The stalemate between the government and striking oil sector executives over wage revision continues.
Even as the Delhi High Court on Tuesday restrained employees of oil companies from going on a strike, activists of the Oil Sector Officers’ Association (OSOA) announced they would strike work indefinitely from Wednesday.
“It’s do or die this time. We are only being offered verbal assurances,” OSOA President Amit Kumar said. “All offshore activities will stop 6 a.m. Wednesday onward and the cooling of refineries will start from Tuesday evening itself,” he said.
The OSOA, representing around 45,000 employees in 14 public sector oil firms, has called for an indefinite strike demanding that 78.2% dearness allowance (DA) be merged with the basic as on January 1, 2007.
The agitation by oil PSU officers could hit the aviation sector, too. Withdrawal of oil executives, who man aviation re-fuelling points at airports, would disrupt air services within minutes. Similarly, auto and cooking fuel services as also the supply of natural gas through pipelines will be affected.
However, petroleum secretary R S Pandey told reporters that operations at a majority of the refineries were unlikely to be affected . “Aviation services will be fully on,” he said.