Kirloskar Electric employees call for strike over partial layoffs

The Company has already obtained approval from the labour department for partial layoff of workers at Govenahalli for a period of two months

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The unions of Unit-1 (Govenahalli), Unit-7 (Tumkur) and Unit-15 (Budihyal) of Kirloskar Electric are protesting the partial layoff of workmen.

Kirloskar Electric Company laid off workers at the Govenahalli unit for two months and extended the partial layoff of workmen at the Tumkur and Budihyal units for a further period of 30 days.

The Company had sought approval from the concerned labour department on June 15, to partially lay off workers at Govenahalli, and had received the same for a period of 60 days.

While the conciliation proceedings before the concerned labour officer are still pending, the workers at Tumkumar and Budihyal have called for a strike. The Company is, however, taking measures to ensure there is minimal disruption.

The operations of the Company in Karnataka and Maharashtra had come to a standstill post lockdown announcement in March. However, post receipt of relevant permissions and clearances the Company had managed to restart operations at its Mysore plant on April 27. Work had resumed at its corporate office in Bangalore and at its Pune facility on May 6, while other facilities had resumed operations on May 13.

Elsewhere, the medical staff of the Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital (YCMH) run by the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation went on strike against the misconduct of a corporator and the relatives of a patient who died during the weekend. The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) as well as the nursing staff of the hospital feel that their safety is at stake, and demanded a separate ward for doctors who test positive for COVID-19. They have also sought increased stipend and more resources.