The 49-day workers’ strike at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan plant near Pune could get resolved as early as Tuesday with the management and trade union Vishwa Kalyan Kamgar Sanghatana (VKKS) understood to have reached an agreement. Managing director Rajiv Bajaj said an announcement was likely on Tuesday but declined to share any details. Addressing workers outside the Pune labour court, Dilip Pawar, VKKS president, also hinted at a resolution: “Negotiations between us and the management have been on for the last couple of days and barring the revocation of suspension of 15 workers, which is still under discussion, an understanding has been reached on almost all the issues.”
Kailash Zanzari, vice-president, manufacturing (motorcycles), Bajaj Auto, said: “If we arrive at an understanding on the suspension of workers, the issue would get resolved.”
On August 5, Rajiv Bajaj had given workers a week’s time to either return to work or face job losses, as he announced the company would shift 50% of the Chakan plant’s capacity to Waluj and Pantnagar. Bajaj had also warned that if the workers did not relent, the transfer of production would be included on the agenda of the board meeting scheduled for September 24.
Sources said hectic parleys between the union’s grievances committee and the management have been on since August 8.
The strike, which began in June 25 is mainly over wage revision and the demand for allocating free shares to the workers.
On Monday, the Pune industrial court judge DS Deshmukh adjourned the hearing on the case originally filed by Bajaj Auto praying to declare the strike illegal.
Bajaj Auto has maintained that it has not lost production so far due to the strike by the union workers. This is because it is getting some portion of the the two-wheelers produced at its Waluj plant. For instance, the company is maintaining its production of 3,100 two-wheelers a day – 2,100 at Chakan and 1,000 at Waluj.
On Monday, around 940 workers reported for work at the Chakan plant.