B Surender Mohan, Chairman and Managing Director, and Directors of Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) have appealed to the workers to drop the work-to-rule agitation being observed by the workers, inspite of the fact that the indefinite strike protesting the proposal of Government of India for disinvestment of 5% of NLC shares, had been called off.
The appeal was made at a meeting of the CMD and Directors of NLC with the recognized unions (NLC Workers’ Progressive Union Affiliated to DMK and NLC Anna Workers & Staff Union Affiliated to AIADMK) on Saturday. The management appealed to the unions to call off the agitation in totality as it was affecting production and industrial peace.
In a release on Sunday, the CMD said the issue of disinvestment of shares has now been resolved in an amicable manner based on the discussions with representatives of Government of Tamil Nadu by SEBI and Department of Disinvestment, Government of India. However, after the withdrawal of the general strike, the unions resorted to work to rule from July 17 as a measure of “angry response and as an expression of displeasure against the executives who had worked during the strike,” the CMD said.
“ Workmen, under the guise of work-to-rule are causing dislocations of work. In the event of the ongoing agitation, it is needless to say that public will be further inconvenienced as power generation would further worsen,” the CMD said.