With the stalemate continuing between the workers and the management of Workers in the Premier Tobacco Packers Private Limited (PTPPL) at Karedu which had declared a lockout on June 22, the Centre of Indian Trade Unions on Tuesday threatened to intensify their stir for justice.
CITU District Secretary Ch.Srinivasa Rao told a press conference here that the Labour department should intervene immediately to end the impasse.
Over 400 employees were on the streets for more than three months with the PTPPL management refusing to concede their just demands including renewal of the wage agreement which ended on March 2012, he explained.
Mr Rao said the workers were entitled to Rs. 210 as minimum wage per day as per GO Ms. No. 210. But they were paid only Rs. 147 in the case of men and Rs. 110 for women.
The management of PTPPL, involved in threshing, re-drying, and packing tobacco, was trying to engage new workers.''We will not allow this at any cost'', he added.
The management should come forward for talks before the Labour department to amicably resolve the differences.