BSNL contract staff working without salary for 10 months
Thrissur: It has been 10 months since the contract staff of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the government-owned telecommunications company, received their salary. The sole excuse of the officials is that the company does not have money to resolve the nationwide crisis.
About 50,000 employees, including 6000 in Kerala, have not received their salary since last February. There are 8076 employees in Kerala, but more than 1000 of them were terminated after February. When even Onam season passed without salary, the staff started a strike since September 19.
The discussion held by organisations with chief general manager at Thiruvananthapuram on November 5 also yielded no positive results. They replied that the company cannot take any action in Kerala alone. When the staff approached BSNL Chairman P. K. Purwar with the same demand, he informed that there is no fund for contract workers.
The staff had benefits like Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and Employees State Insurance (ESI) which is why they continued in the company despite meagre salary. BSNL Casual Contract Labourers Union working president K. Mohanan said that the company should show some compassion to the workers.
The contract workers also have life and they should be given salary immediately. The central government should intervene in the issue to stop the workers from resorting to other ways of protest, he added.