Victory to Electricity Employees and Engineers Union Fighting Privatisation

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to withdraw a privatisation plan to privatise the Electricity Distribution company of Purvanchal, one of its five power distribution companies (discoms). This follows the protest by the employees of the power department and discoms who began an indefinite strike on 5 October. PSI congratulates the electricity workers of UP, as this is a great victory which will boost the struggle against privatisation globally.

The Uttar Pradesh Government withdraws the privatisation proposal of Purvaanchal Discom on the 7th Oct 2020. Earlier the State government in June proposed to privatise the Electricity Distribution company of Purvanchal. The employees unitedly protested the proposed privatisation and called for two days work boycott from 5th Oct, which resulted in long power cuts in many parts of the State. The National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers supported the united struggle and announced a one-day strike nationally.

The workers did not budge against the threats of arrest and invoking of the Essential Services Maintenance Act. An agreement was signed after six hours of discussion, in a meeting held by the State Power Minister and Finance Minister with the leaders of the striking workers. As per this agreement the privatisation proposal in the Purvanchal discom was withdrawn. The memorandum signed by the state government and employee associations said, “The power minister assured that no decision regarding the privatisation of discoms would be taken without taking the employees in confidence. The government is taking back the decision of privatising the Purvanchal discom".

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