The strike at the automotive component factory of Caparo India in Sriperumbudur has ended with the management agreeing to give employees the ‘permanent' worker status.

Around 500 workers from two major units (stamping and foundry) at the factory of Caparo Engineering India Pvt. Ltd., part of Lord Swraj Paul-owned Caparo India, were on strike from Thursday last, demanding that they be moved from the trainee status and made permanent employees.

“The management has given confirmation order to 110 workers belonging to C3 grade. The rest of the workers will be made permanent over a period,” said E. Muthukumar, union leader at Caparo and Secretary, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, Kanchipuram district.

There has also been a salary increase — from Rs.7,200 gross to Rs.10,200, said Mr. Muthukumar.

With the management acceding to their demands, workers resumed work on Sunday.

Discussions with employees began on Saturday with company officials from New Delhi coming down to the Sriperumbudur plant.

Talks were held in the presence of the Assistant Labour Commissioner and the Revenue Divisional Officer of Kanchipuram.

Caparo Engineering India set up the auto parts factory at Sriperumbudur in 2007. The plant supplies stampings, aluminium die-castings and forgings to car makers such as Nissan and Ford.