Bajaj Auto workers call off 50 day strike: Return to work from today
Workers union at the Bajaj Auto Limited Chakan plant has decided to call of their strike, which started on 25th June. The end of strike does not mean that the workers have given up their demands, as they said that they will continue to press for their demands. These demands include wage revision besides allotment of company shares at discounted rates and reinstatement of sacked colleagues.
Bajaj Auto had delivered an ultimatum last week, stating that they will permanently shift production to Aurangabad plant if the remaining workers (around 600) did not report to work in a week. The calling off of the strike seems to be the effect of this ultimatum.
The Vishwa Kalyan Kamgar Sanghatana Union has called off the strike keeping in mind loss of income which workers will have to contend with just ahead of the festive season in the country. The decision also comes just ahead of the company decision to shift out 50% of production from the company’s Chakan plant to other plants in Aurangabad and Pantnagar.
Union and management held a series of talks over the past week in an effort to reach an amicable conclusion and resolve the strike. Since there was hope that both parties were soon going to reach an amicable decision, the choice was taken to call off the strike.
Workers had gone on strike from the 25th of June and management has implored workers not to suffer due to these irrational demands but to join work failing which the company would be left with no other recourse than to shift a major part of production out of Chakan.
Speaking about the end of strike, Bajaj Auto MD, Rajiv Bajaj said, “I am very pleased that the VKKS…has unconditionally called off their strike at Chakan. On behalf of the management, I assure all the 22 workmen who are suspended pending enquiry that their cases will be considered objectively and sympathetically in the collective interest of all stakeholders.”