Hundreds of employees of the Nestle factory here blocked the Moga-Ferozepur road for about half-an-hour demanding reinstatement of the 68 contractual employees, who were reportedly expelled by the contractor.
The contractual employees, who had been working for decades at the factory, have been sitting on an indefinite protest outside the DC office complex after they were expelled from their jobs.
Employees of JITF Ecopolis also joined their protest to support them and chanted slogans against the Nestle authorities and their contractors.
All the contractual employees were deputed in the Nestle unit for civil works such as plumber, carpenter, and labourers.
The traffic remained blocked for half an hour and commuters had a tough time while the police remained a mute spectator.
Arun Bohar, adviser of the Nestle Thekedar Labour Union said that they would not lift the protest till the Nestle authorities reinstated the expelled employees.
“Authorities have told us to give them a job but on a new Provident Fund (PF) number, but we want reinstatement on the same PF code as with the new PF number all the hard work will not be counted which they had done in decades,” he said adding that their gratuity amount will also be abolished.