Kolkata: Over 2,500 employees became jobless on Tuesday as the management of Shree Hanuman Jute Mills in Howrah issued a suspension of work notice at the mill gate. The conclusion of the jute factories was provoked by the money crunch made by demonetisation.
The Priya bread unit at Agarpara in North 24 Parganas district was also closed down leaving nearly 800 workers unemployed.
“With deep regrets management is hereby informed to the general body of workers and the operative Trade Unions of this mill that regarding delay of payment of wages due to discontinuation of currency note of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 non co-operation activities from the part of some workers have been increasing day by day causing labour unrest, unlawful violence activities has took place in each and every shift (sic),” read the notice.
“The management has been compelled to declared ‘temporary suspension of work’ on and from December 5 till further notice,” the statement added.
The laborers of the jute mill, which is situated in Ghusuri in Howrah, claimed that the management has utilized the demonetisation move as strategies for shutting it.
The Priya biscuit company was closed down with the management alleging huge loss.
“A number of business units have closed down in the district and this bloodbath will continue till the draconian decision is withdrawn,” Arup Ray, cooperation minister and Trinamool president of Howrah town, said.
Indian Jute Mills Association (IJMA) has also written to the state government seeking urgent intervention.
Hundreds of workers who gathered at the gates on Tuesday morning to report for duty were both aghast and angry at the decision of the management.
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