workers had tampered with equipment to slow production.
“Hero's Gurgaon plant union leadership is under pressure both from its members and unions outside to achieve at least something close to the wage increase that it has already promised to the workers. Anything less would put them in a difficult position. The management is also taking it as a challenge, especially after the workers resorted to arm-twisting tactics,” another source said.
Earlier, on January 16, Hero had offered HMCWU around a R7,500 monthly hike (the average salary today is R46,000 a month), raising it from a previous offer of R6,500. However, the Gurgaon plant workers have demanded double that — at least a R15,000 hike, similar to what Maruti Suzuki and Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India recently gave its workers at nearby facilities.
The last offer for an increase in the wage hike offer came in response to a silent protest by workers since January 4 under which they wore black bands and boycotted company-provided snacks, and warned that the Gurgaon plant may be headed for a larger strike if their demands are not addressed.