Employees assemble Royal Enfield Motors Ltd. Classic 350 motorcycles on the production line at the company’s facility in Chennai. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Royal Enfield Employees Resume Strike; Yamaha, MSI Workers’ Stir Continues

A day after deciding to end their week-long strike following a settlement, the employees of Royal Enfield today resumed their agitation, accusing the management of placing unacceptable conditions.

The employees of the Royal Enfield’s plant at Oragadam, which is about 45 km from Chennai, had reached an “amicable” settlement with the management on Saturday with respect to their demands, including wage revision and bonus, and decided to call off the strike which was launched on Sept. 24, Working People Trade Union Council and Royal Enfield Employees' Union Vice-President R Sampath said.

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However, they didn’t resume duty on Sunday as the permanent employees were asked to deposit their mobile phones at the security office before entering the factory while contract workers were allowed to carry their phones, he said.

“We have been allowed with mobile phones for last five years. The condition by the management was not acceptable to us and from today we are resuming our protest,” he told PTI. He claimed that nearly 4,000 out of the 6,000 employees were participating in the strike.

Meanwhile, employees of India Yamaha Motor Pvt Ltd. and Myoung Shin India Automotive Pvt Ltd. in Oragadam belt, continued their strike today.

A CITU source said that the tripartite meeting was expected to be held in the presence of Labour Commissioner on Monday. The source said that the employees will continue with the strike. He expected the meeting to be held on Wednesday or Thursday.

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