Delhi HC restrains power workers from going on strike

The Delhi High Court has restrained state electricity workers from going on strike from on Thursday to press for payment of monetary dues.

Updated: Jan 20, 2011, 22:07 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has
restrained state electricity workers from going on strike from
on Thursday to press for payment of monetary dues.
The order came on a plea by power distribution companies
BSES Yamuna Power Ltd and BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd during a
hearing at the residence of Chief Justice on
Wednesday night.

"If an interim injunction is not granted, such a strike
is likely to cause immense financial loss to the plaintiffs
(DISCOMs) and inconceivable disturbance in the public utility
system and also usher in a situation whereby the lives of the
citizens shall definitely be endangered and security would be
affected," the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice
Vikramajit Sen said in an order while granting a stay on the
strike.

Through a notice, the workers union had threatened to
go on strike demanding payment of dues and arrears from
January 20.
In a petition before the court, the DISCOMS submitted
that if the workers go on strike supply of electricity would
be affected in the city.

"They cannot jeopardize public utility service at their
whim and fancy," the petition said and sought a direction to
the workers not to resort to pen down/tools down strike,
holding rallies, staging demonstrations or dharnas.

PTI