Tuesday, 9 January 2018

375 Mahindra workers protest sudden lay-offs

9/1/2018

PUNE: Fired by Mahindra CIE Automotive management last month citing production cuts, unions claim this has been done because they have long been demanding salary hikes.

As many as 375 former workers of Mahindra CIE Automotive, situated at Kanhe Phata in Maval Tehsil, held a protest in front of the company on Monday, alleging their illegal removal from the job without any valid reasons or prior notice. The staffers claim they were working with the company for a while before they were removed from their jobs last month, which suspiciously took place while they were demanding a hike in salaries.

The workers, mostly on contract with the automobile spare parts manufacturer, have been struggling with the management for the last 1.5 years for a salary hike. The management laid them off on December 22, 2017, claiming there have been cuts in production. Many of these employees said they have been with the company for a whopping 20-25 years.

Workers’ representative Datta Malpote said, “Many of the 375 workers were with this company for decades before being kicked out. After the management’s decision, it will be difficult for many of the middle-aged workers to find a new job. The company even brought in new workers from other plants that belong to it and restarted work, claiming that cuts in production were the reason we were fired.”

Ketan Naik, union leader of the Maharashtra Navnirman Kamgar Sena, said, “The company has clearly followed the policy of sidelining locals to favour people from other states. All these laid off workers, even if contractual, gave their life’s effort to the company. First, the company put up a notice regarding a floor clearance closure for workers. This is a regular practice. But then, on the third and last day of the closure, it suddenly asked hundreds of workers to just not come back.”

When pune-news.com tried to contact Mahindra CIE Automotive, human resources (HR) head Nivrutti Sane did not pick up the calls. Vidyadhar Bhonge, HR-IR of the company, also refused to discuss the issue. Mirror further tried to reach Lalit Ghera, plant head for the company, but he remained unresponsive.

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