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Tata Moves to Court as Sanand Plant Strike Enters Day 15

Published On Mar 10, 2016By Prashant Talreja

Towards the end of the last month, Tata Motors' factory in Sanand, Gujarat was hit by a workers' strike. Around 400 workers took part in the protest, triggered by the suspension of 28 workers. The company failed to contain the protesters, and the strike spilled over to its third week, halting activities at the plant. This came at a crucial time when the company was preparing for the roll out of its new hatchback, Tiago from the plant

Yesterday, the company decided to approach the local court, seeking an injunction on the issue that was hampering its production. It said in a statement, “Under clause 10(3) of the Industrial Disputes Act 1947, further to prohibiting the ongoing illegal strike by Government of Gujarat, for all such workmen who are yet to resume duty, the Company will consider it as unauthorized absence. The company has yet again reached out to the striking workmen and advised them to resume duty on or before 11th March, 2016, failing which the company would be compelled to take appropriate legal action. As a normal practice in such cases, Tata Motors has also moved the Ahmedabad Session Court for an injunction to prevent any agitations on the plant premises to ensure protection and safety of its people and property. We understand the Court has now asked the suspended workmen and their counsel to respond to our move for injunction.”

The firm also took a hardline stance against the agitators. It advised them to resume duties by March 11, threatening legal retaliation if they failed to do so. “For all such workmen who are yet to resume duty, the company will consider it as unauthorized absence,” the corporation stated.

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