Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Outcome of the talks that took place on 17-09-2013, between the United Forum and the BSNL Management, on the demands that are contained in the notification for the one day strike to be held on 27-09-2013-inf. by Ashok Hindocha M-94262 54999

www.bsnleuchq.com, www.bsnlnewsbyashokhindocha.blogspot.com M-94262 54999 hindochaashok@gmail.com Outcome of the talks that took place on 17-09-2013, between the United Forum and the BSNL Management, on the demands that are contained in the notification for the one day strike to be held on 27-09-2013 Discussion between the United Forum and the BSNL Management took place yesterday the 17.09.2013, on the demands contained in the charter of demands for the one day strike to be held on 27.09.2013. Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS, com.VAN.Namboodiri, President, com.Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS, com.R.K.Kohli, GS, NFTBE and com.Thomar, AGS, BSNL MS, represented the United Forum. The Management is represented by shri.A.N.Rai, Director (HR), shri R.K.Goyal, GM (Estt.), shri. Neeraj Verma, GM (SR), and shri Satish Wadhwa, DGM (SR). The talks took place for 3 hours. At the outset, the Director (HR) stated that the financial position of the Company continues to be worrisome. The leaders of the United Forum stated that they were very serious about the improvement of the viability of the Company and suggested that the Management should come with concrete proposals regarding the role to be played by the unions in this regard. Thereafter, the following issues were discussed. 1 ) It was demanded that the stagnation issue should be immediately resolved by implementing the merger of the lowest 5 payscales, ie., from NE 1 to NE 5. 2 ) It was demanded that the wage reduction issue should be settled without further delay, by granting 5 extra increments, as was given to the JTOs and JAOs. 3 ) - a ) It was demanded that the agreement signed between BSNLEU and Management on 31.01.2013, in respect of change of designations of Regular Mazdoors and Telecom Mechanics should be implemented immediately. b ) Immediate discussion shoulld start for change of designations of the cadres of Sr.TOAs and TTAs. c ) Representation should be given to BSNLEU in the reconstituted Designations Committee, as well as in other committees to be formed in future, in the 9:5 ratio. 4 ) As regards proper implementation of the agreement signed between BSNLEU and the Management on NEPP, it was strongly demanded that post based promotions should not be treated as part of NEPP. As regards the other demands connected with NEPP, it was agreed that the same would be further discussed with the GM (Estt.) 5 ) Order on introduction E1 payscale should be issued immediately. 6 ) As regards Compassionate Ground Appointments, the leaders bitterly complained about the denial of appointment to genuine and deserving cases. Further, it was strongly demanded that Management shoulld issue revised guidellines to CGA, as has allready been assured in the Nationall Council. 7 ) It was pointed out that in the DoT order issued on 10.06.2013, on 78.2% IDA merger, it has been mentioned that no arrears would be paid. The leaders pointed out that this clause of the order is contrary to the agreement signed between the unions and the Management on the subject. They told that this has created problem in the revision of pension of those who have retired after 01.01.2007, and strongly demanded that BSNL Management should take up the issue with the DoT for cancellation of this clause8 ) The issue of regularisation of left out casual labourers, especially the case of West Bengal circle was raised, and it was demanded that Management should take immediate steps to settle this issue. The Director (HR) assured that all the above demands would be seriously looked into and appropriate action would be taken. Due to paucity of time other issues could not be discussed. However, he assured that those issues would be discussed on 4 th October and appealed to the leaders not to resort to the proposed one day strike. The United Forum will meet shortly and will take stock of the situation. CHQ appreciates the positive attitud shown by the Director (HR) during the discussion. At the same time, it is made very clear that a decision on the strike greatly depends upon the action that the Management is going to take on the issues that were discussed in the meeting. Hence, circle and district unions are requested to continue with serious preparations for the strike. There need not be any let up in the mobilisation for the strike.www.bsnleuchq.com, www.bsnlnewsbyashokhindocha.blogspot.com M-94262 54999 hindochaashok@gmail.com * * * * *

Friday, September 13, 2013

GoM approves refund for BSNL, MTNL for returning BWA spectrum GoM also took a decision on providing pension to MTNL employees, which is likely to cost about Rs 570 Cr a Year- inf. by Ashok Hindocha M-94262 54999 hindochaashok@gmail.com

www.bsnlnewsbyashokhindocha.blogspot.com M-94262 54999 hindochaashok@gmail.com www.bsnleuchq.com GoM approves refund for BSNL, MTNL for returning BWA spectrum GoM also took a decision on providing pension to MTNL employees, which is likely to cost about Rs 570 cr a year. A Group of Ministers (GoM) on revival of BSNL and MTNL today decided to refund the money paid by the state-run players for surrendering BWA spectrum worth more than Rs 11,000 crore. The GoM, headed by Finance Minister P Chidambaram, also took a decision on providing pension to MTNL employees, which is likely to cost about Rs 570 crore a year. "The Group of Ministers took firm decisions, one in relation to pension of MTNL employees, the second in relation to the spectrum that was allocated both to BSNL and MTNL in the 2.5 GHz band and one other small issue," Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters here. He said the decision will now be taken to the Cabinet for approval. As per BSNL, there is no business case at such a high cost of spectrum. The government had given the spectrum to both companies, which paid auction prices for the airwaves. "I think that having resolved these issues and if the Cabinet approves, I think that both BSNL and MTNL will be on course (to profitability)," Sibal said. MTNL shares surged 19.92% to Rs 15.35 at the close on the BSE today. Both MTNL and BSNL had requested the government to refund the amount they paid in 2010 for Broadband Wireless Access spectrum, used to provide 4G data services. According to sources, BSNL has sought Rs 6,724.51 crore for return of BWA spectrum fee while the amount for MTNL was about Rs 5,700 crore. With regard to the pension liability of MTNL staff, which will cost Rs 570 crore annually, the state-run company will pay Rs 170 crore while the rest will be paid by the government. MTNL's net loss widened to Rs 5,321.12 crore in the financial year 2012-13 from Rs 4,109.78 crore in FY'12. Sources said BSNL's losses are expected to be around Rs 8,198 crore for the last financial year. High wage costs had been a major reason for these companies running into losses. Overall, salary and pension expenses of MTNL employees form 103% of revenue while for BSNL the same stands at 49%. The members of GoM include Sibal, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari and Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V Narayanasamy.( Information through Reliable sources) www.bsnleuchq.com www.bsnlnewsbyashokhindocha.blogspot.com

Sunday, September 8, 2013