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BSNL casual employees stage protest

Special Correspondent

Silchar, Feb 13: Casual employees of BSNL went on 48 hour sit in protest demonstration in support of their 5 point charter of demands before the office of general manger, Silchar, today. Having failed to get no response from the higher authority to their legitimate demands, BSNL employees under the banner of Asthai (Casual) Sramik Union (ASA) affiliated to CITU. Jitesh Sabdakar, on behalf of the organizing committee of the Union, said despite their best and sincere efforts for amicable settlement of their grievances, there has been no positive gesture from the general mager, BSNL.

 This has prompted them to adopt agitation programme to press for peaceful solution of the matter in dispute. The democratic movement though taken up for 48 hours might be prolonged unless an indication was available for settlement. A letter in this regard has been submitted to the general mager. This sit in demonstration with banners and posters highlighting their grievances has been the first phase of agitation. The Union cautioned if nothing emerged by February 15, casual workers will sit for indefinite hunger strike from the following day.

 The slew of demands as outlined in the letter include payment of minimum wages at the rate of Rs.18,000 per month as fixed by the Chief Labour Commissioner, New Delhi, payment of arrear bonus for the period 2015-16, regularization of services of all casual workers, implementation of the verdict of the Supreme Court of India on the issue of ‘equal pay for equal work’, taking back all the workers to their respective jobs and payment of their arrear wages and an end to the ill treatment towards contractual workers.