Puducherry

Unpaid for 57 months, PASIC staff protest

A struggle for survival: PASIC employees staging a demonstration in Puducherry on Wednesday, demanding settlement of salaries for the last 57 months.

A struggle for survival: PASIC employees staging a demonstration in Puducherry on Wednesday, demanding settlement of salaries for the last 57 months.   | Photo Credit: S_S_KUMAR

They blame the firm’s decision to diversify for its financial woes

Employees of the Puducherry Agro Services and Industries Corporation (PASIC) on Wednesday staged a demonstration in front of the PASIC office at Thattanchavady demanding disbursal of pending salaries for 57 months.

The employees have been fighting with the government for disbursal of salary under the banner of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC). According to them, the management had failed to disburse salaries to employees, including voucher-based and daily wage workers, for the last 57 months.

Led by CPI State council member Sethu Selvam, the protesters alleged that nine workers had died and their families were suffering. The management had been violating all labour laws. The government should disburse salary arrears to all workers, they added.

Bad move

Since its inception in 1986, PASIC had been the nodal agency for the distribution of agricultural inputs such as fertilizers. It slipped into a debt trap after the management decided to diversify its business, said an employee.

“Without heeding the advice of employees, the management entered into other businesses, including opening of liquor outlets. The financial mismanagement contributed to the present plight of the organisation. It had an outstanding loans to the tunes of several crores of rupees,” said another worker. The school and college admissions would start soon and there was no money to pay even the fees. “We are living without any benefits. The government has not come up with any plan to address our grievances,” the protesters added.

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