Meghalaya: Electricity board employees on hunger strike due to non-payment of salaries
Shillong: Employees of the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) on Wednesday sat on a hunger strike to demand the immediate payment of their salaries.
The employees have not received their payments for October and November. The employees added that their salaries have never been paid on a timely basis.
Speaking with EastMojo, President of Coordination Committee of Registered MeECL (employees) Associations and Unions, PK Shulet said that they have been compelled to take this step. "The management has taken a very unproductive decision of denying the salaries of the employees for the past few months. We haven’t got the salary for October and November," he added.
According to reports, Managing Director Arun Kembhavi recently informed that they will release payment before Christmas.
"Saying things in the media is one thing but telling it to people concerned like the employees, is another. We request the management to invite us to have a discussion and this notification has to be in black and white, in writing," said Shulet.
He mentioned that there were other concerns also that needed the attention of the management.
Coordination Committee of Registered MeECL (employees) Associations and Unions is an employee Organisation. According to Shulet the 4,000 employees of MeECL have shown their support to the agitation, and pensioners have come extended their support. “To this effect, we have launched a signature campaign from the end of the Committee. After the last meeting, it has been decided that if any of the members are arrested during the course of agitation, then all the employees will come together and court arrest. Even the pensioners are saying that if any of the members are arrested they will court arrest,” said Shulet.
According to the union, the action of the management that irked the employees was that on November 27, there was money collected from revenue, pay for October was about to be released but for a reason not known within few minutes, the management instead of paying the salaries had chosen to pay the loans.
Shulet said, “Management has to assure that salaries will be released immediately. They should assure that going forward, salaries must be credited within the first week of every month...by not releasing the salaries for the last two months, the management is already committing a crime.”
The general secretary of Coordination Committee of Registered MeECL (employees) Associations and Unions Banshan K Nongkhlaw said that it is unfortunate that despite having adequate revenue to cover the employee cost and pensions, the management is not doing the needful.
“Not paying our salaries is attacking our basic fundamental right of life,” expressed Nongkhlaw.
The union will continue to sit on a hunger strike on Thursday also.