Last minute fire fighting averts ONGC strike

Vol 5, PW 4 (11 Apr 01) Exploration & Production
     

Some last minute fire fighting by ONGC management has averted a strike, planned for April 10th that would have crippled production and operations in the Mumbai and southern regions.

Representatives of ONGC's Association of Scientific and Technical Officers met management for discussions in Delhi on April 5th. Director-personnel Jauhari Lal, director-finance I.

N. Chatterjee, director-technical R.

C. Gourh and director-operations V.

K. Sharma represented ONGC while ASTO was represented by its president L.

K. Mirchandani, the members of its committee and one officers' representative each from the southern region and the Krishna Godavari project.

"The meeting went on till 11 pm," said Mirchandani. A day before on 4th April, ONGC filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court, seeking a stay on the strike.

Justice A.P.

Shah refused the request but asked ASTO to defer its strike to April 25th. Shah also asked ONGC and ASTO to sort out the issue through negotiations.

The strike would have seen some 3,500 officers from the Mumbai Regional Business Centre staying away from work, totally disrupting operations. ASTO began its protest with daily sit-ins outside ONGC headquarters on March 23rd to highlight grievances over pay and promotions.