Clouds over auto hub as Hero wage talks flounder
Though Sunday is normally a weekly off at the plant, the company had reportedly asked workers to come for duty in order to make up for the production loss of Thursday when the plant was closed following the call for a nationwide strike by 11 central trade unions. The Gurgaon plant makes about 8,000 scooters and motorcycles a day across three assembly lines.
The threat of a partial strike from Monday follows over 60 rounds of talks over the last six months that have so far not yielded any results. HMCWU has asked for a monthly wage hike of around Rs 14,000-15,000 (the monthly average salary today is Rs 46,000) in order to match the recent hikes given by Maruti Suzuki and Honda Motorcycle to its workers at nearby plants. However, the company has offered a hike of around Rs 8,500.
HMCWU has been threatening to strike for over a month now, though industry analysts said that it may be using pressure tactics in order to make the Hero management succumb to its demands. Both sides have indulged in such tactics in the hope of arriving at an early decision. In fact, the management in January had reportedly issued show-cause notices against six HMCWU office bearers threatening suspension after the workers reportedly resorted to a production
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