Odia laborers allege exploitation in Chennai

Bhubaneswar: Odia laborers working in a textile firm in Chennai have alleged exploitation by their employer. The incident came to light when a few labourers alleged that they have not been paid their wages for the past six months by their employer – Platinum Textiles.

Around 200 Odias from Jharsuguda, Sambalpur and Kendrapara are working in the company.

“Even though we have been working there for a long time, the company is yet to pay our wages and food allowance for quite some time. When asked to pay our dues, company authorities are abusing us and asking us to leave. There are more than 200 people from Odisha working here. After our earlier president who represented us left, the new president is harassing us,” said complainant labourer Rakesh Kumar Rout.