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City sweats it out as electricity employees go on strike

The city residents were a harassed lot on Tuesday with the strike by the electricity department employees affecting power supply to large parts of the city.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 31, 2013 2:23 am

The city residents were a harassed lot on Tuesday with the strike by the electricity department employees affecting power supply to large parts of the city. Attempts of the residents to call the numbers to lodge complaints yielded no results. In some areas it was late in the evening that power supply could be resumed.

The call for a day-long strike was given by UT Powermen Union for fulfilment of their demands. Despite the principle of “no work,no pay”,the employees went ahead with their strike. Due to this,any fault that occurred in the supply was not rectified.

Electricity supply was affected in parts of sectors 11,12,14,15,16,19,20,30,22,27 and 28 as well as most of the southern sectors. Harassed residents kept calling the complaint centres. However,their calls were not attended to. Either the lines were busy or no one took the calls. A protest was witnessed in Sector 20 where the residents were upset with the delay in rectification of the fault.

A resident of Sector 48 complained that the electricity supply was disrupted in the afternoon and it was only late in the evening that it was resumed. General secretary of BSP Mohd Salim Khan said that though all parties had supported the employees of the department when they held a protest rally,the strike was uncalled for. He stated that with there being no electricity in many sectors for better part of the day,the residents were harassed. He alleged that the employees should not hold the city to ransom in this manner.

The commercial areas in the city were affected as well. A shopkeeper in Sector 18 complained that while they kept trying the numbers given by the electricity department,they were told that the supply could not be resumed.

The members of the union have been protesting for fulfilment of their demands,including filling up of the vacant posts. The other demands include procurement of material,removal of pay anomalies as well as providing safety devices to the employees. The proposed corporatisation of the department is also being objected to. The union members time and again hold protests. A strike that was announced earlier had been postponed.

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