The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Contract Employees have threatened the state government of a strike if their demands for job regularisation are not met. Around 3,000 contract employees participated in ‘Chalo Vijayawada’ rally, and demonstrated against the state government, here on Monday.
Addressing the contract employees, who came from all the 13 districts of the state, United Forum for Contract Electricity Employees president Chandriah, said, “the Telugu Desam Party, which promised to regularise hundreds of contract workers before the general elections in 2014, has ignored their demands. The state government is ignoring the Supreme Court judgement on equal pay for equal work.”
The workers said they have been asking the discoms and the electricity board for the past four years to regularise contract employees as they are finding it difficult to make ends meet with their low salaries.
“Some 24,000 people are working as contract employees, and most are leading a pathetic life with poor salaries, and we are agitating for two decades to get them recognised as permanent employees,” said Chandriah. Read More…
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