Contract labourers of the Thoothukudi Thermal Power Station (TTPS) started a two-day strike on Monday demanding they be absorbed as permanent employees.

Over 150 labourers, out of the 625 working on contract at the plant, participated in a demonstration in front of the TTPS premises.

They also demanded their minimum wages be increased to Rs. 600 per day. “Currently, they should be getting Rs. 280 a day, but even that is not being given to all,” said S. Appadurai, state secretary of the Central Organization of Tamil Nadu Electricity Employees.

“The wages should be hiked in accordance with a Supreme Court order in 2016 that states that equal wages should be given for the same amount of work,” he added.

He said that the workers should be taken into the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, which currently has over 43,000 vacancies.

Similar protests were held at the thermal power stations at Ennore, North Chennai and Mettur as well.

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