With strike entering into ninth day at its manufacturing plant in Halol, Gujarat, top executives of General Motors (GM) met chief minister Narendra Modi to discuss the way out as the company is suffering production loss of 100 vehicles a day.
"General Motors MD Karl Slym and senior executive P Balendran met the chief minister to discuss the issue of strike by workers at the factory," said a top government official. "They are happy with the actions the state authorities have taken such as terming the strike illegal and also enforcing section 144, prohibiting assembly of more than four people at the site."
However, union leader Nihil Mehta has threatened to approach the high court challenging the imposition of section 144 at the plant site.
"The strike is peaceful and no untoward incident has occurred so there is no need for prohibiting workers from assembling," he said.
GM has given ultimatum to 250 striking workers to report to duty or face termination from Friday.
"Already there has been a marked improvement today (Thursda) and over 650 workers reported to work while the prodution crossed 100 vehicles in a day for the first time in the week," said P Balendran, vice-president, GM said.
He said the company has suffered production loss of 700 vehicles where 250 out of 900 workers are striking.