Salary dues drive Falcon Tyres employees to threaten suicide.
Employees of Falcon Tyres who have not been paid for the last two years have threatened to commit mass suicide if their long pending demands are not met by the management and government at the earliest.
On Tuesday, Sathagiri Enterprise who had given rubbers to the factory to manufacture tyres failed to get their dues of 2 crore. With a court order, representatives of Sapthagiri Enterprise came to Falcon Tyres to attach the slicing machine in the factory which is worth Rs 2 crore. MLA GT Devegowda, Vasu and district officials convinced representative of Sapthagiri Enterprises not to attach the machine. Employees have been safeguarding the factory by looking after it in shifts.
Anand and Shivanne Gowda, president and secretary of Falcon Employees Union, requested the government and management to provide them interim relief till the issues are solved. “Families of employees have pledged their valuables. Many have not paid school fees of their children. If the government and management do not intervene, employees have no other option but to take the extreme step. They are desperate,” added Shivanne Gowda.
On October 27, the chief minister assured the employees that their problems will be solved within 48 hours. Six meetings have been held at Vidhana Soudha since then, but with no development.