MARGAO: The long-standing dispute between mine workers and the management of a mining company located at Cavrem came to a boil on Monday.
The protesting mine workers prevented vehicles of the mines officers from entering the mine and threatened to stop all work inside the mine.
Tense moments were witnessed after the mine workers, mostly locals, stopped at least four official vehicles belonging to the mining company and forced them to retreat. This prompted the mines management to call the police who rushed to the site and brokered peace between the protestors and the mines management.
Speaking to TOI, Mangesh Devidas, who was among those who led the protestors, said that their primary demand was to regularize their services in the company’s employment, instead of working under a contractor.
“There are 52 of us, all residents of Cavrem, who are working at the mine under a contractor. We have been demanding with the management of the mining company that we be employed directly by the company instead of engaging us through a contractor. Despite many assurances, the company has not taken any steps to meet our demand,” one of the protestors said.
“It’s unfair on the part of the company to make us work under a contractor and deprive us of any service benefits, while absorbing non-Goans in the company’s employment and giving them all service benefits,” another said.
Police sources said that there was no law-and-order problem and that the situation was defused after the management agreed to hold talks over the issue with a delegation of the protesting workers on Tuesday.