30 September, 2014:Parliamentary Standing Committee Meeting on Casual/Contract Workers.

A meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour was held on 29th September 2014, at Parliament Annexe. In addition to the Chairman and about 20 Members of Parliament, Chief Labour Commissioner, Central Provident Fund Commissioner and Chairman Employees State Insurance were also present. Evidence was taken from the BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation representatives. Coms. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, Tapas Ghosh Secretary General, P.Abhimanyu, Vice-President and Animesh Mitra, Vice-President participated in the meeting. On the basis of the written Memorandum presented to the Chairman, Standing committee, Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President and other comrades presented the issues of regularisation of the TSM/Casual labour, Wages, DA, HRA, CCA etc. to be paid. The wage of the casual labour/TSM has to be on the basis of the BSNL payscale (IDA) and not on CDA, which is being paid at present. The non-implementation of minimum wage, EPF, ESI etc. for the contract labour was brought to the notice of Committee.

The Chairman and the M.P.s who are members of the committee sought many details from the BSNLCCWF representatives which were given. The representatives also gave many documents to the committee in connection with the subject. The Chairman asked the BSNLCCWF members to give further details about where the labour laws on minimum wage etc. are not implemented. The Chairman and Committee members patiently heard about the grievances of the Federation. Later, the committee also met the officers of DOT as well as CMD BSNL, and BSNL Officers.

District Secretaries of BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF are requested to immediately inform the CHQ where the minimum wage is not implemented, EPF, ESI is not introduced etc. The details should include the name of the worker, when he was engaged, what is the work he is doing, how much he is paid, whether EPF and ESI is implemented. These should reach the CHQ at the earliest. The information may be addressed to: V.A.N.Namboodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, D-7, Telegraph Place, Gole Market, New Delhi – 110001. This is most immediate.


25 September, 2014:Convention of Casual/Contractual Workers roars against the retrograde policies of the Central Govt..<<click letter>>


24 September, 2014:Approach EPF Commissioners, wherever EPF is not implemented.

In the meeting with the Central Provident Commissioner, he has advised BSNLCCWF to approach the Provident Fund Commissioner in the area to ensure that the EPF is deducted and accounted.


All BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF leaders are requested to verify whether the EPF amount is deducted from the wages of casual/contract workers and remitted to the EPF Account. Wherever, it is not done, kindly approach the EPF Commissioner as advised by the CPF Commissioner.

Also send a copy of the list of contract/casual labour for whom deduction is not made for EPF and remitted by e-mail to Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri (,so that the same can be forwarded to the CPF Commissioner. This is important and very urgent.



24 September, 2014:Meeting with Central Provident Fund Commissioner.

A meeting called by the Central Provident Fund Commissioner was held today, 24th September 2014, at Bhavishyanidhi Bhawan, New Delhi at 11.00 hours on the issue of implementation of EPF to Casual/Contract/Sanitation workers in BSNL. Shri K.K.Jalan, CPF Commissioner, presided. From the BSNL Management Side, S/Shri R.K.Goyal, GM (Estt.) and A.K.Singhal, GM(Admn) were present. BSNLCCWF was represented by Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President.


The discussion took place on the basis of the letter furnished to the CPF Commissioner by BSNLCCWF. Com. Namboodiri explained in detail about the non-implementation of EPF for the contract workers in most of the states.Healso pointed out that both for the Casual and contract labour wherever it has been implemented, the date was from 2011 or so. He demanded that the EPF should be implemented from the date they were engaged or at least from 01-10-2000, the date when BSNL was formed. CPF Commissioner appreciated our point of view. He also stated that wherever EPF is not implemented, it can be brought to the notice of the EPF Commissioner there, who will take necessary action for implementation. The BSNL representatives asked the CPF Commissioner about the interest, penalty etc. if the EPF is implemented w.e.f. 01-10-2000.


We hope that the CPF Commissioner and BSNL management will take necessary action in the matter.


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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.





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.


30 September, 2014:CHQ submitted a memorandum to the Chairman, Parliamentary  Standing Committee on Labour, on 'Deployment of Contract and Casual Workers for Perennial Jobs in BSNL'. <<view letter>>



12 September, 2014:CHQ writes to CMD BSNL on Indefinite fast by BSNLEU & BSNLCCWF leaders at Chennai against retrenchment of Contact Workers at Vellore.<<view letter>>


26 August, 2014:CHQ writes to Narendra Singh Tomar, Hon'ble Labour Minister, on issues of TSM/Casual & Contract Labour in BSNL – request for settlement.<<view letter>>


26 August, 2014:CHQ writes to Secretary, DoT on Revision of wages of TSM/Casual Labour working in BSNL.<<view letter>>


23 August, 2014:CHQ writes to GM (Admn.), BSNL on Non-implementation of Minimum Wage, EPF, ESI etc. and retrenchment of contract workers – case of Pratapgarh SSA – UP (East) Circle.<<view letter>>


17 August, 2014:CHQ writes to CMD BSNL on decisions of the CEC meeting of BSNL Casual & Contract Workers Federation.<<view letter>>


11 August, 2014:CHQ writes to GM (Admn.), BSNL on Non-accounting of EPF & ESI deducting for Contract Labour at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu Circle.<<view letter>>


11 August, 2014:CHQ writes to GM (Admn.), BSNL on Non-payment of Minimum Wage to Contract Workers in Mainpuri SSA (UP West) .<<view letter>>


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