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Labour unrest at Mahindra again; tools-down at Igatpuri plant

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 19:18

Mumbai: Labour unrest has hit auto major Mahindra & Mahindra again, with production at its Igatpuri engine plant at a standstill since yesterday following a tools-down strike by workers against the suspension of their leader, union sources said on Wednesday.

"We are on a tools-down since yesterday afternoon and there is no production at all at the plant since then. We want the management to unconditionally reinstate our leader Sunil Yadav," one of the union leaders said over phone.

The calls to the company spokesperson in Mumbai did not yield any response.

Meanwhile, M&M said in a filing to the BSE: "There has been a stoppage of work at the company's Igatpuri plant due to a tool down strike by the Union.

"The company is in constant dialogue with the union for an early solution of the issue. The company has currently sufficient stock of engines for production of its vehicles."

The development comes within a month of a similar agitation at Nashik plant, where employees were demanding higher wages.

The Igatpuri plant, which operates in three shifts, manufactures engines for most of M&M's popular models such as XUV500, Scorpio, Xylo, Bolero Maximo and Genio. The plant has a daily capacity of 1,100 units.

It employs 1,600 workers, including those on contract.

The employees are protesting the suspension of Sunil Yadav, president of Bharatiya Kamgar Sangh, affiliated to Shiv Sena, over a fight between two workers earlier this week.

Sources said workers were also negotiating wage hike with the management, and have held 11 meetings recently.

In a 'tools down' strike, workers report to work but keep away from assigned jobs.


First Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 19:13
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