Tangedco employees’ rally affects traffic on Anna Salai in Chennai | Chennai News

Tangedco employees’ rally affects traffic on Anna Salai in Chennai | Chennai News

CHENNAI: Traffic was affected on the arterial Anna Salai and the Rukmani Lakshmipathy Salai in Egmore as the various employee unions of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) took out a rally to draw the chief minister’s attention to their various long-pending demands, including wage revision and filling of vacancies.
The rally was held as announced earlier, even as Tangedco addressed the unions in a letter with its proposals to meet the demands of the employees on Monday and sought their reply within seven days.
Tangedco employees in various cadres participated in the protest and gathered in front of the Rajarathinam stadium on the Rukmani Lakshmipathy Salai. In other districts too, the protest by Tangedco employees affected the day-to-day functions. Consumers, who visited Tangedco offices, had to return without being able to meet the officers concerned.
In the proposal, Tangedco stated that employees and officers of both Tangedco and Tantransco would get a 6% hike in their basic pay with effect from December 1, 2019, and one weightage increment at 3% for those who completed 25 years in service. For the officers in the Class I and Class II categories, Tangedco has proposed that their pay revision will be considered only when it is implemented for the state government employees.
Tangedco has cited the report by the Power Finance Corporation (PFC) as to how its labour cost is the second highest in the country at Rs 1.20 per unit of electricity generated and proposed that the discom would right-size the manpower to optimise the manpower as per the industry standards.
Jaishankar of the Central Organisation of Tamil Nadu Electricity Employees (COTEE) said the discom had altered the term down-sizing to right-sizing the manpower even as there were 55,000 vacancies.
“During the previous government, 15,000 personnel were selected for the gangman posts and appointment orders were given only to 10,000 personnel. The remaining 5,000 candidates are still waiting for the appointment letters, while the existing employees had to work in shifts due to the workload. It is one of the reasons why the unions decided to go ahead with the protests,” he said.

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