RINL Vizag Steel Plant Workers on Strike Today
Express News Service reported that 15 steel plant unions, barring INTUC, are going for one-day strike at Rashtriya Ispat Niam Limited on 29 June 2021 as talks with National Joint Committee for Steel failed to end deadlock over wage revision of steel workers, an issue which has been pending over four years. RINL workers will observe the strike for both wage revision and protection of the steel plant from privatisation. Congress trade union wing INTUC has decided to stay away from the strike stating that it should be deferred till final talks are over.
The public sector steel workers’ wage agreement is revised every five years by the NJCS comprising representatives of SAIL & RINL management and the central trade unions. During the talks, the management came forward to give 13% of minimum guarantee benefit against 15% demanded by the unions. However, talks on perks ended in a deadlock. While unions demanded 35% perks on revised basic pay like other PSUs, the management offered only 15%.
Incidentally, Steel Authority of India employees have also called for a strike on June 30 to press for their wage revision demand. The decision could affect the company's production and mining activities on that day as about 200,000 permanent and contractual workers are expected to join the cease work.
The strike will be across plants and mining operations.