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Workers continue strike at German Bosch’s B’luru unit

The indefinite strike by workers at German auto components multinational corporation (MNC) Bosch’s Adugodi plant entered the third day on Thursday. The first round of talks between the management and the union was held during the day. ‘The bilateral meeting went on for about an hour and a half.

We tried to convince the management by expressing our intention to negotiate on a few things, to which the management did not agree and it stuck to its stand,’ said Mico Employees Association President S Prasanna Kumar.

‘As they stuck to their stand, the talks have failed and the strike will continue. We have informed about the developments to the Additional Labour Commissioner, on whose directions the meetings were held. He will hold a meeting on September 20,’ added Kumar.

Reacting to a question on the union’s stance, the German company’s spokesperson struggled to find an answer. ‘What I can say is that the union might have claimed the talks have failed… but bilateral meetings are scheduled for both today (Thursday) and tomorrow(Friday), and we will also have to go before the Labour Department on the 20th of September. So we should not come to any conclusions till then. At today’s (Thursday’s) meeting, the company presented what it could....’ she claimed but did not give any facts to substantiate her assertion.

In March last year, Bosch workers had gone on a tool down strike and in November the company had shut operations at Bengaluru due to another tool down strike. In August this year workers at the company’s Jaipur plant had gone on a tool down strike, which was resolved within two days.
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