NLC contract workers’ strike to enter 4th day

March 31st, 2008 - 11:44 pm ICT by admin  

Chennai, March 31 (IANS) The contract labourers’ strike at Neyveli Lignite Corp Ltd (NLC) is set to enter fourth day as no breakthrough was achieved at the conciliation meeting held at the regional labour commissioner’s office here Monday afternoon. According to officials at the labour commissioner’s office, the contractors’ union and striking contract labour union, All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), did not turn up for the meeting though the NLC management was present.

However, the two absenting parties sent a fax message requesting for an adjournment for Tuesday, which was granted by the conciliation officer.

NLC said the strike would not affect the power generation for at least two more days.

Despite the strike, NLC is expected to set a record in terms of power generation and lignite mined though the officials are silent on the actual volumes.

Nearly 90 percent of the NLC’s 12,000 contract labourers working at lignite mines and power plants at Neyveli are on a strike since March 29, raising a number of demands like bonus payment, absorption of contract workers into the company’s rolls and recognition of a contract workers union.

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