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Will keep our home dark this Diwali, to make you hear voice of executive working close to 1300 °C blast furnace: A K Singh, BSOA

Bokaro: Though Bokaro Steel Plant (BSL) registered growth in production, profit and exports post-lockdown, but it’s hard working executives who made this turnaround possible are disappointed. They have announced to launch a stir against management for not paying third pay revision, performance related pay (PRP) and other benefits despite repeated requests.

To press their demands executives will stage candle march on Monday evening. They will also demonstrate their anguish on Diwali by switching-off light in their houses for 15 minutes in evening. The decision in this regard was taken in a council meeting of Bokaro Steel Officers Association (BSOA) at its office in Sector-IV/F today evening.

BSOA is an affiliate of Steel Executives Federation of India (SEFI). There are about 2000 executives working in BSL, a unit of Steel Authourity of India Limited (SAIL). BSOA has informed the executive director (ED), P &A, of BSL in this regard. President of BSOA, A K Singh said that they will stage demonstrations in phase manner until their demands will be fulfilled by the management.

BSOA members in council meeting on Saturday.

“Our demonstration will be peaceful,” said Singh. BSOA demands include – implementation of third pay revision with effect from January, 1, 2017. Payment of PRP for the financial year 2019-20 and balance payment for the 2018-19. Pay fixation of junior officer (JO) 2008-10 Batch. Disinvestment of steel PSUs and units. And, Ex-gratia and employment to the dependents of deceased employees (COVID – 19 cases).

Singh said that BSOA members have decided to launch stir to meet their demands. “We will begin with candle march on November, 9 evening. On the day of Diwali, 15 minutes blackout from 7 pm to 7.15 pm at the residence of every individual executive. On November, 25 the BSOA member will demonstrate wearing black badges and on November, 28 they will work wearing black masks,” he said.

BSOA has decided that, If then also their demand would not be fulfilled they will demonstrate “Walk for Support” on December, 1. During the demonstration programme the COVID – 19 guidelines and social distancing will be followed strictly.

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