SAIL BSL Seeks Strict Actions against Strikers
The Telegraph reported that Steel Authority of India Limited’s Bokaro Steel Plant’s management is planning to take stern actions against those who participated in a strike demanding pay revision that crippled production at Bokaro Steel Plant for almost 24 hours. Of the five steel plants of Steel Authority of India Limited, BSL suffered the maximum jolt as the workers not only refrained from work, but also disrupted work at critical production zones like Blast Furnace and Steel Melting Shop. There is an indication that SAIL management is going to take major action against the furious employees involved in the strike.
About two dozen employees are under scanner in blast furnace incident where the railway tracks through which hot metals were carried to other units were blocked for more than 4 hours. The situation in Blast Furnace had aggravated to an extent where there was a possibility of occurrence of any untoward incident, with pressure on the pipelines supplying gas to blast furnace and coke ovens. The agitators attempted to shut down the Blast Furnaces, an issue taken seriously by the SAIL management.
The strike, called by 12 trade unions jointly demanding pay revision, incurred a huge loss to the steel major. Though the production and revenue loss has not been declared officially by management, but sources at key positions confirmed that BSL suffered a production loss of around 6500 tonnes of crude steel. In terms of revenue, the loss faced by the company is about INR 40 crore.