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PRESS STATEMENT ISSUED BY ALL UNIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS ON THE ONE DAY STRIKE ON 27-07-2017.

Press statement on the one day strike on 27.07.2017, being organised by the officers and workers of BSNL..

The officers and workers of BSNL are going on a one day strike on 27.07.2017, demanding wage revision. The next round of wage revision has become due for the entire public sector employees from 01.01.2017.

The government formed the 3rd Pay Revision Committee (3rd PRC), headed by justice Satish Chandra (retired) for this purpose. The Committee has already submitted it’s report and it was approved by the Union Cabinet on 19.07.2017. As per the “Affordability Clause” of the recommendations, only such of those Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) which have earned profit during the last 3 financial years are eligible to give wage revision to their employees. Since the employees of BSNL are not eligible for wage revision as per the recommendations of the 3rd PRC, the unions and associations of BSNL have demanded exemption from the “Affordability Clause” of BSNL.

They have made it clear to the government that, BSNL became a loss making entity not because of the employees but because of the anti-BSNL policies and measures adopted by the government. BSNL was not allowed to procure equipments for it’s mobile network expansion from 2006 to 2012. The tenders floated by BSNL to procure mobile equipments, were cancelled one after another by the government, to benefit the private telecom companies. The cancellation of the tender floated by BSNL in 2007, to procure 45 million line mobile equipments and cancellation of the tender floated in 2010 to procure 93 million line mobile equipments were a severe blow for BSNL.

As a result of this blockade created by the government in the procurement of equipments, BSNL was not able to take advantage of the exponential growth witnessed in the mobile segment, during this period. The officers and employees went on struggles several times against the cancellation of these tenders, and demanding procurement of equipments. As a result of these struggles, BSNL Management started procurement of equipments from 2013 onwards, and network expansion is being made in right earnest.

Thereafter, significant improvement has come in BSNL’s quality of services. The unions and associations of the officers and workers have also taken many pro-active steps to improve customer satisfaction and the revival of the Company. The unions and associations have conducted many movements such as “Customer Delight Year”, “Service With A Smile”, etc., to improve the performance of the employees, with a view to improve customer satisfaction and to achieve the financial revival of the Company. As a result of all these efforts, a significant change has come in the financial position of the Company. For example, Company incurred Rs.691 crore operational loss in the year 2013-14, whereas it earned an operational profit of Rs.672 crore in 2014-15. This has increased to Rs.3,854 crore in the year 2015-16.

Even in the midst of cut-throat competition from Reliance Jio, BSNL is adding 20 lakh new mobile customers every month. BSNL is sure to become a profit making PSU within next 2 / 3 years. The efforts and initiatives taken by the officers and workers of BSNL, and their unions and associations, have significantly contributed in taking BSNL in the revival path. Hence, BSNL should be given exemption from the “Affordability Clause” of the 3rd PRC report and BSNL employees should be given wage revision with 15% fitment.

To insist upon this demand the officers and workers observed dharna on 20.06.2017 and hunger strike on 13.07.2017. Since, the government has not responded favourably, the officers and workers are going on one day strike on 27.07.2017. The unions and associations will be compelled to resort to more serious forms of struggles, if the government does not respond favourably to the demand of the employees.

[P. Abhimanyu]

Convenor Mobile No: 9868231113

BALASORE DISTRICT BRANCH HELD BI-MONTHLY MEETING ON 23-07-2017.

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Balasore District Branch has held its bi-monthly meeting on 23-07-2017 with good participation of pensioners. Com.Gadadhar Panda, District President was in the chair. Com.Purushottam Pradhan, District Secretary welcomed all and touched the current issues. Coms. A Dhupal, Circle Patron, Sreedhar Das, Asst.Circle Secretary and Com.P.K.Nayak, Asst.Treasurer, BSNLEU CHQ and District Secretary addressed the meeting. The meeting expressed its full satisfaction in the settlement of all the cases of 78.2% IDA revision with the effective intervention of CHQ and Circle. The meeting resolved unanimously to support the strike on 27-07-2017 for pay revision and pension revision.

It is worth mentioning that 25 pensioners were enrolled as new members in the meeting.

CGHS FACILITIES TO P&T PENSIONERS- HEALTH MINISTRY FINALLY ISSUES THE ORDER.

Dept. of Health & family Welfare OM
No. S-11016/2/2015-CGHS(P)/EHS
dated 19th July 2017.
Sub: Extension of CGHS facilities to the pensioners of Post and Telegraph Department.

With reference to the above subject, the undersigned is directed to draw attention to the Office Memorandum No S-11011/46/95-CGHS D-II/CGHS(P) dated 1, August 1996 and to state that it has now been decided to revoke the OM dated 1-8-1996 in compliance of the Orders of Hon’ble Central Administrative Tribunal, Ernakulam Bench dated 12th July 2005 in OA No 563/2004 and 590/2004 and Order dated 01-06-2017 in OP 180/21/2017 arising out of OA No 180/563/2004 between Central Government Pensioners’ Association (Kerala) and Ors Vs UOI & others.

2. The retired employees of Post and Telegraph Department shall hereafter be entitled to the CGHS facility, irrespective of whether they were members of CGHS prior to retirement or not, subject to the payment of prevalent subscription for availing themselves of this facility as per rules as in the case of other Central Government pensioners.

3. This issues with the approval of the Competent Authority. 

AIBDPA HAD TAKEN UP THE ISSUE AND WRITTEN TWO LETTERS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & FAMILY WELFARE, RECENTLY, AND REPLY ALSO GOT TO THE EFFECT THAT IT IS BEING CONSIDERED. THE ISSUE IS ONE OF THE DEMANDS IN THE CHARTER OF DEMAND ON WHICH CALL ATTENTION DAY ON 20-04-2017 AND MASS DHARNA ON 13-05-2017 WERE HELD THROUGH OUT THE COUNTRY.

Restoration of full pension of absorbee pensioners – Corrigendum

Restoration of full pension of absorbee pensioners – Corrigendum

F.No.4/34/2002-P&PW(D).Vol.II
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare

3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated the 21st July, 2017

Corrigendum

Subject: Restoration of full pension of absorbee pensioners in view of the order dated 01.09.2016 of Hon’ble Supreme Court in Civil Appeal No. 604812010 and Civil Appeal No. 637112010.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s OM of even no. dated 23-06-2017 on the above subject. As per the said OM, the benefit of the orders of Hori’ble High Court of Madras dated 02-08-2007 and the Orders of Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 01-09-2016 would be extended to all similarly placed absorbee pensioners. Accordingly, the words “absorbee petitioners” in para 8 of the above OM may be read as “absorbee pensioners”.

sd/-
(Harjit Singh)
Director

3rd October 2017: WFTU International Action Day For Refugees and Immigrants

The WFTU Secretariat, during its first meeting day held on 19 July 2017, unanimously decided to organized the International Action Day for the refugees and Immigrants on October 3rd, 2017.

The WFTU secretariat calls the trade unions in all countries to organize activities, strikes, demonstrations, rallies to express the firm, internationalist solidarity of the international class oriented trade union movement with the millions of immigrants, refugees and displaced persons who are forced to abandon their countries, their homes because of the capitalist its imperialist wars and conflicts.

The World Federation of Trade Unions with its anti-imperialist and internationalist position and action denounces the murderous and hypocritical policy of the European Union and its Governments and struggles for the elimination of the aggressiveness against the people of North Africa and the Middle East, for the dissolution of NATO and for the utilization of the natural resources by the people for their own interests and for the popular development that will bring the reconstruction and the prosperity of the people.

• The abolishment of the Dublin and the Schengen Treaty, the Frontex and all repressive mechanisms.
• Stopping the measures of the European Union for the repression at the borders.
• End now the imperialist interventions of EU-USA-NATO.
• Direct transfer of the refugees from the islands and the entry points to the countries of their final destination.
• Increase of the personnel and the infrastructure for the rescue, the record-identification, the housing, feeding, medical care and the safe transfer of the people. Decent housing for all refugees, education for their children under state responsibility.
• Creation of dignified centers of welcoming and hospitality

The international class oriented trade union movement on the occasion of 72th Anniversary of WFTU, denounces the imperialistic aggressiveness and we struggle for the smooth integration of our class brothers and sisters, the refugees and immigrants, in the local societies and the class oriented struggles.

The Secretariat

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT IS AGAIN CHEATED BY PRIVATE TELECOS- SAYS CAG.

Cheating the government of its rightful dues has become the rule for private Telecom companies. There is no surprise in this since the private entry in Telecom itself was full of corruption and bribery.

The latest in this series is the report of CAG that the topmost 6 private telcos, Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Reliance Communications, Aircel and SSTL have cheated government of Rs. 12,220 crores by understating their revenues.

Privatisation has become synonymous with corruption, bribery and cheating.

BURDWAN DISTRICT GENERAL BODY MEETING DECIDES TO LAUNCH YET ANOTHER AGITATION FOR SETTLEMENT OF PENDING ISSUES.

The general body meting of BURDWAN District branch held on 16-07-2017 at Telephone Exchange, Burdwan has reviewed the position in respect of the pending issues and decided unanimously to launch a SIT IN DEMONSTRATION on 08-08-2017. Com.Mohmd Yunus, District President presided over the meeting. An issue wise report was presented by Com.Shyama Pada Ray, District Secretary. Coms. A.K.Nandan, Asst Circle Secretary, Amalendu Mukharjee and S.S.Mondal also addressed the meeting. 

Only serious and sustained struggles can settle wage revision- BSNLEU

BSNLEU HAS ISSUED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT ON WAGE REVISION.

All the false propaganda, that have been made regarding the wage revision to BSNL employees, are exposed now. The BSNL Management has been making a high voltage propaganda that the DoT and the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications are positive and favourable towards the wage revision of BSNL employees, and that they would definitely get wage revision. The employees were also being told that some unions and associations were unnecessarily creating problems in the settlement of wage revision, by going on unwarranted agitations. Appeal after appeal of the top Management were uploaded on BSNL’s intranet, requesting the employees not to join the agitation. The SR Branch of the Corporate Office was also issuing weekly bulletins stating that everything is moving in the right direction and that BSNL employees will get wage revision. It is very very very very unfortunate that some of the unions and associations were also telling that the DoT and the Minister were positive and there was no necessity to go on strike at this juncture. However, the Union Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday, has exposed all the lies and rumours that were being spread in the matter of wage revision to BSNL employees. The Cabinet has approved the recommendations of the 3rd PRC. Accordingly, the employees of loss making PSUs like BSNL are not eligible for wage revision. It is very important to mention here that the DoT, which is the Administrative Ministry of BSNL, did not make any attempt to tell the government that BSNL should be exempted from the Affordability Clause of the 3rd PRC. We have been telling from the very beginning that wage revision could not be settled without serious and sustained struggles. We call upon the entire Non-Executives and Executives to join the one day strike to be held on 27.07.2017, and to make it a resounding success. Let us tell the government in one voice that we will fight till the last, to settle wage revision.

 

 

Privatisation of Government hospitals – Dangerous threat to the people

The NITI Ayog and the Central health Ministry has mooted for privatisation of select services in the government district hospitals by handing over sufficient space / land and also one time free seed money to set up the infrastructure. The proposal  is to privatise the costly treatment of three non-communicable diseases ie. Cardiac disease, pulmonary disease and cancer care. Others may follow.

This proposals or decisions are dangerous in that the people will not be getting free treatment in the government hospitals for these diseases. Further they will have to pay very high charges for the private treatment.

The intention of the government is very clear. Allot acres of land to the private companies to utilise the same for constructing buildings etc. as also utilise the government buildings for treatment etc. and mint money as real estate. Secondly, the three diseases now mentioned are very costly and they can fleece the patients. There will be no free treatment. Government money will be granted for the infrastructure. This is a very dangerous trend affecting the health of the people and has to be strongly  opposed and defeated.

Congratulations to the Kerala LDF government which has strongly opposed and declared that it will not implement the Central government proposal to privatise the government hospitals.