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Power employees protest against privatization, new labour laws

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Srinagar: Employees and Workers of PDD today held protest demonstration at PDD complex Bemina Srinagar and Press Club Jammu in support of all India call of national trade unions and federations.

“The protest demonstration was held against the new labor laws announced by the central government,” Umar Bhat Spokesperson J&K Central Non Gazetted Electrical Employees Union (JKCNGEEU), said.

The implementation of new labour laws is against the thousands of workers who work tirelessly to earn their bread and are being exploited by the regimes with these flawed policies.

“Instead of providing any relief and rehabilitation to millions of labourers, hit by the novel COVID-19 pandemic, the government of India is experimenting with the introduction of new laws and unnecessary changes to exploit the poor labour class,” he said, adding, this is a sheer attempt to loot the basic rights of these workers, who have been living in miserable conditions and poverty throughout India.

Parshotam Sharma General Secretary JKCNGEEU, in his statement said that thousands of daily wagers are engaged with various departments of the state and are working to ensure smooth and effective functioning of the system and its establishments.

“But these policies and changes in laws are purely intended to further push these labourers and workers to hardships, resulting in suicides as we have seen in certain cases,” he said.

He, further added, The state government has also unbundled the JK Power Development Department into various corporations and now the entire privatization would be both anti-employee and anti-consumer move.

“The next step would be rise in tariffs and duty on electricity by private companies, who are none less than capitalistic exploiters bothered about their profit only. The consumer services will be badly affected due to handover of state establishments to corporate companies,” he said.


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