(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 25, 2010
Indefinite Strike of BSNL Employees
Called Off After Agreement with Minister
THE indefinite strike of BSNL workers has been called off after discussion with communications and IT minister A Raja on April 20, 2010.
The strike was complete all over
the country with most
of the 3000 and odd BSNL offices completely deserted due to strike by
and non-executive employees numbering more than three lakhs. Many
closed since nobody was available. The employees on strike organised
dharnas etc in front of their offices raising the demands of the
Thousands of workers mobilised in the metro cities like Kolkata,
Hundreds of workers who were on
strike organised rally
in front of Bharat Sanchar Bhavan, Corporate Office,
The minister of communications called the JAC leaders for discussion by 11 am. After protracted discussion for about two hours, agreement has been reached on the following points.
The minister assured that all stake holders including the unions will be taken in to confidence before any decision is taken with regard to voluntary retirement scheme (VRS), disinvestment and sharing of infrastructure.
It was also assured that in the case of absorption issue of ITS officers as also revision of pension of BSNL retirees, a note will be prepared and submitted to cabinet within three months. 30 million mobile lines will be made available this year to BSNL to provide connections to people. It was also assured that the wage revision of non-executives will be approved by DoT within 15 days.
The Joint Action Committee met and on the basis of the assurances withdrew the strike and called upon the workers to resume duty.
The Joint Action Committee congratulates the workers for organising the historic struggle. It also thanked all the central trade unions, service associations, political parties and others who supported the struggle.