Tuesday, 31 October 2017
At a time when the government is trying to separate BSNL's 70,000 mobile towers, despite severe opposition from the employees, and to hand it over to a Subsidiary Tower Company, the BSNL employees have to understand what actually is happening in the telecom tower business.
"Indus Towers" is the Indian telecom infrastructure company, and it is one among the biggest tower companies in the world, having 1,23,000 towers. It is being jointly owned by Bharti Infratel (42% shares), Vodafone India (42% shares) and Idea Cellular (11.15% shares). Airtel, India's largest telecom company, is the owner of Bharti Infratel. On it's own, Bharti Infratel is already having 39,264 towers. Now, Bharti Infratel has initiated the process of buying out the remaining 52% shares in Indus Towers. Thus, Indus Towers is going to be taken over by Airtel soon. If this acquisition materialises, then, almost the entire Indian tower business will go into the hands of Airtel.
But, experts say that, this is only the first part of a two part deal. The second part of the deal is coming soon. In that second part, the entire tower business of Airtel will be taken over by a multinational consortium, for 11 billion US dollars. That multinational consortium is being led by an US company called KKR, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board(CPPIB), Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and GIC of Singapore. So, it is very clear that, the telecom tower business in India is slipping into the hands of multinational companies. In such a scenario, it is not difficult to understand that, the so called BSNL's Subsidiary Tower Company, will also be taken over by multinational giants. The BSNL employees have to sharpen their struggles, to stop such a disaster, and to save BSNL.
[Inputs from the Economic Times dt. 31-10-2017]
Friday, 27 October 2017
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Sunday, 15 October 2017
01.01.2017 முதல் BSNLல் ஊதிய மாற்றத்தை அமல்படுத்தக் கோரியும், மத்திய அமைச்சரவை ஒப்புதல் வழங்கியுள்ள துணை டவர் நிறுவனம் அமைப்பதை தடுத்து நிறுத்திடவும் BSNLல் உள்ள அனைத்து ஊழியர் மற்றும் அதிகாரிகளின் சங்கங்கள் சார்பாக 16.10.2017 அன்று ஆர்ப்பாட்டம் நடத்த அறைகூவல் விடப்பட்டுள்ளது. தீபாவளி பண்டிகைக்கு ஒரு சில நாட்களே இருப்பதால் ஒரு சில சிரமங்கள் இருந்தாலும், பிரச்சனைகளின் தன்மையை கணக்கில் கொண்டு இந்த ஆர்ப்பாட்டத்தை சக்தி மிக்கதாக நடத்திட வேண்டும். இந்த போராட்ட அறிவிப்பில் கையெழுத்திடாத சங்கங்களுக்கும் BSNL ஊழியர் சங்கம் இந்த போராட்டத்தில் இணைய வேண்டும் என கடிதம் எழுதியுள்ளது. எனவே தலமட்டங்களில் உள்ள அனைத்து ஊழியர்களையும் இணைத்து இந்த போராட்டத்தை முழு வெற்றி பெறச் செய்யுமாறு தமிழ் மாநில சங்கம் கேட்டுக் கொள்கிறது.
Saturday, 7 October 2017
Mamata Banerjee government in W.Bengal has crossed all limits of decency, tradition and convention by removing the name plaque of the Salt Lake Stadium with the name of Jyoti Basu, former Chief Minister, who inaugurated the same in 1984, while he was the CM. This is the third instance of the removal of the name of Jyoti Basu from the plaques and memorials. Most shameful to your government Ms. Mamata!
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has angrily reacted to the criticism that the Indian economy is slowing down. There is no use in becoming angry, but needful actions, to put the economy on the right track, are required to be taken. Narendra Modi came to power, by assuring to create 1 crore jobs. It was not achieved. To the contrary, the Demonitisation and introduction of GST have killed a large number of jobs. Some details are as follows:-
v 67 textile units are shut down between 2015 and 2017, which have resulted in the loss of 17,600 jobs.
v L&T has laid off 14,000 staff in the first 2 quarters of 2017.
v HDFC Bank’s net jobs losses in 2017 are 3,230.
v During the first 3 months of the Financial year 2017-18, TCS work force went down by 1,414; Infosys went down by 1,811 and Tech Mahindra went down by 1,713.
v Suzlon Energy Ltd, ReGen retrenched over 1,500 workers in the last 6 months.
v 212 start up companies are closed down in 2016.
[Courtesy: Indian Express, dt.03-10-2017]
Thursday, 5 October 2017
CHQ is extremely glad to inform that historic decision is taken in the all union/association meeting, held at New Delhi today, to settle the Wage Revision issue and to stop the Subsidiary Tower Company. General Secretaries/Representatives of BSNLEU, NFTE, SNEA, AIBSNLEA, FNTO, AIGETOA, SEWA BSNL, BSNL MS, BSNL OA, ATM and TOA BSNL participated in the meeting. Marathon discussion took place, on the ways and means to strengthen unity. It was felt by all that unity should be strengthened to settle Wage Revision and also to stop the formation of Subsidiary Tower Company. Finally, unanimous decision was taken to function under the single banner of “All Unions and Associations of BSNL”. Other decisions taken in today's meeting are as follows