BSNL employee group denounces non-payment of wages, Telecom News, ET Telecom

NEW DELHI: BSNL Employee Union (BSNLEU) said the state-owned telecommunications company has repeatedly failed to pay employees’ salaries on time and also pointed to management’s apathy towards telecommunications employees.

He added that BSNL has yet to disburse employee salaries for November 2020.

“The union is very saddened to note that management has relinquished its responsibility to pay employees salaries under existing terms and conditions, which is the last working day of each month. In addition, it is also forcing employees to take to the streets and demonstrate every month to get their salary, ”the group said in an official statement.

He reiterated that he had written to BSNL CMD regarding employee concerns. However, he said there has been no respite yet.

“In all the letters, BSNLEU asked for the salary to be paid on the last working day of the month. It is disturbing to note that the management was not at all interested in all these letters and the pleas of the Union fell on deaf ears, “he added.

The group asked for the timely payment of the salary also for the month of November and December, in view of the new year. He argued that management “cannot take cover” citing the economic difficulties resulting from the Covid pandemic as commercial activities are mostly resumed across the country.

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) recently extended the unified license (UL) for the next 20 years to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and has also allowed it to offer services in the metropolitan areas of Delhi and Mumbai after the latter unveiled a bank guarantee (BG) worth Rs 250 crore, ET reported in its December 12 issue. This will enable troubled telecoms to provide seamless 2G, 3G and 4G services across all telecommunication circles in the 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2500 spectrum bands.

Last year, in October, the government approved a mega voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) as part of the relaunch package of the two financially distressed telecom carriers. The VRS Scheme was chosen by as many as 78,569 BSNL employees and 14,387 MTNL employees and has enabled telecommunications companies to cut wage expenses by nearly 50%.

BSNL, on an annual basis, reduced the wage bill from nearly Rs 1,400 crore to Rs 7,000 crore and MTNL from Rs 2,250 crore to Rs 500 crore.