Bajaj strike: Court raps workers’ union for not filing statement

The second labour court of N S Kole rapped the workers of Bajaj Auto Limited’s Chakan plant and refused them extension to submit their written statement before the court.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: July 24, 2013 2:25:35 am

The second labour court of N S Kole Tuesday rapped the workers of Bajaj Auto Limited’s Chakan plant who are on strike and refused them extension to submit their written statement before the court. Fixing the next date of hearing for Monday,the judge observed that Dilip Pawar,the leader of Vishwa Kalyan Kamgar Sanghathana (the union of protesting workers),was not “serious about filing his say”.

Pawar had been directed to file the workers’ statement in the case a week ago. The court was hearing a petition filed by the Bajaj management,which had sought that the strike be declared illegal. In his reply,Pawar asked for the production of salary slips of the workers to “ascertain the grounds on which the company has decided to deduct the salary of the employees”. The court had earlier rejected the plea and rapped the union for “adopting delaying tactics”.

Nearly 900 workers of the Chakan plant have been on strike for the last 23 days in support of their various demands.

On Tuesday,Pawar sought further adjournment of the case,claiming that he had filed a revision petition in the industrial court challenging the earlier order of the labour court. Pawar’s plea was strongly countered by Aditya Joshi,the lawyer appearing for Bajaj,who stated that the strike was causing a huge financial burden on the company.

Joshi added that in spite of being repeatedly given option of filing their say previously,the union had failed to do so. Also,he said,the union had failed to appoint a lawyer till date.

Pawar,on the other hand,said they had moved the revision petition before the industrial court on Tuesday morning,and it was expected to be “numbered” in the evening. He asked for adjournment of the proceedings on this ground.

In his order,the judge said the revision petition was put up before the court on Tuesday morning “but it did not have any number from the official of the industrial court”. Refusing to entertain the adjournment plea,the judge refused to admit Pawar’s written statement. “The next hearing of the case would be on Monday,July 29,without the WS of the other party,” he ordered.

On his part,Joshi welcomed the order and said it proved the court had refused to allow any delaying tactics adopted by the union.

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