BSNL was formed in the year 2000 by the migration of Govt employees and officers from Govt departments like DOT. It has a turnover exceeding 32000 crore Indian Rupees and is the third largest employer of manpower after armed forces and Indian Railway organization. After the entry of private multinational players, the company often incurred losses. Consulting agencies were engaged to reorganize operations, change strategies, improve manpower utilization and use of assets profitably. Management adopted BPR in important areas of operations Union activity of former P&T employees began around hundred years ago with the formation of All India Postal & RMS union and later on Union of P&T Workers (UPTW).
Present BSNL employees mostly belong to 33 trade unions out of which 8 non-executive unions, which are registered under the Trade Union legislation and some 11 executive associations also exist.
Non-executive unions include those affiliated to prominent political parties such as
- BSNLEU CITU (CPM ) affiliated
- FNTO: INTUC (Congress) affiliated
- NITU: AITUC affiliated
- BTUE: BMS ( RSS-BJP affiliated)
In spite of political affiliation and rivalry, they generally work for employee rights with some amount of consensus and strive to improve the working conditions. Unions agree to demonstrate peacefully and use dialogue with management to maintain industrial harmony. The unions appreciate the fact that Industrial harmony is needed for survival and prosperity of the company in the scenario of Competition. BSNL is obliged to provide telecom network to remote rural areas, for which it doesn’t receive compensation from the Central Govt.
Union membership strength is verified through the elections. To ensure fair election process election commission is also asked to conduct the verification.
The executive level associations generally represent the interests of officers and executives and contribute to industrial peace.
Forum of BSNL Unions-Associations
As an umbrella association of trade unions and executive associations has been taking up pertinent issues related to performance of BSNL, need to improve customer service by filling up vacant posts, pension revision for retired employees, compensating BSNL for losses sustained for rural landline network, Transfer of land and other property to BSNL from DOT, merger of MTNL with BSNL etc.
Non- Executives Trade Unions
BSNL Employee Union
BSNL Employee Union (BSNL EU) established in 2001, is the largest recognized trade union of BSNL. Its General secretary VAN Namboodiri, has been taking leading part in uniting unions under forum of BSNL Unions/ associations in the fight to save BSNL. it is affiliated to CITU, supported by CPM.
- Comrade Balbir Singh, All India President,
- Comrade Abhimanyu P, Gen Secretary,
- Comrade S Chakraborty, Dy Gen Secretary
- Comrade Gakul Borah, Treasurer
National Federation of Telecom Employees, NFTE
NFTE is one of the largest employee unions of BSNL. It has a great history, dating back to P & T Union days. Today it takes up vital issues related to new telecom policy of the Govt, as well as 7th Pay commission report implementation and merger of MTNL with BSNL National Federation of Telecom Employees has the following office bearers:
- Comrade Islam Ahmad, All India President,
- Comrade Singh C, All India Gen Secretary,
- Comrade Rajpal, All India Secretary,
- Comrade Seshadri KS, All India Secretary
SNATTA: Sanchar Nigam Association of Telecom Technical Assistants
This is the trade union of Junior Engineer/TTA cadre. It is an active union involved with collective bargaining of pension benefits and implementation of 3rd pay revision committee report implementation.
- All India President: Sri Rajendra Khanna
- Vice presidents: Sri I Jadhav, Sri Monish KP, Sri S Soni, Sri Nitya Jarlad A,
- All Ind Gen Secretory Sri Anup Mukherjee,
- Dy Genl Secretary: Sri S Gautham,
- All India Treasurer: Sri Kandoria MK
- All Ind Auditor: Sri U Saini
The union wants to unite technical manpower such as Junior Engineers, Junior Technical Officers etc for idea generation, knowledge sharing, sharing experience, Use social media for quick dissemination of info, taking up issues at the appropriate level of management.
BSNL Executive Associations
|Name of Association||All India President||Official Website|
|All India BSNL Executive Association||Sri Veeranjaneyulu|
|Sanchar Nigam Executive Association||Comrade AA Khan|
|All India graduate Engineer & Telecom officer association||Shri Laxman Banoth|
|All India telecom executives & engineers association||Shri Ashish Karn|
All India BSNL Executive Association
It is the association of BSNL Group A & B executives.
Its office bearers are:
- All India President: Sri Veeranjaneyulu
- All India Vice Presidents: Sri MM Rao, Sri Murthy DNS,
- Circle Secretary: Sri Koteshwara Rao
- Fin secretary: Sri Jain JC
- Genl Secretary: Comrade Prahlad Rai
Most group B officers are members of this association. It was formed in 2004 by the merger of DOT executive associations during 2004. The aim is to safeguard the interests of BSNL executives such as executives of .finance. accounts, civil elect mechanical architect, They take up the matters related to customer service as well, in order to ensure the survival of BSNL.
Sanchar Nigam Executive Association (SNEA)
SNEA is an executives association with largest executive membership.
Office bearers are:
- Comrade AA Khan: All India President
- Comrade SL Sharma: All India Vice President
- Comrade.Sebastin : All India General Secretary
- Comrade MS Dasul: Dy Gen Secretary
- Comrade Rajan: All India Treasurer
SNEA’s Membership is around 24000.
Deals with the demand of time bound promotion policy and fair transfer policies. The association also takes part collective bargaining with regard to filling of vacant posts, improving customer service for improving revenue, the merger of MTNL with BSNL etc.
All India telecom executives & engineers association
AITEEA mainly takes care of executives who are directly hired by BSNL.
AITEEA Office bearers:
- Shri Ashish Karn President (All India)
- Shri M Singh, All India Gen Secretary
- Shri Chaurasia A, All India Fin. Secretary
- Shri A Pandey, Vice President
- Shri E Siddhique, Vice President
- Shri J Nath, Asst Gen Secretary
- Shri Zamirul Hassan, Asst Gen Secretary
- Shri V Singh, Asst Gen Secretary
- Shri V Kumar, Asst Gen Secretary
- Shri A Pathak Joint Secretary (Audit)
Association has a vision of collective consolidated executive strength under one banner, protecting and status and professionalism and respect for engineers/executives. It strives to resolve HR issues to make BSNL, international Telecom player and global leader. Sincere effort is made to recognize and address core issues without delay. Wants to contribute to better. Its mission is to urgently deal with issues of salary parity, superannuation benefit, fill vacancies promptly.
All India graduate Engineer & Telecom officer association
President: Shri Laxman Banoth,
Gen Secretary: Shri Ravi Shil Verma
Fin Secretary-Treasurer: Shri Yogendra Jharwal
The vision of the association is to work for career progression of employee-executives, It also deals with PF recovery issues, parity of privileges with other association members, safeguard the member benefits of direct recruits, securing future prospects of recruits, superannuation benefits, time-bound promotions and transparent policy on executive transfers.
If you are preparing to join BSNL, then information about unions (from official websites) can be very valuable, because, in multi-union environment, you have to decide which union to join and how the issues are being resolved jointly by the unions and the management.