Gujarat’s Halol based car manufacture General Motors India is facing tough time as labour unrest here entered the second week today, causing a loss of production of over 100 units each day.
Congress-backed Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) is spearheading the agitation here since March 16 protesting transfer of some employees to dealership outlets and opposing a long-term wage settlement agreement signed in December last year. Company’s contract clearly says that we can be transferred to any dealer point on work related issues.
According to GM India Vice President P Balendran 350 out of about 900 workmen are still absent and production is going on only in one shift. The company is rolling out about 70 units daily compared to 190 units earlier. The production loss so far is about 600 units.
This is the second such incident at Halol in five months. The plant came to a halt for four days when about 900 workers went on a strike from October 29, 2010, demanding wage hikes, leading to GM India’s total production loss of 450 units.