Around 15 lakh power sector employees will go on nationwide strike for two days from February 23 to protest against privatisation, the All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) said on Monday.
"National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees & Engineers (NCCOEEE) has decided to resort to two days nationwide strike along with call given by All India Trade Unions on 23rd and 24th February," an AIPEF statement said.
According to the statement, the NCCOEEE has also decided that core committee leaders of NCCOEEE will meet Governor Punjab on February 1 and handover memorandum to him against privatisation of Chandigarh UT Power Department.
AIPEF Chairman Shailendra Dubey said that on the call of NCCOEEE about 15 lakh power employees & engineers across the country will resort to two days strike on 23rd and 24th February against privatisation policies of the central government.
He said that main demands of power sector employees are:
1. Withdrawal of Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2021
2. Scrap decision of privatisation of profit making power departments of Union Territories Chandigarh, Dadra Nagar Haveli Daman & Diu and Puducherry
3. Integrate all unbundled power utilities in states like KSEB Ltd in Kerala and HPSEB Ltd in Himachal Pradesh, Implement old pension scheme for all power employees recruited after unbundling of SEB's
4. Regularise all outsourced power employees like Telangana government has done
(With PTI inputs)