Tata Motors’ Jamshedpur plant on the boil, workers threaten hunger strike

NEW DELHI: Auto major Tata Motors’ Jamshedpur plant is witnessing a strike by a section of workers for the last three days after the employees complained of discrepancy in payments among other issues.
The strike started on Wednesday (September 6) after the workers noticed irregularities in the pay slips issued to them on September 5, for the month of August after which ‘BY6’ ( non-permanent) employees went on a strike. Sources suggest that about 6,000 workers are staging protest. The Jamshedpur plant has a workforce of roughly 10,000 workers.
Timesofindia.com talked to a section of workers who claimed that they were not reimbursed in accordance to the arrears that were due after a wage revision that took place in the last month of July. However, after the workers went on strike, the company took notice and cleared the dues, the sources said.
“The pay slip I received on September 5 suggested that I stand to receive Rs 1,896 for the month of August. Under normal circumstances, my in-hand salary is Rs 15,000 which I thought would increase after the wage revision,” said one of the employees, on conditions of anonymity.
“Once we started protesting, the officials got alarmed and made the payments,” the worker added.

The company however has blamed a ‘technical glitch’ for the error. An official statement issued by the Tata Motors reads, “The problem arose where there was an error in their payment slip owing to a technical glitch (thus reflecting an amount less than what they were entitled). This was later on resolved and the payment was also made.”
The workers meanwhile have chanced upon this occasion to leverage their long-standing demand for permanent employment.
There are conflicting claims with regards to production as well. While the workers claim that the daily production has come down to 30-40 trucks from the usual number of 80, the management is of the opinion that production has been going on as per schedule and the management has taken remedial action to ensure that it is close to the requirements.
The Tata Motors shares have also taken a beating on the back of the ruckus. At 1.30 pm, the stock was down 1.30 per cent at Rs 208.90 in comparison to the broader market which was trading flat.