Labour court seeks AICC`s explanation on sacking staffers
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 09, 2011, 22:36
New Delhi: A Delhi court has issued a notice to the All India Congress Committee (AICC) seeking its response on several petitions alleging it had sacked its several staff members working with for decades.

Labour court presiding officer Chander Gupta sought the AICC's response by August 16 on a petition filed by Sudha Gupta who had been working with AICC management as a telephone operator since October 1978 and was sacked on July 31, 2010.

The court issued a notice to the AICC on several other petitions with the same grievance that they were allegedly terminated from the organisation without any reason.

"One Madan Lal who was a driver with AICC since August 1986, till July 31, 2010, was also terminated," complainants' counsel Ratneswar Das said, adding that around 44 of the AICC employees were sacked without giving any reason.

"Being a strong establishment with all the resources, the management of the AICC headquarters never provided to its workmen any facility granted by Delhi government," Das said.

"I have served at the AICC office for 32 years but I was never given any promotion and remained a grade-D staffer till July 31, 2010, when I was compelled to accept voluntary retirement by the management," Gupta said in her petition.

She also alleged many of her juniors who had joined the organisation after her were promoted before her.

"She still did not give up and approached the head of the management but the organisation was in the habit of giving her assurance to do the same till the date of retirement and finally played foul with the workmen," the petition said.


First Published: Thursday, June 09, 2011, 22:36

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