New Delhi: Officers of public sector oil companies today rejected an offer of interim relief made by their employers and said they would go on indefinite strike from tomorrow, demanding among other things that 50% DA be merged with basic pay.
The strike could have an immediate impact on operations of refineries and aviation refuelling facilities, and a little later on oil and gas production.
“We will be going on an indefinite strike from tomorrow,” Oil Sector Officers Association (OSOA) convener Ashok Singh told PTI.
Petroleum Secretary M S Srinivasan said a contingency plan for running key installations like oil and gas producing wells, refineries and aviation facilities with the help of Territorial Army has been put in place.
OSOA, a representative body of officers from the nine oil sector PSUs, is seeking release of ad hoc payment and withdrawal of tax on perquisites like company-provided accommodation, besides merger of 50% dearness allowance with basic pay.
Earlier, state-run oil firms including Indian Oil, Oil and Natural Gas Corp, Hindustan Petroleum and Oil India offered to give interim allowance to employees to avert the strike.
“We in-principle recognise the merit of their demands and have proposed an interim relief,” ONGC chairman and managing director R S Sharma said.
IOC chairman Sarthak Behuria said petrol and diesel supplies will be severely hit if the strike takes place. “Retail outlets have stocks for 2-3 days but when a strike happens there will be panic buying. Besides, refinery operations will be hit.”