Renault-Nissan India has axed a portion of the company’s temporary workers in last few days. When contacted, the alliance spokesperson confirmed the development, but declined to give any number of workers axed. It estimated that around 1,000 temporary workers have been told to go. A total of about 8,000 workers report at the plant, which has no workers’ union.
The temporary workers were largely trainees and casual labourers with their service ranging between six months and one year, sources told FE. It may be recalled that mid last year, there were huge protests at the plant site as the alliance partners axed a section of the workers, who had put in three years of service.
This development comes at a time when Renault is about to officially start selling its much awaited compact car `Kwid’ in October, followed by Nissan’s another small product sometime early next year. Carl Ghosn, the global CEO and chairman of the alliance, was here a few months ago to unveil Kwid. “India is a dynamic market. To adapt to the volatile business environment and consistent to our strategy, Renault-Nissan is continuously adapting to market needs to optimise manufacturing operations,” the Renault-Nissan India spokesperson said. “Renault-Nissan has made significant investments in India to establish a world class plant with 480,000 units per annum capacity. The plant caters to Nissan, Datsun and Renault,” the person added.