Friday, December 3, 2010

BSNL Strike Successful – Deferred after agreement

BSNL Workers strike has been deferred after discussions and agreement with DOT and BSNL Management by midnight of 2nd December 2010.

The complete participation of the workers under the united leadership of the Joint Action Committee paralysed the telecom services. In many circles even top officers could not enter the offices. In the corporate office there was a mass upsurge and even traffic was blocked in the main Janpath Road for almost an hour. The strike got complete support from all sister unions and Central Trade UNions, especially, CITU, Confederation of CG Employees, AISGEF, AIIEA, BEFI and others. Com. Basudevacharya, MP and leader of CPI(M) in Lok Sabha intervened to ensure effective dialogue.

The DOT and Management was compelled to assure that there is no proposal for Disinvestment or VRS in BSNL. Even the committee of the top officials in Telecom, IT, Planning Commission, Industry & Finance which met on 30th December to take decision on Disinvestment of BSNL and VRS could not take any decision due to the strike threat. It is a victory for the workers.

The management was compelled to assure that procurement of 5.5 million equipment will be immediately done and that another 15 million also will be procured. There will be no unbundling of last mile copper cables. DOT will resubmit the Cabinet Note after the required corrections immediately for cabinet for decision. The Cabinet Note for ITS absorption has already been circulalated to concerned departments and will be submitted to Cabinet after receipt of the feedback. On the committment of the government for financial viability of BSNL, our suggestions and proposals will be duly taken up with the Government.

This is a magnificent strike which has compelled the government at least to stop disinvestment & VRS at present. It is part of the sustained struggle against the neo-liberal policies of the Government. We have been able to maintain and strengthen the unity of the workers and the unions in the JAC, which itself is a great achievement.

Revolutionary Greetings to the workers.


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