Nagpur: Nearly 850 contractual workers of JSW Ispat Steel Coated Products Ltd went on strike from June 15, 2016 to press for their various demands including permanent status for contractual workers. Sources said that on June 18, 2016, the workers assumed a more agitated mood and prevented the officials from entering and exiting from the factory premises.
Today (i.e. June 18, 2016) is the fourth day of strike claimed President of Reshtriya Ispat Asangatith Kamgar Sanghatna Kamlesh Tripathi while speaking to Nagpur Today.
He said that 850 contractual workers are working in the company while only 60 workers are permanent. A similar strike was staged in the year 2014 too where the workers staged a strike for 9 days. He claimed that hundreds of striking workers have been working in the plant for the last 20-25 years in temporary or contractual status. The workers have been subjected to various harassments and exploitation despite their hard work in the production of JSW Ispat Steel Coated Products.
The representatives of the Worker’s Union had a discussion with the management on May 25, 2016 over various demands. The demands include:
- The workers who are performing the role of skilled workers should be paid the wages of skilled workers.
- The 500 vacant posts of contractual workers should be filled up soon with permanent status.
- Those workers who are working in the production department and those who are aiding in the production should be paid equal wages and incentives.
- The workers who had knocked the doors of the Courts for justice should not be threatened by Management of the company of dire consequences and pressurized to withdraw the cases.
The strike has been led by President of Reshtriya Ispat Asangatith Kamgar Sanghatna Kamlesh Tripathi.
JSW Ispat Steel Ltd was set up as Nippon Denro Ispat Limited in May 1984 by Founding Chairman M L Mittal. The company has operations in iron, steel, mining, energy and infrastructure. It has two integrated steel plants, located at Dolvi and Kalmeshwar near Nagpur in Maharashtra.