Hero raises wage hike offer a tad but stand-off continues

Feb 02 2013, 03:32 IST
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SummaryIn a bid to break the nearly month-long impasse at its Gurgaon plant, the Hero MotoCorp management has increased the wage hike offer to the workers to around R9,000 from the earlier R7,500, sources said.

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.

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