The strike that started at Sunday midnight at Hyundai Motor India plant in Chennai has continued on its second day. The workers demand the reinstatement of 67 dismissed colleagues and recognition of their union.
“Our members are continuing their sit-in strike since Sunday midnight. Many of them have not taken food since Sunday night. One worker fainted Monday and was taken to the hospital. The management has declared leave for the first shift today (Tuesday),” Hyundai Motor India Employees Union (HMIEU) president A. Edison Periera told IANS.
He also mentioned that a conciliation meeting was slated for Tuesday before the labour commissioner. The workers at the country’s second largest car manufacturer’s Irrungattukottai plant stopped the production and, so far the company has undergone the production loss 2,200 cars valued at around Rs.65 crore.
“The management started flexing its muscle by suspending four more workers and that was one of the reasons for us going on strike,” K. Thangapandian, vice president, HMIEU told.
Hyundai Motor India’s Managing Director and Chief Executive H.W. Park had earlier denied the reinstating the dismissed workers.
According to Thangapandian, the union had planned the strike in January when the South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, a former Hyundai Motor employee, was on a state visit, but it got shelved as the management then promised to consider their demands.
As per the agreement between the union and the management Jan 20, 2010, reinstatement of 67 dismissed workers has to be considered on a case-by-case basis, he said.
“The management agreed to take back 35 dismissed workers. It also agreed that talks on according recognition to the union will be held and both the parties, the union and the management, will work cordially to resolve the issues.”