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Workers of closed firm stage protest

india Updated: Sep 19, 2012 01:39 IST
Deevakar Anand
Deevakar Anand
Hindustan Times
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Nearly 1,000 workers of the Udyog Vihar-based medical equipment manufacturing company — Eastern Medikit — began an indefinite protest in front of the deputy commissioner’s office at the Mini Secretariat here on Tuesday.

The workers alleged apathy at the hands of the company management and authorities and staged a protest without their shirts.

Nearly 1,200 workers have been rendered jobless since May and have not been paid their salaries for the last four months because the employers shut down the company and have been untraceable ever since.

The workers supported by other unions of the Gurgaon-Manesar belt had earlier protested in front of the DC’s office but so far no solution has been found to the issue.

“We met the DC on September 7. We are tired of requesting the authorities to help us. Their apathy has forced us to take to the streets,” said Sanjay Malik, president of the All Eastern Medikit Employees Union.

The protest has been joined by the trade unions — Hind Mazdoor Sabha and Centre of Indian Trade Unions. The number of protesters swelled as the day progressed.

The workers said days before they were due for a wage settlement and expecting a hike of 10-15% on June 1, their employer ‘disappeared.’

The labour department has issued challans against Karun Raj Narang, company director.