Orind workers reject offer

Rourkela: Agitating workers of a defunct refractory unit at Lathikata near here have rejected the wage payment offer of one month to 47 workers of the total 760 employees. Independent MLA from Biramitrapur and President of Lathikata Mazdoor Manch, George Tirkey who is leading the agitation, criticised Orind management for offering only Rs 3.73 lakh as part payment towards workers dues as promised earlier.

Tirkey said the agitating workers have been demanding their outstanding dues for last 15 years and restoration of production in the refractory unit. Earlier, the state government had promised to the agitating workers that, wages for two months would be paid on Monday but government failed to keep its promise, Tirkey said.