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BSNL employees union locks horns with DGM

The BSNL Employees Union on Friday charged Rakesh Kumar,Deputy General Manager,Telecom,Mata Rani Exchange,of meddling in the union’s election held recently.

Written by Anupam Bhagria | Ludhiana | January 24, 2009 1:59:53 am

The BSNL Employees Union on Friday charged Rakesh Kumar,Deputy General Manager,Telecom,Mata Rani Exchange,of meddling in the union’s election held recently.

Balwinder Singh,District Secretary of BSNL Employees Union,alleged,“Earlier,the DGM had also threatened the union leaders by issuing orders against holding union meetings. He took this action in connivance with the rival union.”

However the DGM rubbished the allegations and said that the union had started protesting against him after he had taken a disciplinary action against a BSNL employee,who had come to the office after consuming liquor.

Balwinder Singh however had a different take on the issue. “On January 21,while BSNL union election process was going on,an employee of BSNL entered the exchange premises after drinking liquor. This employee was sent out by some security personnel but DGM summoned him back to the office. Then he called the police,and handed him over to them and got his medical done.”

He said the employee was not working under this DGM. Not only this,the DGM had also issued notices many a time to the union forbidding it from holding a meeting in the exchange premises,he alleged.

“The DGM is biased against our union as he supports our rival union — National Federation of Telecom Employees. We have brought it in the notice of VAN Namboodiri,national general secretary of our union. He has assured us that he will take up the matter with higher authorities soon.”

Rakesh Kumar,DGM,said,“I did not interfere in the election process. I took a disciplinary action against an employee who had entered the exchange premises after consuming liquor. But the employees protested and even threatened me. Even the medical report of that employee confirmed that he was drunk at that time. How can I allow anyone to enter the exchange premises in this way. I had to call the police to control the tense situation. I have already informed about the matter to S K Aggarwal General Manager Ludhiana Telecom for further action.”

The DGM admitted he had barred the union members from holding meetings. “The union used to hold meetings in the office premises without permission and that too by ignoring the office work. When I objected to it and they started making hue and cry.”

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