An indefinite strike by more than 10,000 BSNL engineers entered the second day on Wednesday, even as over two lakh non-executive employees of the telecom firm joined them in boycotting work demanding early wage revision.
The management, on the other hand has refused to hold talks with any of the associations -- engineers or non-executive employees -- saying a solution has been provided to the employees and it is for them to decide now.
“We have taken enough precautions to ensure that our subscribers do not face any disruption in services, either mobile or land line,” the BSNL CMD Kuldeep Goyal said.
The non-executive employees will stay away from work for 48 hours, but may go on an indefinite strike if the management fails to address their demands, including wage hike.
“There is massive response to the call and more than two lakh workers are on strike. Most of the offices are closed as nobody is available.
“The adamant and negative stand of the management compelled the workers to go on strike. While we regret the inconvenience caused to the people, the strike is due to the unhelpful attitude of management,” said V.A.N. Namboodri, General Secretary, the BSNL Employees Union and Convener of United Front.
The All India Graduate Telecom Officers Association of engineers yesterday went on an indefinite strike demanding that officers on deputation from the department of telecom be absorbed into the company so that they become more accountable.