Oil PSU's strike-The Story of the leeches demanding more blood
As one watches helplessly, this strike by oil PSUs may threaten our fuel situation. Their demands include more salaries.
But, what are their real wages/salaries ?In 2002, I was in touch with one of the oil companies for some business. I learned that the lowest level technical staff, who should be a certificate holder in a trade (ITI), was getting a salary of Rs 19,000.00 plus many many allowances which included a strange house maintenance allowance of 40,000.00 per annum. Now, in 2009 , the amount will be extraordinary.
Also, I saw first hand, how the pump owners were afraid of these lowest level employees. May be their support was required for adjustments in measurements/calibration to fool the public. Naturally their own personal consumption of fuel was free.
The higher the officers, the pay difference was enormous. They enjoy enormous clout.
It is these officers that are striking work.
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