Asahi workers on strike from March 25, 2019

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Over 200 permanent workers of Asahi India Glass have been on strike from March 25, seeking reinstatement of 28 employees terminated from work. –Business Line

The automobile glass maker company Asahi India, supplies products to auto majors such as Hyundai, Ford, Nissan, Maruti and Daimler. It has a 77 per cent market share in the segment.

The trouble at the plant located in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu started in June 2017, with workers demanding 14-gram gold coins as a gift on the plant’s 10th anniversary. The management declined the request but offered a lesser sum as cash incentive. Unhappy with the decision, workers resorted to a “go slow” for over a month. Based on an 18-month enquiry, the company suspended 34 employees in July 2017 and issued charge sheets to them. It issued a second show-cause notice in August 2018, proposing punishment and asking for explanations. In October, it dismissed 28 employees.

On February 5, CITU (Centre of Indian Trade Unions) demanded an unconditional reinstatement of all the 28 workmen. No headway was made and, on March 5, the union issued a notice warning of an indefinite strike from March 25.

On 14th May Tuesday, the ACL urged the workers and the management to sit for negotiations, to be held on May 19. “We are open for negotiations, but there will be no compromise in reinstating the terminated employees,” said Kumar.

The talks on Sunday, 19th May between the management of Asahi Glass and a section of its striking workers failed to reach an agreement because both the sides stuck to their respective stands. Company says plant utilisation at 100%, supply to customers unaffected by strike

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