Udupi, Apr 12, 2017: Reports state that about 700 contract employees of Suzlon Company who were expelled without prior notice laid siege to the company office. the protesters demanded job security and suspension of the expulsion order.
They shouted slogans and tried to enter the office premises by demolishing walls.
A representative of the protestors is reorted to have said that the contracts are through companies like Spectrum, DTS, YSF, Unitech and SSPL. Suzlon manufactures three sizes of blades in three different units. There are 700 employees working in one unit and 400 in another. In March, the employees in one unit reached their target of 1,000 sets and 400 employees in the unit were shifted to the other unit. Consequently, employees working in the first unit were removed from the job, citing financial crisis, it was explained.
An employee said they were informed about the suspension when they came to office on April 10,Monday. There is no PF, ESI and other bonus facilities which were assured earlier.
A lady employee working for seven years, said the employees are made to work for more than 12 hours as against eight hours as per the Labour Act. They were prevented enterance to the office on April 10, Monday.
Another lady stated that company officials want us to go to Ananthpur and Puducherry. We are locals and they have snatched away our livelihood here. The employees from Madhya Pradesh and other North Indian states have been retained. There is no proof for completion of the term. The PF number is also changed every month.She demanded three-month notice salary.
One lady worker said women are made to climb above ground without any safety support. Over time duty is not compensated, she complained. Workers e are treated as bonded labour. Yet they did their best. However, the company was ungrateful and sacked them.
Kaup MLA Vinay Kumar Sorake, tahsildar Maheshchandar and labour officers, who intervened, held talks with the company officials.The tahsildar said the company’s human resource department has been directed to pay the full salary till April 8, the last date of their work.
"Besides, 50% of two months’ salary should be paid by May 31 as one month’s salary or 50% from two-month salary. The pending arrears and bonus should be given within a week. If the company receives more orders and employment is generated, the workers should be taken back. If any new Company takes over the blade manufacturing units, it should consider these employees," the officer said. The general cry is the employees seem to have be treated at the wrong end of the stick.