Rs 5 cr/day loss on strike: Apollo
"The plant is partially functioning. The loss that we are facing is Rs 4-5 crore per day," Apollo Tyres Chairman Onkar S Kanwar said on the sidelines of ongoing World Economic Forum on India here.
He, however, insisted the problem is a temporary one and "it should be over in the next couple of days".
Unrest broke out at Apollo Tyres's Vadodara unit on October 23, when a section of the workers in the cross ply section went on strike demanding recognition of a fourth union at the plant. At present, only three unions are recognised at the plant.
The company has, however, not shared the total loss incurred so far due to the strike.
About half of the 1,500 employees in the cross ply section are on strike now. They had formed a new union, which is affiliated to BJP's labour wing – Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, a company official said.
The Vadodara unit of the company has an installed production capacity to roll out over 300 tonnes of cross ply tyres every day. After the strike broke out last month, the company is producing 33 per cent of its capacity at present.
When asked about the reasons behind frequent labour unrests hitting the Indian automobile sector, Kanwar said: "I think these are some
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