Inflation at wholesale level has reached a 4 year high. This is according to the official data released by the government last Monday. The real upward push in the wholesale inflation has taken place in the crude petroleum and natural gas segments. It is interesting to note that, internationally, the price of crude oil fell steeply, after the present government came to power in May, 2015. However, in India, the price of petrol and diesel kept on rising due to the frequent and huge taxes imposed by the government on petrol and diesel.
[Courtesy: The Hindu dt. 17-07-2018]
BSNLEU is glad to inform that the negotiation for Wage Revision of the Non-Executives is starting on 20.07.2018. Initially, the Management has issued notification for only an exploratory meeting to be held on 20.07.2018, since the Joint Committee for wage negotiation has not been constituted. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, discussed the issue with Shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR), today. The GM (SR) informed that, notification for the constitution of the Joint Committee is under issue. As such, the full-fledged meeting of the Joint Committee on wage negotiation will be held on 20.07.2018. All members of the Joint Committee, representing BSNLEU, are requested to kindly attend the meeting without fail.
Consequent to the General Secretary's recent visit to Leh, letter was written to the CMD BSNL, about the poor condition of the OFC, between Srinagar and Leh. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, met the CMD BSNL and discussed this issue. Following this, the Core Network Operation Cell of the Corporate Office has taken up the issue with the CGM, J&K circle and CGM, NTR, with a copy to the GS, BSNLEU. We appreciate the prompt action taken by the CMD BSNL on this issue.
BSNLEU has written to the Director(HR), demanding implementation of open-ended pay scales for the Non-Executives, in the forthcoming Wage Settlement. In the last Wage Revision, implemented from 01.01.2007, the Management kept the maximum of the pay scales as low as possible, with the view to keep the expenditure on Pension Contribution also low. This in turn, resulted in stagnation, especially for the employees in the lower pay scales. Now, that the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications has directed the Secretary, Telecom, in the meeting held on 24-02-2018, to implement Government of India Rule, for collection of Pension Contribution from BSNL, this problem is going to be solved once for all. Hence, BSNLEU has demanded implementation of open ended pay scales for the Non-Executives.
BSNLEU has written to the CMD BSNL, demanding immediate implementation of the 30% Superannuation Benefits to the Directly Recruited employees. In this respect, the Union has demanded full implementation of the recommendation of the 2nd Pay Revision Committee.
The BSNL Working Women’s Coordination Committee(BSNL WWCC) conducted it’s Tamil Nadu circle conference inspiringly at Pondicherry yesterday the 15-07-2018. The Conference Hall was named after Com.Jyotsana Mokashi, Member of the All India BSNL WWCC from Maharashtra, who passed away recently. Com.V.Bhagyalakshmi, All India Joint Convenor, hoisted BSNLEU flag amidst thundering slogans. Com. Vatsala of the Reception Committee, welcomed all. The house stood in a minute’s silence, paying homage to the departed leaders. Com.U.Vasuki, All India Vice-President of All India Democratic Women’s Association(AIDWA), inaugurated the Conference, narrating the atrocities being committed against women in India, the retrograde New-Liberal policies that worsen the condition, and the need to organise working women to fight against these menace. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, addressed and explained about the issues of the women employees of BSNL, as well as on the status of important issues such as, Wage Revision, Pension Revision, Subsidiary Tower Company, Allotment of 4G spectrum, viability of BSNL and contract workers. Com.S.Chellappa, AGS & CP, TN, Com.Bhagyalakshmi, All India Joint Convenor of BSNL WWCC, Com.Babu Radhakrishnan, circle secretary,BSNLEU and Com.Vinodh, circle secretary, BSNL CCWF greeted the Conference. A very lively debate by delegates, ensued. Finally, Com.P.Indira, summed up the discussions.Com.P.Abhimanyu,GS, replied to the All India level issues. Totally, 165 delegates attended this Conference. A 17 member state committee, with Com.Berlin Alice Mary, as the Convenor, was elected. The Conference came to a conclusion with inspiring slogans. CHQ heartily congratulates the BSNL WWCC, Tamil Nadu, for the successful conference.
The CHQ of BSNLEU is extremely sorry to inform that Shri Aparesh Mitra, father of Com.Animesh Mitra, Vice-President(CHQ), passed away yesterday morning at a Kolkata hospital. He was 82 years old and was unwell for some time, and was being given treatment in a hospital. CHQ pays it’s homage to Shri Aparesh Mitra. CHQ also conveys it’s heartfelt condolences to Com.Animesh Mitra, and all the members of his family.
The Circle Executive Committee Meeting of BSNLEU, Maharashtra Circle, was held at Panjim on 14th and 15th July, 2018. Com Appa Saheb Gagre, circle president, presided over the meeting. Com. Nagesh Nalawade, Circle Secretary, presented report on activities and Com.Ganesh Hinge, Circle Treasure presented report on accounts. Com.M.K.Dave,AGS, attended this meeting,as per the decision of the Agartala CEC meeting. He, together with Com.John Verghese, AGS, addressed the house about the BSNLEU activities during the recent days and efforts for wage revision, ongoing struggles, financial status of BSNL,etc., were explained. Serious discussion by circle executive committee members took place thereafter. Participation in the Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh Rally on 05-09-2018 at New Delhi and Young Workers Convention at Bhopal were discussed and decision is taken for effective participation. Com. Yusuf Husain, General Secretary, Maharashtra BSNL Contract Workers Union, addressed the house. Excellent arrangements were made by BSNLEU, Goa District Union Comrades. CWC Meeting concluded with vote of thanks by Com Appa Saheb Gagre.