To Restart Production, Tata Brings in Workers from Pune Plant to Sanand
Published On Mar 17, 2016
At a crucial period of production, Tata Motors is facing a lockdown at its plant in Sanand where the manufacturing of Tata Tiago was taking place. To supplant its workers and to get the process moving again, the company has now brought in 250 workers from its plant in Pune. The workers would be involved in the final stage of the manufacturing process.
Requesting anonymity, a company worker said that even senior engineers are pitching in their efforts on the shop floor and the assembly line to ensure the plant continues to function and that the production target is maintained. “However, it would be difficult for them to bring back the rhythm that the existing team had achieved,” he added.
The Sanand plant has been in a gridlock for the past three weeks, after a workers' strike gathered heat and snowballed into a major stand-off between the firm and its employees. The strike had been sparked with the suspension of 28 workers, whose reinstation the striking workers demanded. The company and the employees failed to reach a settlement, and the issue had recently reached the court, with Tata demanding a legal reconciliation. The firm had earlier set a deadline of March 11 for the striking workers to return to the factory. However, the strike continued and is currently heading towards its fourth week now. The strike had also resulted in a drop in Tata Motors' share value recently.The Sanand plant has actively been involved in the production of Tata's models, with an inventory for 1400 vehicles. It reportedly brings out about 60 Nanos a day, along with 50 Tiagos. Prior to the strike, company officials had planned to boost Tiago production to nearly 250 cars per day.