BSNL ensures uninterrupted services during strike

BSNL has made adequate arrangements to ensure that telecom services rendered to its customers remain uninterrupted. A control room has been set up in BSNL Corporate Office, New Delhi and similar control rooms are functioning at State and District levels to constantly monitor the situation.

A section of executives of BSNL belonging to the cadres of Junior Telecom Officer and Junior Accounts Officers, recruited after formation of BSNL in year 2000, are participating in agitation with effect from 18th August 2009, in support of their demands related to increased wages and career progression, and also including demand for absorption of group 'A' officers in BSNL. Out of about 55,000 executives of BSNL, 2400 executives are unauthorizedly absent from their duties since 18th August 2009.

The issue of absorption of group 'A' officers in BSNL is under active consideration of Government and is likely to be finalized soon. The other demand of these executives relate to HR policies of BSNL, which has been finalized after due consultation with all the stakeholders and any change therein is likely to affect other section of executives. The position has been made clear to the representatives of agitating executives and BSNL management had offered to set up appropriate mechanism to settle the issue involving all section of executives. However, the offer has been rejected by the agitating executives and they have proceeded on agitation, which is totally unjustified.

In addition to above, on the call given by the majority union of non-executive employees of BSNL, i.e. BSNLEU, and its allies, a section of non-executive employees are on 48 hours strike on 19th and 20th August 2009, in support of their demand for immediate wage revision. Wage revision is done in all PSUs through process of Wage Negotiation with employees' unions as per government guidelines. The process of wage revision in BSNL is already in progress. So far, wage revision has been completed in none of the other PSUs, except one . As such BSNL is not lagging behind on this issue. BSNL has about 2,45,000 non-executive employees, and the union on agitation has about 50% membership.



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