The Panchmahals police on Monday forced the protesting General Motors (GM) workers to vacate the premises. The strike by GM workers at the company’s Halol plant has now entered its sixth day.
On their part, company officials said that more number of employees are rejoining work and vehicle production is also on.
P Balendran, vice-president, General Motors India, said: “About 450 workers have reported for duty and we produced some 70 odd cars on Monday. We are expecting more people to report for duty tomorrow.”
Till Monday, the GM officials had allowed the protesting workers to sit in the garden adjoining the production unit, but on Monday the police arrived at the place and asked the workers to vacate the premises. Company officials said the government had announced the strike as illegal.
Nihil Mehta, General Secretary, Gujarat Kamdar Mandal, said: “The company is taking all, including the government machinery, for a royal ride as far as production of the cars is concerned. There is no scope of production as 90 percent of the workers are outside the factory premises. Those who are inside the factory are from the non-technical department and even if we believe the management’s claims, they are compromising with the safety of the consumers. Brake joints, chamber fitting, tyre fitting, engine mounting, engine assembly and all such works should be done by skilled workers. If they are producing a car without skilled labour that means they are playing with the lives of consumers.”
He added: “We will continue with our protest against the inhuman treatment by the management, which has led to serious spine and other health related problems among the workers. Now even the International Metalworkers Federation has assured us of support. Soon they will formally recognise our movement and we are confident of getting international support.”