Highlights
Circle President
 D. N. Tripathi
 Mob : 9415060888
Circle Secretary
 R. K. Mishra
 Mob : 9415077447
 Mail : bsnleuup@gmail.com
  Orders        
Time moves fast. It is three years since BSNL Employees Union was formed in the massive Joint Conference held at Visakhapatnam (A.P) on 21-22nd March 2001. The following existing six All India telecom unions merged to form the new union: All India Telecom Employees Union Class - III (Namboodiri), All India Telegraph Traffic Employees Union Class-III, All India Telecom Administrative Offices Employees Union, All India Telecom Civil Wing Employees Union Group C & D, Indian Telecom Employees Union, Line Staff &Group D and All India P&T Industrial Workers Union. Many circle unions of the following two All India Unions also merged: All India Telecom Employees Union, Line Staff & Group D and All India Telegraph Traffic Employees Union, Group D.
The Back-Ground
In the Telecom Department, there were about 33 unions, recognised as well as not recognised, including that of officers. Three Federations viz. NFTE, FNTO and BTEF stood recognised. 5 All India Unions were affiliated to NFTE. There was only a single Federation till 1969 in the P&T Department called "National Federation of P&T Employees" (NFPTE) which was formed as part of the realignment scheme agreed to by Department and the then existing unions. FNPTO was formed in 1969 and BTEF in 1977. They were affiliated to INTUC and BMS respectively, while NFPTE was not affiliated to any Central Trade Union.
After bifurcation of P&T Department in to Posts & Telecommunications, NFPTE also was bifurcated into NFPE and NFTE in the Calcutta Federal Council in 1986. NFTE was affiliated by the following five unions: All India Telecom Employees Union Class-III, All India Telecom Employees Union, Line Staff & Class-IV, All India Telegraph Traffic Employees Union Class-III, All India Telegraph Traffic Employees Union Class-IV and All India Telecom Administrative Office Employees Union Class-III & IV.
There was strong protest against the pro-management policy of the NFTE leadership which resulted in contest in 1991 Bhopal AIC of E-III Union, where its General Secretary O.P. Gupta, who was also the Secretary General, NFTE was defeated in election. V.A.N. Namboodiri and Moni Bose were elected President and General Secretary respectively. In T-III, P.S.Ramankutty was elected as General Secretary in 1987. Pabitra Ranjan Chakraborthy was elected as General Secretary of Administrative Union in 1993 at Calcutta. These three unions co-ordinated functioning and strongly opposed the collaborationist approach of NFTE leadership. O.P. Gupta, SG, NFTE agreeing to ban on recruitment, liquidation of 1,50,000 posts in the name of cadre restructuring etc. was actually helping the government to implement its anti-worker policies. The new alignment of forces of E-III, T-III and Administrative union, heralded a new wave of enthusiasm amongst workers. Three more unions viz. All India P&T Industrial workers union, with veteran leader Sisir Bhattacharjee as General Secretary, ITEU Line Staff & Class-IV with E. Gopal as General Secretary and All India P&T Civil Wing Employees Union with S. Killivalavan as General Secretary, joined the coordination. Circle Unions of Kerala, West Bengal, Assam & North East of E-IV & T-IV also joined. Continued agitational programmes were organised on the demands of telecom workers as also against corporatisation / privatisation of Telecom. The Sanchar Bhawan March organised in 1997 at New Delhi was participated by more than 13,000 workers, giving a new image to the organisation.The co-ordination strengthened further. A National Action Committee (NAC) against Corporatisation / Privatisation was formed with Sisir Bhattacharjee as Chairman and V.A.N. Namboodiri as Convenor. The All India strikes against Corporatisation of Telecom on 28th June and 24th & 25th August 2000 were big success with participation of workers even belonging to other unions. The struggle continued, but the government was hell bent upon corporatisation.
Formation of BSNL
Department of Telecom Services (DTS) and Department of Telecom Operations (DTO) were corporatised on 1st October 2000 with the name Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).
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