Suspended workers of Birla Tyres threatened mass immolation in front of plant, Demanding intervention of Odisha CM

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Bhubaneswar: The suspended workers of Birla Tyres have threatened mass immolation in front of the plant if their grievances were not addressed by the State Government by March 30 . As many as 11 suspended workers said that they were under suspension for last 18 months and despite appealing to authorities at different levels including the Labour Department Minister, Secretary and the district Collector, there was no result.

Neither their suspension orders were revoked nor they were allowed to work, they alleged, adding that they were in abject penury having no other means of eking out livelihoods.

They said in a statement that the company used to give bonus and festival advances before Durga Puja in each year.

Yet in year 2018 the bonus for the finical year 2017-18 and festival advances were given by the management only after labour unions sat on dharana.

Although the dharana was withdrawn following intervention of the then district Collector assuring the agitators to look into their demands in presence of the company officials, yet in the subsequent stage the management suspended 11 workers who were in the agitation.

Since then, although they have been running from pillar to post for revocation of their suspensions yet they didn’t get any relief, they said. Demanding intervention of the Chief Minister, the suspended workers threatened to intensify their agitation if their plight was not mitigated.

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