|Petroleum Mazdoor Union seeks DCís intervention|
DIBRUGARH, Oct 22 Ė Assam Petroleum Mazdoor Union has demanded the intervention of the Deputy Commissioner here in determining the minimum wages for drivers, handyman and other co workers engaged in transporting and distributing oil, gas and LPG cylinders by agencies, contractors and dealers.
The union has alleged that the agencies, contractors and dealers of gas, oil and LPG cylinders were exploiting their support workers by paying them a negligible salary in violation of the minimum wages law.
Since Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), Duliajan is the principal employer, the union had also approached the management of IOCL, requesting the concerned authorities to issue a written instruction to all agencies, contractors and dealers under them to adhere to the minimum wages as per government notification No GLR. 503/31/394 dated March 15, 2012 but the IOCL reportedly turned a deaf ear.
In a memorandum submitted to the Deputy Commissioner here, Assam Petroleum Mazdoor Union referred a meeting dated December 20, 2007 (No R42024/56/2007-MC) held in New Delhi, where Additional Secretary, Ministry of Peroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India, had directed IOCL to ensure that contractors engaged by them must pay workers reasonable wages, if necessary to be higher than the minimum wages applicable for the location. Assam Petroleum Mazdoor Union has said that the Deputy Commissioner must act immediately to halt unrest among the workers, who have been deprived of their due rights. The union has already declared indefinite strike from October 25 in protest against non-fulfilment of their demands.