Oil sector employees to go ahead with strike

January 6th, 2009 - 5:51 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 6 (IANS) Oil sector strike seems set to go ahead from Wednesday, with both the government and employees of the public sector oil companies staying adamant on their respective positions.The Oil Sectors Officers Association (OSOA), representing around 45,000 public sector employees in 14 organisations, called for an indefinite strike from Wednesday demanding higher wages.

The petroleum ministry has taken a tough stand, pointing out that various high courts have deemed a strike in the sector as “illegal”.

GAIL Ltd has already initiated contempt proceedings in the Delhi High Court. Other oil sector companies are also expected to take similar action.

Meanwhile, OSOA president Amit Kumar said the ministry had not made any new offer to the employees.

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