BAKU, Azerbaijan, Nov. 12
By Klavdiya Romakayeva - Trend:
Khorezm Shakar sugar plant in Uzbekistan resumed production of finished sugar from raw materials on November 8, Trend reports referring to UzA.uz.
The launch of the plant’s activity became possible after the import of sugar cane from Brazil.
Earlier there was information about the mass layoffs at Angren Shakar and Khorazm Shakar sugar factories. It was reported that these two largest factories have not worked since July this year due to a lack of raw materials. Foreign partners stopped supplying raw materials, seeing that the factories were on the verge of bankruptcy.
This year, sugar was included in the list of food products, the import of which does not require the payment of customs duties and excise taxes. As a result, the domestic market of Uzbekistan has completely filled up Russian sugar at a lower price.
However, the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations has denied the massive layoff of workers at the Angren Shakar and Khorazm Shakar factories.
The ministry said the plant has suspended operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
An inspection by the State Labor Inspectorate found that Khorazm Shakar has labor agreements with 1,081 employees. A total of 418 of them are engaged in repair work before the resumption of the enterprise. Employees who voluntarily submitted applications for termination of the employment contract were fired.
Angren Shakar employs 550 people. From June to October, by agreement of the parties, employment contracts with 170 employees were terminated.
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