Possible partial strike at Hero as wage talks falter
Union sources added the company has been informed of the strike plan.
“After the meeting, the Gurgaon additional labour commissioner called us to his office to reach a compromise,” another source said.
So far, Hero MotoCorp’s wages have reportedly been the benchmark in the Gurgaon-Manesar industrial belt, but the revisions at HMSI and Maruti – which work out across three years – are expected to change this. Though substantial performance incentives are involved, a new joinee at Hero’s plant gets around Rs 40,000 a month, while average wages are around Rs 46,000. In comparison, a new joinee at HMSI gets around Rs 34,000, while a new Maruti worker gets about Rs 38,000.
The Gurgaon-Manesar auto belt has seen numerous labour disputes since around 2011, the most violent being the July 2012 violence at Maruti’s Manesar factory that claimed the life of a company HR official. Maruti itself has seen three separate instances of labour trouble and HMSI one, while auto component makers such as Rico Auto, Sunbeam Auto have faced such problems repeatedly.
WHEELS & WOES
* Workers plan to go slow on production; output may decline by 20-30%
* Company informed of strike notice to addl labour commissioner on Monday
* Silent protests with black bands & boycotting co snacks on since Jan 4
* Workers want average Rs.14-15,000 hike; company willing to give only Rs.6,500
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