A six week strike by contract workers of Neyveli Lignite Corporation(NLC) in Tamilnadu ended on October 27, 2010. Nearly 13,000 contract workers were participating in the strike at this state owned coal and electricity generation company. The charter of demand of workers included regularisation of workers who had put in more than 10 years of service, wage revisions, equal pay for equal work and so on. The agreement gave contract workers an additional monthly pay of Rs 1,560 as well as an additional bonus.
Crucial in forcing the management to negotiate with the workers was the threat of 750 permanent workers to go on strike if the management did not sympathetically deal with the contract workers. The strike was marked by road blockades to power plants, and mass arrests.