BSNL CASUAL & CONTRACT WORKERS FEDERATION
K. G. BOSE SMRITEE BHAWAN, 20A, Adwaita Mullick Lane, Kolkata – 700 006
Phone: (033) 2237-9450, 2530–2424
28 July, 2015:BSNLEU – CCLU Kerala Circle on struggle against victimisation and on demands.
The BSNLEU and CCLU workers of Kerala Circle are on agitational path for the last three weeks on the demand of the casual contract workers and against victimisation of the union workers and leaders. Instead of discussing and settling the issues, the CGM Kerala is on a path of confrontation and is harassing and victimising the workers. He is, probably doing this in order to make the Kerala Circle, which is profitable, to loss making and also to harass the customers to favour the private companies. Circle leaders of BSNLEU, including the Circle Secretary, are victimised and their salary cut for many days. Former Convener of the Women’s Committee is transferred. SNEA District Secretary, Thiruvananthapuram is transferred to far away Kannur.
The CCLU leaders are on hunger strike for the last 24 days and many have been taken in to custody and hospitalised by the police. The hunger strike continues. Central Trade union leaders, MPs and MLAs, leaders of service organisations are part of the Struggle Aid Committee and extending all support to the fully justified struggle. CMD BSNL has been asked by the General Secretary BSNLEU and President BSNLCCWF to intervene and direct the CGM to discuss and settle the issue. It seems that the CGM is not even heeding to the advise of the CMD.
In this context it was decided to organise a massive march to the residence of CGM Kerala on 28th July 2015, but it has been deferred, due to the sad demise of former President APJ Abdul Kalam and to pay respects to his memory.
Thousands of workers had reached the CGM Office for the March. A report from the Circle Union BSNLEU is reproduced about the massive meeting held today and the decision taken for strengthening the struggle:
Report from Circle Union.
“A large number of BSNLEU &CCLU comrades from all over Kerala has assembled at CGM office premise as per the decision to march to the residence of CGMT. But because of the unexpected death of Sri.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, former President of India, we have cancelled the march to the residence of CGMT. However after observing one minute silence in respect of the departure leader, conducted a meeting lasted for 1 hour.
The combined working committee of BSNLEU and SNEA held at P&T House on 28th July and decided following programmes.
1. Indefinite hunger strike in front of Circle office from 3rd August 2015.
2. Demonstration in front of offices in SSAs on 3rd August 2015.
3. Combined working committee and General body meetings.
4. Non cooperation on 10th August 2015.
The demands are:
1. ENSURE TRADE UNION FREEDOM
2. STOP ALL VINDICTIVE ACTIONS
3. SETTLE LABOUR ISSUES AND IMPROVE SERVICE.”
We fully support the struggle of the Kerala workers . We demand the CMD BSNL to immediately intervene and direct the CGM to discuss with the Unions and settle the issues. Otherwise, the struggle will be intensified further.
28 July, 2015:III AIC of BSNLCCWF – Reception Committee formed.
Tamil Nadu Circle had taken the responsibility of holding the III All India Conference of the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation. The same will be held on 3-4 October 2015. In a meeting held at Nagerkoil on 26-07-2015, the reception Committee has been formed. The report received from the Reception Committee is published below:
BSNL CASUAL CONTRACT WORKERS FEDERATION IIIrd ALL INDIA CONFERENCE RECEPTION COMMITTEE
To conduct the third All India conference of BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation, a Reception Committee was formed on 26-07-2015 at Nagercoil by the Circle Union of Tamil Nadu Telecom Contract Workers Federation.
The following have been elected for the Reception Committee
Chairman : Com A.V.Bellarmin Ex MP
Working President : Com M.Murugaiah
Vice President : Com Chellappa
: Com M.Kumar
: Com R.Suyambulingam
General Secretary : Com C.Vinothkumar
Joint General Secretary : Com A. Babu Radhakrishnan
Dy General Secretary : Com C. Palanichamy
Asst General Secretary : Com A.Selvam
Treasurer : Com K. Viswanathan
Asst treasurer : Com A.Jeyapaul
Committee Members : 1. District Secretaries and Circle office bearers of BSNLEU and TNTCWU Tamilnadu Circle are all Committee.
: Office bearers of All Trade unions in Kanyakumari Dt., Com A.Babu Radhakrishnan CS, P.Indira ACS, Com M. Christopher, Com Swamigurunathan and Com K.George DS NGC, Com N. Soosai Maria Antony DS TVL Com. M. JeyamuruganDS TT, Com Thangamohan DS CITU, Com. M.Kumar AGS BSNL CCWF have participated and addressed the formation meeting. More than hundred contract and regular employees have attended the meeting. Com K.Viswanathan Circle Treasurer , C.Palanichamy ACS , Radhakrishnan, Veluchamy Circle office bearers of TNCtWU, Com N. Sonaimuthu, DS MDU, Ravichandran, DS CBE, Selvam DS NGC , S. Ramachandran Convenor Joint Council of Trade Unions have also addressed the meeting. Various committees have been formed for conducting the Conference in a grand meeting.
28 July, 2015:BSNLEU-CCLU March to CGM Kerala Residence demanding settlement of issues and vacation of victimisation.
The adamant and anti-worker actions of the CGM Kerala has compelled the BSNLEU and CCLU to continue and strengthen the struggle against victimisation and on the demands of the casual and contract workers like increasing the minimum wage, upgrading unskilled workers etc. The Hunger Strike by the CCLU has completed 23 days and still no fruitful negotiations have taken place. Leaders of BSNLEU and SNEA who supported the struggle also have been victimised. The whims and fancies of a CGM is adversely affecting the efficiency of the services.
The Action Committee has decided to organise a massive March to the Residence of the CGM Kerala today, 28th July 2015. The March will be inaugurated at the CGM Office premises by Com. Anathalavattam Anandan, State President CITU and then will march towards the residence of the CGM. Hundreds of workers will be participating in the march.
Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President BSNLCCWF and Patron BSNLEU spoke form UK to Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL and conveyed to him the grave situation existing in Kerala Circle and asked to intervene to save the situation. He assured that CGM has been asked to discuss with the union and settle the same.
27 July, 2015:Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India passes away
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, 11th President of India, and former scientist, passed away today due to cardiac arrest at Shillong, where he had gone to address a function at IIM. He was 84. Called ‘People’s President’, he was the President from July 2002 to July 2007.
The government has declared 7 days National Mourning to pay respects to the former President. We express our deep grief and pay respectful homage to Dr. Abdul Kalam.
27 July, 2015:CCLU Kerala Agitation – CMD asked to intervene
The Hunger Strike by the CCLU leaders in Kerala has reached the 23rd day. Both the CCLU and BSNLEU leaders are on Hunger Strike demanding increased minimum wage, upgrading the workers to skilled cadres etc. No fruitful discussion has taken so far. Instead victimization is continuing. BSNLEU comrades been issued with dies-non and show cause notices. SNEA District Secretary has been transferred for supporting the agitation. Circle office-bearers of BSNLEU are being victimised.
On the other hand more and more support and solidarity is coming for the fully justified struggle from the workers and from many other trade unions. Many comrades sitting on hunger strike have been hospitalised. The struggle is getting more and more momentum.
Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF and Patron BSNLEU, who is in UK contacted Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL today and intimated the serious situation in Kerala due to the adamant stand taken by the CGM and asked to intervene and settle the issue. CMD stated he has already spoken to the CGM in the matter. He stated that the CGM has been asked to discuss with the union to settle the issue.
We are yet to start our journal. We propose to start a triennial first to inform the workers about the organisation, its activities as also to publish various orders on the issues of the Casual and Contract and unorganised workers.
" 2015 - YEAR OF BSNL CASUAL/CONTRACT LABOUR "
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.
11 July, 2015:Notification for the All India Conference of BSNL CCWF, to be held at Tamil Nadu from 03rd to 4th October, 2015.<<view notification>>
11 July, 2015:Circular of BSNL CCWF, dated 11.07.2015.<<view circular>>