Urge government to initiate action against management

VIZIANAGARAM: Nellimarla jute workers, along with their family members, under the aegis of the Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU), took out a rally and staged protest demonstrations at the Collectorate on Wednesday, demanding that the government spell out its stand on the factory management.

The government had issued an order three months ago declaring the lockout as illegal and instructed the management to open the jute mill unconditionally.

Though the management ignored the orders, the government made no attempt to prosecute the management, said State IFTU vice-president P. Prasad.

He told newsmen that the workers would scuttle the election campaign of Ministers and MLAs in the jute workers' dominated villages in Sathivada Assembly constituency.

The workers on Tuesday obstructed the election meeting of senior Congress leader P. Sambasiva Raju at Konda Gumpam in Nellimarla mandal and raised slogans demanding his statement on reopening of the factory.

Minister's assurance

Prior to local bodies elections, he said that Minister for Marketing Botcha Satyanarayana assured them of action against the jute mill management but failed to address it even after two months.

The IFTU would not support any party in the by-election, he said.