BSNL CASUAL & CONTRACT WORKERS FEDERATION
K. G. BOSE SMRITEE BHAWAN, 20A, Adwaita Mullick Lane, Kolkata – 700 006
Phone: (033) 2237-9450, 2530–2424
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.
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:Wages only through Bank Accounts – Minister of Labour.
According to the Ministry of Labour dated 25.11.2016, all payments of wages to contract workers and permanent employees should be only through bank account.<<view order>>
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>>
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.
02 November, 2016:CHQ writes to Ministry of Labour and Employment on Casual Contract Labourers in BSNL are deprived to get financial benefit after retirement or death.<<view letter>>
02 November, 2016:CHQ letter to GM (Restg.) on non-implementation of Labour laws and victimization of contract workers in Maharashtra circle.<<view letter>>
01 November, 2016:Our federation has submitted the views and demands to CLC on proposed minimum wage and other issues as it was in the gazette notification by the Ministry of Labour on 1st September. Circle Secretaries are requested to make a good campaign on the issue. If you have some other idea or suggestions please send it to CHQ through email.<<view letter>>