The Bajaj Auto management has called workers’ union Vishwa Kalyan Kamgaar Sanghatana (VKSS) for negotiations and urged it not to go ahead with its agitation. Bajaj Auto ED Pradeep Shrivastava wrote to the union, calling them for a meeting on October 10.
Around 1,0000 workers from Bajaj Auto’s Chakan and Akurdi plants went on a day-long hunger strike in Pune on Sunday to protest against delay in the review of their three-year wage settlement and for reinstatement of the eight dismissed workers.
Several other unions in the industrial belt of Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad, Chakan and Talegaon offered support to the Bajaj workers at the one-day token hunger strike.
The Sanghatana said they were hit hard by inflation and demanded a 40% hike in wages as living costs had gone up significantly in the last two years. Two years ago, the company had raised wages by R10,000 after a 50-day strike.
Dilip Pawar, president of the VKKS, said they have received the letter for negotiations and will go for talks.
“We will decided our future course of action after this meeting depending on how the talks progress,” he said.
The company has said the workers were responsible for the delay as they had made an unrealistic demand for reinstating dismissed workers. The company management was unwilling to relent on the issue.
Production at the Chakan plant will not be affected till the meeting.
The October 10 meeting will decide the future course of the agitation.
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