The ongoing strike by the contract workers of a Kolkata-based private contracting firm to press for their charter of demands pertaining to the service matters has entered the 13th day on Wednesday paralysing the transportation of coal from Kondapuram based coal handling plant to the Heavy Water Plant (HWP) in Manuguru through a bi-cable aerial ropeway system.

According to sources, around 100 contract workers of a contracting company entrusted with the task of supplying coal from the coal handling plant of the Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) at Kondapuram to the Captive Power Plant at HWP of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) in Manuguru through a 10 km long bi-cable aerial ropeway system have been on strike since September 9.

The contract workers are spearheading their strike under the auspices of the CITU divisional unit demanding implementation of an accord earlier reached between them and the management of the Kolkata based contracting company pertaining to provision of allowances, bonus and other service related issues.

Sources said the Captive Power Plant of HWP had adequate coal stocks to meet the coal requirements of the plant for a couple of months.

Meanwhile, speaking to The Hindu , the CITU Manuguru division secretary G Srinivas Rao said the demands of the striking contract workers of the Kolkata-based Damodar Ropeways & Construction Company (DR&CC) are legitimate.

“Discussions between the representatives of the striking workers and the representatives of DR&CC are currently underway under the aegis of the Regional Labour Commissioner in Hyderabad,” he said exuding confidence that the talks would help realise the long pending demands of the striking workers and end the impasse.

Contract workers of a Kolkata-based private contracting firm are agiting to press for their charter of demands