetings, being addressed by CHQ office-bearers, special meetings should be organised in all districts as well as branches, to make the strike successful. An article is already published in the August issues of Telecrusader and BSNL Swar, for campaigning. This article should be printed into leaflets (by translating in regional languages wherever necessary) and should be distributed to each and every employee of BSNL, irrespective of their union affiliation. A “pull-out” poster has also been printed in the centre page of the August issue of the Telecrusader and BSNL Swar. These posters should be displayed on all notice boards. Demonstrations on 12.08.2015, protesting the decision of the Cabinet for the formation of a Subsidiary Tower Company. We have come to know through the media that, the Cabinet, in it’s meeting held on 05.08.2015, has given approval for the formation of a Subsidiary Tower Company. All the 65,000 mobile towers of BSNL, will be hived off to the Subsidiary Tower Company, through this decision. The entire Unions and Associations have been opposing right from the beginning, the idea of forming a Subsidiary Tower Company. It is one of the most important issue in the charter of demands on which the entire BSNL employees went on a two day strike on 21st & 22nd April, 2015. The decision of the Cabinet is detrimental to the future of BSNL. The Forum has decided to hold nation wide protest demonstrations on 12.08.2015, protesting the decision of the Cabinet for the formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. I request you to inform your circle and district units to effectively participate in this demonstration. Massive post card campaign for the revival of BSNL In the Forum meeting held on 26.06.2015, it has been decided to conduct a massive “post card campaign” in the month of August. It is also decided that this campaign is to be conducted from 10th to 22nd August, 2015. The decision of the Forum is that one post card should go from each of the 2.25 lakh BSNL employees, to the Hon’ble Minister of Communications, demanding immediate steps for the revival of BSNL. The text of the post card shall be as follows:- “Hon’ble Minister of Communications & IT is requested to immediately settle the demands submitted by the Forum, for the revival of BSNL.” The post card should be signed by the individual employee, with his name, designation and the name of the SSA. If the task of sending the post cards is left to the individual employees, everyone may not send the post card. Hence, it is decided that the Forum at the SSA level should undertake the responsibility of purchasing the post cards in bulk, get the matter hand written on the post cards, obtain the signatures of the employees, and finally post the post cards. Let us arrange to send one post card from each of the 2.25 lakh BSNL employees. Let us make the Minister and the government to understand the determination of the BSNL employees to revive BSNL. Address of the Minister of Communications &IT: Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications & IT, Sanchar Bhawan, 20, Ashoka Road, New Delhi 110001 Campaign for widening BSNL’s mobile and landline customer base. The Forum has already called upon the BSNL employees to conduct a massive campaign to popularise the “Night Free Call Scheme” as well as the “Free Incoming on Roaming Scheme”, and thereby widen BSNL’s mobile and landline customer base. The CEC meeting of BSNLEU held at Dalhousie has also called upon the circle and district unions of BSNLEU to actively participate in this campaign. The impact of the implementation of the Night Free Call and Free Roaming schemes is being regularly reviewed by the Forum, through it’s interaction with the CMD BSNL and Director (CFA). As per the information given by the CMD BSNL, in the review meeting held on 24.07.2015, the number of mobile connections given by BSNL stood at 11 lakh and 15 lakh in the months of June and July, 2015, respectively. Whereas, the number of mobile connections given before the implementation of the Free Roaming, i.e., in the month of May was only 8.6 lakh. Similarly, due to the introduction of the Night Free Call scheme, surrender of landlines has got reduced to 30,000 to 40,000 per month. Before the introduction of the Night Free Call scheme the surrender was 1,20,000 landlines per month. Further, it is reported that 10 circles have turned positive in the landline segment, after the implementation of the Night Free Call scheme. All these details show that with more effort we can achieve the revival of BSNL. Our union is of the firm view that the struggle against the anti-BSNL policies of the government should go hand in hand with our efforts to improve the work culture of the employees. CHQ calls upon all the circle and district unions to actively participate in the Forum’s call of conducting the campaign to widen BSNL’s mobile and landline customers base. Thanking you, Yours fraternally (P. Abhimanyu) General Secretary General Strike on 2nd September, 2015. Participate enmasse. The Narendra Modi government which came to power, pledging to serve the poor, is only serving the corporates. All the resources of the country are being wide opened to the loot of the corporates. Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself has declared in the American soil that, doing business is not the business of his government. It means nothing, but all the Public Sector Companies, would be privatised. Ruthless attack on the Public Sector. The Modi government has already announced his ambitious plan to make disinvestments in the Public Sector Undertakings, to the tune of Rs.69,500 crore, in this financial year. Further, it has already implemented 100% FDI in the railways and defence sectors. FDI limit in the Insurance sector has been raised to 49%. The Bibek Debroy Committee, formed by the Modi government, has already announced the blue print to privatise the Indian Railways. Similarly, the government has also planned to corporatise the Postal Department. There is no doubt that the Railway and Postal Services are soon going to be swallowed by the corporates. In BSNL, all the unions and associations are continuously struggling to revive the Company. We know that, the future of the 2.25 lakh employees and their families will be doomed if BSNL is not saved. But the question is, how we can save BSNL alone, when the government wants to handover the entire public sector to the corporates. Certainly we cannot. Labour Law amendments. The real situation in the country even at present is that, 90% of the employers are not implementing the Labour Laws. 90% of the disputes between the employers and workers relate only to the non-implementation of the Labour Laws. Under this situation, the Modi government wants to bring amendments to the Labour Laws, which are totally against the workers, and will allow the employers to “hire and fire” the workforce. “Job creation”, “simplification”, “ease of doing business”, “attracting investment”, etc. are the attractive reasons being advanced by the Modi government, in favour of making the labour law amendments. But in reality, if the labour laws are amended, as planned by the Modi government, more than 70% of the factories, and their workers, would be knocked out of the purview of the Labour Laws. The changes to Labour Laws, as planned by the Modi government, are already implemented in Rajasthan. As per the amended Industrial Disputes Act in Rajasthan, the workers employed in factories which are employing upto 300 workers, can be retrenched by the employers, without taking any permission from the government. It must be noted that in Rajasthan, out of the total 7622 factories, 7252 factories are employing less than 300 workers. It means in 95% of the factories in Rajasthan, workers can be kicked out of jobs whenever employees want. Another danger is that, if the labour laws’ amendments are implemented, ‘the right to strike’ would be taken away. According to the proposed amendments, six weeks’ notice should be given for strike. Conciliation proceedings will be deemed to have started on the day when strike notice is served. During the pendency of the conciliation proceedings, workers cannot go on strike. Fine from Rs.20,000 to Rs.50,000 or imprisonment for one month, or both, will be imposed on the workers who participate in the illegal strike. If these amendments are implemented, then in future all strikes will become illegal. The Modi government which came to power, vowing to control price rise, has not done it. Instead it has fuelled price rise, by taking steps like raising the railway goods tariff, deregulation of diesel price, etc. The prices of essential commodities, continue to increase, which hurt the working masses. Further, 90% of the workforce in the country is unorganised. The Central Trade Unions have demanded to fix Rs.15,000 as minimum wages. But, this demand has been rejected by the Modi government. It is not out of place to mention that it is the same government which has abolished Wealth Tax for the rich, and has also given Rs.5,89,285 crore as tax concessions to the corporates, in this year’s budget. Hence, there is no doubt that this is the government of the corporates. The entire Central Trade Unions and Federations of various industries have given call to organise General Strike on 2nd September, 2015. It is the duty of each and every employee of BSNL to participate in this strike and make it a historic success. Workers Unity Zindabad ! ! Inquilab Zindabad ! !
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