Strike an option: Hero MotoCorp workers
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Seeking an early solution to its wage settlement talks with the management, workers of Hero MotoCorp's Gurgaon plant today said they are keeping options open to go on strike but only as a last resort.
The workers, who held a protest rally in front of the company's factory gate here today, said they would continue to work normally without affecting production but the management 'must not test their patience'.
The rally was supported by unions from other companies, including Maruti Suzuki India's Gurgaon plant, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India, Satyam Auto and Rico Auto.
"Strike is an option for us to press for our demands but we won't go for it right now. It will be the last resort," Hero MotoCorp Workers Union (HMCWU) President Kanwalpreet Singh told PTI here.
The union is demanding a hike in monthly wages of up to Rs 18,000 over a three-year period, which is nearly three times higher than what the company is offering.
Justifying the demand, Singh said: "If you look at what is happening around us, the hikes that are being given by other companies in the Gurgaon-Manesar industrial belt, it is a reasonable demand."
He further said: "If the management does not agree with our demands, we will not have any hesitation in going for strike."
When asked how long can the workers wait, Singh said: "We have been talking to the management for over six months now but there has been no solution over our wage settlement. They (management) should not test our patience."
When contacted, a Hero MotoCorp spokesperson said: "...we have been patiently carrying on with the conciliation process in the face of repeated provocations by the union, which has indulged in causing loss of unit volumes by slowing down production, frequent threats of strike and now this gate meeting in the presence of external elements."
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