2-day strike from today, UT says ‘no work no pay’ for power dept

With the two-day trade union strike on February 20 and 21 likely to hit some essential services including banks and transport, the UT Administration has decided that the principle of "no work no pay" will be applicable to the employees of the electricity department.

The strike is part of the all-India call given by 11 trade unions. They are protesting against the policies of the UPA government and non-fulfilment of their pending demands.

With the bank unions taking part in the strike, banks will remain closed and all banking services will be affected.

Transport services in the city are likely to be hit, though the Chandigarh Transport Workers' Union is yet to take a decision on whether they will stall plying of buses. The union will hold a rally at Bus Stand, Sector 17.

Teaching work in colleges will be disrupted for two hours from 11 am to 1 pm with the teachers' union being on strike. The teachers will also hold a rally.

President of Indian National Trade Union Congress Kuldip Singh says all the unions will be holding protests and there could be some impact on the services in the city as well. "The employees have several demands that have not been fulfilled over a period of time. The strike would be to reiterate these and build pressure on the government to take action," he said.

However, the administration has taken a stringent view of the call for strike by the Powermen Union. It has been decided that the principle of "no work no pay" will be strictly enforced and the defaulting employees will be liable for other disciplinary action.

The administration has asked city residents to be vigilant and in case of sabotage being detected, they could inform the Police Control Room. The numbers on which complaints can be made are Control Room, Sector 17 (2703242, 2700200); Control Room, Sector 9 (2742370, 2743940) and Citizen Facilitation Centre (4639999).

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