Contract workers stage protest seeking alms

CUDDAPAH: In a novel protest against non-payment of salaries since four months, contractual power workers, affiliated to United Electricity Employees Union, went in a rally from CITU office to the Collectorate, seeking `alms' from people.

As they raised slogans for salary arrears, the Cuddapah Zilla Parishad Chairman, K. Suresh Babu, empathised with them by dropping Rs. 200 in a `bowl' carried by the protesters.

Terming non-payment of salaries as unjust, he assured to take up their cause.

They collected Rs. 292.50, which would be donated to the Collector's Relief Fund, the CITU general secretary, N. Ravisankar Reddy, said.

The Collector, Jayesh Ranjan, and the Superintendent of Police, V.C. Sajjanar, assured the workers that they would take up the issue with officials concerned.

Earlier, addressing protesters, Mr. Ravishankar Reddy, alleged that contractual workers in Transco and Transmission Lines and Sub-Stations were subjected to untold agony.

Various forms of protest since two months was ignored by officials, he alleged.

He recalled that seven-month pay arrears was given after they laid siege on the Transco SE's chamber.

Charging contractors with troubling contract workers by not paying salaries promptly, they urged electricity officials to respond sympathetically.

Staff Reporter

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