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Ruchi soya terminates contractor agreement, 92 workers left job less

Ruchi Soya Industries Ltd, part of Patanjali Group, on 8thth july terminated a labour contract agreement, indirectly terminating 92 workers in one of its units at Kakinada in Andhra Pradeshs East Godavari district. The contract workers have been on strike for the last seven days demanding minimum wages, revision of wages and social security benefits, among other demands , according to a report published in Newsclick.

It has been found that from July 9, 2020, your labours are not reported for work resulting in serious disruption of work. Even after multiple advises given to you by us to restore the work, you have failed to do so (sic), said the termination letter by the factory manager of Ruchi Soyas plant to Ch. Sudhakar Industrial Services, the manpower contractor at the oil mill.

For the last seven days, 92 contractual workers (under Sudhakar Industrial Services) of the 350 workers at the plant have been on strike demanding the release of pending bonuses for the last four years, increase in minimum wages, social security through Provident Fund, ESI benefits and implementation of labour laws at the unit. They have been protesting in front of the district collectorate and the oil mill unit.

The CITU has submitted representations to the district collector and joint commissioner of labour, urging the authorities to resolve the workers grievances, reportsNewsClick.