Police Assistance

Police Assistance

Image result for Police Assistance in Labour LawsIf the Employer declares a lockout the employees are likely to react violently. Then what the Employer can do? Can he get the police assistance? In Coimbatore Periyar District Transport Munnetra Sangam v/s Sivakumar ~ Transport, 1986 II LLN 550, K.C.P. Ltd. v/s Inspector of Police, 1991 II LLN 555 and B.R. Singh v/s Union of India, 1990 I LLN 1, it was held that the interest of a few workers cannot be permitted to harm the national interest. If the management wanted to remove machinery for export or for expansion purpose, he cannot be prevented from doing so. It cannot be permitted to say that the workman’s right to strike will be put to harm if it harms the larger national interest. In fact, it becomes the duty of the Court to interfere and prevent the workmen from obstructing the smooth outflow of the final product and the police may be directed to assist the Employer in distress. However, if that be not so and removal of goods or plant or machinery involves only the financial interests of management and does not affect anybody else the court may not interfere and may not help the management by directing the police to render its assistance.