Contract workers threaten to paralyse plant
JAJPUR, Jan. 22: The contract workers, mostly working in the raw materials handling (RMH) division of Jindal Stainless Limited (JSL) here have threatened to paralyse the plant, until and unless their demands are met within 24 hours. The agitated contractual workers led by the Jindal Stainless Contract Labourers' Union (JSCLU) held a protest meeting before the assistant labour commissioner at Jajpur Road, demanding an immediate intervention on the issue and stern action against the plant authorities for alleged violation of the Contract Labour Act. They have also submitted memorandums to the JSL management and the district authorities in this regard. They are demanding gate pass for all the workers who have been working in the plant since 2005. The contractual workers claimed that they have been working in the plant for the past three years and instead of making them permanent, the company has denied them engagement. "Our contractor, Mr Kalandi Charan Dutta, through whom we have been engaged in JSL plant collected the gate pass forms from us on the plea of renewal. When we demanded the renewed ones, he issued only 130 to us out of 360. Hence we protested against such anti-labour practice and boycotted our respective duties to demand the renewal of the gate pass," Ghana Tiria, an agitated contractual worker said.