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For Rs 15L, workers lost Rs 3cr to union heads

AHMEDABAD: Rs 15 lakh bonanza proved pricey to 50 staff of a number one pharmaceutical company as some of them even misplaced their jobs. According to the workers, they in combination paid Rs three crore to their union leaders, who allegedly took their signatures on a blank paper which was once later treated as their resignation from the firm.

“Parvez Ibrahim Qazi, 40, a resident of Vatva, was once operating as conductor in Cadila Pharmaceuticals company in Dholka in 1999 on a monthly wage of Rs 1,250. At that point, a requirement of wage hike began brewing up amongst staff for which two persons — H S Giri and Manish Waghela — took lead as union leaders for them. In 2002, a formal union was once formed underneath which hundreds of staff began preventing in opposition to the company control,” stated the FIR.

In 2008, more than a few participants filed petitions with labour tribunal at Lal Darwaza and business dispute tribunal. “Meanwhile, the Gujarat top court whilst appearing upon the workers’ petition challenging pay hike granted an meantime reduction ordering a monthly pay hike of Rs 1,500 with retrospective effect. Due to this, every worker was once to be paid Rs 15 lakh by means of the company. However, the company was once not giving us the cash and harassing many people. Besides, many people have been transferred to different states as neatly. At that point, we got a keep order over transfer from labour court,” stated the FIR filed by means of Qazi.

The staff had a blind faith over union staff as they have been supporting in legal battle for his or her welfare. So, every time and anyplace the union leaders wanted them to signal, the workers adopted their instructions, stated the FIR.

“On December 21, 2018, Giri and Waghela called us and requested us to achieve a company’s place of work in Navrangpura. The union leaders instructed us that we might get cheques of around Rs 15 lakh of the variation quantity which the company was once intended to pay them after the HC orders. At that point, some officers of Cadila have been additionally present,” stated the FIR.

“They called the workers one after the other, took their signatures on some papers on which something was once written and likewise on some blank papers. The union leaders requested us that we might get a cheque of Rs 6 lakh first which we can need to deposit in union leaders’ account as they spend a lot of money in the legal battle. After the workers will deposit the Rs 6 lakh cheque, then best will they get the rest Rs nine lakh,” added the FIR. As many as 50 labourers adopted the command and deposited the cheques in union leaders’ account. “But after we reached the place of work on December 28, 2018, we read a realize that all the staff, who have been a part of the legal battle, have been sacked from the company with effect from December 31, 2018,” stated the FIR.

After which, Qazi and different 49 labourers approached Navrangpura police and filed a grievance of cheating and breach of trust in opposition to the two union leaders.

An electronic mail despatched to Cadila Pharmaceuticals to get the company’s model didn’t elicit any reaction until going to press.

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