Tata Motors moves court over strike

By: | Published: March 10, 2016 1:14 AM

Tata Motors on Wednesday moved the Ahmedabad Session Court for an injunction.

Tata Motors on Wednesday moved the Ahmedabad Session Court for an injunction.

In an e-mailed statement, the company said, “Under clause 10(3) of the Industrial Disputes Act 1947, further to prohibiting the ongoing illegal strike by Government of Gujarat, for all such workmen who are yet to resume duty, the Company will consider it as  unauthorised absence. The company has yet again reached out to the striking workmen and advised them to resume duty on or before 11th March, 2016, failing which the company would be compelled to take appropriate legal actions. As a normal practice in such cases, Tata Motors has also moved the Ahmedabad Session Court  for an injunction to prevent any agitations on the plant premises to ensure protection and safety of its people and property. We understand the Court has now asked the suspended workmen and their counsel to respond to our move for injunction.”

More than 400 workers have been agitating at the Nano plant in Sanand for more than two weeks now, after a dispute with the company over the formation of a labour union led to the suspension of more than 20 workers. The workers are all set to approach the Gujarat High Court, over their strike being declared illegal by the state labour department and to obtain recognition for their union.

Meanwhile, the striking workers at Tata Motors plant in on Wednesday approached the Mamlatdar of Sanand, seeking permission to hold a dharna at Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) and at the collector’s office in Ahmedabad.

The workers, armed with roses, submitted their letter. “The mamlatdar has raised no objections to our dharna. However he asked us to get approval from the police. The police is reluctant to give permission due to the terror alert in Gujarat,” said Sagar Rabari of Gujarat Khedut Samaj, who have openly declared support for the agitating workers.

“There will be a dharna at the Ahmedabad Collector’s office, even if we do not get permission. More than 100 people from the Gujarat Civil Society are expected to join the dharna, with the workers from the Sanand plant”, added Rabari.

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