Contract labourers at the Tarapur Atomic Power Station on Monday deferred their strike by 15 days after the plant management sought time to decide on their demands.
Ravindra Nath, station director, Tarapur Atomic Power Station Unit 1 and 2, met the workers, who were to go on an indefinite strike from Monday. The workers are demanding a wage hike, permanent employment, health incentives and a workers’ housing colony. The strike was organised under the banner of ‘Tarapur Nuclear Power Project Affected Citizens Welfare Co-operative Society,’ which was formed in May 2010.
“We explained to the workers that giving them a permanent job is not in our hands. We need time to meet the chairman, SK Jain, to discuss these issues. After that can we get back to the workers,” said Nath.
Failure to reach a consensus during three previous meetings in November led to the strike. The plant is run by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL).