BSNL CASUAL & CONTRACT WORKERS FEDERATION
K. G. BOSE SMRITEE BHAWAN, 20A, Adwaita Mullick Lane, Kolkata – 700 006
Phone: (033) 2237-9450, 2530–2424
11 January, 2018:Gratuity issue will be discussed on 22nd January, 2018 at Corporate Office.
It is a good news that the gratuity issue will be discussed in the meeting of GM (HR)s of circles which will be held at Corporate Office on 22nd January, 2018. Some of the circles are yet to send the information as asked by Corporate Office vide letter no.11-3/2014-LB dated 17.02.2017. Reminder has issued again on 10th January on the same subject. The same matter was also discussed with Assistant Labour Commissioner, Delhi on 9th January. The labour commissioner assured to the leadership of BSNLCCWF that necessary action will be taken to implement the Gratuity Act for the casual contract labour in BSNL. Now, the BSNL Management is taking interest to settle the issue. Hope, they will take a final decision on 22nd January, 2018, in this subject.<<view CO letter>>
10 January, 2018:Raipur is ready for holding the CEC meeting of BSNLCCWF.
Preparation for holding the CEC meeting a Raipur is totally completed, as it was informed by Com. Kausik, Circle Secretary. At the last movement, now the workers are very much busy to colouring the street from Railway Station to Conference Hall by Red Flag and Chain flag of the organisation. The name of the venue of the conference is Bipra Bhawan, Samta Colony, which is 1.5 km distance from the Raipur Railway station. A Reception Committee has been formed under the leadership of Com. R.S. Bhatt, CS, BSNLEU, Com. Aswani Kausik, CS, BSNLCWU, Chhiattisgarh, Com. Om Prakash Sahu, Com. R.K. Nagarji, DS, BSNLEU, Raipur and some other comrades. Com.Dharmaraj Mahapatra, State Secretary, CITU, will inaugurate the CEC meeting on 13th January, 2018, at 10:30 AM and Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and Com. S.C. Bhattacharya, veteran leader of AIBDPA, Com. R.S. Bhatt, CS, will be the other speaker in the inaugural session. On the next day at 1:00 PM an open session will be held at Raipur, were the regular staff and the contract workers will attend in more numbers from the neighbouring districts. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, President and Com. Animesh Mitra, Secretary General and Com. Tapas Ghosh, Working President, will be the main speaker of the open session. Reception Committee has informed us as the winder session is going on in a pick form and the temperature at Raipur will be about 9 degree Centigrade, so delegates are requested to bring sufficient warm cloths and beddings. Delegates are requested to contact with Com. R.K. Nagarji (9425511655) Com. R.S. Bhatt (9425234092) and Com. Aswani Kausik (9479030730) to get other information in details .
10 January, 2018:Negotiation backed by agitation will give some result – A good experience in Kerala circle.
Contract labours in Kerala circle had issue a notice to the Management for agitational programme including strike. A good campaign programme was also organised on the subject. To avoid the situation and after the intervention by the Regional Labour Commission a meeting was held between the Administration and Union representatives. As a result, the agitational programme have postponed in Kerala. It has reported by the circle union that the Management has confirmed the payment of the wages to the labours within 7th of every month. Order will be issued to all SSA heads for implementation of minimum labour rate as recorded in Gazette Notification with in 30th January, 2018. It was also agreed to complete the works related to categorisation of labour with in 31st October. The Bonus issue could not be settled in the discussion and now it has decided that the CGMT will be approached for his intervention. It has proved once again that the negotiation backed by agitation will give some result every time.
10 January, 2018:Be serious to register your complain related to exploitation on casual contract labour at the grass root level.
Retrenchment of the contract labours and violation of labour laws has become a regular feature in BSNL, in some circles like Haryana, Punjab, Bihar, Jharkhand, etc. UP (East) is such a circle where our union had submitted a categorically report on this subject. They have also conducted some trade union action programme in UP(East) circle. Incident of retrenchment of contract labour happens in Haryana, Punjab, Bihar, etc. Yesterday, we have pointed out the specific complaints of UP (East) circle to the ALC, Delhi, and demanded for an enquiry from the CLC on this subject. We had also submitted the same letter to Smt. Sujata T. Ray, Director (HR). Workers are being harassed to get salary in due time in most of the circle on the plea of fund curtailment from Corporate Office. We are requesting to all circle union to submit a specific complain on this subject to your RLC or Dy.CLC, so that we can take up the case at higher level. A copy of letter from CHQ to CLC on the UP (East) subject is enclosed herewith for your ready reference. Hope, you will also take the same action at your own level.<<view of the letter submitted to the CLC>>
09 January, 2018:Important Meeting held with Assistant Labour Commission (C), New Delhi on the main demands of the Strike issues.
Today, an important meeting was held between Assistant Labour Commission (C), New Delhi and the leaders of the BSNLCCWF. Com.Animesh Mitra, Secretary General and Com. Tapas Kumar Ghosh, Working President, were present in the meeting. On the charter of demands of the strike held on 12th and 13th December, 2017, this meeting was arranged by the ALC (C), New Delhi. We have explained the demands of the contract and casual workers in details in the meeting. After hearing patiently all the points from the leadership of BSNLCCWF, Sri Niranjan Kumar, Assistant Labour Commission(C), New Delhi has agreed to give a notice to the BSNL Management to be present in the next meeting which will be held on 22-02-2018. It has also decided in the meeting that the Labour Commissioner will ask the BSNL Management to get appropriate reply on the charter of demands submitted by the Unions. In the meeting, the leadership raised the main points like these:- (a) implementation of the labour rate for the contract labour based on Gazette Notification in all Circles, (b) Casual Labourers wages to be revised based on 7th CPC recommendation (c) Gratuity for casual and contract workers, (d) Early payment on fixed date through cheque, (e) introduction of the scheme for the regualarisation (f) problem related to retrenchment of contract labourers etc. BSNLCCWF will continue it’s efforts to settle the issues at the earliest.
BSNLCCWF is taking up the issues of the casual and contract workers with the government, Chief Labour Commissioner, Communications Minister, DOT as also CMD BSNL and other officers of BSNL. These correspondences will be posted here.
09 January, 2018:CHQ writes to Corporate Office on Violation of the Labour Laws in BSNL in UP (East), Circle.<<view letter>>
04 January, 2018:CHQ writes to GM (Restg.) on hunger Strike is going on in Tamil Nadu circle – Request for intervention.<<view letter>>
29 December, 2017:CHQ writes to GM (Restg.) on Day to day maintenance work to maintain the network and infrastructure is being affected due to non-payment of wages to the workers.<<view letter>>
28 December, 2017:CHQ writes to Director (HR) on irregular payment of wage in r/o the Contract Workers due to Non-availability of fund.<<view letter>>
08 November, 2017:CHQ writes to Chief Labour Commissioner, (Central) on wages to the Casual Labourers in BSNL.<<view letter>>
08 November, 2017:CHQ writes to CMD BSNL on Revision of Wages of Casual Labouers in BSNL.<<view letter>>
08 November, 2017:BSNL CCWF letter to Director (HR) on Revision of Wages of Casual Labouers in BSNL.<<view letter>>