No breakthrough, Jabli workers’ stir on
No breakthrough has been achieved by the officials of the Labour Department in ending the employee strike of a Jabli-based industrial unit despite lapse of more than three weeks.
Labour Officer Pratap Verma said efforts were afoot to get both the management and the striking workers to talk.
But since none of them was ready to budge, the stalemate continued. The issue was now pending before the court.
With a local court permitting the workers to agitate peacefully 50 m away from the unit without affecting the peace and tranquility of the area, the workers continued their peaceful agitation at Ramlila Ground located near the unit.
Officials have directed the unit management to pay the PF amount of about 80 employees after a contractor had run away with the said amount sometime back.
An inquiry was conducted and the management was directed to bear the liability being the principal employer. Since this amount was yet to be paid to the employees, the striking workers were not ready to budge from their strike plan.
The management was also hesitant to take back about 36 employees who had actively participated in the strike without an internal inquiry and since the employees feared an adverse action this too had become a contentious issue. Others issues also remained unresolved.
Labour Commissioner Amit Kashyap said the management had not come forward to sort out the issue though they were exploring the options of an amicable settlement.