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VSP Privatisation: Employees to go on indefinite strike from tomorrow

The Visakha Ukku Parirakshana Porata Committee will serve a notice for indefinite strike on the CMD of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd (RINL), the corporate entity of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, on Thursday afternoon, said  D. Adinarayana, chairman of the committee and president of the steel plant’s recognised union. 

According to Adinarayana, the union would simultaneously serve the strike notice on the labour commissioner. Department-wise meetings of employees will be held at the plant from today to mobilise support for the agitation chalked out by the JAC. 

He said in addition to the action plan announced earlier, they were contemplating a ‘Chalo Delhi’ programme with over 1,000 steel employees. 
Following the success of national highway blockade at Kurmannapalem Junction, the committee is planning to hold a ‘Rasta Roko’ on national highways in the 13 districts of the State as part of intensifying the agitation across the State. Dates of ‘Chalo Delhi and blockade on the national highways will be finalised soon, Adinarayana said. 

The committee took exception to the alleged statement of Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur that the Centre will close the steel plant if strategic sale doesn’t materialise.

“The agitation at the administrative block was a huge success due to instant support extended by the employees. Apart from ousted ones, steel employees and local people participated in the ‘Rasta roko’ at Kurmannapalem Junction,” he said and added that they suspended the 30-hour  road blockade on Wednesday for the smooth conduct of the GVMC elections. However, the workers are continuing their relay hunger strike. 

Terming Tuesday’s agitation a flashpoint in their struggle, he said it will help them sustain the agitation so as to save the steel plant. 

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