January 11, 2009

Tripartite meeting to reopen Dunlop

Kolkata, Jan 9: A tripartite meeting between the management of the Dunlop (India) Limited, the trade union of the company and the West Bengal government was held today at the state Labour Commissioner's office in an effort to reopen the Shahgunj plant of the company.Senior company officials were present at the meeting convened at the behest or the labour commissioner, a company release here said.

"We reiterate that we are keen to re-open the plant at the earliest,"the statement said. Labour union leader Dipankar Ray said that it was decided at the meeting that the company would submit a proposal to the union on January 14.

Production at Dunlop facility remained suspended since November 30 after the management of the company sought financial assistance from the West Bengal government in the form of loan and waiver of sales tax. Dunlop had asked for a Rs 100 crore loan from the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation as a bridge loan to keep the plant going.

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