HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
BIRGUNJ: Four big industries have closed within six months in the Birgunj-Pathlaiya Industrial Corridor due to lack of raw materials and labour problems.
Nepal Boards, Pawan Putra Plastic, Triveni Spinning and Unique Pharmaceutical industries have closed down. Boards and Plastic industries have closed forever and two other industries have been in operation since two months due to labour problem.
Golchha Group’s Nepal Boards Limited suffered shortage of raw material and was running in loss so the management locked the industry on September 25. All Nepal Trade Union Federation loyal to Unified CPN-Maoist asked it to appoint 130 labourers on permanent basis. After that, the industry lost its competitive edge with increased costs, said a source at the industry’s management.
Pawan Putra Plastic Industry could not compete in the market and faced problems with labour unions, forcing its operator, an Indian national to flee .
Two hundred labourers at Nepal Boards and 50 of Pawan Putra Plastic have lost their jobs. Employees of Triveni and Unique Pharmaceutical are also worried about their jobs.
The clash between labourers loyal to Maoist Industrial Labor Union and labourers loyal to CPN-UML, Nepal Independent Labor Union, two months ago led to the collapse of the industry. “Even if we wish we cannot operate the industry,” said the operator of Triveni Spinning Birendra Kumar Sanghai.
Working member of GEFONT Dinesh Rai said. “Industrialists are blaming labourers for the situation, but the problem lies in their management.” He claimed that none of the labourers and unions wish to close the industry.
In the last one week, Industry Minister Anil Jha and Labour Minister Sarita Giri have held consultations with the owners of industries during their visit to Birgunj, but the government has not taken any initiative to solve the problem.
Talking at an interaction organised by Birgunj CCI yesterday, Minister Giri said the problems of Triveni Spinning Mills and Unique Pharmaceutical will be solved through dialogue. She suggested that owners and employees comply with rules and regulations.
Talking at the same programme, Secretary of CCI Subodh Gupta said,” Unhealthy competition between labor unions and entrepreneurs and laborers is the major challenge for industrialists.”