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Dunlop to sort out issues soon

February 18, 2006 20:15 IST
The stand-off between the Pawan Kumar Ruia led management of ailing Dunlop India and workers' union remained unresolved on Saturday, but the new management expressed confidence that all pending issues would be sorted out soon paving the way for re-opening of the plant.

The differences still persist and a unanimity on pending issues could not be reached at the day's meeting, a spokesman of the management said, adding that a series of meetings would be held next week to sort out the matter.

To a query that what were the points of differences, he said that it mainly revolved around production norms, "but we want to make it clear that the negotiation is an ongoing process and we are confident of sorting out the matter soon and hence there is no uncertainty over the re-opening of the Dunlop plants."

When asked whether the management would seek the assistance of the West Bengal government on the issue, he said, "the state government has been playing a very pro-active role on the Dunlop issue and we are sure that if we fail to sort out the matter the government will help."

Both the CITU and INTUC affiliated Dunlop workers unions were present at the meeting.

Ruia, who had bought the Dunlop along with two other tyre companies from Dubai based Jumbo Group of Chhabria family, had earlier signed a memorandum of understanding with the workers union on early retirement scheme and back-wages for the period plants were closed and on the basis of it an agreement was to be signed by February 15.

But the workers' union has refused to accept certain conditions in the agreement.
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