Workers form ‘Human Chain’ to protest FSNL privatisation

Bhilai, Sep 19: The workers and officers are protesting against the proposed disinvestment of FSNL. As the process of disinvestment is progressing, the workers’ protest is also getting intensified.

In this sequence, a gate meeting was organized by the FSNL Executive Association on Monday at Equipment Square during 08:00 hrs to 09:00 hrs. They staged a demonstration and formed a human chain. The FSNL workers and trade unions extended complete cooperation. The event was supported by OA-BSP. At Equipment Square, the workers unanimously demanded a stop the privatization and demanded a strategic merger of public steel sector undertakings. They conveyed the message against privatization by forming a human chain.

On this occasion, SEFI Chairman and OA-BSP President Narendra Kumar Banchore said that economic and educational development of India has taken place due to public sector undertakings. There is a dire need to save this inclusive model of development so that a strong citizen can build a strong nation. The steel sector has played an important role in nation building in the last 60 years. The SEFI Chairman stressed that there should be a strategic merger of steel sector PSUs instead of privatization.

It needs to be mentioned here that the FSNL units are being inspected by the selected buyers who submitted the expression of interest to buy Ferro Scrap Nigam Limited. The buying companies, who had come to inspect the Burnpur unit of FSNL, had to return empty handed due to the stiff protest by the steel fraternity personnel.

In this gate meeting, SEFI Chairman and OA-BSP President Narendra Kumar Banchor, OA-BSP General Secretary Parvinder Singh, FSNL-OA President SK Jha, Vice President K Girish Kumar Adi, FSNL Shramik Union office bearers and a large number of employees including Mohammad Tanveer, Ghanshyam Soni, Gopika Prasad Chaudhary, Haripratap Singh Tomar were present.

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