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Hunger strike at M&M Nashik plant continues

Last Updated: Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 17:06

Nashik/Mumbai: The indefinite hunger strike by two senior union leaders of auto major Mahindra & Mahindra's Nashik production facility entered the 5th day on Sunday without any impact on the production at the plant.

"We will continue to fast till the management signs the long pending wage agreement with us," Nashik plant employees union general secretary Pravin Shinde said.

Shinde, along with union vice president Amol Sonwane, is sitting on hunger strike in front of the deputy labour commissioner's office since May 1, demanding from the Mahindra management to renew the wage accord, which expired in February.

A company official, however, termed the hunger strike as an "issue of some individuals" which has no bearing on the production.

"The matter (of wage agreement) is being discussed with the deputy labour commissioner. As far as the hunger strike is concerned, it is an issue of some individuals and not the union. The business at the plant is as usual," the official, who did not wish to be identified, said.

The union is demanding inflation-linked wage revision, besides restricting the wage agreement period to three years against three-and-a-half years now.

However, the hunger strike by the two leaders has not affected the production at the facility as other workers remain on duty.

The Nashik plant, which employs around 4,000 workers, produces Xylo, Bolero, Quanto and Scorpio models of the SUVs besides the mid-size sedan Verito. It rolls out 550 vehicles per day in three shifts.

The employees union here is an internal one and does not have affiliation to any political outfit.

The union has alleged that the management failed to reach an agreement on their charter of 48 demands submitted last August and as many as 14 rounds of tripartite talks have already taken place in the last four months, but to no avail.

The workers of the same plant had gone on a tools-down strike in March following differences over wage negotiations and suspension of some employees.

Mahindra's Igatpuri engine plant workers had also gone on strike last month after the company suspended two workers, including a union leader.

The 14-day strike was called off following the intervention of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and the management agreeing to reinstate the two suspended workers, though with stringent conditions.


First Published: Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 17:06
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