Malappuram: For the past six months, they have not been paid salaries. Most of them are struggling to make their ends meet. The strike called by the contractual employees of BSNL demanding salaries, reached 11th day on Thursday. A child of one of the employees was expelled from school as he had not paid the fees. Another person is moving out of their home, as rent could not be paid.
Umar Latheef, son of Thandalamvalappil Jabbar, an employee at Tirur exchange, was expelled from the school for not paying fees. He was a fourth standard student at an English medium school in Koottayi. Jabbar has no other source of income. Last month’s fee was not paid. In the month before that, he had borrowed money and paid fees, as the school had said they won’t allow the child to appear for exams. After paying fee, Latheef was promoted to fourth standard. But now the school has asked not to come to school, if he can’t pay the fee. Jabbar’s family consists of his mother, wife and two children. With no job, his son’s education, ailing wife’s treatment and the daily expenses are in crisis.
Vaniyambalam native Radhakrishnan lost his house in the flood havoc last year. He was working at the Vaniyambalam exchange. After losing house, his family shifted to a rented house. But now, the rent dues have forced him and family to move out of their shelter.
The contractual employees of BSNL all over Kerala are on strike. Service associations collect donations to provide rice and other commodities to their houses. But the authorities are turning a blind eye towards the unfortunate plight of these workers.
8000 employees affected
Around 8000 employees were being denied their salaries for six months. The contract workers are supplied to BSNL by 60 contractors. The issue began after BSNL lapsed on the payment to contractors.
Also 83 employees were expelled. They were paid Rs 478. Even though it was hiked to Rs 635, they were not given salary for six months. Some petrol pump authorities have even seized BSNL vehicles after they didn’t pay the price of petrol filled.