CITU protest at Synthite Industries' plant turns violent in Kerala

The Synthite Industries spokesperson alleged the protesters blocked the employees from entering the factory and physically assaulted them.

Published: 04th June 2018 03:22 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th June 2018 03:22 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

KOCHI: The Synthite Industries’ plant at Kadayiruppu witnessed dramatic events in the early hours of Sunday after a flash protest held by the Synthite Industries Employees’ Union (affiliated to CITU), turned violent. The Synthite Industries spokesperson alleged the protesters blocked the employees from entering the factory and physically assaulted them. A supervisor was admitted to a private hospital after he was manhandled. Protesters are also accused of destroying the company ambulance and other vehicles parked in the vicinity of the factory.

The Puthencruz police station registered a case based on the statements of the supervisor and the ambulance driver. The protesters’ act of blocking the employees to enter the company has found its mention in the police report. Though the police have stationed a unit at the factory, the protesters continued with the sit-in outside the Synthite unit at Kadayiruppu.

A senior company executive said the police stood mute witness when the protesters ran amok. However, K S Arunkumar, president of Synthite Industries Employees’ Union (CITU), denied the allegations. “We only blocked people from entering their scheduled shift as the company went against our earlier agreement by transferring 18 employees on May 30,” he told Express.

The transfer of seven employees by the Synthite management last month had sparked a protest led by the CITU-union. The following protest ended after mediation efforts from the District Labour Commissioner was successful in resolving the dispute.

Commenting on the transfer of 18 employees on May 30, the management said the employees belonged to a team which was designated to operate the machinery that it was forced to transfer to its Coimbatore plant due to the earlier lockout. The spokesperson said the 18-member team comprised employees belonging to both CITU and Synthite Employees’ Welfare Association (SEWA), which is not affiliated to any political party.Synthite has been operating in Kerala since 1972 and has the track record of being a largely ‘employee-friendly’ company.

Stay up to date on all the latest Kochi news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

  • Subramaniam Dharana

    Where is the atmosphere which will not drive entrepreurs away from Kerala? This industry, one of the lone exporters of spices derivatives have a very strong reputation world wide of its products. Now it will be killed. Kerala will repeat its fate in spices just like what has happened to cashew
    7 months ago reply
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp