Surya Garments shut indefinitely

BIRATNAGAR: Surya Nepal Garments, the largest garment factory in the country, was on Thursday shut for an indefinite period following a dispute between the company management and its workers. Issuing a notice at 10 am, the management of Surya Nepal informed that they had closed the factory for an indefinite period. The management said the factory was shut as the workers affiliated to UCPN-Maoist had thrashed a staffer, Bedraj Bhandari, accusing him of firing Kagi Bahadur Myangbo, a worker of the factory.

Senior Executive Director of the company Ravi KC said the factory was shut, as the management could not guarantee the security of the employees. "We dismissed Kagi as his performance was unsatisfactory during his probation period," added KC. He added that they could only resume regular work if all the stakeholders would follow the rules of the factory.

Meanwhile, workers' leader Tejlal Karna said they had been trying to resume regular operation of the factory. "We are in favour of resolving problems through talks," he added. The factory produces readymade clothes of international standar. Similarly, JD garment factory located in Biratnagar was also shut a month ago due to a dispute between the company management and the workers.