Unions to launch protest against BPCL privatisation

Unions to launch protest against BPCL privatisation

Trade unions cutting across political affiliations have decided to launch a protest against the Union government’s decision to privatise Bharat Petroleum Corporation.

“It is unimaginable that the government has decided to sell BPCL cheaply,” said Aji M.G., general secretary of Cochin Refinery Workers’ Association, while BPCL Mazdoor Sangh has called for a nation-wide protest as well as local agitations.

A notice issued by I. Binil, general secretary of Mazdoor Sangh, said a protest meet would be held at the main gate of Kochi refinery at 4 p.m. on Friday.

The notice demanded that the “wrong policies” of the government be reviewed, and that protests would continue until policy correction was effected. The organisation also plans a nation-wide protest with a Parliament march on November 15.

Public sector companies form the backbone of the country, and selling them off was not in keeping with the nation’s security, the notice said. Read More

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