Family members of over 1,200 contract workers engaged in various activities at the public sector paper major Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited dispatched letters from various destinations to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa seeking her intervention to regularise the services of their family heads in the profit-making company.

There are an estimated 1,350 contract workers in the Kagithapuram facility of the TNPL in Karur district. They have been demanding for decades to regularise their services but to no avail. Successive governments have promised them something but have dithered when they were returned to power.

In fact, many a senior official have clearly explained the position of the company in that regard several times over, but the contract workers have been nourishing dreams of a service regularisation.

A month back the workers themselves had dispatched letters to the Chief Minister seeking her intervention on their demand. When no acknowledgement came forward, now their dependants have written to the Chief Minister drawing her attention to the finer details.

In the letter dispatched from post offices, including Karur Head Post Office, Velayuthampalayam, Noyyal (all in Karur district), Kodumudi in Erode district and Paramathi Velur in Namakkal district, the contract workers’ dependants have pointed out that they have been getting just Rs.310 per working day as wages and no social security. Their work recognition would entail a few crore rupees outflow but they would compensate that by their extra bit of support to the cause.

They also sought to remind the Chief Minister that during 2009 the AIADMK had under the leadership of the present Transport Minister V. Senthil Balaji, Karur MP M. Thambi Durai and senior party MLA A. Pappa Sundaram organised a demonstration in front of the TNPL factory in support of their demand. The workers, cutting across party affiliations, have formed an umbrella organisation to take forward the issue under the brand of TNPL Contract Workers’ Federation.

1,200 contract workers of TNPL demand regularisation of work