The Joint Action Committee of BSNL Unions has decided to go ahead with the one day STRIKE on 27th November, 2014 on the 30 point demands including pension revision to BSNL pensioners based on 78.2% IDA merger. BSNL management invited only the two recognized unions for a talk on the demands of the strike on 21st November,where as the strike notice was served by JAC, comprising all the non executive unions. The meeting of the JAC rejected the invitation as it amounts to a calculated move of the management to break the unity of the unions.
CHQ calls upon all the AIBDPA units to extend full support to the strike and organize solidarity demonstrations at all levels on 27th November.
The central government has issued order enhancing the Fixed Medical Allowance from Rs.300 to Rs.500 with effect from 19-11-2014 to central government pensioners and family pensioners residing out of CGHS covered areas.
Our demand is for FMA of Rs.2000 + DA and Rs.500 is quite insufficient, considering the exorbitant prices of the medicines.
However it is because of the strong agitations, including the Sanchar Bhawan March, that the government is compelled to increase the FMA, though marginally. We have to continue the fight until the demand is met reasonably.