Declaration of National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers (NCCOEE)
In support of the 72-hour token strike of electricity workers in Uttar Pradesh, the national office bearers of the National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers (NCCOEE) have warned that if the power workers of Uttar Pradesh are oppressed in any way, then 27 lakh electricity workers of other states of the country will not be silent spectators and any such repressive move will be strongly opposed across the country.
On March 16, lakhs of electricity workers took to the streets in all the states of the country in support of the strike called by the NCCOEE.
NCCOEEE National Convenor Prashant Chaudhary, All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) Secretary General P Ratnakar Rao, All India Federation of Power Diploma Engineers (AIFOPDE) National President R.K. Trivedi reached Lucknow and addressed a meeting of power employees.
On the second day of the ongoing work boycott on the call of the Vidyut Karmchari Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti (Power Employees Joint Struggle Committee), huge protests were held in all the districts and projects of the state including the capital Lucknow.
The office bearers of the Sangharsh Samiti have once again reiterated that due to the stubbornness of the top management of the power corporations, the power workers are forced to go on strike.
The main demands of the power employees are that the agreement with the Energy Minister of 3 December 2022 should be implemented. Some of the key points of the agreement include the chairman and managing director of the energy corporations should be selected by the committee, timely pay scale orders for the three promotion posts being received as before, implementation of the Power Sector Employees Protection Act for power workers, closure of outsourcing of operation and maintenance of transmission power substations, Construction of new power sub-stations from transmission corporation, removal of anomalies in honorarium to tender/contract workers in different corporations and giving equal honorarium, revision of allowances and resolution of pay anomalies.
Apart from this, the power workers demand that the power generation corporation, which provides the cheapest electricity in the state, should be provided 2-2 units of 800 mw each in Obra and Anapara.