About 50% of Ford's Chennai employees agree to restart production: Official

Unions refute claim, say only 350-odd employees are heading back to shopfloor

Ford's restructuring in India is in line with the global strategy it has embarked on, to exit non-profitable and under-performing markets. As part of this, in January 2021, it exited Brazil.

Ford said it would continue to hold talks with the unions

Shine Jacob Chennai
At least 50 per cent of the 2,000-odd employees at Ford's Chennai factory have agreed to restart work at the unit, a Ford India official said on Monday. The plant had to shut down due to a staff strike that started on May 30. The company also warned protesting workers of loss of pay, effective June 14, and urged them to get back to the shopfloor.

Ford said it would continue to hold talks with the unions. This comes after the company came out with a ‘non-negotiable’ severance package asking the workers to accept it or face legal action. According to a workers' union, only about 350 employees and not 50 per cent have accepted the company's offer to restart

First Published: Jun 20 2022 | 6:55 PM IST

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