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AGITATION: Members of the Tamil Nadu Telecom Contract Workers’ Union and the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Employees’ Union staging a dharna at Palayamkottai on Tuesday.
BSNL contract workers stage dharna
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GITATION:
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Members of the Tamil Nadu Telecom Contract Workers’ Union and the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Employees’ Union staging a dharna at Palayamkottai on Tuesday.
TIRUNELVELI: Members of the Tamil Nadu Telecom Contract Workers’ Union and the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Employees’ Union – Tamil Nadu staged a dharna here on Tuesday.
They demanded pay on a par with the salary of Grade D employees of the BSNL.
The protestors said that thousands of contract workers had been posted temporarily in the BSNL in housekeeping, cable repairing, telegram delivery etc. even as thousands of postings were remaining vacant, owing to a ban on recruitment. However, the contract workers, who did not have job security, were being given inconsistent pay that varied from district to district.
Moreover, the contractors were not making statutory payments of the EPF and ESI, they alleged.
Hence, the contractor workers should be given salary equal to the pay of Grade D employee of the BSNL, the protestors said.
While district vice-president of the union D. Gopalan presided over the agitation, R. Karumalaiyan of the CITU inaugurated the protest.
State vice-president of BSNL Employees Union V.S. Vemburaja, divisional secretary of Insurance Employees Union R.S. Durairaj and others spoke.Tuticorin
Members affiliated to the BSNL Employees Union and Tamil Nadu Contract Workers Union also staged a demonstration in the town.
They demanded wage revision for all contract workers deployed in the telecom sector.
K Gandhi, president, BSNL Employees Union, spoke.

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Telecom employees stage demonstration in Tuticorin
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Staff Reporter
Tuticorin: Telecom employees affiliated to BSNL Employees Union and Tamil Nadu Telecom Contract Workers Union (TNTCWU) staged a demonstration to press their 13-point charter of demands, in front of the Office of the General Manager of BSNL here on Tuesday.
The agitators said that all contract workers employed by the BSNL should be treated on a par with the employees.
Wages of contract employees should be commensurate with the hours they put in at the workplace.
They should be given provident fund, pension and other social security benefits like housing.
Likewise, the kin of the contract workers should be given adequate compensation similar to the package extended to the people on permanent payroll, in the case of death in harness.
Exploitation of the contract workforce should be stopped immediately.
M. Jeyamurugan, district secretary of BSNL EU, P. Ramar, assistant district secretary, BSNL EU, and A. Paramasivam, district secretary of TNTCWU, spoke.

BSNL CASUAL & CONTRACT WORKERS’ FEDERATION
K. G. BOSE SMRITEE BHAWAN
20A, Adwaita Mullick Lane, Kolkata – 700 006
Phone : - (033) 2237-9450, (033) 2530 – 2424
Ref. No. BSNLCCWF/01 (-1)/2008 Dated 28-03-2008
To
All CHQ office Bearers & Circle Secretaries
Dear Comrades,
At the outset, on behalf of the BSNL Casual & Contract Workers’ Federation, CHQ
congratulate and convey Red Salute to all our leaders, organizer and participants who made
the all India Convention of Casual & Contract Workers of BSNL, held at Kolkata on 14th &
15th March,2008 a grand success. Significantly, BSNL is the only PSU in India where such a
Federation for unorganized workers is formed.
Accordingly, the following office bearers were elected unanimously from the
convention.
President : Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri
Vice President 1. Com. M.Murugaiah (Tamil Nadu)
2. Com. G.J.Sheikh (Madhya Pradesh)
3. Com. Cheluvaraj (Karnataka)
Secretary General : Com. Tapas Ghosh (West Bengal)
Secretaries : 1. Com. N.Suresh (Kerala)
2. Com. R.Ravi Kumar (Andhra Pradesh)
3. Com. B.R.Bibe (Maharashtra)
4. Com. Ashok Samal (Orissa)
Treasurer : Com. Tapas Banerjee (Kolkata)
Asst. Treasurer : Com. Ms. Jakulin Gohain (Assam)
The newly elected Office Bearers in their first meeting instant took the following
decisions.
01. Head Quarter : - All India Head Quarter (HQ) of “BSNL Casual & Contract Workers
Federation” will be at K. G. BOSE SMRITI BHAWAN, 20A, ADWAITA MULLICK
LANE, KOLKATA – 700 006.
02. Amount of Levy :- Circle Leaders are requested to remit Re. 1 per member per
month to CHQ regularly to carry on the smooth functioning and programmes of CHQ.
03. Detail Report : - Circle leaders are also requested to send (a) number of nonregular
workers working in their circle. (b) Telephone number, FAX number, Postal
Address, Email Address and Mobile numbers of the Circle Leaders as well as CHQ
office bearers attached to their Circle.
04. Demands : - The first meeting of the CHQ office Bearers as adopted a dozen of
demands for taking up with the BSNL management and the Government.
(a) Regularize all left out Casual Labours.
(b) The Casual / Contract labour should be paid minimum of the wage paid to regulars
employee.
(c) EPF, ESI, Gratuity and other social security benefits should be implemented.
(d) Paid weekly off.
(e) Payment of Bonus.
(f) Continuity of work even after change of Contractor.
(g) Maintenance of proper record of engagement
(h) Photo identity cards to be issued.
(i) Maternity leave.
(j) Supply of towels, soaps etc.
(k) Introduce in Parliament a comprehensive bill on Unorganized Labour.
(l) Implement all the labour laws.
(05) Programme of Action : - In order to gent these demands achieved, the CHQ calls
upon the organizers to successfully organize the following agitational programmes.
(a) Observe Demands Day on 10th April 2008 and submit the Charter of Demands to
CGMs through SSA Heads.
(b) Organise state level conventions on the above mentioned demands within 30th
June,2008.
With warms greetings.
Comradely yours
(Tapas Ghosh)
Secretary General
09434759450

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BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation formed


CHQ announces with pride that the two day All India Convention of BSNL Casual and Contract Workers, successfully held at Kolkata, on 14th and 15th March, 2008, has formed the “BSNL CASUAL AND CONTRACT WORKERS FEDERATION.”

Com. Moni Bose, Veteran leader and working chairman of the Reception Committee, hoisted the Red Flag. A cultural programme by West Bengal Comrades marked the beginning of the convention. Comrades J.N. Mishra (President, BSNLEU) K. Mohanan (Kerala), M. Murugaiah (Tamil Nadu), Saibal Sen Gupta (Kolkata) and Pankaj Chatterjee (West Bengal) presided over the convention. Com. Animesh Mitra, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU, West Bengal and General Secretary of the Reception Committee, welcomed all. Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, General Secretary, BSNLEU, inaugurated the convention and presented the draft declaration of the convention.

329 Casual and Contract Workers participated as delegates. Except 3 circles, all other circles are represented in the convention. The total number of delegates and observers was 502, which includes 17 Circle Secretaries and CHQ office-bearers of BSNLEU.

The convention was addressed by Com. M.K. Pandhe, President, CITU, Com. Shyamal Chakraborthy, West Bengal state president of CITU, Com. Moni Bose, Veteran Leader, Com. S.S. Roy, Convenor, 12th July Committee, Com. Piyush Roy, leader of the Central Govt. Employees, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri, General Secretary, BSNLEU and Com. P. Abhimanyu, Dy. General Secretary, BSNLEU. A colourful procession took place on 15.03.2008.

Totally 28 delegates participated in the debate. The Draft Declaration was adopted unanimously. The convention also unanimously elected the following as the All India Office-bearers of “BSNL Casual and Contract Workers Federation.”

President: Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri (GS, BSNLEU)

Vice President: (1) Com. M. Murugaiah (Tamil Nadu)
(2) Com. G.J. Sheikh (Madhya Pradesh)
(3) Com. Cheluvaraj (Karnataka)

Secretary General: Com. Tapas Ghosh (West Bengal)

Secretaries: (1) Com. N. Suresh (Kerala)
(2) Com. R. Ravi Kumar (Andhra Pradesh)
(3) Com. B.R. Bibe (Maharashtra)
(4) Com. Ashok Samal (Orissa)

Treasurer: Com. Tapas Bannerjee (Kolkata)

Asst. Treasurer: Com. (Ms) Jetuli Gogain (Assam)

On behalf of the Reception Committee, Com. Animesh Mitra donated Rs. 50,000 to the newly born union, to start it’s functioning. On behalf of BSNLEU, Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri (GS), donated Rs. 20,000 to the union.

CHQ congratulates and expresses it’s gratitude to the Comrades of West Bengal Circle and Kolkata Telephones for organizing this highly successful convention. CHQ also congratulates the Circle Unions of BSNLEU, for taking efforts for the successful launching of the new federation.
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Memorandum submitted to the Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour on the plight of Casual and Contractual Labourers working in BSNL
BSNLEU / 300 (GL) Dated 4.06.2007
Respected Sir,

1. Govt. of India, Department of Labour based on the law of the land discourages engagement of Casual workers against permanent nature of work. It is observed that despite such directive, Casual Workers are being deployed against permanent work and they have been working for years together as AC Plant Operators, Power Plant Operators, Generator Operators and also engaged in Electrical Maintenance, House Keeping and day to day Line Maintenance. Although each of the above items is the life line for BSNL and without which, the Telecommunication Network can not exist, yet significantly the same person being either a Casual or Contractual Labour has been working continuously for years as a Casual / Contractual Labour only. They hardly have any opportunity of being absorbed.

2. In view of the huge expansion of Tele-Network of BSNL, a large number of Group-“C” and Group-“D” employees are required for both outdoor work as well as indoor work within the exchanges. The last recruitment took place against Group-D vacancies on 01.10.2000, the first day of formation of day Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, through the process of regularisation of Casual labourers. Even then, there are many left out Casual Labourers who are eligible for absorption and are yet to be regularised. The number of such Casual Labourers are more than 10,000. During the period since B S N L was formed, due to massive expansion of the Network, the area of work has been extended to a wider range which has resultantly necessitated deployment of increased workforce. But instead of recruitment of regular employees, Casual and Contractual labourers have been engaged to cope with the increased work.
3. Large number of Casual and Contractual labourers are working in the BSNL establishments throughout the country. Almost in all Telephone Exchanges / offices a good number of workers are either Casual or Contractual Labourers. In some areas, the small Telephone Exchanges are run by only the Casual or contractual labourers. In West Bengal Circle, Andhra Pradesh Circle, NE, Orissa etc., besides Contractual labourers, there are a substantial number of Casual labourers also whose names were duly recommended by the concerned Chief General Managers, for regularisation and forwarded to the BSNL H.Q. New Delhi a few years ago. The total number of Casual labourers whose names were recommended and forwarded to the BSNL H.Q. New Delhi from the Circles like Assam, NE-1, NE-2, Orissa, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh is around 4000. But even after working several years, they are not regularized. It is very much necessary in the interest of justice and in fairness that all these casual labourers are regularized.

4. There is no standard formula being followed in BSNL to determine the wage of Casual and Contractual labourers. Although there is a clear verdict of the Supreme Court regarding equal wage for equal work and based on the order of the Govt. of India, Department of Personnel and Training, the wage of the Casual Labourers used to have been determined according to the rate of pay of a Group-D employee during the period of Department of Telecommunications e.g. before formation of BSNL; But unfortunately in most of the areas, the wage of these Casual and Contractual labourers is very meagre.

5. It is to be mentioned in this regard that there is no specific formula being followed to determine the wage of Casual and Contractual Labourers in BSNL at present. But the wage of the Casual and Contractual Labourers used to have been determined according to the rate of pay of a regular Gr-D employee in DOT era. Now it is in the fitness of the thing that the wage of the Casual and Contractual labourers be determined as per the minimum of wage of a regular Group-D employees of BSNL.

6. Even this meagre amount is not paid in the own names of the labourers rather, they are compelled to receive the wage either in other names or without any document. As a result, there are complaints that the actual amount of expenditure towards labour payment is not usually reflected in the Accounts of different BSNL establishments, it is booked on other heads of Accounts. If the demand for payment of wages in one’s own name or at par with the rate of a Group-D employee’s pay is raised, the question of engaging one labour for only one hundred days in a year is posed by the base level officers. As such under compelling situation these labourers are compelled to accept the existing practice.

7. Schemes of EPF and ESI have not yet been introduced in most of the areas. If the contractor does not remit the amount of EPF & ESI, BSNL being the Principal Employer needs to apply its authority of taking action against such contractor. But the fact remains that despite violating the norms, the contractor is never penalized, rather, the contractor used to get the labour tender as usual and get his bills passed and paid normally, but the labourers suffer non-payment of wages for months together. They are not even provided with Identity Cards.

It is requested that the Standing Committee on Labour may consider the above points and submit favourable recommendation to the Government.
Yours faithfully,
New Delhi [V.A.N. Namboodiri]
4.06.2007 General Secretary, BSNLEU
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(A GOVERNMENT OF INDIA ENTERPRISES)
SR Cell, Corporate Office
A-601, STATESMAN HOUSE, BARAKHAMBA ROAD
NEW DELHI – 110001
No. BSNL/20-11/SR/2007 Dated, the 6th June, 2007
To
1. Sr. DDG (Estt.)/ DDG (CA) / DDG (Pers.), BSNL C.O.
2. CGMs - West Bengal / Assam / Orissa / A & N / NE-I / NE-II / NE TF /
Kolkata TD / ETR / ETP / Telecom Stores, Kolkata / Telecom Factory,
Kolkata.
3. General Manager Telecom District,
Gangtok.
Sub: Visit of the Standing Committee on Labour to Darjeeling, Gangtok,
Siliguri and Kolkata from 1st June to 6th June, 2007 - regarding
Sir,
In connection with the visit of the Standing Committee on Labour to
Darjeeling, Gangtok, Siliguri and Kolkata from 1st June to 6th June, 2007, a copy
of the Supplementary List of Points as received from the Lok Sabha Sectt., is
sent herewith for your information and necessary action.
2. It is requested that the requisite information may please be furnished to
this Cell within a week's time so that a consolidated report could be made
available to the Lok Sabha Sectt.
Yours faithfully,
(Shakeel Ahmad)
DDG (SR), BSNL C.O.
Encl: As above
SUPPLEMENTARY LIST OF POINTS
BHARAT SANCHAR NIGAM LIMITED
1. It has been stated in your reply that all the employees are getting benefits
of PF/EPF but the reply is silent whether the workers appointed after
01.10.2000 have been issued National Social Security Number (NSSN).
Please state whether the employees have been allotted NSSN Number.
If not, the reasons therefore and by when these are likely to be allotted.
[Action : DDG(CA)]
2. How many issues concerning employees of Eastern Region have been
referred to the National Council during the last three years.
[Action : DDG(SR)]
3. It has-been stated that the process of fresh wage agreement has been
initiated. Please give the details of wage agreement, which will be
effective from 1st January, 2007. The time by which wage agreement will
be announced.
[Action : DDG(SR)]
4. (a) Please state the number of cases filed in various courts by the
workers in the eastern region during the last three years. What is the
nature of the cases.
[Action: All Telecom. Circles, Eastern Region]
(b) Whether adequate steps have been taken at various levels to
expedite the disposal of these cases.
[Action: All Telecom. Circles, Eastern Region]
5. Whether workers have any grievances regarding safety, health & welfare
measures particularly in the Eastern states.
[Action: All Telecom. Circles, Eastern Region]
6. Whether the food available in canteen is not provided at the subsidized
rate. If not, the reasons therefor.
[Action: All Telecom. Circles, Eastern Region]
7. (a) 44 casual labour are stated to be working in BSNL, Gangtok,
Please specify since when they are working.
[Action: CGM, WB Circle/GMTD Gangtok]
(b) The details of wages being paid to them.
[Action: CGM, WB Circle/GMTD Gangtok]
(c) By when their services are likely to be regularized.
[Action : Sr.DDG(Estt)/CGM/WB]
8. (a) Please state the number of cases pending for compassionate
appointment in the Eastern region during the last three years.
[Action : Sr.DDG(Estt)/ All Telecom. Circles, Eastern Region]
(b) Also please state the number of compassionate appointment
made during the period.
[Action : Sr.DDG(Estt)/ All Telecom. Circles, Eastern Region]
(c) By when the pending cases for compassionate appointment are
likely to be decided.
[Action : Sr.DDG(Estt)/ All Telecom. Circles, Eastern Region]
9. (a) Please state the manner/mechanism in which the workers and
representatives of trade unions are involved in decision making.
[Action : DDG(SR )/All Telecom. Circles, Eastern Region)]
(b) Also please specify the number of cases, which have been
decided after taking the representatives of unions into confidence
during the last one year.
[Action: DDG (SR)/All Telecom. Circles, Eastern Region)]
10. It has been stated that social security schemes are not applicable to
contract/casual labourers except productivity linked incentive. Please
justify the reasons.
[Action : Sr.DDG(Estt.)]
11. Please give details of various welfare measures taken ab initio by BSNL
for workers, in addition to the statutory obligations.
[Action : DDG(Pers )/All Telecom. Circles, Eastern Region)]
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Memorandum submitted to the Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour on the

plight of Casual and Contractual Labourers working in BSNL
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BSNLEU / 300 (GL) Dated 4.06.2007

Respected Sir,

1. Govt. of India, Department of Labour based on the law of the land discourages engagement of Casual workers against permanent nature of work. It is observed that despite such directive, Casual Workers are being deployed against permanent work and they have been working for years together as AC Plant Operators, Power Plant Operators, Generator Operators and also engaged in Electrical Maintenance, House Keeping and day to day Line Maintenance. Although each of the above items is the life line for BSNL and without which, the Telecommunication Network can not exist, yet significantly the same person being either a Casual or Contractual Labour has been working continuously for years as a Casual / Contractual Labour only. They hardly have any opportunity of being absorbed.

2. In view of the huge expansion of Tele-Network of BSNL, a large number of Group-“C” and Group-“D” employees are required for both outdoor work as well as indoor work within the exchanges. The last recruitment took place against Group-D vacancies on 01.10.2000, the first day of formation of day Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, through the process of regularisation of Casual labourers. Even then, there are many left out Casual Labourers who are eligible for absorption and are yet to be regularised. The number of such Casual Labourers are more than 10,000. During the period since B S N L was formed, due to massive expansion of the Network, the area of work has been extended to a wider range which has resultantly necessitated deployment of increased workforce. But instead of recruitment of regular employees, Casual and Contractual labourers have been engaged to cope with the increased work.
3. Large number of Casual and Contractual labourers are working in the BSNL establishments throughout the country. Almost in all Telephone Exchanges / offices a good number of workers are either Casual or Contractual Labourers. In some areas, the small Telephone Exchanges are run by only the Casual or contractual labourers. In West Bengal Circle, Andhra Pradesh Circle, NE, Orissa etc., besides Contractual labourers, there are a substantial number of Casual labourers also whose names were duly recommended by the concerned Chief General Managers, for regularisation and forwarded to the BSNL H.Q. New Delhi a few years ago. The total number of Casual labourers whose names were recommended and forwarded to the BSNL H.Q. New Delhi from the Circles like Assam, NE-1, NE-2, Orissa, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh is around 4000. But even after working several years, they are not regularized. It is very much necessary in the interest of justice and in fairness that all these casual labourers are regularized.

4. There is no standard formula being followed in BSNL to determine the wage of Casual and Contractual labourers. Although there is a clear verdict of the Supreme Court regarding equal wage for equal work and based on the order of the Govt. of India, Department of Personnel and Training, the wage of the Casual Labourers used to have been determined according to the rate of pay of a Group-D employee during the period of Department of Telecommunications e.g. before formation of BSNL; But unfortunately in most of the areas, the wage of these Casual and Contractual labourers is very meagre.

5. It is to be mentioned in this regard that there is no specific formula being followed to determine the wage of Casual and Contractual Labourers in BSNL at present. But the wage of the Casual and Contractual Labourers used to have been determined according to the rate of pay of a regular Gr-D employee in DOT era. Now it is in the fitness of the thing that the wage of the Casual and Contractual labourers be determined as per the minimum of wage of a regular Group-D employees of BSNL.

6. Even this meagre amount is not paid in the own names of the labourers rather, they are compelled to receive the wage either in other names or without any document. As a result, there are complaints that the actual amount of expenditure towards labour payment is not usually reflected in the Accounts of different BSNL establishments, it is booked on other heads of Accounts. If the demand for payment of wages in one’s own name or at par with the rate of a Group-D employee’s pay is raised, the question of engaging one labour for only one hundred days in a year is posed by the base level officers. As such under compelling situation these labourers are compelled to accept the existing practice.

7. Schemes of EPF and ESI have not yet been introduced in most of the areas. If the contractor does not remit the amount of EPF & ESI, BSNL being the Principal Employer needs to apply its authority of taking action against such contractor. But the fact remains that despite violating the norms, the contractor is never penalized, rather, the contractor used to get the labour tender as usual and get his bills passed and paid normally, but the labourers suffer non-payment of wages for months together. They are not even provided with Identity Cards.

It is requested that the Standing Committee on Labour may consider the above points and submit favourable recommendation to the Government.
Yours faithfully,
New Delhi [V.A.N. Namboodiri] 4.06.2007 General Secretary, BSNLEU