Concern over industrial unrest in Nepal: FNCCI

Kathmandu, Jun 21 (PTI) An umbrella organization of Nepal”s business community has expressed concern over the industrial unrest at an Indian joint venture in the eastern town of Biratnagar.

“The unlawful activities of workers have created havoc in the industrial sector,” said Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI).

Expressing serious concern over the closure of Surya Nepals garment unit in Biratnagar, Morang, FNCCI asked the management and the agitating workers to resolve the dispute on workers” salary through dialogue.

Incidents such as manhandling, locking of officials inside the factory, gherao and threats to factory officials have taken place which is not in the interest of anyone, FNCCI said in a statement yesterday.

The company”s 42 senior staff were locked for 26 hours by the Maoist-affiliated trade union activists following the managements decision to implement ”no work no pay” provision.

The factory has been closed for an indefinite period after the squabble between the management and workers last week.

The tussle surfaced after the management refused to pay workers for six days of strike that was enforced in mid-April under the ”no work no pay” provision.

It was expected that with the end of the Maoists-led insurgency in 2006, the country”s industrial sector would get a boost.

However, the country has been faced with political and economic instability, including large-scale industrial unrest spearheaded by the Maoists.

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