More than one-and-a-half months after its copper smelter plant at Tuticorin was ordered to shut down, Sterlite Copper today said it will not sack any of its permanent staff and has asked employees to join back to help clean up the site.
The company, which has continued to pay its employees during the shutdown period, has asked its employees to join back duty to help meet local administration's deadline to evacuate sulphuric acid and other materials from the plant, its chief executive officer P Ramnath said.
"We have been paying them. It is the Vedanta policy to retain our employees. We (Vedanta group) have got lots of companies, we can always redeploy them there," he told PTI in New Delhi.
Company sources in Chennai said employees were invited to discuss the "next course of action" in the wake of the closure of the unit.
"The entire plant, India's second-biggest with an annual production of more than 400,000 tonnes, was shut down abruptly without following any shutdown procedure and we were disallowed access," Ramnath said.
"They have given a deadline to remove sulphuric acid within one weeks time. This is not possible at all. Copper concentrate has to be removed in 15 days. How is it possible? Not possible at all. Gypsum pound has to be evacuated in one month, again not possible," he said.
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