The 50-day-long strike at Bajaj Autos Chakan plant was called off by the employees on Tuesday. The workers said that although they would continue to press for their demands,they would be rejoining duty on Wednesday.
Dilip Pawar,president of Vishwa Kalyan Kamgar Sanghathana (VKKS) the union of workers at the plant said that the decision of withdrawal of the strike was taken keeping in view the impending festive season. These three months are very crucial from the point of view of the industry and we do not want the industry to suffer. Our actions should not harm the industry in any way, he said.
Commenting on the development,managing director of Bajaj Auto,Rajiv Bajaj,in a written statement,said,I am very pleased that the VKKS union has unconditionally called off their strike at Chakan; more importantly,I hope that their decision is a reflection of their understanding,however late,of their erroneous choice of direction. He also said that the issue of 22 workmen who were suspended,pending inquiry,would be dealt objectively and sympathetically.
The decision comes a day after the seven-day ultimatum issued by Rajiv Bajaj,asking the workers to return to work last Monday. Interestingly,on Tuesday morning,a press release was issued by Bajaj Auto,which stated that the deadline for returning to work was increased by two more days.