LML employees refuse to relent
INDEFINITE HUNGER strike by the LML employees continued in front of the labour commissioner?s office on the second day on Sunday. The employees, who sat on hunger strike on Saturday, were replaced by their colleagues on Sunday. They were demanding the registration of newly constituted union ?LML Limited Mazdoor Sangh?india Updated: May 22, 2006 01:08 IST
INDEFINITE HUNGER strike by the LML employees continued in front of the labour commissioner’s office on the second day on Sunday.
The employees, who sat on hunger strike on Saturday, were replaced by their colleagues on Sunday. They were demanding the registration of newly constituted union ‘LML Limited Mazdoor Sangh’.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion senior trade union leader Arvind Raj Swaroop said, “Till the newly constituted union of the LML employees is formally recongnised and registered, we will continue the hunger strike.” Lambasting the LML management for the lockout, Swaroop said, “The state government must intervene in the matter and get the lockout declared as illegal in the larger interest of thousands of LML employees.”
He said all the pending dues of the LML employees must also be cleared without any delay.
Swaroop said when the newly constituted union had full support of all the employees and it had also participated in several tripartite meetings then there was no reason why its registration and recognition was being delayed he said.
Additional Labour Commissioner Chandra Mani Lal Maurya had also submitted its report twice validating the newly constituted union ‘LML Limited Mazdoor Sangh’ then also no initiative had been taken register the union formally, added Swaroop. Other union leaders also insisted that until the new union was not registered the hunger strike would continue for an indefinite period.
Union leaders also expressed their satisfaction at the steps taken by Labour Commissioner Sharda Prasad on the issue.
The LML management had declared lockout on March 7 on the pretext of labour unrest, when it was not able to pay salary to its staff on February 27.
President of the newly constituted union JP Pandey and general secretary Suresh Kushwaha accused the LML management of committing atrocities on employees. The employees union of Allahabad had also extended its support to the agitating employees of LML. On the occasion joint secretary of the Allahabad Municipal Corporation employees union Munna Lal demanded immediate end of the lockout and clearance of all pending dues of the employees.