Workers of Bajaj Auto's Chakan and Akurdi plant plan to go on a one-day hunger strike on October 2, 2016 to protest the delay in wage negotiations and failure to arrive at a settlement.
Workers of Bajaj Auto’s Chakan and Akurdi plant plan to go on a one-day hunger strike on October 2, 2016 to protest the delay in wage negotiations and failure to arrive at a settlement.
The company is closed on Sunday, October 2 so there will be no impact on the production at the Chakan factory. Bajaj Auto makes the Pulsar 220, Avenger, KTM at its Chakan plant.
Dilip Pawar, president of the Vishwakalyan Kamgaar Sanghatna, said the union was negotiating a new wage settlement for April 2016 to March 2019 period. Talks have been going on for the last six months but there was no progress in arriving at a settlement regarding wage revision.
“There is tremendous dissatisfaction over the delay in settlement and we are forced to start the agitation,” Pawar said. The union had written to the Bajaj Auto MD, Rajiv Bajaj seeking his intervention but there was no response, he said. The union will decided on the future course of action at the end of the October 2 hunger strike.
Bajaj Auto had signed a nine year agreement in 2010 with the union.
Under the nine year agreement the company was to review of wages every three years following a survey of the the state of the industry and the performance of the automotive sector in the region.
Last time when the review got delayed for a year the workers had gone on a 50 day strike affecting production.
The agreement was signed in August 2014 and work resumed. The three year period of this agreement ended in March 2016.
Bajaj Auto has 800 workers at Chakan and 100 workers at Akurdi plant who will participate in the agitation.