The strike by a section of workers at Hyundai Motor India Ltd’s plant in Sriperumbudur, Chennai, continued on Thursday too.

Talks with the Labour Minister were expected to conclude late Thursday evening.

Hyundai Motor India in a statement said production at its two plants continued to be on schedule even as 180 workers abstained from work since the “illegal disruption of production” on Tuesday.

“On Tuesday, the company produced 2,054 cars, while on Wednesday the number rose to 2,157 despite 200 workers not showing up. Today (Thursday) the company will produce 2,176 cars,” the statement said.

The workers belonging to the CITU-affiliated Hyundai Motor Employees’ Union are demanding salary negotiations. The company has not recognised this union.

Hyundai says it had on October 18, 2012, signed a wage agreement with the United Union of Hyundai Employees (UUHE), a union which the company has officially recognised.

“The official union has a majority membership of over 1,300 permanent workers out of a total strength of 2,007 permanent workers. Further, 400 employees who are not part of UUHE have signed and accepted the wage settlement,” said the statement.

(This article was published on November 1, 2012)
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