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Honda Motorcycle workers’ hunger strike enters 17th day

 PTI |  2016-10-06 23:15:24.0  |  New Delhi

The indefinite hunger strike by sacked workers of Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India’s Rajasthan plant entered 17th day on Wednesday with workers claiming no intervention from the Centre and State governments.

“It is unfortunate that neither central government nor Rajasthan government has intervened in spite of deteriorating health of five local union leaders sitting on hunger strike,” All India trade Union Congress (AITUC) said in a statement.

When contacted, a spokesperson of Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) said: “Contrary to the issue being coined as a labour issue by a section of ex-employees, it was actually a matter of gross in-discipline.

“They were sacked for planned sabotage at plant including damage to machinery, inventory and production loss which led to over Rs 120 million losses in February. Moreover, threatening the lives of co-workers under the name of union formation cannot be ignored.”

The trade union added that last month it led a delegation to meet Union Labour Secretary and also gave a memorandum to the Resident Commissioner of Rajasthan in Delhi.

Besides, a delegation of Central Trade Unions led by India National trade Union Congress (INTUC) President Sanjeev Reddy met the Union Labour Minister earlier this week along with representatives of Trade Union Council of Gurgaon, Manesar, Dharuhera industrial belt, it said.

The delegation also urged the government to intervene in the matter.

The union claims that HMSI management had terminated the services of 102 workers, suspended 25 and thrown out more than 2000 so called contract workers when they organised a union and applied for its registration.

“Unions of Rajasthan will organise protest demonstrations on all districts on October 6, 2016 throughout the state to express solidarity with the victimised Honda workers,” AITUC said. 

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