Gujarat workers asked to take leave without pay, chairman steps down

On the same day Gujarat NRE executive chairman Arun Jagatramka stepped down, the company has asked workers to take unpaid leave, despite not paying its miners properly for over a month.

In a meeting this morning the company announced a “light crew” would be kept on at its two mines, and asked other workers to take unpaid or long service leave for at least the next four weeks.

The request comes as the workforce faces close to 40 days without the regular payment of their wages.

However, the CFMEU says anyone who wished to work should do so with the expectation they will be paid when the money becomes available, The Illawarra Merucry reported.

CFMEU southwestern district vice-president Bob Timbs said the Gujarat had no right to withhold pay from employees who showed up for work.

Meanwhile, Arun Jagatramka has resigned as chief executive of the company.

A media statement said his resignation was “reluctantly accepted by the other board members who also put on record their deep appreciation for the services provided by Mr Jagatramka".

Jasbir Singh, Jindal Steel and Power Group’s Australian general manager, is set to replace Jagatramka.

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