Labour Commissioner Convenes Meeting to Avert RINL Strike
Express News Service reported that Andhra Pradesh’s Regional Labour Commissioner Mr SK Mohanty on Monday convened a conciliation meeting with Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited and five workers unions Steel Plant Employees Union CITU, Visakha Steel Employees Congress INTUC, Visakha Steel Workers Union AITUC, Visakha Ukku Shramik Sangh TNTUC and United Steel Employees Union CFTUI, which have served an indefinite strike notice after 25 March protesting against the move to privatise the plant. The Labour Commissioner said there is still scope for bilateral talks on some demands of the unions. He advised the RINL management to hold bilateral talks to resolve the issues with the workers' unions amicably. He also advised the unions to submit their justification for opposing the VSP privatisation. He appealed to the unions to refrain from going on strike in the larger interests of RINL
However, the unions disapproved the claim of the management at the meeting. They said the RINL CMD and the Director Finance are members of the inter-secretaries group formed to study the sale of VSP and raised objection to the MoU signed between RINL and POSCO and that MoU with the NBCC was also signed by the RINL management
The unions served the strike notice demanding repeal of the plan for 100% strategic sale of steel plant, abolition of the inter-secretaries group constituted to study the strategic sale and the MoU signed with POSCO for a joint venture for construction of an integrated steel plant. The unions also demanded permanent jobs for all Rehabilitation Card holders and suspension of the recent MoU signed with National Buildings Construction Corporation for redevelopment and monetisation of land parcels at Maddilapalem.