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The stand-off between the officials and the employees of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation has acquired serious overtones as the latter have decided to lay siege to the thermal power station-I on Tuesday.

The trade unions are not taking kindly to the executives and engineers having parted ways from them, in terms of going on an indefinite strike from last Wednesday night. The trade unions have taken the stand that the executives and the engineers should not have yielded to the pressure exerted by the NLC management.

District Secretary of the All India Trade Union Congress M. Sekar alleged that “since, the officials have fallen in line the management is now intimidating the workforce to give up the strike.”

General Secretary of the NLC Graduate Engineers Association K. Radhakrishna said, “So far so good as in the past four days of the strike there was no significant drop in electricity generation. This has earned the ire of the trade unions and prompted them to take a tough stand.”

The trade union leaders have already expressed their displeasure over the reason cited by the NLC management before the Madras High Court for getting a stay on the strike.

The power generation on Sunday was in the region of 2,200MW against the full capacity of 2,490MW. The difference is attributed to various factors such as overall maintenance of certain units, the usual fluctuations in the operation of machinery owing to mechanical problems.

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