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The unprecedented floods and landslides that hit Kerala in August, 2018 has claimed 484 valuable lives, lakhs of people were shifted to relief camps, thousands were stranded.  Rescue operations were conducted in a war foot basis under the able leadership of Com.Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister. Lakhs of people have lost everything as their houses were swept away in the floods. All the dams were compelled to be opened which aggravated the flood situation. Bridges, roads, electrical and telecom installations, rails etc are damaged and in some cases destroyed completely. So, life in Kerala was virtually paralysed as traffic through road, rail and air was stopped.

It was an unusual situation in the history of Kerala for the last 100 years. The government of Kerala is managing the situation most effectively with the support of the people, army, navy, air force, police, fire force and numerous non-government organisations. The services of the fishermen in rescue operation was crucial which minimized the loss of human lives. The huge financial burden of the devastating disaster cannot be borne with the government fund alone. The Chief Minister of Kerala has appealed to all for generous contributions to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund to help the people and to rebuild Kerala. CHQ requests all the units to extend an helping hand to the people of Kerala at this period of distress by contributing, whatever little it may be, to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund directly to bank account ; State Bank Of India, City Branch, Thiruvananthapuram- account No.67319948232, IFSC : SBIN0070028 , with intimation to CHQ. Kerala Circle Branch has already taken the initiative to collect the relief fund and has already paid Rs. 25,75,000 .

CHQ has donated Rs.2 lakh and contributions are being sent from other circles also.
Kerala Flood Relief Fund remitted to Chief Ministers Distress Relief Fund     as on 13/10/2018
  CHQ 2,00,000   TAMIL NADU Amount
  Kerala Amount 1 Coimbatore 89,000
1 Kozhikkodu 10,54,000 2 Velloor 50,000
2 Alappuzha 4,30,700 3 Erode 45,900
3 Kannoor 4,00,000 4 Circle Branch 20,000
4 Thiruvanathapuram 2,08,300 5 Cuddalore 20,000
5 Kollam 1,65,000 6 Pondocherry 13,500
6 Kottayam 1,00,000 7 Nagerkovil 10,000
7 Ernakulam 77,000 8 Tuticorin 10,000
8 Trichur 50,000 9 Virudhunager 10,000
9 Palakkad 50,000 10 Thirunelveli 10,000
10 Malappuram 30,000 11 Chennai telephones 10,000
11 Pathanamthitta 10,000 12 Salam 7,500
  TOTAL 25,75,000 13 Trichy 6,000
  KARNATAKA   14 Kumbakonam 2,000
  Karvar 24,270 15 Tanjavor 1,500
  Hubli 20,000 16 Nilgiri 1,500
  Mysuru 15,000   TOTAL 3,06,900
  TOTAL 59,270      
  CORTO 20,000   Com.V .Subramanian 25,150
  TF KOLKATA 5,000   Com.K.Govindraj 5,000
  TF MUMBAI 5,000   Other Comrades 5,000
  ASSAM 25,000   TOTAL 35,150
  KOLKATA TELEPHONES 20,000   Vijayawada 30,000
  CHATTISGARH 10,000   Circle Branch 20,000
  UP (WEST) SAHARANPUR 2,100   Nelloore 15,000
  MP Com.S.C.Shrivastav 10,000   Tirupati (Chittoor) 15,000
        Kurnool 5,000
        Guntur 5,000
        Guntakal 1,000
  G.TOTAL 33,84,420   TOTAL 91,000
 Hansi Branch in Haryana contributed Rs.2000
 Varanasi District, UP (E) has donated Rs. 10,000
Jalgaon District, Maharashtra has donated Rs.19,111 on 22-10-2018
Thiruvananthapuram District Secretary has reported that their total contribution is Rs.2,54,350 
(The major Contributors , Com.PVC_25,000, Com.K.Sreenivasan- Rs.30,000, Com.C.D.Elizabeth- 
Rs-30,000, Com.K.P.Mohan- Rs.25,000, Com.T.M.Sasidharan Nair- Rs.24,000 and Com.P.V.Radha- Rs.20,000)
Com.M.G.S.Kurup, newly elected District Secretary, Pathanamthitta has reported that apart from the initial contribution of Rs.10,000, Rs.68,300 more has been donated in which major contributions are from Coms.M.G.S.Kurup-36,000, O.J.Abraham-5,000, Thankamani- Rs.5,000, Thankamma Yohannan- Rs.5,000.
Chennai Telephones has contributed another Rs.1200 on 19-11-2018
Ernakulam District has donated Rs.3,77,000 more and the total Rs.4,.54,000.
Ernakulam District Branch has further contributed Rs.1,50,000 on 23-11-2018 and the total contribution is  Rs.6, 0,4000.
NTR, Delhi Circle has contributed Rs.20,000 on 10-12-2018.
Thrissur District has donated Rs.1,25,000 on 10-12-2018 as the second installment.
Com.Abdul Rashid, C’S,UP(W) reports that Aligarh District Branch has donated ₹ 13,200 on 31-10-2018.
Com.Mariyamma T Abraham has donated Rs.25,000 on 17-12-2018 and the total donation of Alappuzha District is now Rs,4,85,700.


General Secretary, Com.K.G.Jayaraj has met Shri.Anshu Prakash, the new Additional Secretary , Department of Telecommunications on 10-12-2018 and congratulated for assumption of charge and thanked him for taking a very positive and active role in the discussion held by the Hon’ble Minister of Communications with AUAB leaders on 03-12-2018. 

General Secretary brought to his notice that now that the DoT has agreed to delink wage revision for pension revision, it should be revised from 01-01-2017 with 15% fitment, recommended by the 3rd PRC, as had been done at  earlier occasion with effect from 01-01-2007. A detailed letter in this regard was also handed over to him. The Additional Secretary stated that it will be considered at the appropriate time and a meeting is proposed to be held with the AUAB leaders on next week. <<View letter>>






At the call of NCCPA, on the 10 point charter of demands, the Vidharba Coordination Committee of CG Pensioners Associations, organized the Dharna in front of CGO complex at Nagpur. Comrade B.P. Petkar the General Secretary of the COC presided. Comrade K.Ragavendran the Deputy Secretary General NCCPA inaugurated. Many leaders with their members participated representing Defense, BSNL, Postal Accounts and other CG departments. Confederation,  State Government and Public Sector leaders also addressed. Comrades Gurmeet Singh GS JCTUA; A.S.Dagde leader of State Govt employees & pensioners; Nilesh Nasare GS Vidharba Confederation COC; Dhandre GS Postal Audit & Accounts Pensioners Association and many other leaders addressed. Comrade Subash Pande CITU Secretary Amravati  greeted and extended solidarity on behalf of central trade unions. Comrade N.D.Wakodiker leader of Zilla Parishad  Pensioners too addressed.



44 years are over after the departure of Comrade K.G.Bose from our midst. It was on 11th December 1974 that our beloved leader Com. K.G.Bose passed away in a London Hospital, at the comparatively young age of 53.

But the  contribution of Com. K.G.  to the P and T Trade union movement during that period is beyond description. Born on 7th July 1921, he entered the P and T Department as a clerk in the DET Office, Calcutta in 1941. From the date he joined till his death in 1974, he was completely merged in the union activities, leading and guiding thousands of committed workers all over the country. His role in the 1946 P and T Strike, in the formation of NFPTE in 1954, exposing the revisionist leadership and leading the workers on the correct line – all are well known to the P and T workers. Thousands of young comrades like me have been inspired by him and became active workers of the union.

Com.KG was a fighter, a revolutionary, a leader who mingled with the workers and understood their aspirations and capabilities and molded them in to dedicated and determined activists. He was elected as President of NFPTE in 1970 and led the movement on the correct line. He was elected to the Bengal Legislature and was a Member of the Pay Commission for the State Govt. Employees.

His last days were in a London hospital, where he was taken for treatment of dreaded cancer. Though expert treatment was given, he could not recover and passed away on 11th December 1974, leaving all of us is complete darkness.

A few words from his last letter to the comrades in India is reproduced below:” I want to survive and continue my uncompromising fight against all injustices,  and  in this fight  I am not alone, thousands and thousands of comrades are with me and they are the source of my inspiration.”… ” We can not be a party to any proposal which may be considered as surrender of the principled stand by the common workers”.

The own building of BSNL Employees Union in New Delhi is named “K.G.Bose Bhawan” in his memory. There are many such union offices all over the country which are named after him. His wife, Com. Parul Bose, herself a staunch union worker, also passed away a few years back. Com. Moni Bose, the veteran trade union leader and one of the First Patrons of the BSNL Employees Union, who passed away in 2010, was his younger brother.

Recently when I was searching some old papers at my home at Calicut, I got a few letters which have been sent by Com. KG and which I have kept safely as a memory of the great leader. I feel fortunate that I could meet and be a dedicated follower of Com.K.G.Bose.

Red Salute to Com. K.G.Bose, the Eternal Revolutionary!

  • Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri.


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It was full of enthusiasm throughout in the 5th biennial District Conference held on 09-12-2018 at Periyor Auditorium, Erode. The conference was presided over by Com. A Sivjnanam, District President . Com.P.Chinnasami, District Secretary welcomed one and all. Com.C.K.Narasimhan, Circle Secretary delivered the inaugural address explaining the issues of the pensioners in detail. Com. A.Nizar Ahammed, State Secretary, State Govt.Pensioners Association made a special address. Shri. K.S.Venkitasubramoniam, GM,BSNL, Erode, Com.L.Parameswaran, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Com.Imthariz, District President, TNTCW greeted the conference.

The subject session held in the afternoon was inaugurated by Com.P.Manickamurthy, Circle President focusing on strengthening the organisation. The biennial report and accounts presented by Coms. P.Chinnasami, District Secretary and A.Ayyasamy, Treasurer were adopted after discussion.

A new set of office bearers were elected unanimously and the following are the main functionaries.

President : Com. A.Sivajnanam. District Secretary : Com. S.Rajamanickam  and Treasurer: Com. K.R.Kumar.





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The District Conference of Gadag was held at the club hall of Telecom Building, Gadag on 08-12-2018. Com.T.L.Belur, District President controlled the proceedings. Com.G.G.Patil, AGS inaugurated the conference and explained the current issues which was supplemented by Com.Muddaiah, Circle Secretary. Com.H.C.Prakash, District Secretary, Banglore was a special invittee and spoke on pensioners issues.  The biennial report and accounts presented by the District Secretary and Treasurer were adopted after discussion.

Office bearers were elected unanimously with Com.T.L.Belur (President), Com.B.L.Pattar (District Secretary) and Com.P.V.Kathare (Treasurer).

Com.U.M.Purad welcomed and delivered the concluding speech  and Com.P.V.Kathare proposed vote of thanks.

Victory has a hundred fathers.

There is a saying in English that,

Victory has a hundred fathers and

defeat is always an orphan”.

 This saying has once again proved to be correct. The AUAB has made one more break through on the Pension Revision issue of BSNL retirees. So far, the DoT had been maintaining that BSNL retirees can get pension revision only when the serving employees get Pay Revision. This has been intimated in writing by the DoT, to the CMD BSNL. BSNLEU has strongly taken a stand that Pension Revision should not be linked with the Pay Revision of serving employees. Similarly, many other organisations have also taken up this issue. But everyone knows that this issue has been finally settled only by the powerful jolt given by the AUAB. In the backdrop of the immense pressure generated on the government, due to the massive preparations to go on indefinite strike by the entire Executives and Non-Executives in BSNL, the Secretary, Telecom, invited the AUAB for talks on 02.12.2018. It was in this meeting that, for the first time, it was informed by the Secretary, Telecom, that the DoT has decided to delink the Pension Revision from the Pay Revision of the employees. This is the fact. However, it is ludicrous that some people are now claiming that this is their achievement, without recognising the massive efforts taken by the entire Executives and Non-Executives throughout the country, under the leadership of the AUAB.




Circular No. UFBU/2018/20 Dated the 30th November 2018

“After the last round of discussions held on 12-10-2018, there was another round of Bipartite Talks between IBA and UFBU today in Mumbai. IBA team was led by Shri Rajkiran Rai G. (MD & CEO of Union Bank of India) Chairman of the Negotiating Committee of IBA. UFBU was represented by leaders of all the nine constituent unions.

IBA’s increased offer: Picking up the thread from the discussions of the last round of discussions wherein we had urged upon the IBA to improve their offer of 6% hike in the cost of pay slip components, IBA today revised their offer and increased their offer to 8% instead of 6% offered earlier. IBA also reiterated their formula of further wage increase based on their proposal linked to annual increase in Operating Profit and on Return on Assets of the Banks. While welcoming their improved offer, we stated that differential wage increase based profits of each Bank is not acceptable to us and that the wage revision in the Banks should be uniform as has been hitherto. We also further stated that their revised offer is far below our expectations. Hence, we urged upon the IBA to further revise their offer substantially to an acceptable level. We further stated that the issue of full mandate i.e. wage revision for Officers to cover all Officers upto Scale-VII should also be resolved. IBA expressed their limitations in this regard but we insisted them to find an amicable solution to this important issue.

We have requested the IBA to hold further discussions at the earliest and also hold Sub Committee meeting to sort out other remaining issues raised by us in the Charter of Demands. IBA agreed to this suggestion.

UFBU MEETING: Thereafter, meeting of the UFBU was held at AIBEA Office. While taking note of the improved offer of IBA, the meeting expressed its disappointment that the revised offer is totally inadequate to meet our expectations and further noted with concern the attitude of the IBA in not coming forward to resolve the mandate issue. The meeting decided to pursue these issues vigorously.

WE OPPOSE MERGER AND AMALGAMATION OF THE 3 BANKS – ALL INDIA STRIKE ON 26-12-2018: Regarding the proposed amalgamation of Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank, the meeting noted that the Government and the concerned Banks were moving ahead with their decision and hence it was decided to give the call for observing All India Strike on 26th December, 2018.

Separate circular with other preparatory programmes will be issued shortly. We call upon all our constituent unions and members to start preparations for this strike action.

Comrades, we are passing through challenging times and hence our unity and united approach will be highly imperative to face these challenges and attacks.”