The Kerala Cements Labour Union, affiliated to the Centre of India Trade Unions (CITU), will launch an agitation if the government hands over the three-and-a-half acres of land owned by the public sector Travancore Cements Ltd. (TCL) to the Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Kinfra), union general secretary K. Anil Kumar has said.

Speaking at a press conference here on Wednesday, he said the decision to hand over the property was taken without consulting the employees or the management. The employees, under various unions, had called off the initial round of agitation on the basis of an assurance by the company Managing Director that the government decision would be revoked. But the government was going ahead. Kinfra officials had visited the property at Kakkanad a week ago, he said.

The government was also trying to transfer two acres of company land at Chembu at Vaikom to Kinfra. The property at Kakkanad was decided to be handed over against the backdrop of the Emerging Kerala meet, he said.

The government was yet to allow dredging at Vaduthala in Alappuzha.

The area was known for rich deposits of white lime shells and could provide sufficient raw material for nearly 15 years. A favourable decision in this regard would turn the fortunes of the company, he said.

The union would hold a demonstration at TCL factory, Nattakom, on December 13. The union would intensify its agitation if the government continued to pay no heed to the employees’ demands, the union general secretry added.

TCL is arguably the only manufacturer producing white cement from a raw material other than conventional limestone.