Honda Strike: Permanent Workers resume production, Contract Workers continued with their dharna


Production resumed at the Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) plant at IMT, Manesar, on Monday, two weeks after it was shut due to the ongoing workers’ strike.

A batch of workers (nearly 290 permanent workers) marked their presence inside the production facility after signing the Good Work/Conduct Undertaking and three other batches are expected to join over the next three days as was asked in a notice by the management, said members of the workers’ union.

On November 22, the Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) management issued a notice saying that the permanent workers will be called in four different batches starting from November 25. The notice finds no mention of the rejoining of the contractual staff—workers who were leading the demonstration since November 5.

Though the permanent staff agreed to resume the duty, tensions continue to prevail among the contract workers who continued with their dharna in front of the company’s premises on Monday as well.

The strike began on November 5, when around 650 contractual workers were retrenched by the company. HMSI said the retrenchment took place as a result of a cut in production. Around 1,500 workers went on strike at the factory premises in Manesar. The workers demand that the retrenched staff be reinstated or paid a compensation of Rs 1 lakh, per worker, for each year of service. 


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