KOCHI: The management of Synthite Industries at Kadayiruppu near here on Monday said that the transfer of 18 staff at the unit, which triggered the unrest, was due to plant requirements, and not to prevent any union activities. The company, in a statement, also said that it is willing for talks but the government should intervene to stop a handful of goons and CITU and DYFI activists from preventing nearly 700 staff who report for duty.
"Acts of preventing staff and vandalizing vehicles cannot be termed as labour struggle. We have not violated the agreement reached in the presence of the labour commissioner after the first phase of unrest. The granulation and spray drier units were transferred to Coimbatore as part of the business strategy of the company and hence were the transfers," the statement added. It also pointed out that the High Court ordered police protection and the District Collector tried to enforce it, but the CITU goons took the law into their hands in front of one of the best industries in the state.