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Strike at Bajaj Auto's Chakan plant continues for second day

Strike at Bajaj Auto's Chakan plant continues for second day

Bajaj Auto's Chakan plant has the capacity to produce 1.2 million units of motorcycles, including Pulsar, Avenger, Ninja and KTM brands annually.

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The production at Bajaj Auto's Chakan plant near Pune remained crippled for the second day on Wednesday as agitation by the company's nearly 2,000 employees continued.

As on March 31, 2013, the plant has the capacity to produce 1.2 million units of motorcycles, including Pulsar, Avenger, Ninja and KTM brands annually.

It has 925 permanent workers, besides 1,000 temporary and contractual employees and trainees. These 1,000 workers are also demanding permanent employment.

"Our agitation continues and production remains crippled even today as the employees have not gone for work demanding wage revision," Bajaj Auto Union sources said.

The Union's demands include 25 per cent wage hike, permanent employment for contractual workers, reinstatement of some suspended employees and bringing back to Chakan plant those transferred outside.

It is also demanding that workmen be given an option to subscribe to 500 equity shares of the company at a discounted price of Re 1 per share.

According to Union members, there were no indications from the management about holding talks to resolve the issue so far.

"We will continue our agitation as long as our demand for wage revision and better work conditions at the plant are not met. Bajaj management has so far not invited us for talks," sources said.

Company officials were not available for comment.

With inputs from PTI