Unhappy steel plant contract workers go on indefinite strike

MARGAO: Unrest among contract workers engaged by a steel-making plant in Sanguem taluka, has led to an indefinite strike by the former since Tuesday.

Over 250 workers working under labour contractors, rallying under the banner CITU, a labour union, gathered outside the factory gates since morning shouting slogans against the management. Complaining about unfair labour practices at the plant, the striking workers demanded better working conditions. Significantly, over 80 percent of them are locals, it was informed.

Speaking to reporters, the workers alleged harassment by the company management. “We are made to work for up to 12 hours a day, and get paid a meagre ` 135 as daily wages,” the workers pointed out.

“We were assured regularization of services after working on a contract basis for a certain period. However, even after toiling for over 10 years, we have not been given any service benefits by the company,” one of the leaders of the striking workers pointed out.

The workers have decided to intensify their stir if the management fails to act on their demands. “We have been demanding that our wages be hiked and that our services be regularized. If the company management fails to heed to our demands, we will come out on the streets with other villagers and agitate,” the workers told reporters.

Members of the Kalay village pannchayat, Vasant Naik and Bablo Kharag have lent their support to the striking workers.


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