Employees of three public power companies in Maharashtra will start a 72-hour strike from tomorrow

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Unions of three state energy companies in Maharashtra have warned of a 72-hour strike from Wednesday to protest the privatization of energy companies, an official said on Tuesday.

The strike was called by Maharashtra Rajya Karmachari, Adhikari and Abhiyanta Sangharsh Samiti, an action committee of energy companies unions.

“More than 30 unions of drivers, cable workers, engineers and other workers have come together to thwart the attempt to privatize public electricity companies,” said Krushan Bhoir, general secretary of the Maharashtra State Electricity Workers’ Federation.

The state-owned electricity companies are Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd (Mahavitaran), Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Co Ltd (Mahapareshan) and Maharashtra State Electricity Generation Co Ltd (Mahanirmiti).

Employees of these companies have caused unrest over the past two to three weeks, when 15,000 workers staged a protest outside the Thane Collector’s office on Monday, he said.

“Nearly 86,000 workers, managers and engineers from the three energy companies, as well as 42,000 contract workers and security guards will begin a 72-hour strike from Wednesday to protest the privatization,” Bhoir said.

One of the main demands of the protesting workers is that the electricity subsidiary of the Adani Group will not get a parallel distribution license to make a profit in Bhandup in eastern Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai, it said. he explains.

In November last year, an Adani Group company applied for a license to expand its electricity distribution business to other parts of Mumbai. Adani Electricity Navi Mumbai Ltd, a subsidiary of Adani Transmission, had applied for a parallel license from the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) to distribute electricity under the jurisdiction of Mahavitaran in Bhandup, Mulund, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Panvel, Taloja and Uranian territories.

“There are no financial demands in this turmoil, but we want these state energy companies to survive. These should not be sold to private capitalists who have no intention of making a profit,” Bhoir said.

In the strike notice given to the state government last month, the action committee also warned of an indefinite strike starting Jan. 18 if demands are not met, it added. .

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