A group of contractual workers at two-wheeler manufacturing giant Hero MotoCorp Limited's city-based plant stalled work on Monday for nearly eight hours. Around 400 workers of the company's Spare Part Division staged a sit-in protest in the afternoon inside the company premises against the management's alleged apathy in redressing their year-old grievance over non-submission of their provident funds (PF).
Late in the evening, however, workers called off their protest after getting a written assurance from the company management that it would resolve the matter soon. Bhim Rao, general secretary of Hero MotoCorp workers union, said that a contractor, who was expelled by the company management last year, didn't deposit the PF funds of workers. According to him, an average of Rs 10,000 per worker is due to be deposited in PF funds.
“The management is yet to fulfill its assurance The new contractor is also not inclined to settle the problem," said Rao.
Speaking to Hindustan Times on Monday evening, a company spokesperson said, "About four-five workers from our Spare Parts Division (SPD) had approached us seeking certain clarification on an issue pertaining to their provident fund (PF) with their previous contractor. Despite the matter not coming directly under our purview, we decided to intervene keeping in mind the overall welfare of our workers.”