Labour unrest hit Nalco alluminium production

Angul: The on-going strike by the contract workers of the smelter and captive power plants of the public sector Navratna company Nalco which entered the third fay today has started hampering alluminium production at its Angul plant. Alluminium production per day has fallen to 920 metric tonnes from one thousand metric tonnes. Loading and unloading work of coal for the plant too has come to a grinding halt.

At the Damanjodi unit of Nalco, the scene was no different on the third day of the agitation. The strike by the contractual workers has badly hampered the mechanical, civil and electrical maintenance wings of the plant. Coal supply to the plant by goods trains has been stopped completely.

Over 16 thousand contractual workers of the two, Angul and Damanjodi, units of Nalco have been on strike for the last three days in demand of the fulfillment of their 35-point charter of demands. The major demand pertained to payment and hike of payments like the permanent workers of the PSU.

The strike is being spearheaded by four trade unions. Tye company management had held talks with the unions on Thursday to settle the impasse. But the meeting failed and the contractual workers agaun went on strike. Another meeting has been slated for November 22 to resolve the crisis.