Surya Nepal resumes operations

Birgunj, December 16:

Surya Nepal, a multi-national company that had been shut since Thursday, reopened today after the management and representatives of workers’ unions reached an agreement this morning.

“Decision to reopen the factory was made after the management agreed to provide salary and allowance of the strike period to the workers. The management also decided to clear misunderstanding over the agreement reached between eight workers unions and the FNCCI on November 30,” All Nepal Trade Union Federation’s central vice-chairman Badri Bajgain, who was present in the meeting, said.

According to the agreement reached today, the talks will be held in Kathmandu in the presence of ANTUF leaders, FNCCI representatives, Surya Nepal management and representatives of the workers’ unions.

The FNCCI and eight workers unions on November 30 had decided to fix minimum monthly salary of workers at Rs 4,600, provide dearness allowance to the workers and raise their salary as per their grades. The workers had shut the production in 25 industries in the Birgunj-Pathlaiya corridor demanding a hike in their salary as per the November 30 agreement.

Surya Nepal’s factory manager Prabhakar Bikram Shah, ANTUF’s vice-president Bajgain, GEFONT’s central member Dinesh Rai

and chairman of Nepal Trade Union Congress, Bara, Pulis Yadav were present during the talks.

Meanwhile, the task-force formed to resolve the ongoing problem today held discussion with the proprietors of the closed industries and representatives of workers’ unions.