Industry owners in Delhi send workers to stand in queue in banks
Workers of factories in National capital suburbs have been standing in queues in front of banks than on their workshops since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation move on November 8.
According to Indian Express,workshop owners say the production has been hit badly since the move announced and workers clarified that they were doing it for owners.
Many owners claim that the production “had decreased by 50 per cent and demand has fallen as well”.
“At least half the workers in each of the roughly 1,800 factory units of Mayapuri have been lining up outside banks because they have no money for food and essentials. So we are letting them stay away from work for as long as they need to,”said, Devinder Singh, president of Mayapuri Industrial Welfare Association.
Many workers have said that they had been standing in the queues outside Union Bank of India’s Mayapuri and Naraina branches on behalf of their owner. “Today, my owner handed me and 20 others in my department bundles of Rs 4,500 each to exchange at banks branches nearby. I did not mind standing in the queue for half-a-day because it’s better than toiling in the factory for eight hours. And I am getting paid my daily wage,” a permanent employee in an export company in Okhla told Indian Express.
Many owners refused this claim saying they let free of their employees for getting everyday things done.
“Factory owners are using workers to clear their unaccounted wealth. They have been targeting workers with valid bank accounts and proof of identity and those who are old and trusted employees. Owners are also paying factory workers their wages in advance, some for three or four months, all in old notes,” Rajesh Kumar, general secretary of the Delhi unit of the International Federation of Trade Unions told IE.
Meanwhile, many workers are making their little fortunes out of the cuts made by standing in queues as “proxy”s.