Workers at Enfield’s Oragadam unit call off strike after 50 days

TE Raja Simhan Chennai | Updated on November 12, 2018 Published on November 12, 2018

Workers had resumed stike after the company management banned mobile phones inside the plant   -  B_VELANKANNI RAJ

Increase in wage, use of mobile phones inside plant included in demands

After nearly 50 days, the strike by a large section of workers at the Royal Enfield at Oragadam, has come to an end. Nearly 600 striking workers will report to duty from Tuesday morning following a meeting held before the Kanchipuram Collector between the union representing the striking employees and company management, said union sources. The strike had cut production by 25,000 units in September and October.

The strike started on September 24 on a serious note urging the management to fulfil a charter of demands, including wage increase. When those demands were met, workers returned to work. But, then, the management declined to allow mobile phones inside the plant. This irked them and they went back on the strike citing this as a violation of the Industrial Disputes Act.

During the discussion today with the District administration, the company allowed to surrender mobile phones at a common point. The management also accepted to allow about 600 permanent workers and probationary workers to report to duty from tomorrow but did not commit on a few apprentice workers, said sources.

Meanwhile, to end the impasse at Yamaha plant where a strike is going on for the last 50 days, a similar meeting will be held with the District administration on Wednesday to, said S Kannan, Kanchipuram District President of CITU, representing the striking workers.

The strike at Yamaha started on September 22 when two workers were allegedly terminated for approaching the Labour Department on matters related to welfare of workers and the formation of the union.

Backing the two, 800 permanent workers went on a strike. However, over 2,000 contract workers continue to work.

Published on November 12, 2018
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