The management of the Hindustan Motor Tools (HMT) plant at Ranibagh locked the factory late on Friday night eliciting strong opposition from the factory workers. The employees of the HMT factory were angered on reading the lock-out notice pasted by the authorities. Terming the lock-out as illegal, the worker averred that the case was still pending in the high court. On Saturday, the factor workers met the police DIG Ajay Rautela stating that the management wrongfully locked the factory on Friday night. They further averred that presently there are 143 persons employed in the factory who have not received their salaries since January 2016 till date though salary slips are being provided. The daily attendance of the employees was also being registered through biometric means. A petition is also pending in the high court on this issue. According to sources, the management locked the factory after a stay on it was quashed by a single bench of the high court recently.
It is pertinent to mention here that earlier the office bearers of the Ranibagh HMT Karmchari Sangh had filed a petition in the High Court stating that the Central Government had issued an order dated November 17, 2016 for closure of the HMT plant at Ranibagh. The petitioner had pleaded that the order for closure of this HMT plant is not correct while also stating that an audit was conducted by two specialist agencies of the said plant and neither of the agencies had recommended closing down the plant. The petition also stated that the dispute of the employees wages with the plant management is continuing. The plant cannot be closed without resolving the dispute on the subject of service period. The petitioners had stated that they had been working since 1998 and that the employees had not committed any mistake.
Monday, 25 March 2019 |PNS|Haldwani
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