The workers of hydro-power projects, Jaypee (JP), in Kinnaur for the first time formed a workers union for meeting their long-pending demands.
As many as 1,500 workers, under JP workers union that include Karcham Wangtoo and Baspa- II power projects, have been on an indefinite strike for the last 6 days. They are demanding enhancement of basic pay at par with the other power projects in the district and implementation labour laws at ground level.
The workers have been holding a protest outside the company project at Choltu near Tapri in Kinnaur.
Addressing mediapersons here Jaypee workers union, vice president Vimal Prakash said, "The Jaypee company is earning an annual revenue of around `1,800 crore, however, they have been inadequately paying the workers."
He alleged that the company was exploiting the native people, who have been provided jobs in the two power projects as per the mandatory provision of providing 70 % jobs to the locals.
Prakash demanded that the workers should be paid at par with the adjoining power projects run by Satluj Jal Vidhut Nigam Limited (SJVNL).
"The unskilled workers at the JP company are being provided a basic salary of `2,600 - 5,100, semi-skilled workers `3200-6,325 and the skilled workers were paid `3,800-7,550, whereas the SJVNL was paying `10,500-23,000 for unskilled, `11,000-24,500 to semi skilled and `11,500-26,000 to the skilled workers," he said.
Workers union joint secretary Anil Kumar said, "We want that the facilities granted under the Factory Act be provided to the workers in letter and spirit. And also the company should provide the worker their due promotions from time to time as per their seniority."