Meter readers allege wage cut, go on strike - ECAS Punjab

Meter readers allege wage cut, go on strike

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Anandpur Sahib, August 27

The electricity meter readers here have striked their work, alleging that the new contractor has slashed their wages. They claimed that while the previous contractor did not pay them for four months, the new contractor has told them that they would get Rs 2.67 per meter against Rs 3.27 being paid earlier.

Sachin Dwivedi, a supervisor of the meter readers, said the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited had outsourced the job of power supply meter reading to private companies. On August 1, a new company, Sterling Transformers, had taken over and it slashed down their wages.

Meanwhile, Sachin Mishra, manager of Sterling Transformers, denied the allegations and said meter readers were trying to misguide authorities after one of them was caught tempering with the power supply records at his own house. Now, the company had decided to check meters installed at the houses of all readers, which enraged them and they resorted to the strike. — TNS

from The Tribune

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