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Saturday, September 3, 2016

[02.09.2016]BSNLEU salutes and heartily congratulates BSNL employees for an excellent strike. An excellent strike has taken place throughout the country in BSNL today. BSNLEU and other major organisations have given call to the BSNL employees to join the General Strike. The striking employees have organised effective demonstrations in almost all SSAs. BSNLEU salutes and heartily congratulates all the leaders and employees for joining hands with the working class of the country, in fighting against the retrograde economic policies of the Narendra Modi government.


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[03.09.2016]More views of the General Strike held at various circles on 02.09.2016.<<<Click here>>>
 
[02.09.2016]Views of the General Strike held at various circles.<<<views of strike-1>>> <<<views of strike-2>>> <<<views of strike-3>>>
 
[02.09.2016]BSNLEU salutes and heartily congratulates BSNL employees for an excellent strike.
An excellent strike has taken place throughout the country in BSNL today. BSNLEU and other major organisations have given call to the BSNL employees to join the General Strike. The striking employees have organised effective demonstrations in almost all SSAs. BSNLEU salutes and heartily congratulates all the leaders and employees for joining hands with the working class of the country, in fighting against the retrograde economic policies of the Narendra Modi government.

[02.09.2016]Demonstration by BSNLEU at Corporate Office, Eastern Court, New Delhi.
 
[02.09.2016]BSNLEU's comrades at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, participating in the all union demonstration today.
 
[02.09.2016]Fund allotment for GPF advance will be made on time this month.
The issue of allotment of funds by the Corporate Office, to circles, for payment of GPF advance, was discussed by com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, with shri Y.N.Singh,GM(T&BFCI) yesterday. The GS demanded timely releasing of funds. The GM assured to do the needful. 
 
[02.09.2016]Staff Side members of the PLI Committee met the CMD BSNL - Demanded payment of a reasonable amount.
Both the Staff Side members of the PLI Committee, com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU and com. Chandeswar Singh, GS, NFTE, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL yesterday, and discussed the PLI issue. Both the leaders told the CMD BSNL that, the PLI amount of Rs.1,100/-, offered by the Management Side, in the PLI Committee meeting held on 24-08-2016, is very meagre. They sought the intervention of the CMD BSNL to settle the issue. Both the leaders demanded that, the contribution being given by the employees, especially during the past 2/3 years, for the revival of the Company should be kept in mind, and a reasonable amount should be paid as PLI to the employees. The CMD BSNL assured to look into the issue.
 
[02.09.2016]Rs.350/- vs Rs.692/-: What the fight is all about - TUs Deny They Agreed To Centre's Wage Hike.
The sniping between the government and the trade unions on the demands of the workers is getting curiouser and curiouser. Days before the countrywide strike by workers on September 2, the government had announced that it was raising minimum wages of unskilled workers from Rs.246 per day to Rs.350 per day .This was “based on deliberations in the meeting of Minimum Wage Advisory Board held on 29-08-2016“, of which trade unions are also a part, claimed the government. 

The trade unions have alleged that no such proposal was discussed in the board meeting. Kashmir Singh Thakur, member of the board, has written to labour and employment minister Bandaru Dattatreya saying that the “the proposal of Rs.350 per day as minimum wage ... never surfaced in the meeting on that day”. Thakur has claimed that all the workers' representatives at the meeting of the board had, in fact, reiterated the demand for Rs.18,000/- monthly minimum wage (Rs.692 per day), which is one of the key sticking points in the dispute and the cause for widespread support for the impending strike. The central trade unions are upset at this sleight of hand and have called upon the government to issue a “correction“ or a “rejoinder“ on this. 

What is the basis of the two contradictory proposals of minimum wage? While the government has not given any details as to how it arrived at the figure of Rs.350 per day, trade unions say that their proposal is derived from a standard method of calculating the minimum wage accepted by the Indian Labour Conference, which has representatives from the employers and the government, along with workers' representatives. This standard method was also followed by the 7th Pay Commission, which recently released its report on pay fixation of government employees. According to this method, a three-unit worker's family is assumed to consume 2,700 Kcal per day worth of food, apart from various other essentials like cloth, soap, fuel, etc. Prices of commodities are taken from surveys done by the Labour Bureau. Additional expenses like that on children's education and festivals are added on as 25% of other expenses, following a Supreme Court order in 1992. The 7th Pay Commission crunched through all the numbers and came up with Rs.18,000 per month (Rs.692 per day) as the “minimum need-based wage” for unskilled employees. The trade unions are demanding the same for unskilled workers. Since the government's proposal of Rs.350 per day is nearly half of what is demanded by the workers, the impasse continues.
[Courtesy: Times of India dated 02.08.2016]
 
[01.09.2016]BSNLEU’s nominations to the National Council, Staff Side.
The All India Centre meeting of BSNLEU, held on 30.08.2016, discussed and finalised BSNLEU’s nominations to the Staff Side of the National Council. As of now, the Management allows recognised unions to nominate only their members to the councils. Hence, some seats are left vacant for the alliance partners, while sending nominations to the National Council.<>

[01.09.2016]Central Trade Unions announce that strike will take place.
The Central Trade Unions conducted a press conference at the Press Club, New Delhi, yesterday. All the Central Trade Unions, except BMS attended it. In the press meet, the Central Trade Unions rejected the deceptive and misleading announcements made by Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, and announced that the 2nd September General Strike would take place as per schedule. The leaders also called upon the working class to massively participate in the strike.
 
[31.08.2016]CMD BSNL urged to start negotiations for Wage Revision without further delay.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, met shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL yesterday, and expressed their disappointment and concern, over the inordinate delay in the commencement of negotiations for Wage Revision of the Non-Executives in BSNL. They demanded that the Joint Committee for Wage Revision should immediately be constituted and preliminary talks on Wage Revision should start. The CMD BSNL agreed to look into the matter seriously.

[31.08.2016]CMD BSNL urged to intervene in the West Bengal developments.
Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, in their meeting with shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, discussed about the attack that has taken place on the West Bengal circle BSNLEU office on 19.08.2016. They also explained about the dubious role being played by the CGM, West Bengal, which is worsening the situation. The CMD BSNL has assured to do the needful intervention.

[31.08.2016]Press statement of com. Tapan Sen, General Secretary, CITU, in response to the deceptive and misleading announcements of Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister.<>
 
[31.08.2016]Strike decision stands. Arun Jaitley’s deceptive and misleading statement and appeal rejected by the Central Trade Unions.
The government, instead of inviting the Central Trade Unions which have issued the strike notice for talks, has invited only the RSS affiliated BMS, for talks. It is noteworthy that the BMS has not issued any strike notice. This attitude of the government is condemnable. Yesterday, Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, has issued a statement, announcing certain concessions and has appealed to the trade unions to withdraw the strike. All the Central Trade Unions, except BMS, have rejected this appeal. The CTUs have reiterated that General Strike would be held on 2nd September, 2016. BSNLEU calls on the employees not to get confused by the deceptive and misleading statement of the Finance Minister and to massively participate in the General Strike.

[31.08.2016]Central trade unions on Tuesday rejected the government's announcements on hike in minimum wages and payment of bonus as “mockery and deception” and decided to go ahead with Friday's nationwide strike.
In a statement, the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) termed finance minister Arun Jaitley's statement that the government had accepted the recommendations of the minimum wage advisory committee as “totally untrue”. “The minimum wage committee met on August 30, 2016, and ended inconclusive while all the workers' representatives reiterated their demand of Rs.18,000/-. Such misstatement by the government is a deliberate ploy to mislead and confuse the workers before the strike”, it said. The RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), however, lauded the government's announcements and decided to abstain from the general strike on September 2. AITUC general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta, “The labour minister sent us an email requesting us not to go on strike. It proves how the government is not interested in talking to the trade unions. It (the government) is only interested in talking to BMS.”
[The Times of India dated 31.08.2016]

[30.08.2016]Conduct demonstrations while on strike on 2nd September, 2016.
The All India Centre meeting held today, reviewed the preparations that have been made for successfully conducting the 2nd September General Strike, and expressed it’s satisfaction. The meeting called upon all the circle and district unions to take the last minute efforts to make the strike a total success. The meeting also decided to call upon the circle and district unions to organise massive demonstrations infront of offices, while on strike on 2nd September, 2016, inviting media persons and to give vast publicity to the strike and demands. 

[30.08.2016]Swift actions – But in whose favour? – Editorial of Telecrusader September, 2016.<>

[30.08.2016]Corporate Office guideline to CGMs on forwarding applications for temporary transfer to the Corporate Office. <> 

[30.08.2016]M.Sc (Electronics) and M.Sc (Computer Science) included as eligible qualification for appearing JTO(T) LICE.<> 

[30.08.2016]Effective West Bengal circle convention held at CTO Kolkata.
Very effective Convention of the Circle Union was held in a jam packed hall at Telecom Institute CTO, Kolkata. Com Animesh Mitra CS BSNLEU WB & VP CHQ was the Chief speaker in the convention. Com Mitra in his speech detailed the background of the strike which is going to be held on 2nd September, 2016 He told that the working class of our country is under the severe attack of Neo Economic Policies and there is no other alternative left to the workers but to go on strike to settle their legitimate demands. He also mentioned the demands of the BSNL employees in this strike. Com Anirban Ghosh, Leader SNATTA WB, Akhilesh Banerjee, ACS BSNLCMU WB and Ajit Kr. Nandan, leader AIBDPA WB also spoke on the occasion. Com Sapan Chanda presided over the Convention.<<views of the convention>>  

[29.08.2016]BSNLEU expresses it’s deep anguish and protest over the postponement of the JTO LICE.
The JTO LICE, scheduled to be held on 28.08.2016 has been unduly postponed in the eleventh hour. Order for postponement was issued barely 2 days before the exam. This is unprecedented and tells poorly on the efficiency and reliability of the BSNL Management. BSNLEU has written to the Director (HR), expressing it’s deep anguish and protest and also demanding to hold the exam on an earlier date.<>
 
[27.08.2016]NTR circle convention for organising the 2nd September General Strike.
NTR circle union of BSNLEU organised a convention at CTO Sabagarh in the Eastern Court, for mobilising the employees for the 2nd September General Strike. Com. R.C. Nagar, Circle President, presided over. Com. R.S. Chauhan, CS, NTR & Organising Secretary (CHQ), welcomed everyone and addressed. A good number of comrades from Delhi as well as from other district unions of NTR circle attended the convention. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS and com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, addressed the convention and explained the 12 point charter of demands of the Central Trade Unions. Both of them criticised the NDA governments pro-corporate economic policies and called upon the employees to participate in the strike in toto. Com. Sisodia, Vice President, proposed vote of thanks.<<views of the convention>>
 
[27.08.2016]March ahead towards 2nd September General Strike.
Hardly one week is left for the 2nd September General Strike. The decision to go on one day General Strike on 2nd September, 2016, was taken by the entire Central Trade Unions, except BMS, on 30.03.2016. So far the government has not called the Central Trade Unions for any talks. This non-responsive and arrogant attitude of the government is condemnable. At the same time, the Group of Ministers, headed by Finance Minister, Arun Jaitly, has held discussions with the BMS, the non-striking union. So far, two rounds of discussions are held on 16th and 24th August, 2016, on the 12 point charter of demands of the Central Trade Unions. BSNLEU strongly condemns this attitude of the government. BSNLEU demands that the government should hold talks with the Central Trade Unions which have given notice for the 2nd September General Strike. We have to be cautious about this. In the last minute, the government may try to confuse the workers, with some false announcements, to break the strike. Circle and District Unions are directed to take all out efforts to make the strike a historic success.  
[27.08.2016]CITU’s circular on 2nd September General Strike.<<view circular>>
 
[27.08.2016]Let us appreciate this good work.
BSNL Management has announced “Night Free Calling” and “Sunday Free calling”, schemes to expand our landline customer base. These schemes will become fully successful only when the quality of our landline service  becomes satisfactory. In this context, a good work done in Chennai telephones recently, has received the appreciation of the CMD BSNL. We reproduce hereinunder the condition of pillar 14, K.K. Nagar, before and after rehabilitation work is done. Let us all appreciate the employees who have done this good work and let us also ensure that similar works are done wherever required.
      

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