Sacked contractual Uttam Galva workers on hunger strike

WARDHA: Some workers employed by a contractor of Uttam Galva Metallic Ltd have been on a hunger strike since last eight days demanding to be reinstated in their jobs. The employees are protesting under the banner of Kranti Surya Unorganised Labours Union (KSULU).

Wardha MLA Suresh Deshmukh and several social organizations have met the agitating workers, who have been terminated from their jobs as gardeners.

Vidarbha general secretary of KSULU Hansraj Pantawane said that all the workers had been employed through a contractor and have been deprived of their due wages, since they were paid only Rs 120 a day out of Rs 240 which was being paid by the company for each worker. “The workers were ill treated and today the workers on hunger strike were in danger of being run over by a bike, probably sent by the contractor,” he said.

PRO of the company Bhaskar Londhe however shifted the blame to the contractors and said that it was the contractor’s responsibility to give the workers proper wages that are actually paid by the company.

However, no official is ready to explain why the company continues to work with contractors, who sack workers demanding even the minimum wage, said a local leader sitting with the labourers on hunger strike.

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