NAUROZ CIRCLE SECY.:-
COM. ANIMESH MITRA.
Date July 23, 2016:- BSNL Bounces back to Post Profits--More to be done-------VAN Namboodiri
Date 21st December, 2016:- Formation of Subsidiary Tower Company---Nefarious act by Govt. to fragment BSNL--- P Abhimanyu
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Circle union met CGM, ETP : We are glad to know that Sri Anupam Majhi has taken the charge of CGM of ETP. He worked as GM in ETP and ETR. A delegation led by Circle Secretary Com. Animesh Mitra met Sri Majhi 18th September, 2018. The circle union congratulate him for his taking charge of CGM. The leaders, in the courtesy visit, discussed about future programme of ETP and development as whole. The leaders informed him that the circle council has not been held for a long time, which is already due. He agreed with the leaders and at the same time got surprised that only one/two council meeting was held during the last two/three years. He assured that the Circle Council meeting will be held on 1st week of October, 2019. He also enquired about the present position of the TSM status of the 227 employees. Com. Goutam Banik, District Secretary, ETP and Com. Nupur Pandey were in the delegation.
Circle union met CGM ETR on the outsourcing issue : BSNLEU, WB circle today met CGM, ETR under the leadership of Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary. The leadership informed GM that they have come to know that the ETR authority is going to outsource the existing work. Though it was discussed in the Works Committee meeting that any job which is to be outsourced would be discussed with the recognized union. But the ETR management is going to outsource the jobs keeping the union in dark. They also said that when the department is getting much difficulty in making payment of the wage to the contract workers, due to fund crunch, then why the ETR administration is taking the burden of another expenditure in name of outsourcing. Later CGM apprised the leadership that necessary instruction would be given to the appropriate authority in the works committee to discuss the issue before taking decision in this regard. The other members of the delegation were Com. Asis Das, Asstt Circle Secretary, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, Com. Asis Kr. Das, Dist. Secretary, Com. Sukanta Saha, Dist. Secretary, BSNLCMU and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU.
Circle Union demanded for payment of festival advance and medical before Puja : Today the circle union under the leadership of Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary met CGMT and demanded for payment of festival advance as well as medical to all the employees before Puja. It was noticed that the medical reimbursement of the retired employees have been stopped for a long time. It was also noticed that medical reimbursement of the regular employees have stopped for about two months. Even the employees who applied for festival advance are not getting the same in due time in the recent times. He demanded to clear all the personal claims before Puja so that the employees as well as pensioners could meet the social obligation during the festival.
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Massive demonstration programme held at CGMT office yesterday : Massive demonstration programme was held at CGMT office, 1, Council house Street before the chamber of GM (Finance) on 18th September, 2018 in demand of payment of the wage to the casual workers. It was a call by both BSNLEU and BSNLCMU, WB Circle. Both the circle unions perusing with the circle management for the payment of wage for last few days. But the circle management expressed that they are perusing for fund from the corporate office. The leaders also met with CGMT on 17th September on this issue also. During the demonstration programme the leadership came to know that the corporate office has allotted fund for wage long before, the workers burst in to anger. The leaders met GM (Finance) and compelled to talk to the corporate office in this regard. They demanded for immediate payment of wage to the casual labourers. The management agreed upon and decided that payment of wage will made on that day i.e yesterday and payment of wage to other parts of the labourers will also be made. It is learnt that payment of wage started through credit in the individual bank account. Now it is a question amongst the workers is there any hidden agenda of the management? Since, after getting the fund well in advance then why the management kept it secrete? Comrades we are to be agile for any mischief done by the management in future.
A well attended GB meeting held at ETR : A well attended special GB meeting was held yesterday i.e on 18th September at Territy Bazar Telephone Kendra at the call of BSNLEU, ETR district. The main speaker in GB meeting was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. There was great urge amongst the employees to be apprised by the circle leadership about the present situation of BSNL and of course the wage revision etc. The district union responded accordingly by holding this GB meeting. Com. Asis Kumar Das, District Secretary welcomed the members in the meeting and initiated the proceedings. Com. Animesh Mitra spoke on the Wage Revision issue- the present position, Revision of Pension - the role of the management. He spoke about the problems of the casual/contract labourers the role of the management and the struggle of the workers. He apprised the house about the danger of some forces who are trying to break the unity of the working class in our country and appealed before the workers to fight it out unitedly, since our strength is only unity. Com. Asis Das, Vice-president and Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB also spoke in the GB meeting. Com. Nazes Nouroz, President BSNLEU, WB and Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB were present in the meeting. Com. Sunil Nayak, District President presided over the meeting. <Pictures>
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Adhikar Yatra of BPMO held at Siliguri : Yesterday the 16th September, 2018 the 'Adhikar Yatra' at the call of BPMO was held in the city of Siliguri. The rally was held in presence of Trade Union activist, the youth, the students and ofcourse the general people of Siliguri. Though it was a holiday still the BSNL employees of Siliguri took part in good numbers in the Yatra. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, participated in the Adhikar Yatra on behalf of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle. Circle Union congratulates all the participants of Adhikar Yatra at Siliguri. <Pictures>
Circle leadership met CGMT, WB Circle today for payment of wage to the casual workers: Today Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB Com. Animesh Mitra along with Circle President Com. Nazes Nouroz met CGM, WB and expressed their strong resentment over non-payment of wage to the Casual workers and the Contract/ Security Guards. They said that it has become a regular feature not to make payment of the wage to the non-regular workers in proper time. In some SSAs the wage of the Security Guards are due for more than 4 months. They demanded for immediate payment of wage to the casual / contract labourers. After hearing from the leadership CGM, Sri S.K. Garg replied that all efforts are being taken to get the fund from the corporate office within two or three days. At this backdrop he enquired from different SSAs for their requirement of fund for payment of wage to the non-regular workers. Thereafter, a letter was handed over by Circle Secretary to CGM demanding all personal claims to be settled on or before 10th October, 2018.<View letter>
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'Adhikar Yatra' of BPMO started at Purulia : Adhikar Yatra at the call of BPMO started at Puruia with enthusiasm today. A good number of BSNL employees participated in the Adhikar Yatra. Com. Bidyut Goswami, Asstt. Treasurer BSNLEU, WB participated in the rally on behalf of Circle union. BSNLEU, WB Circle congratulates all the participants of the Adhikar Yatra at Purulia. <Pictures>
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Wage revision of the casual Labourers to be made without farther delay : In the 4th meeting of the joint committee for wage revision of the non-executives the management proposed minimum pay scale of Rs 19000/-. Then why the revision of wage of the casual labourers could not be initiated. It was assured by the BSNL management that after the wage revision of the non-executive the wage of the casual labourers would be revised. But now the minimum pay scale has been determined more or less to Rs19000/-, then why the revision of the wage of the casual labourers could not be done in CDA pay scale. Enough delay has been made in revision of the wage to the casual labourers farther delay could cause demoralization amongst the workers when these workers are shouldering the responsibility equal to that of the regular employees in various circles. Hence we demand the revision of wage of the Casual Labourers should be made immediately either in CDA or IDA pay scale.
Why 360 degree turn around of the BSNL management ?: In the 4th meeting of the joint committee for wage revision of the non-executive, the BSNL management offered Fitment benefit to 0-5%. When it was decided in the Board of Directors meeting of BSNL that the Fitment benefit would be given 15% for 3rd PRC and that recommendation was communicated to DOT for their consideration. Even in the first meeting the management has expressed that the question of Fitment benefit has already been decided to 15% then there is no need to waste any time on the issue. Then why under this circumstance such offer was given to the staff side. It is nothing but treachery with the employees of BSNL as a whole. The employees will not tolerate any act by which they may get deprived. The employees will not consider Fitment benefit anything less than 15%.
UPDATED ON 12-09-2018 AT 2230 HRS.
BSNLEU,WB demands immediate payment of wage to the Casual/Contract workers : Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB met yesterday(11.09.2018) with Sr.GM (Finanace) and demanded for immediate payment of wage to the casual/contract workers. In reply Sr. GM (Finance) said that there is a problem in getting the fund from the corporate office. She also said that our revenue earning has been decreased. The leaders said that all the activities are taking place within BSNL and where fund does not create any obstacle, only in the case of payment of wage to the casual/contract workers the fund is the main obstacle. Now the wage of the casual workers are being delayed. However they demanded that necessary initiative to be taken by the WBTC management to procure fund from the corporate office for payment wage to the non-regular workers without farther delay.
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'Adhikar Yatra' Started with Enthusiasm at Coochbehar : Adhikar Yatra at the call of BPMO started today at the morning from Coochbehar stadium. A short programme was held before the Yatra where eminent Trade Union leaders like Shyamal Chakraborty, Com. Hannan Molla and others deliberated short speech before well attended gathering. BSNL employees were also the part and parcel of the Adhikar Yatra. BSNL employees of Coochbehar took part in the rally in good numbers though it was a working day. Com. Nazes Nouroz, President, BSNLEU, WB attended the rally on behalf of the Circle union. Later in the evening a GB meeting was held at the Union office of BSNLEU, Coochbehar district. The only speaker was Com. Nazes Nouroz. He spoke about the present situation of the West Bengal Telecom Circle and the task ahead of us. He mentioned the about the Mazdoor Kissan Sangharsh Rally which was held at the Delhi on 5th September. From all parts of the country workers and farmers gathered in huge numbers at Delhi to protest against the anti people agenda followed by the Modi Government. He described about the rocket like price rise of petrol and diesel and as a result the the price of the essential commodities are rising day by day. He also mentioned that both the Central and the state Government are following the same policy of anti people. He said the law and order situation in our state is at stake. He also mentioned about the latest development of the wage revision. He called upon the members to be united and fight against all odds. <Pictures>
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The Working Class of the Country gave Ultimatum to Modi Government : Yesterday the 5th September, 2018 the city of Delhi was practically captured by the workers and peasants of the entire country with the RED FLAG to protest against the anti worker anti peasants Govt. led by Modi through Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh Rally- March to Parliament. BSNL employees was a part of this historic rally. BSNLEU, WB Circle and BSNLCMU, WB Circle was proud to be the part of this rally. About 125 workers, regular & non-regular, 6 of them were lady, of West Bengal Circle assembled at Delhi to take part in the rally. Right from Gangtok to Sagar of West Bengal Telecom Circle, except Jalpaiguri and Coochbehar SSA were amongst the participants. The workers of West Bengal Circle took part in the rally with fags and festoons and jersey emblem with 'Save BSNL Save PSU'. The workers and peasants from all over the country took the control of the Parliament street from the morning. From various pints of New Delhi colourful rallies of Red Flags were held and ultimately culminated at Parliament street. The slogans of the rally against the anti people Govt. led by Modi shook the city of Delhi. The Colourful rally of the BSNL employees was held from Eastern Court of New Delhi. Apart from the CHQ leaders and Circle Secretaries, veteran leader Com. V.A.N. Namoodiri took part in the rally of BSNLEU & BSNLCCWF. The joint rally was led by Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU and Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF. The entire working class of our country gave ultimatum to the ruling class that they will not tolerate any more the anti people decisions of the Modi Govt. From a meeting held at Parliament street it was decided the working class of the country will take preparation to go on strike through out the country for 2 days. The date of the strike will be announced through a convention which will be held at Delhi on 28th September. Com. Tapan Sen, General Secretary, CITU said that a long march of the workers towards Delhi will be held for 3 days from 28th November to 30th November. So comrades we have got the direction of our struggle. Lets prepare to save BSNL through another historic struggle. BSNLEU West Bengal Circle conveys Red salute to all the participants who took part in the historic Mazdoor Kinasan Sangharsh Rally -March to Parliament. <Pictures>
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Leaders of BSNLEU, BSNCLCMU and AIBDPA met CGMT : After the successful convention held yesterday the 1st September, 2018 the leaders of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA under the leadership of Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB met newly joined CGMT Sri Garg. The leaders welcomed CGMT in our circle and exchanged their views with CGMT for betterment of the circle. It was decided that in future a full fledged meeting will be convened to discuss various issues at length.
BSNL employees joined the March to Labour department, Govt. of West Bengal, at Kolkata : At the call of CITU, West Bengal Sate committee the workers in West Bengal launched a programme of march to Labour Department of Govt. of West Bengal. Minister of labour department did not get enough time to meet the leadership of the workers to discuss the problems of the workers. As a result CITU decided to march to labour department at New Secretariat building, the office of labour minister and to meet the minister to convey the problems of the labours of our state. Huge workers, including the BSNL, regular & non-regular, workers gathered before the New Secretariat building and compelled the minister to meet the leaders of the CITU and discussed the issue of the labours in West Bengal. Com. Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU, WB deliberated his speech before the huge gathering.
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Enthusiastic Joint Convention held at CTO, Kolkata: Today the 1st September, 2018 a joint Convention of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA held at CTO Institute hall with much enthusiasm amongst the regular, non-regular workers and pensioners. Workers from Burdwan, Suri, Asansol and Krishnanagr attended the convention. Rally of workers and pensioners was held before the convention. Com. Om Prakash Singh, Secretary, BSNL Coordination Committee and Com. Subhas Mukhopadhyay, West Bengal State President, CITU graced the occasion. Com. Tapas Ghosh, CS, BSNLCMU spoke on behalf of BSNLCMU. He in his speech apprised the house how the BSNL management is denying their legitimate demand of regularisation on the plea of Uma Devi case. He opined that their struggle will continue till the goal is achieved. Com. Gobinda Das spoke on behalf of the AIBDPA before the house. He particularly pointed out about the problems are being faced by the pensioners in regard to the medical expense and delay in getting pension. Com. Om Prakash Singh spoke before the house on behalf of the coordination committee and said that the coordination committee will always stay beside the struggle of the workers and appealed to the workers to make the forthcoming programme of BPMO and march to parliament programmme a grand success. Com. Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU spoke about our struggle and appealed the workers to to take part in the BPMO programme at their locality as well as at their work place. He said that some evil forces are trying to break the unity of the working class but still they could not make the working class bow down before them. He said that BSNL workers are taking part in Mazdoor Kisan Sngarash Rally which is to be held at Delhi on 5th September, 2018 to tell about the present situation of BSNL and how the Central Govt. is trying to wind up BSNL the state owned company. Com. Subhsh Mukhopadhyay spoke before the house, which was a teaching to us. He said how the imperialist are attacking physically as well as mentally. He said that the Central Govt. and the State Govt. are trying to detach the working class through their will and denying their rights. He said the purpose of BPMO is not only the rally to touch all the booths in West Bengal but make lively contact with the local people and campaign about their local demand through which they are to mobilise. Com. Nazes Nouroz, Com. Kalyan Raha and Com. Dipak Mitra, presided over the meeting jointly.<Pictures>
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Take all out effort to make the Joint Convention all success : As decided by the three circle unions, BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA that a joint convention will be held on the development issue of the WB circle, 3rd PRC, problems of casual /contractual workers and the problems of the pensioners. Accordingly the convention will be held on on 1st September, 2018 at Telecom Institute Hall, CTO building at 2PM. District secretaries, branch secretaries and organisers in and around Kolkata are requested to take all out effort to campaign amongst the employees so that maximum mobilisation could be made on that day. The convention has a great importance since it is being held on the eve of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Rally which is going to held on 5th September, 2018 at Delhi. So comrades take all out effort to make the convention a grand success.
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Working Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Burdwan District held today : The District Working Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Burdwan district held today, the 28th August, 2018, to discuss about the present situation of the district, the 3rd PRC and the next CWC meeting at Katwa etc. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary and Com. Banani Chattopadhyay, Circle Vice president attended the meeting on behalf of the circle union. Com. Manik Das, Advisor, BSNLEU, WB was also present in the meeting. Com. Surajit Dutta, District Secretary initiated the proceedings. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay in his speech said about the present situation in WB Circle, our struggle, the 3rd PRC and the task ahead of us. He called upon the working committee members to be united and to take the struggle right on the street without fear. The meeting was presided by Com. Prabir Das, District President. <Pictures>
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Joint Branch Conference of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA Sainthia Branch held successfully : Joint branch conference of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA Sainthia was held on 26th August, 2018 with great enthusiasm amongst the workers and pensioners. The Red Flag was hoisted before the conference and homage paid to the martyrs by the leadership of the three branch unions along with the district and Circle leaderships. The joint conference was inaugurated by the Com. Pijush Chakraborty, Circle Secretary AIBDPA, WB. He in his speech narrated about the present situation in BSNL and the political scenario of our state and our country as a whole and our task. Com. Nazesh Nouroz, Circle President, BSNLEU, WB attended the conference on behalf of the circle union. He addressed the house with an appeal to the members present in the conference to be united and fight against the odds in the changed political scenario. Com. D. Dasbakshi, Asstt. Circle Secretary, AIBDPA also addressed the house. After the inaugural session the three branch unions placed there report and accounts before the house separately which was adopted unanimously by the members after discussion. Com. Jagannath Roy, Com. Sanjib Mukherjee and Com.Badal Ghosh were elected unanimously as President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively of BSNLEU Sainthia branch. Similarly Com. Milon Chakraborty, Com. Uday Mondal and Com. Nilkanta Banerjee were elected unanimously as President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively of BSNLCMU, Sainthia branch. <Pictures>
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Pictures of Young Comrade deliberating in the BSNL YOUNG WORKERS CONVENTION held on 25-08-2018 : <Click here>
More pictures of the BSNL Young Workers Convention held on 25-08-2018 in the Union office at CTO bulding :<Click here>
Overwhelming response in the BSNL Yong Workers' Convention and inspiring views of the young workers : BSNL Employees Union West Bengal Circle organised BSNL Young Workers' Convention held on 25th August, 2018 in the Union room at CTO building at 1PM. It was expected about 100 young workers to be present but about 120 young workers from all over West Bengal attended the convention. The young comrades were greeted with Red Rose by the circle leadership. Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary welcomed the young workers and expressed thanks to them for coming to the convention. Com. Subrata Misra, Asstt. Circle Secretary initiated the proceeding in a nut shell and called upon the young comrades to express their views in free mind so as to guide the circle union in a right direction in regard to development of BSNL and role of the Trade Union- their expectation and about 3rd PRC. 13 young comrades from different SSAs deliberated their inspiring speech before the jam packed house. They kept their views something new in regard to development and their expectation out of 3rd PRC. Their positive views about the struggle of the Trade Union specially by our Union, BSNLEU. In the recess period Com. Sudeshna Chakraborty entertained the audience with her song. Com. Saibal Sengupta, Asstt. General Secretary, BSNLEU (CHQ) and Com. Om Prakash Singh, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU (CHQ) who was present in the convention deliberated their speech before the young comrades. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary was the last speaker in the convention. He thanked the young comrades for coming and taking part in the convention. He expressed his happiness and gratitude to the young comrades for their suggestions about the development, the 3rd PRC and about the role of our union. He said that the convention was a great success since the young comrades showed the right direction to the Circle Union and at the same time he opined that the new leadership will emerged from these comrades in the coming days. The entire convention was conducted by Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary.
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BSNL Employees Union, West Bengal Circle are all set to hold the Young Workers' Convention : BSNLEU, WB circle are all set to hold the BSNL Young Workers' Convention on 25th August, 2018 in the union room of BSNLEU, WB at CTO building. About 100 of young BSNL workers from all parts of West Bengal will participate in the convention. These workers are the future of BSNL and our Trade Union movement. These workers are very much interested in the convention. They have enquired about the convention to their leadership and assured to join the convention. We will exchange our views in regard to the development of BSNL, introduction of new technology in the field of communication, their problem and their role in the Trade Union etc. We are looking forward eagerly for our new generation leadership in all spheres.
Inspiring joint executive committee meeting of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA, Bankura District held: A joint executive committee meeting of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA, Bankura district held on 22nd August, 2018 in TRC of Bankura Telephone exchange to discuss the 3rd PRC, present development scenario of WB circle and upcoming organisational programmes. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. Executives of the three district unions were present to make the meeting a success. Com. Mahadev Karmakar, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Bankura district initiated the proceedings. He apprised the house about the present situation of Bankura district. Com. Debashis Khan, Vice-president, BSNLEU, WB who was present in the meeting, spoke before the members about the Young workers convention to be held on 25th August, 2018 at CTO, Kolkata and the decisions of the circle union about the joint programme of three Unions in West Bengal Telecom Circle. Com. Animesh Mitra narrated briefly about the 3rd PRC, its pros and cons, the problems of the casual/contractual labourers their wages and other social securities arising out of fund curtailment, the development scenario of west Bengal Circle and the present situation after departure of Sri Shyam Narayan, CGMT, WB circle. He also narrated about the problems of the pensioners. In fine he called upon the executive members of the joint meeting to conduct programmes jointly by the three district unions of Bankura district. He said that the three circle secretaries or their representatives of the three circle unions will tour in different SSAs in the coming days. The meeting was presided over jointly by Com. Saroj Saha of BSNLEU, Com. Dilip Pal of BSNLCMU and Com. Santosh Das of AIBDPA. <Pictures>
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Suggestions/proposals are sought for from Circle Union for wage revision: Negotiation for wage revision of non-executives of BSNL has started. We have got the day to day news in regard to wage revision through CHQ's website. Two meetings have already took place. In the second meeting the staff side submitted a proposed pay scale to the management. The next meeting is going to take place on 27th August, 2018. Circle union invites any proposal/suggestion for the wage review may be sent to circle union for onward transmission to CHQ for consideration.
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Enthusiastic GB meeting held at TCO, Kolkata: Today a GB meeting conducted by TCO district union in regard to the decisions taken in the circle office bearers meeting to hold GB meting in all the district for campaign programme. The issues to be campaigned amongst the workers are the development and maintenance scenario of WB circle, marketing, 3rd PRC, law and order situation in the offices. The GB meeting was conducted by Com. Tapan Bose, District President. Com. Biswanth Singha, District Secretary initiated the proceedings before the full house. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. CS spoke before the workers in a nutshell about the present situation and our task. The main speaker in the meeting was Com. Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU, WB for whom the employees were waiting with great patience to hear from their beloved leader. Com. Animesh Mitra spoke in details about the present situation of BSNL, the present position of 3rd PRC and our demand. He briefed about the problems of the non-regular workers and the pensioners too. He with great discontentment spoke before the audience about the poor development & marketing scenario of West Bengal Circle. In this occasion he reminded the workers that some evil forces in our country are trying to break the unity of the working class. He urged upon the workers to rise to the occasion to save BSNL and to fight to achieve our demands through united struggle and at the same time to fight for communal harmony and peace in our country. <Click for pictures>
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BSNL Employees of WB circle have engaged themselves in mega SIM sales mela : Though the marketing division of West Bengal circle got crippled during the years as there was no activities in regard to advertisement or sales of BSNL product, but BSNL employees and very specifically it is BSNLEU has taken the responsibility of marketing of BSNL product. BSNLEU, WB circle in its meeting decided to organise mega SIM sales mela in different districts. Accordingly Jalpaiguri and Asansol have started mega sales mela. We the employees of West Bengal circle trying hard to earn more revenue for our circle. But it is unfortunate that the management of WB circle is still sitting idle. Hope, that the management will surely come up with a helping a hand. <Pictures>
BSNL again proved that it is the only company provides service in a distressed situation : When Kerala is reeling under tremendous flood the only company who is rendering Tele service in the state of Kerala under this distressed condition is BSNL. No other private company is least bothered to render service to the people of Kerala. But it is unfortunate that the Central Govt. is trying their best to sale out or to weaken the state owned company BSNL. The employees of Kerala is working day and night to restore the service and at the same time providing an uninterrupted Tele service to the people of Kerala. BSNLEU WB circle expresses gratitude to the entire staff of BSNL, Kerala circle.
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After strong resentment expressed by the Circle Union the fund allotted for the wage of the Casual Labourers : Today in the morning Circle Secretary, Com. Animesh Mitra along with Com. Tapas Ghosh, CS, BSNLCMU and Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. CS, BSNLEU met Sr. GM(Finance) and expressed their strong resentment about the non-payment of wage to the casual labourers, contractual and unlisted labourers till date. Sr. GM( Finance) replied that the requisition which was made before 15th August but due to non-allotment of fund by the corporate office the same has to be re-requisitioned adding the expenditure from 16th to 31st August. She also informed the leaders that the corporate office was asked how our circle will able to manage since we require 9 corers of rupees for labour payment but we are allotted only 3 to 3.5 corers of rupees. She assured the leaders that the fund will be allotted by the corporate office within this week. Later in the evening it was reported that the fund for the wage of Casual Labourers has been allotted by the corporate office. The wage of the contractual and the unlisted labourers will take place within the next week, all out effort is taken in this regard. A copy of a letter addressed to CGMT was handed to Sr. GM (Finance). <View letter>
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When the management of BSNL, West Bengal Telecom Circle will wake up from deep sleep ? : When other circles of BSNL have taken up to provide Broad Band service through Fibre to the Home (FTTH) system to the people of India. Even our neighbour circle CTD is going to launch Broad band service through FTTH system. But our West Bengal Telecom Circle is lagging behind. The installation of FTTH has been started in some SSAs in a indiscrete manner. There is no marketing amongst the customer/public for the new and effective system. Even the employees are not very much accustomed/used to with new system. The staff of our customer service centres are not provided with the tariff rate as usual. BSNL corporate office decided to provide Broad Band Service to people of India through FTTH long ago but West Bengal Circle could not take the chance to provide a service to the subscribers through a new system and in turn to earn revenue for the company. It is learnt that Reliance Jio is going to launch the system very soon. It is obvious that the West Bengal circle is going to face stiff competition. The only thing which the management has done is to keep due the wages for months together of the poor labourer, who are engaged with development and maintenance work. They can'nt even procure fund from the corporate office for development and maintenance head. It is true that BSNL is running through a financial crisis and fund crunch is taking place in all sphere. But still other circles are getting their fund for development work. Failure of the West Bengal Circle is only because of lack of proper planning and initiative too on the part of the top management. Our question when the management of West Bengal Circle will rise to the occasion?
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Branch Conference of Jiaganj held successfully : Branch conference of Jiaganj branch held on 12th August, 2018. The Red flag of our union was hoisted by Branch president Com. Mihir Saha. After paying homage to the martyrs by the leaders the meeting started. The conference was inaugurated by Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. Com. Animesh Mitra gave his speech in the combined house of BSNLEU and BSNLCMU Jiagang branch. Com. Mitra narrated briefly about the present scenario in West Bengal circle and in the country as a whole. He also spoke on the 3rd PRC, its pros and cons. He appealed to the workers to be united and be ready to fight ahead of us to save BSNL. Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, Com. Madhusudan Saha, Treasurer, BSNLEU, WB Circle Com. Sekhar Sarkar, District Secretary, Berhampore District and Com. Mamata Sarkar, Organising Secretary spoke in the conference. Com. Panchanan Dutta, Branch Secretary presented the draft report for discussion. After discussion the report was accepted unanimously by the house. Com. Mihir Kr Saha, Com. Panchanan Dutta and Com. Sward Bandhu Sarkar were elected unanimously as President, Branch Secretary and Treasurer respectively. <Pictures>
District Working Committee meeting of ETR District held : The district working committee meeting of ETR district was held on 9yh August, 2018 in the ETR union office at Telephone Bhavan. Com. Sunil Nayak, District President presided over the meeting. Com. Asis Das, District Secretary initiated the proceedings. He in his initial speech said that the circle union decided for week long campaign programme amongst the employees from 5 to 12th August, 2018 in connection with anniversary of our Circle Union on 5th August to be carried out by the district in regard to the development, law and order situation etc. of our circle. He narrated about the present position of the 3rd PRC and our struggle. He also informed the house the number of participants for the March to Parliament programme to be held on 5th September. He also informed about the programme to be held on 14th August, 2018 for night long Dharna at Kolkata on the eve of independence day for harmony and peace in our state as well as the country. Com. Asis Das, Vice-president apprised the house with some more information on the above issues. The house also discussed various individual cases. It was decided in the meeting that vigorous campaign programme will be taken up amongst the employees as desired by the circle union in due course and will fight for the cause of the workers. The meeting ended with vote of thanks to the chair.
UPDATED ON 11-08-2018 AT 2230 HRS
Enthusiastic joint GB Meeting held at Raiganj : A joint GB meeting of BSNLEU & BSNLCMU, Raiganj district was held at TRC Raiganj on 4th August, 2018. Com. Ujjal Ghosh, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, WB was the main speaker. Com. Ghosh narrated briefly the present situation in BSNL, WB, about the 3rd PRC and our struggle to save BSNL. The other speakers in the meeting were Com. S.N. Mondal, acting District Secretary, BSNLEU, Raiganj District and Com. Sandip Ghosh, District Secretary, BSNLCMU, Raiganj District. A packed house gave a patient hearing to the spaekers. Com. Kameswar, President, BSNLEU, Raiganj District presided over the meeting. <Pictures>
Preparatory meeting of the 8th Circle conference of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle held today at Bolpur : A meting of the Reception Committee for the 8th Circle Conference of BSNL Employees Union, West Bengal Circle scheduled to held at Bolpur in the month of March, 2019 was held today at Bolpur. The meeting was held in presence of Circle President Com. Nazes Nouroz and Circle Secretary Com. Animesh Mitra. Details of the preparation was discussed at length in the meeting. The speakers in the meeting were Com. Animesh Mitra CS, BSNLEU, WB, Com. Tinku Biswas, District Secretary, Suri District and Com. Santosh Goswami, District Secretary, Suri District. Veteran leader Com. Madan Ghosh was also present on behalf of the reception committee in the meeting. <Pictures>
UPDATED ON 10-08-2018 AT 1540 HRS
Berhampore District once again proved that BSNL workers are all united in a crisis : The Berhampore Telephone exchange caught fire on 7th August, 2018 and burnt into ashes. It was apprehended that exchange caught fire at about 1200 Hrs in the night. The contractual labour, Arun Halder found the fire at 1215 AM. He on his own broke through the the glass pains of the door and tried to extinguish the fire in the switch room single handedly and in turn he was injured. At 1 AM in the night the Fire Brigade came at the spot but could not work for about 6 Hrs for want of proper equipments. The BSNL employees right from AGM, SDE, JTO and non-executives along with the casual and contractual workers rushed to the Telephone exchange at the night at about 1 AM to save their exchange. After continuous fight with the fire, along with the firemen, they made the fire under control after 8hrs of long fight. They could save the the MSC, BSC, transmission, switching and battery room etc. They spelt out about 300 buckets of water from these rooms. The Land Line, Mobile, Broad Band and the Lease lines (500) services were out through out the Murshidabad district since then. The workers fought in a war foot and could restart the power plant and restore about 20 lease lines yesterday. Only a portion of the mobile service was restored on 8th at about 4-21PM. The main damaged item was the cable. It was reported that the smell of the burnt cables could be smelt from some Km away. About 200 workers (casual & contractual) from all over the Murshidabad district came at Berhampore Telephone exchange and working day and night along with the executives and non-executives to restore normalcy. The incident of Berhampore once again proved that the BSNL workers are all united in a crisis. BSNLEU, West Bengal circle conveys heart felt gratitude to all the employees and workers for their continuous endeavour to render BSNL service to their esteemed subscribers.
An effective GB meeting held at CTTC :As decided by the circle union that a week long, from 5th to 12th August, campaign programme in regard to the development of the circle, law and order situation, the 3rd PRC and our struggle to be conducted by every district union in connection with the anniversary of the Circle union. Accordingly the CGMT (Technical) district union conducted a GB meeting at CTTC, Kolkata on 9th August, 2018. A good number of staff of CTTC attended the GB meeting. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyaya, Asstt. Circle Secretary, attended the meeting on behalf of the Circle union and he was the main speaker. Com. Chattopadhyay in his speech said every pros and cons of the present situation. He said that out of frustration a group of people demanding them a union are attacking our leadership. He said that they are being out thrown by the workers as such they have become bewildered. He said the development work in our circle has practically stopped due to meagre and irregular allotment of fund. The non-regular workers are not getting their wage for months together. He also said about the view of our CGMT in this regard. He also narrated about the present position of the 3rd PRC and our struggle. He appealed to the workers to be united for the struggle ahead of us to protect BSNL from the onslaught of the Central Govt. Com. Rajib Chatterjee, Distrct Secretary, CGMT(Tech), Com. Ashok Bhattacharjee, Branch Secretary, CTTC were the speakers in this GB meeting. Com. Kanai Banerjee presided over the meeting. <Pictures>
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BSNL Employees are beside the fighting tea garden workers of North Bengal : The tea garden workers are on 72 hours strike in demand of minimum wage. The strike started right from the hills of Darjeeling to Dooars. In many places the police of the State Govt. are harassing the striking workers. The State Govt. has taken the stand in favour of the tea garden owners. CITU, West Bengal Committee showed solidarity action towards the striking workers who are fighting under the banner of Joint Forum. Accordingly a street corner meeting was held yesterday, the 8th August, 2018 at 3PM before Bengal Chamber of Commerce, Kolkata. BSNL Employees participated in the solidarity action towards the fighting workers. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary spoke before the gathering on behalf of BSNL Employees Union.<Picture>
Mysterious incidents are happening at Siliguri - BSNLEU plays its role : On Thursday of last week a truck was fully loaded with equipments and materials of BSNL from Siliguri Telephone exchange and stared at 930AM for Fulbari Store Depot. The gate pass was issued by the concerned officer of Siliguri Telephone exchange for exit of the truck. But surprisingly the truck did not reach the destination of mere 10 Km distance till late afternoon. The vigilant BSNLEU Siliguri leaders who had apprehended some sort of mischief, pressurised the administration to get the actual incident. In the evening the leaders of BSNLEU were informed by the administration that the truck unloaded a portion of the materials at BSNL quarter complex at Jalpai more, Siliguri instead of Fulbari store depot. The leaders of BSNLEU, Siligururi district demanded immediate enquiry/investigation of the incident and exemplary punishment of the officials who were responsible for the incident. GM,Siliguri appreciated the role of BSNLEU, Siliguri and assured the district union leaders all necessary steps would be taken in this regard.
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Young workers convention to be held at Kolkata : Circle union has decide to hold Young Workers Convention on 25th August, 2018 at CTO, Kolkata Union room sharp at 12 noon. The young workers are the main force of BSNL. We believe that under their leadership BSNL will be the no.1company in our country. They will also give leadership to BSNL Employees Union in the coming days to start a new era. It is, therefore, requested to all the district secretaries to take all out effort to send delegates at Kolkata to attend the convention.
UPDATED ON 7-08-2018 AT 2200 HRS.
Circle Union discussed the burning issues with CGMT, WB : Today a delegation led by Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary met CGMT, WB Circle and expressed resentment over the issues which are being unsettled for long a time in spite of instructions given by the then CGMT, Sri Shyam Narain. Beside CGM, GM(HR/Admin) and DGM(HR/Admin) were present in the meeting. The following issues were discussed - (1) Irregular and meagre amount of fund allotment by corporate office for wage of the unlisted/non-listed & security guards(2) Settlement of Pension case of Bankura (3) Settlement of GPF case of three TSMs - case of Burdwan (4) Non-payment of ESI by name- case of Suri. Though fund allotted by CO long before. (5) Non-payment of EPF by name - case of Krishnanagr. Though fund allotted by CO. (6) Non-convening of Local council meeting, Works committee meeting and Farewell meeting by GM Kharagpur (7) Wage revision of the casual labourers in r/o 7th CPC. The staff side urged upon CGMT that the non-regular workers be engaged in the marketing job since there is acute shortage of regular employee due to bulk retirement. CGM appreciated the proposal. After giving patience hearing CGM replied that regarding problem of fund, the issue will be discussed with Sr. GM (Finance). He also said that if CTD could get requisite fund then why WBT circle will not get the same. He also said that it is unfair that the workers are not getting their wage for months together though these workers are running different exchanges single handedly. He requested the leaders that let the workers earn and the fund would be looked into by him. He instructed GM (HR) with other administrative instructions to settle the other issues immediately since he feels that there is no problem in settling the issues. He also instructed GM (HR/Admin) to convene review meeting in regard to the last Circle Council meting. The staff side demanded that the next circle council meeting to be convened by this month since the last meeting was held in the month of May, 2018. CGM replied that the same will be done in due course. Com. Asis Das, Asstt. CS, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. CS, Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. CS and Com. Debashis Khan, VP were in the delegation.
UPDATED ON 6-08-2018 At 2100 HRS.
Massive joint demonstration programme was organised by BSNLEU & BSNLCMU, Kolkata District:BSNLEU & BSNLCMU, Kolkata district union organised a joint demonstration pogramme on 3rd August, 2018 at GM, Kolkata office for development of the Kolkata SSA, safety and security of staff of the SSA, payment of wage in time, payment of Gratuity to the casual/contractual labourers etc. A colourful rally was held in GM office at CTO building. A good number of regular and non-regular employees assembled in the demonstration programme from all over the SSA. District secretaries of both the unions Com. ManikSarkar, Dist., Secy., BENLEU, Kolkata SSA and Com. Goutam Das, Dist., Secy., BSNLCMU, Kolkata SSA initiated the proceedings. They narrated in detail the present situation and the role of the administration. They opined that the workers will compel the administration through sustained struggle to do the needful so that the SSA could earn profit. In this programme the other speakers were Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB, Com. AmitavaChattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB, Com. Anindya Kr Sarkar, Org. Secy, BSNLEU, WB, Com. TarakKundu, Astt. CS, BSNLCMU, WB, and Com. Akhilesh Banerjee, Astt. CS, BSNLCMU, WB. Later a memorandum was handed over to the GM, Kolkata. <Pictures>
The staff side of the wage negotiation committee made a pay structure/scale of the non-executive unanimously :In the meeting of the staff side of the wage negotiation committee held at Delhi on 3rd August, 2018. The leadership of both the recognised unions BSNLEU & NFTE (BSNL) were present in the meeting to finalise the pay structure which will be handed over to the management. The leadership of the unions reached unimity on the proposed scale. It was also decide in the meeting that the proposed pay structure from the staff side would be submitted well in advance i.e on 6th August, 2018 to the management so that the they could get enough time to go through it. Com. Balbir Sing, President, BSNLEU, Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU, Com. SwapanChakraborty, Dy. GS, BSNLEU, Com. P. AshokaBabu, Vice-president, BSNLEU, Com. AnimeshMitra, Vice-president, BSNLEU attended the meeting. The next meeting of the wage negotiation committee scheduled to be held on 9th August, 2018 at Delhi.
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BSNLCMU, Kolkata District achieved yet another milestone :
After sustained struggle the BSNLCMU got the approval for payment of Gratuity from the Labour Commissioner. Sustained struggle for payment of Gratuity by the BSNL authority was conducted by the workers of Kokata SSA under leadership of Com. Goutam Das, District Secretary. Approval for payment of Gratuity started from Coochbeahr district. Now it is the turn for the Kolkata SSA. Yet another 12 cases are awaiting for payment. The BSNLCMU was fighting for the social security on street and in the labour commissioner office. Ultimately they got the victory. They compelled the department to pay the Gratuity to the retired worker/family of the deceased. Other districts are also requested to take up the case of Gratuity for those workers who retired or died in harness.
UPDATED ON 2-08-2018 AT 2300 HRS.
BSNL incurred loss, little less than last Financial Year : BSNL incurred loss, little less than the last financial year. The loss did not increase this FY amidst of stiff competition to Reliance JIO and without having 4G spectrum. But the revenue has declined to Rs 27,818 crore. Today in the parliament MoSC (I/C) Sri Monj Sinha informed that department of Telecommunications (DoT) has taken up revival/restructuring of BSNL. Beside this, MoSC (I/C) met the leaders of AUAB in the parliament today and assured the leaders that the issues related with 3rd PRC and pension would be reviewed with Secretary DoT on 3rd August, 2018. In respect of allotment of 4G spectrum, the matter is within the purview of the Government and it would be done very shortly he added.
UPDATED ON 1-08-2018 AT 2300 HRS.
Joint agitation programme held at CGMT Office, Kolkata for non-payment of wages to the workers: Today BSNLEU, WB and BSNLCMU jointly held a demonstration programme in protest of the non-payment of wages to the security guards and unlisted workers (those who were engaged by the local authority for day to day work). Agitation programmes were held in different parts of the circle. Hunger strike started at Asansol from yesterday. Today a delegation met GM Asansol and urged upon him to convey the intimation of hunger strike to circle office at Kolkata. So far the intimation received by the circle union that protest demonstration programme was held at Berhampore, Khargpur, Suri, Siliguri and Jalpaiguri Districts. Today at CGMT office at CTO building a good number of employees gathered in the demonstration programme. The main speaker was com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. He said that these unlisted workers, the security guards are keeping the BSNL service alive. But it is unfortunate that these workers are not getting their monthly wage for months together. He accused the management of WBT circle that they have failed to procure fund from the corporate office. He said the administration of CTD got full amount requisitioned amount though they are the loosing circle but our circle authority failed. Only in West Bengal circle the crunch of fund has been implemented. He opined that the circle management is neither giving security to the employees nor they are able to make payment of wages to the poor labourers who kept the service alive. Later a delegation led by Com. Mitra met GM (Marketing), GM (HR/Admin), GM (Finance) and demanded for early payment of wage to these poor labourers. A memorandum also handed over to them in this regard. <Click for pictures>
UPDATED ON 31-07-2018 AT 2000 HRS.
Fund curtailment by the Corporate office, wage of the contractual & unlisted workers held up - Circle Union met CGMT : Drastic fund curtailment has held up the wages of the contractual and unlisted labourers in West Bengal Telecom Circle. About Rs 5 corers required for payment of wages but the Corporate office has sanctioned only Rs 2 corers. As a result agitation of the workers have started almost in all the districts. In Asansol and Suri the workers have gone for hunger strike. Dharna programme started at Kharagpur district. From tomorrow the Dharna programme will take place at Jalpaiguri district. The management is unable to make payment due to meager amount of fund. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB along with Com. Nazes Nouroz, President, Com. Asis Das, ACS, Com. Sujoy Sarkar, ACS, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS and Com. Chiranjib Sen, Org. Secy circle union met CGMT, Sri Tripathi and apprised him about the situation. The leaders expressed their extreme dissatisfaction on the issue and urged upon CGMT for arranging of fund. The leaders informed that due to the shortage of fund the development works have stopped in many places of our circle. CGMT gave a patient hearing to the leaders and assured that he will discuss the issue with the corporate office so that the required fund could be procured from the Corporate office.
Circle Union decided to observe week long campaign programme in connection with anniversary of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle : Today the Circle Union and district unions of BSNLEU in and around Kolkata met in a meeting and discussed the present situation which is detrimental to healthy working atmosphere prevailing in West Bengal Telecom Circle. Circle Secretary BSNLEU, WB Com. Animesh Mitra narrated in detail about the present situation. He said that again the cases of threat and physical attacks on our leadership have started. The management is mum on the issue and not taking any initiative to restore healthy working atmosphere in the offices and exchanges. As a result development work in the circle has practically been stopped. In this situation Circle Union has decided that a week long campaign programme from 6th to 11th August, 2018 will be carried throughout the circle in connection with the anniversary of the Circle Union on 5th August. All the district unions under BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle are requested to hold massive campaign programme amongst the employees on this issue.
UPDATED ON 27-07-2018 AT 2300 HRS.
Pictures of the three day Relay Hunger Strike held on and from 24th July to 26th July, 2018 in West Bengal Telecom Circle: <Click here>
UPDATED ON 26-07-2018 AT 2300 HRS.
The three day Relay Hunger Strike held successfully in West Bengal Telecom Circle : The three day Relay Hunger Strike at the call of AUAB held successfully throughout the West bengal telecom Circle. It started from 24th July and ended on 26th July, 2018. The Relay Hunger Strike started from the Branch level on 24rd and on 25th at the district level. Finally it was held at the Circle level on 26th July, 2018. So far the report received by the circle union that almost all the branches and district unions conducted the programme successfully. The leaders of the AUAB deliberated their inspiring speech before the executives and non-executives. They explained about our just demands and our fight to get the 3rd PRC as well as compel the Central Govt. to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL etc. On 26th the the programme of Relay Hunger Strike was held at CTO, Kolkata, before the CGMT'S chamber. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB, Com. Aniruddha Basu, Circle Secretary, AIBSNLEA, WB Circle, Com. Omprakash Singh, Organizing Secretary, BSNLEU (CHQ), Com. Tapan Biswas, Circle Secretary, NFTE (BSNL) and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, SNEA, WB Circle deliberated their speech before the well attended employees. The entire proceeding was presided over by Com. Nazes Nouroz, President, BSNLEU, WB circle.
UPDATED ON 23-07-2018 AT 1400 HRS.
Take all out effort to make the Relay Hunger Strike a grand success : As decided in the AUAB, WB meeting that the Relay Hunger strike will be observed by all the constituents of All Unions and Associations of BSNL, West Bengal. It was decided that the programme will be observed right from the Branch level to Circle level. Accordingly the Relay Hunger strike which starts from tomorrow i.e. 24th July, 2018 and it will be observed at the Branch level. On 25th it will be observed at the District level. In Kolkata ETR and ETP district will observe the programme in the CGM office. Finally, on 26th July, 2018 the the Relay Hunger Strike will be observed at the Circle level from 11AM. In Kolkata the programme will take place in the CGMT office, CTO, building. All the our organisers in and around Kolkata and Circle Office bearers are requested to attend the programme in time. District and branch secretaries are requested to for massive campaign of the programme amongst the workers.
BSNLEU, WB Circle demands for payment of wages to the Contractual and the non-listed labourers: On 21st July, 2018 Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary and Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary met CGMT West Bengal, Sri Tripathi and demanded to arrange payment of wage to the Contractual and non-listed labourers working in WB Telecom Circle, since it was not made till 21st July, 2018. CGMT in reply said that he will talk to Director (Finance) and he is expecting the payment of wage could be made by this week.
UPDATED ON 19-07-2018 AT 1030 HRS.
Idea Cellular and Vodafone India delaying in payment the dues to DoT : It is reported that the two telecom companies requested DoT to recalculate their dues. But DoT has rejected their request since it is correct and asked to pay their dues so as to get the final approval of the merger of two companies. The total amount due is Rs 7,268 crore. Rs 3,342 crore in r/o Idea and Rs 3,926 crore in r/o Vodafone. The two cellular operators had then raised some issues regarding discrepancies in the figure of dues. The two companies are awaiting for final response from DoT on which the two companies will take final decision to challenge the dues or otherwise. It was also reported that the DoT is ready to face any challenge at the Court of Law and they are ready to go up to Supreme Court also. The dues in r/o Vodafone is for the non-auctioned spectrum held by them. But it is unfortunate that Govt. of India denied allotment of 4G spectrum to state owned telecom company, BSNL. Still BSNL is giving a stiff competition to the moneyed Reliance Jio. It is only because of the challenge taken by heart by all categories of employees of BSNL.
UPDATED ON 18-07-2018 AT 2230 HRS.
Attacks on BSNLEU leadership is being carried out of frustration of SU : In the last session of change of membership (up to 15th July, 2018) a large number of SU members have changed their membership. From many places the workers who changed their membership in favour of SU have returned back to BSNLEU and as a result SU is breaking into pieces. Specially from the south the workers have understood from their experience who are their actual friend in need and are returning back to BSNLEU. As a result the attacks on our leadership has been carried out of great frustration of SU goons. Today the workers of Kolkata SSA thronged in big numbers at the GM office, Kolkata SSA at CTO building. Workers from all the places assembled to protest against the heinous physical attack on their leader Com. Chirab Sen yesterday at about 430 PM at CTO building by the SU goons. The workers demanded exemplary punishment of the accused. In the massive gathering District Secretary Com. Manik Sarkar expressed his strong resentment over the attack on Com. Chiranjib Sen. He also condemned the attackers of Com. Sen. The available circle office bearers were also present in the protest demonstration. Later a delegation met GM, Kolkata SSA and demanded protection of the employees and punishment of the accused. GM in reply said that the complaints are justified that will be looked into with all seriousness.<Picture>
UPDATED ON 17-07-2018 AT 1800 HRS.
The Determined Comrades of Coochbehar Hold the District Conference successfully : The determined comrades of Coochbehar hold the district conference successfully on 15th July, 2018. There was a great enthusiasm amongst the members in connection with the conference. As usual the Red Flag of our Union was hoisted by Com. Samarendra Pathak, District President before the conference. District President Com. Pathak, Com. Mamata Sarkar, inaugurator of the conference, Com. Krishna Mitra, District Secretary, Coochbehar District along with other leaders garlanded the martyrs column to ay respect to the martyrs. The conference was inaugurated by Com. Mamata Sarkar, Organizing Secretary, BSNLEU, WB inaugurated the conference. She in her speech narrated briefly the present political scenario in our sate and in our country as whole. She said about the united struggle of BSNL employees under the banner of All Unions and Associations of BSNL to protect BSNL from the onslaught of the Government and for the 3rd PRC. Com. Krishna Mitra, District Secretary placed the draft report before the house for discussion. Com. Ujjal Ghosh, Organizing Secretary, BSNLEU, WB, Com. R,K, Yadav, Leader AIBDPA, Com. Soumen Chandra Roy, Dist. Secretary, Jalpaiguri, Com. Tarun Sarkar, Branch Secretary, Siliguri Branch along with the leaders of 12th July Committee and CGCC spoke on the occasion. After discussion the report was accepted by the house unanimously. Later the house elected Com. Ramkrishna Banik as District President, Com. Krishna Mitra as District Secretary and Com. Anju Konar as Treasurer. <Picture>
UPDATED ON 16-07-2018 AT 2130 HRS.
An effective women's convention held at the eve of conference of BSNL Coordination Committee of Circle Unions and Associations, West Bengal : An effective women's convention of BSNL Coordination committee held on 13th July, 2018 at the Ladies Club, Telephone Bhavan. The convention was inaugurated by Com. Swati Roy Bera, Leader, Central Government Coordination Committee. She in her speech reminded the full house audience about their duties and responsibilities. Com. Banani Chattopadhyay, VP, BSNLEU, WB and Com. Sharmila Dutta, One of the Joint Convener BSNL Coordination Committee deliberated their speech before the house. Other speakers in the convention were Com. Biplab Das, Secretary, BSNL Coordination Committee and Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary BSNLEU, WB. Com. Aash Md. Khan presided over the meeting.
Conference of BSNL Coordination Committee held with great enthusiasm: The 4th state conference of BSNL Coordination Committee held at Telecom Institute Hall on 14th July, 2018. The Red flag of the Coordination Committee was hoisted by the president Com. Aash Md. Khan. The martyrs column was garlanded by the president Com. Aash Md. Khan, Com. Pranab Chattopadhyay, Inaugurator of the conference, Com. Bilab Das, Secretary, Coordination Committee along with other leaders. Com. Pranab Chattopadhyay an eminent leader of Sate Coordination Committee inaugurate the conference. He in his speech narrated briefly about the present political situation prevailing in our country. He reminded the threat of communalism which is trying to divide the working class. He said that the evil forces are attacking ideology of the left forces and it has to be fight out ideologically unitedly. Com. Biplab Das, Secretary placed the draft report and statement of accounts before the house for discussion. Circle Secretaries/ their representative of the Ten Circle unions deliberated their speech. About 250 delegates from all parts of the state participated in the conference. After discussion the draft report along with the statement of accounts was accepted by the house unanimously. Later the house elected unanimously office bearers of the BSNL Coordination Committee for the next term are Com. Sisir Roy as President, Com. Om Prakash Singh, Secretary and Com. Arup Sarkar as Treasurer. The other seven Circle Secretaries of the circle unions are the committee members of the Coordination Committee. BSNLEU West Bengal Circle congratulates all the members of the newly elected Coordination Committee.
Workers meeting held at Siliguri : A workers meeting of BSNLEU, Siliguri District held on 16th July, 2018 at Siliguri, TRC under the chairmanship of veteran leader Com. Bipul Chakraborty. Com. Badal Ghosh, District Sectary initiated the proceedings. Com. Mamata Sarkar, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, WB and Com. Ujjal Ghosh, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, WB deliberated their speech before the workers. They in their speech briefly described the present situation in BSNL our struggle for development of our circle and for the 3rd PRC. They also reminded about the joint struggle like relay hunger strike at the call of All Unions and Associations of BSNL which is scheduled to be held on 24th, 25th and 26th July, 2018. They called upon the workers to make the relay hunger strike a grand success. <Click for Pictures>
UPDATED ON 15-07-2018 AT 1715 HRS.
CONDOLENCE : Today at 530AM father of our beloved leader Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle breathed his last at the age of 81 at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, Kolkata. His body was taken to his residence at Asansol at 430PM. BSNL Employees Union West Bengal Circle, mourns the sad demise of his father, Late Aparesh Mitra, and convey our heart felt condolence to the bereaved members of his family.
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BSNLEU, WB Circle calls upon the workers to make the Relay Hunger Strike a grand success : Today the available Circle Office bearers met in a meeting and decided to take all out effort to make the Relay Hunger Strike to be held on 24, 25 and 26th July at the call of AUAB a grand success. It was decided in the meeting that on 24th July, 2018 the hunger strike will be held at Branch level, on 25th July, 2018 it will be held at District level. ETR and ETP will organize the programme on 25th. On 26th July, 2018 the Relay Hunger Strike will be held at Circle level at Kolkata in CGMT office. The district unions within Kolkata will join the the programme along with their members. District Secretaries are requested to organize our workers for the hunger strike and describe our demand for 3rd PRC, allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL etc. It was also decided in the meeting that the all the circle office bearers and district secretaries are to attend the ensuing conference of BSNL Coordination Committee on 14th July, 2018. If any district secretary remains absent, he can send his representative. District secretaries are also requested to accompany other interested comrades to the conference as delegate. All are requested to attend the conference by 10AM.
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BSNL employees are determined to get their 3rd PRC through struggle : At the call of All Unions and Associations of BSNL demonstration programme, 'March to CCA Office' backed by a colourful rally was held in Kolkata. The rally of executive, non-executives and pensioners was held from the crossing of Ganesh Chandra Avenue and Bentinck Street (Binny's Show Room) and culminated at 8, Esplanade East Row, the CCA office in protest of non-compliance of the assurance given by MoS(C), in demand of 3rd PRC for the BSNL employees and allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL. The meeting was held at CCA offcie at 8, Esplanade East Row where the leadership of AUAB (SNEA, NFTE, AIBSNLEA and BSNLEU) explained briefly about the demands of the employees. Com. Om Prakash Singh, Vice-president BSNLEU (CHQ) addressed the gathering. The main speakers was Com. Animesh Mitra, Convener, AUAB. He said before the well attended gathering about the latest development taking place in Delhi and our united struggles. The meeting was presided over by Com. Sisir Roy, Circle Secretary, CTD. Four circle unions WB Circle, CTD Circle, Stores and Factory Circle of BSNLEU took part in the programme. Similar programme was held at the office of Principal CCA at Hare street, Kolkata. So far the intimation received by the Circle Union the demonstration programme was held at different SSAs as Asansol, Berhampore, Durgapur and Jalpaiguri. <Pictures>
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Successful dharna programme held at all the SSAs of West Bengal Telecom Circle : Dharna programme at the call of BSNLCCWF was held successfully today the 10th July, 2018 along with BSNLEU, WB circle through out the West Bengal Telecom Circle. In Kolkata the programme was held at erstwhile CGMT office, 1, Council House Street. A good number casual/contractual workers along with regular employees gathered from in and around Kolkata. A colourful rally was held at CGMT office before the meeting. Com. Tarak Kundu, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU initiated the proceedings. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary in speech called upon the workers to be united for the struggles ahead of us. Before that he spoke about the problems faced by the regular employees in regard to the medical, 3rd PRC etc. The main speaker in the programme was Com. Akhilesh Banerjee, Vice-president, BSNLCCWF. He spoke before the gathering about the necessity of the programme. He said that the administration has failed to give wages to the casual workers at the fixed date of the month. He demanded the gratuity to be given to the eligible workers immediately. He said that as early as the settlement of 3rd PRC takes place early will be the wage revision of the casual labourers. Therefore 3rd PRC is also our concern. At the conclusion he said that the programme of the 11th July, 2018, March to CCA office, at the call of AUAB the BSNLCMU, WB will not lag behind, they will also be in the battle field. Com. Nazes Nouroz, President, BSNLEU, WB presided over the dharna programme. <Pictures>
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As per the note submitted by BSNLEU to curtail the wasteful expenditure, corporate office issued order to curtail the expenditure towards Fuel & Electricity : The corporate office at last issued order towards the curtailment of expenditure towards fuel and electricity. BSNL Employees Union submitted a note to curtail down the wasteful expenditure to enhance the revenue of the company. It is seen that a huge amount is paid towards fuel and electricity through out the country in BSNL. One of the worst state as mentioned in the list issued by the corporate office is West Bengal. Rupees 6.8 corer of rupees expended towards fuel and electricity out of the revenue earned Rs 31 corer per month. We, BSNLEU, West Bengal circle raised the issue in the development meeting to audit the use of electricity since after surrendering land line by the customers in different areas, still AC and generators are being run in big rooms. Which is very much unnecessary. Expenditure which is incurred towards running the infrastructure of BTS & BSC by running the generators may be minimized. Officers of all levels are enjoying ACs. BSNL management can enhance revenue of BSNL through the above austerity majors (curtailing the expenditure towards fuel & electricity) without cutting the pockets of the non-executives. It is expected that the management will do the needful in the coming days in consultation with the recognized union in this regard.
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Poster of the programme on 11th July, 2018 March to CCA Office :
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Take all out effort to make the demonstration programme at CCA office, Kolkata all the success : As decided by the All Unions and Associations of BSNL that demonstration programme will be held at CCA office through out the country on 11th July, 2018 against the non-implementation of the assurance made by the Hon'ble MoS (C) to take the issues of wage revision of BSNL for the approval of the cabinet, the pension contribution and allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL. Accordingly the leadership of AUAB, West Bengal met yesterday i.e on 5th July, 2018 and decided that issues of the demonstration programme at CCA office will widely be taken amongst the employees. It was also decided that a rally will be held at 230PM at Kolkata from Ganesh Chandra Avenue (Binny Show Room) to the CCA office, 8 Esplanade East, Kolkata. District Secretaries in and around Kolkata are requested to take all out effort to mobilise our workers for the rally and to make the demonstration programme a grand success.
After sustained struggle the BSNL Management ultimately formed the wage review committee: After sustained struggle for more than one year of the BSNL employees for the demand of 3rd PRC, the management has ultimately formed the wage review committee for wage revision of the non-executive employees. The management invited the recognized union to submit their nominations for the joint committee for wage revision. As per the proposal of BSNLEU to increase the number members of staff side in the joint committee, the management has agreed to the proposal of BSNLEU. Accordingly BSNLEU has got 5 (five) nominees. Beside President, General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary of BSNLEU the two other nominees are Com. Ashoka Babu, vice-president and Com. Animesh Mitra, vice-president. BSNLEU, WB circle is honoured being selecting Com. Animesh Mitra as one of the member of the joint committee. BSNLEU WB circle congratulates all our nominees and expresses our warm greetings. We are confident that a good wage revision will emerge for the non-executives under able leadership of ours. Comrades it is the first step to achieve our goal. We should not be complacent, we have to be very much agile and get ready for the next step of struggle.
Workers of Kharagpur District expressed their discontentment over the management through a strong demonstration programme : BSNLEU, Khragpur district along with AIBDPA and BSNLCMU, Khragpur jointly organised a strong demonstration programme against indifferent attitude of the management particularly the GM, Kharagpur and long pending unsettled issues and poor BSNL service of the SSA. The programme was held on 3rd July, 2018 at the office of GM, Kharagpur, where a good number of workers assembled form remote corners of the district. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB was the main speaker of this demonstration programme. He in his speech accused the management that the administration of Kharagpur SSA is ignoring the directives of the CGMT. After several request/orders the GM Kharagpur did not hold the works committee meeting and even the local council meeting. He said this GM is totally failure to provide better BSNL service to the customers and the the development and day to day maintenance work is at the verge of break down. He also accused that the pensioners are not getting their medical reimbursement, without voucher, after several persuasion by BSNLEU and AIBDPA district union. He said that this GM is not taking any initiative to resolve the problems of casual/ contractual workers. Their wage is irregular. They are also deprived of from the social securities like gratuity, EPF, pension etc. He urged upon the workers to be united and fight for the just demands of the workers. Later a delegation led by Com. Animesh Mitra met GM, Kharagpur and discussed the issues at length. It was decided in the meeting that the dates of works committee meeting and local council meeting will be announced soon. The medical allowance, without voucher, of the retired employees will be paid as early as possible. Other issues will be looked into by the management with due importance. Com. Pankaj Jana, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Kharagpur District Com. Susanta Ghosh, President AIBDPA, WB, Com. Anupam Saha, President AIBDPA, Kharagpur District, Com. Sanjeeb Debnath, District Secretary, BSNLCMU, Kharagpur District along with other leaders and branch secretaries deliberated their speech in this massive gathering. <<Pictures>>
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Effective demonstration programme held against the deferment order of salary at ETP circle : Today the 30th June, 2018 a demonstration programme held against the derogative order issued by the corporate office regarding the date of salary of the employees. The demonstration programme was held at the office of CGM, ETP at Mominpore, Kolkata. Com. Jhumur Bandyopadhyay, Leader Working Women's Group initiated the proceedings. Com. Goutam Banik, District Secretary, ETP District spoke before the workers about the derogative order and the unsettled issue of the district. Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB called upon the workers to be united to fight against all the odds to achieve our goal. Com. Debashis Khan, vice-president, circle union also spoke before the workers. The meeting was presided over by Com. Nupur Panday. <View Picture>
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The Regular and Non-regular workers along with the Pensioners took oath in the anti-retrenchment day to fight together for the cause of the workers : At the call of BSNLCCWF the 28th June, 2018 is observed as anti-retrenchment day. In Kolkata, BSNLEU circle union decided to observe this day jointly with BSNLEU, WB and AIBDPA, WB also to protest against the derogative order issued by the corporate office in regard to the date of payment of salary to regular employees. The issuance of this order by the corporate office will create uncertainty of payment of medical bills, leave encashment, LTC, TA, wage of the casual/contractual labourers etc. in the coming days. A huge number of regular and non-regular workers along with the pensioners assembled in the CGMT office. A colourful rally went past the entire CTO building with slogans shouting. The meeting was presided over by Com. Nazes Nouroz. Com. Chiranjib Sen, Organizing Secretary, BSNLEU, WB initiated the proceedings. Com. Om Prakash Singh, Vice-President BSNLEU (CHQ) and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU and Working President BSNLCCWF addressed the huge gathering at CGMT Office, CTO building. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General BSNLCCWF and Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. He in his speech narrated in brief about the necessity of observance of the anti-retrenchment day. He said that in different circles like Punjab, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand etc. the contractual labourers are being retrenched on the plea of shortage of fund. He accused the top level of the management are enjoying all the luxurious facilities but the non-executives are to sacrifice in the hard days of the company in the shape of deferment of the payment of the salary form the last day of the month to 1st day of the following month. They are to sacrifice medical bill, leave encashment and even the wage etc. He called upon the workers to be united to fight out the conspiracy made by the management to shift their responsibilities towards the non-executives and the casual /contractual workers. He demanded from this rally to stop retrenchment of the contractual workers to withdraw the order in regard to the payment of salary of the non-executives. So far the intimation received by the circle union that the programme was held at Asansol, Krishnagar, Berhampore, Jalpaiguri and Suri.< View Pictures>
Similar programme was held before CGM (ETR), Telephone Bhavan. Here Com. Asis Das, District Secretary, ETR district initiated the proceedings. The other speakers in meeting were Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. CS, BSNLEU, WB, Com. Tapas Ghosh, CS, BSNLCMU, WB, Com. Ajit Nandan, Dist. Secretary, AIBDPA, Kolkata District and Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. The meeting was presided over by Com. Asis Das, Asstt. CS, BSNLEU, WB. < View Pictures>
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Amalgamation conference of Berhampore Phones, Berhampore Telegraph, Kandi and Beldanga Branch Unions under BSNLEU, Berhampore District held today successfully : Today the 24th June, 2018 an amalgamation branch conference of Berhampore Phones, Berhampore Telegraph, Kandi and Beldanga Branches under Berhampore District Union of BSNLEU held at TRC hall of Berhampore Telephone exchange. The conference was well attended by the members of the four branches. The conference started by hoisting of Red Flag of our Union and paying homage to the martyrs. The conference was inaugurated by Com. Amitava Chattopadhyaya, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB Circle. He in his deliberation reminded the workers about their duties and responsibilities in present juncture. He called upon the workers to be united to fight out the derogative decisions of the BSNL management as well as the Governments both Central and State. The conference was addressed by Com.Banani Chattopadhyay, Vice-Pressident, BSNLEU, WB Circle, Com. Sekhar Sarkar, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Berhampore District, Com. Laltu Roy, Dist. Secy., BSNLCMU, Berhampore Dist. Some young comrades who also deliberated in the conference are Com. Sk. Hassimuddin, Com. Suprio Sarkar and Com. Smritimoy Sarkar. <<View pictures>>
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Great enthusiasm created amongst the workers in connection with the 'March to Parliament' programme on 5th September, 2018 : Tempo has started to pick up amongst the enthusiastic workers of West Bengal Circle in connection with the 'March to Parliament' programme in the name of 'Mazdoor Kissan Sangharsh Rally' which is to be held on 5th September, 2018 at New Delhi. It is a rally of the workers and peasants of the country against the anti people Central Government lead by Narendra Modi. So far the information received by the Circle Union that the following district unions- Civil, Burdwan, Asansol, Suri, Bankura and Siliguri have already purchased their train tickets for New Delhi. Circle Union once again requests the following district unions - Durgapur, Kharagpur, Berhampore Malda, Jalpaiguri Coochbehar and Gangtok to purchase their train tickets immediately since the same are getting exhausted very fast. It is also necessary to inform to the circle union the number of participants who will proceed for New Delhi since arrangements for accommodation are to be made for them. That too also is getting filled up. District Unions are also requested to contact with BSNLCMU for participants who can take part in this programme. It is true that it involves a large amount of expenditure. Therefore it was decided that a coupon will be issued for collection from our members which will help us for both campaign amongst the workers and some financial help. So comrades take all out efforts to make memorable the historic programme 'Mazdoor Kissan Sangharsh Rally' through your active participation.
UPDATED OB 21-06-2018 AT 1900 HRS.
Protest strongly against the curtailment of the right of the employees : Comrades you have perhaps come to know that the BSNL management issued an order that the salary of the Gr. B, C and D will be paid on 1st of the following month instead of last day of the month. If the 1st is holiday then the salary will be paid on the next working day. Not only the salary, Medical reimbursement, Leave encashment, LTC, TA etc. will be paid according to the fund available. It is total unwarranted interference on the part of the management over the right of the employees. It is obvious that medical reimbursement, Pensionary benefit like Leave encashment and other payments are going to be uncertain. It is obvious that this issue will also lead to curtailment of fund for the wages of Casual/Contractual labourers working in BSNL. This unwarranted unilateral decision will not be tolerated. Employees have got very much agitated on the issue. All the District Secretaries are requested to organize our workers against this derogative decision of the management and hold strong protest demonstration by tomorrow the 22nd June, 2018 and issue protest letter to the respective DDOs. On 28th June, 2018 massive protest demonstration will be held before the chamber of CGMT, WB Circle, CGM, ETR Circle and CGM, Project Circle on this issue.
UPDATED ON 19-06-2018 AT 1445 HRS.
Befitting reply given by the Workers and Pensioners to the Circle Management against their indifferent attitude : At the call of three circle unions, BSNLEU, WB, BSNLCMU, WB and AIBDPA, WB a massive demonstration programme was held yesterday, the 18th June, 2018 through out the circle against the failure to keep the commitment made by CGMT, in writing, and non-implementation of the decisions taken in the various meetings including Circle Council along with poor service of WBTC. Workers and pensioners started to assemble from early morning at CGMT office from in and around Kolkata. The Agitation programme started with slogans which shook the management at CGMT office, CTO building. The programmme was initiated by Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. He described the failures of the management. He said that the wages of the casual and contractual are being delayed on the plea of non-availability of fund under repair and maintenance head. On the other hand the CTD, being a loss making circle, could procure fund for the same purpose, then why our circle is lagging behind. He also said with utter annoyance that this CGMT is completely failure to implement the decisions taken in the bilateral discussion about the problems of regular and no-regular workers along with the pensioners. Under this circumstance the three circle unions decided to go for massive agitation programme. As per the request of CGMT, WB a delegation comprising of leadership of the three circle unions met the Circle management for discussion. After marathon discussion it was decided that the Gratuity for the casual labourers who have retired or died will be paid after approval/sanction of the corporate office. Similarly the gratuity for the contractual labourers will be taken up shortly. The leadership compelled the CGMT to contact Corporate office over phone and it was mentioned from the corporate office that a committee has been formed yesterday for the purpose of the wage revision of the casual laborers in accordance with 7th CPC. It was also informed to the leaders that payment of medical allowance, without vouchers, for the pensioners which were pending for a long time in r/o Khragpur, Gangtok and Burdwan SSA have been cleared. The management also informed the leaders that empanelment of a super-specialty hospital for cash less treatment of the employees and pensioners is in active process. In fine the leadership mentioned the management that if the situation remains unaltered and no positive initiative taken on the part of the management then BSNLEU, WB along with BSNLCMU, WB will go for non-cooperation action throughout West Bengal Telecom circle from 28th June, 2018. The other speakers in this meeting were Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay from BSNLEU, Com. Pankaj Saha from AIBDPA, Com. Tarak Kundu from BSNLCMU and Com. Tapas Ghosh, CS, BSNLCMU. The leaders in their deliberation reminded that the only united struggle compelled the management to bow down. Com. Nazes Nauroz and Com. Dipak Mitra jointly presided over the meeting. So far the information received by the Circle union the agitation programme was held at Asansol, Bankura, Berehampore, Coochbehar, Durgapur, Jalpaiguri, Contai and Suri. <Pictures>
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BSNL Employees Union demands for early settlement of the problems of Hills of Darjeeling to the administration: On 13th June, 2018 Com. Badal Ghosh, District Secretary, Siliguri District and Branch Secretary Siliguri, Com. Tarun Sarkar, along with other leaders went to Darjeeling and met with the staff members of Darjeeling. Com. Mani Chettri, Vice-president, BSNLEU, WB was also present in the meeting. Com. Santosh Chettri, Branch Secretary Darjeeling narrated in details about the problems of hills. The leaders gave a patience hearing. Com. Santosh Chettri said that there is no officer in the hills for a long time. Five posts of SDE are lying vacant. As such the development and maintenance work at hills of Darjeeling has totally been broken down. The HR issues of the employees are lying unattended. There is an acute scarcity of drinking water. The condition of the safety tank is alarming. Civil wing doing nothing, they are only a silent spectator. After the meeting a delegation team met with DGM hills and demanded early solution of the above issue. On spot Com. Badal Ghosh, Dist. Secy. contacted GM Siliguri over phone and demanded the issues of hills to be resolved immediately. Thereafter, the delegation handed over a memorandum to the DGM. It is decided that Circle Secretary will meet CGMT, WB circle on the above issue on Monday the 18th June, 2018.
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Take all out effort to make the Agitation Programme on 18th June, 2018 a grand success: Dear comrade after massive demonstration held on 11th June, 2018 the Circle administration was given ultimatum to settle the burning problems of the regular, non-regular employees and pensioners of our circle. But it is unfortunate that no initiative has yet been taken by the circle administration to settle the issue. It was told to CGMT, WB Circle that if the situation still remains unchanged then the Circle union will go for a massive demonstration programme on 18th June, 2018 in all SSAs of WB circle. All the organizers are requested to take all initiative for week long campaign programme along with BSNLCMU and AIBDPA at branch and unit level. Explain the attitude of the administration. At the same time the role of our Red Flag union. The financial condition of BSNL is not at all in a good position. The management is trying to shift their responsibility on the shoulders of the workers. The financial position of BSNL was somehow better in the month of February and March, 2018 but after that it is now in a worst position. It is our duty to organise our workers and tell them the attitude of the management and the financial position of the BSNL. On 12th June, 2018 the core committee consisting of the General Secretaries of BSNLEU, NFTE (BSNL), SNESA and AIBSNLEA met CMD, BSNL Sri Anupam Shrivastva and discussed on the financial position of BSNL. CMD BSNL appealed to all categories of employees to become sales and marketing man. At this back drop our circle administration is sitting idle and taking no initiative to overcome the adverse financial condition of BSNL. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB calls upon the workers to take all initiative to make the Agitation Programme on 18th June, 2018 a grand success.
After Sustained struggle by the Casual & Contractual Labourers got victory on the demand of Gratuity : Comrades, after sustained struggle by the casual and contractual labourers on the demand of Gratuity for all got victory. Corporate office has issued order for payment of gratuity to the casual labours who have retired in the last year from Coochbehar. CGMT, WB has also sent the sanction memo to the TDM, Coochbehar for immediate payment of gratuity including interest for the delay payment. BSNLCCWF have taken the demand of Gratuity for all with the Chief Labour Commissioner and Assistant Labour Commissioner and after sustained struggle, at last got the victory. Now BSNLCCWF will fight for the contractual labourers on the same demand.
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Suri and Bolpur branch union amalgamated jubilantly through a conference: On 10th June, 2018 Suri and Bolpur branch union of BSNLEU, Suri District amalgamated through a jubilant 16th joint branch conference. the conference was held at Bolpur Tele. Exchange. The newly formed branch union will function as Suri branch. The Red flag of our union was hoisted by Com. Ashok Kumar Nayak, Branch President. The martyrs column was garlanded by Com. Shibu Kanti Sen, Com. Debdas Chakraborty, Com. Santosh Goswami along with other leaders. The photograph of Com. KG Bose and Com. Moni Bosed was garlanded by Com. Nazes Nouroz, Circle President and Com. Ajit Kumar Bose veteran leader respectively. The open session was inaugurated by Com. Nazes Nauroz. The other speakers were Com. Santosh Goswami, Asstt. Circle Secretary BSNLCMU, Com. Tinku Goswami, District Secretary, BSNLEU and Com. Debdas Chakraborty, District President AIBDPA. Brach Secretary of Suri Branch Com. Shibu Kanti Sen placed the draft report for discussion. Treasurer of both the branch, Suri and Bolpur placed the accounts. After detail discussion the draft report along with the accounts were accepted by the house unanimously. The house unanimously elected Com. Ashok Kumar Nayak, Com. Shibu Kanti Sen and Com. Amar Das as President, Branch Secretary and Treasurer respectively for the next term. The conference was presided jointly by Com. Pranati Mukherjee and Ashok Kumar Nayak. <Pictures>
Ultimatum given to Circle Administration by BSNLEU, WB circle for settlement of long pending issues of regular, non-regular employees and pensioners : Today the BSNL workers of WB circle assembled at CGMT office, CTO building, Kolkata against non- implementing the commitment/decisions of the CGMT, WB circle of the meeting held on 28th March, 2018 and also the last Circle Council meeting. A good number of workers and pensioners assembled in the lunch hour agitation programme. Leaders of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA. The main speakers was Com. Animesh Mitra. He narrated in brief that the HR issues are lying unsettled for along time in spite of the decisions/commitment of CGMT. The administration is taking no initiative to implement the decisions. Due to the curtailment of fund in temporary advance and Repair & Maintenance head the wage of the casual labourers as well as the Contractual labourers are being delayed abnormally. Pensionary benefits of the pensioners are getting delayed through out the circle, even the medical bills are lying unsettled for months together. He gave ultimatum to the administration if the situation remains unchanged then the BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA will launch agitation programme on 18th June, 2018 throughout the circle before SSA heads and in Kolkata a Dharna programme will be held before the Chamber of CGMT, WB circle. Thereafter a convention will be held on 28th June, 2018 at CTO, TI hall on the issue. A letter was handed over to CGMT, WB circle by a delegation lead by Circle Secretary, Com. Animesh Mitra narrating the whole scenario and the programme taken by the three circle unions. <Photos>
UPDATED ON 5-06-2018 AT 1645 HRS.
District Conference of BSNLEU, Malda District held with enthusiasm : The 6th District Conference of BSNLEU Malda District held on 12th May, 2018 at Karmachari Bhavan, Malda. The Red flag of our union was hoisted by Com. Bhudeb Majumder, Veteran Trade Union leader. The leaders paid their respectful homage to the martyrs with floral tribute at the martyrs column. The conference was inaugurated by Com. Ratan Bhaskar, Joint Convener 12 July Committee, Malda District. He in his speech narrated about the present political scenario persisting in our state as well as in our country as a whole. He called upon the members present in the conference to get united for bigger struggle ahead of us to fight out the anti worker policy of the Government. The draft annual report was place by Com. Ujjal Kumar Ghosh, District Secretary and the Accounts was placed by Com. Sudhir Lal, Treasurer for discussion. Com. Bidhan Chandra Pramanik was present in the conference on behalf of Circle Union. He in his speech said about the present scenario in West Bengal Telecom Circle and our struggle. He also enlightened the house the present position of the 3rd PRC and our struggle against the decision to form Subsidiary Tower Company. After discussion by the members the annual report and the accounts were adopted by the house unanimously. District Secretary, Com. Ujjal Kummar Ghosh in his speech replied all the quarries made by the members and called upon the workers to get united for the struggle ahead of us. The house unanimously elected Com Tejen Bhusan Talukder as District President, Com. Ujjal Kumar Ghosh as District Secretary and Com. Sudhir Lal as District Treasurer for next term. <Pictures>
UPDATED ON 4-06-2018 AT 1730 HRS.
Respectful homage paid to our beloved leader Com. Sisir Bhattacharjee: The four circle union of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle, CTD, Telecom Factory and Telecom Store Circle jointly organized a condolence meeting in memory of our beloved leader late Com. Sisir Bhattachcrejee on 1st June, 2018 at Telecom Factory Recreation Club, Alipore. The meeting was presided over by Com. Sekhar Bhattacarjee. Circle Secretaries of four circles of BSNLEU, 3 Circle Secretaries of AIBDPA WB circle, CTD and Stores Circle, Circle Secretaries of BSNLCMU, WB Circle, CTTMU, Secretary BSNL Coordination Committee along with other leaders paid floral tribute to the departed leader. Floral tribute was also paid by his nice. Com. P. Abhmanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU (CHQ) was the main speaker in the condolence meeting. Before deliberation Com. Abhimanyu paid floral tribute at the photograph of Com. Sisir Bhattacrjee. He in his speech discussed about the teachings of Com. Sisir Bhattcharjee and the ideology which he believed and exercised throughout his life. The other speakers were Com. Omprakash Singh, CS Telecom Factory Kolkata, Com. Animesh Mitra, CS West Bengal Circle, Com. Aloke Mitra, CS, Store Circle, Com. Sisir Roy, CS CTD, Com. S.D. Chowdhury, CS, Telecom Factory, Mumbai and Miss Mousumi Bhattacarjee, Nice of Com. Sisirda paid respect through their deliberation to the departed leader. < Pictures>
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Demonstration programme against the abnormal price hike of petrol &diesel held effectively in West Bengal Circle : As per the instant call of the Circle union demonstration programme was held in most of the districts in West Bengal circle. At the same time solidarity shown towards the striking workers of Bank and Grramin Dak Sevaks of Post Office. At Asansol the programme was held at the office of DGM where the main speaker was Com. Subrata Misra, Dist., Secy., Asansol and Asstt. CS, BSBLEU, WB. He accused both the Central Govt. as well as the State Govt. for the abnormal price of the Petrol and Diesel. He in his speech also said that the BSNLEU, Asansol District will be always beside the struggling Gramin Dak Sevak comrades of Post Offices who are on indefinite strike and employees of Banks who are on 2 day strike. In Kolkata the three district unions CGMT Office Dist., Kolkata SSA Dist. and TCO Dist. jointly organized the protest demonstration programme at CTO against the record price hike of petroleum product and solidarity programme towards the Gramin Dak Sevak and the Bank employees who are on strike for 2 days. The main speaker was Com, Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. CS, BSNLEU, WB. He narrated in brief about the anti common people policy of both the Central and State Govt. in regard to the abnormal price hike of petrol and diesel. He said that the the Govt. is very much reluctant to reduce the price of Petrol & Diesel to give relief to the common people. He expressed his solidarity towards the Gramin Dak Sevak who are on indefinite strike for their wage revision and towards the Bank employees who conducting 2 day strike on 30th & 31 May, 2018 for their wage revision also. The other speakers were Com. Nazes Nouroz , President BSNLEU, WB and Com. Anindya Kr Sarkar, Org. Secy., BSNLEU, WB. Such programmes were also held at Duragapur and Bolpur. Circle Union conveys warm greeting to the comrades for organizing demonstration programme instantly. <Pictures>
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Protest against the abnormal price of petrol & diesel and show solidarity action towards the Postal and Bank employees: Circle Union calls upon all the district secretaries of West Bengal Circle to organize protest demonstration at all offices and exchanges in lunch hour today( 31-05-2018)to protest against the abnormal price hike of petrol & diesel. Which is a record for all time. It has created much hardship to the common people. At the same time show solidarity action to the 'Gramin Dak Shevak' who are on strike for indefinite period for demand of wage revision and other issues and Bank employees who are observing strike for two days on 30th & 31st May, 2018 for their wage revision. Comrades we are also in struggle path for 3rd PRC and to protect our towers from being privatize and as a whole to save BSNL. Organize our workers through massive campaign against the anti worker policy of the government. It is our moral duty to stay beside the struggling comrades of Postal as well as Bank.
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An effective Dharna Programme held at Purulia: An effective Dharna Programme held at Purulia yesterday i.e on 29th May, 2018 at the call of BSNLEU, Purulia district to settle the long pending burning issues of the SSA. More than 100 workers gathered in the Dharna programme before TDM's office. The leaders in their speech apprised the workers under what situation they were compelled to take such decision of Dharna. They narrated about the indifferent attitude of the management. Later a delegation met TDM and discussed the issues of the Dharna programme. Later TDM assured the leadership that within 10 days the problems will be resolved.
Meeting with Assistant Labour Commissioner (C) held yesterday at New Delhi : As scheduled, the meeting with ALC (C) was held yesterday i.e on 29th May, 2018 at New Delhi. Com. V.A.N. Naboodri, President, Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, Com. K.R. Yadav, Vice President, Com. Tapas Ghosh, Working President and Com. Tapas Banerjee Treasurer were present in the meeting on behalf of BSNLCCWF. 5 officers were present from the Management side of BSNL. BSNL management had submitted the written reply against the quarries made by the ALC (C) ND in the last meeting. After getting the of reply from the Management Com. Animesh Mitra , SG raised objection that the replies are not according to the quarries made by ALC(C). Beside this some important ant issues were discussed : i) Gratuity for the (Contract Workers) - BSNL management assured before the CLC that necessary order will be issued for the contract workers before the next meting with the ALC. ii) Gratuity for the left out casual labourers - , BSNL management stated that the issue will decided in the next BSNL Board meeting if details of the left out casual labourers are available. In this regard, ALC(C) requested the leaders to lodge the complaint before the ALC through out the country. iii) Wages of left out Casual Labourers - The reply as submitted by the BSNL management wherein it is mentioned that casual labourers are being paid their wages based on minimum CDA pay scale plus dearness allowance. It is also mentioned that the revision of wages to the casual labourers will be after 3rd PRC. The leaders objected on this point. ALC stated that after discussion with CLC he will deliver his verdict. It is also stated that he will try to arrange a meeting with the Chief Labour Commissioner.
Other issues like regularization. equal pay for equal work, retrenchment of contract labourers etc. will be discussed in the next meeting. The next meeting will take place on 29th June, 2018.
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Price of Petrol and Diesel rising day by day, we cannot keep silent : The price of petrol and diesel is rising in rocket like speed for the last fifteen days. Petrol has gone above Rs 80 per liter and diesel above Rs70 per liter in Kolkata. This price hike of petroleum has a great effect on the daily life of the common people. The price rise of diesel has created a rise in transportation cost as a result the price of all the essential commodities has gone up. Though the people has appealed to both the state and central government to curtail the cess and tax levied by them on the petroleum product. But both the government is least interested to give relief to the common people. It is one of the instance of 'Achche Din'. It is significantly be noticed that the price rise of petrol & diesel did not take place till the Karnataka Assembly election was over. It is the political decision of the central government. Hence, the price of petrol & diesel is determined by both the central government and the oil companies of our country jointly. We can not keep silent on the issue. Let's protest unitedly. All the Central Trade Unions have given a call for 'Rasta Roko' for half an hour on 31st May, 2018 in Kolkata from 1PM to 1-30 PM in protest of the price hike of Petrol & Diesel. Comrades all necessary steps to be taken to make the protest through 'Rasta Roko' programme a grand success.
Condolence meeting in memory of Com. Hirak Ranjan Sengupta held at CTTC, Kolkata: The condolence meeting in memory Com. Hirak Ranjan Sengupta held on 26th May, 2018 at CTTC, Kolkata with full honour. The employees of CTTC paid homage to the departed leader through floral tribute. Com. Hirak Sengupta was president of AIBDPA, Kolkata SSA. He breathed his last on 20th May, 2018 at 1PM. His life, works and ideology were discussed by Com. Nazes Nauroz, President, BSNLEU, WB, who was the main speaker. The other speakers were Tanmoy Thakurata, R.N. Bag, Smt Geetika Sengupta and Rita Chattopadhyay. The meeting was jointly presided over by Com. Ashok Bhattacharjee and Keshab Nagori.<Pictures>
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Condolence meeting of Com. Sisir Bhattacharjee will be held on 1st June, 2018: Condolence meeting of our beloved leader Com. Sisir Bhattachrjee, who passed away on 30th April, 2018, will be held at Telecom Factory, Kolkata on 1st June, 2018. The condolence meeting is organized jointly by the four circle unions of BSNLEU, West Bengal, CTD, Factory and Stores circles. Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU will be present in the meeting. All the organizers specially in and around Kolkata are requested to organize our workers to be present in good numbers to pay homage to our departed leader. <Poster>
Workers compelled CMD BSNL to retreat from his decision through sustained struggle: Through sustained struggle of the Unions and Associations of BSNL compelled CMD BSNL to retreat from the decision to form Subsidiary Tower Company. Joint struggle carried out by all categories of staff of BSNL since the decision taken by Central Govt. to form subsidiary Tower Company with the 70,000 towers of BSNL. CMD has informed the leaders of AUBA yesterday that there is no such agenda of Subsidiary Tower Company in the Board meeting of BSNL. BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle conveys Red Salute to all the leaders of AUAB for taking right decision in the right time.
BSNLEU, WB demands immediate payment of wage for Contractual Labourers : It is fact that the most of the SSA heads are unable to make payment of wage to the contractual labourers due to fund crisis. Though the Circle administration has allotted a meager amount of fund for the same. Today, Circle Secretary, Com. Animesh Mitra met Sr. GM (Finance) and apprised her the whole scenario. He demanded, immediate necessary steps to be taken on the part of management for payment of wage.
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Demonstration programme conducted by BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA, Suri District before the TDM through huge gathering: As decided in the working committee of BSNLEU, Suri district that a demonstration programme will be conducted against the indifferent attitude of the management not to settle the long pending burning issues of the district. Accordingly the demonstration programme was held yesterday, i.e on 22nd May, 2018 with huge gathering in front of TDM office. The issues were (i)) Deteriorating BSNL service in Suri (ii) Immediate settlement of EPF/ESI problems iii) Settle the issues of the regular and retired employees immediately. Com. Tinku Biswas, District Secretary, Suri Dist. initiated the proceedings and narrated in brief the necessity of demonstration programme. He said that there is no other alternative but to go for trade union action due to the indifferent attitude of the management. They are keeping the burning issues of the SSA unsettled for long period of time. District Union urged upon the administration time and again to settle the issues but with no effect. Com. Sibu Kanti Sen, President, BSNLEU, Suri Dist., Com. Nanda Dulal Mitra, Leader AIBDPA and Com. Santosh Goswami, District Secretary, BSNLCMU, Suri Dist. deliberated their speech before the huge gathering. <Pictures>
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Reception Committee of the 3rd All India Conference of AIBDPA formed at Kolkata : Today in a packed auditorium of Subarna Banik Samaj hall the Reception Committee of 3rd All India Conference of AIBDPA held with enthusiasm in presence of Com. Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharjee, Ex-Mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation and an eminent lawyer. The conference is scheduled to be held at Kolkata on March, 2019. Com. Bhattacarjee was welcomed with a flower bouquet by the reception committee. Com. Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharjee in his speech thanked the organiszers for choosing him as Chairman. He urged upon the pensioners and the employees who were present in the meeting that the conference should be utilized to make a road map for the future struggle of the pensioners. Since none is safe in our country, both the Central and State Government. Com. Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU, WB in his speech said all efforts should be made to reach all the employees and pensioners of the 4 circles in our state in connection with the AIC. He urged upon the members to make the conference a grand success. Other speakers in the meeting were Com. Pijush Chakraborty, CS, AIBDPA, WB, Com. Sanjeeb Banerjee, CS, AIBDPA, CTD, Com. Sisir Roy, CS, CTD, Com. Omprakash Singh, CS, Factory, Com. Arup Sarkar, CS, CTTMU, Com. Akhilesh Banerjee ACS, BSNLCMU, WB, Com. Adhir Sen, Leader AIBDPA and Com. Biplab Das Secy. BSNL Coordination Committee. A strong Reception Committee has been formed under the Chairmanship of Com. Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharjee. A Presidium has been formed with Com. Susanta Ghosh, Com. Supriya Mitra and Com. Debabrata Basu. The Reception Committee will function under the leadership of Joint General Secretaries Com. Pijush Chakraborty and Com. Sanjeeb Banerjee. The responsibility of Treasurer will be shouldered by Com. Adhir Sen and he will be assisted by Com. P.K. Nandi and Com. P.M. Das. The meeting was presided jointly by Com. Susanta Ghosh, Com. Supriya Mitra and Com. D. Basu. <Photographs>
Berhampore Telecom Scenario is not up to the mark - Circle union demands for intervention of the management : Development scenario of Berhampore SSA is a worst one. It has practically been collapsed. The revenue of the SSA has gone down to Rs 20 lacks only. BSNLEU, Berhampore District met TDM in this regard and expressed their great anxiety on the issue. But TDM in reply expressed his helplessness. In this situation Circle union intervened and met with GM(HR/Admin) along with Dist. President Com. Amal Saha and Dist. Secy. Com. Sekhar Sarkar and discussed the issue. The representatives of the district union informed GM that since there is no officers like, SDE, JTO etc. as a result the repair maintenance work has totally been stopped in the SSA. As such our customers are not getting service and they are surrendering their connections. The whole scenario was brought to the notice of the GM(HR) and sought for its immediate settlement.Circle
Circle Union Urges for immediate allotment of Fund : Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU met CGMT and urged upon him to allot a reasonable amount of fund for payment of Wage of Contractual labourer/Security Guards and for day to day maintenance work. A letter was handed over to CGMT in this regard. <View Letter>
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4 Circle Unions of BSNLEU of WB pay respectful homage to Com. Moni Bose on his 8th death anniversary : On 19th May, 2018 the 8th death anniversary of Com. Moni Boose was observed throughout West Bengal with proper respect. In Kolkata the 4 Circle unions of BSNLEU e.g West Bengal Circle, CTD, Factory and Telecom stores Circle organised a lecture Com. Moni Bose Memorial Lecture on Neo-liberal Policies and Communal harmony - role of the workers. The programme was held at CTO TI hall in a packed house. Firstly floral tribute was paid to Com. Moni Bose by the leadership of 4 circles. Beside that the leaderships of AIBDPA, BSNLCMU and CTTMU also paid their floral tribute to our beloved leader. Com. Asis Das, Com. Sisir Roy and Com. Omprakash Singh spoke on the life of Com. Moni Bose, his works, his ideology and struggle for the toiling mass. Com. Nazes Naouroz, Com. Prabir Dutta and Com. Sekhar Bhattacharje jointly presided over the meeting. << Pictures>>
Formation of The Reception Committee for holding of All India Conference of AIBDPA on 22nd May, 2018 : The meeting for formation of the Reception Committee for the All India Conference of AIBDPA will be held on 22nd May, at 2PM in Subarna Banik Samaj hall, Kolkata. The Conference is scheduled to held in the month of March, 2019. Com. Bikash Bhattacharjee, Ex-Mayor, Kolkata Municipal Corporation and an eminent Lawyer will grace the occasion. All the district and branch secretaries in and around Kolkata are requested to organize our workers to be present in Subarna Bbanik Samaj hall on 22nd May, 2018 to make the meeting a grand success.
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Conference of BSNLCMU, Siliguri District held with enthusiasm : District conference of BSNLCMU, Siliguri district held 29th April, 2018 with enthusiasm. The conference created great interest amongst the workers. The conference arena was decorated with Red flags, festoons and posters. The conference was inaugurated by the Mayor of Siliguri, Com. Ashoke Bhattacharjee. He in his speech wished the success of the conference. He also said that the corporation of Siliguri will be always beside the struggle of the non-regular workers of BSNL, Siliguri. The other speakers in the conference were Com. Bipul Chakraborty and K.R. Yadav both are the veteran leaders of Telecom movement of North Bengal. The main speaker of the conference was Secretary General of BSNLCCWF, Com. Animesh Mitra. Com. Mitra in his speech narrated briefly the present situation and the struggle ahead. He accused the administration that they are trying to curtail down the strength of the contractual labours on the plea of fund crunch. He said the present position of the revision of wage of the casual labourers. He also reported about the outcome of the meeting with the Labour Commissioner at Delhi. He called upon the workers to be united and struggle for their just demands. Com. Subrata Chakraborty, Com. Raju Chakraborty and Naru Poddar was elected unanimously by the house as Dist. President, District Secretary and Treasurer respectively. We are hopeful that the new elected body will fight under the able leadership of Com Subrata Chakraborty. BSNLCMU, Suri District has conveyed their full support to the Siliguri district union.
Could we hope for a better tomorrow in BSNL : The Head of Circle meeting held at Delhi on 10&11th May, 2018. CGM of all circles, Secretary DOT, CMD BSNL and all Board of Directors were present in the meeting. The road map of BSNL for the next year has been framed in this meeting. Let us hope that the management has taken a suitable decision in favour of BSNL so that our company could give a stiff fight against other company in regard to service.
Modi Govt. is going to sell out the Navaratna PSUs : The Central Govt. lead by Narendra Modi has decided to sell out the important PSUs like BHEL & MTNL. The cabinet has bestowed the responsibility on Niti Ayog for the sell of these PSUs. We all know that MTNL is loss making company though BHEL is a profit making company still the Govt has decided to sell out these companies. Now the target is the Navartna Company. Niti Ayog has already suggested to sell out the share of Air India. It is, therefore, we have to protest the decisions of the Niti Ayoug unitedly.
Again the Fund crisis has arisen : Fund is yet to be released by the corporate office for the wage of Security guards and contractual workers. Circle Secretary met GM (Finance) on 14.05.2018 and expressed his extreme unhappiness on the issue. The GM (Finance) informed that that the requisition for the fund has been sent to Delhi on 30th April, 2018. Even CGM has pursued for the fund in the corporate office at the time of his stay at Delhi. It is expected fund may be released by the corporate office by this week. It is apprehended that already 40% of the budget has been reduced under Repair Maintenance head and 50% for Security Guard. On 9th May. 2018 the meeting of wasteful expenditure was held at Delhi. The management has proposed in this meeting for curtailment in budget for the contractual labourers. The staff side out right rejected the proposal. The situation is grave. Two circle unions, BSNLEU and BSNLCMU is going to convene a meeting in this regard and will take proper decision on the issue.
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BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle Conducted Effective Street Corner meeting on 12-05-2018 : Today at the call of BSNL Employees Union ETP and Kolkata SSA District Unions conducted an effective street corner meeting at the Bank of India More, Bhowbazar to apprise the general public against the conspiracy of the Central Govt. to weaken BSNL and to sell out the company through formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. In this meeting Com. Taps Ghosh, CS, BSNLCMU, Com. Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU, WB, Com. Om Prakash Singh, CS, Factory Circle and Com. Akhilesh Banerjee, Asstt. CS, BSNLCMU spoke in this street coroner meeting. Leaflets were distributed amongst the people on the street. Com. Nazes Nouroz presided over the meeting. <Pictures>
West Bengal Circle Stormed With Street Corner Meetings on 11th May, 2018: On the 11th May, 2018 Street Corner meetings at various places of West Bengal Circle were held with great enthusiasm through out the West Bengal Circle. The Street corner meetings were held at Berhampore, Kandi, Kumarpur, Jalpaiguri, CGMT Office, TCO and Jalpaiguri. The Stret Corner meeting were held at the call AUAB. Varous leaders of AUAB, West Bengal deliberated their speech to apprise the general people regarding the formation of Subsidiary Tower Company and anti BSNL attitude of the Central Govt. <Pictures>
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Street Corner meetings are going on in full swing in West Bengal Circle: Overcoming the hurdles of scorching heat of summer, the different district unions are conducting street corners meetings in full swing. Some of the district unions are are facing trouble in conducting campaign programme due to panchayet election in West Bengal and even the police authority is not giving permission on the plea of election. Still our organizers and leaders are conducting effectively the campaign programme. In the meantime ETR, Asansol, Burdwan, Malda, Suri and Kharagpur districts organized such campaign programme. Tomorrow the 11th May, 2018 Krishnagar, Ranaghat, Berhampore, Durgapur, TCO, CGMT Office, Jalpaiguri and Coochbehar districts will conduct street corner meeting. On Saturday, the 12th May, 2018 a street corner meeting will be held centrally in Kolkata at Amherst Street and B.B. Ganguly Street crossing (Bank of India more) organized jointly by ETP and Kolkata district unions. It is advised to the district unions that the campaign programme to be taken up at the grass route level, as such they are requested to conduct street corner meetings in large numbers.
Colourful Street Corner Meetings conducted by Asansol District : As per the decision of AUAB that street corner meetings to be conducted for massive campaign amongst the people regarding the demand to roll back the decision of the Central Govt. for formation Subsidiary Tower Company and anti BSNL attitude of the Govt. Accordingly AUAB of Asansol District conducted colourful Street Corner meetings yesterday i.e on 9th May, 2018 at 5 different spots of Asansol Town e.g Durgamandir Bus Stop, Raha Lane, Railway Station, City Bus Terminus and Court More. The meetings were held from 5PM to 7PM. Com. Subrata Misra, Com. Sutapa Roy, Com. Chanchal Sen and Com. Biswanth Mondal on behalf of AZUAB apprised the people of Asansol Town regarding the conspiracy of the Central Govt. to weaken BSNL by forming Subsidiary Tower Company with the 70,000 BSNL towers and sell out the state owned company is the ultimate goal of the Modi Govt. <<Photos>>
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BSNLEU, WB Circle raised demanded before CGM, WB Circle for 4G service in West Bengal: In the last Circle Council Meeting held on 7th May, 2018 BSNL Employees union enquired whether in this financial year i.e on 2018-19 4G service could be provided in West Bengal or otherwise. CGMT expressed his helplessness in this regard. He said that until and unless DOT provides 4G compatible spectrum for the purpose till such time there is no scope to introduce 4G service in our state. However, CGM informed that the HOC meeting is going to be held on 10 & 11 of this month in Delhi from there only we could know the pan and programme of BSNL. He also informed the house that at present all efforts will be taken for rendering better service to the customers by up gradation of the existing 2G & 3G BTS and conversion of exchanges to NGN.
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Call Attention Day was observed with enthusiasm: On 3rd May, 2018 at the call of BSNLEU (CHQ) the Call Attention Day was observed throughout West Bengal Circle. In Kolkata at CGMT office the three dist. union jointly observed the programme wearing demand batch. Good number of workers assembled in the programme. The programme was started with slogans shouting. Thereafter, The leadership deliberated their speech before the gathering. Com Sujoy Sarkar, Dist.Secy CGMT office, Com. Manik Sarkar, Dist Secy., Kolkata SSA, Com Ramprasad Dutta, Br. Secy., Kolkata Engg. Branch and Com Anindya Kr Sarkar, Circle Org. Secy. spoke before the gathering. <Photos>
Street Corner Campaign Programme Started in West Bengal : Today the 7th May, 2018 at the call of AUAB the campaign programme started in West Bengal Circle. ETR division conducted the campaign programme at Teritty Bzar a well populated business area in Kolkata. The campaign programme was conducted in demand to roll back the decision of the Central Govt. to form the Subsidiary Tower Company and anti BSNL attitude of the Govt.. So far the news received by the Circle Union that the programme was held at the streets of Asansol and Kharagpur. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, Com. Asis Das, Asstt. Circle Secretary, Com. Ashis Kr. Das, District Secretary, ETR spoke before the public who gathered to hear the leaders and the passers by. <Photo>
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