NOIDA: Hundreds of workers at mobile phone company Samsung demonstrated here on Saturday, demanding higher wages and a change in working hours, police said.
Workers gathered at the company’s office premises in Noida Phase-II in the morning and remained there until around 10 p.m., they said.
Samsung representatives could not be reached immediately for a response. “The protesters demanded that their working hours, which have been changed since January, be restored to the previous model. They were also irritated by the changes in vacations, food, and other similar issues. These issues would have been discussed with management and resolved, ”Circle Officer, Noida 3rd, Shwetabh Pandey, said.
“The workers were also demanding an increase in their wages, which management reportedly described as a political problem and required more discussion,” he told PTI on Saturday evening.
Pandey said there had been no public order situation and no disruption to traffic had occurred as protesters gathered at the private company’s premises.
The Samsung factory, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in July 2018, has also witnessed similar protests in the past.
Nearly 500 farmers, belonging to different organizations such as Sanyukta Kisan Parishad, Kisan Sabha, had organized a demonstration in front of the company’s office in October to demand “more jobs for local youth”.
In August, at least 80 people were arrested during a protest at the factory for similar reasons, officials said.