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24 Jun 2020

Times of India

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.

According to GDWU, the owners of a leading diamond company, K Girdharlal in Varachha has laid off about 100 workers without giving them any prior notice. The workers have not been paid with the wages during the lockdown period, despite the clear guidelines of the central and the state government regarding the same.
Bhavesh Tank, vice-president of GDWU told TOI, “The diamond workers were without job from the last two-and-half-month. When the diamond company reopened, they were asked to leave the company without any prior notice.”

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.”

President of GDWU, Ramesh Jilariya said, “If the company owners are unwilling to reinstate the workers, they should ensure that all the workers should get the financial benefits under the labour laws”

The company owners were not available for comments.