Production at tyre major MRF’s three manufacturing plants in the south has been hit after employees struck work from October 10, demanding end to contract labour, among other things.
Union sources said MRF employees at Arakkonam resorted to to a sit-in after the management reportedly employed contract labourers for manufacture of tyres, which was hitherto the preserve of permanent workers. They said the employees have been protesting since October 3, but stayed away from work only from October 10 after the management allegedly went back on its promises.
Besides the plant at Arakkonam, production was also hit at Puducherry and Thiruvottiyur. The Arakkonam plant produces about 45,000 truck tyres and 25,000 tubes while Pudicherry and Thiruvottiyur manufacture 13,500 and 6,500 truck tyres on a daily basis.
The company officials could not be contacted.