Just two days after the employees of Salboni currency printing press deciding to stop working overtime, citing health reasons, former minister and working president of the Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Employees Union (BRBNMEU), Mysuru, S A Ramadas said that 823 of total 825 employees at the Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Private Limited (BRBNMPL), Mysuru, have volunteered to work for 12 hours shifts pattern round-the-clock till January 31, 2017.
The decision was taken in the interest of the nation to ease the cash crises in the country, he told mediapersons on Saturday. Ramadas said that no employee was compelled to work 12 hours and that everyone had written to the Labour Department informing the same.
Ramadas further said that no employee had taken any kind of leave and was working seven days a week. Asked about the potential risk that continuous work may pose to the health of the employees, his reply, however, was not satisfactory.
It may be mentioned that after working in 12-hour shift for the past fortnight, some of the employees of Salboni currency printing press began complaining of lower back pain, disturbed sleep and overall physical and mental stress.
Asked if working for 12 hours doesn’t amount to the violation of labour laws, Ramadas said that there was a provision in the law under which employees were allowed to work for 12 hours in times of ‘emergencies’.
He alleged that discontinuation of 12-hour shift at Salboni currency printing press is politically motivated.
Currency note production in Mysuru surges
Since the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes was announced on November 8, the BRBNMPL Mysuru has been printing currency double its average limit. The printing unit has so far printed two thousand million notes since November 9 and the percentage of note printing per employees had gone up from 0.9 million notes per month to 2.4 million notes per month, Ramadas claimed.