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Court charges Sun Pharma with unfair labour practices

Source | The Economic Times : By Vikas Dandekar

MUMBAI: The Mumbai Industrial Court has ruled that Sun Pharmaceutical IndustriesBSE 0.60 % adopted unfair labour practices by holding back salaries of 86 sales promotion employees since May after they protested planned changes in service conditions.

In an interim order on July 29, the court directed India’s largest drug maker to pay the staff and directed the company not to terminate employees without following the due procedure of law.

The court rejected other forms of relief sought in the petition filed by a union representing the staffers, who wanted full payment with 18% interest on dues.
Sun PharmaBSE 0.60 % did not respond to questions sent by ET as the matter is subjudice. According to the petition filed by the Federation of Medical & Sales Representative Associations of India, Sun Pharma had “victimised” the 86 employees and stopped paying them salaries and reimbursements. The employees are from the Stancare division, which sells the popular Storvas brand as part of a range of cardiovascular drugs.The division has about 140 staffers. Among various issues, the union allegedly protested against changes in certain service conditions proposed by the company. 
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