TAMILNADU TELECOM CONTRACT WORKERS UNION
(Regd No. VGR 278)
BSNL, Nagercoil 629 001
Sub: Wage revision and Local problems – Reg
We ,the contract workers of Nagercoil SSA , take this opportunity for conveying our heartful gratitude to the Nagercoil District Administration for granting a chance to put forth the grievances of Contract workers for your personal attention.
We are once again bringing the various problems for your kind attention and early favourable settlement.
- Implementation of New Procedure for Caculation of Monthly wages to Contract Labourers- Reg
It has been gathered that District administration has issued order on 05-11-2015 for revision of the wages of Contract Labourer as Rs. 400 /- with effect from 01-05-2015 as per the notification and instruction of Kanyakumari District Collector Nagercoil. It is also gathered that a new procedure for calculating revised monthly wages to Contract labourers will be implemented. As per the new procedure wages will be paid to the contract labourers for those days present for duty. The revised procedure is silent about weekly off and National and other holidays.
Our District Union welcomes the decision of District Administration for Revision of wages as Rs. 400/- to the Contract labourer as per the notiifcation and instruction from Kanyakumari District Collector, Nagercoil . However we are unable to digest the unilateral decision of District Administration for implementing a new procedure for calculation of wages in the middle of a tender period.
In this connection we would like to bring to your kind notice that the present tender with Malli Security Services is in existence with effect from 01-11-2014 . It has been categorically furnished in the tender documents that the Daily Wage of Contract Labourer as fixed by District Collector Kanyakumari will be multiplied with 28.6 days for a month and the arrived amount will be paid as Monthly wages. The increase/Decrease of wages if any notiified by the District Collector will be implemented only with effect from the succeeding month.
It is needless to mention that changing a procedure for calculation of monthly wages in the middle of a tender period is not only against natural justice but also against labour law. Hence we request the District administration not to change any calculation method for payment of arrears and new wages during the currency of this tender. It is also humbly brought to the notice of the District Administration that any unilateral decision of the District administration for change of procedure will adversly affect the morale of the contract workers.
The revised procedure will drastically reduce the present wages and it is not fair to decrease the wages since it is againt Natural justice and Minimum Wages Act.
We expect the District Administration will not go against the interest of downtrodden workers who are contributing their fullest for the development of Nagercoil BSNL.
- Earmarking an Executive for the redressal of grievances of Contract workers
Nearly 300 contract labourers a are working in Nagercoil SSA in various fields. It is requested that an Executive may be earmarked to redress the genuine grievances of contract workers.
- Transfer to EPF Accounts
The deposit amount collected from the previous Contractors are available with the District administration. The same has not yet been transfered to the EPF accounts of contract labourers wherever discrepancies noticed by the Inquiry officer nominated by the District Administration.
- Enhanced wages to Contract labourers
The Contract labourers engaged in indoor high technical area, ourtdoor cable and line maintenence area may be paid enhanced wages as applicable to Skilled workers
- Bonus to left out contract labourers
Some contract labourers who have joined in Malli Security Dervices during July, August have not been paid bonus. Similary most of the contract labourers have been paid nearly Rs. 3 100/- instead of the statutory bonus of Rs. 3 500 /-
- Verification of EPF, ESI
The shortcomings noticed by the Inquiry officer may be set right .
- Issue of Wage Slip
Till this date wage slip is not being issued to contract labourers.
- Universal Account Number
It may be ensured to all the Contract labourers including those who jined during July and August 2015
- Refund of Professional tax
Professional tax are being recovered from the Contract labourers by the Contractor. Since professional tax is not chargeable to the contract labourers, the contractor is to be properly instructed to refund to the contract labourers
- Wage arrears 2014-15
The wage arrears due to revision of wages from Rs 330 to Rs. 360/ for the period
01-09-2014 to 31-10-2014 has not yet been paid even after repeated requests.
- Calculation of working hours
Calculation of working hours as per the Standard in Sweeping, Cleaning work in Telephone Exchange, Water tank road , Nagercoil has not yet been made and the poor downtrodden workers are being paid wages without proper justification
We hope that the district administration will take appropriate positive action for settlement of genuine demands of downtrodden workers of BSNL organisation.
Thanking you, Yours faithfully
Mobile No : 75983 43425