TAMIL NADU

IMFL outlets transact business as usual

With the police providing security cover, all 223 retail outlets of Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation Limited (TASMAC) in the district, selling Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL), transacted business as usual on Wednesday as the strike call given by the trade unions of Left Parties had no impact.

Demanding timescale, eight-hour duty, weekly holiday, regularisation of service, the TASMAC employees union affiliated to the Left Parties, had issued the strike notice and threatened to go on an indefinite strike from August 11. However, the State government had warned that the striking employees of TASMAC would be removed from service and new workers appointed by obtaining the seniority list from the employment exchanges.

Sensing the impending trouble, the TASMAC employees announced that they would go on token strike for one day on August 11. However, the government had made it clear that new recruits would replace the absentees.

Apart from getting a report on the stock position of every IMFL shop, the TASMAC officials, who took the duplicate key of the outlets with them on Tuesday itself, also asked the personnel to report for duty at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

Of the 1,078 TASMAC workers, only 11 failed to report on Wednesday while all others came around 8.45 a.m. itself. District Manager, TASMAC, K. Karunakaran said 15 flying squads, which had been formed in the wake of the strike announcement, were moving around with police security and no untoward incident was reported from any part of the district.

Tuticorin

Almost all TASMAC outlets remained open as usual despite the strike call by trade unions. The sale at these shops commenced from morning as usual with the presence of adequate salesmen and supervisors. A team comprising the Revenue department staff and tahsildars monitored the outlets. Police personnel were also deployed in front of all liquor shops to provide security. No untoward incident was reported.

Nagercoil

The TASMAC outlets made business as usual and remained open in almost all parts of the district except for five shops in Marthandam following a state-wide token strike called by their union.

The TASMAC officials had collected the keys from the employees of as many as 147 shops in the midnight of Tuesday and had made alternative arrangement for appointing temporary staff. But the strike evoked no response as almost all the employees returned to duty.

Police personnel were deployed in front of all the shops to prevent any untoward incident.



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