Birla Tyres shuts production at Orissa unit

By : |December 17, 2008 0

BHUBANESWAR, ORISSA: Birla Tyres, a unit of B K Birla group company Kesoram Industries, shut down its plant in Orissa’s Balasore district due to falling demand for tyres, a government official said.

Alekh Chandra Padhiary, district collector, said: ‘The company has shut down the plant from today (Wednesday). The company told us the shutdown will continue till December 31."

Although a senior company official said the shutdown will not affect employees and that salaries would be paid, Birla Tyres Worker’s Union alleged that more than 2,000 casual and temporary workers have lost their jobs because of the shutdown.

Rajendra Bal, union leader, said: ‘We are worried because more than 2,000 casual and temporary workers have become jobless from today. According to a company official, the unit employed 1,300 contract labourers and 700 casual workers.

Birla Tyres had Saturday issued a notice to employees, saying the plant was being shut down on account of the economic slowdown and falling demand.

‘We issued notice on December 13 to casual workers that their services are no more required,’ a company source said.

The company also said if the economic situation did not improve, there could be further cut in production.

Of the permanent 2,200 employees at the unit, 400 are management staff.

The Birla Tyres unit, which was set up to manufacture automobile tyres, tubes and flaps in Balasore district, some 200 km from here, had started commercial production in March 1992.

According to the company, the unit has an installed capacity of 1.50 million tyres, tubes and flaps per year. Approximately, 30 percent of its production is exported to 43 countries.

Source: PR Wire

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