Big industry fears production loss due to strike

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 19, 2013 22:15 hrs

Chandigarh: Medium and large industry in Punjab and Haryana today expresses fears of production loss because of two-day strike called by central trade unions on February 20-21.

"There will be an impact of two-day strike...there may be loss of production...(though) we will try to continue our production lines. But it will depend how many workers come during strike," largest bicycle maker Hero Cycles, Director, S K Rai told PTI.

"Let the good sense prevail and work is not disrupted," said another a Karnal based industrialist.

Micro and small industrial units, however, not anticipating any major impact. Punjab has about 1.70 lakh small scale units.

In Haryana, there are at 1212 large and medium industries.

Meanwhile, UT Chandigarh Administration has asked workers of electricity department not to observe two-day strike on the call given by the Central Trade Unions.

Advising employees to stay away from the strike, the Chandigarh Administration warned that in case of workers going on strike, the principle of 'No work No Pay' shall be implemented, said an official spokesman said in a release issued here.

Punjab Transport Secretary Mandeep Singh said there are standing orders to Deputy Commissioners and police chiefs to ensure that public transport services are not hampered.

Chandigarh Administration said: "Necessary arrangements for maintaining the continuity of power supply though has been made but chances of failure of power supply due to any untoward incident cannot be ruled out," it added.

The 48-hour strike called by 11 unions includes BMS, CITU, HMS, AICCTU, AIUTUC, UTUC and SEWA. It would affect functioning of the power and transport sectors, oil industries, RBI and other banks, insurance firms, posts and telecommunications, and information technology firms, among others.

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