Power workers protesting in UP call for work boycott Lucknow News

LUCKNOW: Protesting power workers in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday called off their work boycott after the state government agreed to roll back all actions – registration of FIRs, suspension of engineers and termination of services of contract workers. Including – initiated against the employees who were part of it. Oppose.
Shailendra Dubey, convenor of Vidyut Karmachari Samyukta Sangharsh Samiti (VKSSS), claimed that the state government has “accepted” their demands and promised not to take any action against the employees.
UP Power Minister AK Sharma also appealed to the employee to go back to work and attend to the problems in the generating units and sub-stations.
Sharma said the state government held several rounds of talks with the employee, after which the crisis ended.
The development comes less than 24 hours before the protesting employee was to appear before the Allahabad High Court, which issued a bailable warrant against the office-bearers of the Vidyut Karmachari Sanyukta Sangharsh Samiti (VKSSS), the umbrella union of the protesting employees. They were required to appear before the court on 20 March (Monday).
The High Court on Friday expressed displeasure over the continued protest by the UP power workers despite the court’s December 2022 order that power supply should not be interrupted due to “strike” by the employees.
The worker protests led to the shutdown of several power generation units – leading to a potential power crisis across the state.
Earlier in the day, the employees decided to continue the work boycott for the third consecutive day even as state Power Minister Arvind Sharma did not turn up for the talks meeting with union leaders. The meeting was called at Jal Nigam Guest House on Sunday afternoon.
Dubey, who reached the guest house, said the workers would continue with the work boycott “in the absence of further talks” with the state government.


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