Normalcy returns in Gurgaon; autoworkers end strike

Normalcy returns in Gurgaon; autoworkers end strike

New Delhi: After a day long strike by workers’ unions, normalcy returned to the Gurgaon-Manesar- Bawal industrial belt in Haryana on Wednesday with employees of various companies reporting back for duty.

Only Rico Auto Industries, whose Gurgaon plant was the epicentre of the strike after the death a worker in a group clash on Sunday, continued to be under lock-out.

“Workers are now back at their duty in all places, barring Rico Auto where there is a lock-out," All India Trade Union Congress Gurgaon District Secretary Suresh Gaud said.

He said a delegation of workers’ unions is going to meet the Additional District Collector during the day to resolve the labour dispute at Rico Auto, which led to the initial flare up.

Thousands of workers from various industries in the belt went for a day long strike yesterday after a 26-year-old employee of Rico Auto, Ajit Yadav, died during a group clash outside the company’s Gurgaon facility on Sunday.

“We are going to raise our issues, including 50 lakh compensation for the kin of the deceased, action against Rico’s management and withdrawal of false FI against workers. If our demands are not met, we will continue with the agitation," Gaud said.

Officials at Rico Auto could not be contacted despite repeated calls.

Major auto makers, including Hero Honda Motors and Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI), which were affected by the strike reported normal activity this morning.