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20-08-2016
United Forum of Executive Associations, Chennai Telephones addressed letter to CGM, Chennai Telephones regarding Lunch hour demonstration to be held on 23.08.2016 at O/o CGM,Chennai Telephones. All the comrades are requested to mobilize for the LH demo.

Demands:

1. Immediate replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1-A and E2-A by standard pay scales of E2 and E3 for JTO and SDE equivalent cadres w.e.f 01.01.2007 as per the recommendation of the Joint Committee.

2. Extending 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited Employees as per the recommendation of 2nd PRC.

3. Implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and first Time Bound Promotion as per the recommendation of Joint committee.

22-08-2016 CHQ News:

History, status and vision of SNEA on E2, E3 Pay Scales for JTO, SDE and equivalent Cadres:

Earnest Appeal from SNEA to “All the Stake Holders” to join hands for a conclusive fight on E2, E3 Pay scales in the coming days.

Comrades, today the basic cadres, JTO and SDE equivalent are under threat of demotion. These prestigious cadres got higher pay scales and recognition through continuous struggles for the last three decades, since 1984. The JTO cadre is having the history of struggles and the Association also got transformed after each struggle from erstwhile JETA(I) to JTOA(I) to TEOA(I) to SNEA.

During DoT era, cadre based Associations was the concept.  During 1980s, the pay scales of JE (Jr Engineer and now JTO), was less than that of JAOs and even selection grade PIs. Through continuous struggles for three years from 1984 to 1987, JEs redesignated as JTOs and the pay scale revised from 425-15-700 to 550 - --- (revised scale of 1400-40-2700 to 1640-60-2900). The agitation was so terrific, Union Cabinet forced to decide the pay scales of JTO Cadre in DoT. The Assn also renamed from JETA(I) to JTOA(I).

During V Central Pay commission (CPC), through continuous struggle and interaction with CPC, JTOA(I) (SNEA) achieved further recognition by one more upward revision of pay scales from 5500-150-9000(pre-revised 1640-60-2900) to Rs.6500-200-10500 (pre-revised 2000- --) w.e.from 1st January 1996. As a natural process, upgradation of pay scales of SDE took place from 6500-200-10500 to 7500-250-12000 due to upward revision of pay scale of JTO. Assn also renamed from JTOA(I) to TEOA(I), eligible to enroll all JTOs and officers promoted from JTO cadre.

After formation of BSNL, the Group B Gazetted status given us recognition in the way of absorption as an Executive in BSNL. All other similar cadres absorbed in BSNL as Non Executives. During absorption process, TEOA(SNEA) was the only Assn demanded terms and conditions for absorption in BSNL/MTNL like a) pay scales, b) Promotion policy and c) Fitment formula for an informed choice. We would like to mention here that all other Sister Organizations gave their consent to BSNL Management that they are ready to get absorbed in BSNL with an Adhoc payment of Rs.2000/-. TEOA(SNEA) fought the matter organizationally and legally in Court of Law and compelled BSNL Management to declare Terms and Conditions before Absorption. Management offered E1, E2, --- E6 Pay scales to JTO, SDE, Sr SDE, DE, DGM and SG DGM equivalent grades. TEOA(SNEA) demanded E2 scale for JTO, E3 for SDE, ----E7 scale for SG DGM. TEOA(SNEA) single handedly fought again organizationally in 2002-03 by Nationwide struggle. BSNL management finally agreed for E1A, E2A, --- E6 for JTO, SDE, --- equivalent grades in 2003. Even though management was decided to extend only E1 pay scales for the BSNL recruits, our agitation forced them to extend E1A scales for all, absorbees as well as new BSNL recruits. Here we would like to mention that Pay scale of JTO / SDE is concern of SNEA (Erstwhile known as TEOA, JTOA, and JETA) since decades and by lot of struggle we have achieved results also.

2nd PRC given us another opportunity to demand for E2, E3 --- pay scales which was our original demand since formation of BSNL. A joint committee was formed in 2012 after the joint agitation of United Forum but it was practically defunct.  E1A and E2A are the only two pay scales where the presidential orders are not issued by DoT. All other pay scales, E3 to E9, presidential orders are issued by DoT in 2009 and implemented in BSNL. More importantly these are the entry level pay scales of the basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO. Terms of reference of the Joint Committee was limited to replacement of E1A and E2A scales by E2 and E3. SNEA is sincerely trying for E2, E3 keeping the larger interest of the cadre as well as the interest of the JTO/JAOs recruited after 01.01.2007. Mgt was decided to demote the cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO by reducing the pay scales from E1A to E1 and E2A to E2. The demand of E2 scale from 01.10.2000, cascading effect etc from some sections was suiting the mgt which want to crush our legitimate demand of E2, E3 scales replacing E1A and E2A. When others were not serious on the issue, SNEA alone started organizational actions since February, 2014. During the agitations mgt again referred E1A and E2A scales to DoT and DPE for approval. By our timely intervention, DPE and DoT rejected the proposal in July, 2014. Only SNEA was pursuing this matter with DoT and DPE on a day to day basis to get the proposal rejected. If E1A and E2A scales were approved by DoT/DPE, then there is no scope for E2, E3 pay scales! Again SNEA launched agitation in Sept, 2014 and April-May, 2015 which resulted in the reconstitution of the Joint Committee with a dynamic absorbed officer as its new Chairman. Further CMD directed the Jt Committee to meet regularly atleast once in a fortnight and submit the recommendations in 3 months time. Our vigil and continuous efforts in the Jt Committee resulted in a very positive and sweeping recommendation from the Jt Committee, which recommended replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A with standard pay scales of E2 and E3 w.e.f 01.01.2007. Unfortunately, after signing the committee recommendation by all the three Assns, there was change in view in some sections. In the name of cascading effect etc they tried their level best, in connivance with the mgt, to derail the issue. We told one and all including Management that E2 to E7 is the demand of SNEA since absorption but E2 and E3 proposal should be separate from E4 to E7 as we are in immediate need of finalization of E2, E3 pay scales before 3rd PRC. Simultaneously the assured five TB promotions between 4 to 6 years, which we achieved in 2002 through sustained struggle, should not be disturbed. Knowing very well that DoT will not agree for a mini wage revision in the name of cascading effect just ahead of 3rd PRC, some sections compelled BSNL mgt to send a mini wage revision proposal to DoT. As assured to the Assn in the meeting with CMD and DIR(HR) on 17.05.2016, the MC approved the pay scale proposal in two parts 1) E1A to E2, E2A to E3 and 2) E3 to E4, --, E6 to E7 and the proposals sent to DoT directly. The second part will be an uphill task as these scales are already approved by DoT in 2009 and the proposal is like another wage revision as all the scales are getting upgraded. It may take more time as it may have to go to Union Cabinet due to MTNL issue, which is not an easy task. Knowing all these facts, our friends tried for a single proposal from E2, E3 to E7.

As we afraid, DoT rejected the combined proposal of E2, ---- E7 citing huge financial implications. DoT didn’t examine the first part of the proposal from E1A to E2 and E2A to E3 in isolation. DoT even suggested to refer the matter to 3rd PRC where as the issue has to be dealt by BSNL and DPE. We will oppose this tooth and nail. Now all the Associations understood what is feasible and realistic and joined together demanding immediate approval of E2, E3 scales without disturbing the five TB promotions already we are having. If the promotions are disturbed, Jt Committee recommendation and implementation of CPSU Hierarchy also will be jeopardised. All are joined together with this single agenda. Strong organizational actions will be starting soon. We are committed to ensure that our basic cadres of JTO/JAO and SDE/AO are not demoted. We are committed to see that our young comrades recruited after 01.01.2007 who are the committed soldiers of SNEA are getting E2, E3 scales with 5 promotions which the seniors are getting now.

The demand of E2, E3 is alive today, only due to the struggle of SNEA since 2014. It will be a natural process to get Sr SDE/Sr AO scale shifting from E3 to E4, then E4 to E5 --- E6 to E7, atleast during 3rd PRC implementation. If E2, E3 not settled now, before 3rd PRC, there is no scope for E2, E3, -- E7 as it will automatically end up in E1+5 increments, E2, E3, --- E6 forever, which management is trying to implement. Before 3rd PRC, atleast E2, E3 should be settled. At any cost, we should not allow demotion to happen. Once E2, E3 pay scales are approved, the demand of pay parity of Rs 22820/- for 2007 and 2008 batch can be strongly pursued.

Comrades, our immediate aim is to get the approval of E2, E3 pay scales replacing the intermediary pay scales of E1A and E2A. E1A and E2A are the two pay scales, presidential orders are not issued so far. So, it is part of 2nd PRC and should settle before 3rd PRC. Whatever glory our predecessors earned for these cadres through various struggles, we should not allow that to fade. Now all the Assns joined together with this minimum demand. We will keep the five TB promotions intact, so that it will automatically lead to E2, E3, -- E7 in the coming days.



20-08-2016 CHQ News:

Meeting with Secretary, DoT on 19.08.2016: 

On E2, E3 pay scales, DoT Finance informed Secretary that higher pay scales cannot be considered due to financial implications. Instead Finance suggested that the cadres can be placed in E1 scale and their pay can be compensated (by addl increments). However we took very strong exception to this and explained in detail to Secretary how JTO cadre has been recognized and upgraded the pay scales in 1986 by a Union Cabinet decision, again in 1996 by the V CPC recommendations. The cadre also upgraded from Group C to Group B Gazetted by the Govt as per the recommendations of V CPC. By demotion of the cadre to E1 scales, it will demoralize the entire cadre and cannot be accepted by the Assn under any circumstances. Further we informed Secretary that even after extending E2 scale, the Basic pay will be less by Rs.2220 (Rs.22820-Rs.20600), comparing to the JTOs joined prior to 01.01.2007. The E2 pay scale benefit will be extended to the fresh recruits after 01.01.2007 and not for others. All other Executives will not get any benefit at all. These are the entry cadre pay scales where direct recruitment taking place from market. Demotion of the cadres will affect the rect and talents will not join BSNL. Finally Secretary directed concerned officers to re examine the case in light of the fresh inputs provided by us.

Comrades, it is very clear that DoT is not in a mood to consider even E2, E3 pay scales. Make extensive preparations for a prolonged agitational programs on pay scales.

Revision of pension for the BSNL pensioners by referring the mater to 3rd PRC: Assn explained the issue. Pension revision is done through cabinet decisions which is cumbersome process. Pension revision is always getting delayed. So the matter may be referred to 3rd PRC and it should become part of terms of reference of 3rd PRC. Already DoT written to DPE in this regard, but it did not included in the terms of reference as it reached DPE late. Secretary informed that he had already spoken to the Secretary, DPE in this regard but the response is not positive. However on our repeated plea, he assured that he will take the matter with DPE to get it included in the terms of reference of 3rd PRC.

On E2, E3 pay scales, DoT Finance informed Secretary that higher pay scales can not be considered due to financial implications. Instead Finance suggested that the cadres can be placed in E1 scale and their pay can be compensated. However we took very strong exception to this and explained in detail to Secretary how this cadre has been recognised and upgraded in 1986, 1996 etc by the Govt. By demotion of the  cadre to E1 scales, it will demoralize the entire cadre and cannot be accepted by the Assn under any circumstances. Further we informed Secretary that even after extending E2 scale, the Basic pay will be less by Rs.2220 (Rs.22820-Rs.Rs.20600), comparing to the JTOs joined prior to 01.01.2007. Finally Secretary directed concerned officers to re examine the case in light of the fresh inputs provided by us. Comrades, it is very clear that DoT is not in a mood to consider even E2, E3 pay scales. Make extensive preparations for a prolonged agitational programs on pay scales.


19-08-2016
CHQ News:
Congratulations Comrades, 
SNEA had a detailed meeting with Secretary, DoT on various HR issues. On Superannuation benefits we convinced Secretary about the urgency to clear the proposal send by BSNL as more than 33000 employees are not having any social security. Immediately Secretary directed the concerned officers to clear the proposal and assured that DOT approval will be communicated to BSNL shortly.

19-08-2016

United Forum of BSNL Executive Associations comprising SNEA, AIBSNLEA and AIGETOA  served notice for organizational actions protesting against the inordinate delay in implementation of a) standard pay scales of E2 and E3 for JTO, SDE and equivalent cadres, b) 30% superannuation benefit for BSNL Recruited Employees and c) implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and first TBP.

Demands:

1. Immediate replacement of intermediary pay scales of E1-A and E2-A by standard pay scales of E2 and E3 for JTO and SDE equivalent cadres w.e.f 01.01.2007 as per the recommendation of the Joint Committee.

2. Extending 30% Superannuation benefit to BSNL recruited Employees as per the recommendation of 2nd PRC.

3. Implementation of CPSU Cadre Hierarchy and first Time Bound Promotion as per the recommendation of Joint committee.

Organizational actions and schedule:

“Lunch/Closing Hour Demonstrations” at BSNLCO/Circle/SSA Headquarters and other major Centres on 23rd August, 2016.

Full day Dharna at BSNL CO/Circle/SSA Headquarters on 06th & 07th September, 2016.

 “Day Long Hunger Fast” at BSNL CO/Circle/SSA headquarters on 27th, 28th and 29th September, 2016.

UF Notice for Trade Union Actions

11-08-2016
Comrades,
The provisional electoral roll for the Executives Membership Verification is prepared and published in Chennai intranet for verification. All the Executives are requested to verify the information.
View the letter   View the list

11-08-2016
CS addressed letter to GM(NWP&O)-CM and CGM for improvement of services.
View the letter addressed to GM(NWP&O)-CM
View the letter addressed to CGM

11-08-2016
Father of Com.Pandian AGM Marketing-CM (DS MKTG) expired today cremation by 3 pm at Chengelpet NGGO Nagar, Chengelpet. Our deepest condolences to him and his family members. Let his father soul be rest in peace.

10-08-2016
Congratulations!!!
FINAL LIST OF QUALIFIED CANDIDATES IN TTA TO JTO (T) LICE (50% Quota) FOR THE YEAR 2013-14 HELD ON 22-05-2016 DECLARED BY CORPORATE OFFICE.  All CSs are requested to arrange training for all the qualified candidates immediately so that all can join before 01.01.2017 (3rd PRC) and get the benefit of 3rd PRC. In case trg is not completed by 31.12.2016, they will also get the befit of 3rd PRC fixation benefit as they will be allowed to continue in the pre-revised scale till promotion.
View Covering letter.  View List.


Congratulations!!!
As reported earlier in our website, Results of LICE for promotion from Group C to the grade of JAO under 40%  quota held on 17-07-2016 declared today.  


08-08-2016
We deeply mourn the sad demise of our CWC Member Com.M.Thamizhvendan SDE Guduvancherry Groups who expired today (08.08.16). We pray the almighty to give strength to his family members. May his soul rest in peace. His residential address is :
No.1 Kalaimagal Street, New Perungalathur, Chennai-63 Ph. 044-22742525


05-08-2016
Forum of BSNL Unions/Associations leaders met CGM, CHTD on 04.08.2016 and discussed for the implementation of SWAS(Service With A Smile) program aggressively and to popularize various BSNL products by conducting road shows at 15 locations from 10.08.2016 to 17.08.2016. In this regard Forum leaders met GM(S&M-CM) on 05.08.2016 and discussed regarding arrangement for road shows. The administrative instructions will be issued involving area staff. BSNL CO issued instructions in this regard.
View Chennai Forum Circular

05-08-2016

CHQ News:

Presentation before 3rd PRC:

NCOA representing more than 1.6 lakh Executives of 264 CPSUs given a detailed presentation before the 3rd Pay Revision Committee. On 03.08.2016 discussions held in the Committee room for about 01 hr 15 mts eventhough it was an introductory meeting. When NCOA sought an appointment for presentation, Chairman immediately given permission and called us for discussion. Chairman Justice Satish Chandra (Retd) & Members, Prof Manoj Panda, Sri Shailendra Pal Singh and Sri Madhukar Gupta, Sec/DPE were present. After detailed discussion, Chairman directed us to give a detailed presentation on all the issues before the full 3rd Pay Revision Committee on 04.08.2016 at 3 pm.

On 04.08.2016, NCOA given an excellent presentation on various demands. As suggested by the PRC members, the presentation was made with full justification of the demands with possible solutions also. Eventhough the allotted time was only 20 minutes, the presentation and discussion took more than one hour. In addition to the Chairman and all PRC members, officers from SCOPE also were present in the meeting. All the issues discussed in detail. Chairman and PRC members had lot of queries and NCOA could clarify all the points to their satisfaction.

These are the important issues deliberated in the meeting with PRC:

1) PRC should be implemented for all the CPSUs without linking with affordability. Our main focus was on this important aspect. Employees having limited role in loss /profit of the company. They are depending on  Govt/company policies, market conditions and other external factors. Balance sheet is prepared on the basis of several factors like depreciation. We explained with the example of BSNL where the operational profit is about 2000 Cr but due to huge depreciation value, balance sheet still shows losses. The Operating profit concept very much appreciated by the PRC. We could convince PRC that profit/loss alone cannot be the criteria for revision of Pay.

q Periodicity. It should be 5 years, co-terminus with Non executives.

q Pay Scales: New pay scales may be arrived with IDA as on Jan 2017 merged with basic Pay with fitment of 30% on basic Pay plus DA and rounded off to nearest 100. All pay scales should be open ended to address stagnation as recommended by 2nd PRC and 7th CPC.

q Fitment: Uniform fitment of 30%.

q Dearness Allowance: Present System of 100% neutralisation on quarterly basis, based on AICPI shall be followed.

q Annual increment shall be 4%. A uniform date of increment may be followed for all employees in the CPSU. Notional Increment on promotion shall be awarded and fixed in the next higher stage.

q House Rent Allowance: The present Rate of HRA shall be continued

  HRA shall be calculated based on Pay (Basic Pay plus DA) so that it is indexed

q Perks and Allowances shall be calculated based on emoluments(Basic pay plus DA). Present system of Cafeteria approach shall continue. The Ceiling on Perks and Allowances may be fixed as 50% of Pay (Basic plus DA). Bell Curve should be abolished as it is unscientific. Accenture, KPMG, IBM, Infosys, Wipro, TCS, CISCO, Microsoft, HCL Technologies, Google, Adobe have abandoned the bell curve based system performance appraisal. All of them are switching to a continuous feedback process throughout the year to get a holistic view of performance and potential.

q Child care leave to be made mandatory for all CPSUs.

q Performance Related Pay(PRP) with an objective PMS. It should have two parts, Productivity linked PRP and Profit linked PRP.

Even for sick/loss making CPSUs except allowances all The Minimum Salary shall include Basic Pay plus IDA, HRA, Medical facility and Company contribution towards terminal benefits.

2) Superannuation benefit with fixed components PF, Gratuity, Employee Pension Scheme and Medical Benefits for Retired Employees. Our main focus was to make it mandatory like pay scale revision. CPSUs should not be given flexibility on deciding the quantum of contribution.

3) Automatic pension revision for the BSNL/MTNL pensioners absorbed from DoT as per CCS pension Rules 1972. Since the pension is paid on IDA scales, it should be covered by PRC as requested by DoT.

It was an excellent opportunity for NCOA as we could interact with the PRC for 02 Hrs 25 minutes in two days covering all the main issues. Com Baby Thomas, Secretary General/NCOA, Com V. K. Tomar, President NCOA, Com KSN Raju, Com K. Sebastin, GS/SNEA, Com Vidyasagar/BHEL, Com Lakhsmi Narayan/BEL and office bearers from other CPSUs participated.

05-08-2016

CHQ News:

The employees of BSNL and MTNL staged massive demonstration at all Circle and SSA HQs on 03.08.2016 protesting against the Govt move for strategic sale/sale of BSNL and MTNL. When BSNL is in the path of revival, this move, may be supported and sponsored by private operators should be opposed tooth and nail. Strategic sale means, management control will go to the strategic partner. Ultimately it will fully go into their hands, full privatization. VSNL is a classical example where TATA was the strategic partner. Now VSNL has vanished and only TATA Teleservices is there. We have to make our employees alert and prepare them for a tough battle ahead. So far we protected our company from any disinvestment through continuous struggles. We have to unite all the employees for this noble cause.

At BSNLCO GS, President, Chairman, AGS, Jt Sec, CS/NTR and other activists of SNEA participated. Leaders of various Assns and Unions in BSNL and MTNL addressed the gathering. NCOA also extended its solidarity and support and President/NCOA addressed at BSNLCO.

In Chennai Telephones also massive lunch hour demonstration conducted at Flower bazzar. Circle presidents of SNEA and BSNLEU presided over the program. CS/SNEA,CS/BSNLEU,CS/SEWA,CS/AIGETOA,CS/SNATTA,CS/AIBSNLOA and ACS/AIBSNLEA addressed the gathering

01-08-2016 Move for strategic sale / Disinvestment of BSNL / MTNL

MASS DEMONSTRATION ON 03.08.2016 at BSNLHQ, Circle / SSA HQs

Forum of BSNL Unions/Assns and MTNL Unions/Assn decided to strongly oppose any move for strategic sale/disinvestment of BSNL or MTNL. Make extensive preparations—stop the Govt from the move at the beginning itself.

The Lunch hour demonstration will be held at Flower bazzar Exchange complex. All the comrades are requested to participate and make it a grand success.


United Forum letter to Secretary, DoT on Mass Demonstration on 03.08.2016

29-07-2016
SNEA, Chennai Telephones wishes Com.K.Nagalingam SDE TXM FBR  our FBR DS, Com.Lalitha Paranjothi SDE MVM Extl and Com.S.Savithri CMT Extl on their superannuation today. Com.K.Nagalingam DS FBR is very active office bearer and he is very honest and dedicated officer.  Com.Lalitha Paranjothi SDE MVM Extl retirement function was held on 27.07.2016 at Madhavaram. CP, CTr, Com.S.Radhakrishnan ACS attended and felicitated Com.Lalitha Paranjothi. We wish our comrades a Happy, Peaceful and Healthy retired life. SNEA,Chennai Telephones also wishes other staff who retire today. We wish all of them a Happy,Peaceful and Healthy retired life.