Hopcoms loses Rs 20L as 287 outlets shut

A total of 287 retail outlets run by Hopcoms (Horticultural Producers’ Cooperative Marketing and Processing Society) were shut down across the City on Monday as 900 employees went on a one-day strike, demanding salaries as per the Sixth Central Pay Commission. 

“About two months ago, we made representations to the director and the chairman of the Hopcoms board about the issue. But the board did not take any action, hence we called the strike,” said C Rajanna, the president of Hopcoms Employees’ Association. 

According to Rajanna, 100 tonnes of vegetables and fruits are sold at Hopcoms outlets every day and the shutdown for a day caused a loss of Rs 15-20 lakh.

“The Hopcoms board alone is responsible for this,” he added. 

H K Nagaveni Reddy, the Hopcoms president, said that according to rules governing cooperative societies, Hopcoms employees could not be paid as per the pay commission.

“We categorically told them about this difficulty but they still decided to go ahead with the strike,” she said. 

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