During the last few weeks since the 12/06/2012 agreement was signed I had the
opportunity to interact with more than 2000 employees through eleven meetings. I was
emboldened by the understanding of my position by the employees on the 12/06/2012
It seems the initial euphoria about the 12/06/2012 agreement had evaporated by now.
From the earlier claim of “land mark agreement” now some leaders fine tuned their claims as “-
the best possible agreement in the present situation”. After signing 12/06/2012 agreement
BSNLEU as usual spread rumors that 78.2% IDA merger will be effected in the June month
salary itself. But June has already gone. May be July will also go the same way. Due to the
false expectations created by the BSNLEU our employees expected a huge monetary benefit out
of 78.2% IDA merger immediately. It is not wrong or unreasonable for the employees to expect
financial benefits on account of any agreement reached with the management by unions. In the
past NFTE could achieve this. But that golden era may not come again. During the period of
BSNLEU no agreement was implemented either fully or in time.
I had expressed my reservations on 13/06/2012 itself. For this I was attacked /abused from all
corners. For the last 30 years comrades Namboodri & Abhimanyu had never appreciated any
agreement/achievement by NFTE. They criticized each and every agreement signed by the
leaders of NFTE while they were inside the NFTE and holding high positions in the union. On
cadre restructuring, two promotions, Bonus, modernization, 20% promotion and many more
agreements these friends raised hue & cry. Their opposition and objections were mostly
subjective and rarely objective.
Com. Namboodri who was the first signatory in the first wage agreement in BSNL along with
all other unions mounted heavy criticism against NFTE for pay anomaly and abolition of 5
days week etc etc even though he was party to it. These friends also sabotaged each and every
joint struggle organized under the leadership of NFTE in the past. The classic example was their
betrayal of historic 3 days strike for govt pension in September-2000. But these friends now call
me as an enemy of unity! Better they look their face in the mirror atleast once.
Unfortunately without realizing their mistakes some of our friends quoting Communist leader
A.B. Bardhan speeches to hide the shortcomings of BSNLEU. I will appreciate these friends if
they really follow the path shown by com A.B.Bardhan. Com A.B. Bardhan speeches are not
for mere quotations and citations alone. They had to be followed for the advancement of Indian
working class through consistent and uncompromising struggles against the exploitation by the management/ government.
I am surprised at the new found love for A.B.Bardhan even while they support the
retrenchment plan of the management in the garb of VRS and exhibiting calculations on the
benefit of VRS. It is strange that some friends who are favoring the disinvestment in BSNL also
quoting comrade A.B.Bardhan who is firmly opposed to both retrenchment and disinvestment
in a public sector company like BSNL.