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
UPDATED ON 29-07-2016 AT 1930 HRS.
Red Flag still held high at Durgapur: The BSNLEU Durgapur District Union organised a huge demonstration programme before the DGM Durgapur on 27th July, 2016. The leaders have demanded settlement of the problems pertain to BSNL Service and the unsettled issues of the Employees. District Secretary Com Sunil Garai along with dsthe leaders of the District lead the demonstration programme up to the pick. The members of the BSNLCMU Durgapur District have joined the programme with all enthusiasm. The mood of the programme reminded that it is the "Red Flag" which still speaks of the working class.
Circle Union met Chief Engineer Electrical : Com. Animesh Mita, Circle Secy. and Com. Nages Nouroz, Dist Secy. Civil/ Circle Org. Secy met with the Chief Engineer Electrical Sri S.K. Biswas on 26th July, 2016. This is for the first time the Circle Union met Sri Biswas who took the chair as CE (Elect) very recently. The leaders have discussed on various issues and problems pertain to Electrical Wing with Sri Biswas. During their discussion the issue of irregular payment of wages to the contractual labourers attached with Electrical wing was raised by the leaders and the issue was also discussed seriously. Chief Engineer Electrical assured that the matters will be looked into.
UPDATED ON 28-07-2016 AT 2000 HRS.
Circle Union met CGM ETP: The Circle Secretary Com Animesh Mitra along with Com Gautam Banik, DS ETP and Nupur Pandey, Asstt Dist Secy, ETP met CGM on 26th July, 2016 to discuss the issues like meeting of Welfare Committee, Works Committee, settlement of the long pending Rule 8 cases, particularly the case of the TSM status of the ETP RMs which is at present subjudice were discussed. The leaders expressed the views of the Circle Union in these regards and demanded immediate settlement of the same. The CGM ETP Mr. Varshney gave a patient hearing to the leaders and assured them to look in to the matter.
Asansol Division is conducting unique campaign programme: Since 20th July the District Union of Asansol is organising unit meetings throughout each & ev ery unit. The programme will continue upto 8th August, 2016 The issues which are being highlighted in the meetings are a) significance of 7th MV massive victgory, b) ensuing All India Strike on 2nd September and the role of BSNL workers, c) settlement of 78.2% IDA merger & removal of 60:40 issue of Pension after sustained struggle, d problems arose during paymebnt of different kinds due to introduction of ESS, e) non availability oif GPF funds f) condition of Service etc. The issues of PLI & wage revision from 01/01/2017 are also discussed in the meetings. The District Union has also decided to conduct a Joint Convention in the month of August together with AIBDPA & BSNLCMU.
How long it will continue???: The CGM WB Circle often tells that 70% chair of the Officers are vacant in this Circle. Asansol is the latest name included in this list where the GM has been relieved without any substitution. The Officers who are ordered from Corporate Office New Delhi are yet to join WBT Circle. Therefore the JTOs are performing the jobs of SDEs, the SDEs are looking on the works of AGM/DGM etc. As the promotions are on local basis as well as temporary the Circle is not getting the desired output from these Officials. In fact all the executives are over burdened and do not have any SSA heads. If the Management desires to improve the condition of this Circle then the matter should be taken up again with the Corporate Office. As we all know a Team cannot win without a Captain.
UPDATED ON 27-07-2016 AT 1630 HRS.
Victory celebrated jointly by BSNLEU & AIBDPA WB Circle with the oath to achieve demands with sustained struggle: At the call of BSNLEU & AIBDPA the two Circle Unions of WB Circle arranged a massive gathering to celebrate victory of 78.2% IDA merger for the Pensioners and Removal of 60% Ceiling on Government's Liability to Pay Pension. Today in a full house at Telecom Institute, CTO Kolkata, Com. V.A.N. Namboodri was the main speaker. Other speakers were Com Susanta Ghosh and Com Animesh Mitra. Com Namboodiri told regarding the background of the sustained struggle conducted both by AIBDPA & BSNLEU to achieve 78.2% IDA merger. He told the workers regarding the retrograde policies of the Central Government and appealed the employees to fight tooth and nail against those policies. He has also requested the employees to be united and fight for justice to all categories of employees. A good number of members of BSNLCMU also present in the victory celebration. Com Sapan Chanda (BSNLEU), Dipak Kr. Mitra (AIBDPA) & Pankaj Saha (BSNLCMU) jointly presided over the meeting. <Click for Photos>
Circle Union met CGMT ---expressed strong resentment on non settlement of pending demands: The Circle Union leaders together with the CS BSNLCMU WB met CGMT today to express their utter dissatisfaction over the non settlement of Pending demands like a) Non settlement of NEPP cases, b) non payment of GPF to the employees, c) immediate settlement of Compassionate Ground Appointment cases, d) immediate payment of wages in r/o Contractual Workers and Security Guards throughout the Circle, e) arrangement of EPF money in the individual names of the Non Regular Workers, e) immediate meeting of the Welfare committee, f) distribution of Welfare Fund to the SSAs etc. Com Animesh Mitra, CS & Amitava Chattopadhyay ACS BSNLEU along with Com Tapas Kr. Ghosh met the CGM. The CGM assured the leaders that positive steps will be taken to solve the issues.
UPDATED ON 26-07-2016 AT 2000 HRS.
Circle Union met GM (HR): The leaders of the Circle Union today met with GM (HR) and discussed on various issues like a) Payment of wages of Contractual Workers of Electrical Wings/Security Guards, b) release of Welfare Funds etc. The leaders discussed the issues at length and in fine the GM (HR) assured the leaders to resolve the matters at the earliest. Com Animesh Mitra, Debashis Khan, Sujoy Sarkar, Prabir Chatterjee & Najes Nauroz were in the delegation.
Circle Secretary met GM (Fin): On 23/07/2016 Circle Secretary met GM (Fin) and expressed his strong resentment on the issues like a) Non payment of GPF advance/withdrawal to the Regular Employees, b) non payment of wages to the Contractual workers. Com Mitra also told GM (Fin) that it is most surprising that the Employees are not getting their hard earned money when they are in dire need. Gm (Fin) gave a patient hearing and assured the matters will be looked into seriously.
BSNLCMU WB Circle has decided to submit Memorandum to the CGM/GM/TDM/TDEs: The BSNLCMU WB Circle will submit memorandum at all level right from CGM, GM, TDM, TDEs for the settlement of the burning problems pertain to the Casual/Contractual Workers attached to different establishment BSNL WBT Circle including those non regular workers of Chief Engineer (Civil/Electrical). The programme will be held on 27th July, 2016. At Kolkata the Memorandum will be submitted to CGMT WB. The District Secretaries of BSNLCMU are hereby requested to submit the Memorandum to their SSA/District Heads after a Demonstration. <Click for the Memorandum>
78.2% IDA Merger for Pensioners----BSNL endorsed the DOT order: <Click here>
UPDATED ON 25-07-2016 AT 1845 HRS.
Com. Namboodri will speak at the joint meeting of BSNLEU & AIBDPA, WB Circle : On the occasion of the Victory Celebration for 78.2% IDA merger for the Pensioners & Removal of 60% Ceiling on Government's Liability to Pay Pension a joint meeting of the BSNLEU WB & AIBDPA WB Circle will be held at CTO TI Hall, Kolkata on 27th July, 2016 at 1 P.M. Com VAN Namboodiri, Advisor, AIBDPA & Patron BSNLEU will be present on the day and address the meeting. The District Secretaries of both BSNLEU WB Circle and leaders of AIBDPA situated in and around Kolkata are requested to attend the Celebration meeting with maximum number of members.
Third General Body Meeting of the "K G Bose Welfare Scheme" held at Bolpur successfully on 23rd July, 2016: <Click for Photo & Report 1> <Click here again>
UPDATED ON 23-07-2016 AT 1545 HRS.
Again turmoil with the Payment of Contractual Workers, Security Guards of this Circle-----Circle Union expressed strong resentment: Since the introduction of ERP the monthly payment of wages of the Contractual Workers, Security Guards are being hampered on several pleas. The poor paid workers have to wait at least till the last week of every month sometimes for months together to get their wages. The Authority says all the time that due to non availability of Funds the problem occurs. In this month also till today a big section of Contractual workers (including Electrical wing) and Security Guards did not get their wage. The leaders of the Circle Union today met DGM (Finance) and expressed their strong resentment and agony over the issue. Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, Debashis Khan, Sujoy Sarkar and Prabir Chatterjee were in the delegation. The DGM (Finance) assured the leaders that all necessary steps are being taken to make the payment at the earliest opportunity.
Discrepancies found in the PO Letter and First Page of Service Book of the Employees------Circle Union intervenes: It is came to the notice of the Circle Union that in number of Districts the Name & other information in r/o the employees included in the "Presidential Order" differs with the "First Page of the Service Book". As a result of which the employees are facing immense problem during their settlement of Pension. The Circle Union at once brought this matter to the notice of the Authority and demanded issuance of Circular/instruction in this regard. The Management has issued a Circular today in which it is clearly written that if any discrepancies are there it should be intimated to the concerned officer of the Circle Office immediately. The District Secretaries are therefore directed to meet the authority at once and take necessary steps so that if any problem persists in their Districts can be rectified at the earliest. <Click here for the Circular>
"NITI Ayog" took U turn regarding Strategic sale of BSNL/MTNL: <Click>
UPDATED ON 22-07-2016 AT 1930 HRS.
A strong demonstration programme held at CO : A strong lunch hour demonstration programme held to-day at Circle office organised by BSNLEU, CGMT Dist. against the indifferent attitude and long pending staff problems. A rally move round the CO office shouting slogans for immediate solve of the burning problems. Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Dist. Secy. spoke before the employees of the CO and explained the indifferent attitude of the Circle authority and the long pending staff problems. A memorandum was submitted to GM(HR/Admin) and discussed the issues at lenghth. The leaders cautioned the administration if the problems are not solved within a week then the District Union will have no other alternative but to resort for Trade Union action. Com. Sajal Bhattacharjee, vice-president presided over the meeting.
"Asansol Model should be followed during implementation of SWAS programme"---GS BSNLEU said: The GS BSNLEU Com P. Abhimanyu during his deliberation told the CEC meeting that to Develop and Expand BSNL service throughout the country "SWAS" programme should be organised effectively. During his speech Com Abhimanyu told the meeting that the "Asansol SSA of BSNLEU WB model" may be followed during implementation of 'SWAS' programme. It is our pride that Asansol made an example which the Pan India appreciates. Circle Union congratulate Asansol again for the issue.
UPDATED ON 20-07-2016 AT 1840 HRS.
Again Threat for BSNL : When the employees were in a jovial mood celebrating the landslide victory in the 7th MV, after prolonged struggle we have achieved 78.2% IDA merger for the pensioners and when DOT has agreed to take responsibility to pay the pension to the employees absorbed in BSNL without any bar of 60-40 contribution, another attack came bolt from the blue on BSNL.
This time from NITI Ayog Commission who have recommended for strategic sell of BSNL & MTNL. Today it has come in the morning newspaper, Indian Express, that on the plea of strategic sell Govt. wants to handover the PSU like BSNL and MTNL in the hand of corporate lobby like Adani and Adani group. Earlier threat was selling of share of PSU in the open market but today Modi has changed the procedure . Now in the name of strategic sell Modi govt. wants to include the corporate man in the management committee in PSU. BSNLEU has already conveyed its strong protest on the issue.
UPDATED ON 19-07-2016 AT 1945 HRS.
A Good Number of Employees joined BSNLEU : In spite of threat and terrorism from the miscreants, a large number of employees from Kolkata, Berhampore, Krishnagar, Kharagpur and Suri joined BSNLEU, WB Circle. Employees who have joined other union have returned and joined BSNLEU. They have understood from their experience that BSNLEU is the only friend in need. We are sure who have joined other union will return soon after experiencing their mistake committed. BSNL Employees Union, West Bengal Circle congratulate all the members who have joined BSNLEU.
UPDATED ON 18-07-2016 AT 1930 HRS,
Bolpur will hold K.G. Bose Welfare Committee Meeting : A meeting of K.G. Bose Welfare Committee meeting under BSNLCMU, WB Circle will be held at Bolpur on 23rd July, 2016 at 11AM. All the Welfare Committee members, Circle Office bearers , District and Branch secretaries of BSNLCMU are requested to attend the meeting positively and in time.
UPDATED ON 16-07-2016 AT 1500 HRS.
Magnificent Seminar held at CTO, Kolkata : BSNL Employees' Union West Bengal Circle celebrated the massive victory in the 7th Membership Verification by organising a Seminar on "Development & Expansion of BSNL in West Bengal - Challenges to the Employees". The seminar was held on 14th July, 2016 in a jam-packed hall at Telecom Institute, CTO, Kolkata. CGM of West Bengal Telecom Circle, Mr. R.N. Jha, CGM of ETR, Mr. Arun Kumar and CGM of ETP Mr. B.L. Varshney were present in the seminar. Com. Tapas Ghosh, State Secretary, SNEA, Com. Swapan Bose, State President AIBSNLEA, Com. Arvind Kumar, Leader AIGETOA and Com. Amit Khan, Circle Secretary SNATTA were also present. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt Circle Sec., explained before the audience as why and under what circumstances we have arranged this type of seminar. Com. Amnimesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB Circle welcomed the esteemed guest and convey thanks to be present in the seminar to exchange their views. Com Mitra initiated the proceedings and expressed his views before the CGMs and other leaders that we the employees of all the three wings, WBTC, ETR & ETP wanting to be utilized by the administration for betterment of BSNL and rendering better service to our customers. He said that the revenue of WB Circle is to be enhanced and we the employees are ready to take the challenge. Only there is a shortage of one good captain who will lead the team BSNL, WBTC. He opined that BSNLEU not only agitate for their personal claims but also very much concerned about the service. He expressed his satisfaction that under the able leadership of Mr. Jha we could achieve our goal. All the CGMS and leaders present in the dias expressed their satisfaction for holding a seminar on development issue by an Union to celibate their victory. All the three CGMs, expressed their views and especially Mr. R.N. Jha, CGMT WB Circle said the employees have every thing but there is a little bit of shortage of motivation and in the coming days he will try to motivate the employees for betterment of BSNL in West Bengal. Leaders of all Associations exchanged their views in regard to development of BSNL in West Bengal. Com. Swapan Chanda, President BSNLEU, WB presided in the Seminar. <Click for Photos>
UPDATED ON 14-07-2016 AT 1135 HRS.
Result of TTA examination published---Circle Union happy but anxious: The result of the JTO LICE has published by the Corporate Office, New Delhi on 9th July. 2016. The Circle Union is very much happy with the success and conveys heartfelt greetings to all the successful candidates. At the same time Circle Union also in a state of utter anxiety. In the result the word 'Provisional' creates a lot of dilemma amongst the successful candidates. It is learnt the word 'Provisional' came on the plea of a Court case. Moreover the Regn. No. and the HRMS No. of the candidates were wrongly written in the result sheet. As a whole the qualified candidates are not in a position to enjoy their success in a free state of mind. Com Animesh Mitra CS BSNLEU WB yesterday met the leaders of the SNATTA along with other TTAs who have passed the examination. Com Mitra exchanged the view of the Circle Union in this regard to them. It is decided that Circle Union will meet the concerned officials and try to pursue the problem to the Authority at the earliest to solve the issue.
Circle Authority gave approval to the Nursing Home situated at the Districts: It is learnt that the Administration has given approval to the Nursing Homes situated at Burdwan, Berhampore, Siliguri. District Secretaries are directed to take information from the Local Administration regarding the approval. If it is found that the Circulars in this regard has not been given to the District Head Quarters at once the matter should be brought to the notice of the Circle Union.
Still Employees are in a dark regarding Festival Advance: It is very unfortunate and unbecoming on the part of the Circle Authority to spell a concrete direction in respect of "Festival Advance" after the introduction of payment of personal claims w.e.f. 01st May, 2016. In the last occasion during "Eid" a good number of employees could not get Festival Advance. In the coming days there will be lot of Festivals for which a good number of employees will apply for "Festival Advance". Circle Union already intervene in the matter and demands immediate circular in this regard from the Authority to avoid inconvenience to the employees.
UPDATED ON 13-07-2016 AT 1930 HRS.
Joint Forum Meeting held today : Today at CTO Union office the leaders of the Joint Forum met to discuss the issues and problems of development of BSNL service in the circle. Convener of the Forum Com. Animesh Mitra initiated the proceedings and elaborately mentioned the problems of BSNL in our circle as well as the reluctant attitude of the circle administration. The leaders of other organization exchanged their views in this regard. In fine it was decided that the Forum will submit a memorandum in r/o development and will demand to convene meetings of works committee, development committee etc. regularly. If the situation still remains unchanged then Forum will resort to Trade Union action. It was also decided that the Forum will meet CGM ETR & CGM ETP with these issues. Com. Swapan Bose presided over the meeting. Com Tapas Ghosh (SNEA), Amit Khan (SNATTA), Ranjit Das (NFTE-BSNL), Amitava Chattopadhyay (BSNLEU) were present in the meeting and exchanged their views.
UPDATED ON 12-07-2016 AT 1830 HRS.
Seminar on Development of WBTC will be held on 14th July, 2016 : As a part of massive victory in the 7th Membership Verification, BSNLEU, WB Circle has organized a seminar on 14th July, 2016 at 3PM in the Telecom Institute, CTO, Kolkata on "Development & Expansion in BSNL in West Bengal - Challenges to the Employees". Three CGMs of WBT Circle, ETR and ETP have consented to be present in the seminar as speakers. SNEA and AIBSNLEA have also consented to be present on the occasion. It is our duty as a responsible Trade Union to make the road map for the coming days on development issue of WB Telecom Circle. District Secretaries and organizers in and around Kolkata are requested to be present in the seminar with maximum number of members.
Victory in the 7th MV Celebrated throughout Krishnagar SSA: The BSNLEU Krishnagar District Union have organized victory celebration programme both at Ranaghat & Krishnagar on 29th June & 8th july, 2016. The first meeting took place at Ranaghat on 29/7/2016 at Telephone Exchange where number of jubiliant employees were present. Com Bidhan Pramanik, Dist Secy Krishnagar & org. secy. BSNLEU WB Circle congratulated the employees for their active role in the 7th MV and told that amidst the miscreants it is for the employees the BSNLEU got a good result in the 7th MV. Com Sadhan Biswas, BS, BSNLEU, Ranaghat Br., Nemai Das, Leader BSNLCMU WB Circle and Jadav Mallikspoke on the occasion. Com. Parimal Sarkar & Ashoke Banerjee on behalf of AIBDPA also deliberated their valuable speeches and greeted the employees. Com Sandhya Halder presided over the meeting. The victory celebration at Krishnagar took place on 8th July, 2016 where Com Bidhan Pramanik, Dulal Chakraborty, Biswanath Kar on behalf of BSNLEU, Com Amit Khan Circle Secretary, SNATTA WB, A.K. Ghosh, on behalf of SNEA, Nemai Das BSNLCMU and veteran leader Com Prabir Banerjee conveyed their heartfelt thanks to all the Employees for making BSNLEU again the Main Recognized Union of the Non executives in the 7th MV. The meeting was presided by Com Jugalkishore Goswami.
UPDATED ON 11-07-2016 AT 1945 HRS.
The Central Government gave special waiver to six Private Tele Operators: <Click>
UPDATED ON 08-07-2016 AT 1130 HRS.
Turmoil to announce the Holiday for "Eid-ul-Fitre"-----another example of callous Administration: It is really a shame on the part of the Circle Administration when they have failed to fix & declare the particular date for the Holiday on the eve of "Eid-ul-Fitre". In the event of the absence of CGMT the concerned Officers could not decide and communicate on which date the Holiday will be observed. It is learnt that at the last moment the Circular issued from Corporate Office New Delhi in this regard was just uploaded in the 'SANCHARIKA'. The confused employees without having any clear direction from the Authority were divided, some of them attended office on 6th the other came on 7th. This is a situation which the employees did not experience during their service life. On 6th July the CGMT Office was closed but CTO was open in some places the concerned officials told the employees in the morning that the office will be closed on 6th July but in the afternoon the same official told that the holiday shifted from 6th to 7th July. This is nothing but the sheer reluctance and callousness on the part of the Management for which the employees were being harassed. The Circle union strongly condemn the scenario. It is once again proved that how much the Circle Authority is reluctant and indifferent to take decision of a sensitive issue like declaration of even Holiday.
UPDATED ON 05-07-2016 AT 1130 HRS.
The employees are deprived of getting Festival Advance & Wages on the eve of 'Eid-ul-Fitre': It is most unfortunate that the Regular and Non Regular employees did not get their Festival Advance and Wages before 'Eid'. It is learnt that a good number of employees throughout the Circle (particularly at Burdwan, Berhampore) either did not received the Festival Advance or the Wages. The Security guards and Contractual Workers attached to Electrical wings are not getting their wages at Burdwan for more than a month. The Security Guards of Berhampore also did not get their Wages for the current month. The aggrieved Circle Union today met GM (HR-Admn) & GM(Finance) and expressed their strong resentment over the non payment issue. The leaders told the Authority that the Circle Union well in advance requested GM (Fin) to make arrangement for payment before 'Eid' but the Authority failed to do the job. It is nothing but a shame on the part of the Authority not to make any payment in spite of getting request from the Circle Union. The Circle Union also demanded immediate guideline regarding the payment modalities of Festival Advance after introduction of ESS as there are several festivals like "Independence Day", "Biswakarma Puja" (September) and "DurgaPuja" (October) will come very shortly when a good number of employees will apply for "Festival Advance". Com Animesh Mitra, CS, Debasish Khan Treasurer and Sujoy Sarkar, Org. Secy. BSNLEU WB met the Authority at Circle Office today.
BSNLEU WB Circular No. 32: <Click Here>
UPDATED ON 04-07-2016 AT 1930 HRS.
Whether BSNL is going to take off stake from Cable laying in West Bengal Circle??? Of late it has come to the notice of the Circle Union that the Administration of WBT Circle is going to give about 10-12 new routes to PGCIL/RAILTAIL on rent basis. About 4 routes which are already given to RAILTAIL on rent basis will cost 2.5 Crore per annum. It is obvious that 10-12 new routes will involve another expenditure of few Crore when WBTC is running through pecuniary condition. If BSNL itself lay this cable then this cable would have been our asset. After getting this information Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB and Goutam Banik DS ETP met CGM ETP and discussed this issue. At the same time Com Mitra, CS and Asis Das, ACS, BSNLEU WB also met CGM ETR and came to know that the CGM ETR already wrote a letter to PGM Radio at Corporate Office New Delhi in this regard. In view of this incident the employees are enquiring whether we have to rely on rented Cable or depend fully on other departments for the Cables in the coming days? The employees are also telling that now it is crystal clear BSNL will definitely give up all responsibilities towards Cable laying in the Circle.
Observe Protest Day on 5th July, 2016 wearing Black Badge: The BSNLEU CHQ has given a call to observe the Protest Day on 5th July for the settlement of the pending demands of the Non executive Employees which are lying pending before Management for a long time. The demands include a) settlement of Pay Loss for the employees who joined BSNL on or after 01/ 01/ 2007, b) settlement of the Pension Contribution issue in r/o those officials who joined BSNL on or after 01/10/2000, c) extension of E1 pay scale for the Non executives and d) extension of the Gratuity facility to the Casual Workers etc. All Br./Dist/ Secys are requested to mobilize maximum number of members to make the programme a grand success. The programme should be organized at different places to explain our stand on the demands. Comrades let us prepare ourselves for a big struggle in the coming days.
UPDATED ON 02-07-2016 AT 1500 HRS.
Photos of the overcrowded convention of Non regular Workers held at CTO Ti Hall Kolkata on 30th June, 2016: <Click>
Non availability of BSNL SIM in the Hills---Circle Union reacts: It is learnt that the BSNL subscribers are not getting their SIM Cards in the open market at Darjeeling, Kalimpong & Kurseong since last couple of months. Though the District Union has brought this matter to the notice of the SSA head of Siliguri, no action has yet been taken to solve the problems. It is really a matter of utter surprise that though the Retailers of the hills are taking SIM Cards from the Franchises from Siliguri but those are not being marketed by the retailers at the Hills. BSNL SIMs are at present only available in the CSC of the Hills. Com Animesh Mitra CS and Moni Chhetri VP of BSNLEU WB met with GM (Mktg) on 28th June, 2016 and expressed their strong resentment over the issue and demanded immediate solution of the same . The GM (Mktg) gave a very patient hearing to the leaders and assured to solve the problem.
Successful Demonstration held at Burdwan & Katwa: The BSNLEU Burdwan & Katwa Branch organized a effective demonstration programme on 01st July, 2016 against reluctant & derogative attitude of the Authority towards the settlement of the personal problems of the employees as well as the poor service condition of both the places for which the Circle is loosing revenue everyday. At Burdwan amidst number of provocation by the miscreants the employees gathered in numbers and shouted slogans in demand of better service and settlement of personal claims. The same agitation was held also at Katwa where the Br. Union demonstrated before the SDE Katwa. Com Manik Das, ACS BSNLEU WB , Sapan Mallick, Dist. Secy. Burdwan led the demonstration and Com Malay Biswas, Br. Secy. Katwa and Prabir Das led the proceedings at Katwa. the Staff Side handed over a Memorandum to the Administration after the demonstration programme.
UPDATED ON 01-07-2016 AT 1415 HRS.
Overcrowded Convention of Non Regular Workers at Kolkata demand justice: At the call of BSNLCMU WB, CTTMU & BSNLCMU Stores-Factory Circle, the Non Regular Workers (Casual, Contractual, Security Guard, Job Contract etc.) of the WBT, CTD, TS & TF Circles of BSNL have attended a Convention on 30th June, 2016 at CTO TI Hall, Kolkata. More than 300 non regular workers have assembled in the convention with the demand like a) minimum wage of Rs. 18000/-, b) social securities like EPF, ESI, Gratuity, c) filling up of vacancies of BSNL from the non regulars etc. The convention expressed their strong determination to make the "All India General Strike" a grand success on 2nd September, 2016 throughout West Bengal. Com Animesh Mitra, Secretary General of AICCWF and Circle Secretary BSNLEU WB in his speech narrated the exploitation of Non Regular workers and told the convention that it is only through sustained struggle the workers will be able to achieve their just demands. Com Saibal Sengupta, CS CTD Circle, Com Tapas Kr. Ghosh, CS BSNLCMU WB, Com Arup Sarkar, CS CTTMU, Com Omprakash Singh, CS TF Kolkata were also deliberated their speech in the convention A draft resolution was also placed and accepted unanimously by the house. Com Tapan Ghosh presided the convention.
UPDATED ON 30-06-2016 AT 1345 HRS.
Most disappointing and worst ever Pay Commission for the Central Government Employees announced: The 50 lakh Central Government employees and 58 Lakh CG pensioners are going to experience the worst ever Pay Commission w.e.f. 01st January, 2016. This is probably the lowest increase in the last 70 years. The Lowest and highest pay as declared by the Commission is Rs. 18000/- & 2,50,000/- respectively. The ratio between the lowest & highest pay stands as 1:14 (approx). The National Confederation of Central Government Employees reacts sharply on the introduction of this Pay Commission. When the market price of almost each and every essential commodities are rising day by day then the increase of pay at the lower level is very meager. It is once again proved that the "Road Map" of Modi Government is to deprive the employees at the lower level. Therefore it is not a "Achhe Din" for the larger section of the CG Workers.
UPDATED ON 29-06-2016 AT 1840 HRS.
Strong Demonstration programme held at ETR : As per the call of the Circle Union a strong demonstration programme was held before the O/o the CGM, ETR, Telephone Bhavan on 20th June, 2016. A good number of employees of ETR as well as from CTO, Kolkata SSA, ETP, QA and Circle Office assembled in the this demonstration programme. The gathering shouted slogans for betterment of Development and maintenance scenario in ETR Circle and immediate settlement of long pending personal claims. Com. Asis Das, Dist Secretary/Asstt Circle Secy, BSNLEU WB initiated the proceedings. Com Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB Circle was the main speaker. he in his speech narrated briefly about the poor Development and maintenance scenario in ETR Circle as well as non settlement of pending staff problems and indifferent attitude of the Administration. He also reminded our duty and responsibility of the workers in coming days. Com. Asis Das, Branch Secy, Tiretta Bazar Branch, Com. Swapan Dey, Branch Secy, Telephone Bhavan Br., Com Sukanta Saha, Dist Secy, BSNLCMU, ETR Dist., and Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt., Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB Circle also spoke be the workers. Com. Sunil Nayak, President, BSNLEU, ETR District presided over the meeting.
File for the "Settlement of Gratuity" for the Casual Workers returned from CMD Office-----another example of trashy act: It is really unfortunate that after vigorous persuasion and sustained struggle by both BSNLEU & AICCWF when the Corporate Office New Delhi took up the issue of settlement of Gratuity in r/o Casual Workers, it is learnt that in spite of specific instructions from New Delhi the Circle Authority had failed to submit the desired information to Corporate Office. The file for the settlement of Gratuity returned from New Delhi to CGMT Office Kolkata as the report was incomplete. Com Animesh Mitra,Circle Secretary, BSNLEU WB & Secretary General AICCWF when got this news went to Corporate Office New Delhi on protest, met Director (HR) Smt. Sujatha Roy & GM (Estt.) Smt. Madhu Arora along with Com. VAN Namboodiri and expressed strong resentment over the non compliance of the information regarding Gratuity by the WB Circle Administration. The GM (Estt) at once made contact with the GM (HR-Admn) WBT over Telephone and enquired regarding the reason behind non submission of information. Later It is learnt that due to the pressure of the Circle Union the GM (HR-Admn) was compelled to send the actual information on the last Friday (i.e. 24/6/2016) to Corporate Office New Delhi via "Speed Post". This is nothing but the reluctance on the part of the Administration which not only failed to solve the issues of the employees of all categories but also failed to improve the service in this Circle.
Contractual Workers of QA retrenched---anxious Circle Union intervenes: It is a matter of utter surprise that the QA Administration has retrenched 5 (Five) Contractual Workers who are performing their jobs since last 15 years in the two units of QA situated at Alipore & Salt Lake unit. After getting the news the Secretary General of BSNLCCWF and Circle Secretary WB Circle Com Animesh Mitra and President AICCWF Com VAN Namboodiri at once made contact with the CGM, QA Jabalpur and inform the incident. The leaders informed the matter to GM QA & Installation also. It is learnt that since January, 2016 the Contractual Workers of QA Kolkata are not getting their wages and their Tender period has already expired in the month of May, 2016. Since then no Tender process has been carried on for these Contractual Workers. Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB Circle and Tapas Kr. Ghosh, CS BSNLCMU WB today met the SDE QA at Sector V Salat Lake Kolkata and demanded immediate solution of the problem. After a patient hearing the SDE QA wrote a letter to DGM QA for the immediate reinstatement of the retrenched 5 Contractual workers of QA.
Circle Union met CGM, expressed resentment over Staff problems: The Circle Leaders of BSNLEU yesterday met CGMT WB and expressed deep anger and annoyance over the indifferent attitude of the Authority towards the settlement of the Burning problems of the employees. Com Animesh Mitra, CS and Sujoy Sarkar, Org. Secy. who met CGM yesterday handed over three letters in connection with a) unwanted scenario which arose due to Locking of BSNL Office/Exchanges of this Circle by the miscreants at Barasat, Katwa, Durgapur and subsequent silence on the part of the Administration, b) problems created towards settlement of Medical Claims and GPF Advance/Withdrawal due to introduction of ERP-ESS system, c) non issuance of Welfare Fund to the SSAs including CGM Office Administration. Circle Union demands immediate settlement of the problems. The CGMT assured the leaders that the issues will be looked into with all seriousness.
UPDATED ON 27-06-2016 AT 1430 HRS.
State Level Convention in support of 2nd September, 2016 General Strike : A state level convention at the call of BSNL Casual Mazdoor Union WB Circle, Calcutta Telephones Thika Mazdoor Union CTD Circle, BSNL Casual Mazdoor Union Stores and Factory Circle will be held on 30th June, 2016 at 3PM in the Telecom Institute Hall, CTO, Kolkata in support of the All India General Strike to be held on 2nd September, 2016. BSNL employees Union has supported the strike and on 24th June, 2016 we have participated in the Convention of all the State units of Central Trade Unions. The strike on 2nd September, 2016 will be of the toiling mass throughout India against the onslaught of the Central Govt. This strike will be held in a changed scenario in West Bengal particularly the attack by the miscreants on the working class to restrain them from any Trade Union activities. Com. Animesh Mitra, Com. Saibal Sengupta, Com. Arup Sarkar and Com. Tapas Ghosh will be the speakers in this convention. All are requested to make the Convention a grand success.
UPDATED ON 25-06-2016 AT 1645 HRS.
Massive gathering in the Convention at Kolkata in support of the All India Strike on 2nd September, 2016: At the call of the Central Trade Unions the Working Class will go on Strike on 2nd September, 2016. The State Unit of the Central TUs have organised a Convention on 24th June, 2016 at "Moulali Yuba Kendra", Kolkata where the members of the BSNLEU WBT Circle have attended with the employees and workers of other Units. Com Dipak Dasgupta, State Secretary, CITU presented a Draft Resolution with 14 Point Demands (Two of which are related with West Bengal), Thereafter Com Shyamal Chakraborty, President CITU WB, Sri Ramen Pandey, Leader INTUC, Com Ranjit Das (AITUC), Saral Deb (TUCC), Asoke Ghosh (UTUC) and other leaders spoke on the occasion. Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU were in the presidium. The speakers highlighted the anti workers policies of the Government and expressed there agony towards the steep price hike of essential commodities. The speakers also focused on the post poll violence in the state. In fine the huge gathering unaimously supported the Draft Resolution and took determination to make the strike of 2nd September, 2016 a grand success whatsoever the situation comes.
UPDATED ON 24-06-2016 AT 1645 HRS.
ERP Training schedule for the Non executives announced: The CTTC Salt Lake Authority has announced the ERP Training schedule for the Non executives. It is for the tireless effort for the Circle Union which ultimately compelled the Administration to announce the schedule. District Secretaries are at once requested to go through the Circular, initiate dialogue with the Local Authority regarding the matter so that the process will be completed satisfactorily. If any queries are there contact the Circle Secretary at once. <Click for the Order>
For smooth service of Jalpaiguri & Alipurduar Circle Union demands 'RAILTAIL' connection: It is known to all of us that due to huge Cable cut the BSNL service are not being rendered to the subscribers smoothly throughout West Bengal. Due to long persuasion, discussion and Trade Union action by the BSNLEU WB Circle the Corporate Office has sanctioned Four Routes where the BSNL service will be given to the customers with help of 'RAILTAIL'. Out of these 4 routes only one route has been provided for North Bengal i. e. from Siliguri to Coochbehar. But during the expansion work of SAARC Route through NH31 & installation of 3rd Railway Track by the NF Railway the cables of BSNL damaged in number of places and as a result the service of Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar hampers a lot. Therefore the Circle Union demands immediate arrangement for connection from 'RAILTAIL' so that the service of BSNL could be given smoothly in the Terai & Dooars area of North Bengal. The Circle Union already discussed the pros & cons of this issue with the CGM ETR and also issued a letter to the CGMT WB demanding suitable arrangement in this matter. <Click for the Letter>
UPDATED ON 23-06-2016 AT 1500 HRS.
BSNLEU WB Circular No. 31: <Click Here>
UPDATED ON 22-06-2016 AT 1430 HRS
At last Corporate Office releases fund towards GPF : After much persuasion by Circle Union Corporate Office releases fund towards GPF payment for the employees of WBTC. GPF is the only source of the BSNL employees to meet up the social obligation. The employees were in agony for the payment of GPF since the expenditure towards daughter's marriage, higher education of their children and medical expenses were getting delayed. The employees were not getting their hard earned money in time when they are in need. This Circle Union took up the case with the Circle authority for the last few months. We have launched demonstration and also submitted memorandum to this effect. At last the employees win after a sustained struggle. It is learnt that the Circle authority has got an amount to the tune of eight corer towards GPF. District Secretaries are requested to keep close watch on the situation so that the employees of their district are not being deprived.
UPDATED ON 21-06-2016 AT 1415 HRS.
Circle Union writes to CGMT regarding the wretched condition of the departmental quarter : Circle Union very much concern about the wretched condition of our departmental quarters. Such condition is prevailing at Kolkata, Asansol, Durgapur, Siliguri and CTTC. The condition of these quarters are not in a habitable condition. The buildings are not being renovated/repaired for a decade ob plea of not sufficient fund. Even our employees are paying License fee, HRA and other services charges per month to the department but they are not getting the service. On the contrary the Civil authority denying all its responsibility and issued notice to the residents of the quarters at Kolkata asking them to stay at their own risk. Circle Union protest such act of the authority and demand for immediate renovation/repair of these damaged quarters. <view letter>.
Circle Union expressed their discontentment over Non issuance of Welfare Grants to the Employees as well as Family of the Diseased : <Click here>
Due to sustained struggle of the Circle Union the Authority compelled to issue Order for training of Gr. 'C' employees: Since the introduction of ERP system in this Circle w.e.f. August 2015 the Circle union is continuously increasing pressure on the Administration to arrange training for the Non Executives. Lot of discussions were held in which the Staff Side demanded involvement of Group 'C' & 'D' employees with the new technology. At last the Administration has issued a Circular for the Training. The District Secretaries are at once requested to take utmost initiative so that the GM/TDM/TDEs of their respective SSA take appropriate action in this matter. <Click for order>
UPDATED ON 18-06-2016 AT 1530 HRS.
Victory celebrated by BSNLEU in several Districts: After a significant win in the 7th Membership Verification the District Unions of Bankura, Purulia and Suri organized Massive gathering of employees to Celebrate the Victory. In all the meetings the attendance of the employees are worthy to watch. Com Animesh Mitra Circle Secretary attended all the meetings and greeted the employees for their extensive support to BSNLEU in these odd situation specially particularly in the State of West Bengal. Com Mitra told that the employees have shown their courage to vote in favour of the Red flag amidst several odds. He also reminded the present scenario of BSNL and the Duties of BSNL employees at the present juncture. Com Asis Das, ACS and Nages Nauroz Org. Secy. BSNLEU WB have accompanied the Circle Secy. at bankura. Com Dilip Pal, DS Bankura, Com N. Paswan, DS Purulia and Com Nanda Dulal Mitra, DS Suri spoke in this meetings. The Leaders of BSNLCMU & AIBDPA also participated in these meetings. <Click for Photos>
Welfare Grant suspended------Circle Union reacts: In spite of getting sufficient amount of Fund towards Welfare Fund the Circle Administration has failed to distribute the Fund to the SSA Heads till date. As a result various Welfare benefits of the employees attached to this Circle are being affected a lot. Circle Union discussed and expressed their agony & anguish in this regard to the CGMT and demanded immediate payment of Welfare Grants to the employees. It is most unfortunate that Book/grants, Scholarships (both Technical & Non technical), Financial assistance to the Family Members of the deceased employees, farewell functions in r/o the retired officials are being suspended months together. The Circle Union has issued a letter demanding immediate release of the Fund so that the employees are not being deprived of getting Welfare benefits.
UPDATED ON 16-06-2016 AT 1640 HRS.
CGMT, WB Circle noticed strong anger and dissatisfaction of all categories of staff and retired employees: A massive demonstration programme was held at Circle office at lunch hour on 14th June, 2016. It was a continuous programme which was paused due to 7th MV and Assembly Election. Earlier a memorandum was submitted to CGMT by the three Circle Unions, BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA for settlement of the long pending issues of the circle in r/o development, service to the customers and personal claims of the regular, non-regular and pensioners of West Bengal Telecom Circle. Earlier on 9th June, 2016 CGMT invited for discussion to the leaders of the three Circle Unions. But no fruitful result yielded. As a result three Circle Unions decided to go for massive demonstration at CO to bow down the administration and to solve the issues which were raised by the three Circle Unions.
Before the meeting started a massive rally was held in the CO of more than 200 workers and pensioners, lead by Com. Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU, WB Circle, shouting slogans for development of West Bengal Telecom Circle, for better service to our esteemed customers and long pending personal claims. CGMT and Officers of CO while passing for CGMT's chamber, noticed the anger and dissatisfaction of the workers against the administration through slogans. Com. Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU, WB initiated the proceedings and told in his short speech how the administration is sitting idle when the development of West Bengal Circle has practically been halted. How our customers are being suffered for non receipt of Telephone bill. Our earnings has been reduced in comparison to last year. He also said that the non regular workers are not getting their monthly wages in time. Regular workers are not getting their medical bills and GPF in time and retired employees are facing much trouble in getting pension and as a result the workers are getting unhappy. Com. Susanta Ghosh, Circle Secretary, AIBDPA spoke in this huge gathering as how the the retired employees are not getting their pensionary benefits in time and how they are being harassed in this regard. Com. Tarak Kundu, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU narrated about how they are being deprived by the administration. Later the administration was compelled to call the leaders of the three Circle Unions for discussion again. After discussion it was decided that a list will be prepared by the administration how much problems has been settled and that will be conveyed to our leaders from time to time. This Circle will keep close watch on the situation. The delegation was lead by Com. Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU, WB Circle. Other members of the delegation were Com. Asis Das, Asst., CS, BSNLEU, WB Com. Swapan Chanda, President, BSNLEU WB, Com. Susanta Ghosh, CS, AIBDPA WB, Com. Pijush Chakraborty, Asstt. CS, AIBDPA WB and Com. Tarak Kundu, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB. Com. Swapan Chanda, and Com. Pankaj Saha jointly presided over the meeting. <Click here for Photos>
UPDATED ON 10-06-2016 AT 1500 HRS.
CGM is getting strong resentment from the employees at the field level during his Tour: The CGMT WB Circle is now on tour to different SSAs of West Bengal. This is definitely a healthy phenomenon. But during his tour he is facing lot of dissatisfaction and anguish from the general employees. The workers are requesting the "Head of the Institution" to enquire his officers that who are the people responsible for poor service condition in the SSAs. Both the Regular & Non regular workers are asking a) why there is scarcity of necessary equipments & store materials to carry on the smooth service in the SSA, b) why the personal claims like GPF, Medical Bills, Welfare Grants etc. are being ignored by the authority on different pleas, c) why the Non Regular workers throughout the Circle are not getting their wages as per the direction & commitment of the CGMT himself. The Pensioners are also raising the questions i) why the Pension and Pensionery benefits are being delayed ii) even the 'Farewell' ceremony are not taking place properly, iii) heaps of medical bills are lying unpaid. It is leant that the employees did not received proper answers of their queries from the Authority. The CGM in this tour has visited Kharagpur, Bankura and Purulia SSAs. Circle Union feels "It is better late than never". The visit will definitely yield good result in the coming days. But Comrades, the question which were raised by the employees of the 3 SSAs are very pertinent throughout WBT Circle, only our united struggle can change the scenario. Let us prepare our self to join the struggle to fulfill the demands.
UPDATED ON 09-06-2016 AT 1230 HRS.
Circle Union will launch "Dharna Programme" on 14th June, 2016: The Circle Union along with BSNLCMU & AIBDPA will organize "Dharma Programme" in front of the chamber of the CGMT WB on 14th June instead of 9th June, 2016. It is to be stated in this regard that a meeting was held on 7th June, 2016 with CGM WBT and other concerned officials in the conference room of the CGMT office where the leaders of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU & AIBDPA WB Circle expressed their strong anger and anguish against the attitude of the Circle Authority towards the settlement of the pending issues. The problems which were mentioned in the letter issued to CGMT WB by the Circle Union on 01st June were discussed at length with the CGM. In fine the Circle Union expressed that the discussion was not at all satisfactory at the same will yield no positive result towards the solution of the problems in the near future therefore there is no other way left to the Circle Union but to stage "Dharna Programme" on 14th June, 2016. Com Animesh Mitra, CS, Sapan Chanda President, Amitava Chattopadhyay & Asis Das both ACS, Sujoy Sarkar, Org. Secy. BSNLEU WB, Tapas Kr. Ghosh, CS BSNLCMU WB, Pijush Chakraborty and Ajit Kr. Nandan on behalf of AIBDPA WB Circle were present in the discussion. Apart from the CGMT WB the GM (HR-Admn), GM (Finance), DGM (HR-Admn), DGM (Finance), AGM (HR-Admn), PCE (Elec), CE (Civil) on behalf of the Official side were present in the discussion. It is to be noted also that the District Unions throughout the Circle will have to organise Demonstration programme also on 14th June, 2016 before the chamber of the GM/TDM/TDEs.
Employees of WBT do not know when they will get GPF, Medical, Pension, Wages and other claims------it cannot be tolerated: It is really a matter of deep concern to the employees of all categories (Regular, Non Regular or Pensioner) because they do not know when their personal claims will be settled. A total Administrative turmoil is going on in the Circle where the Regular employees are not getting their GPF, Medical and other claims, the Casual/Contractual Workers do not know when their wages will come even the Retired employees have to wait for their settlement of Pension and Pensionery benefits like Leave encashment, GSLI, not even their Pension papers are being sent to the CCA DOT Cell in time, the Authority is totally silent. There are heaps of Medical cases both pertain to Regular Employees and Retired personnel are lying untouched in CGMT Office and also in the SSAs. Number of Medical cases could not be settled due to want of visit certificate. It is needless to mention that after getting proper information regarding any Indoor treatment it is the duty of the Authority to issue "Visit Certificate". Moreover the Authority unilaterally decided to introduce ERP (ESS) in all respect to make any payment w.e.f. 01st May, 2016 in this Circle, as a result of which the officers at the SSA level got a new coinage to avoid the claims just telling that due to ERP nothing is possible. Comrades we strongly condemn the attitude of the Administration and will have to consolidate our struggle to stop this perversity. organise Rallies, Gate meeting etc in every work spot throughout the Circle on 13th June, 2016 against the indifferent attitude of the Administration in a befitting manner.
UPDATED ON 07-06-2016 AT 1200 HRS.
District Unions throughout the Circle organize meetings to celebrate wonderful victory in the 7th MV: Of late it is came to the notice of the Circle Union that number of District Unions throughout the Circle are organizing meeting for the excellent win of BSNLEU in the 7th Membership Verification both in the Circle as well as throughout India. This is for the 7th consecutive victory of BSNLEU in this Circle. This time in a different Political environment in the State the Circle Union has been able to increase their vote by 3%. Already the District Unions of Asansol, ETR, Purulia have organized meetings to greet the employees who amidst number of constraints created by the miscreants, have voted in numbers in favour of BSNLEU. In all the three meetings Com Animesh Mitra, circle Secretary BSNLEU WB Circle told the post poll duties & responsibilities of the BSNL workers in the present scenario. Com Asis Das, Subrata Mishra, both ACS, BSNLEU WB also spoke at ETR & Asansol respectively. It is learnt that the District Union of Bankura and Suri will organize meeting after 7th MV on 12th June & 15th June, 2016 respectively.
UPDATED ON 06-06-2016 AT 1700 HRS.
Is there any Administration in West Bengal Circle??? From the recent experiences, the employees of this Circle is asking one another whether there is any Administration working in WBT Circle or not. The two incidents which took place in Panagarh Telephone Exchange (Durgapur) and Purulia are the best examples from which one can understand how the Authority is carrying on their responsibilities. Panagarh and Purulia both are situated in such a area of West Bengal where the Mercury goes more than 45 degrees in Summer. It is learnt that the employees of this two place do not have drinking water days together amidst this scorchy heat. Several times the matter has been brought to the notice of the Authorities by the respective District/Branch Union of BSNLEU, but when the workers of these two places burst out in anger in the last week the Panagarh authority simply disposed of his duty by narrating the issue to the DGM Durgpaur who later on passed the issue to Civil Authority Kharagpur and in case of Purulia the Authority made contact with the Municipality and arranged water. In both the cases the Authority could solve the issue of water, much earlier and of course before the summer starts as the Staff Side several times knocked the Administration. The Authority could easily solve the problems of drinking water by taking necessary official steps with the concerned authorities but at present the situation is so worse the Service Union has to shake the Authority for any basic needs, it is not only the cases of Panagarh/Purulia the entire Circle is suffering without the proper and just steps from the Administration. There is exception, at Bankura the same problem of drinking water is solved by the dynamic officers. "But exception does not prove a law". That's why the question comes into the mind of the employees ------ "Is there any Administration in WBT Circle????"
Strong Demonstration held at the SSA level on 4th June, 2016: It is learnt that as per the decision of the Circle Union the District Unions throughout the Circle have performed strong Demonstration Programme demanding the settlement of the pending issues of Regular, Non Regular (Casual/Contractual) & Pensioners at the earliest. The District Unions also demanded settlement of their Local Problems. the programme was held effectively at Kolkata SSA, Asansol, Burdwan, Raiganj, Krishnagar, Berhampore, Suri so far the news came to the Circle Union. The BSNLCMU & AIBDPA also joined the programme in the said Districts. Almost everywhere the District Union Leaders of the 3 organizations submitted Memorandums to the SSA heads. Above all the programme was very much impressive everywhere. <Photos>
UPDATED ON 03-02-2016 AT 1600 HRS.
Organize intensive Demonstration Programme tomorrow: As decided in the Circle Office Bearer meeting the Circle Union has already organized Lunch Hour Demonstration Programme along with submission of Memorandums to GM (HR-Admn) & GM (Finance) by BSNLEU, BSNLCMU & AIBDPA on 31st May, 2016. Accordingly it was also decided that before launching higher form of trade Union action on 9th June, 2016 in the Circle office Kolkata, the District Unions along with BSNCMU & AIBDPA will organize "Massive Lunch Hour demonstration programme on 4th June, 2016 in all the SSAs and submit Memorandum to the GM/TDM/TDEs of WBT Circle. Comrades organize the programme with all seriousness, include the Local problems in the Memorandums and send a report to the Circle Union positively.
Divisional Council Meeting of BSNLEU Berhampur held on 2/6/2016: The Divisional Council meeting of BSNLEU Berhampore District was held on 2nd June, 2016 at 'Sancharika', Berhampopre. Com Debaish Khan, Treasurer BSNLEU WB Circle attended the meeting. The 6 Branch Secretaries and other District Working Committee Members expressed their views regarding the success of BSNLEU in the 7th MV and pointed out various Local Problems which are to be settled. Com Khan in his speech told the house regarding the duties and responsibilities of the leaders and organisers of BSNLEU after the land slide victory in the 7th Membership verification. He also highlighted poor development scenario of WBT Circle and appraised regarding our task. Altogether 25 Dist Council members were present in the meeting Com Sekhar Sarkar, Dist Secy. initiated the meeting. Com Mahendra Dutta and Avijit Sen spoke on behalf of BSNLCMU & AIBDPA Berhampore in the meeting respectively Com Biswarup Hazra, presided over the meeting.
UPDATED ON 02-06-2016 AT 1130 HRS.
Circle Union strongly reacts on the reluctance of the Authority: It is observed by this Circle Union that the BSNL WBT Authority is very much reluctant to settle the pending problems of the employees (Regular, Non Regular & Pensioners). Moreover due to sudden introduction of ERP-ESS system, settlement of the problems particularly the payments/claims of the Regular staff & Pensioners including Wages to the Non regular employees became totally uncertain. Therefore a delegation of the 3 Circle Unions (BSNLEU, BSNLCMU & AIBDPA) met CGMT WB on 01/06/2016, expressed their vehement resentment and demanded immediate solution of the problems. Com Animesh Mitra, CS, Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS and Sujoy Sarkar, Org. Secy. BSNLEU WB, Tapas Kr. Ghosh, CS BSNLCMU WB and Pijush Chakraborty, ACS AIBDPA WB Circle were in the delegation. The leaders handed over a letter of protest along with the Memorandums submitted to the GM (HR) & GM (Finance) on 01/06/2016 to the CGMT WB and told the Administration that if the situation remains unaltered then the 3 Unions will take resort to higher for of TU action. The CGMT gave a patient hearing to the leaders and assured to look in to the matters at the earliest. Comrades, in this situation take all out preparation to make the Demonstration programme of 4th June, 2016 a grand success in every SSAs and send a report to the Circle union positively. <Click for the Memorandum and letter to CGM, GM (HR), GM (Finance)>
UPDATED ON 01-06-2016 AT 1215 HRS.
Authority wants undertaking from the Non Regular workers during withdrawal from EPF----Circle Union reacts: It is learnt that the BSNL Asansol Administration is taking undertaking from the Non Regular Employees when they are going to withdraw money from their EPF Account. The Circle Union expresses their utter dissatisfaction over the issue and feels that the Authority is trying to intervene unnecessarily in this matter which will definitely put some constraints to these Non regular workers at the same time they cannot fulfill their needs in due time for this unwanted decsion of the Authority. Accordingly a letter in this regard along with other problems pertain to EPF issue, has already been given by the Circle Union to CGMT WB so that the matter will be solved without any inconvenience. <Click for the Letter>
UPDATED ON 31-05-2016 AT 1645 HRS.
Circle Union on the path of Agitation: The Circle Union has organised "Lunch Hour Demonstration Programme" at CGMT Office, Kolkata, along with BSNLCMU & AIBDPA WB Circle, against the unilateral decision of the Authority to introduce ESS (part of ERP) system throughout the Circle from 01/05/2016. Com Tarak Kundu, ACS, BSNLCMU, Ajit Nandan, Dist. Secy AIBDPA Kolkata and Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU WB Circle spoke on the occasion. The speakers highlighted the problems arose due to introduction of the new system and demanded immediate solution of the same. Later a delegation of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU & AIBDPA WB Circle met GM (Finance) & GM(HR-Admn) and submitted Memorandums. A rally before the demonstration was also organised. The Demonstration meeting was presided by Com Swapan Chanda (BSNLEU), Gobinda Das (AIBDPA) & Pankaj Saha (BSNLCMU). <Click here for photos>
UPDATED ON 28-05-2016 AT 1500 HRS.
BSNLEU WB Circular No. 30: <Click here>
UPDATED ON 26-05-2016 AT 1500 HRS.
'RAILTAIL' helps to carry on BSNL service in the Circle: After lot of persuasion and discussions with the Circle Union the Authority informed the Corporate Office, New Delhi regarding the devastating condition (specially of huge OFC cut almost throughout the state of West Bengal by NH Authority, PHE etc.) of Service in the State as well as requested to help the Circle to overcome the situation. Accordingly the CO New Delhi issued 4 different routes in which the purpose will be served by 'RAILTAIL'. After some initial problems at present all the connections, particularly in those areas where the connections of 'RAILTAIL' is available, are functioning almost smoothly. But the Circle Union feels that if the connections would be provided to Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri then it will be more beneficial so far the Service & Revenue earning of those areas are concerned. In the recent past Com Animesh Mitra, CS & Asis Das ACS BSNLEU WB met CGM ETR and conveyed their proposal for 'RAILTAIL connection for Alipurduar & Jalpaiguri. The leaders also demanded this type of operation for Berhampore, Malda and other areas of this Circle. They have also told the Authority to take some positive steps so that likewise 'RAILTAIL' another organization 'PGCIL' may be used for smoothening BSNL service. The CGM ETR assured the leaders that if proposals come from the affected areas then the issue can easily be sorted out as far as practicable.
UPDATED ON 25-05-2016 AT 1645 HRS.
"VRS a requirement to increase BSNL's Profitability"----the same old tune by CMD BSNL: It is learnt that the CMD BSNL, after having a permanent chair for 5 years in BSNL, told 'Indian Express' (an All India daily) that to increase 'Profitability' and 'Efficiency', VRS is a requirement in BSNL. It is to be reiterated that since its formation on 01-10-2000, the company made profit for number of years to the tune of few Crore but it is only due to the policy of the Central Govt. the Company could not expand business and failed to satisfy the customers with Service. As a result the company could not make profit since last 3/4 years. It is mathematically a proven fact that the crisis of BSNL emerged not due to Wage/Salary payment of the employees but due to less Revenue earning. However, to resist the crisis the Union/Associations specially BSNLEU has already took some historic programmes like "Customer Delight Year", "Service With a Smile" etc. by which it is seen that at present the company is turning around. It is learnt that in the last FY the company had a Revenue Growth of more than 4%, in this year also BSNL can increase Revenue Growth. It happened due to sustain struggle of each and every stake holder of BSNL. Therefore at this juncture the statement of the CMD BSNL is something undesirable. Accordingly it is to be reminded once again that in the past we have seen number of efforts on the part of the Authority as well as the Government to give VRS to the employees of BSNL, the statement made by CMD to 'IndianExpress' is not an exception. This is only a part of the "Economic Reform" which is trying to destroy the existence of the workers. The Central Govt. has already chalked out a VRS plan for the employees of "Steel Authority of India". The Govt. also took resort to VRS for MTNL for 3 times but could not make it profitable. Comrades, we are ready, ready for struggle to retain our identity as BSNL employee, we will not tolerate any step which will hamper the interest of the "Working Class"--We will resist VRS at any cost.
JTO Examination held: The examination from TTA to JTO held on 22nd May, 2016 in this Circle in two examination centres without any sort of disturbance. It is for the first time the examination held on line. The examinees were much afraid of the newly introduced pattern, but it is learnt that more than 150 odds young, energetic TTAs appeared in the examination. The BSNLEU WB Circle wishes all success for these TTAs in the coming days.
UPDATED ON 24-05-2016 AT 1120 HRS.
Com Moni Bose commemorated with due love & respect: The KGBose Smriti Bhawan Trust and BSNL Coordination Committee yesterday organized the commemoration of Com Moni Bose, who left us in the year 2010. Com Moni Bose was not only the leader of P & T movement but one of the Founder Member of BSNL Employees Union in this country. The programme was started with garlanding and paying floral tributes to the departed leader. Com Dilip Das, Secy KGB Smriti Bhawan Trust initiated the programme with his speech. Later Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB & VP CHQ, Biplab Das, Secy. BSNLCC, Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS, BSNBLEU WB, Susanta Ghosh, VP AIBDPA, Pijush Chakraborty, ACS AIBDPA WB, Supriya Mitra, Leader AIBDPA CHQ, Sisir Roy, President, BSNLEU CTD spoke on the occasion. In fine Com Jyotsna Bose, wife of Com Moni Bose enriched the house with her valuable speech. Com Adhir Sen presided over the programme. <Click for Photos>
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BSNLEU WB Circular No. 29: <Click>
CHQ Circular after 7th MV: <Click>
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Letter to CGMT WB regarding Non payment of wages to Non Regulars & intro. of ESS portal: 2016\INTIMATION REG DEMO ON 18 5 2016 AGNST ESS.doc
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"Give payment for the Non Regulars and make suitable arrangement for ERP"----slogan raised from the demonstration: The Lunch Hour Demonstration at CGMT Office on 18th May raised 2 issues for immediate settlement. As we are aware that the wages of the Non Regulars (Casual/Contractual/Security Guard/Non listed) are being delayed on several pleas, during last couple of months. At the same time the Authority has issued a Circular in which it is clearly stated that both the HR issues & Payments for the Regular, Non Regular and Pensioners have to settled through ERP (i.e. online). The leaders expressed their resentment regarding these two matters. Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU, Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS BSNLEU and Tapas Kr. Ghosh, CS BSNLCMU WB detailed the issues during their speech in the demonstration. A rally was also organized before the Demonstration Meeting. Com Sapan Chanda and Goutam Das President BSNLEU & ACS BSNLCMU WB Circle presided over the demonstration meeting. Later a delegation of both BSNLEU & BSNLCMU WB Circle met CGMT and handed over a memorandum to him which clearly states the difficulties faced by the employees of all section due to introduction of the new system. The leaders also told the Authority that the matters should be discussed with the Staff Side before its introduction. However the CGM assured the leaders that the payments will be made to the Non Regulars at the earliest and the other issues raised by the staff side will be solved suitably. The GM (HR-Admn) was also present in the meeting. Com Animesh Mitra, CS, Sapan Chanda, President, Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS, Debasish Khan, Tresurer BSNLEU WB and Tapas Kr. Ghosh, CS, Goutam Das ACS BSNLCMU WB Circle were present in the discussion.
Circle Union pays respect to Com . Moni Bose on the eve of 7th death anniversary: The BSNLEU WB Circle pays deep and profound respect to Com. Moni Bose on the eve of the 7th Death Anniversary. Com. Moni Bose was one of those leaders who founded BSNL Employees Union in the year 2011, and gave his guidance and presence almost in all the important programme till he breathed his last. The commemoration of Com Moni Bose will be held on 23rd May 2016 at KG Bose Smriti Bhawan, Kolkata.
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Develop Infrastructure--------Provide sufficient Portal-----Give Training: Comrades, introduction of ERP & ESS have created a massive trouble amongst the employees in WBT Circle. In recent past the Management has taken a decision to make payment against any claim through online process only. They have not created infrastructure at the Grass Root level but announced that the New System will run from 1st May, 2016. As a result the employees are not getting their payment like GPF, Medical etc. in due time even the Casual/Contractual/Security Guard/Non listed workers have not received the wages till date. The Circle Union already met CGMT & GM (Finance) on this subject. A demonstration programme will be held on 18th May, 2016 before the chamber of the CGMT WB on this issue The District Secretaries are requested to organize Demonstration programme at GM/TDM/TDE level on 18/5/2016, they can also organize the programme on next Monday/Tuesday. The Circle Office bearers will meet on 24/5/2016 to finalize the future course of action. We will not allow the whims and unilateral decision of the Authority in this regard. We want proper infrastructure, sufficient portal (ESS) and immediate training for the Gr. 'C' &'D' employees. At the same time we want payment of our claims at the earliest.
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Organize "Demonstration Programme" against introduction of ESS: It is most unfortunate that the Authority, without any discussion with the Staff Side, has introduced ESS from 1st May, 2016. As a result the employees are to submit their Leave, Medical Bills, GPF claims etc through this portal which causes much inconvenience to our employees. The Circle union also observed that the payment of the Non Regular workers are being hampered for using ERP mode. In many places it is reported the Security Guards, workers attached to Electrical Wings, Non Listed Workers have not received their wages till date due to introduction of the new system. Practically there is no infrastructure at the Grass Route level to run the ERP/ESS process. Therefore the Circle union has decided and directs all District Secretaries to organize Demonstration programme before the GM/TDM/TDE throughout the Circle on 18th May, 2016 against the unilateral and rigid decision of the Authority to introduce ESS portal. There will be Demonstration Programme before the chamber of CGMT WBT at Kolkata tomorrow at Lunch hour to register our protest against the decision of the Authority to introduce ESS in WBT Circle without developing proper infrastructure and impartment of Training to the Gr. 'C' & 'D' employees as proposed by the Circle Union several times.
Aggrieved Circle Union met GM (Finance): The Leaders of the BSNLEU WB Circle met GM (Finance) and DGM (Finance) on 16/5/2016 to express their strong resentment over the issues like a) introduction of ESS from 1/5/2016 for any kind of payment to the employees without developing proper infrastructure and impartment of training to the Non Executives (Gr. 'C' & 'D'), b) non payment of wages to the Casual/Contractual/Security Guards etc. within a stipulated time of a month as stated by the CGM. The leaders particularly pointed out the indifferent attitude of the concerned officers at the grass route level at Balurghat, Asansol, Burdwan, Durgapur and in many other places of this Circle where the Non regular workers did not get their wages till date, c) non payment of Welfare grants to the SSAs for which payments like Book Grant, Scholarships (both Technical & Non Technical), Financial Assistance to the Family Members of the Diseased employee are being hampered etc. The GM (Fin) had a patient hearing to the leaders and assured that all possible measures will be taken to solve the issues. She also told that the issues will also be discussed with the GM (HR-Admn). Com Animesh Mitra, CS, Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS, Sujoy Sarkar & Anindya Sarkar both Org. Secy. BSNLEU WB were in the delegation.
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After victory Circle Union met CGMT : After winning the 7th MV with a formidable margin in WB Circle, the Circle Union at once met CGMT to raise and sort out number of issues both pertain to BSNL service as well as the unsettled demands of the employees. Com Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU WB, Sujoy Sarkar, Org. Secy. BSNLEU WB, Amit Khan, CS SNATTA WB and Pradip Mandi, Leader SNATTA WB were in the delegation. The points which were raised in the discussions a) immediate payment of Casual/Contracutal workers, b) special coaching class for the JTO examinee at Salt lake Training Centre, c) allottment of Welfare Funds to the SSA heads so that the Book Grant, Scholarship, Financial Assistance to the disceased Family members etc. d) recalculation of the vacancies for the ensuing JTO examination as the delegates opined that the number should be more than what was published by the Authority can be disbursed in time. The CGM congratulates leaders of the BSNLEU WB Circle for their victory in the 7th MV and assured that the problems will be settled after consultation with the Staff Side.
SSA wise Result of 7th Membership Verification of WB Circle: <Click Here>
All India Result of 7th Membership Verification: <Click Here>
Workers are in deep trouble with the whimsical order of CGMT : It came to the notice of this Circle Union that when we are busy with the 7th MV CGMT, WB Circle has issued an order that from 1st May, 2016 all Claims of staff, Leave, Advances etc will have to be submitted on line through ERP. The administration issued the order when there was no existence of any recognized union. It is clear from the attitude of the administration that they are trying to avoid the recognized Union, specially BSNLEU. They could have wait till 12th may, 2016 till a recognized union emerge in BSNL. It was the commitment of the administration that until and unless there is suitable infrastructure for online submission of all claims and bills the existing process will continue. But the administration whimsically and unilaterally issued such order. Now the workers are going to face great trouble since the administration could develop any suitable infrastructure till date for this purpose. Even the JAOs & AOs are of the same opinion. This Circle Union after getting recognition launched our protest to CGMT and GM(Finance) and demanded to continue the existing process till suitable infrastructure is developed in the circle.
BSNLEU, WB Circle increased their Votes in 7th MV against all odds : No one could stop the rapidly increasing support of the workers, which once again proved in the 7th Membership Verification. This time also the BSNLEU, WB Circle could increase their vote sharing by 3%. This happened when there was threat in various districts by the goons to our employees not to come to cast their votes and even they got life threat. The BSNLEU has won almost in all the Districts. Even in Siliguri we fought back and could make 50/50. It is a great achievement. It is the achievement of the workers. In this scenario everywhere victory celebrations is going on. It is learnt that a good number of District/Branch unions attached to BSNLEU WB Circle have already conveyed their congratulation & gratitude to the employees. The Dist/Br. Secretaries who could not organize "Victory Celebrations" are requested to take all out preparation to congratulate the workers and organize victory celebration.
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Result of the 7th Membership Verification of BSNLEU WB Circle: <Click>
Comrades, "Red Salute": The BSNLEU WB Circle conveys "Laal Selam" to all the employees who have voted for BSNL Employees Union in the 7th Membership Verification held on 10th May, 2016. It is very significant that in spite of the decrease in the number of voters the Circle Union has able to increase 3% vote in this 7th MV in comparison to 6th MV held in the year 2013. It has got nearly 70% vote this time amidst of many miscreants throughout the State. The hills of Sikkim and Darjeeling had played special role in this verification also like they did in early verifications in favour of BSNLEU. District Secretaries are requested to hold meetings, rally etc in each & every work spot to convey our heartfelt thanks to the employees. Comrades, the employees have shown profound reliance on BSNLEU, we have to honour it. We have lot of work in the coming days like betterment of BSNL service in the state as well as to achieve our pending demands, so unite, fight the result will definitely goes in favour of the struggling workers.
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Overwhelming Support for BSNLEU in WB Circle : BSNL workers in West Bengal Telecom Circle have given a overwhelming support to BSNLEU in the 7th Membership Verification, held on 10th May, 2016. Before the 7th MV the workers in every corner of West Bengal was determined to make BSNLEU in WB Circle the No. one Union, have kept their commitment. Circle Union heartily congratulate all the workers for this huge support. Red Salute to you all.
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Circle Union thankful to our Employees: The BSNLEU WB Circle conveys heartfelt thanks to each & every employees attached to this Circle who came to various Polling stations from Sikkim to Purulia and casted their votes in spite of many odds. It is reported that altogether the Polling percentage is more than 96% in WB Circle. It is also heard that in few places the voters got threat not to go to the Polling booths on 10th may for 7th MV, but courageous attitude of the employees did not surrendered themselves to these miscreants and voted in numbers. Comrades keep yourself cool and calm, think how can we will be able to give good BSNL service in the Circle and settle our pending demands in the coming days. <Click for %of Polling>
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Enthusiastic campaign meetings at Hills, Dooars & Terai: There were huge gathering of the employees in all the places like Gangtok, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri, Siliguri, Alipurduar where the campaign meeting took place on 4th, 5th and 6th April, 2016. Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB was the main speaker at Siliguri, Gangtok and Kalimpong along with Com Mani Chhetri, VP BSNLEU, Tek Pradhan, Dist. Secy. Gangtok Badal Ghosh. DS Siliguri. Massive gathering assured the leaders that the situation will change particularly at Siliguri this time and Gangtok will support BSNLEU fully like the previous occasions. At Alipurduar Com Amitava Chattopadhyay got the assurance of the employees that BSNLEU will win and at Jalpaiguri where both Com Animesh Mitra, CS, Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS BSNLEU were the speakers, got the assurance of the employees of the Jalpaiguri District that they will make BSNLEU the leader once again with more that 50% votes. Com SC Roy, Dist Secy, Jalpaiguri Abhisek Rana, leader SNATTA and other leaders of BSNLCMU and AIBDPA also spoke in the meetings. <Click>
Durgapur & Suri District assured massive Poll in favour of BSNLEU: Massive gathering took oath both at Durgapur & Suri on 7th April, 2016 that they will poll in favour of BSNLEU in such a manner so that it will come as the "Sole Recognised Representative Union in the ensuing 7th MV. The two District Unions of Durgapur & Suri were held on 7th April, 2016 at "Satyapriya Bhawan" Suri (where joint meeting of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU was held) and at DGM Office, City Centre, Durgapur. Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, Assistant Circle Secretary, BSNLEU WB Circle was the main speaker in both the meetings. Com Chattopadhyay told the massive gathering that only BSNLEU can save BSNL & it's employees from the attack of the Central Government at the same time BSNLEU will protect the interest of the Regular, non regular & Pensioner's interest in the coming days. He told the gathering that under the captaincy of BSNLEU we will fight to get our Wage revision in 2017, New Promotion Policy, settlement of the problems arose due to wage revision and NEPP in the last occasion like Stagnation etc. BSNLEU will also get Bonus and other Benefits for the employees in the coming days. He also told that we must have to make BSNL a Profitable company in the near future by giving smooth service to our customers as well as to expansion of Connections. Com Nandadulal Mitra, Sunil Garai both Dist Secys of Suri and Durgapur spoke on the occasion and Com Bidyut Roy, Treasurer, SNATTA, spoke in both the meetings. The leaders of both BSNLCMU and AIBDPA were present in the meetings. Good number of TTAs were also present in the meetings. Com Dhananjoy Ganguly, Leader AIBDPA Durga;pur, Madan Mohan Ghosh, Leader AIBDPA Suri spoke to the gathering also. <Click>
Very inspiring meeting held at four District to end the Campaign Programme at Kolkata : Four District Unions, CGMT Office, ETR, CTO/TCO/GM Kolkata/GM (Tech) and ETP hold very inspiring meeting to end the campaign programme for the 7th MV. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU was the main speaker. Everywhere a good number of workers assembled to hear their beloved leader Com. Animesh and take note of the last hour task. In CGMT Office and in CTO Building a huge rally was organised where workers shouted slogans to make BSNLEU the sole recognized union in BSNL. In each of the District meeting District Secretaries were present. In CTO Building TCO, GM Kolkata District and CTO, Kolkata Branch Union organised the meeting where Com Swapan Chanda presided over the meeting. Later a "Slide Show" was shown about various programmes of BSNLEU, WB Circle held from time to time.
******District Secretaries to note carefully*****: The 7th Membership Verification for the Non Executives of BSNL is going to be held on 10th May, 2016 throughout India. The Polling will continue from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. (except in few places in the Hills where the polling will finish at 4 P. M.). Ensure that each & every member will come in the Booth and vote early. District Secretaries are once again requested to note that the voters should carry I/Card, if there is any problem bring immediately to the notice of the Head of the Office and arrange to issue Temporary I/Card as per the Directives of the Corporate Office, New Delhi. Keep in mind the whole Polling process should be guided as per the direction of the Corporate Office. We will not allow anything other than the directions send by the Corporate Office New Delhi. So far the preparation of "Camp Office" is concerned, we will not go anywhere outside our Office premises. We will do our jobs and help the voters as we had done in the early verifications. Ensure peaceful vote everywhere, we will cooperate the Authority as per the stipulated norms stated by the Corporate office New Delhi regarding the 7th MV.*******
BSNLEU's stronghold Asansol District had splendid gathering: On 3rd may 2016 four meetings were held in Asansol Division on 7th membership verification to be held on 10th may 2016. Circle Secretary com. Animesh Mitra addressed the gatherings in all the four meetings held at Raniganj, Kumarpur, DGM Office and Asansol Telephone Exchange. Members participated with all enthusiasm and in big numbers in all the meetings. Com. Mitra in his speech elaborated the issues which have been settled in previous years by BSNLEU and which are to be settled after the 7th MV. He stated that the main issues before us to make the services more customer friendly and easily accessible to the customers. Further he also mentioned that the wages revision which will be due on 01-01-2017 to be settled with confidence as the management will try to delay the same. All the meetings were overcrowded. Branch secretaries, Branch & Divisional office bearers and the members as well took the pivotal role to make the meetings a good success. Dist/Secy. Subrata Misra and Asstt. Dist. Secy. Ramadhar Singh accompanied the Circle Secretary throughout the day. <Click> .
Raiganj Dist promises to make BSNLEU the "Sole Recognised Union" in the 7th MV: The membership verification meeting was held on 5thMay 2016 at 2 pm at Raiganj Telephone Exchange. Com Ananda Garai, District President presided over the meeting. The meeting was initiated by Com Amardeep Kundu, Branch Secretary Raiganj Branch. District Secretary Com Swarup Jyoti Roy stated the present problems and duties and responsibilities of the employees in the coming membership verification. Com Sandip Ghosh, District Secretary BSNLCMU, in his speech assured that the Casual and Contract employees will assist in all respect in the 7th verification. Com Asis Das, Asstt Circle Secretary told the members that it is BSNLEU who can save the BSNL from the coming danger. He critically discussed the agitative role of the Union to save BSNL as well as the interest of the workers. He appealed to all the employees of Raiganj SSA, irrespective of the union to elect the BSNL Employees Union as the sole Recognised Representative Union in the coming verification. A large number of direct recruit TTAs were also present in this meeting. <Click> .
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Pictures of Campaign Programme at Malda, 7th MV <<Click>>
Picture of Campaign Programme at Jalpaiguri <<Click>>
Campaign Programme at Hill Area is in Full Swing : Circle Secretary, Com. Animesh Mitra along with other Circle Office Bearers Com. Teck Prasad and Com. M.K. Chettri are in the tour programme in connection with 7th MV at the hill area. On 4th morning the programme started at Gangtok. It was a houseful meeting of 100 members. Com. Ramesh Raya presided over the meeting. At the outset Com. Teck Prasad narrated the present situation and the role of BSNLEU. Really we are proud of Gangtok staff who have confirmed that 99 percent vote will go in favour of BSNLEU. Com. M.K. Chettri, Com. Yadav and Com. Animesh Mitra were other speakers.
Some Important Instruction to District Secretaries in connection with 7th MV : Dear comrade a list of District Secretaries of BSNLEU, WB Circle along with their telephone number was given to the Circle Authority vide our letter no. BSNLEU/WB/7th MV/2016 dated 10.03.2016 and accordingly administration has published the same vide letter no. WLF/TC/7th MV/2016-17 dated 16th March, 2016. These District Secretaries are SSA level representative of BSNLEU, WB Circle in connection with 7th MV of their district. They are requested to obtain Gate Pass/Identity Card from the administration in this regard without fail. << View letters>>
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Campaign Programme is going on in North Bengal in full swing : As per schedule the meeting at Asansol, Raniganj, Kalna Katwa, CTTC and ETP completed. Circle office bearers Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay and Com. Asis Das including Circle Secretary Com. Animesh Mitra are in a hurricane tour at North Bengal. Circle Office bearer Com. R.I Khandokar, Com. M.K. Chettri and Teck Prasad will join them.
Some Important Notes to our Organizers : Dear comrade Circle office bearer meeting held on 2nd May, 2016 at CTO union office under the presidentship of Com. Swapan Chanda. 7th Membership Verification campaign programme was reviewed and it was appreciated that the organisers of Branch and District Union are doing the campaign programme very effectively. But be serious on the following points - 1. Collect the corrected Voter List from ARO. Make a full study on the guide line including the points of Dos and Don'ts. 2. Identity card is important. Collect gate pass for the polling agents. 3. The following meetings are to be completed by 8th May, 2016. a) Asansol, Raniganj b) CTTC Saltlake, ETP-Ultadanga on 3rd May. b) 4th Malda c)5th Raiganj d) Siliguri e) 5th Alipuduar f) 5th Gangtok g) 5th Kalimpong h) 6th Jalpaiguri.
Development in Siliguri hampered due to Port & Module problem : It is reported that about 27 NTC for Broadband connection kept pending in Darjeeling due to problem of Port. Another problem has been cropped up related to Power Module, which have created a problem in development and maintenance scenario in our circle. Circle Union received so many complains from Darjeeling, Kurseong and Siliguri. Com. M.K. Chettri, Vice-president, Circle Union and Com. Badal Ghosh, Dist., Secretary, BSNLEU, Siliguri had discussed the matter with GM and DGM who have shifted the responsibility to the circle authority. The entire scenario is in the notice of the Circle Union. Circle Secretary discussed the issue with GM (HR) and GM (Mktg) in last week and again on 30th April, 2016 with GM (Trans -Mobile). All of them assured that action will be taken within a short period. Circle Union will meet CGMT very soon in this issue.
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Office Exchanges are Getting Decorated by BSNLEU Workers : Offices and exchanges of WBTC are being decorated by colourful posters, flex, flag festoons etc by the workers of BSNLEU on eve of 7th Membership Verification. TCO comrades are not lagging behind, especially the lady comrades. The 7th MV is an festival for them.<<Photos>>
MAY DAY Observed by ETR Dist Union :May Day was observed at Telephone Bhavan, ETR Division Union room. The Red flag was hoisted by the president com Sunil Nayak. The leaders pay their homage to the martyrs with flowers. One minutes silence was observed. Com Biplab Das, delivered a valuable speech in front of the members. Divisional Working Committee was also held on 1st May, at 12 pm. <<Photos>>
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Mammoth Gathering held at the meeting of Com. P. Abhimanyu at Kolkata: A mammoth gathering held in connection with the 7th MV at the gate of Kolkata Telepones, Kolkata. The meeting was jointly held by four circle unions of BSNLEU in West Bengal and SNATTA. Com. Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer (CHQ), BSNLEU & CS, Kolkata Telephones presided over the meeting. Com. Animesh Mitra, Vice-president BSNLEU(CHQ) & CS, WB Circle, Com. Anup Mukhejee, GS, SNATTA and Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU (CHQ) addressed the huge gathering. All the speakers narrated briefly about the necessity to make BSNLEU the only recognized union in BSNL by achieving more than 50% of the workers support. Com. Animesh Mitra said in his speech in the coming days the force of youth of SNATTA and experience of BSNLEU will emerge as mighty force to save guard the interest of the workers and at the same time to save BSNL from the onslaught of the Central Govt. Com. Abhvimanyu spoke in detail about the past as how NFTE(BSNL) betrayed with the workers. He spoke about tae task ahead of us and to settle the issues which need immediate solution. Com. Anup Mukherjee opined that in the coming days both BSNLEU and SNATTA jointly could fight against the odds and could surely save the interest of the staff. << Photos>>
MAY DAY Observed in the Circle Union Office : May Day programme was observed in the office of BSNLEU Circle Union at 249D BB Ganguly Street like previous year with full respect. In morning at 11AM Red Flag of our Union was hoisted in the union office by Circle President Com. Swapan Kumar Chand. Martyrs Column was garlanded by flowers to pay homage to the martyrs by Com. Swapan Chanda, President, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt Circle Secy., Com. Biplab Das, Vice-President, Com. Asis Das, Asstt. Circle Secy., Com. Prabir Chatterjee, Vice-President, Com. Debashis Khan, Treasurer, Com. Tarak Kundu, Asstt Circle Secy., BSNLCMU, WB and Com. Haru Bhanja, Leader CGMT Office Dist Union. Later Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt Circle Secretary briefly spoke about the relevancy in observance of May Day in the present situation, particularly when Assembly election is going on in West Bengal and in the forth coming membership verification in BSNL. He said it is the day for the working class to take oath to fight against the capitalism and maintain communal harmony as it is being attacked by the present BJP lead Govt. in the Central. <<Click>>
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An Enthusiastic Meeting Held At Haldia : A meeting of BSNLEU, was held on 28th April, 2016 at Haldia Telephone Exchange under the presidentship of Com D P Choudhury and Com Bimal Bera. The speakers were Com Tapas Adak, Branch Secretary, Com Swapan Daw, Branch Secretary BSNLCMU, Com Samar Adhiary SNATTA, Com Pankaj Jana, District Secretary Kharagpur, Com Tarak Kundu Asstt Circle Secretary BSNLCMU WB ,Com. Sushanta Ghosh Circle secretary AIBDPA, Com Sanjib Devnath, District Secretary BSNLCMU and main speaker was Com. Asis Das, Asstt Circle Secretary BSNLEU WB circle. Asis Das in his speech elaborately discussed the present position of BSNL and told that it is the duty and responsibility of our Union, BSNLEU to save BSNl and we are doing it. He appealed to the workers to cast their vote in favour of BSNLEU for a better pay revision in the coming year and also for a new promotion policy. He urges the workers to play a vital role in the coming election as a citizen of India. << Click For Pictures>>
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Campaign programme at Asansol Dist. is going on at high pace: The BSNLEU Asansol District is conducting campaign programme for the 7th Membership Verification with utmost sincerity and ability. After organizing the meeting of the leaders at District Level they are going to every unit attached to the 3 Branches of the District e.g. Asansol East, West and Raniganj. Yesterday the leaders have visited Raniganj Telephone Exchange. Today meetings were conducted at Bahula, Andal, Kajora & Bogra Exchanges. The leaders have decided to visit Chittaranjan and Rupnarayanpur tomorrow. Com Subrata Mishra, DS, Ramadhar Singh ADS, Sutapa Roy, ADS along with other leaders of District/Branch of Asansol are trying to reachevery employee, defeating the temperature of 45-46 Degrees. The leaders are also campaigning for the meeting of Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB which will be held on 3rd May, 2016 at Asansol. It is clear from the movement of the leaders and the attendance of the employees in all the places that nothing can prevent BSNLEU to be the "Sole Recognised Union" in the ensuing 7th MV.
CHQ Poster on 7th MV: <Click>
CGMT Office Dist. conducted Rally: The BSNLEU CGMT Office District has organised a huge rally today at Circle Office Kolkata in connection with 7th Membership Verification. The rally also raised slogan to attend the meeting of Com P.Abhimanyu, GS BSNLEU which will be held on 2nd May, 2016 at "Telephone Bhawan", Kolkata. A good number of employees took part in the rally . Later Com Jhumur Bandyopadhyay, Leader, BSNLEU CGMT Off. Dist. spoke few words on 7th MV and also requested the employees to attend the meeting of Com Avi. <Click>
Photos of the 7th MV campaign programme at different places of WB Circle: <Click>
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Suri SSA will show their strength in 7th MV: It was one of the hottest day of the month on 23rd April, the mercury reaches almost 45 degrees, but the employees of Rampurhat were all serious to attend the meeting of BSNLEU at the Railway Institute Rampurhat. Because the members of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU & AIBDPA have decided to make BSNLEU the "Sole Recognised Representative Union" in the 7th MV. The meeting started at 1 PM. Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS BSNLEU WB was the main speaker. Com Chattopadhyay detailed the necessity to make BSNLEU No. 1 Union again with more than 50% votes to Save BSNL, to protect the interest of the employees and also to protect Pension of the BSNL workers in the coming days which are being attacked by the Central Government policies. Com Nandadulal Mitra, DS Suri , Debdas Chakraborty, Leader AIBDPA, Santosh Goswami, ACS BSNLCMU WB also spoke on the occasion. Com Tinku Biswas, presided over the convention. The leaders announced that there will be conventions at Bolpur & Suri also on 30th April and 7th May , 2016 respectively. <Click>