Protesting against the sacking of employees at the Tapukara plant of Honda Motorcycle Scooter India, five workers of the company today started an indefinite hunger strike at Jantar Mantar here.
“Five (of the) victimised workers of Tapukara unit of HMSI started their hunger strike at Jantar Mantar, Parliament Street today,” an All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) press statement said.
Comments from HMSI could not be obtained immediately.
AITUC claimed several workers from the Gurgaon-Manesar- Dharuhera industrial belt sat in Dharna to express their solidarity demanding taking back of 102 dismissed permanent workers and more than 2,000 contract workers of HMSI’s Tapukara plant.
It stated that the HMSI management has “thrown out from service more than 2,000 contract workers and trainees and 102 regular workers” for trying to form a union at the Tapukara unit.
In February, trouble had erupted at the two-wheeler maker’s Tapukara plant when protesting workers were lathicharged by police.
AITUC claimed that the workers have not been allowed to stage protest either in front of the factory in or in Alwar or Jaipur for the last seven months due to “pressure from the management of Japanese multinational”.
It further said that the “victimised workers” will be submitting their memorandum to the Union Labour and Employment Minister for taking back the victimised workers.
DL Sachdev and Amarjeet Kaur, National Secretaries of AITUC and AK Sandhu of CITU were among those who addressed the gathering of workers at Jantar Mantar.
Union leaders of other companies, including Maruti Suzuki, Suzuki Motorcycle, Munjal Showa and Hema Engineering, along with representatives of PUDR, PUCL and Bigul Mazdoor Dasta also addressed the meeting.