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 19-04-2017 AT 2020 HRS.
"Jangal Raj" is going on at Coochbehar Telecom District: Total situation of Coochbehar Telecom Dist is at total mesh since last one month. The administration is reluctant and also indifferent. Taking advantage of this situation TEU BSNL leaders along with the outsiders today attacked our newly elected Dist Secy., other leaders and members using abusive language. They tried to physically assault the leaders including lady comrades after being confined them in a room. Just after the incident our Dist. Secy. and other leaders tried to contact TDM, Coochbehar to register their strong resentment against this heinous act and against the trace passers, the out side goons. Circle Union strongly condemn this incident and calls upon all the employees to protest unitedly against these miscreants which hampers the congenial atmosphere in offices/exchanges.
CTO comrades gave befitting reply to CGMT through demonstration : On 15th April, 2017, the CGMT called some of the employees of medical section at CTO building and asked them to vacate the room and to sit where the space has been allotted to them. The staff replied that the space given to them is not sufficient enough to carry out day to day work. CGMT then asked them to move some places at TCO building or some stay at the space allotted to them and told other may take rest at home and to be busy with household matters. These uttering from an chief executive like CGMT is totally undesirable and insulting too for any employee. Today at the call of BSNLEU CTO Branch a protest demonstration was organised before the CGMT at CTO building. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary spoke before the gathering. He in his speech condemned the CGMT for his misbehave. Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Dist Secretary briefly narrated the whole background of the demonstration programme. Com. Jhumur Bandyopadhyay and Shibani Das also spoke before the gathering. Com. R.R. Das presided over the meeting.
Demonstration & submission of Memorandum programme held before Chief Engineer, Civil Wing: Today at Chief Engineer Office, Civil Wing at Burrabazar Telephone Exchange, Kolkata, a demonstration programme followed by submission of Memorandum was organisedjointly by BSNLEU, BSNLCMU & AIBDPA Civil Wing jointly. A good number of members have attended the meeting. Com. Nazes Nauroz, DS Civil Wing initiated the demonstration after that Com Avijit Guha, Sukanta Saha, leaders Civil Wing District spoke in the meeting. Com Amitava Chattopadhya, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU WB was the last speaker in the demonstration. Com Chattopadhyay, narrated the over all situation of BSNL, demands of the employees including wage revision, problems of Civil Wing regular, non regular employees and pensioners and also regarding the recent attack of BSNLEU by the miscreants throughout the Circle. Later a Memorandum was handed over by the leaders to Mr. D.Sinha, Chief Engineer. Com Subir Sanyal Senior leader of presided over the meeting.
Henceforth DOT will settle GPF Advance/Withdrawal cases: As it is learnt earlier that the DOT will settle the GPF Advance/Withdrawal payment to BSNL employees. Yesterday Corporate Office issued a letter in this regard. All the Circles of BSNL throughout India will come under this process in 2 phases. In the list of the First Phase the name of West Bengal is included. The process will commence from 20th April from WBT Circle as it is mentioned in the Corporate Office Circular. The sanctioning authority of GPF Advance/Withdrawal will remain with the SSA heads as it is being done nowadays. The Circle CCAs will make the payment directly to the employees account which was earlier being done by the BSNL. District Secretaries are therefore keep close watch in this new procedure and if any problems arise for payment bring those immediately to the SSA heads. <Click for the Corporate Office Order>
UPDATED ON 18-04-2017 AT 2000 HRS.
"Whether BSNL Service will improve, when its Tower going to touch the 1lakh figure"? : This is undoubtedly a pertinent question from a BSNL Subscriber. At present BSNL has able to increase the number of towers from 60,000 to 82,000 at the end of this financial year. It is learnt that in the near future it is going to touch 1lakh figure. In our country total number of Tower including that of the private operators is 5 lakh, out of which BSNL is the owner of nearly 1lakh towers. Our customers are not perhaps bothered with numbers or figures. The subscribers are of the opinion that instead of all these facts & figures the service which BSNL provides, is not at all satisfactory and it is also undesired from a State Owned Company. In our Circle almost 40% of the BSNL BTSs are non- functional, RF tests are not being done regularly, power failure is a regular phenomenon. It is also learnt that to give better service of 4G & 5G in the coming days, BSNL will install 1 lakh towers per year. But need of the day is to provide better service to our esteemed customers with all the resources that BSNL have with them.
Branch/District Secretaries are requested to organize GB Meeting: As decided by the Circle Union and mentioned in Circular No. 03 dated 22/03/2017, the Branch & District Secretaries are once again requested to hold General Body meeting in their Br/Dist. It is learnt Number of Districts like Asansol, Berhampore,Krishnagar,Bankura, Purulia Suri, Coochbehar, Raiganj, Diamondharbour (Kolkata SSA) have already conducted meetings in their Districts. Conferences were also held in number of Branches within this period. However the Branch & Districts who are yet to organise this meeting are directed to fix the date and venue of their meetings and convey the same to the Circle Union immediately.
UPDATED ON 17-04-2017 AT 2030 HRS.
Raiganj conducted DWC meeting: The BSNLEU Raiganj District has organised District Working Comittee meeting on 12th April at Raiganj. Com. Ujjal Ghosh, Org. Secy. BSNLEU WB was present on the occasion. Com S. N. Mondal, acting Dist. Secretary Raiganj initiated the proceedings. Then Com Ujjal Ghosh in his speech elaborately described the present situation of WB Circle and the duties of our members at this juncture. He also told regarding the intervention of outsiders within BSNL Office/Exchange and condemned the same. He told that only with our unity we can overcome the situation. The leaders of the District discussed various matters and number of decisions regarding betterment of service, marketing, settlement of personal claims were taken from the meeting.
Coochbehar will keep Red Flag high-- District Union Reconstituted : District Union of BSNLEU, Coochbehar reconstituted. On 2nd April, 2017 Com. Ujjal Ghosh, Org Secy., BSNLEU, WB and Com. Soumen Kr Ch Roy, Dist. Secy. Jalpaiguri jointly visited Coochbehar on behalf of the Circle union and met with our comrades. The message of the circle union was conveyed to them by the leaders. Thereafter a committee was formed where two lady comrades took the charge of Secretary and Treasurer respectively. The newly formed committee along with the circle representatives met with TDM, Coochbehar, handed over the list of the new committee members to him and discussed various issues of the district. The leaders demanded that peaceful atmosphere in the office premises should be restored and the authority should take such step so that the trespassers within the Office/Exchange premises will be prosecuted.
Next CWC of BSNLCMU is going to take place in the Hills: The BSNLCMU WB Circle has taken a decision to hold their next Circle Working meeting at Singtam, Gangtok. Our members of both the District Unions (BSNLCMU & BSNLEU) in the hills have shouldered the responsibility to conduct the CWC. The Meeting will be held on 29th & 30th April, 2017. <Click for the Circular>
UPDATED ON 12-04-2017 AT 1940 HRS.
Overwhelming Mass Gathering at Circle Office : Today at the call of BSNLCMU and BSNLEU Circle unions a overwhelming mass gathering was held at Circle office in protest of the non payment of wage of the casual and contract workers. The management failed to implement the Gazette notification of the corporate office regarding wage revision of the contract workers. They also failed to implement the 7th pay commission recommendation in respect of the casual labourers even the DA/VDA also. Workers from nook and corner assembled at CO ignoring scorching heat of the summer and threatening of the TEU goons. At the beginning of the programme a rally was dorganised in CGMT Office. The meeting was presided over jointly by Com. Kalyan Raha and Com. Nazes Nauroz. Com. Tapas Ghosh, CS, BSNLCMU, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. CS, BSNLEU, Com. Akhilesh Banerjee, Asstt. CS BSNLCMU, Com. Nemai Das, Treasurer BSNLCMU, Com. Swapan Chanda, Leader BSNLEU and Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. CS, BSNLEU kept their views before the workers assembled. Com. Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU and Secretary General BSNLCCWF was the main speaker. He spoke at length the present unrest situation persisting at this moment in WB Telecom Circle. He told how the the top most personnel of the administration is avoiding the just demand of the employees and promoting all the misdeeds. He also told that how the union fought for the casual/contractual workers in connection with the issues like implementation of gazette notification, extension of gratuity etc. Later a delegation led by Com. Animesh Mitra met with GM(HR/Admin) and GM (Finance) and discussed the unsettled issues of Regular and Non Regular employees. Comrades, Circle Union feels that the war begins so let us unite and organise programme at all levels. Organise programme till payment of wages to the Casual/Contractual workers, enhancement of wage for the Contractual workers as per Gazette notification, payment of GPF and settlement of other personal claims to the Regular employees from 17th April, 2017 onwards. <Photos>
Circle Administration failed to arrange payment of wages----organise struggle: Yesterday a circle union delegation lead by Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU met DGM (F) and demanded immediate payment of wages to the Casual/Contractual Workers. The leaders also expressed their strong resentment over the issue of delay towards payment of wages to the non regular workers in every month during the recent past. The DGM (Fin) told the leaders that all possible efforts are being taken to settle the problem at the earliest. However has also agreed that the fund allotment towards payment of wages to the non regular workers are not being done in time by the CO New Delhi for which the payment delays. The Circle leaders told the authority that both BSNLEU & BSNLCMU will go on Trade Union action in protest of these turmoil So, Comrades let's start agitational programme in your SSAs demanding immediate payment. In Kolkata today, as scheduled earlier the 2 Circle Unions will organise protest demonstration against the reluctant attitude of the administration towards payment of wages and settlement of other issues like revision of wages as per Gazette Notification, endorsement DA, preparation and completion of FT-23 etc.
Photos of Suri General Body Meeting held on 8th April, 2017 at Bolpur: <Click>
UPDATED ON 11-04-2017 AT 1915 HRS.
BSNLEU along with BSNLCMU went on Dharna Programme at Purulia for Non Settlement of Demands : BSNLEU along with BSNLCMU organised dharna programme today for non-settlement of different demands of the employees. New TDM of Purulia took charge of the office but unable to realize the demands of the employees. Due such attitude of the administration creates sharp resentment amongst the employees for which BSNLEU and BSNLCMU both the district Unions decided to go on sustained 'Dharna' programme in coming days.
Fabulous participation of employees at Asansol GB Meeting: As decided by the Circle Union General Body Meetings are being conducted in different Districts of West Bengal. on 10th April, 2017 BSNLEU Asansol District organised a meeting where more than 100 employees have participated despite several constraints. Com Animesh Mitra CS BSNLEU was the Main speaker of the meeting in his deliberation narrated the present situation of our Circle and requested everybody to fight against all odds with strong determination and unity. Com. Subrata Mishra, DS Asansol & ACS BSNLEU WB Circle also spoke on the occasion. A good number of BSNLCMU members along with AIBDPA members were present in the meeting Com Biswanath Mondal, presided over the meeting. <Photos>.
Impressive General Body Meeting Held at Suri District : A General Body meeting was organised jointly by three District Unions at Suri, BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA. A good number of regular and non-regular employees along with pensioners were assembled in the GB meeting. Com. Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU, WB was the main speaker. He briefly narrated about our duties and responsibilities in these hard days. He spoke about the various demands of ours which are pending at the Circle level for which are in continuous struggle. He pointed out about our wage revision along with pension revision for which we have to go on struggle when the Central Govt is trying to sale out/privatize BSNL. Com Nadadulal Mitra, Dist Secy., BSNLEU, Com. Santosh Goswami, Dist Secy., BSNLCMU, Com. Madan Ghosh, Dist Secy., AIBDPA and Com. Nazes Nouroz, Pressident BSNLEU, WB spoke on the occasion.
District Conference of Gangtok (Sikkim) concluded amidst lot of enthusiasm: The District conference of both BSNLEU and BSNLCMU Gangtok District held at Telephone Exchange Gangtok on 9th April, 2017. The members of BSNLEU and BSNLCMU of Sikkim participated in the District Conference from all parts of the hills. The conference started at 10.30 in the morning after hoisting of Red Flag and garlanding of martyrs column. Com Animesh Mitra, Circle Secy., Nazes Nauroz, President, Moni Chhetri, Vice President BSNLEU WB Circle were present in the meeting. The leaders emphasized on the issues like present scenario of BSNL in the Circle, ensuing wage revision, disinvestment of BSNL, formation of Subsidiary Tower company, problems of the Causal/Contractual workers and pensioners, the unsettled HR issues of the employees/pensioners and requested the members to be united to achieve our demands. Leaders of AIBDPA Gangtok have attended the District Conference. Com Mitra narrated the all India scenario and told the members that The draft report and accounts were tabled and the members took part in the discussion. Com Mukul Sil, ADS Siliguri Dist., R.K. Yadav, leader AIBDPA Siliguri also present in the conference. <Photos>
UPDATED ON 10-04-2017 AT 1830 HRS.
Attack could not restrain Diamondharbour to hold excellent meeting: The overall unity of BSNLEU & BSNLCMU Diamondharbour Branch comrades throttled the conspiracies of the TMC goons to disrupt the General Body meeting at Diamondharbour Telephone Exchange on 8th April, 2017. The TEU miscreants alongwith outside goons assembled outside the Exchange premises on 8th April but nearly 60 brave hearted members of both BSNLEU & BSNLCMU members refrain the goons to enter the exchange where the meeting was scheduled to be held. Com Chiranjib Sen, Org. Secy. BSNLEU WB, Manoj Upadhyay, leader BSNLCMU Kolkata Dist. along with other leaders and members completed the meeting successfully. Circle Union conveys red salute to all the courageous members of South Branch for their boldness. It is once again proved that united struggle could keep away these heinous activities from our path. So comrades be united, react boldly and march ahead.
UPDATED ON 07-04-2017 AT 1930 HRS.
Workers of BSNL, WB Circle Bypass the Target Set for March, 2017 : Workers of BSNL West Bengal Circle went past the target set for the March, 2017 of 25484. Connection given for March, 2017 is 43,436 (170%) overcoming all the hurdles. At all India level the growth is 108%.We are hopeful to give connection in the month of April, 2017 more than the target set. BSNLEU WB Circle congratulate all the workers for the achievement.
UPDATED ON 6-04-2017 AT 1900 HRS.
Yet Another Achievement For BSNLEU, WB Circle : After sustained struggle and long persuasion by BSNLEU, WB Circle Compassionate Ground Appointments are going to take place in our Circle. After a span of ten years dependent of the deceased employee is getting appointment in BSNL, WBTC. Specially, after delegation of power by the Corporate Office to the CGMs in r/o CGA cases from then onwards BSNLEU is trying hard to get the management take decision in favour of the dependent of the deceased officials. Circle Union organasied agitation programme, dharna and even hunger fast on the issue. Circle Union raised the issue in different negotiation forum also. At last the list of twenty five CGA cases including two accident cases published by the management. It is due the sustained struggle by the workers. It is the victory of the entire employees. District Secretaries are requested to go through the list and take proper steps for postings of those who got appointment.
UPDATED ON 05-04-2017 AT 2030 HRS.
Today "Call Attention Day" held Throughout West Bengal Telecom Circle : Today at the call of all Unions and Associations "Call Attention Day' was observed throughout West Bengal Telecom Circle. All the Unions and Associations, BSNLEU, NFTE(BSNL), FNTO, SNATTA, AIBSNLEA, SNEA, AIGETOA, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA took part in this programme in West Bengal Telecom Circle. The programme was organised against the Govt. decision to deprive the BSNL executive/non executive employees from 3rd PRC/ Wage Revision. "Call Attention Day" was observed centrally at Kolkata at CTO building. A rally was organised before the demonstration meeting where it went round CTO building and annexed building of TCO. Com. Animesh Mitra the Convener initiated the proceedings where he briefly narrated how the Central Govt. trying to deprive the BSNL employees from 3rd PRC/Wage Revision and conspiracy to close down various PSUs including BSNL. Under this situation he called upon the employees to extend their full cooperation towards making our unity rock solid. In this meeting Com. Aniruddha Basu (AIBSNLEA), Com. Tapan Biswas, NFTE(BSNL), Com. Tapas Ghosh (SNEA) deliberated their speeches before the gathering. Com. Asis Das, Senior Leader of BSNLEU presided over the meeting. So far the latest information received by the circle union such meetings were also held at Berhampore, ETP, Krishnagar, Purulia, Asansol, Burdwan, Raiganj, Kharagpur, Bankura, Suri and Siliguri. <Click for Photos>
Management issued order on Gazette Notification to revise the wage of the Contractual Workers: After sustained persuasion of BSNLEU & BSNLCMU today the order for revised rate of wage revision for contractual labourers was published through gazette notification by the Administration. The office order has been issued by Kolkata SSA, ETR and Electrical wing. It is a great achievement for the workers who believe in to achieve their right through struggle. BSNLEU West Bengal Circle extends its heart felt thanks and Red Salute to Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General BSNLCCWF and his comrades.
Effective Agitation Programme held at Krishnagar and Suri : As decided by the circle union the agitation programme was held in all the Districts throughout the Circle against the indifferent attitude of the administration towards settling of personal claims and long pending burning problems of the SSAs. Accordingly, Krishnagar District organised agitation programme along with BSNLCMU and AIBDPA on 4th April, 2017. Circle Secretary Com. Animesh Mitra attended the meeting at Krishnagar and was the main speaker. He pointed out various aspects of the employees pertaining to personal claims. He also pointed out the burning problems and the wretched condition of the Telecom service in our circle. He reminded those who assembled in the huge gathering about our duties and responsibilities.
Similar agitation programme was also organised at Suri by BSNLEU, Suri District along with BSNLCMU and AIBDPA. Com Nazesh Nauroz, President BSNLEU, WB attended the meeting and was the main speaker. Good number of employees of Suri District assembled at the gathering. District Secretary Com. Nanda Dulal Mitra, Com. Santosh Gosami, Dist Secy., BSNLCMU spoke before the gathering.
UPDATED ON 04-04-2017 AT 2000 HRS.
Good Response in the Agitation Programme from all over West Bengal Circle : Today at the call of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle agitation programme held throughout the circle at the SSA level with enthusiasm. The programme was held jointly with BSNLCMU and AIBDPA. The call was against the non-settlement of the personal claims of the workers, pensioners and long pending burning issues and total break down of the Telecom service in our circle. In Circle Office members of the District unions of Kolkata, CGMT office, TCO, CGMT (Tech) jointly organised the agitation programme along with BSNLCMU, Kolkata District and AIBDPA before GM (HR/Admin.) and GM (Finance). Com. Manik Sarkar, Dist. Secy., Kolkata District, Com. Goutam Das, Dist. Secy., BSNLCMU, Kolkata District, Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Dist., Secy., CGMT office Dist., Com. Pankaj Saha, leader AIBDPA WB Circle and Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle BSNLEU WB spoke before the gathering. A rally was organised before the meeting. The meeting was presided over jointly byCom. Swapan Chanda and Com. Debashis Khan. Later a delegation lead by Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay met GM (Finance) and GM (HR/Admin). Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Com. Goutam Das and Pankaj Saha were leaders of the delegation. Circle Union has got the information that the programme was organiused almost in every SSAs of WBT Circle where the Circle & District leaders took all initiatives to make the programme a grand success. <Click for Photo>
UPDATED ON 03-04-2017 AT 2020 HRS
Observe Agitation programme on 4th and Call attention day on 5th April with all seriousness: As decided in the Circle Office Bearer meeting to hold lunch hour demonstration programme on 4th April, 2017 against the long pending issues and personal claims of the employees of regular, non- regular and pensioners also of the District. As requested earlier to take all measure for wide campaign amongst the employees taking the leadership of BSNLCMU and AIBDPA (please go through Circular No. 03). Since the administration is in deep sleep to solve the problems of the employees and pensioners. We are to awake them from deep sleep.
At the call of the Unions and associations observe 'Call Attention Day' on 5th April, 2017. District Secretaries are requested to make wide campaign amongst the employees that how the central Govt./ DOT is going to deprive the employees of BSNL from 3rd PRC/Wage Revision. It is our legitimate demand to get revised wage. It is also brought to the notice of the employees that Modi Govt. is trying to demolish the PSUs of our country. They are trying to merge BSNL and MTNL too in this regard. District secretaries are also requested to organise the programme with the leadership of the constituents of Unions and Associations. It also reminded that those who have not collect the Demand Badge and Posters are requested to collect the same from the Circle Union. So be serious on the issues and make the programmes a grand success.
Send all the required documents of CGA cases to Circle Office : It is learnt that the meeting of HPC will be held very soon. District secretaries are once again requested to enquire about the latest position of the CGA cases of their District. Send all required documents/ quarries of the Circle authority to Circle Office without fail. Tdhe Corporate Office has issued order to CGMs to conduct HPC for CGA cases for the year 2016-17. So at this juncture it is very important to take information in this regard and convey the same to the Circle Union at the earliest. <click for CO ND Order>
UPDATED ON 01-04-2017 AT 1600 HRS.
BSNLEU WB Circular No. 03: <Click here>
When employees are toiling hard for outstanding revenue collection, CGMT is much busy with “Swachh Bharat Avijan”. Of late it is learnt by the Circle Union that the employees of this circle have taken the challenge to collect outstanding revenue conducting “Lok Adalat”, “Special Collection Camp” and through CSCs in their SSAs. So far the information received from the District secretaries Jalpaiguri & Berhampore we are getting a good response from the Subscribers. They are even ready to pay their dues through installments. For example Jalpaiguri collected Rs 310553/- from 500 cases through "Lok Adalat" conducted on 25th March, 2017 and at Alipurduar Rs 40,000/- was collected on the same day. Berhampore also collected a good amount of revenue through Lok Adalat to the tune of Rs 107453/- on 9th March 2017. The District Secys of other SSAs are requested to take initiative and send information to the circle union if any special drive for outstanding collection programme was organized in their SSA at the end of this Financial year. However, it is very unfortunate that when the employees are trying their best to fill our revenue box then the CGMT is busy with “Swach Bharat” Programme and other business. The administration often accuses the employees for their work culture but the above instances do not justify the acusition. There is no initiative from top most level of the Administration to collect outstanding revenue or chalk out plan and programme to render better service to our esteemed customers. It is a fair example enough to understand the role and activities the administration of WBTC.
UPDATED ON 31-03-2017 AT 2015 HRS.
Badge wearing and Gate Meeting will be organized in West Bengal with all seriousness - Meeting of Forum held today at CTO : A serious meeting of the Forum of all Unions and Associations today held at CTO union office and took a decision that on the 5th April, 2017 demonstration and badge wearing programme will be observed in every offices and exchanges with all out seriousness. Veteran leader Com. Swapan Bose presided over the meeting. Com. Animesh Mitra and Com. Asis Das from BSNLEU, Com. Narayan Saha from FNTO, Com. Tapan Biswas and Com. Rajit Mukherjee from NFTE(BSNL), Com. Aniruddha Bose from AIBSNLEA Com. Taps Ghosh and Com. P.K. Roy from SNEA attended the meeting. It was decided a common badge will be supplied to all Unions and Associations. All the Unions and Associations was requested to print out flex festoons and posters to popularize the demands.<View badge>
Pictures of the Programme held at ETR on 30th March, 2017 : <Click here>
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>
UPDATED ON 25-02-2017 AT 1215 HRS.
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.
UPDATED ON 17-02-2017 AT 2045 HRS.
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 r