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09.09.2009]Wage Negotiations – Discussion held on 09.09.2009

In the Wage Negotiation Committee meeting held on 08.09.2009, a lengthy discussion took place on the question of periodicity of wage revision. While the Staff Side strongly argued for a 5 year agreement, management maintained that only a ten year agreement was possible. To break the dead-lock, an alternative suggestion was given by the staff side.

The suggestion of the Staff Side was further discussed today the 09.09.2009, by two representatives each from the Staff Side and the official side. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri and Com. R. Venkataraman were from the Staff Side and GM (SR) and GM (Esst.) were from the management side. After prolonged discussions, it was agreed to place the following suggestion of the staff side for the consideration of the Management.

“THE NEXT WAGE REVISION WILL BE AFTER 5 YEARS, i.e., AFTER

31.12.2011, BASED ON THE DPE AND GOVERNMENT GUIDE LINES.”

[09.09.2009]Wage Negotiation Meeting on 08.09.2009:– The meeting of the Wage Negotiation Committee was held on 8th September, 2009. All the staff side representatives were present.

The unions firmly insisted for five years agreement. The management reiterated their earlier position of ten years agreement, which was not at all acceptable to unions. After lengthy discussion, a suggestion is made that a clause can be included in the agreement to consider the issue of next wage revision after five years.

This issue will be further discussed on 09.09.2009 in a meeting consisting of two representatives of each from the management and the unions.

[09.09.2009]Casual labour wages:– The issue of fixation of casual labour wages was discussed with management. We wanted that the wages be calculated on the basis of the minimum of the wage of Regular Mazdoor. Management agreed to consider this favourably. The case is being perused by CHQ.

[09.09.2009]Recruitment of management trainees:- BSNLEU strongly opposes Violation of National Council agreement in the matter of recruitment of management trainees - request for immediate intervention <>

[09.09.2009]BSNLEU Circular No.15 dated 04.09.2009:- Mysore CEC Meeting <>

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[09.09.2009]Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, General Secretary, will be out of Head Quarters from 10th to 12th September to attend the Circle Conference of Kolkata Telephones.

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[04.09.2009]Circle Secretary & Circle Executive of BSNLEU, Corporate Office, New Delhi derecognised for anti-union activities including opposing and non-participation in the strike.

[04.09.2009]Support and solidarity to one day strike of LIC Employees on 16.09.2009<>

[04.09.2009] Meeting on Wage Revision Committee on 08.09.2009 <>

[03.09.2009] Minutes of National Council on "Reduction of Service Condition" modified as demanded by Staff Side <>

[03.09.2009] Resolution on strike on 19th & 20th August'09 <>

[03.09.2009] BSNLEU demand early bonus - Payment of PLI to the staff for the year 2008-09 -Letter to Director (HRD) <>

[03.09.2009]STRIKE PARTICIPATION - Management seeks explanation – draft of reply to be given

Worried at the large participation in the 48 hours strike, BSNL management has instructed field level officers to get explanation from workers for participating in the strike. It is an unnecessary provocation from the management. However since the explanations are called for, the employees can give the following reply:

“I have participated in the 48 hours strike on 19-20 August, 2009 as per the call of the United Forum of BSNL Unions / BSNL Employees Union, the recognized and representative union in BSNL demanding early wage revision. The union had served strike notice to management as per required provisions of Trade Union rules.”

We are taking up the issue with management also so that the same could be amicably settled.

[03.09.2009]Anomaly Committee meeting held on 1st September 2009

The first meeting of the Anomaly Committee was held on 01.09.2009. The official side informed that as per DoT’s orders on the subject, now the anomalies/ aberrations can be settled by BSNL as per DPE guidelines and Government orders. Accordingly it was decided in the committee to further explore and examine the DPE guidelines/DPE orders/Government orders that will enable settlement of the anomalies/ aberrations.

The staff side in the Committee was represented by Comrades V.A.N. Namboodiri, General Secretary and P. Ashokababu, AGS, BSNLEU.

[03.09.2009]Bonus – Discussion with Management:- CHQ demanded for early payment of Bonus since festivals start by the third week of September 2009. Director (HRD) held a meeting with BSNLEU on 1st September 2009 and proposed to pay Rs. 3500/- for non-executive and Rs. 5000/- for executives – as Bonus for 2008-2009 – and requested to agree for the proposal. He stated that the profit this year is only Rs.574 crores.

We did not agree and strongly demanded for same quantum of Bonus as paid last year i.e. Rs. 7000/- to Rs. 10,000/-. In case the management is not accepting our demand, struggle will became inevitable.

Coms. V.A.N. Namboodiri, General Secretary, K.R. Yadav, Vice President and P. Asokababu, AGS participated in the meeting.

[01.09.2009] Media Reports on CEC Meeting at Mysore <> <>

[31.08.2009] DECISION TAKEN IN BSNL SPORTS & CULTURAL BOARD HELD ON 27.07.2009 <>

[31.08.2009] FOR IMPROVEMENT OF SERVICES ON SUGGESTIONS MADE BY BSNLEU - MANAGEMENT ISSUE INSTRUCTIONS TO CGMs. << click here>>

[31.08.2009] SATISFACTORY FUNCTIONING OF WORKS COMMITTEE - LETTER FROM GM (SR) TO ALL CGMs DATED 20.08.2009 <>

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[26.08.2009] ISSUE ORDERS FOR 93 MILLION MOBILE LINES. Letter to Shri Kuldeep Goyal, CMD, BSNL. <>

[26.08.2009] BSNLEU DEMANDS IMMEDIATE PAYMENT OF BONUS - PLI. Letter to Shri Kuldeep Goyal, CMD, BSNL. <>

[26.08.2009] BSNLEU DEMANDS EARLY MEETING OF WAGE REVISION. Letter to Shri S.R. Kapoor, Chairman, BSNL. <>

[24.08.2009] Strange bedfellows <>

[24.08.2009] Highlights of the strike <>

[24.08.2009] Qualifying service for JTO Examination reduced: - As agreed in the National Council meeting, the Management Committee has approved for reducing qualifying service for appearing in JTO examination from ten to seven years. A long pending demand has now been accepted. BSNLEU has requested the management for conducting the examination early as per the reduced qualifying service.

[24.08.2009]Meeting of Anomaly Implementation Committee:- The first meeting of the above Committee will be held on Monday, 31st August 2009

[24.08.2009] Com. H.N. Sharma, Branch Secretary, NUBSNLW (FNTO), CTO Branch, Bhopal, has joined BSNLEU along with 30 members. CHQ welcomes the Comrades.

[22.08.2009] THE CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG The true colours of FNTO exposed <>

[22.08.2009] Successful strike by BSNL workers <>

[22.08.2009] Com. J. Bhttacharjee No more

With deep sorrow we inform that Com. Jagadendra Bhattacharjee, Veteran P&T union leader and former Circle Secretary of E-III union of undivided Assam Circle from 1972-1983 breathed his last today morning. He was the convener of the Joint Committee of Trade Unions of Assam and held many other posts in union. He was in jail for 18 months during Emergency. He was unmarried and dedicated his entire life to the cause of workers.

CHQ conveys its condolences to the bereaved family and comrades.



[21.08.2009]United Forum Circular - The Historic 48 Hours Strike by BSNL Employees <>

[21.08.2009]Historic Strike of 19-20 August'09 <>



IMMEDIATE

[20.08.2009] CONGRATULATIONS FOR HISTORIC 48 HOURS STRIKE

The United Forum met and congratulated the workers for the excellent 48 hours strike. The strike was participated by more than 70% workers, giving shock waves to management.

The glorious strike will end at 24:00 hours, today, 20th August 2009. Employees should join duty tomorrow, 21st August 2009. Victory Rally should be organized at convenient time tomorrow by holding demonstrations etc.

Red Salute to Workers and Leaders who participated and made this strike historic. We congratulate the Contract & Casual Workers who also participated in the strike. We also thank all who have supported us.

With Revolutionary Greetings



V.A.N. Namboodiri, GS, BSNLEU

Convener, United Forum

[20.08.2009]Congratulations and Revolutionary Greetings <<>

[20.08.2009]BSNL Strike Continues for Second Day - press release dated on 20.08.2009 <>

[19.08.2009]Historic Strike Paralyses BSNL <>

[19.08.2009]Massive Strike by BSNL Employees - press release dated on 19.08.2009 <>

[19.08.2009]48 Hours Strike started. Complete strike in most centres. Even members of NFTE-FNTO in strike in many places. Hearty Congratulation !

Reports of massive participation in 48 hours strike have starting pouring to CHQ. Assam, NE-I, NE-II, A&N Islands have already reported complete strike. Telecom Factory Richai, except few NFTE office bearers all are on strike. In West Bengal & Kolkata, almost all offices are closed without anybody to attend office. Circle Secretary T. Nadu reports enthusiastic participation in strike. In Kerala Circle, strike is almost complete as usual. Karnataka Circle reports massive participation in strike. Workers are demonstrating in front of offices in all centres. More reports are coming.

Media and dailies have given wide publicity in the strike.

Continue with the struggle. CHQ Greet you all.

VAN Namboodiri, GS, BSNLEU



[18.08.2009]48 Hours Strike by BSNL Workers on 19-20 August'09 - United Forum press Release dated on 18.08.2009 <>

[18.08.2009]TOWARDS 48 HOURS STRIKE FOR ENSURING OUR JUST DEMANDS

START AT 00:00 HOURS ON 19TH AUGUST, 2009

TO 24:00 HRS ON 20TH AUGUST'09

FULLY PARTICIPATE IN THE

HISTORIC STRIKE

V.A.N. Namboodiri, GS, BSNLEU

[17.08.2009]The adamant and negative attitude of BSNL Management on Wage Revision has resulted in the strike call (Letter No.UF/Strike dated 17.08.2009 from GS, BSNLEU to GM (SR), BSNL <>

[15.08.2009]WHY WE GO ON 48 HOURS STRIKE ? <>

[14.08.2009]Wage Negotiation Meeting on 13.08.2009:- Meeting on wage negotiation was held under the Chairmanship of Shri S.R. Kapoor, Executive Director (Finance), BSNL. Shri Ram Kumar, Executive Director (CN) and other officers were present.

All the Staff Side members of the wage negotiation committee were present.

As required by the new Chairman, the staff side presented their demands in detail. Management did not commit anything on the demands. Date of next meeting will be intimated by the management.

CHQ calls upon all workers to participate in the 19-20 August, 2009 strike to achieve our justified demands. <>

[14.08.2009]AIBSNLEA - SNEA Supports 19 - 20 August, 2009 Strike - Support Letter from United Forum of BSNL Executives Associations is reproduced here. Our thanks to United Forum of Executive Associations <>

[14.08.2009]NFTE’s Sthala Kala Vibhrama (Utter Confusion):- NFTE has become so desperate after its dismal defeat in the IV membership verification that it has lost all senses just like Duryodhana at the magnificent palace of Yudhishtira who could not identify land from water, north from south and so on and fell down in the pond.

NFTE’s report on our massive dharna in Corporate Office and all over India on 11.08.2009 is part of this Sthala Kala Vibhrama. We sympathise in their pathetic condition.

[14.08.2009]Good News - Pension order issued

Revised orders extending VI CPC benefits to BSNL retirees issued by DoT vide F.No.40-31/2008-Pen(T) dated 12.08.2009. When Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, General Secretary, BSNLEU had met Secretary, DoT and Member (Finance) last week, they had assured that the orders will be issued soon. Now it is issued. <>

[14.08.2009] BSNLEU Marches Ahead: -

(1) Com. Purushotham Gedam, Circle Secretary, reports that 55 NFTE members joined BSNLEU at Ratnagiri.

(2) Com. B.R. Bishnoi, District Secretary, Jodhpur intimates that 61 NFTE members joined BSNLEU at Jodhpur.

(3) 65 members from NFTE joined in our union in Karimnagar Dist. in Andhra Pradesh Circle, Reports Com. J. Sampath Rao, Circle Secretary.

CHQ Welcomes all new members to BSNLEU !

[11.08.2009]Wage Negotiation:- The next meeting of Wage Negotiation Committee will be held on 13th August, 2009.

[11.08.2009]One lakh BSNL Workers Observed Dharna - UF press Release dated on 11.08.2009 <>

[11.08.2009]Management agrees to reduce qualifying service for promotion to JTO from 10 to 7 years:- Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, General Secretary, BSNLEU along with Coms. P. Asokababu, AGS, K.R. Yadav, Vice-President and SNATTA leaders Coms. Dheeraj Chaudhary, Dharmendra Verma and Manish and discussed about reducing the qualifying service for JTO. Both CMD & Director (HRD) agreed to reduce the qualifying service from 10 years. The matter will be put to the Managing Committee for approval at the earliest.

08.08.2009]Pay Anomalies:- A committee was constituted on 07.08.2009 to examine the pay anomalies (aberrations) cases and submit its report with in a month, for implementation of the anomalies committee report. <>

[08.08.2009]Approval of Promotion Policy by DoT:- DoT authorises BSNL to deal with Promotion Policy vide its no.1-72-2009-SNG dated 20.07.2009 <>

[08.08.2009]Parliament Questions - raised by Com. Brinda Karat, MP and answers by Minister.

(1) On casual labour <>

(2) On Income - Expenditure - Profit of BSNL <>

[08.08.2009]Com. S.K. Soni, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Maundsaur (MP) has intimated that all the 11 members of NFTE-BSNL along with District Secretary, NFTE has joined BSNLEU.

Com. Naresh Pal, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Meerut, intimates that 81 members of NFTE BSNL has joined BSNLEU in Meerut.

Congratulations and welcome Comrades!

[08.08.2009]Casual & Contract Workers Federation Joins 19-20 August Strike <>

[07.08.2009]GS BSNLEU Meets Secretary, DOT:- Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, General Secretary, BSNLEU along with Coms. K.R.Yadav, Vice-President and P.Asokababu, AGS, met Shri Sidhartha Behura and discussed the following issues:



50% Merger of IDA to BSNL Retirees
Application of Govt. orders on Pension etc. for BSNL Pensioners.
Secretary, DOT agreed to consider the issues favourably.

BSNLEU DEMANDS WAIVAL OF LICENCE FEE, DIVIDENT, TAXES ETC. TO BE PAID TO GOVERNMENT:- Com. VAN Namboodiri, GS BSNLEU along with Coms. KR Yadav and P.Asokababu met Shri Sidhartha Behura, Secretary, DOT today, 7th August 2009 and demanded that, in view of the present deteriorating financial condition of BSNL, Government should waive the payment of Licence Fee, Dividend, Taxes etc. to be paid by BSNL for a period of at least three years to help the BSNL to improve its position.<>

PROMOTION POLICY:- GS BSNLEU met Shri Gopal Das, Director (HRD) and D.P.Dey , GM (Estt.) and discussed about the implementation of Promotion Policy. It was assured by the Director (HRD) that the orders will be issued soon.

Result of Examination for promotion to JTO – Draughtsmen: - The results will be announced by next week.

Standing Committee of National Council:- Next Meeting will be held on 12th August 2009 at 1430 hours.

[07.08.2009]Meeting with Member (Finance) on Pension issues

Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, General Secretary, BSNLEU met Shri R. Ashok, Member (Finance), DOT on 6th August and discussed the following issues:



(1) 50% IDA Merger for BSNL retired employees: - Com. Namboodiri pointed out the undue delay in granting 50% IDA merger to BSNL Pensioners, which has already been given to the Government pensioners (50% CDA) as also to the regular BSNL employees. After detailed discussion, Member (F) told that the file has come back from the Pension and Pensioners Welfare Dept. and the DOT is examining certain legal aspects. He agreed to process the issue as early as possible. GS BSNLEU once again pressed for an early settlement.



(2) Application of Pension related benefits to BSNL retirees as per Govt. Orders on VI CPC recommendations: - General Secretary, BSNLEU pointed out after issuing the orders, it has been kept in abeyance by another order. This may reissued without further delay. Member (F) agreed to issue the orders without further delay.



(3) Restoration of pension reduced due to calculation of 10 months average pay:- GS BSNLEU pointed out the loss caused due to the calculation of last 10 months average pay for the officials who retired immediately after the corporatisation. Member (Finance) stated that is being examined and an early decision will be taken.

[06.08.2009]Support & Solidarity to Bank Employees Strike:- BSNL Employees Union extends its full support and solidarity to the two days strike (6-7 August, 2009) of the Bank Employees under the platform of United Forum of Bank Unions for immediate Wage Revision with Pension etc. One after another all PSU employees are on war path on wage revision issue.

BSNL Employees under the leadership of United Forum will go on strike on 19th & 20th August. Make it a complete success.

[06.08.2009]Welcome Comrades! :- (1) Com. Yogesh Sharma, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Satna intimates that 11 members of NFTE/FNTO have joined BSNLEU from July, 2009. Congratulations to all of you, Comrades !

(2) Com. A. Surender Reddy, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Warangal have informed CHQ that 'impressed with our unions achievements, 122 officials inspired and joined BSNLEU during the month of July, 2009'. Welcome to BSNLEU to all of you.

[06.08.2009]Remembering the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: - August 6 – It is on this day 64 years earlier (in 1945) that the United States dropped the Atom Bomb on the city of Hiroshima in Japan, killing thousands of people and maiming for life more than that number. The entire city was burnt. Thousands of people are still suffering the radiation. After 3 days, on 9th August 1945 the US dropped another and more powerful bomb in Nagasaki with more destruction and loss of lives. Capitalism and Imperialism have no value for the human lives and will resort to any cruelty and atrocity.

Along with the crores of peace loving people in the world, we also pay homage to those who died and who are still suffering.

No More Hiroshima, No More Nagasaki

VAN Namboodiri, GS BSNLEU

[06.08.2009]JAO Part II Examination Notified:-BSNL has issued notification for conducting JAO Part II Examination on 30th November , 1st & 2nd December, 2009 <

[06.08.2009]Welcome Comrades! :- 53 Comrades have joined BSNLEU at Amreli(Gujarat) accepting the correct line and policy of BSNLEU, reports Com. V.N. Trivedi, District Secretary, Amreli (Gujarat).

[05.08.2009]Congratulations, Comrades of A&N Islands! :- Com. S.P. Kalairajan, Circle Secretary, A&N Islands informs that 40 new comrades have joined BSNLEU. Congratulations Comrade.

[05.08.2009]Meeting with GM (Estt.):- Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, General Secretary, BSNLEU met Shri D.P.De, GM (Estt.) and discussed the following issues.

Promotion Policy
General Secretary, BSNLEU, wanted that orders on Promotional Policy be issued early. DDG (Estt.) assured that the process has started and will make all out efforts for early issue of orders.

Anomaly Committee
GM (Estt.) stated that the Joint Committee being appointed for finalizing the implementation orders will meet and discuss shortly for early issue of orders.

[05.08.2009]One increment granted to those BCR officials who did not get BCR 10% was not counted for pension. BSNLEU took up the case with DoT in the joint committee and demanded that pension should be given. Now DoT has agreed and orders have been issued granting pension for that increment. A very good achievement.

[05.08.2009]A letter to CMD, BSNL - Strengthening BSNL to serve better<>

[04.08.2009]Ignore Rumours:- After the utter defeat in the IV Verification, certain unions have become panicky. It has become a habit with them to spread rumours so that even if they cannot convince the workers, they can at least confuse them. It is the same strategy they used in the membership verification, but the workers ignored all those rumours and defeated them. This is what is going to happen again. Ignore those rumours with the contempt it deserve.

[04.08.2009]48 hours Strike on 19th and 20th August 2009:- The strike notice has been given on 31st July to the management. The BSNL workers are preparing for the strike. We have written to all non-executive unions to participate in the strike on the vital issues of the workers. We hope that they will consider our letter and join the mainstream.

The Wage Revision, Promotions, Anomaly, Casual /Contract labour wages, Issues of BSNL Pensioners etc. are the most important issues at present. It will be clearly seen now who stand with the workers issues and who support the management. Workers issues are more important than the union rivalries. In the coal sector all the workers stood together, fought and got 52% fitment benefit during the last 10 years from 1997. Don’t we want the higher fitment and five years agreement? Certainly we want.

All the demands raised by are genuine and we will have to fight for that. Let us be prepared for a very successful strike.

[03.08.2009]United Forum letter to all Non-Executives unions to join the Strike on 19-20 August'09 <>

[03.08.2009]Amendment in BSNL Recruitment Rules JTO(TF)-2001 <>

[03.08.2009]Promotion Policy:- Promotion Policy received back from DoT to BSNL. BSNL management can take decision, Says DoT. General Secretary has demanded management for issue of orders early.

[03.08.2009]Massive Dharna on 11.08.2009:- Circle / SSA Secretaries are requested to organise the Dharna on 11.08.2009, a massive one. Approach all our alliance unions for maximum participation.

Circle Secretaries should send report SSA wise immediately after the dharna.

[03.08.2009]48 hours strike on 19-20 August'09 - poster <>



[31.07.2009]Hearty Congratulations & Thanks!

BSNLEU and United Forum congratulates and thanks all workers and leaders all over the country for the massive demonstrations held today (31.07.2009) as per the call of United Forum on the demands of Wage Revision, Promotion Policy, Anomaly etc.

The strike notice was served on the CMD BSNL after a successful demonstration in front of Bharat Sanchar Bhawan, Delhi, which was addressed by Coms. V.A.N. Namboodiri, General Secretary, BSNLEU & Convenor United Forum, V. Subburaman, General Secretary, TEPU, Suresh Kumar, General Secretary, BSNL MS, B.R. Jakhatia, General Secretary, SEWA BSNL, Hari Singh, General Secretary, BTU BSNL, D.P. Patwa, Dy. General Secretary, AIBCTES and K.R. Yadav.

STRIKE NOTICE <>

1.07.2009]United Forum demands - Holiday on Dr. Ambedkar Jayanthi - letter to Hon'ble Minister of Communications & IT <>

[31.07.2009]United Forum meets Communications Minister

United Forum leaders led by Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Convenor, met Thiru A. Raja, Communication Minister on 30th July, 2009 and congratulated him on his second term as Communications Minister. The following issues were discussed:

1. Development and growth of BSNL:- Union leaders pointed out the declining position of market share of BSNL and the problems in tender process which resulted in lack of mobile lines for providing connections to public. Minister stated that necessary action is to be taken by management.

2. 50% IDA merger for retired BSNL employees:- Unions pointed out the injustice done to the Pensioners by not issuing orders granting 50% IDA merger to BSNL retired employees. They also pointed out about the need for extending the orders on benefits of Central Govt. Pensioners to BSNL Pensioners also. Minister agreed to do the needful in the matter.

3. Declaring 14th April, Birthday of Dr. Ambedkar, as Holiday:- The Minister agreed to take up the matter with government.

[31.07.2009]A letter to Hon'ble Minister for Communications and IT - Long pending issues of BSNL Pensioners <>

[30.07.2009]United Forum Circular dated 28.07.2009 - 48 hours strike on 19 - 20 August, 2009<>

[30.07.2009]National Council decisions - BSNLEU protests improper minutes <>

[30.07.2009]Minutes of the 21st meeting of the National Council held on 23rd June, 2009 under the chairmanship of Director (HR), BSNL Board <>

[30.07.2009]143 members desert NFTE and FNTO and join BSNLEU in Jharkhand

80 members have deserted NFTE & FNTO and have joined BSNLEU at Ranchi. Similarly, Com. Raj Narayan Singh Yadav, District President, NFTE-BSNL along with 63 members of NFTE & FNTO have joined BSNLEU at Jamshedpur. CHQ greets and welcomes the Comrades who have chosen the right path. CHQ also congratulates our leaders of Ranchi, Jamshedpur District Unions as well as Jharkhand Circle Union.

[30.07.2009]1946 P&T Strike :- CHQ BSNLEU remembers the valiant P&T Workers who went on Indefinite strike in July 1946 against the British Imperialism. Thousands of workers and common people organised rallies in Madras and Kolkatta in support of the strike. All the political parties supported and congratulated the P&T workers for their heroic strike action.

[29.07.2009]General Secretary, BSNLEU letter to Shri P. Perumal, GS, PEWA <>

[28.07.2009]United Forum decides to go on 48 hours strike<>

[27.07.2009]BSNL Sports & Cultural meeting held on 27.07.2009 has taken the following decisions:

Kit allowance increased from Rs.1500 to Rs.2000 for All India
Kit allowance increased from Rs.2000 to Rs.2500 for Nationals
Sanchar krida awards increased from Rs.10000 to Rs.15000
Upto silver medal in national, cash awards are allowed for coaches
[Report from Com. John Verghese, Member Sports & Cultural Board]

[27.07.2009]General Secretary meets CMD BSNL <>

[25.07.2009]Where BSNL Stands ! <>

[24.07.2009]United Forum Meets: - Meeting of United Forum of BSNL union will be held at 1500 hours on 27th July, 2009 in the National Council Room, Eastern Court. Room No.230.

[24.07.2009]BSNL Employees Union / Joint Forum strongly oppose IPO<>

[24.07.2009]Standing Committee of National Council formed <>

[24.07.2009]Central Executive Committee at Mysore:- CEC Meeting of BSNL Employees Union will be held at Mysore from 27th to 29th August. Coms. Mohd. Amin, General Secretary, CITU, Shri Kuldeep Goyal, CMD BSNL and Shri Gopal Das, Director (HRD) and other important personalities will address.

Com. C.K. Gundanna, Circle Secretary, Karnataka and Convenor, Reception Committee, Mysore with other Comrades are putting in best efforts for making all arrangements for the Central Executive Committee.

[24.07.2009]Meeting with GM (SR)<>

[24.07.2009]Members from NFTE-BSNL & NUBSNLW (FNTO) joined BSNLEU:- 41 members from NFTE-BSNL and NUBSNLW (FNTO) joined BSNLEU in CTO, New Delhi. We welcome these new members. CHQ congratulates Com. Munshi Lal, District Secretary, BSNLEU, CTO Branch and other leaders.

[24.07.2009]Welcome Comrades!:- As per report from Com. M.K. Alam, District Secretary, Surendranagar (Gujarat), 30 Comrades have left NFTE and FNTO and joined BSNLEU. Congratulations ! Welcome to BSNLEU.

[22.07.2009] Joint Forum press release dated 22.07.2009 <>

[22.07.2009]Wage Revision: General Secretary, BSNLEU met CMD, BSNL on 22.07.2009 and requested for appointment of Chairman, Wage Negotiation Committee and demanded early settlement on pay revision. Shri S.R. Kapoor, Executive Director (Finance), is appointed as Chairman, Wage Negotiation Committee.

[22.07.2009] BSNL will be listed and 10% shares will be sold - says Secretary, DoT <>

[21.07.2009] General Secretary, BSNLEU meets Director (HRD) >

[21.07.2009] Welcome to BSNLEU:- Entire membership coming to about 125 of NFTE joined BSNLEU in CGMT office Patna under the leadership of Com. Randhir Singh Yadav, District Secretary, as per report from Com. B.P. Singh, Circle Secretary, Bihar.

Another 50 members from NFTE and FNTO have joined BSNLEU in Muzaffarpur District, Bihar.

We welcome all to BSNLEU and congratulate Com. B.P. Singh, Circle Secretary and other leaders of Bihar.

[21.07.2009] Director (HRD) replies to BSNLEU regarding complaints on GM (SR) - Shri Gopal Das, Director (HRD) DO. No. BSNL/39-1/SR/2009 dated 8th June, 2009 <>

[21.07.2009] Joint Forum Letter to CMD, BSNL - Discussion of CMD with Joint Forum Unions on 16th July 2009 – strong protest against the wrong and mischievous minutes issued <> <>

[21.07.2009] CENTRAL TRADE UNIONS OPPOSE DISINVESTMENT: - All Central Trade Unions, including INTUC, have strongly opposed the disinvestment programmes of the Central Government. A Joint Statement has been issued signed by AITUC, CITU, HMS, INTUC, AICCTU etc. opposing the anti-worker policy of the Government like price rise, job losses, disinvestment, violation of basic labour laws etc.

A National Convention will be held in New Delhi on the 14th September 2009 to chalk out common future programmes. BSNLEU welcomes this new development. See Joint Statement <>

[21.07.2009]REMEMBERING TOLPUDDLE MARTYRS: - July 18th 2009 is the 175th anniversary of the trial and deportation of the Tolpuddle Martyrs from England to Australia by the British Government in 1834. The six Tolpuddle Martyrs - George and James Loveless, Thomas and John Standfield, James Brine and James Hammet - are considered as the founders of the trade union movement. They were agricultural workers who revolted against the government's repression.

We pay homage to these great heroes who have opened anew path of revolt and struggle against repression and tyranny.

V.A.N.Namboodiri, General Secretary

[21.07.2009] Joint Forum press release - BSNL Workers observe Anti-Disinvestment Day on 22nd July, 2009 <>

[20.07.2009]Defeat the conspiracy of the management and its agents <> >

[18.07.2009] 40th Anniversary Banks Nationalisation :- 40 year back 19th July 1969 14 Indian Private Banks nationalised which were suffering loss also lack of accountability and satisfactory service. They include Indian Bank, Canara Bank, Punjab National Bank, Syndicate Bank etc. All these Banks are strong and efficient and has contributed much to the wealth of the Nation. They saved the country to a high extent as bulwarks against the drastic global recession.

The present Government is trying to destabilize these PSUs by disinvestment, merger etc. We convey our greetings on the 40th Anniversary of Nationalisation and fully supports their struggle against Disinvestment and privatisation.

[18.07.2009] IDA increased by 2.7% - Orders issued by BSNL on 16.07.2009 increasing IDA by 2.7% w.e.f. July 2009. <>

[17.07.2009] Anti-Disinvestment Day on 22nd July, 2009 - Telegram to be sent to Prime Minister & Communications Minister <>

[17.07.2009] Why United Forum demands 5 year settlement?<>

[17.07.2009] Beware of mispropaganda on Wage Revision by certain unions <>

[17.07.2009] CMD Meets Joint Forum on 16.07.2009 <>

[17.07.2009] Promotion Policy:- Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri met Shri Gopal Das, Director (HRD) and demanded that since DoT has already approved the Promotion Policy, orders be issued with out further delay. Director (HRD) stated that the file has not reached him but he will take necessary action as early as possible.

Joint Forum Meets:- A meeting of Joint Forum of BSNL Association / Union of Executives and Non-Executives was held on 16.07.2009 at National Council staff side room under the chairmanship of Com. V. Subburaman, General Secretary, TEPU. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, Convenor, Joint Forum, reported about the action taken on the decisions of the last meeting. The meeting decided to organize the “Anti-Disinvestment Day” on 22.07.2009 in a very effective manner.

The Joint Forum met again after meeting the CMD BSNL. It reiterated its decision to implement the “Anti Disinvestment Day” with maximum participation.

NFTE will join Programme on 22.07.2009:- NFTE in its website has published its decision to participate in the “Anti-Disinvestment Day” programme called by CPSTU. Joint Forum will only be happy to organize the same jointly.

[17.07.2009] Simple Commonsense, Comrade

Promotion Policy – NFTE Comments : - NFTE in its website has commented that while in the website of BSNLEU it is stated that the Promotion Policy is approved by DoT but in Telecrusader July, 2009 it is stated that General Secretary met Secretary, DoT and demanded for approval of Promotion Policy.

It is simple commonsense, Comrade. The website information is latest while the Telecrusader information is earlier one. The website news was dated 02.07.2009, while the Telecrusader was given for printing on 30.06.2009. NFTE certainly should understand these simple things as they also are publishing journals and have got website.

[16.07.2009] Who are the Agents of Management?

A perusal of the following will clearly reveal who are the agents of management.

1. Who agreed for Ban on creation of posts in 1984/85? - NFTE – FNTO

2. Who agreed to reduce 1,50,000 vacancies in the name of restructure of cadres? - NFTE – FNTO

3. Who agreed to surrender supervisory posts for getting BCR Promotion? – NFTE – FNTO

4. Who surrendered FR 22(i)(a)(i) in 1999 for promotions? - NFTE – FNTO

5. Who agreed for corporatisation which has resulted in many difficulties for workers? - NFTE – FNTO

6. Who agreed for VRS for 50,000 BSNL Workers in National Council? - NFTE – FNTO

7. Who gave such memorandum to V CPC which resulted in reduced pay scales for Telecom Cadres compared to Postal & other CGES? - NFTE – FNTO

8. Who demanded Rs.1000/- extra only to BSNL Workers on Conversion from DoT to BSNL? - NFTE-FNTO

9. Who are now getting signatures from employees for accepting whatever is offered by management, even when it is less than justified? - NFTE – FNTO

After BSNLEU got recognition, the VRS was got dropped. FR 22(i)(a)(i) has been restored in New Promotion Policy. Promotion Policy has been signed reducing the decades old discrimination between executives and non-executives.

The workers understand all these. And that is why despite the fact that NFTE & FNTO which both together got about 1,45,000 votes in the first verification have been reduced to 95,000 in the IV Verification and BSNLEU which got 90,000 in the first verification got 1,24,000 in the IV Verification defeating the formers alliance by more than 28,000 votes.

[16.07.2009]Is NFTE conveniently forgetting or purposely hiding facts? <>

[11.07.2009]FNTO’s Mudslinging’s and our reply <>

[11.07.2009]Joint Forum letter to NFTE/FNTO/BSNLWRU etc. requesting participation in Anti-Disinvestment Day on 22nd July, 2009<>

[10.07.2009] Meeting with Director (HRD) on 10.07.2009 <>

[10.07.2009] Joint Forum Press released dated on 10.07.2009 <>

[10.07.2009]DoT issues orders to keep in abeyance the applicability of revised rules & regulations consequent to the 6th CPC to the Govt. employees absorbed in BSNL <>

[10.07.2009]Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions (Dept. of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare) replies to BSNLEU - letter on 50% merger of IDA & other demands of Pensioners <>

[10.07.2009] Joint Forum calls for demonstration on 22nd July, 2009, against IPO in BSNL <>

[06.07.2009]Observe 22nd July, 2009 as Anti-Disinvestment Day <> <>

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