BSNL contract workers protest reduction in wages

The decision to be implemented in April will reduce the wages of the contract workers by 20 per cent.

Bangalore: More than 200 contract workers of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. staged a protest outside the Chief General Manager’s office today against the government’s decision to reduce their wages by 20 per cent.

“I am a cable worker and get a salary of Rs. 4000. We do the work and the salaries of our employers are increasing,” said Raju Hanuman Talwar a contract labourer at BSNL.

Venkateswaralu, General Manager, Consumer Fixed Access Operation said, “The proposal came in the January and it will be implemented in April. The workers have heard of it and have started the protest.”

He also added that depending upon the work, the number of contract labourers will be reduced too.

Krishna, a cable worker said, “I have a contract worker for six years. I used to get Rs. 13,000 pm as my salary which has now been reduced to Rs. 10, 000.”

This article was published in the softcopy – in house publication of IIJNM. Click Here.

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