Workers' strike at Bajaj's Chakan plant continues for second day

PTI
Mumbai
First Published: 12:55 IST(26/6/2013)
Last Updated: 12:56 IST(26/6/2013)
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The production at Bajaj Auto's Chakan plant near Pune remained crippled on Wednesday as the agitation by the company's nearly 2,000 employees over wage revision and other demands continued for the second day.

"Our agitation continues and production remains crippled even today as the employees have not gone for work demanding wage revision," Bajaj Auto Union sources told PTI.

They also said there were no indications from the management about holding talks to resolve the issue so far.

"We will continue our agitation as long as our demand for wage revision and better work conditions at the plant are not met. Bajaj management has so far not invited us for talks," sources said.

Company officials were not available for comment.

The plant has 925 permanent workers, besides 1,000 temporary and contractual employees and trainees. These 1,000 workers are also demanding permanent employment.

The union's demands include 25% wage hike, permanent employment for contractual workers, reinstatement of some suspended employees and bringing back to Chakan plant those transferred outside.

It is also demanding that workmen be given an option to subscribe to 500 equity shares of the company at a discounted price of Re 1 per share.

According to the company, it had earlier received a notice from the workmen's union - Vishwa Kalyan Kamgar Sanghatana - stating that they propose to stop work at the plant from the morning of June 28, 2013.

As on March 31, 2013 the Chakan plant has the capacity to produce 1.2 million units of motorcycles, including Pulsar, Avenger, Ninja and KTM brands annually.


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