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03-12-2016


Hundreds of emails are receiving by GS daily, for the last few days from post 2007 JTO/JAOs especially 2007 and 2008 batches requesting immediate approval of E2, E3 pay scales delinking the upgardation of other pay scales. Due to the proposal of upgaradtion of all the scales, all are under the threat of rejection of even genuine E2 and E3 pay scales due for them. It is the truth revealed by the DoT Note sheet. This may be treated as a common reply to all the mails to GS….

Comrades, SNEA is pursuing this issue with top most priority. General Secretary cancelled all the tour programmes and stationed at New Delhi for the last few days and continuously pursuing it with DoT and BSNL management. No other Assn taken these developments seriously and pursuing with DoT/BSNL.

GS met Jt Sec(A)/DOT and discussed the issue in details on 30.11.16. Finally Jt Sec(A) agreed to conduct a meeting of DoT, BSNL and the Assn after one week, ie 3rd week of December to sort out the issues and find out a workable solution. It is a very positive development as we could stop the rejection of the E2, E3 pay scales once again.

Then GS met CMD/BSNL on the same day and further discussed the issue and demanded that E2, E3 pay scales should be settled immediately. CMD assured that BSNL will first get the E2, E3 pay scales approved before 3rd PRC and upgradation of remaining scales will be considered during 3rd PRC implementation. CMD given necessary direction to DIR(HR) also in this regard. We are pursuing with DIR(HR) also further.

SNEA already decided to launch agitation if BSNL management is not seriously taking up this issue with DoT and settling it immediately. We are just watching the developments for another few days.

Comrades, Be United, we can face any challenge. SNEA will not allow the demotion of the basic cadres to E1 and E2 scales. Strengthen the hands of SNEA by voting to Sl No 9. SNEA only can settle these HR issues like standard pay scales of E2 and E3, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy, 30% Superannuation benefits, 3rd PRC implementation etc and secure your future. 

03-12-2016


Campaigning at peak in all the Circles. Door to door campaign going on well in all the SSAs by different core groups. Very very encouraging reports are coming from major Circles and Metros taking the MV campaign into new heights and dimension. Consolidate in the remaining 4 days.

Large numbers of Executives are coming forward to support SNEA.

Unexpected support is coming from the Accounts wing as large number of them are complaining that their issues like increasing the quota from 50% to 75% as done in the case of Engg wing by SNEA is not taken up by their Assn. AIBSNLEA simply neglecting their issues like BSNLMS RR amendment, CPSU Cadre Hierarchy etc. Similarly JAO batches of 2010, 2013 and 2015 are coming out openly due to the suicidal stand taken by AIBSNLEA on standard pay scales, resulting the threat of demotion to E1 scales and pay loss of thousands of rupees.

After verification, only the recognized Assn will negotiate the issues of Accounts wing also with the management.

03-12-2016


GS and Com Manoj Singh, GS/AITEEA had discussed the pay parity issue of 2007 and 2008 batches. GS/AITEEA sought the support of SNEA in this regard. This is an agenda already taken up by SNEA and part of Manifesto also and GS assured all possible steps to resolve the issue. SNEA then written to the BSNL management on 29.11.2016 itself to refer this issue to a Committee as requested by GS/AITEEA. 

03-12-2016


Membership verification on 07.12.2016:

ONE PSU, ONE ASSOCIATION

My Vote for CPSU Cadre Hierarchy implementation upto AGM Grade as per Khan Committee recommendations.

Vote for No: 9 SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION Every unpolled vote renders the cadre weak. And every vote for a weak Association is a vote against the bargaining strength of the Representative Association and it will strengthen the management.

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL

02-12-2016


Com R K Upadhay, GS of SNESMA (Ex servicemen) met GS and held discussions on their issues. Com R K Upadhay extended full support to SNEA in the coming membership verification. GS assured that all their genuine issues will be taken up and pursued with management in the coming days.

Com Allauddin Ahmed, Dist Secretary/AIBSNLEA, Bongaigaon SSA, Assam Circle joined SNEA on 30.11.16. Warm welcome to him into SNEA family.

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL

02-12-2016


GS writes to CMD, BSNL ...... CPSU Cadre Hierarchy  to be fast tracked to end   the stalemate  in  functional   promotion  in  all the cadres and to  give relief  to all the Executives. For  meeting the operational requirements, the  DGM (T) posts to be increased to 2500 by matching savings. HR   plan  finalization   should  not become a stumbling block for the implementation of CPSU Hierarchy... View Copy of the letter.

02-12-2016


View Corporate Office orders:

02-12-2016


3rd PRC report is expected to be submitted by next week

02-12-2016


Membership verification on 07.12.2016:

ONE PSU, ONE ASSOCIATION

My Vote for constitution of 3rd PRC and implementation of 3rd PRC recommendations in BSNL.

Vote for No: 9 SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION 

Every unpolled vote renders the cadre weak. And every vote for a weak Association is a vote against the bargaining strength of the Representative Association and it will strengthen the management.

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL

02-12-2016


All Executives gathered in line,

Saying SNEA is Mine, SNEA is Mine.

Let us get united to Make BSNL Fine.

Work hard to build the lost Shine.

To be on cloud Nine, My Vote for Sl No 9.

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL

02-12-2016


Com Pawan Meena, Ex General Secretary/SNATTA joined SNEA.

Com Satnam Singh, Dist Secretary/AIBSNLEA, Dist Treasurer/AIBSNLEA of Chandigarh SSA and more than 20 members joined SNEA at Chandigarh, Punjab Circle.

Warm welcome to all of them to SNEA family.

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL

01-12-2016


Com G. Satheesh, SDE and Ex Circle Vice President of AIGETOA, AP and founder Dist Secretary of AIGETOA, Hyderabad SSA joined SNEA few weeks back. He is very actively participating in the membership verification campaign in Hyderabad. Com Satheesh come forward for campaigning for SNEA appreciating the stand taken by SNEA on all the crucial HR issues which requires immediate attention and BSNL growth related issues. This is another motivation to other young comrades. He can be contacted on 09490134660.

01-12-2016


Meeting with Sri Anupam Shrivatava, CMD, BSNL on replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A by standard pay scales of E2, E3:

After meeting Jt Sec(A)/DoT on 30.11.2016, GS and AGS met CMD BSNL on the same issue and explained him about the developments in DoT where senior officers in DoT like Addl Secretary(T) recommended to refer the E1A and E2A scales to Union Cabinet or extend E1 and E2 pay scales for the fresh recruits (Same thing available in the note sheet uploaded earlier in our website which other Assns suppressed due to obvious reasons). The BSNL proposal complicated the whole issue as DoT is not accepting the proposal to upgrade all the pay scales citing huge financial implication and pension liability. Due to this the legitimate demand of E2, E3 from 01.01.2007 also getting rejected by DoT. Assn informed CMD that in that case Assn is going to launch agitation without any further notice as communicated on 28.11.16. Huge industrial unrest will happen and BSNL management will be squarely responsible. BSNL only can save the demand of E2 and E3 by delinking it from the upgradation of all other pay scales for the time being and get the E2, E3 approved before 3rd PRC. Remaining scales upgardation can be taken up during 3rd PRC implementation from 01.01.2017, after one month.

Finally CMD assured that BSNL will first get the E2, E3 scales approved before 3rd PRC and upgradation of remaining scales will be considered during 3rd PRC implementation. This is the best possible solution. 

01-12-2016


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01-12-2016


Meeting with Sri Amit Yadav, Jt Secretary(A) and Rajiv Shrivastava, Director(TPF), DoT on replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A by standard pay scales of E2, E3:

GS and AGS met JS(A) and had heated arguments on the proposed move of DoT to down grade the pay scales of JTO/JAO from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2 or to send E1A and E2A proposal to Union cabinet for approval. Addl Secretary(T) has recommended for this and DoT is planning to communicate it to BSNL. Director(TPF) informed that since nodal cell of DoT is not recommending the proposal, DoT(Fin) is having no more role to play. The proposal is already turned down by DoT earlier also.

JS(A) told that DoT is of the view that due to the huge financial implication on DoT in terms of future pension liability and for BSNL in terms of pay and perks, BSNL proposal cannot be approved. For each employee, financial implications for 35 to 37 years of service are to be calculated and then the pension liability on DoT for another 15 years. This has not done by BSNL. If BSNL is competent to decide the pay scales by its own, it can do so. BSNL proposes the upgradation not only for two pay scales but for all the pay scales. BSNL is making huge loses and according to DoT, BSNL cannot afford such revision of pay scales in long term.

Assn countered the arguments of JS(A) one by one:

A) It is the Union Cabinet decision to implement standard pay scales as per of 2nd PRC recommendations. The cabinet decision has come as DPE order. Further DPE again communicated to DOT in 2014 that intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A cannot be approved and standard pay scales are to be implemented. So, the AS(T) proposal of sending E1A and E2A pay scales to Union Cabinet for approval devoid of merits. Even DPE will not give concurrence to such proposal.

B) The AS(T) suggestion that it can be treated as a pay anomaly and can be compensated by giving additional pay in E1 scale is not correct as the issue is of the revised pay scales of E1A and E2A after 2nd PRC. The revised standard pay scales are to be notified w.e.f 01.01.2007. It cannot be treated as a pay anomaly issue at all. 

C) The BSNL proposal cannot be dealt by 3rd PRC as suggested by DoT earlier. 3rd PRC deals with pay revision from 01.01.2017. The present case is revision of pay scales from 01.01.2007 as per 2nd PRC.

D) DoT cannot take unilateral decisions on pay scales. The pay scales are to be approved by Administrative Ministry as per the recommendations of BSNL only, this is the Cabinet decision.

E) DoT should allow BSNL management to run the company and decide the pay scales etc. On this JS(A) told that on operations matters, DoT will not interfere but on pay scales, Govt approval is mandatory as it is having financial implications on Govt and on the health of the CPSU. BSNL and MTNL are the two unique CPSUs where Govt pension is extended.

F) Almost 80% of the Executives recruited by BSNL after 01.01.2007 are not having pension, they are BSNL directly recruited employees. Remaining 20% is having only few years of service left and the financial implications for them is minimum. On this JS(A) commented that these facts are not mentioned in BSNL proposal.

G) According to BSNL, total financial implications per year from 2015-16 will be about Rs 46 Cr only. It is not a big amount which BSNL cannot afford. In earlier years, it will be much less. BSNL is ready to make the payment.

H) Even after implementation of E2 scale, the basic pay will be much less than that of the pay fixed for the Executives joined earlier. Minimum of E2 scales is Rs 20600 and pay fixed on pay revision on E1A scale is Rs 22820.

I) The demand from the Assn is the replacement of the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A by standard pay scales of E2 and E3. Part I of the BSNL proposal is the same. Upgradation of other pay scales is the proposal of BSNL. The justification and alternative to this 2nd part can be discussed with BSNL. Pay scales and five TB promotions are part of the terms and conditions of absorption. Any solution on the 2nd part without deviating from the basic principles of terms and conditions for absorption and EPP is acceptable for the Assn. 

J) In the name of upgradation of other pay scales, the basic issue of revision of pay scales of E1A and E2A with standard pay scales of E2 and E3 cannot be rejected. The cadres cannot be down grades and the existing pay scales cannot be downgraded.

Finally after lot of arguments, JA(A) agreed to hold a combined meeting of the Assn, BSNL and DoT officers after one week to find out a workable solution.

Comrades, THE FIGHT IS STILL ON ---. Atleast we could save the proposal for the time being. We should mount lot of pressure on BSNL management and DoT in the coming days, atleast to get the upgradation of the pay scales of the basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO to E2 and E3 and protect the cadres from demotion by down grading the pay scales to E1 and E2. 

GET READY FOR A BIG SHOWDOWN WITH DOT SHORTLY.

01-12-2016


Editorial

Pull up your sleeves, roll over your socks and gird your loins for imminent and inevitable struggle to get E2, E3 scales- post membership verification- real testing and formidable challenge. 

The recent retrograde move in DoT to extend E1 and E2 pay scales for all the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007 by replacing higher intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A not only deserves strongest condemnation but unquestionably calls for itly tough but protracted one. The challenge before us is all the more formidable because we do not have enough time at hand in view of the fact that 3rd PRC is reportedly moving very fast towards finalization of its recommendations and the issue of E2 and E3 scales is necessarily to be resolved before 3rd PRC report.

Resolution of the issue becomes more challenging in view of the fact that BSNL Management is taking full advantage of the divided opinion among the Executive Associations on this issue and, with sinister designs, has proposed to upgrade all the pay scales up to E7 scale, which is only meant to make sure that getting legitimate and just issue of E2 and E3 scales settled is getting defeated. BSNL management got a very fertile and hunting ground to play and it is playing, 

So, on the standard pay scale issue, the Management, the DoT and some Associations have the common agenda, to tacitly torpedo E2, E3 pay scales though, for obvious reasons, they do not admit it publicly. BSNL just wants to somehow shirk its responsibility by passing the buck to the DoT and pretend that their job is over. It is amply clear from the fact that the Management never bothered to pursue the matter with the DoT during the last six months, though the proposal was sent to the DoT in June, 2016. One Association’s  stubbornness and insistence for cascading effect on implementation of E2, E3 pay scales is aimed at derailing and denying our legitimate demand for E2, E3. They pose in public as if demanding for E2, E3 pay scales but during discussions, they are stubborn on cascading factor as a pre-condition for E2 and E3! Since their demand suits the Management, it always sides with them conveniently projecting false impression to the Executives.

Therefore to realise our demand for E2, E3 pay scale issue, it is imperative that only one voice is heard from the Association side by the Management. Then and then only the divisive tactics of the Management can be thrown to the winds. With the help of such Associations, the BSNL and the DoT are biding the time till the 3rd PRC. But in order not to fall prey to their ulterior designs, we have to ensure that the E2, E3 pay scales issue gets resolved before 3rd PRC. That is why it is our prime challenge immediately on completion of membership verification.   

Having said that, SNEA is not going back from its demand of E2, E3, --- E7 pay scales. This has been our demand ever since absorption in 2002-03. After the 2nd PRC, we revived it. Individually and in the banner of United Forum, we struggled for E2, E3, -- E7 pay scales from 2009 to 2014. When the demand for up gradation of all the pay scales up to E7 posed the greatest stumbling block even to get the standard pay scales of E2 and E3, with the threat of demotion of the basic cadres from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2 pay scales staring us in the face, we had to take a strategic decision in 2014 to focus on E2, E3 pay scales for the time being to protect the basic cadres from demotion. When others insisted for upgradation of all the pay scales and even someone demanded E2, E3 scales from 01.10.2000, SNEA could sense the danger of demotion of the basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO to E1 and E2 pay scales. Thereafter the SNEA alone started agitations which resulted in the final rejection of the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A by DPE in 2014 and reconstitution of the defunct Joint Committee as Khan Committee in May, 2015. As we have done in the past, we had to resort to the strategy of getting E2, E3 scales approved for the time being, keeping our demand for E2, -- E7 open. Once E2, E3 pay scales are approved before the 3rd PRC, it will naturally lead to E7 in the coming days. Nobody can stop us from moving to E7 in that situation. 

Once the basic issue of standard pay scales are addressed, the pay parity of Rs 22820/- for 2007 and 2008 rect JTOs at par with 2005 batch JTOs and 2010 batch JAOs are to be taken up on highest priority for very obvious reasons. Such an incredible and alarming pay disparity between pre and post 2007 JTO is not only unjust and irrational but surely calls for resolution conclusively and comprehensively. We are quite firm and convinced on this issue of removing such a huge disparity at the earliest.

I.        The bargaining power depends on the majority of the recognized Association and that in turn decides the acceleration in settling the issues.

After the ensuing membership verification, there will be only two Associations in the BSNL with any rights, worth the name, the recognized majority Association and the support Association. Other Associations will not even have the right for an informal meeting with the Management at any level. All policy matters and HR issues will be discussed and negotiated only with the majority Association and no other Association, including the support Association will have these rights. Therefore in the membership contest, the majority that the recognized Association can accrue matters most, in terms of the bargaining power it can command. Multiplicity of Associations will only help and aid the management, not the Executives, in derailing resolution of issues in a maaner it is being done now. A strong Executive Association, like those in other CPSUs, can dictate the future of the Executives in BSNL. Even a single vote lost by the majority Association will cost the Executives dearly and the loss, if created cannot be offset in the near future. Therefore it is our fervent appeal to stand in favour of the only Association that can command the maximum support in the current scenario. No one has any doubt that it is the SNEAAny vote not polled or against the SNEA is a vote to the Management to rule the Executives like dictators. We, therefore, appeal to each and every Executive to go to the polling booths on 7th December to vote for the Executives and against the ManagementYes, take it as your honourable responsibility to cast your valuable votes in favour of the SANCAHR NIGAM EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION at Sl. No.9 to strengthen the hands of the Executives and choose the SNEA to be the recognized Association with a huge majority and great bargaining power.

01-12-2016


Membership verification on 07.12.2016:

ONE PSU, ONE ASSOCIATION

My Vote for a) Officiating pay protection, b) 1st TB promotion after 4 to 5 years, c) E1A and E2A pay scales from 01.10.2000 for Civil/Elect/Arch/PA/PS wings and d) for settling pay anomalies.

Vote for No: 9 SANCHAR NIGAM EXECUTIVES ASSOCIATION 

Every unpolled vote renders the cadre weak. And every vote for a weak Association is a vote against the bargaining strength of the Representative Association and strengthen the management.

Strengthen SNEA, Strengthen BSNL

30-11-2016


GS writes to CMD, BSNL regarding serious discrimination and pay anomaly between Executives in Civil/Elect/Arch/PA/PS/TF and other cadres like JTOs, JAOs, SDEs etc - Request to bring total parity between different wings by extending E1A and E2A pay scales notionally with effect from 01.10.2000 to the Executives of Civil / Elect / Arch / PA / PS / TF wings... View Letter Copy.

30-11-2016


BSNL records six-fold jump in operating profit at Rs 3,855 cr in FY 2016...View Media Report by   

30-11-2016


CHQ extends best wishes for all  comrades  who  retire today on superannuation, for a happy and peaceful  retired  life.  Comrade you are starting a new journey  and  exceptional  chapter of your life. May your days be filled with elation and  triumph.  We thank you for your dedication & congratulate you on your retirement.
 
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