B.S.N.L. EMPLOYEES UNION
WEST BENGAL TELECOM CIRCLE
249D, B.B. Ganguly Street, Kolkata-12
Date January 08, 2014:- BSNL Crisis not due to wage increase but due to less Revenue-----VAN Namboodiri
Date October 20, 2014:- BSNL is most Trustworthy in Crisis--------- BSNL Tele Services
Date June 03, 2015:- Good news for BSNL Subscribers----Report from Business Today
Date July 23, 2016:- BSNL Bounces back to Post Profits--More to be done-------VAN Namboodiri
Date October 19, 2016:- BSNL offers to prepare cheaper than Jio-----Economic Times
UPDATED ON 07-12-2016 AT 1930 HRS.
Demonetisation affects seriously the Development work in WBTC : As per the decision of the Central Government of demonetisation has affected seriously the development work in WBTC. The salary of the workers could not be paid for more than three months. CGMT is sitting idle and taking an indifferent attitude towards these workers. Circle Union has demanded immediately to arrange for payment of salary. Even the day to day maintenance work in WBTC came to a stand still. Since only two thousand rupees from the ATM counter per day is too meager for day to day maintenance. The field level officers has taken them off from the maintenance work. Circle Union has taken up the case with CGMT as well as GM (Finance) and expressed resentment in this regard and demanded to restore for normal maintenance work immediately.
UPDATED ON 06-12-2016 AT 1945 HRS.
CGMT WB Circle was served a Memorandum by the three Circle Unions after an effective demonstration programme : Today, as decided earlier, a memorandum in regard to HR issues of regular employees, wage, EPF/ESI, gratuity etc of the casual/contractual workers and security guards and delay in payment of arrear of 78.2% IDA merger, pension etc for the pensioners and above all poor development in WBTC was handed over to CGMT. The programme was organised by the three Circle unions, BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA. A good number of BSNL workers in and around Kolkata assembled in CGMT office and a rally went round the circle office shouting slogans. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary spoke before the gathering. He appealed to the workers to make the All India strike on 15th December, 2016 against the Govt. decision of formation of separate Tower Company a grand success. He explained briefly about the indifferent attitude of the management in resolving the HR issues of all categories of employees including pensioners. He also appealed to the workers present to stand against any type of threat. Thereafter, a delegation led by Circle Secretary met CGMT and handed over a memorandum and expressed their resentment in various issues. This programme was held today through out West Bengal Telecom Circle and memorandum was handed over to GM/TDM/TDEs. <Click>
All India Strike on 15/12/2016---Be serious on the issue: It is already decided by the Unions & Associations of BSNL that there will One Day All India Strike on 15th December, 2016 against the decision of the Centl. Govt. to form a Subsidiary Tower Company. The District & Branch secretaries are therefore requested to organise programme so that the decision may reach to every employee in every BSNL Office/Exchange. The Dist/Br Secys are also requested to contact with other Unions/Associations to make the campaign programme and strike a grand success. The Circle Union today started the campaign from CGMT Office where Com Animesh Mitra spoke on the issue. The leaders in the districts are also requested to display the poster in support of Strike.
UPDATED ON 5-12-2016 AT 2010 HRS.
BUSY SATURDAY : It was a busy Saturday for BSNL Employees Union , West Bengal Circle. District Conference, Gathering at District Level & General Body meetings were held through out West Bengal. Dist. Conference was held at Kharagpur. Com. Susanta Ghosh, Veteran leader inaugurated the conference. Com. Shyamapada Gord, Vice-president, BSNLEU WB circle attended the meeting on behalf of circle union. A good number of members attended the conference.
There was District level gathering at Malda and Raiganj, where Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary attended both the meetings. Here too a very good number of workers attended the meeting. Circle Secretary narrated briefly about the present situation, development scenario of WBTC, Wage revision, wage of the non regular workers, HR issues of the employees, ensuing circle conference etc. and our immediate task.
At Burdwan a General Body meeting was held on Saturday, 3rd December, 2016. Here also very good number of employees attended the meeting. Various issues like development, collection of fund for circle conference, HR issues etc were discussed at length in this meeting. Com. Manik Lal Das, Asstt. Circle Secy. attended the meeting.
There was meeting with DGM (HR) at Training Centre, Salt Lake. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary and Com. Nazes Naouroz, Organising Secretary met with DGM (HR). Wage of the casual, contractual labourers and security guards and non implementation of the decisions of the last meeting with the management were the main points of discussion.
At last the Result of JTO Published : At last the result of the departmental examination for promotion to the post of JTO at last published by the Corporate Office. It is also endorsed by CGMT, WB Circle. It is an end of anxiety of the successful candidates. In the mean time it was perused by Circle Secretary of BSNLEU and SNATTA Com Animesh Mitra and Com. Amit Khan at Circle level, They discussed the issue of non publish of the result with CGMT, WB Circle and expressed their resentment in this regard on 19th of November, 2016. Now the Circle Union is trying to send these candidates for training as early as possible.
UPDATED ON 03-12-2016 AT 1120 HRS.
Circle Union has decided to go to sustained struggle: BSNLEU, BSNLCMU & AIBDPA WB Circle leaders met CGMT on 01st December, 2016 and expressed their strong resentment against the reluctant attitude of the Administration to solve the HR issues of the employees of all categories including Pensioners. The leaders particularly emphasized the issue like non payment of wages to the non regular workers, security guard. The problems of non settlement of medical cases, 78.2% IDA merger payment of the pensioners were also highlighted in the meeting apart from the problems of the regular employees. The leaders told CGM that the authority is neither careful about the service nor settlement of HR issues of the staff. Before the meeting with the CGM the leaders of the 3 Circle Unions discussed the whole situation and decided to go to sustained struggle. The date and detail of the programme will be intimated to the Dist./Br. Secretaries accordingly. The delegation under the leadership of Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU, Tapas Kr. Ghosh, CS BSNLCMU and Susanta Ghosh, CS AIBDPA met the CGMT on 01st December, 2016.
UPDATED ON 01-12-2016 AT 1900 HRS.
Effective joint meeting of BSNLEU & BSNLCMU at Haldia: The BSNLEU & BSNLCMU Haldia Br. have organized a very serious and effective General body meeting at Durgachak Exchange Haldia on 30th November, 2016. The well attended meeting was addressed by Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS, Banani Chattopadhyay, Org. Secy. BSNLEU WB, Tarak Kundu, Asstt. Circle Secy. BSNLCMU WB. The speakers mainly highlighted the present situation of this Circle, unsettled issues of the Regular & Non regular employees of all categories and also of the Pensioners, attack of Central Govt. on BSNL , including formation of new subsidiary Tower Company etc. Com Tapas Adak, Br. Secy,. BSNLEU Haldia Br., Swapan Das BS BSNLCMU Haldia and Sajal Porey, Dist leader BSNLCMU highlighted the issues relates to Haldia as well as Kharagpur Division. Com Bimal Bera (BSNLEU) and Debapriya Chowdhury (AIBDPA) presided over the meeting. <Click>
UPDATED ON 29-11-2016 AT 1915 HRS.
Impressive meeting held at Jalpaiguri & Siliguri: The BSNLEU Jalpaiguri & Siliguri District organised a strong and effective gathering of employees on 23rd November, 2016 where Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB was the main speaker. In both the meetings Com Mitra narrated the attack of Central Govt. on BSNL and it's workers. He also briefed the present scenario of BSNL WBT Circle as well as the reluctant & derogative attitude of the topmost administration. He told regarding the problems of Regular, Non regular (Casual/Contractual) employees and the pensioners. He requested all to fight the situation unitedly. Com S.C. Roy Dist. Secy. Jalpaiguri and Com Badal Ghosh Dist. Secy. Siliguri also spoke on the occasion. The leaders of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU of the 2 districts along with AIBDPA leaders were present in the meeting. <Click>
UPDATED ON 28-11-2016 AT 1700 HRS.
"Com Royda" passed away: Comrade Priyotosh Roy better known as 'Royda' is no more with us. He was 74 years. He breathed his last at 4-30 A.M. today. He started his service life from Hasimara, Jalpaiguri. He disposed of his responsibilities as the Secretary of Asansol Telecom for quite a long time. At present he was the president of BSNLCMU Asansol Dist. His sad demise is a great loss to all of us. BSNLEU WB Circle pays respectful homage to this great leader and extends heartfelt condolence to his family members and comrades.
Brach Conference of Howrah Hooghly ended with a slogan to save BSNL and it's workers: An effective Branch conference of BSNLEU Howrah Hooghly branch one of the largest Branch of West Bengal Circle held on 27 November 2016 at Dankuni, Hooghly. The conscious members of the Branch came to the venue within 9-30 A.M. The Red flag of the Union was hoisted by the president of the Branch Com Tarun Saha at 10.00 A. M. After garlanding the Martyrs the conference was inaugurated by Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU WB Circle. Com Chattopadhyay in his speech appraised the conference regarding the attack of the Central Govt. on BSNL and the duties /responsibilities of the BSNL employees. He also highlighted the present scenario of this Circle and requested the employees of all sections to get united to fight the odds. Discussion on draft report and accounts took place. Delegates from all units expressed their views in the conference. The house also adopted 10 resolutions. The conference handed over Rs. 10000/- to Com Amitava Chattopadhyay for the ensuing Circle Conference. Being the primary member of the Branch, Com Swapan Chanda, President BSNLEU WB was present in the conference. Leaders like Com Ajit Nandan, Rabin Mitra, S.P. Pandey (AIBDPA), Goutam Das, Tarak Kundu, Sudipta Dhara, Subir Bose (BSNLCMU) were present and addressed the conference in brief. Br. Secretaries/representatives of South, Habra, Bongaon, Basirhat of Kolkata SSA spoke on the occasion. In fine the house unanimously elected Com Tarun Saha, Asish Kr. Gupta & A. N. Roy as President, Branch Secretary and Treasurer respectively for the next term. A presidium consists of Com Tarun Saha, Wajed Ali Sarkar & Balaram Mondal presided over the conference. <Click>
UPDATED ON 26-11-2016 AT 1530 HRS.
Comrade Fiedel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who transformed Cuba into a socialist country and for five decades defied the attack of the Imperialist force to topple him, breathed his last on 25th November, 2016. He was 90. He was an "Icon of Struggle" to the toiling mass. Comrade Castro became a revolutionary hero when he overthrew the corrupt and brutal dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista in 1959. During his lifetime he always stood and raised his voice in favour of the working class. BSNLEU WB Circle pays respectful homage to this great leader.
UPDATED ON 25-11-2016 AT 1830 HRS.
"No Tower Company"--Dharna programme successfully conducted throughout WBT Circle: As per the decision of the Unions & Associations of BSNL Executives/Non executive the Dharna as well as demonstration programMe against the decision of the Central cabinet to form a new "Subsidiary Tower Company",was effectively organised almost everywhere in WBT Circle. In Kolkata the programme was held before the chambers of CGM WBT, CGM ETR & CGM ETP. Com Animesh Mitra,CS BSNLEU WB, Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS, Asish Das ACS , Madhusudan Saha, Asstt. Treasurer, Nazes Nauroz, Org. Secy. BSNLEU WB spoke in the gathering. At CGMT Office WB, during the 'Dharna', a demonstration meeting was held with a rally. Com Animesh Mitra initiated the demonstration meeting and the Forum leaders like Com. P. S. Das (SEWA), Aniruddha Basu (AIBSNLEA), M. R. Das (SNEA), Amitava Chattopadhyay (BSNLEU) narrated their views and opposed the decision of the Govt. vehemently. Com Swapan Bose (AIBSNLEA) presided the demonstration meeting. <Click>.
Agitated Non Regular workers marched to CE (Elect) office in big number: The Contractual workers throughout the Circle are not getting their monthly wages in regular manner. Moreover, the workers are not getting their I/Cards, facilities like EPF/ESI & other social securities in spite of specific rules from the labour department. More than hundred of Casual/Contractual workers have gathered to get their legitimate demands including wages in a definite date of every month. Com Animesh Mitra, SG BSNLCCWF, Tapas Ghosh, Working President BSNLCCWF, Akhilesh Banerjee, VP BSNLCCWF, Nazes Nauroz, Org. Secy, BSNLEU WB lead the demonstration. Later a delegation under the leadership of Com Animesh Mitra met CE (Elec.) and demanded immediate settlement of the problems. The authority assured the leaders that the demands will be looked in to seriously. The gathering of the Casual/Contractual workers was addressed by Com Animesh Mitra, Tapas Ghosh, Akhilesh Banerjee, Tarak Kundu, ACS, Santosh Goswami ACS BSNLCMU WB. Com. Nazes Nauroz presided over the demonstration. <Click>
UPDATED ON 23-11-2016 AT 1510 HRS.
Circle Union demands Salary of November in cash: Due to demonetisation of Rs. 500/- & 1000/- notes like other citizens of India the BSNL Employees are also facing immense trouble to get/change money from Banks/ATMs. Therefore Com. Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB Circle met GM (Finance) on 21st November, 2016 and demanded payment of Salary for the month of November, 2016 in cash for the employees of this Circle. He told that the Central Govt. has already taken decision to give the employees a certain amount of Salary in cash in the month of November. The Authority assured that necessary steps will be taken to mitigate the problem subject to the fact that Bank will be able to provide cash.
Relentless effort of the Circle Union results settlement of Good number of Compassionate Ground Appointment cases: At least 30 cases of Compassionate ground appointment of the various SSAs of WBT Circle are being settled due to sustained effort of the Circle Union. This is just the beginning. During last 5years or more there was not a single case of CGA settled in our Circle. Lots of cases are still awaiting for settlement. It is most unbecoming and unfortunate on the part of the Circle Authority that they could not settle the most sensitive and burning problem like CGA in our Circle since a long period. Leaders of BSNLEU relentlessly persuaded the cases since last couple of years and at last compelled the Administration to settle the CGA cases. More cases are yet to be settled for which Circle Union already told the management for settlement of the cases at the earliest.
UPDATED ON 22-11-2016 AT 1430 HRS.
Reluctant Circle Administration failed to publish JTO Result--anxiety cropped up amongst the Candidates: Though the result of the JTO examination has already been published by the Corporate Office 20 days back, our Circle Authority could not publish the same till date. A strong resentment is prevailing among the candidates who are eagerly and anxiously waiting to attend the Training class. Most of the circles have already conveyed their requisition to Jabbalpur training Centre while our Circle Administration failed to publish the result officially. With this anxiety and resentment the Circle leaders of BSNLEU & SNATTA met the CGM on 19th November, 2016 and discussed the issue in details. The CGM assured the leaders that the case will be looked in to with all seriousness. Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB, Amit Khan, CS SNATTA WB , Mintu Debnath, ACS BSNLEU WB, Pradip Mardi, ACS SNATTA WB were present in the delegation.
UPDATED ON 21-11-2016 AT 1610 HRS.
Unions & Associations of Executives/Non Executives met CGM: The unions & associations of the executives/ non executives of BSNL met CGM today to discuss regarding the Development issues of this Circle and also expressed their unhappiness regarding non settlement of HR issues of the employees of this Circle. The GM (HR-Admn), GM (Finance), AGM (HR-Admn) were present on the occasion. At the outset Comrade Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB reacted sharply on the issue told CGM that in spite of fullest cooperation and support the administration failed to express their views regarding development of this circle to the unions & associations. He demanded that CGM should conduct meeting with the recognised unions & associations in a regular manner. He also requested the authority to conduct the meeting of Welfare board and form the Sports board at the earliest. After the deliberation of Com Mitra, Com. Tapas Ghosh, Bijoy Bhattacharya also expressed their views. The administration assured that they will convene development meeting in regular manner and the other issues raised by the leaders will also be looked into. Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, (BSNLEU), Tapas Ghosh & Debashis Sensharma (SNEA), Bijoy Bhattacharya & Aniruddha Basu (AIBSNLEA), Arvind Kumar (AIGETOA) were present in the meeting.
Celebration of 100 year of great "November Revolution"---overwhelming attendance of employees at CTO Kolkata: At the call of the Circle Union more than 300 employees (both Regular & Casual/Contractual) have attended the Seminar on 19th November, 2016 at CTO TI Hall Kolkata on the occasion of 100 year Celebration of "November Revolution". The Chief speaker of the Seminar was Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB Circle and SG BSNLCCWF. Com Mitra in his speech told that we have to learn from the "Great November Revolution" how the united strength of working class can defeat the oppression of the imperialist force. He told that it is the "Red Flag" who will fight for the oppressed. In BSNL also our demands can only be fulfilled under the leadership of "Red Flag". Therefore it is very necessary to know the struggle of those "Ten Days which shook the World". Com Swapan Chanda presided on the occasion. <Click>
Jr. Accountant & Sr. Accountant issue---Circle Union once again took up the case at CHQ: There are 2 cadres of Accounts still persist in BSNL -i) Junior Accountant another ii) Senior Accountant. The total number of employees of these 2 cadres are not more than two digit in WBT Circle. In the past the CHQ pursued the case at Corporate Office. Though the two sections have enough justified grounds to establish their legitimate demands but till date the problems of Jr. Accountants and Senior Accountants have not been solved.. Therefore the Circle Union is anxious over the matter and once again issued a letter to CHQ with the request to take up the case at the appropriate level so that the issues are being settled early. <Click here>
UPDATED ON 18-11-2016 AT 1845 HRS.
Authority is busy with "Swachh Avijaan" when service is almost dilapidated!!! It is learnt that the BSNL WB Circle has organised "Swach Avijan" at Gangasagar, South 24 Parganas on 15th November, 2016. The CGM WBT lead the whole process. We appreciate the gesture. At the same time we like to state that if the authority would be little bit careful about the service of BSNL in that region than some revenue would come to the Circle. It is learnt that the exchange of 'Bakkhali' (a renowned Tourist spot) is closed for quite some time. The 'Chimagudi' exchange has only 1 functional Landline. Even the 'Gangasagar' exchange is closed for more than 10-12 days. The exchanges of South 24 Parganas are running for 15 days in a month due to severe scarcity of exchange 'Cards'. 'Kakdwip' exchange practically breathing its last. It is unfortunate that we are unable to provide service to people living in the remote place of 'Gangasagar', where as we are committed to provide Tele service to the people.
Gratuity issue of Casual/Contratual Workers will be tabled again in the BSNL Board Meeting: Gratuity for the Casual and Contractual Workers will be placed again in the next BSNL Board meeting. On 17th November, 2017 Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President, Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Working President BSNLCCWF met with Director (HR) and GM (Estt.), and it is learnt that the management has estimated approximate financial implication for the Gratuity for the Casual Workers only. The leadership reacted immediately and submits the Government order to Director (HR) wherein it is stated that as per the Gratuity Act, there is no difference among the Regular Staff, Casual Workers and Contractual Workers. It is also reported that in the last board meeting held on 05-05-2016 it was decided that the complete financial implications of the proposal may be worked out as that a few circles has submitted the estimated amount for Gratuity payment. However, it was assured by the management that they will try to get the approval of 'Gratuity' from the next BSNL Board Meeting though there is a strong objection from the DoT representative on this issue.
UPDATED ON 16-11-2016 AT 1815 HRS.
4G Service in BSNL-----------Is it a Masterstroke??? It has come in the Newspaper that CMD BSNL has proposed to the Govt. to allot 700 mhz for the PSU BSNL. He has suggested to allot 5mhz block for BSNL so that the Company can launch 4G Service in 2017. He has also expressed his views that the Government can allot this unsold Spectrum to the State Owned Company on free of cost or Government can increase the equity share in the Company Is it the Masterstroke? We are hopeful that BSNL will start the 4G Service in the New year of 2017. <Click here>
UPDATED ON 15-11-2016 AT 2005 HRS.
Eminent leader and Ex MP Comrade Dipen Ghosh passed away: BSNLEU WB Circle is extremely shocked and saddened to inform that Comrade Dipen Ghosh, veteran leader of Trade Union & Central Government Employees and former Member of Parliament, passed away on 13th October, 2017 at 9.00 A.M. He was 85. He was suffering for some time. BSNLEU WB Circle expresses heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members, comrades and friends.
Berhampore District Union organised massive gathering at TDM Office: The BSNLEU Berhampore District alongwith BSNLCMU & AIBDPA Berhampore has organised a massive gathering & demonstration at TDM Office Berhampore on 9th November, 2017. The Demonstration started with slogans. Later the gathering was addressed by Com Sekhar Sarkar, District Secretary, Laltu Roy, District Secretary BSNLCMU, Com Avijit Sen , District Secretary AIBDPA Berhampore spoke on the occasion with other leaders. Com. Madhusudan Saha, Asstt. Treasurer, BSNLEU WB was present in the demonstration programme and narrated the present situation of BSNL and the demands of the employees in the meeting. Com Saha told that only united fight can change the scenario. Com Mamata Sarkar, presided over the demonstration programme. Later a delegation met the TDM and handed over a Memorandum. The TDM gave a patient hearing to the leaders and assured that the cases will be looked into. <Click for Photos>
UPDATED ON 11-11-2016 AT 1920 HRS.
Effective meeting held at Suri : A mass gathering at the call of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA District Unions held at Suri. As per the decision taken in the meeting of the three Circle unions, a good number of employees and retired persons were present in the meeting. Com Nazes Nauroz, Organizing Secretary was present in the meeting on behalf of BSNLEU, WB Circle and Com. Biswajit Ghosh on behalf of BSNLCMU WB. Com. Nauroz briefly narrated the present situation in WBTC and our task. He also mentioned about the ensuing Circle Conference of BSNLEU to be held at Kolkata. Com. Nanda Dulal Mitra Dist. Secy. BSNLEU spoke before the gathering. A memorandum was handed over to TDM Sri Rabi Kumar after the meeting. The meeting was presided over by Com. Tinku Biswas and Jayanta Das jointly.
Photos of the Celebration of Centenary of "November Revolution" at Burdwan: <Click>
UPDATED ON 10-11-2016 AT 2040 HRS.
Circle Union writes letter to GM (HR/Admin) regarding correction in PO letter : Circle Secretary Com. Animesh Mitra, met GM(HR/Admin) regarding correction of PO letter of the ETR comrades. He also discussed the issue with AGM(HR/Admin) and also Addl. GM. he briefly narated the necessity of correction of the PO letters. In this regard a letter was also written to GM(HR/Admin).
Circle Union writes for immediate payment of PLI to Retied employees, Family of the deceased and Casual labourers.<view letter>
Appreciable move by ETR District---- donates a lump for Circle Conference: The ETR District Union yesterday handed over Rs. 25,000/- for the ensuing 7th Circle Conference. It is a significant effort on the part of ETR comrades that they have donated generously to make the 7th Circle Conference a grand success. Red salute to ETR comrades.
100 years of Great November Revolution celebrated with Honour & Dignity at Telephone Bhavan and Terity Bazar Branch,ETR: The November Revolution programme was observed at Telephone Bhavan Branch under ETR Division. The Red Flag was hoisted by President Com Nilay Das. The Martyrs Column was garlanded Com Animesh Mitra, Asis Das, Swapan Dey, Biplab Das and Rupa Dhar. Com Mitra in his speech elaborated the significance of this programme in this day. He told that the November Revolution had a great impact on the different countries at that time. We have to educate the members about the socialism--our ultimate goal. We have to review the theory and its implementation part critically. He appeal to the members to present in the programme on 19th November at CTO hall, where Com P Abhimanyu, General Secretary is the main speaker. <Click for Photo>.
The November Revolution centenary was observed at Terity Bazar Telephone Kendra on 10th November at 1400 hours. The Red Flag was hoisted by President Com Sunil Kumar Nayak. The Martyrs Column was garlanded by Com Sunil Nayak, Asis Das Divisional Secretary, Com Ashis Kumar Das Branch secretary, Com Ratna Bhattacharjee, Com Monotosh Chakraborty and Com Sukanta Saha District Secretary Bsnlcmu. Com Animesh Mitra Circle Secretary elaborated the history of November Revolution. He told that with the inspiration of November Revolution the labour class united all over the world and the Revolution took place in Cuba, Korea, China and other countries. In other countries labour unity is formed. He told the message of this revolution is very important in the present juncture also. He also stated the internal position of our country and our industry BSNL. In this meeting Asis Das, Divisional Secretary and Branch Secretary Terity Bazar Branch Ashis Das also spoke about the present situation. <Click here>
UPDATED ON 09-11-2016 AT 1345 HRS.
WBTC is running out of stock of 3G SIM------Circle Union intervenes: Circle Union is getting information from number of SSAs that they are not getting 3G SIM. This happened when WBTC has fulfilled the target as given by the Corporate Office New Delhi for the Month of October. There is a great demand amongst the people for BSNL SIM but due to severe scarcity we are not in a position to satisfy our customers at the same we are loosing a great deal of revenue. As a responsible Trade Union BSNLEU can not sit idle. Circle Secretary along with other leaders of the Circle met GM Nodal and Sr. GM CFA on this issue. It is learnt that as the Telecom Factory is unable to supply SIM till March, 2017 the Authority has decided to procure SIMs through Local Vendor. Circle Union is keeping close watch on the issue and hope that SIMs could be supplied early to fulfill the demand.
UPDATED ON 08-11-2016 AT 1940 HRS.
Centenary of November Revolution celebrated with dignity in West Bengal Circle : On 7th November, 2016 the Great November Revolution was celebrated in West Bengal Circle by hoisting of Red flag and conducting meeting. In the CGMT office Red flag was hoisted by Com. Samir Nandy, President CGMT office District. A rally was organized before the meeting. At CTO, Kolkata SSA organized the meeting. The Red Flag of our Union was hoisted by Com. Manik Sarkar, District Secretary. At TCO the Red Flag was hoisted by President, Com Ashutosh Das where Com Amitava Chattopadhyay briefly narrated the significance of "November Revolution. At CGMT Office & CTO Com Animesh Mitra was the main speaker. He spoke in detail about the relevance of observing Centenary of "November Revolution". He told that the call of the Centenary of "November Revolution" is "Equal wage for equal work". He once again requested the Dist/Br. Secretaries to hoist our union flag in 100 Places throughout the Circle on the eve of 100 years of the "Great Revolution". <Click for Photo>
UPDATED ON 07-11-2016 AT 1115 HRS.
Centenary of Great "November Revolution"---Let's recall the history how the Red flag of the Working Class became the National Flag: Comrades, today is the historic day so far the struggle of the working class of the whole world is concerned, today is 7th November. Today is the 100th year of Great "November (October) Revolution". It was the first success 'Revolution' in the world. It was the Revolution from which we came to know that the united working class under the Red Flag can stop exploitation. This year we are observing the 100 years of Great Revolution, it will start on 7th November and will continue for a year. BSNLEU will also observe this programme to educate the working class in our Trade. We believe that "November Revolution" have a message for all of us who are still fighting to reach the goal which was reached by Soviet in 1917 under the leadership of Comrade V.I. Lenin. Let us start the "Centenary Celebration" on 7th November by hosting Red Flag at every working spot. Branch and District secretaries are requested to organise programe with serious effort at the Grass Root level. Centrally it will be observed at CTO TI Hall, Kolkata on 19th November. Comrades we have to propagate the history of the struggle of the working class in the 'Revolution' and narrate the story how the first Socialist Country emerged, how the Red Flag of the Working class became the National Flag of a country with the blood and toil of the great warriors.
UPDATED ON 04-11-2016 AT 1545 HRS.
Let's fly 100 Red Flags in 100 BSNL Office/Exchange on the eve of the 100 year of great "November Revolution": On 7th November, 2016 we are entering the centenary of great November Revolution. BSNLEU, WB Circle has decided to commemorate this day through various activities. On 7th November District and Branch secretaries are to hoist Red Flag of our Union in every offices and exchanges. Thereafter up to 17th November they are to organize meeting, seminar, cultural programme etc to celebrate this auspicious occasion. In recent times in our state as well as in the country the unity of the working class is under attack by the communal and divisive forces. Today the workers of our country including BSNL are facing severe oppression due to Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization. Comrade let us take oath to fight against anti worker policies and maintain communal harmony and peace. It is the need of the hour for the working class.
After prolonged struggle of BSNLEU, Authority published results of JTO/JAO Examination: The administration declared the results of departmental examination of JTO & JAO grade. There was much controversies in holding and declaration of these examinations. However due to sustained intervention of BSNLEU the authority ultimately compelled to declare the results. More than 90% examinees of our Circle have qualified in these examinations. Circle Union conveys heartfelt greetings to all the successful candidates. At the same time we demand that necessary arrangements should be made to impart training to the successful candidates.
Employees of Raiganj did not get Bonus!!! aren't the Authority responsible??? Due to vigorous persuasion of the Circle Union the employees of West Bengal Circle has already got their Bonus for the FY 2014-15 on the eve of "Deepavali Festival". It is very unfortunate that the employees attached to Raiganj SSA did not receive the same till date. It is learnt that Raiganj did not send their requisition to the Circle administration within due time for which the employees had to suffer. It is very clear from this incident how the administration is indifferent & callous to settle the claims of the employees.
UPDATED ON 02-11-2016 AT 1930 HRS.
Bengali Circular No. 36 <Click Here>
UPDATED ON 01-11-2016 AT 1430 HRS.
Festival is in full swing but 3G SIM is not available-----who is responsible??? The Festive season is going on in full swing in West Bengal. It is learnt that the WBT Circle is suffering with non availability of 3G SIM. It will definitely affect the inflow of Revenue. The SIM distribution centre of EZBC Salt lake has already got number of requisitions of 3G SIM (both Normal/Micro) from different SSAs of West Bengal. But they are in a fix because the Telecom Factory can not supply the same at present. We are worried about the situation. Circle Union wants to know whether the top management took any step to cope up with the situation because it will surely decrease the income of this Circle. As the Circle has already lost lot of customers for non availability of 3G SIMS during the Festival when the sell of SIM generally increases.
UPDATED ON 31-10-2016 AT 1715 HRS.
"Equal Pay for Equal Work" - Hon'ble Supreme Court endorsed the demand of the Unions : A historic judgment has been pronounced by the Supreme Court on ‘Equal Pay for Equal Work.” A Bench of Justices said the principle of equal pay for equal work constitutes a clear and unambiguous right vested in every employee, whether engaged on regular or temporary basis. BSNLEU together with CCWF fought for the legitimate claim of the non-regular workers. It is to be reminded that it was one of the main demand of the working class in that strike on 2nd September, 2016. In the past the working class struggled for the justice. At last the justice given by the Supreme Court. BSNL Employees union demands immediate implementation of the verdict.
UPDATED ON 27-10-2016 AT 1900 HRS.
Good response amongst the employees against the formation of Subsidiary Tower Company : Today at the call of Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations a lunch hour demonstration programme was held at CGMT office, Kolkata under banner of Forum, West Bengal Circle. A good number of employees assembled in the protest demonstration programme. A huge rally went round the CGMT office shouting slogans. Com. Bijoy Bhattacharjee of AIBSNLEA, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay of BSNLEU and Com. Pradip Kumar Roy of SNEA deliberated their speech. Com. Chattopadhyay reminded about the danger ahead of us in regard to weakening of BSNL by the policy of the Central Govt. he said that the Govt. is trying to sale out BSNL when it is trying to turn around financially. All speakers in the meeting emphasized on the unity of the workers. Com. Swapan Chanda presided over the demonstration programme. <Click >
UPDATED ON 26-10-2016 AT 1850 HRS.
Photos of the District Conference of BSNLEU Burdwan & QA District: <Click>
UPDATED ON 25-10-2016 AT 1900 HRS.
District Conference of Burdwan District ended successfully : The 6th District Conference of Burdwan District held on 23rd October, 2016 at Baidyapur. The Red flag of our union hoisted by Com. Manik Lal Das, President. The martyrs column was garlanded by Manik Lal Das and by other leaders to pay respect to the martyrs. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle4 Secretary, BSNLEU, WB inaugurated the conference. He in his speech narrated briefly about all the aspect. He particularly pointed out about the role of the Govt. towards BSNL and other PSUs. He also said about the development scenario in WBTC nad role of the CGM. It is only the BSNLEU is in the struggle path and we have achieved 78.2% IDA merger for the pensioners. Dot has declared that the pension liabilities for BSNL will be borne by DOT. These are some significant achievement in this tough time. Com Nazes Nouroz, Org. Secy. also addressed the house. After discussion the annual report which was placed by Com Swapan Mallick, Dist Secy. before the house was accepted unanimously. The Conference was presided by Com. Manik Lal Das. Com. Prabir Das, Com. Surajit Dutta and Com. Satya Narayan Chatterjee were elected unanimously as president, Dist. Secy. and Treasurer respectively.
7th District Conference of QA held with enthusiasm : Only with 12 members the 7th district conference of QA heldon 22nd October, 2016.. The conference was attended by about 60 invites who were earlier leaders of QA. Com. Bijoli Ganguly, President of QA hoisted the Red flag of the union and garlanded the martyrs column to pay respect to the martyrs. Other leaders who were present in the meeting also paid respect to the martyrs. Com. Debashis Khan, Treasurer, BSNLEU, WB inaugurated the conference. He in his speech narrated briefly about present situation of BSNL and particularly in WBTC. He also reminded the task ahead of us. later Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, addressed the house. He in his speech pointed out the the role of the central Govt. towards BSNl and other PSUs and at the same time the present situation in WBTC. Com. Swapan Chanda, President, Com. Nazes Nouroz, Org. Secy., Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Org. Secy., Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt Circle Secy. also addressed the house. Com. Pijush Chakraborty, Asstt. Circle Secy., AIBDPA and Com. Kanaklata Dutta also addressed the house. Com. Uttam Gope, Dist Secy., QA placed the annual report before the house. After discussion the report was accepted unanimously. It was decided in the conference that the existing committee will continue upto next Circle Conference. Com. Bijoli Ganguly presided over the meeting.
Raise your voice against the unprecedented circular of Corporate Office regarding Contractual Workers: Corporate Office, New Delhi has issued a letter on 21/10/2016 in which the CGM's are directed not to hold any negotiation/discussion with any Unions (including the recognized Union) on the problems of Contract Workers. This is nothing but a arbitrary and derogative circular issued by the Corporate Office so far the Trade Union movement in BSNL is concerned. Though the Non Regular workers (Casual/Contractual etc) are the most exploited section still they are devoted to carry on the smooth functioning of the Service almost throughout the Country. On the contrary the BSNL authority is very much reluctant to settle the just demands of these section of workers which falls within the purview of the extant labour laws. When these workers raised their voice to register legitimate claims they have been forcibly thrown away from service. BSNLEU is fighting tooth and nail in favour of the demands or against the exploitation of these section. Therefore we must have to raise our protest against these anti worker thoughts of the Corporate Office. Comrades we have to fight for the justice of these Contractual workers and no unholy force can stop our struggle for the benefit of these exploited workers. BSNLEU was, is & will be always in the forefront in the fight to abolish the plight of the Contractual workers.
UPDATED ON 24-10-2016 AT 1845 HRS.
Pending Medical Bills--- discussion with CGM & GM (Fin): It is observed that a good number of Medical bills of Regular & Pensioners are lying pending in CGM office. Circle Union had a detail discussion with both CGM & GM(Fin) to settle the issue. It is assured by the Authority that for the Regular employees--- i) the medical cases upto March 2016 will be settled by December 2016 and ii) special efforts will be taken to settle the 53 cases of Siliguri at the earliest. Regarding the Pensioners it is expressed by the Administration that i) efforts will be taken to settle the medical cases up to September, 2016 for the pensioners having HRMS No. within November, 2016, ii) instructions will be given through circular to the SSAs to generate Perner No. for the Pensioners who do not have any HRMS No., iii) Dot Cell WB Circle authority will be requested to supply a "Data Base" to the Circle Administration in respect of the Pensioners/Family Pensioners of BSNL so that the Vendor Code for the Pensioners can be generated smoothly.
Circle Union discussed the issues of the Pensioners extensively with the CGMT: During discussion with CGMT on 22nd October, Circle Union had a detail discussion with the CGM regarding i) settlement and payment of 78.2% IDA merger and ii) payment of pending Medical Bills. Circle Union demanded that these two issues should be settled at the earliest. However the Authority told that a Circular has already been issued towards the settlement of the two problems of the pensioners. The administration also took a decision that to generate Perner no. for the pensioners circular will be sent to the SSA heads (which is already uploaded in 'Sancharika') and all possible efforts will be taken to settle the Medical bills.
UPDATED ON 22-10-2016 AT 2000 HRS.
Circle Union Demands for early payment of PLI : Circle Secretary Com. Animesh Mitra along with Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary met with both GM (Finance) and CGMT and discussed the issue of payment of PLI. They demanded for payment of the PLI before Dewali. CGMT told the leaders that requisition for fund for payment of PLI has already been sent to corporate office. It was decided that payment will be made within 2or 3 days. A letter has also been given to CGMT in this regard. <Click Here>
UPDATED ON 21-10-2016 AT 1130 HRS.
Forum expresses serious concern over the present situation of WBT Circle: A meeting of the Forum of BSNL Unions & Associations, West Bengal Circle held today at CTO Union Room of BSNLEU. Representatives of most of the constituent Unions/Associations have attended the Meeting. Convenor of the Forum Com Animesh Mitra expressed strong resentment over the issues like a) poor scenario of Development of BSNL service in the Circle including Marketing, b) reluctant attitude of the topmost authority to change the present condition and also regarding the Lunch Hour Demonstration programme of 27th October against the decision of the Central Govt. to form a Tower Company. The leaders seriously discussed the issues and expressed dissatisfaction regarding the hooliganism of few miscreants within the office premises. It is decided that Forum will meet CGM to discuss regarding development, marketing and settlement of HR issues and also demand congenial atmosphere in the Office/Exchange. The programe of 27th October, 2016 will be observed at CGMT office Kolkata (where the Dist Unions of Kolkata will join) and also in the District Headquarters. Com Swapan Basu leader AIBSNLEA presided over the meeting. Com Aniruddha Bose (AIBSNLEA), S.Awon, Mrinal Das (SNEA), Amit Khan, Pradip Mardi (SNATTA), Amitava Chattopadhyay (BSNLEU), WB Circle were present in the meeting.
Organise "Demand Day" on 25th October, 2016 to get PLI: PLI for the FY 2014-15 has already been announced by the Corporate Office on 7th October, 2016. But till date almost nothing has been learnt regarding the payment of Bonus. After prolonged struggle the employees could able to open the door for Bonus. Last time the Bonus was paid in the year 2009. Therefore Circle Union decided to launch protest demonstration on 25th October, 2016 at every BSNL Office/Exchange for a) immediate payment of Bonus for the FY 2014-15 within 3rd week of October and b) settlement of Bonus for the FY 2015-16. It is heard that some people are telling the others to forgo the PLI amount. Comrades, don't forget it is for our sustained struggle only the BSNL Authority compelled to give Bonus. Let us organise the 'Demand Day" on 25/10/2016 in a befitting manner narrating the background of our glorious struggle and pressurize the authority to announce bonus for the FY 2015-16.
UPDATED ON 20-10-2016 AT 1130 HRS.
Circle Union compelled the Authority to give Circular for 78.2% IDA merger & settlement of medical bills: Since last couple of months the Circle Union is pressing the authority to take a firm decision regarding settlement of 78.2% IDA merger and pending medical bills for the Pensioners. However the Administration at last issued a Circular towards the settlement of the problems within a stipulated time frame. District Secretaries are therefore requested to go through the Circular and immediately meet the Local Authority towards the settlement of the two problems with top most priority. <Click for the Circular>
UPDATED ON 19-10-2016 AT 1845 HRS.
Govt. Decision to form Subsidiary Tower Company - Oppose the Decision Tooth and Nail : It is learnt that Central Government has decided to make a Subsidiary Tower Company, Minister of State for Communications has signed the Cabinet Note for formation of the same. If the Cabinet approves this note, then the entire tower asset of BSNL will be taken away, and a separate tower company will be formed. This will weaken BSNL. Through Niti Ayog Strategic Sale of BSNL will start. It means government agenda to sale out Public Sector Unit will be fulfilled. BSNLEU with other Unions and Associations has fought against this derogative decision of the government in the past. Accordingly BSNLEU and Core Committee of Forum of Unions and Associations has called upon all the employees of BSNL to conduct massive demonstration programme on 27th October, 2016. All District and Branch Secretaries are requested to mobilise the employees to make the programme a grand success.
Today Circle Union held meeting with CGMT : Today Circle Union held meeting with CGMT at 1PM at the conference room of Circle office. Representatives of Circle Union, lead by Circle Secretary Com. Animesh Mitra, were Com. Swapan Chanda, Prasident, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Organising Secretary, Com. Asis Das, Asstt. Circle Secretary, Com. Debashis Khan, Treasurer, Com. Prabir Chatterjee, Vice President, Com. Nazes Nauroz, Organising Secretary. Other than R.N. Jha, CGMT, Smt Pranati Das, GM(HR/Admin), Smt Rupa Pal Chowdhury, GM(Finance), DGM (Finance), AGM(HR/Admin) and other officers were present from the official side. 10 point agenda was submitted to the administration for discussion. The decisions taken in the meeting are (i) all out effort will taken to form the Circle Council. (ii) Meeting of Circle welfare board will be held soon. (iii) Sports board will be formed soon. (iv) Development committee at the Circle level will be formed and Sri P.S. Bhattacharjee, Senior GM will be its convener. All the SSA heads will be asked to form Works Committee without further delay. (v) All out effort will be taken to hold the HPC meeting for CGA cases by October, 2016. (vi) Clarification will be sought for from the Legal Cell in regard to pay cut of some employees. (vii) After clearing some points enquiry report will be submitted to CGM regarding the ransack of Circle Union Office CTO, Kollata. (viii) Regarding revision of Wage of Casual Labourers in the light of 7th CPC, clarification will be sought for from corporate office. The meeting was inclusive and it will be again held on 22nd October, 2016.
UPDATED ON 4-10-2016 2010 HRS.
Today Massive Agitation Programme Held at CO : Today CGMT District union organised a massive agitation programme in protest of the attack and threat to the employees of CGMT Office by the TEU leaders and members on 3rd October, 2016. The incident was brought to the notice of the CGMT in spite of obstruction made by TEU to District Secretary and other leaders of CGMT Dist union, but his attitude was indifferent. Accordingly CGMT district union withdrawn all cooperation from the administration in protest of lack of safety and security of the staff. Today Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB Circle has intervened and met with GM (HR/Admin) along with District Secretary and other leaders of District and Circle Union and conveyed our resentment. Com. Animesh Mitra demanded for safety and security of the staff especially to lady employees. He also demanded to restore working atmosphere in the office. After patient hearing GM (HR) told the leaders that safety and security of the staff members will be looked into and appealed to the workers to restore normalcy. Later Com. Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU conveyed red salute to the workers of CGMT office for their protest against the TEU goons. He said that General Secretary has already conveyed the situation to CMD. He also said in his speech that the Circle Union will go for prolonged programme after the Puja against the attack and threat to the workers in the office. <Photos>
UPDATED ON 3-10-2016 AT 1915 HRS.
Marketing and efforts of BSNL Employees Union : As decided in the Kolkata CWC meeting of BSNLEU, WB Circle that the 17th Anniversary will be celebrated by BSNLEU by marketing of BSNL through displaying of flex showing various schemes of BSNL, WB circle throughout all the Districts specially in the festive season. Accordingly flex were displayed at the gates of CTO building and Customer Service Centre. Its not the management, its only BSNLEU took the responsibility for wide publication of BSNL schemes in the festive season, which are attractive to the common people. This once again proved that only BSLEU along with the workers will save BSNL and not the management. District Secretaries are requested to take initiative for displaying of flex in this regard. <Click for photos>
UPDATED ON 29-09-2016 AT 2000 HRS.
If BSNLEU is there, we can take any challenge: The Corporate Office has instructed to organise 'Melas' on 27th & 28th September, 2016. The members of BSNL Employees Union are taking active role with utmost spontaneity to make the 'Marketing' in a effective manner. The BSNLEU Bankura made an excellant example. The members of BSNLEU have assembled a good number both in Bankura and Bishnupur Exchange organized Mela at the exchange gate where number of customers came and enquired regarding BSNL products. It is noteworthy that Bankura SSA sold 3000 SIMs in just 3 days so far the news came to the Circle Union.
Again 'VRS'!!!!-- Old statement in New Voice: Honb'le Minister Sri Manoj Sinha who was present in the last HOCC meeting held at BSNL Corporate Office made a remarkable statement that BSNL can only survive if the Management introduce VRS for the employees. HOCC meeting held on 27th & 28th September, 2016, to review the present scenario of BSNL particularly to sought the strategy towards expansion of business as well as to face the challenges emerged due to commencement of "Reliance Jio" in the Telecom market. The Minister also told that there are many areas where there is a negative growth. He prescribed that there is no need to remain such employees who are responsible for the negative Growth of BSNL. Please read the news Published on 29th September in "The Economic Times" to get the details. The officers present in the HOCC meeting may digest the statement of the Honb'le Minister but it is our benign submission that it is the same employees who made profit up to a tune of more than 10000 Crore and earned Revenue of Rs. 40000 Crore for BSNL.
BSNLEU WB Circular No. 34: <Click here>
UPDATED ON 27-09-2016 AT 1930 HRS.
Who will save WBT Circle???? When all the Circles are preparing for wide canvassing and Advertisements for BSNL in the festive season of 'Puja', the GM Marketing of WBT Circle is being transfered on 25th September. Now no one left in this Circle to conduct 'Mela' on 26th & 27th September as directed by Corporate Office. it is nothing but a furse on the part of the Management which will weaken WB circle to increase our customers as well as revenue.
WELL ATTENDED “DEMANDS DAY” OBSERVED IN WEST BENGAL CIRCLE: At the call of BSNLCCWF the “Demands Day” observed in a befitting manner throughout West Bengal Circle as the report came last. The massive gathering took place at CTO Kolkata where more than 300 Casual & Contractual workers assembled in the programme. The programme started with a huge rally with slogans of their just demands. Com Animesh Mitra, Secretary General BSNLCCWF & Tapas Kr. Ghosh President BSNLCCWF were the main two speakers. Com Mitra in his speech detailed the demands and derogative role of the management to settle the issues. He congratulated the members for their active and enthusiastic participation in the programme despite threat from the TEU BSNL Goons. Com Tapas Ghosh appealed to the members to be united so that the demands can be achieved. Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS BSNLEU WB, Goutam Das and Tarak Kundu, both ACS BSNLCMU WB also spoke on the occasion. In fine the Charter of Demands was handed over to Mr. P.S. Bhattacharya, Senior GM WBT Circle. Com Swapan Chanda and Anirban Ghosh presided over the demonstration meeting. <Click for Photo>
UPDATED ON 26-09-2016 AT 1900 HRS.
Branch Conference of Asansol East Br. hold with lot of enthusiasm:
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Despite Threat & Attack, the District Conference of Kolkata SSA concluded successfully: Amidst Threat & attack by the disruptive forces the 2 Days District Conference of Kolkata SSA was completed in a very disciplined manner. The conference was inaugurated by Com Animesh Mitra, Circle Secy. BSNLEU WB on 24th September, 2016 after hoisting of Red flag and garlanding of Martyrs Column. Com Mitra in his speech detailed the present scenario of BSNL service in the Circle and the problems of the employees. He told that united movement of the employees can change the situation. Mr. Tamal moitra, GM Kolkata was also present in the inaugural session. Com Asish Das and Mintu Debnath both ACS BSNLEU WB have attended the conference. After discussion and adoption of Draft Report & Accounts, the house on 25th September elected Com Ashoke Raha, Manik Lal Sarkar and Kanailal Baskey as District President, Secretary and Treasurer for the next term. <Click>. <Click here for a report in a Bengali Daily>
UPDATED ON 23-09-2016 AT 1930 HRS.
Circle Union Resumes its Normal Activities in the Union Office at CTO : After the incident of ransacking of Circle Union Office of BSNLEU at CTO building on 19th August, 2016 by the outside goons having TEU batch, to-day the normal activities resumed through formation of Reception Committee of the Circle Conference of BSNLEU, WB Circle to be held at Kolkata. Members of BSNLEU of 8 districts along with the members of AIBDPA and BSNLCMU were also present in this meeting. Com Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary initiated the proceedings and urged upon the members to make the Circle Conference a grand success against all odds. Veteran leader Com Dilip Das gave suggestions in regard to this conference. All District Secretaries spoke on the occasion. A Reception Committee of 51 members were formed. Com. Asis Das and Com. Goutam Banik were selected as Joint Secretary of the Reception Committee. Com. Ramprasad Dutta selected Treasurer. Veteran Leader Com. Sisir Bhattacharjee and Com Susanta Ghosh were selected as President and Working President respectively. Com. Swapan Chanda presided over the meeting. <click here>
UPDATED ON 21-09-2016 AT 2030 HRS.
Circle Union demands payment before Puja : Circle Union met GM (Finance) and demands payments of personal claims like GPF, Festival Advance, Medical etc of the Regular employees and wages for the Non regular Workers (Casual/Contracutal/Security Guards etc) before Puja positively. Circle leaders also demanded that the payment of wages for the non regular workers should be made by the first week of October, 2016. The leaders also demanded revision of Pension @ 78.2% IDA merger immediately before puja. Com nimesh Mitra, CS, Debasish Khan, Treasurer, Sujoy Sarkar, Org. Secy. BSNLEU WB Circle were in the delegation. <View Letter>
UPDATED ON 20-09-2016 AT 1845 HRS.
Good response in CHQ programme of Hunger Strike in West Bengal: Day long Hunger Strike programme at the call of CHQ was successfully organised at every nook & corner of WB Circle. Lot of enthusiasm & huge gathering observed in the places like Asansol, Suri, Bankura, Burdwan, Berhampore, Raiganj so far the news came last. At Kolkata the programme was held before the Chamber of all the 3 CGMs i.e. WBT, ETR & ETP. Com Animesh Mitra, CS, Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS, Asish Das, ACS, Sujoy Sarkar, Org. Secy. Najes Nauroz, Org. Secy. Debasish Khan, Treasurer and other leaders of Circle & Districts spoke before the gathering. Rally was also organised at CGMT Office.
BSNLEU able to achieve Bonus ----Kept words: It is undoubtedly one of the significant achievement that due to the sustained struggle of the employees under the Red Flag of BSNL Employees Union throughout the country the Authority at last compelled to announce Bonus of Rs. 3000/- for the Financial year 2014-15. It was one of our demands in the last 2nd September, 2016 Strike. Comrades the struggle is not over. we have more to achieve. We want a good Wage Revision from 1/1/2017, abolition of Stagnation, revision of Perks, restoration of the facilities like LTC etc. Above all we want Bonus also for the FY 2015-16. We convey our heart felt Red Salute to all the employees who stood behind our struggle for Bonus.
\UPDATED ON 19-09-2016 AT 1140 HRS.
4th CWC Meeting of BSNLEU, WB Circle started with great note : Yesterday, on 18th September, 2016 the 4th Circle Executive Committee meeting started at KG Bose Smriti Bhavan, Kolkata at 11AM. The meeting is organized by CGMT District Union. Com. Swapan Chanda, President hoisted the Red Flag of our Union. Thereafter the leaders paid the homage to the martyrs by garlanding the martyrs column. The CWC meeting inaugurated by Com. Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer, BSNLEU (CHQ). 21 District Secretaries out of 23 District Secretaries are attending this meeting. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary presented the Draft Report and initiated the proceedings. Yesterday 15 District Secretaries discussed on the draft report. Yesterday the meeting was adjourned at 7-30PM. To-day at 11AM again the meeting started. Com. Swapan Chanda is presiding over the meeting.
UPDATED ON 16-09-2016 AT 2000 HRS.
Hunger Strike On 20th September, 2016 at All SSA Level : At the call of CHQ 20th August, 2016 Hunger strike programme will be held at all SSA level. In addition to 24 charter of demands of CHQ burning problems of WBTC has been taken into account for this programme. Accordingly notice has been served to CGMT today. A delegation led by Com. Animesh Mitra and Com. Sujaoy Sarkar met CGM and expressed their resentment of various unsettled problems of WBTC. District Secretaries are requested to organise our members to make the programme a grand success. In Kolkata this programme will be held centrally at CGMT office. District Secretaries are reminded that the 4th CWC will end on 19th of August therefore all necessary organisational activities for the Hunger Strike programme to be completed before 20th.
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Fourth CWC meeting of BSNLEU WB will be held at Kolkata: The fourth Circle Working Committee Meeting of the BSNLEU WB will be held on 18th & 19th September, 2016 at "KG Bose Smriti Bhawan", Kolkata. Com Saibal Sengupta, Treasurer CHQ, will inaugurate the CWC Kolkata. Com. Susanta Ghosh, CS AIBDPA WB, Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU WB will deliver their speeches also in the inaugural session. The CWC meeting will start at 1000 AM sharp on 18th September, 2016. The District Secretaries and Circle Office Bearers of the Circle Union must attend the meeting in time. Number of important issues are going to be discussed in this CWC meeting. Hope that a new path will be chalked out from this CWC in the ensuing days.
UPDATED ON 09-09-2016 AT 1500 HRS.
At last the CGM WBT Circle compelled to discuss the Development issues of North Bengal: After lot of persuasion & agitation of this Circle Union the CGM WBT Sri R. N. Jha at last met the leaders of our Union at Siliguri on 08th September, 2016. Com Badal Ghosh, Dist. Secy., R.N. Bhattacharya, President, Swarupjyoti Roy, ADS, Subrata Chakraborty, ADS of BSNLEU Siliguri were present in the meeting. The issues which were highlighted in the meeting are a) Permanent posting of GM at Siliguri SSA, b) various problems of Development, c) lack of planning on the part of the administration for which the BSNL service cannot be provided smoothly in the SSA including the hills of Darjeeling, d) problems of Marketing specially absence of advertisement throughout the SSA, non availability of SIM cards particularly in the hills etc. The CGM gave a patient hearing and assured the leaders to look into the matter. The NFTE leaders headed by Com Pulak Ganguly were also present in the meeting.
Circle Union met CGM ETR: Leaders of the Circle Union today met Sri G. C. Srivastav, CGM ETR and discussed the issues like a) outsourcing of Cable Routes, b) payment of all personal claims of the employees before Puja, c) settlement of all burning problems, d) early commencement of functioning of the 10 new 'RAILTAIL' routes to ensure smoother service of BSNL in the Circle etc. Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB along with Asis Das, ACS BSNLEU WB & Dist. Secy. ETR were in the delegation. The CGM gave a patient hearing and told the leaders that a PO letter has already been issued by the Authority for initiation of "RAILTAIL" routes. The administration has also issued a letter for procurement of funds to make payments before 'Puja'. The CGM told that the outsourcing of cable routes has been done on experimental basis however finalisation of 'Outsouring' of Cable Routes will be done after consultation with the Circle Union.
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DHARNA PROGRAMME SUCCESSFULLY ORGANIZED: The “DharnaProgramme“ at the call of Forum was very successfully held throughout the WB Circle on 8/9/2016. The District Unions have organized the programme with all sincerity. Everywhere the employees joined the programme with all seriousness. In Kolkata the Dharna-Demonstration programme wereheld at CTO by the District Unions of CGMT-Office, TCO, CTO and CGMT-Tech where Com.AnimeshMitra, CS BSNLEU WB, AmitavaChattopadhyay, ACS , SujoySarkar, Org. Secy. spoke before the employees. Com Sajal Bhattacharya &Ashutosh Das presided in the demonstration meeting during Dharna. The Dharna programme also held at Kolkata SSA, ETR Districts in Kolkata. <Click here>
UPDATED ON 07-09-2016 AT 1445 HRS.
Number of Delegates/Obsrvers for the 8th AIC declared by CHQ: The CHQ has declared the eligible number of Delegates & Observers for the 8th AIC Chennai to be held w.e.f. 31/12/2016 to 03/01/2017. District are requested to note the numbers and purchase their Train Tickets accordingly. <Click here>
Organise 'Dharna' prgramme on 8/09/2016 effectively: Comrades, CHQ has already took series Trade Union action to settle the long pending demands of the Employees. We have performed the "Badge Wearing" & Demonstration programme on 17th August, 2016 throughout the Circle. The next programme of "Sit-in Demonstration" has to be performed on 8th September, 2016. Therefore the District Secretaries are requested to organise the programme in a befitting manner tomorrow and detail the demands to the employees in an effective manner. District Secretaries are requested to send Report & photos of the programme to the Circle Union positively.
UPDATED ON 06-09-2016 AT 1115 HRS.
Compassionate Ground Appointment cases---District Secretaries be serious!!!! It is learnt that after much persuasion and sustained struggle of this Circle Union the administration at last going to settle the CGA cases. But it is also learnt that number of cases which were sent from the SSAs did not come in the list due to various problems. the District Secretaries are therefore directed immediately to look into matter, consult with their respective GM/TDM/TDEs and know how many cases were sent to Circle Office within this period, whether any case has been returned from Circle office and on what ground. Because it is heard that due to wrong calculations a good number of cases again returned to the SSAs. District Secretaries should take all necessary measure to know the actual fact regarding the CGA cases of their Districts and intimate the Circle Union regarding the latest status of the CGA cases of the Districts after getting news from the SSA head.
UPDATED ON 05-09-2016 AT 1115 HRS.
2nd September Strike was an different experience---Let us prepare for the ensuing programme: Comrades we have got a different experience on 2nd September All India Strike in our BSNL Office/Exchange. Though there was threat and attack from the "TEU BSNL" and 'TMC' Goons but the 80% employees of WBT Circle participated in the strike After the incident of ransacking of our CTO Union Office Kolkata the members and leaders have done a good job to make the strike a grand success. Already the Circle Union and the CHQ have taken a strong stand on the issue of attack on union office. In the mean time the CHQ has given a call to observe 'Dharna' on 8th and "Hunger Strike" on 20th September, 2016 to settle the long pending burning problems of the employees. bonus is another issue on which we have to reach a Final settlement. On this scenario the next CWC meeting of our Circle will be held on 18th and 19th September, 2016 at Kolkata. All Circle Office Bearers and District Secretaries are requested to attend the meeting positively.
UPDATED ON 03-09-2016 AT 1110 HRS.
Congratulations Comrades!!!!! WB Circle made history: Circle Union conveys Red Salute to all the employees of BSNL WBT Circle to make the All India Strike on 2nd September a historic one. The leaders, organizers, supporters have performed yeomen's task to make the Strike successful. All the District Unions throughout the Circle have organised conventions, GB meeting, Gate meeting, rallies in favour of 2nd September Strike. The BSNLCMU & AIBDPA also played a gallant role in the preparatory programme. Amidst threatening and hooliganism by the opponents our brave employees have successfully taken the role of 'Striker'. The hills of Darjeeling and Sikkim, Dooars of North Bengal, Industrial belt of Asansol Durgapur, Burdwan, Dry south west areas of Kharagpur, Bankura, Purulia, part of mid Bengal like Krishnagar, Berhampore, Malda, Raiganj and the Offices like TCO, CTO, CGMT-O, CGMT_T, ETR, ETP, Civil, entire Kolkata SSA registered a grand strike. Circle Union is proud of our brave hearted employees. The strike was almost 90% in the Circle. Red Salute once again!!!!
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Organise tomorrows strike in a befitting way: The campaign is almost over. District and Branch Secretaries are requested to make a new history tomorrow. The BSNLEU CHQ has already issued notice to the Authority regarding the participation on 2nd September strike. The CHQ also requested everybody to come to the workspot on the day of the strike. Circle Union also requests in the same tune. Let us add a new page in the history of struggle of Telecom movement in this country by joining tomorrows strike. Organise Rally, gate meeting today to give finishing touch. We will not surrender before any threat. Send a report immediately just after the completion of 2nd September, 2016 strike to the Circle Union.
BSNLEU WB Circular No. 33: <Click here>
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Durgapur District conference of BSNLEU ----a New Milestone: The 7th District Conference of BSNLEU Durgapur was held on 28th August, 2016. After hoisting of Red Flag and garlanding of Martyrs Column the conference was inaugurated by Com Dhananjoy Ganguly, Senior Leader of BSNLE WB Circle. Com Ganguly in his speech narrated the problems of the working class, raised due to introduction of Neo Economic Policy in the country. He also told regarding the derogative policies of the Govt. and sustained struggle of the working class against the policies since last two decades. Later the draft report and accounts were placed and discussed in the house. Com Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU WB who was also present in the conference gave his speech at the end of the subject committee. Com mitra in his speech answered the question raised on different issues by the delegates and detailed the present scenario of BSNL and it's employees in this Circle. Com Mitra in his speech told the house in detail regarding the demands of the working class in the ensuing 2nd September, 2016 All India Strike, the recent attack in the Union Office at CTO Kolkata by the miscreants and also the fight back of our brave comrades in the incident.In fine the house unanimously elected Com Uttam Majumder, Sunil Garai and Biswajit Karak as District President, Secretary and Treasurer for the next term. <Photo>
Burdwan District convention raised firm voice in favour of Strike: The BSNLEU Burdwan District organized a very inspiring convention today at the Telephone Exchange Burdwan to make the All India Strike of 2nd September, 2016 a grand success. More than 100 BSNLEU supporters have attended the convention. Com Manik Das, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU WB detailed the demands of the Strike including those which are exclusively related with BSNL. Com Swapan Mallick, District Secretary and Surojit Das, Branch Secretary, BSNLEU Burdwan also spoke on the occasion. Com Yusuf Khondakar, presided in the convention.
Enthusiastic Convention at Asansol:A Convention on the issues related to 2nd September All India Strike held at Asansol on 27th August. Com Animesh Mitra was the Chief speaker. A huge number of members of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU & AIBDPA had attended the Convention from all parts of Asansol Division despite tremendous heat on that day. The meeting was presided over by a presidium consisting of Com. Biswanath Mondal and Com Priyatosh Roy in the chair. The meeting was initiated by S. Misra Divl. Secy in a nut shell mentioning the issues related to the Strike and present headless position of Asansol Division in particular and the SSA in general. Thereafter com Animesh Mitra in his elaborated speech spoke in details regarding the strike issues in general and BSNL related demands in particular. he narrated the situation when BSNL is doing well and as per CMD the revenue this year has been increased in a sizable amount but the Central Govt. still is trying to sell BSNL's share in the name of Strategic Sale. He also narrated the issues related to the Casual workers like Gratuity and the position of Unlisted workers as well. He also mentioned the victory of 78.2 % IDA for the pensioners and abolition of 60:40 condition of pension trying to impose by the Central Govt. through the administrative ministry (DOT). After the meeting the huge number of members including Com. Animesh Mitra, C.S. joined the Central Rally organised by the BPMO Asansol from Girja More to Nazrul More in support of the proposed All India Strike. <Click for Photos>
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At Last the Circle Authority Releases Fund of Circle Welfare : After long awaited the fund for Circle Welfare has been released by the the Circle Administration. Welfare measure like Book Grant, Scholarship and Financial assistance to the family members of the deceased etc. were stopped for long period. After sustained struggle by BSNLEU, WB Circle the WBTC Authority was compelled to release the fund for Circle Welfare. It is learnt that the amount of the fund allotted for the financial Year 2015-16 is RS 12,90,000 (Rupees twelve lakh ninety thousand). BSNLEU congratulates all the employees of WBTC for extending their cooperation in this struggle. District Secretaries are requested to enquire about the allotted fund from their respective SSA head. <Click>
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Stop this harassment in the name of Departmental Examination: It is learnt that the JTO/JAO LICE examination which is scheduled to be held on 28th August has been deferred till 24th September, 2016. A Circular in this regard has already been issued by the Corporate Office New Delhi today. It happened at the last moment when the examinees have already started for the examination centres. The candidates enquired why the Corporate office is playing with their carriers?? <Click here>
At last the Authority has agreed to make a Bonus Formula: The much discussed issue of Bonus is going to take Final shape. They want to give Rs.1 for increase in revenue of Rs.1 Crore. Staff Side did not accept this proposal. It is learnt that the next meeting will take place on 5th September, 2016. As the Revenue earning for the financial year 2015-16 has crossed Rs. 2,400 Crore therefore the authority did not have the scope to utter the old "2 Digit Bonus".
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Preparation for All India Strike is going on through Conventions, Conferences in BSNLEU WB Circle: The preparation for the All India Strike on 2nd September, 2016 is in full swing throughout the Circle at present. Apart from the state level convention on 24th August at Kolkata, the conventions were also held at Siliguri, Malda, Krishnagar on 20th, 21st and 24th August, 2016 respectively. Com Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU WB was the main speaker in these conventions. Com Mitra detailed the employees regarding the necessity to fight against the anti people policies of the Government which made life of the toiling mass unbearable day by day. Com Mitra said that BSNL employees raise their demands like a) drop the proposal for disinvestment of BSNL through "Strategic Sale", b) immediate Wage Negotiation, c) Payment of Bonus, d) financial assistance by the Central Govt. to BSNL for revival in the All India Strike of 2nd September, 2016. Com Mukul Seal, Ujjal Ghosh, Bidhan Pramanik and other leaders of the 3 District Unions were also present in these convention. The members of BSNLCMU & AIBDPA were also present.
District and Branch conferences were also held during last couple of days. The District conference of Purulia was held on 21st August,2016 at the "Rabindra Bhawan" Purulia. Com Debasish Khan, Treasurer BSNLEU WB Circle was present in the conference. Com Khan in his speech narrated the present situation of BSNL and the demands of the employees. He also narrated the background & demands of the ensuing All India General strike of 2nd September, 2016. The conference unanimously elected Com Narsingh pas, Sachin Dev Barman and Rajesh Ram as District President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively for the next term.
The Joint Branch conference of BSNLEU & BSNLCMU Bolpur Br. was held on 21st August, 2016 at "Pritibandhan Lodge" Bolpur. After hoisting of Red Flag and garlanding of Martyrs column, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS BSNLEU WB inaugurated the joint open session. Com Chattopadhyay in his inaugurtal speech told the house regarding the present scenario of BSNL at National & State Level, narrated the demands of the Regular and Non Regular employees (Casual/Contractual) and Pensioners as a whole. He also urged upon the delegates to join the ensuing All India Strike of 2nd September, 2016 to achieve the demands of the working class. Com Pankaj Saha, Madan Ghosh, Santosh Goswami were also present in the meeting on behalf of BSNLCMU & AIBDPA. Then the subject committee of the two conference began. In fine Com Tinku Biswas, Manoj Biswas and Prabir Kr. Mukherjee as Branch President, Secretary and Treasurer unanimously for the next term.
Photos of the Circle convention held on 23rd august, 2016 at CTO TI Hall Kolkata: <Photos>
Photos of the demonstration programme held on 24th August, 2016 against the ransacking of CTO Union Office: <Click>
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Strong Demonstration held throughout the State at the call of CHQ: As per the call of the CHQ the demonstration programme was held throughout the Circle against the vandalism at CTO Union office Kolkata on 19th August, 2016 by TEU BSNL sponsored TMC miscreants. It is learnt that demonstrations were held at CTO , TCO, ETR, ETP, Kolkata SSA CGMT Office and all the Districts of WB Telecom Circle. Com. Animesh Mitra, Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asish Das, Subrata Mishra, Debasish Khan, Anindya Sarkar, Banani Chattopadhyay, Mamata Sarkar, Bidhan Pramanik, Goutam Banik and other Circle and District Leaders deliberated their speeches on this occasion. The employees vehemently criticized the role of the Authority and demanded immediate punishment of the miscreants.
Effective Circle Convention held at CTO Kolkata by BSNLEU WB: Very effective Convention of the Circle Union was held in a jam packed hall at Telecom Institute CTO, Kolkata ON 23rd August, 2016. Com Animesh Mitra CS BSNLEU WB & VP CHQ was the Chief speaker in the convention. Com Mitra in his speech detailed the background of the strike which is going to be held on 2nd September, 2016 He told that the working class of our country is under the severe attack of Neo Economic Policies and there is no other alternative left to the workers but to go on strike to settle their legitimate demands. He also mentioned the demands of the BSNL employees in this strike. Com Anirban Ghosh, Leader SNATTA WB, Akhilesh Banerjee, ACS BSNLCMU WB and Ajit Kr. Nandan, leader AIBDPA WB also spoke on the occasion. Com Sapan Chanda presided over the Convention.
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Circle Union is proud with the prompt action taken by CHQ: The BSNLEU WB Circle conveys its heartfelt gratitude towards the prompt action taken by our CHQ in the event of ransacking of Circle Union Office at CTO Kolkata. As per the guidance of CHQ the demonstration programme in the work spots of all the SSAs in WB Circle on 20th August, 2016 have been converted to Non cooperation. The SSA heads conveyed the sentiments of the workers to CGM the same has been admitted by him. The CHQ has created such a pressure on CMD as a result of which CGMT WB Circle compelled to lodge FIR with the Police Authority, invited the Circle leaders to discuss on the issue on 20/8/2016 itself and going to send a detail report to the Corporate Office New Delhi. We conveys our Red Salute to CHQ once again.
Organise protest demonstration tomorrow: As per the call of the CHQ the District/Branch Secretaries are directed to hold "Massive Lunch Hour Demonstration against the vandalism at CTO Union Office Kolkata on 19/8/2016 by the TEU BSNL sponsored miscreants and send a detail report with photos to the Circle Union positively.
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BSNL EMPLOYEES throughout the State Roars into anger--- demands immediate punishment of the Criminals: The BSNL Employees not only attached to WB Circle but also of CTD, Telecom Factory & Telecom Stores bursts into utter anguish against the lumpen acts of TEU BSNL sponsored criminals at CTO Union Office of BSNLEU WB Circle. The CHQ has already taken the case with CMD and calls upon all the Circles to organize demonstration on 24th August, 2016, to raise their voice against the ransacking of the Union Office at CTO Kolkata. <Click here>
Circle Leaders met CGMT, WB and expressed strong poorest against the role of the Administration: Today Circle Secretary Com. Animesh Mitra met CGMT, WB Circle expressed his strong resentment about the incident of ransacking of Circle Union Office at CTO, Kolkata, by the outside goons sponsored by TEU (BSNL). But CGMT neither played a positive role nor repentance on his part. The leaders also asked him how could he make arrangement for get together programme just after the day of the incident occurred. However, Circle Union will sit together today to discuss the next course of action and the decision will accordingly be conveyed to you. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secy. and Com. Swapan Chanda, President were other leaders in the delegation.
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Employees throughout the Circle strongly condemn the heinous act of TMC Goons at CTO Kolkata: The employees attached to BSNL WB Circle expressed their utter dismay over the cowardly act of TMC Goons at CTO Union Office Kolkata yesterday. All over the Circle, almost in every work spot the employees have gathered in numbers to raise their voice against the incident. At CTO Kolkata the employees of CTO, TCO, Kolkata SSA assembled in the demonstration after performing a Rally where Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asis Das both ACS of BSNLEU WB Circle addressed the demonstration. In another programme in front of the chamber of CGMT WB Circle the speakers condemned the incident vehemently and criticized the derogative role of the Administration. Com Asis Das, Amitava Chattopadhyay, Biplab Das, Debasish Khan, Banani Chattopadhyay, Anindya Kr. Sarkar, Prabir Chatterjee, Sujoy Sarkar, Najes Nauroz of BSNLEU WB Circle were present in both the spots along with the District and Branch leaders. It is learnt that programme was held also at Asansol, Bankura, Suri Purulia Raiganj, Siliguri, Jalpaiguri, Krishnagar where Com Animesh Mitra, CS, Subrata Mishra, Bidhan Pramanik and others deliberated their speeches. <Click>
Photos of the Ransacked CTO Union Room: <Click>
Report of the ransacking at CTO Union Room of BSNLEU WB Circle in a Bengali Daily: <Click here>
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BSNL has issued Order and annexed Proforma for Calculation of 78.2% IDA merger for the Pensioners: The BSNL Corporate Office has issued order along with Proforma for Calculation of 78.2% IDA merger for Pensioners/Family Pensioners. District Secretaries are requested to go through the Order and Proforma and take up the case with the respective Authority so that the Calculations for 78.2% IDA merger can be started at the earliest. <Letter> <Annex1> <Annex2>
UPDATED ON 18-08-2016 AT 1145 HRS.
Forum leaders met CGM---expressed worry & agony: Yesterday the Forum leaders of WB Circle met CGMT at the conference hall of the CGM Office where they have expressed their strong worry & agony regarding the Development, Maintenance of BSNL service in the Circle. They have also enquired regarding the decline in the Revenue collection of the Circle in this Financial year. The leaders told CGM that they are ready to extend all sorts of cooperation to turn over the situation of BSNl service in this Circle. The CGM told the leaders that the Authority is trying their best to give the subscribers better service in the coming days. He also assured the leaders that some positive steps in this regard has already been taken by the Administration and therefore the problems of Asansol, Durgapur, Siliguri has improved. Steps are also being taken to give better service at Raiganj, Malda, Suri. The Administration is trying to improve the conditions of Power Plants, batteries, AIr Conditioning of the Exchanges. Special effort will be taken to keep the BTSs functional. The leaders expressed their resentment over the poor marketing of BSNl in the Circle. The Authority assured that all necessary steps will be taken towards the betterment of Marketing. The CGM along with GM (HR-Admn), GM (Fin), GM (Marketing) were in the meeting. Com Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU WB Circle & Convenor Forum along with Amitava Chattopadhyay (BSNLEU), Bijoy Bhattacharya, Aniruddha Basu, Swapan Bose (AIBSNLEA), P.K.Roy, M.N. Das, Awon (SNEA) were present on behalf of the Forum.
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Badge Wearing & Demonstration programme held in WB Circle in a different mood: As per the decision of the CEC meeting New Delhi the "Badge Wearing" programme and Demonstration was organized throughout the WB Circle in an aggressive manner. It is learnt that the programe were held at Asansol, Berhampore, Siliguri, TCO. Com Animesh Mitra, Amitava Chattopadhyay, Subrata Mishra, Sujoy Sarkar and others leaders attached to the Districts spoke in the demonstrations. The speakers told regarding the unsettled demands and requested the demonstrators to keep themselves united to fight against the Authority and to achieve the legitimate unsettled pending demands. At CGMT Office the CGM himself expressed his unhappiness on the demonstration programme but the agitating workers defeated the sentiment of CGM and involved in the programme with a different mood.
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Result of LICE Exam of JTO & JAO not published yet- A Mystery: LICE (40%) exams for JTO and JAO were held few days back. Name of the successful candidates have also been published by the department in the website. But it is learnt that the result has not been officially published by the Circle authority till date. As a result the successful candidates are waiting anxiously for under going training in both the cadres. The non publish of the result officially is a mystery. Com Animesh Mitra, CS & Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS BSNLEU WB enquired GM (HR- Admn) regarding the latest situation and demanded immediate publication of the results formally.
Revenue Income declines in WBT Circle: It is learnt that the income for the last financial year for West Bengal Telecom Circle has been decreased by Rs. 137 crore. Where in for the financial year 2014-15 we could earn Rs. 622 crore but for the financial year 2015-16 we could earn only Rs. 486 crore. On the other hand expenditure during 2015-16 became Rs. 1055 crore. It is a miserable situation. BSNLEU has time and again drew the attention of the circle management that until and unless we could develop in the field of development and maintenance it is impossible for WBTC to turn around . The management were reluctant to hold the works committee meeting and development meeting. If it could happen then we could have survive a little more. In this scenario we are reiterating to hold Works Committee and Development committee meetings at all level so that the Circle earn more.
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State Level Convention on 23rd August, 2016 : State Level convention of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA WB jointly will be held on 23rd August, 2016 at Telecom Institute hall in support of the General Strike on 2nd September, 2016. District Secretaries and organizers in and around Kolkata are requested to mobilize maximum number of members in this convention.
BSNL Employees will join the "All India Strike" on 2nd September to "Save BSNL" & the 'Employees': <Report of a Daily--- Page 1> <Page-2>
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Corporate office at last issues order for payment of HRA on 78.2% IDA : After sustained struggle the demand of payment of HRA on 78.2% IDA has at last been agreed by the Corporate office. Accordingly order has been issued to pay HRA on 78.2% IDA from 1st October, 2016. We congratulate all the workers for achieving our legitimate demand through sustained struggle. It may be mentioned here after issuing order for 78.2% IDA on June, 2013 the benefit of Parks has not been given on 78.2% IDA. It was told by the authority that it will be considered only when the financial condition of the company will be better. But BSNLEU has demanded the parks should be revised on the basis of 78.2% IDA it should not be denied on the plea of the financial condition of the company. At last the BSNL workers won the fight. < click for order>
Circle Union will not tolerate delay in Payment---Leaders told GM (Fin): Today Circle Union met GM (Finance) and expressed their resentment in regard to delay in payment of the claims of Regular & Non Regular (Casual/Contractual) Employees . They pointed out the issues of non payment of wages to the contractual workers, payment of Festival Advance and other Payments of the Regular employees, introduction of FT-23 Template for the listed casual workers, immediate arrangement of EPF deductions in the name of the Non Regular workers (Casual/Contractual) etc. Com Animesh Mitra, CS, Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS, Prabir Chatterjee, VP and Sujoy Sarkar, Org. Secy. BSNLEU WB were present during the discussion. The GM (Fin) along with DGM (Fin) gave a patient hearing and assured the leaders that all necessary efforts will be taken to solve the issues.
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Only the Left MP speaks against strategic sale of BSNL: < Click here> It is learnt from the Newspaper that Central Govt. has decided to disinvest BSNL through "Strategic Sale" . Instantly protest arose from BSNLEU along with other Unions & Associations of 'Forum', against this retrograde decision of the Central Govt. There are so many Trade Unions and Political parties in our country and MPs in the Parliament. But only the Left MP Com. Tapan Sen protested against this decision boldly on the floor of the Parliament. This once again proved that the left are committed to the workers and to the nation.
" Don't Threat for Pay Cut - We are the Strikers" : In the CEC meeting of BSNLCCWF at New Delhi representative of West Bengal Circle Com. Tark Kundu, Asstt. Circle Secretary raised this slogan with determination. More than 100 delegates appreciated the slogan of Com. Kundu with cheer. This idea will give a new dimension to the struggle of the BSNL employees who are trying their best to make the General Strike on 2nd September, 2016 a historic one.
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Branch Conference of Rampurhat held successfully : 13th Branch conference of BSNLEU, Rampurhat held on 7th August, 2016. The Red Flag of our union was hoisted by branch president Com. Arup Kr. Sinha. Leaders paid respect to the martyrs by garlanding the martyrs column. Sinha. Branch Secy, Com Jagannath Roy placed the draft before the house for discussion. Treasurer Com. Ranjit Let placed the Accounts report. Com. Nazes Nauroz, Organising Secy, BSNLEU, WB Circle spoke before the house. He reminded the delegates present in the meeting the task ahead of us, He narrated briefly about the present scenario of BSNL WB Circle. He called upon the delegates to make the 2nd September, 2016 the General Strike a Grand Success. Com. Nandadulal Mitra, Dist Secy, Suri also spoke before the house. The inaugural session was jointly held with BSNLCMU and AIBDPA. After discussion the draft report along with the Accounts report were adopted unanimously. The house unanimously elected Com. Jagannath Roy, Com. Arup Kr Sinha and Ranjit Let as Branch President, Branch Secretary and Branch Treasurer respectively. Com. Arup Kr Sinha, Presided over the conference.
Two Days Central Executive Committee Meeting of BSNLCCWF Ended : Two days Central Executive Committee Meeting of BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation held at New Delhi on 6th and 7th August, 2016. The meeting was inaugurated by Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU and Vice- president BSNLCCWF. Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF and Vice-president BSNLEU presented the report before the house for discussion. Delegates from 22Circles attended the meeting. Open session was held on the second day where Com. Swadesh Dev Roy, National Secretary, CITU was the main speaker. Other speakers were Com. V.A.N. Namboodri, President, BSNLCCWF, Com. Animesh Mitra, SG, BSNLCCWF, P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU and Com. Swapan Chakraborty, Deputy GS, BSNLEU. The meeting ended with great determination to fight for justice and called upon all the workers to make the General Strike on 2nd September, 2016 a grand success and a historic one. Other important decisions were also taken in this meeting. The two day meeting was presided by Com V.A.N. Namboodri, President BSNLCCWF.
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Forum Leaders met CGMT, WB Circle : Forum leaders of West Bengal circle met with CGMT, WB Circle on 3rd August and expressed their views and anxiety about the development scenario in WBTC. The leaders demanded to convene a meeting with the Forum since the leaders opined that only after exchanges of views in the development meeting the present scenario of BSNL in WB circle could be changed. They also pointed out that in 70% of the SSAs are void of officers. Even the GMs are released without any reliever. CGM admits the view of the leaders. Com Animesh Mitra, Covener of the Forum, Com. Aniruddha Basu, Leader AIBSNLEA and Com. Tapas Ghosh, State Secy., SNEA were in the delegation.
All district unions of WB Circle are taking preparation to make the General Strike on 2nd September : All the district unions of West Bengal circle are conducting convention jointly with BSNLCMU and AIBDPA general Body meeting. Tour programmes are being carried out through out the circle up to the unit level. In the mean time some branch and district unions are holding their conference where in the issue of 2nd September, 2016 are being discussed seriously. Comrades, few days are left take serious effort to reach each and every employee and discuss the issues of 2nd September strike. Circle Office bearers are also being present in these meetings. So far information received by the circle union that the following programme will be held in the coming days in connection with the 2nd September strike. On 7th convention at Rampurhat, on 13th convention at Kharagpur, on 20th conventions at Siliguri & Raiganj, and Branch conference at Jalpaiguri, on 21st conventions at Balurghat, Malda, Bolpur, 27th convention at Asansol and on 28th August convention at Durgapur.
Photos of the demonstration programme against thew "NITI Aayog" decision to disinvest BSNL & MTNL through "Strategic Sale": <Click>
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Strong Demonstration Programme held through out West Bengal against strategic sale in BSNL & MTNL : In all the District in West Bengal Circle demonstration programme was held at the call of Forum of BSNL Unions and Associations against the decision of NITI Ayog for strategic sale in BSNL and MTNL. In Kolkata at CGMT office a massive demonstration programme was held at the call of Forum. A big rally was held before the demonstration programme. Com. Animesh Mitra, Convener of the Forum, West Bengal Circle was the main speaker. He narrated in detail the threat before BSNL through NITI Ayog. Com. Mitra said that it is most unfortunate when BSNL turning around making operational profit in that moment the Central Govt. gas decided for strategic sale of BSNL. Com Aniruddha Bose, leader AIBSNLEA and Com. Tapas Ghosh, State Secretary SNEA spoke before the gathering. Com. Sajal Bhattacharjee presided over the meeting.
BSNL again achieved a mile stone providing more than 2 million mobile connection in the month of July, 2016 : BSNL has provided more than 2 million mobile connection through out India in the month of July, 2016. This time West Bengal Circle achieved 95% of the target, 20,000 out of 22,000. Target for West Bengal Circle for the month of August is 25,000. Circle Union calls upon all the employees to take the challenge to attain the target this month to commemorate the 16th anniversary of BSNLEU, WB Circle.
Organize strong demonstration Today against "Strategic Sale" of BSNL & MTNL: It is learnt that the Modi Govt. has instructed "NITI Aayog" of India to make list of PSUs for disinvestment. Accordingly the "NITI Aayog" made a list of 74 PSUs for disinvestment through "Strategic Sale" in which BSNL & MTNL are also included. The Unions & Associations of BSNL & MTNL strongly opposed the movement of the Govt. and decided to launch countrywide demonstration programme today i.e. on 3rd August, 2016. Circle Union therefore requests all the Dist/Branch Secretaries to organize strong demonstration programme against the movement of the Central Government to disinvest BSNL & MTNL through "Strategic Sale".
Observe 16th Foundation Day of BSNLEU WB Circle in a befitting manner: The 16th Foundation Day of the BSNLEU WB Circle is on 5th August, 2016. In the year 2001 the Circle Union has started journey from Krishnagar and after lot of ups & downs the Circle Union is continuing their journey till date. The Circle Union has got the heartfelt support of the maximum number of employees during this period and in the last 7th Membership verification also BSNLEU WB Circle has able to increase their votes in spite of various attacks of the miscreants. Comrades we are really proud with our organization. Circle Union requests the Dist/Branch secretaries to celebrate the 16th Foundation Day by hoisting "Red Flag" and organizing meetings where the leaders have to focus the journey of this Circle Union for the past long 15 years. We should also keep in mind that we have to look after the betterment of BSNL Service in the Circle in the coming days. Therefore it is the best time to take a pledge in this regard during the Foundation Day celebration programme.
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Employees are in Dire Trouble for Reimbursement of Indoor Medical Bill : After introduction of ERP from 1st May, 2016 employees are facing much trouble in getting their various personal claims. The problem in submitting outdoor medical bill through ERP still persists. Help desk has not been formed in different SSAs though CGMT assured to form the same. Under such situation staff are not getting reimbursement of their indoor medical bills. Administration is mum on this issue. The authority has not taken any decision whether the bills are to be submitted through ERP or other wise. As a result employees are in anxiety whether their indoor medical bills will be paid in time or not.
District Conference of Berhampore held amidst lot of enthusiasm: The 7th District conference of BSNLEU Berhampore District was held in the Telephone Exchange of Berhampore on 24th July, 2016. The conference started with the hoisting of Red Flag by the President Com Biswarup Hazra. The martyrs column was garlanded by the President Com Biswarup Hazra, Mamata Sarkar, Org. Secy. BSNLEU WB, Sekhar Sarkar, Dist. Secy. Berhampore and other leaders of BSNLEU & BSNLCMU. Silence was observed. Com Animesh Mitra, CS BSNLEU WB Circle. Com Mitra in his speech narrated regarding the duties & responsibilities of the BSNL employees in the coming days, particularly on the eve of the All India Strike of 2nd September, 2016. More than 150 employees were present in the conference. The Draft Report & Accounts were placed and the delegates discussed on several issues. Com Madhusudan Saha, Asstt. Treasurer BSNLEU WB was present in the conference. In fine the house unanimously elected Com Mamata Sarkar, Sekhar Sarkar and Amal Saha as President, Secretary and Treasurer of the District for the ensuing term. A presidium having Com Biswarup Hazra and others lead the proceedings. <Click>
UPDATED ON 30-07-2016 AT 1130 HRS.
Victory of 78.2% IDA merger celebrated in a jubiliant mood at Suri: <Click here>
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.
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 b