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NEW DELHI, India – Labour trouble has affected production at India’s largest bike
manufacturers unit in Haryana. Production at two – wheeler major Hero
Honda’s facility in Gurgaon was hit following a strike by contract workers, demanding regularization of services and higher pay, even as talks were on to end the stalemate. “We are demanding regularization of services of the contract workers who have been working for the company for the last 5-10 years on the basis of seniority,” a member of the contract workers union said.

NEW DELHI, India – Labour trouble has affected production at India’s largest bike
manufacturers unit in Haryana. Production at two – wheeler major Hero
Honda’s facility in Gurgaon was hit following a strike by contract workers, demanding regularization of services and higher pay, even as talks were on to end the stalemate. "We are demanding regularization of services of the contract workers who have been working for the company for the last 5-10 years on the basis of seniority," a member of the contract workers union said.

 Production at the plant, which has a capacity of about 6,000 units per day, was hit following the strike. "We have been on strike since Monday and there is no production going on right now. There are about 1,200 permanent workers, while 4,000 are on contract," the union said that they would continue the protest till their demands are met.

Other demands of the workers included compensatory off, medical facilities and salary accounts in banks. The workers were demanding regularization of 1,000 contract workers immediately.

Negotiations were on between the workers and the management on Tuesday. It has been known that some of the workers’ demands including confirmation of 100 workers every year and regularization of all workers by 2010 had been
accepted though there was no formal communication of the same.

Hero Honda on its part said that it was following responsible corporate practices and "for an early resolution, the company is extending full cooperation to all parties concerned – the government agencies, the
contractors and their workers."


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