Madras race club's plea dismissed

A plea from the Madras Race Club to dismiss a civil suit from 164 workers, who sought permission to rejoin duty in the club after striking work, was rejected by the Madras High Court.

Published: 27th October 2013 08:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th October 2013 08:24 AM   |  A+A-

A plea from the Madras Race Club to dismiss a civil suit from 164 workers, who sought permission to rejoin duty in the club after striking work, was rejected by the Madras High Court.

Refusing to reject the suit, Justice V Ramasubramanian said the Club had not come up with any assertion as to whether the relationship of master and servant was severed or not. The only assertion made in the affidavit was that the workers deliberately absented themselves from attending to work without reason from August 2012 and that most of them were casual labourers, who had not worked for the required number of days in a year to claim themselves as workmen. Upholding the workers’  legal right to file a civil suit in the court, the judge said that even if the labour court ruled in favour of the workers, at most it could grant wages to them for the strike period. 

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