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Anrak workers facing repression: CITU

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VISAKHAPATNAM: Workers engaged by the sub-contractors in the construction of Anrak aluminium refinery and cogeneration plant at Makavarapalem are facing a lot of repression, their safety was ignored and labour laws and provisions like PF and ESI were not being implemented by the management, CITU district committee said here on Saturday.

The workers, numbering around 5,000, including 2,000 from outside the State, went on a flash strike on December 20 demanding implementation of minimum wages, better amenities at their colonies and workplace, removal of security officer Srinivasa Rao who was “harassing” them, and other demands but on Thursday, the management used armed police to force the workers to go back to work and got the leaders arrested. Later when a woman worker Parvathi from Mahabubnagar district received head injuries while at work, she was shifted to an undisclosed place. Workers said she had died due to the injuries but the management and the police are keeping mum, said the CITU leaders at a press conference.

CITU State vice-president A..Ajay Sarma, district general secretary S. Ramesh and city general secretary M. Jaggu Naidu spoke at the press conference.

Land for the Anrak plant was forcibly taken from the farmers with an assurance that they would get employment and work started though the Central government had not sanctioned permit for bauxite mining in the Visakha Agency area, but locals were not engaged, the CITU leaders alleged.

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