Striking workers refuse to budge

2017-07-20 06:02

MORE than 50 workers from a factory in
Missionlands downed tools last Monday went on strike asking for a salary increase.

The workers blockaded the road with burning tyres and protested outside the company premises.

The workers are demanding 50% salary increase while the employer is offering a five percent.

One of the workers, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “Some of us have worked for more than five years in this company with no benefits. The employer should give us 50% increase.”

On Tuesday afternoon, the Weekly learnt that the management of the company was in a meeting discussing a way forward as striking workers refused to accept the offer made by the employer.

Police spokesperson in Captain Mark Prakasim: “The police received a call from the company requesting our intervention as workers were burning tyres and protesting outside the premises. They [workers] were addressed and dispersed peacefully.”
On Wednesday, July 12 workers continued protesting outside the company. The manager did not respond to questions sent by the Weekly last Wednesday.
At the time of going to press, no comment was forthcoming from the company.

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