As many as 100 workers employed by Bombardier Transportation at the Canadian companys Savli plant near Vadodara are on a strike to protest against the transfer of 34 workers by the companys management to Delhi for work under the Delhi Metro Rail Project (DMRC)-awarded contract.
The companys management had transferred the trained employees to its project site in Delhi around six months ago. The employees returned from Delhi late last month along with over four dozen more workers who were sent to Delhi from Savli to work on the same project,demanding that they be allowed to work at the Savli plant.
The management allegedly asked them to go back to Delhi or leave work,upon which some more workers from the companys Savli plant joined in the protest which has been going on since last five days. The companys Savli plant employs around 600 workers.
The company said in a statement that the demands of the striking employees were unreasonable and the transition plans for 34 employees who were sent to Delhi were an effort by the management to save their jobs as they were redundant at Savli plant. It accused the striking employees of resorting to threatening other Bombardier employees who were working at the site.
Bombardier Transportation has faced issues recently at the Savli site with employees who have formed an illegal strike seeking unreasonable work demands,threatening other employees not to work,engaging support of the local union and
forcing consultants to stop work. This is creating an unpleasant work environment at the Savli site, it said in a statement.
An effort was being made to reach a mutually acceptable solution, it said. Makarpura GIDC Employees Union,which is representing the striking employees,approached Vadodara labour commissioner office with complaint upon which company representatives were asked by the office of the district labour commissioner to negotiation with the striking workers.
All we demand is an end to harassment by the company which sends employees to Delhi without any written agreement,provides them with poor living conditions,and gives them no leaves, union general secretary Naeem Sheikh said. Deputy labour commissioner K O Shah said the two parties have been invited to negotiate in his office on June 10.
Bombardiers Savli plant is its largest investment in Asia,having executed an order of 614 metro coaches for DMRC.