BSNL Engineers Go on Indefinite Strike

With more than 10, 000 BSNL engineers already having gone on an indefinite strike, other employees of the state-run telecom provider are going to strike work along with engineers from Tuesday midnight till next two days, affecting its services across the country.

The India Graduate Telecom Officers Association (AIGETOA) of engineers went on an indefinite strike insisting that the officers who are on deputation from the department should be absorbed into the company so that they become more accountable.

While, over a demand for wage revision and implementation of a promotion policy, the United Forum of seven BSNL Unions of 1.5 lakh non-executive employees will begin their strike at 0000 hrs on August 19, that is, Tuesday midnight.

The strike by the engineers would impact operations of the telecom firm as most of the striking engineers are head technical teams in different zonal offices. Customer services like collections and fault repairs would also be affected from tomorrow because of the participation of the non-technical staff, according to the unions.

The BSNL management was not available for comments on the impact of the strikes. However, to ensure that the strike does not disrupt operations, BSNL has set up a control room for managing the system during the strike.

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