Stir at Bajaj plant on; 3-way meet fails to resolve issues

Last Updated: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 21:46

Mumbai: Deadlock at the Chakan plant of auto major Bajaj continued as state minister-mediated tripartite talks Friday failed to end the 18-day-old strike.

Now, a solution is likely only next week, sources said.

State Labour Minister Hassan Mushrif had on Thursday said he would call the management for a meeting if Friday's meeting with the Chief Labour Commissioner failed to yield results.

"We demand that all those 21 employees who have been suspended by the company on flimsy grounds be taken back and our other demands including pay revision and stock option also be considered," a Bajaj Auto union leader told PTI after the meeting.

However, the management stuck to its stand, saying it is ready to reinstate some of them, but not all; therefore, the talks did not resolve the issues, union sources said.

The management could not be reached for comments.

Earlier, the state's Chief Labour Commissioner, who was asked by the minister to intervene, held a 3-hour long-meeting with the Bajaj Auto management and Chakan plant union in Pune in the afternoon.

"We now expect some solution when the management meets the minister next week," said a source.
Yesterday, the union and the Shramik Ekta Mahasangh, which claims to represent about 88 unions in Chakan, Pimpri- Chinchwad and adjoining areas, called on the labour minister here to end the deadlock.

After meeting the union leaders here, the minister had told reporters that he had asked the Chief Labour Commissioner to hold talks with the management and union in Pune Friday.

PTI

First Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 21:46

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