Hindalco Kochi unit unions seek Gove intervention to lift lock-out

Our Bureau Kochi | Updated on February 24, 2011

The trade unions at the Hindalco's Kochi extrusion unit has sought the intervention of the State Government in lifting the lockout declared by the company at its Alupuram unit a couple of days back.

The unions alleged that the wage revision announced by the management at the rate of Rs 1,862 for each worker is too low considering the present day living conditions.

There were disputes with the management over the wage revision issues on February 10 when several round of negotiations took place. The sudden decision to declare the lock-out was taken by the management when the workers objected in moving products from the Kochi unit.

The unions also pointed out that the all the workers of the company are within the ESI limit and the financial benefit given to workers is very low compared to the companies in the industrial belt of Aluva. The management also refused to implement the wage package that had agreed before the Chief Minister earlier.

The leaders recalled that it was due to the result of the continuous agitation by the workers, the Kochi unit has got a reduction of Rs 3 crore for three months towards the electricity charges.

It is for the first time in India that a private company got sanction to get power from outside the State and the permission to club 11 kV lines from the 110 kV lines.

Published on February 24, 2011

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