LPF strikes interim relief pact; 'unhappy' unions on stir

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Cuddalore, Nov 3 (UNI) The Labour Progressive Front (LPF), the lone recognised trade union at the Neyveli Lignite Corporation, has called of off its proposed strike, following assurance from the management on payment of interim relief.

However, 12 other trade unions, were on a warpath with the management and LPF, expressing 'dissatisfaction' over the amount and mode of interim relief payment. But, power generation at the publc sector unit was not disrupted, as the agitating unions had less members in their fold.

According to sources at the NLC, the executive committee of the LPF had held discussions on the interim relief issue at Neyveli yesterday. Similar talks were held with the management representative in Chennai, in which LPF president V Ramachandran and secretary R Gopalan agreed to the payment of ad-hoc interim relief, pending wage revision.

Since the wage revision fell due on Janyary 1, 2007, ten rounds of talks were held to resolve the issue. As per the new pact the employees would get a lump sum payment ranging from Rs 14,000 to Rs 25,000.

Today's strike would be declared 'illegel' as it was called by 'unrecognised' unions, sources added.


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