CM to intervene to settle an issue on wage revision agreement

KOCHI: Trade unions at the Aditya Birla group’s Hindalco unit at Alupuram, near here, have appealed to Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan to intervene to settle an issue on wage revision agreement, pending for about a year and a half now.

A memorandum sent to the Chief Minister by various trade unions, prior to the February-21 lockout of the Hindalco unit, accused the company management of turning its back on its promises to the State government.

The trade unions said the company bargained with the State and gained several concessions, placing the interests of the workers on the bargaining table. However, the company management had failed to deliver on its promise to the workers and the government and was now threatening the closure of the unit in response to the workers’ demand for wage revision.

One of the promises made by the management was that it would bring in a fresh investment of Rs.60 crore, alleged the trade unions. However, this promise was not fulfilled. The company had also gained substantial concessions in drawing of electricity by bargaining with the government.

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