Tata Workers Union celebrates International Labour Day at Michael John Auditorium
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Jamshedpur, May 2: Jamshedpur plant of Tata Steel needs expansion to increase production capacity, but this raises the question whether the environment would be able to take the additional load of pollution, given the current technologies. This was observed by Sanjiv Paul, VP (Safety, Health and Sustainability), Tata Steel, on the occasion of International Labour Day celebrations by Tata Workers Union at Michael John Auditorium, Bistupur, on Sunday.
Present as the special guest, Paul said, “Tata Steel has increased its production capacity in Indian operations from 5 million ton (MT) to 20 MT in the last 20 years. In the next one decade, it will rise to 40 MT. In 2050, national steel consumption will go up to 450 MT from 110 MT. Tata Steel currently contributes to 18-19 per cent of the demand. In future, we will have to increase our capacity to 80 MT.”
Paul further said, “We will have to think about the contribution of the Jamshedpur plant in view of the current melting shop production process and geographical situation of the plant. We all need to think whether the city environment will be able to take this load on environment and whether our skill will remain the same. We need to think about these basic issues.”
Paul said the TWU was the only labour union that had completed its 100 year long journey. He spoke on the duties of labour class in view of changing technology and also laid emphasis on safety during work. He said the company focused on safety for everyone. He said two or three accidents every year in the Indian operations was a cause of concern.
The chief guest of the occasion was the Deputy Labour Commissioner (DLC) of Jamshedpur Rajesh Prasad. He said the TWU had successfully played its role as the upholder of workers’ rights and completed its 100 glorious years of existence.
TWU president Sanjeev Kumar Choudhary said the union had the responsibility of taking care of the future of workers and also that of the company. TWU general secretary Satish Singh shared glimpses about the union’s history and spoke about the challenges before the workers.