Talks between Force Motors’ management and its un-unionised workers failed to reach an agreement. Family members of workers held a protest meet at the additional labour commissioner’s office on Monday, demanding settlement to their wage dispute. Workers representatives, led by Bhosari MLA Mahesh Landge met additional labour commissioner RR Hendre seeking intervention to reach a settlement. Production at the Akurdi plant was not affected as family members took part in the protest meet.
Hendre was hopeful of getting both workers and management back to the discussion table and work out a settlement. A joint meeting will be held between workers and management, Hendre said. Rival unions (Bharatiya Kamgar Sena-affiliated union versus AITUC-affiliated Pune Employees’ Union) of Force Motors are fighting cases in various courts of the country for the last 10 years demanding recognition.
Earlier, the family members of Force Motors workers at the Akurdi had carried out 11-day indefinite fasting and agitation. The company had then agreed to negotiate a wage agreement directly with the workers, bypassing rival trade unions. On March 17, 2015, the company’s workers and the Force Motors management signed an MoU to resume direct negotiations without involving the two warring unions. The issue of union recognition was delinked from the wage revision issue to reach a new wage agreement.
The bone of contention was that the company had put a large part of the revised wages under the performance-based incentive section, while workers wanted this to be part of their regular wages.
The company did not make a comment on this.