Ten days after two workers of Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) were suspended after an alleged altercation with a production manager over the issue of overtime duty and leave, a resolution over their reinstatement remains elusive.
Though the company management seems to be taking the issue lightly, resentment is brewing among workers.
On Thursday, no Honda management representative turned up for the pre-scheduled negotiations with workers at the labour department office, leaving workers’ union representatives and labour officials surprised.
Though the management failed to inform workers about their absence, they sent a letter to the labour department stating “the management representatives are engaged for the day.”
Ashok Yadav, president of the Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India employees’ union, said, “They could have simply informed us in advance over the phone.”
HMSI Corporate affairs vice-president Harbhajan Singh said the issue was being addressed by the management but refused to divulge more details.
Jaibir Yadav, executive member of the workers’ union and Naresh Yadav were suspended on August 6.
Three rounds of reconciliation talks have already taken place between the management and the workers’ union.
During the third round of negotiations, the management and workers’ union softened their stance and agreed for an early resolution.
The workers had submitted replies to the showcause notices on Monday.