Muthoot Finance: HC orders police to provide protection for employees willing to work

Kochi, September 5 () The Kerala High Court on Thursday ordered the state police to provide adequate protection to those employees of Muthoot Finance who were willing to work in the company's offices, which faces a protest from a workers section which requires a revised salary structure and other benefits.

A bank made up of Judges Vinod Chandaran and Arun VG issued a notice to the state government and the police after another section of employees of the Kerala-based firm approached the court following the continued turmoil of a group of employees .

Employees who are willing to work will be allowed to work peacefully. No one has the right to obstruct workers, the court said in a provisional order about a petition filed by company employees seeking police protection.

Several offices of the national network of the non-bank financial services company are witnessing protests since August 20 by an employee section, allegedly supported by the Center for Indian Trade Unions (CITU).

The employees, who are on strike, had previously said that the protest was against the company's supposed anti-labor stance.

The Managing Director (MD) of Muthoot Finance, George Alexander Muthoot, had recently organized a sit-in, claiming that strangers were creating problems in their company for no reason.

He had also threatened to close all branches affected by the strike of the company, which has a total of 600 branches in Kerala.

Employees have been demanding an adequate salary structure, a policy of transfers and bonuses, among others. The MD had previously claimed that the company gave its employees salaries and other benefits on time. CORR RRT BN RC