The workshops of Parker Overseas, an Export Oriented Unit (EOU), and Reltronics India Private Limited (RIPL) at the Sahibabad Industrial Site IV area in Ghaziabad were allegedly attacked and ransacked by workers demanding higher salaries and reinstatement of six retrenched employees, police said. The two units have over 300 workers.
Over 12 people were injured in the clashes that took place early Monday morning and 15 workers were arrested. The management said the workers had ransacked three floors of the two units.
“Six workers were suspended from their jobs. The nearby office of Centre for Indian Trade Union (CITU) instigated the workers who ransacked the offices and works of our unit. For 15 years there was no trade union in our company and we worked in a peaceful atmosphere. Our workers have been instigated in the past three-four months,” Kamal Gupta, CEO of Parker Overseas, told HT.
The unit manufactures electronic components, coils and transformer equipment.
“After ransacking the ground floor unit, they ran towards the second and the third floor.
We have very sophisticated machines installed there which have been targeted,” Vinod Kumar, Marketing Manager of RIPL, told HT. RIPL manufactures printed circuit board (PCB) and assembly.
The workers denied the charges and said the management had hired ‘bad elements’ and instigated violence. “Around 12-15 people took our colleagues hostage and beat them up. We are not responsible for the destruction of property,” Pankhuri Sharma, a worker, said.
The management of the units say the clash could have been avoided had the authorities taken timely action.
“We sent our representative to the Additional District Labour Commissioner and have also informed District Magistrate, SSP Ghaziabad and local police authorities about the conspiracy hatched at a nearby trade union’s office,” Gupta said.
Upendra Jha, a CITU office bearer, said, “CITU did not have a hand in today’s clashes. We condemn the violence. None of our colleagues were involved in the act. These workers have been with us for the past two and a half months only.”
“A compromise was worked out between the parties in December 2008. Eleven workers were reinstated barring one. Some vested interests are responsible for today’s clash and the police are investigating the matter. The injuries are self-inflicted and one Satya Veer is critical. A case has been registered against 15 workers,” Circle Officer (IV) Rahul Srivastava told HT.