September 14, 2015 2:23:41 am
A delegation of the Kamgar Sanghatana Sanyukt Kruti Samiti met the Director General of the Maratha Chambers of Commerce and Industries(MCCI), Anant Sardeshmukh, to draw his attention to the hunger strike called by six women who have called for an indefinite strike against Force Motors Ltd, Pune. In a press statement issued by the Kamgar Sanghatana, they have said that it was high time the MCCIA intervened to solve the issue.
The delegation urged the Deshmukh to intervene positively in the matter on an urgent basis and bring about a settlement in the issue. They pointed out that the hunger strike had entered the 11th day and the health of the women was deteriorating rapidly.
However, there is no sign of any settlement. The fact that a company that is in sound financial condition is unwilling to consider the just demands of its workers who have undoubtedly contributed to the prosperity of the company has created a deep sense of anger among the industrial workers in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, said Kiran Moghe who is presenting the case.
The delegation told the DG that if the management of Force Motors continues with its adamant position, workers will lose confidence in the democratic ways of dispute redressal. This will cause great harm to industrial peace and harmony.
The delegation urged Sardeshmukh to view the issue from a social perspective and take immediate steps to resolve the matter.
The six women have been on hunger strike since September 1. Workers from the company have not received any increase in pay for the past 10 years. They are just about getting the bare minimum wage at present. The dispute arose after the workers left the Union supported by the management and became members of a different union out of their own choice.
As a result they were implicated in a large number of legal battles, after which they finally rejected both Unions and chose to represent themselves.
For the past 10 years, they have patiently continued to press for their just demands without any halt in production. But the management continues to “punish” them for insisting on their legal and democratic demands.
The delegation consisted of Kailas Kadam (INTUC), Ajit Abhyankar (CITU), Advocate MV Akolkar (NFITU), Vishnupant Nevale (Telco Employees Union).
Women’s organisations across Pune have also expressed their deep concern about the deteriorating condition of the women and urged the government to ensure a speedy settlement.
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