Striking workers at Tata Motors’ Sanand plant have hardened their stance. A day after the Gujarat government’s labour department declared the strike at the Nano plant as ‘illegal’, striking workers have decided to continue with their agitation and press for their demands.
As the strike entered its 11th day on Thursday, the agitating workers were notified of the ‘illegal strike’ order. Assistant labour commissioner MS Patel said, “We will give them two days to call off the strike. If they refuse to change their stance, action may be taken against them.”
Umesh Rathod, who is part of the seven-member workers committee formed to negotiate with the management, said, “We will continue our strike and will try and talk to the government. The labour commissioner earlier refused to see us when we went to submit our memorandum to him.”
When asked if the company plans to take action against the striking workers at this point, a Tata Motors spokesperson said, “Tata Motors confirms receipt of the gtate government’s order which prohibits the strike which is going on since 22 Feb 2016 and directs workmen to resume work immediately.
The government of Gujarat has passed an order making the reference to Industrial Tribunal. We hope this will help restore normalcy at the earliest. While we are yet to study the order in detail, we believe it supports our viewpoint that the discussions must be only through lawful means. We would like to reiterate the company’s willingness to engage with workmen on mutual issues but without any compromise on safety, quality, productivity and discipline.”