The industrial belt of Asansol-Durgapur once again witnessed militant trade unionism when the supporters of Trinamool backed labour union, INTTUC stopped transportation of compressed natural gas (CNG) in Asansol yesterday.
Trinamool trade union workers stopped transportation of CNG produced by Great Eastern Energy Corporation Limited (GEECL) in Asansol for over 10 hours since 8 am demanding wage hike, health insurance, accident policy and weekly leave for tanker drivers.
The INTTUC workers armed with union flag demonstrated outside the plant gate in Kanyapur of Asansol. They also locked up the gate and planted flags at the gate as well.
Great Eastern Energy Corporation Ltd. (GEECL) is a pioneer in the field of Coal Bed Methane (CBM) in India. The company is a fully integrated, leading Indian CBM company focused on the monetisation of natural gas from coal seams. The Delhi based company is exploring and producing CNG from coal based methane in Burdwan, Bankura and Purulia since 2008.
The INTTUC workers alleged that they were forced to work for 24 hours but not given over time. The company is making profit by squeezing the workers,” said Raju Ahluwalia, an INTTUC leader. Company officials were not available for comments.
In spite of repeated caution by the industry minister, Mr. Partha Chatterjee and Labour minister, Mr. Purnenndu Bose that militant trade unionism will not be tolerated; it appears the call fell in deaf ear only.