Striking Hyundai workers hoping for some positive news

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 07, 2012 12:10 hrs

Chennai, Nov 7 (IANS) The striking workers at Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) are hoping for some good news from the management after a meeting with the state labour minister as their strike continued for the ninth day Wednesday.

The workers are demanding reinstatement of dismissed workers and renegotiation of wages.

"Today (Wednesday) is the ninth day of the strike. Around 470 workers are on agitation. We met state Labour Minister S.T. Chellapandian this morning and briefed him about our demands," R. Sridhar, general secretary, Hyundai Motor India Employees Union (HMIEU), told IANS.

"We also told the minister that the reinstated workers can be employed by the company in any of its other facilities in Chennai - owned sales and service stations and others - if not at the factory itself," Sridhar added.

The car company has refused recognitions with HMIEU on the ground that it is affiliated to the Centre of India Trade Union (CITU), the labour union arm of the Communist Party of India-Marxist.

It has recognised the United Union of Hyundai Employees (UUHE) as the official union having membership of over 1,300 permanent workers in a total of 2,007 permanent workers.

HMIL has committed an additional investment of Rs.4,000 towards setting up of an integrated engine plant and other facilities.

HMIL has two plants near here with a total capacity of 630,000 units per annum. It's first plant rolls out models like Santro and i20 which are affected.

The company has been saying that the strike has no major impact on its production schedules.

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