After the 50-day long strike last year, the staff of Eicher Motors from the Company’s Oragadam plant near Chennai are again protesting, this time against the transfer of three of their colleagues to the North.
The strike has been termed as illegal by Eicher, which makes the Royal Enfield motorcycles at its plants in Oragadam, Vallam Vadagaland and Tiruvottiyur. The strike has not affected the work at the other locations.
The labour union had first given a strike notice on February 13, but since the management did not show any interest to discuss matters and simply responded by transferring three employees to the northern region, all production work was brought to a standstill the very next afternoon.
The workers are disappointed by the fact that the management did not come forward for any discussions following the long strike that took place in 2018. Instead, it responded by transferring workers to various showrooms and to the Thiruvottiyur plant. All moves by the labour department to call meetings for discussions have failed due to poor attendance.
The strike last year had lasted for a little less than two months, which had caused a production loss of about 28000 motorcycles.