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B.S.N.L. EMPLOYEES UNION
WEST BENGAL TELECOM CIRCLE
249D, B.B. Ganguly Street, Kolkata-12
E-Mail ID:-   bsnleuwb@gmail.com

PRESIDENT: COM. BANANI CHATTOPADHYAY         CIRCLE SECY.: COM. ANIMESH MITRA.
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 12TH AUGUST, 2019

                                                                                       THE PATH BEFORE US ..... TAPAN SEN

 

UPDATED ON 16-11-2019 AT 1615 HRS.

District Working Committee meetings have started in the districts : As per decision of the CEC meeting held at Gaziabad and CWC meeting of BSNLEU, WB circle held on 11th &12 November, 2019 at Kolkata the district unions are holding DWC meetings in their districts. The reporting of CEC meeting, the pros and cons of VRS - the part of the Revival Package of BSNL, to implement the decision of the CWC meeting to give solidarity action to the one day strike of the casual/contract workers to be held on 19th November, 2019, to take part in the long march to be held from Chittaranjan and from Malda and to take all out effort to make the one day General Strike strike to be held on 8th January, 2020 a grand success are the items of discussion. It is noticed that a great enthusiasm amongst the members in connection with these meetings. Such meetings were held at ETR, Jalpaiguri, Durgapur, Memari of Burdwan district, Sainthia of Suri district and Kolkata. Main speaker in these meetings was Com. Asis Das, Patron Circle Union at ETR, Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary at Jalpaiguri, Siliguri and Burdwan, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary at ETP & Durgapur and Com. Nazes Nouroz, Vice-president at Sainthia of Suri district and Com. Manik Lal Sarkar, Circle Organising Secretary at Kolkata. <Pictures>    

UPDATED ON 12-11-2019 AT 2350 HRS.

The two days CEC meeting of BSNLEU, WB Circle held successfully: The two days Circle Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU, WB Circle held on 11th and 12th November, 2019 in CTO Union Office and at K.G. Smriti Bhavan. All the district unions, except Siliguri, attended the two days meeting. The meeting discussed the result of the 8th Verification, district wise, the Revival Package of BSNL particularly the VRS, 19th Strike of the casual/contract workers of WB circle, the Long March and the General Strike on 8th January, 2020. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary kept his initial speech in details on the above issues on 11th November and the reporting of the CEC meeting held at Gaziabad. The district secretaries and the 4 Asstt. Circle Secretaries, Com. Subrata Misra, Com. Anindy Kr Sarkar, Com. Prabir Kr. Das and Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay deliberated their speech. Com. Asis Das, Patron Circle Union, Com. Imran Khan, Circle Organising Secretary and Com. Jhumur Bandyopadhyay, Convenor of Working Women Group, WB also deliberated their speech. After discussion and summing up speech of the Circle Secretary it was decided that BSNLEU, WB circle is of the opinion that VRS is not the way to revive a company. It is seen from the past that VRS is only a process to retrench the employees. BSNLEU is principally against VRS. It is optional. Hence the CEC appeals the employees and the organisers that not to bow down before the management under any pressure or threat and opt for VRS. BSNLEU, WB Circle whole heartedly supports the strike on 19th November, 2019 of the casual/contract workers and the  CEC appeals the employees to stay beside the casual/contract workers. The CEC directs the district secretaries to take all out effort to mobilize the workers for the Long March, which will start from Chittaranjan to Kolkata and another from Malda to Siliguri, and to assemble and take part in the Long March. The CEC also directs all the district secretaries and all the organisers to take all out effort to hold meetings up to unit level to make the 8th January, 2020 General Strike a historic one. The meeting was presided by Circle President Com. Banani Chattopadhyay. <Pictures>    

UPDATED ON 11-11-2019 AT 2350 HRS.

Enthusiastic Seminar held at the call of BSNLEU and BSNLCMU, WB: Today a seminar was held at TI hall CTO building on the subject 'Centenary of Trade Union and Present Situation'. The seminar was organised jointly by BSNLEU and BSNLCMU, WB Circle. The speakers in the seminar were Com. Prasanta Nandi Chowdhury, General Secretary, All India Electricity Workers Federation (CITU), Com. Joydeb Dasgupta, Leader of All India Bank Employees Federation, Com. Tapas Ghosh and Com. Animesh Mitra. The speakers narrated the history of formation of the Trade Union- All India Trade Union Congress in the year 1920 and its struggle. Com. Animesh Mitra stated about the struggle of the Casual/Contract workers of BSNL, WB Circle and appealed to the members present in the seminar to stand beside the strike of the casual/contract workers which will be observed on 19th November, 2019. He also appealed to make the success the 20th All India General Strike to be observed on 08.01.2020. He narrated in detail about the stand in regard to the VRS that has been  brought by the BSNL Management as an item of Revival Package. He said that it is optional but the management is creating a fear psychosis amongst the workers to compel them to opt VRS. He appealed to employees not to bow down before the management. The seminar was presided jointly by Com. Tapan Ghosh and Com. Banani Chattopadhyay. <Pictures>    

UPDATED ON 7-11-2019 AT 2350 HRS.

Protest chain and agitation in protest of derogative order dated 30. 09. 2019 of Corporate Office held: Agitation in protest of the derogative order issued by  Corporate Office on 30.09.2019 to retrench the contract workers to reduce the working hours etc. was held on the day of great 'November Revolution' the 7th November, 2019 at the call of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA, WB Circle. Thereafter, a human Chain/Protest chain was formed on the street to apprise the general public about the activities of the govt. to retrench workers and to retrench employees in the name of VRS but no action has yet been taken to allot 4G Spectrum to BSNL as told in the revival package of BSNL. The workers also burnt the 'Black Order' in the protest chain. Com. Om Prakash Singh, Secretary, BSNL Coordination Committee deliberated his speech before the agitating workers in Circle Office. So far the information received bt the Circle Union the programme was held in Circle Office, Kolkata, Budwan and Durgapur. In Durgapur a rally was also held in this regard.  <Pictures>  

UPDATED ON 5-11-2019 AT 2350 HRS.

Condolence meeting in memory of Com. P.K. Nandi and Com. Sadhan Banerjee was held in CTO with due respect: Today the 5th October,2109 condolence meeting of our departed leaders Com. P.K. Nandi, Ex-Treasurer BSNLEU, WB Circle and Com. Sadhan Banerjee, Ex-Asstt. General Secretary of erstwhile AITTEU, Class III (T-3) was organised by BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle in the Union Office of CTO building. Floral tributes were paid to the photograph of both the leaders by the leaders of BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCMU and friends of the both the leaders. Family members of Com. Sadahn Banerjee who were present in the meeting also paid tribute to both the leaders. Com. Pijush Chakraborty, Circle Secretary, AIBDPA, Com. Ajit Nandan, District Secretary, AIBDPA, Kolkata District, Com. Biplab Das, Vice-President, BSNLEU, WB, Com. S.P. Panday, Leader AIBDPA, Com. Debashis Khan, Patron, BSNLEU, WB, Com. Asis Das, Patron, BSNLEU, WB Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, Com. Uttam Gope, ex-District Secretary, QA and Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB discussed the life and activities of both the leaders in the organisation along with their firm conviction towards the ideology they believed. Com. Banani Chattopadhyay, President BSNLEU, WB and Com. Nazes Nouroz, Vice-President, BSNLEU, WB presided over the condolence meeting. <Pictures> 

UPDATED ON 1-11-2019 AT 2350 HRS.

Is the management very much serious for revival of BSNL ? It seems that the BSNL management is very much interested to implement VR scheme to reduce/retrench staff both executive and non-executive rather than revival of BSNL. The revival package which the Govt. declared includes allotment of 4G Spectrum, issuing bonds for which Sovereign Guarantee of the govt., monetisation of BSNL's lands etc. But the govt. has not at all moved to allot 4G Spectrum and the  process of floating of bonds for the public. Only some lands of BSNL have been earmarked for monetisation, but no such progress has yet been taken place. Hon'ble minister for communications declared that the VRS is solely optional. But CMD has threatened the staff to opt for VRS. Why the management issued orders for transfer of staff out of their SSA to Business Area at this juncture? Why the CMD has threatened the staff to take extra work load and to work for 12 hours? which is beyond the existing rules. This is nothing but to frighten the workers and create a situation so that the employees are compelled to opt for VRS. Other items of the revival package remains unattended particularly allotment of 4G Spectrum. If the management is very much honest to fulfil their commitment then they would have moved to allot 4G Spectrum and necessary process to float bond by this time. The employees should not get frightened by the threat of BSNL management and issuance of various derogative orders. They should get into the pros and cons of the VRS and take decision.   

UPDATED ON 31-10-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

The employees and workers of Wet Bengal Circle oppose the VRS and retrenchment of Contract workers: Today at the call of BSNLEU and BSNLCMU, West Bengal Circle protest demonstration was organised in the West Bengal Circle protesting reduction of employees in the name of VRS and retrench of Contract workers vide the Corporate Office order dated 30.09.2019. In Kolkata at Circle office a rally was organised and thereafter the demonstration programme was held under the presidentship of Com. Banani Chattopadhyay. Com. Ramprasad Dutta, Circle Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, WB and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB deliberated in the protest demonstration. They opposed the VRS as well as the retrenchment of the contract workers. They also condemned the unwarranted speech of the CMD, BSNL before the employees of the corporate office on the eve of Dewali. The main speaker in the meeting was Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. He in his short speech condemned the CMD, BSNL for his speech which has created a panic amongst the employees. He said when the hon'ble minister of communications declared that the VR is optional and no one will be forced to opt VR. But on the contrary CMD is giving a message just reverse of the minister. He said that the VR scheme is still not clear before the employees. He also opposed the retrenchment of the contract workers and demanded to withdraw the derogative order issued by the corporate office.  He appealed the employees and workers to be united for the struggle ahead of us. Demonstration programme was held at ETR, Durgapur, Suri, Raiganj, Katwa, Memari, Chanditala, Champadanga, Bashirhat and Bankura. <Pictures>  

UPDATED ON 30-10-2019 AT 2345 HRS.

Circle Working Committee Meeting of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle is going to held in Kolkata: As decided in the CEC meeting of BSNLEU at Gaziabad to hold CWC meeting within 15th November, 2019. Accordingly CWC meeting of BSNLEU, WB Circle is going to be held on 11th &12th November, 2019 at CTO, Kolkata. District Secretaries and Circle Office Bearers are requested to purchase their train tickets so as to reach Kolkata by 11th November, 2019. The meeting will start at at 1PM on 11th Novemeber, 2019. All are requested to attend the meeting positively and on time.

BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle is going to hold the condolence meeting in memory of Com. P.K. Nandi and Com. Sadhan Banerjee at CTO, Kolkata: The condolence meeting in memory of Com. P.K. Nandi, Ex Treasurer of BSNLEU, WB and Com. Sadhan Banerjee, Ex-Asstt. General Secretary, erstwhile AITTEU, Class III (T-3) will be held on 5th November, 2019 at Union Office of BSNLEU, CTO Building at 1PM. All are requested to attend the meeting to pay respect of our departed leaders.

UPDATED ON 29-10-2019 AT 1930 HRS.

BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle condemns the statement made by CMD, BSNL: An urgent Circle Office Bearers meeting of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle was held yesterday the 28th October,2109. The meeting unanimously strongly condemns the statement made by CMD BSNL on the eve of Diwali. The circle union is of the opinion that instead of inspiring the employees, CMD is giving threat to employees of the company who have made the BSNL infrastructure over the years and these employees who have earned profit to the tune of Rs10,000 corers. The meeting has decided to launch protest demonstration on 31st October, 2019 against the proposed VRS and condemn the CMD, BSNL for his unwarranted and unethical statement towards the employees. District Secretaries and Branch Secretaries are requested to camping through hand written posters in all the offices and exchanges. On 7th November, 2019 BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle has given a call to burn the 'derogative order' of the Corporate Office dated 30th September, 2019 to retrench contract workers and protest through Human Chain. All the District and Branch Secretaries are requested to campaign through poster, banner and flex to apprise the employees and workers at the same to take in to the confidence of the public also in this struggle.      

UPDATED ON 24-10-2019 AT 0900 HRS.

At last Govt. is going to allot 4G Spectrum to BSNL and no disinvestment or shut down of BSNL: It is the continuous struggle of the BSNL employees of all categories to Save BSNL, compelled the Govt. to declare revival package and allotment of 4G Spectrum for BSNL which the Unions and Associations were demanding for long period of time. The Govt. also declared merger of MTNL and BSNL in a phase manner. The Govt. had to roll back from their earlier decision to disinvest or to close down BSNL. On the other hand Govt. has declared VRS for the employees of BSNL and MTNL with a view to reduction of employees in good number. We are principally against the VRS. It is also not clear about the resources or the fund for implementing the VRS. It is learnt that a meeting is going to held on today i.e on 24th October with the CMD, BSNL and AUAB. We should not be complacent of the declaration of the Govt. There are more issues e.g 3rd PRC, Revision of Pension, Pension contribution on actual pay and payment of pending wage of the Contract workers etc. need to be resolved.  We are to be ready for another phase of struggle, if required, to achieve our demand. It is once again proved that the united struggle of the workers could change the decision of the Govt.   

UPDATED ON 21-10-2019 AT 2345 HRS.

Delay in providing NEPP promotion to the employees - Circle Union intervenes: A good number of employees of West Bengal Circle whose NEPP is due in the month of October, 2019 but the management is very much reluctant on the issue. It is found that in districts where district union is very much active to get the process of NEPP on time only in those districts the process of NEPP started or the order for the promotion has been issued. For example CGMT office where orders for 100 employees were issued. Kolkata SSA from where the NEPP promotion is being initiated for ETP and ETR, till date it is awaiting for settlement. Asansol SSA has sent the names for vigilance clearance, after completing all the formalities of that SSA, it is still pending with the Circle Authority. Suri has sent the names of the employees but their internal process for promotion has not yet been completed. Small SSAs like Raiganj, Coochbehar etc. the process has not yet been started by the SSA heads. Under this circumstance Circle Secretary Com. Animesh Mitra along with other Circle Office bearers met GM(HR) and demanded to expedite the process of NEPP so that the promotion could be given to employees in the month of October, 2019.   

UPDATED ON 19-10-2019 AT 2345 HRS.

Whether the Circle Management is interested to earn more revenue ?: It is now very much clear that BSNL will explore various fields to earn more revenue. One of such business is to render training to the Engineering  students for which BSNL West Bengal Circle earns a good amount of revenue. But it is the Marketing Cell of West Bengal Circle seems to be least interested to do marketing/business. In the development meeting with CGMT held on 20th September, 2019 it was decided that ADHAR service will be introduced in West Bengal Circle and service will be extended to the public through which we can earn more revenue  and at the same time we could interact with the public about our plans and project to attract the customers. But it is a matter of regret that till date we could not start the ADHAR service in the Customer Care Centre in CTO building, Kolkata under the WBTC, Marketing Cell. At the same time Asansol and Kharagpur SSA  started to provide the service through their customer care centre. Then why Kolkata is lagging behind, when BSNL is extremely in need of revenue. Marketing Cell of WBTC has to rise to the occasion and start the ADHAR service immediately. 

Is the Circle management is at all serious in development of WBTC ? : It was decided in the development meeting with CGMT on 20th September, 2019 that the GMs will not function from their HQ but will tour in their respective SSA up to the block level to have an experience of the need of the field. But it is unfortunate that no top level officer of the management has taken the initiative to honour the decisions of the CGMT. Accordingly none of them have visited their SSA till date. Then how could one expect the development of our circle? From this attitude of the top management, it is clear that they not only give proper honour to the decision of CGMT  but also least interested in the development of this circle.

Demand of immediate withdrawal of the 'Black Order' to retrench workers - roared Kolkata: Today at the call of BSNL Coordination Committee West Bengal a Convention was held at Telecom Institute Hall Kolkata with jam-packed house to discuss and decide the further course of action to protect BSNL and it's employee. Com Sisir Roy presided on the occasion. Com Omprakash Singh, Secretary BSNLCC, Arup Sarkar, CS CTTMU and Tapas Ghosh, CS BSNLCMU WB deliberated their speeches. Com Animesh Mitra, President BSNLEU & Secy. General BSNLCCWF in his address narrated the present scenario of BSNL. He emphasized on i) non-payment of salary to BSNL employees,  ii) immediate scrap of the derogatory order of 30/9/19 issued by the CO ND in which retrenchment of Security Guards and reduction of their working days and iii) revival of BSNL. Com Subhash Mukherjee President CITU WB also deliberated his valuable speech before the House. Com Mukherjee in his speech narrated the anti worker and pro corporate role of the Central Government and calls upon everyone to strengthen unity and fight against this Government. He told that on 8/1/2020 there will be one day strike in which we have to involve ourselves to give a befitting message to this Government. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 18-10-2019 AT 2345 HRS.

Circle Union strongly protest the unilateral decision of the management to retrench the Security Guards in West Bengal Circle: The Circle management has issued order in accordance with the order issued by the corporate office on 30th September, 2019 to retrench the Security Guards of West Bengal Circle keeping pending their 10 months wage. These Security Guards were working in filed to render the BSNL service. They are not only the security guards but also they operate AC, generators, maintain BTS and used to repair faults etc. A delegation under the leadership of Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB and Com. Taps Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB met CGMT, West Bengal Circle yesterday and expressed their strong resentment on the issue. They raised the points about the service. They expressed their anguish that in absence of these workers who will render service. The BSNL service is going to hamper a lot when the most important issue of revenue earnings are being discussed all over the country. They also expressed their most dissatisfaction of keeping pending the wage of the workers for 10 months. It is  contrary to the existing labour law of the country. The leaders demanded to pay the pending wages to the workers and withdraw the 'black order' immediately. They handed over a letter to CGMT in this regard. <View letter>  

UPDATED ON 14-10-2019 AT 1425 HRS.

Veteran leader and Circle Treasurer, AIBDPA Com. P.K. Nandi left us today in the early morning: Com. P.K. Nandi, Circle Treasurer, AIBDPA and Ex-Circle Treasurer, BSNLEU, WB Circle breathed his last in the early morning today due to massive heart attack. BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle mourns the sad demise of Com. P.K. Nandi and expresses heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family members. Red salute to Com. P.K. Nandi.

UPDATED ON 11-10-2019 AT 2000 HRS.

CGMT, WB Circle holds Press conference: CGMT West Bengal circle holds press conference in regard to the fake news which are coming in the social media, electronic and print media for sometime about the revival and closure of BSNL. BSNLEU requested CGMT to protest against these fake these news, which are being spread by some vested interest persons, to keep he moral high of our customers. CGMT consented do the needful. Accordingly a press meet was held today in the conference room at CGMT office. He replied all the quarries of the reporters of the media. CGMT made it clear that BSNL is in the right path and the news which are coming in different medias are all fake and not to give importance to it. He gave statistics on various aspects in this regard. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Com. Sujoy Sarkar and Com. Nazes Nouroz were present in the press conference on behalf of BSNLEU, WB Circle. <View press release>     

UPDATED ON 10-10-2019 AT 2130 HRS.

Respectful homage paid to Com. Swapan Chanda : Today in the afternoon the condolence meeting, organised jointly by BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA, WB Circle,  in memory of Com. Swapan Chanda, Ex-Circle President who passed away on 4th October, 2019 was held in Telecom Institute Hall. Leaders of Kolkata District Union and Circle Union  along with his well wishers garlanded the picture of Com. Swapan Chanda to pay respect to our departed leader. The TI hall was full to pay respect to their beloved leader. Com. Susanta Ghosh, Com. Nazes Nouroz and Com. Banani Chattopadhyay jointly presided over the condolence meeting. Com. Pijush Chakraborty, Circle Secretary AIBDPA, Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, Com. Manik Lal Sarkar, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Kolkata SSA, Com. Om Prakash Singh, Secretary BSNL Coordination Committee, Com. Kalyan Kumar Raha, very old comrade of Com. Swapan Chanda, Com. Dilip Das, veteran leader of Telecom movement, Com. Tapas Sarkar, Circle Secretary, BSNLSU, Com. Pankaj Saha, a very good friend and well wisher of Com. Swapan Chanda and Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB discussed the life and ideology to which Com. Swapan Chanda believed till his last day. Com Animesh Mitra appealed to the members who were present in the meeting to carry on the unfinished task of Com Swapan Chanda in that way we can truly pay respect to Com. Swapan Chanda. <View of Condolence meeting> 

 

UPDATED ON 9-10-2019 AT 2045 HRS.

Joint movement of BSNL workers could only Save BSNL: It is true that BSNL is in deep crisis. Govt. doesn't want BSNL to get going. The salary has not yet been paid to the regular employees. Only the contract workers got one month's wage just before Puja after prolonged struggle. On the other hand some media, agent of Modi Govt., is trying to create fear psychosis atmosphere throughout the country. Propaganda is going on that BSNL will be closed down. Though in the month of September BSNL has provided 13.5 lakh Mobile connections in the country. All categories of staff are fighting to save BSNL. Our organisation, BSNLEU, is going to start joint movement taking all in the joint platform. It will be announced on 11th October, 2019. On 19th October there will be a state level convention at Kolkata in this regard.    

Condolence meeting of our beloved leader Com. Swapan Chanda will be held on 10th October, 2019: Condolence meeting of Com. Swapan Chanda, Ex-President of BSNLEU, WB Circle and Ex-District Secretary, Kolkata SSA will be held on 10th October, 2019 in Telecom Institute hall, CTO building  at 1PM. The condolence meeting has been organised jointly by BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA, WB Circle. Come one and all at TI hall to pay respect to our beloved leader.

UPDATED ON 6-10-2019 AT 2345 HRS.

Veteran leader of Telecom movement Com. Sadhan Banerjee passed away: Veteran leader of Telecom movement and Ex-Asstt. General Secretary of  erstwhile AITTEU, Class III (T-3) Com. Sadhan Banerjee passed away today at about 3 AM at his residence in Salkia, Howrah. He was suffering form problems due to old age for some time. He was attached with some social welfare society till his last day. Today Com. Asis Das, Com. Debashis Khan and Com. Prakash Das rushed to his residence to pay last respect to the departed leader. Floral tribute was paid to him on behalf of BSNLEU and from CTO, CCS. BSNLEU morns the sad demise of Com. Sadhan Banerjee and expresses heartfelt condolence to his family members.

UPDATED ON 4-10-2019 AT 1930 HRS.

Our beloved Comrade Swapan Chanda is no more: Circle Union is very much saddened to inform that our beloved Comrade Swapan Chanda, Ex-President BSNLEU. WB Circle and Ex-District Secretary, Kolkata SSA breathed his last on 4th October, 2019 at 9AM in Fortis Hospital, Kolkata. Circle Union condole to the bereaved family of  Com Swapan Chanda. Leaders and well wishers of Com. Swapan rushed to the hospital to pay respect  to our departed leader. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary along with other leaders of Circle Union and Kolkata District Union paid floral tribute to Com. Swapan Chanda. Com. Manik Sarkar, Com. Goutam Chatterjee, Com. Kalyan Raha, Com. Pankaj Saha, Com. Goutam Basu Dhar and his wife Com. Anubha Basu Dhar, Com. Ramprasad Dutta, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Com. Nazes Nouroz, Com. Biplab Das, Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Com. Tapas Ghosh, Com. Tarak Kundu, Com. Rajendra Chakraborty, Com. Subir Roy, Com. Asis Das, Com. Debashis Khan and Com. Ramen Dutta Chowdhury   along with  son and other family members of Com. Swapan Chanda were present in the hospital. 

UPDATED ON 3-10-2019 AT 2345 HRS.

Dharna demonstration programme held successfully in West Bengal Circle: Today at the call of BSNLEU and BSNLCMU, West Bengal Circle Dharna programme was held throughout the West Bengal Circle in protest of non-payment of salary to the regular employees for the month of September  and non-payment of the pending wages of the contract workers and the problems of the wage of casual workers arising out of implementation of ERP. The programme was also held for non-settlement of the burning problems of the West Bengal Telecom Circle.  In circle office at CTO building, Kolkata the Dharna programme was held where a good number of employees and casual/contract workers attended the programme. In this programme Com. Bananai Chattopadhyay and Com. Nazes Nouroz jointly presided the meeting. Com. Anindya Kumar Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary, Com. Rajendra Chakraborty, Com. Niranjan Sarkar, Com. Ramprasad Dutta, Circle Organising Secretary and Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary addressed the gathering of the employees and workers. The speakers said that the Govt. is trying to wind up BSNL but it is the struggle of the employees and workers could not do so till date. The attack has been carried out over the contract workers by retrenching them at the age of 55 years. The regular employees are also under the threat of VRS. They appealed to the workers to resist the attack unitedly through intensifying the struggle. The programme was held at Asansol where Com. Subrata Misra, Asstt. Circle Secretary and District Secretary along with Uttam Roy, District Secretary, BSNLCMU addressed the gathering. In Purulia Com. Sanjoy Pal, Circle Organising Secretary and District Secretary addressed the workers. In Malda com. Ujjal Ghosh, Circle Organising Secretary and District Secretary spoke in the meeting. In Bankura Com. Sahadev Karmakar, District Secretary addressed the workers in the Dharna programme. In Durgapur Com. Sunil Garai addressed the meeting. In ETR Com. Asis Kumar Das, District Secretary addressed the gathering of the workers and employees.  <Pictures> 

UPDATED ON 1-10-2019 AT 1845 HRS.

Enthusiastic demonstration programme held throughout West Bengal Circle: Today at the call of AUAB lunch hour demonstration programme was held at every district of West Bengal Circle against the non-payment of the salary of the employees for the month of September and the non-payment of wages of the contract workers for 8 months. In most of the places a good number of employees and workers assembled to protest against such act of the BSNL management. In Circle Office at Kolkata the demonstration programme was presided over Com. Banai Chattopadhyay, President, BSNLEU, WB. The speakers in the demonstration programme were Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB, Com. Aniruddha  Basu, Circle Secretary, AIBSNLEA, WB Circle and Com. Pradip Kumar Roy, President, SNEA, WB, Circle. The speakers accused the management for non-payment of salary and wages of the contract workers for 8 months. They said that the management is trying to create a fear psychosis amongst the employees so that they are compelled to opt for VRS. They also accused the management that the contract workers are the pivot of BSNL, they are the main force in the field level maintenance and development work but it is unfortunate that they are being neglected. They appealed to the employees and workers for the  next phase of struggle against the Modi Govt. So far the information received by the circle Union that the programme was held at Asansol, Baharampore, Bankura, Durgapur, Purulia, Kharagpur, Katwa, Malda and Jalpaiguri. <Pictures>

The Indian Workers gave a call for General Strike in the month January against the anti-people and anti-workers policy of the Modi Govt. : The Central Trade Unions of  India jointly gave a call for General Strike on 8th January, 2020  against the anti-people and anti-workers policy of the Modi Govt. on 12 point charter of demands. On Monday from the Parliament Street of Delhi the Trade Union Leadership gave the call for Strike through a Joint National Convention of thousands of workers. CITU, AITUC, INTUC, HMS,AIUTUC, TUCC,UTUC,AICCTU, SEWA, LPF including different independent workers organisation and the All India Federation of the workers and employees jointly gave this call for General Strike. Joint Forum at the National level of Peasants Organisations have also decided to join this strike. The leadership said in the convention  that the  severe attack has been carried out on the workers by the Modi Govt. within his 100 days time through relentless denationalisation and disinvestment. Due to the wrong policy of the Govt. the country is reeling under severe recetion the rate of unemployment is the highest for past 45 years. No new employment is being generated by this Govt. On the other hand the Govt snatching money from the reserve fund of Reserve Bank and giving tax holiday to Ambani, Adani and big industrialist. The peasants are compelled to commit suicide for not getting the reasonable price of their harvest. The price of the essential commodities is sky high. Get into the campaign programme now and make the All India Strike a great success.        

UPDATED ON 28-09-2019 AT 2345 HRS.

 

                                                                                        

Dhrana Demonstration programme at SSA and Circle level against Non-payment of salary & wage on time to regular employees and non-regular workers : As decided by the circle union that Dharna Demonstration programme would be held on 3rd October, 2019 against the non-payment of salary to the employees and non-payment of wages to the casual/contract workers and other dues including the burning issues. The programme will be held at SSA HQ and Circle level at CGMT office. District secretaries are requested to organise the programme seriously and effectively. There is a little time left for organising the programme, only one day left. This short period should be utilised with war like situation. Mobilise the workers and make a massive gathering on this occasion so that a message could be given to the management.

Hold Lunch hour Demonstration against non-payment of salary for the month of September, 2019: As decided by BSNLEU, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, BSNLOA, BSNL ATM and BSNL MS jointly to hold lunch hour demonstration on 1st October, 2019 against non-payment of salary for the month of September and non-payment of wage to the contract worker for 8 months and other dues. All our district secretaries and organisers are requested to organise the programme effectively. Contact other counter parts of the Associations and Unions of this pogramme.    

UPDATED ON 27-09-2019 AT 2350 HRS.

Hold District Working Committee meeting to review the Membership Verification and post MV situation: Dear comrades, Circle Union congratulates you all for the victory in the 8th Membership Verification for 7 consecutive times. Now it is our task to  hold district working Committee meeting to review the performance in Membership Verification of your district, analyse the result, review the post poll situation. In the discussion it  is also to be taken into account the non-payment of the salary of the regular employees and the wage of the contract and casual workers and other problems of your district. Take decisions and go to the members, take them into confidence and settle for the next struggle. District Office Working Committee meetings were conducted by Purulia, Asansol and Kolkata SSA districts. So far our information is concerned such meeting is going to take place at Baharmpore very soon. Circle Union is going to hold its office bearers meeting tomorrow i.e on 28th September, 2019 to review the Membership Verification and the entire situation. Those districts who have not yet taken the decision to hold the district meeting they are requested to hold the same positively by the month of October.<Picture>

Victory celebrated by ETR Terity Bazra Branch Union: Victory celebration was observed at Terity Bazar Telephone Kendra branch of ETR district on 27th September at 2 PM. Com. Aniruddha Mukherjee was on the chair. The meeting was initiated by Com. Com. Subhas Devnath, Branch Secretary. The speakers were Com. Sanjiv Paria of BSNLCMU, Com. Asis Kumar Das, District Secretary, ETR District, Com. Imran Khan, Circle Organising Secretary, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary and Com. Asis Das, Patron, Circle Union. The speakers illustrated the present situation of BSNL and problems of the employees and appealed before the members for united struggle to save BSNL and its employees.<Picture>

UPDATED ON 26-09-2019 AT 2350 HRS.

Demonstration Programme held at Circle Office : As decided earlier a demonstration programme held at circle office today against the non-implementation of the commitment made by the circle management to settle the long pending burning issues of the circle and the employees. It was a deferred programme of the circle union since the CGMT assured on 27th August to settle the long pending burning problems during our the hunger strike. A rally was held with Red Flags at the circle office which went round CTO building and TCO building. In this meeting Com. Anindya Kr Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary spoke before the gathering. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary. He apprised the members about the indifferent attitude of the circle authority in regard to the settlement of the long pending burning problems. He expressed his annoyance in regard to the deferred payment of the salary of the employees, non-payment of wage of the contract workers, reduction of wage of the casual workers non-settlement of the problems arisen in NEPP etc. He also mentioned that the Puja is knocking at the door and the employees and workers have the right to get their salary/wage on time. He demanded for payment of all the dues of the employees before Puja else the circle union will launch massive demonstration programme on 3rd of October, 2019. He asked the members to make the programme an effective one and all the success.<Picture>      

UPDATED ON 25-09-2019 AT 2340 HRS.

Katwa Branch Union celebrated victory in 8th Membership Verification: Today victory celebration was held at Katwa Branch through a GB meeting. BSNLEU Katwa branch organised this GB meeting on the occasion of victory of BSNLEU in the 8th Membership Verification. All members of Katwa branch attended the meeting ignoring the adverse climatic condition. Com. Maloy Biswas, Branch Secretary thanked the members for making BSNLEU the winner for the 7 consecutive time. The main speaker was Com. Prabir Kumar Das, Asstt. Circle Secretary. He congratulated the members for their support towards BSNLEU. He appealed to the members to be united for the struggle ahead of us to protect the worker's right and PSU like BSNL.<Picture>

UPDATED ON 24-09-2019 AT 2345 HRS.

Victory celebrated by ETR, Telephone Bhavan branch: Today the Telephone Bhavan Branch Union of ETR District Union celebrated the the victory of 8th Membership Verification.  A GB meeting was organised on this occasion. Com. Sekhar Das, Branch Secretary initiated the proceedings. The speakers in the meeting were Com. Asis Kumar Das, District Secretary, ETR District, Com. Asis Das, Patron, Circle Union and Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary. The Speakers congratulated the members for their support towards BSNLEU for the 7 consecutive times. It is the support towards the Red Flag. Com. Animesh Mitra appealed to the members to be prepared for the next phase of struggle to achieve our demands like allotment of 4G Spectrum to BSNL, Wage Revision etc. The meeting was presided by Branch President Com. Neloy Das. <Pictures>   

UPDATED ON 23-09-2019 AT 2345 HRS.

Victory in the 8th Membership Verification was celebrated by Burdwan District Union: Today the Victory of BSNLEU for the 7th Consecutive times was celebrated by the members  of BSNLEU, Burdwan District. There was a great enthusiasm among the members since they had defected the disruptive force in their district. Com Badre Alam, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Com. Manik Lal Das, Veteran Leader Burdwan District congratulated the members for making BSNLEU the No.1 recognised union once aging. They reminded that we have now a great task to unite the workers for the next phase of struggle to achieve our demands e.g wage Revision, Allotment of 4G Spectrum to BSNL and to resist VRS and reduction of retirement age from 60 to 58 years.<Picture>

Ultimately the GM Kharagpur had to bow down : It was a great victory of the workers of Kharagpur SSA who were fighting against the whimsical activities of GM Khragpur for some times. It was GM Kharagpur who asked the staff of GM office at Kharagpur to shift the office from a rented building to building of D-Tax. Executives and non-executives moved to D-Tax building accordingly. But all on a sudden GM Kharagpur along with one DGM and one SDE moved to Midnapore and started to function the office of GM from Midnapore. It is surprising to note that entire staffs were functioning from Kharagpur itself but GM from another place, Midnapore. BSNLEU District Union reacted on the whimsical attitude of GM. They were agitating on the issue. It is to be mentioned here that the Office of GM was in a rented building. It was decided between the management and the recognised union, BSNLEU that the rented building will be vacated and the entire office will be shifted to D-Tax building which has enough space. The workers of Kharagpur and the District Secretary, Com. Pankaj Jana along with Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary met CGMT and apprised him of the situation. But it is unfortunate that GM Kharagpur started to behave in other way. She started to behave in other way on the occasion of the verification with a view to disturb the verification process and in the long run to hackle BSNLEU. But she could not succeeded since the workers are with BSNLEU which once again proved in the 8th membership verification. Now CGMT has issued order to run the office of GM Kharagpur from D-Tax building. It's a great victory of the workers against the whims of a irresponsible SSA head. <Letter -1><Letter-2>

Asansol District Union celebrated the Victory of BSNLEU in the 8th Membership Verification: Asansol District Union celebrated the victory of BSNLEU in the 8th Membership Verification on 21st September. A short meeting was held in this occasion. Com. Subrata Misra, District Secretary and  Sutapa Roy, Asstt. District Secretary addressed the workers in the meeting. The speakers congratulated the workers for making BSNLEU the No.1 recognised union in BSNL for consecutive 7 times. They appealed to the workers to get ready for the next phase of struggle which willed be formulated in the forthcoming CEC meeting at Delhi. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 20-09-2019 AT 2345 HRS.

Victory of BSNLEU  was celebrated by the workers of West Bengal Circle: Victory of BSNLEU for the  7 consecutive times celebrated by the workers and organisers throughout the West Bengal Circle. This time BSNLEU West Bengal Circle has succeeded  to increase their votes by 5% than the last verification. Workers and organisers of CGMT Office, Kolkata SSA, ETP, ETR and Civil wings organised victory celebration on 18th itself in the evening after the final result was declared. A colourful rally was organised in the CGMT Office at CTO building. A short gate meeting was held at the south gate of CTO building where Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB Circle and President, BSNLEU (CHQ) congratulated the workers  for making BSNLEU the No1 recognised union once again in BSNL. He said that it is the mandate of the workers not to bow down before the management but to fight for the justice. Such victory celebration was observed by Bankura and Jalpaiguri district unions on 19th. In Bankura in a short meeting Com Sahadeb Karmakar, District Secretary congratulated the workers for the victory. In Jalpaiguri, District Secretary and Com. Subhra Banerjee thanked the workers for keeping faith on BSNLEU once again.   <Pictures> 

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UPDATED ON 18-09-2019 AT 2345HRS.

BSNLEU became once gain the No.1 Recognized Union in BSNL: In the 8th Membership Verification the BSNLEU has once again secured the first place with 4821 votes (43% of total voters). NFTE came second with 39132 votes (35.32%0.  BTEU got 4829(4.36%). SU got only 599 (0.54%). TEU 362 (0.33%). BSNLEU has won in 20 circles while NFTE in 14. In West Bengal Circle out of 3179 voters (Polled & Valid - 3034) BSNLEU got 2135 (70%), NFTE 469, SU 129, TEU 95, FNTO 100, BTEU 33 votes. BSNLEU congratulates all our members for this result. In spite of total opposition with utter lies from the other unions, the employees have once again voted in favour BSNLEU and made BSNLEU the no. 1 union of the non-executives for the 7th consecutive occasion. Comrade Red Salute to all of you.

 

UPDATED ON 16-09-2019 AT 2345HRS.

Non-executives of BSNL, West Bengal Circle participated in the 8th Membership Verification in a festive mood: BSNL Employees Union, West Bengal Circle congratulates all the non-executive workers for participating in the 8th Membership Verification in a festive mood and peacefully. The massive participation of the workers proved that they wanted a recognised union in BSNL very much. But it is a matter of regret that conspiracy was made from some corners to disturb or postpone the election process. But it is the workers who throttled the conspiracy. The enthusiastic workers from all the places of West Bengal Telecom Circle right from the hills of Darjeeling and Gangtok to Diamond Harbour got assembled in their booth from the early morning and stood in a long queue to exercise their right. The working women of BSNL, WBTC were not left behind. Their participation in this verification was a significant one. So far the news received by the Circle Union that about 95% of votes were polled. It is the victory of the workers who were determined to exercise their right ignoring various rumours and many short comings. It is their zeal to save BSNL under any circumstances. The 8th Membership Verification created history by itself. Workers Unity Zindabad.<Glimpses of 8 MV>     

UPDATED ON 14-09-2019 AT 2015 HRS.

Colourful and spirited rally held at CGMT office: Yesterday the 13th September the last day of the campaign programme for 8th Membership Verification was ended jointly by CGMT Office District and Kolkata District through a clourful and spirited  rally at CGMT office with an appeal to cast votes in favour of BSNLEU. The rally started from the top floor of CTO building and went round CTO building and TCO building. slogans were shouted in favour of BSNLEU. Workers participated in a great numbers in course of rally moved from top floor to ground floor of CTO building. After the rally which ended at North gate of CTO building Com. Sujoy Sarkar, District Secretary, CGMT Office District and Com. Manik Lal Sarkar,  District Secretary, Kolkata District addressed the members of the rally. They appealed to the workers to cast their votes in favour of BSNLEU and reminded their responsibilities in the election on 16th September. The extent of the rally at the afternoon of Friday proved itself that BSNLEU is going to be the only recognised Union in BSNL with much more support of the workers than ever. Circle leaderships Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Com. Anindya Kumar Sarkar, Com. Banani Chattopadhyay and Com. Ramprasad Dutta were in the rally.<Pictures>  

UPDATED ON 13-09-2019 AT 2200 HRS.

BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle stormed the election campaign in the final hour before election :  Toady the 13th September, 2019 is the last day of campaign programme for the 8th Membership Verification which is scheduled to be held on 16th September, 2019. After months long campaign programme it was observed that much more workers are assembling under the banner of BSNLEU since they are getting the surety of struggle for their existence from the Red Flag of mighty union 'BSNLEU'. Today a stormy election campaign took place in various places of West Bengal Circle. Campaign programmes were held at Baharampore, Durgapur, ETP and Krishnanagar etc.

Baharmpore : Massive campaign proggramme was held in the last day before election in Baharampore Telephone exchange. Members and workers from the entire building assembled in the ground floor for the meeting. It is significant to note that none of the employees stayed at their work place during last minute programme. in the meeting Com Sekhar Sarkar, District President presided.  Com. Gopal Roy, District Secretary, Com. Amal Saha, Vice-president, Com. Mamata Sarkar, Circle Vice-president deliberated their speech. The speakers appealed to the members and the members of other union that to take oath to make BSNLEU, the only recognised union in BSNL. The entire members who were present in the meeting expressed their determination to raise to the occasion.<Pictures>

Durgapur : Durgapur District Union concluded their campaign programme in connection with 8th Membership Verification at City Centre Branch, Durgapur with a well attended meeting. Veteran leader Com. Dhananjoy Ganguly, who have a long experience to conduct all membership verification in the past was present in the meeting and guided the members and reminded about their duties and responsibilities in the election on 16th September. Com. Subrata Misra, Asstt. Circle Secretary explained the present scenario including the role of CMD, BSNL who has declared today that the salary of the regular staff can be distributed in the next week. Com. Sunil Garai, District Secretary, narrated all the efforts that the District Union had taken for campaign programme among the staff. Today's mobilization of BSNL workers have  established the fact that this time also the Red Flag of mighty Union, 'BSNLEU' will continue to flatter in all the offices and exchanges of BSNL. <Pictures>

ETP : A well attended meeting held at ETP office at Ultadanga in connection with the 8th Membership Verification. Com. Goutam Banik, District Secretary, ETP Distrcit initiated  with a brief speech about the ensuing election and the task of the members on the 16th of this month. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary and Com. Madhusudan Saha, Asstt. Circle Treasurer were present in the meeting on behalf of Circle Union. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay reminded the struggle for the last three years under leadership of BSNLEU to save BSNL and to achieve our demands. He appealed to the members in the meeting to cast their votes in much more numbers to ensure the joint struggle under the leadership of BSNLEU to save BSNL, its workers and to achieve our demands like 3rd PRC. <Pictures>

Krishnanagar: Today a campaign meeting of Krishnanagr District in connection with 8th Membership Verification  was held at TRC of Krishnanagar Telephone exchange. A good number of staff attended the meeting. Com. Biswanath Kar, District Secretary, Com. Bidhan Pramanik, Patron Circle Union and Com. Nemai Das, District Secretary, BSNLCMU attended the meeting and deliberated their speech. The speakers appealed to the members to make BSNLEU once again the no.1 recognised union in BSNL. <Pictures>

ETR : The comrades of ETR are not left behind in terms of camping programme for the 8th Membership Verification. They organised election committee meetings at Teritybazar and Telephone Bhavan branch on 12th &13th September. Com. Asis Kumar Das, District Secretary  explained the members about their duties and responsibilities in the election. Members also participated in the discussion. The comrades of ETR  approached each and every workers of ETR district irrespective of unions they belong. Voter slip was distributed to the workers of ETR. Com. Asis Das, Patron Circle Union guided the comrades of ETR with his valuable advise. Now ETR is all set to make the BSNLEU the only recognised union in BSNL in the 8th Membership Verification.    

UPDATED ON 12-09-2019 AT 2215 HRS.

Very useful GB meeting held at CGMT Office: Today a very useful GB meeting was held at CTO union office organised by CGMT Office District Union. The employees of CGMT office thronged in the union office to hear the leaders on the eve of the Membership Verification which is going to be held on 16th September, 2019. The speakers were Com. Anindya Kr Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary and Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary. Com Anindya in his short speech described about the policy of the Govt. The role of the Govt. and the unions other than BSNLEU. He said that it is only BSNLEU is fighting against the policy of the Govt./management and for the cause of the employees and workers. He also narrated about the work done by BSNLEU in the past three years. Com. Amitava  spoke in detail in the meeting. He replied about the normal questions which are being raised from time to time as -  what BSNLEU has done for the workers during the last three years, what is the utility to organise membership verification incurring a lot of expenditure  when the employees are not getting their salary for the month of August, BSNLEU did not agreed to 5% fitment in regard to wage revision etc. The members listened to Com. Amitava with great patience and attentively. He said that both the management and the other unions are very much interested to stop the election process as there will be no recognised union and at the time to weaken the struggle to save BSNL under the leadership of BSNLEU. He opined that joint struggle is inevitable in spite of BSNLEU becomes the only recognised union in BSNL. Both the speakers appealed to the members to cast their votes in favour of BSNLEU to ensure the joint struggle to save BSNL and its workers. The body language of the members proved that BSNLEU will win in West Bengal Circle with a handsome margin. Com. Nayan Ranjan Chowdhuri presided over the meeting. <Pictures>

GB meting at Suri held with enthusiasm: Today a GB meting was held at Suri  in connection with the Membership Verification. A good number of employees and members along with the retired persons, well wisher of BSNLEU and non-regular workers attended the meeting. Enthusiasm was observed amongst the members who present in the GB meeting. They were very much eager and concerned with the victory BSNLEU. Com Nazes Nouroz, Circle Vice-President was present in the meeting and deliberated his speech. He narrated about the present situation of BSNL. He said that the Govt is trying to retrench it employees in the name of VRS/CRS. He opined that the management is creating mental pressure on the employees by deferring the salary. He appealed to the members to reach each and every employee in Suri district and narrate the danger before us and it is the  time for joint struggle to ensure the stability of BSNL as a PSU and achieve our demands. It is the need of the hour to make BSNLEU the no1 recognised union once again to ensure the struggle to save BSNL under the leadership of BSNLEU. The other speakers in the meeting were Com. Madan Ghosh, Leader AIBDPA, Com. Santosh Goswami, District Secretary, BSNLCMU, Suri District, Com. Nadadulal Mitra, Ex-District Secretary BSNLEU, Suri District  and Com. Tinku Biswas, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Suri District. <Pictures>    

UPDATED ON 11-09-2019 AT 2245 HRS.

Overwhelming  attendance in the Working Women's meeting : Today a meeting of Working Women's Group in connection with 8th Membership Verification was held at CTO union office with an overwhelming attendance of the lady comrades. The present situation and the role of the govt was discussed. The necessity to make BSNLEU the only recognised union in BSNL was also discussed. In this meeting Com. Jhumur Banerjee, Asstt. district Secretary, CGMT Office District deliberated her speech. Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary and District Secretary, CGMT office district kept his views in regard to the ensuing election. Com. Animesh Mitra was the main speaker. He called upon the lady comrades to stay beside BSNLEU to ensure struggle against the govt. with anti-worker policy. The meeting was jointly presided over by Com. Banani Chattopadhyay and Com. Sibani Das. <Pictures>

Enthusiastic meeting held at Burdwan: Burdwan District Union is not falling back in the campaign programme in connection with Membership Verification. Accordingly they have conducted an enthusiastic and well attended meeting at Burdwan. Com. Badre Alam, District Secretary, Burdwan District, Com. Manik Lal Das, Veteran Leader kept their views in regard to the 8th MV. They appealed to the workers to come forward and to cast their votes in favour of BSNLEU in large numbers. The main speaker in the meeting was Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary. He narrated in detail about the present situation in BSNL, the conspiracy of the govt to close down all PSUs including BSNL. He opined that the govt is trying to create a fear psychosis amongst the employees by deferring the salary. He also said that the management is trying to reduce the working strength through VRS and CRS. He appealed to the workers to choose a union who can fight against such anti-workers policy of the govt. The only tested union is BSNLEU who can fight unitedly with all the executives and non-executive of BSNL. Hence it is necessary to make BSNLEU the no1 recognised union to ensure struggle to save BSNL and achieve our demands like 3rd PRC. <Pictures>

GB meeting held at ETR, Telephone Bhavan Brach: Today a GB meeting in connection with 8th Membership Verification was held at ETR Union office at Telephone Bhavan. Com. Neloy Das, Branch president presided the meeting. Com. Sekhar Chandra Das, initiated and said the necessity to hold the GB meeting at the back drop of the verification. Com. Asis Kumar Das, District Secretary, spoke in detail about the perspective on which the 8th Membership Verification is going to be held. Com. Animesh Mitra, circle Secretary was the main speaker. He opined that the 8th Verification is the fight between the management and BSNLEU. He appealed to the members to be alert about the situation since neither the management nor the other unions who have no credibility among the workers are trying to postpone the election process. The other speakers in the meeting were Com. Asis Das, Patron Circle Union and Com. Debashis Khan, Patron Circle Union. <Pictures>

A well attended joint GB meeting held at Barasat: Today a joint GB meting of BSNLEU and BSNLCMU, North Branch was held at Barasat in connection with the campaign programme of 8th Membership Verification. Com. Niranjan Sarkar, Branch Secretary initiated the proceedings. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary. He appealed to the members to defeat the conspiracy of the govt. to sell out BSNL and to reduce its working strength through VRS/CRS by making BSNLEU once again the no.1 recognised union. The other speaker in the meeting was Com. Manik Lal Sarkar, District Secretary, Kolkata District. He appealed to the members to cast their votes in favour of BSNLEU and to ensure votes of the members of the other unions who are mistakenly with the pro govt. unions. <Pictures>  

Successful GB meeting held at Coochbehar : Today a GB meeting was held at Coochbehar. Members of Coochbehar attended the meeting in good numbers. Com. Mamata Sarkar, Circle Vice-President attended the meeting on behalf of Circle Union. She elaborately narrated the present situation in BSNL, the delay in salary, the conspiracy to sell out BSNL to JIO. She said that the govt is trying to create pressure on the employees by delaying salary so as to make them  bow down before the management for VRS. She appealed before members to consolidate our unity and fight against the odds and for that we have to make BSNLEU the no1 recognised union to give leadership in the struggle ahead of us. Com. Krishna Mitra, District Secretary, Coochbehar District read out the Journal of BSNLEU, WB of September issue before the members since it is a document of the total incidents took place in BSNL during the past few years. <Pictures>  

 

UPDATED ON 10-09-2019 AT 2345 HRS.

Hills of Gangtok are determined to make the Red Flag of our Union fly high: Today the 10th Septemebr meetings in connection with 8th Membership Verification were held at Jorthung and Gayzing of Gangtok District. A good number of workers in both the places attended the meeting and made the meeting warmth. Com. Moni Chhetri, Circle Vice-President and Com. Tek Prasad, District Secretary, Gangtok District were present and deliberated there speech. The speakers narrated in brief about the present situation in BSNL and how the Govt. is making conspiracy to sell out BSNL and to reduce employees in the name of VRS. They appealed to the members to make BSNLEU the only recognized union in BSNL for the interest of the Nation and the employees. The body language of the members in the both meetings expressed their determination to make the Red Flag of BSNLEU fly high. <Pictures>

Meeting was held at the hills of Kalimpong: Meeting in connection with 8th Membership Verification was held at the hills of Kalimpong on 10th September. Com. Amal Jana, Asstt. District Secretary and Com. Subrata Chakraborty, Asstt. District Secretary, Siliguri District attended the meeting. The apprised the members about the present situation in BSNL and our task. They appealed the members to cast their votes in favour of BSNLEU to ensure to save BSNL and its workers.<Pictures>  

Well attended meetings were held at Bankuar & Purulia: Well attended meetings were held at Bankur and Purulia in connection with the 8th Membership Verification. Though it was holiday today, the presence of the workers in both Bankur and Purilia were overwhelming. The main speaker in both the meetings was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary. In Bankura Com. Sahadeb Karmakar, District Secretary deliberated  his initial speech and in Purulia Com. Sanjoy Pal deliberated his initial speech. Com. Animesh Mitra apprised the workers of both the districts about the present situation and our task. He also said about the struggle of the BSNL employees to resist the onslaught of the Govt. He appealed to the workers of both Bankura and  Purulia to make BSNLEU the only recognised union BSNL to ensure to save BSNL and its workers and it is the need of the hour.  <Pictures>

Meeting was also held at Malbzar: Campaign meeting in connection with 8th Membership Verification was held on 9th September at Malbzar Telephone exchange under Jalpaiguri district. Com. Soumendra Chanda Roy, District Secretary attended the meeting. He appealed to the workers of Malbazar to cast their votes in favour of BSNLEU to ensure the struggle of BSNL employees against the anti-worker policy of the Govt. <Picture>

UPDATED ON 09-09-2019 AT 1015 HRS.

Members of other unions are assembling in good numbers in the Campaign Programme of BSNLEU in all the places of  WB Circle: The campaign programme for 8th Membership Verification has taken a momentum and is going on at brisk space. It is reported that the number of workers are increasing day by day in the meetings of BSNLEU. It was also reported that members of other unions who have no entity in All India scenario are assembling in good numbers under the banner of BSNLEU as they have lost their faith to their union. Meetings were held on Saturday and Sunday throughout West Bengal Circle.

On Saturday, the 7th September, meetings were held at Adra, Contai, Asansol - East and West branch, Balurghat and at Raniganj Coal House Branch under Civil Wings. The speakers in Adra was Com. Sanjoy Pal, Circle Organisng Secretary, Com. Amalesh Pradhan, Circle Organising Secretary at Contai. Com. Sutapa Roy, Asstt. District Secretary and Com. Subrta Misra, District Secretary, Asansol Dist  were speakers in Asansol East & West Branch. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. The speakers discussed some relevant issues of the circles and district apart from the 8Mebership Verification. They appealed to the members to take all out effort to make BSNLEU the only recognised union in BSNL and to get assembled members of other unions under the banner of BSNLEU as they have done today. The meeting was presided over by Com. Biswanth Mondal. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary was main the speaker at Balurghat meeting. At Raniganj Coal House the main speaker was Com. Anindya Kumar Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary.

On Sunday, the 8th September, though it was Sunday the holiday,  full house meetings were held at Raiganj, Malda and Raniganj under Asansol district. In Raiganj and Malda the main speaker was Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary. Com. S.N. Mondal, District Secretary, Raiganj district initiated the proceedings at the meeting of Raiganj. Com. Subhas Chowdhury and Com. Abhisekh Das both JE shared their views in regard to the 8th Memebership Verification. Here also the members of other union, who left BSNLEU and joined unions who have no entity in All India scenario, have attended the meeting and heard Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay with patience. Later they expressed their willingness to support whole heartedly to BSNLEU.  In Malda a  joint meeting of BSNLEU and BSNLCMU was held in a jam packed house. Com. T.B. Talukdar  presided the meeting. Apart from Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Com. Ujjal Ghosh, District Secretary, BSNLEU,Malda District, Com. Partha Acharya, District Secretary, BSNLCMU, Malda District deliberated their speech. In Raniganj the main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle. Com. Subrata Misra Misra, District Secretary, Asansol District was the other speaker in the campaign meeting of 8th Membership Verification.            <Pictures of the Meeting on 7th> <Pictures of the meeting on 8th >

 

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Campaign programme for 8th Membership Verification started at Siliguri: Today campaign programmes were held at Siliguri in full swing. 2 meetings were held, one in GM office and the another one in Shivmandir Telephone exchange. The meetings were effectively organised by Com. Amal Jana, Asstt. District Secretary and Com. Chinmoy Dam, Branch Secretary, Siliguri Branch. Com. Mukul Seal, District Secretary, Siliguri and Com. R.K. Yadav, Leader AIBDPA  were the main speakers. The speakers appealed to the members to cast their votes in favour of BSNLEU in great numbers to save BSNL. They said that only BSNLEU has the record to fight against the anti worker decisions of the Govt. and they did not bow down before the Govt. under any circumstances. <Pictures>  

Effective meeting for 8 MV held at ETR, Teritybazar: Today a well attended meting for 8th Membership Verification was held at ETR, Teritybazar branch. Com. Asis Kumar Das, District Secretary initiated the proceedings. The main speakers were Com. Asis Das, Patron Circle Union and Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary. The speakers appealed to the members to be united and cast their votes in favour of BSNLEU to ensure to save BSNL and its workers. At the same time to achieve our demands.<Pictures>     

Malda District union withdraws Dharna programme after compelling the TDM to discuss: The Malda District Union was on Dharna programme since 3rd September in demand to solve the burning problems of the staff of Malda SSA and the problems of casual & contract workers. The TDM did not feel to call the district union to discuss the issue. Later the circle union intervened and drew the attention of GM(HR) on the issue. Yesterday on 5th September the TDM called the District Secretary, Com. Ujjal Ghosh and informed that some problems are already in process. He also informed that in the last week of this month a meeting will be held to discuss the issues in details, thereafter the dharna programme was called off by the district union.

Whimsical activities on the part of the management is, perhaps, possible in West Bengal Circle only: Since it was decided to shift the GM office of Kharagpur SSA from the rented building to any other place in Kharagpur and preferably in our own building. The district union of Kharagpur district discussed the issue with GM and informed her that the GM office could be shifted to nearby D-Tax building at Kharagpur, which is BSNL's own property, and there is ample space to accommodate the entire GM office. The entire staff of Kharagpur SSA met CGMT, WB also along with circle secretary and appraised him of the situation. Later GM asked the staff to shift to D-Tax building at Kharagpur. Accordingly the staff of GM, Kharagpur shifted to D-Tax building. But all on sudden by a whimsical act on the part of GM, Kharagpur, she moved to Midnapore along with one DGM and one SDE and started to function from Midnapore. It is surprising that the entire staff of GM office are functioning far away at Kharagpur and all the documents and official records are lying at Kharagpur office only. Circle union reacted on the issue. Circle Secretary, Com. Animesh Mitra along with other circle office bearers  met CGMT and expressed their strong resentment about the whimsical activities of GM, Kharagpur. The Circle union handed over a protest letter to CGMT in this regard. <View letter>        

Campaign programme held at the units and branches of Kolkata, Asansol, Kharagpur and Bankura district : Campaign programmes were held in connection with 8 Membership Verification on 5th September at  Habra Branch of Kolkata District, Units of Chittaranjan and Rupnarayanpur at Chittaranjan under Asansol District. The main speaker was Com. Sibrata Misra, District Secy., and Asstt. Circle Secy. The other speakers were district leaders of Asansol Dist. A joint meeting of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA was held at Tamluk Branch. The speakers were Com. Bhabesh Chakraborty, Br. Secy., Com. Amamalesh Pradhan, Circle Organising Secy. Com. Susanta Ghosh, Circle President AIBDPA. The meeting was presided by Com. Tapas Adak. Unit meeting was held at office of TDM, Bankura. The speakers were Com. Sahadeb Karmakar, District Secy., Bankura and Com. Sanjoy Pal, Circle Organising Secy. It is to be observed that much more workers are assembling under the banner of BSNLEU since 8 MV getting nearer. <Pictures>   

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Campaign programmes held in more places of West Bengal Circle : Kolkata District - Yesterday the 3rd September meting in connection with 8th Membership Verification was held at Pandua. All the members from Magra and Pandua attended the meeting Com. Chiranjib Sen, Com. Anirban Ghosh and Com. Asis Gupta were present in the meeting and deliberated their speech. Today the 4th September meetings were held at Joynagar, Barasat and Arambagh. In Arambagh a joint meeting of BSNLEU and BSNLCMU was held. Main speaker was Com. Manik Lal Sarkar, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. The other speakers were Com. Anirban Ghosh, Branch Secretary, BSNLCMU, Hooghly Br., Com. Jagannath Dey, Asstt. Branch Secretary Howrah Hooghly Br. Com. Akhil Giri presided over the meeting. 

Asansol  District - Yesterday the 3rd September meetings in connection with Membership Verification were held at Barakar and Kulti. The main speakers was Com. Subrata Misra, Asstt. Circle Secretary. Other leaders of Asansol District were also present and deliberated their speech. Today the 4th September campaign programme was held at Bahula Telephone exchange. Com. Ramadhar, Asstt. District secretary, Asansol District along with Com. Subrata Misra, Asstt. Circle Secretary deliberated their speech and explained the necessity to make BSNLEU only recognised union in BSNL since it is to ensure to protect BSNL and its workers.

Purulia District - Unit meeting in connection with 8th Membership Verification was held today the 4th September at Jhalda Telephone exchange under Purulia District. Com. Sanjoy Pal, Organising Secretary and District Secretary was the main speaker. He explained the members about the conspiracy of The Modi Govt. to sell out BSNL to JIO and our struggle against the conspiracy. He appealed to the members to cast their votes in favour of BSNLEU  so as to ensure the struggle to save BSNL and the workers.   

Kharagpur District - Today the 4th September joint meeting of BSNLEU and BSNLCMU of Haldia Branch under Khragpur District was held at Durgachak Telephone exchange. The main speaker was Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary. He narrated about the present situation in BSNL, the conspiracy of the Govt. to reduce the manpower in the name of VRS and reduction of retirement age and our struggle. He appealed to the members present in the meeting to make BSNLEU the recognised union in BSNL once again with much more support of the workers than ever. The other speakers were Com. Tarak Kundu, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, Com. Pankaj Jana, District Secretary, BSNLEU Kharagpur District, Com. Tapas Adak of BSNLEU, Com. Swapan Das, of BSNLCMU. The meeting was presided over jointly by Com. Bimal Bera and Com. Ashoke Mondal.

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The employees of BSNL, West Bengal Circle agitated for non-payment of salary for the month of August throughout the circle: Today at the call of BSNLEU the employees held lunch hour demonstration programme throughout the West Bengal Telecom Circle against the failure of the BSNL management to pay the salary for the month of August. The response from the employees was spontaneous. The management has failed to pay salary to  its employees for the month of August and it happened for the third time in this year. It is the duty of the management to pay its employees the salary at the end of the month. It is the part of the conspiracy to compel the employees to opt for VRS by creating panic amongst the employees. The workers are united and will fight it out the conspiracy of the Govt.  Such programmes were held at Asansol, Bankura, Durgapur, ETR, ETP, Malda, CGMT Office, Jalpaiguri, Purulia and Katwa. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 02-09-2019 AT 2345 HRS.

The one day emergent CWC meeting of BSNLEU, WB ended with determination to fight against the policy of the Govt.: The one day emergent Circle Working Committee meeting of BSNLEU, WB Circle was held today at Kolkata on the eve of 8th Membership Verification. Except Jalpaiguri & Siliguri District Unions all the district unions attended the CWC meeting. The Red Flag of the Union was hoisted by Circle President Com. Banani Chattopadhyay. The martyrs column was garlanded by Com. Bananni Chattopadhyay, Circle President, Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, Com. Sisir Roy, Circle Secretary, CTD and Organising Secretary BSNLEU (CHQ) along with the district secretaries and other leaders . The CWC meeting was inaugurated by Com. Sisir Roy. He in his short speech narrated about the present situation and the task in the Membership Verification. Com. Animesh Mitra initiated the proceedings. He asked the district secretaries about the success in the forth coming membership verification in their district and the struggle in the present situation. In turn the district secretaries expressed their determination that they will keep no stone unturned for the victory of BSNLEU with much more support of the workers. Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB Circle greeted the CWC meeting. Com. Bidyut Goswami, Circle Treasurer placed the 6 monthly Accounts before the house. Finally the meeting was ended with a decision to fight against the policy of the anti people and anti worker Govt. At the same time the members took oath to make a grand victory of BSNLEU with much more support of the workers.  <Pictures>    

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A joint meeting of BSNLEU WB Circle & CTD held at EZBC &CTTC: A joint meeting in connection with 8th Membership Verification of BSNLEU of West Bengal Circle and CTD was today in CTTC. Members of both the circles were present in the meeting. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, WB Circle and Com. Sisir Roy, Circle Secretary were the main speaker. The meeting was initiated by Com. Rajib Chakraborty, District Secretary, CGMT(Tech) by his initial speech. They narrated about the present situation in BSNL, the ongoing struggle of the contract workers throughout the country and the united struggle of the BSNL employees to save BSNL and its workers. They appealed to the members to support in maximum numbers in the forthcoming Membership Verification to ensure the existence of BSNL and its workers and to achieve our demands. <Pictures>        

At last the circle authority endorsed the order of corporate office in regard to 'Pay Loss' of the other categories of employees: Circle Union was pursuing for a long time with the circle authority to endorse the order in regard to the pay loss to the other employees who were appointed on or after 2007. It may be mentioned here the problems of JEs were resolved earlier and the problems of other categories  of employees were pending. The corporate office have issued order to make good the loss. But the management of West Bengal Telecom Circle was sitting idle or taking no interest to endorse the order. It is obvious until and unless the order is endorsed the benefit of the order the benefit of the order could not be extended to the other employees. At last the BSNLEU, WB Circle  compelled the management to wake up from deep sleep and endorsed the order. It is to be observed from this that how callous is the West Bengal Telecom  Circle management.

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Encouraging campaign programme held at Ranaghat: An encouraging meeting of BSNLEU in connection with 8th Membership Verification held at Ranaghat Branch under Krishnanagar district union. Members of Ranaghat branch attended the meeting in good numbers. The speakers in meeting were Biswanath Kar, District Secretary and other leaders of BSNLEU Krishnanagr District and Ranaghat Branch along with the  leaders of BSNLCMU Krishnanagar District. Com. Imran Khan and Com. Sandhya Halder both Circle Organising Secretary, BSNLEU attended the meeting and deliberated their speech. The speakers asked the members to be united for the struggle ahead of us to save BSNL and our our workers. All speakers appealed to the workers to make BSNLEU the winner with overwhelming support  in the forthcoming Membership Verification.<Pictures>     

An effective meeting held at Coochbehar: An effective meeting of BSNLEU, Coochbehar district was held on 26th August in the Telecom Recreation Club. The meeting was attended by a good number of employees of Coochbehar. Com. Krishna Mitra, District Secretary, BSNLEU initiated with her valuable speech before the members in connection with 8 Membership Verification. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU. The members were very much egger to hear their beloved leader Com. Animesh. Circle Secretary, Com. Animesh Mitra narrated in detail about the present situation in BSNL, West Bengal circle and throughout the country as a whole. He said about the conspiracy of the Modi Govt. to sell out BSNL with all its assets and infrastructure to JIO of Reliance. He accused the Govt. for  crippling BSNL by not allowing to take loan from bank for its infrastructure. The Govt. did not allott 4G spectrum to BSNL. The management is now trying to reduce its employees through much discussed VRS/ reduction of retirement age to 58 years. He said that the contract workers throughout the country are being retrenched by the management on the plea of shortage fund. He said that the wage of the casual workers has been reduced. But the united struggle under the leadership of BSNLEU the Govt. still could not sell a single share of BSNL, the company is still a PSU. He appealed to the members to Save BSNL and to safeguard the interest of the workers and employees it is very much essential to  make BSNLEU once again the recognised union in BSNL with more votes than last election. The meeting was presided by Com. Soumentra Nath Pathak. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 29-08-2019 AT 2345 HRS.

Campaign programmes are held at different branches of Kolkata SSA enthusiastically : Yesterday the 28th August a joint meeting of BSNLEU and BSNLCMU was held in connection with 8 membership verification at Champadanga Telephone exchange under Howrah Hooghly branch. Main speaker was Com. Goutam Chatterjee, District President, BSNLEU, Kolkata district. The other speakers in the meeting were Com. Asis Gupta, Asstt. District Secretary, Com. Akhil Giri, Organising Secretary, of BSNLEU, Kolkata District and Com. Anirban Ghosh, Secretary of BSNLCMU, Howrah Hooghly branch. 

Yesterday a joint meeting of BSNLEU & BSNLCMU of South Branch under Kokata District was also held at Dimondharbour in connection with 8 Membership Verification. The main speaker was Com. Manik Lal Sarkar, Circle Organising Secretary, BSNLEU and District Secretary Kolkata SSA. Com. Chiranjib Sen, Branch secretary initiated the proceedings. Com. Manoj Upadhyay, Branch Secretary of BSNLCMU, South Branch addressed the meeting. All the members of Dimonharbour unit were present in the meeting and they also took part in the discussion. Com. Manik Lal Sarkar said in his speech about the attack of the Govt. on BSNL and its workers, regular and non-regular and our struggle. He appealed to the members to take initiative to make BSNLEU the winner once again with more votes than before. <Pictures>

Campaign programme held at Memari branch under Burdwan District: Today a meeting of bSNLEU was held at Memari branch under Burdwan District union in connection with the 8 membership verification. The main speaker was Com. Manik Lal Das, Veteran leader. The other speakers in the meeting were and Com. Badre Alam, District Secretary and Sk. Suleman. The speakers narrated about the present situation in BSNL and the attack of the Govt on BSNL and its workers and on toiling mass as a whole and our struggle to save BSNL. The meeting was presided by Com. Pratap Chakraborty. <Pictures>

Campaign programmes are going on in full swing at Bankura: Today a meeting of BSNLEU was held in connection with 8 membership verification at Bisnupur branch under Bankura District Union. The speakers were Com. Sanjoy Pal, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. He narrated about the attack of the Govt. on BSNL and the united struggle under the leadership of BSNLEU. He asked the members present in the meeting to reach every workers and make them under stand about the danger. He said we have to be united to resist the attack of the Govt. The other speakers in the meeting were Com. Sahadeb Karmakar, District Secretary and Com. Chandan Chowdhury, Asstt. District Secretary.<Pictures>

 

The hills of Darjeeling are not behind in campaign programme for 8 Membership Verification: The campaign programme was held at Darjeeling and Kurseong branch, under Siliguri district, on 26th August. The District leadership from Siliguri moved to the hills of Darjeeling to conduct the meeting. A good number of employees from both Darjeeling and Kurseong attended the meeting. The leadership of the branches organised such effective meeting since Membership Verification is knocking at the door. In the meeting Com. Mukul Seal, District Secretary, Com. Amal Jana, Com. Subrata Chakraborty and Com. Chenmoy Dum deliberated their speech. Com. Mani Chhetri, Circle Vice-President and Com. Pratap Tamang, Branch Secretary Kuseong branch also deliberated their valuable speech. The leaders discussed the local problems of the hills, the forthcoming membership verification and the present situation in BSNL. The employees of hills have expressed their faith in BSNLEU once again and they are all set to make a grand victory of BSNLEU. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 28-08-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

Khragpur District Union hold a well attended District Gathering: Today BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA Khragpur District organised at District gathering jointly which was held at Kharagpur Telephone Exchange. The programme was organised against the indifferent attitude of the GM, Kharagpur,  to apprise all the present situation in BSNL West Bengal Circle and 8 Membership Verification in BSNL. A good number of employees, workers and pensioners of Kharagpur district attended the meeting. Even leaders of CITU, Kharagpur district attended the meeting to express their solidarity in the struggle of the BSNL employees and workers. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary.  Com. Susanta Ghosh, Circle President, AIBDPA was also present in the meeting. Com Animesh Mitra narrated the entire situation in BSNL and the anti worker policy of the Govt. He said that GM Kharagpur ignoring  instructions from CGMT, WB Circle in regard to keep industrial peace. He said that the Govt is trying to sell out BSNL with all its assets like land and building along the towers, underground cables etc. to Reliance. It is only BSNLEU with sustained struggle, BSNL is still a Govt concern. Hence it is necessary to fight unitedly against the Govt. for the interest of the nation. He appealed to all the members present in the meeting to make BSNLEU the no.1 recognised union once aging with more votes to ensure the struggle to save BSNL and its workers. The other speakers in the meeting were Com. Susanta Ghosh, Com. Kali Nayak, President, CITU, Com. Biswanath Das, Secretary, CITU, Com. Asit Sarkar, CITU, Com. Biplab Bhatta, AITUC and Com. Tapan Adhikari, BEFI. Com Pankaj Jana, Distract Secretary, BSNLEU, Kharagpur District gave his initial speech and welcomed all in the meeting. The meeting was presided jointly by Com. Anupam Saha and Com. Swajal  Pore.<Pictures>     

UPDATED ON 27-08-2019 AT 2345 HRS.

Hunger strike deferred after CGM's assurance: The Hunger Strike which was organised jointly by BSNLEU and BSNLCMU in demand of the settlement of the burning issues of the regular employees and problems of the casual and contract workers particularly non-payment of wage for 7 months contract workers and reduction in wage of the casual workers. Today it was  the 2nd day of the relay Hunger Strike. The management called leaders for  discussion. The delegation lead by Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary along with Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary, Com. Banani Chattopadhyay, Circle President, Com. Nazes Nouroz, Circle Vice-president, Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU and Com. Tarak Kundu, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU met CGM and discussed the issues. After assurance from CGMT both the circle unions decided to defer the Hunger Strike at 8PM.  <Pictures>

The CWC meeting is to be held on 2nd September, 2019 for one day only: Comrades we are having agitation, dharna etc. almost on every day there also other organisational programmes and the 8th membership verification is knocking at the door. The circle office bearers are in hectic tour for campaign programme. Under such situation Circle Union has decided to hold the CWC meeting on 2nd September, 2019 for one day only. The meeting will start at 1030AM at KG Bose Bhavan. We have to discuss all the items and take appropriate decisions on the items. Hence it is requested to all the Circle Office bearers and District Secretaries to attend the meeting on time so that we can conclude the meeting with a positive decision on that day.    

Circle Union reacted on the burning issues of regular employees and problem in payment of wage to the casual/contract workers: Circle Union time again drew the attention of the circle administration in regard to the unsettled burning issues of the regular employees, non payment of wage of the contract workers for more than 6 months and problems  arisen out of processing of wage of the  casual workers through ERP. But the circle management gave a deaf ear to our issues. Accordingly circle union issued a letter to CGMT on 20.08.2019 in regard to our Trade Union action from 26th August.<View letter>

The ultimate struggle started in West Bengal Telecom Circle: At the call of two circle unions BSNLEU and BSNLCMU  Relay Hunger Strike started on 26th August at CGMT office before the CGMT's chamberfrom 10 AM in demand of the unsettled issues of the regular employees like irregular deposit of EMI to the bank ,non-payment of the contribution towards the credit societies, non-payment of the union subscription and problems pertain to NEPP etc. The non-payment of the wage of the contract workers for 7 months, problems of the casual workers pertain to wage through ERP, problem of contribution towards EPF of casual/contract workers etc. The Hunger strike started yesterday, today is the second day. The workers are fighting tooth and nail and they will not bow down before the management under any circumstances. The workers stayed overnight in the CGMT office to get their demands settled. The programme was formally started yesterday under the presidentship of Com. Banani Chattopadhyay, Circle President, BSNLEU. Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU initiated the proceedings. Com. Manik Lal Sarkar, Circle  Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, Com. Tarak Kundu, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU and Com. Nemai Das, Circle Treasurer, BSNLCMU spoke before the striking workers. The strikers were greeted by Com. Omprakash Singh, Secretary BSNL Coordination Committee and Com. Pijush Chakraborty, Circle Secretary, AIBDPA. <Pictures> 

UPDATED ON 26-08-2019 AT 2200 HRS.

Encouraging meeting held at Jalpaiguri : Today at Jalpaiguri an encouraging meeting in connection with the 8th Membership Verification held jointly with BSNLEU and BSNLCMU. A good number of regular employees, casual and contract workers participated in the meeting. The speakers were Com. Amitava Chattopadhyaya, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary BSNLCMU. Com. Soumendra Kumar Chanda Roy, District Secretary initiated the proceedings. Com. Cahattopadhyay in his speech narrated about the present situation in BSNL, its financial crisis the conspiracy of the Govt to sell out BSNL with all its assets and infrastructure and the role of the employees. He appealed to the members present to reach to every employees of the Jalpaiguri district to make the BSNLEU once again the no.1 recognised union to ensure to save BSNL and its workers. Com. Tapas Ghosh mentioned that though they are not entitled to participate in the election process but they they have the moral responsibility to make BSNLEU once again the no.1 union since only BSNLEU has ensured the fight against all deprivation towards the casual and contract workers.<Pictures>

Campaign meeting held at Raniganj Telephone Exchange of Asansol district: Today on 26th August the campaign programme held at Raniganj Telephone Exchange in connection with 8th Membership Verification. The main speaker was Com. Subrata Misra, Asstt. Circle Secretary and District Secretary. The speaker was Com. Sutapa Roy, Asstt. District Secretary. The speakers appealed to the members to make BSNLEU once again the no.1 recognised union. They narrated about the conspiracy of the Govt. They also appealed to the members to fight unitedly to overcome the present crisis of BSNL. <Pictures>   

Campaign Programme held at Unit level - Manbazar : Campaign programme in connection with 8 Membership Verification has also started in the Purulia district. The comrades of Purulia  District conducted such meting at the Unit level. Accordingly campaign meeting held today at Manbazar unit. The main speaker was Com. Sanjoy Pal, District Secretary, Purulia District. He appealed to the members to be united to fight out the conspiracy of the Govt. to sell out BSNL. To save BSNL it is required once again BSNLEU to be the no.1 recognised union and it is our task to do the same.<Picture>

Full fledged campaign is conducted throughout the Burdwan District for 8 MV: The Burdwan comrades are caring out extreme campaign programme in connection with the 8th membership verification. They have conducted meetings at Guskara, Kalna and Memari branch of Burdwan district. Such meetings are going to held in other places of Burdwan district. The main speakers in Guskara were Com. Prabir Kr Das, Asstt. Circle Secretary, Com. Manik Lal Das, Veteran Leader, Com. Badre Alam, District Secretary and Com. Soleman Seikh. In Kalna the main speakers were com. Badre Alam and Com. Manik Lal Das and Soleman Seikh. In Memari the main speakers were Com. Prabir Kr Das and Com. Badre Alam.  <Pictures>
 

The task ahead of us: Dear comrades 8th Membership Verification campaign programme has already started at all the district and branch level in our circle. We have also reviewed the preparation programme in our last office bearer meeting held on last week of this month. Now it has been decided that : 1) To organise the state level Relay Hunger strike progamme at CGMT WB Circle on the demand of settlement of pending issues starting from 26th August. 2) To organise the urgent CWC meting of BSNLEU at KG Bose Bhawan, Kolkata on 1st & 2nd September where the presence of  District Secretaries and Circle Office Bearers  is mandatory. All district secretaries and circle office bearers are requested to take all out effort to make the above decisions a real success.

Kharagpur District union holds Executive Committee meeting in connection with8 Membership Verification: On 22nd August District Executive committee meeting was held at Kharagpur district in connection with the 8th membership verification. Com. Susanta Ghosh, Circle President, AIBDPA was present in the meeting. Com. Pankaj Jana, district Secretary narrated the position of kharagpur district in the 8 MV. He asked the members to reach to each and every members of the district. The district union chalked out the the date and time of campaign meeting in the branches and units. Com. Susanta Ghosh assured the leaders that AIBDPA will help all out in the 8MV to BSNLEU for becoming no.1 recognised union once again. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 25-08-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

The 9th District Conference of BNLEU, Suri District held successfully: Today the 9th District conference of BSNLEU, Suri District held at Suri telephone exchange. The Red Flag of our union was hoisted by district president Com. Shibu Kanti Sen. The martyrs column was garlanded by the Com. Shibu Kanti Sen, Com. Tinku Biswas, District Secretary and other leaders present in the conference. The meeting was inaugurated by Com. Nazes Noroz, Circle Vice-president. He in his speech said that the 8 membership Verification is going to be held in the month of September under such a situation when BSNL is facing a great financial crisis.  He appealed to the members present to take all out effort make BSNLEU the no.1 recognised union once again to ensure the existence of BSNL and its workers. The annual report was placed by Com. Tinku Biswas, District Secretary for discussion. In the open session Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary deliberated his speech. He spoke about the development of West Bengal Telecom Circle its problems and possibilities. He also mentioned about the present crisis in BSNL which we the workers have to overcome it through our struggle. The report was passed by the house unanimously after discussion. The house elected unanimously Com. Shibu Kanti Sen, Com. Tinku Biswas and Com. Badal Ghosh as District President, District Secretary and District Treasurer respectively for the next term. <Pictures>

Campaign programme for 8 Membership Verification started at Durgapur: Today, though  it was Sunday the holiday, a good number of workers assembled at the City Centre office at Durgpur in connection with the meeting for 8 Membership Verification. Com. Dhananyoy Ganguly and Com. Uttam Roy were on the chair. Com. Sunil Garai, District Secretary initiated the proceedings. The main speaker in the meeting was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary. He spoke elaborately about the present situation in BSNL, the acute financial crisis of the company, the conspiracy of Govt. to sell out BSNL to Reliance and the non-payment of the wage to the contract workers for 7 months and our struggle. He appealed to the members present in the meeting to reach each and every member and to tell them the threat before us and our struggle and to stand beside BSNLEU in the 8 membership verification to save BSNL and its workers.<Pictures> 

 UPDATED ON 23-08-2019 AT 2350 HRS.

Today the meeting held with Deputy Labour Commissioner: As scheduled, the meeting with Deputy Labour Commissioner, Dr. T.K. Pandey held with the representatives of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU, WB Circle and BSNLCTTMU in Kolkata. The leaders complained about the non-payment of the wage to the contract labourers for the last 7 months. The working days of these workers has also been reduced. As a result their wages have been reduced drastically. The wage of the casual labourers has also been reduced. Under this circumstance the BSNL management having indifferent attitude toward these workers. DLC have a patient hearing and was very much generous towards these workers. He asked the top level BSNL management, whom he summoned, asked to take necessary steps so as to resolve the issues without delay which are very much sensitive. It is also to be mentioned here that it is a follow up action of the  memorandum submitted to Chief Labour Commissioner at New Delhi. The delegation who met DLC today was Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary,BSNLCMU and Com. Arup Sarkar, Circle Secretary, BSNLCTTMU. <Letter -1> <Letter -2>   

BSNLEU and BSNLCMU are going on 'Hunger Strike' jointly on non-settlement of the burning problems: BSNLEU and BSNLCMU have decided to go on hunger strike from 26th August to 29th August before CGMT's chamber in protest of the non-settlement of the burning problems of the regular employees and the casual/contract workers. It is well known to all concern that the employees are being harassed by the bank authority since the circle authority is not remitting the Bank EMI on time to the bank. The Cooperative Societies are not getting the contribution of their members and even our union is not getting our members subscription on time. Reimbursement of medical bills has been stopped since February, 2019. The employees and the retired persons are not getting any indoor treatment facilities out of BSNLMRS. The contract and the casual workers are worst sufferers. The wage of the contract workers is due for 7 months. Their wage has been reduced through reduction of number of working days. The medical treatment of the contract workers and their family has completely been stopped through ESI facility. Since the non-contribution of ESI amount for last 7 months. The wage of the casual workers has also been drastically reduced to the tune some thousand of rupees on the plea of processing of wage through ERP system. Today a delegation of Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Com. Nazes Nouroz, Circle Vice-president, BSNLEU and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU met CGMT and expressed their strong resentment on the above issues and informed him about Trade Union action of both the circle unions. 

 

 UPDATED ON 22-08-2019 AT 2345 HRS.

BSNLCCWF handed over memorandum to the Hon'ble Labour Minister of State: Today at the call of CITU, West Bengal State Committee 'March to Office of Labour Minister's held at Kolkata. BSNLCMU and BSNLTTMU under the banner of BSNLCCWF took part in the programme. A rally was held from CTO, Kolkata to labour minister's office. A good number of casual & contract workers  of CTD and West Bengal circle participated in the programme. Com. Subhas Mukherjee, President CITU and Com. Anadi Sahaw, Secretary, CITU and Com. Dipak Dasgupta deliberated their speech along with other leaders of different sectors. Workers from North Bengal Tea Gardens and workers from Asansol & Durgapur and other parts of the state attended the meeting. Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF addressed the gathering. He spoke about the non-payment of wage to the casual/contract workers for 7 months. He said that the casual & contract workers will not get away from the struggle path till their wage is paid. It will intensify with the hunger of the contract workers. Later a memorandum was handed over to the Labour Minister of West Bengal Govt. Sri Moly Ghatak on behalf of BSNLCCWF.<Pictures>     

Strong protest demonstration held throughout the state against the reduction of retirement age: At the call of the AUAB strong  protest demonstration was held yesterday the 21st August throughout the West Bengal Telecom Circle against the unilateral decision of the BSNL board to reduce the retirement age of the executives and non-executives of BSNL from 60 to 58 years. In all the places of WBTC a good number of executives and non-executives attended the protest demonstration. The employees are determined to resist this derogative decision of the BSNL management. Such programme was held at Asansol, Durgapur, Coochbehar, Purulia, Burdwan, Katwaand Raiganj. The programme of AUAB was held centrally at Kolkata in the CGMT office, CTO building. The leadership of AUAB narrated about the policy of the Govt. to get rid of the present crisis of BSNL through reduction of employees though the Govt. earlier committed to abide by the rules of the Central Govt. Hence the employees are not ready to surrender before Govt. under any circumstances and will fight for justice till the end. <Pictures>   

A well attended meeting for  8 Membership Verification held at Kolkata Engineering Branch: Yesterday, the 21st August a well attended meeting of Kolkata Engineering branch for 8th Membership Verification was held in the Union office of CTO building. The meeting was attended by Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, Com. Manik Lal Sarkar, District Secretary and Com. Ramprasad Dutta, Branch Secretary and deliberated their speech in connection with the 8th membership verifictaion. The members listened to their leaders very patiently and determined to make BSNLEU the no.1 recognised union once again for their benefit. <Picture>

 UPDATED ON 21-08-2019 AT 0815 HRS.

Campaign programme for 8th membership verification held in more places : As it was decided in the circle working committee meeting that BSNLEU has taken a decision to reach to each and members in the circle, 'reach to the un-reached'. On 17th a meeting was held at Kumarpur Tele exchange under Asansol Dist. Com. Subrata Misra, Circle Asstt. Circle Secretary and Dist. Secy. was present. on 19th August a meeting was held at ETP district in Mominpur CGM office. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary was present. Com. Goutam Banik, District Secretary addressed the meeting along with Animesh Mitra. On 20th August meeting was held at Guskara Tele exchange under Burdwan District. Com. Manik Das, Veteran Leader, Com. Prabir Das, Asstt. Circle Secretary, Com. Badre Alam, District Secretary and Com. Sk. Suleman attended the meeting. Campaign programme was also started in Kolkata SSA. On 19th August meeting was held at Kakdwip where Com. Manik Sarkar, Organising Secretary and District Secretary was present. Meeting was held at Tarkeswar unit where Com. Niranjan Sarkar, Asstt. Dist. Secy. was the main speaker. Meeting was held at Malda district. Com. Nazes Nouroz, Circle Vice-president attended the meeting. Com. Ujjal Ghosh, Circle Organising Secretary and District Secretary addressed the meeting along with Com. Nazes Nouroz. <Pictures> 

 UPDATED ON 19-08-2019 AT 1010 HRS.

Campaign programme for the 8th Membership Verification started in Berhampore District in great note: Yesterday the 18th August the campaign programme for the 8th Membership Verification started at Berhampore district. A joint meeting GB meeting was held at Telephone exchange of Berhampore at the call of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA. Though it was Sunday, the holiday, a good number of members, workers and the pensioners assembled in the meeting. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary. He spoke elaborately the present condition of BSNL, the conspiracy of Govt. to sell out BSNL to the JIO, non payment of the wages of the contract workers, the problems of the pensioners particularly in regard to the medical facilities, BSNLMRS and our struggle since inception of BSNL. He said it is only our joint struggle lead by BSNLEU, still today BSNL is a  PSU company. He called upon the audience to make BSNLEU the no.1 recognised union once again so that the struggle continues under the leadership of BSNLEU to save BSNL and its workers. The other speakers in the meeting were Com. Gopal Krishna Roy, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Com. Laltu Roy, Dist. Secy., BSNLCMU, and Com. M. Ghosh of AIBDPA. The meeting was presided over by Com. Amal Saha. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 18-08-2019 AT 1020 HRS.

BSNLEU met CGMT to restore normalcy in Kharagpur District: It was the workers of Kharagpur district was agitating since 1st August in demand of the wage of the contract workers. GM Kharagpur was roaming here and there to avoid the agitating workers. As a result there was a total close down of the SSA. Neither the SSA administration nor the the civil administration did not take any responsibility to restore normalcy, which could easily be settled through bilateral discussion. As a result the customers and as well as the staff have to suffer a lot. At last BSNLEU Circle union lead by Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary along with Com. Pankaj Jana, District Secretary, Kharagpur District and other leaders of the circle union met CGMT on 13th August and demanded to restore normalcy and to pay the wage of the contract workers. CGMT assured the leaders to do the needful at the earliest. 

 UPDATED ON 16-08-2019 AT 2115 HRS.

Campaign programme for 8th Membership Verification started in full swing throughout the state: Today the campaign programme for the 8th Membership Verification started in full swing. Today an Extended District Working Committee meeting was held by CGMT Dist Union. The district working committee of Asansol district was held at Asansol as a part of the campaign programme for the 8th membership verification. The other district unions have already arranged DWC meeting, branch meetings and meetings up to unit level as it was decided in the Circle working Committee meeting that 'Reach to the Un-reached'. The extended DWC meeting Com. Sujoy Sarkar, District Secretary, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary spoke in the meeting and reminded the executive members about the duties and responsibilities in the coming membership verification. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary. He spoke in details about the activities and the struggle of the BSNLEU to save BSNL and also for the cause of the workers. Com. Banani Chattopadhyay, Circle President was present in the meeting. In Asansol Com. Subrata Misra, District Secretary & Asstt. Circle Secretary was the main speaker. He spoke about the development of BSNL, the struggle to save BSNL and the necessity to make the BSNLEU the No.1 recognised union once again for the interest of the workers.<Pictures>  

 UPDATED ON 15-08-2019 AT 1600 HRS.

Whether the revival package of BSNL is actually for the revival of BSNL? :  In the recent times much discussed topic is about the fate of BSNL. The Govt. has assured the nation that they have no intention to shut down BSNL. Rather govt. is bringing a revival package so that BSNL could turn around. The package will procure fund from monetisation of Land & Buildings of BSNL. Up to this commitment of the govt. one should not have any doubt. Even the employees are also in favour of package. Though the state holders of the company have not been discussed. The doubt arises when the govt. is going to sell out the land and buildings of BSNL in a throw away price. Who are the purchasers? Is not the Ambani's JIO or the Airtail or the Vodaphone? It is well known to all of us that these private companies are reeling under loan of lacks and corers of rupees. It is also well known to us that this govt. is pro Reliance and pro private Tele companies. Isn't the govt. going to sell out the huge national property to the private operators in a throw away price to help them to get rid of their huge loan and also to make a good amount of profit out of this? Isn't the agent of the private operators who are the purchasers of the huge land property of BSNL through back door? It is the duty of the govt. to ventilate the status of the purchasers and should sell out the land property in actual market value otherwise the employees, the stake holders of the company, will react and even resist the conspiracy of the govt. to oblige the private operators in days to come.

 

 UPDATED ON 14-08-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

Circle Union recasts sharply over the non-payment of the wage to the listed casual workers in ERP system: It was the BSNLEU circle union who was demanding long time to pay the wage of the listed casual workers through ERP system. But the circle authority was not in a position to realise the issue. After much persuasion the corporate issued order in this regard. But when the circle management came to understand the issue they made series of mistakes and as a result the corporate office, quite naturally, objected on some issues and directed to rectify. But still this month the authority could not pay the wage to the listed casual workers through ERP, since the management could not made ready the ERP system  for payment of wage. It is nothing but total callousness on the part of the management. Accordingly the circle secretary, BSNLEU, WB  Com. Animesh Mitra along with other circle office bearers met CGMT today and expressed their strong resent on non-payment of wage to the listed casual workers through ERP. They also expressed their dissatisfaction over the adhock payment of wage made by the management this month. The circle union handed over a protest letter to CGMT on the issue.<View letter>

Collect the book published by the CHQ translated in Bengali from Circle Union: In the CEC meeting held at Pune, BSNLEU CHQ published a book of activities. It was translated in Bengali and was published by Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS on 11th August in the Telecom Institute, CTO building at Kolkata. Most of the district unions except Jalpaiguri and districts within Kolkata have not collected the same. They are requested to collect the book at the earliest. In spite of this those district unions requires more books please feel free to place their requisition with the circle union without delay.

 UPDATED ON 13-08-2019 AT 2130 HRS.

Massive gathering of the casual contract workers once again proved they will not leave the struggle path under any situation: Today at the call of BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF a massive gathering casual contract workers along with regular employees was held at the office of Deputy Labour Commissioner at Nizam Palace, Kolkata. The meeting was presided by Com. Om Prakash Singh, Circle Secretary, Factory and secretary BSNL Coordination committee. A colourful rally of the workers and employees was held in the premises of Nizam Palace. Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, was the main speaker in the meeting. He appealed to the workers that to be ready to fight against the anti worker and pro corporate Govt. at the centre. He demanded for immediate payment of the pending (6 months) wage of the contract workers and to stop retrenchment. He also said that the management has decided to curtail the number of working days of the casual labourer for which the pay of the casual labour will also reduce. He appealed we have to fight unitedly against the injustice towards the casual contract workers. The other speakers were Com. Sisir Roy, Circle Secretary, CTD spoke about the anti people role of the Govt. and the management. The other speakers were Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB, Com. Bitan Bhowmik, Circle President, BSNL Contract Mazdoor Union, Factory circle Com. Arup Sarkar, Circle Secretary, CTTMU, CTD Circle. The meeting was greeted by the leadership of Central CPWD Contract Workers Union. Later delegation of Com. Animesh Mitra, Com. Sisir Roy, Com. Sekhar Bhattacharjee, Com. Tapas Ghosh and Com. Arup Sarkar met Deputy Labour Commissioner and handed over a memorandum. The leadership also urged upon the DLC to take necessary action so that the pending wage of the contract workers could be made at the earliest.

So far the news received by the circle union that such programme of March to ALC/DLC office was held at Malda, Asansol at the Labour Court and at Durgapur at the Asstt. Labour Commissioner office. <Pictures>  

Birth Centenary celebration committee of Com. Sisir Bhattacharjee organised a enthusiastic lecture : Today the committee for celebration of birth centenary of our leader philosopher and guide Com. Sisir Bhattacharjee organised a lecture on 'Today's Situation at the Backdrop of Historic Strike on 29th July, 1946' in the Telecom Institute at CTO building. The only speaker was Com. Shib Shankar Roy. He narrated the life and work of Com. sisir Bhattacharjee. His commitment towards the workers. He spoke about the threat of the communal forces in the country. He appealed  to resist the evil forces and work for our class then we could pay tribute to our departed leader. The meeting was preside over by Com. Tapan Goswami.<Picture>

 UPDATED ON 11-08-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

A delightful State Convention made the workers enthused to save BSNL: Today a joint convention of 4 circles  WB, CTD, Factory & Stores of BSNLEU was held at Telecom Institute, CTO building in a jam packed hall. The main speaker was Com P. Abhmanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU. Com. Sisir Roy, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, CTD welcomed the all in the convention. Com. Abhimanyu in his inspiring deliberation narrated in detail about the present situation in BSNL. The management and the media is trying very much to draw a shabby picture of BSNL so that our customers leave BSNL. He accused the Govt being pro JIO and anti BSNL. He narrated in detail the total struggle of the BSNL workers to save our company. He said today's crisis is not new, the Govt created the crisis in BSNL since 2009 when BSNL was not permitted to expand their infrastructure. He said that the Govt could give soft loan to 63 countries but BSNL is not permitted to get soft loan when BSNL's debt is only 19 thousand corer, the lowest among the Tele companies in our country. He appealed to the workers to make BSNL the No.1 recognised union once again so that the struggle to save BSNL continues. Com. Om Prakash Singh, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Factory Circle and Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB Circle spoke before the huge gathering. The convention was jointly presided over by Com. Banani Chattopadhyay, Circle President, WB Circle, Com. Sekhar Bhattacharjee, Circle President, Factory Circle and Com. Prabir Dutta, Circle President, CTD Circle. Later Com. Abhimanyu published a book of CHQ translated in Bengali in the meeting. <Pictures>        

 UPDATED ON 9-08-2019 AT 2110 HRS.

Now the Casual workers are the target of onslaught: Now it is turn of the casual workers after the contract workers. The management has started the onslaught. First of all they have declared to retrench 253 casual workers on the plea that their entry in the department is not proper, our mighty organisation  has resisted it. After great fight CGMT has send the names of the casual workers to Delhi for registration in ERP. Order has been issued to reduce the salary of the total listed casual labour. Orders were issued earlier for the contract labour to reduce the wage to 20 days instead of 26 days. Now the Corporate Office has issued the order to reduce salary of the casual workers. The orders of Reduction of pay scale and No pay on Holidays have been issued. As a result agitation and resentment has started. Struggle is going since long time. We have already issued letter to  CGMT informing him that BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF is going to complain to Deputy Labour Commissioner on 13th August against the attack on the casual contract workers and in demand of immediate allotment of Fund. The management and the Govt is trying to shut down the BSNL service through wage cut, reduction of working days and retrenchment. Come forward, lets fight actively and unitedly. There is no other alternative to struggle. It is fact that we have survived till now through struggle. We are to overcome the hard times. Keep hands together and stay beside.

 UPDATED ON 8-08-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

Join the GB meeting of Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU: A General Body meeting of 4 Circle Unions of BSNLEU has been organised on 11th August, 2019 (Sunday) in the Telecom Institute, CTO building at 12PM. General Secretary, Com. P. Abhimanyu will address the meeting. The meeting has immense importance on the eve of verification. Though it is Sunday please make it convenient to be present in the meeting.

March to Labour Commissioner Office throughout the country on 13th August - BSNLEU & BSNLCCWF has given the call for the demand of the casual contract labourers in BSNL : After successful implementation of the last programme on 16th July, Massive Dharna at Corporate Office and CGMT Offices in all the states, the situation has not yet been changed in BSNL. Funds have not been allotted to the circles for making payment to the contract workers. The total situation was reviewed by the BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF leadership. The Pune CEC meeting of BSNLEU has taken a resolution to spread out the casual contract workers movement in every corner of the country and to take this movement to a peak form so that the workers can get the wages at the earliest. Accordingly, now it has been decided that BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF will organise 'March to Labour Commission Offices' on 13th August, 2019. Please take serious organisational steps and discuss the matter with both the leadership at your level so that the rally/demonstration progra,mme can be organised at RLC/ALC/DLC offices. Please submit a memorandum of your grievances to the officer at labour commission office. Make the programme a grand success.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 UPDATED ON 7-08-2019 AT 1830 HRS.

Demonstration programme at the call of AUAB held in West Bengal successfully: Today at the call of AUAB lunch hour demonstration programme for the demand of revival of BSNL held in West Bengal circle successfully. The leaders of the AUAB, WB circle described the conspiracy of the Govt. to sell out BSNL and to promote the private Tele company. Now the executive and non-executive of BSNL have come out with the suggestion to revive BSNL. The employees of BSNL are committed to save BSNL. <Pictures>  

UPDATED ON 6-08-2019 AT 2300 HRS.

Chief Labour Commissioner summons CGMT, WB Circle : CCWF lodged complaint with the Chief Labour Commissioner  in regard to the non-payment of wage to the contract workers for 6 months. Accordingly, as follow up action  CLC issued letter to the CGMT, West Bengal Circle asking him to clear the pending wages of the contract workers by 12th August, 2019 else necessary legal steps would be taken against CGMT. Now the management of WB circle has started to collect all the documents of the contract labourers for payment. It is the victory of the contract workers after sustained struggle. But one should not be complacent,  we are to continue our struggle until and unless the wages are actually paid. 

UPDATED ON 5-08-2019 AT 2200 HRS.

The 20th Foundation Day of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle celebrated with great enthusiasm: Today the 5th day of August, 2019 the 20th Foundation Day of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle was celebrated in all districts and branches through hoisting of Red Flag of our Union. Gate meetings and GB meetings were held through out the West Bengal circle. Today in CGMT office, CTO building a GB meting was held in Telecom Institute. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. He spoke in detail the role of the Modi Govt. Its agenda to close down the PSUs in our country. He explained how the Govt. is trying to make sick and close down BSNL. He said it is only BSNLEU is fighting against the derogative decisions of the Govt. taking into confidence of the other unions and associations. Till date the Govt. could not sell out a single share. It is only the struggle we could save BSNL till date. He called upon the members present in the auditorium to make BSNLEU the No. 1 recognised union once again in the next verification which is scheduled to held in the month of September to ensure the struggle to Save BSNL and to Save our Family. The meeting was graced with the presence of our veteran leader and ex-president of our circle union Com. Dhananjoy Ganguly. Com. Banani Chattopadhyay, Com. Nayan Ranjan Chowdhury and Com. Prabir Chatterjee jointly presided the meeting.<Pictures>           

UPDATED ON 4-08-2019 AT 1745 HRS.

AUAB, WB circle met CGMT : The leadership of AUAB, West Bengal Circle met CGMT on 2nd August and discussed various issues. AUAB pointed out the poor development and service of BSNL, West Bengal Circle. The most burning issues like closure of exchanges, non-payment of wages of the contract workers, problems in payment of wage through ERP system  etc. were also discussed. The AUAB demanded that immediate a meeting to be convened by the CGMT so that all these issues could be discussed at length. CGMT assured the leadership to do the needful. Later a memorandum was handed over to CGMT. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Com. Tapan Biswas, Circle Secretary, NFTE, Com. Tapas Ghosh, State Secretary, SNEA and Com. Aniruddha Basu, Circle Secretary, AIBSNLEA were in the delegation. <View letter>

UPDATED ON 3-08-2019 AT 1500 HRS.

Strom has started for the demand of  salary & wage of BSNL employees and workers: Storm of  demonstration through out West Bengal Circle held on 1st & 2nd August, 2019 for the want of salary for the regular  and non-regular employees. It was the contract workers whose wages are due for 6months, were in struggle to get their wages paid for the last six months. Now the salary for the month of July of the regular employees has been deferred. On 1st & 2nd August, 2019 such demonstration programmes were held at Malda, Asansol, Durgapur, Bankura, Purulia, Krishnanagar, Siliguri, Kolkata Engg. Branch, Canning, Habra, Bangaon, Bashirhat, Barasat and at CGMT office. Yesterday the 2nd August a well attended a demonstration programme was held in CGMT office at CTO building where Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB  was the main speaker. He narrated the present situation in BSNL the role of the management. He narrated about the development took place after meeting with CLC at Delhi. He declared that if the wages of the contract workers and the salary of the regular employees are not paid within 10th August, then such a programme will be adopted by the both the unions, BSNLEU & BSNLCMU which will shake the BSNL management. The other speakers in the meeting were Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB and Com. Sukanta Saha, Leader BSNLCMU, ETR Dist. <Click Here>      

UPDATED ON 2-08-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

Hoist 'Red Flag' on 5th August in every District and Branch: Hoist the 'Red Flag' of our Union to observe the 20th Foundation Day of BSNL Employees Union, West Bengal Circle on 5th August at 1PM - 130PM in every District and Branch and at the same time 'Fire & Burn' the black order of the Corporate Office to refrain the Unions particularly BSNLEU to hold Demonstration and Agitation within the office premises. Hold gate meetings, GB meetings etc on this day. Explain the crisis in BSNL & the role of the Govt. to the workers and our struggle 'Save BSNL Save Nation. Take oath to make BSNLEU the only recognized Union once again.        

UPDATED ON 31-07-2019 AT 2100 HRS.

Today the BSNL employees could not get their salary on time yet for another month: Today the 31st July the BSNL employees could not get their salary for the month of July. Last month they got the salary somehow on date. But this month the salary is going to be deferred. It is another month when BSNL management could not pay the salary to their employees on time. The  crisis is so acute that the minister is assuring the members of parliament that salary of the regular employees will be paid first then other payment will be made. But CMD has other opinion - that the wages of the contract labourers will be made first. It is the Govt. and the management both are confusing the employees and making division among them. It is a crime on the part of the management since they are unable to pay salary/wages to the employees and workers after exploring their labour. We want salary of the regular employees and wages of the casual/contract workers to be made immediately at a time.

UPDATED ON 29-07-2019 AT 2345 HRS.

Unions of North Bengal hold a successful rally and a GB meeting at Siliguri : On 24th July, 2019 a GB meeting of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA of Malda, Jalpaiguri and Siliguri SSA held at Siliguri. It was a GB meeting of the members of the three unions where the present situation of BSNL, the wage of the contract workers, the financial condition of BSNL, VRS and problems of Pensioners were discussed. The district secretaries of three districts of the three unions deliberated their speech. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. He narrated in detail about the the present situation in BSNL the role of the management and the struggle of the workers. He appealed to the members present in the GB meeting to be united to fight against the anti worker and anti people  decisions of the Modi Govt. and the same time to save BSNL for the interest of the nation and the workers. A colourful rally was held   in the street of Siliguri town. <Pictures> 

UPDATED ON 26-07-2019 AT 2115 HRS.

A historic solidarity meeting held at CGMT Office, CTO Building: Today a historic meeting held at CGMT Office in solidarity of the struggle of  BSNL:EU and BSNLCCWF against the closure of 800 exchanges and non-payment of wages to the contract workers for six months. The All Bengal Municipal Workmen's Federation, State Committee with the Red Flags came to CTO to express their solidarity towards the struggle of BSNL workers. In this meeting BSNL Coordination Committee was a part of the meeting. Com. Om Praksh Singh, Secretary, BSNLCC addressed the gathering and expressed their solidarity towards the struggle of BSNL workers of West Bengal Circle. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB Circle and Secretary General, BSNLCCWF narrated in brief about the situation in BSNL, the role of the management and the struggle of the regular employees as well as the casual/contract workers. The main speaker in the meeting was Com. Anadi Shaw, Secretary, CITU, West Bengal. He said that if the 800 exchanges are closed in West Bengal Telecom Circle then the people of this will be deprived from the Tele service and at the same time there will be excess of casual/contract workers. He said that it is a crime on the part of the administration keeping the wage of the contract workers pending for 6months and it is inhuman too. He said that CITU will exert all its strength to refrain the Modi Govt. from close down of PSU like BSNL. He announced that on 1st&2nd August, 2019 there will be demonstration in every Railway Stations against the decision of the Govt. to close down/sell out PSU, BSNL. Com. Dipak Mitra, Secretary, All Bengal Municipal Workmen's Federation deliberated his speech before the gathering expressing the solidarity towards the struggle of the BSNL employees and workers. Later a delegation led by Com. Dipak Mitra met CGMT and demanded to pay immediately the pending wages of the contract workers and not to close down 800 exchanges in West Bengal Telecom Circle and  a memorandum was also handed over to CGMT in this regard.  <Click here>        

A successful demonstration held at CGMT office : A demonstration held at CGMT in protest of the long pending issues of the employees. In addition to the unsettled issues some new acute problems are faced by the employees. Such as Non remitting the contribution of the employees towards GPF to DOT on time, Non remitting the EMI to the MoU bank for loan taken by the employees and non remitting the contribution to the CCS and laso the union by the department on time. In this programme Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Distrcict secretary, CGMT office initiated the proceedings. Com. Jhumur Bandyopadhyay, Asstt. Dist. Secy., CGMT office Dist. and Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secy. BSNLEU, WB spoke before the gathering. Com. Nayan Chowdhury presided in the programme. Later a protest letter was handed over to GM(HR/Admin) by a delegation. <Picture>

UPDATED ON 25-07-2019 AT 2100 HRS.

A massive Dharna programme held successfully at ETR: A massive Dharna programme was held in front of CGM ETR today. The demands were payment of contract workers, settlement of NEPP cases, CGA appointment which was approved by DPC, Basic Amenities to the staff, Reimbursement of Medical Bills, Identity Cards and Pay Slip to contract workers, inclusion of casual employee of Kharagpur in ERP module, Mutations of all land and buildings under ETR etc. The dharna was inaugurated by Com Sisir Roy, All India Organising secretary. In this dharna programme Com. Asis Kr Das, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Com. Sanjiv Paria, District Secretary, BSNLCMU, Com. P.K. Modak, AIBDPA, Com. Imran Khan, Circle Organising Secretary, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, Com. Nazes Nouroz, Circle Vie-president and Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary deliberated their speech before the huge gathering. They elaborated the entire situation and requested to be more united for the struggle. Com. Asis Das presided the meeting. Later a delegation met CGM, ETR and discussed the problems. CGM, ETR assured to look into the matter. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 24-07-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

Protest demonstration held at CGMT Office, CTO building : Today at the call of Circle Union a protest demonstration was held today jointly by CGMT (Office) District and Kolkata District union in protest of the incident of Fire which broke out on 23rd July in the Nodal Centre, EZBC at Salt Lake. A rally was held in CTO building before the meeting started. The meeting was initiated by Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Distrct Secretary, CGMT (Office) District. The speakers in protest demonstration were Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary and Com. Jhumur Bandyopadhyay, Asstt. District Secretary, CGMT (Office) District. All the speakers strongly protested the incident of fire and criticised the role of the administration since they did not take lesson from the past. They demanded that enquiry to be made of the incident of fire and exemplary punishment to be given who are guilty. Later a protest letter was handed over to CGMT in this regard. The meeting was presided over by Com. Banani Chattopadhyay, Circle President. <Picture> <View letter>

Asansol District Union reacts instantly on the issue of Fire at EZBC, Salt Lake : After the incident of fire that took place in Nodal centre at EZBC, Salt Lake, on 22nd July, BSNLEU, Asansol District Union organised a instant protest demonstration in the office of DGM, Asansol yesterday on 23rd July against the of incident of fire. This has led to great loss in revenue. A good number workers of BSNL, Asansol SSA showed protest demonstration in front of the chamber of DGM. Com. Subrata Misra, District Secretary narrated about the incident and demanded inquiry of the incident. He said that we can not afford to have a great loss in revenue when BSNL is passing through a tough time. He also demanded for immediate restoration of service.<Picture>

UPDATED ON 23-07-2019 AT 1620 HRS.

Circle Union strongly protest the incident of fire which broke out in Nodal Centre at EZBC, Salt Lake : Comrades, BSNLEU, WB Circle strongly protest the incident of fire which broke out yesterday  in the Nodal Centre at EZBC, Salt Lake. Today in the morning itself the representatives of the circle union visited  Nodal Centre at Slat Lake and enquire about the fire from our staff members. Service has not yet been restored. The staff members expressed their resentment over recurring incident of catch fire. Sometimes back such  incident was taken place at Berhampore. We demand for enquiry and action both. BSNLEU, WB circle has appealed to observe 'Protest Day' tomorrow the 24th July, 2019 throughout the state. We the BSNLEU demands that Corporate Office should help to restore the service early. At the same time the Circle Union has called upon the employees and workers to get into the work of restoration of service and exert their maximum. Protest against the incident and at the same time be vigil so that such incident does not occur. It is the struggle for "Save BSNL". Take others with your struggle.   

UPDATED ON 18-07-2019 AT 2200 HRS.

A well attended GB meeting of BSNLCMU, ETR District held successfully : Today at the call of BSNLCMU, ETR district a GB meeting was held at the union office of ETR at Telephone Bhavan with an attendance of  good number of casual & contract workers along with regular employees. In the GB meting the main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF. Com. Mitra narrated in detail the demands of the contract labourers and their struggle. He urged upon the members to be united to achieve their goal. He demanded for immediate payment of pending wages of the contract workers. Com. Biplab Das, Vice-president, BSNLEU, WB, Com. Sanjeev Paria, District Secretary, BSNLCMU, ETR District and Com Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB Circle addressed in the GB meeting. The other speakers were Com. Sekhar Das and Com. Sukanta Saha. The meeting was ended with the speech of Com. Asis Das, Patron, BSNLEU, WB he narrated about the present situation. It was decided in the meeting that  agitation / dharna programme will be held before CGM (ETR) on 25th July, 2019. Com. Asis Kumar Das, District Secretary, BSNLEU, ETR District presided over the meeting. <Picture>

UPDATED ON 16-07-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

Massive Dharna Programme was held successfully in West Bengal Circle : As per the call of BSNLEU and BSNLCCWF a massive Dharna programme was held on 16th July, 2019 in the CGMT office, WB at CTO building in the demand of payment of pending wages of the contract workers which is due for more than 6 months, No retrenchment of contract workers etc. Contract workers in good numbers assembled in the CGMT office from in around Kolkata and from other districts like Bankura, Purulia, Asansol, Krishnanagar etc. Those districts who could not assemble in the CGMT Office at Kolkata they have organised the Dharna programme before the respective SSA heads.  Such districts were Berhampore, Durgapur and Suri. Beside the casual/contract workers a good number of regular employees participated in the Dharna programme in all the places.During the dharna programme a joint delegation lead by Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay met CGMT, WB and demanded to convey the resentment of the workers to CMD. The members of the delegation were Com. Nazes Nouroz, Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Com. Tapas Ghosh and Com. Akhilsh Banerjee. The programme was presided jointly by Com. Banani Chattopadhyay and Com. Tapan Ghosh. Main speakers in the programme were Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asst. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB. The other speakers were Com. Akhilesh Banerjee, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB, Com. Uttam Das, District Secretary, BSNLCMU, Asansol District, Com. Nemai Das, District Secretary, BSNLCMU, Krishnanagr District, Com. Sanjeeb Paria, District Secretary, BSNLCMU, ETR District and Com. Rajendra Prasad Chakraborty, Asstt. District Secretary, BSNLCMU, Kolkata District. All the speakers condemned the BSNL management as well as the Modi Govt. for the downfall of BSNL due to the anti BSNL policy and pro private Telecom policy particularly to promote Reliance JIO. They all demanded for immediate payment of pending wages of the contract labourers. In other districts also the programme was held enthusiastically. The speakers in the distrcts were -  at Durgapur Com. Dhananjoy Ganguly, Leader AIBDPA,  Cm. Sunil Garai, District Secretary, BSNLEU, at Suri  Com. Tinku Biswas, District Secretary, BSNLEU,  Com. Santosh Goswami, District Secretary, BSNLCMU, Com. Shibu Sen, President, BSNLEU,  and at Berhampore Com. Gopal Roy, District Secretary, BSNLEU. <Pictures>  

UPDATED ON 12-07-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

3 Day Dharna programme comes to an end with an oath to fight till the end : Today the 12th July, 2019 the 3 day Dharna programme at CGMT comes to an end with maximum participation of the casual /contract workers along with the regular employees. Toady the programme started at the evening at 4PM. Today the speakers were Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BNKEU, WB, Com. Akhilesh Banerjee, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB along with other leaders of BSNLCMU. Later in the end the workers expressed their determination that they will fight till the end unless their demand is achieved. <Picture> 

UPDATED ON 11-07-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

The 2nd day of the Dharna programme at CGMT office held successfully: Today the 2nd day of the three day Dharna programme held at CGMT Office, CTO building with participation of the members & workers from Berhampore and Krishnanagar. Today also the Dharna programme was a well attended one. The programme started in late afternoon in front of the chamber of CGMT. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB addressed the gathering along with Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB, Com. Goutam Das, District Secretary, BSNLCMU, Kolkata District, Com. Asis Kumar Das, District Secretary, BSNLEU, ETR District, Com. Gopal Roy, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Berhampore District and Com. Jhumur Bandyopadhyay, Asstt. District Secretary, BSNLEU, CGMT (Office) District. later in the evening Com. Susanta Ghosh, President, AIBDPA, WB circle and Com. Pijush Chakraborty, Circle Secretary, AIBDPA, WB Circle addressed before the members in the Dharna programme. A delegation from AIBDPA met CGMT and urged upon him to immediate resolve the issues of the casual/contract workers. Later in the evening a delegation lead by Com. Animesh Mitra met CGMT to enquire about the information received from Corporate office. CGMT informed that only Rs 50 lakh has been received instead of Rs 28 corer for payment of wages of the contract labourers. He also said that CMD could not contacted today since he was busy with other business. Dharna programme will continue till tomorrow the 12th July, 2019.  <Picture>

UPDATED ON 10-07-2019 AT 2300 HRS.

Contract Workers are determined to get their pending wages through struggle: Today at the call of BSNLEU, WB circle and BSNLCMU, WB circle a sit in hunger strike was held at CGMT office before the chamber of CGM form 4PM. The casual& contract workers after their duty assembled in CGMT office. Today's gathering was from Kolkata SSA i.e in and around of Kolkata. The huge gathering once again proved that the workers are not ready to leave the struggle against any eventuality. The huge number of casual/contract workers gathered to get their pending wages for about 6 months to resist the decision of the management to retrench them as well as to reduce their working days. in this massive sit in hunger fast programme Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB and Secretary General, BSNLCCWF was the main speaker. He narrated before the workers the present situation of BSNL and the future programme of the BSNL management. He called upon to all category of staff to be united, since only joint struggle could save the workers from the onslaught of the Central Govt. Th e other speakers in the programme were Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB, Com. Tarak Kundu, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB, Com. Manik Lal Sarkar, District Secretary, Kolkat District and Com. Ramprasad Dutta, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. A delegation met CGMT and urged upon him to get the fund from the corporate office for payment of wages of the contract workers. Later in the evening CGMT informed the leadership that tomorrow he will speak to CMD in this regard. The leadership informed CGMT that such programme will continue till 12thJuly, 2019. The programme was presided over by Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. <Picture>     

GB Meeing held at Teritti Bazar of ETR District successfully : Today at the call of BSNLEU, ETR District a GB meeting was held at Territti Bazar in regard to  non payment of wages to the contract workers for more than 6 months, retrenchment of the contract workers and reduction of working days, outsourcing  along with the burning issues of ETR. Good number of members participated in the programme. Com. Asis Kumar Das, District Secretary initiated with his speech. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary was the main speaker. He called upon the members to fight together to achieve our goal. The meeting was presided over by Com. Asis Das. <Picture>

UPDATED ON 9-07-2019 AT 2345 HRS.

Today Dharna Prodramme of the undone contract workers of West Bengal Circle held at almost all the places in the state: Today in all almost all the districts of West Bengal Telecom Circle Dharna Programme was held with massive participation of the casual/contract workers along with the regular employees in protest of the non payment of wages for more than 6 months to the contract workers, retrenchment of contract labourers, reduction of working days and unilateral decisions to close down about 900 exchanges in West Bengal Circle by the BSNL management, WB circle. Such Dharna Programme was held at Asansol GM office jointly with Durgapur District. Here Com. Sutapa Roy, Asstt. District Secretary, Asansol Dist., Com Sunil Garai, District Secreytary, BSNLEU, Durgapur District, Com. Pankaj Chatterjee, Asstt. District Secy., Durgapur Dist. along with other leadership of both the districts addressed the gathering. At Kharagpur GM office Dharna programme was held jointly with Bakura & Purulia District. Here a rally was held from Bogda Telephone exchange to GM office, Kharagpur. Here veteran leaders of AIBDPA Com. Susanta Ghosh, Com. Anupam Saha along with other leaders of AIBDPA were present. Com. Bidyut Goswami, Circle Treasurer, BSNLEU addressed in the Dharna programme. Com. Tarak Kundu, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB also addressed the huge gathering. District Secretaries of Bankura Com. Sahadeb Karmakar, Com. Sanjoy Pal of Purulia and Com. Pankaj Jana of Kharagpur District addressed in the Dharna programme. Com. Amalesh Pradhan, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, WB and veteran leader Com. Dilip Pal was present in the programme. Dharna programme was also held at Malda and Jalpaiguri with great participation of the workers and employees. In Malda the demonstration programme was held at TDM office followed by a  street corner meeting in this occasion. Com. Ujjal Ghosh, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Malda District addressed the gathering. In Jalpaiguri the Demonstration programme was held before the chamber of TDM. Com. Soumen Chanda Roy, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Jalpaiguri District deliberated his speech. In Burdwan also such Dharna programme was held with maximum participation of the casual/contract workers ignoring the threat of the Trinomul goons. Com. Prabir Kumar Das, District President, BSNLEU, Burdwan District  and District Secretary BSNLEU, Burdwan District Com. Badre Alam addressed the well attended programme. This Sit in Dharana programme was held at the call of BSNLEU, WB,BSNLCMU, WB and AIBDPA, WB jointly.  <Picture>  

 

UPDATED ON 6-07-2019 AT 0745 HRS.

An effective 'Dharna Programme was held at ETP, Kolkata: Yesterday the 5th July a 'Dharna Programme' was held in the CGMT, ETP office at Mominpur in protest of the indifferent attitude of the EIP administration in regard to the shifting of ETP office at Ultadanga. A good number of members of ETP district along with Circle office bearers attended in the programme. Com. Madhusuadn Saha, Asstt. District Secretary, ETP & Asstt. Circle Treasurer, Com. Jhumur Bandyopadhyay, Asstt. District Secretary, CGMT (Office) & joint convenor of Working Women's Cell, Com. Goutam Banik, District Secretary, ETP District, he narrated in detail about the demands and role of the administration, Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary deliberated their speech in the Dharna programme. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary narrated about the present situation in BSNL and the role of the management. He appealed before the workers to be united for the struggle ahead of us to save BSNL and our existence. Later a delegation met CGMT to discuss about the demands. Com. Nazes Nouroz, Circle Vice-president, Com. Bidyut Goswami, Circle Treasurer, Com. Manik Lala Sarkar, Circle Organising Secretary and Com. Debashis Khan, Patron, Circle Union were present in the programme. The programme was presided by Com. Jyotsna Bhattacharjee, District Vice-president, ETP District.<Pictures>  

UPDATED ON 4-07-2019 AT 2220 HRS.

 

                                                                 

 

Join at the Dharna programme at ETP: Tomorrow the 5th July a Dharna programme will be held at o/o the CGM, ETP at Mominpur against the indifferent attitude of the ETP administration to shift the office at Ultadanga quarter complex. There are may proposals given by BSNLEU to shift the office from Ultadanga since the building of ETP office is not in a habitable condition. There every chance of an accident. Hence it is very much necessary to shift the office elsewhere within Kolkata. There are also other burring issues of ETP which needed to be solved immediately. Mobilise our members and assemble at CGM, ETP office in good number to make the programme a big success.  

An effective convention held at Asansol, DGM office : Today an effective convention was held in the recreation club room at O/o DGM, Asansol on the present situation in BSNL, West Bengal circle. The well attended convention was addressed by Com. Sutapa Roy, Asstt. District Secretary, Asansol District along with other leaders of Asansol district. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB was the main speaker. He narrated about the present situation in West Bengal circle. The role of the management towards the casual & contract workers in event of  non payment of their wages.  He called upon the workers to be united for struggle since struggle in the only way to achieve our goal. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 3-07-2019 AT 2300 HRS.

 

                                                                                    

 

Massive gathering of the casual & contract workers proves that they will not bow down before the management - the struggle will continue : Today at the call of BSNLEU, WB and BSNLCMU, WB a huge gathering took place in CGMT office, CTO building to protest against the non payment of wages of casual & contract workers, retrenchment of the contract workers, reduction in number of working days of the contract workers  and unilateral decision of the management to close down about 900 odd exchanges throughout the country. BSNL Coordination Committee and CITU stood by the struggle of the regular and non-regular workers of BSNL, WB Circle. The protest demonstration programme was followed by a human chain. Workers from entire South Bengal assembled in the programme to protest against the deprivation of the management towards them. In the programme Com. Om Praksh Singh greeted the workers for their struggle. Com. Subhas Mukherjee, President CITU, West Bengal State was present in the programme and deliberated his valuable speech before the huge gathering. He assured that CITU will always be with them in the struggles. Com Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary and Secretary General, BSNLCCWF addressed the gathering. He said that the BSNL is running through an acute financial crisis and to overcome the crisis the management has taken a short cut method to retrench the contract workers and to reduce their number of working days. Their wages are kept pending for more than 6 months as a result cases of suicides are taking place many places. He called upon the workers to fight against the derogative decisions of the management till the success is achieved. The other speakers in the programme were Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, Com. Akhilesh Banerjee, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU. The meeting was presided over by Com. Nazes Nouroz. After the meeting a rally was held in CTO building where the rally ended on the street of Dalhousie Square, in front of CTO, building where a programme of human chain was scheduled. But a huge number of workers of CTD came out from Telelphone Bhavan and joined the workers of WB Circle since they were also in the same struggle on the same demands. The street in front of CTO building was occupied by the huge BSNL workers for some while and it was spontaneous. <Pictures>        

UPDATED ON 1-07-2019 AT 1400 HRS.

 

                                                                                        POSTERS OF THE PROGRAMME FROM 3RD JULY, 2019

 

                                                                                     

 

A successful convention held at Kharagpur : As per the decision of the Circle Union three unions, BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA , Bankura Dist., Purulia Dist. and Kharagpur dist. jointly  organised a convention on the present situation of BSNL, WB circle in the changed political scenario. The convention was held at Bogda Telephone exchange, Kharagpur on 30th June. A good number of members of all the unions participated in the convention. Com. Amalesh Pradhan and Com. Sanjoy Pal both Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, WB were present in the convention. <Picture>

UPDATED ON 29-06-2019 AT 2345 HRS.

 

GET PREPARED FOR THE ULTIMATE STRUGGLE TO ACHIEVE THE JUST DEMAND :  Dear Comrades, salary for the month of June is not yet finalised by the BNL management. Though, news in different ways is pouring in the social media. Struggles are going on in so many circles including West Bengal also. Contract and non-regular workers are not getting their wages since 6months. To overcome the situation the management has taken a decision to shut down 900 exchanges in West Bengal, cut down the wages of contract workers and their numbers. Both the circle union, BSNLEU & BSNLCMU has taken the decision to go on agitation programme on 3rd July with MASSIVE GATHERING at CGMT office and HUNGER strike before the chamber of CGMT from 10 to 12th July. District Secretaries are also requested to organise the same programme on a suitable date between 4 to 9th July at respective GM/DGM office. Posters are being published. Try to collect it. Prepare an alternative proposal, to make the financial position of your SSA good, which will be submitted before CGMT on 10 to 12th. All circle office bearers and district secretaries are requested to take active role to make the programme a big success.

UPDATED ON 28-06-2019 AT 2015 HRS.

Well attended GB meetings of BSNLEU & BSNLCMU held at Durgapur Industries & Durgapur City Centre Branch : Two GB meetings jointly held today organised by BSNLEU and BSNLCMU in regard to the present situation in BSNL. The GB meetings were held at Durgapur Industries branch and Durgapur City Centre. Both the GB meetings were well attended. The main speaker was Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. The proceedings was initiated by Com. Sunil Garai, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Durgapur District. Members of Panagarh branch participated in the meeting at Industries branch. In the meeting at Durgapur City Centre the members of Durgapur Steel and City Centre branch participated. <Pictures> 

The BSNL employees and the workers are very much agile to keep the service alive under any situation : BSNL employees are working under hostile and terrible weather condition at unapproachable, unreachable geographical locations throughout the country to keep the service on. Feeds from social media from all over India says so. Be it the way to Amarnath or under terrible cyclones like Phani (Odisha) or floods and natural disasters of Chennai and Kerala or be it the unreachable nooks and corners of snowy regions of Ladkah and Himachal, if it's BSNL, it's there. A lot of our friends are working on transmission, broadband, lease lines, mobile and from marketing to CSC from BTS to MSC. They are working even under severe heat or heavy rain come what may. They are keeping the service "on". They may be regular or a casual employee bound by contract. The administration being uninterested, unrecognizing, there isn't  a regular salary anymore, but that doesn't stop the employees from keeping the service up and running. Sold out and money chewing media, working as directed by the corporate heads, keep spreading false news stating BSNL is financially unstable. They keep sharing false and misleading facts, some that say BSNL has a debt of 90000 corers. In truth comparing to Airtel (debt of 1,20000 cr), Vodafone (1,30000 cr) and the new NaMo's JIO (2,00,000 cr), BSNL has the lowest debt of 13000 cr INR only. Last few years has been massive top-level plans to break down BSNL in everyway possible. Not allowing 4G bandwidth and not permitting a larger network, when allowing all  of these to other telecom companies are just a few of them. Media has and will never let the people know these vicious acts of the central government. They have done this to secure the profits of the so called corporate. We are against this lie and the media that is shameless enough to spread them. The truth is, even with no 4G permit, BSNL is just below JIO in terms of customer gains. BSNL would surely be the top telecom service provider and can still overthrow JIO, if 4G is allowed. Remaining telecoms have only lost customers even with the support they received. Today, if BSNL is shut down, JIO will get that long awaited chance of sky-rocketing its tariff.  The government calculations show BSNL at a losing end, but looks like individual profit and loss statements and accounts need to be re-verified.  The government owes BSNL 54000 cr INR. Both the government and the media will never let you know that. The truth matters. So, here is BSNL, its workers, sharing the truth to the people. Just like the government must be, BSNL is of the people, for the people and BSNL still knows that its by the people that the truth will show its colours.             

UPDATED ON 27-06-2019 AT 2045 HRS.

BSNL is not going to be closed, says the Hon'ble minister: Yesterday in the parliament in the question and fanswer session Hon'ble minister of communication & IT Sri Ravishankar Prasadji confirmed in the house that there is no proposal of closing down BSNL. On the contrary he said that BSNL is taking all the pain to serve the nation and give free service in natural calamity or any adverse situation. Whether it is earthquake in Nepal, devastating flood in Tamilnadu and super cyclone in Orissa etc. He also said that the market share of BSNL has increased from 9.6 0% to 10.72%. He said that BSNL has total number of employees of one lakh sixty five thousand one hundred and sixty nine. 50,000 towers are with BSNL and 25200 BTS have been installed in the last 5 years. The most discussed issue, the allotment of 4G to BSNL, minister said BSNL will be supplemented with 4G and all necessary steps would be taken to make it viable. He also said that there should be healthy competition amongst the companies. Now the question arises why BSNL is facing the acute financial crisis ? It is since Reliance JIO came in the field on 2016. It is known to all that Reliance JIO doing business with predatory pricing. Neither the TRI nor the DoT has taken any step against JIO. Why the salary of the employees of the month of June is uncertain? Why the wages of the contract labourers are pending for more than 6 months? Why they are being retrenched? The acute crisis is being confirmed from letter of BSNL to DoT dated 17th June, 2019. He advised the employees to work with an professional out look. Yes sir, it is only the BSNL employees and the workers have installed so many towers and BTS throughout the country. It is only the BSNL employees giving the service in the remote places and when disasters take place in the country ignoring, all sort of life risk. It is only due to BSNL the voice & data charges are lowest in the country. BSNL Employees is of the opinion that BSNL should exist with its employees regular and  non-regular for interest of the nation.  

 

Pictures of the Programme of CGMT Office and Joint programme of Kolkata SSA <Click>

 

Casual/Contract workers along with regular employees of Kolkata SSA agitate for timely payment of wage and no retrenchment: On 26th June BSNLEU & BSNLCMU Kolkata SSA jointly organised a protest demonstration in front of the chamber of  GM Kolkata. Timely payment of wages to the casual/contract workers/security guard workers, immediate payment of salary fro 4 months and 8 months to the contract workers and security guards, payment of wages through ERP to the casual workers, immediate payment of Gratuity to casual/contract workers, non closure of about 200 exchanges in Kolkata SSA were the main demands. Com. Manik Lala Sarkar, District Secy., BSNLEU, Kolkata Dist, Com. Goutam Das, District Secy., Kolkata SSA, Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secy., Com. Ramprasad Dutta, Organising Secy., BSNLEU, WB along with district and branch leaders spoke in the demonstration programme. later a rally was organised and after that Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secy., BSNLEU, WB and Secretary General, BSNLCCWF addressed the demonstration. He narrated the present scenario and called upon the workers to keep unity to get just demands. Com. Goutam Chatterjee & Com. Kalyan Raha presided on he occasion. The concluding part of the programme was held before the chamber of CGMT WB where hundreds of workers and employees participated in the programme.   

 

Demonstration programme organised by CGMT (Office) District Union in protest of deferment of salary for the month of June : Yesterday the 26th June BSNLEU. CGMT (OFfice), district union organised a protest demonstration which was held before the chamber of GM (HR), WBTC in protest of deferment of salary for the month of June, 2019. Also the non-compliance of the burning problems of the district. Since the district union submitted a memorandum to GM(HR) few days ago. The meeting was presided over by Com. Nayan Chowdhury. Com. Sujoy Sarkar, District Secretary initiated the with his initial speech. The other speakers in demonstration programme were Com. Anindya Kr Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secy., Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secy., and Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary.    

UPDATED ON 24-06-2019 AT 1100 HRS.

The 9th District Conference of Krishngar District Union held successfully : The 9th District Conference of BSNLEU, Krishnagar District held yesterday the 23rd June at TRC hall of Krishnagar Telephone exchange. The Red Flag of our union was hoisted by Com. Bidhan Chandra Pramanik, District President and the Martyrs column was garlanded by Com Bidhan Chandra Pramanik and Com. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB Circle, Com. Asesh Bandhu Sarkar, Asstt. Dist Secy., and Biswanth Kar along with other leaders to pay homage to the martyrs. A good number of members participated in the conference form in and around of Krishnagar. The Conference was inaugurated By Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay. He in his speech narrated about the present scenario of BSNL and acute crisis prevailing in the within BSNL. He also narrated about the attack of the Central Govt. as well as the State Govt. on the working class. he opined that the most sufferer are the casual/contract workers in BSNL. Now the contract workers are at gun point of retrenchment. The regular employees are now reeling under panic about their survival as an employee of BSNL.  He called upon the employees to be united and fight against the odds. Com. Imran Khan, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, WB was present in the conference and deliberated his speech. After discussion on the report and accounts and some resolutions were passed unanimously by the house.  Later the house elected Com. Asesh Bandhu Sarkar, Com. Biswanath Kar and Com. Bishnupada Biswas as District President, District Secretary and District Treasurer respectively for next term.  <Picture>

UPDATED ON 20-06-2019 AT 0800 HRS.

BSNL management has decided to kill the contract workers through starvation, workers are ready to resist : Dear comrades, the situation is very serious. CGMT, WB has taken unilateral decision to close down 873 exchanges and to cut down the expenditure by 25% for the contract workers. It is about 5 months or more the contract workers are not getting their wages. We have organised agitation programme on 13th & 14th June. But till date no fund has been allotted. Even the salary for the regular employees may get disturbed again this month, as it was reported by CGMT, WB. In this situation an urgent meeting of Circle Union will be held on 21st June. Leaders of BSNLCMU are also invited in this meeting to take some important decisions on view of the above situation.

BSNLEU, WB circle  taking all-out effort to earn more revenue but the management is taking deaf and dumb attitude: Recently some development has taken place in West Bengal Telecom Circle. CGMT met director level officers in the corporate office on 11th June and got some instructions, e.g to shut down 873 exchanges, curtailment of expenditure by 25% for the casual/contract workers. Shut down of A/C & Generators & 5 days week for contract workers. No discussion took place in regard to allotment of fund. On 12th June CGMT arranged a meeting with the officers of circle office. The very next day Circle Office issued an order as per the instruction of the corporate office. It is surprising and unfortunate too that the  decisions taken unilaterally by CGMT without any discussions with the unions/associations at any  level. Quite naturally BSNLEU, WB reacted on the issue and accordingly organised 2 day Dharna programme before CGM's chamber. Such programme was also held at District level on 13th June before the SSA heads. Com. Abhimanyu, GS met Director (CM/HR) and Dir. Finance and conveyed our views. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary also met CGM and PGM (Finance) on 13th&14th June along with the leadership of  BSNLCMU and urged upon CGM to convene a meeting of all unions and associations before taking any final decision. They also requested to arrange fund from the corporate office for immediate payment of wages to the contract workers.  All our leaderships at all level are requested to take note of the situation & judge the attacks on us in depth. Sit together with workers and narrate the entire situation to them. Start campaign programme to mobilise our workers to resist the attack. At the same time we should also come forward with alternate proposals on the existing setup so that we can earn more revenue. District and Branch Secretaries are requested to get updated with all these development in details. We may submit our proposals to the CMD, BSNL as a memorandum based on your suggestions. In this regard it may be mentioned that CGMT, WB recently visited Siliguri in regard to 4G service with a huge expenditure from the exchequer of WB circle. It is nothing but luxury on the part of the management when we are passing through a stringent condition. When the workers are not getting their wages for 5 months, the salary of the employees may get disturbed this month and numerous exchanges are going to be closed. We agree that tour programme of the circle head is necessary but should not be a luxurious one. Comrades rise to the occasion and take programme at the grass root level, ensure the general members' participation in the struggle. Only the unity and the organisation can save us.     

DATED ON 17-06-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

Circle office bearers are on tour to attend GB/DWC/Branch executive committee meeting : As decided in the CEC meeting at Gaziabad that the Circle Office bearers would be present in the GB/DWC/Branch executive committee meeting which would be held throughout the month of June. Accordingly a well attended GB meting was held at Alipurduar under Jalpaiguri District on 15th June, 2019. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU attended the GB meeting on behalf of Circle union. Com. Prabir Ghosh, Leader AIBDPA, Com. Soumen Chanda Roy, Dist Secretary, Jalpaiguri explained the post election scenario while Com. Sandip Sarkar narrated the demand of the grassroots workers related to the development and maintenance issue. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary replied to all the quarries made related to BSNL and spoke about the future movement also. Com. Pankaj Pal presided over the meeting.  

Another GB meeting was held on 15th June at Siliguri jointly with BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCMU. Before the GB meeting DWC meeting of Siliguri District union was held. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Cirlce Secretary and Com. Debashis Khan, Patron, Circle union attended both the meetings on behalf of Circle Union. The main speaker was Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay. Com. Mukul Seal, District Secretary initiated the proceedings and described about the present scenario in BSNL and particularly in Siliguri division. Com. Kedar Yadav, Leader AIBDPA spoke in the GB meeting. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyaya narrated in detail the present scenario in BSNL and the attitude of the Central Govt. towards the working class of our country. He explained about the 3rd PRC, retrenchment of Contract workers, latest corporate office orders to close down the exchanges and the next verification in BSNL etc. and the role of our union. Com. Debashis Khan spoke in a nut shell about the present political scenario and our duties and responsibility. Com. Swarupjyoti Roy presided over the meeting. <Pictures>

 

 

 

 

UPDATED ON 13-06-2019 AT 2115 HRS.

                                                                                                         

                                                                                   

                                                                                                                 

Demonstration programme held effectively in all over West Bengal Telecom Circle: Today the 13th June, 2019 at the call of three circle unions BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA lunch hour demonstration programme was held all over the West Bengal Telecom Circle against the Retrenchment of Contract workers, Unsettled burning problems of the Circle, The decision of the central Govt. to close down or to sell out 46 PSUs within 100 days, Amendment of Labour laws in favour of the owners and hike in the prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas etc. As it was decided that in CGMT office the sit in hunger strike will be held before the chamber of CGMT. Accordingly Contact workers, the regular employees and members of AIBDPA assembled in CGMT office to take part in the sit in hunger strike. Slogans shouting was made throughout the day and a rally was held in the CTO building. The main speakers was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary. He informed the gathering that the corporate office has issued order that those exchanges to be shut down who can not earn Rs 20,000/- per month. Accordingly CGMT has ordered to shut down 850 exchanges in WBTC out of 1150 exchanges. The other speakers in the sit in hunger strike programme were Com. Taps Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Com. Tarak Kundu, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, Com. Akhilesh Banerjee, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU and Con. Sachinandan Maity (Bapi) on behalf of Contract workers. All the speakers criticise the decision to retrench contract workers and more over in other way to close down the BSNL service since these workers are taking the responsibility of BSNL service in the field level in absence of regular employees. Com. Mitra narrated about the view of the central govt which reflects through the decisions of the BSNL management. He said that if the management move forward to retrench the Contract workers, in spite of protest from every corner, then there will be a total shut down in WBTC for which the management will remain sole responsible.  <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 12-06-2019 AT 1100 HRS.

District Office bearers meeting held at Burdwan and ETP : As per the decision of the CEC meeting at Gaziabad district office bearer meeting was held at Burdwan and ETP on 11th June, 2019. The meeting reviewed the present scenario after the Parliament election and formation of the new Govt. at the centre. The meeting discussed the decision to sell out or to close down 46 PSUs within 100 days and hike in petroleum products. The meeting discussed the 3rd PRC, the decision to retrentrench Contract labourers and 40% of fund curtailment towards the expenditure for the Contract workers with deep concern. The meeting decided to hold the lunch hour demonstration on 13th June as decided by BSNLCC. The meeting also discussed their individual problems of the SSA. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyaya, Asstt. Circle Secretary and Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary attend the meeting Burdwan and ETP respectively. Veteran leader Com. Manik Lal Das was present in the meeting at Burdwan. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 9-06-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

Circle Union decides to sit in Hunger Strike for two days : It was decided in the urgent Circle Office bears meeting held today in presence of Circle Secretaries of BSNLCMU, WB Com Tapas Ghosh and Com. Pijush Chakraborty of AIBDPA, WB that on 13th & 14th  June Hunger strike will be held  before CGMT chamber in protest of retrenchment of Contract Labourers of CTO building, unsettled burning issues of the circle, the decisions taken by the Central Govt. to close down the 46 PSUs within 100 days and hike in price of the petroleum products. BSNLCMU and AIBDPA will also participate in the programmes. It was also decided that on 13th ETR, ETP, Civil wing and CGMT(Tech) along with Circle Office bearers will participate in the hunger strike which will start from1130AM. On  14th Kolkata SSA and CGMT (O) district union along with Circle office bearers will sit in the Hunger strike at CGMT office. All are requested to make the programme successful.

UPDATED ON 9-06-2019 AT 2200 HRS.

Closing ceremony of the Reception Committee for the 8th Circle Conference of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle held in an extraordinary way : The closing ceremony of the Reception Committee of the 8th Circle Conference of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle held today at Bolpur. Apart from Circle Secretary Com. Anomesh Mitra, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary and Com. Nazes Nouroz Vice-president were present on behalf of the Circle Union. Com. Madan Mohan Ghosh, President Reception Committee and Com. Prabir Mukherjee Treasurer presented the overall report & Accounts of the Conference before the house. Com. Tinku Biswas, Jt. secretary reception Committee thanked everyone to make the conference a historic one. Later Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Nazes Nouroz and Com. Animesh Mitra spoke in detail regarding the present scenario after giving heartfelt thanks to all the comrades of BSNL:EU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA, Suri District for their relentless effort to make the Circle Conference successful. Com. Debdas Chakraborty presided in the meeting. <Picture>

UPDATED ON 6-06-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

Hold District & Branch level meeting throughout the month of June : Circle Union has decided to hold district & branch level meting throughout the month of June. Similar decision was taken by CHQ form the CEC meeting held at Gaziabad to hold branch level meeting to discuss the post election situation. It was apprehended in our Circle conference and also in the CEC meeting that attack will intensify on the working class. As such meetings up to the branch level to be conducted. In the mean time the 8th memebrship verification has been announced. It is scheduled to be held on 16th September, 2019. The newly formed Govt. has announced to sell out or close down 46 PSUs within 100 days. At this backdrop these meetings have immense importance. Accordingly Asansol, Purilia, CTTC and Kolkata district unions have already organised the meetings at their level. Meetings are being organised by Jalpaiguri, Siliguri, Burdwan, Krishnagar, ETR and ETP district unions within 23rd June. Other branch & district secretaries are requested to organise such meetings within 30th June with an intimation to the Circle Secretary. District and Branch Secretaries are requested to implement the decision in letter and spirit.   

UPDATED ON 5-06-2019 AT 1700 HRS.

Hold lunch hour demonstration on 13th June in every offices and exchanges : Ultimately the cat is out of the bag. Immediate after the oath taking ceremony of the Modi Govt. for the 2nd term, the price of the Cooking gas including Petrol & Diesel increased. The new Govt has decided to sell out or close down 46 PSUs within 100 days. They have decided to change the existing labour law in favour of he owner. The BSNL Coordination Committee has decided to protest against these anti people and anti worker decisions of the government. Accordingly lunch demonstration programme will be held in every offices and exchanges on 13th June, 2019. District Secretaries are requested to organise the programme very effectively with maximum number of workers participation. 

Circle Union reacts on various issues within a week : Circle Union reacts on various issues like long pending Burning Issues of the Circle, Defective Tender to retrench Contract workers of CTO building and against the merger of EZBC with Calcutta Telephones. Lots of unsettled burning issues are pending with Circle authority for long period. CGMs of this circle are changing periodically. Other topmost officers of the management are taking any interest to solve the  problems. Circle union decided to meet CGMT and handed over a memorandum and demanded for early settlement of the issues. The Tender for the Contract workers working in CTO building under CGMT office has handed over to Civil wing, who have no experience in this regard, instead of processing the same by CGMT office. Which led to a process of trenching the contract workers. Circle union met CGMT, WB and demanded to cancel the Tender and a fresh Tender to be processed by DGM, WBTC. The issue was also discussed with Chief Engineer, Civil.  A letter to this effect was handed over to CGMT, WB. Lastly the manner in which the staff of EZBC are being transferred to CTD after merger of EZBC with CTD. Circle Union demanded that no staff could be transferred to CTD against their wish. They should be redeployed to CGMT office or at  CTTC  since they are the staff of CGMT office. A letter was handed over to GM(HR/Adm) in this regard. <Letter-1> <Letter-2> <Letter-3>  

UPDATED ON 4-06-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

Workers roars against the decisions of the newly formed Govt. at the centre : Immediate after taking oath by the Modi Govt. for the 2nd term, the derogative decisions are being started to be taken. They have declared that within 100 days they are going to sell or close 46 PSUs of our country. The Modi Govt. is going to change the existing labour Law in favour of the owner. As it was made clear by the workers of our country they are not going give off fight against any anti-worker decisions of the Govt. Accordingly today a Convention was held at Kolkata in Rani Rasmoni Avenue to protest against the anti-worker decision of the Modi Govt., communal atmosphere thought the country and raising of provincialism sentiment by Trinamul.   The convention  was at the call of all Central Trade Unions, 12th July Committee, BSNL and Federations. All speakers criticise the decisions of the Central Govt., create a suffocating atmosphere by raring communal feelings and provincialism sentiment.   They made it clear that they will  keep the right of the workers through struggle. Com. Animesh Mitra, President BSNLEU (CHQ) and Circle Secretary spoke in the convention. The convention decides to hold conventions in the districts throughout the state before the DMs and memorandum will be submitted on this occasion. <Picture>

UPDATED ON 31-05-2019 AT 1045 HRS.

Massive demonstration programme held at CGMT office : Yesterday the 30th May, 2019 a massive demonstration programme was held at the call of CGMT  office district union in the circle office at CTO building. The demonstration programme was held before GM(HR/Adm) against the unsettled problems of the staff of circle office. Even the administration has taken some decision unilaterally keeping the district union in dark. District union on several occasions discussed the issues with GM (HR/Adm) but it were still unsettled. In this gathering Com. Jhumur Bandyopadhyay, Asstt. District Secretary spoke before the gathering and narrated about the problems faced by the staff. The other speakers were Com. Anindya Kr Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secy., Com. Amitava Chattopadhyaya, Asstt. Circle Secy. and Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary. After the meeting a memorandum on behalf of the district union was handed over to GM(HR/Adm) and made it clear by the leadership that if the issues are not settled then the district union will go for higher form of Trade Union action. The meeting was presided over by Com Nayan Chowdhury, District Vice-president.<Pictures>

UPDATED ON 28-05-2019 AT 2045 HRS.

BSNLEU, WB Circle decides to hand over a memorandum to CMD, BSNL on Development issue : A Circle Office Bearer meeting of BSNLEU, WB Circle was held today. Where the issue of development of West Bengal Telecom Circle was discussed with great concern. After threat bare discussion on the issue it was decide that a memorandum would be handed over to CMD, BSNL on the issue of Development of West Bengal Telecom Circle in the month July, 2019. Before that an intensive campaign programme would be carried out through out the circle in the month of June, 2019 on the issue. It may be recalled here that BSNLEU, WB circle previously  carried out a mass signature campaign programme on the same issue and it was handed over to CMD, BSNL.  

UPDATED ON 25-05-2019 AT 2100 HRS.

BSNLEU demands to maintain the status of District Unions and Local Councils : After consolidation of the SSAs in to Business Areas the question has been arisen about the status of the District Unions and Local Council. Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU demanded to maintain the status quo of the District Unions and Local Councils even after consolidation of SSAs in to Business Area. He met GM (SR) and placed the demand. GM (SR) told Com. Abhmanyu that he will look into the matter and do the needful in this regard.   

UPDATED ON 23-05-2019 AT 2030 HRS.

BSNLEU & BSNLCCWF is pressing hard to get the fund allotted for the contract workers :  Today Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU and Com. Animesh Mitra, President, BSNLEU and Secretary General, BSNLCCWF met GM (BFCI), Sri P.C. Bhat and urged upon him to release the fund for the payment of wages of the contract workers. The leaders told Sri Bhat that no fund has been allotted for West Bengal for which the wages of the contract workers are due for more than 4months. They requested him to allot sufficient amount of fund so that the outstanding wages could be paid. GM (BFCI) replied that since there is no cash flow the fund could not be allotted however he will try his best to allot the same as early as possible. 

UPDATED ON 21-05-2019 AT 2030 HRS.

Get ready for another phase of struggle :  Comrades election is over, we are expecting good result for BSNL workers. In the mean time AUAB met in New Delhi on 16.05.2019 and reviewed the present situation. AUAB has written to Secretary DoT to convene a meeting on the unsettled issues raised by AUAB before the parliament election, such as wage revision, allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL, revision of pension etc. AUAB also making strategy of next phase of struggle in the present political scenario. Circle union will review the post poll situation in due course. So we are to be ready for next phase of struggle to achieve our just demands.

UPDATED ON 20-05-2019 AT 1700 HRS.

 

                                                                                           

                        

Com. Moni Bose Amar Rahe :  Circle Union pays respectful homage to our  philosopher  and guide Com. Moni Bose on his 9th death anniversary. He left us on19th May, 2010. We are on the path of struggle for the cause of the workers as shown by him. We will not deviate from the path of struggle and ideology which he had taught to us. Com. Moni Bose Lal selam. Com. Moni Bose Amar rahe. 

BSNLEU & BSNLCMU jointly handed over memorandum to CGMT :  On 17th May, 2019 both circle union of BSNLEU and BSNLCMU handed over a memorandum of of 8 point charter of demands to CGMT, WB Circle in regard to the problems of casual/contract workers of our circle. A delegation headed by Com Animesh Mitra met CGMT and discussed about the charter of demands. The leaders demanded to settle the problems which are within the purview of the circle administration. CGMT assured the leaders to do the needful at the earliest. Com. Tapas Ghosh, Com. Nazes Nouroz, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyyay and Com. Kalyan Raha were other members of the delegation. Later a meeting was held in the union office at CTO building where Com. Animesh Mitra narrated in detail about the problems of the casual/contract workers. The present situation of BSNL under which we are carrying out our struggle and the attitude of the management. <Picture>

Circle union demanded immediate shifting of ETP office from Ultadanga : Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary and Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary met CGM, ETP, Sri Anupam Maji on 17th May and discussed the issue of shifting of ETP office at Ultadanga. The leaders told the CGM that the condition of the quarter complex at Ultadandnga is not at all conducive to habitable condition. In any moment there may occur an severe accident and the situation arising out of it may go beyond our control. Hence it is better to shift the office from Ultadanga to somewhere else. They also intimated about some spaces where the ETP office could be shifted. They demanded for immediate negotiation with the authority where there is space. After hearing the leaders CGM assured to resolve the issue with top most priority. A letter from Circle Union was handed over to CGM, ETP in this regard. <Letter>

Main Exchange at Habra is out of order for a long time - Circle union intervenes : The main exchange at Habra was out of order for a long period for which the telephone exchanges of the surrounding area like Ashoknagar, Barasat, Machlandapur, Habra etc were not functioning. Circle Union bought the issue to the notice of CGMT in the early last week. CGMT in presence of Circle Secretary enquired about the situation from GM, Kolkata. It was told by CGMT  that it is due to the fault of 5 ESS and conversion to NGN system could not be done in proper time as such the service have been stopped. Circle Secretary Com. Animesh Mitra demanded for immediate restoration of service since the parliament election is going to be held in that area within a few days. CGMT assured to look in to the matter and ensure for uninterrupted BSNL service.     

One month long Street Corner meeting ended on 16th May at Kolkata : The 16th May, 2019 South branch and Kolkata Engineering branch jointly conducted the street corner meeting at the crossing of CR Avenue and BB Ganguly street. A good number of members attended the meeting. Placards and posters (flex) were displayed by our comrades on the street with our Red Flag. Leaflets were distributed amongst the public. Various demands including to save BSNL was displayed in the posters and banners. The public were apprised through our leaflets about the attack on BSNL by the Modi Govt. The conspiracy of the Govt to sell out BSNL the national property to Reliance JIO was also mentioned in the leaflets. Com. Anindya Kumar Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary and Com. Animseh Mitra, Circle Secretary spoke in the meeting. The passers by gave a patience hearing to our speakers. The speakers appealed to the public to stood by the BSNL employees in their struggle to save BSNL and at the same time to oust the Modi Govt from the centre through the election. It was the closing day of one month long Street Corner meeting which a part of the campaign programme before the public.<Pictures>

Street Corner meeting held at Berhampore: On 15th May, Street Corner meeting was held at Berhampore against the conspiracy of the Modi Govt. to retrench BSNL employees through VRS and to sell out BSNL to Reliance JIO. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary. Com. Mamata Sarkar, Vice-president was also present in the street corner meeting. Leaflets sere distributed to the public through the meeting. Before the street corner meeting an encouraging  GB meeting was held where the members of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA were present in good number. The speakers of the meeting were Com. M.K. Ghosh, District Secretary, AIBDPA, Com. Sekhar Sarkar, District President, BSNLEU, Com. Gopal Roy, District Secretary, BSNLEU and Com. Laltu Roy, District Secretary, BSNLCMU, Com. Tapan Bhowmik, Leader AUAB, Com. Mamata Sarkar, Vice-president Circle Union and Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary. Com. Abhijit Sen, Leader AIBDPA was present on the dias. The entire meeting was presided  over by Com. Samir Dutta. In the meeting Com. Laltu Roy, Dist. Secy. BSNLCMU, Berhampore District  handed over Rs 5000/- to Secretary General Com. Animesh Mitra, as donation towards organisational fund of CCWF. <Picture>

 

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UPDATED ON 16-05-2019 AT 0730 HRS.

BSNLEU strongly condemns the demolition of the statue of Vidyasagar : On 14th May, 2019 the statue of Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar, a great social reformer of our country, was demolished by some miscreants at Vidyasagar college in course of showing mussel power between the two political parties - TMC & BJP. BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle strongly protests and condemns this heinous act of the miscreants. We demand it should be properly investigated and exemplary punishment should be given to the accused. In the 70s ultra left political party used to do such demolition of statues of our genius. Then also, we did not support such activities. It is contrary to our culture. Hence BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle organised a protest demonstration on 15th May at CTO Building against the demolition of the statue of Vidyasagar. Members and employees of all categories joined the protest demonstration programme in good number. Com. Anindya Kumar Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary and Com. Amitava Chattopadhyaya, Asstt. Circle Secretary spoke before the gathering. Both the speakers strongly condemned such heinous act. They demanded for proper investigation and exemplary punishment of the accused. Com. Banani Chattopadhyay, President presided over the meeting.  

UPDATED ON 14-05-2019 AT 1030 HRS.

BSNL employees, casual/contract workers  and pensioners of West Bengal are determined to remove Modi Govt form power : Yesterday the 13th May, 2019 a seminar was organised by BSNL Coordination Committee on 'May Day and General Election'. It was held at Subarna Banik Samaj Hall. BSNL Coordination Committee used to organise seminar, lectures etc. on current topics in every year in the month of May to commemorate the May Day. A good number of regular & non-regular employees along with the pensioners of the constituents bodies of the coordination committee attended the seminar. Com. Om Prakash Singh, Secretary, BSNL Coordination Committee narrated the present situation prevailing in BSNL and the role of the workers. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, President, BSNLEU (CHQ). He narrated about the attack of the Modi Govt. on BSNL and as a whole on the working class of the country. He also said the contract workers are not getting their wages for more than 4 months and even it is 8 months somewhere. He said that the BSNL management has issued order to reduce contract workers by 50% but the workers are fighting back to resist this derogative order of the corporate office. The management has  taken a tactical position to reduce the allotment of fund and creating an artificial crisis in BSNL and as a result the wages of the casual/contract labourers are due for months together. He said that this Govt. has stopped negotiating the wage  & pension revision of the employees and pensioners respectively. The Govt. has taken the decisions to retrench employees in the name of VRS with a view to sell out BSNL. He opined that it is a political decision of the Modi Govt. and  we, the workers, have every right to fight it politically. He appealed to the members present in the house to defect the Modi Govt. through the parliament election and establish a secular and pro-worker Govt. at the Centre. The other speakers in the seminar were Com. Arup Sarker, Circle Secretary, CTTMU, Com. Akhilesh Banerjee, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU and Com. Sanjeeb Banerjee on behalf of AIBDPA of three circles. All the speakers expressed their determination that their members are ready to oust the anti people Modi Govt. from the Centre. The entire seminar was presided over by Com. Sisir Roy, President BSNL Coordination Committee. <Picture>       

 

UPDATED ON 12-05-2019 AT 1115 HRS.

State president of CITU joins the Street Corner Meeting of BSNLEU, North Branch at Barasat :  A joint GB meeting of BSNLE, North Branch wass  held at Barasat in the  State Coordination Office on 11th May, 2019. A good number of members of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA attended the meeting. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU. The other speakers were Com. Goutam Das, District Secretary, BSNLCMU. Kolkata District and Com. Pankaj Saha, Asstt. District Secretary, AIBDPA, Kolkata District. Com. Animesh Mitra narrated about the attack on BSNL and its employees, workers and the pensioners also by the Modi led central govt. The ruling class is trying to break the unity of the working class. They are trying to retrench employees to the tune of fifty four thousand in the name of VRS and retrench the contract workers on the plea of fund crunch. The govt. is denying to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL and at the same time they have stopped the negotiation of the wage revision issue of the employees. They are trying to sell out BSNL to Relience JIO. The leaders appealed to the members present in the meeting to defeat the evil forces from the power to save BSNL and to save Nation and to save our families too, through the struggle of Parliament election. Thereafter, a well attended street corner meeting was held in the Railway Station of Barasat. Here Com. Subhas Mukherjee, President CITU, WB state committee deliberated his valuable speech before the Public and the members assembled in the meeting. He narrated about the attacks are being made on BSNL by the Modi Govt. with a view to close down the state owned company, BSNL. It is is the agenda of Modi Govt. to close down all the PSUs in our country.  He appealed to all to cast their vote in favour of the Left since they are the only force who fight for the working class and the common people in and out of the Parliament. The other speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary BSNLEU, WB. He appealed before the public to stood by the struggle of BSNL employees who have came out on the street to save BSNL, the national property. Leaflets of an appeal to the Public from BSNLEU were distributed among the public. <Pictures>

ETR District Union holds an effective GB meting at Kulpi Satellite Office: An effective GB meeting was held at Kulpi Satellite Office on 10th May, 2019 at the call of BSNLEU, ETR District to apprise the members the present situation in BSNL the attack on BSNL by the Modi led Central Govt. and our struggle. It was reminded to the members the role of BSNL employees in the coming Loksabha election. The meeting was well attended by the members from Kulpi, Sirakul and Diamondharbour. In the meeting the speakers were Com. Sarseej Upadhyay, Dibakar Das and Sekhar Das. The meeting was presided by Com. Sukanta Bhattacharjee. In fine the members expressed to dispense with their duties of a citizen of India in the coming days.   

UPDATED ON 10-05-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

Street Corner meetings held at Bengal Chamber of Commerce & BBD Bag Railway Station: Today the 10th May street corner meeting held at two places of BBD Bag. One at Bengal Chamber of Commerce and other at BBD Bag Railway station. A good number of members of BSNLEU, CGMT District and BSNLCMU, Kolkata District were present in the meetings. Leaflets were distributed among the public apprising them about the attack of the Modi Govt. on BSNL. At Bengal Chamber Commerce Com. Amitava Chattopadhyaya, Asstt. Circle Secretary was the main speaker. At BBD Bag Railway Station the main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. The other speakers were Com. Sisir Roy, Circle Secretary, CTD Circle and Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay. The speakers narrated about the attack and conspiracy of the Central Govt. to sell out BSNL, the national property to Relience JIO. They are also truing to retrench staff in the name of VRS. But least bothered about the service since the Govt. is denying to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL. Under this circumstance the workers have come on the street to appeal  before the public to stood by the struggle of the BSNL employees to save BSNL. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 09-05-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

Exciting Street Corner Meetings held at BBD Bag: Ignoring the scorching  heat of the summer a good number of members of BSNLEUcame on the street of BBD Bag of Kolkata to conduct Street Corner meeting on 8th May, 2019. The comrades of TCO and CGMT conducted the street corner meeting just beside TCO. Com. Nazes Nouroz, Circle Vice-president and Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary were the speakers in the street corner meeting. Leaflets about the attacks on BSNL by the Central Govt. and the struggle of the BSNL employees to save BSNL was distributed amongst the public. It was  noticed that the public are taking interest about the deliberation of the leaderships. the speakers appealed to the public to stay beside the struggle of BSNL employees to save BSNL against the onslaught of the Modi led Central Govt. 

Street Corner Meeting was conducted by CGM(T) District Union : As decided by the BSNLEU (CHQ) to conduct street corner meeting to apprise the public about the attack on BSNL by the Modi led Central Govt. Accordingly CGM(T) district union conducted a street corner meeting yesterday the 8th May, 2019 at the street of Slat Lake. Here the speakers were Com.Nazes Nouroz, Circle Vice-president and Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt, Circle Secretary were the main speakers. The other speaker in the meeting was Com. Ajit Nandan, District Secretary AIBDPA, Kolkata District. Before that a GB meeting was held at CTTC to apprise the employees and our members about the VRS which the Govt. is trying to implement in BSNL so as to down size the staff strength. Leaflets were distributed amongst the public of Salt Lake.

Today Rabindra Jayanti was celebrated by  BSNLEU, WB Circle in a unique way : Today the 9th May the members of BSNLEU, WB circle celebrated the Rabinda Jayanti in CTO building, the CGMT office. A short programme was held at the ground floor CTO building to commemorate the birthday of the  Great Poet Rabindranath  Tagore. Com. Banani Chattopadhyay, Circle President paid respect on behalf of the circle union to our beloved poet by garlanding of flowers on the photograph of Rabindranath Tagore. Poems of Rabindranath Tagore was recited and Rabindra Sangeet was sang by our members. It was the first time such programme was held in a unique waty. The members assembled at the ground floor through a rally where everyone were singing Rabidra  Sangeet. <Pictures>    

UPDATED ON 08-05-2019 AT 0930 HRS.

A colourful and a bold rally conducted by ETP District Union : Considering the political situation in the recent past of the locality of ETP office at Ultadanga where normal organisational activities were confined inside office rooms only. Under such condition a GB meeting was held at ETP against the decision of the Central Govt. to implement VRS in BSNL, to sell out BSNL to Relianace JIO, Non-allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL and in the demand of wage revision.  In the meeting Com. Nazes Noroz, Circle Vice-president was the only speaker, who narrated in brief on the above issues. Later a colourful and a bold rally with Red flags was conducted by the brave ETP comrades, led by Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary on street of Ultadanga. A short Street Corner meeting was conducted at Ultadanga Main Road beside Bidhangar Railway station. A leaflet was distributed amongst the public. Com. Animesh Mitra was the only speaker in the meeting. He narrated about the conspiracy of the Modi Govt. to sell out BSNL and to reduce staff to the tune of fifty four thousand in the name of VRS. He appealed before the public to extend their support in the the struggle of the BSNL employees to protect the national property, BSNL. <Pictures>

BSNL Employees are committed to their duties : A group of 19 workers of ETP, Kolkata rushed to Katak, in the state of Orissa, for restoration of BSNL service which was broke down due to the hit by the cyclonic storm, 'Phani'. It is only a rumour that BSNL employees are very much averse to their work. It is the conspiracy of the ruling class to draw a picture before the nation that the employees of PSU/ Govt. Sector are not committed to their job. As such they could easily close down/sell out PSUs and down size the staff strength without any resistance. But the fact is otherwise, the ETP comrades pointedly shown us. Red Salute to the ETP comrades.       

UPDATED ON 07-05-2019 AT 1300 HRS.

Circle Union demands for Circle Council Meeting : Circle Secretary, Com. Animesh Mitra, along with other circle office bearers met CGMT and discussed various issues of our circle. He demanded for Circle Council meeting to be held to discuss the problems of the employees as well as the development of our circle. He said that the  last Circle Council meting was held in the month of February and it is due since April. The then CGMT Sri Garg assured to convene the Circle Council meeting by April.  Hence it is the duty of the CGMT to hold the meeting without any delay. He also demanded to immediate issue of minutes of the last Circle Council meeting.  A letter was handed over to CGMT in this regard.

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UPDATED ON 04-05-2019 AT 1245 HRS.

GB and street Corner Meetings conducted by ETR: After celebration of May Day the ETR District Union conducted GB meeting and Street corner meetings on 2nd May, 2019. At Terittibazar the GB meeting was held where the members of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA were present. Com. Asis Kr Das, District Secretary initiated the proceedings. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle secretary was the main speaker. He narrated about the conspiracy of the Modi Govt. to downsize the staff strength in name of VRS and for the non-regular workers through retrenchment. He appealed before the members to defeat the Modi led Govt. in the struggle ahead of us. The meeting was presided over by Com. Asis Das. Later after the GB meeting a colourful  street corner meeting was conducted at the Bowbazar crossing. Here the leaders of ETR along with Circle Secretary, Com. Animesh Mitra, deliberated before the public about the conspiracy of the Modi Govt towards BSNL and to sell out BSNL to JIO. He appealed to extend support towards the struggle of the BSNL employees to save BSNL, the National property. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 02-05-2019 AT 1245 HRS.

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DATED ON 01-05-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

May Day celebrated in BSNL, West Bengal Telecom Circle with great enthusiasm : Today the 133th May Day was celebrated in BSNL, West Bengal Circle with great enthusiasm amongst the employees and workers. In all offices and exchanges Red flag of our union was hoisted by our District and Branch Unions in the morning within 1130AM as it was decided. May Day was also observed at the Circle union office at 249D B.B. Ganguly Street at 11AM. The Red Flag was hoisted by Circle President Com. Banani Chattopadhyay. The martyrs column was garlanded by flower garland to pay respect to the martyrs of the May Day by Com. Banani Chattopadhyay, Circle President, Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary along with other Circle Office Bearers and District Secretaries. In a short meeting in the union office Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary spoke before the members present in the meeting. He said about the celebration of May Day this year to the BSNL employees is very much relevant. Since BSNL and its employees and workers are under the attack of  Central Govt. The Govt is trying to implement VRS to the employees and retrenchment to the contract workers. In this situation we the workers have to resist the attacks unitedly. In this meeting Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Com. Madhusudan Saha, Com. Nazes Nauroz, Com. Bidyut Goswami, Ramprasad Dutta, Com. Asis Das (Jr), Com. Ashoke Bhattacharjee, Com. Jayanta Banerjee, Com. Badal Kundu, Com. Debashis Khan and Com. Prabir Chatterjee were present. Later in the evening a joint colourful rally of BSNL Employees, AIBDPA, BSNLCMU and Calcutta Telephones Thika Mazdoor Union was held. This year's May Day was marked as Save BSNL Save Nation. The colourful rally went past the street of the city with slogans to save BSNL and to discard the Modi Govt. The rally ended at Sahid Minar where a centrally meeting was held by the Central Trade Unions and Associations. The meeting was graced by Com. Tapan Sen, General Secretary CITU. He addressed before the audience about the relevancy to celebrate the May Day in today's political situation and when the working class in our country and as whole in the world under severe attack of the imperial forces. He said that there is also struggle of resistances are taking place in our country and in the world too. Com. Animesh Mitra, President, BSNLEU (CHQ) was one of the speakers in the meeting. May Day was celebrated in Durgapur, Asansol in DGM Office, ETR, Berhampore, TCO, CGMT (O), Kalna Telephone Exchanges, Raiganj, Bankura, ETP, Sainthia, Coochbehar, Purulia, Jalpaiguri, Katwa, Chanditala, Kolkata Engg. branch and Malda. <Pictures>     

 

UPDATED ON 29-04-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

GB and Street Corner meetings held in more other places: On 27th April a GB meeting against introduction of VRS in BSNL was held at Pandua under Kolkata District. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary was the main speaker. Today a GB meeting was held at CTO union office organised by AIBDPA, Kolkata District union. Com. Ajit Nandan, District Secretary  initiated the deliberation. Com. Pijush Chakraborty, Circle Secretary, AIBDPA and Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU addressed the house along with other leaders. The GB was held in regard to the present situation in BSNL, implementation of VRS and role of the employees and pensioners.  Today a gate meeting was held at Raiganj in regard to Save BSNL Save Nation. A good number of workers gathered in the gate meeting. GB Meetings against VRS in BSNL were also held at, Berhampore, Suri, Birpara (Jalpaiguri) and Civil wing <Picture> 

UPDATED ON 27-04-2019 AT 1500 HRS.

Street Corner & GB Meetings are being held in brisk space in West Bengal Circle: Street corners meetings and GB meetings against VRS are being held in at various branch and districts. In most the meetings there is good response from the workers and general public. Our circle office bearers are also in hurricane tour to attend these meetings. Street corner meetings were held at Asansol just after the seminar on 25th. In Kharagpur and Midnapur the GB & Street Corner meetings were held yesterday the 27th April. Such metings were also held at Suri and  Sainthia. GB meetings were held yesterday at Krishnagar, ETR, Arambag and Kolkata Engg. Branch. Today GB is under progress at Bankura. Circle  Office bearers who have attended the meetings are Com. Imran Khan, Organising Secretary at Krishnagar, Com. Anindya Kumar Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary at ETR, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary at Kolkata Engg. Branch, Com. Sanjoy Pal, Organising Secretary at Midnapur, Kharagpur and Bankura, Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary at Midnapur, Kharagpur and Bankura. <Pictures>   

UPDATED ON 26-04-2019 AT 2300 HRS.

Celebrate this May Day as Save BSNL Save Nation : Comrades we are going to celebrate this year's May Day when BSNL and its employees are under the severe attack of the Central Government and when the Parliament election is in progress. The Modi led Govt. is all set to kill BSNL by making crisis in terms of Technology and in terms of Fund. They have denied 4G spectrum, which is a nation wide need, planning to implement  VRS for the employees instead of implementing Wage Revision to its employees  and retrenching Contract workers on the plea of fund crisis. BSNL is also not permitted to take loan from the bank for its development. The much campaigned demonetisation did not work. The farmers are compelled to suicide. The unity of the working class of our country is at stake. The ruling class is trying to fragment the unity of the working class in terms of religion and community. The policy decision of the Modi Government to demolish the PSUs in our country. Under this situation we the responsible Trade Union could not sit idle. BSNLEU is in sustained struggle to save BSNL, the national property and its employees and workers. CHQ has called upon all the constituents of our union to conduct rallies & meetings beside hoisting of RED FLAG on MAY DAY this year. We are to take into confidence of the general public in our struggle. It is our duty to ventilate the conspiracy of the Govt. before the country.  It is the desire of the Circle Union that each district union should hoist Red Flag and conduct rallies jointly BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCMU. It is obvious that the big districts would be able to conduct such rallies. At the same time small district unions should also take all out effort to organise such rallies on the day jointly. Try to make the rally most colourful. Make this May Day as Save BSNL Save Nation.          

 

UPDATED ON 25-04-2019 AT 2345 HRS.

Street Corner meeting held at Burwan: Today BSNLEU, Burdwan District union organised a Street Corner meeting at Burdwan. It was a meeting of the BSNL employees to apprise the general public of Burdwan about the conspiracy of the Modi Govt. to sell out BSNL the National property to Reliance JIO. A good response of the public got through this street corner meeting. A good number comrades of Burdwan District Union were present in the meeting. The meeting was presided over by Com. Manik Lal Das. Com. Com. Badre Alam, District secretary initiated the proceeding through his short speech. The main speaker was Com. Nazes Nouroz, Circle Vice-President. He addressed the meeting and drew the attention of  the public about the struggle of BSNL employees to save BSNL. He said that when all the private operators are  enjoying 4G spectrum but BSNL is denied to allot the same by the Modi Govt. On the other hand BSNL is not allowed to take loan from the Bank for its development. Under this situation he appealed to the habitants of Burdwan to oust this anti-people Govt. so as to save BSNL the National property. <Picture>

An inspiring seminar held at Asansol : An inspiring Seminar was held at Asansol GM office today on the subject "BSNL is under the attack of Government - Its Present situation, Chances of Development and Role of the Employees" . The seminar was organised jointly by BSNLEU, AIBDPA and BSNLCMU Asansol district. The seminar was held in a overcrowded house. The main speaker in the seminar was Com. Animesh Mitra, President, BSNLEU (CHQ). The seminar was addressed by Com. Subrata Misra, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB/District Secretary, BSNLEU, Asansol. The leaders of AIBDPA and BSNLCMU were the other speakers in the seminar. Com. Animesh Mitra described elaborately about the present situation in BSNL and in our country as a whole. He said that the Loksabha Election in our country is being held when the Modi Govt. has decided to sell out BSNL to Reliance JIO by downsizing its workforce through VRS. He said that total  development of BSNL has been stopped throughout the country for the need of  fund. The Govt. has decided not to allow BSNL to take loan from the Bank for its development. When there is lakhs of corers of rupees loan of the private operator in comparison to BSNL'S thirteen thousand corer of rupees only. BSNL is also denied of 4G spectrum and 3rd PRC to its employees. He said that the its the policy decision of the Modi Govt. to wind up Public Sector in our country. He said that the worst sufferers in BSNL are the  contract workers. Their wages are not being  paid for months together and they are facing retrenchment. Under this situation the employees as well as their families have to take the leading role to give a befitting reply through election to save BSNL, the National Property, and the families of BSNL employees. <Pictures>   

UPDATED ON 24-04-2019 AT 23300 HRS.

BSNLEU, WB met newly joined CGMT, WB Circle : Today BSNLEU, WB Circle met newly taken charge of CGMT. WB Circle Sri Ramakant Sharma. It was a courtesy visit. A delegation led by Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary met Sri Sharma and discussed the situation of the West Bengal Telecom circle prevailing at this moment. Though it was a courtesy visit but still some problems of the circle including the fund problems were discussed between CGMT and the leadership. Later CGMT expressed his desire to the leadership that he wants to work, as a team, for betterment of West Bengal Circle. The other members of the delegation were Com. Nazes Nouroz, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Com. Anindya Kumar Sarkar and Com. Bidyut Goswami. 

Kolkata based District Secretaries and Circle Union discussed about the execution of the programmes ahead of us: As decided in the Circle Office Bearer meeting held on 22nd April that a joint meeting of Kolkata based District secretaries and Circle Union will be held to chalk out the future programmes like Street Corner meeting on Save BSNL Save Nation. Celebration of May Day. Accordingly the meeting was held today at CTO Union office where Com. Banani Chattopadyay presided. In the meeting Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary addressed before the District Secretaries and the available Circle Office bearers. He describe the necessity of the Street Corner meeting and way to execute it. He suggested about the May Day celebration in our circle. After discussion it was decided that the Red Flag of our union will be hoisted by 11AM on May Day in every Offices and exchanges. In Kolkata the Sahid Minar bound rally of May Day of BSNL employees will start from Ganesh Chandra Avenue (Binny's Show Room) at 3PM with banner, flags and festoons. It was decided the Street Corner meetings on Save BSNL Save Nation will be held from 2nd May onwards in some prominent spots of the city. They are BBD Bagh Circular Railway station, In front of TCO, In front of 1 Council House Street, BBD Bagh Island, Sealdah Station, Salt Lake Sector V, Karunamoyee etc. District Secretaries/ Representatives of ETR, ETP, TCO, CGMT(Tech), Civil and CGMT (Office) District Unions were present.  

Street Corner Meetings and Joint GB meetings are going on in full swing in West Bengal Circle : Today a street corner meeting on Save BSNL Save Nation was held at Kumarpur of Asansol. A good number of BSNL employees assembled in the street corner meeting. Com. Sutapa Roy, Asstt. District Secretary, Asansol Dist. was the main speaker. She addressed the public and apprised them about the deprivation towards BSNL by Modi led Govt. She appealed to the public to support the fight of the BSNL employees to save BSNL the national property. She also appealed to the public to oust the anti-people Govt. led by Modi from Delhi. Joint GB meeting of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA was held at Haldia today. Com. Susanta Ghosh, Com. Tarak Kundu, Com. Tapas Adak and Com. Swapan Mondal addressed. GB meetings were held at Tarakeswar on 23rd April, Ranaghat on 24th April. In Ranaghat a well attended GB meeting and followed by rally in the market area was conducted. GB meetings at  ETR Krishnagar was held on 24th April. GB meeting was held at Champadanga. At Tarakeswar Com. Ramprsad Dutta, Organising Secretary, at Ranaghat Com. Bidhan Chandra Pramanik and Com. Sandhya Halder, Organising Secretary and at Krishnagar ETR Com. Imran Khan, Organising Secretary attended the meetings on behalf of Circle Union. <Pictures of Different SSAs>      

UPDATED ON 22-04-2019 AT 23300 HRS.

An unprecedented meeting organised by BSNLCMU, Kolkata District Union: Today the 22nd April, 2019 BSNLCMU, Kolkata District Union organised an unprecedented meeting with the retired Casual/Contract workers and the families of the deceased workers. The meeting was held in the Union office at CTO building with full house. The meeting was to apprise them about their right in regard to retirement benefit as per the Govt. rules invoke. Retirement benefits like New Pension scheme connected with EPF and Gratuity etc. It was observed by the Kolkata District union that the these workers and families of the deceased are very much ignorant about their rights. Some scrupulous organisation and individuals often mislead these workers taking the chance of their ignorance. Today the Kolkata District Union helped to fill up the forms related to pension and gratuity to a good number of workers and families of the deceased. Later a short meeting was held. Com. Goutam Das, District Secretary, BSNLCMU, Kolkat District initiated the proceedings. He welcomed the workers and their families for coming the meeting. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF. He in his speech said that the BSNLCMU is the only union who is fighting for the welfare of the casual/contract workers throughout the country. The social securities which the workers are enjoying now is due to sustained struggle of the organisation. The retirement benefits are also the result of the sustained struggle. He said that we have much more work to do in favour of these workers. He appealed to the workers and the families of the deceased that to have faith on BSNLCMU and to strengthen it for the struggle ahead of us. He expressed his satisfaction and thanked the leadership of the BSNLCMU, Kolkata District Union for conducting such unique meeting. Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary inaugurated the meeting. Com. Tarak Kundu, Asstt. circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB  deliberated his speech. A leaflet was distributed amongst the participants of the meeting appealing to defeat the Modi led Govt. since due the anti-worker policy adopted by the Central Govt., BSNL has become sick and at the same time the miseries are being faced by the casual/contract workers. <Picture>

UPDATED ON 20-04-2019 AT 1900 HRS.

Enthusiastic Street Corner meeting and GB meeting held at Balurghat: Today a Street Corner and a GB Meeting was held at Balurghat organised jointly by BSNLEU and  BSNLCMU , Raiganj District on Save BSNL Save Nation at the call of CHQ. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. The other speaker was Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU. Com. Animesh Mitra spoke before the members about the role of the Govt towards the State owned company BSNL. He accused the Central Govt for promoting the private Tele operator, JIO. He said  that Govt has decided to retrench the regular employees in the name of VRS. He also said that the Contract workers are being terminated in various circles in the name of fund cut. It is nothing but the conspiracy of the Govt. to close down the PSU like BSNL. He also said that it is the policy decision of the Modi Govt. to close down the PSUs in our country. He said that the Govt is denying to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL though the minister committed to allot the same. Now the Govt is also denying to give 3rd PRC to its employees which was also committed by them. He called upon the members and workers to fight unitedly against the derogative decisions of the Modi Govt. He appealed to defeat the anti worker Govt., led by Modi, in the struggles ahead of us. Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU and Com. Satya Nrayan Mondal, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Raiganj District spoke before the well attended meeting. Com. Animesh Mitra and Com. Tapas Ghosh spoke in the streets of Balurghat apprising the habitants of Balurghat about the conspiracy of the Modi Govt. to wind up BSNL and to sell it out to JIO. In this process the Govt. is denying to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL in order make it a sick concern. <Pictures>

A well attended GB meeting and Street Corner meeting held at Bolpur : At the call BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA, Suri District a well attended GB meeting was held at Bolpur. Com. Nazes Nouroz, Vice President BSNLEU, WB andCom. Pijush Chakraborty, Circle Secretary, AIBDPA, WB attended the meeting. In the GB meeting Com. Tinku Biswas, Com. Madan Mohan Ghosh and Com. Santosh Goswami , Nazesh Nouroz and Com. Pijush Chakraborty deliberated their speech. The speakers pointed out the attacks on the regular employees, Casual/Contract workers and the Pensioners of BSNL. They accused the Modi led Govt to break the unity of the working class of our country in name of name of religion and community. The speakers appealed to the members and workers to ensure the defeat of the Modi led Central Govt. in the struggle ahead of us. They accused the Central Govt. for promoting the private Tele company JIO instead of State owned company BSNL. The DoT has now denying to allot 4G spectrum and 3rd PRC to employees of BSNL on the other hand they are trying to implement VRS. This is nothing but to wind up BSNL. The GB meeting was presided over by Com. Shibu Sen. Thereafter, an exciting street corner meeting was held at the streets of Bolpur apprising the habitants about the conspiracy of the Modi led Govt to sell out BSNL to JiO. the main speaker was Com. Nazes Nouroz. <Pictures>

Street Corner Meetings held at Bangaon, Habra and Malda:  A joint Street corner meeting of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA was held at Bangon Court on 18tuh April, 2019. The main speaker in both the meeting was Com. Manik Sarkar, Organising Secretary, BNSNLEU, WB. Before the street corner meeting a GB meeting was held at Bangaon Telephone exchange. Today the 20th April, 2019 Street Corner meetings were held at Habra and Malda. In the street corner meeting at Habra Com. Manik Sarkar was the main speaker.  Thereafter, a GB meeting was held at Habra Telephone exchange. In Malda Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary was the main speaker. In Malda, the street corner meeting was held  in front of the Telephone exchange. The speakers appealed to the general public to support the BSNL employees in their fight to save BSNL since the Modi led Central Govt. making conspiracy to sell out the National property to the private Tele company JIO.  <Pictures>

 UPDATED ON 18-04-2019 AT 2030 HRS.

Asansol Conducted enthusiastic Street Corner meetings : BSNLEU, Asansol District Union along with BSNLCMU and AIBDPA, Asansol District conducted enthusiastic street corner meetings on 17th April, 2019 at Battala Bazar and Khudiram More, most populated area of Asansol on Save BSNL Save Nation. The main speaker was Com. Subrata Misra, Distrct Secretary, Asansol Dist./ Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB Circle. Though it was a holiday in BSNL, a good number of comrades participated in the street corner meetings. The main points of the deliberation was the deprivation towards BSNL by the Modi led Central Govt and the conspiracy to wind up state owned company, BSNL. The Govt. has closed all the windows for procurement of the resources for survival of BSNL on the other hand the Govt. is promoting private company particularly JIO. Even they have denied to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL. Now the attack on the employees has come in the name of VRS. It is propagated by the Govt. that if a sizeable number of employees are reduced then only BSNL can survive. But it is an eye wash only since on two occasions  Govt. introduced VRS for MTNL but still MTNL is a sick concern. The only thing behind the curtain  is to sell out BSNL with less liabilities to the private company. We are to defeat the Modi led Govt. for the survival of BSNL and to save the Nation too. <Pictures>   

UPDATED ON 16-04-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

Bashirhat conducted an effective Street Corner meeting and well attended GB Meeting: Today BSNLEU, Kolkata SSA District Union along with AIBDPA and BSNLCMU conducted an effective street corner meeting at Bashirhat Town on Save BSNL Save Nation. As per the call of CHQ such street corner meetings has been organised by Kolkata SSA at Bashirhat after Diamond Harbour. In the street corner meting Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle secretary was the main speaker apart from Com. Manik Sarkar, District Secretary, Kolkata SSA and other leaders of the district union. The main focal point of the street corner meeting was the attack on BSNL by the Modi led Central Govt. and illegal promotion of the private Tele Company, JIO by the Prime minister himself in order to sell out the property of the Nation to a private operator. There was good gathering in the meeting and the passers by heard the leaders with patience. Later a well attended GB meeting was organised in order to discuss amongst the members and workers about the task ahead of us. <Picture>   

UPDATED ON 13-04-2019 AT 2030 HRS.

The 7th District Conference of BSNLCMU, Burdwan District held successfully : The 7th District Conference of BSNLCMU, Burdwan district held on 7th April, 2019 at Durgapur Telephone Exchange. Com. Tapan Singha hoisted the Red Flag of our union. The conference was inaugurated by our beloved veteran comrade of Telecom movement Com. Dhananjoy Ganguly. He narrated about the present political scenario in our country. He called upon the workers to be united and defeat the anti-worker government at the centre. In the open session Com. Subrata Misra, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB, Com. Sunil Garai, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Durgapur District, Com. Pankaj Chatterjee, Asstt. District Secretary, BSNLEU Durgapur District and Com. Nazes Nouroz, Vice-president, BSNLEU, WB deliberated their speech before the full house. Com. Akhilesh Banerjee, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB Circle spoke in the subject committee of the conference. After threadbare discussion the the report and the accounts were passed by the house unanimously. The house elected a District Committee of 15 members with Com. Tapan Ghosh as President, Com. Gopal Das as District Secretary and Com. Joy Sanyal as Treasurer. The entire meeting was presided jointly by Com. Tapan Singha and Com. Pronoy Mukherjee jointly. <Picture>

GB Meeting of BSNLCMU, Electrical Wing held at CTO Union Office: A GB meeting of BSNLCMU, Electrical wing held on 12th April, 2019 at the Union office at CTO. The meeting was presided by Com. Nazes Nouroz. The meeting discussed about the present situation prevailing in BSNL, the fund position and latest position of payment of wage and our struggle for survival of BSNL and its employees and workers. Com. Akihlesh Banerjee initiated the discussion. The main speaker in the meeting was Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. He narrated the present scenario in BSNL and as a whole in our country. He called upon the workers to be united and to fight against the anti worker policy and to defeat the Modi Govt. who is entirely responsible for the miseries of the entire working class of our country. 

CTTC and CGMT(O) District held GB meeting:  As decided in the Circle Conference that GB meeting to be conducted by the district unions. accordingly district unions are holding such meetings. On 11th April CTTC District union and CGMT (Office) district union held GB meeting. In both the meeting Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary deliberated his inspiring speech. He said that the Govt is trying to sell out BSNL through cosmetic surgery by implementing VRS. He narrated the decisions taken in the 8th Circle conference of BSNLEU, WB. He called upon the members to defeat the anti worker Govt led by Narendra Modi.   

GB Meeting held at Contai :  An inspiring GB meeting held at Contai today the 13th April, as it was decided in the last Circle conference of BSNLEU, WB. Com. Susanta Ghosh, Veteran leader and President, AIBDPA, WB Circle was present in the meeting. Com. Anupam Saha also leader of AIBDPA was present in the meeting. Com. Amalesh Pradhan, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, WB was present and deliberated his speech. He narrated the decisions taken in the circle conference and called upon the members to fight against the decision of the Govt to implement VRS in BSNL. Com Susanta Ghosh called upon the members and workers of Contai branch to fight against the anti-worker  decisions of the Modi Govt. He reminded the duties and responsibilities in the struggle ahead of us. Com Pankaj Jana, District Secretary, Kharagpur District was present and deliberated his speech.  <Picture>

A well attended GB meeting held at Diamond Harbour under South Branch : A well attended GB meeting was held today the 13th April at Diamond Harbour (South Branch) in regard to the decision taken in the Circle Conference of BSNLEU, WB held at Bolpur. A street Corner meeting also held in theTown. The main speaker was Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. He in his speech described the attack on BSNL after inception of the company. He opined it is the policy of Govt to make sick BSNL and to sell it out to JIO. He said that the Govt is trying form a separate company with underground cables of BSNL. He said that Govt is implementing VRS to minimise the liabilities so that they can easily sell out BSNL. It is not the way for  revival of BSNL as it is propagated by the Govt. He  called upon the members and workers to defeat the Govt led by Modi for whose policy  BSNL has become sick through the struggle ahead of us. Com Tapas Ghosh Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB and Com. Ajit Nandan, Asstt. Circle Secretary, AIBDPA, WB were also present and addressed the house. <Picture>

Condolence Meeting of Com. Abadhut Das held with due respect: Com Abadhut Das who passed away in the last month at Katwa. He was a great fighter and worked for  the BSNL workers throughout his life. A condolence meeting in memory of Com Abadhut Das was organised by Burdwan District Union on 11th April at Katwa. In the meeting the District leadership paid floral tribute to our departed leader. His wife and daughter-in-law was also present and paid floral tribute. A condolence resolution was read out by District Secretary Com. Badre Alam. Com Unus, Com. Debashis Khan and Com. Prabir Kumar Das discussed his life and to the philosophy which he believed throughout his life. The condolence meeting was presided over by Com. Prabir Kumar Das.     

UPDATED ON 12-04-2019 AT 2345 HRS.

GB Meetings started at Alipurduar and Siliguri as a part of Campaign programme against VRS and decisions of the Circle Conference: As decided in the 8th Circle conference of BSNLEU, WB Circle that massive campaign programme would be conducted by BSNLEU, WB against the decision of the Govt. to implement VRS in BSNL and the decision taken in the Circle conference to mobilise our members. The programme will continue till 13th May, 2019. Accordingly GB meeting was held on 8th April at Alipurduar and on 9th at Siliguri. Com. Ujjal Ghosh, Organising Secretary, Circle Union deliberated his speech on both the places. <Picture>

Burdwan District union held GB meeting : Burdwan District union held GB meeting against  VRS and decisions taken in the Circle Conference. The meeting was held at Katwa on 11th April, 2019. Com. Debashis Khan, Patron and Com. Nazes Nouroz, Vice-president spoke in the meeting on behalf of Circle union. Com. Badre Alam, District Secretary initiated the proceedings. Other Council members spoke in the meeting. The meeting was presided over by Com. Prabir Kumar Das <Picture>

UPDATED ON 11-04-2019 AT 2145 HRS.

Struggle struggle and struggle is the need of the hour to ensure our livelihood: Of late the attack on the casual/contract workers has been intensified by the BSNL management or by the  Central Govt. as a whole. They are being retrenched or their wage is being withheld / not paid for months together. BSNLEU and BSNLCMU gone through series of programmes like Demonstration, Dharna and even Hunger Strike. BSNLEU and BSNLCMU launched Dharna programme on 28th March, 2019 at Circle office in demand of wage. Both the Circle Unions under the leadership of Com. Animesh Mitra pursued with CGM, WB and other officers concerned for procurement of fund for the wage of the contract workers. At last the Corporate Office sanctioned fund, as per the version of GM(BFCI). 60% under the Repair & Maintenance head and 50% for Security Guards. It is once again proved that there is no alternative to struggle. BSNLEU and BSNLCMU is the weapon of the BSNL workers and both the organisations are committed to the workers.   

Oppose VRS : CHQ has called upon the workers to launch lunch hour demonstration tomorrow the 12th April, 2019 to oppose VRS. Accordingly our district secretaries are requested to organise our workers along with the constituents of AUAB to make the demonstration programme against VRS a great success.  

   

UPDATED ON 08-04-2019 AT 2230 HRS.

Duty of a doctor to provide treatment to its patient for recovery, not to issue death certificate before death : Of late it is observed that the Circle management has closed down number of exchanges in Gangtok, Suri, Kolkata and Purulia on the plea of decrease of no. of connections (DEL) as well as minimum revenue earning. But it has come to our notice that one exchange at Purulia having 58 connections has also been closed on the plea that BSNL could not provide service since last one year to the subscribers. But as per the Corporate Office order, which states that, exchanges having less than 20 customers can be closed. Circle Union strongly oppose this unilateral  decision of the administration. Circle union feels that, due to social responsibility, BSNL should provide service in the villages also as it is a Government service provider. However, if the financial viability is not in a good state in those exchanges then it could easily been discussed with the service union for its revival/closure. District Secretaries are, therefore, requested to take the matter seriously and they should immediately contact the SSA heads to know the actual reason behind the closure.  

At last posting of three officers in the hills got materialised : At last three officers have joined their duties at Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong. The order in this regard was issued by the circle office on 28/12/2018 and accordingly the GM Siliguri has again issued the same order in 11/02/2019. But the whole process get completed till the end of March, 2019. It is due to relentless persuasion by the Circle Union for which the posting of these three officers in the Hills is possible. 

 

UPDATED ON 01-04-2019 AT 1300 HRS.

The 8th Circle Conference of BSNLEU, WB Circle takes oath to protect BSNL, the workers right and to dethrone the anti BSNL Govt. from the Centre : The 8th Circle Conference of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle held at Bolpur from 29th to 31st March, 2019. It was a joint effort of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA of Suri District to hold the conference which created history of its own. On 29th March the Red Flag of our Union was hoisted by Circle President Com. Nazes Nouroz. The martyrs column was garlanded by Com. Nazes Nouroz, Circle President, Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary along with other leaders and District Secretaries to pay respect to the martyrs. 22 Districts of West Bengal Telecom Circle participated in the conference. Around 200 delegates and observers along with Circle Office bearers were present in the conference. The Conference was inaugurated by Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU. In his speech he narrated in detail the present scenario prevailing in BSNL and in the country as a whole. He described the role of AUAB in our day to day struggle. He also spoke in regard to the 3rd PRC, allotment of 4G Spectrum and the role of the DoT. He also expressed his discontentment towards the Modi Govt. since DoT is not allowing to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL, a state owned company and also not allowing BSNL to take loan form Bank for its operational expenditure but at the same time the Modi Govt. allotting fund from the Nationalized Bank to Jet Airways, a private company,  for its revival . He appealed to the the delegates, observers and comrades of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA of Suri District, who were present in the inaugural ceremony in havoc numbers, to join the programme 'March to Sanchar Bahvan' in good numbers to protest against the negative attitude and the anti worker role of the DoT towards BSNL. He also spoke about the problems of the casual/contract workers. He appealed before the house that it is our duty to remove the anti worker Govt. at the Central who is responsible for all the the pains and sorrows of the working class of our country. In the inaugural session Com. Sisir Roy, Circle Secretary, Com. Om Prakash Singh, Circle Secretary, Factory Circle and Secretary BSNL Coordination Committee and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB Circle  greeted the conference. TDM, Suri was also present and spoke in the inaugural session. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary gave vote of thanks. The Subject committee started in the afternoon of 29th March and Com Subrat Misra initiated on development issue and Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay initiated on Organisational issue, thereafter the deliberation started by the delegates on the report and accounts which was placed by Circle Secretary, Com. Animesh Mitra and Treasurer, Com. Madhusudan Saha before the house, and it was ended on afternoon of 31st March.

On 30th March a Women convention of the Working Women of BSNL, West Bengal Circle and a Seminar was held on the subject 'Crisis In BSNL To Overcome It Through Better Service To The Customers'.

About 70 lady comrades attended the seminar from different corners of Bolpur including Kolkata. The seminar was presided over by Com. Sibani Das and Com. Mamata Sarkar. The Convention was inaugurated by Com. P. Abhmanyu, General Secretary. He explained the problems of the lady workers in the works spot and in the society. He appealed to all to give respect to women in our society and help them for their up-liftment in the society. He thanked the Circle Union for organising such Women Convention in the Circle Conference. A report of activities was placed by joint Convenor Com. Banani Chattopadhyay and Com. Jhumur Bandyopadhyay. Com. Manisha Biswas, Leader of Telecom Movement spoke before the women attended in the convention. The delegates Com. Sutapa Roy & Com. Nibedita Jha spoke in the convention.  Com. Mamata Sarkar was elected unanimously as President, Com. Jhumur Bandyopadhyay and Com. Sutapa Roy was elected unanimously as Joint Convenor.

In the seminar Com. Animesh Mitra initiated the proceedings. Com. Subrata Misra, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB, Com. Araka Chakraborty, Leader NFTE(BSNL), Com. Kajal Chakraborty, Leader SNEA and Com. Gadadhar Sengupta, Leader AIBSNLEA  spoke on different aspects of development of our circle through which our circle could be made viable.

The conference was also greeted by Com. Pijush Chakraborty, Circle Secretary, AIBDPA, WB Circle, Com. Mnik Lal Das, Petron, Com. Prabir Chatterjee, Patron and Com. Parimal Sarkar, ex-President BSNLEU, WB. The welcome speech was given by Com. Madan Ghosh, President Reception Committee. Com. Santosh Goswami and Com. Tinku Biswas, Joint Conveneor Reception Committee welcomed the delegates, observers and guests.

After deliberation of the delegates Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary replied to all the quarries and appealed before the workers to take all out efforts for development of our circle, to fight jointly for the casual/contract labourers against retrenchment and non-payment of wages, to fight for 3rd PRC under banner of AUAB and to protect BSNL and the workers right through sustained struggle. He appealed before the workers to oust the anti BSNL Govt from the centre. He also appealed before the delegates to make our organisation to take part in other social activities so that BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle does not get confined to Trade Union activities only. 4 resolutions on different issues were passed in the Conference. The report and the accounts were passed unanimously by the house.

From the 8th Circle Conference the 21 Circle Office Bearers were elected unanimously for the next term. Com. Banani Chattopadhyaya as President, Com. Nazes Nouroz, Com. Moni Chettri, Com. Tek Prasad Pradhan, Com. Biplab Das and Com. Mamata Sarkar as Vice-president, Com. Animesh Mitra as Circle Secretary, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Com. Subrata Misra, Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Com. Prabir Kumar Das and Com. Anindya Kumar Sarkar as Assistant Circle Secretary, Com. Bidyut Goswami as Treasurer, Com. Madhusudan Saha as Asstt. Treasurer, Com. Maniklal Sarkar, Com. Sandhya Halder, Com. Amalesh Pradhan, Com. Ramprasad Dutta, Com. Sanjoy Pal and Com. Imran Khan as Organising Secretary. The conference was presided by a presidium of com. Nazes Nouroz, Com. Banani Chattopadhyay, Com. Debashis Khan, com. Monai Chettri, Com. Tek Prasad Pradhan and Com. Biplab Das.   

At the end the entire team of Reception Committee who have gave their cent percent to make the 8th Circle Conference a grand success under the leadership of Com. Madan Ghosh, Com. Tinku Biswas and Com. Santosh Goswami was greeted by Red Rose by the Circle Union.  

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UPDATED ON 28-03-2019 AT 0700 HRS.

The Casual and Contract Workers of BSNL, West Bengal Circle are on struggle path : Since the wages of the Casual Contract workers have not paid by the department for about more than two months as such BSNLCMU, West Bengal Circle have decided to go for Trade Union action. Accordingly Dharna programme was organised jointly by BSNLCMU and BSNLEU. The Dharna programme started from 25th March, 2019 at Branch level.  It may be mentioned here that the salary for the month of February of the regular employees was deferred for 15 days but the fund for wages of the Casual/Contract workers and Security Guards have not been allotted by the Corporate office till date. Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF is pressing hard to the CGM and the management of the Corporate Office during his stay at Delhi from 25th to 26th March for allotment of fund. Today a Hunger Strike programme will be held at CGMT office before the chamber of CGM, WB Circle from 10AM jointly by BSNLCMU and BSNLEU.

UPDATED ON 27-03-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

Seminar on the eve of 8th Circle conference of BSNLEU, WB Circle held at CGMT Office, CTO Building: As a part of the campaign programme in connection with the 8th Circle Conference of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle to be held at Bolpur from 29th March to 31st March, 2019, a seminar was held successfully on 27th March, 2019 at TI hall, CTO Building on the subject "Journey of the Organisation from Past to Present". There was a short culture programme performed by the cultural team of BSNLEU, WB Circle. In the seminar the speakers were Com. Dilip Das, Ex-Circle Secretary of BSNLEU, WB, Com. Pijush Chakraborty, Circle Secretary, AIBDPA, WB Circle and Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB Circle. The speakers narrated about the history of formation of BSNLEU, its struggle for the cause of the workers and the struggle ahead of us. The seminar was presided over by Com. Nazes Nouroz, President, BSNLEU, WB Circle. <Pictures> 

UPDATED ON 26-03-2019 AT 1100 HRS.

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UPDATED ON 25-03-2019 AT 1130 HRS.

Campaign programme through a successful Seminar and Reception Committee meeting in regard to 8th Circle Conference held at Bolpur :  The campaign programme for 8th Circle conference of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle through a seminar was held at Bolpur yesterday the 24th March, 2019. Beside the seminar the meeting of the Reception Committee was held. Seminar was held at Bolpur as part of the campaign programme to give a message  about the Circle Conference which is scheduled to be held at Bolpur from 29th March to 31st march, 2019 amongst the employees of Birbhum District. Though it was holiday but the members of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA assembled in good numbers at TRC hall. Com Madan Ghosh, Leader AIBDPA and com. Animesh Mitra were the main speakers who narrated the total scenario of BSNL including including the role of the Central Govt. They described the history of formation of BSNLEU which was formed in the year 2001. It was also mentioned that the Circle Union of West Bengal was formed at Krishnagar and now we have reached at Bolpur to hold its 8th Circle Conference. Both Secretaries of the Reception Committee Com. Tinku Biswas, BSNLEU and Com. Santosh Goswami of BSNLCMU reported the activities and preparation of the 3day Circle Conference which will start on 29th March, 2019 at 11AM. we feel proud of it that the senior comrades are giving the leadership to make the conference ea grand success. yesterday's seminar and the meeting of Reception Committee was another step to reach the goal. 

Seminar held at Durgapur in connection wit the ensuing 8th Circle Conference of BSNLEU, WB Circle:  The 8th Circle Conference of BSNLEU which is scheduled to be held at Bolpur from 29th March to 31st March, 2019 and in this connection the district unions are holding seminars. Accordingly on 24th March Durgapur District Union organised such seminar at Durgapur Telephone exchange on "Past and Present Scenario of BSNL and the Role of BSNLEU". Com. Sunil Garai, District Secretary, Com. Dhananjoy Ganguly, Veteran Leader and Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary deliberated their speech in the well attended seminar. Com Ganguly narrated about the present political scenario and the role of the workers of Durgapur SSA. Com. Animesh Mitra inaugurate the conference and called upon the workers to be united and to fight against the anti workers policy of the Central Govt.  

The 8th District Conference of Kharagpur District held successfully : The 8th District conference of BSNLEU, Kharagpur District held successfully on 23rd March, 2019. The conference was inaugurated Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary. Com. Susanta Ghosh, Veteran Leader of Telecom movement and Circle president AIBDPA along with other leaders were present in the conference.

Emergent District Working Committee meeting held at Purulia : After the successful CWC meeting of BSNLCMU, WB circle the district working committee meeting was held to review the conference and the preparation of the 8th Circle Conference of BSNLEU, WB to be held from 29th March to 31st March, 2019  at Bolpur and the programme of March to Sanchar Bhavan at Delhi were reviewed. Com. Sanjoy Pal, District Secretary and Com. Tarapada Panda spoke in the meeting. Com. Sachin Deb Burman presided over the meeting.   

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UPDATED ON 22-03-2019 AT 0930 HRS.

19th Foundation day of BSNLEU observed with enthusiasm: The 19th Foundation day of BSNLEU was observed with enthusiasm in West Bengal Circle. In CGMT Office, CTO Building Kolkata the Red Flag of our union was hoisted by Circle President Com. Nazes Nouroz. The Martyrs column was garlanded to respect the martyrs by Com.Nazesh Nouroz, President, Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, Com. Banani Chattopadhyay, Convenor working women Group and Com. Jhumur Bandypadhyay, President Working Women Group, WB Circle. In a short gate meeting Com Animesh Mitra narrated briefly about the struggle and achievement of BSNLEU during the past 18 years. He called upon to all the employees to protect BSNL through sustained struggle. <Click for Pictures>

Today The Mighty BSNLEU Completed 18 Years of Journey : Dear comrades Red salute and revolutionary greetings to all of you as today we have completed 18years of after formation of BSNLEU at Visakhapattanam. We have crossed some important milestones during this period and established  BSNLEU as the biggest Union in the PSU in the  country through our struggle and working for the cause of the workers. Now BSNLEU is the hope and the aspiration of the entire staff of BSNL. Today on the 18th anniversary of BSNLEU take the oath after hoisting the Red Flag of our union in every offices and exchanges that "We will surely overcome the present crisis and will make BSNL more strengthen PSU in our country. We will continue our fight against the Govt. policies as well as continue our efforts to  make broader unity amongst the executives and non-executives in BSNL". Go ahead with determination that we will surely reach our goal with the Red Flag in our hand.

Comrades of Bolpur are ready to hold the 8th Circle Conference of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle : Comrades of Bolpur are all set to hold the 8th Cirlce conference of BSNLEU, WB Circle at Sanai lodge of Bolpur from 29th March to 31st March, 2019. The stage and the venue are named as K D Mukhaerjee Mancha and Sisir Bhattacharjee Nagar. About 225 delegates and observers will attend the conference for 3 days with other leaders from CHQ, AIBDPA,, BSNLCCWF, BSNLCC and AUAB etc. Com. P. Abhmanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU will inaugurate the conference on 29th March at 11AM. There will be a seminar on "Better service to West Bengal customers to overcome the crisis in BSNL". There will be a working women's' convention on 30th March. The total preparation ws reviewed in the circle office bearers meeting on 20th March in presence of the joint secretaries of the Reception Committee, Com. Tinku Biswas and Com. Santosh Goswami. Though it is the conference of BSNLEU but the whole hearted support extended by the leadership of BSNLCMU and AIBDPA to make the conference a grand successes. We feel proud that BSNLEU, Bolpur District has taken the challenge to mobilize 100% of the members in the gathering of 3days conference. Bolpur is the town of art & culture and delegates will not be deprived from having glimpses of this culture. The final meeting of the reception committee will be held under the leadership of Com. Madan Ghosh on Sunday the 24th March to give a final touch. If the retired comrades are the think tank of the reception committee then the young blood from blood from casual/contract workers are the pillars of the reception committee on which the regular staff of all unions are extending their full support to make the conference a historic one. In the context of the  election scenario this conference is very much important to give the right direction to save BSNL and to save the workers right.   

UPDATED ON 21-03-2019 AT 1030 HRS.

Seminar held at Krishnagar in connection with the 8th Circle Conference of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle: Circle Union is conducting campaign programme in connection with the 8th Circle Conference of BSNLEU, WB Circle to be held at Bolpur from 29th March to 31st march, 2019. In this purpose a seminar was held at TRC Krishnagar on 15th March. Com. Bidhan Chandra Pramanik presided over the seminar. Both the branch secretaries, Ranaghat & Krishnagar initiated with their initial speech before well attended seminar. Good number of members from AIBDPA and BSNLCMU attended the seminar. Main speaker of the seminar was Com. Parimal Sarkar, Organising Secretary, AIBDPA narrated the history of formation of BSNLEU at Krishnagar in 2001. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary attended the seminar, who in his speech pointed out the attack by the Central Govt. to demolish BSNL and as a result its employees are denied of salary at the end of the month. The members of the house gave a good response to the leaders with the message that don't  surrender before the Govt., the workers are ready for sustained struggle to get their salary in time. <Pictures>

Trade Union action taken By BSNLEU & BSNLCMU for non-payment of wage to the Casual &Contract workers: Dear comrades we are passing through an adverse situation in our circle where our casual & contract workers are being denied of their wage for 3months. The leadership of BSNLEU and BSNLCMU met CGMT on 18th & 19th  of this month and and PGM (Finance) on 19th and demanded to take proper action for the payment of wage before 23rd March. But no body could give any assurance in this regard. Accordingly we have reviewed the entire situation with the leadership of BSNLCMU and also in our circle office bearer meeting held yesterday. Now it has been decided to go on Trade Union action which will start from 25th March at the Sub divisional level. There will be Dharna programme before CGM's chamber on 28th March. District level Dharna programme will take place between 26th & 27th March. Take entry to all the officers chamber and express our resentment and compel them to  convey our demand for wage to CGM / PGM (Finance). Spread out our demand through postering on all walls of the offices and exchanges. Still if no result yielded, then we will be compelled to announce that all types of cooperation will be withdrawn from the management if payment of wage is delayed. Start preparation now, at any cost we are to get our wage paid to maintain our family. BSNLEU and BSNLCMU will organise the programme jointly.

UPDATED ON 18-03-2019 AT 2315 HRS.

Circle union met CGMT in regard to the non-payment of wage of the casual/contract workers : Today Circle Secretary of BSNLEU and BSNLCMU Com. Animesh Mitra and Com. Tapas Ghosh along with Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU met CGMT, WB Circle and expressed their strong resentment over the non-payment of wage to the casual & contract workers and demanded that the management should take all out effort for payment of wage to the these workers without farther delay. GM (HR/Admn) was also present in the meeting. After hearing the leaders CGM replied that he is in the process of getting the fund from the corporate office for payment of the wage. It is learnt that West Bengal Telecom has sent  requisition for fund from the corporate office as - Rs 5.36 corer for wage of casual workers for 2 months, Rs 6 corer for wage of contract workers and Rs 12 corer for security guards.

Get prepared for the March to Sanchar Bhavan programme on 5th April: Dear comrades we are now all happy since we have got the salary for the month of February, though it is late. It may happen in the next month also, since the danger is not over. Approval of Bank loan or allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL has not yet been sanctioned by the Govt. No discussion of 3rd PRC is taking place but the management is busy to formulate the VRS policy. The total situation was reviewed in the AUAB meeting in the last week. AUAB has taken a decision to organise March to Sanchar Bhavan programme on 5th April, 2019 where there will be a mobilisation of 10000 BSNL workers in the capital. Accordingly, BSNLEU (CHQ) has taken a decision to mobilise 5000 workers in the programme. District and Branch secretaries are requested to mobilise our members. Big District union may mobilise minimum of 10 members and small districts may mobilise minimum 5 members. We agree that it will impose financial burden upon the district and branch unions. Collection of special donation may be made by the district and branch unions for the purpose. Hold special GB meeting and take an appropriate decision on the subject. Circle Union will take proper decision from its meeting to be held on 20th March. Hope, you all will agree that there is no other alternative to condemn the attitude of the DoT for taking revengeful action on the employees of BSNL and at the same time to demolish BSNL. Though the entire country is busy now to elect the next Govt., but we should try to to mobilise maximum numbers of BSNL employees in Delhi to express our anger and resentment to both the management of DoT and BSNL. AUAB has taken a decision to invite all political parties in our gathering so that we can get maximum of public support in this regard. District and Branch secretaries are once again requested to book railway tickets immediately so that we can make the programme a grand success.    

UPDATED ON 17-03-2019 AT 2140 HRS.

The 8th District Conference of BSNLEU, TCO District held successfully : Today the 17th March, the 8th District conference of BSNLEU, TCO district held at the recreation club of TCO building with enthusiasm. The Red flag of our union was hoisted by the District President Com. Tapan Kumar Bose. The leaders along with District president paid floral respect to the martyrs column. Com. Anindya Kr Sarkar paid tribute to the picture of Com. Debabrata Adhikary, Departed Leader of TCO District Union. Com. Anindya Kumar Sarkar, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, WB inaugurated the conference. He narrated the present situation of BSNL and the responsibility of the workers. He also reminded the responsibilities of the workers  in the coming struggle which is taking place throughout the country from the next month. Com. Biswanath Singha, District Secretary placed the report and Com. Sanjiban Naskar, District Treasurer placed the Accounts  before the house for discussion. The other speakers in the conference were Com. Dipak Mitra, Leader AIBDPA, Com. Gobinda Das, Leader AIBDPA, Com. Nazes Nouroz, President BSNLEU, WB, Com. Bidyut Goswami, Astt. Treasurer, BSNLEU, WB , Com. Debashis Khan, Vice-president, BSNLEU, WB and Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. The conference adopted unanimously a resolution that the TCO district union henceforth will merge with CGMT(O) district union. The conference was presided  by Com. Tapan Kumar Bose and Com. Banani Chattopadhyay jointly. <Pictures>

Condolence meeting was held in memory of Com. K.D. Mukherjee, Com. Sukhen Sen and Com. Abadhut Das in the union office of CTO building : Condolence meeting was held in memory of three departed leader of Telecom movement on 13th March at CTO Union office with due respect. The leaders of BSNLEU and AIBDPA paid floral respect to the three departed leaders Com. K.D. Mukherjee, Ex-Circle Secretary, AITEU, Class III, Com. Sukahen Sen, Leader of Telecom movement from North Bengal, Jalpaiguri and Com. Abadhut Das, Leader of Telecom movement from Katwa of Burdwan District. Com. Dilip Das, Veteran leader of Telecom movement and leader AIBDPA, Com. Asis Das, Asstt. Circle Secretary BSNLEU, WB, Com. Pijush Chakraborty, Circle Secretary, AIBDPA, WB, Com. Sisir Roy, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, CTD, Com. Om Prakash Singh, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Factory and  Secretary, BSNL Coordination Committee and Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB discussed about the works and their dedication towards the ideology of the three leaders. The condolence meeting was presided over by Com. Nazes Nouroz, President, BSNLEU, WB. 

UPDATED ON 16-03-2019 AT 2045 HRS.

Massive protest demonstration of the Casual & Contract workers held at the office of the Deputy Labour Commissioner, Kolkata : On 13th March massive protest demonstration was held at the office of Deputy Labour Commissioner, Nizam palace, Kolkata at the call BSNLCCWF in protest of the non-payment of wage. The BSNL management did not make payment the wage of the casual & contract workers for than 5 months. Their wage is too much irregular. On the other hand the management has retrenched these workers instead of taking care of their wages. The poor paid workers are facing too much difficulty to make the both ends meet. Under this circumstance the casual and contract workers of West Bengal Circle and CTD organised a massive demonstration programme before the Deputy Labour Commissioner under the banner of BSNLCCWF. In this programme Com. Subhas Mukherjee, President, CITU, West Bengal State Committee addressed the gathering. Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General of BSNLCCWF addressed before the workers in details. The other speakers in the demonstration programme were Com. Om Prakash Singh, Secretary, BSNL Coordination Committee, Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU and Com. Arup Sarkar, Circle Secretary, CTDTMU. Com. Sisir Roy, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, CTD presided over the demonstration programme.

CWC meeting of BSNL Casual Mazdoor Union started today at Purulia with enthusiasm : Today the Circle Working Committee Meeting of BSNL Casual Mazdoor Union, West Bengal Circle  started in the morning at the Karmachari Bhavan, Purulia with enthusiasm amongst the workers. The conference was inaugurated by Com. Subrata Misra, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB Circle. Com Animsh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF also addressed the working committee meeting. Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB Circle  placed the work paper before the house for discussion. In the meeting BSNLCMU felicitated Com. Animesh Mitra and Com Subrata Misra.<Pictures>

UPDATED ON 13-03-2019 AT 1130 HRS.

Working Womens Group of West Bengal circle observed the International Womens Day : Today the 13th March, BSNLEU, West Bengal circle organised a seminar in connection with the International Women’s Day in the Union room at CTO Kolkata. In this convention joint conveners of working women group Com. Banani Chattopadhyay & Com. Jhumur Bandyopadhyay initiated the proceedings. They explained the significance of the International Womens Day. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary spoke in details about the present scenario particularly on the issue of non payment of salary for the month of February and our task ahead of us. He also reminded the responsibility of   women to strengthen the struggle of the working class. Com. Shibani Das presided over the meeting.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                           

 

UPDATED ON 12-03-2019 AT 1130 HRS.

Shut Down of the Exchanges is not the only solution- proper utilisation of manpower to ensure more revenue to make the SSA viable : Dear comrades, we have received information that the GM/TDMs are sending the list of exchanges having less number of subscribers to close down them permanently. Circle Union very much surprised to note that the administration has taken the decision of their own denying the discussion with the recognised union at the local level. This decision will create a good number of surplus of casual/contract labourers. District secretaries are requested to intervene on the issue. The issue was also given on 25th February, 2019 website. We are of the opinion that any decision in this regard could be finalised through bilateral discussion with the recognised union in the Works Committee. We are also in favour of non productive exchanges where expenditure is too high in comparison to earnings. Before closing down of exchanges we are to ponder over the issue like rented building, electricity bill etc.  To minimise the electricity bill we are to make electrical audit, to shift to our own building or building with less rent and more over where there is handful of subscribers. But the management taking the decision unilaterally without taking into account the above aspect. Perhaps the management has taken the decision in its last management meeting held on 6th March, 2019. Accordingly the local administration has taken prompt action without taking the local union into confidence. The local administration who are  reluctant to implement the issues of the employees the same administration is very much prompt to take action on the issue since they are very much egger to relinquish their responsibilities in regard to the service. We strongly condemn such attitude of the administration. All circle  office bearers and district secretaries are requested to take up the issue seriously. The circle union have received the information that the management has suggested to shutdown 50 exchanges at Gangtok and Suri SSA.  Where as big SSAs like Asansol, Khargapur, Kolkata and Siliguri the management has not taken any initiative in this regard, so far. AUAB leadership discussed the same subject with CGMT, West Bengal Circle on 4th March, 2019 in presence of GM (CFA). In that meeting the leadership suggested to sort out mechanisms for  better utilisation of manpower. District secretaries are also requested to initiate the same discussion at the SSA level to make your SSA viable with the involvement of existing manpower.

UPDATED ON 8-03-2019 AT 1130 HRS.

All Central Trade Unions hold Convention enthusiastically in New Delhi : All Central Trade Unions organised a convention on 5th March, 2019 at the  Constitution Club of India , New Delhi. The convention greeted the big gathering of workers and employees for making the 3 days strike a grand success. This convention was held to adopt the charter of demands of the workers. It was decided that the 43 points charter of demands of workers will be send to the all political parties with a request for inclusion in the election manifesto for the ensuing Parliamentary Election. Com. Tapan Sen, General Secretary, CITU, Com. Amarjeet Kaur, of AITUC and Com. Ashoke Singh of  INTUC were the prominent speakers in the convention who deliberated their speech in favour of Unity and Communal Harmony of our country. The convention called upon the workers to act properly to remove the BJP led Govt. from power. The convention also greeted the Defence and BSNL workers for conducting the 3days strike in February, 2019 successfully. The convention was started after paying homage to the soldiers in the current fight at the border through a condolence meeting. A good number of BSNL workers came in the convention from nearby states.  

                                                                                                         

                                                                  Delegation of BSNL in the Convention                                                                                       Section of the Audience of the Convention

 

UPDATED ON 6-03-2019 AT 1030 HRS.

An important meeting held between AUAB, WB Circle and CGMT on development issue : On 4th March, 2019 an important meeting was held between AUAB, WB Circle and CGMT on development and maintenance issues of our circle. At the start of the meeting the leadership of AUAB expressed their great concern over the non-payment of salary for the month of February. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secy. SNEA, Com. Aniruddha Basu, Circle Secy., AIBSNLEA and Com. Tapan Biswas, Circle Secy., NFTE(BSNL) were in the delegation along with 10 other circle office bearers from the representative Unions and Associations. GM( CFA), Chief Engineer (Electrical), and CGM, West Bengal Circle explained the present scenario of the service and the future plan of our circle. The main points and gist of the discussions are as follows - 1. Proper utilisation of man power. 2. Better service with existing assets and infrastructure. 3. Efforts to earn more revenue through Tower and BTS sharing. 4. Tender policy of OFC laying and repairing - it is reported that it will be finalised soon. 5. Payment of electricity bill will be done centrally from circle office and electrical audit to be conducted to minimise the electrical expenditure. 6. All project works including NGN to be completed in war like footings. 7. Gangtok and Siliguri are being ready to start 4G service in the existing network. 8. Franchisee and outsourcing - steps are to be taken in CFA to bring more customers in Land Line and Broad Band. 9. The trend of selling of SIM and number of customers through MNP is good in our circle since last 3 months and new SIM has also been arranged from factory and that will distributed to SSAs according to their requirement. 10. Conversion of Transmission system in new technology is the need of the hour but no action has been initiated at the local level though some officers undergone training from CTTC. 11. Rented building and unused tower to be vacated and commercially our building and space to be utilised. 12. Similar meeting will also be held at the SSA level taking the views the local level so as to motivate the the field level staff and officers. 13. It was also discussed that no administrative action yet been taken to run the system properly. 14. The AUAB reported that the workforce is totally frustrated due to non-payment of salary for the month of February hence necessary steps to be taken on the part of the management to take the employees into confidence.      

UPDATED ON 4-03-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

Veteran leader of Telecom movement, Com. Abadhut Das is no more : Com. Abadhut Das, Veteran Leader of Telecom movement from Katwa of Burdwan District passed away on 3rd March, 2019 in the morning. Circle Union mourns the death of Com. Das and conveys heart felt condolence to his family members.

Number of delegates and observers allotted for the 8th Circle Conference : The number of delegates and observers are being allotted to the district unions, based on the number of membership as on 31st December, 2018 for the 8th Circle Conference of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle to be held at Bolpur from 29th to 31st March, 2019. <View>

<View>UPDATED ON 1-03-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

Massive demonstration programme held throughout the West Bengal Circle against the non-payment of salary for the month of February : As per the call of AUAB (CHQ), massive demonstration programme was held in different districts of West Bengal Circle. The AUAB of various district organised this programme where the leadership deliberated their speech to apprise the employees about the danger and the conspiracy of the Govt to wind up BSNL. They called upon the employees to fight the crisis unitedly. In CGMT office, the programme was held under the banner of AUAB, West Bengal Circle. Where Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB, Com. P.K. Roy, President SNEA, WB Circle, Com. Aniruddha Basu, Circle Secretary, AIBSNLEA, WB and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, SNEA, WB deliberated before gathering. The programme was held at Bankura, Coochbehar and Krishnagar so far the intimation received by the circle union. <Picture>

Memorandum of 8 points charter of demands submitted to Hon'ble MP : Memorandum of 8 points charter of demands of the AUAB, CTD and West Bengal Circle was handed over to Smt Pratima Mondal, Hon'ble MP, Loksabha at Kolkata on 1st March, 2019. Com. Sisir Roy, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, CTD, Com. Sekhar Majumder, Circle Secretary., NFTE, CTD, Com. Subhasis Mitra, Circle Secretary, AIBSNLEA, Com. Sankar Sanyal, Circle President, CTD, Com. Bidyut Goswami, Asstt. Treasurer, BSNLEU, WB and Com. Goutam Ghosh, of SNEA met Hon'ble MP and handed over the memorandum to her on behalf of AUAB. Similar memorandum was hander over to Sri Dibendu Adhikary, Hon'ble MP by the AUAB, Kharagpur District on 28th February. <Picture>

UPDATED ON 28-02-2019 AT 2210 HRS.

Organise demonstration programme against non-payment of salary today : Comrade it is unfortunate that the BSNL management has failed to pay its employees the salary for the month of February, 2019 on the last day of the month. AUAB (CHQ) has called upon all the employees of BSNL to protest against the non-payment of salary. at the same time DoT has made the BSNL crippled by not sanctioning the BSNL management to take Bank loan. Under this circumstances all our District Secretaries and organisers are requested to organise strong protest demonstration along with the constituents of the AUAB against the DoT for not granting permission to take Bank loan and at the same time the non-payment of salary to the employees for the month of February. Accordingly the lunch time demonstration will be held at CGMT, Office, CTO building tomorrow.

UPDATED ON 26-02-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

AUAB, Berhampore district submitted memorandum to three MPs : As per the call of the AUAB (CHQ), today the leadership of AUAB, Berhampore district met three  Hon'ble MPS of Murshidabad district Sri Badruzza Khan, Sri Abhijit Mukherjee and Sri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and handed over the memorandum in regard to the demand of the BSNL employees.  <Pictures>

AUAB, West Bengal Circle Met CGMT : The leadership of AUAB, West Bengal Circle met CGMT on 22nd February, 2019 to apprise the post Strike situation of the circle. The leadership told CGM that the 3 days strike was observed by the members of the constituents Unions and Associations under AUIAB, WB circle. CGM mentioned that he is keeping a close view over the day to day operational and maintenance activities of each and every vertical of WBTC. He is giving his sincere effort to  implement his ideas for the revival of West Bengal Telecom Circle. Primarily CGM has expressed some ides of revival to the leadership. Thereafter, the AUB leadership requested CGM to convene a meeting where both the management and AUB can exchange their views jointly for revival of WBTC and the same time they are ready to extend their support and cooperation in this regard. It is decided that such meeting will be held on 4th March, 2019 at 1PM. On view of this,  all the District Secretaries, Zonal Secretaries, all our members and employees are requested to send their valuable proposals, if any, the difficulties faced for day to day maintenance etc. and its solution to the circle union so that it can be discussed in the meeting for revival of our circle, West Bengal.   

UPDATED ON 25-02-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

Close down of Telephone Exchanges is not the solution to cope up the acute Fund crisis : To overcome the acute crisis of fund  CGM, WB Circle has decided to close down the exchanges where customer base is poor or where  the revenue earning is low in comparison to expenditure. Some GMs have already send proposals to CGM to close down the exchanges and in turn CGM has approved those proposals, keeping the recognised union in dark. For example Malda and Kolkata SSAs. It is proposed that 30 such exchanges would be closed down soon. The AUAB, WB circle met CGM and demanded to discuss the issue.  Our district secretaries are requested to take up the issue at the SSA level with the SSA heads so that no such proposals should come to CO keeping the district unions in dark. Closing down of exchanges may be the easiest process to cope up the fund crisis but it is not the solution.

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UPDATED ON 22-02-2019 AT 2230 HRS.

AUAB met Member Finance, DoT : Today the members of AUAB both West Bengal Circle and CTD met Ms Anuradha Mitra, Member Finance, DoT at Kokata DoT Cell, Hare Street under the leadership of Com. Animesh Mitra, Convenor AUAB, WB and handed over a memorandum in regard to acute financial crisis and our demands. Initially member finance did not agree to meet the leaders of AUAB and to receive the memorandum. Later she  was compelled to meet the  determined leaders of  AUAB and accepted the memorandum too.

UPDATED ON 20-02-2019 AT 2130 HRS.

Employees of BSNL West Bengal Circle made the three days Strike from 18th February, 2019 a historic one: The three day strike in BSNL from 18th February came to an end today. The employees of West Bengal circle made the total strike for the three days. gradually more and more employees participated in the strike. They have understood the struggle and participated. On the 3rd also the offices and exchanges were closed. Employees in offices and exchanges made picketing throughout the West Bengal Circle during the three days. Slogans, deliberation and even rallies were also conducted during these three days. The three days strike in BSNL  will be a milestone in the  history of Trade Union movement of our country. In our circle all categories of employees made it possible the strike a historic one. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU and convenor AUAB, West Bengal Circle congratulated all the employees of West Bengal Telecom Circle to make the three days strike a grand success. Now another phase of our struggle will start to achieve our demands and to make viable our company, BSNL. All our organisers are requested to follow the website of CHQ in this regard. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 19-02-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

Total strike continues for the second day  in West Bengal Circle : Today the 19th February, 2019 the second day of the strike. In West Bengal Circle the strike is more wide spread and got momentum. The strikers are now all set to take the toll to the last. In the second day of the strike the offices and exchanges are completely closed. The maintenance work is dead stop. Today the AUAB Convenor, Com. Animesh Mitra and Chairman, Com. Tapan Biswas along other leaders Com. Tapas Ghosh and Com. Aniruddha Basu deliberated their speech in ETR, Territty Bazar, CTTC and other offices of West Bengal Circle. Convenor of AUAB, West bengal Circle  Com. Animesh Mitra congratulated all the employees and officers to make the 2nd day strike a great success. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 18-02-2019 AT 2000 HRS.

Massive and total strike in West Bengal Circle : Today the 18th February, 2019, first day of the 3 days strike in BSNL started with a great note. The strike is total and massive in West Bengal Telecom Circle. Today in the morning homage was paid to our brave 40 CRPF Jawans who lost their lives in a terrorist attack at Pulwama. In the morning from 9PM the members of all unions and Associations of WB circle assembled in front their offices and exchanges with posters and festoons. Gate meetings were held throughout the day along with slogans. In Kolkata Com. Animesh Mitra, Convenor, AUAB, WB circle along with Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB, Com. Aniruddha Basu, Circle Secretary, AIBSNLEA, WB Circle, Com. Tapan Biswas, Chairman, AUAB, WB Circle and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, SNEA, WB Circle addressed the gate meeting at CGMT office, CTO building. Convenor of AUAB, WB Circle,  Com. Animesh Mitra congratulated all the employees and officers of West Bengal Circle to make the first day strike a grand success. He appealed to all to keep the same sprit of the strike in the remaining two days i.e 19th & 20th February. <Pictures of SSAs> <More Pictures>

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Massive participation of the executives and no-executives in the Human Chain : A massive participation of the executives and non-executives took place in the Human Chain programme which was held on 16th February, 2019 at Kolkata in front of the CTO building at the call of AUAB, WB Circle. As decided by the AUAB (CHQ) that to draw attention of the public about the demands of the three days strike to be ventilated to the public. Accordingly AUAB, WB Circle decided to organise a Human Chain. The colouful Human Chain was organised  with festoons and posters displaying our demands of the 3 days strike. It is practically the end of the campaign programme for the three days strike. Comrades of West Bengal circle conducted massive campaign programme for the strike. Now it is time to hit back through strike against arrogance attitude of the authority towards non-settlement of the 3rd PRC and deprivation of Govt. to its employees and towards the state owned company BSNL. Circle Union calls upon all the employees to make the 3 days strike starting from tomorrow the 18th February, 2019 (from 00.00 hrs.) a grand success.<Pictures>

Campaign programmes also held in more other places in West Bengal Circle : Campaign programmes were held yesterday on 17th February, 2019 at contai Branch under Kharagpur SSA, Raiganj, Suri and Coochbehar. Com. Amalesh Pradhan, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, WB attended the meeting at Contai branch. Com. Ujjal Kumar Ghosh, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, WB attended the meeting at Raiganj. Com. Prabir Kumar Das attended the meeting at Suri. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary attended the meeting at Coochbehar and spoke before the members about the necessity of the strike, the present position of the 3rd PRC and our role in the strike form 18th February, 2019. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 16-02-2019 AT 0940 HRS.

GB Meetings held in more SSAs to make the 3 Days strike a great success : GB meetings are held yesterday the 15th February, 2019 in different SSAs of West Bengal Circle  at brisk pace with the view to make the 3 days strike in BSNL from 18th February, 2019 a great success. It is to mobilize our workers against the deprivation of the Govt. towards the employees and at the same time explain our demands to the employees. Such GB meetings were held at Jagatballavpur, Habra, ETR and  CGMT Office. Com. Manik Sarkar, District Secretary, Kolkata SSA and Com. Asis Gupta deliberated his speech at Jagatballavpur. Com. Goutam Chatterjee, president, Kolkata SSA deliberated speech in Habra. In ETR district  Com. Asis Das, Asstt. Circle Secretary was the main speaker. He elaborately discussed about the strike. The speakers in the meeting were Com. Biplab Das, Com. Sekhar Das, Com. Ashis Kr Das and Com. Niloy Das. The GB meeting of CGMT Office was held in the CTO Union office with the members of CGMT Office & TCO. Com. Sujoy Sarkar, District Secretary initiated the proceedings in a jam packed house. The main speaker in the meeting was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary. He spoke in details about the present scenario in BSNL and the latest development taking place in regard to the 3rd PRC. He appealed to the members present in the GB meeting  to make the 3days strike a grand success.  <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 15-02-2019 AT 2350 HRS.

Road Show & Street Corner meetings held in different SSAs of West Bengal Circle: As instructed by CHQ that the campaign programme in connection with the 3days strike from 18th February, 2019  should not be confined in offices and exchanges, it should be on the street also. Accordingly various district unions of West Bengal Circle conducted road show and street corner meetings with the demands of the BSNL employees on 15th February, 2019. Rally was conducted by Durgapur and Berhampore district unions. Street corner meetings were conducted by Asansol. Bankura and Malda district Unions. It may be mentioned here that Madhyamik examination has started in West Bengal and as such restriction has been imposed over the use of loud speakers. But still our comrades conducted the road show and street corner meetings successfully.  <Pictures>

Joint Convention and GB meetings held at North Bengal along with other places of West Bengal Telecom Circle : A good campaign programme in regard to the 3days strike from 18th February was held at Siliguri GM office where Com. Pluak Ganguly Chairman AUAB and Com. Mukul Seal Convenor of AUAB, Siliguri deliberated their speech. A good number of officers and and non-executives were present in the meeting. A district level convention of Jalpaiguri District was held on 14th February at Birpara. Workers from Alipuduar, Jalpaiguri, Mainaguri  and Dhupguri attended the convention. Com. Prabir Ghosh presided over the convention. Com. Soumen Chanda Roy, District Secretary, BSNLEU and Com. Pranjit Das, Leader AIBDPA were also present. Members of BSNLEU and BSNLCMU of the branches came under the leadership of all the branch secretaries who had taken much responsibilities to make the convention a grand success. Com. Animesh Mitra was the main speaker who narrated the present scenario in details and called upon the workers to make the strike a grand success. Extended District Working Committee Meeting in connection with the 3days strike was held on 14th at TRC hall, O/o the DGM,  Asansol. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary attended the meeting on behalf of Circle union. A District council meeting was held at Burdwan on 14th February for preparation and to make the 3days strike a grand success. Com. Nazes Nouroz, President BSNLEU, WB circle attended the meeting. A joint Strike preparatory meeting of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA  was held at Bogda Telephone Exchange Kharagpur District. Similar meetings were held at Habra and Chanditala under Kolkata District. <Pictures> 

Stormy Campaign Programmes Are Going On Throughout The Kolkata SSA : With a view to make the 3days Strike in BSNL from 18th February, 2019 a  grand success, District Committee meeting of Kolkata SSA was held. From this meeting the schedule of campaign programmes and tour programmes  amongst the district leadership were made. Till date meetings were held at Chanditala, Arambag, Dhaniyakhali, Pandua, Habra, Bangaon, Bshirhat and Kolkata Engineering branch. Com. Asis Gupta, Com. Goutam Chatterjee, Com. Niranjan Sarkar, Com. Kalyan Raha and Com. Ramprasad Dutta deliberated their valuable speeches in these meetings on behalf of the District Union. Com. Manik Sarkar & Com. Anindya Kr Sarkar both Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, WB Circle  attended the meetings and deliberated speeches on behalf of the Circle Union. In these meetings the issue of strike as well as the issues of developments and problems - our responsibilities were also discussed with great seriousness.  

 UPDATED ON 14-02-2019 AT 0100 HRS.

Good Start In The First Month Of the New Year 2019 :  It has come to our notice that West Bengal Circle has performed excellent in the month of January to bring new mobile customers and earn revenue through SIM selling and MNP. The figure is 1 Lakh plus for the SIM activation and revenue hit Rs 5 corer plus. In the month of December our achievement was 222%. But in the month of January 1lakh new customers and revenue earned to the tune  of Rs 5 corer has crossed all past records. Really it is not a matter of joke. The trend is still continuing in the month of February also. It is learnt that CGMT WB Circle has placed a new purchase order for manufacturing of more SIM cards to Telecom Factory, Mumbai.

Campaign Programmes Held In more other Places : Yesterday Joint convention was held at Bankura where Com. Amalesh Pradhan, Organising Secretary  attended the convention on behalf of Circle Union  and deliberated speech. In Kolkata Engineering Branch at CTO building, Com. Anindya Kumar Sarkar, Organising secretary attended the meeting on behalf of Circle Union and deliberated his speech. <Click Here>

UPDATED ON 13-02-2019 AT 1030 HRS.

Why this Crisis ? It is a fact that the regular employees of MTNL did not get their salary for the month of January, 2019 till 10th February. It is to be noted that MTNL is a Mharatna company and disinvestment has already been taken place. Now the BSNL management has proposed to pay the salary of the regular employees for the month of February after 15th March, 2019.  All these are happening in the name of crisis. Both the managements are try trying to introduce the early retirement or VRS. Both the PSUs have served the nation for about 20 years. But the question has arisen that why this crisis and who is responsible for it? As a state owned company Govt. could not deny its responsibility. 

Campaign programmes have started in full swing for the 3 days strike in West Bengal Circle : Campaign programmes have started in different parts of the West Bengal Telecom Circle with a view to make the 3 days strike in BSNL from 18th February, 2019 a grand success. The strike is against the protest of non-implementation of the commitments  made by the MoC. It is the denial by the DoT to revise the wage of the non-executives and non-implementation of 3rd PRC to the executives. Non-allotment of 4G spectrum to the BSNL with a view to cripple BSNL so that the state owned company could not compete with other private Tele company etc. Circle Union appeals to the employees of BSNL, West Bengal circle to come forward to make the 3days strike from 18th February, 2019 a grand success and at the same time give a lesson to the Govt. for its deprivation to its employees. The campaign programmes have taken place in ETR, CTTC, Durgapur, Raniganj and Bahula Tele. Exchange, Krishnanagar and ETP. Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary attended the meeting at Krishnanagar. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary attended the meeting at CTTC and explained the necessity of the strike and our responsibilities. <Pictures>    

UPDATED ON 11-02-2019 AT 2150 HRS.

AUAB formed in another two districts in West Bengal Circle : AUAB has been formed in 3 districts till date in West Bengal Circle. On the day of formation of AUAB at the circle level, AUAB was formed at Kolkata district with Com. Manik Sarkar as convenor and Com. Samir Banerjee as Chairman. AUAB has been formed at Siliguri with Com. Pulak Ganguly as Chairman and Com. Mukul Seal as Convenor. AUAB has also been formed at Asansol. All the district secretaries are requested to form AUAB at the district level. AUAB (CHQ) has issued the circular on the current situation and future task especially the 3 days strike programme from 18th February. Posters are being sent to the districts by the CHQ through post. All discussions for the 3rd PRC and 4G spectrum have failed. So, strike is unavoidable and get ready for the strike.

UPDATED ON 8-02-2019 AT 1915 HRS.

Casual & Contract workers of BSNLCMU, WB Circle and Calcutta Telephones Thika Mazdoor union decided to go for Trade Union action jointly : Today a joint convention at the call of BSNL Casual Mazdoor Union and Calcutta Telephones Thika Mazdoor Union held on 8th February, 2019  at Telecom Institute, CTO, building on the demands (i) No retrenchment of contract workers (ii) Immediate release of fund for the wage of contract workers. (iii) Revision of wage of the casual workers (iv) Minimum wage of Rs 18000/- for all and Gratuity to the contract workers. In a jam packed house the convention was presided by Com. Nazes Nouroz and Com Sisir Roy. Beside Com. Tarak Kundu, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, Com. Arup Sarkar,  Circle Secretary, CTTMU and Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF other leaders spoke in the convention. Com. Mitra narrated briefly about the deprivation of the BSNL management towards the contract workers. He said that the management is trying to overcome the crisis of acute shortage of fund by retrenching the contract workers. He informed that where the continuous fight is being organised by the workers,  the management is unable to retrench these workers there. He said that the corporate office has issued orders to reduce 30% of the contract workers. Accordingly corporate office is allotting meagre amount of fund and as such the wage of the contract workers is due for 6 months, on an average, throughout the country. He said that now the need of the hour is to release fund for the wage of the contract workers. It is decided from the convention that on 12th February, 2019 there will be another joint convention at the East gate of Telephone Bhavan. A memorandum will be handed over to CGMT, CTD and CGMT, WB Circle. On 16th February, 2019 there will be one day Hunger strike jointly by two circle unions. From 18th February, 2019 the casual/contract workers will go on three days strike from 18th February, 2019 along with AUAB. Accordingly strike notice will be served to CMD, BSNL and CLC, New Delhi by CCWF. <Picture> 

UPDATED ON 7-02-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

The management is too reluctant to restore the BSNL service in Gangarampur : The Telephone exchange at Gangarampur is under lock and key. The landlord made the Telephone exchange closed for more than four months due to non-payment of rent by the BSNL authority. In this acute crisis of fund Gangarampur Telephone exchange is running at a rented building. BSNLEU, WB circle union discussed the issue with CGMT, WB Circle and proposed to shift the Telephone exchange in the ground floor of the existing building in a lower rent from the existing one.  Even they proposed that the exchange could be shifted to near by Microwave tower. A letter was given by the circle union to CGMT in this effect. CGMT agreed upon the proposal if  it comes in a constructive way. Accordingly BSNLEU, Raiganj District union discussed the issue with TDM, Raiganj. But it is unfortunate that till date the reluctant TDM  did not send any proposal to shift the exchange at Gangrampur and  in turn to curtail the expenditure in this acute situation of fund crisis. We are all waiting for the good sense of the TDM, Raiganj. 

UPDATED ON 5-02-2019 AT 2115 HRS.

Employees and workers of West Bengal Circle achieved  another mile stone : When there is a havoc surrender of BSNL lines, employees and workers could sell 101523 no of SIM till  31st  January, 2019. It yielded revenue to the tune of Rs 5.07 crore. It is a great achievement by BSNL West Bengal circle. It is once again proved that the employees and workers are committed to their duties beside struggle against any injustice. BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle congratulates all the employees and workers for their tireless effort.

BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle appeals to all the employees of West Bengal Circle to make the three days strike a grand success : Today the extended circle office bearers meeting of BSNLEU, WB Circle was held to discuss the three days strike in BSNL from 18th February, 2019. District Secretaries from in and around Kolkata attended the meeting. Circle Secretary Com. Animesh Mitra narrated the situation after the meeting with Addll. Telecom Secretary and CMD BSNL. He said that there is no other alternative but to go fort the strike. He said that DoT management once offered 5% fitment benefit and on the next day denied to give even the meagre amount, 5% , fitment benefit. He said that the Modi Govt. is trying to implement the derogative proposals submitted by IIM, Ahemedabad. It was decided unanimously, after threadbare discussion, that street corner meetings will be held in the important places of the districts and towns. Extensive rallies and gate meetings to be held along with the constituents of AUAB in the offices and exchanges as part of campaign programme. The demands of the strike to be explained to the workers. The district secretaries are requested to contact the constituents of AUAB to organize the campaign programmes jointly. District Secretaries are also requested to form AUAB at the district level where AUAB has not yet been formed without further delay. This extended Circle Office bearer meeting appealed to the employees of West Bengal Telecom Circle to make the three days strike a grand success.

UPDATED ON 31-01-2019 AT 2115 HRS.

Reception Committee meeting of the 8th Circle Conference of BSNLEU, WB Circle held at Bolpur : The Reception Committee meeting of the 8th Circle Conference of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle held on 27th January, 2019 at Bolpur. The Circle conference scheduled to be held on and from 29th to 31st March, 2019 at Bolpur. Com. Asis Das, Asstt. Circle Secretary and Com. Nazes Nuroz, President attend the reception committee meeting on behalf of the Circle Union. There was a much enthusiasm amongst the members in connection with Circle Conference, BSNLCMU, Suri District is paying a vital role to make the conference success. Com. Madan Ghosh, Veteran Leader and President of the Reception Committee placed the budget of  the conference for discussion. Com. Tinku Biswas and Com. Santosh Goswami, Joint Secretary of the Reception Committee narrated briefly about the arrangements made for the conference. Both the secretaries appealed before the members to give their best to make the Circle Conference a historic one. Com. Asis Das and Com, Nazes Nouroz expressed their satisfaction over the arrangements  made by the Boppur comrades. They opined that great effort of the Comrades of Suri district surely help the 8th Circle Conference to be a great success.  The budget which was placed for discussion was accepted accepted unanimously.

UPDATED ON 30-01-2019 AT 1145 HRS.

Circle Unions of BSNLEU and BSNLCMU met CGMT WB circle : A dharna programme at the call of BSNLEU, WB and BSNLCMU, WB was held on 24th January at the SSA level and on 25th January at the circle level held in the CGMT office. On 25th at CGMT office where a massive participation of regular employees and casual/contract workers including security guards took place. In the recent times the GPF/EPF contribution of the employees are not being deposited with the DoT and EPF authority for the last three months. EMI for the bank loan of the employees are not being deposited with bank though the department has deducted the instalment from the salary of the employees. As a result the employees are compelled to pay penalty to the banks. The employees are going lose interest of GPF/ EPF also. The CCS contribution, the subscription of the recreation club and even the union subscription are not being remitted by the BSNL management. The worst sufferers are the casual/contract labourers. Wage of casual labourers has not been revised as per 7th CPC. The wages of the contract workers and security guards are due for months together, some where it is more than 4 months. Due to fund crunch the management is taking a short cut method to over come the situation by retrenching the contract workers instead of not resorting to increase the revenue of the company. The social securities of these workers like gratuity is not being paid by the authority though the approval has already been given by the corporate office for the casual workers. At this backdrop both the Circle unions BSNLEU and BSNLCMU, West Bengal circle have  decided to go for a 'Dharna' programme. After programme at circle office on 25th a delegation of the unions headed by Com. Animesh Mitra met CGMT, WB and expressed strong resent about the above mentioned issues and demanded immediate settlement.  CGMT in reply said that the sanction will bee accorded soon by the CO for payment of gratuity of the casual labour which has been approved by the corporate office. Regarding the payment of gratuity for the contract labourers and wage revision of the casual labourers  will be consulted with the corporate office as early as possible. He said that the massive fund cuts are taking place in all the circles of BSNL. However he will try his best for procuring funds for the wage of the non-regular workers from the corporate office as well as he will also try to get funds for the regular employees so that the remittance of the amount which is due could be made early. He said that he will write a letter to Sri Y.N. Singh, GM (BFCI), corporate office in this regard. He also assured the leaders that he will raise these issue in the Head of Circle meeting in Delhi. However the leaders gave one moth time for improvement of the situation, failing which the Circles will resort to higher form of Trade Union action. In the mean while a letter issued by GM (BFCI), Corporate office addressed to Com. Animesh Mitra in reply to the letter from BSNL CCWF  in regard to the release of fund. <Pictures> <View Letter>

Convention at Bagdogra Telephone Exchange held against corruption in the office : Cases of corruptions were taking place in Bagdogra telephone exchange or quite some time . Recently some store items were stolen from the office premises. The recognised union BSNLEU raised their voice against this theft. But the administration is sitting idle. BSNLEU has demanded to investigate the incident and arrange for exemplary punishment for the accused. Accordingly a convention was  organised by BSNLEU which was held on 24th January, 2019 in Bagdogra Telephone exchange against the corruption taking place in the office premises and demand for the punishment for the identified accused. In this Convention Com. Bipul Chakraborty, Veteran Leader of Telecom movement, Com. Mukul Sil, District Secretary, Siliguri District along with other leaders addressed  the convention. <Picture>

UPDATED ON 24-01-2019 AT 2145 HRS.

Yet another batch of candidates for CGA approved : After sustained struggle by BSNLEU, WB circle anther batch of 10 candidates are being approved by the HPC, WBT Circle. In the last Circle Council meeting held on 17 January, 2019, BSNLEU raised the issue of   Compassionate Ground Appointment for the left out candidates, since their cases were rejected on the plea of non compliance of the GSLI amount. After completing all the formalities BSNLEU was trying hard to get the appointment of the eligible candidates as early as possible. CGMT replied in the meeting that the meeting of the HPC will  be held on 18th January, 2019.  It is learnt that 10 candidates are being approved by the High Power Committee. The names will be sent to Corporate Office for final approval. Out of 10 candidates 4 candidates from Siliguri, 1 from ETR/ Krishnanagar, 2 from Berhampore, 1 from Durgapur, 1 from Jalpaiguri and 1 candidate from Asansol are being approved. 

Com. Sukhen Sen, Veteran Telecom Leader passed away : Veteran Telecom Leader from Jalpaiguri Com. Sukaen Sen passed in the Nursing Home at Siliguri. He was Circle Office bearer of AITEU- III for a long period. Com. R.K. Jadav and Com. Bipul Chakraborty was in the Nursing Home to pay respect to the departed leader. BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle mourns the sad demise of Com. Sengupta and conveys deep sympathy to the family members of Com. Sukhen Sen.

UPDATED ON 23-01-2019 AT 1145 HRS.

                                                                                     

 

Situation in WBT Circle is serious- responsibility should not be shifted towards the workers : It is known to all that our GPF and EPF contribution has not been deposited by the BSNL authority for the last three months. The EMI for bank loan for which department has signed MOU are not being deposited to the respective bank, though it has been deducted from the employee. The CCS contribution made by the employees are not being remitted by the management. The union subscription is also due. In return the employees are compelled to deposit penalty to the bank for non-depositing the EMI in time. The employees are going to lose the interest for the GPF for the period for the last 3 months or more. The wage of the contract workers are not being made by the department since last 4 months due to non-allotment of fund for the wages of the contract workers. On the other hand the corporate office has issued  an order on 28.12.2018 for 30% retrenchment of the contact workers. We have discussed the issue with CGMT to resolve it but  failed. The situation so serious that the department has switched  off some BTS in our circle due to non payment of electricity bill. Moreover some land lords have locked our exchanges due to non-payment of rent. Now the crisis have aggravated a lot and the management is now trying escape by shifting the responsibilities for this adverse situation towards the employees and workers. On 17th January we have expressed our strong resentment in the Circle Council meeting on these issues. Under this circumstances, the Circle Unions of BSNLEU & BSNCLCMU have discussed these issues with great concern and decided to launch 'Dharna' programme on 24th January at SSA level jointly by BSNLEU & BSBNLCMU and on 25th January at Circle level in the CGMT office. All our District & Branch Secretaries and all our organizers are requested to campaign seriously amongst our employees and workers and at the same time mobilize our employees and workers in havoc number so that we could show our strong resentment to the BSNL management and demand for restoration of normalcy.     

UPDATED ON 22-01-2019 AT 1545 HRS.

Branch Conference of Kalna Branch held successfully : Branch conference of BSNLEU, Kalna branch was held on 20th January, 2019 at Baidyapur Telephone exchange. The conference arena was well decorated with flags and festoons by our comrades. The Red flag of our Union was hoisted by Com. Bimal Das, Branch President. The conference was inaugurated by Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. He in his deliberation apprised the house about the present scenario of BSNL, 3rd wage revision,  the role of the Modi Govt. He reminded about the responsibilities of the workers at this point of time. He appealed to the workers to get ready for yet another strike in BSNL which is becoming obvious due to the negative attitude towards the wage revision of the BSNL employs by the Modi Govt. He congratulated the workers of Kalna for making the General strike on 8th & 9th January, 2019 a successful one. Com. Manik Das, Senior leader of BSNLEU addressed the conference. Comrades of Kalna made possible the conference a successful one with their courage  against the threats of the local Trinomul goons. Circle Union conveys Red salute to all the Comrades of Kalna. Com. Bimal Das, Com. Prabir Das and Com. Manik Das presided over the conference. The house elected unanimously Com. Joydeb Das, Com. Jagabandhu Pramanik and Com. Tushar Das as President, Secretary and Treasurer for next term.<Photos>  

ATED ON 21-01-2019 AT 2315 HRS.

At last Gratuity paid to the Casual Labour : At last Com. Jaladhar Barman a casual labourer of Coochbehar SSA got Rs 1,94,629 as Gratuity. The corporate office was compelled to pay the amount towards gratuity to the casual labourer. In the last Circle Council meeting held on 17th January, 2019 where the question of payment of Gratuity for the rest of the casual labourers was raised by BSNLEU. It was replied by the management that the rest of the eligible casual labourers will also be paid Gratuity. The case of the Contract labourers were also raised. The management replied that their cases are also under active consideration. It is a joint effort of BSNLCMU and BSNLEU to get the just demand for the casual / contract workers. 

Crisis of SIM cards in West Bengal Circle will end soon: In the last Circle Council meeting the issue of acute shortage of SIM cards was r4aised by Com Animesh Mitra. He said that we have increased connection a lot through MNP within a few months  and where there is a great scope of increasing our connection through MNP, the acute crisis of SIM cards cropped up. The issue was also brought to the notice of the management but with no effect. He asked about the latest position and any action in this regard has been taken by the management to overcome this crisis or otherwise.  In reply GM (Marketing) said that 49 thousand SIM cards will be available very soon and it will be distributed throughout the circle. He also said that if there be any unused SIM remained with the SSAs then it will also be distributed to the SSAs where there is acute crisis.   

Fund received by the Circle authority from the Corporate office : The question of acute fund crisis was raised by Secretary Staff side Com. Animesh Mitra that due the acute fund crisis the wage of the contract/ security guards are not being paid for months together. Some where it is more than six months. What action has been taken by the authority to get the fund. PGM (Finance) replied that the circle got only 48 lacs in two instalments against requisitioned amount of 4.5 corer under Repair and Maintenance head.  For payment of wages to the security guards it is required 10.76 corers. But the amount has not yet been allotted to the circle by the corporate office. PGM(finance0 said that a minimum fund will be allotted to the SSAs on first applied basis.  

Festival Advance being paid to the employees of Krshnanagar : After relentless effort by the Circle Union the employees who applied for Festival Advance on the eve of Puja, got the same on January, 2019. There are 7 employees of Krshnanagar SSA who applied for Festival advance. The employees are happy and they are of the opinion that 'better late than never'.

 

PDATED ON 19-01-2019 AT 1015 HRS.

District Conference of Jalpaiguri held with enthusiasm : The District Conference of BSNLEU, Jalpaiguri District was held on 18th January, 2019 at the Telecom Recreation Club with great enthusiasm amongst the workers. The Red flag was hoisted by Dist. President Com. Rebati Mohan Sarkar. The martyrs were paid floral tribute by the leaders. Thereafter, the inaugural session started. The conference was inaugurated by Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. First of all he congratulated the workers of Jalpaiguri for making the 2day Genral Strike a successful one. He narrated about the acute problem facing by BSNL in regard to Fund. He accused the BSNL management to overcome the problem of fund crisis, they are resorting to a short cut method to retrench the contract workers who are keeping the BSNL service alive. They are also unable to pay the GPF contribution of the employees to DoT in time. But they are least interested to increase our revenue. He also accused the Govt. for taking all out effort to cripple BSNL. 4G spectrum is being denied to BSNL and also the 3rd PRC to its employees. He also apprised the members about the interim report of the IIM, Ahemedabad. He appealed before the workers to take all out effort for the development of BSNL service amidst of all short comings. He also appealed to the workers that to be ready to resort to another strike to achieve our demands like wage revision, allotment of 4G spectrum etc. District Secretary, Com. Soumendra  Kumar Chandra Roy placed the report before the house for discussion. The delegates from Birpara, Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri participated in the discussion. Leaders from NFTE, SNEA and AIBSNLEA were present. A good number of members from BSNLCMU and AIBDPA were also present in the conference. Important issues like fund problems, development scenario, 3rd PRC etc were discussed in the conference. The conference was presided over by Com. Rabati Mohan Sarkar.   <Photos>    

UPDATED ON 18-01-2019 AT 1430 HRS.

A well attended District conference of Berhampore district ended successfully : A well attended district conference of BSNLEU, Berhampore District held on 13th January, 2019 at Berhampore Telephone exchange. After hoisting of Red flag of our Union and paying floral respect to the martyrs the conference was inaugurated by Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary. He congratulated the workers of Berhampore District for successful 2 day General Strike on 8th & 9th January. He said that the workers of our country made another history in Trade Union movement. He described before the house about the present scenario in BSNL. The development scenario in the present situation of acute fund crunch. He apprised the house about the present position of the Wage Revision. He accused the Govt. that BSNL, the state owned company, is denied of 4G spectrum with view to weaken the company. He urged upon the members to get ready for yet another struggle for allotment of 4G spectrum and 3rd PRC. He opined that the BSNL workers have to resort to another strike to achieve our demands. He also appealed to the members to stay beside the casual & contract works for their struggle on various issues mainly their wage. He also appealed to fight together against any retrenchment of the contract workers. Com. Sekhar Sarkar placed the annual report along with the accounts for discussion. Seven delegates spoke on the report. They mainly raised the issue of development scenario of Berhampore SSA, its prospects and problems. Com. Laltu Roy, District Secretary, BSNLCMU, Berhampore Dist. and Com. Tapan Bhowmik, District Secretary, AIBDPA, Berhampore Dist. greeted the conference. The conference was presided over by the presidium consisting of Com. Mamata Sarkar, Com. Samir Dutta & Com. Biswarup Hazra. In fine the house elected unanimously Com. Sekhar Sarkar, Com. Gopal Krishna Roy and Com. Amal Krishna Saha as President, District Secretary and Treasurer respectively.        

 

UPDATED ON 17-01-2019 AT 1030 HRS.

BSNL Kharagpur Management had to retreat before the strong agitation of the workers : Yesterday, the 16th January, 2019 a joint programme of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA was held against the retrenchment of 216 Security Guards. It is to be mentioned here that the GM, Kharagpur unilaterally retrenched 216 security guards who were working for a decade in Khragpur SSA. BSNLEU, BSNLCMU reacted spontaneously against this order of GM. They also submitted a memorandum to this effect. But GM. Kharagpur showed an adamant attitude in this regard. It was then decided that a rally followed by an agitation programmme will be held and the the leadership will meet GM, Kharagpur and discuss the issue. Accordingly on 16th January a rally was held from Bogda Telephone exchange to GM office where a gate meeting was held. The leadership of the three unions deliberated their speech before the huge gathering. Com. Pankaj Jana, Dist. Secy, BSNLEU, Com. Sanjib Debnath, Dist. Secy, BSNLCMU and Dist. Secy. AIBDPA spoke on behalf of the respective district Unions. Com. Tarak Kundu, Astt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB circle was present in the meeting and kept his view in this regard. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB was the main speaker. he in his deliberation accused the Kagragpur GM for her adamant attitude. He also said that it is not justified to retrench the workers on the plea of fund crunch. He said these workers could be utilised in other jobs of BSNL for which CMD, BSNL was also agreed to this proposal. But GM Kharagpur has issued order unilaterally of retrenchment. We the workers will not abide by this order. Later a delegate led by Com. Animesh Mitra met GM. Kharagpur and discussed the issue. After the discussion GM, Kharagpur compelled to withdraw the oredr of retrenchment and she will further pursue for additional fund for the security guards. This is a great achievement of the struggling workers. <View Letter & Picture>

 

UPDATED ON 09-01-2019 AT 2030 HRS.

BSNL, WB Circle witnessed total strike on the second day also of the two day General Strike: Today the second day of the strike was total strike took place in different SSAs. In Gangtok, ETP  there was a total shut down. In Malda today also the police tried to break the strike. But could not succeeded due to strong determination of the workers to protest against the anti-worker role of the Modi Govt. So far the news received by this circle union that in almost all the SSAs the strike was successful for the second day also. Today at CTO building the TMC goons tried to attack Com. Ramprasad Dutta, Branch Secretary, Kolkata Engg. Branch and at the same time they threatened Sr. leader and Asstt. Circle Secretary Com. Asis Das. But when our comrades stood against these goons, they flee away. It is out of frustration only since the workers have discarded the Modi Govt. and his ally the TMC, instead in West Bengal Circle the workers made the 2 days strike a grand success. BSNLEU, WB Circle strongly condemns the heinous attack on Com. Asis Das and Com. Ramprasad. BSNLEU, WB Circle heartily congratulates all the employees, workers and officers who made the General Strike a historic one. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 08-01-2019 AT 2230 HRS.

Total Strike in West Bengal Circle :  Workers of West Bengal Circle made the Strike a total success. In some places the executives lend their hands to make it a success. In Gangtok and ETP there was a total strike. In some places the incident of attacks and threat took place. It happened at Asansol, Ranaghat and Ghuskara. Since in these places our gathering was in good numbers as such the conspiracy of the TMC goons could be foiled. NFTE was  in the strike particularly in Siliguri and in other places too. Police tried to break the strike in  BSNL offices at Malda and Siliguri. But could not due to the strong attitude of our comrades. In Ranaghat the TMC goons tried to hackle  the lady comrades of  BSNLEU. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 07-01-2019 AT 2300 HRS.

BSNL Workers are all set to make the General Strike a grand success : Today the last day of the campaign programme for the strike on 8th and 9th January, 2019 has reached in a peak form to make the strike a grand success. It is reported that Kolkata district union has organised meetings at branch level like Habra, Bashirhat and in Hooghly. Today Kolkata district union organised a rally and demonstration programmes at CTO building. Similar programme was organised at Siliguri Tele exchange and GM office. BSNL workers were in the rally at Asansol, Berhampore, Katwa, and Jalpaiguri. In Kolkata BSNL workers participated in the rally on 5th at CGMT office and in the Central Trade Union rally on 4th January. General Body meeting for strike was held at CTTC and ETP at Ultadanga today. On the last day of the campaign programme, ETR and CTD workers organised a rally at the Telephone Bhavan. Now the BSNL workers are determined to make the strike a grand success.  <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 05-01-2019 AT 2345 HRS.

Demonstrations and Gate Meetings held today enthusiastically in West Bengal Circle : Today demonstration programmes and gate meetings were held in exchanges and offices enthusiastically through out West Bengal Circle. It was the CHQ programme in support of the countrywide General Strike on 8th and 9th January, 2019 by all Central Trade Unions and Federations. So far report received by the Circle Union that the programme was held at Asansol, CGMT Office, Siliguri, Durgapur, Purulia, Bankura, TCO, Krishnanagar, ETR and ETP where good number of workers came in the demonstration programmes/gate meetings. The leaders elaborately described why the BSNL workers are in fovour of the strike. They appealed to the workers to be on the street on the days of the strike to make it a grand success. <Pictures>

Problem of getting SIM cards brought to the notice of CGMT, WB by the Circle Union : When we were getting customers through MNP during the last two months and some revenue was earned during this time by our circle. We have achieved no.1 position in the country in selling of SIM cards during this period. But all on a sudden problems of getting SIM cards have arisen. SIM mela has now been stopped for want of SIM cards. The situation is such that in some SSAs total work has been suspended. This problem was brought to the notice of CGMT, WB on 24th December, 2018 by the circle union with a view to overcome the problem. It was also informed to CGMT that these two months, January & February, when different festivals and fairs are being held in West Bengal and at this point of time we are loosing the chance to have new customers due to scarcity of SIM cards. Accordingly CGMT and GM (Marketing), WB Circle contacted Telecom Factory, Mumbai for procurement of SIM cards, but the management of the Mumbai factory informed their inability to supply SIM cards for West Bengal at this moment. It was also informed that diversion could not be made from another circle since SIM cards are manufactured for a particular state only. Again Circle Secretary, Com. Animesh Mitra contacted CGMT over phone today and enquired about the possibility of getting SIM cards since 10 days have passed away and the situation remains unaltered. CGMT informed Circle Secretary that this scarcity of SIM cards will continue for another 10-12 days thereafter it will be normalised.    

 

 UPDATED ON 04-01-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

 

                                            CENTRAL RALLY AT KOLKATA FOR 2 DAYS STRIKE ON 8TH & 9TH JANUARY, 2019

                                                                      

Today the 4th January at the call of all Central Trade Unions, Federations and 12th July Committee a Rally was held centrally at Kolkata from Lenin Statute to Sealdah Big Bazar. Hundreds of workers, youths and common people took part in the rally. BSNL employees Union, BSNL Casual Mazdoor Union, BSNLThika Mazdoor Union and All India BSNL DoT Pensioners Association also took part in the  colourful rally with flags and festoons. Members of these unions participated in the rally in good numbers. Com. Animesh Mitra, President BSNLEU (CHQ) led the rally of BSNL. The rally shows the determination to make all out success the General Strike on 8th & 9th January, 2019. The slogans were shout all along the rally against the Modi Govt. and appealed to the public to stop all sort work on 8th 9th January. The passers by greeted the rally and expressed their willingness to make the strike a grand successes. At the end a short meeting was held where leaders of the organisation deliberated their short speech in favour of the strike. 

 

Krishnanagr Determined to make the General Strike a grand success: Today a convention was held at the call of BSNLEU & BSNLCMU Krishnanagar District unions to make the General Strike a success. In this convention Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB and Com. Akhilesh Banerjee, Asstt. Circle Secretary BSNLCMU, WB attend the convention. They in their speech narrated about the derogative decisions of the Modi Govt. for which BSNL is facing an acute fund crisis. They said that the Modi Govt. is trying to sell out the PSUs in our country and BSNL is one of them. They accused the Modi Govt. for anti worker and pro-corporate stand. They opined that the common people, workers and farmers are suffering a lot in the Modi regime.  They appealed before the house to give befitting reply to the Modi Government by making the General Strike on 8th & 9th January, 2019 a great success. A good number of workers participated in convention which was held in the recreation club of Telephone exchange. <Pictures>     

 DATED ON 03-01-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

The attendance of the Convention tells the General Strike will be a Historic one :  Today a convention was held in respect of the General Strike to be held on 8th and 9th January, 2019 in he Telecom Institute Hall. The convention was organized by BSNLEU, NFTE(BSNL) & FNTO. The convention was held in a jam packed house. The convention was presided over by Com. Aloke Nandy, Circle Secretary, FNTO, CTD, Com. Sisir Roy, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, CTD and Com. Tapan Biswas, Circle Secretary, NFTE (BSNL). Com. Sekhar Majumder, Leader NFTE(BSNL), appealed before the house to make the General strike a grand success. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle secretary and All India President, BSNLEU in his speech said that the due to the policy of the Modi Govt. BSNL is reeling under severe financial crisis as a result they are trying to retrench the contract workers. Even the Modi Govt. is trying to change the labour laws which are in favour of the workers. They have introduced Apprentice instead to contract workers also since these workers could be denied of all social securities like EPF ESI etc. He also said that the the Modi Govt. is denying to take loan from Bank to develop infrastructure like 4G. He said that the regular employees are also suffering due to this financial crisis. They are not getting their medical for months together and also their contribution towards GPF are not being paid by the management.  As a result the employees are unable to withdraw GPF. He opined that the general strike is best weapon of the working class to give a befitting reply to the BJP led Govt.  In the convention veteran leader of NUBSNLW (FNTO) Com. Aloke Nandy  and Com. Animesh Mitra appealed before the house to make the General Strike on 8th and 9th January a grand success. Com. Anandi Sahu, State Secretary, CITU, WB and Com. Kamarujaman Kamar, State President INTUC, WB grace the occasion. They explained how our farmers and workers are passing their days through extreme misery in Modi Government regime. They appealed before the house to make the General Strike a historic one. They also appealed that the State Govt should also support the strike since our Chief Minister says that she is against the BJP led Modi Govt. The huge gathering of the BSNL workers proves the determination to make the General Strike a grand success. <Picture>

After a long time Burwan returns to the Main Stream of Struggle : After a long period of time BSNLEU, Burdwan district organised a convention where about hundreds of regular and non-regular workers participated. The convention was held in Burdwan Telephone exchange amidst of all threats and attacks. Com. Subrata Misra, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB attended the convention. Com. Prabir Das, District President presided over the convention. Com. Subrata Misra explained the present situation of the BSNL, WB circle and our struggle and at the same time the anti people policy the Modi Govt. Main speaker Com. Animesh Mitra for whom he entire Burdwan District was waiting, expressed his satisfaction that the Burdwan district has returned to the main stream of struggle. He gladly welcomed the comrades who have went away from us and said that we are all ready to fight against all deprivations. He appealed before huge gathering that the time has come before the working class to give a befitting reply to the Modi Govt. for his anti people, anti worker and pro-corporate policy. He said that due to the policy of this Govt. BSNL has become sick. To get rid of the acute crisis the management is taking the easiest way to retrench the contract workers on the plea of fund crisis. He said we have to fight it out the decision of retrenchment unitedly. He again appealed before workers to make the General Strike on 8th & 9th January, 2019 all the success. <Pictures>  

           

UPDATED ON 02-01-2019 AT 2330 HRS.

                                                             

                                STRIKE                                            STRIKE                                 STRIKE                              STRIKE                 

                                                                                                   

                                                         

Preparation for the strike on 8&9 January, 2019 in BSNL is going on in full swing . Circle Union has formed the Strike Committee with 30 heads at the centre, who will conduct the strike programme in Kolkata. A state level Convention is going to be held on 3rd January, 2019 at 0230PM in the Telecom Institute Hall. Our organizers are requested to mobilize the members in good numbers in the convention.

Convention for General Strike held at Suri : Today the 2nd January, 2019 a convention for the General Strike on 8th & 9th January, 2019 held at Suri with massive gathering in the convention. Com. Nazes Nouroz, President, BSNLEU, WB and Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB attended the convention. Com. Animesh Mitra was the main speaker in the convention. Com. Tinku Biswas, District Secretary, Suri District initiated the proceedings. Com. Mitra narrated the requirement of the strike. He pointed out the attacks carried out by the Modi Government on the working class of our country. He said this govt. is trying to break the unity of the working class in the name community, religion etc. He applied to the members present in the convention to make  the unity of the workers rock solid so that we could resist the attacks of the Modi Govt. and at the same time express our anger through a Total Strike, in letter and sprit, on 8th and 9th January. Com. Nazes Nouroz also the speaker in the convention.   <Pictures>

 

UPDATED ON 01-01-2019 AT 1200 HRS.

District unions are conducting conventions, rallies and gate meetings in great space to make the General Strike a grand success : As decided by the circle union that conventions, rallies and gate meetings to be conducted by the district unions to make the General Strike on 8th and 9th January, 2019 a grand success. Accordingly such conventions have already been held at Asansol, Purulia. Rally was held at CGMT office and GB meting was held at Jalpaiguri district. Conventions are going to held at Burdwan, Suri, CGMT offcie, TCO and Kolkata SSA within few days. On 29th December, 2018 Blood Donation camp was held at Asansol before the convention, where 24 comrades donated blood . Com. Animesh Mitra was felicitated  by the Asansol district union for being elected as President of BSNLEU (CHQ). Com. Animesh Mitra was the main speaker in the convention. The other speakers in the convention were Com. Subrata Misra, District Secretary, Asansol Dist. and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB. Com. Mtra narrated in brief the attack of the Modi Govt. on the working class of our country and in particular the regular non-regular workers of BSNL. He called upon the workers to give a befitting reply against the anti people and pro-corporate role of the Modi Govt. On  30th December, 2018 similar convention was held at Purulia district. Massive gathering was held at Purulia ignoring the severe cold. Workers, even the retired persons, gathered in good numbers at the meeting arena, which was an open space inside the Telephone exchange, in the early morning to hear their beloved leader Com. Animesh Mitra and to take note of the duties and responsibilities in the General Strike to be held on 8th& 9thJanuary, 2019. Here too Com. Animesh Mitra described the attack on the working class by the Modi Govt. He also narrated about the present situation prevailing in BSNL. He also described about the denial of the BSNL management and DoT for revision of wage to the non-executives and allotment of 4G spectrum and our struggle to get the just demands. He urged upon the workers to be united and to raise the voice through the General Strike against anti people and pro-corporate role of the Modi Govt. On 30th December, 2018 a General Body meeting was organised by Jalpaiguri district union. Com. Nazes Nouroz, President, BSNLEU, WB was the main speaker. He narrated in brief the deferment of the Strike in BSNL from 3rd December, 2018 and the situation on 2nd and 3rd December, 2018 for which the strike was deferred. He also reminded that the strike will be inevitable if the Govt. failed to keep their commitments made to the leaders of AUAB. He called upon the audience present in the GB meeting to make the General Strike a grand success since it is an reply of the working class of our country to the Modi Government for his anti people and pro-corporate role.          

 

                   BSNL EMPLOYEES UNION, WEST BENGAL CIRCLE  

                            WISHES YOU ALL  A VERY HAPPY & PROSPEROUS

                                     NEW YEAR 2019

 

 

UPDATED ON 28-12-2018 AT 0900 HRS.

AUAB West Bengal Circle and Kolkata SSA formed : West Bengal Circle committee of AUB and Kokata SSA district was formed yesterday the 27th December, 2018 at Telecom Institute hall. Leaderships of constituents of AUAB, BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA and SNATTA were present and deliberated their speech. Com. Nazes Nouroz, President BSNLEU and Com. Tapan Biswas, Circle Secretary, NFTE jointly presided the meeting. Com. Himangsu Jha, Circle Secretary, SNATTA, Com. Samir Banerjee, leader NFTE, Com. Kalyan Halder, President AIBSNLEA, Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, SNEA and Com. Maniklal Sarkar, District Secretary, Kolkata District  spoke before the house. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU initiated the proceedings. He in his brief speech narrated the struggle in the early December, 2018 regarding the Indefinite Strike from 3rd December, 2018. He said that our unity is to be taken at the grass route level. He opined that the unity of the workers and officers has compelled the MoC to discuss our demands and to settle it. All the leaders of the AUAB present in the meeting opined that the AUAB will play a vital role in regard to the development of BSNL, West Bengal Circle.  Com Animesh Mitra and Com. Tapan Biswas were elected unanimously as Convener and Chairman of AUAB respectively. Two members from each constituents of other circle Unions and Associations will be the members of AUAB.  Likewise Com. Maniklal Sarkar, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Kolkata District and Com. Samir Banerjee, Leader NFTE were elected as Convener and Chairman of AUAB, Kolkata District respectively. <Pictures>

 

Agitation programme against the non-payment of wage of the contract workers held : Agitation programme of BSNLCMU and BSNLEU was held yesterday the 27th December, 2018 against the non-payment of wage to the contract workers and retrenchment. Contract and Casual workers from in and around Kolkata along with the members of BSNLEU assembled in the programme. In this agitation programme Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU was the main speaker. The other speakers in the programme were Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asst. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Com. Goutam Das, District Secretary, BSNLCMU, Kolkata SSA and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU. Com. Animesh Mitra described the role of the administration towards the no-regular workers and our struggle against the derogative attitude of the management. He said that we have to fight against the retrenchment of the contract workers on the plea of shortage of fund. In fine he appealed before the gathering to make success the General Strike on 8th and 9th January, 2019. Later a rally was held in the CTO building in favour of the General Strike. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 27-12-2018 AT 2330 HRS.

At last Council meeting at Kharagpur SSA is going to take place : After a long time about 2 years the District Council Meeting is going to be held at Kharagpur SSA. GM Kharagpur was adamant not to hold the council meeting. After sustained persuasion of the District Union GM, Kharagpur avoided to hold the council meeting on various pleas. The issue was taken up by the Circle Union. The issue was discussed with CGM, WB Circle. Now it was decided that GM, Kharagpur has consented to hold the Council meeting very soon. Thanks to GM, Kharagpur for her good sense.   

UPDATED ON 26-12-2018 AT 2230 HRS.

The 9th AIC of BSNLEU took oath to make the General Strike on 8th &9th January, 2019 all the success and at the same time BSNLEU will fight to get the Wage Revision for the Non-executives with 15% Fitment benefit: The four day long All India Conference of BSNL Employees Union held at Mysuru from 17th to 20th December, 2018 with 1055 delegates and observers. Com. Tapan Sen, General Secretary, CITU inaugurated the Conference with his educative speech before the jam-packed house. He described the anti people and anti workers role and pro corporate role of the Modi Govt. He called upon the workers to give a befitting reply to the Modi Govt. through the General Strike on 8th & 9th January, 2019. He also reminded the members present  in the house to organise the Contract and the Casual workers in BSNL and to fight for their just demands. Com. V.A.N. Namboodri, President AIBDPA and President  Casual and Contract Workers Federation, Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, CCWF along with other eminent leaders spoke in the inaugural session. A seminar was held in the Conference on the subject "Revival of BSNL". 45 delegates and observers in total attended the 9th AIC from West Bengal Circle. In the subject committee Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary and Com. Sutapa Roy, Asstt. District Secretary, Asansol District spoke before the house on behalf of West Bengal Circle. They described how our comrades are fighting against the Trinomul goons. They raised the issues of NEPP promotion, pay loss etc. They also demanded for a new promotion policy to be introduced. They also appealed before the house not to get indulged with the BJP's conspiracy to divide the working class in the name of community, religion etc. The 9th AIC decided that BSNLEU will take all out effort to make the Genral Strike on 8th and 9th January, 2019 all success. BSNLEU will take all out effort to get the wage revision with 15% fitment benefit along with other demands of the indefinite strike (3rd December, 2018), which was deferred. It was also made clear to the workers to get ready for the strike in the month of January/February if our demands are not fulfilled.   Some significant proposals were taken unanimously in the AIC for amendment of Constitution e.g All India Conference and Circle Conference to be held after every 3 years instead of 2 years etc. The 9th AIC elected unanimously Com. Animesh Mitra, Com. P. Abhimanyu, Com. Swapan Chakraborty and Com. Gokul Borah as President, General Secretary, Deputy General Secretary and Treasurer respectively. BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle congratulates all the newly elected office bearers of CHQ.   

 

 

UPDATED ON 24-12-2018 AT 1030 HRS.

                                                                                                                                         

       BSNL Employees Union, West Bengal Circle heartily congratulates Com. Animesh Mitra being elected as

                                             All India President of BSNL Employees Union (CHQ)  

 

UPDATED ON 13-12-2018 AT 2130 HRS.

Condition of West Bengal Circle is severe : West Bengal circle is passing through tough condition at this moment. Due to acute shortage of fund the maintenance work has practically been stopped. The contract workers and security guards who are used to keep the service alive they are not being paid their wage for more than two months. On the other hand there is a shortage of equipments and materials for day to day work. In this situation the field level officers have lost their hearts for  rendering service. The situation is so grave that CESC/ WBSEDCL owes from West Bengal Circle to the tune of Rs 11corers 68 lakh towards electricity bill. In Purulia itself 11 BTS are closed. The figure is 54 in total throughout the circle. The gate way of North East, Siliguri, is going to be closed due to non-payment of  electricity bill. CGM intimated in this regard to the circle union that only 10% of the total dues received from the corporate office. Many exchanges have been closed or going to be closed due to non-payment of the rent of the building. Almost everyday the landlords are giving threat to us, the BSNL. The employees are panicked over the situation. Question has been arisen that how many days we have to spent such situation?  

Joint Convention was organised by Kolkata district union : Today at the Telecom Institute hall a joint convention of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA, Kolkata district held in regard to narrate the present situation at the backdrop of the deferment of the Indefinite Strike by AUAB. The convention was also focused the demands of the General Strike on 8th & 9th January, 2019. The convention took oath to make the two days strike a grand success. Com. Goutam Das, Dist. Secy. BSNLCMU, Com. Ajit Nandan, Dist. Secy., AIBDPA and Com. Manik Sarkar, Dist. Secy., BSNLEU, Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secy., BSNLCMU and Com. Om Prakash, Secretary BSNL Coordination Committee spoke in the convention. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU narrated briefly the present situation. He called upon the members present in the convention to fight against the anti BSNL, anti people and pro corporate policies of the central government unitedly. He also reminded to fight against the evil forces who are trying to divide us in the name of community and in the name of religion. That is the need of the hour for the working class of our country. Com. Goutam Chatterjee, Com. Dipankar Majumder and Com. Anirban Ghosh presided in the convention. <Picture>  

 UPDATED ON 12-12-2018 AT 2045 HRS.

GB Meetings, DWC meetings are being held to apprise the situation in regard to indefinite strike : As per instruction of the circle union the GB, DWC meetings are being held in different districts to apprise the situation in regard to the indefinite strike from 3rd December, 2018 which was deferred by AUAB. Yesterday the 11th December, 2018 GB meeting was held at CGMT office district and TCO district. Com. Animesh Mitra was the main speaker. He explained the total scenario at Delhi during 1st, 2nd and 3rd December, 2018. He said that the strike was not withdrawn but deferred. He appealed to the members to be alert and be vigilant over the situation since we may have to go again on strike if the government does not keep their commitments. GB meeting was held today at ETR and DWC meeting at Asansol district. Kolkata District union has organised GB meeting tomorrow. District unions who have not yet hold such meetings should hold GB meeting before proceedings to Mysusru to attend AIC. 

UPDATED ON 10-12-2018 AT 0900 HRS.

Circular No. 10 < View>

 

UPDATED ON 08-12-2018 AT 1745 HRS.

Government has recognised the strength of AUAB : Dear comrades don't close your eyes or take rest for sometime as the strike is withdrawn. Fact is that the Govt. has taken some time to give the approval of 4G and the decision for pension contribution on actual pay. At the same time we have to complete the wage agreement with CMD BSNL as it was directed by Secretary Telecom on 2nd December and by the Hon'ble Minister on 3rd December. It was stopped by the management due to our strong demand on HRA issue. We can review the total situation in our AIC and take a suitable decision to complete the wage agreement with the management, so that it can be sent to DoT to get the approval of the cabinet without further delay. But it is very clear that due to strong unity headed by BSNLEU and the threat of strike, the Govt. and the management was compelled to sit in the discussions with the unions for 3 consecutive  days by the three VIPs i.e CMD BSNL, Secretary Telecom and Hon'ble MoC. Now we have to keep close watch on the developments in the coming days. Keep in mind that the govt. has recognised the strength of AUAB though some tiny union may be unhappy. It is also a fact that this time we have got the massive support of the media and general people. Now  it is our duty to reach to every individuals and tell the fact what happened during the last three days and also our observations. Share the views of the members too. Financial crunch is still persisting in BSNL. Department is not in a position to deposit the GPF contribution of the employees to DoT in every month. Wage of the contract workers is pending since four months. In this situation we have to reach to our goal. Go to the members and tell them we will go on strike again, if required. Hold General Body meetings at every branch and explain all these in details.

UPDATED ON 06-12-2018 AT 2045 HRS.

United struggle won 50% of the battle : Comrades, the AUAB has deferred the strike only, not withdrawn. However minister as well as DoT have agreed to our demands. United struggle has won 50% of the battle. It will end after implementation of the commitments made by the authority. Red salute to you all to make the Govt. to agree to our just demands. Now  it is our task to go to the workers and narrate in detail about our achievements. Hold Unit meetings, DWC meetings etc. But be vigil about the situation, do not lend ears to any  rumours or hearsay. Now take preparation for the All India General Strike on 8th & 9th January, 2019. The strike is against the Modi Govt. who is following the anti people, anti worker and pro corporate decisions which led to a great misery to the working class of our country.  The strike is relevant  to the employees of BSNL, since  BSNL is under the severe attack of the Central Govt. We have to fight within BSNL to achieve our demands and at the same time we are to fight for the working class and to save our country from any untoward situation. Come forward with all our resources to make the general strike a grand success.  

UPDATED ON 04-12-2018 AT 2145 HRS

Circle Union urges the Circle Administration for the payment of wage of the Contract Workers : Yesterday, the 3rd December, 2018 Circle Secretary Com. Animesh Mitra along with other Circle Office bearers, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyayay, Asstt., Circle Secy. and Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secy. met CGM, West Bengal Circle and expressed their strong resentment over non-payment of wage to the Contract Workers of WB Circle for more than two months. CGM expressed his sympathy towards these workers but he is undone due to non allotment of fund. The leaders strongly demanded that the administration should make arrangement to get fun from the Corporate Office. CGM assured the leaders that he will write a DO letter to Sri Y. Singh, GM (BFCI), Corporate Office  for allotment of fund for the payment of wage to the contract workers in no time.

UPDATED ON 02-12-2018 AT 2045 HRS

AUAB Deferred Indefinite Strike for one week : Today after the meeting with Secretary Telecom some developments were there  in regard to  allotment of 4G spectrum, Revision of Pension and Pension contribution by BSNL as per government rule. But deadlock is prevailing in regard to 3rd pay revision. AUAB is not convinced on this issue after the reply given by  Secretary Telecom. However in this circumstances with a view to ensure an opportunity for having a discussion with the Hon'ble Minister of State for Communications,  AUAB has decided to defer indefinite strike for one week. In case a fruitful settlement does not arise in the meeting with the Hon'ble MoC then indefinite  strike will take place from 10th December, 2018  from 00:00 hours. 

Some more glimpses of Indefinite Strike campaign programme : <Click here>

Campaign programme for the strike ended in a high note : Campaign programme reached in peak form on the last day before indefinite strike. So far the reports received by the Circle Union from different parts of the state that the staff and officers have joined the gate meetings, office meetings, street corners, public meetings etc. in good numbers. Reports also received that good response received from the campaign programmes held at the hills of Gangtok, Tea Gardens of Alipurduar, Siliguri, Jalpaiguri, Malda and Raiganj. Kolkata, Suri, Berhampore and Kharagpur District Unions organized campaign programme at the branch level also. There was a good gathering of regular, casual/contract workers and pensioners in the meetings held at Bankura, Purulia, Asansol and Durgapur. Some district unions also printed posters, flex and leaflets as a part of the campaign programme to make the strike a big success.  In Kolkata, week long colourful rallies were organised in the CGMT office where the workers of CTO, CGMT Office, TCO, Civil and Kolkata district unions took part. Gate meetings and street corner meetings were held at ETR, ETP, Krishnanagar, CTO, CGMT Office and Asansol. Casual Mazdoor Union extended their full support in these campaign programmes. In some places pensioners have joined in large numbers. Meetings of the forum were held in CTTC, Burdwan, QA and other SSAs. In most of the SSAs the branch and district secretaries were very much serious to organise this campaign programme for the strike. We have tried to involve the leaders of NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, AIGTOA in the campaign programme for the strike. We have approached to the other union leaders to join the strike. Printed posters of AUAB were also distributed to most of the SSAs. 100% circle officebearers were involved in the campaign programme since it was started from the CWC meeting of BSNLEU at Katwa. Practically it was month long campaign programme. Not only the BSNL strike but we have also highlighted the All India  General strike on 8&9th January, 2019 in our campaign programme to the people and  to the BSNL workers. Red salute to all of you who have contributed much efforts to make the programme a grand success. BSNLEU Zindabad. 

UPDATED ON 01-12-2018 AT 2330 HRS

Workers are all set to create history in the Telecom movement : Comrades we are at the edge of creating history. Few hours left for the Indefinite Strike to be started from 3rd December, 2018. Though tomorrow is Sunday, the holiday, take all out effort and all means to contact our workers.  Contact each and every member to enthuse them to create history. So far the circle union, district unions and the branch unions have conducted series of preparatory meetings, squads & rallies in support of the strike. The meeting held with Minister and the CMD BSNL  yielded no result. Practically Minister of Communications had turned down the demands of the workers. It is most significant that  allotment of 4G spectrum to the state owned company, BSNL is uncertain or denied. Though the MoC had assured the leaders of AUAB in the meeting held on 24th February, 2018 to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL. 3rd PRC was outright rejected by MoC. Hence the intention of the Government is clear. Now the strike is inevitable. Make the indefinite strike a historic one. Future is ours, to the workers, only.

UPDATED ON 30-11-2018 AT 2330 HRS

Circle Union commemorates the Great November Revolution : A Trade Union Class on the subject  "Unity in Society and Role of Trade Union" was held at Telecom Institute Hall, CTO building yesterday the 29th November, 2018 to commemorate the Great November Revolution. In this class Com. Pranab Chattopadhyaya, an eminent Trade union leader, spoke before the jam packed house. He described the relevancy of to commemorate November Revolution still today.  In this context he described the threat of the communal forces in our country The working class only can resist this forces. He also described about the general strike of the working class to be held in our country on 8 &9th January, 2019 in the light of November Revolution. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary also spoke before the workers. <Picture>

Preparatory meeting held at CGMT Office & CTTC Kolkata : Yesterday, 29.11.2018, preparatory meetings were held at CGMT office, CTO building just after the completion of the Trade Union class. A clourful rally was held which went past the entire building. Later the gathering was addressed by Com. Animesh Mitra, Convener, AUAB at South gate of the building. Another meeting was held as per schedule at CTTC, Kolkata where com. Debashis Khan, Vice-president, BSNLEU, WB addressed before the well attended meeting. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 29-11-2018 AT 0100 HRS

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UPDATED ON 28-11-2018 AT 0900 HRS.

Preparatory meetings & rallies are going on in full swing in West Bengal circle in favour of indefinite strike - the workers are ready to resist the attack of the Government  : Preparatory meetings, gate meetings and rallies in different SSAs of West Bengal circle are going on in full swing. Leaders and organisers are explaining the demands of the indefinite strike in BSNL to the workers and the attack of the Govt. on BSNL. It is noted  that the participation of the workers are increasing day by day in the meetings and rallies. The workers are very much determined to make the strike a mile stone in the Telecom movement.   <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 26-11-2018 AT 1400 HRS.

Branch Conference of BSNLEU Bankura Branch held successfully : The branch conference of BSNLEU Bankura Branch was held yesterday the 25th November in  Bankura Telephone exchange. The conference was held on the eve of the indefinite strike in BSNL from 3rd December, 2018. Com. Animesh mitra attended the conference on behalf of the Circle Union. The workers were eager to hear from their beloved leader to know their role and responsibility in the strike. More than 100 of workers gathered in the conference. Com. Mitra explained elaborately about the demand of the indefinite strike in BSML and the General strike in the country and the role of the workers. Com. Shyanmapada Gord inaugurated the conference and called upon the workers to join the democratic movement actively. <Pictures>

Enthusiastic District Conference of BSNLEU, Silgiuri District held successfully : The well attended District conference of BSNLEU, Siliguri District was held on 25th November, 2018 with enthusiasm amongst the members on the eve of indefinite strike in BSNL. The conference arena was well decorated with Red flags, festoons and posters of demand of the workers. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary and Com. Banani Chattopadhyaya, Jt Convener BSNLWWCC, Com. Ujjal Ghosh Organising Secretary and Com. Moni Chettri, Vice President attended the meeting. The conference was inaugurated by Com. Saman Pathak. Leader CITU, Darjeeling District. The leaders narrated about the present scenario in BSNL and of the country and the role of the Govt. They also mentioned about the 2 days All India Strike which is taking place on 8th and 9th January, 2019. All the leaders reminded the role of the workers in the coming days. In the conference the delegates showed their determination to make the indefinite strike in BSNL from 3rd December and 2days All India Strike on 8 & 9th January, 2019 a grand success. The workers of Siliguri are ready to give a befitting reply to the Modi Govt. through the strikes. <Picture>

UPDATED ON 24-11-2018 AT 1725 HRS.

 

Trade union Class and meeting of AUAB held in Durgapur today: Today, as per the decision of the CWC meeting at Katwa that Trade Union Class to be organised by the district unions  to commemorate the great November Revolution, Durgapur district union holds the Trade Union Class. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary was the main speaker. He explained the relevancy to celebrate November Revolution in today's political scenario of our country. He spoke on the subject "Unity in Society and Role of Trade Union". Other speaker in the class was Com. Subrata Misra, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. Later in the evening a meeting was held in Durgapur Telephone exchange on the eve of the indefinite strike in BSNL from 3rd December, 2018 and two days strike on 8 & 9 January, 2019 at the call of All Central Trade unions and Associations against the anti people role of the Modi Govt. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary appealed to the workers to take all out effort to make the indefinite strike in BSNL and two days All India strike a grand success so as to give a befitting reply to the Modi Govt. Com. Subrata Misra, Asstt. Circle Secretary was the other speaker in the meeting. <Photos>

BSNLEU, Baharampore District Union holds a delightful convention: Though it was holiday yesterday, the 23rd November, 2018 Baharampore District union of BSNLEU  holds a delightful convention on the issue of the strike in BSNL and All India to be held in the month of December and January. In spite of holiday yet a houseful meeting was held at Baharampore Telephone exchange  where Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary narrated the issue of  strike of the BSNL workers.   He said about the cause of the indefinite strike in BSNL which will start from 3rd December. He apprised the house about the derogative decisions of the govt. to kill BSNL. He called upon the workers to give a befitting reply to the Govt. by the indefinite strike a grand success. He also appealed to the workers beside the strike of BSNL we have to make the strike of the working class of our country, to be held on 8th &9th January, 2019, a grand success since we are also the part and parcel of the working class. Com. Mamata Sarkar, Organising Secretary, WB Circle Union, Com. Sekhar Sarkar, District Secretary, Baharampore District and Com. Manoranjan Ghosh, District Secretary, AIBDPA, Baharampore District were the other speakers of the convention. BSNLEU has shown its organisational strength to mobilise hundred of members in a meeting though the office was closed for holiday. Red salute to Bharampore. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 23-11-2018 AT 2245 HRS.

Preparation for the Strikes on the month of December & January started with a good note in West Bengal from Kharagpur : Campaign programme has started in West Bengal for the preparation of indefinite strike from 3rd December, 2018 in BSNL and  two days All India strike on 8 &9 January, 2019. Yesterday the 22nd November, 2018 a district convention was held at Kharagpur with a good mobilisation of BSNL workers and pensioners. Com. Susanta Ghosh, President AIBDPA, WB Circle , Com. Tarak Kundu, Asstt., Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB Circle and Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB Circle  were the speakers from the circle unions. Com. Mitra was the main speaker. He narrated about the and backdrop of the two strikes. He said that the indefinite strike to be held from 3rd December, 2018  and it is of the BSNL workers who are being denied of the 3rd PRC, denial of the Govt. to provide 4G spectrum to BSNL, demand for revision of pension from 1.1.2017 etc. The two days strike is of the working class of the country against the Modi Govt. who is following the pro-corporate stand. He said that it is the working class who are to take the responsibility to save BSNL as well as our country. It was a good gathering who expressed their strong support to the strikes to be held in the month of December & January. It is expected that other district unions will also take the same initiative. < Pictures>

Branch conference of BSNLEU Jalpaiguri Branch held : The branch conference of BSNLEU, Jalpaiguri branch was held at Jalpaiguri Telephone Recreation club on 20th November, 2018. The Red flag of our Union was hoisted by the Branch President Com. Soumendra Kumar Chanda Roy. Com. Ujjal Ghosh, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, WB circle inaugurated the conference. Com. Soumendra Kumar Chanda Roy Branch President and Dist. Secretary and Com. Goutam Mridha, leader AIBDPA addressed the house. The house discussed about the strikes which are going to take place in the month of December & January. The workers present in the conference expressed their determination to make both the strikes, indefinite strike in BSNL from 3rd November and All India Strike on 8th & 9th January, 2019 a grand success. The house also discussed about the denial of grant of 4G spectrum to BSNL and denial of revision of pay to BSNL employees and Pension to the pensioner by the Govt. The house also discussed about the development of the SSA, Fund crunch and the problems of the casual/ contract workers in the SSA with all seriousness. The house unanimously decided to fight against all the above problems at the SSA level. In fine the house unanimously elected Com. Soumendra Kumar Chanda Roy, Com. Pankaj Roy and Com. Pinaki Roy as Branch President, Branch Secretary and Branch Treasurer respectively. <Picture>    

UPDATED ON 22-11-2018  AT 2330 HRS

 

                  STRIKE  IN  BSNL                       STRIKE  IN  BSNL                        STRIKE  IN  BSNL

                                                                                

                 MAKE THE STRIKE A GRAND SUCCESS                                          MAKE THE STRIKE A GRAND SUCCESS                                          MAKE THE STRIKE A GRAND SUCCESS

Campaign programme for the Indefinite Strike from 3rd December, 2018 : To start the campaign programme for the indefinite strike in BSNL from 3rd December, 2018, the available Office Bearers of Circle Union discussed the matter on 19th November, 2018 at union office. It was decided that massive campaign programme to be carried throughout the circle so that we can reach to each and every worker. The following schedule was framed out :   (1) Rally or squad to be organised at the exchanges and office within the next Saturday by BSNLEU in the first phase. We can approach to the leadership of other unions also. 2. Posters will be printed after getting from CHQ. 3. Tour programme will start from 22nd November, 2018. i) 22nd Nov. at Kharagpur ii) 23rd Nov. at Berhampore  iii) 24th Nov. at Durgapur  iv) 25th Nov. at Siliguri v) 25th Nov. at Bankura vi) 27th Nov. at ETR vii) 27th Nov. at ETP (Project) viii) 28th Nov. at ETR  ix) 29th Nov. at Kolkata Engineering Branch x) 29th Nov. at CTTC xi) 30th Nov.  at TCO, Alipurduar, Suri, CGMT Office & CTO,  Burdwan, Asansol, Purulia and Gangtok. We will include some more programmes at Malda, Raiganj, Coochbehar and some more branches of Kolkata District. 4. Circle union calls upon to all branch unions to organize the street corner meetings on 1st & 2nd December, 2018 at important places to apprise the people about the attack of Govt. on BSNL. We can adjust any date and programme if there is any problem arises. If any correction is needed please bring it to the notice of the circle leadership.

Massive  participation of regular and non-regular workers in the one day Hunger Strike programme: Massive participation of the workers, both regular & non-regular, took place in the Hunger Strike programme held on 20th November, 2018 at the call of BSNLCCWF and BSNLEU. The workers went on for one day Hunger Strike on the demand of Regularisation of left out casual labourers, Revision of wage of casual labourers, Gratuity for both casual & contract labourers, Wage in a fixed date of the month and No retrenchment etc. The non-regular workers were in struggle for a long period of time conducting series of programmes like agitation programme, dharns etc. At the end these workers were compelled to go for hunger strike to show their dissatisfaction and anger towards the management at the same time to draw the attention of the Corporate office and as well as the local administration to get their  demands settled. It is to be mentioned here that the corporate office issued the order of Gratuity just day before the Hunger Strike programme. As it was decided in the CEC meeting of BSNLEU and CWC meeting of BSNLEU, WB that BSNLEU will join the Hunger Strike along with BSNLCMU, WB. Accordingly in West Bengal Circle a good number of regular employees under the banner of BSNLEU, WB joined the Hunger strike along with the casual/contract labourers. In Kolkata at CGMT office the Hunger Strike was held at Circle level where Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB Circle, Com. Tarak Kundu, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU. WB Circle and Com. Amitavav Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary BSNLEU, WB Circle deliberated their speech before the huge participants of the Hunger Strike along with other leaders. Such programme was also held at Berhampore. <Pictures>

 

UPDATED ON 19-11-2018 AT 2020 HRS.

Yet another conspiracy of Central Government to wind up BSNL : As the BSNL employees and workers are fighting to save BSNL and overcoming all the conspiracy of the Central Govt. through unity of the BSNL workers. This does not stop the Central Govt. to stop their conspiracy and to hand over the assets of BSNL to private operators or those who are dearer to them. They could not sale a single share till date for the united struggle of the BSNL employees & workers. Now they have yet another conspiracy to kill BSNL. On 6th November, 2018 the DoT issued a letter to Banks that they should not give any type of loan to BSNL. As such BSNL will not be able to take loan for its business like others are doing. It is to be mentioned here that 8 lakh Corers of rupees lying out standing as unrealized loan out of which 2 lakh corers of rupees in Telecom business. Where as BSNL has a loan of Rs 9452 corers of rupees only. The DoT has imposed this restriction on the plea that BSNL has no capacity to repay the loan. It is unfortunate that when the Govt. is allowing exemption of the loan of the companies then the same Govt. is trying to kill its own company, BSNL. Hence we have to give a befitting reply through indefinite strike on and from 3rd December, 2018.

Branch Conference of Birpara Telephone Exchange Branch held successfully : Today the 19th November, 2018 the branch conference of BSNLEU, Birpara  Telephone Exchange Branch held today with enthusiasm. The Red flag of our Union was hoisted by Branch President Com. Tapan Kumar Das. Com. Ujjal Ghosh, Organizing Secretary, BSNLEU, WB inaugurated the conference. He reminded our duties and responsibilities in regard to the indefinite strike in BSNL on 3rd December, 2018. He appealed to the workers to make the indefinite strike on 3rd December, 2018 a grand success. He also apprised the house about the denial of DoT to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL. He also said it is our duty to make the strike on 8th & 9th January, 2019 which will be held throughout the country a grand success. The delegates discussed the issue of paying wage through Vendor system to the line maintenance workers. The problems of the contract labourers were also discussed with seriousness. Com. Soumen Kumar Chandra Roy, District Secretary, Jalpaiguri District, Com. Pranjit Das, Branch Secretary and Com. Rakhal Chandra Mitra, Leader AIBDPA spoke on the occasion. Com. Tapan Kr Das presided over the meeting.<Pictures>   

Make the hunger strike of the Casual and Contract Workers a grand  success : Circle union once again appeal to all our members and workers to stand beside the struggling Casual and Contract workers for their just demands. At the call of CCWF  Hunger Strike will be held on 20th November, 2018 at Circle level. Thje programme of Hunger Strike was whole heartedly supported in the CEC meeting of BSNLEU and CWC meeting of BSNLEU, WB circle. It was decided that BSNLEU will join in the Hunger Strike along with the Casual & Contract workers. Hence it is our moral duty to stand beside these workers with our fullest strength to make the Hunger Strike a grand success. It is, therefore, requested to all our leaders and organizers to go to the workers and mobilize them for the programme.

Branch and District conferences of BSNLEU are going on in full swing :As decided in the CWC meting of BSNLEU, WB Circle held at Katwa that conference where due should be held positively before the circle conference. Accordingly the branch and district unions responded. The 15th Branch conference of Howrah Hooghly branch conference was held on 11.11.2018 at Tarakeswar Telephone exchange. The conference was well attend by the workers and members of our union of Howrah Hooghly branch. The conference arena was dell decorated by Red flags, festoons and posters. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle secretary, BSNLEU, WB inaugurated the conference.  Com. TarunSaha. Com. Asis Gupta and Com. Sibu Chandra Roy  were elected as President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

District conference of Purulia district was held yesterday the 18th November, 2011 at Karmachari Bhavan, Purulia. The conference was started with hoisting of Red flag of our union and the martyrs column was garlanded by the district president along with other leaders. Com. Jnanyaranjan Mahapatra, Leader 12th July committee inaugurated the conference. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary attended the conference on behalf of the circle union. Com. Chattopadhyay apprised the house about the present situation in BSNL and in our country as a whole. He narrated about the latest position of 3rd PRC and the attitude of DoT. He said that All Unions And Associations was compelled to give the call of indefinite strike in BSNL from 3rd December, 2018 since the DoT has denied to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL and 3rd PRC to the employees of BSNL etc. He also told about the strike of the working class of the Country which will take place on 8th & 9th January, 2019 against the anti-people attitude of the Modi government. he appealed before the well attended delegates of the conference to make the strikes a grand success. The annual report and the accounts were accepted by the house unanimously. An open session was held where the leadership of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA and SEWA deliberated their speech. TDE Purulia also present in the open session. Later the house elected Com. Sachindeb Barman, Com. Sanjoy Pal and Com. Rameswar Rajawar as District President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

District conference of ETP District was held on 18th November, 2011 at KG Bose Smriti Bhavan, Kolkata. The conference hall was well decorated with flags and posters. The Red flag was hoisted by the District President Com. Pijush Roy. The martyrs column was garlanded, to  pay homage to the martyrs, by District President and other leaders of the district union along with Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary . The conference was inaugurated by Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary. He in his speech narrated about the present situation and our task. He said that the Govt. is denying to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL as well as the 3rd PRC  to the employees. He said the indifferent attitude of the local administration. But our union, the mighty BSNLEU, is in continuous fight to achieve the just demands of the workers. Accordingly the All Unions And Associations of BSNL has given a call for indefinite strike against the step motherly attitude of the Government. He called upon the workers to make the strike a grand success. He also appealed the workers to make the strike of the working class of our country which will be held on 8th and 9th of January, 2019 a historic one. Com. Goutam Banik, District Secretary placed the report and District Treasurer paced the accounts for discussion. Com. Banik initiated the proceedings. After discussion the report and the accounts were accepted by the members unanimously.  The house elected Com. Pijush Roy, Com. Goutam Banik and Com. Somenath Pal as President Secretary and Treasurer respectively unanimously.  

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UPDATED ON 16-11-2018 AT 1200 HRS.

Massive Rallies held throughout the West Bengal Telecom Circle successfully : Massive rallies of workers of BSNL held on the streets of West Bengal Telecom Circle on 14th November, 2018 to show their anger against the Modi Govt. 4G spectrum allotment is  the need of the hour for BSNL to expand the service. But the Govt. has ruled out the proposal to satisfy the private operator. Massive demonstration and rallies were organised in towns and villages in the districts of West Bengal. In Kolkata a mass meeting of the BSNL officers and workers was organised by the AUAB near Chamber of Commerce, BBD Bag premises after concluding a massive rally which started at 3PM. The posters in the rally got a positive response from the general public, when the rally was covering the main streets of the city. The rally and the meeting was ended with an announcement that the workers will go for indefinite strike from 3rd December, 2018, if the Government does not allot 4G spectrum to BSNL. Now we have to start the preparation of the indefinite strike in full swing. So far the news received by the circle union that demonstration and rallies were held in Asansol, Bankura, Berhampore, Krishnanagar, Durgapur, Purulia, Malda Jalpaiguri, Raiganj, Siliguri, Kharagpur, Suri and Kolkata.     <Pictures of the rally>                           

 UPDATED ON 14-11-2018 AT1915 HRS.

The Struggle of the Casual Labourers ultimately paid dividend: After sustained struggle of the casual labourers in regard to Gratuity has ultimately agreed upon by the BSNL management. The casual labourers were fighting for a long period for their just demand of Social welfare like Gratuity. BSNL CCWF  perused the case with the Labour  Commissioner also. Ultimately the management compelled to agree with the demand of the casual labourers. Today the corporate office issued the order for Gratuity. It is once again proved that struggle for just demands will pay dividend in the long run.    

UPDATED ON 13-11-2018 AT 0845 HRS.

What is the utility of introducing 'Dhanalaxmi' scheme ? BSNL has recently introduced a scheme 'Dhanalaxmi' with a view to give the customers the option to pay in a discounted price or deferred payment. It is of course the need of the hour to attract customers in this tough competitive Tele market. It is stated that to generate cash inflow of the company such scheme has been introduced. It is found that the customers are very much interested in discounted price rather than deferred payment. As such the company has to incur loss at the cost of cash inflow. Now the question arises that can we show the luxury of loss when the company is reeling under severe financial crisis ? It is nothing but hara-kiri.   

UPDATED ON 12-11-2018 AT 2000 HRS.

All out effort to be taken to make the Hunger Strike of the Casual/Contract Labourers at the call of CCWF a grand success : As decided in the CEC meetings of BSNLEU held at Gaziabad and also CWC meeting of BSNLEU, WB held at Katwa that BSNLEU will join the struggle of Hunger Strike of the non-regular workers of BSNL throughout the country to be held on 20th November, 2018. The long pending issues e.g revision of wage as per 7th CPC, Gratuity  for all, irregular payment of wage, regularization of the left out casual labourers etc. are not being settled in spite of several meetings and discussions held with the management. Circle union requests to all our organizers to stand strongly beside the struggling casual/contract labourers to make the programme a grand success. <Circular p 1> <Circular p2>  

UPDATED ON 11-11-2018 AT 2300 HRS.

BSNLEU, WB Circle decided to commemorate the Great 'November Revolution' through holding Trade Union Class: As decided in the CWC meeting at Katwa that Trade Union classes will be held throughout the circle to commemorate the Great November Revolution. November Revolution shown  the way for freedom to the working class. We are to follow the same path for our freedom. Our organizers have to know the path of freedom which November Revolution showed the world. Accordingly BSNLEU, WB Circle has decided to hold Trade Union class to educate our workers. It will be held throughout this month of November. We have started with Berhampore today the 11th November, 2018. On 24th November, it will be held at Durgapur thereafter at Alipuduar and will end at Kolkata. Let us come forward once again to recapitulate that '10 days which shook the world' through which we will find our ultimate goal.

 

                                                                                               

 

UPDATED ON 6-11-2018 AT 1945 HRS.

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Employees are panicked over the 'Nil' balance of GPF account in their salary slip, BSNLEU reacts : The salary statement of the employees of West Bengal Telecom Circle, the GPF balance shown for the month of October, 2018 as 'Nil' balance. It is quite obvious that the employees got panicked over the issue. Various rumours are being spread in different corners. As a result the employees are confused a lot. BSNLEU, WB circle has brought the issue to the notice of the Circle management. They have demanded to ventilate the actual truth to remove the anxiety from the employees. It is the moral duty of the management to come with the actual truth to regain the confidence of the employees without delay.  

UPDATED ON 3-11-2018 AT 1300 HRS.

The workers are in agony to get their salary at the end of the month :  The service of BSNL in our circle has gone down to the bottom end. The revenue earnings has drastically been gone down. As a result the cash flow has been reduced and in turn the salaries of the employees are getting uncertain to be paid at end of the month. We have to find out way and means to increase our revenue and at the same time to develop our transmission system. It is true that the customers are opting for BSNL connection form the mega SIM mela. But it is unfortunate that after some time they are leaving our connection for poor service. Hence it is our duty to arrest this trend and ensure to render better service to our customers which will surely yield some more revenue. 

District Unions are already taking efforts to implement the decisions of the Katwa CWC meeting : The district unions of BSNLEU are taking all out efforts to implement the decisions of the CWC meeting held at Katwa. Accordingly they are holding the district working committee meetings. The district unions who have already hold such meeting are Kolkata SSA, TCO and CGMT (Tech). Asansol, Krishnanagar and Kharagpur dist. unions are going to hold the DWC meeting within few days. The district unions who have not yet hold/ fix up the date of district working committee meeting to implement the decisions of the CWC meeting are requested hold such meeting without delay. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Com. Nazes Nouroz and Com. Sujoy Sarkar was present in the DWC meetings which have already took place. Circle office bearers will be present in other DWC meeting, hence please inform the date, time and venue of the meeting to the circle union.

UPDATED ON 31-10-2018 AT 0800 HRS.

Dharna programme at the call of AUAB held effectively in West Bengal Circle : Dharna programme at the call of AUAB was held on 30th October, 2018 in  all districts of West Bengal effectively. The programme was in demand of (i) Removal of affordability clause from BSNL (ii) In demand of 3rd PRC (iii) Pension contribution on actual pay (iv) Allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL & (v) Other unsettled issues. Beside BSNLEU the constituents of  AUAB participated in the dharna programme along with their members and deliberated their speech before the gathering. In Kolkata the programme was held centrally at Circle level in the Circle Office (CTO Building). Leadership of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA and other constituents of AUAB deliberated their speech. Com. Animesh Mitra, Convener, AUAB, West Bengal was the main speaker. He narrated the latest situation in regard to wage negotiation and the failure of MoC Sri Monoj Sinha to keep his commitment made before the leadership of AUAB on 23rd February, 2018. He appealed before the BSNL employees to get ready for the strike to achieve our just demand of 3rd PRC. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 29-10-2018 AT 1845 HRS.

The two day extended CWC meeting of BSNLEU, WB ended with determination to make all the success the strikes to be held in January and February, 2019 : The two day extended CWC meeting of BSNLEU, WB held on 27th& 28th October, 2018 at Katwa, Burdwan. The town of Katwa was decorated with Red flags and festoons. Comrades of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA of Katwa worked day and night to make the CWC meeting a grand success. The meeting started on 27th October, 2018 at 12 Noon with hoisting of Red flag of our union by Circle President Com. Nazes Nouroz. Homage paid to our great leader Com. K.G. Bose by garlanding the statue of our leader. Com. Nazes Nouroz, President, Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, Com. Prabir Das, President of the Reception Committee and Com. Anjan Chatterjee, President, CITU, Burdwan District and other leaders and district secretaries paid homage. The meeting started with an opening song. The conference was inaugurated by Com. Anjan Chatterjee, President, CITU, Burdwan (East) district. Com Chatterjeee in his speech expressed his satisfaction towards BSNLEU since our organization is on the battle field to protect the rights of the working class.  He opined that BSNLEU made it possible to convert the struggle of protest to struggle of resistance. In the inaugural session Com. Animesh Mitra, CS said that this CWC meeting is totally different in comparison to other CWC meeting in all aspect. He said that we have two strikes ahead of us and it is our moral duty to make them grand success. After the inaugural session the subject committee started. 20 districts Unions and 36 Branch unions and 14 circle office bearers were present in the CWC meeting. Asstt. Circle Secretary, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay placed the report of activities after the last CWC meeting held at Siliguri in the month of March'2018 on behalf of the Circle Union and Com. Madhusudan Saha, Circle Treasurer placed the un-audited statement of accounts for the month from January to June, 2018. Thereafter, Com. Animesh Mitra,  Circle Secretary initiated the proceedings. Com Mitra in his initial speech pointed out two factors  on which we have to take decisions from this Working committee meeting. The All India Two day strike on 8 & 9th January, 2019 at the call of All Central Trade Unions and Federations including BSNLEU against the anti people and pro corporate decisions/programmes of the Modi Government  and Strike in BSNL, indefinite if required, for implementing the 3rd PRC to the BSNL Employees. He appealed to the delegates that prolonged campaign programme to be organized up to the grass root level in this regard. He also invited before the delegates other way and means to reach to the workers. He pointed out about our poor revenue earnings for which  our salary is at stake. He even told that payment of medical has been stopped for a long period for both regular employees and pensioners. He also said that in the name of austerity measure the management has taken the decision to retrench the contractual labourers in our department. In this situation we have no other alternative but to go for struggle and even for strike as per the call given by CHQ in its CEC meeting held at Gaziabad.  All the delegates in their speech opined for justification of  the two strikes at All India Level and in BSNL. The poor service scenario was extensively discussed. They spoke with determination to make the strike a grand success in spite of some threats from the agents of the pro-corporate and anti workers. On 28th morning at 1030AM  the adjourned house was recomposed and started the proceeding with the speech of Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary. He narrated the decisions of the CEC meeting of BSNLEU held at Gaziabad. Com. Banani Chattopadhyay, Joint Convener, Working Women Cell, West Bengal Circle spoke about the participation of the women comrades in different struggles. She suggested to organize  Women's convention throughout the circle particularly on the eve of strike. Com. Com. S.P. Roy, District secretary, AIBDPA, Burdwan District greed the house. In fine Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary in his summing up speech appealed to the delegates to start the ground work for the struggle ahead of us form 29th October, 2018 organizing the press conference, Dharna on 30th October and massive rally on 14th November, 2018 at district level. He also proposed that Trade Union class will be organized through out the circle to educate and to keep updated our organizers. He also appealed to the workers to act wholeheartedly for the betterment of the service and to implement the programme of "BSNL at your door step" with all seriousness. He appealed to the Branch and District secretaries to hold conference, if due, before the Circle conference since it is our organizational discipline and democratic functioning too. At 1PM a colourful rally of Red Flags and festoons was held from Telephone exchange to Rabirdra Bhavan where the Open session was held. The rally of around 300 people draw the attention of the local people after a long time they have noticed a rally of Red Flags and slogans. In the Open session the main speaker was Com. Abhas Roychowdhury, Member of the Council, CITU, West Bengal Committee. Leadership of BSNLCMU, AIBDPA along with other leadership of the Democratic forces at Katwa. Com. Anjan Chatterjee, President CITU, Burdwan (East) district, and Com. Manik Lal Das, Patron, BSNLEU, WB Circle were also on the dais. Com. Tarak Kundu, Asstt. Circle Secretary Spoke in the open session. He in his speech said about the problems of the non-regular workers in BSNL, the view of the anti people Government lead by Modi and their struggle. Com. Abhas Roychwdhury in his speech said about the political scenario in our state and as whole in our country. He said how the Modi Government is surrendering before the corporate lobby and the struggle of the working class. He appreciated the BSNL workers for their united struggle to save BSNL and as a whole the nation. Com. Animesh Mitra was the last speaker in open session. He in his speech apprised the house about the attacks of the government both state and the central and struggle ahead of us. Com. Nazes Nouroz presided over the open session.   

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UPDATED ON 20-10-2018 AT 2230 HRS.

Circle Union conveys Vijaya greetings to all : Comrades we have just  completed our Durgautsav. BSNLEU, WB Circle conveys Vijaya Greetings to all the employees of BSNL, West Bengal Telecom Circle. Now it is time to back for work. The Extended Circle Working Committee meeting is going to be held at Katwa on 27th & 28th October, 2018. The meeting will start at 11AM. All Branch, District secretaries, Circle Office bearers and subcommittee members are requested to attend the meeting on time. The CWC meeting is going to be held at a crucial juncture as lot programmes are ahead of us in connection with our wage revision including AIC and 2day strike. Circle Union appeals to all the organizers to make the CWC meeting at Katwa a grand success. <View notice>  

UPDATED ON 12-10-2018 AT1900 HRS.

Circle Secretary BSNLEU, WB  pursued for allotment of fund for Festival Advance: Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary met Sri Y.N. Singh, GM (BFCI) yesterday at Corporate Office, Delhi and urged upon him for allotment of fund for payment of Festival advance. He assured him that the fund would be allotted for festival advance. Accordingly today in the morning Circle Secretary along with Com. Goutam Banik, District Secretary, ETP district met CGM (ETP)  and discussed the issue for payment of festival advance. In the evening Circle Secretary also met CGMT, WB circle along with Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt., Circle Secretary and enquired about the payment of festival advance. Later both the CGMs informed Circle Secretary that they have discussed the issue with the corporate office it was informed by the corporate office that they are trying to allot fund  by next Monday i.e 15th October, 2018. The amount to the tune of Rs 5.45 lacs and Rs 20 lacs  have been requisitioned by ETP and West Bengal Circle respectively for Festival advance. 

UPDATED ON 11-10-2018 AT 1600 HRS.

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District Conference of Raiganj District held successfully : The district conference of BSNLEU, Raiganj district held successfully on 23rd September, 2018. There was a great enthusiasm was noticed amongst the employees in connection with the conference. The Red flag of our union and homage paid to the martyrs by the leaders before start of the conference. Com. Sisir Dasgupta, Leader 12th July Committee, Raiganj District. The conference was graced by Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB and Com. Ujjal Ghosh, Organizing Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. Com Animesh Mitra in his speech narrated briefly about the present political scenario in our country. He apprised the house about the financial position of BSNL, development scenario of WB Telecom Circle and our united struggle to save our company BSNL. He informed the house about latest position of the ongoing wage negotiation of the non-executives. He also highlighted the problems  of the Casual/Contract workers and Security Guards, the their struggle for the just demands and the achievements. He appealed to the workers to be united to fight for betterment of our Circle and to save BSNL form the onslaught of the Central Government and to achieve a good wage revision. Com. Ujjal Ghosh spoke before the audience of the conference. The draft report of activities and the statement of accounts which was place before the house was adopted unanimously by the house after discussion. The conference elected unanimously Com. Kameswar, Com. Styanarayan Mondal and Com. Nirmal Mazumder as President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively for the next term. <Pictures>

Branch Conference of Katwa Branch held successfully along with the District Conference of Burdwan District: The Branch Conference of BSNLEU, Katwa Branch held on 2nd October, 2018 along with the district conference of Burdwan District. Com. Nazes Nouroz, President, BSNLEU, WB  addressed both the house. After discussion by the members, the draft annual report and the statement of accounts was adopted by the house. Later the house elected unanimously Com. Prabir Kumar Das, Com. Moloy Kanti Biswas and Com. Utpal Roy as President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively for the next term.

UPDATED ON 06-10-2018 AT 1000 HRS.

Circle Union met CGMT to discuss the unsettled issues and also demanded to clear the personal claims before Puja :Yesterday, the 5th October, 2018 a delegation of Circle Union led by Circle Secretary Com. AnimeshMitra met CGMT to discuss on the unsettled issues. Consequent upon the demonstration held on 29th September, 2018 CGMT invited Circle Union  to discuss the issues. In the meeting GM (HR) and GM (Finance) were also present. CGMT gave a patience hearing to the leadership and instructed the officers to take suitable measure to resolve the issues. Beside the issues Circle Secretary raised the issue of non payment of Medical for a long a period and also non payment of Festival Advance. He demanded that all the payments to be cleared before Puja. In reply CGMT said that there is a shortage of fund for which the medical and festival advance are not being paid. Circle Secretary said that lavish expenditure is being incurred by the top level management in this financial crisis. Why only the workers will sacrifice? Later CGMT said that all efforts will be taken for procuring fund from the corporate office and at the same time instructed GM (Finance) to move to corporate office, New Delhi for allotting of fund so that medical and festival advance could be paid to the employees before Puja. Com. NazesNouroz, Com. SujoySarkar and Com. AmitavaChattopadhyay were present in the meeting. A letter was handed over to CGMT in this regard. <View letter>

BSNLEU and BSNLCMU, WB Circle demanded for payment of wage to the non-regular workers before Puja :BSNLEU and BSNLCMU WB Circle met CGMT under the leadership of Com. AnimsehMitra, CS, BSNLEU, WB and demanded for payment of wage to the casual workers and contract workers/security guards to be made before Puja. CGMT replied that he personally is very much sympathetically towards these poor labourers and as such necessary fund has been requisitioned on priority basis, for payments of wage, well in advance i.e by 5th September, 2018. The delegation handed over a letter to CGMT in this regard. <View letter>

UPDATED ON 04-10-2018 AT 2130 HRS.

 

All Payment to be made before Puja : Circle Union demands to make all payments before Puja. Medical and Festival advance for the regular employees and Wages for the casual & Contract labourers to be made on or before 10th October, 2018. Accordingly the circle authority is going to requisition fund for the same to the corporate office. The circle authority has asked the SSA heads for their requirement for payment under the head medical, festival advance and wage. District Secretaries are requested to enquire about that the amount requisitioned for their SSA under the above mentioned heads. It is also learnt that the corporate office secretly enquiring about the priority of payment from the circle authority.  

District Conference of Burdwan District held successfully : The district conference of BSXNLEU, Burdwan district held at Katwa on 2nd October, 2018. The conference was attended by good number of members of Burdwan. The Red flag of our Union was hoisted by District President Com. Prabir Kumar Das and the martyrs column was garlanded by district president, Com. Prabir Kumar Das,  Com. Nazes Nouroz Circle President along with other leaders. Com. Nazes Nouroz inaugurated the conference. He in his speech said that the BSNL is under the attack by the policy of Central Government. The BJP led Government is trying to weaken BSNL by forming subsidiary tower company which will lead to privatise BSNL. But our united struggle has made the Government to roll back the decision. Now it is our task to get a respectful wage negotiation and at the same time to get the pension revised from 1.1.2017. He also made alert to the workers about some scrupulous persons who are trying to create an atmosphere of panic and terrorism in BSNL offices in West Bengal circle. He appealed to the workers to be united and fight up to the end against all the odds. Thereafter the annual report and accounts was placed in the house and after discussion it was adopted unanimously. Veteran leader of Telecom movement, Com. Manik Lal Das was present in the conference. Com. Prabir Kumar Das, Com. Badre Alam and Com. Satya Ranjan Chatterjee were elected unanimously as President, District Secretary and Treasurer, for the next term, respectively. <Pictures> 

Colourful and spirited rally held by the BSNL workers on the closing day of Adhikar Yatra of BPMO at Kolkata : A colourful and spirited rally of regular, non-regular and pensioners was held under the banner of BSNL Coordination Committee yesterday the 3rd October, 2018. The rally, Adhikar Yatra, started from the Binny Showroom at Ganesh Chandra Avenue and went at Sahid Minar where a meeting was conducted by BPMO. Workers from in and around Kolkata and also from Durgapur, Suri and Burdwan participated in the rally.  The rally was decorated with Red flag and festoons with posters of demands of the BSNL workers and pensioners. A good number of lady comrades participated in the rally in spite of the scorching heat of the sun. The programme of BPMO 'Adhikar Yatra' which started on 11th September at Coochbehar and culminated at Kolkata on 3rd of October, 2018 where the BSNL employees participated in almost every district. <Pictures> 

UPDATED ON 01-10-2018 AT 1930 HRS.

Rally of BPMO, Adhikar Yatra held at Behala : Adhikar Yatra at the call BPMO was held yesterday the 30th September, 2018 at Behala. The youth. the students, the workers and people from all parts of the society participated in the rally. The rally was a colourful one. The rally was made decorative by the young comrades of Behala. The rally marched past the different wards of Behala with slogans of the demand of the common people. BSNL employees were not left behind. They participated under the leadership of Com. Anindya Kumar Sarkar, Organizing Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. Circle Union congratulates all the participants of Adhikar Yatra at Behala. <Pictures>

Adhikar Yatra held at Bashirhat  and Mogra : Adhikar Yatra at the call of BPMO held at Bshirhat of 24 Parganas (North) district on Saturday the 28th September, 2018 and at Mogra under Hooghly District today the 1st October, 2018. On the both the paces the rally was a colourful one where the workers and the common people participated in good numbers. BSNL employees were also the  part in the rally with good numbers. BSNL employees assembled  at Bashirhat under the leadership of Com. Niranjan Sarkar. At Mogra the BSNL workers assembled under the leadership of Com. Wazed Ali Sarkar and Com. Dipak Bhattacharjee. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 29-09-2018 AT 2100 HRS.

Adhikar Yatra of BPMO held at Burdwan : Yesterday the 28th September, 2018 Adhikar Yatra at the call of BPMO was held in the town of Burdwan. The workers and the common people of Burwan participated in the rally with enthusiasm. Comrades with the Red flag marched past the Burdwan town. BSNL employees and pensioners also participated in the rally with enthusiasm. Veteran leader of Telecom movement Com. Manik Lal Das took part in the rally. Com. Nazes Nouroz, President BSNLEU, WB and Com. Prabir Das, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, WB along with other leaders participated in the rally. Circle Union congratulates all the participants of the Adhikar Yatra at Burdwan. <Pictures>

Only Marketing will not fetch revenue for us : Recently the management of West Bengal Telecom circle are organising Mega SIM mela throughout the circle which is a part of marketing with a view to earn more revenue. BSNLEU, WB circle has also lend their hands for the same. But only marketing will not fetch revenue for us. Since it is observed that the connections which were given to our customers are being surrendered after few days due to failure on our part to render proper service to them. It is for poor transmission system and it is due to (i) The capacities of the BTS are not being increased (ii) Proper repairs are not being done for the faulty BTS (iii) Proper tunings are not being made to the BTS (iii) Generator sets are not being run for non-availability of fuel (iv) Poor maintenance of OFC. Hence the management has to emphasis on the transmission system also beside marketing with a view to give proper service to our customers and in turn to earn more revenue in the stiff competitive market.

Colourful rally of BPMO, Adhikar Yatra held at Tamluk : Today the 29th September, 2018 the Adhikar Yatra at call of BPMO held at Tamluk of East Midnapore District. The rally was a colourful one with Red flags and festoons. The rally went past the street of Tamluk with slogans of the common peoples demand. Com. Amalesh Pradahan, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, WB participated in the rally along with other leaders and employees of BSNL. Circle Union congratulates all the participants of the Adhikar Yatra at Tamluk. <Pictures>  

 

UPDATED ON 27-09-2018 AT 2100 HRS.

Massive rally of Red Flags observed by the people of Kharagpur : Today a massive  rally, Adhikar Yatra, at the call of BPMO was held at the town of Kharagpur with Red flags and festoons. Colourful packers with demands of the common people written on it made the rally more colourful. The BSNL workers and pensioners of Kharagpur participated in the rally. They started from the GM office and walked up to Koushyalla more. The Adhikar Yatra went pass the town of Kharagpur with rhythm of Dhamsa madol. Com. Debashis Khan, Vice-president, BSNLEU, Com. Om Prakash Singh, Secretary, BSNL Coordination Committee and Com. Tarak Kundu, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU participated in the Adhikar yatra. Circle union congratulates all the participants of the rally at Kharagpur. <Pictures> 

Adhikar Yatra held at Jalpaiguri yesterday : The rall of BPMO, Adhikar Yatra was held on 26th September, 2018 in the town of Jalpaiguri with great enthusiasm amongst the common people. BSNL workers also participated in the rally with Red flags and festoons under the leadership of Com. Soumen Roy, District Secretary, BSNLEU. Circle Union congratulates all the comrades of Jalpaiguri.<Pictures>

 

UPDATED ON 26-09-2018 AT 2145 HRS.

Enthusiastic participation of BSNL employees, workers and pensioners participated in the Adhikar Yatra at Midnapore: Today the BSNL employees, casual & contract workers along with the pensioners  participated in good numbers in the Adhikar Yatra at the call of BPMO held at Midnapore. The rally was well decorated wit Red flags and festoons of our union. Packers with demands of the casual/contract workers along with the regular employees and pensioners were displayed on it.  Veteran Telecom leader Com. Susanta Ghosh, Com. Anupam Saha, Leader AIBDPA, Kharagpur district and Com. Pankaj Jana, District Secretary, Kharagpur district along with other leaders walked in the rally on the roads of Midnapore town. <Pictures>

In another programme of BPMO at East Midnapore district Com. Amalesh Pradahan, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, WB along with other comrades of Kanthi participated in the rally of BPMO. Assemble of Common people in large number was noticed in the Adhikar Yatra. <Pictures>

Spirited rally of BPMO held at Durgapur : Today a spirited rally of BPMO from City Centre of Durgapur took place with the participation of Steel workers and BSNL employees, casual/contract workers and pensioners in good numbers. Veteran leader of Telecom movement Com. Dhananjoy Ganguly along with other leaders were present in the rally, Adhikar Yatra. Com Nazes Nouroz, President BSNLEU, WB was present in the rally on behalf of Circle Union.<Pictures>

March of Red Flags on the Red Soil of Birbhum district : Today the 26th September, 2018 the rally of BPMO, 'Adhikar Yatra' held at the town of Suri. The rally with Red flags, festoons and placards with demands displayed on them. The rally was an assemble of the BSNL workers and the common people of Suri who were waiting for the march of Red flags on the Red soil of Birbhum district again. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB took part in the rally. Before the start of the rally a joint meeting of BSNLEU and BSNLCMU district held in the the presence of Com. Amitava. <Pictures> 

Circle Union conveys red salute to all the comrades for today's rally of BPMO.

UPDATED ON 25-09-2018 AT 1745 HRS.

Krishnanagar Town noticed march of Red Flags of BPMO : Today the Adhikar Yatra at the call of BPMO held at Krishnanagar. Good numbers of BSNL employees along with the Casual workers and Pensioners participated in the rally. The rally was colourful one with Red flag and festoons and placards with demands of the people. Com. Bidhan Chandra Pramanik, Asstt. Circle Secretary, Com. Madhusudan Saha, Asstt. Treasurer and Com. Mamata Sarkar, Organising Secretary participated in the rally on behalf of Circle Union. BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle congratulates all the participants of the Adhikar Yatra at Krishnanagar. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 24-09-2018 AT 2100 HRS.

BSNL Employees of Bankura joined the Adhikar Yatra : Yesterday the 22nd September, 2018 the BSNL employees of Bankura joined the Adhikar Yatra at the call of BPMO. Com. Nazes Nouroz, Circle President attended the rally of BPMO at Bankura as the representative of Circle Union. Leader of BSNL movement at Bankura Com. Dilip Pal was also present in the rally. Circle Union congratulates all the participants of the Adhikar Yatra at Bankura.<Pictures>  

Massive participation of the 'BSNL People' in Adhikar Yatra at Asansol : Today the 24th September, 2018 a colourful rally, Adhikar Yatra,  at the call BPMO was held at Asansol from Girza more to Kalipahari -NH2 junction. Massive participation of the BSNL Employees, Pensioners and Non-regular workers was noticed. They came with placards festoons and aprons with demands printed on it. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU and Com. Akhlesh Banerjee, Asstt., CS, BSNLCMU was present in the rally. The roads of Asansol got red with Red flags and festoons. The well decorated tabloids with demands and the aprons apprised the common people of Asansol. The slogans attracted the people of the roadside in the entire route of the rally. Circle Union congratulates all the participants of the Adhikar Yatra at Asansol.  <Pictures> 

Branch Conference of Bishnupur Branch held successfully : Branch conference of BSNLEU, Bishnupur branch was held successfully on 23rd September, 2018. The Red flag of our Union was hoisted by Com. Shyam Sundar Mukherjee, Branch President. The leaders paid respect to the martyrs by the garlanding the martyrs column. The conference was inaugurated by our leader of Telecom movement Com. Shyamapada Gord. He in his speech apprised the house about the attacks on the working class by both Central and State Government. He appealed to the workers to be united for the struggle ahead of us. Com. Nazesh Nouroz, Circle President attended the conference on behalf of the Circle Union. He greeted the members present in the conference and in his short speech appealed the members for their active participation in the struggle since it is the need of the hour. Thereafter, the report and the accounts was placed before the house for discussion. After discussion the the report and the accounts was accepted unanimously by the house. Com. Shyam Sundar Mukherjee, Com. Bhagbat Kumar Samanta and Com. Swapan Kumar Garai was elected unanimously as Branch President, Branch Secretary and Branch Treasurer respectively for the next term. 

Adhikar Yatra was held at Suri through participation of BSNL employees : Today the 24th September, 2018 the Adhikar Yatra at the call of BPMO was held at Suri through active participation of BSNL employees, casual workers and pensioners. The rally was attended by Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, Com. Tarak Kundu, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU and Com. Santosh Goswami, District Secretary, BSNLCMU, Suri. The colourful rally of Red flags of the BPMO was held ignoring all the threats. Circle Union congratulates all the participants of BPMO at Suri. <Pictures>

 

UPDATED ON 21-09-2018 AT 2200 HRS.

Great response in the 'Adhikar Yatra' at Berhampore: Today the 'Adhikar Yatra' at the call of BPMO started from Berhampore to Palasi of Murshidabad district. BSNL employees participated in good numbers in the rally. There was a great enthusiasm noticed amongst the employees at Berhampore. Com. Madhusudan Saha, Treasurer, Com. Bidhan Pramanik, Asstt. Circle Secretary and Com. Mamata Sarkar,  Organising Secretary, Circle Union participated in the rally on behalf of the Circle Union. BSNLEU, WB Circle congratulates all the participants of the rally of BPMO at Berhampore.<Pictures>

UPDATED ON 19-09-2018 AT 0830 HRS.

Massive demonstration programme held at CGMT office yesterday : Massive demonstration programme was held at CGMT office, 1, Council house Street before the chamber of GM (Finance) on 18th September, 2018 in demand of payment of the wage to the casual workers. It was a call by both BSNLEU and BSNLCMU, WB Circle. Both the circle unions perusing with the circle management for the payment of wage for last few days. But the circle management expressed that they are perusing for fund from the corporate office. The leaders also met with CGMT on 17th September on this issue  also. During the demonstration programme the leadership came to know that the corporate office has allotted fund for wage long before, the workers burst in to anger. The leaders met GM (Finance) and compelled to talk to the corporate office in this regard. They demanded for immediate payment of wage to the casual labourers. The management agreed upon and decided that payment of wage will made on that day i.e yesterday and payment of wage to other parts of the labourers will also be made. It is learnt that payment of wage started through credit in the individual bank account. Now it is a question amongst the workers is there any hidden agenda of the management? Since, after getting the fund well in advance then why the management kept it secrete? Comrades we are to be agile for any mischief done by the management in future.

A well attended GB meeting held at ETR : A well attended special GB meeting was held yesterday i.e on 18th September at Territy Bazar Telephone Kendra at the call of BSNLEU, ETR district. The main speaker in GB meeting was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. There was great urge amongst the employees to be apprised by the circle leadership about the present situation of BSNL and of course the wage revision etc. The district union responded accordingly by holding this GB meeting. Com. Asis Kumar Das, District Secretary welcomed the members in the meeting and initiated the proceedings. Com. Animesh Mitra spoke on the Wage Revision issue- the present position, Revision of Pension - the role of the management. He spoke about the problems of the casual/contract labourers the role of the management and the struggle of the workers. He apprised the house about the danger of some forces who are trying to break the unity of the working class in our country and appealed before the workers to fight it out unitedly, since our strength is only unity. Com. Asis Das, Vice-president and Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB also spoke in the GB meeting. Com. Nazes Nouroz, President BSNLEU, WB and Com Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB were present in the meeting. Com. Sunil Nayak, District President presided over the meeting. <Pictures>  

 

UPDATED ON 17-09-2018 AT 2045 HRS.

Adhikar Yatra of BPMO held at Siliguri : Yesterday the 16th September, 2018 the 'Adhikar Yatra' at the call of BPMO was held in the city of Siliguri. The rally was held in presence of Trade Union activist, the youth, the students and ofcourse the general people of Siliguri. Though it was a holiday still the BSNL employees of Siliguri took part in good numbers in the Yatra. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, participated in the Adhikar Yatra on behalf of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle. Circle Union congratulates all the participants of Adhikar Yatra at Siliguri. <Pictures>

Circle leadership met CGMT, WB Circle today for payment of wage to the casual workers: Today Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB Com. Animesh Mitra along with Circle President Com. Nazes Nouroz met CGM, WB and expressed their strong resentment over non-payment of wage to the Casual workers and the Contract/ Security Guards. They said that it has become a regular feature not to make payment of the wage to the non-regular workers in proper time. In some SSAs the wage of the Security Guards are due for more than 4 months. They demanded for immediate payment of wage to the casual / contract labourers. After hearing from the leadership CGM, Sri S.K. Garg replied that all efforts are being taken to get the fund from the corporate office within two or three days. At this backdrop he enquired from different SSAs for their requirement of fund for payment of wage to the non-regular workers. Thereafter, a letter was handed over by Circle Secretary to CGM demanding all personal claims to be settled on or before 10th October, 2018.<View letter>

UPDATED ON 14-09-2018 AT 1800 HRS.

'Adhikar Yatra' of BPMO started at Purulia : Adhikar Yatra at the call of BPMO started at Puruia with enthusiasm today. A good number of BSNL employees participated in the Adhikar Yatra. Com. Bidyut Goswami, Asstt. Treasurer BSNLEU, WB participated in the rally on behalf of Circle union. BSNLEU, WB Circle congratulates all the participants of the Adhikar Yatra at Purulia. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 13-09-2018 AT 0800 HRS.

Wage revision of the casual Labourers to be made without farther delay : In the 4th meeting of the joint committee for wage revision of the non-executives the management proposed minimum pay scale of Rs 19000/-. Then why the revision of wage of the casual labourers could not be initiated. It was assured by the BSNL management that after the wage revision of the non-executive the wage of the casual labourers would be revised. But now the minimum pay scale has been determined more or less to Rs19000/-, then why the revision of the wage of the casual labourers could not be done in CDA pay scale. Enough delay has been made in revision of the wage to the casual labourers farther delay could cause demoralization amongst the workers when these workers are shouldering the responsibility equal to that of the regular employees in various circles. Hence we demand the revision of wage of the Casual Labourers should be made immediately either in CDA or IDA pay scale.

Why 360 degree turn around of the BSNL management ?:  In the 4th meeting of the joint committee for wage revision of the non-executive, the BSNL management offered Fitment benefit to 0-5%. When it was decided in the Board of Directors meeting of BSNL that the Fitment benefit would be given 15% for 3rd PRC and that recommendation was communicated to DOT for their consideration. Even in the first meeting the management has expressed that the question of Fitment benefit has already been decided to 15% then there is no need to waste any time on the issue. Then why under this circumstance such offer was given to the staff side.  It is nothing but treachery with the employees of BSNL as a whole. The employees will not tolerate any act by which they may get deprived. The employees will not consider Fitment benefit anything less than 15%. 

UPDATED ON 12-09-2018 AT 2230 HRS.

BSNLEU,WB demands immediate payment of wage to the Casual/Contract workers :  Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB met yesterday(11.09.2018) with Sr.GM (Finanace) and demanded for immediate payment of wage to the casual/contract workers. In reply Sr. GM (Finance) said that there is a problem in getting the fund from the corporate office. She also said that our revenue earning has been decreased. The leaders said that all the activities are taking place within BSNL and where fund does not create any obstacle, only in the case of payment of wage to the casual/contract workers the fund is the main obstacle. Now the wage of the casual workers are being delayed. However they demanded that necessary initiative to be taken by the WBTC management to procure fund from the corporate office for payment wage to the non-regular workers without farther delay.  

UPDATED ON 11-09-2018 AT 2130 HRS.

'Adhikar Yatra' Started with Enthusiasm at Coochbehar : Adhikar Yatra at the call of BPMO started today at the morning from Coochbehar stadium. A short programme was held before the Yatra where eminent Trade Union leaders like Shyamal Chakraborty, Com. Hannan Molla and others deliberated short speech before well attended gathering. BSNL employees were also the part and parcel of the Adhikar Yatra. BSNL employees of Coochbehar took part in the rally in good numbers though it was a working day. Com. Nazes Nouroz, President, BSNLEU, WB attended the rally on behalf of the Circle union. Later in the evening a GB meeting was held at the Union office of BSNLEU, Coochbehar district. The only speaker was Com. Nazes Nouroz. He spoke about the present situation of the West Bengal Telecom Circle and the task ahead of us. He mentioned the about the Mazdoor Kissan Sangharsh Rally which was held at the Delhi on 5th September. From all parts of the country workers and farmers gathered in huge numbers at Delhi to protest against the anti people agenda followed by the Modi Government. He described about the rocket like price rise of petrol and diesel and as a result the the price of the essential commodities are rising day by day. He also mentioned that both the Central and the state Government are following the same policy of anti people. He said the law and order situation in our state is at stake. He also mentioned about the latest development of the wage revision. He called upon the members to be united and fight against all odds. <Pictures>   

UPDATED ON 06-09-2018 AT 2030 HRS.

The Working Class of the Country gave Ultimatum to Modi Government : Yesterday the 5th September, 2018 the city of Delhi was practically captured by the workers and peasants of the entire country with the RED FLAG  to protest against the anti worker anti peasants Govt. led by Modi through Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh Rally- March to Parliament. BSNL employees was a part of this historic rally. BSNLEU, WB Circle and BSNLCMU, WB Circle was proud to be the part of this rally. About 125 workers, regular & non-regular, 6 of them were lady, of West Bengal Circle assembled at Delhi to take part in the rally. Right from Gangtok to Sagar of West Bengal Telecom Circle, except Jalpaiguri and Coochbehar SSA were amongst the participants. The workers of West Bengal Circle took part in the rally with fags and festoons and jersey emblem with 'Save BSNL Save PSU'. The workers and peasants from all over the country took the control of the Parliament street from the morning. From various pints of New Delhi colourful rallies of Red Flags were held and ultimately culminated at Parliament street. The slogans of the rally against the anti people Govt. led by Modi shook the city of Delhi. The Colourful rally of the BSNL employees was held from Eastern Court of New Delhi.  Apart from the CHQ leaders and Circle Secretaries, veteran leader Com. V.A.N. Namoodiri took part in the rally of BSNLEU & BSNLCCWF. The joint rally was led by Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU and Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, BSNLCCWF. The entire working class of our country gave ultimatum to the ruling class that they will not tolerate any more the anti people decisions of the Modi Govt.  From a meeting held at Parliament street it was decided the working class of the country will take preparation to go on strike through out the country for 2 days. The date of the strike will be announced through a convention which will be held at Delhi on 28th September. Com. Tapan Sen, General Secretary, CITU said that a long march of the workers towards Delhi will be held for 3 days from 28th November to 30th November. So comrades we have got the direction of our struggle. Lets prepare to save BSNL through another historic struggle. BSNLEU West Bengal Circle conveys Red salute to all the participants who took part in the historic Mazdoor Kinasan Sangharsh Rally -March to Parliament.  <Pictures>    

UPDATED ON 01-09-2018 AT 2300 HRS.

Leaders of BSNLEU, BSNCLCMU and AIBDPA met CGMT : After the successful convention held yesterday the 1st September, 2018 the leaders of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA under the leadership of Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB met newly joined CGMT Sri Garg. The leaders welcomed CGMT in our circle and exchanged their views with CGMT for betterment of the circle.  It was decided that in future a full fledged meeting will be convened  to discuss various issues at length.

BSNL employees joined the March to Labour department, Govt. of West Bengal, at Kolkata : At the call of CITU, West Bengal Sate committee the workers in West Bengal launched a programme of march to Labour Department of Govt. of West Bengal. Minister of labour department did not get enough time to meet the leadership of the workers to discuss the problems of the workers. As a result CITU decided to march to labour department at New Secretariat building, the office of labour minister and to meet the minister to  convey the problems of the labours of our state. Huge workers, including the BSNL, regular & non-regular, workers gathered before the New Secretariat building and compelled the minister to meet the leaders of the CITU and discussed the issue of the labours in West Bengal. Com. Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU, WB deliberated his speech before the huge gathering. 

UPDATED ON 01-09-2018 AT 2300 HRS.

Enthusiastic Joint Convention held at CTO, Kolkata: Today the 1st September, 2018 a joint Convention of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA held at CTO Institute hall with much enthusiasm amongst the regular, non-regular workers and pensioners. Workers from Burdwan, Suri, Asansol and Krishnanagr attended the convention. Rally of workers and pensioners was held before the convention. Com. Om Prakash Singh, Secretary, BSNL Coordination Committee and Com. Subhas Mukhopadhyay, West Bengal State President, CITU graced the occasion. Com. Tapas Ghosh, CS, BSNLCMU spoke on behalf of BSNLCMU. He in his speech apprised the house how the BSNL management is denying their legitimate demand of regularisation on the plea of Uma Devi case. He opined that their struggle will continue till the goal is achieved. Com. Gobinda Das spoke on behalf of the AIBDPA before the house. He particularly pointed out about the problems are  being faced by the pensioners in regard to the medical expense and delay in getting pension. Com. Om Prakash Singh spoke  before the house on behalf of the coordination committee and said that the coordination committee will always stay beside the struggle of the workers and appealed to the workers to make  the forthcoming programme of BPMO and march to parliament programmme  a grand success. Com. Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU spoke about our struggle and appealed the workers to to take part in the BPMO programme at their locality as well as at their work place. He said that some evil forces are trying to break the unity of the working class but still they could not make the working class bow down before them. He  said that BSNL workers are taking part in Mazdoor Kisan Sngarash Rally which is to be held at Delhi on 5th September, 2018 to tell about the present situation of BSNL and how the Central Govt. is trying to wind up BSNL the state owned company. Com. Subhsh Mukhopadhyay spoke before the house, which was a teaching to us. He said how the imperialist are attacking physically as well as mentally. He said that the Central Govt. and the State Govt. are trying to detach the working class through  their will and denying their rights. He said the purpose of BPMO is not only the rally to touch all the booths in West Bengal but make lively contact with the local people and campaign about their local demand through which they are to mobilise.  Com. Nazes Nouroz, Com. Kalyan Raha and Com. Dipak Mitra, presided over the meeting jointly.<Pictures>

UPDATED ON 30-08-2018 AT 1255 HRS.

Take all out effort to make the Joint Convention all success : As decided by the three circle unions, BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA that a joint convention will be held on the development issue of the WB circle, 3rd PRC, problems of casual /contractual workers and the problems of the pensioners. Accordingly the convention will be held on  on 1st September, 2018 at Telecom Institute Hall, CTO building at 2PM. District secretaries, branch secretaries and organisers  in and around Kolkata are requested to take all out effort to campaign amongst the employees so that maximum mobilisation could be made on that day. The convention has a great importance since  it is being held on the eve of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Rally which is going to held on 5th September, 2018 at Delhi. So comrades take all out effort to make the convention a grand success.

UPDATED ON 28-08-2018 AT 2300 HRS.

Working Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Burdwan District held today : The District Working Committee meeting of BSNLEU, Burdwan district held today, the 28th August, 2018,  to discuss about the present situation of the district, the 3rd PRC and the next CWC meeting at Katwa etc. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary and Com. Banani Chattopadhyay, Circle Vice president attended the meeting on behalf of the circle union. Com. Manik Das, Advisor, BSNLEU, WB was also present in the meeting. Com. Surajit Dutta, District Secretary initiated the proceedings. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay in his speech said about the present situation in WB Circle, our struggle, the 3rd PRC and the task ahead of us. He called upon the working committee members to be united and to take the struggle right on the street without fear. The meeting was presided by Com. Prabir Das, District President. <Pictures>  

UPDATED ON 27-08-2018 AT 2300 HRS.

Joint  Branch Conference of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA Sainthia Branch held successfully : Joint branch conference of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA Sainthia was held on 26th August, 2018 with great enthusiasm amongst the workers and pensioners. The Red Flag was hoisted before the conference and homage paid to the martyrs by the leadership of the three branch unions along  with the district and Circle leaderships. The joint conference was inaugurated by the Com. Pijush Chakraborty, Circle Secretary AIBDPA, WB. He in his speech narrated about the present situation in BSNL and the political scenario of our state and our country as a whole and our task. Com. Nazesh Nouroz, Circle President, BSNLEU, WB attended the conference on behalf of the circle union. He addressed the house with an appeal to the members present in the conference to be united and fight against the odds in the changed political scenario. Com. D. Dasbakshi, Asstt. Circle Secretary, AIBDPA also addressed the house. After the inaugural session the three branch unions placed there report and accounts before the house separately which was adopted unanimously by the members after discussion. Com. Jagannath Roy, Com. Sanjib Mukherjee and Com.Badal Ghosh were elected unanimously  as President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively of BSNLEU Sainthia branch. Similarly Com. Milon Chakraborty, Com. Uday Mondal and Com. Nilkanta Banerjee were elected unanimously as President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively of  BSNLCMU, Sainthia branch.  <Pictures>     

 

UPDATED ON 25-08-2018 AT 2300 HRS.

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Overwhelming response in the BSNL Yong Workers' Convention and inspiring views of the young workers :   BSNL Employees Union West Bengal Circle organised  BSNL Young Workers' Convention held on 25th August, 2018 in the Union room at CTO building at 1PM. It was expected about 100 young workers to be present but about 120 young workers from all over West Bengal attended the convention. The young comrades were greeted with Red Rose by the circle leadership. Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary welcomed the young workers and expressed thanks to them for coming to the convention. Com. Subrata Misra, Asstt. Circle Secretary initiated the proceeding in a nut shell and called upon the young comrades to express their views in free mind so as to guide the circle union in a right direction in regard to development of BSNL and role of the Trade Union- their expectation and about 3rd PRC. 13 young comrades from different SSAs deliberated their inspiring speech before the jam packed house. They kept their views something new in  regard to development and their expectation out of 3rd PRC. Their positive views about the struggle of the Trade Union specially by our Union, BSNLEU. In the recess period Com. Sudeshna Chakraborty entertained the audience with her song. Com. Saibal Sengupta, Asstt. General Secretary, BSNLEU (CHQ) and Com. Om Prakash Singh, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU (CHQ) who was present in the convention deliberated their speech before the young comrades. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary was the last speaker in the convention. He thanked the young comrades for coming and  taking part in the convention. He expressed his happiness and gratitude to the young comrades for their suggestions about the development, the 3rd PRC and about the role of our union. He said that the convention was a great success since the young comrades showed the right direction to the Circle Union and at the same time he opined that the new leadership will emerged from these comrades in the coming days. The entire convention was conducted by Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary.     

 

UPDATED ON 24-08-2018 AT 2330 HRS.

                                  

                                                                         

BSNL Employees Union, West Bengal Circle are all set to hold the Young Workers' Convention : BSNLEU, WB circle are all set to hold the BSNL Young Workers' Convention on 25th August, 2018 in the union room of BSNLEU, WB at CTO building. About 100 of young BSNL workers from all parts of West Bengal will participate in the convention. These workers are the future of BSNL and our Trade Union movement. These workers are very much interested in the convention. They have enquired about the convention to their leadership and assured to join the convention. We will exchange our views in regard to the development of BSNL, introduction of new technology in the field of communication, their problem and their role in the Trade Union etc. We are looking forward eagerly for our new generation leadership in all spheres. 

Inspiring joint executive committee meeting of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA, Bankura District held: A joint executive committee meeting of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA, Bankura district held on 22nd August, 2018 in TRC of Bankura Telephone exchange to discuss the 3rd PRC, present development scenario of WB circle and upcoming organisational programmes. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. Executives of the three district unions were present to make the meeting a success. Com. Mahadev Karmakar, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Bankura district initiated the proceedings. He apprised the house about the present situation of Bankura district. Com. Debashis Khan, Vice-president, BSNLEU, WB who was present in the meeting, spoke before the members about the Young workers convention to be held on 25th August, 2018 at CTO, Kolkata and the decisions of the circle union about the joint programme of three Unions in West Bengal Telecom Circle. Com. Animesh Mitra narrated briefly about the 3rd PRC, its pros and cons, the problems of the casual/contractual labourers their wages and other social securities arising out of fund curtailment, the development scenario of west Bengal Circle and the present situation after departure of Sri Shyam Narayan, CGMT, WB circle. He also narrated about the problems of the pensioners. In fine he called upon the executive members of the joint meeting to conduct programmes jointly by the three district unions of Bankura district. He said that the three circle secretaries or their representatives of the three circle unions will tour in different SSAs in the coming days. The meeting was presided over jointly by Com. Saroj Saha of BSNLEU, Com. Dilip Pal of BSNLCMU and Com. Santosh Das of AIBDPA.  <Pictures>    

UPDATED ON 23-08-2018 AT 0900 HRS.

Suggestions/proposals are sought for from Circle Union for wage revision: Negotiation for wage revision of non-executives of BSNL has started. We have got the day to day news in regard to wage revision through CHQ's website. Two meetings have already took place. In the second meeting the staff side submitted a proposed pay scale to the management. The next meeting is going to take place on 27th August, 2018. Circle union invites any proposal/suggestion for the wage review may be sent to circle union for onward transmission to CHQ for consideration. 

UPDATED ON 21-08-2018 AT 2200 HRS.

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Enthusiastic GB meeting held at TCO, Kolkata: Today a GB meeting conducted by TCO district union in regard to the decisions taken in the circle office bearers meeting to hold GB meting in all the district for campaign programme. The issues to be campaigned amongst the workers are the development and maintenance scenario of WB circle, marketing, 3rd PRC, law and order situation in the offices. The GB meeting was conducted by Com. Tapan Bose, District President. Com. Biswanth Singha, District Secretary initiated the proceedings before the full house. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. CS spoke before the workers in a nutshell about the present situation and our task. The main speaker in the meeting was Com. Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU, WB for whom the employees were waiting with great patience to hear from their beloved leader. Com. Animesh Mitra  spoke in details about the present situation of BSNL, the present position of 3rd PRC and our demand. He briefed about the problems of the non-regular workers and the pensioners too. He with great discontentment spoke before the audience about the poor development & marketing scenario of West Bengal Circle. In this occasion he reminded the workers that some evil forces in our country are trying to break the unity of the working class. He urged upon the workers to rise to the occasion to save BSNL and to fight to achieve our demands through united struggle and at the same time to fight for communal harmony and peace in our country. <Click for pictures>  

UPDATED ON 18-08-2018 AT 2130 HRS.

BSNL Employees of WB circle have engaged themselves in mega SIM sales mela : Though the marketing division of West Bengal circle got crippled during the years as there was no activities in regard to advertisement or sales of BSNL product, but BSNL employees and very specifically it is BSNLEU has taken the responsibility of marketing of BSNL product. BSNLEU, WB circle in its meeting decided to organise mega SIM sales mela in different districts. Accordingly Jalpaiguri and Asansol have started mega sales mela. We the employees of West Bengal circle trying hard to earn more revenue for our circle. But it is unfortunate that the management of WB circle is still sitting idle. Hope, that the management will surely come up with a helping a hand. <Pictures>       

BSNL again proved that it is the only company provides service in a distressed situation : When Kerala is reeling under tremendous flood the only company who is rendering Tele service in the state of Kerala under this  distressed condition is BSNL. No other private company is least bothered to render service to the people of Kerala. But it is unfortunate that the Central Govt. is trying their best to sale out or to weaken the state owned company BSNL. The employees of Kerala is working day and night to restore the service and at the same time providing an uninterrupted Tele service to the people of Kerala. BSNLEU WB circle expresses gratitude to the entire staff of BSNL, Kerala circle. 

 

UPDATED ON 16-08-2018 AT 1930 HRS.

After strong resentment expressed by the Circle Union the fund allotted for the wage of the Casual Labourers : Today in the morning Circle Secretary, Com. Animesh Mitra along with Com. Tapas Ghosh, CS, BSNLCMU and Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. CS, BSNLEU met Sr. GM(Finance) and expressed their strong resentment about the non-payment of wage to the casual labourers, contractual and unlisted labourers till date. Sr. GM( Finance) replied that the requisition which was made before 15th August but due to non-allotment of fund by the corporate office the same has to be re-requisitioned adding the expenditure from 16th to 31st August. She also informed the leaders that the corporate office was asked how our circle will able to manage since we require  9 corers of rupees for labour payment but we are allotted only 3 to 3.5 corers of rupees. She assured the leaders that the fund will be allotted by the corporate office within this week. Later in the evening it was reported that the fund for the wage of Casual Labourers has been allotted by the corporate office. The wage of the contractual and the unlisted labourers will take place within the next week, all out effort is taken in this regard. A copy of a letter addressed to CGMT was handed to Sr. GM (Finance). <View  letter>       

UPDATED ON 14-08-2018 AT 0930 HRS.

When the management of BSNL, West Bengal Telecom Circle will wake up from deep sleep ? :  When other circles of BSNL have taken up to provide Broad Band service through Fibre to the Home (FTTH) system to the people of India. Even our neighbour circle CTD is going to launch Broad band service through FTTH system. But our West Bengal Telecom Circle is lagging behind. The installation of FTTH has been started in some SSAs in a indiscrete manner. There is no marketing amongst the customer/public for the new and effective system. Even the employees are not very much accustomed/used to with new system. The staff of our customer service centres are not provided with the tariff rate as usual. BSNL corporate office decided to provide Broad Band Service to people of India through FTTH long ago but West Bengal Circle could not take the chance to provide a service to the subscribers through a new system and in turn to earn revenue for the company. It is learnt that Reliance Jio is going to launch the system very soon. It is obvious that the West Bengal circle is going to face stiff competition. The only thing which the management has done is to keep due the wages for months together of the poor labourer, who are engaged with development and maintenance work. They can'nt even procure  fund from the corporate office for development and maintenance head.  It is true that BSNL is running through a financial crisis and fund crunch is taking place in all sphere. But still other circles are getting their fund for development work. Failure of the West Bengal Circle is only because of lack of proper planning and initiative too on the part of the top management. Our question when the management of West Bengal Circle will rise to the occasion?        

 

UPDATED ON 13-08-2018 AT 2300 HRS

Branch Conference of Jiaganj held successfully : Branch conference of Jiaganj branch held on 12th August, 2018. The Red flag of our union was hoisted by Branch president Com. Mihir Saha. After paying homage to the martyrs by the leaders the meeting started. The conference was inaugurated by Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. Com. Animesh Mitra gave his speech in the combined house of BSNLEU and BSNLCMU Jiagang branch. Com. Mitra narrated briefly about the present scenario in West Bengal circle and in the country as a whole. He also spoke on the 3rd PRC, its pros and cons. He appealed to the workers to be united and be ready to fight ahead of us to save BSNL. Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, Com. Madhusudan Saha, Treasurer, BSNLEU, WB Circle Com. Sekhar Sarkar, District Secretary, Berhampore District and Com. Mamata Sarkar, Organising Secretary spoke in the conference. Com. Panchanan Dutta, Branch Secretary presented the draft report for discussion. After discussion the report was accepted unanimously by the house. Com. Mihir Kr Saha, Com. Panchanan Dutta and Com. Sward Bandhu Sarkar were elected unanimously as President, Branch Secretary and Treasurer respectively. <Pictures>

District Working Committee meeting of ETR District held : The district working committee meeting of ETR district was held on 9yh August, 2018 in the ETR union office at Telephone Bhavan. Com. Sunil Nayak, District President presided over the meeting. Com. Asis Das, District Secretary initiated the proceedings. He in his initial speech said that the  circle union decided for week long campaign programme amongst the employees from 5 to 12th August, 2018 in connection with anniversary of our Circle Union on 5th August to be carried out by the district in regard to the development, law and order situation etc. of our circle. He narrated about the present position of the 3rd PRC and our struggle. He also informed the house the number of participants for the March to Parliament programme to be held on 5th September. He also informed about the programme to be held on 14th August, 2018 for night long Dharna at Kolkata on the eve of independence day for harmony and peace in our state as well as the country. Com. Asis Das, Vice-president apprised the house with some more information on the above issues. The house also discussed various individual cases. It was decided in the meeting that vigorous campaign programme will be taken up amongst the employees as desired by the circle union in due course and will fight for the cause of the workers. The meeting ended with vote of thanks to the chair.     

UPDATED ON 11-08-2018 AT 2230 HRS

Enthusiastic joint GB Meeting held at Raiganj : A joint GB meeting of BSNLEU & BSNLCMU, Raiganj district was held at TRC Raiganj on 4th August, 2018. Com. Ujjal Ghosh, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, WB was the main speaker. Com. Ghosh narrated briefly the present situation in BSNL, WB, about the 3rd PRC and our struggle to save BSNL. The other speakers in the meeting were Com. S.N. Mondal, acting District Secretary, BSNLEU, Raiganj District and Com. Sandip Ghosh, District Secretary, BSNLCMU, Raiganj District. A packed house gave a patient hearing to the spaekers. Com. Kameswar, President, BSNLEU, Raiganj District presided over the meeting. <Pictures>

Preparatory meeting of the 8th Circle conference of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle held today at Bolpur : A meting of the Reception Committee for the 8th Circle Conference of BSNL Employees Union, West Bengal Circle scheduled to held at Bolpur in the month of March, 2019 was held today at Bolpur. The meeting was held in presence of Circle President Com. Nazes Nouroz and Circle Secretary Com. Animesh Mitra. Details of the preparation was discussed at length in the meeting. The speakers  in the meeting were Com. Animesh Mitra CS, BSNLEU, WB, Com. Tinku Biswas, District Secretary, Suri District and Com. Santosh Goswami, District Secretary, Suri District. Veteran leader Com. Madan Ghosh was also present on behalf of the reception committee in the meeting.  <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 10-08-2018 AT 1540 HRS

Berhampore District once again proved that BSNL workers are all united in a crisis : The Berhampore Telephone exchange caught fire on 7th August, 2018 and burnt into ashes. It was apprehended that exchange caught fire at about 1200 Hrs in the night. The contractual labour, Arun Halder found the fire at 1215 AM. He on his own broke through the the glass pains of the door and tried to extinguish the fire in the switch room single handedly and in turn he was injured. At 1 AM in the night the Fire Brigade came at the spot but could not work for about 6 Hrs for want of proper equipments. The BSNL employees right from AGM, SDE, JTO and non-executives along with the casual and contractual workers rushed to the Telephone exchange at the night at about 1 AM to save their exchange. After continuous fight with the fire, along with the firemen, they made the fire under control after 8hrs of long fight. They could save the the MSC, BSC, transmission, switching and battery room etc. They spelt out about 300 buckets of water from these rooms. The Land Line, Mobile, Broad Band and the Lease lines (500) services were out through out the Murshidabad district since then. The workers fought in a war foot and could restart the power plant and restore about 20 lease lines yesterday. Only a portion of the mobile service was restored on 8th at about 4-21PM. The main damaged item was the cable. It was reported that the smell of the burnt cables could be smelt from some Km away. About 200 workers (casual & contractual) from all over the Murshidabad district came at Berhampore Telephone exchange and working day and night along with the executives and non-executives to restore normalcy. The incident of Berhampore once again proved that the BSNL workers are all united in a crisis. BSNLEU, West Bengal circle conveys heart felt gratitude to all the employees and workers for their continuous endeavour to render BSNL service to their esteemed subscribers. 

An effective GB meeting held at CTTC :As decided by the circle union that a week long, from 5th to 12th August, campaign programme in regard to the development of the circle, law and order situation, the 3rd PRC and our struggle  to be conducted by every district union in connection with the anniversary of the Circle union. Accordingly the CGMT (Technical) district union conducted a GB meeting at CTTC, Kolkata on 9th August, 2018. A good number of staff of CTTC attended the GB meeting. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyaya, Asstt. Circle Secretary, attended the meeting on behalf of the Circle union and he was the main speaker. Com. Chattopadhyay in his speech said every pros and cons of the present situation. He said that out of frustration a group of people demanding them a union are attacking our leadership. He said that they are being out thrown by the workers as such they have become bewildered. He said  the development work in our circle has practically stopped due to meagre and  irregular allotment of fund. The non-regular workers are not getting their wage for months together. He also said about the view of our CGMT in this regard. He also narrated about the present position of the 3rd PRC and our struggle. He appealed to the workers to be united for the struggle ahead of us to protect BSNL from the onslaught of the Central Govt. Com. Rajib Chatterjee, Distrct Secretary, CGMT(Tech), Com. Ashok Bhattacharjee, Branch Secretary, CTTC were the speakers in this GB meeting. Com. Kanai Banerjee presided over the meeting.   <Pictures>   

UPDATED ON 9-08-2018 AT 2230 HRS

BSNL Employees are beside the fighting tea garden workers of North Bengal : The tea garden workers are on 72 hours strike in demand of minimum wage. The strike started right from the hills of Darjeeling to Dooars. In many places the police of the State Govt. are harassing the striking workers. The State Govt. has taken the stand in favour of  the tea garden owners. CITU, West Bengal Committee showed solidarity action towards the striking workers who are fighting under the banner of Joint Forum. Accordingly a street corner meeting was held yesterday, the 8th August, 2018 at 3PM before Bengal Chamber of Commerce, Kolkata. BSNL Employees participated in the solidarity action towards the fighting workers.  Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary spoke before the gathering on behalf of BSNL Employees Union.<Picture>

Mysterious incidents are happening at Siliguri - BSNLEU plays its role : On Thursday of last week a truck was fully loaded with equipments and materials of BSNL from Siliguri Telephone exchange and stared at 930AM for Fulbari Store Depot. The gate pass was issued by the concerned officer of Siliguri Telephone exchange for exit of the truck. But surprisingly the truck did not reach the destination of mere 10 Km distance till late afternoon. The vigilant BSNLEU Siliguri leaders who had apprehended some sort of mischief,  pressurised the administration to get the actual incident. In the evening the leaders of BSNLEU were informed by the administration that the truck unloaded a portion of the materials at BSNL quarter complex at Jalpai more, Siliguri instead of Fulbari store depot. The leaders of BSNLEU, Siligururi district demanded immediate enquiry/investigation of the incident and exemplary punishment of the officials who were responsible for the incident. GM,Siliguri appreciated the role of BSNLEU, Siliguri and assured the district union leaders all necessary steps would be taken in this regard.

UPDATED ON 8-08-2018 AT 1140 HRS

Young workers convention to be held at Kolkata : Circle union has decide to hold Young Workers Convention on 25th August, 2018 at CTO, Kolkata Union room sharp at 12 noon. The young workers are the main force of BSNL. We believe that under their leadership BSNL will be the no.1company in our country. They will  also give leadership to BSNL Employees Union in the coming days to start a new era. It is, therefore, requested to all the district secretaries to take all out effort to send delegates at Kolkata to attend the convention.    

UPDATED ON 7-08-2018 AT 2200 HRS.

Circle Union discussed the burning issues with CGMT, WB : Today a delegation led by Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary met CGMT, WB Circle and expressed resentment over the issues which are being unsettled for long a time in spite of instructions given by the then CGMT, Sri Shyam Narain. Beside CGM, GM(HR/Admin) and DGM(HR/Admin) were present in the meeting. The following issues were discussed - (1) Irregular and meagre amount of fund allotment by corporate office for wage of the unlisted/non-listed & security guards(2) Settlement of Pension case of Bankura (3) Settlement of GPF case of three TSMs - case of Burdwan (4) Non-payment of ESI by name- case of Suri. Though fund allotted by CO long before. (5) Non-payment of EPF by name - case of Krishnanagr. Though fund allotted by CO. (6) Non-convening of Local council meeting, Works committee meeting and Farewell meeting by GM Kharagpur (7) Wage revision of the casual labourers in r/o 7th CPC. The staff side urged upon CGMT that the non-regular workers be engaged in the marketing job since there is acute shortage of regular employee due to bulk retirement. CGM appreciated the proposal. After giving patience  hearing CGM replied that regarding  problem of fund, the issue will be discussed with Sr. GM (Finance). He also said that if CTD could get requisite fund then why WBT circle will not get the same. He also said that it is unfair that the workers are not getting their wage for months together though these workers are running different exchanges single handedly. He requested the leaders that let the workers earn and the fund would be looked into by him. He instructed GM (HR) with other administrative instructions to settle the other issues immediately since he feels that there is no problem  in settling the issues. He also instructed GM (HR/Admin) to convene review meeting  in regard to the last Circle Council meting. The staff side demanded that the next circle council meeting to be convened by this month since the last meeting was held in the month of May, 2018. CGM replied that the same will be done in due course. Com. Asis Das, Asstt. CS, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. CS, Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. CS and Com. Debashis Khan, VP were in the delegation.    

 

UPDATED ON 6-08-2018 At 2100 HRS.

Massive joint demonstration programme was organised by BSNLEU & BSNLCMU, Kolkata District:BSNLEU & BSNLCMU, Kolkata district union organised a joint demonstration pogramme on 3rd August, 2018 at GM, Kolkata office for development of the Kolkata SSA, safety and security of staff of the SSA, payment of wage in time, payment of Gratuity to the casual/contractual labourers etc. A colourful rally was held in GM office at CTO building. A good number of regular and non-regular employees assembled in the demonstration programme from all over the SSA. District secretaries of both the unions Com. ManikSarkar, Dist., Secy., BENLEU, Kolkata SSA and Com. Goutam Das, Dist., Secy., BSNLCMU, Kolkata SSA initiated the proceedings. They narrated in detail the present situation and the role of the administration. They opined that the workers will compel the administration through sustained struggle to do the needful so that the SSA  could earn profit. In this programme the other speakers were Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU, WB, Com. AmitavaChattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB, Com. Anindya Kr Sarkar, Org. Secy, BSNLEU, WB, Com. TarakKundu, Astt. CS, BSNLCMU, WB, and Com. Akhilesh Banerjee, Astt. CS, BSNLCMU, WB. Later a memorandum was handed over to the GM, Kolkata. <Pictures>

The staff side of the wage negotiation committee made a pay structure/scale of the non-executive unanimously :In the meeting of the staff side of the wage negotiation committee held at Delhi on 3rd August, 2018. The leadership  of both the recognised unions BSNLEU & NFTE (BSNL) were present in the meeting  to finalise the pay structure which will be handed over to the management. The leadership of the unions reached unimity on the proposed scale. It was also decide in the meeting that the proposed pay structure from the staff side would be submitted well in advance i.e on 6th August, 2018 to the management so that the they could get enough time to go through it. Com. Balbir Sing, President, BSNLEU, Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU, Com. SwapanChakraborty, Dy. GS, BSNLEU, Com. P. AshokaBabu, Vice-president, BSNLEU, Com. AnimeshMitra, Vice-president, BSNLEU attended the meeting. The next meeting of the wage negotiation committee scheduled to be held on 9th August, 2018 at Delhi.

UPDATED ON 3-08-2018 AT 0915 HRS.

BSNLCMU, Kolkata District achieved yet another milestone :

                                                                                                                           

After sustained struggle the BSNLCMU got the approval for payment of Gratuity from the Labour Commissioner. Sustained struggle for payment of  Gratuity by the BSNL authority was conducted by the workers of Kokata SSA under leadership of Com. Goutam Das, District Secretary. Approval for payment of Gratuity started from Coochbeahr district. Now it is the turn for the Kolkata SSA. Yet another 12 cases are awaiting for payment. The BSNLCMU was fighting for the social security on street and in the labour commissioner office. Ultimately they got the victory. They compelled the department to pay the Gratuity to the retired worker/family of the deceased. Other districts are also requested to take up the case of Gratuity for those workers who retired or died in harness.  

UPDATED ON 2-08-2018 AT 2300 HRS.

BSNL incurred loss, little less than last Financial Year : BSNL incurred loss, little less than the last financial year. The loss did not increase this FY amidst of stiff competition to Reliance JIO and without having 4G spectrum. But the revenue has declined to Rs 27,818 crore. Today in the parliament MoSC (I/C) Sri Monj Sinha informed that department of Telecommunications (DoT) has taken up revival/restructuring of BSNL. Beside this, MoSC (I/C) met the leaders of AUAB in the parliament today and assured the leaders that the issues related with 3rd PRC and pension would be reviewed with Secretary DoT on 3rd August, 2018. In respect of allotment of 4G spectrum,  the matter is within the purview of the Government and it would be done very shortly he added.

UPDATED ON 1-08-2018 AT 2300 HRS.

Joint agitation programme held at CGMT Office, Kolkata for non-payment of wages to the workers: Today BSNLEU, WB and BSNLCMU jointly held a demonstration programme in protest of the non-payment of wages to the security guards and unlisted workers (those who were engaged by the local authority for day to day work). Agitation programmes were held in different parts of the circle. Hunger strike started at Asansol from yesterday. Today a delegation met GM Asansol and urged upon him to convey the intimation of hunger strike to circle office at Kolkata. So far the intimation received by the circle union that protest demonstration programme was held at Berhampore, Khargpur, Suri, Siliguri and Jalpaiguri Districts. Today at CGMT office at CTO building a good number of employees gathered in the demonstration programme. The main speaker was com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. He said that these unlisted workers, the security guards are keeping the BSNL service alive. But it is unfortunate that these workers are not getting their monthly wage for months together. He accused the management of WBT circle that they have failed to procure fund from the corporate office. He said the administration of CTD got full amount requisitioned amount though they are the loosing circle but our circle authority failed. Only in West Bengal circle the crunch of fund has been implemented. He opined that the circle management is neither giving security to the employees nor they are able to make payment of wages to the poor labourers who kept the service alive. Later a delegation led by Com. Mitra met GM (Marketing), GM (HR/Admin), GM (Finance) and demanded for early payment of wage to these poor labourers. A memorandum also handed over to them in this regard. <Click for pictures>    

 

UPDATED ON 31-07-2018 AT 2000 HRS.

Fund curtailment by the Corporate office, wage of the contractual & unlisted workers held up - Circle Union met CGMT : Drastic fund curtailment has held up the wages of the contractual and unlisted labourers in West Bengal Telecom Circle. About Rs 5 corers required for payment of wages but the Corporate office has sanctioned only Rs 2 corers. As a result agitation of the workers have started almost in all the districts. In Asansol and Suri the workers have  gone for hunger strike. Dharna programme started at Kharagpur district. From tomorrow the Dharna programme will take place at Jalpaiguri district. The management is unable to make payment due to meager amount of fund. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB along with Com. Nazes Nouroz, President, Com. Asis Das, ACS, Com. Sujoy Sarkar, ACS, Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, ACS and Com. Chiranjib Sen, Org. Secy circle union met CGMT, Sri Tripathi and apprised him about the situation. The leaders expressed their extreme dissatisfaction on the issue and urged upon CGMT for arranging of fund. The leaders informed that due to the shortage of fund the development works have stopped  in many places of our circle. CGMT gave a patient hearing to the leaders and assured that he will discuss the issue with the corporate office so that the required fund could be procured from the Corporate office. 

Circle Union decided to observe week long campaign programme in connection with anniversary of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle : Today the Circle Union and district unions of BSNLEU in and around Kolkata met in a meeting and discussed the present situation which is detrimental to healthy working atmosphere prevailing in West Bengal Telecom Circle. Circle Secretary BSNLEU, WB Com. Animesh Mitra narrated in detail about the present situation. He said that again the cases of threat and physical attacks on our leadership have started. The management is mum on the issue and not taking any initiative to restore healthy working atmosphere in the offices and exchanges. As a result development work in the circle  has practically been stopped. In this situation Circle Union has decided that a week long campaign programme from 6th to 11th August, 2018 will be carried throughout the circle in connection with the anniversary of the Circle Union on 5th August. All the district unions under BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle are requested to hold massive campaign programme amongst the employees on this issue.        

UPDATED ON 27-07-2018 AT 2300 HRS.

Pictures of the three day Relay Hunger Strike held on and from 24th July to 26th July, 2018 in West Bengal Telecom Circle: <Click here>

UPDATED ON 26-07-2018 AT 2300 HRS.

The three day Relay Hunger Strike held successfully in West Bengal Telecom Circle : The three day Relay Hunger Strike at the call of AUAB held successfully throughout the West bengal telecom Circle. It started from 24th July and ended on 26th July, 2018. The Relay Hunger Strike started from the Branch level on 24rd and on 25th at the district level. Finally it was held at the Circle level on 26th July, 2018. So far the report received by the circle union that almost all the branches and district unions conducted the programme successfully. The leaders of the AUAB deliberated their inspiring speech before the executives and non-executives. They explained about our just demands and our fight to get the 3rd PRC as well as compel the Central Govt. to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL etc. On 26th the the programme of Relay Hunger Strike was held at CTO, Kolkata, before the CGMT'S chamber. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB, Com. Aniruddha Basu, Circle Secretary, AIBSNLEA, WB Circle, Com. Omprakash Singh, Organizing Secretary, BSNLEU (CHQ), Com. Tapan Biswas, Circle Secretary, NFTE (BSNL) and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, SNEA, WB Circle deliberated their speech before the well attended employees. The entire proceeding was presided over by Com. Nazes Nouroz, President, BSNLEU, WB circle.  

UPDATED ON 23-07-2018 AT 1400 HRS.

Take all out effort to make the Relay Hunger Strike a grand success : As decided in the AUAB, WB  meeting that the Relay Hunger strike will be observed by all the constituents of All Unions and Associations of BSNL, West Bengal. It was decided that the programme will be observed right from the Branch level to Circle level. Accordingly the Relay Hunger strike which starts from tomorrow i.e. 24th July, 2018 and it will be observed at the Branch level. On  25th it will be observed at the District level. In Kolkata ETR and ETP district will observe the programme in the CGM office. Finally, on 26th July, 2018 the the Relay Hunger Strike will be observed at the Circle level from 11AM.  In Kolkata the programme will take place in the CGMT office, CTO, building. All the our organisers in and around Kolkata and Circle Office bearers are requested to attend the programme in time. District and branch secretaries are requested to for massive campaign of the programme amongst the workers. 

BSNLEU, WB Circle demands for payment of wages to the Contractual and the non-listed labourers: On 21st July, 2018 Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary and Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary met CGMT West Bengal, Sri Tripathi and demanded to arrange payment of wage to the Contractual and non-listed labourers working in WB Telecom Circle, since it was not made till 21st July, 2018. CGMT in reply said that he will talk to Director (Finance) and he is expecting the payment of wage could be made by this week.   

UPDATED ON 19-07-2018 AT 1030 HRS.

Idea Cellular and Vodafone India delaying in payment the dues to DoT : It is reported that the two telecom companies requested DoT to recalculate their dues. But DoT has rejected their request since it is correct and asked to pay their dues so as to get the final approval of the merger of two companies.  The total amount due is Rs 7,268 crore. Rs 3,342 crore in r/o Idea and Rs 3,926 crore in r/o Vodafone. The two cellular operators had then raised some issues regarding discrepancies in the figure of dues. The two companies are awaiting for final response from DoT on which the two companies will take final decision to challenge the dues or otherwise. It was also reported that the DoT is ready to face any challenge at the Court of Law and they are ready to go up to Supreme Court also. The dues in r/o Vodafone is for the non-auctioned spectrum held by them. But it is unfortunate that Govt. of India denied allotment of 4G spectrum to state owned telecom company, BSNL. Still BSNL is giving a stiff competition to the moneyed Reliance Jio. It is only because of the challenge taken by heart by all categories of employees of BSNL.

UPDATED ON 18-07-2018 AT 2230 HRS.

Attacks on BSNLEU leadership is being carried out of frustration of SU : In the last session of change of membership (up to 15th July, 2018) a large number of SU members have changed their membership. From many places the workers who changed their membership in favour of SU have returned back to BSNLEU and as a result SU is breaking into pieces. Specially from the south the workers have understood from their experience who are their actual friend in need and are returning back to BSNLEU. As a result the attacks on our leadership has been carried out of great frustration of SU goons.  Today the workers of Kolkata SSA thronged in big numbers  at the GM office, Kolkata SSA at CTO building. Workers from all the places assembled to protest against the heinous physical attack on their leader Com. Chirab Sen yesterday at about 430 PM at CTO building by the SU goons. The workers demanded exemplary punishment of the accused. In the massive gathering District Secretary Com. Manik Sarkar expressed his strong resentment over the attack on Com. Chiranjib Sen. He also condemned the attackers of Com. Sen. The available circle office bearers were also present in the protest demonstration. Later a delegation met GM, Kolkata SSA and demanded protection of the employees and punishment of the accused. GM in reply said that the complaints are justified that will be looked into with all seriousness.<Picture>

 

UPDATED ON 17-07-2018 AT 1800 HRS.

The Determined Comrades of Coochbehar Hold the District Conference successfully : The determined comrades of Coochbehar hold the district conference successfully on 15th July, 2018. There was a great enthusiasm amongst the members in connection with the conference. As usual the Red Flag of our Union was hoisted by Com. Samarendra Pathak, District President before the conference. District President Com. Pathak, Com. Mamata Sarkar, inaugurator of the conference, Com. Krishna Mitra, District Secretary, Coochbehar District along with other leaders garlanded the martyrs column to ay respect to the martyrs. The conference was inaugurated by Com. Mamata Sarkar, Organizing Secretary, BSNLEU, WB inaugurated the conference. She in her speech narrated briefly the present political scenario in our sate and in our country as whole. She said about the united struggle of BSNL employees under the banner of All Unions and Associations of BSNL to protect BSNL from the onslaught of the Government and for the 3rd PRC. Com. Krishna Mitra, District Secretary placed the draft report before the house for discussion. Com. Ujjal Ghosh, Organizing Secretary, BSNLEU, WB, Com. R,K, Yadav, Leader AIBDPA, Com. Soumen Chandra Roy, Dist. Secretary, Jalpaiguri, Com. Tarun Sarkar, Branch Secretary, Siliguri Branch along with the leaders of 12th July Committee and CGCC spoke on the occasion. After discussion the report was accepted by the house unanimously. Later the house elected Com. Ramkrishna Banik as District President, Com. Krishna Mitra as District Secretary and Com. Anju Konar as Treasurer. <Picture>

UPDATED ON 16-07-2018 AT 2130 HRS.

An effective women's convention held at the eve of conference of BSNL Coordination Committee of Circle Unions and Associations, West Bengal : An effective women's convention of BSNL Coordination committee held on 13th July, 2018 at the Ladies Club, Telephone Bhavan. The convention was inaugurated by Com. Swati Roy Bera, Leader, Central Government Coordination Committee. She in her speech reminded the full house audience about their duties and responsibilities. Com. Banani Chattopadhyay, VP, BSNLEU, WB and Com. Sharmila Dutta, One of the Joint Convener BSNL Coordination Committee deliberated their speech before the house. Other speakers in the convention were Com. Biplab Das, Secretary, BSNL Coordination Committee and Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary BSNLEU, WB. Com. Aash Md. Khan presided over the meeting.

Conference of BSNL Coordination Committee held with great enthusiasm: The 4th state conference of BSNL Coordination Committee held at Telecom Institute Hall on 14th July, 2018. The Red flag of the Coordination Committee was hoisted by the president Com. Aash Md. Khan. The martyrs column was garlanded by the president Com. Aash Md. Khan, Com. Pranab Chattopadhyay, Inaugurator of the conference, Com. Bilab Das, Secretary, Coordination Committee along with other leaders. Com. Pranab Chattopadhyay an eminent leader of Sate Coordination Committee inaugurate the conference. He in his speech narrated briefly about the present political situation prevailing in our country. He reminded the threat of communalism which is trying to divide the working class. He said that the evil forces are attacking ideology of the left forces and it has to be fight out ideologically unitedly. Com. Biplab Das, Secretary placed the draft report and statement of accounts before the house for discussion.  Circle Secretaries/ their representative  of the Ten Circle unions deliberated their speech. About 250 delegates from all parts of the state participated in the conference. After discussion the draft report along with the statement of accounts was accepted by the house unanimously. Later the house elected unanimously office bearers of the BSNL Coordination Committee for the next term are  Com. Sisir Roy as President, Com. Om Prakash Singh, Secretary and Com. Arup Sarkar as Treasurer. The other seven  Circle Secretaries of the circle unions are the committee members of the Coordination Committee. BSNLEU West Bengal Circle congratulates all the members of the newly elected Coordination Committee.      

Workers meeting held at Siliguri : A workers meeting of BSNLEU, Siliguri District held on 16th July, 2018 at Siliguri, TRC under the chairmanship of veteran leader Com. Bipul Chakraborty. Com. Badal Ghosh, District Sectary initiated the proceedings. Com. Mamata Sarkar, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, WB and Com. Ujjal Ghosh, Organising Secretary, BSNLEU, WB deliberated their speech before the workers. They in their speech briefly described the present situation in BSNL our struggle for development of our circle and for the 3rd PRC.  They also reminded about the joint struggle like relay hunger strike at the call of All Unions and Associations of BSNL which is scheduled to be held on 24th, 25th and 26th July, 2018. They called upon the workers to make the relay hunger strike a grand success. <Click for Pictures>

 

 

UPDATED ON 15-07-2018 AT 1715 HRS.

CONDOLENCE :  Today at 530AM father of our beloved leader Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle breathed his last at the age of 81 at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, Kolkata. His body was taken to his residence at Asansol at 430PM. BSNL Employees Union West Bengal Circle, mourns the sad demise of his father, Late Aparesh Mitra, and convey our  heart felt condolence to the bereaved members of his family.

 

UPDATED ON 12-07-2018 AT 1930 HRS.

BSNLEU, WB Circle calls upon the workers to make the Relay Hunger Strike a grand success : Today the available Circle Office bearers met in a meeting and decided to take all out effort to make the Relay Hunger Strike to be held on 24, 25 and 26th July at the call of AUAB a grand success. It was decided in the meeting that on 24th July, 2018 the hunger strike will be held at Branch level, on 25th July, 2018 it will be held at District level. ETR and ETP will organize the programme on 25th. On 26th July, 2018  the Relay Hunger Strike will be held at Circle level at Kolkata in CGMT office. The district unions within Kolkata  will join the the programme along with their members. District Secretaries are requested to organize our workers for the hunger strike and describe our demand for 3rd PRC, allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL etc.  It was also decided in the meeting that the all the circle office bearers and district secretaries are to attend the ensuing conference of  BSNL Coordination Committee on 14th July, 2018. If any district secretary remains absent, he can send his representative.  District secretaries are also requested to accompany other interested comrades to the conference as delegate. All are requested to attend the conference by 10AM.   

UPDATED ON 11-07-2018 AT 2230 HRS.

BSNL employees are determined to get their 3rd PRC through struggle : At the call of All Unions and Associations of BSNL demonstration programme, 'March to CCA Office' backed by a colourful rally was held in Kolkata. The rally of executive, non-executives and pensioners  was held from the crossing of Ganesh Chandra Avenue and Bentinck Street (Binny's Show Room) and culminated at 8, Esplanade East Row, the CCA office in protest of non-compliance of the assurance given by MoS(C), in demand of 3rd PRC for the BSNL employees and allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL.  The meeting was held at CCA offcie at 8, Esplanade East Row where the leadership of AUAB  (SNEA, NFTE, AIBSNLEA and BSNLEU) explained briefly about the demands of the employees. Com. Om Prakash Singh, Vice-president BSNLEU (CHQ) addressed the gathering.  The main speakers was Com. Animesh Mitra, Convener, AUAB. He said before the well attended gathering about the latest development taking place in Delhi and our united struggles. The meeting was presided over by Com. Sisir Roy, Circle Secretary, CTD. Four circle unions  WB Circle, CTD Circle, Stores and Factory Circle of BSNLEU took part in the programme. Similar programme was held at the office of Principal CCA at Hare street, Kolkata. So far the intimation received by the Circle Union the demonstration programme was held at different SSAs as Asansol, Berhampore, Durgapur and Jalpaiguri.  <Pictures>

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UPDATED ON 10-07-2018 AT 1930 HRS.

Successful dharna programme held at all the SSAs of West Bengal Telecom Circle : Dharna programme at the call of BSNLCCWF was  held successfully today the 10th July, 2018 along with BSNLEU, WB circle through out the West Bengal Telecom Circle. In Kolkata the programme was held at erstwhile CGMT office, 1, Council House Street. A good number casual/contractual workers along with regular employees gathered from in and around Kolkata. A colourful rally was held at CGMT office before the meeting. Com. Tarak Kundu, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU initiated the proceedings. Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. Circle Secretary in speech called upon the workers to be united for the struggles ahead of us. Before that he spoke about the problems faced by the regular employees in regard to the medical, 3rd PRC etc. The main speaker in the programme was Com. Akhilesh Banerjee, Vice-president, BSNLCCWF. He spoke before the gathering about the necessity of the programme. He said that the administration has failed to give wages to the casual workers at the fixed date of the month. He demanded the gratuity to be given to the eligible workers immediately. He said that as early as the settlement of 3rd PRC takes place early will be the wage revision of the casual labourers. Therefore 3rd PRC is also our concern. At the conclusion he said that the programme of the 11th July, 2018, March to CCA office, at the call of AUAB the BSNLCMU, WB  will not lag behind, they will also be in the battle field. Com. Nazes Nouroz, President, BSNLEU, WB presided over the dharna programme. <Pictures>   

UPDATED ON 9-07-2018 AT 1930 HRS.

As per the note submitted by BSNLEU to curtail the wasteful expenditure, corporate office issued order to curtail the expenditure towards Fuel & Electricity : The corporate office at last issued order towards the curtailment of expenditure towards fuel and electricity. BSNL Employees Union submitted a note to curtail down the wasteful expenditure to enhance the revenue of the company. It is seen that a huge amount is paid towards fuel and electricity through out the country in BSNL.  One of the worst state as mentioned in the list issued by the corporate office is West Bengal. Rupees 6.8 corer of rupees expended towards fuel and electricity out of the revenue earned Rs 31 corer per month. We, BSNLEU, West Bengal circle raised the issue in the development meeting to audit the use of electricity since after surrendering land line by the customers in different areas, still AC and generators are being run in big rooms. Which is very much unnecessary. Expenditure which is incurred towards running the infrastructure of BTS & BSC  by running the generators may be minimized. Officers of all levels are enjoying ACs. BSNL management  can enhance revenue of BSNL through the above austerity majors (curtailing the expenditure towards fuel & electricity) without cutting the pockets of the non-executives. It is expected that the management will do the needful in the coming days in consultation with the recognized union in this regard.

 

UPDATED ON 7-07-2018 AT 2145 HRS.

 

Poster of the programme on 11th July, 2018 March to CCA Office :

 

 

                                                                                          

 

UPDATED ON 6-07-2018 AT 2145 HRS.

Take all out effort to make the demonstration programme at CCA office, Kolkata all the success : As decided by the All Unions and Associations of BSNL that   demonstration programme will be held at CCA office through out the country on 11th July, 2018 against the non-implementation of the assurance made by the Hon'ble MoS (C) to take the issues of wage revision of BSNL for the approval of the cabinet, the pension contribution and allotment of 4G spectrum to BSNL.  Accordingly the leadership of AUAB, West Bengal met yesterday i.e on 5th July, 2018 and decided that issues of the demonstration programme at CCA office will widely be taken amongst the employees.  It was also decided that a rally will be held at 230PM at Kolkata from Ganesh Chandra Avenue (Binny Show Room) to the CCA office, 8 Esplanade East, Kolkata. District Secretaries in and around Kolkata are requested to take all out effort to mobilise our workers for the rally and to make the demonstration programme a grand success.   

After sustained struggle the BSNL Management ultimately formed the wage review committee: After sustained struggle for more than one year of the BSNL employees for the demand of 3rd PRC, the management has ultimately formed the wage review committee for wage revision of the non-executive employees. The management invited the recognized union to submit their nominations for the joint committee for wage revision. As per the proposal of  BSNLEU to increase the number members of staff side in the joint committee, the management has agreed to the proposal of BSNLEU. Accordingly BSNLEU has got 5 (five) nominees. Beside President, General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary of BSNLEU the two other nominees are Com. Ashoka Babu, vice-president and Com. Animesh Mitra, vice-president. BSNLEU, WB circle is honoured being selecting Com. Animesh Mitra as one of the member of the joint committee. BSNLEU WB circle congratulates all our nominees and expresses our warm greetings. We are confident that a good wage revision will emerge for the non-executives under able leadership of ours. Comrades it is the first step to achieve our goal. We should not be complacent, we have to be very much agile and get ready for the next step of struggle.  

 

Workers of Kharagpur District expressed their discontentment over the management through a strong demonstration programme : BSNLEU, Khragpur district along with AIBDPA and BSNLCMU, Khragpur jointly organised a strong demonstration programme against indifferent attitude of the management particularly the GM, Kharagpur and long pending unsettled issues and poor BSNL service of the SSA. The programme was held on 3rd July, 2018 at the office of GM, Kharagpur,  where a good number of workers assembled form remote corners of the district. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB  was the main speaker of this demonstration programme. He in his speech accused the management that the administration of Kharagpur SSA is ignoring the directives of the CGMT. After several request/orders the GM Kharagpur did not hold the works committee meeting and even the local council meeting. He said this GM is totally failure to provide better BSNL service to the customers and the the development and day to day maintenance work is at the verge of break down. He also accused that the pensioners are not getting their medical reimbursement, without voucher, after several persuasion by BSNLEU and AIBDPA district union. He said that this GM is not taking any initiative to resolve the problems of casual/ contractual workers. Their wage is irregular. They are also deprived of from the social securities like gratuity, EPF, pension etc.  He urged upon the workers to be united and fight for the just demands of the workers. Later a delegation led by Com. Animesh Mitra met GM, Kharagpur and discussed the issues at length. It was decided in the meeting that the dates of works committee meeting and local council meeting will be announced soon. The medical allowance, without voucher,  of the retired employees will be  paid as early as possible. Other issues will be looked into by the management with due importance. Com. Pankaj Jana, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Kharagpur District Com. Susanta Ghosh, President AIBDPA, WB, Com. Anupam Saha, President AIBDPA, Kharagpur District, Com. Sanjeeb Debnath, District Secretary, BSNLCMU, Kharagpur District along with other leaders and branch secretaries deliberated their speech in this massive gathering. <<Pictures>> 

 

UPDATED ON 30-06-2018 AT 1130 HRS.

Effective demonstration programme held against the deferment order of salary at ETP circle : Today the 30th June, 2018 a demonstration programme held against the derogative order issued by the corporate office regarding the date of salary of the employees. The demonstration programme was held at the office of CGM, ETP at Mominpore, Kolkata. Com. Jhumur Bandyopadhyay, Leader Working Women's Group initiated the proceedings. Com. Goutam Banik, District Secretary, ETP District spoke before the workers about the derogative order and the unsettled issue of the district. Com. Sujoy Sarkar, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB called upon the workers to be united to fight against all the odds to achieve our goal. Com. Debashis Khan, vice-president, circle union also spoke before the workers. The meeting was presided over by Com. Nupur Panday. <View Picture>

UPDATED ON 29-06-2018 AT 1145 HRS.

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UPDATED ON 28-06-2018 AT 2000 HRS.

The Regular and Non-regular workers along with the Pensioners took oath in the anti-retrenchment day to fight together for the cause of the workers : At the call of BSNLCCWF the 28th June, 2018 is observed as anti-retrenchment day. In Kolkata, BSNLEU circle union decided to observe this day jointly with BSNLEU, WB and AIBDPA, WB also to protest against the derogative order issued by the corporate office in regard to the date of payment of salary to regular employees. The issuance of this order by the corporate office will create uncertainty of payment of medical bills, leave encashment, LTC, TA, wage of the casual/contractual labourers etc. in the coming days. A huge number of regular and non-regular workers along with the pensioners assembled in the CGMT office. A colourful rally went past the entire CTO building with slogans shouting. The meeting was presided over by Com. Nazes Nouroz. Com. Chiranjib Sen, Organizing Secretary, BSNLEU, WB initiated the proceedings. Com. Om Prakash Singh, Vice-President BSNLEU (CHQ) and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle Secretary, BSNLCMU and Working President BSNLCCWF addressed the huge gathering at CGMT Office, CTO building. The main speaker was Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General BSNLCCWF and Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. He in his speech narrated in brief about the necessity of observance of the anti-retrenchment day. He said that in different circles like Punjab, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand etc. the contractual labourers are being retrenched on the plea of shortage of fund. He accused the top level of the management are enjoying all the luxurious facilities but the non-executives are to sacrifice in the hard days of the company in the shape of deferment of the payment of the salary form the last day of the month to 1st day of the following month. They are to sacrifice medical bill, leave encashment and even the wage etc. He called upon the workers to be united to fight out the conspiracy made by the management to shift their responsibilities towards the non-executives and the casual /contractual workers. He demanded from this rally to stop retrenchment of the contractual workers to withdraw the order in regard to the payment of salary of the non-executives. So far the intimation received by the circle union that the programme was held at Asansol, Krishnagar, Berhampore, Jalpaiguri and Suri.< View Pictures> 

Similar programme was held before CGM (ETR), Telephone Bhavan. Here Com. Asis Das, District Secretary, ETR district initiated the proceedings. The other speakers in meeting were Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. CS, BSNLEU, WB, Com. Tapas Ghosh, CS, BSNLCMU, WB, Com. Ajit Nandan, Dist. Secretary, AIBDPA, Kolkata District and Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. The meeting was presided over by Com. Asis Das, Asstt. CS, BSNLEU, WB. < View Pictures>     

UPDATED ON 24-06-2018 AT 2150 HRS.

Amalgamation conference of Berhampore Phones, Berhampore Telegraph, Kandi and Beldanga Branch Unions under BSNLEU, Berhampore District held today successfully : Today the 24th June, 2018 an amalgamation branch conference of Berhampore Phones, Berhampore Telegraph, Kandi and Beldanga Branches under Berhampore District Union of BSNLEU held at  TRC hall of Berhampore Telephone exchange. The conference was well attended by the members of the four branches. The conference started by hoisting of Red Flag of our Union and paying homage to the martyrs. The conference was inaugurated by Com. Amitava Chattopadhyaya, Asstt. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB Circle. He in his deliberation reminded the workers about their duties and responsibilities in present juncture. He called upon the workers to be united to fight out the derogative decisions of the BSNL management as well as the Governments both Central and State. The conference was addressed by Com.Banani Chattopadhyay, Vice-Pressident, BSNLEU, WB Circle, Com. Sekhar Sarkar, District Secretary, BSNLEU, Berhampore District, Com. Laltu Roy, Dist. Secy., BSNLCMU, Berhampore Dist. Some young comrades who also deliberated in the conference are Com. Sk. Hassimuddin, Com. Suprio Sarkar and Com. Smritimoy Sarkar. <<View pictures>>

UPDATED ON 22-06-2018 AT 2215HRS.

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UPDATED ON 22-06-2018 AT 0845 HRS.

Great enthusiasm created amongst the workers in connection with the 'March to Parliament' programme on 5th September, 2018 :  Tempo has started to pick up amongst the enthusiastic workers of West Bengal Circle in connection with the 'March to Parliament' programme in the name of 'Mazdoor Kissan Sangharsh Rally' which is to be held on 5th September, 2018 at New Delhi. It is a rally of the workers and peasants of the country against the anti people Central Government lead by Narendra Modi. So far the information received by the Circle Union that the following district unions- Civil, Burdwan, Asansol, Suri, Bankura and Siliguri have already purchased their train tickets for New Delhi. Circle Union once again requests the following district unions - Durgapur, Kharagpur, Berhampore Malda, Jalpaiguri Coochbehar and Gangtok to purchase their train tickets immediately since the same are getting exhausted very fast. It is also necessary to inform to the circle union the number of participants who will proceed for New Delhi since arrangements for accommodation are to be made for them. That too also is getting filled up.  District Unions are also requested to contact with BSNLCMU for participants who can take part in this programme. It is true that it involves a large amount of expenditure. Therefore it was decided that a coupon will be issued for collection from our members which will help us for both campaign amongst the workers and some financial help. So comrades take all out efforts to make memorable the historic programme 'Mazdoor Kissan Sangharsh Rally' through your active participation.  

 

UPDATED OB 21-06-2018 AT 1900 HRS.

Protest strongly against the curtailment of the right of the employees : Comrades you have perhaps come to know that the BSNL management issued an order that the salary of the Gr. B, C and D will be paid on 1st of the following month instead of last day of the month. If the 1st is holiday then the salary will be paid on the next working day. Not only the salary, Medical reimbursement, Leave encashment, LTC, TA etc. will be paid according to the fund available. It is total unwarranted interference on the part of the management over the right of the employees. It is obvious that medical reimbursement, Pensionary benefit like Leave encashment and other payments are going to be uncertain. It is obvious that this issue will also lead to curtailment of fund for the wages of  Casual/Contractual labourers working in BSNL. This unwarranted unilateral decision will not be tolerated. Employees have got very much agitated on the issue. All the District Secretaries are requested to organize our workers against this derogative decision of the management and hold strong protest demonstration by tomorrow the 22nd June, 2018 and issue protest letter to the respective DDOs. On 28th June, 2018 massive protest demonstration will be held before the chamber of CGMT, WB Circle, CGM, ETR Circle and CGM, Project Circle on this issue.    

 

 

UPDATED ON 19-06-2018 AT 1445 HRS.

Befitting reply given by the Workers and Pensioners to the Circle Management against their indifferent attitude : At the call of three circle unions, BSNLEU, WB, BSNLCMU, WB and AIBDPA, WB  a massive demonstration programme was held yesterday, the 18th June, 2018 through out the circle against the failure to keep  the commitment made by CGMT, in writing,  and non-implementation of the decisions taken in the various meetings including Circle Council along with poor service of WBTC. Workers and pensioners started to assemble from early morning at CGMT office from in and around Kolkata. The Agitation programme started with slogans which shook the management at CGMT office, CTO building. The programmme was initiated by Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB. He described the failures of the management. He said that the wages of the casual and contractual are being delayed on the plea of non-availability of fund under repair and maintenance head. On the other hand the CTD, being a loss making circle, could procure fund for the same purpose, then why our circle is lagging behind. He also said with utter annoyance that this CGMT is completely failure to implement the decisions taken in the bilateral discussion about the problems of regular and no-regular workers along with the pensioners. Under this circumstance the three circle unions decided to go for massive agitation programme.  As per the request of CGMT, WB a delegation comprising of leadership of the three circle unions met the Circle management for discussion. After marathon discussion it was decided that the Gratuity for the casual labourers who have retired or died will be paid after approval/sanction of the corporate office. Similarly the gratuity for the contractual labourers will be taken up shortly. The leadership compelled the CGMT to contact Corporate office over phone and it was mentioned from the corporate office that a committee has been formed yesterday for the purpose of the wage revision of the casual laborers in accordance with 7th CPC. It was also informed to the leaders that payment of medical allowance, without vouchers, for the pensioners which were pending for a long time in r/o Khragpur, Gangtok and Burdwan SSA have been cleared. The management also informed the leaders that empanelment of a super-specialty hospital for cash less treatment of the employees and pensioners is in active process. In fine the leadership mentioned the management that if the situation remains unaltered and no positive initiative taken on the part of the management then BSNLEU, WB along with BSNLCMU, WB will go for non-cooperation action throughout West Bengal Telecom circle from 28th June, 2018. The other speakers in this meeting were Com. Amitava Chattopadhyay from BSNLEU, Com. Pankaj Saha from AIBDPA, Com. Tarak Kundu from BSNLCMU and Com. Tapas Ghosh, CS, BSNLCMU. The leaders in their deliberation reminded that the only united struggle compelled the management to bow down. Com. Nazes Nauroz and Com. Dipak Mitra jointly presided over the meeting. So far the information received by the Circle union the agitation programme was held at Asansol, Bankura, Berehampore, Coochbehar, Durgapur, Jalpaiguri, Contai and Suri. <Pictures>

 

 

UPDATED ON 14-06-2018 AT 1830 HRS.

BSNL Employees Union demands  for early settlement of the problems of Hills of Darjeeling to the administration: On 13th June, 2018 Com. Badal Ghosh, District Secretary, Siliguri District and Branch Secretary Siliguri, Com. Tarun Sarkar, along with other leaders went to Darjeeling and met with the staff members of Darjeeling. Com. Mani Chettri, Vice-president, BSNLEU, WB was also present in the meeting.  Com. Santosh Chettri, Branch Secretary Darjeeling narrated in details about the problems of hills. The leaders gave a patience hearing. Com. Santosh Chettri said that there is no officer in the hills for a long time. Five posts of SDE are lying vacant. As such the development and maintenance work at hills of Darjeeling has totally been broken down.  The HR issues of the employees are lying unattended. There is an acute scarcity of drinking water. The condition of the safety tank is alarming. Civil wing doing nothing, they are only a silent spectator. After the meeting a delegation team met with DGM hills and demanded early solution of the above issue. On spot Com. Badal Ghosh, Dist. Secy. contacted GM Siliguri over phone and demanded the issues of hills to be resolved immediately. Thereafter, the delegation handed over a memorandum to the DGM. It is decided that Circle Secretary will meet CGMT, WB circle on the above issue on Monday the 18th June, 2018.   

 

UPDATED ON 13 -06-2018 AT 2200 HRS.

 

                                                                

 

Take all out effort to make the Agitation Programme on 18th June, 2018 a grand success: Dear comrade after massive demonstration held on 11th June, 2018 the Circle administration was given ultimatum to settle the burning problems of the regular, non-regular employees and pensioners of our circle. But it is unfortunate that no initiative has yet been taken by the circle administration to settle the issue. It was told to CGMT, WB Circle that if the situation still remains unchanged then the Circle union will go for a massive demonstration programme on 18th June, 2018 in all SSAs of WB circle. All the organizers are requested to take all initiative for week long campaign programme along with BSNLCMU and AIBDPA at branch and unit level. Explain the attitude of the administration. At the same time the role of our Red Flag union. The financial condition of BSNL is not at all in a good position. The management is trying to shift their responsibility on the shoulders of the workers. The financial position of BSNL was somehow better in the month of February and March, 2018 but after that it is now in a worst position. It is our duty to organise our workers and tell them the attitude of the management and the financial position of the BSNL. On 12th June, 2018 the core committee consisting of the General Secretaries of BSNLEU, NFTE (BSNL), SNESA and AIBSNLEA met CMD, BSNL Sri Anupam Shrivastva and discussed on the financial position of BSNL. CMD BSNL appealed to all categories of employees to become sales and marketing man. At this back drop our circle administration is sitting idle and taking no initiative to overcome the adverse financial condition of BSNL. Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, WB calls upon the workers to take all initiative to make the Agitation Programme on 18th June, 2018 a grand success.   

After Sustained struggle by the Casual & Contractual Labourers got victory on the demand of Gratuity : Comrades, after sustained struggle by the casual and contractual labourers on the demand of Gratuity for all got victory. Corporate office has issued order for payment of gratuity to the casual labours who have retired in the last year from Coochbehar. CGMT, WB has also sent the sanction memo to the TDM, Coochbehar for immediate payment of gratuity including interest for the delay payment. BSNLCCWF have taken the demand of Gratuity for all with the Chief Labour Commissioner and Assistant Labour Commissioner and after sustained struggle, at last got the victory. Now BSNLCCWF will fight for the contractual labourers on the same demand.  

                                                                                                                                     

UPDATED ON 11-06-2018 AT 1930 HRS.

Suri and Bolpur branch union amalgamated jubilantly through a conference: On 10th June, 2018 Suri and Bolpur branch union of BSNLEU, Suri District amalgamated through a jubilant 16th joint branch conference. the conference was held at Bolpur Tele. Exchange. The newly formed branch union will function as Suri branch. The Red flag of our union was hoisted by Com. Ashok Kumar Nayak, Branch President. The martyrs column was garlanded by Com. Shibu Kanti Sen, Com. Debdas Chakraborty, Com. Santosh Goswami along with other leaders. The photograph of Com. KG Bose and Com. Moni Bosed was garlanded by Com. Nazes Nouroz, Circle President and Com. Ajit Kumar Bose veteran leader respectively. The open session was inaugurated by Com. Nazes Nauroz. The other speakers were Com. Santosh Goswami, Asstt. Circle Secretary BSNLCMU, Com. Tinku Goswami, District Secretary, BSNLEU and Com. Debdas Chakraborty, District President AIBDPA.  Brach Secretary of Suri Branch Com. Shibu Kanti Sen placed the draft report for discussion. Treasurer of both the branch, Suri and Bolpur placed the accounts. After detail discussion the draft report along with the accounts were accepted by the house unanimously.  The house unanimously elected Com. Ashok Kumar Nayak, Com. Shibu Kanti Sen and Com. Amar Das as President, Branch Secretary and Treasurer respectively for the next term. The conference was presided jointly by Com. Pranati Mukherjee and Ashok Kumar Nayak. <Pictures>

Ultimatum given to Circle Administration by BSNLEU, WB circle for settlement of long pending issues of regular, non-regular employees and pensioners : Today the BSNL workers of WB circle assembled at CGMT office, CTO building, Kolkata against non- implementing the commitment/decisions of the CGMT, WB circle of the meeting held on 28th March, 2018 and also the last Circle Council meeting. A good number of workers and pensioners assembled in the lunch hour agitation programme. Leaders of BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA. The main speakers was Com. Animesh Mitra. He narrated in brief that the HR issues are lying unsettled for along time in spite of the decisions/commitment of CGMT. The administration is taking no initiative to implement the decisions. Due to the curtailment of fund in temporary advance and Repair & Maintenance head the wage of the casual labourers as well as the Contractual labourers are being delayed abnormally. Pensionary benefits of the pensioners are getting delayed through out the circle, even the medical bills are lying unsettled for months together.  He gave ultimatum to the administration if the situation remains unchanged then the BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA will launch agitation programme on 18th June, 2018 throughout the circle before SSA heads and in Kolkata a Dharna programme will be held before the Chamber of CGMT, WB circle. Thereafter a convention will be held on 28th June, 2018 at CTO, TI hall on the issue. A letter was handed over to CGMT, WB circle by a delegation lead by Circle Secretary, Com. Animesh Mitra narrating the whole scenario and the programme taken by the three circle unions. <Photos>

UPDATED ON 5-06-2018 AT 1645 HRS.

District Conference of BSNLEU, Malda District held with enthusiasm : The 6th District Conference of BSNLEU Malda District held on 12th May, 2018 at Karmachari Bhavan, Malda. The Red flag of our union was hoisted by Com. Bhudeb Majumder, Veteran Trade Union leader. The leaders paid their respectful homage to the martyrs with floral tribute at the martyrs column. The conference was inaugurated by Com. Ratan Bhaskar, Joint Convener 12 July Committee, Malda District. He in his speech narrated about the present political scenario persisting in our state as well as in our country as a whole. He called upon the members present in the conference to get united for bigger struggle ahead of us to fight out the anti worker policy of the Government. The draft annual report was place by Com. Ujjal Kumar Ghosh, District Secretary and the Accounts was placed by Com. Sudhir Lal, Treasurer for discussion. Com. Bidhan Chandra Pramanik was present in the conference on behalf of  Circle Union. He in his speech said about the present scenario in West Bengal Telecom Circle and our struggle. He also enlightened the house the present position of the 3rd PRC and our struggle against the decision to form Subsidiary Tower Company. After discussion by the members the annual report and the accounts were adopted by the house unanimously. District Secretary, Com. Ujjal Kummar Ghosh in his speech replied all the quarries made by the members and called upon the workers to get united for the struggle ahead of us. The house unanimously elected Com Tejen Bhusan Talukder as District President, Com. Ujjal Kumar Ghosh as District Secretary and Com. Sudhir Lal as District Treasurer for next term.    <Pictures>

 

UPDATED ON 4-06-2018 AT 1730 HRS.

Respectful homage paid to our beloved leader Com. Sisir Bhattacharjee: The four circle union of BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle, CTD, Telecom Factory and Telecom Store Circle jointly organized a condolence meeting in memory of our beloved leader late Com. Sisir Bhattachcrejee on 1st June, 2018 at Telecom Factory Recreation Club, Alipore. The meeting was presided over by Com. Sekhar Bhattacarjee. Circle Secretaries of four circles of BSNLEU, 3 Circle Secretaries of AIBDPA WB circle, CTD and Stores Circle, Circle Secretaries of BSNLCMU, WB Circle, CTTMU, Secretary BSNL Coordination Committee along with other leaders paid floral tribute to the departed leader. Floral tribute was also paid by his nice. Com. P. Abhmanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU (CHQ) was the main speaker in the condolence meeting. Before deliberation Com. Abhimanyu paid floral tribute at the photograph of Com. Sisir Bhattacrjee. He in his speech discussed about the teachings of Com. Sisir Bhattcharjee and the ideology which he believed and exercised throughout  his life. The other speakers were Com. Omprakash Singh, CS Telecom Factory Kolkata, Com. Animesh Mitra, CS West Bengal Circle, Com. Aloke  Mitra, CS, Store Circle, Com. Sisir Roy, CS CTD,  Com. S.D. Chowdhury, CS, Telecom Factory, Mumbai and Miss Mousumi Bhattacarjee, Nice of Com. Sisirda paid respect through their deliberation to the departed leader. < Pictures>

UPDATED ON 31-05-2018 AT 1830 HRS.

Demonstration programme against the abnormal price hike of petrol &diesel held effectively in West Bengal Circle : As per the instant call of the Circle union demonstration programme was held in most of the districts in West Bengal circle. At the same time solidarity shown towards the striking workers of Bank and Grramin Dak Sevaks of Post Office. At Asansol the programme was held at the office of DGM where the main speaker was Com. Subrata Misra, Dist., Secy., Asansol and Asstt. CS, BSBLEU, WB. He accused both the Central Govt. as well as the State Govt. for the abnormal price of the Petrol and Diesel. He in his speech also said that the BSNLEU, Asansol District will be always beside the struggling Gramin Dak Sevak comrades of Post Offices who are on indefinite strike and employees of Banks who are on 2 day strike. In Kolkata the three district unions CGMT Office Dist., Kolkata SSA Dist. and TCO Dist. jointly organized the protest demonstration programme at CTO against the record price hike of petroleum product and solidarity programme towards the Gramin Dak Sevak and the Bank employees who are on strike for 2 days. The main speaker was Com, Amitava Chattopadhyay, Asstt. CS, BSNLEU, WB. He narrated in brief about the anti common people policy of both the Central and State Govt. in regard to the abnormal price hike of petrol and diesel. He said that the the Govt. is very much reluctant to reduce the price of Petrol & Diesel to give relief to the common people. He expressed his solidarity towards the Gramin Dak Sevak who are on indefinite strike for their wage revision and towards the Bank employees who conducting 2 day strike on 30th & 31 May, 2018 for their wage revision also. The other speakers were Com. Nazes Nouroz , President BSNLEU, WB and Com. Anindya Kr Sarkar, Org. Secy., BSNLEU, WB. Such programmes were also held at Duragapur and Bolpur. Circle Union conveys warm greeting to the comrades for organizing demonstration programme instantly. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 31-05-2018 AT 1130 HRS.

Protest against the abnormal price of petrol & diesel and show  solidarity action towards the Postal and Bank employees: Circle Union calls upon all the district secretaries of West Bengal Circle to organize protest demonstration at all offices and exchanges in lunch hour today( 31-05-2018)to protest against the abnormal price hike of petrol & diesel. Which is a record for all time. It has created much hardship to the common people. At the same time show solidarity action to the 'Gramin Dak Shevak' who are on strike for indefinite period for demand of wage revision and other issues and Bank employees who are observing strike for two days on 30th & 31st May, 2018 for their wage revision. Comrades we are also in struggle path for 3rd PRC and to protect our towers from being privatize and as a whole to save BSNL. Organize our workers through massive campaign against the anti worker policy of the government. It is our moral duty to stay beside the struggling comrades of Postal as well as Bank.

UPDATED ON 30-05-2018 AT 2000 HRS.

An effective Dharna Programme held at Purulia: An  effective  Dharna Programme held at Purulia yesterday i.e on 29th May, 2018 at the call of BSNLEU, Purulia district to settle the long pending burning issues of the SSA. More than 100 workers gathered in the Dharna programme before TDM's office. The leaders in their speech apprised the workers under what situation they were compelled to take  such decision of Dharna. They narrated about the indifferent attitude of the management. Later a delegation met TDM and discussed the issues of the Dharna programme. Later TDM assured the leadership that within 10 days the problems will be resolved. 

Meeting with Assistant Labour Commissioner (C) held yesterday at New Delhi : As scheduled, the meeting with ALC (C) was held yesterday i.e on 29th May, 2018 at New Delhi. Com. V.A.N. Naboodri, President, Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General, Com. K.R. Yadav, Vice President, Com. Tapas Ghosh, Working President and Com. Tapas Banerjee Treasurer were present in the meeting on behalf of BSNLCCWF. 5 officers were present from the Management side of BSNL. BSNL management had submitted the written reply against the quarries made by the ALC (C) ND in the last meeting. After getting the of reply from the Management Com. Animesh Mitra , SG raised objection that the replies are not according to the quarries made by ALC(C). Beside this some important ant issues were discussed : i) Gratuity for the (Contract Workers)  - BSNL management assured before the CLC that necessary order will be issued for the contract workers before the next meting with the ALC. ii) Gratuity for the left out casual labourers - , BSNL management stated that the issue will decided in the next BSNL Board meeting if details of the left out casual labourers are available. In this regard, ALC(C) requested the leaders to lodge the complaint before the ALC through out the country. iii) Wages of left out Casual Labourers - The reply as submitted by the BSNL management wherein it is mentioned that casual labourers are being paid their wages based on minimum CDA pay scale plus dearness allowance. It is also mentioned that the revision of wages to the casual labourers will be after 3rd PRC. The leaders objected on this point. ALC stated that after discussion with CLC he will deliver his verdict. It is also stated that he will try to arrange a meeting with the Chief Labour Commissioner.

Other issues like regularization. equal pay for equal work, retrenchment of contract labourers etc. will be discussed in the next meeting. The next meeting will take place on 29th June, 2018.    

UPDATED ON 29-05-2018 AT 1945 HRS.

Price of Petrol and Diesel rising day by day, we cannot keep silent : The price of petrol and diesel is rising in rocket like speed for the last fifteen days. Petrol has gone above Rs 80 per liter and diesel above Rs70 per liter in Kolkata. This price hike of petroleum has a great effect on the daily life of the common people. The price rise of diesel has created a rise in transportation cost as a result the price of all the essential commodities has gone up. Though the people has appealed to both the state and central government to curtail the cess and tax levied by them on the petroleum product. But both the government is least interested to give relief to the common people. It is one of the instance of 'Achche Din'. It is significantly be noticed that the price rise of petrol & diesel did not take place till the Karnataka Assembly election was over. It is the political decision of the central government. Hence, the price of petrol & diesel is determined by both the central government and the oil companies of our country jointly. We can not keep silent on the issue. Let's protest unitedly. All the Central Trade Unions have given a call for 'Rasta Roko' for half an hour on 31st May, 2018 in Kolkata from 1PM to 1-30 PM in protest of the price hike of Petrol & Diesel. Comrades all necessary steps to be taken to make the protest through 'Rasta Roko' programme a grand success.

Condolence meeting in memory of Com. Hirak Ranjan Sengupta held at CTTC, Kolkata: The condolence meeting in memory Com. Hirak Ranjan Sengupta held on 26th May, 2018  at CTTC, Kolkata with full honour. The employees of CTTC paid homage to the departed leader through floral tribute. Com. Hirak Sengupta was president of AIBDPA, Kolkata SSA. He breathed his last on 20th May, 2018 at 1PM. His life, works and ideology were discussed by Com. Nazes Nauroz, President, BSNLEU, WB, who was the main speaker. The other speakers were Tanmoy Thakurata, R.N. Bag, Smt Geetika Sengupta and Rita Chattopadhyay. The meeting was jointly presided over by Com. Ashok Bhattacharjee and Keshab Nagori.<Pictures>

UPDATED ON 25-05-2018 AT 2000 HRS.

Condolence meeting of Com. Sisir Bhattacharjee will be held on 1st June, 2018: Condolence meeting of our beloved leader Com. Sisir Bhattachrjee, who passed away on 30th April, 2018, will be held at Telecom Factory, Kolkata on 1st June, 2018. The condolence meeting is organized jointly by the four circle unions of BSNLEU, West Bengal, CTD, Factory and Stores circles. Com. P. Abhimanyu, General Secretary, BSNLEU will be present in the meeting. All the organizers specially in and around Kolkata are requested to organize our workers to be present in good numbers to pay homage to our departed leader. <Poster>

Workers compelled CMD BSNL to retreat from his decision through sustained struggle: Through sustained struggle of the Unions and Associations of BSNL compelled CMD BSNL to retreat from the decision to form Subsidiary Tower Company. Joint struggle carried  out by  all categories of staff  of BSNL  since  the decision taken by Central Govt. to form subsidiary Tower Company with the 70,000 towers of BSNL. CMD  has informed the leaders of AUBA yesterday that there is no such agenda of Subsidiary Tower Company in the Board meeting of BSNL. BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle conveys Red Salute to all the leaders of AUAB for taking right decision in the right time. 

BSNLEU, WB demands immediate payment of wage for Contractual Labourers : It is fact that the most of the SSA heads are unable to make payment of wage to the contractual labourers due to fund crisis. Though the Circle administration has allotted a meager amount of fund for the same. Today, Circle Secretary, Com. Animesh Mitra met Sr. GM (Finance) and apprised her the whole scenario. He demanded, immediate necessary steps to be taken on the part of management for payment of wage.

UPDATED ON 23-05-2018 AT 1400 HRS.

Demonstration programme conducted by BSNLEU, BSNLCMU and AIBDPA, Suri District before the TDM through huge gathering: As decided in the working committee of BSNLEU, Suri district that a demonstration programme will be conducted against the indifferent attitude of the management not to settle the long pending burning issues of the district. Accordingly the demonstration programme was held yesterday, i.e on 22nd May, 2018 with huge gathering in front of TDM office. The issues were (i)) Deteriorating BSNL service in Suri (ii) Immediate settlement of EPF/ESI problems iii) Settle the issues of the regular and retired employees immediately. Com. Tinku Biswas, District Secretary, Suri Dist. initiated the proceedings and narrated in brief the necessity of demonstration programme. He said that there is no other alternative but to go for trade union action due to the indifferent attitude of the management. They are keeping the burning issues of the SSA unsettled for long period of time. District Union urged upon the administration time  and again to settle the issues but with no effect. Com. Sibu Kanti Sen, President, BSNLEU, Suri Dist., Com. Nanda Dulal Mitra, Leader AIBDPA and Com. Santosh Goswami, District Secretary, BSNLCMU, Suri Dist. deliberated their speech before the huge gathering. <Pictures>

UPDATED ON 22-05-2018 AT 2030 HRS.

Reception Committee of the 3rd All India Conference of AIBDPA formed at Kolkata : Today in a packed auditorium of Subarna Banik Samaj hall the Reception Committee of 3rd All India Conference of AIBDPA held with enthusiasm in presence of Com. Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharjee, Ex-Mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation and an eminent lawyer. The conference is scheduled to be held at Kolkata on March, 2019. Com. Bhattacarjee was welcomed with a flower bouquet by the reception committee. Com. Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharjee in his speech thanked the organiszers for  choosing him as Chairman. He urged upon the pensioners and the employees who were present in the meeting that the conference should be utilized to make a road map for the future struggle of the pensioners. Since none is safe in our country, both the Central and State Government.  Com. Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU, WB in his speech said all efforts should be made to reach all the employees and pensioners of the 4 circles in our state in connection with the AIC. He urged upon the members to make the conference a grand success. Other speakers in the meeting were Com. Pijush Chakraborty, CS, AIBDPA, WB, Com. Sanjeeb Banerjee, CS, AIBDPA, CTD, Com. Sisir Roy, CS, CTD, Com. Omprakash Singh, CS, Factory, Com. Arup Sarkar, CS, CTTMU, Com. Akhilesh Banerjee ACS, BSNLCMU, WB, Com. Adhir Sen, Leader AIBDPA and Com. Biplab Das Secy. BSNL Coordination Committee.   A strong Reception Committee has been formed under the Chairmanship of Com. Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharjee. A Presidium has been formed with Com. Susanta Ghosh, Com. Supriya Mitra and Com. Debabrata Basu. The Reception Committee will function under the leadership of Joint General Secretaries Com. Pijush Chakraborty and Com. Sanjeeb Banerjee. The responsibility of Treasurer will be shouldered by Com. Adhir Sen and he will be assisted by Com. P.K. Nandi and Com. P.M. Das. The meeting was presided jointly by Com. Susanta Ghosh, Com. Supriya Mitra and Com. D. Basu. <Photographs>

Berhampore Telecom Scenario is not up to the mark - Circle union demands for intervention of the management : Development scenario of Berhampore SSA is a worst one. It has practically been collapsed. The revenue of the SSA has gone down to Rs 20 lacks only. BSNLEU, Berhampore District met TDM in this regard and expressed their great anxiety on the issue. But TDM in reply expressed his helplessness. In this situation Circle union intervened and met with GM(HR/Admin) along with Dist. President Com. Amal Saha and Dist. Secy. Com. Sekhar Sarkar and discussed the issue. The representatives of the district union informed GM that since there is no officers like, SDE, JTO etc. as a result the repair maintenance work has totally been stopped in the SSA. As such our customers are not getting service and they are surrendering their connections. The whole scenario was brought to the notice of the GM(HR) and sought for its immediate settlement.Circle

Circle Union Urges for immediate allotment of Fund : Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU met CGMT and urged upon him to allot a reasonable amount of fund for payment of Wage of Contractual labourer/Security Guards and for day to day maintenance work. A letter was handed over to CGMT in this regard. <View Letter>

UPDATED ON 21-05-2018 AT 1830 HRS.

4 Circle Unions of BSNLEU of WB pay respectful homage to Com. Moni Bose on his 8th death anniversary : On 19th May, 2018 the 8th death anniversary of Com. Moni Boose was observed throughout West Bengal with proper respect. In Kolkata the 4 Circle unions of BSNLEU e.g West Bengal Circle, CTD, Factory and Telecom stores Circle organised a lecture Com. Moni Bose Memorial Lecture on Neo-liberal Policies and Communal harmony - role of the workers. The programme was held at CTO TI hall in a packed house. Firstly floral tribute was paid to Com. Moni Bose by the leadership of 4 circles. Beside that the leaderships of AIBDPA, BSNLCMU and CTTMU also paid their floral tribute to our beloved leader. Com. Asis Das, Com. Sisir Roy and Com. Omprakash Singh spoke on the life of Com. Moni Bose, his works, his ideology  and struggle for the toiling mass. Com. Nazes Naouroz, Com. Prabir Dutta and Com. Sekhar Bhattacharje jointly presided over the meeting. << Pictures>>

Formation of The Reception Committee for holding of All India Conference of AIBDPA on 22nd May, 2018 : The meeting for formation of the Reception Committee for the All India Conference of AIBDPA will be held on 22nd May, at 2PM in Subarna Banik Samaj hall, Kolkata. The Conference is scheduled to held in the month of March, 2019. Com. Bikash Bhattacharjee, Ex-Mayor, Kolkata Municipal Corporation and an eminent Lawyer will grace the occasion. All the district and branch secretaries in and around Kolkata are requested to organize our workers to be present in Subarna Bbanik Samaj hall on 22nd May, 2018 to make the meeting a grand success.  

UPDATED ON 17-05-2018 AT 2000 HRS.

Conference of BSNLCMU, Siliguri District held with enthusiasm : District conference of BSNLCMU, Siliguri district held 29th April, 2018 with enthusiasm. The conference created great interest amongst the workers. The conference arena was decorated with Red flags, festoons and posters. The conference was inaugurated by the Mayor of Siliguri, Com. Ashoke Bhattacharjee. He in his speech wished the success of the conference. He also said that the corporation of Siliguri will be always beside the struggle of the non-regular workers of BSNL, Siliguri. The other speakers in the conference were Com. Bipul Chakraborty and K.R. Yadav both are the veteran leaders of Telecom movement of North Bengal. The main speaker of the conference was Secretary General of BSNLCCWF, Com. Animesh Mitra.  Com. Mitra in his speech narrated briefly the present situation and the struggle ahead. He accused the administration that they are trying to curtail down the strength of the contractual labours on the plea of fund crunch. He said the present position of the revision of wage of the casual labourers. He also reported about the outcome of the meeting with the Labour Commissioner at Delhi. He called upon the workers to be united and struggle for their just demands. Com. Subrata Chakraborty, Com. Raju Chakraborty and Naru Poddar was elected unanimously by the house as Dist. President, District Secretary and Treasurer respectively. We are hopeful that the new elected body will fight under the able leadership of Com Subrata Chakraborty. BSNLCMU, Suri District has conveyed their full support to the Siliguri district union.    

Could we hope for a better tomorrow in BSNL : The Head of Circle meeting held at Delhi on 10&11th May, 2018. CGM of all circles, Secretary DOT, CMD BSNL and all Board  of Directors were present in the meeting. The road map of BSNL for the next year has been framed in this meeting. Let us hope that the management has taken a suitable decision in favour of BSNL so that our company could give a stiff fight against other company in regard to service.

Modi Govt. is going to sell out the Navaratna PSUs : The Central Govt. lead by Narendra Modi has decided to sell out the important PSUs like BHEL & MTNL. The cabinet  has bestowed the responsibility on Niti Ayog for the sell of these PSUs. We all know that MTNL is loss making company though BHEL is a profit making company still the Govt has decided to sell out these companies. Now the target is the Navartna Company. Niti Ayog has already suggested  to sell out the share of Air India.  It is, therefore, we have to protest the decisions of the Niti Ayoug unitedly.

Again the Fund crisis has arisen : Fund is yet to be released by the corporate office for the wage of Security guards and contractual workers. Circle Secretary met GM (Finance) on 14.05.2018 and expressed his extreme unhappiness on the issue. The GM (Finance) informed that that the requisition for the fund has been sent to Delhi on 30th April, 2018. Even CGM has pursued  for the fund in the corporate office at the time of his stay at Delhi. It is expected fund may be released by the corporate office by this week. It is apprehended that already 40% of the budget has been reduced under Repair Maintenance head and 50% for Security Guard. On 9th May. 2018 the meeting of wasteful expenditure was held at Delhi. The management has proposed in this meeting for curtailment in budget for the contractual labourers. The staff side out right rejected the proposal. The situation is grave. Two circle unions, BSNLEU and BSNLCMU is going to convene a meeting in this regard and will take proper decision on the issue.  

 

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BSNLEU, West Bengal Circle Conducted Effective Street Corner meeting on 12-05-2018 : Today at the call of BSNL Employees Union ETP and Kolkata SSA District Unions conducted an effective street corner meeting at the Bank of India More, Bhowbazar to apprise the general public against the conspiracy of the Central Govt. to weaken BSNL and to sell out the company through formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. In this meeting Com. Taps Ghosh, CS, BSNLCMU, Com. Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU, WB, Com. Om Prakash Singh, CS, Factory Circle and Com. Akhilesh Banerjee, Asstt. CS, BSNLCMU spoke in this street coroner meeting. Leaflets were distributed amongst the people on the street. Com. Nazes Nouroz presided over the meeting. <Pictures>

West Bengal Circle Stormed With Street Corner Meetings on 11th May, 2018: On the 11th May, 2018 Street Corner meetings at various places of West Bengal Circle were held with great enthusiasm through out the West Bengal Circle. The Street corner meetings were held at Berhampore, Kandi, Kumarpur, Jalpaiguri, CGMT Office, TCO and Jalpaiguri. The Stret Corner meeting were held at the call AUAB. Varous leaders of AUAB, West Bengal deliberated their speech to apprise the general people regarding the  formation of Subsidiary Tower Company and anti BSNL attitude of the Central Govt.  <Pictures>  

 

UPDATED ON 10-05-2018 AT 1945 HRS.

Street Corner meetings are going on in full swing in West Bengal Circle: Overcoming the hurdles of scorching heat of summer, the different district unions  are conducting street corners meetings in full swing. Some of the district unions are are facing trouble in conducting campaign programme due to panchayet  election in West Bengal and even the police authority is not giving permission on the plea of election. Still our organizers and leaders are conducting effectively the campaign programme. In the meantime  ETR, Asansol, Burdwan, Malda, Suri and Kharagpur districts organized such campaign programme. Tomorrow the 11th May, 2018 Krishnagar, Ranaghat, Berhampore, Durgapur, TCO, CGMT Office, Jalpaiguri and Coochbehar districts will conduct street corner meeting. On Saturday, the 12th May, 2018 a street corner meeting will be held centrally in Kolkata at Amherst Street and B.B. Ganguly Street crossing (Bank of India more) organized jointly by ETP and Kolkata district unions. It is advised to the district unions that the campaign programme to be taken  up at the grass route level, as such they are requested to conduct street corner meetings in large numbers.   

Colourful Street Corner Meetings conducted by Asansol District : As per the decision of AUAB that street corner meetings to be conducted for massive campaign amongst the people regarding the demand to roll back the decision of the Central Govt. for formation Subsidiary Tower Company and anti BSNL attitude of the Govt. Accordingly AUAB of Asansol District conducted colourful Street Corner meetings yesterday i.e on 9th May, 2018 at 5 different spots of Asansol Town e.g Durgamandir Bus Stop, Raha Lane, Railway Station, City Bus Terminus and Court More. The meetings were held from 5PM to 7PM. Com. Subrata Misra, Com. Sutapa Roy, Com. Chanchal Sen and Com. Biswanth Mondal on behalf of AZUAB apprised the people of Asansol Town regarding the conspiracy of the Central Govt. to weaken BSNL by forming Subsidiary Tower Company with the 70,000 BSNL towers and sell out the state owned company is the ultimate goal of the Modi Govt. <<Photos>>

UPDATED ON 9-05-2018 AT 1945 HRS.

BSNLEU, WB Circle raised demanded before CGM, WB Circle for 4G service in West Bengal: In the last Circle Council Meeting held on 7th May, 2018 BSNL Employees union enquired whether in this financial year i.e on 2018-19 4G service could be provided in West Bengal or otherwise. CGMT expressed his helplessness in this regard. He said that until and unless DOT provides 4G compatible spectrum for the purpose till such time there is no scope to introduce 4G service in our state. However, CGM informed that the HOC meeting is going to be held on 10 & 11 of this month in Delhi from there only we could know the pan and programme of BSNL. He also informed the house that at present all efforts will be taken for rendering better service to the customers by up gradation of the existing 2G & 3G BTS and conversion of exchanges to NGN.     

UPDATED ON 7-05-2018 AT 2000 HRS.

Call Attention Day was observed with enthusiasm:  On 3rd May, 2018 at the call of BSNLEU (CHQ) the Call Attention Day was observed throughout West Bengal Circle. In Kolkata at CGMT office the three dist. union jointly observed the programme wearing demand batch. Good number of workers assembled in the programme. The programme was started with slogans shouting. Thereafter, The leadership deliberated their speech before the gathering. Com Sujoy Sarkar, Dist.Secy CGMT office, Com. Manik Sarkar, Dist Secy., Kolkata SSA, Com Ramprasad Dutta, Br. Secy., Kolkata Engg. Branch and Com Anindya Kr Sarkar, Circle Org. Secy. spoke before the gathering.  <Photos>  

Street Corner Campaign Programme Started in West Bengal :    Today the 7th May, 2018 at the call of AUAB the campaign programme started in West Bengal Circle.  ETR division conducted the campaign programme at Teritty Bzar a well populated business area in Kolkata. The campaign programme was conducted in demand to roll back the decision of the Central Govt. to form the Subsidiary Tower Company and anti BSNL attitude of the Govt.. So far the news received by the Circle Union that the programme was held at the streets of Asansol and Kharagpur. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, Com. Asis Das, Asstt. Circle Secretary, Com. Ashis Kr. Das, District Secretary, ETR spoke before the public who gathered to hear the leaders and the passers by. <Photo>

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