18 September, 2018:Allotment of funds not yet sanctioned by the corporate office.
Workers are not getting their wages since 3 months. So, agitation programme has started in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala etc. On the other side, the administration has retrenched a good numbers of contract workers in Punjab, Haryana and STR Circle. Continuous demonstration programme is going on in West Bengal and waiting till payment programme is going on in Tamil Nadu. In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, workers are protesting against the retrenchment of contract labours in STR circle. In the last week BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF leadership met GM(SR) and GM(Restg.) and requested to release the funds immediately to normalise the situation. If this situation will continue the BSNLCCWF will organise the Hunger strike on 28th at SSA level through out the country. Take full preparation for the programme.
13 September, 2018:District and Circle Secretaries please note - Hunger Strike programme.
It has decided in the last CEC meeting held on 5th & 6th September, 2018, that our Federation will organise the Hunger Strike programme at the end of September, 2018 ( Preferably on 28th) at the SSA level and in the month of October ( Preferably before Puja or Dashera Festival) at Circle level. A sustained campaign programme on the Charter of Demands will organise at the Branch level in the month of October and November to popularise the demands of Casual Contractual Labours. The suggestion for conducting hunger strike programme at Corporate Office will be discuss with the BSNLEU CHQ leadership and the date will be declare accordingly. But presently, the CEC meeting has taken a decision to react sharply against the Management particularly on the issue of Retrenchment of Contract Workers, revision of wage of the Casual Labours and ensure the payment on a fix date. CHQ is trying to have with Management at Corporate Office within a short period so that we can communicate our grievances to the CMD BSNL or Director HR.
13 September, 2018:Retrenchment of Contract Workers in STR circle - BSNLCCWF leadership met GM (Restg.) and conveyed the resentment of the workers.
The BSNL Management in STR circle is very much rigid to retrench 15% Contract Workers working in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana w.e.f. 15.09.2018. Though they are trying to retrench the Contract Workers since May, 2018. But due to continuous struggle in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana circle the workers are still continuing their service in BSNL. Com P. Abhimanyu GS, BSNLEU discussed the matter with Director (HR) and com Animesh Mitra met GM (HQ) in Chennai. The both Circle Union in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana had conducted the massive trade Union action programme in August, 2018. Com. Animesh Mitra, SG, BSNLCCWF had discussed the matter with CGMT STR also. But still the administration is in process to serve the notice for retrenchment to the workers. Again on 11th September, com Animesh Mitra, SG, BSNLCCWF and com. Asoka Babu VP, BSNLEU (CHQ) met shri Manish Kumar GM (Restructuring) and submitted a letter on the same subject.
13 September, 2018:Meeting with ALC on 4th September- BSNL Management did not turned up.
Conciliation meeting between management and union held on 11th September, in presence of shri Niranjan Kumar ALC. This time, it is learnt that the Asstt. Labour Commissioner has forwarded the case to Dy. CLC. New Delhi as the BSNL Management is not sending any important officer in the conciliation process. Accordingly, the meeting was fixed with Dy.CLC (Central) on 11th September and the notice was served to BSNL Management on 6th September by hand. But the BSNL Management still remain absent in the Labour Court. Com Animesh Mitra, SG, BSNLCCWF was present there and discussed the matter with shri Niranjan Kumar ALC (Central) and it has decided that the next meeting will be held on 26th September, 2018.
12 September, 2018:Management proposed minimum pay scale Rs.19,000/-, for the BSNL lowest cadre – Casual labours rate should be revised accordingly.
Management has proposed the minimum pay scale Rs.19,000/- for the lowest cadre in BSNL while the minimum pay scale in Central Government is Rs.18,000/-. Then, what is the problem for the management to take a right decision to revise the wage of the casual labours in BSNL. Earlier, it was a stand for Management that the revision of the wages of casual labour will be taken up at the time of 3rd PRC decision. Now, the discussion has started and the Management has proposed a minimum pay scale Rs.19,000/- while the unions demanded for Rs.19,600/-. Com.P. Abhimanyu,GS, BSNLEU, Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU, Com. Animesh Mitra, SG, BSNLCCWF, met Shri Sourabh Tyagi, Sr.GM(Estt.) on 07th September, 2018, and discussed the matter. Sr.GM(Estt.) assured to take a early decision on the subject.
12 September, 2018:Casual Contract Workers are in continuous struggle.
It has reported in the CEC meeting of BSNLCCWF held on 05th & 06th September, 2018, in Delhi, that the casual and contract labours are very much serious to organise the trade union action programme at the grass root level. Some circle union has also organised the agitational programme at the District and Circle level. Some circle union has taken up issue at the RLC / ALC or Dy.CLC level. These programmes are being organised, on the issues of retrenchment of contract workers, the payment of wages in every month in a fixed date, revision of casual labourers wages, etc., at the circle level. The local unions are also in continuous programme at the DGM and GM level. Now, time has come to organise some powerful demonstration programme at the Corporate Office level. CEC meeting has directed the CHQ to chalk out some specific programme on this issue. We are enclosing here some specific photos of the circle / district union programme in this regard.<<view of the dharna>>
08 September, 2018:CEC meeting of BSNLCCWF held at K.G. Bose Bhawan - Decisions taken on some serious issues.
Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation (BSNL CCWF), held at K.G. Bose Bhawan on 6th September, 2018. On 5th September the open session held at CTO Sabhagarh in presence of good gathering of general members who came from the nook and corner of the country. Delegates came from 16 circles and participated in the discussion of CEC meeting at K.G. Bose Bhawan. 26 CHQ office bearers and circle Secretaries attended the meeting. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri presided over the meeting and com. Animesh Mitra placed the draft report for discussion. Com. Tapas Banarjee, Finance Secretary, reported the financial position particularly the subscription collection from the circles for the year 2015, 2016 & 2017. After threadbare discussion some trade union action programme has adopted in the CEC meeting.<<view of the programme>>
07 September, 2018:Historic Rally on 5th September, 2018 - Casual Contract Workers came in the rally in good numbers.
Delhi was in full of Red flag on 5th September, 2018, with the big gathering of Kisan Mazdoors who came from nock and corner of the country to express their anger against the Modi government. They were shouting their genuine demands like minimum wage of Rs.18,000/-, minimum pension Rs.3,000/-, save PSU, stop price hike, etc. The common people in Delhi have also greeted the workers and farmers who were joining the rally that had started from Ramlila Maidan in the morning. All rallies and gathering was concluded in the mass meeting at Parliament Street. Prominent leaders from all trade unions gave their important speech to the mass. BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation was also in the Rally with a good mobilisation of workers. It is about 1000 workers from 22 circles came in the eastern court and merged with the rally on BSNLEU. Practically, it was a big rally of BSNL workers who joined in the main rally at Parliament Street. BSNL rally was very colourfully with the flag, banner and posters.<<views of the rally>>
07 September, 2018:10 years celebration programme of BSNL CCWF has observed in CTO, Delhi, successfully.
10 years completion programme has observed in Delhi on 5th September, 2018, afternoon with the big presence of casual contract workers. It was started at 02:30 PM at CTO Sabhagarh, Eastern Court and Com.V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, presided over the meeting. At the outset, Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, greeted everybody to make the rally a grand success and he narrated the short key note on the formation of BSNL CCWF in the year 2008 in Kolkata. He also explained the struggle and programme which had observed during last 10 years. It has also reported that the Organisation has formed in most of the circles and today the BSNLCCWF is very much popular to the casual contract labours throughout the country. Com. Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU, Com. Tapas Ghosh, Working President, Com. K.G. Jayaraj, GS, AIBDPA, were the other speaker who deliberated their speech in the home. A book was also published on that day in connection with the 10 years celebration programme.
04 September, 2018:Circle and District Secretaries please note.
Dear comrades, we are getting good response from most of the circles for attending the rally in Delhi on 5th September. It is about 20 circles who are attending the rally and the total figure will be about 1000. Please mobilise your members under the banner of BSNLCCWF at CTO Office in eastern court at 9:30 am. But keep it mind that after the meeting is over at Parliament Street you have to return back with your members at the same place where our CEC meeting of BSNLCCWF will start. It will start at 3:00 pm sharp and concluded at 6:00 pm. So try to mobilise your members at CTO Savaghar as we want to celebrate the programme of 10 year completion of CCWF at the same place in presence of our general members. Please inform me how many comrades are staying at night on 5th night and attending next day CEC meeting at K.G.Bose Bhawan at 9:00 am. Please talk to me in evening so that I can get the information of your arrival. Lastly, we have booked the Ambedkar Bhawan for 4th & 5th, September, 2018.
29 August, 2018:BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation will mobilize thousand workers in the Rally on 5th September in Delhi.
Thousand BSNL Casual Contract Workers will come from nook and corner of the Country in Delhi on 5th September to attend the Kissan Mazdoor Rally. A good campaign programme has also Organised at circle level to popularised the demands of the rally. A good number of Circle Union has organised the circle level meeting where com. Animesh Mitra SG, com. P. Abhimanyu and other leaders explained the demands of the rally. It is about 21 circle union who has already conveyed the strength of mobilisation to the CHQ. CHQ has booked the Ambedkar Bhawan: - Rani Jhansi Road. New Delhi- 110055 (Near Jhandewalan Metro Station). Circle union has informed the strength for mobilsation as follows:-
(1) Andhra Pradesh - 10 (2) Chhattisgarh – 40 (3) Calcutta Telephones (CTD) - 80 (4) Gujarat – 10 (5) Haryana – 70 (6) Jharkhand – 50 (7) Kerala – 100 (8) Karnataka – 50 (9) Maharashtra – 10 (10) Madhya Pradesh – 70 (11) Odisha – 30 (12) Punjab – 20 (13)TF- Kolkata – 1 (14) Tamil Nadu – 40 (15) Uttarakhand – 50 (16) Uttar Pradesh (East) - 100 (17) Uttar Pradesh (West) – 200 (18) West Bengal – 60 (19) Tripura – 2 (20) Telengana – 3 (21) Bihar -50.
25 August, 2018:Notification for the next CEC meeting of BSNLCCWF will be held on 5th and 6th September,2018 at New Delhi.<<view notice>>
27 August, 2018:Circle Working Committee meeting of Jharkhand Cicle held at Ranchi.
Circle working committee meeting of BSNL Mazdoor Bhogi Sangha, Jharkhand Circle held at Ranchi on 03.08.2018. It was started at 11:00 am and com. Bhawan Singh, presided over the meeting where delegates came from Dhanbad, Ranchi, Dultanganj, Hazaribag etc. Com. Sudama Pal, Circle Secretary, narrated the report of the present situation in brief. He specially emphasised the struggle at Dhanbad, retrenchment issue of Dultalganj, pending payment of salary for the contract labours at Ranchi etc. Com. Bhawan Singh pointed out the recent Supreme Court judgement in favour of Regularisation. Some delegates raised their voice for better functioning of the organisation at various level. It has decided to organise a state level Dharna programme before the CGMT Jharkhahd. At the concluding part of the meeting Com.Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, described the total situation of the countrywide working class movement including the situation of BSNL. It was told by the SG that a massive rally will be organise in the capital on 5th September. Other issues like attack on BSNL, unity and struggle, regularisation and Rs.18,000 minimum wage came in the discussion by the delegates on which Animesh Mitra, SG, BSNLCCWF, explained in details. At last he calls upon to mobilise the casual contract workers in Delhi march on 5th September in big numbers. Rs.2,500/- was also donated the leadership to SG as subscription to the CHQ from Jharkhand Circle.
25 August, 2018:Notification for the next CEC meeting of BSNLCCWF will be held on 5th and 6th September,2018 at New Delhi.<<view notice>>
16 August, 2018:Supreme Court verdict on regularisation.
Supreme Court has given a verdict on regularisation of casual labours issue on 1st August, 2018, casual labours through out the country has become much inspired on the verdict as the Hon’ble Supreme Court has clearly clarified that the government or the management in so many establishments should not utilise the Umadevi case not to regularise the casual labours. practically, it has clearly stated in the court verdict that casual labours who have completed 10 years service on a cut off date should be regularised if it has provided in the regularisation scheme. The same argument was raised by BSNLCCWF in the labour court that the BSNL management is misquoting the Umadevi judgement to avoid the regularisation of left out casual labours in BSNL. Even the BSNL Management had submitted the written document to the labour court that regularisation can be possible if any court verdict is there. It is learnt that the Jharkhand State Govt. has taken the proper action to implement the court verdict with in 4 months. It has come to our notice when General Secretary had reached in the CWC meeting at Ranchi. CHQ will discuss the matter again with the Management keeping in view of the verdict of the court judgement. We are enclosing a short note on the subject for your ready reference.<<view note>>
16 August, 2018:Supreme Court judgement on regularisation of casual / daily rated employees.<<view judgement>>
09 August, 2018:Contract workers has started the strike programme against the retrenchment in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circles.
Contract workers under STR division has started the strike programme in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Management has taken a decision to retrenched about 100 contract workers w.e.f. 1st August. As the workers has decided to continue the strike till settlement. The Assistant Labour Commissioner, Hyderabad has convened a meeting on 7th instant with the Management and Union. Today morning, the agitated workers has started the dharna programme before all BSNL Exchanges. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU and Vice President, BSNLCCWF, has discussed the matter with the CGM, STR and requested for settlement after discussion with the Union people.<<view programme>>
04 August, 2018:Membership campaign programme among the Casual Contract Labours.
It has come to the notice of the CHQ that though the circle union has formed in some states but the enrolment of membership is not in a good position. As a result, the collection of subscription from the members is also in poor condition. The situation was reviewed in our last Secretariat meeting in Delhi. Now, it has decided that the circle union should take a special attempt to enrol the union membership among the casual contract labours throughout the circle. It is very necessary to form the organisation at branch and district level. That is why, enrolment of membership is very necessary. Let us take a serious programme in this regard so that with in a stipulated period so that we can reach the target. For your ready reference, a format of membership form is enclosed herewith.<<view membership form>>
04 August, 2018:Contract and casual workers in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circles are going on indefinite strike programme w.e.f. 6th April, 2018.
It is unfortunate that the BSNL Management is very much rigid on the decision to retrench the contract workers in STR circle. Circle union in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circles had issued a strike notice on 19th February, 2018, to go on 2 day strike on 14th & 15th March. The labour Commissioner in Hyderabad had called a conciliation meeting on 24th July, 2018, and it was decided that BSNL Management will cooperate to postpone the retrenchment issue till the next date of conciliation meeting schedule to be held on 7th August,2018. But, the contractors in STR circle has issued the notice for retrenchment to the workers which is about hundred in number. So, the both circle union in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circle has compelled to go on strike for indefinite period w.e.f. 6th August. They will organise a massive rally on 8th August at CGMT Office, STR at Chennai. Today, the matter has been discussed among the leadership of BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF in Delhi, HQ, and it has, decided that the BSNLCCWF and BSNLEU will take up the issue with the authority at Corporate Office for early settlement.
31 July, 2018:Good attempt of Calcutta Telephones Thika Mazdoor Union - Organisational workshop held at Kalyani.
Good gathering of Calcutta Telephones Thika Mazdoor Union held at Kalyani Training Centre on 28th July. It was a circle level workshop on organisation matter which was inaugurated by Com.Anadi Sahoo, State Secretary, CITU. He explained the present situation of the working class movement in our country as well as the view of CITU for holding of this workshop programme. Com.Arup Sarkar, CS, CTTMU, presented the report and the delegates took part in the discussion. Com.Omprakash Singh, Secretary, BSNLCC and Com.Prabir Dutta, President, BSNLEU, CTD Circle were also greeted the conference. Com.Animesh Mitra, SG, BSNLCCWF, explained the BSNL scenario in details and calls upon for mobilisation of good number of workers in the Kissan Mazdoor Rally in Delhi on 5th September. He also emphasised the programme of 14th August for overnight gathering in Kolkata. Com. Sisir Roy, presided over the meeting. It was decided that more hundred contract workers will take part in the 5th September rally in Delhi from Calcutta Telephones circle.<<view of the meeting>>
31 July, 2018:35 days dharna programme concluded at Mirzapur, UP East circle.
BSNLCCWF conveys red salute to all comrades of Mirzapur who have conducted 35 days dhana programme against the indifferent attitude of the administration. The programme was ended after the intervention of BSNLCCWF (CHQ) when Com. P.Abihmanyu, met CGMT, UP(East) along with Com. K.R.Yadav, Vice President, BSNLCCWF and Com.R.K.Mishra, CS, BSNLEU, on 27.07.2018, and discussed on the subject. They have criticised the circle administration due to violation of labour act in UP(East) circle. In the mean time local MP and other VIP from different organisation extends their full support to the workers who were fighting to get their wages. Circle administration has also sent a team for inspection to collect the report. GM, Mirzapur has also arranged an amount of Rs.10 lakhs for the wage payment to the labours. Com.Jitlal Mourya discussed the matter with the other comrades and now it has decided to postponed the programme for some time. Red salute to UP(East) circle comrades.
23 July, 2018:BSNLCCWF wants the intervention of CLC on the issue of violation of labour act in BSNL.
BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation had submitted a strike notice on 6 points charter of demands to CMD BSNL and a copy to CLC. The discussion was going on at ALC office New Delhi level during last 5 month, but no effective result so far for us. On 19th July, Com.Animesh Mitra, SG, BSNLCCWF, met the Chief Labour Commissioner and demands for his personal intervention on the issue. He has requested the CLC to hold a meeting in presence of the top level officers from BSNL Management to settle the issues. The CLC wants to know about the demands of the Union. Then the Secretary General explained the issues related to casual contract labours in BSNL. He specifically mentioned the retrenchment issue, irregular payment of wages, violation of labour act including the minimum wage EPF, ESI, Gratuity, etc. He also mentioned the misquoted of Umadevi judgement by the BSNL Management to avoid the responsibility of the regularisation issue. After hearing all the points with patient the CLC has agreed to hold the meeting at the earliest.
20 July, 2018:Meeting with DoT Officer on Casual Labours issue.
Regularisation of left out 3361 Casual labours is an old item on which several discussions held with BSNL management but nothing happens so far, rather they are denying the opportunity for regularization of left out Casual Labours. BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF have taken up the issue in so many Forum including the National Council Meeting. But lastly, the federation has taken up the issue with the DoT who had made the agreement at the time of BSNL formation to regularise the left out Casual Labour. Today, com. Animesh Mitra met Sri Surya Prakash Director Staff DoT and hand over the memorandum on which we have highlighted the major issues like regularisation of left out Casual Labours and the revision of Wages based on 7 CPC recommendations.
18 July, 2018:Accommodation arrangement at Ambedkar Bhawan – Circle secretaries are requested to intimate CHQ about the journey in details.
CHQ has taken the proper initiative for accommodation arrangement in Delhi for the programme Mazdoor Rally on 5th September, 2018. We have already booked 300 seats in Ambedkar Bhawan for 04th September, only. Circle secretaries are requested to inform us about actual number of workers who will stay on 05th September, including circle secretary and CHQ office bearers who will attend the CEC meeting. Accordingly, we will book some more accommodation for the delegates. As the CEC meeting will be held on 06th September, 2018, the circle secretaries and CHQ office bearers are requested to book their return ticket after 6 PM on the same day or the next day.
18 July, 2018:No positive discussion at ALC meeting – Next meeting will be held at Deputy CLC level.
Today, the meeting at ALC office, New Delhi, could not materialised in depth as no officers at the rank of General Managers was present from the BSNL Management side. Shri Niranjan Kumar, ALC, has expressed his dissatisfaction and made a remarks that next meeting will be held at Dy.CLC level. Com. Animesh Mitra, expressed his views that the discussion should continue particularly on the issue of regularisation and equal pay to equal work as it was not done during past. However, it has decided that the next meeting will be held in the 3rd week of August to take a final decision.
18 July, 2018:22 days dharna programme of the contract workers in BSNL is still going on in Mirzapur district in UP (East) Circle.
22 days dharna programme of the contract workers in BSNL is still going on in Mirzapur district in UP (East) Circle. Contract labours in BSNL are being exploited in worst condition in most of the SSAs in UP (East) circle including Mirzapur. The programme was started at the end of last month and the circle secretary, BSNLCCWF, had to go to Mirzapur where the dharna programme was going on. He has discussed the matter with the SSA head including the 6 points charter of demands of the BSNLCCWF. Com.Jitlal Mourya, CS, initiated the negotiation but it is failed as the management was ready to give some oral assurances instead of making wage payments through Bank accounts to the labours. It is learnt that the local administration in UP (East) circle are very much reluctant to implement the labour act. Com. R.K. Mishra, CS, BSNLEU, has discussed the matter with the General Manager on 17.07.2018 and requested to settle the issue through a meaningful discussion with the Union. Com. Animesh Mitra, SG, BSNLCCWF, will try to meet the RLC at Lucknow on 23rd July, 2018, to settle the issue.
16 July, 2018:Some more views of the dharna programme held at various circles on 10.07.2018.<<click here>>
13 July, 2018:Dharna programme in all circles got a good response.
Our BSNLCCWF Federation feel proud of it that the casual contract labours are getting courage to join the dharna programme on 10th July, throughout the country. In most of the circles it has organised before GM CGM Office. BSNLEU leadership were also present in the programme. Now the workers are being get ready for massive demonstration before RLC or Dy.CLC in all state capital in the next month. No retrenchment and 18,000 minimum wages gratuity and pension for all are the main demands on which the Federations has organised the programme. CHQ conveys red salute to all workers to make the programme a grand success.<<views of the dharna programme>>
10 July, 2018:Poor experience in the ALC meetings during last 4 months – BSNLCCWF reacted on the issue to the Dy.CLC, New Delhi.
On the genuine demands of casual contract labours, the BSNLCCWF had submitted a strike notice to the department on 12th & 13th December, 2017. The CLC had intervene on the matter and requested the Federation leadership to attend the meeting at Shram Shakthi Bhawan with the ALC in presence of BSNL Management. Accordingly, we are attending the meetings at Labour Commission Office, New Delhi, with our CHQ leadership. We have submitted our papers and documents to the ALC. On discussion, we have raised our voice and logic to establish our demands. But it is unfortunate that the BSNL Management is sending such officers in the negotiation who are not capable to take a right decision at the negotiation table. As a compulsion, Com. Animesh Mitra, SG, met Smt. Sakuntala Pattanaik, Dy.CLC at Shrmashakti Bhawan, New Delhi on 19th June, 2018, and expressed his resentment on the issue. He has submitted the relevant papers to the Dy.CLC. After hearing all the points with patient and scrutinising all the document the Dy.CLC assured to arrange a meeting with the Chief Labour Commissioner in the 2nd week of July.
10 July, 2018:Telangana BSNL Casual Contract Employees and Labour Union has taken a decision to start the trade union action programme if the Management will disobey the agreement with the Union.
Telangana Circle union had conducted a sustained trade union action programme in February and March, 2018, on the casual contract labour issue. After the intervention of the Labour Commissioner, the Management was compelled to discuss with the Union and an agreement had reached with the Union. This negotiation meeting was held on 10th April, 2018, in presence of ALC, Hyderabad. According to this agreement, the Management was committed to bring all the existing labourers in a job contact system through tender process within 90 days. But, it’s unfortunate that the Management is very much reluctant to implement the agreement in real. So the circle union has taken a decision to start trade union action programme. And accordingly a letter was issued to the Chief General Manager on 06th July, 2018.
09 July, 2018:10th July – Dharna programme will be held at SSA level. Mobilise casual and contract labourers enmass.
After successful programme of anti-retrenchment on 28.06.2018, now the dharna programme will be held at SSA level on 10th July, 2018. Circle Secretaries are once again requested to organise the programme effectively at all level and make report to CHQ with photo so that we can put in the website.
छटनी के खिलाफ बी एस एन एल के ठेका मजदूरों का संघर्ष
अखिल भारतीय स्तर पर छटनी के खिलाफ 28/6/2018 को बी एस एन एल कैसुअल एंड कॉन्ट्रैक्ट वर्कर्स फेडरेशन के आव्हान पर पूरे भारत में लंच ऑवर प्रदर्शन हुआ ठेका मजदूरों से संम्बन्धित मांगों को लेकर मांग पत्र सौंपे गए।इसी आंदोलन की कड़ी में दिनांक 10/7/2018 को छंटनी के खिलाफ व श्रम कानूनों के उल्लंघन को लेकर देश भर में एस एस ए लेवल पर धरना का आयोजन सफल बनायें।
बी एस एन एल में काम कर रहे एक लाख से भी आधिक ठेका मजदूरों को अपने रोजगार को बचाने के लिए बी एस एन एल संघर्ष की राह में ढकेल रहा है।यध्यपि यह एक महत्व पूर्ण सर्वजनिक क्षेत्र है जो पूरे देश भर में महत्वपूर्ण संचार सेवाएं दे रहा है।बी एस एन एल प्रबंधन लंबे समय से कैसुअल व कॉन्ट्रैक्ट मजदूरों की माँगो को नकार रहा है।स्पष्ट आदेश व नियमों के वावजूद, न न्यूनतम वेतन दिया जा रहा है ,न सामाजिक सुरक्षा के अंतर्गत ई पी एफ,ई एस आई व ग्रेच्युटी की सुविधा दी जा रही है।अधिकांश सर्किलों में इसे या तो लागू नहीं किया जा रहा या फिर आंशिक रूप से लागू किया जा रहा है वह भी BSNLCCWF व BSNLEU के शतत संघर्ष तथा लेबर अधिकारियों की दखलन्दाजी से।इसके बावजूद अभी भी नियमित करने का ग्रैच्युटी का बोनस का प्रश्न पेंडिग में है।
कैसुअल ,कॉन्ट्रैक्ट मजदूर बी एस एन एल के अभिन्न अंग है इनके द्वारा बी एस एन एल के विकास में महत्वपूर्ण योगदान दिया जा रहा है।इनसे आठ आठ घंटे या इससे भी अधिक घंटे काम लिया जा रहा है।ये मजदूर पिछले 10 से 20 या 30-30 साल से कम कर रहे हैं।किन्तु इन्हें नियमित तक नहीं किया जा रहा।
यह सर्वविदित है कि केंद्र सरकार की सार्वजनिक क्षेत्र की इकाइयों व मजदूर विरोधी नीति के चलते बी एस एन एल कठिन परिस्थितयों का सामना कर रहा है।इसके बावजूद भी इसे टावर कंपनी बनाने से यह और घाटे में चल जाएगा।बी एस एन एल नीति आयोग के निशाने में है जो इसे बेचना या इसका निजीकरण करना चाह रही है।
इन गंभीर परिस्थितियों में बी एस एन एल प्रबंधन ने ठेका मजदूरों की संख्या को कम करने के लिए छटनी के निर्देश जारी किए है।जबकि पहले से ही कुछ परिमण्डलों में 20 से 40 प्रतिशत मजदूरों की छटनी की जा चुकी है।खतरा गंभीर है।मजदूर जो कि लंबे समय से काम कर रहे हैं पूरी तरह से बी एस एन एल पर निर्भर है। ऐसे में उनकी छटनी उनके साथ क्रूरता है वो कैसे अपने परिवार को चला सकेंगे।
बी एस एन एल कैसुअल एंड कॉन्ट्रैक्ट वर्कर्स फेडरेशन ने इस मामले को बी एस एन एल प्रबंधन व मुख्य श्रमायुक्त के सामने रखा।अध्यक्ष व सचिव प्रधान सी एम डी से पहले भी मिले इस विषय पर गंभीर चर्चा हुई।बी एस एन एल ई यू के केंद्रीय मुख्यालय ने भी अपनी नेशनल कौंसिल की मीटिंग में कैसुअल व कॉन्ट्रैक्ट वर्कर्स के मामले जैसे न्यूनतम वेतन 18000/- ग्रेच्युटी आदि मामलों को उठाया चर्चा की।परिमण्डलो में भी इसी तरह से मामलों को उठाया गया किन्तु प्रबंधन द्वारा छंटनी को लेकर तथा निकाले गए मजदूरों को पुनः लेने के संबंध में स्पष्ट निर्णय नहीं लिया गया।
इन्ही मामलों को लेकर कैसुअल एंड कॉन्ट्रैक्ट वर्कर फेडरेशन की केंद्रीय कार्यकारिणी के उपस्थित सदस्यों की बैठक मई 18 के अंतिम सप्ताह में हुई।जिसमें उपरोक्त मुद्दों पर चर्चा हुई तथा ठेका मजदूरों के रोजगार की सुरक्षा को लेकर(छटनी के खिलाफ) आंदोलन पर जाने का निर्णय लिया।एकता का परिचय देते हुए सुनिश्चित करें कि किसी की भी छंटनी न् हो।बी एस एन एल कैसुअल एंड कॉन्ट्रैक्ट वर्कर्स फेडरेशन के संघर्ष मजदूरों की मांगें पूरा होने तक तथा छंटनी रोकने व निकाले गए मजदूरों को पुनः वापिस लिए जाने तक जारी रहेगा।
07 July, 2018:05th September, massive rally in Delhi – Book railway tickets at the earliest.
Be serious to take proper action for railway reservation so that a good number of casual contract labourers can join the massive rally in Delhi on 05th September, 2018. It is already notified that the BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation will take part in the Kisan Mazdoor Rally on 05.09.2018 in Delhi. But it is unfortunate that most of the circle unions not yet intimated any information to the CHQ in this regard. We have received the informations from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Kolkata Telephones and West Bengal circle that a good number of Casual Contract Labours have book the railway reservation to attend the rally. Other circle secretaries are also requested to take immediate action in this regard. Otherwise, CHQ will be in trouble to take action for their accommodation in Delhi.
30 June, 2018:Anti-Retrenchment Day successfully implemented throughout the country – Be ready to organise Dharna on 10th July, 2018.
Really we are very much inspired that the “Anti-Retrenchment Day on 28th June, 2018, has got a very good response throughout the country. In response of BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation calls, the massive demonstration programme held in the BSNL offices and exchanges where a good numbers of casual contract labours were present in the programme along with the regular employees who have also joined in these programme under the banner of BSNLEU. CHQ has got the information from Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Haryana, Kolkata, UP(East), UP (West), Assam, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, that the demonstration and gathering programme was very good. In some places the agitators has organised the dharna programme and general meetings of the workers. In some places they have organised the rally in the office or exchange. We are trying to collect the information from the other states. BSNLCCWF CHQ conveys greetings and red salute to all of you who have organised the agitational programme seriously. Now, take all out efforts to organise the Dharna programme on 10th July, before all GM / DGM at all SSA Head Quarters.<<views of the demonstration programme>>
30 June, 2018:Punjab comrades will over come the situation – CWC meeting has taken the decision to organise membership campaign.
Circle Working Committee meeting of BSNLCCWF Punjab circle union was held on 24th June, 2018, at Rajpura Telephone Exchange. It was a different situation after the circle conference held in last year. Attack has come on the organisation due to retrenchment of the contract labourers and the fund curtailment issue. Com. Balbir Singh, President of BSNL Employees Union (CHQ) was present in the meeting and guided the delegates for the future action to strengthen the circle union. Delegates explained the organisational strength and the situation in so many districts like Patiala, Ferozpur, Bhatinda, Roper, Mohali, Amritsar and Ludhiana also. The situation of Amritsar was discussed with much importance where a good number of contract labours were retrenched by the contractors. But it has also reviewed that most of contract workers are being paid through cheque or Bank A/C though the minimum wages are not being paid in some area. Declined of the landline and fund curtailment from Corporate Office has become a very big problem for the contract labours. Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF, concluded the meeting with a detail narration of the present situation and further programme of the Federation.
He announced the programme of 28th, June, by holding massive demonstration to observe the Anti-retrenchment Day and dharna on 10th July, 2018. After threadbare discussion by the delegates the CWC meeting has decided to organise tour programme and membership campaign programme in July – August. It has also decided that subscription collection will also have to be ensured by the District Secretaries. Extended Circle Working Committee meeting will be organised in the 2nd week of August, 2018, to review the situation.<<views of the meeting>>
28 June, 2018:BSNL Employees Union extends full support the programme “Ant-retrenchment Day”, on 28th June, 2018 - Hold massive demonstration at all BSNL offices and exchanges.
Dear Comrades, it is once again requested to all District and Circle Secretaries to observe the “Anti-retrenchment Day” on 28th June, 2018, throughout the country with all out seriousness. CHQ has sent the posters and Bulletin in most of the circles. BSNLEU (CHQ) has also extended full support to this programme and has also calls upon the regular staff to organise the programme jointly in every exchanges and offices. Organise massive demonstration programme with our charter of demands at all BSNL premises. Today, we are passing through a very critical situation. Wages payment is very much irregular for everywhere and contract workers are being retrenched on the plea of financial crisis of BSNL. Please send a report of the programme with photo so that we can upload in the website of our Federation.
26 June, 2018:Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF, met the CGM, Uttarakhand circle on 25th June, 2018 at Dehradun, for settlement of contract labour issues.
After the CWC meeting is over at Dehradun on 25th June, the circle union met the Chief General Manager under the leadership of Com. Animesh Mitra, SG, BSNLCCWF. Retrenchment and timely payment of wages to the contract workers were the main issues on which discussion took placed. The CGM, Uttarakhand, was trying to justify to retrenchment on the plea that the fund curtailment issue has imposed on the circle from the Corporate Office. In reply, Com. Animesh Mitra, has told to the CGM that a good number of staff are being retired in every months. So the contract workers can be utilise in other any job like marketing, maintenance of BTS and BSC, etc., instead of retrenchment of this poor labourers who are performing in the department since long. It was also complained by the leaders that the local administration is violating the labour act in Uttarakhand, as a result the workers are not getting the minimum wage, EPF, ESI etc. The CGM has assured to look into the matter with a sympathetic consideration.
26 June, 2018:Circle Working Committee meeting of Uttarakhand circle held at Dehradun successfully – Big gathering of the workers in the inaugural session.
Circle Working Committee meeting of BSNL CCWF, Uttarakhand circle, held at Dehradun on 25th June, 2018. It was a good gathering of the contract workers from Almorah, Srinagar, Tehri, Uttar Kashi, Haridwar, Nainital, etc. The meeting was presided over by Com. Nityananda Bahuguna, President, Uttarakhand circle, and Com. K.S. Soun, CS, BSNLEU, inaugurated the meeting and explained the present situation in details. Com. Binod Semwal and some other comrades from several District Union discussed on organisational issues. On discussion, it has come to the notice of CHQ that though the retrenchment issue has come in Uttarakhand state but the CCWF organisation is fighting against the contractors and BSNL Management with it’s on strength along with the support of BSNL Employees Union. It is good news that the circle union has cleared the total subscription to the CHQ upto 2017 for which the district unions has organised a campaign programme for the membership and subscription collection. Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF, after hearing all the speeches of the district secretaries, gave a direction for the future course of action. It has decided that the circle union will mobilise a good number of contract workers in the rally of 05th September, 2018, in Delhi. Other comrades of BSNL employees union also spoke in the meeting and greeted the conference.<<views of the meeting>>
23 June, 2018:Dharna programme is still going on in Dhanbad – CHQ leaders met the agitators in GM, Office.
37 contract labours has started dharna programme in GM office, Dhanbad and it is still going on as the Management has not shown any interest to settle the problem. BSNLCCWF leadership Com. Arup Sarkar, Org. Secretary(CHQ) and Com. Akhilesh Banerjee, Vice President (CHQ), went to Dhanbad and met with the workers who are still continuing their dharna programme. CHQ will meet the Corporate Office Administration to intervene on the subject.
23 June, 2018:Indifferent attitude of the administration – Kerala circle union has started the agitational programme.
BSNL Casual Contract Labours Union, Kerala Circle had taken a decision to start the agitational programme throughout the state against the indifferent attitude of the circle administration. The Circle Union had submitted the notice for agitational programme to the Chief General Manager, Kerala circle on 13th June, 2018. The circle union called upon the entire casual contract workers to organise “Mass Dharna and Protest March on 19th June, 2018, in front of all GM / PGM offices”. Central Head Quarters (CHQ) has got the report and photos which reveals that this programme has created a good impact among the workers. Now, the Rainy Season is going on in high speed in Kerala, that’s why the circle union is taking full preparation for the higher form of trade union action programme, before CGMT office, Kerala circle in suitable time.<<View of the programme>>
22 June, 2018:Observe 28th June as “Anti Retrenchment-Day” in all BSNL offices and exchanges through massive demonstration and mass gathering.
BSNL Casual Contract Federation has taken a decision to observe the 28th June as “Anti Retrenchment-Day” by holding massive demonstration in all exchanges and offices throughout the country. It is reported in our last secretariat meeting that the circle and district administration in some area has retrenched a good number of contract and casual labours. We can cited the name of Mysuru (Karnataka), Dhanbad (Jharkhand), STR (Andhra Pradesh & Telangana) and in some SSA in Bihar circle where the Management has retrenched a good number of contract workers who have performed their duties since long. The Circle Management has taken the opportunity of the Corporate Office stand to reduce the staff strength of the contract labour in recent past. It was happened in Tamil Nadu circle at CGMT office where the Management had retrenched some contract labours and we gave a good fight against the vindictive attitude of Management. Our circle union gave a good fight in West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Karnataka also where the Management had tried to impose the policy of retrenchment. We know that the BSNL is facing a tremendous financial crisis but the Management is trying to shift the responsibility on the workers. We will not tolerate it. So, raise your voice on 28th June, be united, only then we can stop this retrenchment. Mobilise the contract and casual labourers in a big numbers and try to involve the regular staff also in our programme on 28th June, 2018.
22 June, 2018:Dharna programme before CGMT, West Bengal circle - Strong resentment of the workers conveyed to the Corporate Office.
BSNL Casual Mazdoor Union, West Bengal circle, has organised a good gathering BSNL workers, before CGMT, West Bengal chamber on 18th June. It was practically a gathering of regular, pensioners and non-regular workers who came to express their strong resentment to the Administration who are still in a negative mind setup to revise the casual labour wages at par the 7 CPC recommendation. Corporate has not taken the decision for the gratuity for casual and contract labours till date. Even the Administration is not in a position to make the wages to the labours in every month. So, the circle / unions has taken the decision to mobilise the workers to the CGMT Office. Com. Tapas Ghosh, CS, BSNLCMU, Tarak Kundu, ACS, BSNLCMU, Amitava Chattarjee, ACS, BSNLEU, Com. Pankaj Saha, ACS, AIBDPA, deliberated their speech. A delegation team under the leadership of Com. Animesh Mitra, SG, BSNLCCWF, met the CGMT who was compelled to convey the sentiment of the agitators to the officers at Corporate Office. Com. Animesh Mitra, concluded the meeting after narrating the gist of the discussion with the CGMT, West Bengal. Com. Najesh Nawroj and Com. Dipak Mitra, presided over the meeting.<<view of the programme>>
21 June, 2018:Gratuity to the contract labours – Please submit the complaint to authority.
BSNLCCWF is still perusing the gratuity issue for the contract labourers at various levels. After continuous persuasion by the union, now the Corporate Office has formed a Committee to formulate a procedure to ascertain the authority or modality for the gratuity payment. At the same time, the Federation has discussed the matter with the Assistant Labour Commissioner (Central) in the last month where the Labour Commissioner had asked the Union leaders to submit a list of contract labourers so that ALC(C) can enforce the BSNL authority to make the gratuity payment. Now, the circle secretaries are requested to lodge a complaint to the employer (contractor) in the prescribed form (FORM-N), principal employer (the BSNL officers) and the Regional Labour Commissioner at the grass root level in this purpose. The contract labours who have a document for continuous 5 years service in BSNL and retired or retrenched or left from the Company, should submit the Gratuity Claim Form (FORM-I). If the Contract Workers expired then the legal heir will submit the (FORM-K) & (FORM-J) for the nominee). Circle Secretaries are requested to send the list of such candidates to the CHQ so that we can submit the list of gratuity claim to the labour commissioner in the next meeting which has scheduled to be held on 29th June, 2018.<<Form I and other>> <<Form N>>
21 June, 2018:Contract Workers from UP(East) will take part in the Rally on 5th September, 2018, in Delhi.
An enthusiastic meeting of Circle Working Committee, BSNL CCWF UP (East) was held on 19th June, 2018, at Lucknow, CTO Union Office. It was presided over by Com. R.K. Mishra, President, BSNLCCWF, UP (East) circle. At the outset, Com. Ved Prakash Yadav, District Secretary, BSNLEU, gave the welcome address. Com. K.R. Yadav, Vice President, BSNLCCWF (CHQ), inaugurated the Working Committee meeting where the District Secretary, CGMT Office, BSNLEU and Convenor of Working Women Coordination Committee were also present there. Com. Jittlal Mourya, CS, had initiated the discussion on organisation matter. Most of the office bearers along with the district secretaries from 13 district union took part in the discussion on the organisational matter. The Finance Secretary placed the report related to the subscription collection from the members throughout the year. During discussion, everybody urged upon for a massive gathering programme in the month of September, 2018, at the CGMT Office, Lucknow. At the concluding part of the session, Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, narrated the present scenario of the BSNL, the demands of casual contract labours including the payment of wages in due time. He also stated that the crisis happens in BSNL due to the Central Government mismanagement policy. He stressed upon the unity of working class including the unity of workers inside the BSNL. He also explained the decisions of BSNLCCWF including the programme of “Anti-retrenchment day on 28th June and dharna on 10th July, 2018. The CWC meeting has taken a decision to mobilise more than hundred contract workers in the Kisan Mazdoor Rally on 5th September, 2018, in Delhi.<<view of the meeting>>
20 June, 2018:Retrenchment of Contract Workers in Dhanbad district, Jharkhand - Agitated workers has started the Dharna Programme.
It is unfortunate that the local Administration in Dhanbad division, Jharkhand circle has given an order for discontinuation of Contract System in particular section of GM Office. It is about 35 Contract Labours who were in service as a Data Operator Contract System since long. It is learnt that the contractor expressed its unhappiness due to non payment of Bills by the department in due time. Taking this opportunity, the administration has taken a decision for discontinuation of this Contract System. Most of the Labours are engaged in GM Office and some other Administration Office in Dhanbad as data operator and some other operational job. As a reaction of the incident, the BSNLCCWF, Dhanbad Division, has started the indefinite period dharna Programme before the GM Office. Com. Basist Narayan, President, BSNLCCWF, Com. Sudarshan Singh, District Secretary, BSNLEU and Com. Naresh Singh, District Secretary, BSNLCCWF, has discussed the matter with the Management but it is failed. Com. Bhawan Singh, Circle President, BSNLCCWF, has already taken up the matter with the ALC Dhanbad.
20 June, 2018:Good gathering of the contract workers meeting in Tamil Nadu circle - Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, explained the present situation and the role of workers.
Tamilnadu Telecom Contract Workers union has organised an important meeting on 17.06.2018 at Cuddalore SSA in Tamil Nadu circle. It was a good gathering of Contract Workers where com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU and Vice President, BSNLCCWF, was the main speaker. Com. Vinod Kumar, CS, (TNTCWU), com.P.Palaniswami, AGS, BSNLCCWF, com. K.T. Sambondam DS, BSNLEU, were the other leaders who addressed the meeting. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, explained the present situation particularly the role of Modi Government on PSU including BSNL and the issues related to Casual Contract Workers. It has decided that the Tamil Nadu circle union will mobilise a good number of Contract Workers in the ensuing 5th September, Workers Rally in Delhi.<<views of the meeting>>
15 June, 2018: Circle Secretaries are requested to take proper initiative to hold the Circle Working Committee meeting.
It is a good news that the circle unions are taking proper organisational steps for holding the Circle Working Committee meeting at their level. We have got the information from the Circle Unions that the meetings are being organised at Lucknow (UP circle) on 19th June, one 24th June, at Rajpura (Punjab circle), on 25th June at Dehradun (Uttarakhand circle) and on 8th July at Bhopal (MP circle). Gujarat Circle has confirmed that the meeting can be organised at the end of July, Other circle unions are also requested to hold the CWC meeting with in July at it was a decision of the Secretariat meeting on 29th May.
15 June, 2018: Gratuity for the Contract Workers – Corporate Office has formed a committee.
Today, the BSNLCCWF leadership met Sr. Ashotosh Gupta GM (Restructuring) and demanded to take appropriate action for payment of gratuity to the Contract Labours. On discussion it is reported that the BSNL Management has received some Complains from labour commission in this regard and accordingly a committee has also formed to give proper guideline to the circles for gratuity payment by the contractors. Sr. GM (Restructuring), assured that the BSNL Management will not avoid any responsibility to make the payment of gratuity for the working period in BSNL only if Labour Commission will give such direction to the Company. He also assured that service union will also be consulted before taking any final decision. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS, BSNLEU, and com. Animesh Mitra, SG, BSNLCCWF, were in the delegation team for discussion.
15 June, 2018:Corporate Office has conveyed the approval for Gratuity Payment to the Casual Labour in West Bengal.
It is a good news that the Management has taken a decision to pay the gratuity to a Casual Labour belongs to Coochbehar SSA (West Bengal), who had approached in the Labour Court at Siliguri RLC office. At the same time the BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation met the Dy. Labour Commission, New Delhi on 28th Fabruary,2018, and discussed on the same subject. On spot Dy. Labour Commission had talked to RLC Siliguri, and requested to take effective action to make the payment at the earliest. It is well known to everybody that BSNL Employees Union is continuously perusing the matter with the Management in the National Council Meeting. BSNL Casual Mazdoor Union in West Bengal circle organised a mass dharna before CGM on 28th March for which Circle office had sent the case to Corporate Office for taking a final decision, lastly, the Corporate Office has conveyed the approval to the Chief General Manger West Bengal Circle to make the payment without further delay. We convey red salute to the workers who have organised the struggle for many years.
14 June, 2018:BSNLCCWF calls upon the Casual Contract Labours to observe 28th June, as Anti Retrenchment Day.
It is reported that the retrenchment of Contract Workers is going on in BSNL at a high speed in some circles during last few months. It happens due to instruction of Corporate Office to reduce 30% expenditure of repair maintenance and security guard. Management has taken a decision to reduce the staff strength of the security guards, and that’s why the Corporate Office is not allotting sufficient fund for the repair maintenance and security guards regularly. As a result the Contract Workers are not getting the wages in due time. The total episode was discussed in our last secretariat meeting held in Delhi on 29th May, 2018 and it has decided to observe “Anti Retrenchment Day” on 28th June through out the country by holding a powerful demonstration at all level. We should raised our voice with the slogan “No retrenchment – ensure the payment of wages and Social Securities. District and circle secretaries are requested to make a good campaign on the issue. As a follow up action the Dharna Programme will also be organise at SSA level before GM or DGM office on 10th July. We will review the total situation and then we may approach the Dy. CLC or RLC on the same subject in the month of August, 2018.
13 June, 2018:Indifferent attitude of the administration in Kerala circle – decision of the tripartite meeting is being ignored.
It is unfortunate that the Kerala Circle administration is not taking proper interest to implement the decisions of the tripartite meeting between the management and union representatives (BSNLCCLU). In this connection, the minutes of the meeting held on 11th July and 2nd January 2018 has issued to union leadership but it is unfortunate that the same minutes was not supplied to the SSA heads. As a result the Contractors are violating the labour laws at the grassroots level. The leadership of our union (BSNCCLU) met the circle administration on 4th May and demanded to arrange an agent meeting to settle the issue otherwise the union will be compelled to go on trade union action.
12 June, 2018:Central Secretariat meeting held at New Delhi on 29th May, 2018. Circle Secretaries and District Secretaries are requested to implement the decisions properly. (Circular enclosed) <<view circular>>
12 June, 2018:CITU Karnataka State Committee and Karnataka sate BSNL Non-Permanent workers union done a marvellous job - Relief handed over to the deceased families.
It was an accident in Delhi when our Com. Mustafa who came in Delhi in union programme and expired in heart attack while returning to the home. Another, comrade Kallappa who was the District Secretary, Bidar District, Karnataka, Contract Labours workers union expired due to road accident. The Karnatka State BSNL Non Permanent workers union had taken a decision to collect relief to hand over to the family of deceased members. Accordingly, on 11th June the BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF union organised a meeting at Bidar and the collected money was handed over to their families. We congratulates all the Comrades who took the initiative to help the family members in this distress condition. In this connection a meeting was held were comrade C.K. Gundanna, President, NPWU, presided over the meeting and com. Mahantesh District Secretary, com. Bhemanna Kumble District President, com. Sagar Shambhu District Secretary, BSNLEU, deliberated their speech.<<view photos>>
31 May, 2018:BSNLCCWF will participate in 5th September Rally.
The secretariat meeting held at New Delhi (with available comrades) has decided to participate in the 5th September, 2018 rally at New Delhi being organised by CITU which will be participated by peasants and agricultural worker also. The demands raised are against the anti-worker policy of government against Price – hike, Disinvestment, Privatisation, unemployment etc.
BSNL Casual Contract Workers will participate in large numbers in the 5th September Rally. Circle Secretaries in the nearly circle are requested to mobilse in maximum numbers.
31 May, 2018:Contract Workers at Ajamgarh are in Dharna for 3 Days.
Agitational Progaramme has started at Ajamgarh SSA where the Contract Workers are demonstrating before the office management since 29.05.2018. The Contract workers engaged in Tower maintenance and signalling system are not getting the wages since 10-12 month. As a compulsion the workers has started the Dharna programme and continued Dharna for 3 days. On 31st May, com. Jitlal Mourya CS, BSNLCCWF, UP (West) Circle rushed to Ajamgarh and met shri Anil Kumar Tewari DGM Admn. Who assured that a meeting will be arranged between union and administration in presence of GM Ajamgarh so that the issue can be settled. Com. Jitlal Mourya deliberated speech to members and greeted the workers for organising this type of aggressive the movement.
30 May, 2018:Meeting with Assistant Labour Commissioner (C), New Delhi held on 29-5-2018.
As scheduled, the meeting with the ALC (C), was held on 29-05-2018 at New Delhi. On behalf of the BSNLCCWF, Com. VAN Namboodiri, President, Com Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, Com. K. R. Yadav, VP, Com. Tapas Kumar Ghosh, WP, Com. Tapos Banerjee, Treasurer and on behalf of BSNL Management, Five officers were present in the meeting. BSNL management had submitted the written reply on issues which was raised by the ALC (C) ND in the last meeting. After getting the copy of the reply, Com Animesh Mitra, SG, raised the objection that as per the questions of the CLC (C), the reply has not been given by the Management. We raised the questions and discussion held regarding the important issues like:-
i) Gratuity for the (Contract Labourer) - BSNL management assured before the CLC that necessary order will be issued for the Contract Workers before the next meeting with the ALC.
ii) Gratuity for the left out Casual labourers - In this connection, BSNL Management has stated that it will decide in the next BSNL Board meeting if details of the left out casual labourers will be available. They have also informed that on the issue of gratuity of a particular Casual Laborer in Coochbehar SSA has been approved after obtaining the legal opinion from the legal cell. In this regard, ALC (C) has requested to the leaders to lodge the complaint before the ALCs through out the country.
iii) Wages of left out Casual labouers - as written reply
submitted by the BSNL wherein it is mentioned that casual
labourers are being paid the wages based on minimum CDA Pay scale
plus dearness allowance. It also mentioned that the revision of
wages to the casual labours will be paid after 3rd PRC is
implemented. We objected to the reply and after argument, CLC
has stated that after discussion with CLC, he will deliver his
verdict. It is also stated that he will try to arrange a meeting
with the Chief Labour Commissioner.
Other issues like regularisation equal pay to equal work, Retrenchment of Contract Workers will be discussed in the next meeting as the BSNL Management has not submitted a specific reply on this subject. Next meeting will be held on 29th June, 2018.
28 May, 2018:March to CGMT Office in Bihar Circle ended with a big gathering of Contract Workers who organised a colourful protest rally at Patna.
March to CGMT office programme held at Patna with a good mobilisation of Contract Labourers in Bihar Circle. It was held on 24th May, 2018 and the rally was stated from Patna Telephone Exchange at 11:30 Morning and concluded at CGMT Office. The gathering was addressed by Com. B.P. Singh, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU and com. Laxman Kumar, Circle Secretary, BSNL Casual and Contract Worker Union. After the deliberation of com. Animesh Mitra SG BSNLCCWF the rally was started. After the meeting was concluded at CGM office, a memorandum was handed over to the CGMT Bihar Circle. A delegation team of com. Animesh Mitra SG, com. B.P. Singh CS, BSNLEU, and com. Laxman Kumar CS, BSNLCCWF met shri G. Srivastava CGMT, Bihar. On the discussion with the management it was pointed out that the malpractice and unfair contractual system is running in Bihar circle. It was also told to CGM that in some SSA retrenchment is going on to demoralised the workers. CGM has assured that necessary order will be issued again to the filed officers to make the minimum wage, EPF SI contribution effectively. Though it was a hot day with temperature of 42⁰ C but the involvement of General Workers in the rally was a great attraction for the General People on the street. Com. Ganesh Sankar Singh, State Secretary, CITU addressed the gathering in CGMT office and explained the anti-worker roll of the Modi Government. Com. Srivastava Circle Secretary, AIBDPA greeted the workers who came from different corner of the state.<<click here>>
24 May, 2018:Circle Working Committee meeting of TNTCWU(BSNLCCWF) Tamil Nadu circle held at Kumbakonam.
Circle Working Committee meeting of TNTCWU (BSNLCCWF) Tamil Nadu circle held on 22.05.2018 at Kumbakonam. Com. Murugaiah, presided over the meeting and all the district secretaries were present in the meeting. Com.Vinod, CS, placed the report for discussion and Com.Palaiswami, ASG, guided the meeting. Discussion held on so many important issues like Retrenchment of the contract workers, Fund curtailment, threat of tower company formation, preparation of the next circle conference, etc.<<views of the meeting>>
10 May, 2018:Is it the fact that the government wants to continue the EPF ESI scheme through PPP (Private Public Partnership) model?
It is learnt that the Central Government is trying to shift his responsibility to run the Social Securities scheme like EPF and ESI. The government has proposed to continue the EPF, ESI Scheme through the PPP (Private Public Partnership) model. Accordingly, the Ministry of Labour has introduced a Wage Code Bill in Parliament and EPF, ESI Scheme will be under the preview of this Wage Code Bill. Presently, in our country, it is about 5 crores workers are involved in EPF scheme and 6 crores workers are involved ESI scheme. The both scheme is very popular particularly in the unorganised sector where the casual contract labours are getting benefits from both the scheme. Specially, the workers are getting the medical facilities from this ESI Scheme. But the corporate lobby and the big businessman are interested to capture these hospitals and health centres to run their business. In the other hand, the workers are getting a minimum pension from this EPF Scheme also. But Modi government is interested to handover the both scheme in Wage Code Bill, so that the PPP model can be introduced to run the EPF, ESI Scheme. All Central Trade Unions have already conveyed their strong resentment on the issue to the government. Com. Tapan Sen, GS, CITU, has already reacted on the issue and demanded that the government should continue it’s responsibility to run the EPF, ESI scheme for the workers.
09 May, 2018:District Conference of BSNLCCWF held at Rewari (Haryana) – Secretary General discussed the organisation matter with the circle office bearers.
BSNL CCWF Haryana circle has taken a decision to form the district union at every SSA. In this connection, a conference was held at Rewari (Haryana), on 6th May, 2018, where a good numbers of contract labours came to form the CCWF Organisation at Rewari District. Com.Kuldeep Singh, presided over the meeting and Com. Animesh Mitra, SG, Com.M.S.Kadian, CS, BSNLEU, Com. Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ), BSNLEU, deliberated their speech in the gathering. On the organisation matter, Com. Animesh Mitra, discussed with the leaders of BSNLEU and BSNL CCWF of Haryana circle. It has decided that (1) circle union will organise a month wise campaign programme to enrol the union membership (2) submission of memorandum to CGMT will be organise in the month of July and Circle Working Committee meeting will be held at August, 2018. A team of the circle office bearers has been formed to monitor the programme effectively. A good numbers of contract labours attended the meeting.<<view of the meeting>>
07 May, 2018:Circle and district secretaries please note.
CHQ have already published the journal of our Federation (BSNLCCWF) named as "BULLETIN" in which we are trying to focus the movement of the casual contract labourers at various levels. It is being published with an interval of 3 or 4 months. The reporting of negotiation and the meetings with the Managements are also being attached in this bulletin. We are also trying to enclose the latest order of BSNL Head Quarters, DoT, Minister of Labour, Gazette Notification, VDA & IDA order, etc. Circle and District Secretaries are requested to send the report of the programme observed in various levels, so that we can publish it in our journal. If you have any queries, on the casual and contract labour issue, then please send it in the Whatsapp of Secretary General (09433009450) and the E-mail (email@example.com). Please help us by sending a good number of materials and feed back from your end so that we can publish the next bulletin in the month of May.
05 May, 2018:National Convention of PSU employees in Delhi on 30th May, 2018.
All Central Trade Unions in Public Sector has taken a decision to organise the All India level Convention on 30th May, 2018 to highlight the important demands of the workers in PSU like, (1) No privatisation or disinvestment of the PSU (ii) Withdrawal of the scheme “Fixed Term Employment” as notified by Ministry of Labour on 16th March, 2018 (iii) Withdrawal of all restrictions of right to Collective bargaining and (iv) wage revision of CPSU workers. It is the follow up action programme of the trade unions who met in a meeting on 8th April, 2018, at Ernakulam and finalised the future course of action. Major unions and Associations in BSNL will take part in the convention including the BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation.
03 May, 2018:Contract labourers in Uttarakhand are not getting the wages in due time.
It is a strong resentment for the workers in BSNL that the Management is yet to make the payment of the contract labourers since last 4 months. On the plea of financial crunch of the Company, the circle office is not getting adequate funds from the Corporate Office in due time. As a result, the contractors have stopped the wages of the contract labourers in Uttarakhand. Com. Nityananda Bahuguna, CS, BSNLCCWF and Com. K.S. Soun, CS, BSNLEU, has discussed the matter with the Management but no fruitful achievement has reached so far. As a compulsion of situation, the workers have agitated to the Management in circle office, at Dehradun. CHQ is getting telephone calls from the agitated workers from Uttar Kashi, Dehradun, Almora, etc. In these circumstances, circle union has also advised to conduct the working committee meeting in the second week of May so that a state wise agitational programme can be chalked out to draw the attention of the Chief General Manager, Uttarakhand circle. CHQ will try to pursue the matter at Corporate Office for allotment of fund.
28 April, 2018:CWC meeting of BSNLCCWF Assam circle has started at Guwahati with gathering.
The CWC meeting of BSNLCCLU, Assam circle has started today at Guwahati Panbazar Multi Purpose Hall. It was presided over by Com. Bijoy Deka, CS, and veteran leader Com.M.R.Das inaugurated the meeting. Com.Gakul Borah, Treasurer, BSNLEU (CHQ), and Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF, narrated all the important issues before the house. Com. Bikash Barua, placed the report to the house and invited the district secretaries to participate in the discussion. It has come from the discussion of the district secretaries that the BSNL Management is avoiding the responsibility to implement the labour laws in Assam area and even they are neglecting the court verdict. It has also reported by the delegates that the contract workers are not getting the proper wages, EPF and ESI in some SSA. Com. Bijoy Deka concluded the meeting with an announcement that the BSNLCCWF will go on Trade Union Action to achieve the genuine demands of casual contract labours in Assam. BSNLEU extended its full support to the struggle of the casual contract workers.<<view of the meeting>>
28 April, 2018:Casual Labourer wage should be determined based on the 7th CPC recommendations – BSNLCCWF gave good fight in the labour court at New Delhi. Assistant Labour Commissioner has raised six quarries to the BSNL Management.
Yesterday, the 27.04.2018, an important meeting held at Labour Commission Office, New Delhi, between the BSNL Management and the BSNLCCWF. After long debate, based on the logic and documents produced from BSNLCCWF on the issue of wages and gratuity for the casual and contract labourers, the Labour Commission has made the following quarries to the BSNL Management:-
The parameter for determining the wage of casual labourers. Whether the Non-Executives (not absorbed in BSNL) are getting the benefit of 7th CPC or not. The ALC enquired about the date of effect of the 7th CPC for the non-regular workers since the management informed the ALC that the benefit of the 7th CPC will be extended only after 3rd PRC in BSNL. ALC also told the management that why the they are not implementing the 7th CPC in regard to these workers whereas they have implemented the same for the executives and Non-Executives of BSNL. The management in a reply said that the issue of Gratuity for casual labour will be taken up in BSNL board. ALC has directed the management that the Gratuity for the Contract Workers a written reply to be given to the ALC in writing.
24 April, 2018:Calcutta Telephones Thika Mazdoor Union has started the month long agitational programme in support of genuine demands of contract workers.
Calcutta Telephones Thika Mazdoor Union has started a month long agitational programme before all the Area Manager Offices during the month of April. Demonstrations and Dharna programme are going on in all the area where a good numbers of contract labours are participating in the gathering. Apart from the common demands of contract labours, the circle union has raised it’s strong voice for introduction of 4G service in Kolkata Telephones circle. According to this programme, The programme has started from 27th March, and will concluded on 27th April and in every work spot, a strong demonstration programme is being organised where the members of BSNL Employees Union are also participating along with contract labours. Com. Sisir Roy, President, CTTMU, Com. Anup Sarkar, CS, CTTMU, Com. Tapas Banerjee, Treasurer, are the leaders who have narrated the total scenario of Calcutta Telephones including the demands of contract workers. It has observed that the gathering in every work spot has conveyed a good message to the management, that the contract workers are demanding the genuine demands of contract workers including the regularisation and gratuity.<<views of the programme>>
23 April, 2018:In reply of Department stand point on the issue of casual contract labours demands the BSNLCCWF has submitted its views and logic to the Astt. Labour commissioner, New Delhi on 17th April.
On last 22nd March the department had replied to the RLC on the issue of charter of demands raised by BSNLCCWF. It was also told by the RLC that union should also submit their views and documents in reaction of department reply. Accordingly, the BSNLCCWF submitted its views and documents in support of the main points of the charter of the demands for the strike. We have also submitted the copy of our memorandum to the Sr.GM (Estt.) and GM (Restg.) in Corporate Office. Hope, we will get justice from the labour commission as well as from the BSNL Management also.
19 April, 2018:Corporate office has issued the order related to dearness allowance for the casual labours for the year 2017 while Ministry of Labour has issued the revised DA Order for the year 2018.
Recently, the Govt. of India has issued the DA order @142% for the staff and workers w.e.f. 01.04.2018. According to this order the casual labours are also eligible to get the enhanced wages based on the dearness allowance @142%. But the BSNL Corporate Office has issued the order for DA 139% which had due in the year 2017. BSNLCCWF condemn the role of the Corporate Office Management to deprive the poor paid workers. Com. Animesh Mitra, SG, BSNLCCWF, met Shri S.Tyagi, Sr.GM (Estt.) and conveyed the resentment of the workers. It was told to GM that the Management has also halted the wage revision based on 7th CPC. Similarly, the Management is also trying to halt the DA which is due from 1st April, 2018. On discussion, PGM(Estt.) assured that case will be look into with seriousness.
19 April, 2018:Issuance of VDA order for the contract workers in BSNL -- BSNLCCWF reacted on the issue to the Management.
Ministry of the Labour has revised the VDA for the contract labours and accordingly the order has issued to revise wages of the contract workers w.e.f. 01.04.2018. But it is unfortunate that the BSNL Management is yet to endorse the order to the field unit. Com. Animesh Mitra, SG, BSNLCCWF met Shri Ashutosh Gupta, GM(Restg.), on 17th April and demanded to issue the order without further delay. On spot, GM(Restg.) has ordered his staff to put up the file immediately. He also assured that necessary action will be taken as it had been taken in the earlier occasions.
10 April, 2018:Meeting with the BSNL STR administration at Chennai -- BSNLCCWF reacted on the issue of retrenchment of contract labours.
BSNL Management has issued the retrenchment order of contract workers on the plea of fund curtailment. It is the STR authority who has issued such type of order in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Both the circle union of BSNLCCWF reacted on the issue and approached the Labour Court. Both the circle secretary met with the CGMT and GMs and requested not to retrench the contract workers who have performed their duty in BSNL more than 10 years. But the discussion failed at all level. So it was a compulsion for the union to give a strike call on 27th and 28th March. On the first day, the strike was 100% success in Hyderabad and Vijayawada. The workers had taken a decision to march to CGMT office at Chennai on 28th March. All the unions and associations of the Executive and Non-Executives in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh had extended their full support to the struggle. In the meantime Com. Animesh Mitra rushed to Chennai on 27th March and intervene on the issue along with Com.Kanniappan, CS, BSNLEU and Com.Lata. DS, STR, met the GM HQ STR. The GM HQ conveyed the message to the CGM STR and a decision was taken to postpone the retrenchment till May. It was also decided that the matter will be discussed with the union in the light of Labour Court verdict. Com. P. Asokababu, Com.Sampatrao, Com. Dharmadas Rao and Com.Paripurna Charry are the leaders who had played a vital role to organise the movement. The BSNLEU Chennai and Tamil Nadu circle had also extended their full support to the struggle of BSNLCCWF.
09 April, 2018:CWC Meeting held at Chennai.
The circle working committee meeting of BSNLCCWF Chennai circle held at Chennai on 27th March. Practically it was an organisational meeting of Chennai circle to review the present situation of the union as well as to discuss the future course of action for the casual contract workers movement. Senior leader Com.Annamalai, presided over the meeting where Com.Animesh Mitra and Com.Kannyaippan narrated the casual contract workers issues in details. Com.T.Kashi, CS, initiated the organisation position and the difficulties of the casual contract workers in Chennai circle. It was decided to organise a March to CGMT office to convey our resentment to the management at the earliest. Com.Punitha Udaykumar, Vice President and Com. Narsiman, CS, AIBDPA, Com. Lata, District Secretary are the other speakers who spoke in the meeting. Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, condemn the role of BSNL Management to retrench the contract workers and calls upon the workers to organise the massive agitational progamme against the Management. He also clarified the CITU programme Kissan Mazdoor Rally on 5th September in Delhi. The meeting was concluded with a decision that the circle conference will be held with in May 2018.
09 April, 2018:Fixed term employment - Attack on unemployment - Modi govt. has introduced a new rule for the employment.
Ministry of labour has issued a new notification on 16th March for the youth to get an Employment. It is nothing but a limited scope for employment without any labour laws and regulations. Earlier, there was a scope for casual contract labour employment where provisions were there for minimum wage, EPF, ESI, Social Securities, etc. But the newly fixed term employment will be out of any labour laws. When Bajpayee govt. was there in power, the NDA govt. had introduced the same bill but it was withdrawn by the UPA govt. after a sustained struggle by the left trade unions. But as a condition of liberalisation of labour act now the Modi govt. has introduced the new act again for employment. All the trade unions has conveyed a strong resentment to the Central govt. All the central trade unions in Kerala has observed a day long strike on 2nd April in the state. On the same day the trade unions in West Bengal had also observed the protest day with demonstration and submission of memorandum to the CLC. Recently, the general council meeting of CITU held at Calicut has taken a resolution to go on united struggle on this subject.<<view order>>
05 April, 2018:Meeting of casual contract workers in Tripura.
Today an important meeting of the casual contract workers held at Agartala. Com.V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF and Com.Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU, addressed the gathering. They have narrated the demands of casual contract labours and the role of BSNL Management. In connection of CEC meeting of the BSNLEU, the circle union of BSNLCCWF has arranged this meeting where a good number of casual contract workers were present in the meeting. Really it was a good meeting in a crucial situation of state.
05 April, 2018:BSNLCCWF AP circle organised the programme March to circle office at Vijayawada on 27th March 2018.
Attack has come for retrenchment of contract labours in STR region in AP circle. Contract labours organised a massive rally and dharna programme on 27th March at Vijayawada at CGMT office. A good numbers of regular staff and contract labours came in the gathering and Com.Asoka Babu, Vice President, BSNLEU (CHQ) and Com. T.Dharma Rao, Circle Secretary, BSNLCCWF address the meeting. The leaders has condemn the attack for retrenchment of the Management and also explained the charter of demands of the BSNLCCWF.
03 April, 2018:March to CGMT Office Telengana circle -- held at Hyderabad on 27th March, 2018.
March to CGMT office held at Hyderabad on 27th March, 2018. It is about 200 casual contract workers participated in the rally under the banner of CCWF Telengana circle. The rally was concluded in CGMT office where the circle secretary addressed the big gathering. BSNLEU members gave a big support to make the programme a grand success. Com. B. Paripurna Charry, CS, BSNLCCWF, Telengana circle, spoke in the gathering and explained the charter of demands of BSNLCCWF.<views of the programme>>
28 March, 2018:Massive rally of BSNL casual contract workers in Meerut.
BSNL Casual contract labours has created a history in working class movement in Uttar Pradesh. It is in Meerut, on 24th March at 12 noon, the BSNL workers has started a Rally from bus stand under the active leadership of Com.Upendar Singh Teotia, CS, BSNLEU and Com.Naresh Pal, CS, BSNLCCLU, who had organise a massive Campaign programme for the rally on 10 points charter of demands during the month. Colourful rally with flag and festoon has drawn the attraction of the general public of the city. The regular staff and the casual contract labours raised their strong voice in favour of their genuine demands. The rally concluded at Shastri Nagar near CGMT office of BSNL UP (West) circle. Before submission the memorandum to the CGMT the leaders addressed the gathering. Com.Naresh Pal, CS, CCLU, Com.Upender Singh Teotia, CS, BSNLEU, Com. S.K. Sharma, Jt. Secretary, Centre Trade Union, Com.Jaiveer Tygi, VP, CCLU, Com.Josinder Singh, Treasure, Com.Ramswarup Singh, Dist. President and Com.Satish Shama, were the leaders who deliberated their valuable speech to the workers. Really we feel proud of it that the workers has created a history under the banner of red flag union in Meerut. BSNLCCWF conveys greetings red salute to all BSNL comrades of UP West Circle.
26 March, 2018:CITU General Council meeting calls upon the workers to mobilise their strength in a massive rally in Delhi on 5th September, 2018.
It is a good news that the CITU has taken a decision to mobilise its maximum strength in Delhi to showdown a strong resentment to the Modi government. This decision has taken in the CITU General Council meeting which held at Calicut from 23rd to 26th March. It was inaugurated by Com.Hemlata, President and discussion held based on the report submitted by Com. Tapan Sen, General Secretary. The general council condemn the role of the modi govt for the anti worker policy and price hike issue also. Disinvestment policy, post GST situation, worst situation of the peasant and agricultural workers, unemployment problem, retrenchment of the workers in the IT sector are the main issues on which the discussion took place in 4 days council meeting. The federations of public sector trade union discussed with gravity about the attack on public sector including the issues of casual contract labours in PSU. The General Council meeting has also discussed the attack on labour laws, violation of EPF, ESI and minimum wage to the casual contract workers. The meeting has condemned the brutal attack of ruling party to the trade union and left party activities in Tripura and west Bengal. It is most important that the General Council meeting calls upon the peasant and agricultural workers to mobilise their strength also in the rally on 5th September, 2018, in Delhi. Practically it will be a Kissan Mazdoor rally will red flag which will give a strong warning to the Modi govt. The meeting has also discussed the attack of the fundamental and communal forces who are still trying to damage the unity of the working class. The General Council meeting ended with a determination that CITU will take all out efforts to build up a broader unity of the working class.
26 March, 2018:Com. Kallappa, District Secretary, KNPWU, expired on road accident.
Really it is unbelievable that Com.Kallappa of Bidar Dist., Karnataka is not more with us. We are very much shocked on the news that Com. Kallappa expired on 25th March, morning in a road accident. He was the District Secretary of KNPWU and popular leader of the BSNL casual contract labours in BSNL. We also express our condolence to the family members of Com.Kallappa. Again, we convey Red salute to our beloved comrade Kallappa.
26 March, 2018:Chalo CGM Office program held successfully by BSNL CCE& LU AP on 14.3.2018.
On 14.3.2018, around 200 casual/ contract/ unregistered workers from all the SSAs of AP circle have participated in the chalk CGM Office program and held dharna at CGM Office, Vijayawada. Com.K.Prabhakara Rao, CP, BSNLEU has inaugurated the dharna. Com.P.Asokababu, Hon.President, BSNL Contract, Casual Employees & Labour Union (BSNL CC E & LU) AP, Com A.V.Nageswara Rao, President and Com T.Dharma Rao, GS of BSNL CC E& LU have addressed the gathering. Com M.V.Sudhakar, Secretary, CITU, Vijayawada, Com. S.Umamaheswara Rao, CS, SNEA and Com R.Maheswara Rao, CS, SEWA have addressed and extended their support. The meeting strongly opposed the proposed removal of 30% of contract workers in STSR AP & Telangana and also demanded converting benami Workers into Contract Workers. The meeting decided to strengthen the unity of the casual, Contract, benami Workers and also to organise further struggles. A memorandum on charter of demands was submitted to the Circle administration.
23 March, 2018:Meeting with Assistant Labour Commissioner (Central), New Delhi held regarding the problems of Casual & Contract Workers:
As scheduled earlier, the meeting was held between BSNLCCWF and Labour commission in New Delhi on 22.03.2018 in presence of representatives of BSNL Management. The discussions held today on the issues which was done in the last meeting held on 22.02.2018. It is stated by the leaders of BSNLCCWF in the meeting that after getting instructions from the labour commission, the BSNL Management has not yet implemented the Gazette Notification for the contract workers throughout the country except in few circles. The Leaders of BSNLCCWF have expressed utter resentment and told the labour commission that though the BSNL Management has endorsed the Gazette Notification for revised wages of the contract labourers but at the same time the management has issued order for 50% curtailment of the contract labourers to minimize the expenditure. It is also mentioned that social security measures like EPF, ESI, Gratuity has not been implemented. Further, the BSNL Management have also taken a negative stand to implement the 7th CPC for the casual labourers wages. The ALC has ordered the management to give a specific reply on writing on the issues of the 7th CPC recommendation for the casual labourers. The Labour commission also expressed unhappiness on the BSNL Management regarding regularization and the issue of implementation of gratuity for the casual and contract workers. The Labour commission has remarked in the discussion that Uma Devi Judgement should not be misinterpreted to harass the casual and contract workers. The BSNL Management, has submitted the written statement before the ALC regarding the agenda of BSNL Casual and Contract workers, wherein it is stated that the revision of the wages of the Casual Labour will be determined at the time of 3rd PRC for which leaders of the BSNLCCWF has strongly protested this kind of delay on the part of the management. Com Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF and Tapas Kumar Ghosh, Working President were present in the meeting and 5 officers of BSNL were present. After hearing, ALC(C) has advised to the BSNLCCWF to give their views on the statement of the BSNL Management at the earliest so that a decision can be taken by ALC in the next meeting which is scheduled to be held on 27.04.2018.
22 March, 2018:March to CGMT Office – It has started on 8th March and will be continued upto month of April.
It was decided that 8th March, 2018, will be observed for the programme “March to CGMT office” in all circles. Some circle union has observed it on that particular date. But some other circle union could not organise the programme on that day. Now, we are getting information that the circle union are observing the programme on some other day. We have got the information that the Chhattisgarh Circle had conducted the programme on 8th March including submission of memorandum to CGMT at Raipur. On 9th March, the programme March to CGMT held at Dimapur, NE-II circle. The memorandum was submitted to the CGMT, NE-II by Com. Arup Gohain, CS, BSNLCCWF and other leaders of BSNL Employees Union. Similarly, we have got the news with photo that contract labours organised the programme in J&K. It is also learnt that massive mobilisation programme was organised in Thiruvananthapuram by the Kerala circle union. Similarly, Assam circle union has organised the programme jointly by BSNL Employees Union and BSNLCCWF and submitted the memorandum to CGM. Now, the programme is going to be organised at Meerut where the UP (East) circle union is going to submit memorandum on 24.03.2018. CHQ convey it’s greetings to all circle unions who have conducted the programme and made the programme March to CGMT Office in real success.<<views of the programme>>
22 March, 2018:Casual Contract Labours conference held in Mysore gave a good direction to spread out the organisation in Karnataka.
Karnataka BSNL Non-Permanent Workers Union hold it’s 2nd Conference at Mysore, RTTC Training Centre, on 26th & 27th January, 2018, with a good mobilisation of contract workers from deferent part of the state. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, inaugurated the conference while Com. C.K. Gundanna, presided over the meeting. Com. Mahantesh, State Secretary, placed the draft report on which a good number of delegates placed their views and remarks. Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNL CCWF explained the present situation including the two days strike called by All Unions and Associations of BSNL and BSNL CCWF also. On 27th January, CITU State Secretary, Com. K.N. Umesh, delivered a valuable speech in the open session of the conference. Com. C.K. Gundanna and Com.Mahantesh, re-elected as President and Secretary of the organisation for the next term. On the 2nd day of the Conference, the BSNL Employees Union and BSNLCCWF had conducted a rally in the city to highlight the brand name of BSNL among the people. Really, it has created a good example for the slogan “Save BSNL – Save India” in real.<<views of the meeting>>
17 March, 2018March to CGM Office programme conducted in Kolkata Telephone circle.
Big gathering of contract workers held in Kolkata Telephone Bhawan on 15th March in connection with the programme of March to CGM Office. Contract workers came in big numbers from different exchange and offices. Com. Sisir Roy, CS, BSNLEU, presided over the meeting and com. Arup Sarkar, CS, CTTMU, explained the charter of demands of BSNLCCWF. He narrated the attack of Modi govt. to the working class. Com.Akhilesh Banerjee, VP, BSNLCCWF, also addressed the gathering and calls upon the workers to strengthen the organisation to intensify the working class movement in BSNL. Com.Tapas Banerjee, Treasure, BSNLCCWF, Com. Pradip Bhawal, Treasure, BSNLCMU WB circle, Com. Gopal Roy and Com.Pradip Chatterjee were the other speakers who deliberated their valuable speech in the meeting. A memorandum was submitted to the CGM Kolkata Telephones and discussion held with the leadership of Calcutta Telephones Thika Mozdoor Union and BSNL Employees Union.<<views of the programme>>
17 March, 2018:CGM Office Chalo programme conducted in Karnataka circle.
As per the call given by BSNLCCWF Kolkata in their recently held CEC meeting, the Karnataka Circle BSNL NPWU observed the programme on 15.03.2018. More than 1,000 comrades of BSNL NPWU came to CGM Office at Halasur from all the districts of Karnataka Circle. The Dharana started around 11:00 hrs. The programme was to highlight the demands of Contract Workers with regard to the retrenchment of workers in the name of non availability of funds in BSNL, Non-payment of Minimum wages as per the orders of Central Government, to demand monthly payments before 7th of every month, payment of Bonus, issue of ID cards, proper recovery and remittance of EPF amount to the PF authorities, payment of Compensation amount to the family of a worker who demises while on duty at work spot, proper supply of required lines and wires materials for provision of connections, to revert back the recently formed tower company etc.,
The programme was inaugurated by Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF. Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF, Com.Gundanna.C.K, CS, BSNLEU & CP BSNL NPWU, KTK Circle, Com. Mahantesh, General Secretary, BSNL NPWU Karnataka Circle, Com.Sudharshan Org.Sec., BSNLEU(CHQ), Com. M.C.Balakrishna, CP,BSNLEU, Com. B.P.Narayana, Patron, BSNLEU Karnataka, Com.Balaji Rao, DP, CITU Mysuru, Com.Muddaiah, CS, AIBDPA Karnataka Circle and Com. Shanbagh, DS, CITU Uttara Kannada Dist., addressed the meeting.
Later, the delegation consisting the above leaders, met CGM Sri.R Mani, Sri. Ashok Agarwal, GM HR, Sri.B.Venkateshwaralu, GM NOW-CFA, were also available in the meeting along with CGM. Com.Namboodiri, Com. Animesh, Com. Mahantesh explained all the demands in detail and presented the Memorandum to CGM. The CGM responded positively for the demands, and assured the delegation that the same will be brought to the notice of Corporate Office, with due recommendations from his side. At the request of the delegation, the CGM directed the GM HR & GM CFA to address the contract workers meeting and to brief them about the deliberation which took place with CGM. The programme concluded around 1700 hours with victorious slogans from the participants. Com. Cheluvaraju, DS, BSNL NPWU , BgTD proposed the vote of thanks. <<views of the programme>>
10 March, 2018:Corporate Office reminder to all Heads of Telecom Circles on extension of Gratuity to Casual Labour.<<view letter>>
10 March, 2018:Protest day observed throughout the country on 08.03.2018.
On 8th March, 2018, the All India protest day was observed throughout India including the state of West Bengal Telecom Circle at the call of BSNCCWF. It has created great enthusiasm amongst the workers. In Kolkata the demonstration and rally was organised by BSNLCMU at CTO, Kolkata. The All India Protest Day was observed on the demands of
1) Minimum wage of Rs18.000/-.
2) Regularisation of Casual workers.
3) Payment of wage in a particular day of every month.
4) No retrenchment.
5) Gratuity for casul & contractual workers.
In this programme Working President of BSNLCCWF, Com. Tapas Ghosh, Vice-President, BSNLCCWF Com. Akhilesh Banerjee, Organising Secretary, BSNLCCWF, Com. Arup Sarkar deliberated their speech before the huge gathering. The main speaker in this programme was Secretary General, BSNLCCWF, Com. Animesh Mitra. He addressed the gathering with his bold deliberation. He accused the management of shifting the cause of BSNL's poor performance and less revenue earnings towards the casual and contractual labourers who are not at all responsible. It is the policy of the Govt. which led to poor performance in terms of earnings. He boldly declared that we should fight till end for just demands and justice. He called upon the workers to be united since some evil force are trying to break the unity of the working class. Later a memorandum was handed over to CGMT, West Bengal by a delegation lead by Secretary General.<<view of the programme>>
03 March, 2018:Contract workers at Dhanbad (Jharkhand) demonstrated for wage payment before Holi festival.
On denial by management, workers gheraoed the whole GMT Dhanbad office on 27.2.2018 and after full guarantee of payment at 22:00 hrs., they finished their agitation. All the officers stayed in side office till 22:00 hrs. Heavy police party was also deployed by management. But workers didn't bowed and got their wage for December,2017 before Holi festival and assured more payment in March . Com.B. Narayan led the workers. Congratulations workers. Stand up workers and Fight for rights.
03 March, 2018:Take serious initiative to implement the Raipur CEC meeting decision to organise "CGM OFFICE CHALLO" in month of March 2018.
Demonstration and batch wearing programme at the call of BSNLCCWF was held on 7th February, 2018 throughout the country successfully. The demonstration programme was held before GM/DGMs in all the district HQ. Campaign of 10 point charter of demands of the Federation was effectively carried out amongst the workers through batch wearing. A memorandum was also submitted to the management on this day.
As decided earlier that the ‘March to CGM Office’ will be held on 8th March, 2018. But some circle unions have informed CHQ that since the International Women’s Day is on 8th March as such they are in great difficulty to organise the programme effectively. Available office bearers of the Federation discussed the issue in Delhi. It is now decided that those circles who are unable to organise the programme of March to CGM Office on 8th March, 2018, they should organise the programme within the month of March. A memorandum on the 10 point charter of demands of the Federation is to be submitted to the management. Local burning issues may also be included in the memorandum. They should send the report and photographs of the programme to the Federation.
26 February, 2018:Important Meeting held on Casual Contract Labours issue in Central Labour Commission Office, Delhi.
Yesterday, the 22nd February, 2018 an important meeting of the casual contract labour of BSNL held at the office of Central Labour Commission, Delhi. Officers from the corporate office were asked by the Labour Commission to be present in the meeting. Accordingly on 22nd February, 2017 at 2:30 PM the meeting was held where the leadership of BSNLCCW Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Com. Animesh Mitra, Com. C. Binod and Com. Pallai Swami were present. The demands on which the last strike took place 5 demands out of them got importance in the discussion. Being convinced on our logic for our demands of Minimum Wage of Rs18000/-, Gratuity and Regularisation the labour commissioner asked the BSNL management to place their view point on the issue. In the circles where the Contract labourers who are being denied of Minimum Wage, Gratuity, EPF and ESI Labour Commissioner asked them to lodge complaints with the respective Assistant Labour Commissioner /Deputy Labour Commissioner. Next meeting will be held on 22nd March, 2018 where the BSNL management has been asked to place their views in this regard.
26 February, 2018:Retrenchment of Contract Labour - Federation lodged its protest to CMD.
BSNL management has planned to retrench the contract labourers. Corporate office has issued orders to reduce the number of contract labourers since the earnings have been reduced. To implement the order of austerity the Circle authority has issued order for retrenching the contract labourers who are engaged in various works and other day to day maintenance work. The aggrieved workers protested and agitated before the CGMs/GMs on various occasions. On 22ndFebruary, 2018 the Federation protested against the retrenchment, in writing, before the CMD. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri and Com. Animesh Mitra, met CMD yesterday at 3 PM and demanded to engage them in alternate work.<<view letter>>
16 February, 2018:BSNLCCWF congratulates the entire casual and contract workers for successful of the Protest Day Programme on 07/02/2018.
BSNLCCWF congratulates the entire casual and contract workers along with leaders and members of the BSNLEU who were also part in the Protest Day Programme which was held on 7th February, 2018 throughout the country. It is reported from every nook and corner of the country that most of the circles have organized the massive Demonstration Programme to observe the ‘Protest Day Programme’. It is also reported that Memorandum was also submitted to the authority of BSNL wherein it is clearly mentioned the 10 point charter of demands. All the members raised their voice strongly before the authority of BSNL to implement the Gazette Notification, 7th CPC, Social Security etc. If BSNL authority does not take any initiative to implement the above demands of casual and contract workers then, BSNLCCWF has informed the authority that they will have no other alternative but to go for Dharna programme in the coming days and even BSNLCCWF will go for higher form of trade union action also. In this regard, Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), New Delhi has arranged a meeting and called the BSNL authority on 22/02/2018 as per the strike notice served by the BSNLCCWF. Again BSNLCCWF congratulate and red salute to the Circle Secretary, District Secretary and all comrades.<<views of the programme>>
06 February, 2018:Ultimately BSNL Management has compelled to endorse the Gazette Notification.
BSNL Corporate Office has compelled to endorse the Gazette Notification after continuously pressure by BSNLCCWF and BSNLEU in different forum on 31/01/2018. Now, all Circle Secretaries and District Secretaries have to take initiative along with leaders of BSNLEU to implement this order at your end. In this connection, organize the campaign programme among the members and meet with the Circle heads to implement the order. In this regard, BSNLCCWF call upon the member to organize the programme on 7th February, 2018, demanding the implementation of the Gazette Notification and other demands and Massive Dharna Programme will be organized in front of CGM on 08/03/2018. If it is not implemented by the local Management, the mater may be sent to BSNLCHQ with details of the contractor names, officer names etc. <<CO letter>> <Gazette notification>>
06 February, 2018:Hold Protest Day programme on 07.02.2018.
Dear Comrade, you might have received the circular and poster regarding tomorrow’s “Protest Day” programme and also have prepared the all out effort to make the success the programme. The following 10 point charter of demands will be submitted to the CGM / GM / TDM / SSA Head on 07.02.2018, after Massive Demonstration Programme.
Charter of Demands
(1) Payment of monthly wages within 7th of the next month and stop the retrenchment on the plea of fund curtailment.
(2) Implementation of the Gazette Notification issued by, MOL, GoI for the contractual workers.
(3) Immediate implementation of the ‘Equal Pay for Equal Work’ as per the verdict of Hon’ble Supreme Court.
(4) Ensure Social Security measures like EPF, ESI, Gratuity, workmen compensation etc.
(5) Payment of Allowances like HRA, CCA, Transport Allowance, Rural Allowance, Hill Allowance and ensure the leaves like casual, earned, festival, national holidays etc.
(6) Scheme for regularisation and offering the Departmental Examination.
(7) Regularisation of left out casual labourers.
(8) Immediate implementation of the 7th CPC to the listed left out casual labourers.
(9) Recognise the BSNLCCWF.
(10) No formation of separate Tower Company.
02 February, 2018:BSNLCCWF Constitution.
BSNLCCWF has taken some initiative to form the union in some circle where it is not yet formed. Constitution of our union is enclosed herewith for your ready reference. It is a guideline only. You can draft it finally based on your requirement.<<view constitution>>
31 January, 2018:All India Protest Day on 7th February, 2018 to achieve the genuine demands of the Casual Contractual Workers.
It was decided in our last CEC meeting, that the BSNLCCWF will observe the All India Protest Day on 7th February, 2018 in all BSNL exchanges/offices throughout the country. We have finalised the Posters and Charter of demand on which we can organise a week long campaign programme among the workers in the First week of February, 2018. You are therefore requested to print out the posters and charter of demands in local languages. Massive demonstration programme should be organised on that day in the office of the Local BSNL Administration. Hope you will do the needful to make the programmne a grand success.
27 January, 2018:Satyagraha programme of the regular staff - BSNLCCWF extends full support.
BSNLCCWF will extend full support to the programme of Satyagraha by the All Union and Associations of BSNL. It will start from 30th and will be continue upto 3rd February, 2018. A resolution was accepted in the last CEC meeting of BSNLCCWF at Raipur in which the CCWF calls upon the casual contract workers to mobilise active support to the regular staff in the satyagraha and Work According to Rule programme. 3rd PRC, protest against tower company and no VRS are the main demands of the 2 lakh Executives and Non-Executives in BSNL. Modi govt. has also taken a negative stand to settle the genuine demands of the workers. So we will be also with the regular staff agitational programme.
24 January, 2018:CHQ circular no.1 - CEC Meeting at Raipur.<<click here>>
20 January, 2018:Raipur CEC meeting announced trade union action to achieve genuine demands of Casual/Contractual Workers.
The CEC meeting of BSNLCCWF held at Raipur, Chhattisgarh on 13th & 14th January’18, with great enthusiasm. The meeting was held at Vipra Bhavan, Samta Colony. The arena of the meeting was well decorated with flags festoon of our union. Before commencement of the meeting the Red Flag of our union was hoisted by Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF. Com. Dharmadas Mahapatra, State Secretary CITU, inaugurated the CEC meeting. Com.R.S. Bhatt, CS, BSNLEU, Com. S.C.Bhattacharjee, Veteran leader AIBDPA. Com. K. Mohanan, Asstt. General Secy., BSNLCCWF also spoke in the inaugural session. Com. Animesh Mitra, Secy. General placed report before the house for discussion.Com Tapas Banerjee, Treasurer placed the accounts.
Apart from office bearers and CEC members delegates from the following states attended the meeting. The states are Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, CTD, West Bengal, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra and Jharkhand.
The following items were focused and discussed in the meeting by the delegates in the meeting. Retrenchment of the casual/ contract workers, delay in payment if monthly wage, fund curtailment, Rs 18,000/- wage of the casual laborers, Gratuity. The reporting of the meeting with CLC held at New Delhi was reported in the house by Secy. Genl., Com. Animesh Mitra.
After threadbare discussion on the above issues by the delegates and members 10 points charter of demands were prepared and 5 points Trade Union programmes were announced in the house which were unanimously accepted by the house.
(1) Protest day on 7th February, 2018, 2) March to CGMT Office on 8th March, 2018, 3) Signature Campaign, 4) Submission of Memorandum to the CMD and CLC, 5) Membership campaign programme, 6) Celebration of Ten Years completion of BSNLCCWF etc.
The CEC meeting has adopted three resolutions e.g. a) extension of full support in the programme of “March to Sanchar Bhawan” by the Unions and Associations of BSNL to be held on 23rd February, 2018, b) Massive campaign amongst the members against the dreadful “FRDI bill”, c) protest against the decision of the Government to form a “Subsidiary Tower Company”.
The CEC meeting of BSNLCCWF at Raipur ended successfully.<<views of the meeting>>
11 January, 2018:Gratuity issue will be discussed on 22nd January, 2018 at Corporate Office.
It is a good news that the gratuity issue will be discussed in the meeting of GM (HR)s of circles which will be held at Corporate Office on 22nd January, 2018. Some of the circles are yet to send the information as asked by Corporate Office vide letter no.11-3/2014-LB dated 17.02.2017. Reminder has issued again on 10th January on the same subject. The same matter was also discussed with Assistant Labour Commissioner, Delhi on 9th January. The labour commissioner assured to the leadership of BSNLCCWF that necessary action will be taken to implement the Gratuity Act for the casual contract labour in BSNL. Now, the BSNL Management is taking interest to settle the issue. Hope, they will take a final decision on 22nd January, 2018, in this subject.<<view CO letter>>
10 January, 2018:Raipur is ready for holding the CEC meeting of BSNLCCWF.
Preparation for holding the CEC meeting a Raipur is totally completed, as it was informed by Com. Kausik, Circle Secretary. At the last movement, now the workers are very much busy to colouring the street from Railway Station to Conference Hall by Red Flag and Chain flag of the organisation. The name of the venue of the conference is Bipra Bhawan, Samta Colony, which is 1.5 km distance from the Raipur Railway station. A Reception Committee has been formed under the leadership of Com. R.S. Bhatt, CS, BSNLEU, Com. Aswani Kausik, CS, BSNLCWU, Chhiattisgarh, Com. Om Prakash Sahu, Com. R.K. Nagarji, DS, BSNLEU, Raipur and some other comrades. Com.Dharmaraj Mahapatra, State Secretary, CITU, will inaugurate the CEC meeting on 13th January, 2018, at 10:30 AM and Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and Com. S.C. Bhattacharya, veteran leader of AIBDPA, Com. R.S. Bhatt, CS, will be the other speaker in the inaugural session. On the next day at 1:00 PM an open session will be held at Raipur, were the regular staff and the contract workers will attend in more numbers from the neighbouring districts. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Working President, will be the main speaker of the open session. Reception Committee has informed us as the winder session is going on in a pick form and the temperature at Raipur will be about 9 degree Centigrade, so delegates are requested to bring sufficient warm cloths and beddings. Delegates are requested to contact with Com. R.K. Nagarji (9425511655) Com. R.S. Bhatt (9425234092) and Com. Aswani Kausik (9479030730) to get other information in details .
10 January, 2018:Negotiation backed by agitation will give some result – A good experience in Kerala circle.
Contract labours in Kerala circle had issue a notice to the Management for agitational programme including strike. A good campaign programme was also organised on the subject. To avoid the situation and after the intervention by the Regional Labour Commission a meeting was held between the Administration and Union representatives. As a result, the agitational programme have postponed in Kerala. It has reported by the circle union that the Management has confirmed the payment of the wages to the labours within 7th of every month. Order will be issued to all SSA heads for implementation of minimum labour rate as recorded in Gazette Notification with in 30th January, 2018. It was also agreed to complete the works related to categorisation of labour with in 31st October. The Bonus issue could not be settled in the discussion and now it has decided that the CGMT will be approached for his intervention. It has proved once again that the negotiation backed by agitation will give some result every time.
10 January, 2018:Be serious to register your complain related to exploitation on casual contract labour at the grass root level.
Retrenchment of the contract labours and violation of labour laws has become a regular feature in BSNL, in some circles like Haryana, Punjab, Bihar, Jharkhand, etc. UP (East) is such a circle where our union had submitted a categorically report on this subject. They have also conducted some trade union action programme in UP(East) circle. Incident of retrenchment of contract labour happens in Haryana, Punjab, Bihar, etc. Yesterday, we have pointed out the specific complaints of UP (East) circle to the ALC, Delhi, and demanded for an enquiry from the CLC on this subject. We had also submitted the same letter to Smt. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR). Workers are being harassed to get salary in due time in most of the circle on the plea of fund curtailment from Corporate Office. We are requesting to all circle union to submit a specific complain on this subject to your RLC or Dy.CLC, so that we can take up the case at higher level. A copy of letter from CHQ to CLC on the UP (East) subject is enclosed herewith for your ready reference. Hope, you will also take the same action at your own level.<<view of the letter submitted to the CLC>>
09 January, 2018:Important Meeting held with Assistant Labour Commission (C), New Delhi on the main demands of the Strike issues.
Today, an important meeting was held between Assistant Labour Commission (C), New Delhi and the leaders of the BSNLCCWF. Com.Animesh Mitra, Secretary General and Com. Tapas Kumar Ghosh, Working President, were present in the meeting. On the charter of demands of the strike held on 12th and 13th December, 2017, this meeting was arranged by the ALC (C), New Delhi. We have explained the demands of the contract and casual workers in details in the meeting. After hearing patiently all the points from the leadership of BSNLCCWF, Sri Niranjan Kumar, Assistant Labour Commission(C), New Delhi has agreed to give a notice to the BSNL Management to be present in the next meeting which will be held on 22-02-2018. It has also decided in the meeting that the Labour Commissioner will ask the BSNL Management to get appropriate reply on the charter of demands submitted by the Unions. In the meeting, the leadership raised the main points like these:- (a) implementation of the labour rate for the contract labour based on Gazette Notification in all Circles, (b) Casual Labourers wages to be revised based on 7th CPC recommendation (c) Gratuity for casual and contract workers, (d) Early payment on fixed date through cheque, (e) introduction of the scheme for the regualarisation (f) problem related to retrenchment of contract labourers etc. BSNLCCWF will continue it’s efforts to settle the issues at the earliest.
05 January, 2018:Contract workers has started dharna programme in Dhenkanal SSA, Odisha.
Contract labours in Odisha circle has started agitational programme on 2nd January, 2018. It is the Dhenkanal SSA where the contract labours has started the indefinite period strike programme on the demand of upgradation of skill based on experience of service in BSNL. Everybody knows that in telecom department most of the works are technical and skill and most of the contract labours are involved in day to day maintenance works of Cable, Outdoor maintenance, Maintenance of OFC and Internal and External Network, repair and maintenance of BTS / BSC / Tower etc. But it is unfortunate that the poor contract labours in Dhenkanal SSA are getting the unskilled labour rate though they are practically doing the skill job in BSNL. So, BSNL casual contract Karmachari Sangh, Dhenkanal district has taken a decision to go on strike on 02.01.2018 to get the wage based on the skill labour rate. It is unfortunate while the other SSA are paying the skill labour rate in Odisha, the management in Dhenkanal SSA is yet to accept the demand of the workers.
05 January, 2018:Red salute to Tamil Nadu circle for conducting a good struggle.
Indefinite dharna programme concluded in Tamil Nadu circle on yesterday evening after the meeting with CGMT, Tamil Nadu and the leadership of TNTCWU and BSNLEU. In the morning, the CHQ leadership of BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF met the concern officer Shri Y.N. Singh, GM (BFCI) and handed over the memorandum based on the demand of Tamil Nadu comrades who were continuing the hunger fast programme since 2nd January, 2018. On discussion, Com. Animesh Chandra Mitra, SG, BSNLCCWF and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, raised their strong voice to release the funds at the earliest. After discussion it was agreed that the fund will be release on 5th January, and the contract labours will get the salary without for the delay and on spot it was conveyed to the CGMT, Tamil Nadu. GM (BFCI) requested the leadership to normalise the situation in Tamil Nadu. The same thing was also conveyed by CGMT, Tamil Nadu to the leadership of BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF and the programme was concluded. It is a good thing that the TNTCWU had joined in the programme on 3rd January, 2018, and Com. Rajmouli Treasurer (NFTE) and Com. K.S. Kulkarni, AGS (NFTE) were also present in the discussion with the GM (BFCI). <<view letter>>
05 January, 2018:Involvement of contract labours in Day to Day BSNL works – Corporate Office has asked for some data and figure from the head of the circles.
BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation has taken up the issue of exploitation of contract labours with the Management since long. We had submitted so many letters and memorandum to the CMD BSNL and Chief Labour Commission in this regard. Recently, the Corporate Office has asked some information from the head of the circles vide letter no.2-2(Contract labour/GC)/2017-WS&I dated 03.10.2017. Yesterday, we met Shri Ashutosh Gupta, GM (Restg.), who had sent this letter to the field unit, but he replied that the response of the field union is negative and indifferent. We have assured to pursue the matter at circle level with our union representative. So, please take help of BSNLEU and do the needful at circle level.<<view letter>>
04 January, 2018:Struggle in Tamil Nadu continued on third day.
No settlement have reached between unions and management in Tamil Nadu though the hunger strike is going on 3rd day. Members gathering and hunger strike is going on at CGMT Office. Com. Chellappa, AGS, BSNLEU, Com. C.Vinod, CS, TNTCWU, Com. Babu Radhakrishnan, CS, BSNLEU, addressed the gathering. Circle Administration has called the union leaders for discussion but it is failed. Circle union of BSNLEU and TNTCWU calls upon the branches to conduct demonstration and district union will meet the LEO / District Collector demanding for their intervention.
04 January, 2018:Revision of the casual labour wages based on 7th CPC – Corporate Office has initiated some positive action.
Today, the leadership of BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF met with GM (Estt.) and discussed about revision of wages of the casual labours based on the 7th CPC. On discussion, we have mentioned the assurance of Director (HR) in the National Council meeting that the demand of 7th CPC pay scale to the casual labours will be reviewed by the Management within a short period. GM (Estt.) replied that already a Committee had formed in this regard. Establishment Section has forwarded the file to the same Committee with a request for relook in the matter. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, Com. Animesh Mitra, SG, BSNLCCWF, Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS and com. M.K. Dave, AGS, were in the delegation team for discussion with GM (Estt.). We will pursue the matter to get the opinion from the said Committee at the earliest.
04 January, 2018:Joint movement is going to start in Kerala on contract labour issue.
Serious complain has come from Kerala circle that the Management is ignoring the verdict of the meeting held with Unions, Management and the RLC(Central). The meeting held on 11.07.2017 and it was decided that the decisions of the meeting will be circulated to all SSA field officers. But it is unfortunate that no such positive step is yet to be taken either from the administration or contractors. Then the contract labour unions approached the RLC to have a conciliatory meeting and accordingly the meeting held on 20.12.2017. The meeting ended without any positive action by the Management though the RLC, union representative and contractors were present in the meeting. As a compulsion of the situation the contract labours has taken a decision to go on indefinite strike from 5th January. Accordingly, the BSNL Casual Contract Labour Union (CCLU) along with other 3 union, viz., AIBCWA, BSNLMS, DOT casual labour has submitted a joint petition to CGMT, Kerala with a notification that the workers will go for indefinite strike w.e.f. 5th January, if the situation remains unaltered.
03 January, 2018:Violation of labour laws in BSNL - Bihar circle is the Best Example.
In the recent past, a good numbers of demonstrations, dharna, strike programme is being organized in Bihar circle on the issue of exploitation of contract labour issues in BSNL. Begusarai, Saharsha, Khagaria and Munger are such SSAs where the workers are fighting on their genuine demands under the banner of BSNLCCWF. To highlight it in CGMT Chamber, Com. Animesh Mitra, SG, met shri Kishore Kumar, CGMT, Bihar, on 30th December, 2017, along with Com. B.P. Singh, CS, BSNLEU and Com. Laxman Kumar, CS, BSNLCCWF, Bihar circle.
Com. Animesh Mitra, highlighted the struggle on minimum wage, EPF, ESI, etc. particularly in those SSA like Begusarai, Saharsa, Munger and Khagaria. It was told to CGMT that not a single casual contract labour in BSNL is getting the wages on cheque in Bihar circle. The minimum wage as presented in Gazette notification is not being implemented in Bihar circle. Most of labours are getting Rs.1,500 – Rs.2,000 from the SDO / SDEs though contract system is there. The contractors are not providing the EPF, ESI to the labours in Bihar circle. Com. Animesh Mitra, discussed all demands which was submitted to CGMT by Com. Laxman Kumar, CS, BSNLCCWF. It will be appropriate to mentioned here that the militant trade union movement like dharna, strike, is being organised in some district. After negotiations with CGMT, Bihar, Com. Animesh Mitra met the leaders and workers of BSNLCWF in Bihar circle and discussed on the same subject.
03 January, 2018:9th Circle Conference of BSNL Casual Mazdoor Union, West Bengal Circle, held with great enthusiasm and vigor.
The 9th Circle Conference of BSNL Casual Mazdoor Union was held on 24th & 25th December, 2017, at Vidya Bhawan, Near Bankura Telephone Exchange. It was held in such a situation in West Bengal when the left and democratic movement are under attack of Ruling Party West Bengal including Bankura Dist. But CITU and BSNLEU took the responsibility for holding the conference for which the conference got a good success. The conference was inaugurated by Com. Dhananjay Ganguly, Ex. President, BSNLEU, WB circle who gave the correct guideline to overcome the present situation. The conference was presided over by a presidium headed by Com. Tapan Ghosh, President, BSNLCMU. After the inauguration, the secretariat report was placed by Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary and Com. Nemai Das, Treasurer, presented the audited accounts for the year 2015 & 2016. About 190 delegates and observers came in the conference from 17 district including Gangtok. Out of them 26 delegates took part in the discussion including one lady comrade. Six resolutions were passed in the conference including policy and programme and further course of trade union action. At the concluding part of the conference, an open session held where Com. Subhash Mukherjee, CITU, President and Com. Animesh Mitra, SG, BSNLCCWF, are the main speakers. Among others, Com. Arup Sarkar, CHQ Organising Secretary, Com. Amitava Chattarjee, Asstt. Secretary, BSNLEU, Com. Kinkar Poshak, District President, CITU, Com. Pijush Chakraborty, CS, AIBDPA, Com. Banani Chatterjee, Joint Secretary, BSNL Women Coordination. Com Ashis Das, Asstt. CS, BSNLEU, & New officer bearers elected as Com. Tapan Ghosh, President, Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary and Com. Nemai Das, Treasurer.<<views of the meeting>>
03 January, 2018:On strike issue and charter of demands of BSNL CCWF, CLC has arranged a meeting on 9th January, 2018.
It is a good news that the labour commission has invited the BSNLCCWF leadership for a discussion with the BSNL Management on the charter of demands as mentioned in the 12th & 13th December, strike notice. Earlier, the CLC, New Delhi had invited us for the discussion on 12th December, 2017. But it was failed due to SG was out of Delhi for strike preparation. However, we had sent a reply to CLC with a request that BSNLCCWF will attend in any meeting after the strike. Accordingly, the CLC(C) has arranged a triparty meeting on 9th January, 2018 at 2:30 PM. BSNL CCWF leadership will attend the meeting with a hope that the CLC will play a vital role to settle the burning issues of the casual contract labours in BSNL.<<view letter>>
02 January, 2018:Casual Contract Labours in Tamil Nadu has started the Hunger Strike programme to get the salary in time.
It is reported that payment of contract labours are not at all made all over Tamil Nadu circle for the month of November, 2017, even in some SSA, it is pending for the month of October, 2017 also. It is learnt that the Circle Administration have a need of Rs. 15.85 core to meet up the crisis but the Corporate Office is yet to sanctioned any amount against the heads of repair maintenance, police escorts and house keeping staff etc. The Corporate Office had issued the order that the contract workers should get the wages within 7th of the month. But it is unfortunate that the same Corporate Office are reluctant to allot sufficient funds particularly in these heads to make the payments to the labours. The local administrations is avoiding the responsibility on plea that the Corporate Office has not allotted any fund. BSNL Employees Union and TNTCWU organised a state wise dharna programme on 22nd December, 2017 at the evening time in every GM Office / exchanges / offices. Both circle secretary of the Organisation has submitted a strong letter to the Management on this subject. Lastly, the office bearers of the unions has started the hunger strike programme throughout the circle on 02nd January, 2018. The circle and district office bearers has participated in the hunger strike programme. Corporate Office Management is not so serious to settle the issue. BSNL Employees Union (CHQ) and BSNL CCWF (CHQ) has requested the Corporate office Management to intervene on the subject.<<views of the hunger strike>>
30 December, 2017:Notice for the CEC meeting at Raipur.
Dear comrade, CHQ has already issued the notice for the ensuing CEC meeting to be held at Raipur. It will start at 10:00 AM on 13th January, and it will be concluded after the open session at 3:00 PM on 14th January, 2018. Please inform the number of delegates who are attending the CEC meeting.
Casual contract labours are not getting the wages due to the fund crisis. Please come in the meeting with proper data and documents that how much amount is required for your circle and against which head. We will discuss the matter with GM (BFCI). You can take the help of Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, to collect the documents from AO Budget or IFA of the Circle. Most of the circles are facing the serious problem due to this fund crisis. BSNLEU CHQ has taken the serious action on the subject though the financial position of BSNL is not so good in the current financial year. However, we will continue our efforts and persuasion to get the fund at the earliest.<<view CEC notification>>
30 December, 2017:BSNL staff expired on duty at Pratapgarh but the management is trying to avoid the responsibility as he was a daily paid worker. Strong resentment is prevailing among the casual contract workers.
Com.Radheshyam Mishra who was working in Rasulha telephone exchange under Pratapgarh district had expired on 24th December in a road accident while he was on duty. He was working in BSNL since DoT, period but it is a great shame for the local Management that, not a single officer was present there to identify the dead body as a BSNL staff as he was a daily paid worker. We condemn the role of the local administration who wants to keep away themselves to play a vital role on the critical situation. Our BSNLCCWF members rushed to the spot and contact the family members. CHQ has advised to lodge an FIR immediately. It is also learnt that the local administration is yet to pay the wages to the worker since 10 months. Our circle union is trying to talk to higher officer of the circles to help the family. Com. Jitlal Mourya, CS, BSNLCCWF, UP East circle, reached to the family members and assured to do the needful at this moment. But still a strong resentment is prevailing among the staff against the management due to the avoiding tendency of the officers. We will try to help the family members with our limitations.
26 December, 2017:District and circle secretaries please note:-
Please follow the latest news published in website. Send a report on 2 days strike at the earliest. Please book the journey tickets for attending the CEC meeting of BSNLCCWF to be held on 13th and 14th January at Raipur, Chattishgarh. The meeting will start at 10 am on 13th January, 2018 and concluded at 3:00pm on 14th January. Please pay your subscription and donations to the CHQ through E-Banking system within 31st December, 2017. Please give your postal address through SMS so that I can send the notice and posters for the CEC Meeting. It is reported that a good numbers of casual and contract workers participated in the 2 days strike. It is also reported that contract workers are not getting their wages due to fund problem from Corporate Office. Some circle unions has taken some course of trade union action programme at the circle or district level. CHQ had submitted a letter on the same subject to GM Restructuring at Corporate Office on 6th December. We met the concern officer at Corporate Office for taking necessary action. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, met Mr. Y.N. Singh and requested for fund allotment to the circles without further delay. We had also lodge a complain to the CLC. We will take a right decision at Raipur CEC meeting. Let's discuss together at Raipur and take a suitable programme on this subject.
23 December, 2017:CTTMU circle conference held at kolkata with a good mobilisation of contract workers.
The 7th circle conference of Calcutta Telephones Thika Mazdoor Union held in Jadavpur on 9th and 10th December, 2017. It was the Baghajatin Public Hall where the conference was started after the hoisting of national flag and union flag. Com.Animesh Mitra, SG, BSNL CCWF, inaugurated the conference. Com.Sisir Roy, com.Arup Sarkar, com.Prabir Dutta, com.Supriya Mitra, com.Tapas Ghosh, com.Sanjib Banerjee, com.Akhilesh Banerjee, were the other speakers in the conference. Discussion held on the report submitted by com.Arup Sarkar and 23 comrades including 3 ladies deliberated the speech in the conference. On 10th December, in the open session com.Anadi Sahoo, State Secretary, gave a valuable speech to the delegates. Com. Saibal Sengupta, presided over the meeting. Com. Sisir Roy, com.Arup Sarkar and com.Gopal Pal, has been elected as President, Secretary and Treasurer. Conference has accepted the 10 resolutions.<<views of the conference>>
23 December, 2017:Dear comrade, it is unfortunate that we could not updated the website of our Federation since last 10 days due to technical problems. However, we are sending the notice for CEC meeting through speed post. But you please book your journey tickets to ensure your presence at Raipur on 13th January at 10 am. The meeting will be concluded on 14th Januar,2018 at 3pm. Chattisgarh circle union has confirmed the booking for accommodation. Please talk to me to get the other informations. Please send a strike report with in 10th January,2018 so that I can put it in the draft report. Bank account will be closed on 31st December. So pl deposit your subscription, quota, donation etc. through E-Banking system within 31st December. Strike programme is over. CLC has invited us for discussion. We have to chalked out about future course of action in 2018. So, come and join in the CEC meeting at Raipur.
21 December, 2017:Views of the two days strike held on 12th and 13th December,2017.<<views of the strike>>
16 December, 2017:BSNLCCWF CHQ conveys to hearty Congratulates to all the Casual and Contract Workers to success the two days strike on 12th and 13th December,2017.
At the outset, BSNLCCWF congratulates to all the casual and contract workers, leaders for making the success of two days strike on 12th and 13th instant. It is reported from the most of the circles throughout the country that the casual and contract workers have participated the two days strike along with regular staffs. It has also comes that most of the circles like Tamilnadu, Kanataka, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Kerala, West Bengal, Kolkata, Bihar, UP had prepared the poster, flex, banner to gear up the strike in offices and exchanges. In this connection, Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General and Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri had submitted the strike notice before the CMD BSNL and CLC (Central) on 5th December,2017 on 6 points of charter of demands. In this regard, the Chief Labour Commissioner (C) had intervened and invited the leaders of the BSNLCCWF on 12th instant. During this strike period, all leaders are not available and the Secretary General requested to CLC(C) to arrange the separate meeting. Com Animesh Mitra met with Director (HRD) while she is tour in Kolkata and discussed the issues regarding strike. The CEC meeting of BSNLCCWF is going to be held on 13th and 14th January, 2018 at Raipur and discuss the issues further.
05 December, 2017:Next CEC meeting will be held on 13th & 14th January, 2018 at Raipur, Chattisgarh.
Next CEC meeting will be held on 13th & 14th January, 2018 at Raipur, Chattisgarh. The meeting will start at 11 AM and it will be concluded on next day after lunch. So please book the journey tickets to ensure your presence. Please clear your subscription quota upto December, 2017, so that we can submit the account in the CEC meeting. Please talk to Com. Tapas Banerjee to make the payment through e-banking system. Hope, you are doing the good campaign programme for the strike on 12th & 13th December, 2017. Try to get a copy of the poster, strike notice and circular which will help you for organising the strike.
05 December, 2017:Massive meeting of BSNL CCWF at Nashik.
Enthusiastic meeting of casual contract workers held on 3rd December at Nashik. It was BSNLEU who had taken the initiative to reorganise the union in Maharashtra. At the outset com.N.K. Nalwade, CS, BSNLEU, Maharashtra, explained the necessity for holding the said convention. Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNL CCWF, inaugurated the convention and narrated the role of BSNLCCWF to organise a good fight on the issue of the exploitation of the casual contract workers in BSNL. He mentioned the fact that local management in BSNL is violating the labour act with an understanding with the contractors. It was reported by a good number of delegates that minimum wage, EPF, ESI and gratuity etc are being denied to the workers in most of SSAs in Maharashtra. Com. VA.N. Namboodiri, President of the Federation gave a short note of the history of the Federation to protect the interest of the contract workers. Dr.D.L.Karad state president of CITU guided the workers to build a powerful organisation. He also assured that the entire working class in Maharashtra will support the newly formed union. New office bearers were elected under the leadership of com. Javed Moulah, President and com. Nilesh Kale, Circle Secretary.<<views of the meeting>>
29 November, 2017:BSNL CCWF notification for the two day strike to be held on 12th & 13th December, 2017.<<view notification>>
29 November, 2017:BSNL CCWF circular dated 29.11.2017.<<view circular>>
24 November, 2017:Strike Notice will be submitted today 24.11.2017 to CMD and DOT.
Dear Comrade, we will submit the strike notice to CMD, BSNL and DOT today on 24th November, 2017 on 6 point charter of demands. Circle Secretaries and District Secretaries are requested to submit strike intimation to CGMs and GMs respectively on 30th November, 2017 with a strong mobilization.
24 November, 2017:BSNLEU compelled the Management to re-consider regarding Rs.18,000/- wages for casual labourer- in National Council Meeting on 13/11/2017.
An agenda on implementation of the 7th CPC to the Casual labourer in BSNL was taken up by BSNLEU in the National Council Meeting. The said meeting was held on 13-11-2017 and Com P. Abhimanyu, GS BSNLEU, Com. Animesh Mitra, VP BSNLEU raised the question in the meeting that what are the hurdles of the BSNL Management to accept the demand of Rs. 18,000/- salary for the Casual Workers. It is clearly mentioned by the leaders of BSNLEU during the NCM that BSNL Management has already implemented the 7th CPC for the GMs and non executives who were getting their salary as per the 6th CPC recommendation but the casual labourers are still getting the salary as per the 6th CPC when the others have already got their enhanced salary as per the 7th CPC recommendation. It is also mentioned in the house that it is very unfortunate that Management has stated that wages will be revised at the time of 3rd PRC. It is also mentioned that CDA pay scale is not linked to the 3rd PRC. After discussion, the chairperson has stated that BSNL Management will re-look into the matter again.
Besides, BSNLCCWF has already submitted a memorandum to the Chief Labour Commissioner(C), New Delhi and explained the matter in detail. He has assured us to look into the matter and take the necessary action.
24 November, 2017:Casual and Contract Workers Submitted Memorandum to CGMT, UP East.
Telecom Casual and Contract Workers Union, UP East submitted the memorandum on the Casual and Contract labourer demands to CGMT, UP East on 31.10.2017. The memorandum was based on the minimum wage, to stop exploitation of the casual and contract labourers, EPF, ESI, Social securities to the casual and contract workers and to stop retrenchment.
It is about 50 circle and district office bearers who gathered on that day at CGMT office under the leadership of Com. R.S. Misra, CS, BSNLEU, UP East and Com. Jitlal Mourya, CS, BSNLCCWF. It was unfortunate that the BSNL management refused to accept the memorandum and called the police. Ultimately, PGM, Lucknow accepted the memorandum. Com Haridwar Yadav, Com. Benoy Kumar Singh, Com. Suresh Chandra and Com. Umesh Pratap Singh were in the delegation team who met PGM, HQ.
23 November, 2017:Grand success of the Circle Conference of Casual/Contract Workers, Andhra Pradesh Circle.
The Andhra Pradesh State Conference of BSNL contract, casual Employees and Labour Union was held at Makineni Basava Punnaiah Vignana Kendram, Vijayawada on 19.11.2017. Com P.Asokababu Honorary President of the Union has presided. About 400 contract and casual workers attended from all the 13 Districts of Andhra Pradesh. Com Balakasi, Secretary, CITU A.P Committee has inaugurated the Conference. Com A.V.Nageswara Rao, the General Secretary of the Union has submitted the report on the activities of the Union. Com Animesh Mitra, Secretary-General, BSNL CCWF has explained the necessity of strengthening the Contract and casual workers union and the achievements of BSNL CCWF so far. He told that the BSNL CCWF will issue notice for two days strike on 12th and 13th December 2017 on the demands of Casual and contract workers. The Conference has resolved to mobilize the Casual and Contract workers for this two days strike. It was also resolved to organize “Chalo CGM Office” in the first week of April 2018. Office Bearers were unanimously elected with Com A.V.Nageswara Rao as President and Com T.Dharma Rao as General Secretary. Com P.Asokababu is continued as Honorary President. BSNL Employees Union, AP Circle has taken initiative in organizing the Conference, with the help of its Vijayawada SSA branch.<<views of the meeting>>
22 November, 2017:Make the two day strike a grand success.
The Central Executive Committee of BSNLCCWF has called upon the entire casual contract workers to organise strike on 12th and 13th December, 2017 along with the BSNL employees and officers. Casual and contract workers will go on strike on their own demands. Strike notice will be issued on 24th November, 2017 to the CMD BSNL and Secretary, DOT, with copy to the Chief Labour Commissioner. Circle Unions should chalk out massive campaign programme to highlight our Charter of Demands. Please keep it in mind that while the strike will be on the same day with the regular staff, but we should high light our demands. We should involve all the casual and contract labour in the strike. Poster and strike notice is being uploaded in our website for wide circulation among members. Make all out efforts to make the strike a big success.
13 November, 2017:Com. Mustafa passed away.
With extreme sorrow and pain, it is intimated that Com.Mustafa (37), BSNL contract labour from Bidar, Karnataka, who had come to Delhi to attend the Maha Dharna called by the central trade Unions, passed away due to heart attack at the New Delhi railway station at about 2000 hours on 11th November 2017. He was to return after participating in the Dharna.
BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF leaders at New Delhi had made all arrangements for taking the body to his native place. We convey our deep sorrow and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, friends and comrades!
13 November, 2017:Three Days Maha Dharna at Delhi calls upon the workers to get ready for the strike.
A Historic 3 days Maha Dharna programme was held in Parliament Street, New Delhi from 9th to 11th November, 2017, on the 12 point Charter of Demands adopted by the 10 Central Trade Unions and independent all India Federations. This time, the programme was called as “Mahapadav” which means Relay Dharna. It was a novel programme for the trade unions to organise a three day dharna in the national capital participated by lakhs of workers. The workers came from all parts of the country with their colourful flags and festoons. The poor workers and women workers came to the rally in large numbers. The 3 days dharna programme was full of red flags and red shirts with slogans against the anti-worker and anti-people policies of the government. The dharna concluded with the announcement that the workers will go on indefinite strike if the Modi government will not reverse its anti-national and anti-worker policy. BSNL Employees Union and BSNL CCWF participated in the dharna programme with large number of BSNL workers from most of the circles.
13 November, 2017:Circle Conference of BSNLCCWF held at Ranchi.
BSNLCCWF, Jharkhand circle, held its 2nd conference at Ranchi on 04.11.2017. Com. Prakash Biplab, State Secretary, CITU, inaugurated the conference of BSNL Daily Bhogi Mazdoor Sangh and explained the role of Modi government on the issue of labour reforms and exploitation of the contract labours. Coms.Bhawan Singh, Circle President, Naresh Lal, Circle Secretary BSNLEU and Sudama Pal, were the other speakers who deliberated their speech on the issues of the casual and contract workers. Com Bhawan Singh and Com. Sudama Pal are re-elected as President and Circle Secretary. About 300 delegates came from all the districts to attend the conference. The union has taken a decision to take affiliation of CITU. The conference has taken a decision to organise March to CGMT Office in the month of December.
08 November, 2017:Gratuity issue for the casual labours ---Corporate Office issued another quarries to the circles.
Corporate Office issued another reminder to collect the number of casual labours who have expired or left the dept after formation of BSNL. Though most of the circles where casual labours are recorded in big number had sent the figure long days back. But the management is not so serious to settle the issue. They are passing the time without any logic. The govt rule is very clear that any labour who is in 5 years continuous service in any establishment is eligible to get the benefit of Gratuity.
BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation has taken up the issue of Gratuity for the casual and contract labours with the BSNL Management. BSNL Management has also taken up the issue in the board meeting. BSNL employees union has also taken up the issue in the 35th National Council meeting. Perhaps the next NC meeting will be held on 13th of this month. That's why they have asked the circles about the latest information. In the last occasion when we met Dir.(HR) and made a request to settle the gratuity issue without further delay. Hope, this time we will get some new information to settle the gratuity issue.<<Click here>>
26 October, 2017:BSNL CCWF leadership met CMD BSNL on casual labour wages based on 7th CPC.
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 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. After hearing patiently, the CMD assured to look into the matter afresh.
26 October, 2017:Casual contract labours will join in the strike programme in BSNL to be held on 12th & 13th December, 2017.
Another strike programme is going to be held in BSNL on 12th & 13th December, 2017, on the issue of 3rd PRC and the government decision to form a Separate Tower Company. This time, all the Unions and Associations in BSNL has come jointly to announce the strike programme in December, for 2 days to get the government decision in favour of 3rd PRC for BSNL employees and against the decision of the government for formation of the Separate Tower Company. BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation will extend full support to the strike programme and also mobilise the entire casual and contract labourers in the campaign programme in favour of strike. BSNL CCWF calls upon the workers to join the strike actively to make it a grand success. In the Secretariat meeting of the Federation held on 24th October, 2017, the leadership has taken the decision in favour of strike programme called by the all Unions and Associations.
26 October, 2017:Violation of the labour laws in UP (East) circle – BSNL CCWF complained in CLC Office.
In several occasions, it has been reported by the UP (East) circle union that the local administration in UP (East) is violating the labour act and the order of the Corporate Office to implement the minimum wage for the contract labourers. The issue was discussed with much gravity in the last Secretariat meeting held on 24th October, 2017, in Delhi in presence of Com. Jeetlal Mouriya, Circle Secretary, UP (East) circle. It has decided in the meeting that a mass gathering programme will organise in Lucknow in the second week of December to submit the memorandum to the Chief General Manager, UP (East) circle. Both the CHQ leadership will attend the dharna programme in Lucknow. In this regard, a discussion took place in the Chief Labour Commissioner office on 25th October. Com.V.A.N. Namboodiri and Com. Animesh Mitra, pointed out in the discussion about the irregularities by the BSNL Management in UP (East) circle. They have reported that it is very unfortunate from the local administration who is neglecting the labour laws. After hearing patiently, the Deputy Labour Commissioner assured the leadership that the specific action will be taken in UP (East) circle by the local labour commissioners after getting complaints from the SSA. He was also assured that the Deputy Labour Commissioner, Kanpur, will be asked to take proper action against the Department Officers who are violating the labour laws.
25 October, 2017:BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation will mobilize a good strength of membership in the 3 days dharna programme of all Central Trade Unions in Delhi.
All Central Trade Unions has taken a decision to organise 3 days Dharna Programme in New Delhi, on 12 points Charter of demands. The State Units of Central Trade Unions will mobilize thousands workers in the Dharna Programme in Delhi, from 9th to 11th November, 2017. Intolerable price hike, Job for the unemployed, save PSU, save BSNL, Equal pay for Equal Work, Minimum Wages Rs.18, 000/- and Minimum Pension Rs.3,000/- are the main demands which was accepted by the workers in a massive convention in Mavalankar Hall, Delhi on 8th October, 2017. BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation calls upon the BSNL workers to join in this historic struggle. It was discussed in the secretariat meeting of the Federation held on 24th October, 2017 that all the circle unions will mobilise at least 300 workers in the programme. Circle Secretaries are requested to mobilise a good number of members in this 3 days relay Dharna Programme in the capital of our country.
25 October, 2017:100 years of Soviet Revolution – BSNLCCWF will celebrate with dignity.
The Great October Revolution has completed 100 years in 2017 and the entire working class in the world is celebrating the history of the victory of the working class in Soviet Union in October, 1917. The Political Party Trade Unions in the world are also observing the incident with great respect and the impact of the Soviet Revolution. It is being observed through meetings, seminar, rally, cultural functions and other social activities. BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation has also taken a decision in it’s Secretariat meeting held on 24-10-2017 to conduct the rally and seminar of the workers in the entire month of the November in BSNL offices and exchanges. All Circle Secretaries are requested to take necessary action to organize the such type of meetings where we can discuss the history of the Red Flag in Soviet Union and also impact of Soviet Revolution in our country. We cannot forget that the goal of the trade union is to achieve socialism and the Soviet Revolution which was held in October, 1917 was the first complete revolution. From which the entire working class in the world has realised the meaning of socialism in practice.
20 October, 2017:Central Secretariat meeting of BSNLCCWF will be held at Delhi on 24th October, 2017.
It has been decided that the Central Secretariat meeting of BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation (BSNLCCWF) will be held on 24th October, 2017, at 10:00 AM at KG. Bose Bhawan, Delhi. We will discuss the burning issues like 3 days dharna programme in Delhi, deputation to CMD and CLC, future trade union action programme including the strike on 12th and 13th December, 2017. We will also discuss the matter on organisational situation in some circles including the review of the decisions taken in last Meerut CEC meeting.
20 October, 2017:Contract workers has started the agitational progamme in Sasaram.
Now, it has become a regular feature for BSNL that the contract workers are not getting their wages in so many SSAs and circles. It is reported that contract workers in Sasaram SSA are not getting their wages since 7 months. The agitated workers have started the Dharna programme before TDM chamber as the management has not taken any positive action to settle the issue. It is also complaint that the contractor is yet to deposit the EPF contribution to the authority since 6 months. The contract workers mainly engaged in data entry operators are the suffered person in this situation. They had made an appeal to the department officers but nobody has taken any care. So, as a compulsion the workers have started the agitational progamme since 17th of this month. CHQ is trying to have a discussion with the authority to settle the issue.
14 October, 2017:Kerala circle union organised the inspirable programmme on 11th October against the issue price hike.
BSNL Casual Contract Labour Union in Kerala organised a massive dharna programme on 11th October through out the state. It was a unique programme as the programme was organised in the evening time before every Central Govt. Offices and Head Post Offices in the state. The Casual Contract Labours in BSNL mobilised their members in the demonstration programme in SSA HQ against the price hike of cooking and petrol, diesel by the Modi Govt. Chq conveys warm greeting to circle union.
09 October, 2017:Corporate office order on contract labours issue.
Dear comrades, please note that the corporate office has issued an order to all CGMs regarding the number of contract workers engaged in BSNL. It is not a new thing, earlier also they had asked the field officers about the number of contract workers and the expenditure for wages against them. So, all the district and circle secretaries are requested to discuss the matter with the GM and CGM to send the data and figure to the corporate office correctly.<<view order>>
09 October, 2017:Unity and struggle is the only way on which you can get the justice - Contract workers get the result in chattishgarh circle.
BSNL Contract Workers in Chhattisgarh circle have a good tradition to conduct trade union programme against the BSNL Management. This time also our union had issued the notice to the RLC on 21st August with a complain against the BSNL Management. The union had informed the RLC that the agitated workers will be compelled to start Mass Dharna programme on 27th October if the workers demands remain unsettled. The circle union organised a good campaign programme on 4 points charter of demands. Then, a meeting was convened by the labour commissioner on 21st September where both the party, the BSNL Management and the union leaders were present. The management assured to accept the union demands and committed to take some specific action at the earliest. Again, it has proved that we can compelled the Management to accept our demands if the workers are united. BSNLCCWF CHQ convey red salute to all comrades to the comrades of Chhattisgarh.
07 October, 2017:A massive convention of the Casual Contract workers held at Kolkata on 25.09.2017.
A massive convention of the Casual Contract workers was held at Kolkata on 25th September, 2017, at the call of Calcutta Telephones Thika Mazdoor Union and BSNL Casual Mazdoor Union. This state level convention was held at Subarna Banik Samaj Hall with a gathering of 300 casual and contract workers. Com. Anadi Shaw, General Secretary, CITU, West Bengal inaugurated the convention and assured that the CITU will be always with the struggle of BSNL employees particularly on the casual and contract labour issue. Com. Saibal Sengupta presided over the meeting and Com. Arup Sarkar, Circle Secretary, CTD and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary WB Circle were the speakers, who have narrated the issue of casual and contract workers in details including the demands of Rs 18,000/- monthly salary and Gratuity for all. On behalf of BSNLEU (CHQ) Com. Omprakash Singh and Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General BSNL CCWF deliberated their speech and assured that the entire BSNL workers will take part in the entire programme of “Padayatra” throughout the state on the demand of “save PSU, save country” and Rs 18000/- minimum wage. Convention has decided to submit a memorandum to Deputy Labour Commissioner after the Puja vacation.<<views of the programme>>
07 October, 2017:Casual and contract workers in Nagaon SSA in Assam circle are ready to go on strike on 12th October to settle the workers demand---Notice issued to management.
Contract and Casual labourers in Assam Circle have started the agitational programme in Naogaon District. On 3rd October, 2017 a massive demonstration programme was organized in front of BSNL management at Naogaon district, where a good number of regular, casual and contract workers were present. It is unfortunate that the management is not so serious to implement the assurance given by them, in front of Assistant Labour Commissioner, to the union leaders on 7th April, 2017. Our district Secretary Com. Md. Kapiluddin has informed the CHQ that the agitated workers has submitted a letter for Trade Union action programme which will be concluded through indefinite strike from 12th October, 2017.
07 October, 2017:Remarkable achievement in up east circle after sustained struggle of the contract workers.
Agitated workers at Mirazapur have compelled the management to accept their genuine demands. After a sustained struggle by the contract workers at Mirzapur, the Civil administration had to intervene on the issue and a tripartite (union, management, & civil administration) meeting was held at Mirzapur for a long hour. At last the management agreed to make payments of wages to the workers which were due for about one year.
29 September, 2017:Dharna programme at GM Office, Mirzapur SSA, UP (East).
BSNLCCWF UP (East) circle is conducting a series of struggle against the BSNL Management. Recently, it has come to CHQ notice the contract workers in Mirzapur district is conducting a continuous dhana programme before GM office. Timely payment, no retrenchment, EPF, ESI payment are the main issues on which the programme is going on. Com. Jitlal Mourya is leading the programme with other comrades.
28 September, 2017:Erode's struggle to ensure the workforce of contract workers a huge success.
Erode comrades has shown the right path for the struggle. The contract workers in Erode SSA, Tamil Nadu circle gets a good victory after conducting a sustained struggle against the BSNL Management. It is reported that 33 contract workers were retrenched by the local authority on which the BSNLEU and TNTCWU has taken a decision to mobilise thousand workers before PGM Office on 26th September, 2017. On that day, the big gathering of regular staff and contract workers has compelled the management to sit with the union leaders for settlement. Based on the discussion the management has agreed to re engaged the 33 workers in service including the lady comrades who have posted in indoor duty. BSNL Employees Union played a vital role to overcome the situation. We convey red salute to all comrades in Erode SSA who gave a good reply to the management. Go ahead with the red flag of the working class.
Com. Vinod Kumar, CS, TNTCWU addressing the big gathering
before PGM office at Erode SSA.
28 September, 2017:Dharna programme at Saharsha patna, Bihar.
It has come to CHQ notice that the contract workers had conducted the dharna programme on 11th September, 2017, at Saharsha SSA in Bihar circle. Com. Laxman Kumar, Circle Secretary, BSNLCCWF, Bihar circle, had submitted the letter for active intervention to CGMT Bihar but no action yet to be taken by the Management. Com. Animesh Mitra, SG, discussed the matter with com B.P.Singh and com. Laxman Kumar also and it has decided that the Federation leadership will meet the CGMT Bihar to discuss on the 6 points charter of demands as it has been submitted by the circle union.
19 September, 2017:Circle Secretaries and District Secretaries please note:-
(1) It has come
to our notice from various circle unions that the Management at
local level is very much reluctant to implement the government
order, CLC orders, etc., to give proper wages and social
securities to the contract workers. Even, they are violating the
Corporate Office order in this regard. On last 10th August, 2017,
the Federation had given a call to observe the protest day
throughout the country. Now, it has been decided to submit a
memorandum to the RLC / Dy.RLC on 25th September, 2017, in which
the list of the irregularities and complaints should be mentioned
in details. All circle unions are requested to take this programme
seriously and a copy of the memorandum should send to the
Federation so that we can persue the items at Corporate Office. It
can be reiterated that in the last National Council meeting, the
Management also asked the Union to submit a list of complaints in
(2) All central trade unions has taken a decision to mobilise a massive workforce in Delhi for conducting the 3 days dharna on 9th – 11th November, 2017. On the last of 8th August, 2017, at Talkatora stadium, a National Convention was held, where all the Trade Unions participated including BSNL Employees Union and BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation. The convention has highlighted the demand of Rs.18,000/- minimum wage, equal pay to equal work, minimum pension for all, save public sector, save social security, etc. The CCWF has taken a decision to mobilise a good number of casual contract labourers in the dharna programme in Delhi. All Circle Secretaries and District Secretaries are requested to mobilise the members on 9th morning positively. Please contact with the Secretary General to get all other informations in details.
19 September, 2017:Organisational news from Karnataka circle.
It has come to the notice of BSNLCCWF CHQ, from Karnataka circle union that the BSNL Management in Karnataka circle has implemented the minimum wages as revised pay scale base on the Gazette Notification, except in Bangalore, Hassan and North Karnataka District. Circle union is also trying to make the payment of gratuity and EPF to the deceased family of contract workers who died on duty. Circle union is now very much busy for conducting the conferences in several districts like Shivamogga, Mysore, Bidar, Udupi etc. as State Conference is scheduled to be held at the end of this year.
19 September, 2017:Hampering BSNL interest, Cabinet has approved the proposal for formation of Separate Tower Company.
Modi government has once again taken a decision against the interest of BSNL and the nation. On the last Cabinet meeting under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government has approved the proposal for formation of a Separate Tower Company. Though the government has announced that it will be a Subsidiary Company under the control of BSNL, the workers are afraid of the government’s plan of strategic sale of the newly formed company which will hamper BSNL interest. Most of the private telecom companies want to utilize the government company’s infrastructure to expand their business and that is why the government has approved the proposal of DoT for formation of separate Tower Company. It is commendable that all the unions / associations in BSNL have reacted sharply on the decision of the government and gave a call for demonstration programme unitedly on 15th September, 2017. It is very clear as daylight that the BJP government is serving the interest of the private companies instead of the Public Sector.
19 September, 2017:Workers are not happy on the BSNL Management’s decisions to hand over Customer Service Centre and line / cable maintenance to private agencies – It will adversely affect the future of the workers
Corporate Office has taken a decision to hand over the maintenance job of cables, DP, Cabinet, pillar, BTS, etc. and the restoration of faults to the private companies through the process of outsourcing. Still today, a good number of regular staff and contract workers are performing their duties in the field of line and cable maintenance. They have also approved the idea of running Customer Service Centre through private agencies. The workers are not happy on the decision of the BSNL Management to hand over all these important day to day maintenance of service to the private agencies. BSNL have its own staff nearly about 2 lakhs, who can run all these maintenance works effectively. There is no necessity to hand over all these maintenance jobs including running of the Customer Service Centres to private agencies.
19 September, 2017:Circle Working Committee meeting of BSNL CCWF, UP (East) decides to go on agitation.
Circle Working Committee meeting of BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation, UP(East) circle was held on 27th August, 2017, at Faizabad under president ship of Com. R.K. Mishra, CS, BSNLEU. Com. K.R. Yadav, VP (CHQ), was also present. Com. Jeetlal Mourya, CS, presented the key note for discussion based on the present scenario and also suggested the future course of action against the Management. It is unfortunate that in UP (East) circle, the Management in most of the SSA is denying to pay minimum wage to the workers based on the Corporate Office order on Gazette Notification. So it has suggested in the meeting that the circle union should raise its voice for a demand of CBI enquiry against the corrupt officers who are still denying to pay the wage to the workers as per the labour laws. Circle Union has already submitted a letter on 10th August, 2017, in this regard. After threadbare discussion, the circle union has chalked out a course of trade union action including dharna programme at the CGMT office premises, UP (East), signature campaign, etc. CHQ will also take up the case at the appropriate level in Corporate Office to create a pressure on the BSNL Management on the same subject.
18 September, 2017:Agitation by BSNL Casual Contract Labours Union (CITU) in Kerala.
A massive rally was conducted on 10th August, 2017, in Kerala, in front of CGM/GM offices after conducting a good campaign programme throughout the Circle raising the demands of the contract workers. A charter of demand consisting of 19 items was submitted to the CGM in July 2017, including the main demands of bonus payment, payment of salary on fixed date, timely depositing of the EPF / ESI, gratuity, equal wages for equal work etc. The circle union had approached the RLC Trivandrum for intervention on the issue. Based on the request of the circle union a meeting was convened on July 11th, by the Labour Commissioner, but the Management was reluctant to accept the demands of the union. Therefore the circle union was compelled to conduct day and night satyagraha from 29th to 31st August, 2017. On 30th August, the leaders were called by the administration for a discussion to settle the situation and due to the pressure exerted by union, the administration agreed to find some methods to make the bonus payment. Contractors will also be instructed to cooperate for making payment of the wages before festival. Since the administration agreed to take suitable decision to find out methods for payment of bonus, the day and night satyagraha was temporarily withdrawn on 31st at 9.30am. The circle union made the CLC once again on 7th September, 2017 and submitted a letter requesting him to convene a conciliatory meeting to expedite the matter at the earliest.
16 September, 2017:A very impressive joint meeting of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA of West Bengal circle held at CTO Building, Kolkata.
On 13.09.2017, a joint meeting of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA, WB Circle held at CGMT office, CTO building, Kolkata in protest of the total administrative lackluster, poor BSNL service, non implementation of 7th CPC pay scale, nonpayment of Gratuity and irregular wage for the casual/contractual labourers and nonpayment of medical bills for the retired employees and delay in payment of pensionary benefits. About one thousand regular employees, non-regular workers and pensioners assembled in the meeting. Workers from Asansol, Bankura, Suri, Burdwan, Kharagpur, Purulia, Durgapur, Krishnagar, Berhampore and the District Unions in and around Kolkata thronged heavily in the meeting. The meeting was presided over by a presidium comprising of Com. Nazes Naouroz of BSNLEU, Com. Tapan Ghosh, of BSNLCMU and Com. Dilip Das of AIBDPA. The meeting started with slogan shouting. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Com. Subrata Misra, Com. Sujoy Sarakar, ACSs, BSNLEU, WB, Com. Pijush Chakraborty, CS, AIBDPA, Com. Tapas Ghosh, CS, BSNLCMU and Com. Tarak Kundu, ACS, BSNLCMU, WB addressed the huge gathering. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU, WB. Com. Mitra in his speech narrated briefly about the exploitation of Com. Mitra in his speech narrated briefly about the exploitation of the Casual/Contractual labourers and how they are being deprived from Gratuity and non implementation of 7th CPC. He also explained how the Central Govt. is trying to sell out BSNL through formation of subsidiary Tower Company. He emphasized on the struggle ahead of us to achieve wage revision and how the retired persons are denied of Medical reimbursement on the plea of ERP. He urged upon the workers to be united and fight out the evil forces that are prevailing in offices/exchanges of BSNL, WB circle. Later a delegation met CGMT and handed over a memorandum where the leaders gave ultimatum to CGMT to resolve the burning problems of the employees of all categories and the pensioners without farther delay.
16 September, 2017:Casual Contract Workers in Chattishgarh has started trade union action programme - Dharna programme on 27th October.
BSNL Contract workers union, Chattishgarh Circle has taken a decision to start the trade union action programme against the BSNL Management. Accordingly, the circle union submitted the notice for the programme along with 4 points charter of demand. It is a serious complain from the union that the local authority is violating the labour laws particularly, in case of EPF and ESI registration, Wages register, Identity card, salary payment in due time etc. Though the corporate office had issued the related orders long days back but the SSA heads administration is not so serious to implement these in Chattishgarh. Massive preparation is going on to mobilise contract workers in the DHARNA programme before CGMT office at Raipur on 27th October. BSNLEU members will also take part in the programme.
16 September, 2017:Massive rally in Odisha on 13th September -BSNLCCWF participated in good numbers of contract workers.
CITU has organised a massive rally in Odisha on 13th September, on the major demand of equal pay to equal work. It was a state level programme where thousand workers came from different part of state. BSNL Casual Contract Workers were also present in the programme. The rally condemn the role of the Modi Govt. to abolish the labour laws. Save PSU save BSNL and minimum wage Rs.18,000/- are the popular demands from the workers who participated in the rally yesterday. Federation HQ convey red salute to the leadership of Odisha circle who had taken initiative to mobilise the BSNL workers in the main stream of trade movement of our country.
11 September, 2017:Struggle of the contract workers is going on in Uttarakhand.
It has come to the notice of our federation that the contract workers in Uttarakhand are conducting a series of struggle against the BSNL Management to get their monthly wages which are pending since 6 months. Demonstration and dharna programme had conducted in Almorah, Tehri, Uttarkashi etc. The circle management is avoiding the responsibility to make payment of the minimum wages on plea of not getting of sufficient fund from Corporate Office. Even the contractors are not depositing the EPF contribution to the EPF Authority. BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF leadership met the officers including CGMT for active intervention on the subject.
07 September, 2017:Massive agitational programme of casual contract workers in West Bengal.
BSNL Casual Mazdoor Union has taken a decision to organise a state level agitational progamme on the issue of wage enhancement of casual labours and gratuity for all. Demonstration programme will be organised on 8th September, 2017, at GM and DGM level. To express solidarity to the programme BSNLEU will staged massive demonstration programme before GM(HR) and GM(Fin.) on 12th September. Both the union will organised March to CGMT Office on 13th September, with a mobilisation of 1000 regular and casual contract workers. Notice of the programme had already been issued to CGMT WB on 26th, August, 2017. Massive campaign programmes are being organise throughout the state make programme march to CGMT Office a grand success.
01 September, 2017:Contract labours in Tamil Nadu are fighting to get their wages in right time.
Contract labours in Tamil Nadu are fighting to get their wages in right time. Recently it has become a practice of the corporate office for delay sending of funds to the circles particularly for the wages of casual and contract workers. TNTCCLU has taken a decision to organise dharna and demonstration on 21st August, throughout the circle. A good rally of the contract workers was organised on 21st August, to express the resentment of the workers to the management. The leadership of BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF including com. P. Abimanyu and com. Animesh Mitra met Sri Y.N.Sinha at corporate office on 8th and 17th August to discuss the matter.
Rally for wage TNTCWU Nagercoil
25 August, 2017:Corporate Office letter on Revision of Labour Rates- Govt. of India Gazette notification; Extraordinary, dated 19.01.2017, issued from Ministry of Labour and Employment.<<view letter>>
25 August, 2017:Corporate Office clarified wage of the Casual workers as per 6th CPC lowest scale - Federation demands 18000/- as per 7th CPC.
The workers are surprised to note the clarification from the Corporate Office ND that the Department will continue the payment of the wages to the casual workers based on the CDA lowest Pay Scale. In real it is not a new thing for the casual workers. Since the DOT period the Casual labourers are getting the wages based on the CDA Pay Scale. But we are astonished that how the Department has notified an Office Order on 22nd August, 2017 as a clarification for the wage payment of the casual laboureres that the 6th CPC wage formula will continue in BSNL though the 7th CPC Pay structure has already been implemented throughout the country in all Central Government office/Establishments including BSNL. It is fact that the BSNL Casual Contractual Federation had make a complaint to the Central labour Commission and the BSNLEU has taken up the same issue in the National Council Meeting that the Casual labourers engaged by the BSNL directly should get the revised wages based on the 7th CPC Pay structure which is Rs. 18,000/- per month. Department has no logic and argument to overrule the demand of the Union and that is why they have taken an one sided decision that wages of the Casual Labourers will continue as per 6th CPC. We cannot allow this stand taken by the department and will compel the department to revise the wage of the Casual labourers to minimum wage of Rs. 18,000/- per month as per the 7th CPC. Comrades, be ready to organize a massive trade union action to achieve our demand.<<view order>>
19 August, 2017:Contractual labourers are not getting wages due to fund crunch - BSNLCCWF reacts.
Recently, it is observed that the Corporate Office are not sanctioning funds for the wages of the contract workers in time and as per the requisition of the circles. Not only the workers are suffering to get their wages but the development maintenance works of BSNL are also being hampered at circle & SSA level. For example the situation of UP (East) can be highlighted where in some SSAs the contract workers are not getting their wages since last 10 months. We are getting same report from Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand, Punjab, Haryana & West Bengal circles where the circle administrations are not in a position to make payment to the workers due to severe fund curtailment. The leaders of BSNLEU & BSNLCCWF met Shri Y.N. Singh, GM (T&BFCI) on 9th August, and again on 17th August, to get the required fund at the earliest so that wages can be paid to the contract workers. It has come to our notice that in some circles the agitational programme is going on in demand wage payment particularly in the circles like Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Uttarakhand as per the information received by the CHQ. All other circles are requested to take serious action on the issue so that the Management is compelled to make payment of wages in due time in every month.
19 August, 2017:BSNL Casual Contractual Workers Federation observed Protest Day on 10th August, 2017.
At the call of BSNL casual contractual workers Federation, the Protest Day on 10th August, 2017, observed with lot of enthusiasm in most of the circles throughout India. The circles like Kerala, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh (East), Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh, assembled a good number of contract workers on 10th August, to get their legitimate demands. The circle & district leaders elaborately explained the 8 point charter of demands before the workers which are being ignored by the authority years together. The retrenchment of contract workers in different circles are vehemently condemned in the programme. The leaders and members belong to BSNLEU also participated in the programme to extend their solidarity. In some circles, the circle union submitted memorandum to the authorities. CHQ also got the information that few circles could not organise the programme on 10th August. CHQ directs such circles to organise the programme within August 2017.<<view of the programme>>
09 August, 2017:OBSERVE ALL INDIA DEMANDS DAY ON 10TH AUGUST 2017.
You are aware that 10th August 2017 is to be observed as the “All India Protest Day” as per the call of the BSNLCCWF CEC Meeting decision against the retrenchment of many contract workers in the various circles. Struggles are being organised against these retrenchments. Despite orders issued by the CLC and BSNL Management, minimum wage is not being paid in most of the circles. On these major two demands and other long pending demands, ‘All India Protest Day’ is being organising by holding demonstration and submitting Memorandum to the local administration.
All of you are requested to fully participate in the programme. Contact the Circle/District Secretary of BSNLEU and organise the programme jointly.
09 August, 2017:BSNLCCWF Circle union formed in Telengana.
BSNLCCWF Circle union formed in new state Telengana. At Hydrabad, it had formed on 7th July with a massive mobilisation of the contract workers. It is the BSNL employees union Telengana and AP Circle union who had taken the initiative for holding the big convention where more than 300 workers were present. Com. M.L.Reddy presided over the meeting and com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, had inaugurated the convention. CITU State Secretary, P.Asokababu Shibkasi were the other speaker. About 15 contract workers expressed their difficulties and demands to the house. Com. Animesh Mitra, SG, had concluded the discussion and called upon the workers to built a rock solid organisation who can lead the struggle.<<views of the programme>>
08 August, 2017:Protest Day on 10th August - Charter of demands of the BSNLCCWF.
CEC meeting of BSNLCCWF held at Meerut, has finalised the 8 point charter of demand of the casual and contract labours on which a series of trade union action programme will be organise in near future. Circle unions are requested to take suitable action to popularise the charter of demands among our staff in BSNL. 8 points charter of demands will be as follows.
1. No retrenchment of contract and casual workers in BSNL. Ensure job security.
2. Rs.18,000/- salary for all casual contract workers.
3. Implement corporate office order to make payment of minimum pay based on CLC order.
4. Implement the labour laws related to EPF ESI and other social securities.
5. Payment of Gratuity and Bonus for all.
6. Scheme for regularisation those who have completed 10 years service in BSNL.
7. Equal pay to equal work with a view of recategorisation of skill.
8. Wages should be paid in fixed date of every month.
Circle union can also include some local issues considering the demand of local situation. On 10th August, protest day programme should be organise with a befitting manner. You can also submit the charter of demand based on our 8 point charter of demands to the administration. Please talk to the leaders of the BSNL Employees Union to get their support in our struggle.
05 August, 2017:OBSERVE ALL INDIA PROTEST DAY ON 10TH AUGUST AGAINST RETRENCHMENT OF CONTRACT WORKERS IN BSNL.
As per the decision of the CEC meeting held at Meerut, UP organize Protest Day on 10th August, 2017, against the retrenchment of the Contract workers in BSNL throughout the country. It is reported also that the leaders are not being spared from these victimization. The CEC meeting Meerut seriously reviewed the attack of management and took series of Trade Union action which will commence through "Protest Day" on 10th August, 2017. The Circle and District Secretaries are therefore requested to mobilize maximum number of Contractual workers in the offices of CGM/GM/TDM/TDEs on that protest demonstration programme on 10/08/2017. The leaders are also requested to discuss the matter with BSNLEU leaders so that the regular employees can also involve themselves in the programme. It is most unfortunate that the Circle/SSA administrations are not implementing minimum wage as per the gazette notification to the contract workers, revise wages for the casual workers, social securities like EPF/ESI/Gratuity etc. to the casual/contractual workers and when the workers unite and raise their voices in protest of these anti workers policies of the BSNL authority they are being retrenched. So make a good campaign amongst the members regarding protest against retrenchment and in favour of our legitimate demands. The CHQ will submit a Memorandum on the subject to Corporate Office New Delhi on 9th August, 2017.
26 July, 2017:Preparation of strike in West Bengal circle - Rally and gate meetings.
Preparation of strike in West Bengal circle completed today. Today rally and gate meetings were held throughout the circle in every work spot with great enthusiasm. The comrades of WB circle are all set to make the one strike on 27th July a historic success.<<views of the programme>>
25 July, 2017:BSNLCCWF Circle Executive Committee meeting held at Meerut.
CEC meeting of BSNLCCWF has held at Meerut with good response from the CEC members and Circle Secretaries form different parts of the country. About 35 office bearers and Circle Secretaries attended the meeting at Meerut on 22nd and 23rd July, 2017. The meeting was presided over by Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, and gave an inspiring speech. Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF, placed the draft report for discussion. Com. Tapas Banerjee, Treasurer, presented the accounts for the March to Parliament and the Union Accounts. About 20 comrades participated in the discussion on the reports and accounts. On 23rd, a largely attended open session held where a good number of regular staff and contract labours were present. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, Com. Animesh Mitra, SG, Com. Upendra Singh Teotia, CS, BSNLEU, Com. Sukhvir Singh, Org. Secretary, BSNLEU (CHQ), Com. Ansar Ali, Circle President, BSNLEU, and Com. Naresh Pal, Circle Secretary, UP(West), BSNLCCWF, are the speakers. An eight point Charter of Demands and five point course of action was taken in the CEC meeting. Meerut CEC meeting has taken serious decisions for direct action programme. Meerut CEC meeting was given a warning to the BSNL Management who are ignoring the demands of casual contract workers.<<views of the meeting>>
25 July, 2017:Casual & Contract Workers extended full support to the strike on 27.07.2017.
Casual and contract labours will extend it’s full support to the all India strike of the BSNL officers and employees on 27.07.2017. BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation has taken a decision from their CEC meeting held at Meerut, UP (West) on 22nd & 23rd July, 2017 to the effect. Resolution for extending support to the strike was unanimously accepted by the house. The CEC meeting has decided that the casual / contract will also participate the strike programme with the regular staff as the strike programme is being organized against the Management decision, against the government decision. Government has taken a decision against the 3rd PRC implementation in BSNL. That is why, the BSNL employees / workers has taken a decision to go on strike on 27th July, 2017. We will extend full support to the strike. CEC meeting calls upon to the casual contract workers to moblilise their workforce in the mobilization programme of the regular staff in every BSNL office and Exchanges to make the strike a grand success.
20 July, 2017:Next CEC Meeting of BSNLCCWF will commence from 22nd July, 2017 at Meerut.
The next CEC meeting of the BSNLCCWF is going to held on 22nd & 23rd July, 2017 at Meerut after organising a spectacular "March to Parliament" programme 22nd February, 2017. The BSNLEU, UP(West) Circle along with the Casual/Contractual Workers Union UP West jointly preparing their best to make the CEC meeting a grand success. The meeting will start on 22nd July and will b e concluded on 23rd July, 2017.
1. The venue of the meeting ----- 'Tarang Chamber(Opposite Police Chowki), Madhav Puram Delhi Road, Meerut."
2. How to reach the Venue-----Delhi to City Station Meerut. City station to 'Ghantaghar' Crossing. Ghantaghar Crossing to T.P. Nagar Delhi Road, then to "Tarang Chamber", 1 K.M. by Foot.
3. Com P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, Com.V.A.N. Namboodiri President BSNLCCWF, Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF alongwith other leaders will deliberate their valuable speeches in the CEC meeting.
4. The issues like a) implementation of the revised Wage as per Gazette Notification, b) minimum Pay of Rs.18,000/- as per 7th CPC to Casual Labourers, c) Gratuity & other Social Securities for the Casual/Contractual workers etc. will be discussed in the meeting and the meeting will decide further course of action to achieve the demands.
20 July, 2017:Inspiring demonstration programme held at Kolkata SSA.
The BSNLCMU Kolkata District had an effective and impressive gathering of nearly 400 Casual/Contractual workers before the chamber of GM Kolkata at CTO Building on 19.07.2017. The huge demonstration raised the issues like a) Rs.18,000/- wage as per 7th CPC for the Casual workers, b) extension of Gratuity, EPF/ESI and other social securities for the Casual/Contractual workers, c) timely payment of monthly wages, d) issuance of Identity Card for the non regular workers etc. in the programme. Com. Goutam Das, DS, BSNLCMU, com.Akhilesh Banerjee & com. Tarak Kundu both ACS, BSNLCMU, WB, com. Manik Sarkar, DS, BSNLEU, com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB Circle and com. Tapas Ghosh, CS, BSNLCMU, WB spoke on the occasion. A delegation of BSNLEU & BSNLCMU Kolkata District met GM Kolkata during the demonstration and demanded early settlement of the issues. GM Kolkata gave a patient hearing and assured the leaders to meet again in the first week of August, 2017. The demonstration programme ended with a huge rally. Com. Pankaj Saha, com. Ramprasad Dutta and com. Kalyan Raha presided over the meeting.<<views of the meeting>>
08 July, 2017:Notification for the Central Executive Committee Meeting of BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation will be held from 22nd to 23rd July, 2017 at Meerut, U.P. (West) circle.<<view notification>>
08 July, 2017:BSNLCCWF circular dated 06.07.2017.<<view circular>>
08 July, 2017:BSNLCCWF UP (West) circle conducted dharna at CGMT Office, Meerut.
BSNL Casual Contract Workers Union, UP (West) circle has conducted one day Virat Dharna at CGMT Office, Meerut on 29.06.2017, to settle of contract labours long pending issues. Near about 200 contract mazdoor were participated in the dharna. The dharna was addressed by com. Ansar Ali, Circle president, BSNLEU, com. Naresh Pal, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, com. Rammilan Singh, Vice President and com. Rahul Tomer, Circle Treasurer, BSNLCCWU.<<views of the dharna>>
28 June, 2017:Casual Contract Labourers has decided to go on Hunger Strike to get the Minimum Wage.
BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Union, UP West Circle has issued a notice for the agitational programme to the Chief General Manager on the issue of the demands of the casual &contractual labourers in UP West Circle. It is unfortunate that though the revision of the minimum wage of the contractual labourers has endorsed by the chief labour commission and forwarded by the corporate office is yet to be implemented at Up West circle. The circle union has warned the administration that they will go on Trade Union action programme including hunger strike if the issue is not settled within 28th June, 2017. Com. Naresh Pal, Circle Secretary has also focused the 8 point charter of demands including the demand of the social security of the labourers. BSNLEU has also urged upon the administration for active intervention on the subject so that the labourers could get the revised labour rate as it has notified by the ministry of labour.
28 June, 2017:BSNLCCWU Punjab dharna at Circle Office.
BSNLCCWU Punjab Circle organised a mammoth demonstration in front of office of CGMT Punjab Circle demanding stoppage of retrenchment of worker's and for implementation of social security measures. More than 300 workers from across the Punjab attended the demonstration. Com.Balbir Singh National President BSNLEU addressed the demonstration and extended full support of BSNLEU to the workers. Com.Raghunath Singh General Secretary CITU Punjab also addressed the meeting. Other who spoke on the occasion includes Com.Baljinder Singh, Circle Secretary BSNL Casual contract workers union Punjab, Tarsem Singh District Secretary BSNLEU Ferozpur, Kamaljit Singh ACS, BSNLEU, Avtar Singh Jhande District Secretary Ludhiana, Gurmail Singh, vice versa BSNLCCWU Punjab, Jasvir Kumar Sharma District Secretary, BSNLCCWU, Ferozpur. Com. Amarjit Chander conducted the proceedings of the demonstration. Com. Parmjit Singh District Secretary, BSNLCCWU gave vote of thanks.
07 June, 2017:Deputy Labour Commissioner, Dhanbad has ordered the BSNL Management to make the wages payment to contract workers within 15 Days.
BSNL management in Jharkhand Circle denied the payment of wages of 172 workers from Jan-July 2015 ignoring their engagement due to break of Contract Period. The contract labourers workers union Ranchi appeared before the labour commission to get a justice as per the labour laws. Based on the documentary evidences and pleading of the union leaders the Dy. CLC ordered to pay the due wages within 15 days. Management was also instructed to issue the employment cards and Pay slip to the contract workers. It was also complained to the Dy. CLC that the management is paying an amount of 4200/- AC/Engine operators in Electrical wings, which is a serious violation of labour laws and the payment is also due since last 19 months. This negotiations meeting held on 29th May, 2017 at Dy. CLC chamber. On behalf of BSNL management Sri Vishal Kumar AO and B.K. Mishra DE Ranchi were present and from the union side Com Bhawan Singh & Ranjit Yadav were present.
07 June, 2017:Demand of Rs. 18,000/- for Casual Labourers wage.
BSNL employees Union has taken up the demand of Casual Labourers for wage revision in the National Council Meeting which was held at 11th May, 2017 at Corp0rate Office New Delhi. In the draft reply the management has accepted or demand for wage revision of the casual labourers. They have also informed that a 4 men committee has been constituted to fix the formula of the wage revision i.e. CDA or IDA Pay scale. Hope it can be finalized in the next meeting after hearing the Union’s views. It is expected that the next meeting will be held in the 1st week of July, 2017.
06 June, 2017:Ballia has shown the rights of struggle.
After a sustained struggle by the Casual/Contractual Workers in UP (East), the Administration is compelled to issue the instruction to all GM/TDM/DGM to implement the Labour act immediately for the non regular workers.
The District Union of Balia has taken up a decision to start a Relay hunger Strike programme in the TDM office at Balia. On 20th May, 2017 the District Union has submitted 6 point charter of demand to the administration and organized a colorful rally from BSNL office to “Shahid Mangal Pandey” statue. Though the management had tied to settle the issue on table discussion but it was failed. Practically strong resentment prevailing amongst the staff for ignoring the Corporate Office New Delhi instruction related to Minimum wage and social securities. The programme continued day & night throughout the week. The BSNLEU leaders of UP (E) met TDM Bala and settle the issue with a specific instruction to implement the labour laws at all SDE level Com. R.K. Mishra, CS UP (East) along with Jitlal Maurya, CS BSNLCWU and others were present in the meeting held with TDM. BSNLCCWF conveys red salute to all the struggling workers of Balia & UP(East).<<views programme>> .
22 May, 2017:Continuous 7 days struggle of the BSNL Contract Workers in UP (East) circle which makes a history.
BSNL Casual Contract Workers, Unions UP (East) circle had conducted the week long Dharna programme in the first week of May, 2017, it was started at Lucknow, UP (East) on the issue of the genuine demands of the Contract Labours in UP (East). The historic Dharna Programme had started on the historic day of 1st May with massive mobilisation of 500 Contract Labourers who came in the Dharna Programme from different parts of the state. At the out set, Management was very much adamant to shift the Dharna Programme from BSNL Office and on the intervention of Police Administration it was held at Laxman Mela Maidan. . Relay hunger strike was continuing in every day by the Contract Workers phase wise from every District. On 4th May the demonstrators organised a candle stick rally from Laxman Mela Maindan to Shubhash Chowk. Relay hunger strike was continuing in every day by the Contract Workers phase wise from every District. On 6th May the BSNL Employees Union leadership met CGMT UP (East) circle and expressed their active support of the regular staff to the struggle of Contract Worker in UP (East). On 8th May the SDM, Lucknow came in the Dharna Spot and appealed to postpone the programme. He also assured that civil administration will take serious action to negotiate with the BSNL Management. Then it was a compulsion to take some action from the BSNL Management and accordingly the CGMT UP (East) circle has issued an order to all GM and DGM to send the compliance report on labour laws with 7 days. Com. K.R. Yadav, Vice President, BSNLCCWF, com. R.K. Mishra, circle secretary, BSNLEU, com Jeetlal Mourya, Com. Haridwar Yadav, AGS, are the leaders who had conducted the struggle successfully. CHQ conveys red salute to all comrades who made the struggle as a historic one in the Casual Contract Workers movement.<<view photo >>
22 May, 2017:Massive gathering of the Contract Workers in Punjab - 3rd Conference of BSNLCCWF held at Rajpura.
3rd Circle Conference of BSNL Casual Contract Workers Union, Punjab was held at Laxmi Palace, Rajpura on 21st May 2017. It was an impressive and well attendance conference of the Contract Workers in Punjab Circle. At the outset, Com. Animesh Mitra General Secretary BSNL Casual contract workers Federation hoisted the union flag. Com.Baljinder Singh, Circle Secretary BSNL Casual contract workers union welcomed the participants. Com. Balbir Singh President BSNLEU inaugurated the Conference. He explained the problems being faced by the workers in Punjab Circle particularly the minimum wages are not being paid, EPF and ESI fund is not deposited against each and every employee. He demanded for implementation of hon’ble supreme court judgement for "equal pay for equal work". Com. Raghunath Singh, General Secretary, CITU, Punjab while addressing the Conference extended full support to the workers struggle and told that CITU is going to conduct " Lalkar Rally " at Chandigarh for the demands of workers. He also explained the anti workers policies of "Modi Government" and called upon the workers to fight unitedly. Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Deputy General Secretary, BSNL Employees Union, explained in details the demands of the workers. He extended full support to Casual contract workers. Com. Animesh Mitra, General Secretary, BSNL Casual contract workers Federation, while addressing the Conference told the Central headquarters of Federation is seriously taking up all the issues with the BSNL management and several orders were got issued. Orders regarding payment of wages through banks, deductions of EPF, ESI are already issued. He told the Management of BSNL has agreed that BSNL is the principal employer and bound to implement of the orders of Government of India and suitable instructions are being issued to all the fields units. He called upon the workers to start serious struggle for their justified demands. Com.R.L Moudgil former, Assistant General Secretary, BSNLEU, also greeted the conference. The conference concluded with the call to conduct a massive March to the Chief General Manager Punjab Circle Chandigarh in Month of June, 2017. The Conference elected Com. Iqbal Singh Dhillon, Amritsar and , Baljinder Singh patiala and Ram Singh, Patiala as Circle President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively. More than 400 workers from across the Punjab attended the Conference.<<view photo >>
12 May, 2017:We are hopeful that CLC will response on our Charter of Demands.
On 19.04.20 Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri and Animesh Mitra had submitted one letter to CLC Ministry of Labour, New Delhi on the subject of Casual Contract Labours genuine demands during discussion are expressed to the CLC told that BSNLCCWF have a strong on the resentment on the role of BSNL Management. Particularly on the issue of Wage Revision of the Casual Contract Labour in BSNL It was assured by the CLC that Action will be taken to implement the office Order in BSNL. We are still hopeful that the LCL(C) will take proper action so that BSNL Management. Can implement the got Order t revise the Wage of Casual Contract Labour in BSNL.
05 May, 2017:BSNLCCWF circular dated 05.05.2017. <<view circular>>
04 May, 2017:Casual Contract Labourers have started the struggle in Circles and Divisions throughout the country.
After getting good response in ‘March to Parliament’ programme, now the casual /contractual labourers have started struggle throughout the country for their just demands. Following are the news of struggle received from various divisions.
Balia: - Contract labourers are not getting their wages since 7 months in Balia, UP(East). Dharna programme is going on at Balia GM office by the workers. BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF had already drawn the attention of the management. It is painful that the management had failed to make the payment. As a compulsion the workers have started the programme.
Udhampur: - Recently, casual& contract labourers have formed union in Jammu and Kashmir. Union has taken up an agitational programme at Udhampur and hunger strike programme to make the salary payment of the workers. Notice has already been served to the management. All out effort has been taken to start the programme on 6th May, 2017. Circle Secretary will start hunger strike.
Calcutta Telephones District: - The Calcutta Telephones Thika Mazdoor union has organized agitational programme at Telephone Bhavan on 25th March, 2017 for implementation of Gazette notification. As reaction of Gazette notification the management was in mind set up to down size the strength of the contractual labourers. The union reacted spontaneously on the issue and as a result the management had to withdraw such decision. Later the leadership met CGM, CTD and discussed the issues.
Chattishgarh: - BSNL contract labourers have taken up a decision for agitational programme on 15.05.2017 at Jagdalpur, Chattisgarh. It is reported that the salary payment is yet to be materialized by the contractor.
Lucknow: - It is about 500 workers have started the Dharna programme for indefinite period near CGMT office in Lucknow. BSNLCCWF, UP (East) Circle Union has taken up the Dharna programme before CGMT. Local police administration has not allowed the workers to enter the CGMT office. The workers have started the Dharna programme on historic day i.e., on 1st May. No retrenchment, ensure the monthly payment and implement the Gazette notification are the main demands on which the contract labourers have taken up the agitational programme. Leadership of BSNLEU has already drawn the attention of CGM for peaceful settlement.
West Bengal: - BSNLCMU, West Bengal Circle has organized agitational programme on 12th April, 2017 before CGMT, WB Circle in demand of implementation of Gazette notification and revision of wage. About 600 workers gathered in Circle Office from the morning for implementation of their demands. Later the leadership met CGMT discussed the issue so that the decisions could be implemented early.
27 April, 2017:Corporate Office issues letter on revision of wages of the contract workers on the basis of Gazette Notification dated 19.01.2017.<<view letter>>
27 April, 2017:Issue of Gazette notification and skill up gradation for the Non regular Workers---- BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF leaders discussed at Corporate Office New Delhi.
In a meeting with GM (Restg) Sri Ashutosh. Gupta on 18th April, 2017 the BSNLEU and CCWF leaders raised the issue of implementation of gazette notification and skill up gradation in r /o non regular workers.
Regarding implementation and endorsement of gazette notification Sri Gupta told the leaders that corporate office has already clarified the issue of gazette notification in response to query of TN circle. The other circles can easily follow the clarification given to TN circle. Sri Gupta added that no such further clarification is needed as the CLC Govt. of India has endorsed the gazette notification. He also told that corporate office will very soon circulate the necessary instruction to all the CGMs in this regard.
Accordingly it is a very encouraging that the corporate office yesterday issued a letter in this regard. It is nothing but the success of sustained struggle of the workers under the leadership of BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF. In another discussion regarding the demand of skill up gradation of the contractual workers, Sri Gupta told the leaders that in Kerala they have worked out some mechanism on that basis TN circle has been asked to take necessary action. In this regard he said that at the time of finalization of Tender the category of workers (skilled/semiskilled/unskilled etc) is to be taken in to account clearly.
Circle Secretaries are, therefore, requested to look in to the matter seriously so that the categorization / up gradation of the workers could be done smoothly during finalization of tender.
In Telecom sector like BSNL skilled workers are needed for some specified jobs. Circle Secretaries are also requested that those workers who are associated with such specialized jobs their skill should properly be evaluated during finalization of the tender process.
Com P. Abhimanyu, GS, Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS of BSNLEU and Com Animesh Mitra, Secy. General BSNLCCWF were present during the discussion with GM (Restg.)Sri A. Gupta at Corporate Office.
27 April, 2017:Leaders of BSNLEU & BSNLCCWF met Dir(HR) for regularisation of Left out Casual Workers:
In a meeting with Director (HR) on 18th April, 2017 where GS and Deputy GS of BSNLEU Com. P. Abhimanyu and Com. Swapan Chakraborty along with Secretary General of CCWF, Com. Animesh Mitra, was present, the leaders demanded to regularize the left out casual workers attached to BSNL. After hearing the demands of the leaders, Director (HR) informed that GM (Esstt) is unable to supply the documents or facts and figures since the same are not available with GM (Estt). The leaders expressed their sharp reaction to the comments of the Director (HR). The Secretary General, CCWF, Com Animesh Mitra also told that during discussion of framing a new scheme for the regularization of left out casual workers those documents along with facts & figures were submitted both to the Dir. (HR) & GM (Estt.). Com. Mitra also said that in various PSUs and CG establishments the casual workers have already been regularized. Therefore in BSNL there should not be any hurdles to regularize the left out casual workers. The Director (HR) gave a patient hearing and assured the leaders that the issue will be looked into with all seriousness.
26 April, 2017:2
days inaugural circle conference of BSNL Casual and Contract
Workers Union in NE- I held at Agartala, Tripura.
18 April, 2017:Gratuity issue – We should response on the action taken by the Corporate Office.
Corporate Office has asked for the figure of the casual and contract labourers who have expired or retired from service after formation of the BSNL. But it’s unfortunate that most of the circles have not yet sent any information to the Corporate Office so far. We had discussed the matter with the concerned officers at Corporate Office and it was intimated that the circles like Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, NE-II, Punjab, UP(East), ETR and West Bengal are the circles who have not sent the data and figure to the Corporate Office. Lastly, Corporate Office has again sent circular to all circle office to send the names of particular casual labourers who have expired or retired from service. Circle Secretaries are requested to take serious action to send all these information to the Corporate Office without further delay.
18 April, 2017:An impressive meeting of Circle Working Committee of BSNLCCWF, UP(West) circle – Good attendance and good discussion in the meeting at Meerut.
The Circle Working Committee meeting of BSNLCCWF, UP(West) circle was held at Meerut on 17th April, 2017. Com. Ansar Ali, Circle President presided. In addition to the CWC members about 250 comrades participated. The CWC meeting was inaugurated by Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, All India President. Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, expressed the demands finalised at the Kanyakumari AIC and also the agitations organised for achieving the demands. Coms. Sukhbir Singh, Org. Secretary, BSNLEU (CHQ), Upender Singh Teotia, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Naresh Pal, Circle Secretary, BSNL CCWF, Jagvir Thyagi and other leaders addressed. All the District Secretaries participated in the discussion. The debates shared that UP(West) circle has tremendously improved it’s strength.<<views of the meeting>>
18 April, 2017:BSNLCCWF Circle Conference, Haryana – Well attendance of contract labours at Rohtak.
The Circle Conference of BSNLCCWF, Haryana was held at Rohtak on 16th April, 2017 presided over by Com. Kuldeep Singh, Circle President. More than 200 delegates participated. In his inaugural address, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, All India President, called upon the casual contract workers to organise and strengthen the union in order to fight and achieve the demands. Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF spoke about the demands, agitations organised including the Parliament March on 22nd February. Coms. Anand Sharma Secretary, CITU, Swapan Chakraborty, Dy.GS, BSNLEU, M.S. Kadian, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Kuldeep Singh, Circle President, AIBDPA, Ramesh Chand, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU (CHQ), and other leaders addressed. Many delegates took part in the discussion. Com. M.S. Kadian, Com. Kuldeep Singh, Com. Satyabir Singh Pooniya has been elected as Patron, President and Circle Secretary respectively.<<views of the meeting>>
17 April, 2017:District Conference of BSNL CCWF, Patankot.
District Conference of BSNL casual contract workers union Patankot, Punjab was held at Gurdaspur on 14-04-2017 under the supervision of BSNL Employees Union Punjab Circle and its Pathankot unit. Com. Rameshwar Rana President, BSNLEU Patankot conducted the proceedings More than 75 workers attended the Conference. Rich tributes were paid to Bharat Ratna Dr. Bheem Rao Ambedkar, the architect of Constitution of India on his 126th birth anniversary. Com. Balbir Singh President BSNLEU explained the demand charter of workers. He also explained the achievement of casual contract workers Union through sustained struggles. He told that the various orders for implementation of several social measures like EPF, ESI, minimum wages and payment through cheque were got issued from the corporate office but the same are not being implemented in some of the SSA including the Pathankot. He called upon the workers to forum a militant organization under the banner of BSNL Casual Contract workers, So that a militant struggle is initiated against the wide spread corruption and exploitation by the contract. During the debate, the workers told that the contractor is paying wages amounting to Rs. 6,400/- only through cheque/ RTGS and collecting Rs. 1,500/- only from each worker since 2014 on one pretext or other. The conference unanimously resolved not to pay this amount henceforth. The EPF account numbers are not being given to the workers and the EPF is not deducted regularly, hence they are not able to withdraw the same. The Conference also resolved to fight these irregularities. Com. Rameshwar Rana, District president and Jagdish Rai, District secretary, BSNLEU extended full support to workers and assured participate in any struggle initiated by the contract workers. 19 district office bearers with Com. Mangal Singh its president, Lekh Raj District Secretary and Com. Chhajju Ram as District Treasurer. The Conference concluded with sky rocketing slogans against corruption and exploitation.<<views of the meeting>>
17 April, 2017:District Conference of BSNL casual contract workers union Bathinda, Punjab.
District Conference of BSNL casual contract workers union Bathinda, Punjab was held at Ambedkar Bhawan, power house road Bathinda On April 09, 2017 under the supervision of BSNL Employees Union Punjab Circle and its Bathinda unit. Com. Pramodh Chand vice president conducted the proceedings More than 150 workers attended the Conference. Com. Balbir Singh President BSNLEU explained the demand charter of workers. He also heard the difficulties of the workers and told that all the issues of the workers will be taken up at appropriate level after the completion of elections of District union in all the districts and holding the Circle Conference which will be held in the month of May,2017. He called upon the workers to strength the union so that there issues are settled. Com. Baljinder Singh, Circle Secretary BSNL Casual contractor workers union Punjab greeted the conference and congratulated the workers for organizing a very impressive conference. Com. Budh Singh, Circle Treasurer and Gurmail Singh also addressed the meeting. In the evening session elections of District Union were held unanimously. Com.Sanjay Singh,Rajwinder Singh and Ram Dev Maurya were elected District President, District Secretary and Treasurer respectively. The Conference concluded with the slogan of unity and struggle.<<views of the meeting>>
17 April, 2017:Mammoth Joint meeting of BSNLCCWF, Punjab circle.
BSNL Casual contractors workers union Punjab Circle conducted a mammoth joint meeting of Ferozpur, Bathinda and Sangrur Districts at Dhuri on 19-03-2017. More than two hundred fifty comrades attended the meeting. Comrade Balbir Singh President BSNLEU addressed the meeting and explained the demand charter of contract workers. He congratulated the workers for a highly successful March to Parliament. Com. Manohar Lal District Secretary BSNLEU Bathinda, Baljinder Singh Circle Secretary BSNL contractor worker union, Gurmail Singh Bathinda, Jharman Singh Sangrur and Comrade Budh Singh Circle Treasurer BSNLEU also addressed the meeting. The meeting unanimously resolved to close all the pocket unions and join the BSNL casual contract workers Federation.<<views of the meeting>>
25 March, 2017:Three day long agitation by Casual/Contract Workers in Jharkhand.
An agitation was started by contract workers in Jharkhand under leadership of Com. Bhawan Singh, Circle President and Com. Sudama Pal, Circle Secretary at CGMT Office, Jharkhand from 20.03.2017. About 100 retrenched workers were on dharna from 20.03.2017, it continued on 21.03.2017 also. On 22.03.2017, about 350-400 workers demonstrated before CGMT Office Jharkhand. A good number of police personnel were deployed there to threaten the workers. But workers continued their agitation fearlessly. Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF, reached from Delhi on 22.03.2017. A long discussion was held with management on the issues of retrenchment, enhanced minimum wage, payment through Bank, payment of due wages for the period January2015 to July 2015, less wage payment, irregular payment, EPF and ESI facilities. Management accepted all the legitimate demands and assured implementation by field units very soon.
Shri Dhananjay Kumar, GM(A), headed the Management Side whereas Com. Animesh Mitra, Com. Bhawan Singh, Com. Sudama Pal Com. Bhola Mandal, Com. Mustaque Ahmad, Com. Ranjit Yadav represented workers. The GM assured to issue necessary instruction to field units soon. The agitation ended on 22.03.2017 with hope of faster implementation of discussed/accepted issues.<<views of the dharna>>
23 March, 2017:Circle Conference of BSNLCCWF, UP (East) circle.
An impressing circle conference of BSNLCCWF, UP (East) circle held on 21st March at Allahabad. It was the 3rd conference of Telecom casual and contract workers union for which about 200 delegates came from 18 district of the state. The conference was inaugurated by com.Premnath Rai, CITU, State Secretary. 18 delegates deliberated their views on the report submitted by com. Jitlal Mourya, Circle Secretary. Senior leader and vice president of BSNLCCWF com. K.R.Yadav guided the conference with a beautiful speech. Com. Haridwar Yadav, AGS suggested the future course of Trade union action. Five resolutions were accepted in the house including the programme march to CGMT Office in May, 2017. At the concluding part of the session com.Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF explained the total situation including the success of 2nd September strike and March to parliament by the BSNL workers. He calls upon the workers to take serious action for revision of contract labour wages as notified by CLC. The house greeted com.Ramashankar, DS, BSNLEU, who have played a vital role to make the conference a grand success. Com R.K.Mishra, CS, BSNLEU, presided over the meeting and gave an inspiring speech to the house.<<views of the conference>>
21 March, 2017:Mammoth joint meeting of BSNLCCWF Punjab circle held on 19.03.2017.
BSNL Casual Contractors Workers Union Punjab Circle conducted a mammoth joint meeting of Ferozpur, Bathinda and Sangrur Districts at Dhuri on 19-03-2017. More than two hundred fifty comrades attended the meeting. Com. Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU, addressed the meeting and explained the demand charter of contract workers. He congratulated the workers for a highly successful March to Parliament. Com. Manohar Lal, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Bathinda, Com. Baljinder Singh, Circle Secretary, BSNL contractor worker union, Com. Gurmail Singh, Bathinda, Com. Jharman Singh, Sangrur and Com. Budh Singh, Circle Treasurer, BSNLEU, also addressed the meeting. The meeting unanimously resolved to close all the pocket unions and join the BSNL casual contract workers Federation. <<views of the meeting>>
21 March, 2017:District Conference of BSNLCCWF Ghaziabad held on 18.03.2017.
District Conference of BSNLCCWF, Ghaziabad, UP(West) was held on 18.03.2017 at Conference Room, Telephone Exchange, Hapur District. Com.Upendra Singh Teotia, Circle secretary, BSNLEU, Com. Naresh Pal, Circle Secretary, BSNLCCLU, Com. Jai Veer Tyagi, Circle Patron, CCLU, Com. Rahul Tomer, Circle Treasurer and Com. Attan Miyan, Assistant Circle Secretary were present in the confrence.15 office bearers were elected unanimously with com. Jaiveer Singh Tyagi, TT, President, Com.Bhajan Lal, TT, District Secretary and Com. Chatar Pal, JE, Treasurer.<<views of the meeting>>
18 March, 2017:Gratuity for the Contract Labours- BSNLCCWF leadership met CMD BSNL on the issue.
Gratuity Payment to the Contract labours is being denied in BSNL on which yesterday the leadership of BSNLCCWF met CMD, BSNL and reacted on the issue. It is well known to everybody that in the gratuity act of our country there is no difference between Regular Staff and Contract Labours to make payment Gratuity to the contract labours who have expired or retired from service. The matter was discussed with CMD, BSNL today when com. P. Abhimanyu GS, BSNLEU, and com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General BSNLCCWF met CMD, BSNL in a deputation. It was told to CMD, BSNL that in absence of Corporate Office instruction the Contractors in BSNL are denying to make gratuity payment to Contract Labours CMD assured to look into the matter.
18 March, 2017:BSNLCCWF leadership today met CMD, BSNL and discussed on the Memorandum submitted on 22nd February.
BSNL Casual Contract labours had submitted a memorandum related to Casual Contract Labour issue to CMD, BSNL on 22nd February, 2017, when the Parliament March was organized in Delhi. Today Com. P. Abhimanyu GS, BSNL and Com. Animesh Mitra SG, Met Shri Anupam Srivastava CMD BSNL and discussed about the various issues as it was described in the memorandum submitted to CMD BSNL on 22nd February, 2017. The CMD BSNL became very surprised when it was complained by the leaders that in most of the circles the labours are not getting the wages through cheque. As a result, they are getting the meager amount. Retrenchment of the Contract Workers, revision of the wages of the casual and contract workers, gratuity of the contract and casual labours, endorsement of gazette notification etc. are the other issues on which discussion held with the management it was also suggested by the leadership in the meeting that a cell can be phone at the Corporate Office to monitor the implementation of the Corporate Office order with regards to Casual and Contract Labours. CMD BSNL assured to take necessary action as per rule.
17 March, 2017:BSNL Corporate Office has not yet endorses the Gazette Notification for revision of wages of the contract labours till date – BSNLCCWF expressed their unhappiness to CMD BSNL.
Today the leaders of BSNLCCWF has expressed their unhappiness to CMD BSNL on the issue of Management role for non-endorsement of Gazette Notification for revision of wages of the contract labours. A strong letter on the subject was handed over to CMD BSNL. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Vice President, BSNLCCWF and Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF, today met CMD BSNL and expressed the resentment of the workers. CMD BSNL assured that necessary efforts will be taken to give instruction to the circles.
15 March, 2017:BSNL Casual Contract Labours Conference in Bihar Circle - good response and massive gathering.
It is very much enthusiastic news for the trade union movement that the BSNL CCWF Bihar Circle Conference held at Patna on 14th February, 2017 with a massive gathering of 400 Casual Contract Workers. It was inaugurated by com. Sankar Shah, Secretary, CITU, Bihar. He has appreciated the role of BSNL employees union for taking serious action to organize the Contract Workers in BSNL. He has highlighted the demand of 18000/- and the historic 2nd September General Strike. Com. Animesh Mitra Secretary General BSNL CCWF explained the present situation including the role of Management who are interested to fill up the 1 lakhs vacancies in BSNL through apprentice outsourcing, Agency and Contractual staff. He also mentioned that on liberalisation issue there is no difference between UPA and NDA govt. Com. Arun Kumar Mishra Secretary Bihar, CITU, Com. Sunita Choudhary, Org. Secretary BSNLEU, Laxman Kumar CS, BSNLCCWF, Bihar N.K. Srivastav, CS, AIBDPA, were the other speaker in the conference. The District Secretaries like com. Manoj Kumar (Muzaffarpur) K.K. Singh (Begusarai), A.K. Triparthy (Motihari) Ram Binod Singh (Sawastipur) Priyesh Kumar (Sasaram) Ajoy Dathak (Bhojpur) are the delegates who have explained the Local Situation including the attack of the Management for retrenching of the contract workers. Veteran leader com. B.P. Singh Circle Secretary, BSNLEU presided over the conference and motivated the delegates with a good speech.<<view of the conference>>
15 March, 2017:BSNL Casual Contract Labours struggle in Jharkhand Circle - Notice for Dharna and Hunger Strike issued.
Casual Contract Labours in Jharkhand Circle has taken a decision to go on struggle from 20th March, 2017, we have been informed that the contract workers of Ranchi will start the Dharna programme before CGMT Jharkhand on 20th March, 2017, and it can be turned to indefinite period Hunger Strike. On 22nd there will be rally (March to CGMT Office) to highlight the 10 Points Charter of Demands. Circle Union has submitted the Notice for the programme to CGMT Jharkhand on 7th March, 2017. It was also warned that Negotiation if failed then the workers will be completed to start trade union action for the indefinite period. Com. Animesh Mitra Secretary General BSNLCCWF will attend the rally.
15 March, 2017:BSNL Employees Union will raise the demands of Casual Contract Workers in the National Council meeting.
BSNL Employees Union has taken up the Casual Contract Workers issue in the National Council meeting to be held on 17th March, 2017. After the 7th Membership Verification, the department has constituted the National Council in which Ms. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR), is the Chairman. Staff Side has submitted the agenda to be discussed in the meeting. It is appreciable that the BSNL Employees Union has taken up the issues in the National Council meeting, like gratuity, implement of gazette notification to revise the contract labour rate, revision of casual labour rate based on 7th CPC recommendation etc. We are very much hopeful that the National Council will give some light to settle the long pending demands of casual contract labours. We convey our thanks and red salute to BSNLEU.
04 March, 2017:A BRIEF NOTE ON BSNLCCWF ACTIVITIES----POST “MARCH TO PARLIAMENT PROGRAMME”.
After a historic “March to Parliament” programme of 22nd February, 2017, the leaders of BSNLCCWF got busy with the post programme schedule.
(1) Submission of Memorandum at PM Office: After the completion of the programme on 22nd February, the BSNLEU & BSNLCCWF leaders went to Prime Minister’s Office and handed over the Memorandum to the concerned officers. The memorandum includes the demands like i) implementation “Equal pay for equal work”, ii) Regularization of Casual and Contract Labour in BSNL, iii) Gratuity for Casual Contract Workers, iv) Implementation of social security measures like EPF / ESI, v) Minimum Wage as per Gazette Notification, vi) immediate rescind of Retrenchment of workers etc.
It is learnt that the PMO office seriously gone through the Memorandum and sent the same to the CMD BSNL immediately.
Com VAN Namboodiri, President BSNLCCWF, Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, Com. Animesh Mitra, Secy. General, BSNLCCWF and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Working President, BSNLCCWF were present in the delegation.
(2) Submission of Memorandum to CMD BSNL: On 22nd February itself the leaders have submitted the Memorandum to the CMD BSNL. Later it is learnt that the CMD has sent the Memorandum to the Director (HR).
(3) Meeting with the Labour Minister: (On 23rd February, 2017, the very next day of the historic “March to Parliament” programme the leaders went to Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Minister of Labour and Employment, Govt. of India and submitted the memorandum. He enquired about the wages, gratuity, EPF status in BSNL. He was eager to know about the strength of Contract labours in BSNL. He also expressed that when the contractual labours are working for more than 5 years then they should get Gratuity as per the extant rules. The leaders informed the Minister that the BSNL authority is violating the Labour laws of the Country as a result in most of the states these workers are working to keep the BSNL head high with a meager amount of wage. At the same time they are being deprived of getting the Social Securities like EPF, ESI etc. The Minister assured that he will discuss with CMD on the memorandum. Com. Tapan Sen, MP, Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, CCWF, Com. Tapas Ghosh, Working President, Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF, were in the delegation team.<<view more images>>
25 February, 2017:March to Parliament programme concluded through submission of memorandum to PMO Office, Minister of Labour and CMD, BSNL.
Dear comrade, red salute to all of you for making the march to parliament programme a grand success. Yesterday we met minister of labour and submitted the memorandum. He enquired about the wages, gratuity, EPF status in BSNL. He was eager to know about the strength of contract labours in BSNL. He assured that he will discuss with CMD on the memorandum. We had handed over the memorandum to the CMD and PMO office. It is reported that CMD has sent the memorandum to DII HRD. Com. Tapan Sen, MP, Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, Com.V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, CCWF, com.Tapas Ghosh, Working President, Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF, were in the delegation team. Once again, convey our thanks and congrats to all of you for making the programme historic and grand success.<<view memorandum>>
25 February, 2017:CHQ press release on Parliament March by BSNL Casual Contract Workers.<<view press release>>
25 February, 2017:Memorandum on the problems of BSNL casual and contract workers, submitted to CMD BSNL on 22.02.2017.<<view memorandum>>
22 February, 2017:Massive March to Parliament by BSNL Casual and Contract workers held on 22.02.2017.<<views of the March to Parliament>>.
21 February, 2017:Management has formed a committee for Wage Revision of the casual labourers – DA order issued based on CDA pay scale w.e.f. 01.07.2016.
Corporate Office has taken a decision to continue the dearness allowance (DA) for the casual labours in CDA pay scale keeping in view to take a decision on the revision of wages of the casual labours. Earlier, the federation has taken up the issue with the CMD BSNL and urged upon the wages of the casual labourer should be revised based on the 7th Pay Commission recommendation. We have also requested to the Management that the wages of the casual labourers should come in the IDA pay scale to maintain uniformity. However, it is learnt that the Management has formed a departmental committee to take a right decision on wage revision for the casual labourers including TSM. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNL CCWF, Com. Animesh Mitra, SG, BSNLCCWF, met smt. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) on 17th January, 2017, to discuss the same issue. GM (Estt.) replied that presently the casual labourers will continue to get the Dearness Allowance in the CDA in old pay scale. Now the order has issued and it will be w.e.f. 01.07.2016.<<click here>>
20 February, 2017:Gratuity for the casual labours –Corporate office issued another letter.
Gratuity issue has taken up by the Management with much importance as it was told by the GM (Estt.) to the BSNL CCWF leadership when they met her on 17th February, 2017. It was discussed that though the DoT has not cleared their hesitation but the Management is trying to take up the issue on priority basis particular for those candidates who had expired or retired after formation of BSNL. Based on the discussion the Management has issued one order to all circle office for sending the data and figure of such candidates to settle gratuity issues at BSNL Management level. We can also recall that the leadership of BSNLCCWF met Shri A.K. Nayak, Central Labour Commission on 26th October, 2016 and made the same request that gratuity issue should be considered on priority to those candidates who had already left BSNL. Hope, now the Management has taken up the issue with a speedy action.<<view letter>>
20 February, 2017:Delhi will observe a mammoth rally of the BSNL casual contract labourers on 22nd February, 2017.
Every preparation has completed to make the Parliament March programme a grand success. It has reviewed in the last Secretariat meeting of BSNL CCWF held on 17th February, at Dada Ghosh Bhawan, New Delhi. Delegates have started their journey to reach Delhi on 21st February itself. It is about 20 circles who have confirmed that the casual / contract labours has started their journey to Delhi. The Rally will start from CMD Office after submission of memorandum to CMD BSNL. No retrenchment of contract labour, implementation of revised rates of Gazette Notification, Minimum Wage of Rs.18,000/-, EPF, ESI, Gratuity are the main issues on which the rally will start from CMD office and concluded at Jantar Mantar. The other Center Trade Union leaders will also address our gathering. Memorandum on the demand of Equal Pay to Equal Work and regularization of contract casual workers, gratuity etc., will be submitted to PMO (Prime Minister Office). Be ready to take part in the history of the working class movement in BSNL which will happen on 22nd February, 2017.
20 February, 2017:Circle Conference of BSNLCCWF in Uttarakhand- An impressive gathering of Contract Workers.
An impressive Circle Conference of BSNL Casual/ Contract Federation, Uttarakhand Circle held at Haridwar on 07th & 08th January, 2016. The Conference was inaugurated by Com. K.S.Saun, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Uttarakhand Circle. Though it was a winter season but the meeting and continued 6:30 hrs. evening in presence of 125 Contract Labours. The Casual/ Contract Labours came from district of Uttarakhand like Haridwar, Uttarakhand, Tehri, Nainital, Uttarakashi, Sringar, Almora etc. the delegates Discussed about the problems of Casual/ Contract Labours. Com. Animesh Mitra SG, BSNLCCWF who was the chief Guest of the meeting has deliberated his speech in full house of Casual / Contract Labours. He explained the Central Govt. role and the stands taken by the BSNL Management on the issue of contract labour. Com. Nitayanand Bahuguna has been re-elected as circle secretary of BSNLCCWF, Uttarakhand circle. A good number of Circle Office Bearers and District Secretary of BSNL Employees Union were present in the conference. They have inspired the Contract Workers for the future struggle. <<views of the meeting>>
20 February, 2017:Accommodation arrangement for the delegates for March to Parliament Programme.<<click here>>
17 February, 2017:Secretariat Meeting held on 15th February, 2017 to review the preparation for March to Parliament- The Circle Secretaries and District Secretaries are requested to note the following points:-
The secretariat meeting of the BSNL Casual and Contract workers’ Federation was held on 15/02/2017 at BSNLEU Union Office, Dada Ghosh Bhawan, New Delhi. The meeting was presided by Com.V.A.N. Namboodiri, President,BSNLCCWF. Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General has reported to house about the preparation of the programme ‘March to Parliament to be held on 22/02/2017. Then, Com. P. Abhimanyu, G.S. BSNLEU and V.P. BSNLCCWF suggested about the programme of March to Parliament. After discussion, the following decisions were be taken:-
All Circle Secretaries are requested to mobilize the members at Eastern Court, CTO building, Janpath Road, New Delhi. The rally will start at 10.00hrs sharp after inauguration of the programme. The rally will conclude at Jantar Mantar. Com. Tapan Sen, GS, CITU, Com. P. Abhimanyu,GS, BSNLEU, VAN Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF and Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General will address the rally. Before the rally, the delegation team of the Federation will submit the memorandum to the CMD BSNL.
It is reported that about 2500 delegates will come from 20 circles to participate in this programme. BSNLEU has also called upon to mobilize the members in and around Delhi to join the programme. All are requested to take necessary action to make the rally colourful with the flex boards, banner, festoon etc. CHQ has already published and sent two sets of the poster in Hindi /English for wide publicity. It is also reported that some circle unions have organized the district and circle level mobilization programme to popularize the demands among the casual –contract workers.
CHQ has arranged accommodation for the delegates who will come on 21st, February,2017 in Delhi. We have booked Ambedkar Bhawan, Kali Bari, Hindu Maha Sabha, Garwal Bhawan, Chug Dharmashala, Rajendra Place Hall, Birla Mandir etc. in which we will be able to accommodate 1000 workers for staying at Delhi for the 21st February 17 only. If somebody wants to stay on 22nd Feb 2017, please inform the CHQ for taking further arrangement. CHQ, will provide the lunch packets on 22nd after the rally is over. Circle Secretary will be intimated for the allotment of the stations for accommodation will intimated through SMS with proper address on 20th February, 2017.
The issue of expenditure and collection from the members was also discussed in the meeting. It is estimated an amount of Rs.5 lakh for expenditure of the programme, while Circle Secretaries have committed to give only 2 lakhs donation. CHQ has distributed some coupons for donation collection from the members. So, Secretariat meeting called upon the circle unions to take serious efforts to collect a good amount of money to meet up the expenditure.
17 February, 2017:Meeting with GM(Estt.) on Casual Labour issues.
Leaders of BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF met Smt. Madhu Arora, GM(Estt.), BSNL Corporate Office on 16th February 2017 and discussed the various issues of the casual labours.
Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, Balbir Singh, President BSNLEU, Animesh Mitra, SG, BSNLCCWF, Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS BSNLEU and Tapas Ghosh, Working President, BSNLCCWF participated in the discussions.
17 February, 2017:Wages of contract workers as per Gazette Notification.
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 being put to the management for the same.
16 February, 2017:An impressive meeting of BSNL Casual Contract workers held at Chandigarh.
A very impressive meeting of BSNL Casual Contract workers was held at Chandigarh on February 12, 2017. More than 150 workers attended the meeting from across the Punjab. Com. V.A.N Namboodiri President CCWF addressed the meeting and explained the demands of casual contract workers and about the March to Parliament being organised on February, 22,2017. Com. Balbir Singh President BSNLEU also addressed the meeting and extended full Support to the CCWF. He told that large number of BSNLEU members will also participate in the Parliament March. Com. Baljinder Singh, Circle Secretary BSNL Casual contract workers Federation addressed the meeting and told preparations are in full swing for joining the Parliament March and a large number of workers will take part in the March. Com. H.S Dhillon DS BSNLEU Chandigarh also addressed the meeting.<<views of the meeting>>
16 February, 2017:Parliament March by BSNL Casual Contract Workers on 22nd February 2017.
Massive preparation is going on for the programme of March to Parliament to be held on 22nd February 2017. It is reported that about 5,000 casual and contract workers will participate coming from 20 circles in this programme. BSNLEU has extended full support to the March and their members will also participate along with BSNL casual and contract workers. State level Conventions, Rallies, March to CGMT office, Labour Commissioner etc. are being organised in preparation of the Parliament March. Good response is being received from the casual contract workers for donation collection to meet the expenditure of the March.
BSNLCCWF has arranged accommodation at Garhwal Bhawan, Kali Bari and Ambedkar Bhawan for the outstation participants for 21st February only. The March will start at 10.00 AM from Eastern Court after submission of Memorandum to CMD BSNL and will march to Parliament Street / Jantar Mantar. Com. Tapan Sen M.P., General Secretary CITU, P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU, Animesh Mitra, Secretary General BSNLCCWF will address and Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri President BSNLCCWF will preside.
Please join the March en masse with the Union
Red Flag, festoons, Banners etc. with the demands.
Secretary General BSNLCCWF
10 February, 2017:Casual Contract Workers’ March to Parliament on 22nd February 2017.
BSNL Casual and Contract Workers along with BSNL employees will March to Parliament on 22nd February 2017 on the demands of Regularisation, Implementation of Minimum Wage, EPF, ESI, Gratuity, Govt. minimum pay scale for casual labour etc. About 2000 workers are expected to participate coming from all parts of the country.
This is a fight for justice to the exploited workers. All BSNL employees and executives should support the fully justified struggle. Make March to Parliament a big success!
06 February, 2017:Gratuity to Casual Labour in BSNL.
After much persuasion on the part of BSNLCCWF, BSNL Management Committee in June 2016 approved provision of Gratuity to the casual labour. However, it was not approved by the BSNL Board, since the same was opposed by the Member from DOT. In the meantime BSNLCCWF demanded the management to at least implement the same to those retired or expired. This is being considered.
On, 3rd February 2017, Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLCCWF, met Additional Secretary, DOT Shri Shivasailam, who is the Member from DOT, and discussed the matter. Com.Namboodiri pointed out that this is a statutory provision and has to be implemented. Addl. Secretary stated that he has cleared the file and it is up to the BSNL to implement the same. This is a good information. We hope that the next meeting of the BSNL Board will take the necessary decision.
06 February, 2017:Minimum wage for Contract Workers.
The Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) has issued Gazette Notification on 19th January 2017 fixing the minimum wage for the contract workers with immediate effect. The lowest daily wage for unskilled labour in C class city is Rs. 350/. The daily wage will increase for A and B class cities as also for Semi-Skilled, Skilled and Highly skilled. Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLCCWF today met Smt. Sujata Ray, Director (HR) and Shri Ashuthosh Gupta, Director(Restructuring), Corporate Office and pressed early implementation of the same to the contract workers in BSNL. Both agreed to issue the orders early.
02 February, 2017:BSNL should implement the VII CPC wages for Casual workers.
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.
23 January, 2017:Payment of DA to Casual Workers.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLCCWF met Officers in BSNL corporate office and demanded implementation VII CPC wages as also latest DA to Casual workers. Orders on DA from 1-1-2017 is being issued. Regarding VII CPC wages, A Committee has been formed and its report is awaited. The union is pressurising for the same.
23 January, 2017:Massive Gathering at Rani Rashmoni Road and Memorandum submitted to the Dy. Chief Labour Commissioner (C ), Kolkata demanding the “Equal Pay for Equal Work” and others.
On 19-01-2017, at the call of BSNL Casual Mazdoor Union and Calcutta Telephones Thika Mazdoor Union and BSNL Employees Union a massive rally held at Kolkata demanding "Equal Pay for Equal Work". The rally started from Subodh Mallick Square to Rani Rashmoni Avenue with Red flags and festoons. The massive gathering occupied Rani Rashmoni Avenue in the afternoon ignoring all threats of physical assault. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President BSNLCCWF attended the programme. After joining the rally Com. Namboodiri addressed the gathering. Com. Shyamal Chakraborty, President CITU WB deliberated his valuable speeches on the occasion. Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General BSNLCCWF, Tapas Ghosh, Working President BSNLCCWF, Arup Sarkar, CS CTTMU, also delivered their speeches. The speakers highlighted the demands like immediate wage increase for all sections of employees of BSNL, timely payment for the Casual/Contractual/ Job Contract workers, recent atrocities in the state which affects the congenial atmosphere of the BSNL Offices/Exchanges, settlement of social securities for the non regular workers etc. The members of AIBDPA were present in the meeting along with Regular & Non Regular employees. Later Com Animesh Mitra, Tapas Ghosh, Arup Sarkar and Prabir Dutta handed over one Memorandum to the Deputy Labour Commissioner at Nizam Palace. The demonstration meeting at R.R. Avenue was presided by a presidium of Com Swapan Chanda, Sisir Roy and Sahabuddin Siddique. The employees have joined the programme from all parts of Kolkata and South Bengal. Undoubtedly, the programme of today has added a new feather in the movement of BSNL in the State.<<views of the rally>>
21 January, 2017:New rates of wages for contract workers.
The Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), New Delhi has issued Gazette Notification dated 19th January, 2017, fixing the new rates w.e.f. 19.01.2017. The draft notification was issued on 01.05.2016, seeking opinions of both employees and employers. BSNLCCWF had given memorandum demanding Rs.18,000/- per month as minimum wage. The CLC has now issued notification fixing it @ Rs.9,100/- per month for 26 days for Unskilled workers in C Class Cities. It will be higher for Semi-Skilled, Skilled and Highly Skilled and for A Class and B Class Cities. It will be higher if they work for more than 26 days. BSNLCCWF will take immediate steps to get the new rates implemented.<<view Gazette Notification>>
09 January, 2017:Meeting with Director (HR), on casual contractual labourers issues.
Today, again the discussion for regularisation of the left out casual labourers was held between Director (HR) with the BSNLCCWF leadership. The documents in favour of regularisation was handed over to Director (HR). On the issue of gratuity to the casual and contract workers was also discussed with the authority which is pending for a long time, even after approval of the Management Committee. It was also highlighted though the pay of Central Government employees have been revised on the basis of VII CPC recommendations. Wages of casual labour / TSM also should be revised accordingly.
Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF met Smt. Sujata Ray, Director (HR) and discussed both the issues. Letters were also submitted along with relevant government orders and other documents. Director (HR) assured to examine favourably. The union leaders pointed out that there are about 100 casual and contact labourers who have retired or expired and in such case gratuity should be released on priority.
07 January, 2017:CHQ circular no.7 dated 26.12.2016.<<click here>>
07 January, 2017:Successful AIC of BSNLEU.
VIII All India Conference of BSNL Employees Union was held at Chennai from 31st December, 2016 to 3rd January, 2017. A largely attended seminar on “Revival of BSNL – Service With A Smile”, was organized on 31st December, which was inaugurated by Com. T.K. Rangarajan, M.P., and addressed by Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL, Senior officers and BSNL union leaders. Delegates Session was inaugurated by Com. A.K. Padmanabhan, Vice-President, CITU. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF also addressed.
The conference discussed all issues and adopted resolutions. A resolution on the issues of casual labours including ‘Equal Wage for Equal Work’ was adopted. New office bearers were elected with Com. Balbir Singh as President, Com. P. Abhimanyu, as General Secretary, Com. Swapan Charaborty as Dy.GS and Com. Gokul Borah as Treasurer. Best wishes and warm greetings to the newly elected office bearers.<<view resolution>>
View of the office bearers
07 January, 2017:Action taken by the Central Labour Commissioner on Gratuity and financial benefit to retired / expired casual / contract labour.
Central Labour Commissioner gave a good response to the memorandum submitted by BSNLCCWF on the subject of gratuity to the Casual / Contract labour in BSNL. We had submitted a list of casual / contract labours in West Bengal circle who had expired or retired from service but yet to get any finance assistance from BSNL including gratuity. Now, the CLC has asked the Dy.CLC, Kolkata to collect a report from BSNL Management on this subject. BSNLCCWF will pursue the matter with Dy.CLC, Kolkata. All Circle Secretaries are requested to send a list of expired / retired casual / contract workers, so that we can submit another list to CLC to expedite the matter.<<view letter of CLC to Dy.CLC>>
07 January, 2017:Odisha BSNL CCWF convention.
BSNL authorities at all levels are neglecting the demands of casual / contract workers in BSNL. It was discussed in the state level convention of BSNLCCWF, Odisha circle held at Bhubaneswar on 17th December, 2017. There was a good attendance and most of the delegates expressed their views to go on strike in Odisha circle. Accordingly, a decision was taken that a strike programme can be chalked out in Odisha circle on 16th January, 2017. Veteran trade union leader Com. Janardhan Pati, Suresh Panigarhi, Biswananth Behera were the speakers in the convention.
Com. Animesh Mitra, SG, BSNLCCWF, spoke in the convention on the subject. He called upon the workers to mobilise the workers in the March to Parliament on 22nd February, 2017.<<view of the convention>>
26 December, 2016:March to CGM Office should be completed within 15th February with intimation to the CHQ.
The Chief Labour Commissioner has responded positively on our complaint on Gratuity. CHQ had already submitted one list of casual and contract workers to the CLC, who have retired or expired. Please names of such persons in your circle be intimated to the to the CHQ, so that they can be included in the next list to CLC. Kindly do the needful for the success of the Parliament March.
Secretary General, BSNLCCWF
26 December, 2016:March to Parliament – Circle/District Secretaries to Note.
All arrangements are being made to conduct the Parliament March on 22nd February 2017 in a most successful way. In this connection, you are requested to attend the following points:
1. Please clear your subscription Quota to CHQ immediately up to December 2016.
2. Please collect Rs. 50 from each members to meet the expenditure of Parliament March.
3. Translate the Wall Poster for Parliament March and the Memorandum on Equal Pay to Equal Work in your local language and ensure their wide circulation
4. Intimate the number of comrades coming to Delhi on 22nd February for the Parliament March from your circle so that we can book sufficient accommodation.
5. Circle Unions should organize CGM Office March on the important 3 or 4 demands on convenient date as given below:
(a) Honour Corporate office Orders on Casual Contract Workers issues. Do not violate labour laws.
(b) No Retrenchment. Ensure wage payment based either on CDA or IDA payscales.
(c) One or two items concerning your burning issues.
26 December, 2016:CCLU Kerala Circle Conference.
The Third Kerala Circle Conference of BSNL Casual Contract Labour Union was held at Kannur on 18-19 December 2016. The CITU Hall where the Conference was held was named in memory of Com.E.Balanandan, veteran Working class leader.
Com.K.N.Balagopal, Ex-M.P., President of CCLU presided. Com.Elamaram Karim, CITY Kerala General Secretary inaugurated. He congratulated BSNLEU for organising contract workers and fought for their rights.Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Animesh Mitra and other leaders addressed. The report presented by CCLU General Secretary Com.N.R.Somasekharan Nair was adopted. The delegate session was presided over by Com.K.Mohanan, Working President.
New Office-bearers were unanimously elected with Com.K.K.Ragesh M.P. as President, K.Mohanan as Working President and N.R.S.Nair as General Secretary. About 300 delegates participated. The Conference decided to strengthen the organisation and continue struggles on the important demands.
17 December, 2016:Successful Strike, Congratulations.
Hearty congratulation to all for enthusiastic participation in the All India BSNL Strike held on 15th December,2016 call by all Unions and Associations of BSNL including Officers, regular and non-regular workers. So far it is leant that the non-regular workers have participated in the historic strike jointly with officers and employees protesting against Govt’s decision of formation of subsidiary Tower Company by sealing out of 65000 towers of BSNL which might cripple the BSNL. The non-regular workers of Tamilnadu, North East, Kerala, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal, and other circles have participated in this strike in full vigor. As per latest news, about 95% of the total workers took part in this strike. It is a primary blow to the management. If the Government or management keep themselves strict to their decision, more intensive trade union action we should have to take. Keep the organization prepared for that, once again congratulation to all.
17 December, 2016:IMPORTANT POINTS TO BE NOTED.
13 December, 2016:Constitution of BSNLCCWF.
A copy of the approved Constitution of BSNLCCWF is given below for the information of the members.<<click here>>
13 December, 2016:CITU All India Conference at Puri.
15th CITU All India Conference held at Puri from 26th to 30th November, 2016 participated by more than 2,000 delegates. Com A.K. Padmanabhan, President, CITU, inaugurated. The participants formed a human in a strong show of opposing demonetisation which has put miseries after miseries to people. The conference took decision to organize struggles against the anti-people, anti-worker policies of the government and congratulated the workers for the massive participation in the strike of 2nd September.
Coms. P.Abhimanyu, Animesh Mitra, K. Mahantesh, Arup Sarkar and Soma Sekharan Nair participated, who are office bearers of BSNLEU/BSNLCCWF. Com. Animesh Mitra attended and addressed the convention on “globalisation”.
13 December, 2016:Kerala Circle Conference of CCLU at Kannur on 18-19 Dec. 2016.
The Circle conference of Casual Contract Labour Union (CCLU) affiliated to BSNLCCWF and CITU will be held at Kannur on 18th and 19th December 2016. The conference is being held after a mighty struggle and favourable agreement increasing the wages and upgrading skills. Conference will be inaugurated by Com. Elamaram Karim, General Secretary, CITU, Kerala. Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri President and Animesh Mitra, Secretary General will participate.
08 December, 2016:BSNLCCWF extends to full support the one day Strike .
BSNL Unions and Associations has taken a decisions to go on strike on 15th December,2016 against the decision of Modi Govt. to form a separate Tower Company. BSNLCCWF, extends its total support to save BSNL Tower and Assets. It is well known that first they will sell the tower, then the building and equipment we will not allow this stop of this Central Government. Entire Casual and Contract workers will take part in the strike. Mobilize campaign programme with the regular staff to make the strike a grand success.
08 December, 2016:Meeting with DIR (HR), BSNL.
Com. VAN Namboodiri, President, Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, Com. Tapas Kumar Ghosh, Working President met with Sujata Ray, Director (HR) and discussed about the following issues.
Grant of the status and Regularisaiton.
In respect of regularization of the left out casual labourers and grant of the status, BSNLCCWF has submitted the details along with evidences to the CMD, BSNL and DIR (HRD), BSNL. In this connection, a meeting was held on 17th November, 2016 in the chamber of the Director (HRD). It is stated by our side that Casual labourers have been regularized by LIC, ESCI (under Ministry of Labour and Employment), Ministry of Corporate, Ministry of Revenue etc. In this way, BSNL can regularize the left out casual labourers who are working since Department of Telecommunications. It is also mentioned that BSNL should frame a new scheme to extend the financial benefits as assured in National Council Meeting by the management side. After the discussions, DIR(HR) directed the GM (Estd.) to scrutiny the documents which was submitted by Federation and submit the report at the earliest with your views on the issues of status and regularization of the left out casual labourers.
Implementation of 7 CPC minimum pay scales to the left out casual workers - working in BSNL engaged since DoT.
BSNCCWF is taking up this issues with the Corporate Management and it was discussed with Ms. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.). She replied that a committee has constituted regarding this issues. After getting the report, steps are being taken. She also stated that till the decision, DA will be continued on pre revised basic pay.
Implementation of the Gazette issued by Ministry of Labour and Employment, GoI to the Contract Workers.
Leaders of the BSNLCCWF pointed out that that ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India has already published the Gazette on 2nd September,16 to revise the daily rate of the wages to the contract workers. Management assured that as per the act , BSNL also carry out it.
28 November, 2016:Fidel Castro is no more with us.
Com.Fidel Castro is no more with us. He expired on last Friday at the age of 90 years. He was not only a Cuban revolutionary but also a freedom fighter for the whole working class of the world. He has transformed the Cuba into socialist country. Though there were so many hurdles created by us imperialism, but today Cuba has done a good development in health, education etc. BSNLCCWF pay its respectful homage to Com.Fidel Castro and assure that we will continue our struggle to achieve socialism. We cannot forget Com.Fidel Castro's last announcement ''socialism or death". Com. Fidel Castro…Lal Salam…!
28 November, 2016:Meeting at Dimapur.
Excellent and well attended meeting of casual workers and regular staff was held at Dimapur, NE-II Circle on 22nd November, 2016. Com. Saheb Singh, CS, BSNLEU, NE-II presided.Com. Buddhi Singh, VP, Com. Arup Gohai, CS, Com. R.K. Das, DS, were the other speakers in the meeting. Forum leaders including AIBSNLEA and SNEA representatives were also present. Really it is very good that the casual workers are getting full support of the regular staff to build up their struggle. Regularisation of the left out casual labours was the main agenda on which local leaders explained their anxiety. They have suggested to take up legal action on the issue. In response, Com.Animesh Mitra, SG, narrated the issue in details including the reporting of the meeting with Director (HR). He also mentioned about the Supreme Court verdict on equal pay for equal work. The announcement of March to Parliament on 22nd February, 2017, by the Secretary General inspired the workers. BSNL strike on 15th December, 2016 against Subsidiary Tower Company was also discussed in the meeting. BSNLEU extended its full support to make the convention a grand success.
28 November, 2016:Tamil Nadu circle convention held at Tirupur on 15.11.2016.
Telecom Contract Workers Union, Tamil Nadu circle has organised massive convention at Tirupur on 15.11.2016. Which was attended by more than 200 delegates came from Coimbatore and some nearby districts. In the first session an awareness programme on EPF and ESI was organised where officers from EPF and ESI authority presented the facilities in detail. After the lunch session, the convention started with a good gathering. Com. Animesh Mitra, General Secretary, BSNLCCWF, explained all the related matter to contract workers and anti-worker role of Modi govt. He also narrated the negative role of BSNL Management for exploiting the contract workers. Workers were very much inspired after the announcement by the Secretary General that a March to Parliament will be organised on 22nd February, 2017. Com.C.Rajendran, DS, Tiruppur, Com.T. Ramchandran, DS, TNTCWU, Com.C.Palaiswami, AGS, Com.M.Murugaiah, CP and C.Vinod, CS, were the other speakers. BSNLEU extended full cooperation to make the convention a grand success.<<views of the convention>>
28 November, 2016:Massive struggle in Tamil Nadu, by TNTCWU and BSNLEU, demanding settlement of the issues of the contract workers.
Tamil Nadu has shown the right path for the struggle. On 18th November, 2016, about 1700 regular and contract workers gathered in CGMT office, Chennai which compelled the management to accept the workers demand. Earlier, the management had retrenched house keeping staff in CGMT Office on the plea of new tender system. But after a massive struggle by the circle unions, the management has agreed to discuss with the unions and settled the issue. Workers are happy that they have got victory at last. <<views of the dharna>>
25 November, 2016:Gratuity for Casual labour.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF yesterday, 24-11-2016, met Shri J.S.Deepak, Secretary DOT and pointed about the non-implementation of gratuity to Casual workers, who are continuously working for years together. Though the Managing Committee of BSNL has approved the same, BSNL Board is yet to approve causing undue hardships to the concerned workers. Com.Namboodiri requested the Secretary to ensure that BSNL Board take the decision early. Secretary was much sympathetic to the issue. He advised me to meet the Additional Secretary, who is the DOT nominee in the Board. As Addl. Secretary was on tour, meeting will take place after his return.
18 November, 2016:No retrenchment of contract workers - Secretary General met with Shri A.N. Gupta, GM (Restg.).
Retrenchment of contract workers and violation of labour act are the main two issues on which our BSNLCCWF is getting so many complains from the circle and district unions. Com. Animesh Mitra, SG, met Shri A.N.Gupta, GM (Restg.) on 16th November, to discuss on this subject. He highlighted the name of the some circles like UP (East), Maharastra, UP (West), Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh etc. where the Management is retrenching the workers as they are demanding the minimum wage and EPF, ESI. He has also handed over a letter to the GM on the same subject. The GM (Restg.) replied that already they have taken some action in case of Jharkhand, UP (East) and Kerala. He assured that case will be look into for the other circle also.
17 November, 2016:Discussion held with management on the Gratuity issue for the Casual and Contractual Workers.
Gratuity for the Casual and Contractual Workers will be placed again in the next BSNL Board meeting. Today, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Working President, met with Director (HR) and GM (Est.), and it is learnt that the management has estimated approximate financial implication for the Gratuity for the Casual Workers only. The leadership reacted immediately and submits the Government order to Director (HR) wherein it is stated that as per the Gratuity Act, there is no difference among the regular staff, Casual workers and Contractual Workers. It is also reported that in the last board meeting held on 05-05-2016 it was decided that the complete financial implications of the proposal may be worked out as that a few circles has submitted the estimated amount for Gratuity payment. However, it was assured by the management that the next BSNL Board meeting, management will try to get the approval from the said meeting though there is a strong objection from the DoT representative on this issue. BSNLCCWF will try to meet the DoT Officer and convince our logic and views.
17 November, 2016:Regular Staffs and Contractual Workers reacted against the retrenchment of the workers in Tamil Nadu.
On the issue of the retrenchment of Contractual Workers who are working at the Chief General Manager, Telecom, Chennai, as house keeping staffs, watch and ward & Security Guard etc. in protest, BSNL Employees Union and Tamil Nadu Telecom Contractual Workers Union has started the agitational programme before CGMT, Office on 16/11/2017. The Circle and District Office Bearers of the both unions has started the two days Relay Hunger Strike programme on 16th and 17th November,2016. The incident happened in CGMT office when the new contractors has got the tender and retrenched the contractual workers engaged since long time. Both Circle Unions were trying to settle the issues through negotiation with DGM (HR) but Administration is adamant to settle the issues. So, as a compulsion, the circle union has taken the decision to start the relay hunger strike programme. On 18th November,2016, there will be a historic gathering of regular staffs and contractual workers in front of the CGMT Office. Hope, the management will realize the situation and settle the issues with a meaningful discussion with the union.
16 November, 2016:Struggle is the only way – 4 days dharna programme in Jaunpur, UP (East) circle.
4 days dharna programme of the contract labours in Jaunpur district, UP (East) circle has compelled the Management to discuss with the union. The contractor labours are not getting the wages since 8 months and the contractors had also retrenched some of our comrades including the District Secretary, Jaunpur, Com. Dayaram Yadav. So, the district union has started the dharna programme on 08th November, 2016, infront of TDM Office, Jaunpur, Mirzapur district. TDM was not ready to discuss the matter with the union as it was the contract labour issue. As a reaction of the incident the dharna programme continued upto four days. BSNLEU District Secretary, Com. Suresh Yadav had also extend full support of the regular staff. Then the TDM was compelled to discuss with the union leaders. On a prompt reaction of the meeting with the union, the TDM issued order to the contractor for immediate payment of 8 month salary to the contract workers. He also assured to engaged the retrenched labours in suitable place. Com. Haridwar Yadav, AGS, Com. Jitlal Mourya, CS, Com. Binoy Kr. Singh, DS, Com. Suresh Kr. Bind, Com. Santosh Kr. Srivastava, were the leaders who have organised the programme effectively.<<view of the meeting>>
15 November, 2016:Contract Workers gathering in Chennai – Secretary General addressed the meeting.
A good meeting of the BSNL Contract Workers was organised in Chennai by the BSNLCCWF, Chennai circle on 12th November, 2016. The meeting held at flower bazaar Telephone Exchange, Chennai where a good number of women comrades participated. Com. M. Kanniappan, Circle President, com. Punitha Udaikumar, Ex. AIVP, Com. Murugaiah, Vice President, Com. Kasi, Circle Secretary and other circle office bearers were present in the meeting. Com. Murugaiah, Vice President and Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General explained the Casual Contract Labour issues in details. Com. K. Govindaraj, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, narrated the contract labour issue in Chennai circle and role of the union. March to Parliament on 22nd February, 2017 and strengthening the organisation were the other issues on which the speakers express their views. Com. Anna Malai, presided over the meeting.<<view of the meeting>>
15 November, 2016:Management discussed with the Union – Dharna programme postponed in UP (West).
It was decided that BSNLCCWF, UP (West) circle will organise a dharna programme before CGMT Office on 7th November, 2016. Preparation was in full swing, notice was also served to the CGMT by the Circle Secretary, BSNLCCWF, com.Naresh Pal. BSNLEU had also extend full support to the programme. As a result on 7th morning CGMT UP (West) intervene on the issue and discussed the related matter with the union leaders. Management has ensured that, (1) payment of contract workers will be on 22nd in every month. (2) The contractors bill will be released after depositing the contribution amount of EPF and ESI only (3) Minimum wage and payment through cheque was also ensured. Com. Ansar Ali, President, Com.U.S. Teotia, CS, BSNLEU, Com. Naresh Pal, CS, BSNLCCWF and Com. Joyvir Singh Taygi were present in the meeting. The dharna programme was postponed after the fruitful discussion with the Management.
09 November, 2016:Circle Executive Committee Meeting and Demonstration by Karnataka Non-Permanent Workers Union.
The extended meeting of the Karnataka State BSNL Non-Permanent Workers Union, affiliated to BSNLCCWF and CITU was held at Conference Hall at Bengaluru on 08-11-2016. About 200 comrades including a good number of women participated. Com. C.K.Gundanna, Circle President, KNPW Union and Circle Secretary, BSNLEU presided. Comrade Mahantesh, General Secretary Non-Permanent Workers union welcomed all and explained the issues to be discussed. Com. Gundanna, President gave the guidelines for the discussion. In his inaugural speech Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, All India President, BSNLCCWF, briefed the house about the decisions taken in the meeting of the Central Secretariat held on 26-10-2016, including the decision to organise a Parliament March on 22-02-2017 on the Charter of demands placed by the Federation. He congratulated the Karnataka workers for their struggles for ensuring minimum wage etc. Comrades M.C.Balakrishna, Org. Secretary BSNLEU, Balaji, Shanbag, CITU, Sudershan, Dist. Secretary BSNLEU, Girish, Cheluvaraj, Shabarish Kumar office-bearers BSNLCCWF addressed. The CEC decided to participate in the 22 February Parliament March as per quota allotted.
The leaders met the CGMT Shri Nagaraju and discussed about the problems of the casual and contract workers in the circle.<<view of the meeting>>
08 November, 2016:Central Secretariat Decisions – Parliament March on 22-02-2017. CHQ circular no.7.<<click here>>
08 November, 2016:Meeting of CCLU at Kozhikode.
A meeting of the Executive Committee of BSNLCCWF was held at Kozhikode on 07-11-2016 presided over by Com. Jayarajan, District President. Com. T.T.Asokan, District Secretary welcomed all. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF in his inaugural speech explained the decisions of the Central Secretariat meeting held on 26-10-2016, including the Parliament March on 22-02-2017 and the meetings with the CLC, CMD BSNL etc. He also explained the Charter of demands presented by the CCWF. He congratulated the kerala contract workers for the historic strike and achievement. Com.M.Vijaya Kumar, All India Org. Secretary BSNLEU addressed the meeting.
08 November, 2016:Meeting of Casual Contract Workers at Mysuru.
A meeting of the BSNLCCWF was held at Mysuru on 4th November 2016 attended by about 200 workers including many women comrades. Com. N.K.Balaji Rao, President, CITU Dist. Committee, Mysuru, presided. Com.Ramalinga, Dist. Secretary BSNLCCWF welcomed all the participants. Coms. Mahantesh, State secretary, BSNLCCWF, Shabarish Kumar, All India Org. Secretary, Bhandari leader AIBDPA, Subramaniam, leader BSNLEU and other comrades addressed.Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, All India President, was honoured and felicitated.
Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri addressed the workers and explained the various struggles organised by the Federation to ensure the implementation of the government and CMD BSNL orders with regard to minimum wages, EP, ESI etc. and on regularisation. The Charter of demands adopted by the Nagercoil Conference has been forwarded to all concerned and discussions held with CLC, CMD, Director(HR) and other officers. A Massive parliament March is being organised on 22nd February 2017 and thousands are expected to participate. He congratulated the Karnataka Comrades for their participation in the 2nd September 2016 strike and for many other struggles conducted.
02 November, 2016:Indifferent attitude of BSNL Management on Gratuity Issue for the Casual and Contract Labourer – BNSLCCWF demands for intervention of Chief Labour Commissioner.
BSNL Management has taken a stand to inordinate delay to implement the Gratuity in BSNL for the casual and contract workers. It is about one year back while official side had informed in the National Council Meeting that Management Committee has approved the Gratuity for the Casual Labourers. But the BSNL Board has not approved the same till date. In this circumstance, on behalf of the BSNLCCWF, on 27th October, 2016, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri and Com. Animesh Mitra met the Chief Labour Commissioner, Mr. Anil Nayak, New Delhi and submitted the list of the some expired and retired casual and contract workers demanding to extend the financial benefit including Gratuity. The Chief Labour Commissioner stated that this demand is legal and justified. He also assured that necessary action will be taken against the Management so that the retired and expired workers can get a justice. The leadership has requested to take early action to introduce the Gratuity for the Casual and Contract Workers in BSNL.
01 November, 2016:Equal pay to equal work - Be ready for struggle to implement the Supreme Court Verdict.
At last, Hon’ble Supreme Court accepted the demand of the Casual/ Contract/ Temporary workers. We are getting good response and more queries on the court verdict. On 27th October, 2016, Com. V. A. N. Namboodiri, President and Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCW, met the Chief Labour Commissioner and Director (HR) and discussed to implement the court verdict in BSNL. It is fact, there are so many rules, regulations, Acts and orders but the Government attitude is totally negative to implement these. That is why, Hon’ble Supreme court has delivered it’s historic Judgement for equal pay for equal work for casual/contract/temporary workers. All Central Trade unions in our country had organized the one Day General Strike twice in 2015 and 2016 on the same demands. Now it is our task to organize the members and raise the voice before the authority for early implementation of the court verdict. We are enclosing 102 pages verdict with this report so that, you can study the verdict in details.<<view SC judgement>>
28 October, 2016:‘Equal Pay for Equal Work’ – An important Judgement of the Supreme Court.
An important judgment has been pronounced by the Supreme Court on ‘Equal Pay for Equal Work.” A Bench of Justices J.S.Khehar, and S.A.Bobde said the principle of equal pay for equal work constitutes a clear and unambiguous right vested in every employee, whether engaged on regular or temporary basis.
The Bench further said “in our considered view, it is fallacious to determine artificial parameters to deny fruits of labour. An employee engaged for the same work, cannot be paid less than another… Certainly not, in a welfare state. Such an action besides, demeaning, strikes at the very foundation of human dignity.”
The Bench continued:”Any act of paying less wages as compared to others similarly situated, constitutes an act of exploitative enslavement, emerging out of a domineering position. Undoubtedly, the action is oppressive, suppressive, and co-ersive as it compels involuntary subjugation.”
The judgement is establishing the right of the workers and their demand: Equal Pay for Equal Work”. This is a great judgment indeed! The government and the Management should implement. (With inputs from “Times of India”, 27.10.2016)
28 October, 2016:Meeting with Chief Labour Commissioner.
Comrades V.A.N.Namboodiri, President and Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF met the Chief Labour Commissioner Shri Anil Kumar Nayak on 27th October 2016, and presented the issues of the casual and contract Labour in BSNL. The representatives of the Federation brought to the notice of the CLC that neither minimum wages are being paid, nor EPF and ESI implemented in many places, despite clear government and CMD BSNL orders in this respect. CLC stated that he had issued instructions to the State labour commissioners in this respect earlier and will also send a reminder to ensure that the labor laws are got implemented. The case of implementing the Group D pay scales for the casual labour was also pointed out. The representatives submitted their memorandum on the Gazette Notification on Minimum wage which proposed Rs.350 per day. BSNLCCWF demanded Rs.650 per day and also upgradation of categories considering the number of years etc. CLC gave a patient hearing to the representatives.
26 October, 2016:Madhya Pradesh – A strong citadel of CCWF held 3rd Circle Conference at Bhopal on 25.10.2016.
Casual Contract Labour Organisation was formed in Madhya Pradesh in 2008 under the leadership of our beloved leader late S.R. Nayak, in Bhopal, on last 20th October, the casual contract labourers has shown it’s deep respect to his leader by holding a good conference of the BSNLCCWF with a good gathering of casual, contract, regular employees and pensioners also. It was the 3rd Circle Conference held at P&T Colony, Community Hall. The programme was started after the flag hoisting by Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF. The conference was inaugurated by Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF. He narrated the present scenario and called upon the workers to strengthen the organisation, so that we can achieve our legitimate demands. Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, spoke in detail about the charter of demands of the BSNLCCWF. He also appreciated the leaders of BSNLEU who are seriously organising the casual and contract labours in Madhya Pradesh. After placing the report by Com. Umashankar Singh, CS, CCWF, about 11 delegates spoke on the report. It has come in the discussion that serious struggle has taken place in Jabalpur, Mandsour and Bhopal in recent past and in some SSA the Management is still violating the labour laws and the Corporate Office order too. Com. Prakash Sharma, CS, BSNLEU, Com. Parvesh Khan, AIBSNLEA, Com. Jagdish Singh, Org. Secretary (CHQ), com. Datta Majumdev, CS, SNEA and other leaders addressed the meeting. The conference concluded with a decision that each SSA will organise March to CGMT Office, Bhopal in December, 2016.<<views of the meeting>>
26 October, 2016:Meghalaya Casual and Contract Labour Union State Conference held on 24th September, 2016, at CTO Office, Shillong.
A good number of Casual and Contract Labours came from different parts of Meghalaya in the State Conference of BSNLCCWF at Shillong. The delegates discussed the present scenario of BSNL and the poor situation of the casual contract workers life prevailing in our country. Issues like regularisaton, TSM status, IDA pay scale, wages, Rs.18,000/- minimum salary and the difficulties to get the monthly salary due to the ERP system are the subject on which the delegates and the speakers expressed their views and comments. After a detailed deliberation by the speakers the conference ended with election of 21 office bearers. Com. Gopal Das, Com. D.G. Momin, and Udesh Rai elected as President, Secretary and Treasurer for the next tenure. The house unanimously accepted the proposal of Com. Swapan Chakraborty and Com. M.N. Bhattacharya as Advisor and Patron of the union.
22 October, 2016:Victory for BSNLCCWF Chhattisgarh – Rs.2.79 crore paid towards EPF by BSNL Management.
The EPF Appellate Tribunal, New Delhi in it’s order dated 20.10.2016 has dismissed the appeal filed by CGM, Chhattisgarh circle against the decision of the Assistant Provident Commissioner, Chhattisgarh directing the CGM BSNL to remit Rs.2,79,19,404 towards EPF contribution of contract workers. The order will benefit the Contract Workers.
The apathy of the BSNL Circle Management can be understood from the fact that out of total 84 hearings since 2005 by Assistant Provident Commissioner, Raipur, only very few hearings were attended by BSNL representatives.
Our Hearty Congratulations for the victory of Chhattisgarh BSNL CCWF & BSNLEU Comrades !
22 October, 2016:Good News ! All those transferred in connection with Contract Labour agitation Kerala, brought back to Circe Office.
Com. K. Mohan, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU and Circle President, BSNLCCWF has informed that all the comrades who were transferred from CGM Office to other offices in connection with BSNLCCWF agitation have been reposted to Circle Office. It is a great victory for BSNLEU & BSNLCCWF. All other transfers, suspensions, etc. had been cancelled earlier. Due to the agitation the daily wages of contract workers were raised by Rs.80 – 100, but union leaders were victimized.
Hearty Congratulations to BSNLEU & BSNLCCWF comrades of Kerala for the great victory !
22 October, 2016:Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLCCWF, UP (East) circle, held at Mirzapur.<<views of the meeting>>
18 October, 2016:Agitated contract workers has started the agitational programme in Begusarai, Bihar.
Contract labourers has started agitational programme in Begusarai, Bihar. Workers are not getting the wages since 4 months in Begusarai. A few months ago they have formed the CCWF union. As it was decided that the agitated workers will go on dharna programme. Accordingly on 17th October, the programme was started before TDM office Begusarai. About 100 workers came in the gathering and it was addressed by K.K.Choudhury DS, CCWF and Suresh Prasad Singh, Dist. Secretary, CITU. Officer from RLC also came in the dharna programme and the demonstration programme was still going on. Other section of the workers from other PSUs have also expressed their solidarity. After getting information about the programme, Com, Animesh Mitra have discussed the matter with K.K. Choudhury, DS, Laxman Kumar, Circle Secretary, CCWF and com.B.P.Singh, CS, BSNLEU. The programme is still continuing in the 2nd day.
18 October, 2016:Casual Contract Workers on strike at Begusarai, Bihar.
Casual and Contract Workers in Begusarai, Bihar are on strike from 17.10.2016 demanding Minimum Wage, implementation of EPF, ESI etc. Com. K.K. Chaudhari, Branch Secretary, BSNLCCWF as well as BSNLEU is leading the struggle. Due to strike all the works are at standstill. Hearty Congratulations to Begusarai Comrades !
15 October, 2016:Variable DA increased for Contract Labour from 01.10.2016 as per orders of Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) dated 30.09.2016.<<view order>>
15 October, 2016:Be ready for the struggle.
Dear comrade, Festival season is going on throughout the country. CMD has sanctioned an amount of Rs.3,000/- bonus for the casual labours also. The contract labours are also getting bonus in some circles based on existing labour laws. We have to pursue the Management to make payment in other circles. In the meantime, the Ministry of Labour has proposed a revision of minimum wages. They will finalise it in the next month. We have to submit our views and proposals to upgrade and make better the proposal. Casual labours wage should also be upgraded based on the Minimum pay scale of 7 CPC. BSNL board has not yet approved the gratuity order for the casual and contract labours. The local level management is trying to retrench the contract labours who are raising their voice against the exploitation by the contractors and local officers too. Stop this type of retrenchment and violation of labour laws. Only strong and sustained struggle can achieve all these demands. So, festival season will be over very soon. Now be ready to start the struggle.
Com. Animesh Mitra,
Secretary General, BSNLCCWF.
10 October, 2016:Gratuity to TSM/ Casual Labour and Contract Workers
As per government of India Orders and labour laws, TSM/Casual Labour and Contract Worker are eligible for payment of Gratuity. The issue was brought before the Parliament Standing Committee and the Management several times. After much persuasion, the Management Committee approved gratuity for TSM/Casual labours, but the BSNL Board is yet to approve the same. In this connection Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President and Com.Animesh Mitra, Secretary General BSNLCCWF had met the Management and demanded for early discussion. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri met Shri N.Sivasailam, Additional Secretary DOT who is the DOT member in the BSNL Board and discussed the issue demanding for early decision. The issue is being pursued vigorously.
10 October, 2016:BSNL should pay bonus to contract workers.
After much discussion and persuasion by BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF, orders have been issued for payment of bonus to regular employees and TSM/Casual labours on 07-10-2016. But no order has been issued for Bonus to contract workers engaged in BSNL. Contract workers are eligible for bonus as per labour laws. This has been brought to the notice of the BSNL Management several times. We demand that BSNL management issue early orders for payment of bonus to the contract workers also.
06 October, 2016:Demonstration by BSNLEU & BSNLCCWF on 3rd October, 2016 at Raipur for settlement of urgent demands. The unions submitted memorandum to CGMT shri R.N. Patel.<<views of the demonstration>>
06 October, 2016:Massive Dharna by Casual Contract workers held on 27.09.2016, at Maharashtra circle.<<views of the dharna>>
03 October, 2016:Meeting with Director(HR) and GM(Estt.) BSNL on casual contract labour issues.
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.
03 October, 2016:Meeting with CMD BSNL on casual contract Labour issues.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri President BSNLCCWF met Shri Anupam Shrivastava CMD BSNL on 3rd October 2016 and discussed the following issues:
1) Bonus to Casual and Contract workers – Com.Namboodiri demanded that on the basis of the government orders both the casual and contract workers are eligible for Bonus in 2014-15. BSNL has approved bonus for regular employees. Bonus should be paid at the earliest. A letter was also handed over in this respect.
2) It was demanded that wages as per VII CPC govt. decisions i.e., Rs.18,000 be paid to the casual Labour.
3) The decision on gratuity to Casual Labour though approved by Management is pending decision by BSNL Board. It may be expedited. Gratuity for contract Labour also be given. CMD assured that all the above issues will be favourably considered and decisions taken.
30 September, 2016:Massive Dhana Programme by Casual and Contract Workers.
As per the decision of the Central Executive Committee of BSNLCCWF, massive dharna was held on 27th September, 2016, by the casual contract workers in many centres with massive participation. In West Bengal Telecom Circle, CTO Office more than 500 comrades participated. In Kerala dharna was organized in all the districts with large number of workers participating. In Tamil Nadu also it was not different. In West Bengal, Karnataka, Maharashtra, M.P., Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Assam, NE-I, NE-II and other states also the dharna was well organized. Calcutta Telephone Thika Mazdoor Union organized the dharna programme in all district level. In some circles, the memorandum was submitted to the CGM/GM. Most of the Circles, BSNL Employees Union took the vital role to make the successful programme. The demands included regularization, grant of TSM status, wages should be determined on the basis of the minimum relevant pay scale i.e. Rs.18,000/- plus dearness allowance, HRA, TA etc., implementation of social security measures like EPF, ESI Gratuity, compensation, maternity leave etc for casual and contract workers.
Starting was very good, the struggle calls upon the workers to come in Delhi to raise the voice in the Parliament floor. We congratulate all the workers and leaders who organized and participated in the struggle. We demand the government to urgently settle these fully justified demands.
30 September, 2016:Well attended “DEMANDS DAY” observed in West Bengal Circle.
At the call of BSNLCCWF the “Demands Day” observed in a befitting manner throughout West Bengal Circle on 27.09.2016. The massive gathering took place at CTO Kolkata where more than 300 Casual & Contractual workers assembled in the programme. The programme started with a huge rally with slogans of their just demands. Com Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF & Tapas Kr. Ghosh, President, BSNLCCWF, were the main two speakers. Com Mitra in his speech detailed the demands and derogative role of the management to settle the issues. He congratulated the members for their active and enthusiastic participation in the programme despite threat from the TEU BSNL Goons. Com Tapas Ghosh appealed to the members to be united so that the demands can be achieved. Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS, BSNLEU, WB, Goutam Das and Tarak Kundu, both ACS, BSNLCMU, WB, also spoke on the occasion. In fine the Charter of Demands was handed over to Mr. P.S. Bhattacharya, Senior GM, West Bengal Circle. Coms. Swapan Chanda and Anirban Ghosh presided over the demonstration meeting.<<views of the meeting>>
30 September, 2016:Massive Dharna by Casual Contract workers held on 27.09.2016, at Tamil Nadu circle.<<views of the dharna>>
30 September, 2016:Massive Dharna by Casual Contract workers held on 27.09.2016, at Kerala circle.<<views of the dharna>>
30 September, 2016:Massive Dharna by Casual Contract workers held on 27.09.2016, at North East-I circle.<<views of the dharna>>
30 September, 2016:Massive Dharna by Casual Contract workers held on 27.09.2016, at Madhya Pradesh circle.<<views of the dharna>>
30 September, 2016:Massive Dharna by Casual Contract workers held on 27.09.2016, at Assam Circle.<<views of the dharna>>
30 September, 2016:Massive Dharna by Casual Contract workers held on 27.09.2016, at UP (West) Circle.<<views of the dharna>>
28 September, 2016:BSNL Management should open their eyes and settle issues of its casual and Contract workers.
The massive dharnas yesterday (27th September) all over India by BSNL Casual and Contract workers should open the eyes of the management to the genuine problems of the workers and settle the same. The brutal exploitation of the low paid employees should be put an end to.
27 September, 2016:Massive Dharna by Casual Contract workers.
As per the decision of the Central Executive Committee of BSNLCCWF, massive dharnas were held today, 27th September by the casual contract workers in many centres with massive participation. In Kolkata more than 500 comrades participated. In Kerala dharna was organised in all the districts with large number of workers participating. In T.Nadu also it was not different. In W.Bengal, Karnataka, Maharashtra, M.P., Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and other states also the dharna was well organised.
The demands included a minimum wage of Rs.18,000, implementation of EPF, ESI, Gratuity for casual and contract workers, Bonus, regularisation etc. The demand of implementing the VII CPC pay scales for the casual labour is also pending with the BSNL Management. We congratulate all the workers and leaders who organised and participated in the struggle. We demand the government to urgently settle these fully justified demands.
23 September, 2016:Observe 27th September,2016 – the demand day for the casual and contract workers.
The CEC meeting held in Delhi in last month has taken a decision to observe the demand day in the month of September, to highlight the demands of casual and contract labourers before the management. Accordingly it has been decided that Dharna and Demonstration programme will be organized throughout the country. 10 points charter of demands has already been circulated to all of you for wide circulation. In the meantime, we have noticed that the proposal of Gazette notification for the minimum wages has been published by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India. Our Federation has already submitted demanding the Rs. 18,000/- salary per month before the CMD BSNL. On the issue of the Bonus/PLI, CMD has approved an amount of the Rs.3000/- for the employees in BSNL. Discussion is going on to arrange a meeting to frame a status of casual and contract workers. So, on 27th demonstration/Dharna programme should be organized with a good preparation so that we can make a good campaign among the members on our demands.
22 September, 2016:
10 points charter of demands for the Dharna programme on 27-09-2016
19 September, 2016:BSNL CCWF circular no.6.<<click here>>
07 September, 2016:Meeting will be held to frame a scheme to settle the demands of BSNLCCWF.
Ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR), assured the BSNLCCWF leaders that Management will discuss in details with the union to frame a scheme for settling demands of casual contract labours. A detailed discussion took place on 06-09-2016 between the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation represented by its President Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri and Secretary General Com. Animesh Mitra and Smt. Sujata Ray, Director (HR) on a scheme to be prepared for the regularisation of left-out casual labour numbering around 3,000. The Federation leaders explained the entire matters connected with the regularisation issue, including the action taken by Postal, other government departments as also by LIC. Copies of the relevant orders were supplied to Director(HR). It was assured that the entire matters will be looked in to afresh. The leaders requested that immediate funds may be made available to Kerala Circle for payment of the arrears of increased wages to the contract workers in Kerala.
07 September, 2016:Meeting with CMD BSNL on Casual Contract workers issues.
Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President and Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF met Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL on 06-09-2016 and discussed about the regularisation of casual labour, implementation of minimum wage, EPF, ESI etc. as also implementation of gratuity. The union leaders also requested that necessary funds be allotted to Kerala Circle for making payment of arrears of the wages as per the recent agreement on the wages of contract labour. CMD agreed to look in to all the matters urgently. Improvement of the services also was discussed. The necessity of immediate countering steps against the aggressive entry of Reliance Jio was also discussed. Better service and expansion is required.
07 September, 2016:Meeting with Additional Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), on issues of the casual and contract workers, like Regularisation of Casual Labour, Implementation of Minimum wage, EPF, ESI, Gratuity to the casual contract workers, Retrenchment of contract labour etc.
Com. V.A.N.Nambodiri President and Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General BSNLCCWF to day, 6th September 2016, met Shri P.K.Saxena, Additional Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), New Delhi at Shram Shakti Bhawan and discussed about the major issues of the casual and contract workers, like Regularisation of Casual Labour, Implementation of Minimum wage, EPF, ESI, Gratuity to the casual contract workers, Retrenchment of contract labour etc. A detailed Memorandum on these issues was presented to the Additional CLC.
The Addl. CLC told that directions will be given to the Dy. Chief Labour Commissioners(Central) in the states to take necessary steps to get the government orders implemented when any such complaints are received. He also stated that the information of those workers who got retired/died without getting gratuity be intimated to the CLC so that immediate action can be taken to get the gratuity paid urgently. He also wanted the details of the circles in detail where minimum wage, EPF, ESI are not implemented. The union leaders agreed to give the same and requested for early action.
07 September, 2016:Regularisation of casual labourers, gratuity and other issues – CCWF leadership met GM (Estt.).
Yesterday the 06.09.2016, the Casual Contract Workers Federation leadership met with Smt. Madhu Arora, GM (Restt.), and discussed on the issue of regularisation of casual labourers, gratuity and other issues. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, discussed about the scheme of the regularisation and TSM status in details and supplied some documents in favour of regularisation. They have also expressed their unhappiness on the issue of the delay settlement of gratuity of the casual contract labourers. GM (Restt.) assured that in the next Board meeting the gratuity case will be put up again for consideration of the Board. The regularisation case of com. Sabastian, TSM, Kerala was discussed based on Supreme Court judgement. GM (Restt.) assured that necessary instruction will be convey to CGM, Kerala.
05 September, 2016:The Contract labours has started Dharna Programme in Madhya Pradesh.
The Contractual Labourers in Mandsore and Jabbalpur in Madhya Pradesh Circle have started the indefinite Dharna programme against the labourers retrenchment by the contractors. In Mandsore the Dharna programme had started 40 days back and in Jabalpur it has started on last Monday 29th August, 2016. In both cases the Union has raised it’s voice to implement the minimum wages as per the labour laws. Though the union had discussed the matter with the Labour Commission and the Management too but no fruitful result has come to settle the issue. The recognised union in department, BSNL Employees Union has already approached the CGM Madhya Pradesh for his active intervention as the service has already affected in Madhya Pradesh. On the other hand, the regular employees under banner of BSNLEU are also thinking to join the struggle. Tomorrow the leadership of Casual Contractual Worker Federation will meet the management at Corporate Office to settle the issue.
05 September, 2016:Government’s proposal for Minimum Wage notified.
Government of India has notified in Gazette of India dated 1st September, 2016 its proposals for fixing the minimum wages of the contract labours. The wages for unskilled, semi-skilled, skilled and highly skilled for A class, B Class, C class cities are notified and asked for any suggestions to be submitted within 2 months before finalisation.
According to the notification an unskilled worker will get a daily wage of Rs. 350 in C Class cities as on 01-01-2016. This will come to Rs. 9,100/- in a month for an unskilled worker in a C class city. Variable DA will be added for the VDA increasing after 01-01-2016 which comes to Rs.9,227/- as on 1st September 2016.
Our demand is for Rs.18,000/- as minimum wage which is one of the demands raised in the 2nd September 2016 strike in which the casual contract workers of BSNL also participated.
03 September, 2016:BSNL Casual Contract Workers strike in various centres at Maharashtra circle.<<<Click here>>
02 September, 2016:Successful Strike of BSNL Casual and Contract Workers – Congratulations!
Tens of thousands of casual and contract workers engaged in BSNL went on strike today, 2nd September 2016 as per the call of the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation and also the 10 Central Trade Unions. In Circles like Kerala, T.Nadu, W.Bengal, Kolkata, Assam, Karnataka, Odisha, UP(East), Jharkhand etc. the strike was a big success. The workers in other circles also went on strike. Reports from some other circles are yet to be received.
The strike has been organized on the demand of Minimum Wage of Rs.18,000 to contract workers, implementation of social security measures like EPF, ESI etc., No privatization of PSUs, Bring down prices etc. It is reported that more than 15 crore workers have participated in the strike.
BSNL Casual and Contract workers participated in the joint rallies and processions organized by the Central Trade Unions, BSNLEU etc. etc. BSNLCCWF CHQ congratulates all the workers for the participation in the strike on our demands as also on the general demands of the people and toiling masses! <<<views of the strike>>
01 September, 2016:Decisions of CEC Meeting held at New Delhi on 6-7 August 2016 - CHQ circular no.5.<<view circular>>
01 September, 2016:Demonstration/discussion regarding demands of BSNLCCWF in Jharkhand on 29.08.2016.
A discussion held with Sr. GM (HR) Jharkhand on 29.08.2016 in his chamber on demands of casual and contract workers. Com Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF led the discussion. He placed problems faced by workers in Jharkhand in spite of several orders issued by Corporate Office and non implementation of the same in the Circle. Com. Naresh Lal, Circle Secretary BSMNLEU was also present in the discussion.
Workers around 300 reached the circle office in procession with banners/ posters displaying the demands. Workers have not been paid their wage for five months to one year. Procession was led by Com Bhawan Singh Circle President and Com Sudama Pal Circle Secretary Jharkhand BSNLCCWF. Management represented by the GM(HR) assured immediate solution consulting with SSA heads concerned.<<views of the demonstration>>
01 September, 2016:Strike by casual and contract workers in Jabalpur for implementation of minimum wage, EPF, ESI etc.<<views of the strike>>
01 September, 2016:Meeting with GM(Estt.) and GM(Restructuring), BSNL.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLCCWF met Smt. Madhu Arora, GM(Estt.) and discussed about grant of Gratuity to the TSM and Casual workers in BSNL. It was stated that the BSNL Management has approved the proposal, the BSNL Board is yet to approve the same. Some members of the Board wanted the full details of the number of workers, the wages they are being paid etc. Circles have asked to send the details, but reports are yet to be received from some circles. Effort is being made get the reports so that the matter can be presented in the next board meeting. Union demanded for early solution of the same and get it approved by the BSNL Board.
Com.Namboodiri met Shri A.M.Gupta, GM (Restructuring) and demanded for stern action for implementation of CMD orders on Minimum wage, EPF, ESI etc. to contract workers in UP(East) and other circles where they are not implemented. He stated that strict instructions have been issued for implementation of the same. Com.Namboodiri pointed out the agitation in UP(E), Jabalpur and other places by the contract workers for getting these orders implemented and demanded immediate action.
01 September, 2016:Meeting with Director (HR) on Casual labour issue.
Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLCCWF met Smt. Sujata Ray, Director (HR), BSNL on 31st August and discussed about the implementation of the new pay/wages for the casual labour and TSM in BSNL. The central government has issued orders on the recommendations of the VII CPC, according to which the lowest wage in central government is Rs. 18,000. This should be implemented for the TSM and Casual labour in BSNL as per existing rules. Director (HR) assured that this will be done. Smt. Madhu Arora GM(Estt.) was also present.
Com. Namboodiri also brought to the notice of the Director (HR) about the regularisation of Com.P.J.Sebastian, TSM, Kerala, who have passed the examination, but the posting was delayed. The management went on appeal to the Supreme Court against the decision of the Kerala High Court to post him as Telecom Mechanic, but the appeal was dismissed. Director(HR) stated that the letter from the GMT Kerala has been received and it is being examined.
22 August, 2016:Meeting with CGM UP(East) on Contract worker issues.
Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, K.R.Yadav, Vice-President BSNLEU, R.K.Mishra, Circle President, BSNLCCWF and Circle Secretary BSNLCCWF, Jeetlal Maurya, Circle Secretary BSNLCCWF and Haridwar Yadav, BSNLCCWF met CGM UP(East) Shri T.N. Shukla on 19th August 2016 and discussed about the issues of the casual and contract workers. The union representatives pointed out that the CMD orders on Minimum wage, EPF, ESI etc are not being implemented in UP(East) Circle. Only about Rs. 1,500/- / 2,000/- is paid which is only about one-fourth of the minimum wage. The direction of the CMD that the payment is to be made through cheque or to be put in accounts is being violated. EPF and ESI are not implemented. The Union representatives demanded that all these issues should be settled by implementation of the orders of the government and CMD BSNL. The CGM agreed to ensure that orders are got implemented.
20 August, 2016:Memorandum submitted to the Minister of Communications in Varanasi.<<click here>>
18 August, 2016:Minimum Wage increased to Rs.14,055/- by Delhi Government.
The Kejriwal Government has issued orders increasing the minimum wage of the workers in Delhi from the present Rs.9,568/- to Rs.14,055/- an increase of over 50%. The wages for the semi-skilled is increased from Rs.10,582/- to Rs.15,471/- and skilled from Rs.11,622/- to Rs.17,033/-.
We congratulate the Delhi AAP Government for the fully justified increase. The Central Trade Unions have demanded the Central Government to increase the minimum wages to Rs.18,000/-. Though government agreed to increase toRs.10,000/-, even for that no orders have been issued. This is one of the demand in the 2nd September Nationwide Strike.
08 August, 2016:Resolutions of the CEC meeting of BSNLCCWF held at New Delhi on 06th & 07th August, 2016.
1) Resolution on retrenchment of Casual and contract workers.<<click here>>
2) Resolution on the revision of minimum wages and other benefits to Casual and Contract Workers.<<click here>>
3) Resolution on September 2nd General Strike.<<click here>>
4) Resolution on Organisational matters.<<click here>>
5) Resolution on labour reforms.<<click here>>
08 August, 2016:A good gathering of Casual and Contractual Labourers in Delhi – Open Session of BSNLCCWF.
Well organised and a good gathering of the Casual and Contractual workers held on 7th August in the open session of BSNLCCWF. Com. Swades Devroye, Secretary CITU was the main speaker of the Open Session. He urged upon all to buildup a high degree coordination of BSNLCCWF with other PSU’s contract workers. He focused on the example of the Strike programme of the electricity workers of Haryana and explained the necessity of United Trade Union Struggle. We are very happy to hear from com. Devroy that BSNLCCCWF is trying to buildup a militant organization and unleash sustained struggle in BSNL. Com. P. Abhimanyu GS, BSNLEU and Com. Animesh Mitra, SG, BSNLCCWF explained the scenario of BSNL and the road map from Guwahati to New Delhi. It can be recalled that in Guwahati, in the all India conference BSNLEU it was decided to form organization among the Casual and Contractual Workers. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, presided over the meeting and he explained the role of the BSNL management on the Casual and Contractual labourers issue and the necessity for sustained struggle. Leaders from BSNLEU, Com. Swapan Chakroborty, Dy.GS, Com. Saibal Sen Gupta, Treasure, Com. R.S. Chauhan, Org. Secretary(CHQ), Com. Upendar Singh Teotia, Circle Secretary, UP (West) were preset in the meeting. A large number of Casual and Contractual Workers and regular employees also came from UP(West), UP(East) and NTR Circle to make the open session a grand success.<<views of the open session>>
08 August, 2016:CEC meeting of BSNLCCWF at New Delhi - important milestone for the workers movement in BSNL.
A historic Central Executive committee meeting of BSNL Casual and Contractual Workers Federation was held at Garhwal Bhawan, New Delhi on 6th & 7th August, 2016. The Two days meeting concluded on 7th evening after the open session with a participation of more than 120 Casual and Contractual Workers. From 21st Circles 53 delegates attended the meeting. On the 1st day, programme started by hoisting the red flag of union by Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President BSNLCCWF and by garlanding Martyrs column. The conference was inaugurated by com. P. Abhimanyu GS, BSNLEU. In speech he stressed on the necessity for expanding and strengthening the organization in the Circles as well as Districts. He explained in details the role of the BJP government, anti workers policies and the attack on the working class of the Country which have created a dangerous scenario in the life of Casual and Contractual labours in BSNL. The report on the activities of the union was placed by the Secretary General and accounts placed by com. Tapas Banerjee, Treasure. On the reports and accounts 23 delegates from different circles took part and made their deliberation. Violation of labours laws in BSNL, retrenchment of the Casual and Contractual labourers by local management was focused by the delegates in the meeting. It was decided by the CEC meeting that entire Casual and Contractual Labourers in BSNL will take part in the 2nd September Strike. It was decided to organise a programme for March to Parliament in month in the December, 2016, to raise strong voice to achieve the demand for wages of the Casual and Contractual labourers should be revised as 18,000 rupees per month as the Central Government has already accepted it as minimum wage in the 7th Central Pay Commission. It was also discussed in the meeting that special efforts should be taken to build up organization in the weaker states. Four resolutions were accepted by the house. Secretary General Com. Animesh Mitra, declared extensive Trade Union action programme on 6th Points charter of demands as 100 days programmes for the forth coming months. The New Delhi CEC meeting held on 6th and 7th August, 2016 can be earmark as important milestone for the Casual and Contractual movement in BSNL.<<views of the meeting>>
05 August, 2016:Reaction of BSNL Management on post card campaign by casual and contract workers on their genuine demands in UP (East) circle.
Telecom Casual and Contract Workers Union, UP (East) circle took the decision to draw the attention of Hon’ble Prime Minister, CMD BSNL, CGMT UP(E), on the grievances and their exploitation by SSA management through post card campaign. In this campaign programme, majority casual / contract workers of UP (East) circle send their grievances through post card. We have got the information that the post cards received by circle office is being send to SSA heads to resolve the issues mentioned in post card.
Instead of resolving the issues and providing remedy to the grievances of casual and contract workers, SSA management is intensifying them and giving thread to retrench them if they will continue so. The leaders of the BSNLCCWF had reacted on the issue to the BSNL Management. On 22nd July, com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, met shri A.M. Gupta, GM (Restg.), and conveyed the strong reaction on the steps taken by the SSA heads in UP (East). GM (Restg.) had assured to take necessary action on the subject
05 August, 2016:Casual Contract Workers Federation 1st CEC meeting in Delhi.
The Casual Contract Workers Federation is holding their first CEC meeting in Delhi. Two days CEC meeting will be held at Garhwal Bhawan, New Delhi, on 6th & 7th August, 2016. The office bearers and circle secretaries have reached Delhi to attend this important CEC meeting. About 70 delegates will attend the meeting which will concluded on 7th evening. The conference will be inaugurated by com.P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNL Employees Union. Revision of wages of the casual contract labourers in BSNL will be the focal point to be discussed by the delegates in the meeting. The conference is going to take strong decision to participate enmasse in the ensuing 2nd September, all India strike. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, com.P.Abhimanyu, Vice-President, BSNLCCWF and com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF will address the open session on 7th August. The entire casual contract workers in BSNL are eagerly waiting for the outcome of the CEC meeting which will help them to organise a country wide movement in favour of the working class.
30 July, 2016:5th biennial conference of BSNL Casual and Contract labour union held at Guwahati on 30.07.2016.
5th biennial conference of BSNL Casual and Contract labour union, Assam circle was held at Gauhati, Assam on 30.07.2016. At the outset a rally was organised from Panbazar Telephone Exchange which was concluded at conference hall, BSNL multi purpose hall. Then the National Flag hosting by com.Sankar Das and Union Flag by Animesh Mitra. The meeting was presided over by com. Bijoy Deka. Senior leader com. M.R. Das inaugurated the circle conference. Com. Animesh Mitra narrated the attack of govt. during last 25 years of globalisation period. He also told in the big gathering that casual and contract labours have to play a vital role to make the 2nd September General Strike a grand success. Sri M.K.Seth, GM, Assam, G.Talukdar, JCTU, Convenor were the other speakers in the meeting. About 200 delegate from 7th district union in Assam circle. In the evening subject committee meeting has started after placing the report by circle secretary com. Bikash Barua. The conference will continue upto 31st July evening.<<views of the meeting>>
25 July, 2016:K G Basu Smrity Welfare Committee 3rd G.B Meeting.<<click here>>
22 July, 2016:Meeting with Director (HR) BSNL.
Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and Com.Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF met Smt. Sujata Ray, Director (HR), BSNL on 21.07.2016 and discussed in detail about the issue of casual and contract workers. A proposal of a scheme for regularisation of casual and contract workers was submitted to the Director (HR). The full justification for the same was presented with relevant orders and documents.
22 July, 2016:Meeting with GM (Restg.), BSNL.
Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and Com.Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF met Shri A.M. Gupta, GM(Restg.), BSNL CO, and discussed about the wage revision of contract workers in those cities which have been upgraded from ‘C’ to ‘B’ class. The case of ‘Erode’ city was pointed out as example. On upgradation of cities, the wages of contract labour also should be increased. A letter was also handed over to GM (Restg.), in this respect.
GM (Restg.), assured that suitable order will be issued to implement the orders in this respect to the field units.
21 July, 2016:BSNL Employees Union will take part in the 2nd September strike.
The 3 day CEC meeting of BSNL Employees Union held at New Delhi from 18th to 20th July, has taken a decision to take part in the 2nd September strike. Yesterday, when the meeting was concluded in the evening it was decided that BSNL Employees Union will take part in the 2nd September strike. To save BSNL and to fight against the Central Government policy on labour and industrial policy, the members of BSNL Employees Union will take part in the 17th General Strike called by the Central Trade Unions. They will also organize the countrywide campaign programme in the BSNL offices and exchanges. BSNL Casual Workers Federation will also take part in the campaign programme.
21 July, 2016:BSNL CCWF, Tamil Nadu circle is going on dharna programme on 27th July, 2016.
Dharna programme will be organized before CGMT, Tamil Nadu on 27th July, 2016. BSNL Casual Contract Workers Union, Tamil Nadu circle has taken a decision to organize dharna programme before CGMT Office. They have already issued the notice for the programme to the CGMT, Tamil Nadu with a charter of demands for the Casual Contract Labourers. Now the leadership is very much busy for conducting the campaign programme in every SSA. About 4000 contract workers will come that day to convey their grievances to CGMT, Tamil Nadu. As a reaction to the programme, the CGMT, Tamil Nadu, has issued a letter addressed to all SSA Heads to collect information based on the charter of demands submitted by the circle union.
18 July, 2016:BSNLCCWF circular no.4.<<view circular>>
18 July, 2016:Struggle by Contract Workers in UP (East) for getting Minimum Wage, EPF and ESI.<<views of the struggle>>
12 July, 2016:Meeting with CMD BSNL on 12-07-2016.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, today, 12-07-2016, met Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD, BSNL and pointed out the brutal exploitation of the contract workers in UP (East) and UP(West). Neither the minimum wages are paid nor EPF and ESI are implemented. Only a pittance is being paid. Sustained efforts on the part of the circle union has not borne any fruit. CMD assured that suitable steps will be taken in the matter.
08 July, 2016:Minimum wage – Delay is Denial.
The procrastination by the Labour ministry in revising the minimum wage as promised by the government, is nothing short of betrayal of trust. It is reported in today’s Economic Times that the Labour Ministry may put the raising of minimum wage in back burner, due to the opposition of the industry. It seems that the govt. is only interested in the industrialists and big business and not on the plight of workers. Organise the 2 September Strike with massive participation to give a fitting reply to anti-worker govt.
05 July, 2016:The Government should issue orders on increased minimum wage.
The Central Trade Unions have demanded that the minimum wage for the contract workers should be increased to Rs. 18,000. The government without conceding the demand took decision that the minimum wage will be Rs. 10,000. Though it is almost six months since the government decision was announced, no orders have been issued raising the minimum wage either toRs.18,000 or to Rs.10,000. Empty assurances have become part of the Modi Government.
The Central Government should issue without further delay raising the minimum wage to Rs. 18,000.
04 July, 2016:Overcrowded Convention of Non Regular Workers at Kolkata demand justice:
At the call of BSNLCMU WB, CTTMU & BSNLCMU Stores-Factory Circle, the Non Regular Workers (Casual, Contractual, Security Guard, Job Contract etc.) of the WBT, CTD, TS & TF Circles of BSNL have attended a Convention on 30th June, 2016 at CTO TI Hall, Kolkata. More than 300 non regular workers have assembled in the convention with the demand like a) minimum wage of Rs. 18000/-, b) social securities like EPF, ESI, Gratuity, c) filling up of vacancies from the non regulars etc. The convention expressed their strong determination to make the "All India General Strike" a grand success on 2nd September, 2016 throughout West Bengal. Com Animesh Mitra, Secretary General of AICCWF and Circle Secretary BSNLEU WB in his speech narrated the exploitation of Non Regular workers and told the convention that it is only through sustained struggle the workers will be able to achieve their just demands. Com Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer CHQ & CS CTD Circle, Com Tapas Kr. Ghosh, CS BSNLCMU WB, Com Arup Sarkar, CS CTTMU, Com Omprakash Singh, CS TF Kolkata were also deliberated their speech in the convention A draft resolution was also placed and accepted unanimously by the house. Com Tapan Ghosh presided the convention.<<views of the convention>>
02 July, 2016:CEC Meeting of BSNLCCWF at Delhi on 6-7 August 2016.
Notice for holding of the Central Executive Committee of the BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation on 6-7 August 2016 is already issued. It will be held at KG Bose Bhawan.
All Circle Secretaries and Office-bearers are requested to immediately book tickets to and fro for attending the CEC to ensure reservation. They are also requested to prepare organisational report including the number of members and also regarding the payment of minimum wages, implementation of EPF, ESI etc.
The arrears of quota also may be brought. The CHQ is in dearth of funds. The latest address along with the telephone/mobile No. also may be informed.
01 July, 2016:Meeting with GM(Restructuring).
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF met Shri A.M.Gupta, GM(Restructuring) and discussed about the non-implementation of minimum wage and other labour laws in the various circles like UP(E), Uttarakhand, Maharashtra and other circles. GM(Restructuring) assured that he will issue strict instructions in this connection. The various orders issued earlier will also be reiterated.
01 July, 2016:Meeting with Director(HR) on Casual labour issues.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF and Com.K.G.Jayaraj,
General Secretary, AIBDPA met Smt. Sujata Ray, Director (HR),
BSNL on 30-06-2016 and discussed the following:
1. Regularisation of 455 casual labour of Odisha Circle who were
approved by Corporate Office earlier.
2. Unresolved issues of BSNL pensioners including restoration of medical allowance, reduction of rent for quarters for pensioners, broadband to pensioners and settlement of pension anomaly of seniors getting less than juniors.
Director(HR) agreed to look in to the issues.
30 June, 2016:Non-implementation of Minimum wage, EPF, ESI – UP(East), Uttarakhand.
BSNLCCWF has brought to the notice of Shri A.M.Gupta, GM(Restructing), BSNL Corporate Office, regarding the non-implementation of minimum wage, EPF and ESI for Contract workers in both UP(East) and Uttrakhanad circles and demanded that the government/BSNL orders in this respect are got implemented. The matter was brought to the notice of the GM on earlier occasion also.
30 June, 2016:Contract Workers, the most exploited workforce in BSNL.
BSNL is a well known central PSU. Its 2,20,00 workforce is well disciplined, dedicated and determined to improve the services to the customers. They are an inseparable part of the working class of India fighting against injustice and for the rights of the workers.
But unfortunately there is a ‘Black Spot’ in the face of BSNL, its management and the workers. It is the exploitation of its contract workers of around one lakh.
There are clear rules and orders for payment of minimum wages to the contract workers. If there is difference in Central government’s and State government’s minimum wages, the higher rates should be given. But neither the higher rates nor the lower rates are paid in most of the circles.It is far less than the minimum wage which is being paid. These lowest paid workers are being exploited continuously for years together.
Law of the land ensures social security measures like EPF and ESI to the contract workers. It is a safeguard for them in their old age and at the time of sickness. But most of the contract workers are denied these benefits by not implementing them by the contractors and BSNL management. Though the Central minimum wage is the same, workers in various circles and in the districts in the same circle are paid differently according to the whims of the contractor. Field management is not intervening to ensure payment of full wages. This is a shame for BSNL.
Not only that. When reports are called by the Parliament Standing Committee, Chief Labour Commissioner, Central EPF Commissioner or Central ESI Commissioner, incorrect information is supplied to them by the BSNL Management, which of course, is furnished by the field units. Can BSNL and its workforce be saved from this shame! If all the unions and associations take a strong stand in support of these unfortunate brothers, I am hopeful that this brutal exploitation could be ended.
Let us together make efforts to get long awaited justice for these unfortunate workers!
28 June, 2016:BSNLCCWF meets GM(QA), New Delhi.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF and Com. K.G.Jayaraj, General Secretary, AIBDPA met Shri Arvind Bajaj, GM(QA) and discussed about the issues of contract workers in QA(Kolkata). They requested the GM not to proceed with the proposal to retrench the 5 contract workers. They pointed out that the workers hare having about 10-15 years of service and should be retained. The GM was non-committal, but agreed to look in to the matter.
28 June, 2016:Gratuity to Casual Labour.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF met Smt. Madhu Arora, GM(Estt.), Corporate Office BSNL and demanded early settlement of the gratuity to Casual labour. The GM(Estt) stated that the Board of Directors wanted the financial implications and for providing this, the CGMs have been addressed. The delay is due to non-receipt of the information from the circles.
The BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF circle secretaries are requested to meet the CGMs and pressurise them for early submission of the particulars to Corporate office so that the case is settled early.
23 June, 2016:Meeting with Director (HR) and GM (Estt.)
Coms. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF met Smt. Sujata Ray Director (HR), BSNL today and discussed the issues of the regularization of the casual labour as also grant of gratuity. They demanded that the gratuity be allowed at the earliest. Director (HR) stated that early action will be taken in the matter. With regard to the demand of regularization of casual labour/TSM, the federation representations put all the issues before the Director (HR) for consideration. The Federation leaders also met Smt. Madhu Arora, GM (Estt.) and discussed the same issues.
23 June, 2016:Letter issued on EPF issue addressed to all the CGMs.
After tremendous pressure by BSNLCCWF and BSNLEU, BSNL Corporate Office has issued a letter addressed to all the CGMs to instruct depositing the EPF contribution with EPF organization in respect of contract workers. BSNLCCWF lodged the complaint regarding the EPF for contractual workers in several forum like BSNL authority, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour, Chief EPF Commissioner and Chief Labour Commissioner. BSNL has issued the social security order for contractual workers and also reminded all the CGMs but it is observed that it is no implemented properly. Again EPF department has instructed M/s BSNL to the deposit the EPF contribution with EPF organization.
All Circle Secretaries of BSNLCCWF are requested to take initiative to implement the order issued by CO, ND. It is the fundamental right of workers to get the social security like EPF, ESI, gratuity etc.
20 June, 2016:
This is to notify that the Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNL Casual and Contract Workers’ Federation will be held on 06th and 7th August, 2016 at Garhwal Bhanwan in New Delhi. All Central Executive Committee members (including Circle Secretaries) are requested to attend the meeting in time. The following agenda will be discussed and decided in the meeting.
08 June, 2016: After continued demand of the BSNLCCWF and BSNLEU, the BSNL Management agreed for implementing Gratuity to the casual labour and the Management Committee also approved. But when the issue was placed before the BSNL Board for decision, it has returned the same to the management asking for full details of number of employees, financial implications etc. Corporate office has asked the circle heads to immediately furnish the details for again submitting to the BSNL Board.Circle secretaries of BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF are requested to ensure that the details are got furnished to the corporate office by the circles at the earliest so that decision is taken for grant of gratuity to casual labour.
07 June, 2016:Kerala Contract workers wages increased.
Agreement reached between Kerala Circle management and BSNLEU & BSNLCCWF on the increase of minimum wages of casual and contract workers. Orders issued accordingly. The agitation has been on for months during which circle office bearers of BSNLEU & SNEA were transferred and victimized. Our hearty congratulations to the Kerala Unions and workers!
06 June, 2016: BSNLCCWF CEC Meeting at New Delhi on 6-7 August 2016.
The next Central Executive Committee of the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation was scheduled to be held in Mysuru, Karnataka Circle. Now Karnataka Circle has intimated their difficulties to hold the CEC for some time. Hence it is decided that the CEC will now be held at New Delhi on 6-7 August 2016. The notice for the CEC will be issued shortly. CEC members are requested to book their tickets immediately to ensure reservation.
28 May, 2016:BSNLCCWF CEC to be held at Mysore.
The Central Executive Committee meeting of the BSNLCCWF is to be held at Mysuru, Karnataka, preferably by the last week of July 2016. The date will be finalised in consultation with the Karnataka circle leadership.
11 May, 2016:Govt. dilly dallies in issuing orders on Minimum Wage of Rs.10,000/-
While the central trade unions have demanded Rs.18,000/- as minimum wage for contract workers, government arbitrarily announced that it will be Rs.10,000/-. In the meantime, India Inc cried fowl stating that it cannot pay this ‘high wage’. The government is still to issue orders, probably over the protest of India Inc, its real masters.
29 April, 2016:
MAY DAY GREETINGS!
BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation (BSNLCCWF) convey its May Day Greetings to all its members as also to the entire working class!
1st May is celebrated all over the world as the “International Working Class Day”. It started in memory of the Chicago Martyrs who sacrificed their lives for getting 8 hours day for the workers.
We remember and pay respectful homage to the thousands and thousands of martyrs who sacrificed everything for defending the rights of the toiling masses!
BSNLCCWF calls upon all its members to observe and participate in the flag hoisting, meetings, rallies and other programmes jointly with BSNLEU and other unions. This May Day is most important for the casual and contract workers who are fighting for getting justice to the exploited workers. Let us strengthen ourselves to fight and achieve our demands.
WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE!
28 April, 2016:Rs. 10,000 as Minimum Wage for contract workers – Labour Minister.
The State Minister for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya stated in the Parliament on 25th April 2016 that the minimum wage for the contract workers has been fixed at Rs.10,000/-. The central trade unions have been demanding for a minimum wage of Rs.18,000/-, but the same was not accepted by the government. The CTUs have also decided to go on strike on 2nd September 2016, on a Charter of Demands including this. The Minister also stated that the minimum wage has been fixed considering the cost of living and the judgment of the Supreme Court. The minimum wage is fixed at Rs.10,000/-. Now another struggle will have to be fought to get it implemented for the contract workers. Workers are waiting for the order to be issued.
26 April, 2016:Meeting of BSNLCCWF at Haridwar.
In connection with verification meeting at Haridwar, a meeting of contract workers was held there. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLCCWF and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. GS BSNLEU spoke about contract workers’ issues and efforts made by CHQ. The District and circle leaders of contract workers spoke about their problems. It was decided to enrol more members and to strengthen the union and to make efforts to settle the issues.
21 April, 2016:Extended CWC meeting of BSNLCCWF Odisha circle held at Bhubaneswar on 18.04.2016.
Casual contract workers in Odisha circle will go on trade union action programme. This decision has taken in the extended meeting of BSNLCCWF meeting which was held at Bhubaneswar on 18th April. At the outset com. Janardan pati president of BSNL Casual Contract Karmachari Sangha explained the present scenario in details. Then com. Biswanath Behera, CS, submitted the report on which dist secretary participated in the discussion. At the end com.Animesh Mitra, Secretary General and com. Arup Sarkar, Org. Secretary (Chq) had spoken in the house. Coms. A.Dhuppal, Sahadev Biswal and Saroj Das were the other speakers. It was decided in the meeting that : -
1. District level tour programme will be conducted in the month of May and June. Two Office Bearer from circle union will be present in the meeting.
2. Workers rally to the CGMT Office will be organise in July or August.
3. A delegation team will meet the CGMT in the end of May to settle the pending demands.
4. BSNLCCWF will observe the MAY DAY with all out seriousness. In Odisha circle on that day flag hosting meeting will be held in every working spot.
5. Circle union will clear the subscription quota. Similarly district union will also clear the subscription to the circle union.
21 April, 2016:Meeting of Casual Contract workers at Berhampore, Odisha
A massive meeting of casual and contract workers was held at Berhampore on 19th April 2016 participated by more than 200 workers. Com.Kameswar Rao, Dist. President BSNLCCWF presided. Coms.VAN Namboodiri, President, Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF, Saroj Ranjan Das, CS BSNLEU, senior leaders Sahdev Biswal, A.Dhupal, Behera, Dist Secretary and other leaders spoke. Delegates presented their difficulties to the visiting leaders. The questions were answered by the office bearers. The Charter of Demands placed by the union was explained by Secretary General. The leaders called upon the workers to participate in the general strike called by the central trade unions on 2 September 2016 on demands including minimum wage of Rs.18,000. The meeting inspired the entire workers present. Programme of action will be organised in Odisha circle if the just demands of the casual contract workers are not settled.
13 April, 2016:Despite strong protests from Central TUs, Govt. moves to fix Rs.10,000 as minimum Wage.
The Central Trade Unions have demanded Rs.18,000 as minimum wage for contract workers and it is one of the demands on which a one day strike will take place on 2nd September 2016. The demand for a minimum wage of Rs.15,000 has been updated to Rs.18,000, after the VII CPC has recommended Rs.10,000 as the lowest wage on the basis of the Dr. Akroyd formula. While this demand is pending, the government is proposing Rs.10,000 only as minimum wage to contract workers. This is discrimination and denial justice.
BSNLCCWF strongly oppose the move of the Central government to fix a minimum wage less than Rs.18,000. It strongly demands that the minimum wage for contract workers be fixed at Rs.18,000.
08 April, 2016:Rs. 10,000/- as Minimum Wage instead of Rs.18,000 ? Protest against Labour Ministry proposal.
It is reported that the Labour Ministry is proposing to fix the minimum wages at Rs.10,000 to the contract workers. This is nothing but cheating the hard working workers. According to Dr. Akroyd’s formula, the Minimum Wag comes to Rs.26,000 as demanded by the Central Government employees. The VII Central Pay Commission did grant only Rs.18,000. The Central Trade Unions have demanded that at least Rs.18,000 should be granted as minimum wage to the contract workers and the ‘Equal Wage for Equal Work’ should also be introduced.
But ignoring all these genuine demands, the Labour Ministry is proceeding to fix the minimum wage to Rs.10,000, which is only a very small increase from the present. There should be strong protest against this cheating of the workers at the behest of the employers and the corporates. BSNLCCWF expresses its strong protest at this injustice. At least a minimum wage of Rs.18,000/- should be fixed immediately.
07 April, 2016:BSNLCCWF is happy that BSNLEU has taken up the issue of minimum PLI. The amount should be Rs. 7,000/- as they have placed their demand to the CMD BSNL. Strong trade union action has already been initiated by BSNLEU, SNATTA & BSNL MS. We extend our full support to this struggle. We will also withdraw our support if the genuine demand like bonus, gratuity remain unsettled. Ensure full participation in this programme.
01 April, 2016:BSNLCCWF Circular No.4, dated 01.04.2016.<<click here>>
18 March, 2016:Inspiring joint meeting at Mumbai on 14th March 2016.
A joint meeting of the BSNL Employees Union and Contract and Labour Contract Union was held at CGM Offices premises, Santa Cruz Mumbai on 14th March, 2016. More than 1,000 workers participated, including a number of women workers. Before start of the meeting, a huge procession was held. The workers garlanded the statues of Chhatrapati Shivaji and Dr.B.R.Ambedkar before the commencement of the meeting. Coms. Appa Saheb Gagre and G.Mathpati, Circle presidents of the unions presided. Com. Balachandra mane, ACS, welcomed all. Coms. Wankhade, Nana Chauhan, Circle Secretary, Contract workers union, Nagesh Nalwade, Circle secretary, BSNLEU, Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF, V.A.N.Namboodiri and other leaders addressed. They spoke in detail about the demands of the regular employees and also contract workers. They called upon the workers to strengthen the organisations. The question of wage revision, payment of minimum wage, EPF, ESI etc. were explained and prepared the workers for further struggle. The VII verification and the need to make it grand success for BSNLEU were stressed.
Though the meeting continued till 03.00 PM, all the participants remained in the hall hearing the speeches. After the meeting the leaders met GM(HQ) and presented the demands of both the unions. The joint meeting and the deliberations inspired the entire workers. They are prepared for sustained struggles to achieve the demands.<<views of the meeting>>
12 March, 2016:Meeting with Chief Labour Commissioner.
Coms. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, Tapas Ghosh, Working President, Animesh Mitra, Secretary General and Tapos Banerjee, Treasurer, BSNLCCWF met Shri Anil Kumar Naik, Chief Labour Commissioner, New Delhi at Shramik Bhawan on 11.03.2016, and discussed about the problems of the casual and contract workers.
The issue of regularisation of left out casual workers, wages of casual labour, implementation of EPF to workers from date of their engagement, payment of minimum wage in UP and other circles where it is not fully implemented and other connected issues were brought to his notice. A letter addressed to CLC was handed over.
The Chief Labour Commissioner patiently heard the federation representatives. He assured them that the issues will be examined and looked into.<<view letter>>
12 March, 2016:Meeting with Director (HR) BSNL.
Coms. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, Tapas Ghosh, Working President, Animesh Mitra, Secretary General and Tapos Banerjee, Treasurer, BSNLCCWF met Ms. Sujata Ray, Director (HR), BSNL on 11.03.2016, and discussed pending issues of casual and contract workers.
The Federation leaders pointed out the need for regularisation of the left out casual labours numbering about 4000. Many left out casual labourers have already left due to reaching 60 years. A scheme is required to be brought for regularisation as has been done in Central Government departments and in some PSUs. They also pressed for early approval of gratuity for all workers. Full implementation of payment of Minimum Wage, EPF, ESI etc. was also stressed. Director (HR) assured favourable consideration.
BSNLCCWF leaders met Shri A.M. Gupta, GM(Restg.), BSNL who is in charge of contract workers issues and discussed about the non-payment of minimum wages in UP etc. He stated that orders has been issued on all these aspects.
11 March, 2016:Casual and Contract Workers in BSNL started their struggling for justice in UP (East),Circle
BSNLCCWF UP (East) Circle Union has started the trade union action programme in UP (East) Circle with a high speed in the year 2016. On 29th January, 2016, they had informed the CGMT, UP East through submission of the memorandum where they have specifically earmarked about the course of trade union programme. On that day, about 500 casual and contract labourers participated in the programme from every nook and corner of the circle. After that, a massive campaign programme has also organised to conduct 72 hours Dharna programme in every SSAs Head Quarters. From 9 to 11th February,2016 this programme was organised and the members had gave a good support to success the programme. The regular employees under the banner of BSNL Employees Union had also given an active support to make the programme grand success. Though the leadership of BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF met CGMT and some other General Managers to normalize the situation but no such positive result is yet to be observed by the union till date. So, now the union is thinking that there is no other alternative way but to go on indefinite period trade union action programme. Will management compel us to go on this path?
11 March, 2016:Retrenchment of Contract Labourers and Violation of Labour Act – Massive Demonstration Programme on 14th March, 2016 in Mumbai.
Casual –Contract Labourers in BSNL in Maharastha Circle are in depressing condition since long time. Though they have organised some trade union action programme under the banner of BSNLCCWF but the attack of the retrenchment has spoiled all initiative taken by the union. Lastly on 29th January, 2016, a good number of gathering of the casual –contract labourers organised in the CGMT office and took part in the demonstration programme. The total scenario was explained in a meeting of the leadership of BSNL Employees Union at Ahmednagar where Comrade P. Abhimnyu, G.S. BSNLEU, Com. Karat, State Secretary, CITU, Com. V. A. N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, Com. N. K. Nalawade, CS, BSNLEU, MH Circle and Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF were present in the meeting. As per the advice of the, P. Abhimanyu, it was decided that BSNL Employees union will organise a massive demonstration programme in front of the CGMT office on 14th March where casual-contract labourers will also take part in large numbers. Accordingly, Com. N. K. Nalawade Circle Secretary, BSNLEU has already submitted the notice for the programme to the Chief General Manager. Circle Union has also published a poster on the programme. Now, the preparation is going on in full swing to make the programme grand success. V.A.N. Namboodiri and Animesh Mitra will address the gathering and meet the Chief General Manager.
29 February, 2016:BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation formed in UP (West) circle.
BSNL Employees Union, UP (West) circle, organised a very effective convention of contract workers at Meerut, yesterday the 28.02.2016. More than 300 contract workers enthusiastically participated in this convention from all the districts of UP (West) circle. Apart from this, BSNLEU district secretaries of all major districts also participated in the meeting. Com. Ansar Ali, Circle President, BSNLEU, UP (West) circle, presided over the convention. Com. Naresh Pal, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Meerut, welcomed everyone. Com. Upendar Singh Teotia, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, UP (West) circle, addressed the convention and explained about the purpose of conducting the convention. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU & Vice President, BSNLCCWF and com. S. Chellappa, AGS, BSNLEU, attended the convention from the CHQ. Com. P. Abhimanyu, addressed the convention and spoke on the problems being faced by the contract workers, the various orders of the Corporate Office on the service conditions of the contract workers and about the anti-worker Neo-liberal policies being persued by the NDA government. Followed by this, contract workers representing each district of the UP (West) circle, addressed the convention and spoke on their grievances. Finally, Com. P. Abhimanyu, replied to the issues raised by the workers and assured to take up all those issues with the Corporate Management. Finally, it was decided to form the BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation (BSNLCCWF) of UP (West) circle. Accordingly, election of office bearers was held. Com. Ansar Ali and com. Naresh Pal are elected as Circle President and Circle Secretary respectively. Com. Upendar Singh Teotia is elected as the Vice-President. A meeting of the new office bearers also took place, and it was unanimously decided to form district unions of BSNLCCWF in all the districts within a short time. BSNLEU, UP (West) circle had made excellent arrangements for the convention. BSNLEU CHQ heartily congratulates the UP (West) circle union.<<views of the meeting>>
BSNL Casual & Contract Workers Federation
On the path of action.
Submission of Memorandum
to all CGMs
on 29TH JANUARY, 2016
Organise, campaign and submit Memorandum
with massive demonstration along with your local demands.
MAKE THE PROGRAMME SUCCESSFUL !
SAVE BSNL – SAVE THE NATION !
WORKERS UNITY ZINDABAD !
15 February, 2016:Convention of Casual Contract Workers at Palakkad on 13th February 2016.
A Convention of BSNL Casual and Contract workers was held at Palakkad on 13-02-2016 at the Union Office participated by more than 300 workers. It was presided over by Com. Chandrasekharan, Dist. President, BSNLEU. Com. Sunil Kumar, District Secretary, CCLU welcomed all. Leaders of BSNLEU and CCLU were present.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLCCWF and Patron BSNLEU, while inaugurating the Convention reported about the decisions of the Nagercoil AIC and the Charter of Demands submitted to the BSNL Management and the discussions taken so far. He congratulated the Kerala workers for the magnificent and militant struggle jointly organised by BSNLEU, SNEA and CCLU against the corruption and anti-worker action of the former CGM Kerala and on the demands of the casual and contract workers. Com. K.Mohanan, Circle Secretary BSNLEU and Circle President CCLU briefed the house about the latest developments after the struggle and the negotiations being conducted for increasing the wages etc. Coms. P.R.Parameswaran, DS BSNLEU, senior leaders V.Kesavan, T.S.Parameswaran, Ajit Kumar, Circle Vice-President CCLU and other leaders also addressed.
The Convention took decisions to strengthen the organisation by increasing the membership and focusing the issue of the workers. It also decided to actively participate in the Membership Verification to ensure maximum support to BSNLEU.
12 February, 2016:Photos of the dharna programme organised by BSNLCCWF in UP (East) circle.<<views of the dharna>>
11 February, 2016:Successful dharana conducted by BSNL NPWU - Contract Workers of Karnataka State in front of Hon’ble M.Ps houses in Karnataka State.
The Non Permanent Workers (Contract workers) working in Cable Maintenance, House Keeping and as Security Guards in BSNL Karnataka State, successfully organized a state level day long dharana on 20th January 2016 in front of residences of Hon’ble MPs of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. More than 1000 workers in 11 districts of Karnataka State took part in the dharana programme and submitted memorandum to MPs of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in respective districts.
The Dharna took place at Bengaluru South and North Districts, Mysuru, Kodagu, Mandya, Bellary, Kalburgi, Raichur, Koppala, Dharwad, and Shimoga Parliamentary Constituencies of Karnataka State. The Dharna was conducted from morning to late afternoon for the demands listed above.
The BSNL NPWU members who were on dharana could meet personally Sri. Pratap Simha Gowda M.P., Lok Sabha, representing Mysuru and Kodagu Dist., Constituencies (BJP), Sri.Sriramulu M P Lok Sabha of Bellary Constituency and Sri. Ayanuru Manjunath (BJP) M.P. Rajya Sabha of Shimoga Constituency and submit the memorandum. The M.Ps, while receiving the memorandum, also assured the workers, that they will meet and discuss the issue with the concerned minister related to labour issues, in addition to raising the question inside the parliament.
The other Ministers’ of Government of India, viz., Sri Sadananda Gowda, Minister of Law, Sri.. Anantha Kumar, Minister for Fertilizers, the ex-Prime Minister and sitting M P Lok Sabha from Hasana Constituency Sri. H D Deve Gowda and Sri Mallikarjuna Kharge, Opposition leader in Lok Sabha from Kalburgi Constituency, the workers went to their respective offices in delegation and submitted the memorandum. The day long programme was jointly organized by CITU and BSNLEU District unions.<<views of the dharna>>
09 February, 2016:Contract Workers in the path of action.
BSNLCCWF has started 3 days Hunger strike programme in UP(East) circle. Though the corporate and circle admn. has issued the order for implementing the labour act in BSNL, but the local admn. is still violating it in UP(East). Circle union of BSNLCCWF has taken a decision to go 72 hrs hunger strike programme w.e.f. 8th February. Accordingly, today hunger strike programme has started in all SSAs. BSNLEU has also extended full support to make the programme a grand success. Our federation has taken up the issue with CGM and DIR(HR). No result is yet to be observed by the workers. So, they have started the agitational programme.
02 February, 2016:Views of the massive demonstration held at UP (East) circles on 29th January.<<click here>>
01 February, 2016:Views of the massive demonstration held at various circles on 29th January.<<click here>>
30 January, 2016:Memorandum Submitted to CGM’s – BSNLCCWF have got a good response from Casual & Contract Labourers - 29th January demonstration Programme gave a good start in TU Movement in BSNL.
We convey red salute to all of you who have made the 29th January, 2016 programme (Submission of Memorandum to all CGM’s) a grand success. Based on the report from circle unions it is very clear that the entire Casual & Contract Workers in BSNL have extended its full support to the programme. BSNLCCWF had taken the decision to observe the day as a programme, ‘submission of memorandum’ to all CGM’s on Casual & Contract workers issue. It is reported that most of the circles have submitted the Memorandum to the GM’s all CGM’s after mobilising a good number of Casual & Contract Labours. BSNL Employees union has extended full support to make the programme a grand success. CHQ has got the report from various circles like, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Odissa, UP (East), Kolkata, NE-II, Chennai, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tripura and West Bengal which is enthusiastic to all of as. We will publish the circle wise report with photo in future. It is a request from CHQ for those circles who have not organise programme. please organise the programme in another day and submit the memorandum to the CGMs. Circle Secretaries are requested to sent a copy of the memorandum to headquarter so that we can understand the problems which you are facing at the local level.
28 January, 2016:Meeting with Shri A.M. Gupta, GM (Restg.), BSNL.
Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, met Shri A.M. Gupta, GM (Restg.), today, the 28.01.2016, and discussed in detail about non-implementation of minimum wage, EPF, ESI etc. in UP (East) circle despite earlier assurances. Agitation is continuing by workers. Immediate action is required, Com. Namboodiri told the GM (Restg.). He assured that necessary action will be taken.
28 January, 2016:Dear comrade, thanks for the maximum efforts you have taken to make 29th January programme a grand success. BSNLEU has also extended its full support to the programme. Yesterday, Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU has sent a message to all Circle & District secretaries to organise the programme successfully. You can prepare the memorandum locally based on the demands already we have highlighted in our website. You can also include the local demands. Hope, this programme will give a good start for the casual contract labours movement in 2016.
22 January, 2016:Non-Permanent Workers has started agitation programme in Karnataka Circle.
As was decided in the circle meeting of BSNL Non-Permanent Workers Union, Karnataka circle, held on 29.12.2015, the Casual Contract Workers have started agitational programme in Karnataka circle, w.e.f. 20th January, 2016. Demonstration programme was organised throughout the state by the casual contract workers. On the day, they met the MPs in the state and submitted the memorandum on casual contract labour issues. Now they are making full preparation for the next programme “CGM Office Challo” to be held in the month of March. The agitational programme has created good inspiration among the casual contract workers in Karnataka circle.
22 January, 2016:BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation leadership met GM (Restg.), on 21.01.2016.
Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, met Shri A.M. Gupta, GM (Restg.), on 21.01.2016 and discussed the burning issues of the wages payment of the casual contract labours. It was mentioned to the officers that timely payment of the wages of the contract labours is very irregular in most of the circles of BSNL. They made the complaint that the local officers are violating the Corporate Office orders in this regard. Specifically, they have mentioned the name of UP (East), UP (West), Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Assam, etc. In these circles, labour laws are being violated by the local officers. Complaints are being received that for more than six to eight months the labourers are not getting wages. Amount due to EPF deduction is not being deposited to the concerned authority. GM (Restg.) assured that necessary action will be taken to issue specific order to fix a date by circle administration on which the contract labourers can get the wage in right time.
20 January, 2016:Enthusiastic circle conference of BSNL Casual Mazdoor Union in West Bengal.
Circle conference of BSNL Casual Mazdoor Union held in Kharagpur on 9th & 10th January, 2016. About 250 delegates participated in the conference which was inaugurated by com. Arup Sarkar, Organising Secretary, CHQ, CCWF. In the inaugural speech he appreciated the West Bengal comrades who are fighting against the goons and gundas of TMC led government. While placing the report Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, has clarified the present scenario in details including the programme and decisions taken in the All India Conference at Nagercoil. He told in the conference that due to sustained struggle by the CCWF, now the Corporate Office has issued a bunch of letters or orders in favour of the casual contract labour interest. At the end of delegate session on 10th January, Com. Animesh Mitra, General Secretary, CCWF, has highlighted the future programme of CCWF including the demonstration programme on 29th January, to Chief General Managers. In the evening a mammoth gathering of the regular, pensioners and casual contract labours in BSNL was organised in the open ground which was addressed by com. Tapas Ghosh, CS, com. Animesh Chandra Mitra, GS and com. Kali Nayek, CITU. The conference was presided by a presidium headed by com. Govindu das. The conference has elected unanimously com. Tapan Ghosh (President), com. Tapas Ghosh (Circle Secretary) and com. Nemai Das (Treasurer) for the next tenure. Com. Ashish Das, Assistant Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, com. Susanta Ghosh, Circle Secretary, AIBDPA were others speakers in the conference.<<views of the conference>>
19 January, 2016Joint movement has again started in Kerala.
We can recall the movement which was started in Kerala in April, 2015, by the coordination committee of BSNLEU, SNEA and CCLU. BSNLEU and CCWF had also taken up the issue with the BSNL Management. After intervention of the Corporate Office it was postponed. The Corporate Office Management had assured the union leaders that appropriate action will be taken to normalise the situation in Kerala. The Corporate Office had formed a Committee on the subject and sent some suggestions to the circle administration to normalise the situation. But time has passed away, circle administration has not taken proper initiative to settle the issue. Vindictive transfer order of the leadership is yet to be withdrawn by the circle administration. Issue related to wages of the labourers is not yet settled. So the union’s in Kerala has started again the joint movement w.e.f. 19.01.2016. Three days sathyagraha programme will be organise infront of CGMT office. Coordination committee of BSNLEU, SNEA and CCLU are demanding to withdraw the vindictive transfer order of the leadership.
07 January, 2016:Meeting with Director (HR) on Kerala CCLU issues.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF met Smt. Sujata Ray, Director (HR) BSNL and pointed out the delay in settlement of the issues of wages etc. of Contract workers in Kerala. The CGM has not so far discussed the matter with the Federation leaders although the Committee Report by ED (CN) has been sent to him. Director (HR) assured that necessary action will be taken in the matter and that CGM will be directed for the same.
06 January, 2016:Ultimately management in UP (East) circle issued the order for implementing the labour laws.
It was a complain from BSNLCCWF that labour laws is being violated in UP(East). Chq leadership met circle administration after a huge gathering organised by circle union of BSNLCCWF and BSNLEU. As a result on management issued the order for implement the labour strictly.<<click here-1>> <<click here-2>>
05 January, 2016:Ensure Minimum Wage of Rs. 18,000 to contract workers – Central Trade Unions.
The Central Trade Unions, including BMS, INTUC, HMS, AITUC, CITU have demanded to the central government that the minimum wage for the contract workers should be Rs. 18,000, as calculated and recommended by the VII Central Pay Commission. They submitted a 14 Point Memorandum to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitely on 4th January 2016, when the latter met them for pre-budget consultations.
The CTUs demanded to the Finance Minister that the ‘Hire and Fire’ policy should be abandoned and there should be job-security for the workers. They strongly opposed the policy of arbitrarily amending the labour acts without consulting the CTUs. They pointed out that no labour amendment law should be moved with out consultation with and consent of the unions.
Further they demanded that the ‘ease of doing business’ should not be connected with the labour laws.
The meeting was participated by Tapan Sen(CITU), Vrijesh Upadhyay (BMS), Ashok Singh (INTUC), D.L.Sachdeva(AITUC), Harbhajan Sidhu (HMS) and leaders of other Central Trade Unions.
16 December, 2015:Massive Dharna of Casual contract workers at Lucknow.
It was a historic day for trade union movement for Uttar Pradesh. In Lucknow a massive gathering of contract labours was held in CGMT office. About 2000 contract labours came from towns and villages. Red flag in hand they were shouting for implementation of minimum wages and labour laws in UP East. Though CGM was not there, GM Sri Neeraj Verma was authorised to negotiate the matter with the union. In the morning and evening discussion was held in 2 phases. At the outset the gathering was blocked but the overcrowded gathering has broken the baricade and entered CGMT office. GM operation has been compelled to issue the order addressed to all GMs that corporate office orders will be implemented seriously. The meeting was addressed by Com.V.A.N. Namboodiri, Com.Animesh Mitra, Com. K.R. Yadav, Com.Jeet Lal Maurya, Com.R.K. Mishra, Com.Haridwar, Com.Tiwari and other leaders. CITU and other TU leaders also addressed. It was a historical programme which concluded with determination to continue the struggle on the fully justified demands of contract workers. BSNLEU leaders extended all support.<<view of the dharna>>
07 December, 2015:BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation conducts dharma in UP (East) circle.
BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation has conducted dharma programme in UP (East) circle, on 01-12-2015, insisting settlement of the justified demands of the casual and contract workers. The program has taken place in all the SSAs, actively supported by BSNLEU.<<view of the program>>
30 November, 2015:BSNL Casual Contract workers union, Chhattisgarh circle, conducts an impressive meeting on 29.11.2015, at Raipur.
BSNL Casual Contract workers union, Chhattisgarh circle, conducted an impressive meeting on 29.11.2015, at Raipur. Comrade Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF addressed the meeting. About 400 workers were present for this conference. He appreciated the unity of the workers and said that the union will fight for the rights of the workers.<<views of the meeting>>
26 November, 2015:BSNLCCWF Circular No.2, dated 20.11.2015.<<click here>>
21 November, 2015:6th Circle Conference of Calcutta Telephones Thika Mazdoor Union.
6th Circle Conference of Calcutta Telephones Thika Mazdoor Union is going to be held on 21st & 22nd November at P&T community hall Saltlake. Com. Animesh Mitra, Com. Tapas Ghosh and Com. Akhilesh Banerjee will attend the conference on behalf of CHQ. Com.Saibal Sengupta will preside over the meeting. Com.Ananta Bhattacharyee com. Supriya Mitra com. Sisir Roy and com. Suvashis Roy & Arup Sarkar will be the other speaker. A seminar will also be held in the afternoon on 21st. Conference will be concluded in the evening on 22nd. About 250 delegates will attend the conference.
03 November, 2015:Meeting with CGM UP(E) on Casual Contract worker issues.
Leaders of BSMLCCWF, BSNLEU met CGM Shri S.R.Shukla, CGM UP(E) today, the 3rd November, at Lucknow and discussed about the implementation of labour laws, including wages, EPF etc. The non-implementation of the above in UP circle was also brought to his notice. CGM stated that efforts will be made to implement the same.
03 November, 2015:Meeting of BSNLCCWF, UP(E) Circle.
A meeting of BSNLCCWF UP East Circle was held at Union office, Lucknow today, 3 November 2015, presided over by Com. RK Mishra, Circle President. Com. VAN Namboodiri, All India President, BSNLCCWF and Patron BSNLEU inaugurated. He spoke about the labour laws and rights of workers. He also spoke about the AIC and Charter of Demands. He stressed the need for strengthening Union. Coms. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF, K.R.Yadav, Vice- President, BSNLCCWF, Haridwar Yadav, Vice-President, BSNLCCWF, Jeet Lal Maurya, Circle Secretary and other leaders addressed. The CEC decided agitational programmes for settlement of issues. The CEC meeting was very purposeful.
02 November, 2015:Circle Working Committee of BSNLCCWF, UP (West)
The meeting of the Circle Working Committee of the BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation, UP East Circle will be held at Lucknow on 3rd November 2015. Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President and Animesh Mitra, Secretary General will be attending the meeting.
02 October, 2015:Meeting with contract workers at Aligargh
During my visit to Aligargh to attend circle conference of AIBDPA UP West, some BSNL contract workers came and met me. They told that they are being denied of minimum wage and is being paid only Rs.2000 – 2500 and no EPF -ESI. This is very sad and unacceptable. The contract workers should be paid their dues and social security measures implemented.
31 October, 2015:Meeting of the Committee on Contract Labour Wages of Kerala
A meeting of the Committee with Shri N.C.Chaube, ED(EB ), BSNL as Chairman to examine the wage issue and connected matters raised by the Kerala BSNLEU-SNEA-BSNLCCWF unions was held yesterday at 12.00 hours in the Corporate office. Shri N.C.Chaube, ED(EB) presided. Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF and Com.K.Mohan, Circle Secretary BSNLEU and Circle President CCLU Kerala presented the demands on the wages and connected matters to the committee in detail with facts and figures and demanded that the wages should be increased.
The chairman assured that the Committee will consider favourably all he points raised by the unions.
30 October, 2015:Dharna program by BSNL Casual & Contract Labour union Khammam District AP Circle.
A dharna program was organized successfully on 29.10.2015 in the premises of GMTD office Khammam by BSNL Casual & Contract Labour union, Khammam district with the support of BSNLEU & CITU Khammam demanding the Local Management to pay the pending wages, implement minimum wages, issue of identity cards & implement the order issued by the Corporate office regarding minimum wages etc., . On the same day Local Council Meeting also held and in its meeting, staff side strongly demanded to discuss the said issue. Management accepted to discuss the labour issues and also agreed to pay all the pending wages upto Sept. 2015 before 05.11.2015. Regarding labour tender, Management agreed to complete the entire process of tender within one month. After completion of discussions in the meeting, staff side members and DGM, IFA, AGM(A) along with other officers are came to tent where dharna is being taken place, and addressed the dharna and explained the discussions held in the LCM meeting. DGM & IFA assured all problems would be settled with in one month. Com. K. Narasimharao District President CITU, BSNLEU leaders com. G. Sambasivarao, M. Thirumalcharyulu, T. Shankara Rao, Ch. Vanasree, P.Satyanarayana, V.Venkateswarlu etc, also attended and addressed the dharna.
30 October, 2015:Delhi Government increases welfare schemes and increase in benefits to Construction workers.
It is reported that the Delhi Government has increased the financial benefits of the construction workers, mostly migrant workers. The increase is in Assistance for education, marriage of daughters, maternity benefit, pension benefit, advance for purchase of house, loans, medical assistance etc. Most of these benefits has doubled or more. For example Maternity Benefit is increased from Rs.10,000 to Rs. 30,000; Marriage of daughters from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 51,000; Death benefit from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1,00,000 etc. etc.
There are crores of construction workers in Delhi, migrant or other wise. The Delhi government has to ensure that not only announcement is made, but it is faithfully implemented.
23 October, 2015:Meeting with GM (Restrg) on Contract labour issues.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, met Shri A.M.Gupta, GM(Restructuring) on 21st October 2015, and discussed about the non-implementation of the labour laws including minimum wage, EPF, ESI etc. are in many circles. GM (Restg.) assured that the issue has already been seriously taken by the Management and orders are already issued for correct report from the Circles so that the same could be forwarded to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour. Com. Namboodiri handed over the details of some SSAs in U.P. (East) to the GM, where brutal exploitation of contract labour is taking place. On 21.10.2015, a reminder letter was also sent to all the CGMs in the matter, by the Corporate Office.
23 October, 2015:Bonus calculation wage limit increased to Rs. 7,000 – Eligibility ceiling increased to Rs. 21,000.
The Cabinet has decided to double the wage ceiling for calculating bonus to Rs 7,000 per month for factory workers and establishments with 20 or more workers.
“The Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Bill, 2015 to enhance the monthly bonus calculation ceiling to Rs 7,000 per month from existing Rs 3,500 was approved by Union Cabinet here,” a source said after the Cabinet meeting. The eligibility ceiling for grant of bonus also will be increased from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 21,000. This amendment will be effective from 1st April 2015.
This amendment in the Act to increase wage ceiling and bonus calculation ceiling was one of assurances given by the Centre after 10 central trade unions went on a historic one-day strike on September 2.
21 October, 2015:BSNLCCWF - Meeting of Parliament Standing Committee on Labour.
20 October, 2015:Meeting with GM(Restructuring) on Contract Labour issues.
Coms. VAN Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF and KG Jayaraj, GS, AIBDPA met Shri Gupta, GM(Restructuring) today, 20th October 2015 and discussed about pending issues of the contract workers. GM(Restg.) assured that immediately after the meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee held on 12th instant, strict instructions have been issued to all the CGMs to ensure that the Minimum wages are paid and EPF, ESI etc. implemented. The evidences for having implemented is also called for. He also said that if the places are pointed out where these are not implemented, he will pursue the matter. He also stated that the management is particular that orders are implemented.
20 October, 2015:Meeting with GM(Estt.) on Casual Labour issues.
Coms.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLCCWF and K.G.Jayaraj, GS AIBDPA met Smt. Madhu Arora GM(Estt.) and discussed about the issues of the casual workers in BSNL. As per existing orders casual labour are eligible for Bonus as per CG employees, as their wages are being paid on the basis of the CDA pay scale. GM(Estt.) agreed to look in to the matter. On the issue of Gratuity to casual labours, GM stated that most probably it will be cleared in the next meeting of the BSNL Board.
20 October, 2015:Gratuity for Casual Labour.
The issue of Gratuity for casual labour was raised in the National Council meeting held on 16th October 2015. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU initiated the discussion and Com.Animesh Mitra, Secretary General BSNLCCWF pointed out and explained that Gratuity is the right of the workers as part of the social security measures. The Management side informed that the BSNL Management has already approved the same and this will be decided in the next meeting of the BSNL Board.
19 October, 2015:Massive Dharna demanding PLI (Bonus).
Massive dharnas were organized in Circes / SSAs demanding payment of Productivity Linked Incentive (PLI) / Bonus to the BSNL employees and executives. The programme was organized as per the call of the Forum of BSNL Unions & Associations.
At the Corporate Office premises, New Delhi, the dharna was participated by more than 500 employees. In addition from NTR and Corporate Office, comrades came in large numbers from Haryana and UP (West). The dharna was inaugurated by Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Patron, BSNLEU and was addressed by General Secretaries and Circle Secretaries of Unions and Associations. Com. Balbir Singh, President, BSNLEU, Com. K.G. Jayaraj, General Secretary, AIBDPA, Com. Islam Ahmed, President, NFTE, Com. Prahlad Rai, General Secretary, AIBSNLEA, Com. Aravind Dahiya, Joint Secretary, SNEA(I), Com. Suresh Kumar, General Secretary, BSNLMS, Com. Gautam, Dy. General Secretary, SNATTA and other leaders addressed.<<view photo>>
19 October, 2015:Meeting with Director (HR).
Com.V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, today, 19.10.2015, met Smt. Sujata Ray, Director (HR) and discussed the following issues.
(1) Regularisation of casual labourers.
The Federation asked for preparing a scheme for regularisation of the casual labour as was agreed to earlier. Director (HR) stated the Management is examining the case.
(2) Committee for fixing wages, Kerala circle.
The official committee will fix the next date for the meeting in which the Federation representatives will be called.
(3) Implementation of Minimum wage, EPF, ESI etc.
Director (HR) stated that strict instructions have been issued to ensure that the above are fully implemented. Com. Namboodiri pointed out many places where they are not implemented. Director (HR) told the Federation to give the list where the rules are not implemented.
(4) Gratuity for casual labour.
Director (HR) assured that the issue is in the agenda of the next meeting of the BSNL Board.
17 October, 2015:Victimisation in Kerala Telecom Circle
The brutal victimisation of BSNLEU and SNEA leaders and workers in Kerala continues. In addition to the 15 comrades already suspended, 4 more have been suspended two days back. The CGM,Kerala, MSS Rao, who was put in ” compulsory wait” by the Corporate office, but continues in the post on the basis of High Court order, is trying to destroy the Kerala Telecom circle, which is the main profit making circle in BSNL.
BSNLEU, SNEA and BSNLCCWF will together fight against this victimisation and harassment of union leaders and workers. Such victimisation has been vacated in the past and will be vacated now. The fate of many such corrupt officers who harassed the workers is well known. There is no doubt that history is going to be repeated.
16 October, 2015:Good response to the All India Conference – CCWF has started struggle.
(1) West Bengal: - BSNL Casual Mazdoor Union has organized a mammoth gathering in CGMT Office, West Bengal on 13th October 2015. Recently it is being observed that the Management in West Bengal circle is harassing the Casual Contract labourers for salary payment on plea of introduction of ERP system system. About 500 labourers from all districts in the state were present in the meeting, which started at 1200 noon and continued upto 9.00 PM. They have expressed their resentment and hard experiences too about their salary payment on in ERP. It was told in the meeting by the Casual and Contract Workers that, in some area the Management is trying to change the mode of payment for the casual labourers. In some area they are trying to make payment less amount to the casual labourers. On introduction of ERP system, now the Management is sending the cheques to the contractors directly through ERP, but the labourers are not getting the salary in cash by the contractors. So the BSNL Casual Mazdoor Union has organized this programme to settle these issues. As the Management has expressed indifferent attitude, the day long dharna continued upto night, 9 O’clock. Prolonged discussion took place with CGM, West Bengal where GM (Finance) and GM (HR) were also present. Ultimately when CGM assured that the problem will be settled within a month and no pay cut or less payment will happen, then the dharna programme was withdrawn. The leadership of the Casual Mazdoor Union and BSNL Employees Union including Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary and Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNL CCWF, took part in the discussion.
(2) Temporary Status Casual Mazdoors started hunger strike at Tezpur from 12th October: - 213 TSM labourers has started hunger strike in Tezpur before General Manager’s office. These casual mazdoors had got the TSM status in DoT period in the year 1996 which was withdrawn by the BSNL Management in the year 2010. BSNL Employees Union and the Casual Mazdoor union were trying to settle the issue with the Management. But the Management was trying to bypass the issue on plea that it is a subjudice and vigilance issue. In the last All India Conference of the BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation, this problem was highlighted by the delegates from Assam. Both Central Head Quarters, BSNLEU & BSNLCCWF is committed to convey the message of the hunger strike to the Corporate Office for settle the issue without further delay. It is learnt that the CGMT, Assam has rushed to Tezpur and invited the leadership for the discussion to settle the issue.
(3) CWC meeting of CCWF in UP (East) will be held at Lucknow: - In the All India Conference it is reported by the delegates from the UP (East) that the Casual and Contract labourers in UP (East) are being harassed to get their proper wages, social securities. The leaders are also being retrenched from service as they are involved in the union activities. To discuss all these problems and to find out solutions the circle union has decided to organize their working committee meeting at Lucknow in the first week of November 2015. The leaders of the Casual Contract Workers Federation will also be present in the meeting to guide them to decide the future course of action.
16 October, 2015:Kerala – Wages increased for Plantation Workers after sustained struggle.
After 17 days of heroic sustained struggle, the Plantation managements have been compelled to increase the wages of the plantation workers in Kerala. In the meeting of the Government, Owners and Unions held on 14th October 2015, agreement was reached as follows: Tea and Coffee estates workers: Increase from Rs. 232 to Rs. 301. Cardamom estates workers: From Rs. 267 to Rs. 330. Rubber estates from Rs. 317 to Rs. 381. By adding other benefits the Tea and Coffee workers will get Rs. 436, Cardamom workers Rs. 478 and Rubber workers Rs. 436. The strike has been withdrawn on the basis of the agreement. Hearty Congratulations to the workers and unions of Plantations in Kerala !
14 October, 2015:Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour – Detailed report.
Meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour at Mumbai on 12th October 2015.
A meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour was held at Oberoi Hotel, Mumbai, on the Issues of casual and contract labour in BSNL. The meeting was attended by Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, John Verghese, Asst. General secretary, BSNLEU and N.K.Nalwade, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Maharashtra. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Virendra Kumar, M.P., Chairman of the Committee and was attended by more than 15 Members of Parliament. The Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), The Central EPF Commissioner and the Central ESI Commissioner were also present.
The union leaders pointed out that despite many efforts on the part of the union, the BSNL Management has not taken any effort for the regularization of the more than 4000 left out casual labours. Either they can be regularized in the same way as done by the Customs, Income Tax, Central Excise etc. as per the directions of the DOP and T or by preparing a scheme as proposed in the SC judgment itself. The EPF has been implemented w.e.f. 01-10-2000 for Casual labour and the same should be made applicable to the contract labour also. The wages of the casual labour should be fixed as the minimum scale of BSNL, instead of DOT since they are working in BSNL for the last 15 years.
Minimum Wages should be ensured to the contract, which is not implemented in many states. Specific instances like UP, Maharashtra Circles were pointed out. The brutal exploitation of contract labour was explained with detailed information. Social Security measures like ESI and EPF are not implemented in most of the places. The regularization of contract labour was also raised. The unions also requested for an inquiry in the matter of non-implementation of the labour laws. A detailed Memorandum on all the issues was presented to the Chairman, Standing Committee with copy to all the MPs and Labour Officers along with a copy of the book published by the BSNLCCWF on the casual contract workers.
The Chairman and other Members of the Committee appreciated our points and stated that they will discuss the same with the Management.
After the evidence of the Unions, the BSNL Management was called. CMD BSNL, Director (HR), GM(Estt) and other senior officers attended the meeting from the management side.
13 October, 2015:Meeting at CGM Office Mumbai.
A well attended meeting was held on 12.10.2015, at CGM office Mumbai organised by BSNL Employees Union. A large number of contract casual workers were also present. Com. Ganesh Hinge presided. Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron BSNLEU and President BSNLCCWF, Animesh Mitra, Secretary General. BSNLCCWF and Vice-President BSNLEU, John Verghese, All India Asst. General Secretary BSNLEU, N.K.Nalwade, Circle Secretary BSNLEU, Balachandra Mane, Asst. Circle Secretary BSNLEU and other leaders addressed focussing the issues of workers. All the leaders were honoured at the meeting by presenting flower bouquets. The questions raised by the members were replied to by the leaders.
12 October, 2015:BSNLCCWF- Meeting of Parliament Standing Committee on Labour
Today, 12th October 2015, a meeting of the Parliament Committee on
Labour was held at Oberoi Hotel, Mumbai. BSNLCCWF leaders Com.VAN Namboodiri,
President, Com.Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF, Com.John
Verghese, AGS, Com.N.K.Nalwade, Circle Secretary BSNLEU
participated and presented the issues of casual contract workers
effectively. The Chairman and Members of Parliament present
appreciated the points raised by the unions. The Chief Labour
Commissioner (Central), Central EPF Commissioner, Chief ESI
Commissioner and other Labour officers were present.
08 October, 2015:Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour meets on 12th October on BSNL Casual Contract Labour issues
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour will meet at Mumbai on 12th October 2015 to take evidence on the Casual contract labour in BSNL. Five-Six meetings have already been held and BSNLCCWF had given evidence every time. Com.VAN Namboodiri, President, Com. Animesh Mitra Secretary General and other BSNLCCWF leaders are expected to attend the sitting of the meeting.
08 October, 2015:The New Office Bearers of BSNLCCWF
The full list of Office-Bearers elected at the All India Conference of BSNLCCWF are given below:
President : Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri
Wkg. President : Com. Tapas Ghosh
Vice-Presidents : Com. P.Abhimanyu
: Com. K.R.Yadav
: Com. Cheluvaraj (Karnataka)
: Com. Murugaiah (T.Nadu)
: Com. Akhilesh Banerjee (W.Bengal)
Secretary General : Com. Animesh Mitra
Asst. Secretary Generals: Com. N.Suresh (Kerala)
: Com. M.Wabengrenla (NE.II)
: Com. C.Palanichami (T.Nadu)
: Com. Bishwanath Behura (Odisha)
: Com. Haridwar Yadav (UP East)
Treasurer : Com. Tapos Banerjee
Organising Secretaries : Com. Sonia Arora (UP West)
: Com. N.R.Somasekharan Nair (Kerala)
: Com. Prasanjit Saha (NE.I)
: Com. Bikas Baruah (Assam)
: Com. Arup Sarkar (Kolkata)
: Com.Shabrish Kumar (Karnataka)
: Com. T.Kasi (Chennai)
Auditor : Com. Saibal Sengupta.
08 October, 2015:AIC BSNLCCWF – Resolution on Policy and Programme
The Resolution on Policy and Programmme adopted by the All India Conference of AIBSNLCCWF held at Nagercoil on 3-4 October 2015 is given below:
Resolution on Policy and Programme
This All 3rd All India Conference of BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation, held at Nagercoil on 3-4 October 2015, after serious deliberations on the issues of casual and contract workers and reviewing the sustained struggles that have been organised, heartily congratulate the workers for their effective participation in the action programmes.
However, the government as well as the BSNL Management, has not taken any effective step to settles the issues. Instead, the management has started victimisation of workers, including retrenchment. In such a situation, the AIC, after detailed discussion has decided to organise agitational programmes on the following long pending demands:
1) Regularisation of Casual and Contract Labour.
2) Casual labour wage to be the lowest wage in BSNL, instead of in DOT
3) Equal Pay for equal work.
4) Minimum Wage of Rs. 15,000/-
5) Implementation of Social security Measures like EPF, ESI, Gratuity etc.
6) Grant of Bonus
7) HRA/Quarter facility to casual contract workers.
8) Leave, Paid Weekly Off and Paid Holidays.
9) EPF Account to be opened by BSNL, instead of contractor.
10) Issue of Identity Card by BSNL
11) Immediate steps required, including procurement of equipment for the revival and improvement of BSNL services.
12) Vacate Victimisation – Reinstate all retrenched workers.
13) Compassionate engagements.
14) Funeral expenses to the family of deceased worker.
15) Convert Part-Time workers to full time worker.
Programmes of Action
1) Immediate formation of BSNLCCWF in all Circles/SSAs, wherever it has not been formed. Make all out efforts for strengthening the organisation. Massive campaign to be organised in all circles/SSAs. – October, November 2015.
2) Demonstrations in all SSAs in November 2015. (date will be fixed and intimated)
3) Demonstration at Circle offices – December 2015 (date will be fixed and intimated).
4) Relay Hunger Strike – February 2016 (dated will be fixed and intimated).
The next CEC which will be held in February – March 2016 will finalise the next programme of action, including strike.
In order to implement the programmes effectively, BSNLCCWF should be formed in all places, should be strengthened and all the casual and contract workers are brought to the fold of BSNLCCWF. Serious, massive and active campaign should be organised for the purpose.
UNITY FOR STRUGGLE, STRUGGLE FOR UNITY AND UNITY AND STRUGGLE FOR PROGRESS!
07 October, 2015:Start Organising BSNLCCWF units in all SSAs
The 3rd All India Conference of the BSNLCCWF has called upon the workers to organise units of the organisation in all the SSAs within a short period. The Circle Secretaries are requested to take the initiative. If all India leaders are required, Secretary General Com. Animesh Mitra or President Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri is to be contacted, who will arrange the same.
The Conference has declared ” 2016 – Year of the Casual and Contract Labour” with the target of settling the major issues in the year. Strong organisation is required for implementing the same. Massive campaign be organised as also meeting the M.P.s, MLAs etc. Wherever, labour laws are not implemented, this should be brought to the notice of the Labour Commissioner, EPF Commissioner etc. Seek the help of BSNLEU leaders and workers in all places.
Start work now! It is the future of the casual and contract workers! It is the future of BSNL!
05 October, 2015:Anti-Victimisation Convention at Thiruvananthapuram by BSNLEU, SNEA, BSNLCCWF.
The Anti-Victimisation Convention held at Thiruvananthapuram on 5th October 2015 by BSNLEU, SNEA and BSNLCCWF was massively attended with comrades coming from all parts of the state. The Bankmen’s Hall, where the convention was held was full and overflowing with comrades.
The Convention was presided by Com. George Verghese, Circle Secretary SNEA and Chairman of the Joint Action Committee. Com. K.Mohanan, Circle Secretary BSNLEU Kerala Circle and Convener of the JAC welcomed all the participants and the invitees. He narrated the developments consequent to the agitation by the Casual Contract workers and employees and the arrogant way the CGM dealt with the same and victimised the leaders of BSNLEU and SNEA, who fully supported the struggle. Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU, Rajan, Treasurer, SNEA, P.V.Chandrasekharan, senior leader, Animesh Mitra, General Secretary, BSNLCCWF, Saibal Sen Gupta, N.R.Somasekharan Nair, Circle Secretary, CCLU,Treasurer, BSNLEU, Pratap Kumar Asst. General Secretary, BSNLEU, Vijayakumar, Org. Secretary, R.Muralidharan Nair, former AGS, BSNLEU, Muralidharan, Circle secretary, P.III Union, Bhagya Lakshmi, Convener, Mahila Committee and many other leaders addressed the convention.
All the speakers in strong words condemned the victimisation of 15 comrades, who were issued with charge sheet, suspended and also filed FIR against them. The Arrogant CGM MSS Rao, who is in the ‘Agreed List’ (list of persons against whom vigilance cases are there) is trying to disturb the services in the circle as also victimising the union workers. He was transferred, but by going to court he got stay and is clinging to his post in Thiruvananthapuram. The convention congratulated the workers for their sustained struggle and assured that all efforts would be made to ensure that the transfer of the concerned CGM is immediately got implemented.
The victimised workers and leaders were honoured by the house. All India leaders who were present assured that the CGM will be transferred and victimisation will be nullified.
05 October, 2015:BSNLCCWF calls for strengthening Organisation.
The Third all India Conference of the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation (BSNLCCWF) held at Nagercoil on 3-4 October 2015 has called upon the workers to strengthen the organisation to enable it to continue its struggles for achievement of the long pending demands. Without a strong organisation, it is most difficult to compel the management to accede to our demands.
What is to be done?
While BSNLCCWF is very strong in a few circles, it is functioning well in many circles, there are still circles where either it is to be formed or is in the initial stage of forming. Workers are afraid of joining the association in some other places. the message of the union and our efforts for settling the issues also have not reached in some other places. Hence it is necessary that the first step is to ensure that each and every SSA in the country should have the units of the BSNLCCWF. All India and Circle leaders should identify these SSAs and start meeting the workers in these places for formation of BSNLCCWF. Branches should be formed, subscription should be collected, issues should be taken with the BSNL Management and regular functioning should start.
In this effort, maximum help is required from the regular workers and their organisations. BSNL Employees Union, who has taken initiative for forming BSNLCCWF, is fully in support and its General Secretary Com.P.Abhimanyu, is the Vice-President of BSNLCCWF. In most of the circles the circle secretary of BSNLEU is the Circle president of BSNLCCWF. It should be in the same way in the SSAs also.
This process should start immediately. Within two months, by December 2015, we should be able to form the union in most of the places, it not every where. This is the first target and mission the All India Conference has given to us. Let us fulfill it. The mission has to be completed.
04 October, 2015:BSNLCCWF Conference started at Nagercoil
The Third All India Conference of BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation started at Nagercoil, T.Nadu on 3rd October and will continue till 4th October 2015. Before starting the session, a enthusiastic jatha(Procession) was held starting from the GM Office to the Conference hall at Sumanagali Kalyana Mandapam. With red banners, flags of the union with shouting of slogans, the jatha was watched by a large number of people. At the Conference site, the National Flag was hoisted by Com. VAN Namboodiri, President of BSNLCCWF and the red flag of the union by its Secretary General, Tapas Ghosh. All the comrades paid homage to the martyrs by putting flowers on the Martyrs column erected near the entrance.
The inaugural session was presided by Com. VAN Namboodiri, President of the Federation. A resolution paying homage to the martyrs was moved by the chair and comrades stood in silence for one minute. Com. A.V.Bellarmin,ex.MP and Chairman of the Reception Committee welcome all. All the guests and leaders were garlanded and honoured.
Com.VAN Namboodiri, in his presidential address called upon the workers to continue maximum efforts for better service. He explained the present position of the issues of the workers and stated the need for continuous struggle. Com.A.K.Padmanabhan, President, CITU, inaugurated the AIC. He touched upon the international and national issues. He spoke about WFTU and its role in the present situation. Issues of the workers were also touched. Coms. P.Abhimanau, GS BSNLEU, Mohan Doss, AIBDPA Vice-President, Animesh Mitra, and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Secretary General addressed the Conference. Com.C.Vinod, Secretary Reception Committee proposed vote of thanks. In the afternoon, the delegate session started presided by Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri. The session will continue tomorrow.<<view of the conference>> <<view of the rally>>
29 September, 2015:Meeting of JAC BSNLEU, SNEA, BSNLCCWF at Thiruvanathapuram on 5th October 2015
The Joint Action Committee of BSNLEU, SNEA(I) and CCLU (BSNLCCWF) Kerala Circle is organising a Convention at Thiruvananthapuram on 5th October 2015 which will be addressed by Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU, Com.K.Sebastin, General Secretary, SNEA(I) and Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF.
The Kerala BSNL workers under the leadership of the three unions are conducting sustained militant struggles on the demands of the Contract workers and also against suspension and other victimisation of the leaders and workers of BSNLEU and SNEA.
Revolutionary greetings to the heroic comrades of Kerala BSNL circle, who will continue the struggle till victory!
UNITY FOR STRUGGLE! STRUGGLE FOR UNITY! UNITY & STRUGGLE FOR PROGRESS!
28 September, 2015:EPF and Gratuity for contract workers.
Now that the EPF w.e.f. 01-10-2000 has been implemented and Gratuity is being finalised in the next BSNL Board Meeting, BSNLCCWF has taken up the issue of EPF and gratuity for contract workers to be implemented and from the same date. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF discussed the matter with the BSNL Management.
28 September, 2015:Nagercoil ready for hosting prepares for All India Conference of BSNLCCWF.
The Reception Committee of All India Conference of BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation to be held at Nagercoil on 3-4 October 2015 is finalising all the arrangement for holding the same in an effective way. The Comrades under the leadership of Com. Bellarmin, Ex-MP, Chairman, C.Palanichami, Working President and C.Vinod, Convener are sparing no pains make the Conference a big success.
It is only 4 days to start the AIC. Delegates from North East, Assam etc. have already started since they do not have direct trains to Nagercoil. Delegates from other states will start by tomorrow and day after tomorrow.
Information for the Delegates
BSNLCCWF ALL INDIA CONFERENCE, NAGERCOIL, T.NADU
Conference venue : Sumangali Kalyana Mandapam, Opp : Gopala Pillai Hospital, Near Collector office, KP Road , Nagercoil 629 001
Those who are coming by Train: Nagercoil Junction Nagercoil Railway station to Conference venue : 2 KMs Via Railway Feeder Road, Kottar Church, KP Road i.e Trivandrum Road, Chettikulam Junction, KP Road, Sumangali Mandapam ( Auto fare Rs. 70 to 80 Rs.)
Those who are coming by bus except Trivandrum will reach Vadasery Bus stand From Vadasery Bus stand to Conference Hall : 2 KM Frequent Circular Bus: Parvathipuram to Parvathipuram Bus stop : Gopala Pillai Hospital.
Auto fare Rs. 70 to 80 Rs.
Those who are coming by Bus from Trivandrum Collector Office Stop : Walkable distance.
28 September, 2015:Gratuity to Casual workers in BSNL
The Remuneration Committee of BSNL has approved the Gratuity Scheme for the casual workers engaged in BSNL. BSNLCCWF has taken the issue with the Parliamentary Standing Committee, after which the BSNL Management started the process. The BSNL Management Committee after approving the scheme has sent it to the Remuneration Committee which has adopted the same. Now the next meeting of the BSNL Board is expected to approve the same after which orders could be issued.
According to the scheme the benefit will be available w.e.f. 01-10-2000. the date on which BSNL was formed. This is a great achievement for the casual labours.
22 September, 2015:BSNLCCWF Demonstration today, 22.09.2015.
On the major issues of the BSNL Casual and Contract workers, demonstrations are being held today at SSA levels demanding settlement of the demands raised in the Charter of Demands submitted to the BSNL Management. The decision was taken by the CEC of the BSNLCCWF. BSNLCCWF All India Conference being held at Nagercoil on 3-4 October 2015 will discuss all these issues and chalk out Programmes of Action for the settlement of the same.
Towards Nagercoil AIC ! 2015- The Year of the Casual and Contract Workers!
16 September, 2015:BSNLCCWF All India Conference.
The All India Conference of BSNLCCWFwill be held at Nagercoil in T.Nadu on 3-4 October 2015. The contact No of the Reception Committee Convener is Com. C.Vinod Kumar, Convener, Reception Committee, III AIC BSNLCCWF: 9442692777. <<view invitation>>
14 September, 2015:No end to exploitation of casual contract workers in UP
Despite of bringing the brutal exploitation of contract labour in UP even to the notice of the Prime Minister, no improvement has taken place. The wages for the last many months have not been paid. The workers were being paid only Rs. 1500-2000. This has to be changed. The top management keeps stoic silence against this injustice. Struggle is the only way. Strengthen the organisation for a tough fight.
14 September, 2015:Protest Demonstrations by BSNLEU, SNEA, BSNLCCWF
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.
10 Septeber, 2015:IIIrd All India Conference of BSNLCCWF will be held at Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu) on 03 - 04 October, 2015 .<view poster>>
10 Septeber, 2015:BSNLCCWF Third AIC at Kanyakumari on 3-4 October 2015
The Third All India Conference of BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation will be held at Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu on 3-4 October 2015. The two days conference will be inaugurated by Com. A.K.Padmanabhan, President CITU at 10.00 AM on 3rd October 2015. All India TU and BSNLEU leaders will address the Conference.
All arrangements are being made by the Reception Committee to make the Conference successful. The number of delegates from each circle may be intimated to the Secretary General BSNLCCWF as also to the Reception Committee urgently.
02 September, 2015:History created – 15 crore workers on Strike.
Once again history is created. The General Strike today is estimated to have been participated by more than 15 crore workers. The call given by the 10 Central Trade Unions and the federations and associations of various sector unions, including CG Employees, Defence, State Govt. employees, PSUs including telecom/BSNL, have been an unprecedented success.
In BSNL, the strike has been almost complete. BSNL Employees Union had participated in all the strike called by the Central trade Unions till date.
The Casual and Contract Workers all over India participated in a big way. In states like W.Bengal, Kerala, T.Nadu, Karnataka, Assam, the strike has been complete. Reports of successful strike is pouring from all the circles.
BSNL _DOT Pensioners on the call of AIBDPA organised demonstrations in support of the Strike in many places.
The government’s claim that it is addressing the concerns of the workers has been completely rejected by the workers. Modi Government has failed to settle even one demand raised by the CTUs. While lakhs of crores of rupees are gifted to the corporates through tax waival, concessions etc. the workers and the people at large are completely ignored.
The struggle will continue for abetter deal to the workers and the common people!
Revolutionary Greetings to all the participants in the strike! You have once again created history!
24 August, 2015:Meeting of CEC of BSNLCCWF at New Delhi on 4th September 2015
An Emergent Meeting of the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation (BSNLCCWF) will be held at New Delhi on 4th September 2015. Notice has been issued which is posted in the BSNLCCWF website. SMS has also been sent to the CEC Members. They have been requested to intimate their time of arrival so that arrangements can be made. The ensuing All India conference on 3-4 October 2015 and other urgent matters necessitated the emergent meeting.
20 August, 2015:Kerala Agitation settled – Strike, Non-Cooperation withdrawn- Congratulations!
Information has been received from Kerala that on the basis of the discussions between Shri N.K.Gupta, Director(CFA), BSNL and BSNLEU, SNEA, BSNLCCWF and the decisions arrived at, the Strike by the BSNLCCWF and Non-Cooperation by BSNLEU, SNEA has been withdrawn. The details will be intimated later.
Hearty Congratulations and Revolutionary Greetings to the militant workers of Kerala Circle BSNL for their sustained struggle and mighty achievement! We express our appreciation to the Management for the discussion and settlement. We hope that whatever the service has suffered during the 45 days of agitation will be made good and that the Kerala Circle will continue to lead both in better service and more profit.
18 August, 2015:Kerala Agitation – Meeting with CMD BSNL
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron, BSNLEU and President, BSLCCWF had an exhaustive discussion today, 18th August 2015, with Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL on the issues connected with the strike of CCLU Kerala and the non-cooperation programme by BSNLEU and SNEA. The entire issue was brought to the notice of the CMD BSNL. He appreciated our position and stated that Shri N.K.Gupta, Director (CFA) has been deputed to Thiruvananthapuram for discussing the matter with all concerned for taking necessary decision. The discussion will take place on 20th August 2015.
Com.Namboodiri, met Smt. Sujata Ray, Director (HR) as also Shri N.K.Gupta, Director(CFA) and had further discussions for settlement of the issues concerned without further delay. Both the Directors agreed that an early solution is necessary. They also assured that the meeting on 20th August at Thiruvnanthapuram is fixed and the issues will be sorted out.
14 August, 2015:Kerala Struggle continues – CMD contacted.
The struggle by the Kerala BSNL comrades are continuing under the leadership of CCLU, BSNLEU and SNEA. The non-cooperation started on 12th August is continuing with full participation of the workers and employees. The non-implementation of the agreement with regard to the interim relief of Rs.100/- per day for the contract workers by the management has created the new situation and renewed struggle.
Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron BSNLEU and President, BSNLCCWF spoke to Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL from UK and impressed upon him the urgency to approve the agreement on the interim additional wages and create an amicable situation. He informed that even now the wages of contract labour are far below the ordinary