Yamaha and MSI workers arrested while staging protest

The workers have been demanding wage revision and the right to form a union.

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A hunger strike by 700 workers of India Yamaha Motor (IYMPL) and Myoung Shin Automotive India (MSI), a tier-I supplier of Hyundai, led to their arreston October 2, 2018, in Sriperumbudur, which is the centre for automobile manufacturing.

The police refused to allow them to gather at a public spot to hold the hunger strike, following which they gathered at a marriage hall.

The workers of MSI, under the guidance of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) had been on strike for over 20 days demanding wage settlement among other things. At IYMPL, on the other hand, the workers are demanding the right to form a union.

While nothing came of talks between the management, the labour department and the union last week, discussions and negotiations are expected to resume today.

Royal Enfield has also been facing a workers’ strike, but the production at its Oragadam plant is expected to resume in parts despite a significant number of workers absenting themselves from work since September 24. The two-wheeler manufacturing company lost 10,000 units as a result of the workers’ strike.

None of the workers have been terminated at the plant and the Company plans to follow the usual practice of annual salary revisions. The last revision took place in April this year, and the next is expected only in April next year.

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