Bajaj Auto labour union chief threatens hunger strike

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Pune | Published: January 26, 2018 5:39:03 AM

The unresolved labour dispute at Bajaj Auto is back in focus. President of Bajaj Auto labour union — Vishwakalyan Kamgar Sanghatna (VKS) — Dilip Pawar will be going on an indefinite hunger strike from January 29, 2018.

Bajaj Auto, Bajaj Auto labour union chief strike, Bajaj labour union chief hunger strike, Vishwakalyan Kamgar Sanghatna, bajaj auto production, Chakan, AkurdiThe unresolved labour dispute at Bajaj Auto is back in focus. President of Bajaj Auto labour union — Vishwakalyan Kamgar Sanghatna (VKS) — Dilip Pawar will be going on an indefinite hunger strike from January 29, 2018.

The unresolved labour dispute at Bajaj Auto is back in focus. President of Bajaj Auto labour union — Vishwakalyan Kamgar Sanghatna (VKS) — Dilip Pawar will be going on an indefinite hunger strike from January 29, 2018, to press for an immediate settlement of the wage agreement for workers at Chakan and Akurdi plants. Pawar, on behalf of the union, will be on an indefinite hunger strike and no other worker will join him. So, production will continue. Negotiations for the wage agreement for April 2016-March 2019 have been going on between the management and the union, but no amicable settlement has been agreed upon, Pawar said. Bajaj Auto and the union had signed a nine-year agreement in May 2010, under which wages were to be reviewed every three years.

The wage agreement for the 2016-19 period was due in April 2016. Forty meetings have been held so far, VKS general secretary Balasaheb Thorve said. The Chakan plant has 2,500 workers, of which 1,000 are affiliated to the VKS. The company also terminated the wage hike agreement of nine years, signed for 2010-2019 at the Akurdi plant and 100 workers were denied a wage hike, Pawar said. The union said the company had without the workers’ consent deposited a one-sided hiked amount directly into the accounts of Chakan workers. This had worked out to around Rs 10,000 to Rs 11,500 being paid over three years — FY17, FY18 and FY19, and was done in October 2016 after talks failed. The union also seeks reinstatement of eight terminated workers.

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