Tirupati: It seems to be a double whammy for TTD management with the contract employees also serving strike notice two days after the TTD regular employees gave an ultimatum to TTD to resolve their demands before August 15.
TTD contract employees submitting a representation to Executive officer Anil Kumar Singhal in Tirupati on Saturday
Representatives of TTD Contract Employees and Workers Union (CEWU) met TTD Executive officer Anil Kumar Singhal at his office here on Saturday and made it clear that they will go on an indefinite strike if the management did not concede their demands on or before August 15. CEWU honorary president and CITU State vice-president Kandarapu Murali who led the delegation submitted a representation to EO Singhal urging him to enhance the salary of contract employees and workers as per Supreme Court order stressing equal pay for equal work in TTD.
The other demands of contract employees include privilege darshan in Tirumala temple on par with regular employees, issuing of ID cards, rest rooms for women workers and extending declared national holidays to the contract employees. The delegation which met the EO includes CEWU secretary T Subramanayam, Forest Employees Union president Suresh, Hostel Workers Union secretary Harikirshna and others. Meanwhile, former MLA and YSR Congress Party general secretary Bhumana Karunakar Reddy extended his support to the demands of TTD contact employees and workers. Speaking to the media here on Saturday, he criticsed the TTD management for dilly-dallying on the demands though it has huge revenue to meet the just demands of the workers.
It is rather unethical on the part of the richest Hindu institution TTD to exploit the contract employees and workers, he said declaring that the YSR Congress Party will stand with the employees in their fight against management to get a fair deal.