Tata Motor's Dharwad Plant Shut Down Due to Employee Strikes
Published On Feb 08, 2016
Tata Motors' bus manufacturing plant in Karnataka declared a lockout following continuous strike at the unit. The workers had gone on a strike as they were dissatisfied with the recent wage revisions and the suspensions of many other workers. Due to this, the company decided to lockout the bus plant in Dharwad, which works under the brand of Tata Marcopolo.
Addressing the issue, a spokesperson of Tata Motors emailed stating, "Every year, the company undertakes an upward wage revision and has continued to do so even in adverse market conditions. Some dissatisfied workers had incited fellow workers to disrupt work, causing substantial financial and customer confidence loss but we continued discussions with them in good faith; despite substantial loss to the company, we took a lenient view of these actions when the workers resumed work."
He further stated, "However, with continued disruption, jeopardizing the company's operations and reputation workers resorted to an illegal strike again on January 31. Considering these, we were compelled to resort to a temporary suspension of operations on February 1. In view of not improving the situation, and our apprehension of a congenial peaceful working atmosphere not prevailing, we were forced to declare a lockout from February 6."
According to the sources, the trade unions and Tata Motors Marcopolo were called by the Karnataka's Labor commissioner for a meeting to annul the shutdown of the production unit.
In April 2015, the company had faced similar issues which again led to shutting down the unit and the issues was settled affably.
The Dharwad plant produces around 60 buses for the local market and outbound markets like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in a day. "We want to resolve the crisis. If there is no production, thousands of workers would lose jobs and harm industrialization of the Dharwad region," said Abhishek Desai, President of Tata Motors Marcopolo Workers Association.