Rs 300 crore export business in Kerala may move to Tamil Nadu after being waved by BMS – The New Indian Express
Express press service
KOCHI: A Kochi-based company with an export turnover of Rs 300 crore and employing 250 people (100 under contract) is the latest casualty of militant unionism in the state. The difference this time is that the disturbance is caused by Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), the union branch of Sangh Parivar.
Arjuna Natural, which exports herbal spice extracts to the United States and Europe, is facing a strike and operational disruptions from BMS workers at its Edayar factory in Ernakulam since April 23. Company officials said they would be forced to move the company to Tamil Nadu, where the company already has two larger factories, one in Coimbatore and the other in Sathyamangalam.
Although the immediate strike came after Arjuna Natural fired nine junior workers following the recent closure of three of its four factories, officials have blamed BMS, which recently began exerting influence over some of its workers, of the sudden deterioration of the situation. operation of the company.
Incidentally, CITU and INTUC, the labor wing of CPM and Congress respectively, have no presence at Arjuna Natural. Officials said Industry Minister P Rajeeve had promised full protection for its uninterrupted operation. The district labor officer called a meeting on Tuesday to resolve the impasse between management and the BMS.
“We have been a union-free company for our 32 years of existence. BMS, which has recently started interfering in the company’s affairs, has made matters worse. They attacked our senior managers outside the company premises,” said Rajesh MS, Human Resources Manager at Arjuna Natural. He said the company’s pay deal was valid until 2024, under which employees are entitled to full benefits.
“It can’t be revised all of a sudden.”
He said the company was going through a tough time after its nine shipments worth millions were sent back from Europe after the European Union set the maximum allowable level of ethylene oxide in exports of spices at 0.1 mg/kg. “The rule change forced us to close three factories, affecting our exports.
The strike did not disrupt the operation of the company: BMS
Kochi: BMS General Secretary Sreeviji TV said that six workers dismissed from the company were from BMS. “The company has taken the categorical position of not recognizing any unions. This is the root cause of the problem. The BMS unit started at Arjuna Natural after 30 workers from the production side approached us,” he said. “Our strike did not disrupt the operation of the company. The company has recently invested in modern technology by investing Rs 50 crore. It laid off some workers,” he said.