Cement workers to protest on November 16, India

Cement workers to protest on November 16, India
Published: 02 November 2007

Workers in cement factories will observe November 16 as "All India Protest Day" over the manufacturers’ "reluctance" in announcing an ad hoc payment to employees in view of the huge profits being made by them.

Various workers union has also decided to go on a one-day strike in January next year if its demands are not met, N Nanjappan, General Secretary of ’Indian National Cement Workers’ Federation’, said.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the various cement workers federations and central trade unions held in the capital yesterday, he said.

The manufacturers have not shown any "favourable response to the reasonable request and proposal for providing an ad hoc payment to the workers in view of the huge profits being made by the employers and the steep increase in prices," he claimed.

"We cannot accept this unhelpful attitude on the part of the employers and we decided to observe an all India protest day on November 16 by conducting dharnas and demonstrations," he said.

The meeting has also decided to organise a National Convention of Cement Workers Federations and other unions on December eight in New Delhi.