Mysuru, February 11:- Condemning the untimely removal of some of the employees, AT&S Employees’ Association staged a protest near the Mysuru Deputy Commissioner’s office here on Thursday (February 11).
It is alleged that the Nanjangud-based AT&S factory has ousted 71 employees who have been working for the last 12 years without valid reasons. Demanding justice, the employees union protested, urging the management to reinstate the sacked employees.
The protesters said, “The 30-year-old company is engaged in making printed circuit boards and is making crores of rupees by exporting them. More than 800 employees are with the company. Around 100 employees were roped in as technical trainees in 2008. Though they were supposed to be made permanent employees after two years, they had to continue as temporary employees for 12 years. Questioning the management move, the employees approached the court when the problem started.”
The protesters said, “During the Covid-induced lockdown, the management tried to force the employees to come to work, though Nanjangud was declared a coronavirus “red zone.” Given the pandemic situation, some 71 employees were forced to take leave. Treating this as an offence, the management terminated the services of 71 employees. The ousted employees are struggling for their livelihood.”
They added, ”Deputy Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri should call the management for talks and discuss the employees’ issues.”
Employees’ association president and general secretary were present during the protest. (MR/KS)