BSNL CASUAL & CONTRACT WORKERS FEDERATION
K. G. BOSE SMRITEE BHAWAN, 20A, Adwaita Mullick Lane, Kolkata – 700 006
Phone: (033) 2237-9450, 2530–2424
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.
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.
22 January, 2016:CHQ writes to GM (Restg.) on issues of contract workers in Kerala, UP (East), Assam and Jharkhand circles.<<view letter>>
20 January, 2016:BSNLCCWF on the path of action - Submission of Memorandum to all CGMs on 29.01.2016. <<view poster>>
18 January, 2016:BSNLCCWF Circular No.03 dated 18.01.2016.<<click here>>
14 January, 2016:Corporate Office letter on information in respect of Casual labourers who had been conferred temporary status on or before 30.09.2000 and who have been appointed subsequently as TM in BSNL.<<click here>>