Hire and fire by GVK-EMRI, HC comes in rescue of terminated employees

The Himachal Pradesh High court today turned the table on the petitioner GVK-EMRI for non-compliance of its order on a petition filed by the workers unions of 108 alleging that the firm did not followed labour laws and terminated them to be taken back.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed these orders on a contempt Petition filed by HP 108 Contract Workers Union. It was alleged in the petition that the petitioner had approached the High Court in a way of writ petition with prayer that the respondent may be directed to follow the labour laws and to stop illegal termination of services of the employees and terminated employees should be taken back in services.

On March 14, 2014 it was directed by the Court that the respondents shall consider the petitioners for appointment in view of the experience they have gained while working on the post in question. It has been further alleged in the petition that despite the orders passed by the High Court State Head, GVK-EMRI did not consider the case of terminated employees for reinstatement in view of their experiences as they had been working against the job in question.

On Apr 9, 2015 the Court had directed the employer not to terminate the services of the employees who had not completed their contractual period. But when the orders were not complied with the petitioner filed this contempt petition with prayer that respondent may be punished for committing wilful contempt of the court.

The High Court of H.P. today issued notice to Prabodh Saxena Secretary (Health), Beldave Thakur, Director Health Services, Hans Raj Sharma, Mission Director, National Health Mission and Mehul Sukumaran, State Head, GVK-WMRI, TB, Sanatorium Complex, Dharampur, District Solan for non-compliance of order of the Court.

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