Tata Workers Union Dilemma
Jamshedpur, Feb. 6: The rival faction of the Tata Workers’ Union (TWU), an Intuc-affiliated union of Tata Steel, today demanded reinstatement of the old executive committee and fresh union poll under the supervision of the state labour department.
The opposition camp led by two former union vice-presidents S.N. Singh and Shailesh Singh, who had earlier filed a petition at Jharkhand High Court alleging gross irregularities in the union poll, said today that they would meet R.B.B. Singh, the present president of the union, tomorrow.
They plan to pressure him to dissolve the new committee and hold a fresh election at the earliest.
“The new executive committee has no power to function as the union poll held on January 15 has been disapproved by the state labour department. We want that the old committee to be reinstated till a fresh election is held,” said S.N. Singh, one of the petitioners.
State labour commissioner-cum-trade union registrar Nidhi Khare had issued orders on February 4 rejecting the union poll held on January 15 and declared the election process “unconstitutional” and a gross violation of the TWU constitution.
The labour department’s missive came in the wake of a Jharkhand High Court order, which asked the labour commissioner to intervene in the union election.
The opposition camp members said the two previous elections in 1997 and 2000 were held under the supervision of the state labour department.
From the Telegraph