In a reminder of the violence at the Maruti Udyog plant in Haryana, permanent workers of Syndicate Vyper Systems Limited Company located at Mahape in Navi Mumbai allegedly ransacked the company premises, burnt vehicles and also attacked the police on Saturday, demanding better pay.
The police have arrested 24 people. The workers, owing allegiance to Dharmraj Kamgar Sanghatana, were led by union leader Rajan Raje, who has also been arrested. He is a former MNS candidate from Thane Lok Sabha constituency. His union had replaced the union of Bhai Jagtap in the company recently.
Nasser Pathan, senior police inspector of Rabale police station, said: “The demands of the union with respect to the workers are pending in the labour court, which had reportedly restrained it from organising any protest. The union had, however, called for a strike from Sunday demanding that all work be given to the permanent workers and not contract workers and that their pay too should be increased. The violence took place at around 8am.”
“The union members smashed the glass doors, panes and cabins in the company premises. Around 25 people with rods and sticks are reported to have moved around searching for contract workers. They destroyed two floors of the building and turned their ire towards the police summoned to control them. A police personnel was injured,” said Pathan.
Police said the attackers damaged two bikes, a police vehicle and a tempo. Around four to five people have been injured in the incident and loss of property worth Rs15 lakh to Rs20 lakh has been reported, the police said. The company and union officials were unavailable for comment.