Workers go on strike at HMSI’s Rajasthan plant

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New Delhi | Published: February 17, 2016 12:45:26 AM

Around 4,000 workers at Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India's (HMSI) Tapukara plant in Alwar, Rajasthan, went on strike on Tuesday afternoon, bringing production at the unit to a complete halt.

Around 4,000 workers at Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India’s (HMSI) Tapukara plant in Alwar, Rajasthan, went on strike on Tuesday afternoon, bringing production at the unit to a complete halt. The plant produces around 5,000 units of two-wheelers on a daily basis, which includes popular scooter model Activa and motorcycle Shine.

Though the company did not comment on the development till the time of going to the press, labour leaders told FE that they resorted to the strike when talks broke down over the reinstatement of 10 permanent workers.

The workers are also demanding that around 400 contractual workers whose term has ended be re-employed. While they have been agitating for these demands, the immediate provocation for the strike was an altercation between a worker and a supervisor on Tuesday. It is not clear whether it is a flash strike or an indefinite one. The plant does not have a registered union and the workers have been in discussion for the same with the management for sometime now.

The workers’ strike at Tapukara comes a day before HMSI inaugurates its new plant in Gujarat, near Ahmedabad. This will be its fourth plant.

HMSI, the second-largest two-wheeler player with a market share of 26%, has two more manufacturing plants, one in Manesar in Haryana and the other near Bengaluru. Its new plant to be inaugurated in Gujarat on Wednesday is expected to be the world’s largest scooter manufacturing facility, with an annual capacity of 1.2 million units.

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