Unable to release the pending salaries of hundreds of employees for more than six months, the Jammu and Kashmir Cements Limited (JKCL) has now tossed showcase notices and a charge sheet against the protesting workers, besides slapping fine on some of the them.
JKCL employees, whose salaries are withheld for past several months, have been protesting against the public sector undertaking’s management and government for past few weeks demanding release of pending salaries. The government owned cement manufacturer is going through the worst financial crisis.
JKCL management has issued the showcase notice and charge sheet (a copy of each lie with Greater Kashmir) against the protesting employees for remaining absent, allegedly assembling at the factory premises and ‘creating ruckus which forced the management to seek police help’.
“Failure of employees to respond to these notices will result in action from the management against the employees,” reads the showcause notice.
The management has also slapped a fine of Rs 3000 each on several employees for “causing damage to the government property” while this amount will be deducted from the salary of the employees, it reads.
A JKCL employee at the condition of anonymity said the charge sheet and showcause notices have been issued as the management is “irked with the employees” for raising the issue of pending salaries in public and media.
He said the JKCL management has been forcing the employees to come out on roads to protest. “We don’t have money to pay for the fees of our children and meet medical expenses. We have simply raised our voice against injustice and official apathy. Instead of ramping up the production, the management is busy harassing the employees by issuing these notices. We request the CM to kindly intervene in this matter and provide a financial package for bailing out the JKCL,” the employee said.
When contacted, Managing Director, JKCL Atul Sharma said the management was forced to issue showcause notices and charge sheet as employees had made “personal attacks” on him and “vitiated the work culture”.
“In case they (employees) don’t respond to charge sheet and showcause notices, they will be terminated as per government rules. Things will be better in four months and salaries will be paid soon,” Sharma said.