New Delhi: A strike by employees at the Bosch factory near Jaipur has been ruled illegal by the government.

The Government of Rajasthan, Labour Department has ordered all striking employees to report to work immediately, the company said in a release.

Workers at the Mico Bosch Labour Union had been on strike since 12 November, protesting the retrenchment of workers and demanding higher wages. The company had been offering apprenticeships to students of the Industrial Training Institutes and would usually give them jobs at the end of their training period. The slowdown prompted Bosch to discontinue this practice, which led to the strike.

The strike had resulted in production to a fourth and the factory was down to making only 350 pumps a day.