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‘Management delaying factory reopening’

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The management of Apollo Tyres is adopting different tactics to delay the reopening of the company’s Kalamassery unit, trade unions have alleged.

K.N. Ravindranath, president of the Premier Tyres Employees’ Union (CITU) said here on Thursday that the management is trying to portray that the company has become a non-viable one. “The unit was till recently a profit-making enterprise. The firm that has 1,800 permanent employees ran into bad times because of the opposition to adopt modern technology. Steps have to be taken to boost the quality and productivity, by stage-by-stage investment.”

He said that the management did not seek the government’s permission before closing it down.

The president of the Premier Tyres Workers’ Union V. D. Satheesan, MLA, said that employees had yielded to many conditions fixed by the management.

These include the reduction of working days from seven to six. The company is housed in land acquired by the government for exclusive industrial use and hence the land should not be used for any other purpose, Mr. Satheesan said.

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