Chennai: Auto-major Hyundai Motor India Friday said production at its Sriperumbudur manufacturing facilities near here was on schedule and the number of employees who are strike has gone down from 180 to 150.
"Production at the two plants continued to be on schedule even as there was a significant drop in the number of workers who abstained from work. The number of workers who abstained from work dropped to 150 from 180 Friday," Hyundai Motor India said in a statement.
But employees union claimed 450 of 2007 employees have struck work.
A section of employees have been on strike since last Tuesday, pressing for various demands, including reinstatement of 28 sacked colleagues.
The company had sacked about 28 employees in 2008.
Hyundai said it expected to produce 2,176 cars on Friday, similar to that produced on Thursday. On Wednesday and Tuesday, the company produced 2,157 cars and 2,054 cars.
Observing that it had signed a wage agreement with its recognised union -- United Union of Hyundai Employees on October 18, the company said UUHE has majority membership of over 1,300 workers among the total strength of 2,007 employees.
"Further 400 employees who are not members of UUHE have signed and accepted the (revised) wage settlement", the company said.
The agitating employees said they would intensify the strike unless their demands were met and that they were at a loss to know on what basis Hyundai claims production is on schedule.
Currently, 95 percent of employees in the body shop and 60 percent in paint shop are on strike", an official of Hyundai Motor India Employees Union (HMIEU) said.
He claimed 450 employees have resorted to strike.
To a query, he said the quality of the cars would be compromised as the company is using unskilled labourers.
"There should be at least 2,000 apprentices inside the factory in the production line, he said.
Yesterday, the Union was permitted by police to conduct their agitation at an alloted place near the factory. However, the official alleged that the permission was not granted.
Currently, members of HMIEU are agitating from the local labour commissioner's office, he said.
Asked about their next course of action, he said the Labour and Employment minister S T Chellapandian has assured to hold talks with the management and the Union to try and arrive at an amicable settlement.
First Published: Friday, November 2, 2012, 21:17