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Employees are threatening to strike over a proposal to privatise the power area boards

Employees of the Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (JBVNL) are threatening to strike over a proposal to privatise the power area boards in Ranchi and Jamshedpur. “JBVNL staff, under the banner of the Jharkhand State Bijli Kamgar Union (JSBKU), took out a massive procession in front of JBVNL's Dhanbad area board office, protesting against the proposal of the Board of Directors' committee. Union leaders also sent a memorandum to chief minister Raghubar Das through the area board general manager in this regard. If the government endorses the proposal, all 5,000 permanent employees of the JBVNL would go on a strike, warned the union leaders. They questioned the rationale behind the proposal to engage private hands in the two top revenue-earning power area boards.” [Hindustan Times, 7 March 2019]

Source: peopleoverprof.it

1,500 take to streets against power privatisation in Thane

1500 residents of Mumbra-Kalwa-Kharegaon-Shil marched to the Thane district collector's office to protest against privatisation of power distribution in their area. “Speaking about [Maharashtra State Government Cabinet Minister] Eknath Shinde's assurance to withhold the contract awarded to Torrent, senior [Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)] leader Anand Paranjape said, ‘It was just a verbal assurance. There was no formal or written communication from the minister. Moreover, it was power minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule's decision to award the contract, not Shinde's. We cannot trust last-minute assurances.’” The NCP has compared the power distribution company, Torrent, to the “East India Company, which promises to give uninterrupted power supply, but will charge people heavily. The citizens will have to bear the brunt of all this.”

Source: DNA India

Power employees in India to hold nationwide strike against privatisation bill

In its National Convention held in New Delhi, on 8 June, the Indian National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees & Engineers (NCCOEEE) decided to call for a nationwide power strike on 7 Dec this year to protest against the Electricity (Amendment) bill 2014. This bill seeks to extend privatisation to the distribution of electricity.

Source: www.world-psi.org