Two employees of a private company in the telecommunication sector climbed atop a mobile phone tower on a six-storey building at Bakery Junction and threatened to jump off it if the company refused to provide proper wages for overtime work, on Thursday. The youths came down after an hour-and-a-half when the police assured them that the issue would be taken up with the Labour Commissioner. Suraaj and Joy climbed up the tower alleging that the company was forcing them to work ‘24 hours’ without raising their basic pay of Rs.4,000.

Talks were held three months ago but the company paid no heed to their demands, they said. They had reportedly alleged that a senior police officer had treated them badly by asking them to quit if they were not satisfied with their job. A second round of talks were held on Wednesday and it was after this that they decided to go up the tower, sources said.