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Bajaj Auto union firm on CSR-funds demand

Undeterred by the management's veiled threat of acting tough, Bajaj Auto employees union on Friday said that it will go ahead with strike plans if its demands, including allocation of CSR funds for education of the children of employees, are not met.

‘We are firm on our demands. We are not asking anything unreasonable but what is due to employees. And if these rights are denied to us, we will stop work from 28 April,’ Bajaj Auto union Vishwa Kamgarkalyan Sangatahan President Dilip Pawar said.

Meanwhile, Bajaj Auto said it has received a notice from its employee union for stoppage of work from 28 April at its Chakan plant.
The company has received a notice from workmen's union of its Chakan plant, Vishwa Kalyan Kamgar Sanghatana, stating that they propose to call for a stoppage of work by all the workmen employed in Chakan plant from the morning shift of 28 April, Bajaj Auto said in a filing to the BSE.
‘The notice mentions that the stoppage is not a strike,’ it added.

Terming the union's demands as ‘insane,’ Bajaj Auto Managing Director Rajeev Bajaj had on Thursday said: ‘We will be certain not to repeat that error while taking all possible measures to ensure the safety of the majority of our colleagues who wish to continue to work.’

The Chakan plant union had on 14 April served a notice to the Bajaj management with a list of demands and threatened to stop production if the management did not oblige within the stipulated time. Demands include allocation of CSR funds for tribal development and setting up of a museum in the name of company's founder Jamnalal Bajaj within a year. The union has also renewed its demand of allotment of shares at a discounted rate, leading to a 50-day strike at the Chakan plant recently which was called off later unconditionally.

Pawar alleged that lack of communication from the top level was the reason for the frequent labour unrest at the Chakan plant.
‘When Rahul Bajaj was at the helm, he himself took interest in resolving employees' issues. But ever since the change of guard has taken place, the top management has left all these issues to the middle management, which fails to convey our demands in right perspective,’ Pawar said.
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