3 yrs delay in wage revision benefits triggers resentment

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 May 2017 11:19:04

Staff Reporter,


RESENTMENT among the Trade Unions office-bearers and members from State power companies is brewing up as outcome of over three years delay in granting benefits under wage revision due from April, 2014. While regretting the first ever long delay in finalising long due wage revision, the Trade Union office-bearers from the State power companies categorically stated that the trade unions would further intensify the agitation to the extent of a daylong strike in all power companies following the demonstration at the companies’ headquarter.

However, the power company authorities asserted that the wage revision would soon be finalized in the best interest of the large number of employees and executives serving in the power companies.'

Prafull Khare, General Secretary, Chhattisgarh Vidyut Mandal Abhiyanta Sangh observed that the authorities must consider on priority to grant the wage revision as the company consumers were already burdened with revised tariff thrice in the past three years against Annual Revenue Requirement and establishment expenses while persisting delay in wage revision is beyond perception. He informed that with the office bearers and members from Group (G-10) members union, they would stage the token demonstration (Mahagate Meeting) at the power companies head quarters on May 18 and subsequently a daylong strike in power companies if the wage revision was not granted in the meantime. It was the first time in the history of MPEB, CSEB and power companies that the wage revision was delayed over three years as earlier all due benefits were granted within span of one year.

Prafull Khare, the trade union office bearer specifically pointed out that besides burdening the company consumers with tariff revision considering the increasing establishment expenses, over the years the outstanding arrears of the company also decreased considerably and in such a situation the government and company management ought not to delay wage revision. “What is Interim Relief after all the partial payment of due benefits”, he said appealing the company management for announcing full wage revision at the earliest.

Bhulendra Yadav, Vice-president, Chhattisgarh Bijali Karmachari Sangh Mahasangh opined that the three years long delay in granting wage revision was the outcome of apathy on part of government and company management.
The trade union would further intensify the agitation in different phases to ensure wage revision benefits at the earliest. He asserted that as part of the strategy they would continue to handover the memorandums to EEs, SEs and EDs and if the issue continues to persist they would resort to a daylong strike on June 16 and subsequently the demonstration everyday at the State companies headquarter. Even if the situation remains the same they would be compelled to opt for indefinite strike from July 1.

While denouncing the State power company management for persisting delay in wage revision resulting adversely on moral of the hardworking company employees and de-motivating them, M P Sao, General Secretary, Chhattisgarh Rajya Power Karmachari Union stated that the company management was hardly seemed to be bothered about the interest of large number of company employees. He informed that they had already chalked out the strategy of the vehement demonstration at company headquarter on May 18 and later a day-long strike on June 21 if the wage revision remains pending. Now there are about 14 trade unions in the fold of Group-10 and they would pursue the issue to all extents.

When queried about the recommendations of Mishra Committee, Sao asserted that the committee was constituted by the government and that the trade unions would not accept any deviation in implementation of recommendations of the committee.

When contacted, Anup Garg, Managing Director, Chhattisgarh State Power Holding Company Limited informed that the company management would soon announce the wage revision as the process of finalising wage revision was progressing at a fast pace.

When queried about the delay and recommendations of various committees, Garg said that the management would decide the wage revision in best interest of the company and its workers and executives.