February 1 indefinite strike for the privatization of the electricity sector
All staff of the Electricity Department of the Pondicherry Government would launch an indefinite strike in the Union Territory from February 1 to protest against the decision to privatize the electricity sector. A spokesperson for the Electrical Department Engineers and Employees Association said in a press release Thursday, ”With the territorial government adhering to its position to open the power distribution wing electricity, the electricity staff decided to resort to an indefinite strike on February 1. ”Although talks were called by senior officials of the Electricity Department with association delegates today, staff said: ”We are not convinced by the government’s arguments as they are very keen on privatization. ”The talks broke down and the staff announced the strike, the spokesman said.
The spokesperson said there were more than 1,400 technical staff in the department. ”We joined the service as government personnel and will only want to retire as government personnel. Privatization will be detrimental to staff, consumers and also to the administration,” they said. The strike would take place in the four regions – Pondicherry, Karaikal, Mahé and Yanam.
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