Bajaj Chakan plant strike enters 15th day: KTM Duke 390 deliveries affected?
Bajaj Auto, the second largest motorcycle manufacturer in the country, is facing a workers strike at their plant in Chakan, Pune. The strike enters it’s 15th day today, and seems to have no end as of now. The latest development, hearing of case at the Pune labour court is now to take place on 16th July.
Chakan is an industrial belt, where a large number of auto companies such as Tata Motors, M&M, Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen have their production plants. To make matters worse, the united force of trade unions have threatened to go on mass work stoppage at both Chakan and the Pimpri Chinchwad Industrial belt, in case there is no immediate resolution to the list of demands put forth by Bajaj Auto workers.
A total of 88 trade unions in the region have appealed to the Upper Labor Union Commissioner of Pune to intervene and resolve this crisis. The list of demands includes wage revision, allotment of company shares and the reinstatement of sacked workers.
Bajaj on their part have approached the Pune Industrial Court in a bid to declare the stir illegal while they have also shifted out part of production from the Chakan unit to their Aurangabad facility so that production is not hampered. But, their KTM range of motorcycles, which are only built at Chakan, might suffer delay in deliveries. Bajaj recently launched the new KTM 390 Duke for Rs 1.8 lakh. It is being sold across India with a delivery period of 3 months.