By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 10th May:- The preparation of powermen strike scheduled for 17th May, 2017 in its full swing. The U.T. Powermen Union in this regard held gate meetings rallies and group meetings before various electricity offices and give the full touch of the strike. In this connection protest rallies will held in electricity office Manimajra & Division No.2, New Powerhouse in its final stage as the authorities remain miserably failed to resolve the genuine grievance of the employees including safety devices.
Union General Secretary Gopal Dutt Joshi, President Satpal, Vice President Vijay Singh, Desh Raj Dhian Singh, Pardeep Sharma, Darshan Singh, Raj Pal, Amreek Singh, Kashmir Singh, Pan Singh & other leaders of the union pointed out that the strike is being observe for Stoppage the move to corporate / privatize the well running U.T. Electricity department Chandigarh, Filling up the vacant posts of promotional as well as direct quota without further delay, Removal of pay anomalies of senior and junior employees working as ALM’s (The case of 93 Vs.94 batches), Offer of appointment to the next kin of deceased employees by scrapping 5% cealing on Punjab / PSPCL pattern, To check the increasing accidents & grant compensation to the dependent of the deceased & those who become permanent disabled while working / performing duties (the case of Vinay Kumar RTM), Amendments in recruitment rules of class I, II, III, IV categories of officers/ officials of electricity wing of Engineering Department U.T. Chandigarh, Setting up of centralize pay structure of U.T. Electricity Employees so as to check the pay parity etc., Renovations of Houses of Electricity colonies as per revised norms by providing sufficient budget as well as men and materials for maintenance and repair works, Restoration of electricity concession of the employees as per previous practice through bills instead of cash payment, Providing fault Locator Van, Boom Ladders & Procurement of material i.e. transformers cables, joints, meters, conductors, fuse wires, tubes, chocks etc. in the department so as to serve the public and provide uninterrupted power supply to the valuable consumers, Providing T & P, safety devices, uniforms, soap & oil to the field staff & stationary in offices, sitting arrangements and drinking water facilities in offices, 66 KV & 33 KV substations and complaint centers, Restrain the officers of electricity department for compelling the employees to do the jobs other than their assigned duties & stop the field staff to work in offices, The employees appointed through outsource agencies particularly the categories of LDC, Linemen & ALM’s be taken under the direct control of the department as they have been appointed against sanctioned posts by taking departmental exams and further request to release the salary of the said employees before 7th of each month against salary budged till their adjustment, Extension of services of 37 nos. of lorry drivers engaged through PESCO against HTV category instead of LMV category through another agency so as to avoid exploitation, Stoppage of pick & choose transfers of employees particularly the categories of Junior Engineers & peons (representation submitted), Fair & transparent transfer policy be framed of all categories of employees & officers including Superintending Engineer and till then all the transfers be stopped in public interest, Withdrawal of show cause notices issued to the ALM’s of various batches without any reasons regarding their promotion / appointment cases.
The leaders while strongly condemned the negative attitude of the authority appeal the employees to success the 17th May, 2017 and blame that negative attitude of the authorities of the Chandigarh Administration will be fully responsible for any inconvenience to the public due to strike.