12,000 engineers of power companies in Maha to go on strike

Last Updated: Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 00:04

Mumbai: Over 12,000 engineers belonging
to the state-owned power companies in Maharashtra on Saturday
threatened to go on a three-day strike from February 1 to
protest the Government`s decision to outsource distribution
network in cities such as Nagpur and Aurangabad to private
entities.

"We are against the franchisee model in distribution
as it amounts to back-door privatisation. We want the
Government not to go ahead with the proposal failing which
we will go on a 3-day strike between February 1 and 3,"
Subordinate Engineers` Association said in a statement here.

Besides, the association has also demanded revision
in the wages.

An office bearer with the association said the strike
would not result in power shut-down in the state but any
mechanical or technical fault would not be attended to by the
engineers or the technical staff due to the strike.

PTI




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