Power Employees Postpone Dec 8 Nation-Wide Strike

02 December, Lucknow

National Coordination Committee Of Electricity Employees and Engineers (NCCOEEE) has postponed their one-day token strike and work boycott proposed for December 8 in protest against Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014.

Decision to postpone the strike was taken last night after Central Government initiated talks on objections of power sector employees and engineers on the Bill.During the talks the Ministry of Power officials informed that no final decision has yet been taken by Central Cabinet on the proposed Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014 and before taking any final decision the issue would be discussed with NCCOEEE in detail.

The ministry official also confirmed in writing that Piyush Goyal, Minister For Power, will hold talks with NCCOEEE delegates on December 4 in his office,soon after he he returns from his Paris tour.

NCCOEEE meeting was presided by veteran trade union leader A B Bardhan and mainly attended by Shailendra Dubey, K O Habib, Padmjit Singh, P N Chowdhary, K Ashok Ro, A K Jain, R K Sharma, Subhash Lamba and others.

Shailendra Dubey, Chairman of All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) said here today after coming back from Delhi that meeting was called by Secretary, Labour and Employment in which Officers of ministry of power were also present.

NCCOEEE insisted in the meeting that no unilateral decision should be taken by Government on Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014 and the Bill should not be rushed through in winter session of parliament otherwise power employees and engineers will have no option except to go on nationwide strike or work boycott on December 8 as a token protest.

NCCOEEE delegates informed the officials that they are opposed to various clauses of the Bill particularly segregation of carriage and content which will pave path for privatisation of profit making industrial, commercial and other high-end power consumers. Thus Government supply company will, by default, become supply company of loss making consumers which is not in the larger interest of the nation.

They said their views were not heard by parliamentary standing committee on energy and stressed that before passing any new amendment Bill Government should review the outcome of unbundling, privatisation and franchising of power utilities & DISCOMS and power employees and engineers should be taken into confidence before making any major change.

The NCCOEEE decided to defer the proposed strike of December 8 in view of talks initiated by Central Government and discussions continued on Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014.

After talks with Piyush Goyal on December 4,NCCOEEE leaders will chalk out further course of action, Dubey said.

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