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NATIONAL UNION OF BSNL WORKERS(FNTO)

NEW DELHI
NATIONAL UNION OF BSNL WORKERS – Constitution

1. Name of Union:

NATIONAL UNION OF BSNL WORKERS

2. Head Quarters Registered Office at:

T-16, Atul Grove, New Delhi 110001

3. Aims and Objects:

(a) to unite the workers of BSNL.


(b) To promote social, educational, economic and cultural upliftment of members.
(c) To safeguard the interest and rights of the members and redressal of their grievances
and provide assistance.
(d) To publish journal(s) within the framework of the code and norms.
(e) To start any Welfare activities like consumer societies, Credit and Savings Scheme,
Housing, Insurance etc.
(f) To render efficient service to the society and promote national integrity.

4. Organisation:

(a) Central Head Quarters (CHQ),


(b) Circle Branch.
(c) District Branch (SSA).
(d) Local Branch.

5. Recognition:

Recognition for Circle will be granted by CHQ, Recognition for District (SSA) and local branch will
be granted by Circle or CHQ.

Suspension of Recognition:
For non-remittance of quota, the recognition of branch can be suspended by the higher bodies and
can be restored after clearing the arrears. If a branch or district do not remit quota consecutively for
three months, recognition may be suspended.

6. Membership:

(a) All categories of employees and workers of BSNL classified, as non-executives are eligible to
become ordinary members of the Union.

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(b) Honorary Members: As per provision of Section 22 of Trade Union Act, the person(s) who are
not eligible to become ordinary members shall be co opted as honorary members.

7. Termination of Membership:

The membership of the worker can be terminated on resignation, non-payment of subscription


consecutively for three months or on disciplinary action.

Restoration of Membership:
Can be done by fresh application, clearing the arrears of subscription or by acceptance of appeal by
Circle or CHQ as the case may be.

8. Membership Register:

Shall be maintained by the local branches in the prescribed form and be made available for scrutiny
by the higher bodies.

9. Rights of Membership:

Every member who is not in arrears shall have the following rights.
(a) Propose nomination for any post in the Union and also can stand for election as delegate to the
conference at various levels.
(b) Shall vote as per rules.

10. Subscription:

(a) Admission Fee: One month Subscription may be collected as admission fee by the
local branch.
(b) Monthly subscription shall be Rs.20/- and equally distributed to all levels.
(c) Donations may be collected from the members on special occasions.

11. Application of funds:

The general funds constituted by the subscription shall be utilised for the following purposes.

(a) Payment of salaries and allowances to the officers of the Union


(b) Payment of expenses for the administration of Union including audit charges and
publication of journals.
(c) Payment of legal charges in connection with Trade Union Disputes and legitimate activities of
Union.
(d) For expenses of the Union activities in general.

12. Deposit of Funds:

Funds of the Union shall be deposited in a Post Office Savings Bank or in a scheduled Bank to be

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jointly operated by the General Secretary and Financial Secretary.

13. Financial Year:

From 1st January to 31st December.

14. Journals:

The Union shall publish Journal or Journals to advance the cause of the members.

15. Management:

The CHQ shall exercise all the powers of the Union and shall be supreme in all matters and its
decision will be binding for all levels. Management of the Union is wrested with the following
bodies:

(a) All India Conference shall meet once in three years ordinarily under a clear notice of thirty days
and all policy decisions are taken in this conference. A special session can be called as exigencies
may require for specific purpose as decided by the Working Committee.
(b) Central Working Committee may meet once in a year ordinarily or any time for specific purpose
under a notice of three weeks. Between the all India Conference the Central Working Committee is
responsible for the management of the Union. A requisitioned meeting of the C.W.C. can be called if
a requisition made by 1/3rd of the working committee members and in case the General Secretary
fails to convene such a meeting within a month from the date of receipt of such requisition.

16. Office Bearers :

The following shall be the Office Bearers :


President,
One or more Vice Presidents,
General Secretary,
One or more Deputy General Secretaries,
One or more Assistant General Secretaries
Financial Secretary.

17. Function and Duties of Office Bearers:

(a) President: President shall preside over the Meetings of the working committee and conference
and exercise general supervision over the activities of the Union.

(b) Vice Presidents: Shall assist the President and shall act as President in his absence and carry out
organisational work as entrusted by CHQ.

(c) General Secretary: General Secretary is the Chief Executive of Union who shall manage and
control the work of CHQ under the control and direction of the All India Conference and Working
Committee. He shall give notice for the conference, working committee and other committee

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meetings. He shall edit the Journal. The G.S. shall maintain channel of communication with BSNL
and other Government authorities. He shall initiate disciplinary action as may be necessary.

(d) Deputy/Assistant General Secretary: They shall assist the General Secretary in his work and held
charges of different activities of the Union, as authorised by CHQ and look after the duties of
General Secretary if nominated by CHQ during his absence.

(e) Financial Secretary: Financial Secretary shall have control over the funds and accounts of Union
jointly with General Secretary. He is personally responsible for the funds and relevant records. He
shall receive contributions, donations, subscription and shall issue receipts. He shall make payments
according to the sanctions and vouchers attested by the General Secretary. He is responsible to
maintain the Cash Book and he shall put up the same to General Secretary for monthly scrutiny and
approval. He shall maintain the register of local branches and circles showing the membership and
financial position.

18. Circle, District and Branches:

During the transition period, adhoc arrangements will be made by the C.H.Q. in consultation with
the Central Secretariat and detailed constitutional provisions will be made in the next General Body
Meeting.

19. Composition of All India Conference:

Elected delegates from the local branches, ex-officio delegates who shall be office bearers of the
CHQ and Circle Secretaries.

All India Conference shall meet once in three years ordinarily under a clear notice of thirty days and
all policy decisions are taken in this conference. A special session can be called as exigencies may
require for specific purpose as decided by the Working Committee.

20. Quorum:

1/3rd of the voting strength of the conference, subject to the presence of atleast seven circles.

21. Powers of the Conference:

The all India Conference is supreme. It has absolute control over the affairs and properties of the
Union. This has specific powers to elect the office bearers of the CHQ, appoint an auditor who is a
charted accountant to audit the accounts of the Union to adopt budget estimate, to effect changes in
constitution, to fix or revise subscription, to frame and bye laws, to act as court on appeals in any
disciplinary case against office bearers or members and to settle election disputes of various levels.

22. Participation in Conference:

Local Branch which is not in arrears of payment of subscription to higher bodies may participate in
the conference through its elected delegates. Each Branch is eligible to depute atleast one delegate

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and the delegate normally shares the voting strength of that branch. Admission of the branch is
subject to verification of credential certificate issued by the Committee.

23. Voting Strength:

The ex-officio delegates shall carry one vote each.

Voting of delegates shall be chosen from among the registered delegates duly restricting the
maximum number according to voting power of circle. These voting delegates shall be identified
proportionate to the quota remitted to the CHQ by the respective SSA. In case of less number of
delegates they shall share the voting power of Circle.

24. Dispute in Election:

In case of all India, such dispute if any may be settled by a committee appointed by a conference. In
respect of Circle, the General Secretary in consultation with secretariat shall give decision, but an
appeal can be made to the all India Working Committee/Conference. Dispute at district and branch
level shall be settled by the Circle Secretary in consultation with the circle executives. But an appeal
can be made to the Circle Conference. In all such cases, CHQ can intervene for remedial measures.

25. Amendment to the Constitution:


No amendment to the constitution shall be passed except by two third majority of voting strength of
the all India Conference.

26. Disciplinary Action:

The Managing Bodies are competent to take disciplinary actions to suspend, expel, adopt no
confidence motion or censure its office bearers or members under its jurisdiction. Such actions shall
be preceded by a 14 Days Notice and can also be decided exparte if no reply is received within the
stipulated time. For any serious anti union activity the Chief Executive or Secretariat can restrain the
person concerned from functioning and then a show cause may be issued.

27. No resolution of no confidence, expulsion against any member or office bearer shall be passed
except by two third majority of the governing body. Censure can be adopted with a simple majority.
The affected member or office bearer shall have right to appeal to the next level. .

*Constitution of National Union of BSNL Workers published by NUBSNLW Gujarat


Circle Dinesh D Mistry

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