: As a fast by the All India Trade Union Congress activist C.S. Vinod, seeking to end a strike by a section of Manappuram Finance employees, entered the 18th day on Thursday, Communist Party of India (CPI) State secretary Pannyan Ravindran sought the government’s urgent intervention to end the agitation.
The company’s employees in Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod have been on strike accusing the management of deliberately harassing them, Mr. Raveendran told presspersons here.
He said the management had refused to hold talks despite efforts by the local MLA and the district administration to start discussions. The government should take steps to check the repressive and anti-labour policies of the management.
Mr. Raveendran criticised the move to hand over drinking water supply to a company floated on the lines of Cochin International Airport Ltd. with the government and the Kerala Water Authority having a 23 per cent stake each.
The government was bound to ensure free availability of drinking water to the public and the move to hand over the task to a company would be opposed.
He said the move to nominate three more members to the 18-member Public Service Commission was a tactic to escape a political crisis within the United Democratic Front.
Mr. Raveendran expressed resentment over the growing clout of communal and casteist outfits in governance. The grim situation was not good for the State.
E. Chandrasekharan, MLA, accompanied Mr. Raveendran to the venue where Mr. Vinod is staging the fast.