According to the company, the notice from the workers union of its Chakan plant, the Vishwakalyan Kamgar Sanghatana, dated April 14, 2014, states that they propose to call for stoppage of work by all employees at the plant from the morning shift of April 28, 2014. The company said the notice is about stoppage of work and not a strike.
There is no change in the company's position and there was no discussion with the union on this, Kailash J Zanzari, VP, manufacturing, motorcycle, Bajaj Auto, said. Rajiv Bajaj, MD, Bajaj Auto, has already said the unions demands were insane and that they could face strict action this time. Workers had gone on a 50-day strike in June 2013.
According to an industrial relations expert, these tensions are because of the general uncertainty around, and not indicative of a trend in the industrial relations scenario.
"On the one hand, the automotive industry not doing too well and, on the other, the cost of living is going up and hurting labourers as well," he said.
Wages in the Pimpri-Chinchwad, Chakan-Talegaon as well as the Ranjangaon belt, dominated by automotive industries, have been going up, he said. The unions are prudent and will know to negotiate to what extent, he added.