Workers Want Work Halted At Bajaj Auto’s Waluj Plant After 400 Covid Cases Detected
Employees work on the assembly line at the Bajaj Auto Ltd. plant in Chakan, India. (Photographer: Adeel Halim/Bloomberg)

Workers Want Work Halted At Bajaj Auto’s Waluj Plant After 400 Covid Cases Detected

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A section of workers at Bajaj Auto Ltd.’s Waluj plant are seeking suspension of work after 400 employees at the facility tested positive for the coronavirus.

"We are demanding that due to increased number of Covid-19 cases, work should be suspended for few days to break this cycle of transmission of disease,” Thengade Bajirao, president of Bajaj Auto Workers' Union told Press Trust of India. We are just seeking temporary suspension of work for few days.”

A mail sent to Bajaj Auto regarding the issue remained unanswered.

The workers' union, which has around 3,000 members at the Waluj plant, said that they have already spoken to the management and have even offered to put in extra hours to compensate for the production loss during the closure.

"There are already more than 400 positive cases, and seven deaths have also taken place. The management is also trying to find solutions but the fact remains that the number of cases are increasing," Bajirao said.

"We have even told them that we will compensate for the production loss for the 8-10 days by working extra time and on holidays. There won't be any loss to the company due to this suspension of work. We won'twork against the factory."

The last discussion with the management took place in the preceding week and ended without any headway, he said. "We will again talk to the management regarding this. We are also looking to speak to government authorities to mediate regarding this. A decision on speaking to authorities will be taken in a day or so," Bajirao said.

Bajaj Auto has three manufacturing plants in the country—one each at Waluj and Chakan in Maharashtra and another at Pant Nagar in Uttarakhand. The company employs over 8,100 people at the Waluj plant, which rolls out models like Discover, Platina, CT 100, Boxer 150 and three-wheelers.

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