After a month of unrest at the Hindustan Motors manufacturing unit at Hind Motors in Hooghly, the management has issued a ‘suspension of work’ notice at the company gate on Wednesday.
The factory management in a statement has stated : "A small group of workers are able to harass 2100 plus employees reporting for duty and prevent an additional 1000 plus willing employees from joining duty." The management stated that "it is hopeful that the competent authorities will intervene in restoring law & order in and around the plant, in accordance with the High Court order.
Supporting the management’s decision to declare ‘suspension of work’ notice, state’s labour minister Mrinal Banerjee said, "Hindustan Motors management had no other alternative than to declare ‘suspension of work’ at the factory."
The minister added that the agitation by a section of workers has been going on for far too long, and the management made several attempts to resolve the imbroglio. But it was in vain.
Banerjee also regretted that a section of workers had assaulted the police on several occasions though there was no provocation from the police. The police have tried their best to maintain peace and order in the area, he asserted.
The minister told reporters at the Writers’ Buildings that he will soon hold talks separately with all the unions and the management, and may even convene a tripartite meeting if necessary to reach an amicable settlement.
Chief Minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee also stated that he has already been apprised of the developments at the Hindustan Motors by the Labour Minister. "I have asked him to look into this matter and do the needful," Bhattacharjee added.
CITU state president Shyamal Chakraborty criticised the agitating union for resorting to violence against the management. "Strike is a just weapon of protest but beating up of officials of the factory can never be supported," Chakraborty said.
Local CPI(M) MP Shantosree Chatterjee and president of the CITU union at Hind Motors said, "We want the factory to reopen at the earliest".
AITUC general secretary and leader of the Sangrami Sramik Karmachari Union, Gurudas Dasgupta demanded immediate intervention of the chief minister to resolve the crisis.