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Tools down stir at Mahindras’ Igatpuri plant enters day 8

The 'tools down' agitation by workers of Mahindra and Mahindra's engine facility at Igatpuri entered the eighth day on Tuesday, with both management and union refusing to budge from their stand, sources said.

The company has already suffered a production loss of around 5,000 units due to the ongoing agitation.

'We had a meeting with the management and the deputy labour commissioner but it did not yield any result. We are firm on our demand that the two suspended workers be immediately taken back,' Igatpuri engine facility union sources said.

The management, on its part, has put a condition that the suspended workers will be reinstated only after the agitation is called-off and work at the plant resumes, informed sources.

Around 1,600 employees, including contract workers, have been on a 'tools down' protest since April 9 against the suspension of their leader Sunil Yadav, president of the Bharatiya Kamgar Sangh which is affiliated to the Shiv Sena, over a fight between two workers earlier this week.The union is demanding reinstatement of the leader.

'As the plant has been completely shut since April 9, the company has already taken a hit of around 5,000 engines,' sources said.
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