BSNL CASUAL & CONTRACT WORKERS FEDERATION
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Phone: (033) 2237-9450, 2530–2424
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.
08 October, 2016:Bonus Orders issued by BSNL.
The sustained efforts and timely intervention of BSNLEU leaders have resulted in issue of orders granting bonus to the employees before Puja/Dussehra/Navaratri, Muharram. On 06.10.2016(yesterday), Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Dy. General Secretary met CMD BSNL, Director(HRD) and also Additional Secretary, DOT and demanded that the Bonus should be ordered this week itself so that the employees will get the same before the festivals.
It has the desired results. Necessary meetings like Remuneration Committee was held urgently and the orders for payment of Bonus of Rs.3,000/- as agreed between the Management and the Recognised Unions have been issued. The casual labour also will get the Bonus as demanded by BSNLCCWF leaders, when they met the CMD BSNL a few days back. Congratulations to all comrades for achieving the desired results!<<view order>>
08 October, 2016:Corporate Office letter on implementation of provision of EPF/ESI for contract workers.
BSNL CCWF leaders have been continuously meeting BSNL Management for clear orders on implementation of labour laws like minimum wage, EPF, ESI etc. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, met Shri A.M. Gupta, GM(Restg.), a few days back and insisted upon issue of clear instructions and monitoring of implementation of government and BSNL orders with regard to contract workers. An order issued by BSNL CO., in this connection.<<view order>>
08 October, 2016:Corporate Office letter on implementation of provision of minimum wage-cheque/online payment.<<click here>>
06 October, 2016:Corporate Office instructions to all CGMs on payment of wages to contract labour by the contractor through Cheque / on-line payment.<<click here>>
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>>
BSNLCCWF is taking up the issues of the casual and contract workers with the government, Chief Labour Commissioner, Communications Minister, DOT as also CMD BSNL and other officers of BSNL. These correspondences will be posted here.
18 October, 2016:CHQ writes to CMD BSNL on Non-implement of Minimum Wage, EPF, ESI in Haryana circle.<<view letter>>
18 October, 2016:CHQ writes to CMD BSNL on Non-implement of Minimum Wage, EPF, ESI in UP (East) circle.<<view letter>>
10 October, 2016:CHQ writes to CMD BSNL on Gratuity to casual and contract labour.<<view letter>>
10 October, 2016:CHQ writes to CMD BSNL on Payment of Bonus to Contract Workers.<<view letter>>
03 October, 2016:CHQ writes to CMD BSNL on Payment of Bonus/PLI of Casual and Contract Workers.<<view letter>>
10 September, 2016:CHQ writes to CMD BSNL on revision of wages for casual labour/TSM on the basis of the minimum pay scale i.e. Rs.18,000/- as per government decision on 7th CPC recommendation.<<view letter>>
10 September, 2016:CHQ writes to the Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), on wages of casual labour/TSM employed in BSNL and non-implementation of minimum wage, EPF, ESI, etc., for the contract labour.<<view letter>>
09 September, 2016:CHQ writes to GM (Estt.), on scheme for Regularization of Left out TSM / Casual Labours in BSNL. <<view letter>>
22 August, 2016:CHQ writes to Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), on Re-classification/ Upgradaton of Cities / Town on the basis of Census 2011 for the purpose of grant of HRA to the Central government Employees.<<view letter>>
22 August, 2016:Notice for strike on 2nd September, 2016, by Casual and Contract Workers engaged in BSNL.<<view notification>>