India: Leading diamond company lays off around 100 workers without notice, no pay received during lockdown despite gov't guidelines
"GDWU accuses leading diamond firm of sacking 100 workers due to ‘recession", 25 June 2020
At a time when Surat is in the spotlight due to spurt in Covid-19 cases among the diamond workers, the Gujarat Diamond Workers’ Union (GDWU) claimed that about 100 diamond workers of a leading firm were sacked in the name of recession on Wednesday.
Office-bearers of GDWU submitted a memorandum to district collector urging him to intervene into the issue and demanded that the diamond workers be paid three month wages, lockdown wages and other benefits like provident fund (PF), gratuity etc.
Tank added, “About 30% of the diamond units have resumed operations in the city with less than 50% workforce. The diamond workers who have lost job are not going to get new jobs in the industry for the coming few months.”
The company owners were not available for comments.