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AITUC writes to ILO on Jessop union leader issue

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KOLKATA, March 23

THE All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) has written to the International Labour Organisation drawing its attention to the action taken by the Centre against one of the trade union leaders of Jessop.

Mr Alok Brahmachari, who was spearheading the protest against the privatisation of the engineering PSU, was suspended on March 19 by the Jessop management.

Addressing a press conference here in this regard, Mr Gurudas Dasgupta, AITUC general secretary, said it was also approaching the Human Rights Commission pointing out that trade unions also had basic rights. "We will also approach the court for remedy''.

Mr Brahmachari, a senior manager in-charge of EMU-BG in Jessop, was served with a suspension order by the Executive Director (Human Resources) of Jessop saying that disciplinary action was contemplated against him on some serious allegations and that he was being suspended.

Mr Dasgupta said the action taken by the Jessop management was in violation of all norms and was done at the behest of the Centre.

He said the decision was taken at a board meeting with one of the joint secretaries being specially present to ensure that the directive of the Department of Heavy Industries was carried out.

It may be mentioned that even as the employees were carrying out their agitation, the TU leadership has moved the Calcutta High Court with a writ petition and an interim stay is now in force.

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