Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Workers strike at Bajaj's Chakan, Pune plant



The Labour strikes have always haunted us especially looking at the grave strike at Maruti's Manesar plant where an HR manager was killed. After that we also saw strikes at Hero plant, Mahindra plant and now it is the same scenario outside the Bajaj's Chakan factory in Pune. Nearly 2000 workers are on strike demanding wage revision.

"Our agitation continues and production remains crippled even today as the employees have not gone for work demanding wage revision," Bajaj Auto Union sources told.

"We will continue our agitation as long as our demand for wage revision and better work conditions at the plant are not met. Bajaj management has so far not invited us for talks," sources said.

Company officials were not available for comment. The plant has 925 permanent workers, besides 1,000 temporary and contractual employees and trainees. These 1,000 workers are also demanding permanent employment.

The Union's demands include 25 per cent wage hike, permanent employment for contractual workers, reinstatement of some suspended employees and bringing back to Chakan plant those transferred outside.

It is also demanding that workmen be given an option to subscribe to 500 equity shares of the company at a discounted price of Re 1 per share.

As on March 31, 2013 the Chakan plant has the capacity to produce 1.2 million units of motorcycles, including Pulsar, Avenger, Ninja and KTM brands annually. The company recently launched KTM 390 at a price of INR 1.8 Lac. More details could be seen here. 

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