Hindustan Motors management asked to clear some of the nearly six-month backlog of wages for 2300 workers at the Uttarpara plant.

The West Bengal govt has asked the management of Hindustan Motors to make advance payments by Monday towards the nearly six-month wage arrears that the 2300 odd workers have at the Uttarpara plant.

They have also been asked to return by Tuesday with some concrete plan on running the unit. West Bengal Labour Minister Purnendu Basu told reporters after a bipartite meeting held at the State Secretariat that the government is keen on reopening the unit.

“This government will not sit and watch the closure of the unit like the instances of Metal Box or Guest Keen WIlliams (which closed down in the mid eighties)’’ the Minister said.

The minister further said that the government will take all legal measures to run the company. “We have been told that the company has held discussions with two three Chinese companies for a possible tie up.”

The management declared a work suspension at the main unit of the company at Uttarpara, saying that it has no alternative.

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