Electricity meter reading activity came to a standstill almost in the entire district with the meter reading staff members, owing allegiance to the United Electricity Employees’ Union (UEEU), intensifying their ongoing agitation demanding minimum wages and other social security provisions.
Over 130 electricity meter readers have been observing an indefinite strike since December 1 to press for their charter of demands. The agitation is likely to affect the billing process in Khammam circle of Andhra Pradesh Northern Power Distribution Company Limited (APNPDCL), according to sources.
Meanwhile, the electricity meter readers of the UEEU, an affiliate of the CITU, launched a relay hunger strike in front of the office of the APNPDCL Superintending Engineer’s office here on Wednesday. Speaking at the hunger strike camp, UEEU secretary K. Nageswara Rao said that the electricity meter readers were playing crucial role in revenue collection and augmenting the income of the company. However, they have been deprived of minimum wages and other statutory social security provisions, he deplored.
He further alleged that the company management failed to comply with the earlier accord reached with the representatives of the union in the presence of the Joint Labour Commissioner in Hyderabad in 2010. He demanded that the management ensure minimum wages, EPF, ESI and other statutory provisions as per the GO Ms No 11 to the meter readers keeping in view their relentless services against all odds.
The agitators seek minimum wages and other social security provisions