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Over 10,000 contractual employees of Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) have approached the Madras high court for regularisation of their employment.
Admitting the plea moved by D Kathirvel, president of TNEB Anna Podhu Thozhilalar Sangam on behalf of 10,592 workers, Justice T Raja ordered notice to the board, returnable by eight weeks.
According to the petitioner, the workers had been employed with TNEB on contract basis since 1999. Recently, the union made a request to the state government to regularise service of all such employees.
In 2007, the state labour welfare department referred the issue to the industrial disputes tribunal. Even after several notices issued to TNEB by the tribunal, the board failed to file its reply. On March 9, 2010, the tribunal passed an ex-partie order in favour of the workers and directed the TNEB to absorb them as regular employees.
Subsequently, allowing a plea moved by TNEB seeking to cancel the tribunal’s ex-partie order, the tribunal on August 18, reversed its earlier order and rejected the claim of the workers for regularisation.
Aggrieved by the tribunal’s actions, the workers have approached the high court. They wanted the court to call for the records of the order and quash the same and consequently direct the board to regularise their employment.
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