NLC permanent staffs serve strike notice for contract workers

Chennai : The Public Sector Company Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC), catering to the power needs of the southern states, is in trouble as a section of permanent employees served strike notice in support of the striking contract workers.

As the strike by the about 13,000 contract workers entered the 36th day today, permanent employees, owing allegience to the Pattali Thozhil Sangam (PTS) and nine other unions, threatened to go on strike.

PTS general secretary V Thilagar met NLC Assistant General Manager Periasamy this evening and served the strike notice, stating the employees would launch the strike, if the Management did not meet their demands within 13 days.

The PTS and nine other unions, including AIADMK, CITU, AITUC and HMS, demanded that the Management concede the demands of the striking contract workers, provide jobs on compassionate ground and give the long pending promotions.

In all, there were about 19,000 permanent employees, including 4,000 executives and engineers and the PTS had nine other unions, representing nearly half of them.

The NLC had only two recognised unions, the PTS and the Labour Progressive Front (LPF), affiliated to the DMK.
The LPF is not a party to the strike notice as it had already pulled out from the strike launched by the contract workers.

Source – UNI

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Executive at India Electron Exchange

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