Strike at Bajaj Autos Chakan plant to drag output by a third

Mumbai | Updated: Jun 27 2013, 05:35am hrs
Bajaj Auto expects output at one of its plants in western India to drop by a third in June and July due to an employee strike that began on Tuesday, managing director Rajiv Bajaj said.

Bajaj expects to make 50,000 motorbikes in June and July each at its Chakan plant

compared with the usual 75,000 a month, Bajaj said on Wednesday.

Bajaj makes two-wheelers, including its high-end sports bikes, at the Chakan plant, which had an annual capacity of 1.2 million vehicles as of March.

"As opposed to our normal production of 3,000 per day, in the month of June we would be able to do 2,000 and that is because of all the disruptions that have been created internally," Bajaj said, referring to

the strike.

Bajaj has 1,500 employees at the plant, out of which 200 came to work on Wednesday, helping resume production, he said. He did not say when he expected production to return to normal.

Production at the companys Chakan plant remained crippled today as the agitation by nearly 2,000 employees over wage revision and other demands continued for the second day.

"Our agitation continues and production remains crippled even today as the employees have not gone for work demanding wage revision," Bajaj Auto Union sources said.

They also said there were no indications from the management about holding talks to resolve the issue so far.

"We will continue our agitation as long as our demand for wage revision and better work conditions at the plant are not met. Bajaj management has so far not invited us for talks," sources said.

Company officials were not available for comment.

The plant has 925 permanent workers, besides 1,000 temporary and contractual employees and trainees. These 1,000 workers are also demanding permanent employment. Agencies