Bombardier plans to sack striking staff,initiate fresh recruitment

Facing workers’ protest at its Savli plant near Vadodara for last more than one month,management of Bombardier Transportation India has said it will take steps to terminate striking employees

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara | Published: July 24, 2013 4:45:16 am

Facing workers’ protest at its Savli plant near Vadodara for last more than one month,management of Bombardier Transportation India has said it will take steps to terminate striking employees and initiate a recruitment process “to ensure smooth operations”.

Around 100 workers went on strike during the first week of June,soon after around 40 of them returned from Delhi where they were transferred to maintain metro coaches supplied to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). The workers demanded better living facilities in Delhi and formation of a workers’ union,among other things.

“The company will chargesheet all the illegally striking employees for not adhering to court order of “prohibition of strike” passed on June 27,2013,wrongful allegations on company officials,instigating other employees to join the strike,refraining co-workers from attending their normal duties,threatening and abusing company officials,” it said in a statement.

“The company will take actions through an applicable legal process including termination of services and will launch a recruitment process to hire replacements to ensure smooth conduct of its business activities,” it added.

The workers had recently moved court against the state government’s imposition of “prohibition of strike” order that prevents them from agitating outside of company’s three facilities in Vadodara. Workers representatives said the company cannot initiate termination of service as it was a subjudiced matter.

Company management maintained that the workers were being non-cooperative due to external influence which is keeping the issue unresolved.

“The company is constrained to take any disciplinary action due to refusal of its employees to resume work under external influence,” it said.

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