As per order of Pune Labour Court, July 29 has been chosen as a new date of hearing for the ongoing tussle between Bajaj Auto and Vishwa Kalyan Kamgar Sangathna. Following this move, Bajaj Auto has successfully touched the production mark of 3000 motorcycles at its Chakan and Waluj facilities, hence restoring 100 percent production to counter the market demand of its famous Pulsar model. On 22nd July, the Chakan facility rolled out 2000 units while Waluj manufactured 1100 units.
On the latest development, the lawyer of Bajaj Auto Aditya Joshi was quoted as saying, “The slated hearing scheduled for July 23 could not proceed in the court as the representatives of the worker’s union turned up yet again without a lawyer and are yet to file their statement in the court. The court is now highly annoyed and has taken a serious stance against their callous approach for purposefully delaying the matter and has hence passed the “no written statement” order. Now, in case if on July 29, the VKKS representatives appear without a lawyer, the court will proceed on BAL’s submitted statement.”
With the ball now rolling in favour of Bajaj Auto, it has successfully managed to increase its production to meet the market's requirements. Earlier this month, officials from the labour commissioner's office paid a sudden visit to the company's Chakan manufacturing facility. During the check, they caught several un-contractual workers working on the assembly lines, for which a show cause notice was served to the two-wheeler maker.
While, Kailash J Zanzari, Vice President of Bajaj Auto was firm on the company's stance of not employing any un-contractual worker on its assembly line, he said, “That the company spends nearly Rs. 12,000 per month on each ‘learn-and-earn’ apprentice deployed at the Chakan plant. A delay in the restoration of normal production at the facility is not only causing losses to the company (under control now) but also to the employed workers and revenues to the state government.” Meanwhile, the problem of shortage of labour that accounted to low manufacturing figures, has now been managed. With each passing day, the company is recording an increase in the attendance of employees.