SAIL & RINL Trade Unions Call Strike on June 30 over Wage Revision
India’s state owned steel makers Steel Authority of India Limited & Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited’s employees have called for a strike on June 30 to press for their wage revision demand. The strike will be across plants and mining operations, and almost all the trade unions under the National Joint Committee for the Steel Industry will participate Steel, Metal and Engineering Workers Federation of India HMS General Secretary & Core Group Member of National Joint Committee for the Steel Industry Mr Sanjay S Vadahavkar said "All members of the National Joint Committee for the Steel Industry reached consensus to go for a joint trade union action, including 24 hours strike on June 30 in SAIL and Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd."
They added that Trinamool Congress backed union will also join the strike for the first time as the decision to dissolve Steel Authority of India's Raw Material Division Headquarters in Kolkata has also irked the union.
Trade union leaders claimed that the decision could affect the production and mining activities on that day as about two-lakh permanent and contractual workers are expected to join the cease work.
The trade union leaders noted that the wage revision of the workers of SAIL and RINL have fallen due for more than 46 months and they had waited patiently for the bipartite wage revision talks to commence. The unions had tried their best to convince their managements to start negotiations but the efforts failed as the management failed to come with a respectable offer for wage increase for both regular and contract workers. The other demands of the workers include: stoppage of strategic sale of RINL VSP, the Minimum Guaranteed Benefit should not be less than 15%, payment of full arrears of wage revision of January 1, 2017, 35% increase in perks, variable DA, treatment of death due to COVID-19 as death in the course of employment for both permanent and contract workers and compassionate recruitment should be provided and full implementation of all the provisions of the last wage agreement on pension contribution from January 1, 2012.