Hyundai staff continue stir; production normal

Hyundai staff continue stir; production normal

A section of employees of Hyundai Motor India's Sriperumbudur manufacturing plant continued their strike for the third consecutive day today, pressing their demand for reinstatement of 28 sacked staff.

The Korean auto major in a statement maintained that the stir did not hit work and production continued to be normal.

A section of employees have been on strike since October 30.

Incidentally, Hyundai's rival Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) was also hit by employee strike at its Manesar plant a few months ago in July. Since then, MSI has recovered and has posted robust growth of 85 per cent in total sales for October.

The Hyundai Motor India Employees Union, backed by the CITU, said over 800 employees struck work today. It further said that striking employees would stage an agitation from tomorrow near the factory premises insisting on their demand.

The company only 180 workers abstained from work and production continued to be normal.

"Work at the two plants continued to be on schedule even as 180 workers abstained from work," a company statement said.

"On Tuesday the company produced 2,054 cars, while on Wednesday the number rose to 2,157 despite 200 workers not showing up. Today we will produce 2176 cars," it said.

Pointing out that the company has already recognised United Union of Hyundai Employees (UUHE) as the official union, with a majority of 1,300 permanent workers, Hyundai stated that it will not recognise any other union.

Further, 400 employees who are not part of UUHE have signed and accepted a wage settlement, the statement said.

"We want the the Labour Department officials to intervene and solve the issue...," a representative of the Union told PTI.

He reiterated that their demand was that the dismissed be taken back by the management.

He said the Police have given them permission to stage an agitation near the factory.

Hyundai Motor India has two manufacturing facilities at Sriperumbudur near Chennai, with a total capacity of over six lakh units.

The company had earlier had said the employees by staging the agitation inside the plant premises were violating the law.