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Neelachal Power workers threaten strike in Puri division


OST Bureau

Bhubaneswar, Jan 20:

Workers of Neelachal Power Network Pvt Ltd., a private company engaged by FEDCO in Puri division of CESU, submitted a 20-point memorandum to the state labour department authorities on Sunday, alleging non-compliance of their demand by the company authorities. The workers have threatened to go on a no-work strike as a last resort if their demands are not fulfilled within 7 days of submitting their memorandum.

The workers have alleged thar they have not been elevated to permanent employee category from their existing temporary and contractual status even after working for around one year under the private company.

Besides, they have demanded wage hike in every 6 months, deposit of their PF and ESI dues regularly and issue of receipts for such deposits, salary in the first week of every month, grant of leave on Sundays and National holidays, end to illegal transfer of the workers, reinstatement of retrenched workers, gbonus to them on auspicious occasions like Dussehra and Diwali and arrangements for their proper training from time to time, according to sources.

The private power company was engaged by FEDCO in the Puri division under the jurisdiction of CESU, for power supply, bill collection, meter-reading and other day-to-day maintenance activities in the district.

“About 165 workers were employed in February last year on temporary basis and they have not been included in the company payrolls till date,” according to a worker.

Besides, the company has not deposited statutory deductions like PF, ESI made from their wages with the appropriate authorities, the workers alleged in the memorandum submitted to the district labour office. A deduction of Rs 427 toward PF and Rs 156 for ESI has been made every month but the same has not been deposited in due time, according to sources.

Also wages of workers have not been disbursed in time and often gets delayed till 20th of any month, they complained.