Ford half resumes Chennai operations however employee anxiousness continues


With lower than two weeks to go earlier than Ford India shuts down operations at its Maraimalainagar plant close to Chennai, a piece of protesting staff have resumed work on the manufacturing line.

Nevertheless, sources say, that is solely a short lived truce. Work had come to a standstill from Might 30 following protests in opposition to the closure. Proper now, round 300 persons are again at work whereas the steadiness numbering over 4 instances as a lot proceed to protest.

For these staff on ‘unlawful strike’, lack of pay has been utilized from June 14. “Some people who find themselves not a part of the union and some others have joined in resuming manufacturing. Coaching apprentices have additionally been roped to finish export commitments,” mentioned a union member.

A protester added {that a} round has been issued warning staff of lack of pay in the event that they did get again to work. “We’re open to discussions however is not going to cease protesting till we get our jobs. This stays high precedence,” he added.

Placing staff additionally level out that the severance bundle supplied by the corporate is paltry and it’s due to this fact essential to maintain discussions going. “The corporate has prolonged the deadline to June 18 for the severance bundle however we’re nonetheless negotiating,” mentioned one other union member. 

With protests happening for greater than two weeks now, there have been no steps coming from the TN state authorities to make sure a clean transition for workers or discover a new proprietor for the ability. 

Clearly, the sensation among the many Chennai workforce is that the Gujarat authorities went the additional mile to help their counterparts at Sanand whereas the identical ranges of perseverance are usually not being seen in Tamil Nadu. Whether or not issues will change over the subsequent fortnight stays to be seen.


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