Yet another attempt by the Labour Department to settle the indefinite strike by contract transport workers attached to the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) bottling plant of the Indian Oil Corporation at Paripally, near Kollam, through talks on Tuesday drew a blank.

The workers had gone on strike on Monday demanding bonus.

The strike under the banner of an action council is being led by three unions affiliated to the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), and the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh.

S. Sudhir Kumar, secretary of the CITU-affiliated LPG Workers Union, said the demands placed on behalf of the workers were totally rejected during the talks.

“Therefore, the workers have decided to continue the strike.”

Supply hit

The strike has affected the distribution of Indane LPG cylinders in the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha, and parts of Idukki and Kottayam districts.

The strike is by workers who transport Indane LPG cylinders from the bottling plant to 87 gas agencies.

Mr. Kumar said Tuesday’s talks were the 14th round of discussions held to settle the issue, which began during Onam last month.

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