Bhubaneswar: A large number of employees working under Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited (OPTCL) have threatened to launch a cease-work protest from August 25 to press for their demands.
As per sources, the OPTCL employees in collaboration with “Nikhil Odisha Electricity Workers Federation” have given a call for the cease work stir in all the electric sub-divisions across the State. Their list of demands includes the regularisation of employees who have completed the regularisation term of their service.
“We have already completed our term of regularisation. As the government is considering ITI pass out students as skilled employees, OPTCL has not promoted us. OPTCL authorities have been violating the 5T rule of the government and not promoting the ITI skilled employees. The strike will continue until the demands are fulfilled,” an OPTCL employee said.
The members of the All Odisha Power Employees Union have alleged that despite having discussions with the state government on this issue, nothing has been done yet.
“All workers and junior technicians have been providing uninterrupted power services in the spirit of dedicated service during this pandemic. They have been working in the semi-skilled class for eight long years. In protest of the unprofessional attitude of the OPTCL authorities and the human resources department, the protesters will wear black batches from August 25 to August 28 by staging a protest maintaining all social distancing rules,” said Gyana Ranjan Bhoi, executive chairman of Nikhil Odisha Electricity Workers Federation.
The Union further threatened that the protests will continue until the demands are fulfilled.