Bosch strike: Employees’ union accuses company of unfair practices

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Bengaluru | November 21, 2014 4:28 AM

The employees’ union of Bosch’s Bangalore plant on Thursday submitted a memorandum to the Karnataka labour commissioner's office...

The employees’ union of Bosch’s Bangalore plant on Thursday submitted a memorandum to the Karnataka labour commissioner’s office accusing the management of “unfair labour practices”.

Mico Employees Association’s allegation is that the management is carrying out production by deploying unskilled workers, managerial staff and retired employees.

Bosch had, in a press release on Wednesday, said it was taking all necessary measures to conclude the wage negotiation discussions with the union and has urged it to call off the indefinite strike. The company had said it had put forth its best wage and benefit offer to the employees, which would increase the cost to company (CTC) of an average workman to over Rs 85,000 per month from Rs 64,000 currently.

“Considering the indexing (inflation), the proposed CTC will further increase substantially. This revised wage offer will retain the Bosch workmen compensation as one of the best in the manufacturing industry,” Bosch had said in its release. The union, meanwhile, is asking for a wage hike comparable to that for the Nashik plant, where the wage hike settlement was concluded some months ago.

The union also raised the issue of suspension of its office-bearers recently, accusing the management of victimising them. The Bosch management, in its release, had alleged unruly behaviour on part of two of union representatives during a recent negotiation meeting, saying it had taken the necessary action as per the company’s standing orders.

Bosch on Thursday said in a communication to the BSE that it planned to suspend manufacturing operations at the Nashik plant for two days, starting November 21, with a view to adjust production to demand.

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