Comtrust action committee plans satyagraha from April 2

An action committee set up to support employees of the defunct Comtrust Weaving Factory will launch a five-day satyagraha outside the central library here from April 2 in protest against the government apathy towards the takeover of the company.

This was decided at a meeting held here on Wednesday. P. Sivaprakash, joint convener, Comtrust Weaving Factory Workers’ Action Committee, said in a release that the factory set up in 1844 was one of the few heritage monuments in Kozhikode. The Archaeological Survey of India and the State Archaeological Department had earlier proposed to conserve it as a heritage structure. The Kerala Assembly had in 2012 passed an Bill recommending State government take-over of the factory.

The district Industrial Disputes Tribunal ordered in 2017 that all the employees on the rolls in 2009, when the factory was shut down, be given the wages and other benefits and the institution be reopened. The President of India too had assented to the Bill.

The action committee alleged that despite all these, the State government was dilly dallying with the acquisition. Mr. Sivaprakash added that the satyagraha would be followed by more agitations.

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