John Fowler Ocular Lenses Private Limited's city unit was closed today by the company without giving any prior intimation to the workers.
Giving reason that company is running in loss, all employee including 5 men and 7 women workers were stopped outside the entrance gate. The company workers had appealed to the Assistant Labour Commissioner as there was no wage revision for a long time. Workers serving in the company since 1996, were getting only Rs 6500 to Rs 9000 salary and there was no wage contract since last three years.
Employees said that without giving any notice, company asked all of us not to come on work from today morning and closed the gate. They also protested in front of entrance. Company administration and workers will now meet at assistant labour commissioner office on April 15 to settle the dispute. Company in loss
John Fowler company had started the lense making unit by investing nearly Rs 4 to 5 crore in 1996 but it suffered heavy lossess and due to which it is not possible to run the show. The administration has decided to shut the unit and workers will get their money as per rule at their addresses by speed post, said manager Rajesh Mahatole.