PRESIDENT: COM. BANANI
CHATTOPADHYAY CIRCLE SECY.:
COM. ANIMESH MITRA.
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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The 9th District Conference of Krishngar District Union held successfully : The 9th District Conference of BSNLEU, Krishnagar District held yesterday the 23rd June at TRC hall of Krishnagar Telephone exchange. The Red Flag of our union was hoisted by Com. Bidhan Chandra Pramanik, District President and the Martyrs column was garlanded by Com Bidhan Chandra Pramanik and Com. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB Circle, Com. Asesh Bandhu Sarkar, Asstt. Dist Secy., and Biswanth Kar along with other leaders to pay homage to the martyrs. A good number of members participated in the conference form in and around of Krishnagar. The Conference was inaugurated By Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay. He in his speech narrated about the present scenario of BSNL and acute crisis prevailing in the within BSNL. He also narrated about the attack of the Central Govt. as well as the State Govt. on the working class. he opined that the most sufferer are the casual/contract workers in BSNL. Now the contract workers are at gun point of retrenchment. The regular employees are now reeling under panic about their survival as an employee of BSNL. He called upon the employees to be united and fight against the odds. Com. Imran Khan, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, WB was present in the conference and deliberated his speech. After discussion on the report and accounts and some resolutions were passed unanimously by the house. Later the house elected Com. Asesh Bandhu Sarkar, Com. Biswanath Kar and Com. Bishnupada Biswas as District President, District Secretary and District Treasurer respectively for next term. <Picture>
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BSNL management has decided to kill the contract workers through starvation, workers are ready to resist : Dear comrades, the situation is very serious. CGMT, WB has taken unilateral decision to close down 873 exchanges and to cut down the expenditure by 25% for the contract workers. It is about 5 months or more the contract workers are not getting their wages. We have organised agitation programme on 13th & 14th June. But till date no fund has been allotted. Even the salary for the regular employees may get disturbed again this month, as it was reported by CGMT, WB. In this situation an urgent meeting of Circle Union will be held on 21st June. Leaders of BSNLCMU are also invited in this meeting to take some important decisions on view of the above situation.
BSNLEU, WB circle taking all-out effort to earn more revenue but the management is taking deaf and dumb attitude: Recently some development has taken place in West Bengal Telecom Circle. CGMT met director level officers in the corporate office on 11th June and got some instructions, e.g to shut down 873 exchanges, curtailment of expenditure by 25% for the casual/contract workers. Shut down of A/C & Generators & 5 days week for contract workers. No discussion took place in regard to allotment of fund. On 12th June CGMT arranged a meeting with the officers of circle office. The very next day Circle Office issued an order as per the instruction of the corporate office. It is surprising and unfortunate too that the decisions taken unilaterally by CGMT without any discussions with the unions/associations at any level. Quite naturally BSNLEU, WB reacted on the issue and accordingly organised 2 day Dharna programme before CGM's chamber. Such programme was also held at District level on 13th June before the SSA heads. Com. Abhimanyu, GS met Director (CM/HR) and Dir. Finance and conveyed our views. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary also met CGM and PGM (Finance) on 13th&14th June along with the leadership of BSNLCMU and urged upon CGM to convene a meeting of all unions and associations before taking any final decision. They also requested to arrange fund from the corporate office for immediate payment of wages to the contract workers. All our leaderships at all level are requested to take note of the situation & judge the attacks on us in depth. Sit together with workers and narrate the entire situation to them. Start campaign programme to mobilise our workers to resist the attack. At the same time we should also come forward with alternate proposals on the existing setup so that we can earn more revenue. District and Branch Secretaries are requested to get updated with all these development in details. We may submit our proposals to the CMD, BSNL as a memorandum based on your suggestions. In this regard it may be mentioned that CGMT, WB recently visited Siliguri in regard to 4G service with a huge expenditure from the exchequer of WB circle. It is nothing but luxury on the part of the management when we are passing through a stringent condition. When the workers are not getting their wages for 5 months, the salary of the employees may get disturbed this month and numerous exchanges are going to be closed. We agree that tour programme of the circle head is necessary but should not be a luxurious one. Comrades rise to the occasion and take programme at the grass root level, ensure the general members' participation in the struggle. Only the unity and the organisation can save us.
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Circle office bearers are on tour to attend GB/DWC/Branch executive committee meeting : As decided in the CEC meeting at Gaziabad that the Circle Office bearers would be present in the GB/DWC/Branch executive committee meeting which would be held throughout the month of June. Accordingly a well attended GB meting was held at Alipurduar under Jalpaiguri District on 15th June, 2019. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU attended the GB meeting on behalf of Circle union. Com. Prabir Ghosh, Leader AIBDPA, Com. Soumen Chanda Roy, Dist Secretary, Jalpaiguri explained the post election scenario while Com. Sandip Sarkar narrated the demand of the grassroots workers related to the development and maintenance issue. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary replied to all the quarries made related to BSNL and spoke about the future movement also. Com. Pankaj Pal presided over the meeting.
Another GB meeting was held on 15th June at Siliguri jointly with BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCMU. Before the GB meeting DWC meeting of Siliguri District union was held. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Cirlce Secretary and Com. Debashis Khan, Patron, Circle union attended both the meetings on behalf of Circle Union. The main speaker was Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay. Com. Mukul Seal, District Secretary initiated the proceedings and described about the present scenario in BSNL and particularly in Siliguri division. Com. Kedar Yadav, Leader AIBDPA spoke in the GB meeting. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyaya narrated in detail the present scenario in BSNL and the attitude of the Central Govt. towards the working class of our country. He explained about the 3rd PRC, retrenchment of Contract workers, latest corporate office orders to close down the exchanges and the next verification in BSNL etc. and the role of our union. Com. Debashis Khan spoke in a nut shell about the present political scenario and our duties and responsibility. Com. Swarupjyoti Roy presided over the meeting. <Pictures>
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Demonstration programme held effectively in all over West Bengal Telecom Circle: Today the 13th June, 2019 at the call of three circle unions BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA lunch hour demonstration programme was held all over the West Bengal Telecom Circle against the Retrenchment of Contract workers, Unsettled burning problems of the Circle, The decision of the central Govt. to close down or to sell out 46 PSUs within 100 days, Amendment of Labour laws in favour of the owners and hike in the prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas etc. As it was decided that in CGMT office the sit in hunger strike will be held before the chamber of CGMT. Accordingly Contact workers, the regular employees and members of AIBDPA assembled in CGMT office to take part in the sit in hunger strike. Slogans shouting was made throughout the day and a rally was held in the CTO building. The main speakers was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary. He informed the gathering that the corporate office has issued order that those exchanges to be shut down who can not earn Rs 20,000/- per month. Accordingly CGMT has ordered to shut down 850 exchanges in WBTC out of 1150 exchanges. The other speakers in the sit in hunger strike programme were Com. Taps Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Com. Tarak Kundu, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, Com. Akhilesh Banerjee, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU and Con. Sachinandan Maity (Bapi) on behalf of Contract workers. All the speakers criticise the decision to retrench contract workers and more over in other way to close down the BSNL service since these workers are taking the responsibility of BSNL service in the field level in absence of regular employees. Com. Mitra narrated about the view of the central govt which reflects through the decisions of the BSNL management. He said that if the management move forward to retrench the Contract workers, in spite of protest from every corner, then there will be a total shut down in WBTC for which the management will remain sole responsible. <Pictures>
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District Office bearers meeting held at Burdwan and ETP : As per the decision of the CEC meeting at Gaziabad district office bearer meeting was held at Burdwan and ETP on 11th June, 2019. The meeting reviewed the present scenario after the Parliament election and formation of the new Govt. at the centre. The meeting discussed the decision to sell out or to close down 46 PSUs within 100 days and hike in petroleum products. The meeting discussed the 3rd PRC, the decision to retrentrench Contract labourers and 40% of fund curtailment towards the expenditure for the Contract workers with deep concern. The meeting decided to hold the lunch hour demonstration on 13th June as decided by BSNLCC. The meeting also discussed their individual problems of the SSA. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyaya, Asstt. Circle Secretary and Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary attend the meeting Burdwan and ETP respectively. Veteran leader Com. Manik Lal Das was present in the meeting at Burdwan. <Pictures>
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Circle Union decides to sit in Hunger Strike for two days : It was decided in the urgent Circle Office bears meeting held today in presence of Circle Secretaries of BSNLCMU, WB Com Tapas Ghosh and Com. Pijush Chakraborty of AIBDPA, WB that on 13th & 14th June Hunger strike will be held before CGMT chamber in protest of retrenchment of Contract Labourers of CTO building, unsettled burning issues of the circle, the decisions taken by the Central Govt. to close down the 46 PSUs within 100 days and hike in price of the petroleum products. BSNLCMU and AIBDPA will also participate in the programmes. It was also decided that on 13th ETR, ETP, Civil wing and CGMT(Tech) along with Circle Office bearers will participate in the hunger strike which will start from1130AM. On 14th Kolkata SSA and CGMT (O) district union along with Circle office bearers will sit in the Hunger strike at CGMT office. All are requested to make the programme successful.
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Closing ceremony of the Reception Committee for the 8th Circle Conference of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle held in an extraordinary way : The closing ceremony of the Reception Committee of the 8th Circle Conference of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle held today at Bolpur. Apart from Circle Secretary Com. Anomesh Mitra, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary and Com. Nazes Nouroz Vice-president were present on behalf of the Circle Union. Com. Madan Mohan Ghosh, President Reception Committee and Com. Prabir Mukherjee Treasurer presented the overall report & Accounts of the Conference before the house. Com. Tinku Biswas, Jt. secretary reception Committee thanked everyone to make the conference a historic one. Later Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Nazes Nouroz and Com. Animesh Mitra spoke in detail regarding the present scenario after giving heartfelt thanks to all the comrades of BSNL:EU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA, Suri District for their relentless effort to make the Circle Conference successful. Com. Debdas Chakraborty presided in the meeting. <Picture>
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Hold District & Branch level meeting throughout the month of June : Circle Union has decided to hold district & branch level meting throughout the month of June. Similar decision was taken by CHQ form the CEC meeting held at Gaziabad to hold branch level meeting to discuss the post election situation. It was apprehended in our Circle conference and also in the CEC meeting that attack will intensify on the working class. As such meetings up to the branch level to be conducted. In the mean time the 8th memebrship verification has been announced. It is scheduled to be held on 16th September, 2019. The newly formed Govt. has announced to sell out or close down 46 PSUs within 100 days. At this backdrop these meetings have immense importance. Accordingly Asansol, Purilia, CTTC and Kolkata district unions have already organised the meetings at their level. Meetings are being organised by Jalpaiguri, Siliguri, Burdwan, Krishnagar, ETR and ETP district unions within 23rd June. Other branch & district secretaries are requested to organise such meetings within 30th June with an intimation to the Circle Secretary. District and Branch Secretaries are requested to implement the decision in letter and spirit.
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Hold lunch hour demonstration on 13th June in every offices and exchanges : Ultimately the cat is out of the bag. Immediate after the oath taking ceremony of the Modi Govt. for the 2nd term, the price of the Cooking gas including Petrol & Diesel increased. The new Govt has decided to sell out or close down 46 PSUs within 100 days. They have decided to change the existing labour law in favour of he owner. The BSNL Coordination Committee has decided to protest against these anti people and anti worker decisions of the government. Accordingly lunch demonstration programme will be held in every offices and exchanges on 13th June, 2019. District Secretaries are requested to organise the programme very effectively with maximum number of workers participation.
Circle Union reacts on various issues within a week : Circle Union reacts on various issues like long pending Burning Issues of the Circle, Defective Tender to retrench Contract workers of CTO building and against the merger of EZBC with Calcutta Telephones. Lots of unsettled burning issues are pending with Circle authority for long period. CGMs of this circle are changing periodically. Other topmost officers of the management are taking any interest to solve the problems. Circle union decided to meet CGMT and handed over a memorandum and demanded for early settlement of the issues. The Tender for the Contract workers working in CTO building under CGMT office has handed over to Civil wing, who have no experience in this regard, instead of processing the same by CGMT office. Which led to a process of trenching the contract workers. Circle union met CGMT, WB and demanded to cancel the Tender and a fresh Tender to be processed by DGM, WBTC. The issue was also discussed with Chief Engineer, Civil. A letter to this effect was handed over to CGMT, WB. Lastly the manner in which the staff of EZBC are being transferred to CTD after merger of EZBC with CTD. Circle Union demanded that no staff could be transferred to CTD against their wish. They should be redeployed to CGMT office or at CTTC since they are the staff of CGMT office. A letter was handed over to GM(HR/Adm) in this regard. <Letter-1> <Letter-2> <Letter-3>
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Workers roars against the decisions of the newly formed Govt. at the centre : Immediate after taking oath by the Modi Govt. for the 2nd term, the derogative decisions are being started to be taken. They have declared that within 100 days they are going to sell or close 46 PSUs of our country. The Modi Govt. is going to change the existing labour Law in favour of the owner. As it was made clear by the workers of our country they are not going give off fight against any anti-worker decisions of the Govt. Accordingly today a Convention was held at Kolkata in Rani Rasmoni Avenue to protest against the anti-worker decision of the Modi Govt., communal atmosphere thought the country and raising of provincialism sentiment by Trinamul. The convention was at the call of all Central Trade Unions, 12th July Committee, BSNL and Federations. All speakers criticise the decisions of the Central Govt., create a suffocating atmosphere by raring communal feelings and provincialism sentiment. They made it clear that they will keep the right of the workers through struggle. Com. Animesh Mitra, President BSNLEU (CHQ) and Circle Secretary spoke in the convention. The convention decides to hold conventions in the districts throughout the state before the DMs and memorandum will be submitted on this occasion. <Picture>
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Massive demonstration programme held at CGMT office : Yesterday the 30th May, 2019 a massive demonstration programme was held at the call of CGMT office district union in the circle office at CTO building. The demonstration programme was held before GM(HR/Adm) against the unsettled problems of the staff of circle office. Even the administration has taken some decision unilaterally keeping the district union in dark. District union on several occasions discussed the issues with GM (HR/Adm) but it were still unsettled. In this gathering Com. Jhumur Bandyopadhyay, Asstt. District Secretary spoke before the gathering and narrated about the problems faced by the staff. The other speakers were Com. Anindya Kr Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secy., Com. Amitava Chattopadhyaya, Asstt. Circle Secy. and Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary. After the meeting a memorandum on behalf of the district union was handed over to GM(HR/Adm) and made it clear by the leadership that if the issues are not settled then the district union will go for higher form of Trade Union action. The meeting was presided over by Com Nayan Chowdhury, District Vice-president.<Pictures>
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BSNLEU, WB Circle decides to hand over a memorandum to CMD, BSNL on Development issue : A Circle Office Bearer meeting of BSNLEU, WB Circle was held today. Where the issue of development of West Bengal Telecom Circle was discussed with great concern. After threat bare discussion on the issue it was decide that a memorandum would be handed over to CMD, BSNL on the issue of Development of West Bengal Telecom Circle in the month July, 2019. Before that an intensive campaign programme would be carried out through out the circle in the month of June, 2019 on the issue. It may be recalled here that BSNLEU, WB circle previously carried out a mass signature campaign programme on the same issue and it was handed over to CMD, BSNL.
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BSNLEU demands to maintain the status of District Unions and Local Councils : After consolidation of the SSAs in to Business Areas the question has been arisen about the status of the District Unions and Local Council. Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU demanded to maintain the status quo of the District Unions and Local Councils even after consolidation of SSAs in to Business Area. He met GM (SR) and placed the demand. GM (SR) told Com. Abhmanyu that he will look into the matter and do the needful in this regard.
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BSNLEU & BSNLCCWF is pressing hard to get the fund allotted for the contract workers : Today Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU and Com. Animesh Mitra, President, BSNLEU and Secretary General, BSNLCCWF met GM (BFCI), Sri P.C. Bhat and urged upon him to release the fund for the payment of wages of the contract workers. The leaders told Sri Bhat that no fund has been allotted for West Bengal for which the wages of the contract workers are due for more than 4months. They requested him to allot sufficient amount of fund so that the outstanding wages could be paid. GM (BFCI) replied that since there is no cash flow the fund could not be allotted however he will try his best to allot the same as early as possible.
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Get ready for another phase of struggle : Comrades election is over, we are expecting good result for BSNL workers. In the mean time AUAB met in New Delhi on 16.05.2019 and reviewed the present situation. AUAB has written to Secretary DoT to convene a meeting on the unsettled issues raised by AUAB before the parliament election, such as wage revision, allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL, revision of pension etc. AUAB also making strategy of next phase of struggle in the present political scenario. Circle union will review the post poll situation in due course. So we are to be ready for next phase of struggle to achieve our just demands.
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Com. Moni Bose Amar Rahe : Circle Union pays respectful homage to our philosopher and guide Com. Moni Bose on his 9th death anniversary. He left us on19th May, 2010. We are on the path of struggle for the cause of the workers as shown by him. We will not deviate from the path of struggle and ideology which he had taught to us. Com. Moni Bose Lal selam. Com. Moni Bose Amar rahe.
BSNLEU & BSNLCMU jointly handed over memorandum to CGMT : On 17th May, 2019 both circle union of BSNLEU and BSNLCMU handed over a memorandum of of 8 point charter of demands to CGMT, WB Circle in regard to the problems of casual/contract workers of our circle. A delegation headed by Com Animesh Mitra met CGMT and discussed about the charter of demands. The leaders demanded to settle the problems which are within the purview of the circle administration. CGMT assured the leaders to do the needful at the earliest. Com. Tapas Ghosh, Com. Nazes Nouroz, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyyay and Com. Kalyan Raha were other members of the delegation. Later a meeting was held in the union office at CTO building where Com. Animesh Mitra narrated in detail about the problems of the casual/contract workers. The present situation of BSNL under which we are carrying out our struggle and the attitude of the management. <Picture>
Circle union demanded immediate shifting of ETP office from Ultadanga : Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary and Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary met CGM, ETP, Sri Anupam Maji on 17th May and discussed the issue of shifting of ETP office at Ultadanga. The leaders told the CGM that the condition of the quarter complex at Ultadandnga is not at all conducive to habitable condition. In any moment there may occur an severe accident and the situation arising out of it may go beyond our control. Hence it is better to shift the office from Ultadanga to somewhere else. They also intimated about some spaces where the ETP office could be shifted. They demanded for immediate negotiation with the authority where there is space. After hearing the leaders CGM assured to resolve the issue with top most priority. A letter from Circle Union was handed over to CGM, ETP in this regard. <Letter>
Main Exchange at Habra is out of order for a long time - Circle union intervenes : The main exchange at Habra was out of order for a long period for which the telephone exchanges of the surrounding area like Ashoknagar, Barasat, Machlandapur, Habra etc were not functioning. Circle Union bought the issue to the notice of CGMT in the early last week. CGMT in presence of Circle Secretary enquired about the situation from GM, Kolkata. It was told by CGMT that it is due to the fault of 5 ESS and conversion to NGN system could not be done in proper time as such the service have been stopped. Circle Secretary Com. Animesh Mitra demanded for immediate restoration of service since the parliament election is going to be held in that area within a few days. CGMT assured to look in to the matter and ensure for uninterrupted BSNL service.
One month long Street Corner meeting ended on 16th May at Kolkata : The 16th May, 2019 South branch and Kolkata Engineering branch jointly conducted the street corner meeting at the crossing of CR Avenue and BB Ganguly street. A good number of members attended the meeting. Placards and posters (flex) were displayed by our comrades on the street with our Red Flag. Leaflets were distributed amongst the public. Various demands including to save BSNL was displayed in the posters and banners. The public were apprised through our leaflets about the attack on BSNL by the Modi Govt. The conspiracy of the Govt to sell out BSNL the national property to Reliance JIO was also mentioned in the leaflets. Com. Anindya Kumar Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary and Com. Animseh Mitra, Circle Secretary spoke in the meeting. The passers by gave a patience hearing to our speakers. The speakers appealed to the public to stood by the BSNL employees in their struggle to save BSNL and at the same time to oust the Modi Govt from the centre through the election. It was the closing day of one month long Street Corner meeting which a part of the campaign programme before the public.<Pictures>
Street Corner meeting held at Berhampore: On 15th May, Street Corner meeting was held at Berhampore against the conspiracy of the Modi Govt. to retrench BSNL employees through VRS and to sell out BSNL to Reliance JIO. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary. Com. Mamata Sarkar, Vice-president was also present in the street corner meeting. Leaflets sere distributed to the public through the meeting. Before the street corner meeting an encouraging GB meeting was held where the members of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA were present in good number. The speakers of the meeting were Com. M.K. Ghosh, District Secretary, AIBDPA, Com. Sekhar Sarkar, District President, BSNLEU, Com. Gopal Roy, District Secretary, BSNLEU and Com. Laltu Roy, District Secretary, BSNLCMU, Com. Tapan Bhowmik, Leader AUAB, Com. Mamata Sarkar, Vice-president Circle Union and Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary. Com. Abhijit Sen, Leader AIBDPA was present on the dias. The entire meeting was presided over by Com. Samir Dutta. In the meeting Com. Laltu Roy, Dist. Secy. BSNLCMU, Berhampore District handed over Rs 5000/- to Secretary General Com. Animesh Mitra, as donation towards organisational fund of CCWF. <Picture>
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BSNLEU strongly condemns the demolition of the statue of Vidyasagar : On 14th May, 2019 the statue of Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar, a great social reformer of our country, was demolished by some miscreants at Vidyasagar college in course of showing mussel power between the two political parties - TMC & BJP. BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle strongly protests and condemns this heinous act of the miscreants. We demand it should be properly investigated and exemplary punishment should be given to the accused. In the 70s ultra left political party used to do such demolition of statues of our genius. Then also, we did not support such activities. It is contrary to our culture. Hence BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle organised a protest demonstration on 15th May at CTO Building against the demolition of the statue of Vidyasagar. Members and employees of all categories joined the protest demonstration programme in good number. Com. Anindya Kumar Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary and Com. Amitava Chattopadhyaya, Asstt. Circle Secretary spoke before the gathering. Both the speakers strongly condemned such heinous act. They demanded for proper investigation and exemplary punishment of the accused. Com. Banani Chattopadhyay, President presided over the meeting.
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BSNL employees, casual/contract workers and pensioners of West Bengal are determined to remove Modi Govt form power : Yesterday the 13th May, 2019 a seminar was organised by BSNL Coordination Committee on 'May Day and General Election'. It was held at Subarna Banik Samaj Hall. BSNL Coordination Committee used to organise seminar, lectures etc. on current topics in every year in the month of May to commemorate the May Day. A good number of regular & non-regular employees along with the pensioners of the constituents bodies of the coordination committee attended the seminar. Com. Om Prakash Singh, Secretary, BSNL Coordination Committee narrated the present situation prevailing in BSNL and the role of the workers. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, President, BSNLEU (CHQ). He narrated about the attack of the Modi Govt. on BSNL and as a whole on the working class of the country. He also said the contract workers are not getting their wages for more than 4 months and even it is 8 months somewhere. He said that the BSNL management has issued order to reduce contract workers by 50% but the workers are fighting back to resist this derogative order of the corporate office. The management has taken a tactical position to reduce the allotment of fund and creating an artificial crisis in BSNL and as a result the wages of the casual/contract labourers are due for months together. He said that this Govt. has stopped negotiating the wage & pension revision of the employees and pensioners respectively. The Govt. has taken the decisions to retrench employees in the name of VRS with a view to sell out BSNL. He opined that it is a political decision of the Modi Govt. and we, the workers, have every right to fight it politically. He appealed to the members present in the house to defect the Modi Govt. through the parliament election and establish a secular and pro-worker Govt. at the Centre. The other speakers in the seminar were Com. Arup Sarker, Circle Secretary, CTTMU, Com. Akhilesh Banerjee, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU and Com. Sanjeeb Banerjee on behalf of AIBDPA of three circles. All the speakers expressed their determination that their members are ready to oust the anti people Modi Govt. from the Centre. The entire seminar was presided over by Com. Sisir Roy, President BSNL Coordination Committee. <Picture>
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State president of CITU joins the Street Corner Meeting of BSNLEU, North Branch at Barasat : A joint GB meeting of BSNLE, North Branch wass held at Barasat in the State Coordination Office on 11th May, 2019. A good number of members of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA attended the meeting. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU. The other speakers were Com. Goutam Das, District Secretary, BSNLCMU. Kolkata District and Com. Pankaj Saha, Asstt. District Secretary, AIBDPA, Kolkata District. Com. Animesh Mitra narrated about the attack on BSNL and its employees, workers and the pensioners also by the Modi led central govt. The ruling class is trying to break the unity of the working class. They are trying to retrench employees to the tune of fifty four thousand in the name of VRS and retrench the contract workers on the plea of fund crunch. The govt. is denying to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL and at the same time they have stopped the negotiation of the wage revision issue of the employees. They are trying to sell out BSNL to Relience JIO. The leaders appealed to the members present in the meeting to defeat the evil forces from the power to save BSNL and to save Nation and to save our families too, through the struggle of Parliament election. Thereafter, a well attended street corner meeting was held in the Railway Station of Barasat. Here Com. Subhas Mukherjee, President CITU, WB state committee deliberated his valuable speech before the Public and the members assembled in the meeting. He narrated about the attacks are being made on BSNL by the Modi Govt. with a view to close down the state owned company, BSNL. It is is the agenda of Modi Govt. to close down all the PSUs in our country. He appealed to all to cast their vote in favour of the Left since they are the only force who fight for the working class and the common people in and out of the Parliament. The other speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary BSNLEU, WB. He appealed before the public to stood by the struggle of BSNL employees who have came out on the street to save BSNL, the national property. Leaflets of an appeal to the Public from BSNLEU were distributed among the public. <Pictures>
ETR District Union holds an effective GB meting at Kulpi Satellite Office: An effective GB meeting was held at Kulpi Satellite Office on 10th May, 2019 at the call of BSNLEU, ETR District to apprise the members the present situation in BSNL the attack on BSNL by the Modi led Central Govt. and our struggle. It was reminded to the members the role of BSNL employees in the coming Loksabha election. The meeting was well attended by the members from Kulpi, Sirakul and Diamondharbour. In the meeting the speakers were Com. Sarseej Upadhyay, Dibakar Das and Sekhar Das. The meeting was presided by Com. Sukanta Bhattacharjee. In fine the members expressed to dispense with their duties of a citizen of India in the coming days.
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Street Corner meetings held at Bengal Chamber of Commerce & BBD Bag Railway Station: Today the 10th May street corner meeting held at two places of BBD Bag. One at Bengal Chamber of Commerce and other at BBD Bag Railway station. A good number of members of BSNLEU, CGMT District and BSNLCMU, Kolkata District were present in the meetings. Leaflets were distributed among the public apprising them about the attack of the Modi Govt. on BSNL. At Bengal Chamber Commerce Com. Amitava Chattopadhyaya, Asstt. Circle Secretary was the main speaker. At BBD Bag Railway Station the main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. The other speakers were Com. Sisir Roy, Circle Secretary, CTD Circle and Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay. The speakers narrated about the attack and conspiracy of the Central Govt. to sell out BSNL, the national property to Relience JIO. They are also truing to retrench staff in the name of VRS. But least bothered about the service since the Govt. is denying to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL. Under this circumstance the workers have come on the street to appeal before the public to stood by the struggle of the BSNL employees to save BSNL. <Pictures>
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Exciting Street Corner Meetings held at BBD Bag: Ignoring the scorching heat of the summer a good number of members of BSNLEUcame on the street of BBD Bag of Kolkata to conduct Street Corner meeting on 8th May, 2019. The comrades of TCO and CGMT conducted the street corner meeting just beside TCO. Com. Nazes Nouroz, Circle Vice-president and Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary were the speakers in the street corner meeting. Leaflets about the attacks on BSNL by the Central Govt. and the struggle of the BSNL employees to save BSNL was distributed amongst the public. It was noticed that the public are taking interest about the deliberation of the leaderships. the speakers appealed to the public to stay beside the struggle of BSNL employees to save BSNL against the onslaught of the Modi led Central Govt.
Street Corner Meeting was conducted by CGM(T) District Union : As decided by the BSNLEU (CHQ) to conduct street corner meeting to apprise the public about the attack on BSNL by the Modi led Central Govt. Accordingly CGM(T) district union conducted a street corner meeting yesterday the 8th May, 2019 at the street of Slat Lake. Here the speakers were Com.Nazes Nouroz, Circle Vice-president and Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt, Circle Secretary were the main speakers. The other speaker in the meeting was Com. Ajit Nandan, District Secretary AIBDPA, Kolkata District. Before that a GB meeting was held at CTTC to apprise the employees and our members about the VRS which the Govt. is trying to implement in BSNL so as to down size the staff strength. Leaflets were distributed amongst the public of Salt Lake.
Today Rabindra Jayanti was celebrated by BSNLEU, WB Circle in a unique way : Today the 9th May the members of BSNLEU, WB circle celebrated the Rabinda Jayanti in CTO building, the CGMT office. A short programme was held at the ground floor CTO building to commemorate the birthday of the Great Poet Rabindranath Tagore. Com. Banani Chattopadhyay, Circle President paid respect on behalf of the circle union to our beloved poet by garlanding of flowers on the photograph of Rabindranath Tagore. Poems of Rabindranath Tagore was recited and Rabindra Sangeet was sang by our members. It was the first time such programme was held in a unique waty. The members assembled at the ground floor through a rally where everyone were singing Rabidra Sangeet. <Pictures>
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A colourful and a bold rally conducted by ETP District Union : Considering the political situation in the recent past of the locality of ETP office at Ultadanga where normal organisational activities were confined inside office rooms only. Under such condition a GB meeting was held at ETP against the decision of the Central Govt. to implement VRS in BSNL, to sell out BSNL to Relianace JIO, Non-allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL and in the demand of wage revision. In the meeting Com. Nazes Noroz, Circle Vice-president was the only speaker, who narrated in brief on the above issues. Later a colourful and a bold rally with Red flags was conducted by the brave ETP comrades, led by Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary on street of Ultadanga. A short Street Corner meeting was conducted at Ultadanga Main Road beside Bidhangar Railway station. A leaflet was distributed amongst the public. Com. Animesh Mitra was the only speaker in the meeting. He narrated about the conspiracy of the Modi Govt. to sell out BSNL and to reduce staff to the tune of fifty four thousand in the name of VRS. He appealed before the public to extend their support in the the struggle of the BSNL employees to protect the national property, BSNL. <Pictures>
BSNL Employees are committed to their duties : A group of 19 workers of ETP, Kolkata rushed to Katak, in the state of Orissa, for restoration of BSNL service which was broke down due to the hit by the cyclonic storm, 'Phani'. It is only a rumour that BSNL employees are very much averse to their work. It is the conspiracy of the ruling class to draw a picture before the nation that the employees of PSU/ Govt. Sector are not committed to their job. As such they could easily close down/sell out PSUs and down size the staff strength without any resistance. But the fact is otherwise, the ETP comrades pointedly shown us. Red Salute to the ETP comrades.
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Circle Union demands for Circle Council Meeting : Circle Secretary, Com. Animesh Mitra, along with other circle office bearers met CGMT and discussed various issues of our circle. He demanded for Circle Council meeting to be held to discuss the problems of the employees as well as the development of our circle. He said that the last Circle Council meting was held in the month of February and it is due since April. The then CGMT Sri Garg assured to convene the Circle Council meeting by April. Hence it is the duty of the CGMT to hold the meeting without any delay. He also demanded to immediate issue of minutes of the last Circle Council meeting. A letter was handed over to CGMT in this regard.
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GB and street Corner Meetings conducted by ETR: After celebration of May Day the ETR District Union conducted GB meeting and Street corner meetings on 2nd May, 2019. At Terittibazar the GB meeting was held where the members of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA were present. Com. Asis Kr Das, District Secretary initiated the proceedings. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle secretary was the main speaker. He narrated about the conspiracy of the Modi Govt. to downsize the staff strength in name of VRS and for the non-regular workers through retrenchment. He appealed before the members to defeat the Modi led Govt. in the struggle ahead of us. The meeting was presided over by Com. Asis Das. Later after the GB meeting a colourful street corner meeting was conducted at the Bowbazar crossing. Here the leaders of ETR along with Circle Secretary, Com. Animesh Mitra, deliberated before the public about the conspiracy of the Modi Govt towards BSNL and to sell out BSNL to JIO. He appealed to extend support towards the struggle of the BSNL employees to save BSNL, the National property. <Pictures>
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DATED ON 01-05-2019 AT 2330 HRS.
May Day celebrated in BSNL, West Bengal Telecom Circle with great enthusiasm : Today the 133th May Day was celebrated in BSNL, West Bengal Circle with great enthusiasm amongst the employees and workers. In all offices and exchanges Red flag of our union was hoisted by our District and Branch Unions in the morning within 1130AM as it was decided. May Day was also observed at the Circle union office at 249D B.B. Ganguly Street at 11AM. The Red Flag was hoisted by Circle President Com. Banani Chattopadhyay. The martyrs column was garlanded by flower garland to pay respect to the martyrs of the May Day by Com. Banani Chattopadhyay, Circle President, Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary along with other Circle Office Bearers and District Secretaries. In a short meeting in the union office Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary spoke before the members present in the meeting. He said about the celebration of May Day this year to the BSNL employees is very much relevant. Since BSNL and its employees and workers are under the attack of Central Govt. The Govt is trying to implement VRS to the employees and retrenchment to the contract workers. In this situation we the workers have to resist the attacks unitedly. In this meeting Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Com. Madhusudan Saha, Com. Nazes Nauroz, Com. Bidyut Goswami, Ramprasad Dutta, Com. Asis Das (Jr), Com. Ashoke Bhattacharjee, Com. Jayanta Banerjee, Com. Badal Kundu, Com. Debashis Khan and Com. Prabir Chatterjee were present. Later in the evening a joint colourful rally of BSNL Employees, AIBDPA, BSNLCMU and Calcutta Telephones Thika Mazdoor Union was held. This year's May Day was marked as Save BSNL Save Nation. The colourful rally went past the street of the city with slogans to save BSNL and to discard the Modi Govt. The rally ended at Sahid Minar where a centrally meeting was held by the Central Trade Unions and Associations. The meeting was graced by Com. Tapan Sen, General Secretary CITU. He addressed before the audience about the relevancy to celebrate the May Day in today's political situation and when the working class in our country and as whole in the world under severe attack of the imperial forces. He said that there is also struggle of resistances are taking place in our country and in the world too. Com. Animesh Mitra, President, BSNLEU (CHQ) was one of the speakers in the meeting. May Day was celebrated in Durgapur, Asansol in DGM Office, ETR, Berhampore, TCO, CGMT (O), Kalna Telephone Exchanges, Raiganj, Bankura, ETP, Sainthia, Coochbehar, Purulia, Jalpaiguri, Katwa, Chanditala, Kolkata Engg. branch and Malda. <Pictures>
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GB and Street Corner meetings held in more other places: On 27th April a GB meeting against introduction of VRS in BSNL was held at Pandua under Kolkata District. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary was the main speaker. Today a GB meeting was held at CTO union office organised by AIBDPA, Kolkata District union. Com. Ajit Nandan, District Secretary initiated the deliberation. Com. Pijush Chakraborty, Circle Secretary, AIBDPA and Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU addressed the house along with other leaders. The GB was held in regard to the present situation in BSNL, implementation of VRS and role of the employees and pensioners. Today a gate meeting was held at Raiganj in regard to Save BSNL Save Nation. A good number of workers gathered in the gate meeting. GB Meetings against VRS in BSNL were also held at, Berhampore, Suri, Birpara (Jalpaiguri) and Civil wing <Picture>
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Street Corner & GB Meetings are being held in brisk space in West Bengal Circle: Street corners meetings and GB meetings against VRS are being held in at various branch and districts. In most the meetings there is good response from the workers and general public. Our circle office bearers are also in hurricane tour to attend these meetings. Street corner meetings were held at Asansol just after the seminar on 25th. In Kharagpur and Midnapur the GB & Street Corner meetings were held yesterday the 27th April. Such metings were also held at Suri and Sainthia. GB meetings were held yesterday at Krishnagar, ETR, Arambag and Kolkata Engg. Branch. Today GB is under progress at Bankura. Circle Office bearers who have attended the meetings are Com. Imran Khan, Organising Secretary at Krishnagar, Com. Anindya Kumar Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary at ETR, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary at Kolkata Engg. Branch, Com. Sanjoy Pal, Organising Secretary at Midnapur, Kharagpur and Bankura, Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary at Midnapur, Kharagpur and Bankura. <Pictures>
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Celebrate this May Day as Save BSNL Save Nation : Comrades we are going to celebrate this year's May Day when BSNL and its employees are under the severe attack of the Central Government and when the Parliament election is in progress. The Modi led Govt. is all set to kill BSNL by making crisis in terms of Technology and in terms of Fund. They have denied 4G spectrum, which is a nation wide need, planning to implement VRS for the employees instead of implementing Wage Revision to its employees and retrenching Contract workers on the plea of fund crisis. BSNL is also not permitted to take loan from the bank for its development. The much campaigned demonetisation did not work. The farmers are compelled to suicide. The unity of the working class of our country is at stake. The ruling class is trying to fragment the unity of the working class in terms of religion and community. The policy decision of the Modi Government to demolish the PSUs in our country. Under this situation we the responsible Trade Union could not sit idle. BSNLEU is in sustained struggle to save BSNL, the national property and its employees and workers. CHQ has called upon all the constituents of our union to conduct rallies & meetings beside hoisting of RED FLAG on MAY DAY this year. We are to take into confidence of the general public in our struggle. It is our duty to ventilate the conspiracy of the Govt. before the country. It is the desire of the Circle Union that each district union should hoist Red Flag and conduct rallies jointly BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCMU. It is obvious that the big districts would be able to conduct such rallies. At the same time small district unions should also take all out effort to organise such rallies on the day jointly. Try to make the rally most colourful. Make this May Day as Save BSNL Save Nation.
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Street Corner meeting held at Burwan: Today BSNLEU, Burdwan District union organised a Street Corner meeting at Burdwan. It was a meeting of the BSNL employees to apprise the general public of Burdwan about the conspiracy of the Modi Govt. to sell out BSNL the National property to Reliance JIO. A good response of the public got through this street corner meeting. A good number comrades of Burdwan District Union were present in the meeting. The meeting was presided over by Com. Manik Lal Das. Com. Com. Badre Alam, District secretary initiated the proceeding through his short speech. The main speaker was Com. Nazes Nouroz, Circle Vice-President. He addressed the meeting and drew the attention of the public about the struggle of BSNL employees to save BSNL. He said that when all the private operators are enjoying 4G spectrum but BSNL is denied to allot the same by the Modi Govt. On the other hand BSNL is not allowed to take loan from the Bank for its development. Under this situation he appealed to the habitants of Burdwan to oust this anti-people Govt. so as to save BSNL the National property. <Picture>
An inspiring seminar held at Asansol : An inspiring Seminar was held at Asansol GM office today on the subject "BSNL is under the attack of Government - Its Present situation, Chances of Development and Role of the Employees" . The seminar was organised jointly by BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCMU Asansol district. The seminar was held in a overcrowded house. The main speaker in the seminar was Com. Animesh Mitra, President, BSNLEU (CHQ). The seminar was addressed by Com. Subrata Misra, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB/District Secretary, BSNLEU, Asansol. The leaders of AIBDPA and BSNLCMU were the other speakers in the seminar. Com. Animesh Mitra described elaborately about the present situation in BSNL and in our country as a whole. He said that the Loksabha Election in our country is being held when the Modi Govt. has decided to sell out BSNL to Reliance JIO by downsizing its workforce through VRS. He said that total development of BSNL has been stopped throughout the country for the need of fund. The Govt. has decided not to allow BSNL to take loan from the Bank for its development. When there is lakhs of corers of rupees loan of the private operator in comparison to BSNL'S thirteen thousand corer of rupees only. BSNL is also denied of 4G spectrum and 3rd PRC to its employees. He said that the its the policy decision of the Modi Govt. to wind up Public Sector in our country. He said that the worst sufferers in BSNL are the contract workers. Their wages are not being paid for months together and they are facing retrenchment. Under this situation the employees as well as their families have to take the leading role to give a befitting reply through election to save BSNL, the National Property, and the families of BSNL employees. <Pictures>
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BSNLEU, WB met newly joined CGMT, WB Circle : Today BSNLEU, WB Circle met newly taken charge of CGMT. WB Circle Sri Ramakant Sharma. It was a courtesy visit. A delegation led by Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary met Sri Sharma and discussed the situation of the West Bengal Telecom circle prevailing at this moment. Though it was a courtesy visit but still some problems of the circle including the fund problems were discussed between CGMT and the leadership. Later CGMT expressed his desire to the leadership that he wants to work, as a team, for betterment of West Bengal Circle. The other members of the delegation were Com. Nazes Nouroz, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Com. Anindya Kumar Sarkar and Com. Bidyut Goswami.
Kolkata based District Secretaries and Circle Union discussed about the execution of the programmes ahead of us: As decided in the Circle Office Bearer meeting held on 22nd April that a joint meeting of Kolkata based District secretaries and Circle Union will be held to chalk out the future programmes like Street Corner meeting on Save BSNL Save Nation. Celebration of May Day. Accordingly the meeting was held today at CTO Union office where Com. Banani Chattopadyay presided. In the meeting Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary addressed before the District Secretaries and the available Circle Office bearers. He describe the necessity of the Street Corner meeting and way to execute it. He suggested about the May Day celebration in our circle. After discussion it was decided that the Red Flag of our union will be hoisted by 11AM on May Day in every Offices and exchanges. In Kolkata the Sahid Minar bound rally of May Day of BSNL employees will start from Ganesh Chandra Avenue (Binny's Show Room) at 3PM with banner, flags and festoons. It was decided the Street Corner meetings on Save BSNL Save Nation will be held from 2nd May onwards in some prominent spots of the city. They are BBD Bagh Circular Railway station, In front of TCO, In front of 1 Council House Street, BBD Bagh Island, Sealdah Station, Salt Lake Sector V, Karunamoyee etc. District Secretaries/ Representatives of ETR, ETP, TCO, CGMT(Tech), Civil and CGMT (Office) District Unions were present.
Street Corner Meetings and Joint GB meetings are going on in full swing in West Bengal Circle : Today a street corner meeting on Save BSNL Save Nation was held at Kumarpur of Asansol. A good number of BSNL employees assembled in the street corner meeting. Com. Sutapa Roy, Asstt. District Secretary, Asansol Dist. was the main speaker. She addressed the public and apprised them about the deprivation towards BSNL by Modi led Govt. She appealed to the public to support the fight of the BSNL employees to save BSNL the national property. She also appealed to the public to oust the anti-people Govt. led by Modi from Delhi. Joint GB meeting of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA was held at Haldia today. Com. Susanta Ghosh, Com. Tarak Kundu, Com. Tapas Adak and Com. Swapan Mondal addressed. GB meetings were held at Tarakeswar on 23rd April, Ranaghat on 24th April. In Ranaghat a well attended GB meeting and followed by rally in the market area was conducted. GB meetings at ETR Krishnagar was held on 24th April. GB meeting was held at Champadanga. At Tarakeswar Com. Ramprsad Dutta, Organising Secretary, at Ranaghat Com. Bidhan Chandra Pramanik and Com. Sandhya Halder, Organising Secretary and at Krishnagar ETR Com. Imran Khan, Organising Secretary attended the meetings on behalf of Circle Union. <Pictures of Different SSAs>
UPDATED ON 22-04-2019 AT 23300 HRS.
An unprecedented meeting organised by BSNLCMU, Kolkata District Union: Today the 22nd April, 2019 BSNLCMU, Kolkata District Union organised an unprecedented meeting with the retired Casual/Contract workers and the families of the deceased workers. The meeting was held in the Union office at CTO building with full house. The meeting was to apprise them about their right in regard to retirement benefit as per the Govt. rules invoke. Retirement benefits like New Pension scheme connected with EPF and Gratuity etc. It was observed by the Kolkata District union that the these workers and families of the deceased are very much ignorant about their rights. Some scrupulous organisation and individuals often mislead these workers taking the chance of their ignorance. Today the Kolkata District Union helped to fill up the forms related to pension and gratuity to a good number of workers and families of the deceased. Later a short meeting was held. Com. Goutam Das, District Secretary, BSNLCMU, Kolkat District initiated the proceedings. He welcomed the workers and their families for coming the meeting. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF. He in his speech said that the BSNLCMU is the only union who is fighting for the welfare of the casual/contract workers throughout the country. The social securities which the workers are enjoying now is due to sustained struggle of the organisation. The retirement benefits are also the result of the sustained struggle. He said that we have much more work to do in favour of these workers. He appealed to the workers and the families of the deceased that to have faith on BSNLCMU and to strengthen it for the struggle ahead of us. He expressed his satisfaction and thanked the leadership of the BSNLCMU, Kolkata District Union for conducting such unique meeting. Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary inaugurated the meeting. Com. Tarak Kundu, Asstt. circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB deliberated his speech. A leaflet was distributed amongst the participants of the meeting appealing to defeat the Modi led Govt. since due the anti-worker policy adopted by the Central Govt., BSNL has become sick and at the same time the miseries are being faced by the casual/contract workers. <Picture>
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Enthusiastic Street Corner meeting and GB meeting held at Balurghat: Today a Street Corner and a GB Meeting was held at Balurghat organised jointly by BSNLEU and BSNLCMU , Raiganj District on Save BSNL Save Nation at the call of CHQ. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. The other speaker was Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU. Com. Animesh Mitra spoke before the members about the role of the Govt towards the State owned company BSNL. He accused the Central Govt for promoting the private Tele operator, JIO. He said that Govt has decided to retrench the regular employees in the name of VRS. He also said that the Contract workers are being terminated in various circles in the name of fund cut. It is nothing but the conspiracy of the Govt. to close down the PSU like BSNL. He also said that it is the policy decision of the Modi Govt. to close down the PSUs in our country. He said that the Govt is denying to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL though the minister committed to allot the same. Now the Govt is also denying to give 3rd PRC to its employees which was also committed by them. He called upon the members and workers to fight unitedly against the derogative decisions of the Modi Govt. He appealed to defeat the anti worker Govt., led by Modi, in the struggles ahead of us. Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU and Com. Satya Nrayan Mondal, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Raiganj District spoke before the well attended meeting. Com. Animesh Mitra and Com. Tapas Ghosh spoke in the streets of Balurghat apprising the habitants of Balurghat about the conspiracy of the Modi Govt. to wind up BSNL and to sell it out to JIO. In this process the Govt. is denying to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL in order make it a sick concern. <Pictures>
A well attended GB meeting and Street Corner meeting held at Bolpur : At the call BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA, Suri District a well attended GB meeting was held at Bolpur. Com. Nazes Nouroz, Vice President BSNLEU, WB andCom. Pijush Chakraborty, Circle Secretary, AIBDPA, WB attended the meeting. In the GB meeting Com. Tinku Biswas, Com. Madan Mohan Ghosh and Com. Santosh Goswami , Nazesh Nouroz and Com. Pijush Chakraborty deliberated their speech. The speakers pointed out the attacks on the regular employees, Casual/Contract workers and the Pensioners of BSNL. They accused the Modi led Govt to break the unity of the working class of our country in name of name of religion and community. The speakers appealed to the members and workers to ensure the defeat of the Modi led Central Govt. in the struggle ahead of us. They accused the Central Govt. for promoting the private Tele company JIO instead of State owned company BSNL. The DoT has now denying to allot 4G spectrum and 3rd PRC to employees of BSNL on the other hand they are trying to implement VRS. This is nothing but to wind up BSNL. The GB meeting was presided over by Com. Shibu Sen. Thereafter, an exciting street corner meeting was held at the streets of Bolpur apprising the habitants about the conspiracy of the Modi led Govt to sell out BSNL to JiO. the main speaker was Com. Nazes Nouroz. <Pictures>
Street Corner Meetings held at Bangaon, Habra and Malda: A joint Street corner meeting of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA was held at Bangon Court on 18tuh April, 2019. The main speaker in both the meeting was Com. Manik Sarkar, Organising Secretary, BNSNLEU, WB. Before the street corner meeting a GB meeting was held at Bangaon Telephone exchange. Today the 20th April, 2019 Street Corner meetings were held at Habra and Malda. In the street corner meeting at Habra Com. Manik Sarkar was the main speaker. Thereafter, a GB meeting was held at Habra Telephone exchange. In Malda Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary was the main speaker. In Malda, the street corner meeting was held in front of the Telephone exchange. The speakers appealed to the general public to support the BSNL employees in their fight to save BSNL since the Modi led Central Govt. making conspiracy to sell out the National property to the private Tele company JIO. <Pictures>
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Asansol Conducted enthusiastic Street Corner meetings : BSNLEU, Asansol District Union along with BSNLCMU and AIBDPA, Asansol District conducted enthusiastic street corner meetings on 17th April, 2019 at Battala Bazar and Khudiram More, most populated area of Asansol on Save BSNL Save Nation. The main speaker was Com. Subrata Misra, Distrct Secretary, Asansol Dist./ Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB Circle. Though it was a holiday in BSNL, a good number of comrades participated in the street corner meetings. The main points of the deliberation was the deprivation towards BSNL by the Modi led Central Govt and the conspiracy to wind up state owned company, BSNL. The Govt. has closed all the windows for procurement of the resources for survival of BSNL on the other hand the Govt. is promoting private company particularly JIO. Even they have denied to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL. Now the attack on the employees has come in the name of VRS. It is propagated by the Govt. that if a sizeable number of employees are reduced then only BSNL can survive. But it is an eye wash only since on two occasions Govt. introduced VRS for MTNL but still MTNL is a sick concern. The only thing behind the curtain is to sell out BSNL with less liabilities to the private company. We are to defeat the Modi led Govt. for the survival of BSNL and to save the Nation too. <Pictures>
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Bashirhat conducted an effective Street Corner meeting and well attended GB Meeting: Today BSNLEU, Kolkata SSA District Union along with AIBDPA and BSNLCMU conducted an effective street corner meeting at Bashirhat Town on Save BSNL Save Nation. As per the call of CHQ such street corner meetings has been organised by Kolkata SSA at Bashirhat after Diamond Harbour. In the street corner meting Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle secretary was the main speaker apart from Com. Manik Sarkar, District Secretary, Kolkata SSA and other leaders of the district union. The main focal point of the street corner meeting was the attack on BSNL by the Modi led Central Govt. and illegal promotion of the private Tele Company, JIO by the Prime minister himself in order to sell out the property of the Nation to a private operator. There was good gathering in the meeting and the passers by heard the leaders with patience. Later a well attended GB meeting was organised in order to discuss amongst the members and workers about the task ahead of us. <Picture>
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The 7th District Conference of BSNLCMU, Burdwan District held successfully : The 7th District Conference of BSNLCMU, Burdwan district held on 7th April, 2019 at Durgapur Telephone Exchange. Com. Tapan Singha hoisted the Red Flag of our union. The conference was inaugurated by our beloved veteran comrade of Telecom movement Com. Dhananjoy Ganguly. He narrated about the present political scenario in our country. He called upon the workers to be united and defeat the anti-worker government at the centre. In the open session Com. Subrata Misra, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB, Com. Sunil Garai, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Durgapur District, Com. Pankaj Chatterjee, Asstt. District Secretary, BSNLEU Durgapur District and Com. Nazes Nouroz, Vice-president, BSNLEU, WB deliberated their speech before the full house. Com. Akhilesh Banerjee, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB Circle spoke in the subject committee of the conference. After threadbare discussion the the report and the accounts were passed by the house unanimously. The house elected a District Committee of 15 members with Com. Tapan Ghosh as President, Com. Gopal Das as District Secretary and Com. Joy Sanyal as Treasurer. The entire meeting was presided jointly by Com. Tapan Singha and Com. Pronoy Mukherjee jointly. <Picture>
GB Meeting of BSNLCMU, Electrical Wing held at CTO Union Office: A GB meeting of BSNLCMU, Electrical wing held on 12th April, 2019 at the Union office at CTO. The meeting was presided by Com. Nazes Nouroz. The meeting discussed about the present situation prevailing in BSNL, the fund position and latest position of payment of wage and our struggle for survival of BSNL and its employees and workers. Com. Akihlesh Banerjee initiated the discussion. The main speaker in the meeting was Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. He narrated the present scenario in BSNL and as a whole in our country. He called upon the workers to be united and to fight against the anti worker policy and to defeat the Modi Govt. who is entirely responsible for the miseries of the entire working class of our country.
CTTC and CGMT(O) District held GB meeting: As decided in the Circle Conference that GB meeting to be conducted by the district unions. accordingly district unions are holding such meetings. On 11th April CTTC District union and CGMT (Office) district union held GB meeting. In both the meeting Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary deliberated his inspiring speech. He said that the Govt is trying to sell out BSNL through cosmetic surgery by implementing VRS. He narrated the decisions taken in the 8th Circle conference of BSNLEU, WB. He called upon the members to defeat the anti worker Govt led by Narendra Modi.
GB Meeting held at Contai : An inspiring GB meeting held at Contai today the 13th April, as it was decided in the last Circle conference of BSNLEU, WB. Com. Susanta Ghosh, Veteran leader and President, AIBDPA, WB Circle was present in the meeting. Com. Anupam Saha also leader of AIBDPA was present in the meeting. Com. Amalesh Pradhan, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, WB was present and deliberated his speech. He narrated the decisions taken in the circle conference and called upon the members to fight against the decision of the Govt to implement VRS in BSNL. Com Susanta Ghosh called upon the members and workers of Contai branch to fight against the anti-worker decisions of the Modi Govt. He reminded the duties and responsibilities in the struggle ahead of us. Com Pankaj Jana, District Secretary, Kharagpur District was present and deliberated his speech. <Picture>
A well attended GB meeting held at Diamond Harbour under South Branch : A well attended GB meeting was held today the 13th April at Diamond Harbour (South Branch) in regard to the decision taken in the Circle Conference of BSNLEU, WB held at Bolpur. A street Corner meeting also held in theTown. The main speaker was Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. He in his speech described the attack on BSNL after inception of the company. He opined it is the policy of Govt to make sick BSNL and to sell it out to JIO. He said that the Govt is trying form a separate company with underground cables of BSNL. He said that Govt is implementing VRS to minimise the liabilities so that they can easily sell out BSNL. It is not the way for revival of BSNL as it is propagated by the Govt. He called upon the members and workers to defeat the Govt led by Modi for whose policy BSNL has become sick through the struggle ahead of us. Com Tapas Ghosh Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB and Com. Ajit Nandan, Asstt. Circle Secretary, AIBDPA, WB were also present and addressed the house. <Picture>
Condolence Meeting of Com. Abadhut Das held with due respect: Com Abadhut Das who passed away in the last month at Katwa. He was a great fighter and worked for the BSNL workers throughout his life. A condolence meeting in memory of Com Abadhut Das was organised by Burdwan District Union on 11th April at Katwa. In the meeting the District leadership paid floral tribute to our departed leader. His wife and daughter-in-law was also present and paid floral tribute. A condolence resolution was read out by District Secretary Com. Badre Alam. Com Unus, Com. Debashis Khan and Com. Prabir Kumar Das discussed his life and to the philosophy which he believed throughout his life. The condolence meeting was presided over by Com. Prabir Kumar Das.
UPDATED ON 12-04-2019 AT 2345 HRS.
GB Meetings started at Alipurduar and Siliguri as a part of Campaign programme against VRS and decisions of the Circle Conference: As decided in the 8th Circle conference of BSNLEU, WB Circle that massive campaign programme would be conducted by BSNLEU, WB against the decision of the Govt. to implement VRS in BSNL and the decision taken in the Circle conference to mobilise our members. The programme will continue till 13th May, 2019. Accordingly GB meeting was held on 8th April at Alipurduar and on 9th at Siliguri. Com. Ujjal Ghosh, Organising Secretary, Circle Union deliberated his speech on both the places. <Picture>
Burdwan District union held GB meeting : Burdwan District union held GB meeting against VRS and decisions taken in the Circle Conference. The meeting was held at Katwa on 11th April, 2019. Com. Debashis Khan, Patron and Com. Nazes Nouroz, Vice-president spoke in the meeting on behalf of Circle union. Com. Badre Alam, District Secretary initiated the proceedings. Other Council members spoke in the meeting. The meeting was presided over by Com. Prabir Kumar Das <Picture>
UPDATED ON 11-04-2019 AT 2145 HRS.
Struggle struggle and struggle is the need of the hour to ensure our livelihood: Of late the attack on the casual/contract workers has been intensified by the BSNL management or by the Central Govt. as a whole. They are being retrenched or their wage is being withheld / not paid for months together. BSNLEU and BSNLCMU gone through series of programmes like Demonstration, Dharna and even Hunger Strike. BSNLEU and BSNLCMU launched Dharna programme on 28th March, 2019 at Circle office in demand of wage. Both the Circle Unions under the leadership of Com. Animesh Mitra pursued with CGM, WB and other officers concerned for procurement of fund for the wage of the contract workers. At last the Corporate Office sanctioned fund, as per the version of GM(BFCI). 60% under the Repair & Maintenance head and 50% for Security Guards. It is once again proved that there is no alternative to struggle. BSNLEU and BSNLCMU is the weapon of the BSNL workers and both the organisations are committed to the workers.
Oppose VRS : CHQ has called upon the workers to launch lunch hour demonstration tomorrow the 12th April, 2019 to oppose VRS. Accordingly our district secretaries are requested to organise our workers along with the constituents of AUAB to make the demonstration programme against VRS a great success.
UPDATED ON 08-04-2019 AT 2230 HRS.
Duty of a doctor to provide treatment to its patient for recovery, not to issue death certificate before death : Of late it is observed that the Circle management has closed down number of exchanges in Gangtok, Suri, Kolkata and Purulia on the plea of decrease of no. of connections (DEL) as well as minimum revenue earning. But it has come to our notice that one exchange at Purulia having 58 connections has also been closed on the plea that BSNL could not provide service since last one year to the subscribers. But as per the Corporate Office order, which states that, exchanges having less than 20 customers can be closed. Circle Union strongly oppose this unilateral decision of the administration. Circle union feels that, due to social responsibility, BSNL should provide service in the villages also as it is a Government service provider. However, if the financial viability is not in a good state in those exchanges then it could easily been discussed with the service union for its revival/closure. District Secretaries are, therefore, requested to take the matter seriously and they should immediately contact the SSA heads to know the actual reason behind the closure.
At last posting of three officers in the hills got materialised : At last three officers have joined their duties at Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong. The order in this regard was issued by the circle office on 28/12/2018 and accordingly the GM Siliguri has again issued the same order in 11/02/2019. But the whole process get completed till the end of March, 2019. It is due to relentless persuasion by the Circle Union for which the posting of these three officers in the Hills is possible.
UPDATED ON 01-04-2019 AT 1300 HRS.
The 8th Circle Conference of BSNLEU, WB Circle takes oath to protect BSNL, the workers right and to dethrone the anti BSNL Govt. from the Centre : The 8th Circle Conference of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle held at Bolpur from 29th to 31st March, 2019. It was a joint effort of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA of Suri District to hold the conference which created history of its own. On 29th March the Red Flag of our Union was hoisted by Circle President Com. Nazes Nouroz. The martyrs column was garlanded by Com. Nazes Nouroz, Circle President, Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary along with other leaders and District Secretaries to pay respect to the martyrs. 22 Districts of West Bengal Telecom Circle participated in the conference. Around 200 delegates and observers along with Circle Office bearers were present in the conference. The Conference was inaugurated by Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU. In his speech he narrated in detail the present scenario prevailing in BSNL and in the country as a whole. He described the role of AUAB in our day to day struggle. He also spoke in regard to the 3rd PRC, allotment of 4G Spectrum and the role of the DoT. He also expressed his discontentment towards the Modi Govt. since DoT is not allowing to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL, a state owned company and also not allowing BSNL to take loan form Bank for its operational expenditure but at the same time the Modi Govt. allotting fund from the Nationalized Bank to Jet Airways, a private company, for its revival . He appealed to the the delegates, observers and comrades of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA of Suri District, who were present in the inaugural ceremony in havoc numbers, to join the programme 'March to Sanchar Bahvan' in good numbers to protest against the negative attitude and the anti worker role of the DoT towards BSNL. He also spoke about the problems of the casual/contract workers. He appealed before the house that it is our duty to remove the anti worker Govt. at the Central who is responsible for all the the pains and sorrows of the working class of our country. In the inaugural session Com. Sisir Roy, Circle Secretary, Com. Om Prakash Singh, Circle Secretary, Factory Circle and Secretary BSNL Coordination Committee and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB Circle greeted the conference. TDM, Suri was also present and spoke in the inaugural session. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary gave vote of thanks. The Subject committee started in the afternoon of 29th March and Com Subrat Misra initiated on development issue and Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay initiated on Organisational issue, thereafter the deliberation started by the delegates on the report and accounts which was placed by Circle Secretary, Com. Animesh Mitra and Treasurer, Com. Madhusudan Saha before the house, and it was ended on afternoon of 31st March.
On 30th March a Women convention of the Working Women of BSNL, West Bengal Circle and a Seminar was held on the subject 'Crisis In BSNL To Overcome It Through Better Service To The Customers'.
About 70 lady comrades attended the seminar from different corners of Bolpur including Kolkata. The seminar was presided over by Com. Sibani Das and Com. Mamata Sarkar. The Convention was inaugurated by Com. P. Abhmanyu, General Secretary. He explained the problems of the lady workers in the works spot and in the society. He appealed to all to give respect to women in our society and help them for their up-liftment in the society. He thanked the Circle Union for organising such Women Convention in the Circle Conference. A report of activities was placed by joint Convenor Com. Banani Chattopadhyay and Com. Jhumur Bandyopadhyay. Com. Manisha Biswas, Leader of Telecom Movement spoke before the women attended in the convention. The delegates Com. Sutapa Roy & Com. Nibedita Jha spoke in the convention. Com. Mamata Sarkar was elected unanimously as President, Com. Jhumur Bandyopadhyay and Com. Sutapa Roy was elected unanimously as Joint Convenor.
In the seminar Com. Animesh Mitra initiated the proceedings. Com. Subrata Misra, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB, Com. Araka Chakraborty, Leader NFTE(BSNL), Com. Kajal Chakraborty, Leader SNEA and Com. Gadadhar Sengupta, Leader AIBSNLEA spoke on different aspects of development of our circle through which our circle could be made viable.
The conference was also greeted by Com. Pijush Chakraborty, Circle Secretary, AIBDPA, WB Circle, Com. Mnik Lal Das, Petron, Com. Prabir Chatterjee, Patron and Com. Parimal Sarkar, ex-President BSNLEU, WB. The welcome speech was given by Com. Madan Ghosh, President Reception Committee. Com. Santosh Goswami and Com. Tinku Biswas, Joint Conveneor Reception Committee welcomed the delegates, observers and guests.
After deliberation of the delegates Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary replied to all the quarries and appealed before the workers to take all out efforts for development of our circle, to fight jointly for the casual/contract labourers against retrenchment and non-payment of wages, to fight for 3rd PRC under banner of AUAB and to protect BSNL and the workers right through sustained struggle. He appealed before the workers to oust the anti BSNL Govt from the centre. He also appealed before the delegates to make our organisation to