B.S.N.L. EMPLOYEES UNION
WEST BENGAL TELECOM CIRCLE
249D, B.B. Ganguly Street, Kolkata-12
Date January 08, 2014:- BSNL Crisis not due to wage increase but due to less Revenue-----VAN Namboodiri
Date October 20, 2014:- BSNL is most Trustworthy in Crisis--------- BSNL Tele Services
Date June 03, 2015:- Good news for BSNL Subscribers----Report from Business Today
Date July 23, 2016:- BSNL Bounces back to Post Profits--More to be done-------VAN Namboodiri
Date October 19, 2016:- BSNL offers to prepare cheaper than Jio-----Economic Times
Date 21st December, 2016:- Formation of Subsidiary Tower Company---Nefarious act by Govt. to fragment BSNL--- P Abhimanyu
UPDATED ON 30-03-2017 AT 2030HRS.
Massive Demonstration Programme held before CGMT (ETR) : At the cal of BSNLEU, WB Circle a massive demonstration programme held before the chamber of CGM (ETR) on the problems of regular, non regular and pensioners. A good number of regular and non regular workers assembled from in and around Kolkata. A good number of pensioners were also assembled. Personal claims of regular are neglected for a long a time, The wage of the casual and contract labourers is n\much irregular and pensioners are suffering a lot to get their pensionary benefits. Latter a delegation headed by Com Animesh Mitra, CS met CGM (ETR) and discussed the issues. CGM(ETR) assured the delegation that the issues will be looked into all seriousness. Other members of the delegation were Com. Asis Dad, Dist Secy, Asis Das, Br. Secy., Com. Sunil Nayek and Com. Sukanta Saha. Com Animesh Mitra, Com. Asis Das, Com. Taps Ghosh, Com. Tarak Kundu, Com. Asis Das, Com. Chiranjib Sen and Com Sanjib Poria spoke before huge gathering. Com. Nazes Nouroz and Com. Sunil Nayek jointly presided over the meeting.
Circle Union Met GM(HR/Admin) and GM (Finance) on the Issues of the Hills : Yesterday on 29th March, 2017 a delegation headed by Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary met Circle Administration and discussed the problems of Hills of Darjeeling, Kurseong and Klimpong and difficulty in getting personal claims of the employees. Circle Secretary requested GM (HR) and GM (Finance) to allot the ERP 'Password' to AO Darjeeling so that the personal claims could be settled smoothly. GM (Finance) told the delegation that due to the formation of Business Area permission to be taken from the corporate offic to allot separate ERP 'Password'. They also assured the leadership that the same will be pursued at the corporate office. A letter was handed over to the administration in this regard. <view letter>
UPDATED ON 27-03-2017 AT 1915 HRS.
Circle Union Met CGMT & GM(HR/Admin) : Today Circle Secretary Com. Animesh Mitra along with Com. Anindya Kr Sarkar, Org Secy met CGMT and GM (HR/Admin) and expressed their strong resentment over various issues. They pointed out that the decision taken in the Circle Council meeting have not been implemented till date more over the minutes oi\of the meeting has not been published by the administration after lapse of two months. They also pointed out that various claims of the employees are not being taken care of by the administration as result the employees are suffering a lot. After patience hearing CGMT assured to look into the matter.
UPDATED ON 25-03-2017 AT 1445 HRS.
Intimate the required no. of 'Telecrusader' & "Door Sanchar Karmee": The BSNLEU CHQ has already asked the District Unions to send their required number of All India journals ('Telecrusader') to CHQ . At the same time the required number of Circle Journals ("Door Sanchar Karmee") will definitely be changed in respect of each District. So the District Secretaries are requested to send the exact figure to the Circle Union by SMS/Email within 15 days. The District/Branch secretaries are requested to send the changed name/address in respect of their District/Branch also with the figure to the Circle Union positively.
UPDATED ON 24-03-2017 AT 1315 HRS.
Editorial of "Door Sanchar Karmee", March, 2017: <Click here>
UPDATED ON 23-03-2017 AT 1950 HRS.
Take special effort to hold General Body meeting at the Branch level: The District & Branch secretaries are requested to take all efforts to organise General Body meeting from 24th March to 4th April 2017 at each and every branch. In those meetings the eventful incidents like successful completion of 7th Circle conference Kolkata, march to Parliament programme held on 22/02/17, March to Rajbhavan/DM/Collectorate office and submission of memorandum against the derogative decisions of the Central Govt. to weaken/ disinvest BSNL etc. The issues like i) poor development, maintenance, marketing of WBT Circle, ii) efforts taken by the circle union to solve the pending stuff problems, iii) attack on BSNLEU members through out West Bengal and the brave fight of the members are to be highlighted. The meeting should also discuss the future course of action and convey the decisions to the district and circle union.
Krishnagar non payment issue----- Circle & District union met GM (Fin.): Today the circle union leaders both of BSNLEU and BSNLCMU along with their District union countar parts had a discussion with GM (Fin.) regarding the non payment of wages of the non-regulars of Krishnagar SSA. The leaders demanded immediate payment of outstanding dues of wage to the non-regulars workers. The leaders expressed their strong resentment against the administrative lapses for which the workers are being deprived of their wages since last five months. The GM(Fin.) assured the leaders that all possible effort will be taken by the administration towards payment of the non-regular workers at the earliest. Com. Animesh Mitra CS, BSNLEU WB, Amitava Chattopadhyay, Sujoy Sarkar, Bidhan Pramanik (leaders BSNLEU), Tapas Ghosh, CS BSNLCMU ,Tarak Kundu (BSNLCMU) Biswanath Kar, Nemai Das and others district union leaders were present in the delegation.
UPDATED ON 22-03-2017 AT 2000 HRS.
17th foundation day celebrated with lot of joy and firm determination to save BSNL to protect the interest of the employees: Today the 17th foundation day of BSNL employees union was celebrated through out the circle with lot of enthusiasm. The good number of members of BSNLEU gathered in the office / Exchanges to celebrate this auspices day. As per the latest news came to the circle union in most of the district the day is celebrated with due honor. The leaders and organizers in their speeches mainly highlighted the issues like the present situation of BSNL, demands of the employees, next wage negation, revision of wages of the contractual workers, problems of the pensioners along with the glorified history of the past 16th years of BSNLEU. <Click here>
Implementation of Gazette Notification-------- Circle union met GM (Finance): Yesterday a delegation of BSNLEU & BSNLCMU WB Circle met GM (Fin) with the demand to implement revision of wages of the contract workers as per gazette notification at the earliest. The leaders also highlighted the issues of non payment of wages for months together particularly in Krishnagar, Asansol, Kolkata SSAs. GM (Fin.) gave patient hearing an assured that proper action will be taken.
UPDATED ON 21-03-2017 AT 1715 HRS.
BSNLEU & BSNLCMU is always serious on Casual/Contractual labour demands: At last the order for revision of minimum wages for the contractual workers has been issued by the Chief Labour Comissioner on 17th March, 2017. It is stated in this regard that the day when the Ministry of labour has issued the Gazette Notification for revision of minimum wages, on that day itself Com VAN Namboodiri, President and Animesh Mitra, SG BSNLCCWF met CLC at New Delhi with the demand for increase of wages. However, though delayed, the CLC Mr. A. K. Nayek has issued the order on 17th March, 2017. It is also to be mentioned that on 18th March Com P. Abhimanyu, GS BSNLEU & VP BSNLCCWF along with Animesh Mitra, Secy. General BSNLCCWF met CMD BSNL and demanded immediate implementation of the revised rate of wages throughout India. The CMD BSNL told the leaders that the matters will be looked into with all seriousness. Yesterday, the Circle Union also had a meeting with GM (HR) where the demand for immediate implementation of revised wages for the contractual workers has been raised by the Circle leaders. According to the order of the CLC , New Delhi , the revised wages will be effective from 19th January, 2017 and the next VDA shall be effective from 01st April, 2017. This is undoubtedly a significant victory of the workers under the leadership of BSNL Employees Union and BSNLCCWF. Comrades it is now our task to make it implemented at the earliest and make a wide campaign of the story of the struggle behind this success. <Click for the CLC Order>
"International Women's Day" observed energetically and with firm determination at Asansol: Amidst energy & enthusiasm the International Women's Day was observed at Asansol on 18th March, 2017. The programme was scheduled earlier by the District Union. Com Debomita Chattopadhyay, leader AIDWA Burdwan, spoke on the occasion. Com Chattopadhyay told the gathering regarding the necessity and significance of observing International women's day, she also told how the women are being exploited and tortured in our society. She requested the gathering to fight against the oppression of the women. A good number of working women both of BSNLEU & CMU have attended the programme, a good number of lady pensioners were also present. Com Monima Mann & Pratima Bhowmick presented mass songs, Com Papri Chowdhury & Sutapa Roy recited poems. After the speech of the main speaker Com. Subrata Mishra, DS Asansol and Sutapa Roy, ADS, BSNLEU Asansol District narrated the few words describing the present scenario of working women in our society and in the working arena. The programme was presided by Com Susmita Roy & Basabi Sarkar. <Click here for Photos>
Observe 17th Foundation Day of BSNL Employees Union tomorrow in a befitting manner: Tomorrw is the 17th Foundation day of BSNL Employees Union. We all aware of the fact that our Union started journey on 22nd march, 2001 from Visakhapatnam. In this 17th foundation day let us hoist the Red Flag of our Union in every BSNL Office/Exchange of our Circle, narrate the achievements and present scenario to each and every member through Gate Meeting, GB meeting, etc.
UPDATED ON 17-03-2017 AT 1235 HRS.
Both Purulia & Siliguri have shown a new path of United movement: Of late the news came to the Circle Union that along with other Districts of West Bengal the programme of "Submission of Memorandum to DM" on 9th march 2017 was successfully conducted both at Purulia & Siliguri. In both the places the Executives & non executives were in a mood to express their anger over the derogative decision of the Central Govt. to destroy BSNL. At Purulia, after a long interval the executives and non executives came on the streets to save BSNL which is definitely an unique feature so far the united movement in BSNL throughout the Country is concerned. Com S D. Barman, Dist. Secy. BSNLEU and other leaders of executives & non excutive Unions and association were present on the occasion. In Siliguri veteran leader of NFTE-BSNL Com Pulak Ganguly spoke before the gathering along with Com Badal Ghosh, Dist. Secy, BSNLEU and other leaders. In both the places the BSNLCMU & AIBDPA members played a very vital role to make the programme grand success. <Click for Photos>
UPDATED ON 16-03-2017 AT 1730 HRS.
Employees are being deprived of getting basic amenities on the plea of ERP--Circle Union intervenes: It is a matter of deep regret that the employees are deprived from getting basic amenities like Uniform, stitching charge, chappal etc. for months together. The Circle Union when enquired the authority regarding this problem the administration told that it happens due to the problem of ERP and Corporate Office. The experience of Berhampore SSA can be cited where the TDM denied to sanction the amenities and sent the file to Kolkata SSA for guidance which remained unsettled for 3 to 4 months. Ultimately when Circle Union intervenes the Kolkata SSA authority replied that there is no specific guidelines are there for such payment. Circle Union also discussed the issue with CGM, GM (F) & GM (HR) with no result. We have to again thrash the administration to awake them from deep sleep so that the payment can be made. <Click for Letter to CGMT>
Payment of Security Guards affects months together due to crunch of fund----BSNLEU & BSNLCMU reacts: The security guards of different SSAs are not getting their wages due to shortage/non availability of fund months together, the situation is so grave that the security guards of Krishnagar are not getting their wages for last 5 months. In spite of change of both the Contractor as well as the TDM Krishnagar the situation remains unaltered. It is learnt that the Security Guards of CTTC & Kolkata SSA are not getting their wages too and the problem persists in most of the SSAs. The amount for payment of wages as received by the Circle Office from Corporate Office New Delhi is of Rs. 38 lakh for the month of February,17 in the first week of March, 2017.But the required amount as per the requisition of the SSAs are of Rs. 1.5 Crore. The workers attached to Krishnagar SSA have already gone for agitational programme and there is serious unrest amongst the workers in other SSAs also. The District Union of Krishnagar demanded immediate intervention of CGMT in this issue. The Circle Union also demanded intervention of CGMT before ‘Holi’ for payment. Since the situation has not been improved the Circle Union gave a deputation to GM (Finance) on 14th March, 17. After discussion it is decided that the authority is going to allot about Rs. 1.34Cr. to the SSA heads towards payment of the Security guards except Bankura SSA who did not requisitioned any amount . Only due to the active intervention of both BSNLEU & BSNLCMU WB Circle allotment of fund for payment of wages became possible. Though the sanctioned amount is meager we have to fight for the rest amount. After sustained effort of both the Circle Unions it is learnt that the Security Guards of Krishnagar and Kolkata SSAs did not get their wages for 4 and 3 months respectively.
UPDATED ON 10-03-2017 AT 1735 HRS.
Awesome Rally and submission of Memorandum programme held throughout the Circle:Today, at the call of All India Unions and Associations of BSNL, four circle unions of West Bengal State organised a historic rally at the City of Kolkata wherein about three thousand workers and officers took part in the procession with flags, placards, banners. After the rally in the huge gathering a meeting was held at the island of Dalhousie square, where leaders from BSNL Employees Union West Bengal, Calcutta Telephones, Stores & Telecom Factory Circles, NFTE (BSNL), SNATTA & SNEA addressed the meeting. Com. Animesh Mitra, Convener initiated the proceedings. Com. Omprakash Singh, Krishnendu Naskar, Sandip Ghosh, Dilip Saha & Mrinal Das delivered their speech. Com. Saiibal Sengupta presided. Finally, Memorandum was handed over to the Governor of West Bengal.
So far information received, similar fantastic rallies were held at different districts of West Bengal like Durgapur, Krishnagar, Bankura, Asansol, Malda and Raiganj where hundreds of BSNL Exeuctives, Non executives, Non Regular employees & Pensioners participated with lot of enthusiasm to Save BSNL from the attack of the Central Government policies.
Circle Union conveys Red Salute to the employees of all categories and the pensioners for their active role to make the programme another milestone in the history of united Telecom movement in the State. <Click >.
BSNL-MTNL MERGER-----Member (Service), DOT negates, but Media focused another view!!! Since last couple of years it is one of the most important issue whether BSNL will Merge with MTNL or not. Whenever the question raised the Authority denies the fact, but recently on 8th March,17, a report came on the print media which said that "According to the top official of the Telecom Department the merger of BSNL & MTNL is back on the discussion Table". The GS & DY GS, BSNLEU yesterday in a meeting when asked regarding the rumors of Merger of BSNL& MTNL, Sri R.K. Mishra, Member Services, DOT at once denied about any such talks. Today it is learnt that all on a sudden the share price of MTNL in the market increas4ed by 16%. It is very much clear that due to media report of BSNL-MTNL merger at the highest level the market value has increased. The employees are anxously telling that whom to trust??? Comrades the only answer is sustained united struggle of the employees can save BSNL, thus we can save the PSUs as well as the nation. <Click for the Media Report>
UPDATED ON 08-03-2017 AT 1340 HRS.
"International Women's Day"---Celebrate with honour, courage & respect: Today is "International Women's Day". Comrades, BSNLEU West Bengal Circle Union conveys heartfelt greetings to all working women on the eve of "International Women's Day". Today is the day to take oath for the equality of women, to fight against the exploitation of women in the society. In our country the women are bitterly exploited by the capitalist system and social oppression moreover nowadays women are increasingly being made targets of violent attacks on the basis of caste and religion. In our state the situation is nothing different. Presently, according to the report of "National Women commission" our state stood at the top two places so far the Trafficking and Molestation of Women are concerned. This is our shame!!! Therefore it is our duty comrades to raise our voice, to stand together with courage to save the women thus to save our society. Circle Union urges upon all to celebrate this auspicious day with honour.
Employees are the only key to success: Of late it is learnt that one "Lok Adalat" was organized at BSNL Jalpaiguri SSA where the subscribers have deposited the outstanding due of more than Rs. 1.8 Lakh to BSNL. It is also learnt that the District Secretary BSNLEU Jalpaiguri Com S.C. Chanda Roy and other leaders of Jalpaiguri took major initiative to hold the "Lok Adalat". More than 1200 subscribers were served notice for outstanding Telephone bills with the request to deposit the amount to BSNL and 600 customers attended the "Lok Adalat" and deposited their dues. The entire Executive and Non executive employees attached to Jalpaiguri were very much enthused with the response of the customers. Therefore it is once again proved that if the employees get proper motivation then they can only work for the betterment of BSNL. Circle Union conveys red salute to the workers of Jalpaiguri.
UPDATED ON 07-03-2017 AT 1455 HRS.
Memorandum for the 9th March, 2017 Programme: <Click>
Administration failed to fulfill the basic demands------Circle Union reacts: On 6th March, 2017 the leaders of the Circle Union met both GM (HR-Admn) and GM (Fin.) and expressed their strong reaction over the non settlement of the pending unsettled cases of the employees. The leaders have also focused the issue of non payment of wages of the non regular workers, deposition of EPF in the name of the non regular workers to the authority and accused the administration for their utter reluctance to solve the problems. It becomes a regular phenomenon of this Circle that regarding non payment the administration came out of hibernation after the BSNLEU/BSNLCMU agitates. The leaders told that Administration is not even careful to settle the long pending individual cases of the employees which agitates the employees of all sections. However it is learnt from the GM (Fin) that efforts are being taken to make payments of the non regular workers at the earliest throughout the Circle. Regarding the problems of payment at Burdwan, Krishnagar, Asansol the GM (Fin) himself enquired the position from the field officers and gave instructions accordingly in presence of the leaders. Com Animesh Mitra, CS, Najes Nauroz, President, Amitava Chattopadhyay & Sujoy Sarkar both ACS, Debasish Khan, Treasurer, Bidyut Goswami, Asstt. Treasurer, Manik lal Sarkar & Chiranjib Sen both Org. Secys of BSNLEU WB were present in the delegation.
Preparation is on full swing for the programme of 9th March: To propagate the demands of the Unions & Associations of BSNl for the programme of 9th March 2017 amongst the workers of BSNL, Meeting, rallies are taking place almost throughout the Circle. Already a good number of District Unions have completed their plan to submit the Memorandum to the DM/ADM. It is learnt that the District Unions of Kharagpur, Bankura, Asansol, Durgapur, Purulia, Suri TCO, ETR, ETP, CGMT Office, Kolkata SSA have already discussed regarding the programme and going to perform accordingly. At Kolkata the 3 District Unions yesterday organised a rally followed by a meeting t CTO TCO & CGMT Office. The First meeting of yesterday took place at CTO Kolkata of more than hundred of workers after a grand rally at CTO & TCO building where Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB detailed the background of submission of Memorandum programme of the CHQ on 9th March, 2017, Com Manik lal Sarkar, Circle Org. Secy. & DS Kolkata SSA also addressed the meeting. Another meeting was held at CGMT Office where Com Animesh Mitra, CS also told the employees regarding the dreadful attack of the Central Govt. on BSNL and requested the employees to keep unity to fight the calamity. Rally was also organised after the meeting at CGMT Office. <Click Here>
UPDATED ON 02-03-2017 AT 2030 HRS.
Central Govt. has taken another effort to disinvest BSNL: This time attack has come from PM Office. On last 31st December, 2016 PM office has asked the "NITI Ayog" to assess the the Balance sheet of BSNL on which the decision for disinvestment of BSNL can be taken. It is surprising that the BSNL Board has not taken any decision in this regard in the recent past. It is learnt from the Daily Newspaper that another attempt is going on to merge BSNL with MTNL as the other Private Telcos are merging to save their future. All Unions/ Associations of BSNL have expressed their strong resentment on the decision of the Govt. and decided to organise March to Rajbhawan on 9th March, 2017. Today at Kolkata a convention of all the 4 Circles (CTD, TF, TS & WB) was held at "Subarna Banik Samaj Hall" where the leaders of various organizations have expressed their views on this issue of disinvestment . It is decided that a Memorandum to the Governor will be submitted with a colourful rally of executives and non executives on 9/3/2017 . Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB, Omprakash Singh, CS BSNLEU TF, Sekhar Majumder, CS, NFTE CTD, Prasun Mukherjee, CS AIBSNLEA CTD, Tapas Ghosh, CS SNEA WB, Bhaskar Chakraborty, Leader AIBSNLEA WB spoke on the occasion. Com Saibal Sengupta, CS BSNLEU CTD Circle presided over the convention. <Click here>
UPDATED ON 01-03-2017 AT 1600 HRS.
Total Closure of Raiganj SSA, Administartion Reluctant - Circle Union Intervenes: Raiganj SSA is total Closed since last few days. It is learnt no Exchange /office within the purview of this SSA is open/functioning right now which creates lot of problem both to the subscribers and the employees. There is an acute problem of labour payment of this SSA persists since seven or eight moths. The local administration is total reluctant to resolve this problem. Even the circle union when brought this problem to the notice of the administration then the authority was not much serious enough to overcome the situation. As a result, due to the total callousness of the authority, made an easy way to the outside political personnel to intervene with the BSNL work which leads to total closure of the SSA. Yesterday, Circle Secretary, Com. Animesh Mitra along with Com. Amitava Chattpoadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secy., met CGMT, WB and expressed their resentment and demanded on behalf of BSNLEU, WB to restore normalcy of Raiganj SSA immediately at the same time the wage of the non-regular workers of that SSA to be made in no time. A letter was also handed over to CGMT in this regard.
BSNLEU WB Circular No. 02. : <Click here>
Meeting of the District Executives held at Kharagpur SSA: A meeting of the District Executives of BSNLEU Kharagpur District held at the Bogda Telephone Exchange, Kharagpur yesterday. Com Bidyut Goswami, Assistant Treasurer BSNLEU WB Circle was present in the meeting where the issues like a) submission of memorandum on 9/3/2017, b) review of March to Parliament progrmme on 22/2/2017, c) present scenario of ruined service in the SSA and pending HR issues, d) issues of the Pensioners and Non regular workers etc. were discussed elaborately. Com Goswami in his speech narrated the present scenario of BSNL as well as the attack of the Central Govt. to destroy the PSU and requests all to raise their voice unitedly to fight the situation. The meeting has decided that the submission of memorandum with a effective and colurful rally will take place on 8th March at Midnapore (for West Midnapore ) & on 10th March at Tamluk (for East Midnapore). The leaders also decided to take the issues of 9th March programme to each & every employees of the SSA. Com Pankaj Jana, DS BSNLEU Kharagpur, Sushanta Ghosh, President AIBDPA WB, Sanjib Debnath DS, BSNLCMU Kharagpur deliberated their views in the meeting. Com Amalesh Pradhan, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU WB was also present in the meeting.
Unions & Associations of WB Circle calls upon all to organize the programme of 9th March effectively: The leaders of the Unions and Associations of West Bengal Circle met yesterday at BSNLEU CTO Union room to discuss regarding the programme of 9th March, 2017. The leaders deliberated their views regarding the necessity to perform the programme in an effective manner. It is decided that a convention will be held on 2/3/2017 at "Subarna Banik Samaj Hall" Kolkata at 3 P.M. where the leaders will be present with their members and on 9th March at 2P.M. a rally will be organised from "Subodh Mallick Square" to Rani Rashmoni Avenue, Esplanade Kolkata before the submission of Memorandum to the Honble' Governor of West Bengal. Similar programme will take place in the Districts also where the Memorandum will be submitted before the DM/Collectorate. The leaders requested all BSNL employees to join the programme to save BSNL and the employees against the derogative attitude of the Central Govt. to destroy BSNL. Yesterday meeting vehemently condemned the role of the Circle Administration, the reluctant attitude of the authority at all level and decided to meet CGM tentatively in the second week of this month to discuss the poor development, maintenance, marketing and other service related issues in WB Circle. Com Animesh Mitra, Amitava Chattopadhyay (BSNLEU), Tapas Ghosh, P.K. Roy (SNEA), Tapas Roy (NUBSNLW-FNTO), Prashant Jain, Arvind Kumar (AIGETOA), Partha Das (SEWA) were present in the meeting and deliberated their views. Com Sapan Chanda (BSNLEU) presided over the meeting.
UPDATED ON 28-02-2017 AT 1245 HRS.
Send your Nomination for Council without delay: The BSNLEU CHQ has already issued instruction to the Circle & District Secretaries to send their nominations for the Circle/Local Council Members. It is observed that some of our SSAs have sent their nominations and accordingly those have been approved by the CHQ. But still there are lot of District Unions who did not send their names of the Council Members till date. Circle Union requests the District Secretaries to take immediate effort to send the nominations to the Circle Union for approval of the CHQ. Send your nominations to the Circle Union without further delay. Circle Union got the information that the CHQ has already received the nominations for Local/Circle Council members from Kolkata, ETR, ETP. Approval will be issued by CHQ very soon. The CHQ has already approved the nominations for the Districts e.g. Civil Kolkata, CGM ETR District, Kharagpur, Krishnagar vide letter issued dated 19/09/2016. Approval for Asansol & ETP District were given on 01/11/2016, for Jalpaiguri on 13/01/2017, for Suri on 15/02/2017.
District Secretaries take initiative to prepare the list: After sustained struggle of both BSNLEU & BSNLCCWF the Corporate Office New Delhi compelled to circulate a order regarding "Engagement of Casual labourers" dated 17/02/2017. In this Circular the CO New Delhi has instructed the Local Authority to prepare a list of Casual laborers retired/ left organization/ expired since 01/10/2000. Circle Union requests all the District Secretaries to take initiative in this regard and make contact with the local administration so that the list can be prepared and send to CO New Delhi as per the instruction of the Circular. The Circular has already available with our website.
UPDATED ON 27-02-2017 AT 1915 HRS.
Problem of Drinking water at Purulia, Circle Union intervenes: After sustained struggle by BSNLEU Dist. Union Purulia the supply of drinking water at Purulia Telephone Exchange could temporarily be solved at after discussion with TDM. But in regard to problem of coagulation of drinking water with the contaminated water, it is decided that the attention of the Chief Engineer to be drawn and necessary steps to be taken to resolve the long pending problem at the earliest.
BSNLEU always moves for betterment of Non Regular Workers: Both BSNLEU & BSNLCMU WB Circle use to act for the betterment of the Non regular employees. The CHQ BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF always stand beside the two Circle Unions with their utmost cooperation. We always think for the up gradation of wages and tried to achieve the other facilities which the Non regular deserve according to the Labour Laws of the Country. Just after the huge march to parliament programme the leaders met Minister of labour and submitted the memorandum in which the union has demanded implementation of the benefits due to the Non Regular Workers. The Minister enquired the leaders about the issue of Wages, Gratuity, EPF status of the Non regular in BSNL. He was also eager to know about the strength of the Non regular employees in BSNL throughout the country and get astonished with the figure. The leaders also handed oveer the Memorandum to the CMD and PMO Office. It is learnt that the CMD has sent the same to the Dir. (HR). Com Tapan Sen, MP, P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, VAN Namboodiri, President, BSNLCWF, Tapas Ghosh, Working president, BSNLCCWF and Animesh Mitra, Secy. General BSNLCCWF were present in the delegation. We have already heard that due to sustained persuasion of BSNLEU & BSNLCCWF leaders the Authority has already issued order for i) DA for the Casual Workers, ii)collecting data from the Circle heads regarding retired/ left organization/ expired regular workers since 01/10/2000, within seven days etc. So Comrades keep unity, made wide campaign of our achievements to everybody, save BSNL, we will definitely achieve our goal, it is one of our prime tasks at present. <Memorandum to Prime Minister>. <Memorandum to CMD BSNL>
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Non Regular Workers of BSNL shook the 'Rajpath' of New Delhi, roared towards 'Parliament': They came from all over India. They were more than 3500, with Flag, Festoons, Flex, they gathered at Eastern Court, CTO, New Delhi on 22nd February, 2017 to make a new history in the Trade Union movement of the country. They are the member of 'BSNLCCWF'. A name which includes almost one lakh of Casual/Contractual/ Security Guards/ Job Contract Laborers of BSNL department who are disposing equal duties & responsibilities to keep BSNL service good throughout the Country as the Regular employees. A good number of BSNLEU leaders and members were also present at Eastern Court to take part in the March to Parliament programme. Before the Rally started for Parliament Com A. K. Padmanabhan, VP CITU, VAN Namboodiri, President BSNLCCWF and Animesh Mitra Secy. General. BSNLCCWF addressed the gathering. After that the Mammoth rally started to move towards Parliament with slogans of thousands. The New Delhi pedestrians took a halt to recollect when last they have observed such a big rally of a PSU in the streets of the Capital. A few meter away from the parliament the Rally stopped due to security reason. Before handing over the Memorandum to Prime Minister of India the leaders have once again addressed the participants, raised the issues which are to be settled at once, requested the mass to keep them united to achieve the goal. Com Tapan Sen, Secretary CITU, P. Abhimnanyu, Secretary, BSNLEU, Tapas Ghosh, Working President BSNLCCWF, Animesh Mitra, SG BSNLCCWF and other leaders of BSNLEU addressed the gathering. It was a marvellous, spectacular, huge task what the BSNL workers have done with great success. Circle Union conveys red salute to our comrades (almost 100 in number from different districts) who participated in this historic journey towards Parliament. <Click here>.
Who is the Captain??? We are already aware of the fact that the Unions & Associations of BSNL have requested the employees to work for one hour extra from 10-02-2017 to 31-03-2017. We should work to save our BSNL, to fight our competitors like Jio, to make our company viable & profit making PSU once again. We all know that BSNL has already achieved an Operational Profit to the tune of Rs. 3854 Cr. and since last couple of months the BSNL is adding more subscribers throughout the country when most of the leading Tele Operators registered negative growth. This became possible only because the BSNL employees and officers have shouldered the responsibility to save the department. The CMD therefore also conveyed greetings to the Unions & Associations for their decision to work one hour extra till 31-03-2017. But in our Circle right from the CGM other officers like GM/TDMs are totally reluctant with the issue. The authority does not feel necessary to call upon the Unions and Associations for discussion so that the Circle can turn a bit. We don't have a good captain who can lead the Circle towards betterment, who can boost the morale of the employees for a better BSNL Service in the State. At present WB Circle is somehow carrying on their service without any Captain.
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Only BSNLEU and BSNLCMU fight for the interests of the workers : BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF jointly have taken the issue of Gratuity for the non-regular workers long ago. Though some progress made in this regard but the corporate office New Delhi is yet to issue any order. However, both the organizations have demanded that the payment of gratuity should at once be made to the family of the deceased. BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF are perusing the case vigorously during last couple of months. Due to these sustained effort of both the unions, the Corporate Office, on 17th February, 2017, has asked all the circles to send the list of the non regular workers retired/ left organization/ expired since 01/10/2000, within seven days. <Click>
Strong demonstration programme held at Kolkata SSA against non payment of wages: BSNL Casual Mazdoor Union, Kolkata District has organized a very effective demonstration programme against the reluctant attitude of the administration towards the payment of wages to the non-regular workers. On 18th February, 2017 demonstration along with rally was held before the GM Kolkata SSA at CTO building. The BSNLEU leaders were also present in the programme. Leaders of both the unions met GM, Kolkata jointly and expressed their resentment regarding non payment of wages etc. for the last six/seven months. The GM assured that the payments will be made as and when the fund will be received, without any delay. Com. Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU along with other circle office bearers of both the unions were present in the delegation team.
BSNLEU & BSNLCMU met CGMT, submitted memorandum : Com. Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLE and Com. Tapas Ghosh, CS BSNLCMU met CGMT and expressed their strong resentment in regard to inordinate delay in payment of wages to the non regular workers of BSNL, WB Circle. They discussed other burning issues of these workers. They also handed over memorandum to CGMT in this regard.
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BSNL Dream of 4G Service Shattered by the Decision of the Central Govt. : BSNL authority demanded to Central Govt. for handing over of the unsold 4G spectrum to BSNL so that the PSU could give 4G service to it customers in cheaper rate. But the news published in various news paper that DOT is not going to sale 4G spectrum any more. It is known that the various Tele operators other than BSNL have purchased 4G spectrum in excess. In view of this DOT has taken the above decision as there will be no buyer left in the market except BSNL. DOT has to sale in a low price and obviously BSNL would have purchased 4G spectrum. Time and again decision of the Central Govt. has restrained BSNL to expand its infrastructure through retrograde decision. Once again it is proved that the Central Govt. is going to dry up the PSUs.
After intervention of the BSNLEU at last Fund for Casual/Contractual wages received: Today WBT Circle has got Rs. 2.62 Cr. for the wages of Casual workers and Rs. 1.9 Cr. for the Security Guards. Already it has sent to the Banks, it is expected that on Saturday the Workers will get their wages. The authority has already sanctioned the fund for "Repair Maintenance" in the First week of February. Considering the grave situation the Circle Union had talked to the CGMT and conveyed strong resentment to GM (Fi.) & GM (HR). Further both BSNLEU/WB & BSNLCMU/WB Leaders Com Animesh Mitra and Tapas Kr. Ghosh met the officers at Corporate Office New Delhi and discussed to resolve the problem. It is only the BSNLEU & BSNLCMU who are very much serious to settle the issues through sustained struggle for which unity among the Casual/Contract Labour is very necessary. Tomorrow on 18/02/2017, as it is scheduled earlierthe Circle Union will submit a Memorandum to the CGMT WBT in this regard. Make a good campaign amongst the employees.
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Circle Union fights for early payment---make extensive campaign: It is observed that during last 7/8 months the wages of the Non Regular Employees (Casual/Contractual/Security Guards/Electrical Wing/Unlisted labourers) are not being paid in time. On the contrary the workers have to wait even 2/3 months to get their wages. In this situation the Circle leaders of BSNLEU & BSNLCMU yesterday met GM (Fin.), DGM (Fin.), GM (HR). The leaders have expressed their strong resentment over the non payment issue. The non payment of GPF and other personal claims of the Regular employees were also raised. A letter in this regard was also handed over to GM (Fin) and CGMT in which it is clearly stated that if the situation persists, sustained struggle will take place throughout the Circle on an from 17/2/2017 for the settlement of the payment of wages. Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, Sujoy Sarkar, Bidyut Goswami, Anindya Kr. Sarkar (BSNLEU and Goutam Das, Tarak Kundu, Arindam Nandi (BSNLCMU) were present in the delegation. Comrades prepare yourself to make the agitational programme of 17/2/17 at GM/TDM level & 18/2/17 at CGMT office a grand success. The demonstration programme of CGMT Office will start from 1 P.M., make wide campaign for the programme and join enmasse.
3rd Circle Conference of AIBDPA concluded successfully: As it was reported earlier the 3rd AIBDPA Circle Conference at "Durgadevi Lodha Smriti Bhawan", Medinipur on 11th & 12th February, 2017 ended successfully and effectively. Circle Union conveys heartiest welcome to the newly elected Circle Office Bearers of AIBDPA.
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Circle Union decides to go to Trade Union action on 17th & 18th February against Non Payment of Wages to the Non regular Workers: Since last couple of months It becomes a regular phenomenon that the wages of the non-regular workers (Casual/Contractual/Security Guards/Electrical wing/Job Contract etc.) are not paid in time throughout the West Bengal Telecom Circle. In every month the Circle & District leaders have to take appropriate action for payment and to avoid this unwanted situation though the CGM himself issued a 'Minutes' where it was clearly laid down that the wages of the non regular workers should be made within 10th of each month. Therefore the BSNLEU WB Circle & BSNLCMU WB have decided to go to Trade Union action to get rid of this turmoil. On 17th February,17 there will be demonstration programme at the GM/TDM/TDE level and on 18th February, 2017 both the Union will organize Demonstration in front of the chambers of CGMT WB in Kolkata and CE(Elec.) . District Secretaries are requested to take sincerest effort in consultation with their BSNLCMU counterparts to make the programme of 17th & 18th February a grand success. Comrades, keep in mind we cannot tolerate this dirty game of the Administration further.
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"March to Rajbhawan/DM/Collectorate Office on 9th March, 2017"---make widest propaganda of the demands: The Unions & Associations of BSNL have decided to go to Trade Union Action like "March to Rajbhawan/DM/Collectorate Office on 9th March, 2017" throughout India. Accordingly the Circle Union requests all the District Secretaries to take fullest preparation for the programme. Initially to make widest campaign of the demands of the Unions & Associations, District Secretaries have to meet with each & every employees with the leaders of other Unions/Associations in the Districts. Therefore make campaign programme successfully. The following 4(four) issues should be highlighted in the campaign meeting.
1. Opposing PMO letter on implementation of Niti Ayog's decision for the strategic sale /privatization of BSNL.
2. Opposing formation of Subsidiary Tower Company.
3. Demanding allotment of 4G spectrum, free of cost, to BSNL.
4. Opposing favors being extended to Reliance Jio.
Comrades let us fight against the conspiracies to kill BSNL.
Attack couldn't restrain Ranaghat: Since last couple of years the BSNLEU Ranaghat Br. was always one of our most affected Branch. In spite of all mischievous acts the 10th Branch Conference of Ranaghat was held amidst lot of enthusiasm in the Telephone Exchange on 12th February, 2017. Com Sandhya Halder, Branch president hoisted the Red Flag Martyrs column was garlanded. Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle secretary, BSNLEU WB Circle inaugurated the conference with his deliberation. Com Chattopadhyay described the present scenario and requested everybody to make a strong unity to counter attacks. Com Prabir Banerjee, Dist Secy. Krishnagar, Biswanath kar, ADS BSNLEU Krishnagar, Nemai Das, DS, BSNLCMU Krishnagar, Jadhab Mallik, BS, BSNLCMU Ranaghat spoke on the occasion. Draft Report was tabled by Com Sadhan Biswas, Br. Secy. and Com Ranjit Biswas placed the A/Cs. Com. Prabir Das, Kanailal Sarkar, Moni Sarkar, Sukanta Banerjee, Puspita Sarkar, Pradip Mondal and Pradip Das took part in the discussion. Com Bidhan pramanik, ACS President Krishnagar Dist. deliberated his speech. In fine the house elected Com Sandhya Halder, Tarit Bhattacharya and Sankar Kr. Das and Br. President, Secretary and Treasurer for the next term.
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First Meeting of the Circle Office Bearers held: On 9th February, 2017 the outgoing & incoming Circle Office Bearers of BSNLEU WB Circle held at Kolkata. The meeting was presided by Com Swapan Chanda and Nazes Nauroz jointly. At the outset Com Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary BSNLEU WB welcomed all. Com Mitra told the duties & responsibilities of the Circle Office Bearers at the present juncture. He told that Circle Union will fight against all attacks and will try their best to make the BSNL WB Circle turn around. He also mentioned some of the programme like a) March to Parliament on 22/2/2017, b) Programme of CHQ on 9/3/2017, c) Programme of BPMO & CPSTU in the coming days and requested the leaders to make the programme successful. It is decided that a detail Circular in this regard will be issued shortly.
"March to Parliament" to achieve the legitimate demands----make it Historical: The BSNL Casual & Contractual Workers Federation has decided to organize "March to Parliament" programme on 22nd February, 2017 to settle their long pending demands including "Equal Pay for Equal Work". Accordingly the BSNLCMU WB has instructed their members to join the programme. The BSNLEU WB Circle has decided from their First Circle Office Bearer meeting held on 9th February that the leaders of the Circle Union as well as the Districts should join the programme. It is learnt that a good number of Non Regular and Regular Employees from all the Circles situated in West Bengal will go to Delhi to make the programme successful. Therefore the District/branch Secretaries throughout the Circle are requested to inform the Circle Union the number of employees (both Regular/Non regular) in consultation with the BSNLCMU leaders of the District/Branch immediately. Comrades let us march forward in the 'Rajpath' of New Delhi on 22/02/2017 with a firm determination to achieve our goal.
Circle Conference of AIBDPA will start tomorrow: After the successful completion of the 7th Circle Conference of BSNLEU, WB the 3rd Circle Conference of AIBDPA will take place at "Com. Priyatosh Roy & Mukul Dutta Mancha" (Durgadevi Lodha Smriti Bhawan) of "Comrade Kunhanandan Nagar" (Medinipur) on 11th February, 2017. Com. VAN Namboodiri, Advisor AIBDPA will inaugurate the conference at 10.30 A.M. on 11th February. Com Ananta Bhattacharya, President AIBDPA, K.G. Joyraj, General Secretary, AIBDPA, Susanta Ghosh, CS AIBDPA WB, Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB, Tapas Kr. Ghosh, CS BSNLCMU WB & Biplab Das, Secretary, BSNLCC will address the conference. It is learnt that the Reception Committee has almost completed the arrangements and most of the delegates will reach Medinipur by 10th February Night. BSNLEU WB Circle wishes a successful completion of the conference which will conclude on 12th February.
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Br. Conference of Balurghat held successfully: With lot of enthusiasm and spontaneity the Joint Branch Conferences of BSNLEU & BSNLCMU Balurghat Branch was held on 14th January, 2017. After hoisting of Red Flag of the Union the meeting was inaugurated by the leader of the 12th July Committee Balurghat. The conference was addressed by Com Animesh Mitra Circle Secretary BSNLEU WB. Com. Mitra in his speech narrated the present situation of BSNL in the Circle and told the members to strengthen unity to fight all odds. The House elected Com Namita Das Gupta, Goutam Kr. pandy and Sukumar Seal as Branch President, Secretary and Treasurer for the next term. <Click here>
In spite of attack TCO hold the 7th District Conference impressively: Nowadays TCO becomes one such Office of BSNL where the employees are experiencing threatening, abusive language from the miscreants of the TEU activists. In spite of all these mischievous acts the 7th District Conference of BSNLEU TCO District was held on 14th January, 2017 in TCO Kolkata. Com Ashutosh Das, District President hoisted the Red Flag and garlanded the martyrs column. The Photo of the departed leader and former CHQ Vice President Com Pranab Roy was garlanded by Com Debashis Khan, Leader BSNLEU WB. Com Khan also inaugurated the conference with his valuable speech. Com Gobinda Das, Leaders, AIBDPA WB and Sujoy Sarkar, Leader BSNLEU WB spoke in the open session. Then Com Biswanath Singha, District Secretary and Sanjiban Naskar Treasurer placed the Draft Report & Accounts before the house.after discussion those two were adopted unanimously. Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, Banani Chattopadhyay both leaders BSNLEU WB Circle were present in the conference. In fine the house unanimously elected Com Tapan Kr. Bose, Biswanath Singha and Sanjiban Naskar as Dostrict President, Secretary and Treasurer for the next term.
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"When BSNLEU organizes demonstration, authority calls Police"----new Culture has developed in WB Circle: It is learnt that on 3rd February,2017 when the entire BSNL service in Farakka Telephone Exchange collapsed due to Cable fault, a group of angry subscribers, who are being suffered due to non availability of service, rushed to the exchange and expressed their resentment. At the same time the BSNLEU Union leaders and members attached to Farakka Unit on 4/2/2017 also organized protest demonstration before the SDE Farakka and demanded immediate intervention of the Authority for the early restoration of BSNL service in the region. But it is most unfortunate that the concerned SDE called the Police and made false allegations against the leaders and members of BSNLEU who demanded immediate restoration of normalcy. The Police came and took out the SDE from the agitators. So it can easily be said from the incident that whenever BSNLEU takes any trade Union action against the Administration, the authority calls Police, though the Union demands for the betterment of BSNL service or Revenue.
Some More Compassionate Ground Appointment Approved :After long struggle by the Circle Union at last the administration compelled to approve thirteen cases out of fifteen cases as mentioned in the Circle Council meeting held on 3.02.2017. It was also informed by the administration of WB Circle that two Accident cases are under process. It was also stated to the staff side that the HPC meeting is going to be held in the month of March, 2017. District Secretaries are requested to inform the Circle union regarding Pending CGA cases, if any, and arrange to send all the relevant papers and documents to Circle Offcie immediately with a intimation to Circle union.
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"7th Circle Conference, Kolkata"---a new experience: It is for the first time the Circle Conference of BSNL Employees Union , WB Circle took place in Kolkata. The Conference stated with "Working Women" convention & Seminar on 27th January, in a very unorthodox manner. The over crowded attendance of more than 300 employees, specially about 200 working women both in the 'Seminar' as well as the Convention made the Opening day historic. About 245 Delegates & Observers from all the 23 District Unions of BSNLEU WB Circle attended the Conference. A good number of Women delegates and young comrades from 'Darjeeling' to 'Kakdwip' deliberated their speeches. The Cultural team tried their best to enrich the sentiment of the employees to fight the odds. Hundreds were present in the Rally from Binani Bhawan and Open session at "Mahajati Sadan". As a whole Kolkata witnessed the strength of BSNLEU West Bengal Circle.
When everybody is trying hard to keep BSNL healthy then the Government wants to kill it: It is a matter of deep anguish when the PSU BSNL and its employees are trying to save the department with number of constraints and challenges then none other than the Central Government wants to finish the PSU. The Govt. is trying to form a "Subsidiary Tower Company" which is a step towards disinvestment. The Administration has already constituted 'BBNL' which in the future will perform all the works related with Broad Band Service. But a recent report which came out in a All India Daily clearly shows how the employees of all categories are trying hard for the betterment of BSNL inch by inch everyday. But the decision of the Government to weaken BSNL will definitely hit the morale of the employees. Comrades, let us consolidate our strength and fight against all attacks on BSNL & its employees. <Click here for the news>
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"On the Path of Struggle" up to 7th Circle Conference: The 7th Circle Conference has witnessed a grand Photo exhibition of different historic & eventful moments of the activities of Circle & District Unions of BSNLEU West Bengal Circle at "Binani Bhawan". The exhibition was opened by Com Shyamal Chakraborty, President CITU WB on 28th January, 2017. Com Chakraborty also inaugurated a "Book Stall" in the Conference. Both the Exhibition and Book Stall was dedicated in the memory of our departed leader Comrade Radhashyam Jana. The delegates and observers from all corner of West Bengal & Sikkim appreciated and enjoyed the Exhibition as well as purchased books on Trade Union and allied issued from the Book Stall. <Click Here>
Circle Council Meeting held yesterday: After prolonged persuasion the Circle Administration at last compelled to hold the First Council meeting of the Circle after almost one year of 7th Membership Verification. The meeting took place in the Conference Room of CTO Kolkata. Sri R.N.Jha, Chairman Circle Council & CGMT WB alongwith Smt. Pranati Das, GM(HR), DGM(HR), PCE (Elec), DGM (Finance), AGM (HR) and other officers were present. The Staff Side was headed by Com Animesh Mitra, Leaders Staff Side and other council members like Com Tapan Biswas, CS, NFTE(BSNL), Ranjit Mukherjee, Swapan Chanda, Amitava Chattopadhyay, Sujoy Sarkar, Nazes Nauroz, Samar Mondal were present in the Council meeting. Lot of issues were raised by the Staff Side and Discussed. The detailed report in this regard will be intimated later.
"Noble deed for noble cause"---Circle Conference, Kolkata donates Rs. 1 Lakh: On the eve of the 7th Circle Conference, BSNLEU WB Circle donates Rs. 50,000/- to Com. Shyamal Chakraborty, President CITU for the Workers & their families who are in immense trouble due to closure of Tea Gardens, victims of the recent atrocities in the State of West Bengal under TMC regime and for the newly constituted Joint Platform of BPMO. The donation was handed over to President CITU, WB by Com Swapan Chanda, President, BSNLEU WB on the inaugural day of the 7th Circle Conference. In another instance on 29th January, Circle Union donates Rs. 50,000/- to Com Dilip Das Secretary, KG Bose Smriti Bhawan Trust for the renovation work of the Building. Both Com Shyamal Chakraborty and Dilip Das greeted the Circle Union for this noble work. <Click here>
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PHOTOS OF THE WORKING WOMEN CONVENTION AND SEMINAR OF THE 7TH CIRCLE CONFERENCE, KOLKATA, ON 27TH JANUARY, 2017: <Click here>
Newly Elected Office Bearers of BSNLEU WB Circle: <View>
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Kolkata Circle Conference took oath to defeat all challenges: The 7th Circle Conference of BSNLEU WB concluded yesterday with a successful Open Session at "Mahajati Sadan". The conference with Working Women Convention followed by a Seminar "Development of BSNL service in West Bengal at present scenario--our role" at CTO TI Hall on 27th January. 2017. The Main Speaker of the Working Women convention was Com. Kalyani Chakraborty, Convenor Women Sub Committee of All India Bank Employees Federation. More than 180 working women took part in the convention with great enthusiasm. The speaker of the Seminar were CGMT WB, Mr. R. N. Jha, CGM ETP, Mr. B. L. Varshney, Com. Tapas Ghosh State Secretary, SNEA, Ranjit Mukherjee, President, NFTE-BSNL, Partha Das, Secretary, SEWA, Arindam Ghosh, Leader SNATTA. Com. Animesh Mitra initiated the proceeding. Com Swapan Chanda, presided over the Seminar.
On 28th January, 2017 the Inaugural Session started with hoisting of Red Flag of the Union by Circle President Com Swapan Chanda. After garlanding of Martyrs column Com Shyamal Chakraborty, President CITU, West Bengal inaugurated the 7th Circle Conference. Com Saibal Sengupta, AGS CHQ, Omprakash Singh, CS TF & Organising Secretary CHQ, Sandip Ghosh, ACS, TS, Tarak Kundu, ACS, BSNLCMU WB, Pijush Chakraborty, ACS AIBDPA WB greeted the conference. The Subject Committee started at 3 P.M. and continued up to 8 P.M. of 29th January, 2017 About 67 Delegates & Observers took part in the discussion. More than 230 Delegates and observers attended the conference from all the 23 District Unions of the Circle including Sikkim. Com Tapas Ghosh, Working president BSNLCCWF, Akhilesh Banerjee & Santosh Goswami both ACS BSNLCMU WB greeted the conference. The Conference adopted Draft Report and Accounts as well as 4 resolutions unanimously. Com. Animesh Mitra, CS on 30th January, replied all the queries in the Conference. Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS placed the draft resolution on future "Policy & Programme" which was supported by Com Animesh Mitra and accepted by the house. The House then elected Com Nazes Nauroz, Animesh Mitra & Madhusudan Saha as Circle President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively for the next term.
A colorful rally of thousand of BSNL Workers from all over WB started from "Binani Bhawan" to "Majhajati Sadan". The BSNL workers draw attention of the pedestrian in the busy roads like C.R. Avenue of Kolkata with slogans to fight against the criminals and to save BSNL as well the interest of the workers of all categories. Com. Tapan Sen, General Secretary CITU, spoke before the gathering at Mahajati Sadan. Com Swapan Chanda, outgoing President and Com. Nazes Nauroz newly elected president jointly presided over the meeting.
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Despite constraints Kolkata is almost prepared for the 7th Circle Conference: "We will not surrender"--this is our slogan to make the 7th Circle Conference of BSNLEU WB at Kolkata. As we have already intimated the tit bits of Kolkata Circle Conference in our Circular, still there are many things which may comes into the minds of the Dist/Br. Secretaries. Comrade in case of any queries immediately contact Circle Secretary. However the preparation is almost completed. The Reception Committee are trying their best to make the Conference a historic one. All the Sub Committees like Accommodation, Food have already done their preparatory jobs. The Cultural subcommittee, office, Working women are taking preparation in full swing. The posters published on the eve of this conference have almost distributed. The conference will take off on 27th January, at 1230 P.M. at CTO TI Hall with the Working Women Convention followed by Seminar where the CGM WB, ETR, ETP and leaders of the Unions/Associations of Executive/Non executives will be present. From 28th January to 30th January 2017 the Conference will be held at "Binani Bhawan", Pathuriaghata Street, Kolkata. In fine on 30th January, 2017 the Open Session will take place at "Mahajati Sadan" Kolkata. Comrade let us make history.
How to reach "Binani Bhawan": Comrade District/branch Secretaries please note the following direction to reach "Binani Bhawan" for the 7th Circle Conference. a) From Howrah Station----Any bus/minibus which goes through Burrabazar-Posta will take you to the Spot. Name of the stoppage---'Malapara' (Pathuriaghata Street) b) From Sealdah Station: Come Girish Park & Central Avenue Crossing and move towards West direction further to reach Tram line of Chitpur and Ganesh Talkies. Cross the Tram line move towards West to (you will see the collapsed Fly Over of Vivekananda Road) reach Malapara and Binani Bhawan, it will take just 5 minutes walk from Grish park--Central Avenue Crossing. c) Via Metro Rail: Get down at "Girish Park" stoppage, reach Girish Park--Central Avenue Crossing, move towards Posta, reach Malapara Pathuiaghata Junction. d) From North Kolkata & Suburb: Take a bus which goes through Posta- Burrabazar, drop at Binani Bhawan stoppage. Auto Service from B.K.Pal Avenue is also available. If still there is any doubt contact Reception Committee.
District Secretaries to note: Comrades, immediately inform the Reception Committee regarding the number of Delegates and Observers of your District (specify if Woman Delegate/Observer separately) to the Reception Committe and the number of Working Women participate in the Working Women Convention apart from the Ladies who will join the Conference as Delegate/Observer. You are also requested to mention when you will reach the venue. This is a very serious matter please Cooperate the Reception Committee within today.
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BSNLEU WB Circular No. 01: <Click here>
No. of Delegates and Observers of Different District Unions for the ensuing 7th Circle Conference: <Click here>
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BSNL Employees Occupied the Rani Rashmoni Avenue--demands wage increase for all BSNL employees: Today at the call of BSNL Casual Mazdoor Union and BSNL Employees Union a massive rally held at Kolkata demanding "Equal Pay for Equal Work". The rally started from Subodh Mallick Square to Rani Rashmoni Avenue with Red flags and festoons. The massive gathering occupied Rani Rashmoni Avenue in the afternoon ignoring all threats of physical assault. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President BSNLCCWF attended the programme. After joining the rally Com. Namboodiri addressed the gathering. Com. Shyamal Chakraborty, President CITU WB deliberated his valuable speeches on the occasion. Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General BSNLCCWF, Tapas Ghosh, Working President BSNLCCWF, Arup Sarkar, CS CTTMU, also delivered their speeches. The speakers highlighted the demands like immediate wage increase for all sections of employees of BSNL, timely payment for the Casual/Contractual/ Job Contract workers, recent atrocities in the state which affects the congenial atmosphere of the BSNL Offices/Exchanges, settlement of social securities for the non regular workers etc. The members of AIBDPA were present in the meeting along with Regular & Non Regular employees. Later Com Animesh Mitra, Tapas Ghosh, Arup Sarkar and Prabir Dutta handed over one Memorandum to the Deputy Labour Commisioner at Nizam Palace. The demonstration meeting at R.R. Avenue was presided by a presidium of Com Sapan Chanda, Sisir Roy and Sahabuddin Siddique. The employees have joined the programme from all parts of Kolkata and South Bengal. Undoubtedly, the programme of today has added a new feather in the movement of BSNL in the State. <Click here for Photos>
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District and Branch Conference of Siliguri held for two days with enthusiasm and Ended with a Oath to Fight Up to the Last to Save BSNL : The BSNLEU Siliguri District & Phones Branch Siliguri left no stone unturned to make the Brach & District Conferences a grand success. On 14th January the Branch Conrference of Phones Branch Siliguri held in the Telephone Exchange which was inaugurated by Com. Bidhan Ch. Pramanik, Org. Secy. BSNLEU WB. Com. Moni Chhetri, Circle VP spoke on the occasion. Com Badal Ghosh, Dist. Secy. was present and deliberated his speech. After delegate session the house unanimously elected Com. Ratan Mukherjee, Tarun Kr. Sarkar and Amit Ranjan Samanta as Br. President, Secretary & Treasurer for the next term. Com. K.R.Yadav elected as Patron.
The BSNLEU Siliguri District reached another 'Milestone' with a successful District conference on 15th January, 2017. Amidst more than 100 members & delegates Com. Bipul Chakraborty, senior leader of BSNLEU & AIBDPA inaugurated the conference. Com. Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB spoke in detail regarding the present situation of BSNL, attack on the employees and requested the employees to strengthen unity. Com. Mitra told the house regarding the attack of miscreants within the Office/Exchanges on the "Red Flag" bearers in the backdrop of present scenario of the State. Com. Moni Chhetri, VP, BSNLEU WB spoke on the occasion. After discussion on the report and accounts the house unanimously elected Com. R. N. Bhattacharya, Badal Ghosh & Narugopal Podder as Dist. President, Secretary & Treasurer respectively. Com. Bipul Chakraborty elected as the Patron. Com Santosh Chhetri, Ramkrishna Varun, Pratap Tamang, Samir Bardewra, all leaders of Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong alongwith a good number of members from the hills were also present in the Conference. Com Naru Saha presided over the Conference. <Click for Photo>
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In Spite of Bloodshed BSNLEU is beside the Ailing Mass: At present the leaders & members of BSNL Employees Union throughout the Circle are getting threats, physical attack, abusive language, false allegations from the TEU goons. The leaders of TEU BSNL along with the outsiders are loitering within BSNL office/exchange ignoring the security guards. Amidst all these constraints the brave comrades of BSNLEU are fighting against these miscreants and in some places they are severely beaten. In spite of all, the BSNLEU Asansol District has done a noble task today. They have organised a Blood Donation camp to commemorate our great leader & teacher Comrade K. G. Bose. Twenty Six employees including a working woman donated blood on this occasion. Com. Subrata Mishra, Dist. Secy. Asansol and ACS inaugurated the Blood Donation Camp with his valuable deliberation. <Photo>
Get Prepared for the 7th Circle Conference : As decided in the Circle Office Bearer meeting held today that on the eve of the 7th Circle Conference all the offices and exchanges are to be decorated colourfully. District, Branch Secretaries and all the organizers are requested to give wide publicity about the 7th Circle conference amongst our members. Comrades take all out effort to make the conference a grand success.
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The 7th Circle Conference of BSNLEU, WB Circle will be held in Kolkata - Preparation is in Full Swing : Comrades the 7th Circle Conference of BSNLEU, WB Circle is going to be held at Kolkata on and from 27th January to 30th January, 2017. Kolkata Comrades are working hard to make the conference a great success. District and Branch Secretaries are requested to take all out preparation to elect delegates in consultation with Circle Union. Notice for Circle Conference has already been issued by Circle Union. <View Notice>
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BSNLEU Demanded Withdrawal of Tainted MP as a Member of Telecom Advisory Committee : BSNLEU (CHQ) has written a letter to Secretary DOT to withdraw the name of tainted MP, Sri Kunal Ghosh, nominated as a member of Telecom Advisory Committee, CTD Circle since he was convicted in the Sarada Scam Case and was arrested by CBI. It has maligned our past tradition. It is learnt from the news paper that Sri Ghosh has denied to accept the post of TAC.
Circle Union demands payment of Wages in CDA for the Casual Workers and enhanced rate as per Gazette Notification for the Contracual Workers: The Govt. of India has accepted the 7th CPC verdict and accordingly the Central Govt. Employees are enjoying their enhanced salary as per 7th CPC. Accordingly, the BSNL Corporate Office has already instructed the Circle Administrations to make payment as per 7th CPC to the Executives/Non executives who are enjoying the CDA Pay Scales. But the Casual Workers who used to get their wages as per CDA have not been changed as per 7th CPC recommendation. At the same time due to sustained struggle of the working class the Central Govt. compelled to enhance the rate of the Contractual Workers. Circle Secretary Com. Animesh Mitra met CGMT WB on 5th January and demanded immediate implementation of the 7th CPC recommendation for enhanced wage in favour of the Casual Workers. He also demanded enhanced wages for the Contractual Workers as per the Govt. of India Gazette Notification.
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Ruling Party affiliated Union in BSNL giving threats to the Employees: It is a matter of shame that when the TEU BSNL activists are giving threat and physically assaulting the employees to change their membership. On 5th January, 2017 the most unwanted incident happened in ETR. One regular employee was severely beaten by the TEU BSNL hooligans as the member of BSNLEU denied to give signature in the Membership form in favour of TEU. When the ETR District Union reacts the Administration assured to take appropriate action against these heinous act. In CTO Kolkata the Security Guards were also beaten by the TEU leaders along with the outsiders. It is learnt that when the TEU BSNL has failed to bring the members they are taking resort to threatening, false allegations etc. But it is really a matter of pride that the members of BSNLEU are still resist the attack and determined to strengthen BSNLEU in the future. Comrades be alert about this ugly & dirty game of TEU BSNL leaders and miscreants.
Circle Secretary met CGM , demands immediate solution of the pending burning issues: Com Animesh Mitra, CS met CGMT on 5th January, 2017 and demands immediate solution of the burning problems pertain to the employees & Pensioners of WB Circle. He also expressed strong resentment regarding poor Development & Maintenance as well as revenue earning of the Circle. In response to the demand of the Circle Secretary the CGM told that the Authority has already convened Welfare Meeting and going to fix the Date of the Circle Council shortly. Com Mitra also met GM (HR) and GM (Fin) regarding the unsettled problems. Both the GMs assured that the burning issues will be looked into with all seriousness.
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Call of the 8th AIC Chennai----Take all out effort for good "Wage Revision", make BSNL a profitable company: The 8th All India Conference of BSNL Employees Union held at Chennai from 31st December, 2016 to 3rd January, 2017 at Kamraj Aramgam. About 2500 delegates and observer were assembled at Chennai to attend the conference from thirty five circles. Sixty four delegates and observers attended the conference from West Bengal Circle. Com. A.K. Padmanavan, Vice-President, CITU inaugurated the conference. Com. Asis Das and Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay deliberated their speech from West Bengal Circle. They have described the scenario of WEST Bengal Telecom Circle and development of the Circle. All the delegates appreciated their deliberation. About 80 delegates spoke in the conference. All the delegates present in the conference urged for struggle for a Good Wage Revision and to stop the Central Govt. decision to form a Subsidiary Tower Company. They also determined to make the BSNL a profitable company.
On the first day of the conference i.e on 31st December, 2016 a seminar held on SWAS. Sri Anupam Srivastava, CMD, BSNL who was present in the conference appreciated the programmee of SWAS. Com. Chandreswar Singh, GS, NFTE(BSNL), Com. Jayprakash, GS NUBSNLW (FNTO), Com. G.L. Jogi, President, SNEA and President of AIBSNLEA deliberated their speech in the seminar. < Clik Here>
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Forum meeting held on 28-12-2016: Yesterday an important meeting of the Unions & Associations of BSNL WB Circle held at CTO Union Room. Com Animesh Mitra, Convenor, at the outset congratulated the leaders for the overwhelming success in the Strike held on 15th December, 2016. The issues like poor Development scenario of WBT Circle, attack on the executives & non executives almost everywhere throughout the Circle by the miscreants etc. were discussed in details in the meeting. It is decided that to increase revenue earnings of the Circle during the rest of the few months of this financial year, to change the present poor scenario of Development/Maintenance in the Circle the leaders will meet CGMT at the earliest, before that the leaders will meet again. Com Sapan Chanda & Amitava Chattopadhyay (BSNLEU), Amit Khan (SNATTA), A.K. Sarbadhikary (SNEA), Saibal Mukherjee (AIBSNLEA) were present in the meeting. Com Tapas Ghosh (SNEA) presided over the meeting.
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Fund problem results "No Development & Maintenance": It is most unfortunate that due to Demonetization and subsequent problems the Development & Maintenance work has almost come to a halt in WB Circle. Circle Union already pointed out and discussed the matter both with CGM & GM (Finance). After detail discussion though it is decided that to maintain normalcy some measures will be taken by the Administration but the problems have not sorted at the field levels. As a result due to acute shortage of money the Development/Maintenance works are not being done at the same time the poor labourers who have shaded their toil for smooth running of BSNL in the Circle, without getting a single paisa, are starving for months together for their wage. The problem is acute in Berhampore, Raiganj and in many other SSAs. As a consequence neither the Subscribers nor the employees are satisfied with this chaotic condition.
After much persuasion & pressure Authority at last published the JTO Training Schedule: The Circle Authority has announced the JTO Training Schedule yesterday. The Administration is so reluctant that after the declaration of the result it took nearly two months to prepare the Training schedule when almost all the Circle have completed this process and sent the qualified candidates in the training. Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB Circle met GM (HR) on 22nd December and expressed strong resentment on the issue. He demanded immediate declaration of the Training for the successful JTO candidates. Accordingly the Schedule published. Circle union wishes all success for the qualified candidates. <Click for Circular>
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More views of the "March to CGMT Office" Programme:
PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE PROGRAMME 'MARCH TO CGMT OFFICE' HELD ON 22-12-2016 : << View>>
UPDATED ON 23-12-2016 AT 1700 HRS.
8th AIC---- District Secretaries please Note: The 8th AIC will commence from 31st December, 2016 at Chennai. The Reception committee as well as the CHQ leadership requested us to register the names of the Delegates & Observers within 30th December, 2016. They have also told us to bring the BSNL I/Cards in the 8th AIC. Therefore the Dist. Secys. are requested to inform the Train Name & date of Journey for 8th AIC immediately to the Circle Union. This is most urgent.
Report & Photos of the 8th District Conference of Kharagpur held at Bogda Telephone Exchange: <Click here>
UPDATED ON 22-12-2016 AT 1945 HRS.
At Last CGMT, WB compelled to Hold Meeting of Circle Welfare Fund : Today CGMT was compelled to hold the meeting of Circle Welfare fund. After much discussion and struggle the welfare meeting was held today, 22-12 2016, under the chairmanship of Sri R.N. Jha, CGMT. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt Circle Secretary BSNLEU was the representative of our Circle Union, BSNLEU, WB.
Fantastic Gathering Held at Office of the CGMT, WB Circle Ignoring All Threats : Today at the call of three Circle unions, BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA, a massive gathering of more than thousands of regular and non-regular employees along with good number of pensioners of West Bengal Circle held at CGMT office Kolkata. From every nook and corner of West Bengal Circle workers along with the pensioners gathered in CO to protest against the indifferent attitude of CGMT and his administration and stand still situation in respect of Development of WBTC. The non regular workers have come to express their sufferings of not getting salary for months together. The pensioners were assembled to express their anguish and anger that till date they have not get the benefit of 78.2% IDA merger. Regular employees expressed their anger of not getting the benefit of NEPP and other personal claims. After several discussions with the administration and in spite of issuance of minutes of these discussions the administration failed to implement the decisions time and again. It is unfortunate a good number of CGA cases are pending for years together ignoring the miseries of the family of the deceased employees. A huge rally went round the Circle Office. Thereafter com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Com. Pijush Chakraborty, Asstt. Circle Secretary, AIBDPA, Com. Akhilesh Banerjee, Asstt Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU and Santosh Goswami, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU spoke before the the huge gathering. After the agitation programme the Com. Animesh Mitram Com. Pijush Chakraborty and Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay met CGMT and apprised him of the programme and later CGMT assured to convene a meeting at the earliest. It was decided in the meeting that from January, 2017 onwards similar programme will be held at District level, "March to GM/TDM/TDE Office". Circle Union heartily congratulates all to make the "March to CGM Office a grand Success." The whole programme at the CGMT Office was presided by Com. Sapan Chanda (BSNLEU), Dipak Mitra (AIBDPA) & Tapan Ghosh (BSNLCMU).
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Ultimately Fund for GPF allotted by Corporate Office : After much persuasion by BSNLEU, CHQ and at the WB circle level the corporate office has ultimately allotted fund for payment of GPF to the circles. Though the management has denied the same for demonetisation. District Secretaries are requested to look in to the matter so that the GPF payment could be made to the employees at the earliest.
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Very Effective Programme held at Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal : To-day, as decided earlier, a joint programme of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA held at Kolkata SSA. Leaders and good number of members of the three District Unions gathered and was in hunger strike. Slogan shouting and deliberation of the leaders took place through out the day. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB was the main speaker. Apart from Com. Mitra, Com. Goutam Das, Dist. Secy. BSNLCMU, Com. Manik Sarkar, Dist. Secy. BSNLEU, Kolkata SSA, Com. Ajit Nandan, Dist. Secy. AIBDPA, Kolkata SSA along with other leaders spoke in this sit in hunger strike. So far information received, such programmes were held at Asansol, Berhampore and Suri. At Asansol Com. Subrata Misra, Dist Secy. and Asstt. Circle Secy. BSNLEU spoke before the gathering along with other leaders.
"March to CGMT Office" on 22nd December----Make it Historical: Comrades, situation of West Bengal Telecom Circle is in worst condition. Most of the officers are in dual responsibility. HR Issues are being neglected by the Administration at every level. We are loosing Customers day by day. Officers are not taking any interest for Development or Maintenance. Personal claims of the employees are lying unsettled months together. Even the Department is not paying wages and DA to the poor casual and contractual workers. Recognized Union is being neglected by the Authority. Negotiation Forums stand useless. The situation is so grave that the pensioners are not getting 78.2%IDA merger benefit. Assurances and commitments which are given by the CGMT WB is being neglected and dishonoured by his own Officers. Today the employees are being threatened in the Offices/Exchanges by the outside goons. We will not tolerate it further. So we have decided to organize series of programme from 20th to 22nd December, 2016. On 22nd there will be a mass deputation to CGMT WB. Mobilize your maximum members so that we can send a good message to the Management. Make a good campaign on the subject. Let us try to make another history in CGM Office, Kolkata on 22nd December.
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District Secretaries to note please: The leaders of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU & AIBDPA WB Circle today had a meeting at CTO Union Room Kolkata to review the latest situation before the commencement of the programme scheduled to be held from 20th to 22nd December, 2016. It is decided that the District will organise programme on 20th or 21st December, 2016 as per their suitability. There will be massive Demonstration at CGMT office on 22nd December, 2016. The issues which are to be focussed in the programme are a) non settlement of the burning problems of the Gr. 'C' & 'D' employees, b) non payment of personal claims of Gr. 'C' & 'D' employees, c) attack on the Trade Union rights both by Management and miscreants, d) non payment of wages to the Casual/Contractual workers, e) settlement of social securities including Gratuity, f) demand of "Equal pay for equal work" for the Non regular employees, g) non settlement of 78.2% IDA merger in r/o the Pensioners, h) immediate settlement of the Medical Bills both for regular employees and pensioners etc. The programme on 22nd December, 2016 at CGM Office will start from 12 Noon. The District Unions like Krishnagar, Burdwan, Kharagpur, Suri are requested to join the programme at CGMT Office on 22/12/2016. District Secretaries are once again requested to make the whole programme a grand success.
Hunger Strike, Rallies & Demonstration against the Authority to settle the HR issues---organise effectively: The 3 Circle Unions viz. BSNLEU, BSNLCMU & AIBDPA WB Circle have already decided that to solve the pending demands of the employees & pensioners series of programme will be organised throughout West Bengal. As stated in the English Circular of this Circle dated 12/12/2016 the District & Branch secretaries are requested to organise the following programme in a befitting manner so that we can achieve our goal. i) On 20th December, 2016 Hunger strike will be held by all the District Unions at their district head quarters. ii) On 21st December, 2016 at Kolkata the Circle office bearers of the three circle will go on hunger strike at the CGMT office. iii) On 22nd December, 2016 there will be "March to CGMT Office". From 1PM the regular employees will assemble at CGMT office and at 4 PM the non regular workers will assemble in demonstration programme. District and Branch secretaries are requested to give a wide publicity of these programme and organise the struggle effectively.
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BSNL Workers Has Defeated The Threat - Made the Strike A Grand Success in West Bengal : Today the 15th December, 2016 massive one day strike at the call of all unions and associations in BSNL take place in West Bengal Circle. The executive and non-executives of BSNL, WB Circle rejected the decision of the Central Govt. to form a subsidiary Tower Company of 65000 BSNL towers. Workers gathered before the gate of the offices and exchanges from early morning overcoming all sorts of threat. The BSNL employees of all categories once again proved their unity as and when attack came down on BSNL. Rallies and gate meetings were held in offices and exchanges. Leaders of unions and associations deliberated their speech before the strikers. So far information received by the circle union that in different districts massive response received in regard to the All India one day strike. Circle Union heartily congratulate all the executives and non-executives for making the one day strike a grand success. < Photos>
UPDATED ON 14-12-2016 AT 2100 HRS.
Massive Gathering and Human Chain Held in Kolkata, Districts are not Lagging Behind : Today at the call of all Unions and Associations a massive rally held centrally at CTO Kolkata, thereafter a Human Chain was held at the road in front of CTO, Kolkata. The BSNL workers are all set to make the one day strike on 15th December, 2016 a grand success. So far the information received by the Circle Union very good meetings were held at Assansol, Siliguri, Bankura, Durgapur, Bishnupur, Suri, Jalpaiguri and Purulia. A gate meeting was held after the human chain inside CTO, Kolkata. Com. Animesh Mitra, Convener congratulate the workers for making the rally and Human Chain a colourful one. He reminded the danger of formation of separate Tower Company with 65000 BSNL towers. He said that this Central Govt. is pro corporate and taking anti workers decisions one by one. He reminded how VSNL was converted to Tata Communication. He appealed to all the executive and non- executives to make the strike a grand success overcoming some unions opposition to the strike. Later all the leaders of Unions and Associations handed over a strike intimation to CGMT, WB. Com. Amit Khan, Circle Secy. SNATTA, Com. Tapan Biswas, Circle Secy. NFTE (BSNL), Com. Tapas Ghosh, State Secy., SNEA, Com. Swapan Bose, President AIBSNLEA and Com. Partha Das, Circle Secy. SEWA, BSNL spoke before huge gathering and said that their Union/Association are committed to make the strike a grand success. < Photographs>
Strike Intimation Submitted to the Administration Today: Leaders of All Unions and Associations of BSNL, WB Circle today informed the Administration that tomorrow all members including executives and non-executives will take part in the strike. After the human chain programme was over the leadership met HM(HR) and submitted a joint declaration on the subject. As CGMT WB is on leave the delegation met Smt Pranati Das, GM (HR) and conveyed the Union stand point for supporting the strike programme on 15th December, 2016 against the decision of the Modi Govt. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU Com. Amit Khan, Circle Secy. SNATTA, Com. Tapan Biswas, Circle Secy. NFTE (BSNL), Com. Tapas Ghosh, State Secy., SNEA, Com. Swapan Bose, President AIBSNLEA and Com. Partha Das, Circle Secy. SEWA, BSNL were in the delegation team. <View Letter>
UPDATED ON 13-12-2016 AT 2030 HRS.
Campaign programme is in full swing for One Day Strike in BSNL : Campaign programme for the one day strike in BSNL on 15th December, 2016 is in full swing in West Bengal Telecom Circle. Rallies and group meetings are going on through out the circle. Organisers are going to the employees apprising the cause of the strike. It is the Strike against the decision of the Central Govt, to form a Tower Company with the 65000 BSNL towers. On last Friday, the 9th a meeting of the Unions and Associations held at the Union office of BSNLEU under the chairmanship of Com. Tapas Ghosh, State Secy. SNEA. Com. Animesh Mitra the Convener narrated beriefly about threat of forming the Subsidiary Tower Company with the 65000 towers of BSNL. Circle Secretaries of BSNLEU, NFTE(BSNL), AIBSNLEA, SEWA and SNEA. SNATTA has already supported the strike. It is learnt that FNTO and WRU are going to support the strike. The intimation as received by Circle Union that in Kalna, Katwa, Kumarpur (Asansol), Burdwan, Durgapur, Purulia, TCO, ETP and Bankura hold joint campaign meeting in support of the strike. There will be a human chain in Kolkata in front of CTO, Kolkata on 14th December, 2016 in connection with the Strike. After threat bare discussion in joint meeting all the Unions and Associations appealed to the employees to make the strike a grand success.
Krishnagar Showed Its Organizational Strength - District Conference held with enthusiasm at Santipur : District conference of Krishnagar District held on 11th December, 2016 at Santipur. The Red flag was hoisted before the conference started by Com Dulal Chakraborty, Dist. President. The martyrs column was garlanded by the President, District Secretary, Circle Secretary Com. Animesh Mitra, and other leaders present in the conference. The conference was inaugurated by Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. He spoke before the audiance about the present situation in BSNL. He told how the central government is trying to weaken BSNL by forming a separate Tower company with 65000 towers of BSNL and ultimately to sold out BSNL to the private operators. He said how the development work and day to day maintenance in WBTC has practically stopped due to the demonetization and indifferent attitude of the management. Com. Bidhan Pramanik, District Secretary presented the draft report for discussion. Com. Santanu Chakraborty, Leader CITU, Com. Parimal Sarkar, Organising Secretary, AIBDPA, Com. Nemai Das, Treasurer, BSNLCMU and Com. Mamata Sarkar, Organising Secretyary, BSNLEU, WB spoke in the conference. After threat bare discussion the the draft report and accounts was passed unanimously by the house. The house elected unanimously Com. Bidhan Chandra Pramanik, Com. Prabir Banerjee and Com. Bishnupada Biswas as President, District Secretary and treasurer respectively. Com. Dulala Chakraborty presided over the meeting. <Photos>
UPDATED ON 12-12-2016 AT 2030 HRS.
District & Branch Secretaries And All Organisors To Take All Out Effort To Make The Strike A Grand Success : Comrades the campaign programmes for one day strike on 15th December, 2016 have started in full swing. Be serious on the strike programme. It is strike against the decision of the Modi govt. to form a Tower Company. All Unions and Associations has supported the one day Strike. On last Friday a meeting was held in the CTO Union Room, Kolkata and it was decided by all the Unions and Associations that massive campaign programme will be organised in all SSAs and HQ to make the strike a grand success. Circle Secretaries from BSNLEU, NFTE(BSNL), SNEA, AIBSNLES and SEWA were present in the meeting. SNATTA will also join the strike. It is learnt that that FNTO and WRU is also going to support the strike. Poster and Flex has also been published. Please try to collect it from Kolkata if possible. Organise joint campaign programme on 13th and 14th December, 2016 in all offices. In Kolkata Human Chain will be organised at 3PM on 14th at CTO, Kolkata. Comrade, please play a vital role in a crucial situation. Make the strike a grand successes.
English Circular : <Click Here>
UPDATED ON 07-12-2016 AT 1930 HRS.
Demonetisation affects seriously the Development work in WBTC : As per the decision of the Central Government of demonetisation has affected seriously the development work in WBTC. The salary of the workers could not be paid for more than three months. CGMT is sitting idle and taking an indifferent attitude towards these workers. Circle Union has demanded immediately to arrange for payment of salary. Even the day to day maintenance work in WBTC came to a stand still. Since only two thousand rupees from the ATM counter per day is too meager for day to day maintenance. The field level officers has taken them off from the maintenance work. Circle Union has taken up the case with CGMT as well as GM (Finance) and expressed resentment in this regard and demanded to restore for normal maintenance work immediately.
UPDATED ON 06-12-2016 AT 1945 HRS.
CGMT WB Circle was served a Memorandum by the three Circle Unions after an effective demonstration programme : Today, as decided earlier, a memorandum in regard to HR issues of regular employees, wage, EPF/ESI, gratuity etc of the casual/contractual workers and security guards and delay in payment of arrear of 78.2% IDA merger, pension etc for the pensioners and above all poor development in WBTC was handed over to CGMT. The programme was organised by the three Circle unions, BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA. A good number of BSNL workers in and around Kolkata assembled in CGMT office and a rally went round the circle office shouting slogans. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary spoke before the gathering. He appealed to the workers to make the All India strike on 15th December, 2016 against the Govt. decision of formation of separate Tower Company a grand success. He explained briefly about the indifferent attitude of the management in resolving the HR issues of all categories of employees including pensioners. He also appealed to the workers present to stand against any type of threat. Thereafter, a delegation led by Circle Secretary met CGMT and handed over a memorandum and expressed their resentment in various issues. This programme was held today through out West Bengal Telecom Circle and memorandum was handed over to GM/TDM/TDEs. <Click>
All India Strike on 15/12/2016---Be serious on the issue: It is already decided by the Unions & Associations of BSNL that there will One Day All India Strike on 15th December, 2016 against the decision of the Centl. Govt. to form a Subsidiary Tower Company. The District & Branch secretaries are therefore requested to organise programme so that the decision may reach to every employee in every BSNL Office/Exchange. The Dist/Br Secys are also requested to contact with other Unions/Associations to make the campaign programme and strike a grand success. The Circle Union today started the campaign from CGMT Office where Com Animesh Mitra spoke on the issue. The leaders in the districts are also requested to display the poster in support of Strike.
UPDATED ON 5-12-2016 AT 2010 HRS.
BUSY SATURDAY : It was a busy Saturday for BSNL Employees Union , West Bengal Circle. District Conference, Gathering at District Level & General Body meetings were held through out West Bengal. Dist. Conference was held at Kharagpur. Com. Susanta Ghosh, Veteran leader inaugurated the conference. Com. Shyamapada Gord, Vice-president, BSNLEU WB circle attended the meeting on behalf of circle union. A good number of members attended the conference.
There was District level gathering at Malda and Raiganj, where Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary attended both the meetings. Here too a very good number of workers attended the meeting. Circle Secretary narrated briefly about the present situation, development scenario of WBTC, Wage revision, wage of the non regular workers, HR issues of the employees, ensuing circle conference etc. and our immediate task.
At Burdwan a General Body meeting was held on Saturday, 3rd December, 2016. Here also very good number of employees attended the meeting. Various issues like development, collection of fund for circle conference, HR issues etc were discussed at length in this meeting. Com. Manik Lal Das, Asstt. Circle Secy. attended the meeting.
There was meeting with DGM (HR) at Training Centre, Salt Lake. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary and Com. Nazes Naouroz, Organising Secretary met with DGM (HR). Wage of the casual, contractual labourers and security guards and non implementation of the decisions of the last meeting with the management were the main points of discussion.
At last the Result of JTO Published : At last the result of the departmental examination for promotion to the post of JTO at last published by the Corporate Office. It is also endorsed by CGMT, WB Circle. It is an end of anxiety of the successful candidates. In the mean time it was perused by Circle Secretary of BSNLEU and SNATTA Com Animesh Mitra and Com. Amit Khan at Circle level, They discussed the issue of non publish of the result with CGMT, WB Circle and expressed their resentment in this regard on 19th of November, 2016. Now the Circle Union is trying to send these candidates for training as early as possible.
UPDATED ON 03-12-2016 AT 1120 HRS.
Circle Union has decided to go to sustained struggle: BSNLEU, BSNLCMU & AIBDPA WB Circle leaders met CGMT on 01st December, 2016 and expressed their strong resentment against the reluctant attitude of the Administration to solve the HR issues of the employees of all categories including Pensioners. The leaders particularly emphasized the issue like non payment of wages to the non regular workers, security guard. The problems of non settlement of medical cases, 78.2% IDA merger payment of the pensioners were also highlighted in the meeting apart from the problems of the regular employees. The leaders told CGM that the authority is neither careful about the service nor settlement of HR issues of the staff. Before the meeting with the CGM the leaders of the 3 Circle Unions discussed the whole situation and decided to go to sustained struggle. The date and detail of the programme will be intimated to the Dist./Br. Secretaries accordingly. The delegation under the leadership of Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU, Tapas Kr. Ghosh, CS BSNLCMU and Susanta Ghosh, CS AIBDPA met the CGMT on 01st December, 2016.
UPDATED ON 01-12-2016 AT 1900 HRS.
Effective joint meeting of BSNLEU & BSNLCMU at Haldia: The BSNLEU & BSNLCMU Haldia Br. have organized a very serious and effective General body meeting at Durgachak Exchange Haldia on 30th November, 2016. The well attended meeting was addressed by Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS, Banani Chattopadhyay, Org. Secy. BSNLEU WB, Tarak Kundu, Asstt. Circle Secy. BSNLCMU WB. The speakers mainly highlighted the present situation of this Circle, unsettled issues of the Regular & Non regular employees of all categories and also of the Pensioners, attack of Central Govt. on BSNL , including formation of new subsidiary Tower Company etc. Com Tapas Adak, Br. Secy,. BSNLEU Haldia Br., Swapan Das BS BSNLCMU Haldia and Sajal Porey, Dist leader BSNLCMU highlighted the issues relates to Haldia as well as Kharagpur Division. Com Bimal Bera (BSNLEU) and Debapriya Chowdhury (AIBDPA) presided over the meeting. <Click>
UPDATED ON 29-11-2016 AT 1915 HRS.
Impressive meeting held at Jalpaiguri & Siliguri: The BSNLEU Jalpaiguri & Siliguri District organised a strong and effective gathering of employees on 23rd November, 2016 where Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB was the main speaker. In both the meetings Com Mitra narrated the attack of Central Govt. on BSNL and it's workers. He also briefed the present scenario of BSNL WBT Circle as well as the reluctant & derogative attitude of the topmost administration. He told regarding the problems of Regular, Non regular (Casual/Contractual) employees and the pensioners. He requested all to fight the situation unitedly. Com S.C. Roy Dist. Secy. Jalpaiguri and Com Badal Ghosh Dist. Secy. Siliguri also spoke on the occasion. The leaders of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU of the 2 districts along with AIBDPA leaders were present in the meeting. <Click>
UPDATED ON 28-11-2016 AT 1700 HRS.
"Com Royda" passed away: Comrade Priyotosh Roy better known as 'Royda' is no more with us. He was 74 years. He breathed his last at 4-30 A.M. today. He started his service life from Hasimara, Jalpaiguri. He disposed of his responsibilities as the Secretary of Asansol Telecom for quite a long time. At present he was the president of BSNLCMU Asansol Dist. His sad demise is a great loss to all of us. BSNLEU WB Circle pays respectful homage to this great leader and extends heartfelt condolence to his family members and comrades.
Brach Conference of Howrah Hooghly ended with a slogan to save BSNL and it's workers: An effective Branch conference of BSNLEU Howrah Hooghly branch one of the largest Branch of West Bengal Circle held on 27 November 2016 at Dankuni, Hooghly. The conscious members of the Branch came to the venue within 9-30 A.M. The Red flag of the Union was hoisted by the president of the Branch Com Tarun Saha at 10.00 A. M. After garlanding the Martyrs the conference was inaugurated by Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU WB Circle. Com Chattopadhyay in his speech appraised the conference regarding the attack of the Central Govt. on BSNL and the duties /responsibilities of the BSNL employees. He also highlighted the present scenario of this Circle and requested the employees of all sections to get united to fight the odds. Discussion on draft report and accounts took place. Delegates from all units expressed their views in the conference. The house also adopted 10 resolutions. The conference handed over Rs. 10000/- to Com Amitava Chattopadhyay for the ensuing Circle Conference. Being the primary member of the Branch, Com Swapan Chanda, President BSNLEU WB was present in the conference. Leaders like Com Ajit Nandan, Rabin Mitra, S.P. Pandey (AIBDPA), Goutam Das, Tarak Kundu, Sudipta Dhara, Subir Bose (BSNLCMU) were present and addressed the conference in brief. Br. Secretaries/representatives of South, Habra, Bongaon, Basirhat of Kolkata SSA spoke on the occasion. In fine the house unanimously elected Com Tarun Saha, Asish Kr. Gupta & A. N. Roy as President, Branch Secretary and Treasurer respectively for the next term. A presidium consists of Com Tarun Saha, Wajed Ali Sarkar & Balaram Mondal presided over the conference. <Click>
UPDATED ON 26-11-2016 AT 1530 HRS.
Comrade Fiedel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who transformed Cuba into a socialist country and for five decades defied the attack of the Imperialist force to topple him, breathed his last on 25th November, 2016. He was 90. He was an "Icon of Struggle" to the toiling mass. Comrade Castro became a revolutionary hero when he overthrew the corrupt and brutal dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista in 1959. During his lifetime he always stood and raised his voice in favour of the working class. BSNLEU WB Circle pays respectful homage to this great leader.
UPDATED ON 25-11-2016 AT 1830 HRS.
"No Tower Company"--Dharna programme successfully conducted throughout WBT Circle: As per the decision of the Unions & Associations of BSNL Executives/Non executive the Dharna as well as demonstration programMe against the decision of the Central cabinet to form a new "Subsidiary Tower Company",was effectively organised almost everywhere in WBT Circle. In Kolkata the programme was held before the chambers of CGM WBT, CGM ETR & CGM ETP. Com Animesh Mitra,CS BSNLEU WB, Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS, Asish Das ACS , Madhusudan Saha, Asstt. Treasurer, Nazes Nauroz, Org. Secy. BSNLEU WB spoke in the gathering. At CGMT Office WB, during the 'Dharna', a demonstration meeting was held with a rally. Com Animesh Mitra initiated the demonstration meeting and the Forum leaders like Com. P. S. Das (SEWA), Aniruddha Basu (AIBSNLEA), M. R. Das (SNEA), Amitava Chattopadhyay (BSNLEU) narrated their views and opposed the decision of the Govt. vehemently. Com Swapan Bose (AIBSNLEA) presided the demonstration meeting. <Click>.
Agitated Non Regular workers marched to CE (Elect) office in big number: The Contractual workers throughout the Circle are not getting their monthly wages in regular manner. Moreover, the workers are not getting their I/Cards, facilities like EPF/ESI & other social securities in spite of specific rules from the labour department. More than hundred of Casual/Contractual workers have gathered to get their legitimate demands including wages in a definite date of every month. Com Animesh Mitra, SG BSNLCCWF, Tapas Ghosh, Working President BSNLCCWF, Akhilesh Banerjee, VP BSNLCCWF, Nazes Nauroz, Org. Secy, BSNLEU WB lead the demonstration. Later a delegation under the leadership of Com Animesh Mitra met CE (Elec.) and demanded immediate settlement of the problems. The authority assured the leaders that the demands will be looked in to seriously. The gathering of the Casual/Contractual workers was addressed by Com Animesh Mitra, Tapas Ghosh, Akhilesh Banerjee, Tarak Kundu, ACS, Santosh Goswami ACS BSNLCMU WB. Com. Nazes Nauroz presided over the demonstration. <Click>
UPDATED ON 23-11-2016 AT 1510 HRS.
Circle Union demands Salary of November in cash: Due to demonetisation of Rs. 500/- & 1000/- notes like other citizens of India the BSNL Employees are also facing immense trouble to get/change money from Banks/ATMs. Therefore Com. Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB Circle met GM (Finance) on 21st November, 2016 and demanded payment of Salary for the month of November, 2016 in cash for the employees of this Circle. He told that the Central Govt. has already taken decision to give the employees a certain amount of Salary in cash in the month of November. The Authority assured that necessary steps will be taken to mitigate the problem subject to the fact that Bank will be able to provide cash.
Relentless effort of the Circle Union results settlement of Good number of Compassionate Ground Appointment cases: At least 30 cases of Compassionate ground appointment of the various SSAs of WBT Circle are being settled due to sustained effort of the Circle Union. This is just the beginning. During last 5years or more there was not a single case of CGA settled in our Circle. Lots of cases are still awaiting for settlement. It is most unbecoming and unfortunate on the part of the Circle Authority that they could not settle the most sensitive and burning problem like CGA in our Circle since a long period. Leaders of BSNLEU relentlessly persuaded the cases since last couple of years and at last compelled the Administration to settle the CGA cases. More cases are yet to be settled for which Circle Union already told the management for settlement of the cases at the earliest.
UPDATED ON 22-11-2016 AT 1430 HRS.
Reluctant Circle Administration failed to publish JTO Result--anxiety cropped up amongst the Candidates: Though the result of the JTO examination has already been published by the Corporate Office 20 days back, our Circle Authority could not publish the same till date. A strong resentment is prevailing among the candidates who are eagerly and anxiously waiting to attend the Training class. Most of the circles have already conveyed their requisition to Jabbalpur training Centre while our Circle Administration failed to publish the result officially. With this anxiety and resentment the Circle leaders of BSNLEU & SNATTA met the CGM on 19th November, 2016 and discussed the issue in details. The CGM assured the leaders that the case will be looked in to with all seriousness. Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB, Amit Khan, CS SNATTA WB , Mintu Debnath, ACS BSNLEU WB, Pradip Mardi, ACS SNATTA WB were present in the delegation.
UPDATED ON 21-11-2016 AT 1610 HRS.
Unions & Associations of Executives/Non Executives met CGM: The unions & associations of the executives/ non executives of BSNL met CGM today to discuss regarding the Development issues of this Circle and also expressed their unhappiness regarding non settlement of HR issues of the employees of this Circle. The GM (HR-Admn), GM (Finance), AGM (HR-Admn) were present on the occasion. At the outset Comrade Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB reacted sharply on the issue told CGM that in spite of fullest cooperation and support the administration failed to express their views regarding development of this circle to the unions & associations. He demanded that CGM should conduct meeting with the recognised unions & associations in a regular manner. He also requested the authority to conduct the meeting of Welfare board and form the Sports board at the earliest. After the deliberation of Com Mitra, Com. Tapas Ghosh, Bijoy Bhattacharya also expressed their views. The administration assured that they will convene development meeting in regular manner and the other issues raised by the leaders will also be looked into. Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, (BSNLEU), Tapas Ghosh & Debashis Sensharma (SNEA), Bijoy Bhattacharya & Aniruddha Basu (AIBSNLEA), Arvind Kumar (AIGETOA) were present in the meeting.
Celebration of 100 year of great "November Revolution"---overwhelming attendance of employees at CTO Kolkata: At the call of the Circle Union more than 300 employees (both Regular & Casual/Contractual) have attended the Seminar on 19th November, 2016 at CTO TI Hall Kolkata on the occasion of 100 year Celebration of "November Revolution". The Chief speaker of the Seminar was Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB Circle and SG BSNLCCWF. Com Mitra in his speech told that we have to learn from the "Great November Revolution" how the united strength of working class can defeat the oppression of the imperialist force. He told that it is the "Red Flag" who will fight for the oppressed. In BSNL also our demands can only be fulfilled under the leadership of "Red Flag". Therefore it is very necessary to know the struggle of those "Ten Days which shook the World". Com Swapan Chanda presided on the occasion. <Click>
Jr. Accountant & Sr. Accountant issue---Circle Union once again took up the case at CHQ: There are 2 cadres of Accounts still persist in BSNL -i) Junior Accountant another ii) Senior Accountant. The total number of employees of these 2 cadres are not more than two digit in WBT Circle. In the past the CHQ pursued the case at Corporate Office. Though the two sections have enough justified grounds to establish their legitimate demands but till date the problems of Jr. Accountants and Senior Accountants have not been solved.. Therefore the Circle Union is anxious over the matter and once again issued a letter to CHQ with the request to take up the case at the appropriate level so that the issues are being settled early. <Click here>
UPDATED ON 18-11-2016 AT 1845 HRS.
Authority is busy with "Swachh Avijaan" when service is almost dilapidated!!! It is learnt that the BSNL WB Circle has organised "Swach Avijan" at Gangasagar, South 24 Parganas on 15th November, 2016. The CGM WBT lead the whole process. We appreciate the gesture. At the same time we like to state that if the authority would be little bit careful about the service of BSNL in that region than some revenue would come to the Circle. It is learnt that the exchange of 'Bakkhali' (a renowned Tourist spot) is closed for quite some time. The 'Chimagudi' exchange has only 1 functional Landline. Even the 'Gangasagar' exchange is closed for more than 10-12 days. The exchanges of South 24 Parganas are running for 15 days in a month due to severe scarcity of exchange 'Cards'. 'Kakdwip' exchange practically breathing its last. It is unfortunate that we are unable to provide service to people living in the remote place of 'Gangasagar', where as we are committed to provide Tele service to the people.
Gratuity issue of Casual/Contratual Workers will be tabled again in the BSNL Board Meeting: Gratuity for the Casual and Contractual Workers will be placed again in the next BSNL Board meeting. On 17th November, 2017 Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Working President BSNLCCWF met with Director (HR) and GM (Estt.), and it is learnt that the management has estimated approximate financial implication for the Gratuity for the Casual Workers only. The leadership reacted immediately and submits the Government order to Director (HR) wherein it is stated that as per the Gratuity Act, there is no difference among the Regular Staff, Casual Workers and Contractual Workers. It is also reported that in the last board meeting held on 05-05-2016 it was decided that the complete financial implications of the proposal may be worked out as that a few circles has submitted the estimated amount for Gratuity payment. However, it was assured by the management that they will try to get the approval of 'Gratuity' from the next BSNL Board Meeting though there is a strong objection from the DoT representative on this issue.
UPDATED ON 16-11-2016 AT 1815 HRS.
4G Service in BSNL-----------Is it a Masterstroke??? It has come in the Newspaper that CMD BSNL has proposed to the Govt. to allot 700 mhz for the PSU BSNL. He has suggested to allot 5mhz block for BSNL so that the Company can launch 4G Service in 2017. He has also expressed his views that the Government can allot this unsold Spectrum to the State Owned Company on free of cost or Government can increase the equity share in the Company Is it the Masterstroke? We are hopeful that BSNL will start the 4G Service in the New year of 2017. <Click here>
UPDATED ON 15-11-2016 AT 2005 HRS.
Eminent leader and Ex MP Comrade Dipen Ghosh passed away: BSNLEU WB Circle is extremely shocked and saddened to inform that Comrade Dipen Ghosh, veteran leader of Trade Union & Central Government Employees and former Member of Parliament, passed away on 13th October, 2017 at 9.00 A.M. He was 85. He was suffering for some time. BSNLEU WB Circle expresses heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members, comrades and friends.
Berhampore District Union organised massive gathering at TDM Office: The BSNLEU Berhampore District alongwith BSNLCMU & AIBDPA Berhampore has organised a massive gathering & demonstration at TDM Office Berhampore on 9th November, 2017. The Demonstration started with slogans. Later the gathering was addressed by Com Sekhar Sarkar, District Secretary, Laltu Roy, District Secretary BSNLCMU, Com Avijit Sen , District Secretary AIBDPA Berhampore spoke on the occasion with other leaders. Com. Madhusudan Saha, Asstt. Treasurer, BSNLEU WB was present in the demonstration programme and narrated the present situation of BSNL and the demands of the employees in the meeting. Com Saha told that only united fight can change the scenario. Com Mamata Sarkar, presided over the demonstration programme. Later a delegation met the TDM and handed over a Memorandum. The TDM gave a patient hearing to the leaders and assured that the cases will be looked into. <Click for Photos>
UPDATED ON 11-11-2016 AT 1920 HRS.
Effective meeting held at Suri : A mass gathering at the call of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA District Unions held at Suri. As per the decision taken in the meeting of the three Circle unions, a good number of employees and retired persons were present in the meeting. Com Nazes Nauroz, Organizing Secretary was present in the meeting on behalf of BSNLEU, WB Circle and Com. Biswajit Ghosh on behalf of BSNLCMU WB. Com. Nauroz briefly narrated the present situation in WBTC and our task. He also mentioned about the ensuing Circle Conference of BSNLEU to be held at Kolkata. Com. Nanda Dulal Mitra Dist. Secy. BSNLEU spoke before the gathering. A memorandum was handed over to TDM Sri Rabi Kumar after the meeting. The meeting was presided over by Com. Tinku Biswas and Jayanta Das jointly.
Photos of the Celebration of Centenary of "November Revolution" at Burdwan: <Click>
UPDATED ON 10-11-2016 AT 2040 HRS.
Circle Union writes letter to GM (HR/Admin) regarding correction in PO letter : Circle Secretary Com. Animesh Mitra, met GM(HR/Admin) regarding correction of PO letter of the ETR comrades. He also discussed the issue with AGM(HR/Admin) and also Addl. GM. he briefly narated the necessity of correction of the PO letters. In this regard a letter was also written to GM(HR/Admin).
Circle Union writes for immediate payment of PLI to Retied employees, Family of the deceased and Casual labourers.<view letter>
Appreciable move by ETR District---- donates a lump for Circle Conference: The ETR District Union yesterday handed over Rs. 25,000/- for the ensuing 7th Circle Conference. It is a significant effort on the part of ETR comrades that they have donated generously to make the 7th Circle Conference a grand success. Red salute to ETR comrades.
100 years of Great November Revolution celebrated with Honour & Dignity at Telephone Bhavan and Terity Bazar Branch,ETR: The November Revolution programme was observed at Telephone Bhavan Branch under ETR Division. The Red Flag was hoisted by President Com Nilay Das. The Martyrs Column was garlanded Com Animesh Mitra, Asis Das, Swapan Dey, Biplab Das and Rupa Dhar. Com Mitra in his speech elaborated the significance of this programme in this day. He told that the November Revolution had a great impact on the different countries at that time. We have to educate the members about the socialism--our ultimate goal. We have to review the theory and its implementation part critically. He appeal to the members to present in the programme on 19th November at CTO hall, where Com P Abhimanyu, General Secretary is the main speaker. <Click for Photo>.
The November Revolution centenary was observed at Terity Bazar Telephone Kendra on 10th November at 1400 hours. The Red Flag was hoisted by President Com Sunil Kumar Nayak. The Martyrs Column was garlanded by Com Sunil Nayak, Asis Das Divisional Secretary, Com Ashis Kumar Das Branch secretary, Com Ratna Bhattacharjee, Com Monotosh Chakraborty and Com Sukanta Saha District Secretary Bsnlcmu. Com Animesh Mitra Circle Secretary elaborated the history of November Revolution. He told that with the inspiration of November Revolution the labour class united all over the world and the Revolution took place in Cuba, Korea, China and other countries. In other countries labour unity is formed. He told the message of this revolution is very important in the present juncture also. He also stated the internal position of our country and our industry BSNL. In this meeting Asis Das, Divisional Secretary and Branch Secretary Terity Bazar Branch Ashis Das also spoke about the present situation. <Click here>
UPDATED ON 09-11-2016 AT 1345 HRS.
WBTC is running out of stock of 3G SIM------Circle Union intervenes: Circle Union is getting information from number of SSAs that they are not getting 3G SIM. This happened when WBTC has fulfilled the target as given by the Corporate Office New Delhi for the Month of October. There is a great demand amongst the people for BSNL SIM but due to severe scarcity we are not in a position to satisfy our customers at the same we are loosing a great deal of revenue. As a responsible Trade Union BSNLEU can not sit idle. Circle Secretary along with other leaders of the Circle met GM Nodal and Sr. GM CFA on this issue. It is learnt that as the Telecom Factory is unable to supply SIM till March, 2017 the Authority has decided to procure SIMs through Local Vendor. Circle Union is keeping close watch on the issue and hope that SIMs could be supplied early to fulfill the demand.
UPDATED ON 08-11-2016 AT 1940 HRS.
Centenary of November Revolution celebrated with dignity in West Bengal Circle : On 7th November, 2016 the Great November Revolution was celebrated in West Bengal Circle by hoisting of Red flag and conducting meeting. In the CGMT office Red flag was hoisted by Com. Samir Nandy, President CGMT office District. A rally was organized before the meeting. At CTO, Kolkata SSA organized the meeting. The Red Flag of our Union was hoisted by Com. Manik Sarkar, District Secretary. At TCO the Red Flag was hoisted by President, Com Ashutosh Das where Com Amitava Chattopadhyay briefly narrated the significance of "November Revolution. At CGMT Office & CTO Com Animesh Mitra was the main speaker. He spoke in detail about the relevance of observing Centenary of "November Revolution". He told that the call of the Centenary of "November Revolution" is "Equal wage for equal work". He once again requested the Dist/Br. Secretaries to hoist our union flag in 100 Places throughout the Circle on the eve of 100 years of the "Great Revolution". <Click for Photo>
UPDATED ON 07-11-2016 AT 1115 HRS.
Centenary of Great "November Revolution"---Let's recall the history how the Red flag of the Working Class became the National Flag: Comrades, today is the historic day so far the struggle of the working class of the whole world is concerned, today is 7th November. Today is the 100th year of Great "November (October) Revolution". It was the first success 'Revolution' in the world. It was the Revolution from which we came to know that the united working class under the Red Flag can stop exploitation. This year we are observing the 100 years of Great Revolution, it will start on 7th November and will continue for a year. BSNLEU will also observe this programme to educate the working class in our Trade. We believe that "November Revolution" have a message for all of us who are still fighting to reach the goal which was reached by Soviet in 1917 under the leadership of Comrade V.I. Lenin. Let us start the "Centenary Celebration" on 7th November by hosting Red Flag at every working spot. Branch and District secretaries are requested to organise programe with serious effort at the Grass Root level. Centrally it will be observed at CTO TI Hall, Kolkata on 19th November. Comrades we have to propagate the history of the struggle of the working class in the 'Revolution' and narrate the story how the first Socialist Country emerged, how the Red Flag of the Working class became the National Flag of a country with the blood and toil of the great warriors.
UPDATED ON 04-11-2016 AT 1545 HRS.
Let's fly 100 Red Flags in 100 BSNL Office/Exchange on the eve of the 100 year of great "November Revolution": On 7th November, 2016 we are entering the centenary of great November Revolution. BSNLEU, WB Circle has decided to commemorate this day through various activities. On 7th November District and Branch secretaries are to hoist Red Flag of our Union in every offices and exchanges. Thereafter up to 17th November they are to organize meeting, seminar, cultural programme etc to celebrate this auspicious occasion. In recent times in our state as well as in the country the unity of the working class is under attack by the communal and divisive forces. Today the workers of our country including BSNL are facing severe oppression due to Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization. Comrade let us take oath to fight against anti worker policies and maintain communal harmony and peace. It is the need of the hour for the working class.
After prolonged struggle of BSNLEU, Authority published results of JTO/JAO Examination: The administration declared the results of departmental examination of JTO & JAO grade. There was much controversies in holding and declaration of these examinations. However due to sustained intervention of BSNLEU the authority ultimately compelled to declare the results. More than 90% examinees of our Circle have qualified in these examinations. Circle Union conveys heartfelt greetings to all the successful candidates. At the same time we demand that necessary arrangements should be made to impart training to the successful candidates.
Employees of Raiganj did not get Bonus!!! aren't the Authority responsible??? Due to vigorous persuasion of the Circle Union the employees of West Bengal Circle has already got their Bonus for the FY 2014-15 on the eve of "Deepavali Festival". It is very unfortunate that the employees attached to Raiganj SSA did not receive the same till date. It is learnt that Raiganj did not send their requisition to the Circle administration within due time for which the employees had to suffer. It is very clear from this incident how the administration is indifferent & callous to settle the claims of the employees.
UPDATED ON 02-11-2016 AT 1930 HRS.
Bengali Circular No. 36 <Click Here>
UPDATED ON 01-11-2016 AT 1430 HRS.
Festival is in full swing but 3G SIM is not available-----who is responsible??? The Festive season is going on in full swing in West Bengal. It is learnt that the WBT Circle is suffering with non availability of 3G SIM. It will definitely affect the inflow of Revenue. The SIM distribution centre of EZBC Salt lake has already got number of requisitions of 3G SIM (both Normal/Micro) from different SSAs of West Bengal. But they are in a fix because the Telecom Factory can not supply the same at present. We are worried about the situation. Circle Union wants to know whether the top management took any step to cope up with the situation because it will surely decrease the income of this Circle. As the Circle has already lost lot of customers for non availability of 3G SIMS during the Festival when the sell of SIM generally increases.
UPDATED ON 31-10-2016 AT 1715 HRS.
"Equal Pay for Equal Work" - Hon'ble Supreme Court endorsed the demand of the Unions : A historic judgment has been pronounced by the Supreme Court on ‘Equal Pay for Equal Work.” A Bench of Justices said the principle of equal pay for equal work constitutes a clear and unambiguous right vested in every employee, whether engaged on regular or temporary basis. BSNLEU together with CCWF fought for the legitimate claim of the non-regular workers. It is to be reminded that it was one of the main demand of the working class in that strike on 2nd September, 2016. In the past the working class struggled for the justice. At last the justice given by the Supreme Court. BSNL Employees union demands immediate implementation of the verdict.
UPDATED ON 27-10-2016 AT 1900 HRS.
Good response amongst the employees against the formation of Subsidiary Tower Company : Today at the call of Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations a lunch hour demonstration programme was held at CGMT office, Kolkata under banner of Forum, West Bengal Circle. A good number of employees assembled in the protest demonstration programme. A huge rally went round the CGMT office shouting slogans. Com. Bijoy Bhattacharjee of AIBSNLEA, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay of BSNLEU and Com. Pradip Kumar Roy of SNEA deliberated their speech. Com. Chattopadhyay reminded about the danger ahead of us in regard to weakening of BSNL by the policy of the Central Govt. he said that the Govt. is trying to sale out BSNL when it is trying to turn around financially. All speakers in the meeting emphasized on the unity of the workers. Com. Swapan Chanda presided over the demonstration programme. <Click >
UPDATED ON 26-10-2016 AT 1850 HRS.
Photos of the District Conference of BSNLEU Burdwan & QA District: <Click>
UPDATED ON 25-10-2016 AT 1900 HRS.
District Conference of Burdwan District ended successfully : The 6th District Conference of Burdwan District held on 23rd October, 2016 at Baidyapur. The Red flag of our union hoisted by Com. Manik Lal Das, President. The martyrs column was garlanded by Manik Lal Das and by other leaders to pay respect to the martyrs. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle4 Secretary, BSNLEU, WB inaugurated the conference. He in his speech narrated briefly about all the aspect. He particularly pointed out about the role of the Govt. towards BSNL and other PSUs. He also said about the development scenario in WBTC nad role of the CGM. It is only the BSNLEU is in the struggle path and we have achieved 78.2% IDA merger for the pensioners. Dot has declared that the pension liabilities for BSNL will be borne by DOT. These are some significant achievement in this tough time. Com Nazes Nouroz, Org. Secy. also addressed the house. After discussion the annual report which was placed by Com Swapan Mallick, Dist Secy. before the house was accepted unanimously. The Conference was presided by Com. Manik Lal Das. Com. Prabir Das, Com. Surajit Dutta and Com. Satya Narayan Chatterjee were elected unanimously as president, Dist. Secy. and Treasurer respectively.
7th District Conference of QA held with enthusiasm : Only with 12 members the 7th district conference of QA heldon 22nd October, 2016.. The conference was attended by about 60 invites who were earlier leaders of QA. Com. Bijoli Ganguly, President of QA hoisted the Red flag of the union and garlanded the martyrs column to pay respect to the martyrs. Other leaders who were present in the meeting also paid respect to the martyrs. Com. Debashis Khan, Treasurer, BSNLEU, WB inaugurated the conference. He in his speech narrated briefly about present situation of BSNL and particularly in WBTC. He also reminded the task ahead of us. later Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, addressed the house. He in his speech pointed out the the role of the central Govt. towards BSNl and other PSUs and at the same time the present situation in WBTC. Com. Swapan Chanda, President, Com. Nazes Nouroz, Org. Secy., Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Org. Secy., Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt Circle Secy. also addressed the house. Com. Pijush Chakraborty, Asstt. Circle Secy., AIBDPA and Com. Kanaklata Dutta also addressed the house. Com. Uttam Gope, Dist Secy., QA placed the annual report before the house. After discussion the report was accepted unanimously. It was decided in the conference that the existing committee will continue upto next Circle Conference. Com. Bijoli Ganguly presided over the meeting.
Raise your voice against the unprecedented circular of Corporate Office regarding Contractual Workers: Corporate Office, New Delhi has issued a letter on 21/10/2016 in which the CGM's are directed not to hold any negotiation/discussion with any Unions (including the recognized Union) on the problems of Contract Workers. This is nothing but a arbitrary and derogative circular issued by the Corporate Office so far the Trade Union movement in BSNL is concerned. Though the Non Regular workers (Casual/Contractual etc) are the most exploited section still they are devoted to carry on the smooth functioning of the Service almost throughout the Country. On the contrary the BSNL authority is very much reluctant to settle the just demands of these section of workers which falls within the purview of the extant labour laws. When these workers raised their voice to register legitimate claims they have been forcibly thrown away from service. BSNLEU is fighting tooth and nail in favour of the demands or against the exploitation of these section. Therefore we must have to raise our protest against these anti worker thoughts of the Corporate Office. Comrades we have to fight for the justice of these Contractual workers and no unholy force can stop our struggle for the benefit of these exploited workers. BSNLEU was, is & will be always in the forefront in the fight to abolish the plight of the Contractual workers.
UPDATED ON 24-10-2016 AT 1845 HRS.
Pending Medical Bills--- discussion with CGM & GM (Fin): It is observed that a good number of Medical bills of Regular & Pensioners are lying pending in CGM office. Circle Union had a detail discussion with both CGM & GM(Fin) to settle the issue. It is assured by the Authority that for the Regular employees--- i) the medical cases upto March 2016 will be settled by December 2016 and ii) special efforts will be taken to settle the 53 cases of Siliguri at the earliest. Regarding the Pensioners it is expressed by the Administration that i) efforts will be taken to settle the medical cases up to September, 2016 for the pensioners having HRMS No. within November, 2016, ii) instructions will be given through circular to the SSAs to generate Perner No. for the Pensioners who do not have any HRMS No., iii) Dot Cell WB Circle authority will be requested to supply a "Data Base" to the Circle Administration in respect of the Pensioners/Family Pensioners of BSNL so that the Vendor Code for the Pensioners can be generated smoothly.
Circle Union discussed the issues of the Pensioners extensively with the CGMT: During discussion with CGMT on 22nd October, Circle Union had a detail discussion with the CGM regarding i) settlement and payment of 78.2% IDA merger and ii) payment of pending Medical Bills. Circle Union demanded that these two issues should be settled at the earliest. However the Authority told that a Circular has already been issued towards the settlement of the two problems of the pensioners. The administration also took a decision that to generate Perner no. for the pensioners circular will be sent to the SSA heads (which is already uploaded in 'Sancharika') and all possible efforts will be taken to settle the Medical bills.
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Circle Union Demands for early payment of PLI : Circle Secretary Com. Animesh Mitra along with Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary met with both GM (Finance) and CGMT and discussed the issue of payment of PLI. They demanded for payment of the PLI before Dewali. CGMT told the leaders that requisition for fund for payment of PLI has already been sent to corporate office. It was decided that payment will be made within 2or 3 days. A letter has also been given to CGMT in this regard. <Click Here>
UPDATED ON 21-10-2016 AT 1130 HRS.
Forum expresses serious concern over the present situation of WBT Circle: A meeting of the Forum of BSNL Unions & Associations, West Bengal Circle held today at CTO Union Room of BSNLEU. Representatives of most of the constituent Unions/Associations have attended the Meeting. Convenor of the Forum Com Animesh Mitra expressed strong resentment over the issues like a) poor scenario of Development of BSNL service in the Circle including Marketing, b) reluctant attitude of the topmost authority to change the present condition and also regarding the Lunch Hour Demonstration programme of 27th October against the decision of the Central Govt. to form a Tower Company. The leaders seriously discussed the issues and expressed dissatisfaction regarding the hooliganism of few miscreants within the office premises. It is decided that Forum will meet CGM to discuss regarding development, marketing and settlement of HR issues and also demand congenial atmosphere in the Office/Exchange. The programe of 27th October, 2016 will be observed at CGMT office Kolkata (where the Dist Unions of Kolkata will join) and also in the District Headquarters. Com Swapan Basu leader AIBSNLEA presided over the meeting. Com Aniruddha Bose (AIBSNLEA), S.Awon, Mrinal Das (SNEA), Amit Khan, Pradip Mardi (SNATTA), Amitava Chattopadhyay (BSNLEU), WB Circle were present in the meeting.
Organise "Demand Day" on 25th October, 2016 to get PLI: PLI for the FY 2014-15 has already been announced by the Corporate Office on 7th October, 2016. But till date almost nothing has been learnt regarding the payment of Bonus. After prolonged struggle the employees could able to open the door for Bonus. Last time the Bonus was paid in the year 2009. Therefore Circle Union decided to launch protest demonstration on 25th October, 2016 at every BSNL Office/Exchange for a) immediate payment of Bonus for the FY 2014-15 within 3rd week of October and b) settlement of Bonus for the FY 2015-16. It is heard that some people are telling the others to forgo the PLI amount. Comrades, don't forget it is for our sustained struggle only the BSNL Authority compelled to give Bonus. Let us organise the 'Demand Day" on 25/10/2016 in a befitting manner narrating the background of our glorious struggle and pressurize the authority to announce bonus for the FY 2015-16.
UPDATED ON 20-10-2016 AT 1130 HRS.
Circle Union compelled the Authority to give Circular for 78.2% IDA merger & settlement of medical bills: Since last couple of months the Circle Union is pressing the authority to take a firm decision regarding settlement of 78.2% IDA merger and pending medical bills for the Pensioners. However the Administration at last issued a Circular towards the settlement of the problems within a stipulated time frame. District Secretaries are therefore requested to go through the Circular and immediately meet the Local Authority towards the settlement of the two problems with top most priority. <Click for the Circular>
UPDATED ON 19-10-2016 AT 1845 HRS.
Govt. Decision to form Subsidiary Tower Company - Oppose the Decision Tooth and Nail : It is learnt that Central Government has decided to make a Subsidiary Tower Company, Minister of State for Communications has signed the Cabinet Note for formation of the same. If the Cabinet approves this note, then the entire tower asset of BSNL will be taken away, and a separate tower company will be formed. This will weaken BSNL. Through Niti Ayog Strategic Sale of BSNL will start. It means government agenda to sale out Public Sector Unit will be fulfilled. BSNLEU with other Unions and Associations has fought against this derogative decision of the government in the past. Accordingly BSNLEU and Core Committee of Forum of Unions and Associations has called upon all the employees of BSNL to conduct massive demonstration programme on 27th October, 2016. All District and Branch Secretaries are requested to mobilise the employees to make the programme a grand success.
Today Circle Union held meeting with CGMT : Today Circle Union held meeting with CGMT at 1PM at the conference room of Circle office. Representatives of Circle Union, lead by Circle Secretary Com. Animesh Mitra, were Com. Swapan Chanda, Prasident, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Organising Secretary, Com. Asis Das, Asstt. Circle Secretary, Com. Debashis Khan, Treasurer, Com. Prabir Chatterjee, Vice President, Com. Nazes Nauroz, Organising Secretary. Other than R.N. Jha, CGMT, Smt Pranati Das, GM(HR/Admin), Smt Rupa Pal Chowdhury, GM(Finance), DGM (Finance), AGM(HR/Admin) and other officers were present from the official side. 10 point agenda was submitted to the administration for discussion. The decisions taken in the meeting are (i) all out effort will taken to form the Circle Council. (ii) Meeting of Circle welfare board will be held soon. (iii) Sports board will be formed soon. (iv) Development committee at the Circle level will be formed and Sri P.S. Bhattacharjee, Senior GM will be its convener. All the SSA heads will be asked to form Works Committee without further delay. (v) All out effort will be taken to hold the HPC meeting for CGA cases by October, 2016. (vi) Clarification will be sought for from the Legal Cell in regard to pay cut of some employees. (vii) After clearing some points enquiry report will be submitted to CGM regarding the ransack of Circle Union Office CTO, Kollata. (viii) Regarding revision of Wage of Casual Labourers in the light of 7th CPC, clarification will be sought for from corporate office. The meeting was inclusive and it will be again held on 22nd October, 2016.
UPDATED ON 4-10-2016 2010 HRS.
Today Massive Agitation Programme Held at CO : Today CGMT District union organised a massive agitation programme in protest of the attack and threat to the employees of CGMT Office by the TEU leaders and members on 3rd October, 2016. The incident was brought to the notice of the CGMT in spite of obstruction made by TEU to District Secretary and other leaders of CGMT Dist union, but his attitude was indifferent. Accordingly CGMT district union withdrawn all cooperation from the administration in protest of lack of safety and security of the staff. Today Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB Circle has intervened and met with GM (HR/Admin) along with District Secretary and other leaders of District and Circle Union and conveyed our resentment. Com. Animesh Mitra demanded for safety and security of the staff especially to lady employees. He also demanded to restore working atmosphere in the office. After patient hearing GM (HR) told the leaders that safety and security of the staff members will be looked into and appealed to the workers to restore normalcy. Later Com. Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU conveyed red salute to the workers of CGMT office for their protest against the TEU goons. He said that General Secretary has already conveyed the situation to CMD. He also said in his speech that the Circle Union will go for prolonged programme after the Puja against the attack and threat to the workers in the office. <Photos>
UPDATED ON 3-10-2016 AT 1915 HRS.
Marketing and efforts of BSNL Employees Union : As decided in the Kolkata CWC meeting of BSNLEU, WB Circle that the 17th Anniversary will be celebrated by BSNLEU by marketing of BSNL through displaying of flex showing various schemes of BSNL, WB circle throughout all the Districts specially in the festive season. Accordingly flex were displayed at the gates of CTO building and Customer Service Centre. Its not the management, its only BSNLEU took the responsibility for wide publication of BSNL schemes in the festive season, which are attractive to the common people. This once again proved that only BSLEU along with the workers will save BSNL and not the management. District Secretaries are requested to take initiative for displaying of flex in this regard. <Click for photos>
UPDATED ON 29-09-2016 AT 2000 HRS.
If BSNLEU is there, we can take any challenge: The Corporate Office has instructed to organise 'Melas' on 27th & 28th September, 2016. The members of BSNL Employees Union are taking active role with utmost spontaneity to make the 'Marketing' in a effective manner. The BSNLEU Bankura made an excellant example. The members of BSNLEU have assembled a good number both in Bankura and Bishnupur Exchange organized Mela at the exchange gate where number of customers came and enquired regarding BSNL products. It is noteworthy that Bankura SSA sold 3000 SIMs in just 3 days so far the news came to the Circle Union.
Again 'VRS'!!!!-- Old statement in New Voice: Honb'le Minister Sri Manoj Sinha who was present in the last HOCC meeting held at BSNL Corporate Office made a remarkable statement that BSNL can only survive if the Management introduce VRS for the employees. HOCC meeting held on 27th & 28th September, 2016, to review the present scenario of BSNL particularly to sought the strategy towards expansion of business as well as to face the challenges emerged due to commencement of "Reliance Jio" in the Telecom market. The Minister also told that there are many areas where there is a negative growth. He prescribed that there is no need to remain such employees who are responsible for the negative Growth of BSNL. Please read the news Published on 29th September in "The Economic Times" to get the details. The officers present in the HOCC meeting may digest the statement of the Honb'le Minister but it is our benign submission that it is the same employees who made profit up to a tune of more than 10000 Crore and earned Revenue of Rs. 40000 Crore for BSNL.
BSNLEU WB Circular No. 34: <Click here>
UPDATED ON 27-09-2016 AT 1930 HRS.
Who will save WBT Circle???? When all the Circles are preparing for wide canvassing and Advertisements for BSNL in the festive season of 'Puja', the GM Marketing of WBT Circle is being transfered on 25th September. Now no one left in this Circle to conduct 'Mela' on 26th & 27th September as directed by Corporate Office. it is nothing but a furse on the part of the Management which will weaken WB circle to increase our customers as well as revenue.
WELL ATTENDED “DEMANDS DAY” OBSERVED IN WEST BENGAL CIRCLE: At the call of BSNLCCWF the “Demands Day” observed in a befitting manner throughout West Bengal Circle as the report came last. The massive gathering took place at CTO Kolkata where more than 300 Casual & Contractual workers assembled in the programme. The programme started with a huge rally with slogans of their just demands. Com Animesh Mitra, Secretary General BSNLCCWF & Tapas Kr. Ghosh President BSNLCCWF were the main two speakers. Com Mitra in his speech detailed the demands and derogative role of the management to settle the issues. He congratulated the members for their active and enthusiastic participation in the programme despite threat from the TEU BSNL Goons. Com Tapas Ghosh appealed to the members to be united so that the demands can be achieved. Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS BSNLEU WB, Goutam Das and Tarak Kundu, both ACS BSNLCMU WB also spoke on the occasion. In fine the Charter of Demands was handed over to Mr. P.S. Bhattacharya, Senior GM WBT Circle. Com Swapan Chanda and Anirban Ghosh presided over the demonstration meeting. <Click for Photo>
UPDATED ON 26-09-2016 AT 1900 HRS.
Branch Conference of Asansol East Br. hold with lot of enthusiasm:
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Despite Threat & Attack, the District Conference of Kolkata SSA concluded successfully: Amidst Threat & attack by the disruptive forces the 2 Days District Conference of Kolkata SSA was completed in a very disciplined manner. The conference was inaugurated by Com Animesh Mitra, Circle Secy. BSNLEU WB on 24th September, 2016 after hoisting of Red flag and garlanding of Martyrs Column. Com Mitra in his speech detailed the present scenario of BSNL service in the Circle and the problems of the employees. He told that united movement of the employees can change the situation. Mr. Tamal moitra, GM Kolkata was also present in the inaugural session. Com Asish Das and Mintu Debnath both ACS BSNLEU WB have attended the conference. After discussion and adoption of Draft Report & Accounts, the house on 25th September elected Com Ashoke Raha, Manik Lal Sarkar and Kanailal Baskey as District President, Secretary and Treasurer for the next term. <Click>. <Click here for a report in a Bengali Daily>
UPDATED ON 23-09-2016 AT 1930 HRS.
Circle Union Resumes its Normal Activities in the Union Office at CTO : After the incident of ransacking of Circle Union Office of BSNLEU at CTO building on 19th August, 2016 by the outside goons having TEU batch, to-day the normal activities resumed through formation of Reception Committee of the Circle Conference of BSNLEU, WB Circle to be held at Kolkata. Members of BSNLEU of 8 districts along with the members of AIBDPA and BSNLCMU were also present in this meeting. Com Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary initiated the proceedings and urged upon the members to make the Circle Conference a grand success against all odds. Veteran leader Com Dilip Das gave suggestions in regard to this conference. All District Secretaries spoke on the occasion. A Reception Committee of 51 members were formed. Com. Asis Das and Com. Goutam Banik were selected as Joint Secretary of the Reception Committee. Com. Ramprasad Dutta selected Treasurer. Veteran Leader Com. Sisir Bhattacharjee and Com Susanta Ghosh were selected as President and Working President respectively. Com. Swapan Chanda presided over the meeting. <click here>
UPDATED ON 21-09-2016 AT 2030 HRS.
Circle Union demands payment before Puja : Circle Union met GM (Finance) and demands payments of personal claims like GPF, Festival Advance, Medical etc of the Regular employees and wages for the Non regular Workers (Casual/Contracutal/Security Guards etc) before Puja positively. Circle leaders also demanded that the payment of wages for the non regular workers should be made by the first week of October, 2016. The leaders also demanded revision of Pension @ 78.2% IDA merger immediately before puja. Com nimesh Mitra, CS, Debasish Khan, Treasurer, Sujoy Sarkar, Org. Secy. BSNLEU WB Circle were in the delegation. <View Letter>
UPDATED ON 20-09-2016 AT 1845 HRS.
Good response in CHQ programme of Hunger Strike in West Bengal: Day long Hunger Strike programme at the call of CHQ was successfully organised at every nook & corner of WB Circle. Lot of enthusiasm & huge gathering observed in the places like Asansol, Suri, Bankura, Burdwan, Berhampore, Raiganj so far the news came last. At Kolkata the programme was held before the Chamber of all the 3 CGMs i.e. WBT, ETR & ETP. Com Animesh Mitra, CS, Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS, Asish Das, ACS, Sujoy Sarkar, Org. Secy. Najes Nauroz, Org. Secy. Debasish Khan, Treasurer and other leaders of Circle & Districts spoke before the gathering. Rally was also organised at CGMT Office.
BSNLEU able to achieve Bonus ----Kept words: It is undoubtedly one of the significant achievement that due to the sustained struggle of the employees under the Red Flag of BSNL Employees Union throughout the country the Authority at last compelled to announce Bonus of Rs. 3000/- for the Financial year 2014-15. It was one of our demands in the last 2nd September, 2016 Strike. Comrades the struggle is not over. we have more to achieve. We want a good Wage Revision from 1/1/2017, abolition of Stagnation, revision of Perks, restoration of the facilities like LTC etc. Above all we want Bonus also for the FY 2015-16. We convey our heart felt Red Salute to all the employees who stood behind our struggle for Bonus.
\UPDATED ON 19-09-2016 AT 1140 HRS.
4th CWC Meeting of BSNLEU, WB Circle started with great note : Yesterday, on 18th September, 2016 the 4th Circle Executive Committee meeting started at KG Bose Smriti Bhavan, Kolkata at 11AM. The meeting is organized by CGMT District Union. Com. Swapan Chanda, President hoisted the Red Flag of our Union. Thereafter the leaders paid the homage to the martyrs by garlanding the martyrs column. The CWC meeting inaugurated by Com. Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer, BSNLEU (CHQ). 21 District Secretaries out of 23 District Secretaries are attending this meeting. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary presented the Draft Report and initiated the proceedings. Yesterday 15 District Secretaries discussed on the draft report. Yesterday the meeting was adjourned at 7-30PM. To-day at 11AM again the meeting started. Com. Swapan Chanda is presiding over the meeting.
UPDATED ON 16-09-2016 AT 2000 HRS.
Hunger Strike On 20th September, 2016 at All SSA Level : At the call of CHQ 20th August, 2016 Hunger strike programme will be held at all SSA level. In addition to 24 charter of demands of CHQ burning problems of WBTC has been taken into account for this programme. Accordingly notice has been served to CGMT today. A delegation led by Com. Animesh Mitra and Com. Sujaoy Sarkar met CGM and expressed their resentment of various unsettled problems of WBTC. District Secretaries are requested to organise our members to make the programme a grand success. In Kolkata this programme will be held centrally at CGMT office. District Secretaries are reminded that the 4th CWC will end on 19th of August therefore all necessary organisational activities for the Hunger Strike programme to be completed before 20th.
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Fourth CWC meeting of BSNLEU WB will be held at Kolkata: The fourth Circle Working Committee Meeting of the BSNLEU WB will be held on 18th & 19th September, 2016 at "KG Bose Smriti Bhawan", Kolkata. Com Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer CHQ, will inaugurate the CWC Kolkata. Com. Susanta Ghosh, CS AIBDPA WB, Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU WB will deliver their speeches also in the inaugural session. The CWC meeting will start at 1000 AM sharp on 18th September, 2016. The District Secretaries and Circle Office Bearers of the Circle Union must attend the meeting in time. Number of important issues are going to be discussed in this CWC meeting. Hope that a new path will be chalked out from this CWC in the ensuing days.
UPDATED ON 09-09-2016 AT 1500 HRS.
At last the CGM WBT Circle compelled to discuss the Development issues of North Bengal: After lot of persuasion & agitation of this Circle Union the CGM WBT Sri R. N. Jha at last met the leaders of our Union at Siliguri on 08th September, 2016. Com Badal Ghosh, Dist. Secy., R.N. Bhattacharya, President, Swarupjyoti Roy, ADS, Subrata Chakraborty, ADS of BSNLEU Siliguri were present in the meeting. The issues which were highlighted in the meeting are a) Permanent posting of GM at Siliguri SSA, b) various problems of Development, c) lack of planning on the part of the administration for which the BSNL service cannot be provided smoothly in the SSA including the hills of Darjeeling, d) problems of Marketing specially absence of advertisement throughout the SSA, non availability of SIM cards particularly in the hills etc. The CGM gave a patient hearing and assured the leaders to look into the matter. The NFTE leaders headed by Com Pulak Ganguly were also present in the meeting.
Circle Union met CGM ETR: Leaders of the Circle Union today met Sri G. C. Srivastav, CGM ETR and discussed the issues like a) outsourcing of Cable Routes, b) payment of all personal claims of the employees before Puja, c) settlement of all burning problems, d) early commencement of functioning of the 10 new 'RAILTAIL' routes to ensure smoother service of BSNL in the Circle etc. Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB along with Asis Das, ACS BSNLEU WB & Dist. Secy. ETR were in the delegation. The CGM gave a patient hearing and told the leaders that a PO letter has already been issued by the Authority for initiation of "RAILTAIL" routes. The administration has also issued a letter for procurement of funds to make payments before 'Puja'. The CGM told that the outsourcing of cable routes has been done on experimental basis however finalisation of 'Outsouring' of Cable Routes will be done after consultation with the Circle Union.
We are still careful and will be careful to solve the problems of Casual & Contractual Workers: <Click here>
DHARNA PROGRAMME SUCCESSFULLY ORGANIZED: The “DharnaProgramme“ at the call of Forum was very successfully held throughout the WB Circle on 8/9/2016. The District Unions have organized the programme with all sincerity. Everywhere the employees joined the programme with all seriousness. In Kolkata the Dharna-Demonstration programme wereheld at CTO by the District Unions of CGMT-Office, TCO, CTO and CGMT-Tech where Com.AnimeshMitra, CS BSNLEU WB, AmitavaChattopadhyay, ACS , SujoySarkar, Org. Secy. spoke before the employees. Com Sajal Bhattacharya &Ashutosh Das presided in the demonstration meeting during Dharna. The Dharna programme also held at Kolkata SSA, ETR Districts in Kolkata. <Click here>
UPDATED ON 07-09-2016 AT 1445 HRS.
Number of Delegates/Obsrvers for the 8th AIC declared by CHQ: The CHQ has declared the eligible number of Delegates & Observers for the 8th AIC Chennai to be held w.e.f. 31/12/2016 to 03/01/2017. District are requested to note the numbers and purchase their Train Tickets accordingly. <Click here>
Organise 'Dharna' prgramme on 8/09/2016 effectively: Comrades, CHQ has already took series Trade Union action to settle the long pending demands of the Employees. We have performed the "Badge Wearing" & Demonstration programme on 17th August, 2016 throughout the Circle. The next programme of "Sit-in Demonstration" has to be performed on 8th September, 2016. Therefore the District Secretaries are requested to organise the programme in a befitting manner tomorrow and detail the demands to the employees in an effective manner. District Secretaries are requested to send Report & photos of the programme to the Circle Union positively.
UPDATED ON 06-09-2016 AT 1115 HRS.
Compassionate Ground Appointment cases---District Secretaries be serious!!!! It is learnt that after much persuasion and sustained struggle of this Circle Union the administration at last going to settle the CGA cases. But it is also learnt that number of cases which were sent from the SSAs did not come in the list due to various problems. the District Secretaries are therefore directed immediately to look into matter, consult with their respective GM/TDM/TDEs and know how many cases were sent to Circle Office within this period, whether any case has been returned from Circle office and on what ground. Because it is heard that due to wrong calculations a good number of cases again returned to the SSAs. District Secretaries should take all necessary measure to know the actual fact regarding the CGA cases of their Districts and intimate the Circle Union regarding the latest status of the CGA cases of the Districts after getting news from the SSA head.
UPDATED ON 05-09-2016 AT 1115 HRS.
2nd September Strike was an different experience---Let us prepare for the ensuing programme: Comrades we have got a different experience on 2nd September All India Strike in our BSNL Office/Exchange. Though there was threat and attack from the "TEU BSNL" and 'TMC' Goons but the 80% employees of WBT Circle participated in the strike After the incident of ransacking of our CTO Union Office Kolkata the members and leaders have done a good job to make the strike a grand success. Already the Circle Union and the CHQ have taken a strong stand on the issue of attack on union office. In the mean time the CHQ has given a call to observe 'Dharna' on 8th and "Hunger Strike" on 20th September, 2016 to settle the long pending burning problems of the employees. bonus is another issue on which we have to reach a Final settlement. On this scenario the next CWC meeting of our Circle will be held on 18th and 19th September, 2016 at Kolkata. All Circle Office Bearers and District Secretaries are requested to attend the meeting positively.
UPDATED ON 03-09-2016 AT 1110 HRS.
Congratulations Comrades!!!!! WB Circle made history: Circle Union conveys Red Salute to all the employees of BSNL WBT Circle to make the All India Strike on 2nd September a historic one. The leaders, organizers, supporters have performed yeomen's task to make the Strike successful. All the District Unions throughout the Circle have organised conventions, GB meeting, Gate meeting, rallies in favour of 2nd September Strike. The BSNLCMU & AIBDPA also played a gallant role in the preparatory programme. Amidst threatening and hooliganism by the opponents our brave employees have successfully taken the role of 'Striker'. The hills of Darjeeling and Sikkim, Dooars of North Bengal, Industrial belt of Asansol Durgapur, Burdwan, Dry south west areas of Kharagpur, Bankura, Purulia, part of mid Bengal like Krishnagar, Berhampore, Malda, Raiganj and the Offices like TCO, CTO, CGMT-O, CGMT_T, ETR, ETP, Civil, entire Kolkata SSA registered a grand strike. Circle Union is proud of our brave hearted employees. The strike was almost 90% in the Circle. Red Salute once again!!!!
UPDATED ON 01-09-2016 AT 1130 HRS.
Organise tomorrows strike in a befitting way: The campaign is almost over. District and Branch Secretaries are requested to make a new history tomorrow. The BSNLEU CHQ has already issued notice to the Authority regarding the participation on 2nd September strike. The CHQ also requested everybody to come to the workspot on the day of the strike. Circle Union also requests in the same tune. Let us add a new page in the history of struggle of Telecom movement in this country by joining tomorrows strike. Organise Rally, gate meeting today to give finishing touch. We will not surrender before any threat. Send a report immediately just after the completion of 2nd September, 2016 strike to the Circle Union.
BSNLEU WB Circular No. 33: <Click here>
UPDATED ON 30-08-2016 AT 1915 HRS.
Durgapur District conference of BSNLEU ----a New Milestone: The 7th District Conference of BSNLEU Durgapur was held on 28th August, 2016. After hoisting of Red Flag and garlanding of Martyrs Column the conference was inaugurated by Com Dhananjoy Ganguly, Senior Leader of BSNLE WB Circle. Com Ganguly in his speech narrated the problems of the working class, raised due to introduction of Neo Economic Policy in the country. He also told regarding the derogative policies of the Govt. and sustained struggle of the working class against the policies since last two decades. Later the draft report and accounts were placed and discussed in the house. Com Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU WB who was also present in the conference gave his speech at the end of the subject committee. Com mitra in his speech answered the question raised on different issues by the delegates and detailed the present scenario of BSNL and it's employees in this Circle. Com Mitra in his speech told the house in detail regarding the demands of the working class in the ensuing 2nd September, 2016 All India Strike, the recent attack in the Union Office at CTO Kolkata by the miscreants and also the fight back of our brave comrades in the incident.In fine the house unanimously elected Com Uttam Majumder, Sunil Garai and Biswajit Karak as District President, Secretary and Treasurer for the next term. <Photo>
Burdwan District convention raised firm voice in favour of Strike: The BSNLEU Burdwan District organized a very inspiring convention today at the Telephone Exchange Burdwan to make the All India Strike of 2nd September, 2016 a grand success. More than 100 BSNLEU supporters have attended the convention. Com Manik Das, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU WB detailed the demands of the Strike including those which are exclusively related with BSNL. Com Swapan Mallick, District Secretary and Surojit Das, Branch Secretary, BSNLEU Burdwan also spoke on the occasion. Com Yusuf Khondakar, presided in the convention.
Enthusiastic Convention at Asansol:A Convention on the issues related to 2nd September All India Strike held at Asansol on 27th August. Com Animesh Mitra was the Chief speaker. A huge number of members of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU & AIBDPA had attended the Convention from all parts of Asansol Division despite tremendous heat on that day. The meeting was presided over by a presidium consisting of Com. Biswanath Mondal and Com Priyatosh Roy in the chair. The meeting was initiated by S. Misra Divl. Secy in a nut shell mentioning the issues related to the Strike and present headless position of Asansol Division in particular and the SSA in general. Thereafter com Animesh Mitra in his elaborated speech spoke in details regarding the strike issues in general and BSNL related demands in particular. he narrated the situation when BSNL is doing well and as per CMD the revenue this year has been increased in a sizable amount but the Central Govt. still is trying to sell BSNL's share in the name of Strategic Sale. He also narrated the issues related to the Casual workers like Gratuity and the position of Unlisted workers as well. He also mentioned the victory of 78.2 % IDA for the pensioners and abolition of 60:40 condition of pension trying to impose by the Central Govt. through the administrative ministry (DOT). After the meeting the huge number of members including Com. Animesh Mitra, C.S. joined the Central Rally organised by the BPMO Asansol from Girja More to Nazrul More in support of the proposed All India Strike. <Click for Photos>
UPDATED ON 27-08-2016 AT 1530 HRS.
At Last the Circle Authority Releases Fund of Circle Welfare : After long awaited the fund for Circle Welfare has been released by the the Circle Administration. Welfare measure like Book Grant, Scholarship and Financial assistance to the family members of the deceased etc. were stopped for long period. After sustained struggle by BSNLEU, WB Circle the WBTC Authority was compelled to release the fund for Circle Welfare. It is learnt that the amount of the fund allotted for the financial Year 2015-16 is RS 12,90,000 (Rupees twelve lakh ninety thousand). BSNLEU congratulates all the employees of WBTC for extending their cooperation in this struggle. District Secretaries are requested to enquire about the allotted fund from their respective SSA head. <Click>
UPDATED ON 26-08-2016 AT 1930 HRS.
Stop this harassment in the name of Departmental Examination: It is learnt that the JTO/JAO LICE examination which is scheduled to be held on 28th August has been deferred till 24th September, 2016. A Circular in this regard has already been issued by the Corporate Office New Delhi today. It happened at the last moment when the examinees have already started for the examination centres. The candidates enquired why the Corporate office is playing with their carriers?? <Click here>
At last the Authority has agreed to make a Bonus Formula: The much discussed issue of Bonus is going to take Final shape. They want to give Rs.1 for increase in revenue of Rs.1 Crore. Staff Side did not accept this proposal. It is learnt that the next meeting will take place on 5th September, 2016. As the Revenue earning for the financial year 2015-16 has crossed Rs. 2,400 Crore therefore the authority did not have the scope to utter the old "2 Digit Bonus".
UPDATED ON 25-08-2016 AT 1830 HRS.
Preparation for All India Strike is going on through Conventions, Conferences in BSNLEU WB Circle: The preparation for the All India Strike on 2nd September, 2016 is in full swing throughout the Circle at present. Apart from the state level convention on 24th August at Kolkata, the conventions were also held at Siliguri, Malda, Krishnagar on 20th, 21st and 24th August, 2016 respectively. Com Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU WB was the main speaker in these conventions. Com Mitra detailed the employees regarding the necessity to fight against the anti people policies of the Government which made life of the toiling mass unbearable day by day. Com Mitra said that BSNL employees raise their demands like a) drop the proposal for disinvestment of BSNL through "Strategic Sale", b) immediate Wage Negotiation, c) Payment of Bonus, d) financial assistance by the Central Govt. to BSNL for revival in the All India Strike of 2nd September, 2016. Com Mukul Seal, Ujjal Ghosh, Bidhan Pramanik and other leaders of the 3 District Unions were also present in these convention. The members of BSNLCMU & AIBDPA were also present.
District and Branch conferences were also held during last couple of days. The District conference of Purulia was held on 21st August,2016 at the "Rabindra Bhawan" Purulia. Com Debasish Khan, Treasurer BSNLEU WB Circle was present in the conference. Com Khan in his speech narrated the present situation of BSNL and the demands of the employees. He also narrated the background & demands of the ensuing All India General strike of 2nd September, 2016. The conference unanimously elected Com Narsingh pas, Sachin Dev Barman and Rajesh Ram as District President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively for the next term.
The Joint Branch conference of BSNLEU & BSNLCMU Bolpur Br. was held on 21st August, 2016 at "Pritibandhan Lodge" Bolpur. After hoisting of Red Flag and garlanding of Martyrs column, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS BSNLEU WB inaugurated the joint open session. Com Chattopadhyay in his inaugurtal speech told the house regarding the present scenario of BSNL at National & State Level, narrated the demands of the Regular and Non Regular employees (Casual/Contractual) and Pensioners as a whole. He also urged upon the delegates to join the ensuing All India Strike of 2nd September, 2016 to achieve the demands of the working class. Com Pankaj Saha, Madan Ghosh, Santosh Goswami were also present in the meeting on behalf of BSNLCMU & AIBDPA. Then the subject committee of the two conference began. In fine Com Tinku Biswas, Manoj Biswas and Prabir Kr. Mukherjee as Branch President, Secretary and Treasurer unanimously for the next term.
Photos of the Circle convention held on 23rd august, 2016 at CTO TI Hall Kolkata: <Photos>
Photos of the demonstration programme held on 24th August, 2016 against the ransacking of CTO Union Office: <Click>
UPDATED ON 24-08-2016 AT 1900 HRS.
Strong Demonstration held throughout the State at the call of CHQ: As per the call of the CHQ the demonstration programme was held throughout the Circle against the vandalism at CTO Union office Kolkata on 19th August, 2016 by TEU BSNL sponsored TMC miscreants. It is learnt that demonstrations were held at CTO , TCO, ETR, ETP, Kolkata SSA CGMT Office and all the Districts of WB Telecom Circle. Com. Animesh Mitra, Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asish Das, Subrata Mishra, Debasish Khan, Anindya Sarkar, Banani Chattopadhyay, Mamata Sarkar, Bidhan Pramanik, Goutam Banik and other Circle and District Leaders deliberated their speeches on this occasion. The employees vehemently criticized the role of the Authority and demanded immediate punishment of the miscreants.
Effective Circle Convention held at CTO Kolkata by BSNLEU WB: Very effective Convention of the Circle Union was held in a jam packed hall at Telecom Institute CTO, Kolkata ON 23rd August, 2016. Com Animesh Mitra CS BSNLEU WB & VP CHQ was the Chief speaker in the convention. Com Mitra in his speech detailed the background of the strike which is going to be held on 2nd September, 2016 He told that the working class of our country is under the severe attack of Neo Economic Policies and there is no other alternative left to the workers but to go on strike to settle their legitimate demands. He also mentioned the demands of the BSNL employees in this strike. Com Anirban Ghosh, Leader SNATTA WB, Akhilesh Banerjee, ACS BSNLCMU WB and Ajit Kr. Nandan, leader AIBDPA WB also spoke on the occasion. Com Sapan Chanda presided over the Convention.
UPDATED ON 23-08-2016 AT 2000 HRS.
Circle Union is proud with the prompt action taken by CHQ: The BSNLEU WB Circle conveys its heartfelt gratitude towards the prompt action taken by our CHQ in the event of ransacking of Circle Union Office at CTO Kolkata. As per the guidance of CHQ the demonstration programme in the work spots of all the SSAs in WB Circle on 20th August, 2016 have been converted to Non cooperation. The SSA heads conveyed the sentiments of the workers to CGM the same has been admitted by him. The CHQ has created such a pressure on CMD as a result of which CGMT WB Circle compelled to lodge FIR with the Police Authority, invited the Circle leaders to discuss on the issue on 20/8/2016 itself and going to send a detail report to the Corporate Office New Delhi. We conveys our Red Salute to CHQ once again.
Organise protest demonstration tomorrow: As per the call of the CHQ the District/Branch Secretaries are directed to hold "Massive Lunch Hour Demonstration against the vandalism at CTO Union Office Kolkata on 19/8/2016 by the TEU BSNL sponsored miscreants and send a detail report with photos to the Circle Union positively.
UPDATED ON 22-08-2016 AT 1500 HRS.
BSNL EMPLOYEES throughout the State Roars into anger--- demands immediate punishment of the Criminals: The BSNL Employees not only attached to WB Circle but also of CTD, Telecom Factory & Telecom Stores bursts into utter anguish against the lumpen acts of TEU BSNL sponsored criminals at CTO Union Office of BSNLEU WB Circle. The CHQ has already taken the case with CMD and calls upon all the Circles to organize demonstration on 24th August, 2016, to raise their voice against the ransacking of the Union Office at CTO Kolkata. <Click here>
Circle Leaders met CGMT, WB and expressed strong poorest against the role of the Administration: Today Circle Secretary Com. Animesh Mitra met CGMT, WB Circle expressed his strong resentment about the incident of ransacking of Circle Union Office at CTO, Kolkata, by the outside goons sponsored by TEU (BSNL). But CGMT neither played a positive role nor repentance on his part. The leaders also asked him how could he make arrangement for get together programme just after the day of the incident occurred. However, Circle Union will sit together today to discuss the next course of action and the decision will accordingly be conveyed to you. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secy. and Com. Swapan Chanda, President were other leaders in the delegation.
UPDATED ON 20-08-2016 AT 1900 HRS.
Employees throughout the Circle strongly condemn the heinous act of TMC Goons at CTO Kolkata: The employees attached to BSNL WB Circle expressed their utter dismay over the cowardly act of TMC Goons at CTO Union Office Kolkata yesterday. All over the Circle, almost in every work spot the employees have gathered in numbers to raise their voice against the incident. At CTO Kolkata the employees of CTO, TCO, Kolkata SSA assembled in the demonstration after performing a Rally where Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asis Das both ACS of BSNLEU WB Circle addressed the demonstration. In another programme in front of the chamber of CGMT WB Circle the speakers condemned the incident vehemently and criticized the derogative role of the Administration. Com Asis Das, Amitava Chattopadhyay, Biplab Das, Debasish Khan, Banani Chattopadhyay, Anindya Kr. Sarkar, Prabir Chatterjee, Sujoy Sarkar, Najes Nauroz of BSNLEU WB Circle were present in both the spots along with the District and Branch leaders. It is learnt that programme was held also at Asansol, Bankura, Suri Purulia Raiganj, Siliguri, Jalpaiguri, Krishnagar where Com Animesh Mitra, CS, Subrata Mishra, Bidhan Pramanik and others deliberated their speeches. <Click>
Photos of the Ransacked CTO Union Room: <Click>
Report of the ransacking at CTO Union Room of BSNLEU WB Circle in a Bengali Daily: <Click here>
UPDATED ON 19-08-2016 AT 1500 HRS.
BSNL has issued Order and annexed Proforma for Calculation of 78.2% IDA merger for the Pensioners: The BSNL Corporate Office has issued order along with Proforma for Calculation of 78.2% IDA merger for Pensioners/Family Pensioners. District Secretaries are requested to go through the Order and Proforma and take up the case with the respective Authority so that the Calculations for 78.2% IDA merger can be started at the earliest. <Letter> <Annex1> <Annex2>
UPDATED ON 18-08-2016 AT 1145 HRS.
Forum leaders met CGM---expressed worry & agony: Yesterday the Forum leaders of WB Circle met CGMT at the conference hall of the CGM Office where they have expressed their strong worry & agony regarding the Development, Maintenance of BSNL service in the Circle. They have also enquired regarding the decline in the Revenue collection of the Circle in this Financial year. The leaders told CGM that they are ready to extend all sorts of cooperation to turn over the situation of BSNl service in this Circle. The CGM told the leaders that the Authority is trying their best to give the subscribers better service in the coming days. He also assured the leaders that some positive steps in this regard has already been taken by the Administration and therefore the problems of Asansol, Durgapur, Siliguri has improved. Steps are also being taken to give better service at Raiganj, Malda, Suri. The Administration is trying to improve the conditions of Power Plants, batteries, AIr Conditioning of the Exchanges. Special effort will be taken to keep the BTSs functional. The leaders expressed their resentment over the poor marketing of BSNl in the Circle. The Authority assured that all necessary steps will be taken towards the betterment of Marketing. The CGM along with GM (HR-Admn), GM (Fin), GM (Marketing) were in the meeting. Com Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU WB Circle & Convenor Forum along with Amitava Chattopadhyay (BSNLEU), Bijoy Bhattacharya, Aniruddha Basu, Swapan Bose (AIBSNLEA), P.K.Roy, M.N. Das, Awon (SNEA) were present on behalf of the Forum.
UPDATED ON 17-08-2016 AT 1900 HRS.
Badge Wearing & Demonstration programme held in WB Circle in a different mood: As per the decision of the CEC meeting New Delhi the "Badge Wearing" programme and Demonstration was organized throughout the WB Circle in an aggressive manner. It is learnt that the programe were held at Asansol, Berhampore, Siliguri, TCO. Com Animesh Mitra, Amitava Chattopadhyay, Subrata Mishra, Sujoy Sarkar and others leaders attached to the Districts spoke in the demonstrations. The speakers told regarding the unsettled demands and requested the demonstrators to keep themselves united to fight against the Authority and to achieve the legitimate unsettled pending demands. At CGMT Office the CGM himself expressed his unhappiness on the demonstration programme but the agitating workers defeated the sentiment of CGM and involved in the programme with a different mood.
UPDATED ON 16-08-2016 AT 1900 HRS.
Result of LICE Exam of JTO & JAO not published yet- A Mystery: LICE (40%) exams for JTO and JAO were held few days back. Name of the successful candidates have also been published by the department in the website. But it is learnt that the result has not been officially published by the Circle authority till date. As a result the successful candidates are waiting anxiously for under going training in both the cadres. The non publish of the result officially is a mystery. Com Animesh Mitra, CS & Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS BSNLEU WB enquired GM (HR- Admn) regarding the latest situation and demanded immediate publication of the results formally.
Revenue Income declines in WBT Circle: It is learnt that the income for the last financial year for West Bengal Telecom Circle has been decreased by Rs. 137 crore. Where in for the financial year 2014-15 we could earn Rs. 622 crore but for the financial year 2015-16 we could earn only Rs. 486 crore. On the other hand expenditure during 2015-16 became Rs. 1055 crore. It is a miserable situation. BSNLEU has time and again drew the attention of the circle management that until and unless we could develop in the field of development and maintenance it is impossible for WBTC to turn around . The management were reluctant to hold the works committee meeting and development meeting. If it could happen then we could have survive a little more. In this scenario we are reiterating to hold Works Committee and Development committee meetings at all level so that the Circle earn more.
UPDATED ON 12-08-2016 AT 1900 HRS.
State Level Convention on 23rd August, 2016 : State Level convention of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA WB jointly will be held on 23rd August, 2016 at Telecom Institute hall in support of the General Strike on 2nd September, 2016. District Secretaries and organizers in and around Kolkata are requested to mobilize maximum number of members in this convention.
BSNL Employees will join the "All India Strike" on 2nd Se