Power unions on Monday deferred their proposed statewide indefinite strike from Tuesday for two months. Deputy general manager (public relations) of Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Limited H.R. Pandey confirmed the development.
The agitation was deferred after the third round of talks between the Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Limited and Vidyut Kamgar, Padadhikari, Abhiyanta Sanyukta Sangharsh Morcha, a conglomerate of more than a dozen power unions. Chairman-cum-managing director Sandeep Poundrik represented the power company. The four managing directors of the four firms were also present. Several union leaders represented the power unions.
B.L. Yadav, a patron of Power Engineers’ Service Association (Pesa), an organisation of power officials, told The Telegraph: “We have deferred the proposed strike for two months. The management of the power company has accepted our certain demands, including promotion, assured career promotion (ACP), no misbehaviour in future with employees and engineers, payment of allowances and appointment of diploma holders as junior engineers. The company has sought some more time from us (power unions) to discuss our demands with the state government as they (demands) fall in the category of policy matters on which the government alone can take decisions.”
Pesa general secretary Ashwani Kumar said the power company can take decisions on the scrapping of the new recruitment policy and the appointment of franchisee after getting nod from the state government.
Yadav of Pesa said: “We had served a prior notice to the power company management on February 3 about the proposed indefinite strike if our slew of demands were not met with by February 17. We have had two rounds of talks with the power company management, including the chairman-cum-managing director on Saturday and Sunday. We sat again on Monday to avert the strike and we have been successful,” Yadav said.
The decision of the power unions to defer the strike came as a big relief to the citizens. The people of the state had witnessed a blackout on September 13 last year when the power department employees proceeded on an indefinite strike to protest against the alleged police brutality to suppress their statewide demonstration in the city.