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Hero MotoCorp’s Gurgaon plant workers threaten stir

Tension is brewing at Hero MotoCorp's plant at Gurgaon with workers threatening to go on a strike on Saturday, protesting against alleged management action against some colleagues.
The development comes at a time when a section of workers at the company's plant in Haridwar continue to stay away from work after a tool-down strike last month-end.

'We are protesting against action taken by the management, which has filed unjustified police cases against some of our colleagues. We will go on strike anytime unless our demands are met,' Hero MotoCorp workers union (HMCWU) president Kanwalpreet Singh said.
When contacted, a company spokesperson said some 'misguided elements in the Union body' assaulted supervisors in the shop floor of the plant on Friday after a conciliation meeting.

'These officers who were assaulted have filed reports with police and police is free to investigate the matter,' the spokesperson said.
However, in view of this gross act of indiscipline inside the plant, the management remains determined to deal with the incident swiftly, fairly and firmly, he said.

Accordingly, nine workmen involved in the incident have been suspended pending inquiry, he added.

Explaining the genesis of the current problem, he said when a three year wage settlement was signed in April this year, union representatives at the Gurgaon plant had 'promised to ensure that all workmen will put in honest work. However, some workmen have continuously refused to fulfill their side of the commitment'.

As per the wage settlement agreement, the company had agreed to hike salaries of workers on an average by Rs. 9,000 per month over a period of three years as part of the agreement. This will be valid for three years with retrospective effect from 1 August, 2012. The Gurgaon plant of the company has 1,100 permanent workers. It rolls out about 6,500 two-wheelers per day.
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