Myoung Shin workers protest in front of Korean Consulate

Royal Enfield workers to resume duty today

September 28, 2018 01:13 am | Updated 07:44 am IST - Chennai

CHENNAI, 27/09/2018 : For City Desk : Workers of Myoung Shin India Automotive Private Limited staging protest near Korean consulate at Bannari Amman Towers, Radhakrishnan Salai in Chennai on Thursday, demanding better salaries and revoke suspension of 15 employees. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam / The Hindu

CHENNAI, 27/09/2018 : For City Desk : Workers of Myoung Shin India Automotive Private Limited staging protest near Korean consulate at Bannari Amman Towers, Radhakrishnan Salai in Chennai on Thursday, demanding better salaries and revoke suspension of 15 employees. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam / The Hindu

Workers of Myoung Shin Automotive India Pvt Ltd, which is a supplier to Hyundai Motor India, protested in front of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chennai on Thursday.

While labour protest is continuing at Yamaha, workers of Royal Enfield said they will resume duty from Friday. Workers of Myoung Shin have been protesting for the past 22 days in their plant in the Oragadam belt. On Thursday, they staged a protest in front of the Korean Consulate in Chennai. They were arrested and released later.

In its letter to the Consulate representative, the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) said permanent employees formed a labour union affiliated to it, but the management of Myoung Shin had not recognised it and had suspended 15 employees. The management is also not agreeing for higher wages, it said. The CITU sought the Consulate’s intervention to ensure higher wages and revoke the suspension of 15 employees.

S. Kannan, president, CITU, Kancheepuram district, claimed that the protesters were taken into custody and taken to a nearby hall. “They were not given any water or food and one of the workers fainted and was then rushed to the Royapettah Government Hospital,” he charged.

Mr. Kannan said the protest at Yamaha plant would continue as they were not satisfied with the talks before the Joint Labour Commissioner. On Thursday, company officials from Yamaha said they could not reinstate the two terminated employees. “But the unions are standing strong, asking the company to reinstate them,” he added. The talks will resume on Friday.

Two-day talks

R. Sampath, vice-president, Royal Enfield Employees Union, which is part of Working People Trade Union Council (WPTUC), said they held discussions with the management before the Joint Labour Commissioner for two days.

“We told them that the 120 trainees should be taken to work and only then we will get into the factory for duty. The HR team, which came for the meeting, said that they will discuss and get back. So we have decided to resume work from Friday at Vallam and Oragadam,” he said.

Protesting employees at Royal Enfield received a notice stating that the services of the ‘trainees’, taking part in the sit-in ‘dharna’ inside the manufacturing plant from September 24, would get terminated if they did not turn up for work at the assembly line before September 28.

According to sources, the Joint Labour Commissioner had instructed the workers to resume duty immediately and advised the management not to take any action. The Commissioner further told them that the remaining issues could be sorted out through negotiations.

( With inputs from V. Venkatasubramanian )

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