AFT Mill Workers to Move Court for Pension Benefits

Published: 07th October 2014 06:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th October 2014 06:06 AM   |  A+A-

PUDUCHERRY : The members of the All Trade Unions Action Committee of Anglo-French Textiles have decided to move court to get the pension and gratuity benefits for employees, who had retired from service since 2011.

This was decided at a meeting of the trade unions of the century-old mill here on Monday. The meeting, chaired by V S Abishegam, said the pension for the retired employees was not disbursed even after the stipulated 30 days.

Abishegam demanded that at least one portion of the benefits should be disbursed before Deepavali to those employees, who opted for Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS).

He also urged the administration to raise the minimum bonus to `15,000 and be distributed within 10 days.

The Action Committee member wanted the administration to take steps to make the mill fully functional. Abishegam said the mill had not been functioning properly after the 2011 ‘Thane’ cyclone, which damaged the buildings and machines.

Abishegam reiterated the demand that the Territorial government should approach the Union government for releasing `500 crore, which could be utilised for the renovation of the mill  and modernisation of the machines.

V S Abishegam said the Trade Unions Action Committee would stage a dharna on Tuesday in front of the Anglo-French Textiles mill to press for their demands.


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