Dunlop impasse: Mrinal to meet Ruia on Monday

Written by Political Bureau | Kolkata, Nov 21 | Updated: Nov 22 2008, 06:26am hrs
The West Bengal government has intervened to solve the Dunlop stalemate. State labour and power minister Mrinal Banerjee will have a meeting with Dunlop India chairman Pawan Ruia on November 24. Banerjee himself said this on Friday. Work, however, remained suspended at the Sahaganj factory.

Representatives of the INTUC and CITU, the labour wings of the Congress and the CPI(M), respectively, on Friday met Banerjee. They actually came to discuss the minimum wage issue, but raised Dunlop as well at their meeting with Banerjee.

"The minister told us to give him in writing our stand on Dunlop and we have already submitted that to him. On Monday, he has called Pawan Ruia. He told us that he would later call labour unions for talks. We hope that the state government's efforts will be successful," Promothesh Sen, INTUC state secretary, told FE. The CITU delegation was led by Kali Ghosh, its state secretary.

The Trinamool Congress has also urged the government to intervene. Partha Chatterjee, the leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, visited the Sahaganj factory on Friday morning.

"The situation in Sahaganj is serious. We have urged the minister to call all concerned for talks," Shovandev Chattopadhyay, Trinamool MLA and general secretary of the Trinamool Congress Trade Union Congress, said at the Writers' Buildings.