On the issue of wage revision, the DoT had raised queries as to how the BSNL Management intends to manage the additional expenditure that will arise, due to the implementation of Wage Revision. It is understood that the total expenditure that will arise due to the implementation of Wage Revision from 01.01.2017 upto 31.03.2019 would come to around Rs.1,400 crores. It is understood that the Corporate Office has given a very detailed and convincing reply to the query raised by the DoT, with regards to managing the expenditure.
It is a landslide victory for the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to the presidency of Mexico. In the elections held on 01-07-2018, the Mexican People gave the left candidate, Lopez Obrador , a record 53.8% votes. Corruption and increased violence, especially in the recent past, infuriated the anti-incumbency that the ruling party candidate, Jose Antonio Meade of the Institutional Revolution Party (PRI) was decimated to the 3rd position with only 16.3% votes. The centre-right National Action Party (PAN) secured 2nd position with 22.8% votes. Lopez Obrador’s victory puts a leftist at the helm of Mexico for the first time.
Lopez Obrador will assume office in December, 2018 and he has already stated that he will stay at his own middle-class home and turn official residence into an arts centre, sell the presidential plane and slash his salary.
But challenges are many before the new regime; eradicate corruption, subdue the drug mafias, reduce inequality are the main internal issues. Mexico already has a strained relationship with its immediate neighbor USA since Donald Trump’s elevation as the President. Trump is insisting for regeneration of North American Free Trade Agreement, which involves 80% of Mexico’s exports to USA. Trump also has taken a tough stand on the issue Mexican immigrants and even children are being separated from their Mexican parents.
Above all, USA is known for its animosity to the left regimes, particularly in Latin America. We have before us the examples of Chile, Brazil, Bolivia and Venezuela. So it is certain that the US imperialists will try their level best to utilize the first opportunity to topple the left government in Mexico. Such evil designs of imperialists have to be resisted by the people of Mexico with support from all progressive forces the world over.
Paruthipara Area Branch Conference under Thiruvananthapuram District was held on 30-06-2018. Com. P.V.Chandrasekharan, Patron inaugurated the conference with an inspiring speech, covering the issues of the pensioners and BSNL. Coms. S.Prathapkumar, AGS< BSNLEU, R.R.Warier, ACS, G.Raveendran Nair, Circle Vice President and N.Vikraman Nair, District Secretary addressed.
Coms. S.Rajan and K.P.Prathapa Chandran Nair were elected unanimously as President and Secretary, respectively.
A special GB on AIC was held on 28.6.18 organised by AIBDPA Berhampore District. Com Manoranjan Ghosh DS delivered welcome speech. Com Susanta Ghosh Circle President inaugurated. Other speakers were Com Jamaluddin AIBSNLEA, Com Sekhar Debroy BSNLEU DS, Laltu Rai CMU DS, Mamata Sarkar. Amal Saha, Samir Kr Dutta, Tapan Kr Bhowmick etc. Com Pijush Chakraborty CS, was the final speaker. All comrades present in the meeting pledged to rise to the occasion to make the AIC a grand success. Com KD Biswas presided over the meeting.
Vellore District Branch is unique in its services to the pensioners. Office bearers under the leadership of Com. Jothisudanthiranathan usually undertakes visits to the pensioners’ homes, particularly family pensioners. During such a visit they found out that two family pensioners who are eligible to get BSNL pension have not applied as they were drawing military pension.
Guided by the District Branch, both the family pensioners, Smt. S.Lakshmi, widow of late Shri. S.Masilamani, Telecom Mechanic, Vellore who was an ex-serviceman, retired on 30-04-2006 and expired on 12-03-2009 and so also Smt. Lalitha, widow of Pandu, Group D, ex-serviceman retired on 30-04-2003 and expired on 14-02-2010, applied for BSNL pension. District Branch and the Circle Branch pursued the cases vigorously and got it settled in a record time. As a result, Smt. S.Lakshmi got arrears . of Rs.4,80, 000 and Smt. Lalitha got Rs. 4, 81, 810.
CHQ heartily congratulate Vellore District Branch and Tamil Nadu Circle Branch for their exemplary service.
According to the CPI released by Labour Bureau, the IDA from 01-07-2018 will be 128%. 127.2% + 0.8% = 128%.
After much persuasion by the Union, the Corporate Office has finally issued letter for constituting Joint Committee for wage negotiation. The Recognised Unions are told to give their nominees for the Joint Committee.