Labour issue at Shashikar Enterprises, Bangalore
Shashikar Enterprises (Shashikar Garment Factory), a Bangalore-based garment manufacturer recently faced labour issues as it laid-off nearly 700 workers. Out of them, nearly 65 members were strongly against the layoff and wished to do job in the other units of the company. They demonstrated against the company’s decision and protested outside the Department of Labour (Karmika Bhavan) in Bangalore. Apparel Online called and sent email to the company for their comments on this issue, but the company did not respond.
According to a report of
The News Minute, the company has experienced huge losses and hence the factory was shut down on April 13. The workers approached the Deputy Labour Commissioner Venkatesh Shindihatti who had 5 meetings with factory management to sort out the issue. Venkatesh Shindihatti told AO, “Out of these 700 workers, 635 workers got their dues, but 65 workers insisted that they wanted to work in another unit of the company. The company officials were of the opinion that due to lesser orders, they are not able to shift these workers to another unit.” In the meeting of the Labour Department between the factory management and these workers held on 27th April, the workers were also asked to clear their dues, but till the writing of the news, their dues were not cleared. The organization has a total of 3 units, and according to reports, only one of them is currently operational.