President of Eastern India Oil Refinery Workers’ Union (EIORWU) Santosh Kumar Pattnaik and president of Oil Refinery Contract Labour Cooperative Society Ltd Gobinda Chandra Tarai have sought the intervention of Union Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily in providing jobs to around 13,000 skilled and unskilled workers engaged in maintenance, housekeeping and other miscellaneous works in Paradip refinery project of IOCL.
During Moily’s recent visit to review the refinery project in Paradip, the two union leaders met him and explained the plight of 13,000 skilled and unskilled workers including 3,500 land losers. Oil Refinery Contract Labour Cooperative Society Ltd having 13,000 members has engaged these workers in different construction companies working for the refinery project. All infrastructure works of the companies relating to civil and mechanical works have almost come to an end.
Pattnaik also apprised Moily of his union’s activities. EIORWU has become a part of the project for last 13 years. Pattnaik said, “We have convinced the Union Minister to let 13,000 workers continue their jobs. Moily has assured of taking steps to provide all assistance for benefit of the locals.”