Achuthanandan attacks hire and fire policy

Bangalore, June 14 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan Monday said globalization had resulted in industries, including the Information Technology sector, adopting hire and fire policy and called for a campaign against exploitation of workers.

Bangalore, which has a large number of industrial workers, now also has a huge number of employees in the IT industry and hence the impact of the new economic policies will be greater here, said the veteran Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader.

Achutanandan said the globalization had brought in use and throw policies in industries while what was needed was job security.

He was addressing a gathering at the inauguration of EMS Bhavan, a complex named after the first communist chief minister of Kerala E.M.S. Namboodiripad.

Before the advent of the IT industry, Bangalore was known for the public sector undertakings – Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), Hindustan Machine Tools (HMT) and Indian Telephone Industries (ITI).

The EMS Bhavan has been built by A.K. Gopalan Social Education Trust at a cost of Rs.10 million. Occupying an area of 4,500 square feet, it has an auditorium to seat 200 people, and a reading room besides office space and guest rooms.

It houses the editorial office of Janashakti — a CPI-M weekly.

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