Everest Industries Ltd, Kolkata India: Victimizing the workers
At a meeting held on May 13, 2018 by Kolkata workers from Everest Industries Ltd, the largest asbestos manufacturing company in India, it was decided to form a struggle committee comprising twelve workers to extend solidarity support to suspended workers namely Brother Arun Chakraborty (T.No.618) and Brother Goutam Sardar (T.No.1178) from the Everest Kolkata plant.
May 13, 2018 meeting of workers from the Kolkata factory of Everest Industries.
Brothers Chakraborty and Sardar were full-time Everest employees and were fired for organizing medical camps to identify workers suffering from asbestos-related diseases. In order to intimidate the workforce, the company has suspended the workers on what we believe are baseless charges alleging disorderly behavior and undermining discipline in the factory.
Suspended worker Goutam Sardar (on the right) was present at the May 13 meeting.
At the May 13 meeting, workers decided to mobilize their colleagues in order to increase the pressure on the Everest management to withdraw the suspension orders. To this end, the newly formed Committee of Workers will reconvene on Sunday, May 20, 2018 to consider strategies and measures which might achieve the desired goals. Furthermore, the Committee has also discussed occupational health and safety issues at some length and decided to prioritize those hazards posing the highest risk to workers.
May 15, 2018