Thousands of workers of Bharat Petroleum will go on strike on November 28 to protest the government’s decision to privatise the company, workers union leaders said. The strike, however, will not affect production or availability of fuel, according to the state-owned oil refining and marketing company.
The move to sell the government’s entire majority stake in Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) has stoked fears that a change of ownership could lead to job losses and a sharply different working climate unsuitable for many current employees, prompting protests from company workers and executives.
“We need to strongly protest as privatisation is not in our interest,” said Praveen Kumar P, general secretary of Cochin Refineries Employees Association, an affiliate of Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC). Read More
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