Nearly 500 contract workers of Hero MotoCorp staged a protest on Tuesday, shutting down the company’s manufacturing plants at Sector-33, Gurgaon, and in Dharuhera.
Both the plants were shut for nearly five hours, sources said.
The workers, employed at the spare parts division of the two-wheeler maker, were protesting against the company’s move to shift them to its new manufacturing plant in Neemrana, Rajasthan.
Nearly 9,000 workers, temporary and permanent, were asked to leave the premises of Hero MotoCorp following the protest.
Sources said the workers have rejected the company’s offer to shift them to the Neemrana plant, called the Global Parts Centre. They alleged the company was offering them less wages than what they were being paid now.
Many workers alleged the company had offered to pay them about Rs 7,000 per month in Neemrana whereas contract workers get Rs 11,000 per month in the Gurgaon and Dharuhera plants.
“We are all contract workers. Since the time the spare parts division shifted to Neemrana, all have been asked to shift there or take compensation and quit. We all fear losing our jobs,” Rakesh, who has worked at the company for 12 years, said.
A statement issued by Hero MotoCorp stated, “We are currently in discussion with the workers at our parts centre in Gurgaon for a smooth transition from the existing facility to the new state-of-the-art Global Parts Centre in Neemrana. We are hopeful of reaching an amicable solution at the earliest.”
The management of the company has also tried to reach an agreement by offering the casual workers salary for three months, Provident Fund, gratuity and other statutory compliances.
According to a highly placed source in Hero MotorCorp, due to the shutting down of the spare parts division in Gurgaon, the plant alone suffered losses amounting to Rs 8 crore.
“The plant at Neemrana is not the same as Gurgaon. Here, we need 500 workers for the spare parts division, but in Neemrana we can make do with only 100 workers. The technology there is better,” the source said.
The Neemrana plant is spread over 35 acres.
According to sources, work at the Gurgaon plant resumed late evening. The plant employs about 1,200 permanent workers and 4,000 casual workers.
A meeting was held on Tuesday between the assistant labour commissioner, the company management and union leaders.