Mumbai: Over 12,000 engineers belonging to state-owned power companies in Maharashtra today went on a three-day strike to protest against the government`s decision to outsource distribution network in some parts of the state and to press for revision in wages.
"We are protesting against the decision of the government to outsource the distribution network in cities like Nagpur and Aurangabad to private entities. The franchisee model will only amount to back door entry for private players," a member of the Subordinate Engineers` Association said.
The Association had earlier issued a notice to the government saying that they would go on a strike if their demands were not fulfilled.
"We had several rounds of discussions with the government on the issue but never received any satisfactory reply from them so we decided to go on the strike," he said.
The association has also put up a few more demands including revision in wages.