Industry wary over workers protest rally in Pithampur
Industrial workers took to streets in Pithampur on Sunday to protest against alleged violation of norms by some industrialists on issues related to overtime payment, minimum wages and accident relief among others.indore Updated: Dec 19, 2016 10:58 IST
Industrial workers took to streets in Pithampur on Sunday to protest against alleged violation of norms by some industrialists on issues related to overtime payment, minimum wages and accident relief among others.
Some casual workers have also been laid off after industrial units curtailed production following announcement of demonetization last month.
“There are multiple payment related issues and other grievances of the workers, and the rally was to highlight their plight,” Pithampur’s assistant labour officer DK Dalodra told HT.
Meanwhile, there is fear among industrialists that demonetisation has led to unrest among factory workers.
“The hardship following demonetisation has brought the workers together and culminated in this protest rally,” Pithampur industry association president Gautam Kothari told HT.
Hundreds of labourers, including casual workers who have been laid off after demonetisation, took part in the rally organised by a coalition of workers union.
Industrialists say trouble has been brewing since the past few weeks.
The industry has been hit hard by the central government’s decision to withdraw old ₹500 and ₹1,000 banknotes from November 9. With demand slowing down, many factories have laid off their casual workers.
Labour union leader Shyam Sunder Yadav said their grievances were old and there were multiple issues that needed to be resolved by the labour department.
Pithampur is known for its peaceful industrial climate and the Madhya Pradesh government never fails to project this as one of its USPs to potential investors.
Industrialists say such as rally in which different unions have come together to stage a joint protest is taking place for the first time in Pithampur.
“It’s an indication for things to come and does not bode well for the industrial town,” Kothari said.