Bata India threatens to suspend operations at Batanagar unit

KOLKATA - Shoe manufacturer Bata India Ltd has threatened to indefinitely suspend work at its Batanagar unit in West Bengal if the contract labourers did not withdraw their strike immediately.

A company notice Wednesday said the management may declare suspension of work in Batanagar at any time if the strike is not withdrawn.

In case of suspension of work, the responsibility would solely lie on the contract labourers and their union representatives, the statement said.

Around 200 contract labourers are on strike before the company gate from Monday demanding a wage hike.

“They are demanding a wage hike. They haven’t got any wage hike for four years,” Subir Chakraborty, president of the Bata Mazdoor Union, said here.

But the management said a hike is not possible keeping in view the rising competition in the market. Instead, it has asked some contract labourers to take voluntary retirement, he said.

The Bata Mazdoor Union is affiliated to the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC).

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