UP power employees to go on 72 hours strike from10 PM on 16 March 2023


Appeal by Shri Shailendra Dubey – Convenor – Vidyut Karmchari Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti, UP to NCCOEEE and all Federations and Associations of power employees of the country


The Power Employees of Uttar Pradesh are being forced to go on strike. The fact is that the power employees had started a work boycott movement in November last year due to dictatorial, undemocratic, oppressive attitude of the top management of UP’s Power Corporations, attempts to privatize transmission and their long-pending problems. The work boycott movement was suspended on December 03 on the appeal of the UP Energy Minister after the written agreement was signed between Vidyut Karmchari Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti, UP and Management. Talks were presided by Sri Arvind Kumar Sharma UP Energy Minister and Chief Advisor to the Chief Minister Mr. Avnish Awasthi IAS (Retd).

Now the chairman of power corporations is not ready to accept the written agreement of December 03 and his repressive attitude continues. Along with the process of privatization of transmission sub-stations, the decision to snatch away two new units of 800-800 MW each in Obra and Anpara from the state’s Genco is like adding fuel to the fire.

Sangharsh Samiti has successfully launched a state-wide public awareness campaign in the last one month. According to the notice of the Sangharsh Samiti, torch processions will be taken out in all the districts/projects on March 14. There will be a work boycott from 10 AM on March 15 to 10 PM on March 16 and a 72-hour strike from 10 PM on March 16.

The Management of Power Corporations has issued a written instruction to all the DMs and SSP/SPs of the state, imposing a complete ban on all these programs. Instructions say that no power employee should be allowed to participate in any program of the Sangharsh Samiti, and if someone participates, strict action will be taken against him under ESMA immediately. All these instructions are completely undemocratic and not acceptable. It is the democratic right of the power employees to hold a democratic movement to force the Management to follow the written agreement with the Energy Minister.

It is learnt that the bureaucracy of UP is extremely annoyed with the success achieved by the Sangharsh Samiti in the last few years in stopping privatization and is now bent on repression with a sense of revenge. Due to this ill intention, preparations are on to crush the movement of the power employees of Uttar Pradesh in an undemocratic manner. There is also a whisper that if the power employees struggle in UP is crushed, then the message of Govt will also go to the power employees fighting against privatization in other provinces of the country.

The Power employees of Uttar Pradesh are fully committed to the decisive struggle. Sangharsh Samiti has given notice of strike for 72 hours from 10 pm on March 16, but Sangharsh Samiti has also written in the notice that if any employee is arrested due to the agitation, mass jail bharo agitation and indefinite strike will start at the same time.

NCCOEEE and all Federations and Associations of Power Employees of the country are requested to strongly support the struggle of the UP by sending a letter to the Chief Minister and Energy Minister of UP in this crucial time. The power employees of Uttar Pradesh are fully committed to a decisive struggle against privatization, outsourcing and oppression.

Inquilab Zindabad!

Shailendra Dubey – Convenor – Vidyut Karmchari Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti, UP

Mail ID of UP Chief Minister & UP Energy Minister



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