As the strike at Tata Motors’ Sanand plant entered its 15th day on Monday, agitating employees are now considering resorting to a legal route.
After a two-hour meeting, over 400 workers of the company’s Nano plant decided to approach the Gujarat High Court over the matter.
“The workers will petition the court to give recognition to their union, a matter which has been pending since the employees submitted their application in December to the Labour department”, said activist Sagar Rabari who has taken up the cause of the striking workers.
Rabari has also objected to the government declaring the strike as illegal. “This issue is between a company and its workers. The state government cannot declare the strike as illegal, in this case”, added Rabari.
He quoted the dispute between Larsen & Toubro and its striking workers at Hazira in 2014, wherein the high court had rapped the state government for favouring the company over its striking employees by declaring the strike as illegal.
Rabari has said the striking workers will now approach the Ahmedabad Collector for permission to hold a dharna at Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation, and at the Tata Motors’ plant in Sanand. Rabari added that the workers will attempt to garner support from the Gujarat Civil Society, Gujarat Khedut Samaj, and other labour unions operating in the state.