Royal En­field di­rects work­ers to re­port for duty

Business Standard - - COMPANIES - T E NARASIMHAN & GIREESH BABU

Af­ter is­su­ing a no­tice on Fri­day ask­ing em­ploy­ees who par­tic­i­pated in the strike to give an un­der­tak­ing that they would not en­gage in such ac­tiv­i­ties in the fu­ture, Royal En­field is­sued a fresh no­tice on Satur­day ask­ing all work­ers to join duty from the first shift on Sun­day.

Re­act­ing to the de­vel­op­ment, the un­recog­nised union which was en­gaged in the strike has said that the com­pany has gone back to the sta­tus that was preva­lent be­fore the strike on Septem­ber 24.

A no­tice is­sued on Satur­day said that all de­part­ments will func­tion nor­mally from the first shift on Sun­day and all are ad­vised to at­tend duty with­out fail. R Sam­path, vice-pres­i­dent of Royal En­field Em­ploy­ees Union, the as­so­ci­a­tion which has been en­gaged in the strike seek­ing right to form work­ers union along with other de­mands, has said that the com­pany through the labour de­part­ment has con­veyed that it will not col­lect the un­der­tak­ing from the em­ploy­ees.

“The ear­lier no­tice said that the op­er­a­tions will be start­ing par­tially, but with the new no­tice all the work­ers have been di­rected to re­port to duty. The sta­tus be­fore Septem­ber 24 is be­ing re­in­stated and this has been as­sured by the state labour de­part­ment. All the three shifts will be run­ning from Sun­day. All the trainees have been asked to join be­fore Oc­to­ber 1, he said.

Com­pany of­fi­cials were not avail­able im­me­di­ately for a com­ment.

The man­age­ment had ear­lier said that those em­ploy­ees who par­tic­i­pated in the strike will have to take a pay cut since the com­pany con­sid­ers the ag­i­ta­tion to be il­le­gal. The pay cut had been im­ple­mented even be­fore the new no­tice was is­sued on Satur­day.

In its pre­vi­ous no­tice, the man­age­ment said that for now, work will only re­sume par­tially at the unit and will scale up grad­u­ally. How­ever, with the new no­tice, this de­ci­sion may not be im­ple­mented, said Sam­path quot­ing labour of­fi­cials.

It fur­ther stated that em­ploy­ees will be al­lowed to re­sume work based on their com­mit­ment to con­sis­tently sup­port op­er­a­tions with­out cre­at­ing any dis­rup­tion.

It also stated that the com­pany’s pro­duc­tion in the Ora­gadam fa­cil­ity was hit by the il­le­gal strike, which was called by an un­recog­nised union at the fac­tory on Septem­ber 24. This has ham­pered the reg­u­lar op­er­a­tions of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

With­out dis­clos­ing loss due to the strike, the com­pany said the plant was run­ning in a re­stricted man­ner for the first two days. The com­pany had in­vested around Rs 9 bil­lion for the Ora­gadam unit, which has a ca­pac­ity to pro­duce around six lakh units per an­num.

The de­vel­op­ments come af­ter a cross sec­tion of work­ers, who af­ter is­su­ing no­tice on Au­gust 13, had gone on strike from Septem­ber 24.

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