Strike illegal, says Hidesign management

The management of Hidesign has said that the strike by the employees of its leather factory at Odhiampet here is illegal when conciliatory proceedings were on at the Labour office.

The employees had not issued the mandatory 14 days strike notice to the company, said R. Sathiyanarayanan, Personnel and Liaisoning Manager of Hidesign.

He said that the management was ready for negotiations on wage increase, medical check up and productivity linked incentive.

However, the union leaders are not willing to participate in talks on productivity and any change in system of productivity to sustain in the competitive market.

Mr. Sathyanarayanan said that the management was providing an average salary of Rs.6,500 per month, Provident Fund, ESI and bonus as per rules.

He said that around 350 of the total 550 workers in the leather factory were willing to return to work.

But a few union leaders were threatening these workers by adopting coercive methods.