New Delhi: On 25 November, BSNL employees have called for pan-India hunger strike as they have alleged that the management is forcing personnel to opt for voluntary retirement scheme (VRS).
All India Unions and Associations of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (AUAB) Convenor P Abhimanyu on Sunday said that the management is threatening that the employees will be sent to far away postings if they do not opt for VRS (reduction of retirement age to 58 years).
In a notice for hunger strike, the unions have alleged that those opting for VRS will not be able to apply for pension commutation, which is one-third of pension amount payable over 15 years in advance, before attaining the age of 60 years
Abhimanyu also mentioned that BSNL will become eligible for the third pay revision with 4G services starting soon and the proposed tariff hike in the sector and those who opt for VRS will not be able to claim benefit of the third pay revision.
BSNL Chairman and Managing Director PK Purwar said that over 77,000 out of 1.6 lakh employees have opted for VRS. According to the plan, the regular and permanent employees of BSNL, including those posted outside the corporation on deputation basis are eligible to seek VRS if they have attended the age of 50 years.