The time will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you strangle today."
-May day Martyrs
BSNLEU wishes revolutionary greetings on
May Day martyrs – Albert Parsons, Adolf Fischer, August Spies and George Engel – sacrificed their lives in the fight against capitalist exploitation. Today, the liberalization policies being pursued by the Indian govt. seek to increase this exploitation manifold. On this day, let us resolve to unite the entire working masses of the country to put an end to this exploitation.
[30.04.09]CHQ Expresses heartfelt sorrow......
CHQ expresses its heartfelt sorrow at the accident death of eight BSNL comrades and family members from Telecom Stores Kolkata during their tour of Kullu(HP). The private mini bus they were travelling fell in to a ravine. Com. Syal, our circle Secretary, HP, other comrades and the management all helped in taking the bodies and admitting the seriously injured persons in the hospital.
Com. Ankur Pakrashi, Asst. Circle Secretary, Telecom Stores, BSNLEU (son of late veteran leader Com. Sushil Pakrashi) and his daughter Suhrita died in the accident.. His other daughter and wife injured. Others who died include Com. Shekhar Chakraborty and daughter Amrita. Com Smaarajit Pal lost his wife and daughter.
Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, GS, contacted CMD and others to ensure that maximum help is given in taking the injured to the hospital and bringing the bodies.
CHQ conveys its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, friends and comrades
[30.04.09] BSNL has issued order for IDA increase of 0.5%, from 46.8% to 47.3% w.e.f. 01.04.2009. BSNL Lr.no.14-1/2007-PAT(BSNL) dated 29.04.2009.
[30.04.09] How Management can refuse new HRA <
[30.04.09] What is our demand on Interim Relief ?
Interim Relief is usually granted when the due wage revision is delayed. For Central Public Sector employees, wage revision is due w.e.f. 01-01-2007. Already, more than 27 months have elapsed. Management should have offered IR when there has been such long delay. Most of the other PSUs have granted either interim relief or pay advance much earlier. Even after BSNLEU/United Forum of BSNL Unions demanded interim relief, the management did not take any decision. The demand of the UF is that Interim Relief of 50% of pay or Rs. 3000/- whichever is more be paid. If it is pay advance, Rs. 50,000/- to Rs.80,000/- be paid. This is similar to what is paid in the other PSUs.
The management first offered two months basic pay as advance. This will come to Rs.8,000/- at the lowest level. After much discussion in the meeting on 29-04-09, CMD offered 4 months basic pay ie. Rs. 16,000/- at the lowest level. We could not accept such very meagre advance. The workers are eligible for increase for the last 27 months since 01-01-07.Even if an advance of Rs. 1000/- p.m. is calculated, then it will come to Rs. 27,000/.It is pertinent to note here that in the conversion from CDA to IDA in 2000, all officials got more than Rs.1500/- p.m. But the management is not prepared to see reason and comparison with other PSUs and concede our demands.
United Forum is not adamant that whatever it demanded should be fully accepted. But there is always a bench mark below which it is impossible to agree.
When even the lowest executive is being paid Rs. one lakh as arrears (40% already paid and 60% being paid in 2008-09), leave alone the top executives who are being paid arrears of about 6 lakhs or so, why the non-executives can not be paid even half of it? Can we accept such meagre offer? Certainly not.
Let us seriously prepare for the two days strike on 19-20th May 2009. Meet each and every worker and explain our demands and the management's negative response.