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Monday opening for stalled unit

Sept. 13: Carnation Industries Ltd today said its iron-casting factory in Howrah’s Uluberia would reopen on September 17 and any decision on raising the wages of employees would be taken after that.

The unit was closed down yesterday following labour unrest over “inadequate” increase in wages.

Most of the manhole covers, meter boxes and ship anchors made by Carnation Industries are exported.

After a meeting today of the assistant labour commissioner with company officials and representatives of Trinamul trade union INTTUC and Citu, Carnation administrative head Abhijit Biswas said: “The mood of all those present at the meeting was positive and everyone wanted the factory to reopen. Accordingly, we have decided to withdraw the suspension of work notice and reopen the unit on Viswakarma Puja (on Monday).”

Another meeting will be held tomorrow to put the “seal of approval” on the decision.

Carnation officials said the issue of revision of daily wages of labourers on the payroll would be discussed after the factory reopened.

Labour minister Purnendu Bose said at Writers’ Buildings: “The management representatives will talk to the managing director, who is in the US now. After that, the management will let us know if they can accept the demand of the labourers.”

He added that he would enquire whether labourers were following rules.