Employees of United Telecom Limited (UTL) have announced fresh protest programs after the management paid no heed to their demands despite signing agreement about a month ago with the employees to hold talks within a week.
In a joint meeting with the employees and representative of Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) held on January 15, UTL CEO SP Pachhauri had agreed to sit for talks with the agitating employees within a week to address their problems.
“It has already a month that management signed a written agreement to sit for talks with us within a week. But the management is yet to contact us,” Bikash Kumar Jha, president of the UTL Chapter of All Nepal Organization and Bank, Finance Worker´s Union, said.
The union on Friday had given a 72-hour ultimatum to the management to address their demands. But as the management did not respond to the ultimatum, the union has launched four-day protest programs.
As part of the program, the union organized a protest meeting on UTL premises on Monday.
Jha told Republica that the workers would halt all works in UTL offices from 10 am to 2 pm on Tuesday and picket the rooms of CEO and chief finance officer (CFO) from 10 am to 2 pm on Wednesday and Thursday.
“If our demands are not addressed by Thursday, we will launch indefinite protest programs. For that, we will ask even staff members posted outside the Kathmandu Valley to come to the head office and convert shift duty and night duty to general duty,” he added. The union had announced protest program on December 29, putting forward a 14-point demand which, among others, includes call to increase salary by Rs 15,000 a month, give appointment letters to all staff members, revise Human Resources Manual as per the Labor Act, give promotion to employees based on their academic qualification, service period and competence, and provide overtime pay for employees as per the Labor Act.
The workers have also asked the management to acquire unified license from NTA without further delay and withdraw application filed at the Department of Labor for reduction of 60 percent of the workforce. The Union had halted its protest program after the management on January 15 said that it will address the demands placed by the employees.