WEST BENGAL: RICE MILL WORKERS GOT VICTORY

08 August 2019

A Union was running by other leaders in Kalyani Solvex Pvt. Ltd. Situated at Naroi, Dakshin Dinajpur, West Bengal. Approx 300 workers are working in this mill. Rice Bran oil is main product of this mill. Though workers were organized in a trade union, they are not satisfied with the leadership. At last they organized under the Banner of Trade Union Centre of India (TUCI). Major workers had joined. So the ongoing union was remained, only leadership has been changed and a new committee has been formed by General Body of the workers.

After forming the leadership union started to raise the workers demands which were long pending. At first seeing workers unity the owner of the mill arrange meeting with the union but he was not ready to accept any demand of the workers, mainly increasing wage.  After failure of two consecutive bi-partite meeting workers under the basnner of the Kalyani Solvex Shramik Union affiliated to TUCI declared strike. Owner tried by every means including Goons and Police, but failed to break the workers unity.

So at last after 9 days strike Owner was again compelled to sit with the Union for the conciliation. Labour department was also involved in this. A settlement and agreement signed between the union and owner in the mill, under the supervision of Deputy Labour Commissioner of Balurghat. Workers got victory. Owner was compelled to increase the demand of wage hike. Wage hike was10%. Other demands were also more or less met.

This is again a great victory in the Dakshin Dinajpur industrial area. Workers of other factory are also jubilant to see this victory. There are possibilities to form union other factories also

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Kabeer Katlat

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