Pune industrial court docket orders Common Motors to pay 50% wages to staff of shut plant

Granting partial aid to the retrenched staff of the Common Motors plant right here, an industrial court docket in Pune directed the automaker to pay 50% wages to its 1,086 staff as interim aid. The salaries should be paid from April 7, 2022, until last disposal of the criticism.Sardar Rajekhan Tamboli, member, industrial court docket, dominated that prima facie there was a case of unfair labour apply. He stated if an interim aid of partial wages was not granted, the workers would undergo irreparable loss. The court docket, nevertheless, rejected the enchantment to restrain GM from “alienating its property”.

It didn’t move any order on the difficulty of 300 acres of land the place the plant is located because the writ petition is pending earlier than the Bombay Excessive Court docket. The Common Motors Workers Union had moved the commercial court docket on July 12, 2021, complaining of unfair labour practices in retrenching staff by GM. The union had sought full wages and restrain on the respondents from creating any third-party curiosity within the 300-acre land in addition to equipment and plant until the ultimate disposal of the criticism. 

In the meantime, the corporate stated the commercial court docket didn’t have any jurisdiction to entertain points pertaining to dismissal discharge, removing, retrenchment and termination of companies of workmen. The Common Motors  counsel informed the court docket that the corporate had suffered losses in turnover of Rs 8,400 crore from its operations in India. Since December 2020, there was no manufacturing on the plant. With no enterprise potential in future, the corporate couldn’t reinstate the workers, GM’s counsel stated. GM’s Talegaon plant ended manufacturing on December 20, 2020.

The automaker halted gross sales within the home market in 2017 and was solely exporting from the plant. GM sought permission from the Maharashtra authorities to close down the plant, however the closure software was rejected and has been challenged within the Bombay Excessive Court docket.The corporate stated the Covid-19 pandemic had made it unattainable to have any operations on the plant below GM’s possession. In a letter to the extra commissioner of labour, Pune, the corporate stated they had been compelled to put off 1,419 workmen from April 16, 2021.

The worker union stated the corporate had not sought prior permission from the Maharashtra authorities or the labour division for shedding all the employees at their Pune manufacturing unit. Sandeep Shreedhar Bhegade, president, Common Motors Workers Union, stated the union wished the workforce to be transferred to the brand new homeowners of the plant and they might proceed preventing the land switch case within the HC. A Common Motors spokesperson stated, “The corporate stays assured of its authorized place and has acted in accordance with the legislation and the licensed standing orders agreed between the union and the administration.”

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