Furniture factory workers go on strike

June 04, 2014 09:20 am | Updated 09:20 am IST - CHENNAI:

Workers of a furniture factory belonging to a leading private company near Guduvanchery have been on strike since Monday morning, seeking revision of wages.

Staff at the 30-year-old factory belonging to Wipro Enterprises at Vallanchery village, Guduvanchery, complained that despite appeals over several months for a hike in the monthly salaries of those who have been working for more than two decades, their management did not relent.

More than 40 workers are taking part in the strike and while the women workers returned home on Monday evening and rejoined the agitation on Tuesday morning, the men have been on a fast for the past two days. Assurances to revise the workers’ salaries had not been adhered to, and the response from the State government, especially the department of labour, was not positive, workers said.

Most of the workers, including very senior staff, were taking home a monthly salary of between Rs. 8,000 and Rs. 15,000. Personnel belonging to the human resources department of the private company refused to comment on the workers’ demands.

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