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INDCO employees want demands met

Udhagamandalam: A meeting of the Nilgiris District Industrial Cooperative (INDCO) Tea Factories Workers Association held here recently resolved to resort to a series of agitations if its demands were not met soon.

Condemning the attitude of the INDCO tea factories management in not revising the wages for the past about 13 years, the meeting pointed out that about 1,500 workers and administrative staff were employed in 17 INDCO factories.

The employment of about fifty percent of the workers was yet to be regularized.

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Many were retiring as temporary employees.

With vacancies not being filled, production was affected.

Due to poor management, three factories were not functioning.

For the past about two years, the workers had been fighting for their demands including pay hike, regularization of employment, jobs for dependents, reopening of the Ebbanad, Kilkotagiri and Kotagiri factories, and payment of relief.

The plight of the workers has also been brought to the notice of the Minister for Rural Industries Pongalur Palanisamy, apart from the three MLAs in the district.

Stating that talks held so far had failed, the meeting pointed out that another round of talks was scheduled to be held on July 7.

Expressing the hope that the Special Officers of all the factories and the Managing Director of Indcoserve (the apex body of the INDCO tea factories in the Nilgiris) would participate, the association members said that if their demands were not met, they would organise a series of demonstrations including road blockade agitations.

The Vice President of the association Velusamy presided.

The General Secretary T.Gandhi and L.Thiagarajan of CITU were among those who participated in the proceedings.

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