Monday, 13 June 2016

Powermen Firm to Observe one Day Strike on June 16

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Chandigarh 13th June:- The Electricity Employees of Chandigarh under the banner of  U.T. Powermen Union  Chandigarh will observe one day strike on 16th June, 2016 in all the shifts. The Union has completed all the prepration of strike. In this connection starting from 6th May, 2016 Union held 17 numbers of Dharna in front of various sub divisions and division offices including last Dharna  held on 10th June 2016 in Sector 17, Chandigarh union today also took round in various offices & distributed leaf lets amongst employees,  which give final touch to 24 Hrs strike in all the shift observe on 16th June, 2016 if the demands will not fulfill before the said date. The strike is being observe in support of long pending genuine demands of the employees including

Restoration of electricity concession to the employees immediately which is being given since very beginning  on PSEB and PSPCL pattern, Filling up  the 700 vacant posts lying vacant in the department since long, removal of pay anomalies of the employees by stepping up the pay of seniors with their juniors, offer of appointment to the next kin of deceased employees by scrapping 5% cealing. Providing fault locating van, boom ladders, cable joints, meters, fuse wire & other material in the store and provide T&P & Safety Devices to the workmen, drinking water facility and sitting arrangements in offices, complaint centres and Grid Sub Stations, stoppage of increasing accidents besides implementation of other demands.

Gopal Datt Joshi, General Secretary Federation & Union, Satpal President, Vijay Singh Senior Vice President, Dhian Singh, Desh Raj Vice President, Amrik Singh, Pardeep Sharma Darshan Singh, Rajpal, and other leaders of the Union strongly criticized the authorities of the department for their negative and adamant attitude towards the long pending demands and blamed that due to negative attitude of the officers the position of the department become bad to worst. They said that the work load is increasing day by day but the manpower is reducing as compression to work load. But the officers instead of taking efforts to fill up the vacant posts, providing materials and safety devices to the workmen are wasting their time in controversies and further blamed that instead of implementing of the demands they are adamant  to withdraw already granted benefits of the employees such as withdrawal of electricity concession etc. and by doing so the officers are giving fuel to fire which is not acceptable. The leaders blamed the authorities of the department are fully responsible for increasing accidents in the department and said that the safety devices and tools are not being provided, boom ladders are not being given to the Complaint Centres and lower cadre workers are being got victim and demanded lodging criminal cases against the officers concerned who are compelling the employees to do the work which is not assigned to them more so the field staff is being compelled to work in offices and work load of these are also mount on field staff, resultantly, the accidents occurred.

The leaders of the union while strongly condemned the attitude of the authority for their complete failure to fill up the posts and providing safety devices to the workmen beside providing matterial warned that if the demands of the employees will not be resolve and the electricity concession will not be restored  immediately the call of work to rule will be continue and employees will observe complete strike on 16 June 2016. The authorities particularly the Chief Engineer & Superintending Engineer (Electy.) will fully responsible for any in convenience to the public due to strike as they are sitting tight over the genuine issues of the employees. The strike employees on 16th June, 2016 will held massive rally near electricity office sector 18 and a procession will also taken out towards governor house, the next programme of agitation will also announced which will probably 21st June, 2016 as decided by union in its meetings.