2,500 employees of RIL to go on strike on Oct 24

VADODARA: About 2,500 employees of Reliance Industries working at its plants here will go on strike on October 24 demanding a hike in Rs 33,000 bonus offered. All three labour unions affiliated with AITUC, INTUC and BMS have given notice to the managemen t of the company and labour commissioner in this regard.

Before merger of government-owned IPCL with Reliance in April 2007, they were employees of the government-owned IPCL. Union leaders said RIL's bonus offer of Rs 33,000 was not acceptable to them.

Last year it was Rs 40,000. They also questioned the wisdom of RIL management on fixing different amounts of bonus for employees working in plants located in different parts of the country.

Union leaders said RIL's profit is more than Rs 11,000 crore. The leaders' said the company management failed to provide them production data-sheet and computation sheet despite repeated demand.

They said these demands were raised in a meeting between local management of the company and union leaders on October 16. The workers have requested RIL management not to deposit any bonus money into their accounts without reaching a compromise.

About 1,500 workers of Maharashtra Gas Cracker Complex of IPCL at Nagothana, mergered with RIL, have also expressed their dissatisfaction for bonus amount, the leaders added