BPCL, OIL workers call off three-day strike

January 9th, 2009 - 6:56 pm ICT by ANI  

P. Chidambaram

New Delhi, Jan 9 (ANI): Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) and Oil India Ltd workers today called off their three-day strike, which has severely affected supplies of transport fuels.
BPCL Director (Marketing) S Radhakrishnan here today said that the fuel supplies would be resumed by this evening.
More than 70 per cent of the striking employees resumed work in Marketing, Radhakrishnan said.
Condemning the strike, Indian Oil Corp (IOC) Chairman Sarthak Behuria, said: “We will break the strike. Officers not reporting to work tomorrow and Sunday will be dismissed. Administrative action like arrest and chargesheet will be taken.”
Demanding hike in their pay and perquisites, the officers of public sector oil companies have struck work nationwide since Wednesday.
The meeting which took place between top officials of the oil companies and Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Murli Deora in the early hours of morning was inconclusive as oil companies refused to step back on their demands.
Meanwhile, Deora appealed to workers to end their strike.
“The Cabinet directed us see that the strike is withdrawn and the people should not be harassed what they are being just now. So we are appealing to every worker who is not attending his job, please join your work,” said Deora.
But Petroleum Secretary R.S. Pandey talked tough and said that the government would take very tough measures to ease the burden on the common man.
“This will not be allowed to happen. Issues will be addressed, but they cannot hold the country to ransom. All possible toughest measure will be taken and the people of the country must know, who is right and who is not right,” Pandey told reporters.
Meanwhile, Home Minister P. Chidambaram said that action would be taken as all persuasions so far have failed to end their strike. Chidambaram offered to hold talks with the representatives of the striking officers immediately. (ANI)

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