Maoists padlock cola factories in Nepal

Protesting the expulsion of temporary employees by Bottlers` Nepal, the manufacturer of Coca Cola in the country, Maoist affiliated trade union activists have forcefully shut down two factories of the company.

Kathmandu, Dec 25: Protesting the expulsion of
temporary employees by Bottlers' Nepal, the manufacturer of
Coca Cola in the country, Maoist affiliated trade union
activists have forcefully shut down two factories of the
company.

The Maoists have locked the Terai and Kathmandu factory
units of the company, located at Bharatpur in Chitwan district
and Kathmandu respectively affecting business worth about Rs
nine million, factory sources said.

The management of the company said they were compelled to
halt operations after the Maoists padlocked the main gates of
the factories yesterday.

The Maoists have claimed that the company expelled 55
workers without any reason and warned they would "indefinitely
close the factories if the management fails to heed to their
demands as per the agreement reached between the two sides a
few months ago."

Four months ago, Bottlers' Nepal and the Maoist Trade
Union had agreed to give the temporary workers permanent
status and fix their minimum basic salaries.

Earlier, the cola giant had suffered a set back in
October when Madhesi Mukti Morcha, a Maoist affiliated group,
had banned selling of its products in Terai alleging racial
discrimination.

Bureau Report

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