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Brandix workers end stir

Our Bureau Visakhapatnam | Updated on January 27, 2018 Published on April 25, 2016


The strike of the workers in Brandix India Apparel City (BIAC) ended on Monday following an assurance given by the State Government to expedite the process for revision of minimum wages.

The apparel park at Atchutapuram in Visakhapatnam district had been facing labour unrest from April 15. It is a special economic zone.

The CITU leaders alleged that ‘divide and rule’ tactics adopted by the management with the active support of government officials brought pressure on the workers to resume work.

District Collector N. Yuvaraj on Saturday had promised that the State Government was actively considering their demand to fix the minimum wages at Rs 10,000. On the demand for improving working conditions, he said on his direction the management had already started on several initiatives.

Another important demand of 18,000-odd workers, permission to withdraw total PF accumulation including the employer’s share on quitting service, has been addressed by the Centre with the Labour Ministry officials declaring that the GO to allow it would be issued shortly.

CITU district general secretary S. Ramesh said the district officials acted as pawns in the hands of the management. He also criticised heavy deployment of police force at Atchutapuram to instil fear among the workers.

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Published on April 25, 2016
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