Pune: A few workers have gone on an indefinite hunger strike at German automaker Volkswagen's manufacturing plant in Chakan over unsettled wages.While the unions claimed 11 members have gone on strike, the company put the figure at two.
Volkswagen Employees Union president Tushar Mhase told TOI on Tuesday, "For the last 14 months, we have not received any increment. We have held several rounds of talks with the management but they have not yielded in any fruitful solution. Hence, we have resorted to hunger strike. We have urged our members not to stop production work."
The company admitted that there have been 36 meetings with the workers for close to a year but no headway could be made.
The company said that the last wage revision expired in December 2016 and since then talks are on with the workers. Typically wage agreements in auto industry are signed for a period of 3 years.
Volkswagen has not filled up positions after 400 employees quit the company over the last year or so. It has now close to 3,200 employees.
Source TOI Satyanarayan Iyer| Jan 10, 2018, 13:46 IST