With negotiation with the truck-owners in limbo, Sesa Goa is likely enforce ‘No-work, No-Pay policy’ starting next week.
In a decision that may hit over 5,200 permanent and contractual staff of the mining company, senior officials of the Sesa Goa said that if the truckers’ strike does not end the mining activity is unlikely to resume from Monday, subsequently the company will fail to pay the employee dues.
“While over 1,300 truck owners of North and South Goa union have agreed to join hand in the mining operation, about 40 operators of AGMTOA have resorted to violent means, damaging our carriers and threatening staff. Although the state government has offered us support we cannot continue forever under police protection,” Aniruddha Joshi, VP of corporate affairs at Sesa Goa said.
Sesa Goa officials during a stakeholder meeting refused to give-in to the demands of All Goa Mining Truck Owners Association (AGMTOA) of Rs18 per tonnes and maintained the price of Rs. 8/tonnes
According to another company official, due to the current scenario, even the banks have been reluctant to extend loans to the company. Assistant director of Goa Mines and Geology department Parag Nargarcenkar said that police have registered cases against the ‘elements’ and action would be taken. However the company official said that unless things improve they are planning to cancel the shipping containers arriving next week.