Trade Unions Plan Indefinite Strike against RINL Privatization
Vizag Steel Plant Parirakshana Samithi’s Joint Action Committee has decided Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited’s Visakhapatnam Steel Plant worker will launch an indefinite strike to protest against the privatization of the steel plant. RINL’s recognized trade union Centre for Indian Trade Unions President Mr J Ayodhya Ramu said “We shall serve the strike notice to RINL management on Thursday. All the workers will go on an indefinite strike from a date which will be decided later. We have also decided to constitute committees with employees working in various departments of the steel plant and launch a campaign till March 19, preparing the workers for a long-drawn agitation.”
JAC has also decided to hold a dharna in front of the steel plant on March 15 and that representatives of the trade unions will go to Delhi on March 16 and 17 to represent issue with floor leaders of all political parties and request them to take up our case in Parliament. The JAC also decided to conduct a big rally in the name of Karmika Garjana at Trishna Grounds near the Steel City in Visakhapatnam on March 20.
Trade unions also plan to hold talks with farmers who have been protesting outside the Delhi NCR’s borders against the three contentious agricultural bills since November 27, to understand how to plan and manage a lengthy protest. A trade union leader said “We are studying their model of agitation and if possible, we shall adopt their strategy to wage a long-drawn battle to prevent privatisation of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant. We have invited the farmers’ leaders to Visakhapatnam on March 28 for a meeting with steel plant workers on how to go about with future course of action.”
RINL has over 17,000 permanent employees and another 14,000 contract employees.