A day after Gujarat labour department “prohibited” the strike by 422-odd workers at the Tata Motors plant at Sanand, workers refused to join work Friday as their strike entered day 12. “We will fight the matter in the industrial tribunal court. Till then our strike will continue,” said Hitesh Rabari and Harpal Sinh Jhala, both 25. Workers stayed away from work even as police were called in Friday morning.
Later, a meeting was held between Sarkhej DSP PO Bhatt, Deputy Labour Commissioner M S Patel, company officials and seven-odd representatives of the workers till 3 pm. A week ago, a similar joint meet had resulted in a stalemate. Rabari said, “The company has not shared with us the chargesheet, clarifying the charges based on which 26 workers have been suspended… We have no reason to trust the management.” A statement by Tata Motors said, “The matter is referenced to the Industrial Tribunal and we will abide by this process… We hope good counsel will prevail amongst workmen and they will restore normalcy.”