The production facility of Mahindra & Mahindra at Nashik saw the hunger strike by two of its senior union leaders for the fifth day. The indefinite hunger strike has not affected the production at the plant which employees 4,000 workers and produces Bolero, Quanto, Scorpio, Verito and Xylo. The plant begets 550 vehicles daily in three shifts.
Pravin Shinde, Nashik plant employees’ union general secretary said "We will continue to fast till the management signs the long pending wage agreement with us.”
Since 1st May 2013, Shinde and Amol Sonwane, union vice president, are on hunger strike and are sitting in front of the office of deputy labour commissioner. Their demand includes the renewal of wage accord from the Mahindra management which has expired in February 2013. They also want to update the wage agreement period from three and half years to three years.
One of the company officials has described the hunger strike as an "issue of some individuals" which is not at all going to affect the production. He said "The matter (of wage agreement) is being discussed with the deputy labour commissioner. As far as the hunger strike is concerned, it is an issue of some individuals and not the union. The business at the plant is as usual".