As many as 1500 workers of Aurobindo Pharma Limited led by The Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) organised a massive rally from Pydibhimavaram to Ranasthalam alleging that the management had illegally suspended 14 workers without giving them prior notices. The workers raised slogans against the management while holding placards during the rally that continued for more than 10 kilometres.
They alleged that the company which was earning crores of rupees every year had failed to provide basic needs in the plant. They expressed concern over payment of meagre salaries, non payment of bonus and other benefits.
They said that the company had failed to regularise the services even after completion of 10 years of service.
According to IFTU general secretary P.Prasad, and district leader K.Sanyasirao, the management suspended workers who insisted for recognition for the newly formed union.
Mr. Prasad said that the management did not heed the advice of the senior officials of the district administration to resolve the issue amicably. “IFTU will continue to fight to protect the interests of the workers,” he said. Later, the union leaders submitted a memorandum to revenue officials seeking the intervention of the government to safeguard the interests of workers.
Meanwhile, Aurobindo Pharma denied the reports that it was served notice by the Joint Commissioner of Labour. In a release, the company representative Ch.Sriram Reddy said that the agitation was ‘illegal’ under Industrial Disputes Act-1947.