Production at the country’s second biggest carmaker, Hyundai Motor India Ltd, came to a grinding halt as workers at its Chennai factory resorted to a sit-in strike on Monday.
They were demanding re-instatement of 67 employees dismissed last July. The company has declared the strike illegal and in violation of the local judicial magistrate’s orders and sought government intervention.
The strike has been called for by the unrecognised Hyundai Motor India Employees Union. Hyundai does not have a union but has a seven-member workers’ committee elected every two years.
The company issued a statement on Monday claiming that conciliation proceedings were due for hearing before the deputy commissioner of labour on Tuesday, yet HMIEU had initiated the sit-in strike without waiting for the outcome.