Here's why BSNL staffs may go on strike because of Reliance Jio

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New Delhi : The state-owned telecom operator BSNL’s staffs are threatening to go on an indefinite strike. The employees’ union of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd have alleged that the government has been favouring Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio. Sources confirmed that certain surprising reasons are compelling BSNL employees to go on strike, starting from December 3:

BSNL accuses that the government has not allotted spectrum for 4G services to BSNL. Following Reliance Jio competition from BSNL, the employees union allege that the government didn’t allot them 4G spectrum.

In a statement issued by BSNL unions, the employees said, “The whole game plan of Reliance Jio is to wipe out its competitors, which includes the state-owned BSNL”

The statement also mentions, “As of now, the whole telecom industry is gripped with a crisis...All these have happened due to the predatory pricing of the Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio.”

The All Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) have said that it’s only because of its financial power that Reliance Jio is offering services at such low costs.

AUAB wants the government to allot 4G spectrum to BSNL but it alleges that the government has an “ulterior motive of preventing the public sector company from putting up an effective competition to Reliance Jio.

The statement issued by the BSNL employees union says that the company’s employees have worked hard to revive the fortunes of the telecom operator. "BSNL's improved performance is reflected in the expansion of its customer base also. It must be remembered that all these achievements are made by BSNL without 4G technology and with only 2G and 3G technologies, while all the private companies are armed with 4G technology.”

The employees’ union warns that they will go on an indefinite strike from December.