Herald: Sacked Ponda worker attempts suicide
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Sacked Ponda worker attempts suicide

18 Feb 2018 06:14am IST

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18 Feb 2018 06:14am IST

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PONDA: A worker, who was sacked a year ago from a paint company at the Kundai Industrial Estate, set himself on fire in front of the company’s main gate on Friday evening at 4 pm. He was protesting against the firm and suddenly removed petrol from his bike and set himself on fire. He is now struggling for his life in the ICU of the GMC.

The worker Kishore Gaude (51), a resident of Akar Mardol, suffered 60% burn injuries. The workers’ union president, Adv. Hridaynath Shirodkar, briefing media persons today, said he attempted suicide out of frustration and harassment.

He worked for the paint company for around 17 years and was the vice president of Union. So far the police have not registered any offence. The workers were on strike for the past 12 months. Shirodkar said six office bearers of employees union were removed by the company along with Kishore Gaude despite there being legal protection as per labour laws.

He alleged that there is total violation of labour laws, no security to labourers in this factory. He said “if a case is not registered against the firm then workers will agitate.”

It is learnt there are around 48 permanent workers in the firm while 150 are on contract basis.

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