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Chakan, Akurdi Bajaj Auto workers call off hunger strike as compant agrees on settlement

About 850 workers from the Chakan and Akurdi plants of Bajaj Auto participated in the hunger strike. Bajaj Auto manufactures Pulsar 220, Avenger and KTM motorcycles at its Chakan plant.

pune Updated: Feb 03, 2018 21:51 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
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(From left, foreground) Sanjog Waghire, president, Pimpri Chinchwad unit, NCP; Dilip Pawar, president, workers’ union; Sulbha Ubale, corporator and Keshav Gholve, corporator.(HT PHOTO)

Vishwa Kalyan Kamgar Sanghatana, a workers union which had been on an indefinite hunger strike for the past five days demanding a salary increment and the reinstatement of dismissed employees of Bajaj Auto’s Akrudi and Chakan branch, called off the strike on Friday.

Dilip Pawar, president of Vishwa Kalyan Kamgar Sanghatana, said, “In the last couple of days, we had conducted meetings with the company administration to sort out the issue. On Friday, we decided to call off our hunger strike as the company’s management has came forward and agreed to our demands related to the reinstatement of dismissed employees and an appropriate salary increment. We will sign a wage increment agreement very soon.”

When contacted, Bajaj Auto’s senior vice-president Kailash Zanzari confirmed that the management and the workers had finally reached a settlement. According to Zanzari, “The company is ready to reinstate only five workers out of the six. As far as the wageincrement is concerned, the company isready to raise their salary by a maximum of ₹9,500 and this will be based on their seniority level.”He further said that the five employees who will be recalled, will be treated as freshers.

About 850 workers from the Chakan and Akurdi plants of Bajaj Auto participated in the hunger strike. Bajaj Auto manufactures Pulsar 220, Avenger and KTM motorcycles at its Chakan plant.

First Published: Feb 03, 2018 21:50 IST