BSNL employees struck work on Tuesday. BSNL offices wore a deserted look affecting normal work. Customers were disappointed. The employees were objecting the proposal to hand over the network towers to private sector.
The BSNL was maintaining around 70,000 towers in India. The employees urged the government to drop the proposal. Around 450 employees including 120 officers took part in the strike.
Staff and members of all employees unions of BSNL on Tuesday struck work and staged a demonstration before the head office as a part of nationwide two-day strike. BSNL employees union branch secretary Arulanandham said that wage revision for employees was pending since January.
No step was taken to revise the wages. Even as the BSNL had improved the operational profit, the Department of Telecom insisted that it would revise the wages only on the basis of profit margin. The employees condemned a move to separate 65,000 mobile towers from BSNL to create a new subsidiary unit.