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Suzlon to resume operations within a week
Padubidri, Dec. 07, 2017:  Suzlon Energy Ltd., a manufacturer of rotor blades in Padubdri, has officially cancelled the lockout decision.  Company's vice-president Vijay Asnani has initiated the resumption of its operations by handing over an agreement to INTUC state president Rakesh Malli in the presence of company's management committee members on Thursday.
The company  had suspended its operations at 3 am on November 14th saying that it would be impossible to continue its operations due to the non-cooperation of the workers and had announced lockout with effecct from November 29th.

The company had dismissed 300 workers and out of them more than 90% were working since 2008, when the company had started its operations.  After losing their jobs, the desperate workers staged a sudden agitation.  Kaup MLA, Udupi District Commissioner, police officials and various organisations INTUC leaders had intervened and had appealed for resuming company's operations.  Responding to this, the management had sent Mr. Asnani to resolve the issue.. After visiting the unit and holding meetings thrice, he initiated the resumption of its operations.

The unit will be free from lockout with effect from December 1st and the workers will be paid salary with effect from that date.  After solving some technical problems, the production will be resumed within a week, as informed by the company sources.

Around 269 workers from various parts of the state have arrived on Thursday and have signed the agreement.  The company has given one week's time for the remaining 60 workers from Orissa, West Bengal and Bihar.

INTUC state president Rakesh Malli attributed the success to the workers.  He said that the workers agitation had ended and the   compromise by INTUC leaders with the company officials has been successful.  He also informed that the unit will resume its operations with effect from Friday itself.

Kaup Block Congress president Naveenchandra J. Shetty who has been with the workers since the beginning of the problems, spoke on the ocasion and said that with the help of Kaup MLA Vinay Kumar Sorake and the district administration the problem has been resolved with happy ending and the company has agreed to pay the workers from the day of beginning of lockout.

INTUC Udupi district president Ganesh Kotian said that after resolving the problmes, the workers have been asked and agreed to abide by the rules and work as per the company's agreement.

INTUC DK president held talks with the leaders another labour organisation and gave a call to be united and called for a meeting within ten days to reach a compromise.

The company had transferred 38 local workers to Gujarat and Rajasthan around two months ago, including those who had given land for the project.  They had not gone there saying that it would be impossible to work outside the state due to low wages.  They had been requesting the management to allow them to coninue in Padubidri only.  On Thursday, Kaup MLA Vinay Kumar Sorake held discussions with Vijay Asnani and managed to provide a permanent solution.  The company has agreed to pay a total of Rs. 5 lakhs including Rs. 3 lakhs compensation to each of the 38 workers unwilling to shift.

INTUC state committee office-bearers Suresh PK, Abubakkar, D.R. Narayan, Stefen D'Souza, Sathish oojary, Suzlon's officials Ashok Kumar Shetty, Anadi Sathi, Amar Singh, Antony Philip, Dakshinamoorthy, labour leader Sudhir V. Salian and others were present.
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