Site updated on 08.03.2014
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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