Indian electricity workers protest

On 1 July 2008, PSI affiliate the Delhi State Electricity Workers Union organised a day of action when 10,000 women and men formed a rally and a peace march to submit a memorandum to the Governor of New Delhi State. The issue at stake was the respect of a tripartite agreement after the privatization of Delhi Electricity Supply in 2000. The management (IPGCL and Delhi Transco Ltd) have deliberately ignored the agreement and have never responded to the union nor invited them for discussions.

The union is also demanding the reinstatement of five IPGCL employees whose employment was terminated early April. The reason for their dismissal is that they “shouted slogans” criticizing the management. The dismissed employees are:
• Mr. Ramakant Sharma
• Mr. Amarjeet
• Mr. Krishan Chakravorti
• Mr. N.C.Joshi
• Mr. Sameer Chatterjee

The union is covering these workers’ expenses from its own funds, and will continue the campaign until management invites them for discussions, reinstates the sacked employees and restores the functions of the tripartite agreement.

PSI has written a letter to the Lt. Governor of New Delhi, Chief Minister and Power Minister urging the management to reinstate the employees and to respect the tripartite agreement. PSI affiliates are invited to send similar letters. For more information, contact


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