JK Paper Mills in Odisha shut amid ongoing labour unrest

Rayagada: Authorities of JK Paper Mills locked up the plant today after no consensus was reached following discussions with agitating workers on Thursday.

As per reports, the protesting workers continued their stir for the eighth consecutive day today thereby forcing the authorities to shut the operations.

A tripartite meeting including workers and the district administration was held yesterday. However, no decision could be taken, informed sources.

“The agitating labourers are not resuming work. Instead they are threatening other staff. Therefore, we had no option except locking the factory at 2 PM,” said PK Suri, executive vice president, JK Paper Mills.

The contractual workers’ association have been demanding fulfilment of 14-point charter of demands. They have been staging dharna in front of the plant for the past eight days.

“They have not decided anything yet on monthly salary of Rs 18,000 and ‘equal pay for equal work’ demands. Besides, the company authorities have not given any assurance on gradation, increment and regularisation of jobs of contractual workers,” said Bishnu Mohanty, Labour union leader.

Meanwhile, apprehending law and order situation, the district administration has deployed adequate number of police personnel near the plant.

“Police are keeping a tight vigil on the situation and appropriate action will be taken if anyone tries to create trouble,” said Y. Jagannath Rao, Additional SP of Rayagada.