Keonjhar District Conference has been held befittingly on 16-10-2022 at BSNL Bhawan, Keonjhar. Com.S R Samal, Asst Circle Secretary presided. Com.A Dhupal, CHQ Vice President inaugurated the conference and explained the functioning of the organisation at CHQ and Circle level and the struggles being conducted for the settlement of our demands. Com. Akhaya Mohanta, District Secretary welcomed the gatheing and presented the report on activities and accounts which were adopted after discussion.Com. Ananda Ch Jena , Asst Circle Secretary, and Com.Saktidar Pradhan, Asst.District Secretary, BSNLEU also addressed. Office bearers were elected with Com. A K Mohanta (President), Ananda Ch Jena (District Secretary) and Com.Sachindra Prasad Behra (Treasurer) .
The Modi government is often making tall claims of allround development of the country and an emerging economic power of the world. The GDP of the current fiscal is reported to be 6.8%. Whether it has any impact on the living conditions of the poor people.? Absolutely, No. The latest Global Hunger Index released indicates that India ranks 107 out of the 121 countries. Yes, surprisingly India ranks below even the poor African countries like Rwanda (102) Nigeria (103) Ethiopia (104) Congo(105) and Sudan(106).
Our neibhours are in far better position; Sri Lanka (64), Nepal (81), Bangladesh (84) and Pakistan (99). China’s rank is among the countries ranked collectively between 1 and 17, having a score of less than 5. (courtesy: The Hindu)
In the 9th Membership Verification held on 12th October,2022 and the results declared late on 14th October, BSNLEU has secured a fantastic victory. Despite all the odds and slanderous campaigns, the BSNL employees have reposed their firm faith on the fighting organisation overwhelmingly. Though the number of employees have come down drastically after the VRS, BSNLEU got 15,311 votes (48.62%) and retained the status of main recognised union. NFTE came second with 11,201 votes ( 35.57%). BTEU managed to get 1,634 votes ( 5.19%) NUBSNLW (FNTO) got only 573 votes (1.82%). All other unions got only nominal votes.
BSNL Employees Union has now won a record eight times consecutively and could be proud of the great achievement. AIBDPA heartily congratulate all the leaders and other comrades of BSNLEU for the glorious victory.CHQ also congratulate all the AIBDPA Comrades who worked shoulder to shoulder with the BSNLEU Comrades for the victory of BSNLEU.
Com. P V Chandrasekharan, fondly called PVC, the legendary leader of the P&T Trade Union Movement and later Pensioners and Elders movement, has passed away. He was 78 and was suffering from multiple ailments for the last few months and was admitted in the hospital at Ernakulam. He fought valiantly against the fatal ailments till he breathed his last at 1130 PM on 09-10-2022.
Com.PVC was functioning as the founder Patron of AIBDPA, effectively guiding all its the activities. He was also serving in the capacity of Working President, CGPA, Kerala and Vice President of Senior Citizens Friends Welfare Association.
Com.PVC was born at Kalliassery, Kannur in 1944 and started his public activities when he was a student and was closely associated with the Students Federation. He entered the P&T Department as a Telephone Operator in Alappuzha and started his union activities as the Branch Secretary of AITEEU Class III. After two years he got transferred to his native place Kannur and was elected as Branch Secretary. The leadership qualities of Com.PVC came to the fore during the famous Valapattanam local agitation and thereafter he led many struggles including the historic strikes of 1968 and 1974. Several of our comrades were terminated in 1968 and all these comrades were given relief equal to their pay with the significant initiative of Com.PVC. He was victimised several times in the form of suspensions from service, chargesheets and resultant punishments and tranfer to distant places. He was elected as Circle Secretary in 1981 and naturally he moved to Thiruvanathapuram. He was successful in settling many local issues either throgh effective negotiation or through struggles.
Com.PVC was always accesible to anybody and was pleasent and affectionate in dealing with the workers which made him dear to all. He was later elected as Vice Chairman of the Kerala Coordinating Committee of P&T Unions and played a pivotal role in the construction of P&T House, Thiruvananthapuram. He also held responsible posts of Federal Councillor of NFPTE, Staff side leader of the Regional Joint Consultative Machinery. He was always in the forefront in the fight against the revisionism in the organisation. When BSNL was formed , Com.PVC played a significant role in unifying the telecom unions and forming BSNL Employees Union. He served as the founder Circle President of BSNLEU, Kerala and always keen in strengthening it.
Com.PVC was very much involved in the joint functioning of all the service unions and was a familiar face in all the struggles of various organisations. Com.PVC retired as Chief Telephone Supervisor , Thiruvananthapuram in 2004 and thereafter started serving the pensioners and elders organisations. He also played a key role in the formation of AIBDPA and formulating its policy and programmme. He took up the responsibility of Patron of AIBDPA and was effectively guiding its activities till he breathed his last.
The passing away of Com.PVC is unbearable and no words to explain the great loss. His life was completely devoted to our organisations and the commitment and sicerity are beyond words. Com.PVC had lost his loving wife Padmam Sekhar a few years ago and leaves behind son Naveen Sekhar, and daughters Shiny Sekhar and Sindhu Sekhar.
The cremation is decided to be held at Thiruvananthapuram on 11-10-2022.
AIBDPA pays respectful homages to Com.PVC and conveys heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family , friends and comrades.
RED SALUTE DEAR COMRADE PVC.
WFTU statement of the International Seniors Day
30 September, 2022
World Federation of Trade Unions, the militant and class voice of more than 105 million workers from 133 countries of the 5 continents expresses its solidarity with the retirees and pensioners all over the world on the occasion the International Seniors Day. Moreover, we salute the militant initiative of the TUI P&R to organize the 7th World Day of Actions for the strengthening of the struggle of pensioners and the working class as a whole, for the satisfaction of their contemporary needs.
This strengthening is closely related to the consolidation of relationships and activities between active workers as well as retirees, so as to promote our struggles, which have the common goal of better living conditions for the labor force of past and now, and that have as a common enemy, the capitalist system that creates imperialism and consequently crisis and poverty, for the great majority of humanity. For this reason, the title of this Manifesto constitutes the slogan that we must promote: “The class unity of active and retired people.
The pensioners have been already victims of capitalist exploitation throughout their working years. Now they are victims both of the assault on pension funds, and of discrimination, due to the condition of being elderly, and for dragging different health problems, which are mostly the result of appalling living conditions to which they are subjected. Obviously, in exchange for increasing the millionaire profits for the bourgeoisie and the transnationals, after increasing the labor exploitation rates.
The just struggle of Pensioners, who are an integral part of the working class, is a struggle of the whole international class-oriented trade union movement and we call the WFTU affiliates to support and strengthen the 7thWorld Day of Action of the TUI P&R.
LONG LIVE THE STRUGGLE OF THE WORKING CLASS!
LONG AND DIGNIFIED LIFE FOR PENSIONERS!
Trade Union International (Pensioners & Retirees ) had given a call well in advance to observe the International Elders Day befittingly on 1st October, 2022. The issues to be highlighted in this connection were also specified; A decent and dignified life to the elders with proper housing, health facilities, transportation, potable water, entertainment etc. To ensure these facilities a decent pension has to be given to each and every elder and the need for a universal pension scheme. CHQ is happy that the call has been responded well by most of the circles and wherever possible the Day was observed jointly with other constituent organisations of NCCPA. Congratulations to all the participants.
The Central Cabinet meeting held on 29-09-2022 has approved 4% increase in Dear Allowance to Central Government Employees and 4% Dearness Relief to Central Government Pensioners from 01-07-2022. The total DA/DR will be 34%+4% = 38%. It is payable on issuance of orders by Department of Expenditure for the employees and Department of Pension&Pensioners Welfare for the pensioners.