Casual workers at the Hero MotoCorp's Gurgaon plant are on a collision course with their management over the transfer of the Parts Distribution Centre to the new Neemrana facility in Rajasthan.
The workers claimed that the company has offered them a lower salary at the new packaging unit operational in Neemrana. Those who do not accept the offer have been asked to take compensation and quit, they added.
The two-wheeler giant is now holding discussions with around 300 workers of the Gurgaon plant. When contacted, a company spokesperson said they were discussing the matter with the employees of the spare parts division and will soon reach an amicable solution.
Meanwhile, tension is building up at the Gurgaon plant as the stalemate continues over the matter. On Monday evening, the police had to disperse the workers who were protesting against the company's move. As a preventive measure, the Gurgaon Police has deployed a large number of personnel at the plant.
"We had urged company officials to transfer employees to the Neemrana unit by providing them a similar salary given in Gurgaon, but they focused on fresh recruitment instead," a worker said. Later, Additional Labour Commissioner Naresh Narwal said he spoke to both the parties and placed three options before the workers - shift to the Neemrana plant with a fixed payment of Rs 5,500 to Rs 6,000, leave the company by taking compensation as per the law or shift to some other department at the Gurgaon plant.
The two-wheeler giant had invested Rs 160 crore in setting up a global parts centre spread over 35 acre at Neemrana. In a related development, permanent workers of the same facility went on a strike following termination of their four colleagues after serving a three-hour notice period. Narwal, said the notice period was illegal. The employees, however, were eventually taken back to work.