SKM sniffs Govt’s hand behind Alembic shut down

Gangtok, 06 Mar:

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha has alleged that Alembic Pharmaceutical decided to shut down the factory on the advice of the State government to break the unity developing between workers of different companies and to safeguard the interests of private companies.

Addressing a press conference here today, SKM party spokesperson, Jacob Khaling, demanded that the company reopen and reinstate all the six expelled workers.

Should the factory not resume operations, the State Government should absorb all the now unemployed workers under the One Family, One Job scheme and provide employment to the rest with government undertaking.

He stated that SKM waited for more than a month for the Labour Department to resolve the issue between the workers and the Alembic management. When this time lapsed without any developments, the party decided to step in and get involved on behalf of the protesting workers, he said.

He informed that a seven-member SKM delegation had met with the Alembic management on 04 March and they had sought one day’s time and assured to give a decision on 06 March. Instead of communication, a notice was put up announcing suspension of operations.

He insisted that the issue was “very simple” as all that the company had to do was take back the six expelled employees. “However, instead of resolving this simple issue unfortunately the company has shut down its plant,” he said.

SKM has further argued that the factory has not been shut following prescribed rules and reiterated the allegation that the State Government was behind this development.

SKM labour front vice-president, Ganden Lachungpa, also alleged that the State government was working in the interest of private companies instead to working for workers.