Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M
Karunanidhi on Friday appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to
find an early solution to the ongoing stir by Neyveli Lignite
Corporation contract employees saying it will help the large
labour force during this festival season.
"Since the situation has not returned to total
normalcy, the continued low turnout of contract labourers is
likely to effect generation of electricity and therefore, an
early solution is called for, which would also definitely help
the large labour force in the festival season which is fast
approaching," he said in his letter to Singh, which was
circulated to the media here.
He said the contract labourers in NLC in Tamil Nadu
had resorted to striking work for almost a month now, adding,
their main demands include wage hike and issues relating to
Representatives of trade union and management of NLC
have been participating in the talks held by Labour Department
officials continuously but with "little avail", he said.
"The NLC Chairman and Managing Director has been
bringing to the state government`s notice that with great
difficulties, he is able to ensure that generation of
electricity was not affected by this strike.
"However, when the talks failed and there was
indication from the management that it would be difficult to
maintain generation if the strike continues, in public
interest, the trade union attached to the DMK reverted back to
work in the last couple of days, as a result of which about 30
to 35 per cent of the contract labour were attending work
today," he said.
The strike by 13,000 contract workers, affiliated to
various unions, commenced on September 19.