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NJCS talks on steel PSU wage revision
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Wednesday, 13 Jan 2010
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BL reported that the National Joint Committee for Steel Industries will meet on January 29 after the representatives from various unions made certain proposals for finding a negotiated settlement to revise the wages for the employees of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant and the plants run by SAIL.

At the meeting of NJCS held in New Delhi on Tuesday, it was decided to consider wage protection for employees who joined after January 1, 2007 and a hefty increase in fringe benefits which include perks and allowances.

As an alternate proposal to increase the management’s officer of 21 per cent minimum guaranteed benefit (MGB), it was decided to consider giving 46% fringe benefit, one additional increment, fixation of scale and wage revision at the next round of talks.

The decisions of the committee are implemented in all the plants coming under Steel Authority of India Limited and Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited.

While SAIL director personnel Mr Ganatantra Ojha and RINL director personal Mr Y Manohar represented the management, top leaders from central federations Mr G. Sanjeeva Reddy of INTUC, Mr MK Pandhe of CITU, Mr Gaya Singh of AITUC, Mr Rajendra Singh of HMS and Mr D Adinarayana and Mr N Rama Rao, president and general secretary of Visakha Steel Workers Union attended the meeting.

The CITU was the lone union which had refused to accept the offer of 21% MGB and it insisted on 24% MGB after calling for a strike in VSP and all SAIL plants on January 5. The strike call was dropped after the promise by steel ministry officials to look into their demands.

(Sourced from BL)

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