Motor down: Why Honda is sending nearly 300 workers on indefinite leave

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Manesar Plant protests
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Manesar Plant protests

Around 2,000 contractual workers employed with Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) Pvt Ltd in Manesar went on a protest on Tuesday, alleging that nearly 300 of them were asked to go on indefinite leave last week.

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Another 350 workers in line
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Another 350 workers in line

Several workers that TOI spoke to claimed that the company had drawn a list of around 650 workers that they plan to send on indefinite leave. “While around 300 workers have already been asked to go, another 350 are in line. If we look at the numbers since August, around 2,000 causal workers have been asked to go,” said Suresh Gour, president of the workers’ union at HMSI.

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Demand fluctuations
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Demand fluctuations

A spokesperson for HMSI said, “Based on demand fluctuations and production adjustment, 200 contractual members whose term had been completed have been relieved. Necessary recruitment will be considered on the basis of future market requirements.”

Around 300 workers protested outside the plant and more than 1,500 inside the premises amid heavy police deployment. This is the first such protest to take place in the Gurgaon-Manesar industrial belt in the wake of the slowdown in the automobile sector.

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Layoff later?
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Layoff later?

“They called us on Saturday and after the union members left, made us sign some papers and told us to go on indefinite leave. We were told that we would be called back when the production in the B shift starts again. But many workers have been asked to leave like this and not called back yet,” said Hariom, one of the workers who was sent on indefinite leave last week. He has been working for Honda for the past 10 years. Several others like Hariom have been working for HMSI for the past decade and are in their thirties and have families dependent on them.

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Jobs in jeopardy
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Jobs in jeopardy

Deputy labour commissioner Ajay Kumar told TOI the talks will continue on Wednesday. He said that they will try to get those who have been asked to go on leave jobs in other places or financial assistance as sought by them. A large police contingent has been deployed in the area. Rajesh Singh, DCP Manesar, said the situation was peaceful and there was no threat to law and order.

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