Neyveli, Mar 29: About 13,000 contract labourers of the Public sector Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) today began an indefinite strike demanding that their services should be regularised as per the Madras High Court directive.
The labourers, owing allegiance to the Jeeva Contract workers Union, had decided to go ahead with the strike plan after the talks with the NLC Management on March 25 failed. ''The management is not bothered to recognise us and also ruled out any further talks, forcing us to resort to the strike,'' union officials said.
They said 90 per cent of the 13,000 odd workers participated in the strike. About 4,700 members did not report for the first shift duty.
The union members claimed that contract employees who would be coming up for the second and third shift duties would also join the stir.
They were demanding regularisation of the contract workers and the 800 employees working in the Industrial Cooperative Society of the NLC on the basis of the Madras High Court directive.
Meanwhile, NLC Management said power generation in all the three units of the NLC remained unaffected following the strike.
A large number of police personnel were deployed in all the gates of the NLC to prevent any untoward incident as the agitating employees staged a protest demonstration condemning the ''adamant'' attitude of the management.