Madras HC restrains BPCL employees in Tamil Nadu from going on strike
Raising objections to the proposed BPCL privatisation, over 20 different employees unions of BPCL called for a nationwide strike.
November 26, 2019 / 08:36 AM IST
The Madras High Court on Monday restrained employees of the Bharat Petroleum Corporation in Tamil Nadu from going on a strike on November 28-29 to protest against the Centre's decision to privatise the corporation.
Passing interim orders on a petition from BPCL Managing Director M V Shenoy seeking to declare the strike call as illegal, Justice SM Subramaniam also directed the police to provide security to the premises of the public sector company in the state as prayed.
The Union cabinet had on November 20 gave its nod to the plan to sell governments 53 percent stake in BPCL saying the resources unlocked by disinvestment would be used to fund public welfare benefits.
Raising objections to the move, over 20 different employees unions of BPCL called for a nationwide strike.
Following this, BPCL management filed the petitions saying employees unions of such public-sector companies must give at least six-day notice to the management before resorting to a strike as per the Industrial Disputes Act.