The “tool down” strike by 3,000 workers at automotive components manufacturer Bosch’s plant at Adugodi continued for the third day on Friday despite efforts at a conciliation initiated by the State Labour Department. “The conciliation process could not commence because the Bosch management failed to appear for talks scheduled on Friday,” Additional Labour Commissioner Gurudas Bhat told The Hindu.
The strike is led by the Mico Employees’ Association (MEA), which has protested against the Bosch management’s decision to outsource some operations that were being carried out at the plant. “The company’s decision to outsource operations is against the terms of the tripartite agreement that the union and the Bosch management signed about eight months ago,” said N.M. Adyanthaya, president, MEA. He said the management had “suo motu, without any discussion with the workers, dismantled machinery at the plant last Sunday”. There are about 2,500 permanent and 700 temporary workers employed at the Adugodi unit.