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GOVERNMENT HELD EMERGENCY MEETING TO BAILOUT A PRIVATE COMPANY; BUT WHAT ABOUT BSNL, 100% GOVERNMENT COMPANY..?

BSNL and Jet Airways – two different approaches of the government.

Jet Airways, which was the biggest Indian airways company some time back, is in a deep financial crisis. It’s pilots have not been paid salary for the past 3 months. They have threatened to go on strike from 1st April, 2019, if the salary is not paid. Jet Airways is having a loan of one billion US dollars. The company is operating only 140 flights per week now, whereas, it was operating 600 flights per week, some time back. The important development that we should note on this issue is that, the government has conducted an emergency meeting yesterday to bail out Jet Airways. Today’s Economic Times (20.03.2019) has reported that the government is pressurising the banks to extend loans to Jet Airways. We appreciate the care that the government is taking for Jet Airways, which is a private company. But what about BSNL, which is the government’s own company? BSNL is crying and pleading to the government to permit it to take bank loans to overcome it’s financial crisis. But the Hon’ble Minister and the government are not coming to the rescue of BSNL. Whereas, in the case of Jet Airways, the government has conducted an emergency meeting and is pressurising the banks to extend loans to it. No more example is required to explain the government’s pro-private and anti-public sector policies. It is these policies which have ruined BSNL. Together with the AUAB, BSNLEU is continuously fighting against these anti-BSNL policies of the government. However, amongst us, we have some great brains, who are giving experts opinion that, we should not fight against the government.

(Courtesy: BSNLEU website)

BSNL will approach National Company Law Tribunal this week to recover dues of about Rs 700 crore from Reliance Communications

 

State-owned telecom firm BSNL will approach National Company Law Tribunal this week to recover dues of about Rs 700 crore from Reliance Communications, according to official sources.

Earlier, debt-ridden RCom in its plea before the NCLAT said that it wants to voluntarily go back into the insolvency process, as it will help selling its assets in a time bound manner.

It had moved the appellate tribunal, seeking directions to the 37 lenders led by SBI to release Rs 260 crore directly to Ericsson. However, lenders of RCom have opposed the plea, saying that it will lead to outgo of public money for settling payment of a private party.

“BSNL has aready invoked bank guarantee of around Rs 100 crore submitted by RCom for default on payments. Decision was taken on January 4 by BSNL Chairman and Managing Director AnupamShrivastava to start legal proceedings against RCom for recovery of dues of around Rs 700 crore,” the sources said.

BSNL has roped Singh and Kohli law firm for the suit. The case filing got delayed due to collection of invoices from all circle offices.

RCom has been struggling to pay Rs 453 crore out of Rs 550 crore to Ericsson under a settlement reached between the two firms before NCLAT. (courtesy: press reports)

FREE PUBLIC HEALTH FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS- WFTU STATEMENT.

Below you may find the written statement officially published this year in the official UN CSW63-2019 agenda.

https://undocs.org/E/CN.6/2019/NGO/120

 

The WFTU Statement:

It is a great joy to us, women unionists affiliated in the ranks of the big family of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), being here today, among women who travelled from every corner of the world in order to attend this annual date which has turned out to be a real institution by the United Nations.

This year’s priority theme has a special importance, as it constitutes the very core of trade union action since the early steps of the union movement.

Before analysing our vision on how we can achieve an effective social protection system and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, it is worth taking a look at the situation of working women today, at a global level:

Nowadays, the working woman is the object of harsh exploitation. She works mainly in part-time, uninsured, and temporary jobs. She is being paid less than what men are paid. She has a smaller pension. She is the first to become unemployed and suffers the brutal consequences of unemployment. In many countries, violence against women is on the rise, prostitution is spreading, economic migration is separating many mothers from their children, their husbands and deprives them of the right to education, to cultural activity, to free time. All these are consequences of the so-called globalization, consequences that can’t be overlooked or stay out of the context of today’s debate.

According to the European Union statistical data (Eurostat), two thirds of the 800 million illiterate people globally today are women. Among the children that do not attend school, 3 out of 5 are girls. According to the same data, thirty one percent (31 per cent) of working women in Europe are employed in part-time positions.

The data also reveal that around one million people annually fall victim to sex trafficking, 900 thousand of whom are women and girls. The conditions for women are extremely bad in all continents. In Africa, AIDS is spreading among the female population, in India around two thousand pregnancies are being prematurely terminated daily, because families wish to have only male offspring. Around ninety percent (90 per cent) of the victims of the armed confrontations and wars are noncombatants, among them the large majority women and children.

These data and numbers speak for themselves. They reveal the true picture of the so-called “female issue”. They highlight in the most blatant way that the problems we have to face not only they do not belong to the past, but they are still here, more present and acute than ever.

On social protection infrastructures

The debate on the social protection system and units is more timely and necessary than ever before, given that the offensive unleashed against our rights and the wave of large-scale privatizations, the dismantling of main social security infrastructures, the weakening of the right to free access to health for all or the deterioration of the -already poor- social solidarity infrastructures for unemployed and under-employed, all these phenomena cannot but be of concern for the working women population.

Especially now, in the 21st Century, when the wealth produced is even bigger, these infrastructures could be even more efficient, strengthened and on the level of the working woman’s modern needs. On the contrary, even the existing scientific and technical knowledge for the possible improvement of the already existing infrastructures does not seem to interest the big corporate interests which develop their activity on the social protection sectors. By contrast, the scientific and technical knowledge (often produced by public institutions and with funds that belong to all),
is being shaped in order the exploitation of workers to be increased, creating more unemployment and immigration. This way, state infrastructures’ role is being reduced to mere “bystanders” in the production and distribution of the wealth produced (for its concentration). At the same time, taxes are increased for those who work and live on the income of their work while pardons and tax incentives are granted to big businesses and capital transfer to tax havens is facilitated.

State funds are deliberately cut-off when it’s about public services and state social functions of quality, universal and accessible to all. On the contrary, working people’s money are destined to pay off a debt they have never created, “feeding” this way financial capital’s greed for profit.

As a result, even more reactionary policies rise up, leading to the increase of military arms and the plundering of peoples’ wealth-producing resources. The seeking of new energy routes and transport channels turns the situation even more dangerous for the people. On the other hand, trade union and political freedoms are dramatically restrained while fundamental social rights are being eliminated. The deny people their inalienable right to progress and social justice.

Thus, the dismantling of social protection systems can be analysed in the context of the above mentioned policies. Whatever should be public and a common property of everyone, now it is being privatized or dismantled. Workers and, especially the working women, are denied their basic right to essential goods as well as to healthcare, social security, education, housing, transport, justice, culture etc. Prices are rising, redundancies are increasing, recruitment is decreasing, degrading contracts and conditions of work and provision of services, closing down of services and
establishments, quality and the rights of workers and users are reduced. The attack on the rights of Public Administration workers has a double effect, degrading their working and living conditions as well as the services and social functions provided.

Denial of the right to employment, cuts in wages, freezing of careers, blocking collective bargaining and contracting, limitations on freedom of association and other collective rights – in particular the right to strike – increased working time and the proliferation of precariousness is detrimental to both workers and users.

As far as World Federation of Trade Unions is concerned, it struggles, uniting the voices of men and women workers in order to turn the tide, defending public social protection system services and the social protection infrastructures, against social injustice and on the benefit of people’s rights.

That’s why the World Federation of Trade Unions highlights on its agenda and inside women’s movement the need for:
– Opposing the externalization and privatization of public services and social functions of the states;

– Advocating wage increases, reducing working hours and overall improvementof the working and living conditions of workers;

– Demanding the end of precariousness and the principle that every permanent job must correspond to an effective working link;

– Defending the maintenance and creation of jobs with rights and with quality;

– Defending trade union freedom and the right to collective bargaining and contracting;

– Rejecting charitable policies and advocating a fairer distribution of wealth through the creation or improvement of public services and social functions of states;

– Advocating the closure of all tax havens, as well as the so-called free trade agreements.

On gender equality and women’s empowerment

How are we going to achieve gender equality while so much are still being written and told about it? How can all these demands mentioned above can promote woman’s position in today’s society?
On the basis of what has been outlined above, it becomes appar ent that when we speak of the “female issue”, we speak of the additional exploitation and the oppression that women endure from society as a result of their gender (that is, a combination of societal and gender discrimination). These discriminations have mental, cultural and moral repercussions, since women are prevented from developing their abilities in full and from attaining full equality. These negative repercussions mostly concern the working women, the poor peasants or the self-employed strata.

To us, the World Federation of Trade Unions, the solution and the way out is found in the common struggles of women and men for the improvement of their lives, taking into consideration the biological special needs of the women. And of course, this comes through social structures capable of defending motherhood, as a contemporary need of working mothers in the 21st century.
Specifically, what is needed is:

• Adequate pre and post-natal paid maternity leave. Banning of the dismissals of pregnant women. Parental leave with full healthcare and insurance. Banning of night-shifts and hazardous work for the women before and after giving birth.

• Decisive confronting of the unemployment rates through a development path that make use of the natural wealth-producing resources, the land and the industries to satisfy the working women needs all over the world.

• Free, public and qualitative Healthcare System that will take care of all the people of all the ages in any of their needs; vaccinations, regular HIV tests, proper medication for all the occasions.

• Free, public and qualitative Education System from the kindergarten to the university. An educational process that would make sure that people receive general knowledge and specialized education, to grow up and become an integrated personality utilizing fully its capabilities for the benefit of the society.

• Full-time, Stable job with dignified salaries. 7 hours a day, 5 days a week, 35 hours a week.

• Real and sufficient house subsidy or loans without interest for the young couples.

• A network of real free, public and qualitative services that will assist the family, the child, the elderly, the people with special needs, in order for the life of the woman to be improved. Free, public and qualitative kindergartens, old-homes, vacation facilities, restaurants at the working places.

Because it is only through a network like this that we will manage to empower women position in today’s society. Because only in a society where all woman’s needs are universally and essentially covered, today’s women an be really free. This is when she is going to be able to become a decisive factor and “agent” of social progress on the benefit of all. We must continue, also through this international stage, analyzing and discuss openly and vigorously. By exchanging our experience we also enrich our perception on what is happening in our respective countries. We must make proposals and set goals for the future of this Special Committee’s activities.

We hope that this Conference will be one more step forward towards the analysis of the today’s duties which will lead to woman’s empowerment which ultimately can only be understood as the working woman’s empowerment in society and for the society. Thank you very much”

NCCPA SECRETARIAT MEETING IN NEW DELHI.

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The Secretariat meeting of NCCPA was held on 16-03-2019 at AIRF Office, New Delhi. Com. V A N Namboodiri, Patron presided over the meeting. Com. K K N Kutty, Secretary General briefed on the agenda items. After discussion by all the member participants, the following decisions are taken.
1. To file a case against rejection of Option 1 and to entrust it to Adv. Kaleeswaran of the High Court of Kerala. The expenses have to be met from donations from affiliates according to the membership of each affiliate.
2. To entrust a Delhi advocate to file the case on MACP and to collect @ Rs.1000 from each applicant.
3. To explore the possibility of holding the 4th triennial All India Conference in Tamil Nadu.
The meeting reviewed the Hunger Strike held at Jamtar Mantar on 15-03-2019 on the 10 point charter of demands.
4. To approve the application of PNB Pensioners Association for affiliation.
A breif report on the 2nd Congress of TUI(P&R) held at Bogota on 27-28 February, 2019 was also presented.

HUNGER STRIKE OF NCCPA AT NEW DELHI.

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According to the decision of Chennei National Executive, an Fasting Dharna was organised by NCCPA at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on 15-03-2019 demanding settlement of the ten important demands, including Option 1, Pension Revision of BSNL retirees with 15% fitment delinking wage revision, Rs.2000 monthly medical allowance etc. Com.Shiv Gopal Mishra, Chairman, NCCPA and Secretary, Staff Side JCM inaugurated. Coms.K K N Kuttyu, Secretary General, NCCPA, V A N Namboodiri, Patron, NCCPA, R N Parashar, Secretary General, NFPE, K G Jayaraj, General Secretary, AIBDPA, K Ragavendran, General Secretary, AIPRPA and a host of leaders addressed and exposed the anti-pensioner and anti-worker policies of the Modi government. The participation of pensioners was huge and AIBDPA could participate the entire comrades who were part of the Sanchar Bhawan March.

IMPRESSIVE SANCHAR BHAWAN MARCH

 

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Hundreds of BSNL DOT Pensioners who came from all parts of the country held an impressive Sanchar Bhawan March on 15-03-2019. The March was organised as per the decision of the 3rd triennial All India Conference held at Kolkata on 23-24 February, 2019. The pensioners assembled at Eastern Court at 10AM and the inaugural meeting was presided over by Com. V A N Namboodiri, Veteran leader and Advisor. Com.K G Jayaraj, General Secretary welcomed one and all and explained the situation under which AIBDPA is forced to conduct the Sanchar Bhawan March. Though the Communications Minister had given a categorical assurance to the AUAB leaders on 03-12-2019 that pension revision will be processed early, delinking wage revision, the dominant buerocracy at Depatment of Telecom is still not ready to change their mindset of pension revision after pay revision. It is nothing but a drama being enacted with the connivance of the government to delay the settlement.

Com.K K N Kutty, Secretary General, NCCPA inaugurated the meeting and explained how the Modi government has denied the legitimate demends of the pensioners in a treacherous manner despite assurance by the grouo of Ministers. 

Speaking on the occasion , Com.K.Sebastin, General Secretary, SNEA appreciated the demand of AIBDPA, Pension revision with 15% fitment recommended by 3rd PRC from 01-01-2017 delinking wage revision. He reminded that the pension revision done earlier from 01-01-2007 was with 30% fitment recommended by the 2nd PRC and the future pension revisions also should be based on the maximum fitment that may be recommended by the PRCs. Com.Dahiya, Dy General Secretary, SNEA, Com.Balbir Singh, Vice President, BSNLEU and R.S.Chouhan, AGS, AIBDPA also addressed the March.

After the conclusion of the inaugural meeting the March started at 1130 and the comrades came from various states , shouted the slogans in different languages exihibiting their anger and anguish against treacherous stand of the government and buerocracy in DoT on pension revision. When the March reached the Parliament Street, the police blocked it and then the entire comrades joined the NCCPA Fast held at Jantar Mantar on the 10 point charter, including pension revision to BSNL retirees.