Yamaha-union talks fail to resolve issues

Chennai | Updated on October 04, 2018 Published on October 04, 2018

Employees of major auto manufacturing firms staging a protest in support of the workers of Yamaha Motor India Ltd Special Arrangement

Stalemate continues between the management of Yamaha India Motor and its employees over termination of two employees by the company for approaching the Labour Department to discuss matters related to welfare of workers.

A day after the Joint Labour Commissioner K Ponnuswamy advised both the management and striking employees to end the 13-day strike at the Oragadam plant, the company declined to reinstate the two terminated employees.

“We continued to strike in protest against the company’s decision not to consider reinstating the two terminated employees,” said S Kannan, Kanchipuram District President of CITU, representing the striking workers in conciliatory talks on Wednesday.

Ponnuswamy advised the Yamaha management to consider reinstating the two terminated employees without any enquiry. For the union, he advised that since Yamaha is a public utility company under the Industrial Dispute Act, workers should call off the strike. He also advised the company not to take any action against those who participated in the strike. Kannan alleged that this morning the company did not allow the two terminated employees to work but allowed the rest of the 800 plus workers who went on a sudden strike from September 22. The company further said that it was only an advise by the JLC and not an order.

Enfield workers’ stir

Meanwhile, workers of Royal Enfield continued their strike opposing the company’s decision not to allow mobile phones inside the premises. “This is unacceptable. What if there is an emergency, and the employees are unable to see missed calls. The company should give lockers to employees to store their mobile phones and allow access during breaks,” said R Sampath, Vice-President, Working People Trade Union Council, and Vice-President of Royal Enfield Employees’ Union.

From September 24, workers at the company’s Oragadam plant are on strike demanding a settlement on their charter of demands, including wage hike. Joint Labour Commissioner K Ponnuswamy, in a conciliatory meeting between the management and the union, advised both parties to sort out the issues amicably.

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Published on October 04, 2018
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