Industrial relations

Labour pains: Employee unrest in ‘Detroit of Asia’

The Chengalpattu-Oragadam belt has witnessed labour unrest in recent weeks over issues such as workers’ wages and the recognition of unions. Continued ferment could have implications for the State’s ability to attract investment in a highly competitive arena.   With companies like Ford, Hyundai Motor, BMW, Daimler, Renault-Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors, Yamaha Motor and Royal Enfield present, the Chengalpattu-Oragadam belt, near Chennai, has come to be known as the ‘Detroit of Asia’. In this hub that has the capacity to produce one car every 20 seconds, labour issues have begun to rear their head. In the last few weeks, workers from two-wheeler firms Yamaha and Royal Enfield and some from auto component firms have been taking to the streets to voice their concerns pertaining to issues suc...

High Court Confirms Life Term to Union Leaders

  Seven years after the murder of the Vice President HR of Coimbatore based Pricol Limited the Madras high court has confirmed the life sentence awarded to two union leaders charged of the murder. Following unrest among workers, the VP – HR Mr. Roy J George was attacked right inside his cabin in the company premises located in Periyanaickenpalayam by a group with iron rods in 2009. He sustained multiple head injuries in the attack and later died in a privat3e hospital. An alumnus of IIM C, he was reportedly spearheading efforts to bring back normalcy in the company and had dismissed 42 employees of the company over labour issues. Following the murder, charges were framed against 27 employees and trade union leaders of the company. On December 2, 2015, a special Court for Bomb Blast Ca...

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