labour unrest

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...

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