PSEs amalgamation spooks staff

Employees of the four closed units say amalgamation could mean retrenchment.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: March 6, 2013 3:32 am

Employees of the four closed units say amalgamation could mean retrenchment.

The state government’s decision to “amalgamate” four closed public sector enterprises has not only surprised the employees of the units but also spooked them who feel that amalgamation could be a new word for retrenchment.

On Monday,Commerce and Industries Minister Partha Chatterjee announced that Electromedical and Allied Industries Limited,National Iron and Steel Company,Neo Pipes and Tubes Company and Lily Products Limited will be amalgamated to avoid financial loss to the public sector undertakings. He said the “expertise” of the employees of the four units “will be utilised” where they will be inducted. While Electromedical and Allied Industries deals with manufacturing blood bag and X-Ray machines,Neo Pipes and Tubes Company deals with manufacturing pipes and metal rods which are used at Ichapur gun shell factory.

Trade union leaders pleaded ignorance about the government’s move. “We are unaware about the entire policy decision of such amalgamation. The state government and our managing director did not take any suggestions from us before coming to the decision,” said CITU secretary of Neo pipes Private Limited.

The draft report of the public enterprise department mentioned that to convey any policy decision ,joint meetings with trade unions operating in the above four companies should be held with the state government ,but no such meetings have been held before taking such a decision,they said.

CITU general secretary of Electro Medical and Allied Industries Limited said when their managing director expressed interest in the amalgamation of the four units,they had opposed it. “We said that it will create chaos and demanded that a small area should be allocated for us and the government should look after certain possibilities to increase our production. But he did not pay heed to our demands. We strongly condemn such a policy and we will sent a deputation to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee soon regarding our opposition to such a policy,” he said.

Manabendra Das of Indian National Trade Union Congress at National Iron and Steel Company said before such a decision neither their MD nor the state government convened any meeting to discuss the employees-related issues. “Till now we are unaware what is the company that will be formed. Employees who do not have the expertise in that particular field will find it difficult to work. We will meet the industry minister and express our grievance regarding such amalgamation,” Das added.

Partha Chatterjee,however,added that the policy of amalgamating the four units have been finalised and it will be placed in the next Cabinet meeting scheduled next week.

Govt report says….

In 5 years,4 units’ output was Zero’

But to pay salaries to 393 employees,the government spent Rs 9 crore annually.

Amalgamation benefit

Around 134.63 acres of land will come under state government and it could be used for setting up new industries

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