Members of the Mawmluh Cherra Cements Employees Union (MCCEU) began their indefinite hunger strike today over pending salaries and other issues relating to the struggling state-owned cement company.
Speaking in front of the MCCL office in the city, Shanlang Diengdoh, president of the MCCEU informed that the indefinite protest is for salaries, other pending dues and the rejuvenation of the company.
He informed that the MCCL employees have 16 months of pending salaries due to them, which would amount to Rs 20 crore for the period for around 1,500 workers, including casual staff.
“The pending salaries are for five months from November 2015 to March 2016, and then from February 2020 to December,” Diengdoh said.
The agitating employees said that the indefinite hunger strike is their last resort since they have gone on several phases of protests but without the management or the government paying any heed.
The workers are also peeved that the government merely said that it would help the company to some degree in meeting its wage bill. Instead, the union wants the government to meet the company’s full obligations.