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HindustanTimes Fri,19 Sep 2014

PMRA holds protest against‘anti-labour’ policies of Alembic

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  ludhiana, August 20, 2014
First Published: 14:21 IST(20/8/2014) | Last Updated: 14:30 IST(20/8/2014)

The members of the Punjab Medical Representative Association (PMRA) staged a peaceful protest against the management of Alembic Pharmaceuticals near Clock Tower here on Tuesday.

More than 300 medical representatives, including men and women, raised slogans against the “anti-labour” policies of the Alembic management.

The agitated protesters called off protest only after police at the division no 1 police station assured them that a meeting of medical representatives with the company would be held on August 25 to discuss the pending issues.

However, Ashish Molri, unit secretary, PMRA, said: “More than 30 Alembic management workers came from Mumbai, Baroda and Chandigarh to Ludhiana with 30 to 40 musclemen, bouncers and marshals with an intention to break industrial harmony.” He alleged that Alembic management took the shelter of “gundas” to meet doctors separately and that too at odd hours to corrupt or to bribe them for their business.

He said as Alembic had threatened its employees to work for more than eight hours and asked them to adopt corrupt ways to deal with doctors, PMRA, which was a registered trade union, raised objection that it was an industrial dispute under the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, and Sales Promotion Employees Act, 1956. Such practice of company was illegal and anti-labour, Molri said.

Meanwhile, Rajesh Puri, president of the association, said through this demonstration, PMRA wanted to open a dialogue with the company to resolve such issues and work according to law of lands (Labour Laws) and request to the state administration to implement labour laws in their state fully to support the legal rights of sales promotion employees.

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