New Delhi: Workers employed at some four plants of Nestle India Ltd will organize a one-day protest on Monday at the company’s head office in Gurgaon near New Delhi to demand recognition for union activities.
In January, the management of Nestle had approached three courts of Haryana, Goa and Punjab, seeking a permanent ban on all union activities, including meetings, within 200m of its factories.
“We are asking the company to honour trade unions rights,” said Franklin D’Souza, an adviser to the 1,350-strong Federation of All India Nestle Employees Union, which represents members at four of the company’s seven plants, spread across Punjab, Haryana and Goa.
In a letter addressed to Martial G. Rolland, Nestle ’s chairman, the employees federation also said: “Nestle has made huge profits of nearly 30% last year… Considering the high cost of living and disparity in the wage levels between officers and workers, the workers have resolved to demand an increase of at least 25% of gross wage.”
A Nestle spokesperson said: “We respect the workers’ right to freedom of association and have not prevented them from forming a union. Workers in four of our factories are part of the respective unions.”