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JAC in Chennai Telephones:
As per decision of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of all Non-Executive unions in BSNL at the National level it is decided to form JAC in Chennai telephones at the Circle level on 30/07/2014. A meeting of all Non- Executive unions is called on that day to declare the formation of JAC in Chennai telephones.
Glimpses of Com,C.K.M. recent organizational tour:
Our Circle union office bearers M.K.Ramaswamy, C.K.Mathivanan, K.M.Elangovan, V.Ravi along with Kancheepuram District secretary toured the Kancheepuram district area and met personally all the New members who have recently joined NFTE-BSNL and welcomed them in Kancheepuram, Singaperumal Koil, Maraimalai Nagar and Thiruporur Exchanges. The New members very attentively heard our views and assured for working to strengthen the union. The BSNLEU branches at both Singaperrumal Koil and Thiruporur Exchenages were totally dissolved and new branches of NFTE-BSNL opened at both the places. During the tour of Kancheepuram Telephone Exchange wherein more than 60 New members joined our union, the important comrades met in the presence of circle office bearers and decided to hold grand function on 08/08/2014 at New telephone Exchange complex, Kancheepuram to welcome and felicitate the new members. The meeting will be addressed by Sr. leader R.K., Comrades C.K.Mathivanan, G.Jayaraman and Krishnamohan of Bangalore. We extend thanks once again for all those comrades who worked for this achievement.
Nationwide demonstration by JAC on 07/08/2014:
The JAC has decided to observe a demands day throughout the Country on 07/08/2014 by wearing demands badges and holding lunch hour demonstration. We are in touch with Circle secretary of BSNLEU so that JAC is formed in Chennai telephones and demands day is observed in Chennai telephones very effectively. Hence all are requested to be prepare for the demands day. Further intimation will be given after the JAC meeting.
Deloitte committee Recommendations:
We strongly condemn the recommendations of the “Deloitte Consultancy” which was forwarded to all circle heads in BSNL for their comments and plan for implementation since their recommendations are mainly to reduce the staff strength particularly Non-Executive staff strength, merge and abolish SSA’s and reduce the expenditure on Employees. We are not against the sincere attempt to revive BSNL and improve its financial position. However in the name of restructuring we will not allow the management to take decisions which are against the interests of both BSNL and Service in BSNL. We hope the newly formed JAC will not waste any more time for organizing effective struggle immediately against the retrograde “Deloitte” recommendations. Our circle union in its meeting with the Sr.GM(HR&Admn) on 23/07/2014 will elicit the information regarding Chennai telephones in the recommendations and the views of the management on it. Our circle union will discuss this issue in the General council meeting to be held on 09/08/2014 to decide upon our reactions and response. All are requested to study the said recommendations and come prepared for thorough discussions on 09/08/2014. The General council meeting will be held at Dinrose RSU on 09/8/2014 at 02.00 PM sharply.
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Meeting with CGM on 16/07/2014:
A formal meeting with CGM, Chennai telephones was held on 16/07/2014, in which Sr. GM(HR&Admn), Addl GM(HR&Admn), AGM (Esst), SDE(SR) also participated. Our Circle union was represented by comrades M.K.Ramaswamy, C.K.Mathivanan, S.C. Bose, T.R. Rajasekaran, K.M. Elangovan and C.Ravi.
The following items were also discussed in the course of the meeting,
Marching towards District Conferences:
The District unions will hold Executive meetings for the preparation of District Conferences.
1.19/07/2004… STR-STP District Executive Meeting.
2.23/07/2014… Kancheepuram District Executive Meeting.
3.28/07/2014.. North Chennai Executive Meeting.
Already South Chennai District and Thiruvallur District unions have conducted their Executive meetings.
Secretariat Meetings Decides:
The meeting of the secretariat on 15/07/2014 decided to invite the following leaders as special guest for the District conferences as mentioned below.
1.North Chennai District Conference on 20/08/2014: Com.S.Anandan,CS,NFTCL,Tamil Nadu Circle .
2.South Chennai District Conference on 18/08/2014:Com.L.Subbarayan,ACS,Tamil Nadu Circle.
3.STR-STP District Conference on 25/08/2014:Com.AshokRaj,Circletreasurer,Tamil Nadu Circle 4.Thiruvallur District Conference on 27/08/2014:Com.S.Mahalingam,Working President NFTCL,Tamil Nadu Circle.5.Kancheepuram District Conference on 28/08/2014:Com.G.Jayaraman,Secretary,CHQ.
Committee formed to celebrate the retirement of Com. M.K.Ramaswamy Circle President:
The secretariat meeting of the circle union held on 15/07/2014 decided to form a committee to organize a grand farewell for our circle president who will be retiring on 30/09/2014. Com. M.K.Ramaswamy is a very senior leader of our union from the days of NFPTE. He worked as the Divisional secretaries and Assitant Circle secretaries for the line staff union. After the merger of E3 and E4 union to form NFTE-BSNL he was elected as the Circle treasurer and continued till November-2012. In the last conference he was elected as the Circle president of NFTE –BSNL. He led many struggles and agitation and faced numerous victimization and the last one being the two days FR-17A for his participation in the agitation during the last week of December-2013. He is a fighter and a complete loyalist for the cause of working class. Branch and Division unions are requested to plan for the big event in September-2014.
President…. Com. T.Dhansingh,
Secretary…… Com. S.C. Bose,
Treasurer…… Com. K.M.Elangovan,
Members: C.Ravi, T.R.Rajasekaran, S. Rajendran, M.Kabali, M.Nagarajan, C.K.Ragunathan, S.Ekambaram, K.Anbu and R. Anbalagan.
Welcome to New Members:
The Circle union very happily announce the arrival of more than 280 members to NFTE-BSNL on 15/07/2014. We gained the new membership mainly from BSNLEU, NFTBE,TEPU and FNTO. Leading comrades of BSNLEU including its North-West district secretary K. Venkatesan have joined NFTE-BSNL due to the undemocratic and castiest activities of BSNLEU. Similarly comrades D.S.Ramprabhu and Panchatcharam of NFTBE left that union to join NFTE-BSNL with more than 51 comrades. It is to be noted that comrade D.S. Ramprabhu is the present circle secretary and Com. Panchatcharam is the present circle president of NFTBE. With this NFTBE in Chennai telephones is almost finished.
The Circle union congratulates all the Divisional secretaries and District secretaries for this massive New membership and thank them for achieving the target fixed for 2014. A detailed breakup figures vide District unions will be released in a few days time.
NFTCL District unit opened on 13/07/2014 at Aurangabad(MAHARASTRA):
Com. Danni has organized a well attended convention of Telecom Contract labours on Sunday(13/07/2014) at Aurangabad(MH) in which the District body of NFTCL was inaugurated. The comrades of Maharastra are moving forward to organize the state convention of NFTCL in Maharastra after the Assembly election. We congratulate and wish them every success.
New TTA postings and Request transfers of Existing TTA’s:
Today a meeting was held under the chairmanship of CGM, Chennai telephones for which both NFTE_BSNL and BSNLEU were invited. The main agenda for discussions in the said meeting was the postings and transfers in the TTA cadre. In the meeting NFTE-BSNL was represented by Com. C.K.Mathivanan, and Com. K.MElangovan, ACS. The management side was represented by Sr. GM(F) , Sr. GM(HR&Admn), Addl. GM (HR&Admn), AGM(HR&Admn), SDE(Rect) and SDE(Admn). BSNLEU was represented by Com. K. Govindarajan, CS and Com. Jayavelu, ACS.
Within next few days 35 Direct recruited TTA’s will complete their training and get their first posting orders. Utilizing this opportunity both the unions demanded consideration of all type of transfer request with in Chennai telephones from Chenglepet area to Chennai telephones and to other circles. After detailed discussion the following was agreed to by all concern.
1. 21 out of 35 new TTA’s will be posted in rural areas and will be utilized to transfer all the 21 TTA’s( Both Directly recruited and Promoted) to Chennai area.
2. Orders will be issued for all the 9 approved Rule-8 transfers in the cadre of TTA’s.
Further the remaining Rule-8 transfer applications of TTA’s pending with the Administration will be forwarded to respective circle immediately. We hope these decisions will benefit the existing employees in the cadre of TTA since their long wait for more than six years to get their transfer orders for their place of choice will be issued in a week’s time. NFTE-BSNL convey its sincere thanks to the CGM, Sr.GM(HR&Admn) and other officers for agreeing to the demands raised by our union for the sake of both Directly recruited and promoted TTA’s.
Secretariat meeting on 15/07/2014:
The meeting of the secretariat of the Circle union will be held on 15/07/2014 at 15.00 Hrs in the Flower Bazaar union office, the agenda for the meeting will be the successful conductance of all the five District union conferences in the Month of August-2014.
Formation of JAC in Chennai Telephones circle:
As per the decision of the National JAC meeting NFTE-BSNL circle union has begun talks with BSNLEU for forming JAC at circle/ District level in Chennai telephones. In this regard Com. C.K.Mathivanan had discussion with BSNLEU on 03/04/2014.
Management calls both unions for discussions on TTA posting and Transfer:
The CGM will chair a meeting on 08/07/2014 at 02.30 PM in the conference hall at CGM office for which both the recognized unions NFTE-BSNL and BSNLEU are called. The main subject of discussion is expected to be the TTA postings and transfers. NFTE-BSNL welcomes the move by the management to discuss and settle this important issue across the table with unions.
As per the following schedule the District Conferences of all the five District unions will be held in the month of August-2014 well before the ensuing 5th All India conference in Jabalpur(MP Circle) during October-2014. The Circle conference will not be held before the AIC because it has not completed its two years tenure as yet.
2.Chennai South District..18/08/2014
5.Chennai North District…20/08/2014
All are requested to cooperate with the District unions for completing the conferences in time.
Future of Thousands of RM’s:
We understand that the management has not accepted the demand of the JAC for upgradation of RM cadre officials who are waiting for more than 14 long years even after passing and completing training for Telecom Mechanic cadre promotion. It is inhuman to keep these officials in waiting mode for such a longtime to get their due promotion. No where this type of delaying tactics is acceptable. Hence we request the CHQ to pursue the matter to its logical conclusion and if necessary launch series of struggles for achieving this demand. In Chennai telephones circle alone more than thousands of RM’s are waiting for a long time to get TM promotion. We afraid many may retire without getting promoted to TM cadre which will deny them higher pay fixation and pensionary benefits permanently.
World War-I (1914-2014) Centenary:
The World is observing the Centenary of the first World War which resulted in the death of nearly 3 crore people as History reveals. This World war was the result of greedy Nations of that time to capture colonies and improve their Economy and business. The Great Britain which boasted as an Empire where the “ Sun did not set” collapsed and lost its power and authority due to this war. Of course, Russian revolution succeeded and the first socialist republic was formed under the leadership of Com. Lenin in 1917 is one of the positive result of this World war. All the working people were against the war. It is only the imperialist and Capitalist rulers impose war on the world only to sell their weapons and get huge profits out of it.
Meeting with CGM :
On 16/07/2014 at 11.00 AM the circle union will have a meeting with CGM to discuss certain important issues including diversion of TM post to CPT SSA, long pending transfer cases of TTA’s in view of new batch completing training on 11/07/2014 and problems in BSNL MRS etc.
Sr.GM(HR&Admn) meeting with Circle union:
At 03.00 PM, Circle union leaders M.K.Ramaswamy, C.K.Mathivanan, S.C. Bose, T.R. Rajasekaran and K.M.Elangovan had a one and half long meeting with Sr. GM(HR&Admn) along with Addl GM(HR& Admn) and SDE(SR). The following isssues were agreed upon for sympatheic considerations while on some of the issues orders were also issued.
1.Com. K.Kesavakumar, TTA (Officiating JTO) transfer to K.K.Nagar CSC(Orders issued).
2.Com. T.M.Munusaswamy, RM, Chenglepet transfer to Thiruvelangadu (Orders issued).
3. Request transfer of Com. Sheela phancy Sr. TOA(G) Kodambakkam and relieving of Com. Jayashree Sr. TOA(G) from central area.
4.Transfer case of E. Manoharan, Telegraph man to Kalmandabam.
5.Posting of a suitable JTO for Madhavaram TXM unit.
6.TTA Postings and consideration of request transfers.
7.Forwarding of Rule-8 transfers applications to other circles.
8.Rule -8 transfer case Com. A. Sagaya selvam, Junior Sports Asst.
9.Utilization of services of drivers who are not having any vehicle to drive for the last one year.
10.Transfer of Com. Subramaniyam, TM, Perungudi to Triplicane
Congratulations for the New team of Kerala Circle union:
On the 2nd day of Circle conference(25/06/2014) a new team of 21 office bearers were unanimously elected at the 5th circle conference at Trichur. Comrades P.K. Radhakrishnan(Trichur), Lathika Nair(Calicut), Abdulah(Malappuram) were elected as Circle president, Circle secretary and Circle treasurer respectively. Chennai telephones circle union wish them every success.
Grand 5th Circle Conference of Kerala Circle:
On 24/06/2014 at Trichur the Kerala Circle Conference began with flag hoisting by General Secretary Chandeswar Sing. More than 145 registered delegates and 50 odd visitors participated in the conference representing all the SSA’s in Kerala circle. The conference was presided over by circle president P.K. Radhakrishnan and formally inaugurated by Com. Prakashbabu, State Asst secretary of Communist party. A seminar on the topic of the challenges before public sector undertakings with particular reference to BSNL’’ was organized under the presidentship of Com. C.K. Mathivanan, Dy GS in which many speakers including Sri. Thambi, PGM, Trichur SSA delivered speeches. In the evening opensession was held under the presidentship of Com. S. Gopalakrishnan organizing secretary(CHQ) in which Com. K.P.Rajendiran( Former Revenue Minister , Kerala state) delivered the key note address. Many trade union leaders of Banks, Electricity board incvluding the Member of Parliament C.N. Jayadevan greeted the conference. Com. L.Subbarayan, Asst Circle secretary, TN circle, participated in the conference and addressed the subjects committee. The conference is continuing for the 2nd day on 25/06/2014.
Central Govt should not and must not favor Private telecom companies:
After the formation of the new NDA Govt at the centre we often hear few words like” TAX terrorism” from the Ministers. In this particular case several BJP Ministers terms the initiative taken by Shri Pranab Mukerjee to impose retrospective income TAX on Vodafone company when he was the Finance minister in the UPA Govt. Now the amount said to be in arrear is almost 20,000 Crore rupees.. The Vodafone Company has audacity to defy the then Central Govt through unnecessary litigation in the name of creating favorable investment. The new BJP Ministers are invariably helping Vodafone by abusing the UPA Govt TAX demand as “TAX terrorism”. This approach of BJP Ministers is against the interest of the Country and surely help Vodafone Company.
It is also rumoured that the violation of 3G spectrum allotment by sharing the spectrum among them in Non-licencing areas case is also being diluted in a similar way by the new Govt. This will also help only Private telecom company such as Airtel, Idea, Reliance and Vodafone but will spoil the chances of BSNL recovery. The refusal of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who is number two in Modi’s Govt to involve himself in these cases speaks volumes of wrong doings and favoritism.
Avail special casual leave on 23/06/2014:
All circle Executive committee members and special invitees are requested to apply and avail one day special CL to attend the Circle Executive Committee meeting on 23/06/2014.
Comarde C.K.Mathivanan assumes charge:
Com C.K.Mathivanan assumes charge as Circle secretary of Chennai telephones after gap of 15 days leave toady.
One day political orientation camp for BSNL Employees at Bhavani:
At Bhavani near Erode one day camp for BSNL employees of both Tamil Nadu and Chennai telephones was organized by Erode comrades on 14/06/2014. More than 150 employees participated in the camp. Com. C.K.Mathivanan, Dy. GS NFTE-BSNL presided the camp in which communist and central trade union leaders M. Appadurai, M.VEERapandian, K.R. THirunavukkarasu and senior union leader Mali spoke on various topics including relevant of Marxist philosophy and the role of trade unions in the removal of poverty and unemployment from the country.
Comrades G. Jayaraman secretary(NFTE-BSNL), k.Ashokraj, Circle treasurer, L.Subbarayan, ACS of NFTE-BSNL Tamil Nadu explained the challenges before the telecom Industry and the responsibilities of Unions/ Associations in the present difficult scenario.
We thank Erode comrades Lazr(District secretary), Yasin G.Kumar, Bangaru for organizing the one day camp very purposefully and in a organized manner. Comrades C.K.Ragunathan, V.Babu, Gulzar Ahamed and Shanmugam were felicitated at the camp for their election as directors in the Tamil Nadu Telecom Co-Operative society.
We deeply condole the untimely demise of Com.Rashida Begum wife of Com. Islam Ahmed our National President toady. Our Circle union convey its sincere condolence to Com. Islam Ahmed and his family members and share their grief.
5th Circle conference of Kerala circle:
On 24&25/06/2014 the 5th circle conference of Kerala circle union will be held at Trichur in which the General Secretary, Deputy general secretary and other leaders will participate.
Periodical meetings with the Administration:
Our request for periodical meeting with the management has now been accepted and orders have been issued accordingly. As per the following schedule meeting with the management will be held.
1. Addl GM(HR&Admn)-1st & 3rd Wednesday at 15.00 Hrs.
2. Sr. GM(HR& Admn)- 4th Wednesday at 15.00 Hrs.
Maran brothers may face the heat shortly:
In the case of misuse of 323 ISDN phone connection and causing a loss of 440 crores to the BSNL the CBI has summoned both Kalanidhi maran and Dayanidhimaran for investigation. Mr Dayanidhimaran’s name was there in the FIR already has an accused along with former CGM’s K.B. Bramadhathan and M.P. Veluchamy. The change of government at centre is having its impact on this long delayed case. We are proud that our circle union sustained struggle have resulted in this.
Circle executive committee meeting on 23/06/2014:
A full day meeting of the circle executive committee of our union will be held at flower bazaar union office at 10.00 AM sharply. All circle office bearers, District secretaries and permanent invitees are requested to attend the circle executive meeting without fail.
Welfare Board Nominations:
The Circle union nominated the following three comrades to the Circle welfare board on 31/05/2014. Our comrades should contact them and handover the issues to be discussed in the wefare board meeting which will meet with in few weeks.
1.Com. A.Namachivayam ( Telegraph Man, TTM RSU)
2.Com. Vairamani Sr .TOA(G), DGM(Admn) Office.
3. Com. Singaravelu, PM, Chenglepet Internal.
Grand Celebration at K.K.Nagar Telephone Exchange complex:
To celebrate the Mayday and the grand election victory in Telecom Co-Operative Society Election a meeting was organized by South Chennai district union on 30/05/2014. The meeting was presided over by Com. K. Sabapathi, the District president and addressed by comrades C.K.Mathivanan, S.Lingamurthy, D.S.Ramprabhu, S.Anandan, Senior leaders D.Ragunathan, Ashokraj (Circle treasurer, Tamil Nadu), M.K.Ramaswamy, P.N.Perumal and S.Veeraraghvan (President, Telecom Co-Operative Society, Tamil Nadu). In all ten directors including the Vice president C.K.Raghunathan and treasurer R. Thirusangu were felicitated at the meeting. Comrades M.Nagrajan (Dist Secretary), Varadhan(Divisional President),V.Babu(ADS) AND Prabhakaran (Divisional Secretary) with ateam of dedicated comrades made this function a grand success. At the beginning Com. T. Dhansing (ACS) unfurled the union fleg and comrades M.K.Ramaswamy (Circle president) opened a tablet to commemorate the grand function.
New team of Telecom Co-Operative Society takes over on 06/06/2014:
Com. S. Veeraraghavan, the reelected Prsident of the TamilNadu Telecom Co- Operative Society announced at the K.K.Nagar felicitating meeting on 30/05/2014 that the new team of President, Vice President and treasurer will assume duty formally on 05/06/2014 at 11.00 AM. Hence all our office bearers and activists are requested to assemble at 10.30 AM itself infront of the Telecom Co- Operative society building to witness the garlanding of Dr. Ambedkar’s statue and greet the new team every success in their efforts to improving the functioning of the society and early implementation of the assurances given to the employees. Our Circle union wish the new team every success.
Com.C.K.Mathivanan is out HQ FROM 01/06/2014 TO 15/06/2014:
Due to compelling personal reasons Com. C.K.Mathivanan is availing 15 days leave and will be out of Chennai. During this period Comrade S.C. Bose the Senior most ACS will officiate as circle secretary and his mobile No: 9444663363 and 9445019511.All our comrades and office bearers are requested to contact only comrade S.C. Bose for circle level issues. The Sr. GM(HR&Admn) was already informed about this officiating arrangement.
Works committee meeting for Chennai telephones district:
The meeting of the works committee was held on 30/05/2014 under the chairmanship of CGM, Chennai telephones. On behalf of NFTE_BSNL comrades Gandhi Chandrasekar, Sundramurthy and Karunanidhi took part in the meeting and raised many important issues in connection with the improvement of quality of service.
Landslide victory_ Historic Achievement:
The alliance led by NFTE-BSNL in both Tamil Nadu and Chennai telephones circle have won all the 21 post of the Directors in the election held for the Tamil Nadu Telecom Employees Co-Operative society on 20/05/2014. The BSNLEU faced a humiliating and crushing defeat without winning even a single post of DIRECTORS. It is to be recalled that from 2009 to Dec-2013 BSNLEU was controlling the management of the society. Their money power and muscle power along with corrupt practices could not save them from this crushing defeat. The Employees out rightly rejected their false propaganda by handing over a big zero to them in this election. The surprise is BSNLEU could not even get its own votes because of the arrogance of both the Circle secretaries and unnecessary intervention of a political party.
Comrades S. Veeraraghavan (Tamil Nadu Circle), C.K.Ragunathan (NFTE-BSNL, Chennai telephones) and R.. Thirusangu( FNTO, Chennai telephones) were unanimously elected as for the post of president, Vice president and treasurer respectively for the next five years tenure starting from 20/05/2014 to 19/05/2019.
We thank all the leaders and office bearers of alliance unions and employees who have tirelessly for achieving the great success. A grand function is being organized to felicitate the new team of TamilNadu Telecom Co-Operative Society on 30/05/2014 at 04.00 Pm in K.K. Nagar telephone exchange complex.
General council meeting:
On 23/05/2014 at 02.00PM the General council meeting will be held at Dinroze RSU complex. All the Branch/Divisional/ District secretaries and circle office bearers along with invitees are requested to attend the meeting without fail.
We pay our respectful homage for the sad demise of a freedom fighter and veteran communist leader R. Umanath on 19/05/2014 at the age of 93. NFTE-BSNL condoles the death of a tireless fighter and a true communist.
Ugly face of BSNLEU IN TAMIL NADU:
After the Defeat of the BSNLEU candidates in the ‘Telecom Co-operative Society’ RGB election both in Chennai telephones and Tamil Nadu circle, we thought their leadership will regret for its false propaganda and accept the victory of the NFTE-BSNL gracefully. But their leaders once again started Horse trading among the RGB members for the Board of Director’s election. We have concrete information that the BSNLEU people approached our RGB members with money and other benefits to effect cross voting in the Board of Directors election. This is undemocratic and against the principles of democracy. Boasting themselves as Marxist and communist how can these comrades indulge in such corrupt practices of steeling the votes of rival union by corrupt methods. We condemn such undemocratic and corrupt activities of BSNLEU and warn them to desist from such activities immediately.
In Narendira modi victory corporate companies are very Happy:
The Indian People have given a strong mandate for NDA and its Prime ministerial candidate Narendira Modi on 16/05/2014 throughout the country except in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Odhisha for the first time. For the first time in 30 years a political party has obtained single majority in the Lok Sabha. This is a good thing after the bitter experience of unprincipled coalition governments at the centre for the last 3 decades. We wish Narendira Modi and his team every success ofcourse without indulging in communal and decisive activities. The RSS which is claiming to be cultural organization is exposed thoroughly that it is backbone of BJP and will function as remote control for the BJP which is not good for democracy and secularism. We hope Narendiramodi fulfill all his promises to the people since a clear mandate and no excuse of coalition compulsion.
The congress party which perused anti-people and Neo liberal policy for the last 10 years is punished rightly by the people of India and we request that party too to rethink its policies and priorities for the benefit of poor people. The left parties also have been reduced to just ten from the earlier 62(2004) and 24(2009). The left parties also have to analyze why they are being marginalized and sidelined. In the end the Corporate companies have successfully implemented their agenda of bringing Narendiramodi as the PM of the country. This is also very dangerous for the future of our democracy.
First Citizen fails to vote:
It is very sad indeed that president of our Republic Pranab Mukherji did not cast his vote in the Parliament election held on 12/05/2014 and failed perform his democratic duty. It is said that Shri Pranab Mukherji did not vote to maintain Political neutrality. It is absurd and unwise to justify the failure to vote in a election in the name of Political neutrality. When Election commission and so many organizations are calling the General public to come and exercise their vote the President of India has failed to use even postal ballot is something unbelievable and unpardonable.
May day Celebration at K.K.Nagar telephone Exchange complex on 29/05/2014:
A grand May day celebration is being arranged by K.K. Nagar divisional union on 29/05/2014. All are requested to participate without fail.
Wrong ruling by TDSAT:
We are shocked to note recent wrong ruling by TDSAT( Telecom Dispute Settlement Apelate Tribunal) on the issue of sharing of 3G spectrum by some private telecom companies out of their licence areas.
NFTCL celebrates MAY DAY AT ADAYAR TELEPHONE EXCHANGE ON 10/05/2014:
Com. S. Anandan CS of NFTCL in TN will host the union flag at 03.00 PM in Adayar Telephone exchange to mark the May Day celebration. NFTCL circle treasurer V. Babu and other office bearers of NFTCL will participate in the function. Com. C.K.Mathivanan and M. Nagarajan, District secretary, South Chennai NFTE-BSNL will be the special invities for the celebration.
5th Circle conference of kerala circle will be at Thrichur on 24&25/06/2014:
At a meeting on 06/05/2014 a reception committee has been formed to hold the 5th circle conference of Kerala circle union under the leadership of Com. K.P.Rajendiran former Revenue MINISTER OF Kerala. He will be the patron and Com. C.N. Jayadevan CPI candidate for Thiruchur Loksabha seat will be the Chirman. Com. Girija vallaban Nair, the district secretary of NFTE-BSNL will be the convener for the reception committee. Com. C.K.Mathivanan Dy GS, Sr. Leader T.V. Paulose and Circle president C.K. Radha Krishnan and many other comrades attended and guided the meeting. Leaders of AITUC, AIBEA, AIBOA, NFTCL and Kerala state Electicity workers union and many other sister organization leaders very actively participated in the meeting of the reception committee and assured all their help for a grand conference of NFTE-BSNL at Thiruchur. CHQ member Com. P.M. Micheal could not attend the meeting since he was undergoing JTO training at Trivandrum. Circle secretary P.V. Dharmadass could not attend due to his illness. Com. Jaffer(Plakkad) and Com. Sasikumar( Kottayam), Com. Manikandan and S.C. Mohankumar circle vice president among others who participated in the meeting.
Grand May day celebration:
Com. C.K.Mathivanan addressed a May Day meeting at Thirukoilur in Villupuram district jointly organized by AITUC and CITU. Large members of BSNL comrades attended this public meetic from Villupuram/ Cuddalore area. In Chennai telephones a grand meeting was organized on 03/05/2014 at Kellys telephone exchange complex in which more than 250 comrades participated. Com M. Appadurai former MP nad leader of CPI was the chief guest at the meeting. Com. G.Jayaraman, secretary CHQ , FNTO and NFTBE circle secretary along with Com. C.K. Mathivanan also addressed the gathering.
Com. Velayudam retired on 30/04/2014:
The Divisional secretary of Flower Bazaar external, Velayudam has retired after long innings in P&T, DOT and BSNL. The Circle union wish him very happy retired life. A farewell meeting is organized by our union for him at Flower bazaar exchange complec on 09/05/2014 evening. All are requested to attend the same.
NFTCL STATE UNIT FORMED IN KERALA ON 27/04/2014:
Com. C.K.Mathivanan inaugurated the state formation conference Kerala in Perumbavur near Ernakulam. Com. S.P. Mohankumar was unanimously elected as the Secretary of State committee of Kerala NFTCL. The formation conference was presided over by Com. P.K. Radhakrishnan Circle president of the NFTE-BSNL and was addressed by comrades P.V. Dharmadass (CS,NFTE-BSNL),P.M.Michel(CHQ,NFTE-BSNL) T.V.Paulose, S. Anandan( Tamil Nadu, State secretary of NFTCL) and L. Subbarayan (ACS, TN Circle NFTE-BSNL). Contract labours from Pathnamthitta and Trichur expressed their difficulties at the conference. AITUC district secretary cOM.Asraf and CPI leaders of Ernakulam district greeted the conference. Com. C.K.Mathivanan expressed hope that within few months time state unit of NFTCL will be formed in Karnataka, Maharastra and Bengal. The conference demanded equal pay for equal work to contract labour as per the Supreme court judgment and demanded skilled labour status for contract labour in telecom
The Conference also resolved to ensure permanent job for contract labours on the principles of permanent job be done by permanent worker. The branch secretary of Perumbavur of NFTE-BSNL proposed vote of thanks. Com. M. Ramakrishnan Dist Secretary Coimbatore NFTE-BSNL along with Com. Kumaresan circle Organizing secretary of NFTCL graced the conference.
Meeting with Sr. GM(HR&Admn) on 25/04/2004:
On 25/04/2014 the circle union had a meeting with Sr. GM.(HR&Admn) and the circle union was represented by Comrades M.K.Ramaswamy, C.K.Mathivanan, S.C.Bose, T.R.Rajasekaran and K.M. Elangovan took part in the discussion.
NFTE Alliance wins hands down in the Tamil Nadu Telecom Co-Operative society election:
All the results for 195 seats in the RGB were declared by the Election officer. Thus completing the process of the election which was conducted in several stages since March -2014. The NFTE-Allinace emerged victorious with a majority of 115 seats and BSNLEU alliance could secure only 85 seats despite money power, false propaganda against Com.C.K. Mathivanan the BSNLEU leadership miserably failed in its attempt to capture the Telecom Co-Opreative Society for a period of 5 more years. It is to be noted in 2009 Election BSNLEU emerged victorious only after indulging in horse trading and corrupt practices. But now they were flatly rejected by our employees.
Com. A.Kantha retires on 30/04/2014:
Our circle vice president A. Kantha will be retiring on 30/04/2014 after a long eventful service to the company and its employees. The Circle union and Anna Road divisional union are jointly holding a farewell function at Anna Road complex on the evening of 02/05/2014 all our comrades are required to participate in the function and felicitate her. The circle union wishes a very happy retired life to Com. A. Kantha.
May Day Celebrations:
Chennai Telephones circle union will celebrate May day at Kellys Exchange complex on 03/05/2014 at 03.00PM in which Com M.Appadurai the state vice president of AITUC and Com. G.Jayaraman,Secretary(CHQ) will be the chief guest for this year May day celebration of Chennai telephones. All are requested to attend the celebrations without fail to mark our respectful homage for the May day martyrs Spice, Engel, Parsan and Fisher. On 01/05/2014 all branches are requested to hoist the union flag in the morning and spread the message of May day among our employees.
An Appeal: Exercise vote; Perform democratic duty:
On 24/04/2014, the whole of Tamil Nadu state and the union territory of Puducherry will vote to elect 40 members of parliament to the 16th Lok sabha. Needless to point out that people should use this golden opportunity to punish the corrupt UPA Govt led by Congress party and the Communal BJP which helped the congress in every possible way to pass as many bills in the last parliament with the sole intension of helping the rich and powerful.
Com C.K.Mathivanan participate in a debate on 16th Parliamentary Election:
Doordarshan News Channel will telecast a one hour program at 04.00 PM on 19/04/2014(Saturday)on the 16th Loksabha Elections in English language in which many political leaders will participate and debate Com. C.K.Mathivanan representing Communist Party Of India(CPI) will participate in this debate and speak about the chances of forming the next Govt at Centre by Non-Congress and Non-BJP political formation. This Nationwide telecast will also be replayed on the same day at 11.00 PM. Our Employees are requested to watch the debate without fail.
RGB THANKS GIVING MEETING AT FLOWER BAZAAR:
View glimses of the meeting,
NFTE MARCHING AHEAD in Telecom Co- Operative society Election:
Having registered success in Chennai Telephones NFTE is marching ahead of BSNLEU in Tamil Nadu circle also. As on date out of 119 results were declared both in Chennai telephones and Tamilnadu circle the alliance led by NFTE has won 71 seats so far. BSNLEU led alliance could secure victory in 46 seats,
Our Circle union thanks everyone who worked for the victory of NFTE-BSNL in the recently held election for the Telecom Co-Operative society. A meeting has been arranged for thanks giving on 12/04/2014 in Flower Bazaar complex at about 03.00PM. All leader of the Save Telecom Society front will participate and address the meeting. All are requested to attend the meeting without fail.
NFTE-FNTO Alliance wins in Chennai Telephones despite false propaganda by BSNLEU:
Out of 68 seats for the RGB membership in Chennai telephones” The save Telecom Society front” which consisted NFTE_BSNL, FNTO, NFTBE, PEWA, AIBSNLOA and BSNLEAU has won 37 Seats and in a position to win all the 8 director post for Telecom Co-Operative Society from Chennai Telephones despite false propaganda and money distribution the alliance of BSNLEU, TEPU and SEWA-BSNL could secure only 29 Seats.
TEPU’s OPPURTUNISTIC ALLIANCE:
To protest the opportunistic alliance of TEPU with BSNLEU in the Telecom –Co operative society election the following four comrades of TEPU union left that union and joined NFTE-BSNL in the presence of C.K.Mathivanan at Koyambedu election meeting on 29/03/2014. We welcome comrades Swaminathan, Prasad, Sasidaran and Kumar under the leadership of Com. Maran former Circle secretary of TEPU. Fourteen rebel candidates are contesting the election protesting against the opportunistic alliance with BSNLEU.
Several BSNLEU rebel candidates including the district secretary K. Venkatesan(NW) are also contesting as rebel candidate due to the factionalism and favoritism of BSNLEU candidates. Thus the alliance of TEPU and BSNLEU is facing lot of inner contradiction and could not move forward as a united team. Whereas the alliance of Telecom Co-operative society protection front led by NFTE-BSNL is completely united and moving forward with a single mission of save guarding the society from the evil forces of BSNLEU/ TEPU.
As Coimbatore district union of NFTE- BSNL already given mouthful reply to Chellappa’s falsehood through its official website we do not consider to reply separately to the Tamil nadu BSNLEU Circle Secretary.
Beware of Chellappa:
Com. Chellappa who is the Circle secretary of Tamil Nadu BSNLEU and now he is seems to be looking after the Chennai telephones Circle union also. He is addressing number of meetings in Chennai by sidelining Com. Govindarajan, the Chennai telephones Circle secretary only to campaign for the corrupt alliance led by BSNLEU in the Telecom Co-operative society election.
New Organization for Contract Labours in Telecom Sector:
National Federation of Telecom Contract Labour (NFTCL), a new organization has been launched as per the guidance of the Central leadership of AITUC. This organization is unique as it is the only organization which covers all the contract labours in Telecom sector both private and public.
Felicitation for newly elected state office bearers of NFTCL:
A grand function was organized at the GM(Office) complex at Cuddalore on 24/02/2014 in which several trade union leaders participated and greeted the new team of Contract labour union. More than 250 comrades including 25 women comrades attended the function. Senior leader Raghu unveiled the portrait of late Com. Parvathi Krishnan and paid homage to her. Comrades M.Appaduari Ex MP and one of the Vice presidents of Tamilnadu AITUC, M.Sekar District secretary AITUC and prominent a leader of Neyveli lignite corporation contarct labour union, Erode Mali, C.K.Mathivanan, G.Jayaraman, L.Subbarayan, Parimalam, Ashok Raj and Anbalagan addressed the gathering. A Journal of the NFTCL was also released. All the state level office bearers of the NFTCL were felicitated. In the meeting more than 15 contract labours who left other unions joined NFTCL in the presence of Com. S. Anandan, the state secretary. The meeting was presided over by Com. P.Sundaramurthy, former District Secretary NFTE-BSNL.
We condole the untimely demise of the beloved daughter of Com. Islam Ahmed our National President at Allahabad toady. Our Circle union convey its sincere condolence to Com. Islam Ahmed and his family members and share their grief.
All India Conference of FNTO AT CHENNAI:
The All India Conference of FNTO is being held from today. Our Circle union greets the Conference every success and extend a warm welcome to all the leaders and delegates from all over the country to the great city of Chennai. The GS and the DyGS are expected to address the open session on the evening of 21/03/2014.
Felicitation to newly elected state office bearers of NFTCL:
There will be felicitation function for the newly elected state office bearers of NFTECL at Cuddalore on 24/03/2014 evening. All are requested to mobilize the contract labours for this function in which Com. Mali of Erode who is the working president of state body will introduce the flag of NFTCL and the flag hoisting will be done by Com. M. Appadurai Ex MP and state vice president of AITUC. Com C.K.Mathivanan Dy GS and Com. G.Jayaraman, Secretary(CHQ) will address.
Hectic campaign for for the RGB Election in K.K.NAGAR EXCHANGE:
Hectic campaign for Telecom society election:
The Save Telecom Society front lead by NFTE has already organized ten public meetings in support of our candidates at Mambalam Exchange, Hadows Road Exchnage, Kalmandapam Exchnage, Chenglepet Exchnage, Anna Nagar Exchange, Ambattur Exchange, R.K.Nagar Exchange, DGM(Admn) Office, and K.K.Nagar Exchnage. The Election will be held on 03/04/2014 and the result will be announced on the same day.
General Council meeting on 22/03/2014:
The General Council meeting of our circle union will be held on 22/03/2014 at Dinroze telephone Exchange compound at about 03.00PM. On that day circle union journal ‘Sanghamuzhakkam’ will be distributed. All Branch secretaries, Divisional secretaries, District secretaries, circle office bearers and special invitees are requested to attend the meeting in time.
Our Vote-Our Weapon:
The Election for 16th Lokshaba was already notified and will be completed in the month of May-2014. The UPA Govt is hard pressed after its ten long years tenure at the centre to retain the power for further five years.
First Campaign meeting at Mambalam telephone Exge on 12/03/2014:
The ‘Save Telecom Society Front’ has organized its first campaign meeting for the ensuing RGB member Election at Mamblam telephone exchange which was attended by more than 200 comrades. All the six candidates who are contesting the election from South-East Chennai constituency were introduced. The meeting was presided by the Chairman of the front S. Lingamurthy and was addressed by all the leaders of the front. Com . C.K.Mathivanan, who is the Convener of the front, in a long speech explained the achievements of the NFTE, FNTO with regard to Telecom Society and exposed the utterly false propaganda by BSNLEU. Comrades P.Udhayasurian(AIBSNLOA), K.Arumugam(PEWA) and D.S.Ramprabhu(NFTBE) and Com A.Ameed(BSNLEAU) also explained the need for the success of all the 68 candidates of the front to safeguard the Telecom Co-Operative society from BSNLEU and its political mentor.
Betrayal of BSNLEU and our Efforts to Remove the Betrayal:
Several years ago 14 TTA’s who were recruited in Chennai telephones were given postings after the training in Chenagalpattu area which is a separate SSA under CGM, Chennai telephones.
RGB ELECTION-notice in tamil:
Notice in tamil for the RGB Election by the 'Save Telecom society front',
Meeting with CGM:
On 06/03/2014 a formal meeting with CGM will be held on 06/03/2014 to discuss important issues particularly victimization of comrades.
First Circle Council Meeting:
The first meeting of the circle council was held on 03/03/2014 for full day for the first time under the chairmanship of CGM, Chennai telephones. Management was represented by 2 PGMs, 2 Sr GMs, 3 GMs, 1 Addl GM besides AGM(Admn) and SDE(SR). NFTE_BSNL was represented by Comrades C.K.Mathivanan leader staff side, M.K.Ramaswamy, T.R. Rajasekaran and C.Ravi.
Powerful demonstration opposite Anna Road head post office:
The circle unions of NFTE, FNTO. AIBSNLOA, PEWA, NFTBE and ANNA Union have jointly organized a protest demonstration on 01/03/2014 in which more than 100 comrades participated enthusiastically. Sr. Com. V.K.Gopalan shouted slogans against the proposed merger of BSNL and MTNL. Com S. Lingamurthy of FNTO presided over the protest meeting in which comrades T.Udhayasurian(AIBSNLOA), K.Arumugam(PEWA), A.Ameed(ANNA) and C.K.Mathivanan(NFTE) addressed the gathering.
One Company;one pension;one provident fund;Equal Pay & Allowance:
While we oppose the unilateral merger of BSNL and MTNL without consulting the unions and addressing the staff related issues we feel there is no need for two telecom companies that too in Public sector in our country. Hence we share some our ideas on the question of merger which may be discussed with Govt of India whenever discussion on the subject is held.
Lunch hour demonstration on 01/03/2014 at Anna Road Head post office:
As per the SMS received from GS at 09.00 PM on 27/02/2014 the FORUM has taken a decision to hold lunch hour demonstration throughout the Country to oppose the merger of BSNL and MTNL without sorting out the issue pertaining to the service condition of Employees. Since the Circle union could not organize the demo with in short period it was decided to hold the demonstration on 01/03/2014 for the same purpose. Since NFTE-BSNL is not part of the FORUM in Chennai Telephones due to the undemocratic attitude of BSNLEU. We organize the demonstration of the FORUM separately along with FNTO, NFTBE, PEWA, ANNA Union and AIBSNLOA.
NFTE-BSNL wishes a very happy retired life:
On 28/02/2014 number of Officers and Employees are retiring from service. The circle union extends a very warm greetings to all of them for a happy retired life. Com. C.K. Mathivanan personally greeted Sri Raman AGM(ADMN) at his chamber in the morning along with comrades C. Ravi, K.M. Elangovan, Chandrasekar, Venkatesh, Venkatesan and many more comrades on his retirement.
In the evening he will greet Com. Daniel , TM, Asthinapuram in a farewell meeting organized at his office.
Circle Secretary’s two days fast during December-2013 for better medical facility and empanelment of reputed hospitals atlast met with success. When our CHQ leaders met the Director(HRD) on 24/02/2014 they emphasized the demand of our circle union. The Director(HRD) has agreed and assured us to issue necessary instructions to CGM, Chennai Telephones to maintain parity in medical facilities for BSNL staff working in Chennai with the other circles. Henceforth all the Hospitals recognized by CGM, Tamil Nadu circle for Chennai will be available for Chennai Telephones staff also. Thus the discrimination will soon end.
We thank the CHQ for its help.
CHQ Leaders met Director HRD:
On 24/02/2014 the President and GS met Director (HRD) and discussed the issue of victimization in Chennai telephones in detail. The Director(HRD) has agreed to intervene and set right the attitude of the management in Chennai telephones which is blatantly misusing its authority to victimize the members of NFTE-BSNL even for genuine trade union activities. Our leaders pointed out the specific case of victimization which includes the following.
1. Case of Smt A. Kantha Sr.OA(G) circle vice president who was awarded Dies-Non, FR17A for two days when she was on sanctioned leave. Due to FR17A the pension papers of Smt A.Kantha are not processed although she is due for retirement in April-2014.
2. Case of Shri V.Ramakrishnan, JAO and Kancheepuram District union President, who was awarded the Dies-Non and FR17A for two days despite the fact he was on sanctioned leave on those dates. His Phase-II training for JAO was also abruptly cancelled although there is no provision for such thing during the FR-17A punishment.
We hope the corporate office surely intervene to protect the industrial peace and good relationship with our union.
Indian People are poor; But political parties are rich:
As per the information provided by the Govt Of India 70% of Indian people are living in poor condition with a meagre income of Rs 20/- even after 65 years of independence. But political parties have a net income of Rs 4899/- crores in India. Party wise income.
1.Indian National Congress -Rs 2365/- crores
2.Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) -Rs 1304/- crores
3. CPI(M) -Rs 521/- crores
4.Bahujan Samaj party(BSP) -Rs 498/- crores
5.Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) -Rs 207/- crores
The poor Communist party of India(CPI) is having the income of Rs 10 Crores only.
At Chennai the first conference of the National Federation of Telecom Contract Labours(NFTECL) of Tamil Nadu state committee was held at Com. A.M. Gopu hall in the state HQ of AITUC. More than 250 delegates from all over Tamil Nadu and Chennai gathered at the conference in which nearly 50 Women contract labours were also participated.
Massive gathering at Flower Bazaar to mark Campaign inauguration on 21/02/2014:
The 'Save Telecom Society Front' has organized a grand meeting at Flower Bazaar Telecom complex to introduce 74 candidates who are going to contest the RGB election from Chennai telephones. More than 500 comrades gathered and heard the speeches of the very attentively. The president of the telecom Co-Operative society S. Veeraraghavan presided over the meeting. In his hour long speech he explained the achievements and welfare activities of the society during the last five years. Com. T.V. BeemRao, Vice president of the Telecom society made a welcome speech. Comrades S. Lingamurthy(FNTO), P.Udhayasurian(AIBSNLOA), A.Ameed( Anna Union) D.S. Ramprabhu(NFTEBE) and C.K.Mathivanan spoke at the meeting and appealed to the employees to reelect Com. S. Veeraraghavan as the President of the Telecom Co-Operative society to continue his unbiased and Employees welfare measures for the next 5 years also. They rejected the false propaganda unleashed by the opposition front. Com. C. Elumalai, Director of the Telecom society proposed the vote of thanks.
Com Parvathi Krishnan is no more:
We got the sad news about the death of veteran Communist leader Parvathi Krishnan at Coimbatore today morning at 06.40.AM. She was three times Member of Parliament elected from Coimbatore constituency which has predominantly working class population. She was National Vice President of AITUC for several decades and married to late Krishnan who was also veteran Communist leader from Kerala. Although she was 95 years old she was keen to know the trade union activities and political activities of our Country. We pay our respectful homage to the departed leader on behalf of NFTE-BSNL.
The first Circle Council Meeting will be held on 03/03/2014:
As per the information received from SDE(SR) it is learnt that the first meeting of the reconstituted Circle Council of Chennai Telephones will meet under the chairmanship of CGM on 03/03/2014 at about 10.00 AM. All Circle Council members are requested to note this and attend the meeting without fail. Our Circle Union consistent efforts to convene the Council meeting was agreed by the management and we are thankful for this.
General Council Meeting of the Circle union:
On 18/02/2014 the General Council meeting was held under the Presidentship of Com. M.K.Ramaswamy. More than 200 comrades participated in this meeting. At the outset Com M.Appadurai Ex MP and state vice president of AITUC spoke about Com. Singaravelar on his 155th Birth Anniversary. Com. C.K.Mathivanan explained the agenda point and invited all comrades for the meeting of the union at Flower Bazaar on 21/02/2014 to introduce the 74 candidates of ‘Save Telecom Society Front’ for the upcoming RGB election. The Journal of the union Sangamuzhakkam was also distributed.
Remembering the great patriot and Communist:
On 18/02/2014 the working people our country fondly remember Com. Singaravelar on his 155th Birth Anniversary. State Ministers, Political leaders including CPI leaders R. Nallakkannu and CPM leader Ramakrishnan garlanded the statue of Com. Singaravelar at Chennai Collectorate on his 155th Birthday. Com C.K.Mathivanan on behalf of NFTE_BSNL paid floral tributes to the veteran trade union leader who celebrated the Mayday in India for the first time in 1923.
Circle union greets newly wedded couple:
On 17/02/2014 the marriage reception of son of S. Kothandapani, Circle vice president TOOK PLACE IN Chennai in which large numbers of our staffs and union activists including Com. C.K.Mathivanan, Circle Secretary participated and greeted the newly wedded couple.
Resigned only to regain?:
We felt very sad on the resignation of Delhi ChiefMinister ArwindKejriwal on 14/02/2014 as his dream of bringing a Janlokpal bill to fight corruption in the Govt was stopped by the unity of Congress and BJP. We applaud Mr. Kejriwal for sacrificing his Chief Minister post for noble cause amidst people sacrificing everything for the sake of power and position. Undoubtedly Mr.Kejiriwal and his party in future to play a crucial role in Indian politics. We wish him every success in his fight for rooting out corruption both in politics and public life.
Selection process over:
The 3 day interview for RGB aspirants from NFTE_BSNL was over on 14/02/2014. Now the selection committee will meet at 11.00 AM on 21/02/2014 in the union office to select 41 candidates of NFTE_BSNL who will be contesting the election for RGB membership. Com K.Arumugam of PEWA union and COm A.Ameed of Anna union met Com C.K.Mathivanan on 14/02/2014 and discussed about the alliance for telecom society election.
Well done Mr.Kejriwal:
We congratulate the young Chief Minister of Delhi for his boldness to order filing of FIR on Mukesh Ambani, Veerappamoily and others for looting the Country and gaining lakhs of cores of rupees through increased prices for Natural gas. We all know that Com. Gurudass das Gupta, MP and GS of AITUC vehemently exposed...
Meeting with Sr.GM(North):
On 13/02/2014 on behalf of our circle union comrades M.K. Ramaswamy C.K.Mathivanan, T.R.Rajasekaran, K.M.Elangovan, C.K.Ragunatahan and K.Anbu met the new GM for the North area Mr. Ramesh as a courtesy and discussed few issues pertaining to the North area.
Introduction of candidates for the RGB members Election:
The Save telecom society front will introduce all the 68 candidates who will contest in the 10 constituency throughout Chennai telephones for the election to representative General Body members of the Tamil Nadu Telecom Society for which the election will be held on 04th Week of March-2014 at a grand function on 21/02/2014(Friday-01.00PM) in Flower Bazaar telephone exchange complex. All the leaders of the our alliance will kick start the election campaign at this meeting itself. All are requested to attend the meeting in time.
Divisional Conference on 12/02/2014:
The Chrompet Division conference under Kancheepuram District union was held at Chrompet telephone exchange under the presidentship of Com. Kamalakkannan, Divisional president. Comrades M.K.Ramaswamy, C.K.Mathivanan, V. Ramakrishhnan, S.Ekambaram, V.Ravi and C.K.Ragunathan participated and addressed the conference. The conference unanimously elected the office bearers. The circle union congratulated Com. T.Sathya who is reelected as Divisional secretary and all his team members.
Citation to Com. C.K.Mathivanan:
A citation was presented to Com C.K. Mathivanan during the organizational tour and convention held at Aurangabad SSA, Maharastra circle.
Land of Shivaji offer good news for NFTE-BSNL:
Com C.K.Mathivanan DYGS was on organizational tour for two days in Maharastra Circle and could meet several comrades in two separate functions held at Aurangabad(09/02/2014) and Pune(10/02/2014). The encouraging news gathered was on an average 1000 members are joining every six month in to NFTE_BSNL in Maharastra circle.
New mobile Number of Com. C.K.MATHIVANAN:
Due to some technical problem his old mobile Number is not working for the last few days and the fault may be rectified in a week’s time. Hence all are requested to contact him on his New mobile number :9445335577.
Retirement age to be increased to 65?:
A parliamentary committee is recommended recently to the Govt to increase the age of retirement to 65 from the existing 60 in view of all round improvement in the health of the people and the ever increasing life span of Indians. Now the Government has to decide on this recommendation keeping in mind the unemployment situation among the youth in our country and utilizing the experience of the Govt employees for a additional period of five years. As a trade union we strongly oppose this proposal for enhancement of retirement age. Further we demand lifting of ban on recruitment for Group C&D category staffs in Govt sector that is continuing for the last 30 years despite the rigid changes at Centre. We also demand regularization of all Casual/ Contract labours employed in Govt sectors be regularized.
Huge outstanding amount:
Nearly Rs 3212 Crores is outstanding for BSNL from its customer as of 31/12/2013 as per the information given to parliament. Out of this Rs 1110 Crores from Mobile service and Rs 2101 Crores from land line services. In Chennai telephones the amount is Rs 33 Crores. We want the management to take note of this huge amount of dues and initiate immediate action to collect these dues so that the financial position of BSNL improves.
MTNL and BSNL Merger?:
We expect the merger of BSNL and MTNL sooner or later since only one PSU should be handling Telecom services in the country. It is our considered opinion that the merger should be effected without causing any loss to the employees of both companies while making all out efforts to remove all discrimination between them. As it was decided already to grant Govt pension to MTNL employees also as in the case of BSNL employees the major discrimination is over. However unions should be vigilant about impending disinvestment/Privatization efforts of the govt. The merger of both the companies will certainly reduce expenditure and improve the quality of service.
STR Union office opened on 06/12/2014:
At Guindy CGM office of STR the union office allotted to NFTE-BSNL was formally inaugurated on 06/12/2014 in connection with the function a meeting was organized by district union in which Senior leaders R.K, and Comrades S.C.Bose, District secretaries S.Ekambaram and K.Anbu and other STR/STP comrades took part. The circle union extend its greetings for the members of STR/STP District union on this occasion.
Union office opening in Pune:
Pune District has arranged the opening of its union office on 10/02/2014. Comrade C.K.Mathivanan, DYGS will inaugurate the new union office.
Growing numbers of Contract labourers:
A recent study revealed that in all sectors the number of workers employed on contract basis over the years is steadily growing. The management resort to large number of contract labours only to increase profit and deny equal wage and facilities as of regular employees to this poor and exploited contract labours. In telecom nearly 60% of the work force is contract labours. It is high time NFTE_BSNL take initiative to organize the contract labours Nationwide since it was only NFTE which regularized 1.3 Lakh casual labours in September-2000 prior to corporatization despite ban on recruitment. Our Chennai circle union in a modest way decided to organize the contract labours in Telecom and given the responsibility to Comrade V.Babu of K.K.Nagar who is also the Assistant District Secretary of South Chennai District union.
Kellys meeting on 04/02/2014:
More than 150comrades took part in the meeting to welcome the New members who have joined NFTE-BSNL very recently. Comrade G. Palaniappan, Circle Organizing secretary presided over the meeting. Comrades M.K.Ramaswamy, C.K.Mathivanan, S.C.Bose, Rajendiarn and Somasankar spoke at the meeting. They expressed happiness on joining of new members into NFTE-BSNL. Com. C.K.Mathivanan urged the members to elect RGB members who were sponsored by NFTE’s alliance so that the Co-Operative society of 22000 members is managed by the neutral and sincere comrades as was during the last five years. He also appealed to ensure the continuance of good services of the present president S. Veeraraghavan who has promised flats for all the members applied for the same and reduce interest rates for various loans disbursed by Telecom Co-Operative society.
Meeting with AddlGM(HR&ADMN):
The circle union representatives met the AddlGM(HR&ADMN) today and discussed at length various staff grievance and pending issues. Comrades C.K.Mathivanan,M.K.Ramaswamy,S.C.Bose,K.M. Elangovan,C.Ravi and T.Jayajothi represented the circle union
BSNL eyes land bank for funds:
Facing a severe financial crunch, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has approached the Centre seeking its nod to utilise its huge land bank to fund its expansion plans and for facing cut-throat competition from private players. As part of the pilot project, the telecom PSU has asked the government to allow development of land for commercial and residential use in Mumbai and Noida which is likely to fetch over Rs.3,500 crore.
GoM asks govt to loan BSNL & MTNL to pay up salaries:
An inter-ministerial group has asked the government to give loans to state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) to help both loss-making telcos pay a
portion of their salary bills.
Meeting at Kellys ExCHANGE to Welcome New Members:
On 04/02/2014 at 04.00 PM there will be a meeting of the union to welcome Twenty eight new members who have recently joined NFTE-BSNL. Circle union office bearers and District office bearers along with Kellys Divisional comrades will participate in this meeting.
General Council Meeting postponed:
Due to unavoidable circumstances the place and the data of next general council meeting is changed. Now on 18/02/2014 at 03.00 PM the General council meeting will be held at Dinroze Exchange complex. Kindly note this change.
Function at Thiruninravur Exchange:
On 29/01/2014 in connection with the retirement function of our senior leader S. Jothi, T.M. from service Com. C.K.Mathivanan and other circle office bearers along with district and divisional union leaders greeted Com. Jothi a very very happy retired life. Prior to this the new notice board of the branch union was opened by Com. C.K.Ragunathan, District Secretary, Thiruvallur and union flag was hoisted by Com. K.Nagan, Circle Vice-President. Many officers including DGM/AGM etc also took part in the farewell function and greeted Com Jothi.
Declaration of results for Direct Recruitment of TTA’s-2014 Vacancies:
On 29/01/2014 a list of 44 candidates were declared as passed in the examination held on 14/07/2013.Out of 123 vacancies for which 4677 Engineering Graduates written the examination. Results:OC:21, OBC:11, SC:12 & ST:0
Meeting With GM(West):
On 30/01/2014 our union leaders met the GM(West) and discussed the issues pertaining to west zone. Comrades C.K.Mathivanan, Dhansingh, M. Nagarajan,V.Babu, T.Karunanidhi and Anbukumar participated in the discussion.
President Should not play partisan politics:
Recently there is a discussion throughout the media and country about the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s two days’s dharna before Rail bhavan to demand action on few police men for their failure to act on the rapists.
Non other than the president of Indian Republic...
Massive gathering at Flower Bazaar Complex:
On 27/01/2014 in response to the call given by the circle union nearly 300 comrades gathered during lunch hour to felicitate all the 70 leaders who were victimized by the management through Dies-non and FR17A punishment. Com M.K.Ramaswamy presided over the meeting. Comrades C.K.Mathivanan, S.Lingamurthy(CS FNTO) and P.Udhayasurian(CS AIBSNLOA) felicitated the victimized comrades and told the gatherings that their victimization will only strengthen the determination of members to fight against the management for justice. Com C.Ravi Circle treasurer delivered the vote of thanks.
Aurangabad District Conference:
On 09/02/2014 the district conference and a convention will be held at Aurangabad(Maharastra Circle) in which Com. C.K.Mathivanan, Dy.GS will participate and deliver key note address.
Greetings on Republic day:
We greet all fellow Indians on the 64th Anniversary of Indian Republic on 26/01/2014. Let the aims and objects of the Indian constitution be fulfilled atleast in the coming years.
BOYCOTT OF REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATION:
NFTE-BSNL Circle union has decided to boycott the Republic day celebration at CGM office on 26/01/2014 in view of the continued victimization on the members of NFTE_BSNL at the behest of CGM and GM(HR&ADMN).
Works Committee meeting of Chennai Area:
On 25/01/2014 the works committee meeting of Chennai area was held. Our members GandhiChandrasekaran, Sundramurthy and Karunanidhi took up many issues to improve the quality of services. NFTE-BSNL demanded bringing Broadband, Transmission and GSM under the Control of respective area GMs so that delay is cutdown and more coordination is ensured.
General Council meeting on 15/02/2014:
The General Council of the Circle union will meet on 15/02/2014 in A.K. Nayak Bhavan at 02.00PM sharply. Sangamuzhakkam journal will also be released at the meeting. All the RGB candidates of our union will be introduced at this meeting. All General council members are requested to attend the meeting.
Selection of RGB Candidates:
As the Election for RGB members of telecom Co-Operative society is scheduled to be held very shortly the candidate of NFTE-BSNL will be selected and announced on 30/01/2014 at the first meeting of the selection committee. Hence all District secretaries are requested to handover the application form collected from the willing comrades on or before 27/01/2014.
Bonus formula review Committee meeting::
The second meeting of the Bonus formula Committee will be held today. As already reported due to the persistent efforts of NFTE-BSNL a committee has been appointed by the management to review the faulty Bonus formula agreed by BSNLEU when it was the sole recognized union. Due to this faulty formula only our employees were denied Bonus for the last 4 years continuously. Now after getting recognition NFTE-BSNL forced the management to review the Bonus formula and accordingly a committee was formed including a representative from NFTE-BSNL. Already the first meeting of this committee was over.
NFTE-BSNL support the struggle of ED Employees:
On 22/01/2014 throughout the country ED Employees of POSTAL department has organized a hunger fast on their demands. Regularization and grant of Govt servanat status for 2.7 lakhs Extra departmental employees are the main two demands. At Chennai near Chief PMG office in Anna salai more than 400 ED Employees were observing a day’s hunger fast. Throughout Tamil Nadu ED employees have gathered at the hunger fast site. Com. C.K.Mathivanan addressed the protestors on behalf of NFTE-BSNL and expressed complete solidarity for the demands of the ED employees. Com. T.R.Rajasekaran ACS accompanied the circle secretary.
Urgent Secretariat meeting on 23/01/2014:
At 03.OO PM an urgent Secretariat meeting at the union office will be held. All members of the Secretariat of our circle union are requested to attend the meeting in time without fail.
New posters released from Circle union:
Two new posters are released from circle union today;
Meeting with GM(South)::
The Circle union will meet the GM(South) on 21/01/2014 along with Kancheepuram District union office bearers. The issue of surplus staff transfer in the cadre of Sr.TOA(P) / Sr. TOA(G) will be taken up in the meeting.
Trade union class at South Chennai District:
On 20th January-2014 a trade union class was conducted by the Chennai(South) district union at Dinroze Exchange complex. Com.K. Sabapathy, District president has presided over the class. A condolence resolution on the sudden demise of CHQ tresurer P.L. Dua was passed and a minute silence was observed in the memory of Com. Dua. Com C.K.Mathivanan Circle secretary took a class on the topic of trade union struggles since 1954. He also explained the present status of various issues. Several circle union office bearers participated in the discussion on the topic of the class. In all 109 comrades participated in the trade union Class. Com. Nagarajan, District secretary welcomed the participants of the class and outlined the activities of the district union. A decision to conduct branch/ divisional conferences by March-20014 so that all conferences are completed before the next all India conference at Jabalpur(MP) in April-2014.
To day the management has imposed Dies-non/FR17A on 45 more comrades in second instalment for the hunger strike on 30th & 31st December-2013 making the total numbers as 70. We hope there will be a third list also!. Let the management understand that NFTE_BSNL cannot be bullied by these type of madness. We shall defeat these victimization soon.
COMRADE P.L. DUA IS NO MORE:
We deeply mourn the sudden demise of Com. P.L. Dua our All India treasurer. NFTE, Chennai telephones pay its respectful homage to the departed leader. Com P.L. Dua was in association with NFPTE and NFTE long time and worked selflessly throughout his career for the cause of the working class.
Over speed by Mr. Veerappa Moily:
After the exit of Smt Jayanthi Natarajan from the Ministry of Environment & Forest Shri Veerappa Moily took additional charge of the said Ministry on 22nd_December-2013. Within 20 days he has cleared 65 files for project worth Rs 1 lakh crore.
160 New Members joined NFTE-BSNL:
Chennai telephone circle union whole heartedly welcomes 160 new members who have joined NFTE-BSNL on 15/01/2014. Out of these 160 more than 125 left BSNLEU and joined us. The circle union thank all those who worked for this new membership.
Mr Anand Sharma please look at your face in the mirror:
Hon’ble Union Minister for Industry and Commerce has commented the decision of the Delhi state govt led by AAP to disallow FDI in multibrand retail trade as irresponsible. However it is a very good decision by the AAP govt to avoid jobloss and unemployment. Hence we welcome this responsible decision of of AAP govt which withdrew the earlier decision of the Congrees govt led by Smt. Sheela Dixit to allow FDI in multibrand retail trading. We all know the AAP govt in Delhi is supported by Congress party. Despite this the AAP govt has reversed the decision of the Congress govt without fearing for loss of power or fall of their govt.
Mr Anand Sharma, the Union Minister for Commerce and Industry also questioned the decision of the AAP govt since it is a minority ovt with outside support.
We wish to remind Mr Anand Sharma if that is the case that a minority govt cannot take a policy decision then how UPA-II govt which is a minority govt from the beginning and living on the borrowed outside support of SP,BSP and other parties could implement many important policy decisions of the Congrees which are all antipeople and anti worker but procorporate and multinational corporation. This is a fine example of ‘The Pot calling the Kettle Black’.
Com. C.K.Mathivanan In Kerala:
On 13/01/2014 comrade C.K.Mathivanan participated in the Kerala Circle Executive meeting and opening function of Ernakulam District union office. In the forenoon the District union office was declare opened by Shri. Mathew, PGM Ernakulam District. Com C.K.Mathivanan delivered the key note address in this function. Many DGM's and sister union representatives greeted NFTE_BSNL for opening a new union office in Ernakulam District. Comrades P.K.Radhakrishnan, Circle President, P.V.Dharmadas, Circle secretary and Michael National Executive Committee member and others also spoke at the occasion.
In the afternoon Circle Executive Committee meeting was held at the new union office. The Circle Executives decided to hold the 6th Circle conference. The Vennue and the date will be decided at the next CEC meeting to be held at Malapuram in the 2nd week of February-2014.
Two new branches one at Thodupuzha with 40 members in Ernakulam SSA and the second at Manarghat with 25 members have come with very recently in Kerala circle. All these new members had left BSNLEU to join NFTE-BSNL.
Don't mandate only BSNL/MTNL connections for govt staff: COAI:
GSM industry body COAI has written to Department of Telecom (DoT) not to implement a proposal of "mandating only" BSNL and MTNL connections for government staff and enterprises as it would be "anti-competitive". "We once again reiterate that any such move would be arbitrary, incorrect and unjustified and would be
anti- competitive and against all principles of level playing field," COAI
Director General Rajan Mathews said in a letter to DoT Secretary M F Farooqui.
Trade union Classes:
1. Thiruvallur District.
A trade union class was organized at Thiruvallur on 08/01/20014 by the District union in which more than 140 comrades took part. Com. N.Dhanapal, District president presided over the class. Com. M.K.Ramaswamy, Circle president inaugurated the same. Com. C.K.Mathivanan took a class on ‘Trade union functioning’. Com. C.K.Ragunathan, Dist secretary explained the present position of the union regard to various issues. Many circle office bearers and district office bearers also spoke at the class.
2.North Chennai District.
The trade union class for the district was organized on 10/01/2014 at Dinroze exchange complex. Com. K.Anbu District Secretary presided over the class. Com. M.K.Ramaswamy, Circle president inaugurated the same.More than 90 comrades took part in the class. Com. C.K.Mathivanan spoke on the anti worker attitude of the Administration. Several circle office bearer also took part in it.
BSNL, MTNL to get Rs 11,258 crore on spectrum surrender:
The Cabinet on Thursday approved a Rs 11,258-crore bonanza to two beleaguered state-run telecommunication companies and approved regulations for television rating agencies. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd can surrender their broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum and get refunds of Rs 11,258 crore, the Cabinet said
PIL wants protection for whistleblower:
The petitioners described BNSL employee C K Mathivanan as a whistleblower and said he had led employees' agitation against misuse of the 323-line telephone exchange which was allegedly established during the tenure of Dayanidhi Maran as union telecom minister. Though the Centre has drafted the Whistle Blowers Protection Bill, it was yet to be implemented successfully, they said, adding that Mathivanan suffered harassment as his retirement benefits were delayed inordinately.
Felicitation for brave hearts:
The circle union will honour all those brave hearts who were served with dies_non and FR-17A punishment for participation in the peaceful hunger strike at CGM’s office on 30th & 31st December 2013. A function will be organized on 27th January 2014 at Flower Bazaar complex during Lunch hour to honor all those brave hearts.
TWO DAYS FAST UNDERTAKEN BY COM C K MATHIVANAN HAS ENDED AFTER AN AGREEMENT REACHED WITH CGM CHENNAI TELEPHONES:
Chennai Telephones Circle Secretary began fast at 9 AM on 30th December 2013 for demanding settlement of SIX important demands. After two Rounds of discussion with Chief General Manager, Senior GM (HR & Admn) an agreement was reached with CGM and a letter signed by the CGM was handedover to the Circle Secretary on the settlement of demands. At about 10 PM on 31st December 2013 Com C.K.Mathivanan after consulting the circle office bearers announced the end of his fast and thereafter Com.R.K,former Secretary NFTE gave the fruit juice to Com CKM and thus twodays his fast for 37 hours came to an end with an agreement.
Leaders of various Unions/Associations extended their support to the agitation particularly Comrades RK, Pattabiraman (TN CS NFTE), P Udayasooriyan (CS AIBSNLOA), S.Lingamurthi (CS FNTO), J Vijayakumar (CS TEPU) and R.Gunasekaran (CS BSNLDEU). Nearly 400 comrades came to the agitation spot and sat all through the two days and supported the agitation. Senior Comrades V.K.Gopalan, K Sabapathy, P Ganapathy and M Munusamy also addressed the meeting which was presided over by Com.M.K.Ramasamy Circle President.
The Main issue of empanelling the reputed hospitals such as BILLROTH, MIOT, M V DIABATICS etc was agreed upon by the Management and within three months the process of empanelment will be completed. The average age of the BSNL employees being 50 years now, there is an urgent need for a very effective medical scheme and reputed hospitals as empanelled hospitals for BSNLMRS. In Tamil Nadu Circle & STR, STP Telecom Circles number of reputed hospitals in Chennai are in the empanelled list. However, these hospitals are not finding a place in the empanelled list of hospitals for Chennai Telephones. This discrimination has to be removed immediately and NFTE Circle union has taken this issue with all sincerity. The Management although recognised more than 70 hospitals in Chennai majority of these hospitals are under payment fecility. The Circle union demanded the inclusion of reputed hospitals in the empanelled list so that our employees not require to pay for their medical treatment in these reputed hospitas and claim reimbursement later.
WE hope the management will implement this agreement within THREE MONTHS so that our employees are not facing acute financial difficulties and financial loss for taking Medical treatment under BSNLMRS.
C.K. MATHIVANAN, CIRCLE SECRETARY
-NFTE BSNL CHENNAI TELEPHONES
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