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Lalit Kishore Choudhary, 47, the head of the Indian operations of Graziano Transmissioni, an Italian-headquartered manufacturer of car parts, died of severe head wounds on Monday afternoon after being attacked by scores of laid-off employees, police said.
The incident, in Greater Noida, just outside the Indian capital, followed a long-running dispute between the factory's management and workers who had demanded better pay and permanent contracts.
I wonder how a judge and jury would proceed when faced with 200 people guilty of the collective murder of one man. Would they all face life in prison? What if it was 10, 50, 100, 500, 1000. Where is the line drawn. When does it become a revolution?
The management maintained that it had expelled workers on account of their underperformance. The terminated workers included both permanent and temporary employees. While the former were given notice, the latter were not even informed in advance.
The two sides held discussions over the issue earlier but the workers were dissatisfied with the management’s ambiguous clarification.
Sources suspect an outsider’s hand in the incident as some local politicians tried to gain mileage by taking up the workers’ case.
The roots of the unrest can be traced to three months ago, when the company declared a partial lockout. Some 200 employees were affected. Company sources said 15 staffers were given termination letters while the others were to be taken back.
According to a company employee, "Some workers had been locked out selectively. They had arrived today to negotiate the re-employment terms. But, they were not willing to accept some conditions. And, sat on a dharna outside the main gate. There is a court injunction against these workers coming within 300 meters of the unit. But the police did not arrive when about 200 of them were at the gates, even as a precautionary measure."
Originally posted by AllSeeingI
I wonder if this will happen to the Lehman Brothers Executives who are getting million dollar bonuses while the average worker at Lehman Brothers is getting laid off and will no longer have a retirement plan; a life's work lost.