TAMIL NADU

Milk unit workers go on flash strike

Pondicherry July 3. A section of workers in the Pondicherry Cooperative Milk Producers Union at Kurumbapet near here today went on a sudden strike to protest against the suspension of an official by the management.

The production plant--PONLAIT--meets the requirements of nearly 110 outlets in Pondicherry region. The milk sachets would be lifted out of the plant for distribution at 12.30 p.m. But due to the strike, there was a delay by two and half hours in lifting the milk.

According to sources the management served suspension notice on the Assistant General Manager based on certain allegations against him.

The workers deflated tyres of vehicles used for transporting the milk sachets. Should the consignment return unsold the management might incur a loss of as much as Rs 1.2 lakhs. The PONLAIT supplies 10,000 litres in one batch to retail outlets.

The management sought the police help and nearly 38 workers were detained in D.Nagar.

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