150 agitating workers of General Motors detained

VADODARA: Around 150 agitating workers of General Motors India (GMI) were detained by the police here on Monday after they tried to stage a protest at the residence of a senior GMI official.

The agitating workers, who since March 16 are on strike at the Halol plant of GMI, were trying to stage a protest outside the residence of GMI`s human resources (HR) director Rakesh Mehta at Shrushti Bungalows on Vasna Road on Monday. Some of them had even planned to undress themselves as a mark of protest and to press upon their demands.

But the police reached the spot and detained them. The workers were released later in the day. This is the second time that the agitating workers have been detained by the police. Earlier, they were trying to stage a dharna at Gandhinagar Gruh. Office-bearers of Gujarat Kamdar Mandal, which had given the strike call, however, have threatened to intensify their agitation with more demonstrations in future.

“Workers have all the rights to protest. The police are illegally detaining them. But we will not stop,” said, Gujarat INTUC working president and general secretary of Gujarat Kamdar Mandal Nihil Mehta, alleging that the management of GMI is not co-operating with any of the agencies — be it government machinery or the agitating workers.

The workers had recently approached international organization Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) by filing a petition complaining about the management`s rigid attitude. The workers have demanded OECD`s intervention.

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