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Sep 23, 2009

Pricol V.P dies after attack ...

Labour unrest at Coimbatore-based auto instruments maker, Pricol, took an ugly turn on Tuesday with the company’s vice-president(human resources) Roy J George succumbing to injuries he sustained after he was allegedly assaulted by a section of agitating workers.

Roy (47) had suffered multiple head injuries after the workers reportedly attacked him with iron rods at the company’s Periyanaickanpalayam unit on Monday. He died at a private hospital on Tuesday. Four staff members were also injured.Pricol had on Saturday dismissed 42 workers at its Kuniamuthur unit for indiscipline. The company said that capacity utilization slipped to 10% as a group of workers were not allowing others to work.

12 workers held for V-P murder

Labour unrest took a bloody turn when a section of agitating workers killing a Coimbatore-based firm’s vice-president (human resources) Roy J George. "Despite constant warnings and a showcause notice, they (workers) didn’t shape up,’’ Pricol executive director Vanitha Mohan said.

Roy, an alumnus of IIM-Calcutta, was spearheading efforts to bring operations back on track by initiating a dialogue with the agitating labourers. "The workers attacked Roy using iron rods and wooden sticks,’’ Coimbatore SP N Kannan said. The police arrested nine workers from the Periyanaickanpalayam unit and three workers of Chinnamadhampalayam unit.

A repeat of Greater Noida case?

In the last week of November 2007, trouble began brewing at the Graziano Transmissioni (India) unit at Greater Noida. What began as a "small dispute" between the management and employees, police said, led to a sit-in over the dismissal of a few labourers. Almost a year later, on September 22, 2008, workers marched into the office of CEO L K Choudhury to demand reinstatement of some workers. Argument turned to violence and within minutes, Choudhury was beaten to death. A Noida court sent 76 employees to jail on murder charges; another 74 were jailed for rioting. The case is pending trial.

Meanwhile, shocked over the death, industry lobby Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Southern Region, strongly condemned the attack on George.In a statement here, C.R. Swaminathan, chairman CII Southern Region, said any labour issue would need to be resolved through consensus only and not through violence.

Concerned with the increasing incidents of labour unrest, Swaminathan urged the Tamil Nadu government to take firm action against those who had taken law in their hands.In his message, C.K. Ranganathan, chairman, CII-Tamil Nadu, appealed to the state government for its intervention in protecting the interests of labour and management.

When contacted by IANS, state Labour Minister T.M. Anbarasan was not available for comment on the increasing labour unrest in the state.











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