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Dunlop brass, unions try to get Sahagunj rolling

Calcutta, Nov. 13 (PTI): The senior management of the sick Dunlop India Ltd, closed since September 2001, today discussed re-opening plans with trade unions of the Sahagunj factory in Bengal.

A Dunlop spokesman said the management, represented by the executive director of Falcon Tyres and member on the company board T. C. Goel and Jumbo Group nominee P. Balakrishnan had a “very fruitful and cordial” discussion with two CITU and INTUC-affiliated workers’ unions here.

The spokesman said the management has given an operating plan to the trade unions, adding that the financial aspects relating to that were also discussed.

At the next meeting to be held soon, industrial engineers would again visit the plant lying idle for over one year now since the closure of the functions as a ‘holding operation’.

The Dunlop management also plans to discuss the vital “manning” issue with the two unions at a later date. Recently, the company agreed to re-open the Ambattur plant in Tamil Nadu following a pact between the two sides. The company has nearly 4,500 workers at the Sahagunj plant, and another 1,500 at the Tamil Nadu plant.

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