B.S.N.L. EMPLOYEES UNION
NAZES NAUROZ CIRCLE SECY.:- COM. ANIMESH MITRA.
Date October 20, 2014:- BSNL is most Trustworthy in Crisis--------- BSNL Tele Services
Date June 03, 2015:- Good news for BSNL Subscribers----Report from Business Today
Date July 23, 2016:- BSNL Bounces back to Post Profits--More to be done-------VAN Namboodiri
Date 21st December, 2016:- Formation of Subsidiary Tower Company---Nefarious act by Govt. to fragment BSNL--- P Abhimanyu
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UPDATED ON 20-10-2017 AT 1330 HRS.
BSNL Employees of West Bengal Telecom Circle are all Set to participate in the "Pada Yatra" programee of BPMO : As decided that BSNL Employees Union will participate in the programme of BPMO, accordingly the employees of BSNL are taking full preparation with a great enthusiasm to take part in the "Pada Yatra" programme of BPMO which is going to start on 22nd October, 2017. Accordingly our District Secretaries are requested to mobilize the workers and discuss with them about the route of the "Pada Yatra" in their districts. They must ensure that banner and flags of our Union to be carried by our comrades. Demand posters/flex to be displayed in the "Pada yatra". They are also requested to keep in touch with the BPMO leaders in this regard. Representative of circle union will be present in this programme in all the districts. The leaders of BSNLEU have to contact with BSNLCMU & AIBDPA counterparts for their participation in the BPMO programme. The progrmme of will take place in the districts as follows - On 22/10/2017 Asansol, Purulia and Suri, On 23/10/2017 Bankura, on 24-25/10/2017 Malda, on 25/10/2017 Krishnagar, on 26/10/2017 Burdwan, on 27/10/2017 Midnapore, on 28/10/2017 Jalpaiguri and Kharagpur, on 29/10/2017 Tamluk on 31/10/2017 Hooghly and Kulpi and on 1/10/2017 Barasat.
Employees are not getting GPF---Circle Union demands immediate payment: It is learnt that the employees attached to WBT Circle are not getting their GPF payments since last one month. The Circle Union took up the case with the authority and conveyed the anxiety of the employees towards non payment of GPF for a long time. It is heard that due to problem of DOT Cell the payments could not be made. However Com Animesh Mitra CS BSNLEU WB has already brought the matter to the notice of the administration and demanded immediate payment of GPF for those employees who are awaiting since last once month or more.
BSNL Casual Mazdoor Union organized demonstration to get legitimate demands: As decided earlier in the 'Convention' at Kolkata the BSNL Casual Mazdoor Union throughout the circle organized demonstration programme on 17th October, 2017 before the chambers of the GM/TDMs to settle their long pending burning demands. The demands of the demonstration are i) payment of monthly wage on the first day of the month for the casual/contract workers & security guards ii) minimum wage of Rs. 18,000/- monthly wage for the non regular workers (casual/contract workers & security guards), iii) settlement of Gratuity for all at the earliest etc. The BSNLEU leaders and members were also present in the demonstration to extend solidarity. At Kolkata the programme held before the GM Kolkata SSA where Com Tapas Ghosh, CS BSNLCMU, Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS BSNLEU, Tarak Kundu and Goutam Das both ACS BSNLCMU and other leaders spoke before the gathering. Com Santosh Goswami, ACS BSNLCMU deliberated his speech at GM Office Suri, Com Tapan Ghosh, President, BSNLCMU was in the demonstration programme at Asansol. The programme was also held at Krishnagar where the demonstration handed over a memorandum to the TDM Krishnagar. <<Click for Photos>>
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BSNLEU Siliguri met CGM --submitted memorandum for betterment of service in North Bengal: The BSNLEU Siliguri Dist leaders met CGMT WB Circle during his visit to Siliguri on 16th October, 2017. The CGM called upon the executives of North Bengal and Sikkim at Siliguri to discuss the present scenario of BSNL service in those region. The leaders of Siliguri District highlighted the problems like i) poor service of BSNL in the hills of Darjeeling, ii) non payment of monthly wages to the casual/contractual/security guards in time iii) problems pertain to Security guards and outsourcing iv) poor Marketing in the entire region etc. with the CGMT WB Mr. Shyam Narain and handed over a memorandum to him. Com Badal Ghosh Dist Secy., BSNLEU Siliguri along with Mukul Seal, Tarun Sarkar and others were present in the delegation.
Malda District Union celebrated Centenary of November Revolution in a befitting manner: The District Union BSNLEU Malda along with BSNLCMU celebrated the Centenary of Great November Revolution on 16th October, 2017. At the begining Com Ujjal Ghosh, Dist Secy. Malda and Org. Secy. BSNLEU WB welcomed the members of both the Unions. Com Nibedita Jha, Leader BSNLEU gave a short speech. Then Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB, who was the chief speaker, detailed the histrory of the bravery of the workers in the Revolution. He told the house how the workers built a new regime in the "Soviet Union" throughout their blood and toil. Com Mitra also narrated the relevance of celebrating the Centenary of November Revolution nowadays before the workers of BSNL. The programme witnessed huge participation of the employees and workers of Malda. << Click for Photos>>
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"Immediate revise Wage, rescind decision to form Tower Company"---- overwhelming response of Employees & Officers in the Demonstration programme: At the call of "The Unions & Associations of BSNL", huge number of employees & officers of WB Circle participated in the Demonstration programme throughout West Bengal & Sikkim today. Almost in every nook and corner of WBT Circle the leaders of BSNLEU, NFTE, FNTO, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, SEWA, AIGETOA described the present scenario of the demands before the members and call upon all to keep unity to achieve the legitimate demands of the BSNL employees & officers. The leaders also detailed why the BSNL employees resist the derogative decision to form subsidiary tower company. The latest news received by the Circle Union that the demonstration programme held effectively at Asansol, Durgapur, Burdwan, Katwa, Krishnagar, Berhampore, Suri, Siliguri, Malda. At Kolkata the programme of was held before the chambers of CGMT WB, CTO Building Kolkata and CGM ETR, Telephone Bhawan, Kolkata. At CTO programme Com Amitava Chattopadhyay ACS BSNLEU, Tapan Biswas, CS NFTE, Aniruddha Bose CS AIBSNLEA, P.K.Roy Leader SNEA, Alipata Sarkar, President SEWA, Manoj Gouda, AIGETOA spoke before the overcrowded gathering. AT ETR Com Asis Das, ACS and other leaders of different unions/associations deliberated their speeches, Niloy Das presided over the demonstration. Com Nazes Nauroz President BSNLEU WB spoke at Civil Wing, Burrabazar building Kolkata, Com Prabir Das, O/S BSNLEU WB spoke at Katwa. <<Click for Photos>>
BSNLEU WB Circle convey greetings to BSNLEU CTD leaders: The three days Circle Conference of BSNLEU CTD held from 12th October to 14th October at Shyamnagar, 24 parganas. Com. P.Abhimanyu, GS BSNLEU inaugurated the conference with his valuable speech. Com Animesh Mitra , VP BSNLEU & CS WB Circle spoke in the conference. A well attended seminar addressed by the CGM CTD and other leaders, Working Women convention was held successfully. The delegates discussed on reports and accounts in fine the conference eleceted Com Prabir Datta, Sisir Roy and Debasish Chakraborty as Circle President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively for the next Term. BSNLEU WB congratulates the newly elected Circle Office Bearers of CTD Circle.
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Demonstration for PLI held effectively in WB Circle: Today, on the demonstration programme for immediate settlement and payment of PLI, held throughout West Bengal circle with enthusiasm. In Kolkata at CTO building the programme was held before the chamber of CGMT WB Circle . A good number of employees from CGMT office, TCO, Kolkata SSA and CTO building gathered in the demonstration programme. Com. Nazes Nouroz, Circle President presided over the meeting. Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary initiated the proceedings through his initial speech. Com Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary spoke elaborately before the members. He explained how the management is trying to deprive the employees from PLI. He urged upon the members to unite for the greater struggle if the management still deny to give PLI. The other Circle leaders present in the Demonstration programme were Com. Debasish Khan, Banani Chattopadhyay, Sujoy Sarkar, Anindya Sarkar, Manik Lal Sarkar and Chiranjib Sen. Com Subrata Mishra, Asstt. Circle Secy. spoke before the gathering at Asansol, Com. Prabir Das, Org. Secy delivered his speech at Katwa. << Click for Photos>>
November Revolution Centenary celebrated at the call of District Union BSNLEU, Kharagpur experienced huge gathering: On 10th October 2017 the Centenary celebration of November Revolution organised by the District Union Kharagpur. Com Pijush Chakraborty, veteran leader of BSNL spoke before the massive gathering. Com Chakraborty detailed the history of November Revolution and the relevance of commemorating this significant Historical Event in the present days. He also told the reason of observing this programme in BSNL. All the District & Branch leaders of BSNLEU Kharagpur were present in the meeting with their members. Com. Sushanta Ghosh, Leader of Telecom movement presided over the meeting. << Click for Photos>>
UPDATED ON 12-10-2017 AT 1955 HRS.
Oraganize Demonstration Programme at SSA Level for immediate Payment of PLI :At the call of BSNLEU(CHQ) a lunch hour demonstration to be held at SSA level throughout the country tomorrow, on 13th October, 2017 for the payment of PLI. Comrades we all know that the department is unwilling to pay the PLI to its employees on the plea of adverse financial position of the Company. We all know that the company has made operational profit for the year 21015-16 and 2016-17. We got PLI for the year 2014-15 since the company made operational profit to the tune of Rs 672 crore. During the financial year in review the company has made operational profit more than the financial year 2104-15. The BSNL management is nothing but trying to deprive its employees from their legitimate demand of PLI. As such District Secretaries are requested to mobilize our members for the demonstration programme before the SSA heads. In Kolkata the demonstration programme will be held before the chamber of CGMT, West Bengal Circle at CTO building on 1PM. All are requested to make the programme a great success.
BSNLEU met CGM Insp. & QA-----discussed burning issues: Today BSNLEU QA District had a meeting with CGM (Inspection & QA) Mr. B. K. Jog in the office of GM (Ins.-QA) at Salt Lake, Kolkata. The issues raised in the meeting were i) arrangement of 'Fund' for overall maintenance work of QA building to provide proper working condition to the employees ii) arrangement of payments of all bills/allowances including Medical Bills, GPF etc. pertain both to regular/retired employees, iii) problems due to acute shortage of Group 'C' & 'D' employees to dispose day to day work etc. The CGM gave a patient hearing and assured the leaders to look in to issues with all seriousness. Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary. BSNLEU WB was present in the meeting. The other leaders who present in the meeting were Com Uttam Gope, Dist Secy, BSNLEU, Bijali Ganguly, Dist. President, Smriti Lekha Ghosh, District Vice President, Madan Prasad Shaw, Asstt. Dist. Secy., D.K. Majumder, leader AIBDPA. The GM (Insp.&QA) Sri A.K. Sinha alongwith other officers were also present during the meeting
UPDATED ON 11-10-2017 AT 2000 HRS.
Enormous gathering in the State Level Convention in Kolkata--- Com P. Abhimanyu detailed the Burning issues: As decided in the last CWC meeting at Durgapur that a Organizational Convention will be organized at the Circle level, that "Organizational Convention" of BSNLEU, WB Circle held today at 1130 AM at Subarna Banik Samaj hall in presence of our General Secretary Com. P. Abhimanyu. More than 300 workers attended the convention with great enthusiasm. All the District Unions attached to West Bengal Circle Union attended the convention. Members and leaders of BSNLCMU and AIBDPA also participated in this historical convention. Right from the hills of Darjeeling and Sikkim to the Kakdwip the workers were very much eager to hear their beloved General Secretary. The convention was presided over by Circle President Com Nazes Nauroz who at the beginning of the convention requested the audience to stand to pay respect to the martyrs. Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, Assistant Circle Secretary kept a short speech regarding the back drop of holding of the convention and placed a work paper before the house for discussion. An English version was handed over to the General Secretary for his convenience. The main speaker was our GS Com. P. Abhimanyu. He in his speech congratulated the West Bengal Comrades for their gallant fight against all the odds they are facing everybody. He narrated briefly about the fight of the CHQ with the BSNL management at the corporate office in regard to the problems of WBTC. He described that there is no short cut of getting the 3rd PRC but to fight unitedly along with all "The unions and associations in BSNL" to snatch the most coveted wage revision defeating the unwilling attitude of the Central Government. He calls upon the workers present in the convention to make the Demonstration programme for PLI on 13th October, 2017 with all seriousness. He called upon the workers of WBTC to work hard to make the circle a viable one. In fine he declared that the CHQ is always with the West Bengal Circle in regard to their struggle. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary narrated in detail about the situation that is prevailing in the circle, elaborated about the development and maintenance and the performance of the marketing division of our circle. He urged upon the members to make the programme of 3day Dharna from 9 to 11 at New Delhi. He also said that all the programmes of CHQ to be propagated intensively amongst the employees to make success the struggle ahead of us regarding the 3rd PRC and to stop formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, West Bengal Circle, spoke to greet the convention. Com. Subrata Misra, Dist Secy. Asansol& ACS BSNLEU WB, Com. Sachin Deb Burman, Dist. Secy., Purulia, Com. Supriya Sarkar, from Berhampore Dist., Com. S. K. Chanda Roy, Dist. Secy., Jalpaiguri, Com. Krishna Mitra, Dist. Secy., Coochbehar, Com. Tek Prasad, Dist. Secy., Gangtok and Vice President Circle Union, Com. Mani Chettri, Vice President Circle Union, Com. Satya Narayan Mondal from Raiganj Dist., Com. K.R. Jadav, leader AIBDPA Siliguri spoke before the jam packed house about their experience and kept their suggestions for the development of West Bengal Circle. <Click for Photos>
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Leaders of BSNL Employees Union attended WFTU meeting: Being one of the affiliates of World Federation of Trade Unions the BSNLEU General Secretary Com P. Abhimanyu and Vice President Com. Animesh Mitra are attending the two days meeting of the WFTU held at Kolkata. The two days meeting started at Kolkata on 9th October and will be concluded on 10th October with a Open Session at "University Institute Hall" where Com G. Marvicos General Secretary, WFTU and Com Tapan Sen, Secretary CITU will deliver their valuable speeches. Yesterday Com Hemlatha, president CITU, Com Swadesh Debroy, Leader WFTU deliberated their speeches. The General Secretary BSNLEU Com. P. Abhimanyu, deliberated his speech in the meeting yesterday. Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB also spoke in the meeting. We are really proud of the fact that our BSNLEU is participating in the World Platform of the Workers like WFTU. <Click for Photos>
Asansol commemorated the Centenary of Great November Revolution effectively: As decided by BSNLEU the District Union of Asansol observed the Centenery of November Revolution on 7th October, 2017 at the DGM Office Asansol. Com Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary was the chief speaker on the occasion and narrated how the working class through their struggle constructed the first ever country in the world which belonged to the Workers. He also discussed the present pro corporate and anti worker policies of the Government and called upon everyone to fight for just demands of the working class against any odds unitedly. He briefed the duties and responsibilities of BSNL workers on this occasion. Com Subrata Mishra, DS Asansol welcomed all. The other leaders who spoke on the occasion were Com Sutapa Roy, ADS Asansol, Com. Subhas Bose, leader BSNLEU Asansol, Com Mridul Kanti Chatterjee, Leader AIBDPA Asansol. Com. Biswanath Mondal, presided over the convention. The members of BSNLCMU & AIBDPA also attended the Convention. <Click for Photos>
Branch Conferences of BSNLEU Krishnagar & Purulia held successfully: The two Branch conferences of BSNLEU Krishnagar and Purulia held on 8th October, 2017.
The Branch Conference of Purulia was held in the Telephone Exchange which was inaugurated by Com Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary WB. Com Mitra detailed the present situation and called upon the workers to get united and fight against the exploitation of any kind. He also told the conference regarding Wage Revision Bonus and the ensuing programme to the members. Com Narsingh Paswan, leader BSNLEU Purulia also spoke in the conference. Com Sachin Deb Barman, Presided over the conference. Draft report & Accounts were placed and discussed. At the end Com Hari Roy, Sunil Patra and Sheeprasad Roy elected as Branch President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively.
The Branch Conference of Krishnagar was held in the TRC hall of Krishnagar Telephone exchange. After hoisting of Red Flag by the President of the Branch Union Com Jugalkishore Goswami. Later Martyrs column were garlanded. Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS BSNLEU WB inaugurated the conference and detailed the present scenario of BSNL and the demands of the employees including Wage Revision, Bonus etc. Com Chattopadhyay also requested the conference to attend the BPMO programme, New Delhi programme from 9 to 11 November, 2017. Com Asoke Banerjee, Leader AIBDPA and Nemai Das, DS BSNLCMU greeted the conference. Com Biswanath Kar, placed the draft report and accounts was also placed. After detailed discussion of the delegates the house in fine elected Com Harashit Byapari, Biswanath Kar and Basudev Sarkar as Branch President, Secretary and Treasurer for the next term. Com Prabir Banerjee, DS Krishnagar spoke in the conference. Com J.Goswami and H Byapari presided over the conference.
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UPDATED ON 06-10-2017 AT 1130 HRS.
Circle Union met CGMT--discussed some important issues: The leaders of the Circle Union yesterday met with Sri Shyam Narayan, CGMT WB Circle to discuss some relevant and important issues. i) At the outset Circle Secretary Com Animesh Mitra expressed satisfaction to the Authority for taking necessary action to provide almost uninterrupted service of BSNL throughout the Circle during "Durga Puja" & 'Muharram'. He also told that it is for the tireless effort of the employees at all level for which the administration could provide steady service to the customers. ii) The leaders conveyed their thanks to the authority for arranging "BSNL Service" within the "Metro Rail", Kolkata, which was a long pending demand of the customers. Circle Secretary requested CGM to give special attention to the service of the hills of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong and Mirik which was affected due to some unavoidable unrest since last three months. He also requested the authority to visit the hills of Darjeeling and adjacent areas as soon as possible. iii) Regarding marketing of BSNL WB Circle the Circle Union gave some proposal to the Administration. iv) The issues of unrest within the BSNL Office/Exchanges of WB Circle were also discussed at length. The CGMT had a patient hearing and assured the leaders to resolved the issues accordingly. Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, Sujoy Sarkar, both Asst Circle Secys and Com. Debashis Khan, Banani Chattopadhyay, both Vice Presidents of BSNLEU WB were also present in the delegation.
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BSNLEU WB Circular No. 10: <Click>
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BSNLEU WB Circular No. 09: <Click>
Corporate Office not yet decided to pay Bonus--- workers are not satisfied with the excuse of CMD, BSNL : Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, along with other all India leaders raised the demand of PLI/Bonus in writing and also in a meeting before CMD, BSNL. The BSNLEU , WB circle raised the demand for bonus in the early month of August through letter to the CGMT, WB Circle, since the festival season starts in our state through "Durga Puja". Accordingly CGMT conveyed the sentiment of the workers at the corporate office. GS demanded bonus for the year 2015-16 and 2016-17 since in two financial years BSNL has got the operational profit. In reply CMD, BSNL replied that since BSNL has to pay salary after taking overdraft from the bank for the month of July, 2017 so it is not feasible to pay bonus to the employees. The logic of CMD is too week to convince the workers. BSNL has to take over draft for the payment of Salary as during the implementation of GST BSNL has not issued any 'Bill' to the subscribers in the month of July. It is mysterious to us why no bills has sent to our customers. As a result we could not earn any revenue. The salary of the employees are being paid from earnings of the concerned month. It is our question whether the private operator did same thing after implementation of GST when the entire country is reeling on the introduction of GST. It is for reference that in FY 2014-15 the operational profit was Rs. 672 corers, 2015-16 it was Rs. 3854 corers and on 2016-17 it is about Rs. 4100 corers. It is to be noted that on profit of Rs. 672 corers if the employees could get Rs 3000/- then for other two financial years why the employees will not get bonus. In the last year we got Bonus in the month of October. "It is better late than never", the employees want bonus before 'Dewali'.
Bankura District had a excellent 'Seminar' to celebrate Centenary of Great November Revolution: On 24th September, 2017 the BSNLEU Bankura District Union organized a very effective 'Seminar' to celebrate Centenary of the Great November Revolution. Com Dhananjoy Ganguly, veteran Trade Union leader inaugurated the programme and detailed how the 'Revolution' took place and the role of the working class towards the success of the formation of a new era which shook the world. Com Najes Nauroz, President BSNLEU WB Susanta Ghosh, President AIBDPA WB also shared their views on the occasion. Com Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU WB was also present in the 'Seminar' and detailed why being a BSNL worker it is necessesary to celebrate the Centenary of November Revolution. Com. Dilip Pal, District Secretary BSNLEU Bankura welcomed all. The members were present in good number on the occasion and Comrade Dharmadas Mandi, presided over the 'Seminar'. <Photos>
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Overcrowded convention of Casual/Contract Workers took oath to fight for their demands: At the call of BSNL Casual Mazdoor Union, WB Circle and Calcutta Telephones Thika Mazdoor Union a overcrowded convention was held today at "Subarna Banik Samaj" Hall Kolkata. In spite of "Durga Puja" festival the casual/contract workers have assembled in the convention from Kolkata and the remotest part of Krishnagar, Suri, Asansol, Burdwan, Howrah, Hooghly, North & South 24 Parganas. The chief speaker of the convention was Com Anadi Sahu, State Secretary CITU. Com Sahu in his speech highlighted the issues of the anti worker and pro corporate policies of the Central Government for which the entire working class of this country is being exploited bitterly. He told that only unity of the working class can counter this situation and it is the task of the convention to make widest campaign to rouse the workers for the ensuing struggle. Com Animesh Mitra, Secretary General BSNLCCWF in his deliberation told regarding the ongoing fight of the casual/contractual workers, attack on the left trade union movement in West Bengal. Com Mitra also described the demands of the convention like "equal pay for equal work", minimum Rs. 18,000/- wages and gratuity for all casual/contract workers, extension of facilities like TSM status and regularisation for the casual/contract labourers. Com Tapas Kr. Ghosh, Working President BSNLCCWF, Com Omprakash Singh, Circle Secretary, Telecom factory and Com. Arup Sarkar, Circle Secretary, CTTMU spoke on the occasion. Com Saibal Sengupta, CS BSNLEU CTD Circle and Com Nazes Nauroz, President BSNLEU WB Circle jointly presided over the convention. <<Click for Photos>>
Efforts towards settlement of Wage Revision started again in a new dimension: On the issue of wage revision BSNLEU is perusing with the management and at the same time agitational programmes were organised in different times along with other unions and Associations. The leaders tried to convince the management that the "Affordability Clause" is not applicable to BSNL since the employees are not responsible for the loss and it is only for the wrong policies of the Central Govt. which led BSNL to face loss. In the recent days it is observed that BSNL has turned around and the "Operational Profit" of the the Company has reached more than Rs 4100/- Crore in the last Financial year. The employees have now made operational profit and it became possible with the blood and toil of the entire BSNL employees whether Regular or Casual/Contract in nature. But still the attitude of DOT is not in favour of BSNL employees for wage revision. The Unions and Associations of BSNL jointly went on one day strike on 27th July, 2017 against the negative attitude of the Central Govt. towards settlement of Wage Revision of BSNL employees. It is only for the decision taken by the cabinet not to give approval of 3rd PRC in BSNL, the resented workers compelled to go on strike. The response in the strike was overwhelming which build up pressure on the Management. After the strike our General Secretary and other Union leaders met CMD & Director (HR) and requested them to proceed again to overcome the frustration of the employees. Now the situation has changed a bit. It is learnt that the BSNL management committee has decided to recommend for wage revision for their employees with 15% fitment benefit. On this point we have to be very much careful that we should not be complacent that the wage revision is knocking at the door. On 26th September, 2017 leaders of the Unions and Associations of BSNL are going to meet on the issue and will discuss the latest position on wage revision. However, at last that the ball of wage revision has started rolling.
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Organize strong "Protest Demonstration" on 25th September against the brutal attack on Dist. Secretary Kolkata SSA: The District Secretary Kolkata SSA Com Manik Lal Sarkar was attacked physically by the leaders and followers of BSNL Staff Union on 20th September, 2017. The attack took place within the District Union Room of BSNLEU Kolkata SSA. At about 1430 hrs. on 20/09/2017 when Com Sarkar was busy in a discussion with his members in the Union Room then the SU activists came on the spot and asked him to close the Union Room but when Com Sarkar denied to close the Union Room, suddenly they jumped on him and physically assaulted Com Sarkar with filthy languages. The entire District Union leaders and members who were present at that time within the office at once went to GM Kolkata and lodged a written complain regarding the incident and demanded exemplary punishment of the accused. The Circle Union also brought the matter to the notice of the CGMT and GM (HR) regarding the incident. Now the Circle Union decides that Protest Demonstration progrmme on 25th September, 2017 against this brutality. It should be organized in every SSAs throughout the Circle. District & Branch Secretaries are therefore requested to take utmost effort to narrate the atrocities going on in the Office/Exchanges and condemn this heinous acts vehemently.
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Regular Employees, Casual/Contract Workers as well Pensioners donated for restoration of BTS in Purulia: The BTSs are out of order for a long period at Purulia due to paucity of fund. The management totally reluctant on the issue. As a result the subscribers are being harassed a lot to get proper & smooth mobile service. District union time and again brought the issue before the management. But with no result. The district union set an instance then after. The regular employees, casual/contractual workers along with the pensioners repaired the defective BTS with their own expense. Still we will be blamed that Gr. 'C' & 'D'employees have no work culture.
Kalna Exchange electrocuted and out of order----Branch Union demonstrates for early restoration: Kalna Telephone exchange has been out of order due to lightning since 11.09.2017. The management is in deep sleep. They have no responsibility towards the restoration of BTS, BSC, Land line, lease circuit etc. which were out of order since 11th September. As a result the esteemed subscribers were facing a great trouble. Today BSNLEU Kalna Br. went on struggle for restoration of the exchange. Ultimately the management was compelled to rush from Katwa to Kalna for restoration of the exchange. It is once again proved that the employees have to organize Trade Union action to provide smooth service to our customers.
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Circle Council decides to settle pending Medical Bills: To-day the 2nd circle council meeting was held. The cases of medical bills both indoor and outdoor were discussed in the meeting at length. The staff side complained that a good number of medicals bills of regular as well as the pensioners are lying pending pending at different SSAs including circle office. BSNL Employees Union showed strong resentment over the issue since the administration committed to settle the issue before June, 2017. However, after prolonged discussion it was decided that the all the pending medical bills both indoor and outdoor will be settled by October, 2017 i.e within the festive session. Therefore, all the district secretaries are requested to take up the cases of medicals bills and do the needful to settle the same with the concerned IFAs.
CGM had a phone call at the corporate office for payment of wages to the Casual/Contract/Security Guard workers before 'Puja': BSNL Employees Union raised demand in Circle Council meeting held on 21st September, 2017 for payment of wages to the casual/contractual and security guards before 'Puja'. The leaders of BSNLEU urged upon the CGM to ensure payment of wage of the casual/contractual/security guards before the festival session. Accordingly CGMT had a phone call at the corporate office and requested for payment of the wage to the non-regular employees before 'Puja".
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PHOTOS OF THE PROGRAMME HELD IN THE HILLS, JOINTLY BY BSNLEU WB CIRCLE, BSNLEU & BSNLCMU GANGTOK DISTRICT ON 13TH SEPTEMBER, 2017: <<Click here>>
TRAI going to abolish 'IUC'!!!--"For Whom the Concession Goes"??? It is learnt that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has decided to reduce IUC (Interconnection Usage Charges) from October, 2017. The TRAI has also decided to abolish IUC for Domestic call from the year 2020. At present one Tele Service provider use to get 14Paise per call as IUC from the other. BSNL also gets a lump on this account. TRAI has decided to reduce the IUC from 14Paise to 6Paise from 01-10-2017. As a result like other Tele companies BSNL will suffer loss of Revenue. The only beneficiary of the decision of TRAI will be none other than "Reliance Jio" who came in the market very recently. As Jio is quite new in the Indian market and the company is providing unlimited voice calls with a minimum recharge therefore they are paying a good amount as IUC to other service providers. The Reliance Jio is pressing hard for the abolition of this IUC. The decision of TRAI is therefore definitely a bonus for "Reliance Jio" depriving BSNL and other Tele Service providers. Earlier all the Telecom Companies of our country including BSNL opposed the issue of reduction/abolition of IUC vehemently before TRAI. Only Reliance Jio was continuously pressurizing for abolition of IUC. Now from this decision of TRAI it is once again established that the Modi Government is sponsoring 'Jio' openly.
Circle Secretary met Director Finance, demanded payment before 'Puja': Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB Circle, yesterday met Director Finance Ms Sujatha Roy at Corporate Office New Delhi and demanded for payment of Salary, Festival Advance and other dues to the employees before 'Puja'. Com Mitra was accompanied by Com Swapan Chakraborty, Dy GS BSNLEU and Com Gokul Borah, Treasurer, BSNLEU. The Director Finance had a patient hearing and assured to look into the matter. As it is learnt also that our GS Com P. Abhimanyu has already issued a leeter in this regard to the Authority at New Delhi. It is informed by the Circle Authority at Kolkata that WB circle has sent a requisition of more than Rs. 2 Crore to CO New Delhi for payment.
UPDATED ON 19-09-2017 AT 2000 HRS.
BSNLEU WB Circle stood beside the employees of the Hills of Darjeeling: The BSNL Employees Union is very much anxious with the present scenario of the Hills of Darjeeling. The Circle Union has already taken a decision to extend all sorts of cooperation to our employees in the hills. Circle Union had also sanctioned a lump for this purpose to do a little for our comrades. Of late it is learnt that the Leaders and organizers of both BSNLEU and BSNLCMU Gangtok District with the help of the Circle Union has distributed 100 Food Packets amongst our Regular Employees and Casual/Contractual workers at 'Satmile' (Kalimpong) and "Kalimpong Telephone Exchange" on 13th September, 2017. The two programme were organized under the leadership of Com Tek Prasad Pradhan, Vice President, BSNLEU WB Circle and District Secretary Gangtok. The other leaders of both the Unions who present on the occasion were Com. Shyam Bahadur Gurung, Branch Secretary, Gangtok, Com. Lokraj Chhetri, leader BSNLEU Gangtok, Com. Dalbahadur, District Secretary, BSNLCMU Gangtok, Com. Tara Thapa, Leader BSNLEU Kalimpong, Com Jagannath Chhetri, Branch Secretary, BSNLEU Kalimpong, Com. Sameer Bardewra, leader, BSNLEU Kalimpong, Com N.T. Bhutia, veteran leader of BSNL. The employees had expressed their heartiest thanks to BSNL Employees Union for this effective & necessary effort.
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UPDATED ON 18-09-2017 AT 1600 HRS.
BSNLEU demands payments of Salary, Festival Advance etc. before 'Puja': As the biggest Festival is very much knocking at the door, the Circle Union has already demanded the authority that the payment of 'Salary' for the month of September, 2017 should be made on or before 26th September, 2017. Because due to the festival all the institutions, including Banks will remain close for a long period from 27th September, 2017 to 2nd October, 2017. Therefore the Authority must take such step so that the Salary can be paid on 26th September, 2017. The Circle Union also demanded payment of "Festival Advance" with the salary for those employees who have applied for festivals like "Biswakarma Puja", "Durga Puja". The Circle Secretary already had a talk with CGM, GM (Finance) in this regard and demanded payment before Puja otherwise the employees will get payment including salary for the month of September, 2017 on the next month i.e. October, 2017.
UPDATED ON 15-09-2017 AT 2030 HRS.
Employees of WB Circle vehemently opposed decision of Central Government to form new Tower Company through protest demonstration: At the call of the Unions and Associations of executives and non execurtives of BSNL the Protest demonstration programme was held in WB Circle in a befitting manner. The leaders of the unions and associations expressed their strong resentment against the decision of the Modi Government to form a new Tower company which will definitely weaken the present health of BSNL in the country. The speakers called upon the employees to be united to resist these anti worker and pro corporate decision of the Central Government. Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB, Amitava Chattopadhyay, Subrata Mishra ACSs BSNLEU WB, Aniruddha Basu, CS AIBSNLEA, Tapas Ghosh, CS SNEA, Nilesh Kumar, Leader AIGETOA WB and other leaders of executives and non executives spoke in different demonstration programme.
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UPDATED ON 14-09-2017 AT 1150 HR
Modi Government is not in favour of PSUs as well as BSNL---Organise protest Demonstration, raise your voice on 15th September: The Union cabinet under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi has given its approval for hiving off mobile tower assests of BSNL in to a separate Subsidiary Tower Company. At this backdrop it is the duty of each and every executive and non executive employees to stop the formation of this Subsidiary Tower Company. We have already performed one day strike against this decision on 15/12/2016. Comrades now the time has again come to organise "Massive Lunch Hour Demonstration" against the decision. Therefore the District Secretaries are requested to organise this programme on 15th September, 2017 in a befitting manner and describe the derogative, anti worker policies of the Modi Government to weaken BSNL in details to the employees at their own level. District Secretaries are also requested to contact other unions & associations for this programme so that we can jointly raise our voice against this decision like before.
UPDATED ON 13-09-2017 AT 2005 HRS.
Enormous gathering held at CGMT Office, CTO, Building, Kolkata--- reacts sharply against the Administration: To-day at the call of BSNLEU, WB Circle a joint meeting of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA, WB Circle held at CGMT office, CTO building, Kolkata in protest of the total administrative lackluster, poor BSNL service, non implementation of 7th CPC pay scale, non payment of Gratuity and irregular wage for the casual/contractual labourers and non payment of medical bills for the retired employees and delay in payment of pensionary benefits. About one thousand regular employees, non-regular workers and pensioners assembled in the meeting. Workers from Asansol, Bankura, Suri, Burdwan, Kharagpur, Purulia, Durgapur, Krishnagar, Berhampore and the District Unions in and around Kolkata thronged heavily in the meeting. The meeting was presided over by a presidium comprising of Com. Nazes Naouroz of BSNLEU, Com. Tapan Ghosh, of BSNLCMU and Com. Dilip Das of AIBDPA. The meeting started with slogan shouting. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Com. Subrata Misra, Com. Sujoy Sarakar, ACSs, BSNLEU, WB, Com. Pijush Chakraborty, CS, AIBDPA, Com. Tapas Ghosh, CS, BSNLCMU and Com. Tarak Kundu, ACS, BSNLCMU, WB addressed the huge gathering. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU, WB. Com. Mitra in his speech narrated briefly about the exploitation of the Casual/Contractual labourers and how they are being deprived from Gratuity and non implementation of 7th CPC. He also explained how the Central Govt. is trying to sell out BSNL through formation of subsidiary Tower Company. He emphasized on the struggle ahead of us to achieve wage revision and how the retired persons are denied of Medical reimbursement on the plea of ERP. He urged upon the workers to be united and fight out the evil forces that are prevailing in offices/exchanges of BSNL, WB circle. Later a delegation met CGMT and handed over a memorandum where the leaders gave ultimatum to CGMT to resolve the burning problems of the employees of all categories and the pensioners without farther delay.
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UPDATED ON 12-09-2017 AT 2000 HRS.
BSNL WB Circle is totally out of Administrative control----BSNLEU reacts sharply: At the call of the 3 Circle Unions a strong protest demonstration programme was organised before the chambers of GM (HR) & GM (Finance) today. The demand of the demonstration were against the administrative reluctance towards i) Development/Maintenance of BSNL service in the Circle ii) poor marketing, iii) settlement of burning problems of the Regular, Casual/Contractual/Security guard workers and Pensioners, iv) immediate steps towards restoration of normal working environment in Office/Exchanges in the Circle. Members of the District Unions of Kolkata have participated in the programme. The programme started with a rally of the employees with slogans of demands. The demonstration started before the chamber of GM (Finance) where Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB initiated the programme and described the necessities of today's demonstration struggle. Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS, elaborately described the reluctant attitude of the Authority to settle the problems of service as well as non settlement of the problems of the employees throughout the Circle before the demonstration. After discussions with GM (Fin) the demonstration took place before the chamber of GM (HR) where Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU and Com Tapas Kr. Ghosh, ACS BSNLCMU WB addressed before the gathering. A delegation then met GM (HR) where the burning HR issues of the Circle were discussed. Com Animesh Mitra, CS, Nazes Nauroz, President, Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asis Das, Sujoy Sarkar, ACSs of BSNLEU WB and Com Tapas Kr. Ghosh, CS, Goutam Das, ACS BSNLCMU WB took part in the discussions with GM (Finance) & GM (HR). Tomorrow "March to CGMT Office" programe will be held at CTO Kolkata. <Click Here for Photos>
UPDATED ON 11-09-2017 AT 2015 HRS.
Overwhelming response of workers in the District Conference of Suri: The 8th District Conference of BSNLEU Suri was held amidst huge response of more than 100 employees at Sainthia Telephone Exchange on 10th September, 2017. The Red Flag of the Union was hoisted by Com Tinku Biswas, President Suri District. The Martyrs werre paid Floral tributes by the leaders of the BSNLEU, BSNLCMU & AIBDPA. After Cultural Programme the District Conference was inaugurated in the "Mukul Datta Nagar" and "Kali-Dulal Mancha" by Com Nazes Nauroz, President, BSNLEU WB Circle. Com Nauroz in his speech described the present scenario of BSNL and the problems of the employees as a whole. He requested every one to keep unity and organise struggle for settlement of the demands. Com. Santosh Goswami, ACS BSNLCMU WB, Com. Madan Mohan Ghosh, Leader AIBDPA also greeted the conference. Com Nandadulal Mitra, District Secretary and Com Debkanta Das, Treasurer tabled the Draft report and accounts before the delegates. The delegates took active part in the subject committee. Com Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU WB also attended the conference and spoke regarding Wage revision, problems of development/ maintenance in the circle, administrative reluctance of the authority at the highest level to solve the HR issues and the duties/responsibilities of BSNL employees at the present juncture. Com Mitra, requested everybody to fight against the evil forces who are creating disturbances within BSNL Office/Exchanges in this state. In fine the conference unanimously elected Com. Sibu kanti Sen, Tinku Biswas and Badal Ghosh as District President, Secretary and Treasurer for the next term. Circle Union conveys Red Salute to the newly elected District Working Committee members of BSNLEU Suri. < Click Here for the Photos>
Branch Conference of ETR Telephone Bhawan held in a jubilant mood: The 8th Branch conference of BSNLEU Telephone Bhawan Br. held on 9th September, 2017 at Telephone Bhawan Kolkata. The Red Flag of the Union was hoisted by Com Niloy Das, President. The leaders also paid their homage to the Martyrs. Com Animesh Mitra, Circle Secy. WB Circle inaugurated the conference. Com Mitra in his deliberation told regarding the present scenario of BSNL , he highlighted the derogatory policies of the Central Govt. which affects the livlihood of the working class in the country as a whole Com Mitra also told the delegates regarding the attacks on Trade Union rights in this State and called upon everyone to consolidate our unity. Com Asish Kr. Das, Br. Secy. T. Bazar Branch, Sukanta Saqha, Dist. Secy. BSNLCMU, ETR and P. K. Modak, Leader AIBDPA also spoke on the occasion. Com Swapan Kr. Dey presented the draft report of activities and Debasish Chakraborty tabled the Accounts in the conference. The Delegates present in the conference had discussed the present situation andexpressed their views in the conference. Com Asis Das, Dist Secy. ETR, in fine gave his speech about the problems of ETR both of Service as well as HR issues. Tdhe house unanimously elected Com Niloy Das, Sekhar Ch. Das and Sukanta Bhattacharya as Branch President, Secretary and Tresurer for the next term. <Click here> <More Photos>
District & Branch Secretaries to note: You are already aware of the fact that the Circle Union has decided to go on Trade Union action on 12th & 13th September, 2017 against the indifferent attitude of the administration to settle the burning pending cases of the employees and betterment of service of BSNL WBT Circle. The letters regarding the programme has already been handed over to the CGM, GM (HR) & GM (Fin.). In Kolkata on 12th September, 2017, the District/Branch executives attached to the District Unions in and around Kolkata will organise "Hunger strike" along with the Circle Office Bearers (within Kolkata) before the chambers of GM (HR) & GM (Fin). On 13th September, the Circle Union has decided to organise "March to CGMT Office" at 1.00P.M. The District Unions of Kolkata & adjacent areas like Krishnagar, Burdwan, Kharagpur, Suri, Durgapur, Asansol have to join in the programme with their members. District & branch Secretaries in the entire Circle are hereby requested to organise massive Dharna Programme in front of the chamber of GM/TDM/TDEs on 12th & 13th September. The programme should be organised jointly with BSNLCMU & AIBDPA in the Districts also. In Kolkata the BSNLCMU & AIBDPA will join the programme. In case of any queries contact Circle Union immediately.
UPDATED ON 08-09-2017 AT 2015 HRS
Massive Demonstration Programme held today throughout West Bengal Telecom Circle at the Call of BSNLCMU, WB : Today at the call of BSNLCMU, WB circle massive demonstration programme organized before the SSA heads demanding "Equal pay for equal work", Timely Payment of Wages, Payment of Social Securities like Gratuity, Implementation of wages as per 7th CPC etc. So far the report came in the circle union that massive gathering of the Casual/Contractual workers throughout the circle was held. The regular employees also came forward to strengthen the struggle of the casual/contractual workers. In Kolkata the demonstration was held before GM, Kolkata SSA. Massive gathering of the workers from in and around Kolkata( under Kolkata District) was held at CTO building. Slogans and rally held before meeting started. Com. Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU, WB, Com. Tapas Kr. Ghosh, CS BSNLCMU WB, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. CS, BSNLEU, Com Subrata Mishra, ACS BSNLEU WB, Com Prabir Das, Org. Secy. BSNLEU WB, Com. Goutam Das, Asstt. CS, BSNLCMU WB, Com. Santosh Goswami, Asstt. CS, BSNLCMU, WB circle spoke before the gathering at different meetings. The speakers in their deliberation strongly demanded the minimum wage of Rs. 18,000/-, payment of Gratuity to the casual and contractual labourers. They also demanded to ensure that the wage to be paid on the first day of the month. The speakers clearly explained to the workers that the fight will continue with the Red Flag against any exploitation or any atrocities. The workers returned back home with their moral high.
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UPDATED ON 07-09-2017 AT 1930 HRS
Circle Union demands payment of all the Claims before 'Puja' : A delegation of the Circle Union lead by Circle Secretary, Com. Animesh Mitra met GM (Finance) and discussed about the earliest settlement of the claims of the employees, like Festival Advance, GPF, Medical etc. The leaders brought to the notice of GM (Finance) that some of the employees are not getting their claims in time. The delegation strongly placed their demands before the GM (Finance) that since the great festival of 'Puja' in West Bengal is knocking at the door hence all the claims of the employees to be cleared before 'Puja'. It was reminded that under any circumstance the claims of the employees including wages of the Casual/Contractual/Security Guard workers should not be denied on the plea of " Shortage of Fund". The management should take proper measure to get sufficient amount of fund for the purpose. GM (Finance) in reply told the delegation that all necessary efforts will be taken so that the claims of the employees could be cleared to the employees before 'Puja'. Other leaders in the delegation were Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. CS, Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. CS, Com. Bidyut Goswami, Asstt. Treasurer BSNLEU WB Circle.
UPDATED ON 06-09-2017 AT 1905 HRS.
If Authority desires some development must takes place: It is learnt that the Authority at Asansol has taken some positive steps for which the employees irrespective any cadre attends office in time. BSNLEU appreciates this gesture of the administration with the hope that the management will take some action towards the betterment of service in the SSA as well. At Alipurduar also both the Administration and recognized Branch Union BSNLEU have taken a decision to attend office in time and do their best to give satisfactory service to the customers. In the recent past it is observed that the management has able to arrange a good number of Officers in the vacant chairs throughout the Circle. These are all hopeful examples so far the much discussed "Work Culture" is concerned and BSNLEU is very much in support of it. Surprisingly the employees are asking two very relevant questions- i) whether the administration will be careful about the supply of equipment/materials to the employees to keep steady service, ii) what about the scenario of the head office at Kolkata i.e. CGMT Office where no one cares anybody due to the poorest condition of the Administration?
Circle Union decides to go on struggle: To react against the indifferent attitude of the administration to settle the burning pending cases of the employees and betterment of service of BSNL WBT, the Circle Union has decided to go on Trade Union action both on 12th & 13th September, 2017. On 12th September, 2017 there will be protest demonstration before the chamber of GM/TDM/TDEs in the District head quarters. In Kolkata the District/Branch executives will organise &quo