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Apollo Tyres Workers violate MoU, strike continues

According to MoU signed on Saturday, work was to resume from Sunday second shift

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After signing a memorandum of understanding with the management on Saturday which stated that workers would end and join work back from second shift of operations on Sunday, around 700 workers have refused to acknowledge and MoU and have stayed away from work at the company's Waghodia plant.

A senior company official informed that while according to the MoU signed between the striking workers and the company, the workers were supposed to join back work from Sunday second shift, they have refused to do so until their demands are met. The MoU drafted and signed on Saturday stated that while workers would continue to pursue their claim for recognition being granted to the newly formed labour union, they would join work.

The MoU did not give recognition to the newly formed union called the (BMS).

Around 700-800 workers had gone on strike at the company's Waghodia plant near Vadodara from October 23 demanding recognition to a newly formed labour union at the plant called the Bhartiya Majdoor Sangh (BMS). They also demanded re-instatement of two suspended workers at the plant and changes in the wage agreement.

"Workers have completely disregarded the MoU that was signed by them. They have not joined work even on Monday. The nylon tyres plant, however, is running with around 500 workers working at the plant. Around 700 have stayed away from work", said a senior company official. He added that they are demanding that the suspended workers be taken back first, as well as the union be granted recognition, and that they would join back once these conditions are met.

K O Shah,  deputy labour commissioner, labour department, government of Gujarat said that his department has already sent a proposal to the state government to declare the strike as illegal. "We are waiting for an order from the state government that would declare the strike as illegal", Shah said.

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