- 4 октябрь 2018
"We have decided to resume our strike again from Monday because the plant did not allow phones to be taken inside the factory. This was not the case before we started the strike on September 24," he said. Queries sent to Royal Enfield and Yamaha about the ongoing strikes remain unanswered.
An official with the state labour department in charge of conciliation proceedings in Kanchipuram district confirmed that Royal Enfield workers have resumed the strike. "The Royal Enfield strike is expected to get over soon. We were told that the reason given for forbidding mobile phones was 'safety measure.' The Yamaha issue is still in discussions at the labour department office. We are expected to convene again on Wednesday."
External demonstrations at the Yamaha factory in Oragadam entered their eleventh consecutive day. Yamaha’s workers are protesting the termination of two workers whom the plant has claimed to exert disruptive influences on those working in the factory.
On Monday, Eicher Motors told the Indian stock exchanges that it has suffered a production loss of 10,000 units because of the strikes at its factory.
On September 26, Royal Enfield had told the exchanges: "At Royal Enfield's manufacturing facilities around Chennai, while a majority of workmen are fully engaged in performing their roles, some of them did not report for work in the last couple of days, though they were present in the facility." It has three production facilities near Chennai -- in Tiruvotriyur, Oragadam, and Vallam Vadagal.
Earlier, Royal Enfield had said it was looking at a partial reopening of the plant and that workers who indulged in boycotting production would face salary cuts. However, on Saturday, the plant put out notices informing all workers to partake in production activity beginning Sunday. Workers, who were told to leave behind mobile phones while entering the factory, decided to strike work again on Monday.
At both factories there have been instances of loss in production, according to union sources, although both plants have managed to run their units by employing those who had not participated in the strike.