Anger as IndianOil prepares staff transfers

Vol 23, PW 16 (18 Jun 20) People & Policy

Worried IndianOil employees fear the company is moving too fast with transfers at a time when the number of Coronavirus cases in India is slipping out of control.

IOC union officials and others met senior HR executives on June 11, among them HR director RK Mohapatra, to discuss a list of transfers the company is planning to release later this month (June). IOC wants officers to relocate to new locations at refineries, oil depots, pipelines, and sales and marketing offices across the country under usual transfer orders standard in Indian state-owned oil companies.

"We have asked management to defer the transfers," a company source tells us. "But they are refusing."

Human resources managers at IOC argue the lockdown in India ended on June 8 except for hot-spot containment zones following government orders issued on May 30. "All we are asking from management is only to transfer crucial positions," he adds.

"If someone does not want to relocate in such times, please extend the deadline by at least three months; by then the (Covid-19) situation is likely to improve." IOC's upcoming transfer list targets employees in grades A, B and C, which together account for approximately 6500 people.

By March 31 (2019) IOC employed 65 officers in grade A, an entry-level assistant manager position for post-graduates; 3268 officers in grade B, a deputy manager position and 3259 officers in grade C, a manager position.