With the strike at the Chakan plant of the Bajaj Auto Limited (BAL) entering its 49th day, both the striking workers and the company management said that they were “optimistic” about the on going talks. While refusing to give an exact date when the strike might be called off, union leaders stated that if things go well, it might happen very soon.
More than 900 workers of the Chakan plant are on strike since June 25 to press for their various demands. The workers under the Vishwa Kalyan Kamghar Sanghatana (VKSS) had asked for shares of the company at concessional rates, a new wage agreement with the management and retracing of the disciplinary action against 22 workers. Action against the workers was initiated by the management for various acts of indiscipline.
Dilip Pawar, the president of the VKKS, while speaking to the media stated that talks are going on with the management at very levels and it has progressed on a satisfactory rate. “Talks were on till late on Sunday night as well. We are hopeful of solution very soon,” he said.
Similarly, Kailash Zanzari, vice president (motorcycle), said, “Since the last few days, we have been speaking to VKKS, other than the Shramik Ekta Mahasangh, and they have progressed right. We are hopeful of an amicable solution at the earliest.”
Meanwhile, justice DS Deshmukh, of the industrial court would be hearing the revision petition filed by the union challenging the jurisdiction of justice MS Bodhankar to hear the case filed by the BAL asking for the strike to be declared illegal.