Bombardier India faces labour unrest

Canada-based company Bombardier Transportation India (BTI) is witnessing labour unrest with around 100 workers on strike since June 3 at its plant at Savli near Vadodara.

Vadodara | Published: June 11, 2013 12:43 am

Canada-based company Bombardier Transportation India (BTI) is witnessing labour unrest with around 100 workers on strike since June 3 at its plant at Savli near Vadodara.

To resolve the matter between workers and management,the state labour department has intervened. Sources associated with the workers’ union say that if a suitable agreement is not reached,the agitation may intensify.

BTI’s Harsh Mehta,director,communication,told FE: “Some workers are on strike at the manufacturing unit but that has not affected production. About 500 workers are working on two export orders as well as on the Delhi Metro project.”

Speaking on the workers’ unrest,he added: “We are in talks with the workers and we are going to have a meeting later today and I am hopeful we will reach a mutual agreement without the intervention of the labour commissioner.”

Assistant labour commissioner G L Patel said: “As part of intervention between the management representatives and workers’ union members of Bombardier,we had arranged a meeting. However,since the management representatives were absent from the meeting,we failed to resolve the issue.”

When asked about workers’ complaints,he said: “Workers from the plant at Savli are sent to Delhi to work on projects and are given additional daily allowance of R900. Previously too,workers have gone to Delhi on the same allowance. However,recently about 34 workers went to Delhi and returned citing lack of facilities and are protesting against the management.”

“To work on the Delhi Metro project,the company,without taking the workers into confidence,transferred about 34 workers to Delhi. Outraged,100 of the 600

workers at the Savli plant started protesting and have called for a strike. Accordingly,about 125 workers stopped work since June 3,” a source associated with the workers’ union said.

A source associated with the company’s management said: “The demands of the striking employees are unreasonable. They have stopped working altogether and have even threatened to stop the others working at the site.”

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