Cuddalore: In all, 28,000 employees and contract workmen of Neyveli Lignite Corporation on Wednesday night went on an indefinite strike protesting the Centre’s decision to divest five per cent equity in the public sector undertaking.
The strike decision was taken by the joint action council (JAC) comprising over 18 trade unions including the recognized trade unions of Labour Progressive Front and Anna Workers and Staff Union.
Announcing the decision, JAC convenor and general secretary of Labour Progressive Front S. Rajavanniyan said the trade unions were yet to see the order of the Madras high court restraining them from participating in the strike.
“The management did not inform us about the high court order. We will not budge from our move and all trade unions including those affiliated to the DMK, AIADMK and the Left are participating in the strike,” he told Deccan Chronicle.
Lignite mining and power generation and distribution to southern states will be severely affected due to the strike and its impact will be felt in the next few days. Tight security has been put in place at the Thermal Power Station I, II and Lignite Mines in Neyveli.