Hero says workers affected output at plant

Management claims workers, who are in a stand-off over salary issues, tampered with machines
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First Published: Wed, Jan 23 2013. 10 56 PM IST
Hero MotoCorp is confident of making up this marginal shortfall. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
Hero MotoCorp is confident of making up this marginal shortfall. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
New Delhi: Hero MotoCorp Ltd on Wednesday said workers at its Gurgaon plant, who are in a stand-off with the management over salary issues, tampered with machines employed in manufacturing scooters, resulting in a production loss.
Production was reduced for scooters by more than a third, said a member of the Gurgaon plant union. “Normally, we produce 2,700 scooters a day but today, the production has been brought down to 1,600 units,” this person said, declining to be identified.
Hero MotoCorp admitted to a production loss but did not provide details. It produces 7,000 units a day at the plant.
“Even as we are engaged in talks with the union of our Gurgaon plant to reach at an amicable solution, they have resorted to tampering with the settings of production equipment, marginally compromising on our output for the day,” a company spokesman said in a statement.
The company is confident of making up this “marginal shortfall”, the spokesman added.
The workers had threatened to resort to slowdown tactics to put pressure on the management, which has been in wage negotiation talks with the union since last year, Mint reported on 23 January.
The workers are demanding a 50% hike in salaries, a group housing scheme and retirement policy.
“Our welfare measures and benefits have been the benchmark in the industry, so much so that some of our workers are paid better than the graduates from some of the reputed engineering institutes in the country,” the Hero MotoCorp spokesman said.
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