UPDATE The Bajaj Auto union has withdrawn the strike. The workers went for their duties today (Wednesday 14 August) starting from 7pm. They were on strike for 50 days and the workers didn’t receive any salaries over the past 2 months. As a result, they …
The Bajaj Auto union has withdrawn the strike. The workers went for their duties today (Wednesday 14 August) starting from 7pm. They were on strike for 50 days and the workers didn’t receive any salaries over the past 2 months. As a result, they have been under enormous pressure to sustain the strike financially. The negotiations with management are ongoing. The union leader said they showed the strength of the union by going on strike for 50 days and that now the ball is in the managements court. The workers demand of getting company shares at Re.1 is still on the table.
Bajaj Auto is one of India’s prestigious automobile manufacturing companies specializing in two and three wheelers. The company has 4 plants in the country, 3 in the western state of Maharashtra (Pune, Chakan and Aurangabad) and 1 in the northern state of Uttarakhand.
When the workers union in one of the plants in the state of Maharashtra supported the demand of union formation in the company’s plant of Uttarakhand and gave them membership, the management was enraged and it started harassing the workers at the plant that supported the union formation. The workload was suddenly increased, union members were dismissed and given suspensions and to add to it, the management denied giving wage increments as per the settlement between the union and the management in 2010. In response to the union demanded that all the workers in the company should be given the shares of Bajaj Auto at Re.1, to do away with constant bargaining for wage increments. This demand was denied and the union began the struggle.
We had no choice but to fight against the injustice done by the Bajaj management. If this is the result to stand up for our fundamental right of freedom of association according to the Indian Constitution and the ILO Convention 87 (Freedom of Association and Protection of the Rights), then we would leave no stone unturned to fight for our rights.
Our struggle has been going on for the past 45 days with 900 workers are on strike and our company’s chairman has given us a weeks’ notice to solve our issues otherwise the production in our factory would shift somewhere else. To shift the production is one of the most common tactics adopted by managements to scare the workers, but wherever they go they won’t be able to escape us. We are not ready to back down unless we get our demands. This means it is going to be a long struggle, therefore the Bajaj Auto workers union a.k.a Vishwa Kalyan Kamgar Sangathana would request for solidarity in the following ways:
- Letter to the Chairman of Bajaj Auto Mr. Rahul Bajaj expressing your solidarity
- Financial support to carry on our struggle (in the name of Mr. Dilip Pawar, President Vishwa Kalyan Kamgar Sangathana
We hope the unions around the world would stand by us shoulder to shoulder in these troubled times and against the unfair labour practices adopted by our employers.
You can take the following ACTION:
1. Download our Model motion in solidarity with workers at Bajaj Auto in India and pass through your union structures to raise awareness
2. Send a message of protest to Mr Rajiv Bajaj who is the managing director of the Bajaj Auto.
3. Send solidarity messages using the hashtag #bajajstrike on social media streams
4. Send a picture with a message of solidarity to the workers on social media and to Mr Dilip Pawar, President Vishwa Kalyan Kamgar Sangathana
5. Send messages of solidarity to the union and offer assistance including donations to: Mr Dilip Pawar, President Vishwa Kalyan Kamgar Sangathana
Use hashtag to show your #solidarity #BajajStrike.
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