ONGC Employees Call Off Strike Action

The joint action committee of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation on Sunday decided to call off the strike action following an assurance by the ONGC management to look into their demands.

The strike was called off subsequent to a detailed discussion of the committee with the management on the resolve submitted before the Petroleum Minister after a private helicopter carrying 29 ONGC personnel crashed into the Arabian Sea 35 km from here on August 11.

"As per agreed solutions to our resolve and assurances given by the management in writing, we have unanimously resolved to call off the agitation program with immediate effect in the overall interest of the organization", a committee release said.

The operations at offshore fields and base offices have been normalized subsequent to this settlement. The Mumbai High court, on August 12, had restrained the employees on going on strike from August 13 and directed the management to conduct an inquiry into the accident and award compensation to the victims.

The court on August 18 extended the restrain on ONGC employees from going on strike till August 25. The employees had gone on tool down agitation stating it was a protest action and not a strike on August 13.

Meanwhile, the Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Ram Naik in a statement expressed his satisfaction over ONGC employees decision to withdraw their agitation. The ONGC management and the employees have resolved their differences which arose out of unfortunate helicopter crash and have decided to work with zeal, Naik said.