Balasore, Oct 16 (Odisha.in) Hundreds of contract labourers working in Oriplast plastic pipe factory here are on a mass dharna since last four days with their various demands.
The labourers under the banner of ‘Oriplast Mazdoor Sabha’ were demanding implementation of the agreement signed between the company officials and labourers regarding their salary and at least 20 percent bonus for the contract labourers.
The contract labourers led by Arun Swain, general secretary of Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS) also staged a demonstration and protest meeting in front of the company gate besides opposing the entry of officials and other company workers.
“The labourers got agitated after the company declared 20 percent bonus for the company labourers and 8.33 percent for contract laourers,” claimed Swain.
“With the same labour the company labourers get more salary then the contract labourers. But the bonus amount should be the same for both the category. It is unjust on the part of company authorities as they always neglect the contract laourers,” he alleged.
Meanwhile, the company high-ups were discussing with agitating labourers to come for a settlement.
When contacted, S Patnaik, President (Works) of Oriplast, said, “How can the company labourers be compared with the contract labourers. However, we are trying to convince them and hope the problem will be resolved soon.”