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Bajaj Auto workers’ strike put on hold

Apr 28 2014, 04:11 IST
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SummaryChakan plant union gives management 2 more weeks to respond to demands.

In a major relief for Pune-based two-wheeler maker Bajaj Auto, the employees’ union on Sunday decided to defer the proposed strike by two weeks. The union said workers want to give the management more time to consider their demands. The strike was scheduled to begin on Monday.

The decision to defer the proposed strike was taken after a four-hour meeting of union leaders at company's Chakan plant.

“We have decided to defer the strike by two weeks. We have conveyed our decision to the management,” said Bajaj Auto employee union president Dilip Pawar. Pawar said the decision was taken keeping in view the interest of employees and also give more time to the management.

The union, on April 14, had served a notice with a list of demands, which include allocation of CSR funds for education of employees’ children, setting up a museum in the name of company's founder Jamnalal Bajaj within a year and allotment of shares at a discounted price.

The management, however, called the demand for allocation of funds for tribal development from CSR spending and setting up a museum in Jamnalal Bajaj's name as “insane”. The company had rubbished the demands and said it would ensure that production is not hit if the union makes any attempt to disrupt it.

The Chakan plant employs over 2,000 workers, which include around 900 permanent workers, and produces 1.2 million units of Pulsar, Avenger, Ninja and the KTM brand bikes a year.

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