Labour unrest: JD(S), Congress target Karnataka govt | Bengaluru News – Times of India
Ironing out issues
BENGALURU: The Congress and JD(S) have seized the recent labour unrest at the Wistron Corporation unit in Kolar and Toyota Kirloskar at Bidadi to claim the BS Yediyurappa government has failed to address the issue.
On Sunday, former chief ministers HD Kumarasway (JDS) and Siddaramaiah (Congress) hit out at the government on social media platforms for not looking into concerns of workers on strike at the Toyota plant and those who resorted to violence at Wistron recently.
“I urge the government to call the labourers, on strike in Toyota and those who are disgruntled in the Wistron assembly unit, for talks and resolve the issue in a civilised manner,” said Siddaramaiah.
He pointed out that the Toyota unrest had entered the 40th day and still there was no resolution in sight. In the Wistron violence, Siddaramaiah said an FIR was lodged against 7,000 workers of the company, majority of whom were college students.
He also raised the issue of Aravind Fashions factory unit in Ramanagara district where workers were dismissed on account of a fall in demand for clothes in the international market.
“With the company closing its unit, scores of workers have been forced to come on the streets and their protest has entered the 20th day. Still there has been no rapprochement from the government with labourers,” said Siddaramaiah.
Kumaraswamy targeted the government over 3,000 striking employees outside Toyota Kirloskar in Ramanagara which falls in his assembly constituency.
“The government inaction has left 3,000 people on the streets and fighting for survival. The government has only helped the company and midlevel managers, rather than workers,” he alleged.
Dismissing these allegations, deputy chief minister and Ramanagara district incharge CN Ashwath Narayan said the government has taken cognisance of labour issues in both cases and taken appropriate measures.
“In the case of Wistron, we are yet to officially get the report from the labour department and will consider the issue appropriately. As far as the Toyota factory issue goes, we have facilitated talks between labourers and the company to resolve the matter. If striking workers have any grievances, they can approach the labour court for resolution,” he said.