GUWAHATI, Aug 17 - Workers of Guwahati refinery, under the banner of the United Workmen Union (UWU), staged a protest in front of the main entrance today over the closing of a pet coke plant.
�More than 500 workers worked in the plant. Now they have been deprived of their salary after the closure notice from the State government. We will fight for their right until the government and the refinery management take proper steps,� said the UWU general secretary Girish Kalita.
Kalita said the pet coke plant was set up at a cost of over Rs 150 crore with permission from the Union and State governments. But the State government recently ordered its closure due to pollution.
�We suspect that the government issued the order to benefit a private company. We earlier saw that some middlemen used to take benefits by depriving labourers of their wages. We will not stop until those affected labourers get justice. We have already discussed the matter with the refinery management and very soon will move the State and Central governments,� Kalita said.