Hero MotoCorp’s Gurgaon unit workers threaten stir

| Updated on: Sep 07, 2013
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Tension is brewing at Hero MotoCorp’s plant at Gurgaon with workers threatening to go on a strike today, protesting against alleged management action against some colleagues.

The development comes at a time when a section of workers at the company’s plant in Haridwar continue to stay away from work after a tool-down strike last month—end.

“We are protesting against action taken by the management, which has filed unjustified police cases against some of our colleagues. We will go on strike anytime unless our demands are met,” Hero MotoCorp Workers Union (HMCWU) President Kanwalpreet Singh told PTI.

When contacted, a company spokesperson said some “misguided elements in the Union body” assaulted supervisors in the shop floor of the plant yesterday after a conciliation meeting.

“These officers who were assaulted have filed reports with police and police is free to investigate the matter,” the spokesperson said.

However, in view of this gross act of indiscipline inside the plant, the management remains determined to deal with the incident swiftly, fairly and firmly, he said.

Accordingly, nine workmen involved in the incident have been suspended pending inquiry, he added.

Explaining the genesis of the current problem, he said when a three year wage settlement was signed in April this year, union representatives at the Gurgaon plant had “promised to ensure that all workmen will put in honest work. However, some workmen have continuously refused to fulfil their side of the commitment“.

As per the wage settlement agreement, the company had agreed to hike salaries of workers on an average by Rs 9,000 per month over a period of three years as part of the agreement. This will be valid for three years with retrospective effect from August 1, 2012.

The Gurgaon plant of the company has 1,100 permanent workers. It rolls out about 6,500 two-wheelers per day.

Ruling out bowing to the strike threat, the spokesperson said: “We wish to categorically reiterate that under no circumstance will Hero MotoCorp compromise on matters of discipline and the company stands firm in its adherence to the well-established code of conduct and guidelines applicable to all employees for smooth operations at the plant.”

Published on March 12, 2018

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